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Property issues for couples on separation Local expert Claire Hastie at TWM Solicitors explains some of the issues to consider when dealing with the family home in relation to a separation, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Our conveyancing teams work closely with the family lawyers when it comes to advising or dealing with the family home. This may relate to the protection of rights where one party is not on the title of the family home, dealing with a transfer of equity or sale or advising on other aspects such as Stamp Duty Land Tax. A transfer of any property subject to a mortgage will require the lender’s consent. It is common place these days for the mortgage lender to have a note entered on to the title which prohibits any transfer or dealing without their written consent. When a relationship breaks down it is important to find out what the lender will or will not agree to at the outset. The Family Proceedings Rules require a lender to be served with any Court application involving a property subject to a mortgage. The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rules are complex and often have an effect that a person was not expecting.

For example, a married couple separate but do not embark on formal proceedings to end their marriage. The family home is in Mr A’s sole name which he is going to continue to retain. Mrs A decides to purchase a flat worth £250,000. Mrs A has never owned property registered in her name. Mrs A believes she is a first time buyer and can claim relief, meaning a SDLT bill of zero. She is mistaken. The Finance Act 2003 states that a purchaser will be liable to pay a surcharge on a purchase as her spouse would. Mrs A is “connected” to Mr A by virtue of marriage, therefore Mrs A would be liable to the higher rate which is a SDLT bill of £10,000. Further, if an interest in a property is held by a child under 18 (which necessarily has to be under a trust) then that interest is treated as if it were bought or held by the child’s parents which can also have adverse tax consequences on the parents sending them into the surcharged rate if they purchase a property and are not replacing their main residence. For further information, please contact Claire Hastie, Partner in our Guildford office.

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he school took in its first undergraduates five years ago which means that their very first graduation ceremony will be held in July – a very exciting milestone for the University. As only the second British vet school to open since 1965, which saw The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attend their grand opening, they have taken the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities. This investment is ensuring that the school is also well-placed to explore and implement ground-breaking new veterinary science research. I was invited by the University to meet with the Head of School, Professor Chris Proudman (left), and as I walked towards the striking new building just up the road from the University’s Surrey Sports Park in Guildford I couldn’t help being transfixed by the three-storey high glass fascia towering over the entrance hall, with its bright reflection in an adjacent ornamental pond. “Our Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Science has proven to be very popular and we have attracted some of the highest achieving students here,” said Chris. “The students are doing really well and the feedback we are getting from our partner organisations when the students are with them is fantastic, showing how practical they are by putting what they have learned into action.” The school is a pioneer in its approach to workplacebased clinical education, where students are actively

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smaller percentage will go into farm animal or equine work,” explained Chris. “However, after working in that environment for a few years some will gravitate into other areas. So for example the pharmaceutical industry, or working for the government perhaps at APHA (The Animal and Plant Health Agency). Working in the food sector they help secure the safety of our food. Some also want to become conservation vets or work in zoos, but the most unusual career option I’ve heard is from one of our final year students who wants to get involved in government policy making which of course is a really important and influential area.” The vet school has been attracting a lot of attention because of the high-profile research it has been conducting in various sectors, and I was keen to find out more. “I could give a lot of examples from across a broad range,” said Chris, his smile hinting at the fact that he was as proud of this as his surname may already be suggesting. “Let’s start with an international one. Intestinal parasites in animals can also infect humans – the so-called zoonotic diseases which transfer between species. One of my colleagues is working on a project in the Philippines where these intestinal parasites are a real problem in some of the poorer communities. So, using some of the advanced molecular techniques in her laboratory, and working with fieldworkers in the Philippines, they are able to work out how these parasites are moving between animal populations and human populations. This is enabling them to work out better control strategies that benefit both the animals and humans. “More locally another of my colleagues, Professor Clare Rusbridge, works with one of our partner practices Fitzpatrick Referrals in Godalming as a consultant veterinary neurologist. She has conducted work with brachycephalic animals – these are dogs that have the very pushed-in faces, so for example Cavalier King Charles and the French bulldog breeds. They have particular problems



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Top left: Equine handling at Chichester college. Top right: A female student holding lambs (both School of Veterinary Medicine University of Surrey). Above: A Cavalier King Charles.

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Above and right: The school of veterinary medicine's pathology centre

The school also has a team of veterinary pathologists, one of whom specialises in veterinary forensic pathology and who works closely with the RSPCA and the police when they need a forensic investigation of dead animals. One very high-profile case they worked on was the investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in Croydon and the surrounding area. Following multiple post-mortem investigations, the Metropolitan Police determined that there was no evidence of human involvement. Surrey University is an internationally-acclaimed centre of education and research, and is not only a major local employer but also brings a lot of other benefits to the local community. “Most of our staff live in the local area and they work with the University in local schools to engage with students who may be interested in careers in veterinary medicine,” explained Chris. “We also hold a summer school here where they can see what its like to study veterinary medicine by undertaking activities that hopefully will spur their enthusiasm and their curiosity for pursuing that particular degree. “Our students in their first and second years go to Merrist Wood College over in Worplesdon for some of their animal handling in animal management classes and where they can make use of their excellent facilities and staff. And of course with our students working in local veterinary practices in their final year this has a positive impact locally for many local residents.” I was sitting with Chris in the very airy and naturally lit atrium of the main academic building with its lecture theatres, teaching rooms and collaboration spaces. At the rear of the building is the school’s Clinical Skills Centre with what the school brags as an ‘innovative flying saucer design’. Here they have teaching rooms alongside a ring of stables and livestock pens. “There is no doubt that the School of Veterinary Medicine is a great fit for this university and for Surrey



