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Guildford & Villages • August 2016

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financial services, credit, trust and tax. TWM have brought these together to provide a Bank of Mum and Dad service. Whether or not we undertake a client’s conveyancing, we can advise on the most appropriate way to protect these funds - either as an asset backed loan, an ownership interest in the property, or a simple unsecured loan agreement. It is also important (and one reason why it is critical to get any lending documentation prepared by a specialist) that the appropriate clauses are included to ensure no parameters are breached with the Financial Conduct Authority, who regulate lending to home owners. It is better to be explicit in addressing these and other concerns than leave it to chance and evidence. Our advice doesn’t just look at structuring when the loan or investment is made, but also if it needs to be recovered. It is rare for the Bank of Mum and Dad to do this with their child, but when a third party (like the main lender, or another creditor) gets involved, it is critical to ensure that Mum and Dad’s priority is preserved. Julian Sampson: julian.sampson@twmsolicitors.com

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August is always a quiet month. Family holidays are the name of the game and I have to say that we are no exception. If you’re not going away there is still a lot to do. If you want some help, take a look at our main feature this month to give you some great ideas. When the sun shines, there are few nicer places to be than dear old England. Whatever you get up to, have a great month. Muse of Fire Exhibition Saturday 30th July to Thursday 4th September This exhibition, held In Guildford House Gallery, charts the first 10 years of the highly successful and award winning Guildford Shakespeare Company. On display will be costumes, props, stage designs, puppets and photos used in past GSC productions. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.45pm, Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Oh, by the way, apparently, the title comes from the opening lines of Shakespeare’s Henry V, but of course you knew that! Entry to the exhibition is free. Rocket Science To Wednesday 31st August The RHS teamed up with the UK Space Agency to send 2kg of rocket seeds to the International Space Station for the Rocket Science project. These seeds have returned to Earth and been distributed to 10,000 schools across the country, so that children can carry out their own experiments to discover the effects of space travel on food production. Launching this summer will be a free activity every weekday including gardening, music, and arts and crafts linked to the mission. Look out for rocketfilled dishes at Taste of Wisley cafés and the Food Hall, or pick up star and rocket cookies for your picnic. Take your family along for a full day of fun every day of the

holidays. Activities every day, some bookable in advance; visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley for what’s on when. Normal garden admission applies. RHS Wisley Lots more on at RHS Wisley this August. Flavoursome Fridays is every Friday to 2nd September inclusive - try a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables and pick up some tips on cultivation from the RHS team. Birds of Prey is on 6th and 7th August - meet wonderful birds of prey up close and learn all about them during this weekend. Watch the birds in agility displays at 11am and 2pm each day. Normal garden admission applies. Finally, there is a Bat Walk on 25th August. Discover the secret world of bats at sunset, in a walk organised by the Surrey Bat Group. Price for RHS members and non-members: Adults £9 and £5 per child. Book on 020 3176 5830. More at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. August Staycation - Cranleigh Arts Centre Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 13th August 9am to 3pm Who needs a vacation when you can have a staycation! There’s plenty of fun to be had at Cranleigh Arts Centre during the summer holidays. Just as an example, there’s a Youth Theatre Workshop with Guildford Shakespeare Company for ages 7 – 11. Children can take part in a variety of theatre workshops run by a practitioner from the prestigious Guildford Shakespeare Company. COWPARADE COMES TO SURREY! JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2016 The World’s Largest Public Art Event

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Jeans made easy After many years of working with clients and their wardrobes, Kirstie has found jeans are pretty much top of the list of tricky! Some of the comments I received after the workshop:

I probably wear my jeans seventy-five percent of the time by default, picking them up to wear with a shirt or smarter jacket as my go to ‘easy peasy’ look. I’m comfortable and feel at home in this look (even though it’s not always easy, being pear shaped). I started my Jeans Workshops earlier in the year to make the process of trying on jeans as easy as possible. It is a session to try on High Street and designer brands, both low and high prices to get an idea of the difference in quality and fit. Is it worth spending Add a tailored jacket for stronger shoulders, above or as Rosie Hun£100 or just as good with a £30 pair? From experience I know the only answer is to try on and see. There have been numerous articles on denim this year and when someone raves about a certain brand, I know that it may have been a perfect fit on that person but not on everyone. In essence there are no short cuts, just try on as many different brands as you can before you decide.

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‘It was relaxed and great fun, and I got fabulous jeans out of it too. Definitely recommend it for anyone who needs help finding the right thing or is simply short of time to trawl through the millions of options out there!”

Jeans Questionnaire I would love to know more from you about your relationship with Jeans: • How often a week do you wear jeans? • What are your main issues with finding a great pair? • Have you found a successful brand for your body shape? • How much are you happy to pay? • Do you find the sizing tricky?

“muffin top and around the sides” “…jeans with a huge amount of Lycra, as I feel constricted” “baggy bum after few wearings” “too skinny jeans highlight my lower legs”.

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“It was good to try on some new styles and helpful to have tops and jackets to style the jeans with.”

Please see below for the workshops I will be holding in September.

I like to find out fit issues and problem areas before we start; here are some examples:

So with these comments in mind before my sessions begin, I collect jeans from a mixture of sizes from a selection of brands. I choose a collection of t-shirts, shirts and jackets to offer easy wearable layers to keep casual or to dress up for smart casual. I also include inspiring accessories to finish off the look and get the proportions right.

“I really enjoyed the chance to try on different styles and makes all in one place and try things I wouldn’t necessarily pick out. Your approach of gentle guidance was perfect.”

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FASHION White tops it A white shirt suits the jeans look, but play with proportions. Oversized with skinny, shown by actress, Olivia Palermo. Cropped with high waisted. Or classic button up with a wider ankle length, shown by creative, Linda V Wright.

Add a heel Its fun to work the boy girl look with a heel or wedge. Roll up slim legs to show an ankle with a heel. If you dare to flare, wear high wedges for flattering proportions. Boyfriend jeans look best with a feminine heel for a smart casual look, but trainers rule for everyday.

Colour addition The neutral shades of denim can take a colour. Add a bright shoe for one area of impact. Look out for the new trend of embroidery and patches (or add your own) Add a bright scarf to lift muted tones

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How’s your summer going? Got a spreadsheet of activities planned or are the long lazy days stretching out in front of you starting to worry you yet? Laura Sands is here to help... It’s OK. They freaked me out as well. The incredible potential of the summer holidays that we all felt as children have a different tone when you’re a parent. Another four or five weeks of children lolling around your house, eating through your cupboards like a hoard of locusts, creating mess and claiming they’re bored is, shall we say challenging for us parents. And if you’re helping out other parents who are working over the summer months – either as a grandparent or family friend – then you feel the pressure even more. However, the lovely folk at VantagePoint magazine asked me to do some research on things to keep the nippers occupied over the coming weeks. There’s so much to do in this part of the world; we really are blessed. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the idea that you have to travel into London or head down to the coast to have a good day out. That just isn’t the case. But before we go any further – metaphorically or otherwise, here are the three must-dos for a successful day out with kids. 1. Take your own lunch. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate picnic. Sandwiches, fruit and some refillable bottles of water will do the job. You save time queuing up for expensive and possibly mediocre food that the 14

kids probably won’t eat anyway. And even better, you can eat when you want – sandwiches at 10.45 anyone? 2. As well as sun cream and sun hats, bring spare clothes, a damp facecloth in a small plastic bag and a towel. No matter where we go, one of my kids manages to get soaked through, covered in mud or something unspeakable, so the towel and spare outfit are always useful. And somehow a damp facecloth seems able to do the job of 20 wet-wipes when it comes to cleaning up muddy legs or sticky fingers. 3. Remind yourself of what to do in the event of a wasp or bee sting. Don’t let the little blighters ruin your day out. Plasters, antiseptic cream and an insect sting cream are day out essentials. So, onto the things to do. Because this time of year can get expensive (ice lollies don’t grow on trees after all), I’ve grouped the ideas into a spread of No-Cost, LowCost and Big Day Out ideas. I’ve tried to leave out the more obvious attractions and focus on things you’ve perhaps not done before or haven’t considered.

