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Asparagus - spears of joy

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Kirstie visits Manns of Cranleigh

What to do in May

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The home of British Polo

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50 things to do before you are 11他

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TO THE POINT We launched our Dorking edition last month and I was very pleased with the response from readers. It seems there is a good appetite for community magazines that are well distributed, packed full of local information, and produced and written by people who all have a connection to the area. It is a strong model and I am delighted that this month sees us help launch another new community magazine. It is not in this area but we have worked with friends Carol and Nick to develop their very own local magazine, also Royal Mail delivered, and we hope that their magazine has the same positive im-

pact as our magazines did when we first launched them, (albeit under a different name). You can tell that summer is arriving as our Jottings postbag gets bigger and bigger! It certainly tests Nick’s editing skills as we try to publish as many as possible given the constraints of space that we have, despite devoting around nine pages in every edition. Do remember that all our Jottings appear on our website, so when we can’t find the space in the print magazine or if they arrive too late, they do go online and we would encourage those readers with

internet access to check them out at Do also look at what is happening in other areas, as you may well find something new to do or somewhere different to visit. We now have a search facility to make it easier. An apology. Our brilliant cover image last month was mis-attributed due to a genuine error. It was taken by Phil O’Connor from Philip O’Connor Photography Ltd, who specialises in sports event photography. Visit his website to see more at Stefan Reynolds, Editor

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Jottings I watched Guildford Rugby win their quarter final match against Old Priorians the other week and they are now at the time of writing, just one game away from playing the final of the RFU London and South East Region Intermediate Cup at Twickenham; yes, THE Twickenham. By the time you read this I will know if I am off to Twickers on 3rd May. Fingers crossed! Also huge congratulations to Guildford on topping their league - promotion next year. Actually, I’ve been quite busy this month; a few weeks ago I went to G Live and saw Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, a tribute band who were absolutely brilliant. Then I went to Haslemere Halls and saw The Haslemere Players‘ production of South Pacific. I’ve been to a few of their productions and they are always good, I think for me, this might just be the best ever. For an amateur group they really achieve a fantastic standard. How lucky we are to have all this locally. Media entrepreneur Chris Ingram has created what is now recognised as the biggest privately owned publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art. On loan to The Lightbox - the Art Fund Prize-winning gallery and museum in Chris’s hometown of Woking - the Collection comprises almost 500 paintings and sculptures of which over 350 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, amongst these Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo


Paolozzi. In addition to creating a unique local opportunity to see worldclass Modern British art, The Ingram Collection loans to major exhibitions and galleries and has earned Chris deserved acclaim as “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today. ‘The Ingram Collection: Skyscapes’ will be on show at The Lightbox gallery and museum from 10th May to 22nd June; entrance is free of charge. Would you like to take a table to sell your wares at the RASASC Winter Fair? It’s on Saturday 22nd November from 10am to 4pm (set up from 9am) at the Guildhall, High Street, Guildford. They sell home-made cakes and tea/coffee and have a mix of donated gifts and external stalls. The Fair has been going since 2008 with great success. For further information please phone 01483 568000 or email FishabilityUK came into being at the start of 2012 and concentrates on offering fishing experiences to exforces still fighting with battlefield trauma, be they of a physical or a psychological nature, or both. The charity was started by Albury Estate Fisheries manager Tony Hern and ex-Royal Engineer Roger Sharp. Tony and Roger pool together their contacts and resources to provide enlightening fishing experiences to mostly those that have left active service, but are still coming to terms


with meshing back into civvy street. FishabilityUK days are staged in Surrey and surrounding counties but already they have had ventures into neighbouring counties and awareness in the ex-forces community is steadily picking up. There are many ways the public can donate to FishabilityUK. Apart from a financial contribution, any second hand tackle in reasonable order can be aimed at future trips and some even ends up in the auction room! A lake or river beat can be offered for the day, perhaps some catering and fishing instructors may give their time up to guide and inform at the water’s edge. If you know of anyone who might benefit from the charity or if you can help in any way please get in touch with Tony on 07891 480343. You can visit the website at Ever thought of trying your hand at bowls? It’s fantastic fun and a great way of meeting new friends and Shere Bowling Club are looking for new members. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice; why not go by yourself or with a friend. The club is in a beautiful setting in the recreation ground just outside Shere village. Every Tuesday evening from 6th May from 6pm onwards the green is open for roll ups so just go along and introduce yourself and you will be made very welcome. There is a reduced fee in operation for the first year’s membership. If you would like further details contact Roger Newman on 01403 753140.


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Mann up! Kirstie Smillie checks out what’s happening at Manns of Cranleigh and Jenny has searched out brands with a story to add interest to a purchase for yourself or as a gift.

Manns of Cranleigh is on the up, especially since the arrival of Jenny Hakim, known in the industry as the very experienced boutique owner of Fashion Trapp in Ripley. Happily enjoying a more relaxed pace, Jenny was coaxed back to work last year to bring her ideas and knowledge to help reinvigorate the store. First opened in 1887 (Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year), by David Mann, the family originally lived above the shop. Today the department store covers the two extensive floors offering contemporary and traditional furniture, upholstery, beds, carpets, curtains and blinds, home furnishings, a cookshop, housewares, gardening items, linens, womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, luggage, haberdashery, toys and a cards and gift department.…phew!

For example, the shoes we photographed are from the Brazilian company Melissa, founded in 1989. They started using plastics to develop a 100% vegan product and regularly win awards for design and innovation. The shoes are designed to give off a sweet candy floss aroma and are known to have many celebrity fans. The silk printed clutch bags by Fox & Chave use the beautiful designs by William Morris and Klimt, and Art Deco designs from the V&A archives to subtly lift a colour in your outfit or be brave and mix up with a print-on-print. They are the perfect size and shape for a phone, purse and lipstick, with a delicate chain when needed.

On my recent visits the staff were friendly and actually smiled at you - something often lacking in other stores. I was left to look around without being constantly bothered, but I was able to see staff when I had a question. As well as the fresh looking fashion labels, accessories make up an important part of the new buy for the store 8


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Parking at the Stocklund carpark, only 50p per hour. Visit the Oxfam book shop, I found a beautiful illustrated hard back on Leonardo Da Vinci for £2.99, 168 High Street. Coffee and cake at One Forty, 140 High Street, inspiring and uplifting one-stop shop. Rummage around the many charity shops and Dingly Dell, Antiques and Collectables 79 High Street - lovely jewellery and little vintage bags. Then enjoy a shopping experience at Manns of Cranleigh,101-105 High Street, Cranleigh. Followed by lunch at The Richard Onslow, 113 High Street, very friendly staff and I can recommend the Millionaires pudding for other chocolate lovers! Tel: 01483 274922.

Jenny’s selection of simple silver jewellery includes these delicate bead charm bracelets above, by Two’s Company, best worn in multiplies of odd numbers, and the fun button rings (left) are handmade by a local company, Pegg and Twine, so each one is unique in design. So next time you want a hassle-free shopping experience where there is plenty to inspire you (there is also free customer car park at the back of the shop via Rowland Road) take a peak at the new look Manns and see what you think. Accessory workout!

Left page: Reach Melissa wedges, £85 and Pegg and Twine button ring, £5. Top left, Twist Dante shell ring, £6; Two’s Company silver bead brackets, £7.50 each. Top right, Pull selection of printed scarves, from £17 . Above: Push Fox &Chave silk printed clutch, £45; Edenblu white bolero, £59. All from Manns of Cranleigh. Tel: 01484 273777. May 2014

Finally, enjoy all the small independents that line the High Street on the way back to the car. FIND OUT MORE

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Surrey Charity Challengers, which helps disabled children and young people, has been appointed the Official Charity of the BMW PGA Championship 2014. The organisation, which is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities through its centres in Guildford and Farnham, as well as a range of community-based projects across Surrey and Hampshire, will hugely benefit from being the Official Charity of The European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth Club. Challengers are expected to benefit from fundraising in the region of £50,000 during the tournament week, with the majority of the funds raised coming from donations made by spectators in exchange for the Championship’s Official Programme. To find out more about Challengers and the work they do, visit www. The BMW PGA Championship offers six days of high quality entertainment, including Official Practice Day, Celebrity ProAm and four rounds of compelling WizardtiDec 13_Layout 1 07/11/2013 competi on from May 20th - 25th. Tickets are available on the European

Tour website: www.europeantour. com\tickets. Wildlife Rocks 2014 takes place on Monday 5th May at Guildford Cathedral. It’s an event that celebrates the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us and a fantastic day to share wildlife experiences with celebrities and wildlife enthusiasts through music and talk; a day for the whole family, with a range of amazing stalls - both inside and outside with activities and different events throughout the day. It’s a great chance for everyone to get together with others who are passionate about wildlife and celebrate its existence. Children 5 and under enter free, but must have a ticket. Book your tickets through the Cathedral Box Office at www.guildford-cathedral. org. For more information visit www. You are invited to a coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid. Go along from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday May 17th to St John’s Church Centre, Epsom 11:37 1 for coffee and cakes. Road, Page Merrow, There will be a bring and buy table.


