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June - the first month of summer and a great month to get married apparently, as it is possibly named after Juno Roman Goddess of Marriage. It is National Smile Month and an important month for birthdays, including The Queen’s, Donald Trump’s and of course, mine! Don’t forget Father’s Day on the 18th June - I particularly think the Dad’s Bacon Butty Brunch Cruise on the beautiful Wey and Arun Canal looks good, but there are many other events to choose from in the area. Have fun whatever you get up to. Shere Village Cinema – Lion Thursday 1st June 8pm A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Tickets are £5 per adult. Book online at www.villagecinema.org, or join their Facebook page for news on all their showings at www. facebook.com/sherevillagecinema. New Family Gardening Show at RHS Garden Wisley Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 10am-5pm The First ever family Gardening Show at Wisley includes lots of fantastic interactive activities for families of all ages. You can create your own antennae, plant seeds, identify slugs, create plant cuttings and even judge the people’s choice award for the Budding Gardeners show gardens. For older children there are cookery classes, face painting, bug hunting trails and making your own edible bugs! Free with Garden admission. Call 0845 260 9000, email www.wisley@rhs.org.uk or visit www.rhs.org. uk/wisley for full details.

Family History Course at The Guildford Institute From 2nd June to 7th July 9.30am to 12.30pm This course will teach you how to trace your ancestors and help you gain skills in uncovering the past. They will look at birth, marriage, death, census and military records, enabling you to create a pedigree chart. Find out about your ancestors’ daily lives and discover details previously unknown to living relatives. The cost of the course is £112.50. Call 01483 562142 or visit their website for full details on this and their other courses www.guildford-institute.org.uk. Guildford Music Society at GURC Organ Recital Friday 2nd June 7.30pm. Ex George Abbott pupil Jonathon Hope is having a splendid career and is now organist at Gloucester Cathedral so this should be a worthwhile occasion for organ buffs not to miss. His programme will include William Walton`s Coronation March ‘Sword and Sceptre’ and music by Elgar and Liszt. Admission at 83 Portsmouth Road, GU2 4BS is £10 at the door or tickets from tic@guildford.gov.uk. Exhibition by local artist Celia Lewis Until Saturday 1st July Celebrated local artist Celia Lewis enchants us with her lovely rustic impressions taken from first-hand experience of raising pigs, cows, ducks and chickens. There will be continuous interactive free activities, which gives the audience a chance to experience the medium. Held within the rustic period beauty of the Farnham Pottery. You can also relax in the charming Pugmill Bakehouse Café for coffee and cake or lunch. For further information on the exhibition or related activities please Regain the use of your conservatory

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composers as Josquin Deprez, Bizet, Delibes and Debussy. The second half of the concert will be Gabriel Faure’s beautiful Requiem in a new arrangement for brass and voice. Supporting the work of the charity LinkAble this year. Held at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford. Tickets are £15, pre-booked £12.50. For more details call The Occam Singers on 01252 783977 or contact the Record Corner Godalming on 01483 422006. Guildford Walking for Health This group would love to add a new walk on a Wednesday morning, with 30 minute and one hour walks from The Watt’s Gallery in Compton and from The Seahorse Inn, Shalford. They urgently need volunteers to help run it. You would need to be able to volunteer for up to 2 hours a month. They are part of the national Walking for Health Scheme, run by Macmillan and the Ramblers and already have three successful walk groups in Boxgrove, Fairlands and Whitmoor Common. For more information see www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/Guildford or email guildfordwfh@outlook.com. Celebrate English Wine Week at Albury Vineyard Saturday 3rd June from 11am Voted Producer of the Year in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, join Italian vineyard manager Alex to learn about the rise of the English wine scene and share Albury’s passion for organic produce and quality English wine. Taste three award-winning Albury Estate Sparkling wines, as well as the renowned Silent Pool Rosé. Vineyard tour and tastings start at 11am and last 1 hour 30 minutes, booking essential via www. alburyvineyard.com/tour-and-tasting.

French Music with the Friary Guildford Band and Occam Singers Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm Bringing you ‘une abondance’ of brilliant and beautiful French music from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, Occam Singers and Friary Guildford Band will perform music by such wonderful

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celebrates 5 years! Dani Maimone on the Guildford Fringe Festival’s special birthday

On the first weekend of July, Guildford High Street will be filled with the sound of music and much more as the fifth anniversary of the Guildford Fringe Festival is launched. The festival runs throughout the month with a range of exciting events and talented artists performing everything from stand-up comedy to dance, cabaret, music, plays, musical theatre and children’s shows. There really is something for everyone. The first weekend is free apart from the fabulous Gag House Comedy Superstars at G Live. All free events will incur a nominal fee with your online booking but will be reimbursed once you attend. This year the festival welcomes headline sponsors Experience Guildford, Harbour Hotels and SaidSo and will be bigger and better than ever before. Around 120 events will take place at various venues around Guildford. So, what exactly is a Fringe Festival? Nick Wyschna, Managing Director of Guildford Fringe Festival, explains: “It’s really a platform where a variety of artists such as actors, directors, production companies, comedians etc., can put on a show and try it out without too much financial risk. This industry isn’t cheap and it’s notoriously hard to get into. It can cost a great deal of money to get a show into production and for many starting out they just don’t have the financial resources to do so. We only charge the acts £70 to put on their event which includes promotion on our website as well as in our brochure which goes out to 25,000 people in and around Guildford. On

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the flip side, Fringe Festivals also provide audiences with the perfect opportunity to see something at a reasonable price that they perhaps wouldn’t normally consider watching. You’re probably more inclined to pay £7 for a ticket and take a risk seeing something you might not normally consider if the price is £30 or more. “Ticket prices for London shows can be really expensive and it’s not unusual to pay upwards of £100. That’s a lot to pay for something you might not like or are unsure about. Keeping prices low brings theatre to a much wider audience and often to many who haven’t even considered it before due to cost. Theatre is sometimes perceived as something only the more well-off can enjoy. We believe that theatre should be inclusive and available to everyone. It’s something we are very passionate about and it’s the mainstay of our whole company ethos.” Nick attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London and was able to put his excellent vocals to good use to help him pay his way. His parents were also both incredibly supportive financially and emotionally, and as a thank you for this he is in the process of setting up the Jack Wyschna Foundation for youngsters who want to get into the industry but don’t have the financial means to do so. Nick is in his early thirties and wants to help others get into the industry. The ‘we’ in the team is Charlotte Bateup, a 30-year old dancer who trained at Laine Theatre Arts and who at the age of 21 was managing the shows onboard the exclusive Princess cruise ships. This was the perfect experience for running a company as creative and diverse as Guildford Fringe and its many offshoots including the festival. Charlotte joined just over a year ago and does a bit of everything but the Performing Arts School is her baby. I ask how they met. “I’d just left the cruise line and wanted to put down some roots and was searching for something else to do. I met Nick through his involvement at the Keystone Pub, loved the idea of what he was doing and volunteered for a bit. That led to him inviting me to join

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him as part of the team, and the rest,” she says laughing, “is history!” It’s clear to see there is great camaraderie between them and an important element in common is they have both worked as performers in the industry and totally understand how hard it can be to get work, let alone ‘make it.’ Charlotte is more than a dancer; she’s also funny, very clever and adept at handling many different roles. She did all the choreography for the last adult panto, Robin’s Wood, another facet of what the company produces and successfully sells out to rave reviews. She’s very active with the day-to-day running of the business, including marketing, networking and promotion. They are both hardworking, determined, very enthusiastic and their passion is infectious and shines through. In five short years this dynamic duo (believe me they are, I have seen them in action) have built a successful company that has burgeoned into what is, in effect, several different businesses all under one roof. “The Theatre Company came first in 2012,” continues Nick, “followed swiftly by the first

Guildford Fringe Festival. I ran that all in one venue, now our home base as it were, the Back Room of the Star Inn on Quarry Street. We did 32 events that July and now I look back it seemed relatively easy. It was the box office, my office and stage all in A couple of past acts one place. This year in contrast we’re running around all over the place and thankfully I’m not doing it on my own.” In addition to the Theatre Company and the Fringe Festival, there is also Guildford Fringe Events, The Performing Arts School and Gag House Comedy Clubs, showcasing some of the best comedy acts on the UK circuit. Gag House Comedy is located in the Back Room of the Star Inn, Komo Cocktail Bar and the Stoke Pub in Guildford, as well as spreading to Godalming, London and Brighton. You can enjoy a great comedy night out for as little as £13.50. On the last Sunday of every month, and new for this year, is a monthly film night held at the Back Room.

