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THE EDITOR'S NOTE IN THIS issue, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. At 11am on Sunday 11th November 2018, communities throughout the country will mark this annual act of remembrance which this year takes on additional significance. For 11 years, I have been a councillor in my home town of Godalming and have been enormously proud to represent those who elected me at our annual service. In all those years, the weather has been extremely kind to all of us who parade and then gather at the war memorial for our act of remembrance. What has struck me most is the increasing number of people, mainly families, not only coming along to view the parade but actually take part in the service. Our service is one of great solemnity, where the two minute silence is only ever broken only by the gentle clatter of the London to Portsmouth train, as hundreds of men, women and children remember those who gave their lives in WWI, some 281 from Godalming alone, as well as those who fell in subsequent campaigns. It is a service replicated all over the country, a time for us all to reflect, to honour, and to give thanks. Every year I also get the chance to sell Royal British Legion poppies, and I am always delighted with the generosity shown by so many. People already wearing a poppy quite often will empty their pockets into the tin as they walk past, and notes are now much more common, although it must be said that the new polymer bank notes are not as easy to fold – but please do not let that stop you from giving as generously as you can this year! It would be very fitting for the Royal British Legion to collect a record amount, this year of all years.

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100 YEARS OF MUSIC A CONCERT of great Russian Masterpieces on 24th November at G Live marks the start of Guildford Symphony Orchestra’s Centenary season, a stunning achievement for an organisation made up of local musicians from every walk of life. Since its foundation in 1919, the Guildford area has produced a continuum of amateur musicians playing to an incredibly high standard, generation after generation. Doctors, teachers, lawyers, housewives, students, techy whizzes, accountants and more – this area has been rich in musical talent for 100 years. GSO now performs five concerts a year. Under musical director Darrell Davison, it specialises in the grand symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries and also works with young soloists and encourages a love of music in young children. Vibrant, up for challenges and still full of enthusiasm, GSO is ready for its next century. The orchestra was created by an extraordinary man who had been a towering musical force in the Army during the First World War. Claud Powell was a man of incredible drive and enthusiasm who believed in the power of music to heal the country.

commitment to music-making and in particular his promotion of English composers. Come the end of the Second World War however, and councils were encouraged to support and provide music for the public. Powell understandably refused the peremptory summons to hand over his orchestra to the borough with no role for himself. Suddenly there were two orchestras in Guildford. The borough had created the professional Guildford Philharmonic. Powell soldiered on, his achievements recognised with an OBE, Hon RAM and Hon RCM for services to British music. After his death in 1959, the orchestra continued under Ralph Nicholson, but its fortunes dipped in the 1970s-80s until Darrell Davison took up the baton in 1990. Under Davison, the GSO developed a new profile: to perform good music, encourage young talent and support local charities. The 1990 chairman Robin Chase was inspirational, involving members of the orchestra in publicity, social events and fundraising and the orchestra took on a new zest for life. Davison

He had an ambitious vision to set up a series of subscription concerts across the South East. Reality kicked in and Guildford Symphony Orchestra was born, providing a huge range of concerts involving local choirs and drawing critical acclaim from the national press. Powell had an enviable network of friends and contacts across the musical world. Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Dame Ethel Smyth, Leon Goossens, John Ireland, Myra Hess, Roger Quilter, Arthur Bliss, Charles Groves and Adrian Boult all admired his Left: Claud Powell. Right: Darrell Davison



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attracted an excellent wind section followed by brass, and with professional violinist Rosemary Roberts as leader, the standard rapidly rose again. Davison set about tackling a wide range of music with vigour and excitement and inaugurated a carol writing competition for local schoolchildren and a competition for young soloists, where the winners perform at the popular Young Artists Concerts. The GSO also performs special family concerts to encourage a love of classical music in young

The Philharmonic was disbanded in 2013 because of council cuts. So GSO is once again the premier symphonic orchestra in the borough. This spring, as part of the GSO Centenary Season, it will play St John’s Smith Square on 23rd Marchbefore returning to G Live on 18th May. Please go and support it. FIND OUT MORE New members are always welcome. The orchestra practises in Guildford on Tuesday nights. Information about concerts and membership can be found on the website:




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They shall grow not old… Andy Thompson commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI ‘THE WAR That Will End War’ wrote the famous Surrey-based writer HG Wells in October 1914 as he reflected on the opening weeks of what was to become known as the Great War. The chiming bells at 11 o’clock on 11th November 1918 suggested his prescience to be very accurate. The First World War cost over 10 million young men their lives, 20 million were wounded and millions more traumatised and simply sent back to pick up the pieces of civilian life. Britain was bankrupt, the class system seriously eroded and, for a great many, any thought of a loving God became a difficult concept and the role of women in Britain was changed forever. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month this year the bells across the length and breadth of Britain will ring again to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that caused the guns to fall silent, ending the war that had engulfed the world with 89 countries being directly involved in the conflict. The 11th November is a Sunday this year and across Surrey and Sussex local communities will join the nation in remembering those who made the ‘supreme sacrifice’ for their country.



