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@goapetribe Escape the ordinary!
@brooklandsmuseum Stunning Prince Bira 1951 OSCA V12 Maserati enjoying the spring sunshine.
@brooklandsmuseum Napier-Railton taking centre stage for a spot of filming today
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@thesurreyschoolofmakeup Hair courses coming soon
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@theepsombakehouse Walnut and date malted loaf for the win at breakfast this weekend.
All things vintage and beautiful
@allthingsvintageandbeautiful Selection of treasures going to our various fairs in April.
@allthingsvintageandbeautiful Sweet little child's bell, probably used in a large dolls house?
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THE GRANGE SUMMER FUN FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES 24 July – 18 August | The Grange, Great Bookham There are lots of summer activities and clubs for school children but what about ADULTS with learning disabilities on holiday from college? That’s why we’ve created the Summer Fun programme for those with learning disabilities at home for the holidays. We’re one of Surrey’s leading providers of accommodation and support for people with learning and physical disabilities (CQCrated ‘Good’) and we have a great range of activities and skills training on offer over summer on our lovely 8-acre site in Bookham. We have a pool, gardens and grounds, vehicles for outings and, most importantly, professional and friendly support staff. It’s a good way to discover The Grange’s other services – Residential Care, Supported Living and Skills & Activities. Summer Fun is great for people with a moderate learning or physical disability. You can book into Summer Fun for as few or as many days as you like between 26 July and 18 August 2017. Organiser Vikki Schadenberg will be happy to chat to you. Just call her on Tel. 01372 452608 or email email@example.com
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LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Look Good Feel Better helps women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment through free confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses across the UK. We run services in hospitals, cancer centres and local community locations throughout London and Surrey. Many beneficiaries tell us that LGFB helped them regain a sense of control and normality at a time when diagnosis and treatment had taken over their lives. With 165,000 women being newly diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, demand for our services is continuously growing. By taking part in SWALK, your registration fee and money raised will enable Look Good Feel Better to reach more women and teenagers needing our services. Join us on Sunday 12th June at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking and show your support for women living with cancer.
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This month, as part of National Deaf Awareness Week, organisations up and down the country celebrate the great work they do for the millions of people who live with some form of hearing impairment, while educating the public on the challenges they still face. Here, Dawn Hoskins from Dot Sign Language in Woking tells us about their mission to raise awareness of the importance of British Sign Language in society… More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf, many use British Sign Language (BSL) as their only language. These people form a cultural and linguistic minority and BSL is a recognised minority language - like Cornish or Gaelic. That is 1-in-74 of the UK population. If age-related hearing loss is included - there are 11 million people affected, 1-in-6 of the UK population. There is a common misconception that Deaf people will simply be able to read the information you want to give them. Phonetic input is vital for learning to read, without sound reading becomes excruciatingly difficult. 50% of the Deaf complete their education with the reading age of 9 years old. 30% are deemed functionally illiterate. English is not their language – BSL is. There is a crisis brewing. It is impossible for monolingual BSL users to comprehend English fully. Combine this with the fact that hearing people are not learning BSL. Previously, if a child was born deaf, the family and the child were taught BSL with
government subsidies. This no longer happens. It has led to an ever-increasing pool of deaf children who are completely isolated.
any NHS treatment translated into BSL. However, in 2014, 68% of people who asked for a BSL interpreter - didn’t get one. Government and NHS bodies recommend that NHS frontline staff attain Deaf children attend mainstream schools. level 1, clinical staff level 2, and expert Previously they learnt to sign clinical staff level 3 - but this is fluently being surrounded not happening. Not just in Deafness is by their peers in deaf the NHS – but in any measured in decibels of school. Schools are customer facing hearing loss (dB HL): permitted to use business or school. • 20-40 dB HL: mild, cannot hear whispers. assistants with only basic BSL Dot Sign • 41-70 dB HL: moderate, cannot hear qualifications. Language is conversational speech. Dot Sign is based a Community • 71-95 dB HL: severe, cannot hear shouting. between Guildford Not-for-Profit • 95 dB HL: profound, cannot hear and Woking and we organisation sounds at all. are very lucky dedicated to raising in our area to both Deaf Awareness have excellent schools and the profile of BSL as a with Hearing Impaired Units language in its own right. Our team are [Guildford Grove, Bishop David passionate and work with school children, Brown and Broadmere Primary] Scouts, Brownies and educational groups. but for good schools, Deaf children We deliver professional workplace must travel way outside of their area. training to businesses and NHS health Sadly, teaching assistants often do care and social care providers, we run not have enough BSL skill to translate BSL afterschool clubs and school ‘Q&A’ lessons, and not enough to understand assemblies for children who have never fluent BSL using students. interacted with Deaf people before. For professional qualifications, we teach all Many of the Deaf charities which used levels of levels British Sign Language. to operate in Surrey have had to close We run regular ‘Catch-Up’ sessions for offices in the area due to funding BSL improvers and ‘Taster Sessions’ for cuts. The Royal Association for anyone interested in BSL. Our goal is for Deaf People (RAD) used to every public facing company to have have an office in Dorking, a ‘go-to’ person who can communicate but we do still have using BSL. Surrey Deaf Children’s Society which is entirely volunteer run and goes Deaf Awareness Week 2017 runs a long way towards from 15 - 21 May. creating friendship bonds which were To find out more about Dot Sign largely obliterated Language and how you can support with the closure of them, telephone 01428 751561, ‘Deaf Schools’. The law has now changed so that the Deaf can have Dentist/Doctor/
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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH Festival of Wonder
13th May / University of Surrey, Guildford Roll up, roll up and be amazed, be inspired and marvel at the wonder of The University of Surrey. Celebrating 50 years this year the University will be hosting a Festival of Wonder; a salute to the incredible and innovative journey that this educational establishment have made on their journey to become one of the foremost forward thinking universities in the country. Be inspired by Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, learn how to win an EMMY with Alumnus and Emmy winning composer Michael Price and be in awe as you learn about Surrey’s satellites as well as the latest developments in 5G technology. Join them on Campus on the 13th May for much merriment and a whole host of workshops, events and talks, as well as the student union organised Free Fest featuring live music into the night and a tonne of fun to fill your day with. For more information and to book workshops visit surrey.ac.uk/festivalofwonder
Camberley International Festival 7th – 17th June | Camberley
The Camberley International Festival returns this June, promising a bumper list of events and activities for visitors to enjoy. After the inaugural event in 2016 that saw the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Camberley Theatre, the festival returns with ten days and nights of music, comedy, dance, film and food. Taking place across Camberley town centre, highlights include music from the multi-award winning folk group The Oysterband at Camberley Theatre, an evening of the best in local musicians featuring BlackWaters, Annabel Allum, Sophie & The Giants and Knit Knit performing at The Central Bar as well as The Ra jasthan Heritage Brass Band taking over Park Street. Just the tip of the iceberg, go online to find out more. For more information and tickets visit camberley-international-festival.com
Trinity Folk Festival
Haslemere Festival is back this month to showcase the very best in the arts and heritage that this great town has to offer. Set amongst the rolling hills of Surrey, the town has a rich culture and history as well as a number of clubs and societies taking to the stage to appeal to a plethora of tastes. Enjoy a fun family day out at the annual classic car show, be mesmerised by the acoustic delights of the amazingly talented Jazz Morley and even enjoy an Open Air Cinema screening the musical classic Grease – oh Sandy. For some stand out family entertainment, on the 29th May, join children’s author Julia Donaldson tell the tale of The Giant Jumperee and other stories at Haslemere Hall. These shows are always a sell-out so get your tickets quick smart. For more information visit haslemerefestival.org.uk
For folkin’ good times this month, the superb Trinity Folk Festival takes place in Guildford, returning for its 5th year. Held at a number of venues across the town, this year’s line-up follows the tradition of previous festivals which have featured some of the top performers on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene. On Friday night, visit The Keep for Luke Jackson, Martha Paton and Zach Johnson. On Saturday, get down to St. Mary’s for the amazing Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys as well as a whole host of some of the country’s finest folk acts and finish the evening off with late shenanigans at The Star with Ranagri. Local breweries such as Hogs Back and Firebird will be on hand to provide the wet stuff and a barbeque to fill your belly, the Trinity Folk Festival promises much fun this May. For more information and tickets visit trinityfolkfestival.co.uk
11th May – 3rd June Throughout Haslemere
19th – 20th May Multiple Venues, Guildford
THE GUIDE 2 We’ll Meet Again 13th May / Electric Theatre, Guildford Turn back time and take a romantic trip down memory lane with classic wartime songs and dances. Join in with your favourite tunes and take a turn on the dance floor, or sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Delicious cream teas for sale in the foyer, accompanied by music in the bar. For more information visit guildford.gov.uk/electrictheatre
Woking Palace Open Days 13th – 14th May / Woking Palace
Haslemere Festival: Jazz Morley
12th May / St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere Haslemere Fringe welcomes back Jazz Morley to St Christopher’s Church for one of her stunning acoustic shows, playing a host of new songs and some old favourites. With more new music on the way along with a string of gigs and festival appearances planned for later in the year, catch her at this intimate setting in Haslemere while you can. Supported by rising star Bess Atwell and local musician Mack Hofberg.
