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Having said that, I am now worried that our ‘Gog’ will pick dogs as his next subject. Except you love us, right? Unlike cyclists it would seem, if the postbag from last month is anything to go by... Humphrey Chairdog

I have suggested to the powers that be that there is not much in the magazine about dogs, or indeed other pets. So look out to see if that Stefan Reynolds gets addressed in future issues, although I’m Editor & Publisher going to have to draw the editorial line at cats. Perhaps you, the reader, would like to send in The local magazine your requests for topics and articles that you’d produced by local like to see covered? If so, you should email people for the local community, and let us know.

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6 Jottings Your local community noticeboard

8 King Potato

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Nick Farley on the humble spud

14 Greenhouse Gardening

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The first thing I must mention is that next month Angie and I are handing over the task of writing the jottings to our esteemed editor Stefan. We are off for a holiday to grab some winter sunshine and rather than try to telegraph back our scribblings he has kindly offered to take over for the March edition. This can go two ways; we’ll either be welcomed back with open arms or he’ll say it’s a doddle and wonder why he hasn’t always done it himself. Watch this space! Farncombe Day Centre needs you! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Day Centre. There is always a wide range of opportunities, and currently there is a vacancy on the Executive Committee specifically for a Secretary. If you think this might be you, or if you would like to ask about other volunteering opportunities, please telephone 01483 426685 and speak to Annette or Wendy. Guildford Travel Club invites you to join them on alternate Tuesdays at Onslow Village Hall at 8pm for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. On Tuesday 3rd February, David Edwards talks about a love affair with Utah and Arizona. He explores the history, beauty and culture of this American landscape that gripped his soul like no other. On Tuesday 17th February, Alexander Koller talks about Bulgaria, a country rich in architectural heritage and historic sites set within the unspoilt scenery of the Balkan Mountains and Black Sea coast. Visitors are welcome and will be charged £7 on the door. Please see for further details or contact Jenny Allan, membership secretary on 01483 452399. There are a few events worth noting at Winkworth Arboretum in February. On Wednesday 4th February there is the Wednesday Walk from 2pm–3pm. Meet


at the kiosk for a seasonal guided walk around the Arboretum. Normal admission applies. Guided walk is free. Children’s Half Term Trail runs from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd February from, 10am–4pm. Guaranteed fun, come rain or shine! Get some fresh air as you explore the Arboretum with the children’s trail during this half term holiday. Normal admission plus 50p for trail. Also, ‘Wild Learning’ runs from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th February from 10.15am–4pm. Half Term Adventure Holiday Club. Have fun and explore the woods with Wild Learning. For more details, costs and to book, go online at www.wild– Ockford-Godalming Afternoon WI meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm at the Scout and Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th February when Paul Gilbert will be giving a talk on ‘The Wildlife of the Galapagos’. The following meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th March with a talk from Zahida Fieldhouse on ‘Authentic Indian Cookery’. During this meeting members can also bring along mementos and souvenirs for an Eastern Exhibition. As well as regular meetings, outings are arranged in the summer, also local pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular art and craft sessions. The group always welcome newcomers and the secretary can be contacted on 01483 421433. Godalming Footpath Companions are starting their 26th Year of Walking. The group has around 19 active members at the moment who organise a local walk every two weeks throughout the year, varying in length between 5 to 7 miles. They are looking to boost their membership of active walkers to around 25. The current annual fee to join is only £2! If you are interested in trying them out, contact either Deirdre Coffey (secretary) on

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King Potato Nick Farley takes a look at the humble spud There is much talk today about how fruit and vegetables will taste much better if you grow them yourself and, better still, if you grow them ‘organically’, rather than buy them from a supermarket or greengrocer. That’s not really a debate that I wish to get drawn into except to say that I learnt from my father at a very early age that the only thing that matters when it comes to the taste of fruit or vegetables is the variety of the particular fruit or vegetable that you’re eating. The taste and flavour comes from the vegetable’s genes. Some taste better than others and growing them yourself is not going to change their flavour. My father was wise in the ways of fruit and veg. He was the buyer for a very big fruit and veg wholesaler who not only supplied the big London vegetable markets but also every kind of outlet from the best London hotels and restaurants to The Royal Navy at Chatham and hundreds of schools in Kent. A commercial grower’s requirements are different from ours and this was never better illustrated than with the tomato called ‘Moneymaker’, which in the 1960s was practically all you could buy in the shops. The clue to its breeding lies in its unashamedly venal name: it was bred to please the commercial growers who wanted a heavy cropper with a skin like a shoe sole so that it didn’t get damaged in transit, and they wanted it to look good too. Taste was not a requirement and consequently it had no taste. None. It was just a good looking red container for water. Even if it had 8

been grown to perfection by The Angel Gabriel it would still have tasted of absolutely nothing. However, you can certainly make a difference by growing your own, not because you will grow things better than the farmer, because you probably won’t, but because you can choose the varieties you want to grow. You can choose the best varieties, you can avoid the ‘Moneymakers’ of this world and grow theGold Roast Mayan tastiest varieties which are either difficult or impossible to buy in the supermarket. This is particularly true in the wonderful world of the potato. I am an unashamed potato-ist and I get a little peeved when people speak dismissively of the “humble” potato; the potato is far from humble. The potato is the king of vegetables. It is a vegetable of infinite culinary range and possibility. No other vegetable can be successfully cooked in so many different ways. No other vegetable is considered to be an essential component of virtually every main course meal. Indeed, in the clichéd ‘meat and two veg’ the potato is not actually mentioned because it is automatically assumed to be present; it is not one of the two (implicitly lesser) vegetables. Meat and two veg actually means meat and potato and two veg. It simply goes without saying that potatoes will be part of the meal. If you were served meat with just carrots and cabbage you would ask “Where are the potatoes?” The potato is far too important to be thought of as mere ‘veg’. Choosing the right potato for a meal makes a huge difference. When did you ever hear any of those TV chefs name the variety of potato they are using for a particular dish? Do they assume it doesn’t matter? Potatoes are specialists: some, if you like, are batsmen and others are bowlers; some are sopranos and others are basses. They really are that different. Some potatoes are great for mashing, some for roasting or chipping and some for salads. Some have flavour and some don’t. The texture and the tastes

vary hugely. It is true that there are some potatoes that claim to be ‘all-rounders’ and are good for everything but since the characteristics needed for mashing and roasting are rather different I don’t really see how this can be the case. Although I admit that there are one or two utilitarian varieties that make a passable fist of doing several jobs. But why make a passable fist of something when you can do it superbly? Whilst it is, of course, possible to grow your own potatoes it simply isn’t realistic to grow several varieties and, much more importantly, it is definitely impossible to keep them in good condition for any length of time after harvesting. Believe me, I’ve tried. Potatoes need to be kept in the dark and to be stored at the right temperature. Just chucking them in a sack in your shed is not going to do it. Fortunately for me, a potato lovers potato heaven exists just outside Tenterden, Kent in the form of The Potato Shop, a place where the potato is not humble and where it is rightfully lauded. When I first encountered the place I couldn’t believe that there was actually a shop devoted to potatoes. It’s not that long ago when a King Edward was one of the very few named varieties of potato available to us. Many places simply called potatoes ‘reds’ or ‘whites’. Today at The Potato Shop you will find all the usual well-known varieties such as the ubiquitous King Edward, Désirée and Wilja, but it’s their range of the uncommon and unusual varieties like Vitelotte, Mayan Gold and Pink Fir Apple that make the place so attractive to me. It’s not possible here to list and describe every potato they grow, the list is long, but I must mention a couple of my favourites. I had long held the view that far and away the best roasting potato is the old Victorian variety Golden Wonder (the one the crisps were named after) until, that is, Nicki Crawley, at the Shop, introduced me to Mayan Gold. Golden Wonder is unquestionably a roaster par excellence but Mayan Gold pips it I think. You simply must try Mayan Gold, but don’t par-boil for too long – it falls apart very quickly and suddenly. If you want to impress everyone at Sunday lunch with your magnificent roast potatoes this is the potato to do it, but don’t try them for anything other than roasting or chipping. Many years ago in the early 1970s I read about a very old potato called Pink Fir Apple and I tried to track it down. However it was quite impossible to get seed then. It had virtually disappeared from culture because of a virus which had infected all existing stock, but eventually new propagation techniques enabled clean stock to be produced and now this wonderful potato is well known. The Potato Shop has it, of course, and they believe that they are the biggest grower of this special potato in the country and it is their best seller. It’s a knobbly old thing, the Pink Fir Apple, and that is why most people tend not peel it, in fact not peeling potatoes is becoming de rigueur. I am decidedly a peeler. I always peel potatoes, but each to his own I suppose. Anyway, Pink Fir Apple is one of those waxy varieties that make wonderful salad potatoes and as this variety holds well it is also excellent as a simple boiled potato with good texture and great flavour. February 2015

