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Farnham & Villages • March 2015

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TO THE POINT Humphrey writes... It’s me again this month. Him indoors says he is far to busy to pen this piece as he is having to deal with the Jottings, seeing as Nick and Angie have abandoned ship for sunnier climes. And busy he is, given that we had well over 250 emails this month for events and happenings. I guess spring has sprung and everyone is waking up from their winter slumber. Happily he still had the time to walk me, otherwise there would be big trouble in the boardroom. The great thing about this ‘gig’ is that I am now getting fan mail! I have received a lovely book and an invitation to ‘Flyball’, which is a team knockout relay race for four dogs and their owners. It takes place weekly in Crondall on a Saturday morning and sounds great fun. It starts at 10am so I am not sure him indoors is that keen as he is usually devouring the Tele-

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It’s an honour to be in charge of Jottings this month while Nick and Angie enjoy a well-deserved break in search of sunshine and warmth. I’ve always thought this section to be the lifeblood of the magazine; promoting local events and organisations who invariably contact us to say how many people attended or contacted them due to VantagePoint is always a delight and one of the main reasons we started the magazine six years ago next month. So here goes... and don’t worry, normal service will resume next month! Not much time left for this one! You know something is worthwhile when Froggy the Library Cat decides to throw his weight behind it, following the launch of the latest initiative from Farnham Library; ‘The Winter Reads Challenge – Book Bingo’. Yes if you all thought that bingo was restricted to online websites and companies like Ritz or Mecca, then think again, as it really is ‘eyes down for a full house’ at the library in West Street. “Whatever next?” observes Steve Sansom, who manages the library. “I had experience of being a bingo caller at my brother’s wedding last year, but putting these skills into practice at work” There is logic however in this latest reading initiative. Launched at several libraries across Surrey, ‘Book Bingo’ encourages readers to borrow 6 very different themes to fill out their bingo card. Customers can select a line and borrow 6 very separate types of book and once they have done this they will be entered into a competition to win a bag of books before the 14th March. “And yes Froggy the Library Cat is fully supporting this!” adds Steve. “You can see the type of books he will be reading! Make sure you see what he is reading on his Facebook page, Froggy LibraryCat.” Challenge forms can be collected from the library in West Street, or you can apply online at uk/libraries from where you will be emailed a copy on the following working day. Anyone can apply and discover new authors. So please do visit the library at 28 West Street. Learn confidence through public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Farnham Speaker’s Club meet


on the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Farnham House Hotel. For more information, please email Annie - or call 07866 086887. The Godalming Music Festival is one of the biggest arts events in Surrey attracting over 3,000 participants from all over the south east of England and has been running each year since 1947. All of the performing arts disciplines are represented at the Godalming Festival, making it one of the most comprehensive in the region. The festival began on 16th February but you can still attend the music and speech classes which take place in March. All the music classes take place after school in the Borough Hall from Monday 2nd March to Friday 19th March and speech, drama and musical theatre is at Prior’s Field school over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March. The whole festival culminates in a celebratory concert in the Borough Hall on Saturday 21st March at 7pm. Audiences are welcomed to all the classes and very modestly priced entry tickets are available on the door. For more detailed information on venues and classes please visit the website or contact the festival director Joy Poulter on 01483 417051 or A brand new Farnham fundraising group for Marie Curie Cancer Care would love your help with their Great Daffodil Appeal. The group was set up in November last year and is looking for kind volunteers to help with their collections during March for the Great Daffodil Appeal. Marie Curie Cancer Care provides hands-on nursing care to anyone with a terminal illness in their own homes, giving them the chance to pass away at home surrounded by the people and things they love. If you can help by donating a little bit of your time to make a big difference please visit to sign up or call Emily Akeroyd on 01883 832642. If you would like to find out more about the fund-raising group and getting involved please call Emily.

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In her second article for VantagePoint, local nature writer and publisher Andrea Pinnington gives some tips on what to listen out for this spring. It’s January as I write this and the days are starting to lengthen and already the birds are becoming more vocal. Working from home can result in easy distractions and the robin that sings outside my window has already claimed a lot of my time. Being freelance means that sadly I don’t get a regular paycheck sent out to me at the end of every month. However, I am reassured by the fact that experiments have indicated that bird song makes a measurable and physiological improvement in a person. So whatever my salary lacks, the distracting robin and his feathered garden cohorts are making me happier. Though this may sound rather flippant, there is a lot of truth in the relationship between bird song and positive mental attitudes. In 2010, recordings of birds including blackbirds, greenfinches, robins and song thrushes were played at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool to calm children during injections, surgery and other stressful procedures. Learning bird song is quite a lot like learning a new language. It requires enthusiasm and some dedication. I am in the kindergarten of bird song life. Level one in the metaphorical Oxford Bird Song Reading Tree, but it gives me indescribable joy to be able to know just a handful of the birds that are busy living and singing around me.

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for and how to commit the sounds to memory. It’s not that easy and reminds me of a subdeck to a guide to the Greek language that ran “Learn Greek in 25 years or your money back.” House Sparrow

If you hear a group of birds that sound as though they are having a good gossip, then it is likely that you are listening either to a flock of sparrows or goldfinches. If they are hidden away in a hedge, then I can guarantee they are house sparrows. There has been a sharp decline in sparrow numbers over recent years – up to 60% in parts of the UK between 1994 and 2004 alone. However, numbers seem to be on the increase so hopefully its friendly chirrup will be a familiar sound again. Blue Tit

This is another busy bird that spends a lot of time around humans. If you put up a bird feeder in your garden, then this acrobatic ball of yellow and blue will certainly be a regular visitor along with its brother, sister, aunt, uncle and others besides. Though they are small, they have surprisingly large broods with anything up to 14 eggs. Their song consists of a few high-pitched notes and then ends with a trill but it is not particularly distinctive. More noticeable is its scolding alarm call, which it uses to warn off potential predators.



The starling is an intelligent bird and an extremely good mimic. If you can tell which other birds it is copying, then you are reaching the A-level of the bird song world. For the beginner, listen out for bill clicks, whistles and high-pitched squeaks. Starlings can also imitate sounds such as car alarms and telephone rings, though in this day of numerous ring tones and silent vibrations, this is less common than it used to be.

The village gossip that looks as though it is dressed in a smart uniform, the goldfinch is a popular visitor to bird feeders especially if you put out nyger seed. Its tinkling song is a high-pitched series of trills delivered throughout the year but with added gusto in the spring. Goldfinches are known collectively as charms, which, with their colourful feathers and pretty song, seems to be exactly the right word.


On my bird feeder I get three birds from the tit family: great tits, blue tits and coal tits. There is a definite pecking order and the great tit sits firmly at the top. It is the only one of the three with a big black stripe down its front and the males with the bolder stripes are the most successful ones. It makes a variety of sounds but the easiest one to pick out by ear is the one that sounds like teacher-teacher.

If you need convincing that bird song lifts the spirits, then keep an ear out for the clear, musical tones of the blackbird delivered from a high open perch such as the top of a tree. The sound is like an incredibly musical person whistling a ditty. Blackbirds also have a very distinctive squawk as they break cover from bushes. Once you know the sound, you will hear it everywhere. Wood Pigeon

These large portly looking birds are easy to identify by the white patches on their necks and wings and their waddling gait. It is the quantity and weight of their feathers that apparently gives them their rotund appearance (something I blame my jumpers for as well). Their mellow cooing is strangely compared to the phrase take toooo cooos, Taffy. Wood pigeons also make a distinctive clap as they fly off out of trees and bushes. Chaffinch

The chaffinch has a large range of vocal sounds none of which are particularly easy to describe. The male marks its territory during the spring and summer and seems to rarely pause for breath, repeating its song over and over again. It starts off slowly with a few notes, which then build up and end in a bright, silvery flourish. Bill Oddie once said that if you hear a bird and you don’t know what it is, then it’s probably a great tit. However, I think this applies just as well to chaffinches. March 2015

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Collared Dove

This bird only arrived in the UK in 1955 and has since made a sizeable impact on our bird population. It is much more delicate in appearance than the chunky woodpigeon and its song is an endless repetition of three syllables: coo-cooo-cu. Take note, the woodpigeon’s coo has five syllables! Robin

Last but not least, the robin – the quintessential garden bird that seems so cheery and upbeat but is actually fiercely territorial. Its long warbling song is one of the first to be heard in the morning and often the last in the evening. In the days of street lighting, it sometimes gets confused and sings throughout the night as well. Like the blackbird, it is a clear and tuneful song often delivered from a showy open perch. FIND OUT MORE Andrea Pinnington and Caz Buckingham’s new nature book The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs is out on 1st March. It features the most common garden birds and has a handy sound bar to make bird song learning easier! For more information, go to www. 9



Hale WI meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Hale Institute, Wings Road, Hale and they welcome new members to their active WI . At their monthly meetings they have interesting talks and demonstrations. They also have outings each month, a book group and a craft group. Please contact There is a lot going on in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale. Mindfulness continues on 2nd March at 9.30am at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale GU9 0LT. Completely free of charge – just turn up. ‘Return of the Prodigal’ is a book by Henri Nouwen, exploring the beautiful and intriguing painting of the same name. Go to a Lent Group on Tuesdays at the Rectory – 25 Upper Hale Road, GU9 0NX - starting on 3rd March at 7.30pm to discuss the book with others. At St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, GU9 0LT they will be watching some videos called ‘Life on the Frontline’ - thinking about how God can impact our everyday lives. Go along on any Wednesday in March starting 4th March at 7.30pm to watch the videos and discuss them with others. There is also a coffee morning at St John’s Church, Hale Road, GU9 9RP on 7th March between 10.30am and 12 noon – do go along and see the refurbished Sumner Room, look around the church and eat home-made cake – what’s not to like? Do you need help getting your business online? As part of the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Waverley businesses are able to participate in a training programme run by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) designed to help small businesses develop their knowledge


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‘Music While you Munch’ is the popular monthly lunchtime organ recital which continues on Tuesday 10th March at 1.10pm at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham. This month welcomes guest organist Nicholas Woods. Nicholas is well known as a choral director, pianist, teacher and sometime composer. Home-made soup, teas and coffees are provided but you may prefer to take your own lunch. The recital lasts about 35 minutes and is free of charge. There is a retiring collection. ‘The Secret Museum’ is at the Museum of Farnham from 10th March to 27th June. The exhibition is a chance for visitors of all ages to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum in an interactive way. It will explore why museums exist and what they do and many previously hidden parts of the collection will be on display. Linked to the exhibition are several events designed for family audiences. Their ‘What’s in the Box Tour’ is a chance for visitors to get an insight into the work of a curator and see parts of their collection close up. The ‘Sleepover at the Museum’ will invite families for an activity-packed evening and a night bedding down in their galleries and the ‘Your Museum at Home’ workshop will answer all your questions on how to store those family heirlooms. For full details please contact Sophie on 01252 715094 or by emailing her at The ladies of Farnham Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild will be meeting on Tuesday 10th March for their AGM in the Methodist Church Hall, South Street. The meeting will

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In 1508, Loseley Manor was bought by Sir Christopher More, a lawyer of Derbyshire extraction. He was an exchequer official in Henry VII’s reign who rose to be King’s Remembrancer under Henry VIII. He lived in the medieval house situated on what is now the South Lawn, and took an active part in the affairs of the country. He was twice High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex. His son, Sir William More, held many high offices at Court and within the county. He was a personal friend and trusted adviser of Queen Elizabeth I. He was knighted in 1576. Sir William inherited Loseley in 1549 and commenced building the present house in 1562. He supervised the building work himself and his accounts of the building work still exist. The total cost of the house was £1,640 19s 7d. Most of the building stone, now over 800 years old, came from the ruins of the Cistercian Waverley Abbey, near Farnham, which was pulled down in the reign of King Henry VIII. The stone contributes greatly to the mellow appearance and atmosphere of the house. (The clunch facings came from a quarry in Guildford and pillars built from stone from the quarries of Hascombe Hill.)

