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Jottings Many thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to email us with your kind comments; we love hearing from you. There seems to be as much going on as ever so hope you manage to get to some of the events and that you are all having a very enjoyable summer. As last month, the Jottings are in date order - we hope this makes for easier reading. Midhurst DFAS lecture on Tuesday 1st July is ‘Holkham and Houghton: Great Norfolk Houses’ by Caroline Knight, architectural historian trained at the Courtauld, author and lecturer. This will be held in the Midhurst Methodist Church Hall. Coffee available from 10am for 10.45am start. Contact the membership secretary if you would like to attend on 01730 814641 or visit The Three Counties Luncheon Club is for ‘ladies who lunch’ and meets on the first Wednesday of every month throughout the year, at the Georgian House Hotel, High Street, Haslemere GU27 2JY. Not only is it a two course lunch, alternating between starters and puddings, but there is also an interesting speaker for ten of the twelve months. The meetings are held at 12.15pm for 12.30pm lunch followed by


the speaker, usually finishing at 3pm. On Wednesday 2nd July, Graham Sergeant is speaking on The Impressionist Painters and on Wednesday 6th August, Lisa Tupper speaks on Bignor Roman Villa. The following two month’s subjects are Gilbert White the Gardener and Sniffer Dogs UK and International. The lunches and talks are for members, but you can go as a visitor to try them out first. For further details email TCLC@anneshatch. or call 01428 656605, being prepared to leave your name and phone number on the answer phone. West Dean College is to host its annual exhibitions, presenting work by thirteen students graduating from the full-time Visual Arts programmes. The exhibitions, held at West Dean College, Chichester from 5th to 11th July and at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London from 16th to 20th July, provide an opportunity to view and buy works by emerging artists developed over a year of intensive study. The exhibited work represents programmes ranging from Graduate Diploma to MFA and includes painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and hand-woven tapestry. The exhibition at West Dean is open Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-4pm and Monday to Friday


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A house of magic Parham House, near Pulborough, is celebrating 21 years of both its annual Garden Weekend and Lady Emma Barnard as its Châtelaine... Parham has always been a well-loved family home, and only three families have lived here since its foundation stone was laid in 1577. Bought in 1922 by the Hon. Clive Pearson and his wife Alicia, they found it in a sad state of repair and together revived and restored it with great sensitivity and care. They opened the doors to the public in 1948 and, followed by their daughter Veronica Tritton, spent more than 60 years carefully restoring it. They filled the house with a sensitively chosen collection of furniture, paintings and textiles and also bought back items which had originally been in it. What they created at Parham is a rare survival of mid 20th century collection within a major Elizabethan house. Simon Jenkins (author, editor and Chairman of the National Trust since 2008) has placed Parham in his top 20 houses (“England’s Thousand Best Houses”, 2003) and referred to it as a ‘house of magic’. Now owned by a charitable trust, Veronica Tritton’s great-niece, Lady Emma Barnard, is ‘châtelaine’ of Parham today, and this summer she and her family are celebrating 21 years of having Parham as their home. The most spectacular room in the house is on the top floor, where the magnificent Long Gallery (right) stretches for over 160ft and is the third longest in England. Its original use was for walking, recreation and even military drilling. Parham’s beautiful four-acre 18th century walled garden includes a vegetable garden, an orchard and a magical 1920’s wendy house with its own fireplace and staircase. Spectacular mixed borders and a long greenhouse provide flowers and plants to decorate every room in the house – a tradition started by Mrs Pearson when Parham first opened to visitors. 8

The adjoining pleasure grounds include a lake, specimen trees and a brick and turf maze; the house and gardens are surrounded by some 875 acres of agricultural and forestry land, including designated areas of Special Scientific Interest. The 300 acres of ancient deer park around the house contain dark fallow deer, with the descendants of the original herd first recorded in 1628. This year, visitors to Parham are able to inspect the newly planted orchard within the garden. There has been an orchard at Parham for centuries, with recent records showing a replanting in 1947 and then again after the great storm of 1987. After a number of years of planning, 40 new trees have just been planted. Head Gardener, Tom Brown, and his team worked closely with Lady Emma Barnard and her family to choose these trees, based on varieties with the best tasting fruits. The orchard is a ‘traditional’ orchard, including apples, pears, plums, damsons, quinces and a walnut tree. Alongside the newly re-planted orchard, the fruit store room is being refurbished to eventually accommodate all the new fruit that will now be grown by the new trees. It will provide a totally ‘natural’ store room with no artificial

temperature control, in order to maintain totally natural storage conditions. This is in keeping with the organic principles followed in the rest of the garden. On this note, the gardens have a new organic ‘slug patrol’ team in operation in the form of two Indian Runner Ducks (Monty and Carol) and three Lavender Cochin chickens (Tiny the Cockerel, Matilda and Maud). Let out of their coop by head gardener, Tom, in the morning, the ducks and chickens roam the walled garden and vegetable beds during the daytime eating all the slugs they can find and paying particular attention to the box hedging surrounding all the vegetable beds, where slugs love to hide. This feathered team is doing an excellent job at removing the slugs organically, without any risk to the other wildlife enjoying the gardens - and the chicken eggs are being used by the family. Each year Parham hosts a calendar of events for visitors to enjoy, and this year includes the ‘21st Annual Garden Weekend’ on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. This hugely popular Garden Weekend will be officially opened in its 21st year by the celebrity TV presenter, Joe Swift, from BBC2’s Friday night Gardeners’ World programme. On the Sunday, Christine Walkden, who is currently the resident gardening expert on The One Show on BBC1, will be on-site. The Garden Weekend attracts a wide spectrum of high quality specialist nurseries and is one of the best garden weekends in the south east of England for viewing and buying really top quality plants for your garden. A new attraction for children this year is a selection of traditional village fair games to enjoy. In August, Parham hosts its third Annual ‘Grow Your Own Festival’ on Sunday 17th August. Taking place in the summer holidays, the day is intended for visitors to come and learn about growing their own food – including fruit, vegetables, herbs and animals. Francis Quinn, the 2013 BBC2 Bake-Off programme winner, is attending the event and will be running a baking and decorating demonstration. Pippa Greenwood, a plant ‘pathologist’, previous presenter on BBC2’s Gardeners’ World and grow-your own expert, will also be attending the event and giving talks. July 2014

The final event in the 2014 calendar is Parham’s ‘Autumn Foraging & Estate Life’ event on Sunday 28th September. Set in the heart of its own ancient deer park, the household at Parham would once have been self-sufficient from produce grown and reared on the estate. The event will include attendance by food and drink exhibitors, traditional woodland crafts, there will be guided deer spotting walks into Parham Park, as well as fungi walks. Old estate artefacts and household items not normally on show to visitors will be displayed. FIND OUT MORE

Parham House & Gardens are open to visitors on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from May to September and every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in April and October. When open, home-made light lunches, refreshments and cream teas are available from Parham House’s 16th century Big Kitchen, and organic produce from the garden is used when available. Visitors can browse for gifts in the house gift shop. A big selection of herbaceous plants – all home-grown – are available in the garden’s nursery shop. For more information on Parham and its events: please visit, telephone 01903 742021 or email 9



are prepared to volunteer their services for free. Sundays 6th July and 3rd August are the dates for the next Haslemere Farmers’ Market (every first Sunday of the month). They take place from 10am-1.30pm in the High Street, Haslemere. There’s lots of fresh quality local produce, a feast for eyes and palate, and a chance meet the farmers, growers and producers. Taste fresh rolled oats which help to make gold medal winning quality whole grain mueslis, granolas, specialty flours, crumble and bread mixes. Try turkey sausages, handmade chocolates and delicious cakes and patisserie and there are even soaps handmade from olive oil. Haslemere Transition Town stall sells second hand books. If you can’t make Haslemere Farmers’ Market there is Milford Farmers’ Market on the 20th July at Secretts’, Milford GU8 5HU and Godalming Farmers’ Market is on the 26th July in Godalming High Street from 10am-

4pm. For more details go to www. or email admin@farmersmarketsurrey. Are any of your little ones into Horrible Histories? If they are you will be interested to know that Horrible Histories- Barmy Britain visits G Live from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th July. Adapted from Terry Deary’s best-selling Horrible Histories books and brought to the stage by the Birmingham Stage Company, Barmy Britain brings the history of our country to life, with all the nasty bits left in! You’re invited on a journey through two thousand years of history from the Romans to the First World War, where you’ll meet fascinating characters, discover funny facts that teachers never tell you about and be blown away by amazing 3D effects. Performances are: Tuesday 8th at 7pm, Wednesday 9th at 10.30am and 1.30pm, Thursday 10th at 1.30pm and 7pm, Friday 11th at

10.30am and 7pm, and Saturday 12th at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets: £15. + £2 booking fee (no booking fee for Friends of G Live or groups). Children £12 Schools/ Groups £9.50. To book tickets go to or call 0844 7701 797 (10am-6pm, Mon to Sat). For bookings in person, the ticket desk in the main foyer will be open from 10am Monday to Saturday; on Sundays and Bank Holidays it will open 90 minutes prior to any performance. Friday 11th July sees the final Grayshott Music Club gig for the 2013/14 season and what a good one it should be. Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby return following their hugely popular appearance back in September 2012. By way of a change the gig is taking place at Haslemere Educational Museum, High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA and starts at 7.30pm. Cathryn, from Virginia, USA has a growing reputation as a singer and

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The church is still fundraising, with about £30,000 more to go for their roof appeal of £140,000, so do go and support this fundraising event. Tickets are £15 from Di Cook on 01428 654303 or drdianecook@ or Shirley Richmond on 01428 653285 or shirley1941@ Another date for you is the Auction of Promises on Saturday 6th September, also in the village hall – with a hog roast and bar.

