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By Rich Lee Part coffee shop, part upcycling workshop and emporium, we visit a remarkable community enterprise in Godalming that gives old furniture new life and provides a creative hub for people affected by disabilities… Long-time readers will know that we’ve been unapologetic about our love for the grassroots craft movement known as ‘Upcycling’. In essence, upcycling means taking worn out and unloved old furniture, ornaments and other household or garden objects and restoring them to new life and utility. But in the hands of many ‘upcyclers’, the process also instills those items with an expression of their own unique personality. A humble chest of drawers, for example, could be remade all kinds of elegant, charmingly quirky, radiantly colourful, or simply have its timeworn shabbiness brought to the fore as a quality to celebrate rather than reject. Upcycling saves on waste and provides a wonderful outlet for creativity. And while there are many purveyors of upcycling around Surrey, it would be hard to imagine one so uniquely special, nor as prodigiously talented, as the motley crew found on Godalming High Street at Changing Perceptions.

Born three years ago as an offshoot of the celebrated Godalming epilepsy charity, The Meath, Changing Perceptions is the brainchild of Fiona Collier. Fiona has worked with furniture for most of her career in addition to volunteering her time to help people with disabilities. After working with the charity, she became inspired to merge her two passions into a project that enabled the Meath’s clients to get together and learn new skills that directly benefit themselves and the community they live in. And if it could help change perceptions of complex epilepsy and associated physical and learning disabilities along the way, then that could only be a very good thing too. To visit Changing Perceptions, you first enter into a delightful coffee shop that also serves as a salesroom for some of the remarkable objects and furniture that emerge from the shop’s hub and heart: the workshop. Tucked further down the back of the shop, it’s here that I met Fiona and her team to experience Changing Perceptions for myself. “We prepare and paint old furniture provided by the general public to look more desirable,” explains Fiona as we walk around a central worktop surrounded by volunteers beavering away on a variety of projects. “Once the items are finished we sell them in the café. This project is multi-purpose

really: It’s connecting the Meath with the immediate community with an interesting, vibrant, different kind of activity. The pieces we produce are for anyone interested in their domestic environment, into upcycling and just like things that are a bit different, a bit quirky.” On one worktop, a volunteer is cleaning up an ornate metal outdoor chair, then coating it in chalk paint, turning it a lustrous powder blue. In another corner, a client was in the process of upholstering a full suite of chairs. He makes it look easy. He even makes it look sort of fun, and this is coming from someone who finds something as inane as hanging a picture frame a colossal ‘mare. Dotted around the shop are various items of furniture, some finished, some on their way, but all revealing the creativity and passion the volunteers bring to their work, from the tiniest pencil pot to an antique sofa. A merry cacophony of sanding, hammering, sawing and above all, laughter, permeates the whole place, making Changing Perceptions as infectious as it is fascinating. Fiona’s warm presence, and that of her team of experienced helpers, ensure that everyone feels like colleagues and never simply clients, all engaged in the same creative enterprise. “It all helps to make it a really inclusive project and help dispel the stigma


around people with disabilities - we prefer to say that we celebrate people’s abilities” she says. “It’s about making new friendships and learning new skills outside of a care environment.” Amy, 27, has been honing her upcycling talents here for the last two years. She has been living with complex epilepsy since the age of ten. She manages her condition with medication and is assisted by charities like the Meath to live a full and productive life. “The Meath and Changing Perceptions have helped to give me independence and enabled me to learn new things. They help me to look at the positive things I can do. Anything that involves arts and crafts, I love. I’ve got lots of friends here, too. It’s a really wonderful place.” The work Amy and the rest of the team produce has even begun to reach beyond their customer’s homes and out into the public in the form of handmade wildlife habitats to be strewn along Godalming’s ‘Willow Walk, from the Phillips Memorial to the Library, providing RSPB-approved homes for birds, and no doubt a source of pride for the local volunteers that built them. Before I left them to their work, Fiona couldn’t help but show off their latest acquisition, a laser cutter. It’s some serious kit and will enable them to produce more bespoke pieces for customers and even their own product line of decorations. With its keen eye

for vintage nostalgia, upcycling and Christmas make a perfect match so you can be sure that the team at Changing Perceptions will craft something very special for your home over the festive season. In fact, anyone with a hankering for some upcycling and painting of their own are very welcome here as Changing Perceptions run fun and friendly paint workshops that cover furniture preparation, ageing and distressing, the two-colour technique and waxing and finishing; all the techniques you’d need to put the chic into shabby. You can donate nearly any kind of furniture to be upcycled, although ideally solid wood and nothing too big. Or you can simply pop in to Changing Perceptions and relax with a superb coffee, a slice of cake and simply admire the works produced by an inspiring team of people and a truly remarkable community enterprise.

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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH The Legend of King Arthur


13th October – 5th November / Stoke Park, Guildford

Guildford Jazz Festival

20th – 22nd October / Multiple Venues, Guildford Jazz is coming to town! This October enjoy a weekend of truly world class jazz at multiple venues across the town of Guildford. Showcasing some of the finest home grown and international talents currently on the circuit. Enjoy a number of free workshops across the town as well as ticketed events to see some truly sensational performances from the likes of Courtney Pine, Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion, Joe Stilgoe, Soweto Kinch, Clare Teal, Mica Paris, James Taylor Quartet, Hot 8 Brass band and so much more. We can’t wait! For more information visit

The award winning Guildford Shakespeare Company return to the Challengers Field in Stoke Park, Guildford this October for their autumn production of The Legend of King Arthur. Written and Directed by Caroline Devlin, The Legend of King Arthur of course recounts the great tale of a young Arthur Pendragon as he plucks Excalibur from a rock and, well, the rest is history / myth / legend (delete as appropriate). Also returning will be the colourful Spiegeltent that hosted GSC’s production of Grimms’ Fairy Tales last year. For more information visit

Festival of Crafts

Torchlight Tour

Feeling creative lover of all things arts and crafts? Be inspired by the return of the Festival of Crafts taking place at Farnham Maltings this October. Buy from over 70 designers and makers in a marketplace featuring homewares, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and more. Across the weekend take part in free participation events, demonstrations and a number of bookable taster workshops.

Enjoy a night of automotive mysticism and take part in the Torchlight Tour at historic Brooklands Museum near Weybridge this Halloween. Delve behind the scenes and discover the secrets of Brooklands eerie past. Tickets include a two course meal and must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Wrap up warm and remember to bring a torch! Further tours take place in November, December and January.

28th & 29th October / Farnham Maltings

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THE GUIDE 2 Little Oktoberwest

13th – 14th October / West End Centre, Aldershot Celebrate beer like our Bavarian cousins on the continent do and enjoy Little Octoberwest at the West End Centre in Aldershot. In collaboration with Guildford’s favourite microbrewery, The Little Beer Corporation, enjoy an Octoberfest with a difference. Each session ticket includes your very own Stein glass to keep as a souvenir. Indulge in a selection of beers courtesy of The Little Beer Corp, whilst you enjoy food and music. Dressing up in your favourite lederhosen is more than advised. For more information visit

Milk Presents: Joan

12th October / Farnham Maltings What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, Joan is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. Performed by Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan is a a fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone. For more information visit


Louis Berry

12th October / Camberley Theatre

17th October / The Boileroom, Guildford

The Queen of dance, Arlene Philips, invites you to an evening of glitz, glamour and gossip in Camberley this October. The inimitable Arlene, who has worked with the likes of Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Elton John and more, will tell tales from the dance floor with this unique insight into life behind the scenes of the showbiz world.

Like rock ‘n’ roll? Then you’re more than likely going to love Louis Berry. The lad from Liverpool has been making waves since hitting the scene for his brand of honest, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll. Infectious, catchy tunes with a healthy dose of je ne sais quoi, means that you should make sure you catch the talents of Louis Berry at The Boileroom in Guildford this month

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Diwali Lantern Parade

12th October / Woking Town Centre From 6pm witness Woking come alive with light and colour as the annual celebrations of Diwali take place. Enjoy a stunning parade complete with lanterns, music and performances. Following the parade there will be a free celebratory event at the HG Wells Centre featuring Indian music, dance, song and traditional cuisine. For more information visit

Nathan Caton

13th October / G Live, Guildford Find the funny at G Live this month as Nathan Caton comes to Guildford’s G Live. Following the success of last year’s Straight Outta Middlesex tour, the prolific Nathan Caton is back with a new tour. He’s keeping it real and keeping it funny, dissecting all things from the personal to the political in this hilarious show. For more information visit

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Around the World in Eighty Days

17th – 22nd October / Rose Theatre, Kingston Phileas Fogg and his wild ambitions of circumnavigating the globe via a balloon in no less than eighty days, are brought to the stage of Kingston’s Rose Theatre this October. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. For more information visit


20th & 21st October / Guildford Cathedral More Octoberfest shenanigans as the Guildford Cathedral Marquee host this hop infused beverage bonanza. Take part in afternoon or evening sessions as you’re transported to the land of lederhosen, bratwurst and bier. Enjoy a good old fashioned ‘Oompop’ foot stomp and be entertained Bavarian style. For more information visit


YOUR MONTH Grayshott Folk Club: Home Service

ROH Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Grayshott Folk Club returns from a summer’s hiatus to fill folk lovers’ hearts with joy. This month Home Service (former members of The Albion Band) will show folks how it’s done as this 8 piece band of musicians come to town. If you’re a fan of folk then Grayshott Folk Club is a destination that you should get in the dairy.

Make your way to the Everyman Cinema in Esher for a night of fantasy, as the Royal Opera House present Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland via satellite. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

21st October / St. Albans Church, Grayshott

23rd October / Everyman Cinema, Esher

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Mae Martin: Dope Steve Rogers

21st October / Cranleigh Arts Centre For some live music this month, make your way to Cranleigh Arts Centre as local singer songwriter Steve Rogers takes to the stage. Son of Paul Rogers (singer with Free and Bad Company), Steve’s songs reflect his passion for life’s depth, mystery and wonder. For more information visit

Autumn Festival

22nd October / Painshill Park “Fall” in love with Painshill this autumn, and celebrate a host of autumn activities for all the family. Breathe in the autumn air and ma jestic colours of Painshill’s magical landscape. The day will offer wine and food tasting, outdoor demonstrations, carriage rides and special children’s trails. For more information visit

25th October / West End Centre, Aldershot The award winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her debut UK tour. Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London. In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite long-term consequences. For more information visit

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper 26th October / Cranleigh Arts Centre

It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 - over the hill by anyone’s standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his - and YOUR - mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him! It’s time you’re not getting back! For more information visit

Jenny Éclair

22nd October / Camberley Theatre Following a complete sell-out tour professional grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter Jenny Eclair extends her hit tour into autumn/winter 2017 and 2018. Jenny is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.


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26th October / The Boileroom, Guildford The Boileroom play host to the sensational Slamboree this October. Typically found at festivals throughout the summer, the Slamboree crew bring fire breathing, circus acts and a healthy dose of bass to the stage. Catch them within the intimate environs of Guildford’s favourite live music venue for an evening of unique entertainments this October.





THE GUIDE 2 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club

Ghost Tour Guildford

Let laughter by your medicine at the Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club found at Dorking Halls this October. Every month, a band of merry laugh makers come to town to showcase their comical talents. This October catch the likes of Paddy Lennox, Harriet Kemsley and Alasdair Beckett-King as they take to the stage to help you get your giggle on.

Ghost Tour of Guildford? Heck yes! Every Friday, until the end of November, discover the town’s peculiar past with your host, the characterful Philip Hutchinson. No need to book – just meet outside of Holy Trinity Church at the top of the High Street at 8pm. For more information visit

27th October / Dorking Halls

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Every Friday / High Street, Guildford

Vintage & Collectables Fair

29th October / Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Discover a world of collectables and vintage items at this very special fair at Denbies Wine Estate, found on the outskirts of Dorking. Browse through stalls selling wares from yesteryear and find unique gifts for the home and maybe a little something special for you. Featuring vintage treats from the 20’s – 80’s. Entry is free! For more information visit

Halloween Film & Food Night 31st October / The Lightbox, Woking

The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish & The Man with the Twisted Hip 27th & 28th October / Mill Studio, Guildford

Weaving Wodehousian witticisms, farce and highly quotable one-liners into a pair of intriguing 1930s whodunits, award-winning writer-performer Tom Taylor’s rakish aristocrat and first-time detective, Charlie Montague, must prevent a murder. The chap dies. Packed with nonstop laughs from start to finish and a revolving gallery of high society dames and eccentric waiters – all played by Taylor – this show was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Festival where it collected a host of four- and five-star reviews. For more information visit

As ghosts and ghouls gather on all hallows eve, The Lightbox in Woking will be hosting a special Halloween film and food night. Ghoul-ash and Blood-y Marys are on the menu this Halloween as The Lightbox screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Chef Neil will warm you up with a filling scream-themed supper. Dress up or down, the choice is yours. Advance booking essential. For more information visit

The High Octane Club

28th October / The Electric Theatre, Guildford Guildford Fringe Theatre Company bring you the premier of The High Octane Club, Burlesque & Cabaret. A brand new burlesque night for folks in Guildford and beyond, leave your inhibitions at the door and ready yourself for a night of naughty cabaret. Guests for the night include: Lady Alex, Bonnie Fleur, Griffin & Jones, Faye Feline and Tricity Vogue. Advance booking is highly recommended. For more information visit

Ghost Tours

31st October / Hampton Court Palace

For a night of horror on the High Street, make you way to The Ricard Onslow in Cranleigh for their Halloween party. Celebrate All Hallows Eve by dressing up as some kind of ghastly ghoul and enjoy a night of frights. Scaring is caring.

Discover the frightful and fateful history that lies within Royal Hampton Court Palace this Halloween. For one night and one night only, experience an exclusive tour that will take you to the depths of Royal Hampton Court Palace’s, at times, horrifying past. From shallow graves to ghost stories, book now to avoid disappointment. A slightly less terrifying, family kind of affair will take place just a few days later on the 5th for those somewhat squeamish.

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Halloween Party Night

28th October / The Richard Onslow, Cranleigh


YOUR MONTH Puppetry of the Penis

Astronomy Evening

The ancient art of genital origami comes to Camberley Theatre this November for a demonstration in what one man and his Johnson might do given enough free time. 2 near naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions that include fan favourites the Eiffel Tower, The Lochness Monster, the Pelican and of course, the iconic Hamburger as well as some new moves to thrill the audience. Delivered with a throbbing passion for puppetry, book your tickets today for the theatrical masterpiece that is, Puppetry of The Penis.

Join the Surrey Wildlife Trust and Edenbridge & District Astronomers Club for a night under the stars observing the night sky. Equipped with high powered telescopes for aspiring astronomers available to use, marvel at stars and planets impossible to see with the naked eye. Spaces are limited, so make sure you book online in advance.

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12th November / The Boileroom, Guildford

3rd November / Camberley Theatre

9th November / Bay Pond, Godstone

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1st SH Makerspace Raspberry Jam Got a bright idea? Looking to share it with the world? Join the SH Makerspace Team at The Boileroom for their show and tell event, Raspberry Jam. If you like a good tinker and enjoy thinking outside of the box, then this is the spot for you. Be inspired by innovative minds and join in with the fun. Registration is required online and entry is free. For more information visit

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 4th November / Dorking Halls

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. ‘Heresy II Heritage’, their new tour, charts the Uke’s rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. For more information visit

Simon Amstell: What is This? 4th November / G Live, Guildford

Art on a Postcard

Simon Amstell comes to Guildford’s G Live this November for a deeply personal, funny exploration into beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. Check out our interview with Simon in just a few pages time. Get tickets quick before they sell out.

Join Woking’s Ewbank’s Auction House for a very special, clandestine kind of auction. Bid, win and bag yourself a unique piece of art on a postcard, penned and painted by some world renowned artists. You’ve got to be in it to win it.

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Hot Foot It Firewalk

5th November / The Elvetham Hotel, Hartney Wintney Hooray for fire walks! Raise money for the amazing Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice this November and hot foot it across a path of fiery coals. Sound fun? Of course it does. Sign up online and raise some sponsorship money to take your turn on the red hot embers. For more information visit

16th November / Ewbank’s Auction House, Woking

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Dance Happy – Adult Ballet Class

Tuesdays / Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames Had designs on becoming the next Darcey Bussell that just seemed to fade into the distance like a grey day in autumn? Rekindle your love for dance and join the Dance Happy adult ballet class, taking place at the excellent arts centre of the Riverhouse over in Walton-On-Thames. As well as gracefully pirouetting etc. you’ll also improve your core strength, posture and confidence. For more information visit




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“I think I’d feel really lost if I didn’t do stand-up comedy”




By Rich Lee

Following a series of acclaimed international tours, and the critical success of his film Carnage which screened earlier this year, comedian Simon Amstell’s fifth UK stand up tour, What is This?, rolls into G Live, Guildford on Saturday 4th November… Hi Simon. So since we last spoke two years ago, the world’s seen Brexit, the US election and all sorts of other craziness. How have you weathered it all? Well, while all that was happening, I was making a film called Carnage set in 2067. So I was spending all my time in a future where, for example, Trump was dead. So I was having a delightful time sitting in the future looking back at a time when things were more ridiculous (laughs.)

to put them in rehabilitation centres where they’re given the love they required when they were children, which may have stopped the crime being committed in the first place. But making Carnage was such hard work, trying to think about the future and how everything would work out, I was quite keen to start writing some standup comedy about Me again (laughs.) And then I get sick of me and want to talk about something else, so at some point I’ll feel the urge to say something about something that isn’t me.

Carnage takes an unsparingly funny look at society’s consumption of animals from the point of view of a future generation that’s entirely vegan. Is there no diet or lifestyle immune from your satire?

If you look at the trajectory of your career, we’ve seen you travel through Popworld, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Grandma’s House and now films like Carnage. Where’s it all heading?

I don’t think anyone can sit outside of satire. In the film, even the vegans were ridiculed lightly. But there is a diet where you can be outside of a ‘slave trade’. A safe space; one where you could feel good, your health would be improved as would climate change, and the animals will suffer less. That’s what you’d want, right?

Well, eventually I’ll die (laughs.) That’s definitely where it’s going. But yeah, I really like writing and directing. So I think if I could write and perform stand-up every few years, and write and direct a film every few years, I’ll be happy… before death takes me.

Has the success of Carnage emboldened you to examine more issues in film? There were moments where I thought, oh, why not take a look at the prison system? Why are there prisons? Surely if people need to be put somewhere we should be compassionate enough

So behind all of that, there’s been your stand-up comedy. What does it mean for you to have stand-up to return to? It means everything to me. It’s the thing that makes me independent. It’s the thing that makes me funny. And it’s where I go to find out who I am, which then bleeds into everything else I sign up to. If I can do stand-up comedy I

feel like I’m of use to the world. What I get from stand-up is that I can say something deeply personal and the audience responds to it positively; it makes me feel like I’m not alone. I think I’d feel really lost if I didn’t do stand-up comedy.

What’s your relationship with the celebrity that comes with what you do? In terms of fame, what I really want to be able to do is go to a restaurant and sit with the person and have a lovely time. But I also quite like it when someone else in the restaurant comes up to me and tells me something I’ve done is brilliant (laughs.) I quite like both those things.

And finally, your new tour What is This?... what is it? It’s a show that’s mainly about me (laughs.) I’ve been in a relationship for the last five years so there’s a bit about navigating what it means to be in a relationship rather than being single and lonely. There’s a lot about letting go of inhibitions and how one rather… illegal drug and being reborn in a sweat lodge helped. I talk about what it means to feel like an ordinary person – I don’t feel broken anymore, so what if I become some normal guy, which is very upsetting. And then, of course, there’s a bit about a sex party (laughs.)

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Ray Mears, returns to Guildford’s G Live this autumn with his brand new tour, ‘Born to Go Wild’. We caught up with the boss of Bushcraft himself ahead of the tour to talk about what the wonders of our world can do for ourselves and for our spirit. You come to Guildford’s G Live almost exactly in the middle of your new tour, Born to Go Wild which takes in 31 dates this autumn. Naturally this kind of adventure differs enormously from your usual excursions – do you ever try to find similarities between the ‘tour life’ and that of your global adventures? No they’re completely different. I do keep a stove with me in the car - rather than necessarily going to a service station, I might find somewhere nice in the countryside to pull over and put on a brew. I like to keep an eye on what wildlife I’m passing when I’m travelling between places but it does become a bit of a blur after a while.

Your show will touch on themes of the wild and what it can do for the human spirit and creativity. What do you think the effect of not being amongst the wild ultimately has on the human spirit? I think that not having access to wild places diminishes the human spirit. There will be people that argue against that but I certainly believe that I think it’s good for our soul to be in wild places and particularly to look at a dark sky where we see lots of stars. It’s no wonder I think, that the world’s great civilisations and science was born in the desert where the stars are above us. To lie on your back and gaze up at the stars and to count the shooting stars and to wonder on the vastness of the universe reminds us how small and insignificant we are and what an incredible place we inhabit. I think it makes you think more deeply and when you think more deeply you feel more things more keenly within.

Do you think there will continue to be wild areas of the world that are completely untouched by human activity? I really hope so but that’s something that we have to work to preserve. The

biggest danger that is posed to us in terms of the preservation of wild places is our own apathy. If there’s someone reading what you’ve written who’s been to a wild place and been touched by it, it’s incumbent upon them to share that experience with people and make others know that there are places that can touch you profoundly in a spiritual way; and to argue for their restoration, their preservation and their maintenance. That been said, I don’t believe that these places should be pickled in aspic - we need to have access to them. There are some places in the world that are so special that we should only go and gaze and wonder, but there are other places where we should be able to access them and utilise natural resources and allow the dirt and the damp of the countryside to permeate our being.

You grew up in Surrey and live in Sussex – have you got a favourite area of wilderness in the south east? I’ve got several areas. I live in the High Weald which I think is remarkably special, but if you were say to me which is the place that touches me the most, it’s the North Downs, because I feel that that’s my tribal home. It’s interesting that I talk to you today because yesterday I went for a walk on the North Downs and I’m seeing plants I don’t normally see where I live now; Canterbury Barrels, things like that - it made me feel good inside to touch base with the species’ and habitat that I grew up in.

Practicing Bush craft can fill an individual with an enormous sense of pride and confidence in one’s ability. Can you think of a particular element of bush craft that still fills you with that sense of accomplishment? None of it. None of it does. It makes me feel humble. I think constantly of our ancestors who went before us and made these discoveries. Every time I discover something new, and I’m still discovering things new about our

countryside, I am sure our ancestors would have known those things. I think pride is something you experience early on in your education in Bushcraft, but the more deeply you go into it the more humble you feel. I was reading on a website recently, somebody claiming to be an expert in the subject, describes his knowledge as immense. I’m thinking ‘crikey’, I’ve been doing this almost 35 years and the only thing I can say is immense is the questions I’ve still got to answer. It’s not false modesty. It’s true. The more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know.

Are you able to tell us anything about your new series that is due to be aired this autumn? I’ve just made seven films for ITV over in Australia, looking at wild places in Australia and the wildlife you find there – it’s been great fun.

What can audiences look forward to on your new tour? You should know that we’re going to try, if we can, if we’re allowed to, to make fire on stage. I’ve been teaching Bushcraft for 35 years and the two things that I think are really important are skill, and fire is what I want to concentrate on and what it means. And the other is about a detailed knowledge of nature which I will utilise films from Australia to help illustrate my point. It will be a joy.

RAY MEARS: BORN TO GO WILD 25th October, G Live, Guildford

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Foodie NEWS and EVENTS

Surrey Oktoberfest 2017 Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October Redhill Memorial Park Oktoberfest is coming to Surrey! At Surrey’s Redhill Memorial Park, local people are in for a treat of thigh-slapping treat of German beer, delicious food and a fabulous party. The festival promises a great evening for get-togethers, a special occasion for company parties and an unforgettable experience for anyone who just loves a good time. Oktoberfest is celebrated in a giant marquee with a capacity of 2000 seats. Long rows of tables and benches fill up the tent and a German band will entertain revellers all night with live music. All staff will be dressed in special Bavarian costume, Lederhosen for gents and Dirndl for ladies. There’ll be real German beers and food too, of course. The beer on offer is specially brewed in a 200-year-old brewery in Bavaria. Entrance is free on Thursday and Sunday, £5 on Friday and £10 on Saturday. Event is 18+, except Sunday when kids are allowed to get in for free.

Firkin Fest at Grayshott Friday 20th October & Saturday 21st October Grayshott Village Hall Grayshott’s ninth Beer Festival is looking set to be as wildly popular as the last seven years have been, featuring sixteen real ales, eight ciders, wine, BBQ food and superb entertainment at each of the sessions. FirkinFriday with ‘Binky’s Dixie Demons’ A chance to relax, chat and swap tasting notes with friends to the accompaniment of acoustic Jazz. Friday 21st October – 6pm to 11.30pm – Ticket £5.00 adv. or £7.50 on the door FirkinSurfin with ’The Beached Boys’ – A vibrant party atmosphere to dance and sway along to a Beach Boys Tribute Band whilst you surf the firkins. Saturday 22nd October – 7pm to 11.30pm – Ticket £12.50 adv. or £15.00 on the door Tickets will be on sale, for both sessions, at Grayshott Club and online from

In Conversation with Nigella Lawson Sunday 15th October / 7pm – 8pm / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford £19.50 - Ticket includes a signed copy of At My Table Much-loved food writer, TV cook, and bestselling author, Nigella Lawson, is known as the champion of the home cook. Join her as she celebrates the launch of her new book, At My Table, and talks about the food that makes people feel happy and welcome as they sit around your table. At My Table contains fresh takes on classic recipes Nigella has evolved over time and colourful dishes with vibrant flavours coming out of mixing ingredients from many different cultures to bring something new to everyday eating. At My Table includes dishes to inspire all cooks and eaters, from Hake with Bacon, Peas and Cider to Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake and Chilli Mint Lamb Cutlets; plus a host of colourful vegetable dishes, like Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa. Nigella will be in conversation with Seni Glaister, CEO of WeFiFo.


The National Honey Show 2017 Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher Hall Not just the highlight of the year for UK beekeepers and honey producers, this event is unmissable for anyone that loves the sweet, golden nectar. The culmination of the beekeeping year, The National Honey Show has grown in stature and scope since its inception early last century. The National Honey Show’s venue of Sandown Racecourse will be buzzing with visitors swarming over the highest quality honey and wax products with international classes, a lecture convention, workshops and a beekeeping equipment trade show.

Farmers’ markets RIPLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 14th October | 9am - 1pm | Village Green, Ripley

MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 15th October | 10am - 1.30pm | Secretts Car Park

WOKING FARMERS’ MARKET Thursday 19th October | 9am – 2.30pm | Town Square, Woking

FARNHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 22nd October | 10am – 1.30pm | Central Car Park

COBHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 28th October | 9.30am – 1.30pm | Hollyhedge Parade

GUILDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 7th November | 10.30am to 3.30pm | High Street

CAMBERLEY ARTISAN & FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 21st October | 10am – 3pm | Park Street, Camberley

HASLEMERE FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 5th November | 10am – 2pm | High Street

13th Redhill Beer Festival Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November / Merstham Village Hall Thirteen years and going as strong as ever, the Redhill Beer Festival continues to be an autumnal highlight for beer lovers from across Surrey and beyond. Featuring a whopping 66 beers and 10 ciders and perries, the festival offers a whistle-whetting tour of fantastic ales from local microbreweries and popular favourites from around the UK with a rich variety of beers in different styles and strengths. Hot and cold food will be available throughout the festival, while souvenir T-shirts and a range of CAMRA publications and products will also be on sale. Unfortunately, there is no room for children so there

is no admission to under 18s. No dogs except assistance dogs. Thursday 2nd Nov: 12 noon – 11.00pm, £2.00 before 4.00pm, then £3.00 until 11.00pm Friday 3rd Nov: 12 noon – 11.00pm, £2.00 before 4.00pm, then £4.00 until 11.00pm Saturday 4th Nov: 12 noon – 6.00pm (while stocks last) Free admission £2 returnable deposit for glass at all sessions. Programme included with admission. £1.00 discount for CAMRA members at all fee-paying sessions.





By Rich Lee

WHERE TO EAT: THE DYSART, PETERSHAM A fiercely talented kitchen and an unpretentious yet utterly inviting dining room at the Dysart in Petersham proved an experience we couldn’t resist… When the heat of summer subsides, and the gentle cool of autumn settles over the land, most people take the change of seasons in their stride. Alas, not me. By the middle of September, I’m so weary of lightweight lunches, svelte salads and prissy puddings, that I’m about ready to swan dive into a bog of sticky toffee goop and be done with it all. You might say I’m in a Fall mood. So when October rolls around, and menus change their colours like the leaves on the trees, heralding the earthy, hearty joys of autumnal cooking, it feels like the happiest of homecomings. Spring and summer dishes can make us soar, but only autumn and winter truly satisfy.

I could, of course, have stepped inside the magnificent timbered shell of the Dysart in Petersham at any time of the year, but the interior’s creamy mushroom tones felt predestined to match my seasonal disposition. The ghost of the pub that used to be the Dysart Arms still lingers in its central bar and columned cubbies, but the restaurant the Taylor family transformed it into back in 2004 is light years away from the local boozer it used to be. Natural stone, stripped back woods and soft pools of amber light bathing dove-grey walls and a grand piano envelop you in the Dysart’s languid, understated elegance. Perhaps the most profound effect on the Dysart’s evolution from gastropub to gastronomic destination had to be the arrival of Head Chef Kenneth Culhane in 2011. The roux scholarship winner’s travels through the kitchens of New York, Sydney, Dublin and the Loire Valley forged a unique appreciation for ingredients both exotic and local, and as a champion of the slow food movement, we were intrigued to experience what the chef’s progressive, international approach to classical cooking could offer.

A selection of pretty, perky canapes woke an ugly hunger, particularly a cube of polenta dabbed with something sharply citrus, an astringent finger snap to get our attention. But any complacency vanished when the charred mullet arrived next, its skin blistered to a lovely rustly crackling perched above kombu braised daikon and a brothy ginger and champagne sauce that was less sauce and more like the best conversationkiller I’ve ever tasted. We just stopped mid-flow, staring dumbly at each other, forks quivering in the air as we tried to comprehend the kaleidoscope of flavours that wheels around your palate at first taste. There is mineral and spice and acid in perfect balance and a soft, fresh heat, with deep notes of kaffir and fruits and a talented young chef’s adventures in far off lands beneath it all. Senses firmly awakened and autumn made a glorious appearance: a colourful garden of seasonal veg and foraged herbs, with local Petersham tomatoes, compressed beetroot, baby artichoke, roasted girolle mushroom; all perfectly nice by itself but the aha! moment arrived with the addition of a warming


brown butter broth for a great whack of umami. There followed nishiki rice risotto swimming in a pool of roast tomato jus, nutty and rich and laced with delicate chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms and basil pesto. On the strength of what we’d had so far, vegetarians would be well advised to hightail it here on the quick for Culhane’s dedicated vegetarian a la carte and tasting menus. What the man does with vegetables borders on magic. Stone bass sat in a glossy, verdant sauce that, we were told by the Dysart’s confident and convivial servers, contained over thirty ingredients. Not one of them would have been superfluous judging by the mellow sweetness that bloomed out in soft Asian tones, building in depth and presence and prompting surreptitious finger swipes at the end until the bowl shone empty. Most cooks have made their point with beef hung for 28 days, but not here. A dish featuring a plinth of exquisitely sweet shoulder and fillet aged 70 days for insane flavour and the most buttery texture threatened to overwhelm me

entirely, especially given the shoulder’s mirror-sheen sticky glaze and the most remarkable mustard miso sauce pooled over the fillet. Punchy and bold and layered with lemon and a butterscotch background, it was astonishing and yet, amazingly, never overpowered the beef. With silky confit heritage and butterengorged mash potato, my dreams of the season had come true. No less deft were desserts, with burnt apple granita, blackberry sorbet and sesame tuile followed by a Black forest financier, kirsch crème diplomat and cherry sorbet. That this tasting menu was threaded through with some outstanding wines to complement each dish to a tee is standard for the Dysart, a place brimming with quiet confidence and well-oiled expertise and a chef working at the height of his powers. We could argue about Petersham sitting in either London or Surrey (depends, informally, which side of the river you hail from, so we’re calling it for our county), but there can be no doubt that the Dysart should be an essential destination for diners, wherever they live.

The Dysart Petersham 135 Petersham Road Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA 020 8940 8005 Seasonal canapes Autumn vegetables Nishiki Rice Risotto, foraged mushroom, tomato jus Wild Stone Bass, green chilli and kafir lime sauce Huntsham Court Farm Longhorn Beef, miso mustard sauce Burnt Apple Granita, blackberry sorbet Black forest financier, kirsch crème diplomat, cherry sorbet Lunchtime Tasting menu =£70 p.p. lunchtime set menu available: 2 courses £23.50, 3 courses £27.50





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This summer Market Walk welcomed a NEW FISHMONGER, Woking Fisheries. Managed by expert in the industry, Terry Tegg and supported by his colleague Ian Chennell. Woking Fisheries is open seven days a week and offers a wide variety of fresh fish, frozen fish and seafood. Wherever practical, all fresh fish is sourced from British day boats and range from traditional household names such as; Cod, Plaice, Salmon and Lemon Sole, to more unusual fish, Tilapia, Pickled Herring Fillets (Rollmops) and Salmon Heads. A full range of fish supplied can be seen on Market Walks website. If you would like to visit Woking’s Fishmonger then the counter will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can contact Terry or Ian on 01483 322122




Recipe: Venison Burger with Mulled Red Cabbage Slaw & Blue Cheese Sauce By The Dorking Butcheryy

This October sees the arrival of Game season and with it the arrival of delicious autumnal flavours of field and forest. From venison and partridge to rabbit and pigeon, the shelves are fully stocked with fresh and tender, wild-reared meat to indulge in. For a mouth-watering taste of what the season has to offer, we turned to the Dorking Butchery for a recipe using venison, Gary from the Dorking Butchery says: “This burger recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser and combines flavoursome venison with a creamy blue cheese sauce, topped with a warming mulled red cabbage slaw.” The Dorking Butchery is an award-winning speciality Butchers based in the heart of Dorking High Street. With traditional service and a strong passion for high quality British produce as their core values, the team are dedicated to supplying only the best meat Britain and Surrey has to offer.

Discover more delicious recipes on The Dorking Butchery’s recipe blog:


750g minced venison

4 tsp Reuben’s Winter Rub

1/2 red cabbage, finely sliced

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(available in store at The Dorking Butchery)

1/4 tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp brown sugar Squeeze of orange 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar

75g blue cheese

100ml sour cream

Small handful fresh chives, finely sliced

4 burger buns

(we love Norbury Blue, Surrey’s only cheesemaker!)

METHOD For the red cabbage slaw: • Mix the mixed spice, brown sugar, orange and red wine vinegar in a small bowl • Toss with the finely sliced red cabbage. For the blue cheese sauce: • Crumble the blue cheese with your hands, then mix in the sour cream and chives. For the burger patties: •

Mix the venison and Reuben’s Winter Rub in a bowl and divide the mixture into 4 burgers, shaping them with your hands.

Fry the patties in a hot pan for 4-5 minutes on each side (so that they’re still a little pink inside). Cook for longer if desired.

Pop the venison burger in a burger bun, top with the red cabbage slaw and the blue cheese, and enjoy!







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Blending contemporary style with authentic rustic charm, the Brickmakers in Windlesham have built a fantastic reputation on the strength of their warm atmosphere and outstanding food and drink. So expect nothing less than one of the best Christmas menus around, beginning on the 1st December. Start off with crispy fried goat’s cheese with braised red cabbage, pickled walnuts and caramelized pink peppercorn dressing, or smoked chicken and cranberry terrine, pear and sultana chutney. Then make the highlight of the meal roasted Norfolk turkey, chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets, roasted potatoes or a slow roasted half shoulder of lamb. Finish with a traditional Christmas pudding, a black cherry and chocolate brownie sundae or a caramelized orange bread and butter pudding and you’ll agree that Christmas never tasted so good. Christmas menu from 1st December: 2 courses £21.95, 3 courses £25.95.

Chertsey Road, Windlesham GU20 6HT 01276 472267 /


FOODIES FEATURE Carlo’s Trattoria, Guildford

3 course festive menu Carlo’s Trattoria has been wildly popular with the Christmas party crowd for years, and for good reason. The exquisite, modern dining room is designed to feel as if you have your own intimate section to yourself while still enjoying the atmosphere of the whole restaurant. Their Christmas menu serves the fantastic Italian specialities diners have come to know and love over the restaurant’s thirty years in business, but given a festive twist. Alongside the classic Christmas roasts there are fresh fish dishes, silky pastas and earthy meat dishes awaiting your party alongside decadent Italian desserts and marvellous wines sourced direct from the old country. Their Christmas menus are available from Friday 1st December until Sunday 24th December. Weekday and Sunday Lunch £19.50*; Monday - Thursday Evenings £22.50*; Friday and Saturday; Evenings £25.50* (* plus £10 discretionary charge)

From 1st - 24th December

£19.50 Weekday and Sunday lunch £22.50 Monday - Thursday Evenings £25.50 Friday and Saturday Evenings

Boxing DaY Christmas Day Lunch Lunch £65 Children eat half price £32.50 on all menus

Newlands Corner Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE 01483 224180 /

The Foresters, Church Crookham


The Foresters is a delightful country pub tucked away in the woods, just outside Church Crookham. A well-loved favourite for business lunches and family meals, it’s one of the most stylish pubs in the area. The Foresters have got Christmas wrapped up with menus full of festive flavours with dishes like the mandatory turkey, beef or nutroast with crispy roast potatoes, root veg, braised cabbage and gravy, wild mushroom and chestnut parcel or fillet of venison, fondant potato, wild mushrooms, cauliflower puree and red wine jus. Desserts offer traditional Christmas pudding, Black Forest gateau or a dreamy dark chocolate and avocado mousse with roasted pistachio and almond dust. Their Advent menu runs from 1st – 24th December and offers 2 Courses £23.95 pp, 3 Courses £26.95 pp. Or do Christmas Day the Foresters way with a £69.95 pp. menu. 01252 616503 |

The Foresters / Aldershot Road, Church Crookham GU52 9EP 01252 616503 /





FOODIES FEATURE Sands at Bleak House, Woking

Few establishments blend contemporary style, plush comfort, warm service and outstanding food and drink quite like Sands at Bleak House. Nestled at the edge of the tranquil, leafy surrounds of Horsell Common, and beloved by walkers, Sands provides the perfect escape in which to unwind. The menus at Sands at Bleak House offer exquisite modern British dishes with influences from the continent, all wrapped up in beautiful, seasonal ingredients. Their carefully curated wines have been specifically designed to complement the dishes served by the kitchen. You’ll find Sands at Bleak House a particularly ideal destination over Christmas, able to cater for groups both large and small with a superb seasonal menu to suit every taste. Seven ensuite bedrooms and a luxury suite make a perfect excuse to party into the night and wake the next morning to a sumptuous breakfast.

Sands at Bleak House, Chertsey Rd, Woking, Surrey GU21 5NL 01483 756988 /

CHRISTMAS Come treat yourself to our Christmas set menu for just £28.95, or perhaps try something from our broad choice of dishes in our delectable a la carte.

NEW YEARS EVE BOOK NOW Celebrate with our gourmet menu, dance all night and receive a glass of bubbly at midnight to see in 2018.

Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 5NL 01483 756988 |

Kings Head, Guildford



27 King’s Road Guildford GU1 4JW | 01483 568957 (3080)

As a venue for your Christmas party, the Kings Head can provide the perfect setting, whether that’s for a small gathering for friends or a big office get together, or simply a glass of warm and delicious mulled wine by one of their real fire places. Dine on roast Usk Vale turkey breast, chestnut and apricot stuffing, pigs in blankets, turkey gravy served with honeyroasted parsnips and carrots, roast potatoes and Brussels sprouts or confit duck leg, dauphinoise potatoes, kale and red wine jus among many other mouth-watering festive dishes. If you can’t wait to celebrate Christmas, though, you can book a party from Monday to Wednesday between 20th November and 13th December and enjoy a 20% discount on your food bill. Christmas party menu: 2 courses £22.95, 3 courses £27.95 per person

27 King’s Road, Guildford GU1 4JW 01483 568957 /


FOODIES FEATURE Surrey Hills Beer and Gin Company, Shere

Given Shere’s central proximity to Surrey’s best brewers, distillers and wine makers, it’s a wonder that nobody’s thought of opening a one-stop shop for all things beer, craft ale, real cider, local spirits and English wine until now. But that’s exactly what Steve Thompson, owner of the village’s delightful sandwich shop, has done with the Surrey Hills Beer and Gin Co. Stocking only the best and brightest among Surrey’s tipples, here you’ll find beers from such local heroes as Hogs Back Brewery, Thurston’s Ales from Horsley and The Dorking Brewery.; the finest local cider from the Garden Cider Company made from customer’s own apples; renowned gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen as well as award-winning wine from Albury Organic Vineyard and much more. Visit at Christmas for fantastic gift packs from the Surrey Hills’ producers.

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The Talbot, Ripley

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Surrey village of Ripley, The Talbot stands as one of the country’s most storied and historic coaching inns. It boasts many period features from throughout its 500-year history, as well as 43 bedrooms alongside extensive meeting and conferencing facilities, in addition to summer gardens and a large terrace.

10% off the party night price if booked before 31st October. *does not include Party Drinks, Buckets or Bar Spend

Enjoy a relaxing festive lunch or dinner at The Talbot with outstanding food in stylish and cosy surroundings. If you’d prefer a more intimate affair, private dining is available or join them for one of their Christmas joiner party nights. There’ll be a Glitter Ball themed party on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st or their Hollywood themed party is on 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. The Talbot are also taking bookings for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and for their unmissable New Years’ Eve party!

High Street, Ripley, Woking GU23 6BB 0844 815 9833 /








ROBINS & DAY GUILDFORD Hurtmore Road, SURREY 01483 414311 Official Fuel Consumption in MPG (l/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km) for the new 308 Range are: Urban 34.9 – 80.7 (8.1 – 3.5), Extra Urban 57.6 – 97.4 (4.9 – 2.9), Combined 47.1– 91.1 (6.0 – 3.1) and CO2 139 – 82 (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. *Personal Contract Purchase. Finance subject to status. 18s +. Guarantee may be required. Finance provided by PSA Finance UK Limited, Quadrant House, Princess Way, Redhill, RH1 1QA. Terms and conditions apply. PEUGEOT Motor Company PLC is acting as a credit broker and is not a lender. To finance your purchase we will introduce you to PSA Finance UK Limited, RH1 1QA. Offer available until 31/12/17. Model featured is a new 308 GT Hatch in Magnetic Blue metallic paint. Advanced Driver Assistance Features are optional. New 8-speed (EAT8) automatic transmission is available to order from November 2017 production and is available on GT versions only. Fixed Panoramic Glass Roof is available from Allure versions. Visit for more information. Information correct at time of going to print. Information correct at time of going to press. Visit for full product details.



With its dashing blend of design, comfort and performance, the new Peugeot 308 GT sits at the pinnacle of Peugeot’s 308 line, making it true a contender in its class…

of the vehicle and further inside whilst remaining uniquely sleek and modern throughout.

When it comes to modern family hatchbacks, the Peugeot 308 and previous iterations have long been nipping at the heels of rivals like the VW Golf or Ford focus. But with the arrival this year of the new look 308 family, and particularly the GT model I took out for a spin from Robins and Day Peugeot in Hurtmore, it looks like the French car maker finally have a best in class on their hands.

That function can be found, naturally, baked into the Peugeot’s new interactive dashboard, or I-cockpit, an expansive digital suite that puts all the car’s non-driving controls at your fingertips. Connecting devices is easy, as is operating the digital radio - there’s an additional column stalk for the most commonly used audio controls - adjusting air conditioning, SOS assistance and many other features. In fact, in an effort to clean up the cabin as far as possible, manual buttons and dials have been reduced to virtually zero. Even the steering wheel has been compacted significantly, which results in a very lean and tactile responsiveness, although it took a little getting used to. Hey, that’s progress.

On first impressions, though, the 308 feels as familiar as an old friend, but look closer and you see that the new 308 has received lavish attention to every detail, no matter how miniscule. Having been developed along the same aesthetic theme as its 3008 and similar cousins, the 308 has seen its front bumper and radiator grille take on an angular brutishness that exudes attitude and performance, with the LED headlights given a pleasingly feral aspect. Those hard lines soften along the silhouette

The materials used inside feel suitably deluxe, even the plastics, with liberal use of metallic highlights. The 308 has never been more comfortable either. The large panoramic fixed cielo glass roof can make every road trip more of a spectacle, while the 3D Connected Navigation – that’s satnav to you and us – makes navigating your journey a breeze.

Out on the road however, the Peugeot 308 GT flows down highways with liquid smoothness, the super-efficient new 1.6L THP 205hp petrol engine matched to a 6-speed manual (2.0L BlueHDI 180

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8-speed is also an option) providing even more raw power you’d expect. It’s beguilingly quiet, though, offering subtle feedback through the body of the car. I took it up and down and around nearly every road I knew of in the Surrey hills, and found the car’s squat agility very impressive thanks to the absorbent suspension, making navigating the twistiest turns and tightest corners a joy. All this makes the Peugeot 308 a car that should appeal to all drivers, regardless which product in the line they choose. It makes for an efficient runner for the school or shopping run, or a voracious tourer on long haul road trips owing to the improved fuel consumption. The GT model I tried provided all the grunt and fun you could ask from a hatchback, and with its deft blend of design and performance, surely sits at the pinnacle of Peugeot’s 308 line and the worth of any other car in its class.

The Peugeot 308 GT Prices start from £22,340 (GT Line) GT 1.6L THP 205 S&S6 Doors: 5 Engine: 1.6 Fuel: unleaded Economy: 50mpg Gears: Manual 0-62mph: 7.5s

To book your test drive visit Robins & Day Peugeot Guildford, Hurtmore Road, Godalming GU7 2RD 01483 698749 |





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Ensonglopedia of Science 14th October G Live, Guildford

This October the Ensonglopedia of Science comes to Guildford’s G Live. A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs, cells, DNA and plenty more besides. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. The Ensonglopedia of Science is the brand new show by John Hinton, multi-award-winning writer and performer of the Scientrilogy of musical comedies about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Peer reviewed by actual real life scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Natural History Museum, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more.

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Lucky Dip Disco


15th October Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames

Kids tend to have the best dance moves don’t they? The inspiring levels of inhibition that only the innocent youth can conjure is a sight often to behold. Now parents can get in on the action too as you discover the joy of the Lucky Dip Disco found at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-On-Thames this October. Parents and children hit the dancefloor together as bubbles, lights, games and musical mayhem ensues. Join retro DJ Janek Schaefer spins tunes from the 1920’s all the way to the 2010’s.


Creepy Creatures 21st – 29th October RHS Gardens Wisley

Creepy creatures, great and small are lying in wait at RHS Gardens Wisley this October half term. With family activities running throughout the holiday, why not sow and grow spiderwort cuttings, sit and listen as stories and tales are told, carve and cut a pumpkin or even make a 3D ladybird or bee! With plenty to see, do and discover take a walk on the wild side at RHS Gardens Wisley this half term.

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Mister Maker & The Shapes Live! 24th & 25th October New Victoria Theatre, Woking

CBeebies’ superstar and master of crafts, Mister Maker finds his way to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this October. With art at the heart of the show Mister Maker will be joined by some familiar faces as The Shapes; Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too hit the stage. With lots of audience participation as well as singing and dancing, make a noise with Mister Maker this half term.

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Go Autumn Nuts 25th October Shalford Mill

Of course awesome autumn wouldn’t be awesome without the mention of nuts! As conkers are swung and smashed in the playground, historic Shalford Mill on the outskirts of Guildford implore you to ‘go autumn nuts’. Get creative with autumn’s fruits and make some nutty jewellery and characters. Enjoy chestnut roasting too!


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Wild Families

What happens when two storytellers turn up to tell their stories at the same time? And what happens when both of them think they are THE storyteller? And who was even doing the rota? A feast of squabbling and silliness follows the fiasco of who should be there and who should not in this hilarious piece of theatre for the family.

Surrey Wildlife Trust invite wild families to Newlands Corner for a morning of games, crafts and activities amongst nature. From 10.30am – 12.30am enjoy the great outdoors at one of Surrey’s most scenic peaks. Booking is essential.

26th October Farnham Maltings

11th November Newlands Corner, Guildford

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Ancient Adventures at Nower Wood

26th October Nower Wood Educational Reserve, Leatherhead Enjoy a journey through time in these ancient adventures taking place at the Nower Wood Educational Reserve near Leatherhead this October. Get hands on learning ancient crafts and learn how people used to live in this ancient forest. You will become a Roman soldier, get hands on with some historical healing, concoct some plant based potions and create some clay crafts to keep!

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Chobham Adventure Farm Chobham Adventure Farm is all about learning and doing by experience - from dropping down the vertical death drop, tangible and tactile play on the construction site in the sandpit or space walking on the bouncy pillows, adventures are in full force on the farm this half term. Open daily from 10am – 5.30pm, pop in for much family fun.

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Museums at Night: Cosmos 28th October Watts Gallery Artists’ Village

Make your way to Watts Gallery Artists’ Village for a very special night at the museum. Discover the wonders of the galaxy with special guest Maggie Aderin-Pocock from the BBC’s Sky at Night. From 10.30am families can drop in for ‘Little Stars’, a multi-sensory story telling session sure to set the senses alive. From 4 – 9 you’ll be able to visit a pop – up planetarium complete with 30 minute tour of the night sky where you’ll witness a galaxy collision, a virtual supernova and more. For the adults some celestial cocktails will be served alongside some tasty pie and mash. Kids go free.

29th October Camberley Theatre


Dance till you drop at this special Raver Tots event at Camberley Theatre this October. This family style rave lets kids and parents hit the dancefloor together and dance to the best of British rave culture. Expect garage, drum n bass, happy hardcore and house music all within a safe environment. It’s time to grab your tot and reach for the lasers! £1 from every ticket sold will go to the National Autistic Society.

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The fabulous Bocketts Farm, found near Leatherhead is one of our favourite destinations for family festivities. Throughout half term, fly on over for wizards and witches week whereby you can enjoy a series of spooktacular activities as well as meet some amazing reptiles, snakes and spiders.

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Half Term at Hobbledown


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Bocketts Farm

Fill your day with fantasy and visit the mysterical adventure that is Hobbledown Children’s Farm in Epsom. From the Field of Confusion to the Crystallite Mine and from the Aerial Adventure Course to Jumping Pillows let your imagination run wild with playtime. During half term week, take part in a number of Hobble’ween themed activities taking place; pumpkin bowling, creepy crawlies, puppet shows and more.

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Wear it Wild for a day, love wildlife forever. Dress up and donate on Friday 20 October. Dig out your stripes and stand out from the herd in animal inspired fancy dress – and help WWF raise money to protect endangered and iconic wildlife and their habitats around the world. Loads of adults will be getting involved at work up and down the country and WWF wants you to get involved at school. All you need to do is wear an animal inspired fancy dress outfit to school in exchange for a small donation and ask your teacher to register online for Wear it Wild. If your school is not yet planning to hold a Wear it Wild day, why not tear this page out and take it to your teacher? Make sure you ask your teachers to register for Wear it Wild at wwfwearitwild. to receive free classroom activities so you can have fun exploring environmental issues and learning about wildlife whilst you raise money to for WWF’s vital work around the world. A Wear it Wild day is very easy to organise and even if your school can’t do it on Friday 20 October, you can fundraise at any time.


Did you know that since 1970, wildlife populations have fallen by more than half? (58% to be exact!) But with your help, we can make a difference and WWF is working hard to ensure that wild populations of iconic species such as tigers, rhinos and gorillas are protected and can thrive in the future. 95% of wild tigers have disappeared since the start of the 20th century, there are now just 3,900 left and 20,000 African elephants are poached every year for their ivory. If current trends continue wildlife populations could decline by 67% by 2020. Supporting conservation work is more important than ever and we need your help right now.


Loss of habitat: A huge amount of forests have been cut down for timber, farming and to build roads and railways. Conflict with people: As the human population increases, we’re moving into closer contact with wild animals. This can lead to animals being killed by people protecting their homes and livelihoods. Poaching: Some wildlife is poached (illegally killed) for their skins, horns, tusks and other body parts. They are seen as status symbols or used in traditional Asian medicine. Climate change: Our planet is warming faster than at any time in the past 10,000 years meaning that weather patterns and ecosystems are changing more quickly than animals can adapt.


• £5 could pay for a first aid kit for an anti-poaching patrol member in the Western Ghats in India, home to a large population of wild tigers. • £10 could pay for one day’s training for a sniffer dog in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, trained to sniff out smuggled wildlife parts. • £20 could pay for one windproof jacket for a ranger patrolling and monitoring a protected area in the Terai Arc, Nepal, home to wild tigers, elephants and rhinos. • £250 could pay for a pair of binoculars for rhino monitoring.


