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• THE EDITOR'S NOTE Well, that’s the end of January, often a difficult month for many people with post-Christmas bills, diets and more. With the honourable exception of the editor, who has French blood, everyone in the office embraced ‘dry January’ for various reasons and I am sure for most of them February cannot come soon enough.

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For others, it is a good time to start thinking about sunnier climes, of long, warm days and the joys of a long-awaited and well earned holiday. Happily, help is at hand in the shape of the VantagePoint Travel Fair which is on Saturday 7th April between 1pm and 4pm at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming. In conjunction with Travel Dream, a local travel agent, we will have a number of travel and cruise companies attending to offer advice, guidance and offers to all visitors. There will be presentations from some of the companies, a prize draw and a welcome drink and steel band to get everyone in the mood. That day is also Godalming’s Spring Fair which gives those of you from further afield a great reason to come and visit for the day. We hope to see you there! This year sees the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most of which is covered by the VantagePoint circulation. The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated and is now one of 38 AONBs in England and Wales. On 8th May 1958, the Minister for Housing and Local Government confirmed the Designation Order for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The act legislated for the designation of AONBs and National Parks. They were both considered to be of equal landscape status with the purpose to conserve and enhance natural beauty. The Surrey Hills stretch across rural Surrey, from the chalk North Downs that run from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east, covering a quarter of the county. It is a very precious landscape which I hope you all agree we must do our utmost to preserve for future generations.

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Mutual Wills – to revoke or not to revoke?

This month local expert Caroline Foulger from TWM Solicitors discusses recent case law and the implications for people who are considering setting up mutual Wills. Mutual Wills are Wills made by two or more individuals who agree not to cancel them without the agreement of the other(s). They have created a contract between them not to cancel or change their Wills; this agreement is legally binding and can be enforced, as is the case with any contract. For some couples, the idea of entering into Wills which mirror each other and cannot be varied or cancelled once one has died may seem appealing, and there are some circumstances where they are appropriate. Families are increasingly less nuclear than they have been in previous generations and can stem from multiple relationships. There may be good reason to crystallise, once the first of a couple has died, who will benefit on the death of the survivor, especially if the survivor has inherited the estate of the first to pass away. In the recent case of Legg and others v Burton and others [2017] the High Court held that a married couple had made mutual Wills, on the basis of evidence of an express promise to each other not to revoke them. In this case, subsequent to the mutual Will and following the death of her husband, the deceased made thirteen Wills which differed to the Will she agreed with her husband. The Court ruled that the deceased had promised her husband not to change or revoke her Will, and that he had relied on that promise. Accordingly, it was that mutual Will which dictated who benefited from the widow’s estate, and not any of the thirteen Wills she made subsequently.

The personal representatives of the widow were therefore ordered to hold her estate on a trust on the terms of the mutual Will. The widow had lost any ability to change her wishes once her husband had died; crucially, this restriction applied to her own assets, as well as those she inherited from him. Whilst mutual Wills may be appropriate in some situations, they are often not the most suitable approach. There are other ways to structure Wills, such as using trusts, that are more appropriate and achieve the desired outcome of crystallising who benefits from your estate once your partner has died, whilst enabling them to benefit from your estate whilst they are alive. Sometimes mutual Wills are created inadvertently, without a full understanding of the consequences. This is one of the reasons why obtaining legal advice when making your Will is so important. Unintentionally putting in place mutual Wills can result in costly and lengthy disputes over estates. Equally, establishing mutual Wills when this is not the appropriate structure can cause problems. For example, if the survivor wants to consider Inheritance Tax planning measures in the future, the ability to do this may be curtailed. At TWM, we have a dedicated team of experts across our offices who specialise in Wills ranging from the simple to the more complex and we can advise you about the best structure to achieve your wishes. If you would like to arrange an appointment, please contact Caroline Foulger.

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Glass Magic

Phil Kemp meets a talented sculptor who combines art and science to persuade glass to take up fascinating shapes and forms that are nothing short of magical. IT TAKES lateral thinking and a very creative mind to be able to take an everyday material and literally coax it into taking on very different forms. This is exactly what glass sculptor Lisa Pettibone achieves and I was invited to spend a fascinating hour with her in her studio in Shere to be introduced to her whole new world of glass. “I’ve been doing creative things all my life. I was a graphic designer for 20 plus years and have always been fascinated by glass,” Lisa explained. “I decided to take some evening classes initially and then did a degree in three-dimensional design at the UCA (University for the Creative Arts) in Farnham. I graduated in 2005 and initially set up a studio in London before moving here.” Lisa walked across her studio to stand by a wall display of fascinating glass sculptures. “My work was mainly sculptural

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and I really like kiln-formed glass. This isn’t hot glass blowing. The process gives me a lot of options and glass is an amazing medium. It’s really flexible and you make it do a lot of different things. I like the way it plays with light and its flexibility.” Lisa has attracted attention with her sculptures. In no particular chronological order she has been shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, was the winner in the National Open Art Competition’s Installation Prize, was a participant in Open West and was a winner in an international competition hosted in Japan for glasswork Lisa had created in her final year at UCA. And it’s not difficult to see why. I asked Lisa to explain what processes she uses to literally coax glass to take up three dimensional forms that bring beauty and fascinating shape to a substance that was lying flat on her workbench a few hours earlier. “I have two kilns here, one top-loading and shallow - the other one much deeper where I can make glass move a lot more,

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Left: Lisa with some of her sculptures. Above: Ceramic shapes that provide shape to glass sculptures. Below: Nested glass sculpture.