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Sarah Chatterton Textile Artist

Phil Kemp visits the Farnham studio of an eco textile artist


had encountered some of Sarah’s textile art before visiting her studio near Farnham, and had immediately been drawn in not just by her very artistic eye-catching embroidered creations but also by her personal engagement with nature and commitment to eco-conscious sustainability. “A few years ago it dawned on me that I should create art by upcycling,” Sarah explained. “So instead of creating new things just for decoration, I wanted to make something that has a greater and good sense to it. I would take something I’d bought from a charity shop and give it a new lease of life. Adorn the fabric with a vegetable, for example, or make something by repairing a hole and cover that up with decorative stitching.” I glanced up at the shelf behind Sarah where she was sitting at her sewing machine by the window. On display were a variety of different and vibrant designs sewn into fabric, all with a common nature theme. “I originally started sewing birds as I was drawn to nature. I’ve always been an outdoorsy sort of person so that was my main inspiration. Anything organic-looking, and natural,” said Sarah. “Then about two years ago I joined my local community farm and felt so inspired by the richness of the colours of vegetables there, and everything about the farm life with the amazing creations we grew from the ground.



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So I started sewing vegetables and edible plants like nasturtiums. And now I’m doing all sorts of beautiful herbs too.” Being able to look at and hold Sarah’s fabric designs gave me the chance to see just how detailed and realistic they are. But what really struck me was the amazing vibrancy and range of the colours, especially given that all have been created by skilfully sewing thread into fabric. “I do a thing called double threading,” explained Sarah, touching the two yarn spools on top of her sewing machine. “I put on two tones of one colour, so the two threads go through the machine exactly the same way as one thread would. It means that you can pick out and change one colour and switch it for the next. So it’s the equivalent of what a painter would call shading - you are subtly changing the colour. But with thread it is a lot harder to do that so I do it by using the two threads together.” So how does Sarah transfer the design

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has a bit of glitter on the thread, which is not brilliant environmentally, but it was bought second-hand so as it’s already existing then why not use it?” The large tray of different coloured yarns on the workbench next to her are mostly second-hand, either donated from people she knows or meets, or are bought from charity shops. Sarah is a regular visitor to the Phyllis Tuckwell charity shop in Farnham where they have a haberdashery section. And she also buys yarn from an old-fashioned haberdashery shop in Petersfield. She rarely buys online as she likes to support independent shops in the area. I was now being distracted by a framed kestrel on display, which so cleverly captured the bird’s movement in a full hover as it observed some hidden prey below. You’d almost believe it was real. “Ah yes, my grandad’s a professional birdwatcher and whenever we used to stay with him in Cornwall we would go and look for rare birds. He was so passionate about birds and I just think they are absolutely beautiful creatures.” Sarah used to teach in the Surrey Adult Learning Centre in Guildford and enjoyed seeing how people in her sewing classes became totally absorbed in what they were creating. In fact, it was at the centre that another teacher had recommended to Sarah that she should join the community farm which has proven to be a huge motivator for her creativity. And the last word undoubtedly goes to Sarah. “Just do what you love doing every day and it will really pay off. You will learn from each thing you do - as what you have done before will guide your next steps. So if you think you’ve lost your way creatively, keep going and you’ll find you’re still on track.” Sarah is based at the Little Acre Studios in Rowledge and will be taking part in the Surrey Open Studios in June. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. FIND OUT MORE

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Our grumpy old git (GOG) has his say...


don’t know about you, but I get agitated just thinking about all of the times I’ve had to experience a full-on assault on my senses by people who seem totally oblivious, not just to the real world around them, but also to the invasion of the personal space of others - both physical and sensory. Whilst waiting for a train just the other day I had to listen to a very long and very loud conversation being held by a guy who was holding his mobile phone at arm’s length (hence the shouting I assume) and up at eye level, presumably so he could out-stare whoever the poor soul was on the other end. Thankfully it wasn’t possible to hear both sides of the diatribe as he had an earpiece attached. I’m sorry, but that is not just totally out of order, it is downright self-centred with an indifference that quite simply says ‘I’m way too important to care’. I have a good feeling that you’re going to be onside on this, unless you just happen to be one of those half-witted don’t-cares – in which case put down that mobile right now and get back into the real world.

And what of those zombie-like souls that have become totally enveloped by the online world they have chosen to live in? I used to try and dodge the approaching automatons transfixed by their mobiles, who also seem to have lost the skill of employing the lateral vision they were presumably born with. But I now steadfastly hold my path as I walk towards them along the pavement. The resultant close-calls and the one full-on collision (not my fault) are all-revealing - especially as inevitably I get all of the expletives. Have they learned a lesson? I doubt it. You see them everywhere. And even when they’re supposedly socialising together in a public place they’ll be tapping away in unison at the screens of their phones – and probably responding to posts and likes from the very people they are physically sharing the space with. I’ve even witnessed this in restaurants with all the diners sharing a table on their phones, and at music gigs too! Err, why? I’m a very sociable chap and when I’m out and about I’ll often wish fellow pedestrians an enthusiastic good day greeting when passing, and the majority acknowledge the greeting just as enthusiastically. But yes, you’ve guessed it, I’m lucky if I get a grunt from most of our mobile obsessives. Try it sometime – it’s great to be proactively part of the real world. It’s a rewarding experience. Do you agree with GOG? What irritates you these days? Please let us know and we will publish the best comments and responses online. Please let us know by emailing us at



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Philadelphus Belle Etoile by Beth Otway.

