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

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

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Jottings August is traditionally a relatively quiet month when it comes to events. It is after all the busiest month of the year for family holidays and many clubs and societies don’t have meetings or functions during this period. However, if you are staying at home there are compensations. For a start everything is a little less frantic and the roads are much quieter! Whatever you’re doing, have a great holiday. Farnham Music and Drama are running their successful Explore@ FMD workshops again this summer, on Monday 28th July (too late I fear) and Wednesday 20th August, 10am- 4.30pm with a brief concert at the end. The workshops are aimed at children between 5- 10 years who would like to learn an instrument or who would like to find out more about music, drama and art. The days will help children build confidence and develop musical skills. They will be singing, trying out orchestral and percussion instruments and performing, while part of the day will be at Garden Gallery where children will experiment with different art materials to create a colourful piece to display. Sibling discounts available. Find out more at www. farnhammusicanddrama.com or call us on 01252 727617. There are lots of children’s activities happening this summer at Secretts Pick Your own. Too many to list here, but they go on until the 29th August


and include magic shows, children’s rides and slides, circus skills, falconry displays and face painting. Visit www. secretts.co.uk for more information. Hopefully, many of you have a copy of the National Garden Scheme yellow booklet. It lists all the Gardens that are open to the public during the summer months. Anyway, in case you haven’t a copy here a few local ones that are open in August. Bardsley in Haslemere GU27 1BS is open on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August (11-5pm) – wander through fragrant herb, wildflower and rose parterres bordered by lavender and box, enjoy the herbaceous borders, raised vegetable beds and fruit garden. Classic MGs on view, home-made teas. Admission £4.50, children free. Frimley Green Gardens, Frimley GU16 6HE will be open on Wednesday 27th August (25pm). As featured in Surrey Life, three very different village gardens: designer chic at Tabor; a romantic cottage garden at Wildwood; a long showcase of colour at Oakleigh. Teddy raffle, home-made teas for RNOH. Combined admission £5, children free. Full details on the website at www.ngs.org.uk. Guildford Rambling Club meets on Sunday 3rd August. They will meet at 10am by the Hen and Chicken on the A31 at Upper Froyle for an 8.5 mile circular walk via East Worldham. They will also be meeting at 10am on Sunday 10th August by the Chequers in Well for a 9.5 mile figure of eight walk. See www.guildfordramblingclub.org.uk.


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As Wings & Wheels celebrates its 10th Show this August bank holiday, we take a look back at its humble beginnings in 2005 to its present day status as one of the best airshows in the UK. In 2005 Dunsfold Aerodrome and Brooklands Museum put their heads together and created an event that celebrated and showcased the history of British aviation and motoring. The end result was Wings & Wheels which, to this day, presents an incredible mix of air and motoring displays for a relaxed family day out. Described as ‘Surrey’s most secret airfield’, the Aerodrome was cloaked in secrecy and screened from public gaze for over 50 years and only became public knowledge when its records were de-classified in the 1990s. Constructed in just 20 weeks by the Canadians, a variety of aircraft operated from Dunsfold Aerodrome between 1942 and 1945 including B-25 Mitchell bombers, Typhoons, Mustangs, Mosquitoes and Spitfires. After the war, the airfield was used as a repatriation centre and over 47,000 prisoners of war were returned to their homelands using Dakota, Lancaster, Stirling and Halifax aircraft. In 1950 the Hawker Aircraft Company Ltd, (today part of BAE Systems), moved into Dunsfold, using the airfield as a flight test centre for its parent factory at Kingston, testing and refurbishing Sea Hawks, Hunters, Sea Furies, Gnats, Harriers and Hawks for the worldwide markets. 8

Each year the organisers from Dunsfold Aerodrome pay homage to the history and it’s this element of the air display which makes the show unique. The line-up in 2014 won’t disappoint, with the early history represented by the Spitfire, Mustang, Hawker Hurricane, Douglas DC-3 (C47), B-25 Mitchell, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flights’ Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane and the prized Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). The later years will be represented by the Red Arrows Hawk, Red Duo Gnats, Royal Navy Sea Fury and Hawker Hunter. A host of civilian favourites are also included in the five hour air displays from the Avro Vulcan and Brietling Wingwalkers to The Blades and Turbulent Team. The ‘Wings’ of the event would not be complete without a close-up inspection of all the weekend’s visiting aircraft and Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ which is also open for tours – a new and popular addition in 2013. The more recent history of the aerodrome will resonate with car fans across the world as the motoring element incorporates the world famous Top Gear track. Supercars and classic and vintage icons put on awe-inspiring displays vantagepointmag.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Military Zone and Parade adds some classic nostalgia to the ‘Wheels’, as the regal military vehicles complete a cavalcade for spectators before taking their place in the zone’s living history and re-enactment displays including live battles which are not for the feint hearted! The 32 acre public arena is now bursting with a huge variety of interactive attractions and contains all you need for a great family day out. The show boasts laser quest, paintballing, kitplane demonstrations, aviation and motoring August 2014


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

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




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At the same time as above, The Gallery is also exhibiting the work of Peter Hayes. It’s titled Time and Nature in Raku. Peter Hayes is interested in - why and how ‘things’ are made of clay. One of the major introductions he had to ceramics was digging Neolithic Iron Age and Roman Samien shards on archaeological digs somewhere in Wales while trying to survive as an art student in Birmingham. He is drawn to shapes of artefacts and objects from other cultures and other times, but that remain timeless. Opening times are as above and entry is also free. Farnham Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild is holding the annual Garden Party on Tuesday 12th August from 2pm in the Victoria Garden with tea and cake served in the Methodist Church Hall. Do go along and help the ladies raise some money for ‘Help for Heroes’. There will be the usual tombola and bring and buy stall as well as other activities. Everyone welcome. For more information phone 01252 722690 or 01252 712503 or e-mail zelbob@aol.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collectibles include Toby jugs and even Stafforshire Spaniels

My key advice here is to enjoy any antiques that you acquire and if prices dip, weather the storm as they will eventually recover.


