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Seeing that the price of petrol is rapidly falling reminded us of the following notice we saw recently in a pub in Dorset - he average human walks 900 miles a year and drinks 22 gallons of beer, which means the average human gets 41 miles to the gallon! Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to all you mums and we hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday. West Surrey Family History Society Guildford Centre Wednesday 2nd March 8pm ‘Upstairs, downstairs: domestic servants’ The well known speaker on genealogy, Ian Waller, returns to talk about household service. Many families will find relatives, both male and female, in domestic service within their ancestry. This talk looks at their lives and their appearance in records.The meetings are held in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street, Guildford and non-members are welcome to attend for a small donation before joining the society. Enquiries to Mrs Iris Hawkins on 01483 535986. Guildford Scrabble Club Every Wednesday 7.30pm-10.30pm The club meets at Shalford Village Hall where there is plenty of parking. All equipment is provided and all are welcome regardless of ability. The cost is just £2 per visit and includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Any queries, call Barbara on 01483 579873 any evening except Wednesdays. G- BUG Tuesday 2nd March 6pm 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 have got together to help reinvigorate the long established Guildford Cycle Forum. There’s not a lot of time, but if you read this in time and are interested, sign up for their 2nd Meeting at Guildford Borough Council Offices Meeting
Room 3, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB. If you’re interested in joining the team to help make Guildford a Cycle Friendly Borough then you can also get in touch via email at email@example.com or join the Facebook G-BUG group. Knit & Natter Every Tuesday morning 10.30am - 12 noon Knit & Natter meets in the cafe at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. New and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to meet for a coffee and chat while working on their own projects and helping and encouraging each other. This friendly group has resources available to help new knitters get started and enjoy sharing their skills. No charge except for excellent refreshments available from the cafe. For more info phone Val on 01483 822440. Guildford Fringe Wednesday 2nd March You Must Be Stoking is normally performed at The Stoke Pub and Pizzeria but due to a refurbishment which is taking place Guildford Fringe have had to find a temporary home for the month. Fortunately Alastair Wilson, owner of the Legion in Millbrook GU1 3YA, opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, jumped at the chance of being part of the comedy scene in Guildford. Doors and bar will be open from 7pm and the club will start at 8pm. Guildford Fringe also produce Guildford Gag House which is on the third Saturday of every month. The March club, which is on Saturday 19th March at 8pm, is hosted by Joe Bor who was described by Alan Carr as ‘a must see’ and is joined by Kelly Kingham, George
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A plant for your palm RHS Wisley takes a look at Bonsai trees ahead of an exhibition next month Bonsai is the art of growing dwarf trees and shrubs from seedlings or rooted cuttings. It requires careful training, pruning and container restriction. The latter gives bonsai its name as it translates as ‘tray cultivation’. This is a fun and beautiful way of cultivating plants on a miniature scale. Shohin is a Japanese small bonsai that is between 6 – 8 inches. Bonsai began in China, though most believe that Japan has this honour and indeed, many of the leading masters are Japanese. The art of miniaturising trees in China is known as penjing, or pensai. This style of gardening has a rich history, and there are styles within the style of Bonsai. The watering regime, pruning and pinching out mean that these plants are certainly not easy maintenance but the rewards are great. There are many ways of beginning a bonsai collection. Perhaps the easiest for a beginner is to buy a plant from a reputable nursery or specialist bonsai centre. However before you do so, it is well worth finding out more about bonsai. Start your own Bonsai collection Most trees and shrubs can be grown as outdoor bonsai. The act of restricting growth causes the leaves to become reduced in size. The pruning techniques for Bonsai are specific to the individual species of tree. Naturally smallleaved plants such as azaleas lend themselves most readily to bonsai, but bear in mind that their leaves will become smaller still. Scot’s pine (Pinus sylvestris), larch (Larix sp.), Cercis sp, maidenhair tree (Ginkgo sp.), Lonicera nitida, yew (Taxus baccata) and Japanese maple (Acer sp.) are all good for starting your collection off. Trees for your home Indoor bonsai are rather like houseplants. They are usually tropical or semi-tropical species and require lots of light, constant temperature and humidity, along with regular watering (as for outdoor bonsai). Depending on the species, some will lose a few old leaves in the spring to make way for some new ones; others will lose leaves in autumn/winter. Plants regularly used are Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia), silver jade plant (Crassula arborescens), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), celtis (Celtis bungeana) and olive (Olea europaea). In the clouds ‘Niwaki’ Cloud pruning is a Japanese method of training trees and shrubs into shapes resembling clouds. It is known as ‘Niwaki’, the translation of which is ‘garden tree’. The style is said to depict the distilled 8
OUT & ABOUT The Spirit of Shohin Bonsai Weekend RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 2nd–Sunday 3rd April This spring the Sutton Bonsai Society returns to RHS Garden Wisley to present the art and beauty of Shohin Bonsai. This fascinating two day exhibition will include competition classes, demonstrations, workshops and plant sales. These will be judged and led by Taiga Urushibata, one of Japan’s foremost young bonsai artists. Taiga will be joined by Maarten van der Hoeven, owner of Bonsai Plaza. Their participation has elevated the event to a level rarely seen outside Japan for a Shohin show. Sutton Bonsai Society will also be offering plants for sale, special displays, care information, and a re-potting and styling service. Bring your own Bonsai to the Wisley Plant Centre on the day (from £5 per tree). Shohin Spirit of Bonsai Weekend at RHS Garden Wisley takes place from 10am-4pm at the Hillside Events Centre. Normal garden admission applies. Top: Taiga Urushibata and father, Nobuichi Urushibata , at the family nursery. Above: Niwaki trees (Pinterest)
essence of the tree. This type of pruning does not have to be used in solely Japanese-style gardens; it can be used as a feature in gardens of many different styles. Crafting your own clouds You can start off with any size plant. However, there are a couple of things to consider:
Other events coming up at RHS Wisley Until 6th March Butterflies in the Glasshouse 12th March Alpine Society Show 18th–20th March Spring Plant Fair
Cost: small plants will generally cost less and allow for more artistic licensing. Larger plants will be more expensive yet save many years of waiting for the plant to get to the desired height.
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Rate of growth: slow-growing species will take longer to reach a mature size so it might be worth buying a larger specimen or choosing another variety if time is a problem.
