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6 Jottings Your local community noticeboard

8 Fashion Kirstie visits Manns of Cranleigh

14 Cowdray Park The home of British Polo

20 Family 50 things to do before you are 11¾

24 Cheese with Ale Louise Mason looks at this fine pairing

28 Sounding Off Our ‘Grumpy Old Git’ returns

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34 Garden How to enjoy your garden and keep healthy

54 Food Asparagus - spears of joy

62 Walk Abinger, Holmbury & Wotton

65 Profile Music in the Park 2014

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TO THE POINT We launched our Dorking edition last month and I was very pleased with the response from readers. It seems there is a good appetite for community magazines that are well distributed, packed full of local information, and produced and written by people who all have a connection to the area. It is a strong model and I am delighted that this month sees us help launch another new community magazine. It is not in this area but we have worked with friends Carol and Nick to develop their very own local magazine, also Royal Mail delivered, and we hope that their magazine has the same positive im-

pact as our magazines did when we first launched them, (albeit under a different name). You can tell that summer is arriving as our Jottings postbag gets bigger and bigger! It certainly tests Nick’s editing skills as we try to publish as many as possible given the constraints of space that we have, despite devoting around nine pages in every edition. Do remember that all our Jottings appear on our website, so when we can’t find the space in the print magazine or if they arrive too late, they do go online and we would encourage those readers with

internet access to check them out at Do also look at what is happening in other areas, as you may well find something new to do or somewhere different to visit. We now have a search facility to make it easier. An apology. Our brilliant cover image last month was mis-attributed due to a genuine error. It was taken by Phil O’Connor from Philip O’Connor Photography Ltd, who specialises in sports event photography. Visit his website to see more at Stefan Reynolds, Editor

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Jottings I watched Guildford Rugby win their quarter final match against Old Priorians the other week and they are now at the time of writing, just one game away from playing the final of the RFU London and South East Region Intermediate Cup at Twickenham; yes, THE Twickenham. By the time you read this I will know if I am off to Twickers on 3rd May. Fingers crossed! Also huge congratulations to Guildford on topping their league - promotion next year. Actually, I’ve been quite busy this month; a few weeks ago I went to G Live and saw Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, a tribute band who were absolutely brilliant. Then I went to Haslemere Halls and saw The Haslemere Players’ production of South Pacific. I’ve been to a few of their productions and they are always good, I think for me, this might just be the best ever. For an amateur group they really achieve a fantastic standard. How lucky we are to have all this locally. Brooklands Museum and the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) have confirmed details of the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival for 2014. In true Brooklands tradition, it will be held on the weekend closest to the date the original track opened in 1907, which is 14th and 15th June. The two-day event will feature Speed Trials, Ascents, Driving Tests and the prestigious Double


Twelve Concours across the Museum site and at neighbouring MercedesBenz World, giving spectators and competitors a huge variety of motoring action. You can find a full list of classes on the Double Twelve pages of the Museum website along with entry forms to download at and at the VSCC website at www. Entrants will enjoy an inclusive hospitality area in the charming, period splendour of the Edwardian Clubhouse, the chance to drive on motoring ‘hallowed ground’ and when competing, will be in the capable hands of the VSCC and Brooklands Marshals. Surrey County Show, which takes place on Monday 26th May, is the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country and it brings an incredible number of beautifully presented farm animals – cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry to Stoke Park, within walking distance of Guildford High Street. The countryside with its milking parlours and shearing sheds, sheep pens and duck ponds literally comes to town. There is a strong focus on local food, a full line-up of ring entertainment, a major horse show and loads of shopping. One of the highlights of the Show will be the magnificent black cavalry horses of the King’s Troop Royal Artillery, who will be galloping WWI gun carriages across


the grand arena. Heavily discounted tickets are available online at www. Adults £13.50 (£17 on show day); Seniors £10 (£13 on show day); children £5.50 (£6 on show day); families £34.50 (£40 on show day). Grayshott Folk Club has two gigs coming up in May. On Saturday 10th May at 7.30pm, CrossHarbour ( will be playing at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6TZ. CrossHarbour are a vibrant and highly talented Celtic five piece who are emerging from the London Irish music scene. With their first album just about to be released, they are on the verge of something big. They are supported by Pepper and Shepherd, who are two more emerging musicians from London. James and Anthony play guitar and mandolin, write memorable songs and have beautiful singing voices. Adult Tickets £12, Children under 16, £6. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Then on Saturday 31st May at 7.30pm, it’s the turn of The Outside Track (, also playing at Grayshott Village Hall. Since their last hugely successful visit to Grayshott, The Outside Track have played their brand of lively Celtic music to audiences in Australia, North America and Northern Europe. Adult Tickets £12, Children under 16, £6. Call Des O’Byrne on


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Mann up! Kirstie Smillie checks out what’s happening at Manns of Cranleigh and Jenny has searched out brands with a story to add interest to a purchase for yourself or as a gift.

Manns of Cranleigh is on the up, especially since the arrival of Jenny Hakim, known in the industry as the very experienced boutique owner of Fashion Trapp in Ripley. Happily enjoying a more relaxed pace, Jenny was coaxed back to work last year to bring her ideas and knowledge to help reinvigorate the store. First opened in 1887 (Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year), by David Mann, the family originally lived above the shop. Today the department store covers the two extensive floors offering contemporary and traditional furniture, upholstery, beds, carpets, curtains and blinds, home furnishings, a cookshop, housewares, gardening items, linens, womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, luggage, haberdashery, toys and a cards and gift department.…phew!

For example, the shoes we photographed are from the Brazilian company Melissa, founded in 1989. They started using plastics to develop a 100% vegan product and regularly win awards for design and innovation. The shoes are designed to give off a sweet candy floss aroma and are known to have many celebrity fans. The silk printed clutch bags by Fox & Chave use the beautiful designs by William Morris and Klimt, and Art Deco designs from the V&A archives to subtly lift a colour in your outfit or be brave and mix up with a print-on-print. They are the perfect size and shape for a phone, purse and lipstick, with a delicate chain when needed.

On my recent visits the staff were friendly and actually smiled at you - something often lacking in other stores. I was left to look around without being constantly bothered, but I was able to see staff when I had a question. As well as the fresh looking fashion labels, accessories make up an important part of the new buy for the store 8


A day out in Cranleigh

Parking at the Stocklund carpark, only 50p per hour. Visit the Oxfam book shop, I found a beautiful illustrated hard back on Leonardo Da Vinci for £2.99, 168 High Street. Coffee and cake at One Forty, 140 High Street, inspiring and uplifting one-stop shop. Rummage around the many charity shops and Dingly Dell, Antiques and Collectables 79 High Street - lovely jewellery and little vintage bags. Then enjoy a shopping experience at Manns of Cranleigh,101-105 High Street, Cranleigh. Followed by lunch at The Richard Onslow, 113 High Street, very friendly staff and I can recommend the Millionaires pudding for other chocolate lovers! Tel: 01483 274922.

Jenny’s selection of simple silver jewellery includes these delicate bead charm bracelets above, by Two’s Company, best worn in multiplies of odd numbers, and the fun button rings (left) are handmade by a local company, Pegg and Twine, so each one is unique in design. So next time you want a hassle-free shopping experience where there is plenty to inspire you (there is also free customer car park at the back of the shop via Rowland Road) take a peak at the new look Manns and see what you think. Accessory workout!

Left page: Reach Melissa wedges, £85 and Pegg and Twine button ring, £5. Top left, Twist Dante shell ring, £6; Two’s Company silver bead brackets, £7.50 each. Top right, Pull selection of printed scarves, from £17 . Above: Push Fox &Chave silk printed clutch, £45; Edenblu white bolero, £59. All from Manns of Cranleigh. Tel: 01484 273777. May 2014

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01428 607096. Personal callers may now buy tickets for all Grayshott Folk Club events from Magical Rooms, 2 Headley Road, Grayshott. Call: 01428 608340 (opposite The Fox and Pelican pub) or Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott. Call: 01428 604041. Ewhurst History Society are holding their Annual General Meeting on 20th May at 8pm. This will be followed by a talk from Vanessa Ford entitled ‘The Restoration of Longhurst Lodge’. In 2013 Longhurst Lodge, on the edge of the Baynards Estate, was featured on the TV Channel 4 programme ‘Restoration Man’. After lying derelict and empty for over 50 years Vanessa Ford and Nik Huddy took on the task of restoring it to its former glory, doing all of the work themselves. (I love this programme; should be a fascinating evening). Meetings are held in the Ewhurst Baptist Church at 8pm. All are welcome. Non- members £1.50 to include tea, coffee and biscuits.


