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8 Fitness Is Pilates just for women? Definitely not!
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20 Property News - Spring 24 Arts Haslemere Players
27 Schools “I don’t want to go to school” - every parent’s nightmare
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Seeing that the price of petrol is rapidly falling reminded us of the following notice we saw recently in a pub in Dorset - the average human walks 900 miles a year and drinks 22 gallons of beer, which means the average human gets 41 miles to the gallon! Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to all you mums and we hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday. West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 1st March 2pm This lecture given by Toby Faber is The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé - Before the Revolution. The talk will be preceded by a Ploughman’s Lunch at 12.30pm Members and visitors welcome – please contact a committee member for tickets. On Tuesday 5th April, the talk will be Pompeii - A Product of its Time, given by Gillan Hovell. Meetings are held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm. Coffee is available from 1.20pm on 5th April. For membership details contact Jackie Buckler on 01903 411086. Visitors are welcome for a fee of £8. Barrow Hills School As I may have mentioned before, I have quite a connection with Barrow Hills. Apart from myself, my brother, brother in law, son and grandchildren all went there and, my son and daughter in law teach there. So, I was delighted to be invited to the Grand Opening of their Nursery Section on 29th January. They have a lovely room (my old classroom!) that opens onto a covered outdoor area overlooking the beautiful gardens. The little ones looked very contented if a little bemused at what was going on! The ribbon was duly cut by the Mayor and the Nursery declared fully open. It now means that you can start at Barrow Hills from 2 years old and stay until you are 13; great in terms of continuity. The beautiful surroundings were, of course, not appreciated by me when I was there!
Valuation Day Tuesday 1st March Here is a rather good opportunity. A team of antique valuers from Hannam’s Auctioneers of Selborne, will be holding a series of Antique Valuation Days at the Millennium Centre in Liphook on Tuesday 1st March and every first Tuesday of the month until 3rd May. The free valuation service will provide an opportunity to have your antiques and collectibles, heirlooms and ‘locked away’ treasures valued with an experienced team. Harry Hannam of Hannam’s Auctioneers, a family run business, has a successful saleroom in Selborne and has over 15 years experience in the auctioneering business. His colleague David Greatwood MRICS, with over 25 years experience will also be on hand to value items. David has often appeared as covering auctioneer in Flog It! and has recently acted as Fine Art Consultant for an ITV antique and property programme. All are welcome. For those with any large items, a free home visit can be arranged by appointment. Contact Hannam’s on 01420 511788. Full details available about Hannam’s at www.hannamsauctioneers.com. Squires Garden Centres Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th March 10am to 5pm All their garden centres, except Chertsey, will be holding a ‘Plant a Gift for Mum’ activity where you will be able to plant a beautiful basket for Mum with 3 colourful plants and decorate with a bow. The cost is just £5.75 and 20% of the
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Is Pilates just for women? Definitely not..! Jo Butler, Chartered physiotherapist & Pilates instructor at Physio 1 to 1 tells us more. allows you to be fully aware of your body alignment as you make subtle focused movements. You don’t have to get in touch with your feminine side, chant or wear a leotard! This focus on perfect form (body alignment) and subtle controlled movements is what Pilates is about. What looks simple is in fact challenging to achieve. For example, a Pilates push-up might seem at first glance to be the same as a standard push up but the focus is different.
Men equally benefit from Pilates workouts. A man did invent the concept after all. Joseph Pilates came up with the idea that core muscles were key, way back in the 1920’s. Joseph Pilates was a professional boxer who was born a sickly child and he overcame his many disabilities by exercising. He developed his Pilates regimen over many years. Whilst he was held in a P.O.W. camp, during WW1, he started inventing machinery to assist and resist his exercises using the bed springs and other items available to make pulley systems. His exercise programme kept him and his fellow prisoners strong in both body and mind.
A healthy body is one that has an equal balance of strength and flexibility. Pilates develops long lean muscles that are strongest closest to the spine protecting your back, improving your posture and allowing more controlled movements of your arms and legs, in-fact providing the building block on which to base your strength and performance training. More and more athletes and sportsmen have turned to Pilates to improve their performance, be it body-builders, cricketers, footballers and, like Joseph Pilates himself, boxers. There’s nothing remotely ‘girly’ about it. The Pilates push-up
Pilates does involve a lot of mind over body processing, but don’t let that put you off. Engaging your mind Is Pilates a worthwhile exercise for men? To answer this we invited Vantage Point’s very own Marcus Atkins and a slightly more reluctant Stefan Reynolds, to join us for a Men’s Pilates class at Physio 1to1. Prior to the class Marcus was already a Pilates convert however Stefan was new to Pilates. We questioned them afterwards to find out how they got on and what they thought about Pilates for men. These are their responses to the questions we asked: Q: Do you know what your core muscles are and what they do? Stefan: I know more now than I did before yesterday but could probably do with a more detailed appreciation! Marcus: The core muscles are the deep internal muscles, around the stomach, lower stomach, back and lower back, and not forgetting the pelvic floor. These muscles surround
the spine, lower back, and pelvis, and it’s important that these muscles are strong as they allow safe movement of the arms and legs, and allow the body to bend and twist without causing injury. Arms, legs and head are very heavy, and when moved away from the body, lots of stress is created along the spine due to leverage. Q: Did you enjoy your Pilates class? Stefan: Yes, I did. Apart from walking, I lead a fairly sedentary life so it was good to do something different. You were a great teacher and it was good to have the attention to stop me doing things wrong. Also good from my view to be in a small group! Not very good with the breathing though and I do need to be less tense - not sure why I am! Marcus: Yes I did
FITNESS Men benefit from Pilates because: 1. It strengthens the muscles that count. The pelvic floor, deep abdominal and back muscles that form the protection for your spine and allow you to move more effectively without overloading your spine. 2. It develops flexibility. In Joseph Pilates’ own words “You are only as young as your spine is flexible”. 3. It allows your muscles to develop in balance with each other and supporting each other. This allows all your movements to be more powerful and controlled which helps with day to day activities as well as sports activities. 4. You are developing your pelvic floor, lower abdominal muscles so all the benefits that come with that control….do I need to explain this one? I’m sure your wives will understand what I’m trying to say! 5. It will help improve your posture. You will stand taller, hold your head higher and naturally look more composed. Once you start Pilates this will be the first thing people who know you will comment on.
