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Guildford & Villages • October 2016


Denbies Wine Estate

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Alternatives to court to resolve a dispute With rising court fees, the protracted nature of court proceedings and the traditional uncertainty of litigation, the necessity of exploring alternatives to formal court litigation when dealing with disputes continues to become more and more important. Indeed, given this current legal landscape, some have dubbed ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) the “future for litigators”. However, this is not to say ADR is a lesser option to court proceedings. The speed and relative control parties have over the process means it is often a more time and cost efficient option. Not only that, the variety of different types of ADR and the flexibility of their conduct in comparison to the courts means invariably there is an option to suit every client’s specific needs. For example: Adjudication – A very quick and fairly informal process, the parties agree to the use of a third party of their joint choice to resolve the dispute. The decision is binding until either a court rules to the contrary (via more formal litigation) or there is agreement between the parties to alter the outcome. Given its speed and interim binding nature, it is commonly used during ongoing projects to deal with small points of contention, for instance in construction projects. Early Neutral Evaluation – Used outside of court proceedings or at an early stage of a claim, this process involves a current or retired judge (or another party of similar standing) informally reviewing each party’s case on a without prejudice basis (i.e. it is not to be considered by the court should a full trial go ahead). The “judge” will then provide the parties with his/her views on the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case. As such, there is no binding decision, but it can provide an unreasonable party arguing a weak case with a much needed dose of reality as to the strength of their position, hopefully leading to either withdrawal or the negotiating table.

Mediation – A very flexible method which can take many different forms according to the parties’ requirements. Traditionally it involves instructing an independent third party (possibly a barrister and/or trained mediator) to meet with the parties confidentially to discuss the issues in order to bring the parties closer together with a view to a mutual agreement. As such, the mediator does not give a binding decision on the dispute, although the parties can ask for his/her informal views. In order to reach agreement, anything is essentially possible and settlements can therefore be both more creative and commercially pragmatic than traditional court remedies. Expert Determination – An expert in the particular field is instructed by both parties to investigate the issues and hear the parties’ cases. A decision will then be given which is generally a binding contractual agreement. This can be a very useful method where the issue in dispute is largely technical and specialist rather than legal. Indeed this method has its origins in property valuations and can be particularly effective where the dispute will hang largely on the opinions of experts. At TWM, our Dispute Resolution team regularly advises on the many different forms of ADR and acts for parties in the arrangement and conduct of such methods of resolution. If you wish to explore cost and time effective alternatives for resolving your dispute, please do contact us.

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Cover: Denbies Vineyard by Helen Dixon


CONTENTS The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

RUGMART Surrey’s Biggest Rug Shop



6 Jottings

Your local community noticeboard

9 Seniors

Planning for care fees in later life

14 Denbies Wine Estate Celebrating 30 years 21 Brilliant Books Guildford Book Festival

Visit us for a huge range of Modern, Contemporary & Bespoke rugs

26 Local Community Foundation for Surrey 31 Motoring October is Tyre Safety Month 35 Sandhurst

A brief history of the Military Academy

39 Gardening Sweet Peas

42 Sounding Off

Our Grumpy Old Git returns

44 Recipes

Pumpkins are not just for Halloween

Hand Woven Oriental Rugs Traditional & Antique Rugs Large and Over Size Rugs Persian & Afgham Rugs Handmade Tribal Kilims Hall Runners & Hearth Rugs

46 Gastro

Latest food news

48 Walk

Lurgashall and Lickfold

Come and visit our showroom: 2-3 Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4PU Be inspired by our treasure trove of rugs over 4 floors and 7000 sq ft!

51 Profile

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53 Business Cards Small ads for trades and services

55 Competitions Win one of three great prizes


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Jottings is your community noticeboard for local events and information, this month edited by the editor Stefan Reynolds. To feature here, please email us at by the copy date shown below. Please note that space is limited and inclusion cannot be guaranteed.

A few changes this month as we welcome residents of East and West Horsley and Effingham to the Guildford edition of VantagePoint. We have added Leatherhead to the Dorking edition which makes it much bigger and has enabled us to make this change at the request of readers, most of whom gravitate towards Guildford rather than Dorking. Plenty going on this month as always and the odd mention of Christmas is starting to come into the Jottings mailbox… and it is still only September as I write this! Face to Face with Shakespeare at Hatchlands Park Until 16th October The Face to Face with Shakespeare display is available to view when the house is open, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 5.30pm. This display is free for all visitors but the normal property admission fee still applies. The Cobbe portrait is displayed together with a youthful portrait of his only known literary patron, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, to whom the Bard dedicated his two great poems (Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece) and possibly some of the Sonnets. The two portraits were inherited by Archbishop Cobbe in the early 18th century and have been together through centuries in the same family ownership. Also on display are portraits of various members of the Wriothesley and Cobbe families, a letter from the Earl of Southampton whilst he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and a Fourth Folio containing 43 plays. Evidence uncovered by researchers at the Shakepeare Birthplace Trust in 2009 led to the claim that the Cobbe Shakespeare portrait is the only portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. It has already been the centrepiece of two exhibitions dedicated to it at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York. As with all things Shakespeare, since the discovery of the Cobbe

portrait, some scholars have celebrated and others disputed the identification, which contributes to a healthy debate. Visit for more information. Guildford Travel Club Tuesday 4th October and Tuesday 18th October, 8pm Guildford Travel Club welcomes you whether you’re a ‘seasoned’ or an ‘armchair’ traveller. The Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Onslow Village Hall at 8pm for illustrated talks on travel by a range of photographers, travellers, explorers, mountaineers and writers. The new season begins on 4th October with a talk by Diana Darke, author of ‘My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis (2016)’. Diana will take us on an extraordinary journey into the heart of Syrian society and culture showing rarely seen pictures from all over Syria and unveiling the often surprising realities behind the headlines. On 18th October Rosie Swale Pope MBE, author of ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’, will talk about her epic solo run around the world covering over 20,000 miles, unsupported and facing extreme danger, bitter Siberian winters, wolves, axmen and desolate loneliness during her journey which lasted nearly five years. Membership for the season (October to April) costs £32 and £16 for student card holders. Visitors are welcome and will be charged £7 on the door with student card holders paying just £3.50. For further details please visit contact Jenny Allan, Membership Secretary on 01483 452399 or email info@ Gag House Comedy Clubs Wednesday 5th October and Saturday 15th October October is a month full of professional comedy in Guildford brought to you by Gag House Comedy Clubs. Firstly, You Must Be Stoking Comedy Club is back with your monthly dose of laughs to start October off just right. The Stoke Pub,

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“Last week I forgot our 65th anniversary. This week she wants lasting power of attorney.” Our cartoon may be a laugh. But losing your memory isn’t. Which is why everyone should sign a lasting power of attorney. It allows someone you trust to deal with your affairs if the time comes when you are unable to do so yourself. Think it’s something you don’t need? Think again. What if you start getting lapses of memory? Or, Heaven forbid, you suffer a disabling accident that prevents you making any decisions at all, even simple ones. You’re going to need somebody with your best interests at heart to act on your behalf. That’s where we come in.

An important difference We’re accountants who’ve been looking after the wealth and assets of high net worth individuals for over a quarter of a century. In that time we’ve drawn up many dozens of lasting powers of attorney. You see, we may be accountants, but we work side by side with solicitors. This close working relationship ensures that your lasting power of attorney is sound legally.

Face to face, not through the post. There are two types of lasting power of attorney. One allows your appointed attorneys control of your financial assets. The other will dictate how you wish to be treated if your health fails to the degree that you are unable to decide for yourself. But we can explain the nitty-gritty when we meet you. Which is another way in which we’re dissimilar from other firms of accountants. We prefer to deal with our clients face-to-face, not through the post.

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Guildford, plays host on Wednesday 5th October with Tony Basnett bringing his cheeky style to Guildford as the MC for the evening. Adam Hess and Tamar Broadbent join the line up with Danny Buckler as the headliner for the night. Advanced tickets are £10.60 or £12 on the door (including booking fees). You Must Be Stoking plays at The Stoke Pub, Stoke Road, Guildford in their function room and starts at 8pm. Bookings can be made by visiting or by calling 0333 666 3366. Guildford Gag House is packed with another great line up of comics at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford on Saturday 15th October at 8pm. James Loveridge is the MC for the evening with Alex Smith and Robbie Ormord joining the line up. Tickets are £12.50 (including booking fees) and can be purchased from www. or by calling 0333 666 3366.

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PLANNING for Care Fees in later life

by Martin Bamford

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is Britain’s ageing population. Improvements in health, diet and preventative care mean we are living for longer. In 2012, the number of over 65’s in the UK surpassed 10 million for the first time. The ‘oldest old’, which describes those aged 85 or over, has also risen sharply. During the 2011 Census, there were 1.25 million over 85’s in England and Wales, up by 30% from a decade earlier.

and local authorities have scaled back their funding for social care. There has been a big increase in the number of older people using residential nursing homes, around 21% higher at 164,000 according to the most recent figures. The number of older people using nursing care has also risen, to around 79,000 people today. With greater demand for care and less publicly available funding, the expensive cost of later-life care will often fall on individuals and families.

As a result of this ageing population, one in three women over age 65 will need residential care at some point in their lives. For those women who do not require residential care in later life, there is a 50% chance they will need some form of care at home.

In the South East, the average cost of a residential care home is £669 a week. This rises to an average of £920 a week if nursing care is required. Those who prefer to receive care in their home in later life face average costs of £248 a week in Surrey, and they also need to meet the cost of utilities and maintenance for their property.

These changing demographics have implications for our care in later life.

These are big numbers and can seem daunting for families who need to make important decisions about care packages for elderly relatives.

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and the other takes care of health or care decisions. You can only set up a lasting power of attorney if you have the mental capacity to make decisions, so putting this in place early is important. The document must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.

