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THE EDITOR'S NOTE And so spring finally arrives and our gardens awaken from their winter slumber. Having had a fabulous new extension built which properly overlooks my garden, I am very much looking forward to seeing the results of the bulb planting that was done last autumn. There is still lots more to do in my garden, and not being terribly green-fingered, it always helps to get inspiration where you can. My annual visit to the Chelsea Flower Show is always inspiring but sadly I cannot afford the cost and time for that level of creativity! However, help is at hand with the locally-based National Garden Scheme, a wonderful charity which sees over 3,500 private gardens opening annually to the public to raise money for charity – and the subject of our main article this month. The scheme offers visitors a great opportunity to see small, medium and large gardens created, in the main, by enthusiastic and dedicated owners. Some of the gardens are truly small, while others are on a much larger scale, but all offer great ideas that should work in all gardens, whatever their size. More often than not, the owners will be there to show off their creation, and almost all will always be happy to offer advice and explanation. For a very modest entry fee and usually a cup of tea and some cake, this is a great way of spending an afternoon. We have five copies of the Garden Visitor’s Guide 2019 to give away, so please visit for your chance to win a copy. As our Jotters have remarked, there are lots of notable dates this month, Chief, of course, must be Mothering Sunday, which falls on 31st March. This gives me the ideal opportunity to wish my own dear mum a very happy Mother's Day!

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alking is not only a very enjoyable pastime but also one that is good for your health and wellbeing. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. The NHS promotes it, the Department for Transport even has a ‘walking investment strategy’, and organisations such as Walking for Health now exist to promote it. Surrey County Council (SCC) extols the benefits of it on their website. “Surrey is the ideal place to explore on foot. Whether you're an adventurous walker or prefer a short stroll, there's a walk to suit you.” Which is true, but what they don’t tell you is that they are now charging you for the privilege of using 'our' countryside by installing parking meters throughout the county. Early last year, a certain Cllr Mike Goodman, cabinet minister for environment and transport, announced proposals to install pay and display machines at Chobham Common, Norbury Park, Ockham and Wisley Common, Whitmoor Common and Rodborough Common, in Milford. Amidst much opposition, these were introduced at a cost of £330k in July 2018. SCC optimistically estimated

annual revenues of £448k against costs of £247k, with hopes that they could raise £200k per year to help with their budget shortfall. Parking charges are eye wateringly high. £1.30 per hour or £5 for three hours or more, and £6 for a minibus or horsebox. That’s a lot of money for walking in our local countryside and frankly just puts barriers in the way of encouraging people to get out more. The nearest spot to me is Rodborough Common. I must confess that I had never heard of this common until a few years ago, but since discovering it, I was an infrequent visitor. It is a perfectly pleasant place for a stroll but does not have the views of Puttenham, the openness of Hankley or the diversity of Elstead/Thursley commons, all very close. So why would anyone pay to walk Fido there instead of all the free places on their doorstep? The reality is that people have voted with their feet and are taking them elsewhere, leaving an empty car park and an empty parking meter, which I expect is still serviced several times a day by a now expensively underemployed parking warden. Rather optimistically, according to Surrey Live, SCC had budgeted for an average of 80 cars using this car park every day, with 37 required to just break even! It appears that many of the other car parks are now also largely empty, with reports of faulty ticket machines and over enthusiastic parking wardens (well, they do need something to do!). Surrey Live launched a petition in October 2018 which received more than 4,500 signatures (including mine) calling for the charges to be abolished and it appears that Surrey County Council will be debating this as this edition of VantagePoint gets delivered. But will they listen?


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Above: Various NGS ggardens; George Plumptre - CEO of NGS – at Hatchlands Park

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e often pride ourselves as a nation of garden lovers and certainly who can resist admiring the efforts of gardeners, especially when everything is in full bloom on a magnificent summer’s day. However, the benefits attributed to gardening extend far beyond working up a sweat and getting some fresh air – as I was to find out. The National Garden Scheme’s head office team are based in Hatchlands Park - a magnificent National Trust country house near Guildford. From here they organise and promote the annual open gardens events, and support over 500 volunteers across the country. Having heard that around 3,500 private gardens take part in the scheme every year I was intrigued to find out what inspires them to take part. George Plumptre is the organisation’s Chief Executive, and his enthusiasm for what the NGS achieves was to prove to be infectious. “Let’s start at the beginning. The District Nursing movement was established in Queen Victoria’s reign to train and support nurses working in the community. It had become well established by the mid-1920s when Queen Alexandria, Edward VII’s wife, was patron. She died in 1925 and Elsie Wagg, one of the trustees, had a brilliant idea of