Right - clockwise from top left: Vitelotte; Mayan Gold; La Ratte; Pink Fir Apple

Another potato which I didn’t know until Nicki gave me some to try is a 200 year old French variety called Vitelotte. This has a dark purple skin and unlike some potatoes with coloured skins its flesh is also coloured and retains its colour when cooked. This looks spectacular in a salad and it makes the most wonderful mash too. However, I can understand that not everyone wants purple mash! In any case the reason to try it is not because of its colour but simply because it tastes good, although there will be occasions when you can capitalise on its colour for some culinary visual effect too. Some of these potatoes are not heavy croppers and some are more difficult to grow and to keep than the more commonly grown commercial varieties and this consequently, and understandably, means that they will cost more. But in just the same way that we are prepared to pay a premium for the best cheese, meat or wine so we must expect to pay more for the best potatoes. They are definitely worth it. Gone are the days when potatoes were advertised simply as ‘reds’ or ‘whites’ and I urge you to take advantage of the amazing choice that exists out there. You will find that Edward is not the only Majestic potato. FIND OUT MORE

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are held in Cranleigh Village Hall GU6 8AT from 7.30am3pm.Entry is free and refreshments are available. The Three Lions Pub in Meadrow, Godalming, affectionately known as The Scratchers for as long as I can remember, continues to stage great local music in 2015. Here is a snippet of what’s on in February. Sunday 8th February: Gavin & his Guitar - Sunday Session at 4pm. Gavin returns to The Three Lions with his request afternoon. Why not grab a roast served 12pm-3pm and stick around to see him afterwards? Saturday 14th February - The Dave Jackson Band at 9pm. Watching the Dave Jackson is a unique experience bringing you Blues Rock. Saturday 21st February - The True Deceivers at 9pm. The True Deceivers have been developing their own blend of rootsy folk rock/Americana since their formation in 2003. Do go along to this recently renovated and popular pub for some good food and drink and some great music. Guildford Choral Society would love to welcome participants in its next Singing Day. It takes place at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy GU3 2DD. They will be singing, perhaps the greatest choral work ever written, the St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach. It takes place on Saturday 7th February from 10am to 5.30pm and there may be a few places left. To book a place contact ticket master, Derek Lake, on 01494 675571. More details can be

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found at: . Following this Singing Day, the Society will be performing The St Mathew Passion on Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm. For this performance the choir under Jonathan Willcocks, will be joined by Guildford High School Choir and one of the finest orchestras in the country, Florilegium. If you only listen to one choral work in your life, I urge you to choose Bach’s Matthew Passion. Tickets are available at £10 to £20 (concessions available) from or directly from Derek Lake on 01494 675571. They are also available from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre: 01483 444333. There’s a Wedding Fair at Watts Gallery on Sunday 8th February from 11am to 5pm. Entry is free. Discover a breathtaking venue and meet all the experts whose skills help to organise a perfect day. Photographers, caterers, milliners, bridal wear suppliers and makeup artists will all be there. If you are planning a wedding, this could be just the job! Guildford Rambling Club is meeting on Sunday 8th February in Worplesdon for a 10 mile walk to Puttenham and back. On Sunday 15th February Guildford Rambling Club is meeting at Alfold Crossways at 10am for an 8.5 mile walk to Cranleigh and back. On Thursday 19th February, starting at 10.30am, the club will lead a 5 mile morning walk from Abinger Roughs. Finally, on Sunday


22nd February, starting at 10am they will walk 8.5 miles from Winchfield Hurst to Odiham and back. Visitors are welcome. See The Fintry Trust in Brook, Godalming is holding some interesting events in February. On Monday 9th, there is a Quiet Day on the theme of Julian of Norwich’s revelations of Divine Love with Rev. Camilla White. Cost £10. Take a packed lunch, drinks provided. 10am-3.30pm at Fintry, Church Lane, Brook, Godalming GU8 5UQ. Then on Saturday 21st, The Divine Comedy - second of a 3-part series looking at Dante’s work with Dr Jeremy Naydler, Fellow of the Temenos Academy. Cost £25. Take a packed lunch, drinks provided. 10am-3.30pm. Finally, ‘8 Steps to Mindfulness’ will be held over two weekends (Friday 27th February – 1st March and Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March). A mindfulness course taught by two certified MBSR trainers. Total cost is £390 for full board, £312 for non-residents. To book or for details on all these events, go to fintry.administrator@btconnect. com or phone 01428 682621. Pilates classes are held weekly in Fernhurst, Hascombe and Cranleigh and massage clinics are also available. For more information please contact Laura at kaizen. or 07557 018276. This year the Historical Association, Surrey Branch, is marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta




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Greenhouse Gardening Keen greenhouse gardener Penny Kitchen learned a few tips from Gardeners’ Question Time expert Anne Swithinbank, and offers some advice of her own. I became a ‘real’ gardener the day I got my first greenhouse. Armed with that little 5ft x 7ft structure I soon realised I could dramatically increase both my garden production and enjoyment. Of course, with a greenhouse comes a whole new panoply of problems to contend with: overcrowding, ventilation, insulation, seedlings drying out too fast or damping off, thriving pests... But I haven’t met a greenhouse gardener yet who doesn’t think the advantages outweigh these frustrations.

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Below: An attractive, useful addition to any garden

restored walled garden. As visitors to the gardens and their popular Chilli Fiesta know, they are packed full of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as exotic flowers. “Any kind of cover can revolutionise your gardening,” said Anne. “You’ll find you can steal a march on the season and soil conditions by raising young plants in pots and modules for planting out later.”

While visiting West Dean Gardens near Chichester I had the chance to pick the brains of down-to-earth expert Anne Swithinbank of the long-running Radio 4 programme Gardeners’ Question Time. A Kewtrained horticulturist and former glasshouse supervisor at the RHS Gardens, Wisley, there isn’t much she doesn’t know about gardening under glass.

Anne’s parents bought Anne her first greenhouse when she was 11 years old, but today she is equally a fan of simple cold frames and porches. “Use as wide a range as you can to extend your growing season.” She recommends using greengrocers’ boxes filled with compost to grow salad leaves and parsley which, she had proved would germinate in winter: “I have to take photos for magazine articles in winter, which is how I learned that this can be done.”

West Dean has 16 Victorian glasshouses situated within the

Another suggestion: if your greenhouse roof is high enough,


use raised bed kits in there to grow everything from carrots to brassicas. Unheated Apart from extending the growing season, a greenhouse is a boon for protecting tender plants in winter, although Anne admitted she no longer heats her Devon greenhouse and uses fleece to protect her really tender plants. This not only saves fuel but, in fact, her plants seem to thrive.

stages, not going from starter pot to large pot in one fell swoop “otherwise the roots will suffocate”.

Above: Exotics in a porch

If you are getting on in years and finding the garden chores too much, Anne recommends a greenhouse for pottering and perhaps inspiring a collection of decorative plants. “Everyone seems to be growing vegetables these days,” she said, “however a greenhouse enables you to extend your passion for beautiful plants.”

Grow your own Start garlic off under glass, one clove per small pot, along with broad beans, to get a head start. Some annual flowering climbers do better in a greenhouse, so why not train one up the frame where it can provide gentle shading as well?

Buying and setting up “Buy the biggest greenhouse you can afford,” was her advice, “and absolutely don’t buy one without one or more roof vents. Ask for extra louvres for a side wall.” Even in winter you still need ventilation to avoid grey mould.

A cold frame is a very useful stage between greenhouse and garden, enabling seedlings to harden off before they face the elements. Save money by raising your bedding plants from seed – it’s possible with a greenhouse. Grow tender plants such as chillis, basil and cape gooseberries which require under-glass protection.