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

many collectors who will buy damaged items as examples of pieces that they perhaps do not already possess in their collections. 9. Avoid the fakes Unfortunately the market is flooded with bogus or fake items. There are minefields in some areas of collecting. A good example of this is in the Chinese market, where fakes are almost as good as the original pieces and they can fool even the best of dealers and collectors. The skills of the Chinese craftsmen is as good today as it was centuries ago and the raw materials such as clay for making the items is still available. 10. Don’t over clean! Time and again I see items that have been over cleaned, particularly in the areas of silver ware, other metals and furniture. Nothing beats the appearance of the patina of age. Removing this by overzealous cleaning removes the character and value of the item. Furniture develops a pleasing ‘look’ with age and use. Removing this by brutal sanding or over polishing reduces the charm and appeal of the piece. I always say that we can return an item to its original brand new appearance but you cannot put back the look of age once it has been removed. Silver hallmarks are often found to have been rubbed away by such cleaning practices and this will drastically reduce the value of such pieces. FIND OUT MORE

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way, they’ve got a packed programme of workshops where each week you’ll make and learn new things to help you along your journey. Archery taster sessions, stage sword fighting, craft workshops, sow and grow, music workshops and lots more. More details on the website www.rhs.org. uk/wisley. There is also a barefoot trail, birds of prey, garden games and storytelling, so go and join the fun in the garden.

Service. Entry is £6 with under 16’s free. Parking is free. All profits raised by the show are used by the Cranleigh Lions to support individuals, families and charitable organisations that need a helping hand. This year some of the profits will be helping Oakleaf, Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled, Rowleys Centre for the Community and TALK. Full details can be found on the website www.cranleighlions.org/ classiccarshow.

On Sunday 17th August from 9.30am to 4.30pm there will be one of the largest one-day classic car shows in the south-east. It takes place on Cranleigh Showground (GU6 7DW) and is organised by the Cranleigh Lions. There will be around 1,800 classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes, arena events, autojumble, trade, antique and craft stands, food and drink, ice cream, a live band and some great attractions for the kids. In the arena you can see displays of interesting vehicles and clubs, plus a selection of vehicles from the Brooklands Museum Trust and a demonstration from the Cranleigh Fire

Milford Farmers’ Market is on Sunday 17th August, 10am-1.30pm at Secretts’, Milford GU8 7FU. Come and support your resolutions of eating healthier, tasty food and supporting the local economy and environment. Lots of fresh quality local produce, a feast for eyes and palate, and a chance to meet the farmers and growers. You can sample scotch eggs, turkey sausages and a range of handmade cheeses, both hard and soft. There are many condiments, chutneys, jams, sauce and curry mixes to enliven cold meats, fish and salads. Charity of the Month: Guide Dogs. More information at www.surreyfarmersmarkets.org.


Barrelhouse ‘14’, Elstead’s Beer & Cigar Box Guitar Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd August. Jointly hosted by Elstead Sports Bar and Elstead Cricket Club it will be held at the Recreation Ground, Thursley Road, Elstead. There will be 18 local ales, allday barbeque, and music provided by twelve or so cigar box guitar bands that will provide entertainment from early afternoon through until 11.30pm. What are cigar box bands you might well ask? Well they are much as the name suggests. Cigar box guitars originate from the 1860s when the US Government started taxing boxes of cigars as a means of funding the American Civil War. The discarded boxes (whisky boxes too) soon found their way into homes where they were crafted into guitars, fiddles and ukuleles for home entertainment, the centre being in Mississippi. Apparently blues guitarists such as Muddy Waters and Carl Perkins started out on these instruments. In the pavilion, there will be a ‘Make and Play’ cigar box guitar workshop organised by and under the expert tuition of ‘Chickenbone John’, a long-

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time enthusiast of the instrument. It will begin at 11am and run until approximately 4pm. All components, tools, instruction and finally a basic playing lesson are included in the cost of £40. These courses are excellent value and therefore sell out very quickly so reserve your place at:www. chickenbonejohn.com/events. This sounds like a really fun day. I have mentioned Wings & Wheels a number of times but of course the event is now nearly upon us. It’s taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Nr Guildford. On the wheels front, the world famous, record-holding display team the Royal Signals White Helmets will headline the Wings & Wheels Stunt Zone. On the wings side, you will be able to enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane), Vulcan, Chinook, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) prized Avro Lancaster, B25 Mitchell and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the five hour flying

displays. For four and two wheeled fans, supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a two hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum. Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5-15yrs); £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5’s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572. A caffeine-fuelled collaboration between two Surrey food businesses is helping support poverty-stricken families in Uganda. Liz Usher of Mummy Makes Fudge has developed Bukonzo Coffee Fudge, which she flavours with crushed, roasted Arabica coffee beans. The Farnham-based fudgemaker sources her beans from the Happy Coffee Bean project which is run by a small charity based in Shalford, to help the poorest people


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Dude Food A new cookery school in Abinger Hammer provides food for thought, says Stefan Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Abinger Cookery School, Guildford Road, Abinger Hammer, Surrey RH5 6RZ. Please telephone: 01306 730470, email info@abingercookeryschool.com or visit abingercookeryschool.com for more information. In addition to their day courses, Abinger Cookery School also runs a five day Chalet Cooks Course and are currently offering 50% off all chalet cooks courses in August. Contact them for more details.