If you have assets or savings of less than ÂŁ23,250, the local authority will help to pay for your care costs. You pay your own care costs if you have more than this. The value of your home is often excluded from this means testing process; it will not be counted as capital if certain people, such as your husband or wife, still live in the property. Recognising the financial and social challenges prompted by an ageing population, the government instigated a formal review of care funding, which was started by the Dilnot Commission in July 2010. This resulted in a new Care Act in 2014, which came into force last year, although some key aspects of the legislation have been deferred until 2020. If the government decides it is affordable, we could see the introduction of a cap on how much you have to spend on your care needs. Once this cap reaches ÂŁ72,000, the local authority will then pay for your eligible needs. The cap does however exclude daily living costs, such as food and accommodation in a care home, and critics have warned that once introduced the cap is likely to benefit few individuals. When an elderly parent or relative needs care, either in a residential care home or within their own home, it can be a worrying and stressful time for their families. Understanding the various costs of care and any benefits available to help with these costs can quickly become a full time job. There are some simple steps families can take before the need for care arises, to make things less stressful in the future. Putting in place a lasting power of attorney is a must. These legal documents are a way of giving someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lack mental capacity at some time in the future. There are two types and both should be considered. One covers financial decisions

Another simple step to consider is discussing future care needs for elderly parents or relatives. The best prepared families will go as far as visiting residential care homes, making a choice before the need for care arises. This can put minds at rest when health does decline, with families safe in the knowledge that the choice of home was made jointly. Care fees planning can be a complex area of financial advice, which is recognised by the requirement from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for advisers to hold a specialist qualification. A handful of professional advisers who choose to work in this area of advice go a step further, completing the Later Life Adviser Accreditation. This accreditation from the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) is the recognised benchmark for advice skills of those advisers who specialise in the older client market. It represents a real endorsement of their skills and experience in working with, and understanding the needs of, older people and their families and carers. With an ageing population and many older people living with dementia, there is a good chance you or someone close to you will need to address later-life care planning at some stage in your life. Making good decisions based on a full understanding of the various costs, rules and benefits is easily achieved by working with an experienced independent financial adviser. Martin Bamford is a Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and Accredited Later Life Adviser. He is managing director of Informed Choice, an award-winning ďŹ rm of Chartered Financial Planners based in Cranleigh, Surrey.

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<8 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Common on the morning of Thursday 6th October, starting at Heather Farm. Call David R, on 07935 887499, for details of that one. The following Sunday 9th, starting in Selborne, there will be a 9.5 mile figure of 8 walk. Details from David A on 07512 147456. On the Sunday 16th there will be a 10 mile circular walk from Thames Ditton. Details from Alan B on 07816 457861. Sunday 23rd sees an 8 mile circular walk starting from Blackheath Village, near Chilworth. Details from Sally W on 07808 388101. And, finally, on Sunday 30th October, Dick will lead a 10 mile circular walk on Thorney Island. Details from him on 07516 407936. Guildford Natural History Society Thursday 6th October and Thursday 20th October, 2.45pm In October they go back to their winter routine of afternoon talks at the Guildford Institute. The first talk, on 6th October, is ‘The History and Wildlife of the Sayers Croft Field Centre’. Jenny Hickman will be telling them about the flora and fauna of this 56 acre site. On 20th October Dr Michael Berwick’s talk ‘The Plight of the Hedgehog’ will describe the work of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Meetings begin at 2.45pm at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street and are free to members of the Society. Nonmembers are welcome but they do ask for a small donation. Contact Bridget Hopkins (01483 275826) for further details. Guildford Institute Film Thursday 6th October, 7pm and 20th October, 2.15pm This October don’t miss their film showing of Guildford in the


Great War. The film depicts how many aspects of everyday life in Guildford changed between 1914 and 1918 as the town reluctantly went to war. The film also recalls the 492 men from Guildford, who enlisted for active service in the war to end all wars and never returned home. Thursday 6th October 7pm, price: £7 including a glass of wine. Please book in advance: 01483 562142. The Institute will also be running a group visit to Watts Gallery. Join them for a 40 minute group tour and discover the diverse collection of works, with over 100 paintings and sculptures on display. Don’t let lack of transport deter you- they will try to arrange car shares for those who need it. Thursday 20th October 2.15pm, price: £17. These are just two of the many events and adult education courses offered by the Guildford Institute. You can view the rest of the Guildford Institute autumn programme on their website at Alternatively for more information please contact them on 01483 562142 or email Alpine Garden Society Thursday 6th October, 8pm Woking West Surrey Group of the Alpine Garden Society is playing host to guest speaker Dr John Hughes on Thursday 6th October at Mayford Village Hall, Saunders Lane, Mayford, Woking, at 8pm. John has a love of all things South American and has made several visits to the Andes. This talk showcases some of the unusual alpines that are found in the Venezuelan Andes, an area seldom visited by alpine enthusiasts. Growers, photographers, plant hunters, mountain walkers and couch gardeners are all very welcome…. Admission £2.

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A light and shade conundrum At long last our building project is coming to an end. After 12 difficult months this is bringing to fruition a dream we’ve had for many years. Now for the exciting bit, choosing the soft furnishing to make our perfect home. The problem is where to start? The windows in the back are south facing which make the rooms at the back of the house unbearably hot in the summer. We have lovely bi-fold doors in anthracite grey and really don’t want to compromise the overall look, or have something that could get in the way of opening and closing. The front of the house has a lot of passers’ by so privacy is an issue, yet we want to keep the light coming in. Finally there is a unique and very beautiful shaped window in the loft conversion. We’d really like to make this into a key feature of our home. That’s when we contacted our local shading expert for some advice. We were guided through the options and were presented with solutions for each of our different requirements. We are thrilled with the outcome – we now have a motorised awning on the back of our house providing much

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Denbies Wine Estate celebrates its 30th anniversary Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard, is situated on the outskirts of Dorking in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Approaching the expansive Denbies Estate, for a moment, one could really be anywhere in the world, with acres and acres of vineyard rolling into the distant hills. A captivating sight – in the middle of Surrey. Established in 1986, Denbies Wine Estate has become a benchmark of wine making excellence in this growth industry. Just over 30 years ago the new owners of the Denbies estate recognised the unique characteristics of the North Downs landscape. Its south facing slopes, chalky soil and micro-climate made it ideal for creating England’s largest vineyard. The 265 acre vineyard was planted in 1986, a bold move taken by Sir Adrian White, who, with his family moved to the estate in 1984. The impressive chateau style winery was completed in 1993. The estate is now one of the largest most visited attractions in the south-east, offering


daily indoor and outdoor wine experience tours. The working winery has two restaurants, wine and gift shop, conference and banqueting, micro-brewery and an adjacent farm shop. The Conservatory Atrium by day is a light airy self-service restaurant, serving refreshments, light lunches and afternoon teas. The Gallery Restaurant is located on the third floor with beautiful panoramic views over the vineyard, serving original dishes in contemporary surroundings. The original Farmhouse, overlooking the vineyard, was converted into bed and breakfast accommodation with seven en-suite double rooms. Wine making is Denbies core business and the vineyard is a key contributor to the development of English wine in the UK. As England’s largest single estate vineyard, Denbies has gained benefit from maximising the economies of scale. By continually investing in the growth of the vineyard and winery Denbies is at the forefront of development and innovation. Denbies produces internationally award-winning cool climate sparkling wines using the traditional grape varieties, grown on chalky soil. It also has an excellent reputation for producing premium still wines. The winery produces these from the noble varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and now Sauvignon Blanc. This is achieved by a combination of warmer growing seasons producing riper fruit, and a great deal of expertise in the

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winemaking process. This year, Denbies Greenfields Sparkling Cuvee was awarded a gold in the International Wine Challenge. In fact, Denbies received a total of 29 international awards for their range of wines. In 2014 Denbies experienced the best vintage in its history, both quality and quantity. This has enabled the winery team to produce, in addition to Denbies core range, limited release varietals, including Pinot Gris, and for the third consecutive year, a Noble Harvest dessert wine. The 2014 Pinot Gris, which was released in March 2016, is currently showing some wonderfully complex flavours, as is the Sauvignon Blanc and the Bacchus. The newly released 2014 Red Pinot Noir, only ever produced in an exceptional year, has been eagerly awaited. This wine experienced perfect flowering conditions followed by August rains and a warm September. It is medium red cherry in colour, the wine is brimming with fresh raspberry and plum balanced with lightly earthy notes.

As England’s largest single estate vineyard, Denbies has gained benefit from maximising the economies of scale. By continually investing in the growth of the vineyard and winery Denbies is at the forefront of development and innovation. The scale of Denbies lends itself to both wine making excellence and the opportunity to trial new styles of wine making. Recent winery and vineyard investments include the installation of a disgorging line in 2010. This has enabled the Surrey winery to monitor sparkling wine production, expand its range to five sparkling wines and develop wines for the off-trade. Denbies is one of the only UK wineries to supply most major supermarkets in the UK with both a range of still and sparkling wines to suit all tastes and price range.

The harvest is the most critical part of the wine maker’s year and as with any agricultural business, can have a long term impact on production. With three consecutive years of excellent harvest and the prospect of 2016 delivering both quantity and quality, Denbies is well placed to maximise production and continue to champion English wine production on both a national and international level. Denbies currently has a range of 17 wines, including sparkling, still, red, white and rosé. Denbies Wine Estate is family owned and run by the White family. As custodians of this magnificent 600 acre estate, they are committed to maintaining the estate so all can benefit from the beautiful surroundings. Resources are continually invested and the family is currently working on a replanting programme with Natural England and the Forestry Commission. Together with extended vine planting Denbies are increasing the woodland area, planting 1,600 oak and hazel trees.