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There are some special events on the Wey & Arun Canal during May: Punch & Picnic Sunset Cruise on Friday 16th May. Following last year’s sell out success, the first evening cruise of the season offers passengers the opportunity The Milford Horticultural Society to experience a leisurely summer Plant Sale will be held on Saturday evening trip on the Wey & Arun Canal 10th May outside Milford Village while sipping a glass of punch and Hall. The sale starts at 9am and enjoying a delicious picnic. 7.30pm finishes by 12pm, or earlier if all to 10pm. Tickets: £18 per person. the plants are sold! This is a great Booking in advance is essential. opportunity to purchase quality Pirates & Princesses Adventures on plants at very low prices, as all Tuesday 27th May. If you are looking the plants are grown and sold by for something different to do with members at bargain prices! Their the children during half-term, join in next meeting is on Tuesday 27th May the fun on one of the special themed at 8pm in Milford Village Hall. Nick Pirates & Princesses trips. Come Morgan, the Superintendent of Glass, suitably dressed and help defeat the Propagation and Research for the pirates and rescue the princess! The Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, trips will last approximately 1½ hours will be talking about all aspects of and will depart at 10.30am, 12.30pm care for ‘Pot Plants in the Home’. and 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10 per All members and guests are very person to include light refreshments, welcome to attend; tea, coffee and and treasure for all the children. biscuits will be served and there will Booking in advance is strongly be a raffle. Talks are free for members, recommended. To book forCompany Milfordseats Window Oct 13_Layout non-members just a 1£112/09/2013 payable at 12:36 one of the special cruises, or enquire the door. For your diary, they have a


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Cowdray Park Liz Higgins looks back at the history of the home of British Polo In 1909, the noted Victorian engineer and industrialist, Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson, purchased the Cowdray estate. Sir Weetman was made Baron Cowdray in 1910 and rewarded for his massive engineering projects including the Blackwall Tunnel; an oil pipeline through Mexico; a tunnel under the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey and the reconstruction of Dover Harbour. He becoming the first Viscount Cowdray in 1917. Sir Weetman’s oldest son, Harold Pearson, had learned to play polo whilst at Oxford and later, as a Liberal MP, he played for the House of Commons. His passion for the sport resulted in a polo ground being laid out at Cowdray House in 1910 with a second ground soon in use in a bend of the River Rother - and still referred to as The River Ground. Polo started in April with the majority of tournaments being held at Ranelagh or Hurlingham in London, the key period for competitions at Cowdray coinciding with the festival of horseracing at nearby Goodwood. Friends of the Cowdrays would stay for a week of racing, with picnics, golf, archery and polo providing a full programme of entertainments. An announcement from Harold Pearson in 1911 notes that: “Play will take place in the mornings and evenings before and after the racing”. It also helpfully explained that “Midhurst is seven 14

miles from Goodwood and one of the two grounds is not harmed by rain, so play will take place regardless of weather”. The highlight of the week was The Cowdray Park Challenge Cup, still in existence today. In 1914 the Challenge Cup saw an entry of 10 teams with Harold Pearson’s Capron House team losing in the final to Cowley Manor. Days later an announcement was made during a match that war had been declared on Germany and that all men on leave should return at once to their regiments. Harold and his brother Clive Pearson survived WWI, but their brother Geoffrey was tragically killed in action in 1914. In 1919 Lord Cowdray made over his estate to Harold whose Capron House team would now become known as Cowdray Park. The famous orange shirts became the signature colour of any Cowdray team from then on. In the years after the Great War, polo at Cowdray Park thrived and attracted more and more spectators keen to experience the

exciting spectacle. It is on record that in 1926 3,000 people attended the final of the Cowdray Park Challenge Cup, and Lady Cowdray entertained 500 for tea in front of the Ruins. The new Lord Cowdray’s only son, John, shared his father’s enthusiasm for the sport, and was thrilled to play his first real competition on a trip to the USA in 1927. A mountain of press cuttings indicate both local and national interest in the Cowdray family, particularly the Goodwood Week house parties. The guest lists, menus and the elegant outfits worn by Lady Cowdray were widely reported. Tragically, in 1933, Lord Cowdray died aged just 51 and John, only 23 years of age, inherited the Estate and all its duties. In terms of polo, he was to prove a legend in the sport and the next few years saw the number of tournaments and competitions increase. However, WWII meant that for six years there was no polo in the UK – every piece of available land was cultivated to support the war effort and Cowdray was no exception. John Cowdray survived the war, despite losing his left arm in the battle for Dunkirk. Undaunted, he had a prosthetic left arm fitted with a hook which enabled him to hold the reins and still swing a polo mallet with his good right arm. He then single-mindedly led a renaissance in the UK of the sport he loved, starting with the importation of 50 polo ponies from Argentina to supplement the dozen or so Cowdray ponies which were still alive. By summer 1947 John Cowdray was organising tournaments at Cowdray once again, although there was a serious shortage of players and often the matches were three-a-side. In 1948 seven teams took part in the Cowdray Challenge Cup, attracting a large number of spectators, including Argentinian players Jack Nelson and Luis Lacey who thought the standard of play good enough to invite an English team to the Argentine. In 1949 John Cowdray took English players to Buenos Aires to play against some of the world’s finest in the Argentine Open. In 1951 he offered a return visit for the first revival of the Coronation Cup since 1939. The trophy had been inaugurated

Images: Left and overleaf are by Clive Bennett. Top: The Queen at Cowdray in 1953. Above: The River Ground in 1937. Both courtesy of Cowdray Archive.

in 1911 to mark the coronation of King George V. The early 1950s saw Cowdray Park firmly on the map, with spectators flocking to the grounds to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth watching her dashing husband, Prince Philip, play. Encouraged into the sport by his uncle Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip had a handicap of three and became a regular player for the Cowdray team. By 1953, Cowdray Park was without question the centre of English polo and the Coronation Cup attracted 15,000 spectators, with Her Majesty the Queen in the audience. The business community of Midhurst presented John Cowdray with The Midhurst Town Cup, to thank him for bringing prominence to the town through polo. In 1955 Prince Philip formed his own polo club, the Household Brigade Club (later to become Guards), in Windsor Great Park. The Coronation Cup was given a new home there and this encouraged John Cowdray to launch the Cowdray Park Gold Cup in 1956, which would later become the British Open >16

Polo Championship. It took two years before the Cowdray team managed to win the handsome trophy, beating Woolmers Park 10-3. Cowdray Park went on to win again in 1962 and reached the final 11 more times losing on each occasion. The most memorable was in 1990, when the match went into two extra chukkas and Hildon finally snatched victory from Cowdray Park to scarcely a dry eye in the grandstand. The 1970s saw polo beginning to change with a decline in the number of amateur players and a rise in the number of professional players. Once upon a time, the overseas players sold a few horses to English gentlemen players to cover the cost of their polo season but were soon enjoying the days of the well-paid professional. Most of the UK’s best polo prospects have come up through the ranks of Pony Club and in 1977 John Cowdray was delighted to offer the National Pony Club Polo Championships a home at Cowdray Park – the finals are held at Cowdray every August. It was with great sorrow that the polo community learned of the death of John Cowdray in January 1995. Not only had he made Cowdray Park a mecca for polo enthusiasts from all over the globe, he had raised awareness of the sport and set many young players on the path to success as professional players. He had also served as Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association, governing body of the sport in the UK, from 1947-1967, whilst simultaneously running a huge portfolio of business interests and two large country estates. Tributes were paid from every part of the polo world. The year also marked the arrival of leading champagne house Veuve Clicquot as title sponsors of the famous Gold Cup. Veuve Clicquot’s sponsorship started initially on a year’s trial, and has blossomed into a perfectly harmonious partnership which in 2014 enters its twentieth year. Today the club offers a full programme of tournaments throughout the season from late April to September. On Saturday 17th May the England polo team takes on South America in the St. Regis International Cup, to which a large crowd of spectators is expected for the high octane polo, retail village and entertainments. The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship opens on 24th June with Quarter Finals over the weekend of 12/13th July, Semi Finals on Wednesday 16th July and the hotly contested Final on Sunday 16

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11¾ School holidays are a giant, fun-sized adventure for kids, but for parents, filling the days can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Don’t panic though, the National Trust is coming to the rescue! To coincide with the May half term, the Trust is re-launching its ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ outdoor campaign, giving children loads of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy a whole series of classic adventures, from building dens to climbing trees. Throughout May and into summer, National Trust properties are running organised ’50 things’ activities, but families can also try any of the challenges under their own steam by signing up at Children can log their adventures, unlock secret challenges and collect rewards. You can also pick up a free ’50 things’ scrapbook at any participating property, and get cracking straight away, filling the book with stickers when tasks are ticked off.

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Build a den Who doesn’t like making their own den in the woods with branches, mud and leaves? Claremont in Surrey was once the playground of princesses and today it’s a great place to build a den, run around in the rain or go on an adventurous treeclimbing weekend. Other good places in Surrey for den building include Ham House and Garden. In West Sussex, try the woodlands around the beautiful gardens of Nymans and Uppark House (where wood piles are left out for this purpose), as well as Mottisfont, The Vyne, and Hinton Ampner in Hampshire.