A palace in Woking I hear you say? This site of great historical importance, maintained by the charity Friends of Woking Palace host a very special open day for the public to discover the history of what was once the Manor House for the Royal Manor of Woking. First recorded back in 1272 and occupied and owned by a variety of families. Henry VIII was said to frequent the site during his reign and enlarged the palace between 1515 and 1543. For more information visit woking-palace.org
For more information visit lionfest.co.uk
Open Air Cinema
13th May / The Medicine Garden, Cobham Presented by Sunset Cinema, head to the scenic and sophisticated environs of The Medicine Garden in Cobham for an open air screening of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn. Fancy some food? Why not pre-order a picnic hamper online from the Medicine Garden’s favourite foodies, Blid & Hatton and dine in style on the lawn. For more information visit themedicinegarden.com
Gamers Lounge: Retro Gaming Club 13th May / The Boileroom, Guildford
Whether your go to hero was the diminutive dynamism of Sonic the Hedgehog or the moustached might of plumber extraordinaire, Super Mario - re-live the advent of console gaming on some of the first gaming machines to hit the mainstream at The Boileroom’s retro gaming club. Turn up and compete against fellow fans of the cartridge wielding consoles at this monthly get together. For more information visit theboileroom.net
The 1940’s Relived
13th May / Brooklands Museum The birthplace of British motor sport and aviation, head to Brooklands Museum and turn back the clock for the annual 1940’s Relived event. A decade of fashion, commemoration, style and celebration – get dressed to the nines for the day and enjoy vintage joie de vivre at its best. With a pre-1950 motors on display as well as a vintage market; lovers of yesteryear will find themselves immersed in times gone by. Back by popular demand the Dance Marquee where you’ll be able to enjoy refreshments as well as enjoying a good dance. For more information visit brooklandsmuseum.com
13th May / The Lightbox, Woking For a ‘crafternoon’ of fun, head over to The Lightbox in Woking and try your hand at screen printing with Nicole Line. During this workshop you will learn all about the equipment and watch Nicole demonstrate how to screen print. Then it’s over to you to draw up and stencil your own designs before watching your creation come to life. Remember to bring your own cotton or linen items to print onto for your final pieces. For more information visit thelightbox.org.uk
13th May / Park Barn Community Centre, Guildford Lost a screw for your toaster? Thinking about ditching it and getting a new one altogether? Well stop your consumption right there friends, for your needs are now being catered for at Guildford Borough Council’s Repair Café. Taking place at the Park Barn Community Centre (other dates and other venues planned throughout the year), Repair Café is an international initiative encouraging people to think about repairing and re-using items rather than throwing them away. For more information visit guildford.gov.uk/repaircafe
YOUR MONTH Compton Village Fete
Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame
The quintessentially English event that is the village fair comes into full effect this May. Across the county expect to see village greens ablaze in bunting and blooming in community spirit. Head over to Compton on the outskirts of Guildford for their celebration of all things village life.
Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes; she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads, made hardcore porn and Tinder’d her way through most of London… Now sober from alcohol and substances she’s failing to find moderation and meaning. A stand-up debut about sex, sobriety and Sambuca and the modern addict that lies within us all. Naturally an18 plus age kind of event. For more information visit glive.co.uk
13th May / The Village Green, Compton
For more information visit facebook.com/ ComptonVillageFete
19th May / G Live, Guildford
NT Live: Obsession
17th May / Leatherhead Theatre Jude Law stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti`s 1943 film. The story? Gino is a drifter, down-atheel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. For more information visit theleatherhedtheatre.org
Ewhurst Players Present: Quartet 17th – 20th May / Ewhurst Village Hall
Well known for its Players’ adventurous approach to amateur dramatics, Ewhurst village Hall will be echoing to the glorious sounds of the quartet from Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto” this May. Made famous by a film of the same name, Ronald Harwood’s play “Quartet” yields a satisfying mix of friendship, broken relationships, cheeky comments, intriguing revelations and, ultimately, triumph over adversity. For tickets visit ticketsource.co.uk/ewhurstplayers
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Midnight Walk 19th May / Woking Leisure Centre Raise money for charity and help Woking & Sam Beare Hospice celebrate 21 years providing care for those in need. In this the 10th year of the Midnight Walk, ladies are invited to march until midnight to raise the much needed funds necessary to support the Hospice. So gather the girls, get your hero capes ready, and help light up the night on an 8 mile sponsored charity walk around Woking. Starting and finishing at Woking Leisure Centre, chaps are welcome to get involved too, to provide support and assistance. For more information and to sign up visit wsb-midnightwalk.co.uk
Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club 19th May / Dorking Halls Feel the funny at Dorking Hall’ Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club this month. Enjoy some of the hottest new talent on the comedy circuit at a venue that has played host to the likes of Jimmy Carr, Micky Flanagan, Stephen Merchant and more. Your comedians this month are Alan Francis, Bobby Mair, Amy Howerska with Howard Read compering the night. For more information and tickets visit dorkinghalls.co.uk
James Veitch: Game Face 18th May / Camberley Theatre
Responsible for the most popular TED Talk of 2016, James Veitch brings his hilarious new show GAME FACE - with more geeky comedy about life, love and enabling Bluetooth. A glorious show of esoteric, anarchic and unashamedly Powerpoint-fuelled comedy from the Independent’s ‘One to watch’. Expect Donkey Kong, ducks and online dating as James fearlessly (& somewhat inadvisably) battles the mundane and pointless bureaucracies of the modern world. For more information visit camberleytheatre.co.uk
Bramley Village Fete
20th May / Gosden Green, Bramley Gather the troops and make your way to Bramley Village for some super family fun in the form of the annual Village Fete. There are of course a veritable feast of village fetes to enjoy this May with tea tents aplenty and activities and stalls to keep you entertained and occupied throughout the day. For more information visit facebook.com/bramleyvillagefete
THE GUIDE 2 Museums at Night
20th May / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village As part of the International Museums at night experience, enjoy a magical evening at Watts Gallery Artists’ Village. Draw inspiration from G F Watts’s huge sculpture Physical Energy and help create a lawn full of sculpted horses and giant murals using stickers and collage. Participate in talks about public art before enjoying supper in the Tea Shop, with a set menu at £15.95 per adult and £9.95 per child with booking required beforehand. For more information and tickets visit wattsgallery.org.uk
Reduced Shakespeare Company
23rd May / New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-latethan-never nod to the Bard’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! True story. For more information and tickets visit atgtickets.com
Soul II Soul 26th May / G Live, Guildford
NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginnia Woolf 25th May / Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh
Broadcasted live to cinemas across the country, head to Cranleigh Arts Centre this month to catch the National Theatre’s production of ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf. Starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots, James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play.
