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Haslemere, Midhurst & Petworth • April 2015

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TO THE POINT Humphrey writes... I’m still here, which is a triumph for canineism, if there is such a word. I think there probably should be given the nonsense that they seem to add to the dictionary these days. What has been so lovely is the weather so far this year, which has been terrific. It has enabled me to visit some of the prettiest countryside our area has to offer. Blackheath, Blackdown and Hankley and Puttenham Commons are particular and regular favourites. A couple of weeks ago, the Ed and I went to Petworth Park which really was at its majestic best. Whilst I was not allowed to chase the deer, I did get to paddle in the lake and enjoy the wonderful wide open

spaces which were full of happy families and excitable dogs. Spring truly had sprung. April marks the sixth anniversary of Vantage Publishing producing local community magazines. We are delighted that the support of our readers and advertisers has made us the largest free Royal Mail delivered magazine in West Surrey and Sussex and we continue to go from strength to strength with some exciting plans for the future. This month we welcome a new Stefan Reynolds Editor & Publisher member to the team. Liz Godfrey, who lives in Guildford, has joined us and we extend to her a The local magazine very warm welcome. produced by local Humphrey Chairdog

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Well, we’re back, stocked up with vitamin D after a lovely sunny holiday. Huge thanks to Stefan for doing the March jottings. I think he enjoyed it but does seem keen for us to pick up the reins – he actually has more than enough to do. We came back to lots of jottings in all areas so spring is certainly off to a great start. Just one small request. If you are sending in any attachments, could you please do so in the ‘word’ format (not adobe) as it would make it a lot easier here; although, of course, don’t worry if this is not possible. Wishing you all a very happy Easter. The next meeting of Midhurst Camera Club is on Wednesday 1st April, when it will be R4 of The Print Competition. Wednesday 15th sees R3 of the DPI competition and on 22nd there is a Practical Evening – Members Choice. On Wednesday 29th there is a talk by Leo Rich entitled ‘The Idle Rich – sliding into digital’. Leo is no stranger to Midhurst Camera Club although his last visit was back in 2010. Leo became interested in photography as a schoolboy and taught himself to take, develop and print in black and white. With the colour revolution he changed to colour slides and he convinced himself he did not have time to process colour prints hence the nickname “The Idle Rich.” Leo hoped to continue with slides until he was incapable of holding a camera but, like many others, he made the change to digital. This presentation is to show how well, or otherwise, he converted! MCC meetings are held at Cowdray Hall, Parkway, Easebourne, Midhurst GU29 0AW and start at 7.30 for 7.45pm. There is a small charge of £5.00 for non-members for speaker and Practical Evenings. Easter at Haslemere Museum promises to be lots of fun with a great range of Easter arts and crafts activities for your little ones to choose from. There


will also be a special Easter garden trail for children who will be rewarded with a chocolate treat when they find the characters hidden throughout the gardens. You can be sure this fun packed day will be Easter fun for everyone! Cost: Members £2 / Non Members £4. Easter Egg-citement takes place on Thursday 2nd April from 11am to 3pm. (Hopefully you will have received your copy of Vantage Point by then). It takes place at Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA. For more information, call 01428 642112 or email You can also visit There is an Easter Hunt at the Fernhurst Centre on Good Friday (3rd April) at 2pm. Hop around the Village Trial and find the bunnies! Fun for all children up to the age of 11. £1 entry with a boxed chocolate egg for every child entrant and additional eggs for the winners. Lots of free parking at the rear of the Centre. There could still be time to book seats on one of the themed Easter Cruises run by The Wey and Arun Canal Trust. They will be running on the canal over the Easter weekend, Friday 3rd – Monday 6th April. The trips take 40 minutes and depart from Loxwood at 11am, 12pm and 2pm. Children will receive a chocolate gift from the Easter Bunny while adults enjoy refreshments and the chance to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Tickets cost £9 per person. The boat departs from the wharf beside the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood. If you would like further details or wish to book seats on one of the special cruises (or enquire about private charters or weekend public trips), call The Wey and Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email Website: www.

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Going rustic Not so long ago, country living meant a very different lifestyle to nowadays. Viv Micklefield takes a step back in time at Tilford’s Rural Life Centre to discover more. Let’s be honest, for most of us it’s all become a bit frantic lately. If we’re not rushing around taking the kids to after-school clubs, then there’s the never-ending deluge of emails demanding attention. And when downtime arrives, we’re either catching up with the gardening or tackling the next DIY job. While noone would deny that our ancestors had their own trials and tribulations just to keep body and soul together, the pace of life that they enjoyed is often envied. Nestling down a country road, just three miles south of Farnham, you’d be forgiven for thinking the clock has stopped still. Because it’s here that the south’s largest collection of country life is on display. And with nothing newer than the 1960s, for anyone with a passion for nostalgia, it’s a hidden gem. The Rural Life Centre was the brainchild of Tilford villager Henry Jackson and first opened its doors in 1973, although what started 8

out as a hobby became a visitor attraction more by default than by design. “Henry and his wife Madge rented a cottage here and the collection started with a couple of ploughs,” explains my guide Helen Porter, assistant to the museum’s current director, Chris Shepherd. “They used to sell lots of home-grown fruit and veg to the local community who saw what they were doing and it developed from there.” And with somewhere in the region of 40,000 artefacts and 30 rustic buildings now occupying the 100-acre site, Helen’s not exaggerating when she describes it as “a very big collection”. With offers of private donations regularly arriving, regrettably, another mower or rake can’t always be accommodated. “We do end up

saying ‘no thank you’ to quite a lot,” she admits. “But if we can’t take something, we suggest to people that they try elsewhere in the Rural Museums Network.” Judging by the care and attention to detail that continues to go into preservation here, it’s easy to see why local families are keen to share a part of their own heritage. The latest example of this is the 100 year old Frimley Green Cycle Workshop, complete with its Aladdin’s cave of original tools and bikes. Having been painstakingly dismantled, this is in the process of undergoing reconstruction and promises to be a popular addition in the portrayal of village life. As does the new Wagon Shed, another Heritage Lottery-funded project, which allows the impressive collection to be housed under a single roof. Now a charitable trust, the Rural Life Centre receives an annual grant from Waverley Borough Council which is boosted by admission charges. And, according to Helen, there’s additional income generated by the many craft shows, vintage vehicle rallies and other events hosted. “We get about 25,000 visitors a year, including a lot from near London, and also Poland as we have the permanant Tweedsmuir Camp exhibition. For the steam meetings people travel from miles around; they get to know of the big events that are held here and come back year after year to see what’s different. “There’s also a large volunteer group of almost 300, called The Rustics and each Wednesday up to 80 will be on site. There’s a lot of gardening that goes on and general maintenance. Our site manager is one of the six-strong paid team here, but otherwise we’re manned purely by volunteers and couldn’t run the place without them.”

The Rural Life Centre’s best kept secrets • Working blacksmith John Cooksley runs courses on site • The Old Kiln line is Surrey’s only industrial 2’ gauge railway • Soaring trees in Henry’s historic arboretum offer shady picnic spots • Marriage blessings can be arranged at the Eashing Chapel • The café serves-up a full roast lunch plus trimmings every Sunday

Their efforts around ‘Henry’s Yard’ deserve particular mention. In addition to recreating the museum’s origins, viewers of BBC Two’s Tudor Monastery Farm might recognise the Wealden iron furnace featured on the programme; the volunteers having played vital roles in securing the replica’s funding and construction. One of my favourite areas though is the Tilford Building’s array of old-fashioned shops. From butchers to drapers, it really is a window into the past. Yet the Rural Life Centre has an eye on the future too. A Facebook page provides the latest project news, with displays constantly being refreshed for added interest. And the younger generation is also kept well entertained. Whether visiting the Victorian Schoolroom (once a landmark in the Bourne) to rediscovering a traditional playground, it’s not hi-tech but it’s certainly fun. “In the half-terms and summer holidays there’s Activity Thursday for the kids, with loads of things going on, we get old typewriters out or might have the water pump going. It’s back to basics but they often want to stay all day, which is great,” says Helen. While a numbered trail begins at the almost kitsch 1950s prefab, there’s every opportunity to wander the grounds at leisure. With authenticity at the forefront, this is not a pastiche of rural life or a theme park. It’s a place to make you smile. FIND OUT MORE

Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford GU10 2DL. Getting there: midway between Tilford and Frensham, follow the brown tourist signs; free parking. Summer opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am-5pm. Tickets: £9.50, children 5-16 years £7, family ticket £29, concessions £8.50; groups by arrangement. Find out more: call 01252 795571 or visit

What’s on? There’s a busy calendar of events and attractions for the whole family at the Rural Life Centre, including: Saturday 4th April Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April Sunday 26th April Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May Sunday 24th May Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May

Steam Toy Rally Easter Chick Hunt and Bonnet Competition Working with Wood Triumph TR Sports Car Rally A Village at Peace VE Day Re-enactment Bus & Coach Rally Tractor & Engine Rally

Exhibitions: Rowledge in Time & Space runs until Sunday 31st May Still to come: Romany Day (June), Rustic Sunday (July), Weyfest (Sept) April 2015