Shading paint is the simple and inexpensive way to protect plants from scorching. In the hot weather, also remember to hose down hard surfaces, which will keep humidity-loving pests like red spider mite at bay.

Another big advantage to being the owner of a greenhouse is that you can keep uncommon plants such as Gloriosa lily from year to year instead of resigning yourself to their loss over the winter. In fact, if you keep other lilies in pots in the greenhouse they will remain safe from the lily beetle, which can devastate the plant outdoors.

If you have a group of related plants in the same size pots, then capillary matting in a tray is the easy way to keep them watered. Don’t forget to feed “Amateur gardeners never feed plants enough,” said Anne. “After six weeks the compost nutrients are used up and you must provide your plants with more – nitrogen-rich during active growth and high potash in winter to toughen the plants. In commercial glasshouses where the temperature is maintained, they feed the plants throughout the winter.” The other ‘sin’ is failing to pot-on enough. The plants’ roots require repotting in incremental February 2015

Anne’s advice to “inspect your plants with your glasses on!” struck a chord with me! She pointed out that unless you are sharp-eyed, plants in your greenhouse can become host to scale insect, mealy bug and other pests without you realising, until you find yourself with a serious infestation. “Try SB Plant Invigorator (an environmentally friendly pesticide, mildewcide and foliar feed) or soft soap solution, but if after a couple of sprays, the problem persists, it is time to try biological controls,” she said.

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Famous nearby glasshouses to visit West Dean The 16 splendid glasshouses were all built between 1890 and 1900 and were completely derelict before their restoration in the early 1990s (see overleaf). They are magnificent 15

examples of Victorian craft and ingenuity, but are very labour intensive. They are repainted on a four-year cycle; the exteriors over summer when the weather is kinder, and the interiors over winter when the houses can be emptied. In addition they are hand scrubbed from top to bottom, inside and out, each winter, a process that takes two gardeners two months to complete. There is always colour on display from the large collection of plants on show, including exotic plants, orchids, strawberry plants, figs, nectarines and peaches.

RHS Gardens, Wisley Building on the cathedral-like glass structure of the Bicentenary Glasshouse at Wisley started in 2005. It covers an area equal in size to 10 tennis courts and rises to 140ft in height. It has three climatic zones, recreating tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate habitats. The Glasshouse showcases a world-class plant collection – the RHS’s extensive tender plant collection is housed here, including difficult to grow, rare and endangered species, hundreds of orchid species and old cultivars of Solenostemon (Coleus), among others. Entering The Glasshouse is like walking into a jungle with tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays. Visitors to The Glasshouse from 17th February to 8th March will enjoy the colourful added bonus of 16

the annual ‘Butterflies in the Glasshouse’ event, something to thrill all ages.

Kew Gardens You are spoiled for choice at Kew Gardens: glasshouses at this world-famous site range from the grand Temperate House (above) down to the more intimate and elegant Waterlily House. Both of these are Victorian masterpieces. The Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, covering 4,880 square metres and extending to 19 metres high. It was built to house the many species of semi-hardy and temperate plants Victorian plant collectors were bringing back from around the globe. Unfortunately for today’s visitors, but a good thing for future generations, the Temperate House is closed until 2018 for vital restoration. There is a fascinating short video on Kew’s website showing the work involved in moving some 4,000 precious plants and repairing the structure which first opened to the public in 1863. Other glasshouses at Kew include the Princess of Wales conservatory (opened in 1987, and containing 10 computer-controlled climatic zones under one roof), the Davies Alpine House and the Bonsai House.

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meets twice a month, they have a vibrant book club, some members play Mah Jong where sessions are held in a member’s home and usually there is a walk planned too. Social events include lunches and theatre visits. For any further information contact the secretary Gill Loveluck on 01483 410052. Ewhurst Horticultural Society’s next meeting is on Tuesday 10th February. Hear a talk with slides by Paul Gallivan on ‘Woolbeding Gardens’ at The Glebe Centre 8pm. Refreshments and raffle. Visitors welcome. Car Buddies are needed for the Ockford area including Aarons Hill, Primrose Ridge and Cliffe Rise. A group of locals are looking for volunteer drivers to help set up a scheme to aid people less able to get to doctor/hospital appointments etc. (fuel costs will be reimbursed). If you have a few hours to spare and would like to assist people in our community please come to a meeting on Tuesday 10th February at 7pm at St Marks Community Centre, Franklyn Road, Godalming GU7 2LD. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to be involved please call either Monica on 01483 417934 or Brenda on 01483 504626 and they can keep you advised.

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objects he has sold. The afternoon includes tea and cake, costs £1 only and is open to non members. Grayshott Folk Club’s next gig is taking place at St Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Hindhead GU26 6RB. It takes place on Friday 13th February and features a band called ‘Fernhill’ ( or https://www. They are from Wales and make new, beautifully lyrical and intense folk music which they have played to audiences all over the world. Central to their sound is the voice of Julie Murphy, described by Time Out as “a must hear, must see singer”. Her fans include music legends Robert Plant and Danny Thompson, both of whom have recorded with her. Adult Tickets £12, Children under 16 £6. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. ‘Swinging to Victory’ is on Saturday 14th February at 2.30pm at G Live in Guildford. In partnership with The Royal British Legion, this is a celebration of the morale boosting hits performed by the star singers and big bands of the 1939 to 45 period – many of which have become the classics of today. Performed by a full 17 piece Big Band and 4 Singers the performance features over 30 memorable songs including We’ll Meet Again, I’ll Be Seeing You, Moonlight Serenade, Serenade in Blue, What a Swell Party, Ma I miss your apple pie, and I’ve Got Sixpence. There will be Big Band Classics from Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny


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Death of a Hero Sir Winston Churchill, arguably one of the most admired and recognised figures in history, was once asked “Are you ready to meet your Maker?” In a typically amusing response he uttered “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether he is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter entirely”. This ever present combination of wit and wisdom perfectly illustrates the man behind the statesman, which is something that visitors to Chartwell are able to gain a unique insight into. Chartwell was Churchill’s much-loved home in Kent and was so dear to his heart that he once said “A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted”. For 40 years, between 1924 and 1964, Chartwell was his place of comfort, escape and relaxation. From his passion for painting and building brick walls to feeding the fish and enjoying the beautiful landscape, Chartwell proved a welcome tonic to counter the stresses and strains of political life. It was however also a living and working household, with Churchill himself often based in his study where he was known to pace up and down, dictating to one of his army of secretaries and contributing to the 30 million words he wrote across his lifetime. It is in the context of his home that the National Trust are delighted to announce the opening of ‘Death of a Hero’, an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary since Churchill’s passing and the spectacular state funeral that followed. For the generation who remember the horrors and ever present fear during the years 193924

Above: Churchill’s study at Chartwell (Andreas von Einsiedel)

1945, Churchill is a hero whose courage, tenacity, resilience and perseverance allowed him to lead Britain and its Commonwealth through the darkest days of the WWII. The pride and gratitude felt for his bravery and leadership continued through the remaining years of his life and upon his death in January 1965, the sense of loss reverberated around the world. The lying-in-state which followed drew more than 300,000 people, who had queued for up to eight hours in the bitter January cold, to pay their respects. When the day of his state funeral came, well-wishers from across the globe descended on London and stood in silence on the streets, watching the procession and remembering the man who saved their country from the horrors of the Nazi regime. Chartwell’s ‘Death of a Hero’ considers his final hours, the momentous occasion that was his state funeral, the impact his death had on DID YOU KNOW?

Below: Churchill seated at his study at Chartwell

In 1915, Churchill leased Hoe Farm House in Hascombe, nr Godalming, Surrey for the summer months. One Sunday at Hoe Farm, Churchill noticed his sister-in-law, Gwendeline, painting in watercolours. She encouraged him to try his hand but dissatisfied with the medium he decided on oils. Four pictures of Hoe Farm by Churchill remain. Churchill found oil painting to be the most complete physical and mental relaxation and he took his paints and canvases everywhere. By the end of his life he had painted more than 500 pictures - landscapes, interiors, still life and portraits.