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range of fantastic stalls growing ever more eclectic; all carefully selected to bring you the ‘best of local’. The vintage and antique section is thriving; Vintage Chic brings beautiful vintage pieces for the home and Ann Jefferies brings her beautiful, expertly selected antique and vintage jewellery. Try amazing Gelato from Jella’s Gelato – ice cream does not get any better than this. Twinkling Hearts return with their beautiful Swarovski crystal jewellery and find wonderful handmade sculptures and decorations from Ted’s Garden- you won’t be able to resist! When it’s time for a spot of lunch, you could head to regular street food favourites Ambrose Sausages tasty gourmet hot dogs or eat out retro style with The Flying Ducks vintage caravan – fish finger sandwiches to die for! Do go along and peruse the beautiful stalls, refuel at the hot food stands, stock up on local treats and most importantly, discover something new. The market is situated at Tweseldown Racecourse, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, GU52 0DY. Adults £1 children under 16 years free. Open from 9am to 4pm. Dogs on a lead welcome.

The next History of Hale Project coffee meeting on 30th August will be extended from 12 noon to 2.30pm to enable more visitors to enjoy the memorabilia to commemorate the start of the WWI. One of the prize exhibits will be a set of false teeth! Made especially for Wendy’s grandfather William Alfred Wilkinson of Badshot Lea, who had part of his face shot away, they have been on show at the Medical Museum at Mytchett. Medals belonging to relations of members will be polished and exhibited along with letters and documents that have been collected by members of the project. Continuing with WWI events, relations of the Hale men named on the Memorial will be asked to plant a cross in the gardens on the anniversary year of their death on Armistice Sunday, and each year after until 1918/19. They also intend to place some large poppies in the hedge around the Memorial on Sunday 3rd August. Michael Young in still researching Hale Pubs past and present and he would like to hear any stories and personal recollections that you can recall. Please note that there


will be no afternoon meetings during the summer months so the next one will be on Friday 12th September from 2.30- 4pm. Nominations are now open for the annual Farnham Sports Awards. Any sports club or individual can show their appreciation to those who make a difference to sport in Farnham. Farnham Awards are organised by the town’s sports council and past winners include rugby player Jonny Wilkinson and cricketer Graham Thorpe. To make a nomination, it’s a very simple process - just go to the Active Surrey website - surreysportsawards@activesurrey. com. Nominations opened last month and they close on Sunday 31st August. You can nominate athletes, volunteers, teams and coaches for a wide range of awards. All nominations are assessed by a judging panel and then all worthy nominations are invited to their local award ceremony at Farnham Rugby Club on Monday 6th October to find out if they have won. GO FOR IT!

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“Mum is very fond of her carer”

Melody Care were there when we needed them most Good health is something many of us take for granted. Those who have to care for a loved one with failing health know only too well the devastating effects this has on their quality of life. So often people’s worlds are turned upside down when a parent or spouse become seriously ill or lose the ability to care for themselves. It is when this happens that professional help is often needed. Melody Care has an enviable reputation for providing Care Assistants to help share the burden. Whatever the circumstances might be, Melody Care will be there when the help is needed most. Highly Recommended Melody Care is increasingly being recommended by health professionals and grateful clients alike who have experienced at first hand the wonderful care provided by the Melody Care team. “All your carers I have met so far are lovely! We all really appreciate the care package you have set up so efficiently at such short notice” wrote one client recently. Another wrote: “Melody Care has done a wonderful job of looking after mum and I know she is very fond of her carers. I would also like to say how accommodating you have all been and the care that mum has received has been really excellent.”

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Attitude Melody Care is also held in high regard by its Care Assistants as well as its clients. “The attitude is so much better than Agencies I have worked for previously”, says Kate Hedgman, who joined Melody Care last year. “Melody Care is very approachable and they put far more effort into the training than anybody else. I also like the contact I have with the office and the other Care Assistants. Everyone is so helpful. It’s a lovely company to work for.” Kate previously worked for another local Agency and in the Dementia Unit of a local Care Home.

