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June should, by all accounts, be a fun month with the Queen’s birthday celebrations, Father’s Day and a host of summer fairs and fêtes. It is also the month when all those hard working students finish their A Levels and GCSEs and can look forward to a fun filled two months off. Judging by our own grandchildren, they certainly deserve it. Just keep your fingers crossed for a ‘Flaming June’! Guildford House, 28th May-19th June The Society of Designer Craftsmen is the largest multi-craft society in the UK. The North Surrey Group was formed by local members, who are presenting their exhibition at Guildford House: a rich, vibrant and varied display including ceramics, textiles, glass and jewellery. Why not visit the show to buy something beautiful and unique. Free entry. For further details relating to Guildford House call 01483 444751 or email email@example.com. Open Monday to Friday 10am-4.45pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Plant a Fruit and Vegetable Box Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June 10am-4pm Put the fun back into eating your greens, and keep your children entertained, by bringing them to Squire’s Garden Centres (all except Chertsey) at May Half Term where they can plant a tasty and nutritious fruit and vegetable box to take home. This is a great way to get children outdoors and into gardening. For just £5.50 children can plant up a box with 3 plants – choose from pepper, lettuce, tomato or strawberry plants – then take the box home to care for the plants and watch them grow. Children will no doubt see the fun in eating their own home-grown greens! Visit www. squiresgardencentres.co.uk to find your nearest garden centre. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre There are three bits of theatre on during June that all sound
very intriguing. From Monday 30th May – Saturday 4th June, they present ‘After Miss Julie’. Darkly witty and deeply compelling, Helen George (Call the Midwife) stars in this erotic psychological thriller. From Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th June they are putting on ‘White Feather Boxer’. Set in a shabby Bethnal Green boxing gym, this extraordinary story comes to the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. It’s a story about imparting wisdom, finding courage, understanding bravery and learning what’s worth fighting for. Finally, from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th June, It’s ‘The Half Life of Love’. This intimate piece of theatre visits the Mill Studio, offering a thrilling examination of complex relationships and how love and nurture can turn to rejection and hatred. Tickets for all three productions can be purchased from www.yvonne-arnaud. co.uk or by calling 01483 440000. British Sign Language taster sessions Have you ever thought how clever sign language is and how it enables deaf people to communicate with those with normal hearing and vice versa? Maybe you know someone who is deaf and would like to communicate better with them. Well, you can find out about British Sign Language (BSL), have fun, learn some signs and understand a little about Deaf culture. The informal Taster Sessions are suitable for complete beginners of all ages. Delivered by friendly, experienced and qualified tutors. It costs only £12 for the two hours (with tea and biscuits!). Next ones are on Wednesday 1st June, Wednesday 6th July and Wednesday 3rd August, all from 6 to 8pm. There is also a daytime session on Saturday 3rd September from 10am to 12pm. They take place at Woking Trinity Church. For more
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Guildford Fringe is Surrey’s premier openaccess, multi-arts festival. Here is a taster of what is in store during the month of July... So far, 2016 has been a fantastic year for the Guildford Fringe. They have been welcoming full houses into their monthly comedy clubs, ‘You Must Be Stoking’ and ‘Guildford Gag House’, as well as producing the first play of 2016, ‘Mummy’, which went down a storm. But, the fourth Guildford Fringe Festival is now only a month away and preparations are in full swing. Based on the model of the Edinburgh Fringe, the Guildford Fringe Festival is a little smaller, but the values remain the same - giving a platform for performers and audiences to try out something new at an affordable cost. The Guildford Fringe takes place during the month of July and will be jam packed with events ranging from theatre, comedy, music, poetry, children’s workshops, art exhibitions, cabarets and loads more. All the festival events are priced so as to encourage you to come along and try as many things as possible.
Here is just a short selection of some 2016 Festival events: The Hundred Watt Club opens this year’s Festival at The Electric Theatre on Friday 1st July. After a sell out show in April, they are showcasing another tantalising line-up, including: international vintage songbird Scarlett Belle, madcap comedy magicians Griffin & Jones, sensual showgirl Riri Caboose, accordion wielding chanteuse Anna Lou Larkin and neo-burlesque artiste Lena Mae. Leave your inhibitions at home and join the decadent, carefree world o f cabaret and help launch the month long Festival in style. Guildford Fringe Artistic Director, Nick Wyschna, is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Jack Wyschna Bursary,
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set up to help students who have the talent but not the finance to train at drama school. The evening is called The Last 10 Years and will take you through the last ten years of musical theatre and the greats that inspired these shows. Joined by fellow West End performer Joanna Kirkland (Parade, Woman in White, Witches of Eastwick), musical direction will be from Nick Tudor. The concert will be at The Back Room of The Star Inn on Tuesday 5th July at 8pm. If you fancy something a bit different, then Louise Reay: Que Sera is not to be missed on Thursday 7th July at The Back Room of The Star Inn (9-10pm). Comedy in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all! Apparently only 7% of communication is verbal, so come and experiment with the other 93%. You’ll understand it, but you won’t know why. Inventive TV comedian Joy Carter presents her new stand-up comedy show about differences. Who are we? Who are you? Brilliant storytelling is her trademark as she explores her own adoption and other surrounding issues. Adoption is tragic and sad, but it can also be hilarious! Joy can be seen on Wednesday 13th July at The Back Room of The Star Inn (8pm).
For the past two years Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve have hosted Music in the Meadows, the most relaxing event in the Festival and this year is no different. Come along to this free event, bring your own picnic and settle down in the wildflower meadow whilst enjoying music from local artists from 2pm-5pm on Sunday 24th July. There will be a collection for the Forget Me Not Dementia Fund during the afternoon. On Wednesday 27th July, the Ebon Theatre Company present Demjanjuk at The Back Room of The Star (8pm). Using physical theatre they explore the story of John Demjanjuk who, at 91 was accused of murdering 27,900 Jews in WW2. He died before receiving a sentence. Is it right that John Demjanjuk died an innocent man? This provoking piece of theatre is sure to get you thinking and that is what fringe theatre is all about. It can take us out of our comfort zone and open our eyes. For an evening that is bound to have you dancing and singing in the aisles to arguably one of the cheesiest, but best musicals ever made, come along to this fabulous Grease 2 Sing-a-long. You know the phrase “It’s so bad, it’s good,” well Grease 2 is bloomin’ brilliant! Come dressed as Pink Ladies, T-Birds, cool riders or a girl for all seasons – anything goes! The movie sing-a–long will be on Sunday 31st July at The Back Room of The Star (7pm). The evening is in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Are you looking for something for your young performers to get involved with in the summer holidays? Guildford Fringe Performing Arts are offering two musical theatre workshops: We Will Rock You (25th and 26th July) and Mamma Mia (27th and 28th July). Both workshops will be at The Guildford Institute and taught by cast members from the West End productions. VantagePoint are delighted to be media partners to the Guildford Fringe Festival. Images clockwise from left: Music in the Meadow and Joy Carter (inset); Grease 2; Flemenco and Dance Triple Bill; Louise Reay: Que Sera; Demjanjuk and The Last 10 Years (inset).
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It seems paradoxical that by accepting help you can keep your independence in later life for as long as possible. You might choose to move into a different type of accommodation so that you no longer have to climb the stairs or tackle maintenance and gardening. Or you might decide to stay in your own home and organise some sort of care to help with daily living. There is a lot of choice now to enable you to keep in control of how you live your life.
Keith lives in council run Blunden Court in Bramley High Street. There are 28 self-contained flats alongside resident facilities including lounges, laundry rooms and attractive gardens. Catering for those over 60 (or over 55 with a disability) this type of accommodation used to be called ‘sheltered housing’ . But it has been aptly renamed ‘independent living’ according to visiting manager Lucy Hunter.
Between 2006 and 2026 it is estimated that the number of people aged 60 and over will increase by 29%. Figures in the 85+ age group show an increase of 60%. So there are a lot of us who will need to find out about the options available and make decisions as we age and our needs change.
There is a lot of choice now to enable you to keep in control of how you live your life.
Mr and Mrs Bell (see right) chose to move to a purpose-built retirement village. Others like Keith have some on-site support from a manager and a domestic.
Residents here are not all as physically active as Keith. That doesn’t matter as carers can come and go and assist them as required. The manager here will work on a support plan with a resident to assess risks and daily living needs and will check on residents every day. There are social activities organised every day of the week so nobody living here needs to feel isolated or lonely.
Homeshare is another option. This is where someone is at home and needs help with daily living and is matched with a person who
Lucy Hunter says that one of the best parts of her role as a manager is showing people around. Potential residents say they were expecting a clinical, residential home where they were told what to do. They are pleasantly surprised. Lucy says “Once here they say ‘it’s the best thing I ever did’ and ‘I wish I had done this sooner’. “
needs housing and will offer practical support in return for a roof over their head. Assisted living is one step up from sheltered housing with additional support in place. This might include help with meals and personal care. Close care is good for couples who live next to a care home and can have outreach support.
all very positive. This allows me to be in reasonable control of my life with further assistance from my family who are always welcome when they visit.” Life must be good for Mr Nicholson - he is regularly seen in the sun lounge enjoying a glass of lager while doing the crossword, see left!
All of these are alternatives to residential homes that most of us think of when we imagine care in later life. Care homes still suit many and despite perceptions need not mean a complete loss of independence.
Not everyone wants to move in later life. Many people prefer to stay in their own homes with their treasured possessions or pets and where precious memories have been made.
