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Guildford & Villages • December 2016

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Sexual Harassment in the workplace A Trade Union Congress survey of 1,500 women shows that more than half (52%) have been sexually harassed in their workplace. The report, called “Still Just a Bit of Banter?”, also found that a third had been subjected to unwelcome jokes. In nine out of ten cases the perpetrator was male, and one in five women said it was their line manager, or someone with direct authority over them. Sexual harassment can take many forms and there is often confusion as to what can actually constitute sexual harassment. Legally speaking, the definition is ‘conduct by A that has the purpose or effect of (i) violating B’s dignity, or (ii) creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B.’ The legal definition is not just limited to direct conduct but also conduct which has the effect of creating a sexually charged environment; the term ‘harassment’ is slightly misleading in this regard. Therefore, seemingly trivial jokes, comments and banter, although not directed at an individual, can amount to harassment.

Employees must make a careful record of the incident(s). Employees who feel harassed should make a report to HR/a Manager they feel comfortable speaking to. If that does not work, the employee should raise a formal grievance with the employer, failing that, the employee should seek legal advice. Employers have a responsibility to combat sexual harassment. Incorporating a Sexual Harassment policy into employees’ contracts and handbooks is one way to achieve this, as is awareness training. Employers should be conscious that men can also be victims and that they may find it more difficult to report sexual harassment. When dealing with such reports, employers must not gender discriminate and deal with all reports on an equal basis. Patrick Stweart: patrick.stewart@twmsolicitors.com

When faced with workplace sexual harassment, the individual must report the behaviour as soon as possible. There is a 3 month limitation period in employment claims which starts from the incident itself or, in the case of continuing harassment, from the end of last occurrence.

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CONTENTS The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

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6 Jottings Your local community noticeboard

9 Our local chocolatier Phil Kemp visits Noble & Stace

14 Festive Things to Do Local pantos, markets and meet Santa 22 Fashion

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Plenty going on in the run-up to Christmas and beyond, with a great behind-the-scenes tour at Petworth House in January which will be worth the trip. You can do the walk featured in this edition at the same time if you do decide to pay a visit so do keep your magazine! Whatever you do, we wish our readers a very peaceful break and a Merry Christmas. Music of the Light – An Afternoon Piano and Cello Recital Thursday 1st December 2.15pm The Harry & Alisa Recital Duo will be playing a programme of works by Anton Webern, Cesar Frank and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The Duo is formed of Cellist Alisa Liubarskaya and Young Steinway Artist pianist Harry Nowakowski-Fox. Held at Christ Church, Waterden Road Guildford. Entry is free with a retiring collection. For further information contact Andrew Hodges 01483 537684. Charity Christmas Card Shop Open now until the 17th December The Cards for Good Causes charity Christmas card shop is now open until the 17th December in St Nicolas Church, Guildford GU2 4AW. (Follow the Santa signs at the bottom of the High Street over the Town Bridge and across the river form Debenhams). The shop sells cards from almost 40 charities, with over 300 designs to choose from as well as wide selection of Christmas wrapping and gifts. The shop is open from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm each day. RHS Garden Wisley Festive Events Various dates throughout December Late opening over the whole of RHS Garden Wisley from the 1st–31st December. Throughout December, the Garden, Shop and Plant Centre will be open until 8pm. Last entry to the Garden will be at 7pm. Come and enjoy the Christmas Glow lights in the Garden; the festive gifts, food and books in the Wisley shop as well as the famous Wisley Christmas Shop (closed after 24 Dec) in the Plant Centre. Festive Lunches and Afternoon Teas will be

available from the 1st–24th December: The Restaurant’s tempting Festive Menu will ease you into the festivities. Why not treat yourself after an invigorating walk to see the winter colour? Gift vouchers for Afternoon Tea make wonderful presents, too. Two course lunch, including a glass of Prosecco and tea or coffee, £25.00 per person. Christmas display in The Glasshouse will be from the 3rd December 2016 to 4th January 2017. Enter into a magical Gingerbread House and garden filled with poinsettias and colourful seasonal plants. Or take a peek at our Ten Christmas Trees from around the world exhibit, designed by local schools. As you wander further into the arid and tropical zones look out for candy canes wrapped in seasonal flowering plants, such as Schlumbergera and bromeliads. The Glasshouse Gallery will feature an exhibit of the Wisley Citrus Collection. There will also be Christmas Activity days: Stories and Songs with Santa (includes garden entry). Join them to decorate gingerbread and make your own horticultural Christmas decoration at the Clore Classroom. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus for Stories, songs and a present at Wisley Plant Centre. For full details on entry dates, times and fees and to book online please go to www.rhs.org.uk/ wisley. RHS Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB, tel 0845 260 9000.

Untold Stories: British Art from Private Collections Until the 19th February 2017 Look behind the closed doors of private collections and uncover the personal history of rarely seen paintings generously loaned by art collectors with a connection to the Artists’ Village at Watts Gallery. Learn the extraordinary stories that accompany these treasures of Victorian and early 20th century British art. Artists include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Singer Sargent and more. Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. For further details of this event and more go to www.wattsgallery.org.uk. Christmas concert with Horsley Choral Society Saturday 3rd December 7.30pm The concert will feature Puccini’s Messa di Gloria together with

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Christmas music and carols and is the ideal way to start the festivities. They will have some great soloists, Geoffrey Horton (Bass) and John Upperton (tenor) and some beautiful music for all. There will also be communal carol singing and seasonal refreshments. Held at St Andrew’s Church, Cobham. Ticket office is 01483 280756 and tickets are £12 (under 18s, £6) and are also available on the door. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Age UK (Surrey). Cats Protection Guildford and Godalming Branch. Saturday 3rd and 10th December Please support them at the following events; St Joseph’s School, Guildford, Christmas Fair on the 3rd December, A Fair to Remember, Borough Hall, Godalming also on the 3rd December and Churches Together street fair, Godalming on the 10th December.

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Thoroughly intriguing chocolate from a

local chocolatier Phil Kemp pays a visit to Noble & Stace Everyone loves chocolate don’t they? Whether it’s as a ‘thank you for inviting me’ gift, a present for a special person - or just sheer selfindulgence. But there’s chocolate and there’s very special chocolate, and the handcrafted chocolate produced in rural Sussex by Noble & Stace Chocolatiers is simply mouth-wateringly special. Mike Noble practices his magical art at their chocolate kitchen nestled in the South Downs National Park, and for a very good reason. Much of their chocolate uses flavoursome ingredients sourced locally from wineries, a gin distillery, coffee roasters, a mint farm, a craft brewer and intriguingly even a natural mineral water producer. “The first chocolates we produced eighteen months ago were the result of a collaboration with a small craft brewery a few miles away,” said Mike. “I started working with Langham Brewery by exploring the different flavours of their ales to find one that best complemented our chocolate, and produced a tablette that was very well received - once people got the idea that ale and chocolate makes a tasty combination. Their award winning hoppy ale was blended with a rich dark chocolate ganache in place of cream and butter.” Mike Noble

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As an occasional chocolate binger I knew it wouldn’t take much to tease my palate, but in my conversation with Mike I was quickly becoming intrigued. Chocolate and craft ale? Well, sure, why not? But what he said next literally took my breath away. “I then went to completely the opposite end of the scale, and got in touch with the South Downs Water Company. Instead of the traditional truffle

combination of chocolate, cream, and butter I took out the cream and the butter - and replaced it with a mineral water.” said Mike, smiling at my bemused expression. “I knew that would surprise you. It surprises many people. Water and chocolate don’t normally mix that well, but it does if you get it in the right quantity - and it gives a quite different texture. In a traditional truffle cream and butter is quite indulgent, and it’s creamy and quite rich. But unlike the mineral water one it doesn’t have an instant melt in the mouth. The best way I can describe our Pure Mineral Water Truffles is that they’re a bit like a sorbet – which has a very clean kind of melt and a rich taste - and nobody would think that it didn’t have the cream and the butter. And of course it’s a dairy-free option that increasingly customers are looking for.” Chocolate and ale? Chocolate and mineral water? Surely Mike’s chocolate ingredients cupboard had run out of surprises? “Our customer research revealed, perhaps not surprisingly, a love of Champagne truffles. We are surrounded by vineyards around here, and so I soon produced my equivalent of a Champagne truffle using