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at their centre. The larger cultivar, ‘Beauclerk’ grows to a maximum of 2.5m (8ft) in height and width. Its flowers’ centres are blushed with mauve If you have a small garden, don’t despair. Philadelphus 'Manteau d'Hermine' grows to an eventual maximum width of 1.5m (5ft) wide and a height of just 1m (3.3ft). The only drawback with this plant is that its pure white, double flowers aren’t accessible to bees.


relish plants that produce fragrant flowers. Philadelphus aren’t the most memorable group of plants for ten or eleven months of the year, but while they’re in flower, these shrubs perfume the garden with their intoxicating and deliciously sweet scent. Philadelphus aren’t fussy plants, they’re fully hardy and flower reliably every year. Plant in full sun or partial shade, in any well-drained soil. The flowers produced by these cultivars are wonderfully fragrant: ‘Sybille’ reaches an eventual maximum height of 1.5m (5ft), spreading up to 2.5m (8ft) wide. This cultivar produces a bounty of open-centred, white flowers which are highlighted with mauve

I’ve found Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ (height 1.5m (5ft) width 1.5-2.5m (5-8ft)) to be a great container plant. Once ‘Belle Etoile’ comes into bloom, the plant is welcomed onto my patio, where its flowers and their delectable fragrance are cherished, both by me and the local bees. Once the flowers fade, my plant is swiftly pruned, before it’s swapped out onto my growing area and replaced by another plant. As soon as your Philadelphus flowers start to fade, it’s time to prune your shrub. If your plant is displaying any dead or damaged stems, remove these first, cutting right back to ground level or the plant’s main stem. Next remove any thin, spindly growth. Then, cut back your plant’s faded flowering stems beyond their spent flowers, to encourage stronger growth. Finally, prune out and remove 25% of your shrub’s oldest stems. This will encourage your Philadelphus to produce strong new shoots. Philadelphus plants flower on their previous year’s growth. So, pruning immediately after flowering will give your plants the maximum amount of time to develop strong, new growth, to produce next year’s flowers. After pruning, water your plant well and mulch with peat-free compost. Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs, most cultivars produce simple, green leaves. If you’d like something a bit different, look out for Philadelphus coronarius ‘Variegatus’, which produces green leaves, outlined with pretty cream margins, or Philadelphus ‘Innocence’, whose green leaves are marked with irregular splashes of yellow. Both these plants’ eventual height and width will vary, depending on your soil, from 1.5 to 2.5 metres (5-8ft). Naturally, both of these plants produce the sweetly scented flowers that this genus of deciduous shrubs are famous for. Bees appreciate these open centred flowers, too. FIND OUT MORE For more tips and ideas of seeds to sow and gardening advice for the month ahead, visit where you’ll also find information about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a calendar of plant sales, my trial results, and much more besides.



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Scrumptious strawberries

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble Roughly-chopped fruit with a dash of ginger wine and a crunchy bar crumble topping! This pudding is a great way to have something warming that still tastes like summer. Ingredients: 500g rhubarb; 100ml water; 100 grams golden caster sugar; 1 tbsp Stones ginger wine; 250g strawberries; 75g butter; 175g self-raising flour; 1/2 tsp ground ginger; 60g Demerera sugar; 1 Crunchie bar, crushed. Serves 6. Method: 1. Preheat your oven to 180˚c. 2. Trim and cut the rhubarb and place half of it in a saucepan with the golden caster sugar, the water and the ginger wine and simmer gently until syrupy. 3. Halve the strawberries then place all the fruit and rhubarb syrup into a baking dish. 4. To make the crumble, put the butter and flour into a bowl and rub with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, ginger and the crushed Crunchie bar and sprinkle generously over the fruit. 5. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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Guildford & Woking Humanists


he Guildford & Woking Humanists were formed in 2015 and meet at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. What is Humanism? Humanism is a non-religious approach to life and the product of over 2500 years of human thought and conversation about how human beings should live. In fact, the recent British Social Attitudes Survey 2018 found that 52% of Britons are now nonreligious. Humanism provides a rational approach to belief based on logic, humanity and modern scientific knowledge. There is no evangelism! What do Humanists value? They value all human beings and celebrate both our diversity and our shared values. They believe people should think about human wellbeing and happiness first when making decisions about how to treat one other. They are optimistic about human potential and celebrate their many achievements (artistic, scientific, and social).

How do Humanists answer questions about the world? • They believe the world is a natural place and try to use reason, evidence, and science to understand it. • They do not have any sacred texts or figures of authority. Instead, everything is open to question. • They do not see any persuasive evidence to believe in anything supernatural, including a god or gods. We are therefore either atheists or agnostics. • They do not believe that the universe or human beings were created. Instead, we look for scientific explanations for where we came from. What sort of world do humanists want? • They believe that human beings alone are responsible for improving our quality of life. • They campaign for a secular state – one in which everyone has freedom of belief, and no religion or belief has any privilege over any other. • They fight against prejudice and discrimination and believe everyone deserves human rights and equal opportunities. • They do not believe in any divine justice in an afterlife so work for justice in this life. If you are not sure whether you are a Humanist or lean towards humanism, then come along to one of their meetings to find out more. All are welcome, whether you are religious or non-religious. They provide a friendly place to meet, discuss interesting topics, hear from invited speakers and socialise with other humanists. Speakers have covered topics such as, ‘The Source of our Morals’, ‘The Evolution of Birds from Dinosaurs’, and ‘The Inheritance of Intelligence and its Implications’ amongst many more.


