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pleasure. Surprisingly he seemed a little ill at ease to start with, this being his first live ‘An Evening With’ but he soon relaxed and entertained us with amusing anecdotes about Eurovision (of course), the BBC and life in general. He is wonderfully self-deprecating and seems still to be quite surprised that he has ended up as a national treasure, having never really had, as he says, ‘a proper job’ since he left the bank in Ireland in his 20s. These ‘celebrity’ evenings are always good fun. In the past few years I have seen locally Sir Roger Moore, Henry Blofeld, Dawn French, Sandi Toksvig and the great Barry Cryer. All were good fun, and well worth spening an evening with. Contact the editor:

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This month, four voluntary groups that we happily promote through these pages have been recognised for their wonderful work in the community. The West Horsley Wheel of Care, the Brigitte Trust based in Dorking, Guildford Street Angels and Tilford’s Rural Life Centre have all been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups. This got me thinking about the number of organisations we have in our community that exist purely because people are prepared to give up their time to help less fortunate people. Most of these organisations don’t of course get official recognition but their importance is no less diminished because of that. There’s a temptation to think that in this day and age people don’t care about each other as they used to. When I read about the multitude of organisations that do so much good work, I realise that this is clearly not the case. I don’t know about you but I find this enormously comforting. Looking ahead for the month, there are still plenty of summer activities, so get out as much as you can and enjoy yourselves! The Fernhurst Centre has a new date for its latest iPad related Course - ‘iPad - Skype and Facetime’: This is a one session course of two hours designed to get you going on Skype and Facetime. With the free Skype app on your iPad you can talk ‘face to face’ free with someone across the street or across the world on their PC, iPad, tablet, smart phone etc. Facetime is the same although both ‘ends’ have to be Apple devices. Facetime is a little easier to use. The course will run on Wednesday 1st July 11 am – 1 pm at a cost of £10. Details for this and other courses are on their website uk and places must be booked in advance either on 01428 641931 or email them at Lots of free parking at the rear of the Centre.


If you have dementia or care for someone with dementia there is help available from The Alzheimers Society who have recently launched a new triage service giving help, information, advice and signposting for all their services across Surrey. For more information on these services call 01932 855582 or email . Grayshott Flower Club’s first workshop in May was a great success with visitors and members alike. On Wednesday 1st July ‘Two’s Company’ is the title of another hands-on workshop with Beryl Greenslade. For further information, and a worksheet, contact 01428 651956. The meeting will take place at Grayshott Village Hall, Small Hall, doors open at 7pm with refreshments available. The workshop starts at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. The Surrey Sculpture Society will be returning to Loseley Park, following the success of their previous major exhibition last year, and where the society also celebrated its 20th anniversary. Visitors to the exhibition, which will be open from 30th June until 27th July, will be able to see a vast range of sculptures in many styles and themes made from bronze, metal, ceramic, wood, glass, resin, stone and found objects. The award winning enclosed gardens at Loseley Park are divided into themed ‘rooms’ that visitors can stroll through and enjoy strategically placed sculptures within the Rose Garden, the White Garden, the Herb and Organic Vegetable Garden, as well as along the Vine Walk and the Flower Garden. The exhibition will be on throughout the popular Garden Show at Loseley (24th 26th July). The Sculpture Trail is open from 11am - 5pm Sunday –Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday).

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Teenie weenie polka dot bikini? Maybe not…but a summer wardrobe means the dreaded swimwear shop and fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie, has found there is an easier way. High on the scale of scary summer dressing is swimwear. Really, must we? Yes we must, as holidays and water are essential life motivators so it is crucial to put some time into what you wear. Enter lingerie and swimwear expert, Nicola Hansford, owner of Loncherie. Working in the lingerie industry for over 25 years, Nicola, has experience of both buying and selling body garments, offering her expert advice in Farnham for over five years, firstly from the

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Lionand Lamb Yard and now in her deceptively large shop in Downing Street. The store has the largest selection of swimwear in the surrounding counties, with brands covering cup sizes, from an A-G and in body sizes 8-24. All the labels have been thoroughly researched to suit her customers’ needs and to suit certain shapes. A fuller breast or rounded tummy need a certain cut, not all suit everyone.

“I only buy certain styles in selected sizes, because I know what works for each customer” Glamorous brands include Roidal and designer Maryan Mehlhorn, where the quality and prices are high but reflect the internal courtesy, form fitting linings and pattern placements that complement the body for a skilful effect.

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also stocks great basics by Hanro, beautifully plain cami tops or lace-trimmed versions. There are also pretty Italian and French kaftans in cottons, broderie anglaise and lace, or large wraps, from £37.

For excellent quality but lower price points, from £85, David has a range with power mesh linings and Sunflair offer great prints in form-fitting styles. Bikinis are sold in sets from £65 with integrated busts and gorgeous up-lifting prints.

There are vastly expensive luxury silk and lace nighties for those extra special nights to a very sweet pink design by Vanilla from £52. You can even buy the man in your life his swimming trunks so he can leave his ancient speedos at home.

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Swimwear, like lingerie is a tricky one to buy online, you need friendly expert advice to get it right. So lets forget our British bashfulness and start enjoying the sun in our glorious swimmers.

You can either just pop in or book an appointment, allowing plenty of time to try on various shapes to find your ideal fit. The large changing rooms offer a discreet space for the coy and with Nicola’s passion for correct bra fitting and non pushy personal service you will most probably actually enjoy the process. Alongside lingerie collections including Marie Jo, Emprienta and Prima Dona up to J cup, Loncherie

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The Midhurst Players will be presenting their production of Quartet, a beautiful, poignant play written by Ronald Harwood, the author of amongst others ‘The Dresser’. It is sure to produce a lot of laughter as well as tears. The show will run at the Memorial Hall, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th July at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 (under 18’s £6). For further information and booking contact the box office on 01730 814419 or online at www.midhurstplayers. The Haslemere Macular Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month from 2.30-4.30pm at the Haslewey Community Centre, Lion Green, Haslemere. The meetings are open to anyone affected by central vision loss. Carers are also more than welcome. At their next meeting on Friday 3rd July they have two speakers - Sallie from the Citizens Advice Bureau, followed by a speaker from Social Services. They aim to make their meetings a friendly, social get together, with refreshments being served, enabling members to chat and share their problems and experiences. For further information, contact Tricia Sturgeon on 01428 604194. The Historic Gardens Weekend, 3rd-5th July 2015, is a wonderful opportunity to see the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’s six period gardens. Each garden has been carefully recreated to show the transition of gardens from the early 16th century through to the late 19th century – gardens that would have been typical of the ordinary farmhouses and cottages that they adjoin. This event uniquely showcases each garden, which not only represents the period of its adjoining house but also the social status of the householder. Herbs, vegetables and plants that would have met the needs of rural households over the centuries provide an informative, attractive and historical display. Although the earliest gardens were purely utilitarian, the Museum’s gardens show how, moving forwards through the centuries and social levels, people began to grow plants purely for their aesthetic qualities –

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Booking your holiday? Internet or local travel agent? Phil Kemp investigates for you... Never before has there been so much choice for travellers when it comes to researching and booking holidays. The internet has brought a mind-boggling explosion of outlets offering price comparisons for flights, accommodation, and holiday packages. The advent of mobile devices has also provided the ability to plan breaks away using everything from flight booking and budget hotel apps, to food spotting and translator apps when you’re on the ground and exploring your holiday destination. In the days before the internet broke free from its chains, we used to walk in to a travel shop and sit down in front of a real person. We would seek help and advice on everything from choice of destination, excursions and flights, and have the agent make our booking for us. So what has become of the traditional high street travel agent? I decided to find out by visiting local walk-in independent travel specialists. What I found was that not only are these travel retailers very much alive and kicking, they are also providing an incredible tailor-made personal service. Travel Dream in Bramley is owned by Jo Wishart and Pam Jackman, who between them have over 59 years’ experience in the travel industry. Their spacious Bramley office provides the chance to chat over a coffee and feel comfortable and reassured that you are in safe and experienced hands. “We are immensely proud of the fact that the majority of our clients come back year after year to take advantage of our completely hands-on and personal service for their holiday bookings,” said Jo. “We can instinctively match their travel aspirations, guided by decades of hard-earned experience of exactly what makes a holiday special. That is most important to us.” All of the agents I visited provide an exciting range of destinations and a good choice of different ways of getting there. Travel Dream’s latest magazine has holiday temptations ranging from sailing on a traditional sailing gulet in the Mediterranean, to the elegance of travelling by rail across Asia on the Eastern & Oriental Express. And much more besides. 12