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You only have to walk to your local war memorial to reflect on the men from your village or town who are remembered ‘In Perpetuity’ by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at one of their 23,000 sites in 150 countries.

Top: Artist's impression of the East Surrey's game against the Bavarians 1st July 1916. Above: Cap badges of the West Surrey Regiment, East Surrey Regiment and Royal Sussex Regiment.

The men who returned to Surrey and Sussex after the war were promised ‘A Land Fit for Heroes’ but reality proved to be far harsher, as the collapse in the world economy led to hardship and widespread discontent. Wages were cut, the working week lengthened as war time contracts were ended. The millions of women who had responded to the call of ‘total war’ found themselves thrown out of work as the men returned. Whilst those over 30 and who owned property were given the vote in the Khaki election held in December 1918, most women returned to their role as homemakers and mothers. As with counties across the UK, the war brought out the best of the men and women of Surrey and Sussex. Thousands of men volunteered or were conscripted to fight for King and Country and joined their local regiments – The Queen’s (Royal West

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THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD Surrey Regiment), The East Surreys or The Royal Sussex Regiment. All three regiments fought proudly with bravery and discipline fashioned in their distinguished histories. The East Surrey Regiment was deployed in August with the B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) and became part of the legendary ‘Old Contemptibles’ (so called when the British army was described as ‘a contemptible little army’ by Kaiser Wilhelm II). They fought in most of the major battles of the war. Seven of their number were awarded the Victoria Cross – the highest medal for ‘bravery in the face of the enemy’ and Captain Billy Neville entered the history books when he gave footballs to his attacking companies with a promise of a bottle of champagne for the first to get their ball into the German front line trench. As with 446 of his men, Captain Neville didn’t survive the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In total the regiment lost 6,223 officers and men killed during the war. The Queen’s list of Battle Honours is equally impressive with their involvement in the bitter fighting of the autumn of 1914, Loos in 1915, High Wood on the Somme, the taking of the Messines Ridge in June 1917 and the final 100 Days in 1918 which saw the German army driven out of France and Belgium. Their casualties impacted on the communities and families around Surrey. 7,399 officers and men being killed, and 4 Queen’s being awarded the VC.

From top: West Surrey Regiment August 1914 within weeks, most of these men were dead or wounded; Surrey volunteers report for duty; Surrey men prepare for the front. Left: Capt Billy Neville. Right: Edmund Blunden.



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The men of Sussex would have, in the main, joined The Royal Sussex, another regiment with a proud history. They too were deployed along the Western Front and served in the ill-fated attempt to defeat the Turks in Gallipoli during 1915. On 30th June 1916, the day before Haig launched his attack on the Somme, the men from Sussex led a diversionary attack on the Germans at The Boars Head. Commanded by Lieut Col Lowther they suffered appalling casualties with over 1000 of ‘Lowther’s Lambs’ being killed or wounded. The action became known as The Day Sussex Died. Undertones of War, the autobiography of Edmund Blunden, who fought with the regiment during most of the war, became a set text for those trying to

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On Sunday 11th November at 11 o’clock the nation will fall silent as collectively we pause for two minutes of reflection. In 1920, the body of the Unknown Warrior was returned from the battlefields of the Western Front and was received at the Cenotaph in Whitehall by King George V. He asked the committee organising the event that as the clock of Big Ben struck 11 the nation should fall silent for two minutes – the first minute to remember the dead and the past, the second to be thankful for those who had survived and the future. In 1920 the nation did indeed fall silent – trains, traffic and factories all stopped and the populace across the land stood still. We should do the same this year. FIND OUT MORE Andy Thompson is Chair of the Surrey Branch of the Western Front Association and a battlefield guide.

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Christmas Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley from 21st-25th November to stage the UK’s leading Christmas craft and design fair featuring over 190 exhibitors! The craft fair will be held in floored and heated marquees within the Garden and features a selection of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftmakers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more. The UK has a wealth of individual and talented designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot be found amongst the massproduced and imported goods on the high street. Craft In Focus has selected the best of these to show at this wonderful Christmas event. The organisers do not allow any bought in or imported work so visitors can be assured they are purchasing from individual and talented UK designer makers. All exhibitors at Craft In Focus events design and make the work that they display and are selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability. This event

really is a refreshing alternative to Christmas shopping on the predictable high street. The fair also incorporates a Food Pavilion for a 'Taste of Christmas' and delicious food on offer includes handmade chocolates, Christmas cakes and puddings, spice blends, liqueurs, artisan gin, olive oils, nut products, truckle cheeses and fruit infused spirits. Throughout the event there will be live music which will include The Corcovado Project and a cutting-edge, all-female string ensemble - Gold Quartet. This event offers a perfect opportunity to see and purchase something special for someone or even treat yourself. It is also possible to commission work from many of the exhibitors if you wish to create a bespoke piece for someone, yourself or your home. The craft fair opens from 9am each day. Normal Garden admission charges apply and include craft fair entry. RHS Members free. For further information contact Craft In Focus 01622 747 325 or visit: www.craftinfocus. com. Venue address: RHS Garden Wisley, Nr Woking, GU23 6QB


