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Contents NOVEMBER 2019 | Vol. 9 | No. 11

5 Disjointed Ramblings

24 Festive food & tipples

10 Wrapt up in Guildford

26 You’re in control

14 Elena Ramona’s aim

30 OMD shine in Guildford

17 Fireworks & family fun

38 Competitions

22 Gardening with Cathie

44 Classified

Local news and charity events

Eco-friendly business

Ms Great Britain bid

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Lest we forget

November is a time of Remembrance and we are supporting The Royal British Legion’s mission to recognise the unseen service of the Armed Forces past and present.


emembrance unites people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds but it’s also deeply personal. It could mean wearing a poppy in November, before Remembrance Sunday. It could mean joining your local community commemorations. Or it could mean taking a moment on your own to reflect. In every act of remembrance, we honour the memory of the fallen and pledge to care for the living. Poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community. During WW1, much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. The countryside was blasted and bombed, turning beautiful landscapes to barren bleak and barren scenes except for one striking

exception - the bright red Flanders poppy. These resilient flowers flourished, growing in the thousands upon thousands, symbolising peace. A different – and very visible – red presence recently has been Extinction Rebellion. These climate campaigners

have been dividing opinion across the nation (attracting some typically bombastic language from our Prime Minister), raising awareness of our planet’s plight. We’re keen to promote the efforts of eco-conscious individuals out there such as Guildford’s Carolyn Ledge, founder of Naturally Wrapt whose easy tips & advice are well worth seeking out to embrace a less plastic-heavy Christmas. For this and much more, please visit where your youngsters’ entries into our story competition are also welcome before 15th November. Also visit www. for lots of ways to remember the sacrifices of our fallen.

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There's no escaping the onset of Christmas so let's embrace it and start with the chance to experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns from 22nd November to 24th December. Hop aboard the Santa express and travel in style to the magical workshop. Have some fun with the elves before meeting Father Christmas and receiving a golden coin to spend in his toy shop. There’s a Christmas trail to complete, reindeer food to make, baby lambs, heated soft play barn and a full programme of activities. Tickets to see Father Christmas must be bought in advance. Visit www.bockettsfarm. for times and availability. Tickets from £17.50-£24.95.


Guildford Art Society will hold their Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place from Saturday 2nd to Sunday, 10th November. This ancient manor house and estate is being restored to create a welcoming space for


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communities to enjoy arts, culture and history. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the work of Surrey’s local artists in this historic environment recently seen on TV in Ghosts and Vanity Fair. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-4pm. Free entry and parking. For more information, visit www. The Friends of Guildford House, will meet for their monthly lecture on Wednesday, 20th November, when Hilary Guise will give a talk about the Gauguin Portraits. 2.30pm in the Guildhall. Tickets are £5 for non members, payable on the door. No need to book. For more information, visit


An art exhibition in aid of Kids’ Kidney Research, Pentire, Snowdenham Lane, Bramley, GU5 0AT, will open from Thursday, 28th November to Sunday, 1st December. 10am to 4pm, there will be art and gifts available to buy, plus tea, cakes and a raffle, with all donations going to the charity. For more information, call Mary Hainline on 01483 898626 or email


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Shamley Green History Society will meet on Wednesday, 13th November, for an illustrated talk by June Davey on West Horsley Place. 2.30pm, Arbuthnot Hall, The Green, Shamley Green. Non-members welcome, £2 on the door. Tea/coffee and biscuits will round off the afternoon.


The Arts Society Shalford meets on Thursday, 7th November, for the next in their autumn lectures, People, Places and Piazzas. The Life and Art of Charles H Mackie. Learn all about this Scottish artist who painted and sculpted from Falkirk to Venice and mixed with Gauguin, Vuillard and Hornel. Having published a book of the same title, Pat Clark will share her expert knowledge. Doors open at 10am for coffee followed by the lecture. Guests welcome, £7. Call Catherine on 01428 681843 for further information.