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recommend without hesitation given the tantalising and surprisingly original flavours I tasted in their chocolate kitchen.

a local English sparkling wine. That really captured people’s imagination so I do a lot now with different vineyards in Sussex and Hampshire. It’s not a massively powerful alcoholic taste, but the fruitiness of the wine really comes through making a really nice smooth truffle.” Mike paused for effect, and of course he had the advantage of knowing what was coming next. ”Just two weeks ago we launched our new Chilgrove Gin Truffle range! We worked closely with the Chichesterbased distillery’s husband and wife team to develop some recipes – and we now have a very zesty gin and lime truffle, which is quite subtle on the gin. And we also have our gin and lemon, which is stronger on the gin and with a little less on the lemon. And of course, as you’d expect there is a gin and tonic truffle too - with a little bit of orange in it giving it a lovely citrus mix.” Noble & Stace Chocolatiers make everything by hand – melting and moulding and creating in their spotless food hygiene five-rated chocolate kitchen. There are no automated industrial-scale production machines. All the equipment used is typical of any domestic kitchen. And it is their hands-on approach that makes their chocolate so distinctive.

“We mostly stock through local suppliers like farm shops, delis and cafes – and farmers’ markets. My first stockist was the farm shop and café at Cowdray Park in Midhurst. Increasingly we’re being approached to make special orders for restaurants, hotels and events like weddings. We did a wedding recently where they wanted gifts for their guests, and being autumn we created little gift boxes inside which nestled chocolate acorns and oak leaves. But word is spreading and we’re getting enquiries from stockists much farther afield. And of course, you can place your own personal order on our website. We can make up special orders just for you – for example a pick and mix of six sparkling wine truffles and six peppermint creams.” Mike Noble has certainly introduced my taste buds to some surprising flavour combinations and unfettered delight enjoyed when a freshly hand crafted chocolate from his kitchen melts away in your mouth. Chocolatier extraordinaire! Phil Kemp is a freelance writer and photographer based in Godalming. www.weyriver.co.uk

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“The problem with mass-produced chocolate is that the big manufacturers have to provide for a very long shelflife - and in so doing they need to add extra ingredients to achieve this, which does make the flavour different,” explained Mike. “We produce chocolate mostly to order which means that our chocolate is freshly produced and in small volumes. We all also eat with our eyes so we are presenting something that is unique looking, and looks more appealing as it hasn’t been run off a machine. I’m piping it by hand, I’m adding something to it, all the truffles are dipped by hand. It is a labourintensive way of doing it, but that’s what makes it special.” I asked Mike where we can go to enjoy the Noble & Stace chocolate experience – something I’d personally

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<8 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD 3rd December there will be a Pre Christmas walk at Belmont School, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. On Saturday 10th December, enjoy Christmas decoration and wreath making. A repeat of last year’s very successful event, going out into the countryside to collect materials and then returning to base to make them into Christmas decorations. Finally, on Tuesday 27th December, Walk off your Christmas puddings! Join walk leader Pete Lambert for a brisk walk and take in the beautiful views along the River Wey. All of these events are free. Meet at The Parrott in Shalford at 10.30am for an 11am start. For details on these events and more go to www.surreyhills.org.

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The Grange Centre Christmas Carol Concert Cobham Saturday 3rd December 7.30pm Visit the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Hall in Cobham and see what people with disabilities can do - sing along to carols with their choir, conducted by Ian Assersohn. Readings will be from actress Deborah Grant and their patron Sir Richard Thompson, plus soloists and Surrey Brass. Mince pies at the interval. Held at The Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham KT11 3QQ. Tickets £15 (£9 children and students). Box office 08700 842020 open 10am-3pm or book online at www. yehudimenuhinschool.co.uk. Horsley Garden Society Horsley Garden Society and its predecessors have encouraged the gardeners of the Horsleys and surrounding villages since 1924. They hold flower and produce shows, meetings, lectures and visits to bring together those with an interest in gardening - from beginners to experts. New members and visitors are

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD always welcome. Anyone interested in membership at the modest cost of £5 per annum should contact the Chairman, Roger Lindsay via email: r.lindsay339@btinternet.com or the Membership Secretary, Terry Lazenby via email: terrylazenby@ terrylazenby.plus.com. Harvest your own Christmas tree Saturdays 3rd, 10th and Sunday 11 December 10am-2pm Takes place at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Bring along a saw and pair of gloves to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Trees are from £15. Details can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-and-devils-punchbowl.

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Mini Photo Sessions Saturday 3rd December This takes place at Onslow Village (Guildford) and costs just £45. Includes A 20 min studio photo shoot and 4 high resolution images on CD. Please contact Nads on 07505 289285 for details. The People of Effingham in World War I Saturday 3rd December Effingham Local History Group will be holding an exhibition on Saturday 3rd December at the King George V Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham, 11am to 5pm. The exhibition will look at the lives of Effingham civilians as well as those who survived military service and The Fallen. It will include rare and previously unseen photographs from the photo albums of a lady who lived in the village for most of her life. Entry is free (donations welcome). Refreshments will be on offer as well as books and Xmas cards to purchase.

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Festive things to do Christmas means lots of things to many different people. Here we round up some of the pantomimes being shown, places where you can visit Santa and a few fabulous markets, both local and further afield.

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Dick Whittington Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SJ 17th December to 28th December Dick Whittington tells the rags-to-riches tale of our hero and his hilarious cat, on their fun-packed journey to find fame and fortune in London. This year’s Dorking Halls pantomime will be packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation… Oh yes it will! www.dorkinghalls.co.uk Aladdin Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX 9th December to 8th January Ultimate Panto villain Kit Hesketh-Harvey returns to Guildford as Abanazar. Following her captivating performance in the West End production of War Horse, Emma Thornett will play the title role of Aladdin this Christmas (left). www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk Peter Pan Haslemere Hall Bridge Road, Haslemere GU27 2AS 13th January to 21st January 2017 It’s panto time again (oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is!) and 2017 brings a swashbuckling spectacle of a pantomime - Peter Pan. Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they take on the villainous Captain Hook and his band of pirates. www.haslemerehall.co.uk Beauty and the Beast Leatherhead Theatre Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN 20th to 30th December Join them for exciting adventure this 14

year...an adventure that will transport us to the French village of ‘Marsh de Mello’, where a love story is waiting to unfold that will tickle your French Fancy! www.theleatherheadtheatre.org

Further afield Sleeping Beauty Princes Hall Princes Way, Aldershot GU12 4RR 8th December to 31st December Starring favourites Robert Hopkins, Donovan Christian Cary, James Franklin, Rachel LeaGray and Tom Capper. As well as everyone’s favourite routine from Peter Pan and Snow White - The Twelve Days of Christmas! www.princeshall.com Sleeping Beauty The Anvil Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR 8th December to 2nd January Starring Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, right), Katrina Bryan (CBeebies) and Sarah-Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks). www.anvilarts.org.uk Cinderella Camberley Theatre Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY 6th December to 31st December The most magical fairy-tale of them all will be brought to life through stunning costumes, hilarious Ugly Sisters, unforgettable songs and dances, a script bursting with jokes plus a ton of magic and audience interaction! www.camberleytheatre.biz Peter Pan Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester PO19 6AP 17th to 31st December Night after night, Peter Pan stares in through

