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A Will ensures that your estate will be used according to your wishes. The remarkable legacy left behind by Sir Ken Dodd Sir Ken Dodd OBE passed away on the 11th of March 2018. He died two days after the marriage to his partner of 40 years. Inheritance Tax (IHT) is charged on any estate value above £ 325,000. However, if everything is left to a spouse or registered civil partner (or for their benefit through a life interest trust) there is normally no Inheritance Tax to pay. Sir Ken Dodd’s legacy is estimated to be worth £7.2 million. Assuming that his wife benefits either directly or through a life interest trust there will be no inheritance tax to pay. If the couple had not married the estate could have paid close to £2.75 million in Inheritance Tax bills. If you do not leave a Will: • A long term partner has no automatic inheritance rights. • Family disputes are likely. • High levels of tax are likely. If you have children of a previous marriage: - A Will can provide for otherwise competing claims and prevent a lot of bitterness. - It is possible to ‘channel’ assets through a trust for the benefit of the surviving spouse. If your Will is more than two years old: You need to check that it will enable your family to claim the new Inheritance Tax allowance ‘The Residence Nil Rate Band.’

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• THE EDITOR'S NOTE My early May bank holiday was interesting. As it was a lovely day, I met with a friend for a lunchtime drink at the Dog & Pheasant in Brook (other pubs are available…). I left around 2pm to return home, and about half a mile from house I drove past my other car! My immediate thought was to wonder who had borrowed it, closely followed by the realisation that it had been stolen from my house. After briefly trying to give chase, I called 999 and spoke to the police, who by the end of the call had also had a report about the car, probably because it was being driven at great speed. I returned home to find that my house had been broken into, but apart from some cash and the car, nothing else had been taken and there was thankfully no damage. A policeman arrived within 30 minutes and took a statement, telling me that several cars and the helicopter were ‘on the case’. A few minutes later, he received a call to say that my car had been found undamaged in Liphook. A colleague of his soon arrived to get my key to recover the car, and just before the first policeman left, he told me an arrest had been made. An hour and a half later, a young lady from the Serious Organised Crime Agency came to dust for fingerprints and any DNA.

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Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt visits Robertson Nursing Home, Godalming On Friday 23rd March Beritaz Care’s Robertson Nursing Home, located in Godalming, had the privilege of Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt (MP for South West Surrey and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) visit following a recommendation from a previous member of staff having spoken highly about the quality of care provided at the home.

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It was a fantastic morning with all staff and residents excited to meet Mr Hunt in person. Following a warm welcome from the team Mr Hunt was shown around the home, with one lucky resident (Mrs Joan Tice) getting the opportunity to have a one-on-one chat. Mr Hunt frequently spoke highly of the home, having known a previous resident who was cared for at Robertson, and credited the manager Penny King on the hard work herself and her team provide towards the residents, as well as the support they provide to friends and family of the residents. Following a tour of the building Mr Hunt and his team were treated to a cup of tea within the home’s Tudor styled dining hall where he spoke to more residents and praised staff on their hard work.

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Zoe Blake offers advice to anyone looking to re-home one of the very many rescue dogs looking for love. MAKING THE decision to welcome a dog into the family is never an easy one. You need to think it through, chat with family and friends and consider what impact a new addition will make on your life. Can you provide exercise, routine, stability and of course give the correct care to the dog? If the answer is yes to all these then it’s probably time to start doing your research. After all the recent public awareness surrounding puppy farms, you may be cautious of getting a puppy and may feel that maybe a rescue dog would be a good option, especially given the large number of dogs looking for a new home. Rescuing a dog that maybe hasn’t had the best start in life and offering them a second chance can be very rewarding. Rescue dogs come in all shapes and sizes, pedigree breeds, mixed breeds and dogs from overseas. We are surrounded by many well-established dog rehoming centres like Battersea/Blue Cross/Dogs Trust as well as

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many lesser-known organisations. I could probably predict that nearly every town in the country will have some kind soul doing their best to rescue and re-home dogs. If you were considering a particular breed, the kennel club have a breed rescue list so you can look up the organisations that work with the specific breeds. So what now? First and foremost you need to decide what type and size of dog you would want. I always ask my clients ‘what do you like to do at the weekend?’. If you are a stay at home type trying to catch up on your housework and box sets, a working type dog would not be for you. However, if you like to go out and stomp for miles over the countryside, then a more active type would suit you. Also the type of property you live in would influence your decision. It would be no good considering a giant mountain breed type dog if you live on the top floor of a 5-storey apartment complex. So once you have decided what type would suit then you can start to search. These days most people start

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their search online. Many rescue centres will let you go and have a look around to see who they have there. Others may only let you go by appointment once you have completed a comprehensive questionnaire to ensure that you would be suitable. The rescue centres work tirelessly to try and match the right dogs to the right people to give the dog the best chance of finding their forever home. They don’t want to see the dogs returning time after time as things haven’t worked. So as much as the forms and application process can seem intense, it is for good reason. When buying a puppy, you may go with a checklist of questions to ask about the start they have had and would want to meet the parents to gain an idea about temperament. However when you get a rescue dog you won’t often know its history. This may feel like you will be taking quite a gamble. How do we know that they will be ok with our children, our cats, other dogs? Sadly the answer may sometimes be ‘well you don’t know... you will just have to wait and see’. This is often why people are put off getting a rescue dog. Understandably they want to know that they can trust the dog and that it will fit in to their family unit. Anyone who is involved with dog rescue would have tried to gain as much information as they can about their history. They would fully assess them and ascertain any behaviour/temperament issues that may need to be flagged up. They may test them with children and other animals to gain a better idea of their overall temperament.

