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Focus on the children Taking the decision to divorce or separate is not an easy one and this is never truer than when children are involved. Trying to work out the family arrangements following the breakdown of a relationship is difficult with parties trying to balance financial, practical and emotional aspects. Through it all, the children must be at the centre. The policy of the Court is now one of nonintervention and parents, following divorce or separation, are left to make their own arrangements for their children. Making an application to Court is very much the last resort when parties cannot reach agreement either through their own discussion, with the aid of solicitors or in mediation. The Court will only make an order if it considers it is in the best interests of the child to do so. The Court has the power to make a Child Arrangements Order setting out with whom a child is to live and when they will spend time or otherwise have contact with a person. The order can name one or two people as persons with whom the children will live specifying the time that the child will live in each household. This means that a child may live with both parents

in their respective households following separation but the time in those households need not be equal. There is no formula to say how much time a child should spend with the other parent or how the child’s time should be divided between their parents’ respective households. This approach can make it difficult for parents to know how to proceed, but the benefit is that the arrangements made can and will be bespoke to your family. It is important to realise that there should be an element of flexibility to any agreement reached or Order made by the Court to allow for one-off family occasions, a change in circumstances and the child’s needs changing as they grow up. The key for all concerned is finding a way to co-parent going forward. Caroline Keeley:

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|| YOUR LOCAL TEAM When you read this, the clocks will have changed and the warm weather will have arrived. That said, I remember one year watching the first Grand Prix of the season alongside a barbecue in February and then having snow in April, so I could well be wrong. Our thoughts will no doubt be turning to holidays and I am very pleased that we are working with a local travel company, Inghams, who are based in Godalming and are wellknown for ski, lake and mountain holidays. They are promoting their summer lakes and mountain breaks in this issue, so do take a look. Coincidentally, I have booked my own walking holiday this spring to Madeira, a new destination to me which has been well recommended. I will report back!

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Don’t forget the VantagePoint Travel Show on Saturday 1st April at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming from 1pm to 4pm. It will be a good opportunity for you to talk to travel companies and operators about the many holiday opportunities now available to us all. A final plug too for the Farnham Wine Festival which takes place at the Farnham Maltings on 7th and 8th April. There will be three sessions (Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm-11pm and Saturday afternoon from 12 noon-4pm. There will be over 140 wines to taste alongside four local producers' wines, plus entertainment, music and food. Please visit to buy tickets in advance. Contact the editor:

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Jottings is your community noticeboard for local events and information, compiled by Jane Gosden. To feature here, please email us at by the copy date shown below. Please note that space is limited and inclusion cannot be guaranteed.

With the lighter evenings arriving I’m enjoying achieving more in the garden, I hope you are too. This month’s jottings are full of wonderful Easter activities for all the family as well as regular clubs, meetings, talks, exhibitions and concerts for you to join in with. We are so lucky to have such a fabulous community around us, so why not try something new this month? Childhood Eczema and its Challenges Saturday 1 April 2pm The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an Information Afternoon at the Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, GU2 7YG. Their speaker is Anne Marie Sandberg-Price, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dermatology. She will speak about both the clinical and practical difficulties faced by families whose lives are affected by eczema. Everyone is welcome to come. There is no admission charge but a raffle will be held and donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be available. For more information please call Vicky on 01483 827668 or visit Surrey Hills Enterprises Stone Carving Courses From 4th March to 8th July A fantastic new initiative to be held by multi-award winning stone carver Simon Keeley. They will be holding courses at Birtley House Estate in Bramley, Surrey on five Saturdays, taking you through the various stages of stone carving on this course.

All the dates and information can be found at the Surrey Hills website, Happiness - a play by Paul Mathews at The Nomad Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th April Things are not always black and white when it comes to love and marriage. Phillipa and Christopher are due to get married in two days’ time but a family funeral leaves Phillipa wondering whether marrying Christopher will bring her the happiness her heart desires. Find out what happens in this funny and well-written play that has many twists and turns to keep you in suspense until the end. Online bookings can be made at www. or phone 01483 284747. Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6RT. Piano Recital at Holy Trinity Church Bramley Saturday 1st April 7pm Come to a piano recital with a difference, the theme is bells! Bramley Church has six bells, which are in need of refurbishment (for the first time in over 100 years) and this concert is in support of their bells appeal. They welcome back the talented pianist Paul Guinery. Tickets at £10 are available in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street and at the door. If you wish to reserve a ticket call or email Stuart White ( 892645). Guildford Astronomical Society Stargazing Evening Saturday 1st April 7pm-10pm Here’s hoping for clear skies for this free event at Newlands Regain the use of your conservatory


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RideLondon-Surrey with Oakleaf Are you up for the challenge of a lifetime? Join the Oakleaf Team for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in 2017 and raise money for better mental health. Oakleaf has a limited number of guaranteed places available with a sponsorship target of £500 + Gift Aid. As well as the personal challenge of completing the route, participants’ involvement will also benefit good causes like Oakleaf. For more information, please visit RHS Wisley Easter Garden Detectives and Bunny Hunt Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April Hop through the garden on the trail of the Lindt gold bunny. Bring your family along for a full day of Easter fun every day and join in with arts and craft sessions. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever! Normal Garden admission applies. Visit wisley for full details. Easter Activities at Squire’s Garden Centres Monday 3rd to Thursday 13th April (weekdays only) 10am-3.30pm Hop along to Squire’s Garden Centres this Easter holidays

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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Workshop Tuesday 4th to Thursday 7th April 10am-4pm Four jam packed days of singing, dancing and acting. The workshop will be lead, as always, by a West End actor from the professional production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The cost is £150 and it is held at St Teresa’s School, Effingham, RH5 6ST. For more information please visit Scattered at G Live Guildford Tuesday 4th April Capturing the imagination with its ingenious choreography and incredible set, Scattered is a great family night out for audiences of all ages and dance experience. For more information on this event and others during April, please visit their website or call the box office on 01483 739047. Guildford Travel Club Talk: Patagonia – ‘The Last Place Man Came’ with John Harrison Tuesday 4th April John takes you on a journey to Patagonia and meets tribes who were living a hunter-gatherer existence until quite recently. The Club meets at Onslow Village Hall for illustrated T: 01483 375035

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No Ordinary Audrey Kirstie Smillie meets Audrey Filtness, owner of Farnham’s fashion boutique Ordri. Originally brought up in the midlands of Ireland, Audrey’s grandmother and mother had fashion boutiques while Audrey studied pattern cutting before landing a job with fashion designer John Rocha in Dublin. Moving to Farnham after meeting her husband, she opened her first shop because she "just couldn't find any creative clothing". Now relocated to the idyllic Upper Church Lane, a stone's throw from where she was on Downing Street, Ordri is an exciting boutique brimming with designer goodies, sneakers, candles and unique handmade jewellery.

