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Guildford & Villages • April 2015

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Well, we’re back, stocked up with vitamin D after a lovely sunny holiday. Huge thanks to Stefan for doing the March jottings. I think he enjoyed it but does seem keen for us to pick up the reins – he actually has more than enough to do. We came back to lots of Jottings in all areas so spring is certainly off to a great start. Just one small request. If you are sending in any attachments, could you please do so in the ‘word’ format (not pdf) as it would make it a lot easier here; although, of course, don’t worry if this is not possible. Wishing you all a very happy Easter. Star Diving Club is a fun and friendly spring board diving club based at the Spectrum in Guildford. The club welcomes all ages and levels from complete beginner to divers who are competing at regional and national levels. A variety of sessions run throughout the week to cater for all abilities together with regular holiday courses. The next holiday course will be during the Easter holidays: Monday 30th March -Thursday 2nd April from 3pm-5pm. Then, Tuesday 7th April-Friday 10th April from 3pm-5pm. For holiday courses contact Eileen at For term-time courses contact Jo Shaw at membership@ Further information can be found on their website . ‘The Lady’s Realm of 1906’ is the title of Jane Hurst’s talk to the West Surrey Family History Society on Wednesday 1st April at 2.30pm. This talk should be of interest to men and women as she will be commenting on what life was like in 1906 and the vital questions of the day, as well as the fashions. She will also discuss how rooms were furnished economically but with good taste. The Society meets in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street, Guildford. Visitors are welcome to attend this meeting to see if they would like to join the society at the start of the financial year. Further details from Mrs I Hawkins, tel: 01483 535986.


British Wildlife Sculpture by Simon Griffiths is an exhibition at The David Shepherd Wildlife Gallery (DSWF Gallery) which runs from Wednesday 1st April to Friday 29th May. Born and bred in the North Pennines, Simon makes unique sculptures of the wildlife he sees around him. Working in clay, the sculptures are fired and glazed to stoneware temperatures, which makes them suitable for use indoors or out. Some of Simon’s work is mounted on reclaimed wood, adding an extra dimension to his already impressive work. Alongside the ceramic pieces Simon will also have a range of cold cast bronze reproductions and with prices starting at just £45 there really is something for everyone. Browse and buy from his amazing range of sculptures. All sales support endangered wildlife. The gallery, situated at Saba House, 7 Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8JU, is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Cranleigh Antiques Collectors and Craft Fair takes place on Thursday 2nd and 16th April; set up at 7am close at 3.30pm, free entry, refreshments available. The Shalford Antiques Collectors and Craft Fair is on Thursday 9th and 23rd April; set up from 8.30am, close at 3.30pm, free entry and free parking. The Guildford Homemakers group is welcoming guest speaker Paul Whittle for a talk on his ‘Journey through Alaska’ on Thursday 2nd April. Alaska is the largest state in USA, largely undeveloped with land mountain glaciers and a harsh climate. The group meets at St. Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestnut Avenue from 8pm. New members always welcome. For further details contact Marian Homar on 01483 573665. There could still be time to book seats on one of the themed Easter Cruises run by The Wey and Arun Canal Trust. They will be running on the canal over the Easter weekend, Friday 3rd -Monday 6th April. The trips take 40

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Flagship Spirit Passengers on the maiden voyage of the brand new P&O flagship Britannia may opt to have their local Surrey produced gin straight on the rocks. Silent Pool Gin was selected for Britannia’s bars even before it went on sale commercially. It is in the house style of Albury Limited Release, launched by Silent Pool Distillery near Guildford just before Christmas to enormous acclaim. The general opinion was that it had such flavour it did not need a mixer. Only ice! It is a brilliant coup for this new distillery near Albury to have its own flagship product on P&O’s latest liner. Even before the spirit was ready for bottling commercially, its promise of complex flavour and quality caught the attention of P&O Cruises, as they looked to provision Britannia ready for her service. “We delivered 24 prototype bottles to P&O in February so they had Silent Pool Gin before anyone else,” said Ian McCulloch, who started the distillery with James Shelbourne in 2013. “The Britannia is the largest ship in their fleet and it is designed around the concept of the best of British food and cuisine so we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.” There is a tangible air of excitement at the distillery. Since the huge success of the Albury Limited Release gin to a few chosen outlets in the Tillingbourne Valley, master distiller 8

Cory Mason, resident Silent Pool distiller Tom Hutchings and the team have been busy perfecting everything from flavours to bottle design for the unveiling of its core product: Silent Pool Gin. It is a variation on the distinctive aromatic blend of Kaffir Lime, Bergamot, Linden and Elderflower complementing the Juniper that made the Albury gin such a hit. Delicate creativity was focussed around the fabulous gleaming copper still, while outside was the noise and rubble of a building site, as redundant Sherbourne Farm barns get restored and converted into offices and storerooms. Cory was at the London Gin Festival in February and he and Ian were struck by the difference between their product and other speciality gins. Theirs is handcrafted, from the blend of the botanicals through to the finished product, compared with other gins that are contracted out to major distillers to produce. Cory and Ian were able to talk to potential buyers from all over the world about the ethos of the Silent Pool brand and its aim to distil the essence of the Surrey Hills with the use of natural Silent Pool spring water. Now the process is sustainable as the boiler is powered

made from Seyval wine produced from the 2013 grape harvest at Albury Organic Vineyard, next door to the distillery. Word has already leaked out that they have made Moonshine! Shh….it’s not ready for drinking yet. ‘Moonshine’ was originally used to describe illegal whisky made in America during Prohibition. It was transported at night in unlit cars using the light of the moon in a desperate race to get it across the county line undetected.

by a 1970s Barford Invicta Major allegedly rescued from Liverpool Docks which runs on wood from the Albury Estate. The concept went down well and demand promises to be high when Silent Pool Gin goes on sale mid-March. Pallets have already been sold to South Africa and Denmark and there is interest from France, the Philippines and Thailand as well as the UK. The team has also been asked to do gin tastings for Eurostar First Class passengers at St Pancras Station. Albury Limited Release is still in production too in response to local demand. Hundreds of bottles have been sold by Kingfisher Farm Shop at Abinger alone and a consignment has gone to the Duke of Northumberland, who owns the Albury Estate, for his home, Alnwick Castle. Outside the Still House, land has been cleared by the estate and a terrace has been built overlooking the Silent Pool. It will be a magical place to sit and sample the spirits and soak up the romance of the pool’s legend involving wicked King John chasing the saintly maid. Both king and maid can be spotted among the tangle of botanicals embossed in copper on the chalk blue bottles of Silent Pool Gin. And the pool itself will be more blue and less murky after work is done to clear invasive Crassula weed. Ian and his team are bursting with ideas for different speciality spirits. They have already made apple brandy using cider from the Whalley family’s orchards at Birtley House, Bramley, and a fragrant, aromatic eau de vie April 2015

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“Moonshine is corn-based whisky that has not been aged,” said Ian. “We thought it would be fun to make as we knew there would be a full moon on 3rd February. We cooked the ingredients and then we added a unique yeast we selected from a yeast specialist in Godalming, and left it for a week to ferment. “But the weather turned too cold and risked the fermentation so we bought duvets and wrapped it up to keep it warm and at the end of the week we had an 8% alcohol corn wash which we put into the still.” Tom said they used grains that were not normally used by distillers, but which brewers use to produce interesting flavours. The final distilling was done during the full moon on 3rd February, finishing at 4.30am. The result was a legal liquor that was 65% proof. “We are now awaiting the delivery of different sized barrels from Serbia made of oak, chestnut, maple, acacia, pear and juniper and we will experiment to see which produces the best flavour” said Ian. News of the Moonshine has already reached a Kingston nightclub and the limited edition will be highly sought after. The distillery enjoys having visitors so if you are interested in what is going on beside the Silent Pool, come along and the team will be delighted to show you around. FIND OUT MORE For more information and to try the gin out yourself, visit Silent Pool Distillery is at Shere Road, Albury, Surrey, GU5 9BW. Tel: 01483 229136.




minutes and depart from Loxwood at 11am, 12pm and 2pm. Children will receive a chocolate gift from the Easter Bunny while adults enjoy refreshments and the chance to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Tickets cost £9 per person. The boat departs from the wharf beside The Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood. If you would like further details or wish to book seats on one of the special cruises (or enquire about private charters or weekend public trips), call The Wey and Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email Website: www. Easter Egg Trails on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April from 11.00am-4pm at Clandon Park and Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April from 11am-4pm at Hatchlands Park. The popular Cadbury Easter egg trails are back at Clandon Park and Hatchlands, both in Merrow, near Guildford. Solve the clues to claim your chocolate prize and join in with some Easter crafts too. There will also be pony rides every day and ‘Have a Go’ Archery at Hatchlands on Friday and Sunday. Call 01483 222482 or visit www.nationaltrust. for details. Chilworth’s Annual Duck Race is back! The date is Easter Monday, 6th April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Main race at 3pm. There will also be a Novelty Duck Race. The event is being kindly sponsored by Seymours Estate Agents, Guildford. All the fun takes place on the banks of the Tillingbourne in Chilworth’s historical Gunpowder Works. Ducks must be adopted prior to the day of the race.