At charity run Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society residential homes in Farnham, staff work hard to provide person-centred care. With close links to the local community they have a large group of volunteers who visit, organise outings and help with hospital trips. They also have an open door policy within the homes for friends and family. Mr Nicholson (above right) who lives in the residential wing of Hatch Mill says of his experience: ”The environment, medical and daily care provided by Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society, along with the social activities are
The answer can be live-in care. Rosamond Lomax and her brother organised live-in care for their mother after she was widowed, approaching 90 and suffering from poor mobility. Rosamond’s mother had spent her career in the visual arts and as a fashion designer and was anxious to get back to her own beautiful home environment after a recuperative spell in a nursing home. With a sharp mind and an keen interest in politics and current affairs Rosamond’s mother needed the right carer to provide the social interaction she was looking for. Rosamond went to specialist live-in care agency Loga Care in Bentley, Farnham to get help. With 250 carers on their books Loga Care is able to match the personalities of the carer to the client, mindful that they will be sharing the same home. continued over
Retirement Village - The choice of Mr and Mrs Bell On the first of October we moved into a two bedroom Villa in Richmond Village at Painswick, Gloucestershire. My wife Noni had seen an advertisement in a local magazine. We felt it was time to leave our four bedroom house in Chipping Campden and its garden Mr Bell and take advantage of the amenities available in some form of retirement home. At our age, 87 and 84, it was time to do some serious planning before nature forced our hand. Richmond Painswick appealed to me particularly as it has a Spa and I like swimming. It seemed appropriate for Noni too as she had just spent almost two months in hospital with a broken hip and had lost mobility. This had resulted in our having to curtail our social activity very considerably. While our family did their best to help us we didn’t want to become a burden, and Richmond Painswick could offer a solution. They had a care home next door and a restaurant. Our accommodation is ideal. We were fortunate to be offered a villa just as our house in Campden
was sold. Taking on a lease as opposed to full ownership means we don’t need to worry about the building, either maintenance or insurance. We were able to refurbish to our specification under the terms of the lease, enjoying the support of Richmond Painswick management at the same time. Having lived in our villa for five months, we are convinced we made a wise choice. Richmond management has been very helpful when needed, and we have met several other owners who are becoming our friends. The restaurant chef has gone out of his way to accommodate Noni’s vegetarian preferences. The swimming pool and sauna are as good as it gets! Looking back, we were wise to make our move while we both felt totally in control. Being 80 doesn’t necessarily focus the mind, but it should. A move at this stage in life is manageable and procrastination can steal the best from the last decades. We would seriously recommend choosing a retirement village. Don’t wait till fortune forces the move. You might wind up somewhere else!
Making life easier at home Just because you are finding it difficult to bend down and put your socks on or get in and out of a car it doesn’t mean that you necessarily need someone to be around to help you. Roseanne Finch, Showroom Manager at Hexagon Healthcare in Farnham talked to VantagePoint about some simple gadgets which can help you remain independent. As Roseanne explained: “You don’t have to be poorly or disabled to take advantage of some daily living aids. Just make life easier for yourself.” Some items of equipment in Hexagon’s showroom like the wheelchairs, scooters and reclining armchairs are an investment. Here Roseanne recommends some less expensive gadgets for use around the home which can still make a huge difference. She also points out that you don’t have to be registered disabled to be able to get the VAT deducted from the cost of these items. Roseanne’s final piece of advice is to try out different equipment in person before buying. If you have small hands and are choosing a grab rail for example, your choice for a certain shape and diameter of rail will be different from someone with larger hands. You are the one who is going to be using this equipment so make sure it works for you. Some handy items are shown below: Handigrip Reacher - a long handled stick with a trigger handle which helps pick things up from the floor. £9-£11.
Handybar - inserts into the door latch on your vehicle door frame. Acts as a lever you can lean on when getting into and out of the car. £27. Scoop plate - a plate with a raised edge so that you can fork food to the high side and scoop it up, useful if you have had a stroke and can only use one hand. £10-£15 Sock aids - if you have difficulty bending down, problems with knees or hips or balance issues. Drop the sock aid to the floor, holding onto the long tapes. Slide foot into the aid. Pull tapes back and up so that sock slides up over the heel. £4.79.
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The care for Rosamond’s mother has been a great success. Rosamond says “Mum’s general health, mobility and well-being have made a remarkable improvement since she has had live-in care.” Her mother has benefitted from routines and regular meals. “Carers have also enabled and encouraged her to get back to drawing and painting, she has done some wonderful portraits of each one”, Rosamond adds. “We threw a huge 90th birthday party at her home and friends and relatives were so impressed by how well she looked.” The benefits of live-in care extend to the family too. Rosamond says it has made an enormous difference to her as it is such a comfort to know that her mother “is being well looked after 24/7 and if there are any problems I have the company to sort it out”. Whatever choice you make it seems that if you face your changing needs and take action you really can remain in control of your life and stay as independent as possible. Like Mr Nicholson, we’d all drink to that. Carol Martin is a freelance writer.
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Most successful entrepreneurs use their wealth to live a life of self-indulgent luxury. Not Elon Musk, the founder of Paypal, though. Even as a young physics student he aimed to make the world a better place by developing groundbreaking sustainable energy technology. Still only 45, Musk’s efforts in this direction include Solar City, a company developing cost-effective solar power, and SpaceX, developing low-cost re-usable space rockets with the eventual aim of setting up a human colony on Mars. His third major focus is in developing more effective electric cars via his Tesla business.
car has a range of 100 miles at best, the Model S is claimed to achieve up to 310 miles between charges. How is this achieved? A major part of Tesla’s budget is spent on battery development, working with Panasonic to provide maximum power storage whilst minimising cost and weight. Tesla were amongst the first companies to use lithium-ion batteries, and their battery technology continues to be world-leading. In fact, they have supplied batteries to a number of other vehicle manufacturers, allowing them to kick-start their own electric-car production, a move which Musk sees as a key aspect of Tesla’s ambition to make electric cars truly mainstream. Additionally, many Tesla patents have been made available free of charge to the world’s motor industry.
Musk has been pouring his personal fortune into these businesses at a level which could only be dreamed about by most companies, and his efforts are now starting to bear fruit. SpaceX hit the headlines in December 2015 by achieving the world’s first successful landing of a re-usable space rocket following its mission launching satellites into orbit.
Tesla aim, by 2020, to be producing an incredible 500,000 batteries a year, and to achieve this volume they are well on the way to completing a vast solar and wind powered ‘Gigafactory’ in Reno, Nevada. Economies of scale should then reduce battery costs by around 30%. Not content with that, further Gigafactories are also planned.
Tesla are perhaps less in the public eye, unless you can afford upwards of £50,000 for one of their Model S luxury saloons. Yet Tesla are about much more than producing a handful of expensive luxury cars, for their plan has always been that as their pioneering technology becomes more widely adopted, costs will reduce allowing the benefits to filter down to more mass-market models. So what is it that sets the Tesla Model S apart from other cars? Fundamentally, it is that whilst virtually every other model of electric
Tesla are also using their battery technology to produce an innovative home electric storage system, Powerwall. This takes and stores electricity, whether from the mains or, as Tesla envisage, solar power, storing it in the Powerwall to provide a supply of electrical power for domestic use as required, typically in power outages or at times of high electricity cost. Presently, each Powerwall unit can store and provide 6kWh of electrical energy, and they can be combined to increase total capacity. The second key feature which sets Tesla apart from other electric car makers is that their Model S was designed from the outset as an electric car, and so was not compromised by having to accommodate petrol or diesel engines. Tesla’s engineers have therefore been able to package all the running gear under the floor, leaving a huge amount of unencumbered space for the
occupants, with a completely flat floor, a massive boot, and a second sizeable luggage space where the engine ought to be. But what is the Model S like to drive? In a word – stunning! A car from a completely new manufacturer could be expected to have a few rough edges, but the cabin is a seriously impressive and luxurious place to be. The dashboard is dominated by the huge iPad-like centre touchscreen controlling almost every function of the car. This may sound over-complex, but in practice it works extremely well indeed. Performance, even in the relatively modest 85kW car we tried, is staggering, with 374bhp on tap. To find out the realistic range, we decided to challenge the Model S to the sort of long-distance journey many of us make from time to time, whether on business or to visit friends or relatives. The trip took us north-west from Surrey, then up the west coast via the M40/M6/M74 Images clockwise from left: The Tesla S; Tesla S running gear; the ‘Gigafactory’; motorways, over to Edinburgh and the Powerwall; the new Model 3. up into Perthshire, finally looping back down the east of England on the A1/M1/M25 to return to Surrey. Cynical from experience with other electric cars, our range expectations were not high, particularly when our journey would be mostly high-speed motorway miles in the depths of winter, necessitating much use of wipers, lights and heating. Other electric cars we tested achieved only a 60-70 mile range in these sorts of conditions, however the Model S amazed us by consistently delivering around 240 miles maximum range from a full charge. So Tesla’s Model S certainly delivers on luxury, space, performance and range, making it without doubt the first practical electric car on sale, albeit expensive. But the car itself is only part of the Tesla experience, for the company has also developed its own easy-to-use rapid-charging system, known as ‘Supercharging’. This charges at a rate of up to 120kW, far quicker than even the best of the other public networks, which can manage 50kW at best. Supercharging can top up the Model S with up to 300 miles for every hour of charging. This means that grabbing a quick charge during say a 30 minute coffee or comfort stop will add up to 150 miles of range. And the best bit is – it’s free! Unlike some of the public charging (and chargedfor) networks, free lifetime use of the Supercharger network is included in the purchase price of every Tesla sold. Tesla are rolling out dedicated Supercharger charging stations around the country. At present, these are at only around 30
locations, but this is increasing all the time. Each location has a number of Superchargers – up to 8 in some cases, so finding an available charging point is not an issue. And they are incredibly easy to use – the Supercharger automatically identifies the car and releases the charging cable – and opens the charging port flap on the car! So just plug in and charge, it’s as easy as that. Although other national charging networks can be used by Tesla drivers if necessary, the speed and ease of use of the Supercharger network makes this very much a last resort! As if all that was not enough, Tesla have also stolen a march on the rest of the worlds motor industry by introducing a feature which makes the Model S the world’s first significantly self-driving car. Called ‘Autopilot’, this can, under the right circumstances, take over acceleration, braking and steering the car on motorways and dual carriageways. To comply with current legislation, the driver’s hands must stay in contact with the steering wheel most of the time, although this requirement will doubtless be lifted at some point. Using Autopilot for the first time may cause some apprehension, but it soon becomes second nature: we completed a major part of our journey around the motorway network using it, enjoying the experience immensely. It’s easy for most of us to overlook Tesla’s Model S, if only because of its cost. Understandable, when even the basic model costs over £54,000, whilst the high-performance P90D can easily top £100,000. However, that does buy a unique car, with impeccable green credentials but which can also hold its own in luxury terms with similar priced models as the Mercedes S Class and Jaguar XJ. Not only that, but 2017 should see the Tesla model range move into more mainstream territory with the smaller Model 3. Pricing for this is expected to be around £35,000, and since the Model 3 shares most of the attributes of its bigger relative, expect Tesla cars to become a much more common sight on our roads. Over 400,000 Models 3’s were ordered within a few weeks of it being announced… THE AUTHOR About the author: Andy Goundry spent his working career in vehicle design and development. Since retirement he has continued a close involvement with vehicles, writing for specialist magazines and websites, as well as producing his own motoring website at www.autonews.uk.com. © Andy Goundry 2016 21
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care at the forefront of their minds, they also found time to visit Africa to care for sick families, often for years at a time.
