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Your your Community News ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER FOUNDATION CHAMPIONS HERITAGE AND FINE ART WITH GRANT TO WATTS GALLERY The Watts Gallery Trust will use their grant of £75,000 to restore the renowned arts and crafts masterpiece Watts Chapel. Promoting the appreciation of Victorian artist G F Watts and ceramic artist Mary Seton Watts, the trust promotes the Compton area as a centre for Victorian art and social history.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth a total of £566,911 to 19 projects across the UK. The grants form part of the foundation’s active grant programme and support arts and culture projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives. This year’s recipients will also include a number of projects promoting the appreciation, preservation and conservation of heritage and fine arts. These include initiatives proposed by Watts Gallery Trust.

Preserving the unique artistic interiors of the chapel for future generations, the grant will contribute to the restoration of the chapel’s renowned gesso panels and return the chapel to its original purpose to serve the community for burial and memorial services. Providing invaluable conservation experience for students, the work will be undertaken by ten City & Guilds London School of Art students and graduates who will work under the guidance of leading expert, Patricia Jackson. This grant has been offered as a ‘challenge grant’, with Watts Gallery Trust working to match the donations in order to release the funding.

SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST URGES MPS TO STAND UP FOR NATURE AS BREXIT LOOMS Surrey Wildlife Trust is calling on all MPs in Surrey to sign Greener UK’s Pledge for the Environment as Britain prepares to leave the EU – to date, only one MP in the county has done so. The Trust is among 13 ma jor environmental organisations which have united in a new Greener UK coalition, to persuade the Government to put the environment at the forefront of its plans for post Brexit Britain. The Trust’s Chief Executive, Nigel Davenport said: “The EU has provided a strong framework of wildlife protection and funding for environmental projects, which has reduced the speed of wildlife loss and begun to turn the tide of fortune for some species in Surrey. “The decision to leave the EU brings significant long-term risks for our

wildlife and environment. We’re calling on all of our MPs in the county to pledge to build a better future for our wildlife, wild places and for all of us. We strongly believe funding for environmentally friendly farming must be retained and developed further, and that legislation to protect wildlife should be strengthened, not weakened, in an independent UK.” EU laws have made a big impact on water quality in Surrey’s rivers and the air that we breathe. European protection means threatened species such as Nightjars, Dartford Warblers and Woodlarks have been given space to thrive; Chobham Common, Wisley and Ockham Common and Hankley Common are all safeguarded for their rare heathland habitats under European classification as Special Protection Areas for birds.

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GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE LAUNCHES ‘THE STORY PROJECT’ The Story Project is an exciting new initiative that aims to rekindle the love of storytelling across the area by capturing the imagination of young people and inspiring their creativity. Each month, the Yvonne Arnaud team will invite a different local nursery, school or charity to choose a story, which they will then work on before visiting that organisation to deliver an inventive, tailormade storytelling session. Head of Youth, Education and Community, Nick White explains: “We sat down and looked at the essence of what we do, and every piece of theatre starts with a great story - so we decided to run a project that

keeps the art of storytelling alive for the next generation. “It’s our way of engaging with some of the youngest and some of the oldest members of our community and promoting engagement and cohesive communication, both between the generations and within families.” The Story Project is already working with Guildford Borough Council’s Project Aspire team and King’s College, Guildford to develop theatre based on the lives of those who live in the Westborough area of Guildford. The first charity to participate in this community project was Shooting

Star Chase. Barbie Hibberd, Activities Coordinator at the charity’s Guildfordbased hospice, said: “The Story Project visited Christopher’s and performed a very special version of ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ for our supported children in aid of the hospice’s 15th birthday. It was a fabulous session, with lots of sensory and interactive activities – and the children simply loved it!” To be a part of The Story Project, simply submit your nomination by emailing with ‘The Story Project’ in the subject line and tell them why you think your chosen organisation deserves a visit from The Story Project.

INTERNET OF THINGS TECHNOLOGY STUDY COULD TRANSFORM LIVES FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS Fourteen hundred people are needed from across Surrey and North East Hampshire for a £5 million ground-breaking ‘Internet of Things’ technology study that could transform the lives of people with dementia. The study is part of an NHS drive to modernise healthcare for the benefit of older people with long term health problems. Called TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia, the study will help clinicians to remotely monitor the health and wellbeing of people with dementia so they can intervene earlier to help someone avoid a crisis and an unnecessary hospital stay. It is also hoped the study will relieve pressure on carers and help people with dementia to remain independent for longer. To take part in the study, a person must live in Surrey or NE Hampshire and have

a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia and a carer who is willing to participate. Surrey and Borders Partnership is looking for 700 people with dementia and their carers to get involved. People receiving the technology will have their homes kitted out with noninvasive devices, such as sensors, apps and trackers. These will connect to each other via the ‘Internet of Things’ and work together to collect and analyse different pieces of information, that will be securely managed, about a person’s health and patterns of behaviour. Dr Ramin Nilforooshan, leading dementia specialist, said: “The technology is designed to alert us to any changes in behaviour or any changes in wellbeing that could signal someone is becoming unwell or that they are in trouble. For example, they may be developing a urinary tract or lower respiratory infection.

We could detect the early signs/symptoms of those infections and successfully treat them at home. “We know that people with dementia do not respond well to being in hospital – and that their symptoms can worsen in this environment so it is much better if we can treat them before they need to be admitted for acute care.” The Alzheimer’s Society, which is a partner in TIHM for dementia trial, is recruiting an army of 150 trained volunteers who will keep in regular touch with participants, offering them their support. 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, an estimated 16,800 in Surrey, with that figure set to rise to 19,000 by 2020. Keen to find out more? Visit




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Independent Venue Week

23rd – 29th January / The Boileroom, Guildford Revered by many a music fan, the local music venue is a social staple in rapid decline. Whether it be the closing down due to noise complaints from new neighbours or landlords deciding that yet more flats are needed, the live music scene has never seen so many of its providers put up the closed for business sign. Independent Venue Week is a national initiative set up four years ago to highlight the importance of the independent music venue and the lifeblood it supplies to both musician and music lover alike. Week long events will be taking place the length and breadth of the country, with The Boileroom in Guildford flying the flag for independent Surrey. Confirmed to play at the time of writing include; Beans On Toast, Annabel Allum, Flamingods and Create To Inspire. For more information and tickets please visit

Jungle Book

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Adapted for the stage by Ciaran McConville with songs by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli, a lost child, saved from the jaws of a tiger by a family of lawabiding wolves. When the pack itself is threatened, Mowgli is fostered by Bagheera, a black panther, and an affable opportunist called Baloo. A story of courage, family and growing up, Kipling’s great adventure is brought to the stage by Rose Youth Theatre in an exciting new adaptation.

Back to set hearts a flutter are the wonderful Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Gardens Wisley. See how many of the magnificent creatures you can count and identify as the glasshouse transports you to the humid environs of these great butterflies’ natural habitats. Catch this tropical exhibition from the middle of January until March. Booking is highly recommended.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. In a unique partnership with Intel, using today’s most advanced technology, Royal Shakespeare Company present this bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

6th- 11th January / Rose Theatre, Kingston

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14th January – 5th March RHS Gardens, Wisley

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11th January / Camberley Theatre

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THE GUIDE 2 Social Cinema: Chasing Madoff

Vision Your Year

Join Social Cinema this month for thought provoking film and conversation. Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of how Markopolos and his team of investigators pieced together a chain of white-collar predators and revealed some of the most frightening truths behind the infamous scandal.

Let the power of the universe grant you your wishes and dreams as you head to the Westy in Aldershot to create your vision board for 2017. Jot down and draw your dreams and ambitions for the year ahead and keep in your view throughout the year. As the year unfolds, see how your fantasy’s become reality. The outcome is remarkable, just believe in yourself!

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Wonderful Winter Wander

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8th January / The Boileroom, Guildford

10th January / Chobham Common

The rugged landscape of Chobham Common is the scene for a wonderful winter wander courtesy of the folk at Surrey Wildlife Trust. Meet likeminded seasonal strollers and strike up a conservation conversation with other wildlife fans. Well behaved dogs are welcome. For more information and booking please visit

Torchlight Tour 11th January / Brooklands Museum Make your way to Brooklands Museum for a special torchlight tour of the museum and circuit. As night falls, you’ll be guided around the site by Brooklands’ expert team. Wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear as you encounter the museum like never before. For more information and tickets visit

12th January / West End Centre, Aldershot

12th January / Camberley Theatre

The best comedy from the Edinburgh Festival! Feel the funny in Camberley this January Mark is a part-time teacher of geography. He’s not boasting; he just is. Mark (Sir) sets out not so much to question the stereotypes surrounding this most fabled of professions, as to emphatically reinforce them. Expect elbow pads and a test at the end! For more information and tickets visit

Circus of Horrors

12th January / G Live, Guildford The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation, The Neverending Nightmare. The spectacular show features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story, driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek! For more information and tickets visit

Stand Up Comedy Club

11th January / Farnham Maltings Head to Farnham for a night of funny as Farnham Maltings and Off the Kerb Productions present ‘a real stand-up gem’ (Guardian) Suzi Ruffell and a whirlwind of a comedian Adam Bloom, who has become one of the most in demand headliners. Line-ups are subject to change. Suzi Ruffell’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude, whilst Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most inventive comedians. For more information and tickets visit

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week 12th January / Cranleigh Arts Centre

Visit Cranleigh Arts Centre this January to watch the acclaimed telling of The Beatles early career and beyond. Filmmaker Ron Howard examines the early years of the Beatles, from their club dates in Liverpool, England, to their concert tours in Europe and the rest of the world. With nostalgia knee high, this is a great night out for fans of the Fab 4.