said Lisa, opening the door of the second kiln. “The process I use is called ‘slumping’. I heat the glass just enough so that it’s not running like honey, but warm enough to behave like toffee. It starts to bend on its own and if you hold it in the right places it will start to stretch and sag.” Inside the kiln I could see a collection of cones and angular blocks. “It’s a natural process, that’s what’s interesting about it. I’ve had to develop methods of holding the glass in position so I make props that let the glass fall in a particular way. A lot of the technique is in very careful temperature control.” Lisa picks up a tall ceramic cone to explain how she can persuade the glass to take up a totally different shape. “I’ve had to learn about ceramics as well. In the kiln I build little setups using these ceramic shapes that look like they don’t make any sense at all, but when you set the glass onto it, as it falls it starts to shape itself.” Having looked closely at some of the glass sculptures on display I had wondered how glass could be persuaded to adopt such fascinating forms. Two in particular had caught my eye. They clearly had started out as completely flat pieces of glass until Lisa decided to apply her mix of artistic magic and a precise understanding of how glass behaves at different temperatures. One was a transparent smoked glass shape and the other painted bright yellow, but both shared similar shapes distorted by folds and drooping edges. “It’s a careful orchestration between what nature will give me and what I’m hoping it might do. And then I’m kind of letting go the minute I shut the kiln door.” Lisa’s laugh was almost a nervous one, but I quickly realised that Lisa blends art and science seamlessly together and after eleven years practicing her art has a lot more control than

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she will admit to. My suspicion was further enhanced by what Lisa explained next, and this was to take sculpting of glass to literally a much higher level. “I’m doing an MA in Art and Science at Central St Martins. I’ve had an interest in physics, astrophysics and astronomy for a long time – so my work is taking a particular direction at the moment.” Lisa led me over to a small slatted table on which there were several containers holding an interesting array of different types of coloured glass and shapes in other materials. “Making glass respond to physics principles in some way fires up all kinds of creative sparks in me. I’ve started to have conversations with the people over at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in nearby Holmbury St Mary and it’s been really interesting talking to them about the work they are doing. It fits well with the kind of processes I work with in glass but also to combine other materials to achieve different kinds of form and tension”. I could see the creative excitement in Lisa’s face and looking down at the colourful materials lying on the table between us I have no doubt that Lisa will be making glass sculpturing attain a whole new level. Watch this space! Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk FIND OUT MORE Website: www.pettibone.co.uk. Blog: www.lpstuff.tumblr.com

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COMMUNITY THEATRE Phil Kemp explores the long tradition amateur theatre has played in our local community

AMATEUR THEATRE companies provide a long-established tradition for local people to not just enjoy affordable theatre but also to have the opportunity to take part in productions. The outmoded and almost disrespectful label of ‘Am Dram’ has been rightfully replaced with a friendlier ‘Community Theatre’, particularly cogent given how professional these groups are with their productions. So popular is community theatre that there are more than 2,500 active local theatre groups across the UK staging between them thousands of productions every year. I approached two local groups to find out just what it takes to put on productions and how people can volunteer to help their group create and stage brilliant theatre. Both groups are entirely run by dedicated teams of unpaid volunteers. The Merrow Dramatic Society was founded in 1922 and has been proactively involved in community theatre in Guildford ever since. I met up with the group’s president Jenny Pegman and group member and archivist Claire Martin-Brown at Merrow Village Hall, where rehearsals for

Both groups actively encourage younger generations to engage with theatre...

January’s performance of Cinderella were enthusiastically underway. “The group was set up by local dignitaries who found commuting into London to watch professional theatre expensive,” explained Claire. “They realised there were sufficient people with an interest in Merrow so that they could start their own local group, and put on performances at Merrow Village Hall. Merrow used to be a lot smaller then with people spending the summer playing cricket and each spring putting on plays. Both very community-based activities.” Jenny added: “It’s a group with a real family feel to it and is deeply rooted in the local community where everyone is welcomed and everyone of all ages has a part in it.” The Godalming Theatre Group celebrated its 50th anniversary three years ago and has also gone from strength to strength. Madeleine Gibb is the group’s secretary and production manager, and is an enthusiastic champion for community theatre. “Our very first production was at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre where we still rehearse to this day. And coincidentally that was

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Left: Godalming Theatre Group Steel Magnolias October 2017; below: Godalming Theatre Group Made in Dagenham April 2018- both TicaPhotography. Right: Merrow Dramatic Society Cinderella December 2017 (Andy Friend-Smith).

Aladdin, which we are doing this week at the Ben Travers Theatre at Charterhouse. We have some of the founder members still acting on stage even now.” “The season has always been built around three main productions - Christmas panto, a spring musical and a play staged in the autumn. We put on quality theatre that appeals to all ages, and we are not afraid to experiment. In April we are staging Made in Dagenham as a musical which will be a very interesting production, and politically very current what with the debate around equal pay at the moment.” Both groups actively engage with local residents, not just to come along and enjoy performances but also to take part both on stage and off stage. “At Merrow we always hold open auditions, and if there is the potential to cast from known members of the group within our existing pool of talent we’ll consider that too,” said Jenny. “We also put the word out through the Guildford Amateur Theatre Association. Some auditions are formal but we also like to do workshop-style auditions too where people get to play around and do some warmup activities to get the energy going. We then put people in different groups to try different scenes to get the best out of them. We’re doing an exciting adaptation in May of Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum at The Electric Theatre with a big cast and where we are doubling up some roles, partly because of numbers but also because it will be fun for the cast to have lots of things to do.” “We also have an open audition policy so that you also get new members joining. Everybody auditions for every show and there is a very strict audition protocol,” said Madeleine. “We are lucky in

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that we have people who may have played the lead in one show, but are equally happy working backstage on the next, joining the ensemble in another, or even working front of house selling raffle tickets.” And it’s not just on stage that members are in the production spotlight. All performances rely on the skills of those working behind the scenes to make them a success. “The atmosphere backstage is always very buzzy, and they work very hard,” said Madeleine. “They are rigging lights, building and painting scenery. New members quickly learn the ropes by being hands-on, which includes tech too. We sometimes use back projection where perhaps we need a really complicated scene to be set, for example showing the inside of a car factory for a production like Made in Dagenham. And we’ve had quite a few backstage members who have gone on to successful stage management careers at West End theatres.” “We welcome anybody at Merrow who loves theatre but doesn’t necessarily want to perform,” added Claire. “We’ve had people come through us who knew what they wanted to do, came as teenagers and then have gone on to study technical theatre production at the Guildford School of Acting or RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Longer term this helps us too as we have people who are now fully qualified we can contact for technical help in productions.”