We run lots of individual and ‘Men-only’ Pilates classes at Physio 1 to 1. All our Physiotherapists are also Pilates instructors. We offer both mat-work and equipment circuits. Everyone gets a pre-class screening session to allow us to analyse posture, flexibility and strength. Our classes are small so that individual needs and progressions can be addressed. The small classes allow us to make individual corrections to ensure the exercises are being performed optimally. You don’t have to be injured to attend our sessions and you don’t have to be a fitness freak. We teach all ages and abilities and can focus on individual needs whether that is to be free from back pain or to be able to powerlift more effectively. As Joseph Pilates said “I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” If you want to give Pilates a try call us on 01483 424470 and book in for an assessment. Bridge Mews, Bridge St, Godalming GU7 1HZ
Step 1: Get on your hands and knees on the floor. Step 2: Walk your hands forward to form a long plank position. Flex your toes and lengthen your calf muscles stretching them towards your heels. Straighten your arms with your hands placed directly below your shoulders (not under your armpits). Lengthen your neck and keep your body in a straight line from your heels to the crown of your head. Step 3: Exhale and engage your stomach muscles by drawing them towards your spine, making sure your hips are in line with the rest of your body, and not sagging towards the floor or elevated up in the air. Step 4: Inhale, and bend your elbows straight back (so your arms brush past your ribs) to lower your body in one piece, making sure your head and neck stay in line. Your breast bone needs to remain lifted between your shoulder blades so your shoulder blades don’t lift up or squeeze together. This is an essential element to teach you control over your shoulders and upper back. Your stomach should not drop nearer to the floor. The aim isn’t to get your nose to touch the ground but to keep your alignment. Step 5: Exhale and straighten your arms. Repeat the press-up as many times as you can whilst maintaining perfect form. Pilates press-ups are done in a slow controlled manner with focus on form and breath control.
Q: Was it what you expected it to be? Stefan: It was tougher than I expected and that is no bad thing. I was also a bit unsure about whether my posture was right and I was doing things correctly so you do need a small class to start with until you know more about what you are doing and to ensure what you are doing is correct. Marcus: Yes it was generally, however, there were a few differences to my regular weekly class. Firstly there was a noticeable difference by having the full length mirror in front of me. I’m not used to watching myself, scary. The individual one-to-one element was great, very specific, and excellent to make sure that every little movement is done correctly. In a large class, my mind-set (having done Pilates for 3-4 years now) is to get through a class without being told that anything needs correcting, very self-conscious. In an individual class, like we had, I felt that your corrections to any of my positions was an aid to me, not a criticism.
Q: Do you consider Pilates to be a worthwhile exercise for men? Stefan: Yes and especially so for those with certain issues. I can see that it would help me creak less (!) and it must be worthwhile to use and develop inner muscles. I will probably do some of the exercises at home. Marcus: Pilates is excellent for men, and I can see why more men are turning to it. It’s not just for men with injuries, or men who are elderly and have less flexibility or movement, it’s for all men. Pilates will prevent lots of issues further down the line, helping with core strength, posture etc. Before I did Pilates, when I was standing watching my son’s football match, my lower back would seize up after just 10 minutes or so. With only going to Pilates for one hour a week, it makes a massive difference to me, so there’s no going back, I’ll have to continue for the rest of my life!
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Surrey Hills Enterprises is a not-for-profit organisation which runs local and popular events and brings together organisations, independent companies and artisans based within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) via a membership scheme. Their vision is to promote the Surrey Hills as a national asset for the benefit of local businesses in order to enhance the community and conserve its unique heritage.
All members benefit from increased awareness of their business through an on-line directory, use of the Surrey Hills trademark, a high level events and networking programme, PR and social media.
The events that Surrey Hills Enterprises put on include the National Wood Fuel With its Conference and the rich heritage Surrey Hills Wood Fair which attracts of wooded increasing visitor slopes and rolling numbers each grassland, the October.
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Their next event is the annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden at Birtley House near Bramley (see right) and the exciting Dame Penelope Keith CowParade Surrey, Patron, Surrey Hills for which VantagePoint AONB is a Media Partner. Please see overleaf for the latest news on this exciting event.
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CowParade Surrey is the world’s largest public art event and will see cows positioned around Surrey (and West Sussex) from May-September. The idea is that each cow is ‘sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. The cows, which can be standing, sitting or grazing, will then be herded to the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on 3rd September where they will be auctioned off for charity. Those judged to be extra special will be auctioned at a gala dinner held at a unique London location later in the year.
The latest addition to the CowParade herd was unveiled at the end of January at Coverwood Farm, the official CowParade HQ. Affectionately named ‘Trusty the Surrey Hills Cow’ by Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, Neil Maltby, the Cow was designed to help raise awareness and understanding of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Said Neil Maltby: “I’m delighted with the design of ‘Trusty the Cow’. I felt strongly that this was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills landscape and the organisations that are in place to help protect this special area. ‘Trusty’ will not only form part of CowParade Surrey but will also help us longer term to promote and educate people about the Surrey Hills when we take her around the County to shows and events.“ Designed and painted by local artist Ali Clarke, who took her inspiration from the established Surrey Hills trademark and the rolling hills, Ali commented: “‘The design for the Surrey Hills cow was inspired directly by the established brand of the organisation. The trademark represents the undulating Surrey Hills landscape and was inspired by the work of Walter Bailey the sculptor commissioned for the boundary markers and artworks across the AONB. The fluid shapes transfer so well on the undulating form of the cow. It was apt that I should paint this alongside real cows on a farm in the heart of the Surrey Hills.”
‘Trusty’ is the second cow to be officially unveiled, with lots more planned in the coming months.
Cow ‘sponsors’ can choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, a charity established to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, leaving a legacy for generations to come. CowParade Surrey has already secured offers of support from key organisations including the National Trust, schools and Surrey businesses such as Sandown Park Racecourse and Vines BMW. The Vines BMW Group, as well as sponsoring a Cow, have also supplied the promotional vehicle to Surrey Hills CowParade. Sean Kelly, Vines Group’s Managing Director, said: “The Surrey Hills CowParade is a brilliant arts initiative to promote enterprise in the county and we are delighted to become a sponsor. As well as branding a BMW X5 to promote the CowParade, we will also have our own dedicated cow and we hope to encourage other businesses across Surrey to support this wonderful event which will hopefully raise lots of money for good causes.” VantagePoint is delighted to have been chosen as one of only three media partners to help this great local initiative. Please look out for exciting CowParade features over the coming months. CowParade was born in Switzerland in 1998 and has been staged in more than 80 cities and towns worldwide. Over the years 3,000 cows have been decorated by more than 5,000 artists. CowParade New York had 450 cows and was seen worldwide by 45 million people. The highest-grossing cow was created by designer John Rocha for CowParade Dublin in 2003 – studded with thousands of pieces of Waterford Crystal it was auctioned for $146,000 – quite a lot of moo-lah indeed! For more information on how to take part call the Surrey Hills CowParade team on 01483 661150 or visit the website at www.cowparadesurreyhills.com. If you are interested in sponsoring a cow, please contact Marcus at VantagePoint on 01483 420173, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sponsorship pack.