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YOUR MONTH Paws in The Park

15th January / Hatchlands Park, East Clandon Take your favourite pooch along to Hatchlands Park for Paws in the Park. Enjoy a wander in the park with a chance to chat and give your dogs the opportunity to show off (or practise!) their lead work and social skills. The first ten arrivals each day can enjoy a well-earned complimentary cuppa at the Coach House Cafe. For more information visit

Conservation Open Studio

12th January / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, Compton For lovers of art and its conservation. A great opportunity to pop along to Watts Gallery Artists Village and to see the conservation studio in action, speak to the resident De Laszlo Conservation Fellow, Sally Marriott and find out about ongoing conservation work at the village. For more information visit

Jack and the Beanstalk

14th – 21st January / Pyrford Village War Memorial Hall One last chance to exclaim, “They’re behind you!” Join the cast from Pyrford’s Little Theatre for their performance of Jack and The Beanstalk. Boo and hiss the villains and cheer courageously for your panto hero, Jack and his trusty cow, Pat. Fun for all the family. For more information and tickets visit

One Winters Night

14th January / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford After the success of the inaugural concert in 2016, One Winters Night returns to the Yvonne Arnaud in aid of the Oncology Ward at The Royal Surrey County Hospital and the independent children’s charity Challengers that develops and provides inclusive play and leisure for disabled children across Surrey and Hampshire. Local musician Gavin Thomas invites you to a second extraordinary evening of live music, in aid of two wonderful charities. This year the stellar line-up includes: Cardboard Carousel, Portland, Claudia Stark, Tom Gortler, Bare Jams, Eva Perrin Fontana, Meg Barwell, Keith Bayley, Sophie & Wikki and special guests The Dirty Carols. For more information and tickets visit

Blood Brothers

17th – 21st January / New Victoria Theatre, Woking Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’. For more information and tickets visit

Open Mic Night

17th January / Electric Theatre, Guildford Did you decide this year that you’re going to be the bold beautiful star that you are? If you’re looking to make the leap from superstar power shower singer to serenading audiences from the stage then this is your chance. Fun, informal and celebratory, showcasing local talent in The Electric Theatre Café Bar. Come and join in or just sit back and enjoy some musical theatre. Want to play? Email For more information visit

Quilters Fair

15th January / Farnham Maltings

Drawing for Adults

Come one, quilt all! For the attention of master crafters and those that aspire to master the art of quilting, Farnham Maltings are the hosts for this fantastic Quilters Fair. For fans of all things fabric and haberdashery, find inspiration for your next project and meet fellow enthusiasts of the traditional quilt. If you’re looking for something new to do this year, then why not pop along and see if quilting’s the one for you.

Whether you’re a regular scribbler, doodler or fine art aficionado, or perhaps just looking to start something new for 2017, why not pop along to The Lightbox in Woking and join artist John Haslum for some inspirational drawing around the museum and gallery space. Tools are provided and booking is essential.

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18th January / The Lightbox, Woking

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THE GUIDE 2 Jazz Café: Geoff Simkins & Gareth Williams

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An evening with acclaimed jazz pianist Gareth Williams and alto saxophonist Geoff Simkins, as the popular Jazz Café joins the Electric Theatre in celebrating its 20th anniversary! Gareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists, one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting jazz performers on the UK scene, whilst Geoff Simkins is renowned for his formidable technique on the alto sax, his shrewd leadership and strong capacity for melodic invention.

Join national Trust volunteer leader Catherine Williams on a nice stroll around the countryside estate of Polesden Lacey . It is for anyone and everyone capable of doing an hour and a half walk. The walks take place on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Dogs are more than welcome, but must be on a lead at all times. For more information visit

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26th January / G Live, Guildford

19th January / Electric Theatre, Guildford

25th January / Polesden Lacey, Near Dorking

Hellfire Comedy Club

G Live’s monthly instalment of club comedy is back to kick of the year with a laugh and a half. Catch some of the hottest prospects on the comedy circuit for a night of best kind of belly ache. Why not combine your comedy with a curry before the show? With a different menu each month, you should probably start making this is a regular fixture in your calendar. For more information and tickets visit

Wille & The Bandits

26th January / West End Centre, Aldershot If you’re a fan of classic blues rock you will love Wille and the Bandits. Their musical influences include Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. They’ve toured with Deep Purple and John Butler and played most of the ma jor festivals across Europe. They have a formidable reputation for their energetic live performances and this is your chance to get in on the action. For more information visit

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night 20th January / Dorking Halls

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili, known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. For more information and tickets visit


23rd – 28th January / Ambassadors Cinema, Woking One of the greatest thrillers of all-time hits the UK stage starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. Gaslight is written by one of the 20th Century’s most renowned British writers, Patrick Hamilton. This masterpiece of suspenseful playwriting will have you on the edge of your seat and is a superb mystery thriller. For more information and tickets visit

Always The Sun Tickets On Sale! Chaos Choir

24th January / Farnham Maltings A great way to meet new friends and de-stress at the same time. A choir for new parents to sing and socialise within an open-minded environment, while their toddlers and babies play, sleep or run around in the same room. Friendly, social singing without childcare worries – known to lower blood pressure and stress levels – feel better and it’s great for your heart! For more information visit

27th January

After the resounding success of Always The Sun Music & Arts Festival, held on Guildford’s Stoke Park this past September, organisers are thrilled to announce the return of the festival for 2017. With the addition of an extra day, the festival will take place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September. Expect the same again, but bigger and better than before. Early bird tickets go on sale today for those of you wishing to get ahead of the game. For more information and tickets visit


YOUR MONTH Winter Wassailing

27th January / Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere A free community event includes the traditional drink of the ceremony, the wassail, which is made with apples grown and pressed right on the farm. There will also be food and drink available for sale and live music. Learn the art of the wassail and improve your chance of a bumper apple crop with those in the know. For more information and tickets visit

Gilbert (No Sullivan)

27th January / Mill Studio, Guildford Before writer W. S. Gilbert met composer Arthur Sullivan to form theatre’s most famous partnership, he wrote stories outrageous, absurd and hilarious stories. For the first time, three of his funniest tales and two of the best-loved comic ballads take to the stage in this inventive new adaptation by Mitchell & Nixon, which comes to Guildford following a highly popular tour. For more information and tickets visit

Winter Crafting

28th – 29th January / Sandown Park, Esher Winter Crafting is coming to back to Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher and bringing a whole host of crafty celebrities. Whether you are an experienced crafter or you’ve only just started, there are projects that you can either follow step by step or add your own personal touch to. Learn lots of new techniques and make new friends. For more information visit

The Comedy Store

29th January / Rose Theatre, Kingston

Enjoy the very best in stand-up comedy at The Rose as The Comedy Store returns with the brightest talent on the UK and International circuit. This is the place to see the stars of tomorrow. Line up on the night includes Jason Cook, Jo Caulfield, Paul McCaffrey, Larry Dean and MC Mick Ferry. For more information and tickets visit

ROH: Il Trovatore 31st January / Leatherhead Theatre

Ewhurst Players Present: Ali Baba & 40 Thieves 27th January – 4th February / The Village Hall, Ewhurst

Is the panto season nearly over? Oh yes it is! Ohhhh no, it’s not! Just when festive-withdrawal mode looms in late January, let the Ewhurst Players whisk you away into a feast of family fun. Don’t miss their traditional panto ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES playing at the Ewhurst Village Hall on various dates between 27th January and 4th February 2017. It’s a treat in store!

