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Guildford & Villages • May 2015

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TO THE POINT Humphrey writes... As I write this, the sun is shining and it feels like summer is visiting us early, although by the time you read this all could have changed. It has been lovely seeing young children out playing with balls and other things for me to chase or steal. A new favourite is to go and seek out the fishermen on the banks of the River Wey or at Frensham Little Pond, with their packed lunches not so well hidden in their small tents. Not so sure about those wiggly yellow things they have lying around however.

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Martha’s and Newlands Corner. The Ed is also promising me a trip to the seaside, either the Witterings or Climping, both within easy reach. Sounds like there might be lots of children to play with there too I hope and the odd picnic lying around, although I’m not sure I fancy the summer salads in this edition...

On that note, the Ed and I are writing a feature on best places in the local area to walk dogs safely and pleasurably, so please email and let Stefan Reynolds us know your favourite walks for all seasons Editor & Publisher and and we will try and incorporate them in the article. If you can recommend any dog Now the weather is getting better and the evelocal magazine friendly pubs, the Ed would also love to hear nings are lighter, we have lots of excursions The produced by local planned now that I can walk a bit further. Box people for the local from you! Hill and Blackdown are certainties as are St community, Contact the editor:

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We’re really enjoying the longer days and, at last, the warmer weather and are looking forward to having the first BBQ. It’s only a couple of weeks to go until the General Election; but I shan’t be sorry when it’s all over, whichever way it goes. Many thanks for all your Jottings and for sending attachments in the ‘Word’ format, which has really helped. With half- term and two Bank Holidays coming up in May, there’s quite a lot going on for us all to enjoy. A new children’s nature trail featuring the collectable toy brand Sylvanian Families, is to open at Hatchlands Park, the National Trust property in Merrow, on Friday 1st May as part of the global 30th anniversary celebrations for the toy range. Free to all National Trust members or paying visitors to Hatchlands Park, the Sylvanian Families Nature Trail leads families with young children through an area of recently planted woodland. Equipped with an activity sheet collected at the entrance to the park, budding young nature-goers can have fun spotting the familiar Sylvanian characters Freya Chocolate Rabbit and Ralph Walnut Squirrel, who appear on specially designed signs along the trail. For further information on Sylvanian Families 30th or activities that are going on to mark the anniversary visit The Sculpture Garden runs from Saturday 2nd – Sunday 31st May. In its seventh year and with over 150 exhibits in a wide variety of media, this is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey. Exhibits are set within the beautiful gardens of Birtley House, which are not normally open to the public. It’s open daily from 11am–5pm. Entrance and parking are free (donations to the Community Foundation for Surrey who support local voluntary and community projects). Refreshments available and all sculpture is for sale. There is also a children’s quiz. Some areas are suitable for wheelchairs and dogs on leads are welcome. Birtley House in Bramley GU5 0LB is just 5 miles south of Guildford on the A281. For further details call 01483 899513 or


email Website: www. With spring flowers in full bloom, warmer weather on the way, Bank Holiday weekends and half-term school holidays to look forward to, May is the ideal time to get outdoors, discover new locations and try new things. This May there is a raft of activities for all the family with the National Trust as well as plenty of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ adventures like kite flying, den building and rock pooling. Find out more and take the 50 Things challenge at For more information on National Trust events, visit their website at Guildford Rambling Club is meeting on Sunday 3rd May at 10.15am in Elsted (Hants) for an 8 mile figure of 8 walk and on Sunday 17th May for a 9 mile walk, meeting at Shalford. The Club is also meeting at the Punch Bowl café in Hindhead at 10am on Thursday 21st May for a 5 mile morning walk and at 10am on Sunday 31st May near Arundel for an 11.5 mile walk. Visitors are welcome. For details of these and other walks, see www. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Abinger Hammer (RH56QX) will be on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May from 12 noon4pm. It’s in aid of Peaslake School and Surrey Hills School. There will be lots of stalls and attractions for the family, with a range of refreshments including the ever-growing BBQ stand, Pimms, gorgeous home-made teas in the Abinger cricket club’s pavilion. Family favourites include the popular teddy bear fancy dress classes which this year has the theme of Star Wars, a coconut shy, the Pooh stick championship and duck racing on Tillingbourne Stream. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, pony rides and both an adult and children’s tombola. All children will have an opportunity to take part in some fabulous arts and crafts on the day. Don’t forget to take a picnic blanket and some cushions with you to make yourselves comfortable on the

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Bumblebees Bumblebees are endearing and familiar insects. Their animated behaviour and deep buzz as they fly from flower-toflower makes them a delight to watch, says Jack Hebden.

quite untroubled by them as they zoomed about their business. They happily ignored me completely.

Sadly though, our bumblebees have been declining because of changes in agricultural practices that have largely removed flowers from the landscape, leaving the bumblebees with little to feed upon. Most UK species have declined greatly in recent years, and two have become extinct in the UK since 1940.

I think that ‘my‘ decking bumblebees were Buff-tailed bumblebees which are apparently quite common. I hadn’t realised until recently just how many different bumblebees there are and some are quite rare and threatened. There are 250 different species worldwide but there are six or so that we are likely to see here in the South East.

Last summer, to my consternation, I discovered that I had obviously got a bumblebee nest under some decking and another nest in the front door porch roof. In both places there were frantic comings and goings all the time. As it turns out I needn’t have worried and I found sitting outside watching the action fascinating and entertaining; it was like a non-stop miniature Heathrow. Those taking off quickly climbed away to a good height, at least house roof height, and then they seemed to get their bearings and head off to their chosen pollen source. I thought that their flight paths would be random but no, there seemed to be two distinct directions and they were quite different. Some went one way and some the other but they didn’t just fly around aimlessly. The hive under the decking had prompted my interest because I could sit there almost on top of them watching and yet be 8

If you look at the following pictures you will, I hope, be able to identify the bees in your garden. They are so busy gathering pollen that they won’t trouble you at this time of year, but they may become a bit more of a bother in late summer when they have less work to do and are looking for mischief. Our flower and fruit gardens are becoming increasingly important to wild bees as the necessarily commercial management of farmland makes that less and less attractive to them. Take the time to look at the bees in your garden. They are really worth it.

Bumblebees of the South East – 6 Common Species Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris Queens are very large and common in early spring. Workers have a largely white tail, but usually with a hint of buff at the front margin. Yellow bands are slightly darker/dirtier than in the White-tailed bumblebee. Early bumblebee, Bombus pratorum A small bee, often nesting in bird boxes for tits. The yellow band on the abdomen is sometimes missing in females. Colonies are very short-lived producing males as early as May. Rarely seen from July onwards. Common carder bee, Bombus pascuorum Abundant everywhere, the only common all-brown bumblebee. Can generally be distinguished from the much rarer Brownbanded carder by the presence of some black hairs on the sides of the abdomen. White-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lucorum A common bee, often nesting under garden sheds. Distinguished from the similar Buff-tailed bumblebee by pure white tails and lemon yellow bands.

Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius Very common on chalk downland, frequently found in gardens. Distinguished from the much rarer Red-shanked carder bee by black hairs of pollen basket on hind legs.

Garden bumblebee, Bombus hortorum A very long-tongued species preferring deep flowers (such as foxgloves, delphiniums, honeysuckle). Distinguished from the generally smaller Heath bumblebee by much longer face when viewed from the front.

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As part of Clandon Park’s craft season, the members of the West Surrey Spinners will be exhibiting and demonstrating their crafts there from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 17th May. There will also be the opportunity for you to try your hand at spinning fleece into thread and weaving thread into cloth! Normal admission applies. See www.nationaltrust. or call 01483 222482 for details. Also look out for the new special craft workshops coming in June – calligraphy, bookbinding and screen and block printing. More details can be found on the website. On Tuesday 5th May, The Electric Theatre Jazz Café features Trudy Kerr. Trudy is renowned as one of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists and has released ten albums on the Jazzizit Record Label. She has collaborated both live and in the studio with world class musicians. Appearing with Trudy for her gig at the Jazz Cafe are Andrea Vicari on piano and Sebastian de Krom on drums. It takes place at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Music 7.30pm Tickets £12. Call the box office on 01483 444789. The Guildford Astronomical Society recently had an enjoyable evening with a large number of the public on their free evening at Newlands Corner. There were excellent views of Jupiter and its moon, the Great Orion Nebula and of course our own moon. On Thursday 7th May, Dr Leigh Fletcher, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Oxford University, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Realm of the Giants: New Views of the Outer Solar System’ including upcoming missions to Jupiter and our

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Sarah Bain, a Trustee of Haslemere Museum, reflects on the Museum’s contribution to the local area and the challenges of running it. Haslemere Educational Museum, now over 125 years old, was founded in 1888 by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson FRS, an eminent London surgeon who lived in Haslemere. By travelling widely and purchasing at auction, Sir Jonathan built up an extraordinary collection of artefacts. Having some very progressive ideas on education for the time, he was convinced that the best way people could learn was by seeing and handling objects, and wanted to make his collection Above: A view through the Natural History Gallery Below: Haslemere Educational Museum from the High Street

accessible to as many people as possible. His first museum was in an outbuilding at his private home, but his Sunday afternoon guided tours became so popular he had to move it to a dedicated site, originally on Museum Hill. We have occupied our imposing Georgian building on Haslemere High Street since 1926, and our collections, started by Sir Jonathan and now drawn from all over the world, are so extensive that we are sometimes, rather flatteringly, referred to as a mini-British Museum. But if to you the very word ‘museum’ conjures up an image of somewhere children need to be on their best behaviour and adults quiet, knowledgeable and rather earnest, then read on and perhaps you will think again. Our Collections and Special Treasures: For a start, our collections really are extensive with a staggering 400,000 objects. It is unusual for a provincial museum to hold important collections unless their origins are local. But Haslemere Museum holds three broad categories of significant merit: Natural History, Geology and Human History: each has its own dedicated gallery. Our Natural History collection is the largest in South East England and includes some outlandish taxidermy specimens. These include a 3m crocodile, our mascot, a Siberian Brown Bear known as Arthur, and a Giant Japanese Spider Crab, pictured overleaf, which is 3ft high and very scary. Just as captivating, but less alarming, is our fabulous butterfly collection with specimens from all over the world. Our Geology collection is largely of minerals and fossils. The gallery is organised on a timeline explaining topics such as the

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solar system and formation of fossils. Prize exhibits include a meteorite, a Burgess shale fossil, a Moa skeleton (an extinct New Zealand bird) and, closer to home, an intriguing 3-D model of Haslemere’s Black Down hills. A star feature of the Human History collection is the Ancient Egyptian collection which includes a genuine Egyptian mummy. We also have an extensive archaeological collection which includes Stone Age tools and an important European Peasant Art Collection which was the inspiration for Haslemere’s Peasant Art industry based along King’s Road in the late 19th century. This gallery is also organised on a timeline. But it is not just our extraordinary collections that make Haslemere Museum so special. Education at our Heart: Our educational programme, particularly for schools, sets us apart. Actually, the clue is in our name: Haslemere Educational Museum. It reflects the importance Sir Jonathan Hutchinson placed on education and it is education which is at the heart of all our work. So we not only have a large, dedicated Education Room but also a full-time, qualified education officer. Drawing inspiration from the collections, we have developed a diverse range of interactive educational programmes. Our schools programme supports the National Curriculum and includes sessions on the Egyptians, the Romans, rocks and fossils, dinosaurs and modern-day invertebrates. In addition to having 3-5 visiting school groups almost every week of term-time, our education officer organises children’s activities in the school holidays and half-terms as well as regular groups designed for the under 5’s, for children aged 5 to 11 and for those over 12. ‘Early Years’ children, accompanied by a parent, meet fortnightly, while the ‘Museum Explorers’ 14

group, for children aged 5-11, learn through imaginative craft activities linked to key museum exhibits. For the over 12’s our HYPE (Haslemere Young People’s Exhibition) Team meets monthly. Participants run their own curating and research projects and learn diverse creative skills such as music-mixing and animation. Activities for families include quizzes, trails and puzzles with magnifying glasses and torches available to show those extra details of our collections. We are enormously proud that our wide range of family activities and welcoming atmosphere won us the accolade of most ‘Family Friendly Museum’ in 2012. A Gold Mine for Local Historians: For anyone interested in local history our local archive is a real treasure trove. It has wonderful collections of photographs dating back to the mid 19th century, countless old maps of the area, archive copies of local newspapers and parish magazines and extensive records of local societies. Our library has a huge collection of books, mostly now out of print, many of which were written by or about people who lived here or in the area. As the arrival of the railway, in 1859, brought an influx of writers, artists and academics, such as Lord Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the renowned physicist, Professor Tyndall, our archive is a particularly rich source of information. So it is not surprising that we receive inquiries not only from local people, wanting to find out more about the history of the town or their houses, but also from academics. The library is open on Tuesdays when our volunteer librarians and archivists can help with research and find photographs. Reproductions of photographs are available to order. For those more interested in the present day, we are also home to Haslemere Visitor Information Centre which is fully funded by Haslemere Town Council. Information officers are available to advise during our opening hours on local events and amenities. Exhibitions and Events: Formerly a beautifully proportioned private home, Haslemere Museum has retained much of the building’s

old-world charm, making us an excellent location for meetings, exhibitions and events in the centre of town. We have two exhibition rooms, the Haslemere Room for major exhibitions and the Waverley Room for smaller ones. Exhibitions are either museum-curated to show objects not on permanent display, such as our recent Polynesian exhibition, or external exhibitions put on by artists or groups. Our Lecture Hall, with its minstrels’ gallery, is the perfect venue for local clubs and societies to hire for lectures or public meetings. As it adjoins the Waverley Room and opens onto our gardens it is also ideal for private parties and wedding receptions. Making Ends Meet - a Perennial Problem On his death, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson left his museum to the town and it has been run by townsfolk ever since. But, as an independent museum, we receive virtually no public funding: it is only through the generosity of generations of Haslemere people that our museum still exists. Although we have a full-time curator and education officer, other staff are part-time and we could not offer a fraction of the exhibitions, events or services we put on without the efforts of a small army of hard-working volunteers who give their time extremely generously. Almost everything we do, from manning the reception

Events in May Plant Sale - May 9th 11am – 2pm: Don’t miss our superb Spring Plant Sale sponsored by Transform Landscapes. All types of plants from trustees’, volunteers’ and Museum Patrons’ gardens will festoon the Lecture Hall from 11am, with a splendid array for both rare plant and bargain hunters alike. Entry free, café open. Haslemere Festival - 15th -31st May: Haslemere Museum will host Haslemere Festival lectures and the Haslemere Art Society’s festival exhibition. Lectures include topics such as this year’s anniversaries – 1215, Magna Carta, 1815, Battle of Waterloo - the History of Haslemere and the archaeology of Black Down. Box office: 01428 642161. Book on-line: or email May 2015

Images from far left: A giant Japanese Spider Crab; a line drawing of Arthur, the Siberian Brown Bear, by local artist John Davis, and a design extract from the Ancient Egyptian mummy coffin lid.

desk and shop, to running the library and archive, to cataloguing our collections is dependent to some degree on volunteer help. Yet despite our constant vigilance on costs, and the amazing support of local people and businesses, every year there is a stubborn gap between our income and our outgoings, partly because, for all it offers, our building is expensive to run. So fund-raising is crucial to us. In February 2013 we launched our ‘Museum in a Million’ appeal to raise a £1.5 million endowment to plug our funding gap. To date we have raised almost £1.0 million, which is a fantastic achievement, but we still have a way to go. But while we grapple with completing our appeal, there are many easy ways you can support us, from something as simple as attending events, or becoming a member or a volunteer, to organising a small fund-raising event for us or making us your chosen charity next time you run a marathon! However modest, all contributions are very gratefully received and help make sure our museum, which has so much to offer, is safe for future generations. More a museum for Haslemere than a museum of Haslemere, we are also a centre for education, for exhibitions, for meetings and for research, located in one of the finest Georgian buildings on the High Street: Haslemere Educational Museum is probably Haslemere’s finest gem.


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TOBY JUGS Bob Moores, from NestEgg Antiques in Petworth, takes a look at early English Toby jugs. A brief history When you hear the words ‘Toby jug’ you may well think of the thousands of 20th century character jugs produced by numerous potteries, most notably Royal Doulton. Whilst these are widely collected and can be very attractive, our passion is for the earlier late 18th century and early 19th century Toby jugs produced primarily in Staffordshire and the North of England. Whilst no-one is absolutely certain, it is likely that the first Toby jugs were produced around 1750 by John Astbury. These were the group of ‘Midshipmites’ including the tailor, soldier, fiddler and Lord Rodney. Charmingly naïve, the creamware bodies are decorated with translucent running glazes in the limited palette of ochre, manganese, green and cobalt blue. There was no black available until around 1800 and thickly applied manganese was used for the colouring of hats and shoes. My thanks to Bonhams for this picture left of the Tailor Toby jug which sold in 2009 at their Bond Street saleroom for a record price of £36,000. Although few of this group were produced, it is clear that the affection for Toby jugs was established and by 1790 numerous potteries in Staffordshire were producing a wide variety of different jugs. This golden period continued up to around 1820 and included potteries in Leeds, Scotland and Yorkshire.

see they were made in many variations. From left to right: a Neale & Co c.1790, Ralph Wood Long Face c.1780, Ralph Wood Shield c.1780, Yorkshire c.1810 and Pratt ware (this refers to the colours) c.1780. Values on these are between £1-2,000 with the Shield Toby being in excess of £8,000. The addition of a potter’s impressed name (rare on 18th century pottery) or some unusual feature such as the shield, a raised pipe or perhaps a dog between his feet can raise the value of a Toby considerably – eg the Shield is a lovely Toby which might normally (without the applied shield) sell for £2,500! The more unusual Toby jugs – see Plates 2 and 3 Apart from the Ordinary Toby there are many quite different and often rare Toby jugs. Plate 2 below shows, from left to right: a Lord Howe c.1790; Hearty Good Fellow c.1800; Squire c.1780; Ralph Wood Sailor c.1790 and Martha Gunn c.1780. Martha Gunn found fame in bathing the young Prince of Wales at Brighton. Values on these vary between £750 and £4,500.

Production of Toby jugs declined after 1820 but as the earlier Toby jugs became more highly regarded many potteries began copying them. These later copies (c.1850 onwards) were of relatively poor quality The ‘Ordinary’ Toby jug – see Plate 1 The traditional Toby jug is called the ‘Ordinary’ and as you can 18

Plate 3 above shows, from left to right: the Thin Man c.1780; Step Toby c.1770; Drunken Sal by Davenport c.1850; Large Pratt ware Postillion c.1790 together with a smaller (rarer) Postillion c.1800. Values on these vary between £1,800 and £4,500. Continental Toby jugs – see Plate 4 Many countries followed England’s example and produced their own Toby jugs – copying our designs but also creating new versions. Below from left to right: medium sized Dutch delft c.1880; naïve 18th century Delft; large Portuguese Hearty Good Fellow c.1820; Portuguese Reading Toby c.1820; Dutch delft c.1800 and centrally a tin-glazed money box Toby, probably Dutch early 19th century. Values on these vary between £120 and £3,500. The Reading Toby is one of several fine Toby jugs which for many years were regarded as English and very rare. Examples sold in both London and good provincial auction houses were catalogued as English. Wonderful Toby jugs but these were in fact Portuguese! Wilkinson WW1 Toby jugs – see Plate 5 We rarely sell Toby jugs made after 1850 but make an exception for the excellent set of

11 Toby jugs depicting the WWI political and military leaders made by Wilkinson’s between 1915 and 1920 and designed by the eminent cartoonist Sir Francis Carruthers Gould. Most of these were produced in limited runs of between 250 and 500 and sell for approximately £700. However, General Louis Botha was deemed to be the least popular and only 150 were made – ironically this is now the rarest and a collector wishing to complete the set will have to pay £4-5,000 for him. A similar set of Toby jugs depicting 12 WWII allied leaders has just been launched in a limited edition of 100. They are priced at £300 for each Toby and Nestegg Antiques have been appointed UK distributor. Collecting can be addictive! Many collectors start by acquiring attractive post 1850 Toby and character jugs and quickly amass quite a number - then they buy a late 18th century Toby jug and their beloved collection is put to shame! Our advice is to start with fewer but better early Toby jugs as these are much sounder investments. Whilst some early Toby jugs are costly, it’s perfectly possible to acquire good 18th century Toby jugs for just a few hundred pounds. Once you have acquired your first early Toby jug you may develop a strong desire to buy others and even reach the stage where you need to hide each purchase from your spouse. This is quite normal so don’t be alarmed! In addition to collecting being a source of great enjoyment (often for your spouse as well), it is also potentially an excellent form of investment – the value of good early Toby jugs continues to increase. FIND OUT MORE

Bob Moores and his wife Debbie Serpell run NestEgg Antiques, the leading provider of early English Toby jugs and work with collectors and museums around the world helping them to enhance their collections. Please have a look at the website and you will find approximately 150 early Toby jugs. Feel free to contact them as they are very happy to meet both existing and new collectors and offer advice where necessary.- May 2015




On Wednesday 13th May, Jazz at The Pavilion features Alex Garnett. Son of acclaimed British sax player Willie Garnett, Alex is one of the most exciting young tenor players in Europe and one of the most in-demand UK session players working with just about everyone you can think of. He is joined by Mike Gorman on piano and Tristan Mailliot on drums 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. ‘Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) ‘sa musique et ses sources d’inspiration littéraires’ is the title of Emilie Capulet’s talk on Thursday 14th May at 7.30pm. It takes place in the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming. This is the latest event in Les Amitiés Françaises’s series of lectures in French, organised for members in Godalming, Guildford, Cranleigh, Farnham and Haslemere. Non-members are very welcome at the group’s lectures (£6 at the door). June will see a visit to Chartwell on Saturday 4th. Then on Saturday 18th, there’s a talk by Thierry Viennois on ‘Napoléon – not just Corsica...’ Appropriately on the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo! The talk will be preceded briefly by the group’s AGM. As well as a programme of lectures, members enjoy convivial dining occasions together and visits to Historic Houses and Gardens, all with a French connection. For further information, contact John Petty, membership secretary on 01483 861974, or john.petty@ and on

On Tuesday 14th May, The Guildford Society will hold a members only visit to The Brooking National Collection in Cranleigh which has featured on TV in the property programme The Restoration Man and in 2014 had a display in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale. For anyone who cares about the architectural history of Britain, this is a vital resource. For decades it has been used as a teaching resource by conservation professionals, universities, schools, architects and their students, designers, crafts apprentices and private individuals. On Friday 19th June, the Society will be holding its AGM for members only, to be followed by a talk given by Amanda Masters about the work of Experience Guildford for the promotion of Guildford’s retail outlets and service companies and also about the BID - Guildford’s Business Improvement District. You can follow them on their website or on Facebook or Twitter and sign up to their news bulletins or better still join as a new member. The Therapy Garden in Normandy is inviting local people recovering from a stroke or a brain injury to join them for a free day on Friday 15th May from 10.30am onwards. This charity offers gardening therapy to a wide range of clients with varying needs and groups are led by experienced horticulturists, with activities catered to individual mobility needs. The gardens are wheelchair friendly and activities can be taken indoors in heated poly tunnel classrooms or our main centre building, where refreshments will be available. The therapeutic benefits of gardening are well documented: please contact 01483

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The Southdowns Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association are pleased to announce the Swing Model Railway Exhibition. It takes place on Saturday 16th May from 10am-4.30pm at Felpham Community College, Felpham, Bognor Regis, PO22 8EL. (On the A259, east of Bognor Regis). Adults £4.50. Kids Go Free (under 16, with fee paying adult). Association members, (7mm NGA, 009 Society and Gauge O Guild) £4. Refreshments. Free parking and disabled access. New larger venue, 18+ layouts, hands on demonstrations, ‘have a go’ shunting puzzle layout, ride on railway, weather permitting (small extra charge). Specialist model railway manufacturers and traders and society stands, 7mm NGA sales and second hand. LGB sales, Squires tools, Standard and narrow gauge model railways. For information contact Richard on 07970 556651 or go to To mark Dementia Awareness Week (18th – 24th May), the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund is launching a photography competition in aid of the ForgetMe-Not Dementia Fund. The twelve winning images of the competition will be used in a limited edition 2016 calendar. Entries should be sent as an email attachment to Please note: Files should be a jpg of between 1mg and 3mg and may be in colour or black and white. Each entry requires a title and should represent the theme – ‘Royal Surrey: Our county at its most majestic’. All images may be used by the charity. The closing date is Monday 5th October. For competition rules and further info, please contact their fundraising events


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If you are determined to have a go, you will need to prepare the bed well by digging in lots of well-rotted farmyard manure and removing all weeds. Once the soil is prepared, dig a straight trench approximately 30 cm wide by 20cm deep, then pour soil into the trench to form a mound the length of it that is around 10cm high. Position the asparagus crowns so that they are perched on top of the mound with the roots spread out either side. Set the crowns roughly 30cm apart and then cover with about 5cm of riddled soil.

Growing Asparagus from the team at Secretts Farm Shop, Milford According to Queen Nefertiti it is the “food of the Gods”…. and to the peasants in ancient England it was known as ‘Sparrow Grass’. Regardless of whether you rank as royalty or pauper, there is little disputing that asparagus is an utterly delicious and highly sought-after vegetable. The short harvesting season typically runs from 1st May until Father’s Day in June and this only goes to heighten the excitement and desire to enjoy it while it lasts. In fact, amongst the more passionate foodies, there’s a definite tendency to gorge on it! And why not? Perhaps the earliest reference to the crop can be found on an ancient Egyptian frieze dating back to 3000BC. There are also records of Roman Emperors commissioning Asparagus Fleets to gather the finest spears and deliver them back to the royal kitchens.

As the young plants begin to grow, you will need to keep covering the shoots with more riddled soil until the autumn, by which time the entire trench should be full. Keep the plants well watered and resist the temptation to harvest any succulent young spears that might peep through the soil. Now the hard bit - you must continue to resist the urge to harvest for a further two years. Instead allow the plants to form lots of ferny foliage. Each autumn cut this foliage back to around 5cm above the ground. As you nurture your precious crop you must also keep an eye out for the pesky asparagus beetle. These little critters are 6-8mm long with red and yellow bodies. Left unchecked they can cause a great deal of damage to the plants by stripping the outer skin from the spears which in turn causes the plant to turn yellow and brown. In the third year you can finally harvest your long awaited bounty. Cut the spears when they are about 12cm long, with a sharp

In modern times most of the world’s asparagus is produced in Peru, Mexico or the United States and in many ways it is rather a shame that it can now be found on the supermarket shelves for all 12 months of the year. Having said that if you really want to enjoy the very best flavour and the excitement of the finest asparagus straight out of the ground and on your plate within minutes then why not have a go at growing it yourself? A word of warning though. You will need a fair bit of space in your vegetable plot or at the allotment and a good deal of patience before you see the fruit of your labours. 26

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If this all sounds like it requires far too much effort and the patience of a saint, then visit Secretts Pick Your Own Farm in Milford and you can experience the same wonderfully fresh asparagus without all of that hard work. The Secrett family have been growing asparagus on the farm in Milford for 27 years. Greg Secrett, the Farm Manager says: “Asparagus is one of our favourite crops as it creates such a buzz in the Farm Shop and at the PYO where it heralds the start of the season. Despite having an area of 9 acres set aside for the crop and producing a whopping 4,000 kilograms of the crop every year, the demand always outweighs supply”. He goes on to say: “We supply many of the top London restaurants with our other produce and they are always desperate to get their hands on our asparagus, but we never have enough for them. Surrey’s discerning food lovers and local chefs take every spear we grow”. The varieties grown at Secretts Farm are Franklim, Boomlim and Jersey Giant, all known for excellent flavour and consistently good yields. When asked how he enjoys his asparagus, Greg Secrett recommends boiling it for five minutes, adding lashings of butter and a good grind of black pepper. Serve on a thick slice of granary toast with parma ham and a lightly poached egg. Greg’s father, Charles Secrett, has a simpler approach, preferring to sauté in a hot pan with a generous knob of butter, a splash of water and lots of seasoning. This method allows you to stop cooking at just the point when the spears are perfectly tender with just the right amount of crunch.

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Ingredients: • 140g plain flour • 85g cubed butter • 185g Montgomery cheese (finely grated) • 5 eggs • 175ml milk • 300g asparagus, trimmed and cut in half Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Add 85g of the cheese and 3 tablespoons of water and mix until the pastry forms a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for five minutes. Grease a 20cm loose-based tart tin and line with the rolled out pastry. Chill in the freezer for a further 20 minutes then line with parchment and baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove parchment and beans and pop back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. In a jug whisk the eggs and milk together. Sprinkle half the remaining cheese and the asparagus into the pastry case and then pour over the egg mixture and the remaining cheese. Bake in the lower half of the oven for around 35 minutes until the egg is set and golden brown. Serve with a green salad and boiled new potatoes. FIND OUT MORE

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How long does it take to get published? Pull up a seat. It’s a long journey, says local author, Kendra Smith, whose first book, Jacaranda Wife, is out now. Joanna Trollope once famously told a journalist – quite crossly – that it had taken her 20 years to become an overnight success. I know what she means. I am certainly not likening myself to the wonderful writer, but I can sympathise with those sentiments. My first novel, Jacaranda Wife, is due out in April (details to come). Those acquaintances who don’t know me terribly well and whom I hadn’t driven to wanting to stab themselves in the eyes with chopsticks when I mentioned my ongoing journey – have said, ‘Oh, I’d like to write a book!’ when they’d found out about my publishing success. ‘How long did it take you?’ I’d look them straight in the eye and say, ‘Six years – maybe seven if you count the time crying’ – this certainly was a conversation stopper. From penning my first few scribbles in 2009 to finally being published in 2015, according to my maths that’s about six years. The germ of it started back in 2003 when I picked up Allison Pearson’s fantastic novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and read it in about a week. I’d just had my second son, and felt the book had been written, ‘for me’. After a while, a tiny voice in my head said: ‘Maybe you could write a book too?’ However, life got in the way. I’m a journalist by profession and was juggling a toddler, a new born and some part time work at the time. After that we did a few crazy things like move out of London and then emigrate to Australia, because life wasn’t busy enough – and that’s when inspiration hit. Frustrated that my creative outlet was being used to separate my whites from my coloureds, I started to type. And type. And didn’t stop. OK, I did stop when people needed feeding and stuff like that, but there was a bit of forgetting to collect children from school when the typing flowed. My best friend at that time was the word count. Once I had hit something like 20,000 words, I suddenly realised that I was about a third of a way through a book. An actual book. So I kept on going. I went to a few workshops on writing and I bought about 643 books on how to write. I read them all. OK, maybe I flicked 30

to the main bits I needed, and read all those chapters. I was lucky enough to secure an agent (from the UK) the first time round – the Aussie agents felt the book was for a British market. It did involve staying up to midnight and beyond on many nights as I made calls to the UK in a different time zone. She loved my writing, loved the book. Finding a publisher, however, proved harder. By this time, we were planning on returning to the UK, so the book took a backseat. Replanting a whole family back to the UK after five years abroad takes supreme effort, so my writing brain was engaged elsewhere for a while. But still ‘the book’ would tap me on the shoulder at night and demand to know what was going on. Agent #1 and I had a great relationship and she did suggest some changes. I did them; but then there was the tiny problem of an economic crisis. Publishers tightened their belts - when you’re in the business of selling anything and a recession is on, you’re going to go for the sure thing. Debut authors were too risky. After a while, my agent and I parted company on very good terms. Both of us decided that I needed another steer. I then used the services of the wonderfully helpful Writers Workshop to find a mentor/book doctor, who gave me a – let me remember – 17 page analysis of my book, warts and all. There were 17 pages of how to improve my writing. But, the one shining light was that she did say, ‘You can clearly write.’ Thank goodness for that. I needed to re-hone my novel. It was now 2012, and life with three children and a house to run didn’t stop, but I made time for the

book. I would say no to coffee mornings, put off the ironing, and sit down and re-edit my book. We were back to nearly forgetting to pick up the children. The popping sound of plastic being burst on ready-meals became commonplace.

a voicemail saying she loved it. That was it. I had someone on my side.

After a while, I felt it was ready to go ‘out there’ again and I spent the next 12 months looking for an agent. The standard form is to send out three chapters and a synopsis and then W-A-I-T. The rollercoaster ride began: I would send out my chapters and then each time there was a ping on my phone, I would leap up, forgetting sometimes that I was, say, at the dentist, and check it. I had several agents ask for the full manuscript, and each time my heart soared. One agent asked for the full book after three hours. It was a high adrenalin ride. Would this be the one?

After a few incredibly nice no’s (I have one stuck to my office wall, it’s so encouraging), Endeavour Press said yes. So here the current journey ends. I’m delighted to say that Jacaranda Wife will be available on Amazon and other platforms.

Let me tell you, I have had some incredibly nice ‘no’s’ … but ultimately my agent, Annette Crossland from A for Authors rang and left

But, still no happy ending – yet. Annette had to then find a publisher for my shiny re-edited book. Here we go again. Mummy was back to strapping her seatbelt onto the next ride on the theme park called ‘Getting Published.’

So, to anyone who wants to know if they should write a book? Pull your sleeves up, take a deep breath and dig in. It’s a long way to basecamp. And to answer the next question, yes, I am writing another book. The word count is flickering on a happy 20,000 at the moment. FIND OUT MORE

Kendra Smith has been a journalist, wife, mother, aerobics teacher, qualified diver and very bad cake baker. She currently lives in Surrey with her husband and three children. Find her on www.aforauthors. com and or follow her on Twitter @ KendraAuthor.

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Are you a fan or real ale? Join the Guildford Institute this month for an introduction to brewing from Surrey’s largest independent brewery, The Hogs Back! An hour-long talk on Thursday 21st May, by popular Hogs Back Brewery tour guide, Mel Rees, will give you an insight into the brewing process and the chance to sample some ales yourself! The Institute is also offering something for those interested in numbers: next month, scientist Nicholas Cann will run a Statistics course, taking a light-hearted look at the wide-ranging use and abuse of statistics in today’s world! For more information, or to book a place on one of the Institute’s courses, visit Alternatively, call 01483 562142 or email Merrow Methodist Church, Bushy Hill Drive, GU1 2SH are holding a Coffee Morning on Thursday 21st May from 10.30am-12.30pm. All proceeds to Christian Aid Week. More details at Paul Merton’s Impro chums will be coming to G-Live Guildford on Friday 22nd May. Following the publication of his autobiography, Only When I Laugh, and over a decade of sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Paul Merton has taken to the road again in 2015 with his world renowned Impro Chums. Paul and his Chums are wonders of nature; they take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter, most of the time! For tickets call G Live box office on 0844 7701 797 or go to Writers’ Retreat! Just can’t find the time to write? Join write time’s next Writers’ Retreat on Saturday, 23rd May from 10am- 5pm, at Guildford’s Bar des Arts. Hide away for a full day and make headway on your work-in-progress or get started on that burning idea. The cost is £45 which includes lunch and refreshments. More information at, or contact or 07989 038143. As part of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾, go along to Clandon Park this May half-term and see how many activities you can complete to claim your prize. Takes place from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th May and also Sunday 31st May, from 11am-4pm each day. Normal admission plus £2 per child. ‘Pevsner in Surrey: Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England’ is the title of the May lecture of West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on 26th May. How did a German refugee from Hitler become the ‘Grand Old Man’ of English art history? The answer lies in his extraordinary one-man survey of all the architecturally significant buildings in the country, county by county. Susie Harries, biographer of Pevsner, explores what he said, rightly or wrongly, about buildings in Surrey, including churches, houses, shops, town halls and tower blocks. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee. Lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2015 can be found on their website or more information ring 01483 811671.


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Straw Bale Gardening by Joel Karsten

deners all the information and guidance they need to create a successful SBG, whatever their circumstances.

This is Joel’s second book on Straw Bale Gardening; an updated version of his 2013 edition containing additional information for potential straw bale gardeners. Straw bale gardening (SBG) is a revolutionary gardening method which Joel has enthusiastically perfected and trialled over the last 15 years; his passion for the subject, as well as the benefits of gardening using this technique are truly inspiring and exciting to read. Joel promises that straw bale gardeners will not need to weed their straw bale gardens – this in itself will be quite an incentive for many gardeners to give this method a try! Other benefits of SBG include greater harvests, extending the growing season, saving money; it’s an easier non-dig technique for gardeners to try.

Joel’s passion and enthusiasm for straw bale gardening is evident throughout the book, and you can’t help but feel inspired to find a local farmer, order some straw bales, and give it a try!

(Cool Springs Press, £15.99, paperback)

I love making gardening accessible to everyone and this is certainly true of SBG. The bales create immediate raised beds that can be easily arranged to suit the gardener. The height of the bales allows room for those gardening in wheelchairs, making gardening easier for disabled or elderly gardeners. A SBG can easily be created on top of concrete or hard standing, giving gardeners without direct access to the soil a new way to garden. Straw Bale Gardens Complete is a comprehensive book, which details everything you need to know about how to create, maintain and design your own SBG. Every aspect is covered – from sourcing the bales, how to set them up in your SBG, conditioning the bales, and even making your own bales if you can’t find a straw bale source locally! There are clear instructions on planting, outlining which plants will thrive using the SBG technique, and which crops aren’t as well suited to it. There are plans and designs as well as photographs of successful gardens. This book gives potential straw bale gar-

Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier (Storey Publishing, £14.99, paperback)

The author of this book, Craig LeHoullier, is a tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange. This is an American non profit organisation, established to save and share the seeds of heritage varieties of seed with the aim of conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse, garden and food crop heritage through future generations. Don’t let this put you off. Although you couldn’t purchase every tomato variety suggested at your local garden centre, you might be surprised to find that a quick internet search will help you find many of your favourites online with UK suppliers. The ‘problem solving’ section of this book would have been greatly improved by the addition of photographs or illustrations to clearly depict every tomato problem the author identifies. Additional images would have made this section far more informative, interesting and useful for the reader, I felt. Both seasoned tomato growers and beginners can learn a great deal from this book. With a lot of the information centred around heritage, and American varieties that aren’t as well known here, it gives a real and welcome opportunity to expand the tomato varieties we grow and the flavours we enjoy. This book has certainly inspired me to grow some of the tomatoes the author recommends. I can’t wait to try them!

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Do you like to listen to all types and styles of popular music, played live? If so, why not go along to one of West Surrey Organ & Keyboard Club’s monthly concerts, where a top professional keyboard artiste will play a two hour concert. You will be assured of a warm welcome, in a friendly atmosphere. Refreshments are served in the interval and a raffle is always held. The concert is on Friday 29th May and starts at 7.30pm. Admission for visitors is £6. If you want to bring a group of people along, call the number below, regarding reduced admission costs. The venue is Shalford Village Hall, Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8JE and has good parking on site and full disabled access and facilities. Contact Brian Isom on 01252 266270, or email On Saturday 30th May at 7.30pm, internationally renowned concert pianist John Lill performs in Holy Trinity Church for Bramley Music’s Celebrity Recital 2015, on the wonderful Steinway Grand Piano. Proceeds will go to supporting charitable work in South Sudan. John will be playing Mozart’s Sonata in F, K332, Schumann’s Carnaval de Vienne, Prokofiev’s Toccata in D minor, two Brahms Rhapsodies, and Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata. Tickets are £15 each (under 18s and students £5) – to include a free glass of wine or soft drink – they are expecting a sellout! Accordingly tickets need to be purchased in advance in person from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, or from Stuart White in person. Alternatively you may send a cheque to Stuart at Bramley Mill, Mill Lane, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0HW, payable to Stuart White, with your email 288923

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address or telephone number and he will acknowledge payment and reserve your ticket(s). Please also note that Stuart’s email will be changing at the end of April to If you have any queries, or wish to enquire about ticket availability, please call Stuart on 01483 892645. Guildford Choral Society celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and their programme culminates in a performance of Berlioz’ ‘Te Deum’ at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm. Supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks. Written originally to celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte, the ‘Te Deum’ was ultimately dedicated to Prince Albert. For their performance in June, Guildford Choral Society has invited The Chichester Singers, Portsmouth Choral Union and the City of London Choir to join its celebration. The children’s choir will be composed of young people from Francis Holland School, from The Royal Grammar School, Guildford and the children of the Guildford High School Junior Choir, numbering some 200 young people in all. Tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office ( royal-philharmonic-orchestra/berlioz/default.aspx) and from Guildford Choral Society’s Ticket Master on 01494 675571 or boxoffice@ Guildford Choral Society will also be running coaches to London. Inclusive coach packages (including transport from Guildford, ticket and programme) will be from £45 and coach only fares will be £20. More details are available on the choir’s website: https://www. .


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Guildford Design Awards 2015 are open for entries and the search has begun for the best new designed buildings, developments, conservation projects and spaces within the borough. The awards, sponsored by Linden Homes, started in 1987 and are held every two years. The awards are free to enter and anyone can submit an entry, from architects who have designed a development, to schools, colleges, developers, businesses, home owners, individuals or local groups. All schemes must be located within the borough (although the entrant does not). All projects need to be completed between June 2013 and 5th June 2015 and the closing date for submissions is Friday 5th June. Entries will be judged and shortlisted by an independent panel of judges and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the autumn where they will be presented with a certificate. For more information about the awards, and how to enter visit Shalford Village Fete takes place on Sunday 7th June at The Cricket Field from 12 noon–4pm. This year’s Village Fete theme is ‘Celebrating the Wonderful Wey’ and there will be lots of entertainment and competitions, some with a watery theme! Also, stalls, sideshows and children’s activities. Last year the fete was a real success, but they are always looking for more local clubs and groups in Shalford to take a stall. They are particularly in need of people to run stalls and also need plants to sell, if you are growing any, or splitting some in your garden, could you put some aside for the fete please? Further details May 2015


Seasonal spring salads With hints of warm weather appearing, what better time for a lovely salad made with the best seasonal ingredients that May has to offer.

Asparagus and Feta Salad Ingredients 1 tsp sesame seeds, 150g asparagus, 50g cooked peas (cold), 200g sliced courgettes, 1 tsp sesame oil, couple of handfuls of Secretts rocket leaves, 30g feta cheese and grated zest of half a lemon.

May is the time for the best English asparagus and this recipe comes from Secretts in Milford. Look for the offer on Pick Your Own asparagus on page 30.

1. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan and set aside. 2. Steam the asparagus for 3-4 minutes then drop into a bowl of iced water to cool. Drain and then dry using kitchen paper. Cut spears to 5cm lengths. 3. Heat a griddle pan until very hot and brush with the oil, cook the sliced courgettes until striped with dark brown. 4. Combine all the above ingredients along with the rocket leaves, feta and lemon zest. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle with oil just before serving.

Jersey Royals with Hot Smoked Salmon and Watercress Salad Ingredients 500g Jersey Royal new potatoes, 100g crème fraîche, 1 tsp creamed horseradish, juice of 1 lemon, 2 spring onions, finely sliced, 2 hot smoked salmon fillets, skinned and flaked, 1 bunch watercress, rinsed

If you can’t find hot smoked salmon use local smoked trout from Tillingbourne Trout Farm, or you could also use smoked mackerel, smoked salmon and even roast beef. This recipe is from and serves 2.

1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add the potatoes and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender 2. Mix together the crème fraiche and creamed horseradish. Add enough lemon juice and black pepper to taste. 3. Drain the potatoes and leave to cool slightly. Add the spring onions and salmon. Stir in the crème fraîche mix until all the ingredients have a light coating. Toss in the watercress and serve, either slightly warm or cold. 38

FOOD Broad Bean and Bacon Salad Ingredients 250g shelled broad beans, 1 tbsp olive oil, 175g pancetta or bacon, 1 tbsp chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

This dish is simple and easily prepared and makes for an excellent supper dish. You can however turn it into an excellent salad side dish by adding a simple sherry vinegar dressing and serving it warm. The original recipe comes from Elizabeth Luard’s Tapas: Classic Small Dishes from Spain and serves 2 or perhaps 4-6 as a salad side dish.

1. Blanch the beans in boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes, unless they are old ones in which case they will need 6-10 minutes to become tender. 2. Warm the oil in a small pan. Add the chopped pancetta or bacon and fry for a few minutes until golden. 3. Stir in the parsley and the beans. Put a lid on the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as required.

Chilli and Lime Crab Salad with Ciabatta Toasts Ingredients 4-6 ciabatta slices, cut diagonally from a small loaf, 75ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing, juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges to serve, 3 spring onions, finely chopped, 2 tbsp good quality mayonnaise, handful each fresh chives, deseeded and finely chopped , 1 red chilli, finely chopped, 300g fresh white crab meat, any shell discarded (from your local fishmonger or supermarket), mixed baby salad leaves, to serve.

To make this light crab recipe into a more substantial meal, toss through 400g cooked and drained pasta. This recipe is taken from and serves 6.

1. Preheat the grill to medium. Put the ciabatta slices on a large baking tray, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and brush all over with the extra olive oil. Grill for about 1 minute each side, until golden. Set aside on a wire rack to cool. 2. In a bowl, mix together the remaining 75ml oil, lime juice, spring onions, mayonnaise, fresh herbs and chopped red chilli. Season to taste and set aside to infuse for 5 minutes. 3. Put the crab meat into a large bowl and gradually mix in the herb and chilli mixture to combine. Season to taste. 4. Place a handful of the salad leaves onto 4-6 serving plates and spoon the crab mixture alongside. Serve with the ciabatta toasts and extra lime wedges.

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website or phone Chris on 01483 280021. The sixth annual Guildford Beer Festival will be held this year on the 12th and 13th June. The festival will as usual be held at Guildford Cricket Club on Woodbridge Road, Guildford and will once again offer the thousands of visitors who attend a wide selection of beers from within thirty miles of Guildford alongside many ciders and wines. A fantastic selection of bands will also be playing at all sessions, all to be enjoyed within the setting of the cricket ground. Tickets are £10 for each of the 3 sessions. CAMRA members receive tokens for a free pint on production of their current membership card. Tickets from www. or in person at the Guildford Tourist Information Office. Guildford Scrabble Club is looking for more players to join them for an enjoyable ‘night on the tiles’ (not my pun I should add!). They meet at Shalford Village Hall on Wednesday evenings from 7.30-10.30pm. It’s just £2 per session to include tea, coffee and biscuits. All tuition and equipment is provided and everyone is welcome, whether beginners or seasoned players. You can just turn up on the evening or call Barbara on 01483 579873 for more information. You will be sure of a warm welcome. Guildford Cathedral Appeal, which has a final £500,000 left to raise of its £7m1 target for urgent Crawley Clinic_Layout 11/07/2013 14:29 repairs Page 1 and development, has received a boost from students at the University of Surrey who have made a documentary

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Bepton, Chilgrove and the South Downs A Norman church, a secret orchid hillside and a Bronze-Age burial site are among the surprises of this lovely walk, along with two excellent country pubs. Although this walk can be done with good walking shoes in the drier months, you will be glad to be wearing boots on two or three of the tracks. Since the few stiles on this route have left a gap, your dog can come too and can run free for much of the way. I did this walk in late February and it was muddy in places but the views from Linch Down were spectacular and well worth the trip you might make to do this walk. Both pubs also heartily recommended. Ed. This walk is supplied with thanks from, from where you can download this walk with larger and more detailed maps.

The walk 1. From the side of the car park, follow a wooden rail and a little tarmac path to go through a wooden swing-gate past a bench with views, reaching the side entrance to the church. This little church is usually open and is definitely worth visiting. Continue down a path from the side entrance to exit through a wooden swing-gate onto the approach lane. Turn right, going past a small pond, and turn left at a T-junction onto Bugshill Lane. You pass the Old Rectory and a farm and reach a junction in 400m with Bepton village on your left. Instead turn right on a signed byway. Follow this stone-lined path for 500m. If you encounter some mud here it should soon be gone and should not return until just before the end. As the path curves left into trees you come to a marker post on your left. 2. Turn right at the marker post, as indicated by the blue arrow, steeply uphill, in 30m going under a tall beech and a yew tree. After the yew tree you need to measure exactly 100m (150 paces). The path rises for 60m, then flattens out under ash trees. After 25m, it rises a little, zigzagging slightly left-right over roots. Immediately look for a faint path very sharp left. (In fact it is a crossing path.) The path runs straight up a long gently rising contour. Take this path, almost reversing your direction. The path becomes clearer as you proceed, although you will need to step over the debris of small fallen branches. After 170m, your path comes into a lighter area of shrubs and curves right up to a small metal gate. Go through the gate onto Bepton Down. Keep ahead up the sloping meadow on a faint path, but keeping just to the left of the brow of the hill so that you get the best advantage of the fine views to your left. You pass a solitary round beech about 30m on your left. The views are of Black Down and Bexleyhill. Keep following the path into the far corner where there is a large 42

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wooden gate beside a large metal gate. Turn right here on a tarmac lane. 5. At a road junction, veer right, signposted Chilgrove, passing Staple Ash Farm and its thatched farm house. At a sharp left bend by a drive and wooden gate, keep left, staying on the lane. Just before Yew Tree Cottage, ignore a footpath on your right. Your undulating lane goes under grid lines and curves right: avoid a footpath on the left here. At a 3-way fingerposted junction ignore a drive on the right for Brooks Farm and keep left passing several picturesque houses and cottages with their gardens. Soon the lane zigzags leftright and reaches the White Horse in Chilgrove, which is a lovely, if slightly upmarket pub. 6. After a refreshment break, continue to the main road and turn right, using the grass verge where possible. In a short distance, go over a stile on your right and turn immediately left on the grass parallel to the road. As the meadow opens out, veer slightly right to go over a stile and straight across a crop field. An avoidable stile, a drive and another stile lead you along the right-hand side of a pasture. After a line of trees, you are walking beside another pasture similarly. At the other side, go over a stile by a fingerpost and veer right onto a bridleway. At a fork with two large wooden gates, take the left fork as indicated. After a pleasant 500m, keep ahead at a diagonal crossing path by a 4-way fingerpost. Eventually, 1km after the fork, you reach the hamlet of Hooksway opposite the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak is one of the celebrated pubs of the area, more rustic than the White Horse. As well as food and drink, it has quite a history. 7. After your break, facing the pub, turn right and keep straight on avoiding a bridleway through the car park on your left. There are now three possible routes ahead. Avoid the footpath by the wooden gate on your right and the track curving off to the left and take the middle option, passing a sign for a restricted byway uphill. DISTANCE: 10 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 120 (Chichester) STARTING POINT: The walk begins at Church Farm, Bepton, West Sussex, postcode GU29 0HX. This is approached from the village of Cocking just south of Midhurst and the day’s adventure really begins here as you follow a narrow country lane under an old railway bridge and through the best Sussex farmland to an ancient village hidden beneath the

Your path continues on a straight course, gradually uphill. After more than 1km, you reach a 4-way fingerpost: keep straight ahead, thus joining the South Downs Way (SDW). You will be following the SDW for most of the rest of the way. Soon there are meadows visible on either side as you go under large beeches. Soon, on your left is a sign for the Devil’s Jumps, a Bronze Age monument and a short diversion not to be missed. 8. Continue along the SDW and shortly ignore a stile and footpath on your left. You are now on a beautiful wide path through a luxurious woodland of tall ash trees. The path curves right imperceptibly. Suddenly you are out of the woods with terrific views on both sides. At the end of the long meadow on your left, ignore a bridleway sharp left. The path rises with a view of Linch Down ahead. At the end of a fence, just after a 3-way fingerpost, turn left on a path that curves right down into trees. The path makes a shallow descent down the side of the hill with Didling Hanger on your left. The path becomes sunken under all beeches and ash. At a junction of paths near a meadow on your left, keep straight on downhill. The path continues between banks and you finally arrive at a drive in front of Linch Farm, through a large metal gate. Turn right and veer right on a tarmac lane, Bugshill Lane again. After some houses, the church comes into view on your left. The lane bends left under maple and beech. Turn left on a cul-de-sac lane leading back to Church Farm where the walk began.

South Downs. Bepton’s 12th-century church is at the end of a short branch lane. There is a large space provided by the farm for visitors to the church and they welcome walkers. REFRESHMENTS: Both these pubs are on the route. The White Horse, Chilgrove (01243 519444) and The Royal Oak, Hooksway (01243 535257). Image: Linch Down © Copyright Dave Spicer

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The Unattached Group (T-U-G) recently enjoyed a leisure weekend away in the Somerset countryside experiencing every aspect of English weather as well as the splendid food and entertainment. T-U-G is a Guildford based group of 70 – 80 single people between 49 – 69 years who enjoy times together including a weekly pub meet and chat night, regular meals, theatre trips, walks and quizzes, together with a bridge club and book club. Events such as a day on the River Wey, a sailing day, BBQs and a summer party are being planned for the summer months. New members would be most welcome and information can be obtained at www. or Maggie on 07855 008897. Home-Start Guildford is a family support charity covering the whole of the Guildford Borough plus Bookham and Fetcham in Mole Valley. They provide home-visiting volunteers with parenting experience to support families who are struggling to cope, with at least one child under five. Examples of difficulties might be: post-natal depression, illness/disability (of parent or child), multiple births, family breakdown, and financial worries. They believe that parents are key in creating a secure and happy environment for their children. They may need emotional or practical support to give their children the best possible start in life. That’s where they come in – and you could too! Can you spare a few hours each week to help a family with young children? Are you interested in learning new skills on their friendly, free, volunteer training course? The next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in September 2015, and they are recruiting now! If you are interested, please call Harriet on 01483 511181, or email office@hsguildford. for more information. Are you having a clear out at home, replacing your old sofa, getting rid of unwanted furniture, beds, electrical items, a washing machine or microwave etc. ? Maybe you are moving home or just downsizing and need to dispose of unwanted household items? If you can’t give them away to family or friends, then please think of some alternatives before rushing down to a local tip when you could be doing something more enjoyable with your precious spare time. Surrey has numerous furniture reuse charities that will collect your unwanted furniture

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Guildford Choral Society 175 years of singing to celebrate Guildford Choral Society celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, culminating in a performance of Berlioz’ ‘Te Deum’ at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 7.30pm. Founded in 1839, at the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, under the Patronage of Lady Noel Byron and the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, the Earl of Lovelace, Guildford Choral Society is one of England’s oldest established amateur choral societies with an unbroken history. They are proud to be sponsoring a performance of Hector Berlioz’ monumental work – his ‘Te Deum’, at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks. Written originally to celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte, the ‘Te Deum’ was ultimately dedicated to Prince Albert, the Queen’s Consort. For their performance in June, Guildford Choral Society (numbering over 150 singers) has invited The Chichester Singers, Portsmouth Choral Union ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

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Parry Blest Pair of Sirens • Elgar ‘Enigma’ Variations Berlioz Te Deum Jonathan Willcocks conductor • James Edwards tenor Guildford Choral Society, Chichester Singers, Portsmouth Choral Union, City of London Choir, Upper Voice Choir from Guildford and London schools Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Guildford Choral Society This tour de force concert plays host to one of classical music’s most remarkable scores, Berlioz’s Te Deum. Requiring additional brass, percussion, massed choirs totalling over 450 voices, and the magnificent Royal Albert Hall organ, this work is nothing short of breath-taking. Also featured in the programme are two quintessential English works: Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, and Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations, the famed musical sketch that includes the much-loved and moving Nimrod. BOOK NOW! Ticket Prices: £49 - £12 Prices include a card handling fee of 2% of the total booking and a £2.50 per ticket transaction fee when booked over the phone or online Telephone Bookings: 020 7589 8212 Online Bookings:

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and the City of London Choir to join its celebration. The children’s choir will be composed of young people from Francis Holland School, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford and the children of the Guildford High School Junior Choir, numbering some 200 young people in all. The orchestra will be proportionately large and Guildford Choral Society’s Chairman, Sheila Bennett, says: “The excitement of singing such a huge work, with such a large orchestra and singers whose ages range from junior school children to senior citizens, is immense. This music is a fitting climax to our 175 year history.” Jonathan Willcocks will be masterminding this huge performance. Appointed in 2012 as Guildford Choral Society’s Music Director, Jonathan has an international reputation as a composer and choral director and is no stranger to conducting big events at the Royal Albert Hall. He recently premiered his composition; ‘In Praise of Singing’, written to commemorate Don Monro, the founder of The Really Big Chorus, at Singday 2014. Jonathan says: “ The Royal Albert Hall is a magnificent concert hall of truly monumental proportions, and we felt that to celebrate this major landmark for Guildford Choral Society we should choose a similarly epic choral work. Berlioz’ – Te Deum is stirring, heroic and extraordinarily fulfilling for performers and audience alike and I look forward with excitement to conducting this very special concert.” Tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall’s box office (www., and from Guildford Choral Society’s Ticket Master on 01494 675571 or boxoffice@ Guildford Choral Society will also be running coaches to London. Inclusive coach packages (including transport from Guildford, ticket and programme) will be from £45 and coach only fares will be £20. More details are available on the choir’s website: 45

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