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into joints. By regularly moving the back the tissues, joints, muscles and ligaments become stronger and more able to tolerate the odd burst of enthusiasm that comes with Spring and sunshine.
Back pain is a normal occurrence which on average happens once or twice a year. The back, as with any other part of the body, is made up of bones, ligaments and muscles and these structures can from time to time become injured, sore, strained and sprained and take a few weeks to repair.
As spring approaches, many people will be tempted to spend long hours in a sunny garden and this is a classic example. They will be bending, reaching, lifting and twisting, and although these are very normal and natural things to do, if the back isnâ€™t used to this form of exercise you can expect to be sore afterwards. So what can we do to prevent or minimise this? Backs love to move. Movement of joints keeps them healthy by improving blood flow, stretching tissues and getting nutrients
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Regularly moving the back as a daily routine is a brilliant way to keep your back in good health. There are many movements that will be suitable and if you havenâ€™t had severe back pain or injury in the past then movements like touching toes, standing side bends and twists and arching backwards can work well. Repeating the movements ten times will warm up the back prior to exercise and cool it down afterwards. So why do some backs stay sore for more than a few weeks and if so what can you do about it? Most persistent back pain is due to discs in the lower back losing height. When young discs
muscles are a combination of deep abdominals, the diaphragm, the pelvic floor and deep spinal muscles. They protect the back from excessive movement and strain. Before starting a program of core strengthening exercises, if you have back pain it is advisable to see a specialist spine physiotherapist to test your movement and strength and have them design the perfect program for returning your back to the healthy strong structure it should be. Other important things to do are relatively easy and form part of a healthy lifestyle - eating plenty of Omega 3 fats (found in fish, nuts, seeds) plenty of green vegetables for essential nutrients and minerals, limit sugar and highly processed foods and drink plenty of water. Remember your back is a strong, stable part of your body and if you look after it with plenty of movement it should stay that way.
are tall and full of water, their job is to keep the spine bones apart, give bounce to the spine and help make the back strong. Age, being still for long periods of time (think sitting at a desk) and environmental factors can make the discs lose some of their water. This weakens the discs and can sometimes end in injury and pain. The pain can come from lots of different structures including the discs themselves (these injuries are things like disc bulges, herniations and slipped discs) the joints in the back (called facet joints) or things like muscles, nerves (called sciatica), ligaments and bones. To determine exactly which structures are causing pain is often a mystery that medical science is desperately trying to solve.
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Waverley Dowsers There are now monthly meetings for members who come from a wide radius of their Godalming meeting place, The Unitarian Hall. Dowsing has many facets with members taking a special interest in such aspects as archaeology, ground energies and ley lines, both natural and manmade. Well being is another specialist area and Dr E Emoto brings some healing aspects into focus through his research into the power of water to hold information. His book, The Hidden Messages in Water, opens up a new dimension into well being and water which dowsers find. For further information on dates for the next meetings and other events, contact Michael Haxeltine on 01252 541639 or Geoff Mitchell on 01276 742977. Guildford Beer Festival 2016 Friday 10th Saturday 11th June Takes place at Guildford Cricket Club in Woodbridge Road. As ever, they will focus on keeping it local with all the beers coming from within 30 miles of Guildford. There are now over 100 breweries within that catchment, so they have the ingredients for a fantastic line up of drinks! CAMRA members receive tokens entitling them to a free pint upon production of their current CAMRA membership card. The admission price includes a free GBF tasting glass and souvenir programme. Tickets at £10 for each of the three sessions are available online from www.guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk and via the Guildford Tourist Information Centre in the town centre (155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ). The Dire Straits Experience Friday 10th June 7.30pm The show features former Dire Straits members Chris White (on saxophone) and Chris Whitten (on drums), re-creating hits including: Sultans of Swing, Brothers In Arms, Money For Nothing, Walk of Life, Tunnel of Love, Romeo and Juliet, So Far Away to mention but a few. It has been more than 35 years since the opening line of Sultans of Swing was first heard. When Dire Straits disbanded over 20 years ago, they left a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced. If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than one hundred and twenty million albums continue to increase as new young fans join the band’s massive worldwide following. Tickets are £24 plus £2 booking fee, call 01483 739047 or go to www. glive.co.uk. Guildford Dementia Café Friday 10th June 12-2pm Crossroads Care Surrey has set up the Guildford Dementia Care Café. This is held on the 2nd Friday of every month at the Worplesdon and Burpham Cricket Pavilion in Guildford and is open for all. Led by their highly trained Dementia Champion Jan Bird, they offer support, advice, and information. They socialise, have lunch and share experiences. Their aim is to dispel pre-conceived myths, misunderstanding, embarrassment or denial and replace them with openness, sensitivity, insight, understanding, honesty, trust and ultimately, acceptance. vantagepointmag.co.uk
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Craftsman in Iron Phil Kemp talks to one of our local blacksmiths at his forge in Forest Green The ancient art of transforming hard metal into practical, tactile and beautiful objects has its origins through the far distant mists of time. And indeed this almost mysterious art has remained largely unchanged over many hundreds of years – almost as though in blatant rebellion against the tireless march of technological advancement that has enveloped the modern world. Tucked away in the picturesque Surrey Hills countryside is a forge that has for over thirty years crafted iron into all manner of amazing things, and all by hand proving that the blacksmith’s hammer will never rest regardless. James Davies describes himself as an artist in iron, and there is no doubt that it is a perfect description. Working from his Forest Green Forge, adjacent to the village green and with The Parrot Inn close by, James wields his hammer with measured skill and boundless energy. All around him scattered across workbenches are the tools of his trade – with of course the forge at its heart, its flames
roaring to the tune of the bellows pumping air to ensure the metal to be beaten glows almost white hot. James’ story of how he came to be a blacksmith is fascinating, as much by its novelty as it is for his love of iron. “Although I initially started working with iron when I left school, I actually spent my early years in the aircraft industry making precision panels for instruments in Harrier jump jets,” said James, with a smile on his face as he saw my surprised reaction. “Seems strange I know, but my experience there of having to work with materials accurate to thousandths of an inch taught me how to craft with amazing accuracy.” His lucky break was being recruited by one of the country’s most celebrated blacksmiths who helped forge James’ future. “I joined the Richard Quinnell Forge in Leatherhead at a time when blacksmithing for art was really taking off. I was working alongside top-class artists doing ironwork, and was part of the industry at its peak when Richard launched the British Artist Blacksmith Association. The Association quickly raised the profile of ironwork art to the public.” Forest Green Forge has a gallery where visitors can see examples of the enormous range of metal items they have created over the years. “I used to do a lot of interior design
25 tonnes of pressure to do the initial work, and then do the final shaping using a handheld hammer. The real skill is getting the metal to exactly the right temperature. Too hot and it will fizzle, spark and burn so that the piece is ruined. Too cold and it won’t be workable.” The story of the forge buildings is as fascinating as that of what is hidden within its walls. “In 1996 there were only sheds here, all falling apart. I heard about an old 16th century brick-built barn that was threatened with demolition. I had it dismantled and shipped here literally in kit form to be erected as the forge buildings you see now. In 1996 it won the South of England Best Development Award.” A range of forge produced items, representative of his work
work like tables and chairs made from iron, the tables with glass tops,” said James as he showed me around the gallery, where he also has a bench covered in black albums each containing photos of work past and present. “However, the market has changed with people wanting minimalist things, empty rooms not being really artistic. I have got my own niche market now making special commissions, things that you just can’t buy off the shelf. Customers can pop-in and ask me to sketch the ideas they have so we can visualise what they want, or they bring their own sketches. And that’s where the albums also come into their own, stimulating ideas.”
