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YOUR LOCAL TEAM I haven’t mentioned Humph for a while and always get told off for not updating readers, so I can confirm that he is very well indeed and much enjoying life. We have twice been to the coast in recent weeks, to Climping near Littlehampton and to Highcliffe near Christchurch. Well, he was in his element. Sand, sea, a tennis ball and other dogs, what else does an 18 month old labrador need, with the exception of food? Much snoring ensued once home. It is good to see local success. The Guildford Shakespeare Company celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, which is a tremendous achievement for a small community theatre company. They have also just announced that Brian Blessed, who appeared in their production of King Lear last year, is their new Honorary Patron. Great news!

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It is good to see so many events starting to flood into the Jottings in-box. It is a sure sign that local life is returning to normal after Christmas and the New Year, and that the January blues are behind us once again. It won’t be long before spring, let’s just hope there will be a few daffodils left for us to admire. I have been asked if some of the future walks we feature can be a bit shorter, so from March onwards we will be offering more walks around the 5 mile mark which I hope will suit. We are also busy compiling an online resource which will feature our past walks. If you would like to be able to access and download these walks, please email Contact the editor:

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with her Uniqlo range, both have classic beautiful styles. Personally, now sitting past my mid forties, I am loving fashion more than in my thirties. At that point my life was about children, a changing shape, a new career around child care with not enough time to really focus on me. But as I now spend a lot of time researching for clients looking for specific styles, I do see what’s out there on a regular basis. And our looks will keep changing. My style has changed as I’ve grown up - a bit gothic at art college, sleek and simple studying fashion design, more alternative and creative as a magazine stylist in London, to mainly black as a personal shopper at House of Fraser. These days, as a personal stylist, I love classic with vintage, and prints are always part of what makes me tick. My shape is curvy, not all in the right places, but I have adjusted to find clothes that move me and fit how I like them. Comfort is hugely important, but I also want to enjoy and be excited by the clothes I wear. Try not to be persuaded by press images alone just because the model looks amazing - can you carry it off confidently? To express my love and knowledge of fashion I now write a weekly blog, so if you would like to receive the weekly insights, just subscribe with your email on my website. And for 2016 I am planning fashion styling courses in Guildford, so please email to signify your interest for Spring dates. Email me at

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Get golfing ladies! Once a ‘gentlemen only’ sport, golf is going through something of a revolution as more and more women gather on the greens. Viv Micklefield talks to some of those locally, for whom it’s become a game-changer Maybe you’ve come across ‘Chicks with Stix’ (the field hockey not the knitting version), or perhaps ‘Shoot like a Girl’ (archery being just one of the skills that’s included)? Well now it’s time to take up your clubs for ‘This Girl Golfs’. Inspired by Sport England’s #thisgirlcan campaign, the idea is to break through the stereotypes and show that golf is a game for all, accessible for all and, importantly, within reach of any budget. While the plaids and Pringle jumpers might prevail on some fairways, even the most traditional of golfers will agree that whether you’re eight or eighty, unlike many other sports, the game’s unique handicap system allows both the experienced and inexperienced player to enjoy a game together. “There are around 7,000 female players in Surrey and 4,000 in Sussex,” says Anita Fairley,

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from the Surrey Ladies County Golf Association, based at Sutton Green Golf Club. “But we’re always looking to raise awareness of ladies golf and across the spectrum of abilities. “A tremendous amount of junior golf is played, particularly in west Surrey. It’s through this that we get most participation and at the top level golfers often come through junior scholarships.” Having role models in any sport is vital to encourage young talent and, says Anita, the SLCGA is fully aware of this. “One of the sport’s greatest ever golfers, Dame Laura Davies – World Golf Hall of Fame and a Surrey resident, comes every year to our Surrey Juniors event where she gives individual lessons to 10 talented girls. Then there’s 19-year-old Inci Mehmet who is one of our county champions. She came 10th in last year’s World Girl’s Championships held in Canada and has been selected to travel with Great Britain’s 2016 Curtis Cup squad.” Add to this list Surrey’s Lauren Horsfield who’s currently on the women’s tour, and Martha Lewis who has already represented England at under-16 level and, the future is beginning to look bright. Starting to play at a young age certainly lit the spark for mum of two Jenny Justice, who admits to having been a fan of golf for over 30 years. “I’ve got pretty good hand, eye coordination and played other sports when I was at school,” says Jenny who goes on to describe how a family holiday in Cornwall first set the ball in motion. “My dad always played golf down there and I thought, what’s all this about? So I started doing roll-up coaching which was very casual and always good fun. After finishing my education I joined a golf club and never left it. I’ve since played for Surrey at county level and currently play off two, my lowest ever handicap.”


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And it seems Jenny’s six-year-old daughter Holly is now showing signs of following in her mum’s footsteps. “Surrey has really good sessions for children who want to get into golf. At Hoebridge Golf Centre they have all sorts of different courses, including FootGolf which is really motivating. Many boys learn golf and we should definitely encourage girls to do so too.” Yet, I hear you say, what happens when we have to start juggling the work-life balance? Is it that easy to find a club that offers the flexibility to fit around busy lives? Facilities are important – we might need somewhere for younger children to be supervised; on course toilets and our own changing rooms are a must; and if it’s not too much to ask for, perhaps a decent cup of coffee too? “I would certainly give it a go and buy yourself some lessons,” says Jenny. “Although golf can be off-putting to some women because it takes up a chunk of time, you can usually find the time to play a few holes in the evening. I know of quite a lot of the mums at school who do so. And on holiday, just as you might play tennis together as a family, so it’s fun to play golf with everyone; we’ve taken our clubs with us all over the world, including to Africa, Turkey and the United States.”

I absolutely love golf because it’s great exercise in beautiful surroundings. It always presents a challenge but most importantly it’s a social sport.

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Erica Pickard admits that she first became interested in golf after getting married. “I thought that it was a sport that my husband and I could play together on weekends. First of all, I took group lessons and from there made friends and practised with others who were starting-out. When I felt that I was just about good enough I joined a club, got my handicap and started to play in club competitions.”

She continues: “I absolutely love golf because it’s great exercise in beautiful surroundings. It always presents a challenge but most importantly it’s a social sport. Having moved to west Surrey last summer, we immediately joined Hindhead Golf

Club and although we didn’t know anyone there to begin with, have already made some very good friends.” For those tempted to give golf a go, or who are perhaps returning to the sport after a break, coaching academies often provide an opportunity to sample it (with the equipment usually supplied) before taking out a full club membership. Using hi-tech software the typical headaches for the casual golfer – driving accuracy and escaping consistently from bunkers, can become mastered, enabling you to get ahead of the game when it comes to improving strokes and lowering your score out on the course.