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month, Ian Swankie will examine the ‘Treasures of the Square Mile’. Next March, the day is devoted to ‘Monet and the Impressionists’. There are outings for members to country houses and gardens, exhibitions and galleries. Last April, a walk round the City of London looked at some of the impressive new buildings, with visits to some wonderful old churches and the Roman wall. The most recent annual tour, based in Birmingham, took in the ‘Treasures of the Kingdom of Mercia’ including the Jewellery Quarter, Lichfield and Bletchley Park. Next May, ‘The History and Heritage of the West Riding’ will focus on Yorkshire. WHAT’S IN a name? Guildford Wey Valley DFAS may have changed its name, but the range and quality of its monthly talks is still as impressive. If you like watching ‘The Antiques Roadshow’, or appreciate well-researched talks about architecture, art, ceramics, gardens, music or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, come along and judge for yourself. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, in Shalford Village Hall. Coffee is on hand from 9.45am. Talks begin at 10.45am.

Members can take advantage of all these activities and receive the quarterly Arts Society magazine. There are opportunities for heritage volunteering, including Young Arts and Church Trails, and the chance to acquire new skills. Membership costs £45 per year. Visitors are welcome at every meeting, and pay £7. You can be sure of a warm welcome, so come along and find out for yourself.

Recent topics have ranged from Frieda Kahlo to Eric Ravilious, Architecture in Docklands to the East India Company. Another speaker presented numerous examples of the work of David Hockney in a superb talk focusing on Hockney’s unique contribution to British Art. In contrast, ‘Three Great Families and their Gardens’ explored the lives of the Sackville-Wests, the Astors and the Rothschilds and the beautiful gardens they and their armies of gardeners created. This coming year, talks range from ‘The Glories of Byzantium’ to ‘Poet in Paint; the Art and Life of Paul Nash’. Unmissable is the May talk on ‘The Punch and Judy Show’ by Bertie Pearce, highlighting the subversive nature and anarchic figure of Mr Punch. As a member of the Magic Circle, Bertie holds his audience spellbound, peppering his talk with conjuring tricks. On study days, twice a year, speakers explore a topic in greater depth. ‘Great Tarts in Art’ offered a fascinating exploration of the court of Charles II and his bevy of lovely ladies, whose looks are still admired today in the portraits of Peter Lely. This



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PROBUS ’83 CLUB GUILDFORD building with a wonderful terrace overlooking the River Wey and its water meadows) for a chat over drinks, followed by an inexpensive lunch, and a talk from an interesting speaker. The backgrounds of its members are extensive: from accountants to airline pilots, from chemists to engineers, from company directors to bankers. All enjoy each other’s company, conversation and general bonhomie. ARE YOU a man who has, or is about to, retire from a profession, commerce or business? If so, you may be missing the camaraderie and stimulation that comes from mixing with colleagues, clients and customers. The solution may be closer than you think. Probus (standing for PROfessional and BUSiness) was set up in 1965 and there are now more than 1,500 clubs in Britain, as well as overseas, all with a non-political and non-sectarian ethos. The Probus ’83 Club Guildford was formed in 1983, and meets monthly at Weybourne House, (a modern

Apart from our monthly lunch talks, the club hosts a special Ladies and Guests lunch twice a year. It also organises periodic visits to places of interest for members, wives and friends. The investment group meets monthly with group discussions or invited speakers. In the summer the club organises inter club golf and bowls matches. Why not take a look at our website for more details at FIND OUT MORE More details also from Membership Secretary Paul Sherren on 01483 531623 or email

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The Shoe Fits You may have sorted the outfit but sometimes getting the right shoe is the hardest part, says personal stylist Kirstie Smillie. THERE ARE so many different lengths and widths to fashion these days that getting the right ratio of shoe to fabric can be challenging and variations depend on occasion, budget and comfort. Here are a few inspirational ideas but think proportion and cobbled high streets before you venture out.

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Choose heels for evening but for day wear, think French style with a loafer. Go classic or modern metallic. Reiss metallic loafers, £165

This boyish cut needs a sharp heel to balance. Patent or animal print work well here. Hobbs Grace court, £159

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Avoid ankle straps and choose an open front design that elongates down to your toes. Style Tip: Neutral shades and metallics flatter too. Inspiration: LK Bennett Corrina closed courts, £250

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Boots with elastic sections are most comfortable. Style Tip: Try with an asymmetric hemline for a softer silhouette. Inspiration: Clarks suede and elastic panel long boots, £155

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Beat the itch this winter Zoe Blake takes a look at a common problem in house pets IT’S THAT time of year many pet owners fear, as the weather turns colder, the heating comes on, and the fleas appear. Did you know that the fleas on your pet represent only about 5% of the flea population? The other 95% sadly live in the environment that your pet spends its time in. To keep fleas at bay, it's important to understand the flea life cycle The life cycle comprises approximately eggs (50%), larvae (35%), pupae (10%), flea (5%). When fleas land on your pet they feed, breed and start to lay eggs. The eggs will drop into the environment, where they will hatch into larvae. Larvae don't like light so they will burrow away into carpets, bedding and floor cracks. They live off flea dirt and skin debris and then spin into a pupae. Here the flea develops before hatching out to find a host (you or your pet!). The pupae have a very tough coating which makes them robust to vacuuming and chemicals. When faced with the correct stimuli they will hop onto their host and so the cycle starts again. Vibration, CO2 and humidity are what fleas prefer, so turning the heating on and spending more time in the home is creating the perfect ambiance. Pupae have been known to remain in the environment for up to 2 years. So what should you do if your pet has fleas? If you use effective flea treatment on your pet, then it can take about 6 weeks to take effect. This is allowing for the various stages of the life cycle to complete and re-infest your pet. You need to back this up with regular vacuuming and washing of your pet's bedding.