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of getting filthy dirty and spending lots of time outside. So get dressed in your oldest clothes, and head for the nearest wood, common or stream. If you have young children, then they’ll love recreating the children’s rhyme ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’. Or why not see if you can find a Gruffalo in your local woods? Older children will be fascinated and educated by a morning of Geocaching or wildlife spotting. Find out more about Geocaching on www.geocaching.com, and download a wildlife spotting app or dig out a book to help with learning more about our beautiful countryside. Summer holidays are made for den building, pooh sticks, cloud watching, wild swimming, flying a kite and messing about in the woods… embrace this beautiful part of the world in which we live and help your children appreciate it as well. Pass older children an Ordnance Survey map or get them onto Google maps so they can research places to visit. You may well find they come up with some completely new ideas. Good places to head to include Witley Common, the Frensham ponds, the area around Leith Hill, and the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Left: Box Hill by John Millar. Top: Building a den. Above: Claremont Landscape Garden by John Millar. Images courtesy of the National Trust.

For a slight change to the ordinary, download the Surrey Cow Parade app (www.cowparadesurreyhills. com), and set yourselves a challenge of visiting as many of the intriguingly decorated cows that are placed around the Surrey Hills as you can. You’ll visit new places, be inspired by the diversity of art on show and learn about the causes being supported by this fun initiative. Perfect for a free activity! If the weather’s less than kind, then reacquaint yourselves with your local library, museum or heritage trails. There are local museums in most towns across the area. Guildford, Haslemere, Dorking, Farnham , Midhurst and Godalming all have a museum where you can learn more about our local history. Most have holiday activities planned, so look up what’s on and take your pick. Check out www.surreymuseums. org.uk and www.sussexmuseums.co.uk. Or why not pull on your backpacks and spend a pleasant day pretending to be tourists in Guildford? With a museum, a castle, medieval undercroft, a beautiful cathedral and stunning river, there’s plenty to keep a family occupied and entertained for almost no cost at all. Older children and teenagers would get something out of one of the free Guildford walking tours. Take a look at www. guildfordwalks.org.uk to check out what’s on offer.

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Images from left: Busbridge Lakes (Lindsay Dobson); Arundel Castle; Wild Wood in Guildford. Petworth House or Uppark have enough to keep all members of the family interested with beautiful grounds, stunning views, and the chance to see the difference between life ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’. If you’re not National Trust member then you’ll need to pay entry, but for the relative peace and quiet and the opportunity to stay somewhere so beautiful and interesting for a full day is worth it. Take advantage of the holiday activities planned for kids at limited additional cost, such as trails or workshops. www. nationaltrust.org.uk The National Trust is also onto a winner over the summer holidays with its ‘50 Things to Do Before Supporting

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You’re 11 ¾s’. Your children will be able to tick off activities they’ve done from the (free) booklet provided at National Trust properties, and will be begging you to take them to other properties so they can tick off even more activities. www.50things.org.uk Perhaps stately homes are not your bag, and your munchkins are a little more free-range. In which case head off to a pick-your-own farm and act like the Hungry Caterpillar with more fruit and veg than you can eat. Secretts in Milford is perfectly set up for this, with expansive fields of fruit, vegetables and flower, a café and toilet facilities. After you’ve spent the morning collecting your harvest, then spend a busy afternoon podding peas, stringing currants and hulling strawberries. Most kids love to help with food preparation, especially if it’s something they’ve picked themselves. You might even get them to try something new. And what should you do with all that produce? Why not make some jams or pickles? The internet and library will be able to help you with recipes and you can get jam jars from Lakeland or Robert Dyas if you don’t have any knocking around at home. www.secretts.co.uk Don’t forget about the activities that local businesses and attractions offer at this time of year. Squires Garden Centres have a variety of summer events on. Kids can plant up a wildlife friendly hedgehog basket or paint a wooden insect house for a reasonable price. Visit www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk to check dates and times. Or why don’t you do away with the car and jump on the train and spend the day in Woking? Yes, you did hear right… Woking is home to two of the most progressive recent attractions, The Lightbox and the WWF Living Planet Centre. They’re just 5 minutes’ walk from Woking train station and have many exhibitions and events on across the summer. They prefer visitors to take the train to support their environmental stance. It’s also easier than snaking around Woking’s one-way system. You’ll need to book for your children to attend

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the workshops, but even if you just spend a few hours looking at the exhibitions and displays you’ll come away with young minds bursting with ideas and inspiration which you can make use of over the following days with story writing, model building and drawing. www.thelightbox.org.uk, www.wwf.org.uk. Why not spend a day at Busbridge Lakes Waterfowl and Gardens, which is next open August 21st to 29th (inc) from 10.30am to 5.30pm. It is situated just 1.5 miles from Godalming on the Hambledon Road (off the B2130). There is plenty to see and explore in the 40 acre grounds; nature trails, three lakes, old and specimen trees, caves, follies and grottos. You can walk among many of the 100 different species of ornamental waterfowl, pheasants, cranes, peafowl and many other birds from all over the world. For the children there are swan cygnets, goslings and plenty of ducklings and chicks. Take a picnic, as there are plenty of beautiful spots to spread a rug and enjoy the tranquillity of the park. A new addition to the grounds is the Wallaby Walk, which is home to four young Bennett’s Joeys and a pair of young East African Crowned Cranes, which were reared in 2014 at Busbridge Lakes. In addition to the ornamental fowl the gardens are home to owls, kingfishers, heron and many smaller wild birds, including woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree-creepers and all the usual garden birds. The lakes are full of giant pike and carp and the banks abound with dragon fly, butterfly, frogs and toads. www.busbridgelakes.co.uk. For sports fans, Go Fest returns to the Surrey Sports Park Guildford on 13th and 14th August. This exciting sporting event is great for families and a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to try many different sports such as free running, cricket, archery tag, trampling, korfball, judo, paddle boarding, musical theatre, nerf wars and much more. There will also be live Olympic coverage on giant screens, music tents a chance to meet some sporting heroes as well as all the usual facilities that the Sports Park has to offer. Well worth a visit. www.gofest.co.uk.

Watts Gallery in Compton offers Watts at Dusk every last Friday of the month. It is open to 9pm and children 16 and under go free. There is also 2 for 1 adult entry. On the 26th August, you can be inspired by Mary Watts’ collaborative approach to making the monumental Watts Chapel. See demonstrations of decorative techniques using gesso and hear from Mary Watts’ recently transcribed diaries. Get involved in a grand scale collaborative Make! with artist Louise ScillitoeBrown and listen to the sounds of big band Junction 4. www.wattsgallery.org.uk.