Climb a tree Keep three limbs on the tree at all times and choose a tree with big, strong branches that you can reach from the ground. Black Down is on the border of West Sussex and Surrey and is the highest point in the South Downs National Park. There’s a very old pine on the western side of Black Down with lovely branches - generations of children have climbed it and there are terrific views. Other locations include the wider estate of Hatchlands Park in Surrey and the huge plane trees at Mottisfont in Hampshire. Special event: Wild in the Park day at Petworth House in West Sussex takes kids to the best spots in its ancient parkland to try tree climbing, den building and bug hunting. 29th & 30th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm, £2 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207 20

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Discover what’s in a pond Murky pond water is full of life. Langham Pond at Runnymede, is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where you can see dragonfly and damselfly nymph, pond skaters, leeches and the great pond snail. Runnymede is on the banks of the River Thames and was the site where the Magna Carta was sealed, nearly 800 years ago. Today it is a picturesque meadow, great for bug hunting and going for nature walks. Special event: Petworth House’s Pond Life event is a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with some weird and wonderful creatures whilst you pond-dip with an expert. 29th & 30th May, 2 pm– 3.30pm, £2 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207. Go on a really long bike ride There’s nothing like the feel of the wind in your hair as you whizz down a pathway on your bike. So grab your bike, a helmet and some lunch and head over to Morden Hall Park in south London. This year you can even hire a recumbent bike at Morden Hall Park: a fun new challenge for grown-ups too. Morden Hall Park is one of the top places in the country to try 50 things activities; there’s an exciting programme of events led by their new Ranger, and 125 acres of parkland. The ancient Mottisfont estate has its own cycleways; there are two family friendly routes to choose from, which can be downloaded at

Hunt for bugs Some of the best places to hunt for mini beasts are in fallen wood, the trunks of trees, and long grasses. There are many weird and wonderful bugs and insects hiding under fallen leaves and logs at Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey. The woodland, farmland and downland of the picturesque Slindon Estate near Arundel in Sussex is also a great place to hunt for bugs - just bring a magnifying glass and some patience! Remember, you’re a giant compared to these little beasts, so be gentle. Bugs like where they live so make sure you put them back. Special event: Nosey nature Nerds invites families into the wilds of the New Forest in Hampshire with the ranger team. Collect nets and magnifying pots and become a nature detective as you get up close to all sorts of forest creepy crawlies. 30th May, 11am – 2pm, £5 each, book on 01794 344020. May 2014

Go bird watching Look out for buzzards and sparrow hawks as you stroll across The Vyne estate to reach a spacious bird hide facing a huge grass-fringed lake. Binoculars and identification charts are on hand, so keep your eyes peeled for wading birds such as lapwings and snipe. Listen to the nightingales at Bookham Common in Surrey or look out for rare ground nesting birds at Hindhead Common. In the school holidays there are ranger-led activities such as pond-dipping, bushcraft skills and den building adventures at the Witley Centre. Book a place by phoning 01372 220644. Climb up a huge hill or roll down a really big hill Box Hill is a huge hill to climb up or roll down. There are maps available outside Box Hill Visitor Centre and café, showing you the best trails. Climb up all the way from the Stepping Stones, or just have fun playing on the slopes by the Box Hill viewpoint. For even more climbing visit Leith Hill. At the top is a majestic gothic tower with 360 degree views. Visit Mottisfont for some serious hill rolling on the huge lawn in front of the house. FIND OUT MORE

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The group of cheeses that prove most challenging to match are the washed-rind cheeses, such as Stinking Bishop or Burwash Rose. These cheeses are washed in a salt-rich alcoholic liquor that aids the growth of specialist bacteria, which in turn give the cheeses their characteristic sticky and pungent outer coating. The aromas are usually far stronger than the actual taste of these cheeses, but they do have quite an impact on our senses! Matching a beer with this type of cheese requires ales with plenty of character. Because these cheeses often contain floral or fruity notes, a Perry or artisan cider can be an ideal pairing – try Dunkertons Perry from Hereford with some Burwash Rose from Sussex. Even blue cheeses, which traditionally are paired with red wine and port, can benefit from an ale accompaniment. Blue cheeses tend to offer a saltiness with tangy overtones that demand a full-bodied ale with some character. IPAs and strong English ales can hold up to these stronger cheeses admirably. Similarly, some of the stronger ewe’s blues would suit a Porter or Stout style ale as the strong, bitter nature of the ale has a heavily roasted flavour profile that complements the cheeses well. Stouts and Porters also suit nutty cheeses such as Lord of the Hundreds, a Manchego-style ewe’s cheese from East Sussex. Kick off the summer season with a winning combination of great British ale and your favourite type of cheese, a perfect choice on a balmy summer’s day as part of a picnic! FIND OUT MORE

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It’s not too late to get tickets for The League of Friends of Milford Hospital’s popular quiz night on Friday 9th May at the Wilfred Noyce Centre in Godalming, 7 for May Half Term – Let’s Go Native! 7.30pm. This year they have a new takes place at RHS Garden Wisley quiz master and the refreshments from Saturday 24th May to Sunday will be a ploughman’s supper. 1st June. There are all sorts of Tickets cost £10 and are available fun activities on offer focusing Cornmeter quarter_Layout 27/11/2013 Pageinsects, 1 from Jacqui on 01428 1653905; on09:35 native bugs and ideally for tables of 6 though animals. Activities vary daily, check


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We should think hard before we swap the language of William Shakespeare for that of Walt Disney. Not only can the Americans not spell properly, (think of ‘center’ for centre, ‘traveler’ for traveller and ‘labor’ for labour) or pronounce properly, (‘lan-jer-ray’ for lingerie and a country in the Middle East they call ‘Eye-rack’), they Have you noticed how slavishly we English adopt Americanisms, don’t even know the true meaning of certain even though – at least if I am typical – we don’t actually know words. Waiting in a Californian railway station, what many of them mean? Why, for I was astonished by a instance, do people like to talk about sign which announced We should think hard before we swap ‘second guessing’? There surely that the next train would can’t be a second guess without a the language of William Shakespeare arrive ‘momentarily’ – first guess, and since it’s an activi- for that of Walt Disney surely a bit of a challenge ty which often has to be repeated for those who couldn’t several times, what is the significance of the second one? Even board quickly. And unless American men have worse than this, I’ve heard my fellow English complaining that a secret tendency to transvestism, they mean something has come at them ‘out of left field’ or that they’ve braces when they speak of ‘suspenders’. been ‘thrown a curve ball’. I’ve done some research into these expressions, and understand that they are derived from a sport The Guardian newspaper is always ready to atwhich is called baseball in the States and is played by real men, tack America for its politics, so we should perbut which is called rounders here and is played by girls. (The haps be surprised that it’s so eager to suck up same is true of what they call basketball over there and we call that nation’s linguistic slops. But in a recent arnetball.) Fortunately, baseball has never caught on as a national ticle in its G2 supplement, the writers referred sport in Britain. So who are we trying to impress by borrowing to a mistake they had made as ‘our bad’, a horits lingo? rendous new trans-Atlantic import. It’s not the right word, it’s not even the right part of speech. It’s just about as ‘bad’ as you can get. The reasons we adopt certain words and expressions are obscure. Why do people say ‘Cheers!’ as though proposing a toast, when they really mean ‘thank you’? Perhaps they feel it isn’t cool to do anything so polite as express their gratitude directly. But if I’ve got that wrong, sorry: my bad. Am I forgiven? Cheers! Do you agree with Andrew? What irritates you these days? Please write in or let us know at 28



Runners aged 11 years and over can enter the 5k and those aged 15 years and over can take part in the 10k. Participants will set off from Godalming Bandstand, with longer distance runners enjoying beautiful woodland trails and picturesque views around Charterhouse School. Each route will end at the bandstand where all runners will receive a medal for participating. Winners will be presented with prizes, sponsored by the Tortoise & Hare running specialists in Bramley. Anyone interested in volunteering as a Godalming Run Marshal should contact Josie Tidbury, Operations Manager at Charterhouse Club, on 01483 239600 or email josietidbury@charterhouseclub. The Godalming Flower Club is a progressive, friendly and established club. Their aim is to encourage the love of flowers, flower arranging and floral art. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming GU71BA. The May

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The Milford & District U3A’s next monthly talk is entitled ’The Crimea War 1853-1856’, a very topical subject just at the moment! It was by all accounts a bloody conflict and I for one don’t even know why it started and who was involved. I do know that it was where Florence came to prominence and was the inspiration for Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. Also the emergence of the Victoria Cross. There is certainly a fascinating story to learn here and you will be able to do this on Friday 9th May when the excellent Paul Whittle will be giving a talk on this very subject. It will take place at Milford Village Hall and follows the Milford & District U3A’s AGM, which is at 2pm. This normally does not take too long. So don’t be deterred, all welcome, entry £1. It will provide an excellent opportunity to get a flavour of what the Milford and District U3A has to offer by way of dozens of activities to brighten your life in your senior years. For a comprehensive look at what activities might excite and interest

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stooping, lifting, twisting, mowing and digging, sometimes for prolonged periods through their keenness to garden or finish the task in hand. This can place a strain on the muscles and joints of the spine and extremities, causing them to become inflamed and tender several days after gardening. With thought and preparation you can avoid causing injury and enjoy gardening with no ill effects.