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If you want to reduce this to about 3 weeks then an environment product will also be needed. Before using the household products, turn your heating up, place bowls of steamy water into each room and hoover. This will ensure that you can eradicate as much of the flea life cycle as possible. I recommend that you repeat this process in 10-14 days. The pupae is the most resistant of the cycle and so leaving some time gives the immature fleas time to develop in the pupae and allow them to be ready to hatch out at your next treatment. Eliminating fleas is about providing effective treatment correctly and safely. If you're having problems despite taking these measures then something could be wrong. Are your products effective? Are you following the correct instructions? Having a flea infestation can bring misery to many pet owning families and also bring skin conditions with it. So don’t delay, get rid of those fleas today. FIND OUT MORE Zoe Blake is a registered veterinary nurse and runs The Friendly Pet Nurse. Call 07917 094715 or visit the website at

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Warming dishes for chilly days Aromatic beef with orange and apricots

Spanish pork with butter beans and chorizo


450g/1lb lean braising or topside steak, cubed, 5ml/1tsp fennel seeds, 5ml/1tsp ground coriander, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped, 2 small onions, peeled and sliced, 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped, 50g/2oz dried apricots, chopped, 50ml/2floz orange juice, 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped, 100ml/3½floz red wine, 30ml/2tbsp red wine vinegar, 30ml/2tbsp oil, 30ml/2tbsp plain flour, 15ml/1tbsp tomato puree, optional, 800ml/1½pint beef stock, 175g/6oz button mushrooms.


1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350375°F 2. In a large bowl mix together the beef, fennel seeds, coriander, thyme, garlic, onions, carrots, apricots, orange juice, celery, red wine, red wine vinegar and seasoning. Cover the marinade and if possible leave in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight. 4. Drain the marinade mixture and reserve. Heat the oil in a medium-sized casserole or ovenproof dish and brown the meat with the vegetables in batches. Stir in the flour, reserved marinade, tomato puree, beef stock, and bring to the boil. Add the button mushrooms, halved, if preferred. 5. Transfer to the oven and cook for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until the meat is tender.


2 tsp olive oil, 50g chopped chorizo, 1 onion, sliced, 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips, 4 pork loin steaks, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 400g can chopped tomatoes, 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed, 150ml hot vegetable or chicken stock, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 2 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley.


1. Heat the oil, in a non-stick frying or sauté pan with a lid, over a medium heat. Add the chorizo, onion and red pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chorizo has released its oil and the onion and pepper have softened. Remove from the pan to a plate and set aside. 2. Add the pork steaks to the pan and cook for three minutes on one side, then turn over, and cook for 2 minutes. Return the chorizo and pepper mixture to the pan and stir in the paprika. 3. Stir in the tomatoes, butter beans and stock. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes, until the steaks are cooked through and the juices run clear.

6. Serve with herb mash and spring greens.

4. Season to taste and sprinkle with the parsley. Divide between 4 plates and serve with green vegetables.

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Fabulous Phalaenopsis! Phalaenopsis plants are such a blessing; they’re always at our side, bringing elegance to our living rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Phalaenopsis can be so floriferous; they flower whatever the weather or season, and can bloom continuously for a year or more at a time. These glamorous plants enhance any home, from chic apartments to country estates. I first saw Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 stand at Chelsea. In the cool temperatures that day I could not detect any fragrance from this orchid’s sunset yellow blooms, but now that I have my own plant, I can enjoy the fragrance of this Phalaenopsis. It’s a warm perfume, which has been enjoyed by my visitors. Another AGM Phalaenopsis that I have particularly enjoyed getting to know, is Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’. This is a truly delightful Phalaenopsis. ‘New Life’ produces ivory flowers, which are delicately infused with a soft dusky pink. The overall look of the plant is very romantic and ethereal, it has a rather soothing quality. The centre of each bloom is quite charmingly freckled and the overall look is divine! Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ produces a light, floral scent, these orchids are most fragrant in the mornings. THIS YEAR, I’ve enjoyed getting to know a couple of new Phalaenopsis hybrids. These plants were grown in the UK by Double H Nurseries, and they’re part of the nurseries’ new range of Phalaenopsis plants, which have all been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. The Award of Garden Merit (AGM) was set up by the Royal Horticultural Society, to help gardeners find plants that will perform well in regular growing conditions, without any specialist care or attention. Plants that receive this accolade are reliable plants, that are reasonably disease-resistant and free -flowering. If you’re looking at a selection of plants and aren’t sure which one to choose, an AGM plant is a plant you can purchase knowing that particular plant has been trialled and tested and will perform well given the appropriate conditions. You’ll find AGM plants at your nursery, or garden centre, and online. These plants display the RHS AGM trophy symbol.



