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these and other events. A Russian Fairytale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova is an exhibition at The Watts Gallery which opened on 18th November and runs to Sunday 8th February 2015. Elena Polenova was part of the generation of artists who rediscovered the folk traditions of the Moscow region – its wooden architecture, furniture and children’s toys; its icons and peasant decorations; and its vibrant tradition of folk stories and fairytales. She was the younger sister of one of Russia’s most famous artists, Vasily Polenov (1844-1927). During the 1870s and 1880s, Elena and Vasily spent time at Abramtsevo, an artistic colony located in a rural setting outside Moscow, that sought to recapture the quality and spirit of medieval Russian art. Showcasing furniture designed by Elena alongside her paintings of landscapes and folktale illustrations, the exhibition will demonstrate Polenova’s important role in the Russian craft revival of the 1880s. A visit to Watts Gallery is always a pleasure, and this exhibition will make it doubly so! From December, the sumptuous state rooms at Petworth House will be styled to evoke an era of faded decadence and eccentricity. Inspired by period issues of Country Life magazine, this magnificent 17th-

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Seasonal sparklers Vines growing, wines flowing at Greyfriars. Penny Kitchen pays a return visit to the vineyard off the Hogs Back I could hardly believe two years had passed since my first visit to Greyfriars Vineyard. Firsttime visitors turning down the long drive off the A31 Hogs Back are amazed at the sight of the North Downs in all their glory rolling away to the south, and even though this time I knew what to expect, the view still made me stop the car for a moment to take it all in. Neat rows of grapevines cover the slopes and even from a distance I could see the bunches of grapes ripening in the September sunshine. My previous visit had been a winter one with 13,000 newly planted vines barely making an impression in the landscape. Two years on, what a different story. These vines, originating in Germany, are obviously thoroughly enjoying their home in the south-east of England. It is now four years since Hilary and Mike Wagstaff bought the vineyard, with precious little knowledge of grape cultivation or viticulture. Together with their brother-in-law David who took on the role of vineyard manager, the three embarked on a steep learning curve, determined to make a commercial success of what had been a hobby vineyard under the previous owners. Mike explained that of the 400 or so English vineyards only 35-40 are on a commercial scale and he was grateful that he’d had enough money to invest in new vines, fermentation vats, anti8

deer fencing and innumerable other necessities involved in modern viticulture. Today the vineyard extends to over 40 acres with another 10 acres they manage at Shere, and after a very disappointing showing due to the weather in 2013, the 2014 harvest looked set to produce some 80 tons of grapes. If only every English summer could be as good, mused Hilary as we walked up the hill past the serried ranks of neatly trimmed vines. (In fact, when I caught up with Hilary in October, she reported a record harvest of 8-10 tonnes a day, over 100 tonnes in total!) She stopped to examine a bunch of grapes, explaining how the leaf cutter on the tractor takes leaves off the vines late in the season, allowing the last of the summer sun to do the final ripening for maximum sweetness in the grapes. “The weather has been fabulous this year,” she said, “perfect for grapes – calm, settled and sunny. This year we shall start picking early in October, whereas last year we were still picking into December to allow maximum ripening. “Leading up to the harvest we do sugar readings on the grapes and when the time is right family and friends come to pick on the Sunday before 20 hired pickers arrive. Then the hard work begins with 300-400kg of grapes being processed by each picker each day for 10 vantagepointmag.co.uk


days while we process them in the winery.” The grape varieties are chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, vines well suited to the English climate and the chalk downs. In fact, the Downs are blessed with similar geological and soil conditions to the Champagne region in France. Because the English climate doesn’t normally enjoy months of unbroken sunshine, the grapes grown here are lower in sugar, suitable for dry sparkling wines. At Greyfriars the clay/loam topsoil covers several hundred feet of free draining Cretaceous chalk. The chalk was originally deposited over a hundred million years ago when this entire area was submerged under a tropical sea. Three awards On my first visit the couple explained that for the moment they had given up the idea of making still wines in favour of the sparkling champagne-type wine which has lower sugar levels and more acidity. The first vintage produced entirely by the Wagstaffs since taking over Greyfriars in 2010 was their award-winning 2011 Sparkling Rosé Reserve. It was made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from mature vines planted by the previous owners in the early 1990s. A poor summer and extremely warm September yielded small volumes of very ripe grapes from which 450 bottles were produced. But this wine has won awards and put their name on the map. In 2012 they decided to take advantage of the popularity of the rosé, producing Rosé Reserve 2012, another sparkling pink fizz. This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes partially fermented in used oak barrels and again produced using the traditional method. So far, Hilary explained, Greyfriars are using local wine outlets such as Drakes in Ripley, Fleurie in Godalming and Olivos in Guildford, as well as selling from the vineyard itself. They have been carefully husbanding their supply with Christmas around the corner and their own December 2014

online shop due to open. “With this good summer our volume of bottles will increase exponentially and then we will begin the push to sell more. At the moment it is a juggling act – to release early and run out, or keep some back.” Future plans to buy more tanks for fermentation had to be brought forward, adding another 30,000 litres to the current 50,000 litre capacity. They are also hoping to dig a storeroom into the chalk slope which will provide the perfect yearround temperature for the wine. “We’re delighted with the way things are going,” Hilary told me. “We’ve rarely had negative feedback and we’ve now won three medals which means a lot to us. We entered our first wine, the 2011 Sparkling Rosé in a few competitions to see how it would fare against other wines. It won a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards, a Bronze in the Decanter awards and more recently a Bronze Medal in the International Wines and Spirits Competition.“ As more and more quality restaurants start to offer good English wines, there is no doubt that Greyfriars will soon join the Hogs Back Brewery as a local success story. I, for one, am waiting for the 2014 vintage to come on-stream. If the wines are anything like the great summer we’ve enjoyed this year, they should be winners.

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Following the pilot community bus service between Headley and Hindhead for the Grayshott Market in October, plans are being drawn up for regular Saturday services for 2015. At this stage, the plan is to introduce two Grayshott community SHOPPA bus routes, to run every Saturday from March next year. One route will run between Beacon Hill and Liphook and the other between Linford and Haslemere. Both will route through Grayshott. “Whilst the original idea was to run a SHOPPA service once per month to bring people into the Grayshott Market“ explains Tim Wickes, Market Organiser, “a community bus service between our local village centres will give more people the opportunity to widen their shopping vistas. Grayshott, Beacon Hill, Liphook and Haslemere all have different shops to browse and cafes to visit, not to mention the supermarkets along the routes.” At this stage, it is envisaged that the new service will either be free of charge o for a nominal sum not exceeding £1. It is also seen as

providing an opportunity for local businesses to attract shoppers with special offers. The dates for the Antiques Collectors & Craft Fairs in Cranleigh and Shere are: Cranleigh Village Hall, 4th and 18th December, free entry refreshments available, 7.30am3.30pm. Shere Village Hall, 14th December, free entry and parking, 11am-4.30pm. Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 4th December at 2pm in Grayshott Village Hall. This final lecture of the year usually has a winter and/or Christmas theme. They’re looking forward to welcoming Ann Clements who will trace how artists have responded to the challenges of winter. Whether it was C15th peasants drying their clothes, the C17th Frost Fairs on the Thames or C19th skaters on the Bois de Boulogne; her lecture, ‘In the Bleak mid-Winter’ promises to cover 500 years of artistic shivering!

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Branching Out From our homes to our high streets, the sight of a Christmas tree delivers the very essence of glad tidings at this time of year. Viv Micklefield visits one local grower to discover the mystery behind the magic Is it too big, or too small? Is it too bushy or too skinny? Traditionally the purchase of the allimportant Christmas tree marks the start of the festive season for many families, so down at Oxenford Farm in Elstead near Godalming, the pressure is on. Anthony and Jo Baker are fourth generation farmers on the site, which sits in the shadow of a Pugin designed gatehouse; the farm’s history stretching back to when Anthony’s ancestors were originally tenants in the 1800s and the land was still part of the nearby Peperharow estate. Where once there was a dairy herd, now they rear beef stock and the market crops have been replaced by cereals. With around a tenth of the 500 acres here dedicated to growing Christmas trees, what’s interesting is how this particular diversification came about. As we step out on a walk around the plantations, Jo recalls how 14

it all began during WWII. “Then there were so many Canadian soldiers based near here and at Witley. We had some Christmas trees growing wild in the woods, nothing formal, and the soldiers wanted them. So Anthony’s father began to grow trees properly almost 60 years ago. Originally a large number were sold to wholesalers and greengrocers, but with supermarkets coming along, it’s changed a lot over time.” These days, the first trade orders can arrive at Oxenford from July onwards, with the bigger trees – anything up to an impressive 30 feet in height, being installed in shopping centres and government buildings. However, with several thousand sales to the public each year, this represents a growing part of the business. Here they specialise in the four most popular varieties of Christmas tree. The Norway vantagepointmag.co.uk


Spruce with its deep pine smell instantly evokes childhood memories, although thanks to a (slightly unfair) reputation for shedding needles in our centrally heated homes, its popularity has dropped too. The new favourite is the Nordman Fir recognisable by its glossy needles which will still get thirsty and can lose their shine if not properly cared for once brought inside. For branches that are more spaced out, the Noble Fir comes out tops. Easiest to spot amongst the forest in front of our eyes, is the distinctive Blue Spruce, renowned for being a bit spiky but as Jo says, it’s a good choice if you want to stop inquisitive house cats taking a climb.

A potted history of the Christmas tree • Evergreen fir has been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Ancient peoples believed these warded off evil spirits and promoted good health, while early Romans celebrated the winter solstice by decorating their homes and temples; • Germany is credited with starting Christmas traditions in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes and many of our associated customs began here; • In the 1840s Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family appeared in a sketch gathered around a Christmas tree and the fashion for a decorated tree caught-on both in Britain and America; • During Victorian times trees were lit with candles to remind children of the stars in the sky at the time of the birth of Jesus; • Thomas Edison’s assistants reputedly came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees; • Britain’s most famous Christmas tree stands each year in London’s Trafalgar Square – a gift from the people of Norway since 1947 as an expression of thanks for support during WWII.

