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THE EDITOR'S NOTE February is a funny old month. For some, there is the blessed relief that they can start drinking alcohol again after a dry January or begin eating normally now their diet is over. Those doing Veganuary can tuck in to those bacon sandwiches and others can get out their wallets now that the credit card bills have been fully settled. Sadly though, while getting lighter, the mornings are still dark, the cold weather is often yet to hit us and the joys of spring still seems a very very long way away. That might be one of the reasons why the month has only 28 days and someone decided it was a good idea to cheer many people up midway through the month with Valentine’s Day. Historically it was a interesting month. Mary Queen of Scots and Lady Jane Grey were both beheaded, and Lancastrian forces defeated the Yorkists at the Second Battle of St. Albans. A ‘Glorious Revolution’ brought the Protestant William of Orange and his wife Mary (daughter of James II and sister to Queen Anne, so well portrayed recently by Olivia Colman in The Favourite) to the throne of England after the Catholic King James II flees to France. Britain also went decimal, the Women’s Institute was founded, in Ontario, Canada, by Mrs Adelaide Hoodless and Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of the British Conservative Party. This month sees the return of our 'grumpy old git' in a new column entitled To the Point. This will appear periodically and will be a humerous look at some of the everyday issues that annoy, bewilder, irritate and perplex. With so much ammunition, we could probably fill the whole magazine! We also say hello to Alex Chidgey who has joined us to help with social media and design work for the magazine. Welcome!

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hen I was invited to visit two residential care homes over the Christmas period, I must be honest and confess that I had mixed feelings, given that I have had family and friends in care. However what I was to experience first-hand I found to be both uplifting and inspiring. Prior to my visits I undertook some research into the sector and was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cold statistics defining and assessing what is provided and to whom. But what I was to encounter were very caring and very professional human environments where people undoubtedly come first. My first destination was the Robertson Nursing Home in Godalming, which is run by Beritaz Care and is housed in an impressive Tudor-style building tucked away on a leafy country lane. Penny King, who has 25 years’ hands-on experience working in the care sector, is the home’s manager and very quickly put me at my ease. And during my visit it was evident that the residents I met were clearly enjoying the warm and relaxed living environment too. “The home isn’t purpose-built but has been converted and has a lot of character,” said Penny. “Every room is very individual - from the smaller rooms to one that has got its own conservatory. And we encourage new residents to bring in items that mean a lot to them to personalise their



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room.” Penny’s office overlooked one of the home’s communal lounges where some residents were chatting over a cup of coffee, surrounded by Christmas decorations. “We do our utmost to make their day and arrange activities to make a real difference. So, in September we had animals come and visit us in our lovely landscaped garden. A donkey, some pigs and goats – it really livened up their day,” said Penny, and smiling added: “We have children come and visit too, which included a group of Cubs who came in to sing Christmas carols for us.” Other activities include cheese and wine evenings, music evenings and exercise sessions too, with the latter a weekly activity called very wittily ‘Seniorcise’ which provides residents with gentle exercise routines. The home also encourages visitors to bring in their dogs and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to lighten up the residents’ day. “We recently had a visit from Jeremy

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SENIOR LIVING Hunt, the local MP,” explained Penny, pointing to a framed photo recording the event. “He actually overran his schedule because he was so engaging, sitting with residents and taking time to talk with them. It was a very proud moment for the staff too, and when I had a chance to talk to him we discussed some very important healthrelated topics, especially helpful given that he used to be the Health Secretary.” Prior to my visit I had picked up on a bit of publicity over the staff’s new bright red tabards. “Yes, that was our little environmental bit towards reducing plastic waste. The old tabards were made out of plastic but the new ones are made out of a long-lasting material and do not need to be thrown away after each use. They look great too!” said Penny, smiling. I could see staff busy in the kitchen and raised the question of food, which sometimes gets mixed responses from residents in homes. “Our chef works extremely hard with everybody. She plans the menus with the residents, and she changes them according to the season, summer through to winter. The chef will go around daily and will

ask everybody for their choice. What would they like? What do they fancy today? Food is extremely important. It’s a very social event. We really encourage people to come to the dining room. The more in the dining room the more sociable people will be and, inevitably, the more they will eat.” As part of my visit I was introduced to residents and visitors. Mary, who was sitting in the dining area enjoying some food, was keen to praise the staff and what they do. “I like the staff because they are very friendly, kind and helpful – and I really enjoy the music and singalongs we have. The singing at this time of year makes you feel very Christmassy!” Alan, who was visiting his wife with a friend was keen to add: “She has several carers here and they are very caring indeed. It’s a very friendly atmosphere so when you walk in you always feel at home which is incredibly important. And she enjoys socialising with the other people too.” I then headed over to Hatch Mill in Farnham to meet staff and residents, and to find out about the charity that runs this and other homes in the area. The Abbeyfield Society was established in 1956 by a former Coldstream Guard, Richard Carr-Gomm, who had encountered a growing number of lonely older people that he realised needed support. Having resigned his army commission, he effectively became Britain’s first male home help. He soon invited four of his elderly cares to join him to live in his house in

Top: The staff outside Beritaz's Robertsons Nursing Home. Above: Teatime at Robertsons. Right: Penny King with Mary.



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Above: Abbeyfield's Hatch Mill. Right: Tracey Pollard with Alf

south-east London, and that saw the start of more houses being provided for older people. By 1960, Abbeyfield Societies were established across London and throughout the country, and today there are 500 homes operated by the charity. Hatch Mill in Farnham provides residential and nursing care in a large and spacious converted 18th century grade II building, which, following closure as a working corn watermill, saw various uses including an arts centre and rehearsal studios for the now defunct Redgrave Theatre. The home, which opened in 2001 and, following a full refurbishment, now provides 19 residential rooms on the ground floor and 27 for nursing care upstairs. The Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society was launched in 1986 and is effectively the merging of society homes in Farnham, Guildford and Haslemere working on a not-forprofit basis, and which as a group provide home care, sheltered accommodation as well as residential and nursing care. Wey Valley House and Hatch Mill were their first two homes. I met with Tracey Pollard, who as the society’s Well-being Manager proved to be the perfect ambassador for the society, especially as encouraging social interaction and engaging with activities to maintain mental awareness and sustain self-esteem is a core element of the care they provide. “I started here in 2002 as a senior care assistant and now look after the outings and activities, and co-ordinate fundraising and events. I love it as I get to do all the fun jobs!” Tracey’s broad smile clearly endorsed this. “Our in-house activities are very resident-led, as you’ll find that activities across our three homes in Farnham are slightly different depending upon what the residents want.” Given that my visit was over the Christmas period, the home was full of brightly-coloured decorations and there was a general festive feel about the place with residents clearly enjoying the atmosphere. “So activities can be anything from pilates and tai chi, musical entertainment, to skittles and hoopla. We’ve had musicians come in and