Surreally dominating the centre of the forge gallery is a large free-standing sculpture of an alien flying saucer, seemingly completely out of place until you take time to feel the smoothness of the intricate panel beating, admire the sculpting, and wonder at the subtle variations in colour of the copper patination. This work of art is perhaps the perfect advertisement for James Davies, Craftsman in Iron.
The longer I was in the forge the more I appreciated just how skilled blacksmiths are with their ability not just at heating and shaping metal, but also in understanding how different metals will react in terms of colour and finish. “The craft of metal is so involved and is something you learn over many years. In my office I have got endless files with notes I have made of technology and technique. Metal is always trying to fight. Imagine shaping a piece of plasticine, how easy it is to shape. Take a piece of metal and it will always try to do the opposite of what you want. You have to learn how to beat it into shape; it’s like a battle really.” James pointed out different objects in the gallery, and you could sense the pride he holds for his work. There are particular items he enjoys making. “I have made so many dragons over the years. They work so well in iron. But I also love making flowers out of metal,” he said pointing out some remarkably life-like metal blooms. “Those lilies look so delicate. And of course they are.” I asked for a layman’s explanation on the process of taking a rod of iron through all of the stages needed before it ends up as a fragile-looking flower petal. “I can take a six metre long half-an-inch thick strip of metal and forge that into a three millimetre thin strip and shape it into a flower petal,” James explained. “I can get the forge fire up to temperatures around 800 degrees, obviously very hot and hot enough to make iron soft so it behaves a bit like cheese. I have a power hammer with
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interested in volunteering, contact climatechange@guildford. gov.uk. Summer Fair and Free Family Fun Day Saturday 11th June 11am-4pm Once again the Guildford Cathedral Marquee at Stag Hill plays host to a wonderful Market, boasting a range of stallholders offering a delightful variety of gifts and treats. The Fair is combined with one of their Family Fun Days, with Royal themed children’s crafts and activities. Entry to the Market and Fun Day is free. The Cathedral, Refectory and shop will be open. The Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma, will also be in attendance with her vintage ambulance, offering consultations and prescribing poems as cures; in the waiting room under an attached awning Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the Cold Comfort Pharmacy. More information about the Fair & Fun day can be found at www. guildford-cathedral.org or 01483 547860. Oakleaf Enterprise Are you looking to get involved with volunteering? Oakleaf is after friendly volunteers to help with its onsite coffee shop. They require help with morning and afternoon breaks, making and serving teas and coffees and serving lunch, whilst managing the kitchen and float. They are currently looking for people to help on Thursdays and Fridays, and this can be all day, or just morning/afternoon breaks, depending on your availability! If you are interested, or would like more details, email email@example.com or ring them on 01483 303649.
Home-Start Guildford This family support charity is looking for new volunteers. Can you spare a few hours each week to help a family with young children? Are you interested in learning new skills on their friendly, free, volunteer training course? Their next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in September2016, and they are recruiting now! Home-Start Guildford is a family support charity covering the whole of the Guildford Borough plus Bookham and Fetcham in Mole Valley. They provide home-visiting volunteers with parenting experience to support families who are struggling to cope, with at least one child under five. Examples of difficulties might be post-natal depression, illness/ disability (of parent or child), multiple births, family breakdown, and financial worries. If you are interested, call Harriet on 01483 511181, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.hsguildford.org.uk. Shalford Village Fair Sunday 12th June 12noon to 4pm Help celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with a Hog Roast, stalls, competitions, varied entertainment. Do pop along and have a fun afternoon. Garden Open Day Sunday 12th June 12 noon-4.30pm Dunsborough Park in Ripley GU23 6AL are opening their beautiful gardens to help raise funds for Transform Housing and Support. Tea and cake will be available throughout the afternoon and all proceeds will go to Transform to help their work with the local homeless and
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Not the final say - challenging an unfair will Whilst we are commonly advised to prepare for death by drafting a will, sometimes it can cause more problems and upset than intended for surviving relatives. For example, a will drafted many years ago that did not anticipate a new addition to the family. Perhaps you were left out of the will having previously been informed you would be included? Does the will seem out of character for the deceased or do you think the will does not represent the deceased’s intentions? In many instances wills are often prepared in later years or under trying circumstances when the deceased may not have had full mental capacity.
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The Chantry Singers is a friendly Guildford-based chamber choir of around 35 members and we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2013. Initially established as a choir for staff and parents at the Royal Grammar School we have now grown in size, experience and reputation, and enjoy giving high quality performances of choral works from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary composers. Recent highlights have been the ‘Nelson’ Mass by Haydn, Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’, works by Lotti, Lassus and Sanders, Rossini’s ‘Petit Messe Solennelle’ and Rachmaninov ‘Vespers’. The Chantry Singers has specialised in eclectically themed programmes combining well-known works with less familiar material expanding the choir’s repertoire and offering new exciting challenges. Recent themes include Music for Remembrance, Psalms and Spirituals, America and Music for Royal Occasions. We are looking forward to our next concert on Saturday 18th June in the atmospheric surroundings of St Nicolas Church Guildford, a programme which has a lighter, more summery feel, comprising part songs and close harmony. This includes ‘Five Childhood Lyrics’, nursery rhymes set by John Rutter for chorus, alongside a number of well loved Kings Singers arrangements including ‘Can’t buy me love’, ‘And so it Goes’ (Billy Joel) and ‘You are the New Day’, a Kings Singers favourite. This should be a very enjoyable evening for all. In the Autumn term the mood changes once more and Chantry Singers are performing Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ an inspiring and challenging work alongside other pieces by Vivaldi and Bach which will take place on 26th November at St Nicolas Church. In the spring we will be focusing on French music for Choir and Organ. As a choir we are very fortunate to have as our Musical Director, Roy Rashbrook, who studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and on becoming a professional singer in 1998, joined 36
the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1999. In addition to his wide- ranging work there, Roy (pictured left) regularly sings with The Kings Consort and The Clerks combining their various performing, touring and recording schedules with his work as a soloist, singing teacher and conductor. He has sung as a soloist with many of Britain’s leading orchestras including City of London Sinfonia and London Mozart Players. In our recent Easter concert Roy sang excerpts from Bach’s St Matthew Passion alongside the choir. Roy is currently musical director of three choirs; Hart Voices in Fleet, the Chantry Singers and Cantorum Nicolai, a newly formed choir of upper voices. Chantry Singers enjoys performing with a range of high quality soloists and chamber ensembles and has been joined on two occasions by Rachel Mahon, Organ Scholar at St Pauls Cathedral where she regularly plays and conducts, alongside a busy international recital schedule. We enjoy collaborating with Hart Voices for larger scale works and on a lighter note, we were invited to sing at Wisley Gardens for the switching on of the Christmas lights last year Chantry Singers always welcomes new singers and several have joined over the last year. We rehearse at the Royal Grammar School Guildford on a Tuesday evening from 7.45pm to 9.45pm during term time and prepare for three to four concerts per year. Although there is no formal audition, the musical director likes to hear prospective members sing simple exercises in a relaxed environment. If you enjoy singing and would like to be part of a choir where every singer’s contribution counts, get in touch. You will be made very welcome!
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<34 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD vulnerable people. Entry £6, children free. See www. dunsboroughpark.com. Guildford Shakespeare Company Open Air Season Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 30th July Throughout June and July Surrey’s award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company continue their 10th Anniversary celebrations with their Annual Open-Air Theatre Season. Expect a rush of colour and frivolity as two of Shakespeare’s mostloved comedies, explode into life at two of Guildford’s most enchanting locations; the Comedy of Errors (14th June-2nd July) and Much Ado about Nothing (15th-30th July). For more information, visit www.guildford-shakespeare-company. co.uk. Onslow Village Residents’ Association Tuesday 14th June ‘A Parcel of Gold for Edith’ is the next event of Onslow Village Residents’ Association in the Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, Guildford GU2 7QR. Presented by John Owen Smith, this is the story of one of Australia’s Pioneer Women, who spent most of her life in the gold fields of Bendigo. In 1841, aged only 19, Ellen Suter fled poverty and squalor in the back-streets of Portsmouth and set off alone to live in the new colony of Victoria on the other side of the world. Her story has been pieced together from the accidental discovery in a house in Headley of seven letters written between 1853 and 1875. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 7.15pm. Entry is free to OVRA members. £3 to non-members.
Guildford & Woking Humanists Tuesday 14th June 7.30pm Author and campaigner Anne Marie Waters will talk about Sharia Watch, the campaigning group she founded, and will look at the impact of Sharia law on women, including issues such as forced marriages and wearing of the niqab. She will also talk about female genital mutilation and related issues. Anne Marie has appeared in a number of TV debates. Her talk will be followed by questions and discussion. There is a refreshments interval at 8.30pm. The venue is The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH. Art Exhibition - Three’s Company Tuesday 14th to Saturday 25th June Carol Orwin’s animal sculptures, Lisa Mardell’s equine and landscape photographs and Fleur Robertson’s still life paintings will be on show together for the first time. Carol Orwin’s art features hares, wolves and ponies, among other wild and domestic subjects. Energy also inspires Lisa Mardell’s work – the restless variety of the sea, the explosive power of the horse – yet she also depicts their serenity. Fleur Robertson’s still life paintings are simple celebrations of everyday items: fruit, feathers, bowls and flowers, each lovingly observed in oils. For its first week, the show is part of Surrey Artists Open Studios’ Shamley and Cranleigh Art Trail, featuring four other venues nearby. Trail maps available at the Centre. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday at Cranleigh Arts Centre. For more information see www. surreyopenstudios.org.uk.