Everyone can enjoy the excercise that gardening offers. The super fit may enjoy a spot of double digging, someone looking to Dress appropriately; gardening in undertake moderate exercise can tight or restrictive clothing won’t scarify a lawn or divide the plants Gardening involves movements in their herbaceous border, and and actions that are very different just feel awkward, it will actually strain the muscles and joints. the elderly and disabled looking Don’t rush out and buy tools on for lighter exercise can sow seeds to those we carry out as we go a whim; it’s better to take your in containers or raised beds, or about our daily lives time, research and choose the prune a trained fruit tree. With the right equipment, frequent breaks and rests you can push best tool for you. Even if a spade is reduced in the sale, if it’s too heavy for you to use it will tyourself physically without damaging yourself or your garden. be a waste of money. If you’d like to give a gift It’s wonderful to share the joy of gardening and to garden with of gardening tools, take the lucky recipient with a friend or family member. Helping a disabled or elderly person you to choose. Selecting the right sized tool for in the garden can bring a very special friendship and shared you can enable you to carry out tasks that were joy. As well as spending time together in the fresh air, you also previously impossible. both benefit from the exercise gardening provides as well as the positivity of sowing seeds or growing vegetables, fruits, herbs There are many specially designed and adapted tools to make gardening easier: secateurs with or flowers. rotating handles to maximise the force and Gardeners always have so much to look forward to, whether it’s strength you have; gripping aids; long reach seeing a new variety of dahlia flowering, eating the first home- tools (ideal if you garden sitting down or can’t grown tomatoes of the season or anticipating that delicious bend easily), spring assisted forks and spades for digging over the soil, light weight cultivators apple later in the year. and tillers to break up the soil, low trolleys allow for easy moving of pots and containers, Gardening involves movements and and self-watering pots with a reservoir beneath actions that are very different to those we the compost. Tool belts or aprons keep useful carry out as we go about our daily lives. small tools like secateurs to hand. Gardeners may find themselves bending, 34

When planning your garden, consider creating a work area with a table or workbench, which will reduce the need for bending when sowing seeds and enable you to store heavy items like compost in one place so you won’t need to keep moving it. Raised beds are a great investment; plan the width so you can access all areas of the bed from each side. You could consider adding a handrail to the side of your raised bed to help you move or balance, or incorporate recesses into the design so you can work at the bed sitting down, facing forward to avoid twisting, with space for your legs to fit comfortably underneath. Another option would be a large raised container; some containers are crib shaped which allow for easier manoeuvrability around them. If your hands are arthritic you may find it beneficial to wear good quality waterproof, warm gardening gloves. Some gloves have irregular ridges and an uneven texture which will improve your grip. Before launching into a prolonged episode of gardening, do some lighter tasks in order to prepare the muscles for the work they are about to do. If you only planned to clear some weeds, go for a short walk first to warm up the muscles.

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Rotate through tasks so you don’t spend all day in one particular posture. Change activity every 20-30 minutes and take regular breaks. Don’t garden to the point of exhaustion. Try to stop with enough energy to warm down (or potter about) with some tidying up. That way when you finally get to stop and admire your handiwork your joints won’t seize up. The simplest and most effective way to protect the spine whilst bending and lifting is to learn to brace the abdomen so while you are bent, stooped or lifting your spine is supported by its own protective brace. The closer our core or centre is to the task in hand, the less strain is put on the joints. Keep yourself well aligned. Wherever possible keep shoulders and hips lined up (think of a fencer as he prepares to fight). A lunging position is useful when you need to bend. Lunge forward and rest a knee on a knee pad, keeping the other leg bent at 90 degrees (Anna calls this the proposal position – down on one knee!). Once in this position one can reach down or forwards whilst keeping the spine in a protected neutral position. It’s also easier to get up from this position. Here are some gardening jobs you could be doing now: • It’s the ideal time to plant up hanging baskets and containers. Avoid straining your back or body by positioning your containers or hanging baskets in the area you want to display them before you start to plant them up. Consider working at a table or workbench to keep the container at a safer height. Larger containers will require less frequent watering than smaller ones. • Apply a lawn feed if you haven’t already done so. Remove perennial weeds with a daisy grubber or knife. If you have a hover mower use a forwards and backwards motion, avoid the temptation to swing the mower from side to side. • Water newly planted trees or shrubs regularly if the weather is dry. Give your plants a really good soaking to encourage the roots to grow deeply into the soil. When you lift a heavy bag of compost or carry a watering can keep the arms bent and close to the body, so that you control the weight you are carrying and put less strain through arms, shoulders and spine. Remember to brace the abdomen whilst carrying a heavy load. Beth Otway is a horticulturalist and gardening evangelist and Anna Maynard was awarded a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) in 2000. Many thanks to the models above, Nicola Cozens and, demonstrating how to garden safely.


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According to scientists, the human gut is still not able to completely digest the glutanin and gliadin proteins found in gluten completely. In otherwise healthy people, this is not a problem, but in those diagnosed with Coeliac disease, for example, it can be life-threatening if a strict gluten-free diet is not adhered to. In the UK it is thought 1 in 100 people are coeliac, and perhaps 1 in 10 gluten intolerant to some degree. The condition is marked by an autoimmune response which prevents the small intestine from properly absorbing nutrients from food, particularly calcium and vitamins D & K. Reports of gluten sensitivity at all levels are increasing, and anecdotal evidence suggests many people feel much better when they avoid bread, pasta and pizza. Local nutritionist, Carolyn Holmes, says she refers people for much more extensive diagnostic tests than would be available from a GP to determine if a client is sensitive, rather than more seriously allergic to gluten. Blood tests look for an immune response to the multiple peptides produced by gluten, and stool tests check for microflora and bacterial infections. There is also a test to check on the permeability of the gut: the layer can become damaged and molecules can pass between the cells rather than through them, setting up an autoimmune response. She says it’s important to take each patient individually in order to understand the underlying cause of the problem so that the right treatment advice is given, aiming to correct the balance of gut flora.

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realising it. She helps people make healthier choices, usually upping the amount of vegetables and protein in the diet as well as recommending healthy snacks like seeds, nuts and fruit. Both Holmes and O’Bryan recommend reducing all grains in the diet. Rice, quinoa, and amaranth all make good substitutes for wheat and rye, but they warn against relying too much on the ‘free from’ aisles, as some of these starch-based products contain unhealthy amounts of sugar and other additives. Gluten can be addictive too. In the presence of a leaky gut, gluteomorphines bind to opiate receptors in the brain, producing the feel-good hormones endorphins. But these become over-stimulated and eventually stop working, thus in the long run, gluten can make you depressed. So should we ditch the grains? The benefits of a gluten-free diet are often noticeable in just three days - I’m giving up the toast myself. FIND OUT MORE

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When: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014. Where: Broadwater Sports Club (the home of Guildford Rugby), just outside Godalming. What: This is the G7’s. A weekend of entertainment, rugby sevens, and family fun. As Sevens is appearing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer and makes its debut at the Olympics in Rio 2016, the sport has grown more and more popular, particularly amongst those who have not have any experience of rugby in the past. This is down to the exciting nature of the game- seven players on a full-sized pitch=more tries and more running rugby!

This year, the festival is going to be more than just rugby. They will have food from Nandos amongst others, outside bars, a ‘kids corner’ with soft play area, petting zoo, games, sumo suit wrestling, etc… Milford Golf Club will be down with a pitch and putt challenge, as well as many more activities. In the evening, there is entertainment from a live band, hosted in the brand new clubhouse. They will also be inviting local businesses to attend, as well as promoting charities and good causes. Saturday sees the senior competition with 16 mens teams and also a women’s competition. On Sunday, there is a children’s sevens tournament, catering for up to and in excess of 30 teams. This is a real first for sevens in the UK and they are delighted to introduce the family aspect to the weekend, which is often overlooked by some of the other festivals. Best of all, it’s completely FREE to enter. So, bring the whole family down and enjoy the weekend!