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Ranmore West and The Wotton Hatch

Denbies Hillside and neighbouring Ranmore Common are some of the richest chalk grasslands in south east England. The downs tumble towards to the pretty village of Westcott with beautiful views in all directions. Taken from where a bigger map can be downloaded. 1. Leave the car park (marked 1 on the map) by the track just to the right of the noticeboard and swing further right once it gets into open space. You'll soon enter the woods and head due south. Here the path swings slightly left and rises as it goes south through dense woodland of mainly silver birch. Walk straight on at the first cross path where the path begins to slope downwards. 2. Follow the track onwards and soon you'll reach a cross path again (marked 2 on the map). You'll see a sign post (remember this for your return journey) where you need to turn right (west) onto the North Downs Way. Continue in a westerly direction along the North Downs Way; in some places trees have fallen down across the track. 3. Just after the North Downs Way begins to head downhill, you reach a pillbox dating to the Second World War - this is marked 3 on the map. Close to the pillbox is a gate - go through this and take the left fork down the hill. You'll leave the North Downs Way at this point. The track that you're walking along here leaves the woods and slopes further downhill - on the left there is a magnificent view over Dorking and Box Hill and if you look hard left one can see the spire of St Barnabas church on

Ranmore Common. About 100 metres down the slope there is a seat on the right - this is known as 'God's seat'. There are two versions of why it is called that. The first is that this is where God viewed his county of Surrey and the second is that if you are climbing the hill towards it, you may think "thank God I've made it". At the bottom of the hill swing right on the track which then falls quite steeply and then swings left where you'll come to a gate. Go through the gate and walk along the left hand side of the field and over the railway bridge. This is the Reading to Dorking line and is occasionally used by steam trains. Keep to the left hand side of the fields and to your left on the horizon you'll see the spire of St Barnabas church on Ranmore Common again. 4. At the end of the fields you reach a crossroads (marked 4 on the map) by a large house - here you leave the track and go half left (45 degrees) on a footpath going uphill across the field, signed by a disc. At the far side of the field keep on the path through the gate onto the fenced path going uphill until you reach St John the Evangelist church. Stay on the path round the right of the church and you will come to a gate onto a hard surfaced road where you turn right then walk up the towards the A25 and the Wotton Hatch pub. 5. On leaving the pub (marked 5 on the map), cross the main road and walk back down the small road that you came up. Follow this for about 100 metres then turn off right into the field at the public footpath sign. Follow the fence down the right hand side of the field and go past the two ponds where the path is quite narrow. 6. Continue downhill, ignoring the path that goes off to the right, and at the bottom of the hill there is a house on the right hand side and a cottage straight in front of you (marked 6 on the map). At this point turn right onto the surfaced road (this is marked as a public footpath) and continue straight on for 400 metres. At the start of this section there is an open field to your right and woods to your left - at the end of the first open field on your left, turn left onto an unmade road. 7. Walk along this unmade road almost due north towards the downs until you pass Coombe Farm and a pond on your right where you reach 'The Empty Box Company'. At this point swing right then left followed by, in about 100 metres, another right turn and then left turn under the railway bridge

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Southern view from Denbies Vineyard (Colin Miller/NT)

(marked 7 on the map). As you emerge look right and you will see the spire of St Barnabas church again. On the far side of the railway, walk along the track at the left hand side of the field until you reach a gate - go through the gate (where you will see the National Trust sign) and then turn right and you are now on a stretch called the 'Carriage Way'. This was built in the mid 1800s by the Cubbitt family who at that time owned the Denbies estate. They used this stretch to show their guests what the surrounding countryside looked like. Walk along the Carriage Way at the bottom of the scarp slope - the hill you can see in front of you is Colley Hill. You are in buzzard country here so keep an eye in the sky to glimpse these magnificent birds. Recently there have also been sightings of red kites in the area. 8. Go through the first gate and the first set of woods, ignoring the bridle path. When you reach a 'five ways' (marked 8 on the map) take the second left track which goes up the hill. The hollow on your left is a disused lime kiln. Shortly after turning off the main track the path you are on splits - take the right fork (which is marked 'The Denbies Nature Trail') where it climbs quite steeply through some woods then passes through a gate into open hillside. The path cuts diagonally across the open downland. The buildings below you are Landbarn Farm, owned and managed by the National Trust. Due south from here if you look closely, you can see Leith Hill Tower on the horizon through a gap in the trees. At the fence line at the top of the downs turn

left along the grassy path close by the fence - from this section the view to the left must be one of the finest of this part of Surrey (and some of Sussex). 9. Continue on this path, which rises gradually, until you reach the top left corner of the field where you will need to climb over a stile (marked 9 on the map) and turn left (ignoring the path that goes down the slope). You are now back on the North Downs Way, heading west. After about 700 metres you will reach the signpost that you saw at the start of your walk. Turn right here, head up the hill and the car park (marked 1 on the map) is about 500 metres along this track.


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WHO ARE THE GUILDFORD LIONS CLUB? • We are one of the most active local charities whose sole purpose is to raise funds for local people in need through a variety of community events and fund raising activities. • We have a membership of 50 local people from all walks of life and are always open to new members. • In the past 12 months we have donated more than £50,000 to good causes BUT we need your help to allow us to better that in the next 12 months. Question - How Can You Help? Answer - Simple. Come along, support and importantly enjoy our various events and activities whenever you can knowing you are actively helping others. Your next opportunities to help us are in July. Saturday July 6th - our popular Charity Raft Race is back again. There’s still time to enter a raft or just come along and join in the fun on the day. • Rafts will be inspected by the Mayor at 2pm. • Race starts at Millmead in the town centre at 3pm. • Finish at the Waterside Centre in Riverside GU1 1LW where refreshments will be available. Sunday July 7th - a spectacular outdoor musical evening on the lawn at Hatchlands Park East Clandon GU4 7RT. • To raise funds for the halow project working with young people who have learning disabilities. • Featuring popular pieces from opera and musicals plus jazz and pop hits. • Performed by Andy Hart and his Music Works Team, including West End performers and the fifty strong Voices Choir.