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She took eight years out of work to care for her terminally ill father. She then chose to work for Melody Care where she has received numerous compliments from both her various clients and their families too as she helps them when they need it the most. Some of the things Melody Care can do for any client: Personal Care & Support Toileting, bathing, washing and dressing Help with getting up in the morning and going to bed at night Overnight sleep-over or waking night Meal preparation Overseeing Medication Shopping, collecting Prescriptions or pensions Dementia Care Rehabilitation aftercare at home Respite Care Palliative Care Help with learning, physical and sensory disabilities Escorted outings General housework and domestic chores

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

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Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It’s the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed. So, why not join one of the best choirs in the south-east - the Vivace Chorus? Their first rehearsal of the 2014-2015 season is on Monday 1st September in central Guildford starting at 7.15pm. Just turn up at Holy Trinity Church in the High Street and give them a try. Their first concert will the Bach’s Mass in B minor on 15th November in Guildford Cathedral. There are plenty more details on their website: www. vivacechorus.org. St John’s Hale, St Mark’s Upper Hale and St George’s Badshot Lea will be holding their annual summer fete in the gardens of The Rectory, 25 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, GU9 0NX on Saturday 6th September at 12 noon. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a late summer lunch with a BBQ, light lunches, ice creams and afternoon teas. Stalls will include: books, bric a brac, toys, toiletries, home made produce, fashion accessories, plants, cakes and

bottle tombola. There will be a bouncy slide for children’s entertainment plus a grand raffle with a chance to win lots of prizes. Have fun! Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is excited at the launch of its first Dash of Colour, a colourful fun run with a difference! Dash of Colour is part of the new Colour Run craze which is gaining huge popularity across the world, also known as ‘the happiest 5k on the planet’, Colour Runs are about happiness, individuality and giving back to the community. Participants wear white clothing, and can run, walk or jog the 5k route. At every kilometre mark they are showered with beautiful, multi-coloured powder paint, and finish the course covered in bright, vivid colours. Dash of Colour will take place at 11am on Saturday 6th September, at Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green. It will be a truly unique way for people to raise money for our wonderful local hospice. Don’t forget that Phyllis Tuckwell receives very little government funding and needs to raise over £15000 each day to continue their wonderful work caring


for 140 terminally ill patients and their families each day, across West Surrey and North-East Hampshire, both in their homes and at the Hospice. To register for Dash of Colour, visit www. pth.org.uk or call 01252 729446. Farnham Amnesty International welcomes you to a talk by Hannah Perry, Amnesty International U.K. board member. She will speak about Amnesty worldwide on Monday 8th September, 7.30pm for 8pm in the Pavilion meeting room, St Andrew’s Church, Upper Church Lane, Farnham GU9 7PW. After the rumblings in the supporter ranks last year about the devolving or redirecting of some UK resources to the Amnesty centres in the global South, which resulted in an EGM in 2013, it should be of great interest to hear what Hannah has to say about developments in the global Amnesty International network. Open to all and free. Contact Pauline Lalor 01252 312602, www.amnesty.org. uk/groups/farnham. There is quite rightly, considerably more discussion and publicity given

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WWI on canvas On Monday 4th August, 100 years to the day since Great Britain declared war on Germany, Sandham Memorial Chapel will re-open to the public. The chapel, which has drawn praise such as ‘Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel’, houses an epic series of nineteen works by Stanley Spencer, created to honour the forgotten dead of the First World War. The chapel is the only National Trust building dedicated to the WWI. These incredible large-scale canvas panels, considered by many to be Spencer’s finest achievement, are returning following an acclaimed touring exhibition at Somerset House in London and Pallant House in Chichester. They will once again be seen in the chapel, now cared for by the National Trust. To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the WWI, and to mark the reopening of the chapel after a year’s extensive conservation work, a community-inspired garden has been created which will offer a tranquil and reflective space for all visitors, with circular paths, fruit trees, cottage garden scented planting and a vegetable plot. The chapel and paintings The chapel was built by John Louis and Mary Behrend primarily to house the products of Stanley Spencer’s artistic genius – his ‘castle in the sky’, as they called it. It was dedicated to the memory of Mary’s brother, Harry Sandham, who died in the War. Spencer painted scenes of his own wartime experiences, as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier on the Salonika front. His works focus on the domestic rather than the combative and evoke everyday experiences through which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance. Spencer took six years to create his paintings, completing them in 1932. In his own words, they are “a symphony of rashers of baco” with “tea-making obligato” which describe the banal daily life that, to those from the 30

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

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

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

FIND OUT MORE Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, nr Newbury, Hampshire, RG20 9JT. Tel: 01635 278 394. Opening hours: Sandham Memorial Chapel will be open seven days a week from Tuesday 5th August 2014. Tickets must be pre-booked and are sold in slots every 60 minutes. Full details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sandham-memorial-chapel.



FARNHAM COMMUNITY GAMES – Monday 25th August 2014 American Football – Archery – Badminton – Basketball – Boccia – Bowls – Cricket – Croquet - Cycling – Dance Disabled sport – Football – Golf – Hockey – Karate – Netball – Orienteering Roller Derby – Rowing/machines Rugby – Running/club – Sailing/club – Squash – Stella Hancock Carriage Driving – Stoolball or Rounders Swimming/club – Tae Kwon Do – Table Tennis – Volleyball (sitting) – and more!

On 35th August, Bank Holiday Monday, a wide range of local sports clubs - at least 30 sports - will be holding ‘come and try’ sports and fitness sessions for all the family.

partners and to all those clubs who give up their time and bring their enthusiasm to make it possible”.

Farnham Community Games will take place at Farnham Rugby Club in Monkton Lane from 12 noon to 4pm. The opening ceremony will be performed by a special guest and then by Stagecoach Theatre Arts Farnham.

The combined facilities at the two clubs enable a wide range of sports to be accommodated. Sue Keogh, who represents the rugby club on the organising committee said: “we are pleased to be involved with promoting community sport at the rugby club, there are great benefits to being actively involved in sport, or sport volunteering, and we enjoy hosting the Games”.