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Plants that are cloud pruned can look very much like bonsai trees. The only difference between niwaki and bonsai is that bonsai are grown in containers and niwaki are grown in the ground. The size of the plant has nothing to do with the naming, it is purely from how it is grown. Both subjects are highly prized art forms with Japanese gardeners taking years to be qualified in this specialised area. March 2016
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The Guildford Astronomical Society Thursday 3rd March The Society holds monthly lecture meetings at the University of Surrey. They welcome all visitors whatever their skill or ability. The lectures are of course always based on astronomical subjects and presented by persons well known in their field of study. On Thursday 3rd Prof David W Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Sheffield University, a regular and popular guest at GAS, will give a talk entitled Mars, my second favourite planet. Jerry Stone from Spaceflight UK will give a talk with the intriguing title Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie on 7th April. After the lectures there is a coffee break followed
St Catherine’s Association Concert Saturday 5th March 7.30pm Takes place at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford where The Association Choir has regularly performed to enthusiastic audiences and full houses. The Choir sings together with the School’s Senior Choir, Middle Chamber Choir and outstanding Camerata String Orchestra. They will be performing works by English and Irish composers Parry, Stanford and Vaughan Williams. Sir Hubert Parry is best known for Jerusalem but two of his works being performed at this concert were sung at the wedding of HRHs the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Interestingly, Vaughan Williams was taught by both Parry and Stanford. Tickets: £15 for adults and £10 for children/ students
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Surrey Hills Enterprises is a not-for-profit organisation which runs local and popular events and brings together organisations, independent companies and artisans based within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) via a membership scheme. Their vision is to promote the Surrey Hills as a national asset for the benefit of local businesses in order to enhance the community and conserve its unique heritage.
All members benefit from increased awareness of their business through an on-line directory, use of the Surrey Hills trademark, a high level events and networking programme, PR and social media.
The events that Surrey Hills Enterprises put on include the National Wood Fuel With its Conference and the rich heritage Surrey Hills Wood Fair which attracts of wooded increasing visitor slopes and rolling numbers each grassland, the October.
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Surrey Hills has provided inspiration to some of the country’s greatest artists and writers.
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Benefits of being a member of Surrey Hills Enterprises • Use of the Surrey Hills logo under licence on product packaging and promotional material. • Entry into the members’ web directory and a dedicated website page on the Surrey Hills Enterprises website with content controlled by members themselves. • PR and marketing opportunities under the ‘Surrey Hills’ banner. • Access to the established Surrey Hills social media network (Twitter and Facebook). • The opportunity to feature as ‘Member of the Month’ on the Surrey Hills website and social media network. • Cross-promotional marketing with other Surrey Hills Enterprises businesses. • Invitations to networking and training events. • Discounted entry and exhibition space at major Surrey Hills Enterprises events such as The Wood Fair and The National Wood Fuel Conference, CowParade Surrey events and the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival. • Access to member services at preferential rates including legal/financial advice and surveying. • Support with funding applications. • Membership offers, discounts and promotion. To become a member of Surrey Hills Enterprises you need to be: • A producer, activity provider or a supplier of locally sourced products or services in the Trading Standards defined Surrey Hills Boundary. • Running your business sustainably and following ethical & legal employment and trading practices. • Be passionate about the Surrey Hills. • Strive to ensure that your products are of the highest quality and produced with care and commitment to reflect the image of the Surrey Hills. Membership rates are very reasonable, from as little as £17 per month depending on the size of your businesses.
CowParade Surrey is the world’s largest public art event and will see cows positioned around Surrey from May-September. The idea is that each cow is ‘sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. The cows, which can be standing, sitting or grazing, will then be herded to the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on 3rd September where they will be auctioned off for charity. Those judged to be extra special will be auctioned at a gala dinner held at a unique London location later in the year.
The latest addition to the CowParade herd was unveiled at the end of January at Coverwood Farm, the official CowParade HQ. Affectionately named ‘Trusty the Surrey Hills Cow’ by Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, Neil Maltby, the Cow was designed to help raise awareness and understanding of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Said Neil Maltby: “I’m delighted with the design of ‘Trusty the Cow’. I felt strongly that this was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills landscape and the organisations that are in place to help protect this special area. ‘Trusty’ will not only form part of CowParade Surrey but will also help us longer term to promote and educate people about the Surrey Hills when we take her around the County to shows and events.“ Designed and painted by local artist Ali Clarke, who took her inspiration from the established Surrey Hills trademark and the rolling hills, Ali commented: “‘The design for the Surrey Hills cow was inspired directly by the established brand of the organisation. The trademark represents the undulating Surrey Hills landscape and was inspired by the work of Walter Bailey the sculptor commissioned for the boundary markers and artworks across the AONB. The fluid shapes transfer so well on the undulating form of the cow. It was apt that I should paint this alongside real cows on a farm in the heart of the Surrey Hills.”
‘Trusty’ is the second cow to be officially unveiled, with lots more planned in the coming months.
Cow ‘sponsors’ can choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, a charity established to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, leaving a legacy for generations to come. CowParade Surrey has already secured offers of support from key organisations including the National Trust, schools and Surrey businesses such as Sandown Park Racecourse and Vines BMW. The Vines BMW Group, as well as sponsoring a Cow, have also supplied the promotional vehicle to Surrey Hills CowParade. Sean Kelly, Vines Group’s Managing Director, said: “The Surrey Hills CowParade is a brilliant arts initiative to promote enterprise in the county and we are delighted to become a sponsor. As well as branding a BMW X5 to promote the CowParade, we will also have our own dedicated cow and we hope to encourage other businesses across Surrey to support this wonderful event which will hopefully raise lots of money for good causes.” VantagePoint is delighted to have been chosen as one of only three media partners to help this great local initiative. Please look out for exciting CowParade features over the coming months. CowParade was born in Switzerland in 1998 and has been staged in more than 80 cities and towns worldwide. Over the years 3,000 cows have been decorated by more than 5,000 artists. CowParade New York had 450 cows and was seen worldwide by 45 million people. The highest-grossing cow was created by designer John Rocha for CowParade Dublin in 2003 – studded with thousands of pieces of Waterford Crystal it was auctioned for $146,000 – quite a lot of moo-lah indeed! For more information on how to take part call the Surrey Hills CowParade team on 01483 661150 or visit the website at www.cowparadesurreyhills.com. If you are interested in sponsoring a cow, please contact Marcus at VantagePoint on 01483 420173, or email him at email@example.com for a sponsorship pack.
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RHS Garden Wisley Sunday 6th and throughout March There are lots of early spring time events at Wisley starting on Mother’s Day on 6th. Why not spoil your Mum. Early spring flowers will be abundant so take a relaxing stroll in the garden and have an afternoon tea (booking essential). Garden is open from 9am – 6pm. To book, go to the website, www.rhs.org. uk/wisley or call 01483 225329. Kick start your gardening year at Wisley’s Spring Plant Fair which takes place from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th March. Pick up quality plants from specialist growers and nurseries. The event will take place in the Wilson’s Wood area of the Garden. All information is on the Wisley website www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. One final event I should mention is Wisley’s Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and Easter holiday activities, ‘Garden Detectives’. It runs from Saturday 19th March to Thursday 10th April. Take your family along for a full day of Easter fun every day and join in with arts and craft sessions with the ‘Garden Detectives’ theme. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever! As activities run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm and vary daily, do check the details which will be on the website, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Also, check out all the other great events happening at Wisley in March University of Surrey Chamber Choir and Orchestra Sunday 6th March 3pm Taking place at Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS, ‘Venice to Guildford’ features music of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods including settings of the Beatus Vir by Monterverdi and Vivaldi,
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Is Pilates just for women? Definitely not..! Jo Butler, Chartered physiotherapist & Pilates instructor at Physio 1 to 1 tells us more. allows you to be fully aware of your body alignment as you make subtle focused movements. You don’t have to get in touch with your feminine side, chant or wear a leotard! This focus on perfect form (body alignment) and subtle controlled movements is what Pilates is about. What looks simple is in fact challenging to achieve. For example, a Pilates push-up might seem at first glance to be the same as a standard push up but the focus is different.