For a Grand Day Out It wouldn’t be the summer holidays without at least one big day out. You could of course cough up and go to the big ones – Chessington, Paultons, Thorpe Park and Legoland; the kids will adore it, especially if they’re older and able to go on all of the rides. On a rainy day, visits to the cinema, iceskating and bowling go down well, particularly if paired up with a visit to Pizza Express afterwards. For all of these, you can, and absolutely should look out for vouchers to reduce the price of your tickets. Don’t pay full price if you can help it: pre-book your tickets online to save money and time when you get to the gate, and download vouchers for money-off meals at chain restaurants. Less pricey and closer to home, you can spend a very happy day at the many leisure farms we have near us

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– Godstone, Bocketts, Fishers Farm and Hobbledown are all guarantees for a great day out with plenty to do for all ages. And remember the zoo. Marwell Zoo, Birdworld and Drusillas are well set up for lots of holiday fun. Did you know that you can also go to Butlins in Bognor for the day? Something a bit different is a visit to Denbies Vineyard in Dorking, where you can do an outdoor tractor tour and parents can enjoy a tasting of wines from Britain’s largest vineyard. For something a little more involved and imaginative, then pack up and head off to the incredible Arundel Castle. Spark your kids’ imaginations with the towering turrets, spooky tunnels and expansive grounds. The similarity of the town’s name to the country in which two certain Disney heroines live won’t go unnoticed by little girls, but it’s a splendid location for a day out for anyone. This medieval castle and stately home is the family home of the Duke of Norfolk and is an inspiration for anyone, especially children with a fancy for the fantastical and historical. The tiered ticket option means you can limit yourself to the castle grounds and chapel alone (which really is plenty if it’s a sunny day), or you can choose to visit parts of the castle with options including the keep, the castle rooms and the castle bedrooms. There are also a number of summer events taking place on site. Whichever ticket you choose, you can recharge in the impressive castle restaurant – which used to be the servants’ hall. And if you finish your day there with time to spare, then you’re just a few miles from the coast; perfect for

dipping your toes in the sea and enjoying a fish and chip supper. www.arundelcastle.org How about unleashing excess energy and bravery on a high ropes adventure trail? Great for challenging your kids both physically and mentally, children as young as 6 can take part in the adventure trails at Go Ape (Alice Holt, Farnham), or Wild Wood (Stoke Park, Guildford). If your children are young, then you should be prepared to take part as well (or find a willing substitute) as both locations insist that small children are accompanied. This does push up the cost of the activity (you’re paying for an extra ticket), but your kids will probably like nothing better than seeing their “infallible” parents struggling up a rope ladder; they’ll have material for Sunday lunch amusement for years to come. www.goape.co.uk, www.wildwood-adventure.com And remember sometimes the nicest thing to do is absolutely nothing. And that goes for you too. Call a halt to the chores, turn off the WiFi and sit and chill out as a family. Play Uno, build Lego together or bake flapjacks and then eat them all in one go. Enjoy the summer holidays for what they are: a chance to recharge and reconnect before the chaos of September arrives in full force. Laura Sands lives in Godalming with her family and works as a freelance copywriter and blogger. She writes effective marketing materials, websites and blogs for small businesses. Find out more at www.laurasands.co.uk.

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Electric Theatre Jazz Café Tuesday 9th August 7.30pm This month they feature Duncan Lamont a saxophonist who has had a remarkable career working with most of the iconic performers from the world of jazz and popular music including Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Paul McCartney, Benny Carter, Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald to name but a few. In addition, Duncan also found time to become a composer of music which has been featured in many TV and film productions. He’s probably best known in this field for the cult children’s TV series ‘Mr. Benn’. For this special Summer Jazz Cafe at the Electric Theatre, Duncan will be in conversation with his musician son, Duncan Lamont Jnr., talking about his career and the many stellar talents he has worked with. He’ll also be performing music associated with these key figures in his life and playing some of his own compositions. It takes place at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ. Tickets at £12, from Electric Theatre box office on 01483 444789.

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in the centre of town. Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford’s urban beach is free to enter. Complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloon giveaways, beach huts, free face painting and free candyfloss; it’s the ideal place to have fun with the kids after a busy day at the shops. Guildford-on-Sea promises to make waves throughout the town, with a great selection of summertime entertainment up and down the high street and hot promotions and offers from the town centre’s shops, cafes, restaurants, and businesses. For more information on Guildford-on-Sea and the activities planned over the three-day event visit www.experienceguildford.com or Facebook.com/ ExperienceGford. Fingers crossed for a heatwave! Julian Lewry Music Friday 12th August After a short summer break, they are back with a bang. The next concert takes place at St. John’s Church in Farncombe and features a band called Gryphon. They are a legendary and unique British band - almost impossible to pigeonhole as they appeal to folkies, prog rock fans, medieval and Renaissance music aficionados alike. If you enjoy trying something different and virtuoso musicianship on some unusual instruments then this concert is for you! Tickets are £20 in advance or £24 on the door. Make a note of the dates for September

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Dani Maimone enjoys a local sparkling wine tour There’s nothing quite like a glass of something sparkling to make an occasion feel special. As a former professional hot air balloon pilot, I have been used to opening a bottle of Champagne after every passenger flight as part of the ballooning experience. It is in part through ballooning that I have been fortunate enough to visit several well-known Champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon, Bollinger and the iconic Veuve Clicquot as well as several smaller artisan houses. So it was with great interest that I prepared to embark on a journey around some of Surrey’s vineyards where English sparkling wine is being produced and now winning international awards. Mike Keeble, an accountant from Shere, recently returned from a trip to Champagne with a light bulb moment. Realising that our UK sparkling wines are gaining pride of place on the world stage and that some of the vineyards producing them were literally on his doorstep, he thought it would be a great idea to set up sparkling wine tours in Surrey. Why travel to France when some of the best vineyards are right here? Mike said: “It’s only fairly recently that UK sparkling wines have been considered a true threat to the market place but now even the famous Champagne houses are taking notice. You know our wines are being taking seriously when famous French names such as Taittinger start buying land and planting up vineyards in the UK with a multi-million pound investment and a plan to produce high quality English sparkling wine“.

Of course, you can’t call it Champagne, unless it has been produced in that region and uisng their method. Having said that, the method, something that is explained to us at our first port of call, Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, is a carefully crafted science that has been used for several hundred years and many wineries outside the Champagne region are now using it to create fabulous effervescent varieties of their own. Denbies, a former pig and cattle farm located in the Surrey Hills, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), was set up by Sir Adrian White. It is now managed by his son Christopher and is currently the largest vineyard in the UK boasting 265 acres of vines. Denbies won a total of 29 medals at international awards this year including a gold from the International Wine Challenge for its sparkling Greenfields Cuvée NV. A poignant win, as not only was Greenfields the first sparkling wine to be made at Denbies (originally labelled as Classic Cuvée), but the vineyard is also celebrating its 30th anniversary. On our arrival at Denbies we were greeted by a glass of their award-winning sparkling wine and welcomed by the knowledgeable Anne Denny, Front of House and Tours Manager. A brief video detailing the history of the vineyard sets the scene for a walking tour of the winery and a trip to the cellars. It was here that Anne produced the bottles for our tasting, all set on a large wooden table in front of beautifully carved oak caskets carefully crafted from trees that were blown down in the great storm of 1987. It was fascinating to hear that when frost threatens the vines, a large industrial propane burner is used to heat the air around them. I tried to envisage 20 or so hot air balloons all