On the day there will be refreshments, live music, a barbecue and free parking. You can also compete in a mini ‘superstars’ event and there will be a gentle family run around the grounds at 4pm which will close the event. St John Ambulance will also be there providing free tuition in CPR/recovery and first aid. The Community Games is a national project and this year there will be over 2000 community games events around the UK. It is the main legacy project for increasing participation in sport following on from the London 2012 Games. Farnham pioneered the way by hosting a Community Games Day for the local community wedged between the Olympic and Paralympic Games nearly two years ago. The 2012 and 2013 Community Games held in Farnham each year attracted over 1000 visitors to the ‘have a go’ sessions provided by over 30 local sports clubs. Event organiser, David Gill said: “we are very fortunate to have the continued and valued support of the excellent facilities at the host venues - Farnham Rugby Club and the David Lloyd Club – and the support of local sports clubs in Farnham is magnificent. Our particular thanks go to Geoff Robins and the committee at Farnham Rugby Club and to Linden Henson, the General Manager at the David Lloyd Club, also to all our 32

The Farnham event is regarded as the national ‘benchmark’ Games because of the event’s aim of fostering partnerships and providing fun taster sessions in a wide range of sports for the local community. The new national Community Games promotional video is entirely based on the Farnham event and can be found on YouTube and is the one on the home page of the national website www.communitygames.org.uk. On behalf of all the local community, the organisers would like to say “thanks” to all of the valuable sports clubs and their volunteers in the Farnham area.

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love your lavender Our lavenders have completely finished their flowering display now, and it is a prime time to give them a decent haircut and get them back into shape. There is often some doubt about how to keep these popular shrubs in prime condition; despite them being a mainstay of so many of our gardens. Firstly, remember they cannot regenerate from the oldest of wood if pruned to the point where no leaves remain; therefore the trick is to deadhead the plant, and reduce the section of green growth that exists between the wood and the bottom of the flower stem. This reduces the height of the plant and helps to keep it compact. If your plant is very woody and ‘leggy’ you can ‘drop layer’ which is basically lifting the plant, digging a deeper hole and popping it back in, feeding the soil back around the stems, which take root and give you a cluster of new plants. This needs to be done in spring however as it causes the plant some initial stress that could push it over the edge in a cold winter if done in late summer/autumn. 36

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

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to the huge subject of dementia. I can tell you that free, informative and informal one hour dementia awareness sessions are now a regular feature in Farnham. They offer a better understanding of what living with dementia is like. For details of the next session, email alastair.shanks@ rightathomeuk.com. For the second year running the Rural Life Centre at Tilford has passed the first hurdle in the prestigious Telegraph ‘Family Friendly Museum Award’. The Centre is included in the top 20 museums selected from 800 nominations. The results were announced in the Sunday Telegraph on 22nd June and on the Kids in Museums website. A short list will be announced in the Telegraph any time now before the winner is selected later in the year. The Centre has a great 1960’s period playground and kids can get involved in the “hands on” activities around the site. The buildings contain extensive collections of artefacts concerned with past life in the countryside. There is a team of 70 volunteers who maintain the


site and organise the activities. In the school holidays ‘Activity Thursdays’ are very popular. Also look out for Sunday Funday in August. The Rural Life Centre is situated in Reeds Road, Tilford GU10 2DL. Have a look at the website www.rural-life.org.uk. West Surrey Guild of Spinners Weavers & Dyers next meeting is on Tuesday 9th September. Their aim is to spread and continue the skills of spinning, weaving and dyeing in a friendly and enjoyable way. All are welcome to their meetings at the United Reform Church, South Street, Farnham GU9 7QU. Their next speaker is Ian Tate on The Love of Wood and turning it into bobbins and spindles. Starts at 10.30am. For further details of their spinning and craft days, have a look at the website www. WSGSWD.org.uk. Most counties in England (including Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex) hold an annual Ride & Stride, on the second Saturday in September (13th this year), to raise money for the restoration and repair of buildings for Christian worship. The idea is that


cyclists and walkers are given a list of churches and chapels in the area of their choice. They map out their own route to pedal or walk having asked their friends to reward their efforts. The money collected is divided into two. Half the monies go to the church or chapel of the cyclist’s or walker’s choice, probably your own, the other half is retained by the County Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen years that the Bike Ride (now Ride & Stride) has been running in Surrey over £250,000 has been raised. Ride & Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant September Saturday while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year! Details from your local church or from donaldson@ haslemere.com. Supporters who prefer not to ‘ride or stride’, please consider sponsoring volunteers involved in this important event. For more information, visit www. surreychurchespreservationtrust.org. Contempo is a modern show choir for adults aged 18+. They rehearse fortnightly at Aldershot Library and