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Garter by King James I who twice visited Loseley. Sir George was also Lieutenant of the Tower of London and Treasurer to Henry, Prince of Wales. He consolidated the family’s position by buying the ‘Manor and Hundred’ of Godalming from the crown in 1601 for £1,341 8s 23/4d. As can be seen from the old paintings of Loseley, there was a further wing to the northwest, containing a chapel, picture gallery which was 121 ft long, and a riding school. Built by

Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Loseley on four occasions and a letter to Sir William giving strict instructions concerning the preparations for one of the visits has been preserved. Straw was to be strewn on the drive to avoid jolting of the carriage, Sir William was asked to ‘avoyade his family’ (i.e. move his family and servants) to make room for the Queen’s retinue, and the house had to be cleaner than on the last occasion. After Sir William’s death in 1600, it was inherited by his son Sir George More who represented both Guildford and Surrey in parliament and was created Chancellor of the Order of the 14

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Sir George More at the beginning of the 17th century, it fell into disrepair and was pulled down in 1820. To the north-east stands the original garden wall, in which can be seen the archways which matched those in the wing opposite. The original moat is still in existence and was connected by a secret passage to the cellars (now sealed off). On Sir George’s death in 1632, his grandson, Poynings More, succeeded to Loseley. He was created a baronet shortly before his death in

1642, the title becoming extinct on the death of his son and successor, Sir William More, without issue in 1684. Loseley passed to Robert More, the son of Poynings More’s younger brother, but in 1689 he too died without issue, and so the property was inherited by his sister Margaret and her husband, Sir Thomas Molyneux. Thence forward the family name became More-Molyneux. Their son was Sir More Molyneux, who went on to have 11 children. He is depicted in a large painting in the Great Hall alongside his wife Cassandra and eight of their children. Their two sons and two elder daughters were to die young and unmarried, and the house was looked after for more than 20 years by another daughter, Jane, who supervised every detail of household and estate management. On her death in 1802, the estate passed to her nephew James More-Molyneux who died in 1823. He was succeeded by his son James, who became a JP and Deputy Lieutenant and was very active in public service. His younger son William, also a JP, inherited in 1874 and in 1877 he added the Nursery Wing on the south side of the house. He died unmarried in 1907 and was succeeded by Gwendoline, the daughter of his younger brother. Gwendoline married Brigadier General Francis Longbourne (who assumed by Deed Poll the additional names of More-Molyneux) and they started the Jersey herd and home farm in 1916. Francis saw active service in WW1 and was highly decorated for bravery. They were to live in the house during the difficult war years with Top left: Loseley House Top middle: A general view of the gardens looking back towards the house Top right: The Great Hall Far left: A painting showing the old wing before it was pulled down in 1820 Near left: The tennis lawn border

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no electricity, heating or hot water. When in 1946 the house was inherited by their son, James More-Molyneux and his wife, there was no money, no heating or electricity, a leaking roof and death duties to be paid. They accepted the challenge: Loseley had been in the family for over 400 years and was worth working for. The farming business was developed and they also founded Guildway Limited, which started with the production of concrete blocks and progressed to the construction of pre-fabricated houses which were exported all over the world. The house was opened to the public in 1951, and in 1968 Loseley Dairy Products was started, with the production of cheese followed by yoghurt and then ice cream. At its peak, it was supplying some 1,500 customers in London and the Home Counties, exporting to the Far East, Middle East and also Italy. Customers in the UK included Harrods, Fortnum & Mason’s, and British Airways. In 1985, due to increased overseas competition, the business was sold to Booker plc and in 2010 the Jersey herd was dispersed. The buildings used for yoghurt and ice cream production now house a variety of small businesses. In 1998, James More-Molyneux passed on the running of the estate to his son Michael who lives there to this day with his wife, children and mother. His eldest son Alexander and his wife live and work on the estate together with their daughter and twin sons. The estate is currently 1,400 acres, comprising 140 acres of woodland and 650 acres arable crops farmed under a Farmed Tenancy business. It employs 25 full-time members of staff and double this number during the summer months. Loseley welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year who come to see the house and garden or attend some of the events which include a gardening show, craft fair, dog show and a ploughing match and country fair. Loseley also host more than 80 civil weddings and receptions, and have been used as a film location for productions including ‘Emma’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘The Special 16

On Monday September 29th 2014, work began on erecting scaffolding over Loseley House. To hide the scaffolding, a large screen covers the front with a photograph of the house printed on it. The last time the house was re-roofed was in 1856 and a partial re-roof took place in 1956. The slates are being replaced with tiles which will be more in-keeping with the house when it was built in 1562. All the events will continuing to take place and the work will be completed by May 20th. By this time all the scaffolding will have been removed from site and Loseley will stand proudly with its new roof which hopefully will last for another 120 years. The gardens The 2.5 acre Walled Garden has had many lives since it was laid out formally in the 16th century, including an organic vegetable garden, orchard and designs by the renowned Gertrude Jekyll. The Walled Garden has been carefully restored over the past few years and is now one of Loseley’s main features. It contains a series of ‘rooms’ including an award winning rose garden with over 1,000 bushes, an extensive herb garden, a colourful fruit and flower garden, a white garden with fountains and an organic vegetable garden. It also features a Mulberry tree reputedly planted by Queen Elizabeth I. The herb garden is divided into four separate sections – culinary, medicinal, household and decorative and contains over 200 herbs, some of which date back to ancient times. Other features include a magnificent vine walk, ancient wisteria and the moat border. The most recent addition is a 2.5 acre wild flower meadow, planted on what used to be the Loseley cricket pitch. FIND OUT MORE

Loseley gardens are open to the public from May and the house in June – entrance to the house ends in August and to the grounds in September. Visits to Loseley House are by guided tour only and last around 50 minutes. Key dates: Spring Garden Show - 17th-19th April; May Craft Fair - 13th-14th May; Summer Garden Show 24th-26th July; Teddy Bears Picnic Day – Sunday 9th August; and Country Fair and Ploughing Match - 27th September. For more information, please call 01483 304440 or visit

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start at 2pm, and besides the serious business of electing the new committee and receiving reports etc there will be plenty of chatter and laughter. Groups meet throughout the month for discussion, scrabble, knitting etc but mainly for friendship. The Amblers have kept walking weekly through the winter and are now enjoying the spring flowers and birdsong. To find out more about the Townswomen’s Guild visit the national website at or for more information about the local guild phone 01252 726015 or 712503, email or just come along to a meeting. As ever, there is too much going on at Farnham Maltings to list everything here. From stand-up comedy on the 11th March to a classic recital on the 21st March and Maxine Peake as Hamlet in a screening on the 30th March to the film ‘Into the Woods’ on the 31st March there really is something for everyone. For more information, visit www. or call 01252 745444. Pick up a programme at Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR. For the first time in 20 years, the Mayor of Waverley is promoting a Massed Bands Extravaganza in aid of her charity, Citizens Advice, Waverley on Sunday 12th April at 7pm at Charterhouse School Hall. It will be an exciting evening of music for everyone, from tune of the day to your favourite light classics, presented by the massed bands of Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere, plus other surprise guests. Tickets: £10 from Lloyd and Keyworth,

‘Messy Church’ this month is on 12th March at 3.30pm at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, GU9 0LT. Church for those who like cutting, sticking, painting, baking, singing and eating. A meal is provided for adults and children. Come to church on Mothering Sunday, 15th March and say a prayer for your mum – or bring her along if you can, and give her a posy. ‘All Age Services’ in the Parish at 9.30am at St John’s, Hale, 11am at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale and 11.30am at St George’s, Badshot Lea. The 10am service at St George’s will be a regular Communion Service with added posies. Don’t forget that Palm Sunday is 29th March and the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale hope to have donkeys leading them at all three churches: 9.30am at St John’s, Hale 10am at St George’s, Badshot Lea and 11am at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale. Head2Head Theatre will be staging more interactive performance storytelling events for children with disabilities (ages 2-19), their siblings and family members during the Easter holidays. ‘Toad on the Road’ is a multi-sensory drama experience based on Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Led by a team of Head2Head’s actors, participants will move around the venue and grounds discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. With rhyme, rhythm, repetition, reduced dialogue, puppetry, movement-to-

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Wedding Hints & Tips by Lyn Sanders, Lily-Marie Wedding Planner

Just got engaged? Congratulations! ….but still confused about where to start?……worry not; hopefully I have everything you need here to keep you calm with tips from the local industry insiders, in the order you need to consider them, with tips from the local industry insiders! Choosing your venue can be one of the most stressful, time-consuming parts of the process because it not only dictates the style of your day, but heavily impacts the overall cost. For those wanting the freedom to create their perfect wedding without being tied to what a venue permits there is an exciting new website to help you choose the more original venue in Surrey… “Blank Canvas was created to offer a selection of individual, flexible venues and spaces that allow you to create your day your way. A day suited to you, fits your vision and your budget” says owner Heidi Teague. Once you’ve fixed the location and date you can concentrate on the finer detail, but make sure you tick off the big items first, like your dress. Charlotte from Amaryllis Bridalwear suggests that you “speak to your friends for recommendations, take someone with you to your appointment who will be helpful but honest (but not too many people as this can have a negative affect…too many opinions can be stressful). Remember to have an open mind about styles of dresses – they all look different when they are on. Ideally you need to start searching approximately 8-12 months prior to your big day, allow plenty of time and don’t be pushed into purchasing a dress if you’re unsure– you want to make sure you’ve found the one!”. Once you have your venue and dress sorted you can start to think about flowers; you will need these details to give to your floral designer as it will really help determine the style of the flowers and overall scheme. Hannah from Hannah Berry Flowers explains that “we will take all factors into con-