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We tasted their delicious award celebration vintage and it was no surprise to learn that their 2009 Succession Cuvée won three international wine awards in 2015, two golds and a bronze. This is one of only seven English sparkling wines to achieve this, not bad for a one-acre plot and a man who went back to ‘school’ as a mature student to study the art of viticulture and oenology, gaining a BSc Hons degree in the process. From the ‘Quintessence’ of High Clandon to a quintessential British pub, The Queens Head in West Clandon for a pleasant and relaxed lunch stop. Mike regales us with information about the future of sparkling wine in this country and how climate change is having a detrimental impact on the Champagne region. The future is certainly looking rosy or could that be rosé for the UK’s wine industry. Our next stop was Albury Vineyard that uses a mixture of organic and biodynamic practices to produce their variety of still and sparkling wines. We all understood the organic aspect but the practice of burying cow horns stuffed with dung from lactating organic cows which later gets dug up and used to spray on to the vines, did seem a little, well, bonkers. It was when Nick Wenman, the owner, explained it further that it made more sense. He described it as “an holistic approach, which harmonises nature’s elemental forces of the earth (the soil), water (the vines), air (the weather) and fire (the sun) and also recognises that the phases of the moon have a significant influence on plants”.

lined up with their burners going as a possible alternative, but I digress. It was a great insight into how the largest vineyard in the UK operates and an education about the terroir, in other words the soil, climate geology and viticulture, that help to create the taste of the wines. It appears that parts of Surrey have the perfect chalk soil and geology similar to the Champagne region, hence the success with grape growing in the area. From the largest vineyard we made our way to one of the smallest vineyards in Surrey, a tiny, one-acre plot of land with a view to die for that is High Clandon. This tiny, Mike calls it ‘boutique’ vineyard, is managed by Bruce and Sibylla Tindale. They welcomed us into their home and proudly invited us to tour their delightful vineyard which is past a wildflower meadow, flanked by a bed of beautiful roses and set on a southfacing slope. Sibylla tells us that she can taste a hint of rose in the wine which is made from a special mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, the classic combination for sparkling wines and Champagne. This charming couple delight in sharing their story and their passion for what they are doing shines through. They started planting the vines in 2004 and bottled their first wines four years later. August 2016

Apparently some 500 vineyards around the world use biodymanics and have done for many years, so clearly what’s good enough for them is good enough for Albury and clearly hasn’t stopped Nick and his manager Alex Valescchi producing award winning wines. What I can add to this is that the resulting wines produced using these methods do taste delicious, as we found out on our tour. We ended our trip with a whistle stop tour of Silent Pool Gin Distillery. Rude not to really as it is literally next-door to Albury Vineyard. This distillery is yet another success story, owned by Ian McCulloch and far exceeding its predictions of producing 4,000 bottles in its first year to 45,000 and that number is growing, such is its popularity. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mike and English Sparkling Wine Tours for this thoroughly enjoyable day out. I got to meet some lovely people and learnt so much about the UK industry and the fascinating world of viticulture, too much to condense in to this article. If you are looking for something that is that extra bit special for a small corporate group of say 10-15 people, life celebration or friends day out then at £145 per person this won’t break the bank. Tours can be tailor made to your requirements and take you on a journey that is educational, inspirational and most of all, full of fizz and fun! Dani Maimone, freelance writer, photographer and PR consultant you can follow her on twitter @MamaBalloon or via her website at www.aimhighpr.com FIND OUT MORE To get in touch and book a tour, please call 07968 981915 or email enquiries@englishsparklingwinetours.co.uk. For more information, visit www.englishsparklingwinetours.co.uk

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concerts, Wednesday 28th September features Jane Siberry and on Friday 30th September it’s Fake Thackray. Both take place at St. John’s Church in Farncombe. To find out more on these and other forthcoming concerts, here is a list of sites to visit: www.julianlewrymusic. com, www.facebook.com/farncombemusicclub, www. facebook.com/windleshamtheatre and www.facebook. com/godalmingmusicfairs. You can also call 01483 421520 / 07769 592452 Waverley Dowsers They have regular lectures, field days and workshops to help people who are interested in understanding the diversity of Dowsing applications. They meet in Godalming monthly and have a membership from surrounding areas. They make a small charge to cover hall hire and for speakers and welcome anyone who may wish to go along one evening to meet them. Have a look at the Waverley Dowsers website to see what they have been doing in the last few months. For further information, contact Geoff Mitchell, current Chair on 01276 472977 or Michael Haxeltine on 01252 541639. Jazz in the Park Sunday 14th August 4.30 to 8.30pm A fabulous summer’s evening of award-winning live jazz in the beautiful Walled Garden at Loseley Park. It features

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the quintet of British trumpet legend Digby Fairweather and the virtuoso Julian Marc Stringle on sax and clarinet, with an opening set from the George Abbott School Big Band. The event is being held in aid of the bowel cancer charity GUTS, whose aim is to improve survival of people with bowel cancer by early detection, and to raise awareness of the disease. Take a picnic and your favourite tipple, and spread out on the lawns to enjoy a fantastic evening of top quality entertainment in this beautiful setting. Entry from 4.30pm. Tickets are just £12 each or a group ticket for 4 people for £40, available from the GUTS website www.gutsfbc.co.uk. Under 16’s free. Friends of Guildford House If you are interested in art and supportive of Guildford’s Heritage, you might like to consider becoming a Friend. Guildford House in the High Street, one of Guildford’s seven Grade 1 Listed buildings, is an extremely rare example of a Restoration town house. The Friends offer a series of fascinating afternoon or evening art lectures at another of Guildford’s Grade 1 listed buildings, the atmospheric Guildhall, from September through to April each year. They also organise visits to the large exhibitions in London, and to other galleries, houses and places of interest throughout southern England. They are a friendly group, and welcome new members. Recent or

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Careful of Holidays!

Finally, summer is coming and you may have holidays planned. Sunny days tempt us outdoors for long sedentary periods, leaving routines behind. For those already experiencing back and neck pain, going away can mean trouble! Here are a few helpful tips from Mike Stockbridge, Doctor of Chiropractic at Elstead Chiropractic Pack for success! • Choose suitcases wisely, buying the lightest wheeled case possible. Even hard cases can weigh a lot empty! • If possible, take two suitcases to distribute weight evenly. • Soft bags should have long shoulder straps, enabling wear across the body to distribute weight. • Many wheeled bags encourage you to twist the upper body/back while pulling. Push the case ahead of you instead. • Tiredness increases chances of injury, so ensure sufficient sleep prior to travelling and avoid rushing. Flying? • Drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid alcohol which can cause dehydration and aggravate muscle pain. • While restricted to your seat do shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles, and get up and move around. Arriving at the airport • Avoid travellators and walk through the terminal to get joints moving quickly. • Mark your bags, to avoid mistakenly lifting other people’s heavy cases off the carousel. • Unless your cases don’t have wheels, don’t use airport trolleys, which can jerk and pull on your back. • When lifting cases into your car, minimise twisting your body and activate abdominal muscles by pulling in the navel. Driving to your destination? • Poor driving posture causes or aggravates back problems. Whether in your own car or a hire car, ensure the seat position is slightly backwards and feels natural, with elbows at a comfortable, relaxed angle. Raise the seat so your hips are above your knees. • Stop and stretch at least every two hours. • While stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat: try the exercises mentioned above. When you arrive • If your bed is too hard, ask hotel staff for a spare duvet/blanket to put on the mattress. It is easier to

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Wings Wheels 2016 The sensational summer event for the whole family, Wings & Wheels, returns on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey (home to BBC’s Top Gear) to celebrate its twelfth show. Famous favourites in the air and on the ground will blow your mind, whilst the attractions and Zones in the Arena will keep you entertained and buzzing with delight the whole weekend.