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

At one level or another, all the participants in the trial are aware of these things. The presence of an audience almost inevitably changes their behaviour: they feel pressure not just to be natural and truthful, but to work up a show. They don’t happen in this country but there is some pressure The barristers must satisfy popular expectation to hold them (especially from broadcasters with an eye to the and play to the gallery. If the accused is pleadratings), and we have all been treated to continuous coverage of ing innocence he’ll need to look innocent, or if the trial of the South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius. The argu- he’s hoping for mitigation demonstrate contriments for televising court cases are, tion by shedding tears, on the face of it, compelling. We live Televised trials are a devil’s bargain because without the in a democracy where there should that turns the audience into voyeurs tears the audience will be as much freedom of information and encourages the participants to doubt the contrition. as possible, and our system of justice put on an act. What starts as a trial on is an aspect of that democracy. Justelevision soon becomes tice should not only be done but seen to be done, so the more trial by television. people who can observe justice in action, the better. Real justice, however, is not concerned with And yet when vast numbers of people are watching at close drama but with finding out the truth – and quarters, a strange sorcery occurs. Honesty appearances can distract and sincerity become early casualties. Telefrom the truth. Most statues vised trials are a devil’s bargain that turn the which symbolise ‘Justice’ deaudience into voyeurs and encourage the pict a lady who not only carparticipants to put on an act. These trials do, ries a sword and scales but let’s be clear, make irresistible viewing. At wears a blindfold. This tells any time, most of us are happy just to gape at us that she will do her duty other people’s business, hence the old joke, “I without fear or favour, ignorlove work: I can sit and watch people do it for ing identity, wealth and rank. hours”. But trials on telly are terrific: adverBut it also suggests that she saries clash; barristers argue with each other won’t take any notice of viand distraught, angry or evasive witnesses; sual attempts to entertain or there is suspense because the result is as yet deceive her. Trials on teleunknown. All the ingredients of drama are vision are enormous fun to here. Even more closely than in the theatre, watch, but they don’t serve we can study the face of the accused. Is he inthe cause of justice. nocent or guilty? And best of all, the drama is not make-believe: Do you agree with Andrew? What irritates you it’s for real! Nevertheless, what we’re after is not so much the these days? Please write in or let us know at editor@vantagepublishing.co.uk. truth as entertainment. August 2014


Frensham Common There are few walks which better illustrate the varied nature of Surrey’s landscape than this one. At the beginning and end there is pleasant walking in coppiced woodland, while the middle section goes through an area of forestry reminiscent of parts of Scotland. Much of the return leg, along the ridge of Kettlebury Hill, gives wide views northwards to Guildford and beyond. Skyfall was filmed here, with parts of the common appearing as the site of James Bond’s ancestral Scottish mansion.

The walk From the Frensham Common Little Pond car park off Priory Lane, turn right along the road and shortly after passing Pond Cottage turn right at a public footpath sign to skirt the pond. Frensham Little Pond, which used to be called Crowsfoot was built in 1246 on the orders of the medieval bishop William de Raley and contained bream, pike and carp. As the path winds its way through pine trees it’s hard to imagine a more pleasant way to begin a walk. Where the path forks at a fence on the left bear left and follow this out of National Trust land. The enclosed path becomes a track between fields, with a tree nursery to the right. Keep straight on over another track – there are initially pine woods to the left and a field to your right. Pass through a barrier and at a path junction turn sharp right onto a bridleway. This soon meets a road – turn left onto this – and pass through swampland. Cross the ford, where there is a footbridge and immediately after this leave the road by bearing left to follow the blue waymarked post of a bridleway. At a path junction after Gray Walls turn left onto another bridleway and keep on this main track to pass to the rear of Lowicks House with its large pond. The bridleway gradually ascends to a main path junction. Turn left here past a paddock on the left and the sandy track descends past the driveway to Crosswater House, after which it becomes surfaced. Continue along this lane to pass nurseries and then turn left along a permissive track. This leads into an area known as the Flashes, a heathery basin which would not look out of place in the Scottish highlands. This local nature reserve is dominated by purple moor-grass, cottongrass, ling and mosses and the bog here is an important area of peatland. The track enters 40

wood again having skirted this area of emptiness, although since it has been replanted with conifers its character may soon be lost. Keep along the bridleway to pass the Devil’s Jumps, four bronze age tombs dating from around 500BC which can be seen in the meadow to the right, just before the track meets a junction of tracks. They are conical greensand outcrops known as the High Jump, Middle Jump and Stony Jump, which contain ironstone and are an important habitat for reptiles. Again keep straight on, staying with the blue waymarked bridleway (no.P5) Houses can now be seen on top of the hill ahead, and soon after the track meets a road on the outskirts of Rushmoor. Turn left along the main road and then after 100 yds turn right down a track leading to a military training area. Cross a stream, turn left onto the track beyond it and then right at the next junction of five tracks. Bear left when the track divides, and carry straight on over the next junction, climbing steeply to reach the bridleway on the crest of Kettlebury Hill. Turn left onto this. The walking is delightful on top of the sandy ridge, although noise from army firing ranges can sometimes be heard. Bear right at a bridleway fork to keep to the crest. Look out for the distinctive shape of Guildford Cathedral to the north at the next junction, which is known as the Lion’s Mouth. vantagepointmag.co.uk


There is a meeting of five ways here. Turn left along the path to the left of wooden posts and descend to a bridleway sign where this time seven paths meet. Turn half left onto bridleway 101 (as shown by a short post with an arrow) and go straight across Hankley Common golf course for 500 yards to another set of crosstracks. Keep ahead here along the Greensand Way, past a driving range and through trees to reach a wide track. Turn right and keep ahead past the club house to the road where you’ll find the Duke of Cambridge pub. Turn right and almost immediately turn left at a bridleway sign along a gravel drive, passing paddocks to bear left along a byway. Keep ahead, passing to the right of Tilford Common and enjoy this lovely, undemanding end to a walk that has covered some of the best countryside in Surrey. The leafy track emerges on to a road where you turn right and the car park at Frensham Little Pond is on your left.