There’s an interesting night in store on Friday 16th May at Guildford Castle. It’s a chance to meet Damian Dibben, the author of the hugely popular The History Keepers - stories of time travelling adventures for children. The first part of the evening starts at 6.30pm when there will be a chance to explore The Castle’s Great Tower. Then between 7pm and 8pm Damian will talk to the audience about the world of the History Keepers. Tickets are just £2.50 (family ticket £8 for 2 adults and 2 children). The evening is not suitable for under 8’s. Call 01483 444751 or email heritageservices@ John & Jen, the acclaimed and moving American musical, will be Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s first show of 2014. It’s a two-hander set in the USA and follows the funny, tender and moving relationship between a brother and sister, and a mother and son. Written by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, the show opened Off-Broadway in 1995 to rave reviews, and this staging offers a rare chance to see this little-performed modern

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classic. In something of a coup for local drama, two acclaimed actors are joining Guildford Fringe Theatre Company to take on the title roles. John is being played by Martin Neely, whose previous work has included Les Miserables (West End) and Mary Poppins (UK Tour), while Jessica Sherman, whose previous work includes Lend Me a Tenor (Vienna) and Batman Live (World Arena Tour), will play the role of Jen. The show runs from 7th to 17th May at The Back Room of the Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3TY. Tickets are £14.50 (£12.50 concessions) and are available from www.ticketsource. or by phone on 0844 8700 887 or from the Tourist Information Centre, High Street Guildford.

Nonsense. However, I can direct you to their online brochure http:// jsp?id=1223/1555/8556&lng=en. There are no less than 48 pages but the site is very user friendly. Guildford is facing major redevelopment and there are key projects at advanced stages of preparation. The Guildford Society feels it is an opportune moment to again invite Prof. Tim Jackson to give his latest views on sustainable developments and how these may affect the future challenges and opportunities for our town. The evening, a joint meeting with Guildford Environmental Forum, will take place on Tuesday 13th May, 7pm for 7.30pm at Trinity Centre Upper Hall, by Trinity Church at top of Guildford High Street. Entry is £3 for non members of The Guildford Society.

outbreak of WW1, Clandon Park’s role as a military hospital is being re-lived by creating a very special exhibition. The operating theatre was in the Earl of Onslow’s own dressing room – so chosen because of its even northeast light and running water. Carefully storing away the usual contents, the National Trust team at Clandon Park has transformed the room, reproducing nurses’ uniforms and the hospital blues and even introducing the smell of carbolic soap. The original medical record books and autograph books that the nurses asked their patients to write and draw in are on display, alongside replicas that visitors can leaf through. The operating theatre is part of a 5 year project commemorating Clandon Park’s role in WWI. To find out more visit www. or call 01483 222482.

Sadly, I can’t possibly cover everything that is planned for The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s new The Castle Green Bowling Club season. It’s a wonderfully varied Clandon Park is a beautiful and started its lawn bowls season at the programme with drama such as fascinating house located just end of April and continues through the gripping Dial M for Murder to outside Guildford in Merrow. As to the end of September in the Hendersons 15/08/2012 11:27 Castle. Page 1 Milford Window Oct 13_Layout 1 12/09/2013 12:36 P projectSep part of the National Trust’s to 12_Layout comedy with PCompany G Wodehouse’s beautiful1grounds of Guildford Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect commemorate the centenary of the Lawn bowls is an age-old sport for all


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Onslow Village Garden Club’s 9th Annual Table Top Sale is on Saturday 10th May in Onslow Village Hall, Guildford GU2 7QR from 9.30am to 12.30pm. There will be many varied stalls selling plants, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, cards, jig-saw puzzles, refreshments and much more.

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Performance Preparation Academy is presenting Little Women - The Broadway Musical - at The Electric Theatre, Guildford from 18th to 20th June. Performances are: Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th June at 7.30pm and Friday 20th June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. The Book is by Allan Knee, the Music by Jason Howland and the Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and it is based on the ever popular novel by Louisa May Alcott. To book tickets contact the Electric Theatre Box Office on 01483 444789. Ticket Prices: £15 Evening, £10 Concessions and matinée. Guildford Choral Society cordially invites participants to Come and Sing the Fauré “Requiem” under the direction of Jonathan Willcocks on Saturday 10th May. It takes place at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford at 7pm. Tickets are £10, £5 for students and are available from: or from Derek Lake on 01494 675571.

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Cowdray Park Liz Higgins looks back at the history of the home of British Polo In 1909, the noted Victorian engineer and industrialist, Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson, purchased the Cowdray estate. Sir Weetman was made Baron Cowdray in 1910 and rewarded for his massive engineering projects including the Blackwall Tunnel; an oil pipeline through Mexico; a tunnel under the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey and the reconstruction of Dover Harbour. He becoming the first Viscount Cowdray in 1917. Sir Weetman’s oldest son, Harold Pearson, had learned to play polo whilst at Oxford and later, as a Liberal MP, he played for the House of Commons. His passion for the sport resulted in a polo ground being laid out at Cowdray House in 1910 with a second ground soon in use in a bend of the River Rother - and still referred to as The River Ground. Polo started in April with the majority of tournaments being held at Ranelagh or Hurlingham in London, the key period for competitions at Cowdray coinciding with the festival of horseracing at nearby Goodwood. Friends of the Cowdrays would stay for a week of racing, with picnics, golf, archery and polo providing a full programme of entertainments. An announcement from Harold Pearson in 1911 notes that: “Play will take place in the mornings and evenings before and after the racing”. It also helpfully explained that “Midhurst is seven 14

miles from Goodwood and one of the two grounds is not harmed by rain, so play will take place regardless of weather”. The highlight of the week was The Cowdray Park Challenge Cup, still in existence today. In 1914 the Challenge Cup saw an entry of 10 teams with Harold Pearson’s Capron House team losing in the final to Cowley Manor. Days later an announcement was made during a match that war had been declared on Germany and that all men on leave should return at once to their regiments. Harold and his brother Clive Pearson survived WWI, but their brother Geoffrey was tragically killed in action in 1914. In 1919 Lord Cowdray made over his estate to Harold whose Capron House team would now become known as Cowdray Park. The famous orange shirts became the signature colour of any Cowdray team from then on. In the years after the Great War, polo at Cowdray Park thrived and attracted more and more spectators keen to experience the

exciting spectacle. It is on record that in 1926 3,000 people attended the final of the Cowdray Park Challenge Cup, and Lady Cowdray entertained 500 for tea in front of the Ruins. The new Lord Cowdray’s only son, John, shared his father’s enthusiasm for the sport, and was thrilled to play his first real competition on a trip to the USA in 1927. A mountain of press cuttings indicate both local and national interest in the Cowdray family, particularly the Goodwood Week house parties. The guest lists, menus and the elegant outfits worn by Lady Cowdray were widely reported. Tragically, in 1933, Lord Cowdray died aged just 51 and John, only 23 years of age, inherited the Estate and all its duties. In terms of polo, he was to prove a legend in the sport and the next few years saw the number of tournaments and competitions increase. However, WWII meant that for six years there was no polo in the UK – every piece of available land was cultivated to support the war effort and Cowdray was no exception. John Cowdray survived the war, despite losing his left arm in the battle for Dunkirk. Undaunted, he had a prosthetic left arm fitted with a hook which enabled him to hold the reins and still swing a polo mallet with his good right arm. He then single-mindedly led a renaissance in the UK of the sport he loved, starting with the importation of 50 polo ponies from Argentina to supplement the dozen or so Cowdray ponies which were still alive. By summer 1947 John Cowdray was organising tournaments at Cowdray once again, although there was a serious shortage of players and often the matches were three-a-side. In 1948 seven teams took part in the Cowdray Challenge Cup, attracting a large number of spectators, including Argentinian players Jack Nelson and Luis Lacey who thought the standard of play good enough to invite an English team to the Argentine. In 1949 John Cowdray took English players to Buenos Aires to play against some of the world’s finest in the Argentine Open. In 1951 he offered a return visit for the first revival of the Coronation Cup since 1939. The trophy had been inaugurated May 2014

Images: Left and overleaf are by Clive Bennett. Top: The Queen at Cowdray in 1953. Above: The River Ground in 1937. Both courtesy of Cowdray Archive.

in 1911 to mark the coronation of King George V. The early 1950s saw Cowdray Park firmly on the map, with spectators flocking to the grounds to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth watching her dashing husband, Prince Philip, play. Encouraged into the sport by his uncle Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip had a handicap of three and became a regular player for the Cowdray team. By 1953, Cowdray Park was without question the centre of English polo and the Coronation Cup attracted 15,000 spectators, with Her Majesty the Queen in the audience. The business community of Midhurst presented John Cowdray with The Midhurst Town Cup, to thank him for bringing prominence to the town through polo. In 1955 Prince Philip formed his own polo club, the Household Brigade Club (later to become Guards), in Windsor Great Park. The Coronation Cup was given a new home there and this encouraged John Cowdray to launch the Cowdray Park Gold Cup in 1956, which would later become the British Open >16 15

