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Wills and Lasting powers of Attorney are Essential. Are yours up to date? Wills can ensure that your chosen beneficiaries inherit. If you do not have a Will the State distributes your assets and this may not work out as you would wish. CARE FEES The funding rules are complex. Essentially if you have capital exceeding £ 23,250 you will have to pay for your Care. If you wish to ensure an inheritance for your family, the estate of the first spouse to die can be used by the surviving spouse for his/her lifetime and it can be protected from that survivor’s Care Fees. This type of Will also protects the estate of the first to die if the survivor should remarry. INHERITANCE TAX We all have a standard amount to pass on free of tax ( £325,000) There is also a new additional amount which in 2017 will be £100,000, but the rules for this are complex.If you wish to use this additional tax allowance, your Will should be checked for compliance with the new rules Shaws Wills 3 We use plain English 3 We let you have fixed costs in advance 3 We do work outside normal office hours 3 We have informal discussions with you 3 We give full advice about tax saving and how best to protect you and your family 3 We are fully qualified and regulated. Many Will writers are not. 3 Please phone us now.

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA) These are sensible protection for the individual and the family. Common misunderstandings • It is commonly believed that spouses can always act for each other. This is NOT true unless the spouse has been appointed in an LPA document. • You don’t need them until you are elderly. No: Illness/accidents can strike at any moment. Many people have strokes in their fifties. • Joint bank account holders can act for each other. No: If one of the account holder is incapacitated the account is frozen • You can just wait until these documents are needed. No: If a citizen is incapacitated it is too late to sign. We frequently hear the words: ”I don’t need these yet.” When you do need them it is usually too late. Shaws Wills handles the whole process which involves: Legal advice, drawing up the documents, providing the certificate of your competence, obtaining your attorney’s signatures, liaising with the Office of the Public Guardian and once they are registered we provide authenticated copies if you wish.

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YOUR LOCAL TEAM Perceptive readers might, by now, have realised that the VantagePoint team are quite partial to a drop of wine. A few years ago, I even ran my own wine merchant business, buoyed by getting the best grades of my academic career in a Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualification I embarked upon – receiving a distinction, no less! Suspecting that a majority of our readers may also be inclined to the odd tipple of an evening, we are very pleased to announce the launch of VantagePoint Events, a new business we have set-up in conjunction with another local business called Celebration Drinks.

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Our first events will be three Wine Festivals, which will be held in Farnham in April


2017, in Guildford in May and in Dorking in September. Each of these will showcase over 100 international wines including champagne and premium wines, some of our excellent local wines, wine experts and producers. There will also be a charity blind wine tasting, music, entertainment, a few concessions and food to purchase. Entry will be just £10 if booked in advance, and tokens will be available at a reduced price if also booked in advance. Tickets will make ideal Christmas presents for friends and family and will go on sale in December, so please look out for more information in next month’s edition.


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CONTENTS The local magazine produced by local people for the local community

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6 Jottings Your local community noticeboard

9 Haslemere Museum Valuing our volunteers

14 Making Wine Very Special Phil Kemp visits three local wine merchants

21 The Mini

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32 Fashion One Forty Fabulous

35 Festive Fun with the National Trust Traditions new and old

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Jottings is your community noticeboard for local events and information, compiled by Nick and Angie Crisell. To feature here, please email us at by the copy date shown below. Please note that space is limited and inclusion cannot be guaranteed.

Later on in the Jottings you will see a piece about West Horsley Place. Well, since writing it I had the good fortune to be invited to join a tour around the house and gardens. I was not disappointed. It was absolutely fascinating and I truly believe that with Grove Park Opera taking up residence in their new opera house built in the beautiful grounds, the estate will take on a new lease of life for the next few hundred years! West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 1st November 1.30pm The Annual General Meeting, for members only will be followed at 2.30pm by a talk given by Dr Paul Bahn on The Shock of the Old - Discovering Britain’s Ice Age Cave Art. On Tuesday 6th December Christopher Bradley will give a talk on Three Wise Men, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Traditions of the Magi. There will be mince pies and mulled wine after the lecture. Meetings are held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm, coffee is available from 1.20pm at the December meeting only. For membership details, contact Jackie Buckler on 01903 411086. Visitors are welcome for a fee of £8. Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 3rd November 2pm The next meeting in Grayshott Village Hall features Sarah Deere-Jones with a lecture entitled ‘Thy Trembling Strings – The 19th Century Harp and Harp Lute’. Sarah will perform on two of her restored instruments and show, through many beautiful paintings, just how fashionable and elegant it was considered to be in the early 19th Century. Then, on Thursday 1st December, in ‘The Christmas Story in Renaissance Art’ Paula Nuttall will tell the Christmas Story through a selection of well-loved paintings and illuminated manuscripts. For more information about the society and

these events contact Caroline on 01428 714276 or visit the website Grayshott Folk Club Friday 4th Saturday and 5th November 7.30pm They have organised a great weekend of music with bands from all over the country. On Friday, they feature Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Ex-The Frames) and Catherine Fitzgerald. Colm and Catherine are touring together from Ireland. An exquisite fiddle player, Colm plays through various electronic devices to create haunting, atmospheric and moving pieces of music. He will be joined by a very talented keyboard player, Catherine Fitzgerald and together they will create cinematic music that will transport the audience to another place. They will be supported by Dan Wilde, a rising young singer/ songwriter/guitarist whose ‘Pieces’ single is extremely catchy and has had lots of radio airplay. Then on Saturday, It’s the Robyn Stapleton Band. Coming highly recommended, Robyn is an award-winning young folk singer from Scotland and she will be bringing along two of her talented musician friends; Aaron Jones on Bouzuki and Mhari Marwick on Fiddle. They sound wonderful together. Supporting will be The Coach House Company - a young five-piece band of Cambridge graduates who share a common interest and joy in Folk music. They play an unusual combination of instruments with great vitality and they went down a storm when they supported The Henry Girls back in October 2015. It is great to welcome them back to Grayshott. Both gigs take place at Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ and tickets are: Adults £12.50/Under 16s £7. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema They are showing a couple of old classics this month. On Friday 4th November at 8pm, it’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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Firework & Bonfire Evening at Haslemere Museum Saturday 5th November 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm Remember, remember the fifth of November... Make sure you celebrate Bonfire night in style at Haslemere Museum. There will be a dazzling firework show by Firebird Entertainment and as the night draws in, the event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit. There will of course be seasonal food and drink available, including burgers, hotdogs and mulled wine! Wrap up and enjoy a show of spectacular colours in the beautiful Museum garden! For more details, visit Tickets at £5 per person can be booked in advance through the Museum office.

Celebrate the career of David Bowie with his film debut in this British sci-fi classic, originally released back in 1976, now stunningly restored for its 40th anniversary. Nicolas Roeg directs Bowie in a role that seems tailor made for him: an alien stranded on Earth, who amasses a fortune by selling creative designs to try and fund a way home. Running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. BBFC Certification is 18. Then on Friday 18th November at 8pm, they are screening It Happened One Night (1934). Directed by Frank Capra, this film not only invented the screwball romantic comedy it is also the first of only three movies to have won all the ‘Big Five’ Oscars of Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay (the others are One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs). They will be screening a fully-restored version that looks and sounds terrific. An absolute gem! Starring Clark Gable as Peter and Claudette Colbert as Ellie. Running time is approximately 2 hours. BBFC Certification is U. Tickets for each standard screening cost £5 (£3 for children under 15) on the door, or in advance via, or from Chiddingfold Post Office. Season tickets are also available from both locations. For all the latest information and screening dates sign up to their mailing list, either online or in person at the box office of each screening. For further details, especially anyone interested in volunteering to join them, contact Matthew Lacey on 01428 683120, or email

Lynchmere Christmas Market Saturday 5th November 10.30am-12noon A fundraising charitable Christmas market is being held in the Hardman Hoyle Memorial Hall, Hammer GU27 3QW. Stalls to include Raffle, Tombola, Gifts, Red Stall, Cakes, Books, Bric a Brac and more. A great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and support your local community hall. Fernhurst Films Saturday 5th November This month they are showing ‘Love & Mercy’ in the Village Hall. Starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giametti. Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm.

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Three Cheers for Haslemere Museum’s Volunteers, writes Melanie Odell, Chairman of the Trustees

If ever there was a group of volunteers which so thoroughly deserves the highest of praise, I am convinced it has to be the one at Haslemere Museum. They really are a superb team. As an independent museum, we receive no public funding, restricting our ability to pay salaries, so, since it was founded in 1888, the museum has only been able to offer our wide range of services and events because of our fantastic volunteers. Originally known as ‘members’, our first volunteers were usually local people who gave their time and expertise, so the museum’s early success was, at least in part, due to something of a collective town effort. Over the years the ‘members’ have become known as ‘volunteers’ and their roles have expanded but it is a great testament to this small army of the willing that through the generations they have ensured that Haslemere Museum remains a thriving organisation. Ably assisted by a team currently numbering over 100, we now offer educational workshops, exhibitions, lectures and local archive access as well as displaying and developing our extensive Natural History, Geology and Human History Collections and maintaining our historic garden and pond - all without tapping the public purse. Our volunteers undertake an extraordinary range of tasks, some requiring a high level of specialist knowledge, others requiring just time and a friendly face! Volunteers who enjoy plenty of people-contact often opt to help in reception, where a team of volunteers manage the reception desk, welcoming visitors and answering the phone. It can be very busy, particularly in school holidays. Others prefer to help with garden maintenance or book-keeping. We even have a Haslemere group of NADFAS volunteers who dust the galleries fortnightly and volunteer bee-keepers who look after our famous observation bee-hive and harvest our honey, which is then sold in the shop.

But themuseum also has a variety of researchbased tasks requiring specialist knowledge. I am constantly amazed at the range of experts who volunteer to open our extensive local history archive and library every Tuesday or to help research or catalogue parts of our main collections. We currently have specialist volunteers working on our British Shell Collection, our European folk textiles and our Black Down Neolithic Flint Collection. In fact, such is the range of our archive and collections, we are usually able to find a useful project for most potential volunteers with a special interest or expert knowledge, or for research and work-experience students. Amongst some outstanding contributions by volunteers, one particularly remarkable feat has been the dedication with which our unique Flower Table has been maintained since it was set up in 1893. Museum volunteers have collected common wild flowers from volunteers’ gardens every week to display, correctly identified and labelled, in the museum. One truly noble volunteer, botanist Laura Ponsonby, managed our Flower Table for over 40 years, collecting the flowers from her own garden. Sadly, Laura died in January 2016 so, in gratitude, we are dedicating the Flower Table to her memory.