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“At Hindhead we have an active Academy Ladies Section where newcomers of all ages can learn to play golf with expert tuition,” says ladies captain Jean Coombes. “I first learned to play golf many years ago and through it I’ve met lovely new friends not only to play a challenging sport with but also to enjoy many a happy hour at the 19th hole.” Fiona Brown is a member of the Professional Golf Association and a regional development officer for Surrey and West Sussex. “England Golf and the PGA have done a huge amount to encourage more women to participate but this is still work in progress,” observes Fiona. “Quite a few women like to play the shorter game or perhaps to play on a shorter course. Like men, they do want to set themselves goals, but these more often than not are about having some more ‘me’ time.” She adds: “And

remember, there aren’t many other sports where you can burn up to 900 calories and, if you want to, you can talk all the way round!” In fact, if any extra incentive might be needed to walk between five and six miles during a full 18-hole game, then according to research carried out at Sweden’s Karonlinska Institute, the anti-stress relaxation induced can only be good for the heart. This, combined with the social interaction, is capable of increasing life expectancy by up to five years and can, potentially, ward off dementia.

And remember, there aren’t many other sports where you can burn up to 900 calories and, if you want to, you can talk all the way round!

While the UK still has some catching-up to do with the rest of Europe when it comes to the percentage of women playing golf (and that goes for other sports too), Fiona remains confident that with the PGA also funding more female coaches, times are changing.

And, at whatever level of golf we might one day aspire to play, perhaps it’s worth listening to four times Women’s World Player of the Year, and mum of three, Nancy Lopez who famously said: “Do your best, one shot at a time and then move on. Remember that golf is just a game.” Viv Micklefield is a freelance writer who contributes to both lifestyle and to sport and fitness magazines: Hindhead Golf Club

Take 6 clubs Here’s what some of Surrey’s golf clubs have to offer new players. For a full list of contact details visit the Surrey Ladies County Golf Association at’ • Hindhead Golf Club: With its Academy offering a chance to sample the game; roll-up play and competition golf is available to members of the ladies’ section. 01428 604458 / • Hoebridge Golf Centre (Woking): Individual or group lessons with the club pro, no membership required. FootGolf is also available everyday for adults and juniors. 01483 722611 / • Merrist Wood Golf Club (Worplesdon): Temporary membership allows you to book lessons to suit your skills level. 01483 238890 / • Milford Golf Club: Club pro Simon Bell runs Learn Golf in 4 Weeks; this is available at three levels and costs £39.99, with a free club included. 01483 419200 / • Pachesham Park Golf Centre (Mole Valley): Golf4Ladies has been running for the past five years. On offer are weekly roll-up sessions, plus courses for beginners and improvers (4x1hr over 4 weeks £40). 01372 843453 / • Sutton Green Golf Club: 40 minutes individual coaching is available for £25. 01483 747898 / www. February 2016


LOCAL All Saints Church, Grayswood its original features including the barrel vaulted ceiling reminiscent of the upturned keel of a ship, the wood-block floor and the pews complete with brass frames to hold the cards of those who bought the pew space. Many of the wooden carvings were designed and made by Haig himself. There are stained glass windows by Carl Almquist and Charles Kempe.

Regular readers of Jottings will remember the many events that were hosted by All Saints to raise £138,000 for their new roof. It was completed in January 2015, just 14 months after the appeal was raised. The church is a focal point in the village, in a prominent position across from the village green on the A286, which is the main road from Haslemere to Guildford avoiding the tunnel. Until 1901, Grayswood was part of the parish of Witley. It is possible that the clergy got tired of travelling to Grayswood and the number of worshippers grew too large to congregate in the school building (now the Grayswood Club) so a new parish was formed, taking in land from Witley, Thursley, Chiddingfold and Haslemere. By luck or good judgement, the parish included Highercombe Road, where the church designer, Axel Herman Haig and the main benefactor AH Harman both lived. Haig was famous for his etchings, lithographs and as an architectural draughtsman; he had moved to Haslemere in 1892 and became an active member of the Arts and Crafts movement here. Harman was the founder of the firm which became the Ilford Photographic Company. The land for the church was donated by local landowner Lord Derby. The church was consecrated in February 1902 by the bishop of Winchester – so no time was lost in creating the new parish, fundraising and building! There are many local residents whose parents and grandparents lived in the village and the memory of the work required to create a new parish, build the church and establish the churchyard are still part of their family history. Following Haig’s love, the interior is in the Gothic revival style and retains many of


The aim of the church family is to be inclusive of all ages, so most Sundays there will be tiny babies as well as over 90 year olds in the congregation. There are groups for crèche, Sunday School and Pathfinders. They are proud that from such a small parish (about 600 households) they have produced a new Local Ordained Minister and a team of five pastoral assistants. They help with preparation for baptism or marriage but also are there for anyone who needs to talk, needs help or a shoulder to lean or cry on. The monthly newsletter is distributed to all households in the village by several people who also try to stop for a chat and often hear of any problems and each new baby receives a handknitted cardigan. For regular worshippers and villagers alike, the church is there for weddings, baptisms and funerals, and the toddler group, nursery school and Grayswood C of E (Aided) Primary School come to church each term for their own services. The choir sings at every morning service; it is a true village choir where all over 7 years are welcomed. Currently the choir is ‘experimenting’ with a music group once a month for the All Age Service. Instruments vary from double bass, cello, trumpet, clarinet, flute, recorder and guitar, plus the choir, organ and chime bars. They are looking for more instrumentalists to join this informal group, but more particularly are actively seeking to find a pianist who would like to learn to play the organ to join the team. Tuition may be available under the Surrey Organists’ Association Training Scheme. Top left: The new roof. Left: The consecration of the new Church in 1902


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Grayshott Gardeners Wednesday 10th February 8pm ‘How to get the best out of Heathers’ will be the subject of Grayshott Gardeners Club Night Lecture on Wednesday 10th in Grayshott Village Hall. John Hall has been growing Heathers for over 30 years and more than 200 varieties of Heather are to be found at his nursery in Headley Down. John is quoted as saying that there is a Heather to suit every garden and every season. His knowledge and experiences will make for a very interesting and informative evening. For further information on Grayshott Gardeners check their website or email info@ New members and visitors are always welcomed.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice Thursday 11th and Sunday 21st February February is St Wilfrid’s Hospice ‘Love Your Hospice Month’, a chance to raise money by joining in a number of activities including a Quiz Night on Thursday 11th February at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester. Starts at 7pm for 7.30pm with teams of six people. Entry fee is £60 including a fish and chip supper. Then on Sunday 21st there’s a Zumbathon at Westgate Leisure Centre from 10am – 1pm. Suitable for any fitness level. Entry fee £10 plus individual sponsorship. Finally why not organise a Community Cuppa? Just gather friends, family or colleagues together and ask for a donation for a cuppa and some cake! To book quiz tickets, or a Zumbathon place, or for a Community Cuppa Information Pack contact 01243 755827 or

Grayswood WI Wednesday 10th February Women’s Institute meets ever second Wednesday of the month at Grayswood Village Hall. Meetings start at 7.30pm. February’s meeting is on Wednesday 10th and we have an Image Consultant coming to speak, the following month, 9th March, members are sharing wedding memories and bringing wedding dresses to show. So if you are interested in joining a group of women aged between about 30 and 90 to listen to interesting speakers and enjoy a friendly chat why not come and join us. Call 01428 645014 for more information.