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Sadly June will bring us the last Wings and Wheels event at Dunsfold, so if you have been meaning to go over the last few years and not managed it, then this is your chance details on page 45. I’m delighted to see the Surrey Artists Open Studio annual event growing each year, with nearly 300 artists taking part this year - do take some time to visit an open studio near you and support your talented local artists. Finally, at the end of the month Guildford Fringe Festival begins - held over twelve venues, it promises to have something for everyone! The Kings of Ockham - Exhibition at Ripley Museum Every Saturday 10am-12.30pm This new exhibition tells the story of the King family who owned Ockham Park, and much of the land around it, from the 18th century, until the estate was sold in 1958. Learn more about Ada Lovelace, the wife of the 8th Baron King and first Earl of Lovelace. Ada is now heralded as a computer pioneer, but her mother was also a remarkable innovator in the field of education – this and much more. 1 acacia villas, High St, Ripley, Woking GU23 6AH. Let’s All Dance – The Ugly Duckling Saturday 1st June 11am Feeling different, teased by his friends and not accepted by his family, the Ugly Duckling is sad and lonely. Through a series of adventures he soon learns who he really is and his family realises it doesn’t matter what you look like but how good your heart is. This brand new ballet for the whole family. With the crystal-clear storytelling, larger than life characters and gorgeous costumes you’d expect from this innovative company, The Ugly Duckling tackles themes of social acceptance and liking yourself in a child-friendly, charming manner. Tickets available on 01483 501200 or Conductors’ Concert Saturday 1st June 7.30pm Student conductors from the University of Surrey Symphony Orchestra are set to take the baton for an evening of stunning musical performances. With a wide repertoire of compositions, from Mendelssohn’s glowing Hebrides Overture to Beethoven’s gripping Symphony No.5. Held at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford. For tickets and more information, visit www. Men in Sheds, Ash opens its doors for new members Located at Japonica Court in Ash, has opened its doors for two extra days, and Age UK Surrey is looking for new participants. In an effort to combat isolation and loneliness, the community-

based project brings older men together in a safe, informal and friendly environment to learn and practise DIY and woodworking skills. The well-equipped workshop includes hand tools, portable power tools and small machines. If you are interested, please call 01483 503414, or visit Surrey Artists’ Open Studios Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th June Surrey artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for the annual Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) event taking place in artist’s studios right across the county. There will be 297 artists taking part in 180 studios, their largest event to date. For further information visit Journeys in the Holy Land: Alexander Creswell Until Sunday 9th June Watts Contemporary Gallery will present an entirely new body of work by renowned water colourist, Alexander Creswell, made during his recent travels in the Holy Land. For the first time, Alexander Creswell will show 30 new paintings in Creswell's distinctive, light-infused style, depicting the region's sublime landscapes and architecture. Free admission. Visit www. Art and Sculpture in the Vineyard Until Sunday 9th June 11am-4pm High Clandon Estate Vineyard will be showing over 150 wonderful works of art and sculpture by noted artists of Surrey and beyond. Supporting Cherry Trees charity. With sweeping views over the Surrey Hills and across to the dramatic skyline of London, view the art in the gardens, vineyard, Glass Barn and magical wildflower meadow. Taste the delectable vintage Halcyon Cuvée. A donation of £5 per person requested for Cherry Trees. See their website for more details. Comedy Theatre at The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th June Guildford Fringe Theatre Company is kicking off the disco vibes this summer with John Godber’s hilarious, fast-paced comedy Bouncers. Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men in black as they tell the tale of one night in a Yorkshire disco in the 80s in this outrageous parody of Saturday Night Fever. Book now to join Guildford Fringe Theatre Company at this Yorkshire disco full of glamour, glitz and hilarity. Call 01483 361101 or visit

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V. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT US AT WWW.VANTAGEPOINTMAG.CO.UK Get more from your Library Monday 3rd and 17th June 2pm Join these Library Guide talks at Guildford Library. Volunteers will deliver a 'walk and talk' round the library to explain some of the services and resources on offer to members old and new. The talk is fortnightly on Monday afternoons and lasts about half an hour. Sign up at the library to learn more about what the library can do for you. Prearranged groups also welcome. Visit for details of all events and activities locally. West Horsley Evening WI Tuesday 4th June 8pm KSS Air Ambulance joins them to talk about their service which runs more than 2,000 missions per year. They respond to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies and provide care day and night throughout the year. On Tuesday 2nd July -'Oh for a slice of Naughty but Nice', a talk by Kate McBain, a Freefrom development Chef and Teacher in Kingston upon Thames which advises you about gluten, wheat and dairy-free diets. Meeting at West Horsley Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the month. All enquiries to Pip Holmes 01483 285496 Guildford Ramblers Walking Programme Various dates during June With the summer almost here and the countryside looking fresh and colourful, now is a good time to be getting out and enjoying the beautiful views around Guildford. On Wednesday 5th there's a six mile walk across Ludshott Common to Waggoners Wells, then following Cooper's Stream and back via Gentle's Copse. Call Geoff on 07802 622502. On Saturday 15th there's a nine mile walk from Midhurst along the river Rother, call Roger 07905 282658 and on Saturday 29th, there's a nine mile walk from Wotton, through the Abingers to Friday Street, call Richard on 07967 496819. Full details of all June's 17 walks can be found at www. and click on the walks tab.