International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic.Il Trovotore is one the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder. The famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi’s exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses. For more information and tickets visit

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NT Live: Amadeus Burns Night Celebration

28th January / Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Celebration of Robbie Burns commencing in the atmospheric Denbies Cellar followed by dinner and a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band in the Conservatory. Includes sparkling wine on arrival, 4 course meal including haggis, neeps & tatties, wine to accompany the meal, live entertainment throughout and of course, a wee dram. For more information and tickets visit

2nd February / Haslemere Hall Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. For more information and tickets visit





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Food & Drink Events in 2017 This year’s culinary calendar is filled with amazing foodie events to sink your teeth into. Here’s just a scintillating sample of what to expect as the year unfolds, but don’t forget to come back here each month for more delicious events happening near you…

January West End Centre Beer Festival

13th & 14th January / West End Centre, Aldershot Tickets from £5 It’s back! In conjunction with Surrey’s famed Hogs Back Brewery, the Westy’s glorious quaff-fest presents over 40 ales and ciders from a wide range of independent breweries and cider makers, plus plenty of live music, food and great company. Now in its fourth year, as before the well-stocked bar will offer a great range of soft drinks, wines and spirits for anyone who fancies something else. Buy your tickets in advance as this event sells out every year, buy some beer tokens at the same time and you’ll get in quicker. The line-up this year includes Bath’s finest roots-rock outfit Bare Knuckle Parade plus I Plead Irony on Friday. Love. Stop. Repeat on Saturday afternoon and The Zipheads and IDKFA on Saturday evening.


July The Cheese and Chilli Festival

22nd-23rd July / Shalford, Guildford If you love both cheese and chilli, jot the date of this fiery foodie gathering in your diary. The Cheese and Chilli Festival promises to be a great day again out for the whole family and this year’s festival will be bigger and better! To keep little ones amused, there will be a children’s play zone with Punch and Judy shows, falconry displays, fun rides, inflatables and even a magician. If that isn’t enough, there’s live music, demonstrations and talks to provide even more entertainment. Don’t miss the chilli sauce competition, too, which is judged by visitors. Enjoy all of this with a pint from the bar offering tipples supplied by local breweries.

Always the Sun Festival

8th - 10th September / Stoke Park, Guildford After it’s triumphant debut in 2016, Guildford’s newest summer festival will return. The most foodie friendly festival Guildford’s ever knows Always the Sun will be complementing its huge line-up of local and national music artists with a colourful parade of food vendors offering every kind of street food from around the world with a delicious dose of nutrition and wellness. Expect more fantastic demos from talented local chefs at the Outdoor Kitchen too.

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August The BBC Good Food Festival

27th – 29th August / Hampton Court Palace This is the ultimate experience for food lovers, with live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping and tasting at the heart of the BBC’s UK-wide Good Food Shows. Every show has its own unique flavour, but all include a fantastic line-up of the UK’s best chefs and experts cooking live, great brands, exciting new flavours, the latest trends and carefully selected independent producers of the finest food, drink and culinary products. And it’s all set in the historic splendour of Hampton Court Palace!

The G Live Beer Festival is back in September, filled once again to the brim with local ales, music and food. Some of the county’s top independent brewers will be offering seasonal ales and ciders. If your friends are ale fans, while you’re partial to a gin and tonic, then this can be still be a great day out for you as a wide range of wines and spirits will be served throughout the day. There will be live music throughout the festival, including ukulele super group Ukejam and a full hog roast and a BBQ will be served throughout the event. Tickets are on sale now!

September Woking Food and Drink Festival

1st -3rd September / Woking town centre In 2016, an estimated 100,000 hungry visitors flocked to Woking’s award-winning food festival to meet some of the country’s top celebrity chefs and enjoy the edible delights on offer. This year the festival will return to the town centre and showcase live culinary demos from TV and local chefs. There’ll be over 70 food and drinks stalls featuring local and regional produce and dishes, masterclasses held at Tante Marie Culinary Academy Live kitchen, hands-on children’s cookery workshops, BBQ demonstrations, bake off competitions for adults and children, celebrity chef book signings and much more.

October A Taste of Autumn

18th – 22nd October / Wisley Gardens The orchard is laden with fruit and the garden is awash with colour – it’s time for RHS Wisley’s Taste of Autumn! Prepare to be tempted by quality food and drink stalls, pick up advice, be wowed by displays and exhibitions, and much more at this must-see autumn event. Stock up your winter larder with delicious food and drink products including cheese, olives, ales and confectionery. Visit the Wisley Edibles Team for apple identification, apple pressing and the chance to taste delicious Wisley apples. You can also sample fresh apple juice and get expert advice. There are all sorts of fun, family events to enjoy as well.





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ON THE GO ... CRAZY BEAN CAFÉ A new café offering fresh vegan food, Crazy Bean Café is a gift to both the converted and the curious… For anyone looking for the pure joys of real vegan cooking in Surrey, choices, sadly, are slim. I don’t decry this as someone who ascribes to a diet free from animal products – you could no more make me give up bacon than you could ask me to swim the English Channel in a suit of chainmail. But I do consider myself among many millions of people who are steadily growing in awareness of the heavy price of intensive animal agriculture, paid not only by the animals, but by the environment also. It may be because of this creeping anxiety about the cost of what we eat and how we produce it that veganism, or at least vegetarianism, has gone from a perception of a fringe hippy fad to a mainstream, sustainable answer to a looming problem that is really starting to make itself felt. Vegans will preach -rightly- to the unconverted that veganism is not only super good for you but utterly delicious too, but for those not inclined to explore it in their own kitchens, where does that leave us in Surrey for places to experience this purest of cuisines? Which brings me back to the dearth of dedicated vegan choices in the county when it comes to eating out. But it also brings

us, fortunately, to the Crazy Bean Café in charming little Great Bookham. Opened in September 2016 by entrepreneur Krissi Sanft with Head Chef Chris Skelton, the Crazy Bean Café has been a hit among locals and drawn vegan bloggers from far afield. That could be down to many factors, among them Krissi’s desire, she tells me later, to “open a normal café, not a hipster café.” Which would be easy enough to do in the sleepy village of Bookham, you’d assume, but then the café’s real ace-in-the hole must be Chef Skelton’s classical training and the team’s intention to infuse their vegan dishes with “flavours people recognise.” That could mean a vegan lasagne that tastes like… I want to say ‘real’ lasagne, but that feels wrong and you know what I mean, or a Beef Bourguignon swapped out with lentils that still has all the deep, savoury richness of its classic origins. The menu on our visit was, like the café itself, small and to the point (‘crazy’ doesn’t exactly manifest in the smart, minimalist décor) but that only helps focus the appetite on a concise range of tantalising options. With lunch on our mind, we began with a couple of wraps. One was a roast veggie wrap, stuffed with juicy-sweet and tender peppers, courgettes, onions and aubergine with a luscious homemade houmous that went heavy on the lemon, balanced with a sweet chilli sauce; all a lovely, fresh whack of flavours and textures. A sticky BBQ wrap, however, was more of a revelation that any humble tortilla wrap has a right to be, stuffed as it was with golden, crispy tofu given a little Southern Fried love and

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that smoky sauce: simply a dead-on punt at a fried chicken wrap, and an expression of the café’s mantra of ‘recognisable flavours’. A wild mushroom tagliatelle, loaded with soy cream and parmesan, was as rich and tasty a bowl of carbs as you could wish for, with great nuggets of fragrant, nutty mushrooms. More of that unctuous crispy tofu arrived crowning a bowl of ramen soup, shredded vegetables and fat noodles swimming in a gorgeous, aromatic broth, with a deep, clean spicy heat. It all felt and ate like a glorious tease, and a sign that when this little café, and one of Surrey’s only vegan dining spots, is done luring in both committed vegans and the curious, there might be a world of eyeopening dishes up their sleeve just waiting to be discovered. You never know: this humble café with fresh ideas could just be the start of something in Surrey.

Crazy Bean Café Great Bookham, 23 High Street, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4AA --Food total for 2 = £25.00





ON THE GO ... PRIMAL ROOST Seeking sustenance of a more primal nature, we head to a coffee shop and pantry in Bagshot that’s like nothing else in Surrey… It’s been called the Caveman diet, Palaeolithic and Primal, but whatever you call it, the appeal of ‘primal’ eating has grown significantly in recent years. It’s even managed to shake off the kind of label ascribed to so many here-today gone-tomorrow diets - namely ‘fads’thanks to its common-sense grounding in the kind of nutrition our bodies actually require, not just what they’ve become accustomed to with modern diets. And for three friends from Bagshot, the simple pleasures and extraordinary benefits of a life freed from processed foods and stultifying grains were too good not to share. That’s what led Jody Diton, Leisa Moss and Kirstie Prince to dream up the idea of Primal Roost, a café oasis not only for fellow paleo travellers but for people curious about the lifestyle. “We’ve all

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been paleo or primal for a few years, for various reasons,” says Jody. “But it was only by chatting that we realised we were all following the same kind of lifestyle. So, we became our own little network, sharing recipes, ideas and dinner parties and such. Then we had the idea to do something like a café with this paleo concept.”