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adventure into the world of percussion, with young percussionists Sam Wilson and George Barton, at St Christopher’s Church, Wey Hill, Haslemere. Apart from two marimbas, Sam and George will be bringing a wide collection of drums, shakers, vibraphones, cymbals, cowbells, whistles, woodblocks, guiros, triangles and some house-hold objects. As Sam pointed out, the equipment looks almost as much of a show as the concert itself! Joined by the equally talented George Barton who studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, their programme will include the music of Steve Reich, performing his seminal works ‘Clapping Music’ and ‘Nagoya Marimbas’. Tickets are £18 (aged 8-25 free) and are available from HHH Concerts, 01428 652012, www., Chamberlain Music, Haslemere, 01428 658806, and at the door. Fernhurst Films Saturday 13th February 7pm We were delighted to hear that last month The Moo Man was screened before the largest audience Fernhurst Films have had since they started in 2007. Without exception everyone loved it. So, how do they follow that? Well they have picked out a real gem from 2009 with the Argentinian crime thriller ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’. It’s an unsolved crime, an unrequited love story, with an unwritten ending. It won Argentina their first Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2010. With all its perfect twists and pace,

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Pop-up Art Studio at Petworth House and Park Saturday 13th-Sunday 21st February There’s loads of arty fun at Petworth House this February half-term. Inspired by their colourful Bosch to Bellotto Renaissance exhibition, the team at this famous art-loving mansion have set up a pop-up art studio, where young ‘artists’ can create their very own mini-masterpiece. Normal admission plus suggested donation (price tbc).

Woodland Crafts In Lynchmere Saturday 13th February 2.15 pm Mark Allery works as a woodsman on the Lynchmere Commons, comprising Stanley and Lynchmere Commons and that part of Marley Common owned by The Lynchmere Society. When not making charcoal, besoms or hay rakes, Mark teaches and demonstrates woodland and rural crafts at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Mark has also mastered the skill of handling the traditional English scythe which he uses to manage the bracken on the Commons. On Saturday 13th at Haslemere Museum, he will talk about the woodland crafts practised locally, notably in Lynchmere, and the trees which provide the craft materials. He will also describe the heathland restoration work carried out on the Commons over the last fifteen years. Non-members are welcome but are invited to contribute £3. More information at www.

Liphook & District Model Railway Club Sunday 14th February The club will be exhibiting two layouts with a club display at the Midhurst Modellers Show which takes place at The Grange Leisure Centre, Midhurst. The club has a full list of exhibition invites for 2016; see www.millandvalleyrailway. for details. Half-term with the National Trust Monday 15th - Friday 19th February Half-term is fast approaching and there are lots of activities to get kids outdoors and having fun with the National Trust. If you’ve been stuck indoors this winter, then February half-term is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get outside and make the most of places springing back to life after the colder and wetter months. Take a walk on the

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Castle Hedingham Pottery In her third article for VantagePoint, local antique dealer Debbie Serpell looks at the history and collecting of Castle Hedingham Pottery by Edward Bingham. father’s pottery made plain, functional pottery and garden ornaments. As a boy, the young Edward assisted at the pottery with menial tasks such as digging the local clay and setting the kiln fires. The young Edward showed creativity in design, quite unlike the practical wares of his father. His interest lay in making ornamental pottery.

I found my first piece of Castle Hedingham pottery, at an antiques fair, fifteen years ago and was instantly smitten. The pottery has an unconventional, quirky appeal. Its anarchic form can quite easily be mistaken, at first glance, as pottery of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth century. Superb coloured glazes (vivid blues and greens) are typically used and strange, medieval subjects are often present in the decoration. There is an outrageous exuberance in colour and design and many of Bingham’s pieces depict peculiar animals, birds, vegetation, coats of arms, patterns and symbols. Bingham was a visionary artist, but he had few commercial instincts and he spent years struggling with the technical aspects of potting. He now ranks as one of my favourite English potters and my collection has gradually grown over the years. History Little has been written about Bingham’s work, which frustrates the collector. Edward was born in 1829. He was the son of a potter, who ran a small country pottery in Castle Hedingham, Essex, founded in 1837. His 22

An enormous Bingham charger, originally commissioned by the Countess of Wessex of Eaton Lodge, Hertfordshire. This is the largest piece in my collection spanning 26 inches in diameter.

Edward’s father warned that the demand for decorative pottery would not be enough to sustain a good income and encouraged his son to pursue a boot making apprenticeship, working half the year in the shoe trade and the other half in his father’s pottery. Edward was uninspired by the shoe trade and when his uncle offered him the opportunity to become a schoolmaster at a college in Rugby, he jumped at the chance to expand his knowledge of the arts. The college gave him access to art and literature which served to inspire him with his continued work as a decorative potter. Ending his work at the college, Edward returned to the Hedingham pottery, where he worked for a while with his father. His poor income at the pottery forced him to seek other employment. He worked as an auctioneer’s

clerk, taught at Sunday school and even spent time as a subpostmaster whilst perfecting his art as a potter. In 1851, excited by a visit to the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition, Edward continued doggedly to try to perfect and sell his decorative wares, but found very little interest from the London trade he approached at this time. He battled for over twenty years, trying to find a means by which he could make a living from his decorative pottery. The turning point came in the mid 1870s, when his display of large decorative vases in art exhibitions in Hertford, Sudbury and Chelmsford were finally well received by the buying public. Bingham had a keen interest in archaeology and historical antiquities, which is reflected in many of his eccentric decorative works. By 1876 he was working in his pottery full time, assisted by his eldest son, Edward William, who proved to be an excellent and imaginative modeller. His ramshackle pottery had thirteen kilns and his workshops were described as untidy and medieval in appearance. Their walls were covered in biblical texts and reference work lay scattered around with illustrations of classical pots, Elizabethan tygs, Palissy plates, large ewers and wall reliefs, depicting historical or mythological subjects. Inspiration came from Babylonian, Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Venetian art and texts, all of which were incorporated into the pottery designs. The best financial years for the Castle Hedingham Pottery were between 1875 and 1885, when there was a ready, enthusiastic market for Bingham’s wares. Local clay produced a rich brown colouration when fired and Bingham experimented with glazes to achieve striking blues, greens, greys and browns. Demand in Bingham’s style of pottery waned after the mid1880s and the pottery went into decline. The fashion was turning away from crude art pottery with the advent of porcelain and finer pieces of bone china. By 1899, Edward had handed over his pottery to his son Edward Jr. It is said that his parting words to his son at this time, based on seventy long years of

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experience were: “If you want to get money into your pocket, don’t trust people further than you can see them.” The pottery was bought by Devon Pottery in 1901 and Edward was deserted by his family who emigrated to America. It is reputed that Edward reluctantly joined his family in the States where he retired, bitterly complaining of the lack of good clay in America.