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Denbies work closely with Surrey Wildlife Trust and the reintroduction of bee keeping to the estate is part of Denbies long term investment to wider countryside issues, including leaving dedicated areas of vineyard to natural wild flower growth and further development of woods. In 2015, bee keeping was reintroduced onto the Estate. The aim is to scale up to twelve hives over the next three years. On a longer-term project, the beekeepers will use this opportunity to help educate people about bees through their blog and news feeds. This would include presentation and a view setting up video monitoring of a hive interior so that schools can see the bees at work. In 2016, Leatherhead Bee Keepers introduced an additional apiary into another secluded area of the estate, with five hives already comfortably established. In 2016 Denbies became the first vineyard members of the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). Recent research studies have shown that bats play an integral part in pest management. Denbies, with advice from the BCT, have installed bat boxes in the woodland surrounding the vineyard.

between the vineyard and winery with this real ‘hands-on’ experience. Visitors from all over the UK have enjoyed a visit to the vineyard and surrounding areas to enjoy the harvest which takes place during October. To coincide with its 30th anniversary, Denbies have launched a brand new cinema experience. Denbies feature style film has been over a year in the making, a fascinating insight into the workings of the vineyard and English wine production, set to a brand new sound track commissioned to accompany the film for Denbies. To conclude the end of the 30th anniversary celebrations, Denbies are holding a couple of special featured events. On Friday 21st October at 7.30pm Denbies will be hosting its annual ‘Strictly’ Denbies Dancing Ball, a celebration of ball room dancing. A delightful evening choreographed and led by Dance Professionals Viktoriya Wilton and partner, followed by music from the fabulous Ross Mitchell Combo. The Denbies celebration collection culminates in November, with Denbies presenting an ‘Evening in Paris with Gabrielle Ducomble’. Denbies vaulted cellar will be transformed into an atmospheric cabaret style night club, in the classic French tradition, taking place on Friday 25th November at 7.30pm.

Denbies were honoured this year to be the recipient of the 2016 Gatwick Diamond ‘Green Business of the Year’ and ‘Business of the Year’. This was a wonderful achievement for all the Denbies team, who continually strive for excellence in all aspects of this diversified business. The Gatwick Diamond Awards celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work and made a commitment to the region. The Gatwick Diamond membership includes a vast range of businesses, which span all sectors of the economy, from multinational corporations to sole traders. As well as producing internationally award winning wines, Denbies offers a range of events throughout the year, enabling visitors from all of the country to enjoy this spectacular location in the heart of the Surrey Hills. With harvest fast approaching, Denbies will also be offering its annual ‘Vine and Dine’ grape picking experience. Introduced in 2006, the grape picking event has been a great way for visitors to understand and appreciate the relationship


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Grimms’ Fairly Tales Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th October “Once upon a time…”: so begins the best adventures. This autumn Guildford Shakespeare Company is going to whisk you away on a magical journey into moonlit woods and mystical mountains…but keep an eye out for talking frogs, trapped princesses, deliciously scary witches, cunning wolves, musical donkeys and the scrummiest cottage you ever saw! A cast of 5 actors will bring to life 40 weird and wonderful characters from 10 of the Brothers Grimm’s delightfully twisted tales: from the much-loved Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Cap, and Rapunzel, to the less well-known stories of One Eyes, Two Eyes and Three Eyes and The Musicians of Bremen. For their venue they’re bringing a stunning antique Mirror Tent - La Gaiete - all the way from Belgium. In these beautiful venues, light and dark come together to create a very special experience: the perfect setting for the most fabulous fairy tales of all time.This brand new adaptation is brought to you by the same director/writing team as last year’s sell-out Alice in Wonderland. GSC’s final show of their 10th Anniversary Year promises to be an adventure for all ages. Suitable 6+. To book, all 01483 304384 or visit www. The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter Sunday 9th October, 7.30pm Guildford Fringe are partnering with brand new, The Forgotten

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The Guildford Book Festival takes place at venues across the town between 9th and 16th October. Here is a summary of what to look out for... Heading the line-up of more than 50 events this year are: legendary broadcaster Jeremy Paxman sharing his long-awaited and candid memoir; brilliant presenter and comedian Graham Norton discussing his darkly funny debut novel, Holding; much-loved chef Rick Stein; popular cookery writer and food blogger, Ella Mills (née Woodward); and Formula 1 favourite Damon Hill, who lives near Godalming, celebrating the 20th anniversary of winning the World Championship. Among the bestselling fiction writers at the Festival will be Robert Harris, Alison Weir, Anthony Horowitz, SJ Parris, and Charles Cumming. History is hugely popular at Guildford Book Festival and this year has more on offer than ever before. Eminent historian John Julius Norwich, will discuss his new book, Four Princes, the colourful story of Henry VIII and his European counterparts, while former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, will reveal the story of a lethal spy triangle in Bordeaux between 1942 and 1944. This year’s Literary Lunch brings together top biographer and writer, Anne Sebba, and prizewinning author Elizabeth Buchan, to talk about life-or-death decisions made by women in World War II, and its aftermath, while leading food writer William Sitwell reveals the remarkable story of Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, tasked with feeding the nation during the war. With ‘Tudormania’ taking the nation by storm, this year’s programme includes an opportunity to hear from experts Alison Weir and Elizabeth Norton on the lives of women in Tudor times. October 2016

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Rêverie and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair to such showpieces as Jardins sous la pluie, the Etudes and L’isle joyeuse. Tickets at £15 (£5 under 18 and students) are available from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, and at the door, and a free glass of wine or soft drink will be served in the interval. If you wish to be sure of your seat (this may well be a sell-out concert!) do buy your tickets in advance or email to reserve them ( Why not book supper at the Jolly Farmer opposite the church afterwards? www. Come and Join Guildford Harmony Ladies Chorus They are a ladies chorus who sing A Capella and Barbershop in close 4-part harmony. Their repertoire ranges from beautiful ballads like ‘I Find Your Love’ to rock numbers such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Mama Mia’. They appear at a range of venues including private parties, concerts and charity events. Each year they raise money for various charities, currently Sam Beare Hospices, Woking. Their new Musical Director is attentive and motivational; making learning fun, giving individual help and ensuring the performances are highly polished. Performances this year include the Queen Elizabeth Park Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations; Tangley Manor 1000th Centenary Son et Lumiere; Froyle Park wedding venue. Each year they also take part in a range of Christmas Carol concerts. Rehearsals start with a fun warm up which helps to focus the mind, relax the body and develop the ear. They then work on new songs and re-visit established songs to keep them up to date. They often break out into smaller groups for more detailed practice in their vocal sections. At the end of the evening there is time for a cuppa and a chat. If you love to sing and want to develop your vocal abilities in a warm atmosphere with a great group of women, get in touch. They welcome visits if you would like to come along and try them out; all they ask is that you can hold a note and sing in harmony. They meet every Tuesday evening at the Queen Elizabeth Park Centre, Railton Rd, Guildford GU2 9LX, 7.45pm-10pm. To find out more: Contact Sue Lampard our Musical Director on 01252 725685, email: contact@ or visit the website: www. Waverley Dowsers Monday 17th October Waverley Dowsers have a balanced programme of speakers and field events ranging from dowsing food, searching for energy lines and their association with geopathic stress, alternative therapies, and many others. Their next beginners Dowsing Workshop will be on the 17th October. A visit to the website will give you broader information on proposed and previous activities or you could contact Michael Haxeltine 01252 541639 or the current Chair Geoff Mitchel on 01276 472977. Historical Association West Surrey branch Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm The Historical Association’s West Surrey branch is hosting a talk by Dr Lucy Wooding of King’s College, London on ‘Bloody Mary Revisited’. Mary has gone down in history October 2016



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<29 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD as the fanatical Catholic monarch who sent three hundred Protestant men and women to their death at the stake. Dr Wooding, a noted Tudor historian, will take a fresh look at the dramatic reign of Elizabeth I’s half sister. 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th October at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4 AW. Students free. Non members very welcome (£3 at the door). Further details available from Rollo Crookshank 01252 319881 or email Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 20th October, 10.45am Their next lecture is entitled ‘Gothic Revival’. Please join them in Shalford Village Hall as Christopher Rogers takes a fascinating look at the influence of Augustus Pugin and his followers on domestic and ecclesiastical architecture following the renewed interest in the Gothic style in the early 19th century. Refreshments are available from 9.30am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. The programme also includes special study days and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £42 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01932 355113 or visit their website at Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 20th October, 7.30pm This season’s second presentation is on four French Historical Figures: Vercingétorix, Joan of Arc, Henri IV and


Jean Jaurès. One of French circles’ favourite lecturers, Guy Richeux, will explain what is special about them and why they are important. As usual, the meeting will take place in Godalming at The Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, (off the High Street almost opposite the King’s Arms) – a modern glass-fronted building on the left near the top of the street. There is good parking and a lovely atmosphere with people who like to know more about France. The full annual programme is available in brochures in libraries, on the web at and on Facebook. Doors open at 7pm. For membership enquiries, please contact Visitors are welcome. Circle Dancing With the evenings drawing in, you may like to get out and have some fun by doing Circle Dancing (or World Dancing). These are international folk dances done in a circle that create a wonderful sense of community. The ethnic music from many different countries including Russia, Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, Serbia is beautiful. The combination of movement and music is both calming and energising and people speak of feeling better after a session of Circle Dancing. There is a wide range of dances from slow to fast and simple to more complex. Men and women of all ages are welcome. Lynn Frances is an experienced teacher of 32 years and has built a reputation here and abroad for creating a wonderful atmosphere in which to relax and have fun. She runs classes at St Catherine’s Hall Guildford on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Contact Lynn on 01420 474881.


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Check it! October is Tyre Safety Month. Our motoring writer Andy Goundry looks at the importance of your car’s tyres... Do you, like most people, consider that the round black rubber things at each corner of your car are no more than mundane objects which cost you hard-earned money and yet let you down from time to time? Yes? Then consider this: almost every single day, the life of at least one family in Britain is changed forever by a knock on the door from a Police Officer imparting the sad news that someone close to them has lost their life or has received life-changing injuries as a result of a tyre-related road traffic incident. What is a dangerous tyre? Excessive wear is one problem. The minimum legal tread depth for a car or van tyre is 1.6 millimetres (mm). Yet a survey of over 300,000 tyres replaced last year showed that almost 30% had less than the legal minimum tread depth - so their owners had clearly been driving around for some time on illegal tyres. Another 40% were borderline, with no more than 2mm of tread remaining – that’s less than half the thickness of a credit card away from being illegal. An illegal tyre can land you with a big fine if you are caught – up to £2,500 per tyre, not to mention a minimum of three points on your licence. And that’s for every tyre, so four illegal tyres can earn you a £10,000 fine and lose you your driving licence!