Fresh food here is unfussy yet well-thought through, designed to satisfy any appetite and provide an immediate, nutritious lift. On our visit, we grabbed a wrap – a grain-free tortilla – stuffed with delicious salty gammon and layered with crisp leaves, tangy gherkins and a subtle Dijon dressing, with a punchy, fresh coleslaw.

The café they opened in July 2015 is a bright, modern place that blurs that trendy line between chic and upcycled with ease. The heady aroma of specialist organic coffee from Surrey coffee roasters Beanberry hits you immediately, followed by the sight of a counter festooned with all kinds of freshly made goodies including salads, cakes, muffins and brownies.

The ‘Stew of the Day’ turned out to be a comforting beef Bolognese with the pasta swapped out for courgette, spiralised into happy, fresh tendrils that had just the right al dente firmness. I love my pasta but there was everything to love about this simple, hearty twist on a family favourite.

As a pantry, Roost’s neat scaffold and timber shelves hold a dizzying variety of health foods with prominent organic, paleo and gluten-free brands such as Clearspring, Infinity Foods and Gnaw on Nature, offering store cupboard essentials like seeds, flours, nuts and delicious treats like natural chocolate and fruit bars. Naturally, there isn’t a shred of processed sugar or cereal grain to be found at Primal Roost, but the ladies’ goal was always to make their shop a place to transition easily into a healthier lifestyle.

Those with a sweet tooth aren’t let down at all at Primal Roost; from amongst the treats on the countertop we tucked into a dreamy salted caramel chocolate cupcake and a delicately spiced bundt cake, neither betraying any hint or distinction of unprocessed flours or sugars that might have been derived from coconut or almond, just super moist and tasty, especially when paired with a soothing matcha mint latte or a robust flat white. Primal Roost’s concept and commitment to healthy living is worn proudly on its sleeve, in the food, its goods and in dozens of books on the subject among the

shelves, but in no way smothers what is simply a warm, friendly and smart place to come for great coffee and a bite to eat. For the curious, the staff are only too happy to expound on the benefits of paleo lifestyle and the shop runs regular events – such as a Detox January – to spread the good word. Even the English Rugby Squad are frequently drawn here from their training ground at Pennyhill Park, so when a café serves food that effortlessly complements the rigidly engineered diets of these hungry titans, you know it has to be special.

Primal Roost 53 High St, Bagshot GU19 5AH Tel: 01276 850007 Open seven days a week. --Food total for Two = £21.13







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Still promising yourself to visit every time you pass? This family run Italian restaurant in Newlands Corner is a little piece of Italy, right here in Surrey. Voted Guildford’s best restaurant and a favourite dining spot for many, Carlo’s Trattoria has a reputation for fresh produce, prepared with passion and served in a fantastic atmosphere. Carlo’s offers its guest a wide selection of traditional and modern Mediterranean food. The set lunch menu is bursting with choice- enjoy 2 courses for just £13.95 Monday-Friday, £15.95 Sunday or 3 courses £15.95, £17.95 Sunday. The selection of starters is sure to awaken your taste buds before a main course of anything from homemade fresh pasta beef lasagne to slow roasted leg of lamb. The party set menu available at £21.50 Monday to Thursday, £24.50 Friday and Saturday for groups of 10 or more is fantastic value, as it features many dishes from the Specials Board. Complete your experience with something sweet and leave with a huge smile, courtesy of Carlo’s!

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Devised by Executive Chef Martin Blunos, The Talbot boasts an extensive menu, with plenty of choice for all tastes and pockets, celebrating timeless British classics. Visitors will find plenty to delight; from freshly-shucked Colchester oysters to alebraised beef and horseradish mash. Stop by for a night out with friends or an intimate meal at a quiet table nestled under the restaurant’s ornate copper roof. Relax in the cosy bar in the glow of the traditional log fire, or the newly refurbished restaurant. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, spoil your loved one with ‘dinner a deux’ at The Talbot and enjoy an enchanting, heavenly 4 course menu and a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

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FOODIES FEATURE LIDGATES BUTCHERS, ADDLESTONE Lidgates is a west London institution that’s now arrived in Surrey, thanks to a partnership with the Crockford Bridge Farm Shop. Founded in 1850, the family butchers are now run by Danny Lidgate, the fifth generation of the Lidgates to do so. The firm were champions of provenance long before the current trend for authenticity. Lidgates’ meats include grass fed beef from Judith Freane, Wagyu beef from Earl Stonham and own-made beef bourguignon pies. It’s not just beef award winning Master butcher Danny knows but pork, game lamb and poultry too. Try Lidgates’ Victoria and Albert sausages made using fresh free-range pork, mustard and horseradish or their Old English sausages, made using a Victorian recipe that combines pork with its firm friend sage and herbs and other spices. Revered by food critics and restauranteurs alike, Lidgates is synonymous with quality meat produce. From beautifully cut and trimmed joints to minced meat and rolled meat enhanced with flavourings and ready for you to cook at home, Lidgates offer customers huge choice. Experience the refined flavour of periperi – fresh poussin split, laid flat and prepared in homemade marinade. Crown the dining table with a saddle of lamb filled and coated with pesto sauce and pine nut decoration; this centrepiece is sure to impress all who are invited to sup at your side. Much of their fare is available online, but you must pay a visit if only to appreciate the generations of skill and service that make Lidgates a fantastic addition to Crockford Bridge Farm and to Surrey!

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The opening months of the 2016/17 British Basketball League season have been a mix of cruel and kind to Guildford’s professional basketball team, but the new look Surrey Scorchers outfit have certainly made the most of their chances to show the league that they are back to their best!

Surrey Storm Netball have this month welcomed their brand new Director of Netball, Tania Hoffman to England for the first time.

Recent seasons have been tough for the county’s basketball franchise, with both players and coaches coming in and out on an almost monthly basis while the club, and Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos, found stability in its roster. At the start of the campaign back in September, nobody would have expected the side to be sitting on the edge of the BBL Play-Off places, with a Cup semi-final to their name (the club’s first since 2009). Incredible individual performances from US imports Quincy Taylor and Chaz Rollins plus Brit Will Neighbour, who will be looking for international selection this summer, have really set the side alight this year! Hundreds of fans from across the community head to the Sports Park to cheer on the boys, who say that the fans really are key to their performances which are improving every single time they step out on court. Add in the recent announcement that BBC Sport will broadcast one live game every week on their website, red button and connected TV platforms, and it’s clear to see that basketball is going from strength to strength in the UK, taking our very own Surrey Scorchers with it!

Hoffman, whose signing was announced in September, will lead a new look Storm side during the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague season as they look to make it a hat trick of back-to-back championship titles. Having now spent a few weeks with the squad, Tania said: “This is a new team with lots of young players but they are eager to learn and they really want to come together as a team before the season starts. Success for them will be about how they progress and go forward together as a team. Success will be bigger than just winning games.” Storm kick off their 2017 season on Saturday 18th February when they host Severn Stars at Surrey Sports Park. Tickets for all home games, including the showpiece fixture Netball London Live in the capital, are on sale at

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Warm Return for Rio Hero Badminton fans from across Surrey were on hand in November to welcome an Olympic hero back to Surrey Sports Park, as Rio 2016 bronze medal winner and Surrey Smashers captain Chris Langridge returned to AJ Bell National Badminton League action. The Leatherhead-born hero defied the odds in Brazil to secure Team GB’s first medal in the sport since 2004 alongside Marcus Ellis in the Men’s Doubles. Smashers fans were able to get up close and personal with Chris and his Olympic medal at the Sports

Park in November, as Langridge led out his Surrey side to their first match-night win of the 2016/17 season. The night also saw fellow Olympians Line Kjaersfeldt, Nina Vislova and Chris and Gabby Adcock hit the court, as Smashers took a 3-2 win over University of Nottingham. Badminton fans will have one more chance to watch Langridge in the county this season when his side host Team Derby on Monday 9th January. Tickets are on sale now at

Kick off your 2017 resolutions at Surrey Sports Park It’s time to brush aside those mince pies and turkey dinners and get your whole lifestyle in shape for the New Year. With a whole range of sports facilities, including a state of the art gym, Olympic sized swimming pool and badminton, tennis and squash courts galore, there really is something for everyone at Surrey Sports Park. But there is more to the place than just opportunities to exercise. You can also get advice on your lifestyle as a whole

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go green in ‘17 It’s a brand new year and time to freshen up your outlook. When we think of ‘going green,’ all sorts of associations might spring to mind: growth, clarity, nature, purity- but how can we transform these ideas into actions that benefit our lives T you want and the environment? a Whether will you do it to be more politically conscious or start a clean eating plan, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you go green this year.

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Explore your local area One thing we can all be mindful of is how we travel. With so much great stuff on our patch, it’s not hard to convince people to explore local attractions and amenities, but we could probably give the motor a bit of a rest and jump on our bikes a bit more. Cycling is not only a clean way to get about but great exercise and good fun to boot. Visit to find out where you can roam the countryside and rediscover some beauty spots you’d forgotten.

