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TO THE POINT With my summer visit to our French house approaching, the invitation by the Godalming Joigny Friendship Association to a boules evening was too good to be true. But true it was, and I jumped at the chance to hone my pétanque skills in advance of the usual neighbourly matches. Readers with good memories may remember my description of a game a few years ago, when a British contingent, which included my colleague Marcus, our Jotters, Nick and Angie, and me were challenged to a boules match by our French neighbours which we won, much to the chagrin of our hosts. Since then the teams have been mixed to maintain peace in our little part of Corrèze. The venue for the boules evening was the Forester’s Arms in Kirdford, which is a charming village between Petworth and Billingshurst in West Sussex. The pub has a pétanque terrain with seven pistes at the end of its garden, which is leased by the brewery to the Amitiés Boules Club, our hosts for the evening. That club is affiliated to the Southern Counties Pétanque Asso-

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ciation, together with 20 others in the wider area, including clubs in Crondall, Cranleigh and Oxshott. I was slightly astonished to see on the English Pétanque Association website that there are more than 160 clubs throughout the UK. Our hosts were delightful; mostly couples, they were all terribly enthusiastic supporters of France’s national sport. One couple had even recently returned from competing in Beziers, southern France. We were split into teams of two, allocated a piste and off we went, with our hosts on hand to make up the numbers where required, offer us advice and guidance and teach the novices. It took me a while to limber up, losing my first match but then winning the next two with some displays of accuracy that even shocked me. I can see why it is so popular in this country, as it is a very addictive game and more bloodthirsty than traditional English bowls, which according to our hosts is part of its appeal. I just hope my good form stays with me until my holiday...

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As Wings & Wheels celebrates its 10th Show this August bank holiday, we take a look back at its humble beginnings in 2005 to its present day status as one of the best airshows in the UK. Each year the organisers from Dunsfold Aerodrome pay homage to the history and it’s this element of the air display which makes the show unique.

In 2005 Dunsfold Aerodrome and Brooklands Museum put their heads together and created an event that celebrated and showcased the history of British aviation and motoring. The end result was Wings & Wheels which, to this day, presents an incredible mix of air and motoring displays for a relaxed family day out.

The line-up in 2014 won’t disappoint, with the early history represented by the Spitfire, Mustang, Hawker Hurricane, Douglas DC-3 (C47), B-25 Mitchell, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flights’ Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane and the prized Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). The later years will be represented by the Red Arrows Hawk, Red Duo Gnats, Royal Navy Sea Fury and Hawker Hunter.

Described as ‘Surrey’s most secret airfield’, the Aerodrome was cloaked in secrecy and screened from public gaze for over 50 years and only became public knowledge when its records were de-classified in the 1990s. Constructed in just 20 weeks by the Canadians, a variety of aircraft operated from Dunsfold Aerodrome between 1942 and 1945 including B-25 Mitchell bombers, Typhoons, Mustangs, Mosquitoes and Spitfires. After the war, the airfield was used as a repatriation centre and over 47,000 prisoners of war were returned to their homelands using Dakota, Lancaster, Stirling and Halifax aircraft. In 1950 the Hawker Aircraft Company Ltd, (today part of BAE Systems), moved into Dunsfold, using the airfield as a flight test centre for its parent factory at Kingston, testing and refurbishing Sea Hawks, Hunters, Sea Furies, Gnats, Harriers and Hawks for the worldwide markets. 8

A host of civilian favourites are also included in the five hour air displays from the Avro Vulcan and Brietling Wingwalkers to The Blades and Turbulent Team. The ‘Wings’ of the event would not be complete without a close-up inspection of all the weekend’s visiting aircraft and Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ which is also open for tours – a new and popular addition in 2013.

Top: The Red Arrows are regular visitors to Wings & Wheels

The more recent history of the aerodrome will resonate with car fans across the world as the motoring element incorporates the world famous Top Gear track. Supercars and classic and vintage icons put on awe-inspiring displays

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of power and speed in two hour auto spectaculars orchestrated by Brooklands Museum. The ‘Wheels’ of the show includes displays from Porsche 911, Dodge Monaco, TVR Tasmin 280i, Ducati Multistrada 1200s, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ford GT40, Lotus Elise 49 and the stunning Benetton F1 B190.

The latest addition to Wings & Wheels is evening entertainment. As the last plane touches down the party starts across the arena with a mix of musical performances. Swing, big band and jazz takes over the Military Zone, in the Wheels Zone is a mix of Rock n Roll, Doowop and Rockabilly and finally, taking centre stage in the middle of the Arena, is a covers band with something for everyone.

As the show has continued to grow, it has gone from an audience of 10,000 to attracting crowds of over 35,000. As visitor numbers have grown so has the entertainment in the arena with a variety of zones now a popular part of Wings & Wheels.

The show has also tried to take the hassle out of the day for families with over 25 fixed-price catering outlets, two bars, hospitality facilities, free on-site parking, public camping, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, opportunities to meet the pilots, official show merchandise and grandstand seating.

The Central Arena Zone will showcase the show’s history and include interactive experiences with the radio shack, meet the pilots, garden car and photo booth. The Wheels Zone features interactive displays from car and motorbike clubs and a crowd line parade whilst the Stunt Zone explodes with the sound of two and four wheeled hair-raising performances including The Royal Signals White Helmets display team which headline the 10th anniversary show.

The 10th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August bank holiday weekend; Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, and is open to spectators from 9am until 9pm.

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Top: Brooklands Museum’s Napier Railton (Laurence Pierce). Above: The Tigers Parachute Display Team (Pete Gardner)

Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572. Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.



being held at Upper Ridgeway Farm, Hyde Lane, Pitch Place, Thursley GU8 6QR by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pat Coles. Tickets are £10 (Under 16’s free) and can be booked by calling the manager at The Clockhouse on 01483 420668. Unfortunately no dogs.

place in which to live, work and play. Information in Parish Council agendas and minutes is available on the Parish Council website www.cranleighpc. org and there is a wealth of local information regarding local events on the Cranleigh Village website www.

The Cranleigh Parish Council continues a history that goes back to 1894. It is the tier of government closest to the community. The Parish covers approximately 3,278 hectares and has a population of around 11,500. Cranleigh sits in the Borough of Waverley in the County of Surrey. Cranleigh Parish Council has Quality Council status and is responsible for core services associated with the Village Hall, Recreation at Snoxhall Fields, the Cemetery, Planning, the Youth Centre and Youth Café, Public Conveniences and the coordination of events in Cranleigh. In addition the Council represents local views and promotes the Cranleigh community wherever possible to ensure that Cranleigh is, and remains a vibrant

Free Folk music sessions! Every Monday at the Star in Church Street Godalming at 9pm and at the Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm, also every 1st and 3rd Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome; just turn up. Throughout the four years marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War there will be a host of special commemorative services and events held in Godalming. The town’s ancient parish church of SS Peter and Paul will be at the heart of these events and the first will be held on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war with a special


town Family Service entitled ‘Seeds of Hope’ on Sunday 3rd August at 10am. This service for children and adults explores the events that led to the outbreak of hostilities in 1914. It will be a sensitive appraisal of the motives that led to the “war to end all wars” and will involve special activities including the planting of coloured poppy seeds that everyone attending can keep. On the next day, at 6.30pm there will be a service marking the Declaration of War. This will be a short but important service on behalf of the town and civic dignitaries and will include the blessing and installation of Godalming’s ‘Old Contemptibles Standard’. This important artefact has been restored to pristine condition through the generosity of the Town Council. Also the WWI memorial located inside the church will be lit and a lighted lamp will be positioned in the church, which will remain alight for the period of the next four years. Following on from the above, Godalming Town Council, on behalf of the whole community, plans to


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honour and remember the lives of the 281 young men from the former Borough of Godalming who are known to have died; plus those who served and others affected by the war and the families who suffered. The first commemorative event will take place on Monday 4th August at 2.30pm outside the Farncombe Day Centre in St Johns Street. The Town Mayor, Councillor Andrew Wilson and the Rector of Farncombe Rev James Rattue will unveil and dedicate a board representing a time clock of the war. The time clock will name all 281 men and record the dates they died. A second board and time clock will be located at the Pepperpot. This event will be followed by the service as described above. Interestingly, as part of its research identifying the names of those from Godalming who died during the war, the Town Council has produced a supplement to the original Roll of Honour which lists an additional 117 men who died during the war, along with further details of those already recorded. A facsimile of the original Roll of