It’s almost that time of the year again when Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Trails. This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail (3rd6th April) will be inviting families to unleash their inner explorer with adventurous trails taking place in some of the most beautiful, historic and unspoilt places across the country. The National Trust looks after so many special places, from spring woodlands and rolling hills to formal gardens and historic houses, so the Cadbury Easter trails are a great way for families to enjoy a traditional fun day out in surroundings that are second to none. What’s more, all Eggsplorers will receive a delicious Cadbury chocolatey treat at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore. To join in with the fun, visit There are 14 Cadbury Easter Egg Trails to choose from across Surrey, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone. Haslemere Educational Museum is putting on a rather intriguing exhibition, entitled ‘A Moment in Time’. A number of artists have selected the most basic of household items, a clock, as the theme for their exhibits. Each artist has produced a piece of art based on this simple item. Do pop into the museum and check out this exhibition which runs until 18th April. For opening times go to the website


If you’re looking for a family day out over the Easter weekend, you might like to consider a visit to The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU. They’re holding a ‘Tudor Easter’ where you can step back in time and experience the Tudor and traditional Easter celebrations of ordinary folk. Their fun-packed schedule offers activities for the whole family to enjoy; Easter cooking in the Tudor kitchen, egg painting, bonnet making and a traditional Bonnet Parade on Easter Monday. Have a look at their website for full information www. Everyone is welcome to join the Easter Events at 3 Counties Church. In the run up to Easter Sunday they are holding Easter Reflections - ‘Towards Easter with Jesus’. These reflections focus on Jesus’ journey to the cross. Each reflection is complete in itself, so you can dip in and out as you wish: ‘At the table and in the garden’ is on Thursday 2nd April, between 8-9 pm. ‘To the cross’ is on Friday 3rd April, between 10.30-11.30 am and ‘In the grave’ is also on Friday 3rd April, between 4-5 pm. There is an Easter Family Service on Sunday 5th April. 3 Counties Church is situated in Linchmere Road, Hammer, Haslemere GU27 3QW. Telephone 01428 653011; Email More information at

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Grayshott Gardeners are saying hello to spring with their colourful Spring Show on Saturday 4th April at Grayshott Village Hall. Open to the public from 2pm the show includes not only wonderful spring blooms but also vegetables, floral displays, home produce, craft and photographic exhibits. This traditional show is independently judged by Royal Horticultural Society approved judges ensuring very high standards so why not go along for a delightful spring treat? Refreshments available. For further information contact Maureen Boorman on 01428 722000 or info@ To find out more about this friendly club, their colourful and informative new website is well worth a visit www.grayshottgardeners. net. The Elizabethan Parham House & Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS, re-opens for its 2015 season over the Easter weekend on Easter Sunday 5th April and Bank Holiday Monday 6th April with a weekend of Easter Fun. The gardens are open between 12pm and 5pm on both days, with last entry at 4.30pm and there will be an Easter Trail, an Easter Bunny with chocolate treats, a hatchery to visit and garden games to play. Light lunches and cream teas will be available in the ‘Big Kitchen’ from 12pm, which also has a new menu for 2015. The house will be open between 2pm-5pm. A full events calendar for the 2015 season is available to view on-line, along with admission

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD spreading across the nation, but support for the miners is about to come from an unlikely source: a gay and lesbian activist group who fundraise for the miners’ families. And when the Union rejects the gay activists’ help, they decide to deliver their donation in person, travelling to a small mining town in the heart of Wales. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Duration 120 mins. Rated: R. I would put money on this film being hugely entertaining, even if you didn’t support the miners’ strike! On Saturday 11th April, Grayshott Folk Club introduces a folk trio by the name of Red Moon Road (www. ). They hail from Canada, where so much brilliant folk music originates. They are one of Canada’s most energetic and endearing folk trio and are made up of: Sheena Rattai on lead vocals and the two Daniels; Jordan and Peloquin-Hopfner, who between them play Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. Their music is uplifting, energetic and a lush and lively take on modern roots. Support is provided by Elliott Morris ( ) who has recently toured the UK as support to Paul Carrack. He is a brilliant young guitarist and a great singer. Don’t miss him! The gig takes place at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr Hindhead GU26 2TZ, and starts at 7.30pm. Adult Tickets: £12, Children Under 16: £6. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096.


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Gardening on a budget Horticulturalist Beth Otway gives you her top tips on making your gardening budget go further Gardening can be as expensive an activity as you want it to be. Whatever your budget it’s important to spend your money wisely on items you’ll find useful, indispensable or wonderful! Village fêtes, open garden days and gardening society plant sales are all great places to buy plants at fantastic prices. At the Compton fête I have sold everything from full-sized flowering cherry trees, fruit trees and rhododendrons, to vegetable plants, bedding, herbaceous perennials, seeds, tools, and preserves. Each year is different, as we are dependent on plant donations, but a bargain is guaranteed! Seed and plant swaps are also an excellent way to save money. Some varieties of seeds, for example, tomatoes, can be surprisingly expensive; you may only receive six seeds in a pack. To increase your stock at no extra cost, you could grow new tomato plants from the side shoots you remove when growing tomatoes as cordons. Just pop the side shoots into a glass of water on a windowsill and pot up when the roots have developed. Once your tomato plants have fruited, if there’s time left in the growing season, you can achieve an additional harvest by allowing a low growing side shoot to grow on and become the main leader for the tomato plant, training it up to extend your harvest. It’s not always economic to order more seeds than you’ll grow this season or wise to order too far 14

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of small cabbages or delicious greens. Lettuces readily re-grow after harvesting, there’s no need to make a cross. The ‘cut and come again’ method of growing lettuce takes up very little room. Simply cut the young lettuce leaves at the base and within a week or two more leaves are ready for harvesting. It’s a great use of a patio container, providing you with salad all summer long. Choosing varieties of gourmet fruit and vegetables to grow that are expensive or unavailable in the shops is a great way to save money. It’s just as easy to grow a purple, white or yellow carrot, as it is to grow an orange one. Pea shoots, courgette flowers, elephant garlic and kohlrabi are all expensive and difficult to find, even at specialist delis and grocers; yet they couldn’t be easier to grow. And don’t forget that growing herbs is a great way for keen cooks to save money; herbs take up little room and can easily be grown successfully in containers in a small space on a balcony or patio. You can buy a plant for not much more


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than the cost of a bag of herbs from the supermarket. Being choosy with gardening products can also bring dividends. I have always found horticultural fleece to be a useless purchase. Fleece doesn’t last longer than a few weeks if you’re lucky; it’s a waste of time. Enviromesh is more expensive than fleece, but it’s a robust, durable material that lasts. For a cheaper alternative to Enviromesh, try asking builders who are putting up scaffolding if they have any of the white or clear nylon type material they use going spare. Another false economy is cheap peat-free compost; so far I haven’t found any low price, peat-free compost that can be used as anything other than mulch. Excellent peat-free composts are available. New Horizon, for example, produces great quality composts. Although they are more expensive these are worth spending a little more on as you will achieve quality plants in a good growing medium. I would always make room to compost, however small my outside area. If you really don’t have room to compost, you could try a wormery. Composting provides a free source of wonderful organic material and you don’t need to pay for it, wait in for it to be delivered or struggle to carry it home. You could make your own free compost bin from wooden pallets. Some plants and bulbs last longer in our British growing conditions than others. If you have a limited budget to purchase spring bulbs and you’re just as fond of daffodils as tulips, I would recommend growing daffodils and forgetting tulips. The glamorous, large-flowered tulips are not reliable at re-flowering, whereas daffodil bulbs can outlive us humans if grown well. If you do go for tulips the smaller species are more reliable at re-flowering, so choose these varieties over the larger bedding types. Leaf mould is a great soil conditioner. You can’t buy it in the shops, but you can collect leaves for free and make your own. Run a lawnmower over your collected leaves, then moisten – both the shredding and the addition of water will help to speed up the rotting process. Then bag them up and keep for at least a couple of years until they are fully broken down. Leaf mould is a wonderful mulch, soil improver, or compost for sowing seeds. Pine needles take longer to break down but they make an 15

excellent acidic leaf mould, ideal for acid-loving plants requiring ericaceous compost. Pine needles are shed throughout the year; you could collect some this month and keep them separate from your other leaf mould. Wood ash from the fire is a free source of potassium. The nutrients in wood ash are soluble and easily washed away, so keep your ash in a dry place - a sealed container is ideal. The ash can be applied sparingly to compost heaps and is a dressing for daffodils in early springtime. If your brassicas are suffering from club root, regular dressings of wood ash, with its liming qualities can raise the soil’s pH. This, together with growing a less susceptible brassica, such as kholrabi or Swede ‘Marian’ can help alleviate the problem. Wood ash or soot, sprinkled around your plants, is a fantastic slug and snail deterrent. The slugs and snails don’t want to cross the ash or soot; it will dry out their protective slimy coating. Human hair is also effective for slug control; ask at your local hairdressers if they can give you any sweepings. Crushed eggshells, sharp grit, garlic granules (used for horses and bought cheaply from pet suppliers), all provide effective slug protection. Another slug deterrent is garlic wash, made by boiling a couple of crushed garlic cloves in two pints of water for a few minutes, leaving the mixture to cool, straining, then diluting one tablespoon of garlic wash to a gallon of water. Apply this by watering the solution over your plant’s leaves on a dry day. Garlic wash is only effective in dry weather, once it rains you’ll need to reapply.