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papers of today – and refresh your ideas? The lecture starts at 10.45am, with refreshments from 9.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. There are also special interest days, visits and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual Membership is £38.75 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01483 564077 for more information or visit their website at


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Saturday 14th June from 10am to 4pm. This is just one statistic - the number of hours we spend socially interacting in person has fallen dramatically in the last 25 years. The proportion of adults living alone has also doubled between 1973 and 2011 and in a survey in 2013, 75% of doctors said they see up to 5 patients a day whose main reason for visiting is loneliness. Helena is a writer and international speaker and has written 11 books including ‘Breaking Free from Loneliness.’ Please book with payment by Monday 2nd June, you can pop into the Church reception in Queen Street or call Sally Pollard on 01483 428646. The Frith Hill Residents’ Association in Godalming will be holding its AGM at 7.30pm on 23rd May in ‘New Block’, at Charterhouse School. They are delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr. Kevin Hurley as their guest speaker. The purpose of the Association is to safeguard the Frith Hill Area and its environment via protection of its amenities, Neighbourhood Watch and police liaison; and to comment on planning applications, local new developments, traffic, road safety issues and signage. They invite all Frith Hill residents to go and hear Mr Hurley, and to find out more about their activities, followed by a buffet and drinks. Every year The Sisters of Ladywell Convent run an African Bridge Tea to help raise funds for their African Missions in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Zambia. They have various missions and provide a variety of services according to the needs including medical services, education and generally caring for the poor. The funds are taken to Africa directly by the sisters, so nothing is spent on administration. It takes place on Wednesday 14th May at 1.30pm for 2pm at Ladywell Convent, Ashtead Lane, Godalming GU7 1ST. The cost is £40 per table. I wouldn’t mind betting the tea will be delicious! For more details or to book a table, contact Sister June Shirville on 01483 419393 or email junefmdm@


Although the Guildford Natural History Society doesn’t have talks at the Guildford Institute during the summer months, they still meet regularly for walks and coach outings to places of interest. For further details call Vanessa McClure on 01483 303417. Go along and celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. Get out of your comfort zone and listen to the most amazing concert you will ever hear. Greet the rising sun and enjoy nature’s daily miracle amongst the trees and bluebells at Sketchers copse (the bluebell wood) between Chiddingfold and Haslemere (off Killinghust lane near Ramster). After the concert you are invited to take part in a shared potluck breakfast. Meet at 4.30am on Sunday 4th May by the entrance of the wood on Killinghust Lane. There will be a sign by the road and you can follow the coloured cotton ribbons leading you on the path - a 10 min walk to the clearing on the right immediately after the small bridge – where you can gather in silence. For more information and a map: Art classes started in Farncombe every Monday in term time from 28th April. Local artist Christopher Cole runs two art classes at Broadwater Community Centre. The morning class is from 9.30am to 12 noon and the afternoon class from 1pm - 3.30pm. Beginners, experienced and advanced artists welcome. Go along and enjoy painting in a very friendly atmosphere. Christopher has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years and is also a trained teacher. His classes are designed to develop your individual talents focusing on traditional skills. He also plans some outdoor trips for the most enthusiastic. Contact him on 01428 717402 or email colestudio@ for details. French glassmakers, Lalique and Galle are the subject of the next lecture of the West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Tuesday 27th May. In her lecture, ‘Galle, Lalique and their Contemporary French

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F was the idea of Alice Driver, the then Masterclass Creative Producer and now the Executive Producer of this new tour. Her initial idea was to provide a unique work placement for serving wounded, injured and sick (WIS) military personnel within a theatre company. Driven by the belief that theatre can empower the individual, she set about designing a model that would see the process of theatre used to boost the confidence and self esteem of the wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans of the Armed Forces, as well as give them a voice. The goal was to create a company of WIS service personnel and with them, develop an original play based on their experiences. In partnership with The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, The Royal British Legion and the MOD’s Defence Recovery Capability, the process of recruiting for the project at

Personnel Recovery Units across the country took place, including the Surrey-based Headley Court. Trevor Nunn and General Sir David Richards came on board as patrons of the project and actor Ray Winstone headed to Tedworth House as an Ambassador to recruit the company. Together the whole project became known as the Bravo 22 Company. Alice Driver said that one of the most nerve-wracking moments during this intense process was walking into Headley Court to pitch her project idea to a room full of squaddies. “I thought there’s no way this group of boisterous men, who have seen combat, are going to listen to me talk about the arts. Having Ray Winstone come with me was incredibly helpful as here was a man that they could relate to, and you don’t get much cooler than Ray!” It was paramount to the integrity and success of the project that the play be based on the real life experiences of the WIS service personnel and for them to perform it. With that in mind, writer Owen Sheers and director Stephen Rayne, whose repertoire of work spans productions in the West End, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, spoke to each and every member of the company, recorded their stories and turned them into a play of real power and depth. The process of sharing and creating was completely unique and allowed the exservicemen to explore their experiences in an honest, but at times painful way. Being able to talk openly with each other allowed the recovering servicemen to be open with their feelings and gave them a voice which they had previously been denied. “I got to share my story... I am convinced no matter the state of mind I may have due to my pain or disability, I know that I am not alone” said Corporal (Retired) Steve Shaw. In total, 32 WIS personnel were involved in creative process, rehearsals and performances May 2014

of the play. Twelve WIS personnel and five actors comprised the final cast who performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 22nd January 2012. A further two WIS personnel remained involved in the project in technical and support roles. But the healing process didn’t stop at that performance. Lance Corporal Cassidy Little says that being involved in the production helped him find a way to go on with his life after he lost his leg during his second tour in Afghanistan. He said: “Soldiers are really simple creatures. You give them a goal, then you give them a some beer to drink after they have accomplished it. It’s very simple. The problem with losing a leg is you don’t have that goal anymore”. Being involved in the show gave L Cpl Little a way of vocalising his experience and provided him and his fellow soldiers with a goal once more: “If you speak to the cast, not many of them will have any hang-ups about their trauma. They have spent a year talking about it. Recovery is an extremely hard road, I’ll be in recovery till the day I die…Charlie F gave me a goal, because of the show my recovery improved”. The process was fully evaluated by Leeds Metropolitan University: 50% of the participants explicitly and independently described a profound level of personal change through involvement in Bravo 22 Company, communicated through descriptions of the project as “life changing”. And life changing it certainly was. The debut performances on 22nd January sold out and garnered both public and critical acclaim. It proved so successful the show embarked on a UK tour. It was during their run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that the production was awarded the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for its work raising awareness of human rights. But what’s next for this incredible piece of work? As well as providing paid employment for the veterans and serving servicemen who want to continue with the project, the show is working with the Recovery Career Services to provide work placements for wounded, injured and sick service personnel throughout the tour. So if you see one show this season, make sure it’s one that supports veterans and tells the truth about their experiences. FIND OUT MORE

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elements: REFINED 1st - 30th May, Milford To celebrate 21 years at the Surrey Guild Craft Gallery in Milford, our makers were challenged to produce three exceptional pieces to showcase their craft for a touring public exhibition that will be staged throughout 2014. They have responded with some truly stunning work. elements:REFINED will champion the extraordinary and diverse range of contemporary craft to be found in and around Surrey, represented by the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.

The exhibition will also include pieces by other well-known and popular Surrey Guild of Craftsmen designers such as Kaleidoscope maker Frank Higgins, sculptural wood turner Colin Norgate and Sarah Downton, with her glorious lampworked jewellery, alongside many more. All of the work exhibited in elements:REFINED will either be for sale or can be commissioned from the makers directly.

The exhibition will showcase the work in an exhibition environment and our goal is to bring the work to a wider regional audience and in so doing, spread the reputation of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen (SGC) for excellence, quality and skill. Forty members of the Guild will present up to three pieces of new work and the contributions include work by long-term members Jonathan Chiswell-Jones from JCJ pottery with three new large ‘lustre ware’ porcelain pieces; Farnham based Carolyn Wallis showing pieces from her exquisite range of hand woven and hand dyed silk scarves and designer jeweller Hilary Webb with her innovative designs in precious metal. New members include artisan glass blower and local Miford girl, Elizabeth Welch; Jean Tolkovsky with her quirky sculptural ceramic art pieces Graham his colourful Godalming Butcherand MarNigel 14_Layout 1 with 13/02/2014 15:51semiPage 1 precious stones and precious metal jewellery.

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Glassmakers’, Diana Lloyd looks at the work of Lalique and Galle and their influence on their contemporaries. Galle’s beautiful one-off pieces in the Art Nouveau style and Lalique’s superb glass, designed in the Art Deco style, were an inspiration to many 20th century studio glassmakers. If you have been amazed by the Lalique glass sometimes seen on the Antiques Roadshow, or on display in our country houses, go along and learn more. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45 am for coffee. Lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2014 can be found on their website http://www.nadfas-westsurrey. For more information ring 01483 811671.

with a programme of singing, dancing and a little bit of magic. The aim, as well as putting on a great show, is to raise lots of money for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Help for Heroes. Tickets go on sale in May and are priced at £14.50. Please email for tickets.

To celebrate Cranleigh in Bloom, there will be a concert with a floral theme given by the highly regarded high voices ensemble Cantilena on Saturday 17th May at 7.30pm in St Nicolas Church. Cantilena is a small chamber choir for female voices. Founded in 2010 by its director Jenny Hansell, they are based in the Horsham/Cranleigh area and many of the singers are music teachers who love singing and want to tackle a varied and challenging repertoire to a high standard. You can find out more On Saturday 12th July, We Love To about them on their website www. Dance and friends will present their Tickets charity fundraising show ‘Time to for the concert are £12, including Shine’, at the Ben Travers Theatre, refreshments, and can be obtained Charterhouse. There will be two by emailing canti Wispers R&A 91.5x147 advert April 2014 04/04/2014 12:51 Page 1 performances, 3pm and 7.30pm, com or ringing 01483 275489.