Create Your Own Canapés Wednesday 5th and 12th June 7pm-9pm or Friday 7th and 14th 10am-2pm Have you ever wanted to make your own delicious, mouthwatering, showstopper canapés, but not sure where to start? Catherine Clark of Kitchen Sink Catering, is a Cordon Bleu Chef and is keen to share her knowledge with you. Join Catherine during the evening to create hot canapés, during the day for cold options or sign up for both courses! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be covered. For information and bookings, call 01483 562142, email info@guildford-institute. or visit





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Guildford Flower Club Wednesday 5th June 6.45pm for 7.30pm start Do you think of Flower Arranging as old fashioned? Think again! Visit and see current ‘Floral Art’ trends by a variety of demonstrators. No knowledge of anything floral is needed to visit or join the club. Workshops are regularly held where members can gain new skills in a friendly, environment. This month Stephanie Laing will entertain you with her demonstration 'The F Factor'. Join them at The Village Hall, Jacobs Well Road, GU4 7PD. For information about the club please call Cynthia on 01483 772019.

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Wonersh and District Garden Club Wednesday 5th June This month their guest will be the entertaining Ian Currie. The well-known weatherman, broadcaster, columnist, is best known to us for his monthly forecasts on BBC Radio, Surrey and Sussex for gardeners and growers. The subject they have chosen for him is ‘Gales. Greenhouses and Global Warming’. Looking ahead, on Wednesday 3rd July, meeting at 6.30pm at the Memorial Hall, they will be visiting ‘Plant Passion’ at Clandon. There will also be a plant stall at the Village Fair on 7th July where any donations of plants will be gratefully received. For further information, contact the Chairman on 01483 893627. Follow us on Facebook – Wonersh and District Horticultural Society. Guildford Heritage Services Coffee Time Talks Thursday 6th June 10.30am Join them at Guildford House Gallery for this month's coffee time talk, rather than their normal venue of Guildford Museum. You can hear about Surrey Wildlife Trust's 'Wild Surrey' art and photographic competition. There will be time to view the exhibition afterwards. The talk will start at 11am and last for about 45 minutes. To pre-book your free place phone 01483 444751 or email The Boileroom - Music for Medellin Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June The Boileroom is hosting a Musical Amnesty with ‘In Place of War’ for unwanted musical studio equipment and instruments to set up a new studio for disadvantaged young people in Medellin, June 2019

Colombia. They are acting as a drop-off point for you to leave donations and they will do the rest. In Place Of War support artists and creative communities living in sites of war, revolution and conflict to build networks and create social change through creativity. The Boiler Room, 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford, GU1 4LS. Visit for info. Guildford Walking for Health Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings Offering free one-hour fast and slower health walks year round from Boxgrove shops, the car-park behind The Seahorse Inn Shalford, and from the car-park at The Jolly Farmer Worplesdon. Get to know your local woodland and make new friends. All abilities welcome. For more information visit www., email or call Annelize on 07554 423010. Lantern Coffee Morning for the over 60’s Tuesdays from 10am-11.30am Drop in if you fancy a chat over a cuppa, need some help with the crossword, or just fancy listening to music whilst reading the paper. Tea, coffee, cake and friendship at this free group. Everyone welcome. Meeting at The Lantern Room, Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BS. Drop in or for more information contact Helen on 07419 332074 or email Paracise™️ Classes, Wonersh Every Tuesday at 6.30pm Improve your balance, coordination, mobility and muscle

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Volunteer 2019 Emotional support and practical help at home Life-threatening illness can strike out of the blue and can be devastating for the family. It’s often hard to cope – not just with the routine of hospital visits and treatment but with the emotional strain and worry. Our trained volunteers can make a real difference. Brigitte Trust volunteers offer the chance to share some of the many feelings and concerns serious illness brings. Volunteers visit weekly, helping people facing any life-threatening condition when it’s increasingly hard to cope at home. Sitting and listening can be the most valuable help of all. Join our next volunteer local taster sessions in June and July with the course in Guildford starting in September. Call Ingrid today to book your place on 01306 881816.

Call 01306 881816 today memory while exercising and having fun to lovely music. This low impact functional exercise class is suitable for all. No need to book and you can just turn up. Classes are £5. This class is at a Wonersh Memorial Hall. Other classes also run in Shalford and Cranleigh. For more information email Neila at neila@paracise. com or phone 07711 339072. Teddy Bears' Picnics at Polesden Lacey Thursday 6th June to Thursday 18th July 10.30am Preschool toddlers: Bring your favourite teddy to enjoy a story and (pretend) picnic. Booking essential. Call 01372 452048. Normal admission applies. Admission is free for National Trust Members. Visit for full details. disaster, The Hired Man is an unforgiving, heart-breaking, yet uplifting story of working class life in the Lakeland Fells. Visit for more details and bookings. Surrey Border Movie Makers First Friday of each month They are a filmmaking club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They always welcome new members. If you are interested in seeing what they do, go along to one of their monthly meetings, your first visit is free. They meet at St Joan's Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ. Contact uk for information.