On yer bike Cycling is for everyone. An electric bike can allow you to go further for longer and eliminate the daunting prospect of exhausting hill climbing. For more infomation visit to see what great options they have in store.

Connect with nature Get out and about and teach the family to cherish green spaces. Visiting petting farms and nature reserves will give children an understanding of the bigger picture they are part of and teach them to care about their impact on the wider world. Why not visit the Living Planet Centre in Woking for a real education! Parents can also check out for interactive information to support children to care for the environment- kids will love Busta and Pong, the Wastebuster’s Crew.


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Green House You don’t have to go anywhere to go green; start at home by checking your energy supplier and switch to a tariff that will encourage investment in renewable energy production. Visit Every decision we make has consequences, including retail decisions like where you buy things to furnish your home and what you clean it with. Visit for a beautiful, responsibly furnished home, where all their hardwood furniture is sustainably sourced and fair trade. A visit to the team at The Natural Life Shop in Cranleigh will help you to discover a whole new way to care for your home, and everyone in it, with great ideas for eco baby products and much more. Visit

You are what you eat It’s true. Visit farmers’ markets to pick up produce that has been locally grown and has not been flown in from afar at great cost to the environment. Seek out organic producers or stockists to inspire the food choices you make. Visit |

Fund Fair Trade Check out and find out more about the work being done to make Surrey a Fair Trade county. Do your bit to bring farmers and consumers closer together by looking for Fair Trade products when you go shopping.

Encourage Ethical Entrepreneurs Support companies and business with ethical trading practices. Purity, based in Farnham, is a fair trade and organic clothing boutique that also sells accessories, beauty products and gifts. They aim to be considerate of the environment throughout their business, not only by stocking great products with an ethical conscience, but also by running the business on green electricity and using recycled stationary. Visit

Calling All Students! Go Green Week 8th-13th February 2017 is People & Planet’s annual national week of student action on climate change. They want all universities and colleges to move their money out of the fossil fuel industry, stop greenwashing, and support a clean energy future for all through their investments, research, teaching and careers. Since People & Planet launched the Fossil Free campaign in 2013, already 19 UK universities have divested in companies that damage the environment. Visit and get on board.

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By Chloe Kearns If you’re looking for lovely soft furnishings in Surrey, there are plenty of places to pick up stylish mass produced pieces- but if it’s something a little different you’re after, a little more a a ‘you,’ T will you do it Louise visit to Sarah Dix is sure to inspire and could even equip you with a skill for life if you take up one of her upholstery courses. We went along to her studio in Godalming to find out more...

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Sarah’s studio is an eclectic place, full of her current projects- a traditional arm chair she’s upholstering for an older gentleman; a funky floral creation with silver leather piping for a young woman in her 20’s; even a sofa salvaged from a flooded property that is being given new life- with velvet trimmings no less. There are all sorts of chairs here spanning the decades, for all sorts of people in all sorts of homes. On the walls, there are even mounted embroidery hoops of forgotten vintage fabrics saved from chairs long ago. Sarah originally studied fashion design before becoming a designer, maker and traditional upholsterer. Her signature piece, the Corset Chair, is the perfect example of how original vintage clothing and tailoring techniques influence her work. She enjoys nothing more than being able to help her clients to create truly unique, flamboyant furniture, their own little piece of history to endure in their homes. If you thought upholstery was just about covering something in fabric, you’d be wrong- it’s far more exciting and involved

than that! As well as producing her own bespoke creations and restoring pieces for customers, Sarah teaches a number of upholstery courses where she shares her passion for this traditional craft.


“You can upholster anything!” explains Sarah, gesturing at a stool made from a tree stump, made to look like a toadstool. ‘Right,’ I thought- ‘I definitely want to learn how to do THAT.’ The skills she teaches on her courses, from tacking hessian to a frame, bridal ties new you new yearpacking with fibres, knitting them together and pulling fabric evenly over the seat can be transferred across projects, allowing you produce other pieces of your own at home, armed with expert know-how. Plenty of people enjoy attending Sarah’s courses, from couples and groups of friends wanting to spend quality time together, to individuals wanting to learn something new.


Today Sarah would teach us to upholster a footstool with a drop-in seat. “I feel a Christmas present coming on,” joked participant Max Mealey, who loves finding new crafts to try. First things first, we cut our hessian to size and attached it to the flat drop in board using a hammer and temporary tacks. Sarah showed us how to use the magnetic end of the hammer to pick up the tack and then tap it into place. Approximately one in four of my taps hit the intended target, but we certainly got better throughout the day. “I hope no one’s got a hangover!” jested Sarah. “This is great for getting your frustration out,” noted Claire Bogle, another participant, who’s eventually hoping to upholster a sprung chair. There was a lovely atmosphere in Sarah’s studio: convivial, chatty and helpful, with everyone exchanging tips and complements for jobs well done. At each stage of the process, Sarah clearly demonstrated and explained the task and provided assistance when needed. As we worked, she told us about different projects she has worked on, such as commissions

for hotels or interesting finds, like the letter to the next upholster from their predecessor, contained within a Victorian chair someone brought to her studio. With each round of pulling and covering, our tacking technique improved and by four o’clock, six budding upholsterers were able to put their feet up on six fabulous footstools. If you want to be inspired by a contemporary artist to transform your home, a trip to Sarah Louise Dix’s studio will do it; she’ll help you to create your own space by designing and creating functional items that go beyond the purely decorative to become stylish essentials. Join Sarah in her studio for an upholstery experience of your own, with a beginners one day footstool workshop on a Saturday between 09.30-16.30. If you’ve tried upholstery before and are looking to develop your skills, why not try the intermediate one day course to work on a sprung dining chair on a Saturday between 09.30-18.30? Once you’ve truly fallen in love with the fabulous fun that is upholstering, attend a ten-week course with Sarah to develop your own masterpiece and you’ll never look back! Bargate House, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1LG 01483 801108

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After all the festive fun, you might be looking for a way to kick start the New Year into action. Leave lazy days behind you and finally carpe that flippin’ diem for once. There are plenty of o new hobbies to try, old skills to areas to explore, give it a go improve. Face a fear or give something back, there’s plenty out there waiting for you to get stuck into. Best foot forward- 2017 is your year!

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Perhaps a less traditional language takes your fancy. Makaton is a language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate. The Beginners’ Workshop takes place over two days, covers Stages 1 to 4 signs and symbols will you doatit a cost of £100 and includes the Makaton Beginners’ workbooks- a very handy reference tool!

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Do you love to sing? If you’re stuck in your shower but wish you could be shouting from the rooftops, join the Show Choir at venues in Surrey to stretch your vocal chords and have some fun with fellow musical enthusiasts. They have choirs in Dorking, Cobham, West Byfleet, Horsham and Guildford and welcome new members to join them- your first session is free! More info

If you’re a star that needs a stage, check out the Pranksters Theatre Company, an amateur dramatics theatre group based in Guildford. They pride themselves on producing ambitious, innovative and creative performances with a BIG IDEA every year. Performing at The Electric Theatre, site specific venues, pub theatre and much much more, if you love theatre and are looking for a friendly and sociable group with a professional attitude, this could be the group for you. More info



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Why not go completely wild and conquer the great new you new yearPure outdoors? Bushcraft experiences offer the chance to rediscover the lost knowledge of our ancestors. From lighting a fire to building a shelter on an introductory course to foraging for edibles on a more advanced course, Pure Bushcraft is ideal for anyone who enjoys being out in nature. More info

It’s cold outside- so why not learn to make yourself something warm? Knit or crochet with Vicki at The Crafting Place on a variety of short courses. Join other beginners or learn the next steps with something more advanced. Vicki is always happy to give pointers and loves to see what her visitors create- drop in for a stitch and a natter. Visit her website to find the course for you. More info

Adam Aaronson is glass artist based in Horsley, blowing beauties of his own and teaching others to work wonders in glass too. Visit his studio to see what he’s been up to and discover what you could learn next. His glassblowing course is a popular half-day introduction to glass blowing for beginners and he also offers on-going tuition for those who wish to extend their expertise. Private sessions can be arranged for groups of family or friends or for corporate team-building events. More info

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to get your teeth into a new project and with plenty out there right on our doorstep, there’s bound to be a course for you. Learn with friends or branch out on your own, bite into 2017.

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If you’ve been inspired by watching others do it on Bake Off but have never quite got your bake on, consider joining a Clandestine Cake Club in your area. Have your cake and eat it- with others! Bring something gooey to share with the Godalming group or something heavenly to tempt them in Horley, chat over tea and cake with fellow fans. Find a group near you and bake on.