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CowParade Surrey - the Cows are coming...! With over 60 cows now sponsored for CowParade Surrey, the excitement is beginning to build. In a matter of weeks the cows will be put out to graze and will be dotted around Surrey from June until the end of August for all to see and then the fun really begins! A specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allow you to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. You’ll discover lots about each cow as well as have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kuoni holiday to Mauritius! Don’t miss the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival, at Coverwood Farm Peaslake on 3rd September. There will be the opportunity to see the CowParade Surrey cows as well as the smaller cows, or mini moos, and enjoy some great local food and drink. There’s lots of great activities on offer for kids from craft activities to getting up close to the farm animals. Visit www.surreyhillsfoodfest.co.uk for more information.
to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills. Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is an exciting local initiative enabling local residents to donate now to protect and conserve the stunning natural landscape and help local communities to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.” VantagePoint is a media partner for the CowParade Surrey and a member of Surrey Hills Enterprises. Visit our blog at www.thevantagepointblog.com for more updates. FIND OUT MORE
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Guildford Means Business EXPO Wednesday 15th June Local video production company, Wizard Video Productions, has been invited to film at the forthcoming Guildford Means Business EXPO at the Surrey Sports Park. Run by Connect Surrey, a business networking organisation serving the needs of the Surrey business community. With well over 100 exhibitors expected, a great track record and the support of Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and BBC Surrey, the show will continue to provide the perfect opportunity for local companies to promote themselves. For over 29 years, Wizard Video Productions has produced great promotional and training videos for businesses large and small. Based in Witley, Wizard Video is a highly trained team of experienced media professionals, combining skills and expertise to create well-planned, highly creative and captivating videos and are now very involved at local Surrey business community level. For more information on Wizard Video Productions, visit www.wizardcorporatevideo.co.uk or call 01428 682896. For further information on Guildford Means Business EXPO, visit www.guildfordmeansbusiness.com or on Connect Surrey, visit www.connectsurrey.uk/. Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 16th June 10.45am Their next lecture is entitled ‘The Elgin Marbles: A History of Meaning.’ Join them in Shalford Village Hall and hear Alan Read explain how the significance and meaning of the Marbles has changed dramatically over two centuries from architectural decoration to hotly disputed cultural objects. Refreshments are available from 9.45am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. The programme also includes special study days and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £42 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01932 355113 or visit their website at www.gwvdfas.org.uk. The Bishop’s Hill Concert Band This Norwegian concert band is visiting Guildford, Godalming and Farnham this summer for their anniversary tour. They will be performing in various locations across the county while they are here, playing a repertoire of easy listening and recognisable favourites, suitable for all the family. Here is their itinerary: Thursday 16th June at 1pm Outdoor concert, Guildford Rotunda (at the bottom of North Street, free). Then at 8pm they will play again at Pub jazz at the King’s Head, Guildford (free). On Friday 17th June at 1pm, there is an outdoor concert, Gostrey Meadow Bandstand, Farnham (free). Finally on Saturday 18th June at 7.30pm there is a joint concert with the Bourne Concert Band from Woking at Godalming Borough Hall (ticketed). GUTS - Visit to Blenheim Palace Friday 17th June Local charity GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer has organised a visit to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. This trip is a must for all garden lovers; not only will you have the opportunity to wander around the beautiful gardens (as well as the historic June 2016
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<39 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Palace itself of course), but the visit coincides with the annual flower show. The Palace was designed by architect Sir John Vanburgh and was the nation’s gift to the Duke for his heroic services at the Battle of Blenheim. The visit includes coach travel from Guildford Rugby Club where you can leave your car all day at no cost. Entry to the Palace, gardens and flower show are included in the ticket price. Tickets are £45 and are available to purchase online at www.gutsfbc.co.uk/events/ or call the GUTS fundraising office on 01483 408316. All profits from the event will support the charity’s work, which aims to improve bowel cancer survival rates through better screening and treatment, and by raising awareness of the disease. While talking about GUTS, their next Classic Motor Tour takes place on the 4th September. For an application form or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Peaslake Players - ‘The Mafia Murders’ Friday 17th Saturday 18th June 7.30pm The next Peaslake Players production is going to be a little different! A ‘Murder Mystery Evening’ will be held at Peaslake Memorial Hall. Can’t give too much away at this stage (well it is a ‘Mystery’), but it should be a lot of fun and the chance to share supper and a good evening with friends, while watching as the mystery unfolds. So if you fancy duelling with the Don and milling with some molls, book your tickets now! Tickets at £10pp, includes lasagne supper. There’s a cash bar. Themed dress optional but welcome (in the style of 1920’s/30’s American gangsters) .Tickets are available from Chris Lewis on 01306 730067. Reserve a whole a table (max 8) or book individually.
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Worplesdon View Care Home Open Day Friday 17th June Worplesdon View has an excellent reputation for nursing and dementia care in the Surrey area. The home is proud of its social calendar and has a variety of events on where the wider community is encouraged to come along and get involved. Worplesdon View recently welcomed new manager Neil Lancaster, who joined the Barchester Healthcare over six years ago. Neil has wide experience and passion in looking after our residents. The atmosphere at Worplesdon View Care Home is always welcoming. Making the decision to live in a care home can take some time and at Worplesdon View we understand this and we are happy to arrange subsequent visits as well as offer an introduction to life at the home. On Friday 17 June, Worplesdon View, is taking part in the National Care Home Open Day event. This is a great opportunity to meet Neil and have tour round the home, meet our lovely staff and taste our homemade cakes. The Open House is from 10am to 4pm. For more information please ring Worplesdon View on 01483 238010 and ask to speak to Neil Lancaster, General Manager, or pop in to see the care home on Worplesdon Road, Guildford GU3 3LQ. The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival Saturday 18th Sunday 19th June In true Brooklands tradition, the Double Twelve Motorsport Festival will be held on the weekend closest to the date the original track opened in 1907. The well-established format of three separate competitive events (Speed Trials, Driving Tests and Concours d’Élégance) held over two days. Visit www. brooklandsmuseum.com for more information.
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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Vox Chamber Choir Saturday 18th June 7.30pm If you love choral music with a bit of a difference, do go along to the concert being given by Farnham based Vox Chamber Choir. It will feature the lovely Son of God Mass by James Whitbourn, complete with soprano saxophone, and many other pieces, some classy, some jazzy. This concert has something for everyone. It takes place at Holy Trinity church, Guildford. Tickets £12 on the door (Under 18’s free). Find them on Facebook - search for Vox Chamber Choir. (This concert will also be repeated in Farnham on Saturday 2nd July - details on their Facebook page). Godalming Band Saturday 18th June 2pm They are playing a free concert at Woking Bandstand in the lovely surroundings of the park. They will also be at Wonersh Fête on Sunday 3rd July, followed by a Songs of Praise at Wonersh United Reform Church in the evening. Godalming Youth Band, recent winners at the Godalming Music Festival, will be entertaining at the Farncombe Day Centre Fayre on Saturday 18th June (Canon Bowring, Farncombe) and Farncombe Infant School fête on Saturday 2nd July. Both bands are available for bookings via the secretary, contact email@example.com or see www. godalmingband.org.uk for further details. Guildford Chamber Choir Saturday 18th June 7.30pm Their next concert take splace in St Peter’s Church, Old
Woking GU22 9JF, and is in aid of the Samson Centre for MS sufferers. The choir will perform settings of biblical love poetry from the Song of Songs, by Victoria, Palestrina, Walton, Hadley, Bairstow, Willan and Sebastian Forbes. Tickets: £12 in advance, £15 on the door and £5 for students. Available from: GCC Box Office, boxoffice@guildfordchamberchoir. org.uk (Tel: 07704 802225), Record Corner, 8 Pound Lane, Godalming (Tel: 01483 422006) and Guildford Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01483 444334). Father’s Day Sunday 19th June 12.30 to 6pm Why not treat your dad to a proper British Gentlemen’s tea at the beautiful Barnett Hill in Blackheath Lane, Wonersh, Guildford GU5 0RF. The cost is £18.95 per person. Call 01483 893361 or go to www.sundialgroup.com/reading-room/ events/bh-fathers-day for more details and to book. The Therapy Garden Open Day Sunday 19th June 12.30 to 5.30pm The Therapy Garden will once again welcome local residents and visitors for their annual Gardens Open Day. The Therapy Garden is based at Manor Fruit Farm in Normandy and provides horticulture training and social and therapeutic horticulture to teenagers and adults with learning difficulties, mental health challenges and physical disabilities. The open day gives visitors the chance to see the work the charity does first hand and also to view other local private gardens that only open to visitors for this annual event. Tickets are £6 per adult and accompanying children are free. For further details and information, contact
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The Big Butterﬂy Count grown plants are probably shorter. Buddleja ‘Blue Chip’ (PBR) (Lo and Behold Series), is another dwarf variety, a little smaller in size than the cultivars from the Buddleja ‘Buzz™’ series, with lavender-blue flowers, and Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ (PBR) is a little taller, with large, bright magenta coloured flowers. All of these varieties are mostly sterile, so are unlikely to set seed in your garden. Other popular butterfly plants include: Astrantia major, Calluna vulgaris, Centranthus ruber, Hebe, Hesperis matronalis, Lavendula, Verbena bonariensis, Scabious, Sedum spectabile, as well as the flowers of many herbs, such as mint, thyme, oregano and sage. The Big Butterﬂy Count is a nationwide survey of butterﬂies that we can all take part in. This year Butterﬂy Conservation’s Big Butterﬂy Count starts on 15th July 2016, and runs until 7th August 2016. If you can and want to take part during this period, you simply need to spend 15 minutes on a sunny day counting butterflies and dayflying moths. You can choose to take your Big Butterfly Count in your garden, or in the gardens of your school, college or university, in a forest, at a park, or nature reserve, or whilst you’re taking a walk. The Big Butterfly Count is a lovely, relaxing activity that everyone can enjoy. The results from the count will help Butterfly Conservation study and monitor the success of butterflies throughout the UK. If you’d like to encourage butterflies into your garden, there are many simple steps you can take that will help to turn your garden into a more desirable habitat for a variety of different butterflies. Here are some ideas to get you started:
In addition to providing a variety of nectar-rich food plants, ideally planted in a sunny spot and dead-headed regularly, to really help butterflies you need to provide food for caterpillars - their young. Most caterpillars have only one or two dedicated food plants, so you don’t need to worry about them devouring your prize plants. Nettles are the food plant for Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. If you leave a patch of nettles, ideally in a sunny spot, in your garden, you’ll be doing these butterflies a great service. If you cut back some of your nettles in mid summer, the resulting fresh, new growth will be perfect for late egg laying butterflies. Any nettles you cut back can be used to make a fertiliser, or added to soups - whichever you prefer! Lotus corniculatus, also known as bird’s foot trefoil, is a pretty perennial with yellow and orange flowers; it’s a food plant for a number of different caterpillars and its flowers are also popular as a source of nectar for butterflies. Other caterpillar food plants include: grasses, Hedera helix, Ilex, Prunus spinosa, and Nasturtium to name but a few. Don’t forget to avoid using any pesticides or insecticides; these kill butterflies, caterpillars and other insects.