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Wendy, John and Michael Darling’s bedroom window, longing to hear the stories told by their mother. One thrilling evening the brave, wistful, maverick boy who refuses to grow up, teaches the Darling children how to fly, whisking them off to the magical world of Never Land - a deliciously frightening place. www.cft.org.uk Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Harlington 236 Fleet Rd, Fleet GU51 4BY 14th December to 24th December Award-winning Starburst Foundation will be producing this year’s Fleet panto with a cast of local talent. look forward to a traditional pantomime with modern songs & dances to get feet tapping & audiences firmly into the festive spirit! www.theharlington.co.uk Santa Claus - The Musical New Theatre Royal Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD 9th December to 31st December Filled with your favourite Christmas tunes such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus - The Musical is a jampacked Christmas treat for everyone. www.newtheatreroyal.com Cinderella The Harlequin Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN 9th December to 31st December With pop legend Chesney Hawkes playing Prince Charming and Redhill favourites Abigail Welford, Neil Wheatley and Simon Bashford back as Cinderella, Buttons and the Fairy Godmother. www.harlequintheatre.co.uk Jack & The Beanstalk King’s Theatre Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ 6th December to 1st January Starring Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo) Anne Hegerty (The Chase) and Marcus Patric (Hollyoaks). www.kings-southsea.com December 2016

Snow White New Victoria Theatre The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ 10th December to 8th January The job of head dwarf Prof is a tall order but nothing that TV and film star Warwick Davis can’t measure up to. Joining him is comedy favourite Andy Ford as the Henchman. www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre

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Santa’s Cellar Grotto at Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA 3rd, 4th,10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 21st to 24th December Enjoy a warm welcome from Santa`s elves, outdoor train ride followed by a visit to see Father Christmas in his Cellar Grotto and tell him your Christmas wishes. £7.50 per child which includes a gift from Santa, train ride, Santa`s sticker book and Christmas crafts in Santa`s cellar (please note that the gifts are suitable from birth and up, therefore all children are required to have a ticket). £2 per adult which includes the train ride and mince pie in the cellar. www.denbies.co.uk/events/family-events Christmas Winter Wonderland at Birdworld Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD 3rd December to 24th December Come to Birdworld, located in Alice Holt Forest, to meet Santa’s reindeer and some friendly farm animals before you enter a magical world full of animated characters in winter wonderland settings. As you walk through the different scenes, you can enjoy the friendly banter with the impish elves before the children meet Santa to receive their present. For those too old for a present, a mince pie and a hot fruit punch awaits! Santa will be in his Winter Wonderland with his elves and reindeers on selected dates throughout December. www.birdworld.co.uk Meet Father Christmas at Hatchlands Park Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 22nd December Father Christmas is visiting Hatchlands again this year. You can come along and meet him in his cosy festive sitting room in the courtyard, have a quick chat and receive a small present. Free entry to NT Members or entry fee to property of £6. Child: Entry fee to property of £3 (NT members free), £5 to meet Father Christmas. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/christmas

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Meet Santa... Further afield Santa on the VC10 at Brooklands Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th December Once again Santa will be giving his reindeer a rest for a while and borrowing our VC10 aircraft so that he can meet his young fans. For children aged 5-7, normal museum admission of £6 is payable + £5 for a visit to Santa (includes a small present). Accompanying adults and seniors pay normal museum admission. For children under 5, admission to the museum is free and they can also visit Santa for £5. Santa must be booked in advance. www.brooklandsmuseum.com Stories and Songs with Santa Wisley Plant Centre, RHS Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December Visit Santa and Mrs Claus for stories, songs and a present at Wisley Plant Centre. Prices from £10 per child, children of any age, must be accompanied by a parent, prices from £2 for adults. Book online at rhs.org.uk/wisely. Eight sessions per day, ½ hour activity. www.rhs.org.uk/wisleychristmas

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Farnham Christmas Market Castle Street, Farnham GU9 7PZ Sunday 11th December 10am-4pm Find the perfect Christmas gift; hundreds of stalls offering gifts, decorations and treats plus more in the Mercure Bush hotel and Santa’s Grotto. www.farnham.gov.uk German Christmas Market in the Guildford Guildhall High Street, Guildford Sunday 4th December 11am-4pm To celebrate Guildford’s twinning with the German city of Freiburg a ‘Mini’ Christmas Market is being held in the Guildhall in the High Street on Sunday 4th December from 11am to 4pm. Wooden toys, candles and Christmas confectionery from Freiburg will be on sale, there will be a tasting of wines from the Freiburg area, Glühwein (mulled wine) will be available and there will be a tombola. Literature about Freiburg will also be on display. Haslemere Christmas Market High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA Sunday 4th December 10am-4pm Christmas Market: Christmas gifts for all the family. Stalls selling a variety of goods, from baby clothing to unique crafts. Also street entertainment and Santa’s Grotto. Free shuttle bus from Lion Green, Wey Hill and the station. www.haslemere.com/christmasmarket 16

Further afield Chichester Christmas Market North Street and East Street, Chichester Saturday 3rd December to Sunday 11th December A fantastic array of festive stands, in Chichester’s North Street and East Street for nine days in December. This is a fabulous opportunity to find a spectacular range of top quality crafts, unusual and individual gifts for all your friends and family. www.woodlandcrafts.co.uk/chichesterchristmas-market-2016 Southbank Centre Winter Market Southbank, London SE1 8XX 11th November to 8th January Southbank Centre’s popular Winter Market (above) returns this year to the banks of the river Thames, within a short walk of Waterloo station. Browse the twinkling wooden cabins that line the riverside for affordable gifts, quirky crafts and handmade pieces, alongside festive snacks and drinks. Continue your shopping at the Charity Shop Emporium, part of Southbank Centre’s weekend of charity and giving on the 10th and 11th December, where you can pick up original gifts and party outfits from the pop-up stalls of high street charity shops, independent retailers and smaller charitable organisations. www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS Friday 18th November to Tuesday 20th December Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/home/ christmas-at-the-cathedral/christmas-market

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Carol Praise at Horsley Methodist Church Saturday 3rd December 7pm An evening of traditional carol singing, amongst hearty singers with an interval for refreshments. For more details please call 01483 282474.

December, there will be a figure of eight walk around Shere, with a six mile and four mile loop. Bob will be leading this one, please contact him on 07745 572494 for more details. For information about these walks and more please go to www. guildfordramblingclub.org.uk.

Elf Workshops at The Friary Guildford Saturday 3rd, 17th and 23rd December 11am-4pm The Friary Guildford will be holding three children’s Christmas chocolate craft days in a special Elf Workshop at the shopping centre in December. The younger shoppers will be invited to the Elf Workshop to decorate and customise little chocolate bars using coloured icing, jelly sweets and mini chocolates. With the help from parents and a host of loveable elf characters, the children can take a break from shopping and have fun making their own chocolate creation to take home and enjoy. For more information, visit www.thefriaryguildford.com.

Art For Christmas by Surrey Artists’ at Cranleigh Arts Centre Sunday 4th December 11am-4pm Art for Christmas is an exciting one day event presented by Surrey Artists’ Open Studio members, offering a fantastic opportunity to buy beautiful and unique gifts for your loved ones by our very talented artists. Are you looking for something distinctive for someone special? Art for Christmas will have original art and craft for sale at affordable prices, from a range of Surrey-based artists. The day also includes demonstrations of how the work is made and you can even have a go at making something yourself! You will meet artists from across the county and learn how they produce their work. A range of jewellery, textiles, paintings, ceramics and more will be available to buy on the day. There will be a café open selling tea, coffee and delicious cakes and sandwiches. Entrance fee is £1 per person (free for under 3s). Held at Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AS.