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play Christmas tunes, and it’s lovely to see residents singing along with smiles on their faces.” When I arrived I had parked alongside Hatch Mill’s minibus which had been provided by fundraising activities by the society as well as a grant from the National Lottery. “We have volunteers that help staff with outings, and again these are chosen by our residents. This year we’ve had trips to Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Marwell Zoo and the Watts Gallery, amongst many other destinations.” The fact that these trips are clearly highly popular were endorsed by residents I was introduced to. “I very much enjoy the Runnymede boat trip along the Thames,” said Alf, the home’s longest stay resident. “And you get a very nice cream tea!” Shirley added: “The trip to Southsea with fish and chips down at the seaside is one of my favourites, and I must say that the staff here are very kind and do a wonderful job looking after us.” We also popped in to talk with Theo, whose room overlooks a pond in the garden where he watches the birds come and go, including regular visits from a heron. “I like all of the outings, and I do enjoy staying here and the staff are very friendly.” Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. FIND OUT MORE Robertson Nursing Home & Beritaz Care Hatch Mill & the Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society

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FASHION Kirstie Smillie

Wardrobe revisited With interviews for a new job looming and too much black in her wardrobe, Alison Gilbert had plenty of questions for fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie.


t’s known as many things but a wardrobe declutter, edit or detox sorts out the clothes that make you look and feel great with those that don’t. Fit is essential, fashion not so. Time is set aside to find outfits for your everyday life and to learn your own personal style. It’s about growing in confidence too with a nudge to experiment more and enjoy colour and tone. Alison, a mid forties fashion lover, often feels a bit confused and asked me to help her decide what stays and what goes. We focused on her immediate needs for now, which meant storing away the corporate dresses and high summer layers and creating outfits for interviews ahead, day layers and options to wear instead of jeans. To 'fruit-label' Alison (not sure who started that idea!) I would say she is a slim apple. Full bust and straight waist with neat bottom and great legs. We discussed proportion and the reality of tall, slender

models wearing the brands she loves like Hush and Whistles. Clothes will always look different on real bodies so thinking about your own shape before you buy will save time and energy. As a guide, if the top half is longer and wider, the bottom half suits slimmer or shorter - and in reverse, if you have chosen to wear wide trousers or a full midi skirt, choose slim fitting or waisted jackets for fit. Alison’s grown up ruffle blouse gets balance with her boyfriend jeans and in reverse her midi pleated skirt suited the leather jacket and ankle boots to avoid looking too officelike.

“I feel that I always end up in jeans even when I’ve got other alternatives…I feel I will be overdressed!”



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V. “I would like to stop buying stuff that I like on Instagram that actually isn't suited to my lifestyle....I'm not sure I know my style!” Alison’s quick style guide list: Wear skinny jeans with oversized knits Wide trousers need slim fitted knits and cropped jackets Midi skirts worn with fun t-shirts, waist length or tucked in. Wear short skirts with flatter boots and black opaques Wear more colour especially on the top half

Avoid long oversized tops with full skirts or wide trousers No to matt black near her face, unless there is a pop of colour nearby We agreed opaque tights and trainers and midi skirts was not for her, instead nude legs with ankle boots or long boots Try not to overanalyse - if it doesn’t work, recycle, even if the label is still hanging there - we all make mistakes What Alison learnt: Split up two pieces. Her velvet Toast t-shirt looks amazing with her Whistles dark green trousers that we pinned to become ankle length. The long velvet skirt became more relaxed-day with a slim fitting sweater. Mix up the under layers. If a top comes with a camisole, try a new colour. With Alison’s stripy shirt the navy cami relaxed the prim ruffles to add glamour to boyfriend jeans. Alter to perfect. Spend a little to make a garment fit. Shorten sleeves and see how it lifts the overall look. Alison agreed to shorten a Whistles leather t-shirt and re fitted a navy leather skirt, as these investment items won’t date and deserved the attention to detail. Just wear it. Alison has some gorgeous clothes that were hidden in her wardrobe. By trying on new outfit combinations, she was reminded how great she felt in them. Don’t keep for best.

“I thought I might have had lots to get rid of but having Kirstie go through items I was able to rework items which obviously saves money and helps me feel like I’m doing a bit towards my own sustainable footprint in the world. Kirstie doesn’t judge your wardrobe but she does ask questions of it. She gets to the crux of your needs always making sure you look stylish and modern..“ Ali. There are rules to follow but as we know these can always be broken. You are an individual so what works for one person will be different for another. Set a morning aside and start the process to achieve a coordinated wardrobe of clothes that you find easy to wear … a great way to start the year.

Kirstie is a Personal Fashion Stylist helping you to love your clothes and yourself. Foryour more details on Alison’s session, visit suits my website, " The first step is often own wardrobe, let’s work out what you.". Email: or call 07773 234947. Kirstie is a Personal Stylist helping you to love your clothes and yourself. Email: or call 07773 234947.

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Black cabs are going green Andy Goundry looks at the iconic black cab as it goes green...


he black cab is a world-famous London icon: convenient, functional, and a common sight on London’s roads. Unfortunately, though, their diesel engines are a major source of pollution. That’s why London’s Mayor announced that from 1st January 2018 all new taxis must be diesel-free and able to run entirely on electric power for a minimum of 30 miles. China has ambitions of becoming the dominant player in electric vehicles, a target which is well on the way to being achieved. For example, whilst London presently has under 200 electric buses in service, one Chinese city alone – Shenzen – has over 16,000! Geely, the Chinese company who own Volvo, have invested over £325 million in a new Coventry-based business, London Electric Vehicle Company, or LEVC, which has developed a groundbreaking new electric cab, the TX e-City.

All the electric drive parts are tucked away out of sight.



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Sensibly, in view of the iconic appearance of the traditional black cab, the new e-City is visually almost identical, but under that familiar skin lies a radically different product. After analysing how a cab is used by its driver and passengers, LEVC have brought it right up to date. For example, in a traditional cab, wheelchair space is tight, so the e-City has an extra 200mm of wheelbase. Coupled with a lower floor, wider opening doors and a higher roofline, this gives a simple, practical layout for both wheelchair users and able-bodied passengers alike. Creature comforts have not been forgotten either; the passenger compartment features a mains power socket for laptops, USB charging points and on-board WiFi, all topped off with a huge panoramic roof. The driving compartment has been brought right up to date using Volvo parts such as the driver’s seat, the central 9” touch screen and a digital instrument panel, all suitably revised to incorporate specific taxi features. By piggy-backing Volvo’s development investment in this technology, the cab driver benefits

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Above: The driver's compartment, brought right up to date. Below: A London icon, now soon to be seen on Paris streets.

significantly, the previous cab being distinctly agricultural in comparison. The new cab also uses Volvo’s latest worldleading accident avoidance technology. A 31kWh battery pack is mounted under the front floor, which powers the electric motor. The battery can be topped up when necessary using one of the two fitted fast charging ports. Between them, these cater for most types of charging connections. The cab also has a Volvo 1.5 litre ‘range extender’ petrol engine for use where no external charging is available. Every component used in the cab has been tested using a specially-developed ‘TaxiDur’ test where components undergo test cycles ten to twenty times longer than for a typical passenger car. Over a million miles of durability proving has been carried out, in all climate conditions, with final testing completed last year in London. The average cabbie lives outside central London, drives daily into the city and then covers typically 100-120 miles of fare-carrying duties before heading home at the end of a shift. The new cab is therefore designed around this duty cycle. Typically, the cabbie will charge their e-City overnight at home, driving into town in the morning using petrol



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power, and switching to electric running on arrival into the city. With a battery range of up to 80 miles, the cab will easily get to lunchtime without needing recharging. A lunchtime fast charge will then top up the battery, providing ample power for the rest of the day. To cope with the occasional long-distance job, the cab can switch when necessary to petrol power, its 35-litre fuel tank giving it a range of almost 300 miles. The e-City cab will soon become a common sight not only in London but also around the world. The first international orders have already been shipped, whilst Paris has also recently announced plans to take the new cab. The battery is covered by a classleading five-year warranty. However, with sophisticated battery management on board, LEVC's engineers confidently expect a 15-year battery life. Although around £10,000 more expensive than the outgoing diesel cab, the average driver should save £100 a week by moving to the new vehicle. LEVC reckon the e-City should at least break even over a typical 5-year ownership period compared to a traditional diesel cab. Although about 600 of the impressive e-City cabs are now operating in London, uptake has been slower than expected, due not least to the very authorities who are calling for a significant reduction in emissions. While TfL are providing many new rapid charge points for electric cabs, they are apparently expensive to use – 22p per kWh, compared to 10-12p for domestic electricity. Also, the rumoured impending road use charging which could replace falling fuel duty revenue may make electric vehicle operation more expensive. Given these uncertainties over running costs, many cabbies are adopting a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude. So, TfL and Government, if you really want to reduce the pollution levels of our streets and see all of the 21,000 strong London cab fleet electrified, the ball is in your court! FIND OUT MORE If you would like to find out more about the new electric cab, please head over to the writer’s website www. © Andy Goundry 15th November 2018

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Grow top performing, tasty tomatoes! As you will know from last month, I just adore growing fruit and vegetables. Any form of edible gardening is a soul-enriching experience, which I would encourage you to try. Last year, I ran a tomato trial, to discover delicious, productive, and reliable tomato varieties. My tomato seeds were sown inside my glasshouse in the middle of March. So if you’d like to grow tomatoes, you have plenty of time to prepare. If you don’t have a glasshouse, you could grow your tomato plants on your window sill. My plants were planted outside in June, when all risk of frost had passed. All of my tomato plants that were grown for this trial were grown in Dalefoot composts - the top performing composts in my compost trials over the past five consecutive years. Dalefoot Composts are made with natural materials, including bracken and sheep’s wool, to create a nutrient rich, water retentive compost, which holds on to water longer than any of the other composts I have trialled. My outside tap and both of my watering systems broke, one after the other last year! During this time, I was away from home for a week. The fact that

all of my tomato plants, which were growing in small containers inside my glasshouse, survived a week of scorching hot weather without any watering is testament to how water retentive Dalefoot Composts are. I didn’t use any fertiliser or feed during my tomato trial as my tomato plants received sufficient nutrients from the Dalefoot Composts they were grown in. I trialled growing my tomato plants in Haxnicks Vigoroot Potato/Tomato Planters, in plastic containers, and in the ground. The Haxnicks Vigoroot Planters produced more productive plants in 12 out of the 15 tomato varieties trialled. I supported my tomato plants with lengths of twine tied to an overhead support system as I find this to be a simple but effective method. Sadly, the twine I used was prone to snapping unexpectedly, leaving my plants requiring urgent attention, so I’d recommend that you use a good-quality twine if you plan to support your tomato plants in a similar manner. I trialled a range of tomato types: cherry, cocktail, salad, and beefsteak. Of these, my favourite tasting tomato varieties were: ‘Honeycomb’, a delicious, small cherry tomato with an intensely sweet, fruity flavour and a great balance of acidity; ‘Cherry Baby’ produces small, tangy tomatoes; ‘Consuelo’ is a cherry tomato with a slightly sharper flavour; ‘Shimmer’ is a small plum tomato, it’s just slightly larger than a cherry tomato, with silky smooth flesh and a sweet, mellow flavour, without any acidity. Finally, ‘Orange Wellington’ is a beefsteak tomato, which produces large, juicy fruits with a soft, melting texture and a delicate, rounded flavour. Top: Tomato 'Consuelo'; left: Tomato 'Prange Wellington'.

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Valentine's Day chocolate recipes


Here are a couple of easy-to-make chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day, or indeed any other day. With January now out of the way, it is surely now time for some modest indulgence...

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Brownies





150g good-quality dark chocolate, 75% cocoa solids; 150ml pot double cream; 25g unsalted butter. Makes 25-30 truffles. 1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put into a large bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan, add the butter and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir thoroughly until smooth. At this stage, you can add any flavourings to the truffle mix. If you want several, divide the mixture between bowls and mix in liqueurs or other flavourings one teaspoon at a time to taste. Try your favourite spirit (whisky, rum, Malibu, gin, brandy), the juice and zest of an orange or you can leave plain. Cool and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hrs. 2. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to make your truffles, take mixture out of the fridge and let it warm up to room temperature. Dip two spoons or a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture. 3. Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. Tip toppings into a bowl and gently roll the truffles until evenly coated, then chill on greaseproof paper. Eat within three days or they can be frozen. To coat, try crushed nuts, lightly toasted desiccated coconut or roll in cocoa powder. To coat in chocolate, melt 100g milk, dark or white chocolate in a bain marie per 10 truffles. Allow it to cool slightly. With a fork, dip each truffle into it to coat. Place on the baking tray, then chill.



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200g dark chocolate, min 70% cocoa solids; 250g unsalted butter; 4 eggs; 360g caster sugar, 65g plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 80g good quality cocoa powder. Makes 20. 1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. 2. Line a 24cm square brownie tin with greaseproof paper. Melt the chopped butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted, stirring regularly. Cool to room temperature. 3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix this all together to give a fudgy batter. At this stage, you can add a variety of flavourings. Try chopped white or milk chocolate chunks; toasted and roughly chopped walnuts; dried cherries; baby marshmallows etc. 6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is cracked but the middle still a little bit gooey. Cool completely, then lift out of the tin and cut. Store in an airtight container. For many more chocolate recipes, please visit the following websites:

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Prospects of Polesden An undulating walk from Ranmore Common in the Surrey Hills, through part of the National Trust estate of Polesden Lacey. From the walk there are good views of the Mole Gap, London, and on a clear day, the South Downs. Please note that there is admission fee if you wish to enter the grounds or house of Polesden Lacey (free for National Trust members). This is a Surrey County Council Rights of Way Group Self Guided Walk and is reproduced with kind permission of Surrey County Council. Go. From the Denbies Hillside car park, cross over Ranmore Common Road with care and then turn left along the wide grass verge. You will pass the red Charlotte Cottage to the left and then Rose Tree Cottage and the tile-clad Fox Cottages on the right. Immediately after Fox Cottages, turn right alongside a vehicle barrier onto the track into woodland (signed Youth Hostel). Ignore the first path forking immediately left, simply stay on the track alongside the cottage on the right. In 40m, at the fork, take the left branch signed again for the Youth Hostel. 1. Follow the woodland path which leads you steadily downhill for 1.1km. The woodland here is a mixture of oak, beech and yew. Young beech trees have been planted where the land slopes downhill and enters the Polesden Estate. The estate woodlands are managed to preserve their important landscape feature when viewed from the gardens of Polesden Lacey House. Eventually the track swings right to pass Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel on your left. Take a moment here to admire the ©Crown copyright 2019 youth hostel cottage and the valley Ordnance Survey. Media 005/19 beyond. Tanners Hatch is an old estate cottage that was restored and renovated by members of the Youth Hostels Association during the Second World War. Across the valley the long wall of Sheridan’s Walk can be glimpsed through the trees. The playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan bought the Polesden Lacey Estate in 1797. He described the old house as a ruin and had ambitious plans to rebuild it, but did not achieve this. The only visible legacy of his ownership is this long terraced walk, which is still one of the most impressive features of the garden. 2. Continue to follow the track down to the bottom of the valley (ignoring a signed path through a gate to the left). Stay on the main track as it swings left heading uphill between lines of coppiced hedgerows. After 100m fork left (signed to Connicut Lane) and the path leads you under an ornamental stone bridge. 3. Beyond the bridge, continue on the main track still climbing (note: Disclaimer

this stretch can be very muddy). Some way along, the view opens up back across the fields on the right to the Mole Gap. After about 1.2km you will reach a T-junction with the road, Polesden Road. 4. Cross over the road with care, go through the hedge gap opposite and then turn immediately left to follow the footpath running parallel with the road on the left. On a clear day, there are views of London to the right. At the end of the right-hand grass verge, you will reach the entrance drive for Polesden Lacey on the left. At this point you can take a detour to visit the house and gardens should you wish. NT charges apply for non-members. To do so, turn left down the drive. Opening times are displayed by the memorial arch, which was designed by Sir Hugh Casson and built in 1958. 5. To continue the walk, ignore the fork for the entrance drive on the left, simply keep ahead on the track signed to several cottages and farms. After 140m, at a signed junction of paths, stay on the main track which swings left heading steadily uphill. Stay on the track to pass Home Farm House and then continue downhill to join a cutting which leads you under a thatched bridge. The cutting was constructed in 1861 to allow vehicles to use this estate road without being seen from the gardens. The excavated material was used to make a causeway for the lane lined with yew trees which you will be joining shortly. 6. Pass under the second bridge and, where the tarmac track turns left, keep ahead along a track lined with yew trees (signed as a public bridleway). After 300m you will come to a staggered T-junction. Turn right heading uphill on the tarmac track, noting the views of the Mole Valley. You will come to Yew Tree Farm on the left. A few paces after Yew Tree Farm, keep left at the fork. Keep left again at the second fork, staying on the main track. Further along on the left, you will find a small rest area with a bench. Take a moment here to sit and admire the lovely view back towards Polesden Lacey.

This walking route was walked and checked at the time of writing. We have taken care to make sure all our walks are safe for walkers of a reasonable level of experience and Þtness. However, like all outdoor activities, walking carries a degree of risk and we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability whilst following this walk. We cannot be held for responsible for any inaccuracies that result from changes to the routes that occur over time. Please let us know of any changes to the routes so that we can correct the information. Walking Safety

For your safety and comfort we recommend that you take the following with you on your walk: bottled water, snacks, a waterproof jacket, waterproof/sturdy boots, a woolly hat and ßeece (in winter and cold weather), a fully-charged mobile phone, a whistle, a compass and an Ordnance Survey map of the area. Check the weather forecast before you leave, carry appropriate clothing and do not set out in fog or mist as these conditions can seriously affect your ability to navigate the route. Take particular care on cliff/mountain paths where steep drops can present a particular hazard. Some routes include sections along roads Ð take care to avoid any trafÞc at these points. Around farmland take care with children and dogs, particularly around machinery and livestock. If you are walking on the coast make sure you check the tide times before you set out.

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A view of the beautiful Polesden estate, taken during a walk in October (Stefan Reynolds)

The present house was designed by Thomas Cubitt as a Grecian villa, and built in 1824 by Joseph Bonsor. Several owners have since added to it. Bonsor planted many of the avenues and woods on the estate. The house became a focus of Edwardian society when the Honourable Mrs Ronald Greville lived there, and entertained the social and political leaders of the time. In 1923 the then Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, spent part of their honeymoon there. When Mrs Greville died in 1942 she bequeathed the estate to the National Trust as a memorial to her father. Some way further up the hill you will come to a short waymarker post with blue and yellow arrows, marking a crossroads of paths. 7. Keep straight ahead on the main track and then ignore the next path signed left. About 50m later, fork right to join a bridleway marked with a blue arrow (not the blue NT arrow). Keep straight ahead across a stone vehicle track and continue along the bridleway through woods for 450m to reach a junction with the road. Cross the road with care and go along the track opposite (signed for the Ranmore Campsite). Pass the scout campsite on the left and continue downhill for 100m to reach a signed junction. Turn left here to join the North Downs Way (marked by an acorn symbol). 8. Keep ahead on this path, passing through a wooden staggered barrier, along the edge of Ranmore Common woodland. After 700m, at a staggered crossroads, go ahead through a kissing


gate into Steer’s Field. Take the left-hand of the two paths ahead, heading for Ranmore Common’s St Barnabas Church spire, noting the view of Westcott to the right and Dorking ahead. In 1850, the elaborate but now demolished Denbies house was designed and built by Thomas Cubitt, who was the well-known builder and architect of the oldest part of Polesden Lacey house. St Barnabas Church was built in 1859 near Denbies by Cubitt’s son George, later Lord Ashcombe. The National Trust acquired 99 hectares (245 acres) of the Denbies hillside in 1960 and manages it to conserve the chalk grassland. Follow the path as it swings left and pass through the gate to reach the car park where the walk began.

DISTANCE: 5 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate START POINT: The walk starts and finishes at the National Trust Denbies Hillside pay and display car park on Ranmore Common Road, about one mile north-west of Dorking. Free for National Trust members. For many more walks, please visit our website at: February 2019

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Little Lumpy Cycle Sportive 2019

Hampshire to the South Downs at South Harting, where the Challenge and Epic routes branch off, taking riders over some pretty testing climbs. For example, where it says Downs, it usually means Up with a vengeance! Please note that cyclists under 16 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult.

By popular demand, Haslemere Festival’s Little Lumpy Cycle Sportive 2019 is back for its 11th year, to test the dedication and stamina of local cyclists - and it’s bigger and better than ever! This amazing not-for-profit event is taking place on Sunday 19th May and The Little Lumpy is pleased and proud to announce that its partner charity for 2019 is The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. There are three routes and levels of endurance for cyclists of all ages and stages in life to choose from, Epic, Challenge and Sport, ranging from 40 to 100 miles and a climb of 3131ft to 8434ft! All the routes take you along the back roads and through the prettiest parts of West Sussex, Surrey and

However, what goes up, must come down and The Little Lumpy Cycle Sportive start and finish location is again at Haslemere’s Woolmer Hill Sports Association Clubhouse, who are also kindly providing free parking, changing facilities, showers and all the comforts of a modern clubhouse. Cyclists who have competed before will know that the delicious selection of yummy cakes provided are all homemade by volunteers and Haslemere bakers and is becoming quite legendary! Plus there are free teas and coffee and a bacon butty breakfast (veggie options available!) provided at the very beginning to kick start you into action!. So, enjoy a fantastic day out in the stunning local countryside, plus the opportunity to support your local community too! For more information on the event itself and ticket prices visit or go on the Facebook page - littlelumpysportive.

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Well, January is over and to all those who decided to give up alcohol, grow a beard, stop eating, walk 10 miles a day etc, I do hope you were successful and that you feel much better for it. I guess spring is around the corner; however I might not be alone in this but we actually had a daffodil out in the garden before the end of December. It’s still standing there defiant as I write. Is this the result of global warming I ask myself! Historic Haslemere Runs until Saturday 2nd March An exhibition which reveals the fascinating history of Haslemere, told through beautifully illustrated story boards, where visitors will be taken on a journey about the history of the town. Some interesting and rare exhibits will also be on display. For anyone interested in local history, this exhibition at Haslemere Museum is a must! The Great Brick Safari Until Sunday 3rd March Escape the winter blues and go on a journey inside the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley to search for more than 40 LEGO® brick sculptures on The Great Brick Safari. The life-size brick creations can be found nestled amongst the lush foliage in both the temperate and tropical zones of the cathedral-like Glasshouse. Sculptures include animals such as an elephant, lions, meerkats, turtles and a gorilla. Beautiful LEGO® brick plants created especially for RHS Garden Wisley include a Venus Fly Trap, Golden Barrel Cactus, Bird of Paradise and Water Lilies.

40th production, and is a present-day staging of Shakespeare’s astonishingly modern examination of sexual harassment and the abuse of power. At the interval six characters will gender-swap and replay the show again from the beginning to encourage discussion preconceptions of gender and power structure. It takes place at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford and there are 23 performances. Tickets range from £26 to £16.50. Call 01483 304384 or go to where you can also find more information. Mindfulness Visualisation Meditation (MVM) This is apparently a proven technique developed by a western meditator with over 42 years experience. Learn to be calm and relaxed when you want to, not when your mind decides! Harnesses the real power of your mind so that it will work with you. There is a free ‘taster’ first session and after that it is £10 per session. The sessions are held at the The Grange Centre in Midhurst. For more details contact Graheme Parsons at

Adult Ballet Classes for Beginners Friday afternoons We Love to Dance is now offering a beginners class on a Friday afternoon in Liphook. If you're interested, give Rachel a call on 07946 363556 or email

The Arts Society West Sussex Tuesday 5th February 2pm Douglas Skeggs will talk on David Hockney ‘The Old Master of Modern Art’. Hockney's paintings show a charm and humour that sets them apart from others of his generation. This talk will follow a career full of wit and imagination. On Tuesday 5th March there will be a Spring Lunch at 12.30pm followed by talk at 2pm given by Sian Walters entitled ‘Leonardo and the Festa Del Paradiso’. 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo de Vinci’s death. The talk will explore art and dance in Milan and Leonardo at the Sforza Court. Meetings held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm Doors open 1.40pm. There is tea and coffee after the lecture. Call 01903 411086 or email jackiebuckler@sky. com. Visitors most welcome - £5. More information at

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complete low-down of where and when. Included in normal Garden entry (book your garden visitors tickets in advance, for a 10% discount). Waverley Dowsers Society Friday 8th February 7.15pm for 7.30pm Local dowser Roger Taylor introduces his dowsing experience. He will be talking about his experiences including Orgone a subtle life energy force which is understood to be a syntropic influence promoting order and how it can enhance growth and energy. The venue is the Unitarian Hall, Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3JB (opposite the Texaco Garage on the A3100). Meetings are held every 2nd Friday of the month and all guests are welcome. Free refreshments are available during the meeting. The Waverley Dowsing Society is both a fun and a scientific group who meet to learn and practice dowsing. Check their website for more information or contact Chairman Geoff on 01276 472977. The Fernhurst Centre – Spanish Lessons If you are looking to learn Spanish or want to build and practise your Spanish language skills – the Fernhurst Centre is offering Spanish Conversation at four levels. The absolute Beginners course commences on Friday 8th February from 11.30 am– 12.30 pm. Beginners (with some knowledge

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Haslemere Natural History Society Saturday 9th February 2.15pm The audience will hear about the ground-breaking inventions and discoveries of father and son, Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir William Lawrence Bragg, who were Chiddingfold residents. These two Nobel Laureates gave us the Bragg Peak, used in radiotherapy, and Bragg’s Law revealing the double-helix of DNA and the cause of Mad Cow Disease. This talk will be at Haslemere Museum, GU27 2LA. Nonmembers are welcome, for £4 at the door.




Fernhurst Films Saturday 9th February Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village They are screening two films on this day. The first is Book online now | ‘Incredibles 2’, the exciting and long-awaited sequel to 'The Incredibles' of 2004. Everyone's favourite family of Guildford, GU3 1DQ superheroes is back but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of ‘normal’ life! Doors open at 4pm and the film starts at 4.30pm. Rated PG. This screening is 03/01/2019 in aid of Friends of Fernhurst School. The second film is Feb Half Term 2019.indd 1 ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ staring Lily James, Matthew Goode, and Penelope Wilton. This is a great film (I saw it a while ago) about a visit to Guernsey by Juliet, a charismatic and free-spirited writer who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club in Nazioccupied Guernsey. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey, the writer of the letter, will change the course of her life forever. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts 7.30pm. Rated 12A. Both films will be shown in the Village Hall. For a synopsis of the season’s films, click New Roofs • Repairs • Flat Roofs • Guttering • Roof Clearance & Coatings • Lead Work • UPVC Fascias onto • Soffitts • Valleys • Flashings • Pointing • Roof Windows

Darwin Day 2019 Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th February The library at RHS Garden Wisley is open from 10am–4pm weekdays and 11am–4pm at weekends and Bank Holidays. To celebrate his 210th birthday there will be a display, in the Wisley Library, all about Charles Darwin and on 12th February (his birthday), the herbarium specimen that Darwin collected on his historic voyage with The Beagle in the early 1830s. Included in normal garden entry (book your garden visitors tickets in advance, for a 10% discount). February 2019

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V. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT US AT WWW.VANTAGEPOINTMAG.CO.UK Surrey County Walkers They have a great programme of weekend walks coming up in February. Here are the details. On Saturday 9th there is a 7.5 mile easy walk around Puttenham Common, Rodsall Manor, Gatwick. Meet at The Tarn Car Park, Littleworth Rd (Ref 186/910456). It will be led by Barry and Judy (01252 703869, 07789 741161). On Sunday 17th there is a 5 mile easy walk around Stockbridge Pond, Tankersford Common, Tilford. Meet at Tilford Village Green Car Park (186/876436). It will be led by Jill (01252 724171). Finally, on Saturday 23rd there is a 5.5 mile easy walk around Sheepleas, Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley. Meet in Sheepleas Shere Road Car Park (Ref 187/085515) N.B. NOT Sheepleas Green Dene. Led by Tom and Brigitte (01832 342456, 07941 553222). All these walks start at 10am. National Garden Scheme Gardens are beginning to open and in West Sussex there are quite a number that are opening in February. To mention a couple, on Sunday 10th The Manor of Dean, Tillington, Petworth GU28 9AP will open from 2pm–4pm. It’s a traditional English garden of approximately 3 acres with a variety of early flowering bulbs including snowdrops. Home-made teas will be available. On Saturday 23rd Coign Cottage, Church Road, West Lavington GU29 0EH will open from 10.30am – 4pm. It’s a one acre country garden which has been created and developed over the last 9 yrs with swathes of snowdrops and hellebores. Light refreshments will be available. Unfortunately, I can’t list every garden that will open its doors, however if you go to find-a-garden you can find full details. Wellbeing Afternoon Sunday 10th February 2pm-5pm Take some time out at Grayswood Village Hall for a relaxing and restorative afternoon of yoga, bootybarre, meditation, skincare workshop, mindfulness and delicious afternoon tea. Tickets cost £45, email Clayton Fine Jewellery Sadly, they will be closing down as the proprietor, Keith Clayton, wishes to retire and he’s not yet found anyone to take on his successful business in Haslemere which offers a fantastic selection of jewellery, watches and gifts along with jewellery repairs and re-modelling and watch repairs. Keith has been overwhelmed and very grateful for the kind comments he has received from his loyal customers. The shop won’t be closing until the spring, but right now they have a sale to clear over 5,000 items of stock, so almost everything has at least 30% off, with hundreds of items at half price or less. Might be some great bargains! 34


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Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers They have a programme of 19 walks in February, ranging from 5 to 10 miles in length and led by experienced walk leaders. If you enjoy friendly and relaxed country walking, why not give one of these walks a try? Further details at, or look on Facebook. Midhurst Garden Club Monday 11th February 7.30pm The talk by Alan Sargent will be ‘Confessions of a Gardener’. Alan is a leading management consultant, author and columnist and he started his horticulture career in 1968 specialising in 18th and 19th century gardens. He became Head Gardener to the Goodwood Estate in 2001 leaving after six years having overseen the design of the new private garden. He will entertain with amusing stories from his time as a Landscape Gardener to the rich and famous. Talks take place at The South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst. Refreshments available from 7pm and visitors are most welcome. For more information, contact Denise Skinner on 01730 814194, email or check the website Haslemere U3A Events Monday 11th February 2pm This sounds as if it will be a fascinating afternoon. ‘A Butler to Royalty’ is a talk by William French at Haslemere Hall. Starting his career at the age of 16 when he joined the Royal Navy, his duties during the following five years while working on the Royal Yacht Britannia included service to The Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family. Enjoying 25 years travelling the World as a top butler to VIPs, William has many stories to tell. Admission free. Nonmembers welcome.Membership enquiries to Clare Fripp on 01428 643561 or email membership1@haslemere-u3a. More information at Fun and effective exercises for the over 60s Do you want to improve your balance, strength and coordination as well as heart health. You are welcome to try our class, a great start to the New Year. Mondays 2pm-3pm at Methodist Church, Farnham; Tuesdays 2pm-3.15pm falls prevention at High Lane Community Centre, Haselmere; Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30pm at United Church, Godalming; and Thursdays 2pm-3pm at St.Joan's hall, Farnham. For more information contact Joanna Payne on 07880 722272. Guildford Cardiac Support Group Tuesday 12th February 7.30pm The group has been operating for over 25 years and meets every second Tuesday of each month at St John's Centre, Stocton Close, Guildford GU1 1HA. We have close links

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with Royal Surrey's Cardiac Function and are affiliated to the British Heart Foundation. They normally have a guest speaker at each of their meetings who would give a presentation on their own dedicated topic - typically this would relate to cardiac, dietary, exercise or other current medical issues affecting people many who have undergone cardiac procedures. Talks (many are illustrated) normally last for about 30 minutes and are followed by discussions over refreshments. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome; contact the Secretary, Jennifer Korolowicz on 01483 826175 or visit Grayshott Gardeners Wednesday 13th February 7.15pm for 8pm At their next meeting in the Village Hall, they welcome Nick Bailey, a garden designer, best-selling author, columnist and presenter on BBC Two's Gardeners' World as their Keynote speaker this month. The title of his talk is ‘365 Days of Colour In Your Garden’ His book of the same name covers ideas on how to use, combine, design with and prolong colour, it focuses on achievable ways of growing plants of every tone through 12 months of the year. Members free, visitors £8. Details of tickets can be obtained by calling 01428 722000 or by visiting www. February 2019

Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 14th February 7.30pm The February lecture for Les Amitiés Françaises at the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BA will be by Catherine Greensmith. She will lecture (in French) on La Revolution Française - berceau de la France modern; an amazingly topical subject. Doors open at 7pm and coffee, tea and biscuits are available before the lecture. Les Amities Françaises are one of the largest and most active groups in the country with a growing membership and are linked to, and have the support of, the Alliance Française de Londres. For details of events and membership, email or visit and their Facebook page: @ amitieswaverley. New members are very welcome. Milford Probus Club Friday 15th February Milford Probus is a club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men and women. They have members from Waverley and beyond, and meet in Godalming on the third Friday of each month for lunch followed by a talk on a wide variety of subjects. At the next meeting, a Metropolitan Police Officer will talk on ‘Scam and Crime Prevention’. Guests are always welcome to meetings by invitation, and also on their outings. A visit to the Bank of England Museum and other sites of interest is

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Milland Model Railway Modellers Along the way there was a change of emphasis and group members decided it would be preferable to have more of a club atmosphere. In U3A in the UK, there are around 8 model railway groups. The MVM is currently six members strong, but is ripe for expansion into a slightly larger group, whilst retaining its friendly ambience. It meets once a month (nine times a year) for 3 hours each at a local village hall, where the members work on group projects or on individual projects, with lots of chat and chocolate digestive biscuits washed down with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.


he model railway hobby as a club activity in the UK started in 1910, with the first such club in the world, called appropriately ‘The Model Railway Club’, which still exists. There are currently over 400 clubs in the UK and the hobby is present in most countries in the world. This group is a lot younger, having started as a U3A group called ‘Building a Model Railway 2017’, an instructional group formed to run for 12 meetings, covering all the elements of building a typical layout.

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SI Surrey Hills Friday 15th February 7.30pm They are part of Soroptimist International, which is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The group is based in Godalming but covers Haslemere, Farnham, Aldershot, Cranleigh and Guildford. Members are holding an informal meeting at the Inn on the Lake, Godalming so do join them to learn more about the group and its work locally. Meetings are normally held twice a month on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7.45 pm at the Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, GU7 1BA. For more information, email or contact them via www. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema Friday 15th February 8pm They will be screening ‘BlacKKKlansman’. Directed by Spike Lee and nominated for 2 Golden Globes it is based on actual events. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Tickets are £6 (£3 for children under 15) on the door, in advance via, or from Treacle’s Tea Shop on The Green. Season tickets are also available. For all the latest information and screening dates, sign up to their Mailing List, either online or in person at the cinema. Email Guildford Rambling Club A programme of their walks can be found at www. Visitors are very welcome to give them a try. They normally start at 10am. For the 10 mile walk from Walton-on Thames on Sunday 17th February, call Alan C on 01483 480168. Bramley is the start point for the 5.5 mile morning walk on Thursday 21st February, contact Olive on 07872 613505 for that one. It is Olive again for the 10 mile walk from Tilford on Sunday 24th February. Then Bob, on 07745 572494, for the 10 mile walk from Wimbledon on Sunday 3rd March. And, finally, a 9 mile walk led by Sally B (01306 885976) will start from Bookham on Sunday 10th March. Art Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd February The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre sees Nigel Havers, Denis February 2019

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The Arts Society Haslemere Tuesday 19th February 2pm There will be an interesting lecture by Christopher Chanter entitled ‘The Rebuilding of the Town of Ypres After The Great War’ at Haslemere Hall Bridge Street Haslemere. Despite the suggestion that the ruins of Ypres be retained as a memorial, already before the end of 1918 some of the local population were beginning to return from their places of refuge and there was a pressing need to accommodate them in new housing and to rebuild the shattered infrastructure. The decision was made by 1920 to rebuild the city as a replica of its ancient image, restoring the buildings in the Flemish medieval and renaissance styles of the old city. Visitors and new members are very welcome, contact Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email membership@ Further information can be found at Early Birds at Haslemere Museum Wednesday 20th February 9am-10am Special opening of the Museum, for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, to come along and

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Uncover the history behind Gibbett Hill, the Devil's Punch Bowl and the sailors stone on this free trail. Plus on Saturday 23 step back in time to meet National Trust co-founder, Robert Hunter at a special storytelling fire circle, hearing tales and sharing your own. Make more of your day: explore the natural play trail and enjoy light lunches and freshly baked cakes in the café.

Hindhead Common & Devil’s Punchbowl, parking: GU26 6AB Tel. 01372 220644 enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the public. The galleries will be open to explore and there will be an opportunity to handle special artefacts too. It’s free but donations would be welcome. You need to book in advance, call 01428 642112 or go to Milland Valley Railway Modellers Wednesday 20th February This is a special interest group of Liphook & Midhurst U3A and starts its 2019/20 year with its first 3 hour session at Redford Village Hall, Linch Road, Redford GU29 0QF on 20th February starting at 1pm (earlier start to enable members to get home in the light!). Visitors welcome. Haslemere Post Office As you have probably noticed, the post office has been closed so that an extensive refurbishment can take place. It will take approximately 3 months and is due to re-open on Tuesday 30th April at 1pm. To maintain Post Office service in central Haslemere during that time a temporary Post Office is going to open across the road at 32 West Street. It will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am–5.30pm, which is five hours more than was the case. This a very exciting development as the new post office will not only have a new post master who is a local, but also a cafe/bar and toilets. February 2019

Liphook W.I. Wednesday 20th February 7.30pm The February meeting in Liphook Village Hall is ‘All About Bees’. As there has been recent concern at the dramatic decline in the bee population, not least among the W.I at local and national level, this should be a thought provoking talk. Afterwards of course there’s always tea and biscuits followed by information about the various activities which are available to our members in Liphook, Hampshire and nationally. Lots to hear about! Haslemere Gardening Society Wednesday 20th February 7.45pm The first lecture of the New Year will take place at the Catholic Church Hall Weydown Road, Haslemere. It will be of particular interest to anyone who delights in ‘Growing their Own’. Entitled ‘Vegetable Growing - Techniques, Ideas and Advice’ it will be given by Barry Newman, former chairman of the National Vegetable Growing Society. It is sure to be a great inspiration to all who are just starting to plan their crops for the coming season. Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Wednesday 20th February 7.55pm Brian Deaville will be the speaker at their next meeting to be held in the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold. He

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The Fernhurst Society Thursday 28th February 8pm They are delighted that Lord Egremont is the guest speaker at their next meeting in Fernhurst Village Hall when he will be speaking on his life and times in Petworth House. He is well known simply as Max Egremont the historical biographer, whose books include those of Siegfried Sassoon and Arthur Balfour and many others while at the same time he lives in Petworth House which his family gave to the National Trust in 1947. Amongst his many interests, he is currently President of the Susssex branch of the CPRE and of the Sussex Heritage Trust. The talk is open to all; members free, visitors £1. Refreshments available and the doors open at 7.30pm. For further information, contact chairman@

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All That Jazz Saturday 23rd March 8pm Grayswood is gaining quite a reputation for its Jazz nights -this year the Friends of All Saints Church are hosting the Eagle Jazz Band in the Village Hall. There will be a cash bar and room to dance. The band was founded in 1951 and has delighted audiences worldwide since then. They will perform a wide repertoire of New Orleans jazz and popular songs of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. As well as top notch music, the audience has the option of a delicious two course Jazz Supper at the nearby Wheatsheaf Inn. All profits from the Jazz night go to maintaining the church and its grounds. Tickets £15, or £27 to include supper, from lamb@ or call 01428 643798. The Gondoliers Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th March Just giving advanced notice that The Haslemere Players next musical show at Haslemere Hall will be the hugely successful comic opera from Gilbert & Sullivan, The Gondoliers. The Players will be supporting The Hunter Centre with this production, a local charity which provides care and stimulation for those suffering with various forms of dementia. Tickets are available from Haslemere Hall now, call 01428 642161 or online at www.haslemerehall. Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood Sunday 31st March Special cruises will be running on the canal on Mothering Sunday. A ‘Coffee & Danish Pastry Cruise’ will depart at 11am and Cream Tea Cruises will depart at 2.15pm and 4.30pm. Black tie service will enhance the relaxing treat for Mums (and all passengers)! The trips take 1½ hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children and must be booked in advance. Also, themed Easter Cruises will be running on Good Friday, 19th April, Easter Day, 21st April, and on Easter Monday, 22nd April. More details in next month’s issue. Bookings for all special events and weekend public trips can be made online via the Trust website For enquiries about private charters, volunteering opportunities and membership, call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email Farnham Beerex The 2019 Beerex will be on Thursday 11th April until Saturday 13th at the Maltings Farnham. This very special event will be the 43rd. It is a wonderful achievement that so many of those that attend can lay claim to have attended most if not all of the previous ‘Beerex’s’ but it’s also great to see so many younger supporters discovering

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