And as she goes on to explain, how fast a tree matures depends on the variety. “Norway Spruce is the quickest growing at about a foot a year. We start with small plants known as transplants that we get from another grower. It’s very important to get the right seed stock so there’s a really good provenance. The Nordman Firs grow about six inches a year but this depends hugely on the weather, and on the growing conditions. “What we want is for it to be not too dry, not too wet, with some sunshine at the right time. Actually, it’s the same as growing vegetables in your garden, you need a bit of everything. When planting the trees you need rain and especially here, because with the sandy soil it’s like the Savannah sometimes. We have to make sure they don’t dry out.” By working the land in a 10-year rotation this ensures that trees can be offered in all shapes and sizes. And the good news is that this is a sustainable crop, which has a positive effect on the environment. In fact, the British Christmas Tree Growers Association claims that over 74,000 acres are currently given over to Christmas trees in the UK, each acre of which absorbs 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. Judging by the number of the birds around us these plantations also appear to provide a haven for wildlife. However, I’m curious as to why there are some areas enclosed by wire fences, while others not. “I don’t think people December 2014

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realise that it’s not just a case of popping trees in the ground, and just leaving them,” says Jo. “We have problems here with deer, especially when the antlers are in velvet, they rub against the bark and completely destroy it; they also eat the new shoots. The rabbits munch the tiny trees and all you’re left with is a twig. Once they wiped-out an entire plantation which has a knock-on effect six years later, when they’d usually be ready to sell.” Aphids pose a threat too and even when the trees become established, the care doesn’t stop there. “They’ve got to be pruned every year to make sure they grow into a good shape, and we need to keep an eye out for any disease they might get. You do need to give them a lot of attention.” And it’s become so labour intensive, that the Bakers now have a full-time member of staff dedicated to looking after their trees. Once the Christmas season arrives, it’s all hands on deck with the help of several dozen extra helpers to keep up with the demand. “The trees are cut on a daily basis. You can get very sophisticated machinery but we are a relatively small grower so, instead, use men with chainsaws. For public sales trees are wrapped using net funnels. But for the really big trees it takes a lot of manpower, even having mechanised balers we often have to pull these out with tractors.” So otherworldly are the majestic boughs reaching to the wintery skies, you almost expect to see reindeers and a sleigh appearing any moment. And while there’s little doubt that it’s exhausting work running the farm, Jo and Anthony hope that at least one of their four sons will someday take over the reins. Having seen the love that goes into making so many people’s Christmas special it’s definitely well worth supporting a local grower. Not only are you doing your bit for the planet, it’s the equivalent of buying something with zero food miles, and as these are freshly picked trees; if looked after, they will keep for longer. Just as importantly, who’d want to miss out on such a lovely shared community experience, even if it takes a bit of a ‘discussion’ when it comes to agreeing on the perfect tree? Viv Micklefield is a locally based writer and can be reached at vivmicklefield@aol.com.

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Caring for Christmas trees • Leave the tree out of doors, or in cool, moist conditions until required for decorating; • Saw one inch off the stump and mount in a water holding stand OR plant a rooted tree in damp soil; • Water daily keeping away from direct heat; • If you decorate the tree with lights use a low heat producing type; • Avoid knocks by positioning near a wall or corner.

Recycling Christmas trees Unless you plan to plant out a rooted Christmas tree, the branches and trunk are biodegradable and can be composted for garden mulch. Alternatively, recycle a tree at your local garden waste collection point (Godalming, Haslemere) or at your local tip (Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham, Guildford, Milford, Midhurst). If you subscribe to a garden waste collection service, Christmas trees can usually be put out in the New Year. For more information on all local recycling services visit: www.waverley.gov.uk www.guildford.gov.uk www.molevalley.gov.uk www.chichester.gov.uk vantagepointmag.co.uk


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you can call 01483 892474 or email tickets@surreyhills-choirs.co.uk. A festive tasting day will take place on Saturday 6th December at Cowdray Farm Shop, Easebourne, Midhurst. Suppliers, including Neal’s Yard Dairy and local winery Upperton, will be on hand sampling their delicious cheeses and sparkling wine. Hot mulled Hill Farm apple juice will be served along with other tasty Christmas fayre prepared by our chefs in the kitchen. Join them to get in the Christmas spirit – you can even buy some Cowdray Estate mistletoe! (Shop opening hours are Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am4pm). Call 01730 815152 or visit www.cowdrayfarmshop.co.uk. Studio 22 is an all new funky workspace situated at Unit 22a, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming GU7 1LG. Offering ‘real’ craft workshops and courses, the studio has been set up by Sarah Louise Dix, designer maker and traditional upholsterer. Sarah, who originally

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studied fashion design and worked for Vivienne Westwood, continues to teach her now well established ten week traditional upholstery courses for students with some experience. In addition, they offer upholstery beginners courses and hope soon to be offering handmade leather glove making, millinery, lampshade making, cushion making and weaving workshops. Gina McAdam is Studio 22’s milliner in residence, running her vintage hat, corsage and vintage jewellery classes. Studio 22 will also have an in house interior styling service from Claire Potter. Claire who is a journalist and has written for Vogue, Tatler, Red and Marie Claire magazines, offers interior styling advice through her company, Blue Door. Studio 22 is holding a launch party on Saturday 6th December, from 5pm to late. There will be nibbles and DJ’s, but bring a bottle! You can contact them on 01483 801108 email enquiries@ sarahlouisedix.co.uk. More information at www.sarahlouisedix. co.uk.

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Here’s a good idea if you are looking for stocking fillers for Christmas. The Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers Guide to walks in Surrey and West Sussex is out and can be ordered from their website www. godalmingandhaslemereramblers. org.uk. Look for the section headed ‘Walks’. Many of the walks include local pub stops for lunch and will encourage you and your family to take up some healthy exercise in 2015! Godalming & Villages Lions Club are undertaking their annual visits around Godalming and the surrounding villages, complete with their colourful Christmas sleigh and festive music between 6th and 20th December). Their schedule of collection dates and venues is as follows: Saturday 6th - Sainsbury’s Supermarket - 9am-5pm; Monday 8th - Chiddingfold - 6pm - 8pm; Wednesday 10th - Milford - 6pm - 8pm; Friday 12th - Milford Lodge 6pm - 8pm; Saturday 13th - Waitrose Supermarket - 9am - 5pm; Monday

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The Perfect Cheeseboard

As the festive season approaches, buffets are set, dinner parties are hosted and hospitality ramps up. In all the festivities it’s easy to forget that a cheeseboard can be an easy-to-make, impressive addition to any celebration. Rather than leaving it to the last minute and simply grabbing whatever is nearest, Louisa Mason from Flavour Tastings gives us some top tips to create an impressive cheeseboard. “Variety is the key to a perfect cheeseboard,” she suggests. “Combine different styles, colours, shapes and flavours so there is something for everyone.” Start with a soft and creamy cheese like a brie or camembert. Find one that is unctuous and will be at the peak ripeness when you are ready to eat it. This means keeping an eye on it in the fridge and even taking it out a few hours before eating to finish its maturing process. French bries and camemberts tend to be stronger compared with British ones so choose the flavour profile you most enjoy. For something really British try Isle of White Soft a rich creamy cheese made with Jersey milk, or the rich and deep flavoured Tunworth from Hampshire. Add to your board a hard cheese. The obvious choice is a mature cheddar but also consider less well known cheeses like Old Winchester, a cross between an Old Amsterdam, Parmesan and Vintage Cheddar produced in the New Forest. Continental-style hard cheeses also go well such as an aged Gruyère. Whilste 20

many people just use Gruyère for cooking this is a deeply complex cheese, especially if you can acquire some Premier-Cru matured for 14 months. Of course, the nation’s favourite cheese is cheddar and this in itself comes in variety of flavours and styles. From the more earthy, farmhouse flavour of an unpasteurised Montgomery all the way through to the sweet, soft Godminster Vintage, there is a plethora of good cheddars to choose from. Barbers 1833 Vintage Cheddar is a good mix of savoury and sweet notes which will suit most palettes and is over two years old. Often over looked are the semi-soft cheeses. This includes soft delicate cheeses like Cornish Yarg and also the washed rind cheeses. “Washed rind cheeses are seriously underrated in the UK”, Louisa tells us. “They are much more popular on the Continent which is a shame considering how good they have become in the UK now.” She suggests looking further afield than Stinking Bishop too. “Sussex has an amazing washed rind cheese vantagepointmag.co.uk


called Burwash Rose. It’s creamy, rich in flavour and washed in rose water giving it a lovely floral aroma. If that’s not to your taste try a firmer washed rind cheese like Drunken Burt whose producers are winning numerous awards.” Of course, no festive board would be complete without a Stilton, nick-named ‘King of English Cheeses’. There are now six producers who can make Stilton under the Protected Designation of Origin Scheme. Under these rules the cheese must be made in Derbyshire, Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire and only from pastuerised milk. This means the unpasteurised form cannot be called Stilton but is actually named ‘Stichelton.’ Stilton needs very little explanation but do try out the different producers. Colston Basset tends to be slightly lighter in texture while Cropwell Bishop has more tang. Stichelton can be very piquant and goes wonderfully with a glass of ruby port. For a truly stunning board consider the colour and shape of each cheese and try to bring in some variety. The other consideration is to include at least one non-cow’s milk cheese, like an ash-covered goat’s cheese or square ewe’s milk cheese like Flower Marie. “I love Flower Marie,” writes Louisa. “It’s definitely on our board this year. Soft, lemony with a lingering tang this Sussex cheese is a gem.” Finally presentation is everything so make sure you have a nice platter to serve it on. This can be wood, marble or slate and feel free to experiment with how you decorate it. Frozen grapes, walnuts, edible flowers, the list is endless. However, don’t get too carried away as sometimes less is definitely more!

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Join in the fun of a festive Santa Cruise on board a beautifully decorated boat and travel along the Wey & Arun Canal and through a restored lock. Children under 12 years will receive a gift from Santa who will board the boat at the lock whilst adults enjoy mulled wine and mince pies. The boat departs from The Wharf next to the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood (free car parking). The trips take 40 minutes and depart at 11am, 12noon and 2pm on Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd December. Tickets cost £9 per person (under 12 months are free). Booking in advance is essential. Also 50 minute festive boat trips, with light refreshments on board, will run on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day at 11am, 12noon and 2pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

The Rotary Club of Godalming Woolsack is delighted to announce that their Christmas Grotto will be at Sainsbury’s in Godalming this year. Santa will be there on the following dates between 10am and 4pm. Dates are 7th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December. Each child will meet Santa and receive a present. Only £4 including a free Sainsbury’s mince pie! Proceeds go to Rotary charities. You will also have the opportunity of a special photo with Santa. Haslemere Christmas Market takes place on 7th December 2014 from 10am-4pm at Haslemere Town Centre, Haslemere Educational Museum, Haslemere Hall, Georgian House Hotel. There will be 200 stalls offering gifts, food, decorations and all things for Christmas. Free Hoppa service from Wey Hill and station.