“Back to Life, Back to Reality”. A necessity to the formation and shape of culture today, Soul II Soul garnered global accolades back in the 90’s with their debut record ‘Club Classics Vol.1’. Led by the influential Jazzie B, they have been inspiring generations ever since with their undeniably dance floor friendly club jams. Catch Soul II Soul’s at G Live this May. For more information and tickets visit glive.co.uk
For more information and tickets visit cranleighartscentre.org
The Vintage Kilo Bring On the Bollywood
25th – 28th May / Rose Theatre, Kingston The masters of Bollywood experiences, Phizzical debut at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, with Bring on the Bollywood - a romantic comedy that features a fantastic soundtrack interwoven with wit, wild parties and some wicked dances. For more information and tickets visit rosetheatrekingston.org
Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear The Reaper
27th May / Guildford Cathedral Bargains galore are in store at Vintage Kilo, held at Guildford Cathedral this May. Thrift-seekers are urged to join the weighvolution and pick up a kilo of vintage threads for just £15 at this unique vintage clothing event. Early birds will catch the greatest garms as you delve through six tonnes of vintage and retro clothing. For more information visit guildford-cathedral.org
26th May / Farnham Maltings
Let’s Love Life Charity Festival
It’s been a morbid time for the musical maestro Mitch Benn; he’s turned 46 – over the hill by anyone’s standards – his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his – and YOUR – mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him! It’s time you’re not getting back!
Let’s Love Life is a Charity Festival based at The Mulberry in Farnham, raising money for The Early Births Fund St Peters Hospital Neonatal Unit Chertsey. Not just any festival no, no - this forward thinking pub will play host to three areas featuring world renowned DJ’s in the form of Seb Fontaine, Max Chapman and Chicago based House legend, Marshall Jefferson. Get tickets quick for what will be a sellout festival in the sleepy Georgian town of Farnham.
For more information and tickets visit farnhammaltings.com
27th May / The Mulberry, Farnham
For more information visit letslovelife.co.uk
YOUR MONTH Classic Car Show
Social Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club
Part of the Haslemere Festival, enjoy a day ogling the magnificent machines that make up the annual Classic Car Show in Haslemere this May. As well as the display of pre1977 vehicles, expect a vintage fete, kid’s entertainment, food & drink and some sweet sounding jazz to serenade you. Entry is free, though donations are more than appreciated to help towards the running of the event for future years.
For some thought provoking cinema and good old debate post-movie, head to The Boileroom in Guildford for their monthly fix of SocialCinema. This month features Mathew McConaughey’s Oscar winning performance in the superb Dallas Buyers Club. Based on true events; it’s 1985 Dallas and electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.
For more information visit jamesewing.co.uk/hccs
For more information visit theboileroom.net
27th – 28th May / Lion Green, Haslemere
4th June / The Boileroom, Guildford
Happy Days Festival
27th – 28th May / Imber Court, Esher For a fiesta of feel good tunes, get yourselves over to Imber Court in Esher for the Happy Days Festival. Featuring a whole host of heavy hitters from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, join the likes of Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Roachford and The Brand new Heavies for a weekend of good times. Under 12’s go free! For more information and tickets visit hdfestival.co.uk
9th June / The Boileroom, Guildford The exceptionally elegant sounds of Martha Tilston pass through the doors of Guildford’s Boileroom this June. To celebrate the release of her new album ‘Nomad’, released May 12th, Martha will be hitting the road for a UK tour. A maker of spellbinding folk music and a writer of thought provoking lyrics, make sure you get some tickets quick for a night of melodious magic.
George Egg: Anarchist Cook
For more information and tickets visit theboileroom.net
Mix food with your funny and head to Farnham Maltings for a night of jovial japes with the anarchist cook, George Egg. Having to spend an inordinate amount of time in hotel rooms and with the ever increasing dissatisfaction at the quality (or lack thereof) of room service, George decided to take matters into his own hands. Watch on as George prepares a three-course meal on the equipment hotels unwittingly provide (iron, kettle, trouser press…), and if you want to, you can taste it at the end.
Furniture Painting Workshop
1st June / Farnham Maltings
For more information and tickets visit farnhammaltings.com
9th June / The Packhouse, Farnham
Head to the outskirts of Farnham for a day’s workshop learning the basics of chalk painting and how to achieve the shabby chic, country look. Learn the essential techniques such as ageing, distressing, dry brushing and waxing in this relaxed and informal workshop with tutor Nyree Foster. Experiment with colours and work on a small piece to take home with you. Booking is essential. For more information visit packhouse.com
Grayshott Folk Club: Underhill Rose 3rd June / Grayshott Village Hall
For your fix of folk music, grab your pals and visit the Grayshott Folk Club. Held at the village hall, Grayshott Folk Club host regular events with some superstars on the folk scene passing through their doors. This June, catch Underhill Rose perform. On tour from North Carolina in the US of A, Underhill Rose are made up of Eleanor Underhill on open-back banjo, Molly Rose on guitar and Salley Williamson on the upright double bass, all the while blending their vocals to create melodious harmonies. For more information and tickets visit grayshottfolkclub.co.uk
10th & 11th June / Guildford Spectrum The ultimate in robot fighting entertainment, head to Guildford Spectrum for a weekend of maniacal mechanical machines. Equipped with all manner of arsenals to burn, cut and tear their opponents apart, the stars of Robot Wars leave the relative comfort of the television studio to go on an extreme tour across the country. Who will rise? Who will fall? For more information and tickets visit guildfordspectrum.co.uk
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PAUL MCGANN This month sees the celebrated stage and screen actor Paul McGann come to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in the touring production of Gabriel, a knife-edge thriller set in the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II. He tells Rich Lee all about his character, the terrifying German Commander Von Pfunz, and about being one half of Withnail and I… Hi Paul. You’re a veteran of the stage now yet this is your first touring production. Why the wait? Most of the tours one gets offered, generally they’re usually minimum six weeks, sometimes six months. They’ve been too long for me. This one is only eight venues over two months, so it’s doable. I don’t know if I could have done six months. As much as I love it, that’s hard work. I don’t know if I’d be that disciplined for that long. So this is good for me. I’m having a blast! What drew you to this play? It’s a really good thriller; a sort of ‘page turner’. It’s pretty unpredictable as well. The audiences have been saying to us, “We weren’t expecting the laughs.” And often with deeply serious subjects, the laughs, such as they are, punctuate the tension - you can’t just act unalloyed tension for two hours, it’s too exhausting. And the first ten minutes or so it’s funny, almost farcical. And then it’s sort of does ‘something’… It’s lovely being in something you know works. It’s just a great yarn and audiences are loving it. What makes Nazi-occupied Guernsey such a compelling location for a story like this? The islanders were in this really weird situation: it wasn’t Holland, it wasn’t France. There was no Gestapo, no resistance; what they called this model occupation. It wasn’t all sweetness and light, of course; there were deportations and they captured any Jews they found. And eventually there was an SS concentration camp on Alderney – many people forget there was a
