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Contents DECEMBER 2019 | Vol. 9 | No. 12

5 Disjointed Ramblings

24 Small Business Saturday

9 Pantomimes for all

26 Winterhall Nativity

12 Rob's Songs & Stories

30 Woody’s pony tale

16 Gorgeous gift guide

32 Guildford globe trotters

18 Here comes Santa!

44 Classified

Local news and charity events

Family fun to enjoy

Star takes to the mic!

Local shopping inspiration

Meet the man in the red suit

Supporting local traders

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Stoughton Hearts & Voices Community Choir invite you to their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, 11th December, at the QE Park Centre, Railton Road, Guildford from 8pm. It promises to be a wonderfully festive evening and refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome. No ticket required but donations on the door would be greatly appreciated. For further information, email stoughton.


Enjoy the superb Harlequin Chamber Choir, the stunning Surrey Brass, and the brilliant Tillingbourne School Children’s Choir in a spectacular concert or carols and classics on Friday, 20th December, 7pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford. This concert, for children and adults, promises to be the perfect way to round off the week before Christmas. Tickets are £14 for adults and £7 for under 18s, available from Guildford Tourist Office, online at www., or call 01483 892645


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Would you like to be part of a choir for a day? Come and Sing the beautiful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé on Saturday 4th January, alongside the renowned Harlequin Chamber Choir, in Cranleigh School Chapel. No prior choral singing experience necessary. The rehearsal is from 10am to 3.30pm (you will need to take your own lunch) followed by a free performance at 4pm. Tickets are £25 (students £10) including music hire, from Guildford Tourist Information 135 High Street, 01483 444334 or online at


Are you looking to have a more exciting and enjoyable social life in 2020? Why not join T-U-G (The Unattached Group) - a social group for single people aged 60+? They have a wide variety of social events throughout Surrey and beyond including theatre trips, walks, meals out, day and weekend trips and so much more. New members are very welcome at their weekly pub meetings. If you want to find out more, visit or call 07855 0008897


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U3A Singing Groups Carol Concert on Wednesday, 11th December, will be raising money for Oakleaf, a local mental health charity. All welcome, 2pm at St Nicolas Church, Bury Street, Guildford. Entry is free with a retiring collection.


The Occam Singers hope to re-create a little bit of magic and seasonal glow at their Christmas concert on Saturday, 21st December. Hear a range of pieces, from traditional carols to a new arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Two pieces central to their programme this year are On Christmas Night and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. 6.30pm, St Nicolas Church, Bury Street, Guildford. Tickets are on sale in advance for £12.50 or on the door, £15 (£7 for students). Money raised during the evening will go to the Meath Epilepsy Charity. Everyone is welcome. Call 01252 783977 or visit, www.


Headway Surrey is an independent local charity, offering cognitive rehabilitation and support for adults with acquired or traumatic brain injury and their families. On Monday, 2nd December, they will open their doors from 10.30am – 12.30pm for an open house and mince pie morning where you can take a tour of their premises


and see examples of their cognitive rehabilitation therapy. There will be mince pies, cake, tea, coffee, gifts and a raffle and everyone is welcome. Headway House, North Road, Guildford, GU2 9PU. For more information about them, call 01483 455225 or visit The Arts Society Guildford welcomes members and visitors to their Christmas lecture ‘Art Inspired by Wine’. From the Renaissance to modern times, hear John Ericson share his enthusiasm for ‘wine art’ and the contribution it has made to art in all its guises. Wednesday, 11th December, at Onslow Village Hall. Doors open 7pm for 8pm start. Visitors £10.


Shere Village Cinema will be showing Wild Rose on Thursday, 5th December, at 8pm. It tells the story of a troubled young Glaswegian woman who dreams of becoming a Nashville country star. If you are looking to keep the kids entertained between Christmas and New Year, the 2019 Disney remake of The Lion King will be showing on Sunday, 29th December at 2pm. Details of all events including their Christmas party, visit www.villagecinema. org or go to


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Pantomimes are many children’s first experience of the theatre and what a way to start! Dashing heroes, beautiful heroines and villains you can boo and hiss at, they really are great family fun for all. Karen Neville offers up our guide to some of the star-studded highlights and those on the local stages…


anto stalwarts Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon are once again back at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud for a show with some real X Factor and we literally mean some X Factor! Finalist from the 2017 series Holly Tandy stars as Princess Aurora in this year’s panto Sleeping Beauty. Holly promises audiences a surprising twist adding that her character is all about “female empowerment”. Can the princess wake from the sleep spell cast on her as a baby? Will the charming prince save the day? Award-winning choreography, sparkling sets and costumes, magic and laughter all come together to make this a must-see family show. Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday 6th December to Sunday 5th January. Tickets from £23; call the box office on 01483 440000 or visit Godalming folk are in for a treat this festive season with the first professional family

pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at The Borough Hall. One of its stars is local radio presenter Mark Carter who says: “Being part of a panto is always something I’ve fancied. Best of all, it’s on home soil in Surrey. In my role as the baddie, I’m expecting plenty of boos but hopefully some cheers along the way too!” Mark stars as Fleshcreep in the show, from 12th to 24th December. Tickets £22, call the box office on 01483 361101 or visit One of panto-land’s most sought after comedians, Bobby Davro, is back on stage doing what he does best at The New Victoria Theatre in Woking where the funny man willplaying Wishee Washee in Aladdin in his own inimitable style. He’ll be joined by another very familiar face in that of former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole as the Genie of the Ring. Younger panto goers will also recognise CBBC star Mischa Eckersley who joins as Princess Jasmine. And there can’t be R&A | 9


many pantos across the country with an opera singer (David Phipps-Davis as Widow Twankee) and ventriloquist (Dawson Chance as the Chief of Police) among the cast from 6th December to 5th January. Tickets from £13, book at www. or call 0844 871 7645. The Haslemere Thespians will be putting on the fast and fur-ious tale of Puss in Boots at Haslemere Hall in the new year, just when you need a lift after Christmas. Join them for the classic story of the miller’s son, a princess, a nasty ogre, a talking cat, two fighting fairies, a pair of old boots and some rather scary rabbits and leave feline like you’re the cat’s whiskers! Puss in Boots runs from 10th to 18th January. For tickets – £8.50-£13.50 – call 01428 642161 or visit theatre/puss-in-boots The biggest stars of Leatherhead Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty will be some of its smaller cast members as many of the town’s youngsters will be showcasing their talents in this classic tale. As Queen Maleficiant bids to rule the Kingdom of Nod, will the handsome prince succeed in waking the sleeping princess with a kiss before it’s too late? Find out from 20th to 31st December. Tickets from £18.50 adults. Call the box office on 01372 365141 and visit Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East at Dorking Halls when Aladdin hopes to make wishes come true in this year’s fun-filled family panto. Starring Harry Reid, known to EastEnders fans as Ben Mitchell, along with Jenny Richardson from The Worst Witch as The Spirit of the Ring. Wacky Widow Twankey will make you laugh at the laundry, boo and hiss at the evil Abanazar and marvel at the magical Genie of the Lamp. This Aladdin is sure to be genie-ous! Aladdin runs from 14th to 29th December. 10 | DECEMBER 2019

Tickets from £20 adults; to book visit www. or call the box office on 01306 881717. You shall go to the ball at Shamley Green when SHADES perform the classic Cinderella on 23rd to 25th January at Arbuthnot Hall. For details of performance times and tickets, visit Godalming Players present what they are calling “the fairy godmother of all pantomimes” at The Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming. So you can probably guess they are putting on Cinderella complete with the ugly sisters, Prince Charming and the rush to get home before the clock strikes midnight. Will all be happy ever after? Find out on 14th, 15th and 19th to 22nd December. Tickets £12.50; book online at or call 07402 484 484. There’s a treat for younger theatre goers at G-Live in Guildford from Father Christmas who is on his rounds… and he needs a wee! At every house Father Christmas eats and drinks the tasty treats that have been left for him. But when he reaches number 10 he realises that he’s forgotten to do something rather important and he really, really, really needs a wee! TaleGate Theatre Productions hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s much-loved book Father Christmas Needs a Wee. This is a 45 minute production followed by a meet and greet with the big man himself where the children will receive a Christmas present. Find out if Father Christmas does indeed get to have a wee on 14th, 15th and 20th to 24th December. Tickets £16.50 adults, £15.50 children. To book call 01483 369350 or visit For something a little different, let Spectrum Ice transport you to Neverland this Christmas, as the popular pantomime Peter Pan returns to the rink. The fun-filled festive show in Guildford will run from 13th to 15th December and will feature performances from some rising skating stars. To book and for performance details visit www. pantomime/ Enjoy!

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Television star, singer and father of five Rob Brydon, 54, talks about his life & career ahead of his new Songs & Stories tour


You’ve just had your photoshoot; looking good! “Yes, looking rather lovely in a suit and freshly pressed shirt; a glorious sight! As you know, I’m an elegant man. I encapsulate Daniel Craig… after he’s been savagely beaten.”

Q. You’ve won gongs at the British Comedy Awards and Royal Television Society… Why are you yearning to go back to live? “Live comedy is such a buzz. Sometimes you stand on stage thinking, ‘Good God! these people have all gone to the trouble of paying a babysitter.’ That’s a special feeling. You don’t choose that life – it’s almost a calling. The more you get used to it, the more it becomes your norm. I like to entertain people. It’s a privilege.” Q. Is Songs & Stories a risky business? “It’s a deliberate risk. I want to go outside my comfort zone. There are so many media outlets nowadays. Some people might only know me from Gavin and Stacey or Would I Lie To You? Those people often say to me, ‘I didn’t know you could sing’, and yet I‘ve sung a lot. I recently went to see Jeff Goldblum play with his band. It was liberating and wonderful.”

