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Your your Community News ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TO TAKE OVER THE ELECTRIC THEATRE saying: “Following careful consideration of the proposals against set criteria, we are extremely pleased to announce that ACM is to be awarded the lease to run the venue. “Our main aim throughout this process has been to maintain the theatre as a performing arts venue with community use. Granting the lease to ACM is an excellent solution for securing the future of the venue and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved a positive way forward for the theatre - an important achievement Kainne Clements (2nd from left), executive chairman of Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) with Paul Spooner (2nd from right), leader of Guildford Borough Council for the working group, the community and everyone involved”. basis for the people of Guildford, Kainne The Electric Theatre, the community Clements (Executive Chairman of ACM) arts venue established in Guildford’s Mr Clements added: “Having our said: ““In addition to our ‘not for profit’ iconic electricity works in 1997, proposal recognised through the commitment, which is, in fact, how ACM has finally found a new operator bidding process as the best and most has operated its teaching provision for viable option for the theatre means in the form of the Academy of 21 years here in Guildford, we will work that its future is now safeguarded openly and transparently to make visible Contemporary Music (ACM.) against any reduction of public subsidy and reduce the costs of staging an event in the area of arts and it can therefore at The Electric Theatre through the During a process begun in 2015, the future look forward to a more prominent absorption of overheads into our core of the beloved-but-struggling venue was position within Guildford as the ‘go business, increasing its accessibility for opened to bids from many organisations to’ venue for all kinds of community the community as we do so. including the Guildford Fringe, Emmaus interaction and collaboration. We look Church and the community arts venue forward to developing future strategy “It is an honour to be entrusted with the the Boileroom. The ACM secured the lease for theatre, with community at the very care and future of this much loved part of this January. The new lease will now be heart of it.” Guildford’s arts scene, and we are grateful removed from the Council’s subsidy for to the local community and Guildford the venue – saving, say the Council, the Once the lease has been formally Borough Council for their support taxpayer and the Council money. signed, work will begin on setting up throughout the process.” the new performing arts venue, with Lead Councillor for Heritage and the Securing the future of the venue and ACM taking over later in the year. Arts, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith commented, pledging to run it on a not-for-profit


UNIVERSITY OF SURREY ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR MEDICINE AWARDED MBE FOR SERVICES TO GENERAL PRACTICE A University of Oxford graduate, Professor Hawthorne is a general practitioner of 28 years’ standing, and an academic medical educator. Her research interests and publication include access to health services for Black and Minority Ethnic and other disadvantaged groups in the UK (with special application to Type 2 Diabetes), the development of social responsibility in health care professionals, and equality and diversity in medical education assessments. Her clinical practice is in a deprived multi-ethnic inner city district of Cardiff.

Professor Hawthorne is also Vice Chair of Professional Development at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Her remit at the RCGP is to oversee training, examinations and revalidation, quality in general practice and professional development at all stages of the medical life course – from school students to retention of GPs in their last years of professional work. Professor Hawthorne said: “This award is a tribute to all the professional colleagues I’ve worked with in general practice and community teams over the years, to provide the best possible service to disadvantaged patient groups. This experience is being put to good use in the

design of a modern curriculum, aligned to the needs of patients and the NHS, for application for a new medical school at the University of Surrey.” Professor Max Lu, President and ViceChancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “Kamila is an exemplar of excellence in teaching and learning. I am delighted that the enormous contribution she has made to education is being recognised with this national honour. “As the University of Surrey celebrates its 50th year, the kudos this honour brings to the institution is a great addition to the wide-ranging impact of our first-rate academic endeavours and innovation across many areas.”

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT IS BACK and create as many breaks as you can for people in your community. A chat over a Fairtrade tea or coffee could give them a chance to reflect on whether they are feeding exploitation or actively shopping to support Fairtrade. Fairtrade products are increasingly easy to find in ma jor supermarkets and as a county with 11 Fairtrade towns, it’s clear we care about Fair trade as a community. Local retailers such as Food For Thought, Coffee Culture and Myakka all carry Fairtrade products and promote the social responsibility of global citizens that is supporting Fair trade, so why not drop in for an ethical look around?

We’re spreading the word about Fairtrade Fortnight by telling our readers how to get involved in the national campaign between 27th February and 12th March. The idea this year is to ‘give people a break’: farmers and workers involved in the production of many of the goods we regularly consume are not being paid a fair price for their labour and produce and as a result, they are unable to thrive and support their families. Raise awareness this Fairtrade Fortnight

We’ve learnt that tea pickers in Malawi earn less than £1.46 per day and 1 in 10 children in the tea growing regions there die before their fifth birthday. When you hear about the real people affected by the lack of Fair trade globally, it’s hard not to think that the price of your breaktime coffee could be more than someone’s daily wage. With this in mind, we’ll be stocking up on Fairtrade products for the office during Fairtrade Fortnight and thinking about how we can do our bit to redress the balance. Join us, organise your own event, spread the word: put Fair trade in your break and take exploitation out.





The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017… Having first opened its doors on 14th September 2007, the regional gallery now regularly welcomes just under 100,000 visitors each year. Over the last decade, the programme has grown significantly, with a typical year now boasting 15 – 20 visual art exhibitions of local and national importance, heritage and ‘object in focus’ displays linked to the local history ‘Woking’s Story’ museum, regular talks and tours, arts and craft workshops for people of all ages, and events like comedy nights, film nights and Craft Fairs. Catering for all tastes and budgets, The Lightbox strives to be a cultural hub that is much more than just a gallery for the local region and beyond. To celebrate this milestone, The Lightbox will present a special anniversary programme of exhibitions and events, kicking off the year with the Main Gallery exhibition ‘Henry Moore: Sculpting from Nature’ (21 Jan – 7 May 2017). This new and unique exhibition will feature over 50 artworks by Henry Moore (1898-1986), perceived by many as the greatest British sculptor of the 20th century. The show will include drawings, maquettes, working models and monumental sculptures, plus prints and studio materials. The works are being generously lent by the Henry Moore Foundation, the charitable trust set up by Moore and his family in 1977. In the summer, internationally recognised sculptor Sean Henry will return to Woking, with an exhibition of recent work exhibited in the town in a ‘sculpture trail’ that will lead you to The Lightbox. ‘Sean Henry Sculpture’ (12 August – 5 November 2017) will be made up of painted

sculptures of people that are either smaller or larger than life size. The Main Gallery 2017 programme will close with ‘Turner in Surrey’ (18 November 2017 – 4 March 2018). This exhibition explores J.M.W. Turner’s work produced on his various travels, stops and periods of residence on the Thames, Wey Navigation and in the county of Surrey, prior to the London boundary changes of 1889. Featured works from Tate will include ‘Newark Abbey on the Wey’, ‘Tree Tops and Sky - Guildford Castle’ and ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’. In the Upper Gallery, The Lightbox will commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Minton’s birth with the exhibition ‘John Minton and the Romantic Tradition: The Ingram Collection’ (28 January – 19 March) which will explore his work along with several of his Neo-Romantic contemporaries – Graham Sutherland, Michael Ayrton, John Craxton, John Piper, and Keith Vaughan. ‘The 10th Anniversary Photographic Competition’ will begin in October (14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018) when The Lightbox welcome photographers of all levels to submit their entries on the theme of anniversaries and celebrations. In addition to the exhibition programme, there will be a number of special events in 2017 which will mark the 10th birthday, including the first ever Lightbox Literary Festival, The Lightbox Summer Family Fun Festival and ‘The Lightbox 10th Birthday Party’. It’s going to be a great year at The Lightbox!

February Half Term at The Lightbox Fun with Clay Tuesday 14th February

1.30pm - 3.00pm Make a container out of air drying clay and have fun learning how to decorate it using different techniques, such as relief, stencilling and printing using natural objects. Please bring a box to take your work home in. £6.50 per child, suitable for ages 4-8.

Funky Faces Wednesday 15th / drop in 1.30pm - 4.00pm

Come and make a wacky paper face using simple paper sculpture techniques. Suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages welcome. All materials included. Free entry, suggested donation £2

Plaster Sculpture Thursday 16th February 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Learn how to create amazing abstract sculptures using Plaster of Paris. Visit the Henry Moore exhibition and discover how he was inspired by natural forms such as stones, shells and bones. Dress for mess. Don’t forget to bring a box to take your work home in. Advance booking required. All materials included. Suitable for 8 – 11 year olds, £6.50 per child.

3D Winter Badges Friday 17th February / drop in 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Cheer up the chilly days with a colourful, winter-themed badge. Add a 3D element to make it really stand out. Suitable for children aged 4+. All materials included. Free entry, suggested donation £2.

Full details of the 2017 celebratory programme at The Lightbox can be found on the website


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Welcome to our citizens on Instagram. This feature gives you an insight into the everyday lives of people and businesses in Surrey. From breakfast to bedtime and everything in between. Check out our favourites below. Also, follow us on Instagram (theguide2surrey) and if we like what you see then we’ll feature you in these pages! Bocketts Farm Centre

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Now taking registrations Fun is an essential ingredient at Pennypot Day Nursery and Preschool where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as the staff who provide them.

Outcrowd events are local safe spaces in Surrey, run by the charity Outline, where you can go for support with your sexuality or gender identity (LGBT+) If your looking to socialise with people, connected by their sexuality and gender identity, please come along to Outcrowd.