Refreshments will be available. For full details, visit the website Wonersh and District Garden Club will be holding The Annual Spring Show at their next meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm. It will take place at the Wonersh Memorial Hall which will be open from 6.30pm to enable all entries to be in place by 7.20pm. Judging will begin at 7.30pm and the judge is Mr Geoff Peach. There are 19 categories in which spring flowers, plants and shrubs can be displayed and judged for their beauty, presentation and condition. Schedules which include entry forms are obtainable from Mrs. Ann May on 01483 893596. Looking ahead, the next meeting on Tuesday 5th May will include a talk on ‘Work in Wonersh Parish’ given by Mr. Leo Jennings. Visitors and guests are welcome. There is a folk music session every Monday at the Star in Church Street Godalming at 9pm and at the Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm. Also every first Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm and the Royal Oak in Sydenham Road Guildford on the third Sunday at 8.30pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free, just turn up. For more information phone Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962. Join Guildford Travel Club at Onslow Village Hall at 8pm on Tuesday 7th April for the final visiting speaker of the season. Matthew Spiller talks on the ‘Mysteries of Japan’. He takes a look beyond the classic sights to discover the

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Guildford Rambling Club is meeting on Wednesday 8th April at 10am in Pirbright for a 4 mile morning walk. Then on Sunday 12th April there is an out of area walk. The Club is meeting at Clapham Junction at 9.45am for a 12 mile linear walk taking in the Olympic Park. On Sunday 26th April the Club is meeting at 10am in Englefield Green for a 9.5 mile walk visiting, among other things, the Magna Carta and Kennedy Memorials. Visitors are welcome. See for full details.

The Wonersh and District U3A would love to see a few new faces at their events and would like to invite you to join them for some interesting talks, visits and activities including bridge, ballet and opera appreciation, to name just a few. For more information call Carol on 01483 893280 or visit

Farncombe Music Club has a very busy April. Here’s a brief list of who, where and when. Friday 10th - Steve Howe at St. John’s Church, Farncombe - £18 advance (£22 door) - selling fast. Friday 17th - Hat Fitz and Cara at St. John’s Church Room, Farncombe - £12 advance (£15 door). Saturday 18th - Renaissance at Farnham Maltings, Farnham - £30 + £28 - selling fast. Friday 24th - Curved Air at St. John’s Church, Farncombe - £16 advance (£19 door) - selling fast. Saturday 25th - Stefan Grossman at Windlesham Theatre - £12 advance (£15 door). To book tickets and find out more, go to www.julianlewrymusic. com. You can also call 01483 421520 /07769 592452 or go to:, www. or www.facebook. com/windleshamtheatre.

Jazz at The Pavilion is on Wednesday 8th April at Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Road, Godalming GU7 3DH. Playing will be The Mark Nightingale Quintet featuring world-class virtuoso Mark Nightingale and Neil Sidwell on trombone, supported and complemented by an all-star rhythm section. Repertoire includes some J&K classics as well as other standards and originals given the uniquely refreshing and appealing two-trombone treatment. It’s a jazz trombone tour de force that will have your toes tapping and your face smiling! Doors 7.30pm. Music from Merrow Village Bowling Club is holding a jumble sale on Milford Window 13_Layout 1 12/03/2015 14:57 Crawley P Clinic_Layout 1 11/07/2013 Page 1 at 8pm. Tickets £12 Company in advanceOct from Saturday 11th April. It starts at 10am, 14:29 and takes place uk. Merrow Village Hall, Epsom Road. Jumble items can be


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Gardening on a budget Horticulturalist Beth Otway gives you her top tips on making your gardening budget go further Gardening can be as expensive an activity as you want it to be. Whatever your budget it’s important to spend your money wisely on items you’ll find useful, indispensable or wonderful! Village fêtes, open garden days and gardening society plant sales are all great places to buy plants at fantastic prices. At the Compton fête I have sold everything from full-sized flowering cherry trees, fruit trees and rhododendrons, to vegetable plants, bedding, herbaceous perennials, seeds, tools, and preserves. Each year is different, as we are dependent on plant donations, but a bargain is guaranteed! Seed and plant swaps are also an excellent way to save money. Some varieties of seeds, for example, tomatoes, can be surprisingly expensive; you may only receive six seeds in a pack. To increase your stock at no extra cost, you could grow new tomato plants from the side shoots you remove when growing tomatoes as cordons. Just pop the side shoots into a glass of water on a windowsill and pot up when the roots have developed. Once your tomato plants have fruited, if there’s time left in the growing season, you can achieve an additional harvest by allowing a low growing side shoot to grow on and become the main leader for the tomato plant, training it up to extend your harvest. It’s not always economic to order more seeds than you’ll grow this season or wise to order too far 14

in advance. Some seeds, like parsnips, have very limited viability and won’t germinate the following year so it’s lovely to share your parsnip seeds with friends or to split the cost of a pack. Onion seeds benefit from being sown relatively soon after purchase and they are viable for one to two years. Hellebore seeds need to be sown promptly, often immediately after collection. Other seeds remain viable for amazingly long periods of time; Canna seeds can still be viable after 500 years! Store your seeds in a dry, cool place; away from humidity and mice. A sealed container in the fridge is ideal. Collecting seeds from friends and neighbours’ gardens is a wonderful way to increase your plant selection. Propagating plants is not only fun, it can also save you a lot of money! African violets can be propagated from their leaves; herbaceous perennials divided to create new plants and deciduous shrubs can be propagated from softwood cuttings. You could grow an array of new plants for free this weekend! Some

vegetables will re-grow after harvesting, giving extra value for money. For example, when harvesting spring and summer cabbages, cut your cabbage, then make a cross in the stem left in the soil and you’ll grow an additional crop

of small cabbages or delicious greens. Lettuces readily re-grow after harvesting, there’s no need to make a cross. The ‘cut and come again’ method of growing lettuce takes up very little room. Simply cut the young lettuce leaves at the base and within a week or two more leaves are ready for harvesting. It’s a great use of a patio container, providing you with salad all summer long. Choosing varieties of gourmet fruit and vegetables to grow that are expensive or unavailable in the shops is a great way to save money. It’s just as easy to grow a purple, white or yellow carrot, as it is to grow an orange one. Pea shoots, courgette flowers, elephant garlic and kohlrabi are all expensive and difficult to find, even at specialist delis and grocers; yet they couldn’t be easier to grow. And don’t forget that growing herbs is a great way for keen cooks to save money; herbs take up little room and can easily be grown successfully in containers in a small space on a balcony or patio. You can buy a plant for not much more


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than the cost of a bag of herbs from the supermarket. Being choosy with gardening products can also bring dividends. I have always found horticultural fleece to be a useless purchase. Fleece doesn’t last longer than a few weeks if you’re lucky; it’s a waste of time. Enviromesh is more expensive than fleece, but it’s a robust, durable material that lasts. For a cheaper alternative to Enviromesh, try asking builders who are putting up scaffolding if they have any of the white or clear nylon type material they use going spare. Another false economy is cheap peat-free compost; so far I haven’t found any low price, peat-free compost that can be used as anything other than mulch. Excellent peat-free composts are available. New Horizon, for example, produces great quality composts. Although they are more expensive these are worth spending a little more on as you will achieve quality plants in a good growing medium. I would always make room to compost, however small my outside area. If you really don’t have room to compost, you could try a wormery. Composting provides a free source of wonderful organic material and you don’t need to pay for it, wait in for it to be delivered or struggle to carry it home. You could make your own free compost bin from wooden pallets. Some plants and bulbs last longer in our British growing conditions than others. If you have a limited budget to purchase spring bulbs and you’re just as fond of daffodils as tulips, I would recommend growing daffodils and forgetting tulips. The glamorous, large-flowered tulips are not reliable at re-flowering, whereas daffodil bulbs can outlive us humans if grown well. If you do go for tulips the smaller species are more reliable at re-flowering, so choose these varieties over the larger bedding types. Leaf mould is a great soil conditioner. You can’t buy it in the shops, but you can collect leaves for free and make your own. Run a lawnmower over your collected leaves, then moisten – both the shredding and the addition of water will help to speed up the rotting process. Then bag them up and keep for at least a couple of years until they are fully broken down. Leaf mould is a wonderful mulch, soil improver, or compost for sowing seeds. Pine needles take longer to break down but they make an 15

excellent acidic leaf mould, ideal for acid-loving plants requiring ericaceous compost. Pine needles are shed throughout the year; you could collect some this month and keep them separate from your other leaf mould. Wood ash from the fire is a free source of potassium. The nutrients in wood ash are soluble and easily washed away, so keep your ash in a dry place - a sealed container is ideal. The ash can be applied sparingly to compost heaps and is a dressing for daffodils in early springtime. If your brassicas are suffering from club root, regular dressings of wood ash, with its liming qualities can raise the soil’s pH. This, together with growing a less susceptible brassica, such as kholrabi or Swede ‘Marian’ can help alleviate the problem. Wood ash or soot, sprinkled around your plants, is a fantastic slug and snail deterrent. The slugs and snails don’t want to cross the ash or soot; it will dry out their protective slimy coating. Human hair is also effective for slug control; ask at your local hairdressers if they can give you any sweepings. Crushed eggshells, sharp grit, garlic granules (used for horses and bought cheaply from pet suppliers), all provide effective slug protection. Another slug deterrent is garlic wash, made by boiling a couple of crushed garlic cloves in two pints of water for a few minutes, leaving the mixture to cool, straining, then diluting one tablespoon of garlic wash to a gallon of water. Apply this by watering the solution over your plant’s leaves on a dry day. Garlic wash is only effective in dry weather, once it rains you’ll need to reapply.

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Going rustic Not so long ago, country living meant a very different lifestyle to nowadays. Viv Micklefield takes a step back in time at Tilford’s Rural Life Centre to discover more. Let’s be honest, for most of us it’s all become a bit frantic lately. If we’re not rushing around taking the kids to after-school clubs, then there’s the never-ending deluge of emails demanding attention. And when downtime arrives, we’re either catching up with the gardening or tackling the next DIY job. While noone would deny that our ancestors had their own trials and tribulations just to keep body and soul together, the pace of life that they enjoyed is often envied. Nestling down a country road, just three miles south of Farnham, you’d be forgiven for thinking the clock has stopped still. Because it’s here that the south’s largest collection of country life is on display. And with nothing newer than the 1960s, for anyone with a passion for nostalgia, it’s a hidden gem. The Rural Life Centre was the brainchild of Tilford villager Henry Jackson and first opened its doors in 1973, although what started 20

out as a hobby became a visitor attraction more by default than by design. “Henry and his wife Madge rented a cottage here and the collection started with a couple of ploughs,” explains my guide Helen Porter, assistant to the museum’s current director, Chris Shepherd. “They used to sell lots of home-grown fruit and veg to the local community who saw what they were doing and it developed from there.” And with somewhere in the region of 40,000 artefacts and 30 rustic buildings now occupying the 100-acre site, Helen’s not exaggerating when she describes it as “a very big collection”. With offers of private donations regularly arriving, regrettably, another mower or rake can’t always be accommodated. “We do end up

saying ‘no thank you’ to quite a lot,” she admits. “But if we can’t take something, we suggest to people that they try elsewhere in the Rural Museums Network.” Judging by the care and attention to detail that continues to go into preservation here, it’s easy to see why local families are keen to share a part of their own heritage. The latest example of this is the 100 year old Frimley Green Cycle Workshop, complete with its Aladdin’s cave of original tools and bikes. Having been painstakingly dismantled, this is in the process of undergoing reconstruction and promises to be a popular addition in the portrayal of village life. As does the new Wagon Shed, another Heritage Lottery-funded project, which allows the impressive collection to be housed under a single roof. Now a charitable trust, the Rural Life Centre receives an annual grant from Waverley Borough Council which is boosted by admission charges. And, according to Helen, there’s additional income generated by the many craft shows, vintage vehicle rallies and other events hosted. “We get about 25,000 visitors a year, including a lot from near London, and also Poland as we have the permanant Tweedsmuir Camp exhibition. For the steam meetings people travel from miles around; they get to know of the big events that are held here and come back year after year to see what’s different. “There’s also a large volunteer group of almost 300, called The Rustics and each Wednesday up to 80 will be on site. There’s a lot of gardening that goes on and general maintenance. Our site manager is one of the six-strong paid team here, but otherwise we’re manned purely by volunteers and couldn’t run the place without them.”

The Rural Life Centre’s best kept secrets • Working blacksmith John Cooksley runs courses on site • The Old Kiln line is Surrey’s only industrial 2’ gauge railway • Soaring trees in Henry’s historic arboretum offer shady picnic spots • Marriage blessings can be arranged at the Eashing Chapel • The café serves-up a full roast lunch plus trimmings every Sunday

Their efforts around ‘Henry’s Yard’ deserve particular mention. In addition to recreating the museum’s origins, viewers of BBC Two’s Tudor Monastery Farm might recognise the Wealden iron furnace featured on the programme; the volunteers having played vital roles in securing the replica’s funding and construction. One of my favourite areas though is the Tilford Building’s array of old-fashioned shops. From butchers to drapers, it really is a window into the past. Yet the Rural Life Centre has an eye on the future too. A Facebook page provides the latest project news, with displays constantly being refreshed for added interest. And the younger generation is also kept well entertained. Whether visiting the Victorian Schoolroom (once a landmark in the Bourne) to rediscovering a traditional playground, it’s not hi-tech but it’s certainly fun. “In the half-terms and summer holidays there’s Activity Thursday for the kids, with loads of things going on, we get old typewriters out or might have the water pump going. It’s back to basics but they often want to stay all day, which is great,” says Helen. While a numbered trail begins at the almost kitsch 1950s prefab, there’s every opportunity to wander the grounds at leisure. With authenticity at the forefront, this is not a pastiche of rural life or a theme park. It’s a place to make you smile. FIND OUT MORE

Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford GU10 2DL. Getting there: midway between Tilford and Frensham, follow the brown tourist signs; free parking. Summer opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am-5pm. Tickets: £9.50, children 5-16 years £7, family ticket £29, concessions £8.50; groups by arrangement. Find out more: call 01252 795571 or visit

What’s on? There’s a busy calendar of events and attractions for the whole family at the Rural Life Centre, including: Saturday 4th April Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April Sunday 26th April Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May Sunday 24th May Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May

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Wey Ceramics Society is returning to the Harvey Road Gallery, Harvey Road, Guildford GU1 3RX, from Monday 13th April until Saturday 25th April for their Spring Exhibition, ‘Firing on all Cylinders’. For full directions see their website or tel: 01483 518539.The Gallery is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-12 noon on Saturday. The Wey Ceramics Society has a membership of around 30 ceramicists with many of these exhibiting regularly. New members are always made welcome and the society is open to professionals, enthusiastic amateurs and anyone with an interest in ceramics. The Society’s activities include: regular visits and demonstrations from leading potters (usually a full day three or four times per year). Examples of events include a pit firing or smoke firing. Group attendance at major ceramic events. Twice yearly exhibitions of members work. Examples of the Society’s work and demonstrations can be found on their web site


Waverley Dowsers next meeting, their AGM, is on 14th April, at 7pm for 7.30pm and is at the Unitarian Hall in Godalming. They draw their membership from roughly a 15 mile radius. You will be most welcome at the AGM and following that are invited to join in with some of the fun aspects of this intriguing science. Their website, gives a good over view of the subject. They have research locations during the year and last year they did work at Waverley Abbey and a park in Farnborough. Whilst Dowsing is an ancient


well-tried custom it does have modern day applications in checking foods, finding lost things, in gardening and dealing with little-appreciated things such as geopathic stress in houses. Previous speakers have dealt with the energy lines which run through England, the chakra system, crystal communication, horse ailments and the work of TC Lethbridge. In May they are arranging an event concerning trees and the energies surrounding them which can be dowsed. If you are interested do have a look at the website or call Michael Haxeltine, the current chairman of Waverley Dowsers, on 01252 541639. Tuesday 14th April is the date for the next Electric Theatre Jazz Café. The evening features Jo Fooks the tenor sax and flute player who is a former Young Scottish Musician of the Year. Jo was originally due to perform in Guildford in June 2013 but came down with Bells Palsy which left her unable to play for 14 months. Following her recent recovery, she is welcomed back with renowned guitarist Dominic Ashworth, Buster Birch on drums, and Marianne Windham on double bass. Starts at 7.30pm, tickets £12 from Electric Theatre box office on 01483 444789. The Electric Theatre is in Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. The Onslow Village Residents’ Association’s next event on Tuesday 14th April will be a talk on Guildford Castle. Chris Shaw, a chartered civil and structural engineer, will be describing the restoration of an ancient stone wall, a Grade 2 star listed structure and part of The Royal Castle and Palace at Guildford, itself a scheduled ancient monument.

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You may be surprised to learn that ‘Growing Pains’ are not, strictly speaking, related to growth. ‘Recurrent Nocturnal Limb Pain’ as we should refer to it, is not very well understood. This means many similar but treatable conditions go unmanaged and can lead to unnecessary suffering in children. Rob Butler from Physio 1to1 explains more...

Growing Pains Growing pains occur in the evening or at night and affect children between the ages of three and twelve. They often occur after a busy or active day, and affect both legs. Although distressing, growing pains do not cause any long term harm. The recommended treatment is firm massage to the affected area and using heat to soothe the pain. If necessary, standard painkillers for children can also be used. Growing pains should really be a diagnosis of exclusion. That is to say, all other diagnoses should be explored before diagnosing with ‘Growing Pains’. Pain from a biomechanical origin are all too commonly confused with ‘Growing Pains’. Biomechanical pain refers to pain resulting from the action of internal or external forces on the body affecting the bones and soft tissues, 24

this is the most common type of childhood pain we see here at Physio1to1. Most biomechanical conditions are easily treated with physiotherapy. Physiotherapy assessment will enable the biomechanical problems to be highlighted and treated. Correction of adverse biomechanics can rapidly relieve symptoms and help prevent recurrence. Physiotherapists, as primary care practitioners, are also well placed and trained to spot those potentially worrying cases that require further medical treatment or advice from your GP.

It is important to recognise conditions which have a medical cause or are biomechanical in origin. It is unlikely that your child is suffering from ‘Growing Pains’ if your child’s symptoms are particularly severe or if they present with one of the following symptoms: • Pain in just one leg. • Pain also affecting the arms or back. • Pain that occurs every night or continues during the day. • Swollen or hot joints. • A high temperature. • Reluctance to walk or limping. • Pain closely associated with activity. • Prolonged periods of pain. The most common diagnosed childhood pains presenting at Physio1to1 are: Osgood Schlatters, Sinding-Larsen, Miserable Malalignment Syndrome, Severs Disease, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Hypermobility Syndrome and of course true ‘Growing Pains’. Whilst they all sound terrible, all are easily managed with physiotherapy treatment. Onward referral to orthopaedic consultants

is occasionally necessary and communication with your GP is important to ensure continuity. Physiotherapy treatment for the correction of biomechanical pains may include targeted soft tissue massage, specific stretching, movement pattern re-education with corrective exercises, strengthening, taping and postural correction. We tailor treatments dependent on the presentation of the case and most importantly on the child’s ability to follow the treatment plan. Exercises are sometimes a chore and so often the skill is in attaining compliance. The staff at Physio1to1 enjoy the challenge of treating children. As a family practice we know only too well how distressing it is to see your child in pain. FIND OUT MORE

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The wall has a significant lean and bows along its length, but cannot be demolished. The talk will be held at Onslow Village Hall 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Entry is free for members, (Please take your membership card or join/renew on the night). £3 for no- members and complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 7.15pm. The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has just signed a two-year deal to partner with UKRD’s Eagle Radio and they’re looking to get the word out to people around Guildford and in the Surrey area. ACM will have title sponsorship with ‘eagle3’, a local station dedicated to giving exposure to unsigned and local artists as well as mainstream ones. You can keep up to date with all of ACM’s playlisted artists via the eagle3 website. For more information on ACM, visit the website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook. The Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society‘s next lecture, by Mrs Mary Yule, is entitled ‘A View from the Plinth: A Review of Contemporary Public Sculpture’. Whatever your views on the merits of The Angel of the North or the Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square, why not join them at Shalford Village Hall on Thursday 16th April for a fascinating look at what makes a successful public sculpture commission? Refreshments are available from 9.45am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first-class speakers. There are also special interest days, visits and an annual tour for members. New members and


visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £40 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the membership secretary on 01932 355113 or visit their website at Les Amitiés Françaises’s popular series of lectures in French continues on Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming. Elizabeth le Doze’s talk will be on ‘Alexandre Dumas - The forerunner of modern literature’. Famous for his historical romances, ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, Dumas’ own life was so irregular, so diverse that it could have provided plots for a library of books. May’s talk at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th May will be on ‘Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – his music and his literary sources of inspiration’, to be delivered by Emilie Capulet. Non-members are very welcome at the lectures (£6 at the door). 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, contact John Petty, membership secretary on 01483 861974, and on Just to let you know that on Thursday 16th April, Guildford Natural History Society (GNHS) has the last of their winter talks. Roger Beck will be talking about ‘Comings and Goings’ - the mechanics and mysteries of bird migration. Roger is a popular speaker and they are expecting an interesting and informative afternoon. As

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always they are meeting at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, starting at 2.45pm and finishing around 4.15pm. Talks are free to GNHS members. Visitors welcome but they do ask for a small donation. Further information from Bridget Hopkins on 01483 275826. During the summer they will have a programme of walks and coach outings details from Vanessa McClure on 01483 303417. I have for some time written jottings about the monthly Tea Dances held at U.R.C. Church Hall Guildford, so I was most intrigued when we received a letter from the remarkable lady called Sheila Ashe, who started these dances some years ago. A while ago, Sheila’s husband was diagnosed with the onset of Alzeimers and this resulted in no longer having a car which greatly curtailed their social life. They had both enjoyed ballroom and latin dancing so just like that Sheila, well in to her 80s, decided to start a monthly tea dance. Through sheer determination and hard work Sheila found a hall and then set about enrolling her friends to help with the enterprise. Unsurprisingly it sounds like Sheila has a lot of good friends but she did need help with the music and someone with music and dance knowledge to announce the dances. On an impulse she rang Surrey University and was put in touch with Alice who helped enormously with getting the enterprise off the ground. Of course students move on and when she graduated Alice introduced Emma who continued the good work. Now it’s Amy who has brought new ideas and even put them on Facebook! I wish I had room to publish Sheila’s letter in its entirety, I think this is a lovely story



and shows the depth of the human spirit. Sheila is always looking to welcome new dancers and indeed watchers who might not now dance but still love the music and ambiance of a tea dance. The dances take place every third Thursday of the month (next one 16th April) from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in The U.R.C. Church Hall Guildford, Portsmouth Road. There are bus stops right outside the hall including Park and Ride. So, if you would like to join them do pop along or you can call 01483 538515 for more information. The cost is just £2.50 per session which includes tea and biscuits. The ever popular annual Spring Garden Show is being held in the walled gardens at Loseley Park on 17th, 18th and 19th April. The walled gardens are considered to be one of the loveliest in the south east of England and include a Mulberry tree, reputedly planted by Queen Elizabeth I, through to the recently developed organic vegetable garden. There are also rose, herb and flower gardens to enjoy, together with a stunning moat border and terrace giving way to a glorious view of the developing wild flower meadow. Amongst the plentiful nurseries exhibiting at the show will be garden bygones, furniture, garden sundries, driftwood sculpture and water features. The White Garden marquee area will also include tasty treats to tempt visitors. Loseley Park gardens, kiosk and shop will open from 1st May to 30th September and Loseley House will be open from 1st June. They welcome visitors and group visits who can enjoy guided tours of the beautiful 2.5 acre walled garden together with tours of the



C.S Lewis once declared that “you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me”. As a firm believer in this statement, Paula Halliday took a look at exactly what our area has to offer avid tea-lovers, compiling a refined and recommended selection of independently run tea rooms and cafés. Coffee lovers are also catered for... Starting out in Guildford and surrounding villages, it is surprising the number of independently run tea rooms you can find when you are looking. One you may have already come across is Tillings. Tillings originally opened its doors in the village of Gomshall, taking its name from the Tillingbourne River. Spacious and homely, Tillings provides an ideal and relaxed atmosphere for families and groups to spend an afternoon sampling the menu and admiring the vintage knick-knacks. Following the successes of Tillings Tea Room, manageress Jane has used the same quirky formula to transform what used to be The Barn, situated in the picturesque surroundings of perhaps Guildford’s most treasured views at Newlands Corner. The Cornerhouse is a smaller affair but still shares the same homely feel as its sister tea room. You have the added bonus of being in the perfect location for walkers to culminate their efforts with a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. Having not been open long, the summer promises further renovations and more finishing touches to come. Another winning formula which has popped up in Guildford’s surrounding villages started with The Speckledy Hen in Shamley Green. The April 2015

rooms, although small, boast beautiful beams and countless other quirks that come with older buildings. One room is dedicated to selling a carefully selected range of foods and items for your home, while the two rear rooms afford a friendly and homely tea room experience, and a real retreat for catching up with friends. If you are lucky enough to visit this tea room on the run up to Valentine’s Day, you can get yourself some unique chocolates (which I can personally recommend!), home-made by an inhouse chocolatier. Although, if you can’t wait that long, we’ve been assured they are made from time-to-time throughout the year. Unsurprisingly, The Speckledy Hen soon hatched another home-from-home. Nestled in one of Guildford’s prettiest villages, Shere, The Dabbling Duck sits just back from the bank of the river, home to the dabbling ducks with whom this tea room shares its playful name. Quaint, but perfectly formed, the atmosphere inside is personal and welcoming with a rather indulgent selection of home-made treats to accompany your cuppa. Unusually for a tea room, there is also a generous range of bites which you are able to take away. The Dabbling Duck’s takeaway menu makes breakfast on-the-go a very appealing prospect. Following on with the bird theme, our next village gem is Nest. In the centre of Ripley’s charming high street, Nest lives dutifully up to its intriguing name. It is a homely setting, filled with carefully selected items from hand-made cards to jewellery and antique books. Each is sourced and displayed with great care and style. You feel as if you are entering a magpie’s nest of characterful bits and pieces, rather than a normal tea room. 29

Images from left: Nest, Pinnock’s, Watt ’s Gallery, Ramster, Old Barn Cafe, The Dabbling Duck and Georgeous Gerties

Just a stone’s throw away down the road is Pinnock’s, whose speciality lies in their locally roasted organic coffee, available in eight varying strengths and flavours. All food and cakes are made onsite every day, but the favourite with customers is either the gluten-free fresh raspberry and white chocolate brownies or the home-made quiche of the day. The atmosphere in this café is one of total relaxation. The large leather armchairs upstairs provide the ideal spot to sit and browse through the small library which is steadily refreshed by other locals – a wonderfully old-fashioned idea. If you want to see more of Pinnock’s, they also hold three monthly community events including a book club, knit and stitch club and craft lessons in winter, so there is plenty to get involved with, and dogs are made very welcome too.

affords a unique and potentially social experience as well as promoting the healthy lifestyle that runs throughout everything they do there. If you are looking for somewhere with the indulgence of eating out without having to watch what you eat, Café Mila provides plenty of healthy choices. Downstairs delivers a child-friendly atmosphere for family outings, however if you would rather, you can enjoy your tea upstairs in the ‘kids free’ zone. They also run special events, including play readings and themed dinners. One to look out for might be their Local Produce Showcase planned for later in the year.

Heading now into the centre of Guildford itself, the bustling high street is one of Surrey’s finest spots for keen shoppers, and also harbours a small selection of tea rooms to retreat to and unwind after a hard day’s spending. The one which perhaps most successfully provides this haven is found on the very top floor of The House of Fraser, removing you completely from the crowds below and providing an afternoon tea with a spectacular view of Guildford. A more classic tea room, it is fair to say that The Tea Terrace appears formal in comparison to its counterparts, but still comes with its own quirky personality, and a rather impressive selection of tea-related quotes adorning the walls. Nearby at the top of North Street is Fresh Choices Vintage Café, where in addition to refreshments they have vintage wares for sale.

Another in this area is Watts Gallery and their tea shop, with award-winning table service, where Welsh rarebit is the recommended dish. Recently refurbished, the interior of this tea room provides a lovely ambiance. However, it is the ability to turn this afternoon tea into a day out for a range of ages which makes it that bit more intriguing. Menus and activity packs for children are available, and of course the gallery itself, featuring Victorian art by George Frederic Watts as well as acclaimed temporary exhibitions.

Winding our way to Godalming, we reach the wonderfully novel Café Mila. Although tucked away in Angel Court, it not only boasts a relaxed environment to grab a cup of tea with a friend, but also the facilities to attend yoga classes! This combination

Similarly, Secretts Garden Centre in Milford, which is just outside Godalming, harbours a newly refurbished tea shop as of 2014, named Eliza’s. Again, as well as the opportunity for a cup of tea and a delicious home-made scone or cake, onsite facilities offer all sorts

The following featured tea rooms have kindly offered VantagePoint readers an exclusive offer, so please take your VantagePoint magazine with you when you visit! Offers valid in April 2015 only. Café Mila - a 2-person afternoon tea selection (cakes and sweet treats) for the price of a single Cockburns - a free tea, coffee or glass of wine with each meal ordered Fresh Choices Vintage Café - a free hot or cold drink Gerties - 10% discount on food bill over £5 Little Barn Café - 10% off your first visit Pinnocks - 20% off when you spend over £20 Ramster - 2 for 1 offer to go around the garden


of complementary experiences to make an afternoon or even a day of it. These include Black Barn Butchers, The Flower Emporium and Jo’s Jumpers as well as the shop and farm itself. Moving now towards Midhurst, we pass a much older establishment - Ramster Hall, perhaps best known for its stunning wedding receptions. However, within the 25 acres of award-winning surrounding gardens, the Tea House has stood since 1982 and still remains in the same family. Open for the same months as the gardens (27th March-14th June), this tea house is another which offers a day’s activities as well as tea and best-selling carrot, or coffee and walnut cake! On reaching Midhurst, you have the opportunity to try Cockburn’s Tea Rooms for a Victorian experience in the surroundings of Knockhundred Market. Most visitors to the tea rooms choose to enjoy a cream tea, but for particular occasions Cockburn’s can home make made-to-order cakes - the favourite being orange and lavender. Other things to see include an old fashioned sweet shop downstairs and special ‘Cockburn’s in the Evening’ nights hosted once a month, each featuring a different cuisine from Italian to Greek. Meanwhile towards Farnham, you may pass Elstead and therefore the beautiful Little Barn Café, the latest addition to the tea room and café revival, which opened in January of this year. The great thing about this cafe is not only the delicious home-made treats and supplies of tea and coffee, but the fact that they are already endeavouring to become part of the local community. The Little Barn Café advertise upcoming events in the village and have just begun to sponsor the Sharks Girls’ Football Team’s new strip. For that reason, this family run business is well worth supporting, especially when in doing so you can indulge in some salted caramel sponge cake. They also April 2015

now allow dogs. Also onsite is a larger barn used for parties and keeping fit and The British Legion with its views of the River Wey. In Farnham itself, you could choose to explore Lion and Lamb café. As well as being a café, it doubles up as a ‘bring your own wine’ restaurant, though don’t worry, you can still get your classic afternoon tea when booked in advance. As we approach the summer months and slowly ditch the drizzle, this café’s al fresco tables, pet-friendly attitude and live music events will make for an ideal sunny day out. However, if you’re heading in the other direction, Dorking provides a perfect pit stop for tea lovers in the form of Gorgeous Gerties. This tea room is well worth a visit if you enjoy all things retro, with a distinctive 1950s style throughout, from vintage cake stands to memorabilia. Aside from this, Gorgeous Gerties also focus on crafts, selling an extensive range of hand-made clothes, jewellery, gifts and more. They even have a new haberdashery for all your sewing needs, making them much more than just a tea shop. This whistle-stop tour highlights just a few of the quirky, beautifully designed, homely tea rooms and cafés that inhabit our local towns and villages. Each of the tea rooms featured in this article sources products locally, from freshly baked cakes right down to their core ingredients, in turn supporting the local community. As with the nature of independent ownership, each one has its own personality, which is something to relish and support by doing what we do best – enjoying beautiful surroundings with a cup of tea and some home-cooked food. FIND OUT MORE Cafe Mila, 1 Angel Court, Godalming GU7 1DT. Tel: 01483 808569 Cockburns, Knockhundred Market, Knockhundred Row, Midhurst, GU29 9DQ. Tel: 01730 814107 The Dabbling Duck, Middle Street, Shere GU5 9HF. Tel: 01483 205791 Gorgeous Gerties, 61 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 640202 Elizas at Secretts, Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5HU. Tel: 01483 520500 Little Barn Cafe, Thursley Road, Elstead, Godalming GU8 6DG. Tel: 07930 337007 Lion and Lamb Café, 19 Lion and Lamb Way, Farnham GU9 7LL. Tel: 01252 715156 Nest, High St, Ripley, Woking GU23 6AQ. Tel: 01483 211111 Pinnock’s Coffee House, High St, Ripley GU23 6AF. Tel: 01483 222419 Ramster Hall, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming GU8 4SN. Tel: 01428 654167 The Tea Terrace, House of Fraser, Guildford GU1 3DU. Tel: 01483 307400 Tillings, 55 Station Road, Gomshall GU5 9NP. Tel: 01483 202214 Tillings Cornerhouse, Newlands Corner, Dorking Road, Guildford GU4 8SE. Tel: 01483 222659 Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235




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Guildford House Gallery, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ is the venue for the spring exhibition by Guildford Art Society. It’s an opportunity for all members to exhibit their works including painting, sculpture and pottery in a prestigious venue in the heart of Guildford. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity to buy original art and craft from well-known and emerging local artists and makers. In order to encourage new talent around Surrey, for the first time Guildford Art Society is working in conjunction with Woking College where art students have been invited to design both the poster and flyers for this exhibition which will be on show throughout the borough. During the exhibition, members will be on hand to guide you around the exhibits and answer any questions you may have. For further details visit their website www.guildfordartsociety. Alternatively, contact Guildford House Gallery direct on 01483 444751 or The exhibition runs from Saturday 18th April to Sunday 3rd May and entry is free. Guildford House is open Monday Saturday from 10am-4.45pm.

romance, Goddesses and reunions. This will be a unique opportunity to experience a staged reading of this rarely performed play. All tickets £12.50. On Thursday 23rd April at 7.45pm they present ‘Shakespeare’s Theatres – Birthday Lecture’. Matt Pinches will be looking at the theatregoing scene of Shakespeare’s London; the playhouses, the acting companies, the audiences and offer a suggestion as to why The Globe has taken centre stage. All tickets £10 (includes birthday cake). Then on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April, from 12.30pm it’s Sonnet Walk Weekend 4. Imagine a treasure hunt, where armed with just a map and a good dollop of bonhomie, you’ll set off on a specially designed route around town in small groups, encountering Shakespeare in the least likely of places. Warning: Enjoyment of Sonnet Walks may be highly contagious, resulting in uncontrollable laughter and a desire to see more Shakespeare. Each walk lasts approx. 60 mins and are every 15 minutes from St Mary’s Church. All tickets £14. All Birthday Bash events are staged at St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford. For tickets call the Box Office on 01483 304384 or go to

Following last year’s sell-out Birthday Bash, Surrey’s award-winning professional Shakespeare Company is back for another week of special events celebrating the Bard’s birthday. On Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm they present Pericles. This play has it all - riddles, secrets, famine, shipwrecks, tournaments, pirates,

Croydon Philharmonic Choir with Basingstoke Choral Society are performing Verdi REQUIEM on Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP. Tickets are £18 and £15 (£10 under 16s) and available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre, 155 High Street, GU1 3AJ. Tel: 01483 444334,

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD See www.croydonphilharmonic. org for more information. An imminent general election puts the focus on how our constitution works – or doesn’t! The April meeting of the Surrey branch of the Historical Association will be a talk by Dr Andrew Blick of Kings College, University of London. His lecture ‘Beyond Magna Carta: a constitution for the UK’ will consider the present constitutional flux. Has the time come for a written constitution? It takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st April at St Nicholas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW. Non-members welcome (£3 at the door). Students free. Further details from Rollo Crookshank on 01252 319881 or crookshank@starkmann. Cranleigh Decorative & Fine Arts Society (DFAS) invites you to join them for an illustrated lecture on ‘The Legendary Lee Miller’ by her son, Antony Penrose, who is the author of several books about his mother and father and the many artists from the 20th century with whom they worked. The lecture will be held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre on Wednesday 22nd April at 2pm and 7.30pm. Cranleigh DFAS meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except August and December, at Cranleigh Arts Centre to promote knowledge and appreciation of the arts through lectures and visits, Information about membership is available on their website: Guests are welcome.

Guildford Opera invite you to join them on Wednesday 22nd April from 7.30pm at The Guildford Institute, Ward Street Guildford GU1 4LH to meet their talented new Music Director, Lewis Gaston (www.lewisgaston. com) and their acclaimed Stage Director, Stephen Oliver. They will introduce the next production - I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet). This will be followed by a chance to sing one of the chorus pieces. They shall perform this work in English at the Electric Theatre on 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th November. The evening will close with informal conversation over drinks from the bar. Go along and find out about the company. For further information please consult our website www. If you would like to come or require further details please contact chairman@guildfordopera. com or phone Peter Melville on 01483 506328. Experience the tight, clean vocal harmonies of one of the greatest bands of the 1960s, as The Hollies play the main hall at G Live on Thursday 23rd April. Along with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, this band helped shape the world of Pop and Rock as we know it today, with classics such as The Air That I Breathe and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Call the Ticket Desk on 08447701797 or go to St Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club is continuing its spring theme flower arrangements with Graham King demonstrating ‘Bursting Full of Colour’. The Club Competition will be ‘Spring Symphony’. It takes place on

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Thursday 23rd April at Shalford Village Hall. They meet at 1pm for a 1.45pm start. All visitors and new members are most welcome. For further information call 01483 578368. Dunsborough Park Festival of Tulips is on Saturday 25th April from 2pm -5pm. The gardens will be open to the public with an entry fee of £5. The Waverley Friends of Naomi House and jacksplace Children’s Hospice will be providing afternoon tea in the garden for £4. Come and enjoy these beautiful stunning gardens with over 10,000 tulip bulbs planted and set in 62 acres. Woodland walks, mulberry garden, walled garden, palm garden and much more. For more information contact Carol May 01428 606984 or It is at Ripley GU23 6AL. Cranleigh Arts Centre is holding a fund-raising open day on Saturday 25th April. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Cranleigh old village school building becoming Cranleigh Arts Centre. The day will mark the launch of ‘Target 25’, a fund-raising initiative to preserve and modernise the building. At the open day, Charles Brooking, creator of The Brooking Collection, will present a talk about his extraordinary collection of doorknobs, knockers, sections of staircases and other architectural features. Following on from this will be Venessa FordRobbins and Nick Huddle who appeared on Channel 4’s Restoration Man programme with their restoration of the derelict Longhurst Lodge in Baynards Park. Both talks will be followed by a Q& Asession. There will be a charge of £5 to attend the Brooking talk.

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The Wintershall Players are looking for new members to join not so much a cast as a huge extended family of actors of all ages for its 2015 productions. This is an opportunity for people with no acting experience to become involved in extraordinary outdoor theatrical events – at Wintershall outside Bramley, Surrey, and with the possibility of performing in Canterbury Cathedral and Trafalgar Square in London. The volunteers can audition for speaking parts or just join the crowd, but being a part of these productions of ‘The Passion of Jesus’, ‘The Life of Christ’ and ‘The Nativity’ is likely to be life changing in the most positive of ways. Potential actors are invited to a welcome bring-and-share barbecue on 26th April at 12 noon at Wintershall, followed by a read-through of the script. Following from the welcome event, volunteers will need to attend a minimum of three rehearsals which take place on either Saturday or Sunday (daytime) during May and June. Actors with speaking parts have more rehearsals. The first event takes place on 16th May at Canterbury Cathedral when scenes from the ‘Life of Christ’ will be acted out as part of The Gathering, an initiative by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the people of Kent. Performances of ‘The Life of Christ’ take place at Wintershall near Bramley from 23rd-28th June. It is a five hour outdoor theatrical event with picnic lunch where the audience walks with Christ, seeing him preaching from a boat on the lake, feeding the 5,000, and enduring death on the cross. Anyone interested in joining the cast should contact susan@hutleygroup. com.



8th - 10th May 2015 The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is an exciting new fair being launched in a purpose built marquee by the Upper Pond in the grounds of Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0QY from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May. The 35 specialist dealers, mostly members of The British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, are offering a cornucopia of treasures from fine furniture to silver, jewellery and glass, oriental rugs, antique and modern paintings, clocks and objets d’art including a good splash of contemporary sculpture for indoors a n d the garden. The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd, who organise boutique style fairs in central London and widely known venues around the country, has an unrivalled reputation for quality and style.

A great excuse to visit the fair is that each ticket also gains free entry to Petworth House and its 700 acre deer park. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members also have complimentary entry to the fair. Tickets are £10 each can be bought in advance from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, telephone 01797 252030 or email The fair is supported by Smiths Gore and Upperton Vineyards and the two benefitting charities are the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and The Lighting Project at Petworth House. Free parking is available in a specially located car park nearby and refreshments on hand in the fair. Make sure this date is firmly in your diary... Pictured: ‘König Tristan und Isolde’, late 19th century Viennese enamelled and gilt plaque of large proportions depicting King Tristan’s death, signed T Schmidt, 19.5 ins diameter, c1899, £5,950 from TIM SALTWELL ANTIQUES

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A lecture marking the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo - ‘Art and the Napoleonic Wars’ - is the subject of the April lecture of West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Tuesday 28th April. This lecture complements a major exhibition to be held at the Royal Academy in the autumn. The lecturer, Lois Oliver, explores the contrasting views presented by British and French artists. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee. Lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2015 can be found on their website For more information ring 01483 811671.

You can take a ride on a train, hop onto the bouncy castle, have your face painted like a chicken or make some spring arts and crafts. Lots of stalls to browse; there’s something for all the family. Pop into the vintage tea shop while listening to some wonderful acoustic music. Spring has definitely sprung!

The Surrey Union Point-to-Point takes place on Saturday 2nd May in the beautiful setting of Peper Harow Park. It is a fantastic rural day out for the family with picnics and stall-browsing as well as great racing. The first of the six races starts at 2pm but gates open at 11am for families to set up their picnics, go shopping and explore the funfair. Entrance is £10 per adult, under 16s are free. Access to the races is at Oxenford Farm on the B3001, halfway between Milford Junction on the A3 and Elstead. Satnav postcode is GU8 6LA. For more information email: suhinfo@gmail. com.

Wonersh Bowling Club is located in lovely countryside at the foot of Chinthurst Hill. They are inviting you to have a go at this sport which is suitable for everyone from the age of eight upwards. They are offering a free session on Sunday 3rd May from 11am onwards. Their qualified coaches will show you the rudiments in a friendly and relaxed environment. Members of the club will also be in attendance to help with any questions. All necessary equipment will be supplied, but please wear flat shoes. Following on from this first visit, they offer four further free coaching sessions in the weeks that follow to learn the basic principles and rules of the game. The times of these sessions will be geared to you. During these coaching sessions, you will be allowed the full facilities of Wonersh Bowling Club and refreshments will be available. For

Spring into Cranleigh will be on Cranleigh High Street and Common on Saturday 2nd May and Cranleigh Parish Council are looking forward to a fantastic fun-filled day.

Merrow Village Bowling Club, located in Epsom Road is holding an open day on Sunday 3rd May from 12 noon -4pm. It’s a great chance to try your hand at lawn bowls and all ages will be welcomed. Bowls will be provided by the club on the day. Just take flat soled shoes - trainers are fine. The Village Club Bar will be open and refreshments will be provided.

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National Garden Scheme Below is a small selection of local gardens, all open this year under the National Garden Scheme (NGS). For more information and to view other gardens open under the scheme, please go to Chilworth Manor, Halfpenny Lane, Chilworth, Guildford Extensive grounds of lawns and mature trees around C17/C18 manor on C11 monastic site. Substantial C18 terraced walled garden laid out by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, with herbaceous borders, topiary and fruit trees. Original stewponds integrated with new Japanese themed garden and woodland garden and walk. Paddock home to alpacas. Ongoing restoration project aims to create a contemporary and practical garden sensitive to its historic context. Garden and tree walks at 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Sun 17th May (11-5). Adm £6, chd free.

Chinthurst Lodge, Wonersh Common, Wonersh, Guildford One acre year-round enthusiast’s atmospheric garden, divided into rooms. Herbaceous borders, white garden, specimen trees and shrubs, gravel garden with water feature, small kitchen garden, fruit cage, 2 wells, ornamental ponds, herb parterre and millennium parterre garden. Sun 21st, Wed 24th June (11-5.30). Adm £5, chd free.

Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst 14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden. Extensive rhododendrons, azaleas and fine trees. 3½ acre lakeside arboretum. Marked trail through the 180 acre working farm with Hereford cows and calves, sheep and horses, extensive views of the surrounding hills. Sun 12th, Sun 19th, Sun 26th April, Mon 4th, Sun 17th, Sun 24th May (11-5); Sun 18th Oct (11-4.30). Adm £5, chd free.

Knowle Grange, Hound House Road, Shere, Guildford Eighty acre idyllic hilltop position. Extraordinary and exciting 7 acre gardens, created from scratch since 1990 by Marie-Elisabeth Wood, blend the free romantic style with the strong architectural frame of the classical tradition. Walk the rural one mile Bluebell Valley Unicursal Path of Life and discover its secret allegory. Sun 17th May, Sun 13th Sept (11-5). Adm £6, chd free.

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Loseley Park, Guildford Delightful 2½ acre walled garden. Award winning rose garden (over 1,000 bushes, mainly old fashioned varieties), extensive herb garden, fruit/flower garden, white garden with fountains, and spectacular organic vegetable garden. Magnificent vine walk, herbaceous borders, moat walk, ancient wisteria and mulberry trees. Pictured above. Sun 7th June (11-5). Adm £5, chd £2.50.

Stuart Cottage, Ripley Road, East Clandon This much visited ½ acre garden seems to please many, being planted to offer floral continuity through the seasons. In June, the romance of the rose walk combines with the sound of water, in July, flowerbeds are floriferous with soft coordinated colours and scented plants, in August, vibrant colours will lift the spirits and in September, tender perennials reach their zenith. Sun 19th July, Sun 30th Aug (2-5). Adm £4, chd free.

Vann, Hambledon 5 acre English Heritage registered garden surrounding Tudor and William and Mary house (not open) with Arts and Crafts additions by W D Caröe including a Bargate stone pergola. At the front, brick paved original cottage garden; to the rear, ¼ acre pond, yew walk with rill and Gertrude Jekyll water garden. Snowdrops and hellebores, spring bulbs, Fritillaria in Feb/March. Island beds, crinkle crankle wall, orchard with wild flowers, vegetable garden. Centenary garden and woodland. Daily Sun 29th March to Sat 4th April; Mon 4th May to Sun 10th May; Sun 7th June to Sat 13th June (10-6). Adm £6, chd free.

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are adding a fourth date to our 2015 diary. These friendly aquathlons are a great way to spend a Friday evening. The well-established course is suitable for beginners. It’s also a very flat run, so a great opportunity for more experienced athletes to secure a personal best finish time. To find out more and enter online: http://aquathlon.phoenixtri. Twitter: @PhoenixTriGU Facebook: www.facebook. com/PhoenixTriathlon Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, has recently received a confirmed grant of £4.681million from Heritage Lottery Fund for its ‘Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project’. This project will transform the Museum’s Grade II listed WWII Wellington Hangar into ‘The Brooklands Aircraft Factory’, build a new annexe (the ‘Flight Shed’) to house more of the Museum’s outstanding collection of historic aircraft and restore the finishing straight of the Brooklands Race Track, the world’s first purpose-built motor-racing circuit. The Museum is aiming to raise a further £2million making this a £7 million redevelopment. Already a fantastic place to visit, our kids without exception have always really enjoyed visits, Brooklands is set to become one of the country’s leading attractions. Situated on Ward Street, The Guildford Institute is a charity committed to providing educational and cultural activities in a social atmosphere. The Institute’s summer 2015 programme is now available and offers a wide range of courses, talks, visits and events. Due to popular demand,


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The Art of Curry with Sameena Thompson Local mum and business entrepreneur Sameena Thompson has recently launched a new range of fresh home-made curry sauces. The ethos of her company is slow cooking, and she has made her rich sauces with this in mind. However, her mum was a busy lady just like we are today, and she learned some quick, one pot recipes from her mum to which she has added her own modern twist. She doesn’t use ghee, very little oil and less salt to ensure that these curries are healthy and nutritious. They are just as traditional and tasty but take a bit less time and are easy to try if you would like to cook curries from scratch at home. Your family will love them! Sameena has chosen three dishes that are popular today, but with a home-cooked taste that you will not find in any restaurant or shop. You can buy all the spices from any good supermarket or farm shop. Where she stipulates ground spices, these are powdered spices which you can buy in small bags. Sameena’s sauces are available online at or through a selection of farm shops and delicatessens across Surrey. For more details of her sauces, or to book onto one of her supper clubs, please visit her website.

Murghi ka Salaan (Chicken curry) This is a classic dish cooked throughout India. It is based on a sauce consisting of tomatoes and onions. While royal kitchens would frown upon any such ingredients showing (they would blend them to give a smooth broth) I quite like the textures coming through and it is quicker!

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, cut into medium sized cubes 3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil (not olive oil as this tends to overpower the flavours of the spices) 1 large onion cut into slices 1 can of good quality whole plum tomatoes 2 tsp minced garlic paste 1 tsp minced ginger paste 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp fenugreek powder or seeds (optional but does add a nice nutty flavour) ½ tsp red chilli powder (for a medium strength) ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt


1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on medium heat until golden brown. 2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 2 minutes. 3. Mix the rest of the spices and salt in a small bowl with half a cup of water. Pour this mixture into the pan. The water is to help prevent the spices sticking or burning. 4. Stir for 3 minutes or until the spices darken and the water evaporates. 5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the liquid evaporates and the tomatoes take on a shiny hue. There should be little bubbles of oil coming through which means they are done. 6. Add the chicken and ensure the pieces are coated in the sauce. 7. Cook for 10 minutes or until any water they give off evaporates. 8. Add a cup of water, cover and simmer for a further 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir occasionally. 9. You can add more or less water depending on how thick or thin you want your curry. Just make sure it is given time to cook into the sauce and absorb the flavours.


Shahi Gosht Dopiaza (Royal Lamb Dopiaza)

This is a deep, rich dish full of flavour and sweetness due to the onions (dopiaza means double onions). It was enjoyed by the Mughals in Hyderabad but is a favourite now throughout India. It is usually infused with dry whole roasted spices but this version uses extra garam masala to save you time. 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on a medium heat until they start to caramelise. 2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 4 minutes or until the onions begin to darken in colour. 3. Mix the rest of the spices and salt in a small bowl with half a cup of water. Pour this mixture into the pan. The water is to help prevent the spices sticking or burning. Sprinkle in the cloves. 4. Stir for 3 minutes or until the spices darken and the water evaporates. 5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the liquid evaporates and the tomatoes take on a shiny hue. There should be little bubbles of oil coming through which means they are done. 6. Add the lamb and ensure the pieces are coated in the sauce. 7. Cook for 10 minutes or until any water they give off evaporates. 8. Add 2 cups of water, cover and simmer for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water as required to allow lamb to cook through. 9. Cook until the lamb is tender and the curry has a thick consistency.

Ingredients 1 kg boneless leg of lamb cut into cubes (use less lamb if wish but the sauce is enough for this amount) 4 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 2 large onions cut into slices 1 can of good quality whole plum tomatoes 3 tsp minced garlic paste 2 tsp minced ginger paste 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp garam masala powder Half tsp cardamom powder Half tsp cinnamon powder Half tsp red chilli powder (for a medium strength) Half tsp turmeric Half tsp salt 5 cloves

Sabzi ka Qorma (Vegetable Korma) This uses a smooth, velvety, creamy sauce in the Nawabi tradition. Mild spices are fused with cinnamon and cardamom and overlaid with yoghurt, cream and coconut milk to add further richness. Children love this, and I am going to show you a version which blends the sauce so there are ‘no bits’ in case you want to use with chicken rather than veg! You do need to be careful of the allergens in this: coconut milk, almonds, yoghurt and cream (milk) so omit them as desired. Ingredients

1. Boil or steam the veg (or sauté the chicken) until tender. Set aside. 2. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on medium heat until golden brown. 3. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 2 minutes. 4. Place onion mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. 5. Place the tomatoes in the cleaned pan and simmer with the rest of the spices and salt until smooth. 6. Add the onion mixture to the tomato and cook for 2 minutes. 7. Add the yoghurt, cream and coconut milk and continue stirring. 8. Add the pre-cooked veg or chicken, ensuring it is heated through. April 2015

2 peppers chopped into chunks 2 potatoes chopped into chunks 2 carrots sliced 200g cauliflower florets 100g broccoli florets 100g peas 4 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil 1 large onion cut into slices 1 can of good quality whole plum tomatoes 2 tsp minced garlic paste 1 tsp minced ginger paste 2 tbsp plain yoghurt 2 tbsp fresh single cream 200ml coconut milk 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp almond powder ½ tsp cardamom powder ½ tsp cinnamon powder ½ tsp garam masala powder ¼ tsp red chilli powder (for a mild strength) ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt


Surrey Hills International Music Festival 30th April - 2nd May 2015 The Surrey Hills International Music Festival brings world-class classical musicians to intimate venues across the Surrey Hills over three consecutive nights: Thursday 30th April, Friday 1st May and Saturday 2nd May 2015. The Festival, which is a registered charity and generously sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, opens ‘Hear the Colours,’ this year’s programme at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking on Thursday 30th April at 8pm. Chinese French horn player Han Xiaoming is the soloist in the Hoffmeister Horn Concerto. Britain’s much loved clarinettist Michael Collins will perform in the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Also playing are BBC Young Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich, Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society of New York Artist, pianist Wu Qian, and violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Natalie Klouda. The evening concludes with Dohnanyi’s Sextet.

region and as a result we are able to attract some of the world’s most acclaimed artists and upcoming stars. “We are especially pleased to welcome newcomers the cello octet Cellophony this year, whose members produce breathtaking arrangements of orchestral depth. Plus, The London Mozart Players under the baton of eminent guest conductor Dimitri Sitkovetsky in what promises to be a most spectacular finale to the Festival.” Music in Education continues to be an important additional aspect to the Festival’s activity. In addition to the annual concert season, the Festival delivers free music workshops to local state schools and for this endeavour it receives a Community Arts Grant from Guildford Borough Council .