Polo Championship. It took two years before the Cowdray team managed to win the handsome trophy, beating Woolmers Park 10-3. Cowdray Park went on to win again in 1962 and reached the final 11 more times losing on each occasion. The most memorable was in 1990, when the match went into two extra chukkas and Hildon finally snatched victory from Cowdray Park to scarcely a dry eye in the grandstand. The 1970s saw polo beginning to change with a decline in the number of amateur players and a rise in the number of professional players. Once upon a time, the overseas players sold a few horses to English gentlemen players to cover the cost of their polo season but were soon enjoying the days of the well-paid professional. Most of the UK’s best polo prospects have come up through the ranks of Pony Club and in 1977 John Cowdray was delighted to offer the National Pony Club Polo Championships a home at Cowdray Park – the finals are held at Cowdray every August. It was with great sorrow that the polo community learned of the death of John Cowdray in January 1995. Not only had he made Cowdray Park a mecca for polo enthusiasts from all over the globe, he had raised awareness of the sport and set many young players on the path to success as professional players. He had also served as Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association, governing body of the sport in the UK, from 1947-1967, whilst simultaneously running a huge portfolio of business interests and two large country estates. Tributes were paid from every part of the polo world. The year also marked the arrival of leading champagne house Veuve Clicquot as title sponsors of the famous Gold Cup. Veuve Clicquot’s sponsorship started initially on a year’s trial, and has blossomed into a perfectly harmonious partnership which in 2014 enters its twentieth year. Today the club offers a full programme of tournaments throughout the season from late April to September. On Saturday 17th May the England polo team takes on South America in the St. Regis International Cup, to which a large crowd of spectators is expected for the high octane polo, retail village and entertainments. The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship opens on 24th June with Quarter Finals over the weekend of 12/13th July, Semi Finals on Wednesday 16th July and the hotly contested Final on Sunday 16

20th July. Throughout the 40 or so matches in the Championship, spectators are guaranteed the sight of the finest players in the world in action on Cowdray’s superb pitches. On Saturday 19th July the Final of the BLOOM British Ladies Open tournament sees some of the world’s leading women players in action, adding to the thrill and spectacle of a gala Cowdray weekend. The Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup the following day will see up to 15,000 spectators enjoying everything that the wonderful location and the thrilling sport have to offer. The best picnic spots are earmarked early in the day so that a stroll around the shopping village can be fitted in before lunch. After the match the Blades Aerobatic Display team will entertain in the skies over the famous Cowdray Lawns. But the season doesn’t finish there. Domestic tournaments continue until the end of September and six high profile Hurlingham Polo Association tournaments, sponsored by luxury watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre are spread throughout the whole season, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Autumn Cup concluding on the final day of the season, the 21st September. On a normal polo day (excluding the main events) the standard admission charges start at just £5 per person with children under 12 going free, which is excellent value. Cowdray Park Polo Club’s founder would no doubt be astonished at the scale of the club’s expansion but he would be thrilled that its future is secure in the wonderful countryside of the new South Downs National Park. FIND OUT MORE

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Registration can also be done online at Guildford Choral’s ‘come and sing’ events are open to all comers, irrespective of choral singing experience. They are fun, friendly and relaxed and are a great way to experience what it is like to sing with a big choir under the guidance of an inspiring Music Director. Fauré’s ‘Requiem’ is surely one of the best-known and bestloved pieces of music in the choral repertoire and the lovely atmosphere of Holy Trinity Church, Guildford is a perfect complement to the music. Wonersh and District Garden Club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th May at 7.30pm. Mrs P. LiechtiClarke will give a talk with slides entitled ‘Unusual Hardy Plants’. Looking ahead, the June programme will consist of two outings. On the evening of 3rd June there will be a visit to Birtley House Garden which will include a talk by Emma Brown. Meet at 7.15 for 7.30pm. The Annual Outing will be on Wednesday 25th June when there will be a visit to West Dean Gardens (nr Chichester)

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F was the idea of Alice Driver, the then Masterclass Creative Producer and now the Executive Producer of this new tour. Her initial idea was to provide a unique work placement for serving wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military personnel within a theatre company. Driven by the belief that theatre can empower the individual, she set about designing a model that would see the process of theatre used to boost the confidence and self esteem of the wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans of the Armed Forces, as well as give them a voice. The goal was to create a company of WIS service personnel and with them, develop an original play based on their experiences. In partnership with The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, The Royal British Legion and the MOD’s Defence Recovery Capability, the process of recruiting for the project at

Personnel Recovery Units across the country took place, including the Surrey-based Headley Court. Trevor Nunn and General Sir David Richards came on board as patrons of the project and actor Ray Winstone headed to Tedworth House as an Ambassador to recruit the company. Together the whole project became known as the Bravo 22 Company. Alice Driver said that one of the most nerve-wracking moments during this intense process was walking into Headley Court to pitch her project idea to a room full of squaddies. “I thought there’s no way this group of boisterous men, who have seen combat, are going to listen to me talk about the arts. Having Ray Winstone come with me was incredibly helpful as here was a man that they could relate to, and you don’t get much cooler than Ray!” It was paramount to the integrity and success of the project that the play be based on the real life experiences of the WIS service personnel and for them to perform it. With that in mind, writer Owen Sheers and director Stephen Rayne, whose repertoire of work spans productions in the West End, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, spoke to each and every member of the company, recorded their stories and turned them into a play of real power and depth. The process of sharing and creating was completely unique and allowed the exservicemen to explore their experiences in an honest, but at times painful way. Being able to talk openly with each other allowed the recovering servicemen to be open with their feelings and gave them a voice which they had previously been denied. “I got to share my story... I am convinced no matter the state of mind I may have due to my pain or disability, I know that I am not alone” said Corporal (Retired) Steve Shaw. In total, 32 WIS personnel were involved in creative process, rehearsals and performances May 2014

of the play. Twelve WIS personnel and five actors comprised the final cast who performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 22nd January 2012. A further two WIS personnel remained involved in the project in technical and support roles. But the healing process didn’t stop at that performance. Lance Corporal Cassidy Little says that being involved in the production helped him find a way to go on with his life after he lost his leg during his second tour in Afghanistan. He said: “Soldiers are really simple creatures. You give them a goal, then you give them a some beer to drink after they have accomplished it. It’s very simple. The problem with losing a leg is you don’t have that goal anymore”. Being involved in the show gave L Cpl Little a way of vocalising his experience and provided him and his fellow soldiers with a goal once more: “If you speak to the cast, not many of them will have any hang-ups about their trauma. They have spent a year talking about it. Recovery is an extremely hard road, I’ll be in recovery till the day I die…Charlie F gave me a goal, because of the show my recovery improved”. The process was fully evaluated by Leeds Metropolitan University: 50% of the participants explicitly and independently described a profound level of personal change through involvement in Bravo 22 Company, communicated through descriptions of the project as “life changing”. And life changing it certainly was. The debut performances on 22nd January sold out and garnered both public and critical acclaim. It proved so successful the show embarked on a UK tour. It was during their run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that the production was awarded the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for its work raising awareness of human rights. But what’s next for this incredible piece of work? As well as providing paid employment for the veterans and serving servicemen who want to continue with the project, the show is working with the Recovery Career Services to provide work placements for wounded, injured and sick service personnel throughout the tour. So if you see one show this season, make sure it’s one that supports veterans and tells the truth about their experiences. FIND OUT MORE

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make this an easily accessible exhibition. All sculpture is for sale. Cream teas and refreshments will be served in the marquee and a quiz will keep the young ones entertained. The 2014 exhibition will be opened by the eminent artist Ian Campbell-Briggs ARBS who recently designed and created a sculpture that will be a permanent feature in front of Guildford’s GLive. Entrance to The Sculpture Garden is free but donations are welcome for the Community Foundation for Surrey who support local community and voluntary projects, improving the lives of those in need in Surrey. The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 11am to 5pm from Saturday May 3rd until Sunday June 1st. Refreshments daily 11am to 5pm. FIND OUT MORE

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and waterproofing external walls. Homeowners and businesses will need to apply for this funding. For business rates email For council tax, email ctax@guildford. Provide your address and telephone details so that they will be able to contact you directly and quote FLOODING in the subject line of your email. Alternatively, please call them on 01483 505050. Economics does not have to be the dismal science. It can be a subject lit with hope and promise. How? By moving its focus from the selfinterested individual to serving the welfare of society as a whole. In this lecture Dr Peter Bowman will explore the idea of how economics can be realigned with natural law to serve the Common Good, providing prosperity and well-being for all. Peter Bowman, Head of Economics at the School of Economic Science will be giving his lecture on Sunday 18th May starting at 10am which takes place at Practical Philosophy Guildford, St Catherine’s School House, 26a Portsmouth Rd, Guildford GU2 4DJ. Entry is £5.