Honour with the new supplement will be presented by the Mayor of Godalming to Godalming Museum, and a further copy will be placed by the WWI memorial plaque inside SS Peter & Paul Church. The Surrey Sculpture Society returned to Loseley Park in Guildford to celebrate their 20th Anniversary by staging a Sculpture Trail in the two and a half acre Walled Garden. The sculptures, created by members of the society, who range from talented amateurs to highly acclaimed professional sculptors, are displayed in the many ‘rooms’ of the award winning enclosed gardens. I’m afraid you will have to hurry as the exhibition only runs to 4th August. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm. Closed Friday and Saturday. RHS Garden Wisley continues Summer Family Fun with The Great Garden Quest. Sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, it started on 24th July and runs to Sunday 31st August. The trolls have stolen the fire from our friendly


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Antiques and Collecting In her introductory article for VantagePoint, local antique dealer Debbie Serpell offers some advice on collecting Many of the good antique dealers began their trade as collectors first. Their love of their specialist field of antiques has invariably sprung from their passion for collecting. My own personal love of collecting antiques and subsequent career in dealing in antiques was inspired by my paternal grandparents. My grandmother trained as a potter at The Royal College of Art in London where she met my grandfather who was a watercolour painter. Their home was full of well chosen, interesting antiques and furniture and in particular they amassed rare pieces of early English pottery and well executed paintings. My grandmother’s love of pottery focused on 19th century Staffordshire pottery and it was this that I was drawn to as a child. She taught me what was good and what was not; what to collect and what to avoid. I came to understand the difference between a well moulded Staffordshire figure and a figure whose mould definition was poor and over used. I learnt what was common and what 14

was rare; what was worth investing in and what to disregard. When my grandmother died, her collection of Staffordshire figures was naturally divided equally between my father and his sister in New Zealand. This then became the incentive to try to collect the figures that my father had in effect lost to his sister. It was not long after this that I became salaried and could afford to buy my own pieces and felt the serious collecting bug for the first time. Once the bug has bitten it is impossible to look back and my collecting began in earnest, as did my learning pathway. To this day I cannot pass an antique shop without at least looking in and the draw of an antique fair or car boot sale is ever present.

Above: Debbie appearing on ITV’s Dickinson’s Real Deal

I work alongside my husband, Bob Moores, in the antiques business. He shares my passion for pottery and in this regard, he specialises in collecting and dealing in early English Toby Jugs. We have a website for our stock (Nest Egg Antiques) and I have been a dealer at

Petworth Antiques Market for some 12 years now. We stall out at the good trade fairs in the south of England and I also now enjoy the challenges of being a dealer on the ITV’s daytime antique show, Dickinson’s Real Deal.

Current Trends With Antiques Like any other business, antiques will suffer from ‘trends’, since fashions for items will come and go. What is also true is that fashions revert back and what may not be fashionable now will become fashionable again. It is also true to say that quality antiques will always hold their value no matter what the trends are.

My Top 10 tips for collecting: 1. Buy from reputable dealers Whatever the area of antiques interests you, it is always best to buy from reputable dealers. It is they that will be able to guide you towards sound investments and to steer you with their knowledge. Great relationships can develop between the collector and the dealer. Both share a common interest and understanding and dealers are always prepared to buy from a collector they value. It is not just a ‘one way street’!

Currently, the fashion in interior design is for what is being described as the ‘shabby chic’ look. Wooden furniture is being painted and given a deliberate ‘distressed’ appearance. If you cast your mind back to the 1980s, the fashion then was for stripped pine furniture. Furniture that was painted, was dipped in acid baths and stripped back to the original wood. It is only a matter of time before the trend today reverses and items now being painted will be stripped once again!

2. Learn to buy at auctions Experience of buying at auctions is invaluable but always preview the auction beforehand. The preview gives the buyer the opportunity to handle the items in which he or she is interested in. Damage, for example, will be apparent if you give yourself time to view the items and although I do buy damaged items, it is always unwise to pay the full price for them since restoration costs can be considerable.

My own field of expertise, namely Staffordshire figures, has suffered as a result of current trends in the market. Late Victorian Staffordshire figures are now exceptionally cheap to buy and items like Staffordshire Spaniels can’t be given away! Now of course is the time to buy since it is my belief that these items will regain their popularity. Despite the decline in prices for the common Staffordshire pieces, the prices for early and rare figures has remained buoyant.

3. Buy what you love There is no better piece of advice. The enjoyment of collecting is in the ‘chase’. You cannot go wrong if you find enjoyment in collecting in a particular area of antiques. 4. Speak to other collectors and share their opinions There are many specialist trade fairs (eg militaria, toys, jewellery) where a wealth of information is available to the collector. My finding is that people are generally more ‘savvy’ today than ever before. There are a large number of programmes on the television which now educate the masses with regard to antiques and collecting. The internet provides a wealth of information about current prices and values. August 2014

In view of the extremely low interest rates on savings in general, I believe that people ought to ‘invest’ in antiques in much the same way as they might in stocks and shares. Identify areas of interest such as glass, pottery, art or jewellery etc and monitor the trends. When prices are low, buy good pieces from reputable sources and when prices are high you have an opportunity to sell and make a profit, which may well be much greater than if you had put your money into an ISA!

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5. Do your homework first before selling Be mindful about trends in your chosen field. There are prime times to sell and good times to hold back on selling. Fashions and interests in areas of antiques fluctuate as do the gold and silver prices. These will influence the market and the prices that can be achieved. If you choose to sell at auction, investigate the seller’s premium that the auction house will charge and deduct from your selling price. The seller’s premium varies from one auction room to another. 6. Invest in antiques We are all painfully aware that money in the bank is not growing in interest. Money invested in good antiques is a far better way to use your money. Not only do you invest in a beautiful object, you are rewarded by the enjoyment that comes from owning and living with the item. 7. Learn from your mistakes Anyone who collects or deals in antiques will have made errors of judgement in buying at one time or another. The key is to learn from these mistakes. They are inevitable but can provide valuable insights into the pitfalls of collecting. 8. Condition A general rule of thumb is that damaged items are never worth the same price as items in mint condition. I am not advising that you should never buy items that are damaged but you should be both aware of the damage and mindful of the repair costs if you do. There are 16

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Nélisse as Liesel Meminger and Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann, it takes place in Germany in1938. Even before she was finally taught to read, Liesel had been fascinated by books, ‘appropriating’ them and passing them on to suitable new owners. When sinister men in uniform begin lighting bonfires of books across the city, 10-year-old Liesel is determined to rescue a few from the flames. She gradually discovers that it is not just books which are under threat. Next month, on Thursday 4th September, they are showing a film that is a must see! It is called Next Goal Wins. Doors open at 7.30pm, the film starts at 8pm. Running time: approx. 94 minutes (+ 15 minute interval). Cert15. In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years! They

have lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team faces the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It seems only a miracle-maker or a madman can turn the team’s fortunes around. I haven’t seen this film but it is Matthew Lacey’s favourite film of the year so I reckon it will be better than good! Tickets for each film cost £5 (£3 for children under 15) on the door, or in advance from Chiddingfold Post Office. Season Tickets are also available from both locations which attract good savings. For further details, especially any advance ticket enquiries or if you are interested in joining as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Lacey on 01428 683120, or email Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers have a walk organised for just about every day in August. You can find details of the latest walks programme and also details


of the organisation at www. godalmingandhaslemereramblers. I will just mention one which caught my eye as it’s an evening meeting. It’s on Friday 8th August starting at 7pm. It’s a flat walk on and around Hankley Common with, and here’s the incentive, drinks afterwards at the Three Horseshoes in Thursley. Alastair is the walk organiser and can be contacted on 01483 417299 or on 07713 336274 on the day. The fifteenth Hascombe Charity Concert takes place on Saturday 9th August at the beautiful St. Peter’s Church in Hascombe GU8 4AJ and starts at 7.30pm. This year’s theme is ‘A Very British Affair’ and features the Tapestry Chamber Orchestra. The programme includes Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Warlock’s Capriol Suite, Britten’s Simple Symphony and a world premiere of Mike Hewer’s Adagio. You can take your own picnic supper from 6pm onwards and sit around the lovely pond next to the church (weather permitting).




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over the next few weeks. Here are details of a couple but to get full information, just google Surrey County Walkers. On Sunday 10th August there’s a 6.5 mile easy walk through Eversly and Eversly Cross. Meet at St Mary’s Church, Eversly. (Grid Ref 175/778608) Leader Cyril, tel: 01252 703869. On Saturday 16th August there’s a 7m easy walk over Tilford Common, Pierrepont and Sheephatch. Meet at Tilford Village Green car park. (Grid Ref 186/73434). The leader is Barry, tel: 01252 703869. Both walks start at 10am so just turn up a little beforehand.

Farncombe in their ‘Quiet Garden’ area. It’s a chance for members and visitors to exchange their news and there will be cream tea refreshments available. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall as well as a raffle. Looking ahead, next month’s meeting of the Guild on Wednesday 10th September will welcome Andy Mansbridge from Surrey Police HQ Mount Browne, to talk about the training of their police dogs in search and rescue and many other situations. This meeting will be at the usual time of 10am to 12 noon. For further information, contact their Secretary Jill Bird on 01483 860917.

Guildford Rambling Club has a walk on Tuesday 12th August at 10.30am. Meet at Ewhurst Village Hall car park for a 5 mile walk. See www.

On Wednesday 13th August there’s Jazz at Loseley Park. Guildford Jazz are delighted to be supporting a fundraising concert in aid of Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening (GUTS) in the beautiful and unique setting of Loseley Park, featuring top jazz singer Tina May and multiaward winning pianist Nikki Iles. They are joined by Steve Brown, one of the most highly sought after and sensitive drummers in the country

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done. There is a delightful, airy main room with a large dining table in one corner and big squashy sofas in another, where we are offered coffee and chat with our fellow course attendees. Before long, we are introduced to Guildford born Vincent ‘Vinny’ Clist, a youthful former Times Chalet Chef of the Year and our tutor for the day. He takes us into the large, well appointed teaching kitchen (one of two they have built here) where, once aproned up, we will be let loose with seriously sharp knives and some rather lovely, heavy stainless steel pans.

Food is the new football. At least it seems to be when it comes to me and the majority of my male friends. We all cook, we all love cooking and spend much more time discussing food than football, no bad thing in my book. So when my colleague Marcus and I were offered the opportunity to try out a cookery course at the new Abinger Cookery School, we accepted with alacrity. Even though the courses sounded tempting – The Perfect Roast, Seafood Secrets to name just two– there was one that seemed just right, and so it was that one Friday we arrived at 9am to experience Dude Food, which was described as ‘an American-Diner style of food, cool to cook at the moment’. Not being remotely ‘cool’, perhaps this would be my moment? The Abinger Cookery School occupies what used to be the Abinger Arms in the pretty village of Abinger Hammer. My last visit to the pub was many years ago, following a Sunday walk with my family and friends. I remember it well because it was the first time I tried a sip of my dad’s pint of bitter, which I pronounced to be “horrible”. Happily I soon trained my tastebuds and the future of our breweries was secured. The conversion of the pub, which had been derelict for some time, has been brilliantly 20

Top: Our lunch of Cow pie. Above: Vinny Clist from Abinger Cookery School

This is to be a real hands-on course, and we will be cooking most things on the menu ourselves. The only one we don’t cook is the pulled pork, which Vinny starts to prepare in front of us as it will need a few hours in the oven. Next up is Cow pie with boneless marrow, which will be our lunch. We watch Vinny as he tackles his own and then it is down to us. Each allocated our own fully equipped ‘work station’, we get going by frying off some lovely looking, locally sourced stewing beef, sweating onions, adding fresh herbs, mushrooms, stock, half a bottle of local bitter and leaving it to do its stuff. The beauty of a course like this is that dirty and used pans and utensils are magically whisked away to be cleaned while we get instructions for the next task, which is to make the pleasingly named Yum buns, effectively steamed bread rolls which will go with the

as he had been “tasting all morning”, which showed a degree of self control that I would struggle with. We ease out the marrow bone, pushing its contents down and into the pie filling, which makes for a rich but very satisfying dish, which we wash down with the remnants of the beer.

pulled pork. These are made using a simple bread mix, which naturally involves lots of kneading which I do find rather therapeutic but it always seems to take an eternity. As the dough proves we tackle a real favourite, scotch eggs. Now our Jotter Nick makes a mean scotch egg. They are so good that both Marcus and I have been scared to emulate him for fear of disappointment. While eggs are being soft boiled (a strict four minutes), we make the meat layer using seasoned minced pork, to which we add chopped herbs. With the eggs ready and peeled, we flatten out some of the pork mix and carefully completely wrap the egg, dip it in flour, whisked egg and panko breadcrumbs before deep frying for about six minutes. Wow! These gleaming golden balls not only looked professional, they tasted delicious. I can see a scotch egg cook-off in the VantagePoint offices sometime soon...

The afternoon session was no less busy as we cook the lamb ribs, shape and cook the steamed buns, and make some Boston baked beans, a tasty revelation. This often forms part of the breakfast if you stay overnight in one of the four bedrooms available to rent upstairs. We finally tackle the sweet course, a sticky toffee pudding, which once again was something I had never made and proves to be surprisingly easy to do. By now, we are flagging slightly but thankfully our repertoire is complete. Vinny removes the pulled pork from the oven, which Marcus shreds before adding pomegranate molasses and the frankly magnificent roasting juices, and our ‘second’ lunch is almost ready for tasting.

Next up is to marinade some lamb ribs, make our suet pastry (wonderfully easy) and set to work on our ‘boneless marrow’. This involves some empty marrow bones (“which can be used over and over, just clean them in the dishwasher”, says Vinny) in which we will stuff a heart-stoppingly rich mix of butter, shallots, parley, breadcrumbs and seasoning. With the beef now tender, we assembled our Cow pie in a small pie dish, with the marrow bone protruding from the middle, Desperate Dan style. We stuff the bone with the boneless marrow mixture, cover with a blanket of pastry, and then bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. After admiring and comparing our lovely looking creations (it does get a tad competitive), we take them into the main room for what is by now a late lunch and a well needed break from the kitchen. Vinny declines to join us

By now it is about 4pm and we are all still pretty full from Cow pie, but we can’t resist some pulled pork inside a slightly chewy Yum bun with some Asian slaw that Vinny had made for us. Wine is proffered and happily accepted, a reward for what had been a slightly tiring but very rewarding (and filling) day. Vinny has proved to be knowledgeable, patient and a very convivial host, and the recipes we cooked were all things we would all happily recreate at home – once we had eaten the copious contents of the doggy bags we all returned with. From top: A ‘perfect’ Scotch Egg, the Cow pie before cooking and Sticky Toffee Puddings

I left Abinger with a renewed sense of culinary purpose, determined to be more creative and improve my repertoire at home. I even ended up buying a set of the same Zwilling Henckels pans. No excuses now.


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Pirates and Princesses Adventure Cruises on The Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood are on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 28th August. If you missed these popular trips in May and are looking for something diďŹ&#x20AC;erent to do with the children during the summer holidays, join in the fun on one of the special themed Pirates & Princesses trips. Go suitably dressed and help defeat the pirates and rescue the princess! The trips last approximately 1½ hours and depart at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. On Sunday 17th August from 9.30am Tickets are ÂŁ10 per person to include to 4.30pm there will be one of the light refreshments for everyone and largest one-day classic car shows Milford Window CompanyBooking Oct 13_Layout 12/09/2013 12:36 P place on treasure for the children. in in 1the south-east. It takes advance is strongly recommended. Cranleigh Showground (GU6 7DW)


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In the first of an occasional series, Louise Goodfellow, Godalming’s Town Clerk, takes a look at what was preoccupying the local council on the cusp of war I like reading Council minute books. It doesn’t quite count as a quirky hobby because I have a professional interest in how the debates and decisions of a council are recorded for posterity. It’s that interest that sparked my fascination with the minutes of the old Godalming Borough Council (abolished in 1974) and what they tell us about our town’s history; sometimes even more interesting is when the minute books are silent. Recently, in preparing for Godalming’s commemoration of the centenary of WWI, I have been reading the minute books from the first 21 years of the 20th Century. Godalming Town Council has its own set of the old minute books but, along with a wealth of other material, there is another set in the Godalming Museum Library. I have particularly enjoyed reading the Farncombe Parish Magazine for the same period. Under the heading ‘Situation & Characteristics’, almost the first thing the 1913 Godalming Town Guide tells the visitor about the town is this: “Several springs of excellent water supply the town. There are Corporation Water Works. The Main Drainage is complete, the sewage 24

being disposed of on the farm at Unstead, a good distance from the town.” It seems an odd boast but the inevitable conclusion is that Godalming (or at least the Corporation) was fiercely proud of the sanitary arrangements made for the town. And the minute books confirm this. The volumes from the early years of the 20th Century detail the work of the Water Committee starting with the purchase of the Frith Hill, Godalming & Farncombe Water Company, Limited at the end of March 1900 and the subsequent extension of water mains to the extremities of the Borough and beyond. The records show that the Water Works Revenue Account raised a rate in the (civil) parishes of Bramley, Compton, Godalming, Godalming Rural, Hambledon and Witley. In parallel the Sanitary Committee minutes tell of the construction of sewers, the management of the sewage farm and the number of properties with water closets. On 24th January 1913 the Medical Officer of Health reported to the committee that: “Every house in the town is now supplied with a water closet with the exception of three blocks

of cottages at Catteshall and one on the outskirts of Farncombe where earthclosets are in use.”

the Borough Council. In the report of the Water Committee held on 9th October 1914, it becomes apparent that the committee had received an application from the War Office to supply water to a new military camp being constructed on Witley Common. The committee agreed and specified that the amount of water supplied should not exceed 125,000 gallons per 24 hours. It was also decided that the War Office should erect a tank on the site to store at least one day’s supply and should lay two four inch water mains. One was to be connected with the Corporation’s main at Mousehill and laid across the Common to Rodborough Hill. The other was to be connected with the existing main at Wheeler Street and laid along Gasdons Lane, crossing the Common to the same point at Rodborough Hill as the other main. The price of water was to be ten pence per 1,000 gallons, measured by a meter to be supplied and fixed by the War Office and accounts were to be paid quarterly. Work was to proceed immediately.

We also know that the population of Godalming was 8,846 from the 1911 Census, compared with 21,804 a century later. Large areas of what we now know as Godalming had yet to be built but those parts of the town that did exist in 1914 are recognisable today including the High Street, Church Street, Farncombe Street, St John’s Street, Brighton Road, Ockford Road, and Eashing Lane, amongst others. Unsurprisingly the minute books of 1914 are silent about the mounting European crisis of the time; then, as now, localism implies the absence of a foreign policy. At its meeting held on 28th July 1914 (just six days before Britain entered WWI), the Borough Council received reports from its Committees (including the aforementioned Water & Sanitary Committees). The most exciting thing on the agenda reveals that even in 1914 the issue of the town’s traffic and its speed was contentious. Councillor Hart moved: “That representations be made... to the effect that the police in the Borough of Godalming devote too great a proportion of their time to the timing of motorists, and that in the opinion of the Council they would be better employed if stationed in uniform at the dangerous corners in the Borough in order to control the traffic.” The motion was lost four votes in favour and 17 against; we know the issue was controversial because the minutes detail how each individual councillor voted on the matter and “a recorded vote” remains uncommon. It is October 1914 before the Great War impinges on the formal deliberations of August 2014

From top: Godalming High Street c. 1914 (Godalming Museum). Two silk embossed cards from nearby Witley Camp (collection of Mr John Young).

On 3rd November 1914 the Sanitary Committee discussed the billeting of troops in the town and the desirability of providing temporary hot water baths for their use. Twelve baths were to be provided in some stabling off Bridge Street and made available to the troops free of charge. On the same date the Finance Committee decided that rates should not be charged on any house exclusively occupied by Belgian refugees. One gets the sense that the Corporation had come to appreciate that the war would not be over by Christmas and that Godalming would be changed by it. 25



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Awards for 2000. Performing with special guest Cheryl King on alto sax, Martin Pyne on drums and Marianne Windham on double bass, expect a hard swinging evening of melodic, blues drenched modern jazz. Supper from 6pm, music at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Call the Electric Theatre box office on 01483 444789.


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Barrelhouse ‘14’, Elstead’s Beer & Cigar Box Guitar Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd August. Jointly hosted by Elstead Sports Bar and Elstead Cricket Club it will be held at the Recreation Ground, The Godalming Flower Club meets Thursley Road, Elstead. There will on the third Tuesday of the month; be 18 local ales, all-day barbeque, at The Baptist Church, Queen’s and music provided by twelve or Street, Godalming. They offer a so cigar box guitar bands that will varied programme during the year; provide entertainment from early floral demonstrations, in-house afternoon through until 11.30pm. workshops and days out as a group. What are cigar box bands you might If you enjoy flowers and meeting well ask? Well they are much as the with friendly people, do go along and name suggests. Cigar box guitars visit them, a warm welcome awaits originate from the 1860s when the you. Non-members £5. For further US Government started taxing boxes information contact Yvonne 01483 of cigars as a means of funding the American Civil War. The discarded 200525 boxes (whisky boxes too) soon found The next meeting of Godalming their way into homes where they Veterans is on Wednesday 20th were crafted into guitars, fiddles and August in the Oxborough Rooms, ukuleles for home entertainment, Hughes Waddell 1 11/03/2013 Page 1 the centre being in 09:25 Mississippi. Wharf Street (opposite La Luna). It Dec_Layout starts at 7.30pm so if you are or were Apparently blues guitarists such

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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 28

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 for 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 of enclosure and provide a link to the wider countryside. Fruit and vegetable beds August 2014

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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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane), Vulcan, Chinook, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) prized Avro Lancaster, B25 Mitchell and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the five hour flying displays. For four and two wheeled fans, supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a two hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum. Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5-15yrs); £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5’s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www. or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572. The Dan Eley Foundation founded and run by the dynamic Dan Eley, recently donated £500 to Skillway, the Godalming-based apprenticeship


scheme. The money was used to buy power drills and other equipment for the students. The Foundation has also donated money for a bursary at Skillway. The Dan Eley Foundation raises funds to give employable skills to disadvantaged young people in Surrey and in Colombia. Dan, from Witley, is currently in Colombia interviewing candidates from the slum areas of Cali for a book-keeping apprenticeship scheme there and attending the graduation class of his most recent class of students. To date The Dan Eley Foundation has helped over 100 disadvantaged young people acquire employable skills and find jobs. Well done Dan keep up your fantastic work. A caffeine-fuelled collaboration between two Surrey food businesses is helping support poverty-stricken families in Uganda. Liz Usher of Mummy Makes Fudge has developed Bukonzo Coffee Fudge, which she flavours with crushed, roasted Arabica coffee beans. The Farnham-based fudgemaker sources her beans from

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SAVING A LIFE HOW TO USE A DEFIBRILLATOR Godalming has recently been presented with an Automated External Defibrillator (An AED, for short). It’s available for anyone to use if they are ever faced with someone that’s gone into cardiac arrest, at any time of the day or night. If you were faced with trying to save a life of someone having a cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Godalming resident, Nikki Legg, and St John Ambulance Community First Responder Team Leader, Tessa Weaver, set out to answer the questions they’ve been most frequently asked. What does an AED actually do? An AED analyses a patient’s heart rhythm and diagnoses whether a shock might be beneficial. If so, it will charge up and fire an electric shock in order to allow the heart to restore an effective rhythm. For every minute without chest compressions and defibrillation the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 10%. Shouldn’t we be advertising the AED everywhere? AEDs don’t need to be advertised. The first thing you should do in an emergency is dial 999. The operator knows where all the local AEDs are and will instruct you to fetch it when you call them. Do I need to be trained to use the AED? The beauty of the AED is that anyone can pick one up and begin using it. The ambulance operator would talk you through chest compressions and how to use the AED and at the same time the AED will be telling you what to do. Couldn’t I make somebody worse? The machine can only give a shock if pads are correctly applied AND the machine has detected that the patient might benefit from the shock. If the patient will not benefit from a shock the machine will not charge up and will not deliver a shock. For someone in cardiac arrest, if nothing is done the outlook is bleak: they are not breathing and their heart is no longer beating effectively. Defibrillation (along with chest compressions) is their only hope. If I found someone in cardiac arrest, what would happen? Firstly, you would dial 999 and call for an ambulance. The operator would ask you do some checks on the patient; from 32

this they will be able to tell if the patient is in cardiac arrest. If it is cardiac arrest the operator will explain how to do chest compressions. If you are alone, they will ask you to shout for help and to carry on with chest compressions until someone else arrives – at this stage it is crucial the patient receives continuous chest compressions. If you have a second helper, then the operator would tell you where the nearest AED was and ask one of you to collect it while the other carries on with chest compressions. When the AED arrives, someone should continue chest compressions whilst the AED is being prepared. Opening the lid triggers the AED to begin talking to you, explaining exactly what to do next. The operator will still be on the phone guiding you too. The AED will request that you place the pads on the person and shows you precisely where to apply them. The AED will then tell you not to touch the patient (now briefly stop chest compressions) whilst it measures their heart rate. If it finds the rate it’s looking for, it will tell you to stand clear while it charges up. It may instruct you to press a flashing button in order to fire the shock. After the shock it will tell you to continue chest compressions. Just follow these instructions until the ambulance arrives. FIND OUT MORE

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Keeping it local Tucked amongst the Downs and nestled in the lands of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire is a plethora of artisan producers creating amazing local cheeses. Louisa Mason, of Flavour Tastings, which specialises in showcasing British artisan cheeses at cheese tasting events, champions the producers in the area. Some great cheesemakers can be found on the Sussex side of our area. The Traditional Cheese Dairy produces a wide range of cheeses, from a soft cheese called Burwash Rose that is rind-washed in rosewater, to a hard ewe’s cheese called Lord of the Hundreds, which is similar to Spanish Manchego but with Sussex style.

The beautiful rolling hills and verdant countryside that surrounds our area offer magnificent views and enjoyable walks. But the land also provides rich pastures ideal for dairy farming. The result is brilliant, delicious cheese. Citing Hampshire cheesemaker Lyburn as a prime example, Louisa says: “It is no surprise that the rolling Hampshire hills lend themselves to dairy farming, where the cows can eat the rich, lush grass of the South Downs and surrounding areas,” Lyburn, located in the New Forest, is a traditional dairy farm that makes a variety of hard farmhouse cheeses. “My favourite from Lyburn is Old Winchester, a cross between a very mature cheddar, Old Amsterdam and Parmesan,” Louisa explains. “It is a really meaty cheese that is wonderful to cook with as well as to nibble cubed with a glass of red.” While many would associate farmhouse cheese with cheddar styles, small farms across the UK are offering a huge range of cheeses that are truly unique. 34

“Our local cheeses can also provide a glimpse at history,” Louisa notes. “Lord of the Hundreds takes its name from the tax booth once located on the farm where the cheese is made, where a tax collector was responsible for 100 parcels of land.” Cheese making was always part of traditional dairy farming and provided a valuable income stream as well as using excess milk yields at certain times of the year.

Top: Tunworth from near Alton. Above: Old Amsterdam from Lyburn Farm Cheeses near Winchester

For those who enjoy goat’s cheese, Louisa recommends Chabis, a light, fresh goat’s cheese made by the Blunt family of Golden Cross Cheese. She pairs it with another Sussex delight: “We serve Chabis with Loft Pickle’s chilli jelly at our tastings and it is always very popular. Chabis is fresh and

Little Anne. This tiny, unpasteurised little disk of fresh cheese tastes clean and tangy. Made by the aptly named Thimble Cheeses, production is so small that Little Anne can be quite tricky to get hold of – but well worth the effort!

not too ‘goaty’ for those who don’t like their goat’s cheese too strong”. Golden Cross Cheese Company is a family owned business that has been producing goat’s and sheep’s cheeses since 1989. Their herd of 300 goats graze outside in the Sussex countryside during the summer and are fed hay all year round. They also make a French style charcoaled log called Golden Cross which is a stronger, richer goat’s cheese especially suitable for those who like their cheeses stronger.

Fans of blue cheese should watch for Norbury Blue from Norbury Park Farm in Surrey. A relative newcomer to the artisan cheese world, Norbury Blue only started production in 2001. This handmade cheese is created from milk sourced on the same farm as the dairy. The cheese is allowed to mature for four weeks under the careful eye of producers Neil and Michaela Allam. It is released in small batches and features a very distinctive taste, in part due to the unpasteurised milk used to make it. “This is a really piquant blue that combines a soft texture with a pungent flavour”, Louisa says, adding, “This is a great cheese for lovers of strong blues.”

The current revival in artisan cheese is a far cry from the rationing days of WWII. In 1940 cheese production virtually stopped, save for a standard, cheddar-like national cheese, produced to a universal recipe to enable efficient distribution. The variety of cheeses started to increase again by the early 1950s, but it is only in the last 30 years that such a great number of artisan producers have created award-winning cheeses. “The innovation and creativity of the UK cheese market is inspiring,” Louisa says. “Modern methods combined with historical know-how present us with some fabulous new cheeses. For example, just outside of Alton is Hampshire Cheeses, which make the British Cheese Champion Tunworth. This rich, creamy cross between Camembert and Brie has won awards for a reason! It is unctuously rich and full-flavoured with a slight sweetness – a great addition to any cheeseboard.” Within 10 miles of Hampshire Cheeses is another new cheesemaker who produces

With more than 700 types of British cheese available, including many amazing varieties from our area, now is the perfect time to ‘buy local’ and try an artisan cheese. Of course these artisan cheeses are not always easy to find so keep a look out at farmers’ markets and good delis. From top: Neil and Michaela Allam with their Norbury Blue. Above: Little Anne, made by Thimble Cheeses

Flavour Tastings also has an online shop specialising in local and British cheeses ( With the rich heritage and new innovations in the cheese world, eating local has never been so rewarding.


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Soundingoff WILL OSCAR WIN AN OSCAR? Andrew Crisell recently made a list of potential gripes and was horrified to discover that virtually everything irritated him, the classic symptom of a dreadful old fogey. Here is another lighthearted contribution... Every time Gog sounds off you may sense the extrusion of tongue into cheek, and therefore take a pinch of seasoning. But at the heart of today’s rant lies a serious point: the perils of televised trials.

At one level or another, all the participants in the trial are aware of these things. The presence of an audience almost inevitably changes their behaviour: they feel pressure not just to be natural and truthful, but to work up a show. They don’t happen in this country but there is some pressure The barristers must satisfy popular expectation to hold them (especially from broadcasters with an eye to the and play to the gallery. If the accused is pleadratings), and we have all been treated to continuous coverage of ing innocence he’ll need to look innocent, or if the trial of the South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius. The argu- he’s hoping for mitigation demonstrate contriments for televising court cases are, tion by shedding tears, on the face of it, compelling. We live Televised trials are a devil’s bargain because without the in a democracy where there should that turns the audience into voyeurs tears the audience will be as much freedom of information and encourages the participants to doubt the contrition. as possible, and our system of justice put on an act. What starts as a trial on is an aspect of that democracy. Justelevision soon becomes tice should not only be done but seen to be done, so the more trial by television. people who can observe justice in action, the better. Real justice, however, is not concerned with And yet when vast numbers of people are watching at close drama but with finding out the truth – and quarters, a strange sorcery occurs. Honesty appearances can distract and sincerity become early casualties. Telefrom the truth. Most statues vised trials are a devil’s bargain that turn the which symbolise ‘Justice’ deaudience into voyeurs and encourage the pict a lady who not only carparticipants to put on an act. These trials do, ries a sword and scales but let’s be clear, make irresistible viewing. At wears a blindfold. This tells any time, most of us are happy just to gape at us that she will do her duty other people’s business, hence the old joke, “I without fear or favour, ignorlove work: I can sit and watch people do it for ing identity, wealth and rank. hours”. But trials on telly are terrific: adverBut it also suggests that she saries clash; barristers argue with each other won’t take any notice of viand distraught, angry or evasive witnesses; sual attempts to entertain or there is suspense because the result is as yet deceive her. Trials on teleunknown. All the ingredients of drama are vision are enormous fun to here. Even more closely than in the theatre, watch, but they don’t serve we can study the face of the accused. Is he inthe cause of justice. nocent or guilty? And best of all, the drama is not make-believe: Do you agree with Andrew? What irritates you it’s for real! Nevertheless, what we’re after is not so much the these days? Please write in or let us know at truth as entertainment. 36



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Surrey Care Association Simon, who runs Melody Care in Farnham, is treasurer of SCA and explains how he got involved with SCA. “I am passionate about providing the highest standards of care for my own clients and I wanted to do more to help the sector as a whole do the same throughout all of Surrey.” He continues: “I have been helping Surrey’s Care Homes to work in partnership with Surrey County Council to determine what the true cost of care is for local residents. This is important as the Council funds hundreds of places for the elderly but has very tight budgets. Care Home owners need to be paid a fair price if they are to maintain the standards of care that all desire. This is not easy but we are working hard to help everyone: taxpayers, care home owners, elderly service users and the carers.” Representing over 800 care companies in Surrey the Surrey Care Association (SCA) helps care homes, nursing homes and other care at home companies in their quest to provide the highest standards of care throughout the county. The SCA is a not for profit organisation that invests in training and organises an annual Gala Awards Ceremony to recognise the performance of companies and individuals who provide care in Surrey.

More and more elderly people need care. As a nation we are living longer but we are not always able to continue looking after ourselves as we used to. There are insufficient care homes to accommodate all those that now 44> need help with their daily lives.

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We take individual choices very seriously at Worplesdon View. Our carefully selected and well-trained staff take time to get to know the people we care for. We help them to feel at home, to maintain their interests, make new friendships and improve their quality of life. We’re proud of the support we offer.

If you fancy a look around our home – or just need a bit of friendly advice – give me a call on 01483 494 057

Lynda Garner

General Manager

Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3LQ

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“Thankisyou “Mum veryfor fond of for herdad” carer” caring Melody Care are always there

NINE steps to ensure only the best Live-In Carers look after our clients by Simon Carter, Owner of Melody Care

Melody Care are very thorough in of ourusapproach to findingThose the best possible Good health is something many take for granted. whocarers have to care forfor a each client. are 9 rigorous stepsonly thattoo wewell insist our Live in effects Carers go loved one There with failing health know thealldevastating thisthrough has on before they areofassigned to a client: their quality life. So often people’s worlds are turned upside down when a parent or spouse become seriously ill or lose the ability to care for themselves. It is when this hap-

1. On line application viahelp our web siteneeded. confirming name, address and other details. for pens that professional is often Melody Care has an enviable reputation Live-In Care Assistants to help share the burden. Whatever the circumstances 2. providing Submission of a detailed CV listing all previous work experience and qualifi cations. be, Melody Care will designed be there when the help isTest, needed most. 3. might Completion of a specially Psychometric which helps us to determine character, integrity and attitude towards vulnerable people. Recommended 4. Highly A telephone interview typically lasting 15 minutes. Care areinterview increasingly being recommended by health professionals and grateful clients 5. Melody A face to face typically lasting 90 minutes. whoof have at first hand the wonderful care provided by the Melody Care 6. alike Copies theexperienced carers passport, driving licence, utility bill, bank statement andteam. any “Each of your carers I have met are lovely! We all really appreciate the care package you have relevant training certifi cates are taken as part of the process to confi rm their identity set up so efficiently at such short notice” wrote one client recently. Another wrote: “Melody and status. Care have done a wonderful job of looking after mum and I know she is very fond of her carer. would also like say how accommodating haveplaces all been andhave the care mum has5 7. ICompletion of atoregistration form listing you all the they livedthat in the last received been really is excellent.” years. Thishas information then used to apply to the “Disclosure and Barring Service” to check there is no criminal record (previously known as CRB check). Melody Care also Attitude apply to theLive-In Independent to ensure carer is not Providing care takesSafeguarding a very special Authority kind of person. Melodythe Care select theirregistered carers for understanding, as well as their abilitywith to run a house and care in all regards ontheir any patience list that and would preclude them from working vulnerable adults. our clients. We also the provide extensive trainingand using our own reference in-house training depart8. for Melody Care contact previous employer a personal to verify that ment. This is to ensure each carer is up to date and fully conversant with current rules and they have provided these and that the information given is genuine and complete. regulations. Before the service begins we would always meet with our clients and their family 9. to Finally, Melody Care arrange for any additional training that needs to be done toand be determine exactly what their needs and desires might be. We then produce a detailed undertaken. Sometimes “refresher” course is required and Melody Care provide this. personal care plan so thatathe Live-In Care Assistant knows exactly what is expected of them.

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w Arise and prepare the house for the day (draw curtains, open windows, etc) w Feed and walk any pets w Deliver morning tea or breakfast, newspaper and post in bed or to desired location w Prompt or assist with any medication requirements w Prepare bathroom for washing w Assist with all aspects of personal care if necessary (including toileting, bathing, etc) w Assist with dressing and hair care etc w Perform household duties (cleaning, laundry, etc) w Accompany Client to shops/dentist/ doctor/hairdresser/ friends or family w Prepare and serve lunch w Break 14.00-17.00hrs w Perform household duties (cleaning, laundry, etc) w Prepare and serve dinner

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Whilst they remain in the comfort of their own home, your loved one can be cared by a live-in carer provided by Promedica24, ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The service Promedica24 provides is a real alternative to moving into a residential care home and enables people to continue with their way of life. It can be difficult to make sure that your loved ones are well looked after in their old age. Juggling family life and work often mean that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the time to be their every day to ensure that they receive the care they deserve. Your Promedica24 Live In carer will ensure your loved ones receive the best care possible.

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Individual approach Promedica24 treats each person as an individually by working with them and their families. Through our assessment process we will identify your individual needs and delivered a tailored service to their individual needs. Depending on the level of care required, our carers will: • Offer companionship • Reminders with medication, appointments • Preparing the meals you want • Cleaning and domestic tasks • Accompanying you to go shopping, visit the theatre • Assist you with personal care We can also prove specially trained carers for those who may also have Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia or physical disability.

John Taylor, Operational Care Manager at Promedica24 says “We have been providing live-in care services across Europe for 10 years. More and more evidence highlights the impact of isolation and loneliness on older peoples health and wellbeing, and we’ve all seen recent coverage in the media about falling standards and challenges in our care home. We wanted to bring a service that provided bespoke live in care which enables people to continue with their lifestyle in their own home. We believe it is important as people grow older to be surrounded by the things and the people they know and love. With Promedica24 they can do exactly that. ”

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A large proportion of hospital beds are occupied by the elderly long after their medical treatment is complete as they cannot be discharged until suitable arrangements are in place for them to receive care at home. This causes real difficulty for the NHS. The NHS needs more nurses and the nation needs more carers to work with people in their own homes. The work is challenging yet very rewarding. Care is needed morning, noon and night every day of the year. There are SCA members all over Surrey with opportunities for kind and caring individuals to work in a variety of roles in the care sector. The work is often done on a part time basis and can suit people of all ages, including those that may have recently retired. If you want to make a difference to someone’s life why not contact the SCA about opportunities in your area?

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Here is a list of care homes, residential homes and home care providers in our area. They all offer different services, so call them to find out which one might best suit your requirements: Abbeyfield, Guildford 01483 568936 Ashton Manor, Farnham 01252 722967 Birtley House, Bramley 01483 892055 Clare Park, Crondall 01252 850681 Felbury House, Holmbury 01306 730084 Melody Care, Farnham 01252 220080 Moorhouse, Hindhead 01428 604381 Moorlands Lodge, Hindhead 01428 787321 Pax Hill, Bentley 01420 525882 Pilgrim Wood, Guildford 01483 573111 Robertsons, Godalming 01483 421033 Springkell House, Hindhead 01428 605509 Wispers Park, Haslemere 0845 034 4750 Worplesdon View, Guildford 01483 494057

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will meet again on Wednesday 3rd September, when Jenny Nockolds will be talking about ‘Walking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu’. As well as regular meetings, outings are arranged in the summer, social evenings, plus monthly local pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular art and craft sessions. If you would like to go along and join a friendly and lively group of ladies, contact the secretary on 01483 421433. You will be warmly welcomed. The Cellar Café invites you to an evening with Paul and Fiona Jones at Clock Barn, Hambledon Road on Thursday 4th September, 7pm for 7.30 pm. Light refreshments and fully licensed pay bar. Tickets £20 from The Cellar in Crown Court, Nathan’s, Queen Street or Record Corner. Paul Jones is a broadcaster, singer and musician from the 60’s group Manfred Mann, and the Blues Band. Fiona is a singer and actress who has worked in all areas of show business and starred in West End musicals. They will provide an entertaining and

thought-provoking evening talking and singing about their faith.


of members may attend for £6 per head but only with advance booking through the membership secretary. All members receive an illustrated full colour programme. Go to www. for full joining details.

The Cranleigh Film Club’s fourth season starts on Thursday 4th September with the film The Chess Players. The season comprises a 15 film programme of international award winners, normally on the All Saints Church, Grayswood is last Thursday of each month. Films holding an Auction of Promises are screened in The Band Room on on Saturday 6th September in Village Way, with a good auditorium Grayswood Village Hall from 7pmand excellent parking. Refreshments 10.30pm. At the time of writing, the of good quality and a fair price are roof fund has reached an amazing always on sale. There is a dedicated £118,000, a real achievement for website which provides current such a small parish to have reached information and full details of the since last November. This event year’s programme. As the demand will be the last big fund raiser and for membership in the first three promises to be a really exciting seasons was high, they encourage evening. John Nicholson will auction members and prospective new the pledges; details can be found on members to book their places well the church website, just follow the in advance of the season’s start. The link – but they include ‘Hot Wheels price for the season will again be £35 and Sharp Shots’, an activity day for if paid by the end of August. After adults, a trip to Goodwood in a1950’s this it rises to £40. Members will be classic car, a week’s stay in a Swiss issued with an annual member’s card chalet flat or an idyllic cottage on the Wizard Dec 13_Layout 1 07/11/2013 11:37 will Page 1 be for entry to all the fi lms and other Salcombe estuary. There also club events. Relatives and friends a silent auction running throughout

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Abinger Cookery School Vincent Clist is the head chef of the Abinger Cookery School and to date runs all the classes they hold there. Vinny fell into cooking after working in his local pub and went on to gain experience working in several restaurants in and around Cambridge. It was his stint working with gastro holiday company, Fish & Pips, that really put Vinny on the culinary map. Having completed three seasons working as a chalet chef for them in the French Alps, Vinny was awarded The Times Chalet Chef of the Year. Vinny’s subsequent two years travelling and cooking in Australia further underlined his talent as a cook allowing him to broaden his culinary experience and expertise.

Chargrilled leeks with a Romesco sauce 1. Wash the leeks thoroughly and peel off the outer layer, trim off 1cm from the root end and leave a few centimetres of green at the top end. 2. Bring a large pan of well salted water to the boil, fill a bowl with cold water and ice. 3. Add the leeks to the boiling water and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until softened, drain. Then put them into iced water. 4. When cold, drain from the water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Brush with a little olive oil and barbecue for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally until charred. 5. Put them into a bowl with the left over olive oil, lemon juice and zest, sliced garlic, basil and parsley and toss together. Season well and serve. For the Romseco sauce: 1. Put the red peppers and tomatoes in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 2. Wrap the two halves of garlic in foil and add to the roasting tray, roast in

the oven for 20 minutes. 3. Remove from the oven and put the peppers in a bowl and cover with cling film to ‘sweat’ off the skins. 4. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, pop the cloves out of their skins and set aside. 5. Peel and de-seed the peppers. 6. Toast the almonds in the oven for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. 7. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and fry the bread on both sides until golden brown. 8. Put the chilli, red peppers, roasted tomatoes, garlic, almonds, bread and vinegar into a food processor. Add 100ml of olive oil and blitz until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.


8 small leeks 3 tbsp olive oil Juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely sliced Small handful of basil and parsley, roughly chopped Salt and pepper For the Romesco sauce: 1 dried red chilli, soaked in warm water for 2 hours 2 red peppers 5 ripe plum tomatoes 100ml olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 whole head of garlic, halved horizontally 100g blanched almonds 1 thick slice of good quality white bread 50 ml sherry vinegar Salt and pepper Serves 4

Courgette and fennel salad 1. Using a speed peeler, peel the courgettes lengthways into long thin ribbons, thinly slice the fennel then finely chop the chillies and add them all to a bowl. 2. In a small jug, add the juice of the lemon and top up with double the amount of extra virgin olive oil. Stir in a pinch of salt, then mix well and pour over the salad. 3. Toss to coat, then scatter over



the basil and mint leaves and serve immediately.

2 courgettes, (mixture of yellow and green) 1 bulb of fennel 1-2 fresh red chillies, de-seeded 1 lemon Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt A few sprigs of fresh basil leaves, picked A few sprigs of mint leaves, picked Serves 4

FOOD Beef Ribs with Chimichuri 1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a large non-metallic dish. Add the beef and marinate for a minimum of two hours, or overnight if time allows. 2. Preheat the oven to 140°C/gas mark 3. 3. Transfer the beef ribs to a large non-stick roasting tin. Roast for 2-3 hours covered with foil, or until the beef ribs are cooked. Remove the foil, turn the oven up to 200C/gas mark 6,

return to the oven uncovered for a final 30 minutes for the marinade to reduce and glaze. 4. To make chimichurri, blitz the parsley, oregano, garlic, shallot and chilli flakes in a food processor or chop very finely by hand. 5. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and some seasoning and pulse to combine everything to a saucy consistency.

Ingredients 1.3 kg of beef ribs For the marinade: 1 small onion, peeled and grated 300ml coke 2 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 2 tbsp runny honey Freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp crushed fennel seeds For the Chimichuri: Small bunch of parsley, roughly chopped ½ tsp of oregano, fresh or dried 2 garlic cloves 1 shallot, chopped ½ tsp of chilli flakes 2 tbsp of olive oil Juice of ½ a lemon 2 tsp of red wine vinegar Serves 4

Raspberry soufflé 1. Brush the base and sides of four 250ml soufflé dishes or coffee cups with melted butter and sprinkle with caster sugar, tipping out the excess. 2. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes, then repeat. 3. Chill again until you are ready to use. 4. Process the raspberries in a food processor until smooth, strain through a sieve, then tip into a small saucepan with half of the caster sugar. 5. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, bring to the boil and stir in the corn flour mixture. 6. Remove from the heat but continue stirring until it is all well mixed. 7. Leave to cool completely. 8. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/ Gas 3). 9. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. August 2014

10. Gradually add the remaining caster sugar until the mixture is thick and glossy, add a third of the egg white to the raspberry purée, mixing well with a metal spoon, then add the rest of the egg white and gently mix it in. 11. Spoon into the dishes and smooth the tops. 12. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until well risen and starting to colour. 13. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Ingredients Melted butter and caster sugar, to dust the moulds 200g of raspberries, fresh or thawed frozen 115g caster sugar 2 tsp corn flour mixed with 2 tsp of cold water 4 egg whites Pinch of cream of tartar Icing sugar, to dust Serves 4




the evening. With a hog roast and all the trimmings, plus a delicious pudding and licensed bar, the evening’s fun is outstanding value at £10. Tickets and information are available from Di on 01428 654303, email or Shirley 01428 653285, email Cranleigh Ladies Hockey Club invites you to give hockey a go! Whether you’ve looking to start a new sport, get fit, meet new people or just haven’t played since school, now is the time to give it a go. Go along to their free taster session on Saturday 6th September at 11am on the Cranleigh School astro-turf. All ages and abilities welcome. For more information email or take a look at their Facebook page – CranleighLadiesHockey. They hope to see you there! Do you enjoy singing choral music in an unthreatening environment? Shalford Choral Society is now


recruiting new members for the new season starting in September. No auditions are required to sing in their mixed choir of around 35; all they ask is a desire to sing choral music with other enthusiastic members. They have a professional conductor and accompanist to train and rehearse with. In April 2015, they will join with eleven other local choirs from around the Surrey Hills to stage the threeday Leith Hill Musical Festival in Dorking. In addition they have annual Christmas concert and carol singing and other singing opportunities arise throughout the year. There is a small subscription to cover costs. They start weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals at St Mary’s Church in Shalford on 9th September at 7.30pm. For further information, visit . For an informal chat call Olivia Peak their chairman on 01483 428986 or just pop along to a rehearsal and taste and see! Most counties in England (including Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex) hold


an annual Ride & Stride, on the second Saturday in September (13th this year), to raise money for the restoration and repair of buildings for Christian worship. The idea is that cyclists and walkers are given a list of churches and chapels in the area of their choice. They map out their own route to pedal or walk having asked their friends to reward their efforts. The money collected is divided into two. Half the monies go to the church or chapel of the cyclist’s or walker’s choice, probably your own, the other half is retained by the County Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen years that the Bike Ride (now Ride & Stride) has been running in Surrey over £250,000 has been raised. Ride & Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant September Saturday while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year! Details from your local church or from donaldson@ Supporters who prefer not to ‘ride or stride’, please consider sponsoring volunteers

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What to do in With Matthew Pottage, Garden Manager at RHS Garden Wisley


Thrifty gardening Select a vigorous shoot, about 5 cm in length, strip off the lowest leaves, making the cut close to the leaf joint and insert into compost suitable for cuttings and propagation. Cuttings root best when taken as shoot tips, with any flowers pinched out and kept in a cool, moist environment out of full sunlight.

Late summer is a perfect time to be thinking about taking cuttings – creating plants for free! While I appreciate the hard work that goes into growing plants, I’m sure I am not alone in sometimes raising my eyebrows at the price of some that are easy to root and quick to grow on yourself. To this end, now is the time to take ‘semi ripe’ cuttings, which are basically cuttings that have ripened stems over the summer and have the ability to produce their own roots.

Start with some half hardy perennials such as salvias and Penstemon and some of the easier shrubs, namely Hebe and rosemary and see how naturally green fingered you are.

Peeping over the garden fence It is in the height of summer when we tend to be at our busiest as gardeners, and it is important to leave the tools in the shed one day, and get out to other gardens, and see what other people are up to.

Love your lavender Our lavenders have completely finished their flowering display now, and it is a prime time to give them a decent haircut and get them back into shape. There is often some doubt about how to keep these popular shrubs in prime condition; despite them being a mainstay of so many of our gardens. Firstly, remember they cannot regenerate from the oldest of wood if pruned to the point where no leaves remain; therefore the trick is to deadhead the plant, and reduce the section of green growth that exists between the wood and the bottom of the flower stem. This reduces the height of the plant and helps to keep it compact. If your plant is very woody and ‘leggy’ you can ‘drop layer’ which is basically lifting the plant, digging a deeper hole and popping it back in, feeding the soil back around the stems, which take root and give you a cluster of new plants. This needs to be done in spring however as it causes the plant some initial stress that could push it over the edge in a cold winter if done in late summer/autumn. 50

Even for us, blessed with Wisley, it is always refreshing to see other people’s plants, how they grow them, what they grow them with and how they lay their garden out. This is the beauty of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) – there’s nothing more fun than seeing someone else’s patch and learning something new. They may be growing that plant you like but are too scared to invest in in case it dies or your eyes could be opened to a new way of doing things. However, if your garden is already picture perfect, go for the tea and cake – it never disappoints in my experience. FIND OUT MORE

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involved in this important event. For more information, visit www. Interested in Art Classes? Tutor Veronica Dunce B.A .has 50 years experience and will help you improve, whether a beginner or experienced artist. The spacious Shalford village hall is the venue for a 10 week course starting on Wednesday 17th September. Call 01483 893723 for further details. Are your bookshelves in need of refreshment? A book sale will be held at Elstead United Reformed Church on Saturday 20th September from 10am-3pm. Go along and find new exciting books to pass the time through the winter months. They will have books for all! Lose yourself in a novel or pick up the perfect companion for your hobby- there is sure to be something for you. Refreshments will be available. If you are having a summer clear out and have books to spare, please get in touch. Donations can be made


from 1st September- contact Jean Wheatley on 01252 702450 or by email at elsteadurc@btinternet. com. Book collectors and dealers also welcome.