Conquest Art are having an Open Morning on Thursday 29th May at the United Church, Bridge Street, Godalming between 10am and 12pm. Conquest Art is a weekly art group for the physically disabled. At the open morning you will be able to meet the members, view their artwork and partake in tea and cake. They would love to see lots of people there. Learn more about the industrial history of Godalming. The first Godalming Town Walk this summer will be on Saturday 10th May starting at 2.30pm at the Pepperpot. The walking is gentle and usually lasts about an hour and a half. If you would like more information contact Pam Talbot at pamtalbot@ If the walks have to be cancelled a notice will appear on the Pepperpot door. The dates for the rest of the summer are 14th June, 12th July and 9th August. All walks will start at 2.30pm at the Pepperpot and are free; just turn up. Details of walks during the Heritage Weekend

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Asparagus - spears of joy There is always a sense of eager anticipation at Secretts Farm when the first purple green spears of asparagus push their way through the soil. The farm workers know that it heralds the start of six to eight weeks of back-breaking work as the spears are picked and graded out in the fields. The precious harvest is then transported direct to the Farm

Shop where it is piled high on the shelves. Secretts has been growing asparagus on the farm in Milford for over 30 years and has built a reputation for the quality of the crop. Depending on the weather, the season usual starts towards the end of April and lasts just eight weeks,

Asparagus Frittata Ingredients 1 bundle of asparagus spears (approx. 450g), woody stem removed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion ďŹ nely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 6 eggs, beaten 125g crumbled feta cheese 125g pancetta cubed 100g boiled potatoes, sliced Handful of basil leaves Serves 4

This is lovely as a light lunch with friends. It is very quick and easy to prepare and is best served with a glass of chilled white wine! 1. Blanch the asparagus spears in in boiling water for three minutes. Plunge straight into cold water to keep the bright green colour, drain and set aside. 2. In a heavy based frying pan, sautĂŠ the onion and garlic over a gentle heat until softened and golden. Add the onion and garlic mix to the beaten eggs and season well. Mix the crumbled feta into the egg mixture. 3. Fry the pancetta in a splash of oil until crisp, add the asparagus spears, potatoes and roughly torn basil leaves. Pour over the egg mixture and cook over a medium heat until nearly set.

4. Place the pan under a hot grill to finish off the top. 5. Cut into slices and serve with fresh crusty bread and a green salad.

Warm Asparagus with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmesan shavings This simple dish makes a wonderful dinner party starter and really does celebrate the ďŹ&#x201A;avour of asparagus. 1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and keep warm. 2. Add the butter and pine nuts to a cold frying pan and heat gently. Make sure the butter does not burn, but just turns a golden brown and begins to foam slightly. Add the lemon juice, give a quick stir and remove from the heat. 3. Arrange the asparagus spears on to four plates and spoon a little of the butter and pine nut mixture over the top of each plate. 54

4. Shave the parmesan over the top and serve immediately.

Ingredients 24 spears of best grade asparagus (woody end removed) 100g unsalted butter 75g pine nuts Juice of 1 lemon 35g parmesan Serves 4

FOOD so it really is a case of enjoying it while it’s here. There is no doubt that the flavour is best when the asparagus is super fresh. For the freshest possible, you can even Pick Your Own (PYO) at Secretts; harvest your bundle and take it straight home to cook… you really cannot get fresher than that!

25g butter 1 bundle of asparagus (approx. 450g) chopped with the woody end discarded 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 generous handfuls of fresh spinach 750mls of vegetable stock Toasted croutons and a little Single cream to drizzle Serves 4

VantagePoint readers can enjoy a 10% discount on asparagus both in the Farm Shop or at the PYO. To claim the discount, visit our voucher page at to download your voucher or just show them your copy of the May edition of VantagePoint. Secretts Farm Shop and PYO is at Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, nr Godalming, Surrey GU8 5HU. Tel 01483 520500.

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This vibrant soup is bursting with colour and flavour. It’s an excellent way to use second grade asparagus spears. 1. Fry the asparagus in the melted butter in a large pan for a few minutes to soften. 2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring all the time. 3. Add the spinach and pour over the stock, bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and blitz with a hand blender. 4. Season generously with sea salt and black pepper. If it needs it add a little more hot water to achieve the desired consistency. 5. Ladle into bowls and drizzle with a little of the cream and sprinkle with a handful of croutons.

6. Serve immediately with warm granary bread

Asparagus and Ham Tartlets These tasty tartlets would make a delicious starter or could be packed up for a springtime picnic… 1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Whisk together eggs and cream and season well, set aside. 2. Brush each sheet of filo with the melted butter, then cut into 8 equal squares. 3. Layer three sheets of filo at different angles into the holes of a muffin tin. 4. Divide the sliced asparagus, ham and most of the chives into the pastry cases and pour the egg mixture over the top. 5. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and just set. Sprinkle May 2014

with the remaining chives and serve immediately.

Ingredients 3 large eggs 150ml double cream 3 large filo sheets 75g butter, melted 250g asparagus, woody stems removed, sliced 90g ham shredded (available from Secretts Deli counter) Small bunch fresh chives, chopped Makes 8 tartlets




(13th/14th September) will appear in the printed programme which will appear during the summer or on http://www.heritageopendays. from mid-July onwards. Summer is nearly upon us, a time to think about getting out and trying new interests. Ladies, have you ever thought about joining the WI? Ockford-Godalming Afternoon WI usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm at the Scout & Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th May, which will be preceded by a lunch at 12.30pm. At the meeting on 4th June, Edward Bellingham will be talking on ‘Helping Africa to help itself – the work of ‘Send a Cow’ Charity’. As well as regular meetings, outings are arranged in the summer, social evenings, plus monthly local pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular art and craft sessions. If you would like to go along and join them, contact the Secretary on

01483 421433. You will be warmly welcomed. RSPCA Guildford & District Branch is holding a number of events in May. There is a Quiz Night on Thursday 8th May at The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria, 103 Stoke Rd, Guildford, GU1 4JN. Their branch AGM at Shalford Village Hall, Kings Rd, Shalford, GU4 8JU is on Monday 12th May with a guest speaker from the University of Surrey new Veterinary School. They are having a stall at Brook Village Fete on Monday 26th May. Rabbit Awareness Week is 10th to 18th May. This aims to raise the profile of rabbits as pets and encourage owners to seek the right advice on rabbit nutrition and healthcare. Local vets will be offering free rabbit health checks and there will be local RSPCA rabbit welfare displays at the Chelsea Building Society in Guildford High Street, Pets at Home in Godalming, Pets Corner in Guildford and many local vet practices. For full details of events you can email them at rspcaguildfordanddistrict@gmail. com or call on 07906 924002. For

more information please see www. Do you teach French or speak it passably? Les Amitiés Françaises de Waverley are a mixed group of French and English people who meet regularly for talks and events celebrating French culture, including an annual outing and a decidedly festive AGM. Anyone who would like to find out more about them is welcome to go along to one of their talks, which are given in French. On Thursday 8th May at 7.30pm at their usual venue, the Baptist Hall, GU8 1BA, Constance Bantman will be talking about ‘Les Restaurants Françaises – Il faut vivre pour manger et non pas......’ Since just about everybody who speaks French is a foodophile, they anticipate a good turn out, so remember there is a car park nearby in Croft Road, as well as the small one behind the Baptist Hall. May is a bumper month, with another excellent speaker, Elizabeth le Douze, talking about ‘Edouard Manet - Entre Classicism et

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Modernité’, on Thursday 22nd May at the Baptist Hall at 7.30 pm. Visitors pay £6 for each talk, which includes coffee and biscuits, but entry is free for those who have paid a modest £27 to join Amities Françaises for the year. They are very friendly and always ready to welcome new members, so if you are considering joining, contact John Petty on john., or 01483 861974. Second Thoughts, the nearly-new children’s shop in Chiddingfold announced that it will be extending its opening hours after Easter. The shop stocks high-street and designer labels for children aged 12 months to 12 years as well as a ‘capsule’ range of Hollister, Abercrombie, Jack Wills and Superdry for older children. They also sell toys, baby/toddler equipment and sports and activity wear, for example Brownie uniform. All items are in excellent condition and very reasonably priced. Nicki and Lisa will market your unwanted items for sale on your behalf and are always Wizard Dec 1 07/11/2013 looking for 13_Layout sellers with excellent quality items to add to their books,

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as well, obviously, as buyers looking for a bargain! The new opening hours will be Monday and Tuesday 9.30am to 4.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am to 1pm and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm (termtime only). Further information can be found at secondthoughtschiddingfold or by calling 07765 428005. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema has become very popular and is playing to capacity audiences. On Thursday 1st May they are showing American Hustle but I think this is a little too early for this month’s edition. However on Friday 16th May they are screening the hugely successful 12 Years a Slave. Doors open at 7.30pm, the film starts at 8pm. Running time: approx. 129 minutes (+ 15 minute interval). Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup & Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps, it won the Oscar for best picture. Beautifully filmed and with several fine performances, this is a 11:37 Pageand 1 unflinching depiction powerful of the brutalising and corrupting


effect of slavery on all aspects of society. Tickets cost £5 (£3 under 15’s) on the door, or in advance from Chiddingfold Post Office. Season Tickets are also available from both locations. These are only £25, and are valid for six entries to the cinema – that’s a saving of £5 on buying the tickets separately. No expiry dates, no small print. It also saves the Village Hall money too! For all the latest information and screening dates please sign up to the online mailing list, or see the website at www. For further details, or if you are interested in joining as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Lacey on 01428 683120, or email Do be sure to book in advance if you can, to make sure you get your tickets. Ewhurst Players Present - ‘Three Class Acts’ is an evening of three short plays including dinner. Cruise Missile by Jean McConnell is a delightful short comedy. Last Post by Jean McConnell is an intriguing short drama. Last Panto in Little Grimley is



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With Matthew Pottage, Garden Manager at RHS Garden Wisley

Bright and shining bulbs Bulbs can give an exciting second dimension to any border, pot or green wall and one of the things that makes them so attractive is their simplicity. You can just buy a net of bulbs, poke them into a small space and wait; however, with a bit of extra care, they can give great value for money long term as well. Many bulbous plants are very forgiving and can reposition themselves into the correct orientation if disturbed or incorrectly planted. They can also pull themselves to the correct depth with the assistance of strong fibrous roots. Once bulbs have finished flowering, which is called ‘green leaf’ stage, they should be fed to assist with flower production for next year. You can give them a liquid feed, or simply distribute some granular feed around them. Green leaf stage

is also a good time to lift congested clumps of bulbs and space them apart, as overcrowding can start to hamper their performance if they are left unchecked. Once you’ve finished your bulbous housekeeping, head to your local nursery to look at late flowering summer bulbs, such as lilies and gladioli, which can be planted now for a mid to late summer display. At Wisley we’ve just planted a huge drift of white regal lilies through a north-facing border where the long, elegant, scent-filled trumpets will bring a sophisticated end to the summer. If you want to be the envy of your gardening neighbours, seek out the Turk’s cap or Lilium martagon (left) – it has flowers like miniature lilies arranged on a tall stem like a chandelier – quite a conversation point.

Blossom for every garden This year has been a great one for cherry blossom, and even those without an interest in plants must have noticed at least a few trees by the roadside, from a train or on their street. Cherries are an excellent way to bring some blossom into a smaller garden . They don’t need a hot summer to flower spectacularly and have the bonus of standing up rather well to cold weather. Wisley has had a lovely succession of cherries, so if you’re thinking of getting one, now is the time to see what takes your fancy and what you could accommodate in your patch before planting in the autumn. 58

Some of my favourites include the very early flowering cultivar Prunus ‘Kursar’ (above), followed by the pure white P. ‘Shirotae’, which has a spreading habit. If you have a tiny garden, the neat and well behaved P. ‘Pandora’ is always a spectacle, or if you only have a tight space and need something skinny, choose P. ‘Amanogawa’ which is sometimes aptly called ‘the flagpole cherry’ Fi-

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a cracking, pacey one act comedy. The show runs from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th May at Ewhurst Village Hall. Ewhurst Players spring production sees the group return to their popular supper evening format consisting of three short one act plays interspersed with timely interludes for the consumption of food and drink. Nibbles, a cold main course and a dessert will be provided. The evening starts at 7.30pm - please bring your own drink and glasses and inform them in advance of any special dietary requirements. Tickets are £12 and can be booked by calling 01483 277354. Have a look at www. or find them on Facebook for more information on this and other future events and productions. We have written quite a lot about a remarkable local resident, Dan Eley. Recently, he had one of his talks filmed and edited. He is hoping to deliver more talks as a motivational speaker in companies, schools and organisations in order to raise money for his charity The Dan Eley Foundation. You

can see the talk on a YouTube clip; it has been skimmed down to 13 minutes to make it more ‘digestible’ at watch?v=NxZFwW2asc8. If you know of anyone who may be interested in hiring a motivational speaker (including the company/organisation you work for) and think that this could be the kind of story they are looking for, do feel free to send it on. The Witley and Milford Patient Participaton Group invite you to their first Health Awareness Fair on Saturday 17th May, from 10am12noon at Milford Village Hall, Portsmouth Road, GU8 5DS where you can meet representatives of a range of organisations who provide information and support for people with health issues and their carers. They had originally intended to run it in January but the venue had to close to deal with the results of the torrential rain. All is well now though so they hope to see you there. Canal cruises will no longer be the only way to gain an insight into the


history of the Wey & Arun Canal with the launch of this year’s guided walk programme. From April this year, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) have been offering guided tours each month from the Canal Centre in Loxwood, West Sussex, to give visitors a chance to find out more about the history of the canal, the restoration work on the waterway and more about the history of Loxwood village itself. Walk 1 (2.5 miles) will take place on 29th May, 24th July & 25th September. Walk 2 (4.5 miles) will be take place on 19th June & 28th August. The meeting time for each is 9.30am at the Canal Centre, with the walk starting at 9.45am. Bookings for the walks (£5 per person) may be made by contacting Loxwood Canal Centre Tel: 01403 753999, email: For more details of the walks please see php. There is a folk music session every Monday at the Star in Church Street Godalming at 9pm and at

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Abinger, Holmbury and Wotton This is a walk of extraordinary variety showing you many different aspects of the Surrey countryside between Dorking and Guildford. There are just a few nettles around the stiles but little mud and the route is fine for a dog. The stile count is moderate. It is a bit text heavy but the directions are comprehensive!

The walk 1. At the far end of the car park go through an unneeded gate next to a large single-bar gate. Continue on a fine grassy path that gradually descends to join a wider track coming from the right and continue straight ahead. In a short distance, the gravel track begins to rise and passes close to a wooden gate and a field on the right. About 30m further up the track, look out for a post with a blue arrow at a crossing path. Turn right here. 2. You are now on part of the Roughs Nature Trail. In 60m the path forks at another post. Take the left fork, the higher of the two options. The path curves left, goes past a bench and through rhododendrons. Follow the path all the way to a sunken crossing path. Continue straight over on a narrow path. The path widens, passes another post and curves left by a fence. On reaching a wide gravel track, turn right. Follow the track to a gate and continue ahead on a fenced path. The uncut grass in the meadow on the right has encouraged a large number of skylarks to nest. The path takes you through another gate and down to a lane. Turn left arriving shortly past cottages into the village of Abinger Hammer. 3. Cross the busy road and turn right by the antique shop. In a few metres, opposite is one of the gems of Surrey, the house of Old Hatch Farm, with its ancient walls and roof, looking untouched by the last two centuries. Turn left opposite the house on a track that leads over the Tillingbourne river. The track ends at a fork of two sunken bridleways next to a gate. Take the left fork. The path soon goes past the remains of a stile on the right. 60m further, turn left through an unneeded stile. The path runs at first parallel to the bridleway. Then, at a signpost, it turns left across the field. There are fine views left to the North Downs. At the end, the path goes over a rugged stile (now unneeded) and turns right by a fence and then left and down, with a field on the right, to a road. 4. Cross the road carefully over a stile opposite and over a bridge on an ascending fenced path. Oxmoor Copse on the right (not on the route) belongs to the Woodland Trust. Go over another stile and follow a clear path across the field. Your path takes you over a 62

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stile and across a narrow field, soon following some overhead wires. On reaching a T junction with a three-way signpost, turn right, effectively straight ahead, passing a two-way signpost. At the next three-way signpost, do not go through the wide gap ahead but turn right on a path with a field on the right, following the wires. The path becomes sunken and darkened by holly trees on either side. Note the stone sculpture in the garden on the right belonging to the house “Sheiling”. The path passes the garden of the pub and leads down to a road. Turn right, arriving immediately at the Volunteer pub. 5. From the pub, continue along the road, ignoring a road on the left, past the charming cottages of Sutton (“south settlement”) Abinger. At a T-junction, turn right. In 50m, turn left on a footpath up some steps. As you proceed, it is worth glancing back at the merry sight of the Volunteer snug in the valley. At the top, turn left on a lane. In 20m, turn right through a barrier on a footpath. At the end of the footpath, go over a stile and turn left on a road heading towards the exclusive settlement of Sutton Place. Just after a side turning, turn right on a footpath alongside a fence. The path runs between houses and gardens and reaches a residential lane where it goes straight ahead and continues later on a grassy path down to a stile. Go down to the bottom of the valley and at the end of a fence, still in the valley, turn left at a crossing path, indicated by a yellow arrow on a post. 6. The path runs along the pleasant valley. At the end, go over a stile or through a gate, cross a tarmac drive and continue straight ahead on a narrow path. There are houses and gardens on the left and deep woods on the right. The path enters woodland proper via a wooden barrier. It soon approaches a sandy track on the right. Avoid the sandy track by continuing on the woodland path ahead. Soon you reach the public car park by Holmbury Youth Hostel. 7. With the car park on your left, keep straight ahead and immediately avoid several smaller crossing paths. After about