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sideration such as natural light, space and venue decor and will advise the best designs to suit the venue. Of equal importance is your bridal bouquet; it is a key accessory to your outfit; it has to work with your dress and not take the eye away from the overall look”. With all aspects of planning, the earlier you start the longer you have to make decisions that suit you as a couple. Photographer Ginny Marsh recommends that “you start to narrow your photographer choices down by picking work you love; not just some of their images, but ALL of their images and don’t get too worked up over what ‘style’ you’re looking for (such as reportage / contemporary / traditional) keep an open mind”. So what else helps you choose when there are so many photographers out there? Ginny suggests trying not to shop on price! “It’s easy to narrow photographers down by cutting out the ones who you think are too expensive, but generally with photographers, you get what you pay for. You don’t want to wish you’d paid a bit more for a better photographer, because after your wedding it’ll be too late. Finally meet with a few photographers in person to find out who you get a good vibe from and get on well with. You’ll be spending your whole day with this person, and it’s important you feel comfortable and at ease in their presence”. Your wedding photographs are so important! After your cake has been eaten, your flowers are wilting, your dress is dirty; your wedding photographs are the only thing that last to remind you of how much fun you had, the details and the emotion. To look your wedding day best, take some tips from inside the pro make-up bag! Natasha Wiggins is a professional wedding hair and make-up artist and she’s kindly revealed her secret to creating a flawless bridal glow. “A product I couldn’t 19

be without and simply love using with my brides is Bare Escentuals ID Mineral Veil. It’s an amazing powder that will stop any shine coming through, as it absorbs oil on the skin, but it doesn’t create a thick layer like some pressed or loose powders can do, which are often bulked out with talc and other nasties! Mineral Veil leaves you with a translucent, soft finish and it is completely sheer, so it softens the make-up finish, minimising the look of fine lines and pores. I simply love using it. Hopefully you’ll love the results on your wedding day make-up too.” To create perfect lips all day long, Natasha always apply a lip tint under the lipstick to help it to stay on longer, with all that kissing and champagne sipping! To fix it all in place one of her favourite products at the moment is ModelCo’s BEAUTY FIX Airbrush Face, a magic make-up fixing spray. “It is amazing! It helps the bride’s makeup set and it also seals it so that it does not come off - all day! All you need to do is spritz it on like a toner after applying all your make-up and it will be smudge proof. Ta dah!”

Debbie from Debs Makes Cakes explains: ”the size of your cake will most likely be determined by the number and size of portions you need. The flavour and level of detail in the decoration will be determined by the amount of money you have to spend. Whatever your cake budget, decide which of size, style and flavour are most important to you so that your money can be spent in a way that you think matters”. Many venues have neutral décor and an all-white or ivory cake may disappear into the background. Have your wedding cake on its own small table and have fun styling the background. Introduce your suppliers to each other; your wedding coordinator, florist, venue stylist, caterer and cake supplier will need to work together to create a cohesive event for you. Also, don’t forget the cake knife! An engraved cake knife can be a wonderful keepsake from your day.

According to a recent survey by confetti. 81% of couples say cutting the cake is their top wedding day tradition, so as the cake is a significant centrepiece at the reception it’s definitely worth asking an expert for advice.


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Whilst on the subject of food it is worth noting that from your guests perspective, the food and entertainment tend to be the most memorable parts of the day. But don’t be afraid to tailor your menu to your tastes. Joe from Keeley’s Kitchen loves to create a personal menu “if, as a couple you have precious memories of eating bangers and mash…. have bangers and mash! It is your day after all. However, if you are going to do something simple just make sure your caterers use the best quality locally sourced

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products; the last thing you want is a bad simple dish! And don’t forget to have a taster; you may have to pay for it but it will be worth it!” Another tip is if you do want something simple maybe look at going for more expensive crockery; even bangers and mash can look different on a beautiful plate and may only cost as little as 20p extra per person. Joe specialises in making your wedding breakfast that little bit different; do involve your guests, something as simple as a self-carve roast dinner. Maybe put a chef’s hat on one of your guests chairs at each table and that person has to carve the meat for everyone. This works very well if you have a table of mixed guests as it is a great ice breaker. It is also good for fussy eaters as they can pick what they want on their plate. Last but certainly not least, the entertainment. “How do we get everyone on the dance floor”? “What song shall we have for our first dance”? “We want a band and a DJ but can’t quite justify it within our budget”? These are all questions I am frequently asked and this is where experts can advise. Lemon Entertainment have a wide selection of artists to choose from, some of their bands can also DJ in-between and after the live band sets. It’s all included in their price and is much cheaper than booking both a band and a DJ separately. Lucy at Lemon Entertainment explains: “You only have one wedding day, some people don’t put enough impor-

tance on the entertainment when in fact it can be the making of an event. Use a reputable company who deal with professional musicians and you are more likely to have a positive experience than if you find a part time band in your local pub” Remember; break the rules, have fun and celebrate your day your way. For further advice on any aspects of your day please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Lily-Marie – – 07824 809664 Amaryllis Bridalwear - 01420 80552 Hannah Berry Flowers - www.hannahberryflowers. - 07871 037536 Ginny Marsh Photography – - 01252 856 937 Natasha Wiggins - - 07841 511409 Keeleys Kitchen - – 07776 235206 Debs Makes Cakes - 0751 8011 731 Lemon Entertainment - www.lemonentertainment. - 07753 496308

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music, role play and sensory moments, ‘Toad on the Road’ is accessible and appropriate for varied levels of disability. Advance packs will be distributed to familiarise participants with storyline, characters and rhymes. If weather permits, some of the action may take place outdoors. As usual, Head2Head will be providing giant games, craft activities and their ever-popular sensory tent for all participants to enjoy, with an eating area available for families that wish to bring along a picnic. Morning or afternoon sessions are available. Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April at Treloar’s Trust, Holybourne, Nr. Alton, Hampshire. All venues have accessible toilet facilities (some with hoists) and free parking. £3 per person (ages 2+). To book a place, please contact Head2Head Theatre: Tel/Fax: 01372 278021 or email Further details at www. ‘Birds Without Borders’ is a talk being held on the 14th March. How high in the sky do migrating birds travel? How far can birds fly without stopping? The answers are just the tip of the iceberg of what is currently known about bird migration. To find out more about this fascinating topic come along to ‘Birds Without Borders’, a presentation by the legendary Peter Holden MBE, one of the RSPB’s longest serving staff members. Peter Holden’s talks are always hugely entertaining and informative and the RSPB North East Hants Local Group, which is hosting the event, welcomes anyone with an interest in wildlife, whether or not they are RSPB members. There is a small charge of £3 for non- group members. The event will take place at the Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, at 7.30pm. Free parking at the hall.


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Lots on at RHS Wisley now that it is spring! Events include Lindt Daffodil Pot Decorating on Saturday 14th March from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Go and see the carpets of spring flowering bulbs, including the crocus extravaganza by the garden entrance and decorate a daffodil pot to take away. The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s Spring Show is on Sat 21st March from 11am-4pm featuring competitive classes and displays by members and affiliated societies. This show will be held in the Glasshouse Gallery. There will also be unusual species for sale and advice for all. The Glasshouse is open from 10am-5.15pm (last entry at 5pm). Then there is the Spring Plant Fair from 27th-29th March from 10am-5pm. This is a must for all plant lovers. Meet the growers and choose quality plants from specialist nurseries. Finally, the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt is from 28th March-12th April from 10.30am-4.30pm. Hop through the garden on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppiest Easter ever! See birds of prey soaring above the garden as well (11th-12th April). There are activities every day, visit for what’s on when. Schools in the South East have a superb heritage learning resource in their midst. Recognised for its work in education with a Quality Badge for Learning Outside the Classroom, the Rural Life Centre in Tilford, near Farnham, is keen to promote this side of the museum’s work. The museum is offering teachers and their families free entry to the museum during the weekend of 14th-15th March, so that they can see its possibilities for themselves. “We hope that teachers who have never visited us before will bring their families to see what we can provide through ‘hands-on’ activities, workshops and demonstrations for Key Stages I and II,” said Volunteer Education Officer, Judy Hewins. Judy, a retired teacher herself, leads a dedicated team of volunteers at the Museum, who enjoy dressing-up to recreate the ‘olden days’ that children find so fascinating. She is responsible for booking in the visits and planning their programme, tailoring the activities to the age of the children, and meeting and greeting school groups when they arrive. With only one school at any one time on the 10-acre site, and enthusiastic volunteers to demonstrate traditional activities such as the popular laundry, schoolchildren can learn about aspects of local heritage, the Victorians, wartime life and old forms of transport, while enjoying dressing up and trying their hand at vanished skills. For more information contact Judy Hewins by email at or tel: 07771 526889. More details about events at the Rural Life Centre are on the website The March meeting of the Wrecclesham History Project will be held at St Peters School, Little Green Lane Wrecclesham on Saturday 14th March 10.30am-12.30pm. Come and see the new school improvements and search the records to see if you can find your name - perhaps in the Punishment Book!! All interested in the village of Wrecclesham are welcome. If you want to know more about the work of the History Project email John Birch at turn up at St Peter’s School on 14th March.

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Located within a 20 minute drive of Farnham, BeauPort Kitchens and Interiors at Bentworth, near Alton, reports a growing confidence from customers. Mark Johnson, Head of Design and MD at Beau-Port commented: “Our last twelve months has been very busy and we are seeing a growing confidence from many new customers who are no longer hesitant about spending money on their homes, who see the huge benefits of adding value to their properties with new kitchens and interiors projects that also enhance the quality of their lives.”

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The Woodlarks Centre is holding a special coffee morning on Saturday 14th March from 10am to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to join them for a cuppa and a piece of cake. There will be an Easter raffle and an opportunity to look round Woodlarks which is home to 23 adults with a range of physical disabilities and to see some of their art work. For the residents it is the chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones over a cup of coffee. Volunteers come in too to catch up with each other and there is a real buzz in the air. There is always room for more people to volunteer – it only takes an hour a week to make a difference - be it tackling weeds in the grounds, driving or doing a jigsaw with one of the residents. Go and join them - you will be amazed at the fun they have! Woodlarks is an independently run residential home based on Lodge Hill Road. Lower Bourne, Farnham. GU10 3RB. For more information call Karen Barron on 01252 714041 or email On Sunday 15th March at 7pm for 7.30pm, Eleanor Hill and Derek Chandler from the Hampshire Equality Group will be challenging the status quo and talking about how so many social ills are correlated with extreme inequality. The talk is being hosted by Farnham Humanists http:// in Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX. Everyone is welcome. Tea and coffee are available. Other drinks are available from the Hop Blossom Pub close by. Donation £2 to cover costs. For more information please contact Jennie Johnson 01252 723044.