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Information at www.haslemere. com/christmasmarket or email events@haslemere.com. Go along to the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Fair on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December from 10am-3.30pm. This year it will be held in the Restaurant’s covered courtyard on Level A and everyone is welcome! There will be stalls selling gifts, books, bric-a-brac and cakes plus a tombola and a Name the Bear competition. Wise Blue Owl Therapists will be offering FREE individual demonstrations of Reiki, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Hypnosis. Also, don’t forget the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund’s Christmas Raffle tickets are currently on sale for £1 each and all funds raised will go to their Detecting Women’s Cancers campaign. First Prize - £1,000! Contact the Fundraising Office at the Royal Surrey to purchase tickets or call 01483 464146 or email rsctr.fundraising@nhs.net for more information.

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CHRISTMAS IDEAS It’s not even here yet but do you already feel ‘bah humbug’ about the festive season? Is it the thought of all the expense, hassle and running around that’s making you dread the next few weeks? The VantagePoint team have pulled together some of their favourite money-saving, time-creating and stress- busting tips to share with you.

Making your money go further Reduce the number you buy for – if you’ve not already done your present shopping agree with your family to put all your names in a hat and draw out one each to buy for. You could all agree to set a price limit on gifts too. Buy pre-loved gifts – a new twist on buying from charity shops, try buying nearly new items in pristine condition. Second Thoughts in Chiddingfold have toys and clothes for all ages and A Change Of A Dress in Godalming has lots of branded clothing. As Nicki Bartley from Second Thoughts explains “ We can provide you with perfect presents even without the original packaging – just nestle in amongst colourful tissue and place in an attractive box tied with ribbons”. Make several outfits out of one - if you are spashing out on a new outfit to wear this season buy something that will see you through several social occasions rather than focusing

on buying that one special dress. Our fashion columnist and independent stylist Kirstie Smilie suggests opting for an outfit that you can dress up or down with a different jacket, shoes or accessory to make for a completely different look. She recommends asking for advice when shopping in boutiques like Blush in Haslemere as shop owners and assistants know their stock. By adding a cardigan here or necklace there you can make more than one outfit. This makes your overall spend more value for money. Edible gifts - can be quick and easy to make. Turn to our food page for some ideas. Recycle unwanted presents – but remember who gave them to you originally! Give useful inexpensive items – like pens, toothbrushes and soap. These are guaranteed not to end up unwanted in the back of the cupboard. Personalised gifts needn’t be dear - use family photos and frames from a charity shop or find out that person’s favourite song or a tune that you both remember and track down that single on CD or as a record (try Record Corner in Godalming). If you can find the original record you can frame it as a meaningful gift if the recipient doesn’t have a record player. Use old maps or comics as wrapping paper Or brown paper and buy lovely ribbon to add a festive twist. You could also buy a Christmas stamp and ink and decorate your brown paper. Arty Crafty in Godalming have a wonderful selection of ribbons and stamps. They also have a great display of Christmas card ideas if you have time to make your own.

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Creating time, experiences and memories Keep children busy making their own presents while you get on with the rest of the preparations! C&H do a fabulous range of inexpensive kits. These include making friendship bracelets, candles, soap, cards and paper beads. The nearest C&H store is in Guildford or you can buy online at www.candh.co.uk. Offer your services - create a hand crafted voucher offering your time to help friends or family with gardening, cleaning or decorating for a gift that lasts beyond Christmas. Think this would only be of benefit just to elderly relatives think again! Skills like knitting, crochet and sewing are all in vogue. If you are a Nancy Birtwhistle you’ll have the grandchildren queueing up! Skills to offer but are on your own this Christmas? You could volunteer with Voluntary Action South West Surrey who would love your help. Contact them on 01483 565456 (Guildford) or 01252 725961 (Waverley) or see the website for details: www.voluntaryactionsws.webeden.co.uk. Meet up with friends rather than buying them gifts - Make a date with a friend and do something festive as your Christmas present to each other. Try a Christmas wreath making workshop for example and you could even make a gift in the process. Some local ones include: Bookham Common - with the National Trust on 5th December, £25 per person. Telephone 01372 220644 to book.

Send (nr Woking) - with the National Trust on 10th December, £25 per person. Telephone 01483 561389 to book. The Nationalk MTrust has other courses but further away. Check www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

Reducing the hassle factor Bring a dish - if you are hosting Christmas you don’t have to do all the catering and entertaining yourself. Ask guests to contribute, whether it’s the crackers, a pudding or wine. In fact if you don’t ask your guests might bring something anyway and you could end up with 10 boxes of chocolates instead! Have homemade food but without making it yourself - The WI Country Market is a great place to buy cakes, sausage rolls and mince pies. You can even buy your entire Christmas lunch from a COOK outlet (and if you heat meals in their ceramic dishes you can pass them off as your own!). Take a break and find sanctuary - if it’s all getting too much step inside any local church and sit in the silence. And if a traditional Christmas and New Year really isn’t your scene avoid it all and go on retreat (www.thegoodretreatguide.com). Start early for 2015 - save your Christmas cards and cut them up to make gift tags for next year. Buy your pudding and cards cut price after Christmas and put them by for next December. However you prepare and spend Christmas this year we wish you a joyous time and a happy and healthy 2015 from all of us at VantagePoint.

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Looking for inspiration for that Farncombe Morning Townswomen’s special Christmas present? Then Guild will not be having their meeting the Wey Valley Decorative and on Wednesday 10th December due Fine Arts Society may have the to many of its members wishing to answer. Why not join them for attend the Surrey Federation Carol their next lecture, by Mrs Clare Service on that day. Instead, they Phillips, entitled ‘Stocking Fillers start 2015 with a New Year Party on from Faberge’ at Shalford Village Wednesday 14th January from 10am Hall on Wednesday 10th December to 12 noon in the Church Room for a look at the work of this at St. John’s Church, Farncombe. iconic Russian jeweller and at the Visitors are always welcome to their privileged realms of Edwardian meetings throughout the year; just Christmas shopping. Refreshments £1 entrance to hear a talk and join are available from 9.45 am and the in the activity and there are always refreshments on hand and a raffle. lecture starts at 10.45am, followed For more information on the Guild, by wine and mince pies. The Society contact the secretary Jill Bird on offers a monthly programme of 01483 860917, or you can enquire at varied and fascinating talks by a meeting. first class speakers. There are also special interest days, visits and an Cranleigh Village Club Sports annual tour for members. New & Social Club are organising a members and visitors are warmly Christmas Carols Night and Grand welcomed. Annual membership Christmas Raffle on Saturday 20th is £40 and visitors pay £6 per talk. December. Then on Monday 29th If you are interested, contact the December at 8.30pm there’s a Membership Secretary on 01932 Christmas Quiz Night. Teams consist Beritaz_Layout 12/12/2013 09:49 1 people and all are welcome 355113 or visit1 their website at Page of 4-6 whether members, guests or nonwww.theweyvalleydfas.org.uk.

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time not spent drinking port is a waste of time”. So with thoughts not just of Christmas 2014 but also for next year here is the essential guide to port and what to eat with it. Port is a fortified wine made by blending a variety of Portuguese grapes that grow in the harsh conditions of the Douro Valley. How harsh I hear you ask? Well workers have to dynamite the rocky ground in order to plant the vine, the roots need to grow down at least 25 metres just to get a drink. Furthermore, the vines are planted on such steep terraces that the grapes can only be harvested by hand. All this and we haven’t even picked a grape yet! It takes three weeks to harvest the grapes as each variety ripens differently so workers need to climb the steep terraces time and again to get to ripe grapes. Once picked grapes are taken to Quintas (farms) where some are still crushed by foot treading. Foot treading is not just done for tradition or fun, it has been proved that treading grapes by human feet brings out the full concentration of flavour.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Jeremy Blood from Surrey Wine School takes a look at a seasonal favourite Like it or not it’s now the time of the year when our thoughts turn to parties, socialising, eating and drinking. There is just so much to fit in even before the second week of December! I often ask guests at Surrey Wine School what their favourite seasonal tipples are. Not surprisingly many say Champagne and wines from Bordeaux or Burgundy, but sadly Port and other fortified wines such as Madeira or Sherry are still regarded as the drink to leave out for Santa. Port is a wine that some people enjoy just once a year, which is a real shame as it is far more that just the rich, sweet, taste of Christmas. Get to know the different styles and you will be enjoying one of the world’s great wines all year round. As Percy Croft of Crofts Port said, “Any 28

While the juice is fermenting, a high alcohol spirit is added that kills the yeast and stops the sugar turning into alcohol, leaving the wine sweet. This process is called fortification and differentiates port, sherry and Madeira from other sweet wines. So port is born in the Douro but its first steps are taken near Porto in Villa Nova de Gueia at the many port houses where it is blended. The ageing process is started during the following year. The essential difference between styles of port is whether it is aged in wooden casks (such as ruby, tawny) or in the bottle (such as vintage). Cask aged ports are ready to drink as soon as they are bottled and don’t improve with age. Bottled aged ports will get better as they mature. Depending on the quality of the year a vintage port may take 15-30 years to reach perfection. Basic ruby and tawny ports have young fruity aromas, are aged in wood casks for twothree years and are ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. I love to drink these wines with chocolate mousse or strawberries. The best cheese match I have found is with a full flavoured goats milk cheese. vantagepointmag.co.uk


made from a single year and coming from high quality vineyards and does not need decanting unlike vintage port. This is the top match with chocolate. It also works very well with soft cream cheese like Brie de Meaux. Taylors created the LBV style and I am a real fan of these wines.

White port is made in the same way as ruby except that white grape varieties are used. It makes a great aperitif wine. Simply pour 1/2 white port and 1/2 tonic over ice and add a sprig of mint or basil and you’re all set. I love to match with hard crumbly cheese such as Cheshire, or Wensleydale.