Guildford Rambling Club’s Walks Programme Various dates in December Unless otherwise stated visitors are welcome on all walks and they normally start at 10am. The first meet for December is on Sunday 4th December near Dunsfold, for a nine and a half mile circular walk to Loxwood. Details for this can be found by calling David L on 07580 914207. Next there will be a five mile circular morning walk near Tilford on Sunday 11th December. Please call Sally on 01306 885976 for more information. There will be another circular morning walk of four and a half miles, from Friday Street on Thursday 15th December. Details from Maria on 01306 644836. And finally, on Sunday 18th

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Sheer Delight Decadence Celebrating 15 years in Godalming, drum roll please, lingerie boutique Sheer Delight, by Kirstie Smillie How often do we roll up to the bulging rails of a department store to buy our lingerie and not really know where to start? So, a few years ago after a little trepidation, I crossed the threshold of Sheer Delight to experience a more enjoyable approach, and met owner Julie Drummond. Entering into the calming uncluttered interior, the delicate displays on show are a small percentage of what Julie has on offer. The experience develops from within tidy storage cupboards in the fitting rooms where many more styles and sizes are brought out to try on.

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interesting shops, owned by local tradesmen, which have largely disappeared from Guildford’s High Street today. This reflects the modern shopping trends as the town grew from a small market town to a regional centre. However our ancestors would still recognise the High Street’s buildings and the Guildhall clock. For further information on attending please contact Mrs I Hawkins on 01483 535986. Amitiés Francaises’ lecture - Le Féminisme en France Thursday 8th December 2016 This lecture will be given by Cédric Cabanne. It will be a fascinating talk on a subject where so much has been written and where controversy has brought people into the street to demonstrate. Cédric Cabanne is a serious researcher and a great lecturer. He also brings effective visuals, so if your French a little rusty, you will not miss very much. As usual, the meeting will take place in Godalming at The Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, GU7 1BA. There is good parking and a lovely atmosphere with people who like to know more about France. The full annual programme is available in brochures in libraries, at www.amitiesfrancaises.com and on Facebook. Doors open at 7pm. For membership enquiries, please contact john.petty@ which.net. Surrey Hills Arts This summer you may have noticed some rather striking looking sculptures popping up along the Greensand Way. These distinct pieces of art are part of the Inspiring Views project delivered by Surrey Hills Arts. Funded through the Mittal Foundation, this project has worked with landowners to open

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up hidden views along the Greensand Way, improve access and commission artists to interpret the views through art, poetry and sound. Five sculptors and designers were commissioned to create sculptural benches at viewpoints along the Greensand Way at Gibbet Hill, Reynards Hill, Holmbury Hill, Winterfold and Hascombe Hill. Why not get out this winter and see these beautiful benches. You can even go on the ‘Inspiring Views’ walk to take in a few, created by i-footpath, www.ifootpath. com. For more information visit www.inspiringviews.org. Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure Thursday 8th to Saturday 24th December The producers of the Santa Adventures are delighted to return to G Live in Guildford this Christmas for the fourth year running with this must see interactive show. The adventure takes place at Santa’s HQ in the North Pole; The Reindeer Sat Nav is programmed and the toys are piled high on the sleigh, then… chaos strikes! Rudolph is missing and the Elves are misbehaving… will Santa ever deliver the presents to all the boys and girls? Filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic, Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, including the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every performance! Performances take place at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm (see website for daily schedule). Tickets: Children £12.50/14.50, Adults £13.50/15.50, Family of 4 £46/54. Call the Box Office on 01483 369350 or go to www.glive.co.uk. Running time: 70 minutes with no interval (including a meet and greet with Santa Claus). Suitable for children aged 2+.

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him for a 90 minute trip along the canal whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine with snacks, and seasonal sing-along music. Santa will also have a small gift for everyone! Tickets cost £15 per person. On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day festive trips depart at 11am, 12noon and 2pm. Tickets: £5 for adults; £2.50 for children. Booking in advance is essential for all the trips. Full details are available on the website and bookings can be made online. Alternatively call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk. For further details go to www.weyandarun.co.uk. Christmas with the National Trust Christmas is a time of warmth and celebration, tradition and excitement. Their historic houses and gardens invite you in to celebrate the coming of the festive season, where you’ll discover sparkling landscapes filled with hand-made decorations and winter greenery, wonderful old stories and inspiring new experiences. There is plenty on offer, especially for children, from seasonal craft making activities and visits from Father Christmas, to themed adventure trails through their houses and gardens. You will also find seasonal homemade treats in their cafes and shops fully stocked with gifts to suit all pockets. Enter into the past this Christmas and help their work as a charity protect these amazing places for the future. For more information on these events and ideas for great value family days out go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Introduction to Arabic Language Workshop Guildford Sunday 11th December 5pm-7pm Whether you have attended any Arabic classes before or not,

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you are all welcome to join this free Introduction to Arabic language workshop. Held at the Practical Philosophy School, St Catherines School House, 26A Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4DJ. To book your place, please send your full name, phone number and email address to the instructor, Mohamed Ragab: mohamedragab0100@gmail.com. Due to limited numbers, please make your way to the workshop only if you receive a confirmation email to participate. Guildford Choral’s Christmas Concert Festive Favourites Sunday 11th December 3pm A Sunday afternoon concert at G LIve for all the family – the perfect way to begin the Christmas season. There will be carols and seasonal music to enjoy, lots of audience participation and the chance for children to join the choir on the stage, too. Add a brilliant young soloist, the choir of Tormead Junior School and the sparkle of Southern Pro Musica brass – it will make a festive occasion for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are available from: boxoffice@guildfordchoral.org, tel: 01483 272191 or from the G Live box office on 01483 369350. Albury Organic Vineyard Christmas Tasting Event Sunday 11th December 12pm-4pm Join the vineyard for a festive afternoon of tastings, mince pies and music from the Godalming Community Gospel Choir. Included is four tastings of their award winning, Silent Pool Rosé and The Duke’s Reserve Brandy, plus Albury honey made from bees that live on the vineyard and Kokoh chocolate. There will also be a Vineyard toy trail (weather dependent), fun for kids and adults! You will also receive a 10% discount on

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<33 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD purchases of Albury Estate sparkling wine. Free vineyard tour and wine tasting voucher with Christmas gift box purchased on the day. Tickets are £5 for adults, children and Albury Wine Club Members free. For further details and bookings visit www. alburyvineyard.com. Wine club members - please contact lucy@albuyvineyard.com for tickets. Guildford Walking for Health Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning Guildford Walking for Health offers free guided short walks in all weathers (except very icy), year-round. All walkers welcome. Led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Just come along. Wear waterproof footwear, bring a raincoat on rainy days and set out. Every step matters! The Whitmoor Walk Group meet on Friday mornings at the Jolly Farmer car-park on Burdenshott Road (GU3 3RN) at 10.45 am, starting at 11 am. One hour and also a 30 minutes easy, flattish walk across Whitmoor Common, exploring the pond, streams, woodland and heath. This can be quite muddy in the winter months. Optional coffee afterwards at the Jolly Farmer. The Fairlands Walk Group meet at the Farmhouse Café at Rokers (GU3 3PB) every Wednesday morning at 9.45am for both an hour walk and a 30-minute walk, starting at 10 am. Walk across the Merrist Wood campus, or towards Perry Hill and back. Easy flattish walks. Optional coffee afterwards at the Farmhouse Café. The Boxgrove Walk Group offers more challenging walks from the car park at Boxgrove Park shops, Cunningham Avenue (GU1 2PF) at 10am every Monday morning. Meet at 9.45 am. Routes change Oxenford 1 07/11/2014 15:36 Page 1 weekly. For 2012_Layout more information visit www.walkingforhealth.org. uk or write to guildfordwfh@outlook.com.