concentration camp on British soil. It was a weird, weird period and the islanders were trapped and the story and the play has that claustrophobia that audiences have been really responding to. What kind of conflict is playing out with your character, Commander Von Pfunz? ‘Von Pfunz’… sounds like a fart in a bath. He’s a new arrival, an army ma jor, the local commandant on that bit of the island (Guernsey), and he’s got power and sway over the occupied islanders. And he lets us know pretty early on that… he’s seen ‘something’. He’s come from somewhere. And although he’s not explicit about it, he lets slip to Jeanne, the main character, that something happened that affected him. Were they modern characters they’d talk about their feelings. But they’re wartime characters so they don’t. So he’s a little bit cracked, which is great. They’re the best characters to play. And you have to do all that while wearing a very sinister side-parting… My dad would be so chuffed were he still alive; it’s my first ‘sensible’ haircut! When I was home the other day I went to my sons’ barbers and I thought I’d better take a photo along to show them what the character looked like, and he said, “Oh yeah, I know that one. It’s every second haircut these days. I’ve done about five this morning already. Sit down.” It took him about five minutes. Von Pfunz was way ahead of his time (laughs.) The play celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017, but the film that has, arguably, most defined you turns 30 this year. How do you feel about the phenomenal adoration for Withnail and I among film-lovers? Often the first film you did was always the best one you’ll ever do, because it was so exciting. The idea of being in a movie was so out-of-your-league as a 26-year-old kid. That really was the only ambition I’d ever had. We’ll always love that film, chiefly because it was the first film we ever did. I’d never done one, Richard E. Grant hadn’t done one, Ralph Brown hadn’t and Bruce Robinson had never directed one. In a way, you can tell that we’re sort of making it up as we go along. And a lot of that sprit comes across. When I watch it now it makes me laugh. I can’t watch it as a story so much but more like a home movie. I still remember how happy we were. And you never really get that feeling again; that first charge of excitement is just beautiful. And how jammy were we, that the first film we made was Withnail and I? Withnail and I is one of the most quotable films in cinema, so do you mind those famous lines following you around? Ah, you’re kidding, I love it! I remember being in Canada, in the depths of winter, in horizontal sleet with the parka hood up, and some disembodied voice from across the street shouts “You’ve gone on holiday by mistake!” You couldn’t make it up, it’s fantastic. It’s known the world over. How could you not enjoy that?
Gabriel, written by Moira Buffini and directed by Kate McGregor, plays at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th May. Gabriel also stars Jules Melvin, Robin Morrissey, Sarah Schoenbeck and Venice van Someren. Visit www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.
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Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 Stoke Park, Guildford We’re bringing the countryside to the town... ...so don’t miss this fantastic family day out!
Over 1000 animals - Grand Prix showjumping food theatre and food hall - petting farm duck racing - gun dogs - live music - bees acres of shopping - dinosaur invasion - giant games classic cars - sheep dog trials - falconry - floristry farmers’ market - Punch & Judy - scavenger hunt - heavy horses - fun dog show - plus much, much more!
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It may seem like spring has only just started, but for us the Surrey County Show heralds the start of the sunny season in our beautiful county. Since its beginnings way back in the fifties, the Show has become the county’s most iconic family day out. This year the organisers, the fine folk at the Surrey Agricultural Society, have heralded a more childrenorientated show with plenty of super cool things for your lambs, calves and foals to do.
This year the Show has been ‘zoned’ to it make it even easier for visitors to find their way around. You can discover the Motor Zone with a high-tech Formula One simulator; a Health and Wellbeing Zone, a Home and Garden zone as well as a Creative zone.
Food, Glorious Food Now of course, the Surrey County Show remains one of the most foodie friendly events of the summer and you’ll find plenty to make your mouth water at the Food and Drink zone, with demonstrations from a butcher, a baker, a chef and a brewery and, of course, a galaxy of food stalls selling all kinds of goodies.
Animals Galore As ever, the animals are the real stars of the Show. There are literally thousands of creatures from huuuge highland bulls, way down to pygmy goats. Competition is rife again this year; there will be two equine rings as well as the grand arena which will play host to everything from the World’s Grumpiest Pig completion to show jumping classes with national horse and rider combinations competing for a prize fund of over six thousand pounds. New this year, Noel Armstrong will be hosting Sheep Dog trials. The show is really inclusive and that means you have the chance to bring along your dog and maybe even win a rosette yourself as well as a canine photoshoot in the fun dog show. And yes, all breeds of four legged friends are welcome, there really is a class for everyone! Even as a spectator, there’s so much to see on the doggie front with dog agility, hounds and terrier racing
and even gun dog training throughout the day.
Loads for kids to do! As ever, the show will have loads for the kids to enjoy; Punch and Judy shows, vintage funfairs, brand new giant games as well as a return of Miller’s Ark Farm along with their range of small, friendly animals for the kids to enjoy. Keep a look out this year for the Dinosaur invasion; they could be lurking everywhere! Also new this year, and really cool to boot, is Action Wheels which is a safe and exciting cycling activity aimed at children aged 2 and upwards.
Rural Activities But we all know that at the heart of the Surrey County Show is a celebration of Surrey’s rich rural life, its country heritage and the people that keep that history and culture alive. And that’s what makes it such an experience; yes, there’s so much to do but just when you thought you’ve seen it all you come across all the mighty hawks and ma jestic eagles in the falconry displays, hilarious duck racing in the Countryside Arena, a working milking parlour with real cows, a steam saw bench and an impressive Farming through the Ages display. Increasingly important in this day and age, there is also the crowd-favourite bee and honey tent offering advice, demonstrating candle-making and a live bee release on the hour every hour. The list goes on and on; a floristry marquee full of colour and scent, a poultry tent featuring an array of weird and wonderful feathered friends and Dorset Axemen – we don’t quite know what that last one is but it sounds awesome!
Plan your Day Remember to bring your bags-for-life as the shopping to be had at the show is amazing! Country clothing, unique handmade gifts, colourful homewares and garden furniture are all there. So, youâ€™re probably wondering how to get here? Well, Stoke Park in Guildford is easy to reach by road or rail, with on-site and nearby parking. There will also be several Park and Ride sites and a special railway station shuttle bus at ÂŁ1 each way. See you there!
The Surrey County Show takes place at Stoke Park, Guildford on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May. For even more details visit www.surreycountyshow.co.uk
LLLLLLL MUM’S THE WORD: Half Term Diary
LLLLLLL Half term can always be a bit tricky. The early summer term break even more so; it’s long enough to warrant going away, but close enough to the summer hols that it’s often wiser to wait. So, if this half term you find that it’s better to stay in Surrey, we’ve compiled this mini guide to get you through the week with as little reliance on Pinot Grigio as possible…
Monday 29� May
The Surrey County Show, Stoke Park, Guildford Ok, so we mentioned this only a page ago, but for families there simply is nothing else you should be doing today. The County Show is amazing with shedloads to do for both you and the kids. This year the organisers have made it even more child friendly and they’ve zoned the showground to make it even easier to get around. The beauty here is that you can channel your inner child as well shop like and adult in need of therapy. A great day out and with a park and ride scheme the stress of watching your husband drive past 32 free parking spaces to find the that one perfect “one” is neutralised.