Vintage port is the pinnacle of all port production and is high on the list of the world’s greatest wines. Made with grapes from a single year, vintage port spends only two to three years in cask and is immediately bottled and released for sale. Although it can be drunk when released it can be a further 20 years before it reaches perfection. These wines leave a sediment in the bottle so it is wise to decant them before drinking. My perfect match with a vintage port is hazelnut and chocolate tart or the classic pairing with Stilton cheese.

Tawny ports can be aged in cask for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years (the year shown on the bottle is an average of the years in the blend) producing wines of real concentration. The colour changes as it ages from rich ruby to beautiful amber and golden hues. They also develop nutty and caramel flavours. Tawny ports are the most versatile, as they can be drunk chilled as an aperitif, matched with desserts or paired with sheep’s and cheddar cheeses. Choose your pairing carefully with tawny port as the age can make a big difference. The older the port the more it will match with raisiny flavours. I absolutely love a 20-year-old tawny such as Churchill’s matched with traditional Christmas cake or mince pies. If you prefer desserts such as crème brûlée or toffee puddings then try a 10-year-old tawny.

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libraries and museums. As well as a programme of lectures, members enjoy convivial dining occasions together and visits to Historic Houses and Gardens, all with a French connection. For further information, please contact John Petty, Membership Secretary on 01483 861974, john.petty@which. net and on www.amitiesfrancaises. com. There are a couple of films coming up at the Borough Hall in Godalming. The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG) is on Friday 12th December and starts at 8pm and Magic in The Moonlight is on Friday 9th January and starts at 8pm. Tickets prices £3.50 to £7.50 or phone the box office : 01483 523004, www.waverley.gov.uk/cinema. Grayshott Folk Club’s Christmas Special with The Churchfitters is on Friday 12th December at 7.30pm (www.churchfitters.com/ehome. php) at Grayshott Village Hall. They are an Anglo/French band who put the fun into Folk. With Chris Short’s

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The Dan Eley Foundation Christmas Quiz 2014

Here is a Christmas Quiz for you to do with your family. Simply complete the phrase or title using the letters and word clues provided. There are even prizes if you don’t get all the answers correct. Good luck!

A. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

To do with inanimate objects B A R A A Hard P ...................................................................................... T P C T K Black ......................................................................................... A D Edged S ............................................................................................. A P P A T Words ....................................................................................... T M A G T P O A Old F .............................................................................. T A No P I S .............................................................................................. A W P Never B ......................................................................................... L T Blue T P ...............................................................................................

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To do with animals A C I A H D B A Committee ....................................................................... A L C C Its S ............................................................................................... D L A G H In T M ....................................................................................... L T C T G The C ......................................................................................... T P T C B The H ......................................................................................... L A L To T S ............................................................................................... T S T B T C Back ........................................................................................ T Take T B B T H ........................................................................................

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Botanical Section A S B Forth M F ........................................................................................ T A O M Eye .............................................................................................. A R B Two T .............................................................................................. A R S G No M ............................................................................................ T Nip I I T B ............................................................................................... Y C M Bricks W S ....................................................................................... A F As A D ................................................................................................. A A A D Keeps T D A ..................................................................................

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The goal of the Dan Eley Foundation is to help young people help themselves by giving them the skills and training to find legitimate employment in both Surrey and Colombia. We hope your whole family enjoys doing our Christmas quiz.

Fun Questions For ALL Ages!!

When you have completed the quiz, detach it from the magazine and please send your entries either by post to The Dan Eley Foundation, Fieldview, Petworth Road, Witley, GU8 5QW with a Funds will give disadvantaged young people vocational skills and support. small donation to the work of the charity. We suggest £5 (cash or cheque payable to The Dan Eley Foundation) to accompany your completed quiz.

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children and will be available from Record Corner in Godalming and by telephoning 01483 536016 or 01483 428701. They will also be on sale at the door. In addition the bands will also be providing festive cheer and entertainment at various retirement/ care homes, day centres and clubs in the area during December. Further details of these events can be found on the band’s website - www. godalmingband.org or by ringing the band chairman Ray Pont 01483 422174. Guildford Rugby Club has had a great start to the season in their new league, London Division 1 South. Having won 7 of their 9 fixtures to date, they are fourth in the league. The next home fixture at their Broadwater ground is on Saturday 13th December against Twickenham, kick off at 2.15pm. If you like your rugby do come down and support your local team. The standard is very high and there is a great atmosphere. The VantagePoint team will be there in force!

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If the kids haven’t seen it yet, here’s a great chance to catch How to Train your Dragon 2. It’s being screened in the Godalming Borough Hall on Saturday 13th December from 10.30am to 12.10pm. Tickets are just £3, call the Box office on 01483 523004. There’s a special event at The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, 7 Kings Road, Shalford GU4 8JU on Saturday 13th December from 1pm. Join David in the gallery for their ‘Celebration of Steam’. Take your children, family and friends to meet David and enjoy a flavour of the real steam experience when the Clan Line stops to water at Shalford Station. A great opportunity to find those last minute gifts for Christmas too! Times are subject to change, so please check the website for details. All sales support endangered wildlife. More information see www. davidshepherd.org. Get in the Christmas mood with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice’s Santa and

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a medal and a selection of festive goodies! And this year you can still take part in the fun even if you don’t want to run, as the Hospice is inviting all spectators to come in festive fancy dress, with a prize for the best dressed! Registration fees are higher on the day, so book your place now by visiting www.pth.org.uk, emailing fundraising@pth.org.uk or calling the Hospice’s fundraising team on 01252 729446. As part of ongoing fund raising activities the Inner Wheel Club of Godalming Woolsack will be holding a coffee morning at St John’s Church Centre, Milford, on Saturday 13th December between 10am and 12noon. All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and as well as coffee, tea and mince pies there will also be a Bring and Buy stall. All visitors welcome. The Meath, in Godalming, invite you to join them at 7pm on Monday 15th December for their annual Charity Carol Concert in

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Could you become a local Councillor? Becoming a local councillor is an extremely rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to serve your local community and help deliver local services. Godalming Town Council is at the heart of our community and plays a vital part in representing the interests of the residents it serves with an aim to improving the quality of life in our town, protecting and enhancing the local environment and ensuring the vibrancy of our community. The Town Council is in a position, wherever it can, to act as advocate for the town and influence other decision makers and organisations. In many

cases the Council can help ensure that services delivered meet local needs. Some of the services in which the Town Council is actively involved include planning, community buildings, allotments and cemeteries, as well as helping to organise and deliver a number of Town Festivals and other events, Staycation and installing the town’s Christmas lights. Local elections will be next held on the 7th May 2015. If you would like to become a local Councillor on the Town Council, or you are interested in learning more, please contact Louise Goodfellow the Town Clerk at townclerk@godalming-tc.gov.uk

Christmas Lights in Godalming & Farncombe

Once again Godalming is festooned with its Christmas Lights. These lights are managed by Godalming Town Council which pays 88% of the costs of installing the lights with the remaining cost being met by Godalming & District Chamber of Commerce. However, having the lights in our town would not be possible without the co-operation of those who allow us to fix the lights to their properties, and Godalming Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce wish to say a big thank you to all those businesses and residents. December 2014

Whilst Godalming town centre has had Christmas lights for many years, Farncombe village centre has been in the dark. This changed two years ago when a small area around Farncombe Street was decorated, with last year also seeing shops in St Johns Street and the Farncombe Day Centre lit up. This year, as last, Farncombe will see its own light switch on event, with carol singing and refreshments, to be held at the Farncombe Day Centre on Friday 5 December from 4.45pm with the lights going on as the clock tower strikes 5.00pm. It is hoped that this year additional lights will be installed on St Johns Church. 39


Neighbourhood Plan – Update Once again another update for our regular readers about the Neighbourhood Plan. A great deal of work has been undertaken in the last six months. Having identified the main themes as: Community & Infrastructure; Economy; Heritage & Design; Housing; Environment & Water Management and Transport, six working groups of volunteers have been identifying issues, collecting evidence and identifying options relating to those themes. On 13 November the working groups took the opportunity to update the Town Council about their work to date and a summary of those

updates is available on the Town Council’s website at http://www.godalming-tc.gov.uk/ neighbourhood-plan.htm At a number of events over the summer many of you have taken the opportunity to share your hopes and concerns for the future of our town. In the new year we will be sending a questionnaire to all Godalming households – look out for this opportunity to have your say. Any questions? Just ask, contact Louise Goodfellow on 01483 523575, at townclerk@godalming-tc.gov.uk or tweet your question to @GOFARNP

Flooding and Other Emergency Contact Numbers Environment Agency Up to date information on flooding in our area 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188. SurreyAlert This is a dedicated website to give information to residents and others regarding incidents, as well as information on flooding and schools closures. www.surreyalert.info Sandbags Waverley Borough Council’s contractor for distribution of sandbags is Veolia who will distribute sandbags in areas of highest priority first and will be dependent on their resources at the time. You can contact Veolia on 01252 724 157 during office hours. Out of hours please contact Southern Monitoring Service on 02392 242 161. Trees Report trees blocking roads and pavements to Surrey County Council on 03456 009 009.

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Water/Sewerage For issues with water supply, please contact the supplier you pay your bills to. In Godalming this is most likely to be Thames Water on 0845 920 0800. Electricity To report a potential hazard on or near overhead electricity lines call National Grid on 0800 404090. Power Cuts To report power cuts contact your supplier which for the Godalming area is either: Scottish and Southern Energy 0800 072 7282 or UK Power Networks 0800 783 8866 Gas To report a potential gas leak call National Grid on 0800 111 999.

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Neighbourhood Watch Groups Do you belong to a Neighbourhood Watch Group in the Witley, Milford, Godalming and surrounding villages area? With the assistance of friends, family and community groups we can help improve the health and well-being of those who are most isolated and lonely by connecting them to the support and services available in our community. Are you or do you know anyone who is lonely, isolated and maybe vulnerable through a mental

or physical disability, old age or illness but is not yet connected to the church, community groups, services or support? Are you running a voluntary support group, befriending scheme, car share or good neighbour scheme? Would you like to help volunteer to connect vulnerable adults to appropriate support and services? If so, then Fiona Fyfe, Community Navigator at Godalming Town Council - www.godalming-tc.gov. uk - would like to hear from you on 07717618815 or navigator@godalming-tc.gov.uk.