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“I would happily recommend this nursery to friends. Staff have a great connection with my son. He is very happy here, he loves the outdoor playtime. He always has a smile on his face after spending the day here.”

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CHARITY SPOT - Outline A small charity with only 25 volunteers, Outline provide a vital source of support to the LGBT community in Surrey. With LGBT History Month taking place in February, Chloe Kearns met Chairman Darren Bonner to find out more… It can sometimes feel like we live in a world where we are constantly required to define ourselves, align ourselves with socially desirable trends and advertise our extreme self-confidence using all the forms of social media available to us. But when folks inevitably exceed the space prescribed by society’s boxes, some people can find it difficult to cope. Surrey based charity Outline offer a helpline service to those questioning, or with questions about, their sexuality and gender identity. Between the hours of 7.30pm and 10pm on a Tuesday and Sunday, Outline’s volunteers man their phones. And they ring. Sometimes what follows is a 2-3 minute call about where the nearest sexual health clinic is, other times a 20 minute conversation of a deeply personal nature.

Darren. “We exist to enable a discussion and through open questioning and active listening, we aim to help people position what it is they are dealing with in their personal lives in a way that allows them to manage their feelings.” Outline volunteers can direct callers to credible, certified sources of support and advice about a variety of issues, some LGBT specific and others much broader, such as mental health, domestic violence or substance abuse services. Being LGBT doesn’t preclude people from challenging life situations, but support can feel limited when trying to contend with multiple difficulties at once. While some Outline volunteers are themselves part of the LGBT community, others might be parents, teachers or youth workers with an interest in supporting others in the community at large. Recruited and embraced for their multitude of skills, volunteers undergo in house training to equip them with the skills and confidence to answer calls, often after a period of responding to email communications, submitted by anonymous web form. “We’re not pushy, we’re here, we’ll listen,” says Darren.

“We’re not pushy, we’re here, we’ll listen.”

“On a typical shift, we might find 15-20 emails waiting for us,” explains Darren Bonner, Chairman of Outline. Outline train their volunteers to listen actively to service users who get in touch via telephone or web form, using appropriate language as proffered by the individual, to help them on their journey of exploration to better understand themselves: some people might be looking for labels in order to gain access to health services difficult for the trans community to obtain; others might be looking to escape labels assigned to them, particularly if in abusive circumstances. During 2015-2016, the top three reasons people talked to Outline were: questioning their sexual or gender identity, social isolation and for support with coming out. “People call for a variety of reasons,” says

Some volunteers support Outline in their aim to bring people together socially by helping to host Outcrowd, a monthly social support group that takes place in a variety of safe spaces. For some in the LGBT community, it can be daunting to go out in a gender coded world and function as their authentic ‘selves’Outcrowd provides the safe space to go out and be you! Others might be very confident in themselves but new to the area and looking for friends. For them, Outcrowd could be just the place to meet other individuals who share a love of retro cinema or interior design. With 28 social support events in Leatherhead, Guildford and Woking and 879 attendees, Outcrowd has increased in popularity and is becoming better known locally but could not run without dedicated volunteers and friendly host venues. By engaging with organisations and the public through outreach events, Outline actively works to maintain a visible presence for the LGBT community in Surrey that serves everybody.

A Cup of LGBT History Thursday 23rd February 6.30pm - 9pm Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking Free Entry Join Surrey Heritage and Outline, Surrey’s LGBT organisation for a cup of LGBT history to celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month. As well as free coffee and cake there will be talks from Professor Peter Hegarty (University of Surrey, Surrey Heritage and Outline and a behind the scenes tour of Surrey History Centre. They will also be joined by a whole host of Surrey community organisations with information displays and stands. Free, no booking required, all welcome with refreshments throughout the evening. From Wednesday 1st February – Tuesday 28th February, during normal opening hours there will be a small display at the centre, ‘From Punishment to Pride’ - a small display commemorating 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), which freed gay men to love and be loved, in private.

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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH Guildford International Music Festival 24th February – 5th March / Across Guildford

Music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy world-class music when the Guildford International Musical Festival returns this month. Now in its 27th year, the Festival, presented by the University of Surrey, will take place over 10 days with performances, talks and tours taking place in different venues across Guildford. Stand out events include singer and fiddle player Molly Evans performing at the Guildford Institute on 24th February, Guitar Legend John Williams performing with his guitar trio Six Hands on the 25th February and renowned violinist Tamsin Little performing on the 1st March. Find out more on page 22. For more information and tickets visit

RENT The Musical

7th – 11th March New Victoria Theatre, Woking The legendary, multi-award winning musical, RENT, celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and in doing so hit the road for a national tour. This exhilarating, landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess. Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the muchloved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Visit

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Unravel Knitting Festival

Be inspired by the aficionado of adventure as Mr Levison Wood comes to G Live this March to divulge all the details of his most recent escapades. His latest tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in 8 countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap.

For crafty sew and sews and for those that enjoy a good stitch and bitch, come one, come all and celebrate knitting and crochet at the 9th annual Unravel festival at Farnham Maltings. Enjoy Unravel’s eclectic marketplace showcasing over 80 contemporary exhibitors selling yarn and yarn related accessories, as well as a programme of knitting and crochet exhibitions, talks and bookable workshops. Learn how to knit a chunk lace shawl, make socks and much more.

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THE GUIDE 2 Silver Lining

3rd – 11th February / Rose Theatre, Kingston Make your way to the Rose Theatre in Kingston to catch Silver Lining, the hilarious new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig. Starring Sheila Reid, Joanna Monro, Amanda Walker, Rachel Davies and Maggie McCarthy. It tells the tale of five extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape… senior citizen style! For more info and tickets visit

Guildford Shakespeare Company Presents: Julius Ceasar

ROH: Woolf Works 8th February / Leatherhead Theatre The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels - ‘Mrs Dalloway’, ‘Orlando’ and ‘The Waves’ - with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. For more information and tickets visit

Hearts for Valentines

4th – 25th February / Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

9th February / Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

Guildford Shakespeare Company open their 2017 programme with Shakespeare’s political thriller, Julius Caesar, staged at Holy Trinity Church. This will be the first time in their 10-year history, that the award-winning Guildford-based theatre company will be using a present-day context to stage Shakespeare’s Roman thriller. Focusing on the cult of personality, a government founded on propaganda and the most famous case of political back-stabbing in politics, (sound familiar?) this production will be given a contemporary context to reflect the play’s timeless relevance.

Hundred Watt Club

An Evening with Mr. Dickens 7th February / Loseley Park Taking place in the Great Hall of Loseley House, this will be a unique opportunity to be in the company of the great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, Christopher Whinney. In aid of Guildford Cathedral, enjoy wine and canapés followed by a talk, picture show and readings on the 205th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. For more information and tickets visit

It’s that time of year again, where love hearts and sweet nothing’s rule all. Just in time for Valentine’s Day make a willow heart to display on your wall or give to a friend. Hearts can be small and purely decorative or large enough to use as a card holder or notice board. You will also have the opportunity to make a living willow heart to grow in the garden. Men welcome... For more information and bookings visit

10th February / Electric Theatre, Guildford Providing the perfect warm up for Valentine’s Day, an evening of naughty and nice burlesque & cabaret entertainment. Hundred Watt Club and Guildford Fringe have teamed up once again and present to you: Fierce & fiery burlesque from Cleopantha, side-splitting comedy from Tina T’urner Tea Lady, award winning clowning from Pi the Mime, and neo-striptease from Lena Mae. Your host for the evening is anarchic, sassy songbird Sadie Sinner. For more information and tickets visit

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change 10th – 11th February / Camberley Theatre


8th February / G Live, Guildford Ellen Kent returns with a new production of the very first opera she ever produced. Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves, Va Pensiero, follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. This powerful tale is laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy. For more information visit

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship.’ Exploring the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, later revealing the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and new borns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious musical is written by Joe Di Pietro and Jimmy Roberts and performed by the Simply Theatre Company. For more information and tickets visit


YOUR MONTH Gamers Lounge: Retro Gaming Club 11th February / The Boileroom, Guildford

Whether your go to hero was the blue spiny mammal of speed, Sonic the Hedgehog or the moustached might of plumber extraordinaire, Super Mario, for all your 16 – 32 Bit needs, 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, give your thumbs some much needed exercise and compete against fellow fans of the cartridge wielding consoles. For more information visit

Jazz Café: Chris Ingham Quartet – The Jazz of Dudley Moore 14th February / Electric Theatre, Guildford

Beloved comic actor Dudley Moore was also a virtuoso jazz pianist and composer, brilliantly exploiting the stylistic possibilities gifted to him by Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson in late night sessions at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club in 1960s Soho, in dazzling appearances on BBC TV and on the sparkling Decca trio recordings. For this very special Valentine’s Day Jazz Cafe, the outstanding talents of the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Dudley Moore’s music. For more information and tickets visit

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No.9 17th February / Camberley Theatre

A staple feature on the comedy circuit of the 90’s and known for his regular involvement in the TV sports quiz, They Think It’s All Over, Lee Hurst is back to get his giggle on with his new show, No.9. His combined quick wit, sharp observation and easy manner make an evening in Lee’s company a fun night out! For more info and tickets visit