Men equally benefit from Pilates workouts. A man did invent the concept after all. Joseph Pilates came up with the idea that core muscles were key, way back in the 1920’s. Joseph Pilates was a professional boxer who was born a sickly child and he overcame his many disabilities by exercising. He developed his Pilates regimen over many years. Whilst he was held in a P.O.W. camp, during WW1, he started inventing machinery to assist and resist his exercises using the bed springs and other items available to make pulley systems. His exercise programme kept him and his fellow prisoners strong in both body and mind.
A healthy body is one that has an equal balance of strength and flexibility. Pilates develops long lean muscles that are strongest closest to the spine protecting your back, improving your posture and allowing more controlled movements of your arms and legs, in-fact providing the building block on which to base your strength and performance training. More and more athletes and sportsmen have turned to Pilates to improve their performance, be it body-builders, cricketers, footballers and, like Joseph Pilates himself, boxers. There’s nothing remotely ‘girly’ about it. The Pilates push-up
Pilates does involve a lot of mind over body processing, but don’t let that put you off. Engaging your mind Is Pilates a worthwhile exercise for men? To answer this we invited Vantage Point’s very own Marcus Atkins and a slightly more reluctant Stefan Reynolds, to join us for a Men’s Pilates class at Physio 1to1. Prior to the class Marcus was already a Pilates convert however Stefan was new to Pilates. We questioned them afterwards to find out how they got on and what they thought about Pilates for men. These are their responses to the questions we asked:
and not forgetting the pelvic floor. These muscles surround the spine, lower back, and pelvis, and it’s important that these muscles are strong as they allow safe movement of the arms and legs, and allow the body to bend and twist without causing injury. Arms, legs and head are very heavy, and when moved away from the body, lots of stress is created along the spine due to leverage.
Q: Do you know what your core muscles are and what they do?
Stefan: Yes, I did. Apart from walking, I lead a fairly sedentary life so it was good to do something different. You were a great teacher and it was good to have the attention to stop me doing things wrong. Also good from my view to be in a small group! Not very good with the breathing though and I do need to be less tense - not sure why I am!
Stefan: I know more now than I did before yesterday but could probably do with a more detailed appreciation! Marcus: The core muscles are the deep internal muscles, around the stomach, lower stomach, back and lower back,
Q: Did you enjoy your Pilates class?
Marcus: Yes I did
FITNESS Men benefit from Pilates because: 1. It strengthens the muscles that count. The pelvic floor, deep abdominal and back muscles that form the protection for your spine and allow you to move more effectively without overloading your spine. 2. It develops flexibility. In Joseph Pilates’ own words “You are only as young as your spine is flexible”. 3. It allows your muscles to develop in balance with each other and supporting each other. This allows all your movements to be more powerful and controlled which helps with day to day activities as well as sports activities. 4. You are developing your pelvic floor, lower abdominal muscles so all the benefits that come with that control….do I need to explain this one? I’m sure your wives will understand what I’m trying to say! 5. It will help improve your posture. You will stand taller, hold your head higher and naturally look more composed. Once you start Pilates this will be the first thing people who know you will comment on.
We run lots of individual and ‘Men-only’ Pilates classes at Physio 1 to 1. All our Physiotherapists are also Pilates instructors. We offer both mat-work and equipment circuits. Everyone gets a pre-class screening session to allow us to analyse posture, flexibility and strength. Our classes are small so that individual needs and progressions can be addressed. The small classes allow us to make individual corrections to ensure the exercises are being performed optimally. You don’t have to be injured to attend our sessions and you don’t have to be a fitness freak. We teach all ages and abilities and can focus on individual needs whether that is to be free from back pain or to be able to powerlift more effectively. As Joseph Pilates said “I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” If you want to give Pilates a try call us on 01483 424470 and book in for an assessment. Bridge Mews, Bridge St, Godalming GU7 1HZ
Step 1: Get on your hands and knees on the floor. Step 2: Walk your hands forward to form a long plank position. Flex your toes and lengthen your calf muscles stretching them towards your heels. Straighten your arms with your hands placed directly below your shoulders (not under your armpits). Lengthen your neck and keep your body in a straight line from your heels to the crown of your head. Step 3: Exhale and engage your stomach muscles by drawing them towards your spine, making sure your hips are in line with the rest of your body, and not sagging towards the floor or elevated up in the air. Step 4: Inhale, and bend your elbows straight back (so your arms brush past your ribs) to lower your body in one piece, making sure your head and neck stay in line. Your breast bone needs to remain lifted between your shoulder blades so your shoulder blades don’t lift up or squeeze together. This is an essential element to teach you control over your shoulders and upper back. Your stomach should not drop nearer to the floor. The aim isn’t to get your nose to touch the ground but to keep your alignment. Step 5: Exhale and straighten your arms. Repeat the press-up as many times as you can whilst maintaining perfect form. Pilates press-ups are done in a slow controlled manner with focus on form and breath control.
Q: Was it what you expected it to be? Stefan: It was tougher than I expected and that is no bad thing. I was also a bit unsure about whether my posture was right and I was doing things correctly so you do need a small class to start with until you know more about what you are doing and to ensure what you are doing is correct. Marcus: Yes it was generally, however, there were a few differences to my regular weekly class. Firstly there was a noticeable difference by having the full length mirror in front of me. I’m not used to watching myself, scary. The individual one-to-one element was great, very specific, and excellent to make sure that every little movement is done correctly. In a large class, my mind-set (having done Pilates for 3-4 years now) is to get through a class without being told that anything needs correcting, very self-conscious. In an individual class, like we had, I felt that your corrections to any of my positions was an aid to me, not a criticism.
Q: Do you consider Pilates to be a worthwhile exercise for men? Stefan: Yes and especially so for those with certain issues. I can see that it would help me creak less (!) and it must be worthwhile to use and develop inner muscles. I will probably do some of the exercises at home. Marcus: Pilates is excellent for men, and I can see why more men are turning to it. It’s not just for men with injuries, or men who are elderly and have less flexibility or movement, it’s for all men. Pilates will prevent lots of issues further down the line, helping with core strength, posture etc. Before I did Pilates, when I was standing watching my son’s football match, my lower back would seize up after just 10 minutes or so. With only going to Pilates for one hour a week, it makes a massive difference to me, so there’s no going back, I’ll have to continue for the rest of my life!