Eyes to the sky as the ‘Wings’ of the event treats visitors to outstanding and diverse 5 hour air displays which have previously included show favourites the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Lancaster, Hurricane), Tucano, Tutor, Apache Attack Helicopter, Team Breitling Wingwalkers, Glider FX and the Blades accompanied by witty and knowledgeable commentary from aviation experts and display pilots. The ‘Wings’ of the event would not be complete without a close-up inspection of all the weekend’s visiting aircraft and Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ (open for tours). You don’t need to be a petrolhead to delight in the ‘Wheels’ of the show as the paddock gleams and the sound of finely tuned engines fill the air. Supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe-inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a 2 hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum. Included among the 400 entrants in 2015 were Porsche 911, Dodge Monaco, TVR Tasmin 280i, Ducati Mutistrada 1200s, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ford GT40 and Lotus Elise 49. The Wheels Zone features interactive displays from clubs and a crowd line parade whilst the Stunt Zone squeals with the sound of two and four wheeled hair-raising performances. The Military Zone & Parade adds some classic nostalgia to the ‘Wheels’, as the regal Military Vehicles complete a cavalcade for spectators before taking their place in the Zone’s living history and re-enactment displays including simulated live battles and tank rides. The excitement and anticipation

doesn’t stop at the main displays as the 32 acre public arena is bursting with a huge variety of interactive attractions containing all you need for a great family day out. The show arena also boasts laser quest, paintballing, kit-plane demonstrations, aviation and motoring simulators, military outlets and displays, static aircraft, fairground, emergency services demonstration and over 80 retail outlets selling a wide variety of products and gifts. As the last plane touches down the party starts across the arena with a mix of musical evening entertainment. Taking the hassle out of your day the show includes added extras to make your experience even more enjoyable; over 25 fixed-price catering outlets, two bars, hospitality facilities, free on-site parking, public camping, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, opportunities to meet the pilots, a raffle, official show merchandise and grandstand seating. The twelfth annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford and is open to spectators from 9am until 9pm. Tickets start from £22 for adults, £50 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5-15yrs), £7 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. In 2016 Wings & Wheels will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes. To win one of 5 family tickets, please visit our competitions page online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk. FIND OUT MORE For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

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The Cranleigh Film Club Thursday 8th September After five highly successful seasons Cranleigh Film Club presents news about its sixth season, including the programme of films and how to join the Club. The season starts with an open evening to which all are welcome with free entry for the film Plein Soleil, the first of a superb list of films. The club will show 12 films from around the world, including award winners and nominees, showing during a ten month period, normally on the last Thursday of each month, from September to June. The films are shown in The Band Room on Village Way, with a good auditorium and excellent parking nearby; doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.45pm unless otherwise advised. Refreshments are always on sale, of good quality and fair price. All films introduced with critics’ reviews. Members are invited to provide

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Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink Surrey is bursting with some fantastic local produce and to celebrate this fact the inaugural Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink will take place this September. Taking place at Coverwood Farm, an idyllic setting with spectacular gardens and lakes in the heart of the Surrey Hills in Peaslake, this is one not to be missed. Come and discover:

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or a margarita from the cocktail bar. Buy tickets at www. sunsetcinema.events. Ride & Stride Wednesday 10th September Surrey Churches Preservation Trust gives grants to churches that need repair. The bulk of the funds are raised by the sponsored ‘Ride and Stride’ which takes place on the second Saturday in September – September 10th this year. The idea is that cyclists and walkers get sponsorship for going round local churches. They have an enjoyable tour and their church benefits as well – because half the money raised comes back to their church and the other half goes to the SCPT for their grant making work. So here are three ways you can help: Have a go yourself and raise sponsorship of your own (forms and list of churches on www. surreychurchespreservationtrust.org). Sponsor a friend who is going to have a go. Support the Trust by becoming a member and get details of interesting talks and Surrey church tours. Further details from organiser Hamish Donaldson on 01428 644473. Surrey Sculpture Society Surrey Artists were chosen to create a sculpture garden at the new Farnham Road Mental Health Hospital in Guildford. The hospital, recently opened by Her Royal

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The Surrey Hills Wood Fair returns... Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October, 10am-5pm The Surrey Hills Wood Fair returns for the 7th year and takes place at the Birtley Estate in Bramley on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 10am–5pm. Each year the fair gets bigger and better yet retains the traditional charm of a rural day out in the Surrey Hills for all the family. This year you’ll discover a range of interesting stalls to browse and buy from as well as great local produce and a variety of refreshment stands including a beer tent. The Surrey and Sussex Coppice workers will be demonstrating their skills and there will be opportunities to buy a whole host of wood products.

Entertainment is big on the agenda this year and we have a host of local bands co-ordinated by the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford as well as the ever popular horse and wagon rides and chainsaw demonstrations. There’s a big focus on families with lots for children, from craft making and animal attractions to theatre shows courtesy of the Man in the Moon Theatre Tent. And to help the squeezed budgets of many families the Wood Fair is FREE for children under 12. The fair also welcomes dogs on leads and parking is also free. For more information visit www.surreyhillswoodfair.co.uk.

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Here come the cows - now find the sponsor! CowParade Surrey is the world’s largest public art event, and it has arrived in Surrey! This exciting exhibition will see over 60 full-size, fibreglass cows uniquely decorated by artists and placed around Surrey for all to discover. The cows are sponsored by businesses, decorated by artists

and auctioned off to raise lots of mooolaa for charities!

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A specially designed app, is free to download and allows you to find and virtually collect each cow. Discover lots about each cow, win rosettes, take part in quizzes and much more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a

Here’s a taster of some of the cows that are on display in the local area. Find the sponsor for these 10 cows and you can enter our competition below. Please visit www.vantagepointmag.co.uk to see these cows plotted on a map.

Camelia

Cycling MooKay

Camelia is a fun, cheerful cow that will win hearts with her long lashes and bright hooves! She is decorated with hand prints, foot prints and drawings by the children, families and staff members at Shooting Star Chase Christopher’s hospice.

Cycling MooKay is the creation of local artist Charles Rowbotham, he has painted the cow to show road cyclists coming up Box Hill on one side and mountain bikers riding through Denbies Wine Estate on the other side. She is situated in an iconic spot at the top of Box Hill.

Location – On the roundabout, Old Portsmouth Rd, Artington, Guildford GU3 1LP Artist - The children, families & staff members at Shooting Star Chase Christopher’s Hospice Charity - Shooting Star Chase Christopher’s Hospice

Location – Zig Zag Road, Box Hill. Artist - Charles Rowbotham Charity - Cycling UK

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Glorious Guildford

Reading Mooterial

Glorious Guildford certainly stands out from the herd with her vivid colouring and beautiful design created by local artist Colette Clegg. Look closely and you’ll discover landmarks of Guildford and a nod to chosen charity, Challengers through the orange colour and stars.

This innovative moo leads the herd in innovative design. Cleverly designed and manipulated by local design agency Opcyon Design she acts as book ends to some very interesting Reading Mooterial! One not to miss!

Location – Castle Grounds, Guildford Artist - Colette Clegg Charity - Challengers

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Sally C Sally C has been created by artist Vikki Gibson into a vibrant colourful design which incorporates aspects of the air and motoring show. Among the iconic images on the cow are the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon, Dunsfold Park 747 and popular cars, trucks and motorbikes.

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Location – Albury Village Green (opposite the post-office), Albury, Surrey Artist - Opcyon Design Charity - Cancer Research UK

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Location – Dunsfold Aerodrome Artist - Vikki Gibson Charity - Community Foundation for Surrey

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This very striking moo has a Dutch and English influence, depicting a traditional dutch scene that could be found on the finest bone china. This beautiful moo is proving a real favourite with cow spotters.

Location – Visible from public footpath behind Lemongrass Thai Cuisine, The Harrow, The Street, Compton, GU3 1EG Artist - Judith Elsinghorst-Kratz Charity - The Oasis Family Centre, Cobham

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Minna Moo

Ermintrude

This awesome cow was the work of Minna George, Abstract and Expressive Artist. She will raise money for the inspirational and heroic work that Dreamflight and Friends of the Children’s Trust do.