YYYYYYYYYYYYY Tuesday 30� May A Walk at Silent Pool, Albury
Having now filled their heads with amazing information about the natural world, why not get them out of the house, into some fresh air; after all, the x-box needs a break. As a parent, it may come as a shock to you to learn that there’s more to Silent pool than just gin. In fact, it is the most wonderful and beautiful areas to wonder as you wander. Take a picnic with you and explore the woods and (genuinely) silent pools. There’s something ephemeral here and it’s a great way to while away a sunny day.
Wednesday 31st May
Creative Play Sessions for Toddlers The International School of London (ISL), Surrey is inviting all Surrey parents, carers and toddlers to its exciting new series of play sessions every Wednesday. They run from 10.30-11.30am during term time and holidays. Creative sessions are led by the ISL Early Years Team and include singing, dancing, story-time and woodland walks for children aged 18 months- 3 years. The charge for toddler sessions is £3 per family, to include refreshments. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please telephone 01483-750409 or email Sarah on email@example.com
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The WWF Living Planet Centre The weekend is over and that initial buzz around the house has dissipated. It being a Monday let’s get them off to a good start with something fun and educational. We’re talking about the WWF Living Planet centre in Woking. The WWF Experience is a fun, interactive exhibition aimed at helping you discover more about our natural world and what we’re doing to protect it. There are four themed zones to explore following a treasure hunt on which you will discover the hidden secrets of our rivers, oceans, forests and wildlife. During the holidays they also run workshops so check out their website
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Daytona Kart Racing at Sandown Let’s end the week on an adrenaline fuelled high shall we? Daytona Racing at Sandown is to be found just off the A3 in Esher. Cruising on a well-deserved reputation as one of the best in the land, this karting circuit has everything you could need whether you’re a beginner or a serious enthusiast. The kids and you will love the challenging corners, hair-raising hairpins and speedy straights. Really, really good fun.
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Creative Fun at Watts Gallery Artists Village, Compton We’re not quite done, yet. Saturday presents a great opportunity to get creative as a family at Watts Gallery Artists’ Village in Compton. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at art and craft activities and explore the woodlands and historic buildings and artworks of one of Surrey’s favourite Arts & Crafts gems. A free drop-in workshop will run from Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 4 June where families can paint a flower pot and make a bird spinner. The Flora & Fauna drop in runs from 11am – 4pm each day and is free with admission. Hear how Victorian children helped decorate Watts Chapel before experimenting with terracotta design and making your own terracotta flowers and birds
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FORTUNATELY, SPRINGFREE’S REVOLUTIONARY TRAMPOLINES ARE… There may be a better example of sheer, unbridled outdoors fun but we can’t think of one that beats a trampoline for pure, giddy thrills.
neck injuries. The most common causes of injuries come from falling directly onto impact areas like the frames, springs or, you know, the ground.
Young or old, bouncing and flipping about on a trampoline is something the whole family can enjoy. However, it’s all fun and games until that inevitable moment when someone lands awkwardly, and there’s only so much fun that can be had at the hospital.
Fortunately, one inventor saw an opportunity to realise a truly modern trampoline, one he redesigned from the ground up to make jumping safe for all. Dr. Keith Alexander looked at what was causing trampoline injuries, then engineered out the impact zones responsible for the accidents. He replaced the springs with rods, creating the revolutionary SoftEdge™ system. Then he developed a strong flexible safety net that would stand up to all kinds of weather and moved the frame below the jumping surface making it impossible to fall on. This was the first trampoline without springs, hence the name Springfree.
Yes sadly, for all the childlike joy they provide, trampolines have earned a reputation for injuring jumpers, particularly their biggest fans, children. In the USA alone 105,000 kids are sent to the hospital because of traditional trampolines, suffering all sorts of injuries from bruises, scrapes and cuts to more serious harm from broken bones and
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Foodie NEWS and EVENTS Surrey vegan fair Saturday 13th May | 10am – 4.30pm HG Wells Centre, Woking For many in Surrey, veganism isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle and one that draws many likeminded groups together to celebrate this ethical and healthy approach to living. This was no more evident than at last year’s hugely successful Surrey Vegan Fair. Following that success, the organisers have planned an even bigger event this month at Woking’s HG Wells Centre. Expect even more stalls than before, including hot and cold food vendors, more speakers and more opportunities to network and meet likeminded people. Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian or Omnivore, if you want to shop ‘til you drop, listen to inspiring talks, eat great food and find out more about the lifestyle everyone is talking about then there is definitely something for everyone. Advance tickets are limited so please don’t hesitate to book, save yourself money and get priority entry from 10am. There are also have some limited VIP tickets which include a goody bag and priority entry, but be quick! Limited tickets will also be available on the door although access is from 11am and priced at £5 each. Children aged 14 and under are welcomed in for free and do not require a ticket, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visit www.surreyvegan.co.uk or find them on Facebook for more information.
alresford watercress festival Sunday 21st May | New Alresford, Hampshire
We never underestimate the level of devotion people can have for a particular ingredient or crop. Even something as humble as watercress can be cause for celebration. Just ask the good people over the county border in Alresford, Hampshire. Their nationally acclaimed annual festival brings together thousands of visitors drawn from the local community and from far and wide to celebrate watercress on 21st May - the superb locally grown, delicious and super-nutritious and versatile crop. The entire centre of New Alresford in Hampshire becomes a huge street festival. Hampshire Farmers’ Market and others will create a large food market showcasing the very best local producers and celebrity chefs will demonstrate some delicious dishes. There will also be a large festival market with stalls selling arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing, items for house, garden and much else besides. One of the main highlights of the festival is the street cavalcade up Broad Street starting at 10.30am when jazz musicians, Morris dancers and local school children accompany the Watercress King and Queen who sit atop a horse and cart. The children distribute the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers.
Throughout the day, entertainment is provided by the many musicians and performers and there are activities for children of all ages, including circus skills workshops, face painting a petting farm, climbing wall. Visitors will also have an opportunity to take a look at Alresford’s historic Fulling Mill and the Eel House - a short walk along the banks of the picturesque River Arle. For more information visit www.watercressfestival.org
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The whiskey affair Saturday 20th May | 1pm – 5pm & 7pm – 11pm The Electric Theatre, Guildford The world of whiskey is far more complex and colourful than many people know. So it’s fallen to one company to bring that world to life in the form of the Whiskey Affair who set up events that bring whiskey producers and whiskey lovers (and the curious) together for a day of enjoyment and discovery, featuring Scotch, Bourbons and whiskeys from all over the world. Throughout the event there will be live entertainment; whiskey experts on hand to chat to; samples from showcasing brands; food available to buy and lots of like-minded people to mingle with. There will also be a free photo-booth and free master-class for you to learn more about the world of whiskey. Visit www.thewhiskeyaffair.co.uk for more information
goodwood festival of food & racing Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th May Goodwood Racecource, Chichester Goodwood racecourse’s thrilling three-day May race meeting is getting a fabulous foodie injection this year, turning the event into an unmissable combination of awardwinning food and high-quality racing. The Festival of Food and Racing will be held in association with Great Taste Awards, considered the Oscars of British food. The Great Taste Market will be a complimentary addition to the racing each day, housing traditional stalls with cheeses, breads, oils, condiments, fudge, chocolates, meats, ice-creams, wines, beers and much more. The East Parade Lawn will be dedicated to Goodwood’s own organic Home Farm, with chefs providing demonstrations of how to get the best out of the Estate’s produce. Showcasing the sustainable approach adopted by the Farm, beef, pork and lamb from the lowland herds will be used alongside the famous Molecomb Blue and Levin Down cheeses. Gingerbread decorating and storytelling will provide children with engaging activities throughout the afternoon. Tickets start from £21 on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May. Tickets start from £10 on Saturday 27 May. Children under the age of 18 receive free admission on all days.