The March meeting of the West Surrey Wine Society will take place on Monday 16th at the Conservative Club, Ivy Lane, Farnham GU9 7PQ. The talk will be entitled ‘Flying Winemakers’ and is being presented by Aidan Bell from DBM Wines of Bristol. ‘Flying winemakers’ was a term first used by (and thereafter registered by) Tony Laithwaite of the Sunday Times Wine Club. Tony employed Australian winemakers during the 1987 vintage to work at French co-operative wineries and produce wines for the Club. The scheme proved hugely successful, and while Laithwaite continued with it, it led to ever more young Australian winemakers (independently of Laithwaite) working in regions right across France, and ultimately elsewhere in Europe. In turn French winemakers and oenologists started to travel the globe, the most famous of whom is Michel Rolland, a sometimes controversial figure due to the uniform wine style he is accused of creating. Join them as they explore the impact of ‘flying winemakers’, sample examples of their wines and consider their influence on the world of wine. The West Surrey Wine Society is a wine appreciation society that meets on the third Monday of the month in Farnham. Many, if not most, of the 50 or so members joined with little or no knowledge of wines - just a liking for the product. (Sounds uncannily like the VantagePoint team, ed!) The meetings start at 7.30pm with a ‘welcome wine’ and the meeting proper starts at 8pm, generally taking the form of a tutored tasting, often led by an expert from a major supplier or a wine educator who is frequently a Master of Wine. For further information on the Society contact the membership secretary, Frances Hackemer, Spring Wood House, Rowledge, GU10 4AA. Tel: 01252 793684. The Farnham Society is holding an illustrated lecture entitled ‘Literary Farnham’ on Monday March 16th at 8pm. The talk is by Rosemary Wisbey accompanied by Jennifer Thorpe and David Wylde and is being held at St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road, Farnham, GU9 8DJ. Members £2, non-members (most welcome) £5, students £1.50. Pay at the door. Welcoming drinks from 7.30pm. Any enquiries please call 01252 702449. ‘Saved - Animal Heroes In Peace And War’ by Hilary Hope Guise is the subject of the Farnham Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s next lecture. It is at 10.30am on Tuesday 17th March in Farnham Maltings, and is for all who love animals. It outlines how the development of a social conscience towards them, especially dogs and horses, who were very much a part of daily working life, was largely due to the popularity of Victorian art works. Hilary Hope Guise’s intention is to Gift Aid her fees to different animal charities of our choice. Non-members are warmly invited to attend. Phone the membership secretary on 07918 883515 to book your ticket for £5 or, for more information, consult the website, The New Ashgate Gallery has a new exhibition – ‘Beautiful Abstracts and Elegant Design’ by Lesley Jones and Matthew Corbishley. Lesley Jones offers beautifully tranquil fine art abstract paintings complimented by contemporary and attractive designed furniture and accessories by Matthew Corbishley, ideal for any home.


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News Spring 2015

How you can get involved Farnham in Bloom is very much about the community getting involved in making the area an even more fantastic place to live, work and visit. Here are some ideas on how you can make Farnham bloom:

2015 is the 25th year of Farnham in Bloom and the Farnham in Bloom Community Group and Farnham Town Council hope to make it year to remember. Last year, Farnham town centre was awarded gold for the fourth year running and was crowned overall gold winner for the Large Town category. Gostrey Meadow and The Victoria Garden received Gold and the Victoria Garden got outstanding, which is the highest award possible in the Champion of Champions, It’s Your Neighbourhood category. We are planning a number of events, which include: 22-29 March 9 April 4 June 27 June 8 October 25 Oct-1 Nov 20 December

Spring Big Pick Week Farnham in Bloom launch evening Greenhouse open day 10am-12pm Farnham Carnival Farnham in Bloom schools’ presentation and awards evening Autumn Big Pick Week Farnham in Bloom Winter Celebration 2.30-3.30pm

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• Enter the secret garden competition. There are eight categories to choose from ranging from the Best Hanging Basket/Container to the Best Small Garden. Judging will take place in early July. • Organise or take part in a litter pick during this spring’s Big Pick Week from 22 to 29 March. • Sponsor a town centre display. Highly visible sponsorship opportunities are available to suit all budgets and start at just £50 for a hanging basket. • Create an area for wildlife. The RHS has lots of information on its website on how to attract wildlife to your garden. • Ask your school to get involved. There are lots of fun competitions including the best hanging basket, tallest sunflower and upside down tomatoes. • Conserve rainwater and reuse it to water plants in drier weather. • Volunteer to join the In Bloom community group which works on small projects around Farnham such as clearing less attractive areas, litter picking and generally helping Farnham to achieve gold.

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Dates for your diary • On Friday 24 April the Italian Market will return to Castle Street. The market will be open from 9am to 4pm and will provide shoppers with an opportunity to buy fresh produce from Italy including authentic cheeses from Lombardy, pastas, oils and bread. • Come along to Gostrey Meadow between 3 and 5pm every Sunday throughout the summer months for Music in the Meadow. Relax and enjoy live musical entertainment from a variety of local bands and groups. Sunday 31 May Sunday 7 June Sunday 14 June Sunday 21 June Sunday 5 July Sunday 12 July Sunday 19 July Sunday 26 July Sunday 2 August Sunday 9 August Sunday 16 August Sunday 23 August Sunday 30 August Sunday 6 September

The Revivals Band Farnham Music & Drama Farnham Brass Band The Salts Young Artists’ Showcase Farnham Big Band Panama Café Out of the Shadows Grandpa’s Spells Jazz Band Pete Leigh & the Union Alder Valley Brass Famous in Farnham Claire Phoenix Band Guildford Friary Brass Band

• Picnic in the Park will return on Sunday 28 June between 12 and 5pm with appearances from the Brass Monkeys, the Danny Lee Band and The Vic Cracknell band. Bring along a picnic and treat yourself to an ice cold cocktail from Beetlejuice. • If you enjoy good quality food and like to know exactly where your food has come from, remember that you can taste and buy all sorts of delicious produce at the monthly Farmers’ Market. Farnham Farmers’ Market is held on the fourth Sunday of every month in Central car park.

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If you need a calendar so you can make a note of all our summer events, we have a fantastic offer for you. Cut out the coupon on the left and take it to the information tent at the Farnham Farmers’ Market and get a calendar for just £1.You can also exchange your coupon for a calendar at Farnham Town Council between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday and on Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.

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Elections On Thursday 7 May, the general and local elections will be taking place. To be able to vote you need to be included in Waverley Borough Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Electoral Register. The deadline for registering is 20 April 2015. If you are unsure whether you are registered, you should contact the electoral registration team at Waverley Borough Council by emailing or phoning 01483 523116.

Annual town meeting of electors Do you want to know what Farnham Town Council has been doing during the last year? Perhaps you have a question you would like to ask your local councillor on a matter affecting Farnham. The annual town meeting will take place on Thursday 26 March at 7pm in the Bush Hotel. In 2014 more than 100 local electors attended. To help with catering and seating arrangements, please contact Farnham Town Council if you wish to attend, by calling 01252 712667 or emailing

Invest in Farnham Are you a local business looking to celebrate a business anniversary, raise your profile, demonstrate corporate social responsibility or provide your staff with a team building exercise? If so Farnham Town Council can offer a sponsorship opportunity to suit all promotional strategies. Long term exposure of your company name can be achieved by sponsoring a town centre planter or you can go for impact by sponsoring a larger, one day event such as the Food Festival which attracts thousands of people. For more information about sponsorship opportunities please email or see


Living in Farnham A new residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guide for 2015/16 will be distributed to all households in Farnham and its villages in March. The guide provides useful information and the dates of some of the community events taking place during the year. March 2015


Offering value for money Farnham Town Council has agreed a modest increase in its share of the council tax in 2015/16 to continue to provide quality services and ensure sound finances for future years. The rise of 1.4 pence per week per band D property will mean the Council will be able to deliver more of the services that contribute towards making Farnham a vibrant and attractive place to live. The extra money will secure the year-long calendar of events that includes the summertime Music in the Meadow concerts, the very popular Food Festival and four weeks of Christmas activities that last year included the introduction of a Christmas market. Action taken during the last year to increase fees and charges, and the efficient management of contracts and staff vacancies helped to offset pressures on the budget and minimise the rise. Since 2009 inflation has risen by 16.39 per cent but Farnham’s precept has gone up in total by 12.8 per cent with real savings made alongside investment in local services. In 2015/16, Farnham Town Council will receive £1.11 per week from Band D properties, which is equivalent to £57.60 per year. Farnham Town Council receives around three per cent of the total council tax paid by its residents. The remaining 97 per cent goes to Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. During 2015/16 Farnham Town Council will grant nearly six per cent of the money it raises in council tax to local organisations. Work is also continuing on the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan, visit for more information on how the Neighbourhood Plan will shape Farnham’s Future.

Farnham Town Council

Town Council Office, South Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RN Contact Us: Telephone: 01252 712667 Email: Web: Twitter: @farnhamOfficial Facebook: Farnham Events Mayor 2014-15: Councillor Jeremy Ricketts


Town Clerk: Iain Lynch

Style & Selection Jessica Zoob


his year’s Spring trends are a calming combination of grey and pastel tones highlighted by copper accessories or occasional gloss highlights. The gentle blend of muted colours is not only easy on the eye but the unfussy, utilitarian style helps create a relaxing atmosphere just as our bodies and minds are awakening to Spring.

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Muted tones are easily dressed to suit any interior trend so go for a simple yet practical sofa which suits your needs in a subtle natural colour. This way, whatever the season, you can add accessories and keep your home looking fresh without spending a fortune. These scatter cushions by Jessica Zoob are a beautiful way of dressing your sofa for Spring and available for a limited time only, this sofa complete with five of them, is on display at our Farnham showroom.

why not invest in a feature piece such as this large copper clock. Try introducing bold graphic patterns to your tranquil environment. Striking designs will add a new dynamic to your living space whilst still keeping a fresh, contemporary feel.

This Spring is about keeping things simple. Choose just one or two colours to bring your room to life. Using soft pastel shades help relax our bodies and minds after a busy days work, pair them with bold statement pieces to save your living room from becoming dull and boring. Metallic colours, specifically coppers show no sign of going anywhere so

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In this column we feature books that we, and our reviewers, like. They may not necessarily be new books, but they’ll be fiction and non-fiction books that we have enjoyed. We’ll always include at least one children’s book in the selection each time. We’d love to hear your thoughts on anything you feel we should be reading and sharing with others.

Handmade Baskets

– from Nature’s Colourful Materials By Susie Vaughan Published by Search Press £9.99. Paperback.

I will admit right now that I do have a weird passion for baskets. I don’t know what it is – whether it’s the natural materials, the lovely shapes and colours, the delightful creaking noise they make, but I am always absolutely thrilled if someone gives me a gift of, or in, a basket. So, having acquired some basic willow-weaving skills courtesy of Stefan Jennings’s wonderful willow sculpture workshop recently (you may have seen it advertised in The Onion) I was delighted to see this lovely book by Susie Vaughan and now feel inspired to have a go at making a basket myself. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but it certainly makes my fingers itch. It is a ‘how to’ for beginners - half of the book tells you how to identify and collect the right material, and that’s followed by the instructions 34

to make a simple round basket, an oval basket, a frame basket, how to add handles, how to make interesting borders, how to make lids, and then some inspirational pictures at the end to get your creative juices going. It has made me want instantly to reach for the secateurs and start attacking the shrubs and trees in the garden for materials. Look out family, you could all be getting very dodgy-looking baskety objects as presents this year. Reviewed by Carol Farley

Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes By Tom Kerridge Published by Absolute Press £25. Hardback.