Grow a variety of suitable, nectar rich, flowing plants that flower from early spring until the first frosts while butterflies are on the wing. Buddleja, also known as the butterfly bush, is probably the best-known garden plant for butterflies. If the vast height and spread of the older Buddleja cultivars deter you from including these plants in your borders, newer dwarf varieties, such as cultivars from the Buddleja ‘Buzz™’ series developed by Thompson and Morgan, are now available which only reach 120cm (4ft) in height when planted directly in the garden - container
FIND OUT MORE For more tips and ideas of other lovely gardening activities you could do in your garden or your allotment this month, please visit Beth’s website at www.pumpkin.beth.com. vantagepointmag.co.uk
<42 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD The Therapy Garden on 01483 813846 or email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guildford Walking for Health The group offers weekly walks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings: The Whitmoor Walk Group walks on Friday mornings from the Jolly Farmer car-park on Burdenshott Road (GU3 3RN). Meet at 10.45am for an hour or a 30 minute easy walk, starting at 11 am. The Fairlands Walk Group walks from the Farmhouse Café at Rokers (GU3 3PB) every Wednesday morning; Meet at 9.45 am for an hour walk or 30-minute easy walk. The Boxgrove Walk Group offers more challenging walks from the car-park at Boxgrove Park shops, Cunningham Avenue (GU1 2PF) at 10 am every Monday morning. Meet at 9.45 am. All abilities welcome and all walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders Just go along, it’s free! Wear waterproof footwear and take a raincoat on rainy days. For more information visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk, or call 01483 574748.
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The Unattached Group T-U-G have recently had a leisure weekend away in the Buckinghamshire countryside enjoying a local walk and visits to nearby stately homes. Other events are planned for the summer months including local musical and topical events, BBQs, a jazz evening on Basingstoke canal, a summer party and another leisure weekend away on the Isle of Wight. T-U-G is a Guildford based group of 70/ 80 single people between 49 – 69 years who enjoy times together including a weekly pub meet and chat night, regular meals, theatre trips, walks, quizzes, together with a bridge club and book club. New members would be most welcome and information can be obtained at www. theunattachedgroup.co.uk or call Maggie on 07855 008897. Father’s Day Sunday 19th June The National Trust invites you to treat your Dad to a day out he will love. Whether he enjoys classic cars, rivers and waterways, garden games, history hunting, taking in majestic views with the wind in his hair or eating spectacularly good cakes the National Trust has everything you need to help dad and the rest of the family have a Father’s Day to remember. Find full details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk. The Guildford Institute Tuesday 21st June 2-4pm Have you ever wanted to learn more about photography? Professional photographer Mike Sleigh will hold a short course on Garden and Plant Photography. Mike (RHS photographer at Wisley Garden between 1991 and 2009) will cover the basics of digital photography and will look at how to shoot in close-up and macro mode. Or why not try your hand at Blogging this summer? Claire Dee’s course on Blogging for Beginners will teach you the golden rules of blog writing and will include practical exercises to test your new-found skills. The same course is offered on 2 dates: Wednesday 8th June or Wednesday 27th July from 9.15am to 1.15pm. For more information or to order your free copy of the Guildford Institute’s summer course and event programme, you can get in touch via 01483 562142 or online at www.guildfordinstitute.org.uk. June 2016
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Wizard Video to film at Guildford Expo Wizard Video Productions has been invited to film at the forthcoming Guildford Means Business EXPO on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at the Surrey Sports Park. Run by Connect Surrey, a business networking organisation serving the needs of the Surrey business community, the annual Guildford Means Business show has a new venue at the Surrey Sports Park with more space, great speakers, free parking and is expected to attract 800+ visitors. Patricia Ellis, MD of Wizard Video said; “We have been working with Connect Surrey, who also run Best of Guildford, since the end of last year and have been involved in the filming of their local business networking meetings. We are delighted to be working to help serve the needs of the Surrey business community. “Video is a vital asset for all businesses these days, and the growth of our business is proof of this“ continues Patricia Ellis. “It helps with, not only sales and marketing via websites, but also training and communications”. Sally Castro Gouveia of Connect Surrey added; “Networking is the most effective way to find new business which is why we have set up, and are developing, a number of regular groups throughout
the Surrey area. Guildford Means Business has been a success story for 10 years and now providing the forum for local businesses to exhibit and visitors to talk to successful local business people and share ideas with like-minded colleagues”. With well over 100 exhibitors expected, a great track record and the support of Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and BBC Surrey, the show will continue to provide the perfect opportunity for local companies to promote themselves. For over 29 years, Wizard Video Productions has produced great promotional and training videos for businesses large and small. Based in Witley on the Surrey/Sussex border, Wizard Video is a highly trained team of experienced media professionals, combining skills and expertise to create well-planned, highly creative, and captivating videos and are now very involved at local Surrey business community level. Wizard Video have also been long-time advertisers in VantagePoint, also members of Connect Surrey. Image: David Gordon and Patricia Ellis (Wizard Video) with Sally Castro Gouveia and Paul Bridgland (Connect Surrey) at Surrey Sports Park.
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<45 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD The Life of Christ Tuesday 21st to 26th June The Life of Christ is a wonderful, authentic open air performance of the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection held on the beautiful Wintershall estate with its woodlands, lakes and open parkland. The audience follows the cast of 100 and live animals around the estate as they bring the story to life. The performance is produced by Wintershall Charitable Trust. The performance starts at 10am and finishes at 3.30 pm each day. To enhance your visit, they provide free car and coach parking, disabled assistance and catering facilities. On Sunday 26th, there will be a special thanksgiving service at the end of the performance hosted by Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and Bishop Christopher Herbert, Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Guildford. Wintershall is situated in Bramley, GU5 0LR. To book the Life of Christ, go to www. wintershall-estate.com or call 01793 418299. The Simon and Garfunkel Story Thursday 23rd June The Simon and Garfunkel Story is currently the biggest and the most successful no.1 International touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of the sensational Simon and Garfunkel. It tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as Rock n Roll duo ‘Tom and Jerry’, right through their massive success, dramatic break-up and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert. Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960’s photos and film footage whilst a full live band perform all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia,
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and many more! Tickets are £19 - £38.50, concessions £17.50 and group discounts. Call 01483 369350 or go to www. glive.co.uk to buy tickets. St.Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club Thursday 23rd June 1pm Lucinda Knapman will demonstrate ‘In the Summer Time ‘and the Club Competition will be ‘A day at the Races’. The venue is The Shalford Village Hall and they meet at 1pm for a 1.45 pm start. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For further information call 01483 578368. Charity Golf Day Friday 24th June The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity team have organised a golf day at Milford Golf Club. It’s an 18 hole Texas Scramble preceded by breakfast and followed by a two course meal. The cost for a team of 4 is £26O or £65 as an individual. Dress code, golf attire. Call Sally Jochimsen at the RSCH on 01483 464146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your place. Guildford Bike User Group G-BUG is the new name for The Guildford Cycling Campaign group that has started in Guildford – but it’s both new and old. A group of like-minded cyclists keen to make Guildford a truly Cycle Friendly Borough over the next few years got together to help reinvigorate the long established Guildford Cycle Forum. They had a successful meeting in April with cycle supporter
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A picnic for the Queen To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, The Mall outside Buckingham Palace will be turned into a huge street party with a picnic and street performances for 10,000 guests on Sunday 12th June. Many of our local communities will also be hosting commorative events and street parties on the same day. Here we have a few ideas for picnic food to take to your own celebrations wherever they may be.