Young Legionnaire

18th February / West End Centre, Aldershot Head to the Westy in Aldershot for some live music this month. Young Legionnaire, a trio of Dean Pearson, Paul Mullen (yourcodenameis:milo, The Automatic), and Gordon Moakes (Bloc Party), are following up 2011’s lauded Crisis Works LP. Support comes from NARCS (from the Leeds stable Clue Records, home to Forever Cult and Allusondrugs) who released ‘A Thinking Animal’ earlier this year. For more information and tickets visit

Poetry & Plonk

16th February / Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton On Thames Poetry and Plonk – the perfect antidote to a cold January night. Pull up a pew and sup on something soothing as you listen loosely and languidly to various scribes of the spoken word. Hosted and led by international poet and writer Agnes Meadows. For more information and tickets visit

NT Live: St Joan

16th February / Ambassadors Cinema, Woking Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. For more information and tickets visit

Guildford Travel Club

21st February / Onslow Village Hall A meeting place for like-minded adventurers looking for inspiration for perhaps a more intrepid itinerary when it comes to making plans abroad. Join Chris Beynon for an evening recounting his journey through Jordan on foot and by bike. Chris went to Jordan in 2015 to cycle from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea, and liked it so much he went back in 2016 to explore it more on foot. For more information and tickets visit

The Wedding Present

22nd February / The Boileroom, Guildford Led by vocalist and guitarist Dave Gedge, The Wedding Present originally formed in Leeds back in 1985. Hailed by John Peel for writing “some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era”, The Wedding Present have received cult like status amongst their legions of fans. Catch them at The Boileroom for an intimate date as part of their nationwide tour. For more information and tickets visit





THE GUIDE 2 Whitney: Queen of the Night

Grayshott Folk Club: The Outside Track

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I Will Always Love You, and many more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever!

Two Canadians, two Scots and an Irish fella who play fantastic traditional and contemporary Celtic/Irish Folk music. This will be their third visit to Grayshott Folk Club; testament to the good times they provide, so head to Grayshott for a lively and fun night out of great music and good craic!

23rd February / New Victoria Theatre, Woking

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24th February / Grayshott Village Hall

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Met Opera Live: Rusalka

25th February / Everyman Cinema, Esher Make your way to the wonderful Everyman Cinema in Esher to catch the Met Opera’s live performance of Rusalka, beamed straight to the screen and seat. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. For more information and tickets visit

How to Draw Mass and Space Seann Walsh: One for the Road 23rd February / Cranleigh Arts Centre

You might have seen Seann on TV, but he’s something else live – pacing the stage, working the room and reducing crowds to hysterics. As seen on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show and Tonight at The London Palladium, ITV 2’s Celebrity Juice and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, catch Sean in Cranleigh this month for much much laughter. For more information and tickets visit

25th February / The Lightbox, Woking

Struggling with capturing form on to canvas? Visit The Lightbox this month for some arts and crafts education on how to draw mass and space. Drawing from sculptures in the Henry Moore exhibition and learning how to give your drawings a sense of solidity, the space around the object you are drawing will be as important as the object itself. For more information and booking visit

Fairport Convention

23rd February / Farnham Maltings Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades, (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. For more information and tickets visit

A Cup of LGBT History

Jimeoin: Renonsense Man

Visit the Surrey History Centre this month and celebrate the diversity of humankind. Celebrating LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month, enjoy a hot cuppa, a talk by Professor Peter Hegarty as well as learning about the variety of organisations in the area that serve our community.

An evening of brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up from the internationally acclaimed star of TV shows including Live at the Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance, The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s O2 Comedy Gala and Sunday Night at the Palladium. Don’t miss Ireland’s own ‘Witruvian Man’ - live!

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23rd February / Surrey History Centre

25th February / G Live, Guildford


YOUR MONTH My Brilliant Friend

Silver Strollers

Elena Ferrante’s intense portrait of an all-consuming female friendship in post-war Italy is brought to life for the first time on the Rose stage in Kingston. This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles.

The monthly meet up for those of you who consider themselves part of the advanced generation. This is of course National Trust property’s Polesden Lacey’s social walking group for active older walkers. Taking in the sometimes hilly terrain of this Surrey Hills site, enjoy a scenic guided walk in good company on the first Friday of every month.

25th February – 2nd April / Rose Theatre, Kingston

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3rd March / Polesden Lacey

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Michael Portillo: Life; A Game of Two Halves 4th March / Camberley Theatre

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A historian at heart, Michael can be seen more often than not on our television screens as he scours the globe in search of mighty railways. Catch him in Camberley this March. For more information and tickets visit

Butterflies in The Glasshouse Now Until 5th March / RHS Gardens Wisley

UKGU: Wideboys

25th February / Thirty3Hz, Guildford UK Garage music has been making somewhat of a resurgence over the past few years. Two step has been taken to the next level with an ever growing listenership, fan base and club nights taking place all over the country. With UKGU and Thity3HZ paving the way for more parties in Surrey, make sure you get a ticket for this regular night as headliner and all round garage legends, Wideboys take to the dj booth this February.

Back to set hearts aflutter 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. For more information and tickets visit

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Give Blood

27th February / Guildford Spectrum Save a life, give blood! The Guildford Spectrum will once again be hosting Give Blood. This is your chance to really help those in need by giving over the red stuff. It’s quick, easy and did we mention it saves lives? Just pop along between midday and 9pm and leave with the knowing feeling that you’ve just helped a complete stranger. Good for you. For more information visit

The Big Issues Exhibition

28th February – 26th March / Watts Gallery Artists’ Village The Big Issues project was established on the beliefs of G F and Mary Watts in providing Art for All. The Wattses cared about issues still prevalent today such as homelessness, pollution, exploitation and unemployment. This exhibition showcases art made by participants in the Big Issues outreach programme including prisoners at HMP Send, HMP/YOI Feltham and HMP Bronzefield, as well as young people from Surrey Youth Support Services. For more information visit

The Seshen 5th March / The Boileroom, Guildford

Live seven piece band hailing from San Francisco and signed to indie label Tru Thoughts (home to Quantic, Alice Russell, Anchorsong and ACM alumnus Ed West), The Seshen arrive at Guildford’s Boileroom as part of their European Tour. The Seshen mix electronic elements with live instrumentation that culminates in an audio and visual feast for the ears and eyes. Put on your dancing shoes and make sure you get a ticket for this one. For more information and tickets visit




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Valentines Day Special Brief Encounter (PG)

Starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. David Lean’s timeless, classic weepie has never been bettered and is the only choice for this special night! Two tickets for £10 if you enter the code: ‘LoveYou’


THE GUIDE 2 ALTERNATIVE CINEMA Don’t get us wrong; we all love the glitz and popcorn glamour of a large multi-plex cinema, but where has the panache and style of the independent picture house gone? We took a mooch about the county to bring you some of our fabulous independent cinemas and events dedicated to the magic of film and the way it brings people together…


0871 906 9060 | Everyman Cinema is a part of a string of boutique cinemas with locations across the UK. Each cinema offers a unique foyer along with plush service and fantastic food. Can you think of another cinema where you can rest pizza and wine next to you as you sink into a soft sofa? Showcasing both Indie and mega block busters, the guys at Everyman have a passion for cinema which creates a magical experience for you and your family.


Now we all know that the crux of cinema is all about living in the moment, suspending your disbelief and really letting yourself go. That’s the driving force behind the aim of the guys and girls of Social Cinema at the Boileroom. Airing what they deem to be “Movies with Meaning”, they want to get your cinematic minds thinking. However, they also create a social space for fans of celluloid worlds to come together. This is a chance to enjoy film and discuss it with like-minded fellows creating a shared experience. “Say hello to the person next to you and let’s enjoy the movie together.”


The Cranleigh Arts Centre is a fantastic space for all things creative. Nestled in the heart of England’s biggest village the centre offers opportunities to whet your arty whistle in many ways, including film. Regular screenings of the most

up to date movies range from kids films all the way up to cutting edge art house flicks. Phone the box office for more information. Oh and by the way, it’s run by volunteers so this may also be an opportunity for you to get involved with your local arts scene and support a fantastic institution.


01483 444789 | The Electric Theatre is a Guildford icon and institution. The former electricity plant plays host to a wondrous variety of cultural treats every year. Film plays an important part in their activities and their annual film festival attracts thousands each year. But it’s not all pomp and ceremony; film screenings continue throughout the year with tickets costing a multiplex beating £7! This February they’ll be screening recent award-winner I, Daniel Blake an in-depth and emotional look at modern Britain, and the end of the month sees a slew of cinema classics from Gone With the Wind to the Kind and I and Annie Hall.

FILMOPOLIS Filmopolis presents itself as Guildford’s Independent Event Cinema. The lovechild of passionate cinephile Jez Gibson, he has made it his mission to showcase old films in new ways, and conversely, new films in old ways. Usually running out of The Stoke Pub in town the team have created a new community of like-minded film fans who come together for a cocktail of movies, live music, comedy perhaps a tipple or two at the bar. In Jez’s words, “A movement of men and women, boys and girls who demand and deserve a fantastic night out without having to go to London.” Check out their website for upcoming events.