An unusual Bingham teapot, beautifully illustrating the bizarre nature of Bingham’s work. The hat of the central man forms the lid of the teapot; its handle is created by a smaller figure of a man in a Greek robe and the spout takes the form of a mythical dolphin.

An extraordinary, large sized jug with twisted handle form and exuberant decoration depicting grape pickers.

Collecting Castle Hedingham Pottery Despite the relatively small size of the Hedingham Pottery, its output was prolific and there are still opportunities to purchase Bingham’s work. Many auction houses today are aware of this eccentric potter and will flag up his work in forthcoming sales. You may still be lucky enough to find Bingham’s pottery for sale at places like car boot sales, where prices are excitingly low. Larger pieces in the hands of dealers can fetch prices in excess of several hundred pounds but these pieces of work are still remarkably affordable. My love of collecting Bingham’s work lies in the fact that no one piece is ever the same as another, even when the style is similar. Much of the decoration is sculpted, moulded and applied by hand. The very nature of this late Victorian Art Pottery, makes each individual piece a unique work of art. Distinguishing Pottery Marks Most Castle Hedingham pottery is well marked and bears the raised mark of the Castle Keep, either on its own or with other markings. Many pieces bear Bingham’s signature and are often dated. The illustration above is a good example of a well marked piece of Castle Hedingham pottery, depicting the upraised Castle Hedingham keep in the centre and lettering which is scratched onto the wet clay prior to firing. Note also the date of 1895. Seeing Castle Hedingham Pottery Please note that the Saffron Walden Museum and The Chelmsford Museum both have public displays of Bingham’s pottery which are well worth visiting. FIND OUT MORE

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A warm hearty welcome at The Stonemason’s in Petworth Located on the edge of Petworth on the Guildford Road, opposite the stunning grounds of Petworth House, The Stonemasons Inn (the pub with the Penny Farthing outside) boasts quality food, friendly service and a warm welcome. Local cask ales are a regular feature and the food is cooked freshly to order from local seasonal produce. Roaring log fires and Tudor oak beams all help create a lasting ambience. A hearty Winter menu includes favourites such as Game casserole, Steak & Kidney Pudding and a succulent Lamb Shank as well as lighter offers for the calorie-conscious. The dining style is relaxed and the dining rooms are as cosy as the bar. Recently the Inn has been awarded Open Tables Diner’s Choice Award, the Cask Marque Award of Excellence and has an entry in CAMRA’s Best Beer Guide. I am told the Sunday roast is amazing – but

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welcome. For more details, contact HDFAS Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or visit the Society’s website at to learn more about all their activities. Age UK’s Call in Time Programme This is a national telephone befriending service. 800 friendship calls are made every week by corporate volunteers to lonely and isolated older people. Each volunteer makes just one 20-30 minute call a week, which changes the lives of the elderly by reducing isolation and loneliness, building and improving their confidence, mental and physical well-being, and allowing them to remain independent in their own homes for longer. By sponsoring their staff to fund this activity, Godalming based Watco, who are the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial strength flooring products, will be helping to improve the lives of a vulnerable sector of the community. Starting in January, a minimum of ten Watco staff will take part in this initiative, with training provided by Age UK, who will pair staff up with suitable elderly partners based on shared interests. Many of the staff already spend a great deal of time on the phone as part of their day to day roles, so this telephone befriending service will integrate easily into their working day. Wild about the woods at the Slindon Estate 17th February, 10am-3pm Join the Slindon Estate team for a day of tree-filled family GODALMING 40 HIGH STREET GU7 1DY 01483 418020




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A class would normally last 60 minutes and would include a variety of postures focusing on breathing, balance, strength and flexibility. Classes generally finish with a period of complete relaxation which is a lovely way to feel calm and at ease. Classes are held at a variety of venues including community centres, village halls and health clubs. Some teachers are able to offer private classes in the comfort of your own home which can also work well if 3 or 4 friends would like to have private lessons together. Just as everybody is different, so every teacher is different so if the shoe doesn’t fit do persevere. You will find a class and teacher that understands and caters for your needs. If you would like to find out more about gentle yoga classes in the area, then please call Angela on 01428 685813 or email or contact your local health club or community centre who may well run classes. Many teachers have websites so it may be a case of searching online for teachers in your area. It may also be worth checking local notice boards or health food shops who often advertise classes.

Some of the research findings: “Yoga has potential utility as a complementary and alternative therapy for chronic diseases and can help older adults to maintain their health.“ Eda (2014), Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics “The results of this pilot study provide promising evidence that group Yoga classes can reduce pain and stiffness among seniors with arthritis.” Hansen (2010), International Journal of Yoga Therapy “Preliminary evidence suggests yoga may help sedentary individuals with arthritis safely increase physical activity and improve physical and physiological health”. Bartlett(2015), The Journal of Rheumatology




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play! Subsidised by the Haslewey Fundraising Committee, the Build-a-Buddy session costs just £5 per child, which includes a Teddy Bear’s picnic. Each child begins by choosing their favourite from a range of Teddy Bear “Buddies”, bringing it to life with lots of squashy filling and making a secret wish on a star before placing it safely inside the toy. You can then decorate a t-shirt for your buddy with fabric pens and other creative items before naming your buddy and filling out his or her birth certificate! Book your ticket in advance from Haslewey Reception or call 01428 648716. Haslemere Gardening Society Wednesday 17th February The society would like to wish all their members a Happy New Year. Their first talk of the year is a very interesting talk on Small Gardens by the very popular Andy McIndoe. Andy is the managing director of Hilliers Nurseries and Garden Centres. As usual the talk will be held in the Catholic Church Hall, Weydown Road Haslemere. Members and non members are most welcome, refreshments supplied. For enquiries see the website or e mail info@haslemere-gardening-society. Haslemere Rotary Saturday 20th February 7pm The Rotary Club are holding a Charity Fund Raising Dinner at Georgian House Hotel, High St, Haslemere GU27 2JY. Dinner will be followed by Speaker Garry Richardson, BBC sports commentator. The cost of the evening is £19.50 to include a two course dinner and coffee. Visit their website for more details Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Tots Bring your little ones on an outdoor adventure with Sussex Wildlife Trust’s fun weekly woodland activity sessions starting in March. Nature Tots is suitable for accompanied children aged 3-5 with a variety of Forest School activities themed on the changing seasons. There will be opportunities to explore the woodland searching for signs of spring, learn woodcraft skills with bowsaws and mallets, and enjoy stories, singing and games. Now in its third year, Nature Tots is proving enormously popular with parents and children, and groups are held at Woods Mill nature reserve, Henfield; Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne; Tilgate Park, Crawley; and on the beach at Pett Level in Rye Bay. Booking is essential – Nature tots bookings are taken 4-6 weeks at a time as regular weekly attendance is preferred. For booking and further information on days, locations, times and prices visit or call 01273 492630. Les Amitiés Françaises Monday 22nd February 2.30pm They will be welcoming a regular lecturer, Joel Binet for a rare afternoon lecture in the Baptist Hall, Queen Street, February 2016