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If you think that the legal standard for minimum tyre tread depth is unreasonable, bear in mind that, according to Michelin, on a wet road at 50 mph each of your tyres needs to shift a bucketful of water every few seconds, before it can make safe contact with the road surface. And that’s with a new tread depth of typically 7 mm, so you can imagine how the ability of your tyres to shift that amount of water is dramatically reduced when they are so worn that they have only a couple of millimetres of tread left. Excessive wear is not the only tyre hazard: low pressure can be equally dangerous. Yet many people never, or very rarely, check their tyres for either pressure or wear. In fact, during one recent tyre safety event a worrying 58% of people admitted to never, ever, checking their tyres! And that is why the Tyresafe organisation was founded ten years ago to spread the message that unsafe tyres cost lives. Every year in October, Tyresafe promotes Tyre Safety Month, to raise the profile of the need to check your tyres regularly. Tyresafe members include most tyre manufacturers and retailers, and the more cynical amongst us could be forgiven for thinking that Tyre Safety Month publicity is simply an attempt by them to separate us from our hard-earned cash. However, Tyresafe members also include the emergency services, Highways England and many other companies. Why? As one firefighter put it at a briefing recently – because anything which reduces the number of times they have the harrowing task of pulling mangled bodies from wrecked vehicles is worthwhile. He went on to describe one fatal incident they had recently

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filler flap, around the inner edge of the driver’s door, or on a label in the glove compartment. Tyres heat up when driving, resulting in the pressure inside increasing, so it’s best to check the pressures when the vehicle has not been driven for several hours and the tyres have cooled down.

Tyre pressure is easy to check, either with your own gauge or with a filling station air pump

attended which resulted directly from a car going out of control simply as the result of one tyre being 15psi down on pressure – unnoticeable from a quick visual check, yet lethal. As Supt. Paul Keasey, Chairman of the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum said recently: “most tyre issues are the result of non-intentional behaviour rather than wilful neglect”. He went on to outline how, in the light of the high level of tyre issues, Police forces nationally are embarking on a programme of informing and educating road users to the hidden dangers of lack of tyre maintenance. In particular, if you are ever stopped by a Police Officer, for whatever reason, expect a tyre check as part of the process. In a hint of the iron fist in a velvet glove, Supt. Keasey did however make it very clear that if such checks found illegal tread depths below 1.6mm, Police tolerance of such law-breaking would be “dramatically reduced”. And don’t gamble on there being fewer traffic cops around to catch you, either. True, most Police forces have seen significant budget cuts and consequent reductions in roads policing, however many forces are successfully getting assistance from members of the public in identifying illegal vehicles. For example, West Sussex Police tell us that their ‘Operation Crackdown’ has been highly effective. So how should you check your tyres? Well, a decent tyre pressure gauge can be bought for a few pounds from somewhere like Halfords. The air pressure in each tyre should follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings, and these can be found in the owner’s manual, and usually also either on the fuel 20p tread depth check – simple, quick and effective

Tread depth gauges can also be bought quite cheaply. However, you probably have a readymade tread depth gauge in your pocket or purse already, in the form of a humble 20p coin. To use this, just pop the coin into the tread of your tyre in a few places across its width, ensuring that the rim of the coin is completely covered each time. If it isn’t, then your tyre is at or below 2mm and almost certainly needs replacing. Also be concerned if the tread depth appears uneven across the surface of the tyre, as this could indicate damaged or misaligned suspension, which is unfortunately all too frequent given the state of Britain’s roads today. If you do spot uneven wear, or any other problems such as cuts or bulges, get professional advice as soon as possible. Most important of all, get into the habit of checking your tyres for wear, pressure and condition at least monthly and always before any long journeys. If nothing else, regular tyre checks could save you an inconvenient breakdown. In 2015 alone, Highways England Traffic Officers were called out to deal with 34,000 tyre-related incidents on our motorways, which was 27% of all reported breakdowns. And if during October’s Tyre Safety Month you see your local tyre dealer or perhaps the Police or Fire Service offering free tyre checks, maybe in your local supermarket car park, don’t pass them by, get your tyres checked by the professionals. It will only take seconds but could save your life, or the life of someone close to you. Remember – don’t chance it – check it! THE AUTHOR Andy Goundry spent his entire working career in vehicle design and development, and, since retirement has continued a close involvement with vehicles, writing for specialist magazines and websites, as well as producing his own motoring website © Andy Goundry July 2016


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<30 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Shalford Village Hall Friday 21st October, 7.30pm Looking for a break from those long Autumn evenings and a way of learning more about your flourishing local community, then Shalford Village Hall may have the perfect answer? Their Annual General Meeting takes place at the Hall, Kings Road, Shalford GU4 8JE at 7.30pm on Friday 21st October followed by a talk by Captain Lorimer Burn entitled ‘Stories from a Career in Flying’. Captain Burn will talk about his many adventures and experiences flying helicopters around the world for the Royal Navy and to the North Sea oil rigs for British Airways. Free light refreshments will be provided. Why not join them for an enjoyable and informative evening? You will be warmly welcomed. Further details on 01483 579717 or email The West Horsley Independent Players (The WHIPS) Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October The WHIPS are staging two one-act plays with supper. These will take the form of costumed rehearsed readings. ‘Say Something Happened ‘ by Alan Bennett and ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley ‘ by David Tristram. Tickets from or from Wills and Smerdon. Rehearsals are also underway for the Panto ‘Treasure Island’ which will be staged in January. Wellness Day at GLive Saturday 22nd October, 10am-4.30pm Go and enjoy spending time at the Wellness Day, held at G


Live in Guildford. This is the ninth Wellness Day organised by the Guildford Woking Complementary Health network. It will give you the opportunity to meet 40 different complementary therapists and 20 retailers of health and beauty products, which will be over 60 stands on all three floors of the G Live’s foyers, from 10am to 4.30pm. All this for only £3 payable at entry. Visit for more information. Gag House Comedy Club Charity Evening Saturday 22nd October Gag House Comedy Clubs are thrilled to be hosting a very special evening of comedy in aid of The Mayor of Guildford’s chosen charities at The Electric Theatre, Guildford on Saturday 22nd October. The evening kicks off at 8pm with a star studded line-up to raise money for the Mayor’s charities: Surrey Cancer Research Institute and Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Giving to charity has never been so much fun with Gag House favourite Abi Roberts as the MC for the evening with the superb Tanya Edwards and Jon Long joining the line up. The headliner for the night is the host of Channel 4’s ‘Balls of Steel’, Mark Dolan. As well as fronting three hit series of the globetrotting documentaries for C4 in which he met the most extraordinary people, including the smallest man, tallest woman and the owner of the world’s largest breasts! You may also recognise Mark from So You Think You’re Funny where he reached the final as well from being the winner of Celebrity Come Dine With Me. Tickets are £20 with all profits being split between two incredibly

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Many people have heard of Sandhurst but do not know much about the Military Academy. Here is a potted history and information about its role today. Over 200 years it has built an unrivalled reputation as a world class centre of excellence in the theory and practice of leadership. It is particularly renowned for its standards and admired for its expertise in training leaders the values of moral, physical and intellectual courage. Its mission is to develop the qualities of leadership, character and intellect which are demanded of an Army officer on first appointment.

experience in Flanders, Le Marchant is quoted as saying that “enthusiastic amateurs are not necessarily leaders of men and they are most certainly lacking professional skills.

The founder was John Gaspard Le Marchant who, in 1793, was fighting against Napoleon as a cavalry officer. He was not happy with the ability of some of the other officers. The Army was not doing well and his view was that the soldiers were brilliant but their officers were awful and they needed training.

The Duke of York took the details to his father, King George III, and gained Royal Assent so that the College could be called the Royal Military College. It was agreed with certain provisions:  1. the first 100 cadets were to be orphans of officers killed in service

Le Marchant drew up his plans for consideration by the Army Commander, the Duke of York, who was the son of King George III. Le Marchant recommended a training college with three departments:• staff training for officers with at least four years commissioned experience so they were already aware of the problems of the battlefield. • junior cadets of 13 to 14 years old • senior cadets of 15 to18 years old who at the age of 18, providing they pass all their exams, would be commissioned “without purchase”. It was customary in those days to buy a commission but based on his October 2016

The Duke of York accepted the project and staff training began with 30 officers at High Wycombe and soon after with 16 cadets in temporary accommodation in Marlow. After one year, the 16 had increased to 42 but more had to be done as the Army was short of officers facing the French in campaigns in India, Egypt, Europe and the Caribbean.

2. the next 80 cadets were to be sons of serving officers 3. the next 100 cadets were to be sons of Gentlemen. The designation Gentlemen Cadet was used until 1940. Winston Churchill was a Gentleman Cadet in 1893. The orphans were to receive their training free of charge but all the others had to pay a fee of up to £90.00 per year. With the Royal approval in place, the Treasury purchased 450 acres on which to build the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. Work started in 1803 but it was not finished until 1812 due to the slow release of money by the Treasury. The original budget, using today’s values, went from £9 m to £23 m. From 1939 to 1945, it became the Officer Cadet Training Unit for the Royal Tank Corp and the Infantry. In 1947, the Royal Military College, Sandhurst amalgamated with the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, which had been founded in 1741 to train cadets for service in the Artillery and Engineers, and

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then became The Royal Military Academy, giving officer training to all who serve in the Army.