GARDEN CLUBS Joining a gardening club can help you make savings too. Gardening club members often receive discounts at local nurseries and garden centres and you can enjoy the benefits of a bulk, club order of seeds at a greatly reduced price. Clubs are also a great way to make friends and learn about horticulture; there are many local gardening clubs and societies offering meetings, outings, even holidays (at a lower price than if you went alone). Nettles and comfrey both make unpleasantly fragranced, but very effective, natural fertilisers. If you’d like to grow comfrey to provide you with a supply of natural fertiliser, ensure you order the variety ‘Bocking 14’, a sterile type, which is propagated by root cuttings (see image left). ‘Bocking 14’ won’t seed and spread around your garden, which is a huge bonus as comfrey is a very deep-rooted plant and tricky to dig up and remove. Many garden centres or nurseries have a marked area where they leave unwanted pots for their customers to re-use. Biodegradable pots can be made from newspaper or empty lavatory rolls; these are ideal for sowing seeds and then planting directly out into the garden. Talking of garden centres, watch out for their seasonal and special offers – I have some information on the latest deals locally on my website at You will also find advice on the website about what to do in your garden and allotment this month.




whole route. Admission is £2, non members are very welcome. For more information call (membership) Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338 or (meetings) Alan Davis 01428 717115. The April meeting of the Midhurst Garden Club will be on Monday 13th April at the South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst. Their Speaker, Mrs Patricia Elkington will be talking about ‘Silver and White in the Garden’. Refreshments will be available from 7pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. Visitors pay £2 and are always most welcome. If you would like more information about the Club contact the secretary, Denise Skinner on 01730 814194 or email Maddy Harland will be talking at Cowdray Hall, Midhurst on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm. The title of her talk is ‘Traditional Heresy - How to Build a Better World’. Maddy is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, an international quarterly which covers all aspects of sustainable living, from permaculture gardening and small scale sustainable agriculture to green building, low-impact transport and community action. Tickets are £6 and are available to buy at Cowdray Farm Shop or by calling 01730 815152 during office hours. Waverley Dowsers’ next meeting, their AGM, is on 14th April, at 7pm for 7.30 pm and is at the Unitarian


Hall in Godalming. They draw their membership from roughly a fifteen mile radius. You will be most welcome at the AGM and following that joining in some of the fun aspects of this intriguing science. Their website, www. gives a good overview of the subject. They have research locations during the year and last year they did work at Waverley Abbey and a park in Farnborough. Whilst Dowsing is an ancient well tried custom it does have modern day applications in checking foods, finding lost things, in gardening and dealing with little appreciated things such as geopathic stress in houses. Previous speakers have dealt with the energy lines which run through England, the chakras system, crystal communication, horse ailments and the work of TC Lethbridge. In May they are arranging an event concerning trees and the dowsable energies surrounding them. If you are interested do have a look at the website or call Michael Haxeltine, the current chairman of Waverley Dowsers, on 01252 541639. Members of Liphook W.I. need to get their brains in gear for April as they are having a Quiz, which, it is promised, is fun! There are many things being planned for the year ahead, including a trip to the Hawk Conservancy in June, and a lovely Garden in Cobham in July. Their special interest group is well underway for the year but new ideas are always welcome. They meet on the 3rd

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Wednesday evening of every month at 7.30pm which will be this month 15th April. The W.I. is a great place to meet new friends particularly if you are new to the district, do go along; you can be sure of a very warm welcome. For any further information please telephone Christine Chubb on 01428723957. Les Amitiés Françaises’s popular series of lectures in French continues on Thursday 16th April at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming. Elizabeth le Doze’s talk will be on ‘Alexandre Dumas The forerunner of modern literature’. Famous for his historical romances, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas’ own life was so irregular, so diverse that it could have provided plots for a library of books. May’s talk at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th May will be on ‘Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – his music and his literary sources of inspiration’, to be delivered by Emilie Capulet. Non-members are very welcome at the lectures (£6 at the door). As well as a programme of lectures, members enjoy convivial dining occasions together and visits to Historic Houses and Gardens, all with a French connection. For further information, contact John Petty, membership secretary on 01483 861974, john.petty@ and on Interested in archaeology? Always wanted to have a go? Used to do some but not recently? Liss Archaeology is a local, active group of friendly enthusiasts following


professional guidelines and actively seeking new members. Preparations are underway for an excavation half way between Alton and Petersfield between Thursday 16th April and Monday 18th May in an intriguing location known to contain Iron Age and Roman archaeology. No experience is necessary, full training can be given. Equally, experienced people are welcome to join the team. They are a very social, local group of like- minded people with an age range from 16 to mid-80’s who are investigating a very exciting historical landscape! If you are tempted, taster days are available; meet the group, enjoy a tea or coffee, join in and enjoy a day in the countryside. Why not go along and give it a go! If you are interested contact: sally.l.pritchard@ Tel 02392 783465 or starmesmith@aol. com Tel 01428 608827. Find them on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube! New website launching soon! Ramster Embroidery and Textile Art Exhibition is taking place from Friday 17th to Thursday 30th April. Every two years Ramster hosts an exciting exhibition of works created by many of the country’s leading textile artists. Those who know about textile art look forward to this event as it is quite special. If you have never been before, now is your chance to experience the delights of wonderful creative work in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Ramster house and gardens. The Exhibition, Gardens and Teahouse are open every day from 10am to 5pm. Entrance to the Exhibition is £5.50 and Combined Garden and Exhibition is £11. Ramster is situated just outside Chiddingfold GU8 4SN. More information at The ever popular annual Spring Garden Show is being held in the walled gardens at Loseley Park on 17th, 18th and 19th April. The walled gardens are considered to be one of the loveliest in the south east of England and include a Mulberry tree, reputedly planted by Queen Elizabeth I, through to the recently developed organic vegetable garden. There are also rose, herb and flower gardens to enjoy, together with a stunning moat border and terrace giving way to a glorious view of the developing wild flower meadow. Amongst the plentiful nurseries exhibiting at the show will be garden bygones, furniture, garden sundries, driftwood sculpture and water features. The White Garden marquee area will also include tasty treats to tempt visitors. Loseley Park gardens, kiosk and shop will open from 1st May to 30th September and Loseley House will be open from 1st June. They welcome visitors and group visits who can enjoy guided tours of the beautiful 2.5 acre walled garden together with tours of the impressive rooms in Loseley House. Enquiries to 01483 405112 or go to


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You may be surprised to learn that ‘Growing Pains’ are not, strictly speaking, related to growth. ‘Recurrent Nocturnal Limb Pain’ as we should refer to it, is not very well understood. This means many similar but treatable conditions go unmanaged and can lead to unnecessary suffering in children. Rob Butler from Physio 1to1 explains more...

Growing Pains Growing pains occur in the evening or at night and affect children between the ages of three and twelve. They often occur after a busy or active day, and affect both legs. Although distressing, growing pains do not cause any long term harm. The recommended treatment is firm massage to the affected area and using heat to soothe the pain. If necessary, standard painkillers for children can also be used. Growing pains should really be a diagnosis of exclusion. That is to say, all other diagnoses should be explored before diagnosing with ‘Growing Pains’. Pain from a biomechanical origin are all too commonly confused with ‘Growing Pains’. Biomechanical pain refers to pain resulting from the action of internal or external forces on the body affecting the bones and soft tissues, 20

this is the most common type of childhood pain we see here at Physio1to1. Most biomechanical conditions are easily treated with physiotherapy. Physiotherapy assessment will enable the biomechanical problems to be highlighted and treated. Correction of adverse biomechanics can rapidly relieve symptoms and help prevent recurrence. Physiotherapists, as primary care practitioners, are also well placed and trained to spot those potentially worrying cases that require further medical treatment or advice from your GP.