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There’s a Monthly Tea Dance every third Thursday in the U.R.C. Church Hall, Portsmouth Road, Guildford. There are bus stops right outside including Park and Ride. The dances run from 2.30 to 4.30pm and include Ballroom and Latin dancing. The cost is just £2.50 per session including tea and biscuits. For more information, call 01483 538515. Why not go along and brush up your technique before the next series of Strictly starts!

and competitors a huge variety of motoring action. You can find a full list of classes on the Double Twelve pages of the Museum website along with entry forms to download at and at the VSCC website at www.vscc. Entrants will enjoy an inclusive hospitality area in the charming, period splendour of the Edwardian Clubhouse, the chance to drive on motoring ‘hallowed ground’ and when competing, will be in the capable hands of the VSCC and Brooklands Marshals.

Brooklands Museum and the Vintage Sports-Car Club have confirmed details of the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival for 2014. In true Brooklands tradition, it will be held on the weekend closest to the date the original track opened in 1907, which is 14th and15th June. The two-day event will feature Speed Trials, Ascents, Driving Tests and the prestigious Double Twelve Concours across the Museum site and at neighbouring MercedesBenz World, giving spectators

Surrey County Show, which takes place on Monday 26th May, is the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country. It brings an incredible number of beautifully presented farm animals – cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry to Stoke Park within walking distance of Guildford High Street. The countryside with its milking parlours and shearing sheds, sheep pens and duck ponds literally comes to town. There is a strong focus on local food, a full line-up of ring entertainment, a major horse show and loads of

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50 things to do before you are

11¾ School holidays are a giant, fun-sized adventure for kids, but for parents, filling the days can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Don’t panic though, the National Trust is coming to the rescue! To coincide with the May half term, the Trust is re-launching its ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ outdoor campaign, giving children loads of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy a whole series of classic adventures, from building dens to climbing trees. Throughout May and into summer, National Trust properties are running organised ’50 things’ activities, but families can also try any of the challenges under their own steam by signing up at Children can log their adventures, unlock secret challenges and collect rewards. You can also pick up a free ’50 things’ scrapbook at any participating property, and get cracking straight away, filling the book with stickers when tasks are ticked off.

Special event: Join the Great Big Tree Climbing Company at The Vyne in Hampshire and you’ll enter the canopy of a huge oak tree, using ropes, knots and karabiners whilst being securely attached in a harness. If you’re feeling brave you can take the zip wire back down! 24th May, 11am – 5pm, £15, book on 07584 088664.

With hundreds of ideas for all the family to enjoy, here are some great places in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey to try some of our favourite ’50 things’!

Build a den Who doesn’t like making their own den in the woods with branches, mud and leaves? Claremont in Surrey was once the playground of princesses and today it’s a great place to build a den, run around in the rain or go on an adventurous treeclimbing weekend. Other good places in Surrey for den building include Ham House and Garden. In West Sussex, try the woodlands around the beautiful gardens of Nymans and Uppark House (where wood piles are left out for this purpose), as well as Mottisfont, The Vyne, and Hinton Ampner in Hampshire.

Climb a tree Keep three limbs on the tree at all times and choose a tree with big, strong branches that you can reach from the ground. Black Down is on the border of West Sussex and Surrey and is the highest point in the South Downs National Park. There’s a very old pine on the western side of Black Down with lovely branches - generations of children have climbed it and there are terrific views. Other locations include the wider estate of Hatchlands Park in Surrey and the huge plane trees at Mottisfont in Hampshire. Special event: Wild in the Park day at Petworth House in West Sussex takes kids to the best spots in its ancient parkland to try tree climbing, den building and bug hunting. 29th & 30th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm, £2 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207 28

Special event: Build a den day at Hinton Ampner introduces kids to acres of glorious beech woodland, and the secrets of making a great woodland shelter. 25th May, 11am – 3pm, normal admission charge only, no booking required.

Discover what’s in a pond Murky pond water is full of life. Langham Pond at Runnymede, is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where you can see dragonfly and damselfly nymph, pond skaters, leeches and the great pond snail. Runnymede is on the banks of the River Thames and was the site where the Magna Carta was sealed, nearly 800 years ago. Today it is a picturesque meadow, great for bug hunting and going for nature walks. Special event: Petworth House’s Pond Life event is a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with some weird and wonderful creatures whilst you pond-dip with an expert. 29th & 30th May, 2 pm– 3.30pm, £2 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207. Go on a really long bike ride There’s nothing like the feel of the wind in your hair as you whizz down a pathway on your bike. So grab your bike, a helmet and some lunch and head over to Morden Hall Park in south London. This year you can even hire a recumbent bike at Morden Hall Park: a fun new challenge for grown-ups too. Morden Hall Park is one of the top places in the country to try 50 things activities; there’s an exciting programme of events led by their new Ranger, and 125 acres of parkland. The ancient Mottisfont estate has its own cycleways; there are two family friendly routes to choose from, which can be downloaded at

Hunt for bugs Some of the best places to hunt for mini beasts are in fallen wood, the trunks of trees, and long grasses. There are many weird and wonderful bugs and insects hiding under fallen leaves and logs at Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey. The woodland, farmland and downland of the picturesque Slindon Estate near Arundel in Sussex is also a great place to hunt for bugs - just bring a magnifying glass and some patience! Remember, you’re a giant compared to these little beasts, so be gentle. Bugs like where they live so make sure you put them back. Special event: Nosey nature Nerds invites families into the wilds of the New Forest in Hampshire with the ranger team. Collect nets and magnifying pots and become a nature detective as you get up close to all sorts of forest creepy crawlies. 30th May, 11am – 2pm, £5 each, book on 01794 344020. May 2014

Go bird watching Look out for buzzards and sparrow hawks as you stroll across The Vyne estate to reach a spacious bird hide facing a huge grass-fringed lake. Binoculars and identification charts are on hand, so keep your eyes peeled for wading birds such as lapwings and snipe. Listen to the nightingales at Bookham Common in Surrey or look out for rare ground nesting birds at Hindhead Common. In the school holidays there are ranger-led activities such as pond-dipping, bushcraft skills and den building adventures at the Witley Centre. Book a place by phoning 01372 220644. Climb up a huge hill or roll down a really big hill Box Hill is a huge hill to climb up or roll down. There are maps available outside Box Hill Visitor Centre and café, showing you the best trails. Climb up all the way from the Stepping Stones, or just have fun playing on the slopes by the Box Hill viewpoint. For even more climbing visit Leith Hill. At the top is a majestic gothic tower with 360 degree views. Visit Mottisfont for some serious hill rolling on the huge lawn in front of the house. FIND OUT MORE

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Soundingoff The good, the bad and the ugly Andrew Crisell recently made a list of potential gripes and was horrified to discover that virtually everything irritated him, the classic symptom of a dreadful old fogey. In the second of an occasional series, he tackles Americanisms... I recently bumped into a young friend and asked him how he was. ‘I’m good,’ he said. This was puzzling. I hadn’t inquired after his moral welfare, and in any case it was boastfully immoral of him to make such a claim. But then the penny dropped. Though both he and I are native Englishmen, I realised that he was talking to me in American. What he meant to say was ‘I’m well’.

We should think hard before we swap the language of William Shakespeare for that of Walt Disney. Not only can the Americans not spell properly, (think of ‘center’ for centre, ‘traveler’ for traveller and ‘labor’ for labour) or pronounce properly, (‘lan-jer-ray’ for lingerie and a country in the Middle East they call ‘Eye-rack’), they Have you noticed how slavishly we English adopt Americanisms, don’t even know the true meaning of certain even though – at least if I am typical – we don’t actually know words. Waiting in a Californian railway station, what many of them mean? Why, for I was astonished by a instance, do people like to talk about sign which announced We should think hard before we swap ‘second guessing’? There surely that the next train would can’t be a second guess without a the language of William Shakespeare arrive ‘momentarily’ – first guess, and since it’s an activi- for that of Walt Disney surely a bit of a challenge ty which often has to be repeated for those who couldn’t several times, what is the significance of the second one? Even board quickly. And unless American men have worse than this, I’ve heard my fellow English complaining that a secret tendency to transvestism, they mean something has come at them ‘out of left field’ or that they’ve braces when they speak of ‘suspenders’. been ‘thrown a curve ball’. I’ve done some research into these expressions, and understand that they are derived from a sport The Guardian newspaper is always ready to atwhich is called baseball in the States and is played by real men, tack America for its politics, so we should perbut which is called rounders here and is played by girls. (The haps be surprised that it’s so eager to suck up same is true of what they call basketball over there and we call that nation’s linguistic slops. But in a recent arnetball.) Fortunately, baseball has never caught on as a national ticle in its G2 supplement, the writers referred sport in Britain. So who are we trying to impress by borrowing to a mistake they had made as ‘our bad’, a horits lingo? rendous new trans-Atlantic import. It’s not the right word, it’s not even the right part of speech. It’s just about as ‘bad’ as you can get. The reasons we adopt certain words and expressions are obscure. Why do people say ‘Cheers!’ as though proposing a toast, when they really mean ‘thank you’? Perhaps they feel it isn’t cool to do anything so polite as express their gratitude directly. But if I’ve got that wrong, sorry: my bad. Am I forgiven? Cheers! Do you agree with Andrew? What irritates you these days? Please write in or let us know at 30