Farmers’ markets RIPLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 13th May | 9am - 1pm Village Green, Ripley
WOKING FARMERS’ MARKET Thursday 18th May | 9am – 2.30pm Town Square, Woking
CAMBERLEY ARTISAN & FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 20th May | 10am – 3pm Park Street, Camberley
MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 21st May | 10am - 1.30pm Secretts Farm Shop Car Park
FARNHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 28th May | 10am – 1.30pm Central Car Park
OCKLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 4th June Village Greens Farm Shop
HASLEMERE FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 6th June | 10am – 2pm High Street
GUILDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 6th June | 10.30am to 3.30pm
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THE Alternative Kitchen – Transplant
stu henshall’s Transplant Supper Clubs set off for Summer... Few cooks have put such an inimitable stamp onto Surrey’s food scene in recent years as Stu Henshall. Since 2015, Stu has been evolving his Alternative Kitchen into an awesome portal into his world of bold, delicious, creative plantbased cooking and sustainable living. The Guildford-based musician, cook and host of his Alternative Kitchen TV series, has become a draw for Surrey’s foodies online, in print and in person at all kinds of events, particularly last year’s Always the Sun Festival where he stole the show at the Outdoor Kitchen. Always on the go and bursting with ideas, Stu’s latest venture is taking the Alternative Kitchen out on the road, the water, possibly the air (well, if anyone could pull it off…) and by any mode of travel that becomes available as part of his new touring Transplant supper clubs, travelling up and down the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh, inviting lucky diners to sample his super-tasty, 100% plant-based, ethical grub. What makes Stu Henshall’s recipes so outrageously eatable is his innovative
approach to making the most of plantbased ingredients to conjure all the comforting, sweet, savoury, creamy, crusty, gooey, crunchy, mouth-watering flavours and sensations of your favourite dishes with plenty of left-field surprises thrown in for good measure. “I wanted to get out of my kitchen and cook in some unusual places and let people try the food,” Stu says. “That’s where the Transplant idea came from. I want to take it to different parts of the country, and I thought where best to start it than in my hometown of Guildford. “For as long as I’ve lived here I’ve always admired the town’s waterway but been frustrated by how little it’s used in interesting ways. I was walking along the river and spotted the Angel Blue, a narrow boat owned by Surrey Outdoor Learning Development, which was an ideal size for the supper club I had in mind, and they agreed to let me use it.” Fortunately for us Surrey-types, Stu will be embarking on his first Transplant travels with three supper clubs in June in Guildford, from the deck of the Angel Blue. Each event can accommodate ten diners, who will enjoy a three-course meal cooked by Stu right on the deck while travelling languidly down the River
Wey over two easy hours of relaxing fun. They’ll receive a welcome cocktail on arrival and drinks are included in the price of the ticket. Guildford’s own micro-brewery The Little Beer Corporation will also be brewing a beer especially for the event. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay, but you’ll have another chance to experience Stu’s Transplant supper club this summer as part of the Always the Sun Festival’s Field to Fork Dining Experience in September. Transplant will be taking over the Saturday night and Stu will be giving an exclusive demo on Sunday. The Alternative Kitchen’s Transplant Supper Clubs run on Friday 9th June, 16th June and 23rd June. Tickets cost £49 per person and are available from www.thealternativekitchen.net/transplant
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The GBF takes place in marquees at Guildford Cricket Club located at The Sports Ground, Woodridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4RP
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GUILDFORD BEER FESTIVAL 2017 We’ve been working up a mighty thirst in anticipation of the return of the glorious Guildford Beer Festival, an event that manages to capture summer, Surrey and the salubrious art of drinking beer in the sunshine all over two days. This year will mark the eighth Guildford Beer Festival (GBF), and since its debut in 2010, the event has grown in stature to become one of the most celebrated beer bashes in the south east.
The event’s success is surely down to the fact that there are now over 100 fantastic breweries and micro-breweries within 30 miles of Guildford, something that the Guildford Beer Festival exists to celebrate with more local cask ales, craft beers and ciders this year than ever before. And with even more people riding the wave of truly artisan beers these craftsmen can be sure of a wildly enthusiastic audience at the GBF. James Faulkner, Chairman of the GBF, says: “The GBF has become something of a Guildford Summer Institution. Nearly 4,000 attended last summer. We always try to improve the event each year but also to ensure we don’t make big changes to what is a very successful format.” From 2nd to 3rd June, the GBF will sprout up in its traditional home, the Guildford Cricket Club. This location in the heart of Guildford makes travel to the festival super-easy thanks to the proximity of mainline rail and bus routes. And with free parking you’re looking at zero hassle, maximum fun. There will be over 80 different cask ales, craft beers on draught and ciders to sample over three timed sessions. These are sourced from
around 30 local independent and micro-breweries and cidermakers including old favourites Hogs Back and Little Beer Corporation breweries. Separate bars will sell a selection of spirits, wines and soft drinks and visitors can tuck into that ultimate al fresco feast, a hog roast courtesy of The Barbecue Chefs and handmade, wood-fired pizzas from Stromboli Pizza. New to this year’s festival is The Silent Pool Gin Bar. The nowlegendary local distillers will offer bespoke, hand crafted gin and vodka fresh from their Silent Pool distillery based in the Surrey Hills. These will be expertly served with FeverTree tonic. Silent Pool’s stunning Coppa glasses will also be available for purchase. Throw in a commemorative Guildford Beer Festival glass and souvenir programme with every ticket, and live music culled from some of the finest local artists in the Andertons Music Tent featuring headliners the Sheratons (Friday), Tom Worrell and His Band and Sunhouse (Saturday), with – fingers crossed – some lovely weather – and we’re talking about the kind of unmissable beer festival that leaves all others scraping the barrel.
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Session 3 Saturday 3rd June 6pm – 10pm Tickets £10.00 per head
Tickets available online at www.guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk or in person at the Guildford Tourist Information Centre, Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ and in person on match days at Guildford Cricket Club pavilion, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford.
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Ingredients Asparagus Flaked Poached Salmon Fillet Diced Smoked Salmon Cooked fine diced Shallot Chervil, Chives and Dill Seasoning Quails Eggs Egg Flour Breadcrumbs
Mix together all the salmon, herbs and seasoning in a bowl. Cook your quails egg in boiling water for 2 and a half minutes then chill in iced water immediately and peel very carefully. Next use 35g of the salmon mix per egg to mould the mix gently around the egg. Use the palms of your hands to mould. Roll your egg with its salmon casing gently in a plate of flour then in some mixed egg then lastly a plate of breadcrumbs. Boil your asparagus for 2/3 minutes. You are now ready to deep fry your scotch egg until it is golden brown. Serve with hollandaise sauce.