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Christmas GLOW at Wisley RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey will be holding a fantastic programme of events throughout November and December to delight visitors young and old. Back for a second year, Christmas Glow (1st December-2nd January 2017) promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever. Designers of cultivated illumination, Jigantics will be creating a captivating light installation with giant, botanically inspired blooms, set to spark the imagination. This event offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season in a beautiful garden setting. There will be even more gigantic blooms to discover than last year, as visitors get the chance to wander through the garden, as well as seeing all the natural Christmas decorations. In addition, we will also be lighting up some of our own magnificent Wisley trees, including the liquidambar on Seven Acres West Lawn, giant redwood around the Pinetum edge and the scots pine in the Loggia. There are 10 trees for visitors to come and find across the garden. The Glasshouse will be decorated in the style of a magical gingerbread lodge complete with colourful floral displays of poinsettias and seasonal plants such as Christmas cactus and bromeliads. There will also be an exhibit of the Wisley Citrus Collection in The Glasshouse Gallery. The lake surrounding the Glasshouse will be illuminated with lanterns, offering magnificent views. There will be a special Light Switch-On ceremony at 6.30pm on 30th November with a late-night Christmas shopping evening. A special parade is also planned by Jigantics, who have been working with The Rayleigh School, based in West Horsley near Guildford, to create and design paper lanterns from tissue paper and willow.

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<34 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Bollon of Motivation by Music, an award-winning choir mistress, this must be the most exciting voice therapy exercise around. The choir meets at 1pm every other Friday at Binscombe Church, Barnes Road, Farncombe. Emily guarantees a great vocal workout singing inspirational Gospel songs. For more information contact Linda Macbeth on 01483 532942 or email her on l.macbeth@btinternet.com. Age UK Surrey and Guildford Cathedral Christmas Carol Concert Tuesday 13th December 11.15am-12noon. Age UK Surrey’s annual Carol Concert will be held in the Marquee at Guildford Cathedral on Tuesday 13th December. Coffee, tea and mince pies will be served before the concert from 10.30am. The event will be a mix of traditional Christmas carols and readings. The Guildford Cathedral Singers and school children from Rydes Hill Preparatory School will perform and dignitaries from across Surrey will be attending. Please join them for a festive morning of Christmas music and readings in this beautiful setting. All are welcome, free entry and car parking is available on site. A special two course lunch for £10.00 is available in the Guildford Cathedral Refectory after the concert if booked in advance. Telephone 01483 547886 to make a booking. If you would like to attend or you require wheelchair access please call Age UK Surrey on 01483 503414 or email enquiries@ageuksurrey.org.uk Guildford Travel Club Tuesday 13th December 7.30pm Guildford Travel Club welcomes you whether you’re a

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‘seasoned’ or an ‘armchair’ traveller. The Club meets at Onslow Village Hall for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. There is just one meeting this month on Tuesday 13th December when award-winning photographer, presenter and guide Paul Goldstein will be giving you an evening of wildlife through the lens from the Masai Mara to India, the Artic and Antarctica. Membership for the season (October to April) costs £32 and £16 for student cardholders. Visitors are most welcome and will be charged £7 on the door with student cardholders paying just £3.50. Doors open 7.30pm. Talks are 8pm-10pm with complimentary refreshments during the interval. For further details, please visit www.guildfordtravelclub.org.uk, contact Jenny Allan, Membership Secretary on 01483 452399 or email info@guildfordtravelclub.org.uk. WSDFAS Christmas Lecture Tuesday 13th December West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society invite you to join them for a glass of mulled wine and mince pies after their lecture, entitled ‘The Christmas Tree: From Forest Fir to Festive Feature’. The lecture will be given by Dr. Claire Walsh. Come and learn how the fir tree came to be a symbol of our modern Christmas festivities. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee. This lecture starts at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details on their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2016 and 2017 can be found on their website www.nadfas-westsurrey.co.uk or by calling 01483 272332.

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<39 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD West Surrey Branch of the Historical Association Tuesday 13th December 7.30pm The West Surrey branch of the Historical Association continues its series of lectures by leading historians on Tuesday 13th December when Professor Jonathan Harris of the University of London will give a talk on ‘Byzantium: The forgotten Empire.’ Constantinople became the leading city in Europe and a centre of religion and civilization, outstripping the declining Rome. Crusades interrupted but did not prevent its continued progress until, after many centuries, it finally fell to the Ottoman Empire. This epic story is something of a gap in our general awareness. 7.30pm St Nicholas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW. Non members very welcome (£3 at the door) and students free. More details from Rollo Crookshank 01252 319881 crookshank@starkmann.co.uk The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Tuesday 13th December to Saturday 17th 7.30 pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Come through the wardrobe and find Narnia at the Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley. Narnia is a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that one White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. Four children are staying in an old country house. By accident they go through a wardrobe into Narnia where they learn they could fulfil an old prophecy. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter a evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named Aslan. Will this be the end of their journey to Narnia or will they stay? The Lion, The Witch and

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The Wardrobe is a timeless classic that children cherish and adults adore. Tickets are £16 adults, £10 students/ children, £12 for all adults on Tuesday 13th. Call the box office on 01483 284747 and leave a message on the answerphone. You can call into the theatre on Saturday mornings between 10.00am and 12.30pm or book online via www.nomadtheatre.com. The theatre is easily accessible to wheelchair users and has a hearing induction loop. Guildford and Woking Humanists Talk Tuesday 13th December 7.30pm Speaker Chris Ward and Joshua Gladwin will speak and answer questions about the state of play in Britain today and in other countries for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Followed by questions and discussion. Refreshment interval will be at 8.30pm. Held at The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH. Entrance is free, but £2 or £3 is suggested (but not from students) as a contribution towards the hire of the room and speaker’s expenses. All are welcome. Please go to www.guildfordwoking.humanist.org. uk for more information. Seth Lakeman, Ballards of the Broken Few Tour Wednesday 14th December at G Live Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Seth Lakeman released his new album Ballads of the Broken Few in September 2016. Seth is touring the UK in November and December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin. Seth has successfully steered English folk

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GARDENING

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in 1762 by Princess Augusta at Kew gardens. Ginkgos, a favourite of herbal medicine, are a prehistoric tree species that grew during the time of the dinosaurs. Often referred to as a living fossil, it’s amazing that the Gingko has survived to give us an insight into the plants that grew on our planet one hundred million years ago.

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With the shorter daylight hours that winter brings, every moment outdoors feels like a gift. Spending your time outside in beautiful surroundings, with friends or family, can make the moment even more precious. If you’re looking to find some winter inspiration, there’s nowhere better to visit than the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Kew offers so much to its visitors at every time of year. During winter you might enjoy walking amongst the trees or you may wish to quietly recharge your batteries by the lake. You can also visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the Marianne North Gallery, and the sculptures created by Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi, that reside in the gardens. With 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, Kew is a great place to explore. If you’re interested in bees, you might want to visit The Hive, an immersive multi-sensory experience, which was installed at Kew earlier this year. The Hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress, who was inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. The Hive has been designed to reflect the real time energy of a colony of bees residing in a beehive, located behind the scenes at Kew. Each moment you experience inside The Hive will be filled with the collective energy of the bees within Kew’s beehive.