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LOCAL Haslemere Walks for Health As part of Waverley’s Walks for Health scheme (in conjunction with Places for People Leisure), Haslemere Walks for Health provide free organised walks with trained leaders around Haslemere and the adjacent countryside. Following the recent retirement of Martin Osbourne, the two new co-ordinators are Elizabeth Holland and Susan Hitchen both experienced Walk Leaders. They hope to continue the good work Martin has done over the last 10 years and promote the importance of activity and exercise in helping to maintain good health. The social side of Walks for Health is also important helping people who live alone to socialise meet other people and have more interests.
Saturdays - leave from Haslemere Leisure Centre at 11am There is a special walk for those who require a walk at a slower rate for half an hour on Tuesdays at Hasleway at 2pm. All other walks allow for those who walk at a
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Liphook & District Ramblers Sunday 6th March Spring has arrived so what about a walk with the Ramblers! For example, on Sunday 6th, 12 miles through fields and woodlands from Chiddingfold Green ; On Tuesday 8th, 4/5 miles in and out of Farnham Park ; on Sunday 13th, 10 miles from Liss to Hawkley and Steep. They have at least one walk each weekend and a shorter one on Tuesday mornings. For all necessary details and other walks, visit www.liphookramblers.wordpress.com or email email@example.com. RHS Garden Wisley Sunday 6th and throughout March There are lots of early spring time events at Wisley starting on Mother’s Day on the 6th. Why not spoil your Mum. Early spring flowers will be abundant so take a relaxing stroll in the garden and have an afternoon tea (booking essential). Garden is open from 9am – 6pm. To book, go to the website, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley or call 01483 225329. Kick start your gardening year at Wisley’s Spring Plant Fair which takes place from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th March. Pick up quality plants from specialist growers and nurseries. The event will take place in the Wilson’s Wood area of the Garden. All information is on the Wisley website www.rhs. org.uk/wisley. One final event I should mention is Wisley’s Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and Easter holiday activities, ‘Garden Detectives’. It runs from Saturday 19th March to Thursday 10th April. Take your family along for a full day of Easter fun every day and join in with arts and craft sessions with the ‘Garden Detectives’ theme. Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever! As activities run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm and vary daily, do check the details which will be on the website, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Also, check out all the other great events happening at Wisley in March. Mother’s Day with the National Trust Sunday 6th March If you are still looking to treat your Mum on her special day, the National Trust has a number of rather nice ideas. Share an experience together, whether it be a delicious afternoon tea, a spring time stroll or making your very own gift, you can really treat mum and show her just how special she is with a day out at one of their houses and gardens. Some of their top spots for a day out in Surrey include: Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher, Tel: 01372 467806. Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford. Tel: 01483 222482. Leith Hill Place, Dorking. Tel: 01306 711685. Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming. Tel: 01483 208936. You could also organise a March 2016
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PROPERTY NEWS - SPRING Henry Adams, Midhurst - Francis Martin How should I spend £1000 making my home more saleable? With a £1,000 the most important room is not a room at all but would include the approach to the property, the front door and entrance hall as this would positively influence those all important first impressions and need not cost a fortune to improve. Overall view of the market coming into Spring 2016. As with 2015 the problem is lack of properties to sell. It is understandable that potential vendors are not putting their properties up for sale at the moment with the continuing bad weather but hopefully more properties will be coming on in time for Spring as
Tel: 01730 817370 www.henryadams.co.uk there is a very strong demand to live in Midhurst and the surrounding villages. The big unanswered question at the moment is what effect the extra 3% stamp duty on second properties from April will have on the property market? In this area, as there are not many chimney pots probably not a great deal but elsewhere in the country is might be a different matter. What will happen is that first time buyers, who have been faced with strong competition from investment buyers in the past, will have a better chance of securing a property in conjunction with continued low interest rates.
Andrew Blagden, Hamptons In this day and age it is somewhat frightening that £1,000 can go at a blink of an eyelid especially when one factors in the VAT element. With this in mind I would be recommending making a really good first impression – It is amazing how a really well presented front garden, front door and entrance can make, especially as they are features that prospective buyers will notice again as they leave.
Scott Wishart, Hill Clements £1,000 does not go very far for any house improvement, but it would stretch to a quality oak front door, which is always a good first impression of a house. Paint peeling from windows is also not a good first impression, so a quick paint and clean will always be worthwhile. It is also easy and inexpensive to upgrade bathrooms with new suites and tiling which can quickly become features rather than being dreary and uninviting. Light and airy bathrooms are very important with bright tiling and good lighting which will always aid the saleability of any home.
Jeremy Orchard, Emery & Orchard With a £1000 budget I would recommend a home owner who is considering a sale should spend the money improving and embellishing the front of their property with works that could include making sure that any paintwork is in good condition, the garden and driveway is well maintained and perhaps adding hanging baskets to add some interest and colour. As buyers are often first attracted to the photograph of the front of a house these works will insure a good first impression and help generate enquiries from internet listings.
James Grundy, Trueman & Grundy First impressions and kerb appeal are very important. Therefore money spent on making the front garden look appealing with some colourful flowers in pots or flower beds and hanging baskets. Cut the grass and trim the hedges and get rid of leaves and debris on the drive. A clean or freshly painted front door and windows and window ledges will help entice potential buyers through the front door. If you have any budget left over look to declutter and maybe put some things in store or hire a skip if the items are not going to move with you.
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Wey & Arun Canal A major step towards completion of a new canal crossing in Surrey was made when volunteer bricklayers began work on laying the brick cladding on the new bridge, which spans the Wey & Arun Canal at the Alfold entrance to Dunsfold Park aerodrome and business complex. The Trust aims to re-open most of the canal between Tickner’s Heath in Dunsfold and Fast Bridge on the A281 at Alfold at the beginning of October. Small boats will be able to navigate that stretch for the first time in more than150 years. The re-opening will coincide with the Trust’s celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal being declared open at the Compasses site. You can keep up to date with the Trust’s restoration projects or make a donation to the bridge project at www.weyandarun.co.uk.