Guildford Chamber Choir will launch its 40th anniversary season with a concert in the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford on Saturday, 16th November. Conducted by Max Barley and in support of Headway Surrey, the highlight of the evening will be Duruflé’s Requiem. The organist will be the choir’s first principal conductor, Peter Wright, who will be playing pieces by Langlais and Vierne. 7.30pm, tickets £13 in advance or £16 at the door – under 25s free. Visit


The Surrey Postcard Fair takes place on Saturday, 16th November, 10am- 4pm at St Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Horseshoe Lane East, Merrow, Guildford, GU1 2IN. Visitors can expect over 30 tables full of postcards to buy. Refreshments will be available and parking is free. Admission is £1. For more information, visit www.


Guildford Ramblers love this time of year and will be making the most of our the countryside this month. On Saturday 2nd, there’s a 10-mile walk from Cocking, with expansive views from the top of the South Downs. Call Lynne on 07920 295713. On Wednesday 6th, there’s a 5½ mile walk through fields and woodland around Dunsfold. Call Bridget on 07768 3635930. On Wednesday 20th, join a 5-mile walk from Alfold across open farmland and through ancient woodland, call Barbara on 07899 868128 and on Saturday 30th, join an 8-mile walk exploring the pine and birch slopes of Wisley and Ockham Commons and Ockham Mill, call Richard on 07967 496819. For full details of all walks visit,


The Historical Association, West Surrey Branch will meet on Tuesday, 19th November, at 7.30pm for a lecture by Stephen David on The Tudor Rebellions. St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU24AW. Students


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Union Jack Liz Nicholls chats to globally successful musician & dad Jack Savoretti, 36, who has just released his third hit album Singing To Strangers


You’ve worked with truly amazing musicians. Who would be your dream collaboration? “I have! Seeing my name next to Bob Dylan’s on one of my records is one of my most surreal highlights; his was the first concert I ever went to, aged 17. Collaborating with lovely Kylie was a pinnacle, too, and working with eccentric, beautiful Mika on this album. Connecting with people, for me, is the best thing about music. Being in a room with someone who has this gift is incredible. My dream collab would’ve been Johnny Cash; that amazing voice.” Q. How do you listen to music? “I have a beautiful 1960s record player. It doesn’t offer great quality but it gives a wonderful sound, if you know what I mean. My current favourite record is Chet Baker. I also have a nice Bose system for taking it up a notch. My earliest memory of music was the school run and it’s funny because now with my own children that’s the time we all share music, too. My fouryear-old son reminded me the other day how great the Ghostbusters song is and my daughter is a little obsessed with ABBA. I wasn’t an ABBA fan but she’s slowly converting me – the songs are brilliant!” Q. What surprises you most about parenthood? “I think how much you feel. I spent most of my twenties numbing myself. The love, the fear, the worry, the desperation they go to sleep... it’s 8 | NOVEMBER 2019

overwhelming. They don’t know they have this magic trick at first until they figure out how to use it against you. I’m eternally grateful.” Q. Being of European heritage, how does Brexit make you feel? “Sad. It’s a shame that we seem to have trivialised one of the greatest peace treaties of all time – certainly of the last two centuries – and I hate the divisive language being used. I heard the Prime Minister use the word ‘surrender’ and thought that was cheap. The EU isn’t without dysfunction and negotiating changes would’ve been good. But this feels like a lose-lose situation.” Q. Does November’s season of Remembrance mean much to you? “Yes; a great deal. I think we need to remember the sacrifices previous generations made for us more, especially in school and with what’s happening in politics at the moment. From a personal point of view, I think of my grandfathers. One was Polish and Jewish; he married a German woman young and escaped to Paris and then London. My father’s father fought against Fascism to stop his country being torn apart by divisive language [in Italy a street bears the Savoretti name]. I’m fascinated by that generation’s stories. That’s how complex peace is – ironically you sometimes have to fight for it. Many men and women suffered and lost their lives in the name of peaceful, liberal values which I hope endure.”

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famous lament, The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. For tickets, call 01483 501200 or visit

free, non-members welcome (£3 at the door). For further information, call Rollo Crookshank on 01252 319881.

Wonersh History Society are excited to welcome back Dick Elsey for an entertaining talk on the Golden Age of Radio Comedy on Saturday, 16th November, 2.30pm, Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. Refreshments will be available.


The Onslow Village Residents’ Association will meet for a presentation by Andy Thomas on the background to the festive season on Tuesday, 26th November. From the ancient celebration of light in the winter darkness, to the marking of the birth of the Messiah, it shows the complex history of Christmas. Mulled wine and mince pies on offer too from 7.15pm in the village hall. Free to members and £3 to non members. Remember to take membership cards.