What is the RMA now as it starts its third century? But first, how does a cadet arrive at Sandhurst? Over 3,000 young men and women apply for Sandhurst each year. They have to pass a challenging selection process starting with the basic criteria of a good education, being physically fit and being sponsored. Those who are considered suitable are invited for a two day test which includes a mental aptitude test, group activities and discussions, planning exercises and a series of interviews. Those considered suitable go forward to a four day Army Officer Selection Board. The tests are physical, general and service knowledge, tests involving the application of rules, general motivation and preparedness. The examination is in motivation, moral compass, values and standards, background and the taking of opportunities in the acceptance of responsibilities. Candidates will be graded: 1. pass 2. they have potential but need to develop and may return for a further Army Officer Selection Board process within one year 3. fail. Those who pass attend RMAS for one week for a full briefing prior to joining. This consists of a comprehensive briefing on what happens at Sandhurst, attention to clothing and physical military and academic expectations of cadets, together with the standards behaviour required and a medical inspection. They are also issued with their boots to ensure they are well ‘broken in’ before they start their training. Up to 700 Cadets attend the commissioning course each year. In addition, Sandhurst trains some 140 Reserve Army Officers and another 140 Regular and Reserve professionally qualified, these are Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Vets, Lawyers and Clergy. Courses are run for officers commissioned from the ranks of the Army’s senior non commissioned officers, so everyone who holds the Queen’s Commission is now trained at Sandhurst. The average age of Cadets on the regular Commissioning Course is 23 and 15% come from overseas, whilst 13% are women and over 80% of all cadets have a University Degree before coming to Sandhurst. The one year commissioning course has a military emphasis but 51% of the work is academic with such subjects as Behavioural


Science, Communications, Management Studies, Defence and International Affairs. Demanding military exercises are continuous and often held in the Brecon Beacons, Scotland, France or Bavaria. These exercises reflect what might be expected in a battle situation or a public order encounter. They bring together experiences encountered in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In all the exercises, the “opposition” is usually provided by a company of the Ghurkhas. Sandhurst is more than a Military Academy. Over the last 200 years, it has acquired a worldwide reputation of excellence with high personal standards achieved by the graduates. To maintain these achievements, the RMA has set up the charitable Sandhurst Trust to foster and preserve links between serving and retired officers to support the cadets undergoing training and continues to promote the understanding and development of leadership. The Trust also acts as hosts to RMA guests and arranges visits, functions and tours for groups who wish to learn more about the Academy, its history and how Army officers are trained. A tour would begin with a short historical background, followed by a visit to the Royal Military Chapel and Roman Catholic Chapel of Christ the King. The tour includes an explanation of the Grand Entrance and descriptions of the Sovereign’s Parade and the Indian Army Memorial Room, together with stories of Academy traditions and humour. The tour would not be complete without knowing how a cadet is selected to come to Sandhurst and what happens to him / her once they are there. A visit to the History Room showing Sandhurst since 1812 in pictures, photographs and documents completes the tour after visiting the shop. If parties come by coach, then they may wish to proceed on a tour of the grounds and see the many fine facilities that make up the Academy. Sandhurst is very much part of our national fabric and being world famous attracts cadets from over 100 countries around the world. FIND OUT MORE If you wish to consider visiting Sandhurst, then the contact is Jenny Richards at The Sandhurst Trust, telephone 01276 412000. Email Jenny Richards at

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worthy, local charities. You can purchase tickets in advance from or by calling 01483 444789. Shere Bowling Club Jumble Saturday 22nd October, 2pm Sale Shere Bowling Club are holding their popular Autumn Jumble Sale on Saturday 22nd October in Shere Village Hall, doors open 2pm, admission is 50p. If you have any jumble or other interesting articles please bring them along to the village in the morning. This is an important fund raising event for the bowls club which usually attracts good value merchandise so please come along. The usual Tombola will be running. Scary Shakespeare Halloween trail at Polesden Lacey Saturday 22nd October to Monday 31st October Some dastardly devil has pushed the bookcase in the library over! There are books scattered hither and thither, spines have been broken, and pages have been ruthlessly ripped and torn. But the broken books aren’t the worst part! Some of Shakespeare’s most famous and feared villains have escaped from the pages of their plays to wreak havoc on the kind folk of Polesden Lacey. The bloodthirsty crooks have stolen a spell that lay hidden amongst the pages of one of the books, forgotten for years on the very gloomiest shelf of the bookcase. The spell would banish these vagabonds and rogues back to the books from whence they came, which they’re determined not to do. They’ve hidden the spell in the dark depths of Nun’s Walk, hoping that no one will find it so they can continue to terrorise Polesden Lacey’s visitors forevermore. Only the most courageous explorers should attempt this trail – they must brave the journey down Nun’s Walk to find the parts of the spell that each villain has hidden. But these scoundrels will do anything they can to stay in our world, so the valiant explorers must chant the spell as soon as they can, or they too could meet a sticky Shakespearean end. What toil and trouble could the three witches lead you into? Will mischievous Puck cast a spell on you before you can cast one on him? Could backstabbing Brutus turn his traitors eye on you next? Polesden Lacey’s Halloween trail will run every day from 22nd-31st October. Normal admission applies, plus £3 per explorer. More at Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society - Volunteers needed! Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society provide high quality sheltered, residential and nursing care for nearly ninety residents. They take great pride in the excellent level of service they provide for residents and their volunteers play an important part in this, alongside the staff. Their volunteers help with serving tea and coffee, companionship, exercise classes, playing the piano and singing. They take residents on regular outingsthis is when the volunteers are really helpful with transport and pushing wheelchairs and they always supply tea and cake or lunch on every trip. They need more volunteers to help serve tea and coffee in the mornings and spend time talking with their residents between 10am and 12pm. If you feel you would like the rewarding experience of volunteering with them, please call Tracey Pollard on 01252 899000 or email October 2016

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FORTNIGHTLY NETWORKING MEETINGS GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB, BROADWATER VISITORS WELCOME! FOR DATES AND TIMES VISIT GUILDFORD LADIES - CLANDON REGIS SPEED NETWORKING - KEYSTONE PUB Spooky ‘Create & Grow’ Monday 24th to Monday 31st October Bring the children along to Squire’s this Half-Term and they can paint a terracotta pumpkin, complete with a fun LED blow out battery operated tea-light (£5.50), or go batty by creating their very own bat ‘Trick or Treat’ bucket (£3.50). Or why not make both! There’s no need to book, simply turn up on the day. There are also FREE activities including a creepy colouring competition and a ghost hunt. Find your nearest Squire’s at Sharp Shots Kid’s Photo Club Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th October Dorking based Sharp Shots are running two kid’s photo clubs this half-term. They take place as follows: Monday 24th October - 10.30am to 1pm at Brookland Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN and Tuesday 25th October – 10am to 2pm at the Treacle Gallery, Beaufield Mews, 2 Middle Street, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF. More information is available at: Make! Terracotta Pumpkins at the Watts Gallery Tuesday 25th October to Friday 28th October, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Get crafty in the pottery studio this half term as you learn the basics of clay modelling and create your own spooky pumpkin lantern out of terracotta clay. Please note: pumpkins will be made in terracotta clay that will need to be fired in their kiln

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<37 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD and collected at a later date. All ages welcome, £7.50 per person. Watts Gallery is at Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ. More information and events at Surrey Border Movie Makers They meet on the first Friday of each month. They are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama and documentary. They always welcome new members. Interested in seeing what they do? Visit their website at . They meet at the St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ. There is plenty of parking. Your first visit is free. Contact: They are also on Facebook Horsley Garden Society Wednesday 26th October Horsley Garden Society and its predecessors have encouraged the gardeners of the Horsleys and surrounding villages since 1924. They hold flower and produce shows, meetings, lectures and visits to bring together those with an interest in gardening - from beginners to experts. Their next talk on Wednesday 26th October is by the head of Franchi Seeds, Paolo Arrigo on the journey of traditional food from Italy to the UK from Roman times to the present day which should be both informative and entertaining, with the opportunity to purchase seeds. The venue is at West Horsley


Village Hall at 8pm. Visitors are welcome, entry £2, members free. Anyone interested in membership at the modest cost of £5 per annum should contact the Chairman, Roger Lindsay, email or the Membership Secretary, Terry Lazenby, email terrylazenby@terrylazenby. West Surrey Natural History Society Thursday 27th October, 8pm Marine mammals of the UK and beyond - MARINElife’s identification tips and conservation research - illustrated talk by Adrian Shephard. Adrian Shephard is a biologist by training with a special interest in microbiology, virology and antibiotic resistance. He has always had a passion for marine wildlife and for the last 15 years, he has volunteered his time to support the charity MARINElife as a Research Team Leader, Trainer, Wildlife Guide, Research Survey Coordinator and also undertook a 3-year period as Chair of Trustees. He has travelled widely and armed with his camera, has seen and photographed many marine species but is also interested in other areas of wildlife including birds and butterflies. Adrian will talk about his experiences as a marine mammal surveyor for the charity MARINElife, looking at each of the common species seen in European waters. He will also talk about how research on a ferry or small vessel can contribute to a wider understanding of marine health. A few ‘non-European’ marine mammals may make a appearance too! It takes place at Ripley Village Hall. All meetings free to members

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With Beth Otway

Sweet Peas For me, sweet peas are one of the real joys of summer. The sweet pea’s frilly flowers have a powerful yet serene fragrance, which gently envelops the garden in its loveliness. The scent of sweet peas can fill your home too; they’re very floriferous plants that produce excellent cut flowers.

and in these cases, I have found scarification necessary to artificially break the seed’s dormancy. But I have always had concerns about damaging my sweet pea seeds using scarification, and having achieved high rates of germination without any prior seed treatment, I have never felt the need.

Sweet peas, also known by their botanical name of Lathyrus odoratus, are very accommodating - you can sow their seeds in September, though better still sow in late October, and at any time up until March, or even April at a push. Sweet pea growers can look forward to enjoying bunches of sweet pea flowers from May until October, depending on their sowing time and the weather conditions.

I also don’t find it necessary to soak sweet pea seeds in water prior to sowing. I have steeped my sweet pea seeds in liquid paraffin, for a few moments prior to sowing, to deter mice from taking the seeds. But other than this, I have not found it necessary to pre-soak sweet pea seeds.

In 2015 I ran a Sweet Pea Trial to try to establish when the best time was to sow sweet peas, to achieve the most flowers, and the longest length of flower stems. My 2016 Sweet Pea Trial evaluates the time of sowing, the number of flowers produced, and the stem length of the flowers. In my 2016 trial I have also compared different methods of growing sweet peas.

It is not necessary to use compost that includes peat to grow sweet peas. I have always achieved excellent results, growing my sweet peas in peat free compost. For my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial I used Dalefoot Potting Compost, a peat free compost made from natural ingredients, including sheep’s wool. The wool’s natural absorbency provides beneficial water retention, meaning this compost doesn’t need watering as frequently - which is great if, like me, you find watering hard work.

I don’t scarify my sweet pea seeds before sowing. I have never felt the need to chip, nick, scratch, or abrade the sweet pea seed’s outer coating. I have scarified other seeds that have very hard outer casings with success, Sweet Pea ‘Earl Grey’ October 2016

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I grow my sweet peas in Deep Rootrainers - deep seed trays, which feature ridged cells, which have been specially designed to encourage the formation of strong, healthy roots. Each section of a Rootrainers tray is removable. The


sections unfold and open out like a book, allowing easy examination of the plant’s root system as it develops, and ensuring the straightforward removal of your seedlings when it comes to planting. Seedlings grown in Rootrainers have their roots directed to grow vertically, meaning that Rootrainers seedlings are never pot bound. As there is no need to tease out or separate the plant’s roots prior to planting, the roots remain intact and the plants establish readily when planted. I use the Rootrainers Racking Station, which is a great space saver - it holds eight packs of Deep Rootrainers over two levels. The Rootrainers Racking Station holds the Rootrainers off the ground, allowing air circulation under the roots of the seedlings, which further encourages the natural air pruning of the roots that all plants grown in Rootrainers benefit from.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, L. odoratus ‘Earl Grey’ is a maroon and violet bicolour flaked over a white ground. L. odoratus ‘Earl Grey’ flowers prolifically, producing a large number of striking flowers throughout the summer, which you cannot fail to notice! Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ is another floriferous sweet pea. Its large, rich, maroon-chocolate coloured flowers have enchanted many hearts. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Susan Burgess’ produces deep, blush pink coloured flowers that enrich to salmon pink if grown under glass. I grow L. odoratus ‘Susan Burgess’ outdoors, where I also find that the weather and temperature affect the flower colour, resulting in a pleasing variety of flowers, in subtle, differing tones of blush pink. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is very vigorous white flowered sweet pea, which can produce up to fifteen flowers on each stem! This year L. odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ hasn’t produced as many flowers per stem for me, but I have still found it to be a floriferous and longstemmed variety. I found 2016 to be a difficult year for growing sweet peas. Despite featuring a greater number of sweet pea plants in my 2016 trial, my plants have produced far fewer flowers than I harvested during 2015 - a real shame. Still, I am sure that 2017 will be a great year, with better weather conditions to grow sweet peas! I am looking forward to sowing my sweet pea seeds, and enjoying their elegant and charming flowers once again in 2017.

There is a huge array of sweet pea varieties to choose from, in a vast range of colours, from pretty pastels to vibrant reds, blues and pink coloured flowers, so whatever your style or colour scheme, whether you look through seed catalogues or online, you’re bound to find a new favourite sweet pea to grow. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ has consistently been one of the best performing sweet pea varieties in my trials. I am not usually a fan of blue coloured flowers, but L. odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ has touched my heart with its dusky, pale blue flowers, which would combine perfectly in any vintage-themed arrangement. L. odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ was raised by Roger Parsons, this sweet pea blooms early in the season, readily producing beautiful, pale blue, sweetly scented, ruffled flowers. 40

Left: Beth’s sweet peas grown in Rootrainers, using the Rootrainers Racking Station. Above from left: Sweet Peas ‘Naomi Nazareth’ and ‘Windsor’. All images by Beth Otway.

FIND OUT MORE You can see more details on Sweet Pea growing methods, and the full results of my 2015 and 2016 Sweet Pea Trials on my website where you’ll also find gardening advice for the month ahead, and much more besides.

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Andrew Crisell, our grumpy old git (GOG), recently made a list of potential gripes and was horrified to discover that virtually everything irritated him, the classic symptom of a dreadful old fogey. Here is his latest salvo...

The mobile phone has turned us into an ill mannered nation, them because they’re thumbing text mesbut it’s too late to do anything about it. Which of us hasn’t sages to their friends. Finally there is the endured people who treat public transport as if it was their situation we all recognise. We’re in a queue own private space, shouting into their phones and annoy- at the supermarket checkout, and ahead of ing everyone in the bus or railway us is a lady who is on carriage? There is the man who her phone while the No end of venom has been directed at thinks he’s in his office and shares cashier rings her purthe mobile phoneys, but they couldn’t his business plans with us, the chases through the care less. They’re head over heels in woman who confides some very love with their gadgets and nothing will till. Talking and listenpersonal problems to her friend ing intently, she loads change them. – and to dozens of others on the her bags with her free 8.15 to Waterloo. hand, then fishes out her credit card for the cashier to take the payment. She recovers We don’t want to hear any of this, but in not observing their her card, slides it back into her purse, and own privacy these people invade ours. Why? Is it exhibi- with the phone still stuck to her ear swings tionism? Arrogance? A childish lack of self awareness? No her shopping bags off the counter and makes end of venom has been directed at the mobile phoneys, but her way out of the store. they couldn’t care less. They’re head over heels in love with their gadgets and nothing will change them. Look around any During this transaction she has addressed public space. Where people once read newspapers or books not one word, not so much as a mouthed they’re now staring at their phones – locked into their own ‘thank-you’, to the cashier. Neither a smile spaces in order to communicate with someone or something nor a gesture of gratitude does he receive. In that is somewhere else. no way has she acknowledged his existence. And this is the lesson the mobile phone has But if the battle has been lost, Gog will continue to fight a taught us: to hold in contempt the people we rearguard action against these phone-atics by giving a few encounter, including those who serve us, and more instances of the way people have become less con- devote all our attention to someone who is siderate of others. I was recently navigating a roundabout absent. when another motorist pulled out of a side road in front of me, forcing me to sound my horn and brake sharply. This was thoughtless of me: I should have understood that with a phone clamped to his head it was hard for him to obey Section 185 of the Highway Code and look to his right. The world in his ear took precedence over the dangerous world he was actually located in. Then there are the members of my gym who recline idly on the exercise machines and prevent anyone else from using 42

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<38 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD (except Mulled Wine evening) or £3 for non-members, payable on door. Financing Guildford Thursday 27th October, 7pm The Guildford Society is pleased to be hosting what should prove to be an interesting presentation by Sue Sturgeon, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Guildford Borough Council, together with Claire Morris, Deputy Chief Financial Officer. They will give some oversight into the budgetary needs of GBC and the issues that the financial team have to consider. This is an Open Meeting and non- Society members are welcome at £3 per head. The venue will be the Trinity Centre adjoining Holy Trinity Churchyard at the top of Guildford High Street Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. For further information visit the website www. St.Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club Thursday 27th October, 1.15pm They welcome Kathryn Austin Goddard on 27th October who will demonstrate ‘Seagulls and Flamingos’ and the Club Competition will be ‘Bird Song’. As usual they meet at Shalford Village Hall at 1.15pm for a 1.45pm start. All visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information call 01483 578368.

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Wey & Arun Canal Talks Fascinating insights into a historic canal and its restoration are revealed in talks on offer to clubs and organisations.They are disclosed by speakers from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT), which is bringing a 19th century waterway through Surrey and Sussex back to life. The Trust has a panel of volunteers available to give presentations about the history and restoration of what has been described as ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’. This is the name given in recent years to the Wey & Arun Canal, which once enabled cargo to be taken from the capital to the South Coast. Goods ranging from gold bullion to gunpowder were carried to destinations such as Littlehampton and Portsmouth. WACT speakers give illustrated talks on the canal’s history and the Trust’s restoration projects. They are experts in the history of the waterway, which ran 23 miles from Shalford in Surrey to Pallingham, West Sussex. They explain what is happening at restoration projects along the route, more than half of which has been worked on by volunteer working parties. Bridges have been rebuilt, locks constructed and towpaths resurrected for use by walkers, cyclists and riders. So far, more than three miles of canal, at Loxwood in West Sussex, have been brought back to full navigation, with public boat trips and special cruises run from April to the end of October and at Christmas. “We can adapt the content and length of our talks to suit individual requirements,” said WACT Chairman Sally Schupke. “We have had a lot of interest from many types of clubs and societies. Everyone is surprised by the huge number of elements involved in our work to create a green corridor for the benefit of people and wildlife.” The

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Pumpkins are not just for Halloween... Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving for Halloween celebrations. Here are three great recipes from members of the team. Dawn, the farm shop manager, has shared her fabulous Asian Pumpkin Soup recipe. It is smooth, spicy and delicious and you can use pumpkin or butternut squash here, both give a great result. Nicola Secrett, a brilliant cook, has given us her spicy pumpkin cake recipe. It is moist, spicy and packed with this versatile veg. To complete the trio, there is Kathy’s pecan and pumpkin tart. This wonderful tart goes really well with our raw Jersey cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Dawn’s Asian Style Pumpkin Soup

soup to cool slightly and then blend (a stick blender, liquidiser or food processor will work here) until smooth. 6. Return the soup to the pan and heat through. Season with lime juice and a little sugar to taste. 7. Serve garnished with chopped chili, coconut chips and coriander.

Kathy’s Pecan & Pumpkin Tart

Ingredients 1.5kg pumpkin or butternut squash (peeled and roughly chopped); 2 dessertspoons of sunflower or coconut oil; salt and freshly ground black pepper; 1 large onion, peeled and roughly diced; 1 tablespoon grated fresh or lazy ginger; 1 lemon grass stalk, bent in a couple of places to release flavour; 3 tbsps red Thai curry paste; 400ml can coconut milk; 800ml vegetable stock; juice of I lime; sugar to taste (optional). To garnish: fresh red chili and a few coriander leaves Serves 6-8 Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 200C. 2. Toss the pumpkin in half the oil and season well. Transfer to a large roasting tin and place in the oven for 40 minutes until golden and tender. 3. While the pumpkin is cooking heat the remaining oil and gently sauté the onion,ginger and lemon grass for 8-10 minutes until softened. 4. Stir in the curry paste and stir-fry for a further minute or so. Add the roasted pumpkin to the pan then stir in the coconut milk and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then reduce and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 5. Remove the lemon grass and discard. Allow the 44

This delicious seasonal recipe was given to us by our friend Kathy Lockett who worked in the farm office for many years. Roasting the pumpkin first gives the finished tart a lovely caramel note. Ingredients 550g of pumpkin, peeled and cut into small chunks; 25g melted butter; 1 dessertspoon light muscovado sugar; 500g pack of short crust pastry; 175g light muscovado sugar; 2 eggs; 150ml double cream; 1tsp ground cinnamon; 1tsp ground ginger; 1 large pinch of grated nutmeg; 25g pecan nuts Serves 6-8 Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan, 160C/Gas Mark 4 and grease a 25cm diameter loose bottom flan tin. 2. Place the pumpkin in a mixing bowl with the butter and 1 dessertspoon sugar and stir with a metal spoon to evenly coat the pumpkin.

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RECIPES 3. Tip into a roasting tin and bake until tender (approx 30 minutes) remove from the oven and cool. 4. While the pumpkin is cooking, roll out the pastry on a floured surface and line the tin, surplus pastry can be left and trimmed later. Chill for 30 minutes. 5. Place some baking parchment in the pastry case, fill with baking beans and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans, trim off any excess pastry and cook for a further 5 minutes. 6. Whilst the pastry is cooking prepare the filling by placing the cooled roasted pumpkin, sugar, cream, eggs and spices into the bowl of a food processor. 7. Process until the mixture is smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared pastry case and place pecans nuts around diameter of the tart face side down. 8. Bake the tart for 35-40 minutes or until the filling is firm to the touch. 9. Remove from the oven and serve warm or cold with a drizzle of cream.

Other ideas: Pumpkins are not just good for sweet recipes or soups. They can be used in chillis, curries, stews, quiches, pasta bakes and much more. Try spicy oven baked pumpkin chips or add cubes to oven roasted vegetables to accompany your next roast. Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Nicolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spicy Pumpkin Cake

Nicola Secrett our farm sales manager, has a reputation for being a very fine cook! Here is her recipe for spicy pumpkin cake, lovely with a cuppa! Ingredients 250mls vegetable oil; 3 eggs, beaten; 400g pumpkin puree, fresh or tinned; 1tsp vanilla extract; 425g caster sugar; 300g plain flour; 1tsp bicarbonate of soda; 1tsp ground nutmeg; 1tsp ground cinnamon; 1tsp ground allspice; 1tsp ground cloves; pinch of salt; 4tbs chopped nuts (optional) Icing sugar to serve. Makes 8-10 squares

Chop 250g of pumpkin and roast in a 180C oven for 25 minutes. Mix together with 400g can of rinsed and drained chickpeas, 2tbsp tahini, 1tbsp lemon juice, 1stp ground cumin, 1 crushed garlic clove, salt and pepper and blend together. Add 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander and serve. Taken from Recipe by Chrissy Freer, photo by Al Richardson

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Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan, 160C/Gas Mark 4 and grease or line a 25cm square cake tin. 2. Cream together the oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. 3. Mix the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and spices together and sieve into a mixing bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and fold in the nuts (reserving a few for the topping). 4. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin and sprinkle the reserved nuts on top and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 1 hour. 5. Test the middle of the cake with a skewer and if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean on removal the cake is cooked. If not return and bake until cooked through. 6. Allow the cake to cool in the tin then turn out and sprinkle with icing sugar (optional) and serve. This cake will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

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Following its relaunch in July and substantial refurbishment works, The Talbot is now preparing to launch a feast ‘Fit for a Queen’, cooked by award-winning Two Star Michelin Chef Martin Blunos. Having cooked for Elizabeth II on the event of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, Martin will recreate the dishes enjoyed by Her Majesty to the letter, along with a very special Silent Pool Rose Gin Cocktail.

Whether you are looking for something unique for yourself or a special gift you’ll be sure to find lots of amazing craft beers, wines and spirits at Inn at Home.

The menu will be served both for lunch on October 19th (priced at £29 per person) and dinner on October 21st (priced at £60 per person to include canapés on arrival, as well as champagne and additional dessert courses), with Martin on hand to walk diners through the experience and answer questions. “The Talbot’s mission is to serve an outstanding and versatile range of dishes, featuring creative twists on beloved classics and locally sourced produce”, Blunos commented. “I have been fortunate enough in my career to cook for a huge variety of people, with the task of preparing a meal for Her Majesty a particular highlight. I am thrilled to be given the chance to recreate this at The Talbot.” Booking is essential. For further information or to book please contact the Talbot Ripley by phone on 01483 225188 or by email at events@

Inn at Home is the concept of long time close friends and work colleagues Simon Douglas and David Marklew. Their shared passions, notwithstanding beer, include; brilliant retail, customer service, all of sport, great entertainment, great people, friends, family, food and fun. Their collaborations are diverse but always with a common theme – brilliant products, amazing customer experience and creating winning teams. They have a meet the brewer, taste the beer evening Thursday October 13th with Crafty Brewing Co. The beer is brewed on a farm in the Surrey Hills and the spent grain is recycled as feed for the resident pigs. CBC respects the long history of brewing, using traditional brewing practices – as well as employing cutting-edge technology to add a new, innovative twist in the tale of British brewing. Tickets are £10 each and places are extremely limited. Inn at Home, 189 Guildford High Street 01483 578809

GLive celebrates 5 years In October 2016, GLive is celebrating its fifth birthday. As part of the birthday celebrations, they will be serving a special birthday menu throughout the month. Each dish has been carefully created by their in-house chefs and is based around some key shows and events that have taken place over the last 5 years. Send 46

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WALK - Lurgashall and Lickfold This is a gentle walk through the open pastures and woodland of this lesser-known part of West Sussex. The centre point of this walk is one of the best gastropubs in West Sussex which charges Mayfair prices but will be happy to pull you a pint when you relax on their comfortable sofas. At the start and finish is a typical (and excellent) village pub by a cricket green. Provided by

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3-way  fingerpost. Do not go through the metal gate  but, immediately before it, turn right on a footpath and  follow a wide sandy track across the field. The stone  lined  surface suggests that you are on an old roadway.  3. When you reach the end of the field, bear right on   a wide farmer’s path, avoiding a path beside the field   on your left but, in just 20m, go left through a gap into  a large field (care! some walkers go wrong here as   ploughing may obscure the paths) and take a diagonal  path  across it. In the far corner, go through a gap and   take a diagonal path across the next field (possibly a  fainter path following a vehicle track). In the far corner,    go down the grass and through a large metal gate into  a luscious green space. Immediately turn right at a    rather decrepit 4-way sign on a path through bushes, winding across an open area where springs erupt and where the best blackberries are to be found. Go up and over a stile and along the right-hand side of an attractive meadow, crossing under wires. Continue through a gap in the corner and similarly beside the next meadow, passing a tile-hung cottage on your right. Your path takes you over a stile, on a narrow path between fences and down steps to a road. Turn left on the road, immediately reaching the Lickfold Inn. 4. After a possible break, take the lane beside the pub, signposted Fernhurst, passing the old barns of Gentils Farm. The broad crest of Blackdown is in full view on your right. The road curves right and passes Lickfold House on your left. Just after the house, at a small fingerpost, go left on a wide grassy path running beside a lush meadow on your right. There is a small herd of noisy cattle corralled here in one of the fields

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but sometimes they may be in the field on this route, as when the author arrived, walking past them without any problems. But if you believe this might be a snag, simply stay on the lane, re-joining the walk after 750m at Hoewyck Farm. As you enter woodland, at a fingerpost, keep straight ahead, ignoring a left turn. The path crosses a deep stream and approaches a large old wooden gate. Go over a stile beside the gate and follow the right-hand side of a pasture. The edge curves left and reaches a large metal gate. Go through this gate (releasing a clasp on the chain) and continue similarly in the next pasture. Near the top right-hand corner, go right over a stile and go diagonally up the grass and through a large wooden gate, out to the lane. 5. Turn left on the lane, passing the old barn of Hoewyck Farm. Stay on the road as it bends right, ignoring a footpath on your left. Where the road bends left, leave it by turning right on a signposted bridleway. Continue through a (usually open) metal gate and follow the sandy path, gradually rising under hollies. After 300m on this path, go through a small wooden gate and, in 10m, go left through a large wooden gate into a sloping sheep pasture. (This tactic avoids the stile.) Go up the left-hand side of the pasture and veer right to cut the top left-hand corner. As you approach woodland, avoid a large wooden gate and go left over a stile just 10m after it. 6. Follow a clear path through Gentles Copse. The path goes over a 2-plank bridge and a stile into a large grassy meadow. Follow the left-hand edge and, after 300m, at a 4-way fingerpost, keep straight on, staying in the meadow. Shortly, go over a stile in the corner onto a woodland path. The path soon executes a rightleft double bend and takes you over a 2-plank bridge with a rail. It meets a stony track with the gatehouse to the Black Down Park Estate on your left. Turn right on this track. The track comes out to a road. Your route is

left on the road but first, just on your right, is a rather eccentric building. 7. Having turned left on the road, in 100m turn right on a rough tarmac lane. In 100m, opposite Guardian Cottage, turn right at a fingerpost into woodland. follow the path through bracken to a marker post where your path bends left. At a 3-way fingerpost, turn left. Your path emerges from the wood, across grass to a tarmac drive. Turn right on the drive and immediately left at a fingerpost on a woodland path and quickly bear left at another fingerpost. You meet the corner of a field by a bank, next to a stile, an old gate and a fence. Avoid the wide path straight ahead and instead go left over the bank and veer right on another good path. 8. Follow this woodland path for nearly 800m. On your left, the wood falls away quite steeply in places. Finally, you come through a swing-gate into an open meadow. Keep to the right-hand side of the first small meadow, leading to a small gate into another meadow. The spire of St Laurence Church is visible ahead. A swing-gate takes you into an orchard, followed by another swinggate where your path veers a fraction left. You cannot help but notice, if you have a backpack, how tight these gates are! Two more swing gates, with an orchard in between, lead out to a tarmac lane. Turn left, leading immediately back to the village green where the walk began.