Godalming Angling Society is holding an open day on Saturday 12th July at their famous Marsh Farm fishing complex. Any family with youngsters is welcome to go along and learn to fish for free! There will be a barbecue lunch, Go along and see if you know your excellent toilet facilities, a fantastic promenades from your do-si-dos! All on-site tackle shop to get all the Saints Church, Grayswood is holding bait and equipment you could ever a barn dance on Saturday 12th July in want and coaching from their team the village hall, [opposite the church trained coaches. A little quality on the A286, near Haslemere] from coaching just before the summer 7.30pm-10pm. There will be a live holidays is the perfect way to ensure Wispers R&A 91.5x147 advert 08:49 Page 1 can band, ploughman’s supper and June bar. 2014 that30/05/2014 budding young anglers


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There is always a lot going on at Petworth House and Park. Petworth summer dig takes place from 12th to 20th July from 11am4pm. Following Petworth Park’s huge excavation last summer when teams of experts and volunteers searched for the magnificent ‘lost’ North Wing and 17th-century stables, families are invited once again to follow the hunt for more of Petworth’s past, lying just beneath your feet. Meet the archaeologists, peer into trenches and discover what they dig up. Normal admission charge only. If you would like more information about things to do this summer, and to download a local ’50 things’ planner visit www. One of the most evocative days in Brooklands Museum’s 2014 calendar will be Sunday 13th July, when the museum marks 75 years since the World’s first purposebuilt motor racing circuit closed for good, at the outbreak of WWII. They

are holding a Reunion which aims to recapture the spirit of a race-day in the Track’s 1930s heyday. Hundreds of pre-war vehicles – including many of the cars and motorcycles which raced at the track between 1907 and 1939 – will feature in displays and demonstrations, while social features of the age will add to the flavour of the day. As well as the racing itself, Brooklands was one of the most popular social destinations for high society in the glamorous heyday 1920s and ‘30s Britain, so everyone attending is encouraged to wear appropriate vintage attire to add to the atmosphere! For times and entry details, go to www. Guildford Shakespeare Company’s (GSC) second open air show of the season is Henry V and takes place from Monday 14th to Saturday 26th July in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral. A celebration of the power of theatre, imagination and the English language, Henry


V is a sweeping story of victory over adversity. Renowned for their fresh and vibrant re-telling of Shakespeare’s plays, GSC will for the first time make use of dramatic outdoor projection and lighting to place this iconic building centre stage. Evening performances start at 7.45pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are £21, £16.50 matinées, and there are concessions and discounts for family tickets and group bookings. To book go to www. guildford-shakespeare-company. or call 01483 304384. Two major Surrey attractions will be joining forces from the 16th to 18th July to offer visitors a trip to discover their Italian roots (the Italian connection will be explained during the course of the trip). It all begins at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge where, amongst the vast collections of pre-war cars, classic aircraft and the famous banked section of the race track built there in 1907, a guide will take you on a tour




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Nick Farley talks to motor racing legend John Surtees John Surtees OBE is definitely ‘Surrey boy made good’. Made very good, in fact. He truly is a world figure and a racing legend we can all admire. He was born in Tatsfield and now lives in Lingfield, both in Surrey. His business however has been based in Kent at Edenbridge, where he still has an office, and it was at Brands Hatch that he first made his racing name. If you are not interested in motor sport, or if you are but are of tender years, you may not know too much about him other than the endlesslyquoted fact that he is the only man to have won World Championships on two wheels and on four: for the record he actually won seven World titles on motorbikes between 1956 and 1960 and he was F1 World Champion driving a Ferrari in 1964. All of which is remarkable enough and a truly amazing achievement, and one which is unlikely ever to be repeated, but how about this: the very first car race he ever saw was one in which he was actually taking part; not only that, it was one in which he came second to Jim Clark! Moreover, it could be argued, July 2014

and I would certainly argue it, that had he been a little more prudent and perhaps a little less ‘emotional’ (his word, not mine) he would have won more F1 Championships. Perhaps because of ‘emotion’ he didn’t, as he put it to me “….. always find myself sitting in the best (F1)seat”. Right seat or not he’s had an incredible career in a dangerous sport. He celebrates his 80th birthday this year and that’s provided me with a jolly good reason to talk to him. I actually first met him in 1971 when I was working for The London Evening News which was sponsoring every race meeting of the season – cars and motorbikes – at Brands Hatch, and it was therefore decided that editorially we needed an expert who could talk knowledgably both about bikes and cars. Who fitted that description better than John Surtees? The fact that he also knew Brands Hatch about as well as he knew his own kitchen was a bonus. My role? I was the humble gobetween twixt him and the Evening News. The thing that I remember about him from that time was his single-mindedness, his determination and the breadth of his knowledge. Remember that by 1971 he had already been a top F1 driver for over 10 years and he’d been World Champion in 1964. Not only was he still driving and winning in F1 cars in 1971, he was also designing and building his own Surtees F1 cars and other racing cars, notably the championship-winning F2 cars, at his Edenbridge factory. 13

the crash, he was living in Italy in a Ferrari apartment. He was secure as the Number One driver for Ferrari, he had already won the Syracuse Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix of that year and he was leading the World Championship when, on a matter of principle and because of ‘politics’, he walked out of Ferrari. Just imagine that. In that position he simply left Ferrari! Who else would have done that? Had he swallowed hard, bitten his tongue and stayed he would probably have been the F1 Champion again in 1966. But swallowing hard and biting the tongue are not Surtees traits, so off he went and drove the rest of the 1966 F1 season in a Cooper Maserati, ending up with a couple of podium finishes and a win at the Mexican Grand Prix. That’s the determination bit.

Flying over Ballaugh Bridge in the Isle of Man TT 1957

When I asked him about this he said: “The most important person you’ve got to please is yourself. I got carried away with the emotional challenge. Walking out (on Ferrari) while I was leading the World Championship wasn’t what I planned.” It’s clear when talking to him again after a gap of 43 years that nothing has changed. There’s still the same enthusiasm, the same drive and energy and the same humour and the proverbial spade is still going to be called a spade. Has he mellowed over the years? “I think I’m the same, but experience teaches you……one or two things I did in life were a bit too emotional.”

Left: The new book published this month which will help fund the Foundation Right: John at the inauguration of the Air Ambulance blood transfusion service funded by the Henry Surtees Foundation

Let me give you a feel for what I mean about his ‘emotional’ responses, his occasional imprudence and his ever present determination. In 1964 he was the Ferrari number one driver and he won the World Championship that year in a Ferrari. In 1965 he had numerous F1 podium positions for Ferrari, but he finished the year with a monumental racing accident in Canada which he was lucky to survive. Then, in 1966, still getting over 14

One of the things which I admired about him all those years ago was his obvious enthusiasm for those race tracks which we mere spectators regarded as the ‘real’ race tracks. Those spectacular tracks which were ultimately dropped from the championship calendar because they were deemed to be too dangerous. Tracks such as the old 14 mile Nürburgring – his very first F1 victory was at the Nürburgring - and the old nine mile Spa circuit as well as the 37 mile motorcycle Isle of Man TT circuit. Tracks which had indeed claimed many lives. These were tracks at which Surtees excelled. Thankfully the Isle of Man TT continues, although it is no longer part of the World Motorcycle Championships, and there are, of course, still F1 Grand Prix held

at Spa and the Nürburgring, but those two tracks today are much shorter and tamer than they were in Surtees’s day. For example, in the mid-1950s, and that’s 60 years ago, his 500cc MV motorbike was achieving speeds of over 170mph along the old Masta Straight at Spa and I simply can’t imagine what that must have felt like on the bikes of that era. He is glad to have been able to ride and drive on those dangerous circuits: “I would have regretted missing the sheer thrill of riding and driving the old Spa circuit, the old Nürburgring and the Isle of Man”. It was in the Isle of Man that “I hit a cow….that was another experience!”. That’s one way of putting it I suppose. The cow apparently made a full recovery and fortunately John was unharmed too; only the bike suffered. However, the danger of motor sport is not something that Surtees has escaped: in 2009 his 18 year old son, Henry, was killed while racing at Brands Hatch when the wheel of another car came off and hit him. As a result of that tragic accident, and to commemorate Henry’s life, John started The Henry Surtees Foundation which, among other things, provides help and support for people with brain or physical injuries to return to community living. And last year, in partnership with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, and SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) The Henry Surtees Foundation provided the Air Ambulance helicopters with blood transfusion equipment and also funded two Honda cars to transport blood in temperature controlled containers to the helicopter bases at Marden and Redhill. This valuable funding enables blood transfusions to be carried out at the scene of accidents rather than patients having to wait until they reach hospital before they get what may be a life-saving transfusion. In the first year 69 emergency transfusions were carried out. Raising funds for the Foundation’s continuing work is now the focus of John’s enthusiasm, drive and energy and in this year, his 80th birthday year, and the 50th anniversary of his F1 Championship year, he still has a very busy schedule of appearances to help raise money. A marvellous new book, a pictorial celebration July 2014

In 2013 John was awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy at The RAC Club in Pall Mall.

of his amazing career, will be published this month and will raise further funds for the Foundation. (See panel.) He’s still driving his racing cars and riding his racing bikes at displays and exhibitions and he will be driving a 1964 Ferrari F1 car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of June. There are those who say he should be Sir John Surtees and there has long been a campaign to bring this about. I had to ask him what he thought about it and the embarrassed response was “’s up to others. If it happens it happens, but if it doesn’t it doesn’t”. Well in my opinion it’s a crying shame if it doesn’t. FIND OUT MORE

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revealing its early days. After a two course lunch with a Mediterranean twist in the Edwardian clubhouse, a Routemaster bus will take visitors the short distance to Painshill, England’s most elegant 18th century landscape garden created by Charles Hamilton. On arrival, visitors will be met by a guide who will take you on an historic tour around the landscape garden. The all-inclusive ticket for this unique tour which includes a guided tour at each venue, lunch and transfers to Painshill and back to Brooklands is just £30. It runs daily from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th July. The tour starts at 11am so guests must arrive no later than 10.45am. Advance booking required, adults only. Bookings can be made online at or by calling 01932 868113. If you have any access requirements please call them to discuss before booking. Regretfully, the Routemaster bus is unsuitable for wheelchair users. Liphook WI is delighted to have welcomed several new members, their motto seemingly being ‘the more the merrier’. Their speaker for the 16th July meeting is Olive Lloyd and her talk is entitled ‘Textiles is Art’ which everyone is looking forward to. It is as usual in the Village Hall, starts at 7.30pm and visitors are very welcome. There are also plans afoot to go out for a VERY POSH tea; hopefully there will be details of this at the meeting. In August, when by the way there is no meeting, they are going down to Chichester to see Guys and Dolls. If you would like any further information do telephone Christine Chubb on 01428 723947. On Friday 18th July Chiddingfold Cinema presents The Grand Budapest Hotel. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8pm. Running time: approx. 96 minutes (+ 15 minute interval). Starring Ralph Fiennes as Gustave and F. Murray Abraham as Moustafa, the story combines the theft and recovery of a priceless renaissance portrait, 16

contested wills, mistaken identities, and the hunt for a murder suspect. This stylish blend of comedy and drama recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel in the period between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Tickets for each film cost £5 on the door, or in advance from Chiddingfold Post Office. Season Tickets are also available from both locations and are only £25, and valid for six entries with no expiry dates. For further details or if you are interested in joining as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Lacey on 01428 683120, or email cinema. The Garden Show at Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS is on from 18th to 20th July. After the past two years of a successful show the good news is that The Garden Show returns for a third year to Loseley Park and is set to grow. Art, Design and Your Garden with Specialist Nurseries and Garden Products, Gifts, Artists and Designers, Country Food and Wines and kid’s entertainment with plenty more to see and do! Life continues to be very good at The Garden Show so take some time out to enjoy. More information at www. or call 01243 538456. The Tribute Band ABBAVISION together with a DJ are doing a gig at Court Barn Meadow, Birdham PO20 7BQ. It takes place on Saturday 19th July, the gates open at 6pm and the band starts at 8pm. Food and drink concessions available and you can take your own tables, chairs, umbrellas, picnics and gazebos but only at the periphery of the event please. Cooking, camping and overnight stays are not permitted. Tickets cost £25, family of four £60 and additional children £15 each and are available from S.Bird, 36 Heathfield Green, Midhurst GU29 9QA. Tel: 01730 813957. Free parking.


One of the nation’s best-loved artists comes to the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire this summer in a new exhibition of work by Quentin Blake and other leading contemporary children’s illustrators. There are 21 new drawings made by Quentin for the hit West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, full of his usual wit and sharp-eyed observations. The original drawings and watercolours in the show have all been lent by the Chris Beetles Gallery in London, and are for sale. The gallery is also lending stunning watercolour illustrations by artists including Michael Foreman, Emma Chichester Clark, John Burningham, Helen Oxenbury, Rebecca Cobb and Oliver Jeffers. The stories illustrated range from classics such as Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland and classic fairy tales to works by Terry Jones and Michael Morpurgo. Quentin Blake and Friends opens on Saturday 19th July and runs every day until Sunday 14th September, 10am to 5pm, normal admission charge only. Mottisfont is a romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens in the village of Mottisfont, near Romsey. As well as the house and world renowned gardens, Mottisfont has a 1,645 acre estate and an eclectic all year round events programme. For more information, visit www. ‘Fête Accompli’ is a Murder Mystery Fête for all the family and takes place at Bohunt School, Liphook, on Sunday 20th July from 12 noon to 4pm. Join up for a day of serious fun and sleuthing for all the family. Guess who did it by inspecting the crime scene, collecting clues from around the fête and questioning the suspects. Loads of fun fête games, food and entertainment for all. Entry to the fête is free; entry to the murder mystery is £3. Anyone interested in booking a stall please contact Leyanne on 01420 488487 or 07900 321772. This is a fundraising event

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As Guildford Shakespeare Company gear up for their second show of summer 2014, here’s a peek behind the scenes of what goes into the workings of Surrey’s award-winning theatre company. Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC), which specialises in site-responsive theatre, was established in 2006 by two local actors, Matt Pinches and Sarah Gobran. Their objective was to re-ignite people’s passion for Shakespeare and theatre-going by producing immersive, accessible and innovative home grown theatre in interesting and unusual non-theatre spaces. Sarah graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 1998 and met Matt whilst they were acting in a show together, just down the road in Sutton. Matt meanwhile had trained in West Yorkshire at the prestigious Bretton Hall, specialising in devised and physical theatre. Over the years they have appeared in a whole range of the theatre from Alan Ayckbourn to Roald Dahl, from pantomime to village hall touring… but their lasting passion had always been Shakespeare. So, at Christmas 2005, they came up with the idea to stage an open-air production in Guildford’s Castle Gardens. “I had taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival some years before”, explains Sarah, “so I had some idea of how to put something together, but I had no idea that this one event would snowball into what is now Guildford Shakespeare Company!” Working with the tiniest of budgets – “we started with just £1,000 from an advert that I had just shot” – and calling on all 18

the contacts and favours they had built up in the industry, Matt and Sarah unveiled the first GSC production, Much Ado About Nothing in July 2006. It played for just 10 performances to sold out audiences every night, in glorious sunshine. “We were really blessed with the weather, the team and all the support we garnered for this first event”, recalls Matt. “We even received support from Sir Derek Jacobi, Lord and Lady Rix and Sir Kenneth Branagh” (who earlier this year attended their acclaimed Othello in Holy Trinity Church). This year is their most ambitious, with four productions. Following Othello in February and Twelfth Night in June, their next production is Henry V at Guildford Cathedral which will run from the 14th to 26th July and will be followed by their inaugural autumn season with a unique staging of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Work on each main season begins at least 12 months before the audience arrives. Working with non-theatre venues means

campaign. An added complexity is that the posters are usually needed well before the design concept of the show is decided upon.” Rehearsals are six days a week, from 10am to 6pm in Guildford (sometimes longer with evening rehearsals for fight calls or dance routines). “Rehearsals are usually two and a half to three weeks in length and are very intense, even more so in the summer when we start performing the first play at night and rehearsing the second during the day.