It is important to recognise conditions which have a medical cause or are biomechanical in origin. It is unlikely that your child is suffering from ‘Growing Pains’ if your child’s symptoms are particularly severe or if they present with one of the following symptoms: • Pain in just one leg. • Pain also affecting the arms or back. • Pain that occurs every night or continues during the day. • Swollen or hot joints. • A high temperature. • Reluctance to walk or limping. • Pain closely associated with activity. • Prolonged periods of pain. The most common diagnosed childhood pains presenting at Physio1to1 are: Osgood Schlatters, Sinding-Larsen, Miserable Malalignment Syndrome, Severs Disease, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Hypermobility Syndrome and of course true ‘Growing Pains’. Whilst they all sound terrible, all are easily managed with physiotherapy treatment. Onward referral to orthopaedic consultants

is occasionally necessary and communication with your GP is important to ensure continuity. Physiotherapy treatment for the correction of biomechanical pains may include targeted soft tissue massage, specific stretching, movement pattern re-education with corrective exercises, strengthening, taping and postural correction. We tailor treatments dependent on the presentation of the case and most importantly on the child’s ability to follow the treatment plan. Exercises are sometimes a chore and so often the skill is in attaining compliance. The staff at Physio1to1 enjoy the challenge of treating children. As a family practice we know only too well how distressing it is to see your child in pain. FIND OUT MORE

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10.30am – 3.30pm. It’s going to be a wonderful sale of pretty things majoring on vintage and artisan products with an emphasis on local businesses. There will be something for everyone including a wide variety of vintage items and cards, clothes, cakes, artisan bread, flowers, etc. There will be delicious refreshments on offer throughout the day. Funds raised will go to St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold and also to a church in Cumbria, where the organiser is originally from, to help them install a toilet. The detailed timetable for Grayshott Market’s Shoppa bus service has been published. Starting from Liphook station at 9.30am, the Shoppa bus will make 5 stops en route to Grayshott. These will be at the bus stop outside Sainsbury’s Liphook store, the bus stop outside the Anchor Pub, the junction of Tower Road and the Mead, Bramshott Place and Bramshott Village at the junction of Church Rd and the London Road, leading onto the A3. Shoppa will disembark passengers at the bus stop opposite Grayshott ’s Fox & Pelican Pub within 50yds of the Market. The first return journey will be at 9.55am from the bus stop opposite. The cost of a return trip on Shoppa is set to be £1. Children under 10 travel free. It’s a great way to travel to The Grayshott Market which started in April 2014 and runs on the third Saturday of every month from March to November. It’s situated in Grayshott Square and is open from 10am to 3pm. Averaging around 30 stalls, the main focus is food


- food to eat at the market plus a wide selection to take home. If you haven’t yet do try and get along; the next one is on 18th April. Pilates classes are held weekly in Fernhurst, Hascombe and Cranleigh, for more information contact Laura on, 07557 018276 or or her facebook page. Kaizen pilates and massage clinics are also available. During April 2015, the GB Olympian supported project, Legacy 300, will be hosting a unique national on-line Auction, designed to generate funds for good causes in our area. Up for grabs are fixed priced places on VIP Individual and Team based experiences with Olympic Athletes covering a wide range of UK locations. Each winning bidder gets to nominate the good cause that will benefit from their involvement and this could be any in your area. Auction Alerts will be posted on the Legacy 300 Facebook Page Legacy300 and also Twitter @BritishAthletes; please follow them and their social media for updates on this exciting and innovative project to generate funds. Any local fundraising initiative looking to use the Olympians to spearhead their fundraising, do please e-mail david@ Fernhurst Choral Society is more than halfway through their season. On Saturday 18th April at St. Mary`s Church, Petworth there will be a` Come and Sing.’ Last year they studied and performed Handel`s Messiah; this year it will be the beautiful Faure Requiem. Every so often FCS participates in an exchange with another European choir. This year they welcome a Swiss choir - Le Chant Sacre who are based in Geneva. Together they will perform a Schubert programme - the Stabat Mater and the Mass in A flat major. The venue will be St. Paul`s Church, Chichester. The date for your diaries is Saturday 30th May. As you may see from the above FCS affords a great opportunity to participate in glorious choral singing. They are a friendly society and welcome new singers. They rehearse on Monday evenings in Fernhurst village Hall from 8pm until 9.45pm. There are no auditions but an ability to sing in tune is an obvious advantage! For further details and tickets including the Come and Sing, go to uk. On Saturday 18th April Cowdray Park is the venue for The Maverick Original Sussex Trail Series. Trail Runners can choose to run one of three distances, Long (20k), Middle (10k), or Short (5k). This Event is organised by Maverick Race. For more information and to register see their website: The Cowdray TukTuk will be on hand serving drinks and snacks. Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Hdfas) will still be thinking about Easter on Tuesday 21st


A Home from Home! Moorhouse Nursing Home in Hindhead is a beautiful Edwardian country residence, set in two acres of delightful grounds with open views across the Golden Valley and other National Trust land, with the facilities of Haslemere, Grayshott and Beacon Hill conveniently nearby. This glorious house, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the turn of the 20th Century, enjoys an idyllic rural setting with stunning gardens and provides the very best care in a comfortable, friendly and relaxing home from home. Moorhouse provides a tranquil and homely environment where residents may maintain as much independence of mind and spirit as their condition will allow. From residential to full nursing care, respite to convalescence, the highest standards of medical and nursing care are administered under the direct supervision of Matron/Manager, Val Prebble RGN, ably assisted by a team of highly trained Nursing Sisters and professional Care Staff, providing twenty four hour first class care.

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of having help always near at hand. Residents are welcome to bring favourite items of furniture, pictures and other personal belongings to make them feel at home and pets are allowed at the Manager’s discretion.

Good, wholesome food is important at Moorhouse and we are proud to have talented and dedicated chefs who offer a delicious, freshly prepared and varied daily menu comprising a three course lunch and light supper – not to mention scrumptious homemade cakes for tea!

In addition to the bright and airy dining room and residents lounge, there is a sun room that opens onto the veranda and gardens, which is also used for our daily social activities and twice monthly Communion Service.

The 34 bedrooms are all individually decorated and have colour televisions, direct dial telephones and nurse call, radio intercom systems and fire security detectors. Many rooms have full en-suite facilities and the bathrooms are fitted with specialist baths and bathing aids. Wireless internet access is also available and there is an in-house Hairdressing Salon. In addition to our full range of Nursing and Care facilities at Moorhouse itself, we have four apartments at Moor Lodge for those who are able to maintain an independent lifestyle but like the reassurance

From culture to arts and crafts, outings to musical entertainment, themed quizzes to gentle armchair exercise classes - there’s certainly plenty of activities to choose from at Moorhouse and a library is available to all residents. At Moorhouse, we never forget the importance of an excellent quality of life for our residents. As well as the very highest standard of nursing care and support, we treat all residents with respect and sensitivity to their individual needs in the most caring and compassionate way, to ensure that all are happy and contented within our ‘extended family’.

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April when the topic for their lecture at Haslemere Hall will be ‘The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Faberge - Before the Revolution’. Not the chocolate variety, but about exquisite bejewelled confections created on commission for the last two Romanov Tsars of Russia between 1885 and 1916. The lecture will be given by Tony Faber, former managing director of Faber and Faber, who has written a book on the subject and lectures widely. Should be a fascinating talk. There will also be a short presentation before the lecture outlining the Society’s Open Meeting – free to all - in May. For more details about the Society please contact HDFAS membership secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email . Further information about all the Society’s future activities can be found on HDFAS website at www.haslemeredfas. Haslemere Gardening Society is hosting a not to be missed talk by writer, lecturer and broadcaster Stephen Lacey on 21st of April. Stephen will give a talk on Real Gardening. Entry is free to members, non members and guests £8. Tickets available on the door. A reminder to members to bring their membership cards. Refreshments available afterwards. Start time 7.45pm at the Catholic Church Hall, Weydown Road, Haslemere. The Grayshott Stagers next production is a musical entitled ‘The Night Maxie Tortallini Hit Big Lola

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Latrobe’s’ by Peter Brittian & Colin Swift. Performances take place on 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th April in Grayshott Village Hall and start at 7pm. Tickets £11.50 from Magical Rooms, Headley Road, Grayshott. Also call 01428 608340 or go online at www.grayshottstagers. Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, has recently received a confirmed grant of £4.681million from Heritage Lottery Fund for its ‘Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project’. This project will transform the Museum’s Grade II listed Second World War Wellington Hangar into ‘The Brooklands Aircraft Factory’, build a new annexe (the ‘Flight Shed’) to house more of the Museum’s outstanding collection of historic aircraft and restore the Finishing Straight of the Brooklands Race Track, the world’s first purposebuilt motor-racing circuit. The Museum is aiming to raise a further £2million making this a £7 million redevelopment. Already a fantastic place to visit, our kids without exception have always really enjoyed visits, Brooklands is set to become one of the country’s leading attractions. You are warmly invited to come and hear an overview of the Old Testament, taught in an imaginative way complete with visuals and a work book for each paying participant. It will help you piece together the ‘Big Picture’ of the Bible. PACT - Petworth Area Churches Together is putting on this ‘Walk through the Bible’ event on Friday 24th April from 7pm-9.30pm and Saturday 25th April from 9am -1pm. It will take place in the excellent venue of Fittleworth Free Church, School Lane, Fittleworth RH20 1JB. (between Petworth & Pulborough). The cost is £14 - cheques payable to ‘Walk through the Bible Ministries’ to Geraldgreshamcooke@ or enter online at and go to Live Event Tickets and then Bookings. Pre-booking is required in all cases. Cowdray Park’s 2015 polo season opens on Saturday 25th April with at least 450 matches of low, medium and high goal polo in prospect. Matchplay in the 8 goal Barrett Cup and the 12 goal Tyro Cup starts on the first day of the season. The first international match of the 2015 UK polo season, The St. Regis International Cup, will be played at Cowdray Park on Saturday 16th May. It is anticipated that a large audience will attend this popular fixture, now in its eighth year, with spectators keen to support the England team who will be taking on The Americas. Last year, England beat a strong South American side 11½-8. As well as the high octane polo, visitors can make the most of the trade stands, bars, food and entertainment. Front row picnic positions and entry tickets may be purchased in advance at www. Entry on the day is £15, under 12s free. Non-playing (social) membership of Cowdray Park Polo Club costs just £175 per annum giving the