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If you’d like to grow these scented Phalaenopsis plants for yourself, you’ll find the full range of Double H Nurseries’ AGM Phalaenopsis plants sold in Waitrose and Marks and Spencer: look out for the British flag and the RHS AGM logo when purchasing your plants. Tesco and Sainsbury’s now stock Phalaenopsis plants grown at Double H Nurseries, but not plants from this AGM range. When choosing plants, look out for Phalaenopsis plants that display the British flag to ensure you purchase plants grown at Double H Nurseries in New Milton.

Photos from top: Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ and Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’. Both by Beth Otway.

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Aldershot and the Basingstoke Canal This is a walk of great variety, combining pine woods, an oak wood, a great sandy wilderness and a canal towpath. The route goes over the huge wild Aldershot sand hills and pine forests. This is Defence land but if there are no live exercises, families, children and dogs are always welcome. Humph and I very much enjoyed it in June of this year. Before you do this walk, check that there is pedestrian access to Rushmoor Road. There is some uncertainty about the small pedestrian access which is locked at night and should be opened each morning, except for some military or ceremonial reason. Sometimes the main gate is open; sometimes walkers and cyclists have to climb over because both gates are locked. We’re trying to get definitive guidelines from the MoD. Do not do this walk during the Farnborough Airshow because some paths and especially Rushmoor Road at the start will be closed off. This walk is taken with permission from SR 1. From the Duke's Wood car park, go out to the road, turn left and, in 50m, turn right on Rushmoor Road. (Rushmoor Road is closed to motor traffic: your access is through a pedestrian gate on the left of the large metal gates.) After 500m through forest, just after a left bend, you see a metal barrier on your right, just before a bridge over a track. Turn right here down a slope to arrive at a junction of paths. Avoid the first path on your left, continue another 25m to cross a narrow stream (the Claycart Stream) and turn left on a narrow path which runs beside the stream on your left. 2. The path is muddy at first but quickly improves. In nearly 100m your path goes over a crossing path. In another 200m your path reaches a crossing track. Go straight over, still following the Claycart Stream but this time with it on your right. If you hear a din of engines nearby on your left, this is from the Aldershot Raceway where hotrods compete in the Caravan Destruction Derby and other delights. As you continue through this beautiful oakwood, the stream on your right sinks into a deep cleft. Finally, 400m from the last crossing, you meet a narrow path on your right where the stream runs over a concrete channel and cascades down. 3. Turn right here over the channel, to come out in 50m onto the open sandy moor. Turn left on a The Walk 8

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park of the Foresters pub/restaurant. Cross over into the pub’s main car park. 6. After a possible break for refreshment, go to the back of the pub’s car park and turn left through a metal kissing gate. Turn sharp right and follow a path which runs outside the back of the pub’s garden. The path runs down to a T-junction. Turn right, going through a gate beside an animal grid, to arrive at the Aldershot Road car park (alternative start). 7. Turn left just before the car park on a wide straight path, going through a gate beside an animal grid after 40m. Immediately after the grid, turn left on a wide straight path. Follow this woodland path for most of a km to its end where you can hear a main road close by. Ignore the path where it bends left and instead keep ahead through a large kissing gate to arrive shortly at a side road (Valmead Road). Turn left on the road and quickly turn right between bollards over a canal bridge. After the bridge, turn sharp right to join the canal towpath, going under the road (mind your head!). 8. You will be following the canal on your right for a total of 3½ km, with the main roads far enough

away to your right to allow you a long period of peaceful walking. In 1km you pass under two carriages of a main road. The trees change to thin birch and the terrain opens out as you become aware of Farnborough Airfield close by on your left. The next bridge is the Eelmoor Bridge, a black girder bridge, which has a small car park. Continue along the towpath, now in quiet woodland once more. After 1km, you see a second black girder bridge. Fork left to turn right over the bridge. On your right is one of the gates into Duke’s Wood: worth a look for its wooden sculpture, bridges and nature trails. In a minute you are back at the car park where the walk began.

DISTANCE: 6 miles OS MAPS: OS Explorer 145 (Guildford). DIRECTIONS: From Farnham, take the A325 towards Aldershot. Go straight on at each roundabout or junction, passing the Royal Arms, after 1½ miles. Continuing over a small roundabout and, ⅔ mile later, straight over a large roundabout. After ⅔ mile, at the corner of the Potters International Hotel (postcode GU11 2ET), turn left at a sign for Fleet A323. At the end, turn left on a major road and immediately stay on the road as it elbows right. The car park is ⅔ mile on the right: it is not marked. For many more walks, please visit our website at: November 2018