Easy Coronation chicken pies An easy take on a lovely dish, the perfect way to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil; 1 onion; 2 tbsp medium curry powder; 3 tbsp mango chutney; 1 large cooked chicken breast; diced into chunks; 140g double cream; knob of butter; 500g pack shortcrust pastry; flour for dusting; 1 beaten egg; 2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional). Makes 12
Method: 1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the curry powder and cook for 1 minute. Add the mango chutney and the cream and heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chicken (this can all be done in advance). 2. Heat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Line a 12hole muffin tin with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to the thickness of a pound
coin. Cut out 12 circles slightly bigger than the muffin holes and 12 circles big enough for lids. Use the pastry to line the muffin holes. 3. Divide the chicken filling between the pies. Add the pastry lids and pinch to seal. Brush the tops with more beaten egg and scatter with almonds if desired. Make a slit in the lid with a sharp knife and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and hot through.
Other ideas... Vol-au-vent style Coronation chicken pies These are a twist on the above and use puﬀ pastry
Roll out some puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut into squares. Score a smaller square inside each one, leaving a 7.5mm border, taking care not to cut the pastry all the way through. Put the squares on the tray, lightly brush with egg glaze and bake for 15 mins until puffed up and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. When cool, carefully remove and discard the central piece of pastry from each one. To serve, fill with the chicken mixture.
Strawberry granola bars Combine equal parts honey and brown sugar with a little oil and bring to a boil; toss with good granola until the mixture is very sticky. Add some bite-sized strawberry pieces, and more nuts, raisins and chocolate chips if required. Line a pan with waxed paper or film with oil. Press mixture into pan and allow to cool. 48
RECIPES Gazpacho Shots
This is something a little different, perfect for the summer months. The vodka adds a little oomph for the non-drivers, and is the perfect way to toast the Queen!
This makes a lovely addition to a picnic and is very adaptable. You could add peppers, peas or asparagus when in season and for meat eaters, simply add chorizo or bacon.
400g ripe tomatoes; 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks; ½ small cucumber, peeled and cut into rough chunks; ½ red onion, roughly chopped; 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped; ½ tsp salt; 1 tsp sherry vinegar; 20ml very good-quality extra virgin olive oil.
200ml olive oil; 1 medium onion, finely sliced; 600g waxy potatoes such as Jersey Royals or Charlottes, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices (like thick crisps); 6 medium eggs, beaten; salt and pepper; 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
Small piece of cucumber, 1 small tomato, a few chives and basil leaves, chilled vodka, crushed ice. Serves 4 Method: 1. Slice the tomatoes. Put all the vegetables into a liquidiser and blend well. Then pass the blended mixture through a sieve or food mill, reserving the juice and discarding everything else. 2. Add the salt, vinegar and olive oil to the juice, stirring well. Taste and check the seasoning. Chill well until needed before transferring to a thermos to take with you. 3. For the garnish: peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and chop into tiny dice. Drop the tomato in boiling water, drain and remove the skin. Discard the seeds and cut the flesh into tiny dice, like the cucumber. Snip the chives and basil into short lengths. You can prepare the garnish in advance and add it to the drinks at the picnic spot. 4. Once there, fill the glasses with gazpacho and top each one with a little of the cucumber and tomato dice, and a few of the snipped chives and basil leaves. Add ice and vodka if required.
Method: 1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium flame, add the onion and cook gently for 20 minutes until soft and brown. Rinse the potato slices under cold water and pat dry. Add the potato to the pan – if it seems overcrowded, you can cook them in a couple of batches. Cook until the vegetables are tender and on the point of falling apart, then drain well, keeping the oil for your next omelette. 2. Add the potato and onion to the beaten eggs, season well, and leave to stand for 10 minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger onion flavour. 3. Put a smaller pan (about 22cm) over a medium heat and add the extra virgin olive oil. Turn to coat, and then, when hot, add the mixture – it should almost fill the pan. Cook until it comes away from the edge of the pan, and looks about two thirds set. 4. Place a plate, or a saucepan lid, over the pan, and invert it so the tortilla flips on to the plate. Slide it back in, tipping any liquid egg in with it. Cook until it is springy to the touch: be careful not to overcook it: it should still be moist in the middle.
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Anne Milton MP and representatives from Surrey County Council and a number of small but helpful changes will be made to improve the lot of the Guildford cyclist. If you have any proposals or ideas on what to do to improve cycling and make it safer in Guildford or if you’re interested in joining the team to help make Guildford a Cycle Friendly Borough then get in touch via email email@example.com or join the Facebook G-BUG group. Guildford Rock Choir Tuesday 24th June 7.30pm The choir is putting on a charity concert in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford. All proceeds will go to the Fountain Centre and Jigsaw South East charities. Do go along and enjoy a magical uplifting performance from the UK’s favourite choir and support these two very essential charities. Tickets from Guildford Tourist Office on 01483 444333 or go to www.visitguildford.com. World Record for CPR Relay. Saturday 25th June Details have been announced by Surrey Fire and Rescue staff that they will be attempting to break the world Record for CPR Relay. The plan is the brainchild of Fire service personnel from Guildford Fire Station. On this day over 1050 people will be trained in CPR at the station and then each spend one minute performing CPR in front of independent adjudicators. This event has three aims for the day, to increase the number of people trained in CPR and thus save lives, to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Mind Charity, and to break a world record. If you want to help on the day contact andy. firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want to take part in the CPR
attempt contact email@example.com. Website www. charitycpr.co.uk. Summer Fair Saturday 25th June 10am-4pm The Royal Surrey County Hospital are holding their fair at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford GU1 3RR.There will be lots of stalls and some delicious refreshments. Entry £1, children free. All or Nothing Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th June 8pm All or Nothing is a new musical that’s currently midway through an extended run at The Vaults at Waterloo. It’s based on the life and music of British band The Small Faces, and tells the exciting, poignant, and bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott; four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and above all talent. The Small Faces were rocketed into the big time only to discover the path to fantastic success is heaving with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and ultimately tragedy. Tickets cost £24.25, £26.75 plus £2 booking fee. Concessions, Save £2.50. Groups 8+, Save 10%. Friends of G Live, 2-for-1. Call 01483 739040 or go to www.glive.co.uk. Guildford Jazz Tuesday 28th June 7.30pm The Electric Theatre Jazz Café features Simon Allen, a winner in the Daily Telegraph ‘Young Jazz’ competition, and a finalist in the ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’. Simon is a member
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Time to enjoy the Guildford Summer Festival Summer is almost in full swing and this year Guildford Summer Festival is bringing a wide variety of events to take you through until August. Some old favourites that have become a staple in the Guildford summer calendar return, such as the Guildford Beer Festival, the Guildford Cricket Festival is a summer must-do – as is the hilarious Raft Race at Millmead. The Town Centre Cycle Race takes place on the newly restored cobbles, and the GMES Model Steam Rally and exhibition is at Stoke Park on 2nd-3rd July. Art and Culture Naturally, everyone hopes for good weather, and what better way to spend a balmy evening with a picnic and some live theatre in beautiful surroundings. Guildford Shakespeare Company are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year bringing The Comedy Of Errors to the Castle Grounds in June and July and performing Much Ado About Nothing in the stunning grounds of the Law College in July. There are exciting exhibitions at Guildford House Gallery, Watts Gallery and the Guildford Arts Studio exhibition in the Mill Studio. Woodland Fairy Fair Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village family fun returns by popular demand at Woodland Fairy Fair, pictured below. Attention all fairies, sprites, pixies and goblins! The Fairy King and Queen invite you to join them for a weekend of magical adventures in the wild woodlands of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.
Become a woodland sprite or fantastical fairy by having your face painted. Get creative with craft activities, hear stories of magic and mischief while roasting marshmallows over a bonfire. Have a go at den building in the Wilfrid Blunt Woodland, hunt for fairy doors and try tree climbing with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company All ages welcome, and children 16 and under go free. Most activities free with admission. Visit wattsgallery. org.uk/family-fun for details. There are exciting exhibitions at Guildford House Gallery, Watts Gallery and the Guildford Arts Studio exhibition in the Mill Studio. Alan Turing in Guildford The free Town Guides walks have formed a main part of the festival for many years and these go on until September, taking you on a walk back in time to explore Guildford’s past. Following the success of the Alan Turing Walk last year, there is going to be a Celebration of Turing in Guildford including a talk at the Guildhall, Turing Walks, a showing of The Imitation Game at The Keep and finally a performance of Turing – Code Breaker at St Nicolas Church (the church where Turing’s mother Sara regularly worshipped) All of these events are bookable from the Tourist Information Centre. Queen’s Birthday It is impossible to be unaware that Her Majesty celebrates her 90th Birthday this year and the Guildford Summer Festival brochure includes a list of local celebrations from Summer Fair and Royal Tea at Guildford Cathedral to a garden party at The Weyside. FIND OUT MORE Full details of all Guildford Summer Festival events can be found at www.guildfordsummerfestival.co.uk or by calling Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333.
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of the Laurence Cottle All Star Big Band and also plays with a number of other prestigious bands. He has appeared at major UK venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican with an astonishing array of top musicians from the jazz and pop world. With Gareth Williams on piano, Simon Price on drums and Marianne Windham on double bass, it should be a great evening. The Electric Theatre is in Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ and you can book tickets by calling the box office on 01483 444789. West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 28th June 9.45am ‘The Wilton Diptych Enigma’ is the title of the June lecture. Leslie Primo raises and discusses the many questions which surround this mysterious double panel painting, acquired by the National Gallery in 1929. What are its origins? Who are the characters in this enigmatic painting? The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall for coffee followed by the lecture at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2016 can be found on the website www.nadfas-westsurrey.co.uk/ or, for more information, call 01483 811671. Shamley Green Open Gardens Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 3rd July 1pm-5pm 2016 is the Year of the Garden and also, appropriately, the 10th anniversary of Shamley Green Gardening Club. The club has grown from strength to strength and now has 137 members. There are monthly talks on a wide range of garden related subjects, outings to local gardens during the warmer months and an annual five day scramble-for-places trip to delightful gardens around the UK. To celebrate this special anniversary they are organising Shamley Green Open Gardens on 2nd and 3rd July 2016. Thirteen gardens will be open in the village to view at your leisure over the weekend, together with the essential tea and cakes. £8 per adult, children under 16 free. Tickets available from Tony Hodgson, 01483 898779, email@example.com; Aurelle Tompkins, 01483 892114, firstname.lastname@example.org; The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Shop High Street, Cranleigh and on the day at sales point on the Village Green. Proceeds to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Dan’s Fund for Burns. The Battle of the Somme Film Screening and Talk Saturday 2nd July 1.30pm-5.30pm This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. You are invited to the film screening alongside a talk by Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent). Tickets are free but places must be booked online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737. It’s an event organised by Surrey in the Great War, an HLF project. It takes place at The Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND.
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Vintage Fair at The Lightbox Saturday 2nd July 10.30 – 5pm The Lightbox gallery and museum will host its annual Vintage June 2016
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The Brooklands Motorcycle Show Sunday 3rd July Former motorcycle and truck-racing legend Steve Parrish will be the special guest at Brooklands Museum’s biggest motorcycle event of the year. The Show will pay homage to those pre-War pioneers and daredevils of the track, but also feature the latest machines from some of today’s top manufacturers. Alongside the historic bikes, many of which will be demonstrated by the Brooklands Motorcycle Team, BMW and Ducati will be presenting their latest models along with an impressive line-up of other manufacturers including Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield and MV Agusta. Gates open at 10am and standard Museum entry charges apply: Adults £11, Seniors/Students £10, Children (5-16) £6, Under 5s free, family ticket £30 (2 adults & up to 3 children).
Godalming Choral Society – Summer Concert Saturday 9th July 7.30pm Godalming Choral Society will be performing Elgar’s delightful From the Bavarian Highlands, Stanford’s stirring Songs of the Fleet and a selection of madrigals and part songs in the atmospheric Great Hall, Charterhouse, Godalming GU7 2DX. They will be conducted by Michael Veazey and joined by pianist Suzy Ruffles. Tickets are £15 (£8 for students) and are available from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming, Guildford Tourist Office, 155 High Street, Guildford tel 01483 444333, Godalming Choral Society Ticket Office tel 07505 203468 or online. For more details please go to www. godalmingchoral.org.uk.
Bell-ringing at St John’s Church Merrow Tuesday 5th July and Saturday 9th July 10am - 12noon Ringing a church bell is a wonderful combination of exercise, skill, balance, timing and mental stimulation. If you have ever thought you might be interested in finding out more about this interesting and sociable activity, this summer offers the perfect opportunity to give it a try. The bell-ringers at St John’s Church
Macmillan Classic Motor Show Sunday 10th July 11am to 4.30pm Macmillan Cancer Support, Guildford Area Group is hosting its 6th Classic Motor Show and Family Fun Day on the Clandon Park Estate, West Clandon GU4 7AA. There will be classics galore, full hospitality serving hot and cold drinks and food, ice creams, picnic area, children’s entertainment area, stalls and a central arena where you will see a Birds of Prey display and Ewbanks Auctioneers of Send will be supporting with an
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WALK - Petworth Park: A Landscape of Capabilites Enjoy a three mile walk through the 700 acres of parkland sculpted by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, with breathtaking views over the park to distant hills towards the South Downs. This walk is by Stephen Newton, a volunteer at Petworth House and Park. For more information about Capability Brown at Petworth House & Park, please visit our website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth
The walk Start the walk from the National Trust, Petworth Park north car park (parking cost £3, free to NT members), located off the A283. From the car park, take the track leading to the west (with the wall on your right) to the view at the top of the hill. 1. Capability Brown laid out the trees bordering the park wall to obscure the road, making the parkland seem more extensive. The herd of fallow deer can often be seen here as they favour the quieter end of the park. Continue along the grassy track, keeping the wall on your right side until you see a little cottage, called Shepherds Lodge. 2. Take the grassy track which rises up to Monument Hill. As you climb the hill you pass a very old sweet chestnut, approximately 500 years old. Continue climbing the hill until you reach a path on the left with a bench in view. Stop for a breather and take in the highest views of the park at 125m above sea level.
3. Follow the path that contours around a bowl giving extensive views over the park and then descend the steep hill back to the stone road and turn right walking towards the mansion. Capability Brown designed the stone track to give an impressive view for guests travelling by horse and carriage from the north. 4. Once you reach the top of the hill, cross onto the grassy path to take you towards the boathouse. Capability Brown swept away the formal gardens at the front of the mansion and created the Upper Pond to make a naturalistic landscape. As you walk down the slope note how the Upper Pond looks like a wide meandering river. This was one of Capability Brown’s trademarks and can be spotted at other Capability Brown landscapes around the country. Walk down the hill, turn left at the cross in the path. Follow the grass track around the railings enclosing the Upper Pond and take the track leading to the top of the hill. 5. From here there are excellent views over the parkland to the surrounding countryside. Looking north towards Blackdown and south to the downs. Proceed down the track towards the Lower Pond to return the car park. 6. Capability Brown built the lower pond between 1756- 1757 to act as a focal point from around the
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Park which is now an excellent habitat for dragonflies and toads. As you reach the Lower Pond, walk around the pond and along the track towards the car park to finish your walk. See if you can spot the Beelzebub Oak, which dates back to 1779 on your return.
DISTANCE: 3 miles STARTING POINT: Petworth Park north car park, located off the A283 towards Guildford if travelling from Petworth itself REFRESHMENTS: Petworth House has a restaurant, coffee shop and a vintage icecream and coffee outlet. There are many places in Petworth itself. TALKS: This year as part of a national year long celebration of Lancelot â€˜Capabilityâ€™ Brown the National Trust are hosting a series of talks. Please visit the National Trust website for more details of the three talks taking place at Petworth House in June. Images: Left: Deer in Petworth Park by Christina Beckett; Above: The house and park by Mike Calnan
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<54 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Antiques Road Show. Bring your little treasures along and get a free valuation. Pre-registration of classics is advised and free by contacting Macmillanclassiccarshow@hotmail.com or by phone on 07932 869876. A Macmillan Cancer Support silver cup will be presented to the judge’s favourite classic of the day and the three runners up will each receive a medal. Admission is £7, £6 concessions and under 12’s free. This event is held by kind permission of Robin, Countess of Onslow in memory of her late husband Michael, 7th Earl of Onslow. It will be a great family day out and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, who do so much wonderful work in our area. Guildburys Theatre Company Wednesday 13th July to Saturday 16th July Roll out the rug, unpack your picnic, uncork the wine and prepare to be well entertained by ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. Guildburys Theatre Company will be performing Open Air for the third year at their very successful new venue at Waverley Abbey House, Farnham. If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining then look no further. This is bursting at the seams with fun and a host of colourful characters. Book now for an evening deploring the antics of the elderly, randy and impecunious Falstaff and the payback he receives from two highly respectable, wealthy - married - ladies; and of course, much else besides. Tickets are £16, concessions at £14 for evening shows, and £12.50, concessions £10.50 for the Saturday matinee. Book on line at www.guildburys.com.
Wings & Wheels Saturday 27th Sunday and 28th August Just to let you know that the 12th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend at Dunsfold Park near Guildford and is open to spectators from 9am until 9pm. Advanced rate tickets from £22 for adults or £50 for a family are available. A family ticket consists of two adults and three child tickets. Single child tickets (for children aged 5 – 15) will be £7, whilst children under the age of 5 go free. Hospitality packages start from £155 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305572. Cherry Trees Black and White Ball Saturday 24th September Just a quick note for the diary. The ball is at Guildford Harbour Hotel (Formerly the Radisson Blu) For more information contact Cherry Trees Fundraising Team on 01483 222507 or email email@example.com.
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People with learning difficulties come to Artventure Trust to express themselves through the visual arts. They are a registered charity and operate from our Studio in the grounds of St. Peter’s School in Merrow, GU1 2TN. Staffed with professional artists and volunteers, we aim to provide a safe, sociable and relaxed environment to encourage enjoyment and build self-respect. People don’t need to be ‘good’ at art to come to Artventure Trust. They welcome all comers. The participants get involved in activities such as painting, drawing, modelling and ceramics – any of the visual arts. They give a social experience where people with learning difficulties can be creative in their own way at their own pace, under the eye of experienced artists who help and nurture them. They are for people to express themselves through art in a relaxed atmosphere and without being judged. Each year Artventure Trust stages exhibitions where the work of their artists is displayed and a number of pieces are sold. Indeed, several of the participants are very talented and have won regional and national awards. Lots of things are happening at Artventure Trust. Here are a few of them, recent and future. Come and see some of their work at Surrey Artists’ Open Studios between 6th and 17th June in their studio at St. Peter’s School, or go and meet them there and see the work at our BBQ on the Sunday 12th June from 12 noon. You’ll be made most welcome. Last year, the Mayor of Guildford unveiled the vibrant Artventure Trust mural painted by our participants outside the Electric Theatre (below). It illustrates community life in Guildford and the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills. Go and see it – you
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