Elm Nursery's Christmas Craft Fair is on Saturday, 16th November, from 10am-3pm and everyone is welcome. You’ll find more than 50 stalls selling homemade, homegrown goodies and locally produced arts and crafts. Plus ‘pocket money’ gifts and children’s presents. Enjoy a wide range of food tastings from their farm shop. Free entry to the fair in Sutton Green Road, Sutton Green, GU4 7QD.


Guildford Opera will be performing Verdi’s opera Nabucco at the Electric Theatre on Wednesday, 13th and Friday, 15th November, at 7.30pm and Saturday, 16th at 6.30pm. It’s one of his best known operas, full of unforgettable arias and rousing choruses, including the


Age UK Surrey will host their annual free Carol Service on Thursday, 19th December, at Guildford Cathedral, 11am. Free refreshments (tea, coffee and mince pies in the cathedral from 10.15am). Guildford Cathedral Singers and The Rock Choir will perform. If you’re planning to take a large group or you need a wheelchair space, please let them know in advance by emailing uk or by calling 01483 503414. Donations welcome.


This month, LynchPin Theatre will perform the classic comedy Charley’s Aunt, set in Victorian Oxford and featuring mistaken identity, young love, old love and a very mysterious aunt from Brazil. Presented as a rehearsed reading by professional actors at Café Mila in Godalming on Friday, 8th November, and the Electric Theatre in Guildford on Tuesday, 12th November, 7.30pm. Tickets from tickets. or call 01483 444334.


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did not have a healthy relationship with myself growing up. I’ve always suffered from anxiety and when I was younger I had a distorted image of myself. It’s taken a long time to be kind to myself and enjoy that amazing chocolate cake without feeling guilty while keeping a healthy balance. Growing up I would see women in magazines and on TV representing my generation who I could not relate to. This made me question career path for a long time. My biggest I would love to my regret is that I let these feelings consume be a role model me as a teen for too long. At the age of 22 I decided to ignore the voice in my & inspiration head telling me I wasn’t “good enough” or “slim enough” and began to take test shots for a portfolio with a friend to kickstart my modelling career and gain some much-needed confidence. Being photographed made me feel powerful and I continued to get work with local photographers and clothing lines.

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apply to Ms Great Britain in order to spread my message internationally about how important a healthy lifestyle is, both physically and mentally. Amazingly I made the final 25 in my category and I am so excited to meet all the other women again and share our stories and experiences with the world in a very cut-throat industry. I want my story – and my entry into such a competition – to spark hope in someone who doesn’t feel “good enough”. Times have changed and now Miss Great Britain and other pageants like this are promoting all women from every walk of life, any shape or size and I am so grateful to live in an era that does just this. To win this competition would be an honour. However, to be given the opportunity to get this far and raise awareness for such a current and important cause is a privilege.  Elena’s sponsor – Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford – is delighted to be supporting her quest for success. The team say: “We have really enjoyed sharing the Aveda brand with her, which is not only ethical, but also aligns with the forwardthinking, strong-minded women we see taking the stage in the Miss GB competition.”

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emember, remember the 5th of November… it’s that time of year again when we mark Guy Fawkes’s plot to overthrow the king and blow up Parliament in 1605. Bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King and since then the event is commemorated with fireworks and burning effigies. Expect to see flashes of colour and hear loud bangs and whizzes as thousands enjoy the annual spectacle. Here’s just some of the displays you can enjoy locally…

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RHS Wisley, GU23 6QB – 2nd November Gates open 5pm, fireworks 6pm. Tickets £10 adults, £5 children. Visit uk/rhswi/sessions.aspx?tid=55

Torchlight Procession & Fireworks Display

Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1ER – 2nd November Torch sales 6-7pm, 6.45pm mayor’s address, 7pm torchlight procession starts, 8pm fireworks start £5 per person, £10 per family, all profits to local good causes. Visit

Cranleigh Lions Bonfire & Fireworks

Cranleigh Common, GU6 8LU – 2nd November Fun starts from 1pm with a fun fair, also Friday evening. Procession starts from Park Drive 6pm, winning ‘Guy’ placed on bonfire 6.45pm, fireworks display to music 7.30pm, fun fair on The Common 8pm. Free, £5 donations suggested to

Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

Ascot Racecourse – 2nd November After a day’s racing, enjoy more than 11,000 shots released to a timed playlist of songs. Tickets adults (13+) £7 advance, £10 on the day, child (5-12) £5 advance, £8 on the day – access to the course after 4pm, fairground rides from £1 For more information and to book tickets, visit

Woking Fireworks 2019

Woking Park – 2nd November Fireworks display synchronised to music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, with fun fair, food and drink. Gates and funfair 5.30-9.30pm, fireworks display 7.30pm. Advance tickets adult £5, child £3, family £12; on the night, adult £6, child £4, family £15. All proceeds to charities chosen by Woking District Rotary Club. wokingfireworks.

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Fireworks Display & Bonfire Night

Haslemere Museum garden, High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2LA – 2nd November Enjoy a dazzling display by FAB Fireworks, doors open 6.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Enjoy the display with burgers, hotdogs and mulled wine. Tickets £6 museum members, £8 nonmembers, booking in advance advised www.

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Chiddingfold Bonfire, GU8 4TX – 2nd November Food stalls and beer tent open at 5pm with the park and ride open from 5.30pm. Torches on sale from 6.30pm before procession starts at 7pm. Bonfire lit 7.30pm, fireworks start 8pm. Prize draw 8.30pm.

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Bisley village green, School Close, GU24 9EG 2nd November Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm. There’ll be burgers, hotdogs, hot drinks, sweets and glow sticks for sale. No sparklers please. Event is raising funds for Bisley Scout Group

Bonfire & Fireworks

Pirbright Village Primary School, School Lane, GU24 0JN – 8th November Professional display in aid of Friends of Pirbright School with themed bonfire, refreshments, bar and BBQ Gates open 5.30pm, bonfire lit 6pm, fireworks 7pm. Tickets adults £5, children £3.50

Farnham Fireworks & Torchlit Procession

Farnham Park, Folly Hill, GU9 0AU – 9th November The Farnham Round Table event will start with the procession at 6.15pm, marching up Castle Street into the park led by a Scottish pipe band. Enjoy food, mulled wine, Hogback beer, children’s rides and a best guy competition. Bonfire lit 7.15pm, display to music starts 7.45pm. Tickets from 18 | NOVEMBER 2019

Bonfire & Fireworks

Bramley Field, GU5 0AX – 9th November Assembly of ‘Guys’ in library car park 6pm, torchlight procession 6.40pm, bonfire lit 7.10pm, fireworks 7.45pm (all times are approximate). Free, donations welcome.

Fireworks Display & Bonfire Night

Beacon Hill playing fields, Tilford Road, Hindhead GU26 6RF - 9th November BBQ, mulled wine, hot chocolate & refreshments, glow sticks & much more courtesy of the Friends of Beacon Hill School, from 4.30pm Tickets: adults £6, children £4, family (2+2) £18 Discounted tickets available. All proceeds towards the learning environment at Beacon Hill Primary School.

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Bushy Hill Junior School, Sheeplands Avenue, Merrow GU1 2SG - 7th November The annual fireworks display takes place from 6pm. Hot dogs, soup, drinks and glow sticks will be on sale. You will need to arrive before 7pm as gates are closed after that. Please park considerately. No sparklers thank you. Tickets will be available on the gate, adults £6, children £4. Under 2s free. All proceeds go to the Friends Association of Bushy Hill Junior School.

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Farnborough Football Club – 3rd November Enjoy a fireworks display, fun fair and disco. Turnstiles open at 6pm. Bar open from 4pm. Fun Fair opens at 3.30pm. Display lights up from 7pm. Please show your Eventbrite ticket and ID at the turnstiles. Adults £5, under 16s £3, under 2s free (must be carried, or on lap if seated) but must be accompanied by a paying and responsible adult. Onsite parking is limited, £2 per car. Please bring the correct change. To book visit farnborough-football-club-fireworksdisplay-fun-fair-disco-limited-availabilitytickets-74273340561




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Guildford Music Society will present a programme of violin and piano sonatas played by Oliver Nelson (violin), and Vasilis Rakitzis (piano), on Sunday, 17th November, at the Guildford URC Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, GU2 4BS. They will play three well known works from Schubert, Beethoven and Franck. 3pm, admission £15, or £13 for friends and £3 for students at the door, or from the Tourist Information Centre, High Street or call 0143 444333.