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Guildford Fringe Theatre Company and all its various strands from the Festival to Gag House Comedy Clubs is a success story. Where many small businesses struggle to make it to the five year mark, Nick and Charlotte have demonstrated that Nick and Charlotte and the 2106 box office a passion for what you’re doing can win through. Nick credits much of their success to networking, and building a strong visual brand. Their logos are very distinctive, welldesigned and thought out, by Nick’s best friend Steve Harris. Their bright sign-wrapped cars draw a great deal of attention wherever they go - people love taking selfies with them! “Something you cannot pay for,” says Nick, “is word-ofmouth marketing. This has been invaluable when trying to get people through the doors at our events. I would also advise those thinking of setting up their own business to invest in paying for someone to do the jobs that you’re

not good at. If you’re rubbish at numbers it makes sense to pay someone to do the books. It’s not a cost, regard it more as an investment in your business. I know for sure that I wouldn’t still be running if it wasn’t for the excellent help and advice from our accountants, Churchmill Partnership in Godalming.” Nick has now become something of a marketing guru through promoting his brand and others are asking his advice about their own businesses, and it’s plain to see why. I know how hard these two work though, the many late nights, the attention to detail when putting on an event, the endless days of getting out and about promoting verbally, with posters and leaflets and on social media etc. It’s their work ethic, personalities and the ability to produce first class events that win the day. FIND OUT MORE To find out about the Guildford Fringe Festival go to www.guildfordfringefestival.com. For other events go to www.GuildfordFringe.com or www.GagHouseComedy.com. You can follow Guildford Fringe on twitter @GuildfordFringe on Facebook @GuildfordFringeFest and Instagram at GuildfordFringeFestival.

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The Silent Pool Distillery Phil Kemp visits an artisan gin distillery, situated locally in the beautiful Surrey Hills The beautiful Surrey Hills offer stunning countryside and boast a host of hidden surprises, including the magical Silent Pool, where its eerie stillness embraces local legends of ghostly intrigue. Rated in the top ten of Best Hidden Gems by Visit Surrey, the pool is fed by underground chalk springs that in their turn have provided a perfect location for an innovative and trendsetting local artisan distillery that draws water from the springs for their spirit production. The Silent Pool Distillery, located in Albury near Guildford, was founded only four years ago but has quickly enthralled not only local gin and vodka lovers but those all across Britain, Europe and as far away as Japan, the USA and Peru. 14

Their signature Silent Pool Gin, with its distinctive bottle design embracing the mythology and aqua-green waters of the adjacent pool and entwining these with the botanicals that are used to create the distinctive profile of the gin, has provided the cornerstone on which to build a truly inspiring distillery business. I met up with Ian McCulloch, founding partner, who provided a walk-through of the distillery and the full story behind the success of the Silent Pool Distillery. “I go to Scotland a lot and if the weather is really bad we inevitably end up in a distillery,” said Ian. “I have looked at the way the Scots were marketing their whisky. If you turn a To advertise, please call 01483 420173

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you think of flavours as paint, and somebody gave you a white canvas and a load of colours, you can paint a million different pictures. Well it’s the same with flavours.” The impressive copper pot still, with its almost H G Wells-inspired rectifying column towering 10ft above provided surreal reflections in the polished metal of the distilling team working busily behind us as we talked. The still was hand-built in Germany and the imposing stainless steel holding tanks standing alongside was sourced from Slovenia to hold both the spirit used in the distilling process and the crystalclear water pumped from the Silent Pool and filtered. “The problem with whisky is you make it, store it in wooden barrels and then look at it for five or ten years. With gin it’s ten days end to end. And if you want to make floral gin you can make floral gin. If you want to make juniper-rich gin you can make juniper-rich gin. Or summer gin, or a winter gin. You can do what you like, as long as it’s juniper-led, which by law gin has to be. So you’ve got a lot more scope creatively, and that’s what we’ve done.” Earlier Ian had opened a large Perspex box which contained the all-important botanicals that give their gin its highly distinctive flavour. Each gin distillation uses a combination of these ingredients from 24 carefully-selected botanicals that the master distiller, Cory Mason, uses in his recipes. These included cardamom, coriander, cubeb, orris and juniper which are macerated in the base spirit for 24 hours before being added to the 250-litre copper pot still which extracts the botanical oils. The more delicate ingredients including elderflower and kaffir lime leaves are macerated separately and added later. The June 2017

Images clockwise from left: The copper pot still, rectifying column and holding tanks; some members of the distillery team with (from right front row) Ian McCulloch Founding Partner and Simon Sherlock Head Distiller; and the reclaimed boiler, fed with local logs, provides steam for distilling.

last of the botanicals, which include coriander, lavender and pear are added to the gin basket, which hangs inside the still so that the vapour rising up the rectification column picks up the extra flavours. All in all, a mouth-watering fusion of diverse flavours which undoubtedly is why Silent Pool Gin has stolen the limelight and is quickly building a world-wide reputation. “The whole distillation process takes about three hours, which delivers enough spirit for 380 bottles of gin,” explained Ian. “However, all this takes power to provide the steam for the still. And that’s where we’ve been very creative.” To advertise, please call 01483 420173

Ian led the way to a door behind the copper still, down some metal stairs into an open-sided back room where we stood by a stack of split logs and a large ancient-looking metal boiler. “The distillation needs heat. We originally looked at modern biomass boilers and the quote for a steam generating one was a crazy £120,000. So I started to investigate heritage steam, and talking to the Bluebell Railway and the boys in Alton on the Watercress Line we found a chap in Canterbury who trades in reclaimed boilers. This old boiler was one-tenth of the cost, is really simple to run and maintain, you just need a spanner! We are 15


Left: Simon Sherlock, Head Distiller, with the distillery’s range of products. Right: The distillery is located on the North Downs in the Albury Estate.

supplied with wood by the Albury Estate, which is felled locally and chopped just over the road. In fuel miles that’s around half a fuel mile. It works fine.” As we clambered back up the metal stairway into the distillation room Ian added: “We attach a whistle to the boiler occasionally just for the visitors who come along to our distillery tours. It’s a three-chime whistle so that everybody in the valley knows we are distilling. After all it’s the steam that drives the distilling process.” Now standing alongside the large stainless steel holding tanks, with each labelled according to which part of the process they are being used for, Ian opens the steel cap on a pipe protruding at an angle from one of the tanks. “Take a smell. That’s high-proof Silent Pool Gin in there, around 85% strength. We use these tanks to cut the spirit down to 43% bottling strength by mixing with the filtered spring water taken from the Silent Pool. It’s a chalk spring and we take all the minerals out of the water when we filter it. Everything is done on site, nothing leaves the site – unless it’s in a bottle. Water flowing from the spring goes from the Silent Pool into Sherbourne pond. From there it goes into the Tillingbourne, the Tillingbourne into the Wey, and finally the Wey into the Thames.” 16

We walk through the packing area and briefly watch the small but industrious bottling team handfill the distinctive blue Silent Pool Gin bottles, cap and sticker them with the necessary barcode and customs labels, and pack these into cartons ready for shipping out to customers eagerly awaiting the next shipment of one of their favourite gins. Pausing briefly by the courtyard table groaning under the weight of the distillery’s wide range of products - which include several different flavoured gins, their popular Wry Vodka, a strawberry and gin liquer that apparently mixes well with Prosecco, and several flavoured sprays and cordials – Ian continues to emphasise their preference for sourcing locally.

is currently sitting in Cranleigh. It’s five times the size of the one we’re using at the moment. We’ve got a south-facing roof here so a large part of the operation will be solar-powered.

“Our strawberries come from Tuesley Farm and the blackberries are local. The yeast for the vodka from a supplier in Godalming. The charcoal we use for filtering the vodka is from John Sinclair with the hornbeam logs sourced and burned locally. Juniper has been grown on the North Downs for thousands of years.”

“We want to get back into whisky so the new still is a ‘stripping still’ which is ideal. We had started producing whisky but when Silent Pool Gin took off we had to concentrate on that. We have got an innovative product plan, which I’m not going to tell you. Nobody has done it yet and we think it will be a world beater. For whisky you in effect need beer which you distil, and one or two of the local brewers are quite interested in that. There’ll also be quite a bit of grain waste so we’re thinking of distillery grain-fed pork from pigs brought up on the side of the hill here.”

The distillery is located on Albury Estate, land owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and is set in beautiful countryside and farmland. To the rear of the existing distillery is a large agricultural building which at the time of my visit had building workers pouring a new concrete floor.

The Silent Pool Distillery runs 90-minute ‘deep dive’ gin tours which include a tasting of their full range at the end. From my brief visit there I came away impressed and inspired by their creativity, originality, and enthusiasm – but as I was working I didn’t touch a drop. But make sure you do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

“You have seen that we are a bit tight on space at the moment,” said Ian, as we stepped over some concrete reinforcing mesh lying on the ground by the entrance. “So we are going to be installing a new still in here which

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<18 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Horsley Garden Society This society hold flower and produce shows, meetings, lectures and visits to bring together those with an interest in gardening - from beginners to experts. New members and visitors are always welcome. Anyone interested in membership at the modest cost of £5 per annum should contact the Chairman, Roger Lindsay via email: r.lindsay339@btinternet.com or the Membership Secretary, Terry Lazenby via email: terrylazenby@ terrylazenby.plus.com. Guildford Cathedral Exhibition Preview & Talk with the Artist in Residence Thursday 8th Jun, 6.15pm to 7.30pm All are invited to enjoy an exhibition preview, reception and talk on the unique paper craft work by the ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ inspired by the Cathedral building. To book your free space for this event please contact louise@guildford-cathedral.org 01483 547886 or visit www.guildford-cathedral.org for more information. Basket Weaving Day at Watts Gallery Friday 9th June 10.30am to 4.30pm, Join artist and basketmaker Mary Butcher and learn to make traditional willow baskets. Learn and master basic weaves and gain practical experience as you make two simple, functional round baskets. The cost of the day is £65. For more information on this course and many more exhibitions and events at Watts Gallery, visit www. wattsgallery.org.uk.

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Accident records show that Level 1 autonomous emergency braking, already available on many cars, reduces front-to-rear end collisions by 45%.

MOTORING The motor show season is now in full swing, having kicked off with the Geneva show in early March, and Battersea Park hosting our own London Motor Show from 4th to 7th June. It’s clear from all the shows that after years of little real change, car technology is now developing very quickly, with just about every manufacturer proclaiming huge strides forward in self-driving, electrification, and connectivity. So let’s look at what’s happening in those three key areas: Self Driving Although some of the excited announcements from car makers could have you believe otherwise, a world where human drivers are totally unnecessary is still some years away. There are five

clearly-defined stages or levels before we arrive at fully autonomous, or self-driving cars which need no human driver, as the graphic shows. Tesla are probably furthest down the path at present with their Models S and X ‘Autopilot’ feature, which allows the human driver, under certain circumstances, to hand over responsibility for steering, acceleration and braking completely to the car, but the driver must be ready to take over if necessary. Legislation means that the driver still needs to keep their hands on the steering wheel, however. Interestingly though, whilst other manufacturers June not publicly be quite as advanced as Tesla, their latest models are increasingly quietly incorporating many of the elements which will make autonomous driving a reality for many of us in the not-too-distant future. It will be a close-run battle to see who is the first mainstream manufacturer to make Level 2/3 self-driving cars available to us all, however Nissan’s ‘ProPilot’ system which will be available on their latest Qashqai and Leaf models, due on sale from later this year, promises to provide full autonomous braking, steering and acceleration control on suitable roads, albeit without the lane-changing capabilities of Tesla models. Looking further ahead, Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen are all promising full level 4/5 self-driving by around 2020, so the technology is clearly developing quickly. Electrification Nissan’s Leaf, launched in 2011, was the first real usable electric car of recent times, with space for four people and their luggage, together with a usable range of up to 100 miles. Since then almost every manufacturer has jumped

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on the electric car bandwagon, not least because of the ever-growing opposition to diesel power. Range capabilities of most models have however stayed stubbornly at the 100-mile maximum mark, again with the honourable exception of the two Tesla models, which achieve up to 250 miles range. However, things are changing quickly, and a 200-mile range could soon be the norm. Why is this important? Well, breaking that 200-mile barrier is believed to be a psychological turning point in the acceptability of electric cars, so electric car sales are likely to increase significantly, aided by the latest government road tax changes which further penalise all petrol (and diesel) powered cars. As well as the forthcoming mid-priced Tesla model 3, several other new and updated models offering the magic 200-mile range are promised for late 2017 and beyond, including an updated Nissan Leaf, the car which started it all. Sadly, though, and particularly with the news that General Motors have sold off Vauxhall, the UK will almost certainly not receive a Vauxhall version of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, an impressive 200-mile car already on sale in the USA. Connectivity The computing power of new models is increasing dramatically, meaning that a huge number of new features are becoming available. Many cars now offer Apple Carplay and/or Google Android, allowing you to play Apps direct from your smartphone. How useful this is depends on your needs, as not every App is compatible. CarPlay, for example, will not allow you to access Google Maps and

its useful live traffic information. Other features are of more clear-cut benefit, such as systems which detect that the vehicle has been in an accident and automatically alert the emergency services. Overall, though, much of these muchvaunted connectivity features June be of limited value to many drivers… although manufacturers June in fact be the real beneficiaries by being able to access the masses of data generated by the average car. Be aware, as well, that many of these connected features rely on using data on your mobile phone, and you could easily inadvertently rack up a significant bill. Self-driving, electrification, and connectivity - these are just a few of the changes currently taking place in the motoring world: we are indeed living in exciting times!

Image from top left: This Nissan IDS concept car could provide some clues to the styling of the next generation Nissan Leaf; this Nissan IDS concept car could provide some clues to the styling of the next generation Nissan Leaf; Apple Carplay, shown here, and Android Auto, are available on an increasing number of new models – but can be disappointingly limited in function; Tesla’s forthcoming Model 3, more affordable than their upmarket Model S but still offering a range of over 200 miles.

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<25 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Phyllis Tuckwell Summer Walk for Hospice Care Sunday 11th June from 9.30am Ah, what better way to spend a beautiful summer morning than out in the countryside, enjoying a pleasant stroll in the fresh air and catching up with some good friends? Could it be improved? Only if you were to raise money for a local charity at the same time. Well, sign up for Phyllis Tuckwell’s Walk for the Wards 2017 and you can do just that! It will once again start in Tilford, walkers will set off from and return to Waverley Abbey School. To full details and to register, visit www.pth.org.uk/event-diary, call 01252 729446 or email fundraising@pth.org.uk. Basketball for disabled young people Every Monday 6pm-7pm The Scorchers Foundation charity, who run alongside the Surrey Scorchers Pro Basketball team are running Basketball sessions for young adults 16+ with Intellectual (Learning) disabilities. The first session will always be free and then at a reduced rate of £2 per person. Taking place at St Peter’s School, Merrow on Monday nights. For more information please call 07810 122389 or email the foundation at foundation@surreyscorchers.co.uk. Guildford Rambling Club’s Walks Programme Various dates during June and July Guildford Rambling Club’s walks programme can be found at guildfordramblingclub.org.uk. Unless otherwise stated visitors are welcome to try out on any of the walks which normally start at 10am. For details of the 4.5 mile morning walk from Brockham on Thursday 15th June, call Ron on 01737 844420. David L, on 07589 914207, has the details for the 10 mile

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Designing your perfect kitchen Ockley based Park House Kitchens has been designing and installing beautiful kitchens in the local area since 1991. What makes them so successful? First class customer service and a product that stands the test of time. is treated with respect. We also have our own builder, who is excellent, and we always recommend using him if you wish to tie in an extension or other building work with your new kitchen.”

With so much choice out there, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to new kitchens, but with Park House Kitchens you can be assured you’ll receive the first rate service you’d expect and a high quality, stylish kitchen perfect for your home. Established in 1991 by Trish Rowland the idea was to create and build a kitchen design business that would offer a customer service that was second to none. Twenty five years later the business is still going strong with Emily, Trish’s daughter, now at the helm, designing beautiful kitchens in the Surrey and West Sussex areas. “Being a small, family business we’re able to offer our clients our full attention. From start to finish they will be working with my mum or me, who will have designed their kitchen using a CAD planning software.” Explains Emily. “And we also share a day-by-day schedule with our clients so that they know exactly what’s happening and when, so they can feel confident that the completion date will be stuck to.” When undertaking substantial building work to your home, whether it’s a new kitchen or an extension, it’s important to know who will be working in your home and whether their skills really are up to the job. “Our expert team of trusted tradesmen have been working for us for over 15 years. They work to the high standard that we promise and ensure that your home

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There is a large range of beautiful styles to choose from at Park House Kitchens, from classic shaker units to the contemporary German look and anything in between. All the units are built to measure and can be hand painted to the colour you desire. So in years to come you can freshen up the look with a new colour if you so wish. And with their finger on the pulse of the latest trends and styles, you can be rest assured that Emily and Trish will deliver you a kitchen with a look that has been intelligently designed for your home and lifestyle. “At Park House Kitchens we are able to offer a more personal touch.” Says Emily. “You won’t be dealing with a kitchen sales person, it will be either my mum or me, and we’re passionate about what we do and we want to deliver the service we promise and you expect.” Eighty percent of their business comes through recommendations from past customers, which is testament to the level of service Emily, Trish and their team offer. To book an appointment with Emily or Trish at their Ockley showroom call 01306 713342 or email info@ phk.co.uk. Special summer offer 10% off all our units for kitchens installed in June and July. Park House Kitchens Unit 3 Ockley Court Farm. Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey RH5 5LS Tel: 01403 790 812 Email: info@phk.co.uk www.phk.co.uk facebook.com/parkhousekitchens

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Society and will speak on ‘Religion in public Life: a secular alternative’. He campaigns on issues such as free speech, blasphemy laws, sharia courts and tribunals, faith schools, and the increasing influence religion is having in public life. He will present a talk on the need for strong secular democracies as the only way to combat fragmentation of society into its communal parts. Held at The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. Talks are always followed by questions and discussion. Tea, coffee and biscuits break at about 8.30pm. Entrance is free, but £2 is suggested (but not from students) as a contribution towards the hire of the room and speaker’s expenses. If anyone would like further information, please telephone Mike Adams on 01483 233324. Shere Museum Talk - The Brighton Belle Tuesday 13th June An opportunity to learn about the train, its history and some of its characters in a talk by Stuart Wilkinson. Held at Shere Village Hall. Onslow Village Residents’ Association Tuesday 13th June 2017 This month’s meeting is a presentation by a volunteer from the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. The Trust is bringing the 19th century waterway through Surrey and Sussex back to life. The illustrated talk will cover the history of “London’s lost route to the sea” which took goods from the capital to the south coast , and the restoration projects which include bridges being rebuilt, locks constructed and towpaths resurrected for the use of walkers, cyclists and riders. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 7.15 pm. Entry is free to OVRA members. £3.00 to nonmembers. Held in Onslow Village Hall, Wilderness Road GU2 7QRb Horsley Floral Decoration Group Tuesday 13th June 2pm This month’s demonstrator is Sachiko Pearce on the subject ‘Floral Theatre’. The club competition will be ‘Show Stopper’. This Group is a friendly afternoon flower arranging club. Meeting at East Horsley Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August) at 2 pm. They have a varied programme of events throughout the year, so for more details please phone Beryl on 01483 831422 or email bjg317@virginmedia.com. Visitors and New Members very welcome - first visit is free. Horsley Decorative and FIne Arts Society Monthly Lecture Wednesday 14th June 10.30am The June lecture is ’Treasures of the Turf: The Fine and Decorative Art of Horse Racing’ by Christopher Garibaldi. Lectures take place every second Wednesday of the month (except August and September) in East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue KT24 6QT at 10.30am (coffee available 9.45am - 10.15am). Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. For more information and the full programme please phone 01372 451015 or visit their website: www.horsleydfas.org.uk. Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 15th June 10.45am Please join them, in Shalford Village Hall, for their next lecture, by Roger Askew, entitled ‘From Pageant to Pop: A History of Music in London’, for a musical journey across the centuries from royal court and coffee house to concert hall and rock stage. Refreshments are available from 9.30am. Visitors (£6) and new members welcome. For information on lectures and

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An Evening with Mozart On 19th June the members of Horsley Choral Society and their good friends at Oxshott Choral Society will come together to present ‘An Evening with Mozart’ at The Chapel of St. John’s School, Leatherhead. The choirs, both member choirs of the Leith Hill Festival, have collaborated several times in recent years and have in common their Musical Director, Val Beynon. As the title of the concert suggests, this summer both choirs have decided to devote their entire programme to the works of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Although the choirs will be performing several wellloved pieces by the composer, including favourites ‘Alleluia’ from ‘Exultate Jubilate’ and ‘Ave Verum Corpus’, no evening Mozart would be complete without his Requiem.

used some Hollywood licence to add to the mystery, but the fact remains it is a wonderful piece and one which is enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. The choirs are delighted to announce that joining them on the night will be professional soloists Jane Searle (soprano); Louise Innes (mezzo-soprano); John Upperton (tenor) and Geoffrey Horton (bass). Also performing and accompanying will be the excellent Simon Bland, organist and Assistant Director of Music at St John’s School, together with The Raven Ensemble, a talented group of local musicians, all with a connection to Danes Hill School, Oxshott. St John’s School Chapel is a favourite performance venue of both choirs and set in a beautiful location where on a balmy summer evening (British weather permitting), interval drinks can be enjoyed in the wonderful setting of the St. John’s quad.

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Plant Society Show at RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 9am - 5pm Annual Plant Society show featuring displays from many of our specialist societies. Visitors can enjoy lovely displays of colourful and unusual plants, chat to friendly experts for help and advice, take part in free propagation and plant care demonstrations, and purchase plants and seeds which aren’t widely available. Free with Garden admission. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley for full details. Guildford Walking for Health - Volunteers needed This healthy and enthusiastic group are keen to offer some new walks, but need volunteers to make this happen. They have a wonderful new walk leader, Georgina C, who is going to be heading this new walk group: Watt’s and Shalford. Twice monthly from the overflow car-park at The Watt’s Artist Village (optional refreshments afterwards at the Gallery Cafe); and twice monthly from the overflow car-park behind The Seahorse Inn in Shalford (optional refreshments afterwards). They need 4 or 5 more people to come forward to make this group a reality. If you know of anyone, or would like to help, please email Guildfordwfh@outlook.com. You can find out more on walking for health and what’s on at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk. The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June The grand re-opening of the restored Finishing Straight of the World’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit following restoration will take place on 17th June, 110 years to the day since the Track was originally opened and the first day of the 2017 Double Twelve Motorsport Festival. Highlights of the reopening will include displays and demonstrations of surviving June 2017

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Complementary Health network. It will give you the opportunity to meet 40 different complementary therapists and 20 retailers of health and beauty products. Try therapies ranging from Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Japanese face massage, BodyTalk to Reconnective Healing, and many more. £4 entry - Raising funds for The Fountain Centre which offers complementary therapy and support for cancer patients who are receiving treatment at St Luke’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Visit www.gwch.org.uk/ wellness-day for full details. ‘Academix a Cappella’ Albury Saxon Church, Albury Park. Saturday 17 June 7.30pm An exciting evening of entertainment with five great professionals. Academix is a popular contemporary a cappella band that brings close harmony to pop and jazz. They are pitch perfect and come complete with vocal percussion. Their unique arranging style and smooth delivery makes this an evening not to be missed. This charity concert is organised by The Friends of Albury Old Saxon Church: Tickets are £12.50, concessions £10. Visit www.saxonchurch.yapsody.com or call Roy Hogben on 01483 202636 for more details. Horsley Garden Society’s Summer Show Saturday 17th June 2pm-4pm Image by Beth Otway Horsley Garden Society holds flower and produce shows, meetings, lectures and visits that bring together those with an interest in gardening. All events are at West Horsley Village Hall. New members and visitors are always welcome. Anyone interested in membership at the modest cost of £5 per annum should contact the Chairman, Roger Lindsay, email r.lindsay339@btinternet.com or the Membership Secretary, Terry Lazenby, email terrylazenby@terrylazenby.plus.com. Shalford Choral Playathon at St Mary’s Church, Shalford Saturday 17th June hourly from 11am plus evening concert at 7pm A series of walk-in mini concerts (45mins) for Piano & Organ performed by Shalford Choral’s fabulous Director of Music, Gareth Giles; on the hour, every hour, plus evening concert. Feel free to come and go as you wish. Refreshments (and CDs) available for purchase throughout the day Shere Village Cinema – ‘A United Kingdom’ Sunday 18th June 8pm The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil. Tickets are £5 per adult. Book online at www.villagecinema. org, or join their Facebook page for news on all their showings at www.facebook.com/sherevillagecinema. Do you enjoy gardening? Want to make a difference? Oakleaf Enterprise is a local mental health charity based in Guildford. They offer vocational training in horticulture, upholstery and IT and also operate as a social enterprise, offering these services to businesses and individuals in the local community. They are looking for volunteers, so if you are a keen gardener and available during the week to work with Oakleaf Staff on local projects, please contact Beatrice Curtis on 01483 303649 or email beatricecurtis@oakleafenterprise.org.

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Demystifying the latest Inheritance Tax changes By Steve Foster, Shipleys Chartered Accountants April’s Inheritance Tax (IHT) changes have left many people confused about how their estate will be affected, so here’s a brief overview. Previously individuals could pass on an estate valued up to £325,000 tax-free. From 6 April 2017, the residence nilrate band (RNRB), gives them a tax-free allowance when leaving the family home to direct descendants. This starts at £100,000 per individual, rising annually to reach £175,000 in 2020. Married couples and civil partners can still pass on their unused allowance to their surviving spouse when they die. With RNRB’s introduction, this means passing on wealth up to £1m without incurring tax.

It is worth bearing in mind that estates valued at more than £2m will see the tax break clawed back. Families will lose £1 of the allowance for every £2 in extra wealth (in effect, this is a 60% IHT rate). A person receiving the transferred IHT allowance from their deceased spouse may find the total value of their estate moves them into this clawback area. It is sensible then to take professional advice and perhaps consider rewriting your will in light of the new IHT rules. Do bear in mind that RNRB is only available for estates directly inherited by children, stepchildren, adopted children or grandchildren. It doesn’t apply to property left to nieces or nephews, brothers or sisters, or when it has been left in trust. There are also other measures you can take to reduce the value of the estate now. Contact our friendly Godalming-based team at Shipleys LLP for ‘tax savvy’ planning advice. T: 01483 423607, E: fosters@shipleys.com or www.shipleys.com ADVERTORIAL

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Fathers’ Day at Claremont: Bush Craft and Classic Cars Sunday 18th June Various times Sign up with Dad to learn traditional bush craft skills in the outdoors. On the same day Surrey Classic Vehicle Club will be displaying vintage cars in the amphitheatre. Admission is free to the garden for fathers when accompanied by their children. For more information on this event and many more please go to their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont-landscapegarden. Annual Choral Mattins for Surrey Joint Services’ Charities at Guildford Cathedral Sunday 18th June 11.30am Held in the presence of Michael More-Molyneux Esq., LordLieutenant of Surrey. To mark Armed Forces week in Surrey and recognise the contribution of the Armed Forces and the Service Charities with serving and ex-Serving members of the Armed Forces, Cadets and Veterans. For more details canonbruinvels@ gmail.com or pbruinvels@Soldierscharity.org.

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Walking Basketball at St Peter’s School, Merrow Every Monday 7pm-8pm Walking Basketball is a low impact but great cardio exercise suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities and for both men and women. Enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a team and meet new friends. For more information email bridget@ walkingbasketballuk.com or call 07810122389. The first session is free and it’s a lot of fun! Dad’s Bacon Butty Brunch Cruise on the Wey & Arun Canal Sunday 18th June 9.45am to 12pm On Father’s Day, treat your Super Dad to a trip on the canal whilst enjoying a tasty bacon butty washed down with tea or coffee. The wharf is behind the Onslow Arms, High Street, Loxwood, RH14 0RD. Visit www.weyandarun.co.uk for full details. Booking essential. Give as You Live Donate Money to Charity By Making Everyday Purchases Every time you make a purchase with everyday brands such as Amazon, Tesco or Asos you could donate money to local charities and make a huge difference in your community. Oakleaf Enterprise are a local mental health charity based in Guildford and are working in partnership with Give as You Live to raise vital funds for their organisation. Sign up with Give as You Live and save money, receive exclusive offers and discounts and most importantly, do something amazing. Help someone in your community who is struggling with mental ill health and make a real difference to their life. Sign Up Now at: www.giveasyoulive. com. The Life of Christ at The Wintershall Estate, Surrey Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 10am-3.30pm The Wintershall Players, have become renowned for their epic re-enactments of what is, indeed, the greatest story of all time. This open-air epic promenade performance, in three acts, will take the audience back in time to the Palestine of Jesus’ day. A hauntingly beautiful soundtrack and a full complement of sheep, horses, and of course, a donkey make this one of the most moving and evocative live events of the summer. There will be free parking nearby. Light refreshments available to purchase or bring a picnic lunch. No seating is provided so bring a fold

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The Surrey Hills Trust Fund Caroline Price tells us about this trust fund, which safeguards the future of the Surrey Hills The Surrey Hills Trust Fund was established in 2014 to safeguard the Surrey Hills landscape for future generations. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958, the Surrey Hills cover approximately a quarter of rural Surrey, and include the chalk slopes of the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. Famous beauty spots including The Devil’s Punchbowl, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Leith Hill are all situated within this special landscape. Established as a fund within the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), a registered charity, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to conserve and maintain the fragile environment of the Surrey Hills by awarding grants to support a wide-range of local projects from landscape conservation to community enterprise schemes. Neil Maltby, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund comments; “I am proud to be involved with the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and it is wonderful to see so many worthwhile projects happening that not only benefit the environment but also our local communities. The fund is vital to protect our beautiful landscape and with your help, we can create a lasting legacy for the Surrey Hills ensuring it is enjoyed by generations to come.” The fund works with local communities, landowners and partner organisations for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors to the Surrey Hills and to give you an example could support the following; June 2017

• landscape conservation projects to open up viewpoints, restore landscape features etc. • working with volunteers to undertake landscape access and conservation work. • helping children and young people to access the countryside who would not otherwise have the opportunity. • enhancing the ecology & biodiversity of the local area through practical projects. Neil Maltby continues; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund relies heavily on donations to fulfil its work. Every donation makes a difference, and stays local, going back into projects in Surrey. The variety of projects we get involved with show just how valuable and important our grants are.” The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has awarded grants to a variety of local projects to date these include; Protecting Farnham Heath Nature Reserve In 2014 fire devastated over seven hectares of prime heathland on Farnham Heath Nature Reserve, seeing many important wildlife species including sand lizards depleted. The RSPB were awarded a grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to help with the ongoing restoration of the heath and help to protect it from fire damage in the future.

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Working with Young People A grant was awarded to the Leatherhead Youth Project who took ten students into the Surrey Hills for two days to undertake Forest School Survival Skills training which involved building shelters, camp fires and learning how to forage for food as well as outdoor team building. The aim of the project was to offer a unique outdoor learning experience to young people who may not always get the opportunity, helping them to engage with the Surrey Hills countryside and to boost confidence and learning. Inspiring Views Viewpoint clearance, access work and a series of 5 artistic benches along the Greensand Way were kindly funded through the Mittal Foundation. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will maintain these artworks so that they can be enjoyed and experienced into the future. Conservation work at Quarry Hangers This is a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) in the east of the Surrey Hills at Chaldon, near Caterham which benefited from a grant so that extensive targeted scrub clearance could be carried out to improve the landscape and restore the rare and precious chalk grassland, typical of the North Downs. Creative Landscapes in Health Project This recently awarded project will commission a writer, musician and artist to research and respond to areas of the Surrey Hills including Farnham Heath, Thursley, Moor Park, Leith Hill and Gatton Park. Each artist will create new work to share with the local community through a programme of creative health walks and workshops. Contact with green spaces and natural environments is proven to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and stress, and can improve mental wellbeing across all age groups. The walks and workshops also have social benefits and increase residents’ knowledge, connection and satisfaction with their local area. Small Blue Butterfly Project A grant has been awarded to Butterfly Conservation to help conserve the Small Blue Butterfly in Surrey. A ‘habitat 38

stepping-stones’ project will permanently link the Small Blue colonies on the North Downs between Guildford and Box Hill. This important work also involves partnership working with Surrey Wildlife Trust, Lower Mole Partnership, National Trust and Natural England. Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “Through generous giving by local people, we are able to support wonderful projects that help preserve and enhance the stunning landscape. We are delighted to continue our work in partnership with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to encourage local philanthropic giving and help communities from across the county to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.” Donations small or large make a huge difference to the fund and will enable it to support local projects, like those mentioned into the future. If you would like to find out more or make a donation please visit www. surreyhills.org/trust-fund or visit http:// cfsurrey.org.uk/fund/surrey-hills-trust-fund.

Images from top left: work undertaken at Farnham Heath to protect from future fire damage; children from Therfield School being taken into the Surrey Hills for survival skills training; artist Susan Ryland taking a reading of the breeze at Gatton Park lake as part of her 4 month residency inspired by the notion of 'taking the air'; and the small blue butterfly which the Trust Fund is helping with conservation work to help link colonies of the species.

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With Beth Otway

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Beautifully-scented plants are always top of my list. The dwarf, compact, lavender cultivars, known as Lavandula angustifolia, are such lovely options for containers in a sunny spot, where their calming, soothing fragrance can be welcomed and enjoyed by all. Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavenite Petite' has a naturally compact habit and produces purple flowers, which grow up to 35cm (15 inches) in height. Lavandula angustifolia â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Purityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a smidgen taller, growing up to 40cm tall, producing white flowers that are less grey toned than many of the white lavenders currently available. Lavandula angustifolia 'Little Lottie = Clarmo', grows up to 40cm tall and produces quite charming pink flowers. Other options are available such as Lavandula angustifolia 'Miss Muffet = Scholmis', L. angustifolia 'Loddon Blue', and L. angustifolia 'Peter Pan', to name a few. Heliotropes make fantastic container plants. Their flowers are a beautiful shade of deep purple and they produce the most delicious fragrance which is warm and sweet like a cherry pie. Sarah Raven stocks Heliotropium arborescens 'Midnight Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Alternatively look for plants at your local nursery. Pelargoniums, erroneously known as Geraniums, grow fantastically well in containers where they will flower all summer long. These floriferous plants are widely available in a variety of different forms and flower colours. Pelargoniums are very accommodating and grow well even if you forget to water them on occasion. Scented leaved Pelargoniums have aromatic foliage. If their leaves are rubbed or crushed their fragrance is released. Some cultivars can be rather pungent! Their fragrant 40

leaves can be used in potpourri or to add flavour to culinary dishes. Pelargonium 'Sweet Mimosa' features larger than usual flowers, in a pretty pale pink colour, touched with a darker shade of plum, and produces leaves that emit a rose scent, as does the widely known Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses' which has gentle pink coloured flowers. Pelargonium 'Lavender Lindy' produces lavender scented leaves and vibrant purple-pink flowers. There's no prizes for guessing the scent produced by Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange'. This very beautiful cultivar features many white flowers, which are brushed with pink, and purple markings. Pelargonium 'Islington Peppermint' produces flowers which feature upper petals of the darkest maroon and contrasting white lower petals. Many other scented-leaved Pelargoniums are available. If you're interested in buying Pelargoniums, Fibrex Nurseries are specialist Pelargonium-growers with an online store. I love the irrepressible cheer that sunflowers bring to the garden. Dwarf sunflowers are ideal for containers, but make haste and sow your seeds now to give your plants sufficient time to grow, flower and set seed before the frosts arrive. Helianthus annuus 'Choco Sun' and Helianthus annuus 'Irish Eyes' are two of my favourite dwarf sunflowers for containers. Seeds of forget-me-nots can be sown now, either in containers or directly in the soil, where they will flower next springtime. Chiltern Seeds offer some lovely varieties, including Myosotis sylvatica 'Snowsylva' a floriferous white flowered forget-me-not, there's also Myosotis sylvatica 'Rosylva' a pink form, and Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' available in this special forget-me-not series. All of the plants I have recommended here will thrive in peatfree compost. To ensure your plants grow and perform well, it's important to use good quality compost. Dalefoot Composts came top in my recent peat free compost trial. They are made from natural ingredients including sheep's wool, which is absorbent, thus creating moisture retentive compost that doesn't require watering as often. FIND OUT MORE For more gardening advice, tips, and lovely ideas for the month ahead, visit her website www.pumpkinbeth.com

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Images from left: Heliotrope and forget-me-not. Both by Beth Otway

Containers filled with your favourite coloured flowering plants can bring so much joy to you and the bees and butterflies in your garden.


What A Blooming Marvellous Month! Summer’s here. In fact, it starts twice this month depending on whether you follow the meteorological or astronomical calendar. For many, 1st June marks the beginning of Summer, but the longest day - the Summer Solstice - is actually on 21st June.

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Bees harvest nectar from nearby flowers, so honey is a direct reflection of the area in which it is made. That's why local honey is not only a key ingredient in Silent Pool gin but also in one of their favourite cocktails:

The most popular way to enjoy our gin is still in a classic G&T. Not satisfied with a simple twist or slice, we created a set of flavourful liquid garnishes from key botanicals. These concentrated essences enhance the flavour of your drink by accentuating the fresh notes inherent in our gin. Replacing your usual twist of citrus with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish will raise your cocktail-making to a whole new level.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML HONEY 20ML FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE In a shaker, stir together the gin and honey until the honey has dissolved. Add the lemon Juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 125ML PREMIUM TONIC WATER 4 SPRAYS SILENT POOL MIST LIQUID GARNISH (KAFFIR/BERGAMOT) Fill a large glass with ice and spray with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish. Add gin and top with your favourite tonic - enjoy!

SILENT POOL MARTINI The delicate intricacy of Silent Pool Gin is best enjoyed neat. However, the sweet and floral flavours in the gin come through beautifully in this classic cocktail: 60ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML DRY VERMOUTH In a mixing glass, add the gin and dry vermouth. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir through until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Finish off with an olive, a twist of lemon peel or a few sprays of Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish.

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Gin recipe

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Gin-cured Salmon Gin-cured salmon with juniper berries and coriander seeds is a light and bright garden party favourite. This recipe is by Gill Dupleix and is taken from www.taste.com.au. Image by Ben Dearnley.

Ingredients: 75g table salt 75g caster sugar 1 tsp grated lime zest, plus 1 lime thinly sliced (a mandolin is ideal) 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed 1 tsp pink peppercorns (see note) 2 tsps coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp juniper berries, lightly crushed (see note) 80ml gin 400g centre-cut salmon fillet, skin on, pin-boned 2 cucumbers (Lebanese if you can find them) 2 tbsps mint leaves Borage flowers, extra virgin olive oil and toasted sourdough slices, to serve (see note) Serves 4

Method: 1. Combine salt, sugar, zest, black and pink peppercorns, spices, juniper berries and gin. Spread half the spice mixture in a glass or ceramic dish. Add fish, skin-side down, and cover with remaining spice mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight, turning fish after 12 hours and spooning any liquid in the dish over the top. Remove salmon from dish, reserving any liquid, and rinse. Pat dry with paper towel. 2. Very thinly slice cucumbers lengthways (a mandoline is ideal) and marinate in the reserved liquid for 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon 44

spices from curing liquid. 3. Very thinly slice salmon on the diagonal, discarding skin. Arrange on a serving platter. Scatter with cucumber, lime slices, mint, borage flowers and reserved spices. Drizzle with oil and serve with sourdough. Note: â&#x20AC;˘ Pink peppercorns and juniper berries are from delis. Borage flowers are from garden centres and farmers' markets. â&#x20AC;˘ Begin this recipe a day ahead.

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Waggoners Wells and Ludshott Common Lakes strung like a necklace; a glistening heath strewn with crimson toadstools in autumn; majestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There is no other walk quite like this quiet and peaceful wander. Waggoners Wells is a famous beauty spot, popular with weekend families but large enough to absorb them all, whilst Ludshott Common is one of the largest areas of heathland in the South East. Dogs are welcome as nearly all the stiles have a generous gap except for one just before Bramshott but Humphrey and I managed it when we did this lovely walk in April. This walk is taken from www.fancyfreewalks.org where the walk can be downloaded with full mapping.

The walk

1. Leave from the back of the car park, past the noticeboard on a broad sandy track. In 30m, you reach the heath by a rustic bench with terrific views south to Butser Hill (with the aerial) and beyond. point your feetto another Cross straight over the crossing track on aofnew sandy track. In 20m, at a fork twopath grassy paths, choose the right fork. In less than 100m, at another fork, take the right fork (really straight on). In Wellsautumn and Ludshott Common(fly agaric) are found the red toadstools 9 miles oreverywhere 10 km=6½ miles easy walking on the heath and you should see them aplenty. The pathDate descends to a crossing path. Turn written: 30-sep-2010 left here, slightlyDate downhill, the path ahead revised:avoiding 24-may-2012 that goes up a slope. Keep to the fairly straight c or later in Grayshott Last update: 22-aug-2016 path, avoiding all turnings off. Parallel on the right Haslemere) you may observe an overgrown sunken, possibly We depend on your feedback: feedback@fancyfreewalks.org ancient, track. The path ends at a T-junction. Turn ted to printing, copying distributing this document as right at orthe T-junction andexactly ignore a wide path d without any cutting or editing. See Principles on main webpage. immediately left. In 15m, fork left on a narrow level odland, heath sandy path, thus leaving the main path that carries on uphill. You pass some beautiful occasional pine trees and reach a junction of paths by a marker necklace;post. a glistening heath strewn withhere crimson toadGo straight ahead over a crossing path. ajestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There In 20m, fork left, following the orange byway arrow, e like this quiet and peaceful wander. thus avoiding a rather steep path up a slope on the mpshire is easily accessible from the London area, right. In 40m, turn left on a path that goes over a Hindhead on the A3 road. Waggoners Wells is a of an old bridge dam.to , popularremnant with weekend families but largeor enough 2. InCommon 20m, at a grassy T-junction, turn right. In 10m, lst Ludshott is one of the largest areas of uth East.fork left, following some overhead wires uphill. In 80m, you blue-topped ortened by taking thereach Field ofaMaples short cut,post, one of several, he prettyindicating villages. a rider’s path. Here fork left away from the wires on a wide path through the woods. Stay on the main level path, avoiding Grayshott minor side paths, until you reach another bluetopped post.

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Immediately veer left on a path coming from the right and, in 10m, turn right on a path uphill, thus regaining your original direction. As the path curves right, a narrow path joins from the left. The path ends at a T-junction with a very wide bridleway. You have reached the far edge of the Common. Turn right on the bridleway. This patch is often muddy, but you really need not worry because in just a few metres the mud will become more manageable. You have meadows on the left and soon on the right too. Nearly 500m after joining this path, you come to a major fork. 3. Turn right at the fork and continue until you join a lane (Gentles Lane) coming from the left. Follow the road past High Hurlands Home and, just after Hurlands itself, fork left on a narrow path through hollies and turn left at a T-junction on a bridleway. Follow the track, first past entrances to Harambee and other properties, then past meadows and a line of poplars and finally down to a road by Tilburys with its well-groomed hedge. Turn left on the road, going past oast houses on your right. Oast houses, used for drying hops, are mainly associated with Kent, but they do in fact appear in other home counties and as far north as Worcestershire. At a road junction, veer right in the direction Whitehill, Liphook. Traverse the deceptively sleepy village of Passfield, passing The Old Forge, The Old Cricketers and other witnesses to rural life. 4. Just before a bridge visible ahead, turn left on a bridleway (a sign says No Fishing). On your right is one of a line of lakes and water meadows that are a feature of this area. (Don’t worry about the sign that says Private Property Keep Out: it refers to the water meadows, not the bridleway.) At a 4-way fingerpost by a house, keep straight on on a track. (As a small diversion, it is worth turning right a few paces down to the waterside where the water fowl, mallards, swans and coots, can be observed close up.) Over on your right are the fine buildings of Passfield Manor. At the end of the track, by a fence, turn sharp right on a track, crossing the Wey South via an old bridge and passing through woodland. The track eventually joins a drive and meets a lane. Turn right to come almost immediately to a T-junction with a main road. 5. Go straight over the main road, a fraction

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right, onto a footpath by a National Trust sign for Passfield Common. In just over 100m, turn right before an oak tree across the luminous centre of the common. On the other side, you reach a tree line. Fork left here on a narrow path that skirts the trees and finally leads out to the hamlet of Conford. Turn left through the hamlet, passing the village hall (the old school). When the lane bends right after the last house, leave it by continuing straight ahead on a tarmac bridleway with the elegant stone Conford House up on your left. Ignore a footpath right at a fingerpost. Once again, you have a long lake and water meadows on your right. You pass Conford Park Barn, about 250 years old, usually with fluttering white doves. The bridleway leads through an iron gateway and ends at a tarmac drive. Turn left here, immediately meeting a main road, the B3004. Turn right on the road. 6. Go past houses, and continue to a right bend. Cross the road carefully and turn left on a footpath by a metal gate beside fields. After the first field on the right, turn right along its other edge. At the other side, officially, the path goes over an awkward stile by a metal gate into the farmyard of Bramshott Vale Farm. However, most walkers veer right and left over the grass in front of a barn to avoid the stile. Keep ahead on a concrete track, ignoring a footpath left. After a brick shed, go half-left across the grass, as signed, to meet a wonderful lime avenue. Cross the avenue and negotiate a stile [now made awkward by a fence across it], the corner of a meadow, another stile and another meadow that is often the home to highland cattle and shetland ponies. After a metal gate, turn right on a drive (first glancing left to view the impressive house). Go over a bridge across a lively stream, go through a metal swing-gate and turn left on a lane. After a short distance, you meet a minor road, Church Lane. Turn right here. This deeply sunken lane takes you to

steps where you can turn right up to the churchyard of Bramshott Church of St Mary the Virgin. Leaving Bramshott church on the right, turn left at the T-junction onto Rectory Lane and stay on this lane as it bends right, ignoring all minor lanes off. 7. Stay on this deeply sunken quiet lane for some distance. In about 900m, you pass the gatehouse of Downlands House. 250m further, you reach a T-junction. Turn left. In about 500m, the lane ends at a car park. Go straight on through a metal barrier, keeping to the left side, on a woodland path downhill. Stay on the main, rather uneven, path. At the bottom of the hill, keep to the left

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WALK || of a steep slope. A rather muddy path takes you all the way down to the waterside where there is an MoD sign and a bridge. There are several attractive walks around Waggoners Wells and you may prefer to find your own way and diverge from the text. Don’t cross the bridge but keep right and walk parallel to the stream on your left, soon reaching the first lake. Stay on the right bank and, after a section of woodland, reach the second lake. After more woodland, you reach the third lake, which has an especially picturesque wooden bridge over the sluice. Stay on the right bank, soon to pass a noticeboard and, up on the right, a car park . 8. On meeting a tarmac lane coming from the car park, turn left on it and cross a ford, or the footbridge beside it. Just 10m after the ford, turn left on a marked path and immediately fork right uphill on a bridleway, going past a stone memorial on your left. After a modest climb, the path flattens out and, in about 100m, goes over a crossing path. In about another 200m, the path goes under wires and, in a further 80m, meets a junction with a crossing track. Turn right on the crossing track, ignoring the path almost opposite. Soon another track joins from the left. In another 60m, there is a wide gap in the birches lining the track on your left. Turn left here on a narrow grassy path that goes across an open area covered with tiny silver birch Bourne Buildings May 14_Layout 1 11/05/2015 14:51 Page 1

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saplings. Another narrow path joins from the right. You come to a junction of wide paths. Cross over the first path but turn right on the second path. You are now on a high plain with views left to the Hampshire hills. The path descends to a T-junction. Turn right here. 9. Very shortly after, the path forks. Take the lefthand fork. The path curves left uphill. Stay next to the trees on your right, avoiding all turnings off. The path passes close to a bench seat and runs downhill for a bit passing minor paths off to the left and right until you come to a waymarker on the right. Immediately after it there is some broken down fencing. Immediately after the fencing, and just as the path begins to rise again, take a right fork on a wide path into the woods. The path soon runs clear of the trees and you have fine views again. About 250m from the fork, you finally reach the Ludshott Common car park where the walk began.

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<42 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD chance to chat with friendly, like-minded people. Call Betty on 01483 272938 for more information. Grange Park Opera Various dates throughout the summer The inaugural season at the Theatre in the Woods opens 8th June 2017 but that first night is sold out. With productions of Tosca, featuring Joseph Calleja, Die Walküre and Jenufa, plus an evening with Bryn Terfel and Zenaida Yanowsky, Principal Artist with the Royal Ballet, it will be a very special summer. Booking are now open and you can see the 2017 Season Brochure, which includes a booking form, for dates, ticket prices and a seating plan at www.grangeparkopera.co.uk. Free Coffee Concert with Grange Park Opera at Guildford Cathedral Thursday 22nd June 11.15am-12 noon What could be a better way to spend a morning than enjoying pieces from Tosca from Surrey’s newest Opera House at West Horsley Place. The concert will also showcase a local school choir from the Grange Park junior outreach programme. All are welcome to enjoy this unique morning of music. With free coffee from 10.30am. For more information contact louise@ guildford-cathedral.org or visit www.guildford-cathedral.org Bottonhole Workshop at The Guildford Institute Thursday 22nd June 12.45pm-2.45pm Are you or is someone you know getting married this summer? Or perhaps attending a school prom? Join this Buttonhole Workshop and learn a variety of wiring techniques and make both a rose and a carnation buttonhole. Tickets are £12.50. For more information on this courses as well as all their events please call 01483 562142 or email info@guildford-institute.org.uk. Picnics and Pimm’s at Chilworth Manor Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th June from 6.30 pm Midsummer Music for Local Charities. We hope you might like to spend a relaxed evening listening to some live music and enjoying a picnic in the gardens of Chilworth Manor. They will be having three events this year on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June for Surrey Mobile Physio, Chilworth Village Hall and St Martha’s and St Thomas’ Churches. The format of the evening is the same each night, two bands play two sets. The bar is open all night, but feel free to bring your own picnic and drinks. You are welcome to wander around the gardens during the evening. Held at Chilworth Manor, Halfpenny Lane, Chilworth GU4 8NN. For More info and ticket sales visit www.chilworthmanor.net.

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A Vintage Style Summer at Guildford Cathedral Saturday 24th June 10.30am to 4pm With over 60 beautiful stalls selling antiques, vintage finds, French textiles and handmade treasures for you and your home. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds of the cathedral taking in the far reaching views over the lovely city of Guildford or stop off in the lovely English country style tea room for tea, cake and light refreshments. Dogs welcome in the grounds and can be parked up outside whilst you shop inside the marquee at their doggy, water and treat pit stop. £2 entry, with under 10’s free. Visit www.homeandvintagebrocantes.co.uk for full details. The Historic and Vintage Military Rally at Loseley Park Sunday 25th June 9.30am to 4.30pm Come and enjoy the fun for the whole family. To mark Armed Forces Day, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Surrey in partnership with Guildford Borough Council are holding a Historic and Vintage Military Vehicle Rally and Show at Loseley Park. It will be formally opened by the Mayor of Guildford, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, at 11am. Refreshments will be available all day. Donations to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Free entry. Held at Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS. Email: pbruinvels@soldierscharity.org or events@loseleypark.co.uk for more information. Shere Open Gardens Charity Event Sunday 25th June 2pm to 6pm Shere, one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey, nestling at the foot of the North Downs between Guildford and Dorking, will be opening about 25 garden gates and inviting the public to view a selection of beautiful private gardens, giving you a glimpse into quintessential England and offering an enjoyable afternoon wandering around gardens in full bloom. There will be a plant sale, question time at the allotments, Pimms at the cricket club and afternoon tea in the village hall. All monies raised will go to local charities. Entry is £7 for adults, Over 60 £6; Children under 16 free. For further information visit www. shereopengardens.co.uk. West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 27th June 10.30am ‘Underground Cathedrals - the art and design of the London Underground’ is their next monthly lecture. In this lecture Ian Swankie plots the early development of the Underground, looks at some of the iconic posters, the Jubilee Line extension and some of the new Crossrail stations. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45