Guildford International Music Festival 2017 24th February – 5th March

Innovation will be at the heart of the 2017 International Music Festival in February, the 27th of its kind, helping to cement Guildford’s place on the cultural map. With premières of new work, new arrangements of classic works, performances by talented young musicians and concerts featuring many well established and internationally renowned artists, the Guildford International Music Festival presents a fabulous programme of performances, tours and expert talks.

Highlights of the Festival include: A Capella Ensemble Apollo 5

Tamsin Little

Apollo 5 bring to life a mixed programme of sacred choral music, traditional melodies, jazz standards and pop songs with versatility and charm. The five charismatic singers take you on a musical journey exploring music from the British Isles and beyond. (£15, £12, £2 students/U18)

Internationally renowned violinist Tasmin Little, firmly established as one of the leading instrumentalists of her generation will enrich the festival with her performance. Tasmin will also be hosting a master class with undergraduate musicians from the University of Surrey. (£5, Free students/U18)

24th February | 7.30pm | St Nicolas Church, Guildford

John Williams and the 6 Hands Guitar Trio

25th February | 7.30pm | PATS Studio One, University of Surrey As part of Guildford Guitar Day, legend John Williams be joined by John Etheridge and Gary Ryan to perform as the 6 Hands Guitar Trio. Items will include Vivaldi’s Concerto in D ma jor, Benga Beat by Gary Ryan, a new work by Leo Brouwer and a rare solo performance by John Williams. (£15, £13 conc, £2 students/U18

Musical Workshop and Southern Pro Musica Orchestra Concert 26th February | 1pm Workshop, 3pm Concert | G Live, Guildford A hands-on workshop with percussion instruments will provide fun for all the family. The workshop will be followed by the professional orchestra Southern Pro Musica playing some of classical music’s most exciting pieces. (£12, Free U18)

StopGap Dance Company

28th February | 7.30pm | PATS Studio One, University of Surrey ‘The Enormous Room’ can be described as inventive and visually stunning, combining exquisite detail in movement with evocative text and design. The past is still present and memories collide with reality in this thought provoking production. (£10, £8, £2 students/U18)

1st March | 2.30pm | PATS Studio One, University of Surrey

Tour of The Cobbe Collection with Alec Cobbe

2nd March | 11am-2pm | Hatchlands Park, East Clandon Alec Cobbe reflects on how developments in technology have been as relevant in the history of the keyboard instrument over the past 400 years as they are today. Alec will give a tour of the Cobbe Collection of keyboard instruments, including pianos owned and played by composers Mozart, J.C. Bach, Chopin and Elgar. (£20 includes refreshments in the Dining Room on arrival)

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

3rd March | 7.30pm | G Live, Guildford NYJO is a band in blistering form, fresh from its annual residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, performing big band classics and new commissions. They will be joined by the GSA Singers, a company of performers from Guildford School of Acting bringing Musical Theatre songs and popular classics to delight and entertain. (£22, Conc £19, Students/U18 £4

Guildford Sound Walk

4th March | 11am | Meet at Electric Theatre, Guildford National Youth Jazz Orchestra Sound artist Bill Thompson will lead a soundwalk through Guildford’s urban and rural landscape. This is an opportunity to engage with the world and your experience at a very deep level. The walk will take approximately 1 hour, setting off from the Electric Theatre. A short discussion will be held to reflect on participants’ experience. (Admission Free)

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CONVENTION Folk Legends... Fairport Convention are celebrating 50 years of making music this year, with a new album 50:50@50 and a winter tour that brings them to Farnham Maltings this month. Chloe Kearns caught up with founding member Simon Nichol to find out more about the journey so far… How are you feeling ahead of your tour? Excited! We’ve been going out in the winter for quite a few years now but there’s a groundswell of interest now that we’ve hit this milestone of 50 years. Other bands that have managed 50 have probably all got their momentum from some enormous commercial success at some point- we’ve avoided that. So far. (laughs)

Do you wish you’d had a piece of that? I think if we had, we wouldn’t be the way we are now. We’re very much a working band that’s determined to make people go away at the end of the night happy they bought a ticket rather than doing a box ticking exercise for an eye-spy moment. There are a lot of pitfalls that go with that success but as a selfgoverning band, we’ve got a very loyal following and we’re glad to retain our authenticity. It’s wonderful to have an actively engaged audience; we don’t have to go

out and be a tribute act to ourselves. The reason that we do some of the older songs is that we do have fans that have been following us for 40 years and it would be churlish not to but if we do old songs, it’s because they fit.

You’ve received numerous accolades throughout your career: most influential folk album of all time for Lieg & Lief, favourite folk track of all time for Where Does The Time Go, and a lifetime achievement award. What are you most proud of from your 50 years? The lifetime achievement is the one you have to be scared of- who’s lifetime? Actually, having stewarded the annual Cropedy festival to being so much more than Fairport’s gig is something I’m really proud of. Fairport is the common thread, but everyone’s got 20 thousand different reasons to be there. It’s grown to a 3-day event but there’s no commercial involvement and it has to wipe its own feet; pretty good for something run by a bunch of 60s hippies!

Over the band’s career there have been a number of comings and goings, but you’ll be joined on stage at this year’s Cropedy Festival by some old friends? Yeah, it’ll be great to reunite with the extended family of Fairport. We’ve followed each other on our respective journeys and it will be great to see each other and perform. Judy Dyble will be on the stage under her own name for the first time. Ian Matthews will be there,

and Richard Thomson who’s obviously a mega star. And Ashley Hutchings – it’s all going to be good.

What is it about folk music that gives it its contemporary appeal? I’m not an expert in any way on matters folky but I do observe how strongly involving folk music is. With fairly rudimentary equipment, basic skills and an encouraging environment, you can get going around a kitchen table. Somebody will show you a tune and how to change the chords that you know into different shapes and it’s a very hands-on way of learning. The stories of the jilted lover and the underdog are universal themes and the music is just infectious. But don’t ask me to dance, I’m English, so I’m ruled out.

What’s next for Fairport Convention? I’m excited about the latest album and new songs to debut for that audience on that night. The new songs are just as important as the ones that have been in the repertoire since 1969, as much us the previous things we have been known for. Life is about moving forward and you’re only as good as your last gig so we try to make sure every time we play, it’s something to remember.

Fairport Convention perform at The Maltings in Farnham on Thursday 23rd February. For tickets visit





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THE ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION The ESU is a unique educational charity and membership organisation dedicated to helping young people realise their potential through giving them the skills and confidence in communication to articulate their ideas and share them with others. Chloe Kearns caught up with Lorraine Winch-Johnson, Guildford and district Branch Chairman to find out more…

The Guildford and district branch of the English Speaking Union covers a wide area of schools in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire, arranging competitions so that students have the opportunity to speak in public. Young people are full of ideas -their views matter, and programmes run by the English Speaking Union, like Discover Your Voice and debating training in junior schools, can help them to be effective and articulate communicators. One of the key characteristics of debate is that candidates are put in a position where they need to think about a topic from multiple perspectives, and then consider the pros and cons of each. Through challenging topics, and debate forums with helpful adjudication and constructive feedback, participants improve their skills rapidly and have great fun in the process. Good critical thinking, expressed in a fair and effective way, is a great strength in any team. Employers are always looking for great communicators and experience gained with the ESU often makes young people more resilient to stress, and quicker to solve problems when they enter the work place. The English Speaking Union also has a marvellous competition for schools

called Performing Shakespeare, which allows students to enter monologues and paired pieces. Shakespeare’s characters and stories are as relevant today as they ever were, featuring love, jealousy, murder, dreams, deception, ambition, families, power … the popular soap opera themes of today! Young people can learn how to perform Shakespeare, “and it makes so much more sense when you come to study it in class” (Alex, 13) There’s really something for everyone at the ESU! Young people can take part in, or watch, debates in venues like the House of Lords, go to the USA on a gap year programme, teach debating across the world, try competitive public speaking, and even join the national debate team! If you enjoy communicating and have an interest in the world, the important issues of our day and travel, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the ESU. Get in touch with the local branch of the English-Speaking Union and become a member! Not only does the branch committee provide local contests but also local activities for members with speakers, music and sociable events.

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Y MUM’S THE WORD Y February Fun at Wisley 11th – 19th February Wisley Gardens, Woking

Half term at Wisley is packed with free family events celebrating their beautiful Butterflies in the Glasshouse event. Join them all week, whatever the weather, to create butterfly-themed weather crafts such as making your own watering can or upcycling wellington boots! Activities vary daily and are all free with normal garden admission. Visit the Butterfly Box and learn about the life cycle of the butterfly in four interactive zones. Track the complete metamorphosis from the egg, the caterpillar, the pupae and the unfurling butterfly. Make the most of the great outdoors: build a den with sticks from the garden in the Wild at Wisley play area or walk through Wilson’s Wood and try some bird spotting at the bird hide.

Family Festival: Two Day Musical Theatre Workshop 13th & 14th | 10.00 – 16.00 The Electric Theatre, Guildford (£60, suitable for 5- 11 years, with a 4pm performance on the 14th.)