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On top of this they would have had a full health check to ensure there are no underlying health conditions. I would always advise that you meet the dog on a number of occasions and ensure that they meet all members of the family. I would go for a walk and try and see how the dog reacts away from the place they are staying. Some dogs may not show favourable behaviours whilst in a kennel situation and so can often be overlooked. Equally a dog who may appear quiet and unsociable may be the opposite once it was put in a more favourable environment. Many rescue centres actually foster their dogs out now so that they are in a home - this should provide a better temperament test. Before you obtain your rescue dog I would already have training/behaviour help set in place. It’s never too late to learn for these dogs and there are people out there who can help you bond with your new dog. Training is great for this; one of my rescue dogs excelled in his classes and became a TV star... who would have thought that when he was pacing up and down in his run in the rescue centre?! FIND OUT MORE Zoe Blake is a registered veterinary nurse and runs The Friendly Pet Nurse. Call 07917 094715 or visit www.thefriendlypetnurse.co.uk.

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Phil Kemp visits Surrey County Cricket Club at The Oval I MUST confess that although I’ve personally never taken a particularly active interest in cricket I was genuinely bowled over by what I was to experience during my visit to The Oval Cricket Ground. I’d seen images of The Oval of course on television, but to experience for the first time this expansive and very imposing cricket ground was nothing short of breathtaking. However, even more extraordinary for me was how much I was to learn about the Surrey County Cricket Club (SCCC), who have made The Oval their home for over 170 years. My coach on all things cricket was Richard Gould, the chief executive of the club. As I entered his office I almost froze to the spot in complete disbelief. Don’t worry - it wasn’t Richard, who was most welcoming – it was purely and simply the magnificent panorama that dominated the room from beyond its windows. There, laid out in full view, was the whole expanse of The Oval. The beautifully maintained pitch stretched out in all of its green glory in every direction, the imposing stands visible on all sides, and the towering electronic scoreboard. But, best of all, is the fact that Richard can watch every match - literally without having to leave his desk!

area.” Richard’s hand waved a descriptive path across his window scene. “The Duchy of Cornwall gave permission for the land to be leased and we’ve been here ever since, and at the time of course this wasn’t even a London borough.” That last point neatly resolved my puzzled bewilderment that Surrey’s county club is based in London’s Borough of Camden. What Richard was to recount next served to stoke up my interest even further. “Then there was this chap, Charles Alcock.” Richard’s tone of voice hinted that this was going to get very interesting. “He

He almost had to cough to catch my attention, but thereafter it didn’t take Richard long to have my full attention with the fascinating story he began to tell. “The cricket club began at the Oval in 1845. Prior to that this was literally a vegetable patch, it was quite a rural

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was outstanding in that he invented and created so much. He put this place firmly on the map. For example, it was Alcock’s idea to stage the first ever FA Cup Final here in 1872 – and he even managed to get to play in the final! It was him too that created The Ashes here. He’d heard that Australia were touring, and in those days they used to only play against the county teams really. So, he arranged a game whereby England would play against Australia. And that was the first one in 1870. Although not long after, in 1872, Australia beat us for the first time”. I noticed Richard glancing out of the window at a match in play on the pitch below. I was about to ask him about the game when he bowled another googly at me. “The Oval at the time was in effect a mix between the O2 Arena and the Wembley of its time. They even had a walking race here – one thousand miles over a week and a bit, with competitors only allowed a 15-minute break every hour. And much of the first ever flood-lit sport took place here too. It was the entertainment and sports capital of the country – and believe it or not the first rugby international in England was held here as well". I was about to steer Richard back in the direction I really wanted to explore. How the modern-day club not only staged high profile cricket competitions at the ground but

also engaged at grass roots level in Surrey. However he had already eyed-up that wicket. “Fortunately, this place is mostly left to cricket nowadays, playing three different formats of the game. Championship cricket, which is the county version of test cricket played over four days; one-day cricket competitions in which the teams bat and bowl for 50 overs each, and then there’s a version of Twenty20, which is the most popular in terms of driving attendance on match day. The only games we don’t play here are when we go down to Woodbridge Road in Guildford". At that moment a huge cheer could be heard from the ground. Richard excitedly raised both his arms and shouted loudly: “Got it. Got it. Well done Virdi – another LBW for Virdi!” I couldn’t but help feeling a little jealous of this very unusual and positivelycharged office atmosphere. Richard explained that the Surrey bowler was one Amar Virdi and he’d just taken the wicket of one of Hampshire’s strongest batsmen in the Championship Match currently

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SURREY CRICKET IN THE COMMUNITY in play. And the real magic was that Amar is one of the county’s up-and-coming young players – which brought us back totally on pitch. “Surrey has been playing cricket at Guildford since the early part of the century and it is effectively our home away from the Oval. We’ve been recently working with the council to refurbish the pavilion there – and the council have done an excellent job. The pavilion opens this season, which will be great news for cricket in Guildford. It also means that we’ve got excellent facilities we can use when we come and visit. It’s a great facility for the whole of Guildford too because there are good meeting and event rooms there. We do a lot with Guildford and our academy works out of there.” Noticing that I had glanced quickly out of the window distracted by action on the pitch, Richard nodded in the direction of the match adding: “Surrey has got seven home-grown players out there today. From Guildford, our academy recruits players into our county teams from schools and cricket clubs throughout Surrey. We work with them and provide the best possible coaching, so that they can hopefully one day come forward and represent Surrey, and perhaps England. But if not, we encourage them just to really enjoy their cricket and to play to their best possible potential”. SCCC also works closely with the Surrey Cricket Foundation who have 15 officers working throughout the county, and who have their very successful Chance to Shine inner-city cricket initiative. This has engaged nearly 27,000 young people since 2008 with a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket. Another successful youth initiative that Surrey has engaged with is the English Cricket Board’s Kwik Cricket. This is tailored specifically for children up to the age of 11, playing in teams of eight players with a plastic bat and ball over only eight overs. Having satisfied my interest in the county’s grass-roots initiatives to actively engage local communities’ interest in cricket, I had also unwittingly reminded myself that as well as Guildford Cricket Club providing great opportunities to play and watch cricket - they also have a very popular Beer Festival at the Woodbridge ground every June. Just before I left Richard, leaving him to carry on enjoying the Championship Match from the comfort of his office chair, he perfectly summed up what makes SCCC so successful. “We do have a really supportive club here – and I think it’s because the club is owned and managed by its supporters, all of whom are focused on the long-term interests of the club. No one is trying to make a quick buck. We are trying to make sure that cricket continues to thrive and appeal to the widest possible audience – and that we just do things in the right way.” June 2018