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TALKING TO… GINO D’ACAMPO The UK food revolution has produced a galaxy of culinary TV stars over the last couple of decades, but few have been as popular as Naples-born Gino D’Acampo. Author of over a dozen cookery books and founder of his own string of restaurants, My Pasta Bar, Gino is most recognisable from his many TV appearances. Fresh from a hugely successful fourth series of Gino’s Italian Escape on ITV, Gino D’Acampo is bringing his passion and flair for Italian cookery to G Live, Guildford, on Thursday 11th May…
One of the first restaurants you worked at when you arrived in the UK in 1995 was Cambio in Guildford (now closed.) What do you remember about your days working and living in Surrey? I particularly remember how varied and appreciative the customers were - they know their food in Surrey, so it was always a pleasure to welcome them to the restaurant.
Any chance we’ll be seeing one of your restaurants open near us any time soon? Maybe! We’re looking at a number of new sites and when the right one comes along, we’ll be there like a shot! It’s a perfect area for a restaurant like mine which offers a fun, modern take on the Italian experience while staying true to the traditional values of fantastic fresh food prepared with passion.
Your career has gone in so many directions, from restaurants to development, to TV, radio, apps and live shows -and even the jungle. What drives you to always try new things? I like to keep busy! All my life I’ve tended to be quite impatient; when I make my mind up about something I want it to happen right away. I don’t really know why, but I’ve always been attracted to the next new project – especially if it’s a totally new experience.
What has been the greatest challenge of all of them? Having to eat a rotten egg on I’m a Celebrity was absolutely disgusting and definitely the most difficult thing I’ve had to do.
What are your earliest food memories and when did you know you wanted to cook for a living? I grew up in Naples, in Southern Italy, and inherited my love of cooking from my nonno (grandfather). He used to let me help him in the kitchen and taught me so much - about cooking and about life. If I close my eyes, I can still see him rolling gnocchi into shapes while I helped him serve it to our huge family. When I saw the pleasure and happiness good food can bring to people, I thought: “This is what I want to do”.
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so many combinations and sauces . . . I never get tired of it. A simple plate of spaghetti, with extra virgin olive oil, fresh cherry tomatoes, chilli, fresh basil and garlic is enough to keep me happy!
Finally, what do you most enjoy about a live audience such as those coming to see you at G Live, Guildford this month? I love a live audience – you never know what is going to happen! This is my second live tour and I can’t wait to get on the road again – there will be loads of food and fun and I’d really like to think that the audience will come away fired with the enthusiasm to get cooking the Gino way!
Because of TV, everybody nowadays knows so much more about food and its preparation – and everyone has become a restaurant critic, ready to tell the entire world the moment everything isn’t entirely perfect. Young chefs, therefore, are liable to be judged more severely than they were years ago and consequently are under greater pressure than before.
Italian food has given so much to the UK and the rest of the world, but is there anything Italians could learn from British cuisine? How to make a decent Yorkshire pudding and a pie!
Gino’s Italian Escape has seen you travel to some of the most beautiful places in Italy. But if you could escape to a desert island, what one dish could you not live without? I love pasta, of course - and there are so many different ways it can be prepared,
Gino’s Italian Escape Live appears at G Live, Guildford on Thursday 11th May. Visit www.glive.co.uk for tickets and for all things Gino visit www.ginodacampo.com
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Where to Eat: The Station House Last year, Haslemere’s iconic Inn on the Hill was transformed into the Station House, a modern love letter to vintage steam travel and hearty French cooking. We just knew we had to get on board… Sometimes, to go forward you have to go backwards. Perhaps that was the thinking behind the reimagining of the historic ‘Inn on the Hill’ last year by new owners the Upham Pub Group, perhaps not. But in choosing to retrofit the building to conjure the soot-streaked glamour of vintage Victorian train travel, it’s hard to argue they haven’t stumbled upon a pitchperfect aesthetic for this storied building, which has overlooked Haslemere train station since the 1860s. It’s a subtle spell, but one you can’t help but fall under the moment you step inside the Station House. The dining room runs through the ground floor and segues towards the bar, the whole space wrapping you in dark woods, mustards and petrol blues. Fetching art deco touches abound, from cut-glass spherical chandeliers and evocative tourism posters and advertisements from the early 20th century.
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bit more bread to sop up those fragrant, oily pools the snails had vacated wouldn’t have gone amiss. We also fell on a ham and parsley terrine; succulent, herby and seasoned in all the right places and nicely spiked with slivers of pickled vegetable and a mustard sabayon, and a really delightful dish of cognac cured sea trout. Although the cognac had faded a little far into the background, the fish itself had kept its beautiful flavour with that cool and soft, gummy texture sublimely paired with some crispy-airy blintz-like sweetcorn pancakes flecked with tarragon. Magic. A smoked duck breast salad came to life with some bright mango, tangy fennel, pickled radish and toasted pecan nuts tumbled beneath generous slivers of that lovely rich meat, but a classic of French comfort food really won the day for me. A Chicken Cordon Bleu - a plump chicken supreme rolled in bacon and a rustly golden breadcrumb crust - came perched on fat spears of juicy new season asparagus, the hallowed veg bringing freshness to the bird above with a little extra crunch from toasted pine nuts, the whole glorious business sat atop a glossy pool of buerre blanc. You don’t have to be a hopeless Francophile to enjoy this kind of cooking: You just need a beating heart. Over a creamy lemon posset and a comforting, crumbly almond torte, I wondered what the kitchen brought to
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bear on their evening menu. A glance later proved it. It’s at dinner that you’ll find the truly crowd-pleasing dishes beloved by us French-fanciers, dishes like beef short rib bourguignon; pan seared foie gras; grilled lobster thermidor; Provence herb battered hake, Parisian gnocchi... I could go on, but then the only sensible thing to do would be to return to the Station House, which has given Haslemere a fantastic new destination for some hearty French cooking, a vibrant spot for coffee and spangly new hotel rooms making it perfect for adventures in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. All aboard!
The Station House Lower Street Haslemere Surrey, GU27 2PD www.thestationhousehas Tel: 01428 776560 Ham & Parsley Terrine £7.50 Cognac Cured Sea Trout £7.50 Escargot £8 --Chicken Cordon Bleu £14 Smoked Duck Salad £14.95 Avocado Chips £4 --Lemon Posset £7 Almond Torte £7 Food Total for 2 = £69.95
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BAKE WITH JACK’S Olive & Feta Cheese Twist Bread
ack Sturgess is the award-winning chef behind Bake with Jack, the Surrey-based foodie phenomenon that has got loaf lovers baking awesome artisanal bread in their own homes. Here he shares his recipe for a bread that tastes like nothing short of sunshine.
Jack says: “This bread is packed with all my favourite Mediterranean flavours: Feta, thyme, lemon, olives and tomato, perfect for the warmer months coming up! Serve this one with a simple pasta dish, risotto, or just some cured meats and salamis.”
INGREDIENTS 200g 50g 5g 10g
Strong white bread flour Wholemeal bread flour Salt Fresh yeast or a 5g dry fast action yeast 150g Room temperature water 10g Olive oil
For the Filling 65g Olives 3tbsp Sun dried tomatoes in oil 1 Lemon 100g Feta cheese Fresh Thyme
Weigh your two flours and salt into a large bowl. Weigh the water into a jug. If you are using fresh yeast you’ll need to dissolve it into the water before moving on to step 2. If you are using dry yeast, pop it into the flour bowl.
Pour the liquid into the bowl and the olive oil, give it all a mix until the dough comes together.