Dates for your Diary 2015 Here’s a quick preview of the community events planned for the next year:

And, Farmers’ Markets will be held in Godalming town centre on the following Saturdays:

Spring Festival (Godalming High Street) Easter Saturday 4 April

28 February 27 June 28 March 25 July 25 April 30 May 29 August 26 September

St John’s Spring Fair (Bury’s Field) Saturday 2 May The Godalming Run Sunday 17 May Town Show & Carnival (Bury’s Field) Saturday 6 June Summer Food Festival (Godalming High Street) Saturday 4 July Staycation 2015 Saturday 1 August to Sunday 9 August Remembrance Sunday Sunday 8 November Christmas Festival & Light Switch-on Saturday 28 November Blessing of the Crib (The Pepperpot) and Town Carol Service Saturday 12 December

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Your Godalming Town Councillors CLLR STEPHEN BOTT

CLLR ANNE BOTT

Charterhouse Ward

T: 01483 414035 E: stevecosser@btinternet.com Surrey County Councillor

Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E: annemareebott@hotmail.co.uk

CLLR DAVID HUNTER

CLLR TONY GORDON-SMITH Charterhouse Ward 15 Nightingale Road Godalming, GU7 3AG T: 01483 424483 E: ragsmith@waitrose.com Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR CATHY GORDON-SMITH

Binscombe Ward 86 Furze Lane, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3NP T: 01483 421231 E: davidmalcolmhunter@yahoo.co.uk

CLLR LIZ WHEATLEY

CLLR JOY POULTER

CLLR PETER MARTIN

CLLR ANDREW WILSON

CLLR STEFAN REYNOLDS

CLLR TOM MARTIN

CLLR PAUL ROBINSON

CLLR ANN LISTER

CLLR JANE THOMSON

CLLR JULIE NOYCE

Binscombe Ward 1 Sol-Y-Vista, Frith Hill Road, Godalming, GU7 2EF T: 01483 423492 E: lwwaverley@aol.com Waverley Borough Councillor TOWN MAYOR Binscombe Ward 8 Dean Road, Godalming GU7 2PJ T: 01483 417607 E: andrewgodalming@hotmail.co.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

Central & Ockford Ward 39 Bargate Rise, Godalming, GU7 2LR T: 07515 891750 E: robinson.pauljames@gmail.com

Central & Ockford Ward

The Garden Flat, Rowberry Hse, 9 Shadyhanger, Godalming, GU7 2HR

T: 01483 428266 E: janethomson@hotmail.com Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR SIMON THORNTON Central & Ockford Ward 38 Old Barn View, Godalming Surrey, GU7 1YR T: 07887 407378 E: simonthornton62@hotmail.co.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR JOY WOODHAM

Central & Ockford Ward 5 Twycross Road, Godalming, GU7 2HH T: 01483 420310 E: joy.woodham23@btinternet.com

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CLLR STEVE COSSER

Binscombe Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E: stevebottis@hotmail.co.uk

3 Hillside Way, Godalming, GU7 2HN

Charterhouse Ward 27 Nightingale Road, Godalming, GU7 2HP T: 01483 417051 E: joy_poulter@sky.com

Charterhouse Ward Brooklands, Red House Lane, Elstead, Godalming, GU8 6DR T: 01483 421601 E: stef.reynolds@gmail.com Waverley Borough Councillor

Holloway Ward 15 Nightingale Road Godalming, GU7 3AG T: 01483 424483 E: cmgs@waitrose.com

Holloway Ward 18 Windy Wood, Godalming, GU7 1XX T: 01483 425644 E: peterj.martin@surreycc.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor Surrey County Councillor

Holloway Ward 17 South Hill, Godalming, GU7 1JT T: 01483 416237 E: tom.martin@waverley.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 13 Woodmancourt, Mark Way, Godalming, GU7 2BT T: 01483 419574 E: ann.lister@listavia.co.uk

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Overbrook, Godalming, GU7 1LX T: 01483 429815 E: julienoyce@btinternet.com

CLLR ROSS WELLAND

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Elm Road, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3SW T: 01483 527445 E: ross.welland@waverley.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR NICK WILLIAMS

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 26 Town End Street, Godalming, GU7 1BH T: 01483 239997 E: nickatlaw@aol.com Waverley Borough Councillor

Godalming Town Council Municipal Buildings, Bridge Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HT Tel: 01483 523575 Fax: 01483 523077 E-Mail: office@godalming-tc.gov.uk Web: www.godalming-tc.gov.uk

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the charity WaterAid. There will be singers from several local choirs combining to raise funds for this charity which helps people in the developing world to provide their own safe water and sanitation. For more information see www. wateraidwestsurrey.org . A warm welcome awaits all customers at Godalming Country Market’s special Christmas Market, to be held on Friday 19th December, at Milford Village Hall from 8.30am-10.30am. Festive baking, decorations, plants, preserves and hand crafted gifts will be on sale. Complimentary tea, coffee and mince pies will be served and free parking is available in the Village Hall car park. Godalming Country Market is open every Friday morning from 8.30 - 10.30am. For further details telephone Margaret Heath on 01483 416098 Theatre Monkeys are holding a Christmas Theatre Weekend on 20th/21st December. It’s for 4

to 8 year olds and will be held at Godalming Borough Hall on each day from 10am to 1pm. It’s a fun packed two days singing, dancing and acting whilst your parents can get the Christmas shopping done! There will be a mini show for friends and family on the second day so that the little ones can show off what they have learnt. Places are limited so book as soon as possible. The cost is £60 and you can book by calling Katie on 07595 031810 or email info@theatremonkeys.co.uk . Also, more information at www. theatremonkeys.co.uk . As you would expect, there are lots of Christmas events at RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. One that struck the eye is the Rose Theatre Kingston presentation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Story Trail which runs from Saturday 20th December to Sunday 4th January 2015 (closed 25th and 31st December). Leap into the magical world of Narnia this Christmas... Meet in the Garden and discover a

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land inhabited by fantastical fauns and busy beavers. Only the most intrepid children can unlock the secrets and save Narnia from the White Witch’s spell. The event is free once you have entered the Garden. Also, The Christmas Display in The Glasshouse is another stunning display of seasonal plants and is open from Saturday 6th December to 4th January from 10am-3.45pm. More details at www.rhs.org.uk/ wisley. The wonderful Harlequin Chamber Choir presents a candlelit evening of festive choral music on Saturday 20th December at Holy Trinity Church in Bramley. Starting at 7.30pm Harlequin will be performing a selection of new carols as well as many well-loved popular Christmas classics. There will be an opportunity for the audience to participate, robustly supported by the choir in full harmony ably accompanied by organist Roy Woodhams. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Bramley Music Fund, which has

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recently paid for Holy Trinity’s new Steinway grand piano, making this a wonderful venue for intimate concerts. A donation will also go to Harlequin’s current charity, Sing for Pleasure, which, among other things, hosts choral events for adults and children from a whole variety of backgrounds. For tickets (£10 including refreshments, with £5 tickets for under 18s and students) telephone Stuart White on 01483 892645 or email stuart.white@rpc. co.uk. To work off those extra pounds you have put on over the Christmas holiday Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers are organising their festival of winter walks between December 24th and 31st. All family members are welcome and walks are typically 4/5 miles in length. Full details of the walks and starting points can be found at www. godalmingandhaslemereramblers. org.uk/walks. Barry Holland, Chairman, says “We look forward to welcoming new walkers to our group

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and hope that, as a result, they will take up walking as their new way of getting some healthy exercise in 2015”. Under the title Friends or Enemies a re-enactment of one of the truces that occurred on the Western front will be on a playing field next to Peaslake Village School on Sunday 28th December at 11am. The cast of 30 players and other helpers from Peaslake and surrounding villages, will recreate those battle scenes, including an exchange of momentos and gifts, and of course a football match. The morning will conclude with poems and a service of thanksgiving and prayers. There will be marquees available for the spectators. Hot drinks will be available. Hot drinks will be on sale. There will be a bucket collection for the Poppy Appeal. The narrator for the event will be Brough Scott MBE, who is grandson of General Jack Seely, who led the cavalry to France in 1914. Performers and helpers have been recruited from

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the branch members and other local people, such as the Shere Cricket Club, Surrey RBL Riders Branch, and a Surrey Cycle Club. Uniforms are being collected from a number of sources. A sound system and marquees for the spectators. More information about this unique event can be obtained from Sally Price on 01306 730047 or sally.price@ btinternet.com. This spring, Petworth House hosts an exhibition inspired by Mike Leigh’s award-winning film Mr Turner. Petworth House played a starring role in the film having been the home of one of Turner’s greatest patrons, the 3rd Earl of Egremont. The exhibition features over 30 works of art, mostly by Turner, and on loan from major collections including Tate and V&A. Alongside is personal ephemera once belonging to the artist, such as his fishing rod and painting materials, some on show for the first time. Also on view are props and items of costume from the film, together with artworks by the

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Christmas Events taking place in and around Godalming during the festive period in association with Churches Together in Godalming and District “CHRISTMAS TOGETHER IN GODALMING” CHURCHES TOGETHER SATURDAY 13 December 2014 CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH THURSDAY 25 December 2014 Godalming Town Centre 12 noon 10.00am-4.00pm at Godalming Baptist Church, Queen St Stalls and Entertainment BLESSING OF THE CRIB SATURDAY 13 December 2014 3.30pm at the Pepperpot, High Street, Godalming TOWN CAROL SERVICE SATURDAY 13 December 2014 4.00pm at Godalming Parish Church, Church St November 2014

CHURCHES TOGETHER WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY United Service of Holy Communion on SUNDAY 25 January 2015 10.30am at St. John’s Parish Church, Farncombe

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Christmas Church Services Church services listed are on Sundays unless otherwise stated

FARNCOMBE CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

BINSCOMBE CHURCH, LOSELEY ROAD

Friday 19 December 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight in the Church Room with mince pies and mulled wine!