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start your fitness plan It may be cliché but the symbolism of a new year and a fresh start still has the power to motivate many of us seeking a healthier lifestyle. But it’s too easy to falter at the starting line without a clear plan and goals. Here, Natalie Silvester from Guildford and London-based personal training providers, More Than Muscle, offers her advice on how to train right in 2017… So, you’re here again, its January and you’re about to embark on your annual health and fitness quest. But have you thought about where you went wrong last time? Consider these simple steps to keep your health and fitness kicking all year long.

Goals: Start by writing down the reasons behind your new health and fitness regime. From this, think of where you want to be. How that will make you feel when you achieve this. Add a time frame to this goal and it suddenly becomes a task. Start by looking long-term i.e. 6 months+ you will then find it easier and more realistic to break down your goal into smaller and more achievable chunks. Write all your mini milestones down somewhere you can see them every day.

Preferences: Classes/gym/PT: There are many ways you can begin with working out and it simply boils down to preference. If confidence is an issue, I would suggest starting with a friend. Gym classes are a great place to start to, many have a fun and energetic atmosphere and are aimed at all fitness levels. Online fitness programs and e-books are another route you can take if you’re selfdisciplined and have some general gym knowledge. Personal Training is a tailored and structured service specific to you and only you.

Other Activities: It’s not all about the gym. Re-join your local sports team, sign-up to a charity race or start attending a walking/running club. What often stops people in their tracks when heading for their goals is boredom. Enjoy the journey and enjoy what your body can do.

Sleep: Are you getting enough sleep? 6-8 hours of unbroken sleep is the recommendation. Having this amount of rest per night will give your body time to repair ahead of a fresh and new day! If you don’t find it easy to fall asleep then there are a few things you can do to improve this. Try not to consume any caffeine a minimum of 6 hours before bedtime. Shining a glowing blue light into the retina of your eye isn’t the best form of relaxation so try reading or listening to an audiobook before bed instead of looking at your phone or tablet.

Hydration: Around 2-3 litres of water per day will do it. If you feel thirsty, chances are you’re

already dehydrated and if 2 litres of water sounds like an awful lot to you, then chances are you’re probably not drinking enough. Start by filling up a 2-litre bottle with water and sip this throughout the day. Staying hydrated gives a healthy glow to your skin, keeps hunger at bay, prevents headaches and keeps your digestive system regular.

Nutrition: This is where it tends to go wrong. Begin with eating natural and whole foods that you enjoy and don’t restrict yourself. Food is there to nourish your body and shouldn’t be used as your weapon of selfdestruction. Keep things exciting by trying new foods and recipes.

Weigh yourself properly: People tend to shy away from the scales, but there really is no need to. Weighing yourself every day teaches you about your body and how it reacts to different foods or activity levels. Water intake, menstrual cycle, food intake and stress can all play havoc with the scales. So, if you’re going to weigh yourself do so on the same scales (morning preferably) every day and then calculate an average over that week.

Log your progress: Whether your goal is to improve yourself mentally of physically it’s important to log your progress. Personally, keeping a diary works for me but you can also use your phone to create notes, take pictures or record short voice memos. Achievements are motivating to see and great to look back on, you’ll never get bored of seeing results.

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Keen to reignite her love of running after an injury, our photographer Fi Digby-Jones sought expert help from coach Dr Margot Wells…

away and back towards her so she could analyse my alignment. It appears, and I quote: “my legs are hanging on by a thread”, not the sort of statement I was expecting, but then no one has scrutinised the way I walk before. No matter, I’ve got a thick skin, and besides, Margot said she would have that sorted by the end of the session.

I’ve always enjoyed running, so when I injured my knee shortly before the inaugural Surrey Half Marathon in 2014, I felt huge frustration and disappointment at not being able to compete.

Margot then coached me through a series of strengthening exercises using a resistance band, which, on the face of it, seemed quite simple, yet these were clearly having an effect as each time Margot asked me to take a little run, I was running faster and faster each time, without noticing any extra effort on my part. My knee injury also wasn’t causing me any pain, but then again, it doesn’t tend to unless I try to run over long

My injury was then exacerbated by a pathetic tumble on the slopes during my last snowboarding holiday, so I was only too eager to engage in a 1-to-1 with Dr Margot Wells of Wellfast. My only reservation being that I had to be in front of the camera, instead of behind it where I feel more comfortable, but hey, at least you now know what I look like! Wellfast was founded on Margot’s passion for speed and power, and as a former international sprinter, she well knows the joy of running and is keen that everyone should feel the same. Margot not only helped her husband, Alan Wells M. B. E. win the Olympic 100m gold medal in 1980, she has also worked with many professional rugby players. After an initial discussion to ascertain where my injury was, what had caused it, and how long it had been since I’d last ran, Margot simply asked me to walk

distances, or push myself too fast, so was keen to find out if I could build up to the distances, and achieve, or better still, improve on the times I was accomplishing before my knee started to give up on me. To this end, Margot emailed me the exercises I had performed during the session and told me to do these daily for a week instead of my normal workouts, then go for a run and report back to her. At the time of going to print, I was yet to go for this run so check our website for the results and who knows, with Margot’s confident advice to guide me, perhaps I’ll be able to compete in this year’s Surrey Half Marathon!

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The Guide 2 SURREY’S SUFFERFESTS There are those for whom a full or half marathon feels no more challenging than a brisk walk in the park. Not for them the gentle padding of a run-of-the-mill 10k; a real challenge consists of pushing themselves over obstacles both man-made and wild, through lashing wind, rain and mud. Lots of mud. The rise of the ‘Sufferfest’ over the last few years caters for every extreme fitness challenger, and Surrey’s not short of opportunities to break yourself in new and ‘fun’ ways…

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AAT events’ G3 runs invite daring runners to take on an escalating series of distances, but if you can only do one, then you’ll find at least one to suit your ability. And if you can tear your focus away from the pain, then you’ll find these runs take you through some of the best scenery in the Surrey Hills.

So what’s going on here? Well there’ll be tonnes of glorious mud, water features, hills, fields and a shed-load of participants from the very fit and experienced to the beginner who wants to challenge themselves. Check out

Brutal 10 Trail Run 28th January Bagshot, Surrey TYPE OF COURSE: Trail Run LENGTH: 10km TOUGHNESS FACTOR: Tough Brutal10’s are pretty much the toughest trail runs in the country. As they say themselves there are no gimmicky flames, barbed wire, fake ice cubes or hay bales, just hard routes across the wildest of countryside. Designed by British Army officers, the race is for those of you who yearn for hard running with mud and lots of hills.


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Wilfred Noyce Centre, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1DY Type of course: Circular Length: 58km Toughness Factor: Insane! Perhaps the most insufferable of Surrey’s Sufferfests, the Fox Ultra marathon is the toughest event you can choose to put yourself through. In order to run 58k in one day, the event starts very early in the morning – so bring a headtorch as well as an iron will! This fully marked circular course orbits Guildford via Godalming, clockwise through the villages of Shackleford, Normandy, Worplesdon, Ripley, Shere and Wonersh. For those who take on this beast of a run… we salute you!

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test dummy: brutal run This month, Tayler Willson takes on his final Test Dummy for the Guide 2 Surrey. Did you think we’d go easy on him? Brutal (adjective)

- savagely violent - unpleasant or harsh - direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness Whatever way you look at the word brutal, it’s not very nice. Even paired with a positive word it changes its entire meaning, a brutal hug, for example, or a brutal kiss. Neither of which are too appealing. But as I found myself 5-kilometres into a Brutal Run, I’d have happily taken a week-full of brutal hugs and kisses instead. Earlier, I’d force-fed myself a few bananas and sank almost three litres of water in the short journey to the run, just outside Aldershot. Upon arrival at the meeting point - the friend that drove me was also running - we began to warm up in what was a bitterly cold morning.

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We cautiously set off, keeping eyes on the more experienced runners for tips. I wasn’t going to be that guy that speeds ahead only to be mocked and ridiculed further down the line, no, we’d keep our distance and observe from a far. After a few small hills, some rough terrain and a few obstacles too, we came to a mud swamp. Thigh-deep in gloopy, brown sludge, we desperately tried to keep up with the pace-setters, struggling for breath and sweating solids.

Polseden Lacey, normally a haven of quiet and beautiful reflection is also home to the Maverick Race Original Series race. The stunning grounds offer up some incredible trails. There are 3 routes to choose from so there’s something for everyone, from the lowly beginner to the adrenaline crazed psycho that you are. Check the World Wide Web for the deets.

By the fifth kilometre, I was suffering bad and needed to re-stretch. Cramp was coming, sure, but not quite yet. I’d do what I could to delay it. The hills were proving to be quite tricky, so changing my tactics was a must and I immediately changed how I’d tackle the big, slopey gits: walk up, nice, run down, sorted. The sweet spot. Cramp averted.