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THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME “Gardens registered to take part are listed in our yellow book every year which is The Garden Visitor’s Handbook,” said George picking up and flicking through the very weighty directory. “They are also publicised on our website. So on the day we will try and get participating gardens as many visitors as we can. Visitors then pay an entrance fee, all of which goes to the NGS. The fee depends upon the garden with an average of around £5 per visitor.” A large display board dominates a whole wall in George’s office and on it are listed each and every one of the gardens that took part in 2018 – all 3,500 of them. A remarkable achievement. So what inspires owners of private gardens to take part – and attracts huge numbers of visitors every year? “I think what is interesting is the variety of people that open their gardens. There used to be a perception in the old days that the Garden Scheme was a bit posh. It’s certainly not the case today. Whoever you are – if you’ve got a nice garden you can open it for us. We also have lots of smaller gardens opening in groups, so you will find say six quite small gardens in one village that will all open together as a group on the same day. We also have school

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the garden looked wonderful with some eye-catching landscaping design. And Penny’s personal accounts of her interaction with visitors was engaging. “People are always incredibly appreciative and ask lots of questions. You can see that they love the garden and always say so. It’s lovely too to hear from people who have visited before. It’s so nice to hear them say that they’ve created new design features just like the ones they’ve seen here – and show me photographs too. It’s wonderful!” Penny, who was awarded a CBE in 2017 in recognition of her services helping to transform the NGS, is undoubtedly a wonderful ambassador for the scheme. She is a former Chairman and remains active as a County Organiser volunteer. As we chatted I could see the undoubted passion she has when receiving visitors to her garden, which include booked groups visiting from various European countries - and from as far away as Japan and Australia! “Gardening provides the satisfaction of getting outside in the fresh air, and the challenge of making things grow the way you want them to. It’s not always easy. But you’ve created something very nice and it’s wonderful to share it – and if you can raise money for charity by doing it what could be better?” George had also emphasised the benefits of gardening for people’s health and well-being. “We commissioned a report from The Kings Fund (the health charity working to improve health and care in England) in 2016. It highlighted the concept that being in a garden or a green space can be incredibly good for your health. It emphasised the benefits for people with mental health issues too, particularly depression. A chunk of our annual donations now go to nursing healthcare charities for garden-focused projects.” Thinking of joining in? What criteria does your garden need to meet? “County by county we have teams of volunteers who help to make the scheme so successful. Each has a County Organiser in charge who assess gardens that have



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applied directly or who have been recommended by word-of-mouth,” George explained. “When they visit they are looking essentially for three key elements in a varying mix of quality, interest, and character. Some gardens have lots of all of them. Others may have incredibly high quality but possibly may not be so characterful. Or have more interest. Essentially we are looking for qualities that would keep visitors interested for say 45 minutes or so, although that’s not applied formally. It’s really that the assessment is intended to avoid disappointed visitors.” My own gardening skills are embarrassingly limited but I will certainly be visiting gardens taking part in the scheme around Surrey and Sussex this year to actively support the charity - and perhaps to seek some inspiration! There is an amazing array of ticketed gardens to visit and a series of events to take part in. Visit the NGS website to find out what’s on – they also have a mobile app you can download to help search for gardens near to you, and which provides details about the gardens and location directions too. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. FIND OUT MORE The National Garden Scheme -

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Haslemere String Competition 2019

They have six students performing at the Bristol Music Club on Sunday March 17th from 11am1pm. On Sunday 24th March, they have sixteen students performing at the Hasleway from 10.30am-6pm. The final round takes place on Thursday 16th May at St Christopher’s Church at 7pm. All rounds are open to the public and free!


he Haslemere String Competition was started by Ishani Bhoola in 2017. It is open to 11-19 year olds who live in the South West and South East of England and offers talented young players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. First prize is £800 and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Waverley Ensemble, a professional baroque ensemble in the Haslemere area, the second prize is £350. A total of twenty one students have entered, and the standard seems extremely high. Many of them attend Junior Academy and College in London, two students from Wells Cathedral School and two from the Menuhin School. Above: Previous winners Ketan Curtis (Double Bass) and Alinka Rowe (Viola)