DISTANCE: 7.75 miles OS MAPS: Landranger 186 (Aldershot & Guildford), Explorers 133 (Haslemere & Petersfield) and 145 (Guildford and Farnham) START GRID REFERENCE: SU 856 418 STARTING POINT: Frensham Little Pond REFRESHMENTS: The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford Road, Tilford GU10 2DD (tel 01252

792236). Food served Monday to Thursday from 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9pm. Friday from 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9.30pm. Saturday: 12pm-3:30 and 6pm-9.30pm. Sunday from 12pm-8.30pm. The walk is taken from the Pathfinder Guide to Surrey, published by Crimson Publishing at £11.99. www.crimsonpublishing.co.uk. Left: Frensham Little Pond (National Trust) Above: A view from Kettlebury Hill (Shazz)

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their current age range is from 20’s, to 60’s. They are very unique as they bring songs to life in a theatrical way using props, moves and costumes. A lady called Gemma Denman created Contempo to allow adults of all ages in the Aldershot and surrounding areas to be able to enjoy singing as a hobby. They perform modern music from the likes of Lady Ga Ga, The Beatles, Radiohead etc and are currently looking for new members. If you might be interested have a look at their website www.contempochoir.co.uk. Are your bookshelves in need of refreshment? A book sale will be held at Elstead United Reformed Church on Saturday 20th September from 10am3pm. Go along and find new exciting books to pass the time through the winter months. They will have books for all! Lose yourself in a novel or pick up the perfect companion for your hobby - there is sure to be something for you. Refreshments will be available. If you are having a summer clear out and have books to spare, please get in touch. Donations can be made from 1st September - contact Jean Wheatley on 01252 702450 or by email at elsteadurc@btinternet.com. I love hearing news about progress on the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal (WACT). I realise that I probably won’t be around to see the task completed, but great strides are being made. The latest milestone is the completion of the restoration of Southland Lock some 200 years after it was built, which is now being used by boats once again. The lock was demolished in the 1930s when the canal had fallen into disuse and many of the bricks reused on other local building projects. Reconstruction of the lock was a major challenge for the Trust, not just financially but also logistically as the site is located more than a mile from the nearest public road. WACT chairman Sally Schupke said “None of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm of the adjacent landowners. Their support made all the difference”. The focus of the restoration work will now move northwards. WACT is working on major restoration schemes near Bramley at the northern end of the canal and near Dunsfold at the summit of the waterway. For more 42

information do have a look at www. weyandarun.co.uk. Players of Elstead will be holding a bridge afternoon on Friday 3rd October in Elstead Village Hall at 1.45 for 2pm. It’s always popular so please make a note in your diary – details from Sue Gowar on 01252 702127. Their next play is Funny Money, a hilarious farce, by Ray Cooney and will show on 30th and 31st October. More details in future editions or have a look at their website www. elsteadtheatrical.co.uk. A panto is planned for the autumn of 2015; do look out for audition dates which will be published on the website early next year. PETS would love to see some new faces, young or old, so please think about whether you might join them. There are plenty of backstage jobs as well as opportunities for acting. All details from Sue Gowar or the website. Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a Grand Draw Raffle, with tickets on sale for just £1. As well as a top prize of £2,000, there are two 2nd prizes of £500, plus two third prizes of £100 and twenty runner-up prizes of £50. So you can help raise money for your local hospice whilst giving yourself a chance to win some too! The deadline for returned tickets to be entered into the draw is 20th October and the draw will take place on 27th October. Raffle tickets are available from the reception of the Hospice, on Waverley Lane in Farnham, and from all Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice shops. - You can request a book of tickets by calling the Hospice on 01252 729446. AMICA is a social group serving the Hampshire/Berkshire/Surrey border communities. They welcome single people who have just moved into the area, have changed circumstances or feel its time to move on. Both weekday and weekend events are organised by members to serve wideranging interests. You are welcome to attend an event for free by browsing their website www.amicauk.org. Please introduce yourself beforehand to one of their hosts by calling/texting 07857 135973, leaving your name and contact number for a call back as required.


I do apologise for mentioning Christmas when we are still in total summer holiday mode. However I know these things have to be thought about and booked well in advance. Following the success of last year’s ‘To Russia with Love’ themed Christmas party - Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice announced the launch of its 2014 Christmas Party: ‘Midnight in Monte Carlo’. The Hospice will once again be working in conjunction with Best Parties Ever to host this event, on Saturday 6th December, at FIVE in Farnborough. Tickets are £35 each and include a three-course dinner, full evening of live entertainment and a survivors’ breakfast! The evening will begin at 7.30pm and end at 1am. Whether you are looking for a reason to celebrate with friends and family or are on the search for somewhere for your work Christmas party – do consider booking tickets to this special event early, as they sold out very quickly last year. You will also be helping one of our most important local charities. Last year this event raised over £40,000 for them. To purchase tickets for ‘Midnight in Monte Carlo’, please call 01252 729446 or visit www.pth.org.uk. Thought that I would be the bearer of some good news. Waverley is providing the borough’s businesses with very early festive cheer by announcing free parking in its car parks during the first three Thursday afternoons and evenings in December. It will happen on 4th, 11th and 18th December from 3pm until 7pm when charging ends and means businesses can start thinking about special promotions and events to give shoppers even more reasons to visit the borough’s town and village centres. Waverley has more than 20 pay and display car parks across its main centres in Cranleigh, Godalming, Farnham and Haslemere and believe it or not, this initiative is costing Waverley around £18,000 but seems to me to be a decent idea. Motorsport legend John Surtees OBE, who we interviewed in last month’s magazine, has presented a £75,000 cheque to local charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The presentation, which took place vantagepointmag.co.uk


Farnham Music & Drama With classes for all ages from six months through to retirement, Farnham Music & Drama (FMD) offers everyone the chance to engage in the real thing, be it playing an instrument, singing, acting or simply having fun expressing themselves.

production. Centre Stage Company and Grad classes are on Saturdays from 2pm. Mini Centre Stage classes are at 3.50pm after school on Thursdays and Fridays for 40 mins.