Godalming. He will be talking about the famous lighthouses on the French coast and the endless battle against shipwreck. Doors open at 2pm for coffee and a chat and the lecture starts at 2.30. French-speaking visitors welcome. Information from or call 01483 389102. Bienvenue! Waverley Hoppa Community Transport Are you looking for a new interest in 2016? Could you spare a couple of hours per week to do something worthwhile? Would you like to use your business skills to benefit your community? If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then Waverley hoppa Community Transport can help! Hoppa is looking for a volunteer to chair its Board of Trustees. You will need enthusiasm, good communications skills and be a good leader who can represent hoppa locally. Experience of the transport sector, working with local authorities or the voluntary sector would be useful but not essential. To find out more information about this role, contact hoppa’s General Manager, Steve Forward on 01428 681710 or email: Haslemere Flower Club Wednesday 24th February 1.30pm The February meeting of Haslemere Flower Club will be held at Haslemere Hall. The demonstrator will be Gaenor Circus, and her title is ‘Through the Ages’. After the demonstration the arrangements will be raffled, and the afternoon will end with tea and biscuits. Do go along for an interesting and

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Have you ‘herd’ about CowParade? The world’s largest public art event is coming to Surrey from May to August 2016. The idea of CowParade is that individuals, companies and schools sponsor a life-size cow and either decorate it themselves or bring in an artist to do it. The cows will then be displayed around Surrey from May to August before being herded to the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on 3rd September at Coverwood Farm in Ewhurst, where they will be auctioned off for charity. Those judged to be extra special will be auctioned at a glittering ceremony held at a unique London location later in the year. In a novel move, while the models are being decorated and moved around, their location can be tracked via a specially-created app. CowParade Surrey was officially launched by leading National Hunt jockeys Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davies at Sandown Park in November 2015. The jockeys unveiled the Surrey Hills Cow, a chrome painted cow, named ‘Mirror Moo’. The concept behind the chrome cow, painted by metal work specialists Spray Chrome UK, is that it reflects the landscape of the Surrey Hills. CowParade was born in Switzerland in 1998 and has been staged in more than 80 cities and towns worldwide. Over the years 3,000 cows have been decorated by more than 5,000 artists. CowParade New York had 450 cows and was seen worldwide by 45 million people. The highest-grossing cow was created by designer John Rocha for CowParade Dublin in 2003. It was studded with thousands of pieces of Waterford Crystal and was auctioned for $146,000 – quite a lot of ‘moo-lah’ indeed!

Cow Sponsors We are currently on the lookout for Cow sponsors to sponsor a life-size cow and either decorate it themselves, or bring in an artist to do it. Organisations can choose their own charity and the auction proceeds will be split between that and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, a charity established to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, leaving a legacy for generations to come. CowParade Project Manager Carol Hornsby-Smith comments: “CowParade 2016 will give sponsors the chance to connect with millions of people. It offers a huge, unique PR and marketing opportunity that should generate even international interest. Various levels of sponsorship are available from a single cow to a whole herd. The trick is to create a cow that will raise lots of money at auction”. The initiative has already secured offers of support from key players including the National Trust, schools and Surrey businesses such as Sandown Park Racecourse. Artists The aim is to fill Surrey with bold, interesting, well executed cows throughout the summer before being auctioned in September for charity. This provides a great opportunity for local artists to promote their work and contribute to their local community. Artists may submit up to five designs. If you are a local artist and are interested in participating in this project, please complete the online form at Internationally renowned artist Alexander Creswell is patron of CowParade Surrey Hills. He comments: “CowParade is a brilliant platform for generating creativity and for bringing together businesses, schools and individuals across Surrey, it will also be a huge amount of fun! Together we will be creating a massive art installation with the potential to raise lots of money for good causes and for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund in particular.” FIND OUT MORE

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very enjoyable afternoon, and take your friends, visitors are charged £5. Fernhurst Centre Wednesdays 24th February-2nd March Get in touch with your creative side with two new courses from Totally Textiles to be held at the Fernhurst Centre in February and March. The first being Weaving a Scarf: using a Rigid Heddle Loom - loom provided for the sessions. This is a two part course at £20 to be held on the two Wednesdays from 2 - 4pm. Students should bring along some double knitting yarn, not pure wool. The second course is Needle Felt Wall Hangings: A Two-hour session at £10 on Wednesday 23rd March from 2 - 4pm. There will be a small charge of £2 for materials payable direct to the tutor on the day. Details of other courses are on the website and places must be booked in advance on 01428 641931 or email There’s lots of free parking at the rear of the Centre. Grayshott Folk Club Saturday 27th February 7.30pm This gig will be held in Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ and features the hugely talented Edwina Hayes (www. ). Edwina has performed a number of times for GFC and you know just what to expect from her; songs, stories and some wonderful singing and guitar playing. She will make you laugh, she might even make you cry but whatever she does, you will be royally entertained by one of Yorkshire’s finest contemporary singer/songwriters. Edwina has opened shows for many stars, including Jools Holland, KT Tunstall and Van Morrison. Her cover of Randy Newman’s ‘Feels Like Home’ was used in the film ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ and has had over 6 million of hits on YouTube! Don’t miss this one. Advance Adult Tickets are £12 (under 16’s £6) and can be purchased in person from: Grayshott Post Office, Grayshott Wine Centre or Haslemere Bookshop. Alternatively, call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Unwanted Christmas Gifts Were you given a DVD which you aren’t too keen on, or a book you’ve already read? Perhaps that snowman jumper isn’t quite to your taste, or you’ve already got quite enough bubble bath. Phyllis Tuckwell is appealing for anyone who has been given an unwanted Christmas gift to donate it to one of their shops, where it can be sold to raise money to help fund Hospice Care. Unwanted books, DVDs, toiletries, clothing and accessories are always welcome, as are donations of larger furniture items, which the charity can sell at its Home and Furniture shops. If you would like to donate any unwanted items, please take them to your local Phyllis Tuckwell shop between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Items left outside the charity’s shops when they are closed often get damaged and cannot be sold, instead incurring the charity costs to take them to the local tip, so please make your visit during opening hours. If you have any larger items which you would like the charity to collect, text STOCK to February 2016