27th September at 7.30pm. Taking place in Holy Trinity Church it will feature Joan Rodgers CBE and is sure to be a great evening. I will give more details in next month’s edition.

Put this date in your diaries now – it’s a concert not to be missed! All Saints Church, Grayswood is hosting The Richard Steele-Perkins Memorial Concert, on Saturday 27th September, at 8pm in the church, with Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet) and Leslie Pearson (piano). This lively entertaining duo is returning to Grayswood to demonstrate the versatility of the trumpet and its repertoire. Tickets: £15 for the concert only, or £25 including a delicious pre-concert meal at the Wheatsheaf pub, just up the road. They are obtainable from Judy Culhane on 01428 644125 or Shirley Richmond on 01428 653285

At 7.30pm on Saturday 27th September, vocal ensemble Harlequin is for the first time coming to Guildford to sing at the Electric Theatre. From Thomas Tallis to Eric Whitacre, madrigals and folksong arrangements to 80s ballads, this stunningly versatile group presents a romantic evening of love songs through the ages. Harlequin comprises choral scholars from across the South East of England. Tickets can be obtained from the Electric Theatre box office at http://www. Harlequin is a bit different from most amateur choirs in as much as it was set up for singers of a very high calibre who have gone into other professions but wish to continue singing at a high level. Members, who have to go through an audition, come from quite far afield. They are only 13 strong

A note for the diary. The next Bramley Music concert is on Saturday

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The walk Begin by taking a path that leads up from the car park, following the first of a series of signs with a tower symbol on them, towards Leith Hill Tower. At a track turn right to head quite steeply uphill. Bear left in front of a gate marked ‘Bridleway’ at a junction and climb again to reach Leith Hill Tower. This was built in 1766 by Richard Hull of nearby Leith Hill Place to compensate for the hill just failing to top the 1,000ft mark; the extra height pushes it to 1,029ft. There is a small admission charge to the tower, from where there is one of the finest and most extensive panoramas in the south east: northwards across to the North Downs and beyond that to London and the Chilterns, and southwards over the Weald to the South Downs and the English Channel. Just past the tower the path forks. Take the right-hand path here, at a second fork take the left-hand one and at a third fork take the lefthand one again. Shortly after, a well-defined path joins from the left. Continue ahead for about ½ mile, following the straight main path across Wotton Common to reach a crosstrack. Turn right here along a fairly straight path and after ½ mile bear left at a T-junction to a lane. Turn left and almost immediately turn right, at a public footpath sign, along a path that keeps along the inside edge of woodland, with a fence on the right. On the edge of the woodland go through a kissing gate and follow a path across a field to go through another kissing gate at the far end. Continue along an enclosed path to the right of houses, soon re-entering woodland, and descend, by an old wire fence on the left, to a crossroads. Turn right along a track that winds through the beautiful woodlands of Abinger Bottom, briefly emerging from the trees to reach a lane. Keep ahead along the lane and 54

opposite the drive to a house called St Johns bear right to continue along a wooded track. After passing a barrier the track becomes a tarmac lane, which you follow through the charming and secluded hamlet of Friday Street to a T-junction passing the Stephan Langton pub. Turn right to pass across the end of the millpond, a former hammer pond and one of many in the area that were created to power the hammers of the local ironworks up to the time of the Industrial Revolution. The view across it nowadays could hardly be more tranquil. On the far side, turn half right, at a public footpath sign, along a path that heads uphill away from the pond, passing to the left of a National Trust sign for Severells Copse, and continue steadily uphill to a lane. Cross over, keeping ahead to cross another lane and continue along the path in front. Take the right-hand path at a fork – not easy to spot – and head downhill along a sunken path, bearing slightly right on meeting another path to continue downhill, curving left to a lane. Turn left through Broadmoor, another attractive and secluded hamlet, and opposite a riding centre turn sharp right, at Greensand Way and public bridleway waymarks, onto a track. Keep on this straight and broad track through Broadmoor Bottom for one mile and, 700 yards after passing to the right of Warren Farm, look out for a crossing of paths and tracks by a bench. Turn half left here onto a path; after a few yards cross a stream, by a


tional Trust sign for Duke’s Warren, and a few yards further on at a fork take the right-hand path. This is a most delightful part of the walk, initially between woodland on the right and more open sloping heathland dotted with trees on the left. Later the path re-enters woodland and heads steadily uphill, finally curving left to a junction. Bear left for a few yards to a fork and take the right-hand track, following the direction of a blue waymark and pass through a gate to leave Dukes Warren to emerge alongside the righthand edge of the cricket pitch on Coldharbour Common. Just after the cricket pavilion turn half right at a National Trust information board along a path with a green wooden post signposted ‘Coldharbour Walk’. Ignore all side turns and follow the green waymarkers all the while. To the left there are grand views over the Weald to the South Downs on the horizon. Opposite a barrier on the right, turn left to re-join the outward route and head downhill back to Landslip car park.

DISTANCE: 6.5 miles OS MAPS: Landranger 187 (Dorking & Reigate), Explorer 146 (Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate) START GRID REFERENCE: TQ 147 432 STARTING POINT: Below Leith Hill, near Coldharbour village REFRESHMENTS: The Stephan Langton pub in Friday Street (tel 01306 730775). Open for food

Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm9.30pm. Sunday 12pm-4pm. Monday am closed but open at 5.30pm for drinks. Booking advisable. The walk is taken from the Pathfinder Guide to Surrey, published by Crimson Publishing at £11.99. Left: Leith Hill Tower (Peter Pearson) Above: The view from Leith Hill (Sebastian Anthony) Map above © Crown copyright August 2014 Ordnance Survey Media 019/14.

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and will only ever be a maximum of 16. They make a great sound and sing all sorts of accessible music, all without accompaniment. They are rehearsed by the highly regarded Catherine Beddison, who is a music teacher at Cranleigh School and also co-conducts Cranleigh Choral Society. Thinking about starting Pilates? I can tell you that beginners’ classes are held weekly in Fernhurst, Hascombe and Cranleigh. For more information email Laura on kaizen.pilates@ Players of Elstead will be holding a bridge afternoon on Friday 3rd October in Elstead Village Hall at 1.45 for 2pm. It’s always popular so please make a note in your diary – details from Sue Gowar on 01252 702127. Their next play is Funny Money, a hilarious farce, by Ray Cooney and will show on 30th and 31st October. More details in future editions or have a look at their website www. A panto is planned for the autumn of 2015, do


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Just had another report from The Wey & Arun Canal Trust. Apparently work to restore the Canal has won the support of a national group that hopes to make use of the waterway both during and after completion. WACT chairman Sally Schupke says “The Trust is delighted that British Canoeing has decided to become a corporate member”. Under the agreement, British Canoeing members will be licensed to use a 3-mile section of the restored canal in Loxwood, West Sussex, and more new areas as restoration progresses. The canal is ideally suited for canoeists and kayakers who enjoy paddling along quiet waters through beautiful unspoilt countryside. Any British Canoeing members wishing to make use of the new agreement should contact WACT in advance by emailing the boat licensing officer on with membership details. Canoeists should report to the Canal Centre to sign in before taking to the water so that any special safety precautions for the day can be issued by the Canal Centre staff. Further details on www. . Motorsport legend John Surtees OBE, has presented a £75,000 cheque to local charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The presentation, which took place at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, was made to the Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell; the money will be used for ‘High Fidelity Simulators’. The Henry Surtees Foundation was inspired by John Surtees, following the tragic death of his son Henry whilst competing in a Formula 2 race in 2009 aged just 18 years old. Incidentally, the third annual ‘Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Team Challenge’ charity kart event at Mercedes-Benz World was held on 1st July raised an estimated £60,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum (before contractors’ direct costs). The event was organised by the Henry Surtees Foundation, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes-Benz World, working with Daytona Motorsport.

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