14 December 11.00am Nativity Service

21 December 6.30pm Carol Service

21 December 4.30pm Carol Service

Christmas Eve 5.30pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas All Age Service BUSBRIDGE CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. JOHN THE BAPTIST 21 December 10.00am Family Carol Service 6.30pm Traditional Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Candlelight Celebration for all the family (same as 6pm) 6.00pm Candlelight Celebration for all the family (same as 4pm) 11.00pm Christmas Communion Christmas Day 10.00am Family Celebration followed by a short Communion CHIDDINGFOLD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St MARY 21 December 10.00am “Christingle” Family Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.00pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 8.00am 1662 Prayer Book Holy Communion 10.00am Parish Communion (with Sunday School & Crèche)

Christmas Day 8.00am Eucharist (1662 Prayer Book) 10.00am Family Communion Service GODALMING BAPTIST CHURCH, QUEEN STREET 21 December 5.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 5.30pm Family Service Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Day Service

(there will be no evening service on Christmas Day)

GODALMING CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARK, FRANKLYN ROAD, OCKFORD RIDGE Friday 19 December 1.30pm Community Carol Service with Green Oak School 21 December 10.30am Christingle All-Age Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service (children are invited to dress as a character from the Nativity) NOTE: Midnight Mass at St Peter and St Paul’s Church

COMPTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. NICHOLAS

Christmas Day 10.00am All-Age Worship with Communion

21 December 6.30pm Carol Service

GODALMING CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. PETER AND PAUL, CHURCH STREET

Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

14 December 5.00pm Mane Chance Sanctuary Christmas Carols (with Jenny Seagrove and friends – tickets £10 each)

Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 1662 10.30am All Age Communion with Carols

21 December 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Children’s Nativity 6.30pm Traditional Service of Carols and Readings

DUNSFOLD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARY & ALL SAINTS

Christmas Eve 4.00pm Christmas Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass

21 December 10.00am Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Holy Communion

Christmas Day 10.00am Family Holy Communion

Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Christmas Present

Thursday 18 December 5.30pm- Carol Singing at Godalming Railway Station in aid 7.30pm of Quaker Homeless Action

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Taking place in and around Godalming in 2014 GODALMING QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, MILL LANE (cont)

MILFORD BAPTIST CHURCH, NEW ROAD

21 December 10.30am All-Ages Meeting for Worship

14 December 10.30am ”Nativity from scratch” – children are welcome to turn up and join in

GODALMING ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF St. EDMUND KING AND MARTYR Saturday 20 December 6.00pm Carol Mass at St Edmund’s, Croft Road Christmas Eve 5.00pm Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at St Joseph’s, Milford 7.30pm Carols followed by: 8.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St Joseph’s, Milford 11.30pm Carols followed by: Midnight Mass at St Edmund’s, Croft Road Christmas Day 8.45am Mass at St John’s, Farncombe 10.15am Family Celebration at St Joseph’s, Milford

21 December 4.30pm Carols by Candlelight and Christingle Service (mince pies afterwards) Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas All-Age Service MILFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. JOHN THE EVANGELIST Friday 5 December 7.00pm Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Milford Village Hall 14 December 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Toy Service with Family Communion

GODALMING UNITED CHURCH, BRIDGE ROAD (Methodist and United Reformed)

Wednesday 17 December 7.00pm Rodborough School Carol Service at St. John’s Church

Saturday 13 December 7.00pm Godalming Band Christmas Concert. Tickets from Record Corner or 01483 428701

Thursday 18 December 3.00pm Milford Hospital Carol Service

21 December 6.00pm Candlelit Carol Service with christingles Christmas Eve 4.30pm Quiet reflection time and Holy Communion Christmas Day 10.00am Short service for all the family; children are invited to bring a gift to show HAMBLEDON CHURCH OF ENGLAND St PETER 21 December 10.30am Family Carol Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.00pm Christmas Communion Christmas Day 9.00am Traditional Christmas Communion 10.30am The Village Christmas Service HASCOMBE CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. PETER 6 December 2.30pm- “Messy Church” with Christingle Service 4.30pm 14 December 6.00pm Traditional Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service for all the family 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10.00am “Christmas Present”

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21 December 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Parish Communion with Nativity 6.00pm Parish Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service (arrive early to be sure of a seat!) 11.30pm Midnight Communion Service Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Communion PEPERHAROW CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. NICHOLAS 21 December 5.00pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist SHACKLEFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARY Christmas Day 9.30am All Age Communion with Carols WITLEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND ALL SAINTS 21 December 6.00pm Nine lessons and carols Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 9.45am Parish Communion with carols

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actor Timothy Spall, created whilst he trained for his role as Turner in the film. A short documentary by Mike Leigh about the making of Mr. Turner at Petworth House features rare behind-the-scenes footage. Visitors can also tour the Artists’ Studio, not usually open to the public, but once used by Turner and other artists as a studio in the nineteenth century. Mr. Turner: an exhibition – 10th January to 11th March. Tickets are £12, booking essential, at www.nationaltrust. org.uk/petworthturner or 0844 249 1895. Because there is a Christmas lunch in December, the next monthly meeting of Milford Probus Club will be on January 16th when their speaker will be Becks Skinner who is the Director of the Army Medical Services Museum near Aldershot. Her talk is one that has been prepared specially to mark the centenary since the start of WW1. It will illustrate the huge advances in military medicine during that period, including the use

of X-rays and blood transfusions. Her predecessor (Capt. Peter Starling) spoke to the club in 2013 on military medicine since the English Civil War. Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting without obligation. The secretary will be pleased to arrange for you to meet a member in advance if you wish. For more details contact Mike Thompson on 01483 428181 or e-mail thmmic@ btinternet.com. Witley Pantomime Company presents its 58th production. In January 2015 we’ll find out if Goody Two Shoes wins over Fairy Bovver Boots! Will the Beast find his Beauty? Will Carlos meet his match? And will Smelle get her tiara? To find out - get yourself to Chichester Hall in Witley. Performances run Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm. There’s also a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Do go along to this fun filled family show; It has goodies, baddies and a dancing horse! “Oh yes it has!” Tickets will be available at Witley Wines, Witley and Arty Crafty,

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Godalming from the beginning of December. For more info email: witleypantomimecompany@gmail. com Vivace Chorus is holding another Come and Sing event on 24th January. It usually sells out and 2015 will be no exception because they are singing Mozart: the C minor Mass and the Solemn Vespers (1780 version). It’s at Normandy Village Hall from 10am to 4.30pm, with music supplied and their now famous lunch: homemade soup and a ploughman’s. (Do some people go mainly for the homemade soup?) To apply, download a form from www.vivacechorus.org and send a cheque for £24 to 30 Shepherds Way, Liphook, Hants GU30 7HF or, alternatively, book and pay online. Good news for Guildford Rugby Club. Spinal consultants and team members from BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital have donated a spine board to Guildford Rugby Club to help improve its first aid response.

BOXING DAY - 28 DECEMBER

TICKET DESK: 0844 7701 797

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Christmas Table Decoration workshops running from the 17th till 19th December. Please call Holly or Marna for more information.

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Edible Christmas Gifts

by Gill Potterton of Glorious Food

Here are some simple recipes for different festive sweet treats which are fun to make and give as rather special edible gifts. Plan to make them just before you intend to give them, if possible, although they do keep for several days in an airtight tin - but they never last that long in my house! Remember to set aside some time to package them in coloured boxes or gift-wrap them in shiny cellophane with sparkling ribbons. The last recipe is for an unusual chutney which serves beautifully with cold meats, especially gammon, and is very easy and quick to make, so collect some fancy jars for the Spiced Pineapple Chutney and decorate with hand-made labels. As well as running her catering business, Glorious Food, Gill hosts regular cookery demonstrations, sometimes followed by a meal. Gift vouchers for these events make brilliant foodie gifts. A great supporter of local food, Gill is an approved member of LocalFoodBritain.com. Find out more about her on the Surrey section of the website and view the events noticeboard for information about her latest demonstrations. www.LocalFoodBritain.com/Surrey

Christmas Cookies 1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas 4/180C. Cream together the butter, syrup and sugar until pale. Stir in the flour and the chosen flavourings, until you have a workable dough. 2. Roll pieces of the cookie dough into balls, arrange them on a baking tray, spaced well apart, and flatten slightly. 3. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking tray before lifting off with a palette knife.

Ingredients 4oz/100g butter or margarine 4oz/100g soft light brown sugar 1 tablespoon golden syrup 6oz/150g self raising flour 2oz chocolate/marzipan/dried cranberries/nuts Makes 12-16

Brandied Date and Walnut Shortbread 1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas 5/190C. Cream the butter and sugar until very pale, then mix in the flour and almonds, to make a soft pliable mixture. 2. Press half of this mixture into the base of an 8 inch square tin, pushing down with the heel of your hand, to make it smooth. 3. To make the filling, combine the walnuts, dates and brandy in a food processor, to make a coarse paste, then spread this over the shortbread. Chop the cherries roughly by hand and sprinkle them over the top. 4. Crumble the rest of the shortbread mixture evenly over the top, to cover 50

the filling and press down firmly, to make a smooth finish. 5. Sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for 30-35 minutes until pale gold.

Ingredients 7oz/175g plain flour 3oz/75g ground almonds 5 oz/125g butter 4oz/100g caster sugar 3oz/75g walnuts 2oz stoned dates 1 tablespoon brandy 1 ½ oz/40g glace cherries Makes 12-16

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Brandy Snaps 1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas 6/200C. Line 2 or 3 large baking sheets with baking parchment. 2. Melt the sugar, butter and syrup together in a pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Add the lemon juice and ginger, stirring well until thoroughly combined. Place dessertspoonfuls of the mixture onto each baking sheet, spaced at least 4 inches apart, as the mixture will spread. 3. Bake one tray at a time (or you will not be able to deal with the hot brandy snaps) for 6 minutes. The brandy snaps should go golden brown, but still be soft. Watch carefully, as they burn easily. 4.Cool for a minute or two then slide a greased palette knife under each

biscuit. If you work quickly, you can shape them while still hot. Roll each one carefully around a rolling pin or wooden spoon handle. If the biscuits cool too much and they become too brittle to shape, pop them back in the oven for just 10 seconds and try again.

Ingredients 4oz/100g caster sugar 4oz/100g butter 4oz/100g golden syrup 4oz/100g self raising flour juice of 1 small lemon large pinch of ground ginger Makes 12-16

Christmas Flapjack 1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas 4/200C. Weigh the butter, sugar and syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until everything has melted together. 2. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, mixed spice and mincemeat. Spread the mixture into a shallow 8 inch square tin lined with baking parchment and level it out with a palette knife, right into the corners. 3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until

golden. Cool completely, remove from the tin and cut into bars or squares.