I don’t know if you saw, tried or kept Tom Kerridge’s Roast Red Pepper Soup recipe reproduced in this magazine recently (November 2014 edition), but a reader of the magazine said that she’d made it as a result of its appearing in the magazine

and had had very satisfied lunch companions who all asked for second helpings. I made it for a lunch party of 12 friends last weekend. I followed the recipe to the very letter and honestly, I have never been so popular – everyone wanted second helpings and it became a real talking point. I have also made the Treacle Tart which was absolutely delicious and am about to work my way through the rest of the recipes in the book. I think it’s about to become my favourite cookery book - I absolutely love it. The recipes are all ‘ordinary’ dishes that, in the hands of Kerridge, are elevated to something sublime. His writing is almost exactly as he speaks, although I was disappointed not to find an “amazin’” written anywhere. So if you want to surprise someone with an extraordinary cottage pie or crispy duck salad, then look no further than this fabulous book with it’s fabulous recipes and photographs. Amazin’. Reviewed by Jessica Harding

BOOKS FOOD Mapp & Lucia and other books by E F Benson Lucia Rising - paperback ISBN: 9780140119626 Lucia Victrix – paperback ISBN: 9780140119633

Mapp and Lucia once again brought Rye to our television screens over Christmas in the lavish new three-part production of E F Benson’s cruelly amusing satire of life in the mid to upper social strata of Rye in the 1920s. I say “in Rye” but in the books Rye is thinly disguised as Tilling. E F Benson lived in Rye and despite changing its name he barely concealed the town’s identity in his books. It is inevitable that in dramatising novels for television, especially novels with such complex relationships as these, much is going to be lost and that is why I urge you to read these wonderful and funny books. The two central characters are each intent on controlling those around them and until they meet each other March 2015

they have both been successful in doing just that. The busybody, interfering Mapp and the arch-snob Lucia are like two heavyweight fighters circling each other in the ring before landing a few blows and then retiring to their corners to draw breath and plot anew, and they both manage to involve everyone else in their sharp games.

and three). Penguin conveniently publishes the six books in two compendiums of three: Lucia Rising which comprises the first three books and Lucia Victrix the last three.

These books are beautifully written and apart from their intricate plotlines and superb characterisations they are a window on what life was like in Rye and similar places not so very long ago. Apart from being very funny they must also have been quite daring books when they were first published including as they do such characters as ‘quaint Irene’ and ‘Georgie’ neither of whom would cause an eyebrow to be raised today but who would have been seen as quite daring in the less ‘aware’ twenties and thirties. Benson himself had quite an interesting family background too: he was the son of an Archbishop of Canterbury; he was homosexual and his mother had a long affair with the daughter of another Archbishop of Canterbury.

When Findus Was Little and Disappeared

Much as I enjoyed the new TV dramatisation it was simply not a patch on the original books which are among my all-time favourites and all of which I have read many times. There are in fact six books: Queen Lucia, Miss Mapp, Lucia in London, Mapp and Lucia, Lucia’s Progress, and finally Trouble for Lucia. The first was published in 1920 and the last in 1939, and only in the last three do both characters appear together. The first three books are about either Mapp (book two) or Lucia (books one

Noel Coward said “We will pay anything for Lucia books.” Me too. Reviewed by Nick Farley

By Sven Nordqvist Published by Hawthorn Press £10.99 Hardback

This was one of the early books in the ‘Findus and Pettson’ series by Nordqvist. I have now read every one of the eight books in the series and I think they’re all an absolute delight. This book has a particular attraction for me because it tells of how Findus, the talking cat, came to live with Pettson, the farmer. The stories are charming and amusing and the illustrations are busy with lots of animals and detail for children to look for and discover. Children love these books, so do parents and grandparents as they can read them safe in the knowledge that they’re harmless and gentle but are also fun, wellwritten stories which are great for girls and boys. Reviewed by Chris Elrick 35



Friday 20th March – Saturday 9th May 2015, at The New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, GU9 7PS. Gallery Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm. See the website at, T: 01252 713208, E: gallery@ Les Amitiés Françaises’s popular series of lectures in French continues on 19th March at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming. Eric Simon’s lecture will be on “’La France avant la Révolution’. The speaker used to teach at the French Lycée in London. Recent talks have concentrated on Napoleón and Louis XIV, so the March lecture will put the revolution into perspective by setting the historical and geographical backdrop to later events. April’s talk at 7.30pm on 16th April will be on Alexandre Dumas – ‘The forerunner of modern literature’, to be delivered by Elizabeth le Doze. Non-members are very welcome at the lectures (£6 at the door). Brochures on Les Amitiés are available in libraries and museums. As well as a programme of lectures, members enjoy convivial dining occasions together and visits to historic houses and gardens, all with a French connection. For further information, please contact John Petty, membership secretary on 01483 861974, john. and on Are you interested in birds? Whether you are a beginner or expert, do join the free bird walk at Frensham Little Pond on Thursday 19th March organised by the RSPB local members’ group. Starting point is the National Trust car park in Priory Lane, GU10 3BT off the A287 (there are two). The walk starts at 9.30am ending about 1pm. Birds we hope to see include


waterfowl, kingfisher, little egret, woodlark, stonechat and other woodland and heathland birds. The walk is 3 miles at a leisurely pace on firm paths. Please bring binoculars if possible. Do wear warm waterproof clothes and outdoor shoes/boots. The walk is unsuitable for buggies, very young children or dogs. Further details from groups/Guildford or email or tel 01372 467074. The Farnham Wey Vale Probus Club holds its monthly lunch at the Farnham House Hotel on the third Tuesday in the month except June and December, when the members meet with their ladies for lunch. Members meet socially followed by lunch, usually with a guest speaker. Any retired men wishing to know more about the Farnham Wey Vale Probus Club, please contact the secretary at secretary@ Also on at the New Ashgate is ‘Rising Stars’ - the national showcase of the new craft and design talent in the UK. ‘Rising Stars’ is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate, Farnham. This is the fourth year that the New Ashgate Gallery has supported this initiative; many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by Crafts Council. It runs from Friday 20th March – Saturday 9th May 2015. Contact details as above. The next afternoon meeting for the History of Hale project is on 20th March at 2.30pm at the Institute (village hall). These meetings are very interesting as many subjects and suggestions are discussed and acted on. Once again they appeal to you all that they would still like photos and stories of life in Hale through the ages. If you haven’t filled in a membership form, please contact Geoff . They are looking forward to another busy, interesting and successful year. The next coffee morning is on the 28th March and ‘weddings’ will be the order of the day. More details from Marion Lawrence on Wrecclesham Tennis Club is having an open day on Saturday 21st March from 2pm to 4pm. Families, adults and juniors will all be welcome to come to their friendly, local tennis club and play some tennis, meet the coaches, try out some classes or just enquire about the club. There will be a full programme of activities, run by head coach, Gemma Wiltshire, with Mini Tennis for 3-9 year olds from 2pm to 2.30pm, Tennis Xpress for adult beginners from 2.30pm to 3pm, a session for 10 -16 year olds from 3pm to 3.30pm and then from 3.30pm to 4pm there will be cardio tennis, which is great fun as well as being good exercise! While all those activities are going on there will be social tennis for adult newcomers and members. Do go along and see what the club at Wrecclesham Recreation Ground, Riverdale, GU10 4PJ has to offer to juniors, adult beginners, people who haven’t played for a while and also to more experienced players. Adults and juniors have opportunities to play socially and also competitively and they have an excellent coaching programme. For more details go to


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Out with the old Spring always instigates a fresh start and with this in mind I would like to encourage you to refresh your winter wardrobe and make room for uplifting new additions for the new season. Be Ruthless When working with a new client, I always have to be mindful of how honest they want me to be. I normally start off an appointment fairly carefully, so I can work out exactly what the end result needs to be. A gentle discussion or a ‘it’s gotta go’ approach depends on the quantity of similar items, or if there are bulging wardrobes in every room. Have plenty of bin bags at the ready... Try on or tip! If it doesn’t fit now, put it away. If you can’t bear to part with it (probably because you can remember how much it cost you a few months ago!) put it in a suitcase in the attic. It’s a halfway house to see if you really pine for it. If you don’t - it’s charity or dress agency time. What do you need? Do you work fulltime or need dog walking casuals? Your

own wardrobe has to reflect your own lifestyle so write down a daily list of ‘looks’ that you wear and it will soon become apparent if you own too many business suits from a previous job. Research online first to get a feel for what’s in store, and focus on what you need. Remember to check if they are washable if it’s an everyday casual item. Business clothing needs to be flexible to offer alternatives so keep the mainstays classic black, navy or charcoal and then add colour and direction with the layers. Get fit By this I mean, get your clothes to fit you. Be prepared to spend a little to reduce sleeve lengths or take waistbands in to make sure you look finished and well dressed. A simple alteration can add such a difference to the end look and for £15-20 you will look more polished and together.

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Our ever-growing children need a clear-out too and it’s not a bad idea to make some money back at the same time. Second Thoughts, new to Chiddingfold since September 2014, is crammed of with ‘previously loved’ clothes and shoes from 0-teens. Once you have registered as a seller you will receive 50% of the sale price which can also be sold on their eBay store. They only accept good quality clothing. This will stay in the store for 6-8 weeks before a reminder email for collection is sent. After that the clothing is taken to charity shops or to an orphanage in Uganda. Buyers are offered a one week’s return policy, if agreed at time of purchase, to give you a chance to try the item on ‘little Jimmy’ at home after school. Owner Nicki, and Lisa run the business during school term time only, Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of each month, 9.30am-4pm. Stock up on some branded gems for teens, Hollister from £8

Second Thoughts, 1 Chiddingfold Galleries, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4UF. Contact or call 07765 428005. It’s a destination shop for your kids wardrobe, but with a handy coffee shop nearby, Treacle’s Tea Shop for that all important refreshment break, The Green, Chiddingfold, Telephone 01428 684859.

Ladies Dress Agencies A great way to sell those pieces that are still in great condition. It varies but most agencies sell your items for four weeks and will pay you 50% of the selling price. Some are closed Mondays, so telephone for opening hours and full details of service.



5. Lace, macrame, crochet and embroidery, in preparation for summer sunshine, EMAMÓ coverup 6. Suede - from these Lanvin boots to bags and jackets - the softer option to leather. Kirstie Smillie is a fashion stylist. Feel relaxed and confident in your own style with a wardrobe full of clothes you love. Email: Call 07773 234947. March 2015

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Soundingoff PEGGING OUT Andrew Crisell, our grumpy old git (GOG), 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 his latest salvo...