Aut-Haslemere Monday 7th March 6-8pm This is a new support group being launched in Haslemere, run by and for autistic adults. There are groups for parents of autistic children, but nothing around once we reach adulthood. Aut-Haslemere will be an exciting opportunity for autistic adults to come together and discuss the topics that are relevant to them. Aut-Haslemere is now in a position to recruit group members in preparation for their first meeting on Monday 7th March. For more information and to register your interest email email@example.com or call/text 07793 766494. You can also write to Aut-Haslemere, 3 Fieldway, Haslemere GU27 2AU or look up facebook https:// www.facebook.com/authaslemere/
Liphook in Bloom Sunday 6th March Members of Liphook in Bloom are getting ready for another busy year. These volunteers get together, usually once a month to work on the flower beds and hanging baskets throughout the village. The next working day will be on Sunday 6th. It’s not all weeding, planting and watering,
Liphook WEA Study Day Saturday 12th March 10am to 4pm Jennifer Goldsmith who brings History alive, will be presenting The Glorious Revolution of 1688/89 or Stolen Throne? In 1688 James II’s two daughters and his nephew ousted him from the throne in a revolution that changed British life. This is the exciting subject for Liphook WEA Study Day on at Liphook Village Hall with a one hour break
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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD for lunch. The fee of £25 includes a lunch and refreshments during the day. For more information contact Judith Harris on 01428 609996. National Eczema Society Saturday 12th March 2pm The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an information afternoon at The Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford GU2 7YG. Their speaker is Dr. Susan Chan, Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, who will talk about the ADAPT trial, which is a clinical study to find a treatment for severe eczema in children and adolescents. Eczema is a skin condition that affects up to 1 child in 5 in the UK. Eczema can have a serious impact on both the child and their family, with constant itching and disturbed sleep. Some children have such severe eczema that the usual treatments do not help them. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this distressing, itchy skin condition. There is no admission charge but a raffle will be held and donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be available. The Society is grateful to the Quality Water Company for supporting this event. For more information call Vicky on 01483 827668 or visit www.eczema.org. Haslemere Educational Museum Saturday 12th March 2.15pm
The Natural History Society Museum Lecture is ‘Back from the Brink – The Bermuda Petrel’. Andrew Cleave will tell us about one of the world’s rarest birds and its fascinating habitat on the coastline of Bermuda, and the background to the work carried out to save it. The talk also features the colourful wildlife of Bermuda, including more endemic birds, rare migrants, butterflies, reptiles, marine life and exotic flora. Free to members, non members and guests £3. Enquiries to enquiries@haslemeremuseum. co.uk or call 01428 642112. More information at www. haslemeremuseum.co.uk. Celebration Concert Saturday 12th March 7.30pm A wonderful ‘Celebration Concert’ has been arranged at the Haslemere Methodist Church, Lion Green, Weyhill, GU27 1LD. Do get tickets for a lovely evening of music-making. The Concert will support church development and also 10% of its net proceeds will be donated to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. The Haslemere Town Band will be playing a wide selection of music. Advance tickets at £10 are available from the church’s Open Door Lounge on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 12 noon; do drop in for coffee or tea at the same times. Additionally, tickets at £12 may be available at the door on the evening or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Do get the date in your diary and encourage friends and neighbours to come as well, it should be a fun evening.
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ARTS The Haslemere Players The Haslemere Players is an amateur theatre company which has been delighting local audiences for over 110 years. It is dedicated to staging popular musical theatre productions of the highest possible standard and regularly wins awards of excellence from NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association). Audiences, performers, musicians, technicians, scenery makers and painters, props and production teams come from Haslemere and surrounds, making this a genuine community effort in which ‘there’s a role for everyone’. In addition, the Players support an individual charity – usually a local one - with each musical production.
Sister Act runs from Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March at Haslemere Hall, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. The Haslemere Players are supporting the Breast Cancer ‘MoonWalk’ with this production.
The Players produce three shows a year; two stage musicals in March and October and a cabaret style production, Showstoppers, in mid June. This is a cornucopia of exciting, smash hit songs from popular musicals, which the audience enjoy with either a delicious two course supper or afternoon tea and homemade cakes at their table. All productions are staged at Haslemere Hall.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved, from treading the boards, being part of the nine-piece plus orchestra to working behind the scenes. This includes opportunities such as stage management, being part of the props team, building and painting scenery and maintaining the extensive costume wardrobe. No previous theatre experience is needed just energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour!
This year sees the Players entertaining audiences with the multi-award-winning production, ‘Sister Act’, in mid March and iconic Oscar winner, ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, at the end of October. This year, Showstoppers will be on 11th and 12th June with Memories of the Movies Part III – an affectionate salute to the Silver Screen!
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Haslemere Natural History Society Saturday 12th March 2.15pm Taking place in Haslemere Museum, ‘In Search Of the Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil’ is the title of their next talk. John Richardson visited the Pantanal primarily to see the Jaguar but the world’s largest freshwater wetland area serves as a lush reservoir with thousands of exotic plants which support a huge number of birds and animals. John was able to photograph at close quarters not only the Jaguar, but Giant Ant-eaters, Tapirs, Armadillos, crocodiles, the Capybara and some of the 475 species of birds. Nonmembers are welcome but are invited to contribute £3. www.haslemerenaturalhistorysociety.org.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Double LL Club Sunday 13th March 10am to 2pm The club are holding their Spring Auto jumble at the Grange Midhurst. The Double LL club is a local club for anyone interested in historic machinery and collectables; meetings are held on 3rd Wednesday of each month at The Grange, Midhurst, and at other events throughout the year. New members welcome. Further information from Dave Rudwick. 07798 775319 or www.doublellclub.com. Haslemere U3A Monday 14th March 2 pm Pam Goodall, having been made redundant at 58, decided
to take on a new challenge cycling around the world! She bought an atlas, a custom-made bike and a small tent and set off on a journey that took her to three continents and 20 countries. Pam lives in Horsham and will arrive with her bike, which is an integral part of her talk! This takes place at Haslemere Hall, admission £2. Non-members welcome. Membership inquiries to Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338. Meetings enquiries to Don Stacey on 01428 644423 and more information at www.haslemere-u3a.org.uk. Midhurst Garden Club Monday 14th March Their talk this month is on ‘Garden Spring Flowers’ and the Speaker is Jill Fry, who many of you may know. The South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street Midhurst is their venue; coffee is served from 7pm followed by the talk at 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome to join. For more details about the club contact Denise Skinner 01730 814194 or email email@example.com. Prostate Cancer Patient Support Group Tuesday 15th March Do you have concerns about prostate cancer? The Support Group is meeting for an informal lunch at the Onslow Arms, West Clandon on Tuesday 15th at 12noon. It’s a great opportunity to meet others who are happy to share their experiences. Family and friends are also welcome. For further information contact Reg or Maggie on 01483 425626.