Kew’s Holly Walk offers seasonal inspiration; if the weather’s chilly, warm up inside the Palm House, where you’ll find a wonderland of plants from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and other exotic locations, growing together inside this iconic glasshouse, the basement of which houses the Marine Aquarium. The Princess of Wales Conservatory is home to real life water dragons, rare and diverse plant collections, including carnivorous, tropical and sub tropical plants. The lower level features viewing windows, showing the depths of the glasshouses’ pond, and the fish that reside there. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a magical place to visit at any time of year, but from the 23rd November until the 2nd January 2017, Christmas at Kew offers visitors the chance to experience Kew after dark, where you’ll find the gardens lit up by a vast array of illuminations created by renowned lighting artists from across Europe. Along the mile long path that sparkles with light, you’ll find botanically inspired installations, alongside fire garden displays, and interactive experiences, which make Christmas at Kew very special indeed. Christmas at Kew also features vintage rides, festive food and drinks, as well as Santa and his elves. Tickets are available in advance; please visit www.kew.org for all the details.

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Autumn and winter unclothe the leaves of deciduous trees, revealing the beauty of the trees’ architecture and displaying their bark and stature. There are around 14,000 trees at Kew, making this a great place to reconnect with nature, and relax in the serene, quiet, refined beauty that’s found at the start of winter. If you or your children are interested in the Jurassic period, you might enjoy visiting the first ever Ginkgo biloba to be grown in Britain, this specimen was planted December 2016

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GARDENING GIFTS

With Beth Otway

Books are wonderful presents. This year my book recommendation is Botanicum from Big Picture Press, a wonderful and truly beautiful book that’s certain to delight the whole family. This autumn, I received a very special gift of a standard holly from some dear friends. I am thrilled with the tree - Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, a lovely female holly with glossy leaves and orange-red berries, purchased from Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford. Over the past couple of years, I have bought some beautiful hand-made Christmas decorations from Sarah Beevers at the Loseley Christmas Fair. Sarah also makes botanical themed jewellery and pieces inspired by nature, for more information visit www. etsy.com/shop/sarahbeeversdesign I feel such an uplifting, happy sensation when I find the perfect gift. I have been busy testing out products, searching for special gifts for gardeners. Here are my recommendations: Membership of a horticultural society would make a super present. There are many friendly gardening societies who meet regularly across Surrey, where you can learn about gardening and make new friends. If you’re looking for a society near you, or a friend or relation, visit www.surreyhorticulturalfederation.org I love growing Sweet Peas. For many years now I have used Deep Rootrainers, from Haxnicks, to sow my Sweet Pea seeds, with great results. The Rootrainers Racking Station is a super space saver; it holds eight of the Rootrainers seed trays over two levels. The Rootrainers Racking Station lifts the trays up, making the plants easier to tend. If you or a friend would like to make your own Sweet Pea wigwam, why not book onto a course with Nicki from Willow and Yoga. Nicki’s workshop is nestled in a small woodland, near Dorking in Surrey, where Nicki offers courses using a selection of different willows to make traditionally woven baskets, bird feeders, Willow balls, hearts, sculptures, Christmas decorations, wreaths and gifts. Living willow courses are available during February and March. Full day courses include materials, tea, cake, and home-made soup with bread and cheese. Gluten free and vegetarian diets are catered for. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys traditional crafts, membership of the South of England Hedge Laying Society might be the perfect present. The society holds regular training events in coppicing and hedge laying, with an annual Hedge Laying Competition.

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A wonderful gift at Christmas, or at any time of year, is the gift of garden membership. The recipient of your gift will enjoy unlimited visits during opening times, with many gardens offering other exclusive, member-only benefits. We are fortunate to have so many glorious gardens open to us; it’s important to support gardens and charitable organisations, to ensure we protect these beautiful spaces of historical and horticultural importance, their plant collections, horticultural knowledge and training opportunities, for future generations. Many gardens offer gift membership. You’ll find details of gardens in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex offering garden membership on my website. I’ve used hundreds of pairs of secateurs; the only secateurs I recommend are Felco secateurs. Felco offer full servicing for their secateurs, replacing any parts, and posting the secateurs back as good as new a wonderful surprise present! Reusable Velcro plant ties are a great stocking filler, ideal for very young, or older hands that struggle with knots. Christmas is the season of goodwill. Why not volunteer to help in a friend or relation’s garden. Gardening is uplifting; it’s heartwarming to share the experience and the joy. Happy Christmas! FIND OUT MORE For gardening advice for the month ahead, ideas and inspiration for indoor gardening, details and reviews of these gifts, more super ideas for Christmas gifts, and much more besides, visit my website www.pumpkinbeth.com. All images by Beth Otway.

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<40 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD music into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums over the last 10 years. His previous albums include 2014’s Word of Mouth, which entered the UK Top 20 album charts on its release, Mercurynominated ‘Kitty Jay’ and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’. The last few years have been eventful and busy for Seth. In between writing and recording albums he has played to audiences around the world including two tours of Australia, he has become a dad to twins, played with the BBC Concert Orchestra, presented a show on BBC Radio 2 and played at a diverse range of venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Minack Theatre, a number of Cathedrals and in Trafalgar Square. Seth’s new album Ballads of the Broken Few has been produced by Ethan Johns who has worked with Kings of Leon, Joe Cocker and Laura Marling to name but a few and was released through Cooking Vinyl. Tickets: £22.50, £26.50. Box Office: 01483 369350 or go to www.glive.co.uk.

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Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Wednesday 14th December 10.45am Dismayed at the fate of the Great British Bake Off? Then please join the society in Shalford Village Hall for their next lecture, entitled “Mrs Beeton’s Christmas.” Annie Gray’s fascinating look at the Victorian Christmas, to be followed by wine and mince pies, guarantees a very different culinary experience – and not a soggy bottom in sight. Refreshments are available from 9.30am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. The programme also includes special study days and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £42 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01483 423090 or visit their website at www.gwvdfas.org.uk Tony Hadley to light up Shooting Star Chase Carol Concert Thursday 15th December 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Singer-songwriter Tony Hadley is set to light up Christmas for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, with an exclusive performance at the 10th Shooting Star Chase and Surrey Life carol concert. The children’s hospice charity’s Vice President will perform songs from his Christmas album at the event, which will be held at St George’s College Chapel in Weybridge. The evening will also include carols, performances from the 140 strong Elmbridge Mixed Voice Choir and Shooting Star Chase’s Family Choir. Tickets are already selling fast, so to avoid disappointment please visit www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/carolconcert or call 01932 823115 to make a booking. Tickets are £20. West Surrey Organ and Keyboard Club Christmas concert Friday 16th December 7.30pm Featuring a duo show with well-known keyboard entertainers, Andrew Nix and Tony Stace. A variety of popular music, including some seasonal favourites is guaranteed, together with a touch of humour. The venue is Shalford Village Hall, GU4 8JE. A two for one entry ticket offer for visitors is available for this concert, £6 for two people. Take this advert with you to qualify. Start time 7.30pm, with interval and a 10pm finish. For more details call 01252 266270. December 2016

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Chocolate delights So who does not love chocolate? It is one of those magical things - in small doses of course. My step-father used to swear by Cadbury’s, something my French mother never really understood. So convinced was she that French or Belgian chocolate was vastly superior, a few years ago she organised a grand chocolate tasting amongst their friends in South Africa where they lived but she failed to get much support! Happily palates have changed and there is now a much better appreciation of top quality chocolate alongside the traditional old family favourites. As you will see in our interview with Mike Noble from Noble & Stace on page 9, excellent chocolates are now even being made here in the south-east of England. From wines to chocolates, who would have thought it? Here are a few recipes for Christmas. Some of these would make great gifts as well... if you don’t end up eating them all. SR

Ginger Caramel Crunch

caramel and cream mixture onto the chocolate, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then combine. Once the mixture has cooled to 35d C stir in 20g salted butter, the crunch from step 1 and ground ginger to taste – start with just a pinch!