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<49 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD am for coffee. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2017 can be found on their website www.nadfas-westsurrey. co.uk or by calling 01483 414976. The Scarecrows’ Wedding at G Live Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this truly heart-warming adaptation of their bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells as you’re invited to Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay’s glorious wedding day. Tickets are £14. Age 3+. For full details and bookings visit www.glive.co.uk. Horsley & Clandon Society of Arts Wednesday 28th June 8pm The next meeting will be held in the East Horsley Village Hall. The talented and esteemed artist, Chris Forsey will be demonstrating a Landscape in Mixed Media. Guests are very welcome with £4 entry. Refreshments are available and there is ample parking. For further information contact The Secretary, Mrs Robyn Cormack on 01483 224603. An Introduction to Opera Wednesday 28th June 7:30 pm Have you ever wondered why opera is so special? Have you wanted to find out but been unsure where to start? Join Rhiannon Llewellyn and Mark Austin for an accessible hour long introduction to opera featuring well-loved arias by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet. Curious listeners aged 7-70 can ask

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questions, so it’s suitable for all the family. Hear great opera close-up, learn about the life of a singer and laugh at what goes on behind the scenes. Held at The United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU. Tickets: £10 from www. thelittleboxoffice.com/operasouth. Big Band Concert Saturday 30th June 7pm Do you like Big Band music? Then come and hear the enowned Junction 4 Big Band in Bramley Village Hall on Friday 30th June at 7pm! Don’t miss this unique opportunity - it is bound to be extremely popular so buy your tickets in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street. Any left over will be available at the door. Tickets are £10 each (£5 students and under 18s) and there will also be a free glass of wine or soft drink. Tell your friends and neighbours too! Contact Stuart White for more information (stuartwhite@waitrose.com or 01483 892645). The Young Whips (13 yrs-17 yrs) Loserville Workshop Auditions Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July The Young Whips will now be an exciting new company called Whips: Youth Theatre. If you would like to be part of a smash hit musical ‘Loserville’ by Elliot Davis and James Bourne please email them at juliamcclung@btinternet.com to book a place. They will rehearse and perform in West Horsley Village Hall. No previous experience needed just commitment and plenty of enthusiasm and there will be no fee for this production.

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modern goto scope with CCD imaging which is hardwired to computer equipment housed in a purpose built warm room – what luxury! It’s not necessary to own a telescope, a huge amount of fun and pleasure can be gained by just studying the night sky with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars. They organise introductory courses for beginners and a signed-up member can even borrow, free of charge, one of their loan scopes. The Guildford Astronomical Society (GAS) welcomes anyone interested in astronomy. Our members come from all walks of life and age groups. Many are beginners just starting out in astronomy, while others are experienced amateurs with a wealth of astronomical knowledge. Members have varied interests ranging from cosmology to deep-sky observing, lunar observing to hunting exoplanets or simply star gazing. They are not all active observers, and GAS caters equally well for the armchair, internet and theoretical astronomer. They meet in the prestigious lecture theatre block at the University of Surrey ,where their main event is the monthly get-together. Parking is plentiful and caters for wheelchair access. In the first half, a guest speaker talks on a topic of astronomical interest. During the refreshment break there is an opportunity to meet other GAS members and have a chat about, well, anything astronomical under the sun. The second half is less formal.

Promoting astronomy is one of the major activities. They do a considerable amount of outreach work for schools, scouts and the general public and their calendar is nearly completely booked for the rest of the year. Tempted? Why not come along as a visitor one evening. Their visitor fee and membership subscriptions are very modest. Image: This the ring nebula, M57, in Lyra. About 2,300 light years distant, this is formed when a shell of ionized gas is expelled by a red giant star, as it approaches the latter stages of its life and becomes a white dwarf. The central star is, indeed, a white dwarf and no longer produces energy via nuclear fusion and is a white dwarf (Stephen Piatkowski).

FIND OUT MORE The website has more information on our society, its activities and more details on the meetings and guest lecturers: www.guildfordas.org.

There’s the ever popular ‘what’s up’ presentation of recommendations describing the best night sky objects for the following month. Occasionally they have Powerpoint displays of GAS members’ photographs, discussions about equipment or observing techniques. And after the meeting many members carry on chatting - in the pub… They always have a varied series of lectures to excite every taste and this year is no exception. Topics have included ‘The Chemical Cosmos - and the Origins of Life’ and ‘Diamonds in the Sky – The Importance of White Dwarfs in Modern Astrophysics’. On the 1st June they have ‘From Quark to the Cosmos’ with Prof Ian Shipsey Head of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford. Weather and new moon permitting, they have regular club meets for observing at one of their dark-sky sites away from Guildford’s lights. Members can also use their observatory housing a 20″ Newtonian reflector. They run regular training sessions in the use of the observatory and their June 2017

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<50 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Wonersh Village Fair - Call for Volunteers and Stall Holders Sunday 2nd July Applications from parties interested in running a stall are invited and volunteers are requested on the day to help set up, run a stall and clear up. Help would therefore be appreciated during the morning to set up and/or the afternoon of the day of the Fair. Contact Francesca Rowe on 01483 890275 or francesca_ rowe@btinternet.com (Chair). Art of Ages Exhibition at The Brew House, Guildford 4th to 9th July - Opening Event on the 8th July 1pm-3pm Art of Ages, curated by Glynis Lamond, showcases work by artists aged 24 to 89. An exhibition celebrating the creative spark, which runs through the family, includes work by artists Ellie Foreman-Peck, Anna Garrett, Glynis Lamond, Betty McGimpsey and Stephanie Rolph. In our digitalised 21st century world five female artists are celebrating the process of making by hand. Art of Ages presents a range of media and styles all linked by one family, spanning 3 generations, from mixed media drawing to woven textiles and illustration to conceptual painting. Held at The Brew House, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ. Call 01483 444751 or email heritageservices@guildford.gov. uk for more details. ONE LIVE at Stoke Park in Guildford. Saturday 8th July The 2017 line-up has been announced and includes The Boomtown Rats, The Darkness, Toploader, Reverend & The Makers, Hunter & The Bear and they still have two more bands to announce! This looks to be a fantastic event. To book tickets and find out more www.onelivefestival.co.uk

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Macmillan Classic Motor Show and Family Fun Day Sunday 9th July 11am to 4.30pm Macmillan Cancer Support Guildford Area Group is hosting its 7th Classic Motor Show and Family Fun Day on the Clandon Park Estate, West Clandon GU4 7AA. There will be classics galore; food, drinks and ice cream, picnic area, children’s entertainment, stalls and pony rides. Birds of Prey and Kyleburn Dog Agility demonstrations will be presented in the main arena. The event is by kind permission of Robin Countess of Onslow, in memory of her late husband Michael 7th Earl of Onslow. It is a great family day out, and all proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Opera in The Park at Hatchlands Park Sunday 9th July from 6pm The Guildford Lions are very kindly organising this spectacular outdoor concert to raise money for Cherry Trees, including fantastic operatic arias from popular musicals, such as Carmen, Don Giovanni, Magic Flute, La Boheme, Tosca, Rigoletto, Les Miserables, West Side Story and many more. The event will be held on the lawn at Hatchlands Park, raising funds for Cherry Trees and Guildford Lions Club. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Andy Hart and his Music Works Team from Milford, including West End performers with a fifty voice choir. Set up your Picnic from 6pm concert starts at 7pm. Tickets £25 per person, parking free. For further information or to make a booking please contact Helen on 01483 222507 or email at events@cherry-trees.co.uk. The Two Gentlemen of Verona…. and A Dog Called Crab Friday Saturday 14th to 29th July Surrey’s award-winning professional Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) continue their 12th Annual Outdoor Theatre Season, with one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, set in 1950s Italy. Held at the open-air theatre at the University of Law Gardens, Portsmouth Road, Guildford. Booking and information from www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk or GSC Box Office 01483 304384. The Loxwood Joust 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th August 10am to 6pm Hear ye, Hear ye, Tis just two months until you can be transported back in time to experience all the wonders and mediaeval mayhem of the Middle Ages. The Loxwood Joust returns and discounted advance tickets are now on sale. Step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family. The Loxwood Joust’s unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other. A fast-paced, all action jousting tournament will amaze and astound whilst daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire will enthral as fully armoured knights prepare to meet in a thunderous battle. Visit www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk for full details and bookings. Wings and Wheels RAF Line-Up Confirmed Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 9am - 9pm Wings and Wheels is delighted to confirm the RAF Red Arrows will be headlining the 2017 air display along with the RAF Typhoon Display team and the Lancaster and two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The teams will be displaying both days at the historic setting of Dunsfold

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