Polesden Lacey nr. Dorking Type of Course: Trail Run LENGTH: 8, 15 or 21k TOUGHNESS FACTOR: Fairly Tough

Parkinson’s UK Muddy Mission 17th June

Dorking, Surrey Type of Course: Obstacle Length: 5k Toughness Factor: Great for beginners Ok so we’ve left this one to last just in case you’ve read through all of the above and thought “Oh, hell no!” Now, you’ve no excuse. Ideal for those just starting out, this 5K military assault course will give you a chance to crush your inner fears and win through. You can expect to run, climb, and crawl through 60+ challenging obstacles all the while being covered in glorious mud. To register interest email

Cramp duly arrived about 30 seconds later and I fell to the floor in an embarrassing heap of pain, but I continued. With just over two kilometres remaining, I was really beginning to struggle. We were passing walkers and the temptation to join them almost proved too much, but with the end in sight and my nose twitching at the smell of victory, I wasn’t going to start slacking now. With my chum by my side, we held hands and raised our arms aloft as the crowd, including our family and loved ones, screamed and roared our names. Like the two, weak Brownlee brothers, arm-in-arm we fell across the finish line and we had conquered. We were victorious. As it happens, my 1 hour 58 minute time was actually really quite slow. But my aim was to finish and that’s what I did. The run lived up to its brutal name. It was unpleasant and harsh, although not savagely violent. Were I to run again, the preparation would be much better. But I’ll need some Brutal rest first. Brutal Run and other events are organised by AAT Events. Visit them at



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GET SET FOR THE SURREY HALF MARATHON Surrey’s premier running event, The Surrey Half Marathon returns to the streets of Woking and Guildford on March 12th, to push the pulse rates of the local population and to raise valued funds for charities large and small the length and breadth of the county and beyond. The Surrey Half Marathon has been the County’s largest half-marathon for the past 4 years, and according to a survey carried out last year, raised £0.4 million for charity in 2016. The half marathon sees the return of Macmillan Cancer Support as a national charity partner for 2017, alongside Harrison’s Fund as the local charity partner. The Surrey Half is proud to support and work with a number of other charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, KSS Air Ambulance and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. In addition to the title Half Marathon event and Kids’ Race which saw over 500 children take part in 2016 - a brand new 5km run has been added for 2017. Race Director Toby Jenkins says that the 5km “is a very achievable distance for beginners” who want to enjoy the Surrey Half experience, but who are not ready to complete 13.1 miles. He went on to say: “The Surrey Half Marathon 2017 will be a bigger and better event for runners, spectators, volunteer, local businesses and spectators alike. Do join us.”

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THE SURREY HALF MARATHON EXPO 11th March 2017| Woking Leisure Centre

PLAN YOUR TRAINING AND PICK UP YOUR RACE PACK For those in the know, preparation for the race is paramount! To get all your gear and to get some training advice, visit The 2017 Surrey Half Woking Leisure Centre on Sunday 11th February, from 10am - 1pm. The free event welcomes you to come and pick up your race pack, take part in a training run and enjoy interactive stands and talks - which are designed to get you on the start line injury-free. If you have injury or training concerns, this is your chance to get some free 1:1 advice from the experts, as well as meet our charities and partners.

EXPO SCHEDULE 10:20am Race Director Toby Jenkins, Surrey Half - “Welcome” 10:30am Andy Cornelius, Synergy Physio - “Structured half marathon training made simple.” 10:50am Bonnie Rasmussen, Rise - “Training your mind for better running.” 11:10am Michael, Synergy Physio - “Injuries, pain and running niggles” 11:30am Dan Afshar, Xempo Pace Team - “How to pace for success” 12:00 - Andy Cornelius, Synergy Physio - 5km run training session on local roads.

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Recipe: Matcha Chocolate Energy Balls Godalming and Italy -based food stylist and writer Fern Green’s new book, Energy Bars & Balls, is bursting with delicious, healthy treats that are easy to make and can be carried with you everywhere…

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Aids digestion / Protein rich / Mineral rich MAKES: 10 PREPARATION: 15 minutes CHILLING: 15 minutes

YOU NEED • 110g Medjool dates, pitted • 75g blanched almonds • 35g cacao powder • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder and extra for dusting • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk METHOD Blend the dates and almonds in a food processor until they come together and form a sticky ball. Break the ball up and add the cacao powder, matcha powder and almond milk. Pulse until all the ingredients are combined. Roll into 10 small balls and dust with more matcha powder. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

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TEST DUMMY: Punk Rock Yoga Lydia Stockbridge discovers a class where punk’s ying to yoga’s yang combine to create a yoga experience like no other... I have been a fair-weather yogi since practitioner Jo Smith first started Punk Rock Yoga classes at The Boileroom in Guildford back in September 2015. However, a busy schedule had got in the way of my zen aspirations. I was looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the new weekly evening

classes, and a long hour (75minutes to be exact) to have some quality ‘me’ time. The philosophy marrying Punk Rock to Dru Yoga is a simple one. Founded in 2003 by practitioner Kimberlee Jensen Stidl: to scrub out the elitism and make yoga accessible to anyone regardless of age, background, race, or gender.

and nod to each other as we spread out and settle in.

In Jo’s own manifesto on her website ( she is ‘driven by the desire to make yoga more accessible and inclusive within the community, regardless of whether you’re ‘punk’ or not’.

It had been a while since the last session for all of us so this was very much about easing back into the swing of things. Jo talks us through each posture and sequence and its impact on our bodies. We limber up first with some aerobic movements to get the blood pumping and music from The Menzingers and Thrice to get the adrenalin flowing. One of my favourite things about these classes is discovering new music through Jo’s Spotify playlists, which get shared

This is evident from the get-go as we file in, mats tucked under our arms. Jo knows all the regulars on a first-name basis: asking how holidays were or how the new job’s going – it’s friendly and we all smile

The Eagle (Garudasana) is our featured pose of the evening; followed by the meditative Earth sequence, and revisiting an old favourite of mine, the three Warrior poses.


after each session online, along with diagrams for each posture. The three Warrior poses channel strength and determination – which is plain to see on all of our now-glistening faces around the room. There’s a silently furious collective will to keep our balance as we take it up from the easier posture one, and move our hips and outstretched arms round to the side, placing all of our weight on one leg in a ‘Superman’ style third pose.

need to take a break or stick to simpler sequences. Jo walks through the room to check on the position of our feet and make adjustments and shout words of encouragement. The Eagle pose is to give clarity, which all flows back into our central focus on finding balance and feeling grounded. The Eagle again has three stages ranging in difficulty: we choose how hard we want to work it.

“There’s a silently furious collective will to keep our balance”

The incessant drum rolls and punk rock riffs of War on Women and Marmozets help me to focus and draw on my energy to power through – although I found myself wobbling no matter how hard I try to keep composed. We then flow through into a tree pose, before repeating the sequence on the other side. Chairs were put out for us to lean on – It’s reassuring there’s no judgement if we

After taking a short break, we head into the final and my second favourite part of the session – meditation. We lie back and listen to Mogwai as Jo talks us through slowly releasing tension in our muscles from our toes up to our shoulders, focusing on our breath with soft bellies slowly breathing in and out. As we first moved into a semi-circle for our first meditation sequence; I’d had

the smug feeling that I’d really pushed myself and will have earned the pizza I’d be having for dinner later; until the newcomer to our group, a middle-aged lady who had been slogging away at the back came to sit down. “Excuse me everyone, but my leg’s giving me gyp, I’m going to have to take it off.’ And without further ado she removed her prosthetic lower right leg to get comfy. It was immediately clear: the real, true challenger here was the one-legged woman sitting to my left who had been balancing on one leg, arms outstretched in the fiercest Warrior pose in the room that night. If that’s not punk, I don’t know what is.

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For many of us making resolutions to get in shape in the New Year, the thought of endless miles on the treadmill or countless reps on the weights bench can make the whole enterprise feel, well, pretty unbearable. But thankfully there is a galaxy of options to help us tone up and get healthy without submitting ourselves to mind-numbing repetition. Here are just some activities in Surrey that bring great health benefits with an extra helping of sociability and fun:

Guildford English Martial Arts Club Guildford Spectrum In the wake of another Jason Bourne movie, it’s time to get fit but also get safe. The difference here is that this is English Martial Arts. Dating back over 400 years, the system combines traditional multi-weapon combat with selfdefence. With teaching from world renowned instructors, Guildford English Martial Arts Club is the place to discover our own martial heritage. For more information, please ring Martin on 07533 364953, e-mail

Footgolf Hoebridge Golf Centre, Woking So this is definitely one to try: FootGolf infuses our national pastime with our other national past time: football and golf. Taking place at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, this hybrid sport is available every day from 12 onwards. Check out their website for more details.

Underwater Hockey Guildford Spectrum, Guildford Guildford Lido (from June-August) Underwater Hockey flooded into our psyche last year and you couldn’t do any better than an all-round workout and fun team sport. Fast-paced with mixed teams, the hockey is played underwater using masks, fins, snorkel and a stick for pushing the puck. Underwater Hockey is aimed at all ages from 8 upwards. Training is provided to everyone, even those who’ve never snorkelled before. Great news, your first session is free and some equipment is available.