C.S Lewis once declared that “you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me”. As a firm believer in this statement, Paula Halliday took a look at exactly what our area has to offer avid tea-lovers, compiling a refined and recommended selection of independently run tea rooms and cafés. Coffee lovers are also catered for... Starting out in Guildford and surrounding villages, it is surprising the number of independently run tea rooms you can find when you are looking. One you may have already come across is Tillings. Tillings originally opened its doors in the village of Gomshall, taking its name from the Tillingbourne River. Spacious and homely, Tillings provides an ideal and relaxed atmosphere for families and groups to spend an afternoon sampling the menu and admiring the vintage knick-knacks. Following the successes of Tillings Tea Room, manageress Jane has used the same quirky formula to transform what used to be The Barn, situated in the picturesque surroundings of perhaps Guildford’s most treasured views at Newlands Corner. The Cornerhouse is a smaller affair but still shares the same homely feel as its sister tea room. You have the added bonus of being in the perfect location for walkers to culminate their efforts with a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. Having not been open long, the summer promises further renovations and more finishing touches to come. Another winning formula which has popped up in Guildford’s surrounding villages started with The Speckledy Hen in Shamley Green. The April 2015

rooms, although small, boast beautiful beams and countless other quirks that come with older buildings. One room is dedicated to selling a carefully selected range of foods and items for your home, while the two rear rooms afford a friendly and homely tea room experience, and a real retreat for catching up with friends. If you are lucky enough to visit this tea room on the run up to Valentine’s Day, you can get yourself some unique chocolates (which I can personally recommend!), home-made by an inhouse chocolatier. Although, if you can’t wait that long, we’ve been assured they are made from time-to-time throughout the year. Unsurprisingly, The Speckledy Hen soon hatched another home-from-home. Nestled in one of Guildford’s prettiest villages, Shere, The Dabbling Duck sits just back from the bank of the river, home to the dabbling ducks with whom this tea room shares its playful name. Quaint, but perfectly formed, the atmosphere inside is personal and welcoming with a rather indulgent selection of home-made treats to accompany your cuppa. Unusually for a tea room, there is also a generous range of bites which you are able to take away. The Dabbling Duck’s takeaway menu makes breakfast on-the-go a very appealing prospect. Following on with the bird theme, our next village gem is Nest. In the centre of Ripley’s charming high street, Nest lives dutifully up to its intriguing name. It is a homely setting, filled with carefully selected items from hand-made cards to jewellery and antique books. Each is sourced and displayed with great care and style. You feel as if you are entering a magpie’s nest of characterful bits and pieces, rather than a normal tea room. 27

Images from left: Nest, Pinnock’s, Watt ’s Gallery, Ramster, Old Barn Cafe, The Dabbling Duck and Georgeous Gerties

Just a stone’s throw away down the road is Pinnock’s, whose speciality lies in their locally roasted organic coffee, available in eight varying strengths and flavours. All food and cakes are made onsite every day, but the favourite with customers is either the gluten-free fresh raspberry and white chocolate brownies or the home-made quiche of the day. The atmosphere in this café is one of total relaxation. The large leather armchairs upstairs provide the ideal spot to sit and browse through the small library which is steadily refreshed by other locals – a wonderfully old-fashioned idea. If you want to see more of Pinnock’s, they also hold three monthly community events including a book club, knit and stitch club and craft lessons in winter, so there is plenty to get involved with, and dogs are made very welcome too. Heading now into the centre of Guildford itself, the bustling high street is one of Surrey’s finest spots for keen shoppers, and also harbours a small selection of tea rooms to retreat to and unwind after a hard day’s spending. The one which perhaps most successfully provides this haven is found on the very top floor of The House of Fraser, removing you completely from the crowds below and providing an afternoon tea with a spectacular view of Guildford. A more classic tea room, it is fair to say that The Tea Terrace appears formal in comparison to its counterparts, but still comes with its own quirky personality, and a rather impressive selection of tea-related quotes adorning the walls. Winding our way to Godalming, we reach the wonderfully novel Café Mila. Although tucked away in Angel Court, it not only boasts a relaxed environment to grab a cup of tea with a friend, but also the facilities to attend yoga classes! This combination affords a unique and potentially social experience as well as promoting the healthy lifestyle that runs throughout

everything they do there. If you are looking for somewhere with the indulgence of eating out without having to watch what you eat, Café Mila provides plenty of healthy choices. Downstairs delivers a child-friendly atmosphere for family outings, however if you would rather, you can enjoy your tea upstairs in the ‘kids free’ zone. They also run special events, including play readings and themed dinners. One to look out for might be their Local Produce Showcase planned for later in the year. Another in this area is Watts Gallery and their tea shop, with award-winning table service, where Welsh rarebit is the recommended dish. Recently refurbished, the interior of this tea room provides a lovely ambiance. However, it is the ability to turn this afternoon tea into a day out for a range of ages which makes it that bit more intriguing. Menus and activity packs for children are available, and of course the gallery itself, featuring Victorian art by George Frederic Watts as well as acclaimed temporary exhibitions. Similarly, Secretts Garden Centre in Milford, which is just outside Godalming, harbours a newly refurbished tea shop as of 2014, named Eliza’s. Again, as well as the opportunity for a cup of tea and a delicious home-made scone or cake, onsite facilities offer all sorts of complementary experiences to make an afternoon or even a day of it. These include

The following featured tea rooms have kindly offered VantagePoint readers an exclusive offer, so please take your VantagePoint magazine with you when you visit! Offers valid in April 2015 only. Café Mila - a 2-person afternoon tea selection (cakes and sweet treats) for the price of a single Cockburns - a free tea, coffee or glass of wine with each meal ordered Gerties - 10% discount on food bill over £5 Little Barn Café - 10% off your first visit Pinnocks - 20% off when you spend over £20 Ramster - 2 for 1 offer to go around the garden


Black Barn Butchers, The Flower Emporium and Jo’s Jumpers as well as the shop and farm itself. Moving now towards Midhurst, we pass a much older establishment - Ramster Hall, perhaps best known for its stunning wedding receptions. However, within the 25 acres of award-winning surrounding gardens, the Tea House has stood since 1982 and still remains in the same family. Open for the same months as the gardens (27th March-14th June), this tea house is another which offers a day’s activities as well as tea and best-selling carrot, or coffee and walnut cake! On reaching Midhurst, you have the opportunity to try Cockburn’s Tea Rooms for a Victorian experience in the surroundings of Knockhundred Market. Most visitors to the tea rooms choose to enjoy a cream tea, but for particular occasions Cockburn’s can home make made-to-order cakes - the favourite being orange and lavender. Other things to see include an old fashioned sweet shop downstairs and special ‘Cockburn’s in the Evening’ nights hosted once a month, each featuring a different cuisine from Italian to Greek. Meanwhile towards Farnham, you may pass Elstead and therefore the beautiful Little Barn Café, the latest addition to the tea room and café revival, which opened in January of this year. The great thing about this cafe is not only the delicious home-made treats and supplies of tea and coffee, but the fact that they are already endeavouring to become part of the local community. The Little Barn Café advertise upcoming events in the village and have just begun to sponsor the Sharks Girls’ Football Team’s new strip. For that reason, this family run business is well worth supporting, especially when in doing so you can indulge in some salted caramel sponge cake. They also now allow dogs. Also onsite is a larger barn

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used for parties and keeping fit and The British Legion with its views of the River Wey. In Farnham itself, you could choose to explore Lion and Lamb café. As well as being a café, it doubles up as a ‘bring your own wine’ restaurant, though don’t worry, you can still get your classic afternoon tea when booked in advance. As we approach the summer months and slowly ditch the drizzle, this café’s al fresco tables, pet-friendly attitude and live music events will make for an ideal sunny day out. However, if you’re heading in the other direction, Dorking provides a perfect pit stop for tea lovers in the form of Gorgeous Gerties. This tea room is well worth a visit if you enjoy all things retro, with a distinctive 1950s style throughout, from vintage cake stands to memorabilia. Aside from this, Gorgeous Gerties also focus on crafts, selling an extensive range of hand-made clothes, jewellery, gifts and more. They even have a new haberdashery for all your sewing needs, making them much more than just a tea shop. This whistle-stop tour highlights just a few of the quirky, beautifully designed, homely tea rooms and cafés that inhabit our local towns and villages. Each of the tea rooms featured in this article sources products locally, from freshly baked cakes right down to their core ingredients, in turn supporting the local community. As with the nature of independent ownership, each one has its own personality, which is something to relish and support by doing what we do best – enjoying beautiful surroundings with a cup of tea and some home-cooked food. FIND OUT MORE Cafe Mila, 1 Angel Court, Godalming GU7 1DT. Tel: 01483 808569 Cockburns, Knockhundred Market, Knockhundred Row, Midhurst, GU29 9DQ. Tel: 01730 814107 The Dabbling Duck, Middle Street, Shere GU5 9HF. Tel: 01483 205791 Gorgeous Gerties, 61 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 640202 Elizas at Secretts, Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5HU. Tel: 01483 520500 Little Barn Cafe, Thursley Road, Elstead, Godalming GU8 6DG. Tel: 07930 337007 Lion and Lamb Café, 19 Lion and Lamb Way, Farnham GU9 7LL. Tel: 01252 715156 Nest, High St, Ripley, Woking GU23 6AQ. Tel: 01483 211111 Pinnock’s Coffee House, High St, Ripley GU23 6AF. Tel: 01483 222419 Ramster Hall, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming GU8 4SN. Tel: 01428 654167 The Tea Terrace, House of Fraser, Guildford GU1 3DU. Tel: 01483 307400 Tillings, 55 Station Road, Gomshall GU5 9NP. Tel: 01483 202214 Tillings Cornerhouse, Newlands Corner, Dorking Road, Guildford GU4 8SE. Tel: 01483 222659 Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235