Get in the mood for the festive season by joining St Catherine’s Flower Club on Thursday, 21 November, for Lucinda Knapman’s demonstration, Home for Christmas. Shalford village upper hall, entry fee is £6, doors open at 1pm for a 1.45pm start and visitors are very welcome. For more information, call Betty on 01483 272938.


Enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season with the gigantic light installation which blooms with magical giant illuminated flowers, around RHS Garden Wisley in December. 4pm to 8pm, last entry at 7pm. Booking is now open, you will need a time slot. For more information and to book, visit


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Mrs Greville. Enjoy a magical woodland trail and bejewelled Santa’s grotto. There are wreath-making classes, craft workshops, a horse drawn carriage, a festive menu including Christmas lunch and afternoon tea. Some events require booking. 15th November to early January. Visit www. Join jazz superstars Claire Martin and Liane Carroll on Christmas Eve Eve, as they frolic their way through some festive favourites at The Electric Theatre in Guildford. Monday, 23rd December, 7.30pm, £19 each (excludes £1 booking fee). To book, call 01483 501200.


A friendly art club in Guildford welcomes new members. They meet on Thursdays from 9.45am-12.30pm at St Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestnut Avenue, Guildford. All levels of experience welcome. Members work on their own project in any media. £35 for an 11-week term with tea and biscuits. (+£25 annual subscription to Guildford Art Society). Email Cathy on


The annual RGS Christmas Fair on Thursday, 28th November, provides the ultimate shopping experience with unusual, local and bespoke gifts. Visitors will find more than 40 stalls, including Young Enterprise companies, gifts, food, jewellery, clothing and beauty products. There will also be


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The Combined Charities Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday, 17th November, in the Guildhall, High Street, Guildford from 11am to 3.30pm. This annual event is an


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Guildford Travel Club will meet on Tuesday, 5th November, when Duncan Gough will be travelling along The Back Roads of Iberia. He has travelled over 50,000 miles along these roads over the last 40 years and will be encouraging visitors to get off the beaten track. Then on Tuesday 19th Chris Forse will be On the Road in North America in a celebration of words, pictures and music of the great American road trip. 8pm, Onslow Village Hall. Visitors, £7 on the door, student card holders, £3.50. For further details, visit


Learn about the art and life of official war artist, Paul Nash, 1887-1946, at a talk at the Arts Society Guildford Wey Valley lecture on Thursday, 14th November. Nash was also a surrealist and landscape painter. 10.45am, Shalford Village Hall. Visitors £8. Call 01483 562356, or visit www. for programme details


Begin the Christmas season with an afternoon of festive fun at St Catherine’s Village Hall in Guildford on Sunday, 1st December. Learn how to make a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door or give away as a handmade gift. No experience necessary, just your creativity and a pair of sharp scissors or secateurs. £45, for tickets please email


Holy Trinity Church in Bramley is the venue for a charity Home Grown concert by local musicians on Saturday, 23rd November. The concert is in support of the charity which runs the Grafham Room, a small but vital community hall near Bramley. 7pm, tickets (£10, £5 students and under 18s) are available in person from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, or call 01483 892645.


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Shalford‘s fantastic Charity Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, 16th November, at 10am-2pm in the village hall. Over 20 stalls offering crafts, gifts, jewellery, food, fun and games for all ages and much more. Free.


The Arts Society Surrey Hills continue their programme of lectures on Tuesday, 12th November, with a lecture entitled The Honourable East India Company and East-West trade; Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie 1600-1800 presented by Viv Lawes. Shalford Village Hall, 9.45am for coffee. The lecture starts at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Visit www. or call 01483 414976.


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The Society for the Arts and Craft Movement in Surrey will welcome Rod Hughes on Tuesday, 26th November for a talk on Victorian House of Arts and Crafts and what it means today and tomorrow. He will talk about his experience taking part in the BBC2 series of the same name. He also restores Victorian houses to their original state. 7.30pm, St Catherine’s Village Hall in Guildford. Tickets are £10 each or £18 for two. Non member £12 each. Visit


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