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200m, at a junction, ignore paths left and right and continue ahead steeply downhill. At the bottom,   go over a very wide forestry track and continue up the other side. The path flattens out at the top of the hill in a pinewood. Immediately before the path begins to descend, take a footpath on the left by a wooden barrier leading into distant trees. (This turning may be unmarked. Do not take the footpath straight ahead 40m down the hill.) Follow the winding path downhill. After a short level section along the wooded hillside, the path turns sharp right round a hairpin steeply downhill. (It is easy to miss this turn as there is also a minor path straight on through rhododendrons. Do not go that way.) The path descends to a road. Welcome to Holmbury St Mary! There is a pub, The Royal Oak, a little way along the road to the right but the route is left along the road. 8. Go past cottages, turn right on a signposted bridleway and continue on a stony path with a hedge and pond on its right. Go straight ahead through a wooden gate on a footpath up steps. There are larches left and greenwood right. The path rises quite steeply but soon levels out in a pleasant area of silver birches of Pasture Wood. Soon, ignore a wide path right. Later, the path becomes more sunken and enters deeper woodland. When a meadow ahead comes into view, go over a crossing path and veer left on the far side of some wooden rails. Later the path runs by a fence beside a garden. The path comes down to the road at Abinger Common. Cross the road and go beside a triangular green with the St James’s well visible over on the right. Shortly cross another road and continue straight over to a signposted footpath opposite. 9. In 30m you come to a fork in the path. Take the left fork. In about 300m the path descends and goes under wires at a crossing path. On the other side of the crossing path are two paths leaving at an angle. Take the left-hand path uphill. The path flattens and runs through twisted young oaks and birch, eventually arriving at the Friday Street car park. Turn right through the car park and follow a path with wooden rails running above the road. This path leads down to the road and lakeside at the beauty spot of Friday Street. The Stephan Langton pub will be found a short distance on the right round the lakeside but you will need to retrace your steps to rejoin the walk. 10. Turn left just before the lake along a broad path by Pond Cottage, which usually has jam and relishes for sale. This leads over a ford with a little bridge and past picturesque Yew Tree Cottage with its scarecrow, eventually reaching a crossing path before a large wooden gate. On its left is a beautiful old

weir bridge with the Tillingbourne and water meadows on each side. Go through the gate and continue ahead with water meadows of the Tillingbourne on show on your left. After some distance the broad path comes to a signposted fork. Fork right going uphill. The path flattens and eventually descends to cross a water meadow. In spring there are copious bluebells here. It then curves right by a fence to a stile leading into a field. Go ahead, slightly right, aiming to the right of a brown hut and another stile. The track leads out to the main A25 road by the Wotton Hatch. 11. Go straight over the main road and down  a lane, ignoring a footpath right, to the church of St John The Evangelist, Wotton. The hamlet of Wotton is very scattered so it is not surprising that the church stands alone, overlooking a broad sweep of the North Downs. Go through the churchyard, ignoring the footpath left. After passing the church on your right, go over a stile in the fence on the left and turn right to rejoin the fenced footpath, now running between fields. After a hazel hedge the path passes through a wood of beeches, larches and scots pines (more bluebells in spring), goes through a gate and across a field, usually of oats. At the other side, at a junction of tracks, turn left on a bridleway. 12. Fork right on the bridleway towards the large ancient barn of Park Farm, with the bright cream coloured farmhouse on your right, and pass between the venerable buildings. The path goes beside a field, round the field corner and reaches a road. Cross the road, slightly left, to a marked bridleway opposite. Follow the bridleway, shortly arriving at the Wilberforce Monument which commemorates the death of Bishop Wilberforce. From the monument, turn left uphill back to the car park.

DISTANCE:8.75 miles OS MAPS: OS Explorers 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. GRID REFERENCE: TQ103479 STARTING POINT: Abinger Roughs car park, Whitedown Lane, Abinger Hammer RH5 6QS. This walk is taken from with kind permission. It can also be downloaded from that website with more detailed mapping.

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

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the Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm, also every first and third Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free; just turn up. For more information phone Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962 or visit uk Godalming Together CIC will shortly be launching a new Godalming map. Sized A3, coloured and doublesided, the map will provide visitors with a clear picture of our historic town and will be available from the Visitors Information Point in the museum. Godalming Together has updated its website and within the next 12 months it will be a onestop media outlet for everything of interest to visitors to Godalming. Go to www.godalmingtogether. Another very good piece of news is that in conjunction with Go Godalming, Godalming Town Council and generous donations from the NIBS-Wells fund, GOLO and Peter Martin’s Surrey Count Council Fund

there will be a defibrillator situated in The Pepperpot with 24/7 access from 3rd May. The same day will see the launch of the Map in The Museum at 12 noon and there will be defibrillator demonstrations by the St. John Ambulance from 11am to 2pm in The Pepperpot. There are lots of gardens open during May under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Have you got your ‘Yellow Book’ yet? See www. for more information on this and all the NGS gardens open during the summer. Cranleigh Cycling Club is hosting a fund raising Reliability Ride event on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014, open to any cyclists who would like to join them. The event is in memory of club member Jaap van der Leeden and all money raised after expenses will be dontated to the British Heart Foundation. For more information and to register for the event please visit


May is one of the best months to give fishing a go! The water has warmed up properly and fish are feeding hard, putting on weight prior to spawning time. At Marsh Farm, near Milford Station they have one of the best summer fisheries in the country. The beautiful three lake complex is owned and managed by Godalming Angling society and is available on a day ticket basis to non-members at the very reasonable cost of £7 a day for adults and £5 for juniors. There is a large on-site tackle shop for all your tackle requirement (and cups of tea or coffee and cold drinks) as well as excellent toilet facilities. If you fancy a day by the waterside and some early season angling for specimen tench and crucian carp give Marsh Farm a visit. Look out for the Marsh Farm Junior Open Day on the 12th of July where juniors and their families can visit the complex and give fishing a go free of charge, with all tackle and bait provided by the club. There are a couple of great jazz gigs coming up in May. On Wednesday


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Music in the Park 2014 Summer must be on the way as we can now announce the programme for Music in the Park 2014. You can look forward to no less than 21 concerts on Sunday afternoons, starting from 11th May. All the regular concerts take place from 3pm to 5pm at the bandstand in the Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming. Entry is free, so bring along a deckchair, a picnic, a group of friends and while away your summer afternoons listening to good music in a wonderful setting by the River Wey. VantagePoint is sponsoring the concert on the 10th August, so please come and say hello, and Saturday 13th September sees Godalming’s own ‘Proms in the Park’, starting at 5.30pm. Always popular, make sure you come early to celebrate the end of the season in true British style! 11th May Barlow Robbins Concert featuring Godalming Band 18th May Amy Lou Concert featuring Claire Phoenix Band (sophisticated jazz) 25th May Junction 4 Big Band 1st June Mark Rankin Celebration Concert featuring New London Concert Band

6th July Rotary Festival Bandstand Concert 12 noon - Roffe Swayne featuring Pandemonium Steel Band 3pm - Joint Burial Committee Concert featuring The Salts 13th July Godalming Town Council featuring Slinfold Band for Songs of Praise 20th July Sungard Concert featuring Azure Rock Band

8th June Godalming Butchers Concert featuring HOUSE (rock band)

27th July Boots Opticians Concert featuring Godalming Rock Choir

15th June Dragonfly Office Interiors Concert featuring twentyfivemiles (motown)

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22nd June Physio 1 to 1 Concert featuring The Bourne Concert Band 29th June The ARTHOUSE Meath Concert featuring Godalming 6th Form College Band May 2014

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7th May Guildford Jazz present Chris Biscoe at Jazz @ The Cavern, The Freeholder’s, St. John’s St, Farncombe, GU7 3EJ. A notable presence on the UK jazz scene since the seventies, saxophonist Chris Biscoe is well known for his collaborations and recordings that pay tribute to the music of some of the giants of jazz, including Charlie Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Chris is joined by Kate Williams on piano and Stu Butterfield on drums. Doors 8pm, music from 8.30 pm Tickets: £12/£10 in advance, from or Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334. Then on Tuesday 13th May Mark Crooks and Colin Oxley will be playing at the Electric Theatre Jazz Café, Onslow Street, Guildford, GU1 4SZ. Mark, winner of the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991, plays clarinet and tenor sax, while Colin, Jazz Musician of the Year by the Worshipful Company

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and into Godalming at lunchtime. I’m exhausted just writing this! On Saturday May 3rd St Johns Church Farncombe will be holding their 34th Spring Fair at The Burys Field Godalming. This is a great event for all the family and at the same time funds are raised not just for St Johns Church but lots of other charities. Finally, last month we profiled the Farncombe Day Centre but erroneously referred to it as the Day Care Centre. They have asked us to point out that they do not provide a day care facility and they are just a day centre, and a very successful one at that. FIND OUT MORE

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