that planning stages can be longer - the first time they worked with College of Law on Portsmouth Road, discussions began four years beforehand. Once the venue and dates are confirmed, key members of the creative team such as the director, designer and lighting designer are engaged. Over the next three to four months, whilst they begin to formulate their plans for the productions, the raising of finance through sponsorship and funding applications commences. At the same time, marketing schedules are drawn up for the 12 weeks leading up to the start of the season. Casting usually takes place two to there months before rehearsals. GSC regularly has between 1000-1400 actors submitted by agents for the eight jobs on offer. Sarah, who heads up the casting process, added: “It can be a very complex operation, especially in the summer when you have two directors wanting different things from the same cast. Eventually we see about 60 actors for audition in London, and often do recalls for the people we want to see again… and of course that’s not taking into account the actors you want to re-employ.” Matt looks after the marketing of the shows, which for a non-building based company also presents its challenges. “Each time we launch a season it is a little like starting from scratch again, to remind people that GSC exists. Our venues are diverse and we don’t that easy recognition from the public that ‘I know theatre happens here’. We employ a mix of marketing tools from distributing 70,000 flyers to making movie-style trailers. Our posters are always commented upon and getting that artwork right is crucial to success of the July 2014

“Expectations from both audiences and within the industry itself have become more intense, which is wonderful,” observes Matt. “But when you’re not core-funded and need 75% of revenue to come from earned income (the show budget for Summer 2014 is just under £100,000 and will create 21 jobs), the pressures are large and the margins are small.” Happily, 2014 is shaping up to be the company’s best year yet. With Othello, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Twelfth Night and Henry V under their belts, one might be forgiven for thinking that the year was nearly done. “We’re really excited to be launching our brand new autumn season this October”, adds Sarah. “It has been a long time in coming, but the introduction of our third full season will see us become, in the public’s eye, a year round producing company for the first time. The Canterbury Tales look set to be another first for GSC as we are writing the script ourselves, the launch of our own literary legacy, if you like.” Before all that though, Guildford Shakespeare Company will be calling you “once more unto the breach” as their five-man Henry V is unleashed in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral. This production will include especially designed light projections, placing this iconic building centre stage. So why do they do it? “When people have the opportunity to see the text live, the world of the play is opened up to them, the character’s circumstances and dilemmas are real and they are given an opportunity to engage directly with the story and the action. Suddenly it’s not “all Greek to me” but rather an event which they are part of. One of the most rewarding – and regular – comments we receive is “I never thought Shakespeare could be like that!” FIND OUT MORE For Henry V tickets, Summer Schools and more details about Guildford Shakespeare Company and the work it does visit the website at or call the box office on 01483 304384. Top left: Rehearsals get underway. Bottom left: A cast member from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Top: The summer 2014 company of actors and stage managers, with Twelfth Night director Tom Littler. 19

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Everyone’s favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, is pirouetting onto the G Live stage on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd July in her brand-new ‘Mousical’. A magical show packed full of singing and dancing, this show is a perfect treat for little ones. In this production, Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to dance live on the famous TV show ‘Strictly Mouse Dancing’! But things get out of control when the girls and boys have very different ideas about the show! The performance on Monday starts at 4pm, while on Tuesday and Wednesday there are two performances at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets: £12.50 + £2 booking fee (no booking fee for Friends of G Live or groups). Groups 8+ save 10%. To book tickets go to

The Petworth Festival runs from Wednesday 16th July to Saturday 2nd August and the headline event this year is The Petworth Plays, a set of Jacobean dramas that has been in the Egremont family’s collection since the 17th century. For the 2014 festival, selected highlights showcasing a cross section of the plays are brought to life in an exclusive and specially commissioned collaboration between the Festival and the National Trust. The dynamic Guided Theatre Company directed by Tarn Williams will give a highly entertaining and unconventional promenade around both Petworth House and the collection of plays by authors including Shakespeare,

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you can relax to some great jazz. The Paul Stiles & Carla Henricks Duo (members of the Manhattan Groove) will be playing in the Market Square from 7.30pm to 10pm. Bring your own picnic and chair. This is an unticketed event, but donations will be most welcome. All in aid of Midhurst Parish Church funds. The beautiful downland village of Graffham, just south of Petworth, has long been an inspiration to artists ranging from Henry La Thangue to Ivon Hitchens and continues to draw artists, craftsmen and musicians in the 21st century. The village will be holding its first Festival of Arts this summer between 19th and 27th July. The festival programme includes an ‘Open Studios’ art trail exhibiting the work of local painters, potters, sculptors and craftsmen as well as the artistic talents of the younger generation. There will be an ‘Open Gardens’ trail, an evening of English organ music at the village


church, St.Giles’, a village concert at the Empire Hall, a poetry evening, a festival quiz, an evening of jazz harp music at the Foresters Arms, talks on the work of La Thangue and Hitchens – and more. At the beginning of the week there is a special service and a flower festival at St Giles’ and on the final Saturday, 26th July, the official re-opening of the sports pavilion will take place as well as sports and a barbeque at the recreation ground. For more information have a look at the festival website www. Here is something for Python fans. Farnham Maltings will be screening Monty Python Live (mostly) from London’s O2 Arena on 20th and 25th July. For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians,


Body Shapes with Kirstie Smillie There are many fashion blogs written on body shape by a growing number of ‘fashion experts’, but in the end it always comes down to personal choice for your own lifestyle and your own unique body shape. It’s easy to dress a size six model with minimal curves and firm body mass but for ‘real’ ladies, in spite of all the choices on the high street and on-line, there are restrictions to what suits your shape and wardrobe requirements. Understanding your body shape is useful to aid the choice of garments as you trudge into that changing room. The reality is that most of us sit between two or maybe three shapes and we have to adjust the information to suit. If you know you have a fuller bust and that a lower neckline is preferable, just ignore those dresses that don’t fit the brief, but at the same time don’t let changeable details put you off. A full length sleeve can be altered to a shorter length, and a below knee hem can be shortened to sit just at the right point. If you are fuller figured, avoid those younger brands that don’t allow for curves. Don’t waste

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their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014. The screening for both performances starts at 7pm and cost £15. Call the Box Office on 01252 745444 or go to www. Teenagers aged 13-15 are not always well catered for when it comes to activities for the summer holidays, so here’s an interesting week’s worth of activity for them and their friends. Set up with variety, skills and fun experiences in mind, the week includes a day with the media experts at Eagle Radio, a scuba diving taster session, a certificated course in first aid, performance and voice training from the experts at G Live and a day at the University of Surrey plus lots more. The week takes place from Monday 21st to Friday 25th July and you can book now at www.exorta. Tel: 07799 883851. Haslemere Natural History Society is holding a one-day course on Wednesday 23rd July, starting at 10am in Haslemere Educational Museum. The course is ‘Why has the Weald such contrasts of scenery?’ and will be led by Jill Fry. In the morning a tour of exhibits, including examples of the Wealden rocks, maps and photographs, will trace the timescale of events and forces that have led to the Weald we know today. In the afternoon there will be a visit to one or two of the features to see the rocks in situ and how the elements have shaped the landscape you are looking at. Non-members are welcome to apply though numbers are limited. Enquiries to the secretary, HNHS, c/o Haslemere Museum, High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA or info@ haslemerenaturalhistorysociety. Please include address and phone number. If places are available, the booking fee will be £10. Surrey Guild Craft Gallery Milford has had a huge makeover and now shows all the work to its 26

best advantage in the new spacious layout. See Milford girl Lizzie Welch’s new unique glass work which includes jewellery and delicate ornaments. Also new member Amy Walker has her colourful leather goods including purses and handbags. Coming soon to the Surrey Gallery is new member, Sarah Stanley, with her clever mosaic indoor and outdoor work including platters, spheres and wall hung art. See www.surreyguild. com for joining criteria. The Wave returns to Haslemere between Sunday 27th July and Friday 1st August. Inspired by their faith, teams from local churches will be meeting local needs and bringing people together. There will be: a café on Lion Green offering snacks and drinks, (Mon-Fri, 2pm-5pm) and also in the evening including music and a quiz (Mon-Thu, 7.30pm9.30pm), a free family fun afternoon on Lion Green, (Friday 2.30pm) with a BBQ at 5pm, a children’s holiday club, (Mon to Thu 2.30pm-4pm. Enrol now, bursaries are available), and games and sports at The Herons MUGA (Mon to Thu 2pm-4.30pm). See community or www.facebook. com/wavesummerevent for full programme information and holiday club enrolment. Also during the week, the Wave team will be lending a helping hand in the gardens and homes of locals who find practical tasks difficult to manage due to, for example, ill health or age. Please get in touch if you or someone you know needs help:, phone 01428 653011. The Rural Life Centre holds its biggest annual event on Sunday 27th July. Rustic Sunday is a festival of country life with lots to interest and entertain all ages. Children will love trying their hand at traditional crafts and riding on the steam train - there’s even a dolls house big enough for little ones to go into. There’s also the popular Victorian schoolroom where they


can pretend to be schoolchildren in the ‘olden days’. The beautiful 10-acre site on Reeds Road, Tilford will be bustling with many stalls demonstrating crafts, delicious home-made food to try, a jazz band and Morris dancers, sheep shearing and fly casting demonstrations, and horse-drawn bus rides as well as a working blacksmith. The reconstructed iron furnace and the wood yard will both be in action and Surrey beekeepers will be showing visitors how they make honey. The museum’s permanent features such as the Polish exhibition, the 1950s prefab, 1920s holiday home and WWII bunkers are all open. Bring along a picnic or enjoy a meal at the excellent café. Entry is £8.50 for adults, Concessions £7.50, £6 for children aged 5-16. Visit for full details. The Fernhurst Society was formed in 1998 and has around 250 members; however, their next event is open to everyone. On Sunday 27th July it’s the Fernhurst to Midhurst Walk which coincides with the opening day of the South Downs National Park HQ. There are three options. Do it all. The first section is not for the faint hearted! The second option, the descent towards Midhurst, has wonderful views and is downhill. The third option, for the shortest walk of about 45 minutes, is to join in at the Elizabeth oak, parking by Benbow ponds, and walk to the new SDNPA HQ. Lunch vouchers for all courtesy of South Downs National Park Authority as the plan is to end up all together! Let them know to plan return transport. Contact Bob Smalley at or uk. The Loxwood Joust is the UK’s premiere Medieval Fun Day Out and is taking place at the enchanting Loxwood Meadow. It takes place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August, each day from 10am to 6pm, and the programme of medieval revelry guarantees a

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A GOOD Book In this regular column we feature books that we, and our reviewers, like. They may not necessarily be new books, but they’ll be fiction and non-fiction books that we have enjoyed. We’ll always include at least one children’s book in the selection each time. We’d love to hear your thoughts on anything you feel we should be reading and sharing with others.

Instructions for a Heatwave By Maggie O’Farrell Published in 2013 by Tinder Press ISBN: 978-0-7553-5879-3 Price: £7.99 Paperback Fiction

Maggie O’Farrell’s inspiration for this novel was geo-thermal – the recent eruption of the volcano in Iceland which covered most of Northern Europe in ash. The effect this had on society and day-to-day life was widespread and significant, reminding us that nature can at times render us powerless. The heatwave of 1976 provided a similar state of disruption and fear. It was the hottest Summer on record with a severe lack of rain, resulting in the Government declaring an official drought. This provides the background for the Riordan family to play out their jealousies and rivalry.

The family is vulnerable, unhappy and unfulfilled and we follow the sniping and arguing as their past reveals some uncomfortable truths amongst the oppressive heat, which is a constant presence in all the unravelling of the facts. Maggie O’Farrell’s observation of family life is detailed and powerful. The characters may not be likeable but they feel very real and provide a strong storyline. An enjoyable and easy read, well-written, humorous (despite the above) and poignant. This was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards in 2013. Reviewed by Sally Russell

The Tour de France

The history, the legend, the riders. By Graeme Fife Published by Mainstream Publishing ISBN: 978-1-780-57625-1 Price: £14.99 Paperback Non-fiction

On Saturday July 5th The Tour de France starts in Three very different adult children Yorkshire! So, – the brother on the brink of if any of the divorce, trapped and frustrated in incredible cycling his teaching job, and two estranged success we Brits sisters who have a mass of hanghave had in the ups and problems, both inherited last few years – and domestic – come together to deal with a family crisis and cope umpteen Olympic Golds, several YOUR ON UNTIL World Championships and two with WE their PAY mother. TheirVAT father, forAWNINGS successive Tour de France wins – no apparent reason, 30th has suddenly July 2014 has made even the tiniest scintilla of disappeared.



a blip on your radar then you must get this book: “Tour de France, the history, the legend, the riders” by Graeme Fife. It is riveting. The Tour must be the most gruellingly difficult and cruel sporting event on the planet. It is three weeks of murderous mountain climbs, blistering heat, freezing cold, drenching rain and occasionally snow. Even on drugs, and there has been the odd druggy moment as we all know, but even on drugs you have to be beyond human just to ride The Tour, let alone to win it. This splendid book is the portal to this magnificent sporting spectacular. Here is the history of an event which began 111 years ago, and never mind the modern drugs scandals you simply can’t imagine the incredible hardship of those early races nor the amount of blatant cheating and skulduggery which went on in the past; here too are the tales of epic personal rivalries and the stories of some of the great riders of all time, Merckx, Coppi, Anquetil, Simpson et al. They’re all here and their stories will grip you to the very last syllable of the very last chapter, and the last chapter is the story of last year’s Tour, the 100th race, won by British rider, Chris Froome. Graeme Fife is a writer and broadcaster who has been an avid follower of The Tour for twenty five years. Above all he’s a keen cyclist

himself and he has ridden all of the legendary cols and passes of The Tour. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the race together with his obvious love for it, have resulted in a super book about a superhuman event. Reviewed by Nick Farley

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Colour Me Beautiful

The Red House

Expert guidance to help you feel confident and look great Revised edition published in 2014 ISBN: 978-0-600-62817-0 Price: £15.99 Paperback Non-fiction

This book is about real women. How real women with lumps, bumps, with the odd wrinkle and imperfection can make the best of their assets. It shows you how to give yourself a colour and style make-over and how properly to find the style and colour scheme (for make-up and clothes) that is, frankly, going to flatter you the most. But do beware, buying this book will make you seriously want to empty your wardrobe and head for the shops. What is so refreshing about this book is that it doesn’t portray stickthin models who clearly would be able to wear anything, it shows real people – tall people, short people, and people who stick out in the places that real people stick out. It helps you assess your body shape and then tells you what clothing styles are going to enhance and flatter your shape. This book also gives you handy tips about organising your wardrobe, July 2014

Perfect for a cathartic Summer clear-out. Reviewed by Carol Farley

Published in 2013 by Vintage ISBN: 978-0-099-57016-5 Price: £7.99 Paperback Non-fiction

Brother and sister, Angela and Richard, have seldom spoken over the past 20 years until meeting up at their mother’s funeral. They have little in common; Richard is a successful hospital consultant, Angela a frazzled, overweight despairing mother of three whose husband, Dominic, is a failed musician who works in a bookshop. ‘Bespoke or chain?’ asks Richard about the bookshop on the first night of the joint family holiday he has organised and paid for, renting the rambling red house on the Welsh borders. Richard has recently married glamorous divorcee, Louisa, and in the process acquired her sulky teenage daughter, Melissa. Four adults, four children, all very different and all, over the space of a week, behaving unpredictably as the inflexible company gradually unravels. Haddon proved himself an adroit handler of human emotions with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and this clever book is just as absorbing. Reviewed by Caroline Boucher

Amazing Jobs Published in 2014 by Lonely Planet ISBN: 978-1-74321-919-5 Price: £9.99 Hardback Non-fiction For Children aged 5 and up

Each of the seven double page spreads in this fabulous book shows many people busying themselves at play and at work all around the world. This is a really fun book for boys and girls with lots of really interesting things to find and look at. I loved the fact that the topic was different from the usual ‘animals’ or ‘countryside’ and the professions they chose were also different and intriguing. Definitely a book children will want to keep dipping in to. Reviewed by Carol Farley

A Richer Dust By Michael Oakland Published in 2007 by Studio Gallery Price: £14.50 Paperback Non-fiction

This is a rather lovely book. It is the result of lengthy research into the lives of those who died in both world wars and appear on the Lurgashall War Memorial. Lurgashall itself is a charming village - the very emodiement of an England that these brave men went to war to protect. Each of the 33 names, bar one, has a full chapter with others on the building of the memorial itself and about the parish. Lord Egremont from nearby Petworth House, has provided the foreword to a valuable local resource. Readers can obtain this book for just £9.50 inclusive of p&p, so please email, or call him on 01798 861872. Reviewed by Stefan Reynolds 29

MADhurst 2014 MADhurst (the Midhurst Music Arts and Drama Festival) takes place for nine days every summer, culminating in a Grand Finale celebration on August Bank Holiday Monday. This year the dates are 16th-25th August. Many people think that the name ‘MADhurst’ means that in August the people of Midhurst go a little bit nuts, which is only partly true. The name actually signifies the unification of music, arts, dance and drama in one big community celebration of local creativity and talent. History For several years before the first MADhurst festival in 2010 there was an annual May Day Carnival in Midhurst. It was a parade and fête. In 2007 it included a “Midhurst’s Got Talent” competition, and in the following year (2008) there was a successful evening concert. The carnival was moving in a distinctly musical direction, however in 2009 funding was hard to find, and there was no Carnival. Nevertheless, the then vicar of Midhurst, Father Marcus Ronchetti and several friends felt that there was a huge opportunity to embrace its ethos of sparking local creativity, while engaging a broader cross-section of the community. They joined with the organizers of the Carnival, formed a committee, raised a bit of money, and MADhurst was born. The event was extended over nine days to include as much talent and as wide a range of groups as possible. The whole town contributed in many different ways, lending office space, organizing the parade and events, and lending their time as artists, performers, box-office volunteers, social media wonks, parade marshals, web designers, graphic artists, event sponsors and security people. Right from the beginning MADhurst has also benefitted from the active support of Midhurst Town Council, who organise a Carnival Procession on Grand Finale Day, a terrific way to kick off the August Bank Holiday celebrations. The week of the first Festival was sunny, and people came out in droves to enjoy the fun. The whole nine-day extravaganza ended with a concert beside Cowdray Ruins and a huge firework display! The Committee, with their many partners, had done it! They had founded a festival, they had fostered stronger community relations, and, amazingly, they had balanced the books! Since then the festival has gone from strength to strength. This year the line-up includes something for all ages, and caters for a wide range of interests. Music The Beech Orchestra will play a mix of popular classics, newly arranged for the festival, in the serene and lovely Parish Church. Later in the week, the Milestone Collective Swing Band will raise the roof and get us all up and dancing. An old-time Tea Dance will tale place at the historic Spread Eagle Hotel where you can enjoy a cream tea and a large dose nostalgia, while at the ‘Ragtime at the Ruins’ you can stroll through the Walled Garden at Cowdray and picnic 30

among the ruins while the FB Pocket Orchestra plays the jazz, blues and popular songs of the 20s and 30s. In addition there will be various musical happenings in the Town Square, and several cafes will host “drop in” lunch-time concerts. Arts The MADhurst Fine Art Exhibition is a highlight of the festival, as is the annual Summer Exhibition of the Midhurst Art Society. The Children’s Fun Day will enable budding sculptors and installation artists to decorate their bikes or buggies, build their own instruments and have fun with Whacky Races and a Junk Orchestra. Gardening is an art, and Gardeners Question Time will be a master class, with horticultural experts from some of the best-known gardens in England. Numerous free craft workshops are planned, and the MADhurst Short Story Competition gives local writers a chance to air their skills. Dance and Drama The Haslemere Players will entertain with excerpts from their hit production ‘Show Stoppers: Memories of the Movies’, during a delicious dinner at the Spread Eagle, while Dawn Gracie will rock the foundations with a raucous evening of Burlesque, Bangers and Beer at the Royal Oak pub. The Midhurst Dance School and the Centre Stage Academy will also be performing at the Grand Finale. The Grand Finale MADhurst culminates in a grand Finale Family Day on August Bank Holiday. This year the parade will include over 20 individual bands, dancing groups, floats and the A272 Riders Club. Its going to be noisy! Beside the Ruins will be stalls, games, demonstrations, food, and performance artists. A final concert, with the Fug Band, The Free Radicals, the Stoned Crows, Rosie Hodgson and the South Downs Ukelele Orchestra, among others, and a surprise arrival, will wrap up the whole extravaganza. The MADhurst Festival has been a growing success each year since 2010, but the lasting legacy has been the stronger relationships and inter-connections among the various organizations of Midhurst, as they celebrate together the town they love - a great place to live and visit. Come along and join us! Full details



day out like no other. There’s an all action jousting tournament and daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire. Music from the internationally acclaimed singing group the Mediaeval Baebes. Try your hand at archery, sup fine ales and dine on local organic fayre while the little ones can enjoy their very own Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival where the Medieval Groat is the currency! The Loxwood Joust is excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood and has ample free parking. Advance tickets are Adults £12, Children 4-14 £6, under 4s free. On the gate, equivalent prices are £15, £7, free. Seniors are £13 and a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is £40. To order tickets go to The British Isles Music Festival is taking place at Ardingly College, West Sussex, from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th August. The Festival is one of the most enterprising master

class and chamber music courses in Europe, offering tuition with your professor and chamber music coaching with both your professor and other professors. Apart from the Professors Gala Concert, all concerts are given by the students. The level of playing expected by the festival is Pre-Conservatory (High School), Conservatory and Young Professional. Most musicians who come have had some experience performing and are aspiring to be, or are, professional musicians. There is a lower age limit of 15 and upper age limit of 32. Ardingly College is an historic public (private) school with outstanding facilities, beautiful grounds, excellent accommodation and food. The Chapel has superb acoustics for performance and the college boasts a beautiful crypt in which Baroque repertoire is explored and performed. The total fee for the course is £925 for tuition, chamber music coaching, concert participation and full board. The deposit of £150 should to be paid on


line at via PayPal. More information on the website. Some bursaries are available for each class. As in previous years a Carnival Procession will take place in Midhurst on the Bank Holiday Monday August 25th, on the concluding day of the MADhurst Festival, a week long community event that seeks to bring together all the creative, artistic and musical talent in Midhurst. The Midhurst Town Council Carnival team invites any Midhurst group individual or business to get involved with a float or walking entry. This year the theme is simply ‘Carnival’ which gives plenty of opportunity to do something colourful and fun! The procession will leave Church Hill at 12 noon and ends up the sports ground next to the Cowdray Ruins where the MADhurst Finale takes place. Anyone wanting to be in the procession should contact Midhurst Councillor Rev David Coote for an

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A Gourmet Summer Meal With recipes from the Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere David Quinn, Head Chef at The Restaurant at Haslemere’s Lythe Hill Hotel and his brigade of talented chefs , work with a rich line of home grown and locally sourced, seasonal produce and ingredients strongly associated with Surrey to bring delicious, truly memorable dishes to the Lythe Hill table. This multi-award-winning restaurant is set amidst tranquil Surrey countryside in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Diners enjoy sublime modern British cuisine either feasting under 15th Century Tudor beams in the oak panelled dining room - or in Lythe Hill’s more contemporary Brasserie, overlooking the ornamental lake and beautifully landscaped grounds.

MAIN: Pan Fried Breast of Duck with, Confit Duck Pomme Anna, Caraway Cabbage, Braised Carrots and Carrot Puree This melt-in-the-mouth main course is a real favourite amongst our diners and utilises home grown and locally sourced ingredients to make a stellar gastronomique dish. 1. Finely slice potatoes per person (use a mandolin if there is one available) and place in a mould suitable for the oven. Place the potatoes into three layers, allowing them to overlap slightly. Add one layer of confit duck meat then another three potato layers. Add a final layer of confit duck meat and finish with three layers of potatoes. Cover the whole Anna in duck fat. Wrap the mould in tin foil and cook the oven on 145C for 45 minutes. Remove the tin foil and increase the temperature to 170C. Cook for a further 30 minutes. Once cooked all the way through, place another tray of the same size on top and press down firmly. 2. For the braised carrots, warm everything in a pan apart from the carrots. Allow the butter to melt in the water. Add the prepared carrots and cook till tender. 3. Make the purée. In a pan, add the carrots and butter to suit, add the orange juice and allow to sweat adding water if needed. Once soft, 32

blend, adding water until smooth. Season to taste. 4. For the cabbage, finely shred it and place in a pan. Add the caraway seeds and white wine and allow to sweat adding a little water if needed - continue to cook on a low temperature until the cabbage is cook ed (approximately 15mins). 5. Place six duck breasts in an oven proof pan with oil, skin side down – as the pan gets slowly hotter, the duck skin will crisp up. Put the pan with the duck breasts into the oven at 180C for six minutes. Remove from oven and add a small knob of butter to the pan. Turn the duck over skin side up and glaze with honey. Allow to rest in a warm area to finish cooking.

Ingredients 6 duck breasts Caraway Cabbage ½ white cabbage Pinch of caraway seeds 100ml white wine Confit Duck Pomme Anna Peeled potatoes Duck fat, melted Confit duck legs Braised Carrots 12 baby carrots 2 star anise 50g butter 400ml water 20g sugar Pinch of salt Carrot Purée 500g finely chopped carrots Butter 100ml orange juice Water Serves 6

FOOD STARTER: Assiette of Secretts Farm Beetroots served with Wealdway Mature Goats Cheese from Nut Knowle Dairy At Lythe Hill, we constantly try to put our own individual twist on the way our food is designed on the plate, in order to create seasonally fresh and inspiring food using exquisitely refined ingredients to defy our diners expectations.” says David. “This is one of our most popular Summer signature dishes – it lets the fantastic seasonal flavours speak for themselves. 1. Make the mousse by beating the goat’s cheese until soft. Slowly fold in the cream until incorporated. Add the truffle oil.

pan. Pour over sliced raw beetroots and cover. Allow the beetroot to sit in the vinaigrette for one hour until serving.

2. Next make the sorbet. Warm all ingredients together in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Once cooled, churn in an ice-cream maker till frozen.

Ingredients Goats Cheese Mousse 500g rindless goats cheese 200g whipped cream Truffle Oil to enrich Beetroot Sorbet 440ml beetroot juice 250g caster sugar 150g water 20ml lemon juice Pickled Beetroots 100ml white wine vinegar 300ml water 50g Sugar 5 coriander seeds

3. Peel and slice varieties of raw beetroot. Warm the vinegar, water, sugar, coriander seeds and salt in a

Serves 6

DESSERT: Deliciously De-Constructed Cheesecake This is a cheesecake dessert – but not as you know it! Scatter the biscuit base on the plate, add a cream cheese ice cream, top with macerated berries for decoration, add ricotta dumplings and drizzle with juice - it certainly got our diners talking. 1. Make the ice cream. Warm up the milk in a pan. Whisk the yolks and sugar in a bowl until combined. Once the milk is warm pour it over the yolk mix. Place back on stove, stirring continuously until thickened. Allow to cool. Add whipped cream cheese and churn in an ice-cream maker until frozen. 2. For the crumble, mix the ingredients together. Spread out on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool then break up. 3. Finally, make the dumplings. Place the oil into a high sided pan and heat to 180C. Sieve the flours and baking powder into a bowl, add zest, egg and egg yolk. and beat until smooth. July 2014

Gradually add the ricotta. Place the mixture into a piping bag and pipe directly into the oil, squeezing out 5-8cm/2-3in pieces and then snip with scissors. Cook until they begin to colour then place onto kitchen towel to drain. Roll the dumplings in the sugar to cover. Add macerated fruits of choice to decorate.

Ingredients Cream Cheese Ice-cream 300ml milk 300g cream cheese 6 egg yolks 150g caster sugar Shortbread Crumble 55g caster sugar 125g soft butter 180g plain flour Ricotta Dumplings 400ml vegetable oil 80g plain flour 20g self raising flour 2.5g baking powder Zest of 2 oranges 2 eggs lightly beaten 1 yolk 500g ricotta, firm drained well 100g caster sugar Serves 6


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WWI on canvas On Monday 4th August, 100 years to the day since Great Britain declared war on Germany, Sandham Memorial Chapel will re-open to the public. The chapel, which has drawn praise such as ‘Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel’, houses an epic series of nineteen works by Stanley Spencer, created to honour the forgotten dead of the First World War. The chapel is the only National Trust building dedicated to the WWI. These incredible large-scale canvas panels, considered by many to be Spencer’s finest achievement, are returning following an acclaimed touring exhibition at Somerset House in London and Pallant House in Chichester. They will once again be seen in the chapel, now cared for by the National Trust. To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the WWI, and to mark the reopening of the chapel after a year’s extensive conservation work, a community-inspired garden has been created which will offer a tranquil and reflective space for all visitors, with circular paths, fruit trees, cottage garden scented planting and a vegetable plot. The chapel and paintings The chapel was built by John Louis and Mary Behrend primarily to house the products of Stanley Spencer’s artistic genius – his ‘castle in the sky’, as they called it. It was dedicated to the memory of Mary’s brother, Harry Sandham, who died in the War. Spencer painted scenes of his own wartime experiences, as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier on the Salonika front. His works focus on the domestic rather than the combative and evoke everyday experiences through which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance. Spencer took six years to create his paintings, completing them in 1932. In his own words, they are “a symphony of rashers of baco” with “tea-making obligato” which describe the banal daily life that, to those from the 36

battlefield, represented a ‘heaven in a hell of war.’ For Spencer, the menial became the miraculous; a form of reconciliation. Amanda Bradley, Assistant Curator of Pictures and Sculpture for the National Trust, says: “Sandham Memorial Chapel is one of the greatest glories of art in Northern Europe. It is Stanley Spencer’s masterpiece and is arguably one of the greatest Modern British artistic schemes ever conceived.” Completed in 1932, Spencer’s paintings depict scenes of his own wartime experiences as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier on the Salonika front. Peppered with personal and unexpected details, they combine the realism of everyday life with dreamlike visions. His recollections, painted entirely from memory, show domestic scenes from the lives of soldiers, showing them washing lockers, inspecting kit, sorting laundry, scrubbing floors and taking tea. As the UK’s involvement in the current Afghan conflict draws to a close in 2014, the paintings serve as a timely reminder that the wartime routines depicted are as relevant now as they were then. Garden of reflection Sandham Memorial Chapel now has a new allotment-style country garden, which provides a beautiful and peaceful outdoor space. In collaboration with the charity ‘Help Heroes’, service men and women from local rehabilitation centre Tedworth House helped to clear and prepare the grounds for this transformation. Tedworth House is one of the recovery centres that forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability. It aims to inspire wounded,


injured and sick personnel and help returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. The new garden is the creation of Hampshire designer Daniel Lobb, intended to complement the modernist proportions of the chapel. A competition to design some of the planting has given winner Alice Wrightson, a student from nearby Sparsholt College, the opportunity to help shape the look of this special place. First year Sparsholt students laid the native hedging and turf. Daniel Lobb also incorporated design elements from Thrive’s gardening base, Trunkwell House near Reading, such as screening to create quiet spaces and planting for people with visual impairments. Individuals from London-based homeless charity, St Mungo’s, assisted on the development of the garden’s plant production area, through their gardening project ‘Putting Down Roots’. The garden has been levelled to make it accessible to all the chapel’s visitors. Paths form circular routes through the garden, with simple oak benches positioned close to scented planting allowing people to stop and reflect on their time in the chapel. A central axis of fruit trees, with a sculpture plinth at one end has been planted to mirror the powerful exterior of the chapel. Mixed native hedges enhance the feeling July 2014

of enclosure and provide a link to the wider countryside. Fruit and vegetable beds reference the historic use of the garden as a productive area for the chapel’s almshouses. A potting shed and polytunnel allows horticultural therapy charity Thrive to continue working with the garden on a regular basis, using specially adapted tools. They are assisted by a dedicated team of National Trust gardening volunteers. The original wildflower meadow at the front of the chapel remains an integral part of the garden’s tranquil landscape. Alison Paton, Sandham’s chapel steward, says: ‘Thanks to the amazing support we have received – from the generous £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to the many donations to our recent fundraising appeal - we have been able to create a wonderful experience for those coming to this place of remembrance and spirituality. The HLF grant has also funded ongoing community work, which will ensure that Sandham has a strong local legacy for future generations.’ Future plans Plans for the future include a new, interactive exhibition space and refreshments area within the almhouses that flank the chapel. Copies of drawings and letters, an audio visual introduction to Spencer’s artworks and a film will offer visitors the chance to explore and experience more of the remarkable stories of the chapel, Stanley Spencer, Harry Sandham and the Behrends.

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Succession of Salads This summer at Wisley we are celebrating herbs and our cafés and restaurant will be packing fresh herbs into all manner of sweet and savoury dishes. Look out for the ‘Herbfest’ branding when you next visit and feast your senses on herb infused oils, fresh herb salads, and displays of colourful herbs in the Walled Garden East in place of more traditional summer bedding. Growing herbs is one of the easiest ways to garden and if you’re inspired by our culinary creations you can re-create them by growing your own ingredients at home. ‘Cut and come again’ salad leaves can be grown in pots and when punched up with a few choice herbs like parsley, chives or coriander, will make an exciting addition to your table.

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For the tastiest results make sure your leafy herbs and salads are planted in full sun and keep well fed and watered as many herbs and salads can die quickly if starved of nutrients. Coriander is a prime example of this, and can flower and die in just a few weeks if it doesn’t have the required nutrients and water. Another handy tip is to re-sow salad leaves each fortnight, as this will give you a regular supply of tasty leaves throughout the summer.

If you have visited Wisley in September you couldn’t have failed to spot the large, vibrant Colchicum or autumn crocus (right). Also known as naked ladies, because their flowers spring up with no foliage, they are typically available in shades of pink or white, and add a wonderful splash of colour to the autumn garden. Dry bulbs start to become available in late July/August and should be planted as soon as possible. Look out for the double flowered cultivar ‘Waterlily’ which is truly beautiful. If nothing else, the common name of these plants will be a talking point! FIND OUT MORE

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Free plants for the future Now that many of our early flowering perennials and spring plants have finished flowering, it’s time to start collecting seeds for sowing next spring. As a child I always loved collecting the huge furry seedpods of lupins, drying them out on a sunny windowsill till they rustled, then popping out the large seeds. As a rule, seed heads should be collected just before they naturally open. You can tell when because they’ll start to look past their best and will start turning brown or papery. Once you have harvested the ripe seed pods, leave them to dry out in a paper envelope somewhere warm and with very little moisture, Then shake out the seeds, label and store them in the fridge until next spring. Seed pods that are still green or seeds that are still fleshy will not be fully formed and will not store successfully, so a regular, vigilant eye is required!



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This sounds like a lovely thing to do and at the same time raises money for the wonderful charity Marie Curie. Whether you’re a seasoned walker or fancy an evening stroll with family and friends in beautiful surroundings, Walk Ten at Hampton Court on Saturday 30th August is the perfect excuse to put on your walking shoes, pack a picnic and join the experience. Hampton Court is one of 19 stunning locations across the UK chosen for Walk Ten this year. Discover the magnificence of Henry Following last year’s inaugural VIII’s favourite royal residence. 10k Run, the Black Down and Enjoy exclusive after-dark access to Hindhead Supporters of the NT and this famous palace and grounds as the Haslemere Borders Athletic you take an evening 10k riverside Club have organised this year’s walk. After completing the walk, event to take place on Sunday settle down with your picnic and 14th September. 2014 will see the enjoy the festival-like celebrations addition of four extra events for with live music, entertainment and aspiring juniors, ranging from one spectacular fireworks at 10pm. kilometre for 6-8 year olds to five Pilgrimfireworks Wood_Layout 1 14/10/2013 Page 1 for 12-16 year olds. These coincide with the 16:05 kilometres time many Marie Curie Nurses start There will be prizes for winners and


runners-up in all categories. Last year’s run attracted 170 keen adult runners from far and wide and, as two ladies from Perigord said, “they don’t have anything like this in France”. Runners and supporters alike enjoyed the stunning Punch Bowl views while the athletes challenged themselves over a hilly course with great ground conditions. Proceeds will be invested in nature play trails at Swan Barn Farm and Hindhead by the Supporters and in junior coaching by the Athletic Club. Aspiring runners of all ages can enter on-line at www.runbritain. com. Music lovers enjoyed a splendid concert by the Fernhurst Choral Society (FCS) and the Fernhurst Chamber Orchestra in St. Paul’s Church Chichester on 31st May. The programme opened with Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and C.P.E. Bach’s Sinfonia in G. The major work was the Mozart Requiem which received rapturous applause

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Ancient managed woodland on a hill with attractive views, descending to a lake of importance for its wildlife Frith Wood is a beautiful large Oak woodland with an understorey of Sweet Chestnut and Hazel coppice, and some Birch and Alder trees in the drier high ground and wetter stream-sides respectively. All of the woods are sustainably managed for timber by the Leconfield Estate. Impressive views to the south and east can be enjoyed from the woodland edges. A great walk in any season, the autumn leaf colours can be spectacular and the spring flora is similarly attractive and diverse with patches of Bilberry and Cowwheat on the sandier soils. A large diversity of birds are found, with birds of prey such as Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels being common here, along with woodland birds including Nightingales and Blackcaps in the spring. The beautiful White Admiral butterfly can be observed flying here in high summer, whose caterpillars feed on the abundant climbing Honeysuckle. Shillinglee Lake is designated as a national Site of Special Scientific Interest for the four nationally rare aquatic plants recorded from the muddy lake margins, including Cut-grass and Mudwort. The waterbody also hosts Herons and Grebes, as well as attractive Common Terns and rare Downy Emerald dragonflies in the summer months. Northchapel village - a village of 800 people with Saxon origins. Named because its church was once a chapelry. It has many listed buildings, especially vernacular timber-framed houses with traditional Sussex brick and tile cladding. Frith Wood iron works - a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) site from the 16th Century is located on the north side of the wood, the old pond bay of which can be seen from the public footpath.

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A mixture of footpaths and some wider tracks. One stile to cross near to Shillinglee Lake. 5 km (3.2 miles) Start at Northchapel village green, just off the A283 Petworth- Milford main road. OS map reference: SU954295 Nearest Post Code: GU28 9JA SatNav Lat/Long: 51.057010, -0.639515 Park considerately on Pipers Lane next to the village green. Bus - Countryliner Service 505 Haslemere to Northchapel (limited). Follow the public bridleway from the east end of Northchapel village green (by the village hall) northwards over fields up to Frith Wood on the hill. Head eastwards in the wood to the track that takes you to Frith Hill house, from where you descend along ‘The Plantation’ narrow woodland strip to then turn north to reach Shillinglee Lake at Park Mill. Return by a parallel field track westwards to Frith Hill house, from where you enter the wood and take a different anti-clockwise circular route of public footpaths before descending back to Northchapel the same way that you came. Note that you can take an optional extension from Frith Hill northwards to the historic deer tower of Shillinglee Park. Northchapel Village Stores The Deepwell Inn The Half Moon Inn

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those who have an above average fitness level. Generally walks are between five and 12 miles in length. Walks run throughout the week, including weekends, and during the last year over 225 guided walks took place attended by over 3,500 walkers. Current membership is in excess of 400. An increasing number of people are joining up instead of exercising at the local gym as they find it much more interesting enjoying the magnificent local countryside and the fresh air instead of being confined to a walking machine inside a building. For full details of the walk programme offered check the details on www. godalmingandhaslemereramblers. Non-members are welcome to join a few walks and try them out before becoming a member. The Unattached Group (TUG) is a group of about 80 to 100 active people between 45 and 65 who come together to participate in many social events some of which are theatre trips, cinema, walks, eating out and weekends away. They are all unattached and are keen to expand their social circle by meeting like minded people. The group is run by the members for the members and they encourage everyone to take an active part. TUG is a non profit organisation and the small annual fee covers the running costs with the balance being ploughed back into the group for the benefit and enjoyment of the members. If you would like more information and details of where they meet weekly, phone Maggie on 07855 008 897 or go online at They hope to meet you soon and welcome you to their group. They are based in Guildford and the surrounding areas of Surrey and Hampshire. I thought I would just give you a bit of advance news in case you’re a fan. Ireland’s reigning musical queen, the truly unique Imelda May, is coming to G Live on Wednesday 44

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Although we are talking a few months into the future, I have been asked if I could give a quick list of films being shown by Fernhurst Films in their forthcoming autumn season, so people can make diary notes of the dates. So being very happy to oblige, here they are! Fernhurst Films starts its eighth Season with ‘Philomena’ on Saturday 13th September in the Village Hall. Other films being screened this year are: ‘The Lunch Box’ on Saturday 11th October; ‘The Love Punch’ on Saturday 1st November; and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ on Saturday 29th November. It’s easy to forget to visit older friends, relatives and neighbours, but if people don’t have time, Age UK does! Age UK Surrey’s befriending service offers home visits, telephone conversations and trips out to many older people who often speak to nobody week after week. The service is under threat as their core funding has been withdrawn so in July they are appealing to the public to help support our older folk so that they will not be alone again. Their volunteers visit people in Guildford and Waverley but they have clients waiting in other areas. Their coordinator matches volunteers to those wanting visits and different programmes are available to help combat isolation. £5 will buy a half hour visit, £10 a trip out and it cost just over £100 to keep the service going for a week. Please visit their web pages to donate on http://www.ageuksurrey. org and select DONATE, by text with the keyword ‘AUKS50’ and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 or ring them on 01483 446652. FIND OUT MORE

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VantagePoint Magazine July 2014 - Haslemere, Midhurst & Petworth  

The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

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