Join Hannah from Boogie Pumps and Hayley from AllStar Choir for a fantastic and fun-filled Theatre Workshop! Children will be singing, dancing, acting, and of course making new friends along the way. Visit for more information

Customise A Tote Bag

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14th February | 10am-11.30am & 12noon- 1.30pm Farnham Maltings, Farnham (ages 8+, £13 per session)

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Customise your very own tote bag with your own design using different fabrics, buttons and other decorations. There will be some sewing or if you prefer – sticking! Materials included but please bring your own blank tote bag. Visit for more information

11th February | 2pm-4pm Farnham Maltings, Farnham (£12 Adults, £8 Children, pre-walkers free. Aimed at families with 0-8 year olds. Max 3 children per adult.) Back again, after their previous two sell out shows, the Big Fish Little Fish crew bring their award-winning, critically acclaimed family rave to Farnham – with a “Flower Power” theme. DJ Kid will play rave classics, house, old skool and techno – along with his drum’n’bass speciality. The club visuals, giant balloons, glitter cannon, bubbles and famous parachute dance make this a real visual extravaganza. The Captain Cookie craft area has themed crafting, mural and playdoh to help entertain and there will be a separate baby chill out and toddler play area to take a rest from the rave action. Free glow sticks and transfer tattoos all included and fancy dress encouraged. Groovy baby! Visit for more information

Creative Orchestra

13th & 14th February | 10am-4pm G Live, Guildford (ages 8-14) Join professional conductor and workshop leader Patrick Bailey, musicians from Southern Pro Musica, and Surrey Music Hub to create and perform a brand-new piece of music from scratch with other young musicians! Visit for more information

Xtreme Activate holiday course at Spectrum 13th-17th February Spectrum, Guildford (5 - 8 years and 9 - 12 years)

Xtreme Activate is a fun packed day that will entertain and challenge young children. This exciting holiday course is split into two different age groups and then further to groups of 16 children to two coaches. Children attending Xtreme Activate take part in activities such as ice skating, bowling, swimming (for children 9 years +), track time (weather permitting) and arts and crafts. With such an array of activities, a great time will be had by all. Visit for more information

Become a Ninja with Legoland's Junior Builder Weeek 10th- 18th February Legoland Windsor Resort

From just £150, a family of four can sleepover in a LEGO themed room, enjoy breakfast at the Bricks Family Restaurant AND join in NINJAGO themed games, LEGO building and activities, including Ninja training and disco! Visit for more information


Family Festival: The Sorcerer's Appprentice 15th February | 11am & 2pm The Electric Theatre, Guildford (£6.50, suitable for ages 3-7)

This delightful new show from Blunderbus Theatre Company comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream: he wants to be a world-class magician. So, he saves up his pocket money to buy The Big Book of Magic for Trainee Magicians, then he sets off to Mr Zacoor’s Toy Shop to buy his spellbook. But Mr Zacoor is no ordinary shopkeeper, he’s a real-life Sorcerer! And he has a very special job for Charlie. Visit for more information

Animation Nation Workshops

15th February | 10am-3pm (ages 7-11) & 16th February | 10am-4pm (ages 12-17) G Live, Guildford Learn a new skill in these exciting animation workshops run by Animation Nation. Working in small groups, you’ll use cameras, Apple MacBooks, professional stop-motion software, modelling clay and lots of imagination to create your very own short films. Visit for more information

Rolller Disco at Spectrum

18th February | 5pm-10pm | Spectrum, Guildford (£5 per entry. Tickets available at the door on the day. Cash only.) Ready for some retro fun? Discoskate will be taking place in the main arenas at Spectrum. Skates can be provided.

Godstone Farm Fun 11th-19th February Godstone Farm, Godstone

(Tickets purchased more than 5 days in advance get 10% OFF!!) Join the animals at Godstone Farm for lots of farm fun, the re-opening of the Hog’stacle Course, plus brand new craft and play activity ‘Sheep Herding Hustle’! The Herding Hustle includes making your very own balloon sheep and then joining in a herding game on the lawn. Visit for more information

Family Festival:Rhymetime with Jennny

16th February | 10am-10.30am The Electric Theatre, Guildford (Ideal for ages 0-3 | 30-minute duration. £4.50)

Bring your little ones and join Jenny for a gentle session of traditional rhymes and songs. Lots of fun to put a smile on your face! Visit for more information

Les Miserables Schoool Edition

16th- 18th February | 7.45pm (& 2.45pm 18th) Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking The Sundowners from Runnymede present this epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption. Performed entirely by Students, this legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written. Call the Box Office: 01784 240068 or e-mail: for more info

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Peter and the Wolf

18th February | 11am – 2pm Yvonne Arnaud, The Mill Studio, Guildford (Most suitable for ages 5 yrs plus. Tickets £9) Peter is a mischievous boy living with his grandfather. Against the old man’s wishes, Peter goes into the meadow to play with his animal friends. Despite his grandfather’s warnings of a wolf in the nearby forest, he fails to heed the advice and soon finds himself in peril. Find out how this clever boy with his animal friends triumph in this classic tale. Visit for more information




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Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tour at Denbies Sunday 12th February | 2.30pm & 3.30pm Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Price: £16.95pp Yes, you read that right. Wine and chocolate together, all under the auspices of the home of English sparkling wine, Denbies. Learn about the geology and history of the estate experience the changes in the vineyard through the seasons, and appreciate the wine making process from vine to bottle. The tour passes through the working winery; with a full commentary from Denbies Wine Tour Guide you will see the equipment used in today’s wine production. The journey ends in the atmospheric Denbies cellars where you will have the opportunity to indulge your senses with Denbies sparkling wine range and fine chocolates. Sample three of Denbies wines with exquisite chocolatey delights. Visit for more information and to book


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8th & 9th February – Weybridge 21st February - Reigate 22nd February – East Molesey 23rd Feb - Weybridge La Gloire de la Chasse

Saturday 25th February Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Woking Price: £35.00

Surrey’s favourite wine merchants’ hugely popular pop up restaurants have already hit the ground running in 2017, and offer more of Chef Maxwell Mackenzie’s exciting cooking, paired with a choice selection of the shop’s outstanding wines. February’s events see the restaurant ‘pop up’ at their shops in Weybridge, East Molesey and Reigate and provide great food and great wine in their wonderfully intimate settings. Chef Mackenzie, who has trained under Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, regularly cooks up sumptuous 4-course seasonal menus, but will be celebrating the French affection for game cooking with meals that sing the “Gloire de la Chasse” (21st – 23rd), so expect sanglier (Wild Boar) amongst other delights of the hunt, matched with classical wines from Bordeaux, Cahors, Burgundy, Rhone and the Languedoc. Places fill up fast so visit to book.

Sample Surrey’s top tipple with Surrey Hills Brewery Tours 25th February & 18th March | Surrey Hills Brewery, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Home of the famous Shere Drop, Surrey Hills Brewery opened in 2005 and is located in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of Box Hill. Led by the expert brewing team, their immensely popular tour allows a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how Surrey Hills Brewery creates their award-winning ales. Whether you consider yourself to be a beer connoisseur or if you just want to know how much care and dedication goes in to crafting your perfect pint, they can help answer any questions you may have. There is an option of a 50 or 90-minute tour that includes the opportunity to taste each of the draught beers currently available. Brewery Tours take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and cost £8.50 (50-minute Tour) and £12.00 (90-minute tour). Book your tour in advance by calling 01306 883603 or email For more information visit

Good coffee, and we mean really good coffee is hard to find... and when you do find it, knowing how to brew it to really enhance the flavour is a whole different thing. As well as training the UK’s best young chefs, the Tante Marie Culinary Academy offer plenty of lifestyle courses to suit any curious foodie. This one’s for the coffee lovers, though, and aims to introduce you to the wonderful world of slow brew coffee, through their friends Coffee Real based in Horsham. This coffee masterclass will take you through slow brew methods focusing on Hario V60 drip coffee, Aero Press and French Press. You will learn how taste, smell and brew coffee can be affected by the coffee beans selected and brewing technique. You will find out which coffees you really like and those you don’t and why that is so as you explore different single origin coffees. You’ll also take a bag of Coffee Real coffee beans to get you started. If you miss this one, there are two more events planned over March and April. Visit for more information.