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Quite apart from greatly appreciating the help given by those who give their time so generously, I am sure that the diversity of their skills, experience and personalities adds hugely to the friendly, vibrant atmosphere of the museum. So it is really important to us that we look after our volunteers well! We therefore have a member of staff, Lindsay Moreton, who has responsibility for the volunteers, organising training and supervising specialist projects, a volunteers’ representative, Shirley Richmond, who attends meetings concerning volunteers and a Trustee, Jane Clayton, who oversees volunteer matters. We publish a quarterly volunteers’ newsletter and organise two lovely volunteers’ parties every year – in the summer and at Christmas. These are not only opportunities for museum staff and trustees to thank past and present volunteers but also a time for volunteers to catch up with each other. I am in no doubt that our volunteers are a vital part of the fabric of the Museum but it is gratifying that others clearly agree. Our volunteers have two superb accolades to their tireless work over the 128 years of our existence: the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, awarded in 2015, and a magnificent stained-glass window commissioned in their honour.

The stunning stained glass window pictured below was funded by an anonymous donor in recognition of the work of all volunteers, past and present. It depicts wildlife found in the museum garden and dominates the display area in the Museum Annexe. It is a permanent reminder of the contribution volunteers make to the museum and how highly we value them. So, three cheers for Haslemere Museum’s wonderful band of helpers – you are at the heart of the ‘Museum family’, we really appreciate all you do and we couldn’t do without you! FIND OUT MORE Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA. Tel: 01428 642112.

Are you a member of Haslemere Museum? If you don’t have time to become a volunteer but would like to support the museum, please consider becoming a member. For a modest annual fee you will get advance information about Museum events and invitations to some previews, as well as a discount on some events and in the shop. Please contact Heather Gross on 01428 642112 or email

The prestigious Queen’s Award is the highest award for a voluntary group, equivalent to an MBE, and is awarded to recognise outstanding work by a group of volunteers in their communities. Each of our volunteers has a Queen’s Award badge and copy of the award letter from the Queen.

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<8 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Duration 2 hrs. Rated: PG-13.The film focuses on two times pieced together between the ‘past’ Brian Wilson, played by Paul Dano, and the ‘future’ Brian Wilson, played by John Cusack. We follow Wilson during his rise with his brothers and friends to make The Beach Boys one of America’s most successful boy bands in the 1960s. The result is a mesmerising, surreal experience. Beacon Hill School Firework Display Saturday 5th November The Friends of Beacon Hill are organising a super firework display at Hindhead Playing Fields. It’s a proper organised display with music and the gates will open at 4.30pm. There will be refreshments, a BBQ and a bar. Unfortunately no dogs or sparklers. Tickets are: family £18, adult £6 and children (3-16) £4. However they are cheaper if bought in advance from Beacon Hill Garage, Pins & Needles in Grayshott, Dylan Milk Barn in Weyhill or Tilford Village Shop. All proceeds will go to the school. Liphook in Bloom Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th November 9.30am There are thousands of spring bulbs ready for planting. If you are able to help with this mammoth task please come along to the Midhurst Road car park on either of the above days. Your help would be greatly appreciated and rewarded with a Kit Kat at coffee time! Bring a trowel if possible.


Cowdray Heritage Saturday 5th November This is the venue for a Cross Country trail run. The route will start and finish at Cowdray Heritage - the impressive ruins of what was once a great Tudor House. There are two distances available - the 10k taking in two laps of the course. Registration opens from 11am and the run starts at 1pm. The cost for the 5k is £13 and the 10k costs £15. Please note that there is an additional entry fee of £2 if you are not affiliated to the Association of Running Clubs. The entry fee includes a delicious Cowdray Farm Shop beef burger. Finishing medals will also be presented. For further information and to register, visit Cowdray Heritage is now shut for the season but will reopen in late April 2017. Guildford Rambling Club From 6th November Unless otherwise stated visitors are welcome on all their walks which normally start at 10am. They will be meeting on Sunday 6th November, exceptionally at 10.15am, for an 8 mile circular walk from Kew. Details from Chantal on 01483 535971. There will be a 6 mile circular walk from Hurst Park on the morning of Thursday 10th November. Call Hazel on 07766 663876 for details. The following Sunday, the 13th November, starting in Ockley, there will be a 10 mile circular walk. Details from Sally on 01306 885976.

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On 20th November, there will be a 10 mile circular walk from Alresford Station. Details from Dick on 07516 407936. Finally, on Sunday 27th November, there is a 9 mile circular walk starting from West Byfleet. Details from Alan C on 01483 480168. Their walks programme can be found at The Sunday Vintage Jumble Sunday 6th November 10am to 2pm Held at Loxwood Village Hall RH14 0SF, twenty traders offer many bargains in furniture, clothes, textiles, homewares, ephemera and books, collectibles and much more. Entry is £1 donated to animal rescue charities. There is also a megatombola with proceeds to animal rescue. Stalls available for vintage/old items - not car boot items. No early admission. Fantastic homemade and artisan baked refreshments on sale. There’s free parking and a great children’s playground and field. For further information contact juliajepps@yahoo. or call 07770 549981. Adam Dalton 07765 247771

The Lynchmere Society Sundays 6th and 27th November 10am With autumn comes the time for to continue their programme of scrub clearance to encourage the heathland restoration of the commons. They would love you to join in these volunteer days; if you can make it and would like more information, ring 01428 23251 or email info@

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Making wine very special In a continuing series promoting our great local businesses, Phil Kemp visits three independent wine merchants in the area Over thirty million British people regularly drink wine so it’s perhaps not surprising that even a quick visit to a supermarket will reveal shelves stacked high with wine, and a quick Google will almost drown you in choice. Many of us will buy a bottle or two choosing a brand that we regularly drink, or perhaps we’ll be guided by a special offer to suit our budget. A practical approach certainly but there’s definitely something very special missing – the magic of visiting an independent wine merchant where you’ll find extraordinary choice and a passion for wine you’ll never find in a supermarket. I decided to find out for myself by visiting three local merchants, and in so doing also dispel the myth that they are too expensive an option. Taurus Wines was set up over fifteen years ago in an old cowshed at Whipley Manor Farm near Cranleigh. Rupert Pritchett, spurred on by his passion for the grape and hands-on experience of the wine industry, quickly turned his fledgling business into a multi-award winning wine merchant and importer. These include separate awards as Wine Merchant of the Year for French, Chilean (twice), Argentinian and a close second for New Zealand, all judged by peers within the industry. “We’ve even won a Sherry Merchant of the Year,” said Rupert. “And very special in a 14

different way is that this year we won the Muddy Stilettos Award which was voted for by the general public. That was a lovely feeling to get because it’s one thing to know that your trade peers like you, but it’s totally another thing to know that customers genuinely appreciate what you do.” Rupert undoubtedly embraces his passion with enthusiasm, which is shared equally by his wife Felicity who runs their acclaimed wine tastings. The experienced team they have built around them include their Master of Wine and wine diploma graduates. One theme common with all three merchants is the close relationship they have with the wine producers. “As an independent, Taurus not only has an understanding and passion for wine, as a direct importer we have a close relationship with the wineries,” said Rupert. “It’s all very well getting a spec sheet that tells you what is in the bottle, but it doesn’t bring the wine to life. What brings it to life is going to meet the winemaker and finding about their own little quirks. A good example is the winemaker that likes to start fermentation when there is a full moon because he believes it increases the sugars in the grapes. That’s biodynamic winemaking at work.” John Hodges, who has over thirty years’ experience of selling wine, established The Vineyard in Dorking twelve years ago. He chose the name, not only because the town has its own vineyard, but to emphasise just how close a connection the business has with the wineries they buy from around the world. When we met, John was about to fly out to South Africa on a vineyard tour to build on his relationships with the growers. “Being an independent enables us to buy a more eclectic mix of wines and adapt more readily to people’s needs.

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We can provide a great variety and at all price levels adapted to our customers’ requirements. We also supply fifty pubs and restaurants and can quickly react to accommodate exactly the wines they want to offer to their customers.” He was keen to emphasise that wine is much more than just the label on the bottle. “It is very much a product that is about the place and the people behind it. And it is about character in wine. The more aware our customers become they want to know a lot more than just the grape variety to enhance their experience.” Simon and James Hawkins have taken a different route by specialising exclusively in English wine. The Hawkins Brothers have between them thirty or so years’ experience as publicans in West Sussex and Hampshire where their emphasis was always on using local suppliers of food and drink.

“As a publican I loved my real ales of course and the different flavours, but you have to have a really good wine list as well to provide a balance,” said Simon. “Gone are the days when you have a really small glass filled right up to the top with something very insipid. Customers want a really decent glass of wine with lots of choice including something sparkling. And buying local provided our entrée to English wine.”

Being an independent enables us to buy a more eclectic mix of wines and adapt more readily to people’s needs. We can provide a great variety and at all price levels adapted to our customers’ requirements

Based in the courtyard at Secrett’s Farm Shop in Milford, Hawkins Bros. describe themselves as champions of fine English wines, a claim I don’t doubt given how energetically they’ve embraced local winemakers - right to the point where they have just launched their own vintage Brut Reserve 2013, which is available exclusively from their shop. “It’s made from grapes harvested in 2013 on the Hog’s Back and it’s a unique wine you won’t find anywhere else. It spent 2½ years in the bottle, maturing, sitting on its lees, just getting that lovely roundness and brioche tastiness that you like in a good champagne.” Given the impressive knowledge and understanding all three independents have of their trade I was keen as an occasional wine drinker to settle a few questions I have often debated with friends.

Images from top: Rupert and Felicity Pritchett at Whipley Manor Farm; Simon Hawkins of Hawkins Bros with their newly launched vintage; and John Hodges (right) with manager Phil Jones at The Vineyard November 2016

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Rupert agreed: “We get a lot of food and wine matching questions. Years ago a lot of the fish being caught were big fat lazy cod which didn’t taste of an awful lot, and they could be easily overwhelmed. Nowadays we have much more flavoursome fish like John Dory which is almost meaty and steaky,” said Rupert. “Screw cap versus cork? I think attitude is down to aesthetics. It might look better to have a wine with a cork closure but from a practical point of view screw caps are much easier to open, and in theory the wine is less likely to be damaged by the closure,” said John. Rupert agreed: “My brother-in-law is French and he refers to wines with screw caps as ‘wines for the tramps’! I however love screw caps. They ensure consistent quality. They allow the wine to age just as well, and bottles can be stored upright.” “I’m a big fan of screw tops for still wines, absolutely. As a publican we were sending back one wine in ten tainted by cork – that doesn’t happen anymore. The wine arrives at the table being poured exactly as the winemaker intended it – there’s no taint now, I think it’s a fantastic innovation,” said Simon. “Is wine fattening? All alcohol does have calories in it of course,” said Rupert. “But there are

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wines on the market – one of which is about to come out – which is designed to be lower in alcohol with a drop in calories in the wine by up to a third. It’s a New Zealand Sauvignon that has been dropped down to 9.5% ABV but it’s more expensive to produce which is reflected in the price.” My initial concerns over independent wine merchants offering only higher priced quality wines was also quickly dispelled. The independents are not trying to compete head-on with the bulkbuying supermarkets and multiples on price, but they do offer a palate-teasing range of wines across all price ranges including lower priced wines. They also drew attention to the exceptionally high taxes on imported wine, which if you are thinking of buying a case or two for a party should be taken into account. “On a single bottle of still table wine it’s £2.05 excluding VAT,” said John. “It jumps to £2.50 a bottle on the bubbly, regardless as to whether it’s champagne or a simple sparkling wine. So it’s not about the alcohol really, it’s an added luxury tax.” “So if you are scraping around in the £5 bin the share of the fixed import duty is considerably higher than if you choose one say at £8, and you’ll be getting a considerably better wine too,” said Rupert. “Effectively you’re also paying tax on tax, as you pay the VAT on the import duty as well.” And perhaps the last word should go to the Hawkins Brothers campaign to have English wines revered for the quality and variety they offer. “There was recently a tasting in Paris called the Judgement of Paris where there were 14 categories of wine tasted exclusively by French judges - and English wine came out top in 13 of those 14 categories. Obviously those poor French judges were taken out and later guillotined,” said Simon with a chuckle. Simon is actively trying to seek a generic name for English sparkling wines. “It’s an issue at the moment as there really needs to be a name for the category - and there’s only one in my opinion. It’s English Fizz!” he said, perhaps slightly tongue in cheek. FIND OUT MORE



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<13 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD delicious tea (bring your own table, cloth and pencils). There will be a raffle and best score prizes and all funds raised go towards the work of Haslemere Museum. For more details, visit The cost for a table of 4 is £40. Book in advance by calling 01428 661486. The Waverley Ensemble Friday 11th November 7.30pm They will be performing at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere with an evening of trio sonatas with Ishani Bhoola Violin, Susan Milan Flute, Bozidar Vukotic Cello and Robert Costin Harpsichord. Music by Bach and Telemann. Tickets £15 and £8 for children. Remembrance Recital Saturday 12th November 7.30pm There will be a fusion of drama, poetry, prose, song, reportage and personal testimony at Midhurst Parish Church. Tickets are £10, contact 01730 815356 to book. The Hart Male Voice Choir Saturday 12th November 7.30pm This choir is one of the UK’s leading male voice choirs and is celebrating over 40 years of song. It has a wonderful repertoire that includes traditional songs and hymns, folk songs, songs from the shows and operatic pieces. This very special concert is not to be missed. Tickets are £13.50 (children 16 and under £6.50) available now from the Church’s Open Door Coffee Lounge from 10am to 12

noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You can also book tickets through malcolmstravel@hotmail. and 01428 480360. Please get those soon, as it could become a ‘sell out event’. The venue is Haslemere Methodist Church at Lion Green Weyhill GU27 1LD. This major concert will support church development and additionally 10% of its net proceeds will be donated to UNICEF. Enjoy the music! Charities Fair Saturday 12th November 9am-1pm This is the only multi-charity fair in Haslemere and is celebrating its 33rd year! It is organised by BLISS the premature baby charity but aims to give a variety of good causes the chance to raise funds and attract supporters. Charities plus a few selected crafts take over 40 tables in the main hall, on the stage and in the bar area at Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road. You will be able to find some special presents and quirky bargains, Christmas gifts, cards, stocking fillers, gift-wrap, calendars and decorations; not to mention cakes, preserves, books and more. There’s a Grand Draw with many attractive prizes and a coffee shop with filter coffee, tea, filled rolls, homemade cakes. Free entry, but an optional donation will be shared between the charities. For more information contact Dianne Bennett on 01428 642320, email db.haslemere@



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<17 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Natural History Society and Museum Lecture Saturday 12th November 2.15pm ‘Back from the Brink – The Bermuda Petrel and the Extraordinary Return from Extinction.’ Speaker Andrew Cleave will talk about one of the world’s rarest birds and its fascinating habitat on the coastline of Bermuda. There will also be an opportunity to find out about the background to the work carried out to save it as well as the colourful wildlife of Bermuda including more birds, butterflies, reptiles, marine life and exotic flora. It takes place at Haslemere Educational Museum. Cost: Members free / Non Members or Guest £4. No need to book. www.


War & Peace Saturday 12th November Introducing Debbie C who will perform wartime ‘classics’ followed by hits from the time of peace in the 40s and 50s at Lurgashall Village Hall, GU28 9ES. Doors & bar open at 7.30pm with showtime at 8pm. Tickets at £7.50 available from Ray on 01428 707596, from Lurgashall Village Shop or on the door. All proceeds will be used to support Lurgashall Village Hall.

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The Mini

The Mini was first launched in 1959 and has become a motoring icon. Andy Goundry charts its development. The original Mini, launched way back in 1959, took the world by storm, being taken to people’s hearts in a way unique in motoring history. It found favour with every age group, became a motor sport legend, and even found itself starring in the 1970’s film, the ‘Italian Job’, considered even today by many motoring aficionados to be the very best film, ever. Indeed, its very name soon became a byword for anything chic, diminutive and stylish – just think ‘miniskirt’. However, after a long and successful 42-year production run of over 5½ million cars, by 2000 Mini sales were declining, and a replacement was inevitable. By then owned by BMW, this gave the car’s manufacturer a challenge. Should they break from tradition, or seek to capitalise on the world’s love of the little car by introducing an updated version? In the event, they combined the best elements of both options, creating in the new MINI a car which was still recognisably a Mini, continuing many of the styling features of the original, but now underpinned by thoroughly modern engineering and quality measures. Some of these, in truth, were long overdue. Not even its best friend could have described the original car’s comfort levels as class-leading, but the new version changed all that. Although slightly bigger than the original 1959 version, the new MINI introduced new standards of driver and passenger luxury accompanied, increasingly importantly,

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by much improved safety thanks to measures such as the immeasurably stronger bodywork. The first new MINIs rolled off the production line at BMW’s Plant Oxford on 26th April 2001, and quickly became a sales hit, even making an appearance in a remake of the ‘Italian Job’ film, albeit this time sadly playing second fiddle to the human stars. In its first year of production the new MINI sold nearly 40,000 cars worldwide, ten times the annual sales of its predecessor, confirming that BMW had certainly found the recipe for success with the new MINI. Indeed, in 2015, almost 340,000 new MINIs took to the roads, far more than the best-ever sales recorded for the original car, which never achieved more than 100,000 sales annually. An all-new second generation MINI was introduced in 2006, incorporating a number of engineering improvements, notably new and more efficient engines including for the first time, diesel options. Over time, the range has continued to expand, the original 3-door saloon, Clubman estate and Convertible being followed by the Countryman, an altogether bigger model, but still recognisably a MINI, the 2-seater Coupé and Roadster as well as the unusual Paceman and for the first time a 5-door saloon, showing just how far the MINI brand has progressed since those early days, from the traditional 3-door model to the wide range of attractive models available today. At the top of the range, the John Cooper Works MINI provides enthusiasts with a focused but practical performance car with a motor sport pedigree, being

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From left: The MINI Challenge race series always provide close and exciting competition, the cars being very similar to the John Cooper Works 3-door road car which is deservedly popular. Photo: Automation at the MINI Oxford factory, where one MINI comes off the production lines every 68 seconds.

very similar to the cars which compete in the MINI Challenge race series. The latest generation MINI arrived in 2014, bringing with it a range of new and highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. Initially, the 3-door saloon was the first model to be launched, with each model in the range being updated in turn. The latest models to be launched are the John Cooper Works Convertible and, for the first time, a Clubman fitted with four-wheel drive – the Clubman All4. Interestingly, the John Cooper Works models, JCW’s as they are known by enthusiasts, now form an amazing 8% of all MINI sales, a testament to the all-round abilities and practicality of this little pocket rocket. The latest Clubman is a great example of the MINI brand expansion. Gone are the days of a cramped back seat. The Clubman now has four large, wide-opening doors, with plenty of room inside for four burly passengers and their luggage, comparing favourably for space with say a Volkswagen Golf, not traditionally considered in the same size range as a MINI. The increase in size and usable space comes without losing the traditional MINI benefits of sharp, go-kart-like handling and sheer fun to drive, and the All4 package adds even further to the limpet-like cornering abilities of the car. To further emphasise the Clubman’s move upmarket, all versions are equipped as standard with such goodies as satellite navigation, whilst the options list includes all the features one would expect from a premium brand, such as active cruise control and automatic tailgate opening. For many years, MINI production has taken place at their Oxford factory, and that continues today. Plant Oxford has seen massive investment over the years, and is in every sense a state of the art car manufacturing centre. Just to give you a flavour of this, the Body Shop, where the body shells are welded together from a number of sheet metal pressings, is home to an incredible 1,200 robots, each carrying out its allotted task of positioning components, clamping, measuring, welding or bonding with unerring precision. The Assembly Building continues this impressive level of automation, with for example the vast numbers of components which have been shipped in from over 300 suppliers being carried to their allotted place in the building using a fleet of robotic transporters. All highly impressive stuff: Plant Oxford is vast, and almost like


a self-contained city. Indeed, it has its own fire, ambulance and security services, not to mention its own railway, on to which many of the 1,000 cars made every day are loaded to start their onward journey to every part of the globe. MINI offer a 2½ hour tour of the plant at very reasonable cost, and this makes a fascinating day out for both petrol-heads and non- petrol-heads alike, although for safety reasons no youngsters under 14 are allowed, unfortunately. The guides are generally longserving MINI people, and are full of interesting information and anecdotes. Did you know for example that Plant Oxford carries out development testing for Rolls Royce, who are, of course part of the same BMW empire? Or that since the start of MINI production in 2001, the Plant has produced over 3 million cars which have been exported to over 110 countries. See com/facts-figures/plant-tour.aspx for more details. So, if you have not considered a MINI as your next car, maybe thinking it is too small for you, why not visit your local dealer and see the range for yourself – you might be very pleasantly surprised.

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Haslemere U3a Monday 14th November 2pm Their next talk is ‘Around the World in 8 Plays’ by Brian Freeland, who as manager of a Scottish theatre was often invited to speak to local societies about his own theatrical ventures. Thereafter Brian enlarged his scope to include anecdotes about the people, places and adventures he encountered on overseas travels with British Council dance and drama companies. Hence the title of his talk, which is also the title of his first book. Admission £1. Non-members welcome. Membership inquiries to Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338. Meetings enquiries to Don Stacey on 01428 644423. Midhurst Garden Club Monday 14th November 6.45pm This is the date for their AGM which will start promptly at 6.45pm and will be followed by ‘Ask The Experts’ with Annie Guilfoyle and John Humphris at 7.30pm.They meet at the South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street. Refreshments will be served between the AGM and the Expert Panel. Visitors very welcome to join them from 7.15pm. For more information about the Club contact Denise Skinner on 01730 814194, or Check out their website at Camelsdale Life Drawing Group Monday 14th to Saturday 19th November The group, part of Haslemere Art Society, have taken over Ardquin Fine Arts Gallery, Weyhill for the week and are holding their first ever exhibition of life drawings, portraits and figurative work. It is free entry and you would be very welcome to meet the artists and view both 2D and 3D work. The gallery will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Midhurst U3A Tuesday 15th November at 2.15pm The next meeting at the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst has Suzanne Rose giving a talk entitled ‘Extraordinary everyday lives – an introduction to the Mass Observation Archive’. Refreshments available from 2.15pm followed by the talk at 2.30pm. For more information on events, groups and meetings contact the Membership Secretary on 01730 813374. Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society Tuesday 15th November 2pm They will hold their AGM at Haslemere Hall followed by their lecture, ‘Painter Of Sunlight: Joaquin Sorolla’, commencing at 2.15pm. NADFAS lecturer Gail Turner will talk about the Spanish artist who was a phenomenal international success in his own life time (1863 – 1923) but outside Spain and the United States is largely forgotten today. His delightful paintings of women and children, landscapes and regions of Spain, are full of sunlight and optimism. There will be an opportunity at this lecture for members to book for the Society’s first Outing of 2017 to 18 Stafford Terrace and

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Leighton House which will take place on Thursday 26th January. Visitors and new members are very welcome to join the lectures. For more details, contact HDFAS Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email Further information about all the society’s present and future activities can be found on Haslemere’s Christmas Cracker Wednesday 16th November Singers of all voice ranges are invited to take part in the popular community concert, now in its sixteenth year. Rehearsals will be held each Wednesday evening starting on 16th November, up to the performance at the Haslemere Hall on Saturday 17th December. Don Stacey will be delighted to hear from any interested singers on 01428 644423. Meanwhile put the Cracker date in your diary and go along and enjoy the Christmas fun and festivity. Midhurst Camera Club Wednesday 16th November 7.30pm World famous photographer Tracey McEachran will be the next speaker at the November meeting of the Midhurst Camera Club when her topic will be ’Beyond the Picture Frame’. Working predominantly with large format photography Tracey is mainly concerned with portraiture and still life, making use of constructed sets and existing backdrops. Tracey will feature many of her own images in


the talk taking her audience through from the first concept for a project, via research to the final production. The meeting will be held at Cowdray Hall, Easebourne. Non members of the club are welcome to attend at a ticket price of £5. Further details can be obtained from the Midhurst Camera Club website. Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Wednesday 16th November 8pm They had an excellent Autumn Show and an informative talk by Steve Austin on ‘Beth Chatto Gardens’. Their AGM will be followed by a Christmas Demonstration in the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane and visitors are very welcome to go along and join them. Circle Dancing Great exercise that keeps you fit, takes you away from the pressures of everyday life and is a great opportunity to make new friends. It is suitable for all and is run by Lynn Frances, an experienced teacher of 33 years who has built a reputation for her ability to create a wonderful atmosphere to enable participants to relax, learn and enjoy themselves. Men and women of all ages are welcome. 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, 7.30pm9.30pm. Contact Lynn on 01420 474881.

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<25 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Alzheimer’s Society People affected by dementia can feel isolated and lonely, but Alzheimer’s Society is leading a movement to make Surrey more dementia friendly. There are 16,252 people living with dementia in Surrey and the charity is calling on neighbours, businesses and organisations to join the movement and make a difference. A dementia friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. Communities that are becoming dementia friendly can sign up to Alzheimer’s Society’s official recognition process and work towards gaining a symbol that could be displayed. For more information contact or call 01932 855582. An exciting new service which enables people with dementia to continue to do the things they love will be launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey, but they need volunteers. Volunteers will be matched with people depending on their personality and common interests, so those with the condition are able to continue to do things they love from shopping, walking the dog, visiting the garden centre or playing golf to simply having a chat over a cup of tea. To find out more about accessing or volunteering for Side by Side service contact or call 01932 855582. Before


Fernhurst Centre New courses for autumn/winter include getting to grips with all the apps and facilities available on your iPhone. If you have an iPhone and need help finding your way around it why not sign up for this two x 2 hour session course to be held on Wednesday 16th and 23rd November from 9.30am-11.30am at £24. If you have an Android phone, let them know to enable them to set dates for sessions to help you too. The other invaluable course is ‘iPad – An Introduction Setting up’- connecting to Wi Fi and much more besides. Two x 2-hour sessions on Monday 1st and 8th December from 2.30 – 4.30pm at £24. All courses include full easy to follow handouts and refreshments. Details and dates for these and other courses are on their website www.fernhurstcentre. and places must be booked in advance either on 01428 641931 or email them at ferncent@gmail. com. The Fernhurst Centre has just reopened again after having had a ‘facelift’ and they now have new soft seating and lighting with bean to cup coffee and locally made cake – a cinch at £1.50 a cup and £1.60 a slice respectively! They hope you will visit them soon. The Afternoon Vintage Jumble Saturday 19th November 12 noon to 4pm Great bargains to be found from 20 or more traders at West Chiltington Village Hall. Furniture, homewares, textiles, clothes, books, collectibles. Entry is £1. Homemade cakes

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Join a profession that makes a difference to people’s lives How do you fancy ending every work day knowing you’ve made a real difference to someone’s life? Does job satisfaction get better than that? A career in care can make that happen. Often people are put off by misconceptions about what the work will be like but read the stories on the following pages of some care workers in West Sussex. They haven’t looked back – you won’t either. It’s a career that really can change your life and those of the people

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Being a care worker is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

Karen Halford Care Home Registered Manager Why consider a career in care? Once you’ve started, it really does open up avenues for you. We’ve got people working for us doing nursing qualifications; one member of staff has recently signed up for a midwifery course. What makes you get out of bed in the morning? It’s a lovely place to be. Everybody has an off day at work, and some of the residents and our domiciliary clients have off days too. But they appreciate what we do for them. When you see them, you see the smile you put on their face. That makes everything worthwhile. If you can make a difference to someone’s life, you should do it. What would you say to those undecided about a job in care? You’ve got nothing to lose by trying it, it’s all to gain. We have a young woman coming to work with us as an apprentice. She didn’t know what she wanted to do but now she’ll get full support from a training company and do a care certificate with us. That will give her 12 weeks of really good grounding into care, then she’ll go on to do her


Level 2, Level 3 QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) in care, health and social care. She’s going to spend part of her time in the care home, part of her time with domiciliary, so she gets the opportunity to explore both avenues. And she’s already really enthusiastic about it because she feels she’s now got a path to follow.

Kerry Duley Domiciliary Care Coordinator You spent 17 years caring in the community before this position, so what’s the change been like? Well it’s 9 to 5 these days. I sort the rotas for the domiciliary care clients (looking after someone in their own home) and staff, along with dealing with social services, staff issues, training, etc. Having done 17 years in the community, I know what it’s like on the other side! It was a natural progression. So there’s definitely the chance to progress? I’ve built a really good career out of it! I’ve done lots of training, gained qualifications and it’s a really good career path now. There’s a stigma attached to care work but you can use it as a platform to build a career on. You can go into nursing, social

The additional people West Sussex needs to work in the care market to meet current demand

work – all sorts of things once you’ve got your social care qualifications. Then, if you want to further your career, you can also go down the management route like Karen has. There’s a lot that you pick up here that you can actually use outside of work. It’s a good career builder.

Kristine Cooper Care Support Worker What appealed to you about a career in care? The hours were brilliant and worked well around my children. Initially, I did night shifts so I could be around for them in the day. And you can normally adjust your hours quite easily, as carers are needed 24 hours, 365 days a year. I had been made redundant from my previous job too, which was on the road and travelling a lot, so this was great for me because it was close to where I live. Do you enjoy working so closely with the residents? Definitely, they’re like family really. You’re here in a home environment and it’s like getting out of bed to see to your mum or dad, in a way, where you’ve looked after them for so long. They’re just so pleased to see you and chat to you. Is there one example that makes you glad you chose to work in care? Mine are the little things. When I go on holiday, I always bring back some sticks of rock or fudge for the residents and they really appreciate it. It makes me happy that I can make that small difference.

Kelly Johnson Domiciliary Care Support Worker So what’s different about ‘domiciliary care’? We go out to individual clients and care for them in their own homes. Some of it is personal care, food shopping, taking them to appointments. We also reach the wider community with re-enablement work, which is shortterm contracts with individuals in the community to try and re-enable them to be able to live independently again if they’ve been in hospital for a long time. It’s very varied. This role is a bit of a change compared to your last role, what inspired you to go for something different? Both of my parents had carers at home. I was working in the legal profession for 12 years before we moved here. The care support worker was a job that worked around my children really easily. I saw what my parents got from having carers and thought it would be something I’d like to give back. Is there one example that makes you glad you chose to work in care? It’s just the little things. All the little thank yous, the little bits and pieces that eventually become one big thing. We look after one lady who knits; she makes us hats, bags – phone cases! It’s their way of saying thank you and we see the difference it makes.

Adult social care is not a job for men A career in adult social care is for anyone, regardless of age or gender It’s all about working with old people Adult social care offers opportunities to work with all people aged 18 and over

People who work in health and social care are poorly paid The average salary for a Care Assistant is between £12,000 and £16,000 a year It’s just a job where you wipe bottoms and feed people Not all jobs involve personal care, there are lots of varied roles in adult social care

Questions and answers Why choose a career in care? • You enjoy working with other people • You are a caring person who wants to make a difference • You may have previously worked in care and would like to try a different aspect of care work What qualities do I need to be a great care worker? • Treat people with respect and dignity • Be a good listener and communicator • Be reliable • Be able to follow instructions and procedures What are the benefits? • You don’t need qualifications to start working in adult social care • You can build a career • There’s a variety of job roles

• It’s flexible – you could work any time of the day, any day of the week • Opportunities to gain qualifications • You can specialise in a particular area, such as dementia How much could I earn? • Each employer will vary in how much they pay their staff but if you’re good at what you do and develop yourself, you will be able to progress quickly into senior roles that pay a higher salary • In some cases, free or subsidised accommodation is provided. • The average starting salary for a Care Assistant is £12,000 a year. With experience, qualifications and extra responsibilities this could rise to between £18,000 and £21,000.

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Blackdown Ridge Estate - a local hidden gem... Blackdown Ridge Estate, the brainchild of local resident Martin Cook, Professor of Pathology in Guildford, also produces a range of fine English red, white and rose still wines to complete the range. All of which are available online or directly at the cellar door for £10 a bottle. Visitors are very welcome all year round but it is recommended to call first. Vineyard tours are available with 50% discount for groups of 5 or more and 25% off each case of 6 bottles.

Set on the southern slopes of Blackdown in the South Downs National Park, Blackdown Ridge Estate is the ‘New Kid on the Block’ when it comes to Sussex Vineyards. Located high up on the Weald near Haslemere and close to Lurgashall, the vineyard was planted in 2010, but now produces a great range of English wines, already winning international awards.

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One Forty Fabulous For an inspiring one-stop shop Kirstie advises a visit to Cranleigh special items, a certain size or design that you are looking for.

For many years I have been celebrating family birthdays at the One Forty café. Their brunch menu is second to none, my favourite being the ‘Healthy Breakfast’ of grilled halloumi, hummus, avocado and poached egg, always beautifully presented and delivered with a smiling face. Of course, I then ruin the lower calories by ordering something gooey and delicious from the homemade cake selection!

Unique service like this is what the store thrives on, from one-toone personal fashion advice and gathering a capsule wardrobe to the floristry pop-up store in front of house for Mother’s Day, and the Christmas season which adds to the festive theatre as you walk in.

One Forty itself is a family orientated business. Owners Richard and Elaine Graham, with their two children, are third generation shop owners, with Richard’s grandfather having set up in Lewisham between WWI and WWII. Above: Owners, Elaine and Richard Graham His parents then moved to Cranleigh Below:One Forty Cafe’s delights in 1959 and opened a children’s wear store. The newly married couple rebranded the business in 2004, with a vision to offer something completely different to high street retailing.

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We risked our home and reputation to create a vibrant store, full of character and great products Richard’s background with marketing giant Saatchi, working directly with F1 racing legend, Damon Hill and super bike hero Carl Fogarty, and Elaine’s credentials in fashion design and working with Richard Branson at Virgin, eventually bought them together on a Eurostar commercial project. Inspiration came later with a world trip, sourcing ideas from the relaxed approach to retail in California, Sydney and Amsterdam - cafés, books, ‘just chilling’ space were all new to the British market at that time. You notice the creative impact as soon as you walk in the double doors with the delicate fragrance, soft lighting and gentle buzz of this compact department store. It is a one-stop shop for all the family, from dainty baby gifts, whimsical greetings cards and elegant womenswear to a home department where colours are mellow, never jarring - a bit Scandi in flavour with soft woods, plaid blankets and patterned metalwork. Elaine buys the home merchandise and was keen to express that they are happy to source


Elaine searches out the fashion labels with manager, Fanny, and together they insist on trying on all the clothes to see how they fit different body types. From every day brand Part Two to edgier styles from Transit Par Such. New poncho ideas from Blank and if you struggle with how to wear a scarf, the Pom range make it simple - a quick flick over a Breton stripe and you are good to go!

Elaine was passionate about the faux fur neck cowls, ideal to add to your autumn jackets for an easy winter warmer, whereas I fell for the quirky but practical waterproof raincoats by Rains. Richard is extremely proud of his menswear department, keeping the outfits easy to coordinate, with classic brands including Hartford stimulated with more directional labels like Scotch and Soda. If you are looking for a day out with great food and a relaxed shopping environment, you really can’t go far wrong than here, spending a few hours buying the ankle boot of the season or the perfect Christmas tree decoration. It’s how ‘shopping’ should be.

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Become a One Forty Card Holder • Every £1 spent gains 5 points which equals 5p. Points are then used against future purchases. • Free gift wrap all year round • Sales preview • Private Card Holder events Order your One Forty card by calling 01483 272627 or just pop in. Please allow 10 working days to process. Stripes forever. Harris Wilson sweater, £129.95

Daywear separates, Uno più Uno cardigan, £95

Boiled wool ‘coatigan’, Transit par Such, £525

Vintage style baubles, Parlane, from £2.45

Two in one layers, Charli, £195

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Tillington Christmas Fair Saturday 19th November 10am-12 noon Tillington Church Christmas Fair is being held in The Village Hall, GU28 9AF (1 mile from Petworth) A chance to get ready for Christmas with some unusual presents to buy. There’s a Kid’s Corner, bottle stall and excellent Silent Auction prizes. There will be bacon butties, cake and free coffee. It should be great fun. Details from Gerald on 01798 342151 or Santa Claus is coming to Squires Saturday 19th November Santa will be arriving in style at Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford on 19th November and at other centres at various dates. Check the website to find out where and when. He will be arriving in all sorts of transport including a Vintage Rolls Royce, a Horse and Carriage, a Routemaster Bus, a Shelby Cobra Sports Car and even in a Fire Engine! Go along to your local Squires and say hello to Santa and have your picture taken with him. It’s free to watch Santa arrive, no ticket required, simply turn up on the day. Plus at Squire’s in Milford and Badshot Lea (Farnham) you can also meet Santa’s real reindeer! The Double LL Club Auto Jumble Sunday 20th November from 10am The Double LL Club are holding their Auto Jumble at the Grange Midhurst on Sunday 20th November from 10am to 2pm. Further information from Dave Rudwick on 07798 775319 or The Double LL club is a local club for anyone interested in historic machinery and collectables, meetings are held 3rd. Wednesday each month at The Grange Midhurst, and at other events throughout the year. New members welcome.

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Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum – Toys from the Past Tuesday 22nd November 2.30pm Go along and enjoy an informal talk for adults with a cup of tea and biscuits! This talk is a great opportunity to find out about the toys in the museum’s handling collection including a metal fire engine and some magnificent felt dolls! For more details visit It takes place at Haslemere Educational Museum. Cost: Museum members free / non-members £1. No need to book.

The Haslemere Flower Club Wednesday 23rd November 1pm They welcome back to Haslemere Hall Stephen McDonnell as their demonstrator. Doors will open at 1pm to give people time to look at the hall decorations arranged by members. Stephen’s arrangements will be raffled and the afternoon will end with tea and mince pies. Do go along and take your friends. Visitors are very welcome at a charge of £10.

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Traditions old and new with the

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Christmas is a time for traditions, from those passed down through families to new discoveries with friends that become part of your festive celebrations. From sending cards to decorating trees, tucking into advent calendar treats and mince pies... then working it all off with a hearty walk come Boxing Day morning. Over the festive season, National Trust places in Surrey and West Sussex will be decked out with Christmas sparkle. There are decorated houses, exhibitions, Father Christmas, atmospheric estates and wintery countryside all bringing festive fun and Christmas to life through the ages. Make your Christmas that extra bit special in these winter wonderland locations. Every single visit this Christmas will help the National Trust look after special places in Surrey and West Sussex throughout the year. Here are our favourites: A 1930s Christmas party at Polesden Lacey 1st to 23rd December daily, 10am-4pm

The sights, sounds and aromas of a sparkling 1930s Christmas party are yours to enjoy. From the 18ft Christmas tree in the hall and giant wreath at the

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entrance way, to Italian Renaissance nativity paintings in the hallways and piano playing in the gold Saloon, imagine you’re a guest at Surrey’s most glittering Christmas venue. Children have their own Christmas trail in the house and can write a letter to Father Christmas. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride in the grounds (weekends only) and do some relaxed Christmas shopping from our wide range of National Trust gifts. Christmas lunches with all the trimmings are available in the Granary café. Free entry this year for National Trust members Little donkeys and more at Hatchlands Park Weekends from 3rd to 18th December, 11am-3pm, outdoor trail (free) and Father Christmas (£5), advance booking essential Hatchlands Park is the place for a really familyfriendly outdoor experience at Christmas. Families love meeting Father Christmas in his cosy vintage living room, snuggling up to the farm animals when they visit, singing carols and exploring the trail around the woods. The new trail tells the touching story of resident donkeys Morris and Callum enjoying their first Christmas. Have some mince pies in the historic café, or try a donkey-shaped decorated biscuit, and stop off for some Christmas shopping. It’s all in the spirit of Hatchlands’ last private owner, H.S. Goodhart-Rendel, who used to throw Christmas parties for the village children at Christmas in the 1950s. 17th and 18th December: Animals in the courtyard 18th December 12 noon and 2pm: Family Christmas Carol concert in the music room.

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Creative wreath making at Box Hill, Claremont Landscape Garden, Landbarn Farm, Runnymede, Winkworth Arboretum and the Witley Centre

Get creative this Christmas in good company. Join our festive workshop and we’ll show you how to make a wreath from the beautiful materials nature provides, such as holly, old man’s beard, butcher’s broom and snowberry gathered locally on the National Trust estates. Landbarn Farm: 2nd and 12th December Witley Centre: 4th and 12th December Winkworth Arboretum: 4th December Claremont Landscape Garden: 5th December Runnymede: 7th December Box Hill: 12th and 13th December Prices vary, see website for times and details www. Cut your own Christmas tree at the Devil’s Punch Bowl

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl offers you the chance to explore a majestic landscape and pine-clad hilltops with a variety of amazing views across Surrey. On 3rd, 10th and 11th December, harvest your very own Christmas tree. On 17th and 18th December there will be a Christmas choir, seasonal food and donkey rides, plus the chance to meet Mrs Christmas. Free entry, small charge for activities

See four state rooms in the mansion dressed for an Italianate Christmas Masquerade, taking inspiration from the Italian art within the Petworth collection. Enjoy our spectacle of mischief and disguise. Why not don a mask yourself and choose your persona! Surprises await to be discovered for visitors of all ages. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Mince Pie March along the River Wey Saturday 10th December, 1pm Get away from the Christmas shopping mayhem with a good natured stomp along the River Wey. This guided circular walk starts at Town Lock in Weybridge, past Coxes Mill with a chance to warm up with a mince pie and mulled wine at the White Hart. Walk back to Town Lock for a 3.30pm finish. £5 includes mince pie and mulled wine Festive trails for families at Claremont Landscape Garden and Winkworth Arboretum Follow a traditional Christmas trail to get the family outdoors and active during the festive season. Claremont Landscape Garden: 3rd Dec to 4th Jan, 10am3pm Winkworth Arboretum: 21st Dec to 2nd Jan, 10am-3pm Normal admission plus 50p for trail Boxing Day walk at Winkworth Arboretum Monday 26th December, 1pm to 2.30pm Bring family and friends to walk off the mince pies with a stroll around the Arboretum. 1pm Normal admission plus £3 per person New Year’s Day Garden and Belvedere Tower opening Claremont Landscape Garden Sunday 1st Jan 2017, 10am-4pm (Tower open 11am-2pm)
 Climb the Belvedere Tower at Claremont Landscape Garden for a special open day. The gardens are open as usual for a stroll with family and friends. Normal admission New Year’s walk at Winkworth Arboretum Monday 2nd Jan 2017, 2pm-3pm

A Christmas Masquerade at Petworth House 3rd December to 2nd January 2017, 11am-3pm

Meet at the kiosk for a seasonal guided walk around the Winkworth Arboretum to start the year in style. Normal admission plus £3 per person FIND OUT MORE For more information on National Trust events, please visit our website at 36

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RHS Garden Wisley – Christmas Craft and Design Fair Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th November During the winter months The Royal Horticultural Society will host a range of events, talks and activities. Highlights include The Christmas Fair where you will be able to find that special Christmas gift. The Craft Fair is held outside the garden. Free entry for RHS Members, RHS Members family guest tickets are £6. Accompanied under 16s free and garden entry included in Craft Fair ticket. On Wednesday 30th November there is the Christmas Lights Switch On at 6.30pm with late night shopping available until 8.30pm. For more information on this and all the other events in November have a look at wisleywhatson . Haslemere Gardening Society Wednesday 23rd November The autumn and winter programmes of events of the Haslemere Gardening Society are well on the way and the next evening talk be ‘The Royal Parks’ given by Simon Richards who is Superintendent of Richmond Park. This should be very interesting, particularly to those who enjoyed the outing 2 years ago to the Saville Gardens. This will be followed by tea or coffee and biscuits and a chance for a catch up on other members’ news. The next event will be the Christmas Dinner which will be at the Georgian Hotel, as last year, on Wednesday 7th December, always a great social occasion and an early opportunity to get in the holiday spirit. The details of the menu are in the society’s news letter. The cost is £25 per person, good value for money for an excellent meal with all the festive trimmings. Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 24th November 7.30pm This season’s third presentation is on Paris. l’Histoire de Paris (Part 2) will be presented by Brian Stimpson. As usual, the meeting will take place in Godalming at The Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street (off the High Street almost opposite the King’s Arms). It’s a modern glassfronted building on the left near the top of the street. There is good parking and a lovely atmosphere with people who’d like to know more about France. The full annual programme is available in brochures in libraries, on the web at and on Facebook. Doors open at 7pm. For membership enquiries, contact Visitors are welcome.


Folk material, is growing by the day. They recently returned from a three week tour of the States, which they organised for themselves and they are definitely ones to watch. It’s at Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ. Tickets: Adults £14/Under 16s £7. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Milland Christmas Fair Sunday 27th November 10am-5.30pm This takes place at Memorial Hall, Milland. Over twenty carefully selected stalls offering an abundance of Christmas gift ideas such as toys, presents for men, clothing, candles, homewares, jewellery, cards, festive food and drink. Also, for the little ones, come and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. (£5 per child bookable in advance 01428 741066). Entrance fee to fair £3pp to include tea/coffee and a mince pie, children free. Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit The Royal County Hospital Charitable Fund has started fund raising for a dedicated Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit which will cost in the region of £600K. It is a sad fact that 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. The new unit will provide a quiet calm place where women won’t find themselves surrounded by the sound of healthy babies and joyous families. If you feel you could help with a donation, you can text RSCH22 followed by an amount from £1 to £10 to 70070. You can also ring 01483 464146 or email Also, more

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Grayshott Folk Club Friday 25th November 7.30pm The Ric Sanders Trio ( thericsanderstrio) Ric is Fairport Convention’s fiddle player. Together with Vo Fletcher (Guitar/Vocals) and Michael Gregory (Drums/Percussion), they perform Americana/ Blues classics and play their own compositions. Supporting will be Jonas & Jane-a talented young duo from Farnham whose reputation for playing brilliant original Bluegrass/ November 2016

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information is available at fundraising. The Big Winter Brocante Friday 25th Saturday 26th November This takes place in the Grounds of Cowdray House in winter marquees where you will find over 100 carefully selected exhibitors at this beautiful winter show. Focusing on the home, winter interiors and Christmas gifts the fair will showcase rare brands, emerging designers and artisan makers. Friday 25th November Early Bird Tickets: 10am11am £12, Standard Tickets 11am-4pm £6, Saturday 26th November Standard Ticket: 10am-5pm £6 Children Free Entrance. All tickets to the fair can be purchased on the door. Surrey Hills Arts This summer you may have noticed some rather striking looking sculptures popping up along the Greensand Way. These distinct pieces of art are part of the Inspiring Views project delivered by Surrey Hills Arts. Funded through the Mittal Foundation, this project has worked with landowners to open up hidden views along the Greensand Way, improve access and commission artists to interpret the views through art, poetry and sound. Five sculptors and designers were commissioned to create sculptural

benches at viewpoints along the Greensand Way at Gibbet Hill, Reynards Hill, Holmbury Hill, Winterfold and Hascombe Hill. Why not get out this autumn and see these beautiful benches. You can even go on the ‘Inspiring Views’ walk to take in a few, created by i-footpath, For more information on Surrey Hills Arts and the Inspiring Views project visit Waverley Ensemble Concert and Curry Series Saturday 26th November 7.30pm The programme, which takes place at St Christopher’s Church, includes Vivaldi and Telemann 3 Violin Concertos with soloists Ishani Bhoola Anna Dryer - Beers and Zoe Ebron. There is also Bach’s 2nd Orchestral Suite with Susan Milan playing the flute. Tickets £15 and £8 for children. Add the curry option for an extra £10. It is available for both concerts at 5.30pm or 9.30pm at Shahanaz. To book go to or call 07834 275879. Christmas Shopping Evening and Light Switch-on RHS Garden Wisley Wednesday 30th November 6.30pm Come and see the Jigantics lights Switch-on at 6.30pm and enjoy a late night shopping evening until 8.30pm. Find sparkling seasonal decorations, unique gifts, plants and books to make your Christmas shopping a pleasure. For full


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A chorister’s life at Chichester Cathedral The chorister life is about much more than music: the boys are constantly encouraged and developed within a caring and close-knit community, setting goals and exceptional standards for themselves. They learn important skills for life: concentration, teamwork, organisation, and a sense of professionalism. These qualities are highly valued by employers, universities and secondary schools (nearly all our choristers gain scholarships when they leave the choir). The chorister experience really is an unrivalled gateway to a future of opportunity and success.

Chichester Cathedral has one of the finest choirs in Britain, with an international reputation for the quality of its performances, and the wonderful musical education offered to the choristers. As well as singing regular services in the cathedral, the choirboys broadcast to hundreds of thousands of radio listeners, make recordings, and travel abroad for concert tours. This is in addition to a normal school curriculum that includes academic work, sport, drama and field trips.

If your son has shown an interest in music, enjoys singing, or is just interested in finding out more, why not explore this exceptional opportunity? Chichester choristers typically come from primary schools in the South East, and we don’t expect them to have any previous experience of music– we provide all the training. Informal, friendly auditions and meetings are held all year round.


A chorister’s life at Chichester Cathedral – an unparalleled opportunity for your son All Chichester’s choristers receive:    

A world class musical education A foundation for continuing success An exceptional opportunity Generous scholarships

“We feel so blessed that our son is a chorister: he is happy and fulfilled, and we enjoy every minute of watching him grow and flourish” Lisa, chorister’s mum

PLACES AVAILABLE NOW FOR YEAR 5 BOYS PLACES AVAILABLE FOR YEAR 3 & 4 BOYS FROM SEPTEMBER 2017 Contact Charles Harrison, Director of Music, soon, either by phone 01243 812486 or e-mail to find out more or to arrange a friendly informal audition. Open Day on March 4th – a chance for your son to have fun finding out what the Chorister’s Life is all about – save the date! See:

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With Beth Otway

and currants, are offered for sale as bare root plants. Look out for these plants at your local nursery or garden centre, in mail order catalogues, or online. Avoid moving or planting plants in waterlogged soil or frozen ground. Do remember to soak the roots of your bare root plants prior to planting. Fill a bucket or receptacle that’s large enough to contain your plant’s roots (I’ve used empty bins before), pop your plants in, fill the container with water and leave overnight.

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November in the garden

Each season is so distinct, yet so very special, offering us various gifts and opportunities until the moment has passed and the next season arrives with its offerings. November might seem like a quiet period in the garden, but this month offers us the valuable chance to move any plants that aren’t growing well, or indeed any that have grown rather too well and have now outgrown their current situation. I am often asked by people who keenly ordered spring flowering bulbs, and then forget to plant them, if they have missed the boat. Should they delay planting until next autumn? No, you haven’t missed the boat at all, at least not yet, though if you forget again you might do. Better late than never as they say - for your bulbs will not keep to be planted next autumn. If you haven’t already planted your camassia, allium, crocus, narcissus, tulip, lilies, hyacinth and other spring flowering bulbs, whether you’re planting directly in the ground, or in containers, do plant your bulbs now, or as soon as you can. Bare root plants are field-grown, and the plants are lifted and dispatched to customers whilst they are dormant. This is weather dependent, but it’s usually from November until March. Bare root plants are far more economical to purchase than container grown plants. Roses, trees, fruit trees, raspberry canes, strawberries, as well as bushes, such as gooseberries


Mycorrhizal fungi are naturally found in our soils. For over five hundred million years, these organisms have been connecting with plants. Together they form symbiotic relationships - the fungi effectively work in partnership with the plant, to create a stronger, wider reaching root system. This enhanced root system helps the plant to withstand periods of drought and stress, and allows for quicker establishment after planting. You can purchase a concentrated amount of these beneficial, UK grown, fungi at nurseries and garden centres. Mycorrhizal fungi are ideal to use whether you’re planting bare root plants, container-grown plants, or moving plants within your garden. A gel form of Mycorrhizal fungi is available for bare root plants, whilst there are also selections of Mycorrhizal fungi formulated for container grown plants, roses, bulbs, lawns and more. If you are planning to light a bonfire, thoroughly check your bonfire stack before lighting to spare any hedgehogs. The easiest method is to gather your materials, checking as you go, and then light your bonfire immediately. But if you have already sited your bonfire stack, but have yet to light it, your bonfire will appear the perfect hibernating spot for hedgehogs, who may have already moved in. In this instance, it’s best to move your bonfire to a new site, and then light it. It may take extra time and effort, but it is worth it to know you haven’t killed a hedgehog… Beth Otway

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details on this event call jess, email or go to their website Macmillan Cancer Support’s Tree of Hope Thursday 1st December 6.30pm Macmillan Cancer Support in Midhurst will be holding its annual Tree of Hope Service at St Mary’s Church, Easebourne. You are invited to remember a loved one who will not be with you this Christmas by dedicating a light on the Macmillan Tree of Hope. All donations received will help fund the Macmillan Palliative Care Service, based at Midhurst Community Hospital, supporting their patients and their families living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses in Midhurst and the surrounding areas. Dedication forms will be available from 3rd October from The Pearson Unit, Midhurst Community Hospital, Midhurst, the Macmillan Charity shop in Midhurst or visit www. and download a dedication form. Alternatively, email Harvest your own Christmas Tree Saturdays 3rd, 10th & Sunday 11th December 10am-2pm You can harvest your own Christmas tree on these dates at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Bring along a saw and pair of gloves to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Trees from £15. More information at www. .

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New Opera House West Horsley Having been brought up in Horsley, I was very interested to read a while ago that West Horsley Place had been inherited by Bamber Gascoigne (of University Challenge fame) from his great aunt The Duchess of Roxburghe. West Horsley Place is a Surrey demi-Eden: a glorious sprawling 15th century house surrounded by formal gardens with secret corners, aged trees, box hedges and a majestic crinkle crankle wall. I have always been fascinated by this beautiful building but the nearest I ever got to it was when a fete was on one of the lawns, many years ago. So, what a surprise to hear that Grange Park Opera, who have established themselves as one of festival Europe’s leading opera festivals, is building a new opera house behind the house in an ancient orchard. The creation of a four-tier opera house modelled on La Scala, Milan is probably the most thrilling thing happening in UK opera today. There is a miraculous pace to the building work: the foundations and orchestra pit are finished, the steel frame is rising and the roof goes on at the start of November. There will undoubtedly be a great fanfare when the opera house opens on Thursday 8th June with Joseph Calleja in Tosca (Puccini). The festival also presents an evening with Bryn Terfel and performances of Die Walküre (Wagner) and Jenufa (Janacek). There are 100 pairs of free tickets to the 2017 festival. Just tell them your favourite opera and

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you will be included in the ballot which will take place at the end of December. By entering the ballot at www. they will be able to invite you to tours of the house and garden.

runs from 3rd December into the New Year. Borderlands is always keen for new members! Look at their work at, and call 07919 278613 or 01252 714693 for more information.

Haslemere Musical Society Saturday 3rd December 7.30pm Their autumn concert in Haslemere Hall, features works for both choir and orchestra. The 60-strong choir, accompanied by the society’s symphony orchestra, will sing Charles Gounod’s wonderfully melodious St Cecilia Mass. Gounod was a great tunesmith and put some of his most beautiful melodies into this joyous work, written in honour of the patron saint of music. The orchestral part of the concert will include Glazunov’s Winter from his suite The Seasons and will be followed by excerpts from the evergreen and hugely popular ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Tickets, priced from £8 to £16, with half-price for under 18’s, are available from Haslemere Hall on 01428 642161 or from HMS members.

Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure Thursday 8th to Saturday 24th December The producers of the Santa Adventures are delighted to return to G Live in Guildford this Christmas for the fourth year running with this must see interactive show. The adventure takes place at Santa’s HQ in the North Pole; The Reindeer Sat Nav is programmed and the toys are piled high on the sleigh, then… chaos strikes! Rudolph is missing and the Elves are misbehaving… will Santa ever deliver the presents to all the boys and girls? Filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic, Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, including the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every performance! Performances take place at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm (see website for daily schedule). Tickets: Children £12.50/14.50, Adults £13.50/15.50, Family of 4 £46/54. Call the Box Office on 01483 369350 or go to Running time: 70 minutes with no interval (including a meet and greet with Santa Claus). Suitable for children aged 2+.

Borderlands Artists Consortium From Saturday 3rd December This group of artists are working towards Look Again, an exhibition in the Haslemere Museum. It is to be a very free flowing celebration of the beautiful objects there. It

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Christmas Craft Fair at RHS Garden Wisley Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley from 23-27 November to stage the UK’s leading popular Christmas craft and design fair.

creativity from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. This event really is a refreshing alternative to Christmas shopping on the predictable high street.

The craft fair will be held in floored and heated marquees in front of the main entrance and features around 170 of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftworkers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more. The UK has a wealth of individual and talented designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot be found amongst the mass-produced and imported goods on the high street. Craft In Focus has selected the best of these to show at the Christmas event.

The event incorporates a Food Pavilion for a “Taste of Christmas”. Delicious food on offer includes olive oils, handmade chocolate and fudge, fruit infused spirits, Christmas cakes, truckle cheeses and a selection of English preserves and chutneys. Throughout the event there will be live music from the classical guitar sounds of The Corcovado Project and Aquillo, an instrumental guitar duo.

All exhibitors at Craft In Focus events design and make the work that they display and are selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability. The event is a must visit for anyone seeking something unusual and original and produced by an individual business that has a real passion for the work they create. Visitors will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking

The craft fair opens from 9am each day. Admission is £10 and includes free admission to the Garden. RHS Members and accompanied under 16s free. For further information contact Craft In Focus 01622 747 325 or visit: Venue address: RHS Garden Wisley, Nr Woking, GU23 6QB.


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Food For Thought Food For Thought is a long established chain of health food stores which have been trading for over 25 years. They are renowned for selling a wide variety of organic health foods, supplements, herbal products, natural skincare, cosmetics, organic wines, confectionery, chilled and frozen foods and much, much more including many of the more unusual products not generally available. They love cutting edge new products and ideas and with a finger on the pulse aim to bring you the latest products and trends before anyone else. They also pride themselves in having the most passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable managers and staff who are happy to be at your service. Integral to their mission is to run the business ethically and with care, with an aim to be carbon neutral. They seek to find the most ethical and environmentally friendly methods possible and suppliers and partners that support these objectives.

No-Bone Broth (Wild Seaweed Broth) From Wild Food Cafe

Method: 1. Start by preheating a heavy bottom pan and melting the coconut oil. Once hot add finely chopped shallots, garlic, chilli, ginger, turmeric and finely minced fresh herbs. 2. Sauté for a few minutes on low heat. Then add a good pinch of salt, finely chopped leek, carrot, mushrooms, olives and celery. Add tamari sauce and seaweed. 3. Add approx 2 litres of cold water and heat it up until simmering. Simmer gently for a couple of hours, add more water if necessary. At the end turn the heat off, mix in the lime juice and miso and serve at approx 6080°C temperature. 4. To make a thicker broth, take out some of the seaweed, place in a blender with enough broth liquid to cover the solids and blend well until you get a smooth puree. Pour the puree back into the main pot and stir. 5. If you prefer to make a big batch to use later or to freeze, allow the broth to reduce to a concentrate on very low heat. Then place all the contents in a blender and blend well till you get a thick cream. Upon defrosting use as a soup stock or as a broth by adding warm water, extra veggies or herbs. * Try adding medicinal mushroom powders - or even better, whole medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi - to your seaweed broth and allow them to extract naturally while your broth is simmering.

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Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil; 2 small shallots; 2 cloves of garlic; 1 strand of fresh thyme; 5-6 leaves of fresh sage; 3-4 leaves of mint; 8-10 naturally cured black olives with pits; ½ inch of fresh turmeric; 1 leek; 1 carrot; 2-3 stalks of celery; ½ inch of ginger; ½ inch of chilli; 60g of shiitake mushrooms (optional); 50g of dry sea spaghetti ; 40g of dry wakame (or the equivalent of any other seaweed); juice of 1-2 limes (to taste); 4 tbsp tamari; 2 tbsp unpasteurised miso; big pinch of unprocessed sea salt

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RECIPES Ingredients 120g ground almonds; 140g oat flour; 30g maca or lucuma (optional); 100g cacao or cocoa powder; 175g coconut sugar; 100g coconut butter, melted or softened; 100g medjool dates, pitted; 75g cacao butter or coconut oil, melted; 100g water and 100g walnuts. Icing sugar to serve. Makes 8-10 squares Method: 1. In a food processor, blend the first set of ingredients to combine well. 2. Add the second set of ingredients and pulse to mix. 3. Finally, add the last set of ingredients and half of the walnuts and pulse to combine. The mix should come together in the food processor and just form a ball. 4. Don’t over process the mix or you’ll break down the walnuts too much and leave no texture to them. 5. Line a baking tin of your choice ( mine was a 6 inch square springform tin ) with cling film, or use a silicone mould, and press the mix into the base of the tin. You don’t need to worry about it looking perfect on top. 6. Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and sprinkle them on top of the brownie, pressing them down into the top. 7. Pop the tin in the fridge or freezer to set, about 10-20 minutes. 8. Once firm, remove and cut. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for months. Allow to come to room temp before eating, so they’re lovely and soft. For an extra treat, warm them in the dehydrator for 30 minutes before eating!

Spiced Hot Chocolate

From Wild Food Cafe This is a magical recipe for a rich, silky, creamy, smooth, luxurious and enchanting hot chocolate treat! The combination of spices and raw cacao create a truly heartwarming drink that is a staple drink during the cold winter months.

Ingredients 60g of arriba nacional or other high-grade, sustainably sourced raw cacao paste (100% cacao with no sweetener); 3 tbsp raw almond butter; 1 tbsp coconut butter; 3 tbsp maple syrup; 1 tbsp raw honey or other sweetener; 1-2 tbsp of carob/ lúcuma powder; seeds from 4-5 cardamom pods ¼ tsp cinnamon; 1 tsp of chaga or other medicinal mushroom extract (we like to wild things up a little!); seeds from 1/2 a vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla essence; pinch of unprocessed sea salt; 600-1000ml of water (up to you how rich you’d like to go!)

Method: 1. Make almond milk by blending almond butter with just enough water to cover the blades of your blender till you get a smooth cream. Add the rest of the water, pinch of salt, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon and 1 tbsp of sweetener. Blend again. 2. Divide the milk in half. Pour one half of the milk in a pot with cacao paste, coconut oil, 3 tbsp of sweetener (maple syrup) over low heat. Stir slowly. 3. When the cacao paste starts to melt (approx 65°C), pour the contents of the pot into a high-speed blender, add 1-2 tbsp of carob/lúcuma, chaga extract and blend till you get a rich and smooth chocolatey drink. 4. Slowly heat the remaining almond milk to approx 65°C while stirring. 5. Serve by filling half a glass or cup with the rich chocolate almond milk. Then slowly pour your warmed ‘white’ almond milk on top, leaving froth last.

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Concert – Advent to Christmas Thursday 8th December The Wessex Chamber Choir, many of whom live in this area, invite you to their annual Christmas concert to be held this year at Crondall Church on 8th December at 7.30pm. This event is a great way to get in the mood for the Christmas festivities and will include refreshments. For more information email West Dean Gardens- Father Christmas Weekends 10th/11th and 17th/18th December 10am to 4pm Father Christmas will be visiting West Dean Gardens during these weekends and children will be able to enjoy the magic of sharing their secret Christmas wishes in Santa’s grotto in the historic Apple Store. Standard prices £5 Child (includes a gift and activities) £5.50 Adult (Standard entry to the gardens) includes mulled wine and a mince pie. Booking is essential and tickets are available online at West Dean offers a relaxing way to do some Christmas shopping. Visitors can park for free and drop in to the Gardens Shop to browse the festive lights, decorations, cards and gift wrapping paper. After shopping for beautiful gifts visitors can relax in the Gardens Restaurant, which overlooks the parkland and beautiful Lavant Valley and offers the chance to unwind over a slice of Jane’s Christmas cake served with

a hot drink (£4.75) or homemade mince pie and a hot drink (£3.50). A traditional homemade Christmas Lunch menu will be available from 1st to 18th December 12pm to 2.30pm daily (except weekends) by reservation only, telephone 01243 818215. Festive Cruises on The Wey & Arun Canal From the 11th December Bookings are already being taken for the extremely popular Santa Cruises which will be running in December. Trips depart at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm and cost £10 per person to include festive refreshments and a gift from Santa for all children under 12 years of age. New for 2016 is a Santa Cruise for the Grown-ups on Friday 16th December, 7.30pm-9pm. Santa tells us that Christmas is not just for the children and invites adults to join him for a 90 minute trip along the canal whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine with snacks, and seasonal sing-along music. Santa will also have a small gift for everyone! Tickets cost £15 per person. On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day festive trips depart at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm. Tickets: £5 for adults; £2.50 for children. Booking in advance is essential for all the trips. Full details are available on the website and bookings can be made online. Alternatively call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email . Also www.



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Red Riding Hood Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th at 2.30pm & Wednesday 28th December at 7pm The Lynchmereans 69th Pantomime will be performed in The Maud Hardman Hoyle Memorial Hall, Hammer GU27 3QW. For tickets, call 01428 658179 or email Liphook WEA Branch Wednesday 4th January Spring Classes begin with Literature, tutor John Haynes leading studies of Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree. On Friday 6th January the History Course will be The Romanovs led by Colin Parrish. These two courses will run for ten weeks in the Millennium Hall Liphook from 10amnoon, each course fee being £86.10. The closing date is 12th December 2016. A Study day will be held on Saturday 18th March 2017 on Russian Music Before the Revolution led by Jeremy Neville at Liphook Village Hall 10am-4pm, the fee is £25 including a light lunch and refreshments. Contact Sheila Martin on 01428 641907.

The Opera South New Year Party Saturday 7th January Held at the Georgian House Hotel, Haslemere, this is now long established as the way to welcome in the New Year. The evening starts at 6pm with champagne and canapés followed by a concert that includes a selection of well-


known and lesser-known operatic arias, ensembles and songs. The programme will be introduced and performed by young professional singers accompanied by Opera South’s Music Director, Mark Austin. Guests can then enjoy a delicious two course dinner served with a choice of red and white wine. As an extra bonus this year, Opera South will be joined during the evening by painter Roger Dellar ROI PS RI, who will capture the ambience of the concert in an oil painting. Roger has very generously offered the painting for auction during the evening, the proceeds to go to Opera South charity. For tickets, to include champagne reception, concert and dinner with wine, at £70, contact Sarah Barnes on 01428 643129, email saba@haslemere. com . The event has been a sell out in recent years so do book early to avoid disappointment. Turner and the Age of British Watercolour Exhibition at Petworth From 7th January-12th March 2017 A new exhibition at the National Trust’s Petworth celebrates the age of British watercolour with works by JMW Turner and leading British artists of his generation. Some of Britain’s greatest watercolours will come to Petworth in West Sussex this winter for an exhibition that explores Turner’s leading role in shaping this uniquely British art form. Thirty-six of the exhibits in the show are on loan from the Cecil Higgins Collection, Bedford, which is one of the

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WALK - Dunsfold to Hascombe The walk takes you through woods and fields with some short climbs, one quite steep. You could refresh yourself either just over half way around, at the White Horse, at Hascombe, or at the end, at the Sun at Dunsfold. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

The walk 1. Facing the houses, go left for a few yards to turn right into a road running back between the houses and away from the main road. Walk to a junction where a yellow arrow points left. Here, go straight ahead along its graveled drive towards ‘Barns Meadows’. Pass the house on a narrow path along its right-hand side and reach Hookhouse Road. Go left along this road for about ½ mile. 2. Walk past a left turn with a signpost left then past a left turn to Church Green and then past a left turn to Dunsfold Church. Also, pass the driveway to Field Place and keep going until reaching a sign pointing left to Pear Tree Green. Follow this and walk up to take a stile at the right-hand side of Pear Tree Cottage. In the field go left, along its edge. Enter another field and then a wood. Walk through the wood to the other side and a T-junction with a wide track at a 3-way signpost. Here, turn left. Follow the wide track. It swings right and then you fork right, off of it, at another 3-way signpost. The path climbs up to emerge at Markwick Lane at the side of Markwick Farm. 3. Go straight over the road and follow a footpath climbing away at right angles to the road. At a yellow arrow pointing right go straight on. A few yards further up the track swings sharp right but you go on, following a narrow path slightly left and up into trees. Follow the path steeply up, forking right twice, until, at the top, emerging on a wider crossing track. Go right for 20 yards and then turn left along a wide but still unsigned track. Keep going for about under ½ mile, following the obvious track and ignoring lefts and rights. Eventually, at a cross paths, the path ahead starts to descend. 4. At the bottom reach a T-junction with a field ahead. Turn right and walk along the edge of one field and the straight on into another field. On the far side you reach the Godalming Road opposite the White Horse pub. Cross straight over and take Nore Lane, a track running uphill along the right-hand side of the pub. Keep going. After passing Hascombe Place Farm, the track swings right but you carry straight on along a narrow path. You parallel fields (on your left-hand side). At the top of a small rise, ignore a footpath right immediately followed by a footpath left. Instead, carry straight on. 48

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The view towards Dunsfold from Hascombe Hill © Copyright N Chadwick

5. The path descends through trees and swings right as it runs along the side of the hill. At a T-junction, with a tennis court on your right, go right. The path later emerges from trees to give you excellent views to your left and you pass a (modern folly) stone circle. Keep going and, just beyond it, reach a barn. Go over a stile into a small bare field and then out through a gate onto the drive of Lodge House (which is away up to the right). 6. Go left, down the drive. At a T-junction go right for 20 yards and then left over a stile into a field. Head straight out, keeping a clump of trees and scrub and reeds on your left. Go over a stile onto Godalming Road and cross straight over into another field. The path heads slightly left straight across the very large

field, crosses a farm drive and reaches Dunsfold Road. Turn right and walk down about ¾ mile to the start point. The Sun pub is just beyond this.

DISTANCE: 5½ miles OS MAPS: Explorer 134 Crawley & Horsham, Cranleigh & Billingshurst STARTING POINT: The village car park by the “TotemPole” on the green at Dunsfold, a few yards along the road from the Sun public house. REFRESHMENTS: The Sun Inn, Dunsfold - 01483 200242 The White Horse, Hascombe - 01483 208258 Neither the publisher nor the author can accept any responsibility for any changes, errors or omissions in this route. Diversion orders can be made and permissions withdrawn at any time.

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The Wintershall Nativity Play will be performed from 14th-18th December 2016 both inside and outside of Holly Barn at Wintershall, Bramley near Guildford, with two performances per day. The play brings the story of Christmas to life and begins with Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey to Bethlehem and the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the shepherds in the fields. Songs and music accompany the arrival of the Wise Men on horseback. The play is performed by 50 volunteer cast in wonderful biblical costumes, assisted by sheep, donkeys, horses and a sheepdog. To book the Nativity please call 01793 418299 or book online at Performance times are 14th December 2.30pm and 5.30pm, 15th16th December 4.30pm and 7pm, 17th-18th December 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Performances are 90 minutes long and there is free parking. To win a family ticket, please answer the following: Q: Where is Wintershall? Please enter online at by 30th November 2016.

WIN FOUR TICKETS TO ALADDIN AT THE YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE VantagePoint and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre have teamed up to give you the chance to win four tickets to the glitter-filled, action-packed family pantomime Aladdin on Tuesday 13th December at 7pm. Ready to make all your wishes come true, award-winning actress, singer and musical theatre performer Janie Dee stars as the Genie. She is joined by Guildford favourites, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon and (water pistols at the ready!) Jamie Brook. Following her captivating performance in the West End production of War Horse, Emma Thornett will play the title role and PC Pongo will be played by none other than film star Ray Griffiths. Enter for the chance to join them on a magic carpet ride adventure. To win four tickets, please answer this question: Q: Who stars as the Genie? Please enter online at by 30th November 2016

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE BLOFELD AND BAXTER - ROGUES ON TOUR The brand new show, taking place at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 25th November, contains all new tales from the travels of two of the world’s best-loved broadcasters. Having already extended their hugely successful tour once this year, Blowers and Backers are taking to the road again this Autumn due to popular demand. Rogues on the Road is crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) anecdotes from two extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe. Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld is one of Britain’s most loved and recognisable broadcasters, while legendary producer of TMS Peter Baxter has been corralling lost passports, misplaced visas, and errant broadcasters for over 34 years. To win a pair of tickets on Friday 25th November, please answer this question: Q: What is Henry Blofeld’s catchphrase? Please enter online at by 16th November 2016. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine, Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering. You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties. The prizes are nontransferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU, KT and RH postcode.

Chestnut View CARE HOME

Welcoming you to a caring future Chestnut View is a well established care home in the heart of Haslemere, Surrey, providing affordable high quality Residential, Nursing and Nursing Dementia Care. 

A newly refurbished home with spacious, en-suite rooms and beautiful gardens

Friendly experienced staff that recognise and promote Individuality and dignity to all residents

Daily activities and outings supported by a minibus

Nutritious freshly prepared home cooked meals

Come and talk to us if someone you love requires Residential, Nursing or Dementia Care, either short term or long term. We are here to help and answer any questions you may have.

Chestnut View Care Home, Lion Green, Haslemere, GU27 1LD Tel: 01428 652622 Email: Web:


Managed by Places for People Ltd in partnership with Waverley Borough Council.

“Giving it a go.” No start-up fee on monthly memberships Gym, swim, classes and personal support

Whatever place you’re into

Haslemere Leisure Centre 01428 658484

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Farnham Leisure Centre 01252 723208

The Edge 01428 644577


Godalming Leisure Centre 01483 410500

Terms and conditions apply. Offer only applies to all-inclusive monthly direct debit memberships. Membership offer only available 1st to 14th November 2016.

VantagePoint Magazine November 2016 - Haslemere, Farnham & Midhurst  

Your best view of what's going on locally

VantagePoint Magazine November 2016 - Haslemere, Farnham & Midhurst  

Your best view of what's going on locally