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Jottings - your community noticeboard Jottings is your FREE community noticeboard for charities, local events, groups and information, compiled by Jane Gosnell. To feature, please email by the first Friday of the month prior to month of publication. Please note that space is limited and inclusion cannot be guaranteed. There are many events taking place this month to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and Armistice Day, including concerts, displays and exhibitions - offering us all an opportunity to recognise the significance of the end of the WWI and the sacrifice made by so many men and women. Guildford Cathedral have a programme of events which would be well worth a look at. On a lighter note, I’m a keen singer and a member of a local contemporary choir in Milford, therefore I’m delighted to see so many new choirs and singing groups starting up in the area and recommend you try one - it’s so good for you. Finally don’t forget Guildford Christmas lights being switch on, on the 15th the countdown to Christmas has begun! Probus ’83 Club Guildford First Thursday of the month This is a club for retired men with a professional or business background to meet for drinks, lunch and an after lunch speaker. Other activities include golf, bowls, visits to places of interest and an investment group. Held at Weybourne House, Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford. They welcome new members. Visit, call Paul Sherren on 01483 531623 or email Guildford Natural History Society 1st and 15th November 2.45pm They have two talks this month. On 1st, Audrey Olley will tell you about her journey around Madagascar to see its people and scenery and of course those endearing lemurs. On 15th November Amanda Barnicoat, a National Trust Ranger for Denbies Hillside will tell you about the flora and fauna of the Hillside which forms part of the North Downs near Dorking and has a huge variety of specialist butterflies, animals and plants. Talks are held at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street and are free to Society members. Visitors welcome but they do ask for a small donation. For further details call Vanessa McClure on 01483 303417. New Al Anon meeting Thursdays 7pm-8pm Is someone's drinking causing chaos and heartache in your life? If you are struggling with someone else's drinking and need a way to cope, please join them. There are no dues or fees. For further information email discoveringchoices2018@gmail. com or text David 07878 192235 or Cyndi 07577 949944. Held at the Junior Room, Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road GU2 4BS.

Shere Village Cinema Thursday 1st November 8pm The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Book online at Library of Things Guildford Thursdays 4pm-7pm Guildford Borough Council, in partnership with Surrey County Council, have launched the Guildford Library of Things. Local residents can borrow hand-held DIY, gardening and decorating tools at a fraction of the cost to buy. For more information and to book an item please visit news/guildford-library-of-things. Held at Guildford Library, 77 North Street, Guildford. Enquiries to Polesden Lacey - Power Play Until 29th November 2018 Power Play explores the social power of inimitable Edwardian socialite Margaret Greville. From quiet beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Scottish brewer, Maggie rose up the social ladder to become an influential member of high society, counting the likes of King Edward VII among her close friends. Including talks, tours and exhibitions, this new programme will explore how Maggie became so influential, and more importantly, how she took advantage of her influence and power. Visit Bookham Country Market Every Friday 10.15am-11.30am Providing a friendly atmosphere where people can meet over tea/coffee and cake as well as buying from the well stocked tables of local suppliers. These include baked goods and prepared meals, free range eggs, meat from Conisbees in East Horsley, homemade preserves, locally grown plants and vegetables and a wide range of craft items. They are open every Friday in the Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, KT23 3PQ. Victim Support (VS) Volunteers Needed This is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales. Their purpose is to provide specialist help to support people to cope and recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives. Volunteers play a wide range of vital roles, providing emotional and practical support to people affected

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Polesden Hospital - a new Exhibition at Polesden Lacey Until 29th November To mark 100 years since the end of the Great War. Polesden Hospital, offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and worked at Polesden during the Great War. From June 1915 until late 1916 Margaret Greville opened her home, Polesden Lacey in Surrey, as a convalescent hospital for officers. It was staffed by military and volunteer nurses as well as Mrs Greville’s own domestic servants. More than 80 soldiers spent time at Polesden recovering from their wounds. The usual admission fee applies. No booking is required. For more information visit Guildford Lions Fireworks Saturday 3rd November from 7pm A dazzling Torchlight Procession from Guildford High Street to Stoke Park followed by a spectacular fireworks display. New this year - come and see the brave fire walkers in action at Stoke Park. All profits will be used by Guildford Lions to support local people in need. The Torchlight Procession leaves the Guildhall on the High Street at 7pm and the fireworks display on Stoke Park starts at 8pm. For more details visit www.guildfordlions. com. Uplifting Wellness Walk at Polesden Lacey Until 30th November This autumn sees the launch of a new Wellness Walk at National Trust property Polesden Lacey. Visitors will be able to take time to reflect and recharge on this uplifting self-led trail, which guides walkers to some of the stunning viewpoints around the estate. The moderately challenging walk takes around two hours to complete and takes in stunning views of Polesden Lacey and the Surrey Hills beyond. The usual admission fee applies. No booking is required. For more information visit www. Feel the heat with the Fire Walk Saturday 3rd November Calling out all the hot-steppers! Prepare for the hottest event around as Shooting Star Chase reignites the Fire Walk at Guildford’s Stoke Park. A truly unforgettable experience, this adrenaline-fuelled challenge allows brave participants to learn the secret of fire walking in a safe environment, whilst raising money for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. So if you have the burning desire