<19 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Surrey Horticultural Federation Sunday 6th March 2pm The Surrey Horticultural Federation will be welcoming the Plant Hunter, Horticulturalist and Broadcaster, Tom Hart Dyke, to Normandy Village Hall, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2DT for a talk entitled ‘From Captivity to a Castle’. Hear Tom’s story of how he was kidnapped in the Columbian Jungle on a plant hunting expedition. On the day the guerrillas told Tom he would die, he planned a world garden for his ancestral home, Lullingstone Castle, in Kent. Tickets to this special event are available in advance for £10 which includes tea and coffee. Cheques are payable to Surrey Horticultural Federation – please include a stamped, addressed envelope and sent to SHF Secretary Janet Arm, Redleaf Nursery, Green Lane, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2AP. Contact details are Janet Arm on 01252 783133 or firstname.lastname@example.org oand Beth Otway on 01483 420989 or email@example.com. Onslow Village Residents’ Association Tuesday 8th March 7.15pm The Ramblings of a Railway Man is the title of the next talk at the Onslow Village Residents’ Association meeting. It will follow a short Annual General meeting in the Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, Guildford GU2 7QR. Geoff Burch will give a powerpoint presentation about his life as an engine cleaner and fireman at the Guildford Motive Power Department from 4th April 1961 to 9th July 1967, when the ‘age of steam’ ended on Southern Region. Complimentary wine, as well as the usual tea and coffee, will be served from 7.15pm. Entry is free to OVRA members. £3 to non-members.
Guildford Cardiac Support Group Tuesday 8th March 7.30pm The Group, now in its 28th year, was founded with the aim of bringing together people with cardiac problems and to offer support to each other, their spouses, partners and families. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at St John Centre, Stocton Close, Guildford with an influential guest speaker providing information on medical topics relating to cardiac health, dietary advice, current developments and treatments. On Tuesday 8th, Dr Malcolm von Schantz, from Surrey University’s Molecular Microbiology Department, will be speaking about ‘Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease’. Entry to meetings is free and new members will be most welcome. The Group, affiliated to BHF, maintains contact with Royal Surrey County Hospital, its Cardiac Team and Physiotherapy Departments as well as The Spectrum’s weekly cardiac exercise classes at the Gym. Enquiries to 01483 893097 or visit the Group’s website at www.guildfordcardiac.co.uk. Guildford Jazz Club 9th, 18th and 29th March The month-long programme is a fitting celebration for a club known to locals as the ‘Ronnie Scott’s of Surrey’. Since its re-formation in 2011 by local double bass player Marianne Windham, who gave up her job as an IT consultant to pursue her passion, the club has welcomed nearly 6000 jazz fans and 400 musicians, and developed a national reputation as a regional centre for jazz. This month the club are celebrating their 5th anniversary with a number of exciting events. On Wednesday 9th they are holding their anniversary party
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3 Performing Arts students. Taking place at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, the evening’s programme will be a mixture of work from the musical theatre and acting worlds including Bertolt Brecht, Shakespearean comedy, musical theatre extracts, and movement work. Go along and see the outstanding work produced in the Performing Arts department at Guildford College. Tickets £10, Concessions £8, Guildford College Students £4. Call 01483 444789 or go to www. electrictheatre.co.uk. 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 10.45 am 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. Kokomo Bar Wednesday 9th March 8.45pm Kokomo, situated opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in
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PROPERTY NEWS - SPRING Grantley, Guildford - Michael Parry-Jones How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? I still believe that first impressions are the most important and therefore I would spend some of the budget ensuring the drive and front lawns/approach are looking good – followed by the front door. Even a coat of paint on the front door can make a huge difference. Beyond that I would seriously de-clutter/de-personalise and ensure carpets are cleaned. The most important rooms are then the kitchen and main bedroom – it maybe that these rooms could do with a coat of paint. In the drawing room, if the furniture is looking a bit shabby, it would help to brighten up with throws. The market for 2016 is going to be good, but sensible guide prices need to be quoted. I believe that the
Tel: 01483 893939 www.grantley.net demand will continue to outstrip the supply of fresh instructions coming onto the market . The market over £2 million will be more active this year after a year of uncertainty in 2015. Buyers will have to get used to the stamp duty and the threat of Mansion Tax is now behind us. We have already seen an early year flurry of activity which has resulted in better than expected January sales. It would also appear that interest rates are unlikely to increase in the first half of the year which should continue to help and encourage first time buyers. Grantley have recently moved to prominent offices in the heart of Guildford with ample car parking space! and has expanded with a dedicated town department headed which compliments the established village and country department which Grantley are renowned for.
Pewleys, Shalford - Matthew Burns and Richard Prynne How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? Partners at Pewleys Matthew Burns and Richard Prynne both agree that THE most important impression to make is.. immediately ! Richard: Part of valuing a property for a client is that of how best to present their home for sale. Matthew and I start our valuation process from the moment we arrive outside the property as this is how a prospective buyer will first view their potential new home’ Matthew: It’s surprising how much this first impression sets the scene for the internal viewing ahead. Well maintained fences, smart hedges, well
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tended borders, a freshly painted gate and house sign along with a clean pathway, all help create an impression of how the property set behind this approach has been looked after or loved. Porches likewise should be swept, painted perhaps with a logs neatly stored (assuming there are open fires..! ) all help contribute to care and attention having been applied before the property comes to the market. Whilst the backdrop of the world stage and financial markets seem to be at their most volatile for years, the old adage of ‘supply and demand’ still applies when it comes to property in a first class location like Guildford and surrounding villages. The market remains firm and blue chip with an unprecedented shortage of property throughout all price ranges which should see a modest increase in prices. Tel: 01483 400000 www.foxtons.co.uk
How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? Sometimes just a small investment can be all it takes to add a significant value to your home. Improving curb appeal, for example, can make a major difference in a buyer’s perception of the property. The front door and front garden are the first things that potential buyers will see, so making those first impressions count can be a wise investment.
couple of small potted bay trees to flank that newly painted door can all make a big impact.
Painting your front door can instantly transform the look of your house, as well as sweeping the front garden of winter debris/weeds, jet washing the path, cleaning your front windows or even purchasing a
Whilst you’re at it, a professional deep clean including your carpets, particularly in high traffic areas like the entrance hall will help to create positive first impressions, as well as tending to those scuff/mould stains, accrued over the years, with a lick of paint.
Alternatively if it is the interior that requires a bit of attention, simply putting excess belongings/furniture into a storage facility for an open day and subsequent viewings often works wonders. Whilst you do not need to put your whole life in a box as you still want the property to feel homely and inviting, that feel of an extra space created by decluttering can help potential buyers visualise how to make this home their own.