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Left: Merrow Dramatic Society’s Jenny Pegman, president and Claire Martin-Brown, archivist. Right: Madeleine Gibb – Godalming Theatre Group’s production manager

Both groups actively encourage younger generations to engage with theatre, which also provides the life blood for community theatre in the long term as many younger members stay with the group as they enter adulthood. “We have a very well subscribed junior group that’s been going for many years,” said Madeleine. “We train our own young people up with group members auditioned, and we try to keep it to around twenty at any one time. They are a very talented bunch and we know that the future of the theatre group is assured. Many of them go on to professional training and we have had a lot of young people eventually going on to professional careers in theatre.” “A lot of the juniors stay with us for a number of years, and then disappear off to university, only to eventually find their

Local Community Theatre Groups Space does not allow us to list every single group here. Check online for other groups that may be local to you. Compton Little Theatre www.comptonlittletheatre.org.uk

Haslemere Players www.haslemereplayers.com

Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society www.ddos.org.uk

Merrow Dramatic Society www.merrowdramatic.org.uk

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Peaslake Players www.peaslakeplayers.co.uk Players of Elstead Theatrical Society www.elsteadtheatrical.co.uk Pranksters Theatre Company (Guildford) www.pranksterstheatre.org.uk Tilbourne Players (Tilford) www.tilbourneplayers.org.uk

way back to us,” said Jenny. “We’ve been auditioning for our May production recently and one of our old juniors said she wants to audition for a role. We’ve got another ex-junior who is now back in Guildford and doing panto with us.” Many British actors and actresses who attained fame and stardom started by treading the boards of their local community theatre productions. Our local groups are no different, and this includes those who have worked backstage making sure the productions run smoothly and to script. “Our president is Ben Elton. Ben worked with us many years ago in quite a few productions, most notably as the artful dodger whilst he was at Godalming College,” said Madeleine. “Both on stage and off stage there are many others. To name but a few these include Paul Bryant who is now a successful writer having been awarded funding for his award-winning feature film The Lighthouse. Emma Dalton, Chris Jenkins, Nick Wyschna who runs Guildford Fringe, and also my daughter Daniella I’m proud to say, between them have a long list of West End and touring production credits.” The Merrow Theatre Group is no different. “Over the almost 25 years I’ve been involved I’ve seen quite a few members go on to train professionally as actors,” said Jenny. “They may not necessarily be household names but are very successful jobbing actors.” THE AUTHOR Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk

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A couple of months ago, we talked about the great benefits of community sports. Here, Physio 1to1, talk about their work with local sport organisations. to feel part of the local community and a real pleasure to support local talent. We also work with people who have neurological impairments following a stroke or conditions such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease. Again the same principles apply, teaching people an understanding of their body's capabilities as well as limitations and working towards optimising movement and function. We are always constantly motivated and inspired by many of our clients positive attitudes and love it when we can help them achieve more than they thought they were capable of. Physio 1to1 in Godalming are proud to be celebrating their 10th anniversary and reflect on how they’ve enjoyed using their business as a platform to contribute to supporting fitness, health and sporting endeavours in their local community. Working within the local community and providing a positive contribution to the area was a key part of our business plan. The aim was to establish a physiotherapy practice which integrated the principles of pilates in an environment with a positive 'can do' attitude, which we hoped to instil in all our clients. Making a success of this has allowed us to offer heavily discounted services to local clubs and free treatment to local talented athletes. We've always been positive about the power of movement and how knowledge of your body's capabilities and limitations can be used to overcome physical pain and disability. We wanted to provide a service that didn’t make people rely on us, but instead gave them the skills to keep their bodies in tip top condition.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have decided to set ourselves 10 challenges. We are really looking forward to one challenge in particular. We are helping Hilary, a client of ours who has multiple sclerosis, achieve one of her ambitions. She wants to complete a Tough Mudder course. As well as assisting her, we will also be raising money for the Samson MS centre in Guildford. Please support us by visiting our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/hilary-birkinshaw. To see how our 10 challenges are coming along please visit our Physio 1to1 Facebook page. Physio 1to1 Tel: 01483 424470 www.physio1to1.co.uk

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The Arts Society • ARTS

Come and join The Arts Society Join your local Arts Society and become one of over 90,000 members of this international organisation that will celebrate its golden anniversary in 2018. Arts Societies are open to everyone who has an interest in hearing more about decorative and fine art subjects. The Arts Society has a directory of over 350 top quality experts in various fine art fields – you may well have seen some of them on TV in programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow – and each month one of these experts delivers a one hour talk on a chosen subject. Each local society choses a balanced programme from an astonishingly wide range of subjects, so

you might hear a talk about Constable, about The Borgias, about the History of Pantomime, about Mozart or about Early Photography. In addition to monthly lectures, local societies arrange day visits to places of historic and architectural interest, and longer guided tours both national and international. There are also days when there are two or three consecutive lectures on a special subject and most societies have outings to places of interest. Volunteering to take part in locally-based art projects is also offered where, with training, you can learn a new skill. How do you join? It couldn’t be easier. Within the West Surrey area there are 18 individual societies so you are sure to have one near to you. If you have internet access, you can visit the national website - www.theartssociety.org - to find the societies that are closest to you. Since different societies meet at different times, you should find one that fits your timetable. If you do not have internet access, you can contact Liz Coult, part of the West Surrey area team, on 01483 417269 and she will be very pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide details of how to contact your nearest society.

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How much will it cost? Society fees vary but expect to pay about £45 per year for a programme of 10 lectures which, considering the high level of expertise of Arts Society lecturers, represents excellent value for money. Above all, Arts Societies are full of friendly and welcoming members and you are bound to meet new people with similar interests. Most members continue to belong for many years and some volunteer to serve on the organising committee, thereby helping to choose the annual programme of lectures and visits. So, don’t delay, go and join them today.

