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Jottings First of all, we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. We do hope you had a really good Christmas and unlike 2013, managed to cook Christmas dinner without disruption! We look forward to receiving all your Jottings in the coming year. If you are a club, society, school, charity or indeed anyone who is doing something for the benefit of our community and would like some publicity to increase membership or highlight an event, do email us. Although we can’t guarantee it, we will certainly try our best to include your entry. A Russian Fairytale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova is an exhibition at The Watts Gallery which opened in November and runs to Sunday 8th February. Elena Polenova was part of the generation of artists who rediscovered the folk traditions of the Moscow region – its wooden architecture, furniture and children’s toys; its icons and peasant decorations; and its vibrant tradition of folk stories and fairytales. She was the younger sister of one of Russia’s most famous artists, Vasily Polenov (1844 – 1927). During the 1870s and 1880s, Elena and Vasily spent time at Abramtsevo, an artistic colony located in a rural setting outside Moscow, that sought to recapture the quality and spirit of medieval


Russian art. Showcasing furniture designed by Elena alongside her paintings of landscapes and folktale illustrations, the exhibition will demonstrate Polenova’s important role in the Russian craft revival of the 1880s. A visit to Watts Gallery is always a pleasure, and this exhibition will make it doubly so! Here are details of events and services in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale: At St John’s Church, Hale on Sunday 4th January at 9.30am they will be celebrating Epiphany with Incense and traditional Epiphany hymns. On Monday 5th January from 9.30 to 10.20am there’s a ‘Mindfulness Session’ at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, Upper Hale. No need to book and completely free of charge. Church for those who like sticking and painting and singing and eating – Messy church is on Thursday 8th January from 3.30pm at St Mark’s, Upper Hale. Everyone sits down for a meal together at the end. Contact Alison Stickland on 01252 336059 or email alisonstickland@sky.com to let her know you are coming. St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale will be hosting the Service for Christian Unity this year on Sunday 18th January at 6pm; it will be jointly run by the Methodists, the Baptists, the Catholics and the Anglicans and will be a wonderful celebration of unity as Christians. Please do go along.


The Diocesan Health and Well-being Advisor, Suzette Jones will be giving an uplifting, informative and wise talk on the subject of Mental Health at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea on Wednesday 21st January at 7.30pm. Finally, the Annual Barn Dance, a great family event, is on Friday 30th January at 7.30pm at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children, available from Bob Shatwell - Robert.shatwell@ntlworld.com.


To get the medically-proven wellbeing benefits of singing in a choir, would you be interested in joining the Farnham & Bourne Choral Society? They are seeking to boost their membership and invite enquiries from those of any voice part. They are a friendly choir celebrating their 90th anniversary and do not have auditions. They have two main classical music concerts in November and May plus a Christmas concert. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm from September to mid-May at South Farnham School in Menin Way and apparently some of them repair to the pub afterwards for a little lubrication of the vocal chords! Rehearsals for Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and Stanford’s Songs of the Sea begin on 7th January. Their conductor is Robin Wells, the former long-time Director

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Turner at Petworth House Visitors to the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex will be able to enjoy a unique exhibition of artwork and artefacts, inspired by the themes in Mike Leigh’s award-winning film Mr. Turner.

Turner in the garden of the Chelsea cottage he shared secretly with his Margate landlady, under the name ‘Mr Booth’. The painting was last exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852 – a year after Turner’s death.

Petworth House played a starring role in the film having once been the home of one of Turner’s greatest patrons, the third Earl of Egremont.

• Turner’s personal possessions, including his fishing rod, watch and signet ring, books from his library, and his painting materials. Some of these pieces have never been on public display before.

The exhibition features over 30 works of art, mostly by Turner, and on loan from major museum collections including the Tate and V&A, alongside personal effects once belonging to the artist, some on show for the first time. Also on view are paintings and drawings by the actor Timothy Spall, created whilst he trained for his role as Turner in the film, together with props and items of costume from the feature. Highlights include: • Major loans of Turner’s paintings in oil and watercolour • Rarely seen portraits of Turner, such as John Phillip’s touching late watercolour – possibly the last painted image of the artist before his death, and CW Cope’s oil sketch, one of the very few visual records of Turner at work. • The first showing of a painting by 19th-century artist Alexander McInnes, discovered on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. It shows 8

• Props and items of costume from the film, Mr. Turner.

Below: Petworth House - Carved Room with four Turner landscapes set into Grinling Gibbons panelling - credit National Trust, Bill Batten.

• The additional 20 Turner paintings that reside permanently at Petworth House alongside countless masterpieces by other artists in five historic show rooms, several of which featured in the film. • A short film by Mike Leigh’s production company Thin Man Films, about the making of Mr. Turner at Petworth House, and featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage. Visitors can also tour the Old Library, not usually open to the public, but once used by Turner and other artist guests as a studio in the 19th century. This extraordinary space, which features in the film, hosts an exhibition of artwork by Timothy Spall, who was awarded the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Turner. vantagepointmag.co.uk

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Petworth House, Andrew Loukes said: “Mike Leigh’s work on Mr. Turner at Petworth was arguably the most significant cultural moment at the ‘house of art’ since Turner himself was a frequent guest here in the 1820s and 30s.

JMW Turner and Petworth House and Park

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775– 1851) was born in London and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1789. He is one of the best-loved English Romantic artists and became known as ‘the painter of light’ due to his use of brilliant colours for his landscapes and seascapes. The critic John Ruskin became a great champion of his work.

“Having been a major location for the film, Petworth is a fitting venue for Mr. Turner – an exhibition: a unique show of loans celebrating a great British film, inspired by its principal themes and featuring an important mix of iconic paintings and rarely seen exhibits.” The exhibition explores major themes of the film, such as travel, patronage, science, the Royal Academy and colour. Included in the collection are views reflecting Turner’s many European adventures, such as the enigmatic oil Calais Sands (Bury Art Gallery). Turner’s work at Petworth is showcased by a group from the Turner Bequest (Tate), including the famous view of the third Earl of Egremont striding out with his dogs – a scene recreated in the film. Turner’s close involvement with the Royal Academy is represented by examples of his work as student, lecturer and exhibitor, while his lifelong residence in the capital is also acknowledged through works such as The Port of London (V&A). Mike Leigh said: “Petworth wrote itself into the film rather than us having to think of possible stately homes; it is such an extraordinary, and rare, and rarefied place. “When you’re in a place like Petworth and you’re saying, ‘OK, let’s pretend it’s 1828’ and you do all the research, and get into the costumes and breathe the air, you really do experience some kind of magic.” FIND OUT MORE

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Left: Timothy Spall as Turner - Simon Mein and Thin Man Films

Turner had strong links with Petworth. During the 1820s and 30s he was a frequent visitor to the house as a guest of his friend and patron the third Earl of Egremont. The 20 paintings bought and commissioned by the third Earl continue to be enjoyed by thousands of visitors today, and are central to the story of Petworth.

Petworth House as a film location for Mr. Turner

Above: The Artist and his Admirers by JMW Turner, 1827 - Tate Britain

Mike Leigh filmed for just over a week at Petworth House, which was the seat of one of Turner’s greatest patrons - the third Earl of Egremont, played by Patrick Godfrey in the film. Turner famously had the run of the house when he visited, and annexed the enormous library as his art studio, which was vividly brought back to life in the film. Little needed to be done to the interiors to prepare them for filming; they remain much as they were during Turner’s time.