Hill Clements, Guildford - Scott Wishart How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? £1,000 does not go very far for any house improvement, but it would stretch to a quality oak front door, which is always a good first impression of a house. Paint peeling from windows is also not a good first impression, so a quick paint and clean will always be worthwhile. It is also easy and inexpensive to upgrade bathrooms with new suites and tiling which can quickly become features rather than being dreary and uninviting. Light and airy bathrooms are very important with bright tiling and good lighting which will always aid the saleability of any home. The Guildford Spring market is set fair and we already have a number of houses coming to the market,
Regency Lettings, Chiddingfold - Valissa Burnett How should I spend £1000 making my home more rentable? A rental property needs to be clean, neutral and in good decorative order to attract the best tenants and the highest rental. We would recommend painting walls in a cream colour, painting woodwork (white) if required. Tired and dated kitchen cabinets you may be able to freshen up with cabinet paint and new modern knobs. Bright coloured or floral tiles can be painted with tile paint. The property and the carpets we recommend you have professionally cleaned, that way the tenant will have to do the same at the end of their tenancy. Most work carried out to your rental property is tax deductible. The local rental market is always very busy from spring through to autumn. One to three bedroom
Roger Coupe, Cranleigh - James Britton How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? £1,000 can go a long way when it comes to getting a house ready for selling. Decluttering and a deep clean can come at little or no cost if you are prepared to put in the efforts and it is certainly noticeable in houses that take the extra care. First impressions count so consider painting the front door and the garage door and getting your windows cleaned. Bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms to focus the budget, repoint and re grout where necessary, and attend any broken draws or wonky cupboard doors. The market is strong for sellers at the moment with plenty of buyers looking for property and a shortage
Tel: 01483 300300 www.hillclements.com which are causing a great deal of interest straight away. As always the market is very price sensitive and sensibly priced properties will attract a number of good buyers. The town market continues to thrive with so many buyers still looking to be within walking distance of the schools and the station. We continue to achieve excellent premiums for our clients based within the town. We have just released a charming cottage in the Surrey Hills with a stable yard, large period barn and three paddocks, which has immediately caught the eye of two separate south west London buyers looking for their rural idyll. Hill Clements celebrates its 25th year of trading this year and we continue to attract a great deal of repeat business and recommendations from clients who we have dealt with over this period. Tel: 01428 684540 www.rlpm.co.uk properties being the most popular. We often find that demand is much greater than supply for quality properties, so we are very keen to get new rental instructions and offer free advice to all prospective Landlords. New legislation means that landlords need to carry out Right to Rent checks to ensure that tenants have the right to live and work in the UK. Any landlord found in breach of the legislation could face a fine of up to £3,000. We will be using Homelet verify to ensure all our Landlords are compliant with legislation and that Tenants have the right to reside in the UK. Landlords (or Agents) need to keep copies of the tenants documents for at least 12 months after the tenancy ends.
Tel: 01483 268555 www.rogercoupe.com of stock as we come out of Winter. The advice to a seller considering when to market their home is to use this strong demand to their advantage. By marketing your home now there will be less competition compared to the spring potentially helping you secure a stronger price. The key as always to selling successfully is getting the pricing strategy correct from the outset. Whilst we can be optimistic at the moment, buyers these days have access to so much information they can easily spot an overpriced house. Serious buyers like to deal with realistic sellers, so an over optimistic asking price could stand in the way of the right buyers looking and delay the sales process.
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155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. On Wednesday 23rd March, the content of the exhibition will be changed (at the mid-point of the exhibition) to show a new selection of work – so, in effect, giving us a second new display, although the award-winning and placed prints will be on display throughout. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 4.45pm, free entry. For more information call 01483 444751 or visit www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse. National Eczema Society Saturday 12th March 2pm The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an information afternoon at The Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford GU2 7YG. Their speaker is Dr. Susan Chan, Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, who will talk about the ADAPT trial, which is a clinical study to find a treatment for severe eczema in children and adolescents. Eczema is a skin condition that affects up to 1 child in 5 in the UK. Eczema can have a serious impact on both the child and their family, with constant itching and disturbed sleep. Some children have such severe eczema that the usual treatments do not help them. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this distressing, itchy skin condition. There is no admission charge but a raffle will be held and donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be available. The Society is grateful to the Quality Water Company for supporting this event. For more information call Vicky on 01483 827668 or visit www.eczema.org.
Celtic Family History Day Saturday 12th March 9.45am to 3pm Takes place at Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND. A day of exciting and informative talks on Welsh, Irish and Scottish family history as well as opportunities to ask the experts with specific family history advice. The cost of £10 includes tea and coffee. Refreshments will be available throughout the day but please bring your own lunch. Book online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents, in person at Surrey History Centre or in any Surrey Library, or phone 01483 518737. St John’s Passion Saturday 12th March 7.30pm The next Occam Singers concert will be a performance of
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“I don’t want to go to school” - every parent’s nightmare ”I don’t want to go to school today.” These are the words that every parent dreads hearing, especially in the fraught chaos that usually accompanies the morning routine of most families. But before the panic sets in, visions of having to find another school at short notice, potential home schooling, not to mention new uniforms take over, it might just be worth reading this article. A child may not want to go to school for a number of reasons. I can certainly cast my mind back 38 years and recall quite clearly not wanting to go to my Reception class on a handful of occasions. I can’t even remember why, but I do remember clinging to my mother for dear life, crying, kicking and making a noise that must have emanated throughout every corridor in the building. I can also remember being aged 13 and getting out of the car on a Sunday night to be dropped off at boarding school and not being terribly happy about it. But to put these events into perspective, what I know now is that after all those years of attending school as a pupil, I definitely got over those occasional ‘off days’ and actually came to really enjoy the school environment. So much so that I’ve invested the last 25 years working in one as a teacher! Whilst it is not a common occurrence in the school where I teach , there are – and I’m sure always will be – some occasions when children simply don’t want to come to school. For the parent, this can be - depending on the scene a child makes or what they say – at the very least frustrating, often upsetting and sometimes extremely worrying. Typically, these scenes tend to play March 2016
themselves out when time is at a premium and everyone is rushing around determined not to be late for their morning appointments. Quite often the statement comes as a bolt out of the blue and you have absolutely no idea why your child is showing a sudden resistance to school. But rest assured, there are steps that you can take to get to the root cause of the issue – if indeed there is one at all. So, what are the potential reasons behind your child’s clear aversion to school? Unsurprisingly, there could be just one or just a few reasons. These include being separated from the established bond with mum who provides a sense of security and support; the change of routine which can trigger anxiety; feelings of inadequacy if they are struggling to complete a particular task / in a particular subject or friendship issues. It can sometimes even be the stark realisation that school is now part and parcel of everyday life and your child is rebelling against the fact that the freedom to choose what to do most of the day is gone. Or even something as simple as not wanting to use a different lavatory! What is important at this stage, is how you as a parent respond when faced with a child who simply does not want to let go. Firstly, let your child know that you are in charge, not them, so be quietly assertive but stay calm. Hand your child over to the teacher quickly and do not linger (tempting I know) in the background to check that all is well. Children rarely stay unsettled for
more than a few minutes but are quite capable of putting on a show if it means it might get the parents’ attention. Even the youngest children will know how to ‘press your buttons’. Any school worth their salt will call to provide reassurance that your child has settled on the first day or two that he / she might exhibit this type of behaviour. After that, no news is good news and you can assume that your child is fine and getting on with their day. The teacher will most likely confirm this to you at pick up time. Do talk to your child’s teacher so that you can both dig deeper and try and identify the reason behind the reluctance to go to school. You can then work together as a team to develop a strategy to deal with the problem - and then stick to it. At home, focus on talking about the positive aspects of school, create a sense of excitement about what might be happening during the upcoming week (the teacher can tell you this) and yes, possibly use simple rewards such as a play in the park (but not money or sweets) to encourage the appropriate behaviour and acceptance of the need to go to school with minimum fuss. It’s not easy being a parent and sometimes you may find it helpful to share your experiences with other mums and dads, as most have had to deal with this type of issue at some point in their child’s life. Likewise, staff at the school will have a wealth of experience you can tap into, along with useful practical solutions to change your child’s perception of the school environment. Getting to the bottom of what is upsetting your child is key. Once that is sorted, you can look at how to overcome the problem and soon, not wanting to go to school will be a thing of the past. 29
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JS Bach’s St John Passion at Holy Trinity Church Guildford, conducted by David Gibson with Baroque Orchestra Ars Eloquentiae. The concert will be preceded by a free talk at 6.30pm. Tickets £15 on the door, £12.50 if pre-booked (£7 for students) from the Occam Singers on 01252 783977 or Record Corner, Godalming 01483 422006 or Guildford Tourist Information Centre 155 High Street, Guildford, 01483 444333 or via www.guildford.gov.uk. Interval drinks will be served by Guildford Action, the local charity which is being supported by the Occam Singers during this season.