badge holder and a guest free access to all Cowdray Park’s fixtures throughout the season. There is a oneoff £50 joining fee. A new Junior membership has been introduced for Under 21s at £50 per annum. For further details call the Polo Office on 01730 813257. All Saints Church, Grayswood will be holding its Spring Fayre on Saturday 2nd May between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Stalls will include Raffle, Cakes, Kitchenalia, Jewellery and Beauty, Brocante, Plants, Toys and Games, Books and, not forgetting the Bouncy Castle and out-door games! Bacon Butties will be served from 12-1pm. Entrance £1 adults (includes tea/coffee and a biscuit!); children under 10 free. Go along and join the fun! For more information, contact Di on 01428 654303, or Shirley on 01428 653285, shirley1941@btinternet. com. Midhurst Music Society welcomes singers of all standards and are keen to encourage and support beginners. If you sing (even if it’s only in the bathroom) and live in or near Midhurst then your local choral society needs you! Why go further afield? They are a small choir now and enjoy their singing but want to grow so that they can offer a wider choice of repertoire. Come and join them on Mondays from 7.30pm for rehearsal and coaching at the Methodist Church Hall in Midhurst (just opposite the Stagecoach bus stand).


They are a friendly and welcoming choir-they will prove to you that all can sing. Please see the website for more information and contact details. Their next concert will be on Saturday 2nd May in St.Mary’s Church Easebourne. The programme will feature Elgar’s tuneful work ‘From the Bohemian Highlands’ and a number of other English songs. They will be accompanied by the local wind group ‘Breath of Fresh Air’. For details of the programme and ticket information and to find out more, visit the website where you can learn about their recent concerts and plans for the next one. Grayshott Folk Club’s second concert of the month, (well actually it’s on Saturday 2nd May) features The Patsy Reid Band. Patsy Reid was the Fiddle player in top Scottish band Breabach and she has played alongside the greats of contemporary Folk music but there has always been a part of Patsy that was unfulfilled until now. She decided to express her ideas and thoughts through her own compositions and so The Patsy Reid Band was formed ( The band played at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow in January and made quite an impact. It takes place at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, nr Hindhead GU26 2TZ and starts at 7.30pm. Adults £12/Children under 16, £6. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096.

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National Garden Scheme Below is a small selection of local gardens, all open this year under the National Garden Scheme (NGS). For more information and to view other gardens open under the scheme, please go to 54 Elmleigh, Midhurst Come and walk around this beautiful, award-winning garden on the edge of Midhurst. Planted with majestic Scots pines, shrubs, perennials and annuals, packed with interest, a tapestry of unusual plants giving all season colour. Many raised beds and numerous statues. A child-friendly garden. New wildlife pond, bog garden and stumpery. Sat 6th, Sun 7th, Sat 20th, Sun 21st June, Sat 11th, Sun 12th July (10-5). Visitors also welcome by arrangement May to Sept

Bardsey, 11 Derby Road, Haslemere Unexpected 2 acre garden in the heart of Haslemere. Several distinct areas containing scent, colour, texture and movement. Stunning pictorial meadow within a parterre. Prairie planted border provides a modern twist. Large productive fruit and vegetable garden. Natural ponds and bog gardens. Several unusual sculptures. Ducks and chickens supply the eggs for cakes. Classic MGs on parade. Featured in both Period Homes & Interiors and Surrey Life. Sat 27th, Sun 28th June, Sat 18th, Sun 19th July (11-5). Adm £4.50, chd free.

Lowder Mill, Bell Vale Lane, Fernhurst, Haslemere C17 mill house and former mill set in 3-acre garden in beautiful valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty below Blackdown. The garden had been neglected before the present owners began restoration under the guidance of designer Bunny Guinness. Work is still ongoing, incl the stunning courtyard between house and mill. Streams, waterfalls, unusual container planting around the restored greenhouse, nursery area and cold frames. Interesting raised vegetable garden. Rare breed chicken and ducks, as well as resident kingfishers. Choir singing on Sunday 31st May at 11am. Sat 30th May (11-5.30); Sun 31st May (10.30-5.30). Visitors also welcome by arrangement close to garden open days.

The Manor House, Three Gates Lane, Haslemere Described by Country Life as ‘The hanging gardens of



Haslemere’, The Manor House gardens are in a valley of the Surrey Hills. One of Surrey’s inaugural NGS gardens, they are still under restoration. Fine views, six acres, water gardens. Pictured above. Sun 21st June (12-5). Adm £5, chd free.

Manor of Dean, Tillington, Petworth Traditional English garden, approx 3 acres, with herbaceous borders, a variety of early flowering bulbs, snowdrops, spring bulbs, grass walks and grass steps. Walled kitchen garden with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers. Lawns, rose garden and informal areas with views of the South Downs. Garden under a long-term programme of improvements. Come along to one of our themed open days: Rhubarb Sunday (19th Apr), Asparagus Sunday (31st May) and Dahlia Sunday (9th Aug) when you can see how they are grown, buy some to take home and enjoy the productive walled garden. Come early to avoid disappointment Suns 19th Apr, 31st May, 9th Aug (2-5). Visitors also welcome by arrangement to Sept for groups of 10+.

Whitehanger, Marley Lane, Haslemere NEW. Set in 6 acres, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, surrounded by NT woodland, this rural garden was started in 2012 when a new Huf house was built on a derelict site. Now there are lawned areas with beds of perennials; a serenity pool with Koi carp, and a wild flower meadow. Added in 2014 are a Japanese garden and a sculpture garden. Planned for 2015 is a woodland walk Evening openings £5, chd £2.50, wine, Thur 11th, Thur 18th June (5.30-8.30). Visitors also welcome by arrangement in June for groups of 10+.

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Pilgrim Wood is an elegant, 1920s country house situated in three acres of grounds in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the North Downs Way. Our elevated position provides remarkable views of the surrounding countryside, yet we are conveniently located only two miles from the centre of Guildford. Registered and compliant with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for 35 residents over the age of 65 years, we provide long term residential care as well as respite and convalescent care in an individual, family run home. We encourage our residents to partake in an active and varied lifestyle, including festive and social events, regular outings, and a daily program of group activities. We welcome visitors, so please feel free to stop by or call to make an appointment.

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Haslemere Musical Society will present their final concert of the 2014-15 season at Haslemere Hall on Saturday 9th May. One of the great favourites of the orchestral repertoire is Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, known universally as the New World Symphony. The orchestra will introduce the concert with Gershwin’s memorable overture from his musical Girl Crazy. The HMS chorus will present the other half of what’s sure to be a popular concert with songs by Delius, Whitacre, Laurisden and Barber and, as a tribute to local composer and HMS accompanist Clive Osgood, a new arrangement composed by him of popular regional folk songs. Tickets are on sale from Haslemere Hall on 01428-642161 at £16, £10 and £8, with half price for students. All recent concerts by Haslemere Musical Society have been sellout events, so best be quick to avoid disappointment! Billy’s Band Family Concert is at Haslemere Hall on Sunday 10th May. There are two performances, at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets at £10/£6 are available from Haslemere Hall, or call 01428 642161. Billy’s Band is a fantastic show for kids aged 3 – 10 years but all other ages will enjoy it and will be very welcome too! There’s a unique opportunity to play on the exclusive Waterfall Course at Mannings Heath Golf Club in Horsham. This normally members only course, which is ranked within the Top 100 Golf Courses in England, Bourne Buildings May 14_Layout 1 10/03/2015 08:56 Page 1





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The Art of Curry with Sameena Thompson Local mum and business entrepreneur Sameena Thompson has recently launched a new range of fresh home-made curry sauces. The ethos of her company is slow cooking, and she has made her rich sauces with this in mind. However, her mum was a busy lady just like we are today, and she learned some quick, one pot recipes from her mum to which she has added her own modern twist. She doesn’t use ghee, very little oil and less salt to ensure that these curries are healthy and nutritious. They are just as traditional and tasty but take a bit less time and are easy to try if you would like to cook curries from scratch at home. Your family will love them! Sameena has chosen three dishes that are popular today, but with a home-cooked taste that you will not find in any restaurant or shop. You can buy all the spices from any good supermarket or farm shop. Where she stipulates ground spices, these are powdered spices which you can buy in small bags. Sameena’s sauces are available online at or through a selection of farm shops and delicatessens across Surrey. For more details of her sauces, or to book onto one of her supper clubs, please visit her website.

Murghi ka Salaan (Chicken curry) This is a classic dish cooked throughout India. It is based on a sauce consisting of tomatoes and onions. While royal kitchens would frown upon any such ingredients showing (they would blend them to give a smooth broth) I quite like the textures coming through and it is quicker!

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, cut into medium sized cubes 3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil (not olive oil as this tends to overpower the flavours of the spices) 1 large onion cut into slices 1 can of good quality whole plum tomatoes 2 tsp minced garlic paste 1 tsp minced ginger paste 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp fenugreek powder or seeds (optional but does add a nice nutty flavour) ½ tsp red chilli powder (for a medium strength) ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt


1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on medium heat until golden brown. 2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 2 minutes. 3. Mix the rest of the spices and salt in a small bowl with half a cup of water. Pour this mixture into the pan. The water is to help prevent the spices sticking or burning. 4. Stir for 3 minutes or until the spices darken and the water evaporates. 5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the liquid evaporates and the tomatoes take on a shiny hue. There should be little bubbles of oil coming through which means they are done. 6. Add the chicken and ensure the pieces are coated in the sauce. 7. Cook for 10 minutes or until any water they give off evaporates. 8. Add a cup of water, cover and simmer for a further 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir occasionally. 9. You can add more or less water depending on how thick or thin you want your curry. Just make sure it is given time to cook into the sauce and absorb the flavours.


Shahi Gosht Dopiaza (Royal Lamb Dopiaza)

This is a deep, rich dish full of flavour and sweetness due to the onions (dopiaza means double onions). It was enjoyed by the Mughals in Hyderabad but is a favourite now throughout India. It is usually infused with dry whole roasted spices but this version uses extra garam masala to save you time. 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on a medium heat until they start to caramelise. 2. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 4 minutes or until the onions begin to darken in colour. 3. Mix the rest of the spices and salt in a small bowl with half a cup of water. Pour this mixture into the pan. The water is to help prevent the spices sticking or burning. Sprinkle in the cloves. 4. Stir for 3 minutes or until the spices darken and the water evaporates. 5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the liquid evaporates and the tomatoes take on a shiny hue. There should be little bubbles of oil coming through which means they are done. 6. Add the lamb and ensure the pieces are coated in the sauce. 7. Cook for 10 minutes or until any water they give off evaporates. 8. Add 2 cups of water, cover and simmer for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water as required to allow lamb to cook through. 9. Cook until the lamb is tender and the curry has a thick consistency.

Ingredients 1 kg boneless leg of lamb cut into cubes (use less lamb if wish but the sauce is enough for this amount) 4 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 2 large onions cut into slices 1 can of good quality whole plum tomatoes 3 tsp minced garlic paste 2 tsp minced ginger paste 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp garam masala powder Half tsp cardamom powder Half tsp cinnamon powder Half tsp red chilli powder (for a medium strength) Half tsp turmeric Half tsp salt 5 cloves

Sabzi ka Qorma (Vegetable Korma) This uses a smooth, velvety, creamy sauce in the Nawabi tradition. Mild spices are fused with cinnamon and cardamom and overlaid with yoghurt, cream and coconut milk to add further richness. Children love this, and I am going to show you a version which blends the sauce so there are ‘no bits’ in case you want to use with chicken rather than veg! You do need to be careful of the allergens in this: coconut milk, almonds, yoghurt and cream (milk) so omit them as desired. Ingredients

1. Boil or steam the veg (or sauté the chicken) until tender. Set aside. 2. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions on medium heat until golden brown. 3. Add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for a further 2 minutes. 4. Place onion mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. 5. Place the tomatoes in the cleaned pan and simmer with the rest of the spices and salt until smooth. 6. Add the onion mixture to the tomato and cook for 2 minutes. 7. Add the yoghurt, cream and coconut milk and continue stirring. 8. Add the pre-cooked veg or chicken, ensuring it is heated through. April 2015

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8th - 10th May 2015 The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is an exciting new fair being launched in a purpose built marquee by the Upper Pond in the grounds of Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0QY from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May. The 35 specialist dealers, mostly members of The British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, are offering a cornucopia of treasures from fine furniture to silver, jewellery and glass, oriental rugs, antique and modern paintings, clocks and objets d’art including a good splash of contemporary sculpture for indoors a n d the garden. The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd, who organise boutique style fairs in central London and widely known venues around the country, has an unrivalled reputation for quality and style.

A great excuse to visit the fair is that each ticket also gains free entry to Petworth House and its 700 acre deer park. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members also have complimentary entry to the fair. Tickets are £10 each can be bought in advance from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, telephone 01797 252030 or email The fair is supported by Smiths Gore and Upperton Vineyards and the two benefitting charities are the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and The Lighting Project at Petworth House. Free parking is available in a specially located car park nearby and refreshments on hand in the fair. Make sure this date is firmly in your diary... Pictured: ‘König Tristan und Isolde’, late 19th century Viennese enamelled and gilt plaque of large proportions depicting King Tristan’s death, signed T Schmidt, 19.5 ins diameter, c1899, £5,950 from TIM SALTWELL ANTIQUES

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Harting, Petersfield GU31 5QR, (tel 01730 825415). To get full information on these and other NT properties, visit For more information on their ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ campaign, visit I will give more details in next month’s edition, but just to let you know that the internationally acclaimed Irish folk band ‘Altan’ will be in concert at St Alban’s Church in Tilford Road on Friday 15th May. They are arguably the best Traditional Irish Folk band currently playing anywhere in the World! Over 300 musicians, inspired by a very special little girl, are coming together on Saturday 23rd May at Guildford Cathedral to raise money for local charity the Rainbow Trust. Rowan Todd, who lives in Guildford, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just five years old and she and her family have been supported by the Rainbow Trust throughout years of treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Rowan’s dad, Will, is an internationally-recognised composer, whose Mass in Blue has been performed all over the world and is a well-known figure in Guildford. Under conductor Jeremy Backhouse, it will be a concert full of toe-tapping jazzy music with the power of massed-group singing. It will be an evening to remember and the organisers are expecting a full house, with all proceeds going towards the valuable work of the Rainbow Trust. Tickets, priced

from £16 to £28 are available from www.vivacechorus. org and the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334. The seventh Haslemere Classic Car Show and Tour gets underway on Sunday 24th May at Lion Green, Haslemere GU27 1LL and will be a day filled with stunning pre-75 classics and vintage entertainment for all the family. During the afternoon, the Green is host to a traditional vintage style fete with a jazz band, children’s activities, food, bar and the WI will serve cream teas. The green will be lined with quality stalls selling local produce, crafts, art, vintage and classic car products so visitors will have the opportunity to shop till they drop! Entrance for the public is free, but visitors are asked to buy a lucky programme for £1 listing the cars on display which supports the show, with a chance to win lots of prizes too. More information is available online at: In response to market demand Macmillan Cycletta, the UK’s leading women-only sportive series, has recently announced they are extending their series distances at five of their events to include the 20km distance. The shorter distance will offer participating ladies an alternative to the longer distance routes preferred by more experienced cyclists and is ideal for beginners looking to take up cycling, or participating in their first major cycling event. Earlier this year, Macmillan Cycletta

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Tilford or Frensham to Dockenfield This is an easy walk, running across heath, by the two large ponds at Frensham and through fields and woods. You have a choice of two starting points which makes the walk either 7 miles or 10 miles long. Frensham Little Pond and Great Pond were originally created in the 13th century, to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester and his court, whilst visiting Farnham Castle. Today the ponds and surrounding area is a sanctuary for wildlife with always something new to see. Perfect for a sunny spring day and worth the drive. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

The walk From Tilford - cross the cricket pitch to the far side and take a footpath heading out just to the left of some wooden garages. This path runs along parallel to the River Wey (you could walk along its bank) and through a wood. Soon after passing through a gate emerge on a single lane road and continue on in the same direction. Reach some buildings and go straight on, through a gate, to walk along a corridor through a pig farm (Meadow Farm). Emerge on a wide track and turn right, heading down towards Frensham Little Pond. Continue for about 700 yards on the wide track until reaching a metalled road with Frensham Little Pond car park, the alternate start and finish point for the walk, on your left. Go through this car park and, at the back, climb up onto a ridge running off to the right – either by climbing the steep steps at the right-hand side or by going into the trees at the left-hand side and then right and up a slope. Walk along the ridge with the Little Pond down on your left. Go straight over a cross paths and drop down to a large junction. Continue straight ahead, passing a low fire access barrier. Continue ahead along the wide track, ignoring a right fork and climbing a slight slope. At the top the track swings left. Follow it for about 200 yards. Here there is a turn right that takes you in a few yards to a bench inscribed “To the memory of Jack Mercer, Pilot” and set on the edge of the ridge. Go down the slope by the bench and across the open heath, following the path as it angles left to converge gradually with a line of trees and the A287. Reach a T junction with a wide sandy track and go right, passing blue arrow posts and ignoring a left. After 100 yards, reach a gate and the 40

road. Go straight across to pass a red and white barrier and continue forward on a wide track. At a blue arrow post turn left. After 150 yards, by another blue arrow post, fork left on a little path into trees. Ignore rights and lefts, passing one unsigned post and arriving at a second. Here, fork left and follow the path through to emerge near the Great Pond with the car park and refreshment kiosk along to your right. Walk past the kiosk and through the car park, forking off left at a bend so as to continue anticlockwise around the Pond’s edge. Stay close to the edge and reach a road. Go left for 150 yards (see the Frensham Pond Hotel just ahead) to take a footpath right and into trees. Follow this path past a pond and alongside a stream for about ¾ mile, ignoring a footbridge left. Emerge through a drive onto Mill Lane and turn left. Walk over a river bridge to a T junction and turn left. Walk about 150 yards to take a footpath right, just before a lone house. Follow this path, between fields, for almost a mile. Reach a road by some houses and continue forward along it to its dead end then continue forward again on the path beyond it. Reach a T junction by the gate to Keeper’s Cottage and turn left along the wide vehicle track. The track becomes a metalled road and you reach the Blue Bell Inn at Dockenfield. Go past the pub to a T junction. Turn right and immediately take a footpath right, along a gravelled drive. Pass a house and


ter a wood. Ignore a footpath left. At a cross tracks, go left. Emerge from trees to walk along the right-hand edge of a field along a ridge and with fine views to your right. Enter more trees. Emerge in a field and go left along the edge. After 20 yards, ignore a first stile left. Go on for another 20 yards to take another stile left, into a wood. Exit left over a stile into a field and turn right to walk anticlockwise around the edge. Pass a house (over the high hedge on your right) and find a footpath right, alongside its garden fence. Emerge on a road and go left. Reach a cross roads where you walk straight across Shortfield Common Road to enter Hammonds Wood Road. Ignore paths left and right, continuing straight on along what is now a gravel track. At the entrance to a house fork right along a grassy track to reach a T junction and a three way signpost. Go left and between hedges. Cross a footbridge and go through a gate to emerge in a field. Go up the short slope to a four way signpost and straight ahead through a kissing-gate into Shortfield Common’s sports ground. Turn right and walk along the edge to the corner of the ground.

sham Little Pond car park, if that is where you started the walk). Turn left and walk for about 1.25 miles along a very wide track to a road opposite a car park. (Some of this section is the reverse of part of the morning walk.) Cross and go left, along inside a hedge and parallel to a road, to reach the starting car park in Tilford.

A path takes you down to emerge on a road at the side of what was the ‘Bridge at Pierrepoint Hotel’. Cross the road and head right until you reach a left turn into Priory Lane, signed to Frensham Little Pond. Some way along here, after a right-hand bend, a track turns off left into trees at a blue post and just before Priory Corner car park, which is ahead on the right-hand side. Continue along the track (East) for about 600 yards to reach a T junction where you turn right and quickly reach another T junction with a wide track. (Here you could turn right and quickly reach FrenDISTANCE: 7 or 10 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 – Guildford & Farnham STARTING POINT: At Tilford the layby by the bridge and opposite the Barley Mow (GU20 2BU). At Frensham Little Pond, the second car park along Priory Lane. REFRESHMENTS: You have a couple of options on the route. The Blue Bell Inn, Boandary Road, Dockenfield,

Farnham (01252 792801 - www.bluebell-dockenfield. com) and the Barley Mow, Tilford (01252 792205 - www. Images - top: Frensham Little Pond from the path along the eastern shore. Reeds make up much of the shoreline. Around the pond are sandy hills with many pine trees. © Copyright Colin Smith Above: Light over Frensham. Andy Perry.

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You can enjoy a couple of days or a couple of weeks, eat delicious food, make new friends and enjoy all that Bournemouth has to offer, or simply relax unwind and recharge. All of this, secure in the knowledge that there is a nurse on duty for advice and support if you need one; someone who understands the difficulties you may be having. They have 30 bedrooms, all en-suite with 3 of them fantastically equipped for less able guests. The tariff is very reasonable, as of course The Grove is non profit making. If you would like to find out more you can either call 01202 552233 or visit their website or follow them on facebook or twitter. Angie and I and our daughter Sarah went to hear Guildford Choral Society sing The St. Matthew Passion on 8th March; it was a rare treat. We three have become devotees of The Matthew Passion going every Easter to the Festival Hall to hear The Bach Choir give their annual performance, so it was exciting to hear a local choir sing this glorious work. I have to say Guildford Choral, under the fine direction of Jonathan Willcocks, who, incidentally, is the son of Sir David Willcocks who directed the Bach Choir for 38 years, did not disappoint. In the majestic setting of Guildford Cathedral they gave a stunning performance aided by the exquisite chamber orchestra Florilegium and five hugely talented soloists together with members of Guildford High School Senior Chamber Choir. This year Guildford Choral Society is celebrating its 175th anniversary and this was a stunning way to start their 2015 programme. The choir will be taking on Berlioz’s Te Deum in the mighty setting of The Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3rd June. Find out more about this and the choir on their website The Surrey Guild Craft Gallery is open seven days a week from 10.30am to 5pm. Following on from the success of their 2014 touring exhibition ‘Refined’ they are responding to demand by inviting new members to come and see them in their home surroundings. Every day is an open day as the gallery is always manned (or womanned!!) by a Guild member or representative and potential new members are always welcome to pop in and find out what’s involved. They will be putting on an open day in the spring on a date still to be arranged. In the mean time their address is: The Surrey Guild Craft Gallery, 1 Moushill Lane, Milford GU8 5BH. Website, www.facebook. com/SurreyGuildCraftsmen . You can also find them on Twitter.


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Murray Downland Trust The Murray Downland Trust (MDT) is a conservation charity dedicated to the preservation of chalk grassland in the South Downs. This unique habitat developed over many centuries of intensive sheep grazing. Over the last 80 years however, swathes of this remarkable landscape have been lost following use of the land for military purposes in wartime, changes in agricultural practice and reduced land management. The MDT’s aims are to reverse this and to stop the decline in the species which are dependent upon this landscape. The MDT manages five reserves across West Sussex and Hampshire and much of the land is designated as ‘of special scientific interest’. These stretch from Buriton, south of Petersfield, to Under Beacon and Devil’s Jumps on the South Downs Way south of Treyford, to the Heyshott Escarpment and Heyshott Down reserves south of Heyshott village. With the exception of Buriton, all are open to the public. The flagship reserve is at Heyshott Escarpment. Here the attractive Duke of Burgundy butterfly (below), once described as Britain’s rarest butterfly and the only member of its family to breed in Britain, is expanding its range. Over a hundred butterflies have been seen on the reserve in recent Mays, the males displaying in sheltered pockets and darting to see off intruders. It’s a fussy butterfly; its foodstuff is cowslip or primrose, requiring sufficient shelter and scrub for the food plants to be long-

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lasting. With support, advice and encouragement from Butterfly Conservation, and under a management plan agreed with Natural England, the MDT has carefully introduced cattle grazing to the reserve and Wednesday morning volunteer parties manage the level of scrub to meet the butterflies’ demands. Chalk grassland supports a huge number of rare and endangered species. Look on the MDT blog and you will find a list of the 22 butterfly species seen on just one day at the Heyshott Escarpment reserve. Visit on a sunny summer day, exceed this count and treat yourself to lunch in the Unicorn pub in Heyshott village to celebrate. Come on the afternoon of Sunday 14th June and follow up with cream tea in the Heyshott village hall. You will see many of the dozen or so orchid species on the reserve, which include rare bee, fly, musk and greater butterfly orchids. And you may be greeted by the wonderful song and parachute display of a tree pipit, breaking the mould of its decline as a migrant to England. On its Heyshott Down and Devil’s Jumps reserves the MDT is privileged to be the custodians of splendid Bronze Age barrow mounds and enigmatic cross dykes. Mark Roberts, the archaeologist who led the discovery and excavation of Boxgrove Man, has been mapping the sites with a team from the University of London. He led members of the public on a tour of the Heyshott Down remains at the MDT’s open day event in 2014. The views from the top of the reserves offer an insight into why our Bronze Age ancestors chose the burial sites they did and enhance any walk on the South Downs Way. Indeed the Devil’s Jumps inspired John Ireland to compose both piano and cello sonatas. The MDT’s next public event will be a garden event and plant sale in Cocking, near the church, on Saturday 9th May. There will be various activities in a beautiful garden setting displaying sculptures of the world renowned sculptor Philip Jackson. The garden will be open to visitors from 11.30am to 4pm and we look forward to welcoming as many readers as possible. For further information on the MDT please visit Should you wish to support the MDT as a member (either as an individual or a family) please email Should you wish to join the enthusiastic band of volunteers managing the landscape and simultaneously managing their own waistlines please contact And for further information on the wonderful conservation work encouraged by Butterfly Conservation, please visit


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