They also talk of a new buzz word in luxury travel, this being ‘experiential’ and illustrate with opportunities for an intimate dinner for two on the Great Wall of China, or a stay in the Ice Hotel in Sweden whilst being mesmerised by the Northern Lights. “We know our clients personally. We find out exactly what their expectations are. Not just their likes and dislikes, but also their individual tastes when it comes to what is genuinely adventurous to them. We hand-deliver their tickets. We even remind regular clients when their passports are due for renewal. Our clients have our mobile numbers and we are available whenever they need us. You couldn’t dream of a much more personal service could you?” The Godalming Travel Company has at its helm Amanda Gore and Penny Brown, both with a great deal of experience in providing a personal service to holidaymakers. Between them they have travelled to many of the major holiday

talk to us face-to-face in a really friendly, comfortable environment,” said Penny. “He felt as though he was sitting at home in his lounge chatting with a friend. That’s definitely something the internet cannot provide!” This standard of service undoubtedly makes for very special tailor-made holidays, right down to having dinner bookings made, excursions planned to slot effortlessly into your itinerary, and that welcome bottle of bubbly chilling in your room to mark a special occasion.

nations in the world and have a good rapport with tour operators and hoteliers. Like the other agents I visited, this makes providing travel advice so much more dependable. And they also go that extra mile to provide a special and personal service. “I can give you a perfect example of just how personal our approach is,” said Amanda. “A client’s son needed to visit American universities he had applied to. They had six days to visit five universities scattered across several states and were struggling to make the trip workable. With a lot of research and careful planning we put an itinerary together that worked for them. What made all the effort worthwhile was the call from a very proud father to let us know that his son had got into his chosen university and starts in August!” They too thrive on being able to sit with their clients and talk through travel plans in person. “One of our regular clients recently commented how lovely it was to be able to come in and July 2015

Over at Haslemere Travel, where they have a team of advisors and support staff, the message is also one of ensuring that all of their clients receive a highly personalised service. Managing Director Gemma Antrobus knows just how important this is, especially as she is also the Chairman of AITO. This is an association of independent travel agents, and Gemma is in the hot seat of knowing exactly what makes their 130 member companies successful and also what daily challenges they face. “Fly and flop beach holidays for families are very popular, but we have a range of options that go way beyond the standard brochure choices,” said Gemma. “We fully cater for those who want a taste of adventure or perhaps prefer culture-focused destinations. Short breaks, or year-long round-the-world tours. Honeymoons in exotic locations, or special excursions for groups with a particular focus. It may surprise you to know that we even book National Express tickets for some of our regular clients.” The latest edition of their Pure Shores newsletter illustrates what a remarkable range and exciting variety of holiday experiences is available. Quality and value for money is very important to their clients, as is the reassurance of a one-to-one personal service from a highly experienced team. “Forget all of the technology for a moment. The world maps we have hanging on the wall of our office are a brilliant focus for discussing destination, climate and time zones. Standing alongside these with our clients invariably stimulates much animated discussion and starts to vividly bring their holiday plans to life.” 13

Gemma was also keen to negate a common misapprehension. Independent agents do not charge their clients a fee for their booking services. In my visits I was also keen to find out what our independents felt about the internet. Gemma from Haslemere Travel had a very clear and positive response. “We embrace the internet because our experience has shown that many of our clients come in with some exciting ideas they have researched on the web. The task they set us is to meet their expectations and we enjoy exceeding them. Talking them through all the options and watching their approval when we not only make their itineraries work, but also meet their budgets too.” Penny from Godalming Travel gave me examples of where ‘budget’ bookings online can result in inferior accommodation, with hoteliers favouring clients of the travel operator they know personally. This relationship with the walk-in retailers can often ensure that upgrades are made, and in some cases at a cheaper price too. “What troubles us most are the stories we hear when things go wrong,” said Pam of Travel Dream. “Booking direct with travel providers on the web can leave travellers literally stranded when things go wrong. In most cases, using our contacts and inside knowledge of how the industry works, we’ve been able to help them out. It’s important to have the protection of booking with a fully licensed travel agent like ours. Your money is protected.”

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Booking directly online does potentially increase the risk of fraud. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported that there were 1,569 cases of holiday fraud reported to them in 2014, with fraud relating to holiday accommodation being the most common. The advice from all three travel agents was clear and simple. Make sure you have the security of using an agent that is fully bonded and licenced. ABTA, the association of travel agents and tour operators, ensures that all members adhere to a code of conduct. ATOL is a Government guaranteed financial protection scheme for UK tour operators. Also for peace of mind check out the company thoroughly to find out they are who they say they are. Online forums can be helpful particularly if you’ve chosen a web provider for your holiday, although sometimes these can be used for gripes between operators - and a regular batch of glowing reports may suggest the reviews aren’t genuine. A lack of a real address or telephone landline should ring alarm bells. For my money, sitting in front of a real person with buckets of experience in a real office, and sipping a cup of coffee is absolutely unbeatable. You benefit from their extensive network of 14

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the weekend walks. You will be warmly welcomed. All information regarding meeting places, times of walks, leader’s name etc on www.liphookramblers. Fête in The Park takes place in Petworth Park on Saturday 11th July. This year is the 10th anniversary of this popular Petworth event. To mark this milestone they aim to make this year’s Fete special and finish the day with a free concert. They have booked a fabulous local band with a national reputation, The Fabulous Fug Band, with their blend of Soul, Disco and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. Music will be a theme throughout the day, with Celtic folk, brass bands, ukulele workshops, traditional dancing and much more. Other attractions will include the ever popular classic car and tractor parades, a fun dog show and agility classes and Burnett ’s Funfair. There will be a variety of other activities and attractions will be provided by a variety of stalls from local groups and charities as well as commercial stalls. Local pubs will be providing hot food and a bar. PACT (Petworth Area Churches Together) will be providing the tea tent along with cream teas and cakes. The Fete will start around noon and the concert at 5pm to 8pm. Further details from Tony and Ruth Sneller on 01798 343124, email Visit the website or www. for latest news.

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Jottings - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD On Sunday 12th July from 2 pm to 6 pm you can enjoy the Egdean Garden Experience. Nine gardens not normally open to the public will open their doors and teas and cakes will be served in one of the gardens. Tickets and maps will be available on the day from Woodside Cottage, Nr Byworth, Petworth GU28 0JN. Tickets £5 -children under 12 free. Then on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July from 2.30pm to 5.30pm there will be a Cream Tea afternoon. Rest a while and enjoy a cream tea in the garden of Egdean House RH20 1TJ. (Between Petworth/Pulborough). Proceeds from both events in aid of St Bartholomew’s Church, Egdean. St Luke’s church Milland and St Luke’s church Linch are organising a traditional church fete to be held on Milland recreation field on Sunday 12th July from 12 noon. There will be home-made cakes, a coconut shy, penalty shootout, bargain plants and children’s activities as well as a model railway in the Village Hall. Should be something for the whole family. Opera South invites its supporters and all music lovers to celebrate its re-launch at the beautiful venue of Champs Hill by kind permission of the Bowerman Charitable Trust on Sunday 12th July. Tickets are £35 and include coffee and biscuits from 11am and the


concert at 12 noon with wine and canapés during the interval. The gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm. Take a picnic to enjoy after the concert. Tickets from Sarah Barnes, Grayswood Cottage, GU27 2DE. Tel 01428 643129. Email Venue address: Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1LY. This summer the National Trust is doing more and more to offer visitors of all ages perfect places to play, whatever your age, whether you’re looking for family fun or a relaxing day out. You’ll find natural play areas, picnic spots and quiz trails, as well as activities and events unique to National Trust locations. Don’t forget to try the phenomenally successful children’s challenge, 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ - simple pleasures such as climbing a tree to creating a den and making a daisy chain. Pick up a scrapbook at your local property or download a planner to help you decide where to go - You can also sign up for 50 things tips and rewards at The beautiful gardens, parkland and countryside offer plenty of fun for grown-ups too. Many National Trust gardens are at their colourful best in summer with enticing lawns, deckchairs and ice cream kiosks - perfect for picnics and chilling out.

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DenniS BROTHERS post WWII Britain’s oldest vehicle manufacturer was established in Guildford, Surrey. In the third article in his series, Andy Goundry continues the story. As Britain entered WWII, the government quickly realised the importance of controlling vehicle construction to support the war effort. They decided that bus production would be carried out solely by Daimler and Guy, thereby depriving Dennis of one of its main product lines. Dennis were also prohibited from producing trucks for civilian use. However they were ordered to build some 4,500 trucks for the War Office. Recognising the company’s fire engine manufacturing abilities, orders for some 7,000 trailer fire pumps were also received, and these went on to become a very familiar sight around the country. Dennis also produced around 700 tanks, as well as 3,000 tracked armoured personnel carriers. They also made tank gearboxes and bomb assemblies. During WWII, Woodbridge Works was therefore a hive of activity, with a workforce doubled to around 3,000 and production 24 hours a day. Early post-war days saw a massive surge in bus and coach orders, as the hard-won freedom from travel restrictions soon unleashed a pent-up demand from the population for travel. Private car ownership was still very low, and there were long waiting lists for new cars as the car factories were focussed on export business to generate much-needed income for Britain. For most folk, therefore, early post-war travel was only possible by public transport. Dennis were perfectly placed to take advantage of this, particularly with their single-deck Lancet and double-deck Lance buses. Whilst the bus and coach market was doing well in the early post-war years, the same could not be said of the truck market, thanks to the government’s plan to nationalise road haulage. Indeed, this became one of several times over the years where the prosperity, and indeed the survival of the company was due to the profitability of one product range subsidising other, less profitable ones. Notwithstanding the uncertainties of nationalisation, Dennis pressed ahead with the development of new truck product ranges, including the innovative Jubilant six-wheeler. This was a 18

stylish machine, unusual in having a flat front rather than a bonnet – ‘forward control’ in truck parlance – together with many real innovations under the skin, some of which went on to become the standard for truck manufacturers worldwide. In typical Dennis fashion, all the major units of the Jubilant were manufactured in-house, even down to the steering gear, something which would be unthinkable today. Jubilants were particularly popular with breweries in the south-east, especially Whitbreads. In volume terms though, Dennis were not a major player in the truck market, yet this did not prevent them, perhaps unwisely, from producing a host of different models. Most of these sold only in comparatively small numbers, thanks to the road haulage nationalisation, which from 1948 enforced centralised buying for large volume orders, none of which Dennis were successful in winning. Lawn mower production also resumed after the war. The 1947 brochure listed many impressive worldwide customers, including our own Kings George V and VI, three Maharajahs, six Dukes and many others. Indeed, in 1949, the factory produced 470 lawnmowers, as well as 1,096 buses and trucks, 445 municipal vehicles and 57 fire engines. The fire engine market was another in which Dennis got off to a good start after the war, with the introduction of the ‘F’ series in 1945 which shared a similarly styled cab to the Jubilant. This range enjoyed a long and successful production life right through to the early 1960’s.

As the 1950’s dawned, traditional front-engined buses and coaches were becoming less popular. Many manufacturers developed the chassis with horizontal engines mounted amidships under the floor to enable almost the whole length of the vehicle to be used for passengers. Not to be left behind, Dennis developed their own mid-engined chassis, the Dominant. Unfortunately, this was extremely heavy, and by the time the weight was reduced to an acceptable level, the post-war boom in new bus and coach sales was all but over.

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Top: A Paravan on test climbs Guildford High Street. If circumstances had been different, this unusual but very effective van could easily have enjoyed the success seen later by the ubiquitous Ford Transit. Above: A six-wheeled Jubilant being loaded with test weights in preparation for testing. It is believed that the location is a weighbridge inside Woodbridge Works. Photo: David Busfield. Left: The Dennis Loline, based on a Bristol model, was a familiar sight around our area. Here a beautifully restored example in the livery of Aldershot & District pauses at Grayshott. Photo: Dennis Society

Sales of the Lance double-decker in particular suffered, not least because it was little different to the products of several other manufacturers, most of whom could undercut it on price due to their much higher production volumes. In an echo of the events in future decades, Dennis management then realised that to be successful they needed to offer vehicles which offered distinct benefits over the competition.

Bizarrely, the solution was found in a unique new decker chassis developed not by Dennis but by Bristol Commercial Vehicles. This allowed the roof line to be lowered by about 12” compared to a conventional decker, increasing the route availability of the bus considerably. Being nationalised, Bristol were unable to sell this model on the open market. Dennis were therefore licensed to build the model in Guildford, and the Loline, as it was badged, sold well to many smaller operators such as Aldershot & District. Returning to the truck business, life was becoming increasingly competitive against the likes of Leyland, Foden and Bedford, forcing Dennis to become a specialist builder focussing on fire and municipal vehicle sales. A lesser manufacturer might have thrown in the towel at that time. Not Dennis, for they were highly imaginative in finding niche markets for which they July 2015

Several attempts were made at making vans for more efficient stop-start deliveries. Dennis used their bus-derived underfloor engine technology to provide easy entry and exit, together with a low load floor. In 1958 this resulted in the odd-looking but functional Paravan, followed by the front-wheel drive Vendor, which foreshadowed the hugely successful Ford Transit. However, these potentially successful and innovative products were invariably just too expensive due to their low volumes, and none of them took off. The Paravan for example, despite its brilliantly effective layout, achieved sales of less than 100. The Vendor never got beyond the prototype stage, although at one point Standard-Triumph were so impressed with it that they considered buying the Dennis business.

With the generally limited sales success of the various niche models and the uncompetitive pricing of their more mainstream offerings, both truck and bus sales began a steady decline and fire appliance sales once again became predominant. Here, again, engineering innovation kept the products at the top of their game, but at least this was in a market which was not so price-sensitive. Nevertheless, in the early 1960’s Dennis fortunes were declining, with a shrinking number of orders to fill the large Woodbridge factory, and the company actually lost money in 1965. By this time, front-engined deckers such as the Loline were fast becoming outclassed by rear-engined competitors with even lower floor lines. With an increasingly uncompetitive bus product range, and a truck range which had failed to make real sales headway, Dennis decided to withdraw from the truck and bus markets and concentrate on municipal vehicles and fire appliances, where their sales were still strong. Both of these product lines were of course relatively low volume, leaving the company with too little production to be viable. Eventually the weakened company was bought by the Hestair group in 1972, despite strong opposition from the Dennis board. Although this was the end of Dennis as a family-led affair, it was far from the end for the business, as we shall see in the next of this series. ABOUT THE AUTHOR About the author: Andy Goundry spent his working career in vehicle design and development, with almost 20 years in senior engineering and management roles at Dennis. Since retirement he has continued a close involvement with vehicles, writing for specialist magazines and websites, as well as producing his own motoring website




The Midhurst Garden Club lecture on Monday 13th July is titled ‘Little Known Gardens to Visit’. Patricia LiechtiClarke is the speaker. The South Downs Memorial Hall is the venue, refreshments served from 7pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome and pay just £2 entry. For more details about the club please contact the secretary, Denise Skinner on 01730 814194 or at Dowsing is one of those subjects that the average person knows very little about, certainly true in my case. However it has been practised for many centuries and today there are people from a wide range of ages and work backgrounds who are members of dowsing groups. Sussex Dowsers meet in Chichester and Dowsing Group meets in Feltham. There is a wealth of history, let alone practice to be discovered about dowsing globally.Waverley Dowsers in Godalming are meeting next in Fleet on the 14th July to practise water divining skills . If you would like to know more about this art/ science, and how to join, contact Michael Haxeltine on 01252 541639. Richard Moorhead exhibition of watercolours and acrylics 17th-19th July at Sarensfield, Lurgashall, Petworth GU2 89EZ. Phone 01798 861583 for details.


This summer Guildford Shakespeare Company are introducing their first GSC DAY OUT, where children can meet professional actors and learn rehearsal tips before watching a matinee of the open-air production The Taming of the Shrew. It takes place on Friday 18th July and is for 7 to 18 yr olds. After the 2 hour workshop you will be able to settle on the grass and enjoy the matinee performance of The Taming of the Shrew. No experience of Shakespeare or acting necessary, just take yourself, (a packed lunch!) and a desire to have fun! Times: 12pm - 5pm Venue: University of Law, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU3 1HA Fee: £25 per place. To reserve your child’s place just call the Box Office on 01483 304384 or go to the GSC website, and download a registration form. If you have any questions, you can email GSC at Whithurst Park opens its doors to the public as a new garden in the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 18th July from 10am - 6pm and Saturday 1st August from 10am – 6pm. Admission £5, children free, homemade teas, plants for sale. Look at NGS website www. for more details. Whithurst Park, Plaistow Road, Kirdford, West Sussex RH14 0JW. The National Garden Scheme is in full swing with some beautiful gardens open to the public. In Haslemere on

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FIT With the growing popularity of cycling in the UK and particularly in this area, Rob Butler and the team at Physio1to1 are seeing an increase in injuries related to cycling and poor cycle fitting. It is a familiar story, you collect your bike from the cycle shop, cast your mind back to the advice given to you by your parents when you were young and adjust the saddle so that your toes can just reach the ground on both sides. That’s it right? The bike ‘fits’. Sadly it is rarely that simple… The advice given to you by that elderly relative so many years ago wasn’t wrong, it just wasn’t the whole story. Whatever your reason to be on a bike, whether you’re a budding enthusiast keen to get fit, a Surrey ‘MAMIL’ (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) entering your first sportive or a seasoned veteran of multiple London to Brightons, it is important that you are set up correctly. The complex relationship between the joints of the body and the ‘fit’ of the bike are paramount to both comfort and performance. Biomechanical differences in individuals will necessitate different mechanical bike set-ups to prevent overuse injuries, and maximise the strengths of the individual. Physiotherapists are experts in analysis of physical form and function and as such can lend an alternate perspective on the otherwise predominantly mechanical assessment process of bike fitting. Balancing comfort and performance is the key. Performance can be fairly rapidly appraised by instantaneous feedback using realtime computerised measurements of cadence, power output, and efficiency. However comfort is not 22

always easily measured, being largely subjective and a function of the time spent in the saddle. That is where the physiotherapy assessment process fits in. Performing the relevant and often bespoke physical tests on an individual to assess the individual’s ability to attain and maintain postures can aid us in getting that balance right. We can therefore ensure our fitting process is having the desired effect on forward motion, whilst minimising the unpleasant side effects of discomfort or pain. Bike fitting is in principle quite simple. There is after all only five contact points on the bike; the saddle, the left and right pedal, and the left and right handlebars. A few basic pointers can lead to increased comfort on the bike. Let’s start with the saddle. Saddles should be tested before being bought, this can be time consuming in a bike shop and so is not often given the attention it deserves. If your bike shop is unwilling to let you test out multiple saddles, find one that does. Saddle tilt should ideally be minimised to start with, this can be easily assessed with a level. Saddle height is much debated, however, the facts are simple. The knee will have more pressure through the kneecap the more bent the knee is, and the iliotibial band will be forced to cross the knee (back to front) if the knee is straighter than 30

FITNESS degrees. Therefore the saddle height should be set so that the knee is bent to around 30 degrees at its fullest extent (when the pedal is down bottom dead centre). Next thing to check is the ‘reach’. This is how far away your handlebars are from you in a seated position. This is clearly determined by the saddle position and the handlebar position, both of which can be adjusted. Ideally, in your comfortable riding position, the reach should allow for your shoulders to rest at 90 degrees to your body with a slightly flexed elbow leading to a relaxed grip on the bars. The reach may be limited in adjustment by the size of the bike, so it is an important point when purchasing a bike.

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In this column we feature books that we, and our reviewers, like. They may not necessarily be new books, but they’ll be fiction and non-fiction books that we have enjoyed. We’ll always include at least one children’s book in the selection each time. We’d love to hear your thoughts on anything you feel we should be reading and sharing with others.

London for Foodies, Gourmets & Gluttons By David Hampshire and Graeme Chesters Published by Survival Books Hardback £11.95

I loved this book. If you like a calorie or two then this is one of those books that makes you want to drop everything immediately and rush off to visit the places it’s talking about, because the places this book is talking about are food shops, food markets and eateries in London. “Oh yeah,” I can hear you groan, “that’s just what the world needs, yet another guide to eating in London.” Well, normally I’d agree with you but this book is different and it fired me up the moment I opened it. The first section is a guide to specialist food shops and markets and there are some real tempters in here. There are places where you can buy the specialist food of practically every country you’ve ever heard of and some that you haven’t; there are cheese shops, chocolate shops, fish shops, patisseries – oh, the patisseries – there’s even a specialist biscuit shop. Imagine that, a shop specialising in biscuits! There are 28

butchers, honey specialists, ice cream makers and, of course, bakers, and in this beautiful little book they all look so inviting and irresistible that I see no point in trying to resist. Just give in. Staggering from these halls of temptation heavy laden with classy comestibles you will be in need of a restoring snack and beverage and this book is right there guiding you unerringly to cafés of equal delight. Fully fledged restaurants are covered just as temptingly as are the places where you can get the best street food. London used to be such a dreary place to eat, and outside of Soho there weren’t too many interesting food shops either, but now – wow! Reviewed by B. Dalziell

Quilting: Patchwork and Appliqué Published by Dorling Kindersley Hardback. £25.

As soon as I saw this book my fingers were itching to get going on one of the projects. It is a really lovely book, in true Dorling Kindersley style with clean, readable pages and lots of

illustrations which are clearly and carefully placed on the page. If you don’t know a fat quarter from a jelly roll this might be the book for you. It explains what equipment you need to get started, the different sorts of patchwork there are, and it describes appliqué and quilting styles. There are over 40 things to make, from simple things for beginners like me, to slightly more adventurous projects termed ‘medium’ difficulty. There are templates at the back of the book too so you won’t have to make wobbly-shaped birds and hearts (or am I just showing up my own lack of skills here?). I’m off now to hone my trapunto skills … Reviewed by Carol Farley

Tender: Volume l A cook and his vegetable patch By Nigel Slater Published by: Fourth Estate Hardback, £30

I was really pleased to have the opportunity to review this book. Any book which claims to be the definitive guide to vegetables and backs up that claim with 600 pages of vegetable gardening and

vegetable cooking, gets my attention.

persuade me that aubergines are fit for human consumption.

Nigel Slater is a good food writer and I have always liked his TV programmes. They are invariably sensible and practical and never of the ‘fain daining’ type, but it turns out that he’s a good gardener as well. In this book he combines his knowledge of cooking and gardening to elevate the vegetable to its proper position in the kitchen, a position that most other TV cooks ignore. They all go to great lengths to tell you how to cook a dish but always ignore the important detail of naming the variety of vegetable or fruit which they are using. To them, presumably, all tomatoes are the same. Slater is also guilty of this to some extent by telling you the tomato varieties to grow but then failing to name them in the recipes in his 25 page section on tomatoes.

Apart from being a good gardening book and cook book this is also just a good read too because of Slater’s writing style which if sometimes a tad affected is always weighted with racy humour. Reviewed by B. Dalziell

However, you know you’re on sure ground when he says of the potato that, “nowhere else in the vegetable kingdom does (using) the right one for the right job matter quite so much.” There are 54 pages on potatoes covering what varieties to grow or buy, how to grow them and how to use them. There are even 15 pages on the humble swede, a vegetable about which I am not too excited and which up to now I have only used in stews, yet Slater makes it sound quite different and he has changed my perception of this unglamorous old root. “It (the swede) is rarely treated with much respect, “ he says, but I shall certainly pay it more attention from now on. However, nothing Nigel Slater can say will ever July 2015

London’s Secrets: Peaceful Places By David Hampshire Published in 2014 by Survival Books £11.95. Hardback.

Now that I don’t travel to London every day, the deafening noise and chaos of the place, which I had previously got used to hearing but blocking out, seems louder and more insistent when I do go. So to me the idea of London being a place of calm and tranquility seems very attractive, if not very believable. Yet within the pages of Peaceful Places there can be found quiet eating and drinking places of every kind from various cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to refined tearooms. There are interesting shops such as the Hive Honey Shop in Clapham which has a five-foot, glass-fronted beehive which is home to a colony of 20,000 Buckfast Abbey bees; places of worship including a convent near to Oxford Street which has a gruesome attraction in the crypt – but it is peaceful.

There are spas, flotation tanks and parks; museums, libraries, galleries and, of course, gardens. There are even are few walks which take you through woods, along rivers, beside canals as well as around the parks and gardens. I thought I knew London quite well, but there were some very interesting finds in this book. It made me decide that the next time I’m in London I’ll build in an extra hour to find somewhere to escape the bustle and quietly enjoy the peaceful things it has to offer. Reviewed by Jessica Harding

Christopher’s Caterpillars A tale of mini-beasts and mystery by Charlotte Middleton Published by Oxford University Press Available in paperback and hardback Suitable for 2+ years Children’s. Hardback. £8.95

Christopher Nibble (a guinea pig) and his friend Posie (also a guinea pig) keep six hairy caterpillars as pets. They look after their pets carefully but, one day, the caterpillars disappear! Christopher and Posie become the ‘detectives of Dandeville’ and, with the help of Mr Rosetti, they solve the mystery in a delightful tale. The illustrations are absolutely charming - a mixture of drawing and collage. This would be a great way to encourage small children to make their own collage story. I particularly loved the guinea pig as Mona Lisa! Reviewed by Jessica Harding 29

GUTS MOTOR TOUR 2015 Come and join the four wheeled fun on 6th September

The 12th annual GUTS Motor Tour takes place this year on 6th September and will be visiting Cowdray Park and finishing at the Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester. The tour usually comprises up to 60 veteran, vintage and classic cars and it will travel around 50-60 miles through lovely countryside with a fiendish picture quiz to keep entrants on their toes. The reason they do this, apart from the joy of driving fabulous cars through beautiful countryside alongside like minded enthusiasts, is to raise money for GUTS (Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening). GUTS was founded in 1983 and initiated one of the first bowel cancer mass screening programmes in the UK, reaching 20,000 patients from GP practices in the Guildford area in its first year. Since then GUTS funding has been pivotal both in research to advance screening and detection, and in improving the care, treatment and outcomes for patients from across the south of England. Their screening programme has sent out over 50,000 blood testing kits across southern England, and GUTS-funded

research projects have contributed to a better understanding of colorectal cancer. Since the motor tour was first started by Sarah Grillo, it has raised over £30,000 for GUTS. The tour raised over £2,000 last year thanks to entrants and companies who helped donate raffle prizes. These included Swain & Jones, Mercure Burford Bridge Hotel, Silver Mist Leisure, Bel & the Dragon, Grayshott Spa, Forest Foragers, GLive and Champneys. So if you would like to join them this year on 6th September, please email gutsmotortour@ or call Stefan Reynolds on 01483 421601 for a booking form. Places are limited to 60, so bookings will be on a first come first served basis.

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holidays, the walk, which will be held on Friday 24th July from 9 -11pm, is a special chance to see these rare bugs. Suitable for ages 5+, the short walk will start with a warming hot chocolate and an introduction to the magical world of these glowing insects. Ranger Will Frost, who has looked after Headley Heath for the past 4 years, says “glow worms are usually found on grassy slopes, verges and hedge banks on heaths and open grasslands, especially in chalky and limestone areas. Truly, a magical sight and one that they’ll remember for years to come”. Tickets for the event cost £6 per person and need to be booked in advance by calling 01372 220644. The Garden Show returns to Loseley Park, Guildford from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July, open 10am to 5pm. There will be a brilliant collection of specialist nurseries with the growers on hand to help you choose the right plants for your soil and the best environment for them to flourish. Entry is £7 adults, £5 seniors, £3 children, free for 4 and under. Take along a copy of Vantage Point and get £1 off! (one advert per person). You can get tickets at the gate and entry includes a visit to the lovely walled gardens. Unfortunately, no dogs. More information at or call 01243 538456. The National Trust is preparing for the Countryside Crafts Fun Day on Saturday 25th July, from 11am until


5pm at Swan Barn Farm, just a few minutes’ walk from Haslemere town High Street. The day promises fun for all the family, with traditional woodworking and countryside crafts, some of which you can even try yourself. There will be pole lathing, timber hewing and chainsaw carving to name but a few. You can meet members of the Black Down Estate management team demonstrating their own woodworking skills making items such as roofing shingles, willow weaving, pencil making and fencing products. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn a new craft and chat to the team about life on the farm and the work they do on the estate. There will also be wildlife displays including falconry flights, bats, reptiles and amphibians. Refreshments will be available plus a bouncy castle for the kids. Call the estate office on 01428 652359 for more details or visit swanbarnfarm. From Sunday 26th to Friday 31st July, Haslemere Churches are once again putting themselves at the heart of their community by running six days of events and activities called ‘The Wave’. An afternoon and evening cafe will pop up on Lion Green offering drinks and snacks (Between 1.30pm and 5.30pm and between 7.30pm and 9.30pm). Take your babies and tots there for some free fun on Monday 27th July between 2pm and 3.30pm. Evening entertainment GODALMING 40 HIGH STREET GU7 1DY 01483 418020




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Royal Chef for The Georgian Husband and wife team, Sarah Burke and Mark McVeigh, the new owners of Haslemere’s Grade II listed Georgian House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, are delighted to announce the welcome arrival of new Head Chef, Christopher Gray-Grana Priego. The Restaurant has now been re-named “The King’s Pantry” as a salute to the Hotel’s King George heritage and Chris’s appointment is the first of several exciting changes planned for The Georgian’s transformation. Chris, a highly accomplished and passionate chef, will be creating mouth-watering new menus and signature dishes with an international flavour inspired by his worldwide travels as leading chef for the Royal Navy. His long and illustrious Navy career included being chosen to create a celebration lunch for The Queen on HMS Ark Royal, a fine dining menu for Prince Philip’s 90th birthday lunch at Admiralty House and providing top class hospitality for The Countess of Wessex on board HMS Daring. Chris also made the quarter finals in TV’s recent ‘Masterchef – The Professionals’. “Working with talented chefs and a rich line of locally sourced seasonal produce and exquisitely refined ingredients, I am determined that my team will bring delicious and truly memorable dishes to The King’s Pantry table to exceed our diner’s expectations,” said Chris. In addition, Sarah and Mark will be “going local” when it comes to sourcing wines, beers and ciders and are planning several entertaining events over the next few months to showcase the newlook Georgian, welcomed back into the heart of Haslemere. Visit for more information or call 01428 656644.

Spring has well and truly arrived at Greyfriars on the Hog’s Back. The buds have burst on the vines and the vineyard is starting to look beautiful again as the new shoots reach for the light. Over the last week they have received three awards for their second vintage released, the 2011 Blanc de Blancs. They gained a Bronze, in both the Sommelier Wine Awards and Decanter World Wine Awards and, even better a Silver Outstanding in the IWSC awards. A better haul than last year for their inaugural wine. Visit for more information.

Upperton Vineyard, Tillington It is quite amazing the number of vineyards in this area now. Here is another one! Andy Rogers planted Upperton in 2005 with 800 trial vines, comprising three varieties initially intended for still wine production: Rondo, an early ripening Pinot Noir known as Pinot Noir Précoce and Chardonnay. Through chance encounters and numerous vineyard visits it became clear to Andy that he should produce high quality English sparkling wine. Major plantings were undertaken in 2006, 2008 and 2010. There are currently 32,000 vines planted at Upperton. There are plenty of opportunities for readers to visit the vineyard. They run Vineyard Tours, Technical Vineyard Tours, which look at the viticulture side of wine production, Afternoon Tea Tours and Cheese and Wine evenings. For more information, visit their website at www.

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includes games on Monday, a Fair trade event on Tuesday, a quiz on Wednesday and acoustic music on Thursday. The cafe is closed on Friday evening. A holiday club is running for primary school children at Shottermill Junior School Monday to Thursday 2 – 4.30pm. There is Free Family Fun on Lion Green on Friday 31st July at 2.30pm, followed by a BBQ starting at 5pm. More information at community/the-wave/wave-summer-event. Contact or tel 01428 653011. Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford is brilliantly pro active when it comes to thinking of things for the kids to do during the summer holidays. They have devised a ‘Create & Grow’ programme for children and their families which runs from Tuesday 28th July to Sunday 26th August every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am-4pm. Children can take part in the following activities: 28th & 29th July - Paint a terracotta fish money box (£5). 3rd & 5th August - Plant a butterfly friendly hedgehog basket (£5.50). 10th & 12th August - Paint a pair of pebble animals (£3). 17th & 19th August - Plant and decorate a strawberry pot (£5.50). 24th & 26th August - Create three fun Plant Pals in a pot with cress seeds (£5). Plus there are FREE activities every Wednesday including Vegetable Maze, Spot the Difference, Wildlife & Nature Word Search, Colouring Competition, Wildlife Hunt.


The Loxwood Joust is the UK’s premiere mediaeval fun day out taking place at the enchanted Loxwood Meadow on the 1st-2nd and 8th-9th August. Each day from 10am to 6pm, the Loxwood Joust’s unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other. A fast-paced, all action jousting tournament will amaze and astound whilst daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire will enthral as fully armoured knights prepare to meet in a thunderous battle. Try your hand at archery, sup fine ales and dine on local organic fayre while the little ones can enjoy their very own Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency. The Loxwood Joust is excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood and has ample free parking. Advance tickets and more information available at www.loxwoodjoust. I seem to remember writing about this last year and as I love all things spicy it’s certainly ‘up my alley’ as they say. West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX is holding a 20th Chilli Fiesta on 7th, 8th and 9th August. It’s one of the biggest and original chilli festivals in the UK. The Fiesta attracts around 22,000 people who enjoy a full three-day programme of live music, cookery demonstrations, glasshouses bursting with chillies, talks and over 180 stalls selling

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After Chelsea

With Beth Otway

Each of the gardens at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show were so different, all of them having a beauty, style, inspiration and charm of their own. It’s quite incredible how all the plants and materials for the show gardens are brought into the Royal Hospital Grounds at Chelsea; the gardens are then expertly created in just a matter of weeks. Of course, what is so amazing about being able to bring gardens into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in this way, is that the gardens can be removed in the same carefully planned way, and they can then be rebuilt elsewhere for many more people to enjoy in the future.

Beardshaw, was relocated immediately after the close of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to its new permanent home of Poplar in East London where it forms the centrepiece of a new community garden, specially designed and created for the local residents as part of the Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Initiative. The Breast Cancer Haven Garden, a Gold Medal winning Artisan Garden, chosen as the Best Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has been relocated to the new Haven Centre in Hampshire. This award-winning garden was designed to be a welcoming, peaceful space; a place of retreat and comfort for people affected by breast cancer.

Another Gold Medal winning Artisan Garden, A Trugmaker’s Garden, designed by Serena Fremantle and Tina Vallis, celebrates the traditional skills of the Sussex trugmakers, who create beautiful, yet sturdy and resilient, willow and sweet chestnut garden trugs. These long lasting, useful baskets are still made by a small The pretty Runnymede Surrey number of skilled craftspeople in the region Magna Carta 800th Anniversary today. In this garden the sponsor, Future Climate Garden from Surrey County From top: Breast Cancer Haven Garden; Info, has provided a sustainable legacy, and Council and the Runnymede the Magna Carta Garden; and the many of the plants have been replanted in the Hotel has now been relocated Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden garden of a Sussex children’s hospice run by the to The Runnymede-On-Thames Hotel and Spa. It is now a permanent installation charity Demelza. in the hotel grounds, freely available for local residents and the public to visit. This small The Brewin Dolphin Garden, The Cloudy Bay Garden, The Royal garden, designed by Patricia Thirion and Janet Bank of Canada Garden, The Telegraph Garden, The Viking Honour, celebrates King John sealing the Magna Cruises Garden, The Living Legacy Garden, The Evaders Garden, The Sculptor’s Picnic Garden, The Dark Matter Garden, The Carta at Runnymede in 1215. Water Station Garden and Home – Personal Universe will all be The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden won relocated after the show. a Gold Medal, together with the top accolade and award of Best In Show. If you didn’t get to During the show’s build-up, any surplus plants and materials see this enchanting garden with its charmingly the exhibitors have left over can be placed in the ‘swap shop’ beautiful naturalistic planting, designed by the for others onsite to use. During breakdown, the RHS works with acclaimed horticultural master Dan Pearson, at Groundwork London to provide materials for local community Chelsea, you’ll have an opportunity next spring projects. when Dan Pearson’s work can be viewed at Chatsworth as part of a regeneration project of FIND OUT MORE the trout stream and surrounding area. The Gold Medal winning Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden, designed by Chris 34

You can find more information about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as advice and tips of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment this month, on my website,


Following the WI’s 100 year anniversary celebrations, Bramshott WI would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone at their Annual Summer Event. There will be cream teas, bring and buy, raffle, lots of chat and more. It’s at The Church Centre Liphook on Monday 10th August from 2pm-4pm. For more information, call Christine Weller 01428 712593.

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This summer Guildford Shakespeare Company returns with two weeks of action-packed drama clubs. In just five days young actors will play, rehearse and stage their own production for family and friends. For 12 to 18 year olds the play is ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and the course runs from 3rd – 7th August. No experience of Shakespeare or acting necessary, just take yourself, heaps of energy (a packed lunch!) and a desire to have fun! Times: Everyday, 10am - 4pm, with the final performance on Friday 7th August at 4.15pm Venue:

National Trust gardens are at their peak during the summer months, with striking colours, scents and relaxing spaces to take in the view. Take some time out and enjoy scented rose gardens, striking summer borders and kitchen gardens bursting with ornamental fruit and vegetables. Each and every visit to a National Trust place helps support the charity’s work caring for special places for future generations. To mention a few, there’s Claremont Landscape Garden, near Esher,


Want A Challenge? Want To Make A Difference? Organised by Pied a Terre Adventures, The A2B Walk in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with Cerebral Palsy continues to be a huge success, raising to date a total of over £25,000! Starting from spectacular Arundel Castle, the walk follows much of the South Downs Way, taking in stunning scenery and amazing views en route to the finish point at Devils Dyke where you will be rewarded with a celebratory hot meal. All finishers receive a certificate. It takes place on Saturday 19th September, starting at Arundel Castle, Arundel at 7am.Distance: 35km (around 8-9 hours) or 12km (around 2-3 hours) You can choose to complete either length depending on your ability and aspirations. Finish: Devils Dyke, nr Brighton (or Kithurst Hill for those doing the shorter walk) Registration fee: £30 (Under 16’s accompanied by an adult £10). To Register go to or call 01403 788994 or email The entry fee covers the cost of organising and running the event on the day as well as your well- deserved celebratory meal at the end, which means that the sponsorship money you raise will go directly towards the work of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust. This fee is nonrefundable. A suggested target sponsorship is £120 per person.


Onslow Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Guildford, GU2 7QX Fees: £145 (£100 siblings).Then, for 7 to 11 year olds, the play is Robin Hood and the course runs from 10th to 14th August. As the sun rises high in the sky, we head to the forest of Sherwood. In just five days, you’ll become the heroic merry men, feisty maidens, the dastardly Sheriff and his bumbling henchmen. The week will mix fun games with rehearsals, ending with an afternoon performance for friends and family. Times: Everyday, 10am - 3.15pm, with the final performance on Friday 14th August at 3.30pm Venue: Onslow Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Guildford, GU2 7QX Fees: £145 (£100 siblings). To reserve your child’s place just call the Box Office on 01483 304384 or go to the GSC website, html and download a registration form. If you have any questions, you can email GSC at


a variety of chilli based gifts and produce. Chilli Fiesta is a family-friendly festival with many choosing to camp over the weekend with family and friends in the spectacular grounds of the estate in the heart of the South Downs National Park. As part of the weekend 20th anniversary celebrations festival-goers will be treated to a spectacular firework display on Saturday. The festival has grown in recent years and demand for tickets means early booking is advised. For more information and to book online go to www.westdean.



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Sensational strawberries It must be summer because Secretts Pick Your Own (PYO) is now open and the strawberry crop is ready for picking! The epitome of English summer time, fresh strawberries still hold the title of the nation’s favourite field fruit. And there can be no denying that the very best way to enjoy them is to get out there and pick your own…it’s simply not possible to get them any fresher! This year a careful planting programme of ‘60 day plants’ means that the strawberry crop will continue throughout the PYO season until mid September. All strawberries are now grown using a tabletop system in polytunnels at Secretts Farm. The resulting benefits are that picking need not be affected by the odd rainy day and there is no more crouching on the ground…what’s not to like! VantagePoint readers can enjoy a discount of £1 off per kilo of strawberries picked at the PYO this summer. Just bring along your copy of the magazine to claim the discount. Whilst we all enjoy strawberries served simply with a sprinkle of sugar and a dollop of double cream, if you fancy trying something different why not experiment with one of these simple recipes…..

Strawberry, Smoked Chicken & Fennel Salad Ingredients 200g smoked chicken breast 1 bulb of fennel (trimmed, cored and cut into fine strips) 1 bag of Secretts Rocket leaves 200g Secretts strawberries (hulled and halved) Dressing 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tsp runny honey Method • Combine all of the dressing ingredients by whisking together in a small bowl or jug. • Combine all of the salad ingredients and arrange the sliced smoked chicken on top. • Just before serving drizzle with the dressing and a good grind of black pepper. • Serve with crusty wholemeal bread and a glass of prosecco! 36

FOOD Strawberry Ice Cream Ingredients 500g ripe Secretts strawberries 200g caster sugar 500g tub of crème fraîche Method • Remove the hulls from the strawberries and crush with a fork to form a rough puree. • Combine the strawberries with the crème fraîche and decant into a freezer proof tub. • Pop in the freezer for around 90 minutes, then whisk thoroughly before returning to the freezer for another 60 minutes. Remove and whisk again and then return to the freezer cover and allow to freeze right through. • Transfer the container to the fridge about 20 minutes before serving to allow the ice cream to soften slightly. • Serve in cones or sundae dishes with a sprinkle of chopped almonds and pistachios.

Secretts Summer Pudding Ingredients 800g of summer fruits from Secretts PYO; a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants works best. 150g caster sugar 7- 8 slices of white bread Clotted cream to serve

• Rinse the fruit and combine with the sugar in a saucepan. Cook gently over a low heat 8-10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit is slightly softened. • Butter a 1.5 pint pudding basin and line with the bread slices ensuring there are no gaps. • Pour the fruit and most of the juice into the basin on top of the bread (reserving about a cupful of juice).

• Cover the fruit with another slice of bread and then cover with a small plate or saucer. Weigh the plate down with a 3-4lb weight and leave in the fridge overnight. • To serve turn the pudding out onto a serving dish and spoon over the reserved juice. • Serve with an enormous dollop of Cornish clotted cream!

Secretts PYO is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5.30pm. They are delighted to launch the PYO café new for this season, serving light lunches, teas and coffees. Don’t forget to take your copy of VantagePoint to get your £1 discount per kilo on PYO strawberries! July 2015


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

I was recently bemused by a couple of photos in the newspa- inequality and sexual violence before a widper. One was of an actress named Emma Watson who was er public? This seems unlikely, too. These hobnobbing with the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon at problems have been dinned into us for many the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The other years now, and in any case how does ‘publicwas of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ity’ solve the problem posing with the foreign secretary, of sexual violence? Do you think these particular women William Hague. Then, Ms Watson Most of us regard it as were appointed for any better reason had apparently been appointed abhorrent, and if we than that they’re celebs? UN goodwill ambassador for womdon’t, I doubt whethen as part of the drive against er Angelina and Brad gender inequality, and Ms Jolie had been telling us that it is will make appointed a UN special envoy in the cammuch difference. paign to end sexual violence. For her humanitarian services Ms Jolie was also Let’s stop pretending to be made an honorary dame. naïve. Given the existence of many highly qualified and How do you suppose Ms Watson and Ms influential politicians on the Jolie got their jobs? Do you think they anone hand, and countless swered an ad in the paper and just hapvictims of gender inequalipened to have a few more GCSEs than the other candidates? ty and sexual violence on the other, do you Neither do I. However, we know how Messrs Ki-Moon and think these particular women were appointHague got theirs. Ban Ki-Moon is a career diplomat, having ed for any better reason than that they’re studied at a number of universities including Harvard. Wil- celebs? Neither do I. It’s the disease of liam Hague gained an Oxford first and is the author of biog- our time that we worship celebs even when raphies of Pitt the Younger (not to be confused with Brad) they’re not celebs for anything very importand William Wilberforce, who campaigned against the slave ant. The most depressing thing about the trade. Hague is also a former leader of the Conservative par- photos I saw was not that people who are faty. mous simply as entertainers should be able to hobnob with eminent political figures. It Do you think that Ms Watson and Ms Jolie were appointed was that Ban Ki-moon and William Hague, to their exalted roles because acting gives them some special themselves more substantial if more modest insight into gender inequality or sexual violence? Neither celebs, should look positively thrilled to be do I. We are often told that actresses over a certain age are snapped alongside a trio of mummers. the victims of gender inequality because there are few good roles for them. Still, the likes of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Funny old world, isn’t it? Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton and Helyou agree with Andrew? What irritates you en Mirren all seem to be earning a crust. So were the two Do these days? Please write in or let us know by ladies appointed in order to bring the problems of gender emailing 38

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Chiddingfold to Ram’s Nest This walk takes you through woods and fields between Chiddingfold and Ram’s Nest. Chiddingfold became famous for its glass-making - during the reign of Elizabeth I, there were no fewer than eleven glass works on the green. Chiddingfold glass was used in some of the finest buildings in the land, including St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster, and St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

The walk 1. From The Green go south, down the main road to pass the Swan and cross a bridge. Just past Turners Mead turn left, up a footpath. Walk along by back fences and out over a stile into a field. Stay on the right-hand side to exit over a stile into woodland. Go up a slope and, at the top, over a stile and left, around a field edge to another stile. Re-enter the wood and go down steps to a lake and up to a T junction at the edge of a huge field. Follow the path right, through a corridor around the edge of this field. At the far end, cross a stile and go left and down the drive of ‘Old Pickhurst’, to reach a road. 2. Cross straight over and walk up a side road, High Street Green. After 150 yards and just past the entrance to Follies Farm, take a footpath right. This takes you along the edge of a garden and out onto the Follies Farm drive. Keep going along the drive until, as it turns right to the house, continuing straight ahead on a grassy path running alongside a wooden bar fence. This path drops down into the trees of Tugley Wood, crosses a small brick bridge and then climbs up to a T junction. Turn right, ignoring a right after 50 yards and soon afterwards reaching a T junction with a wide forestry track. 3. Turn right on this track. Soon, ignore a wide track going down to the right and, after it, follow the track as it swings left to approach a small rise. Here another track forks off to the right. Take it and walk along it, paralleling a small valley down to your right. Go on, over a cross paths and eventually reaching a road. Turn right and walk some 300 yards, passing a few houses, ignoring a first footpath left and passing ‘Warco’ to reach a second footpath left, down the drive to ‘Downlands’. About 40

150 yards down here, take a footpath right, over a stile and into a field. 4. Keep to the right-hand fence and, about 30 yards in, reach a post with yellow arrows pointing both ahead and also half-left. Go half-left and exit this field into the next over a stile next to a gate. The next field is narrow and there is a stile from it over into a large open area that boasts race horse training tracks. Go straight out across this area towards woods on a slope on the far side and find a stile taking you left, into them. At the top of the wood another stile takes you out into a field. Cross it and also another stile to reach the Sussex Border Path, running along by a hedge. Follow this to the right. Reach a road and go straight across. Enter a large field and stay on the left-hand side of it and the next three fields. 5. Go through a gate into a wood. Quickly reach a 3-way signpost at a cross paths. Jink right a couple of yards then left to continue straight on. Pass through another gate and go out of the wood into a field. Again, stay on the left-hand side. Partway along is a 2-way signpost. From here you need to head half-right across to


the far right-hand corner but crops may force you to continue walking anti-clockwise around to the corner. You may want to think about taking your lunchtime picnic here. Go over a stile and through a screen of trees then along the left-hand side of a small field and past the left-hand side of a cottage. Emerge on Gostrode Lane. Go left to meet the main Chiddingfold/Northchapel Road next to a petrol station that has within it a convenience store. The Mulberry pub is about 100 yards along on the left. Ramster and its tea room are along to the right. 6. After lunch, cross the road from the petrol station, turn right towards Ramster but then turn left into Killinghurst Lane. Another picnic option is the verge on the right a little way up this lane. Walk about ¾ mile between trees along this quiet lane until a field appears on the right. At this point a footpath takes you right and along a field edge and then forks right into trees. Keep going for about ½ mile, cross another footpath then a DISTANCE: 8.75 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 133 Haslemere & Petersfield STARTING POINT: The Green at Chiddingfold REFRESHMENTS: The Mulberry Inn, Petworth Road Chiddingfold GU8 4SS. Tel: 01428 644 460.

three plank bridge and climb a slope to a T junction. Here, go right and walk along in the edge of a wood. 7. Reach a road by the gate to ‘Hollyhurst’ and continue on along it to meet Mill Lane and continue straight ahead. Now, walk along Mill Lane until, opposite the Ukrainian Home, taking a footpath left, at first in the drive of a house but then bypassing its garage. Enter a wood, fork right and pass a lake (on your left). Climb up to emerge on the Downs. At the top, the path meets a T junction with a path on which you turn right. Follow this alongside a garden fence, then along a short residential road and finally drop down to the church at Chiddingfold and through the churchyard to reach the Green.

The Crown Inn, The Green, Chiddingfold GU8 4TX Tel: 01428 682255. The Swan Inn, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4TY. Tel: 1428 684688. Top image: Village pond and old Crown Inn, Chiddingfold by Colin Smith

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Hatchlands Park, near Guildford, Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, Ham House and Garden, near Richmond and Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming. Just ‘Google’ each garden to get more information. Local charity GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer has organised a private, guided tour of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace with highlights of the palace gardens. The event takes place on Friday September 4th and includes coach travel from Guildford Rugby Club, with refreshments served at the club prior to departure. The state rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Tickets are £60 and are available to purchase online at www. or call the GUTS fundraising office on 01483 408316. All profits from the event will support the charity’s work, which aims to improve bowel cancer survival rates through better screening and treatment, and by raising awareness of the disease. Phyllis Tuckwell’s hugely popular Dash of Colour will be taking place again this year, on Saturday 5th September. It’s a Fun Run with a difference – at every kilometre mark along the 5k route, participants are showered in colourful powder paint, symbolising


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Tea not your thing…? There are plenty of other ways you can help to make dreams come true. If you’re more of a night owl, why not consider hosting a Dream Night In? Simply invite your friends round for a fun evening and ask them to donate the money you would have all spent on going out to a great cause instead. From karaoke to a kitchen challenge, your Dream Night In can be anything – let your imagination run wild! Or how about taking our Digital Detox Challenge? Could you go without your mobile or stay off Facebook for a week? Raise money by asking friends to sponsor you and challenge them to do the same! Sportier types might fancy taking up a challenge, such as running a marathon or trekking to Everest base camp. Dreams Come True have charity places available for many major sporting events. Their experienced team can even help to organise your own group challenge, such as the Three Peaks, cycling from London to Paris or a weekend at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Fund-raising packs are also available from Dreams Come True providing a range of fun ideas on how to raise money so please get in touch. The Dream Team will be on hand to support your fund-raising efforts big or small!

Dreams Come True relies entirely on charitable donations but they have big ambitions. More than 50,000 children and young people access palliative care in the UK each year and it is their aim to fulfil the dreams of as many as possible. If you would like to get involved, it can be as easy as putting the kettle on. For example, throughout the summer, people around the UK are making a cuppa and making a difference by hosting a Dream Tea. This annual fundraising campaign asks people to gather friends, family and colleagues, pop the kettle on and sell cakes for a great cause. Tea is part of the nation’s DNA; it’s the most popular drink with an astounding 60.2 billion cups drunk per year. Dreams Come True asks everyone to turn at least one of their daily cups of tea into a special occasion, so get in touch to find out about hosting your own Dream Tea.

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Fine English sparkling wine was recently served to the 3,000th person to join The Wey & Arun Canal Trust. New recruit Roy Tanner and his wife Caroline were entertained ‘with a fizz’ by Lord and Lady Egremont at Petworth House in West Sussex. Lord Egremont, who is President of the Trust, also presented Mr Tanner with a certificate to mark the milestone recruitment figure. Mr and Mrs Tanner, from Dorking, are members 3,000 and 3,001 of an organisation which is restoring a canal which runs from Pallingham in West Sussex to Shalford near Guildford in Surrey. Lord Egremont is the greatgreat-great grandson of the 3rd Earl of Egremont, who promoted the canal and was first Chairman of the Wey & Arun Junction Canal Company, the northern part of the waterway which opened in 1816. Two hundred years on, the trust is aiming to officially reopen its first fully restored Surrey section in late summer next year. On Sunday 16th August from 2am-7pm at Tillington Cricket Ground, there’s a Medieval Fair celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta. It should be a joyous occasion, full of merriment and laughter. Everyone can participate, be it jousting on bicycles, an epic tug of war, dog racing, testing your strength at archery, turnip shy, or the potter’s wheel. Children are invited to dress in their finest medieval outfits. There’s an animal petting corner, falconry, and music, food and drink and ‘ye olde’ traditional pizza! All this and more. Tillington Cricket Ground is situated at Tillington (1

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