alternate Tuesdays at Onslow Village Hall, Guildford GU2 7QR for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers and this season the club celebrates its 50th anniversary. On Tuesday 15th, March Hilary Bradt MBE, revisits Peru and takes in the pre-Inca ruins at Kuelap, the ‘Machu Picchu’ of the north. Visitors are most welcome and are charged £7 on the door with student card holders paying just £3.50. For further details please contact Jenny Allan, Membership Secretary on 01483 452399, email or visit www.guildfordtravelclub.org.uk.
Merrow Village Bowling Club Monday 14th March 6pm There’s a signing on evening for the new outdoor season from 6pm onwards at the Merrow Village Club, Epsom Road. New members welcome.
Easter Market Tuesday 15th March 10am to 2pm You know spring is just around the corner when it’s time for this Ewhurst Parish Church charity event in the charming surroundings of the Parrot Inn, Forest Green RH5 5RZ. This popular fundraiser has a five-year track record as a friendly, welcoming event with a difference. There’s always something special on offer from the range of carefully selected, unusual stalls catering for all ages and every pocket. This year’s added attraction is the chance to learn about silverware - from jewellery to household items - and meet specialist valuer, David Ford, an associate of auctioneers John Nicholson’s. David was one of the original dealers in ITV’s ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ and featured on ITV’s ‘Secret Dealers’. He’ll give his expert opinion on any silverware you bring with you. Not having a car needn’t stop you. A free vintage bus will run from Ewhurst to the Parrot Inn and back, connecting with route 53 to/from Guildford and Cranleigh.
Prostate Cancer Patient Support Group Tuesday 15th March Do you have concerns about prostate cancer? The Support Group is meeting for an informal lunch at the Onslow Arms, West Clandon on Tuesday 15th at 12 noon. It’s a great opportunity to meet others who are happy to share their experiences. Family and friends are also welcome. For further information contact Reg or Maggie on 01483 425626. Guildford Travel Club Tuesday 15th March 8pm Guildford Travel Club welcomes you whether you are a ‘seasoned’ or ‘armchair’ traveller. The Club meets on
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Hooked on the Antiques Roadshow? Enjoy listening to experts on topics ranging from paintings to history, architecture to ceramics and much much more? Then Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) may be perfect for you. Formerly The Wey Valley DFAS, the Society has recently been relaunched with a new name, logo, easy to navigate website and publicity leaflet showing more clearly who they are and what they offer. What has not changed is its commitment, as the day society for Guildford, Godalming and surrounding areas, to educate, entertain and help preserve our cultural heritage and to promote arts and friendship in West Surrey. Founded in 1989, it is a friendly and thriving Society with some 200 members open to all who share an interest in the fine and decorative arts and who wish to learn more and to have fun in the company of others with similar interests in a sociable and relaxed atmosphere. Membership of the society costs £42 a year which gives members access to the full programme of activities. At the core of the annual programme are 10 illustrated, stimulating and varied lectures by renowned experts in their field. They take place at Shalford Village Hall, which has ample free parking, on the third Thursday of each month at 10.45am with refreshments from 9.45am. The varied choice of lectures caters for all tastes and interests and helps members to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Recent topics range from ‘Stocking Fillers from Faberge’ to ‘Robert Adam’s Practice in London’ and from ‘Coalbrookdale to Crystal Palace’ to ‘The Mistress in History’. At each lecture, there is a small library of 32
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<30 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Wonersh History Society Tuesday 15th March 8pm The Society has a meeting when David Rose will be talking about –‘Dear Mum I’m having a lovely War’-postcards and correspondence during WW1. Takes place in Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. Wine will be available and everyone is welcome. They hope to see you. Ed Byrne at G Live Tuesday 15th March One of the UK’s leading comedians, Ed Byrne, continues his sell-out nationwide tour in 2016 and heads to Guildford’s G Live on Tuesday 15th. In Outside Looking In, Ed reflects on everything from life as a father and husband to feminism and transgenderism. Ed’s television credits are far reaching. Notable appearances include Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, The One Show, Live At The Apollo (all BBC) and Comic Relief Bake Off 2015. Call 0844 7701 797 for tickets. Wey Ceramics Society Tuesday 15th to Saturday 26th March The Society is returning to the Harvey Road Gallery in Guildford GU1 3RX, (for full directions see their website www. harveygallery.co.uk or call 01483 518539). The Exhibition will be open from 10am until 4pm Tuesday to Thursday and Saturdays and also Good Friday, 25th March. As usual there will be a diversity of styles and materials. The Society has a membership of around 36 ceramicists with many of these exhibiting regularly. New members are always made welcome
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Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 17th March 10.45am Looking for a fresh perspective on your next theatre or gallery visit? Then the society’s next monthly lecture by Mrs Joanna Mabbutt entitled ‘Artists and the Theatre’, may provide the answer. Why not join them at Shalford Village Hall on 17th for a fascinating look at artists from Raphael to Hockney who have produced designs for costumes and stage sets for plays, ballets and operas? Refreshments are available from 9.45am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and entertaining talks by first class speakers. There are also 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 www.gvdfas.org.uk. Secondhand Book Sale Saturday 19th March 10am-4pm Looking for that special book or just stocking up on your reading material? There’s another huge second hand book sale and a cake stall at the Wonersh United Reformed Church. There’s no entry fee, dealers/early risers from 8.30am. Take your time and browse their new stock of books in a warm
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Other worthy candidates to grow in containers to provide pollen and nectar for pollinating insects include: Lavandula angustifolia, Origanum, Cosmos, Limnanthes douglasii, Calendula oﬃcinalis, Osteospurmum, Aubrieta, Clarkia, Sarcococca, Sedum and Scabious. Single-flowered varieties provide accessible pollen and nectar – avoid double-flowered varieties. Try wherever you can to provide a continuous supply of nectar throughout the year. Look out for the ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ logo on plants at your local garden centre or nursery. None of the plants I have mentioned here require a peat-based compost, so use a peat free alternative growing media. I’ve had excellent results using Dalefoot Composts, a range of peat-free composts made from 100% natural ingredients including bracken and sheep’s wool. Dalefoot’s wool-based potting compost is ideal for containers, the sheep’s wool that’s incorporated into this compost has naturally absorbent properties which provide extra water retention. This means that your containers require less watering which is a bonus. If you have the choice, position your containers in a sunny spot as butterflies like the warmth and will be more inclined to visit your plants. Deadhead your plants regularly to encourage further flowering and keep your containers well watered. Avoid using any insecticides or pesticides in your garden as they are very damaging to insects and wildlife.