The wonderful thing about music is that age isn’t a barrier and to celebrate this FMD are starting their new September term with the FMD Summer Fayre on 7th September from midday onwards at the Farnham Music and Drama studio, in support of Phyllis Tuckwell.

Jazz@FMD has become a regular feature at Farnham live events and is a wonderful session for young people (grade 3 standard upwards) both musically and socially. FMD have also just launched Junior Strings@FMD to give young grade 1-3 string players the opportunity to play in a group.

It will be a fun, family occasion for everyone to get together and find out a bit more about what is on offer and it will be a chance to see some of the wonderful students (of all ages) in action. There will be open sessions of Mini Maestro Music (our group for preschoolers – see below) and performances from Jazz@FMD, the Centre Stage performers and FMD Singers. There will also be a chance for visitors to explore which instrument might be right for them or their children and find out whether there are any hidden talents they could be making more of. Preschool children: Mini Maestro Music Recognising that to enjoy making music young children need to see it come to life, Edward, Jenny and Pongo the (toy) dog bring music alive for children from as young as six months up to four years in the Mini Maestro Music classes. As well as having lots of fun the children learn to play percussion instruments, try out orchestral instruments and develop their musical skills. Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. School age children: Centre Stage After Mini Maestros, the pathway for students broadens into learning an instrument, joining one of the other groups and continuing with musical theatre. Many move into Mini Centre Stage and then from seven upwards they can join the Centre Stage group to learn to sing, act, improvise and much more. Every year there is a production which involves all Centre Stage students. Centre Stage Grads (14+) also put on an annual August 2014

Adults Encouraging more adults to be involved in music is something Edward, founder of FMD, feels very strongly about. “We aim to offer a range of opportunities for adults of all abilities to bring their love of music to life or to simply come along and have fun singing or playing.” The adult programme has grown rapidly recently with the addition of a second adult choir (Fridays at 2pm) and a rusty instruments group (Mondays 9.30am). There is also an adult ensemble for strings, woodwind and brass (Mondays at 8pm) and the original FMD Singers choir (Thursdays at 8pm). Instruments Tuition is offered at all levels for a wide range of instruments for all ages and abilities. If you are interested in starting an instrument, please contact FMD for a chat. FMD’s message is clear: whatever your age, however you play, come and try us out. We offer free trials for any of our group classes or come along on 7th September to our studio at 78 Tilford road, GU9 8DW. We’d love to see you.


To find out more or have a free trial class please contact Edward on 01252 727617 or visit www.farnhammusicanddrama.com.




at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, was made to the Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell; the money will be used for ‘High Fidelity Simulators’. The Henry Surtees Foundation was inspired by John Surtees, following the tragic death of his son Henry whilst competing in a Formula 2 race in 2009 aged just 18 years old. Incidentally, the third annual ‘Henry Surtees Foundation Brooklands Team Challenge’ charity kart event at Mercedes-Benz World was held on 1st July raised an estimated £60,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum (before contractors’ direct costs). The event was organised by the Henry Surtees Foundation, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes-Benz World, working with Daytona Motorsport. Les Amitiés Françaises are preparing their winter programme, which will be published (and displayed in museums and arts centres) in August. It includes history (Napoléon); geography (Corsica); culture (a speaker from the Courtauld Gallery) - in all, 9 lectures (in French), plus social events.

More programme details next month. Further general information available from the Membership Secretary John Petty (tel 01483 861974,email johnpetty@sky.com). I thought you may like to know about this lovely story from Birdworld. Their Curator, Duncan Bolton, is currently volunteering to help rescue wild penguins in South Africa, and is leading a team of EarthWatch volunteers. Duncan has been involved with this research project for many years and it is a cause he and his keepers are hugely passionate about, hence Birdworld’s growing support of conservation work with penguins and Great Bustards. Over the past 30 years the number of African penguins breeding on Robben Island in South Africa has declined, as it has in most of the nesting colonies worldwide. The EarthWatch Project has been monitoring the birds for 14 years and has tracked and supported the population since the Treasure Oil Spill in June 2000. The team, led by Duncan has this week been carrying out census, monitoring and rescue work, measuring wild chicks, rescuing

where possible and recording valuable data on the birds. The results enable the team to conclude if the penguin chicks are receiving adequate care from their parents, which in turn shows if the penguins are managing to find enough food close enough to the island to survive. Random nests are selected throughout the season and the birds are weighed and measured, giving an indication of their overall condition. If a chick is not growing well enough it will be likely to die in the mid winter temperatures on Robben Island (nearly down to freezing point at the moment) so they are rescued and put on a ferry to Cape Town where the team at SANCCOB will care for them until they are big and strong enough to be re-released into the wild. Duncan is posting daily updates to the Birdworld Facebook page for those interested. FIND OUT MORE

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