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helps boost the immune system, reduces stress and makes us feel good. Make new friends and have some fun. If you would like to find out more join them for a rehearsal at All Saints Church Vicarage Gate, Guildford GU2 7QJ. Guildford Travel Club Tuesday 6th and 20th November 8pm On 6th November Charlie Knight will be giving an illustrated talk on his trek from Mexico to Canada. On the 20th Jenny Tough will be ‘Running the World’s Mountains’. Jenny’s world-first solo mountain running expedition included the High Atlas of Morocco and the Sierra Occidental of Bolivia. The club meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Onslow Village Hall for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. For further details visit www., contact Barbara Rogers on 07899 868128 or email West Surrey National Trust Conservation Volunteers WSNTCV welcomes new members of any age to come and join them at their Sunday work parties. The group works with National Trust rangers, helping conserve, maintain and improve habitats at National Trust countryside properties. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided. Social events are also held throughout the year. For further information, please visit their website at An Evening with Nigella Lawson Tuesday 6th November Join Nigella and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nigella’s first

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West Surrey Family History Society Wednesday 7th November 8pm If you would like to learn more about the variety of industries in the town from medieval times, come along to the West Surrey Family History Societies next meeting. David Rose, the well known local historian and author, will be speaking about the early woollen industry, the clay tobacco pipe and brick making, brewing and the more modern light engineering and manufacturing of motor vehicles. Meetings are held in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street, Guildford and visitors welcome for a small donation seating permitting. If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs Iris Hawkins on 01483 535986. Lunchtime piano recitals Wednesday 7th and 14th November 1pm-2pm Do pop along to another series of delightful piano recitals and informal talks given by local composer, conductor and pianist Matthew Taylor. They are held in the United Reformed church, South Street, Farnham and cost £8 per session. On the 7th, Haydn's last two Sonatas and the 14th, Selected Piano Music by The Five. Guildford Jazz at The Pavillion Wednesday 7th November 8pm Karen Spark/Steve Waterman Quintet. British Jazz Awards winners Karen on Tenor Sax and Steve on Trumpet bring their all-star quintet to Guildford. Except first class musicianship and an outstanding evening of live jazz in the intimate and welcoming jazz club at the ‘Ronnie Scott's of Surrey’. Jazz @ The Pavilion, Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Road, Godalming

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The Arts Society Shalford Thursday 8th November 10.15am Sarah Deere-Jones, associate, graduate and prize-winner from The Royal Academy of Music, will illustrate the History of the Harp from Mediterranean Antiquity to the 20th century. This lecture included live music played on her own reproduction and antique instruments. Join them for this fascinating lecture at 10.15am for a pre-meeting coffee. Please contact Rosey Skeffington for more details on 01428 685000. Non-members £7.

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Waverley Dowsers Society Friday 9th November 7.15pm for 7.30pm start Therapeutic properties of sound and demonstration. led by Kay Kraty. A brief introduction on the therapeutic qualities of sound, the physics of sound related to the gong, experiential examples and exercises demonstrating sonic entrainment, finally ending with a short sound experience. Meetings are held every second Friday of the month. Cost £5 Members, £8 for guests. All welcome. Free refreshments available during meeting. Held at the Unitarian Hall, Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3JB. For information visit Wonersh History Society - Armistice Event Saturday 10th November 10am-4pm Wonersh History Society in conjunction with Wonersh Memorial Hall Committee and supported by Shamley Green History Society and Blackheath Village Society is marking the centenary

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New Bell Ringers Welcome Tuesdays 8pm-9pm Anyone interested in learning this ancient and fascinating art would be very welcome to join them. There are no age limits, although you probably need to be at least 11 years old to be tall enough and strong enough and be OK with ladders and trapdoors as this is how they access the ringing chamber. No musical talent required and no expectation that you attend church services. Earlier session by arrangement for beginners who are welcome to stay for the rest of the practice. Held at St. Nicholas Church, Compton. Contact Phil Gorton, Tower Captain, by email at or call 01483 420763. The Arts Society Surrey Hills Lecture Tuesday 13th November 10.30am Continuing their programme with a lecture entitled ‘Downton Abbey Revealed: The story of Highclere Castle’ presented by Matthew Williams. This lecture reveals that truth is more interesting than fiction and tells the story of the castle and its family, the Earl of Carnarvon. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45 am for coffee. New members and visitors welcome. Details of lectures, visits and holidays for 2018 can be found on their website www. or by calling 01483 414976. Onslow Village Residents’ Association Tuesday 13th November 7.15pm This event will be presented by harpist, Margaret Watson. It will be a light hearted informal and very varied programme of music

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Guildford and Woking Humanists lecture Tuesday 13th November 7.30pm Ariane Sherine lecture is ‘Talk yourself better: A confused person's guide to therapy, counselling and self help’. Ariane is a comedy writer and journalist and a "distinguished supporter" of Humanists UK. Held at The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH. Tea and coffee and biscuits served during a break.