Top left: Gerbera garvinea ‘Sweet Surprise’ (Garsurprise) (Garvinea Sweet Series). Above left: Sedum with a small Tortoiseshell butterﬂy. Right: Calendula officinalis. Images by Beth Otway.
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‘Hoppy Easter’ Cupcakes 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas mark 4. 2. Cream the butter (or margarine) and sugar together in an electric mixer. 3. Slowly add the eggs, then the flour and vanilla and mix until fully combined. Make sure you scrape the bowl with a spatula between mixing. 4. Place the cupcake cases in a muffin tin and spoon approximately 50ml (1¾fl oz) of mixture into each one. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes.
Ingredients 175g (6oz) butter (or margarine) 175g (6oz) caster sugar 3 medium eggs 175g (6oz) self-raising flour 1tsp vanilla extract Apricot jam, boiled and cooled Edibles SK Sugarpaste: 72g (2½oz) Bridal White, 220g (7¾oz) Bridal White coloured with Dark Green and a touch of Yellow paste food colours 20g (¾oz) SK Pink Sugar Dough 1 pack SK Sugar Florist Paste (SFP): Pale Yellow with a touch of Orange paste food colour SK Quality Food Colour (QFC) Pastes: Dark Green, Orange and Yellow SK Edible Glue Small amount of SK Instant Mix Royal Icing Equipment 12 x SK Dotty Cupcake Cases in Pink, Spring Green and Yellow 12-hole muffin tin 6cm (2 3/8”) round cutter Small blossom cutter Piping nozzle: no. 1 Makes 12
5. Once the cakes are baked and spring back to the touch, take them out of the tin immediately. Leave to cool before decorating. 6. Brush the top of each cupcake with a little cooled, boiled apricot glaze. Roll out the yellow-green sugarpaste to a 3mm (1/8”) thickness and cut out twelve 6cm (2 3/8”) circles of paste. Place these onto the cupcakes and smooth them down with the palm of your hand. 7. Shape 4g (just under ¼oz) of Bridal White sugarpaste into a long teardrop shape for the bunny’s ear. Flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand and taper the top of the ear into a point. Roll out a small amount of Pink Sugar Dough and cut out an inner ear shape. Attach it in the centre of the ear with edible glue. 8. Make another ear in the same way but fold it over in the middle. Trim the bottom of each ear straight and use edible glue to attach them to the cupcake. Repeat to make 11 pairs of ears for the remaining cupcakes. 9. Roll out the yellow SFP thinly and cut out 36 little blossoms. Pipe a small dot of royal icing into the centre of each flower using a no. 1 nozzle. Stick one to the straight ear with edible glue. Secure the remaining blossoms over the top of the cupcakes.
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6. Place the cookies on two baking trays lined with parchment so they are not touching then bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes. The biscuits should be slightly brown around the edges when baked. Leave to cool.
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5. Cut out 24 egg shapes using the egg- or ovalshaped cookie cutter.
7. Brush the biscuits with cooled, boiled apricot glaze. Roll out the green-coloured sugarpaste to 3mm (1/8”) thick and cut out eight egg shapes from the paste. Lay a piece of sugarpaste onto each cookie and smooth down with your hands. Repeat this method with Pink and Yellow Sugar Dough to make eight pink and eight yellow egg cookies. 8. Roll out a small amount of the remaining green sugarpaste thinly and cut out a circle using each of the different-sized round cutters. Attach the green circles randomly over the pink eggs using edible glue. 9. Make up the royal icing according to the packet instructions and divide it into two bowls. Colour one half with Rose dust food colour and the other half with Yellow and a spot of Orange dust food colours. 10. Fit a small piping bag with a no. 1.5 nozzle and fill 2/3 with pink royal icing. Starting from the left and piping one line at a time, pipe a crisscross pattern over the yellow cookies. Pipe loops across the middle of each of the green cookies in pink royal icing. 11. Fit another small piping bag with a no. 1.5 nozzle and fill 2/3 with yellow royal icing. Pipe zigzag lines above and below the pink line on the green cookies.
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Grantley’s great rebirth Well my fellow gastronauts, we have a treat for you this month. The Grantley Arms in Wonersh has long been a fine building in need of a passionate owner to make it the sort of pub it should be. Luckily it now has two of them, as well as a great chef who is bringing some seriously fine dining to a part of Surrey in real need of somewhere special.
milk and butter and then whisked by hand. Yes, we asked! And then a bowl of creamed shredded sprouts with bacon. So sweet, so delicious. Even self-styled sprout haters would love this, surely? The wine choice was a fine, plummy Brunello di Montalcino, Pian Delle Vigne 2010.