Discover Porters & Stouts at Inn @ Home, Guildford Friday 24th February | 7.15pm – 9pm | Inn @ Home Price: £20, tickets available in store or online Few debates cause more friction between beer enthusiasts as the arguments over what separates a porter from a stout. Well, thanks to Guildford’s seminal beer, wine and spirit emporium, the dark mysteries of these sturdiest and most flavoursome of beers will be revealed. Experience the dark side and discover the best of the UK’s finest porters and stouts, from Milk to Engine Oil, London Smoke and Millionaire Visit




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By Rich Lee

Astonishing juices are just the tip of the iceberg at Cobham’s super stylish and utterly unique café… Just walking into the Juice Smith in Cobham seems enough to kick-start a deep tissue cleanse; it’s so polished and clean it resembles a café found aboard the Starship Enterprise, all pearly white surfaces and cool, bright light. It stops short of sterile – but not of style- thanks to the jungle of vivid green foliage that spills down one of the shop’s walls. Glance right and your gaze falls upon a rainbow, fridges packed with those titular cold-pressed juices in every colour. You can squint at the ingredients on these bottles until your vision begins to swim, but you’d be better off taking a punt and choosing whichever colour appeals in the moment. A helpful sign above lets you know what colours benefit you in what ways; green for ‘cleansing and strengthening’, red for ‘fortifying and protecting’ or yellow for ‘uplifting and soothing’ for example. I grab a ‘Green Glow’, take a deep, vulgar chug and wonder at the flavours that instantly unfold, blooming out on soft waves of cucumber, pear, lime, spinach, coriander, pineapple and more. It’s startlingly refreshing, almost aggressively nourishing and balanced so cleverly that it’s neither too fruity nor too vegetable. It’s enough to make you, well… glow. But these astonishingly well-crafted juices are merely the banner under which a raft of wholesome goodies bob invitingly at the Juice Smith, as the café offers a range of stunning dishes to eat in or take away. Their food sings from the raw and vegan hymnbook, but not overtly so. Cast preconceptions aside – as I’m finding myself doing ever more frequently – and you’ll find irresistible treats like gluten-free waffles loaded with fruit, seeds and a glossy homemade Nutella sauce,

humming with sweet, natural cacao. Need a breakfast to propel you through the day like a comet? Try an acai bowl fringed with apple slices, bananas, grapes and berries, studded with crunchy buckwheat clusters, a dusting of coconut and all atop a fruity pool of creamy-smooth sweet acai compote. Honestly, if this isn’t what superheroes would eat then I’m Wonder Woman. Savoury dishes serve up such fortifying pleasures as beans on toast splashed with balsamic with a homemade beetroot ketchup, and a signature favourite of theirs that’s never been off the menu that tumbles together wild rice, sweet potato, pumpkin seeds and a wasabi sauce into a kind of vegan jambalaya that was all sorts of satisfying. I was most impressed, though, by a savoury Thai cake, a sort of fish-free fishcake made from mullet grains that had the golden crisp crust and tropical zing you’d want, and came perched on colourful coils of vegetable noodles with a tweak of lime. Elsewhere, the Juice Smith offers wholesome snack bags of biscuits, crisps and other nibbles all crafted with raw and vegan ingredients, personalised juice cleanses, organic smoothies, sublime coffee from Surrey roasters Beanberry and, at weekends, a fry-up breakfast, vegan style. The Juice Smith could have stuck to cranking out their stunning juices and nothing else and they’d still be a gift to Surrey’s healthconscious foodies. The fact that this café offers a bounty of creative vegan dishes as well makes the place an essential visit, whether you’re already a convert or simply curious.






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The gorgeous tableau of tasty goodness you see before you was provided by our good friends Ruby & Kind, the fantastic independent food and provisions store in Cranleigh that has raised the bar for amazing artisanal, local food in Surrey. At Ruby & Kind you’ll find seasonal fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, artisan breads, craft beers and wines alongside lots of store cupboard essentials as well as complete recipe kits from The Original Supper Box Co.


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Caracoli's Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Basil Soup


Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds and stalk and place cut side down in a large roasting tin.

I Roast the peppers for 45 minutes, or until the Spring may be a few weeks away, but hold on in there. Soups are one of the best sources of nourishment to see us through these cold months and a great way to make delicious, natural ingredients go a long way whilst saving money. This supremely comforting and tasty soup comes to us from Caracoli, the family of fantastic coffee shops and artisanal food stores scattered around Surrey and Hampshire. It can be made at any time of year and covering the roasted peppers allows them to steam, making removing the skins very easy. A good trick for dozens of other recipes!

I 30g butter I 1 small onion, diced

I Remove from the oven and cover the roasting tin with a clean tea towel or clingfilm and leave for 10 minutes.

I Heat the butter in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic on a medium heat until they are softened, about 10 minutes.

I Add the tomatoes and stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

Ingredients I 3 large red peppers

skin has started to blacken (they may need a little longer).

I Skin the peppers, and chop the flesh roughly. Add to the saucepan and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

I vegetable stockcube dissolved in 500 ml water

I Add the basil leaves. Season with salt and

I 10g fresh basil leaves

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I 2 cloves garlic, chopped

I salt and freshly ground black pepper

I Pour into warm bowls, garnish with a dash of

I 550g chopped tinned tomatoes

I olive oil and basil leaves to garnish


olive oil and a basil leaf.

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By Rich Lee

WHERE TO EAT: THE MANDOLAY, GUILDFORD It feels akin to negligence to have lived in Guildford for most of my life and yet have never set a foot in the Mandolay. The town’s only independent boutique hotel, the Edwardian façade has loomed large over London Road for years, an ivory edifice behind which they’ve been quietly building a reputation as a premium choice for weddings, conferences and luxurious accommodation, to say nothing of a restaurant which landed its second AA rosette last January under the watch of Head Chef Mark Lawton. And yet my only prior reconnaissance of the place had amounted to staring dejectedly at the exterior through the window from the dentist’s chair on the other side of the street. It was high time to rectify that. And so it was that on a crisp winter’s day we stepped in from the cold, swung a left at reception and were enveloped in the stylish copper-steel tones of the Mandolay bar. Walking past the gleaming bar top and shelves of fine

spirits, the suggestion of splendid cocktails and Cotton Club glamour begins to get under your skin. And then you turn the corner and find yourself in the restaurant proper and are greeted with perhaps the most striking dining room in Guildford. It’s a sophisticated speakeasy of hard woods, soft jazz, sweeping brown leather booths and banquettes and an art deco beating heart, lit in tones of caramel and amber and the gentle winking from strings of bare lightbulbs. It’s Gatsby restrained, and I loved it on sight.

magnificently with a quail starter. The little bird, so often the dried-out victim of more heavy-handed cooks, was here a sweet, delicate and tender joy, jointed into flavoursome morsels tumbled over a silky pumpkin veloute, soft faggot, quince gel and mousseron mushroom. Across from this was a plate of lobster, poached in butter to luscious tenderness over bright, fragrant flavours of peppers, mango and lime and the gentle turmeric kick of curried oil.

Décor aside, recommendations and my own suspicions had told me that the Mandolay offers one of the few, if only, fine dining restaurants in Guildford. This becomes immediately obvious from the professional poise and charm of our server, but most starkly from the menu. Prices prove it so, but then so does the thought and care that leaps from every dish on the page.

A sumptuous main course of lamb betrayed some classical French flash from 24hr braised neck and breast pressé, cooked to a sticky burnished gold on the outside with juicy layers beneath. Accompanied by tender sweetbreads – a rare and delicious find in these squeamish parts, golden pomme dauphin and delightful textures from crispy sea kale and oats and grains; it was all brought together masterfully with a rich and glossy port sauce.

This was teased early by a cheerful amuse-bouche of airy, creamy tomato soup and toasted focaccia topped with sticky, caramelised ham hock and a dab of burnt apple gel, then unfolded

Such self-assured technique shouldn’t be too surprising, however, as Chef Mark Lawton’s talent has been forged in the kitchens of the Ritz, Le Gavroche and Gordon Ramsay. As a result, what


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he unleashes on a plate is studied yet bold and limber, and displays a master’s eye and taste for textures, flavours and ingredients. Where such confidence could have used the tiniest bit of restraint, however, were desserts, particularly one with the winning name of ‘Nitro’. Presented on a cloud of billowing liquid nitrogen, this was some welcome theatre crowned with shards of meringue, a chocolate soil, a jaunty ring of shortbread, lemon sorbet, berries and… well maybe just a tad too much happening for one pud. The cloying sweetness of over-present meringue, however, couldn’t detract from the crème brulee beneath that had been artfully teased into a quenelle, brittle crisp skin, smooth custard and all. A touch more focused was a ‘cox’s pippin apple’, a kind of apple crumble conjured into mousse encased in gelato, apple gel, salted caramel and crumble pastry – a complex confection that still let the natural apple flavour shine through.

Roasted Quail £12 Lobster £13 --Herdwick Lamb £27

At the end of what had been a truly exceptional meal, I’m unreasonably disappointed to learn that the Mandolay are due to refurbish this restaurant for the second time in only a few years. No doubt the new look restaurant will be just as dashing as this one, but when there’s cooking of this calibre, they could smother the walls in tin foil and serve on wicker plates (hey, they do it Hackney) and it would still be one of Guildford’s most essential restaurants.

Local Buck Deer £26 --Cox’s Pippin Apple £8 ‘Nitro’ £8 Food Total for 2 = £94









9th-14th February Take your ‘someone special’ to All Bar One and woo them with the perfect blend of food, drink and atmosphere in this sophisticated, stylish space. Sharing is caring they say and that’s just as well, as you’re sure to want more than a bite of each of their must-try tapas plates. got 12 delicious dishes on the menu including their succulent buttermilk chicken wings, stone baked garlic flatbread and ginger teriyaki chicken skewers. Choose four small plates and wine for £25 and your taste buds, and your date, will thank you. Choose a Bordeaux wine for an additional £5 and crank the style up a notch. The best present you can give this Valentine’s day, apart from the pleasure of your company, is surely an evening of delights at All Bar One.

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13th-18th February | 6.30pm – 9.30pm Wine and dine your date with an enchanting 4 course menu at just £69.00 for 2. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival before an indulgent starter of poached chicken oysters, Champagne butter, leeks and black olives or oyster mushroom fricassee with crispy capers. Continue the pleasure with a main course of lamb cutlets, truffle sauce, ratatouille and Dauphinoise potatoes or poached lemon sole, sauternes and caper sauce, samphire and new potatoes. On to cloud nine with a delicious desert of passionfruit trifle, tonka bean cream and gold leaf. Finally, languish over coffee and dark chocolate brandy truffles. The perfect romantic end to a heavenly meal. Booking essential for this delectable evening.