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Ultimate Frisbee Surrey Sports Park, Guildford It may be Guildford’s premier Ultimate Frisbee club who compete at a national level, but the guys at Surrey Sports Park always welcome new players, regardless of age and ability. Training and coaching is provided plus there’s an opportunity to compete. Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced, dynamic game that can be enjoyed by all!

Freestyle Gymnastics Woking Gymnastics Club, Woking, Surrey This incorporates aspects of Freerunning and Parkour with acrobatic floor and vault work, exploring new ways to move around obstacles and providing an excellent way to keep fit whilst developing strength, flexibility and spatial awareness. Pay as you go on a Sunday drop in session or book a regular week day class in advance. Freestyle classes are suitable for ages 8-16 and are a great way to get moving after the Christmas holidays. Find out more at

Boccia YMCA Sports and Community Centre, Redhill Children and adults of all ages with additional needs or disabilities can enjoy the world of the Paralympic sport of Boccia with the YMCA. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls — coloured red or blue (which side uses which is determined by a coin toss) as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack. A social and interactive game, Boccia helps participants develop their team work and hand/eye coordination skills. (The YMCA do ask that participants must be supported throughout the session by a parent or carer if needed) And finally…

Indoor skydiving iFly, Basingstoke Okay, so this may not be exercise, but it’s an activity at least! When you head to iFLY, get ready to be blown away – literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the air. Super fun, super safe and super cool!




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Straddling the leafy edge of Surrey and Hampshire, the tranquil village of Grayshott is surrounded by beautiful National Trust countryside, including Ludshott Common and Waggoners Wells. Award-winning Grayshott boasts wonderful shops and restaurants, a traditional pub, free parking and is the perfect place to venture out on woodland walks. Easily accessible via the A3 and with frequent trains from nearby Haslemere, Grayshott is an attractive prospect for those looking to relocate.


The village hall in Grayshott claims to be the largest in the country.

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Applegarth Farm has been around for years; growing, selling and creating unique, sublime foods. It’s all homemade and wonderful. Their shop’s ethos is no different from their restaurant. The restaurant has in the last five years cemented a firm and thoroughly deserved reputation for quality and attention to detail. One can dine inside or out, all the while choosing from a menu bursting with homemade dishes.

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Having long since been a centre of village life, The Fox and Pelican is a wonderful pub heralding the best locally sourced food as well as the familiar exceptional quality cask ales you’d expect from Fullers. The food is also amazing, carefully prepared by their talented chefs from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. If ales aren’t for you, there is also an extensive wine list to compliment the great menu.





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Bothy offers a choice of luxury bed and breakfast accommodation on the outskirts of Grayshott. Escape to a haven of peace and tranquillity with a stay at this quiet, family run B & B and enjoy homemade cake on arrival. The perfect retreat for nature lovers wishing to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty, Bothy even offers guests horse riding facilities with a qualified instructor!

GRAYSHOTT SPA Tel: 01428 602020

No guide to Grayshott would be complete without mentioning the world famous Grayshott Spa.

Nestled peacefully in amidst forty seven acres of beautiful grounds, the spa boasts fifty nine bedrooms as well as thirty six treatment rooms. The spa is famous for its health regimes, programs and recuperation systems. One can benefit from short relaxing stays on the one hand but also benefit from the spas expertise in areas such as post-surgery recovery and intensive digestive cleansing. Not only that, the spa offers a nine holegolf course, gymnasium and award winning restaurants. Short and long stays are available.

Just up the road from the village you’ll find the gorgeous amphitheatre of beauty that is the Devil’s Punchbowl. The National Trust look after this corner of the county which is now blessedly quiet since the tunnel returned sanity to Hindhead. The Punchbowl boasts a little café to refresh yourself before or after you go on some of the most amazing walks in the South East, if not the UK. In fact, it was featured on the 2005 TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the South.


Hampshire’s biggest Country Park with 2,000 acres of open access woodland and downland set within the South Downs National Park, including the Butser Hill National Nature Reserve. The main facilities are open all year round and include a visitor centre with shop, café, theatre and activity area. There are two play areas, bbq sites, picnic areas and 20 miles of trail for walking, cycling and horse riding. Maps are available to purchase from the Visitor Centre shop. 57

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ou may have seen a certain word mentioned multiple times recently in home and lifestyle articles, however you pronounce it, Hygge (Hue-gah) is here.

‘Hygge’, is the Danish concept that’s taking hold across the UK, but what is Hyyge? Well besides Sofa Workshop’s amazingly comfortable new sofa, it’s one of those words where we struggle for a literal translation – think déjà vu or doppelgänger. In essence, it’s a cosy night in by the fire or sharing a hot chocolate with friends: the calm comfort and warmth of life’s simple pleasures. Hygge sums up the mantra of creating a warm, convivial atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life.

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Embrace the essence of Hygge with their NEW Hygge sofa, online now and available in store soon. Their Hygge seating options span the size range so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your space, whether it’s a cosy single seater Hygge chair for curling up with the cat and a good book or an extra-large Hygee sofa- to read the whole family a story!

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To capture this Danish essence, there’s really no hidden secret and we like to think that we Brits have been mastering it for almost as long as the Danes at Sofa Workshop. It’s the turning over of a pillow on a Sunday morning, getting back home after a cold, crisp walk to a roast with family and friends, one more glass of red in the pub or that 4pm cuppa...(just don’t forget the biscuits). Making your home a place of warmth and comfort is about as Hygge as it gets and with their new range of feather-filled, relaxed and ready-to-

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Their Hygge sofas are all handmade in our British workshops and every hardwood frame comes with a 25-year guarantee. The arms can be removed for ease of access and if the solid Beech feet aren’t your perfect choice, you can choose from plenty of other options. We think you’ll be impressed with the fabrics they’ve selected. Perhaps you’ll love the textured chevron weave of Berwick petrol in a palette of soft contemporary tones, or maybe the beautiful, subtle cotton-linen blend, dual weave texture of Palm in peppermint is more your style. Choose up to six fabric swatches for a closer look and they’ll send them to you ASAP. If you can’t find quite the one from Galloway, Berwick, Palm or Hatter, explore their additional 1000+ fabrics to find your perfect choice and they’ll help you make your Hygge dream a reality.

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Fire Gallery:

Bringing Hygge Home Hygge is... well, what is hygge exactly? The Fire Gallery in Chertsey’s Jasemin Fetton unwraps it for us…



ranslating meanings from one language to another is sometimes not straightforward, or even possible, hence why we use words such as “Zeitgeist” and “Schadenfreude…” But “hygge” is everywhere these days: there is the Hygge Café in Berlin serving beetroot avocado sandwiches, the interior design boutique “Hyggelig” in France and of course, our very own Morsø Firegallery in the heart of Surrey, making sure you get your dose of hygge when you sit in front of one of their Danish stoves. According to the Danish American writer Tove Maren Stakkestad, “hygge was never meant to be translated, it was meant to be felt.” Amongst other things, hygge has been described as a recipe for happiness, cosiness, quality time and taking pleasure in the ordinary every day. Looking around, we do not seem to have time to make every day things more meaningful; we are busy commuting and paying bills instead of enjoying our children, family and friends. It may not come as a surprise to you that whilst the UK is the 5th largest national economy, we are actually ranked 23 on the World Happiness Report which is commissioned by the UN to get a proper measure of social progress. The UK is behind countries such as Iceland, Isreal, Puerto Rico and Mexico, to name just a few of the 22 who are happier than us. How do the Danes fare in the ranking of the Happiness Report? Number one. Why? Hygge. So, the heart-warming lesson from Denmark is that money is not everything, but getting families and friends together for a meal is. Lighting candles and putting your MORSO stove on is. Helping your 10 year-old to build his LEGO Star Wars Millenium Falcon is.


Londoner Helen Russell ended up living in Denmark’s rural Jutland and discovered that Denmark is indeed the happiest place on earth. In her book, “The year of living Danishly,” (published by Icon books) Helen uncovers the formula for Danish happiness. In his book, “The little book of Hygge,” (published by Penguin Life) Meik Wiking explains that hygge is about atmosphere and experiences rather than about things. The Danes are obsessed with fire, be it candles, lamps or wood burning stoves – fire and light is essential to get that hygge feeling of being warm, cosy and relaxed. We at the Fire Gallery in Surrey could not agree more. Our aim is to help people to create hygge in their homes as this is what really counts in life; taking some time out to create happy memories in front of a lovely wood burning stove. Let us help you stoke up hygge in your home.

Visit the Fire Gallery at 122 Guildford St, Chertsey KT16 9AH or call 01932 988020 for more information.

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