Ingredients 6oz/ 150g butter 2oz/50g golden syrup 4oz/100g demerara sugar 8oz/200g rolled oats 1 level teaspoon mixed spice 8oz/200g mincemeat Makes 12-16

Spiced Pineapple Chutney 1. Peel and quarter the pineapple, making sure all the ‘eyes’ are removed, remove the core and cut into bite-sized pieces. Peel, core and chop the apple. Peel and finely grate the fresh ginger. 2. Put all the ingredients into a large pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes. 3. Uncover and simmer for a further 10-20 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Discard the cinnamon and spoon into sterilised jars. Seal and keep in the fridge. December 2014

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children on a trip to Lourdes every Easter at no cost to them or their families. The charity has a catholic foundation, though children and helpers come from all backgrounds. All helpers are trained and DBS checked. For more information please go to www.hcpt.org.uk see the HCPT youtube channel or email group1@hcpt.org.uk. New recruits at Cranleigh Sub Aqua Club have just completed their Ocean Diver training and their Diving Officer, the “Boss”, is well on the way to achieving his Advanced Diver qualification. Last season saw them diving off the Farne Islands as well as from their boat, a 6.8 metre RIB, on sites and wrecks along the South Coast, and several members dived in the Red Sea. They meet at 7.30pm every Tuesday at Cranleigh School Pool for an hour’s training/lecture/ swimming and then at the Cranleigh Sports and Social Club to plan dives for next year and chat over a pint. To learn more and book a free try-dive go to www.Cranleighsubaquaclub.co.uk

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You can’t have failed to notice the huge amount of new housing developments popping up in our area. Naturally, it is causing concern and residents in Binscombe and Farncombe have formed an action group to advise people in the area of the locations of Green Belt land that have been identified by both Waverley and Guildford Council’s Local Plan as suitable for taking out of the green belt for development of housing. They feel very strongly that certain areas that have been identified to have their Green Belt status withdrawn would have a drastic impact on the community. To join this campaign visit www.binscombegreenbelt. co.uk. Happily most of the land put forward by the landowners for development in Binscombe and Farncombe has been ruled out by Waverley as being completely unsuitable which is good news. Do you belong to a Neighbourhood Watch Group in the Witley, Milford, Godalming and surrounding villages

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The walk From Dunsfold - from the parking, go along the far side of the road, right, until reaching a lane going left, along the side of a tiny Dunsfold Free Baptist Church. (If Dunsfold was your lunch stop, the Sun pub is more or less opposite.) This lane begins as a tarred drive running along the right-hand side of the church. Follow it around by an old barn and past the picturesque Pound Farm. At the corner of the farm buildings, turn right onto a track between two fields, as indicated by another bridleway sign. It’s in a reasonable, if bumpy, state, but could be slippery in wet weather, particularly on the slope down into the woods. Cross the footbridge over the stream at the bottom of the slope. The track now runs beside the airfield fence (there is an annual air and motor show here, typically held in late August, but this is no longer a regular aerodrome. It gets more use from Top Gear) until it comes to a deserted lane, one of the old roads blocked off when the airfield was built. In spring the profusion and variety of wildflowers along the side of this road is delightful. Turn left along the lane until, about 100 yards past the turning to High Billinghurst Farm, going through the gate on the right, by the bridleway sign. This leads into a field from which there are views towards Hascombe Hill, away to the left. Stay on the right-hand side of the field until, towards the far side, the path swings half-left to a gate into the woods about 100 yards in from the right-hand edge of the field. Go through the gate and turn right onto the concrete track on the other side. After a very short distance, the concrete track turns away to the left but you continue straight ahead up a path through the pine trees. This area was once part of the airfield and old concrete manholes and other remains are scattered along the way, so take care. At the edge of the woods the path comes out into another field. Keep to the right-hand edge and then go through a gate and past a pond to the yard of 54

High Stovold Farm. From there the concrete farm road running straight ahead will take you down to the original Guildford-Horsham road which was bypassed when the airfield was built. Cross this road, heading slightly to the right, and turn left into the drive of Hall Place (another bridleway). Follow the drive to pass various properties and Hall Place Farm. Continue to a road (the A281) and cross into the drive to Mill Farm. Go up to the farm and between two barns and then turn right at the back. Immediately go through a metal gate onto a wide grassy track and, again immediately, left through a wooden gate. You now walk along the towpath of the (very dry) Wey and Arun Canal. Walk along here looking for a footbridge on your right. It is about 20 yards away from the towpath, across in the corner of a field. On the other side of the footbridge, turn left to walk clockwise around the field edge until reaching some buildings and a gate out onto the drive of Utworth Manor (a Grade 2 listed building). Walk, right, along the drive to a road where you turn left. Now walk about a ¼ mile until, just before warehouses and greenhouses (on your left) taking a footpath right, into a field. Stay on the right-hand side of this and the next two fields and reach a road. Cross and go through a gap into the edge of a park. Turn left and walk along parallel to the road and continue into the field beyond. Emerge onto the road (you could turn right on the road and walk 100 yards up to Cranleigh’s High Street) opposite a gap allowing you through onto a path that runs parallel to the High Street. Reach a gap, right, into Stocklund car park. You can then walk through to the shops, pubs, cafes etc:, emerging by Sainsbury’s, and you could picnic on the green opposite the shops. vantagepointmag.co.uk


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From Cranleigh – start from Stocklund car park. Go out of the back onto the path running parallel to the High Street. Turn right and walk for over ¾ mile, passing under a road bridge and, at a 3 way finger-post, going left (the only direction with no ‘finger’). Climb over a stile and follow the path through a field and trees heading towards and then passing (on your left) a telecomms tower. Pass a sewage farm (also on your left). Look for a footbridge left, over a stream. On the other side, after about 100 yards, the path swings sharp left. After another 100 yards break off right, along a track that then becomes a path running along a corridor. After about ½ mile, emerge from the corridor into a field and head half-right to its far corner. Cross a tiny footbridge and follow another corridor through to emerge on a busy road by some houses. (The map shows a non-existent pub.) Turn left and walk down the road to ‘Tillings’. Here, cross and take a bridleway heading south-south-west to join Nore Drive. If this is closed, either: a) cross and walk along a footpath at right-angles to the road. Follow this past the buildings and along a track, continuing straight ahead along the edge of a field when the track swings right. At the far side of the field, if you can, turn into the next field. The footpath continues half-left across it to the far left corner and there emerges on Nore Drive, where you turn right. However, if the second field is in crop, instead turn left and walk along the far edge of the first field to reach Nore Drive and turn right. Or, b) continue down the road until, just beyond the Smithbrook Kiln and the Smithbrook Barns, crossing to go right, along a lane (Nore Drive) signposted to Nore. Continue along here for under ¾ mile.

sharp left. Ignore two paths off right and continue on with a tennis court on your right. The path later emerges from trees onto a wide grassy slope and gives you excellent views to your left. You pass (on your left) a stone circle – a modern folly. Keep going and, just beyond it, reach a barn. Go through a gate onto a drive (Lodge House is up on the right). Turn left and head down the drive. At a T junction go right for 20 yards and then left over a stile into a field. Head straight out, keeping three ponds to your left. Go over a stile onto Godalming Road and cross straight over into another field. The path heads slightly left (south) straight across a very large field, crosses a farm drive and reaches Dunsfold Road. On the road, turn right to walk down about ¾ mile to the cars and, beyond them, the Sun Inn public house.

Continue along Nore Drive until, just past ‘The Pheasantry’, you fork right, up a wide dirt track. Reach a bend where you swing DISTANCE: 9.75 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 134 Crawley & Horsham, Cranleigh & Billingshurst STARTING POINT: Either the green at Dunsfold (free) or the Stocklund car park (charges) – the first car park on entering Cranleigh from the west - turn right just before Sainsbury’s

GRID REFERENCE: 5 006 1 363 if starting from Dunsfold. 5 054 1 392 if starting from Cranleigh REFRESHMENTS: The Sun Inn, Dunsfold or a wide selection in Cranleigh

Image above: Dunsfold Green by Colin Smith

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The weather had just taken a turn for the autumnal when I was asked to write a review on the Burford Bridge Hotel and I was delighted at the prospect of a night with Mr. Carlos in a hotel with character, a good meal and a big glass or two of red wine. I had looked at the hotel’s website and liked the look of the old building and the newly refurbished interior. When I looked on Tripadvisor the night before my stay, however, my heart sank. The reviews were not good and my husband and I set off for our night away expecting something like Fawlty Towers without the humour. However, to my surprise our experience of the hotel was really good. On arrival we checked in and were shown to our room. The room was impressive, large, clean, smart and very well appointed. It had in it possibly the largest bed I have ever seen; there would have been room for our four children (who we had happily left behind). It even had a Nespresso coffee machine and a minibar stocked with complimentary soft drinks.