70500 or call 01252 710679. Phyllis Tuckwell would also like to say a big thank you to all those who donated items to its shops during 2015. As the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £15,000 a day to be able to offer all its services, free of charge, to its patients and their families, and the money raised through selling these items is hugely important. To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell’s local shops please visit Wedding Fair Sunday 28th February 10am to 4pm Calling all Brides (and Grooms!) to be. Do go along to the The Haslemere Wedding Fair, hosted by Haslewey, opposite Lion Green on Wey Hill and enjoy one stop shopping for your wonderful wedding, all under one roof! Haslewey will be showcasing several local companies involved in putting together your picture perfect Wedding Day. From venues to wedding dresses, caterers to wedding cake designers, florists to photographers, hairdressers to make-up artists, musical entertainment to Bridal lingerie, this is a unique opportunity to meet local businesses and retailers in one location to help plan your special day. Admission is absolutely free! With live music, demonstrations, food sampling and refreshments available from the pop up Cafe, together with a fabulous Bridal Fashion Show, you could go along with family or, indeed, your future Groom/ Bridesmaids and enjoy an entertaining time whilst gathering information for your Big Day! For more information, or to book a stand, call Haslewey on 01428 648716.

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There’s something quite thrilling about carnivorous plants. Ever since I spotted a Venus Fly Trap at a nursery as a young child, I have found carnivorous plants to be intriguing. The excitement of watching a Venus Fly Trap snapping shut its trap has never ceased to fascinate me. Carnivorous plants have evolved from growing in peat bogs. The peat is formed from sphagnum moss and, as a consequence, the plants require specially formulated compost, which will vary depending on which genus of carnivorous plant is grown. Peat is an environmentally precious resource which is formed very slowly at a rate of just 1mm a year in ideal conditions. I am passionate about protecting and saving peat bogs and the flora and fauna that depend on these threatened areas for their survival. If you would like to see carnivorous plants growing in their native environment, you should visit Thursley Common National Nature Reserve in Surrey, where from June you can see our native species of Drosera, more commonly known as sundews. You’ll find lots more fascinating plants at Thursley, where you can also spot lizards, dragonflies, butterflies, birds and many of other interesting and beautiful wildlife. It is a super place to visit and at its best from May to September. Thursley Common has a specially constructed wooden boardwalk, which extends 3/4 mile over the wetter areas of the reserve. It offers access for all, even


February to April is the ideal time to plant Sarracenia, which grows best in a position where they will receive the maximum light. Sarracenia, like all carnivorous plants, should be grown in specially mixed compost. Sarracenia require acidic conditions, so avoid adding any lime containing materials at planting time and whilst caring for your plants. Use only rainwater to water your carnivorous plants and don’t add water to the trumpets of your Sarracenia, the plant will do this naturally by itself. Keep your plants dryer over wintertime to avoid rotting. Sarracenia grow well in containers. They are not deep-rooted plants so a shallow trough style of container is ideal. Don’t choose a larger container than you need, as these are slow growing plants which do not require a deep container or an excess of compost. Horticultural grit can be used to provide extra drainage or to fill out the base of your container if it’s deeper than required. Horsham Stone and Reclamation sell attractive reclaimed antique troughs, which would suit this style of planting ( Carnivorous plants grow best planted as a group with other carnivorous plants, so avoid any temptation to mix more invasive plants into your display, as this would be detrimental to your carnivorous plants. Hampshire Carnivorous Plants (, based in Horton Heath in Hampshire, have been growing carnivorous plants for over thirty-five years. Specialist growers of Sarracenia, Drosera, Dionaea (also known as Venus Fly Traps), they can supply you with everything you need to grow these exciting plants, from books, compost, to the plants themselves. Purchasing from a specialist grower provides the opportunity to select top quality plants and receive advice from an expert grower. Images from top left: Venus Fly Trap. Above: Sarracenia. Both by Beth Otway. Left: Oblong-leaved Sundew Drosera intermedia.


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Midhurst Decorative and Fine Arts’ Society Tuesday 1st March 10.45am NADFAS’s next lecture is ‘Inn Signia’ - Pub Signs, the artwork and the stories behind the names. This colourful and entertaining lecture given by John Ericson promises to be an intriguing journey through some of the most interesting and distinctive signs and exploring the fascinating stories behind them. Lectures are held at the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst. If you are interested in finding out more about Midhurst Dfas or in becoming a member, go to their website www. New Members are warmly welcomed. Haslemere Sub Aqua Club Thursday 3rd March 8pm Have you ever wanted to try scuba diving or dived before and want to start again, now’s your chance! Haslemere Sub Aqua Club (HSAC) is giving you the opportunity to book a ‘try-dive’ with one of their qualified instructors at the Haslemere Leisure Centre, Kings Road, Haslemere GU27 2QT (T & C’s apply). HSAC (affiliated with the national Sub Aqua Association) run their scuba training for club members on Thursdays from the beginning of March at the Haslemere Leisure Centre. Theory sessions at 7.45pm are followed by pool training at 8.45pm and a social drink afterwards. New faces are always welcome. Further details at Contact email info@ or call 01428-651685. Bourne Buildings May 14_Layout 1 11/05/2015 14:51 Page 1





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and old supporters of HMS it will be a feast of music rivalling last December’s sell-out concert. The society’s symphony orchestra will play Smetana’s Sarka from his famous Ma Vlast suite and will then accompany the chorus in Dvorak’s joyously melodious Stabat Mater. Tickets will sell fast for a concert by this society which has a large local following. They are priced at £8, £10 and £16 and can be bought from members or from Haslemere Hall directly on 01428 642161. Wey & Arun Canal Sunday 6th March Special cruises will be running on the Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood on Mothering Sunday. A ‘Coffee & Danish Pastry Cruise’ will depart at 11am and Cream Tea Cruises will depart at 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Black tie service will enhance the relaxing treat for Mums! The trips take 1½ hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children and must be booked in advance. The boat departs from the wharf beside the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood and travels along the decorated canal and through a restored lock. If you would like to book seats on one of the Mothering Sunday or Easter cruises (more about those next month) call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email You can find out more at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Here is a good news story. Supporters of this Shalford based

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wildlife charity have played a key part in conservation first by helping to fund the rescue, rehabilitation and release of a rare Amur (also known as Siberian) tiger that has now become a mother. Orphaned in 2012, the then 5-month old tigress named Zolushka (Russian for Cinderella) was found malnourished and with severe frostbite. Her chances of survival looked slim. With as few as 450 Amur tigers left in the wild, every tiger is vital to the continuation of this subspecies, the largest of all the big cats. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has a long history of supporting Amur tigers and was part of an international coalition that worked to bring the species back from the brink of extinction in the 1990s when numbers crashed to around 100. Today, they continue to fund key tiger conservation projects in Russia, India and Thailand to protect wild tigers. You can find out more and donate at or www. Liphook WEA Saturday 12th March Jennifer Goldsmith who brings History alive, will be presenting The Glorious Revolution of 1688/89 or Stolen Throne? In 1688 James II’s two daughters and his nephew ousted him from the throne in a revolution that changed British life. This is the exciting subject for Liphook WEA Study Day on Saturday 12th March at Liphook Village Hall from 10am to 4pm, with a one hour break for lunch. The fee of £25 includes a lunch and refreshments during the


Winter soups by Caroline Boucher Soups are wonderful and so easy to make. All those featured below can be made in no time at all and cost very little. It pays to shop around for your ingredients. A butternut squash that cost just ÂŁ1 at the market was priced at more than twice that in the supermarket. Some of the best soups are made by using leftovers from the fridge or whatever is on offer at your greengrocer, in the market or reduced in price in the supermarket. Cheap, nourishing and unbeatable!

Spiced Butternut Squash Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 onion, ďŹ nely chopped, 1 garlic clove, chopped, a lump of fresh ginger, grated, 1 red chilli, deseeded and ďŹ nely chopped, 1 tsp medium curry powder, approx 1 kg butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks, 2 lemongrass stalks, 400g coconut milk, 700 ml vegetable stock, 2 tsp orange juice. Serves 4. Method

Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli until soft. Stir in the curry powder and butternut squash. Bash the lemongrass stalks and add. Cover with lid and simmer for ten minutes, then add coconut milk and vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer until the squash is cooked through. Remove the lemongrass and blend in food processor. Add the orange juice and serve.

Pea and Ham Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 medium onion, diced, 1 litre of stock (chicken, vegetable or a cube), 1 large potato, peeled and diced, 500g frozen peas, 300g thick, cooked ham, cut into chunks. Serves 4. Method

Warm the oil in a deep saucepan. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add potato and coat with oil. Add stock, bring to the boil and cook until the potato is tender. Add peas and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and blend. Return to saucepan add the ham, bring to simmering point and serve.


RECIPES Winter Vegetable Ingredients

1 large tbsp vegetable oil, 1 leek, trimmed and diced, 1 onion, chopped, 1 celery stalk, chopped, 1 small potato, peeled and diced, 1 carrot, diced, 2 garlic cloves crushed, 1.5 litres stock - chicken or vegetable or a cube, 200g spinach, shredded, handful of chives, chopped finely. Serves 4. Method

Heat oil in the pan, add leek and cook until softened. Add onion, celery, potato, carrot and garlic, and cook for about ten minutes. Warm the stock, add it to the pan and bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Add spinach and cook until it wilts. Add chives and serve.

Soup hints and tips • Keep a bag of frozen mixed vegetables in the freezer. Quickly cook these in stock, blend them, add cream, season and serve. • Keep vegetable trimmings including broccoli stalks, cauliflower leaves and stalk, celery leaves etc as these can all be used for soup. • Adding courgettes makes a soup really creamy without the need for cream, perfect for dieters.

French Onion Ingredients

40g butter, 1 tbs sunflower oil, 1 kg onions, sliced finely, 2 tsp caster sugar, 30g plain flour, 1.5 litres vegetable, chicken or beef stock or cube, large handful strongly flavoured cheddar cheese, grated. Serves 4 Method

Melt the butter and oil in a pan, add the sugar and slowly cook the onions until they are caramelised and brown (around 20 minutes). Add flour and stir constantly to prevent sticking. Warm the stock and add it slowly. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into bowls, sprinkle cheese on top and serve while piping hot.

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...for the lovers of local food and drink

A taste of France The people of Chichester, Dorking, Farnham and Guildford are very lucky. They all have a Côte restaurant; and lovely ones as well. The newest is in Dorking and they invited me along. The setting follows the traditional theme of a Parisian bistro and it looks great. On my recent visit, the staff were all charming and attentive, which they always are in any Côte I have visited, which is quite a few for good reason. That is because I think Côte is a terrifically good chain of restaurants. I have never had a disappointing meal and when I have had minor issues, usually due to them being so busy, the staff have handled the situation not only very well, but also very discreetly and generously. It’s an impressive achievement. Now to the food. The menu changes sparingly and seasonally, which does mean that most of my favourites are usually available. They also have a very reasonably priced pre-7pm menu during the week of two courses for £9.99 or three for £12.99 which really is a steal. Add in monthly specials and you should be spoilt for choice.

lovely duck rillettes and excellent smoked duck breast with grilled sourdough bread, and the King Prawn Gratinée in a lovely tomato and garlic sauce with croutons. Other choices include excellent breaded Calamari (pictured) and traditional favourites like French Onion Soup. My only minor quibble (as a half-Frenchman) is that you have to pay for bread. There are light mains and then a good choice of fish and meat dishes, including Breton chicken and of course very good steaks. From the ‘plats rapides’ menu you can have a minute steak and frites or my usual choice of ‘poulet grillé’, a lovely flattened and grilled chicken breast with a delicious creamy mushroom sauce, served with gratin potatoes. I always have additional frites because they are always terrific. One of my bugbears is when frites are actually fat chips (which alas now happens in France); happily here they are the real deal. There are

other sides available, the braised peas are recommended but my French mum thought the French beans a little underdone. The braised red cabbage is excellent but only available from time to time sadly. Puddings are not really my thing although I have been known to have the Coupe Noire (vanilla ice cream with warm dark chocolate sauce) which is lovely. My colleague Marcus however says the Crème Caramel is sensational and better than he has had even on his French travels. Praise indeed! There are about eight more choices and of course cheese. The wine list is fairly well chosen and suits most wallets, and the Breton cider is delicious. Two dessert wines and ports complete the picture and will end a satisfying meal. I cannot really praise Côte more highly. It does what it does very very well and I always enjoy going there. Prices are realistic, the restaurants are pretty and buzzy, the food is lovely and the staff are excellent. I want one in Godalming. Fingers crossed! Stefan Reynolds 63 South St, Chichester. 2-3 St Martins Mews, Dorking. 26 Lion and Lamb Way, Farnham. 35 Castle Street, Guildford.