Petworth House’s splendid Carved Room is prominent in the film, and contains four landscapes painted by Turner for the 3rd Earl, two of which are of Petworth House and Park. The film also captures a scene portrayed in Turner’s painting, Petworth Park, with Lord Egremont and his Dogs (on show), which depicts the Earl walking towards the house with his dogs at sunset. Petworth House’s Marble Hall and Little Dining Room also feature.




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Caroline on 01428 714276 or have a look at their website www. grayshottdfas.org.uk. The Rotary Club of Farnham is appealing for help to educate the children of Africa by giving them your old phones and printer inks. They are following up its successful 2014 campaign ‘Wheels for Africa’, where the community contributed over 400 bikes, with a collection of old mobile phones and ink jet cartridges the proceeds of which will support an education project in Kilimanjaro. The collection will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 10th January under the arches at the Bush Hotel in Farnham. The Rotary Club of Farnham plans to apply for a matching grant from the Rotary District which would augment the funds raised from the local collection. The particular project selected by the Club this year is a village education project for a community near Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. So please store up your cartridges and old phones over


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Moving later in life When elderly parents need to downsize, it can be an ordeal for the whole family. Penny Kitchen talks to a woman who knows how to help from first-hand experience. Amanda Fyfe was a successful businesswoman with a young family when she realised that her parents, aged 75 and 85, needed to downsize – and needed help to do it. This presented problems for all the family members, not least because her parents lived several hours’ drive away. Both Amanda and her brother wanted to help, but spending weekends looking for suitable accommodation, and then helping her parents to get rid of a lifetime’s accumulation of possessions, took an increasing toll on family life, and on the emotions. “Mum was very fit and still worked full-time at Oxfam, but she was beginning to feel isolated and wanted to move closer to me. Dad who was that much older was beginning to slow down – but he didn’t want to move.” Finally Amanda’s parents were persuaded and she takes up the sory: “I found them somewhere to live, no problem; found a buyer for their house, no problem; but the practicalities of moving them from a very large four bedroom bungalow into a little two bedroom flat were huge. I was going over every weekend. I had three stepchildren living with me, a dog, a business with 18 employees to run, and an old house which required a lot of looking after. 14

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benefitted enormously from someone like Amanda. Not the stressed and overloaded Amanda who dealt with her own mother and father’s move, but the Amanda who today, as a professional ‘senior moves manager’, can stand back from the fraught family situation and guide her elderly clients through the process. A revelation On a business trip to the States shortly after her parents’ move, Amanda was telling an associate there about the ordeal. “He said to me ‘You should talk to my wife – she got in a senior moves manager.’ “The concept of a specialist helping older people downsize and move house was a revelation to me and I thought this is something I could do myself back in England. I’m usually calm and organised. I’ve always loved older people and felt relaxed with them – I loved visiting my grandparents and felt closer to my own parents when they got older.” Training in America through the Senior Moves Trade Association followed and Amanda reduced the time she spent at her other business in order to experience at first-hand what it would be like to move other people. “I had moved every three years because my father was in the army, so I could do that with my eyes closed, “ she explained, “ but it is very different moving yourself and moving someone else.” Amanda’s father died in 2011, a turning point for her. At the age of 49, she sold her business to concentrate full-time on her new venture. Today she feels well qualified to offer good advice to others who may be facing the prospect of helping to relocate elderly relatives.

• Invite other - older - family members or friends of your parents to sit in on one of these sessions so that they don’t feel they are being bullied. • Be open and truthful with them. Unfortunately, adult children may approach the issue obliquely out of respect for mum and dad. Show them reality but at the same time show them solutions. For example, point out to them “the day is coming when one of you might have a fall – who will pick you up?” Describe all the available options – care home, sheltered accommodation, ground floor flat, etc. • Parents will capitulate if the adult children give assurances often enough that they can help them. But what if adult children can’t offer help for whatever reason? Like me, they may live far away; the chemistry/history between parents and children sometimes gets in the way; and sadly, some families are estranged. Amanda believes that this is where the American concept of Senior Moves provides a solution. You will inevitably get situations where mother might want to keep something that daughter has designated for the charity shop. Says Amanda: “Someone like me coming in can spare the time to chat about a precious possession that holds a memory for the elderly person. We act as surrogate family to them because we’ll listen to them, whereas often family members have commitments of work, children at home, etc. We give them every minute of the hours we’re with them.” And importantly, there is no emotional childparent tension.

Amanda’s advice • If you haven’t already talked to elderly parents about a move, it is essential to open up a communication channel. You may not be able to convince them at first, but you have to keep trying. And if subtlety doesn’t work, you have to sit them down and say “mum and dad, we have to have a serious conversation here.”

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Who do you call? Ghost busters are possibly the only services Amanda hasn’t enlisted to help her clients! She helps get services in, contacts charities, organises house and garage clearance, makes a floor plan of the new property to help them plan in advance where pieces of furniture will go. “We can even unpack for them so that they don’t have to face new rooms full of boxes. But the important thing is, they are always in control.” She will take on any or all parts of the relocation process, but at each stage her clients are presented with choices and asked how they would like to proceed.

Questions to ask Amanda is always happy when a family calls her in at the beginning of the process and the questions she asks provide a guideline for anyone in this situation: • Do the parents want to move nearer to their family? • Should they stay where they are because they have friends in the area, because they’ve always lived there? • Are they sociable, do they like to go for a drink in the evening? Or perhaps they like gardening or to go and listen to talks? This should be taken into consideration when choosing accommodation. • What sort of support do they need now – and importantly, what support will they need in five years’ time? It’s a much shorter time frame for an older person – closer to five years than 20. The type of accommodation families choose is dependent on personality and interests as well as finance. Amanda takes her clients personally to see what’s on offer and they are sometimes pleasantly surprised. “Care homes, retirement flats and sheltered accommodation are labels that a lot of elderly people don’t like, so I might take them to visit a retirement community so they can see what it’s really like and make up their own minds.” 16

A service like this wasn’t something anyone could have envisaged needing years ago. Amanda explains why: “The change in our culture over the last 30 years means that daughters no longer live at home, or take parents in, or are there to assist when they get old. Now every woman I know works. And also we live so far away from our families now. “Older people themselves have become more independent. They are happy they’ve been able to build an independent life and they don’t want to disrupt their children’s lives. “It also has a lot to do with an improvement in health – by and large the baby boomers aren’t unhealthy, just frail. “It’s great when the adult children want to be in contact, to help and make sure their parents are OK, but it’s also nice for them to know that they can go away and someone like me will be helping to sort things out. The sad thing is where we are helping elderly people who are completely on their own, or have children who just don’t care.” Penny Kitchen in a Farnham based writer and editor. She can be reached by email at penny. kitchen@btopenworld.com. FIND OUT MORE

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tickets £15. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Personal callers can buy their tickets for all Grayshott Folk Club events from Magical Rooms, 2 Headley Road, Grayshott. Call 01428 608340 for information. The first afternoon meeting of The History of Hale Project is on 16th January from 2pm to 4pm. They do urge you to try and get there as it is important to contribute your opinions on the progress of the project. Then, at the January Coffee Morning on 31st January there will be a photographic progress report on the work to preserve the Chapels in Hale Cemetery, with photograph, and what they are aiming to do with them and their history. It’s very good news that Farnham Town Council is willing to work in partnership with them on this important development. As usual the coffee mornings are on the last Saturday in the month with the exception of December. So go along and meet your friends and enjoy the cakes from 10am-12noon.