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3. Cut the ganache – pour the ganache into a lined tin so it’s approximately 1cm thick and leave somewhere cool to set. Once it’s firm, cut into small cubes and separate out on a piece of greaseproof paper, leaving overnight at room temperature to dry. 4.Dip – Temper approximately 500g of good quality dark chocolate then using a dipping fork, coat each ganache square before placing on a greaseproof sheet to cool. Decorate each with a piece of crystallised ginger if you wish!

Cherry Surprise Chocolates From Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk

Ingredients 120g sugar, 27g glucose syrup, 610g good quality dark chocolate, 110g white chocolate, 160g double cream, 20g salted butter, crystallised ginger (optional). Makes approximately 40 chocolates Method: 1. Make the caramel crunch – put 50g of sugar and 20g of glucose syrup into a heavy based saucepan over a medium heat. Cook until it’s amber in colour and then immediately pour onto an oven safe silicon mat that’s on a heat resistant surface. Leave to cool and then break up into fine pieces in a processor. 2. Make the ganache – put 110g of good quality dark chocolate and 110g of white chocolate into a bowl and set aside. Measure out 160g of double cream and 7g of glucose syrup into a microwave-safe bowl and bring to the boil – set aside. Now put 28g of water and 70g of sugar into a heavy based saucepan, stir and heat gently until it turns a rich amber in colour. Take off the heat and very carefully pour in the warm cream, a little at a time and stirring continously. It will spit and steam a lot at this stage so take extra care! Then pour the 44

Ingredients 225g icing sugar, sifted, 1 tbsp liquid glucose, 1 tsp cherry liqueur, small jar of maraschino cherries (you will need 20 cherries and some of the liquid), 400g white or milk chocolate, roughly chopped. Makes 20 chocolates Method: 1. Place a chocolate mould in the fridge 20 minutes before starting. 2. Make a fondant filling; mix together the icing sugar,

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RECIPES liquid glucose, cherry liqueur and 3 tsp of the liquid from the maraschino cherry jar, reserve. 3. Place 50g of the chocolate into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate very slowly, stirring all the time. Remove the chocolate from the heat. 4. Take the mould from the refrigerator and fill a third of each shape with chocolate; using a small paint brush, spread the chocolate up the sides of the shapes until all covered. Return the mould to the fridge for about 10 minutes. Once set, check to see if there are any gaps in the chocolate; if so, fill them in with melted chocolate and chill again to set. 5. Add a cherry to each chocolate and top with cherry filling, leaving space for a layer of chocolate. Refrigerate until the filling is firmer; when firm to touch, melt the remaining chocolate and pour on top of the filling, so that it comes level with the sides of each shape and completes the chocolate. 6. Return to the fridge for about 30 minutes until completely hardened. When ready, gently flex the moulds to release the chocolates and store in a cool dry place.

3. In a souffle dish or individual ramekins, arrange a layer of macaroons, soaked in a little rum or brandy; over these pour a layer of the chocolate cream, then put another layer of macaroons and so on until the dish is full, finishing with macaroons. Leave the dish in a cold place for at least 12 hours.

Cinnamon and chocolate stars From Jessica Haggertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brighton Bakes (The Book Guild)

St Emilion au Chocolat From Elizabeth Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French Country Cooking (Penguin) Pinterest

Sprinkled prettily over your tablecloth, these make the perfect pick-up-and-munch treat. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also very useful as Christmas tree decorations. An all-purpose, buttery, crumbly biscuit then - simple, but all the better for it. Ingredients 150g self-raising flour, 150g plain flour, 2tsp ground cinnamon, 125g butter, 100g sugar, 1 egg, beaten, 100g chocolate. Makes 24 biscuits

Ingredients 125g butter, 125g sugar 125g, 1 teacup milk, 1 egg, 250g dark chocolate,12-16 macaroons, a tot of rum or brandy. Serves 4-6 Method: 1. Cream the butter and the sugar until they are well amalgamated. Scald the milk and let it cool, then mix it with the yolk of the egg. 2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie with a very little water, then stir in the milk and egg mixture, then the butter and sugar. Stir this cream carefully until it is absolutely smooth. December 2016

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 160C, gas mark 3. 2. Sift the flours and cinnamon together in a large bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. 4. Combine both the dry and wet ingredients and mix into a firm dough. 5. Lightly flour the work surface, turn out the dough and knead it lightly until smooth, making sure not to overwork it or your biscuits will be tough. Roll to a 5mm thickness. 6. Use a star cutter (or indeed any that take your fancy) to cut into shapes and place on a greased oven tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until light golden. Cool on a rack. 7. Melt your chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of gently bubbling water. Dip your stars in the chocolate or drizzle it over them decoratively. Place back on the rack to harden.

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The Occam Singers Saturday 17th December The Occam Singers’ December concert will be a celebration of Christmas ‘New Boy Born’ on Saturday 17th December at 6.30pm at St Nicolas’ Church, Bury St, Guildford. Relax and be uplifted by our upbeat, lively celebration of Christmas, featuring music by local composer Will Todd, who is gaining a world-wide reputation for his catchy jazz settings of familiar tunes. We will also sing some of Sasha Johnson-Manning’s joyous Manchester Carols; a collection of musical settings of words by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and many other items, both traditional and new. Please join them after the concert for seasonal refreshments served by supporters of Guildford Action, the local charity which is being supported by the Occam Singers during this season. Tickets, priced at £15 or £12.50 if prebooked, with a student rate of £7, are available from Occam Singers on 01252 783977, Record Corner Godalming 01483 422006, or Guildford TIC 01483 444333. Shere Village Cinema - Four Christmases Sunday 18th December 8pm A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. Tickets are £5 per adult & £3.50 per child. Book online at www.villagecinema.org. For more details on this film and more please go have a look at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/sherevillagecinema. Shere Village Cinema - Zootopia Thursday 29th December 2.30pm In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Tickets are £5 per adult & £3.50 per child. Book online at www.villagecinema.org. For more details on this film and more please go have a look at our facebook page: www. facebook.com/sherevillagecinema or twitter: https://twitter. com/sherecinema. A Vintage New Year’s Party! G Live Saturday 31st December, 7pm-1am It’s that time of year again when the panic of planning New Year’s Eve is starting to sink in... You want to have friends over, but the cooking is a hassle; you could go out but where caters for the whole evening? A Vintage New Year Party is an unmissable evening of classic glamour with a delightful twist. Get your glad rags on as they go back in time and transform G Live into a glamorous, vintage club. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne, treated to a freshly prepared three course meal courtesy of their in-house chefs and entertained by the fabulous retro girl band the Tootsie Rollers - who are ready to bring vintage bang up to date.

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WALK - Two National Trust walks This month we have a couple of short walks. The first takes in panoramic views from Leith Hill tower and the countryside surrounding Leith Hill Place, composer Ralph Vaughan Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; former childhood home. The woods are stunning in autumn as the leaves on the trees change colour. The second takes in the beautiful landscape immortalised in Turnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings at Petworth Park. Both are dog friendly.