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Over 100 works of art to go on show at ‘Art & Soul’ 2018 exhibition in Haslemere in June LOCAL ARTIST, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 21 renowned artists at his studio and six acres of grounds in Haslemere in June. Over 100 works will be on show, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, metals and a sculpture trail around the beautiful gardens and woodland of his 'Huf' house on Marley Common. This is the seventh year David has staged the exhibition, in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios. David’s sculptural work ranges from semiabstract human figures to animals and abstract forms. Many of his pieces are accompanied by a poem, adding another dimension to the work. This year, for the first time, there will be live demonstrations of sculptural techniques given by the well-known animalier, Carol Orwin. From midday until 4pm on weekends, visitors can watch Carol creating animal sculptures in clay, and see the stages of casting. Entry to the Art & Soul exhibition is free.

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Fabulous Florence Fennel • GARDENING

With Beth Otway with some extra nutrients and will help to increase the water holding capacity of the soil, all of which will benefit your plants. To grow Florence fennel successfully, choose a bright and sunny or partially-shaded location, as Florence fennel does not enjoy growing in too shaded a spot. There’s no need to start your seedlings off in seed trays - Florence fennel seed is best sown directly in the soil where it is to grow.

WHAT A joyful month June is! June’s warm sunshine seems to infuse every fibre of our beings, imbuing our souls with a feeling of uplifting bliss that can only be found outdoors. June also brings us the gift of sweet summer rain to refresh our plants, and with it the excitement of a great many wonderful growing opportunities in the garden. It’s hard to beat this time of year!

Ensure that your plants receive regular, frequent watering to enable your Florence fennel plants to grow and develop their sweet, slightly aniseedy swollen leaf bases. Do make sure that you provide your plants with sufficient water. Give them a good soak twice a week - if Florence fennel plants become too dry, even for a few days, they very quickly sulk, before bolting skywards when they then become tough and inedible.

Florence fennel is a marvellous vegetable to grow! The entire plant is edible, so there’s no waste. There’s also very little time-consuming washing or preparation required, which is a real boon when you’ve been working hard in the garden, or at your allotment all day. All you want is to eat some of your freshly harvested, home-grown, delicious produce for supper, but have exhausted yourself gardening and so need to prepare a delightful, but simple meal. If you’re really tired, you’ll be glad to know that Florence fennel tastes great raw too.

Make sowings of Florence fennel seed every few weeks to provide you with a good, sustained harvest at regular intervals into late autumn or early winter, depending of course on our great British weather. Happy growing!

There are a number of fantastic Florence fennel cultivars, which can be sown now, including ‘Romanesco’, ‘Zefa Fino’, and ‘Rondo’: three of my top-performing Florence fennel cultivars. In previous years, ‘Rondo’ has produced the largest bulbs for me out of these three when sown this month, but all three cultivars flourished, producing delectable tasting bulbs and foliage. I have found that Florence fennel thrives on our sandy soils. For best results add a mulch of home-made garden compost, or peat free compost over the soil prior to sowing your seeds. This mulch will help to suppress weed growth, it will also provide your plants

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Clockwise from top left: Florence fennel; fennel Romanesco; fennel Rondo; and fennel Zefa Fino.

FIND OUT MORE You’ll find more gardening advice for the month ahead, the results of my Compost Trials, and much more besides on my website, www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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IT WAS the economist E F Schumacher who coined the phrase back in the 70s that ‘small is beautiful’. For 39 years the Petworth Festival has been living proof of his adage – a thriving annual arts festival taking place in venues throughout the Petworth area, attracting audiences who have consistently treasured ‘their’ event, and one that is right on their doorsteps. 2018, however, sees something of a seachange as the festival hits its 40th birthday. To celebrate its ‘significant’ birthday, Petworth Festival is pushing the boat out to celebrate its ongoing success story with a series of feature events that take it to a whole new level. The list of top names is unprecedented and includes percussionist extraordinaire, Evelyn Glennie, comedians Alistair McGowan, Gyles Brandreth and Paul Merton, with classical music from international stars Stephen Isserlis, Elin Manahan-Thomas, Ji Liu and The King’s Singers. And this all without mentioning Scottish superstar Barbara Dickson and jazz and world music programmes worthy of any UK stage. So what is it that makes Petworth such a go-to summer destination for the discerning festival goer? ‘In my view’ says Festival Director Stewart Collins, ‘we have been able to assemble something that could easily take place in any major centre in the UK, but somehow we have been able to make it all happen in a beautiful small town blessed with some incredibly intimate venues.’ The festival’s largest venue is also one of its jewels, the Stable Yard of Petworth House. This coming July audiences will have the opportunity to attend three events in a stunning space that is otherwise closed to the public, these including the annual favourites, Jazz in the Stables, Comedy in the Stables and a special one-off, Grand Choral Masterpieces. On this latter occasion no less than 60 singers will be performing two of the most remarkable pieces from the 16th century, including Thomas Tallis’s sublime 40 part Spem in Alium. To celebrate the festival’s 40th birthday, the programme breaks down into four strands; special celebratory one-offs; performances by some of the festival’s ‘Best Friends’ – artists who have previously struck a particular chord with Petworth audiences; events that doff the cap to the conclusion of the

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there!?) are truly world class, but if you’d like me to recommend a couple of things, it would firstly be Bignor Park Alive! on Sunday 22 July. If you want to join in a sort of ‘performance treasure hunt’ you really need to come across to Bignor where you’ll be able to explore The Playground of Illusions, watch a performance of Alice in Wonderland, join in a circus workshop with The Memory Man, listen to music by no less than five music groups and take in the beautiful grounds of the Bignor estate.’ And the second recommendation? ‘A guilty pleasure for me this, but four of this country’s most versatile and entertaining pianists will be joining two massive Steinway grand pianos on stage for an evening that could quite simply go anywhere. If you know any of Ben Waters, Harry the Piano, James Pearson or Joe Stilgoe you’ll already have an idea of what you’re in for, but to have all four on stage on one night… Well it will truly be ‘for one night only!’ Images clockwise from above: Barbara Dickson; Paul Merton's Impro Chums; Gyles Brandreth; and Swing Zazou.

First World War; and ‘For Everyone’ - events focusing on young and emerging performers or specifically aimed at younger and family audiences. Are there events that Stewart Collins is particularly looking forward to? ‘Well of course, as all 40 programmed events (see what we’re doing

So in summary? Well the 40th anniversary Petworth Festival certainly promises to be as beautiful as it has always been – but for this year at least, not quite as small! FIND OUT MORE The 40th Anniversary Petworth Festival runs from Tuesday 17th July to Saturday 4th August. Tickets available by telephone on 01798 344576 or from www.petworthfestival.org.uk.

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LOWDER MILL OPEN FOR CHARITY One of the loveliest gardens in the VantagePoint region will once again open to the public under the National Garden Scheme. The picturesque Lowder Mill garden is not to be missed, as it is sure to delight and inspire, as it has done for over 10,000 visitors in the last 14 years.

This will be the fourteenth consecutive year that the garden has been open, and over these years over £75,000 has been raised for the National Garden Scheme charities. At every turn the garden takes on a different aspect. There are many quirky features and it is full of fresh ideas, reflecting Anne’s passion and creativity.

Lowder Mill, Bell Vale Lane, Haslemere is in an idyllic setting in a valley below Blackdown, on the borders of West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and adjoining the South Downs border path, which actually runs through the property, dividing the garden from the woodland area.

But it is not only the garden that visitors come to see, as Lowder Mill’s afternoon tea has also gained an enviable reputation, served on vintage china, overlooking the lake. The keen gardener will be tempted by the extensive plant stall, with most of the plants having been raised at Lowder Mill. A choir will entertain visitors on Sunday morning.

It is now fifteen years since Anne and John Denning moved to Lowder Mill and since then they have transformed the garden, as well as renovating the seventeenth century mill. The listed house and former mill, both dating back over 300 years, are set in three acres of garden, of which almost one acre is the former mill pond, served by natural streams, and the smaller ponds, streams and waterfalls that flow through it.

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High Street Haven • FASHION

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Searching the high street for clients' wardrobes, I often find myself in Guildford’s Hobbs store, says fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie The story of Hobbs started in 1981 when Marilyn Anselm opened a shoe store in Hampstead, London. Now a global force, the company has over 140 stores including concessions within the larger department stores. I have had a little look behind the scenes and it’s good to know that as a brand, the company upholds corporate responsibilities of ethical initiatives, fair-trade and fair pay. They also support the Smart Works charity, donating interview clothes to unemployed women helping them to enter the UK workforce again. AS A great wardrobe has to include perfectly fitting classics, which in turn make it easier to add the creative pieces, I frequently find myself in Hobbs. I am able to find the key items like great trousers, fitted jackets, jeans, white t-shirts and a striped Breton top in a quality that will last. I recently had the pleasure of meeting manager Jay Syedan, who joined the company in 2011 and took over the helm at Guildford in September last year, with a supporting managerial role over stores in the south. When Jay is not in-store, customers have come to know the cheerful team including deputy manager Oliver, team leader Amy and AnaMaria, the in-house stylist, with whom you can book complimentary 1-2-1 appointments. The team are also happy to accommodate event bookings, be that your office of fifty or just five friends with bubbles included.

Accessories are still a large part of the design brief, and shoes are made in their own factory in Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic Coast of Italy to high standards, from classic patent courts to on-trend metallic brogues.

Team hugs from left: Oliver, Karishma, Yasmin, Raitvile, Ana-Maria, Emily, Gemma, Jay.

THE CAPSULE WARDROBE Rebecca leather tote, £199; Striped Sonya top, £35; Mallory machine washable crops, £79; Ava slingback, £149. All at Hobbs.

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THE HOLIDAY WARDROBE Sorrento linen dress, £139; Kate leather trainer, £99; Amelie Bikini top, £39; Iris Maxi skirt, £69; Pink Pixie Tee, £22; Lula leather bag, £149. All at Hobbs.

With on-line shopping very much part of our lives, the experiences we have in stores are more important than ever. I believe if the service is good, most of us would prefer to try on and buy instead of guessing and possibly returning items. For me, a smiling face and simple greeting is essential when you first enter a store. Happily, Jay and his team are on board with this, ‘customer-centric’ being an ethos of the brand.

I started my Style Workshops a few years ago as I love the idea of having fun with fashion, allowing you to experiment with shapes and colour again (as we did as teenagers) - layer with this or with that, and try a new colour combination, gain confidence with friends and find out what styles really work for your lifestyle now. Come along and join me at Hobbs and see how you get on!

Style Workshops at HOBBS Guildford Former fashion stylist for Good Housekeeping, Ideal Home magazines and House of Fraser, Kirstie Smillie has teamed up with HOBBS in Guildford to host Style Workshops for a chance to experiment with fabulous clothes and learn summer wardrobe tips. Tuesday 19th June Wednesday 20th June Friday 22nd June Saturday 23rd June Tickets, £30, including refreshments and 20% off full-price items For times and ticket details please contact: kirstie@kirstiemsmillie.com or call the Hobbs Store on 01483 579646 HOBBS June 2018

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Gin Kitchen cocktails • FOOD & DRINK World gin day is on Saturday 9th June, so we have teamed up with The Gin Kitchen in Dorking to celebrate! Picture the scene: two friends, Kate and Helen, working away in the corporate world. Both with a common interest in gin. A very good interest to have if you ask me. These two did not take it one step further they took it leaps and bounds further!

Gutsy Fever This uses our full bodied, rich and perfectly smooth Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin. Don’t be put off by the seasonal reference - the citrus hit you’ll get from the lime zest and Croatian Juniper means this gin can definitely be enjoyed all year round! 50ml Gutsy Monkey Gin 20ml Agave syrup 100ml Lychee juice 25ml Fresh lemon juice Fresh coriander leaves Lots of ice Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake HARD. Double strain and serve in a martini glass with a stem or two of coriander and a twist of lime zest to garnish.

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They took their idea all the way to Kate’s kitchen where they first embarked on this new venture. Fast forward a couple of years and how far Kate and Helen have come is an inspiration. For more information, visit www.gin.kitchen. Here’s two of their favourite cocktails showcasing both their delectable gins… whip up one of these and relax in the summer sun for a moment of true bliss.

Dancing Blackberry Martini Our Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin with its zesty pink grapefruit giving way to aromatic cardamom and sweet vanilla notes will give you a taste of summer whatever the weather. 50ml Dancing Dragontail Gin 25ml Blackberry puree 25ml Fresh lemon juice 10ml Toffee nut syrup 10ml Earl Grey syrup 20ml Egg white Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (no ice). Now hard shake, strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with blackberries and if you’re feeling fancy add an edible violet or two.

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Barns Green, West Sussex This is a calming walk through quiet green meadows and woodland, with one or two surprises, especially the church at the tiny village of Itchingfield. This walk is taken with permission from www.fancyfreewalks.org.

• THE WALK 1. Directly opposite the pub, take a narrow path signposted as a bridleway. In 200m or so, you reach a 4-way fingerpost. Turn right here, still on the bridleway. Where, in 80m, you reach a tarmac drive, go straight over through a bypassable small wooden gate on a woodland path. On your left is Muntham House, now a school for boys with special needs. Ignore a crossing path at a 4-way fingerpost. After 700m on this path, you come through a patch of woodland and through the remains of a small wooden gate to the right of a larger wooden gate on a drive coming from the school. Avoid a track sharp left and keep straight ahead on an easy straight track. In 230m, you come to a 4-way fingerpost. Turn left here over a stile into a meadow. (The track also leads onwards to Itchingfield but the route chosen for this walk is a series of lush meadows giving you a sudden surprise encounter with the church.) 2. Walk along the right-hand side of the meadow with great views left to the South Downs and some solitary rugby posts. At the other side, cross over a farmer's path and immediately turn very sharp right and left to go over a stile and a 2-plank bridge with handrail. Go along the right-hand side of a grassy field and, at the other side, keep ahead through a wooden swing gate and continue as before in the next field. In 100m, ignore a swing gate on your right and continue beside the meadow, but only for another 50m. Under a large oak tree, avoid a path ahead that cuts across the meadow and instead go right through a wooden swing-gate and over a The Walk 2-plank bridge into the adjoining field. Barns Green was once called Slaughterford and the name persists in some names. It was always no left more than a smallthe collection of houses and 3. place Turn immediately along left-hand side of farms, expanding a little after the war to resettle homeless people. The village this field. In 100m, in Billingshurst the corner, go over a lies grassy on the railway line between Horsham and but it is too insignificant to have its own railway halt. 6

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2-plank bridge into the next meadow and continue as before. You can see the cedar by Itchingfield Church ahead. In 50m, ignore a 4-way fingerpost. In 250m, in the far corner, go right. Just before the next corner, your path takes you left into the woods and down over a bridge with handrails. Just after the bridge, avoid a gate leading into a meadow and keep left on a path into the woods. The path leads over a 2-plank bridge and up, past an old kissinggate, into the precincts of St Nicholas’ church, Itchingfield. Go past the little timbered Priest's House and turn left to the church. 4. Keep left, past the west side of the church with its free-standing wooden tower and under the great yew tree. Your path takes you through a small wooden gate, down steps and left beside a pasture. It zigzags down to a modern kissing-gate, over a 2-plank bridge and on a path between wire fences. Shortly, at a 3-way fingerpost, ignore a path on the right. Your path crosses a stream via a long bridge and takes you up steps, through a wooden swinggate into a floral meadow. Go straight ahead on a path across the centre. You may have noticed for some time that you are on the West Sussex Literary Trail; this is a 55-mile walk from Horsham to Chichester, along which you meet Shelley, William Penn, John Galsworthy and Hilaire Belloc. Your path veers right to go through a gap past a fingerpost leading into the next meadow. Keep ahead on a faint path which runs about 15m from the lefthand edge. Your route veers left through a wooden swing-gate and then right on a narrow path parallel to a driveway on your left belonging to The Warren, Bashurst Hill. The whole length of the hedge is a line of wild roses and their wafted fragrance in summer is one of the joys of this walk. The scented path finally goes through a small wooden gate, left to join the drive and right to a tarmac lane. 5.Turn left on the lane and, in 50m, turn right on a driveway for Black Cherry Farm, still on the Literary Trail. The drive bends left to reach a large metal security gate. Here, go over a flimsy stile and shortly, at another gate, keep to the left on a fenced path, as directed, joining a track leading into a large pasture. Bear a fraction right to walk beside a wire fence that separates you from a smaller sheep field. At the other side, go through a new metal kissing gate, over a stile, over a grassy crossing path, through a large wooden gate and straight ahead along the left-hand side of a meadow. At the other side, go over a rare “T-V” stile and turn left on a wide track, signposted as a bridleway. call 01483 420173

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6. Keep ahead past the house and buildings of Elmshurst Farm and go through a small wooden gate beside a large one. You are now on a fine surfaced woodland path. In 200m or so, your path narrows and runs in a more open landscape. You come through a small metal gate and arrive at a signposted junction of tracks. Keep straight on, through a small wooden gate beside a larger wooden gate, passing Shiprods Farmhouse on your right, and follow a concrete drive running beside open fields. In 150m, the drive veers left beside a wood. Where the track bends left into an avenue of oaks, leave it by keeping right on a rough track. Ignore a stile on your right after 100m. After 250m through handsome woodland, just as the line of oaks on your right ends, look to your left for a metal kissing gate. Don’t miss this turn! Go through this gate and follow a parallel path in the wood. 7. In 120m, you glimpse from your woodland path a boundary between fields on your right. Opposite the next field boundary, 200m later, your path suddenly kinks left and right at a fingerpost, now deeper in the wood. After a twisty 200m, you come out of the wood onto a grassy bank just before a stream. Turn left and immediately turn right over a 2-plank bridge with handrail and through a metal kissing gate, leading into a large meadow of waving grass. Turn left along the left-hand edge of the meadow. In 100m, you pass some field gates on your left and go over a wide plank bridge. Continue to the far corner and go through a metal kissinggate, over a 2- plank bridge to a tarmac lane. Turn left on the lane. 8. In 150m, you pass an untidy farm and, just as the lane curves right, an old farm house (in a pitiful state

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in 2016). Immediately after the house, turn right on a signposted track, through a large metal gate. The track is surfaced at first, then degrades as it runs 200m straight across the centre of a meadow. At the other side go through a large metal gate into woodland. This path runs under trees, tarmacked in patches, and comes out after 200m to a junction of tracks opposite a house called Owlers. Ignore a wooden gate into a pasture on your right and turn right on a wide track. The track veers left and, after 200m, you pass the entrance to Muntham House school. In just 20m, opposite a wooden gate on your left, turn right on a bridleway which may be familiar from your outward journey. In 80m, at a 4-way fingerpost, turn left on a narrow bridleway, leading, in 200m or so, to the road in the village of Barns Green, opposite the Queens Head where the walk began.

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Grayswood Open Gardens • PROFILE brought together by local enthusiast, Tim Mortimer. He has unearthed quite a few around the village and beyond, usually tucked away for loving care and the occasional outing!

SUNDAY 1ST JULY 11.30am-5.30pm TICKETS £5, includes programme and parking, under 14s go free 'WALKING UP to a gate with the pretty clematis sign and matching balloons, there's quite a thrill of anticipation' - that's how one regular visitor describes the enjoyment she gets from Grayswood Open Gardens. The gardens open every other year, with the first event in 2012. It was the idea of two friends who love looking round any garden - large, small, urban, cottage - with the possible exception of James May's plasticine garden exhibited at Chelsea some years ago! “We knew there were many lovely gardens in Grayswood and hoped their owners would be keen to open them”, says Pauline Lamb, one of the organisers. “We were delighted so many people wanted to take part, and more people come forward every time, so we always have new gardens on display, plus visitor favourites.”

All of this is geared towards raising funds for the maintenance of All Saints. However, in the three events so far, it's the community spirit that has emerged as an unexpected and very welcome benefit. The number of villagers involved is amazing, more than 120! People erecting signs and putting up tables in the village hall; donating plants; making cakes; selling tickets, teas and plants; local business sponsors and, of course, the garden owners who spend months preparing for the big day. “It's a really festive atmosphere” says Pauline. “The garden owners look round each other's gardens on the Friday before and many have an 'after party' with friends and family”. The day closes with sung Eucharist at 6.30 at All Saints. Grayswood Open Gardens is not just about the gardens and raising funds, but a hugely popular village event, where many join the community effort.

There are 10 gardens to visit, including three smaller gardens - each with huge visitor appeal; AppArt is a real treat, with lovely planting and wonderful sculptures. There is a variety of other gardens, including one with a fantastic walk down to a pretty woodland area; a large garden undergoing a slow transformation and two more must-see gardens near the Wheatsheaf Inn which is offering a special Open Gardens Ploughman's. The Grayswood allotments re-opened in 2009, having started out under ‘Dig for Victory’ and then grazed by sheep for many years. The impressive School Garden Club area is also on display, lovingly cared for by the children and volunteers. There's always something new. This year it's a display of classic cars at Grayswood Garage,

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There is a lot going on in June. From coaching sessions for young anglers at Marsh Farm to a bee-keeping demo at Albury Vineyard, not to mention all the fetes and fairs, open gardens, theatre and concerts. It is good to get out and about and make the most of the longer days, so have a good look through the jottings; I’m sure you will find plenty to interest you. Have a great month. Elizabeth Ilive – a women ahead of her time To 31st December 2018 As part of the National Trust’s Women and Power programme, Petworth House have staged a fascinating exhibition to mark the life and times of a remarkable woman, Elizabeth Ilive. She ended up as the Countess of Egremont having married the 3rd Earl. She lived from 1769-1822 and was a pioneering scientist and inventor and established a laboratory at Petworth House. The exhibition recreates how the lab would have looked. Petworth House is always worth a visit but with this exhibition a visit is a must. Haslemere Players Friday 1st Saturday 2nd June 7.30pm To commemorate the ending of World War One, the Haslemere Players are proud to present ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning – Centenary Showstoppers’. The show runs at the Haslemere Hall and includes a delicious two-course supper, with an additional matinee performance, including tea and cake on the Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm. Much of the show content is based on familiar, nostalgic and quite cheeky Music Hall style songs and mischievous ditties, which are guaranteed to bring a smile to audience faces and get their feet tapping! Bookings can be made through the Haslemere Hall Box Office – Tel: 01428 642161 or online at www.haslemerehall.co.uk. RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 2nd June 11am-4pm and Saturday 9th June 10.45am-4pm The Gardens are host to two plant societies’ shows on respective Saturdays; The British Iris Society Summer Show and The Peony Show, with top growers and experts available to answer questions, wonderful plant displays and even a photographic exhibition. On 16th and 17th June there is the June 2018

Plant Society Show where around 30 Plant Societies gather featuring all the garden favourites such as delphiniums, clematis, sweet peas, iris and dahlias as well as alpines, fruit and vegetables, hosta, carnivorous, bonsai and cactus. Visitors can also attend free demonstrations of clematis pruning, bonsai shaping and wiring, seed and spore sowing and advice on how to cook with your garden produce. Plants and seeds will be on sale all weekend. The show will be open 9am – 5:30pm (5pm on Sunday). All these shows are free with Garden admission. Liphook in Bloom Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June The flower beds in Liphook have looked amazing throughout the spring, despite the ups and downs in the weather. Now summer is on its way and on this weekend Liphook in Bloom members will be picking up their gardening tools again and meeting at Midhurst Road car park at 9.30am ready for the summer planting. New volunteers are always welcomed and rewarded with a Kit Kat at coffee time! For more information go to www.liphookinbloom or give Joan Holdsworth a call on 01428 724016. Living History Festival at Weald & Downland Living Museum Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June Embark upon an immersive journey through over 1,000 years of English history, all brought to life by over 200 of the UK’s leading costumed re-enactors at the Museum’s 40acre site in Singleton near Chichester, West Sussex. Over the course of this wonderful weekend you can experience what life was like from Saxon times through to the 20th Century. Visitors can not only spectate at a medieval jousting tournament, but also experience the exciting preparations leading up to the event. Regular Museum entry prices apply and include access to the festival which opens at 10.30am and closes at 5pm. The Museum's waterside café will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas. Keep the Home Fires Burning Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm To commemorate the ending of World War One a hundred

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If you would like further information please call our team on 01428 778512 or email info@melodyliveincare.co.uk years ago this year, The Haslemere Players present Keep The Home Fires Burning – Centenary Showstoppers at Haslemere Hall. The evening includes a delicious two-course supper in a charming ‘Talk of the Town’ setting! There is a matinee and afternoon tea on the Saturday. The theme of the evening is a lively and amusing, retro cabaret show – such as might have been performed by The Happy Hoppers, the actual theatre company based at Talbot House in Belgium, which was a rest centre during WW1. Tickets are available from Haslemere Hall – call 01428 642161 or online at www. haslemerehall.co.uk. Art and Soul Exhibition 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th June 11am-5pm Local artist, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 21 award-winning artists at his studio and six acres of grounds in Haslemere in June. Over 100 works will be on show, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, metals and a sculpture trail around the beautiful gardens and woodland of his 'Huf' house on Marley Common. This is the seventh year David has staged the exhibition, in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios and entry is free. For more information, contact David Paynter on 07799 653093 or email d.paynter659@btinternet.com. Also see the website www. theartfulgallery.co.uk. 36 VANTAGEPOINT

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Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk Sunday 3rd June 2.30pm Discover more about the fascinating history of the town and the area around Church Lane, Tanners Lane, and Lower Street on this guided walk with local historian Tim Winter. Some slight hills. Meet outside Haslemere Museum. For more information, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk. Donations to Haslemere Museum. No need to book, just turn up. Haslemere Musical Society Mondays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June 7.30pm-10pm The society is running their very popular ‘Summer Sessions’ each Monday evening this June. If you would like to join them for some Come-and-Sing, or, Come-and-play sessions you will be very welcome. There will be four events: On 4th June (Haslemere Hall): Brahms Schicksalslied - Choir and orchestra; Weber Overture 'Der Freischutz' (orchestra during 1st half). 11th June (Haslemere Hall): Madrigals – Choir; Brahms Symphony No.1 – Orchestra. 18th June (St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere) (orchestra only): Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. 25th June (St Christopher’s Church) (orchestra only): Dvorak Symphonic Variations. The cost is £5 per session to cover expenses. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the interval. Please see the HMS website for further details. http://hmsoc.org.uk/events/#.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Make a Will Fortnight Monday 4th to Friday 15th June St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester is inviting the local community to support its Make a Will Fortnight scheme. Participating local solicitors are giving their services for free, enabling you to have your Will written or amended in return for a donation to the Hospice. The initiative invites people to consider making this donation rather than paying the solicitors who are kindly providing their time and expertise free of charge. Full details of the scheme, including a list of participating solicitors and suggested donations, is available at www.stwh.co.uk/MAWF or call Marcia Nguyen on 01243 755837, or email fundraising@stwh.co.uk Appointments Events are limited so anyone interested is asked to call participating solicitors in good time. Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers They have a summer programme of 23 walks in June. They range from 4 to 11 miles, the longer ones (on Wednesdays) often taking in a pub for lunch. There are also some short Friday evening walks; a great way to start the weekend! Although many of the routes are local, others venture further afield: this month including Woodingdean and Hayling Island. Why not go along for a free trial walk and see if it suits you? Go to www.gandhramblers.org.uk for full information. Walking Rugby Tuesday 5th June 7pm-8.30pm Don’t Hang Up Your Rugby Boots! With just the Premiership play- offs to come, why not give Walking Rugby a try. It is a competitive passing game played with a rugby ball suitable for ex-players, injured players, and non-players of all ages, abilities and gender. But: there’s no running at any time and no tackling or kicking. Led by Guildfordians Rugby coach Roger Underwood, this is an opportunity to have fun and gentle exercise. Takes place at Coxcombe Recreation Ground, Chiddingfold GU8 4QB. For more details, contact Roger on 07981 781092. The West Surrey Family History Society Wednesday 6th June 8pm They meet in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street, Guildford. Jane Lewis, from the Surrey History Centre, will be speaking on Irish genealogy. She will mention what sources for Irish research are available in the UK and Ireland and what records are offered online. Visitors are very welcome for a small donation. For further enquiries, contact Mrs I Hawkins on 01483 535986. Wealth Investing Network (WIN) Guildford Wednesday 6th June Wealth Investing Network (WIN) Guildford meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Old Thorns in Liphook (just off the A3). Registration from 6.30pm. At their next meeting Gill Fielding will speak on making money in property, June 2018

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The Arts Society, Midhurst • PROFILE

Are you interested in learning more about art, architecture and history? Then you might want to join us at The Arts Society, Midhurst (formerly Midhurst Decorative and Fine Arts Society). The Arts Society runs a regular series of friendly, monthly lectures at the Methodist Hall in Midhurst. The one hour talks are given by inspiring and knowledgeable speakers on a wide variety of different subjects, from the Mosaics of Ravenna to the Artists of Montmartre. Other forthcoming lectures in the 2017/2018 season include the artist Paula Rego, Charles Dickens and The Borgias.

and members also receive a high quality quarterly magazine. Events to look forward to include a visit to the Ashmolean Museum and a study day on 20th Century Theatre. The society also supports Young Arts at Midhurst Rother College and other local schools. If you would like to learn more about a range of fascinating topics, meet people with similar interests, make new friends, and continue your life-long learning, why not get in touch to join up. The annual membership is £42 and guests are most welcome for a donation of £7 each lecture.

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which is unseen, relevant past lives and much more. They meet at the Unitarian Hall, Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3JB, opposite the Texaco Garage on the A3100. Meetings are held every 2nd Friday of the month. £5 entry for members, £8 for guests. All welcome and free refreshments available. More information at www.waverleydowsers.co.uk or call Geoff on 01276 472977. Grayshott Folk Club Friday 8th June Their 2017/2018 season draws to a close when their special guests at Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ will be O’Hooley & Tidow, two of Folk music’s finest performers. It is a fitting way to end their most successful and adventurous season to date. Tickets: Adults £14/Under 16s £7 and are available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096. If you would like to have a little listen to them, go to https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=QYwP1OKO4zo. GFC’s 2018/2019 season begins with a bang on Friday 31st August when The Churchfitters will be making their fourth visit to Grayshott Folk Club. They will be ably supported by local rising star Ellie Fountain from Guildford. More details in the August edition. Chamber music at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere Saturday 9th June 7.30pm There are two unusual chamber music concerts to look forward to in June, given by two ensembles featuring local 40 VANTAGEPOINT

resident, professional flautist, Susan Milan. On June 9th The Debussy Ensemble brings together local professional flautist, Susan Milan Matthew Jones, viola and Leuan Jones, harp. They will present a gorgeous programme of Baroque, French Impressionist and 20th century Romantic music, as well as a fascinating trio by the famous Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu entitled ‘And then I knew ‘twas wind’. Tickets are £18 (under 18s £8) including a glass of wine at the interval. Available from www.wegottickets, Chamberlain Music Haslemere and at the door. Oberon’s Cure Saturday 9th June 7.30pm The popular Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company, who specialise in ‘Commedia dell’Arte’, will be performing in Haslemere Museum’s lovely garden, with this brand-new enigmatic play, Oberon’s Cure is full of humour, mystique and magic which causes human and fairy worlds to collide and is the beautifully poetic, yet hilarious prequel to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ involving several discreetly disguised Shakespearian characters from the original play. Go dressed for a traditional English summer’s evening – but pack a jumper just in case! Take your own low-backed chairs or a rug to sit on and perhaps a picnic too! Doors open from 6pm for picnickers. Tickets available online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk. Adults £16, Seniors £15, Students £12, Children under 17 £9 and Families £40. Fernhurst Choral Society Saturday 9th June 7.30pm They will perform the ever-popular Verdi Requiem accompanied by the Downland Sinfonia and conducted by Musical Director, Tim Ravalde. It takes place at St Paul’s Church, Chichester. This concert is the final performance of Fernhurst Choral Society’s 2017-18 season following earlier sold-out concerts featuring Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, a selection from the American Songbook, Mozart's Requiem and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Tickets are available from the FCS website www.fernhurstchoralsociety.org.uk and cost £16 (£8 under 14s and NUS students). Also available from Chichester Tourist Information Centre, Ackerman Music - Chichester, Fernhurst newsagents, the Treasurer on 01428 654893 and on the door. Bramshott Open Gardens Saturday 9th Sunday 10th June 11am–5pm This Open Gardens event, held every other year, has around 24 houses, both large, and small, opening their gardens. In addition there will be a flower festival in the 13th century church of St.Mary’s, Bramshott GU30 7SQ. The event will be opened by local actor Hugh Bonneville. There is also a shuttle bus to take visitors to outlying gardens, and plenty of free parking. Entry is £7.50 for adults, under 12s free of charge. Tickets are valid for both days. Enjoy a very warm welcome from local residents, and support Macmillan Cancer Care,

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Sussex Day Walk Saturday June 16th 9.30am Meet at The Horse Guards pub, Tillington GU238 9AF. The lovely route, with a 'loo' stop, goes via two heritage sites, and stops for an optional lunch (£7.50) at The White Horse at Easebourne. Dogs welcomed. No booking necessary. Just turn up. The walk itself is free and will be on rain or shine! Gerald is a qualified HeartSmart walk leader. And you can contact him at geraldgreshamcooke@gmail.com or call 01798 342151 or 07748 597568.

Grayshott Concerts Friday 15th June 7.30pm Anne Denholm, the official harpist to HRH Prince of Wales, will perform Mozart’s popular Flute and Harp Concerto with award-winning flautist, Emma Halnan at St Luke’s Church Grayshott. The programme also includes Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp and Strings, accompanied by the London Mozart Players. Also featured in the programme will be Britten’s Prelude and Fugue and Mozart’s Divertimento in D. This should be a delightful evening of music. Tickets and more information at www. grayshottconcerts.co.uk.

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The Arts Society Haslemere Tuesday 19th June 2pm Their next lecture is entitled ‘The World’s Most Expensive Art - Is It Worth It?’ and takes place at Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street, Haslemere. Recently, works by Picasso, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Leonardo, Modigliani, Klimt, Bacon, Gauguin and others have changed hands for sums in excess of $100 million, unbelievable! Should be a fascinating afternoon. Visitors and new members are very welcome to lectures. For more details, contact the Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email membership@theartssocietyhaslemere.org. Lots more information about the society can be found at www. theartssocietyhaslemere.org.uk. Sunset Polo Tuesday 19th June The top American polo player and Global Ambassador Nic Roldan will be hosting this event in the grounds of Cowdray House. The event, which starts late afternoon, will consist of equestrian displays from the likes of Monty Roberts and a Sunset Polo match, which will include a celebrity chukka. Full information at www.cowdray.co.uk/events/sunset-polo-2018/. Milland Valley Railway Modellers Wednesday 20th June 2pm The next meeting of the club will be held at Redford Village Hall, Redford, Midhurst GU29 0QF. They are a small friendly 46 VANTAGEPOINT

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