"I am so passionate about what I do, whether it’s on the shop floor meeting customers, or out sourcing exciting brands.” The store appeals to mothers and daughters alike and is filled with affordable basics alongside hero pieces selected with customers who want something different from the high street in mind. There are 100% cashmere knits by Wyse, silks by Rixo, Custom-Made and Samsoe Samsoe and great jeans by Ida, Oui, MosMosh and Maison Scotch. Each season Audrey likes to change the brand mix around, keeping her core looks and then adding new companies for an injection of fresh ideas for her regulars.

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FASHION || “Women's shopping habits have changed as so many work from home or when at work, it’s smart casual. Some find that difficult and that’s where we come in to help combine what they have with pieces they need.” Audrey offers an appointment only service on Mondays and her next venture is to set up a small website of key pieces, as they have being selling a lot to visitors from London and Europe using their Instagram page which can be found @ordriboutique. Over the years, as the seasons have shifted, Audrey has adjusted her buying so that during the colder months, January to March, she sells cashmere and knitwear and then with in the warmer autumn months she still stocks lighter resort pieces. Clothes are displayed with just a few sizes on view, in outfit suggestions instead of blocks of all the same piece, encouraging a mix of labels to suit a modern wardrobe of all budgets. Unique gifts on offer come from Parkminster Candles, a family-run business based near Brighton, producing amazing oils and candles, the most popular named, ‘Tomato Leaf’, and SandyBay Candles from Essex who will personalise with your name and special dates. “I love supporting and buying into small cottage industries which are usually family-run. Cabbage White Jewellery is run by a local Guildford mum, hand-making gold and silver initial necklaces as well as amazing star and thunderbolt pieces.” Audrey’s aim is to create a relaxed, welcoming store full of inspiring pieces and with a beer fridge for husbands. It’s these unique touches that will keep boutiques like Ordri high on your shopping list.


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talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. Visitors welcome (£7). Door open at 7.30pm with complimentary refreshments during the interval. For further details please visit www. You Must be Stoking Comedy Club at The Stoke Pub, Wednesday 5th April 8pm Banish those mid-week blues and go along on the first Wednesday of the month to brighten your day! Line up includes: Javier Jaquin, Allyson Smith Jones, Peter Bazely and Otiz Cannellon. Tickets are £12. Held at 103 Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 4JN. Visit for more details and bookings. Shere Village Cinema Thursday 6th April 8pm ‘The Accountant’: as a math savant un-cooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. Tickets are £5 per adult. Book online at Exhibition at Ripley Museum - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years Every Saturday 10am-12.30pm until the end of April Ripley Museum has a new exhibition about this locality in the Sixties. It is largely photographs but there are some sixties artefacts including some great dresses. The exhibition is next to Ripley Village Hall, GU23 6AF. Please visit www. for details.

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD The Guildford Society Talk on The University of Law Thursday 6th April 2pm for 2.15 start Offering a series of afternoon talks during 2017, the first of which will be presented on by Dr Sarah Pooley, about the work of the University, its campus and students. This promises to be an interesting insight into one of the borough’s key educational establishments. This will be an open meeting with free entry to the general public, although donations to The Guildford Society are welcomed. The venue will be The Guildford Institute in Ward Street. Doors open at 2pm for 2.15pm start. The Guildford Institute, Guildford GU1 4LH.



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in the Woods Phil Kemp talks to Wasfi Kani about bringing opera to Surrey for everyone of all ages to enjoy in the grounds of West Horsley Place. Wasfi Kani literally couldn’t believe her luck when, within a few weeks of learning that the acclaimed Grange Park Opera she had established in Hampshire was losing its home of eighteen years, a lifeline was thrown to her by the broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne, who had just unexpectedly inherited West Horsley Place near Guildford. Wasfi is the founder of two opera companies and, not surprisingly, is absolutely passionate about opera. She is determined to not just make opera accessible to all, but to introduce youngsters to musical culture at a young age. “We have a project called Primary Robins, where we give 1,800 children in primary schools half-an-hour of singing classes every week, particularly those that don’t have any music in school and with low Key Stage Two results,” Wasfi explained, her enthusiasm showing brightly in her eyes. “You don’t need to put a massive amount of effort into getting five-year-olds loving opera. In Durham, in Nottingham, in Surrey and many other places we get them singing. That is probably the beginning – the beginning of their love of music.” 14

Wasfi was bestowed with an OBE in 2001 for her inspiring work in prisons. She founded Pimlico Opera in 1989, a touring company that works with HM prisoners to produce annual co-productions with inmates. Pimlico Opera has performed to over 55,000 members of the public in prison productions working with over 1,000 prisoners since the company’s inception. During my visit to West Horsley Place, with personal guided tour of the new opera house in-waiting with Wasfi, I was keen to find out what drives her to take on seemingly impossible projects. My quest didn’t take long. “I started the opera festival from nothing in Hampshire in 1998. The lease was nearing its end and out of the blue one of our landlords decided to terminate the lease. This was in March 2015. So, there I am thinking I’m going to have to start from square one again, when I heard that Bamber has inherited this house. He is 82 and doesn’t know what to do with it,” she explained as we stood on the lawn in front of the impressive façade of the imposing 50-room country house.

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“Bamber is what I describe as a liberal intellectual. He was saying he didn’t want it to fall down, and he wanted many people to enjoy it. So when I told him that Grange Park Opera didn’t have a home and we want to move it closer to London, he got it straight away and immediately said this would be the perfect place for an opera festival.” The house and 300-acre estate has been made over to the Mary Roxburghe Trust, in the name of Bamber’s great-aunt from whom he inherited West Horsley Place, and which will provide a performance centre and a place for the study of arts and crafts.

shape of La Scala in Milan, is being built from the ground up on the other side of an enormous orchard with its snaking crinkle crankle 18th century walls, and within sight of the grand old house. The Duchess of Roxburghe’s ashes were fittingly buried beneath the foundations of the new opera house by Bamber Gascoigne’s wife, Christina, in September. “We started the build in June last year and it’s taken us about eight months to get this far,” she said, embracing with her gesticulating hands the huge skeleton of steel and concrete towering above us. “There’s about six miles of steel and 146 piles reaching a height of 19 metres. It’s all being fabricated off-site of course and is like a big Meccano set. We have one team working on cherry pickers fed by a crane who are fixing pieces of steel together.

Standing within the steel skeleton of what Wasfi describes as ‘our theatre in the woods’ you can see the enormity of the task that has been taken on. The opera house, modelled on the four-tiered horseshoe

"The site foreman Stuart talks to the factory each day ordering what pieces he needs for tomorrow, and is working to an incredibly tight schedule. The floors are on four different levels and are all precast concrete – all designed for a quick build. We’re going to be using that stage at the beginning of May when sets will start arriving! There’s a complicated technical fit-out that has to happen, but that’s all lined up.”

Bamber is what I describe as a liberal intellectual... he got it straight away and immediately said this would be the perfect place for an opera festival

I looked at Wasfi incredulously, and then back at the enormous building site which, although a hive of activity with the build teams working in earnest (including twelve carpenters dedicated just to laying the wooden floors), is still very much a stark shell open to the elements on all sides. She responded to my jaw-dropped expression with her usual breathtaking enthusiasm.

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From left: Bamber Gascoigne and the interior of the new theatre

This was quickly dispelled by Wasfi’s inspiring description of the finished theatre. “The big question was of course how we could build it to be ready in 2017. The tight deadline because of the operas and the contracts we had already committed to, projects that started over four years ago. You’re either going to do something temporary, or we say okay we’re going to do the real thing. So we designed for a quick-build to achieve just this". Commencing in June, West Horsley Place will start their first opera season which includes Jenufa by Czech composer Leoš Janáček; Wagner’s Die Walküre; and Puccini’s Tosca. The Theatre in The Woods is also hosting an evening with the Royal Ballet’s Principal Artist Zenaidi Yanowski, who dances whilst Grange Park Opera’s patron Sir Bryn Terfel sings. Visitors will enjoy a full Grange Park Opera experience. The extensive gardens, with its ancient box hedges, will welcome audiences to enjoy champagne picnics during extended half-time intervals, under canvas if the weather dictates. Dining will also be provided in the house, with its beautiful 17th century red-brick façade hiding the 15th century expansive oak-beamed residence behind, and within in its long history has entertained within its walls the good and the great, including Henry VIII. “The Grange Park Opera House, with its orchestra pit and all those tiers seating 650 people, will not just be used as a traditional opera house. I’ve always said this is a building for many people from many walks of life. I’m not just building it for rich people,” explained Wasfi earnestly. “The thing that I’m slightly fixated on is that I think it’s very difficult for young artists, and by artists I mean singers and actors, to show their work. I’ve seen for example some wacky opera going on in a London pub, young people putting enormous effort into their show. I want to give them a real stage. So if they want to come to Surrey and put on their opera, we can ticket it for them and we can market it for them, and I don’t want to make any money in the process.” I was still subconsciously unsettled by the sight of the unfinished steel and bare concrete structure in the woods, and so close to the opening of the new opera house 16

“For the interior I was thinking of going for a standard white and creamy gold décor, until someone said to me: ‘You know, it’s in the woods, so the woods need to come into the theatre’. So, we’re going for pale green and blues with a lovely painted ceiling. There will be bunches of metal oak leaves scattered across the front of the balconies, all linked by sweeping staircases.” And the exterior, not just concrete blockwork surely? Predictably for this inspired project, far from it. “The planners wanted us to do something in keeping with the house, so the outer skin is going to be an elegant and decorative brick façade to match the ancient walls of the house and gardens.” Just before my tour ended, Wasfi was keen to re-emphasise the fact that she wants to make opera accessible to all-comers. “Britain has got this thing about opera being elitist. It’s not. You don’t need to know anything about opera. All you have to do is walk into that theatre, sit down in a seat and have a load of feelings. Whatever feelings you have are the right feelings. That is not elitist. We have also been offering tickets under our Meteor Scheme to under 35-year-olds for £35 for good seats.” And my slight confusion over exactly what the new theatre is called was also quickly put to rest. “I don’t want people to get bogged down on the idea that it’s called the Grange Park Opera House, or just Grange Park. That’s why we have this other name, with it affectionately known as The Theatre in The Woods.” Phil Kemp is a freelance writer and photographer based in Godalming. www. FIND OUT MORE For more information about the Theatre in the Woods and Grange Park Opera's 2017 programme, please visit www.

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Walking Basketball at St Peter’s School, Merrow Every Monday 7pm-8pm Walking Basketball is a low impact but great cardio exercise suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities and for both men and women. Enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a team and meet new friends. For more information email bridget@ or call 07810 122389. The first session is free and it’s a lot of fun! Guildford Music Society a Piano Recital by Paul Turner Friday 7th April 7.30pm The programme is to include Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata, Chopin “Berceuse” and Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Held at Guildford URC Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, GU2 4BS. Tickets £12 at door or Email from tic@ The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to G Live Friday 7th April. The programme of this spring concert includes Sibelius’ moving ‘Karelia Suite’ and music from Tchaikovsky’s popular ballet ‘Swan Lake’. Joining the orchestra on centre stage to perform Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto is Russian virtuoso Natasha Paremski. For more information and to book tickets call 01483 739047 or visit What’s On at Watts Gallery, Compton Various dates throughout April Something for everyone this month, from Terracotta Rabbits,

Marvellous Murals and Alice in Wonderland Easter Egg Hunt for the kids to Drawing Workshops, The Watts Pottery Course and The Watts Drawing Course for adults. In addition there are several exhibitions. Visit for more details or call 01483 810235. Jolly Fine Tuck - Pop-Up Fine Dining Supper Evenings Saturday 8th April 7pm onwards Cordon Bleu Chef Joanne Lowe – after years of offering delicious menus for family and friends has been convinced to ‘go public’ and offer her specially created supper menus at her new pop-up restaurant in Surrey. Joanne creates a whole new menu for each evening, which will always feature the absolute best of seasonal and local produce. To join Joanne for one of these exclusive evenings, tickets are available at £55pp for which you get a multi-course ‘tasting’ style menu which usually starts with canapés and Prosecco on arrival. A selection of reasonably priced wines specifically chosen to compliment the food and soft drinks will also be available to purchase. Unsurprisingly these events book out very quickly... so to ensure you don’t miss out on a ‘Jolly Fine’ evening and to find out more visit www.jollyfinetuck. com where you can view the latest menus and book your place or email: Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society Spring Concert Saturday 8th April 7.30pm The choir are presenting a varied programme with settings by Chilcott of four of ‘Aesop’s Fables’, Elgar’s ‘From the

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AppArt’s annual Easter Art Exhibition & Sculpture Trail will take place again at Priorsfield School, Godalming. AppArt is a community-wide art event which attracts visitors from all over the Home Counties to see one of the most varied collections of paintings, sculpture and other art media in the South East of England. Internationally renowned sculptor Philip Jackson is opening AppArt’s Easter Exhibition and Sculpture Trail and he is also taking part. We are delighted that we will be able to show his Venetian inspired work. The Guildford area has many aspiring artists so it ‘s not a surprise that many of them are exhibiting with AppArt. Margaret Arnold’s watercolour ‘Seale Lane’ is a typical Surrey pastoral scene. Elisabeth Carolan mixed media works are really expressive and her vivid blue picture of ‘Winter’ captures the chill and beauty of that season. Alison Harding continues this theme with her impressionistic ‘Winters Walk’. Marilyn McNie’s scene of Penryn reveals the stark beauty of a row of trees in windswept Cornwall. Fran Bunting by contrast has illustrated a typical summer scene at the beach with ‘Just Paddling’. Peter Elliot’s detailed watercolour of St Martha’s Church conveys the strength of this building perched high on the Surrey Hills. ‘Dawn Patrol’ is an attractive watercolour by Ingrid Skoglund of a farmyard walk. Surrey Sculpture Society stalwart Carol Orwin has exhibited with AppArt from the beginning and her sense of humour is revealed in the title ‘left leg out’ of a horse playing on its back. Henriette Van Der Does finely created abstract figures include ‘Couple VI’, that has smooth lines and surfaces that just asked to be touched. Her series of abstract paintings of ice landscapes are subtle as is her use of a limited colour palette. Louisa Sullivan’s glass art is appearing for the first time at AppArt and she uses it in a variety of forms. Her glass landscape ‘waters of the heart grow still’ is a clever and unusual use of this media. Naomi Beevers combines textiles and everyday objects which was very popular and amusing last year and I expect ‘Early Birds’ to be snapped up quickly. The Exhibition & Sculpture Trail will be open every day from Saturday 1st April to Easter Sunday 16th between 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and visitors will be able to view about 500 indoor exhibits and also explore the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens and see over 100 large sculptures in a tranquil and picturesque setting. For further information go to or Images from top: Early Birds by Naomi Beevers, Left leg out by Carol Orwin and Seale Lane by Margaret Arnold 22

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Easter Events There is lots going on as usual this Easter period. Here are some ideas for a good day out for all ages in the wider local area. Taking place at Birtley Estate is the annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden, running from Sunday 30th April to Sunday 4th June from 10am-5pm daily. The stunning 48 acre Birtley Estate provides the perfect venue for the eighth annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden. Featuring sculptures from across the UK, this is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey. The Loseley Spring Garden Show is on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April. It is open Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. New for this year are shepherd’s huts and summer houses and these will create an interesting spectacle at the entrance to the Show. At the far corner of the Walled Garden, the various food stands are essential to visit, as are the nearby Loseley home-grown plants. or call 01483 405119. GoFest is UK’s Family Festival of sports, dance, health and fitness and will be back at Surrey Sports

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much flora and fauna is the back ground for one of the largest collections of wild waterfowl in the country. There are over 80 species of swans, geese and ducks, many endangered, as well as rare pheasants, cranes and other exotic birds. To share in the wonders of Busbridge Lakes why not visit on one of the open days in April and May. Due to licensing laws, they are now only open for six days this year so please do go and support them. The Easter holidays herald the start of the season, with many of the wonderful local attractions in the area opening their doors for the first time this year. Our beautiful countryside and gardens are ablaze with colour from daffodils to bluebells. There is also a strong desire to consume chocolate! And to find something to amuse the children who are on a two week break from school – and then to cap it all – many places get booked up! So pop along to www. and check out the Easter Events pages to find a list of all the events taking place over the Easter weekend – and pre-book where possible. For more information and advice, contact the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333 or email


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Free Coffee Concert: A cello feast at Guildford Cathedral Thursday 20th April 11.15pm-12 noon The Cathedral welcomes the Duo Brikcius, a talented brother and sister from Prague, to play a varied programme of wonderful music for your enjoyment, with free coffee served from 10.30am. For more information visit Circle Dancing A warm welcome awaits you at your local Circle Dancing groups. Here you can relax, have fun and get some exercise doing international folk dances that are done in a circle, creating a wonderful sense of community. There is a wide range of dances from slow to fast and simple to more complex. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Lynn Frances runs classes at Pirrie Hall, Brook, St Catherine’s Hall Guildford and WI Hall Hartley Wintney. For more information please contact Lynn on 01420 474881.

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My favourite cut flowers... I'd like to introduce you to some of my favourite cut flowers; these beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers don't require any cosseting. You can sow these flowers from seed this month directly where they are to flower, so there's no messing about with potting seedlings on, and no need for a greenhouse or any special kit or equipment.

Chiltern Seeds stock Nigella damascena 'Albion Green Pod', which as its name suggests, produces white, ruffled flowers followed by green seed heads, and Nigella damascena 'Albion Black Pod', which produces white flowers followed by dark maroon-coloured seed heads. Consider growing both varieties to complement each other, although you may decide to opt for Chiltern Seeds' pack of Nigella species and forms mixed, or Nigella damascena 'Persian Jewels' mixed.





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There are so many fabulous varieties of Nigella available. I am particularly fond of Nigella damascena 'Double White', which I purchased from Sarah Raven. I have been growing this Nigella cultivar for quite a number of years now; I simply can't be without it. I enjoy the fernylooking foliage produced by Nigella damascena 'Double White', and I adore its white ruffled flowers. The flowers are followed by attractive green seed heads, which increase in size as they develop towards maturity. The seed heads look wonderful in a vase and dry well too, but don't cut them all - leave some to self-seed for next year.


Lagurus ovatus 'Bunny Tails' is a super-hardy annual to grow; happiest when sown directly onto sandy soil, this lovely grass produces soft, silky panicles, which are green at first and fade to cream as they age. These pretty panicles, which resemble cute bunny tails, are easily dried and last indefinitely.


Chiltern Seeds stock every colour of Centaurea cyanus, also known as cornflowers, from white to darkest maroon, pink, purple, and of course every shade of blue. Ideal for poorer soils, cornflowers will flower from June to September if you pick the flowers regularly. Also favouring slightly poorer soils, Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden' is a delightful, single flowered Gypsophila that can be sown directly during April and May. Sunflowers are real bringers of joy! Available in a range of colours and sizes, including dwarf varieties for containers, the tallest strains for world record attempts, and multiheaded varieties for cut flowers, you can sow every type of sunflower this month. Scabiosa atropurpurea produces large flower heads in colours from almost black, purple, pink, red, blue, and white. Sow directly from the end of April and throughout May. Dahlias produce fantastic cut flowers. Whatever your favourite dahlia, you can plant their tubers outside from the middle of April onwards. Since I first saw Dahlia 'Café-auLait', I was smitten with its sumptuous, creamy peach-coloured blooms. However this lovely Dahlia is rather shy at flowering, only producing flowers sparsely and on occasion, so if you're short on space and want to grow an abundance of blooms, opt for another more floriferous dahlia. I am head over heels in love with Dahlia 'Classic Rosamunde' which produces utterly charming, semi-double pink flowers all through the summer until the first frosts. My Dahlia 'Classic Rosamunde' plants are always much admired for their dark bronze coloured foliage and beautiful rose pink blooms, which are so popular with butterflies and bees. Another of my firm favourites is Dahlia 'April Heather', a fabulous collarette type dahlia, which features soft yellow petals bathed in blush pink - it's a real delight. Images from top: Cornflowers; Dahlia 'Classic Rosamunde'; Nigella damascena 'Double White'; and a sunflower.

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<34 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 20th April 10.45am Enjoy a mystery but looking for a different twist? Then please join them, in Shalford Village Hall, for their next lecture, by Leslie Primo, entitled “The Wilton Diptych” and explore the hidden meaning of this painting and what it says about England at the turn of the 15th Century. Refreshments are available from 9.30am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Contact the Membership Secretary on 01483 423090 or visit their website at


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The 2017 Guildford in Bloom Schools Gardening Competition Open to all schools in the Borough of Guildford. This year the theme is ‘The seaside’. They are looking for imaginatively themed gardens or novel containers. Why not pay a visit to the coast for some inspiration. The aim is for you to enjoy yourselves and have fun. Send your name and contact details to and start planning your garden ready for judging in June. Closing Date is the 26th May. For more information visit, email parks@ or telephone 01483 444715. Regency Dinner and Pride and Prejudice Film Screening at The Lightbox Woking Friday 21st April 7pm 2017 marks not only the 10th anniversary of The Lightbox, but also the 200th anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest literary minds, Jane Austen. Guests will be invited to sample several dishes from the banquet table. After dinner, guests will round of the themed evening with a screening of the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice. Every guest will leave with a Regency-inspired goody bag filled with a Jane Austen novel, Regency recipes and other literary goodies. Tickets are £49 for Adults. For bookings visit or call 01483 737800. The Unattached Group (TUG) Spring Activities The Unattached Group (TUG) is a Surrey based group of about 70 single professional people aged 49 - 69 who enjoy times together including informal weekly pub meets as well as meals out, theatre and cinema trips, walks, quizzes, bridge, opera and book clubs. New members are most welcome. For more details go to www. or call Maggie on 07855 008897. The Hundred Watt Club – Burlesque and Cabaret Saturday 22nd April 8pm Join Hundred Watt Club and Guildford Fringe Theatre Company for an evening of vintage inspired glamour, laughs and wild abandon! Glamorous, red carpet and vintage attire for both men and women encouraged but not enforced! Over 18s only. Held at the The Electric theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford. Tickets are £15.00. Visit www. for details. April 2017

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<37 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Horsley Decorate and Fine Arts Society Horsley DFAS in East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, KT24 6QT at 10.30am (coffee available 9.45am-10.15am). Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. For more information and the full programme phone 01372 451015 or visit their website: Guildford Rambling Club’s Walks Programme for April From Sunday 23rd and 30th April 10am Visitors are welcome on all of these walks unless otherwise stated. For details of the 10 mile circular walk from Stubbington Down on 23rd April, call Dick on 07516 407936. For the 10 plus mile circular walk from Ewhurst on 30th April, call Steve on 07957 803912. For full details visit New Gospel Choir Meetings in Farncombe Every other Friday at 1pm Started by Guildford Parkinson’s Support Group, local people with Parkinson’s in and around Guildford, as well as their partners or carers, can now enjoy the health and social benefits of joining a new Gospel choir set up just for them. The choir meets at Binscombe Church, Barnes Road, Farncombe. For more information contact Linda Macbeth on 01483 532942 or email her on Shere Village Cinema Sunday 23rd April 8pm I, Daniel Blake – A middle aged carpenter who requires state


welfare after suffering a heart attack is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. Tickets £5 . Book online at Horsley Choral Society’s New Season Starting on Monday 24th April New members of all voice parts are very welcome to go along for a free taster rehearsal, held at St Martin’s Church, East Horsley (as will rehearsals on 1st and 29th May). All other rehearsals will be at East Horsley Village Hall. The choir will be rehearsing for their summer concert ‘An Evening with Mozart’ to be held at St John’s School, Leatherhead on 10th June, Please visit for information on concerts and also how to join. Guildford Travel Club Talk: ‘Secret Serbia’ with Janet Parsons Tuesday 25th April 8pm-10pm Janet explores the monasteries, historic towns and beautiful landscape of Serbia. The Club meets at Onslow Village Hall for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. This talk will follow a short AGM. Visitors welcome (£7), Door open at 7.30pm with complimentary refreshments during the interval. For further details please visit www. Fitness Challenges Fund Hospice Care If you’re looking for a new challenge this year, then look no

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Bridge Afternoon at Bramley Infant School Thursday 27th April 2.15pm to 5.15pm A delicious tea will be served during the afternoon with a variety of sandwiches and cakes. There will also be a raffle with goodies to be won. The cost of a table (4 people) is £40. To reserve places and for more information, please call 01483 239375 or email

West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society ‘Trumpets Galore’ Lecture Tuesday 25th April 10.30am Trumpet player, Crispian Steele-Perkins, will talk about the history of the trumpet and its development through various stages of mechanisation. Instruments from Crispian’s collection will be shown and played. Meeting in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee. The lecture starts at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. For details please visit or by calling 01483 272332.

Spring Craft Fair at RHS Wisley 27th April to 1st May Over 170 exhibitors will offer the chance to buy direct from the best artists and makers in the UK and enjoy the beautiful and inspiring setting of the garden in spring. See all that shines at the Festival of Silver, a collection of some of the finest contemporary British silversmithing created by established and up-and-coming UK silversmiths in the Glasshouse Gallery. Normal Garden admission applies. Visit for full details.

Colts Cricket Training at Milford Cricket Club Every Tuesday Evening from 25th April 6pm and 7.20pm For any youngsters interested in playing cricket (from 8 to 16 years) Milford Cricket Club would love to meet you. If you would like to find out more or have any questions contact Mike Payne, Club Chairman on 07712 658245 or visit for full details.

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Spring Lamb

For me, spring roast lamb is probably my favourite Sunday lunch. Simon Hopkinson is also my favourite food writer. His book Roast Chicken and Other Stories was voted the most useful cookery book of all time by fellow chefs, restaurateurs and writers. Simon Hopkinson pairs his lamb with Gratin de Jabron by Shaun Hill, who runs the Michelin starred Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny. The perfect accompaniment is French peas, so easy and much better than plainly boiled ones! SR

Roast Leg of Lamb Ingredients: 1.8kg leg of lamb 2 x 50g tins anchovies A small bunch of rosemary 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced lengthways into three 75g butter, softened black pepper 1/2 bottle white wine Juice of 1 lemon and a bunch of watercress, to garnish Serves 4-6

Method: Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7. With a small sharp knife, make about 12 incisions 5cm deep in the fleshy side of the joint. Insert a piece of garlic, half an anchovy and a small sprig of rosemary into each incision. Push all of them right in with your little finger. Cream the butter with any remaining anchovies and smear it all over the surface of the meat. Grind over plenty of black pepper. Place the lamb in a roasting tin and pour the wine around. Tuck in any leftover sprigs of rosemary and pour over the lemon juice. Put in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 180C/Gas 4 and roast the lamb for a further hour, or slightly April 2017

more, depending on how you like your meat. Baste from time to time with the winey juices. Take the meat out of the oven and leave to rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes before carving. Taste the juices and see if any salt is necessary it shouldn't be, because of the anchovies. During roasting, the wine should have reduced and mingled with the meat juices and anchovy butter to make a delicious gravy. If it's too thin, a quick bubble on the hob should improve the consistency.


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Gratin de Jabron A version of gratin dauphinoise. It has two advantages over the standard method. First, preboiling the potatoes in their jackets means that there will be a potato flavour to the finished dish as well as a creamy texture.

Ingredients: 1kg maris piper potatoes 150g unsalted butter 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed salt and freshly ground white pepper 200ml milk 300ml whipping cream Serves 4-6

Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Wash and sort the potatoes. They need to be steamed in their skins, so it helps if they are about the same size. Steam until they are only just cooked, so they are still slightly firm in the middle. Melt, but do not brown, the butter with the crushed garlic in a saucepan. Mix together the cream and the milk. When the butter has melted, scoop out the garlic pieces and spread them around the bottom

of your baking dish so they form a buttery garlicky base layer. Peel then slice the potatoes and lay them into the baking dish. Generously season with salt and pepper and spoon over the remaining melted butter, then pour over the milk and cream. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

Petit pois à la française Ingredients:


100g butter 1 large cos lettuce 6 spring onions, white part only, thickly sliced 500g frozen peas Salt and freshly ground white pepper Several mint leaves, chopped

Slice up the spring onions sauté them gently in the butter. Cut the lettuce into shreds and add them to the spring onions. Add the peas and mix together.

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Season and then add just a small cup of water so the peas just braise with the lettuce and onions. Cook for just 5-10 minutes until cooked to your liking, add the fresh mint leaves and then serve.


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Grange Park Opera Various dates throughout the summer The inaugural season at the Theatre in the Woods opens 8th June 2017 but the first night is sold out. With productions of ‘Tosca’, featuring Joseph Calleja, Die Walküre and Jenufa, plus an evening with Bryn Terfel and Zenaida Yanowsky, Principal Artist with the Royal Ballet, it will be a very special summer. Booking is now open and you can see the 2017 season brochure, which includes a booking form, for dates, ticket prices and a seating plan at www.grangeparkopera. The Horsley & Clandon Society of Arts Talks Wednesday, 28th April at 8pm The Society has a double bill this month, with two guest speakers: Julian Pooley from Surrey History Centre giving a talk on Gertrude Jekyll and David Williams on History of photography from 400BC to the Box Brownie. Held in the East Horsley Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome (£4). Refreshments are available and there is ample parking. For further information contact Mrs Robyn Cormack (Secretary) on 01483 224063. Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Book a talk about their life-saving work The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book Wood_Layout 16:05 Page 1 aPilgrim talk (free of charge) to 1find14/10/2013 out more about their work. By inviting one of their volunteer speakers to your group,


you will be helping to raise awareness of their work and therefore ensuring they can be there for those who need it, now and in the future. For more information or to book a talk, please contact us on 01622 833833 or email talks@ Picnic on the Pitch at Godalming Town Football Club Saturday 29th April 11am-4pm Fun for all the family. Bring your blanket, relax on the grass and enjoy a picnic whilst being entertained by some local music. Activities include fun activity inflatables, facepainters, tombola and a variety of stalls to help raise some money for Shooting Star Chase. Tickets are £20 on the door (under 14’s go free) or £15 if you book your tickets online at Mole Valley Ramblers Spring Walk Festival Saturday 29th April to Sunday 7th May Their Group are holding nine days of walking with two or more walks every day, aiming to encourage all ages to join in and experience the Surrey countryside and exercise for healthy living. There’s something for everyone. Detailed information for each individual walk will be published on the Mole Valley Ramblers website, www.molevalleyramblers. Cats Protection Guildford and Godalming Branch. Saturday 29th April Your support would be most welcome at St. John’s Spring

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Craft in Focus There is lots going on as usual this Easter period. Here are some ideas for a good day out for all ages in the wider local area. Craft In Focus is delighted to be returning to RHS Garden Wisley this Spring to be staging its annual contemporary craft and design fair within the Garden. This has become one of the most popular contemporary craft events in the UK and is an event not to be missed! Craft In Focus has always been at the forefront of promoting the best of the UK’s designer makers and their events have been placed above all other shows of their kind by The Independent. The event at Wisley showcases some of the finest contemporary craftmakers in various disciplines all of whom have been selected to exhibit at this event. Visitors will be able to see and purchase fine art, furniture, interior accessories, textiles, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, sculpture and garden furniture. Craft In Focus events offer the public a calibre of exhibitor not always seen at other craft fairs and, once again at Wisley, visitors will be able to

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Chanctonbury and Steyning: A Ring with a View This walk takes you along a stretch of the South Downs with fine views all round and, after a visit to a lovely small country town, along a lower route full of interest and back over the Downs again. The going is easy over the chalk downs but you may encounter mud on the lower paths in the wetter seasons, when ankle boots are an advantage. The walk has two parts: a high road, with fine views, and a contrasting low road with many beautiful points of interest. Both towns offer good opportunities for refreshment. For full instructions, and bigger maps, please visit