The judges Ishani Bhoola is the director of the Waverley Ensemble and Chairman of the Haslemere String Competition. She is an award-winning Violinist and has been a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera. Simon Blendis was leader of the Schubert Ensemble for 23 years. He is in great demand as an orchestral leader, and has appeared as a guest leader with most of the UK’s major symphony and chamber orchestras. He has been leader of the London Mozart Players since 2014. William Bruce is Head of Strings at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican. He is widely sought out for masterclasses, workshops, summer schools and insets for music teachers. In addition to many years of experience as an adjudicator William has been involved in many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Richard Crabtree is a Professor of Viola and Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Nic Pendlebury is possibly best known as the founder and violist of the Smith Quartet. Regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of contemporary music, over 250 works have been written for them by many of the world’s leading composers. He is also Head of the String Department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. All finalists will have the chance to perform chamber music with professionals in a side by side setting during a concert in May 2020. Patrons of the competition are Mr & Mrs GB Burnett and Simon Dear, and they are very grateful for sponsorship from Chamberlains Music, Bishop Instruments and Strings, and anonymous donors. FIND OUT MORE Please visit



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Golf for all

Phil Kemp visits two local golf clubs to find out how the sport is evolving a far broader appeal


have always tended to perceive golf clubs as the private domain of fairly well-heeled perhaps older gentlemen with a lot of time on their hands – a view perhaps not helped by the fact that when I visited golf clubs as a youngster this was certainly the case. I was invited to two local clubs where I was genuinely taken by just how much the sport is changing, and in quite innovative ways. “It was certainly the case when I first joined a golf club that you had to wear a jacket and tie in the clubhouse and it was seen as quite a stuffy place to be,” agreed Peter Gallagher, the manager at Betchworth Park in Dorking. “But things are very different now. We are really succeeding in attracting a broad range of people, both experienced golfers and newcomers to the game, and across all age groups. Of course you get retired people playing during the week as they have the time, but at weekends it’s completely different – it’s almost like two golf clubs!” Where we were sitting in the clubhouse you could watch members improving their game on the practice range, and enjoy the course stretching out into the distance in this picturesque corner of Surrey. “We are proud of our Junior Academy here at Betchworth,” Tom Bridger, the club’s Head Professional, chipped in. “It is a coaching programme for juniors where we get them ready to be able to play so they can get out on their own and make their own decisions on the course. They get 50 group lessons in the year and as much time as they need on the practice range.” “We also do an outreach at local schools where we go and deliver their PE sessions – and last year we got to 400



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pupils across the year fours. We give them the chance to play golf using big plastic clubs and tennis ball-sized foam balls. It’s great because you get all the noise and excitement that kids naturally have and its ended up with school teams playing at the club. We had a hundred juniors playing here on one morning.” “It was organised chaos,” laughed Peter. “Tom proved he had the patience of a saint – but it was brilliant. Start them young and keep them interested.” And Tom added very pointedly: “And it gets them away from their smart phones for a bit too!” At Milford Golf Club I talked with manager Shah Bani-Sadr over a cup of coffee in their comfortable and recently refurbished clubhouse. “We are a very friendly golf club with a good social side and we provide a lot of different avenues

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for getting into the game - and also for meeting other like-minded people. We do have a lot of retired members here who of course come to play golf but also really enjoy chatting and having a laugh over a meal and great coffee. It’s something we like to focus on.” The club is currently undertaking some exciting projects which includes creating three new holes and extending their membership to attract inexperienced golfers, and young people. “Simon Fowler is our Golf Professional and newcomers come and talk to him about their golfing experiences. To Simon even if they’ve only ever hit a few balls that’s not a problem. He’ll get them onto the driving range or the putting green to ease them into it and make sure they’re comfortable playing. And at the end of the day it’s their enjoyment

that is most important. They can play group lessons which spreads the cost and they’ll also enjoy the sociable aspect of that too.” I had explained to Shah that my golfing experience was minimal and I quickly realised that the club is very sympathetic to people like me. “Once we’ve got them practising we can get them comfortable to be out on the course, and buddy them up with other players of a similar standard or an experienced golfer. Then after that it’s up to the new player as to whether they want to take up membership. We have a wide range of memberships to suit everyone of all ages and there are no limits to handicaps or abilities. As long as you want to play golf you can be a member.” The clubhouse had a very sociable feel to it and a welcoming atmosphere with some members seated nearby having a lively conversation, and probably bragging about their earlier session out on the course. “We have events where we do something for fun with golfers and non-golfers. This could for example be a ninehole event where the golfer plays tee to green, and the less experienced golfer putts out. Anyone can putt out and often families come along with their children to have a bit of fun, and end the day with a barbecue and a few drinks.” My brief visits to both clubs gave me a much betterinformed opinion of what you’ll experience both on and off the course - and I must confess that I had a positive feeling that perhaps even I might one day venture out and have a go. Both managers had some great stories of people’s experiences at their clubs – with perhaps the account from George at Betchworth Park being the most heart-warming one to close with. “Last year we had a Senior Junior Competition, that’s where you have a senior playing with a junior. The winning pair was an 89-year-old and a 10-year-old!” Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. Far left: Peter Gallagher and Tom Bridger; Left: Shah Bani-Sadr. Above: Betchworth Golf Club

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Loch Fyne recipes for spring

Here are a couple of lovely, fresh seafood recipes for spring. These have been provided by Loch Fyne who are dedicated to providing the world with Scotland’s finest seafood, all available by mail order.