The udderly beautiful ‘Ermintrude’ will be ‘grazing’ in St Martins Walk, Dorking during the summer. She is adorned with a large ermine trimmed cloak and golden crowns. The centre of the cloak depicts the logo and colours of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Location – DeVere Horsley Park Artist - Vines BMW Charity - Dreamflight and Friends of The Children’s Trust

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Moolissa

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Moolissa is a fashion icon in this wonderful outfit; her eclectic mix of prints and great use of colour means she won’t go unnoticed. Created by Shannon Morris, the students of Farnborough College and Thomas Duncan Bell, she will raise money for Oakleaf Charity, supporting those who suffer with severe mental health conditions.

Laurie King illustrated and painted this cycling-themed cow to celebrate the biking heritage of the Surrey Hills and to inspire everyone young and old - to walk, run, bike and get moooving! Money raised will go towards Sustrans, a UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport.

Location – The Friary Centre, North Street, Guildford GU1 4YT Artist - Shannon Morris, the Students of Farnborough College and Thomas Duncan Bell Charity - Oakleaf

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Location – St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre, Church Gardens, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1UX Artist - Jill Flower Charity - The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Location – Box Hill Artist - Laurie King Charity - Sustrans

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For further information on CowParade and to download the app visit www.cowparadesurreyhills.com. VantagePoint is a media partner for the CowParade Surrey and a member of Surrey Hills Enterprises.

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Boxgrove Park shops, Cunningham Avenue (GU1 2PF) at 10am every Monday morning. Meet at 9.45am. All abilities welcome and all walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Just go along, it’s free! Wear waterproof footwear and take a raincoat on rainy days. There are plans to start a walk from the coffee shop at Watt’s Gallery, but they need people to volunteer about 1h30 minutes of their time per month to enable them to set this group up. If you could help do please email to guildfordwfh@outlook.com. For more information, visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk or call 01483 574748. Claremont Landscape Garden It’s easy to see why Claremont Landscape Garden near Esher, was fit for a princess in bygone days. Not a typical garden of herbaceous borders, but a landscaped oasis of trees and shrubs, a grass amphitheatre and picturesque lake, where the views always change, the water sparkles and secret glades await. Enjoy the stunning views and it’s the perfect spot for a family picnic. Surrey 5 Peaks Saturday 17th September The Surrey Hills will be alive to the sound of footsteps on Saturday 17th September when the Surrey 5 Peaks hikeathon takes place to raise funds for Surrey Care Trust. Surrey Care Trust helps local people to improve their skills

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for work, life and learning and has organised an annual fundraising walk for over a decade. Thanks to hikeathon sponsors Broanmain Plastics, walkers can be assured that every penny raised goes towards the trust’s mission of helping people to overcome the disadvantage of low skills, poor educational achievement, limited opportunities and tough financial circumstances. This year’s circular walk starts and ends in Shamley Green. The 24 mile walk includes Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill and takes in parts of the Greensand Way and North Downs Way affording walkers spectacular views of the Surrey Hills. There is also an option of walking the first part of the route, finishing at the lunchstop. Registration costs £50 and participants are asked to aim to raise £100 in sponsorship. Refreshments and drinks are included and lunch is provided for all 24 mile walkers. Every walker who raises over £150 for Surrey Care Trust will also receive a free t-shirt. For more information or to register, visit www. surrey5peaks.org.uk. Hatchlands Park Another delightful place to visit during the summer holidays, is Hatchlands Park near Guildford, is a wildlife delight, from the buttercup splattered parkland to the many and varied wildflowers of its chalk grassland. Discover the wildflower meadow, parterre and NGS quiet garden, or simply roam the rolling parkland. The formal

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garden has been re-shaped this year and will include a lavender border, peonies, iris, geranium, aquilegia, penstemon and roses. The new wide paths provide a much easier surface for wheelchairs and pushchairs and there will be a seating area so that the scent and sunshine can be enjoyed in comfort. The Guildford Institute They have now released their autumn brochure! With a variety of new courses, events, talks and visits running from September through to December, there really is something for everyone to enjoy this term. 53 courses will be running in Drawing and Painting, Art History, Music, Criminology, Flower Arranging, Yoga, Mindfulness, History, Languages and many more. From September they will be hosting a new programme of Young Musician’s Recitals on occasional Tuesday evenings, come along and be treated by some very talented musicians to their renditions of both modern and classical music. Free to attend and no booking required. Their Library and vegetarian restaurant will both reopen in early September and they are open all summer to take programme and room hire bookings. You can view the autumn programme on their website at www.guildfordinstitute.org.uk. Alternatively for more information contact them on 01483 562142 or email info@guildfordinstitute.org.uk.

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Rhododendron Gold for local nursery beauty of these special plants. One side of the exhibit featured Rhododendrons that were popular 100 years ago. These plants are old favourites, but as they tend to be taller, larger, and more imposing plants, sadly not everyone can accommodate them in today’s smaller gardens. The other side of the exhibit featured smaller, more compact plants, including some of the newest varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, which have been specially bred to be suitable for today’s smaller gardens but retain the charm and beauty of the original varieties.

On 23rd May 1916, the Rhododendron Society held their first AGM at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Since that first AGM, a hundred years have passed, during which time the Rhododendron Society has evolved and its horticultural interests widened. It is now known as the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group (RCMG). To celebrate the Centenary, David Millais, the current Chairman of the RCMG, and owner of Millais Nurseries in Churt near Farnham (who is also the great nephew of J G Millais, one of the founder members of the Rhododendron Society), created a special exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to mark the occasion. The Millais Nurseries exhibit was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges. Every exhibit that Millais Nurseries create is different. This year their Gold Medal winning exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show featured a ‘walk through’ display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, which encouraged visitors to take in the scent and the

Three new Rhododendrons launched by Millais Nurseries at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show were entered into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Competition. All three plants were shortlisted in the top twenty new plants of the competition, and all three finished within the top ten. Rhododendron ‘Orakel’ was bred in Germany by Holger Hachmann. This new, resilient Rhododendron is hardy to -24C. During late May and early June Rhododendron ‘Orakel’ produces dark purple flowers, which feature a distinctive, blackberry coloured blotch. David Millais believes this new variety to be one of the best purple Rhododendrons he’s ever seen. It grows to a height of 150cm-175cm (5ft-6ft) after ten years. Rhododendron ‘Orakel’ will be happiest when planted in moist, acid soil, or good quality ericaceous compost, in dappled shade. No pruning is necessary, simply deadhead when the flowers have gone over. Apply fertiliser in March each year, and again after flowering. Rhododendron ‘Prinses Maxima’ was bred by Tijs Huisman, and named after Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, the Dutch princess, who married the Crown Prince of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, who is now the King of the Netherlands. This new Rhododendron has a very complicated parentage as a number of different Rhododendron varieties were crossed to create this special plant. This Images clockwise from top left: Rhododendron ‘Orakel’; David Millais with his Gold Medal, in front of Millais Nurseries exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016; Rhododendron ‘Sun Star’; one of the three new Rhododendrons launched by Millais Nurseries at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Rhododendron ‘Prinses Maxima’