DISTANCE: 5½ miles OS MAPS: Explorer 133 (Haslemere and Petersfield) STARTING POINT: Lurgashall - car park or park in road REFRESHMENTS: Lickfold Inn 01789 532535 Noah’s Ark 01428 707346

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<43 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Trust welcomes requests for speakers from Surrey, Sussex and Kent. To arrange a talk, email or call 01483 505566. Watts at Dusk: The Uncanny at Watts Studios Friday 28th October, 5pm-9pm Join them for a night of uncanny happenings at Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village. Hear chilling ghost stories and try your hand at creepy crafts. Become a warty witch or ghastly ghoul with facepainting courtesy of Fascinating Faces. Half price adult admission, 16s & under free, all ages welcome. MbM Gospel Choir They are relaunching at a new venue, St Francis Church, Westborough GU2 8BU, every Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm. They are a fun and friendly adult community choir who believe that everyone deserves to experience the joy that singing together brings! auditions, no sheet music and no previous experience needed. First session free. Please email their musical director at emily@motivationbymusic. com to book. Ash Floral Club presents ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ Saturday 29th October, 11am-4pm A competitive flower show, with prize-giving at 3.30pm. Lunches, teas, tombola and sales stalls. Admission is £3. It is at Victoria Hall, Ash Hill Road, Ash GU12 5DN. Enquiries to 01483 811161.


Home & Vintage at Guildford Cathedral Saturday 29th October, 11am-4pm Join them is in the gorgeous grounds of Guildford Cathedral in a heated marquee filled with beautiful stalls selling everything for the home and garden including textiles, soft furnishings, bric-a-brac, antiques, furniture, handmade ceramics, handmade gifts, jewellery, pots, plants and beautiful seasonal flowers. Perfect location for shoppers, with plenty of free parking and Guildford town centre just 5 minutes drive away. It’s a lovely day out for all. There will be a Lovely tea room serving light lunches, teas and cakes too so will keep you refreshed whilst you shop. £2 entry - under 10’s free. Hallowe’en Storytelling and Spooky Walk at Claremont Landscape Gardens Monday 31st October at 4pm, 4.30pm and 5pm. Enter Claremont if you dare this Hallowe’een! Spooky stories and spine-chilling tales with professional storyteller Patrick Buckingham set the scene for a horrifying Hallowe’en walk around the lake. Listen to spooky stories in the play area, then steel your nerves for a sinister saunter around the lake as darkness falls. Don’t forget your costume for free entry to the garden (event charge still applies). Suitable for children of all ages. Bring a torch - the garden will be very dark! Dress warmly as the event takes place outdoors. Cost is £1.50. Other activities will be available, check out www. for full details.

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formally opened in September by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More Molyneux. Their ‘Charity Shop in the Woods’ sells everything which has been donated and is entirely staffed by volunteers. It is open Monday to Friday, from May to October from 11am until 4pm and from November to April from 11am until 3pm. It is also open from 10am to 1pm on the first Saturday of the month. They welcome volunteers to help with personal tasks such as letter writing, mending, shopping, care of plants, a chat and a cup of tea or even a drink from the bar! Any amount of time from an hour to a day or more is greatly appreciated. Hydon Hill is one of the very many Leonard Cheshire DisABILITY services in the UK and throughout the world which Leonard Cheshire, VC, one of the most decorated pilots of WWII, developed to care for disabled people of all ages and conditions with the aim of “giving each individual person the greatest possible choice as regards all aspects of living.” Nowadays LCD has branched out to provide inclusive education, IT training, work opportunities and campaigning. Situated in Clock Barn Lane, the home was rebuilt in the 1970s and now is home to 40 residents, many with Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injury or who have had strokes. While for some the idea of a large residential home is an anathama, for others it may prove to be an escape from an increasingly isolated existence where the very ordinary things of living become a burden. Why struggle for 40 minutes to do up buttons when someone else can do it in 40 seconds leaving time for a more fulfilling activity - reading the papers? For some residents, Hydon Hill is a home (very much with a little ‘h’) for life. For others it is a staging post to more independent living. For everyone it is somewhere to live life to the fullest.

They also encourage support groups to raise funds for the home, which they do in a multitude of ways; fairs, coffee mornings, bridge teas, sponsored walks, etc. The Hydon Hobble, organised by Chris Arthey, has become an annual cross country event. They are happy to have Duke of Edinburgh award youngsters as part of their social care programme. They are well supported and seem to derive much from their time with the home. Are you a group or organisation looking for speakers for your meetings? Try Hydon Hill! You can contact them on 01483 860516, by email at or by writing to Hydon Hill, Clock Barn Lane, Godalming GU8 4BA. Why not pay them a visit and pop into the shop. Any money you spend there goes straight to the home and donations for the shop are always welcomed.

The well trained and devoted staff, some of whom come from abroad and many who live on site, provide all the care which enables residents to enjoy the facilities within the home such as cooking, music, gardening, games, painting and pottery. In the surrounding community they do things such as carriage driving, sailing, going for meals out, theatre and more. Basic funding comes from the state but all the extras such a specialist equipment, wheelchairs, physio, and occupational therapy come from local fund-raising and participation by people and companies in and around Godalming. A wonderful recent addition is the sensory garden designed for free and built with much help in materials and labour from Harry Hall of Hall Hunter. It was

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<50 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD In Accord In Accord is currently recruiting! Based in Guildford, they rehearse on Thursday evenings in Compton. Members are drawn from a wide catchment area and they perform regularly at a variety of venues. You need to be able to sing in tune and hold a harmony! The ability to read music is helpful, but not required. Aside from singing, they need your commitment to attend rehearsals, coaching days and gigs, as well as to learn new songs to keep their repertoire refreshed. In Accord is a singing group which focuses on singing quality, but values the fun, friendship and support that members provide for each other. If you’re interested in joining please contact Sue Lampard 01252 725685 or via Return to the Forbidden Planet Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th November The smash-hit musical, presented by Merrow Dramatic Society, returns to the Electric Theatre from 2nd to 5th November. Based on the story of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest, Return To The Forbidden Planet is set on the spaceship ‘Scientific Survey Flight 9’. This rock’n’roll musical will transport you out of this world on a journey beyond the stars. Fun for all ages. Evenings at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2.30pm. Tickets are £15, concessions £12. Booking 01483 444789 or www. West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 8th November, 10am Andy McConnell (yes, THE Andy McConnell, the humorous glass specialist, who entertains us on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) will be presenting three lectures at West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s Special Interest Day on Tuesday 8th November in Shalford Village Hall. Entitled ‘5000 Years of Glass’, the day

will include lectures on the history of glass making, appraisal and discussion of attendees own pieces of glass, lunch and refreshments. The day starts at 10am and finishes at about 3.30pm. As places are limited, booking is essential. (Cost £35.) Further information may be found on the website or by ringing 01483 575248. From Russia With Love Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm Go to GLive to hear a programme of gigantic works that have excited audiences for over 100 years. Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra and International Pianist Masa Tayama. Tickets from GSO Box Office on 01483 415847 or uk. Guildford Symphony Orchestra is a Registered Charity raising money for local causes, the cause for this concert is Cherry Trees. Shalford Charity Christmas Fair Saturday 19th November, 10am-2pm St Mary’s Church, Shalford has its Charity Christmas Fair on 19th November at Shalford Village Hall from 10am-2pm. Admission free, all proceeds to charities. Stalls such a chocolate man stall, babies and toddlers, cakes, delicatessen, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, gardening, etc. Two halls of stalls. Food available all day. Come along early for the bargains - try the Scalextrix competition, win a Christmas Hamper. It’s all there - it just needs you! GET IN TOUCH

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO A CLASSIC WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE AT DENBIES Indoor Cinema Vineyard Tour: The tour starts in the brand new flat screen cinema featuring ‘The Vineyard Through the Seasons’ – new for 2016. Learn about the geology and history of the estate and experience the changes in the vineyard through the seasons and appreciate the wine making process from vine to bottle. Winery Walking Tour: Passing through the working winery with a full commentary from Denbies Wine Tour Guide you will see the equipment used in today’s wine production. With particular emphasis on the sparkling wine disgorging line installed in 2013 Cellar Tasting: The journey ends in the atmospheric Denbies cellars where you will be guided through a tasting of Denbies classic wine. To win one of three pairs of tickets, please answer this question: Q: When was the Denbies sparkling wine disgorging iine installed? Please enter online at by 28th October 2016

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE JEREMY PAXMAN AT GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL Broadcaster, journalist and author Jeremy Paxman is known for his forthright interviewing style. Now it’s his turn to be in the spotlight as he discusses his witty, frank and candid memoirs, A Life in Questions, in conversation with Mark Austin, award-winning journalist and co-presenter of ITV’s flagship Evening News programme. With insights on leading politicians, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, and more, it’s certain to be an entertaining evening. Jeremy Paxman and Mark Austin will be appearing at Guildford Book Festival on Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm, at the Marquee at Guildford Cathedral. For more information and to book tickets, visit To win a pair of tickets, please answer this question: Q: What programme does Mark Austin present? Please enter online at by 10th October 2016. 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 non-transferable 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 Magazine October 2016 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally

VantagePoint Magazine October 2016 - Guildford & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally