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TO THE POINT Humphrey writes... It’s me again this month. Him indoors says he is far to busy to pen this piece as he is having to deal with the Jottings, seeing as Nick and Angie have abandoned ship for sunnier climes. And busy he is, given that we had well over 250 emails this month for events and happenings. I guess spring has sprung and everyone is waking up from their winter slumber. Happily he still had the time to walk me, otherwise there would be big trouble in the boardroom. The great thing about this ‘gig’ is that I am now getting fan mail! I have received a lovely book and an invitation to ‘Flyball’, which is a team knockout relay race for four dogs and their owners. It takes place weekly in Crondall on a Saturday morning and sounds great fun. It starts at 10am so I am not sure him indoors is that keen as he is usually devouring the Tele-

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It’s an honour to be in charge of Jottings this week while Nick and Angie enjoy a well deserved break in search of sunshine and warmth. I’ve always thought this section to be the lifeblood of the magazine; promoting local events and organisations who invariably contact us to say how many people attended or contacted them due to VantagePoint is always a delight and one of the main reasons we started the magazine six years ago next month. So here goes... and don’t worry, normal service will resume next month! Guildford Whitmoor Walks started at the end of January and they take place every Friday from the Lockwood Centre, Westfield Road, Slyfield Estate, Guildford GU1 1RR. Other walks start from the Jolly Farmer car-park on Burdenshott Road, Worplesdon, GU3 3RN. These are free one hour walks on Friday mornings at 11.15am. Meet at 11am. First week of the month: Whitmoor Common. An easy walk in the woodland from the Jolly Farmer car-park. Can be quite muddy in the winter months. Week 2: To Riverside Park. An easy walk from the Lockwood Centre. Week 3: Whitmoor Common from the Jolly Farmer car-park. Week 4: To Stoke Lock and Riverside Park lake from the Lockwood Centre. Week 5: Repeat of week 3, should there be 5 weeks in a month. Guildford health walks has been officially recognised by Walking for Health and awarded national accreditation for their local walking schemes. The accreditation endorses the quality of experience and support that walkers can expect when taking part in one of the scheme’s 16 monthly walks. See the website for all Guildford Health walks: walkfinder/south-east/Guildford. The Godalming Music Festival is one of the biggest Arts events in Surrey attracting over 3,000 participants from all over the south east of England, and has been running each year since 1947. All of the performing arts disciplines are represented at the Godalming Festival, making it one of the most comprehensive in the region. The Festival began on 16th February but you can still attend the Music


and Speech Classes which take place in March. All the music classes take place after school in the Borough Hall from Monday 2rd March to Friday 19th March and Speech Drama and Musical Theatre is at Prior’s Field school over the weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March. The whole festival culminates in a Celebratory Concert in the Borough Hall on Saturday 21st March at 7pm. Audiences are welcomed to all the classes and very modestly priced entry tickets are available on the door. For more detailed information on venues and classes please visit the website or contact the Festival Director Joy Poulter on 01483 417051 or joy_ Join the Guildford Travel Club on alternate Tuesdays at Onslow Village Hall at 8pm for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. On 3rd March, Dominic Faulkner talks about the ‘Everestmax’ expedition leading them on the longest climb on earth, an 8000km journey from the shores of the Dead Sea to the summit of Everest. On 17th March, Alan Palmer guides them on foot through the Atlas Mountains. Experience trekking the desolate mountains, green valleys and Berber villages, extending to the wilderness of Jebel Sahro. Visitors are welcome and will be charged £7 on the door. Please see www. for further details or contact Jenny Allan, Membership Secretary on 01483 452399. Wonersh and District Garden Club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March at the Wonersh Memorial Hall. Doors will open at 7pm for the meeting at 7.30pm. Mr. Barry Newman is the guest speaker. His talk is entitled ‘The Modern Kitchen Garden’. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th April 2015; this is the Annual Spring Show. The judge will be Mr. Geoff Peach. Visitors are welcome and if you would like more information you can contact 01483 893808.

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In her second article for VantagePoint, local nature writer and publisher Andrea Pinnington gives some tips on what to listen out for this spring. It’s January as I write this and the days are starting to lengthen and already the birds are becoming more vocal. Working from home can result in easy distractions and the robin that sings outside my window has already claimed a lot of my time. Being freelance means that sadly I don’t get a regular paycheck sent out to me at the end of every month. However, I am reassured by the fact that experiments have indicated that bird song makes a measurable and physiological improvement in a person. So whatever my salary lacks, the distracting robin and his feathered garden cohorts are making me happier. Though this may sound rather flippant, there is a lot of truth in the relationship between bird song and positive mental attitudes. In 2010, recordings of birds including blackbirds, greenfinches, robins and song thrushes were played at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool to calm children during injections, surgery and other stressful procedures. Learning bird song is quite a lot like learning a new language. It requires enthusiasm and some dedication. I am in the kindergarten of bird song life. Level one in the metaphorical Oxford Bird Song Reading Tree, but it gives me indescribable joy to be able to know just a handful of the birds that are busy living and singing around me.

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for and how to commit the sounds to memory. It’s not that easy and reminds me of a subdeck to a guide to the Greek language that ran “Learn Greek in 25 years or your money back.” House Sparrow

If you hear a group of birds that sound as though they are having a good gossip, then it is likely that you are listening either to a flock of sparrows or goldfinches. If they are hidden away in a hedge, then I can guarantee they are house sparrows. There has been a sharp decline in sparrow numbers over recent years – up to 60% in parts of the UK between 1994 and 2004 alone. However, numbers seem to be on the increase so hopefully its friendly chirrup will be a familiar sound again. Blue Tit

This is another busy bird that spends a lot of time around humans. If you put up a bird feeder in your garden, then this acrobatic ball of yellow and blue will certainly be a regular visitor along with its brother, sister, aunt, uncle and others besides. Though they are small, they have surprisingly large broods with anything up to 14 eggs. Their song consists of a few high-pitched notes and then ends with a trill but it is not particularly distinctive. More noticeable is its scolding alarm call, which it uses to warn off potential predators.



The starling is an intelligent bird and an extremely good mimic. If you can tell which other birds it is copying, then you are reaching the A-level of the bird song world. For the beginner, listen out for bill clicks, whistles and high-pitched squeaks. Starlings can also imitate sounds such as car alarms and telephone rings, though in this day of numerous ring tones and silent vibrations, this is less common than it used to be.

The village gossip that looks as though it is dressed in a smart uniform, the goldfinch is a popular visitor to bird feeders especially if you put out nyger seed. Its tinkling song is a high-pitched series of trills delivered throughout the year but with added gusto in the spring. Goldfinches are known collectively as charms, which, with their colourful feathers and pretty song, seems to be exactly the right word.


On my bird feeder I get three birds from the tit family: great tits, blue tits and coal tits. There is a definite pecking order and the great tit sits firmly at the top. It is the only one of the three with a big black stripe down its front and the males with the bolder stripes are the most successful ones. It makes a variety of sounds but the easiest one to pick out by ear is the one that sounds like teacher-teacher.

If you need convincing that bird song lifts the spirits, then keep an ear out for the clear, musical tones of the blackbird delivered from a high open perch such as the top of a tree. The sound is like an incredibly musical person whistling a ditty. Blackbirds also have a very distinctive squawk as they break cover from bushes. Once you know the sound, you will hear it everywhere. Wood Pigeon

These large portly looking birds are easy to identify by the white patches on their necks and wings and their waddling gait. It is the quantity and weight of their feathers that apparently gives them their rotund appearance (something I blame my jumpers for as well). Their mellow cooing is strangely compared to the phrase take toooo cooos, Taffy. Wood pigeons also make a distinctive clap as they fly off out of trees and bushes. Chaffinch

The chaffinch has a large range of vocal sounds none of which are particularly easy to describe. The male marks its territory during the spring and summer and seems to rarely pause for breath, repeating its song over and over again. It starts off slowly with a few notes, which then build up and end in a bright, silvery flourish. Bill Oddie once said that if you hear a bird and you don’t know what it is, then it’s probably a great tit. However, I think this applies just as well to chaffinches. March 2015

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This bird only arrived in the UK in 1955 and has since made a sizeable impact on our bird population. It is much more delicate in appearance than the chunky woodpigeon and its song is an endless repetition of three syllables: coo-cooo-cu. Take note, the woodpigeon’s coo has five syllables! Robin

Last but not least, the robin – the quintessential garden bird that seems so cheery and upbeat but is actually fiercely territorial. Its long warbling song is one of the first to be heard in the morning and often the last in the evening. In the days of street lighting, it sometimes gets confused and sings throughout the night as well. Like the blackbird, it is a clear and tuneful song often delivered from a showy open perch. FIND OUT MORE Andrea Pinnington and Caz Buckingham’s new nature book The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs is out on 1st March. It features the most common garden birds and has a handy sound bar to make bird song learning easier! For more information, go to www. 9



The next Cranleigh Antiques Collectors & Craft Fair is on 5th March in Cranleigh Village Hall, Cranleigh GU6 8AT from 9am to 3pm. Free entry and refreshments available. They are also setting up a new Antiques Collectors & Craft Fair starting 12th March. This takes place at Shalford Village Upper Hall, Guildford, GU4 8JU. It runs from 9.30am to 3pm, with free entry and parking. Merrow Methodist Church is holding a Fairtrade Fortnight event on Thursday 5th March from 10.30am12 noon. Go and join them for a cuppa and help farmers grow more, earn more and eat more. There will also be a stall of Traidcraft products for sale. Traidcraft works with smallholder farmers throughout Africa and Asia, providing training and support to help them work their own way out of poverty. Address: Bushy Hill Drive, Guildford, GU1 2SH. For more details contact Glenys Magill on 01483 823587.

declaring it had been “a long time since (he) had enjoyed a new musical quite as much”. To book tickets, contact The Electric Theatre Box Office on 01483 444789. Guildford Natural History Society have two interesting talks coming up in March on the 5th and 19th. On Thursday 5th March, Barrie Arminson will tell them the history of growing watercress at Abinger Hammer, explaining how the business (started in 1954) grew and expanded, the effect of the coming of the supermarkets, and how the method of growing watercress has changed over the years. On Thursday 19th March their speaker will be Dr Robert Edmonson discussing ‘Weeds, friends or foes’ - the biology, ecology, importance and meaning of so-called ‘weeds’, illustrated with slides. Their talks take place at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, starting at 2.45pm and ending around 4.15. Talks are free to members of Guildford Natural History Society. Visitors welcome but they do ask for a small donation.

Performance Preparation Academy third Year Musical Theatre Diploma graduates present the critically acclaimed and hilarious Tony Award-nominated high- Guildford Astronomical Society have a “really cracking” flying Drama School Premiere of ‘Bring It On: The Musical’ lecture on 5th March given by David Hughes Emeritus at The Electric Theatre, Guildford, from 5th-7th March. Professor of Astronomy, Sheffield University titled Telling the story of a rival High School cheer squad, the ‘The Influence of Astronomy on Life in Ancient Times’. musical first burst onto the off-Broadway stage in 2011, Astronomy had a profound effect on the development of later garnering rave reviews when it received its New civilisation. As the first science it introduced things that York premiere on the Great White Way the following were constant and predictable to what was usually an year. Described by The New York Times as a production unpredictable life style. The Sun, Moon, stars and planets Milford Window Company Oct 13_Layout 1 c12/09/2013 P provided daily timekeeping and a year-long calendar to that “truly dazzles”, The Huffi ngton Post criti went on to 12:36 praise the musical’s laugh-out loud Broadway-pop songs, regulate their lives, and the means to navigate on land and


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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire. Joan Littlewood’s legendary musical ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ (Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th March) has been revived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Wendi Peters, Ian Reddington and Christopher Villiers star in this musical tribute to the men and women who saved our nation over 100 years ago. Finally, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, ‘And Then There Were None’ (Monday 30th March – Saturday 4th April) returns to the stage starring BAFTA nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan, Susan Penhaligon, Mark Curry, Frazer Hines and Ben Nealon. There is also a packed programme at the Mill Studio. For more information, visit or call 01483 440077. On Monday 9th March, Amnesty International Guildford in collaboration with Lynch Pin Theatre Co. present a playreading to mark International Women’s Day entitled ‘Even if we Lose our Lives’. It features three Afghan Women’s stories, told in their own words. St Nicolas’s Church Hall, entrance in Bury St. at 7.30pm. Entrance free. All welcome. For more information, call the Amnesty Secretary on 01483 202502. On Tuesday 10th March, Ewhurst Horticultural Society will be holding a talk with slides by Nigel Choate on the subject of ‘Surrey Wildlife’. It takes place at the Glebe Centre at 8pm. It includes refreshments and a raffle. On Saturday


28th March, Ewhurst Horticultural Society is holding the Spring Show at Ewhurst Village Hall from 2.30pm. Full details are at or phone Lesley on 272488. Guildford Jazz is celebrating its fourth anniversary on the 11th March with Jazz at the Pavilion featuring Paul Booth. Having released four albums to date, tenor saxophonist Paul Booth has firmly established himself as an in demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both jazz and popular music worlds. Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, ‘The Best Modern Jazz Player’ category in the UK televised ‘Young Jazz Player of the Year’ competition and many more. It takes place at Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Road, Godalming GU7 3DH. Doors 7.30pm Music from 8pm. Tickets £12 in advance from www.guildfordjazz. Horsley Decorative & Fine Arts Society’s next lecture on 11th March will be ‘From Leonardo to You: The History of Art and Science’ by Sally Hoban. They meet at East Horsley Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month from October to July for lectures on a wide variety of subjects. Coffee 9.45am to 10.15am. Lecture from 10.30am to 11.30am. Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. For more information and the full programme visit their website or phone Chris on 01483 280021.

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In 1508, Loseley Manor was bought by Sir Christopher More, a lawyer of Derbyshire extraction. He was an exchequer official in Henry VII’s reign who rose to be King’s Remembrancer under Henry VIII. He lived in the medieval house situated on what is now the South Lawn, and took an active part in the affairs of the country. He was twice High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex. His son, Sir William More, held many high offices at Court and within the county. He was a personal friend and trusted adviser of Queen Elizabeth I. He was knighted in 1576. Sir William inherited Loseley in 1549 and commenced building the present house in 1562. He supervised the building work himself and his accounts of the building work still exist. The total cost of the house was £1,640 19s 7d. Most of the building stone, now over 800 years old, came from the ruins of the Cistercian Waverley Abbey, near Farnham, which was pulled down in the reign of King Henry VIII. The stone contributes greatly to the mellow appearance and atmosphere of the house. (The clunch facings came from a quarry in Guildford and pillars built from stone from the quarries of Hascombe Hill.)

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Garter by King James I who twice visited Loseley. Sir George was also Lieutenant of the Tower of London and Treasurer to Henry, Prince of Wales. He consolidated the family’s position by buying the ‘Manor and Hundred’ of Godalming from the crown in 1601 for £1,341 8s 23/4d. As can be seen from the old paintings of Loseley, there was a further wing to the northwest, containing a chapel, picture gallery which was 121 ft long, and a riding school. Built by

Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Loseley on four occasions and a letter to Sir William giving strict instructions concerning the preparations for one of the visits has been preserved. Straw was to be strewn on the drive to avoid jolting of the carriage, Sir William was asked to ‘avoyade his family’ (i.e. move his family and servants) to make room for the Queen’s retinue, and the house had to be cleaner than on the last occasion. After Sir William’s death in 1600, it was inherited by his son Sir George More who represented both Guildford and Surrey in parliament and was created Chancellor of the Order of the 14

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Sir George More at the beginning of the 17th century, it fell into disrepair and was pulled down in 1820. To the north-east stands the original garden wall, in which can be seen the archways which matched those in the wing opposite. The original moat is still in existence and was connected by a secret passage to the cellars (now sealed off). On Sir George’s death in 1632, his grandson, Poynings More, succeeded to Loseley. He was created a baronet shortly before his death in

1642, the title becoming extinct on the death of his son and successor, Sir William More, without issue in 1684. Loseley passed to Robert More, the son of Poynings More’s younger brother, but in 1689 he too died without issue, and so the property was inherited by his sister Margaret and her husband, Sir Thomas Molyneux. Thence forward the family name became More-Molyneux. Their son was Sir More Molyneux, who went on to have 11 children. He is depicted in a large painting in the Great Hall alongside his wife Cassandra and eight of their children. Their two sons and two elder daughters were to die young and unmarried, and the house was looked after for more than 20 years by another daughter, Jane, who supervised every detail of household and estate management. On her death in 1802, the estate passed to her nephew James More-Molyneux who died in 1823. He was succeeded by his son James, who became a JP and Deputy Lieutenant and was very active in public service. His younger son William, also a JP, inherited in 1874 and in 1877 he added the Nursery Wing on the south side of the house. He died unmarried in 1907 and was succeeded by Gwendoline, the daughter of his younger brother. Gwendoline married Brigadier General Francis Longbourne (who assumed by Deed Poll the additional names of More-Molyneux) and they started the Jersey herd and home farm in 1916. Francis saw active service in WW1 and was highly decorated for bravery. They were to live in the house during the difficult war years with Top left: Loseley House Top middle: A general view of the gardens looking back towards the house Top right: The Great Hall Far left: A painting showing the old wing before it was pulled down in 1820 Near left: The tennis lawn border

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no electricity, heating or hot water. When in 1946 the house was inherited by their son, James More-Molyneux and his wife, there was no money, no heating or electricity, a leaking roof and death duties to be paid. They accepted the challenge: Loseley had been in the family for over 400 years and was worth working for. The farming business was developed and they also founded Guildway Limited, which started with the production of concrete blocks and progressed to the construction of pre-fabricated houses which were exported all over the world. The house was opened to the public in 1951, and in 1968 Loseley Dairy Products was started, with the production of cheese followed by yoghurt and then ice cream. At its peak, it was supplying some 1,500 customers in London and the Home Counties, exporting to the Far East, Middle East and also Italy. Customers in the UK included Harrods, Fortnum & Mason’s, and British Airways. In 1985, due to increased overseas competition, the business was sold to Booker plc and in 2010 the Jersey herd was dispersed. The buildings used for yoghurt and ice cream production now house a variety of small businesses. In 1998, James More-Molyneux passed on the running of the estate to his son Michael who lives there to this day with his wife, children and mother. His eldest son Alexander and his wife live and work on the estate together with their daughter and twin sons. The estate is currently 1,400 acres, comprising 140 acres of woodland and 650 acres arable crops farmed under a Farmed Tenancy business. It employs 25 full-time members of staff and double this number during the summer months. Loseley welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year who come to see the house and garden or attend some of the events which include a gardening show, craft fair, dog show and a ploughing match and country fair. Loseley also host more than 80 civil weddings and receptions, and have been used as a film location for productions including ‘Emma’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘The Special 16

On Monday September 29th 2014, work began on erecting scaffolding over Loseley House. To hide the scaffolding, a large screen covers the front with a photograph of the house printed on it. The last time the house was re-roofed was in 1856 and a partial re-roof took place in 1956. The slates are being replaced with tiles which will be more in-keeping with the house when it was built in 1562. All the events will continuing to take place and the work will be completed by May 20th. By this time all the scaffolding will have been removed from site and Loseley will stand proudly with its new roof which hopefully will last for another 120 years. The gardens The 2.5 acre Walled Garden has had many lives since it was laid out formally in the 16th century, including an organic vegetable garden, orchard and designs by the renowned Gertrude Jekyll. The Walled Garden has been carefully restored over the past few years and is now one of Loseley’s main features. It contains a series of ‘rooms’ including an award winning rose garden with over 1,000 bushes, an extensive herb garden, a colourful fruit and flower garden, a white garden with fountains and an organic vegetable garden. It also features a Mulberry tree reputedly planted by Queen Elizabeth I. The herb garden is divided into four separate sections – culinary, medicinal, household and decorative and contains over 200 herbs, some of which date back to ancient times. Other features include a magnificent vine walk, ancient wisteria and the moat border. The most recent addition is a 2.5 acre wild flower meadow, planted on what used to be the Loseley cricket pitch. FIND OUT MORE

Loseley gardens are open to the public from May and the house in June – entrance to the house ends in August and to the grounds in September. Visits to Loseley House are by guided tour only and last around 50 minutes. Key dates: Spring Garden Show - 17th-19th April; May Craft Fair - 13th-14th May; Summer Garden Show 24th-26th July; Teddy Bears Picnic Day – Sunday 9th August; and Country Fair and Ploughing Match - 27th September. For more information, please call 01483 304440 or visit




Graham Thorp plays two of Handel’s attractive Organ Concertos in a follow-up to last year’s successful Organ Plus concert and ‘Play the Organ!’ Days on Wednesday 11th March at 1.10pm. This is a rare opportunity to hear the pipe organ in concert with strings. It takes place at St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford. He will also play J.S. Bach’s solo arrangement of Vivaldi’s Double Violin Concerto on the neo-classical pipe organ there. Admission free - retiring collection to support the monthly series of organ concerts.

Guildford Cathedral. The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an information afternoon. Their speaker is Dr Carsten Flohr, Senior Lecturer & Consultant, Lead for Research & Development (R&D), Specialty Lead, South London NIHR Comprehensive Research Network and St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College London. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this distressing, itchy skin condition. There is no admission charge but a raffle will be held and donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be available. The Society is grateful to Espère Healthcare Ltd and the Quality Water Company for supporting this event. For more information please call Vicky on 01483 827668 or visit

Renowned English comedian, Milton Jones, will perform at G Live on Friday 13th March. ‘Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft ’ starts at 8pm and tickets are £25/person. Milton is a patron of Chance for Childhood, a children’s charity working to empower and strengthen communities, and to protect vulnerable children in East Africa. All proceeds will go towards Chance for Childhood’s work. To book your tickets, please call 0844 7701 797. Visit www. for more information on the charity. See you there!

Looking for that special book or just or just stocking up on your reading material? There will be another really huge second hand book sale and cake stall at Wonersh United Reformed Church on Saturday 14th March from 10am-3pm. Dealers or early risers from 8.30am, no entry fee. Take your time and browse round their new stock of books in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Refreshments served all day. For more information, or to volunteer to help, or to donate books or cakes, please telephone 01483 892579, All proceeds in aid of on-going church building restoration work.

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March from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Go and see the carpets of spring flowering bulbs, including the crocus extravaganza by the garden entrance and decorate a daffodil pot to take away. The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s Spring Show is on Sat 21st March from 11am-4pm featuring competitive classes and displays by members and affiliated societies. This show will be held in the Glasshouse Gallery. There will also be unusual species for sale and advice for all. The Glasshouse is open from 10am-5.15pm (last entry at 5pm). Then there is the Spring Plant Fair from 27th-29th March from 10am-5pm. This is a must for all plant lovers. Meet the growers and choose quality plants from specialist nurseries. Finally, the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt is from 28th March-12th April from 10.30am-4.30pm. Hop through the garden on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppiest Easter ever! See birds of prey soaring above the garden as well (11th-12th April). There are activities every day, visit uk/wisley for what’s on when. Mother’s Day at Clandon Park is on Sunday 15th March, from 11am to 4pm. Join in arts and crafts activity and make a special gift for mum. Then take a stroll in the garden, enjoy the beautiful Georgian house or relax with an afternoon tea in the restaurant. Normal admission applies plus £3 for the activities. Mothers get in free when accompanied by their children. Tel 01483 222482 or visit uk/clandon-park for more information.


Wey & Arun Canal Trust have a Guided Walk on Monday 16th March. This walk will be guided by Alan Johnson, The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s Technical Liaison Officer, and leaves at 2pm from the Gunpowder Store, Stonebridge, Shalford near Guildford on the banks of the River Wey. The walk will then continue along part of the old route of the Wey and Arun Canal and cross over the A281 road and through into Hunt Park along the riverside path which has recently been built by the Trust’s volunteers. At the end of the walk, visitors will have fine views of the three oaks which are more than 100 years old and a chance to see the new viewing platform being installed. Parking is available in the public car park next to Trunley Heath Road on the A281. From there it is a short walk to the Gunpowder store at Stonebridge. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles and with a level surface, although suitable footwear is recommended. The Gunpowder Store reference is GU4 8EP. Further details available from support@weyandarun. No booking required. At the Surrey branch of the Historical Association, Dr Grant Tapsell of Oxford University is giving a talk on ‘The Visual Culture of Politics in Restoration England’ on Tuesday March 17th at 7.30pm at St Nicholas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4BW. Non members welcome (£3 at the door) and students free. Further details from Rollo Crookshank on 01252 319881 or email Wonersh History Society have a meeting on Tuesday March 17th at 8pm in Lawnsmead Hall Wonersh. Dennis

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Out with the old Spring always instigates a fresh start and with this in mind I would like to encourage you to refresh your winter wardrobe and make room for uplifting new additions for the new season. Be Ruthless When working with a new client, I always have to be mindful of how honest they want me to be. I normally start off an appointment fairly carefully, so I can work out exactly what the end result needs to be. A gentle discussion or a ‘it’s gotta go’ approach depends on the quantity of similar items, or if there are bulging wardrobes in every room. Have plenty of bin bags at the ready... Try on or tip! If it doesn’t fit now, put it away. If you can’t bear to part with it (probably because you can remember how much it cost you a few months ago!) put it in a suitcase in the attic. It’s a halfway house to see if you really pine for it. If you don’t - it’s charity or dress agency time. What do you need? Do you work fulltime or need dog walking casuals? Your

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Our ever-growing children need a clear-out too and it’s not a bad idea to make some money back at the same time. Second Thoughts, new to Chiddingfold since September 2014, is crammed of with ‘previously loved’ clothes and shoes from 0-teens. Once you have registered as a seller you will receive 50% of the sale price which can also be sold on their eBay store. They only accept good quality clothing. This will stay in the store for 6-8 weeks before a reminder email for collection is sent. After that the clothing is taken to charity shops or to an orphanage in Uganda. Buyers are offered a one week’s return policy, if agreed at time of purchase, to give you a chance to try the item on ‘little Jimmy’ at home after school. Owner Nicki, and Lisa run the business during school term time only, Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of each month, 9.30am-4pm. Stock up on some branded gems for teens, Hollister from £8

Second Thoughts, 1 Chiddingfold Galleries, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4UF. Contact or call 07765 428005. It’s a destination shop for your kids wardrobe, but with a handy coffee shop nearby, Treacle’s Tea Shop for that all important refreshment break, The Green, Chiddingfold, Telephone 01428 684859.

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Cruickshank will be talking about ‘Wonersh People and their homes’. Wine will be available and everyone is welcome. Onslow Village Garden Club has made a seasonal start to the year with an illustrated talk on The Garden in Winter, with some excellent advice and pictures. March is a busy month, as well as having a speaker, Mr Patrick Kelly on Ham House, they hold the Spring Show. Flowers from the garden and indoors will be judged and displayed. Visitors and potential members are invited to join them at Onslow Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th March to share their enjoyment. Visitors £2, members £12 for the year. Enquiries on 01483 577035. The Guildford Society’s next meeting on Thursday 19th March with speaker Colin Rumary from the U3A History Group and his talk entitled ‘Guildford’s Gates’. Guildford is a town without walls, so how did the gates (Tunsgate, Angel Gate etc) get their name? The venue is St Nicolas’ Parish Centre , Bury Street, Guildford, Doors are open from 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Free to members, non members are requested to pay £ 3.00. Refreshments will also be available. For further information about the work of the The Guildford Society and details of its events programme and Town Bridge market on Saturday 14th March, please visit their website:

Are you interested in birds? Whether you are a beginner or expert, do join the free bird walk at Frensham Little Pond on Thursday 19th March organised by the RSPB


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Just got engaged? Congratulations! ….but still confused about where to start?……worry not; hopefully I have everything you need here to keep you calm with tips from the local industry insiders, in the order you need to consider them, with tips from the local industry insiders! Choosing your venue can be one of the most stressful, time-consuming parts of the process because it not only dictates the style of your day, but heavily impacts the overall cost. For those wanting the freedom to create their perfect wedding without being tied to what a venue permits there is an exciting new website to help you choose the more original venue in Surrey… “Blank Canvas was created to offer a selection of individual, flexible venues and spaces that allow you to create your day your way. A day suited to you, fits your vision and your budget” says owner Heidi Teague. Once you’ve fixed the location and date you can concentrate on the finer detail, but make sure you tick off the big items first, like your dress. Charlotte from Amaryllis Bridalwear suggests that you “speak to your friends for recommendations, take someone with you to your appointment who will be helpful but honest (but not too many people as this can have a negative affect…too many opinions can be stressful). Remember to have an open mind about styles of dresses – they all look different when they are on. Ideally you need to start searching approximately 8-12 months prior to your big day, allow plenty of time and don’t be pushed into purchasing a dress if you’re unsure– you want to make sure you’ve found the one!”. Once you have your venue and dress sorted you can start to think about flowers; you will need these details to give to your floral designer as it will really help determine the style of the flowers and overall scheme. Hannah from Hannah Berry Flowers explains that “we will take all factors into con-

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sideration such as natural light, space and venue decor and will advise the best designs to suit the venue. Of equal importance is your bridal bouquet; it is a key accessory to your outfit; it has to work with your dress and not take the eye away from the overall look”. With all aspects of planning, the earlier you start the longer you have to make decisions that suit you as a couple. Photographer Ginny Marsh recommends that “you start to narrow your photographer choices down by picking work you love; not just some of their images, but ALL of their images and don’t get too worked up over what ‘style’ you’re looking for (such as reportage / contemporary / traditional) keep an open mind”. So what else helps you choose when there are so many photographers out there? Ginny suggests trying not to shop on price! “It’s easy to narrow photographers down by cutting out the ones who you think are too expensive, but generally with photographers, you get what you pay for. You don’t want to wish you’d paid a bit more for a better photographer, because after your wedding it’ll be too late. Finally meet with a few photographers in person to find out who you get a good vibe from and get on well with. You’ll be spending your whole day with this person, and it’s important you feel comfortable and at ease in their presence”. Your wedding photographs are so important! After your cake has been eaten, your flowers are wilting, your dress is dirty; your wedding photographs are the only thing that last to remind you of how much fun you had, the details and the emotion. To look your wedding day best, take some tips from inside the pro make-up bag! Natasha Wiggins is a professional wedding hair and make-up artist and she’s kindly revealed her secret to creating a flawless bridal glow. “A product I couldn’t 27

be without and simply love using with my brides is Bare Escentuals ID Mineral Veil. It’s an amazing powder that will stop any shine coming through, as it absorbs oil on the skin, but it doesn’t create a thick layer like some pressed or loose powders can do, which are often bulked out with talc and other nasties! Mineral Veil leaves you with a translucent, soft finish and it is completely sheer, so it softens the make-up finish, minimising the look of fine lines and pores. I simply love using it. Hopefully you’ll love the results on your wedding day make-up too.” To create perfect lips all day long, Natasha always apply a lip tint under the lipstick to help it to stay on longer, with all that kissing and champagne sipping! To fix it all in place one of her favourite products at the moment is ModelCo’s BEAUTY FIX Airbrush Face, a magic make-up fixing spray. “It is amazing! It helps the bride’s makeup set and it also seals it so that it does not come off - all day! All you need to do is spritz it on like a toner after applying all your make-up and it will be smudge proof. Ta dah!” According to a recent survey by confetti. 81% of couples say cutting the cake is their top wedding day tradition, so as the cake is a significant centrepiece at the reception it’s definitely worth asking an expert for advice.


Debbie from Debs Makes Cakes explains: ”the size of your cake will most likely be determined by the number and size of portions you need. The flavour and level of detail in the decoration will be determined by the amount of money you have to spend. Whatever your cake budget, decide which of size, style and flavour are most important to you so that your money can be spent in a way that you think matters”. Many venues have neutral décor and an all-white or ivory cake may disappear into the background. Have your wedding cake on its own small table and have fun styling the background. Introduce your suppliers to each other; your wedding coordinator, florist, venue stylist, caterer and cake supplier will need to work together to create a cohesive event for you. Also, don’t forget the cake knife! An engraved cake knife can be a wonderful keepsake from your day. Whilst on the subject of food it is worth noting that from your guests perspective, the food and entertainment tend to be the most memorable parts of the day. But don’t be afraid to tailor your menu to your tastes. Joe from Keeley’s Kitchen loves to create a personal menu “if, as a couple you have precious memories of eating bangers and mash…. have bangers and mash! It is your day after all. However, if you are going to do something simple just make sure your caterers use the best quality locally sourced

products; the last thing you want is a bad simple dish! And don’t forget to have a taster; you may have to pay for it but it will be worth it!” Another tip is if you do want something simple maybe look at going for more expensive crockery; even bangers and mash can look different on a beautiful plate and may only cost as little as 20p extra per person. Joe specialises in making your wedding breakfast that little bit different; do involve your guests, something as simple as a self-carve roast dinner. Maybe put a chef’s hat on one of your guests chairs at each table and that person has to carve the meat for everyone. This works very well if you have a table of mixed guests as it is a great ice breaker. It is also good for fussy eaters as they can pick what they want on their plate. Last but certainly not least, the entertainment. “How do we get everyone on the dance floor”? “What song shall we have for our first dance”? “We want a band and a DJ but can’t quite justify it within our budget”? These are all questions I am frequently asked and this is where experts can advise. Lemon Entertainment have a wide selection of artists to choose from, some of their bands can also DJ in-between and after the live band sets. It’s all included in their price and is much cheaper than booking both a band and a DJ separately. Lucy at Lemon Entertainment explains: “You only have one wedding day, some people don’t put enough impor-

tance on the entertainment when in fact it can be the making of an event. Use a reputable company who deal with professional musicians and you are more likely to have a positive experience than if you find a part time band in your local pub” Remember; break the rules, have fun and celebrate your day your way. For further advice on any aspects of your day please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Lily-Marie – – 07824 809664 Amaryllis Bridalwear - 01420 80552 Hannah Berry Flowers - www.hannahberryflowers. - 07871 037536 Ginny Marsh Photography – - 01252 856 937 Natasha Wiggins - - 07841 511409 Keeleys Kitchen - – 07776 235206 Debs Makes Cakes - 0751 8011 731 Lemon Entertainment - www.lemonentertainment. - 07753 496308

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Godalming Choral Society presents ‘Baroque Masters’ on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, High St, Guildford, GU1 3JH. It features: Pergolesi : Stabat Mater ; Handel : Let God Arise! ; Purcell : Hail! Bright Cecilia & Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary. Conductor : Michael Veazey. The concert will support the work of The Prostate Project, the Guildford based cancer charity. Tickets : £15 (Students £8) are available from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming; Guildford Tourist Office, 155 High Street, Guildford tel: 01483 444333; Godalming Choral Society Ticket Office tel : 07505 203468 or online. For more details go to On Saturday 21st March at 7.30pm, the Steve Waterman Jazz Orchestra will present an outstanding evening of contemporary and swing big band music from one of the top bands in the country, and a highlight of the Guildford International Music Festival. Winner of 2014 British Jazz Awards, trumpet virtuoso Steve Waterman is renowned as one of the top jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene and his 18-piece big band features a multi-award winning line-up of the most celebrated names in British Jazz. The evening kicks off with an opening set from the University of Surrey Big Band. Venue: The Electric Theatre. Tickets £12, £8 Concessions, £2 students/U18s. The main Box Office for the Festival events is Guildford Tourist Information Centre (01483 444334). Tickets are also available from the Electric Theatre and the Ivy Arts Centre. The professional freelance orchestra Southern Pro Musica is now mid way through its second year as the


‘resident’ orchestra providing Music for Guildford and on 22nd March, the orchestra will perform for the first time at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Under its conductor Jonathan Willcocks, the orchestra performs major orchestral concerts in many Guildford venues including Holy Trinity Church and G Live. This concert ‘The Genius of Mozart’ forms the final event in the Guildford International Music Festival and features the talented and popular pianist Lucy Parham who hails from the Guildford area and is known to theatre audiences for her beautiful interpretations of the lives of the great composers, with words spoken by famous actors accompanied by Lucy’s inspiring piano performances. Lucy will take centre stage with the full Southern Pro Musica orchestra in an all Mozart programme including his magnificent Piano Concerto in C minor. Tickets start at £22 and all those under 18 go free. or call 01483 440000. Merrow Village Bowling Club ‘Signing On’ takes place on Monday 23rd March. Signing on evening for the new outdoor season from 6.30pm onwards at the Merrow Village Club, Epsom Road. New members welcome. ‘Death on a Green Carpet’ is the title of the March lecture of West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on 24th March. Come along and learn more about 18th and 19th century melodrama at Covent Garden. Find out why stepping onto the stage 200 years ago was a risky business and discover why the dreaded Green Carpet was the most alarming prop in the theatre. The lecturer, Sarah Lenton,

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on 01483 444789 or online at Group bookings: buy nine tickets for the same performance and get the 10th free. You can see more details about the show on Guildburys’ website St.Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club is celebrating its emerald anniversary on 26th March with Jean Plaskett demonstrating ‘Omnium’ and a Club Competition entitled ‘Anything Goes’. Go and join them at Shalford Village Hall at 1pm for a 1.45pm start. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For further information ring 01483 578368. After a long career in Westminster, former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe is now a successful novelist, and after her wonderful routines on the hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing, she also became a bit of a ‘national treasure’. On Tuesday 26th March at 7.30pm the Guildhall in Guildford will be playing host to Ann Widdecombe when she takes the stage once again for one of her hugely popular one-woman shows. Ann will be sharing stories from her life and career. During the evening there will be an opportunity to ask Ann questions on any topic, anything from current government policies to her dancing days on ‘Strictly’. All proceeds will go to Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, the British-registered charity which cares for working and abandoned donkeys in Israel and Palestine which is celebrating its 15th anniversary by aiming to adopt ‘215 donkeys in 2015’. Those animals which have been rescued are cared for in the Safe Haven sanctuary in Israel. Tickets cost £20 each, please call 01444 831117 or go online at


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For many, daffodils epitomise spring; historically they symbolised chivalry and new beginnings. Today for many of us daffodils represent hope. The quintessential daffodil is often pictured as bright yellow in colour, with a trumpet-shaped flower. However the daffodil has a long history of extensive breeding and consequently today there are a huge variety of daffodil flower colours - yellow, white, orange, pink and green. There are many different flower types, and sizes of daffodil available. Indeed there are over 30,000 names in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Daffodil Registration Database. All daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus; they are part of the Amaryllidaceae family, which also includes snowdrops and alliums. Daffodils are wonderfully versatile; they can be grown successfully in containers, flower beds and borders, parks, meadows and grassy areas, woods and orchards. They are very resilient and come back each year heralding the start of spring, with no need to lift and replant. Rodents and squirrels leave daffodil bulbs alone, which is a real boon if you suffer with these pests! Thriving in a sunny or partly shaded spot, they are very easy to grow and can be propagated by seed, division of the bulbs and chipping. I utterly adore scented daffodils and revel in their delicious fragrance each spring. Narcissus ‘Fragrant Rose’ has, as its name suggests, a definite rose character to its fragrance at times, although the scent essentially reminds me of the sweetness of hyacinths. If you enjoy the heady scent of hyacinths and jasmine, you may also enjoy growing narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’, N. ‘Geranium’, N. ‘Sweetness’ and N. ‘Bridal Crown’. These daffodil varieties have all been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit and are superb daffodils that I just couldn’t be without. These scented varieties and indeed all daffodils make ideal cut flowers and a wonderful gift. Daffodils can bring hope to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as the plant 34

compound galantamine can delay the onset of symptoms. Trials found that daffodils grown under stress at high altitude in the Black Mountains in Wales produced more galantamine than those grown under normal conditions. Narciclasine, another compound present in daffodil bulbs, may be used in the future to treat aggressive brain cancers; studies have also suggested that compounds found in daffodils could help treat leukaemia, skin and ovarian cancer and depression. August and September are ideal months to plant daffodil bulbs giving enough time for the roots to get established before the cold weather sets in. Now is the ideal time to make your selection as daffodils are in flower. Visit botanical gardens now to see different varieties in flower, inhale their scent and get an idea of their character. Many gardens will even have a handy plant label, so you can take down the names of your favourite varieties and order bulbs to plant later in the year. Many different varieties of daffodil can be enjoyed at RHS Garden Wisley, at The National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming and Nymans in Handcross, West Sussex. West Dean Woods near Chichester has a large colony of wild daffodils; it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a working woodland and a private estate, so access is restricted. However a public bridleway running along the western edge provides an excellent vantage point to view the daffodils.


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Easter with Jack Easter is a great time to get family and friends around for teas and dinner. Jack Sturgess, from Bake with Jack, has kindly provided our Easter recipes. Jack hosts bread and pasta making experiences in your own home. He also sells gift ideas and vouchers. Find out more at or contact him as follows: E: T: 07840 561 635

Hot Cross Bun Loaf I love hot cross buns at Easter. For something a little different why not make your dough into a loaf, then you can have it toasted for breakfast with berries and yoghurt, or even turn it into French toast with a little beaten egg. Just dip a slice in the egg and fry in butter until golden both sides. Great as a dessert with an apple compote and ice cream. Ingredients 500g strong white flour 60g unsalted butter 10g salt 40g sugar 2tsp mixed mpice 15g yeast 220g milk 2 eggs 150g mixed peel and sultanas 2 tbsp apricot jam 1 tbsp water

1. Weigh your flour into a bowl, rub your butter into the flour and then mix in the salt, sugar and spice. Use the microwave to take the chill off your milk, warm it only very slightly and add the yeast giving it a stir to help it disperse. Add the eggs to the bowl along with this yeasty milk. 2. Mix everything until your dough comes together and there is nothing dry left in the bowl. Get your dough out onto an un-floured surface and knead for 15 minutes. Pick up the side furthest away from you and stretch it out along the table with the heel of your hand, then fold the dough back onto itself. Every now and again bring your dough back together with a dough scraper. 3. When 15 minutes is up, stretch your dough as far as you can across the table. Sprinkle over your fruit and fold the dough around it like 36

an envelope. Work the fruit into the dough by kneading exactly as before. Then lightly flour the surface next to your dough. Place your dough onto the flour and make into a ball. Take the side furthest away from you, give it a little stretch and fold it back towards you. Turn the dough 90 degrees and repeat until you are happy with the shape, and you can feel tension in the dough. Turn your dough over and allow it to rest back in the bowl, covered with a cloth for one hour. 4. After resting your dough, turn it out of the bowl, upside down, onto a surface dusted with flour. Using fingertips and knuckles, press it out flat into a large portrait rectangle about the width of a 900g loaf tin. Fold the side furthest from you into the middle, then pick up the side closest to you and fold it up to meet

it. Then fold the whole thing in half bringing the top edge to meet the bottom. Give it a pinch at the seam to seal the edges together and dust your dough with flour. Place it into the loaf tin seam side down and allow to rest for another 45 minutes to an hour. Your dough will rise nicely and soften. 5. Mix a little flour and water together to make a paste and use a piping bag to pipe a large cross over the top of your loaf, then bake it in your oven at 170C for 30 minutes. After this time, remove the loaf from the tin and bake for 10 minutes more on the oven shelf. Rest your loaf on a cooling rack, warm some apricot jam in a pan with a little water and brush it over the top of your loaf for a sticky glaze.

FOOD Roasted Breast of Lamb with Rosemary, Raisin & Red Wine Sauce Breast of lamb is an underrated cut. It is packed with flavour and really benefits from a slow roast, much like a pork belly. It makes a nice sized joint for a small family roast; a lamb breast weighing 800g – 1Kilo is perfect for four to five people. 1. Soak your raisins in the red wine. 4. While your lamb is roasting, the string, carve it into four or five Allow an hour or so, or you can do pour your leftover wine into a small nice thick slices, one per portion, this the day before if you like. saucepan. Add a squashed clove of and serve with your red wine sauce 2. Unroll your lamb breast, keeping garlic and a sprig of rosemary, set and vegetables of choice. My the string, and season inside and the pan over a medium heat and favourites are roasted garlic mash, out with salt and pepper. Pick the reduce the wine by half. Set this buttered savoy and roasted carrots. rosemary from the stalks (keep aside for later. these) and finely chop it with 5. When your lamb is ready it should one clove of garlic, mix these two be nicely golden and soft to touch. together and sprinkle evenly over Remove it from the tray, wrap it in the inside of your lamb. Drain your tin foil and put it on a plate to one raisins and sprinkle them on too, side. but make sure to keep the left over 6. There should be quite a good wine! Roll up your lamb breast nice amount of liquid in the tray below. and tight and tie back up with the If not top it up with a little water. Put string you saved. You can do this bit the tray onto the hob and simmer all the day before too if you like. the vegetables and juices together, Ingredients 3. Pre-heat your oven to 200C. No use a wooden spoon or potato 1 breast of lamb, boned need to peel your onion, carrot and masher to squeeze all the goodness A few sprigs of rosemary celery, just roughly chop them up from the veg. Then strain this 2 cloves of garlic and put them in your roasting dish liquid through a sieve into a clean 50g raisins with the lamb stock. Add your bay saucepan. Boil and reduce this until 150ml red wine leaf and any rosemary stalks left the flavour is nicely concentrated, 1 bay leaf from earlier. Set your lamb on a rack but not too salty! Then, strain your 1 onion over the tray, put it in the oven and reduced red wine into the pan too. 1 carrot immediately turn the temperature With your fingers mix your flour A few sticks of celery down to 140C. Roast slowly for three and butter together, whisk small 1 litre of lamb stock hours. Your vegetables shouldn’t amounts of this into your boiling 1 tbsp flour dry out in this time, but keep an eye sauce until it has thickened nicely. 1 tbsp butter on them and top the tray up with 7. Your lamb will be at its best after water if you need to. resting for an hour or more. Remove

Cream Egg Cookies This is a great recipe to do with the children. After you slicing your cookie dough, you can freeze the rounds in a plastic container ready for cookie emergencies! These can be baked straight from frozen, just add a couple of extra minutes to the baking time. 1. Use a wooden spoon to mix together your butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and yolk and keep beating until the mixture is light and creamy. Add all your dry ingredients, and the unwrapped cream eggs. Work everything together into a dough, the best way is to squeeze it all together with your hands. If some of the eggs break in the process that is ok. 2. Put a double layer of cling film on your work surface and arrange your March 2015

dough on top in a sausage shape about 5cm thick. Use the cling film to wrap it up nice and tightly. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. 3. Unwrap your sausage and use a serrated knife to saw it into rounds roughly 1cm thick. Arrange these rounds on a tray with a little space between as the cookies will spread when baking. 4. Bake at 170C for 12-15 minutes until the edges start to brown. When they are done allow them to rest and firm up a little before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

They should be crispy at the edges and gooey in the middle! Ingredients 250g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp salt 170g melted butter 200g soft dark brown sugar 100g caster sugar 1 egg 1 yolk 300g mini cream eggs


MEDIATION CAN WORK Guildford Community Mediation Service Sometimes a problem can seem insoluble; it may be constant noise from the flat upstairs, a neighbour’s dog wandering all over your garden or disagreements over the height of a hedge. Despite your best efforts to resolve the problem yourself and even if you have engaged an agency such as Surrey Police or Guildford Borough Council, it may feel as though you have no choice but to put up with it or, in some cases, resort to legal action. Putting up with the problem will only lead either to a lack of peace in your home or to an escalation when the nuisance gets too much for you and you want to ‘burst’. Legal action is not only very costly but also an extremely emotional route to take and once started is unlikely to lead to any form of peace between you and your neighbour in the future. Guildford Community Mediation Service can help using mediation. This is a free, voluntary, confidential and impartial way to resolve your dispute. Mediation offers the chance to meet with an independent third party who will try to help you find a mutually acceptable solution. The process does not impose a solution on you but instead allows both parties the opportunity to be heard and to work towards a resolution of the problem in a safe environment. Every stage of the mediation process is entirely voluntary and you can ask us at any point not to take the matter further. At Guildford Community Mediation Service (GCMS), our mediators work in pairs, initially meeting the parties involved in the dispute separately to discuss the situation, usually in their own homes. Provided everyone is happy to continue with the mediation, a joint meeting is held at a neutral venue, such as a church hall or community centre. The mediators set out certain ground rules to help ensure that the environment is safe and calm for everyone. Each party is initially given an opportunity to voice their view of the situation without interruption; the process then moves on to discussion of possible solutions, with the mediators helping to support and facilitate this. The aim is to help find a way of dealing with the problem which is acceptable to all concerned, sustainable and allows everyone to get on with their lives in peace. The final stage of the meeting considers ways of preventing similar problems arising in the future, ensuring they do not escalate and get out of hand again.


GCMS is a registered charity run by a team of volunteer mediators. This free and confidential service is available to anyone in the Guildford area. We undertake community mediation, covering all kinds of neighbourhood issues such as boundary disputes, noisy neighbours, parking problems and anti-social behaviour. We also offer intergenerational mediation, helping bring generations together, for example helping resolve problems between parents and teenagers. All our mediators are fully trained and accredited and we are entirely independent of any other organisation - we don’t work for Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Police or any other agency. The process is fully confidential and not legally binding, so if a helpful solution cannot be found or an agreed solution does not work out, it is still open to the parties to pursue other options, such as Court or a Tribunal. However, if you have a dispute, please call us to discuss it as soon as possible and we might be able to help. We encourage you to try mediation in the first place. If you would like to know more please ring 01483 715063 or email uk. Alternatively, tell us about your dispute by using the reply form on our website




The West Surrey Natural History Society (WSNHS) has an illustrated talk by Penelope Malby on the 26th March entitled ‘The Hares of Havergate Island, the Puffins of Skomer and other tales’. Penelope Malby is a wildlife and animal photographer, passionate about photographing wildlife in its natural habitat. In recent adventures Penelope has visited Havergate Island to photograph hares, Skomer Island to photograph puffins, and she frequently visits Norfolk to observe many different species, notably hares and barn owls. When Penelope isn’t photographing wildlife she can be found photographing dogs in her studio! WSNHS holds monthly talks by well-known naturalists from September to April on a wide variety of natural history subjects. The talks are held at Ripley Village Hall at 8pm on the fourth Thursday in the month. All meetings are free to members or £3 for non-members. Annual membership: single £7, family membership £12. Members receive a regular newsletter. All enquiries to the Society secretary, Anna Stribley, on 01372 457623 or you can find further information at

On Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church Bramley, the Everard Ensemble will be making a welcome return, playing, amongst other works, a Piano Quintet by Brahms. John Parsons, the first violinist, will be playing a Stradivarius so if you have never heard one live, now is your chance! There is a free glass of wine or soft drink in the interval. Tickets are £10 (£5 for under 18s and students), available at the door, or in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, or you can reserve them by telephoning Stuart White on 01483 892645 or emailing Proceeds are all for charity, split between Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening (GUTS) and the Bramley Music Fund, which aims to enhance the experience of all who perform and listen to music in Bramley Church.

From 28th March- 5th July 2015, The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking will host ‘Damien Hirst: New Religion’, an exhibition of silkscreen prints and sculptural editions by one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists, in association with Paul Stolper Gallery and The British Council. The exhibition will explore the relationship between science, art and religion which has dominated Damien Hirst’s 25-year career as a thought-provoking and at times controversial artist. First exhibited at Paul Stolper

The very popular annual RSPB jumble sale at Onslow Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Guildford GU2 7QR will be held on Saturday 28th March. The sale fills the hall and includes stalls with clothes, books, household goods and many, many other items. Open: 11.30am- 1.30pm, admission 20p per person. Preview: 11am, admission £5 per person. Teas available. Free car parking. Donations of goods accepted at the Hall on Friday, 27 March 6pm- 8pm. The sale is organised by RSPB Guildford & District Local

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Godalming to Shackleford This 8½ mile circular walk has some ups and downs but the only strenuous ones are a short down soon after the start and a similar up in Godalming close to the finish. The walk takes you through Eashing and Peper Harow to Shackleford and then back via Eashing Bottom. You have three possible lunch stops along the route - at the Stag on the River, the Cyder House, the Squirrel or picnic nearby. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

The walk With your back to Admiral Way, walk to the right along Ashtead Lane as it becomes Pullman Road. Reach houses and soon turn left into Old Barn View. Go straight ahead as this swings sharp right and join a grassy path beyond No 16. Turn right along it. Follow the path until it reaches a small green and, just before this, turn left into trees and go steeply down a slope and steps, through trees. The path then swings right, passes houses and emerges on their access road. Go right to reach a T junction with a road. Turn left and immediately reach a junction with a roundabout, next to the Inn on the Lake. Cross and go left, passing a Masonic Lodge and towards a rail bridge but, just before the bridge, turn right into New Way. After 150 yards duck left, under the railway. Reach a narrow lane and go left. After 20 yards, fork left on a wide track. Ignore the next fork left. Emerge on and follow a follow a driveway (which turns out to be New Way and later becomes Halfway Lane). Ignore a footpath, to the right, at a sharp left-hand bend. Stay on the road, passing an equine and dog clinic. Reach a T junction and go right. Walk for several hundred yards, going around a sharp left-hand-bend. Eventually reach a lone tudor-style cottage on the right-hand side. Take a footpath right, along the side of the cottage and into a field. Stay at the top of the slope on the right-hand side and walk across the field to the far right corner. Exit and drop down through trees to reach the bank of the River Wey. Continue forward to a road. (To visit the Stag on the River, turn left and walk a few yards and the pub is on your right). Turn right to cross the Eashing bridges. (It is believed that the historic double bridge, recently refurbished, which spans the River Wey and a carrier stream, was built by the monks of Waverley Abbey in the 13th century). 40

Continue along the road to reach the side of the A3. Jink right and cross a footbridge over the A3. Enter a field and immediately turn right to walk along the edge. Exit at the first corner and immediately turn left through trees and out into the fields of Peper Harow. (The whole village is privately owned and access is restricted. The name ‘Peper Harow’ is very unusual and comes from Old English Pipers Hear(g) meaning, approximately ‘Pagan Temple’. There is an inscribed post on the lawn to the left of the church, marking the spot where 3 Ley lines cross. This may explain why this site has been inhabited since pre-historic times, it was always known as a place of healing and power). Go straight across the field, aiming for the church. Turn right to walk past the church and up the access road to reach a T junction with a road. Jink right, cross and go left, up Peper Harow Lane. Keep walking along the road to reach The Cyder House in Shackleford and, beyond it, the bus shelter opposite the shop and Post Office. It is at a junction with a second road coming in from the right and provides a handy picnic spot on a wet day. With your back to the bus shelter, cross the road and go right, along that second road. After 200 yards take a footpath left, along a wide track. This ends at the side of the A3 but, about 100 yards before that point, take a foot path right and walk through to School Lane. Turn left and walk under the A3. About 100


yards after the road bridges, cross and take a footpath forking off to the right. This quickly reaches a single track lane where you turn right and go down. (Behind you, upslope, through another road bridge, you can see The Squirrel PH.) Follow the lane as it swings left, briefly becomes a dirt track then a tarmac lane again. Pass a house, Milton Wood. Continue forward along a path which eventually emerges at the end of a road. Immediately turn right. The path runs along the side of the first house and down towards the river. Cross a little concrete footbridge. Ignore the immediate first left and go on to take the next. Ignore a quick fork right. Stay more or less on the river bank, heading left. Reach and cross the entranceway to Westbrook Mills. Continue forward to a road where you turn right and go under a rail bridge. Continue forward, cutting though the edge of a car park to reach a footbridge over the River Wey (you could equally continue along the road and over the road bridge). Emerge opposite the entrance to the Phillips Memorial Ground (Jack Phillips was radio operator on the Titanic).

steeply up to sports fields. Cross to the far right corner and exit onto a road. Turn left. Quickly turn right, into Oakdene Road. At the T junction at the far end, turn left. At the next T junction, cross and go into the entrance to Godalming College. Walk along the right-hand side of the buildings and follow a path which brings you out onto Ashtead Lane, close to the start point.

At the band stand go right and out of the first corner into a church cemetery. Follow the line of the cemetery wall until, just by the church, exiting left and into a road. Go left and walk up through the eclectic mix of small shops to reach the main shopping street through the centre of Godalming. Turn left and walk along until, opposite The Kings Arms, turning right and up Queens Street. At its end, cross the main road to continue forward up Upper Queens Street. At the top turn right and quickly left, up Latimer Road. After 100 yards take a path breaking off right and climbing

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parking on the right by the entrance to Admiral Way. REFRESHMENTS: You have three options, depending on when you set off! The Stag on the River (see offer above), the Cyder House and the Squirrel. Image above: Peper Harow House was built by Sir William Chambers in 1765. The estate was the home of the Earls of Midleton until the line died out. It has now been converted into flats. © Copyright Mark Percy

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Group; all profits are donated to projects of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Any queries: email or call 01372 467074. The tea-guzzling Tiger pounces onto G Live’s main stage with this truly magical Olivier Award nominated production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea on the 30th and 31st March. This show is the perfect slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun for children aged 3+ and their families to enjoy in the Easter holidays. G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tickets: 0844 7701 797 or ‘British Wildlife Sculpture’ is a new exhibition by Simon Griffiths at The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Gallery on Wednesday 1st April-Friday 29th May. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, free entry. Browse and buy from Simon’s amazing range of sculptures. All sales support endangered wildlife. For more see www.davidshepherd. org. Saba House, Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford, GU4 8JU. Cranleigh Sun Aqua Club has been busy every Tuesday evening over the winter with the usual mixture of swimming, training and skill development. A wreck appreciation and survey course run by training officer Bob Bradley occupied three evenings, one showing the variety of wrecks around the UK and in the Red Sea. A second session was devoted to the process of measurement, a third given over to the application of measuring skills to a pile of carefully placed tables and chairs, arranged to simulate the shape of a wreck. A session on a Saturday followed


measuring the real thing at a depth of 15 metres. Given the varying measuring and recording abilities of each buddy pair, no two surveys were precisely the same and one or two could have been of a totally different wreck, but that only adds to the interest! Recently an evening was devoted to planning the dives for this year. Under the direction of the diving officer and expeditions officer a variety of possible sites were discussed and eventually it was decided that there would be four trips of four days each to the Isle of Mann, Porth Kerris in Cornwall, Hope Cove in Devon and St David’s in Wales. These four excursions will be in addition to the usual one day RIB dives along the south coast from Littlehampton in the east to Kimmeridge in the west, with a maximum of just over an hour and a half’s drive away from Cranleigh. All these dives can be seen on the Dive Calendar on the Club website, Two social events are already planned - the awarding of certificates to those who have achieved the first and second level qualifications of Ocean Diver and Sports Diver, and a curry night at a local restaurant. If you want to know more about the club please contact our diving officer Keith Howland on or on 07966 449163, or look at the website. The Amazing Bubble Man brings his hit family show with bubble art, magic, science and lots of fun, to G Live on Wednesday 1st April. Audiences can expect square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, bubble volcanoes, bubble trampolines, and even people inside bubbles! Louis Pearl is the world’s leading Bubbleologist, and has been delighting family audiences with his unique show for 30 years. He is also a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where his show has sold out for the past eight years. More information at www.GLive. or call 0844 7701 797 (10am-6pm, Mon-Sat). Join The Lightbox gallery and museum this Easter holiday for a packed programme of creative workshops for families and children. There will be a range of workshops over the two weeks, specially created for children of different ages and inspired by spring and Easter. For more information please visit or call 01483 737800. There will be Lions in Shalford Park this Easter Monday (6th April 2015) when Guildford Lions Club will once again be holding their annual Easter Fayre. The whole day event will include something for all the family. They are holding this event in aid of local charities and this year TV vet Jamie Crittall will be the judge for the ‘Fun Dog Show’, one of the main events of the day. Entries for the dog show will be taken from 11am (with judging starting at 12 noon). No fancy rules will apply just some good fun and a chance to show off your favourite pet. Categories will range from ‘Child’s Best Friend’ to ‘Golden Oldie’ to ‘Cutest Crossbreed ‘and more. Of course, in keeping with the origins of the Easter Fayre which dates back to Guildford life in the Middle Ages, there will be a host of other activities to keep the family entertained and amused. Historically the Fayre, held in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill, was a melting pot of commerce and merrymaking with the sale of household goods and apparel, hops, cheeses, crockery and tin ware mixed in with much drinking and dancing. A monster


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car boot will provide the opportunity for buying and selling a whole range of clothes, bric-a-brac, and endless other articles, whilst food and other tempting items will be available at the Food & Craft Market. There will be a gleaming array of classic cars to inspect and the children will be well catered for with a range of amusements. A licensed bar will be available if you want to quench your thirst, or you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a hot meal from the Food Court. So if you want to sell, buy, enter the dog show or just have a good time, Shalford Park on Easter Monday is the place to be for a 21st century interpretation of an ancient fayre. More information available at www. Following a nationwide search for the very best of local choral talent, Godspell In Concert - the legendary rock musical, has announced that The GSA Singers have been chosen as the regional choir offered the exciting opportunity to perform at G Live in Guildford, as part of the ensemble cast on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th of April. As worthy winners, The GSA Singers will accompany a West End Cast including X Factor star Andy Abraham, Sugababe Jade Ewen, The Voice UK star Leanne Jarvis and Jersey Boys star Tom Senior. The GSA singers will be coached to their moment in the spotlight by Musical Director Russell Scott who is at the helm of the show’s new modern-day orchestration. For tickets book online at or call 0844 7701 797. ‘Revising Your Manuscript’ - a write time workshop takes place on the 11th April. Congratulations on finishing the rough draft of your novel, short story or other book! Now what? Don’t panic... this two hour workshop will guide you through the crucial next steps. It is led by novelist and academic, Dr Howard Cunnell, of Kingston Writing School. For more details email, phone 07989 038143 or see ‘Pullin’ the Wool’ is the latest production from West Horsley Players (WHIPS) and runs on the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th May 2015 at West Horsley Village Hall at 8pm. Soft suburbanites Martin and Gail are selling their house to working-class toughs Ray and Sheila, who in turn plan to sell their house to ex-con Dave and his girlfriend Di. At the same time - as is the nature of the house-buying chain - Martin and Gail have exchanged contracts to buy the house of Audrey Roberts-alike Denise and her henpecked husband Barrie. When the next link in the chain collapses, Denise and Barrie face having to move into rented accommodation, unless they can persuade Martin and Gail to pull out of the contract. On the evening that Ray and Sheila come round to try and con Martin into knocking £10,000 off the asking price with the aid of a dodgy survey, Denise and Barrie decide to do everything in their power to put Ray and Sheila off buying - starting with dismantling the boiler! Author Frank Vickery has a lot of fun playing with time. The story covers two different evenings, with the two timelines switching to and fro, and often running in parallel. With its use of non-linear time and a split set which shows two living rooms simultaneously. Tickets can be booked online at or by calling 01483 284141. 44

Save the date! The Guildford Book Festival 2015 will take place from the 11th to 18th October this year. Guildford Book Festival is delighted to host many of the nation’s most incredible authors, journalists and opinion leaders and after the tremendous success of 2014, they are looking forward to developing another rich programme for 2015. Following an eagerly anticipated wait, Guildford Cathedral is thrilled to announce that an award of £4.6m has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is a significant milestone in helping save the Cathedral – well done to all!

Ever fancied trying your hand at bowling? The Castle Green Bowling Club has been in touch as its lawn bowls season is just getting started at its home in the stunning grounds of Guildford Castle. Coaching and spare bowls are provided for newcomers, and the first year fee is half price at £35. All you need is a good eye, the ability to bend and stretch, the stamina to last through a threehour-long game and a pair of flat-soled shoes. Friendly games are usually played mid-week or on Saturday or Sundays against local clubs, but there are higher level competitions as well, both between local clubs and within the club itself. The club say it is a great old English game, ideal for all ages from around 12 and over, not too strenuous, cheap to play compared with most other sports, and has the benefit of providing great company. Club members often find themselves playing to music when the Castle Bandstand is in use. Practise nights for newcomers are on Thursdays at 6.00pm. Anyone interested should contact the Club President Shirley West on 01483 563071 or for more information see

The Brigitte Trust offers emotional support and practical help at home when a life-threatening illness has been diagnosed. Volunteers from Guildford are invited to join a free training course in June. Please call Sharon on 01306 881816 or visit Following its enormous success last year, C&H Guildford is running its Sewing Bee competition once again, to encourage people to explore their creative sewing talents. All entrants will receive a £5 C&H gift voucher when they submit their finished item and there are some great prizes to be won. Plus there is the chance for entries to be displayed on the shop floor or in the store window as well as on the C&H Facebook page for all to see. Judging in each of their nine stores will be based on difficulty, originality, creativity, embellishments and technical expertise, with the winners from each store entering a central company competition for even more great prizes and the prestige of being C&H’s overall winner.


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Guildford Sea Cadets

The Guildford unit of the Sea Cadets is our local branch of a nationwide youth organisation founded in 1942. It is dedicated to helping young people become responsible adults through encouraging valuable personal attributes and high standards of conduct based on a nautical theme. Our aim is to provide young people with activities which are fun but meaningful. All of our excercises involve our cadets being active on the water or onshore interacting with others and trying new things. The result is usually a huge smile! At the same time we want to ensure that our cadets make a valuable contribution to their community. We foster an environment where cadets support each other and have a positive impact on each other’s lives through participating in leadership activities, gaining qualifications, or running training sessions for other young people. Finally, we do all of this in a safe and controlled environment. We won’t lie or apologise for some of our activities being risky but think that exposing young people to risk within a controlled environment helps their development. It’s fun and builds enormous confidence. Just ask anyone who has tackled a day of white-water kayaking how good they feel! Our best facility is the River Wey and we make full use of it. The Unit is situated at Dapdune Wharf, right on the river. With our own wharf and use of a slipway we can manage all manner of boats including power, rowing, kayaks and canoes. We also have two large sports halls for games and sports activities, classrooms, offices, a computer suite for cadets to work towards BTEC level 2 in Public Services, kitchen, and finally showers, toilets and changing facilities March 2015

to support boat work. Everything is designed around the activities we do. Due to our location and facilities we are the Southern Area Kayaking centre. We have equipment and host courses for the whole of the South East. This means great access to courses, equipment and instructors for our young people. We also have our own BCU (UKCC) kayak and canoe coaches. Cadets can join the Unit as Juniors between the ages of 10-12. Their activities focus on having fun and making friends. They take part in lots of events and activities like sailing, canoeing and abseiling. They gain knowledge and experience through waterborne, outdoor, community and citizenship activities.Between the ages of 12 and 18, Sea Cadets get to grips with subjects both on water and land as part of basic training, all on a nautical theme. In addition, they can take part in courses and competitions ranging from rock climbing and shooting to music, power boating, sailing and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. These can give a head start in life and really boost confidence, plus it’s good fun. From the age of 13 cadets can transfer to the Royal Marines Cadet Detachment and participate in many of the same activities as Sea Cadets, but concentrate more on land-based elements such as shooting and fieldcraft. Our Unit is run by volunteers. We need enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills, from those who want to help train cadets to those who can apply their skills as trustees on the management team that supports our Unit. We meet on a Monday and Thursday between 7pm and 9pm. Seniors (age 12-17) meet on Mondays and Thursdays but Juniors (age 10-12) only on Thursday. We are a youth group but not a youth club and we understand when cadets can’t make it every week. We hope that cadets will become committed members of our group and want to come down every night.


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After an absence from the stage of more than 40 years, Godspell is back! This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love features a modern-day rock score, and is the perfect treat for families during the Easter holidays. The lead cast features The X Factor runner up Andy Abraham, Sugababe Jade Ewan, finalist Leanne Jarvis from BBC‘s The Voice, and West End star Tom Senior. This new orchestration is aided by a full live band, and features The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) singers. To win a pair of tickets, please answer the following: Q: Leanne Jarvis was mentored by which judge on BBC’s The Voice? a) Will.i.Am b) Simon Cowell c) Louis Walsh Please enter online at by 27th March 2015.

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