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Even in January, there is much to do and see at RHS Garden Wisley GU23 6QB. Their website is pretty comprehensive and gives details of all upcoming events. www.rhs.org. uk/wisley . Just to give you an idea, here are a few that caught my eye. Always a favourite, Butterflies in the Glasshouse runs from Saturday 17th January to Sunday 8th March and is open from 10am to 3.45pm. It really is a tropical paradise where exotic butterflies of all sizes and colours take flight amongst plants from faroff shores. If you’re lucky one might even land on you! Normal Garden entry applies, but you can beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends and half term by going to the website. In conjunction with this, there is a Butterfly Photography Morning (non-tutored) on Thursday 29th January from 7.45am to 10.15am. Based in the Clore Learning Centre, where refreshments will be served, you will be free to visit and photograph the glasshouse and butterflies as you please. As there are only 25 places, please book as


soon as possible by calling 08456 121253, open 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. RHS members £21, non-RHS members £34. Friends of Elstead Village Hall has recently been formed to raise funds for refurbishment of the Village Hall kitchen and the Youth Centre floor. They have announced a ‘Camel Racing Night’ to be held at Elstead Village Hall on Saturday 17th January at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 to include a hot meal – bar available. Go along and join in the fun at what promises to be a hilarious evening! Call Sue Gowar for tickets on 01252 702127. Guildford Shakespeare Company, Guildford’s award-winning theatre company, has announced that actor Brian Blessed will be joining the company to play Shakespeare’s King Lear in their opening production of 2015. This will be first time that Brian has played this iconic role on stage. The production will also be the first time that he has worked on stage with




his actress-daughter Rosalind, who will be playing one of Lear’s three daughters, Goneril. The production, which runs from Saturday 17th January to Saturday 7th February, will be staged in Holy Trinity Church, Surrey’s largest Georgian church on Guildford High Street. It will be Guildford Shakespeare Company’s 24th since their inception in 2006. Performances start at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (no performances on Sunday). Tickets cost £25, £21 concessions (over 60’s.under16’s, students, Equity), £18 matinees and family tickets are £80 (2xadults + 2Children under 16). There are also 20 tickets set aside every Monday for students, under 25’s and job seekers for £12.50. To book, go to www.guildfordshakespeare-company.co.uk or call 01483 304384. My goodness, no sooner had I written this jotting than I get an email saying due to the amazing demand already, they have extended the run by a week, and so, King Lear will now run until Saturday


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Two Compton residents, Ken Miller and Tim Carter, have each played an important part in the Prostate Project OctoBeardFest Appeal. They are hoping that the final total will be an astonishing £80,000. Ken raised a fantastic £1,810 and Tim, who is Operations Manager at Nikon UK in Kingston, encouraged 18 Nikon staff to grow beards raising over £1,000. In a further exciting development, Tim is trying to get the Prostate Project nominated as Nikon UK’s charity of the year for 2015. All the money raised will be used to support Professor Hardev Pandha’s cancer research team at the University of Surrey and specifically, to help fund a new 500 man trial that if successful, will provide the extensive visibility, governance and a CE mark for a prostate cancer urine test that is 50% more accurate than the 30 year old PSA blood test. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at www. octobeardfest.co.uk or by contacting

Do you have a New Year resolution to improve your health or wellbeing? Do both – and make new friends as well! - at a social evening with Fleet Scottish Country Dance Society. Join them on Saturdays 17th and 31st January and 14th and 28th February from 7.30 – 10pm, at the Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham GU52 8LD (intermediate to advanced level, £4 per evening for visitors). Full details from Morna Partridge on 01252 711992. Back in December, fifty people aged three to seventy-three from ten community groups teamed up with the congregation of St Mark’s Church and the Farnham Town Mayor, Cllr Jeremy Ricketts, to plant fruit trees in St Mark’s churchyard and create a Community Orchard. It is hoped the eleven saplings, which include four varieties of desert apples, three different cooking apples, two pears, a cherry and a quince, will grow into

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Model mum Farmer’s wife and mother of four, Jo Baker, has a model experience Having bought a raffle ticket from the school’s charity event, Jo was a little surprised to be holding the winning ticket. “I really wasn’t sure I would do it, but I am so glad I did, it was a lovely day”. With a busy life (mainly in wellies) running the farmhouse and four boys to look after, there really couldn’t have been a better winner. So, towards the end of last year, on a beautiful bright day, the pamper team turned up full of optimism - great weather, stunning location and a lovely model to work with. Whilst celebrity hair and make-up artist, Hanna Wildman spread out her brushes, powders and glosses on the kitchen table, fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie started to edit Jo’s wardrobe and choose some great looks for her to wear. Meanwhile photographer, Anna Saverimuttu searched for the best light and locations for the photo session.

Hanna kept Jo’s make-up minimal. “I was conscious that as Jo doesn’t normally wear a lot of make-up, she needed a light, simple look to reproduce herself. I didn’t want to change her, just enhance what is there already.” Hanna’s Five Minute Morning Routine for Jo: (Ok, maybe 10 minutes, but after practice, it should get quicker!) A tinted moisturiser, cream blush and cream eyeshadow (all simply applied with fingertips) followed by a quick pencil eye line, mascara and lip gloss. Et voila.

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FASHION FOOD Meanwhile, upstairs, with clothes now spread on bed and doorways, Kirstie worked her magic: “It’s so easy to forget gems already in your wardrobe. By taking everything out, trying it on and assessing if it still works for your lifestyle, it’s possible to reduce your options and make your fashion choices simpler. Only then, invest in missing pieces you really love and know you will wear. ” Jo’s wardrobe consists of easy pieces in muted tones and shades of blue, and the fluid layers from Mint Velvet fit perfectly worn with jeans and slim fit trousers. We ditched a few obviously older pieces but also rejuvenated others that had been forgotten. One new addition that Jo loved, was a cashmere poncho from The Gate in Guildford, as it’s just one of those pieces that won’t date, and for the early morning school dash, looks fab worn in any season. Once hair and make-up and outfits had been decided, the team moved about the house and gardens with Anna taking these great photos. Jo soon relaxed and got used to others organising clothes and hair for each shot. There were a few extra visitors, a friendly cockerel, moody cat and herd of cattle to deal with, but the relaxed mood made for a fun indulgent day. Jo had some ‘self time’ away from her everyday duties - learnt make-up and wardrobe tips, with some great images to remember the day by.

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a thriving orchard that will provide residents with an abundance of free fruit. The project has been funded thanks to a generous donation of £1000 from the Farnham Institute. If you know of anyone who suffers with poor eyesight, please encourage them to go along to the next meeting of the ‘Williams Club - Helping Sight Loss in Farnham’. This friendly club meets monthly and offers a warm welcome and entertainment followed by tea and cakes and a raffle. At the next meeting, there will a fun quiz. The venue is the Gostrey Centre on Monday 19th January, from 2.20pm-4pm - get there early to get a seat! Transport can be arranged if necessary. For more information call David Lambert on 722161 Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is still appealing to its local community for any unwanted furniture. For the past few weeks the Hospice has witnessed a sharp decline in donations, which has impacted on the amount of


money raised by the charity’s two Furniture Showrooms. “Furniture donations are an extremely important part of the Hospice’s income,” says Peter Foxton, Head of Income Generation. “Without the generosity of our local community we would be unable to continue delivering such an exceptional level of care to our patients and their families. We accept most items - from wardrobes to sofas - so if you have any unwanted furniture please get in touch.” You can arrange collection of any unwanted items by calling the Hospice’s dedicated team of drivers on 01252 710679. The West Surrey Wine Society is starting the year with a presentation on Monday 19th January by Richard Royds of The Haslemere Cellar & Cheesebox, entitled ‘ Matching Wine and Cheese’. As usual the meeting will take place at The Conservative Club, Ivy Lane, Farnham GU9 7PQ. WSWS is a wine appreciation society that meets on the third Monday of the month