Already attracting a lot of attention is the exciting cello octet, Cellophony, all of whom are established professional cellists who perform a mixed programme. Performing their own arrangements, the evening includes Schubert, Gabrielli, Barber and Bach. The concert takes place on Friday 1st May at 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

David Richardson divisional director for festival sponsors, Investec Wealth & Investment said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Festival for the third consecutive year. The Festival team always manage to pull together an incredible programme of talent and this year looks to be no exception. We wish the Festival every success for the 2015 season.”

The gala concert welcomes the return of the London Mozart Players and renowned cellist Natalie Clein who performs at the Festival along with guest conductor, the eminent Russian Dmitri Sitkovetsky, and Madrid based violinist Leticia Moreno who will be making her festival debut.

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more information on this and other future events and productions. Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in spring 2015. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the highbrow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. They will be at G Live in Guildford on Thursday 21st May. Call the Box Office on 0844 7701 797 or online at Over 300 musicians, inspired by a very special little girl, are coming together on Saturday 23rd May at Guildford Cathedral to raise money for local charity the Rainbow Trust. Rowan Todd, who lives in Guildford, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just five years old and she and her family have been supported by the Rainbow Trust throughout years of treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Rowan’s dad, Will, is an internationally-recognised composer, whose ‘Mass in Blue’ has been performed all over the world. He is a well-known figure in Guildford. Under conductor Jeremy Backhouse, it will be a concert full of toe-tapping jazzy music with the power of massed-group singing. It will be an evening to remember and the organisers are expecting a full house, with all proceeds going towards

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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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Massed Choir Sings for a Little Girl Called Rowan Over 300 musicians are coming together for a concert to raise money for the local charity Rainbow Trust, inspired by a very special little girl. Rowan Todd, who lives in Guildford, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just five years old. She and her family have been supported by the Rainbow Trust throughout years of treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Rowan’s dad, Will, is an internationally-recognised composer, whose ‘Mass in Blue’ has been performed all over the world and is a wellknown figure in Guildford. Will also composed ‘The Call of Wisdom’ for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. His work ‘The City Garden’ will feature in the charity concert, which takes place at Guildford Cathedral on 23rd May. “This is a charity that is so close to my heart,” said Will. “I would love to see the cathedral packed full so that we can raise as much money as possible to keep this wonderful work going strong.”

chamber choir Vasari singers and Surrey’s orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, will come together to perform A Concert for Rowan, which will include Will’s music, alongside Bob Chilcott ’s The Salisbury Vespers. They will be joined by a specially-created children’s choir, called ‘Rowan’s Choir’ with singers from Tormead School, Queen Eleanor’s Junior School and George Abbot School. Conductor Jeremy Backhouse is looking forward to a concert full of toe-tapping jazzy music and the power of group singing: “As the conductor of all three of the adult choirs taking part, it’s amazing to be able to bring so many musicians together for this fantastic cause,” he said. “Both Will’s and Bob’s music is modern, easy to listen to and will send the audience away with the tunes ringing in their ears. “All the choirs have a special relationship with the Todd family,” he added. “We are thrilled that we will not only be filling Guildford Cathedral with this wonderful music, but raising a lot of money for a cause that is close to all our hearts.” Organisers are expecting a full house, with all proceeds going towards the valuable work of the Rainbow Trust. Tickets, priced from £16 to £28 are available from and the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334.

“Our daughter Rowan was diagnosed with Neorofibrosis Type 1 in 2009. In particular, she had a tumour on her optic nerve that was gradually diminishing her sight as well as threatening her overall health. She began chemotherapy at GOSH and since then has had two intensive periods of treatment – the first for 18 months. “It’s hard work supporting an ill child; as well as being a worrying experience, there are also the practicalities of life which must carry on – working, other children, normal things – that become more difficult when you are plunged into a situation like ours. Our day-to-day life has been wonderfully supported by the Rainbow Trust, which has offered valuable support, taking Rowan and her mum to hospital appointments, leaving me free to work and look after our other children. They are a Godsend.” Over 300 musicians, including Guildford’s Vivace Chorus, Salisbury Community Choir, London April 2015


The Rainbow Trust is based in Leatherhead, and works across the UK supporting over 25% of the 6000 families in England who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness and need the tailor-made system of support which Rainbow Trust provides. They offer help to the whole family 24/7, 365 days a year. Any family can receive support from the moment of their child’s diagnosis and the Trust continues to support families many years after bereavement.




Guildford Borough Council, in partnership with local sports providers, is offering free sports coaching for young people aged 7- 16 who live or go to school in the borough. The sessions give youngsters the chance to experience a new sport or develop their skills, while being able to try out for Team Guildford’s entry to the P&G Surrey Youth Games 2015. Sports on offer this year include basketball, boccia, boxing, girls’ cricket, girls’ football, judo, netball, girls’ touch rugby, table tennis, squash and swimming. The Team Guildford taster sessions start after the Easter holidays and will be held at various locations across Guildford including Surrey Sports Park, Guildford City Boxing Club, Old Guildfordian’s Rugby Club, Guildford City Cricket Club plus many more. The P&G Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth sports festival in Surrey. The aim of the games is to provide opportunities for young people to experience new sports. This year the P&G Surrey Youth Games will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. Online registration is now open. To see the full list of available sports, coaching dates, and to register, go to www. or call 01483 444769. In response to market demand Macmillan Cycletta, the UK’s leading women-only sportive series, has recently announced they are extending their series distances at five of their events to include the 20km distance. The shorter distance will offer participating ladies an alternative to the longer distance routes preferred by more experienced cyclists and is ideal for beginners looking to take up cycling, or participating in their first major cycling event. Earlier this year, Macmillan Cycletta announced it was also adding new long distance routes of 150km to several of the events, in response to feedback from participants that they were looking for greater physical challenges. The 20km route has been added to five Macmillan Cycletta events nationwide throughout 2015, including at Loseley Park, on Sunday 6th September where women can now enter 20k, 50k, 100k or 150k distances. Cycletta was launched three years ago and so far over 10,000 women have taken part in an event across the UK. Entries are now open for the Macmillan Cycletta in Surrey at Just to let you know that the Guildford Cathedral Appeal, which is raising £7m for urgent repairs and development, has reached more than 90% of its target, with a final £500,000 needed. Remaining funds are needed for repairs and improvements, such as the overdue restoration of the Cathedral organ. To make a donation visit www., TEXT MARK02 £10 (or any amount) to 70070, or send donations (payable to Guildford Cathedral) to Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP. I thought I would just ‘tip you the wink’ that Jools Holland returns to G Live in Guildford on Friday 6th November, in a brand new show for 2015. Put the date in your diary. I have a good chance of remembering it; it’s my birthday! The past few months have seen Jools release a new album, ‘Sirens of Song’. It features collaborations with 52

Kylie Minogue, Laura Mvula, Joss Stone and Imelda May. Actually better than making a note of the date, why not book tickets now? Call 0844 770 1797. Based in Guildford, the Surrey Sharks are a growing rugby league club playing in the South East League. The team is actively looking for new players. The season operates from April til mid August. The Sharks are training and playing at Surrey Sports Park and training takes place twice a week; Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm till 8.30pm on 3G pitch. Three youth sections are available U12, U11/U10 and U9’s. Training is due to take place after the Easter break on Tuesday from 6.30pm. Visit their website http://www. You can contact them via email at One of our readers kindly wrote in to tell us about a rather unique hotel located in Bournemouth. The Grove Bournemouth is owned by the wonderful charity Macmillan Caring Locally. It is designed to give people who have or have had a cancer diagnosis or have a life limiting/ threatening illness, a holiday or just a break. You can enjoy a couple of days or a couple of weeks, eat delicious food, make new friends and enjoy all that Bournemouth has to offer, or simply relax unwind and recharge. All of this, secure in the knowledge that there is a nurse on duty for advice and support if you need one; someone who understands the difficulties you may be having. They have 30 bedrooms, all en suite with three of them fantastically equipped for less able guests. The tariff is very reasonable, as of course The Grove is non profit making. If you would like to find out more you can either call 01202 552233 or visit their website or follow them on facebook or twitter. Angie and I and our daughter Sarah went to hear Guildford Choral Society sing The St. Matthew Passion on 8th March; it was a rare treat. We three have become devotees of The Matthew Passion going every Easter to the Festival Hall to hear The Bach Choir give their annual performance, so it was exciting to hear a local choir sing this glorious work. I have to say Guildford Choral, under the fine direction of Jonathan Willcocks, who, incidentally, is the son of Sir David Willcocks who directed the Bach Choir for 38 years, did not disappoint. In the majestic setting of Guildford Cathedral they gave a stunning performance aided by the exquisite chamber orchestra Florilegium and five hugely talented soloists together with members of Guildford High School Senior Chamber Choir. This year Guildford Choral Society is celebrating its 175th anniversary and this was a stunning way to start their 2015 programme. The choir will be taking on Berlioz’s Te Deum in the mighty setting of The Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3rd June. Find out more about this and the choir on their website www. FIND OUT MORE

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