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complex breeding programme resulted in creating a new Rhododendron that produces very beautiful, cream coloured flowers, which feature a prominent red spotting over the lobes of its double flowers. Rhododendron ‘Prinses Maxima’ flowers in mid-May; its flowers are both distinctive and unusual. Rhododendron ‘Prinses Maxima’ is hardy down to -20C. This Rhododendron has an upright habit and you can expect its height to be 150cm-175cm (5ft-6ft) after ten years of growth. Plant Rhododendron ‘Prinses Maxima’ in dappled shade, in moist acid soil or good quality ericaceous compost. No pruning is necessary, simply deadhead when the flowers have finished. Apply fertiliser in March each year, and again after flowering. Rhododendron ‘Sun Star’ is a deciduous azalea, again bred in Holland, by Tijs Huisman using seeds from Fred Minch from the USA, the resulting plants of which, were then crossed to create this new Rhododendron luteum cross. This new azalea produces fragrant, double flowers in May. The flowers start life as dark, salmon pink buds, which then open to yellow flowers, which then fade to a soft orange colour as they age. Rhododendron ‘Sun Star’ is hardy down to -20C; this new azalea is happiest growing in a sunny spot, in moist acid soil, or good quality ericaceous compost. Apply fertiliser in March every year, and again after flowering. When the flowers have finished it’s the ideal time to trim the plant, to maintain its

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shape. Rhododendron ‘Sun Star’ is a deciduous plant and in autumn the foliage turns an attractive pinky-red colour. Its height grows to 150cm-175cm (5ft-6ft) after ten years’ growth. Millais Nurseries’ Chelsea Flower Show exhibit featured the top Rhododendron, as voted for by the members of the RCMG. The winner of the vote was Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’, a much-admired, low growing Rhododendron that’s generally accepted to be the best form of yakushimanum. Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’ produces pretty, apple blossom coloured, bell-shaped flowers in May, it has a noticeable white, felt-like covering over the surface of its leaves, which is known as tomentum. During Her Majesty’s visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David presented the Queen with a beautiful bouquet of Rhododendrons created by Miranda Gunn, and gathered from Ramster Gardens in Chiddingfold. Miranda is the owner of Ramster Gardens and is also a member of the RCMG. David told me that the Queen had commented on how she loved Rhododendrons, and that she particularly liked the big blooms that reminded her so much of her childhood. With an emotive reason for a display - the centenary of the Society, with such strong connections to his family, and of which he is Chairman - it was a special time for David Millais, and everyone at Millais Nurseries. I enjoyed catching up with

A closer look at Millais Nurseries Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

David Millais at the Chelsea Flower Show, and congratulated him on being awarded his fourth consecutive Gold Medal from the RHS judges. FIND OUT MORE For more information and photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, including details of the top twenty shortlisted plants, the finalists and winner of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of The Year Competition, gardening advice for the month ahead, a calendar of specialist plant sales, and much more besides, visit my website, www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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Cherry Trees Black & White Ball Saturday 24th September This year the ball will be held at Guildford Harbour Hotel (Formerly the Radisson Blu). For more information please contact Cherry Trees Fundraising Team on 01483 222507 or email events@cherry-trees.co.uk. As you probably know, Cherry Trees specialises in giving short breaks for children and young people with disabilities and this is an important fund raiser for them. WEA Guildford The WEA is one of the oldest part time educational organisations in the UK. Beginning in September, ‘the Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness’, they are offering classes which may whet your appetite. Who wouldn’t want to spend a morning or afternoon indulging in a favourite subject? Drawing and Painting, Opera, English Civil War, Literary London, and as a special appetizer for those with less spare time, Day Schools – usually between 3 and 5 hours. Intriguing titles such as ‘Murder most Foul’, ‘In Flagrante Delicto’ and Hidden Garden’s and Squares of London’ and all within a stone’s throw of the town centre. All the classes are held in the United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, the buses stop right outside, a short walk from the railway station, and a small car park if you travel by car. If you would like to learn more, contact their Enrolment Secretary Sally

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Arnold’s Organics This month’s recipes come from Simon and Karen Arnold, who run Arnold’s Organics based in Petworth. They love everything local and natural and set up a business supplying organic fruit and vegetable boxes delivered to homes in the area if you would like to take advantage of the wonderful local products available on our doorsteps. For more information, visit www.arnoldsvegbox.co.uk.

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Quiche

4. Mix the eggs, milk, parmesan and basil, season with salt and pepper. 5. Layer 2/3 of the cheese on the bottom of the pastry case, then layer in the tomatoes and onions. Pour over the egg mix and sprinkle on the remaining cheese. 6. Bake for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180c/160fan/gas 4 and bake for a further 15 – 20 minutes or until the filling is puffed up and golden brown. Scatter with a few whole basil leaves and serve warm.

Creamy Beef and Mustard pasta

Quiche is a summertime favourite, served at parties, BBQ’s and as a light supper. This recipe uses the finest cheese and milk from Goodwood estate, Rookery Farm organic eggs and lovely fresh organic tomatoes. We used large tomatoes but cherry tomatoes work well too. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil; 1 onion, finely sliced; 2 large tomatoes, sliced thinly or 300g cherry tomatoes; 3 eggs, beaten; 125ml milk; 2 tbsp parmesan, grated; 125g strong cheddar; 3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped.

This is a quick and easy supper dish, ideal for cooler summer evenings. We have used local, organic Aberdeen Angus beef from Rother Valley Organics and rich organic double cream from Goodwood estate.

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280g plain flour; 140g salted butter, cubed; water to bind.

500g frying steak, cut into thin strips; 250ml double cream; 1 onion, finely chopped; 1 garlic clove, finely chopped; 100g mushrooms, quartered; 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard; mixed herbs, fresh, chopped or dried; 300g spaghetti or pasta shapes of your choice.

Serves 8 Method: 1. Start by making the pastry. Put the flour and butter in a processor and combine until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Slowly add a tablespoon of water at a time until it all comes together into a ball. 2. Roll into a round to line a 25cm flan tin, prick the base and line with parchment and baking beans. Bake blind for 10-15 mins, then remove the baking beans and parchment and return to the oven for another 5-10 mins (it should be slightly browned). 3. Preheat oven 200c/180c fan/gas 6. Grease a baking tray with olive oil and lay on the tomato and onions slices. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and roast in the oven for 15-20 mins.

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Serves 4 Method: 1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. 2. Fry the onion for 2 minutes and then add the garlic, beef, mushrooms and mixed herbs. Continue to cook until the beef has browned, then add the cream and mustard. 3. Bring to the boil and cook for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. 4. Serve with the cooked pasta.

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RECIPES Vegetable Lasagne

cover the lasagne sheets with the white sauce. 6. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, and the top is nice and brown and bubbling.

Soda Bread

Although this can take a while to prepare, it is well worth the effort. Using lots of flavoursome organic vegetables, served with homemade Soda bread and a light green salad, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sure fire hit with the whole family. Ingredients 2 aubergines cut into chunks; 2-3 courgettes cut into thick rings; 1-2 red peppers, chopped; 1 large red onion, cut into wedges; 1 -2 garlic cloves, sliced; 2 tbsp olive oil; Lasagne sheets; 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes; 1 jar Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasta et More Basil Infusion 450ml white sauce; grated cheese to sprinkle on top. Serves 8 Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160cfan/gas 4. 2. Place all the vegetables in a roasting tin and toss in the olive oil so they are nicely coated. Sprinkle over some dried mixed herbs and roast until tender, about 20 mins. 3. Mix the tinned tomatoes with the Pasta et More and a little water if too thick. 4. If making the white sauce, melt 25g butter in a saucepan and the add 25g of plain flour. Cook for 2-3 mins minutes and then remove from the heat and gradually stir in a pint of milk a little bit at a time. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Turn down the heat and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. If you prefer a cheese sauce add 2 tblsp grated parmesan. 5. In a deep lasagne dish, layer half the vegetables and pour over half the tomato sauce, cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, repeat for a second layer and then

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Soda bread is quick and easy to make, filling and tasty. It tastes wonderful spread with butter and jam whilst still warm from the oven but goes just as well with soups and main dishes. Ingredients 400g strong plain flour; 50g porridge oats; 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda; 1 tsp sugar; 1 tsp salt; 350ml buttermilk; 1 egg, beaten. Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 230c/210c fan/ gas 8. 2. In a large bowl vigorously stir together the dry ingredients. 3. In a jug, mix the egg with the buttermilk. 4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and egg mixture. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the buttermilk until just combined. Do not over mix. 5. With floured hands, gently shape the dough into a mound shape and place on a greased baking sheet. Score a cross on the top making 2.5cm deep cuts. 6. Bake in hot oven for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 200c/180c fan/gas 6 for 25 minutes more. 7. To test the bread, tap the bottom to see if it sounds hollow. If it is, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. If not, turn it upside down and return to the oven for another 5 mins and then test again.