The walk 1. Go past the metal barrier at the end of the car right at the tree line. Follow this flinty path, walking park, signposted South Downs Way, on a flinty path beside a wood on your left. After 400m, you reach a uphill. At the top, at a fingerpost ignore a footpath fork by a post with blue arrows. left and, 20m later, ignore a cinder farm track right. 4. Take the right-hand fork, slightly uphill. The path Just after a gas relay station on your left, ignore a goes between concrete posts by a field on the right marked bridleway by a gate on the left and continue and enters woodland. Just 15m into the woodland, on the track. After 50m, leave the track by forking fork left on a long path downhill through the wood, left on a signed path and going through a wooden avoiding bike paths on your left. After 250m, the gate, soon passing chalk earthworks on your right. path comes to a junction where you can see over to Close by in the valley is Washington village. Rock your right a waymarker post and a wooden swing Mill (now sailless) can be seen just to the right gate. Turn right to the gate and go pointleft yourthrough feet a newThe path path of a sand quarry. Built in 1823, it appears on the it (or through the wide gap on itsonleft). village’s shield and was lived in by the composer leads down and emerges from the woods by a new John Ireland. Keep straight ahead on a steep chalky wooden swing gate,&with firstDowns view of Steyning Chanctonbury, Steyning theyour South path uphill and go through a wooden gate atAthe below. After 250m of open hillside, your path goes Ring with a View top. Keep in the same general direction up the through a wooden swing gate into woods. Keep Distance: 12½ km=8 miles easy-to-moderate walking grassy slope. You have a fine view to the left Region: over West right on a narrow but straight path. It takes you Sussex Date written: 5-aug-2010 the Weald to the North Downs. As you ascend,Author: the Hautboy through a small wooden gate on a12-oct-2016 straight route Last update: sea comes into view, near the big town of Worthing. between hedges and later an unneeded wooden Refreshments: Steyning, Washington At the other side, at the highest point on the grass, gate a trackhopefully by some allotments. On Maps: Explorer 121leading (Arundel) &onto 122 (Steyning) not needed Problems, We depend on your feedback: go over a low bank to the Dew Pond in its ring of changes? reaching a road, keep straight ahead and, just Public rights are restricted to printing, copying or distributing this document exactly as hawthorn. after it bends right, turn left through a barrier seen here, complete and without any cutting or editing. See Principles on main webpage. 2. Turn right away from the pond and go through down to the main street of Steyning, opposite the High hills, views, village, country town, woodland a wooden gate by an information tablet. Turn Dolls House Shop. At the time of writing this shop Brief also does “psychic readings on Fridays”. The walk left on the track, beside a cattle grid, headingIn for the Chanctonbury Ring. It is better to shiftThis left willyou continue leftoffrom here, but cannot come walk takes along a stretch the South Downs withyou fine views all round and, without after a visit to a lovely small country alongtown. a lower route up the grassy bank and walk on a parallel grassy first seeing sometown, of the of interest and back over the Downs again. The going is easy over the ridge which has views on both sides, headingfull for 5. After your visit, return westwards along the High chalk downs but you may encounter mud on the lower paths in the wetter the left-hand side of the Ring. On reachingseasons, the when Street, pastarethe Dolls House on your right. ankle boots an advantage. The walk Shop has two parts: a high road, Where with fine views, a contrasting lowright, road with many beautiful Chanctonbury Ring, you can walk on a clockwise the and street bends leave it by keeping Both towns offer good opportunities for refreshment. To circular course to obtain an overall view ofpoints theof interest. straight ahead on Mouse Lane, a name that seems enquire at the Frankland Arms, ring 01903-892220. In Steyning the choice ancient earthworks. Continue from the Ring onis the so appropriate for the small cottages that occupy wide. wide track, part of the South Downs Way (SDW), thepreviously lane. the In eastern only 100m, just 20 past the mile lastwalk thatched This walk was part of a longer km=12½ Thisgo longer walk is now available big zipper by in 10m, heading past a cylindrical tank, then through a taking gatein Sullington. cottage, diagonally left onasaa track and, combining itfork with the walkon Sullington, Chantry & the South Downs. Zip by a cattle grid. In ½ km, at a 4-way junction, keep right a hidden narrow footpath, going over a points are indicated in the guides. straight ahead. stile and into a meadow of wild grass. (If overgrown, The walk begins at the Washington car park. The nearest postcode is 3. In another ½ km or so, a track joins from the right. on120. the turn rightthe after RH20 4AZ, continue grid ref TQ 119 Buttrack careful and ! It is best to ignore satnava metal After 400m, at the end of a meadow on the left,foratthealast mile gate.) path another as it The might lead youmeets to the wrong car park. path For full from details the left see at the end of this text ( Getting There).a An alternative start new 3-way fingerpost, turn left on a path between and continues beside ribbon fence. At the end, (preferred by many walkers) is Steyning (postcode BN44 3YB), where wire fences, thus leaving the SDW. Your path turns go over stile and fork on narrow footpath, there is parking near theachurch. 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ignoring the wide stony track right. The path goes down steps and meets a crossing track. Continue straight over. 6. Go up steps and along the right-hand side of a field. The Chanctonbury Ring is visible ahead to the left. In 500m, at the end of the field, turn right through a metal gate and left on the lane. (Some walkers stay in the field on an unofficial path.) Where the lane starts to curve right under trees, turn left at a fingerpost and right along the field edge again. Go left at the field corner and, in 30m, turn right through trees, over a stream, over a stile and into a cereal field. Keep to the path as it curves right and left over a stile onto a wide enclosed path. On your right, foliage permitting, Wiston House with its grey clad walls and fine conservatory comes into view. The route continues to a tarmac drive where it turns left and under a fancy steel bridge linking some grounds of the House. Where the drive bends right, keep straight on over through a metal gate next to a (broken) stile. After 500m, continue over a concrete stile (or via a metal gate) through the farmyard of Great Barn Farm, soon passing some tumbledown sheds. Leave the farm via some (open) double metal gates at a T-junction and follow the track right and immediately left on another track. 7. The track runs beside some cottages by a large metal gate and in 250m becomes a muddy woodland track [2016: going round a fallen tree]. In 400m, you pass through an open metal gate, passing an old rusty shed. Ignore a track on the left that goes uphill and follow the main track gently downhill [2016: under a leaning branch]. The path narrows and zig-zags left-right through some deep woods, going through one more gate and passing lesser side paths. Follow the main path gradually downhill through handsome beechwoods and finally through a large metal gate at the corner of a sheep meadow. Go right through a wooden gate and cross the crop field diagonally, aiming for a stile visible in a fence on the left of a line of trees ahead. Once over the stile, continue in the same direction to the edge of a large pasture and bear left on a track along the perimeter. Go through a gate in the corner and keep ahead similarly. Half

way along this second pasture, just after some farm buildings on the right, turn right over a stile. (If you want to reduce the number of stiles, you can simply continue straight on to the road and turn right.) Traverse a small meadow, go over a stile and bear left. Go over another stile, across a drive to an enclosed, rather overgrown, path, over a stile and a wooden bridge across a stream. Finally go across a small meadow and over the last stile to the road opposite the Frankland Arms in Washington. 8. Turn left on the road. Continue past The Street on your right and ignore footpaths on the left. Just after Meadowlea, fork left on a concrete drive which winds gently uphill and eventually bends left. Turn sharp right at a marker post on another drive. Follow the drive to the end where, on the left is the car park where the walk began.