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day. For more information contact Judith Harris Tel 01428 609996. The Haslemere Players Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March Their next production is the multi-award-winning show, ‘Sister Act.’ This exhilarating show is bursting with joyous, upbeat songs and dazzling dance routines which are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your hands clapping. It is on at Haslemere Hall, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, an American nightclub singer and wannabe disco diva, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a mob crime murder committed by her boyfriend. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found, a Convent! Tickets on sale through Haslemere Hall www., tel: 01428 642161. The Haslemere Players are supporting the Breast Cancer charity ‘The MoonWalk’ with this production. Haslemere Festival Saturday 23rd April The Haslemere Festival, supported by The Haslemere branch of The Royal Society of St. George, will be marking Her Majesty, the Queen’s 90th birthday in style on Saturday, 23rd April 2016 – which is also St. George’s Day. This historic occasion, honouring Britain’s longest serving Monarch, will be celebrated by local people of all ages with a grand Carnival Procession from Lion Green to the centre of Haslemere - followed by a giant Tea Party in the High Street and lots of fun. The Carnival Procession of floats (vehicular and pedestrian), vintage cars (roughly three per decade) and fancy dress walkers, will be divided into sections to represent the nine incredible decades of the Queen’s life and will assemble on Lion Green at 1pm – including the St. George’s float, complete with dragon, maiden and St. George. From there, everyone will proceed to the High Street where they will be judged by the Guest of Honour. If you and your friends or family, charity, business or organisation would like to enter the Carnival Procession and join in the Big Birthday celebrations, please contact Don Stacey, one of the organisers, on 01428 644423, email him at or drop him an old-fashioned line to 25 Rosemary Court, Church Road, Haslemere, GU27 1BH. Don’t forget to let him know which decade you have chosen to represent – from the 1920’s up to the 2010s - and whether you will be travelling by car, float or walking. If you are entering by car, perhaps you could find a Queen Elizabeth ‘lookalike’ of the appropriate age for your chosen decade?

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The walk 1.Start in Harting Down National Trust car park, with a fantastic view across the flat plain of the Weald towards the Hog’s Back ridge and North Downs. Walk through a gate and cross Harting Hill. 2. Go over the undulating cross ridge dykes. These parallel mounds date back to the Iron Age, and may have been boundary markers or a checkpoint across the ridgeway. The hillsides are strewn with countless yellow meadow anthills. The mounds retain heat from the sun which keeps the colonies warm. Strangely, the ants help care for the caterpillars of the common blue butterfly, in return for a sugary secretion that they produce. Lots of other invertebrates enjoy the downland including the Duke of Burgundy fritillary and grizzled skipper butterflies, blue carpenter bee and

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the rare cheese snail. On dark summer nights, take a look on Round Down for glow worms. 3. Follow the right-hand track up Round Down hill, keeping a hedge on your left. You’ll see a huge variety of plants here all year round. Just over the top of the hill, turn left and go through a gate, before walking down into the next valley. After another gate at the bottom, walk across to the base of Beacon Hill. Catch a whiff of the fragrant black berries which grow on the female juniper bush and are used in gin-making; Harting Down is one of the best places to find them. In springtime, enjoy a buttery-yellow carpet of cowslips, often used to make potent local wine. Birds-foot trefoil, with its yellow flowers, is food for the caterpillars of the common blue butterfly. 4. Here is the ridge of an Iron Age Hill Fort, probably created as an animal enclosure and symbol of status, rather than a defensive stronghold. Either climb up to the summit of Beacon Hill or turn right and skirt across its lower slopes. 5. If you do walk over the top, turn right at a crossroads of paths on the other side and skirt back round the lower slopes of Beacon Hill until you meet the short cut route again. 6. At a signpost turn away from Beacon Hill on a path down to a dew pond and a little hill, ‘Granny’s Bottom’, on your right. If you are really lucky, you may see the rare sight of male adders ‘dancing’ (wrestling) for territory. However, there is more chance of seeing fallow deer bucks putting on a show in the October rut when they call loudly and lock antlers in attempt to secure access to the does. Also, listen for nightingales on summer afternoons and evenings. 7. Pass the pond and cross into a yew wood, known as the darkest place on the downs. It’s cold in here, even on a hot day! Yew trees are home to birds like wren, thrush and finch.


The dew pond in the valley bottom was recreated in the 1990s on the site of a 17th-century pond. There are several across Harting Down that originally used to supply water to grazing animals. Now they are inhabited by frogs, dragonflies and butterflies. 8. Climb up through the shade back onto Harting Hill. Follow the path until you emerge through an opening (not gate) on the right. Stay on a grassy path back to the car park. Map ©Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey. Media 008/16

DISTANCE: 4 miles


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STARTING POINT: Harting Down NT car park. It is 5.5 miles (8.9km) south east of Petersfield and 1 mile (1.6km) south of South Harting, off the B2141.

Image: On Harting Downs. The South Downs Way climbing over rising ground on the escarpment above South Harting. © Copyright Chris Heaton

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March, thousands of people take to the streets to collect donations for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Marie Curie is calling for more volunteers to help them in 2016 by signing up to collect at one of the 100 collections across Surrey. Most shifts are for 2 hours and it’s a great thing to do with a friend or family member as most places allow two people to collect at a time, dogs are also welcome! The money raised will go to Marie Curie’s Nursing Service, providing hands on care and emotional support to people with any terminal illness in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Marie Curie provides this care free of charge, allowing people to spend their final days at home surrounded by the people and things they love the most. It comes at a cost of £20 per hour to the charity. If you can help with collections please get in touch with Emily Akeroyd on 01883 832642, email emily. or visit www.mariecurie. Ride London-Surrey 100 Sunday 31st July Oakleaf Enterprise is a great Guildford-based mental health charity and has a limited number of charity places called Golden Bonds for this special event. The 100 mile route offers a perfect, traffic-free ride for a range of cycling abilities. Everyone can enjoy a challenging day in the saddle pedalling through the roads of London and Surrey. There is a minimum fundraising target of

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PROFILE South Downs Society The society exists to ensure this beautiful countryside, also a valued haven for wildlife, can be peacefully enjoyed by all. Previously known as the Sussex Downsmen, they have been conserving the landscape for over 90 years and have ambitious plans to do even more in the future. They are an entirely independent charity, not funded by the Government, and so the interest of their members is their priority, which is retaining the beauty of the Downs. Based in Pulborough, every year they organise over 200 walks, strolls and bike rides in both Hampshire and Sussex as well as events, talks and focused workshops so do consider joining the South Downs Society.

The South Downs Society is the National Park Society for the South Downs, the only charity dedicated to protecting the whole of the National Park and its heritage. They are guardians of this landscape; from Winchester and the steep hanger country of Hampshire, embracing the heaths of the Western Weald, across Sussex to Beachy Head.

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Independent and member led, they were founded in 1923 as a response to a threat of housing development which would have stretched across the cliff tops of the famous Seven Sisters. They are as passionate today, as were their founders, that the South Downs should be available for the enjoyment of all as well as future generations.

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