Then there’s the unique and moving pieces which depict the reaction to Churchill’s passing. These include the flag that flew over the United States Capitol in Washington on the day he died, which was lowered to half mast and then posted to Lady Churchill after the funeral as a symbol of remembrance from the American people. The pieces that depict the day of Churchill’s state funeral itself are arguably the most emotive, ranging from family invitations to the event and the gift given by Lady Churchill to the man responsible for organising the funeral, the Duke of Norfolk. That gift was a set of gleaming gold spurs which are kindly on loan from Arundel Castle especially for this exhibition. Above: Chartwell from the garden (Robert Miller)

the world and the legacy he has left us today. Perhaps most excitingly, it includes a number of never seen before items; condolence gifts sent to Lady Churchill; the working documents of those organising the funeral; a number of beautiful commemorative pieces and newlyrestored works of art. Some have been hidden for half a century and are on public display for the first time in Chartwell’s history. So what does ‘Death of a Hero’ consist of? The first thing that is most noticeable is the glorious technicolour that the organisers have used to depict Churchill’s funeral. And why not? Churchill loved pomp, pageantry, regalia and ceremony, all of which were encapsulated on 30th January 1965 and are remembered through poignant photographs and original colour footage. Alongside this stirring imagery are over 60 objects, the vast majority of which have never been seen before. These are made up of archive collections from Chartwell, personal mementoes from the Churchill family and objects kindly loaned from those directly involved in the proceedings of January 1965. If you are lucky enough to go and see ‘Death of a Hero’, which is open until 1st November 2015, there are a few particular gems that you should keep your eyes peeled for. There’s the last ever photograph taken of Churchill, which Lady Churchill selected of all the photographs of her late husband, to be displayed forevermore on her desk at Chartwell. For collectors of porcelain there is a newly-created Crown Derby figurine of Chartwell’s newest tenant, a marmalade cat called Jock VI. He earned his residence thanks to a stipulation from the Churchill family themselves that a cat looking like Churchill’s own beloved pet, was to be in situ at Chartwell for as long as it was in the hands of the National Trust. It has been said that Churchill was so close to the original Jock that he sat at the foot of his master’s bed for the final hours of his life. February 2015

Also on loan from Arundel Castle is the Duke’s original working copy of Operation Hope Not, the aptly-named codename for the planning of Churchill’s funeral. This appears as a folder containing unique and fascinating documents outlining all aspects of the logistics for the day. Beyond the pieces focussing on Churchill’s passing and state funeral are a number which have been specifically chosen to represent his achievements, his continuing legacy, and how we remember him today. These range from examples of his artistic and literary accomplishments, acknowledgement of his keen interest in scientific and technological development, and various depictions of one of the most recognisable men in history. One of the most moving of these depictions is a signed photograph of Sir Winston Churchill alongside King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth (later HM Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on 8th May 1945. The photograph was so dear to Churchill that during his time at Chartwell, it hung on his bedroom wall. It was in that moment that his status as a hero was cemented in history, and it is for everything that that moment represents, that he should never be forgotten. There was a superb quote from Churchill’s widow, Lady Clementine Churchill, that the team at Chartwell kept very close to their hearts throughout the preparations for the new exhibition. After the funeral and just before she retired to bed, she turned to her youngest daughter and said “You know, Mary, it wasn’t a funeral – it was a triumph”. These words frame Chartwell’s commemorative exhibition wonderfully, and are the words that Chartwell hopes visitors to ‘Death of a Hero’ will keep in the forefront of their minds when considering the loss of one of the most loved statesmen in history.


‘Death of a Hero’ is part of Churchill 2015, a commemoration of the great man’s life which sees a number of exhibitions and special events in museums and locations close to the Churchill family across the country. ‘Death of a Hero’ runs until 1st November 2015, 11am-3pm. Gift Aid Admission prices £6.90 per adult, £3.45 per child and £17.25 per family. The house will be open from 28 February 2015. For more information on Chartwell visit Follow the conversation on Twitter @ChartwellNT #Churchill2015




and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘I Got the Music in Me’ and ‘Amoreuse’. Tickets are £20, or £18 if purchased in advance. Call 01483 278001 or go to If the children have been stuck indoors this winter, then February half term, 14th to 22nd, is the perfect opportunity for the family to get outside and have some holiday fun at beautiful National Trust places near you. Join in for some outdoor escapades; pull on your wellies and rush through gardens on an adventure trail, make pancakes around the camp fire, or crafty artworks in a mansion. You could also try ticking off some of the Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenges such as hunting for bugs, building dens and making mud pies. Visit for lots of ideas to get cracking. More half term fun at RHS Wisley with Wakey Wakey Wildlife, taking place from 14th-22nd February. Learn about butterflies, their special senses, and how to plant their favourite flowers. Make pipe cleaner dragonflies, flapping butterflies or caterpillar hats. Activities vary daily, so please check our website for details. Events are free once you have entered the garden. Don’t forget that Butterflies in the Glasshouse runs until 8th March,



where you can see exotic butterflies take flight among plants in the tropical paradise of the Glasshouse. Marvel at the colours and sizes of the butterflies flying around Wisley’s ‘jungle’, if you’re lucky one might even land on you! Normal garden entry applies. Beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends and half term on our website. Round off your trip with one of the butterfly-decorated cookies and cupcakes that the Taste of Wisley bakers are making. This February enjoy a fantastic evening’s entertainment right here in Godalming with Gilbert and Sullivan’s very popular operetta ‘The Mikado’ - performed by renowned local group Godalming Operatic Society (GOS). A super night out for all the family, GOS’s lavish productions at the Borough Hall are always accompanied by a full professional orchestra and traditional staging values - featuring accomplished principals, soloists and a large, rousing supporting chorus! Go along and enjoy favourite numbers such as ‘Three Little Maids’, ‘A Wandering Minstrel I’, ‘Brightly Dawns our Wedding Day’ and ‘I’ve got a Little List’ - Tickets on sale £11-£17 from the GOS Box Office: 01252 703376. Performances are on Tuesday 17th-Saturday 21st February including a Saturday matinee. (Also at Leatherhead Theatre from Thursday 26th- Saturday 28th February). After the January social, Chiddingfold Horticultural Society’s first talk of the 2015 season will be on

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Dennis Brothers - the post war years Britain’s oldest vehicle manufacturer was established in Guildford. In the second in a series, Andy Goundry continues the story. The end of the Great War brought a sudden and dramatic change to the fortunes of the Dennis company. From working almost flat-out producing trucks for the War Department, the order book vanished almost overnight as the vast fleet of vehicles which Dennis had toiled so hard to produce began to find their way back to Britain, to be sold off for civilian use, thereby reducing dramatically the opportunities for new vehicle sales. This left Dennis with an almost insurmountable problem: they had one of the biggest truckmaking factories in Europe, capable of building around 2,500 trucks per year, and a very limited market. Lesser companies might have thrown in the towel there and then, however the Dennis brothers picked themselves up and set out to develop both new markets and new models. The latter was an inspired move, for if WWI had done nothing else, it had firmly established the superiority of trucks rather than horses to move goods. Whilst the market was saturated with large numbers of ex-military trucks, they were limited to a 3 tonne payload. Dennis realised that higher capacity models would generate sales, and so introduced both 4 and 5 tonne versions of the original army truck. These were successful in recovering some of the lost sales; then, as now, the concept of one man, or truck, being able to do more than his competitors, was attractive to customers. Raymond Dennis also set out on a marathon 60,000 mile world tour to promote Dennis products, highlighting the reliability of the military vehicles, to say nothing of the fire engines whose performance was becoming legendary. Indeed, in 1917 a Dennis fire engine had pumped water continuously for 17 days to help combat a huge fire in Salonika (now Thessaloniki) in Greece. In seeking new markets, Dennis astutely investigated opportunities to offer innovative products into markets where the Dennis brand was already well understood and respected. 28

This lovely old Dennis Dart belongs to the company, and can often be seen around Guildford. Shown here on wedding transport duty with the author in the front seat.