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Fiona Knowlton takes the new smart BRABUS ForTwo for a spin and discovers a car bursting with flexibility, charm and surprising power…. When you think of a smart car what springs to mind? For myself, it’s a car that conjures up images of parking in a space the size of a postage stamp in central London. I think of its very distinctive design but alongside this is a curiosity about the actual reality of driving such a small car. So it was with enthusiastic interest that I picked up a black smart BRABUS, the fortwo from a range that includes the forfour and fortwo Cabriolet, from smart at MercedesBenz of Guildford. My family car is a Jeep Wrangler, AKA ‘urban tank’, so the thought of driving a car that fitted neatly onto its side of the road was intriguing and extremely appealing. The thought of being able to drive to a meeting knowing that I would more than likely be able to find a parking space, being able to perform a three point turn quickly rather that a five-point turn was a refreshing thought. Well it turns out you can fit quite a few tricks into such a small package including a one point turn - I know a ONE point turn - but more of that shortly. The first surprise was the amount of space afforded to the driver and passenger. Ok so I know this is not a car known for its space but as a first-time smart driver I was

really surprised at the amount of leg room and general space. The assumption is that to design a car that is small for the purpose of exceptional commuter credentials you will have to seriously compromise on internal space. Now don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to do the weekly food shop for a family of five with this car, but I was able to fit a number of bags in the boot easily. In addition, there are well designed pockets and storage solutions throughout the interior. This results in a driver experience that is easy and simple to function in. But the real win with this car is its driving performance. Again, you assume that such a small car could not possibly be built for performance, but that simply isn’t the case. I know I am used to driving a beast of a car whose acceleration is akin to an elephant rather than a cheetah, but this is the most fun I have had driving a car. The BRABUS also provides the kind of peace of mind that you get when you are driving a car fitted with all the latest cutting-edge safety features. As I mentioned earlier, a turning circle for the fortwo of 6.95 metres means it can perform a one point turn on a standard British road which really is one of the most convenient characteristics of any car I have driven. So, in short, I love being surprised and won over. The real compliment is that I really did not want to give this car back. I would have happily taken it home with me. so Bravo BRABUS!

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Scorchers make history with key wins

Few people would have predicted much from Scorchers at the start of the 2016/17 British Basketball League season. Hit with a number of seasons of change, uncertainty and instability, Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos’ side had work to do if they were to silence their critics and be competitive this season.

Play-offs which has meant we have put ourselves in a strong position ahead of a run in of big games.

But recent form has seen them do just that. Three wins on the bounce after the Christmas and New Year period, the club’s best form since March 2013, has cemented their position as one of a handful of teams with strong hopes of reaching the BBL Play-offs at the end of the season- a feat not achieved in the three seasons previous.

February poses new challenges for Scorchers, with a BBL Trophy quarter final at home on the 5th followed by an exciting tie live on BBC Sport a fortnight later – both opportunities to continue the excellent form and the growth of the club on and off court.

“I am incredibly happy with the recent form that we have picked up” said Raftopoulos. “We have started getting wins against key teams who are also fighting to reach the

“The key has been keeping a group of really great guys together for the whole season. They work and play as a team unit and support each other when needed. We’ve also seen big performances from some of the players on the fringe of the roster, meaning literally everyone has played a part in getting those wins.”

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Storm prepare for Stars season opener As Surrey Storm gear up for their opening match of the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague season later this month, we take a look at how pre-season preparations have gone for the back-to-back title winners.

for her country two years ago and will prove a handful for defenders across the league due to her height advantage. Despite early signs being good, Coach Tania Hoffman remains coy about her side’s chances this season: “The Superleague as a whole looks very different this year so it really is going to be down to who prepares the best and grinds out results on court.

Wholesale changes over the summer months, including a brand new Director of Netball in former ANZ coach Tania Hoffman, have left staff at Storm with plenty of challenges to work through ahead of the season opener against new side Severn Stars at Surrey Sports Park (Sat 18 Feb, 7pm). But a fresh squad isn’t enough to stop the reigning champions from being confident that they can do business again this season.

“We have a great bunch of girls here who are all hungry and want to play and win. They have gelled well and are certainly capable of producing results this season.” With tickets for Storm’s home matches in high demand, the only chance left to watch them in action will be at their annual big game – Netball London Live.

A recent friendly win over fellow Superleague outfit Team Northumbria will give them hopes of replicating such performances this season especially with the arrival of 6 foot 8 shooter Megan Craig from New Zealand pro side Northern Mystics, who switched from playing international basketball

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ROBINS & DAY GUILDFORD Hurtmore Road, GODALMING, GU7 2RD 01483 698 873 Official Fuel Consumption in MPG (l/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km) for the all-new 3008 SUV Range are: Urban 37.2 67.3 (7.6 - 4.2), Extra Urban 55.4 - 80.7 (5.1 - 3.5), Combined 47.1 - 70.6 (6.0 - 4.0) and CO2 136 - 103 (g/km). MPG figures are achieved under official EU test conditions, intended as a guide for comparative purposes only and may not reflect actual on-the-road driving conditions. Visit for more information. Information correct at time of going to print.




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GUIDE 2 THE RBS SIX NATIONS The Six Nations Championship is without doubt the world’s greatest rugby tournament. Here, Will Knowlton plots a tour around the county, highlighting the best places to watch all the action…

Saturday 25th February 2017 Scotland v Wales at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 2:25pm

Ireland v France at Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4:50pm

at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 2:25pm

Let’s head south to the wild border between us and Hampshire. To Grayshott specifically. A lovely little town which also boasts a lovely little pub, The Fox and Pelican. Steeped in history, the pub is an iconoclast in the village and the perfect venue to continue your 2017 Six Nations county wide crawl.

England v France

Saturday 4th February 2017 Scotland v Ireland

at Twickenham Stadium, London 4:50pm

Right! We’re off. Two matches to choose from today and all three great nations playing. England France is a classic and so is our choice of Rugby venue; The Britannia in Guildford is a bit of a secret venue when it comes to showing Rugby. As people don’t associate watching sport here, you’ll find it easy to grab a table as well as food and drink here.

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Sunday 26th February 2017 England v Italy at Twickenham Stadium, London 3:00pm

Godalming is our destination today. Another town that has a handy little train station to nullify that need to argue who has to drive. The Sun Inn is a lovely pub in the town centre and this is where to settle down today.

Friday 10th March 2017

Italy v Wales

Wales v Ireland

at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2:00pm

at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 8:05pm

Being a Sunday we may as well get a roast in beforehand. Now, bear in mind a lot of people will be thinking the same thing so you’re best to book ahead. The Red Lion in Horsell not only offers fine beer (and spritzers for that one mate) but also serves up some serious food too.

Yes indeed, today the match comes straight from the capital of God’s country and Reigate is your destination to take in the next battle for the trophy, or possibly, wooden spoon! The Red Cross is an amazing pub steeped in history but now famous (amongst other things) for being the “go-to” venue for sport in the town.

Saturday 11th February 2017 Italy v Ireland at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2:25pm

Wales v England at Principality Stadium, Cardiff 4:50pm

Well let’s get a tad closer to the Welsh Boarder by heading to West Farnham and the Mulberry. The Mulberry is an amazing pub boasting a relaxed and lively atmosphere all encapsulated in a shabby-chic décor but more importantly they have large screen TV’s inside and out meaning this is where to go today. Also, they are within a stone’s throw from the station so there’s no need to toss a coin for a designated driver, just get a train.

Saturday 11th March 2017 Italy v France at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 1:30pm

England v Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London 4:00pm

Let’s continue our Pan-Surrey pub and Rugby Journey by heading to The Tup in Guildford. Loads of screens and an outside area which boasts even more space to watch the pitch the Tup is a great choice and if we’re honest a traditional venue to watch the tournament at; so we didn’t want you miss it out.

Saturday 18th March 2017 Sunday 12th February 2017

Scotland v Italy at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 12:30pm

France v Scotland

France v Wales

at Stade de France, Paris 3:00pm

at Stade de France, Paris 2:45pm

Dorking boasts a fine Cockerel so where better to go to see another Coq Sportiff getting, as Wellington would say, “a damn good thrashing”. Well, in keeping with the theme of thrashing let’s go to The Falkland Arms. A lovely Young’s pub, they have a great choice of food from their new Chef Tony and large screen to enjoy well-kept beers in front of.

Ireland v England at Aviva Stadium, Dublin 5:00pm

Today, my friends we have reached the 22, and trundle on to the line. So let us away to Epsom and to The Barley Mow. Here, Phill and his team are on hand to assist you through this last day of Rugby glory. Fine beer and food await as we watch England come home to glory (“Guaranteed”)





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SURREY EVENTS VOTED BEST IN UK Two running races delivered by local company aat-events have placed both 1st and 2nd in the racecheck awards for the UK’s Best Races.