We are an advanced, technological society. We’ve sent men cat, write brilliant articles for VantagePoint. to the moon and probes to faraway planets. We’ve devel- You, on the other hand, are required to do oped digital media. We’ve devised computers that can do just one single and simple thing. Securing millions of calculations within seconds. While we’re walking laundry is wholly and solely what you are indown the street we can speak to others in distant parts of tended for. And yet you can’t pegging well the globe, and even look at them while we’re doing so. Yet manage it!” Hurling the pieces to the ground have you noticed how often small things don’t work proper- and stamping on them, I caught the wary eye ly? Everyday things that have been around for many years of my next-door neighbour. She now crosses and whose technology is simple and well understood. I want the road whenever she sees me approachto rage against these small things, ing. their cussed refusal to cooperate, The simplest things in life are so often and sometimes their downright reAnother annoyance is completely out of countrol belliousness. The simplest things the fridge door which in life are often completely out of suddenly decides to control. swing open and thus warm up everything that lies behind it. (It What sort of things? Doors and windows that won’t open seems to be beyond the wit of the manor won’t shut. Locks and zip fasteners that jam. Toilets that ufacturers to fit fridge doors with secure don’t flush properly. Ring-pulls that snap before you’ve clasps.) When this happened for the umpopened your can of beer. Superglue, which although ideal teenth time, I slammed the door shut in a for welding human bottoms to toilet seats (so practical jok- fit of exasperation. Our fridge and freezer ers tell me) never sticks the things together that you want it sit one above the other in a single cabinet, to. Trouser pockets that are either designed to disgorge their and the pressure-wave this produced caused contents as soon as you sit down and cross your legs, or to the door of the freezer to open. Not wide form holes so the contents fall straight to the floor. Shoelac- enough for me to notice it immediately, es that, no matter how tightly you tie them, come undone but just enough to defrost about £50 worth within moments. Teapots with spouts that pour hardly any of food and oblige me to throw it all tea into the cup you’re aiming at, but dribble copiously on to away. I sometimes feel as if the carpet or your best suit. Clothes pegs that disintegrate I’m at war with the entire as soon as they’re required to hold up some washing. physical world, which is unfortunate since there’s I recently berated a clothes peg that had no other world we spend done just this. Holding it close so much time in. How to my face, I hissed at it about you? through clenched teeth: Do you agree with Andrew? What irritates you “I am versatile! I walk, these days? Please write in or let us know by breathe, drink, feed the emailing


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For many, daffodils epitomise spring; historically they symbolised chivalry and new beginnings. Today for many of us daffodils represent hope. The quintessential daffodil is often pictured as bright yellow in colour, with a trumpet-shaped flower. However the daffodil has a long history of extensive breeding and consequently today there are a huge variety of daffodil flower colours - yellow, white, orange, pink and green. There are many different flower types, and sizes of daffodil available. Indeed there are over 30,000 names in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Daffodil Registration Database. All daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus; they are part of the Amaryllidaceae family, which also includes snowdrops and alliums. Daffodils are wonderfully versatile; they can be grown successfully in containers, flower beds and borders, parks, meadows and grassy areas, woods and orchards. They are very resilient and come back each year heralding the start of spring, with no need to lift and replant. Rodents and squirrels leave daffodil bulbs alone, which is a real boon if you suffer with these pests! Thriving in a sunny or partly shaded spot, they are very easy to grow and can be propagated by seed, division of the bulbs and chipping. I utterly adore scented daffodils and revel in their delicious fragrance each spring. Narcissus ‘Fragrant Rose’ has, as its name suggests, a definite rose character to its fragrance at times, although the scent essentially reminds me of the sweetness of hyacinths. If you enjoy the heady scent of hyacinths and jasmine, you may also enjoy growing narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’, N. ‘Geranium’, N. ‘Sweetness’ and N. ‘Bridal Crown’. These daffodil varieties have all been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit and are superb daffodils that I just couldn’t be without. These scented varieties and indeed all daffodils make ideal cut flowers and a wonderful gift. Daffodils can bring hope to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as the plant 42

compound galantamine can delay the onset of symptoms. Trials found that daffodils grown under stress at high altitude in the Black Mountains in Wales produced more galantamine than those grown under normal conditions. Narciclasine, another compound present in daffodil bulbs, may be used in the future to treat aggressive brain cancers; studies have also suggested that compounds found in daffodils could help treat leukaemia, skin and ovarian cancer and depression. August and September are ideal months to plant daffodil bulbs giving enough time for the roots to get established before the cold weather sets in. Now is the ideal time to make your selection as daffodils are in flower. Visit botanical gardens now to see different varieties in flower, inhale their scent and get an idea of their character. Many gardens will even have a handy plant label, so you can take down the names of your favourite varieties and order bulbs to plant later in the year. Many different varieties of daffodil can be enjoyed at RHS Garden Wisley, at The National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming and Nymans in Handcross, West Sussex. West Dean Woods near Chichester has a large colony of wild daffodils; it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a working woodland and a private estate, so access is restricted. However a public bridleway running along the western edge provides an excellent vantage point to view the daffodils.


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<36 or follow the links on the website at which has all the information about the club. They look forward to meeting you. Godalming Choral Society presents ‘Baroque Masters’ on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, High St, Guildford, GU1 3JH. It features: Pergolesi : Stabat Mater ; Handel : Let God Arise! ; Purcell : Hail! Bright Cecilia and Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary. Conductor : Michael Veazey. The concert will support the work of The Prostate Project, the Guildford based cancer charity. Tickets : £15 (Students £8) are available from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming; Guildford Tourist Office, 155 High Street, Guildford, 01483 444333; Godalming Choral Society Ticket Office 07505 203468 or online. For more details go to Spark (previously known as Waverley Youth Arts Festival) is an annual celebration of young people’s creativity and it takes place on the 21st March at 7pm at the Maltings. Throughout February and March, groups of young people from across the borough will work with professional artists to create new and exciting work. This event sees the participants come together to share their work and achievements with each other and the local community. Free entry. Vivaldi Singers present their spring concert ‘Shakespearian Serenade’ on Saturday March 21st at 7.30pm. It takes place


at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham, Surrey. Tickets are available from their web site www. or from Farnham Maltings Box Office 01252 745444. Price: £12 in advance, £15 on the door, students £5, under 16s free. The programme will include Vaughan Williams ‘Serenade to Music’, Mendelssohn ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Bernstein excerpts from ‘West Side Story’ and drama from The William Whymper Company who will be performing excerpts from Shakespeare. On Sunday 22nd March, the Waverley Singers are performing an ‘Opera Gala’ at the Farnham Maltings. They will be joined by soloists Natasha Day, John Porter, Huw Montague Rendall and pianist Jakob Rothoff under conductor Richard Pearce. The programme will consist of favourite choruses and arias from operas including ‘Carmen’, ‘Aida’, ‘la Traviata’, ‘Lohengrin’ and ‘Madam Butterfly’. The concert will start at 5pm (earlier than usual) and tickets, priced at £15 (£5 for students/under 16’s) are available at the Maltings Box Office, Lloyd & Keyworth, Farnham, Newbury Building Society, Alton, by phoning 01252 792563, or from any choir member or at the door. Friends of Farnham Library need you! Do you have one hour every two months to help? The Friends meet to plan children’s educational and fun events during half-terms and holidays – six events per year – 40 to 60 children per event. They would really value your help in planning and presenting these. Please contact Claire on 01252 724805 for more information.

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Hot Cross Bun Loaf I love hot cross buns at Easter. For something a little different why not make your dough into a loaf, then you can have it toasted for breakfast with berries and yoghurt, or even turn it into French toast with a little beaten egg. Just dip a slice in the egg and fry in butter until golden both sides. Great as a dessert with an apple compote and ice cream. Ingredients 500g strong white flour 60g unsalted butter 10g salt 40g sugar 2tsp mixed mpice 15g yeast 220g milk 2 eggs 150g mixed peel and sultanas 2 tbsp apricot jam 1 tbsp water

1. Weigh your flour into a bowl, rub your butter into the flour and then mix in the salt, sugar and spice. Use the microwave to take the chill off your milk, warm it only very slightly and add the yeast giving it a stir to help it disperse. Add the eggs to the bowl along with this yeasty milk. 2. Mix everything until your dough comes together and there is nothing dry left in the bowl. Get your dough out onto an un-floured surface and knead for 15 minutes. Pick up the side furthest away from you and stretch it out along the table with the heel of your hand, then fold the dough back onto itself. Every now and again bring your dough back together with a dough scraper. 3. When 15 minutes is up, stretch your dough as far as you can across the table. Sprinkle over your fruit and fold the dough around it like 44

an envelope. Work the fruit into the dough by kneading exactly as before. Then lightly flour the surface next to your dough. Place your dough onto the flour and make into a ball. Take the side furthest away from you, give it a little stretch and fold it back towards you. Turn the dough 90 degrees and repeat until you are happy with the shape, and you can feel tension in the dough. Turn your dough over and allow it to rest back in the bowl, covered with a cloth for one hour. 4. After resting your dough, turn it out of the bowl, upside down, onto a surface dusted with flour. Using fingertips and knuckles, press it out flat into a large portrait rectangle about the width of a 900g loaf tin. Fold the side furthest from you into the middle, then pick up the side closest to you and fold it up to meet

it. Then fold the whole thing in half bringing the top edge to meet the bottom. Give it a pinch at the seam to seal the edges together and dust your dough with flour. Place it into the loaf tin seam side down and allow to rest for another 45 minutes to an hour. Your dough will rise nicely and soften. 5. Mix a little flour and water together to make a paste and use a piping bag to pipe a large cross over the top of your loaf, then bake it in your oven at 170C for 30 minutes. After this time, remove the loaf from the tin and bake for 10 minutes more on the oven shelf. Rest your loaf on a cooling rack, warm some apricot jam in a pan with a little water and brush it over the top of your loaf for a sticky glaze.

FOOD Roasted Breast of Lamb with Rosemary, Raisin & Red Wine Sauce Breast of lamb is an underrated cut. It is packed with flavour and really benefits from a slow roast, much like a pork belly. It makes a nice sized joint for a small family roast; a lamb breast weighing 800g – 1Kilo is perfect for four to five people. 1. Soak your raisins in the red wine. 4. While your lamb is roasting, the string, carve it into four or five Allow an hour or so, or you can do pour your leftover wine into a small nice thick slices, one per portion, this the day before if you like. saucepan. Add a squashed clove of and serve with your red wine sauce 2. Unroll your lamb breast, keeping garlic and a sprig of rosemary, set and vegetables of choice. My the string, and season inside and the pan over a medium heat and favourites are roasted garlic mash, out with salt and pepper. Pick the reduce the wine by half. Set this buttered savoy and roasted carrots. rosemary from the stalks (keep aside for later. these) and finely chop it with 5. When your lamb is ready it should one clove of garlic, mix these two be nicely golden and soft to touch. together and sprinkle evenly over Remove it from the tray, wrap it in the inside of your lamb. Drain your tin foil and put it on a plate to one raisins and sprinkle them on too, side. but make sure to keep the left over 6. There should be quite a good wine! Roll up your lamb breast nice amount of liquid in the tray below. and tight and tie back up with the If not top it up with a little water. Put string you saved. You can do this bit the tray onto the hob and simmer all the day before too if you like. the vegetables and juices together, Ingredients 3. Pre-heat your oven to 200C. No use a wooden spoon or potato 1 breast of lamb, boned need to peel your onion, carrot and masher to squeeze all the goodness A few sprigs of rosemary celery, just roughly chop them up from the veg. Then strain this 2 cloves of garlic and put them in your roasting dish liquid through a sieve into a clean 50g raisins with the lamb stock. Add your bay saucepan. Boil and reduce this until 150ml red wine leaf and any rosemary stalks left the flavour is nicely concentrated, 1 bay leaf from earlier. Set your lamb on a rack but not too salty! Then, strain your 1 onion over the tray, put it in the oven and reduced red wine into the pan too. 1 carrot immediately turn the temperature With your fingers mix your flour A few sticks of celery down to 140C. Roast slowly for three and butter together, whisk small 1 litre of lamb stock hours. Your vegetables shouldn’t amounts of this into your boiling 1 tbsp flour dry out in this time, but keep an eye sauce until it has thickened nicely. 1 tbsp butter on them and top the tray up with 7. Your lamb will be at its best after water if you need to. resting for an hour or more. Remove