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“I don’t want to go to school” - every parent’s nightmare ”I don’t want to go to school today.” These are the words that every parent dreads hearing, especially in the fraught chaos that usually accompanies the morning routine of most families. But before the panic sets in, visions of having to find another school at short notice, potential home schooling, not to mention new uniforms take over, it might just be worth reading this article. A child may not want to go to school for a number of reasons. I can certainly cast my mind back 38 years and recall quite clearly not wanting to go to my Reception class on a handful of occasions. I can’t even remember why, but I do remember clinging to my mother for dear life, crying, kicking and making a noise that must have emanated throughout every corridor in the building. I can also remember being aged 13 and getting out of the car on a Sunday night to be dropped off at boarding school and not being terribly happy about it. But to put these events into perspective, what I know now is that after all those years of attending school as a pupil, I definitely got over those occasional ‘off days’ and actually came to really enjoy the school environment. So much so that I’ve invested the last 25 years working in one as a teacher! Whilst it is not a common occurrence in the school where I teach , there are – and I’m sure always will be – some occasions when children simply don’t want to come to school. For the parent, this can be - depending on the scene a child makes or what they say – at the very least frustrating, often upsetting and sometimes extremely worrying. Typically, these scenes tend to play March 2016
themselves out when time is at a premium and everyone is rushing around determined not to be late for their morning appointments. Quite often the statement comes as a bolt out of the blue and you have absolutely no idea why your child is showing a sudden resistance to school. But rest assured, there are steps that you can take to get to the root cause of the issue – if indeed there is one at all. So, what are the potential reasons behind your child’s clear aversion to school? Unsurprisingly, there could be just one or just a few reasons. These include being separated from the established bond with mum who provides a sense of security and support; the change of routine which can trigger anxiety; feelings of inadequacy if they are struggling to complete a particular task / in a particular subject or friendship issues. It can sometimes even be the stark realisation that school is now part and parcel of everyday life and your child is rebelling against the fact that the freedom to choose what to do most of the day is gone. Or even something as simple as not wanting to use a different lavatory! What is important at this stage, is how you as a parent respond when faced with a child who simply does not want to let go. Firstly, let your child know that you are in charge, not them, so be quietly assertive but stay calm. Hand your child over to the teacher quickly and do not linger (tempting I know) in the background to check that all is well. Children rarely stay unsettled for
more than a few minutes but are quite capable of putting on a show if it means it might get the parents’ attention. Even the youngest children will know how to ‘press your buttons’. Any school worth their salt will call to provide reassurance that your child has settled on the first day or two that he / she might exhibit this type of behaviour. After that, no news is good news and you can assume that your child is fine and getting on with their day. The teacher will most likely confirm this to you at pick up time. Do talk to your child’s teacher so that you can both dig deeper and try and identify the reason behind the reluctance to go to school. You can then work together as a team to develop a strategy to deal with the problem - and then stick to it. At home, focus on talking about the positive aspects of school, create a sense of excitement about what might be happening during the upcoming week (the teacher can tell you this) and yes, possibly use simple rewards such as a play in the park (but not money or sweets) to encourage the appropriate behaviour and acceptance of the need to go to school with minimum fuss. It’s not easy being a parent and sometimes you may find it helpful to share your experiences with other mums and dads, as most have had to deal with this type of issue at some point in their child’s life. Likewise, staff at the school will have a wealth of experience you can tap into, along with useful practical solutions to change your child’s perception of the school environment. Getting to the bottom of what is upsetting your child is key. Once that is sorted, you can look at how to overcome the problem and soon, not wanting to go to school will be a thing of the past. 27
Conifers School is a nurturing prep school situated in the centre of the South Downs National Park which aims to give its pupils a unique education both in and out of the classroom. Children at Conifers enjoy a wide yet balanced programme which includes, languages, creative curriculum and dedicated outdoor learning. Pupils receive up to 5 hours of timetabled sport per week, including weekly swimming and regular sporting fixtures both at home and away. From Form 1 upwards the children can choose from a range of 48 clubs and activities to enrich their core curriculum. This year our pupils have been awarded scholarships to Lancing College, Christ’s Hospital and Churcher’s College. Why not come and see what Conifers offers by registering for our taster morning on Saturday 12th March or see the school in action on a normal day by coming to our Open Morning on Monday 14th March. Conifers School, Egmont Rd, Easebourne, Midhurst GU29 9BG Tel: 01730 813243 www.conifersschool.com
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<25 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD The Haslemere Players Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March Their next production is the multi-award-winning show, ‘Sister Act.’ This exhilarating show is bursting with joyous, upbeat songs and dazzling dance routines which are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your hands clapping. It is on at Haslemere Hall, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, an American nightclub singer and wannabe disco diva, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a mob crime murder committed by her boyfriend. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found, a Convent! Tickets on sale through Haslemere Hall: www.haslemerehall.co.uk or tel: 01428 642161. The Haslemere Players are supporting the Breast Cancer charity ‘The MoonWalk’ with this production. Midhurst U3A Tuesday 15th March The next meeting is at the Methodist Hall, North Street, Midhurst. Ian Gledhill is giving a talk on Magnus Volk and His Amazing Railway. Refreshments will be available from 2.15pm followed by the talk at 2.30pm. Haslemere Decorative And Fine Arts Society Tuesday 15th March 2pm ‘Rescuing Zeugma from The Floodwaters of the Euphrates’ is the exciting title of the next lecture at Haslemere Hall. Lecturer and Archaeologist Louise Schofield, who was instrumental in setting up the multinational rescue excavations at the Roman city of Zeugma on the Euphrates before it was flooded for the Birecik dam, will describe the race to preserve Zeugma from the rising water of the new dam built for irrigation and energy production. Visitors and new members are welcome to the lecture. For more details about the Society, contact HDFAS Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email membership@ haslemeredefas.org.uk. Further information about all the Society’s future activities can be found on HDFAS website at www.haslemeredfas.org.uk.
Milland Gardening Club Wednesday 16th March 7.45pm They will hold their next meeting at Milland Village Hall. Their speaker will be Maggie Haynes from the Tuppenny Barn Organic Project in Southbourne and she will speak about how it was all set up, their educational programme, their work and the ‘no dig’ method! If you are interested in growing organically this is the one for you. Visitors are very welcome to join them free of charge. Guildford Rambling Club Thursday 17th March 10.15am Meeting at the Punchbowl café for a 5 mile morning walk. Visitors welcome. Details from Rosemary on 07842 150475 and on www.guildfordramblingclub.org.uk. Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 17th March 7pm They will welcome Eric Simon to give the sixth lecture of this 2015/16 season. He will talk about the history of the Huguenots and their contribution to our economic history. These Protestants, living in Catholic France in the 16th and 17th centuries, suffered extreme religious persecution until finally they went into exile. Many came to England, bringing with them fine craftsmen, and settled here. They founded successful businesses and earned wealth and respect. As usual, the group will meet in the Godalming Baptist Church in Queen Street at 7 for 7.30pm. Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 389102. The season
Liphook Women’s Institute Wednesday 16th March This is a friendly group of ladies who meet once a month for an evening meeting with a speaker and refreshments. They started the year with a talk on the amazing nature and scenery encountered when travelling by motorcycle across the USA, and in February an intriguing talk on ‘Murder – behind the scenes’ by a former Surrey Police officer. Their March meeting will be about the Macmillan Cancer Charity. Their two speakers will offer different perspectives, one as a fund raiser and the other as a Macmillan nurse. All their meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Liphook Village Hall, just off The Square in Liphook, GU30 7NP. New members are always welcome, so if you fancy joining them, or just trying them out for size, they would love to hear from you. Contact Maureen Truss on 01428 723836. March 2016
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<29 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD of meetings continues until July and includes an outing and social events. Monthly Market Saturday 18th March 8.30am-2pm The monthly market takes place at The Grange Centre Midhurst. The market consists of a variety of stalls including collectables, antiques, bric-a-brac, small furniture, plants and local homemade cakes and pastries. Do give it a try! The Embroiderers Guild 19th March to 4th September 11am – 4.30pm This is an exhibition celebrating ‘Capability’ Brown. Local Embroiderers Guild branches from Dorking, Worthing, Woking, Horsham and Chichester are coming together to present a bespoke exhibition of their work inspired by the ‘Capability’ Brown landscape at Petworth Park. Normal admission charges apply. Incidentally, Petworth House is one of the National Trust properties holding an Easter Egg hunt from Friday 25th March to Sunday 3rd April. A charity coffee morning Saturday 19th March 10am to 12 noon A coffee morning with bric-a-brac sale has been arranged at the Haslemere Methodist Church, Lion Green, Weyhill. Pick up some bargains and then enjoy a hot drink in their Open Door Lounge; do encourage your friends to go along as well. This event will raise much needed funds for ‘Action for Children’ which supports some of the most vulnerable children and families throughout the UK. Admission is free.