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Q. When did you discover you had such a beautiful singing voice? “I was 16 and starting to get interested in girls, but always pining from afar. In my teens I lived in Porthcawl, a coastal town in Wales, and all the cool boys were surfers. I wasn’t a surfer (I had a go once, but hurt my knee). I didn’t drink. My friends would all drink on a Friday and Saturday, and on a Tuesday and Wednesday, too, just for good measure. That meant they lost their fear of rejection. Unfortunately, I never lost that fear. But I knew I was funny and could make girls laugh. At the time, Joe Jackson’s song Is She Really Going Out with Him? was a big hit, and I sing a bit of that in the show, by way of illustration.”



Q. So music was your ticket to cool? “My musical taste was never cool. I loved David Bowie and The Police, but also Shakin’ Stevens and Cliff Richard.” Q. What do you hope the audience take from this show? “I hope people will come out happier. As a performer in the last few years, you can feel people just want to escape. But of course, if the box office is still open, a percentage of the audience will be looking for a refund, I don’t doubt that.”  The Songs & Stories tour visits Guildford’s G Live and Woking’s New Victoria Theatre in March. 12 | DECEMBER 2019

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Feeling the blues? Why not join Guildford Walking for Health on one of their healthy walks and talks this winter? Their friendly group offers free, 1-hour fast and slow walks, from Worplesdon Place, Tuesdays at 10.45am, Wednesdays at 10am from the Seahorse Inn Shalford, Thursdays from Shere car park at 10.15am and Fridays from the Whitmoor Common Jolly Farmer pub car park at 11am. Walks conclude with optional hot drinks. Or you can walk with the Boxgrove Group for up to 90 minutes from the Boxgrove shops at 10am on Mondays. For more information, visit www. or call Annelize on 07554 423010. Well-behaved dogs on short leads welcome.


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anta will be in his magical grotto at Squire’s Garden Centres across Surrey where you can receive an early Christmas present and at the same time ‘give a gift’ to a local charity. Tickets cost £6 per child, with £1 from every ticket to Squire’s local charities. Santa’s grotto is open every Saturday and Sunday and on Christmas Eve, as well as the week leading up to Christmas at many centres. Milford is helping The Meath and Woking is boosting funds for Woking Age Concern. Just turn up on the day. You can also enjoy breakfast with Santa at Frensham, find out more about this and Santa’s grotto at How about meeting Santa as you see Guildford from the river? Step aboard the Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge1 broadbeam boat for a gentle, festive family cruise along the River Wey. The boat will depart from Millmead Island for a 45-minute cruise upstream with stories and presents from Father Christmas. Enjoy mince pies and a glass of mulled wine on the way. Tickets for the trips on 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December include refreshments plus a present. Book online at or call 01483 444333. All profits to Surrey Care Trust which tackles disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship. In Painshill, it’s all aboard Santa’s train for a festive treat with a difference to see the main man himself in their Grade I listed Crystal Grotto. Take a journey around the stunning views of Painshill on the train before stopping off at the grotto to meet Santa 18 | DECEMBER 2019

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Find out more about Guildford House Gallery’s temporary exhibition in High Street features paintings from The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, at a coffee time talk on Thursday, 5th December. The images range from landscapes and cityscapes to still life. 10.30am for tea/coffee, the talk starts at 11am and lasts for about 45 minutes. To book your free place, call 01483 444751 or email Please note this talk will take place on the first floor and they do not have any step free access.


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Sandfield PTA presents Sandfield Primary School Christmas Fair on Thursday, 5th December, 5pm-7pm. £1 entry. All welcome. There will be food, drink, raffles prizes, festive fun and more at the school in Stoke Road, Guildford.


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The Hodgepodge Theatre Company production of Reindeer On the Roof this Christmas will keep even the smallest of children entertained. SUnday, 22nd December, Electric Theatre, Guildford. This family show is aimed at ages 3+, perfect to bring a bit of affordable Christmas magic to the season! 11am and 2.30pm, tickets are £9 each. Call 01483 501200.


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The University of Surrey Orchestra and choir will join forces to perform Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 and Copland’s Appalachian Spring on Saturday, 14th December. 7.30pm, admission is £10. Everyone is welcome. University Hall, Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, Guildford.


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Professor George Bernard of the University of Southampton will give a talk entitled: When did England become a Protestant Country? to the Historical Association West Surrey Branch, on Tuesday, 3rd December, 7.30pm. IHeld at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guilford GU2 4AW. Students free, non members welcome (£3 at the door). For further information please call Rollo Crookshank on 01252 319881 or email

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Come and enjoy the magnificent display of Christmas trees at Guildford United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, GU2 4BS, 8th-22nd December. More than 30 local groups will be decorating trees and there will be special events including a community carol concert on Sunday 8th at 4pm with Godalming Town Band. Entry free, donations welcome for local charities Cherry Trees respite home for children and Guildford Street Angels. More details of events on

Take a trip on an Arabian Nights extravaganza at the Electric Theatre, Guildford on Monday, 23rd December. Enjoy the marvellous tales of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and Aladdin plus more Arabian stories in this wonderfully funny adaptation. Then join in with two funfilled workshops inspired by the show: Arabian Dance and Slapstick Stage Fighting. Let your children be creative while you're creative with the Christmas shopping! More info and tickets or call 01483 501200.


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Round & About Magazine - Guildford Edition - December 2019  

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