We slept like logs in the enormous bed and in the morning enjoyed a real coffee in our room before going to breakfast. Breakfast was good, there was an excellent selection of buffet items to choose from including cereals, croissants, toast, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, as well as items cooked to order. I had kippers and Mr Carlos had Eggs Benedict both of which were good. All in all a very enjoyable stay, much better than expected and I imagine that the standards will increase week on week as the staff become more experienced. The hotel deserves a chance to succeed and I look forward to returning in the future. Elizabeth Carlos

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area? Are you or do you know anyone who is lonely, isolated and maybe vulnerable through a mental or physical disability, old age or illness but is not yet connected to the church, community groups, services or support? Are you running a voluntary support group, befriending scheme, car share or good neighbour scheme? Would you like to help volunteer to connect vulnerable adults to appropriate support and services? If so, then Fiona Fyfe, Community Navigator (Godalming Town Council -www. godalming-tc.gov.uk) would like to hear from you on 07717 618815 or navigator@godalming-tc.gov.uk. Greening Godalming started about 6 years ago through community action to help individuals, businesses and community organisations to help address climate change. They are part of the National Greening movement. Their activities aim to inspire, inform and support the changes that will help to reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. In the past they offered a free of charge Energy Saving Audit for homes and community buildings and have carried out a number of these around the Godalming area. This provides a dialogue - measures that have been taken to conserve and reduce fuel, energy and water and exploring what further actions might be taken. They welcome new supporters and committee members. You can contact them on Greening. godalming@gmail.com or speak to them today and leave contact details. Pilates classes are held weekly in

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Cranleigh, Hascombe, Fernhurst and Redford; massage clinics are also available. For more details, please contact, Laura, kaizen.pilates@ outlook.com or 07557 018276. Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is appealing to its local community for any unwanted furniture. For the past few weeks the Hospice has witnessed a sharp decline in donations, which has impacted on the amount of money raised by the charity’s two Furniture Showrooms. “Furniture donations are an extremely important part of the Hospice’s income,” says Peter Foxton, Head of Income Generation. “Without the generosity of our local community we would be unable to continue delivering such an exceptional level of care to our patients and their families. We accept most items - from wardrobes to sofas - so if you have any unwanted furniture please get in touch.” You can arrange collection of any unwanted items by calling the Hospice’s dedicated team of drivers on 01252 710679. Are you looking for beautiful Christmas cards which stand out from the crowd? Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has 13 eye-catching designs available in its shops throughout West Surrey and North East Hampshire. The charity’s popular range is priced at £3.75 for a pack of 10, and there are cards to suit all tastes, with exclusive designs by Hospice patient, Linda Jackson and local Farnham artist, Charles Bone. A host of modern and traditional cards including ‘Santa Owl’ and ‘Robin in the Snow’ complement three funky

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diaries also available this year for £2.99 in indigo blue, lime green and silver. And if you’re feeling lucky, why not take a gamble with some Tuckwell Chase Lottery scratch cards - the perfect festive table decoration! Cards, diaries and scratch cards are available from the Hospice’s 18 charity shops, online at www.pth. org.uk/our-shop or by calling 01252 729446. 100% of the profits from the sale of the Hospice’s cards go towards caring for people affected by a terminal illness across West Surrey and North East Hampshire. The Economy Group of the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan has prepared a Business Questionnaire and it’s in all our interests for as many businesses in and around Cranleigh to contribute their views to www. surveymonkey.com/s/7JS3DZ2. The purpose of the Economy Group of the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan is “to support a thriving Cranleigh economy that creates prosperity and employment opportunities for its growing community.” They need to identify the issues, and to do so have prepared a Business Questionnaire to ascertain basic information. They ask that as many businesses as possible spend five minutes completing the survey and they will keep people informed about the results. Cranfold Job Seekers Club is a registered charity based in Cranleigh. For more information visit them at Cranleigh CAB, Village Way, Cranleigh GU6 8AF or call 01483 272252. They are open Wednesdays from 9.30am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 5pm.

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The Surrey Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 8th March. Starting and finishing at Woking Leisure Centre the closed-road running event is the biggest in the county, and will take 6,500 runners through the country lanes to the South West of Woking before returning to the town for their big finish! The scenic course is flat and fast, so it’s a great place to secure your best 13.1 mile finish time! A Kids race will take in a 2km closed road circuit in Woking hopefully inspiring the half marathon runners of the future. The running route will be lined with local live bands, and local club cyclists will lead the runners out onto the course. The Surrey Half Marathon will be working closely with local charities. Their official Charity Partners for 2015 are Shooting Star CHASE, WWF, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and Harrison’s Fund. They hope that runners will use the Surrey Half as an opportunity to fundraise for charity. Entries are selling fast, and prices will go up on 1st January, so ensure you enter before Christmas to secure your place on the start line. To enter, go to www.surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk . You can follow them on Facebook – www. facebook.com/surreyhalfmarathon Twitter - @surreyhalf. Download the app – Search Surrey Half in your app store. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is looking for people to be part of a Guide Dogs Support Group. Lots of voluntary roles are available from organising events, helping with collections and raising awareness of the work they do. Roles are very flexible and can be suited to how many hours you are able to donate. There is something to suit everyone! Katie Smith, local Guide Dogs representative, says “Whatever you’re interested in doing, whether you have a little or a lot of time to spare, you will be guaranteed to meet new people and have some fun! At the same time you will be raising funds to enable Guide Dogs to create the special partnerships which can change the lives of people who are blind and partially sighted.” To find out more information, please contact Katie Smith on 07795 611459 or email 58

katie.smith@guidedogs.org.uk. For more information on Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk. Affinité, the Surrey singles social club for the over fifties, has finalised its winter programme. Included are visits to the Comedy Store, a gallery and a museum, a carol concert, a Christmas quiz and a New Year Dinner at Clandon Regis Golf Club. Contact the club through www.clubaffinite.co.uk/. I bet you didn’t know that Surrey can now boast its first distillery, ‘The Major’ roared into life recently fuelled by wood from Albury Estate to begin its new life powering Silent Pool Distillery. The first spirit to course its way through was apple brandy made from cider from the orchards at Birtley House in Bramley. Until now, Ian McCulloch and his team have been testing the equipment with water but all the licences have come through and today the distillery has gone live for the first time. The verdict? “The first lot we tested was 80% proof and it tasted lovely,” said Ian. “We took the glass bowl off so we could smell and taste it as it came through. You could really smell the apples.” The boiler is a 1970s Barford Invicta Major allegedly rescued from Liverpool Docks but the still is a oneoff masterpiece of shining metal hand-made by Arnold Holstein. Ian McCulloch and James Shelbourne began working on the distillery project in 2013, converting redundant farm buildings at Sherbourne Farm on the Albury Estate next to the Silent Pool. If you read this Ian, we at Vantage Point will be very happy to give our considered opinion! Looking for new free activities in the New Year? Over 50 and want to get out more? Age UK Surrey offers Walking Football in Guildford, Men in Sheds (Ash) Walking and Cycling (all Surrey), home visits for those not able to get out (Waverley and Guildford) and even free benefit checks to ensure everyone has their full entitlement. You can of course volunteer for them - and as they are an independent charity – make a donation knowing that it stays in Surrey. See the website

at ageuksurrey.org.uk or ring 01483 503414. The Wey Valley Lacemakers meet on the second Monday of every month at The Chiddingfold Village Hall from 10am-12.30pm. They are a very friendly club from beginners to experienced lacemakers, and apparently, they do like a good chat! Contact Gay McCart on 01428 656916 for more information. There is a folk music session every Monday at the Star in Church Street Godalming at 9pm and at the Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm, also every first Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm and the Royal Oak in Sydenham Road Guildford on the third Sunday at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free just turn up. For more information phone Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962.

Dominos are looking for owner delivery drivers to be part of the fantastic team at the new store in Godalming. They will provide you with a full induction and training plan. Duties include driving own car to deliver pizzas and helping in store as required. Must be over the age of 18. You must have a valid MOT, Insurance and no more than 6 points on your Licence. You will earn a basic wage of £7.50 per hour, plus a drop rate for each delivery and tips. If you think you have the right ingredients for Domino’s call Kiran 07912 083411. Finally, some sad news. Two groups of Great War (1914-1918) medals in frames where stolen on the 21st January 2014 from the HQ of The Royal Flying Corps Association. The two medals were as follows: LT.E.BREWER and SGT.A.POLLARD (M.M 15110). Please ring 01306 711114 if you have any information. There is a reward. FIND OUT MORE

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The League of Friends of Milford Hospital Whenever the League of Friends is collecting outside stores or running a stall at the village fairs, there are still some people who say that they didn’t know the hospital had survived the threat of closure and thought the whole site was now going to be houses. How wrong! Milford Hospital is the local centre of excellence for elderly assessment, day care and rehabilitation. Normally patients are admitted following a stay in an acute hospital. The broad spectrum of expertise amongst the staff enables a comprehensive assessment and care programme for elderly patients with complex needs. The day hospital gives advice and support to elderly patients who are to being cared for at home. An added bonus is that the out-patient X-Ray service is now digitalised (i.e. online) allowing doctors at Milford and The Royal Surrey County hospitals immediate access to results. The service is available for community use as well as for patients attending Milford Hospital. The League of Friends raises public awareness and thus support for the hospital. It raises money to provide additional amenities that are not covered by the NHS. We have recently provided CD and cassette players for talking books, arranged for talking newspapers to be available weekly and bought I-pad software for the speech and language therapists to enable improved speech recovery in stroke victims.

We fund-raise through bucket collections outside stores such as Secrett ’s Farm Shop and Sainsbury’s, being nominated as a community charity by Waitrose, and by having stalls at both Milford and Witley Fairs. The award winning Rushmoor Choir is holding a concert for us on 25 April 2015 (contact Jacqui Robini on 01428653905 for £10 tickets) and we will be organising a quiz in the autumn of 2015. New volunteers to help us fundraise are always welcome. We would especially welcome new committee members with accounting or banking experience who could assist our long standing Treasurer. Contact us through our website at www.milfordhospitalleagueoffriends.com if you would like to help us in any way. It is not an onerous commitment but the work we do is really appreciated by patients, their relatives and the staff of the hospital. Please note that our AGM will be on March 20th 2015 at 3pm in the Seminar Room at the Hospital. All are welcome to attend and hear about what the hospital is doing and about the activities of the League of Friends.

Our main focus in 2014 has been revitalising the courtyard garden (pictured right), with muscle power provided by the Probation Service Community Payback Scheme who we hope will come back and repair the area outside the cafe so that it too can be a useful outside seating area. Colourful plants were donated for the garden and the money raised at the village fairs enabled us to buy an aluminium globe trickling water feature, a bird sculpture that moves in the wind, new umbrellas and stands and cushions for the furniture. The garden is now even more popular and used into the evenings, providing a relaxed and secure environment for patients and their visitors. Next we will provide additional wheelchairs so all who want to can get outside. We organise several regular features for patients and staff including a weekly library round and a confectionary/ toiletries trolley round, a summer garden party with musical entertainment, a lunch for staff and volunteers at Christmas and a Carol service in the wards. Every in-patient receives a small present from the League on Christmas Day.

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“Where great sheds are Bourne” An independent family run business, established in 1995, Bourne Buildings is a familiar sight to the residents of Farnham. We are well known for our advertising banners, which overlook the Shepherd & Flock roundabout: favourites include, “Forget red roses, buy her a shed”, “Now is the Winter of our discount-sheds” and our current offering of “Shed early for Christmas”.

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VantagePoint Magazine December 2014 - Godalming, Cranleigh & Villages  

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VantagePoint Magazine December 2014 - Godalming, Cranleigh & Villages  

The local magazine published by local people for the local community

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