Leith Hill woodland walk 1. From either of the Windy Gap car parks, head south using the track adjacent to the cottage, following the orange waymarkers. 2. This track leads you down through the woodland where, in the autumn, you can hear roving flocks of woodland birds including nuthatches, coal tits and treecreepers. The Woodland Trail offers a lovely walk at all times of year with autumn being particularly stunning due to the the turning colours of the trees. 3. At the junction of tracks take the second left through the Lime Avenue, planted as part of the original estate landscape. The path takes you past the walled garden on the right and to the road where you should turn left carefully heading down the road for 55yd (50m) before heading right into the farmland over the stile. 4. Follow straight ahead in front of Leith Hill Place on your right and admire the stunning views across the parkland and southwards over the Weald onto the ridge of the South Downs. Pass through the kissing gate and cross the second field to the gate

just below the pond. Once through the gate you will pass through woodland. Bear right and follow the straight track ahead of you. 5. Follow this track which bends right and heads uphill. Bear right, following the signs which lead you through the rhododendron wood and up through the car park to the road. 6. Turn right from the car park and then left up a couple of steps, being careful when crossing the road. Once across the road follow the path heading left up alongside the sandstone wall. This path will lead you all the way up through woodland to the tower. This fortified folly marks the highest point in south-east England and was built in 1765 by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place. Crowning the summit of the hill and standing 965ft (317m) above sea level, it has impressive 360 degree views from the top, north to London and south to the English Channel. Amazingly, on a clear day up to 13 counties can be seen. 7. Reward yourself with some light refreshments from the servery whilst enjoying the stunning views of inner London looking north and the English Channel to the south, through Shoreham Gap some 25 miles (40km) away. To learn more about the area, and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view from the top battlements, why not enter the tower. To return to the car park head down from the tower, turning left with your back to the noticeboard following the rail around to the top of the steps. Carefully take the steps back to the car park.

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Petworth House & Park

Petworth Park... through Turner’s eyes 1. To start the trail turn right as you enter the Pleasure Ground and follow the path through the gate to the park, past the kennels (on your right) and towards Lower Pond. 2. After an early morning sketch Turner would go fishing at Lower Pond. While the 3rd Earl of Egremont was used to this daily routine, it landed him in trouble at Tabley House in Cheshire. When commissioned by Sir John Leicester in 1809 for an oil painting of the lake there, he would often be found fishing mid-morning instead, and when pressed he responded that the sketch had already been completed! The finished painting was bought by the 3rd Earl on the death of Sir John, and can be found in the North Gallery in the House. You will still often find fishermen at Lower Pond where there are healthy pike, tench and carp populations. This modern view of Upper Pond, as seen from Petworth House, inspired Turner (1775-1851) time and time again. Petworth House is home to 20 Turner oil paintings, the largest collection outside of the Tate. 3. From the top end of Lower Pond any of the three paths towards Arbour Hill will lead you to Upper Pond. Follow the path to the right of Upper Pond, and stop shortly after the gate. You should have the two spring-fed Stew Ponds ahead of you and a lumpy grass hill on your right. Look across Upper Pond towards the House to see the scene from Turner’s oil painting entitled ‘Dewy Morning’, one of a set of four exhibited in the White Library in the House - this room is open occasionally to visitors, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont. The paintings took over four years to complete due to Turner testing different subjects and compositions. 4. Walk across Mansion Lawn until you are roughly half way between Upper Pond and the House, and then turn around to look back across the lake - this

was the inspiration for ‘Sunset, Fighting Bucks’, which is currently located in the Carved Room in the House. If you visit in late September or October the deer are often seen rutting very close to the House. 5. Petworth House is home to many more Turner oil paintings - 13 in the North Gallery, four in the Carved Room and two in the Red Room. From Mansion Lawn take the gate to the left of the House through to the Pleasure Grounds. Take a right turn to visit the House or a left turn to return to the visitor centre and car park. Open from 7th January to 10th March 2017 at Petworth House, Turner and the Age of British Watercolour offers a rare opportunity to see a major dimension of British art not normally encountered at Petworth and to consider it alongside their renowned collection of oil paintings and sculpture from the same golden period, 1780-1850. Please look out for the feature in the January issue of VantagePoint.

DISTANCE: 2.5 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 121 STARTING POINT: Petworth House car park, grid ref: SU974224

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The Sunflower Programme is an innovative health and wellbeing programme. The brainchild of Surrey osteopath, Mark Mathews, named Charity Innovator of the Year 2015, it has helped hundreds of children - many with obvious learning, behavioural or health challenges and some for which it is difficult to pinpoint the cause. For parents, it is hard to watch a child struggle – academically, socially or even on the sports field. Yet understanding why they are struggling and how best to help is often confusing and frustrating. The premise of the Sunflower Programme is that by making improvements to the way the brain mediates between the mind, the musculoskeletal and the biochemistry of the body, it improves overall health and wellbeing. This, in turn, leads to improved self-esteem and confidence as well as improved performance academically and socially. Sunflower is pleased to report that, on average, the programme records an 83% measured uplift between pre and post programme in a child’s health and wellbeing. It is a measurable programme for treating children by testing the integrity and viability of their nervous system. It is the central nervous system that regulates and integrates all aspects of health and behaviour and Sunflower has found that if it sorts out much of this underlying confusion, that children respond far better to teachers or additional specialist help they may be receiving. Each programme is tailor-made to address a child’s unique musculoskeletal, neurological, biochemical and emotional needs. The first aspect a practitioner will address is the musculoskeletal system - adjusting misalignment immediately affects how a child stands, sits, walks and presents themselves, plus it improves how the body functions on the inside - digestion works better,

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The last physical aspect the programme addresses is the biochemistry of the body. Once a child is on their way to optimum health, Sunflower turns to the emotional element of the programme. Combined therapeutic techniques are used to create optimum conditions to include reinforcement of positivity in attitude and approaches for everyday living. A child is given strategies to eliminate negative patterns of behaviour, construct more positive responses, habituate their own innate abilities and how to respond more effectively in a way that empowers them. In the words of a Sunflower parent: “A friend recommended the Sunflower Programme and I was not prepared for what happened next. The Sunflower Practitioner showed me how misaligned Theo’s body was – he was lopsided, appeared to have flat feet and one leg longer than the other. Slowly he fixed Theo up and with each visit I was able to report back improvements. What I didn’t expect with the realignment of Theo’s physique was that his confidence in his own ability would grow to the extent it did, which has meant that he has tackled work at school head-on. His writing has improved and his spelling tests have gone from zero to hero. Theo can be whatever he wants to be – his life is in his control – an exciting place to be and what’s more – he knows it!” Theo

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Petworth’s winter secrets From 3rd January This winter for the first time visitors will be able to see aspects of the mansion in a whole new light as the House and Collections team carry out vital conservation work to the interiors and collection. The Winter Mansion Tours, led by a knowledgeable guide, highlight aspects of the art collection, will reveal ‘behind the scenes’ secrets, and the work that goes into conserving the mansion and collection of nearly 6,000 treasures. Petworth has been home to the same family for 800 years, and the internationally important art collection includes the finest collection of paintings and sculptures within the care of the National Trust. The tours run from 3rd January to 17th March 2017. Please check the website for timings, www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Guildford and Woking Humanists Talk Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.30pm Guest speaker David Pollack will talk about the following: What is humanism? Is it a life style, a belief system, an alternative to religion, a philosophy? All, or none of these? David is a highly respected veteran in the field, truly international, and has written and spoken a great deal about the origins, development and future of humanism. Followed by questions and discussion. Refreshment

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD interval will be at 8.30pm. Held at The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH. Entrance is free, but £2 or £3 is suggested (but not from students) as a contribution towards the hire of the room and speaker’s expenses. All are welcome. Please go to www.guildfordwoking.humanist.org.uk/ for more information. ‘Treasure Island’ at West Horsley Village Hall Various dates in January 2017 The Whips are staging the Panto ‘Treasure island ‘ by Bob Heather and Cheryl Barrett. Come along and join in the rollicking fun with Long Joan Silver, Molly Malone, Blind Pew, Ben Gunn and of course the parrot Cap’n Flint. Sing along with the Citizens of Bristol, Pirates and crew and visit the Isle of Fright! The Panto will run from 11th to 14th and 19th to 21st January 2017, with a supper night on 12th January and a charity night in aid of 1st Fetcham Scouts on the 19th January. All productions are at West Horsley Village Hall and tickets can be booked online via the WHIPS website at www.horsleyamdram.org.

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