The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon is consistently rated highly across all of the ma jor running websites - in some cases scoring as highly as 4.9/5. It compares well against some of the biggest events too, with a whopping score of 86% on Runner’s World, compared to Bath Half Marathon’s score of just 69%. The Mercer Surrey Half’s “official warmup race” placed 2nd in the awards. Despite the frosty conditions on 4th December 2016, aat-events and Guildford and Godalming Athletics Club welcomed almost 1000 participants to the increasingly popular 11.7km road run at Loseley House.

“It’s great to know that the UK’s best running races are happening right here in Surrey. If you’ve not joined the fun yet, do join us. Everyone is welcome,” says race director Toby Jenkins. The 2017 Mercer Surrey Half Marathon is set to be the best event yet. A brand new 5km race has been added to the schedule this year, with the aim of inspiring even more people to get involved. Woking Borough Council and TG Media Group are working closely with the organisers to secure fantastic deals at local businesses for runners on race day and sponsors Vines BMW are supplying an electric BMW I8 as the lead car, as part of an effort to be more environmentally considerate. On the day, runners can enjoy free bag storage, live music and a professional pacing service and will take home a medal and a printed headwrap as mementos of their achievement. Races delivered by the award-winning event organisers are now officially recognised as some of the best events in the UK.

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Talking to Venita Couzens, Home Manager of Kingsbury Court Kingsbury Court in Bisley is a luxury 5-star care home; what sets it apart from the rest? Kingsbury Court is a Luxury, purpose built 60 bedded Care Home set in beautiful grounds with two enclosed gardens. All bedrooms have en suite facilities, television and telephone in all bedrooms as well as a cooler. Some of the ground floor bed rooms have a patio that opens onto the garden for alfresco dining with family members; Facilities include a Cinema room, Hair Dressing Salon, Café for visitors use, Lounges, library and quiet areas.

How do you ensure quality care at Kingsbury Court? All employees recruited are interviewed by myself and Heads of Department. All prospective employees go through enhanced DBS checks and we also ask for NVQ qualification where necessary. There is a robust induction process in place and staff are on a three month probation programme. I strive to develop all employees to be happy in their work and always have the Resident’s at the centre of what we do.

How do you welcome clients? All potential clients are encouraged to visit the home more than once and at different times of the day so that they can bet a better picture of life at Kingsbury Court. This is our resident’s home so all friends and relatives are welcome to visit their loved ones in a family friendly atmosphere. We also offer a meal service to visitors. All in all we have an open-door policy for anybody to come along and visit Kingsbury Court, please call in for a coffee and a chat, our door is always open.

What activities do you typically offer residents? Regular visits from entertainers and in-house activities provide an enjoyable social life for our residents whilst also maintaining strong links with the local community. Our residents enjoy Tai Chi, art & cookery classes and music based activities and also going on planned outings to local attractions.

What do you value about your role? My philosophy is to ensure that all our residents view Kingsbury Court as their Home and that they live happy and contented lives with us. My aim is to also provide a high quality service with quality care to support residents and families alike.

Find out more at or visit Kingsbury Court Care Home at Guildford Road, Bisley GU24 9AB. Tel: 01483 494186

Kingsbury Court 5 Star Luxury Care Home Kingsbury Court is a 60 bedded superior development located in the village of Bisley providing 5 star luxury accommodation and outstanding specialist care. All 60 bedrooms are en-suite, with charming views of our landscaped gardens and decorated to an elegant hotel standard, whilst incorporating leading safety features and state of the art nurse call system. Our facilities include a café, a number of quiet lounges, cinema, hair salon, and complimentary therapies. Choosing the right Care Home is one of the most important

decisions you will have to make for yourself or your loved ones, and it can be one of the most difficult. Here at Kingsbury Court we aim to give you the opportunity to become part of our extended family, where help is available at any time, day or night. Regular visits from entertainers and in house activities provide an enjoyable social life for our residents, whilst also maintaining strong links with the local community. A warm welcome awaits you – so why not drop in for a coffee and a chat, our door is always open.

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STOVES VS OPEN FIRES DID YOU KNOW: • A pound of fuel will produce at least three times more heat when burned in a stove than when it is burned in an open fire? This means you will use much less wood with a wood burning stove. Stay seated and relaxed rather than keep on piling the logs onto the open fire. • As a stove is a closed firebox with air controls, cold draughts are usually eliminated when a stove is fitted. Hurrah! • An open fire will continue to suck warm air from the room as long as the room is warmer than the air outside, hence all the heat produced by an evening fire is lost. Likewise, heat produced by other sources such as radiators is also sucked up the chimney if you have an open fire. Taking all of the above into consideration, one can expect about eight times more heat from a stove than an open fire.

WOOD VS GAS / ELECTRIC FIRES • Unlike wood, gas is a non-renewable fuel and therefore not a sustainable or green way of heating your home. Add to this the ever-increasing gas prices and you can see why the wood burning stoves are becoming so popular. • Unless you are signed up with a green electricity provider or have you own solar panels, chances are that some of your electricity is generated by sources such as nuclear plants. The UK now has enough radioactive waste to fill the Royal Albert Hall five times over! And there is still no safe way to deal with it. • 23% of electricity in the UK (2015) is generated from burning coal, another fossil fuel. And why choose MORSO stoves in particular? Morso are the oldest stove manufacturer in the world: 162 years and counting. The Fire Gallery is happy to give you a 10-year extended warranty on your new addition to your family. And of course, Morso practice what they preach: • 98% of the material used in Morsø’s cast iron stoves come from recycled scrap. So imagine that: your dazzling new Forno fireplace could have been a bicycle in another life. • Morsø makes sure that 80% of the energy needed for manufacturing comes from sustainable energy source, mainly wind. • They use recycled packaging with minimum print colours

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Myakka has been recognised by the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers since 2006 and has held the Ethical Award for corporate social responsibility since 2009. They also feature in the Good Shopping Guide and have scored 100% for three consecutive years from the Ethical Company Organisation, a standard which indexes companies based on a number of factors, including their conduct towards and impact upon the environment, human and animal rights- great news for ethical trade in Surrey! The majority of the furniture is designed and developed exclusively for Myakka, from small, family-run manufacturers and artisans, some of which have been working with the company since it began. The team at Myakka make regular visits over to Asia to approve products and to see first-hand how their work with local people is benefitting communities there. Amongst their exciting range of ethical products is the Everywhere Eco Rug - these incredible rugs have the look and feel of traditional kilim, yet are made from recycled materials, including old plastic drinks bottles and are 100% PET Recycled. They are environmentally low-impact and can even be used outdoors too. They are so practical, they can literally be hosed down!


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1. Clean your windows with vinegar You don’t need expensive solutions to clean your windows. Fill up a plastic spray bottle with some white vinegar. When your windows are looking a little grimy, spray some vinegar on them, scrunch up a sheet of old newspaper and give them a good scrub.

2. Use plastic straws to organise your wires It’s frustrating when you accidentally pull out the wrong plug, only to find out your laptop has now switched off and you’ve lost all your work. End this now by grabbing a few of those plastic straws that you’ve amassed from fast food outlets. Cut them down the length, and then into short sections and label with a permanent marker. You can then wrap the straws around the wires.

3. Use lemon peel to keep spiders at bay I’m not a big fan of spiders, so for one post I researched into the different ways to keep spiders out of the home. As well as the obvious, such as dusting, vacuuming and decluttering the home, it turns out that spiders hate citrus. Pick up some lemon and rub the peel all over windowsills, bookshelves and anywhere else you may have seen them.

4. Clean real & artificial plants with a hair dryer We all love a bit of greenery in the home, but there’s nothing worse than a thin layer of dust catching your eye while you’re trying to relax. Pick up your hair dryer and using a gentle cool setting, blow away that pesky dust and debris from your real and fake plants.

5. Preserve herbs in ice cube trays It’s so easy to waste fresh herbs if they were used in a recipe, and you don’t normally use them in everyday cooking. Preserve them using an old ice cube tray. Chop up your herbs like rosemary, or mint and pop them into an ice cube tray. Add olive oil and stick them in the freezer. Any time you need that herb, just pop them out and into your pan. Easy!

6. Feeling sick? Reach for the honey & ginger It’s that time of year again when illness strikes. If you’re suffering from nausea, then head to the cupboard and grab a pot of honey. Cut

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some peeled ginger root into small pieces and stir into boiling water. Continue to boil the water for five minutes and then add a spoonful of honey. This will provide a natural sweetness and the ginger will neutralise stomach acids and ease the irritation.

7. Clean your shower head with baking soda & vinegar Looked up while showering one day and been horrified at the sight of your shower head? Pick up a sandwich bag, fill it with 2 tsp baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. With an elastic band, attach it to your shower head and turn the water on to fill it a little. Let it rest overnight and in the morning the shower scum should fall off easily.

8. Make the ultimate hot chocolate It’s still cold these days, so why not treat yourself to a gorgeous hot chocolate. Heat up the milk, stir in your cocoa or hot chocolate powder and pour the mixture into a mug. Swirl squirty cream on top into peaks, and scatter over crushed chocolate Flake, sprinkles and marshmallows. It’s incredibly easy to make and once an adult has heated the milk, children can get involved and enjoy decorating.

9. Used coffee grounds as a slug & snail repellent Green-fingered folk aren’t the biggest fans of slugs and snails. If these pests are eating your seedlings and seeds before they’ve had a chance to grow, then put used coffee grounds around the base of your plants.

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