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The Guildford Institute This year sees the 125th anniversary of the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford. Originally founded as a Mechanics Institute by local tradesmen who were keen to promote learning, it offered classes for those wishing to learn new skills. Today, the Guildford Institute continues to be part of the rich social heritage of the town, promoting lifelong learning 125 years later with a full range of adult education courses. These range from art history, drawing and painting, creative writing, and photography to languages. This year has seen new courses in yoga, family history, sushi-making and furniture painting. In addition to the course programme, expert speakers lecture on a range of topics on Wednesday afternoons. Highlights in this summer’s programme will include Guildford pubs and breweries, nutrition and the history of the theatre in Guildford. All talks are free but those wishing to attend must book a place as seats are limited. For those wanting to explore new places, the institute runs several trips per year to historic houses, museums and galleries. Attendees benefit from access to private specialist tours and discounted entry fees. Trips to the Royal Albert Hall and London Oratory, Penshurst Place, Jane Austen’s House and the Watercress Line are planned for this summer. The Guildford Institute’s library and historic archive, which has been in the same room since 1892, is open to all. Delicious home-cooked vegetarian lunches are served Monday to Saturday from 12 noon-2pm in Guildford’s only vegetarian and vegan restaurant, The Beano. A balloon race will see the start to the 125th Anniversary celebrations. On Saturday 22nd April members of the public are invited to visit the Guildford Institute’s stand in the High Street; enjoy some birthday cake, make a donation and launch a balloon. Prizes will be awarded for the furthest travelled balloons. In the afternoon, members of the Guildford Institute will attend an afternoon tea party where the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Nigel Manning, will be joining the celebrations and releasing further birthday balloons. Proceeds will go towards the continuing building restoration and further expansion of the activities programme. On Friday 12th May, the Guildford Institute will be collaborating with local schools and hosting a celebratory concert of piano music. A number of talented young musicians will be performing on the institute’s 125-year-old Bechstein grand piano. Tickets can be purchased for £12 from The Guildford Institute. April 2017

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Thursday 2nd November will see Terence Patrick (trustee and former Mayor of Guildford) and Matthew Alexander (local historian and former curator of the Guildford Museum) explore Guildford’s past in pictures, in their talk ‘Grandad’s Guildford’. Terence will share stories of his family history and grandfather and great grandfather’s involvement with the institute. The year’s celebrations will be concluded at the Institute’s AGM on Saturday 11th November. Objects, photographs and newspapers that have been collected throughout the year will be sealed in a time capsule to be stored in the institute’s historic archive, to be opened and added to every 25 years, ensuring those in the future can look back on our lives today and discover the Guildford Institute’s fascinating history. FIND OUT MORE For more information on The Guildford Institute’s 125th Anniversary events, courses, talks, and visits, visit their website at or call 01483 562142

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Guildford Walking for Health additional walks From Wednesday 3rd May An early evening walk at 6.30pm from the Jolly Farmer pub (GU3 3RN). From the end of March 2-3 hour walks on either a Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Write to Guildfordwfh@ to get the programme of longer walks & reserve your place.

Songs of Praise Saturday 6th May Held at West Horsley Methodist Church, this will be an evening of singing well known favourite hymns with a break for refreshments. Please Phone 01483 282474 for details or request a hymn.

The Herald Players in ‘Sideshow Bard’ Guildford Wednesday 3rd May to Saturday 6th May 8pm ‘Sideshow Bard’ is their new production featuring a mix of seven scenes from Shakespeare ranging from comedic jest to dark tragedy. An ensemble of eight actors, playing 44 characters in one show. At the Back Room of The Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3TY. Tickets £12.50 can be booked from Last Night of the Spring Proms at Glive Guildford Saturday 6th May 7.30pm All the fun of the Last Night of the Proms comes to G Live with this charity concert promoted by Guildford Lions on behalf of Shooting Star Chase. There’ll be music by Rossini and Bizet, opera choruses by Verdi and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No 5; and plenty of opportunity

Guildford Rambling Club Walks during May Sunday 7th and 14th May On May 7th there will be an 8.5 mile circular walk from Bushy Park, led by Sally B who is contactable on 01306 885976. And on the 14th May there will be an 8 mile circular walk from Boldermere, Wisley. David A on 07922 189114 is the contact for that one. Full details on these walks and more can be found at www. Surrey Care Trust Charity Golf Open at Merrist Wood Golf Club in Guildford Friday 12th May from 8am Entry for teams of four costs £200, which includes coffee or tea and a bacon roll on arrival plus a two course meal. Every penny we raise will support the trust. To book call Hannah Gilmour on 07748 963617 or email events@ Furniture Painting Class for Beginners at The Guildford Institute 6th and 13th May 10.30am to 3pm Do you own some furniture that could do with some love and a lick of paint? All materials are included in the cost of the course. For more information or to book, please call 01483 562142 or email Alternatively visit Kellys Cycle Challenge at Alice Holt Sunday 14th May 25, 54 and 74 mile cycle challenges on quiet country roads.

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WIN TICKETS TO THE INVESTEC INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 Win a pair of tickets to a true piano extravaganza with two world class pianists and two Steinways at the Investec International Music Festival 2017. Wu Qian and Juho Pohjonen, both Lincoln Centre Music prize winners, will deliver an exciting and contrasting programme which will include Schubert’s Fantasie in F Minor, arguably his most important work; Gershwin’s jazz influenced ‘An American in Paris’; plus the thrills and trills of Suite No 2 from the brilliant Russian composer Arensky. Not to be missed! The first three names to be drawn after the closing date will each win a pair of tickets to the concert which takes place on Saturday 6th May 2016 at the Anniversary Hall, St Catherine’s, Bramley from 7.30pm. See for full programme details For your chance to win one of four pairs of tickets, simply answer this simple question: Q: What prize did Wu Quian win? Please enter online at by 30th April 2017. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine, Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering. You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties. The prizes are non-transferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU, KT and RH postcode.

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Shalford - ÂŁ795,000 Rarely available, a single storey property tucked away close to Shalford centre. Lovely living room with adjoining garden room overlooking the charming well stocked sunny garden. Impressive dining hall and kitchen with vaulted breakfast area. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Shalford - ÂŁ595,000 A quite wonderful position fronting directly onto and overlooking Shalford Common. Extended ground floor accommodation providing 3 distinct reception areas plus a kitchen and cloakroom. 2 double bedrooms and bathroom. South facing garden.

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