shopping. One of the highlights of the Show will be the magnificent black cavalry horses of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery, who will be galloping WWI gun carriages across the grand arena. Heavily discounted tickets are available online at www. Adults £13.50 (£17 on show day), Seniors £10 (£13 on show day); children £5.50 (£6 on show day), families £34.50 (£40 on show day). There are some special events on the Wey & Arun Canal during May: Punch & Picnic Sunset Cruise on Friday 16th May. Following last year’s sellout success, the first evening cruise of the season offers passengers the opportunity to experience a leisurely summer evening trip on the Wey & Arun Canal while sipping a glass of punch and enjoying a delicious picnic. 7.30pm to 10pm. Tickets: £18 per person. Booking in advance is essential. Pirates & Princesses Adventures on Tuesday 27th May. If you are looking for something different to do with the children during half-term, join in the fun on

one of the special themed Pirates & Princesses trips. Come suitably dressed and help defeat the pirates and rescue the princess! The trips last approximately 1½ hours and depart at 10.30am, 12.30 and 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10 per person to include light refreshments, and treasure for all the children. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. To book seats for one of the special cruises, or enquire about the variety of private charters and public trips, call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403, email office@weyandarun. or visit the website: www. Surrey County Walkers have five walks coming up. On Saturday 10th May there’s a 5 mile easy walk around Hurst Hill and Unstead Wood. Meet at Bramley old Station, Ref 186/010451. Leader is Uta (01483 571030). On Sunday 18th May a 6 mile moderate walk around Juniper Bottom, Denbies, Stepping Stones. Meet at Natioanl Trust car park, top of Box Hill Country Park, Ref 187/178513. Leader is Mary (01483 728089). On Saturday 24th


May, a 7 mile easy walk around Pooh’s, Ashdown Forest. Meet at Pooh, Chuck Hatch carpark, Chuck hatch Lane, off B2026, south of Hartfield, Ref 188/472332. Leader is Jim (01737 764149). Finally, on Sunday 1st June there’s an 11 mile walk (take a picnic lunch) around Shipwrights Way, Buriton to Havant, Linear Walk. Meet at Havant Station carpark (North), Ref 197/717065. Leader is Colin (01276 474258) All walks start at 10am except 1st June, which is 9.30am If you have a head for heights and a passion for a good cause, then why not zip along to Guildford Cathedral for a charity abseil on Saturday 24th May? In a repeat of last year’s highly successful event, the fundraising team at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is, I think still looking for a few more eager participants, who are keen to climb the 249 steps of the spiral staircase to the very top of one of Guildford’s most striking landmarks. With the help of Mile End Climbing, whose instructors will guide them every step of the way, the plucky participants will then be clipped onto a pulley-


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Cheese with Ale Party fare typically features pairings of wine and cheese, but few realise, or appreciate, the wonderful taste combination of a good mug of ale with a deliciously ripe cheese. The UK boasts more than 700 types of cheese, and in excess of 5,000 ales. The two have much in common. Cheese and ale production can be traced back to Neolithic times, and production methods were heavily influenced by monastic orders that taught new techniques to local farmers throughout the Roman and Saxon periods. Both were made by farmers with surplus produce as a method of converting extra yield into something of value and pleasure. Cheese and ale both have their roots in grasses – for a great cheese, the quality of grass eaten by cows impacts the milk production and flavour; for beer, the malting of barley and wheat initiates the alchemy of beer making. And they share similar flavours. Nutty, tangy, floral and earthy... a variety of tastes can be sensed. Both offer contrasting textures and flavours; one type of beer can be 32

smooth, another sharp; one cheese is creamy, another tangy and dry. These contrasts allow for wonderful marriages of cheese and ale. The sweetness of one particular beer perfectly complements a cheese’s saltiness. The cleansing bubbles of an ale can cut through the palette-coating richness of a specific cheese. This is where Louisa Mason, of Flavour Tastings, showcases her specialist knowledge of British artisan foods. Mason specialises in showcasing British artisan cheeses and matching them to complementary beverages. She offers her advice on matching cheese and ale: “When matching ale with cheese, it is important to have contrast without clash. There must be some similarities between the two in order to create a complement on the palette rather than an overwhelming collision of flavours”. She suggests some general pairing guidelines to help in matching the ideal cheese with the perfect ale. Bloomy rind cheeses, such as Sussex Brie and Tunworth from Hampshire, work very well with Pilsner-style beers. Their velvety, rich texture, featuring mushroom and earthy flavours, can easily be overwhelmed by ales that are too ‘hoppy’. Pale lagers, such as European-style Pilsners, offer a mild flavour with good foam,

which complement the buttery and delicate nature of a soft, mouldripened cheese. The crisp, refreshing lager cuts through the ultracreamy texture of the soft cheese without being overbearing. Mason recommends the Isle of White Soft cheese with Freedom Pilsner from Staffordshire. “Isle of White Soft is about as creamy as a cheese can be. It is unctuously soft, almost spreadable with a subtle flavour,” she notes, adding, “Freedom Pilsner is very light and yet has quite high acidity to cut through the palettecoating cheese”. One of the earliest cheeses made in the UK is Cheshire, mentioned in the Doomsday book. Cheshire is one of the ‘crumblies,’ a group that includes Wensleydale and Lancashire cheeses. These cheeses offer a creamy yet crumbly texture with good acidity and a delicate citrus taste. Fresh, fruity beers such as Shere Drop from Surrey Hills bring out the citrus aromas in the cheese to create a wonderful medley of fruity flavours on the tongue. Again, when matching these modestly mild cheeses, a lighter ale will not overshadow the cheese. “The rule of thumb for all pairings is the stronger the cheese, the stronger in flavour the ale can be,” Mason explains. “For aged hard cheeses such as cheddars or Lincolnshire Poacher farmhouse ales with some punch go exceptionally well”. Think Ploughman’s on a summer’s day with an English beer. Fruity, hoppy beers complement the salty, earthy tones of a strong hard cheese, such as Hog’s Back RIP Snorter with Barbers 1833 Vintage cheddar. Similarly, Langhams’s brewery in Sussex produces a range of hoppy real ales. Mason suggests trying Halfway to Heaven ale with some Sussex Charmer. January 2014

The group of cheeses that prove most challenging to match are the washed-rind cheeses, such as Stinking Bishop or Burwash Rose. These cheeses are washed in a salt-rich alcoholic liquor that aids the growth of specialist bacteria, which in turn give the cheeses their characteristic sticky and pungent outer coating. The aromas are usually far stronger than the actual taste of these cheeses, but they do have quite an impact on our senses! Matching a beer with this type of cheese requires ales with plenty of character. Because these cheeses often contain floral or fruity notes, a Perry or artisan cider can be an ideal pairing – try Dunkertons Perry from Hereford with some Burwash Rose from Sussex. Even blue cheeses, which traditionally are paired with red wine and port, can benefit from an ale accompaniment. Blue cheeses tend to offer a saltiness with tangy overtones that demand a full-bodied ale with some character. IPAs and strong English ales can hold up to these stronger cheeses admirably. Similarly, some of the stronger ewe’s blues would suit a Porter or Stout style ale as the strong, bitter nature of the ale has a heavily roasted flavour profile that complements the cheeses well. Stouts and Porters also suit nutty cheeses such as Lord of the Hundreds, a Manchego-style ewe’s cheese from East Sussex. Kick off the summer season with a winning combination of great British ale and your favourite type of cheese, a perfect choice on a balmy summer’s day as part of a picnic! FIND OUT MORE

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Asparagus - spears of joy There is always a sense of eager anticipation at Secretts Farm when the first purple green spears of asparagus push their way through the soil. The farm workers know that it heralds the start of six to eight weeks of back-breaking work as the spears are picked and graded out in the fields. The precious harvest is then transported direct to the Farm

Shop where it is piled high on the shelves. Secretts has been growing asparagus on the farm in Milford for over 30 years and has built a reputation for the quality of the crop. Depending on the weather, the season usual starts towards the end of April and lasts just eight weeks,

Asparagus Frittata Ingredients 1 bundle of asparagus spears (approx. 450g), woody stem removed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion ďŹ nely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 6 eggs, beaten 125g crumbled feta cheese 125g pancetta cubed 100g boiled potatoes, sliced Handful of basil leaves Serves 4

This is lovely as a light lunch with friends. It is very quick and easy to prepare and is best served with a glass of chilled white wine! 1. Blanch the asparagus spears in in boiling water for three minutes. Plunge straight into cold water to keep the bright green colour, drain and set aside. 2. In a heavy based frying pan, sautĂŠ the onion and garlic over a gentle heat until softened and golden. Add the onion and garlic mix to the beaten eggs and season well. Mix the crumbled feta into the egg mixture. 3. Fry the pancetta in a splash of oil until crisp, add the asparagus spears, potatoes and roughly torn basil leaves. Pour over the egg mixture and cook over a medium heat until nearly set.

4. Place the pan under a hot grill to finish off the top. 5. Cut into slices and serve with fresh crusty bread and a green salad.

Warm Asparagus with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmesan shavings This simple dish makes a wonderful dinner party starter and really does celebrate the ďŹ&#x201A;avour of asparagus. 1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and keep warm. 2. Add the butter and pine nuts to a cold frying pan and heat gently. Make sure the butter does not burn, but just turns a golden brown and begins to foam slightly. Add the lemon juice, give a quick stir and remove from the heat. 3. Arrange the asparagus spears on to four plates and spoon a little of the butter and pine nut mixture over the top of each plate. 34

4. Shave the parmesan over the top and serve immediately.

Ingredients 24 spears of best grade asparagus (woody end removed) 100g unsalted butter 75g pine nuts Juice of 1 lemon 35g parmesan Serves 4

FOOD so it really is a case of enjoying it while it’s here. There is no doubt that the flavour is best when the asparagus is super fresh. For the freshest possible, you can even Pick Your Own (PYO) at Secretts; harvest your bundle and take it straight home to cook… you really cannot get fresher than that!

25g butter 1 bundle of asparagus (approx. 450g) chopped with the woody end discarded 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 generous handfuls of fresh spinach 750mls of vegetable stock Toasted croutons and a little Single cream to drizzle Serves 4

VantagePoint readers can enjoy a 10% discount on asparagus both in the Farm Shop or at the PYO. To claim the discount, visit our voucher page at to download your voucher or just show them your copy of the May edition of VantagePoint. Secretts Farm Shop and PYO is at Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, nr Godalming, Surrey GU8 5HU. Tel 01483 520500.

Asparagus Soup Ingredients


This vibrant soup is bursting with colour and flavour. It’s an excellent way to use second grade asparagus spears. 1. Fry the asparagus in the melted butter in a large pan for a few minutes to soften. 2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring all the time. 3. Add the spinach and pour over the stock, bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and blitz with a hand blender. 4. Season generously with sea salt and black pepper. If it needs it add a little more hot water to achieve the desired consistency. 5. Ladle into bowls and drizzle with a little of the cream and sprinkle with a handful of croutons.

6. Serve immediately with warm granary bread

Asparagus and Ham Tartlets These tasty tartlets would make a delicious starter or could be packed up for a springtime picnic… 1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Whisk together eggs and cream and season well, set aside. 2. Brush each sheet of filo with the melted butter, then cut into 8 equal squares. 3. Layer three sheets of filo at different angles into the holes of a muffin tin. 4. Divide the sliced asparagus, ham and most of the chives into the pastry cases and pour the egg mixture over the top. 5. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and just set. Sprinkle April 2014

with the remaining chives and serve immediately.

Ingredients 3 large eggs 150ml double cream 3 large filo sheets 75g butter, melted 250g asparagus, woody stems removed, sliced 90g ham shredded (available from Secretts Deli counter) Small bunch fresh chives, chopped Makes 8 tartlets



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With Matthew Pottage, Garden Manager at RHS Garden Wisley

Bright and shining bulbs Bulbs can give an exciting second dimension to any border, pot or green wall and one of the things that makes them so attractive is their simplicity. You can just buy a net of bulbs, poke them into a small space and wait; however, with a bit of extra care, they can give great value for money long term as well. Many bulbous plants are very forgiving and can reposition themselves into the correct orientation if disturbed or incorrectly planted. They can also pull themselves to the correct depth with the assistance of strong fibrous roots. Once bulbs have finished flowering, which is called ‘green leaf’ stage, they should be fed to assist with flower production for next year. You can give them a liquid feed, or simply distribute some granular feed around them. Green leaf stage

is also a good time to lift congested clumps of bulbs and space them apart, as overcrowding can start to hamper their performance if they are left unchecked. Once you’ve finished your bulbous housekeeping, head to your local nursery to look at late flowering summer bulbs, such as lilies and gladioli, which can be planted now for a mid to late summer display. At Wisley we’ve just planted a huge drift of white regal lilies through a north-facing border where the long, elegant, scent-filled trumpets will bring a sophisticated end to the summer. If you want to be the envy of your gardening neighbours, seek out the Turk’s cap or Lilium martagon (left) – it has flowers like miniature lilies arranged on a tall stem like a chandelier – quite a conversation point.

Blossom for every garden This year has been a great one for cherry blossom, and even those without an interest in plants must have noticed at least a few trees by the roadside, from a train or on their street. Cherries are an excellent way to bring some blossom into a smaller garden . They don’t need a hot summer to flower spectacularly and have the bonus of standing up rather well to cold weather. Wisley has had a lovely succession of cherries, so if you’re thinking of getting one, now is the time to see what takes your fancy and what you could accommodate in your patch before planting in the autumn. 36

Some of my favourites include the very early flowering cultivar Prunus ‘Kursar’ (above), followed by the pure white P. ‘Shirotae’, which has a spreading habit. If you have a tiny garden, the neat and well behaved P. ‘Pandora’ is always a spectacle, or if you only have a tight space and need something skinny, choose P. ‘Amanogawa’ which is sometimes aptly called ‘the flagpole cherry’ Fi-

nally, be sure to check out P. ‘Felix Jury’ – a personal favourite of mine with a dark pink, almost red flower that reminds me of a cherry inspired dessert – how appropriate! FIND OUT MORE

RHS Garden Wisley is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. Visit to find out more.



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company after 1946. The restoration means that the huge building, which houses the Stratosphere Chamber and the Museum’s world-class collection of aero engines, is now fully open to the public as an exhibition space for the first time. The Chamber forms part of the Museum visitor experience and is included in the general admission price. Charges for entry are: Adults: £11, Students/Seniors £10, Children (5-16 yrs) £6, Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £30. See: for details of events, videos and news or download the new free app available for iPhone and Android – search for ‘Brooklands Museum’.

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It seems incredible that in a complex as large as the hospital there is not a 7m x 4m space available for this very valuable service, but apparently that is the case. So the Radio Station is looking for such a space that needs to be either on site or even in another part of Guildford. The rent would of course need to be very low or indeed free. If you can help do get in touch with them on 01483 531057 or .If you would like to share your experiences of Radio Lion do leave them on their facebook page www. You can also send a tweet using Twitter @savehrl with hashtag #savehrl What a huge shame, and I would say a rather damning indictment it would be if RSCH were to lose their radio station. Vivace Chorus’s next concert on Sunday 18th May at 7.30pm is rather a big affair in the Royal Albert Hall. It’s Vivace’s promotion, singing Verdi’s Requiem and they are having 400 singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be a grand occasion in one of the best known venues in the world, so don’t miss it. Coaches are going up from Guildford for the excellent price of £12 return, door to door! Contact tickets@vivacechorus. org or 07958 519741 for coach tickets and or 020 7589 8212 for concert tickets. Prices range from £8 to £44. I think I wrote about bell ringing in the March edition and apparently there was some good response. However Compton Ringers would like to entice a few more of you to this unusual but very enjoyable pastime. If you live reasonably near Compton and would like to find out more about ringing and what it involves, contact Phil Gorton on 01483 420763 or email You would be welcome to go along to a practice session and see how it’s done. Compton ringers practise on a Tuesday evening, followed by some liquid replacement therapy for those who wish. Bell ringers are a sociable lot! If you live elsewhere, there will be a nearby band of ringers who would be delighted to meet you. Have a look at the ringing website for more information:

Now in its 6th year, The Sculpture Garden is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey with over 150 exhibits by 50 sculptors set in the glorious grounds of Birtley House, which are not normally open to the public. It will run from Saturday 3rd May to Sunday 1st June daily from 11am to 5pm. Entrance is free (they encourage donations to the Community Foundation for Surrey) and all sculpture is for sale. There is a children’s quiz, refreshments are available and dogs on leads are welcome. Birtley House is situated in Bramley, GU5 0LB (just 5 miles south of Guildford on the A281). Tel: 01483 899513. More information on the website In need of inspiration and enthusiasm for your DIY efforts? Then the Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society may have the answer. Why not join them for their next lecture, by Mrs Diana Lloyd, entitled ‘The Historical Use of Wallpaper in the British Interior 1685 – Today’ on Thursday 15th May at Shalford Village Hall and learn about the development of wallpaper from a cheap alternative to fabrics to the art papers of today – and refresh your ideas? The lecture starts at 10.45am, with refreshments from 9.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. There are also special interest days, visits and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual Membership is £38.75 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01483 564077 for more information or visit their website at DAiSYfest 2014 will take place at G Live on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th June, bringing innovative performance and art from the country’s leading disabled artists to Guildford. Over two days, G Live will come alive with performances, interactive installations, dance and drama workshops, cabaret, music, and short film screenings. Tickets for the Wednesday evening performance are priced at £12 (concessions £8), and are available from G Live on 0844 7701 797 or at Full

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The walk 1. At the far end of the car park go through an unneeded gate next to a large single-bar gate. Continue on a fine grassy path that gradually descends to join a wider track coming from the right and continue straight ahead. In a short distance, the gravel track begins to rise and passes close to a wooden gate and a field on the right. About 30m further up the track, look out for a post with a blue arrow at a crossing path. Turn right here. 2. You are now on part of the Roughs Nature Trail. In 60m the path forks at another post. Take the left fork, the higher of the two options. The path curves left, goes past a bench and through rhododendrons. Follow the path all the way to a sunken crossing path. Continue straight over on a narrow path. The path widens, passes another post and curves left by a fence. On reaching a wide gravel track, turn right. Follow the track to a gate and continue ahead on a fenced path. The uncut grass in the meadow on the right has encouraged a large number of skylarks to nest. The path takes you through another gate and down to a lane. Turn left arriving shortly past cottages into the village of Abinger Hammer. 3. Cross the busy road and turn right by the antique shop. In a few metres, opposite is one of the gems of Surrey, the house of Old Hatch Farm, with its ancient walls and roof, looking untouched by the last two centuries. Turn left opposite the house on a track that leads over the Tillingbourne river. The track ends at a fork of two sunken bridleways next to a gate. Take the left fork. The path soon goes past the remains of a stile on the right. 60m further, turn left through an unneeded stile. The path runs at first parallel to the bridleway. Then, at a signpost, it turns left across the field. There are fine views left to the North Downs. At the end, the path goes over a rugged stile (now unneeded) and turns right by a fence and then left and down, with a field on the right, to a road. 4. Cross the road carefully over a stile opposite and over a bridge on an ascending fenced path. Oxmoor Copse on the right (not on the route) belongs to the Woodland Trust. Go over another stile and follow a clear path across the field. Your path takes you over a 40

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stile and across a narrow field, soon following some overhead wires. On reaching a T junction with a three-way signpost, turn right, effectively straight ahead, passing a two-way signpost. At the next three-way signpost, do not go through the wide gap ahead but turn right on a path with a field on the right, following the wires. The path becomes sunken and darkened by holly trees on either side. Note the stone sculpture in the garden on the right belonging to the house “Sheiling”. The path passes the garden of the pub and leads down to a road. Turn right, arriving immediately at the Volunteer pub. 5. From the pub, continue along the road, ignoring a road on the left, past the charming cottages of Sutton (“south settlement”) Abinger. At a T-junction, turn right. In 50m, turn left on a footpath up some steps. As you proceed, it is worth glancing back at the merry sight of the Volunteer snug in the valley. At the top, turn left on a lane. In 20m, turn right through a barrier on a footpath. At the end of the footpath, go over a stile and turn left on a road heading towards the exclusive settlement of Sutton Place. Just after a side turning, turn right on a footpath alongside a fence. The path runs between houses and gardens and reaches a residential lane where it goes straight ahead and continues later on a grassy path down to a stile. Go down to the bottom of the valley and at the end of a fence, still in the valley, turn left at a crossing path, indicated by a yellow arrow on a post. 6. The path runs along the pleasant valley. At the end, go over a stile or through a gate, cross a tarmac drive and continue straight ahead on a narrow path. There are houses and gardens on the left and deep woods on the right. The path enters woodland proper via a wooden barrier. It soon approaches a sandy track on the right. Avoid the sandy track by continuing on the woodland path ahead. Soon you reach the public car park by Holmbury Youth Hostel. 7. With the car park on your left, keep straight ahead and immediately avoid several smaller crossing paths. After about

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weir bridge with the Tillingbourne and water meadows on each side. Go through the gate and continue ahead with water meadows of the Tillingbourne on show on your left. After some distance the broad path comes to a signposted fork. Fork right going uphill. The path flattens and eventually descends to cross a water meadow. In spring there are copious bluebells here. It then curves right by a fence to a stile leading into a field. Go ahead, slightly right, aiming to the right of a brown hut and another stile. The track leads out to the main A25 road by the Wotton Hatch. 11. Go straight over the main road and down  a lane, ignoring a footpath right, to the church of St John The Evangelist, Wotton. The hamlet of Wotton is very scattered so it is not surprising that the church stands alone, overlooking a broad sweep of the North Downs. Go through the churchyard, ignoring the footpath left. After passing the church on your right, go over a stile in the fence on the left and turn right to rejoin the fenced footpath, now running between fields. After a hazel hedge the path passes through a wood of beeches, larches and scots pines (more bluebells in spring), goes through a gate and across a field, usually of oats. At the other side, at a junction of tracks, turn left on a bridleway. 12. Fork right on the bridleway towards the large ancient barn of Park Farm, with the bright cream coloured farmhouse on your right, and pass between the venerable buildings. The path goes beside a field, round the field corner and reaches a road. Cross the road, slightly left, to a marked bridleway opposite. Follow the bridleway, shortly arriving at the Wilberforce Monument which commemorates the death of Bishop Wilberforce. From the monument, turn left uphill back to the car park.

DISTANCE:8.75 miles OS MAPS: OS Explorers 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. GRID REFERENCE: TQ103479 STARTING POINT: Abinger Roughs car park, Whitedown Lane, Abinger Hammer RH5 6QS. This walk is taken from with kind permission. It can also be downloaded from that website with more detailed mapping.

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details of the festival programme including booking information for free events and workshops - can be found at or you can follow @daisyfest on twitter for regular updates, or find Disability Arts in Surrey on Facebook. An exhibition of contemporary ceramics by celebrated art pottery, Lyngard Ceramics, opened at the Old Pottery Gallery, Watts Gallery Estate in April and runs until 25th May. Bringing together Arts and Crafts inspired vases, lamps, chargers and pendant lights, the exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to buy unique pieces, many decorated in the exquisite lustre glaze for which Lyngard Ceramics has gained an illustrious reputation. The exhibition is located in the original Compton Pottery buildings on the Watts Gallery Estate, and all profits from exhibitions held in the Old Pottery Gallery will be used to support the costs of the Art for All learning programme and exhibitions in Watts Gallery. The exhibition is open daily, 10.30am – 5.15pm, with free entry. Prices for Lyngard Ceramics range from £115. For further information, please visit I know some of us thought that we were not entitled to compensation from SSE because we were not off for 48 hours, but this is not the case. Anyone who had no power for any time on Christmas Day is entitled to £75. We’ve received our cheque! The web address to fill in the form online is or if people would rather call, the number is 0800 980 1395. It is a voicemail system so leave name, address and phone number and they will call you back. Bonne chance! Bramley Music is holding another concert by talented local musicians – those who went to ‘From Hamburg to Hollywood’ and ‘Home Grown’ will know what treats are in store. Madeleine and Sarah Pickering (violin and piano), John Parsons (violin), Alan Newcombe (piano), Martin Hollister and Stuart White (piano duets) will be providing a rich variety of music for you to enjoy! The concert is on Sunday 10th May at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley. For your 42

diary, percussionist Tom Hollister and friends return on Saturday 28th June at 7.30pm for an evening of jazz. Although the Guildford Natural History Society doesn’t have talks at the Guildford Institute during the summer months, they still meet regularly for walks and coach outings to places of interest. For further details call Vanessa McClure on 01483 303417. French glassmakers are the subject of the next lecture of the West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Tuesday 27th May. In her lecture, ‘Galle, Lalique and their Contemporary French Glassmakers’, Diana Lloyd looks at the work of Lalique and Galle and their influence on their contemporaries. Galle’s beautiful one off pieces in the Art Nouveau style and Lalique’s superb glass, designed in the Art Deco style, were an inspiration to many 20th century studio glassmakers. If you have been amazed by the Lalique glass sometimes seen on the Antiques Roadshow, or on display in our country houses, go along and learn more. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45 am for coffee. Lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2014 can be found on their website For more information ring 01483 811671.


12th May with a guest speaker from the University of Surrey new Veterinary School. They are having a stall at Brook Village Fête on Monday 26th May. Rabbit Awareness Week is 10th to 18th May. This aims to raise the profile of rabbits as pets and encourage owners to seek the right advice on rabbit nutrition and healthcare. Local vets will be offering free rabbit health checks and there will be local RSPCA rabbit welfare displays at the Chelsea Building Society in Guildford High Street, Pets at Home in Godalming, Pets Corner in Guildford and many local vet practices. For full details of events you can email them at rspcaguildfordanddistrict@gmail. com or call on 07906 924002. For more information please see www.

On Saturday 12th July, We Love To Dance and friends will present their charity fundraising show ‘Time to Shine’, at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse. There will be two performances, 3pm and 7.30pm, with a programme of singing, dancing and a little bit of magic. The aim, as well as putting on a great show, is to raise lots of money for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Help for Heroes. Tickets go on sale in May and are priced at £14.50. Please email welovetodance. for tickets.

Do you teach French or speak it passably? Les Amitiés Françaises de Waverley are a mixed group of French and English people who meet regularly for talks and events celebrating French culture, including an annual outing and a decidedly festive AGM. Anyone who would like to find out more about them is welcome to go along to one of their talks, which are given in French. On Thursday 8th May at 7.30pm at their usual venue, the Baptist Hall, GU8 1BA, Constance Bantman will be talking about ‘Les Restaurants Françaises – Il faut vivre pour manger et non pas…’ Since just about everybody who speaks French is a foodophile, they anticipate a good turn out, so remember there is a car park nearby in Croft Road, as well as the small one behind the Baptist Hall. May is a bumper month, with another excellent speaker, Elizabeth le Douze, talking about ‘Edouard Manet - Entre Classicism et Modernité’, on Thursday 22nd May at the Baptist Hall at 7.30 pm. Visitors pay £6 for each talk, which includes coffee and biscuits, but entry is free for those who have paid a modest £27 to join Amities Françaises for the year. Contact John Petty on john., or 01483 861974.

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RSPCA - Guildford & District Branch What does the RSPCA do? The RSPCA helps all animals: pets, farm animals, wild animals, and animals used in laboratories. We campaign for change in existing practices and laws to improve animal welfare. We provide information, advice and education services. We rescue animals in distress and enforce laws against their cruel mistreatment. We nurse ill-treated or injured animals back to health. The Guildford and District Branch promotes welfare in the local area. We run a scheme which assists people on low incomes, or in financial difficulty, with vet bills. We re-home animals brought to us when their owners are unable to keep them. Where possible we use fosterers to care for them prior to re-homing. We pay for the treatment of stray animals and wildlife. All the work of the Branch is carried out by unpaid volunteers. How can I help? We need people like you to help promote kindness and prevent cruelty. You would be surprised at how many different ways there are to achieve this. We need donations so we can rescue abandoned or abused animals. You could volunteer for an hour at a promotional event and increase awareness of welfare issues. Invite a friend along too! Children could get crafting or hold a bake sale. You could become a fosterer or help us find animals loving new homes. You could sell raffle tickets for us or organise your own fundraising event. We also need people to help with schools and youth groups to educate the next generation to respect and care for animals. There are loads of other ideas on our website, and you can find out more details by going to

Snip and Chip your cat Animal welfare organisations have high numbers of unwanted cats. This can easily be avoided by caring owners. You may have heard that it is good for cats to have a litter of kittens before they are spayed but this isn’t true. Cats can get pregnant while still a kitten and siblings will mate with each other. Go to the vet for an operation called spaying to prevent this. Spaying at four months will leave a female free to do all the things cats enjoy doing. Male cats can have a simple operation called the snip. This can stop smelly unpleasant spraying in your home, prevent nasty injuries from fights, and protect from a disease called FIV. On our Facebook page you will see lots of postings for lost cats. If your cat is microchipped you have a much better chance of being reunited if it is lost. Vets will scan a stray cat for free and the microchip will trace the owner’s contact details. Because you care, remember to spay or snip, microchip, vaccinate, worm and deflea your pet.

If you can offer an animal a loving new home, please visit our website where you can find out about the animals in our care needing a home. ‘Like’ us on Facebook and share our messages and appeals: Come along to support our forthcoming events: Thursday 8th May Fundraising Quiz Night from 8pm at The Stoke Pub & Pizzeria, 103 Stoke Rd, Guildford. Monday 12th May 7.30pm Branch Annual General Meeting, Shalford Village Hall. Guest speaker from the University of Surrey’s new Veterinary School. Monday 19th May Fundraising Bucket Collection at Farncombe railway station. Monday 26th May local RSPCA stall at Brook Village Fête. May 2014

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There are a couple of great jazz gigs coming up in May. On Wednesday 7th May Guildford Jazz present Chris Biscoe at Jazz @ The Cavern, The Freeholder’s, St. John’s St, Farncombe, GU7 3EJ. Saxophonist Chris Biscoe is well known for his collaborations and recordings that pay tribute to the music of some of the giants of jazz. Doors 8pm, Music from 8.30pm Tickets £12/£10 in advance, from www. or Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334. Then on Tuesday 13th May Mark Crooks and Colin Oxley will be playing at the Electric Theatre Jazz Café, Onslow Street, Guildford, GU1 4SZ. It starts at 7.30pm and supper is available from 6pm. Tickets £10 from Electric Theatre box office on 01483 444789. FIND OUT MORE

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VINTAGE POLICE PANDA CAR FOR HIRE Other vintage vehicles and police cars available. Please call 07910 344081 or email






Direct Roofing Services

• Family Business • All work guaranteed • Free quote • References on request

No job too small or too big • Honest and trustworthy Please call

01483 789548 DIRECT INDUSTRIAL AND MAINTENANCE LTD Office No. 266 • Guildford • Surrey • GU1 2AG • Company Reg. 8847883

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Professional Window Cleaning Services • Domestic & Commercial Work Undertaken


Additional Cleaning Services Undertaken • Internal Windows • Gutters Cleared of Debris • Hard to Reach Areas – No problem • UPVC Facia Boards • Conservatory Roofs • Solar Panels

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£16,000 ONO

New, handmade Shepherds Hut built to a traditional design. Many unique features. Suitable for shepherds, garden retreat, teenagers den, writers sanctuary, man cave! Must see to appreciate the craftsmanship. Solid steel chassis, turntable and towing eyes, built by local blacksmith; corrugated steel polyester coated exterior: T&G interior; woodburner; double bed. Original cast iron wheels. Built using local suppliers.

Tel: 07944 562535

We survived and Cornwall is open for business! Local family run company Services include: Hedge trimming, grass cutting, weeding, regular maintenance, one‐off tidy ups, fencing, driveways, landscaping, and general outdoor repairs. All rubbish taken away. Fully insured. Tel: 07925 625392 Email: Web: FREE QUOTATIONS ‐ REFERENCES AVAILABLE

Iyengar Yoga classes in Peaslake for all -Build up strength -Become more flexible -Prevent injuries -Relax, de-stress Contact Rachel for more information 07815 590651 May 2014


No answer? Leave us your number and we’re always happy to ring you back. Sorry, no pets & smoking

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BUSINESS CARDS Godalming & Guildford Heating Services • • • •

Central Heating Installations Boiler Replacements Service & Repair Power Flushing

Boiler problems? Call your local heating specialists

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Lawnmowers for Sale Flymo Hover Compact 330 £25 Black & Decker GX530C 30cm Cut £25 Both in very good condition Window Wizard_Layout 1 12/11/2012 18:46 Page 1 Collect Nr. Milford. Tel: 01483 420300


Broken down sealed units... New hinges, fire & child safety... New mechanisms, windows & doors... Patio door repairs... Broken handles.... Front & back doors dropped... Drafts & leaks on your windows...

No call out charge.

Got something dirty? - no time to clean it ? - take your cleaning to:

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Ovens ‘n’ Stuff For the cleaning of domestic ovens, hobs, extractors, microwaves and free standing cookers. We specialise in AGA/Rayburn and range cleaning. Prices from £30 for a basic oven clean

Tel: 078 078 16 347

We also clean fridges, freezers, dishwashers, showers, and Baths.

We love doing the jobs you hate!

Find me at : www. & Based in Godalming, Surrey. Est 2009

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ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED Retired professional gentleman based in Dorset seeks accommodation within 8 miles of Godalming. Kitchenette and bedroom would be ideal.

Home visits, lunch time meetings. We come to you.

Tel: 01300 321253 M: 07786 683244

01483 564833


Wills. Lasting Powers of Attorney. Estate Planning. Court of Protection.




TICKETS TO SOUTHERN PRO MUSICA’S ‘CARNIVAL!’ A year ago Southern Pro Musica was awarded the contract to provide classical music for the Guildford Borough.

VantagePoint has teamed up with renowned gastro pub The Jolly Farmers at Buckland near Dorking to offer a £100 VIP dining experience to this month’s competition winner. Our winner and a guest will be greeted with an aperitif on arrival followed by their choice of sharing platter from the “Weekend Extra Special” range, which includes delicacies such as lobster, chateaubriand and local game, all washed down with a bottle of house wine. Then for a happy ending, there’s a fabulous choice of desserts or local cheeses and freshly ground coffee. To win, simply answer the following question: Q: Where is the Jolly Farmers? Please enter online at by 31st May 2014.

This is your chance to win two VIP tickets to Southern Pro Musica’s ‘CARNIVAL!’ concert at Holy Trinity Church Guildford on Friday June 20th. Your prize includes two VIP tickets, complimentary programmes and interval drinks (including the unique Carnival Cocktail created just for this concert), plus the chance to meet the performers. This concert will be compèred by James Cannon from BBC Radio Surrey. To win, simply answer the following question: Q: What programme does James present every weekday morning? Please enter online at by 31st May 2014. Winners will be notified by Friday June 6th. More information on or book on 01483 444334.


Come and cheer on England’s polo players when they take on South America in the St. Regis International Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst, on Saturday 17th May! The senior international match starts at 2.30pm and is followed by The Family Traditions match with polo-playing fathers and sons competing. With trade stands, bars, food, and a mini children’s funfair, entry is £15 per head (under 12s free). Pitch side picnic spots are pre-bookable. For advance tickets visit or call the Polo Office on 01730 813257. Q: Where is Cowdray Park Polo Club? To win one of six pairs of tickets, please enter online at by 12th May 2014.

Please enter online at Postal entries can be sent to us at the address given on page four. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine,Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering.You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties.The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU and KT postcode.

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TIME TO MOVE? The Partners cordially invite you to accept their offer to provide a confidential

Free Market Valuation of your current home

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VantagePoint Magazine May 2014 - Guildford & Villages  
VantagePoint Magazine May 2014 - Guildford & Villages  

The local magazine published by local people for the local community