He also targeted markets which could make use of some of their existing technology, thus avoiding too much of a leap into the dark. Two interesting new ventures sought to strengthen the Dennis relationship with local authorities, quickly becoming successful businesses in their own right. Firstly, drawing on their experience with fire pumps, they launched an innovative vacuum cesspool emptier which was quickly taken up by their target local authority market. This laid the foundations for the municipal vehicle market for which Dennis subsequently became a by-word. The other new venture was into the manufacture of motor mowers, and specifically large machines which enabled the local authorities to keep their many hectares of parkland in trim. Again, Dennis were quick to promote the efficiency benefits of their product, proudly proclaiming that one man with a Dennis mower could cut in a day as much as two men and a horse could cut in two days. Dennis mowers went on to carve out a successful business for over 50 years, indeed they are still manufactured, although no longer part of the original Dennis empire, having been sold off in 1976. Despite these brave efforts to regenerate the business, orders for Dennis trucks remained in the doldrums until the mid-1920’s, when the company launched a successful new 30cwt (1.5 tonne) payload truck, set apart from its competitors by the use of robust truck components compared to the lighter and shorter-lived car components used by others. This approach was, interestingly, mirrored by the company almost sixty years later when the Dennis Dart midibus took the bus market by storm.

Images from left: A 1933 Dennis Mower. These are still widely used today (photo: Dennis Mowers); Development of a lowered chassis frame meant that double-deckers could at last have a solid upper deck roof to protect the passengers from the elements (photo: Showbus); This superbly restored Dennis Ace fuel tanker is locally owned by Joe Devanny, and can regularly be seen at the Goodwood Revival. Photo: J Devanny

The latter half of the 1920’s saw the Dennis market for buses and coaches grow significantly, with new models appearing regularly, championing the latest technology. The first bus to be equipped with pneumatic tyres, for example, was a Dennis, as was the first bus fitted with four-wheel brakes. Development of specific models aimed at carrying passengers rather than goods also meant that floor levels were lowered, meaning fewer steps for the passengers to climb. 1927 saw the introduction of another first for Dennis – their purpose designed double-decker. Although double deckers had been around for some time before this, in both horse-drawn and later motorised form, they were invariably based on a goods vehicle chassis. This meant they were comparatively tall, making a solid roof impractical. The Dennis H Type of 1927, in contrast, had a low frame, enabling a solid roof to be fitted, setting the scene for the widespread adoption of double deckers in years to come. As the 1930’s dawned, a relentless introduction of new and enhanced models continued apace, all promoting the traditional Dennis virtues of quality, performance, and reliability. These benefits came at a price, making Dennis products amongst the more expensive in the market. By this time, however, the world was sliding headlong into the Great Depression, and in those times of austerity, the expensive Dennis products, however good, were finding fewer customers. Once again, Dennis were forced to rethink their product strategy, and rapidly introduced the Lancet, a low-cost single deck bus, which sold for £595 against their previous single decker, which was massively more, at £1,095. Unsurprisingly, the Lancet became a great success, doing much to see the Dennis business through the gloomy days of the Depression, particularly with the truck-making arm of the business struggling due to the economy. Indeed, throughout the history of Dennis, the bus business proved to be surprisingly resistant to economic depression, and this was not the only occasion where it kept the company afloat. Other noteworthy Dennis models of the 1930s included the Dart bus, of which one survives today in the hands of the company, and which can often be seen at rallies. On the truck side, Dennis produced a rather unusual-looking, but very successful range called the Ace. Key to the Ace was that February 2015

Above: The 3 tonne model which played a major part in the Great War but later returned to the UK in large numbers to flood the market. The fine example shown here was restored over a 10-year period by Tim & Steve Gosling. Photo: M Sutcliffe

the front axle was set well back, giving excellent manoeuvrability, but meaning that the engine and radiator were positioned well forward like a snout. Small wonder that the Ace soon became unofficially named the ‘Flying Pig’. In 1934, Dennis acquired land around the Woodbridge factory on which to build homes for their increasing number of workers. The resulting estate, Dennisville, has most of the roads named after senior Dennis people, notably Raymond Crescent & St John’s Road. Overall, Dennis had coped well since WWI, rising well to the challenges of the lack of new vehicle orders, the years of recession and fending off the growing number of competitors such as Leyland and Bedford. Sadly, however, in May 1938 Sir Raymond Dennis passed away at the early age of 59, followed only three months later by his brother John, precipitating the company into major changes at the top. At the same time the gathering storm clouds of WWII were about to force Dennis into yet more major upheaval. ABOUT THE AUTHOR About the author: Andy Goundry spent his working career in vehicle design and development, with almost 20 years in senior engineering and management roles at Dennis. Since retirement he has continued a close involvement with vehicles, writing for specialist magazines and websites, as well as producing his own motoring website www.autonews. © Andy Goundry December 2014




‘Winkworth Arboretum’. This will be at 8pm on Wednesday 18th February in the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane and visitors are welcome to go along. Guildford Natural History Society is holding their next talk on Thursday 19th February. Dr Nikki Gammans will talk about ‘The Plight of the Bumblebee’. She will introduce the three types of bee, their decline and reasons why; how we can conserve bumblebees, and the reintroduction project to the UK. The venue is the Guildford Institute in Ward Street and talks start at 2.45pm, usually ending around 4.15pm. Free to members. They welcome visitors but ask for a small donation. Further details from Bridget Hopkins on 01483 275826. The Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society ‘s next lecture, by Miss Judy Rudoe, is entitled “The Power of Jewellery : Adornment and Ritual from Prehistory to the Present.” Why not join them at Shalford Village Hall on Thursday 19 February for a fascinating look at the purpose, meaning and symbolism of jewellery across the centuries? Refreshments are available from 9.45 am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. There are also special interest days, visits and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £40 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested,


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Eyes right... When you pass an opticians window, your first thought may well be of buying a pair of spectacles and what that might cost you. Quite understandable, and for those lucky enough to have perfect vision you may not give it any thought at all.This may be the most costly decision you ever make! While prescribing spectacles are an important part of an opticians work, increasingly our eye checks look at eye health as well as general health issues. Glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, UV damage as well potentially more serious conditions such as intracranial pressure or tumours may be detected during an eye check. But how?? As part of the check-up we will use a number of techniques to examine your eyes. Traditionally an ophthalmoscope was used. A light shone through your pupil illuminates your retina (the back surface of the eye) and allows the viewer to examine the optic nerve and the retinal blood vessels. It is changes to these structures that helps us to diagnose potential problems. The main drawback of this technique is it illuminates a small area and it requires accurate and lengthy note taking. In the last decade, the advent of retinal cameras has helped overcome these drawbacks. A camera that takes a digital photograph of the retina helps us study the image in greater detail, as well as being able to compare year on year results. Subtle changes in the appearance of the structures, especially the blood vessels enable diagnosis of vascular disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The very latest technology known as OCT (optical coherence tomography) scanning allows not only photography of the retina but also scans (like an ultrasound) the tissues beneath the surface. Many of the eye health problems seen, originate in the tissue behind the retina, the area normally hidden from view. Detection of issues can now be made months, if not years before traditional techniques would allow. In many cases this can save a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sight and in extreme cases a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. The scan is totally non-invasive, takes around five minutes to perform and results are instant. Previously OCT scanning was only available through a hospital and costs were accordingly high, however a handful of opticians have invested in scanners and the technology is available to anyone at a fraction of the cost. At Boots Opticians in Godalming we have had an OCT scanner for three years now and have achieved some amazing results. A few cases of interest may highlight the usefulness of having an eye check including an OCT scan, even if you do have perfect vision!

Case studies Paula is a bookkeeper who was experiencing headaches. She had not related these to her eyes as her vision felt fine. On examination we could see that her optic nerve looked a little different, but it was the scan that showed the full extent of the swelling beneath. In this case caused by a large tumour behind the eye exerting pressure on the optic nerve. Paula was sent to the hospital armed with copies of the scans (below) straight from the practice and was operated on within hours. Fortunately, she has made a full recovery and is back at work again.

John is a diabetic with a sudden decrease in vision.The digital photo below shows what appears to be a small bleed, which may have been left to heal up without treatment. Our scan showed a large area of fluid underneath the retina indicating wet macula degeneration, a rapid moving sight threatening disease requiring treatment as soon as possible.Treatment was given within a few days and follow up scan shows the improvement made due early detection.

Adam was seen late on a Friday afternoon with some visual disturbance. Scans once again confirmed urgent medical attention was required to treat a retinal detachment.Thanks to the confirmed diagnosis, Andrew was operated on at Moorfields Eye Hospital within 48 hrs and a full recovery of vision is expected. These cases are the extreme end of the spectrum and most people who have a scan show perfectly normal, healthy eyes but is it not great to have that peace of mind? Hopefully, this has highlighted the importance of having an eye check and has opened your eyes to the real value of looking after not only your eye health but your general health too.

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INTRODUCING – GOFEST! 10th-12th July 2015 at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. A new national event is coming to Surrey which promises to keep the whole family entertained this summer - the UK’s first family festival of sport, fitness, dance and health. With over 75 activities to try, coaching sessions with sporting legends and live music, GoFest is a truly unique, three day festival. Taking place 10th-12th July at Surrey Sports Park, the festival promises to offer an action-packed weekend. With numerous specialist zones including GoBike, GoCompete, GoSplash, GoChill, GoFuel and GoStrut there will be plenty of activities and entertainment for everyone and you never know, you might just find you have a hidden talent for some of them. Stars from the sporting world are already backing the festival including football legend, Kevin Keegan and Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies, who both officially launched the event recently. Commenting on the range of sports and activities on offer, Kevin Keegan, OBE said: “At a time when we really need to encourage people to get more active, GoFest provides a brilliant opportunity for families to come together and try something new in a fun environment full of enthusiastic experts.” Olympic Silver Medallist, Sharron Davies MBE is looking forward to spending time with her family at GoFest. “As a mother of three I’m incredibly keen on finding sports and activities that the whole family can enjoy. That’s why GoFest is the perfect choice for my family - we can get competitive in the races but also just give activities a go that we wouldn’t usually have the chance to try. ” It is hoped that 15,000 people will visit GoFest, with camping and free shuttle busses available nearby to give the weekend a true festival feel. The brain child of local entrepreneur Paul Farris, the festival was created to encourage families to spend quality time together whilst getting active and trying new sports. Farris said: “We’re thrilled to launch our first festival in Surrey and encourage families from across the region to ‘have a go’ at as many sports and activities as possible at GoFest 2015.” Also backed by local father Roger Black, GoFest has teamed up with charity partners, Macmillan and SportsAid, donating a significant proportion of ticket sales to each charity. So don’t miss out, secure your tickets now at VantagePoint is delighted to be a media partner for GoFest 2015. We have one family ticket up for grabs, please see this month’s competition page. 36

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Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm, also every 1st and Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm and the Royal Oak in Sydenham Road Guildford on the 3rd Sunday at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free just turn up. For more information phone kevin Gorton on 01483 415962. A Neighbourhood Plan for the entire parish of Witley is being drawn up and this is a great opportunity for residents to have a say. The Plan will be used to decide the future of the place in which we live and work and will apparently give us the opportunity to: choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built; Have a say on what those new building should look like; Produce a Plan which carries legal weight in the planning decision process. Themes covered in the Plan could include: employment, business, housing, design, historic areas, transport, plus more. Personally I would also hope that it will allow us to have a say on how many new homes should be built; quite relevant when you look at the number of houses under construction at the moment. So, how do we get involved? The answer is to go along to one of the launch events on: Monday 23rd February at 8pm in The Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley GU8 5PL; Wednesday 25th February at 8pm in The Pirrie Hall, Haslemere Road, Brook GU8 5UJ; Tuesday 3rd March at 8pm in Milford Village Hall, Portsmouth Road, Milford GU8 5DS. This is really pretty important, it


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Technology in the classroom Technology has changed the way we communicate, the way we work and almost every aspect of our lives. Now it’s taking over in the classroom too. Catherine Williams, the Head of IT at St Nicholas’ School, Church Crookham explains why. Once upon a time every classroom had a large dusty blackboard and a teacher with chalky hands. Although very familiar to generations of parents and grandparents, some time in the not too distant future this image will be something for the history books, old photographs and the movies. Education is changing. Classrooms, from pre-school to infants, right through to sixth form and universities, are evolving rapidly with new technology. Teachers now have ever more advanced tools to deliver highly targeted learning for every individual child. It is starting to deliver excellent outcomes too and right across all age ranges, with the result that an increasing number of independent and maintained schools are re-thinking the way

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This means that if the class has not grasped a concept the teacher can add an extra lesson if necessary. Alternatively, if one child is struggling the teacher can offer additional oneto-one support through the device. There’s also the opportunity to share work – with a teacher using his/her iPad to guide the class by connecting a pupil’s device up to Apple TV. This can be of real benefit to the class. However the real beauty of it is that for this and future generations technology is going to dictate their lives. They will be using computers at home and in the workplace and in ways that right now we can’t even imagine. It’s just as versatile when children move through to senior school too as it allows staff to create their own iBooks to guide pupils through lessons. For some this might seem like a vision of the future – investment in technology is expensive - but schools that have already made this step are already seeing the benefits. Catherine Williams is the Head of IT at St Nicholas’ School, Church Crookham (pictured left).

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through the traditional art of glove making. You will begin by making a glove pattern from your own hands, then use the pattern to cut from a leather hide. The pieces will then be hand stitch together. If time allows you can embellish your gloves with embroidery or beads. Your tutor will be costumier Caroline who studied costume making and has over 20 years of experience working in the Theatre, TV and film industries. The cost is £85 per person which includes all materials. Booking essential by calling 01483 801108. The second course is a beginners Lampshade Making Workshop and is a one day course on Saturday 7th March from 10am to 1pm. The course will be run by Elaine who has a business producing handmade curtains, cushions and lampshades for both private and corporate clients with an emphasis on Parisian style. The cost is £45 and again booking is essential by calling 01483 801108. You can find out more about Studio 22 by going to www. The Godalming-Joigny Friendship Association will be holding a quiz evening on Saturday 28th February at the Wilfred Noyce Centre in Godalming. This year ‘2015’ marks the 30th anniversary of the Twinning, and all funds raised from this event support their efforts to promote friendship between Godalming and Joigny. The fun starts at 7.30pm and there will be a French themed buffet at half-time. Come as a team of 6, or join a team on the evening. Tickets are £10 per person


(includes food). If you are interested please email The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Gallery at Saba House, Kings Road, Shalford GU4 8JU, has a new exhibition ‘Atmosphere in Light.’ An exhibition of wildlife by wildlife, equestrian, canine and local plein air impressionist artist Heather Irvine, it will run from Monday 2nd March to 31st March. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5 pm. Free entry. Browse and buy from this stunning selection of original paintings and limited edition prints. All sales support endangered wildlife. For more information see www. Rehearsals for this years Park Mead Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk are well under way. This year sees some new faces joining the gang. Jack and his sister, along with their mum can’t pay the rent they owe to the evil Sir Ponsenby-Smythe. In desperation, they decide to sell their cow Buttercup. On the way to the market, Jack meets the downtrodden Neil, and they swap Buttercup for some beans. Overnight, Twinkle the Fairy helps the beanstalk to grow into the domains of a big scary giant called Derek. What will the gang find at the top of the beanstalk? Will Ella get to keep her house? What is Sir Ponsenby-Smythe really up to? Why am I asking so many questions? The answers can be found on Friday the 6th March and Saturday the 7th March at

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I enjoy the quiet romance of February in the garden; here are some jobs you can be getting on with. To enjoy the best flowering display from your Wisteria you need to prune it; you’ll enjoy more flowers of better quality, and it will look tidier. At this time of year the structure of the plant is clear of foliage so it’s easy to see where to prune. Using secateurs, cut back each sideshoot to two or three buds, don’t worry about which direction the bud faces, just count two to three buds and make a cut. It’s worth checking any ties you have supporting your Wisteria and replacing any that are too tight or damaged it’s far easier to do this now before the plant gets growing. Sweet peas are wonderfully cheery flowers to have. They are beautiful as cut flowers with a heavenly scent; I can’t be without them. You can get away with sowing Sweet peas in March, but you’ll have better plants, with longer flowering stems if you sow now. I have never found any need to chip or soak Sweet pea seeds to aid their germination. If you have trouble with mice, you can pre-soak your seeds for up to 24 hours in liquid paraffin to deter the rodents. This works a treat! Sweet peas should be started off in tall containers which allow for their long roots; root trainers, the cardboard tubes from toilet rolls or deep plastic pots all work well. I enjoy sowing a mix of colours; I always include ‘Gwendoline’ a beautiful rose pink, ‘Jilly’ a rich cream and ‘Naomi Nazareth’ a pretty pale lilac-blue. These varieties are all highly scented with long stems and large, frilly flowers, which make them ideal for cutting. If you would like to grow plants beneficial to bees and other pollinating insects, now is a good time to sow Ageratum houstonianum, Calendula officinalis, Nigella damascena, Cosmos bipinnatus, Machaeranthera tanacetifolia, Verbena bonariensis and Papaver rhoeas. Ornamental grasses and roses need pruning this month. Remove any old dead leaves from your rose plants, as well as any lurking around in the soil, and then feed your roses with a specially designed rose feed and 46

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mulch with compost or well-rotted manure. Now is also a good time to divide congested clumps of snowdrops and replant. If you’re looking to buy Snowdrops in ‘the green’ please only buy from reputable growers to avoid purchasing bulbs that have been stolen or dug up from the wild. A number of other plants can be divided now: Achillea millefolium and Achillea filipendulina, Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconites), Solidago canadensis (Golden rod), Lily of the Valley, Echinops ritro (Globe thistle), Michaelmas daisies and Sedums. Provide food and fresh water for garden birds. Put up bird boxes, taking care not to position the nest boxes close to feeding stations, as the competition will usually prevent a nest box being successful. In the greenhouse: sow aubergines, tomatoes, chilli, celery, celeriac, cabbage, leeks and onions. Outside: sow cabbages, peas, parsnips – sow radish in the same row as parsnips: the radish seed will germinate and grow quickly, before the parsnips, which germinate very slowly. Sowing them together in the same row makes the best use of the space. Plant sea kale, shallots, onion sets, Jerusalem artichokes and rhubarb. If your garden lacks interest at this time of year, why not plan a trip to your local nursery or garden centre and treat yourself to a new plant or two? To help insects, look out for the ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ logo when making your selections. FIND OUT MORE

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Friends supports the work of our local rehabilitation hospital for the elderly, providing amenities and facilities that aren’t provided by the NHS. There will be a guest speaker relevant to the work of the hospital. A lot of people fought very hard to save Milford Hospital and it is now thriving in spite of being surrounded by a building site at present! Do go along and hear a report from the community matron on the hospital’s activities and find out what the League of Friends has been doing during the past 12 months. Friends of Elstead Village Hall are holding a dinner/ dance on Saturday 21st March with dancing to the brilliant 60’s group ‘Out of the Shadows’. Tickets are £20 each and the cost includes a two course meal. This promises to be a brilliant evening – feel free to don your 60’s clothes! Tickets from Sue Gowar on 01252 702127 or Juliet Williams on 01252 703943. The Unattached Group (TUG) recently enjoyed a splendid Christmas dinner dance at the Drift Golf Club, East Horsley. 45 members were wined and dined in a great Christmas atmosphere and then danced away the calories to a live band playing a variety of music including the old Christmas favourites; by all accounts a great evening. 16 members also returned to the Isle of Wight for a winter bash (they went there in August and it was such a great success that they returned for a pre Christmas helping). Meals, theatre trips, walks, quizzes



etc are all planned for early 2015 and another leisure weekend away in Somerset in February is being looked forward to by 30 members .TUG is a Surrey/ Hampshire based group of about 80 single people who enjoy times together including a weekly pub meet and chat night. New members would be most welcome and information can be obtained at or Maggie on 07855 008897. The Surrey Police Band, formally known as the Police Unity Memorial Band, is heading for a great new year during 2015 and they’d like you to come and play with them! They are looking for wind, brass and percussion players to join their fun and friendly band which rehearses each Thursday in Guildford, and perform various gigs and concerts throughout the year. If you are grade five or equivalent, and would like to go along to a rehearsal for a free taster session then please get in touch with them at publicity@surreypoliceband. – no scary audition and lots of friendly fellow musicians who look forward to welcoming you! This year they will be raising money for the Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The specialist services provided by the Children’s Trust come at a cost which is not fully met by statutory sources, so the charity relies on voluntary donations from supporters. By supporting the Surrey Police Band this year, you will be helping to fund building works, key members of staff, new equipment, leisure

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6. Scrape the sauce into a bowl and whisk in the egg yolks – the warmth of the sauce makes it absorb the yolks better. Now whisk in two-thirds of the Gruyère, which will melt into the sauce. Switch back to using the wooden spoon and gently fold in the fish to retain the whole flakes. Now’s the time to taste it as everything’s in except the egg whites, which are neutral. Grind over salt and black pepper and fold in. 7. Whisk the egg whites in a metal bowl with a balloon whisk until they form stiff peaks, then fold into the warm sauce with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated. Liberally butter 4 or 6 small gratin dishes (measuring 20 x 11.5cm across the top). Lay a pancake in each dish so that half lines the base and the other half overhangs. Divide the soufflé between the pancakes and flip over the overhanging halves to loosely enclose. Preheat the oven to fan 170C/conventional 190C/gas 5. 8. Bring the cream to the boil in a pan, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the remaining Gruyère and season. Ladle the sauce over the pancakes and top with the Parmesan. Stand the dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the mixture has risen and the top is browned.

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There’s a Quiz Evening, organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Godalming, in aid of Surrey Air Ambulance and other Inner Wheel charities, on Saturday 28th March. It starts at 6.45 for 7pm at the Masonic Hall, Godalming. Teams of up to 6 people at £10 per player, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. There will be a licensed bar and ample parking at the rear of the Masonic Hall. For tickets please call 01483 861812 or 01483 416446.

Surrey Border Movie Makers meet on the first Friday of each month. They are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama and documentary. Interested in seeing what they do? Visit their website: . They meet at the St. Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ. There’s plenty of parking and your first visit is free. Contact:

I published these dates back in October, but no harm in doing it again now that we are well in to the New Year. The Godalming in Bloom dates for 2015 are as follows. The closing date for is Monday 8th June. Allotment judging will take place at the Judge’s discretion between 10th June and 3rd July. School Judging will take place on Wednesday 10th June. Garden Judging will take place on Tuesday 16th June and Thursday 18th June. Commercial Building and Garden Judging will take place on Friday 26th June. The Godalming in Bloom Prize Giving will be held at the Octagon on Wednesday 8th July at 6pm. If

I’m giving plenty of notice on this one in case you might like to participate. Godalming in Bloom will once again be supporting a very special Open Garden Afternoon to raise money for The Cellar Cafe on Saturday 20th June from 2pm until 6pm. The event welcomes all kinds of gardens, large or small, in and around Godalming, and will include some Godalming in Bloom entrants. Visitor tickets are £5 available in advance from Vic Hicks - 07715 708010, vic.hicks@gmail.

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Another event for which I should give plenty of notice is the 2015 Rustic Sunday at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford. It’s on 26th July so mark the date in your calendar - you could be demonstrating your craft, and selling your creations, to the many hundreds of visitors attending. This is the biggest event in the museum’s busy summer programme and showcasing traditional crafts is just one of the many attractions on offer to visitors. The stand for anyone demonstrating a craft is free and the museum is offering stallholders and activity organisers a free weekend museum pass for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th (the day of the event) together with free camping from Saturday until Monday morning, and the opportunity to purchase visitor tickets at discounted prices. Besides traditional crafts and creative trades, there is music and dancing, the Old Kiln Light Railway, heavy horse drawn wagon rides, a working forge and steam roller, a chain-saw sculptor plus locally grown produce and baked goods. There will be a traditional fairground carousel for the little ones and real ale from a local micro-brewery. All the museum’s buildings, exhibits and facilities will be open along with the cafe. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Old Kiln Museum and Rural Life Centre. Further information

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Albury Downs and St Martha’s Hill From the starting point on the Albury Downs near Guildford – part of the North Downs and one of its finest viewpoints – this walk twice descends below the crest of the downs and twice climbs to regain it. Open downland interspersed with frequent, attractive wooded stretches makes for a good, varied walk, especially when allied with superb and extensive views from the highest points at Newlands Corner and St Martha’s Church. Of the two climbs the first one that ascends St Martha’s Hill is quite steep and strenuous; the second that returns you to the start is more gradual. The shorter version includes only the latter, easier ascent.

The walk Starting with your back to the refreshment kiosk, turn half-right, head downhill across the grass to pick up a stony path and bear right along it, soon passing a yellow waymarker post, indicating that this is part of the North Downs Way. Now follow a splendidly scenic path, below the edge of woodland on the right and with extensive views over the downs to the left. At a fork take the left-hand path and do the same at the next fork, keeping along the right-hand edge of woodland. Soon the path enters the trees, bends to the left and heads down to a lane A.