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The Hired Man at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June 7.30pm (2.30pm matinée Saturday) This stirring musical set in both rural and industrial Cumbria, follows the simple, yet aspirational life of two generations fighting to make a living from the turn of the 20th century and moving through the turbulent years of the Great War. Love and desire versus duty, ambition thwarted by war and natural

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which is currently a legal aid “desert” for all areas of social welfare law with no legal aid for housing, community care, or any other social welfare areas of law. To find out more visit Joyce Dixey Competition Friday 7th June 7.30pm The Joyce Dixey composition competition is the musical highlight of the year for composers at Surrey, and a chance to celebrate the diverse range of musical styles in which their students work. There will be a very special guest adjudicator for this competition. Held at PATS Studio 1, PATS Building, University of Surrey, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, GU2 7HX. For tickets and more information, visit U3A Wonersh and District Selected events during June This month the group's coach trip is to historic Knebworth House, Herts on Wednesday 26th. More sedately, there's Mahjong on Thursday 6th, French on Friday 7th and 21st, book club on Monday 10th, Bridge on Tuesday 18th and art on Friday 28th. Fitness sessions include Pilates, Tai Chi, table tennis and country walks. Full details of events for the retired/semi-retired of Wonersh and surrounding villages from Cilla Morris 01483 892348 or visit World Gin Day! Saturday 8th June Join Silent Pool on Saturday 8th June to celebrate World Gin Day! Meet the distillers, learn how we make our craft spirits, June 2019

take advantage of their exclusive Open Day offers and taste some of our amazing cocktails. They will be running free 20-minute distillery tours throughout the day where you will get a sneak preview of the brand new distillery that holds their shiny new 1500L copper still along with the very first bottling line! Tickets will be available to book on the day on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you arrive early and head straight to the welcome tent. There will also be live music and local food available throughout the day. Distillery open 10am-5pm. Free admission, children welcome. Albury Wine Festival Sunday 9th June Albury Vineyard is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, but they are also launching Vineyards of the Surrey Hills, a brand-new wine route right here in Surrey. Join them for this double celebration featuring tours of the vineyard, masterclasses with English wine experts, an exclusive opportunity to taste wines from all five Surrey vineyards, plus live music and local street food. The perfect party for local wine lovers! Tickets available at See their events page for information. Silver Swans adult ballet Various times and dates Keep strong and healthy! Adult ballet with stretching classes taught by a former professional ballerina and experienced, qualified teacher. All levels welcome in a friendly environment. For class details contact Suzanne on 07985 520378 or email Classes held in Woking and Guildford.

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Amnesty International Guildford Group Documentary Monday 10th June 7.30pm Amnesty International Guildford Group presents: “Another News Story” a feature documentary by award-winning Orban Wallace. The film follows Syrian refugees’ horrendous journey across Europe, seeking sanctuary, and looks at the world’s media coverage of this humanitarian tragedy. Film producer, Verity Wislocki, will lead discussion and Q&A afterwards. Held at St. Nicolas Community Centre, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW. Entrance free, all welcome. Guildford Jazz Two gigs every month Guildford Jazz aims to bring some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians to a local audience, in an intimate and welcoming ‘Jazz Club’ environment. They run two gigs each month at The Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club on the second Wednesday and a Jazz Cafe in the bar of the Electric Theatre on a Tuesday night each month. For full details on what’s on, go to www. Onslow Village Residents’ Association Tuesday 11th June 2019 Painshill Park. Graham Nash will give a PowerPoint presentation of the story of Painshill - its creation in 1738, its decline and the ongoing restoration. The meeting will be held in Onslow Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, Guildford GU2 7QR. Tea and coffee will be served from 7.15 pm. Entry is free to members, £3 to non members.

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Guildford and Woking Humanists Tuesday 11th June 7.30pm A talk entitled ‘Compete or cooperate: the evolutionary choice that will determine our future’ by Roger Heppleston. Roger has developed a unique evolutionary perspective on human development which gives context to the big challenges facing us all today: from population issues such as migration and aging, to the disruptive effect of new technologies and the destruction of the environment. The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. Tea/coffee and biscuits break at about 8.40pm. Horsley Floral Decoration Group Tuesday 11th June 2pm Demonstration by Valerie Clark entitled “Blooming Marvellous”. 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, sales table and refreshments. Visitors and New Members welcome. First visit is free. For more details phone 01483 831422, 07939 139442 or email bjg317@ £50,000 boost for Mane Chance Sanctuary This charity is celebrating a significant £50,000 boost to its income thanks to The People’s Projects – a collaboration of The National Lottery Community Fund and ITV. Set in Compton, Mane Chance Sanctuary is home to 31 rescued horses and it also provides a vital stress management resource to the local community, through its programme Chance2Be, improving the lives of many young people. Chance 2Be is a structured course of mindfulness-based activities, with the horses at its heart and is delivered to groups of children with mental health issues from local schools and pupil referral units. The charity relies heavily on the help of local volunteers and is always willing to hear from people interested in helping out. Visit www. for more information. The Arts Society Horsley Wednesday 12th June 10.30am Stephen Kershaw will be giving a talk on The Elgin Marbles in East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, KT24 6QT. Coffee available 9.45am. Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. For information phone 01483 285770 or visit www. The Arts Society Guildford lecture Wednesday 12th June 8pm This month’s lecture at Onslow Village Hall is ‘Dame Zaha Hadid’. An Illustrated lecture by Anthea Streeter. Before her untimely death in 2016 Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the world’s most distinguished architects. From her early, sharp angled buildings, she developed a fluid architecture, where floors, walls, ceilings and even furniture formed part of the overall design. The Square, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, GU2 7QR. Tea and Coffee from 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £10. Free parking. Surrey Business Expo Wednesday 12th June Paul Bridgland, Connect Surrey and Paul Webster have now joined forces with the media power of Eagle Radio to present

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Two plays from LynchPin 14th, 20th, 21st and 22nd June 8pm First up on 14th is a rehearsed reading of ‘Apples in Winter’ by Jennifer Fawcett, a profoundly moving one-woman play about a mother whose son has committed a terrible crime. He requests she bake him an apple pie for his final meal. On 20th, 21st and 22nd is ‘Miss in Her Teens’ by David Garrick, a rare professional performance of the classic 18th century farce about the


Waverley Dowsers Society Friday 14th June 7pm Greyswood Church GU7 2DJ outside visit. Bring dowsing tools, (spares if needed) and appropriate footwear. Guests welcome. A church site is good practise and can be excellent for Dowsers who want to enquire further. Visit or contact Chairman Geoff on 01276 472977. The Waverley Dowsing Society is both a fun and a scientific group. They meet to learn and practice dowsing. This includes earth energy forces which can adversely and beneficially affect our houses, gardens and workplaces.

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World Humanist Day celebrations Friday 21st June 7.30pm World Humanist Day is an opportunity to celebrate the positive values of Humanism and to come together and share global concerns. Join them to celebrate this day and to chat to local Guildford and Woking Humanists. Admission free. Please bring a dish (sweet or savoury, bought or homemade). A paid bar is also available. A small donation would also be welcome to help pay for the venue. The Assembly Room at the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, GU1 4LH. Call David 01483 800397 or Mike 01483 233324. ‘Village Life’ - Four Churches Flower Festival Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 10am-6pm Taking place in the parish of Seale, Puttenham, Wanborough and The Sands. Various organisations that contribute towards village life will each arrange a creative display of flowers to demonstrate village life in all four churches. Programmes will be available along with delicious teas and cakes served throughout the day. There also will be a children’s quiz with prizes for correct answers. The festival closes on Sunday evening at 6pm with a short service of Thanksgiving. For information email GATE - Guildford Advice to Employment Various days and times GATE provide free drop in support and advice in CV Writing, interview preparation and techniques, employability skills and confidence building for anyone seeking employment or volunteering opportunities. Their sessions run throughout the year on Monday mornings at St. Nicolas Church, Guildford, Tuesday mornings at Upper Hale Community Centre, Farnham



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‘Our Church’ is coming to Guildford United Reformed Church Tuesday 2nd July 7.30pm. On tour from The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, a powerful and captivating new drama play that explores, from multiple points of view, what it means to live a haunted life. Should a convicted sex offender be given a second chance? Advance booking £10 (Under 18’s £5) Tickets on the door £12 (£6), box office 01483 458689 or email More information on Call for auditions with Ewhurst Players Various dates and times in July and September If you are a budding young thespian and would like to take part, please come along to their auditions for Oliver. The production requires a large cast – there are 14 speaking roles – so they are hoping many will be interested in taking part. They need actors of all ages! All sessions will be in the Village Hall. For full details visit Chantry Singers Saturday 6th July At a new venue Emmanuel Church, Chantry Singers will be joined by guitarist Andrew Crowdy and pianist Angelina Palmblad to celebrate the songs of America. Music ranges from Argentina, Misa Criolla by Ramirez, via Peru, Mexico and ends with a Gershwin Portrait including excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and many of his favourite songs such as Summertime and S’Wonderful to name but two. Tickets for this summer time event are available from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334, or directly from the choir on 07970 627412. See you there! Bramley Music Saturday 6th July 7pm On Saturday 6th July at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley there will be a concert on the theme Country Gardens with Harlequin Chamber Choir, in support of the DEC East Africa Appeal. Tickets are £10 (students and under 18s £5) and are available in person in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, or they can be reserved via stuartwhite@ or 01483 892645, and they will also be available at the door. There is a free glass of wine or soft drink in the interval.

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WIN... a pair of tickets to The Barricade Boys at G Live on 26th July Direct from sell-out performances in London’s West End, an appearance on Broadway and many international dates, The Barricade Boys are back on the road with their five-star international tour. They are performing at G Live on Friday 26th July at 8pm. The Barricade Boys showcase the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical - Les Misérables. As seen on ITV’s This Morning and The Paul O’Grady Show, The Barricade Boys are quickly securing their place as theatreland’s most exciting show. With fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals, dashing good looks and fantastic personalities, this exceptional group is heading to Guildford Fringe Festival for one night only. For more information, please visit To win a pair of tickets courtesy of Guildford Fringe, please answer the following question: Q: Whish musical will The Barricade Boys be showcasing? Please enter online at by 30th June 2019.

WIN... one of 15 tickets to The Garden Show at Loseley Park The Garden Show takes place at Loseley Park, Near Guildford from Friday 26th July to Sunday 28th July from 10am-5pm in support of Shooting Star Chase. Browse 200 handpicked stalls with affordable and unique goods: a stunning variety of plants, garden furniture and accessories, art, design, sculpture, homes wares, fashion, tempting foods and wines. There is plenty to do for all the family: archery, juggling, face painting, and toddler funfair rides and bouncy fun. Wander the lovely walled gardens, tour Loseley House and watch the Huxley Birds of Prey soar through the skies. For more information, please visit www. To win one of 15 family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children), please answer the following question: Q: Near which town is Loseley Park situated? Please enter online at by 30th June 2019.

WIN... a bundle of gin gifts worth over £130 from Silent Pool Distillers To celebrate World Gin Day, Silent Pool Distillers, home to the award winning Silent Pool Gin, are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a bundle of gin gifts worth over £130. This fabulous prize includes a distillery tour voucher for £80, a bottle of their delicious Blackberry & Gin liqueur from their new range of small batch spirits and two of their beautiful Silent Pool Gin Copa glasses. The distillery tour voucher can be put towards any of their new gin experiences; from walking tours to flower-arranging workshops, you'll be sure to find something for you. You could even bring along one or two gin-loving friends to enjoy the experience with. To win this exclusive prize, please answer the following question: Q: Where is the distillery based? Please enter online at by 30th June 2019. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine, Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering. You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties. The prizes are nontransferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU, KT and RH postcode. 01483 440414 24 Madrid Road, Guildford, Surrey

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VantagePoint June 2019 - Guildford & Villages  

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Your best view of what's going on locally