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New Style Workshops • STYLE

With Kirstie Smillie

Workshops are the new word on the street as Kirstie Smillie finds out. ON-LINE SHOPPING has no doubt put pressure on our high streets but a creative buzz has appeared within boutiques and venues where they are hosting workshops and weekly courses. Relaxed and fun experiences, these events could add a sparkle to your week as you learn and grow in confidence, meeting up with friends at the same time. Last year, I started a jean workshop with small groups experimenting with different shapes. This

year I have expanded to personal image workshops, ‘Dress with Confidence’, a chance to learn about your own style and flattering shapes, see right. For more workshops, Church Street in Godalming and Farnham are particularly thriving creative hubs, alive with artisans making and sharing their passions and knowledge. Here are just a few:

Learn how to make a leather bag Designer Rebecca Eaton runs a variety of leather making courses in Surrey and Brighton, from beginners to advanced levels in bag making, belts and dog collars. Clutch as shown, £50 for 3.5 hour course, including materials. When: Thursday 22nd February/every Thursday fortnightly Taster Course 10.30am-5pm Where: I MADE THIS CRAFTS, 10a Church Street, Godalming GU7 1EH Contact: Email: rj.leathersewingschool@gmail.com or visit www.rebecca-jane.com

Learn how to make a pair of earrings Make a pair of earrings with jeweller, Christine Johnson, using silver and copper whilst learning how to work creatively using metal. This one-day workshop is aimed at adults and is great for beginners and those who have some previous experience. Learn piercing, texturing, drilling and polishing. £70, including materials. When: Saturday 24th February, 10am-4pm Where: FARNHAM MALTINGS, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR Contact: 01252 745444. Email: boxoffice@farnhammaltings.com

Learn how to create intricate paper cutting Gemma Lewis’ beautiful store Wattle and Daub, shows off her impeccable style for interior design, collaborations and faux flower arrangements and hosts hand picked workshops including calligraphy, print making, and pottery. For a calming experience try the Beginners Paper Cutting Workshop with Aimee Richards, £45, including materials. When: Sunday 11th February, 10am-1pm Where: WATTLE AND DAUB, 18/20 Church Street, Godalming GU7 1EW Contact: Gemma on 07919 556822 Email: wattleanddaub@icloud.com

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Learn how to make cards This workshop is held once a month above the artsy, Arty Crafty. Crammed with haberdashery pretties you didn’t know you needed: stamps, buttons, ribbons, threads, wools, card, jewellery tools, craft kits and plenty of glitter. £12 including materials. When: Wednesday 7th February, 10-12.30pm/first Wednesday of each month Where: ARTY CRAFTY, 9 Church Street, Godalming GU7 1EQ Contact: 01483 427133 Email: sandra@artycrafty.com

Learn how to Dress with Confidence I have teamed up with fashion boutique, Catwalk, to offer personal image workshops. In small groups we discover how to wear colours, put outfits together and find your own jeans shape. Grow in confidence as you learn what suits you, £30 including refreshments. When: Monday 19th or 26th February, 10-12.30pm Where: CATWALK, 29 High Street, Godalming GU7 1AU Contact: Catwalk 01483 527634 Email: kirstie@kirstiesmillie.com

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Sensationally Scented Plants • GARDENING

With Beth Otway wood first, then gently prune where necessary to maintain a pleasing shape.

IF YOU'RE looking to plant up containers to bring an immediate dose of cheer to your garden, varieties of pansies and violas, purchased in flower from your local nursery in your favourite colours, will brighten your garden. With regular deadheading, they will flower from now until summer arrives. If you're looking ahead to the summer and you're keen on bedding plants, this is a great time to sow seeds of Lobelia, Antirrhinums, and Pelargoniums, in the warmth indoors. Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus' is a super witch hazel, which while it grows well in most well drained soils, thrives on chalky soils. It is a large shrub, which flourishes when planted in a warm, sunny, and sheltered position, where it can be enjoyed, admired, and appreciated during the winter months. Prune it immediately after the flowers have finished in early spring. This isn’t a shrub that is invigorated or grows well after a dramatic cut back, so take care to only lightly prune, removing any dead

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ can be slow to flower, so it's worth investing in a large specimen. Shrubs of four years old, or older, will be more likely to enchant you with their flowers, which are comprised of waxy, translucent, soft lemon yellow outer petals, and inner petals which are the same subtle lemon colour but washed over, painted, and infused with maroon. These distinctive flowers would make the most perfect hats or skirts for flower fairies. The deeper lemon coloured, rounded flower buds decorate the branches of this shrub, adorning it like pretty beads. Certainly Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ flowers look very pretty - their heady perfume will delight, encourage, and entice you to venture outdoors! It has the most exquisite perfume, it’s loud, it calls you over and bewitches you with its decadent, strongly perfumed citrus, floral scent, which has notes of coconut, banana, and soap. To experience this shrub for yourself, a beautiful example of this enticing witch hazel can be found close to the lion statues, which are next to the lake, opposite the Palm House, as you enter the gardens at Kew. If you're looking for a day out, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a fantastic place to visit at this time of year. The Orchid Extravaganza opens on the 10th February 2018. For an immediate dose of scent that you can enjoy indoors, look for pots of forced hyacinth bulbs at your local nursery or garden centre.

Above top left: pansies and violas can offer an immediate cheer. Left: Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’. Above: the Orchid Extravaganza at Kew (image: Beth Otway). Right: Beautiful hyacinths (image: Beth Otway).

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Cheese with Michel Roux

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The numerous journeys I made through France while I was writing my last book, The Essence of French Cooking, rekindled many childhood memories for me, including, among others, my discovery and love of cheese… so much so, in fact, that I decided to devote my next book to the subject. From the age of seven, my mother entrusted me with the task of buying a few items from the local market of St Mandé every Thursday. I would set off around midday to arrive when the stallholders were reducing their prices, preferring to sell their wares for less rather than having to pack everything up again. After buying fruit and vegetables, and some meat or fish, I was drawn like a magnet towards the cheese stall. The pleasure for me, as a kid, was an awakening of all my senses: smell, sight, touch and taste. Every market day was invariably a voyage of discovery for me, because new cheeses appeared on the stall in different shapes, sizes and colours with the changing season, only to disappear again after a few months… I used to think that they wanted to play hide-and-seek with me. The woman on the stall would always spoil me. I think she loved seeing my face light up in front of the display of cheeses, my eyes devouring them all. She would give me little morsels to try, especially the fresh cheeses or any that were relatively mild on the palate while still being flavourful. Through her gentle handling of it, she succeeded in developing my palate. Our finances didn’t allow us to spend a fortune on cheese, and my mother’s instructions were strict: I must use the few precious coins deep in my pocket to get maximum value for money. I would often pick Cantal, a cheese known at the time as ‘poor man’s cheese’, since it was the least expensive, yet nourishing, or a piece of Gruyère that, according to my mother, was vital for bone growth. Sometimes I’d choose a Camembert or half a Coulommiers, first checking it was perfectly ripe to the centre by pressing it with my thumb. A piece of Roquefort, the king of cheeses, was a real treat. It was expensive, so I would buy just a tiny piece – around 50g – to spread over a whole baguette to pass around the table and share on a Sunday. So there you have it, that is how I discovered my love of cheese. Since then, of course, I have come across hundreds of types of cheese on my extensive travels around the world. And at our restaurant the Waterside Inn, we offer our clients a choice of between 30 and 40 cheeses every day.

Recipes by Michel Roux

Cream of broccoli and Stilton soup This gently hued soup has a nicely balanced flavour, and the crunch of the almonds adds a delightful contrast.

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1. Peel the broccoli stems and pick off a dozen very small florets, about 100g in total. Blanch these in boiling water for 30 seconds, then refresh and set aside. Roughly chop the rest of the broccoli. 2. Heat the butter in a flameproof casserole or pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and sweat for 2 minutes, then add the chopped broccoli and potatoes. Cook for 2–3 minutes, then pour in the water, salt lightly and cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cheese and cook for 2–3 minutes. 3. Working in batches, process the soup in a blender for 2–3 minutes, then strain through a chinois into a clean pan; keep hot. 4. Just before serving, add the lemon juice to the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly toast the flaked almonds and whip the cream until thick enough to hold a ribbon. 5. Divide the reserved blanched broccoli florets between warmed bowls or soup plates and pour on the hot soup. Spoon the lightly whipped cream on top of the soup and scatter over the toasted flaked almonds. Serve at once.

15g butter, 15g flour, 80ml dark beer or stout, ideally Guinness, 15g Dijon mustard, a generous pinch of English mustard powder, 150g Cheddar, Gloucester or Cheshire (at room temperature), grated, 1 small egg, plus an extra yolk, 20ml Worcestershire sauce, 6–8 drops of Tabasco sauce, a small pinch of cayenne pepper, 10 small (10cm) thick-cut slices of white sandwich loaf, 10 small cherry tomatoes, halved horizontally, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Makes 20 triangles.

1. Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat, then add the flour and stir with a small balloon whisk. Cook the roux gently for 3–4 minutes, stirring all the time. Gradually add the beer and bring to the boil, stirring with the whisk. Cook the sauce for 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly, then add both mustards and the grated cheese and cook for a further minute. 2. Remove from the heat and stir in the whole egg and egg yolk, followed by the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Preheat a grill and lightly toast the bread slices. Using a palette knife, spread about 50g sauce on each slice of toast. Place under the grill until the sauce turns a dark golden colour. 4. Transfer the cheese toasts to a board and use a large chef’s knife to trim off the crusts, then halve each slice diagonally into 2 triangles. 5. Serve piping hot on a serving dish or individual plates, arranging the cherry tomatoes around the rarebit.

Recipes taken from Cheese by Michel Roux (£20). Published by Quadrille Publishing. Photography by Lisa Linder. www.quadrille.co.uk.

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Normandy toBOWL: WoodHIGH Street DEVIL'S PUNCH ROADVillage AND PINE VALLEY This walk takes you through woods and fields to a lunch stop in Wood Street Village. There is an option to drop out earlier, after only 5 miles. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Visitors are welcome.

• THE WALK 1. Go out of the back of the car park to walk along the left-hand side of the tennis court then jink right towards Hunts Hill Road but immediately take a path left, into trees. Follow this path to emerge in a cricket club car park. Go through it, heading over to the left. Immediately before a fork, turn right along a path into trees. Ignore a fork left, staying parallel to the field on your right-hand side. When you pass the field a bank rises up to your right. Continue on, ignoring paths left and right. 2. The path swings left then rises a little and passes a ‘Normandy Traditional Orchard’ information plaque. Ignore a left by a house, instead go out to a road and turn left. A little way along, cross to enter a track to ‘Dolley’s Hill Park’. This track swings left and runs behind houses. Quickly turn right into a wood at an MOD warning sign. Soon turn sharp left along a wide track through trees. Now walk for 0.5 miles, ignoring lefts and rights. The track climbs and then narrows, winds up some more and, at the top, reaches a more open area, still in trees. Take the path dropping down to the left. It has a low section of corrugated concrete wall at its start. At a T-junction at the bottom, turn left. 3. Follow the new track as it swings sharp right and passes, on your left-hand side, some houses. Go through a little car park and on to reach the Guildford Road in Ash. Cross, turn right and walk a few yards to turn left into a recreation ground. Go across to the far left corner to find a path heading out left along a fenced corridor between fields. Go straight across a crossing track and continue on to reach a road. Cross and head right. Reach houses

and turn left into a side road. Walk on through an estate to its far end and through a gap in a hedge to reach a T-junction with a path on which you turn right and walk between trees, ignoring side paths and passing by gates. The track swings left and now there is a field on your right-hand side. Continue on for another 0.5 miles to reach a road. 4. Cross this and head left for about 300 yards to turn right on a track opposite ‘Westwood Place’ and by the gates to ‘Peakwood Farm’. Follow the wide track for almost 0.5 miles, at the end walking along the left-hand side of a field to reach houses and a road. (You could drop out here. This is Glaziers Lane in Normandy and the starting car park is about 0.5 miles along it to your left.) If you are continuing, go left anyway but for just a little way until, just past the ‘Emmanuel United Reform Church’, taking a track right, signed to a Strawberry Farm. Eventually, this track becomes a narrow path passing to the left-hand side of some farm buildings. It enters a field and runs along its right-hand side and over a little footbridge to enter a corridor between fields. 5. Then, pass between two houses and continue along their access track, ignoring an immediate left, going straight over a crossing track and onto a path running ahead into trees. Continue forward for about 0.75 miles, ignoring lefts and rights and, along the way, passing a house on the left and, later, passing between a car parking area and Wood Street’s cricket ground. Continue until reaching a gravel road with some houses on the right-hand side. The road surface becomes tarmac and you quickly reach the White Hart in Wood Street. The

DISTANCE: 8.75 miles (or a 5 mile option) OS MAPS: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham STARTING POINT: The car park at the cross roads of Hunts Hill Road and the A323 Guildford Road in Normandy, just beyond the Royal British Legion car park and opposite ‘Session Music’ (GU3 2DA). GR 4 927 1 516. REFRESHMENTS: The White Hart, Wood Street Village. Tel: 01483 235939. For many more walks, please visit our website www.vantagepointmag.co.uk/category/walks. Neither the publisher nor the author can accept any responsibility for any changes, errors or omissions in this route. Diversion orders can be made and permissions withdrawn at any time.

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green, if you intend to picnic, is only a few yards further on. Thus far you will have walked just under 6 miles so the next leg will be much shorter. 6. Afterward lunch, go left along the main road running along the side of the green, Frogs Grove Lane, for about 600 yards, passing a side road to the Cricket Club to reach a path heading left into a very big field. Cross this half-right to reach a kissing gate onto a track running between trees. Go left along this for about 0.5 miles, eventually emerging at the junction of Bailes Lane with the Guildford Road. Turn right along the latter and walk a short way to cross left by a sign for ‘Chapel Farm Eggs’ and enter a field. 7. Go straight out across this field and into the next. Again follow the path straight out. On the far side go over an unusual brick built footbridge over a stream and continue forward to the far right corner across a (very marshy in winter) field. Exit right, through a kissing gate. Stay on the left-hand side of the field and go up a slope. At a fence at the top, turn left. Go over a little footbridge, along a fenced corridor and through another kissing gate into a big field. Stay on the top of the slope, on the right-hand side of this field, until it swings down left to meet a cross track. 8. Go straight over and straight out across a very big field. Partway out, a signpost directs you halfleft. Reach the far side and go through a gap in the hedge into a small field. Now, cross to the far right corner of the field and pass a small block of stables. February 2018

Immediately past them and before a house, take a fenced corridor off to the right. Emerge on a road and follow it to the right, ignoring an immediate left into trees. Continue along this road to turn left at its T-junction with Hunts Hill Road and quickly reach the starting car park.

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Godalming Music Festival The Godalming Music Festival, one of the largest in the South, with over 2,500 competitors, welcomes audiences to its competitions. For 2018 dates and venues are as follows: DANCE Rodborough School, Rake Lane, Milford Afternoon and evening 12th to 16th February, all day 17th February

ORGAN St Peter and St Paul Church, Borough Road, Godalming From 5pm 6th March

SPEECH Prior’s Field School, Priorsfield Road, Godalming All day 3rd, 4th 10th and 11th March

SOLO SINGING Borough Hall, The Burys, Godalming Afternoon and evening 16th, 19th, 20th, and 21st March and at

MUSICAL THEATRE Prior’s Field School, Priorsfield Road, Godalming All day 3rd and 11th March WOODWIND and BRASS Borough Hall, The Burys Godalming Afternoon and evening 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th March SCHOOL CHOIRS Chapel, Charterhouse, Godalming From 2pm 6th March

PIANO Borough Hall, The Burys, Godalming Afternoon and evening 15th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd March and at Anniversary Halls, St Catherine’s School, Bramley Afternoon and evening March 16th

STRINGS Borough Hall, The Burys, Godalming Afternoon and evening 9th, 12th, 13th and 14th March

Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Crown Court, Godalming Afternoon and evening 9th March

ADULT CHOIRS United Church, Bridge Road, Godalming From 2pm 17th March

FESTIVAL CONCERT

Saturday 24th March 4pm at St Catherine’s School, Bramley

For each session morning or afternoon visitors will be charged only £2. Join and leave events when you please (between classes). The Festival Concert is free with a collection on the door.

and detailed times for each class and performance are in the printed programmes available from Ballethoo in Godalming High Street or Record Corner in Pound Lane Godalming.

Morning sessions generally start at 9am and afternoons at 4.30pm. However these times vary

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • ‘Mud & Machines’ at RHS Wisley Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th February 10.30am–3.30pm Mud and Machines! Tractors, mud, soil and rocks. Learn all about the wonders of this icky, sticky stuff! Magical events for messy kids include seed bombs, mud snails, puddle jumping, sand pictures, pedal tractors and a special machine photo opportunity. Different events every day with all details on the Wisley website www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Holy Trinity Heritage Lecture Monday 12th February 7.30pm Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard Titled ‘Holy Trinity Steps: A Silent Witness to Guildford’s Past’, local historian and writer David Rose's illustrated talk will focus Events on historic events that have taken place on or near the steps of Holy Trinity Church. These include royal proclamations, public gatherings, notable services at the church, as well as events in the street such as the infamous Guy Riots, carnival processions and parades, cycle racing and, of course, the people linked with them. For further information on this and their lectures this year visit www.htsmguildford.org. Half Term Activities At Watts Gallery Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 10am-4pm Join Watts Gallery near Guildford this February Half Term for a fun-filled week of activities, workshops and events. There will be Paper Architects - Create a paper house using simple net templates. Personalise it with fabric and paper before folding it into a 3D construction. In The Picture - Step into the world of a Helen Allingham painting in this multi-sensory space filled with sounds, smells, costumes and props. Then go the gallery to see if you can find the picture and Terracotta Tea light Cottages. Many activities are free with admission. Visit www. wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/february-half-term-2018 for full details of these and other events on during half term and throughout the year. Horsley Floral Decoration Group Tuesday 13th February 1pm This will be their Annual Lunch and AGM (members only). The Horsley Floral Decoration Group is a friendly afternoon flower arranging club. They meet at East Horsley Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. They have a varied programme of Demonstrators, Speakers, In-house entertainment, trips, internal competitions (optional), sales table, refreshments,etc. Visitors and New Members very welcome for fun, flowers and friendship. For details please phone Beryl on 01483 831422 or email bjg317@virginmedia.com. The Guildford Scrabble Group Every Wednesday 7.30pm-10.30pm This is a very friendly group who welcome all new players, from beginners to seasoned players. Meeting in Shalford Village Hall weekly. Car parking is free and the cost is £2.50 per evening, which includes tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. For more information contact Barbara on 01483 579873.

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The Arts Society Guildford monthly lecture Wednesday 14th February from 7.30pm. Clare Walsh talks on Tamara de Lempika – Mistress of Art Deco. Tamara de Lempika dazzled Paris’ artistic circles in the 1920s and 30s and was one of the few artists able to embody the decorative style of Art Deco in her paintings. Her extraordinary talent is explored in the world of fashion and photography and as one of the most iconic painters of her generation. Held at Onslow Village Hall,The Square, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village GU2 7QR. Visitors welcome £10. Lecture starts 8pm. Free parking. Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 15th February 10.45am Please join them in Shalford Village Hall for their next lecture entitled 'Art and Architecture in Docklands Past and Present' when Sue Jackson will explore the transformation of London’s Docklands from Georgian warehouses to the modern architecture and witty street furniture of Canary Wharf. Refreshments available from 9.30. Visitors £6 and new members very welcome. For more information about their programme, contact the Membership Secretary on 01483 423090 or visit www.gwvdfas.org.uk. Make Life Sweeter For A Child In Your Area Form a new volunteer support group for the NSPCC or join an February 2018

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Guildford Rambling Clubs walks programme Various dates during February and March For most, visitors are welcome to join these walks. They normally start at 10am. For the 10 mile walk from Winterfold Forest on Sunday 18th February, call Olive on 07872 613505. Call Sue L on 079720 644558 for the 5 mile morning walk from Guildford on Thursday 22nd. Then Sue again for the 10 mile walk, again from Guildford, on Sunday 25th February. Contact David A on 07922 189114 for the 10 mile figure of 8 walk from Selborne on Sunday 4th March. And for Sunday 11th March, it will be Alan C on 01483 480168 who leads the 9 mile walk from near Box Hill. Visit www.guildfordramblingclub.org.uk for more details. West Horsley Parish Council monthly meeting Tuesday 20th February 8pm Find out what is going on in the parish. Held at West Horsley Village Hall. Everyone welcome. For more information please visit www.westhorsley.info or contact clerk@westhorsley.info. Historical Association (West Surrey Branch) Lecture Tuesday 20th February 7.30pm Dr Carey Fleiner, University of Winchester: 'A Boy and his Mum: the story of Nero and Agrippina.' The Roman Emperors didn't go in much for quiet domesticity. Held at St Nicolas' Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4BW. Visitors very welcome (£3 at the door) students free. Further information from Rollo Crookshank 01252 319881 or email crookshank@starkmann.co.uk. East Horsley WI Meeting and Talk Wednesday 21st February 8pm The WI meets at the East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue on the third Wednesday of every month except August and are entertained by a speaker before having refreshments and a good chat. This month their speaker is Monica Weller whose talk is entitled 'Ruth Ellis - my sister’s secret life (How I came to Ghostwrite the book)'. Also they will be signing up for various outings to The Clink, the theatre etc. Within their WI they have other activities - book clubs, painting group, bridge and rummikub, as well as outings and craft events. All visitors very welcome. Any enquiries to burgejs@gmail.com. Surrey Branch: Western Front Association Wednesday 21st February 7.45pm Clive Harris talk: Breaking the Hindenburg Line. Clive examines the Allied offensives that broke through the Hindenburg Line system in September 1918. These successful operations were the beginning of the end for the German army. Held at The

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Concert talk with Conductor David Gibson. Tickets £15 (£7 students) at the door or pre-booked £12.50. Call the Occam Singers 01252 783977; Record Corner, Godalming 01483 422006; GTIC 01483 444333 or www.occamsingers.co.uk. Occam Singers are pleased to be supporting the Guildford branch of the Charity CRUSE for their 2018 season. Hedgerow Heroes get off to a flying start Armed with billhooks, spades and loppers, Hedgerow Heroes are on a mission - to save Surrey's hedgerows! From Guildford to Reigate, Warlingham to Leatherhead, volunteers have been getting stuck in to planting and restoring hedges. The conservation campaign is all part of a new initiative by Surrey Wildlife Trust to protect the county's precious hedgerow network. In Guildford, teenagers from Tormead School tried their hands at the traditional art of hedgelaying, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Reigate and Redhill Allotment holders are also Hedgerow Heroes - they planted a native hedgerow at Paddock Allotment. To sign up as a Hedgerow Hero visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org/hedgerowheroes. The Arts Society Surrey Hills monthly lecture Tuesday 27th February 9.45am for a 10.30am start Continuing their programme of lectures with a lecture entitled ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh’. Anthea Streeter traces Mackintosh’s career looking at his major architectural commissions and interiors, such as those for his masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art. They will also look at his less well known but exquisite watercolour paintings. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2018 can be found on their website www.nadfas-westsurrey.co.uk or by calling 01483 414976. Horsley U3A Meeting Fourth Wednesday of each month 10.30am Meets at the East Horsley Village Hall at (except July, August and December) to hear interesting and entertaining speakers. Coffee is served from 9.45am. On 28th February there will be a talk on Guildford Cathedral by its Director of Operations. The U3A welcomes new members, the only qualification being that you must be no longer in full time employment. The aim

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Professor Chris French. In all societies a substantial proportion of the population has reported paranormal experiences, from ghosts and alien abductions to dowsing and psychic phenomena. In his illustrated talk Chris will examine possible explanations for such experiences. He is a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has written several books, published over 130 articles and frequently appears on radio, TV and in the press, casting a sceptical eye over claims of the paranormal. Held at The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. There is no charge, but a small donation is requested of £2 or £3 to cover the speaker's expenses and hire of the hall. Further info from Mike Adams on 01483 233324. Kelly's Clandon Park Run Saturday 17th March The Kelly's Clandon Park Run is a once a year opportunity to experience exclusive parts of the Estate opened specifically for the event by kind permission of the Earl of Onslow. At HQ there will be free parking and a bag drop provided by Kelly's Storage and refreshments. Entrance is by voluntary donation - every penny of which is sent to George Abbot PTA to fund additional resources. To enter go to charity.kellystorage.co.uk. Guildford Model Engineering Society Events Sunday 18th March 2pm-5pm This is a public open afternoon for Stoke Park Railway. There will be miniature steam train rides, garden railways and an indoor railway layout. Refreshments. Free entry. Free parking. Guildford Model Engineering Society, Stoke Park, London Road, Guildford GU1 1TU. To find out more on this event and may others throughout the year visit www.gmes.org.uk. Chantry Singers Chamber Choir Spring Concert Saturday 24th March 7.30pm ‘In Memoriam’ is a reflective programme of music on themes of sorrow, hope and remembrance, centred around Tomas Luis di Victoria’s sublime Requiem mass for unaccompanied choir. The Chantry Singers will be interpolating the movements of this mass with other songs and motets based on similar themes, including Tavener’s 'Song for Athene', Elgar’s 'They Are At Rest”' and Ireland’s 'Greater Love', plus more contemporary reflections by Randy Newman and Elton John. Held at St Nicolas Church, Guildford. Tickets are £14 with concessions, available from the choir 07970 627412 or The Guildford Tourist Information Office 01483 444334. Themed Easter Cruises With The Wey & Arun Canal Trust 30th March, 1st and 2nd April 11am, 12 noon and 2pm. Plenty of Easter characters will be on the canal to entertain you – join in the fun! Children will receive a chocolate gift from the Easter Bunny while adults can enjoy the chance to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Tickets cost £10 per person and include refreshments. Booking in advance is advisable. Bookings for all special events and weekend public trips can be made online via the Trust website. For enquiries about private charters, volunteering opportunities and membership please call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email office@ weyandarun.co.uk. www.weyandarun.co.uk. February 2018

West Horsley Spring Litter Pick Saturday 7th April 2018 10am Meeting outside West Horsley Village Hall for distribution of Litter Pickers, gloves, bags and High Viz vests. Afterwards enjoy tea/coffee and homemade cafe in the Village Orchard. All welcome, especially families. Contact Cllr P Holt on 07909 963466 for more details. VantagePoint Travel Fair Saturday 7th April 1pm to 4pm Travel Dream in Bramley together with VantagePoint Travel Club are delighted to announce their annual Travel Fair will be held once again at Wilfred Noyce Centre in Godalming. Admission is free to all visitors with a complimentary drink and a prize draw. A steel band will great you to help you get in the mood to talk holidays. Workshops and exhibitors will be on hand to help with all your travel options with local Travel Agent Travel Dream. Godalming's Spring Fair is also on that day, so even more reason to come into Godalming! For more information please contact Johanne Wishart on 01483 865970 or email holidays@ traveldream.co.uk. Kelly's Cycle Challenge at Alice Holt Sunday 20th May This Kelly's Cycle Challenge returns for a fifth consecutive year with more of the same beautiful routes for you to enjoy. At Alice Holt HQ there will be stalls and activities to cater for all the needs of the cyclists and spectators who come to enjoy the atmosphere and cheer the cyclists in! All three sportive routes follow quiet country roads, with plenty of great views and open road riding to be had plus a family 7 mile route. Entrance is by voluntary donation. To enter go to charity.kellystorage.co.uk. Kelly's Cross Country Challenge Sunday 14th October Back again for the fourth year, Kelly's Cross Country Challenge has something for everyone! With stunning 5k, 10k and half marathon routes through the Loseley estate this event is a proper cross country event with tracks, trails, hills and fields to cover. The challenging terrain means you will really earn your medals! Major benefit is that you get to enjoy breathtaking views and the chance to share the experience the exclusive grounds at this prestigious venue. makes it a must for all runners!! As well as being a challenge for serious runners we aim to make this a real family event. There is a 1k untimed children's challenge and plenty of entertainment for them with various activities to keep them amused. This, together with great food & drink at HQ, means there really is something for everyone. All proceeds will go to local charity Challengers. To enter go to charity.kellystorage.co.uk. GET IN TOUCH

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WIN... one of 2 pairs of tickets to Beerex on Thursday 12th April The 2018 Farnham Beerex will be held on April 12th–14th at the Maltings, Farnham. Forty breweries have been chosen to supply a range of over sixty real ales, including ten that will form the special ‘Cumbrian Bar’. There will also be a wide range of ciders and perries including old favourites as well as some that will be new. The 42nd Beerex will celebrate 40 years of Bill Tidy programme covers with exhibits of all programmes and cartoons throughout the Maltings. Also, the 50th year of the Lions Club of Farnham which will be celebrated with a locally produced special beer. Visit www.farnhamlions.org.uk/farnhambeerex. To win a pair of tickets for Thursday (6pm-11pm), please answer the following question: Q: In which year did a Bill Tidy cartoon first appear on the cover of a Beerex Programme? Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 28th February 2018.

WIN... a meal for 4 at the Surrey Oaks, Newdigate worth £125 The Surrey Oaks in Newdigate is an award-winning and family-run independent free house that specialises in local ales, wines, ciders and produce to create traditional homemade food often from their wood fired oven which is fired by local sustainable timber. They work closely with a range of local suppliers to source meat, cheese and vegetables from local suppliers to provide guests with the best quality, freshest food, together with a large selection of guest ales and ten different ciders. Housed in a beautiful building dating in part from the 16th century, they are open seven days a week for brunch, lunch and dinner, and for breakfast at weekends. For more information, visit www.thesurreyoaks.com To win a meal for 4 people including wine up to a value of £125, please answer the following question: Q: From what century does part of the pub date? Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 28th February 2018.

WIN... free venue hire of The Walled Garden, Cowdray Park, Midhurst The Walled Garden at Cowdray Park is alleged to have been a Tudor Pleasure Garden which was visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and reflects elements of its time. There are turf benches, arbours, lavender walks, sweet-smelling herbs, fruit trees – apples, pears and plums and herbaceous beds enclosed by brick walls. There are two stunning function rooms that can be used: The Courtyard Room and The Castle Room. Both reception spaces, featuring gorgeous Georgian stonework, look fantastic by day and exude an enchanting atmosphere by night. Visit www.walledgardencowdray.com for more information. To win the use of The Walled Garden on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for a function (renewal of vows, ceremony, party etc) followed by a drinks reception for 2 hours, please answer the following question: Q: Name one of the function rooms at the Walled Garden. Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 28th February 2018. Full terms and conditions are on our website.

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VantagePoint Magazine February 2018 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally

VantagePoint Magazine February 2018 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally

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