• Ask your teacher to register your school for Wear it Wild and enjoy the free classroom activities • Paint your face as your favourite animal for the day – think panda eyes, baboon noses, and crocodile grins. Get inspiration with these online make up tutorials • Get crafty and create an animal inspired face mask. You can find mask making kits on the website wearitwild. • Host your own Wear it Wild party at home or school • Organise a sponsored silence. Find inner peace amongst the wild things! Can you remain silent for an entire hour? • Get baking for your very own wild themed cake sale








BIG Draw

The world’s biggest drawing festival returns to Surrey this October, with a bumper programme of free workshops for all the family. Part of The Campaign for Drawing’s hugely successful initiative Guildford’s Big Draw is run by Guildford Borough Council in partnership with local artists and venues. Taking this year’s national Big Draw theme ‘Living lines’ as a starting point, artists will be providing free, accessible, high quality and creative activities across the borough throughout October.

These workshops are designed to let participants explore new and creative ideas and cater for those who love arts and crafts and for those who don’t but are willing to give it a go! Anyone can join in whatever their age and participants can work individually or collectively as a group. There is no limit to how many free Big Draw activities people can take part in so why not try them all!

Saturday 14th October 12pm-3pm

Saturday 28th October 11am-3pm

Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford

Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford

Join artist Stuart Simler from Raw Ground Arts on a large-scale collaboration, drawing lines inspired by the outstanding view from Newlands Corner. Budding artists of all ages are invited to experiment with bamboo, graphite and more to leave your mark.

A zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of motion in the way it shows a sequence of drawings. Use one to create your own moving lines, led by David Sanders and his team from Ochre Print Studio. Please note: this free drop-in workshop is subject to availability.

Sunday 15th October 11am-3pm

Saturday 28th October

Ash Centre, Ash Hill Road, Ash Create your own shadow puppets and play with light at this magical workshop. Work with projectors, transparent colour, water and food colouring to animate scenes from your imagination or your favourite tales! Led by Fran Malone of award-winning company Herringbone Arts.

Sunday 22nd October 1pm-5pm St. Peter’s Shared Church, 37 Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford “A line is a dot that went for a walk”, said artist Paul Klee. Lines can be vertical or horizontal, straight or curved or just plain squiggly! Join Annee Robson and the Ochre Print Studio team for a lively workshop exploring lines in print.

Monday 23rd October 11am-3pm Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford

Join artist Maureen Domoney to create a continuous line drawing – an unbroken line from start to finish. With a focus on portraiture and appealing to all ages these spontaneous drawings are fun, brilliant and sometimes bizarre!

10am-12.30pm - 1pm-3pm G Live, London Road, Guildford

Capture a moving image by creating your very own thaumatrope with artist Flora Gare. Draw a design on each side of a disc that when spun gives the illusion of one image. Also join a large collaborative musical drawing using markers and transparent paint on clear plastic.

Sunday 29th October


Surrey Arts Wardrobe, 14 The Pines, Broad Street, Guildford Come and have a look around the costume collection at Surrey Arts Wardrobe. Join in the costumed life drawing activities and create drawings inspired by the textiles, textures and colours around you!

For more information please contact Guildford Borough’s Arts Officer on 01483 444767 or email




Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December Matinee & Evening Performances



Christmas Parties


For a memorable Christmas & New Year, celebrate in true English style this festive season by joining friends and family at the Hog's Back Hotel & Spa, Farnham in our lovely refurbished Park Suite, or in the Hog's Back restaurant. Our timeless elegance and delicious food, combined with fun entertainment is all you need to give your team a well, earned treat or your friends a well timed reunion. Christmas party nights from £29.00!

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Spooky Family Fun 27th October / The Lightbox, Woking Get in the spirit of Halloween early by joining The Lightbox in Woking for a spooky afternoon of free family fun. Expert face painters will be on hand to transform little ones into their favourite ghost, ghoul or monster. Once transformed drop into a ‘Cup Ghosts’ craft workshop and make your own friendly ghost to take home using new and recycled materials. Suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages are welcome. Younger children may need a bit of adult help and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. For more information visit

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Shocktoberfest returns to Tulleys Farm, West Sussex this month, promising once again to take guests to the edge of insanity, scaring them witless while throwing in plenty of dark laughs into the witches’ brew. Elsewhere at Shocktoberfest you can explore the abandoned Horrorwood Film Studios’ Haunted Hayride; survive a zombie apocalypse in The Colony and face the creaky terrors of The Cellar and the Creepy Cottage. In short, Tulleys Shocktoberfest Scream Park is every horror fan’s dream – and everyone else’s nightmare! For more information visit







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“Remember, remember the 5th of November of gunpowder treason and plot”. As we gather to remember that fateful night, when the dastardly plans of one treasonous Guy Fawkes were scuppered, we hereby provide you with a glimmer of what’s good around the county of Surrey when it comes to fabulous firework nights. Ripley 28th October

One of the best supported events in the south east, be part of the thousands of revellers descending on the village for a night of whiz, pops and bangs. A torchlight procession begins at 7.10 pm from the Village Hall whereby you’ll walk down the High Street and onto the Village Green with the bonfire to be lit at 7.30pm followed by fireworks, a fun fair and live music. For more information visit

Bushy Hill School 2nd November

Join Bushy Hill School in Guildford for their fireworks extravaganza and help raise money for the school. Held at the school with entry from 6pm enjoy hot dogs, soup, drinks and glow sticks for a night of fun fireworks. For more information visit

Godalming 3rd November

Get ready for a disco inferno as the town of Godalming put on their red hot dancing shoes for a night of fireworks and fun. From 6.10pm, crowds are welcome to purchase a torch from Godalming High Street, whereby a procession of lit torches will leave from the Pepperpot at 7.15 and convene at The Burys for the bonfire, fireworks and funfair.

Cranleigh 4th November

Come one, come all to the Cranleigh Fireworks and Bonfire Night. Organised by the Cranleigh Lions, join thousands of attendees arriving in the largest village in England for a night of fiery frivolities. For more information visit

Farnham 4th November

Led by a Scottish Pipe band, follow the torchlight procession from the Central Car Park all the way to Farnham Park for a night of fabulous fireworks. In addition, the Hogs Back Brewery will be on hand providing a bar to quench the thirst of visitors before they make their way up the hill. For more information visit

Woking 4th November

Organised by Woking District Rotary Club, the Woking Fireworks Extravaganza takes place on Woking Park. Gates to the park and fun fair will open from 6pm with the fireworks display set to go bang at 8pm. Ample parking is available in the town centre with the park just a short hop, skip and jump away. For more information visit

Brockham Bonfire 4th November

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Dating back some 140 years, Brockham Bonfire is an event steeped in history with the first event known to have taken place in 1888. A procession will leave the Village Green at 6.15pm with the lighting of the bonfire scheduled for 7.45pm followed by fireworks, a roast pig auction and raffle draw.

Guildford 4th November

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Following the record crowds that attended last year’s event, the Guildford Fireworks Fiesta make the notable move to keep their fireworks night on a Saturday night. From 7pm a torchlight procession will leave the Guildhall on the High Street led by the Sea Cadets marching Band. All profits made on the night will go to charity with proceeds split between Challengers, Headway and Guildford Lions Welfare Fund. For more information visit

Bramley Bonfire 4th November

A spectacle is in store as the village of Bramley hold their annual bonfire. Enjoy a torchlight procession along the High Street from 6.40pm as you make your way to Bramley Field where the fire will be lit at 7.10pm. Fireworks will find their way into the night sky from 7.45pm. For more information visit





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The Guide 2 Surrey - Issue 49, October 2017  

The Guide 2 Surrey is a monthly publication covering the best in community, family, entertainment, food and drink, lifestyle, business sport...