and delicious tea and cake will be served in the vintage style tea room overlooking the cricket green with an added jumble section. There’s a children’s playground to keep the children amused whilst you shop and the village green for your four legged friend to run a round on. What a perfect day out! Children and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, or should it be the other way round! Entry just 50p. It takes place at Grayswood Village Hall, Grayswood GU27 2DJ. Charity Spring Ball Saturday 19th March There might still be some tickets left for a special and unique night out at the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity Spring Ball. By booking a ticket for this fun filled night you will be guaranteed a great evening and helping a worthy charity at the same time. Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity supports babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and receives no statutory funding. Enjoy a drinks reception followed by a delicious three course meal and musical entertainment by top band, Fever, and singing sensations, the Swingtime Sweethearts. Plus win amazing prizes at the raffle and auction. All in the beautiful surrounds of the Felbridge Hotel and Spa in East Grinstead. The cost is £75 per person - to book your ticket simply go to www. dvlcc.org.uk or contact Catherine Bristow at the Trust office on 01403 780444 or email email@example.com. The Godalming Community Gospel Choir Saturday 19th March 7.30pm The concert takes place at Midhurst Parish Church (note the
RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 19th March to Sunday 10th April This Easter, get kids outdoors with free activities available every day at RHS Garden Wisley. (25th March – 10th April) These include music, storytelling and hands-on activities for young gardeners. Join in the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt (19th March – 10th April) to hop about the garden on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny, following clues to lead to a delicious Lindt treat. Wisley bursts into life in spring as fresh new foliage and beautiful blossom fill the garden. Spring bulbs will be blooming and, at the Hilltop Borders, a mass of daffodils in any colour except yellow are on display, along with colourful hyacinths full of scent. Normal garden entry applies and events and activities are suitable for all the family. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Pilates Classes Get fit for 2016. Pilates classes are held weekly in Hascombe and Fernhurst, also Barr classes in Fernhurst. For more information, Contact Laura on 07557 018276 or facebook, Kaizen pilates. Home & Vintage Spring Brocante Saturday 19th March 10.30am to 3.30pm A Spring Brocante selling furniture, textiles, clothing, beautiful handmade gifts and lots of hidden treasure from an array of vintage stall holders. Beautiful spring flowers, pots and plants March 2016
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Container plants for bees and butterfiles over three seasons. This particular cultivar has large, candy pink flowers, but you’ll find different coloured flowering Gerbera from the same series. Thyme is another super plant to grow in containers. When you’re harvesting thyme, resist temptation to remove your stems in their entirety from the very base of the plant. Instead cut your harvest from the tips of your plant which will encourage bushy growth. There are so many varieties of thyme to choose from, varieties of Lemon thyme provide a delicious flavour in cooking, as does Orange-scented thyme. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access is a wonderfully worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really transform your garden, bringing the whole area to life. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching bees, butterflies and moths in your garden. These fascinating insects will raise your spirits and inspire you. If you’re looking for beautiful plants that will grow well in containers and encourage bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other precious pollinating insects to your garden, the following suggestions will help you: Erigeron karvinskianus is such a pretty flower. It adds a delicate softness to walls, steps and other areas of hard landscaping, giving them a touch of beauty, and a delicacy that might have previously been thought impossible. It’s also a super choice for hanging baskets, containers and window boxes, flowering non-stop from early summer to the first frosts. I love growing hardy Gerbera garvinea in containers. My plants have survived without any special care through the coldest of our winters, growing larger in size each year. They produce such an abundance of flowers that I also use them for cut flowers. With regular feeding and deadheading, my Gerbera garvinea have flowered non-stop from early spring until they have really been hammered by the frosts in winter. Gerbera garvinea ‘Sweet Surprise’ is part of a new series of hardy Gerbera that have been specially bred to provide hardy plants that produce a continuous display of flowers
Other worthy candidates to grow in containers to provide pollen and nectar for pollinating insects include: Lavandula angustifolia, Origanum, Cosmos, Limnanthes douglasii, Calendula oﬃcinalis, Osteospurmum, Aubrieta, Clarkia, Sarcococca, Sedum and Scabious. Single-flowered varieties provide accessible pollen and nectar – avoid double-flowered varieties. Try wherever you can to provide a continuous supply of nectar throughout the year. Look out for the ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ logo on plants at your local garden centre or nursery. None of the plants I have mentioned here require a peat-based compost, so use a peat free alternative growing media. I’ve had excellent results using Dalefoot Composts, a range of peat-free composts made from 100% natural ingredients including bracken and sheep’s wool. Dalefoot’s wool-based potting compost is ideal for containers, the sheep’s wool that’s incorporated into this compost has naturally absorbent properties which provide extra water retention. This means that your containers require less watering which is a bonus. If you have the choice, position your containers in a sunny spot as butterflies like the warmth and will be more inclined to visit your plants. Deadhead your plants regularly to encourage further flowering and keep your containers well watered. Avoid using any insecticides or pesticides in your garden as they are very damaging to insects and wildlife.
Top left: Gerbera garvinea ‘Sweet Surprise’ (Garsurprise) (Garvinea Sweet Series). Above left: Sedum with a small Tortoiseshell butterﬂy. Right: Calendula officinalis. Images by Beth Otway.