I remember the Grantley of old. Where before it was a bit dark and gloomy, it is now light and airy. It is a massive space, with wooden tables and chairs, comfy leather sofas, tartan bar stools and attractive furnishings. Very gastro pub. What was the old skittle alley is now the formal restaurant, with more wooden tables, leather banquettes and rather sumptuous dining chairs. Rather splendid rustic chandeliers hang from the high ceiling. So far so good. The restaurant menu offers two courses for £28 and three for £35, with a choice of six starters and mains and four desserts. I have to say that everything sounded both tempting and intriguing. Alongside a lovely glass of local Albury sparkling wine, we were presented with a square of breaded rose veal belly with black onion crumb and hazelnuts. A perfect amuse bouche, with lovely soft and well flavoured meat. The home-made sourdough bread looked ordinary but wasn’t. Served with home-made butter, it was a winner. From something as simple as bread you can tell a lot about a restaurant, as it proved. My colleague Marcus picked a starter of Braised Bavette of Galloway Beef, two parcels of melting beef wrapped in bacon with little accompaniments including mini onion rings which really brought the dish to life. My Savoy wrapped Penrith Chicken Ballotine was beautifully moist and came with slivers of apple, sweetcorn shoots and crisp wild rice which added sweetness and texture. Both were artistically presented on fabulous flat bottomed earthenware plates. Michel Roux would approve. We each had a glass of Pouilly Fuissé
Domaine Denuziller 2012, which was rich, fresh with apricot notes and great charm. For the main event, Marcus opted for Hay Smoked Saddleback Pork Fillet with black garlic, braised cheek and artichoke. It came in a glass cloche to retain the smoke, which was a first for us in the depths of the Surrey Hills. The pork, served slightly pink, was full of flavour with a delicate smokiness. The cheek was a thing of beauty, a perfect counterfoil to the fillet. My Herdwick Lamb Cannon with braised belly, truﬄed potato and ‘threecornered’ garlic was a stunningly good plate. The lamb, medium rare, was everything great lamb should be and the breaded and fried belly added a decadent richness. Both came with little pots of deeply flavoured jus which brought the dishes alive. While the portions were not small, side dishes were needed. At £3 each, we had good, crisp triple cooked chips and steamed tenderstem broccoli. The stars of the sideshow however were both superb. The first was simple mashed potato, but the best mash we had ever tasted, made with ‘Lovers’ potatoes, seasoned, with
Neither of us is mad on dessert so we asked for a recommendation. We ended up with two suggestions and to satisfy the needs of our sweet toothed readers, agreed to try them both. Gosh, these were not only works of art but delicious. Blood Orange Curd came with orange jelly, sorbet and shards of meringue. A lovely combination, very refreshing with well-balanced sweetness. The star, at least in my eyes, was Opalyse Cremeux. This consisted of small peaks of whipped white chocolate on pistachio crumbs with blackberries, white chocolate shards and yet another star, a blackberry and anise sorbet. The chocolate was not too sweet, the blackberries offered freshness and the sorbet was simply exquisite. Stunning. The chef, Matthew Edmonds, hails from Searcys at The Gherkin in London, where he was head chef. He certainly knows how to source brilliant ingredients, marry great flavours and cook some delicious food. He was not actually there when we dined, which is a great compliment to his team who did a great job. By fortuitous chance, we met the owners Chris and Richard as we were leaving and were happy to compliment them on a great start over a drink. Some of the staff possibly need a bit more experience to make this a perfect fine dining experience, but it was honestly one of the best meals we have experienced outside of London. Welcome to the Surrey Hills! Stefan Reynolds The Grantley Arms The Street, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0PE. Tel 01483 893351 www.thegrantleyarms.co.uk
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age pianists of suitable standard at St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3UA. Chat to members of Surrey & North Hants Organists’ Associations. Explore a model pipe organ. Hear mini-recitals by students on the hour. Refreshments available. There’s a 3pm Workshop for beginners and students and an exciting 4pm finale recital with experienced tutor and international concert organist, Tom Bell. It’s all part of Guildford Spring Music Festival. Admission free to the Day and Workshop, recital £5, free to students. Full details on www.surreyorganistsassociation.org. A Photography Workshop Saturday 19th March 10am to 1.30pm A workshop for Complete Beginners will take place at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, by professional photographer, Anna Saverimuttu, who will take you through all the settings on your digital SLR and demystify the whole process of taking great photographs. So if your camera’s currently stuck on Auto and you don’t fancy wading through the boring manual, contact Anna on 01483 571119 or email email@example.com. There’s a maximum of 8 spaces available which cost £95 each and must be prebooked. More details can be found in the Workshops section at www.annasaverimuttu.co.uk. NGS Charity Garden Opening Sunday 20th March 2-5pm Step back in history at Albury Park GU5 9BH and take this NGS exclusive opportunity to explore 14-acres of pleasure08:30 DJK_Electricians_A5_landscape_ad_p1b_AW.pdf 1 30/10/2012 grounds designed by John Evelyn in 1670. Enjoy the views
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West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 22nd March 9.45am ‘The Great Fire of London’ is the subject of Yasha Beresiner’s lecture at the March meeting of West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society. We all know it began in a baker’s house in Pudding Lane in 1666, but what happened afterwards? Come and learn more about the results of this devastating fire and how the City of London survived to reach its dizzy heights of today. Join us in Shalford Village Hall on Tuesday 22nd March at 9.45am for coffee. The lecture starts at 10.30 am. 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.nadfaswestsurrey.co.uk or, for more information, call 01483 811671. Guildford Cathedral Angel There were plenty of members of the public who came along to watch on 5th July 2000 when the angel – a 15 foot, one-ton weather vane for the iconic grade II listed building - was lifted off its vantage point and brought down to the ground. However, only a handful of pictures and a video exist in the Cathedral Archive. They’d love to hear from anyone who might have been using a camera on the day – and are hoping for a fresh perspective on the event. If you have any photographs of the time the angel was brought down to be re gilded – or if you have memories of the fundraising, building or early days of Guildford Cathedral, People’s Cathedral Manager Helen Ellis would love to hear from you. You can drop into the Cathedral offices, telephone 01483 547860 or email Helen on helen@Guildford-Cathedral. org. You can watch the original film of the angel’s journey on www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnuS1L6QjRk. Bourne Buildings May 14_Layout 1 11/05/2015 14:51 Page 1
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WALK - Artington and Loseley This is a very pleasant and fairly short walk which goes through some lovely, peaceful countryside at the foot of the Hog’s Back. It then doubles back through the grounds of Loseley Park before meeting the river Wey for a brief final stroll along the towpath. I walked it in early February and happily it was not at all muddy. It is also dog friendly as is the pub at the end of the walk, which is reputedly Guildford’s oldest.
The walk 1. From the off-street parking on Sandy Lane, walk back down towards the A3100 until you see a signed footpath, the North Downs Way, on your left just past Manor Cottage. Passing Piccards Manor, you soon enter countryside with a green field on your right with houses beyond. Continue into light woodland and the houses soon give way to the ridge of the Hog’s Back on your right. 2. You soon reach the farm buildings for Piccard’s Farm and continue ahead on the lane past the farmhouse. Follow the lane round a left-hand bend and shortly after, turn right through a pair of open gates, still on the North Downs Way. This track is the driveway to Conduit Farm, so please keep an eye on any off-lead dogs. Keep straight on following the line of the Hog’s Back until you reach a sharp right bend to the farmhouse. Leave the track and fork left and then right onto a narrow sandy path, maintaining the original direction.
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DISTANCE: 4.5 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham, Godalming & Farnborough STARTING POINT: Sandy Lane, Guildford which is off the A3100 and opposite Ye Old Ship Inn just next to the University of Law. There is (limited) off-street parking along Sandy Lane. REFRESHMENTS: Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4EB. T: 01483 575731 W: www.yeoldeshipinn.pub Images: Loseley House (left); Lodge by footpath in Loseley Park © Copyright Shazz (above).
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Puttenham and Wanborough Garden Club Saturday 2nd April 2pm This is the date for the club’s Spring Show and in addition to judging the floral exhibits, Geoff Peach the ‘Radio Gardener’, will be chairing a ‘Question and Answer Session’. Do join them in the Marwick Hall, School Lane, Puttenham GU3 1AS; you will be most welcome. For more information about Club meetings, go to their website at www. puttenhamandwanboroughgardenclub.btck.co.uk. The Bolt Sunday 3rd April GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer has officially opened registration for its annual fundraising run, The Bolt, will be held at a new course over the Loseley Park Estate, closer to the charity’s base at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. The race has previously been staged at Alice Holt Forest near Farnham. The race offers three distances, 5k, 10k and 21k, with a 5k race for juniors and a 1k fun run for children aged 6-9. Canicross runners (ie with harnessed dogs) are also welcome. Starbucks will also be supporting the event, Guildford running shop Fitstuff will be sponsoring prizes for the winners of each distance and Stanley’s Patch will be providing prizes for the March 2016
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