Cream Egg Cookies This is a great recipe to do with the children. After you slicing your cookie dough, you can freeze the rounds in a plastic container ready for cookie emergencies! These can be baked straight from frozen, just add a couple of extra minutes to the baking time. 1. Use a wooden spoon to mix together your butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and yolk and keep beating until the mixture is light and creamy. Add all your dry ingredients, and the unwrapped cream eggs. Work everything together into a dough, the best way is to squeeze it all together with your hands. If some of the eggs break in the process that is ok. 2. Put a double layer of cling film on your work surface and arrange your March 2015

dough on top in a sausage shape about 5cm thick. Use the cling film to wrap it up nice and tightly. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. 3. Unwrap your sausage and use a serrated knife to saw it into rounds roughly 1cm thick. Arrange these rounds on a tray with a little space between as the cookies will spread when baking. 4. Bake at 170C for 12-15 minutes until the edges start to brown. When they are done allow them to rest and firm up a little before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

They should be crispy at the edges and gooey in the middle! Ingredients 250g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp salt 170g melted butter 200g soft dark brown sugar 100g caster sugar 1 egg 1 yolk 300g mini cream eggs




Cody Farnborough Amateur Operatic Society present ‘Anything Goes’ from 24th-28th March at Princes Hall Theatre, Aldershot. ‘Anything Goes’ is set aboard the ocean liner SS American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is that Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good oldfashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. Songs include ‘It’s De-Lovely’, ‘Friendship’, ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Blow, Gabriel Blow’. Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm. Tickets £12 - £17. Call the Box Office on 01252 329155. Web:

to create a museum of plant history. This is organised by the Farnham Building Preservation Trust as the second in its new series of Verney Memorial Lectures. Jonathan Ball, who describes himself as first and foremost a Cornishman, is a distinguished architect who was appointed MBE for services to architecture in 1992. He was installed as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh in 2002, served on the crew of Bude Lifeboat for 25 years and was President of Surf Life Saving Great Britain from 2001 to 2009. The lecture in the Great Hall at the Maltings on 27th March, will start at 7.15pm with refreshments and an opportunity to see displays illustrating many of the important conservation projects undertaken by the Farnham Trust in the 47 years since its foundation in 1968, and to talk to the trustees. Tickets cost £7, including refreshments, from the Maltings Box Office, 01252 745444, Early booking for this unmissable event is recommended.

‘Shock! Horror! Probe! The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street’ is the title of Cobbett’s Wey Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s next lecture, on Wednesday 25th March. The term ‘Fleet Street’ has been synonymous

The Tilford Bach Society Concert is on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm at St Thomas on the Bourne Church, Frensham Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8HA. Waverley Trio will perform Beethoven Trio op 1 no 3; Rachmaninov Trio Elegiaque in G minor; Schubert Trio No 2 Opus 100. All welcome, £13-50 in advance or £15 on the door. Anyone aged 8-25 and accompanying parents/music teachers may attend FREE thanks to CAVATINA. Full information on www. or call Sue on 0845 519 8184.

with newspaper journalism since 1702, when the first newspaper, The Daily Courant, moved in. Geri Parlby will look at the ups and downs of this notorious ‘Street of Shame’ via the art that illustrated its stories. Lectures are open to members and visitors and take place at the Sixth Form College on Morley Road; wine or other refreshments are available from 7.15pm for an 8pm start. Free taster gift vouchers are available to newcomers for one of the next two lectures. For more information visit www. or call 01252 793811.

Tweseldown Artisan Market returns for 2015 on 28th March (after a winter snooze) with fantastic new discoveries, alongside our regular top quality favourites;

Millions of people have visited the internationally acclaimed Eden Project in Cornwall, which has been called the Eighth Wonder of the World and on Friday 27th March there will be an opportunity to hear about the eventful six years leading up to the opening of the project, from co-founder Jonathan Ball, at a lecture entitled “Everyman’s Eden”, to be held at the Farnham Maltings. It was created by two inspirational people, Tim Smith, the owner of Heligan Gardens, and Cornish architect Jonathan Ball, as a Millennium Project and landmark attraction for Cornwall. They had an extraordinary vision, born in the May course of an amazing six-hour17:30 conversati Sweetman 13_Layout 1 11/04/2013 Pageon1 in September 1994: to create the largest greenhouses on planet earth to tell the story of the great plant hunters, and

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD all carefully selected to bring you the ‘best of local’. For our green-fingered visitors, East Ashling Nursery are back with their beautiful range of quality locally grown plants and the Seasonal Flower Company bring stunning flowers grown in Heckfield. Twinkling Hearts return with divine hand-made Swarovski jewellery and Mummy Makes bring that totally irresistible handmade fudge- rude not to really. Dame Reclaim brings fantastic upcycled lampshades and furniture while Vintage Chic bring their range of wonderful handpicked vintage homewares. Treat the kids to an Easter themed children’s workshop with STUFF– let the kids get creative while you shop. So if you’ve missed your favourite treats or traders, come along and peruse the beautiful stalls, refuel at the hot food stands, stock up on local treats and most importantly, discover something new. Tweseldown Artisan Market, Bourley Road, Church Crookham, Hants GU52 8DY Adults £1 Children under 16 free. Dogs welcome on a lead. 9am - 3pm. Holybourne Singers’ next concert will be a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Saturday 28th March at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham at 7.30pm. This powerful and dramatic oratorio, which tells of various events in the life of the Biblical prophet, was first performed in 1846 and it has continued to be popular due to its melodrama, stirring choruses and beautiful recitatives. This performance, directed as usual by Artistic Director, Rebekah Abbott, has the exciting addition of the newly formed Holybourne Sinfonia, comprising professional players from across the South East, brought together for the first time and led by Christine Meers. Soloists Ella de Jongh, Johanna Harrison,


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Stephen Petch and Ben Cooper are sure to delight. Holybourne Singers has only been formed for five years, but is now established as a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene and can be relied upon to produce exciting and polished performances to packed churches. A percentage of the proceeds will be given to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham and the Defence Medical Welfare Service. Tickets are £12 and available from Waterstones (Farnham and Alton branches) or Children under 12 are free. Previous sell-outs indicate to buy your tickets early. Doors open at 6.30pm on the day – so make sure to get a good seat. For further information about the choir and future performances, please go to our website: Farnham Art Society will be celebrating their 68th Annual Exhibition at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries at the University for the Creative Arts from 1st – 12th April. This year they open for a full 12 days including two weekends. Records of an art club in Farnham survive from the 1860’s however in 1948 James Hockey formed the ‘Farnham Art Society’ and arranged meetings and demonstrations as well as the high quality Annual Exhibition showing work from the prestigious membership, as unique then as it is now with a mix of professional and amateur artists continuing the longstanding artistic link with UCA. Among their membership of highly gifted amateur and professional artists, many are also members of the Wapping Group, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA), the Society of Women Artists (SWA), the Pastel Society (PS), the Society of Floral Painters (SFP), the Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD) and are Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). This keeps the standard of work exhibited at their annual exhibition to a high standard and helps Farnham to be seen as one of England’s towns of craft. A selection panel of professionals ensures the Annual Exhibition reflects the vitality and diverse ambitions of its membership and is open to the influences of contemporary and traditional arts. Around 4000 visitors view the 400 paintings, ceramics and sculpture exhibited giving them a great opportunity to snap up unique affordable art. More information at Players of Elstead’s spring production is ‘False Pretences’, a comedy by Eric Chappell (in association with Samuel

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Tilford or Frensham to Dockenfield This is an easy walk, running across heath, by the two large ponds at Frensham and through fields and woods. You have a choice of two starting points which makes the walk either 7 miles or 10 miles long. Frensham Little Pond and Great Pond were originally created in the 13th century, to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester and his court, whilst visiting Farnham Castle. Today the ponds and surrounding area is a sanctuary for wildlife with always something new to see. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

The walk From Tilford - cross the cricket pitch to the far side and take a footpath heading out just to the left of some wooden garages. This path runs along parallel to the River Wey (you could walk along its bank) and through a wood. Soon after passing through a gate emerge on a single lane road and continue on in the same direction. Reach some buildings and go straight on, through a gate, to walk along a corridor through a pig farm (Meadow Farm). Emerge on a wide track and turn right, heading down towards Frensham Little Pond. Continue for about 700 yards on the wide track until reaching a metalled road with Frensham Little Pond car park, the alternate start and finish point for the walk, on your left. Go through this car park and, at the back, climb up onto a ridge running off to the right – either by climbing the steep steps at the right-hand side or by going into the trees at the left-hand side and then right and up a slope. Walk along the ridge with the Little Pond down on your left. Go straight over a cross paths and drop down to a large junction. Continue straight ahead, passing a low fire access barrier. Continue ahead along the wide track, ignoring a right fork and climbing a slight slope. At the top the track swings left. Follow it for about 200 yards. Here there is a turn right that takes you in a few yards to a bench inscribed “To the memory of Jack Mercer, Pilot” and set on the edge of the ridge. Go down the slope by the bench and across the open heath, following the path as it angles left to converge gradually with a line of trees and the A287. Reach a T junction with a wide sandy track and go right, passing blue arrow posts and ignoring a left. After 100 yards, reach a gate and the 48

road. Go straight across to pass a red and white barrier and continue forward on a wide track. At a blue arrow post turn left. After 150 yards, by another blue arrow post, fork left on a little path into trees. Ignore rights and lefts, passing one unsigned post and arriving at a second. Here, fork left and follow the path through to emerge near the Great Pond with the car park and refreshment kiosk along to your right. Walk past the kiosk and through the car park, forking off left at a bend so as to continue anticlockwise around the Pond’s edge. Stay close to the edge and reach a road. Go left for 150 yards (see the Frensham Pond Hotel just ahead) to take a footpath right and into trees. Follow this path past a pond and alongside a stream for about ¾ mile, ignoring a footbridge left. Emerge through a drive onto Mill Lane and turn left. Walk over a river bridge to a T junction and turn left. Walk about 150 yards to take a footpath right, just before a lone house. Follow this path, between fields, for almost a mile. Reach a road by some houses and continue forward along it to its dead end then continue forward again on the path beyond it. Reach a T junction by the gate to Keeper’s Cottage and turn left along the wide vehicle track. The track becomes a metalled road and you reach the Blue Bell Inn at Dockenfield. Go past the pub to a T junction. Turn right and immediately take a footpath right, along a gravelled drive. Pass a house and


ter a wood. Ignore a footpath left. At a cross tracks, go left. Emerge from trees to walk along the right-hand edge of a field along a ridge and with fine views to your right. Enter more trees. Emerge in a field and go left along the edge. After 20 yards, ignore a first stile left. Go on for another 20 yards to take another stile left, into a wood. Exit left over a stile into a field and turn right to walk anticlockwise around the edge. Pass a house (over the high hedge on your right) and find a footpath right, alongside its garden fence. Emerge on a road and go left. Reach a cross roads where you walk straight across Shortfield Common Road to enter Hammonds Wood Road. Ignore paths left and right, continuing straight on along what is now a gravel track. At the entrance to a house fork right along a grassy track to reach a T junction and a three way signpost. Go left and between hedges. Cross a footbridge and go through a gate to emerge in a field. Go up the short slope to a four way signpost and straight ahead through a kissing-gate into Shortfield Common’s sports ground. Turn right and walk along the edge to the corner of the ground.

sham Little Pond car park, if that is where you started the walk). Turn left and walk for about 1.25 miles along a very wide track to a road opposite a car park. (Some of this section is the reverse of part of the morning walk.) Cross and go left, along inside a hedge and parallel to a road, to reach the starting car park in Tilford.

A path takes you down to emerge on a road at the side of what was the ‘Bridge at Pierrepoint Hotel’. Cross the road and head right until you reach a left turn into Priory Lane, signed to Frensham Little Pond. Some way along here, after a right-hand bend, a track turns off left into trees at a blue post and just before Priory Corner car park, which is ahead on the right-hand side. Continue along the track (East) for about 600 yards to reach a T junction where you turn right and quickly reach another T junction with a wide track. (Here you could turn right and quickly reach FrenDISTANCE: 7 or 10 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 – Guildford & Farnham STARTING POINT: At Tilford the layby by the bridge and opposite the Barley Mow (GU20 2BU). At Frensham Little Pond, the second car park along Priory Lane. REFRESHMENTS: You have a couple of options on the route. The Blue Bell Inn, Boandary Road, Dockenfield,

Farnham (01252 792801 - www.bluebell-dockenfield. com) and the Barley Mow, Tilford (01252 792205 - www. Images - top: Frensham Little Pond from the path along the eastern shore. Reeds make up much of the shoreline. Around the pond are sandy hills with many pine trees. © Copyright Colin Smith Above: Light over Frensham. Andy Perry.

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French). Eric Chappell is the BAFTA award-winning creator of the hilarious television series ‘Rising Damp’. Performances will take place at ELstead Village Hall on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April at 7.45pm. To order tickets, please visit or call 08442 329460. I hope readers may have seen the review of their last production in VantagePoint which was by all accounts very entertaining. Farnham ASSIST Week is from 27th April to 2nd May. This new annual event is to promote the work ASSIST, raising awareness of their work with older people in Farnham, as well as raising funds for the group. Some of the events during this week are: a coffee morning 29th April at The Vineyard Centre from 10am onwards and a flag day in Farnham town centre and tombola stall and duck race on Saturday 2nd May. For more details see website www. or call 01252 717710. The popular Farnham Duck Race, organised by the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, takes place for the 28th time this year on Saturday 2nd May on the River Wey by Gostrey Meadow. It is a great event in Farnham, attracting large crowds to watch the hundreds of ducks as they race down the river. It is a successful fund-raising event, and there are plenty of prizes to be won, in the heats and in the final race. Festivities start at 10am with plenty of stalls and attractions with many local charities taking stalls for this event. The first race starts at 12 noon and there will be several heats during the afternoon. Funds raised will


be used to support the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and also Rotary charities and to help with the fight against Ebola. For more information about Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, see the website, , or contact the Secretary, Brian Kurton, on 01252 660693, or by email at The Friends of Farnham Park is a charitable group of like-minded people who seek to maintain, improve and safeguard the special qualities and character of Farnham Park, the green jewel at the heart of the town. They are enthusiastic in doing everything to promote public appreciation and enjoyment of the park and protect and preserve its use for the formal and informal recreation of the people of Farnham. In addition to the publication of a twice-yearly newsletter, the Friends’ activities include free-to-members guided walks as well as indoor talks on a wide range of topics relating to the park and its surrounds. Occasional social, interpretative and conservation events for children and adults alike are also put on, often organised in cooperation with the Waverley Countryside Management Team. Some of their more active members also participate as volunteers in regular conservation working parties, under the guidance of the park’s ranger. Whether you are young or old, active or less active, if you share their appreciation of the park and its facilities and would like to join the Friends or simply learn more about their annual programme of walks and talks, please contact them via their membership secretary, Neil Tailor, on 01252 723905.

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The award-winning Rushmoor Male Voice Choir will be performing on Saturday 9th May at 7.30pm at the United Church, Bridge Street, Godalming in aid of the League of Friends of Milford Hospital. Do come and enjoy an evening of musical delight whilst supporting your local elderly rehabilitation hospital. Tickets are £10 and are available now from Jacquie Robini on 01428 653905. Coffee and tea will be available in the interval and there will be a raffle. Farnham Lions Club and their ‘twin’ Frankenberg Lions Club, in Germany, have planned a very colourful event for May this year - an Indian Spectacular! The objective is to fund the creation and launch of a medical centre at Little Flower Mercy Home in Kerala, Southern India. A remarkable Indian couple, who developed the Little Flower Mercy Home, have for many years wanted improved medical facilities. They set up the home for destitute adults more than 25 years ago, and today along with the 170 men and women in care, there are some 120 rescued boys and girls provided for at an adjacent Chiks’ orphanage. A central group of buildings are to be converted - to save new-build costs - and these will provide health care, with the help of a permanent nurse, visiting doctor and a pharmacist. A number of patient beds will be made available for treatment and observation. Excited by the objective and the fund-raising plans, the Frankenberg Lions Club has donated more than £10,000 - and Farnham Lions, headed by President Keith Harris, aim to at least match that amount. The date is 16th May and tickets are £55 each or £500 for a private table of 10. For more information or to book, contact Les Walton or email The Probus Club of Farnham was formed in 1969 primarily as a luncheon club for men of retirement age from

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professional or business backgrounds. Lunch is often followed by an informal talk, occasionally supplemented by an outside speaker on a non-political subject of general interest. Social outings, both to theatres and other venues are undertaken from time to time. Should membership be of interest, contact the secretary of the club at 12, Shortheath Road, Farnham GU9 8SR. Can you help the congregation at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale solve a mystery? The altar underneath the window at the far end of the church has an inscription “GIVEN BI HENRIE LVNNE 1608”. However, the church was built in 1883. So where was the altar for the first 275 years? Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said: “I was absolutely amazed to find that we had something so ancient in the parish. It is a real treasure to have a tudor altar, but we are all mystified as to where it came from. We’d love to know. Our church documents say it came from Waverley Abbey, but that can’t be right because the Abbey was closed in 1536 as part of King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.” If you would like to see the altar then the church is open on Thursdays between 10am and 12 noon for ‘Drop-In Coffee’ and the Sunday service is 11am for 45 minutes followed by coffee so you can take a look while you drink your cuppa. Otherwise contact the Revd Lesley Crawley on 01252 820537 or email In reply to Humph’s comments in last month’s VantagePoint Magazine we received an email about ‘Flyball’. This is a team knockout relay race with four dogs and their owners in a team. The object of the race is for each dog to jump four low hurdles, trigger a Flyball box, catch the ball and return over the hurdles back to the start/finish line. The race is won by the first team to get all four dogs and four balls back without fault. Any breed of dog can participate as long as they are fit and healthy.It’s great fun for dogs and owners alike. Interested ? Then why not come along to the Buccaneers Flyball Club for a taster session. They meet each Saturday morning at 10am at the Farnham Road Recreation Ground (the football ground) in Dippenhall Street, Crondall, Surrey GU10 5PE. Contact Derek on 07816 822 150 or see our website: Sounds great fun, Humph and I will have to pop along! FIND OUT MORE

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Treloar’s Can you imagine not being able to speak or being unable to have a simple conversation … or knowing a great joke but not being able to share it with friends? People talk over you or worse avoid you completely. You are keen to learn, have some great ideas but can’t express your ideas or ask a question; you can’t even tell Mum and Dad or your closest friend that you love them. That is the reality of life for a significant number of students at Treloar’s. Treloar School and Treloar College educate and care for children and young people with complex physical disabilities. Our goal is to create a world where disabled children and young people learn to take control of their lives. In addition to gaining an education, they increase their independence, confidence and social skills. In a typical year Treloar’s students will have over 40 disabilities between them, the most common being cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida. Over 95% of the students use a wheelchair, around 30% have little or no speech and tragically around 20% of them have a life-limiting condition. Severe physical limitations, complicated medical needs and illness can mean that accessing education, sport and a meaningful social life are extremely difficult. At Treloar’s, through a unique blend of education, medical care, specialist therapy and independence training, we are committed to helping the students achieve their full potential and make the maximum possible contribution to society. We receive the majority of our funding from local authorities to provide education and some care to our students. However, every year we must fundraise £1.5milMarch 2015

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lion to provide the specialist services to support our students. We need this funding to adapt classrooms to meet our students’ needs, create fit for purpose social areas, purchase specialised equipment, provide wheelchair grants and fund salaries for specialised staff such as Occupational or Speech and Language. Treloar’s campus in Holybourne is located amongst beautiful countryside along the St Swithun’s Way, an ancient path once used by pilgrims travelling to Winchester. Our annual St Swithun’s Way Walk, or run for the more energetic, fund-raising event will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015. Starting from our campus in Holybourne, participants can choose between walking and running the five miles to Bentley or continuing on to Farnham Park and completing the 10-mile route. Return transport to Treloar’s from both Bentley and Farnham will be available and, if there are enough participants from the Farnham area, transport from Farnham Park to Treloar’s before the event may be provided. The five miles to Bentley are mainly flat or gently undulating through meadows, woodland and pretty villages, ideal for families with young children. The second half, from Bentley to Farnham, includes a long hilly section with stunning views over the surrounding countryside for those looking for more of a challenge. For more information or to sign up for the event, please contact Laura Toop on 01420 547447 or FIND OUT MORE

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We want to hear from you, our readers, about VantagePoint and what you think of the magazine. April 2015 sees the sixth year since we first started publishing a local community magazine in the area and following our rebranding in January 2014 we want to engage with as many of our readers as possible to see what we can do to make VantagePoint an even better reading experience. You can take part anonymously if you want to but if you are happy to provide us with your contact details, we will enter your name into a prize draw to win a bottle of the award-winning Greyfriars Sparking Rosé, produced locally on the slopes of the Hog’s Back. Please complete the questionnaire on our website or visit Please take part by the 31st March 2015.

After an absence from the stage of more than 40 years, Godspell is back! This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love features a modern-day rock score, and is the perfect treat for families during the Easter holidays. The lead cast features The X Factor runner up Andy Abraham, Sugababe Jade Ewan, finalist Leanne Jarvis from BBC‘s The Voice, and West End star Tom Senior. This new orchestration is aided by a full live band, and features The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) singers. To win a pair of tickets, please answer the following: Q: Leanne Jarvis was mentored by which judge on BBC’s The Voice? a) Will.i.Am b) Simon Cowell c) Louis Walsh Please enter online at by 27th March 2015.

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VantagePoint Magazine March 2015 - Farnham & Villages  

The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

VantagePoint Magazine March 2015 - Farnham & Villages  

The local magazine produced by local people for the local community