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<31 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD change of date from the 5th). The Godalming Community Gospel Choir was formed in April 2011 by Emma Sue Prince. The Choir won the Godalming Music Festival in 2014 and was one of only 6 choirs to be selected for the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2015 competition. It promises to be a lively and fun evening. Wine and soft drinks will be available during the interval. Tickets - £10. Available from Stepping Out in North St, Tall Dog, Rumbolds Hill, Midhurst and The Parish Office, call 01730 815356. Children under 16yrs free but must be accompanied by an adult. Graffham Easter Market Saturday 19th March 10.30am to 2.30 pm This year they will have a home produce stall, a selection of wines and foods, Easter eggs, arts and crafts, gifts, jewellery, pottery and much more. There will be practical demonstrations of local crafts and a selection of delicious locally produced refreshments available to enjoy. A large number of exciting raffle prizes have been donated including gifts, food and wines and many ‘days out’ and treats. Raffle tickets will be on sale before the Market and on the day. Entrance will be £1 and entrance tickets can be redeemed for a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of squash. Children under 12 free. www.graffhameastermarket.co.uk. Waverley Singers Saturday 19th March Waverley Singers’ flagship concert of the year is a
performance of Bach’s St John Passion, with professional vocal soloists, and orchestra Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, at St Andrew’s Garrison Church, Aldershot GU11 2BY. A collection will be made in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association. Tickets £15, full-time students and U16s, £5. Call 01252 792563, choir members, tickets@waverleysingers. com or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ waverleysingers. The Waverley Singers are an auditioned choir of about 100 singers, based in Farnham, with members and supporters throughout East Hampshire, West Surrey, the Hampshire-Berkshire borders and beyond. The conductor and director of music is Richard Pearce, who performs and records regularly with the BBC Singers. For further details about the choir and concert, see www.waverleysingers.com. Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum - Fun with Maps Tuesday 22nd March 2.30pm Haslemere Educational Museum is holding an interesting talk by Hugh Turrall-Clarke all about maps. The Museum has a rich collection of maps and with the help of Hugh you will be able to unearth a wealth of fascinating information about our surrounding area. The talk is free to members and £1 to non members. Tea and biscuits provided. No need to book. Enquiries to enquiries@haslemeremuseum. co.uk, or call 01428 642112. More information at www. haslemeremuseum.co.uk. By the way, do have a look at the website to see what else is going on at the Museum; there are always a number of interesting exhibitions.
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<33 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Haslemere Flower Club Wednesday 23rd March 1.30pm The club will be holding their March meeting at Haslemere Hall when Carole Stables will be demonstrating ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls’. Visitors are welcome at a cost of £5 and a raffle will be held for the flowers, followed by tea after the demonstration. The Fernhurst Centre Windows 10 – What are you going to do? The Fernhurst Centre is offering a short course to help you decide. They will show you and give you a chance to use it. They offer small friendly courses in a bright and airy venue. This 2 hour course costs just £10 including coffee and biscuits and full easy to follow handouts. Details / dates for this and other courses are on their website www.fernhurstcentre.org.uk. Places must be booked in advance either on 01428 641931 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots more at The Fernhurst Centre including a new course from Totally Textiles Needle Felt Wall Hangings: A Two-hour session at £10 on Wednesday 23rd March 2 - 4pm. There will be a small charge of £2 for materials payable direct to the tutor on the day. There’s lots of free parking at the rear of the Centre. Again places must be booked in advance. Easter Cruises Friday 25th to Monday 28th March Themed Easter Cruises will be running on all four days of the Easter weekend from Good Friday, 25th March to Monday 28th March. Plenty of Easter characters will be on the canal to entertain you – go along and join in the fun! The trips take 40 minutes and depart at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm. Children will receive a chocolate gift from the Easter Bunny while adults enjoy refreshments and the chance to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Tickets cost £10 per person and booking in advance is advisable. The boat departs from the wharf beside the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood and travels along the decorated canal and through a restored lock. If you would like to book seats on one of the Mothering Sunday or Easter cruises (or enquire about private charters) please call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email email@example.com. There might still be time to book a special cruise that will be running on the canal on Mothering Sunday 6th March. A ‘Coffee & Danish Pastry Cruise’ will depart at 11am and Cream Tea Cruises will depart at 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Black tie service will enhance the relaxing treat for Mums! The trips take 1½ hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children and must be booked in advance. www.weyandarun.co.uk. 3 Counties Church Sunday 27th March and 3rd April 10.15am 3 Counties Church warmly invite you to their Easter celebrations on Sunday 27th March and 3rd April. All are welcome to come along to services for all the family to enjoy. During the 27th March service there will also be baptisms taking place so another reason to celebrate. At 3 Counties Church, Hammer GU27 3QW. March 2016
Contact: 01428 653011; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.3countieschurch.org. Plant a Bunny Basket 29th March to 1st April and 4th to 8th April 10am – 5pm All Squire’s Garden Centres (except Chertsey) will be holding a ‘Plant A Bunny Basket’ where you can plant a beautiful bunny basket for your garden. The cost is £5.50. For the children there is a ‘Bunny Hunt’. Find the names of the hidden bunnies around the centre. All correct entries receive a Lindt chocolate bunny! Cost is just £2. Circle Dancing If you are looking for something a bit different to help keep you fit you might like to try Circle Dancing. Suitable for all ages, it is a relaxing fun way to keep fit and at the same time make new friends. The dances are international folk dances to beautiful ethnic music from many different countries such as Greece, Russia, Romania, Israel, Bulgaria and many more. Lynn Frances is an experienced teacher of 32 years and has built a reputation for her ability to create a wonderful atmosphere to enable participants to relax, learn and enjoy themselves. She runs classes at Pirrie Hall Brook on Thursdays in three ten-week terms, 7.30pm-9.30pm. St Catherine’s Hall Guildford on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm. WI Hall Hartley Wintney on the second Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Contact Lynn on 01420 474881.
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‘Hoppy Easter’ Cupcakes 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas mark 4. 2. Cream the butter (or margarine) and sugar together in an electric mixer. 3. Slowly add the eggs, then the flour and vanilla and mix until fully combined. Make sure you scrape the bowl with a spatula between mixing. 4. Place the cupcake cases in a muffin tin and spoon approximately 50ml (1¾fl oz) of mixture into each one. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes.
Ingredients 175g (6oz) butter (or margarine) 175g (6oz) caster sugar 3 medium eggs 175g (6oz) self-raising flour 1tsp vanilla extract Apricot jam, boiled and cooled Edibles SK Sugarpaste: 72g (2½oz) Bridal White, 220g (7¾oz) Bridal White coloured with Dark Green and a touch of Yellow paste food colours 20g (¾oz) SK Pink Sugar Dough 1 pack SK Sugar Florist Paste (SFP): Pale Yellow with a touch of Orange paste food colour SK Quality Food Colour (QFC) Pastes: Dark Green, Orange and Yellow SK Edible Glue Small amount of SK Instant Mix Royal Icing Equipment 12 x SK Dotty Cupcake Cases in Pink, Spring Green and Yellow 12-hole muffin tin 6cm (2 3/8”) round cutter Small blossom cutter Piping nozzle: no. 1 Makes 12
5. Once the cakes are baked and spring back to the touch, take them out of the tin immediately. Leave to cool before decorating. 6. Brush the top of each cupcake with a little cooled, boiled apricot glaze. Roll out the yellow-green sugarpaste to a 3mm (1/8”) thickness and cut out twelve 6cm (2 3/8”) circles of paste. Place these onto the cupcakes and smooth them down with the palm of your hand. 7. Shape 4g (just under ¼oz) of Bridal White sugarpaste into a long teardrop shape for the bunny’s ear. Flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand and taper the top of the ear into a point. Roll out a small amount of Pink Sugar Dough and cut out an inner ear shape. Attach it in the centre of the ear with edible glue. 8. Make another ear in the same way but fold it over in the middle. Trim the bottom of each ear straight and use edible glue to attach them to the cupcake. Repeat to make 11 pairs of ears for the remaining cupcakes. 9. Roll out the yellow SFP thinly and cut out 36 little blossoms. Pipe a small dot of royal icing into the centre of each flower using a no. 1 nozzle. Stick one to the straight ear with edible glue. Secure the remaining blossoms over the top of the cupcakes.
RECIPES Easter Egg Biscuits
Ingredients 200g (7oz) unsalted butter 200g (7oz) caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 1 egg, lightly beaten 400g (14oz) plain flour Apricot jam, boiled and cooled
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm (¼”) thick. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper, place the biscuit dough onto the tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Edibles SK Sugar Dough: 200g (7oz) Pink, 200g (7oz) Yellow 200g (7oz) SK Sugarpaste: Bridal White coloured with Dark Green and a touch of Yellow paste food colours SK Quality Food Colour (QFC) Pastes: Dark Green and Yellow SK Quality Food Colour (QFC) Dusts: Orange and Yellow SK Professional Dust Food Colour: Rose 80g (2¾oz) SK Instant Mix Royal Icing
6. Place the cookies on two baking trays lined with parchment so they are not touching then bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes. The biscuits should be slightly brown around the edges when baked. Leave to cool.
Equipment 2 x large baking trays Easter egg (or oval) cookie cutter Round cutters: 6mm (¼”), 9mm (3/8”), 1.2cm (½”), 1.5cm (5/8”) Piping nozzles: 2 x nos. 1.5 Makes 24 1. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract into an electric mixer and cream them together until wellcombined and creamy. Avoid over-mixing as this will cause the biscuits to spread as they are baking. 2. Add the egg until well combined, then turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and add a little of the flour. Gradually add all the flour and mix until a dough is formed. 3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/375°F/gas mark 5.
5. Cut out 24 egg shapes using the egg- or ovalshaped cookie cutter.
7. Brush the biscuits with cooled, boiled apricot glaze. Roll out the green-coloured sugarpaste to 3mm (1/8”) thick and cut out eight egg shapes from the paste. Lay a piece of sugarpaste onto each cookie and smooth down with your hands. Repeat this method with Pink and Yellow Sugar Dough to make eight pink and eight yellow egg cookies. 8. Roll out a small amount of the remaining green sugarpaste thinly and cut out a circle using each of the different-sized round cutters. Attach the green circles randomly over the pink eggs using edible glue. 9. Make up the royal icing according to the packet instructions and divide it into two bowls. Colour one half with Rose dust food colour and the other half with Yellow and a spot of Orange dust food colours. 10. Fit a small piping bag with a no. 1.5 nozzle and fill 2/3 with pink royal icing. Starting from the left and piping one line at a time, pipe a crisscross pattern over the yellow cookies. Pipe loops across the middle of each of the green cookies in pink royal icing. 11. Fit another small piping bag with a no. 1.5 nozzle and fill 2/3 with yellow royal icing. Pipe zigzag lines above and below the pink line on the green cookies.
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<35 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD St. Stephen’s Shottermill Easter is one of the biggest celebrations in the Christian calendar so why not pop along to St Stephen’s in Shottermill and join them for one of their services. Children will love Messy Easter with free crafty family fun at 10am on Good Friday 25th March. Families are also most welcome at the 10am Easter celebration on Easter Sunday 27th March. If you are looking for something more reflective then why not go along to one of the Maundy Thursday Services on 24th March at 10am or 7.30pm. There is also a contemplative Good Friday reflection at 1.30pm on 25th March. See www. shottermillparish.org.uk for more details. All welcome. Easter Egg Hunt This year, the National Trust in West Sussex is inviting families to join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to unleash their inner explorer. Adventurous quests are taking place across the county, from spring woodlands and historic houses to picturesque South Downs landscapes. It’s easy to make an Easter Egg Hunt a fun family day out to remember, in surroundings that are second to none. What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end of each completed hunt, and every single Easter Egg Hunt will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore. To join in with the fun and find an Easter Egg Hunt near you, visit www.cadbury.co.uk/easter. Jumble Sale Saturday 2nd April 2pm There will be a grand jumble and bric-a-brac sale with produce, plants, costume jewellery, and fabric off cuts. It takes place at St Mary’s Church, Iping GU29 0PF. Phone 01730 817547 for more information. Midhurst Methodist Church Saturday 2nd April 10am - noon The Midhurst Methodists will be holding their famous Giant Bric-a-Brac & Book Sale in the Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DU. Entrance is £1, with a free cup of coffee. Bacon sandwiches will be available. More information at www.esanddcircuit.org.uk/html/midhurst.html. Friends of St Mary’s Bramshott Saturday 9th April at 7.30pm Although the new roof has been in place for some time now, an ancient building needs constant care and work so Friends of St Mary’s (FOSM) continue fundraising. The next fundraising event will be ‘Puddle Wonderful’; a nostalgic anthology in poetry, prose and music of Children, Childhood and Change. This will be at St Mary’s Church, Bramshott and will be presented by The Actors Emeritus Company, a group of professionally trained actors, some of whom are now retired or working in other arts related areas. Tickets cost £10, under 16’s £5 and include drinks and nibbles. They can be obtained from the Church Office, Portsmouth Road, Liphook, 01428 725390 or at the door. All proceeds will go to the St Mary’s Fabric Fund. March 2016
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The walk 1. From the off-street parking on Sandy Lane, walk back down towards the A3100 until you see a signed footpath, the North Downs Way, on your left just past Manor Cottage. Passing Piccards Manor, you soon enter countryside with a green field on your right with houses beyond. Continue into light woodland and the houses soon give way to the ridge of the Hog’s Back on your right. 2. You soon reach the farm buildings for Piccard’s Farm and continue ahead on the lane past the farmhouse. Follow the lane round a left-hand bend and shortly after, turn right through a pair of open gates, still on the North Downs Way. This track is the driveway to Conduit Farm, so please keep an eye on any off-lead dogs. Keep straight on following the line of the Hog’s Back until you reach a sharp right bend to the farmhouse. Leave the track and fork left and then right onto a narrow sandy path, maintaining the original direction.
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DISTANCE: 4.5 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham, Godalming & Farnborough STARTING POINT: Sandy Lane, Guildford which is off the A3100 and opposite Ye Olde Ship Inn just next to the University of Law. There is (limited) off-street parking along Sandy Lane. REFRESHMENTS: Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4EB. T: 01483 575731 W: www.yeoldeshipinn.pub Images: Loseley House (left); Lodge by footpath in Loseley Park © Copyright Shazz (above).
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