3. Knead the dough on a clean table for 8-10 minutes, without adding any extra flour. 4. Shape the dough into a ball, using a very light dusting of flour, and place it back into the bowl. Dust again, cover with a clean cloth, and leave to rest at room temperature for 60 minutes. 5.
While the dough rests, you can prepare a sun dried tomato paste, either by chopping the tomatoes very finely, or blitzing into a paste in a food processor with a little of the oil they are kept in, set aside.
6. When your dough has puffed up nicely, dust the table with a little flour and turn the dough out onto it so it lands upside down. It should come out in a circle shape. Dust the top very lightly, and press the dough out with your fingertips to flatten slightly. Pull out four corners making it square.
7. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle, about 25cm by 35cm, with the shorter side closest to you. 8. Spread your sun dried tomato paste evenly over the dough, right to the edges. Then, crumble over the feta, tear the olives and sprinkle them over too. Grate a little lemon zest and pick some thyme leaves over the top. 9. Press everything down with your hands to stick, and begin to roll up the dough starting from the side closest to you. Roll everything up into a sausage and pinch to seal the edge. Dust the dough really well. 10. Cut the dough sausage longways into two, and turn each piece so the filling faces outwards. 11. Hold the two pieces of dough by the ends, and twist up in opposite ways. Tuck the end pieces underneath and transfer to a parchment lined tray. 12.
Allow 30-45 minutes for your shaped dough to prove up under a cloth. In the meantime preheat the oven to 180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6.
13. Slide the tray with the dough on into the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack
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RUN FOR THE SURREY HILLS! Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon 2017 Sunday 4th June | Haslemere Leisure Centre It’s not too late to sign up for The 2017 Bumpy Triathlon – part of next year’s Haslemere Festival. This will take place on Sunday, 4th June and will again incorporate Haslemere’s very own Sprint Triathlon, with the bike and run coursing through the South Downs National Park and some of the most attractive scenery in Surrey and West Sussex. The starting venue (and Transition area) will be Haslemere Leisure Centre off King’s Road in central Haslemere.
The Hurt - 5km, 10.5km or 21km Saturday 3rd June Lawbrook Lane, Peaslake With a name like that, we’re guessing this isn’t going to be a walk in the park, much less a gentle jog through the Surrey scenery. As it happens, The Hurt, one of AAT Event’s most challenging (in a very strong field) fitfests, is truly the ultimate a test of every off-road athlete who participates, no matter what kilometres they put in. Throw yourself into a 5km, 10.5km and 21km (half marathon) trail run that climbs through the enchanted forest of the Greensand Ridge in The Surrey Hills. This off road run will offer magnificent views and superb scenery as you race through the alpine-esque forests of “Little Switzerland”. Come prepared for steep ascents and descents, running on sandy and stony trails and single tracks. This is a chip-timed event for participants, Coffee and tea will be available at the start and finish. Jelly babies and water will be available if you need a ‘pick-me-up’ during your race. Water, cakes and bananas will be available at the finish. The Peaslake Village Stores is in the centre of Peaslake so remember to take advantage of them during your post race debrief. For more information on The Hurt visit wwwaat-events.com/race/the-hurt
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Realising that Haslemere naturally provided the perfect location for a triathlon, a group of triathlon enthusiasts from Haslemere Border Athletics Club got together with The Haslemere Festival in 2015 to put on Haslemere’s first ever triathlon - and The Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon was born. Although an undulating course, Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon is still a Sprint Triathlon (400 metre Swim (16 lengths), 20km Cycle, 5km Run) and suitable for all abilities. The aim of the organisers was to encourage absolute beginners and novices to participate in the UK’s fasting growing lifestyle sport – and, as a result, the first Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon was awarded Sports Initiative of the Year! The triathlon is organised by volunteers and is a not for profit event supported by The Haslemere Festival and every competitor receives a free t-shirt and drinks bottle! For more information on The Bumpy visit www.haslemerebumpytriathlon.co.uk
Easily one of the most stunning trail runs the county has to offer, the Shere 42k presents the Surrey Hills in all its full, breath-taking glory. Whether the participants can summon the capacity to appreciate all the natural beauty around them after the 10th of 30th exhausting kilometre is, of course, down to the participant. But whether they walk it, run it, or even Nordic Walk it, the Shere 10kk and 42k remains a super-rewarding event to compete in. The 42k will start at 9.00am prompt and registration will be open from 7.30am in the Village Hall. The 10k will start at 10.00am. Teams of 3 have to start and finish together! This is a chip timed event with 3 checkpoints/
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TEST DUMMY: BARRE Chloe Kearns discovers a workout that combines pilates, yoga and the grace and power of ballet at boutique fitness studio CYC:D in Haslemere.
On Monday evening I went to barre. Not a drinking establishment, although at least four people in my office made that joke so that I might need to address that, but barre, the ballet sort. More sugar ‘plump’ fairy than ballet princess, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or if I’d be able to master anything remotely resembling graceful but, dedicated Test Dummy that I am, off I went to have a go. CYC:D in Haslemere was easy to find in its central location just off the High Street. Entrepreneur and owner Faye Walton met me in reception and showed me round. Despite being a small space, they’ve certainly made a lot of it, even finding room for a cool juice bar area serving coffees, superfood smoothies and energy balls. This boutique fitness studio is finished to a high spec, complete with colour changing neon light bars that add a special something to the atmosphere. Suddenly the name clicked: CYC:D. Yes I was! I could feel my enthusiasm mounting. Faye introduced instructor Sophie who’s been leading classes at CYC:D since they opened last year. “It’s been quite a ride,” explained Faye, having grown this place from concept to reality in an impressively short period of time. “People say I’m crazy doing this with four kids, but I love it.” A lawyer in a previous life, Faye was inspired by what she saw on a trip to the states and knew that Surrey was ready for a new kind of workout concept. Regulars started appearing, a mixture of gal pals and those flying solo, and a dude- blokes should be aware of barre too. The workout was about to prove that barre really develops key competencies required across a variety of sports and disciplines, focussing on stamina, co-ordination, flexibility and core strength. Kit on, socks off, I took my place at the barre
in the intimate studio, ready to begin. Nothing too tricky to start with- Sophie uses the same routine to get the class going with something familiar before mixing it up with progressively demanding sets of moves when the muscles have been inducted. Although the moves seem relatively simple, repeating them multiple times requires concentration and focus. Even with my increasingly vague recollection of childhood ballet classes, I recognised enough of the dance vocabulary to be able to anticipate each move ahead of time- plié, développé etc. Sophie added in coordinating arm moves and pulse sections which REALLY got the burn going. I was concentrating so hard, it didn’t occur to me to look at myself in the wall of mirrors. When we turned at the barre to work the other side, I was grateful for the air-con but this was a motivating, feel-good class for sure, free from any of the ‘omg, look at her’ nonsense that might put some people off trying this kind of thing. With a funky playlist of everything from ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ to more modern club hits and classy cool strip lighting, this was cool with a capital C, and I’m pleased to say, I felt comfortable here- yes, me- sugar plump fairy. Minus tutu and inhibitions. After the class, people stayed to chill and chat before the room transformed into a spinning studio with a club vibe at the tap of an iPad and there was just time for me to sample some apricot, almond and coconut energy balls at the bar (the more familiar sort) as I mopped my brow post workout. With 15 instructors running cycle, barre, yoga, pilates and HIIT classes, no membership fees and some fantastic bulk buy deals, there are plenty of ways to sweat it out at CYC:D. See you at the Barre!
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