The Arts Society Guildford monthly lecture Wednesday 14th November 8pm Here Lies Our Sovereign King: A lecture by Clive Barham Carter. The recent discovery of Richard III (now, alas, forever to be known as the ‘king in the car park) has rekindled the interest to find out how and where our other kings are buried. Clive Barham Carter goes on a quest - a monarch hunt concentrating on splendid architecture, astonishing sculpture beautiful paintings and a bit of history. Tea and Coffee from 7.30pm. Held at Onslow Village Hall The Square, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village GU2 7QR. Visitors welcome £10. Horsley Branch of the Arts Society Wednesday 14th November 10.30am Join them for a talk by John Iddon on William Hogarth: ‘Snapping at the Heels of the Establishment in the 18th Century’ in East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue KT24 6QT. Coffee available 9.45am-10.15am. Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. Lectures take place every second Wednesday of the month. For

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including, plants and gardening, bottle tombola, cakes and sweets, children’s books, deli and preserves, gifts and toiletries, cards, hamper raffle, jewellery and accessories, kitchen, treasures, toys and games, etc – you name it – they have it. Held at the Village Hall, by the pond. Free parking. All proceeds go to nine local charities and one national charity. George Abbot School Christmas and Craft Fair Saturday 17th November 1pm-5pm Join them in the Raynham Hall to shop for Christmas gifts galore. Delicious food and drink served all afternoon, family fun with games and kids tombola, adult tombola and grand raffle with exciting prizes. Entry just £1 for adults and children go free. Find them at Woodruff Avenue, GU1 1XX. Free Parking. For more information or if you would like to book a stall space please contact Shere Village Cinema Sunday 18th November 8pm The Happy Prince - The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. Book online at www. Combined Charities Christmas Fair Sunday 18th November 11am-4pm There will be a huge selection of Christmas cards, an amazing array of interesting gifts, games and refreshments and an opportunity to talk to the participating charities. This is an ideal opportunity to

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support local charities, have a cup of tea or coffee, purchase your Christmas cards and take part in some fun and games. Musical entertainment from You Ukes. Held in the Guildhall, Guildford. This is also a rare chance to see inside this historic building, which can be described as the true heart of Guildford. Guildford Rambling Club walks Various dates during November and December 10am For the nine mile linear walk from Waterloo on Sunday 18th, call Chantal, on 01483 535971. For the five mile morning walk from Blackheath Village on Thursday 22nd, contact Hazel on 07766 663876. Ludshott is the start point for Steve’s (07957 803912) nine mile walk on Sunday 25th. Steve is also the leader for the ten mile walk from Frensham on Sunday 2nd December. Finally, Alan C, on 01483 480168, will lead a ten mile circular walk from Lightwater on Sunday 9th December. Visitors are welcome to give the walks a try. For a full programme of walks visit www. West Horsley Parish Council's monthly meeting Tuesday 20th November 8pm This Parish Council meeting takes place at West Horsley Village Hall. Everyone welcome. For more information please see www. or contact West Surrey Badger Groups Tuesday 20th November 8pm November’s guest speaker is Nigel Palmer, ‘Badgers and Bovine TB, a never-ending story’. Nigel works for Brian May's Save Me Trust and is based at Harper Asprey wildlife hospital in



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WIN... 4 tickets to Cinderella at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford Win 4 tickets to see this year’s magical family pantomime at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Wednesday 2nd January at 5.30pm. Recording artist, actress, songwriter and author Michelle Gayle will be starring as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. And guess what – the boys are back! Cabaret performer Kit Hesketh-Harvey plays Dandini, there’s doubletrouble as Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon and his partner in Panto crime Nick Barclay play the Ugly Sisters, and Guildford’s favourite Brummie Jamie Brook makes a welcome return, water pistol in hand, to play Buttons. Will you join them on this fairy-tale adventure? You’d be a pumpkin to miss out! For more information, please visit To win 4 tickets, please answer the following question: Q: Who is playing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella? Please enter online at by 30th November 2018.

WIN... a family ticket to the Wintershall Nativity Play The Wintershall Nativity Play will be performed from 12th-16th December 2018 both inside and outside of Holly Barn at Wintershall, Bramley near Guildford. The play brings the story of Christmas to life and begins with Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey to Bethlehem and the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the shepherds in the fields. Songs and music accompany the arrival of the Wise Men on horseback. The play is performed by 50 volunteer cast in wonderful biblical costumes, assisted by sheep, donkeys, horses and a sheepdog. To book the Nativity please call 01793 418299 or book online at To win a family ticket, please answer the following question: Q: What is the name of the barn where the Nativity is performed? Please enter online at by 30th November 2018.

WIN... a family ticket to the Watts Gallery Christmas Weekend Visit Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, near Guildford, to feast on the sights and sounds of the season - at their annual Christmas Weekend. Discover their Victorian playground. Work with artists to make beautiful Christmas crafts before discovering the Holly King and his merry band in the woodland. Enjoy making paperchains and singing carols in the gallery, before indulging with their artisan sellers; Taste festive food and fill your basket with seasonal delights. Plus don’t miss the traditional helter-skelter! The Christmas Weekend takes place Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November from 10am-4pm. To win a family ticket for Saturday 24th November, please answer the following question: Q: Whose merry band can you discover? Please enter online at by 15th November 2018. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine, Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering. You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties. The prizes are nontransferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU, KT and RH postcode.














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VantagePoint November 2018 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally

VantagePoint November 2018 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally