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You will see later in this month’s Jottings that we mention The Life of Christ, the very popular reenactment at Wintershall that runs from 20th to 24th June. We went to Guildford High Street and watched their Passion Play on Easter Saturday which they also perform in Trafalgar Square. It was a brilliant production and extremely moving which suggests that the Life of Christ will be very special. Elsewhere, the month is full of summer events so hopefully you will find something that will entertain the whole family. Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 1st June 2pm At their next meeting in Grayshott Village Hall, they will be welcoming Jane Choy-Thurlow, their excellent guide during the visit to the Mauritius. She will explore what makes the work of Hans Holbein the Younger so special and why his portraits are so intriguing. The 15th June should be an ideal time for their visit to Pashley Manor, the Tudor manor house with its romantic English Garden and also the inspirational Great Dixter. For more information, contact Caroline on 01428714276 or visit the website www.grayshottdfas.org.uk. Shells at Haslemere Museum Thursday 1st June 11am-3pm Go along to this Family Drop in Event and marvel at the Museum’s shell handling collection; discover how shells

have been used in the past and then enjoy lots of arts and crafts, including making your own shell creature and a place for it to live! Why not stay and make a day of it – Take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Museum. museum members £2, non members £4. No need to book. Transition Haslemere - Green Drinks Thursday 1st June 7.30pm This month they will talk about keeping chickens. The guest speaker on the subject will be Jane Devlin, Energy Strategy Manager at East Hampshire District Council. The Transition Group meets informally for ‘Green Drinks’ every first Thursday of the month at the Royal Oak, Critchmere Hill, Haslemere GU27 1LS. They are a local volunteer group taking action on global warming, climate change and on sustainability in our community. See www. transitionhaslemere.org. Family Gardening Show Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 10am-5pm This is the first ever Family Gardening Show at RHS Wisley and includes lots of fantastic interactive activities for families of all ages. There is a lovely ‘In the night garden trail’ around the garden for 1 to 4 year olds (see next Jotting); join Iggle Piggle on a magical adventure. Plus for older children there are cookery classes, face painting, bug hunting trails and making your own edible bugs! Free with Garden admission. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Regain the use of your conservatory

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Chiddingfold Cinema Friday 2nd June and Friday 16th June 8pm They are showing two films this month. The first is ‘Lion’. Based on a true story, it’s about a 5 year-old Indian boy who gets trapped on a decommissioned train, taking him over 1500 miles away from his home and family. Alone on the streets of Calcutta he barely manages to survive until he is selected for adoption by a Tasmanian couple. Years later he goes in search of his lost roots. It is an excellent film and a quite brilliant performance from Dev Patel as the little boy. The second film is ‘The Salesman’ winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar. It’s a clever and subtle family drama that poses many questions: not only ‘whodunnit?’, but more importantly ‘why?’ Tickets are £6 Adults, £3 under 15s (where permitted). Go to www.chiddingfoldcinema. com or call 01428 683251. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema is in Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold GU8 4QA. It’s a 200 seat venue with high definition digital format, surround sound and a 4.5 m screen, licensed bar, cakes, refreshments and locally sourced ice-cream. The doors open at 7.30pm. Floral Fringe Fair Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th June 10.30am-5pm This fun family fair takes place at Knepp Castle, Shipley, W. Sussex RH13 8LJ, 7 miles south of Horsham. There will be all sorts of stalls and entertainment, plus classic cars

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waterside café will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas. More information at www.wealddown.co.uk. Artists Open Studios 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 16th 17th and 18th June Milland Village is, for the first time, participating in SAOS, Surrey. Five studios, with eleven artists and craftspeople will open their studio doors on the above dates. A weaver, ceramicist, photographer and painters will be delighted to show you their work and there will be art of all prices to buy. Brochures and maps of the Milland Art Trail can be picked up from Milland Stores and The Rising Sun pub. The studios are within walking distance of each other and entrance is free. More details from 01428 741198. Art & Soul Exhibition Local artist, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 22 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, and a sculpture trail around the beautiful gardens and woodland of his ‘Huf’ house on Marley Common. The ‘Art & Soul’ exhibition is open to the public from 11am until 5pm, free of charge, on the following days in June: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Friday 16th, Saturday

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Petworth Festival Takes place from 12th-29 July 2017

To many people the word ‘festival’ has become synonymous with muddy fields, unsanitary toilets and loud, loud music. And there’s no doubt that the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Love Supreme and all the rest have created for themselves a very genuine niche in the summer calendar. Live music is a great thing and the shared experience you get at a large scale event is unquestionably something that should be on anyone’s bucket list. But festivals are far from the preserve of the big blockbuster. For centuries mankind has been drawn to celebrate and in the UK we have for many years been blessed by a more understated form of ‘festivalling’, or that of the ‘arts festival’. But in case the term ‘arts festival’ sounds a little dry or austere, let’s put things straight. The word ‘art’ covers an enormously wide creative terrain, and anyone involved in festivalling will immediately tell you that the celebratory part of the word festival – or fiesta! – is a central part of what they attempt to do. Stewart Collins is the Artistic Director of one of the jewels in West Sussex’s crown where the arts festival is concerned, Petworth Festival. As increasing numbers across the county already appreciate, Petworth Festival has been growing and growing in recent years, and Stewart is in no doubt as to the reasons why: “There are several key ingredients to any festival, whether it be the behemoth rock block busters, or the more intimate versions that exist across the county, and primary amongst these is place. A festival without a memorable, beautiful or contained location simply won’t have either an identity or a soul”. And Petworth is nothing if not one of the area’s most attractive and elegantly contained towns, nestling as it

does amongst the South Downs; partly dominated by the great Petworth House, but also an intimate town with an international reputation as a centre in the antiques world. But it also has a festival, and a festival can often be an invisible glue that helps pull a community together. Stewart Collins again: “Somehow my predecessors at the Petworth Festival managed to create a momentum and an affection for an event that is not only hugely valued in the area, but which has also gained a national reputation amongst both audiences and performers. It is quite simply a place where great events happen and where the appreciation is on a level you don’t always get in larger communities”. So what is it that makes the Petworth Festival an event that clearly punches above its weight? “Although there can never be anything as restrictive as a formula, there will always be a number of key ingredients to our festival” says Stewart. “Firstly we should show off the town and the locale; secondly we should do our darnedest to ensure that we put on events that will appeal to many audiences and many differing tastes; thirdly we should do everything we can to provide opportunities for young people to experience music and performance;

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and also having my brain and emotions taxed and turned by the skills of the playwright. Now to be working week in and week out with all of these wonderful people really brings a spring to one’s step on a daily basis.”

and fourthly we should make sure that anything we do is of the highest imaginable standards.” We’re only 50 miles from London after all, so if we lay on the run of the mill, no one is going to come to us. Why would they?!”

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Stewart’s own background is hugely eclectic having been a singer, actor and writer before moving backstage. “From my earliest days I was inspired by great classical music, I loved having my funny bone tickled by the wit and wisdom of our great comedians,

So who will be bringing a spring to everyone’s steps in Petworth this coming summer? The cornerstone of the Petworth Festival has always been great performances of classical music, and this year is no exception as the festival welcomes the hugely charismatic operatic baritone Roderick Williams, the man who was such a hit at a recent Last Night of the BBC Proms; and he is just one of many performers who have graced the Royal Albert Hall stage. Former BBC Young Musician of the Year Natalie Clein plays at the festival this year, as does former child prodigy violinist Chloë Hanslip, not to mention one of classical music’s fastest rising stars, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and Lithuanian pin-up-classical-accordionist Martynas Levickis. But the range of performers and performances stretches much wider. Jazz has long played a role at the festival, and the 2017 jazz programme is headed up by top chanteuse Claire Martin, London’s Savoy Hotel residents Alex Mendham and his orchestra, and jazz musician, food writer and BBC radio regular, Jay Rayner with his Quartet. Comedy plays a greater role than ever with a second Comedy at The Stables night scheduled to feature four acts including the Rainer Hersch Orkestra and stand-up

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comedian extraordinaire Hal Cruttenden, with Angus Deayton due to feature alongside his Radio Active team members at the festival’s annual visit to Midhurst’s Rother College theatre. World music features in two very special events and there are activities aimed at the younger and family audience and community participants. The festival returns to beautiful Bignor Park for the annual family picnic theatre event, whilst the Leconfield Hall hosts other shows tailor-made for the younger audience. And all-comers are invited, hopefully in costume, to join in a come-and-sing performance of The Sound of Music, led by one of the country’s brightest names in choral music, Director of the National Youth Choir, Ben Parry. As Julie Andrews didn’t quite sing, ‘The Downs are Alive…’

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So whilst Petworth may never quite capture the national consciousness of a Glastonbury, there should be no doubt that the town has its very own special festival with a special momentum. And on that note, the Festival celebrates 40 years in 2018… but don’t wait for that. Try something – in fact lots of things – in 2017! FIND OUT MORE For more information, download the full programme and book tickets, please visit www.petworthfestival.org.uk or call 01798 343055.

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The Silent Pool Distillery Phil Kemp visits an artisan gin distillery, situated locally in the beautiful Surrey Hills The beautiful Surrey Hills offer stunning countryside and boast a host of hidden surprises, including the magical Silent Pool, where its eerie stillness embraces local legends of ghostly intrigue. Rated in the top ten of Best Hidden Gems by Visit Surrey, the pool is fed by underground chalk springs that in their turn have provided a perfect location for an innovative and trendsetting local artisan distillery that draws water from the springs for their spirit production. The Silent Pool Distillery, located in Albury near Guildford, was founded only four years ago but has quickly enthralled not only local gin and vodka lovers but those all across Britain, Europe and as far away as Japan, the USA and Peru. 14

Their signature Silent Pool Gin, with its distinctive bottle design embracing the mythology and aqua-green waters of the adjacent pool and entwining these with the botanicals that are used to create the distinctive profile of the gin, has provided the cornerstone on which to build a truly inspiring distillery business. I met up with Ian McCulloch, founding partner, who provided a walk-through of the distillery and the full story behind the success of the Silent Pool Distillery. “I go to Scotland a lot and if the weather is really bad we inevitably end up in a distillery,” said Ian. “I have looked at the way the Scots were marketing their whisky. If you turn a To advertise, please call 01483 420173

bottle of malt around you’ll see words like ‘you can taste the salty mist as it drifts in at the dawn over the heather’ providing a narrative. You can virtually see and smell Scotland, the sky, the water and the rocks before you’ve even drunk their whisky. There’s a lot of theatre around it bringing it to life. And I wondered if we could do the same in the North Downs.” We walked across the courtyard, which provides a breathing space between the distillery, its bottling plant and the administration office which, although somewhat cramped, radiates an infectious energy from the team working there. “As a drinker, I’ve always enjoyed gin. It’s one of those products you can do something adventurous with. We’ve likened it to painting with colours, or with flavours. If vantagepointmag.co.uk


you think of flavours as paint, and somebody gave you a white canvas and a load of colours, you can paint a million different pictures. Well it’s the same with flavours.” The impressive copper pot still, with its almost H G Wells-inspired rectifying column towering 10ft above provided surreal reflections in the polished metal of the distilling team working busily behind us as we talked. The still was hand-built in Germany and the imposing stainless steel holding tanks standing alongside was sourced from Slovenia to hold both the spirit used in the distilling process and the crystalclear water pumped from the Silent Pool and filtered. “The problem with whisky is you make it, store it in wooden barrels and then look at it for five or ten years. With gin it’s ten days end to end. And if you want to make floral gin you can make floral gin. If you want to make juniper-rich gin you can make juniper-rich gin. Or summer gin, or a winter gin. You can do what you like, as long as it’s juniper-led, which by law gin has to be. So you’ve got a lot more scope creatively, and that’s what we’ve done.” Earlier Ian had opened a large Perspex box which contained the all-important botanicals that give their gin its highly distinctive flavour. Each gin distillation uses a combination of these ingredients from 24 carefully-selected botanicals that the master distiller, Cory Mason, uses in his recipes. These included cardamom, coriander, cubeb, orris and juniper which are macerated in the base spirit for 24 hours before being added to the 250-litre copper pot still which extracts the botanical oils. The more delicate ingredients including elderflower and kaffir lime leaves are macerated separately and added later. The June 2017

Images clockwise from left: The copper pot still, rectifying column and holding tanks; some members of the distillery team with (from right front row) Ian McCulloch Founding Partner and Simon Sherlock Head Distiller; and the reclaimed boiler, fed with local logs, provides steam for distilling.

last of the botanicals, which include coriander, lavender and pear are added to the gin basket, which hangs inside the still so that the vapour rising up the rectification column picks up the extra flavours. All in all, a mouth-watering fusion of diverse flavours which undoubtedly is why Silent Pool Gin has stolen the limelight and is quickly building a world-wide reputation. “The whole distillation process takes about three hours, which delivers enough spirit for 380 bottles of gin,” explained Ian. “However, all this takes power to provide the steam for the still. And that’s where we’ve been very creative.” To advertise, please call 01483 420173

Ian led the way to a door behind the copper still, down some metal stairs into an open-sided back room where we stood by a stack of split logs and a large ancient-looking metal boiler. “The distillation needs heat. We originally looked at modern biomass boilers and the quote for a steam generating one was a crazy £120,000. So I started to investigate heritage steam, and talking to the Bluebell Railway and the boys in Alton on the Watercress Line we found a chap in Canterbury who trades in reclaimed boilers. This old boiler was one-tenth of the cost, is really simple to run and maintain, you just need a spanner! We are 15


Left: Simon Sherlock, Head Distiller, with the distillery’s range of products. Right: The distillery is located on the North Downs in the Albury Estate.

supplied with wood by the Albury Estate, which is felled locally and chopped just over the road. In fuel miles that’s around half a fuel mile. It works fine.” As we clambered back up the metal stairway into the distillation room Ian added: “We attach a whistle to the boiler occasionally just for the visitors who come along to our distillery tours. It’s a three-chime whistle so that everybody in the valley knows we are distilling. After all it’s the steam that drives the distilling process.” Now standing alongside the large stainless steel holding tanks, with each labelled according to which part of the process they are being used for, Ian opens the steel cap on a pipe protruding at an angle from one of the tanks. “Take a smell. That’s high-proof Silent Pool Gin in there, around 85% strength. We use these tanks to cut the spirit down to 43% bottling strength by mixing with the filtered spring water taken from the Silent Pool. It’s a chalk spring and we take all the minerals out of the water when we filter it. Everything is done on site, nothing leaves the site – unless it’s in a bottle. Water flowing from the spring goes from the Silent Pool into Sherbourne pond. From there it goes into the Tillingbourne, the Tillingbourne into the Wey, and finally the Wey into the Thames.” 16

We walk through the packing area and briefly watch the small but industrious bottling team handfill the distinctive blue Silent Pool Gin bottles, cap and sticker them with the necessary barcode and customs labels, and pack these into cartons ready for shipping out to customers eagerly awaiting the next shipment of one of their favourite gins. Pausing briefly by the courtyard table groaning under the weight of the distillery’s wide range of products - which include several different flavoured gins, their popular Wry Vodka, a strawberry and gin liquer that apparently mixes well with Prosecco, and several flavoured sprays and cordials – Ian continues to emphasise their preference for sourcing locally.

is currently sitting in Cranleigh. It’s five times the size of the one we’re using at the moment. We’ve got a south-facing roof here so a large part of the operation will be solar-powered.

“Our strawberries come from Tuesley Farm and the blackberries are local. The yeast for the vodka from a supplier in Godalming. The charcoal we use for filtering the vodka is from John Sinclair with the hornbeam logs sourced and burned locally. Juniper has been grown on the North Downs for thousands of years.”

“We want to get back into whisky so the new still is a ‘stripping still’ which is ideal. We had started producing whisky but when Silent Pool Gin took off we had to concentrate on that. We have got an innovative product plan, which I’m not going to tell you. Nobody has done it yet and we think it will be a world beater. For whisky you in effect need beer which you distil, and one or two of the local brewers are quite interested in that. There’ll also be quite a bit of grain waste so we’re thinking of distillery grain-fed pork from pigs brought up on the side of the hill here.”

The distillery is located on Albury Estate, land owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and is set in beautiful countryside and farmland. To the rear of the existing distillery is a large agricultural building which at the time of my visit had building workers pouring a new concrete floor.

The Silent Pool Distillery runs 90-minute ‘deep dive’ gin tours which include a tasting of their full range at the end. From my brief visit there I came away impressed and inspired by their creativity, originality, and enthusiasm – but as I was working I didn’t touch a drop. But make sure you do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

“You have seen that we are a bit tight on space at the moment,” said Ian, as we stepped over some concrete reinforcing mesh lying on the ground by the entrance. “So we are going to be installing a new still in here which

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17th, and Sunday 18th. For more information, contact David Paynter: Tel: 07799 653093. Email: d.paynter659@ btinternet.com, web: www.theartfulgallery.co.uk. Grayshott Folk Club Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm Underhill Rose is an acoustic all girl trio that will touch your soul. They come from North Carolina and visit Grayshott Folk Club before heading up to play at the prestigious Beverley Folk Festival in Yorkshire later this month. The gig takes place at St. Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Hindhead GU26 6RB. Tickets at £12 adults/£6 for under 16’s are available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Check them out at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=aC83fnyh62o. Canine First Aid Course Saturday 3rd June and Saturday 1st July 10.30am There are a number of first aid courses for humans but I must admit I hadn’t heard of first aid courses for dogs. These courses instruct you on how to give your dog emergency first aid in the event of poisoning, heat stroke, drowning, shock and much more. The courses take place in Elstead (the venue address will be emailed on booking) and cost £55. They last for about 4 hours. To find out more and to book a place go to www.thecaninefirstaidco.uk/ thecourse.html.

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Haslemere Guided Town Walk Sunday 4th June 2.30pm Discover more about Wey Hill, Shottermill and Sicklemill including some of the buildings, the people who live and worked here and the industries where they were employed, on this guided walk with local historian Tim Winter. The duration of the walk is approximately 2 miles and includes a steep footbridge and hill. Meet at Wey Hill (fairground) car park. No need to book; just turn up. Donations to Haslemere Museum. Traditional Church Fête Sunday 4th June from 12 noon St Luke’s church Milland and St Luke’s church Linch are organising a traditional church Fete. It will be held on Milland recreation field. There will be all the usual stalls, including plants, books and bric a brac as well as pony rides and children’s activities. Do pop along. West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 6th June and Tuesday 4th July 2pm Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac will give a talk on ‘Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Painting Collection’. an insider’s view of this ambitious and unique project. On Tuesday 4th July, Jane Tapley will talk on ‘Austen’s Arcadia - The Life and Times of Jane Austen’ - considered to be one of the greatest female writers of eighteenth century, if not

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of all times. Meetings are held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm. Doors open at 1.40pm. Tea and coffee will be served after the lecture. For membership details please contact Jackie Buckler on 01903 411086. Visitors are welcome for a fee of £5. Grayshott Flower Club Wednesday 7th June 7pm The club welcomes Rebecca Tiller who is well known for her designs for weddings, events, home and commercial projects and for her innovative workshops. They are looking forward to an interesting, informative and enjoyable evening plus a chance to win the arrangements in the raffle. Rebecca will also be judging the competition entries. Grayshott Flower Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Grayshott Village Hall, doors open at 7pm with refreshments and a sales table from 7.15pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome to go and enjoy an evening with their friendly members. The club also holds flower arranging classes for beginners and improvers. If you would like any further information, call 01428 651956. Waverley Dowsers Friday 9th June 7pm They meet monthly at the Unitarian Hall Godalming GU7 3JB and are both a fun and scientific group. A glance at their website, www.waverleydowsers.co.uk will

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Haslemere Arts and Crafts Weekend Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2017 at Haslemere Museum The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential international artistic movements of modern times. Inspired by the work and writings of John Ruskin and William Morris, it grew out of a concern for the effects of industrialisation on society and traditional skills in the late 1800s. The movement influenced many areas of the cultural landscape including architecture, garden design, clothing and home furnishings. Next month, Haslemere will play host to an Arts and Crafts weekend to celebrate the town’s rich Arts and Crafts heritage. Organised by Haslemere Museum and supported by Haslemere Events and the Visitor Information Centre, the weekend of special events promises a fascinating insight into the Arts and Crafts Movement. In Haslemere, a thriving centre for a community of artists and craftspeople inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement formed the Peasant Arts Society which flourished until the early 1930s. Determined to revive lost country crafts and rejecting the industrial economy with its mass production of goods, they set up craft workshops and weaving houses in the town teaching local girls to weave. Many different types of crafts were produced from striking handwoven textiles to printed cards, some of which survive in the collection at Haslemere Museum. Members of the movement, including Godfrey Blount and Joseph King collected beautifully decorated household objects and intricately embroidered textiles from all over Europe and brought them back to Haslemere displaying them in their own 20

20 years, a series of lectures by expert speakers including garden historian Dr Sarah Rutherford author of the Arts and Crafts Garden, Professor Neil Jackson from the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool in London and Donna Steele, Curator of Ditchling Museum. There will also be a trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere, a guided garden tour of Gertrude Jekyll’s iconic woodland garden at Munstead Wood and dinner by candlelight at St Christopher’s Church, a stunning example of an Arts and Crafts building. Top: The Wheel and Spindle Club. Below: The Peasant Art Gallery

museum to inspire the local artisans. Joining them in this pursuit of collecting was Gerald Davies, a master at Charterhouse School in Godalming and his collection was later purchased by the Peasant Arts Society. In 1926 this remarkable collection of European folk art was rehomed to Haslemere Museum where it remains today providing an insight into the rituals and patterns of life of the people who produced them. The craft workshops and weaving houses have long since disappeared from Haslemere but the history of this inspiring movement is still visible today in the road names and buildings, together with a lasting legacy in the European Peasant Arts Collection at the museum. Highlights of the weekend include an evening talk with Eric Knowles, a leading authority in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Decorative Arts and antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme for over To advertise, please call 01483 420173

Don’t miss the exhibition at Haslemere Museum entitled ‘The Rustic Renaissance’ which runs throughout July and August showcasing wonderful objects from the European Peasant Arts Collection as well as rarely seen textile designs made by local weavers. It will also display original artwork by Godfrey Blount and photographs and documents from the Peasant Arts archive. The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, have kindly loaned Haslemere Museum their Swedish Folk Art straw goats, which will be shown during the exhibition as part of Object in Focus, a project funded by Arts Council England. They will also be hosting a free family friendly craft workshop on Saturday 8th July from 10am-12pm, so do go along to Haslemere Museum and learn a Swedish craft. Whether you love history or arts and crafts, or simply want to discover more about this inspiring movement, this weekend of special events is not to be missed! To find out more visit www. haslemere.com/artsandcrafts. vantagepointmag.co.uk


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Hair we go again! It all started with ‘big ears’, remembers fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie.

Through my early school age years, I have memories of trying to tuck my ears into my swimming cap, cycling with my head at forty-five degrees so my hair just covered them and allowing my curls to go all ‘poofy’ for maximum volume to keep my ears from peeking out! Eventually when I was fifteen my parents realised it was affecting my outlook and I had them pinned back (not as painful as it sounds). So at

last I could cut my hair and let the breeze rush through with out fear of embarrassment. It took me a few years to actually get a re style but from 80s frizz came my 90s page boy! Midlength mop with my homage to Joanna Lumley (so I was told) and then after my daughter’s birth, a reinvention of very short and later, bleached crop by time of the millennium celebrations.

Top tips from hair and make-up artist Hanna Wildman (www.hannawildman.com): Don't follow fashion, go for a style that flatters your face shape. Do consider your body shape - too much hair can swamp or too little can add a size. Think about adding softer, lighter colours around your face to lift the cheeks and hairline. Can you maintain a style? Discuss ideas with your hairdresser so that they can suggest a cut to suit your ability.

From there I have generally gone wild and unkempt. I always preferred the undone look as my hair still had its wave and could look nice but could also look a mess! I always wanted sleek hair that swished rather than had volume… but don’t we always want what we haven’t got? With the big five-O looming next year and body changes altering my hair’s texture (I have more lank frizz than curl now), I think it’s time for a drastic re-think. Crop or a new colour maybe? My dilemma always comes back to the fact that long hair allows choice. Hair up for sport or hair down for coverage of that damned spot and dark circles, the extra mass just helps me on a less confident day. In my job as a fashion stylist, I love clothes and enjoy experimenting with vintage and high street

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looks, although I am often happiest in jeans and stripy top. But my hair is just ‘there’, no statement. I love the very sharp looks of a tailored jacket, polo neck and wide strides, so short hair could smarten me up but will a short style imbalance my size 14 body, not my twenty-something size 10? It’s only hair, it will grow back, so why the big debate? After researching on Pinterest, there are plenty of hair inspiration of ‘real’ women and those in the public eye. Obviously most have had some expert tweaking for theses pictures but it shows that anything goes. Done or undone, long or short? How do you feel about your hair? For comments or style issues please email me on kirstie@kirstiesmillie.com.

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club contact Denise Skinner on 01730 814194, askinner3@ sky.com or check the website www.midhurstgardenclub. org.uk. Haslemere U3A Monday 12th June 2pm The last speaker of the season at Haslemere Hall is Judy Davies whose subject is ‘Human Cargo’. It’s a talk about the transportation of convicts to the Americas and Australia in the late 16th century, a time when vagrancy and petty crime were rife in Britain and our prisons were full. How could we dispose of these unwanted persons? I guess packing them off to the New World was the answer! Admission and tea/coffee is £1. Non-members welcome. Membership enquiries to Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338. Meetings enquiries to Don Stacey on 01428 644423. More information at www.haslemere-u3a.org. Grayshott Gardeners Wednesday 14th June 7.15pm The first of their two Key Note Lectures this year sees Tom Hart Dyke talking about his passion for orchids. Many will know him as a horticulturist, author and plant hunter, who in 2000 was kidnapped by guerrillas in the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, and held for nine months, while hunting for rare orchids. This is a much anticipated talk that will be a ticket only event. Held at Grayshott

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One of the loveliest gardens in the region will once again open to the public under the National Garden Scheme, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. The garden at picturesque Lowder Mill is not to be missed, as it is sure to delight and inspire, as it has done for the many visitors it has had over the last 13 years.

has grown so has the number of visitors. This will be the 13th consecutive year that the garden has been open, and over these years over £70,000 has been raised for the National Garden Scheme charities.

Lowder Mill is in an idyllic setting in a valley below Blackdown in Bell Vale Lane, Haslemere. 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 many smaller ponds, streams and waterfalls that bisect the garden. The garden is now open for two days in the late spring each year, and as the garden’s reputation

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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. Raised vegetable beds are punctuated with runner beans growing over metal arches. The charming courtyard, full of soft colours and unusual planting, forms a link between the house and mill, and in early June the irises adjoining the lower pond will be in full bloom. But it is not only the garden that visitors come to see, as Lowder Mill’s afternoon tea has also gained quite a reputation, served on vintage china, overlooking the lake. There is a vast selection of homemade cakes and dainty sandwiches, making a visit a must. There is every chance that the resident kingfishers will be sighted, swooping over the water. 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.

FIND OUT MORE Lowder Mill Bell Vale Lane Haslemere GU27 3DJ Open on Saturday 3rd June from 11am to 5.30pm and on Sunday 4th June from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Adults £4.50 Children £2. For further details visit www.lowdermill.com or call 01428 644822. To advertise, please call 01483 420173

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on Thursday 15th, call Ron on 01737 844420. David L, on 07589 914207 has the details for the 10 mile circular walk around Kingley Vale on Sunday 18th June. For the 10 mile figure of 8 walk from near Liphook on Sunday 25th June, call Dick on 07516 407936. Alan, on 01483 480168 is your contact for the 10 mile circular walk from Haslemere on Sunday 2nd July. And, finally, the 10 mile circular walk on Sunday 9th July is from Marley Common. Call Dick again about that one. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday 15th June to Saturday 1st July Guildford Shakespeare Company starts their 12th season with a production of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy. It is being staged in a brand new venue, Racks Close, a former chalk quarry situated close to the castle in Quarry Street. It’s a great setting with multi-level grassy banks and winding paths. Tickets are £25, concessions £21 and under 16’s £16.50. Go to www.guildford-shakespeare-company. co.uk or call 01483 304384. GSC’s next production is Two Gentlemen of Verona, staged at The University of Law. It runs from 14th to 29th July. Sussex Day Celebration Walk Friday 16th June There will be a Sussex Day Celebration Walk from Tillington to Midhurst, about 6 miles. Leaving The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington GU28 9AF (1 mile from Petworth) at 9.30am, the route goes via the Lodsworth Larder (cake and loo stop!), the lovely Lime Tree Avenue, the Queen Elizabeth Oak (old when Queen Elizabeth I saw it), Cowdray Golf Club, and lunch at the award winning Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe. This year lunch must be booked. Most walkers stay for Lunch and then catch the 1.30pm bus back to Tillington. If you would like to participate, let Gerald know by contacting him at geraldgreshamcooke@ gmail.com or by calling 01798 342151. Liphook Carers Group Friday 16th June 10am-12 noon The Group will be holding an information, drop-in coffee morning at the Peak Centre, Midhurst Road, Liphook. Kindly supported by Sainsbury’s Liphook, a number of organisations will be present to offer information and advice to carers including The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, The Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support. Mike d’Abo & Friends Friday 16th June 7.30pm You probably know that Mike d’Abo was Manfred Mann’s lead singer after Paul Jones sang on a number of their huge hit songs. However he has done so much more musically and this is your chance to find out more, as he tells the story of his fascinating musical journey through words and songs. Takes place at Grayshott Village Hall. Tickets: £16 for Adults/£8 for Under 16’s and are available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. June 2017

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Macmillan Coffee Morning and Sale Saturday 17th June 10am-12 noon This event will raise much needed funds for The Midhurst Macmillan Service which is there for people requiring palliative or end of life care, helping them to have a good quality of life in their preferred place of care until the end of their life. Go along to the Haslemere Methodist Church, Lion Green, Weyhill. Meet Macmillan local volunteers, pick up some bargains and then enjoy hot drinks etc in the church’s Open Door Lounge. Do encourage your friends to go along as well to achieve maximum support. Sandhill Farmhouse Garden Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2pm-5pm Rosemary Alexander, a well known garden designer and author is opening her garden under the NGS Open Day Scheme for these two days. Although the garden is only an acre, each of the small garden rooms within has a different style and type of planting, giving plenty of inspirational ideas for both new and experienced gardeners. Homemade teas are served on open days and plant sales include many of the unusual plants propagated from those grown in this outstanding garden. Tickets available on the day. The address is: Sandhill Farm House, Nyewood Road, Rogate, Petersfield, Sussex GU31 5HU. Admission £4.50, children free. The garden has gravel paths and a few steps not easily negotiated in

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a wheelchair. No dogs allowed in garden, but allowed in car park. Guildford Choral - Transatlantic Harmonies Saturday 17th June 7.30pm The choir will be performing music from both sides of the Atlantic including Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, Barber and Rutter. They will be joined by Southern Pro Musica and their conductor Jonathon Willcocks with soloist Charlotte Schoeters and the venue is Guildford Cathedral, following its recent renovation. Tickets range from £10 (Rear Nave) to £20 (Front Nave) with concessionary tickets available for essential accompanying carers of registered disabled, students, unwaged but not to older people. A special rate for under-18s is available at £5 provided they are with a full paying adult. Available from boxoffice@ guildfordchoral.org or by calling 01483 272191. The Waverley Singers Saturday June 17th 7pm They will perform their Summer Concert in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Frensham. The programme will include the Bach Cantata 61, the Pergolesi Magnificat, Schubert Mass in G and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. They will be accompanied by Philip Scriven on organ and string players from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tickets: £15 (Full-time students and under 16’s £5) subject to availability

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‘Do it Yourself’ Wills and LPAs Is your Will Tax Effective? ‘Do it Yourself’ Wills • These often end up in court and cause bitterness within the family. • The internet abounds with providers of ‘forms’ But forms do not give advice. • Forms do not ensure full tax allowances are claimed. • The new Residence Nil Rate Band allowance (RNRB) will not apply to many current Wills. • This RNRB is currently £ 100,000 per person. (rising to £ 175,000 per person) Family relations are complex and so is the law. • How can you provide for someone on means tested benefits? • Are you concerned about divorces in the family? • Have your children benefitted already unequally? • Will Care Fees erode your estate? • Can you exclude an undeserving relative? • Can a former spouse make a claim? The cost of a legally drawn up Will with full advice depends on the complexity. This cost is paid only once and the tax saving can run into thousands of pounds. ‘Cheapie’ Wills are written quickly and without proper advice. It is far better to do the job properly and ongoing legal costs and tax costs are avoided.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) • These are not only for the elderly • 25% of strokes are suffered by the under 55s. • Travel and sporting accidents disable more active working people. • If a person is incapacitated even a joint bank account is frozen. This places a financial burden on a family until such time as a court grants a Deputyship Order. The Deputyship process is cumbersome and expensive. It is far better to be well organised and have LPA s The D.I.Y forms are intricate and time consuming. The options provided can be misleading and many people make choices which they regret and which cannot be rectified without completing new forms and paying new fees. It is better to have legal advice from the outset. Shaws Wills 3 We meet with you in informal surroundings and spend a lot of time making sure that we get everything right and you are happy. 3 We believe in Plain English. 3 We advise on the most tax effective solutions. 3 Our clients tell us that the experience has been a pleasant one and they are extremely glad that they have the necessary documents in place. 3 Please phone Susan Shaw now.

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from Newbury Building Society, 47 High Street, Alton, at the door or call 01252 792563. Also visit http://www. waverleysingers.com. There will be a retiring collection for the local charity Farnham ASSIST. Wellness Day at G Live Saturday 17th June 10am-4.30pm This is the 10th Wellness Day organised by the Guildford Woking Complementary Health network. It will give you the opportunity to meet 40 different complementary therapists and 20 retailers of health and beauty products, which will be over 60 stands on all 3 floors of the G Live’s foyers. Entry is £4. Circle Dancing Are you looking for something new and exciting to help keep you fit? Why not try Circle Dancing (or World Dancing). Lynn Frances is an experienced teacher of 33 years and has built a reputation here and abroad for creating a wonderful atmosphere in which to relax and have fun. She runs classes at: Pirrie Hall, Brook on Thursdays in three ten-week terms, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Contact Lynn on 01420 474881. Midhurst U3A Tuesday 20th June 2.15pm The next meeting at the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst, has Roger Heard talking about ‘100 Years

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of Dennis’. (I think that this refers to the local company that made commercial vehicles such as fire engines etc). Refreshments available from 2.15pm followed by the talk at 2.30pm. For more information on events, groups and meetings contact the membership secretary on 01730 813374. Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 20th June 2.15pm ‘The Not So Still Life of Ben Nicholson’ is the title of their next lecture at Haslemere Hall. Nadfas lecturer, Jo Walton, will examine the development of his beautiful images, set against the background of conflict, personal, International and artistic. Visitors and new members are very welcome to join them for their lectures. For more details please contact HDFAS Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email membership@haslemeredfas.co.uk. Further information about all the Society’s present and future activities can be found on www.haslemeredfas.org. uk. Nic Roldan’s Inaugural UK Sunset Polo Tuesday 20th June 5pm-11pm The event takes place at Cowdray House, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AY. Top American Polo Player and Brooke USA ambassador, Nic Roldan, will host the first global edition of Sunset Polo at the ancestral home of British Polo.

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The Surrey Hills Trust Fund Caroline Price tells us about this trust fund, which safeguards the future of the Surrey Hills The Surrey Hills Trust Fund was established in 2014 to safeguard the Surrey Hills landscape for future generations. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958, the Surrey Hills cover approximately a quarter of rural Surrey, and include the chalk slopes of the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. Famous beauty spots including The Devil’s Punchbowl, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Leith Hill are all situated within this special landscape. Established as a fund within the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), a registered charity, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to conserve and maintain the fragile environment of the Surrey Hills by awarding grants to support a wide-range of local projects from landscape conservation to community enterprise schemes. Neil Maltby, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund comments; “I am proud to be involved with the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and it is wonderful to see so many worthwhile projects happening that not only benefit the environment but also our local communities. The fund is vital to protect our beautiful landscape and with your help, we can create a lasting legacy for the Surrey Hills ensuring it is enjoyed by generations to come.” The fund works with local communities, landowners and partner organisations for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors to the Surrey Hills and to give you an example could support the following; June 2017

• landscape conservation projects to open up viewpoints, restore landscape features etc. • working with volunteers to undertake landscape access and conservation work. • helping children and young people to access the countryside who would not otherwise have the opportunity. • enhancing the ecology & biodiversity of the local area through practical projects. Neil Maltby continues; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund relies heavily on donations to fulfil its work. Every donation makes a difference, and stays local, going back into projects in Surrey. The variety of projects we get involved with show just how valuable and important our grants are.” The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has awarded grants to a variety of local projects to date these include; Protecting Farnham Heath Nature Reserve In 2014 fire devastated over seven hectares of prime heathland on Farnham Heath Nature Reserve, seeing many important wildlife species including sand lizards depleted. The RSPB were awarded a grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to help with the ongoing restoration of the heath and help to protect it from fire damage in the future.

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Working with Young People A grant was awarded to the Leatherhead Youth Project who took ten students into the Surrey Hills for two days to undertake Forest School Survival Skills training which involved building shelters, camp fires and learning how to forage for food as well as outdoor team building. The aim of the project was to offer a unique outdoor learning experience to young people who may not always get the opportunity, helping them to engage with the Surrey Hills countryside and to boost confidence and learning. Inspiring Views Viewpoint clearance, access work and a series of 5 artistic benches along the Greensand Way were kindly funded through the Mittal Foundation. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will maintain these artworks so that they can be enjoyed and experienced into the future. Conservation work at Quarry Hangers This is a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) in the east of the Surrey Hills at Chaldon, near Caterham which benefited from a grant so that extensive targeted scrub clearance could be carried out to improve the landscape and restore the rare and precious chalk grassland, typical of the North Downs. Creative Landscapes in Health Project This recently awarded project will commission a writer, musician and artist to research and respond to areas of the Surrey Hills including Farnham Heath, Thursley, Moor Park, Leith Hill and Gatton Park. Each artist will create new work to share with the local community through a programme of creative health walks and workshops. Contact with green spaces and natural environments is proven to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and stress, and can improve mental wellbeing across all age groups. The walks and workshops also have social benefits and increase residents’ knowledge, connection and satisfaction with their local area. Small Blue Butterfly Project A grant has been awarded to Butterfly Conservation to help conserve the Small Blue Butterfly in Surrey. A ‘habitat 34

stepping-stones’ project will permanently link the Small Blue colonies on the North Downs between Guildford and Box Hill. This important work also involves partnership working with Surrey Wildlife Trust, Lower Mole Partnership, National Trust and Natural England. Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “Through generous giving by local people, we are able to support wonderful projects that help preserve and enhance the stunning landscape. We are delighted to continue our work in partnership with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to encourage local philanthropic giving and help communities from across the county to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.” Donations small or large make a huge difference to the fund and will enable it to support local projects, like those mentioned into the future. If you would like to find out more or make a donation please visit www. surreyhills.org/trust-fund or visit http:// cfsurrey.org.uk/fund/surrey-hills-trust-fund.

Images from top left: work undertaken at Farnham Heath to protect from future fire damage; children from Therfield School being taken into the Surrey Hills for survival skills training; artist Susan Ryland taking a reading of the breeze at Gatton Park lake as part of her 4 month residency inspired by the notion of 'taking the air'; and the small blue butterfly which the Trust Fund is helping with conservation work to help link colonies of the species.

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also London via the Thames. In 1813, an Act of Parliament authorised the building of the Wey and Arun Junction Canal to extend the navigation up to Stonebridge Wharf, Shalford. The combined canal is 23 miles long and was declared open at Compasses Bridge in Alfold on September 29th 1816. Sadly, the canal had a relatively short life and was eventually usurped by the railways, including the Guildford to Horsham line. It was closed in 1871. WACT is restoring the canal as a public recreation and wildlife amenity. It is enhancing essential features of the natural and manmade landscape, the diversity of habitats and the nature conservation value. A full feasibility study and an independent cost/benefit analysis by the Atkins engineering group boosts confidence that the obstacles can be overcome all along the route, as they have been already on canal restoration schemes elsewhere in the UK. So far, the trust has re-created 3½ miles of fully operational canal in the Loxwood area, where it has a visitor centre and operates three excursion boats. Twenty two bridges have been built or repaired, two aqueducts reconstructed, 11 locks restored, and culverts and towpaths have been rebuilt. For the first time since restoration began, the trust is carrying out simultaneous major projects at more than one site, including building a new Compasses Bridge and the revival of navigation on 1¼ miles of the Summit Level. The new bridge was officially opened by actor Dame Penelope Keith as part of celebrations to mark the combined canal’s 200th anniversary. The design study for phase one of the Bramley Link section, from Shalford to Gosden Aqueduct, is substantially complete, as is the Environmental Impact Analysis. A flood impact study was completed in January 2017, to be followed by the preparation of a planning application and a fundraising campaign. Over the border into West Sussex, volunteers are finishing the re-construction of Gennets Bridge Lock, the next lock north from the current limit of navigation, Southland Lock. WACT is in the early stages of planning restoration from there. Other smaller projects are taking place along the length of the canal, such as the rebuilding of farm bridges across the waterway, restoring towpaths and building a slipway. This all underlines WACT’s determination that the entire canal will eventually be revived. FIND OUT MORE For more information, visit www.weyandarun.co.uk.

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Monty Roberts, world renowned natural horseman, will give a Horse Sense and Healing demonstration, whilst Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton will make his polo debut alongside Roldan in what is billed to be 2017’s hottest equestrian ticket. A goal of Nic’s, is to ensure the event is accessible to all. There will be both silent and live auctions with five exceptional lots, followed by a firework display. Three tiers of tickets are available: General admittance (£40 adults, £20 12 and under). More information including details of VIP packages at www.NicRoldan.com/Events. The Life of Christ Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 10am-3.30pm The Wintershall Players have become renowned for their epic re-enactments of what is, indeed, the greatest story of all time. Every summer The Life of Christ is presented at the Hutley family’s beautiful farm, the Wintershall Estate. Tickets are: adults £20, children £9.50 (3-18). Concessions £18 (over 65), family (2 adults and 2 children) £50, student £12 (19-25). Go to www.wintershall-estate.com. For groups of 10+ call 01793 418299. Free car and coach parking. Light refreshments available to purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Grounds will be open 90 minutes before start of performance. Take a fold up chair or rug. No seating provided. Camping is available on request for Friday 23rd June. Adult camping ticket £15 per person, child camping ticket £8 per person (Age 3-18). Call Wintershall Ticket Helpline on 01793 418299 for further information. Children’s Theatre G Live is staging a couple of shows for the little ones, aged 3+. On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st they present ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, a charming musical adventure with lots of thrills and surprises. Then on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June, they present The Scarecrows’ Wedding, a lovely story of two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, who fall in love and want to get married. Tickets for both shows are £14.50. For more information and tickets, go to www.glive.co.uk or call 01483 739047. Liphook U3A - Building A Model Railway Group 2017 Wednesday 21st June 2pm This newly established group of 7 members is holding its 3rd session at the Milland Valley Memorial Hall. The group is following the building of layouts in N & OO scales over 12 x 2 hour sessions. Participants need to be members of Liphook, or associated U3A’s.There is room for a few more participants. See Liphook U3A website for more details. Surrey Branch Western Front Association Wednesday 21st June 7.45pm John Green will give a talk entitled ‘Messines and Third Battle of Ypres’. John, who has studied the battlefield over many years, considers the strategic reasons for the overall campaign and its two phases, and presents an overview of the two battles and the connection between them with June 2017

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Beautifully-scented plants are always top of my list. The dwarf, compact, lavender cultivars, known as Lavandula angustifolia, are such lovely options for containers in a sunny spot, where their calming, soothing fragrance can be welcomed and enjoyed by all. Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavenite Petite' has a naturally compact habit and produces purple flowers, which grow up to 35cm (15 inches) in height. Lavandula angustifolia â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Purityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a smidgen taller, growing up to 40cm tall, producing white flowers that are less grey toned than many of the white lavenders currently available. Lavandula angustifolia 'Little Lottie = Clarmo', grows up to 40cm tall and produces quite charming pink flowers. Other options are available such as Lavandula angustifolia 'Miss Muffet = Scholmis', L. angustifolia 'Loddon Blue', and L. angustifolia 'Peter Pan', to name a few. Heliotropes make fantastic container plants. Their flowers are a beautiful shade of deep purple and they produce the most delicious fragrance which is warm and sweet like a cherry pie. Sarah Raven stocks Heliotropium arborescens 'Midnight Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Alternatively look for plants at your local nursery. Pelargoniums, erroneously known as Geraniums, grow fantastically well in containers where they will flower all summer long. These floriferous plants are widely available in a variety of different forms and flower colours. Pelargoniums are very accommodating and grow well even if you forget to water them on occasion. Scented leaved Pelargoniums have aromatic foliage. If their leaves are rubbed or crushed their fragrance is released. Some cultivars can be rather pungent! Their fragrant 38

leaves can be used in potpourri or to add flavour to culinary dishes. Pelargonium 'Sweet Mimosa' features larger than usual flowers, in a pretty pale pink colour, touched with a darker shade of plum, and produces leaves that emit a rose scent, as does the widely known Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses' which has gentle pink coloured flowers. Pelargonium 'Lavender Lindy' produces lavender scented leaves and vibrant purple-pink flowers. There's no prizes for guessing the scent produced by Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange'. This very beautiful cultivar features many white flowers, which are brushed with pink, and purple markings. Pelargonium 'Islington Peppermint' produces flowers which feature upper petals of the darkest maroon and contrasting white lower petals. Many other scented-leaved Pelargoniums are available. If you're interested in buying Pelargoniums, Fibrex Nurseries are specialist Pelargonium-growers with an online store. I love the irrepressible cheer that sunflowers bring to the garden. Dwarf sunflowers are ideal for containers, but make haste and sow your seeds now to give your plants sufficient time to grow, flower and set seed before the frosts arrive. Helianthus annuus 'Choco Sun' and Helianthus annuus 'Irish Eyes' are two of my favourite dwarf sunflowers for containers. Seeds of forget-me-nots can be sown now, either in containers or directly in the soil, where they will flower next springtime. Chiltern Seeds offer some lovely varieties, including Myosotis sylvatica 'Snowsylva' a floriferous white flowered forget-me-not, there's also Myosotis sylvatica 'Rosylva' a pink form, and Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' available in this special forget-me-not series. All of the plants I have recommended here will thrive in peatfree compost. To ensure your plants grow and perform well, it's important to use good quality compost. Dalefoot Composts came top in my recent peat free compost trial. They are made from natural ingredients including sheep's wool, which is absorbent, thus creating moisture retentive compost that doesn't require watering as often. FIND OUT MORE For more gardening advice, tips, and lovely ideas for the month ahead, visit her website www.pumpkinbeth.com

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Images from left: Heliotrope and forget-me-not. Both by Beth Otway

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illustrated maps and views of the ground today. It takes place at The Day Centre, Lushington Drive, Cobham KT11 2LY. If you might be interested in attending, do call Andy Thompson on 07768 197990. Coffee Concert at Guildford Cathedral Thursday 22nd June 11.15am-12 noon What could be a better way to spend a morning than enjoying pieces from Tosca from Surrey’s newest Opera House at West Horsley Place? The concert will also showcase a local school choir from the Grange Park junior outreach programme. All are welcome to enjoy this unique free morning of music. Coffee served from 10.30am, for more information, contact louise@guildford-cathedral.org or visit www.guildford-cathedral.org. RHS Garden Wisley – late night opening Friday 23rd June 6pm-9pm Wisley will be open late on three Fridays over the summer, so go along and enjoy music, barbecues and the beauty of the summer flowers. The other dates are 21st July and 11th August. More information on their website wisley@rhs.org. uk or www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Free with garden admission. Art and Craft Exhibition Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 10am-4pm Tuxlith Chapel in Miland, West Sussex, was originally thought to be 16th century, but is now known to be much older. It has a late Saxon/early Norman window and is a hidden gem tucked away in the woods – the signpost is to Milland Church. It was declared redundant in 1974 and has since been under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches and painstakingly restored. It no longer needs restoration, but needs constant care and maintenance. It is a charming venue and the exhibition is held to support the chapel. There will be about 70 paintings and craft items for sale, as well as a plant stall. There is plenty of parking and places to picnic. Oakleaf Enterprise They are a local mental health charity based in Guildford. They offer vocational training in horticulture, upholstery and IT and also operate as a social enterprise, offering these services to businesses and individuals in the local community. They are looking for volunteers to join their team. Are you a keen gardener and available during the week to work with Oakleaf staff and clients on local projects? If so, please contact Beatrice Curtis on 01483 303649 or email beatricecurtis@oakleaf-enterprise.org. Rushmoor Male Voice Choir Saturday 24th June 7.30pm This famous choir returns to the Methodist Church at Lion Green, Haslemere to present what will be a superb concert. Among its distinctions, the Rushmore Male Voice Choir was invited again last autumn to participate in the Festival of Male June 2017

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Voices which took place at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are now available at £12 from the church’s Open Door Lounge on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 12 noon, pop in for coffee or tea at the same time! Additionally, tickets may be obtained by calling 01428 481346 or through malcolmstravel@hotmail.co.uk. Pat’s Cats Summer Fair Monday 24th June 10am-12 noon Takes place at the Methodist Church Hall in North Street, Midhurst. All the usual stands will be present including gifts, books, bric-a-brac, a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes and the ever popular tombola and raffle. There will also be a beautiful selection of handmade cards and crafts. Admission 50p or a tin of cat food! - and this includes tea, coffee and biscuits. For further information or if you have any items you would like to donate, please call 01730 810878. A Vintage Summer at Guildford Cathedral Saturday 24th June 10.30am-4pm A Vintage style summer in the beautiful grounds of Guildford Cathedral with over 60 beautiful stalls selling antiques, vintage finds, French textiles and handmade treasures. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds of the cathedral enjoying the far reaching views over the lovely city of Guildford or stop off in the lovely English country style tea room. Dogs

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welcome in the grounds and can be parked up outside at the doggy, water and treat pit stop whilst you shop in the marquee. £2 entry under 10’s free. Walk Witley with the Fernhurst Society Sunday 25th June 1.30pm Join them for a two-hour summer stroll around Witley Common. Enjoy the heathland and dip into some recent history; hear some quotes from the poetry of Wilfred Owen and learn about his connection to the Common. Meet at Crossfield car park, Fernhurst, to depart at 1.30pm prompt. To join them at their Witley meeting point email enquiries@fernhurstsociety.org.uk. Oakleaf Enterprise Every time you make a purchase with everyday brands such as Amazon, Tesco or Asos you could donate money to local charities and make a huge difference in your community. Oakleaf Enterprise is a local mental health charity based in Guildford and is working in partnership with Give as You Live to raise vital funds for their organisation. Sign up with Give as You Live and save money, receive exclusive offers and discounts and most importantly, do something amazing. Help someone in your community who is struggling with mental ill health and make a real difference to their life. Sign up now at www.giveasyoulive.com.

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The Haslemere Gardening Society Wednesday 28th June Their next trip out will be to Kiftsgate Court Gardens and Hidcote Manor Arts & Crafts Gardens in the Cotswolds. Both gardens will be in full midsummer glory and it will be worth going on the outing for the sheer joy of travelling through the beauty of the Cotswolds. There will be time for lunch at Kiftsgate before moving on to Hidcote. The coach pick up is at St. Christopher’s Green at 8am and at Haslemere Hall at 8.15am. The cost of the trip is £30 per person and you can book from Laurie Brown, South House, Old Haslemere Road, Haslemere GU27 2NN. Telephone 01428 643585.

Walk for Parkinson’s – Cowdray Join Parkinson’s UK on Sunday 9 July 2017 for a brand new 4.5 mile sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s around beautiful Cowdray. The walk across the Estate passes through woodland and fields with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. We’ll also take in the scenic golf course, the magnificent Cowdray Heritage and the Cowdray Park Polo Club grounds. Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and all walkers will receive a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, plus a medal on completing the walk. The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Cowdray will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. You can find out more and register at www.parkinsons.org. uk/walkcowdray or contact the Regional Fundraising Team on 020 7963 3912 or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

Haslemere Flower Club Wednesday 28th June 1.30pm At their next meeting in Haslemere Hall, Barbara Caldecot will be demonstrating ‘Moving Through Time’. The flower arrangements will be raffled and the afternoon will end with tea and biscuits. Do go along and take your friends for a fun afternoon - visitors £6. Low Lily Friday 30th June 7.30pm This delightful trio from Boston, USA explore the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary. They create wonderful harmonies and great playing. Takes place at Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott, nr. Hindhead GU26 6HL. Tickets: £14 for Adults/£7 for Under 16’s. Available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Check them out at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=tIQtRESRSsM. Bump to Baby & Beyond Saturday 1st July 10am-4pm Taking place at the Georgian Hotel in Haslemere GU27 2JY, this event showcases local services for young families and families to be, all under one roof. There will be over 20 exhibitors and ‘meet the experts’ talks. Entry is free and the first 10 visitors will receive free goody bags. There will also be a luxury raffle. For more information, go to www. questhypnotherapy.co.uk/bumptobabyshow. Godalming Choral Society Concert Sunday 2nd July 7.30pm Godalming Choral Society will be performing a selection from Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass and works by Tavener, Fauré and Finzi in the Great Hall, Charterhouse, Godalming GU7 2DX. They will be conducted by Michael Veazey. Tickets are £15 (£8 for students) and are available from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming; Guildford Tourist Office, 155 High Street, Guildford tel: 01483 444333; Godalming Choral Society Ticket Office tel : 07505 203468 or on-line. For more details please go to www.godalmingchoral.org.uk.

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The most popular way to enjoy our gin is still in a classic G&T. Not satisfied with a simple twist or slice, we created a set of flavourful liquid garnishes from key botanicals. These concentrated essences enhance the flavour of your drink by accentuating the fresh notes inherent in our gin. Replacing your usual twist of citrus with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish will raise your cocktail-making to a whole new level.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML HONEY 20ML FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE In a shaker, stir together the gin and honey until the honey has dissolved. Add the lemon Juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 125ML PREMIUM TONIC WATER 4 SPRAYS SILENT POOL MIST LIQUID GARNISH (KAFFIR/BERGAMOT) Fill a large glass with ice and spray with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish. Add gin and top with your favourite tonic - enjoy!

SILENT POOL MARTINI The delicate intricacy of Silent Pool Gin is best enjoyed neat. However, the sweet and floral flavours in the gin come through beautifully in this classic cocktail: 60ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML DRY VERMOUTH In a mixing glass, add the gin and dry vermouth. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir through until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Finish off with an olive, a twist of lemon peel or a few sprays of Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish.

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Gin-cured Salmon Gin-cured salmon with juniper berries and coriander seeds is a light and bright garden party favourite. This recipe is by Gill Dupleix and is taken from www.taste.com.au. Image by Ben Dearnley.

Ingredients: 75g table salt 75g caster sugar 1 tsp grated lime zest, plus 1 lime thinly sliced (a mandolin is ideal) 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed 1 tsp pink peppercorns (see note) 2 tsps coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp juniper berries, lightly crushed (see note) 80ml gin 400g centre-cut salmon fillet, skin on, pin-boned 2 cucumbers (Lebanese if you can find them) 2 tbsps mint leaves Borage flowers, extra virgin olive oil and toasted sourdough slices, to serve (see note) Serves 4

Method: 1. Combine salt, sugar, zest, black and pink peppercorns, spices, juniper berries and gin. Spread half the spice mixture in a glass or ceramic dish. Add fish, skin-side down, and cover with remaining spice mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight, turning fish after 12 hours and spooning any liquid in the dish over the top. Remove salmon from dish, reserving any liquid, and rinse. Pat dry with paper towel. 2. Very thinly slice cucumbers lengthways (a mandoline is ideal) and marinate in the reserved liquid for 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon 44

spices from curing liquid. 3. Very thinly slice salmon on the diagonal, discarding skin. Arrange on a serving platter. Scatter with cucumber, lime slices, mint, borage flowers and reserved spices. Drizzle with oil and serve with sourdough. Note: â&#x20AC;˘ Pink peppercorns and juniper berries are from delis. Borage flowers are from garden centres and farmers' markets. â&#x20AC;˘ Begin this recipe a day ahead.

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Elizabethan Music Concert Thursday 6th July 7.30pm The acclaimed Guitarists John Mills and Cobie Smit are giving a recital of classical guitar favourites, together with The Avalon Consort who will play Elizabethan Music at Loseley House in aid of Shooting Star Chase Children’s’ Hospice in Guildford. Mr More-Molyneux is kindly making the venue free of charge so that all ticket proceeds will go straight to the charity. Further details and tickets price £25 per person (inclusive of interval refreshments) can be obtained from the organiser Liz Pamplin, email pamplin@ btinternet.com. Or write to Liz Pamplin Little Critchmere, Manor Crescent, Haslemere GU27 1PB with a list of names and addresses of those attending enclosing a cheque for the full amount payable to Shooting Star Chase (no cards or cash) and a stamped addressed envelope. Haslemere Arts and Crafts Weekend Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July This summer, Haslemere will play host to an Arts and Crafts Weekend to celebrate the town’s rich Arts and Crafts heritage. Highlights include an evening talk with Eric Knowles, the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow expert, a trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere, a guided tour of Gertrude Jekyll’s iconic garden at Munstead Wood, dinner by candlelight at St Christopher’s Church and much more. An exhibition at Haslemere Museum will run throughout July and August. To find out more visit www.haslemere.com/artsandcrafts. Fête in the Park Saturday 8th July For a tenth year, after a one year break, Petworth is delighted to once again host the annual Fete in the Park in the beautiful and historic grounds of Petworth Park. With a musical theme, there will be a whole host of stalls, displays and entertainment. The event will begin at midday and there will be something for all the family, from rides to boats on the lake and vintage cars as well as the fantastic Grand Draw! Local community groups will be performing as well as some of the areas fantastic professionals and during the evening they will be showcasing musical talent with a concert. Entry is free. The King’s Men at St Luke’s Grayshott Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 7.30pm The King’s Men, a superb close harmony group formed of seven of the current Choral Scholars of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, are returning to St. Luke’s Church, Grayshott, in July. They will entertain with a varied programme of Choral Music, popular songs and organ works to dazzle and delight. Tickets cost £15 (£5 for under 18’s) and are available from the Church Office (01428 606703), Red Rose Tea Room or online from our website www.stlukes-grayhsott.org. June 2017

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Waggoners Wells and Ludshott Common Lakes strung like a necklace; a glistening heath strewn with crimson toadstools in autumn; majestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There is no other walk quite like this quiet and peaceful wander. Waggoners Wells is a famous beauty spot, popular with weekend families but large enough to absorb them all, whilst Ludshott Common is one of the largest areas of heathland in the South East. Dogs are welcome as nearly all the stiles have a generous gap except for one just before Bramshott but Humphrey and I managed it when we did this lovely walk in April. This walk is taken from www.fancyfreewalks.org where the walk can be downloaded with full mapping.

The walk

1. Leave from the back of the car park, past the noticeboard on a broad sandy track. In 30m, you reach the heath by a rustic bench with terrific views south to Butser Hill (with the aerial) and beyond. point your feetto another Cross straight over the crossing track on aofnew sandy track. In 20m, at a fork twopath grassy paths, choose the right fork. In less than 100m, at another fork, take the right fork (really straight on). In Wellsautumn and Ludshott Common(fly agaric) are found the red toadstools 9 miles oreverywhere 10 km=6½ miles easy walking on the heath and you should see them aplenty. The pathDate descends to a crossing path. Turn written: 30-sep-2010 left here, slightlyDate downhill, the path ahead revised:avoiding 24-may-2012 that goes up a slope. Keep to the fairly straight c or later in Grayshott Last update: 22-aug-2016 path, avoiding all turnings off. Parallel on the right Haslemere) you may observe an overgrown sunken, possibly We depend on your feedback: feedback@fancyfreewalks.org ancient, track. The path ends at a T-junction. Turn ted to printing, copying distributing this document as right at orthe T-junction andexactly ignore a wide path d without any cutting or editing. See Principles on main webpage. immediately left. In 15m, fork left on a narrow level odland, heath sandy path, thus leaving the main path that carries on uphill. You pass some beautiful occasional pine trees and reach a junction of paths by a marker necklace;post. a glistening heath strewn withhere crimson toadGo straight ahead over a crossing path. ajestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There In 20m, fork left, following the orange byway arrow, e like this quiet and peaceful wander. thus avoiding a rather steep path up a slope on the mpshire is easily accessible from the London area, right. In 40m, turn left on a path that goes over a Hindhead on the A3 road. Waggoners Wells is a of an old bridge dam.to , popularremnant with weekend families but largeor enough 2. InCommon 20m, at a grassy T-junction, turn right. In 10m, lst Ludshott is one of the largest areas of uth East.fork left, following some overhead wires uphill. In 80m, you blue-topped ortened by taking thereach Field ofaMaples short cut,post, one of several, he prettyindicating villages. a rider’s path. Here fork left away from the wires on a wide path through the woods. Stay on the main level path, avoiding Grayshott minor side paths, until you reach another bluetopped post.

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Immediately veer left on a path coming from the right and, in 10m, turn right on a path uphill, thus regaining your original direction. As the path curves right, a narrow path joins from the left. The path ends at a T-junction with a very wide bridleway. You have reached the far edge of the Common. Turn right on the bridleway. This patch is often muddy, but you really need not worry because in just a few metres the mud will become more manageable. You have meadows on the left and soon on the right too. Nearly 500m after joining this path, you come to a major fork. 3. Turn right at the fork and continue until you join a lane (Gentles Lane) coming from the left. Follow the road past High Hurlands Home and, just after Hurlands itself, fork left on a narrow path through hollies and turn left at a T-junction on a bridleway. Follow the track, first past entrances to Harambee and other properties, then past meadows and a line of poplars and finally down to a road by Tilburys with its well-groomed hedge. Turn left on the road, going past oast houses on your right. Oast houses, used for drying hops, are mainly associated with Kent, but they do in fact appear in other home counties and as far north as Worcestershire. At a road junction, veer right in the direction Whitehill, Liphook. Traverse the deceptively sleepy village of Passfield, passing The Old Forge, The Old Cricketers and other witnesses to rural life. 4. Just before a bridge visible ahead, turn left on a bridleway (a sign says No Fishing). On your right is one of a line of lakes and water meadows that are a feature of this area. (Don’t worry about the sign that says Private Property Keep Out: it refers to the water meadows, not the bridleway.) At a 4-way fingerpost by a house, keep straight on on a track. (As a small diversion, it is worth turning right a few paces down to the waterside where the water fowl, mallards, swans and coots, can be observed close up.) Over on your right are the fine buildings of Passfield Manor. At the end of the track, by a fence, turn sharp right on a track, crossing the Wey South via an old bridge and passing through woodland. The track eventually joins a drive and meets a lane. Turn right to come almost immediately to a T-junction with a main road. 5. Go straight over the main road, a fraction

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right, onto a footpath by a National Trust sign for Passfield Common. In just over 100m, turn right before an oak tree across the luminous centre of the common. On the other side, you reach a tree line. Fork left here on a narrow path that skirts the trees and finally leads out to the hamlet of Conford. Turn left through the hamlet, passing the village hall (the old school). When the lane bends right after the last house, leave it by continuing straight ahead on a tarmac bridleway with the elegant stone Conford House up on your left. Ignore a footpath right at a fingerpost. Once again, you have a long lake and water meadows on your right. You pass Conford Park Barn, about 250 years old, usually with fluttering white doves. The bridleway leads through an iron gateway and ends at a tarmac drive. Turn left here, immediately meeting a main road, the B3004. Turn right on the road. 6. Go past houses, and continue to a right bend. Cross the road carefully and turn left on a footpath by a metal gate beside fields. After the first field on the right, turn right along its other edge. At the other side, officially, the path goes over an awkward stile by a metal gate into the farmyard of Bramshott Vale Farm. However, most walkers veer right and left over the grass in front of a barn to avoid the stile. Keep ahead on a concrete track, ignoring a footpath left. After a brick shed, go half-left across the grass, as signed, to meet a wonderful lime avenue. Cross the avenue and negotiate a stile [now made awkward by a fence across it], the corner of a meadow, another stile and another meadow that is often the home to highland cattle and shetland ponies. After a metal gate, turn right on a drive (first glancing left to view the impressive house). Go over a bridge across a lively stream, go through a metal swing-gate and turn left on a lane. After a short distance, you meet a minor road, Church Lane. Turn right here. This deeply sunken lane takes you to

steps where you can turn right up to the churchyard of Bramshott Church of St Mary the Virgin. Leaving Bramshott church on the right, turn left at the T-junction onto Rectory Lane and stay on this lane as it bends right, ignoring all minor lanes off. 7. Stay on this deeply sunken quiet lane for some distance. In about 900m, you pass the gatehouse of Downlands House. 250m further, you reach a T-junction. Turn left. In about 500m, the lane ends at a car park. Go straight on through a metal barrier, keeping to the left side, on a woodland path downhill. Stay on the main, rather uneven, path. At the bottom of the hill, keep to the left

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experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists who work with patients within all settings with the aim of enhancing overall wellbeing and quality of life. The Education Centre provides a wide range of courses; clinical, degree level and complementary therapies; some of which are open to general public, such as Mindfulness and Dementia Friends. St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester provides specialist end of life care for people living in the local community free of charge. The hospice serves an area south of the downs broadly stretching from Emsworth in the west to Arundel in the east. Since opening in January 1987, it has cared for over 16,000 people, relying on public support to raise 87% of its annual running costs, which this year will be just over £7 million or around £20,000 per day. These funds are raised by a variety of methods. These include gifts in wills and income from the various hospice shops throughout the area. In addition, contributions are made through general fundraising, including a full programme of events, regular giving and the local hospice lottery. The hospice relies on the support of around 280 volunteers in and around the hospice, with another 200 in the shops. They cover a range of roles from fundraising in local Supporter Groups, transporting patients, assisting the nurses on the ward, supporting bereaved relatives or helping out in the offices. You may be surprised to learn how the work of the Hospice stretches way beyond its Donnington premises…at any one time the hospice cares for around 240 people, and also offers support to their families and friends. As well as the Inpatient Unit with 14 beds, the Day Centre provides patients with emotional support, art therapy, access to complementary therapies, physiotherapy and occupational therapists, and clinical/medical input. Around 40% of patients admitted to the ward for respite or symptom control are able to return home. The specialist trained community team consist of three main services, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Hospice at Home and a Rehabilitation team. The Clinical Nurse Specialists provide support, advice, care co-ordination and much more throughout the community. Each patient has a dedicated nurse who would be their first point of contact after referral. The Hospice at Home team provides more hands on nursing care for people at the very end of life in their own homes, including symptom control and emotional support. The Rehabilitation team consists of highly June 2017

Since 1987 the services offered by the hospice have expanded hugely, and as a result the current hospice building is no longer fit-for-purpose. Relocation was the only cost-effective solution and a new hospice will be built on a site in Bosham, starting this summer with a view to completion in late 2018. This purposedesigned building will incorporate all the 21st Century facilities needed to enable the nursing teams to continue to provide the necessary standards of end of life care to patients and support for their loved ones, now and for the next 30 years and beyond. In January 2016 St Wilfrid’s launched its DREAMBUILDING fundraising campaign, asking the local community for its support, just as it did 30 years ago, to help raise the remainder, which currently stands at £3 million. The DREAMBUILDING website www. dreambuilding.org.uk gives more details of how to get involved. Chair of Trustees, Angela Wormald, commented, “We are right at the start of this exciting project and we have a long way to go in raising at least £15.5 million to build our new hospice. However, from the swell of support we received throughout the planning process, I have no doubt we will achieve this.”

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The Loxwood Joust Weekends 5th/6th and 12th/13th August A day out at the Loxwood Joust is like no other. It’s fun and educational and there is most definitely something for all the family. There are all action jousting tournaments, daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire and fully armoured knights meeting in thunderous battles. Experience the Living History Village and browse the Mediaeval Market Place with traders and hawkers vying for attention whilst wandering minstrels, the Court Jester and dance troupes entertain. Little ones will revel in Children’s Kingdom with have a go Archery, Face and Wound Painting and Pelt the Peasant! Loxwood joust is located in Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex, off the B2133 near Billingshurst. Lots more information at www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk.

The Midhurst Carnival Monday 28th August The Carnival will take place as it has in previous years on the Grand Finale Day of the MADhurst Festival – August Bank Holiday Monday. Assembly from 10.30am with the Parade starting at 12 noon from the Grange Car Park, Midhurst. To enter a float, to walk or dance or whatever in the procession, you don’t have to follow the theme but ‘CIRCUS’ may help to stimulate ideas! They are hoping that the Carnival this year will be bigger and better than ever, whatever the weather! To take part just contact Cllr Rev David Coote, Carnival Coordinator, on 01730 816766 or 07979 221394, you can also email him at david@ cooteonline.com and he will then send you an entry form.

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