At this point those who wish to do the shorter version of the walk should turn left to rejoin the main route after 200 yards at J below. Turn right here, leaving the North Downs Way, along a path that keeps by the left-hand edge of woodland; later this path broadens into a track. Continue, passing through a farmyard to reach a lane C. Cross over, take the enclosed track ahead at a public bridleway sign, and at a crossing of tracks by a Pewley Down information board, keep ahead into woodland. The track curves left to a T-junction where you turn right, rejoining the North Downs Way along a track between wire fences. Over to the right, houses on the edge of Guildford can be seen. The track keeps along the right-hand edge of Chantry Wood – along this section the North Downs Way coincides with the Pilgrims’ Way – finally going to the right of a cottage to a crossing of tracks D. Turn left along an enclosed path beside Chantry Lodge, still keeping along the right-hand edge of Chantry Wood, and on reaching a road bear left.

Cross over, go up some steps and turn left, at a North Downs Way sign, along an enclosed, wooded path that heads downhill, parallel to the lane on the left, to a T-junction of paths in front of a house B.









After 50 yards turn left E over a stile at a public footpath sign and walk across the middle of a field, later continuing by a hedge on the right. Turn right through a hedge gap near a farm, turn left to continue in the same direction, now along an undulating track, eventually going through a gate onto a lane F. Turn right and almost immediately right again, at a public footpath sign, to continue along an enclosed path which descends to a lane. Turn left here and where the lane bends sharply to the left keep ahead, passing to the left of a lodge. Continue along a gravel track through the grounds of Chilworth Manor. The track curves left, keeping to the right of the manor house. At a fork turn right and go along a rough track between fences. After 50 yards turn left G, at a public footpath sign, along an enclosed path which heads steeply up St Martha’s Hill, the most strenuous part of the walk but leading to one of the finest views in Surrey. On the upper slopes of the hill the path crosses a sandy track and continues up to St Martha’s Church H, 573ft high and a superb viewpoint looking out over the North Downs, Guildford, along the greensand ridge and across the Weald to the distant South Downs. This isolated hilltop church (the parish church of Chilworth) was rebuilt in 1850, partly from the stones of the original Norman church that stood on the site. It is one of the major landmarks on the North Downs Way. At the church, turn right along a broad, sandy track that heads downhill, with grand views along the greensand ridge ahead, DISTANCE: 7 miles. Shorter version 2¼ miles OS MAPS: Landranger 186 (Aldershot & Guildford), Explorer 145 (Guildford & Farnham) STARTING POINT: Newlands Corner START GPS WAYPOINT: TQ 043 492

continuing through woodland to reach a junction. Keep straight ahead, passing to the right of a ruined wartime pillbox, and at a junction of three tracks take the left-hand one that leads through a car park to a lane J. Here you rejoin the shorter route. Turn right and after 50 yards bear left along a straight, fence-lined path which runs below the crest of the Albury Downs on the left, later continuing along the left-hand edge of woodland. Once more this is part of the supposed line of the Pilgrims’ Way. At a public bridleway sign turn left, along another enclosed bridleway. Pass to the left of a farmhouse and at a yellow waymarked post beside the barn head up across the field towards Albury Downs. At the top go through a gate and continue uphill, bearing right across grass to rejoin the stony path, which will take you back to Newlands Corner.

This is Walk 21 from the Pathfinder Guides Surrey Walks, published by Crimson Publishing ( Map ©Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey Media 019/14

REFRESHMENTS: None directly on the route, but the Percy Arms in Chilworth is a short detour between points F and G. The Drummond Arms in Albury is also recommended but a short drive from the start/finish point Image above: Newlands Corner – one of the finest viewpoints on the North Downs Way

Neither the publisher nor the author can accept any responsibility for any changes, errors or omissions in this route. Diversion orders can be made and permissions withdrawn at any time.

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Minis Rugby at Guildford As part of the Guildford Rugby Club offering in the local community, ‘minis rugby’ provides local children and their parents with the opportunity to be part of a local rugby club. The ‘minis’ section at Guildford covers children from U6s to U12s and is a great way of getting your children into rugby. We also have a well-attended ‘micros’ section for those children who are too young to play for the U6s!

Harlequins. In 2013, 46 Guildford Mini children had the opportunity to play at half-time during Big Games 6 in front of 75,000 spectators at Twickenham. On Saturday, 10th February 2015 Guildford U8s and U9s will be performing the Guard of Honour duties at the Stoop for the Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers game.

The emphasis of the club is to provide training in a fun and safe environment. We have a large number of RFU trained coaches, some of whom either play for our senior or ‘vets’ team or who have played at a high level outside of the club. Teamwork and discipline are important and play a key part in what is expected of the children. We play ‘tag’ rugby up until the U8s and then move to full contact in the U9s, slowly introducing new skills in each new year.

If you would like your child to attend training with the Guildford ‘minis’ then please visit the club on Sunday mornings or contact the clubhouse for more details. Training typically starts between 10am-10.30am depending upon the year group.

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The Surrey Hills Society has been going for six years and has close to 1,000 members. Not only does this membership charity take an active role in protecting the unique landscape and character of the Surrey Hills, it also gives its members an opportunity to explore and enjoy the area with like-minded people. We offer a wide range of activities to suit all age groups, and opportunities to visit many to places that are not normally open to the public. Members are kept informed either through our website or with a newsletter delivered to them three times a year, filled with stories about the Surrey Hills, the events we’ve run and those that are planned. The Surrey Hills stretch across the chalk North Downs that run broadly across the centre of Surrey, from Farnham in the west, above Guildford, Dorking and Reigate, to Oxted in the east. The grandeur and beauty of these hills embrace an amazing variety of landscapes from rolling chalk downs and flower rich grasslands, to acid heaths and woodlands. They cover more than a third of the county so it’s quite likely that you’re probably never far away from discovering your own special spot of local beauty. Or come out with us and explore! Our members are a diverse bunch, some more active than others, some happy to volunteer

to help or run events that interest them, others happy to come along and support but not wanting to be involved in the organisatrion of activities. We’re proud that we manage to achieve a great deal considering we only have one paid staff member. What members do all have in common though is a real interest in the conservation and preservation of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for future generations. As we develop, we’re starting to be able to support small-scale conservation projects. For example, we have raised funds to install a water-drinking fountain on Leith Hill, which will benefit walkers, horse-riders and cyclists. With ‘future generations’ in mind, the Society’s events team has recently started organising events for different age groups. These include a guided walk ending with a visit to a local hostelry for those in their 20s and 30s, and other events aimed at family groups, such as craft-making or private visits to local farms that are educational as well as fun. One of our aims is to encourage and educate these younger age groups as they are the future custodians of this beautiful county in which we are lucky enough to live. We already run a full and varied events programme for our core members, but we’re happy to encourage non-members along to events so that they can see what we’re all about. The kind of events we’ve run in the past year include: a private visit to a sculpture garden; a day discovering all the local foodie delights around the Reigate area (from production to menu); a visit to Gatton Community Theatre at Reigate Fort and a day exploring the Wotton Estate, near Dorking. Each year, we’re very involved in running the Surrey Hills Wood Fair in Bramley, a firm favourite with our members and also attracting larger family groups. We also support the Ride London cycle event and see this as a fundraiser for the Society. FIND OUT MORE

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Learn more about us by taking a look at our website and discover the varied range of events we’ve got planned for this spring and summer. Best of all, come and join the Society this year! An annual family membership is £25, or £15 for a single membership – pretty good value we hope you’ll agree.




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The first run of gin from the new Silent Pool Distillery has flown off the shelves since going on sale locally just before Christmas. The Albury Limited Release has a distinctive aromatic blend of Kaffir Lime, Bergamot, Linden and Elderflower complementing the Juniper and the numbered bottles proved an instant hit. The half bottles with an ABV of 40.2% are available via or local stockists to he distillery including Kingfisher Farm Shop in Abinger, Quaich in East Horsley, The Drummond Arms in Albury and Bertram Bees in Westcott. The first spirit distilled at the Silent Pool Distillery was an apple brandy which was made from cider from Birtley House, Bramley. The editor is so excited he’s just bought a bottle of the gin to give it a try with his friend Janey, who I am reliably told is known as ‘Auntie Gin’ to her family!

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