Crispy Oysters with Horseradish

Fillet of Gigha Halibut on Loch Fyne Shellfish Vegetable Broth

This easy-to-prepare recipe from Loch Fyne Oysters is a delicious way to serve fresh oysters, which are high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B-12, zinc and iron, and are in season all year round. The company began farming oysters in the pristine waters of Loch Fyne 40 years ago, and now supplies top hotels and events all over the world. The guiding principle behind the company is to present the best in authentic Scottish seafood whilst minimising the impact on the environment.

Ingredients: 4 x 140g halibut fillet, skinned; 4 slices white bread; 1 egg for egg wash; 300ml langoustine stock made from shells (or seafood stock); 1 large carrot; 100g leek; 1 large potato; 4 langoustine tails; 4 fresh oysters; 4 scallops; 2 spring onions; 20g parsley; 100ml double cream; 40g butter.

Ingredients: 6 oysters; 200g mayonnaise; 40g freshly grated horseradish; 1 egg; 100g plain flour; 100g panko breadcrumbs. Method: 1. Remove the oyster meat from the shells. 2. Clean the oyster shells thoroughly and set to the side. 3. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk. 4. Coat the oyster meat in the plain flour, dip into the whisked egg and then into the breadcrumbs. 5. Add the grated horseradish to the mayonnaise and mix together. 6. Deep fry the bread-crumbed oysters and place inside the clean oyster shells. 7. Top each with a teaspoon of mayonnaise You can order fresh oysters, sustainably farmed halibut and much more delivered to your door from their online shop at



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Method: 1. Turn oven to 180°C. Dice the potatoes and place them in a pan of simmering seafood stock. 2. Cut the leeks and carrot into long, thin strips, and add vegetables when potatoes are soft. When the vegetables are cooked, remove them and the potatoes from the stock and boil the stock to reduce it by one third. 3. Brush egg wash on the skin side of the halibut and press firmly onto the bread. Cut around the fillet and discard the extra bread. Heat a frying pan and add rapeseed oil. Sear the halibut by placing it bread side down in the pan, then place in the oven for 4 minutes. 4. Add cream to the reduced stock and bring to simmer again. Return the vegetables to the stock, and add spring onions and potatoes. Allow to rest. 5. Remove halibut from the oven and turn it over. Add butter, scallops, langoustine tails and oysters to the pan. Baste the halibut with butter. 6. Place vegetables and potatoes from stock in centre of serving dish. Arrange shellfish on top. Place the halibut on the vegetables and shellfish. Add chopped parsley to the stock and pour in stock to cover the bottom of the dish.

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Treat yourself to a new asparagus bed


n asparagus bed is one of life’s luxuries; an area of ground dedicated solely to the production of one glorious vegetable! It may seem an extravagance, but I can assure you that an asparagus bed is 100% worth the investment, as freshly harvested asparagus is a true delicacy. Home-grown asparagus, cooked a short while after harvesting, is a vastly superior vegetable to shop-bought stuff, its sweet flavour is utterly delectable. Spring is the perfect time to plant asparagus; so make the most of this opportunity, for the sooner you start an asparagus bed, the sooner you can enjoy your first harvest. Asparagus growers do not receive instant gratification. Asparagus can be raised from seeds, an economical, but lengthy process. A far better option is to order one-year old asparagus plants, known as crowns, which produce their first harvest in the third year after planting. This might seem an age away, but once established, an asparagus bed will produce a delicious harvest every year, from April until mid-June. Asparagus beds can be productive for 20 years or more.

Asparagus flourishes on sandy soils. Avoid shade; choose a sunny or partially shaded area, in a location where asparagus has not been grown before. Asparagus won’t grow well in waterlogged soil, so if your soil tends to be damp, consider creating a raised bed to improve the drainage. Avoid planting asparagus in areas that have recently grown potatoes or Jerusalem artichokes, as unplanned, leftover plants can pop up unexpectedly. Asparagus doesn’t appreciate competition from weeds, or other plants, so it’s vital to thoroughly weed the area as many times as possible before planting, and at regular intervals afterwards. Asparagus plants are monecious: plants are either male or female. Male asparagus plants are more productive, as they don’t produce seeds, so have more energy to produce a harvest. You could grow green, purple, and white asparagus. Purple asparagus varieties have a sweeter flavour, with less fibre. They require better growing conditions and need more staking than green asparagus. For white asparagus, cover plants with a deep layer of soil, which keeps the plants in darkness, thereby preventing the development of chlorophyll, (which creates green pigment), so plants produce white spears. Gijnlim is an F1 all male, green hybrid, that’s early and productive. Stewarts Purple is a disease resistant, mid to late season asparagus. Soak asparagus crowns in a bucket of water overnight, to rehydrate the plants. Thoroughly weed the bed, then create a central ridge, place the centre of the crown at the top of the ridge, with the plant’s roots draped at either side. Plant each crown 30cm (12inch) apart. I use a good quality nutrient rich compost as a mulch to cover the crowns after planting; you could use homemade compost, just ensure that it is free of weed seeds. Images: Asparagus 'Gijnlim' by Beth Otway.

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Keeping it in the family

Charlotte Woods, Senior Associate Solicitor at Anderson Rowntree Solicitors considers some methods of protecting your assets after your death. You will know who the beneficiaries of your Estate are and in most cases you would like to pass your Estate to them with “no strings attached”. However this is not always possible and you may have concerns about the protection of your assets after your death, even where your intended beneficiates are your children.

More Control with a Trust If you have concerns, there are options available whereby you can exercise some control over what happens to your assets after death. One option is a Discretionary Trust. The Trust itself will hold your assets and be administered by your chosen Trustees, as opposed to your beneficiaries receiving the assets directly. This reduces the risk of a beneficiary dissipating the assets they receive. You can provide guidance to your Trustees after your death with a Letter of Wishes. The Trustees can make distributions from the Trust, either on their own accord or when requested to do so by a beneficiary, usually in accordance with your Letter of Wishes. The Trust offers a great deal of flexibility as your Trustees can consider your original intentions but also the beneficiary’s circumstances at that time.

Understand the Implications Children or a Spouse may expect their inheritance outright and a Trust can be disappointing. The purpose of the Trust is asset protection. If a child goes through a divorce or bankruptcy then the assets in the Trust are not considered as an asset of the beneficiary. Upon a beneficiary’s death, the Trust assets remain in the Trust and are not redirected in accordance with the deceased beneficiaries own Will. Therefore you retain control of the Trust assets. There are tax implications for a Trust. These are beyond

the scope of this article but should be discussed with any adviser when considering a Trust.

Financial Flexibility A Discretionary Trust is useful where a beneficiary is in receipt of means tested benefits, or could be in the future. A large inheritance could mean the beneficiary is no longer entitled to these benefits. This could cause hardship to the beneficiary later in life if the inheritance funds start to run low as they would need to start the benefit claim process again. A Discretionary Trust can also own business assets or shares and is able to claim Business Property Relief (if it meets the necessary criteria) which is an allowance which reduces Inheritance Tax. Your Trustees would have maximum flexibility when making decisions regarding the future of the business.

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Upper Froyle to Kingsley This is a pretty, largely flat walk through some varied woods and fields. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see 1. Carefully cross the A31 from the dead end and go into the side road opposite. Cross a railway bridge and then a river bridge and immediately turn left. Walk about a mile along the road to take the first turn right, Follow this to a T junction and turn right. Continue down to cross the main road through Binsted and continue forward in the road opposite to reach the church. Turn right here, into the churchyard. Continue along its right-hand side to exit into a field. (Just by the exit is the grave of Viscount Montgomery.) Continue forward to a T junction with a track. Follow a yellow arrow right and, almost immediately, another left. Cross between fields to trees. The path dips down, crosses a tiny footbridge and then climbs up to a T junction with a path. Turn left. 2. Follow this path through trees and past a pond and from field to field, with fields right and a lake left. The path reaches a gate at the entrance to a wildlife conservation area. Go through it and walk parallel to the edge of a lake, staying up against the edge of trees. Continue forward beyond the end of the lake to reach a soggy spur of vegetation reaching out from the left-hand side and then, by the third power line pole, turn left to cross a small footbridge in trees. Go straight across the field beyond it to the tree line and turn right to walk along its edge and up the slope to Stubbs Farm. Pass the farm house and follow the signposts to jink left and right around the

barns and out, east, on a concrete track to South Hay Farm. Pass this and reach a road. 3. Go straight across to take a track passing Colesons Cottage and entering a field. Still heading east, cross two fields and then a very large one. Meet a crossing track on the far side at a post showing routes left and forward. A few yards beyond it, half hidden in the end of a hedge, is a 3-way signpost. At it, turn right. Walk close to the hedge until, just after a short dip down, taking a footpath left. At the first corner go right for a few yards to find a yellow arrow taking you left and steeply down steps through trees to emerge in another field. Go straight across, through trees and into another field where you head for the far left-hand corner. Climb over a stile and immediately fork left to walk alongside a garden hedge. Quickly reach a tiny stile and, once over it, turn right and walk to a gate onto a drive by the side of a house. Go straight across and through a gate into a grassy corridor. Continue forward, south, for almost ¾ mile, down successive straight corridors (The Straits), at one point passing Llamas and Goats. Eventually reach houses and the main road, the B3004, through Kingsley. 4. Emerge opposite the Cricketers. The village shop is 100 yards along to the left. Cross the road and take the track parallel to the road and running left, away from the Cricketers. There is a small car park and, behind it, a lake. You could picnic by the lake. After lunch, walk along the road edge, passing the pub, ignoring a first footpath left but taking the second. This takes you into the car park by the Golf Club’s club house. Exit by the far right-hand corner. Follow a track which then swings sharp left. About 100 yards on, look for a stile and a yellow arrow on your right. Cross into a field and head forward down it into a line of trees. A little way in, reach a T junction with a crossing track. Ignore the footpath left immediately before it. Emerge on the crossing track and ignore the footpath forward which is immediately opposite. Instead, turn right and walk along the track to reach a road. Turn right and walk up to the B3004 again. Cross, jink left and turn right to walk up the road signed to South Hay, passing a church. After another ¼ mile, find a footpath on the left, out into a large field. 5. You are going to be heading roughly north-west (NW) now for over ¾ mile. In the first field, head out half-right to the edge and then left along the edge to find a gap. This has a large yellow disk next to it and an arrow pointing out half-left across the next field

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Footpath near Wyck (Robin Webster)

to a similar disc on the other side. At this second disk, slip left through a line of trees into another field and, there, head straight out and over a stile on the far side. In the next field continue forward to a T-junction with a track and a 2-way signpost. Turn left and cross a small footbridge. Beyond the footbridge there is a pond on the right-hand side. At its far end, a yellow arrow takes you right and, a few yards later, you break left to find a stile on the right. Climb over the stile to join a crossing path and turn right. Walk through trees and at a right-hand bend in the path, fork left and into a small field. Cross slightly left to reach the start of a rough stony track climbing up between trees. Reach a road and turn left along it to continue. Pass some houses and reach a sharp left bend. 6. At this point continue forward on a gravel drive to pass the Old Stables. About 100 yards on, the track swings right but you continue straight ahead, north, on a grassy path. You will now walk north for about a mile. At first, the path runs alongside a hedge, then through trees until you reach a gap, on the right, into a huge field. Jink right, into the field, then continue

forward, north, along its left-hand edge. Reach a point where the hedge swings right. Here, jink right to go through a gap to continue on in another field. Walk north along its right-hand side to reach Malms Cottages and emerge between them onto a road. Continue forward to a T junction with another road. Go straight across this and up the bank to continue north. Pass under some National Grid power lines and quickly find a small gap, left. Go through and turn right to continue north. Eventually, reach the far side and drop down onto a road. Turn left and walk down to turn right and cross the Wey and the railway line and arrive back at the A31.

DISTANCE: 10 miles MAP: Explorer 144 Basingstoke, Alton & Whitchurch, Odiham, Overton & Hook HOW TO GET THERE: A section of dead-end road parallel to the A31 and running left from the Hen & Chicken pub. From Farnham direction, take the A31 to pass Bentley. Then look for the sign for a right turn to Upper Froyle and just beyond it a sign pointing right to the Hen & Chicken. Turn across the A31 to the Hen & Chicken and immediately turn left to cross in front of the pub and petrol station into the dead-end road. For many more walks, please visit our website at: March 2019

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I thought I would mention a few notable dates on the calendar this month, namely St David’s Day on 1st March, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on 5th March, St. Patricks Day on 17th March and Mothering Sunday on 31st March. Also, the first major sporting event of the year is taking place, namely The Cheltenham Festival (subject to equine flu!) which runs from 12th to 15th March. Always a great spectacle whether going along or just watching on the box. Have a great month and enjoy the start of spring. Barn Dance Friday 1st March 7.30pm Grayshott Folk Club are holding a barn dance at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. Hindhead GU26 6TZ. The music will be provided by The Oxford Nags who are a great bunch of musicians. Go along with a gang or on your own and they’ll find you someone to dance with. If you don't wish to dance, you can always just sit and listen to some superb musicians playing. Tickets £12 Adults/£6 Under 16s and are available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096. World Day of Prayer Friday 1st March 10.30am Over 6,000 services will be held in the British Isles on the theme of ‘Come – Everything Is Ready!’ The Women of Slovenia wrote the service and it has been translated into 60 different languages and 1000 dialects and will be celebrated in 120 countries and islands, starting at sunrise over the island of Samoa and continuing as it makes its way around the earth, ending some 36 hours later as the sun sets off the coast of American Samoa. Everyone is welcome to join the service at St Margaret’s, Fernhurst for the 2019 Haslemere area of World Day of Prayer. For further information, contact the secretary on 01428 605326. More information at www. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema Friday 1st March and 15th March 8pm They are showing Crazy Rich Asians, a 2018 film based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller. Native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best friend's wedding in Singapore and meets his family for the first time. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few details about his life,

such as his family is super rich! The second screening is Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). It is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film leads up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985) where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Tickets for each screening cost £6 (£3 for children under 15) on the door, in advance via www. , or from Treacle’s Tea Shop on The Green. Season tickets are also available. St David’s Day Dinner Friday 1st March 7.30pm for 8pm Come along and celebrate St David’s Day and all things welsh, at a fundraising dinner for Haslemere Museum, to be held at The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere. Enjoy a four course meal, wine and a welcome drink along with welsh music and entertainment. Black tie or Welsh dress. All proceeds for this event go towards the work of the Museum. Tickets at £49pp must be booked in advance, call 01428 642112 or go to The Haslemere Musical Society Saturday 2nd March 7.30pm Their spring concert will bring an extra burst of life with Josef Haydn’s ‘The Creation’. In this famous oratorio, Adam and Eve star along with three Archangels, so the music will be both tempting and awesome. The HMS welcomes their dazzling new Chorus Master, Cole Bendall for their first performance together, and there will be a galaxy of celebrated soloists. Although the composer called his Overture, ‘The Representation of Chaos’, proceedings will be perfectly harmonised under the baton of Director of Music, Dr. James Ross. Tickets are £8 - £16.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling 01428 642161. Liss Archaeology Local volunteer group, Liss Archaeology, announce their 2019 diary dates! In addition, some activities are short notice, due to needing suitable weather windows, so more are often added! New members are very welcome; membership is just £15 per year (Students/low income half price). No previous experience is necessary, full training is available. Plus, there’s

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The Arts Society West Sussex Tuesday 5th March There will be a Spring Lunch at 12.30pm followed by a talk at 2pm given by Sian Walters on Leonardo and the Festa Del Paradiso - 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo de Vinci's death. The talk will explore art and dance in Milan and Leonardo at the Sforza Court. On Tuesday 2nd April, Jo Walton will give a talk on Eric Ravilious and the Lure of the Everyday. He was described as one of the greatest English watercolourist of the 20th century. This talk will look at his work and others painting on the Home Front in World War II. Meetings are held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm, doors open 1.40. Tea and coffee available after the lecture. Call 01903 411086 or contact Visitors most welcome - £5. Photographic Exhibition Tuesday 5th March to Saturday 30th March There will be an exhibition and sale at Haslemere Museum of African and British wildlife photos. It will be open from10am



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noon. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday. The profit from the event will go to The Neema Children's Home in North Kinangop Kenya. The exhibition displays stunning photos mounted on canvas, which are hand treated with a special hand finish aiming to resemble an oil painting. These would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift! Prices start at only £12.95 for a 12" x 8" canvas and go up to 30" x 20". The exhibition is organised by Rob Noble, who can be contacted at The Arts Society Grayshott Thursday 7th March 2pm Roger Rosewell’s focus is ‘Radiant Art – The Sorrow and Splendour of Medieval Stained Glass’. In the Middle Ages, stained glass created church interiors shimmering with sumptuous colours and miraculous stories. You will hear how it was produced and the work involved in glazing our churches and cathedrals. Takes place in Grayshott Village Hall. Then, on Thursday 4th April, Brian Slater will explore ‘When Britain Clicked – Photography of the Swinging 60’s’. For more information about these events and the society, contact Caroline on 01428 714276 or visit www. Fawlty Towers: Gourmet Night Thursday 7th March This is The Official and Best Cabaret Dining Evening and is fully endorsed by John Cleese, co-writer of the original Fawlty

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Take 3 Artists Saturday 9th to Saturday 30th March Three artists, Sue Fisher, Jan Scott and Rachel Vitolo are joining forces for a colourful and unusual exhibition. Put them in a room together and see what they come up with! ‘Go with the Flow’ might give you a clue but drop into the Haslemere Educational Museum during March and see for yourself. They look forward to seeing you. Visit Fit4Tap This is a brand-new, fun and funky Tap Dance Fitness Fusion class. Learn basic tap, have fun, and get fitter! It’s a great alternative tap dance fitness class aimed at beginner or refresher tappers. Classes are in Headley and Haslemere and you don’t even need tap shoes to start with. Details are on the website or just get in touch if you’d like to know more. Contact Tracey on 07887 700045, email Fernhurst Films Saturday 9th March 7.30pm They will be screening The Edge of Heaven in the Village Hall. The film tells the story of a young Turkish professor who lives in Germany and decides to set on a journey back to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's new girlfriend. It is a fable of six interwoven lives, a beautiful and enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures. Doors open at 7pm. Duration 2hrs 2mins and the film is rated 15 with English subtitles. For a synopsis of the season’s films, click onto Midhurst Garden Club Monday 11th March 7.30pm The talk by Ben Pope March will be ‘Treading Gently Through The Borders’. Ben has worked in Horticulture for the last 18 years. He attained an RHS Diploma in Horticulture and awards for best practical and best overall student at Wisley and then travelled to different countries studying various fauna and garden styles. He is now Head Gardener at a large garden in West Sussex. Talks take place at The South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst. Refreshments available from 7pm and visitors are most welcome. For more information contact Denise Skinner 01730 814194, email or check Haslemere U3A Monday 11th March There will be a talk entitled ‘Life in the Tower of London’ given

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Surrey Care Trust Wednesday 13th March A chance to join Patron, songwriter and entertainer Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE DL for dinner at the Watts Gallery in Compton. Enjoy a sparkling reception and three course dinner in the sumptuous surrounds of this Grade II listed Arts & Crafts Gallery, one of the most beautiful small galleries in Europe. Tickets for the dinner are available from Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre priced at £80 per person or £750 for table of 10. Book online at, call 01483 444333 or visit the Tourist Information Centre at 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. Grayshott Gardens Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm for 8pm Grayshott Gardeners are delighted to welcome Claire Brown of Plantpassion to the club this month. Claire is a Surrey Flower Farmer, who is using her many years in horticulture to grow plants that produce wonderful and numerous flowers suitable for all types of floristry. Her flower March 2019

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the lunch group, coffee mornings, walks, craft and visits to places of interest. If you might be interested in joining this active and fun group do just pop along to one of their meetings. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. All are welcome and you will find much to entertain and inform in Liphook WI. Milland Valley Railway Modellers Wednesday 20th March Meetings of this Liphook U3A/Midhurst U3A special interest group are held on the third Wednesday of most months at Redford Village Hall GU29 0QF. They are about 3 hours duration. The group is looking to increase membership and potential members are welcome to attend to see what railway modelling is all about. Contact model.railways1@liphooku3a. for more information. Haslemere Gardening Society Wednesday 20th March 7.45pm They welcome back Andy McIndoe who has entertained with his lively and instructive talks several times before. This time his lecture is called 'Inspired by Chelsea - Lessons from the World's Greatest Flower Show" from a man who has won 25 consecutive Gold Medals. Members of the Society had a very enjoyable visit to Andy's own garden last summer and were made most welcome by Andy and his wife. The talk will be in the Catholic Church Hall in Weydown Road, free to members of the Society, but £2 to guests. As always tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at the end of the evening. The Midhurst Society 21st March 7pm The Midhurst Society welcomes a return visit from Chocolatier 'guru' Dawn from Le Salon du Chocolat. She will share her deep knowledge of a fascinating subject close to all our hearts and there will be samples to try and buy – just in time for Easter! To be held at The South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DH. Easy parking. Entry is £5 at the door. Fun Quiz Night Saturday 23rd March 7pm for 7.30pm Takes place at Haslewey Community Centre, Lion Green, Haslemere GU27 1LD. Bill Dann, a popular quiz master will take the lead. Teams of four or six players are needed, or singles can be linked up on the night. Admission by ticket, in advance, at £10 each. This is a bring your own food and drink evening and all proceeds will go to ‘A place2be’ youth club in Haslemere. There are over 100 young people on their register from Haslemere and surrounding villages, so do help us to support these young people. Contact Jacquie Robini on 01428 653905 or email Petworth Town Band Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm Their Spring Concert is at St Marys Church, Petworth and features the Farlingtonic Choir. Tickets are £8 on the door and a cash bar will serve wine and soft drinks.

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