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September 7th at 7.30pm. £7 per person. Phone Sue on 01483 282431 or email courtdancingwh@outlook.com for FREE TASTERFREE SESSIONS TASTER SESSIONS more details. @ various venues @ various venues One Man Star Wars Trilogy Wednesday 28th September 8pm GUILDFORD, FARNHAM, GUILDFORD, DORKING, FARNHAM, EFFINGHAM, DORKING, EFFINGHAM, Celebrating ten years since he first brought his hilarious HASLEMERE, GODALMING HASLEMERE, & CRANLEIGH GODALMING & CRANLEIGH show to the UK, Canadian actor Charles Ross returns from a galaxy far, &far away with his one man show. Relive the We teach throughout the We counties teach of throughout Surrey, Hampshire the counties & of Surrey, Hampshire classic first three Star Wars releases with him at G Live in Sussex. We run weekly courses, Sussex.learning We run weekly weekends, courses, and learning weekends, and learning holidays. learning holidays. Guildford as he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and New Beginner Courses New Beginner Start Coursescondenses Start the plots into just sixty minutes! Ross has been September 2016 September 2016touring the world since January 2001 and has performed everywhere from off-Broadway in New York to the West End in London, the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury, the Sydney For further details or to register For further yourdetails interest orplease to register contact your interest please contact Opera Douglas Wright, on 07801 Douglas 989630Wright, or email on 07801 989630 or emailHouse to the resorts of Dubai. Tickets are£21.50 with douglaswright@3countiesbridge.com douglaswright@3countiesbridge.com concessions and a 10% discount for groups of 8+. More www.3countiesbridge.comwww.3countiesbridge.com information at www.onemanstarwars.com. For tickets go to www.GLive.co.uk or call 01483 739047.

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Guildford Cafe Bridge Event Thursday 29th September. This event raised over £3000 last year during their full day of bridge, playing in ten restaurants and cafes in Guildford, which hosted 160 bridge playing enthusiasts. This year is the 5th annual event and aims to raise £5000 with the help of 240 participants, using 15 venues. Funds raised, will go to Shooting Star Chase, a leading children’s hospice charity and Cardiac Risk in the Young, working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Players will meet up at St Mary’s Church for coffee and to register between 10.15am and 10.45am, where they will be given instructions and a map of the venues.

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WALK - Milford to Brook This is an easy walk across heathland and through fields and woods with very little up and down. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk).

The walk 1. Go back through the tunnel and immediately fork right reach the road and cross to the Thames Water water treatment building opposite. Take the path along its right-hand side. Stay on this, ignoring lefts and rights. At a cross paths follow the bridle-way forward (actually very slightly right). Go straight over another cross paths and start following signs showing a white arrow on a red disk, labelled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heathland Hikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Fork right, again following the same sign. Reach Webb Road (you will see the barrier and car parking area along to your left). 2. Go straight across and on for some distance. At a cross paths with another red/white sign pointing left, ignore it and go straight on. Reach a T junction with another red/white sign. Follow this sign right, onto a wide track. Again, see a red/white sign, the track swings left. Reach another cross paths with a red/white sign and follow it straight on. Pass another red/white sign. Fork right at the next such sign. After 50 yards take an unsigned path right, into trees. Quickly reach a road and cross, passing a barrier and walking out onto heathland by a Witley Common sign. Ignore a wide fork right. Continue forward, ignoring lefts and rights. Go up a rise and, shortly after starting to drop down the other side and as the track swings sharp right, fork left onto a

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narrow path. After 100 yards, reach a T junction with a track and turn left. Quickly reach Eastlake, a large house on the left. 3. Turn right and walk along its wide access track. This track swings right to reach a road, French Lane. Go straight across and follow a path which heads towards the A3, swings to parallel it and then reaches French Lane again. Turn left and walk up a slope to reach and cross the Thursley Bridge over the A3. On the other side turn left and walk up to turn again, left down the Old Portsmouth Road. Walk down to turn right into Boundless Road. Follow this for some distance until you reach a tunnel under the A3. Go under and, on the other side, turn left to follow the road. It becomes a drive and takes you down to pass Cosford House. 4. Just past the house the path swings sharp right and you follow the Greensand Way as it breaks off left and, in two sections, climbs a steep bank up through trees to reach a field. Cross to a gate and exit onto a road, French Lane again. Go straight across and along a short section of track which dead ends at a stile taking you to the right and into a field. In the field turn left to walk alongside the hedge to a gate left and out onto the drive of a house. Cross this and enter a field. Head straight across this field and the next to reach a drive by the entrance to Lower House. Straight across and now follow the path between fields and through a wood, eventually dropping steeply down to emerge through a turnstile gate onto a road. (You have been walking in an

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WALK SPONSORED BY area once owned by Lord Pirrie, the ill fated owner of the White Star Line and the Titanic. Hence the Whitecross Line symbols on some of the gates). Turn left and walk to the road’s junction with the A286. (Here, note the track ** on the opposite side of the junction with the A286.) Turn right and walk along to the Dog and Pheasant. Lunch here or picnic at or by the Pirrie Hall cricket pavilion at the back of the playing field opposite. 5. From the Pavilion head half-right to the corner of the playing field nearest to the road. Take a path running through trees roughly parallel to the road and fork right to drop down to the start of the track ** mentioned above. Turn right to climb up this track, away from the road and through a deep cutting. At the top, ignore a footpath right and continue forward. Ignore a quick left turn. Continue forward to reach a 3-way signpost at Parsonage Farm Cottages. Turn left and, after a few yards, turn right to enter a field. The path takes you out half-left, passing the farm and then along a fenced corridor. Ignore a path right and continue to the far end of the corridor to reach a lone house. Turn right, along its access track, to reach a road. 6. Go straight across and follow a narrow path through gorse and out onto heathland. Reach a T junction with a wide track and turn left. About 150 yards after seeing a plaque and small car parking area off to your left, turn down onto a track running away to the right. At a T junction, turn right. Next, fork left. Reach the dead end of a road (Gadsden Close). Walk to the far end to reach Gadsden Lane. Turn left. Walk along to cross the A286 and enter Webb Road. Walk up here to reach an information plaque and turn right to walk out onto Witley Common, heading north. After a while the track swings right a little and then left, i.e. north again. In a wide section of the track reach a fork and take it right. Go straight over a cross paths and immediately fork left. Carry on, ignoring lefts and rights until forced to choose. Fork left and pass the Thames Water water treatment works. Go straight across the road and through trees to reach the track that runs, left and under the A3 into Mousehill car park.

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