and many, if not most of the 50 or so members joined with little or no knowledge of wines - just a liking for the product! The members gather at 7.30 pm for a glass of ‘welcome wine’ and the meeting proper starts at 8pm. The meetings generally take the form of a tutored tasting, often led by an expert from a major supplier or a wine educator and who is frequently a Master of Wine. For further information contact the Membership Secretary, Frances Hackemer at Spring Wood House, Rowledge GU10 4AA, tel. 01252 793684. The Wey Valley Lacemakers meet on the Second Monday of every month at The Chiddingfold Village Hall from 10am-12.30pm. It’s a very friendly club from beginners to experienced lacemakers and they do like a good chat! Contact Gay McCart on 01428 656916. The next meeting of the Farnham DFAS is on Tuesday 20th January at 10.30am in Farnham Maltings.


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Meet a local business... Creative Blinds & Shutters In the first of an new occasional series, Carol Martin goes behind the scenes of a local business. Did you know that curtains are old hat, wooden venetians are ‘last year’ and shutters are the new trend? Neither did I, but I was brought quickly up to speed by Richard Teague when I visited the Creative Blinds & Shutters showroom in Wrecclesham, Farnham. With over 18 years’ experience in the industry there is not much that Richard doesn’t know about blinds, awnings and shutters. Which can only be good news for the majority of us who don’t buy these products very often and are rarely up to speed with the latest options available. How reassuring it is to have an expert on hand to advise on the pros and cons of each different type of window covering and some of the problems which can occur during fitting. Richard explained that it’s good to do your research before buying. He said: “Find a company that Richard Teague, Director at Creative Blinds and knows what they are Shutters, with Pippa his Jack Russell. doing. We’ve had lots of people who have come to us after they have used someone else and it’s gone wrong.”

The team apply the same care to tricky or smaller jobs. Richard talked about finding arched shutters and solid panels to match originals in an old schoolhouse. And then there was the time he did such a good job supplying and fitting a roller blind in Compton that the customer flew him out to do all the windows at a second home in Portugal. Looking after customers makes good business sense too. Richard explained: “The business has grown 43% year-on-year for the last four years and 70% of the business comes from repeat customers or recommendations.” He added: “What I have noticed over the last three or four years is that people do want to ‘buy local’. They are looking for service and are prepared to pay for it.” I was impressed by his genuine drive to do a great job. And with their once a year sale now on until February 14th, there is no better time to get in touch. Creative Blinds & Shutters, 11 The St, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4PP. Tel: 01252 727490.

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Long Term Care Bernado Hunte looks at how this could affect you or a loved one An inescapable fact of life is that we all are born with parents and possibly grandparents. We may now be parents or grandparents ourselves, however, the ‘Peter Pan’ in us wants us to live forever…free of aches, pains, serious illnesses and forgetfulness. The real world is of course quite different. We do have a finite existence on earth. Our loved ones do age, become frail, have heart attacks or strokes, struggle with cancer, contract any number of conditions and in some cases they don’t even recognise us any more. I write this article as both a qualified independent chartered financial adviser who gives regulated advice on long term care and a son whose mother fought off cancer when she was 67. She then contracted Parkinson’s in her early 80s and lived as a widow in her own home with daily incoming care. She then fell one day when she was on her own smashing her elbow joint to pieces which led her into hospital for an operation. She ended her days in a care home as she was deemed to be unable to look after herself at home after her elbow operation. Her time in the care home was approximately 18 months…she actually died of pneumonia aged 85. My personal experience with my mother may ring bells with you. I was lucky in that I was one of three siblings so the responsibility of looking after my mother was ‘shared’...looking back there were good and bad aspects of ‘sharing the responsibility’ as I discovered. Not everyone gets on fabulously well with their fellow siblings. So who may need long term care? Today more people are living longer. This improvement in life expectancy also brings with it the increased possibility of a person suffering a chronic illness later in life resulting in the need for another person to look after 26

them. This need is most likely to arise for very elderly people, typically those aged 80 or over. Numbers in this section of the population are rising quickly. Recent figures from the National Office of Statistics predict that by 2035, 110,000 of the population will be living to the age of 100. That’s a sevenfold increase in the number of people living to the same age in 2013. Although there is no guarantee that a person will have the need for long-term care during their lifetime, the numbers who do are increasing substantially, and the problem is likely to worsen further in the future (Who may need Long Term Care - Techlink Professional 7th November 2014). Long term care can be provided in a separate residential care home by an independent care provider or in the person’s own home. There is also a difference between a residential care home and a nursing care home. The latter provides ‘nursing’ care by qualified nursing staff. People entering a residential home usually do not need much ‘nursing’ care e.g. they may be physically fit but have ‘dementia’. When it is ‘established’ that someone can no longer look after themselves and therefore ‘needs’ care, all sorts of issues start to surface. How and what will the State provide? What social security benefits can be claimed e.g. Attendance Allowance or Registered Nursing Care Contribution? Can care be provided in the home or would residing in a care home be better? Is Power of Attorney in place and which relative/friend has the ‘power’? Which relative/ friend can do most of the local legwork? (Other relatives/friends may live a considerable distance away). What will the care cost? How do vantagepointmag.co.uk

we go about finding what assets the individual has? How do we go about finding what net monthly income is being paid to the individual? Does the individual own a home? Will it have to be sold? Where is the individual’s will, is it up to date and is it valid? What are the processes we must go through on behalf of the person requiring care? Where there are two partners and one needs care how do we deal with the fitter one? Out of all the relatives/friends which one will offer to do all the above ‘spadework’. Will just one relative/friend liaise with the solicitor and the financial advisor? Do any of the relatives/friends live abroad? Do the closest relatives/friends get on with each other? You will now conclude that there are quite a few ‘hoops’ to pass through. Emotions will undoubtedly surface in some individuals. My personal experience is that the fewer the relatives/friends the smoother the ‘processes’ will flow, as human nature is quite interesting to observe! This is where the combination of an experienced LTC CF8 qualified adviser who has a good working relationship with a solicitor who is also familiar with all aspects of long term care will provide much needed support, guidance and a steadying influence.

For me, professionally speaking, the best way to look at the overall situation is to start from the simple premise which is: this is my mum or dad, aunt or uncle, relative, friend. He/she has hopefully lived a good life to date but their health is now failing and they deserve the very best care, so let’s try and give them the best that resources/circumstances will allow. If you pursue this philosophy then processes tend to go more smoothly and purposefully. Here is an inescapable fact. What we do now know is that two in three women and one in two men will develop high care needs (Techlink Professional -Reform of the current Long Term Care provisions Friday 7th November 2014). The question is who amongst our relatives/friends will it be? This article attempts to look at the human and practical sides of what is involved in providing care for an elderly person. In a subsequent article I will spell out how the ‘financial assessment’ operates. The present UK coalition government established the Commission on Funding on Care and Support chaired by Andrew Dilnot in July 2010. The government responded with the ‘Care Act 2014’. FIND OUT MORE

Bernardo Hunte is a CF8 qualified Independent Chartered Financial Planner with Aspect8 Ltd. Aspect8 Ltd is a member of Best Practice IFA Group Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Bernardo can be contacted at bernard.hunte@ aspect8.co.uk or 01403 331419.

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Entitled ‘Man Ray – The Magic Man’ it is Antony Penrose’s story of Man Ray, who could magic images from light and his imagination. The speaker is the son of Roland Penrose, the British surrealist painter and Lee Miller, Man Ray’s assistant and pupil. She was the subject and inspiration of many of his most important works and her face features more than any other in his paintings. Non-members are warmly invited to join them. Phone the membership secretary on 07918 883515 to book your ticket for £5 or, for more information, go to www.farnhamdfas.org.uk. In the last couple of years, beekeeping has become a very popular pastime. If you have thought that you might like to learn about bees and beekeeping, or become a beekeeper yourself (and produce your own honey), read on! Farnham Beekeepers (a division of Surrey Beekeepers, a local charity and member of the British Beekeepers Association) will again be running introductory courses

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continues with its first talk in the New Year on Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming. Thierry Viennois’ lecture will be on ‘Napoleon – not just Corsica’. This complements the December talk on ‘La Corse - Not just Napoleon’... given by Cédric Cabanne, which set the historical and geographical backdrop to his incredible life. Thierry Viennois’ lecture will be mainly on the history of Napoleon, who was born in Ajaccio in 1769 and was granted a free military education in France but had to study French in Autun before entering the academy. February’s talk on Monday 9th February will be on Les Fauves – Matisse, Braque et Derain ‘Colour in the South of France’, to be delivered by Brian Stimpson. Non-members are very welcome at the lectures (£6 at the door) and brochures on Les Amitiés are available in libraries and museums. As well as a programme of lectures, there are convivial lunches and dinners together with visits to historic houses and gardens, all with Farnham’s Best Kept Secret

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or email katie.smith@guidedogs. org.uk. For more information on Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs. org.uk. There’s a new exhibition of paintings at The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham from Saturday 24th January to Saturday 14th March. There is also a private view and meet the artist on Friday 23rd January from 6-8pm. Virginia’s family have lived and worked for generations in the landscape of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and it is this landscape that is the focus of her work. She has an MA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has been a window into arts and crafts, supporting artists and makers. It promotes and champions the best contemporary art and craft and provides an unparalleled resource in Farnham and beyond. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5pm. Free admission. The annual Vivace ‘Come and Sing’ day is on Saturday 24th January.


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Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Farnham House Hotel. For more information, email Annie on annie. pritchard@way-forward.co.uk or call 07866 086887. Had a busy day? Treat yourself to an evening lecture with Cobbett’s Wey Decorative and Fine Arts Society. 2015 kicks off with the intriguing ‘Banks, Burgundy and Piracy: 15th Century Artists of Bruges’, on Wednesday 28th January. Relax with a free glass of wine/soft drink, high-standard professional speaker and friendly group of like-minded people. Future talks include ‘A Royal Jewel for every occasion’, ‘The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street’ and ‘Japanese Costume and Textiles’. Also featured in the New Year are visits to Bletchley Park and the British Museum. You will be warmly welcomed at their monthly meetings, held at Farnham College, Morley Road: parking is free. Drinks are served from 7.15pm and lectures start at 8pm.For more reasons to join them, visit www. cobbettsweydfas.org.uk.


New Year, new Job. Following their successful first year, it has been decided to continue and re-launch the weekly Job Club at the Bungalow, Sandy Hill. It will re-open on Tuesday 3rd February. They will be there to help you with your C.V., application forms, interview skills and any other work related issues. The Job Club will be at the Bungalow every Tuesday from 9.3am to 12noon. If you want any further information contact Waverley Training Services on 01252 725872. ‘Out of the Shadows’ will be back again, by popular demand, at St Peter’s Church, Wrecclesham, on Saturday 7th February at 7.30pm, all proceeds going to the church’s Development Fund. They are a Surrey based band who love playing the music of the Sixties. They recreate the classic instrumental and vocal sounds of this wonderful era and their repertoire includes many of the classics made famous by The Shadows, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, The Searchers, The Beatles, Dusty


and many others. Tickets are £15 including interval refreshments and can be obtained from Christopher Ellis on 01252 714480 or at the door. Farnham Afternoon Bridge Club meets at Farnham Maltings every Wednesday afternoon except the first Wednesday in the month. Bridge starts at 1.45pm and they have a short tea break mid afternoon and finish at 4.30pm. The members, quite a few who are now on their own, all enjoy their bridge and find it a great way to meet together in a nice friendly atmosphere. New members are very welcome and can obtain further information from the membership secretary, Rosemary Ostime on 01252 721312. Guildford Choral Society would love to welcome participants in its next Singing Day. It takes place at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy GU3 2DD. They will be singing, perhaps the greatest choral work ever written, the St Matthew Passion by


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Terrariums With Beth Otway

I love bringing nature indoors; vases of flowers, pretty stones and all manner of leaves, bark and pinecones are welcome in my house at any time of year. I enjoy house plants, but I especially love creating bottle gardens or terrariums. Terrariums are fun to plant up either by yourself, with a friend, or with children or a disabled or housebound friend or relation; they are something everyone can be involved in and enjoy, which is wonderful. Whether you’re looking for a unique present or to add a special touch or feature to your home, whatever your style or budget, I’d recommend a terrarium. I have a number of terrariums, here’s a closer look at two of them: The first is a glass terrarium I bought second hand, it cost me £10. After giving it a good clean I set about planting it up: first I added a mixture of gravel and activated charcoal, then I added a layer of very fine gravel, then a layer of peat free coir compost and on top of this I added my own peat free compost mixed with sand. I carefully planted my plants and mosses, each chosen to cope with the humidity and conditions of a terrarium. All manner of items can be used to plant a beautiful and unique indoor garden: bell jars, cloches, carboys, old fish

bowls and tanks, sweet jars, cheese domes, even old light bulbs! Select a sturdy, robust container, without any drainage holes, that’s made of clear glass, strong plastic or acrylic. Choose a container with a wide enough opening to allow for planting and maintenance and ensure you select one with enough height and room for both the growing medium and the plants. My second terrarium is a BiOrbAir, a specially designed, automated terrarium, created by a company known for their aquariums. The BiOrbAir uses modern technology to create a stable microclimate with regulated humidity and air movement. It even has LED lights which simulate daylight, allowing you to take nature with you, even in a basement office or room without any natural light. The lights are designed and arranged so that the plants will grow upright, meaning you won’t have to regularly turn the terrarium as with traditional types; this also allows you to have a ‘backdrop’ to your planting design should you wish. The way the terrarium is lit means that it also adds a soft, natural looking light to the room, casting pretty foliage shaped shadows – it really is beautiful and creates a unique feature and talking point. The design and features of the BiOrbAir take a lot of the guess work and worry away from the planting and maintenance of the terrarium. The water level indicator, a discreet tube at the side of the base of the unit lets you know if you need to top up the water reservoir. This is such a great feature, the tube can even be used to drain water from the base should you accidently overfill your terrarium. Watering is a key component of any aspect of gardening, it’s so easy to get it wrong; this is such a clever feature and will give confidence to gardeners of all ages and experience. There’s a fan which runs continually drawing in fresh air and circulating it around the terrarium; I’d compare the noise of the fan with the sound of a laptop computer fan running. Another exciting feature is the misting unit! The built in sensors control the humidity, creating a perfect environment for plants to thrive. For a list of suitable terrarium plants, please visit my website: www.pumpkinbeth.com. Beth Otway is a horticulturalist and garden writer from Godalming. She is vice-chairman of Godalming in Bloom, the Programme & Visits Secretary for The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association and the Press Officer for Milford Horticultural Society. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Milford Horticultural Society and the National Vegetable Society. Beth is a vegetable enthusiast and has an allotment where she enjoys growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers. Beth has previously worked for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley, reviewing and editing digital photographs of RHS plant trials.





J.S. Bach. It takes place on Saturday 7th February from 10am to 5.30pm. To book a place contact ticket master, Derek Lake, on 01494 675571. More details can be found at: https:// guildfordchoral.org/events/singingday-st-matthew-passion. Following this Singing Day, the Society will be performing The St Mathew Passion on Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm. For this performance the choir under Jonathan Willcocks, will be joined by Guildford High School Choir and one of the finest orchestras in the country, Florilegium. If you only listen to one choral work in your life, I urge you to choose Bach’s Matthew Passion. Tickets are available at £10 to £20 (concessions available) from boxoffice@guildfordchoral.org or directly from Derek Lake on 01494 675571. They are also available from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre: 01483 444333.

support bereaved children by hosting a charity breakfast in February 2015. From the 9th to 15th February, Winston’s Wish is asking everyone to make their morning special and revive the tradition of the Great British Breakfast! This can be anything from sturdy full English, to a good old cuppa and toast, to a fancy continental dish. To support the campaign the Great British Brekkie website has been revamped to include sample ‘brekkie’ recipes, a gallery of supporters’ photos and videos, an interactive ‘brekkie’ map and online registration: w w w. greatbritishbrekkie.org. uk . Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK and all funds raised from the Great British Brekkie go directly into their work supporting children and their families after suffering the death of a loved one.

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childhood or adult rape and/or sexual abuse. They are holding a Telephone Helpline Volunteers Training Course starting on Thursday 22nd February 2015. Limited number of spaces – female only. The course runs on 7 Thursday evenings (7.30 to 9.30pm) from 26th February to 9th April plus there are 3 Sundays (10am to 4pm). On completion of the course, you would need to be free 2 evenings a month from 7.15 to 9.45pm for the helpline plus the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month for clinical supervision. Volunteers are offered a friendly and supportive environment, with supervision and ongoing training and no previous experience is necessary. Details and application form on www.rasascguildford.org or email vivcien@ rasasc-guildford.org. This does qualify as an informal placement, but they need a commitment from you of at least 18 months. The National Trust has revealed some of the best places for exhilarating wintry walks in


Healthy New Year by Be Kassapian from Be in the Kitchen Welcome to ‘Be in the Kitchen’ Cookery School and an introduction into our wonderful way of healthy eating. This month’s recipes are taken from their regular ‘Energiser’ and ‘Kill Sugar Cravings’ demonstrations, which are all free from sugar, caffeine, wheat and alcohol. Free-ing your body from these things is liberating and powerful, but unless you can enjoy the recipes and feel ‘full’ when you have eaten, a healthy eating regime won’t last long. So Be makes sure you love her recipes and want to eat this way for the whole year. Join Be for one of their spring workshops. Just £45, this includes welcome drinks (coffee if needed!), cake, lunch and a glass of Prosecco – or not if you are being extremely good!

Roast ratatouille baked with goat’s cheese This heart-warming, cosy, full flavoured, luscious bubbling gem is a huge ‘detox’ favourite. It might seem odd to be cooking Mediterranean veg in the winter, but the colours and flavours are just what we need as a ‘pick me up’ on those freezing days when we are trying to revert to a sensible eating regime after Christmas.

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. 2. Prepare the vegetables: Take the ends off the courgettes and cut each into 4 large chunks. Cut the stem end off the aubergine, cut in half lengthways and divide each half into about 8 chunks. Cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds and cut each half into 4 pieces. Peel and quarter the red onions. 3. Put all the vegetables into a large roasting try and pour over the olive oil. Add the herbs, crushing a little bit with your fingers as you put them in. Season generously with salt and pepper and then toss everything together so they are all coated evenly. 4. Transfer the roasting tray to the top

of the hot oven for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are starting to brown. 5. Remove the tray from the oven, turn the vegetables over and return to the oven for 10 minutes or until starting to brown on the second side. 6. Stir in the garlic, then add the tomatoes and tomato puree to the tray, mix well together and return to the oven for a final 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. 7. To serve: Tip the ratatouille into a large shallow oven proof dish (or individual dishes). Arrange the goat’s cheese slices on top and return to the top of the oven for 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese has melted and is bubbling attractively!

Ingredients 3 courgettes 1 large aubergine 4 sweet peppers, mixed colours 3 red onions approximately 4-6 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs or a few sprigs of fresh thyme and oregano Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large cloves garlic, crushed 1 tin good quality chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato puree 2 x goat’s cheese logs (approx 140g each), cut into 1 cm/ ½ in slices Serves 4-6




Turkey burgers with chilli, coriander & feta Drizzled with tzatziki 1. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, red onion, chilli, coriander, feta and seasoning (not too much salt because the feta is salty). Shape into 4 large burgers, place on a tray, cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes to develop the flavour. 2. Make the Tzatziki: Mix all the

ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use. 3. Preheat a grill on its highest setting. Grill the burgers on each side for approximately 3 minutes or until brown and feeling ‘firm’. 4. Serve with the tzatziki drizzled over.

Ingredients 500g minced turkey ½ red onion, finely chopped 1 red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped 1 handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped 110g/4 oz feta cheese, crumbled salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Tzatziki 150ml/ 5 fl oz low fat natural yoghurt ½ cucumber, peeled, deseeded & finely diced small bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed juice of ½ lemon salt and freshly ground black pepper Serves 4

Greek yoghurt with ‘cappuccino’ crunch This recipe comes at the start of my ‘Kill Sugar Cravings’ Demonstration. Caffeine is a trigger for me and somehow after a nice coffee, my defences are weakened and I reach for sugar, so drinking coffee it out! But I love a cappuccino because they look so lovely and I hate feeling deprived. At ‘Kill Sugar’, we teach you to start the day with an amazing breakfast, of which one part is a delicious, luscious crunchy layered yoghurt/muesli that looks like a cappuccino. This way, you get the ‘look’ without the caffeine and it tastes so good you don’t feel you’ve missed out!

1. Prepare the ‘crunch’: Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add the nuts, seeds, oatbran, buckwheat flakes, cinnamon and stevia. Gently stir over a medium heat until pale golden in colour and smelling ‘toasted’. Remove the pan from the heat and tip the ‘crunch’ onto a plate and allow to cool. 2. Divide half the ‘crunch’ mixture between two small tumblers (or wine glasses), spoon half the yoghurt on top and then layer with the remaining ‘crunch’ and yoghurt on top. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon before serving. NOTE: The ‘crunch’ can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days and is so named as it does resemble

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a cappuccino. Caffeine is not good when giving up sugar, so you have this instead and feel good about it!

Ingredients 100ml/3 ½ fl oz Greek, Goat’s or Natural Probiotic Yoghurt For the ‘crunch’ 1 heaped teaspoon coconut oil 30g/1oz hazelnuts, roughly chopped 30g/1oz sunflower seeds 30g/1oz pumpkin seeds 30g/1oz oat bran 30g/1oz buckwheat flakes ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (plus extra for dusting) ½ teaspoon stevia Serves 2


New Art and Craft Studio in Farnham Inspired by the town’s long history of craft, Farnham Adult Learning Centre is launching a brand new, professionally equipped Art & Craft studio at its premises in West Street, Farnham.

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After five years of planning and building, Surrey Adult Learning is proud to announce it will be opening this fantastic state of the art studio. The new Art & Craft studio will provide much needed ground floor accommodation including a large Pottery area equipped with potters’ wheels and a big workspace for many other arts and crafts activities. From January 2015 it will host the first Adult Learning courses, including Pottery, Sculpture and Mosaics classes. If you would like to use the new studio to unleash your creative side – enrol now! Courses are open for booking and enrolments are being taken either by telephone on 0300 200 1044 or by visiting the Farnham Adult Learning Centre in person.

Farnham has a rich craft heritage dating back to the sixteenth century and is known as one of England’s Craft Towns.

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Chiddingfold to Haslemere This walk has very little in the way of ups and downs and passes over downs and through pretty woods and fields. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk).

The walk Cross the green and the A283 and enter the road signed to Grayswood. After a few yards take a signed footpath off to the left. Arrive at the back of the cemetery. Head across and up the field behind it. Emerge on a road between houses. Walk on and, where the road turns sharp right, head straight on along a footpath by the side of a house (‘The Downs’) to emerge on the green expanse of The Downs. Continue on, ignoring an immediate path left and down, going straight on and ignoring a cross path. After about 750 yards, cross the drive of an isolated house and enter a field. Head up to the far right-hand corner and out onto a road. Go right and up a little hill. Just over the top and just past a house, take a footpath heading left. Enter a field and, presented with two arrows, one left and one forward, go straight forward across the field. Cross a deep track (negotiating two stiles). Head straight across to a stile in the right-angled corner of a hedge. Keep left in the next field. Cross another, smaller, field and emerge on a drive. Cross and follow the signs around behind a house and out onto Prestwick Lane. Turn left. Walk on for about 300 yards.


Ignore the first footpath left, through High Prestwick Farm. Instead take the second footpath left. Follow this along the edge of a garden, through a field to a double gate, down a field on its right-hand side to take a stile out right and along the bottom of another field and exit left at a cross paths. Go straight across and along a corridor to reach a T junction with a wide track (with a small sewage farm to your left). Walk right, cross Prestwick Lane and enter Lower Road in Grayswood. Walk up until you are at the starting edge of the green. Take the footpath off left, next to ‘The Mount’ street sign. Follow it up, emerging on the A286 opposite the Wheatsheaf Inn. Cross, go left a few yards past the pub and enter an un-named road heading right. About 100 yards down here, before reaching the houses, take a footpath off right. Follow this to cross a railway line. At a junction beyond it, turn left, heading roughly southwest. At an isolated stile (not connected to any fences) go right and up the path between banks. Emerge in a field with Keffolds Farm up to your right. The path traverses around to a gate at a T junction. Go left. After an iron gate ignore a left fork and take a right fork, up. Ignore lefts until a fork where you take the left fork following a yellow arrow. Reach a lane, turn right and enter Weycombe Road, at a bend. Turn left and walk along this road for about half a mile until turning down the last side street on the left before the T junction at



the end of the road. Walk by the side of a small cemetery into a Close and out on a footpath that takes you to a railway bridge. Go left to cross the bridge and immediately take a footpath right, up “Pathfields”. Follow this along past houses until it jinks right and emerges in the Chestnut Avenue car park in Haslemere. Cross to the far left corner, exit out into West Street and turn left to walk to the centre of Haslemere. There are cafes and pubs or you could picnic at the point where the walk will restart. To reach the picnic area (and restart point) cross the road that runs through the centre of the shops and go left. After about 100 yards turn right into Well Lane and walk to its end, passing the old town well. Turn right onto a grassy area with benches. Restarting, continue right, past the benches then down the slope and out and across a field to join a track, Collards Lane. Follow this to the left and pass an NT warden’s hut to enter and cross a field. In the next field go half-left, cross a little footbridge and a cross track to enter a wood. Ignore cross paths, follow the signs through to a field, over another little footbridge, another field and another footbridge into another field. Here, turn left and follow the left-hand edge. Exit onto a track. Walk a little way to take a footpath out left. Emerge next to Holdfast Cottage on Prestwick Lane. Cross and turn right into the Private Road to Imbhams Farm. Walk on past farm buildings to reach a lake. Ignore the first signpost right, go around the end of the lake and take the next right (roughly east-north-east). After a 100 yards enter a field and turn left through a gap into the next field. Now turn right and walk through the eastern edge of Frillinghurst Wood.

next field, to the left of the farm buildings, to reach a concrete track. Go right. The track becomes a lane. Follow this to T junction with a road. Go left and pass Dell Farm. Stay on the road to pass ‘Furzefield’ and, just beyond it, take a footpath right. Walk along in the edge of a wood. At a signpost with blue and yellow arrows, go straight ahead, following the blue arrow. Reach a road by the gate to “Hollyhurst” and continue on along it to meet Mill Lane and continue straight ahead. Walk along here until, opposite what was, until recently, a Ukrainian Care Home, take a footpath left, at first in the drive of a house but then bypassing its garage. Enter a wood, fork right and pass a lake. Climb up to emerge on The Downs. Your path meets the path that you took this morning and you turn right to retrace your steps through to Chiddingfold.

Reach a white arrow and soon afterwards, fork right. Keep following the main path to a T junction where you turn right. Cross a footbridge and climb a slope. Ignore a left and go over a stile into a field. Ignore an immediate right, instead head for the far side and a stile mid-way along the fence. Go half-left across the DISTANCE: 9.75 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 134 Crawley & Horsham, Cranleigh & Billingshurst STARTING POINT: The green at Chiddingfold GRID REFERENCE: 54 961 1 354

REFRESHMENTS: The Crown Inn, Chiddingfold (01428 682255), The Swan Inn, Chiddingfold (01428 684688), the Wheatsheaf Inn, Grayswood (01428 644440) and various places in Haslemere. Image above: St. Mary’s Church in Chiddingfold by Ben Gamble

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Hampshire. Many of their beautiful gardens and countryside spaces are open from Boxing Day onwards, offering the perfect opportunity for winter walks with friends and family in picture-postcard landscapes. New life is already stirring in the ground at this time of year, so there’s plenty to see and enjoy, from gardens packed with scent and colour, to frost-rimmed woodlands and breathtaking vistas. A few examples are Hinton Ampner, nr Bramdean, The Vyne, nr Basingstoke, Mottisfont, nr Romsey and New Forest Northern Commons. Just go to www. nationaltrust.org.uk for information on these and other great places to visit. There is a Bridge Master Class with Andrew Robson OBE (The Times Bridge Correspondent) on Monday 2 March 2015 from 10am-3.30pm. It takes place at Crondall Village Hall, Croft Lane, Farnham GU10 5QG in aid of Animals Asia. The cost is £39 each or £155 per table of four to include lunch. Suitable for social and duplicate players (non-expert). The day is very practical with Andrew leading everyone through set deals. Includes playing a series of instructive and interesting deals focusing on Weak Twos, Slams and Signalling in Defence. Bookings Kay: 01252 793811/07789 117235 or email kay.roudaut@btopenworld. com; Gary: 01252 616064/07800 555863 or email g8.baxter@gmail. com For further details: www. animalsasia-surrey-hants.org.uk. The Surrey Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 8th March. Starting

and finishing at Woking Leisure Centre the closed-road running event is the biggest in the county, and will take 6,500 runners through the country lanes to the South West of Woking before returning to the town for their big finish! The scenic course is flat and fast, so it’s a great place to secure your best 13.1 mile finish time! A Kids race will take in a 2km closed road circuit in Woking hopefully inspiring the half marathon runners of the future. The running route will be lined with local live bands, and local club cyclists will lead the runners out onto the course. The Surrey Half Marathon will be working closely with local charities. Their official Charity Partners for 2015 are Shooting Star CHASE, WWF, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and Harrison’s Fund. They hope that runners will use the Surrey Half as an opportunity to fundraise for charity. Entries are selling fast so to secure your place, go to www. surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk . You can follow them on Facebook – www. facebook.com/surreyhalfmarathon Twitter - @surreyhalf. Download the app – Search ‘Surrey Half’ in your app store. Thousands of families from across the UK will have the chance to try their hand at over 75 different sports and activities at GoFest2015, which was launched in November by Olympic gold medallist and BBC presenter Sharron Davies and footballing superstar Kevin Keegan. GoFest will be the UK’s first festival of sport, fitness, dance and health and takes place at Surrey Sports Park on the weekend of 10th-12th July 2015. Around 15,000


people are expected to attend the event which will include 12 specialist zones such as GoCompete, GoSplash, GoTry, GoCool, GoFuel and GoTeens along with live music, entertainment and picnic areas. GoFest has teamed up with charity partners, Macmillan and SportsAid and a selection of elite sportsmen and women who will be on hand to offer expert coaching tips across the weekend. I gather that camping will also available nearby to give the weekend a true festival feel. Tickets and more information are now available at www.gofest.co.uk/ tickets. There was quite a lot of good news in the Chancellor’s autumn statement particularly if you are buying a house for under £2 million! George Osborne also announced that he is awarding a significant grant to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. The seven figure sum will go towards the charity’s capital investment programmes based on a new helicopter and future needs. Using a computer is easier than you think. Sign up at Farnham Library for a free beginners’ course or phone Surrey Libraries on 0300 200 1001. www.surreycc.gov.uk/getonline. Bookings are now being taken from January 2015 and onwards. Ideal if you received a tablet for Christmas! FIND OUT MORE

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Waverley Singers Formed by a small group of 18 girls in South Farnham in 1955 and later joined by male voices, the Waverley Singers are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this year in 2015. Our very first rehearsal was at a house at 19 Waverley Lane which is why we are named the Waverley Singers. We have proudly brought a high standard of music to Surrey and Hampshire over the last 60 years, performing a wide range of classical music and raising thousands for charity in the process. Led throughout this time by only three conductors – a sure sign that directing the Waverley Singers is a pleasurable occupation – we have performed in all the major concert venues in the area. From the Anvil in Basingstoke where we sang Verdi’s Requiem in 2007, to Guildford Cathedral, where we performed the Bach Magnificat in 2010 and the Monteverdi Vespers in 2012, we have delivered large choral works every year to loyal and enthusiastic audiences. We also perform in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham as well as in St Andrew’s Garrison Church, Aldershot, The Maltings in Farnham and St Thomas-on-The Bourne in Farnham. Each season we are accompanied by top class professional musicians like the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Brass Ensemble and internationally known organists as well. Our soloists are provided by the Josephine Baker Trust, a charity which promotes the education and training of students of outstanding quality studying at the Royal College or Royal Academy in London. These remarkable singers have gone on to perform in major opera houses throughout Europe and the USA and have won competitions such as the Cardiff Singer of the World and the Kathleen Ferrier Prize, and some have been offered places on the Jette Parker Young Artists scheme at the Royal Opera House.

singing services in St George’s Chapel Windsor. We have previously sung in Chartres Cathedral, Caen, Amsterdam and most recently in Bruges Cathedral. Our Diamond Jubilee Year promises another excellent collection of concerts. We will be offering a Gala Evening of Opera on 22nd March 2015 with award-winning soloists and will also be performing Haydn’s Creation in Guildford Cathedral on 20th June, which will be the main celebration for our Jubilee Year. Now numbering over 100 voices, the Waverley Singers rehearse every Thursday night at South Farnham School during school term time with breaks in the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays. This year the Waverley Singers are again offering a chance to singers to join us to perform a major work at our Come & Sing day on 7th February 2015 at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham. We will be rehearsing and performing Haydn’s Creation in a single day beginning at 12 noon and culminating with a performance at 6pm in the glorious acoustic of St Andrew’s. If you can read music and would like to perform with a 100-voice choir, do please contact us at www.waverleysingers.com.

Our conductor, Richard Pearce, who has been with us for five memorable seasons, also records and broadcasts with the BBC Singers and the Philharmonia Orchestra and performs yearly at the Proms. Richard enjoys challenging us with new material. Contemporary composers like Will Todd, Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott and Morten Lauridsen and less well-known works by Kodaly, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky are performed as well as larger, more familiar, choral pieces. The learning experience of mastering modern music is as much a part of the enjoyment of singing as perfecting major choral works. The Waverley Singers have also travelled. Last summer we gave concerts in Trinity and Jesus Colleges at Cambridge, as well as January 2015

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Talking Newspapers FATN Talking News is your local talking newspaper... Do You Know Someone Who Might Benefit From The Talking Newspaper? Talking newspapers are not the latest gimmick in spoken word technology, but a charity movement that has been going for decades. Volunteers read and record the local newspapers and send the recordings to the visually impaired in their area. FATN Talking News (formerly Farnham & Alton Talking Newspaper) is the local talking newspaper and one of the best in the south of England. With a volunteer base of 150 they produce three versions of the Farnham Herald, and the Aldershot News, which are sent on memory sticks every week to over 200 people in the Surrey/ Hampshire borders who cannot read a paper for various reasons. The charity has its own studio and has been widely praised for the professionalism of its volunteer readers, but it is entirely self-funded and relies on the public’s support. The service is completely free of charge and they even provide a player for the memory sticks. The entire operation is run to professional standards, and on Thursdays, when three editions of the Herald are recorded, it has to be slick as well. The key stories from each edition are selected, then edited by a team of readers to give the gist of each one. They then go into the studio for recording, where they are led by a presenter. The technical side is looked after by a trained engineer, who is responsible afterwards for producing a master copy. This is duplicated onto memory sticks by another team and sent out via Royal Mail to arrive on the Saturday. Each issue comprises news stories, local announcements, sports reports, What’s On, and letters to the editor. A monthly magazine is also produced, to include of articles of more general interest, poetry etc. The teams operate on a rotational basis so that each reader will probably be asked to give up a morning or afternoon about once every three weeks. FATN Talking News started in the 1970’s, and the first recordings were done in considerably less auspicious conditions than the current studio. They went on to occupy a room at the Maltings 44

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Gearing up for the 39th Beerex - 23rd-25th April 2015. Whilst many of Farnham Lions are busy, as we enter the festive season, with community activities like collecting groceries in sufficient volume to produce over 200 food parcels for Farnham’s needy, to holding a pantomime for 450 infant school children at Farnham Maltings and ensuring that the third successive winter campaign collecting donated Winter Fuel Allowances under their project Wenceslas banner in both Farnham and Haslemere, the Farnham Beerex committee are well into the planning stage of 2015’s 39th Beerex.

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As it is the 39th year of the festival and 2015 being the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, much discussion has taken place deciding whether to celebrate the event with the choice of a special logo. Will it be the famous book of the 39 Steps or will the military option prevail. You’ll just have to wait and see. As well as somewhere in the region of 35 breweries sending around 75 different real ales and porters, plus an impressive range of ciders, there will be the traditional BBQ food and festival music at all four sessions.

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