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The Restaurant at The Georgian Hotel in Haslemere has been re-named, “The King’s Pantry” – one of several exciting changes now in place to bring about The Georgian’s long awaited makeover and transformation. In keeping with its Royal links, The King’s Pantry’s Head Chef, Christopher Gray-Grana Priego, has personally cooked for both The Queen and Prince Philip during his time as Leading Chef in The Royal Navy - as well as being quarter finalist in TV’s Masterchef: The Professionals. Chris and his team have created delicious food combinations with a Modern British twist, cooked to perfection with a veritable feast of flavours. These epicurean menus, together with memorable signature dishes, the daily Specials Board and Catch of the Day, are set to take The King’s Pantry to culinary heights. The King’s Pantry will be “going local” when it comes to sourcing the best seasonal produce, first class ingredients and superb wines and there are several entertaining events planned over the next few months to showcase the enterprising and entrepreneurial ambitions for The Georgian Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.

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Last month we spent a very pleasant day at The Chilli Fiesta at West Dean House, the historic flint-faced Grade ll listed building situated in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park. It was a lovely sunny day and hot in every sense of the word! Actually, it’s a brilliantly organised festival with lots to see, taste and listen to. We went home laden with chilli plants, chutneys and sauces - should see us through the winter! After a quiet August, September is pretty busy with everyone getting back to normal after the summer holidays. Fingers crossed for a really sunny and warm late summer/early autumn. Sculptures created by some of the most renowned established and emerging artists from the Surrey Sculpture Society will form a Sculpture Trail through RHS Garden Wisley for the society’s 17th annual exhibition at the internationally acclaimed venue. It opened in August and runs until 27th September. The Surrey Sculpture Society’s membership has now grown to over 350, from talented amateurs to gifted professional sculptors from Surrey and the south of England, creating affordable and original pieces that can form eye-catching focal points in gardens, conservatories or interiors. The sculptors work with a broad range of materials including stone, metal, bronze, resin, glass, ceramic, wood and found objects. Admission to the Sculpture Trail is included in entrance to RHS Wisley. For information on Surrey Sculpture Society visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk. West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s next talk is on Tuesday 1st September; Frank Woodgate will give a talk on Marc Chagall’s Poetic Vision. Chagall’s style had a childlike innocence while incorporating elements of avantguard movements such as Cubism and Expressionism. The lecture is followed on September 24th by a visit to see 12 Chagall windows at All Saints Church, Tudeley, Kent. The lecture on Tuesday 6th October, given by Rupert Willoughby

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is ‘Threads of History: The World of the Bayeux Tapestry’. Executed by English craftsmen, the tapestry, depicting events leading up to The Norman Conquest, is the last survivor of a vanished art form. Meetings are held in Fittleworth Village Hall at 2pm. Coffee is available from 1.20pm. For membership details contact Beth Dugan on 01730 815339. Visitors are welcome for a fee of £5. Midhurst Camera Club has a Club Welcome evening on Wednesday 2nd September and then on Wednesday 16th they welcome Ken Scott who will present a talk entitled ‘It’s all in the mind’. exploring photographs from a psychological perspective, uncovering the fundamentals of why we see what we see and how we respond, both to what we see around us and to the photographs themselves. Starts at 7.30pm, visitors £5. Book online at www. midhurstcameraclub.co.uk . On 23rd, there’s a practical evening, entering competitions, print and PDI. Finally on 30th September, Ladies & Gentlemen’s Trophies – ‘Open’ - prints entered in this competition may be entered in the League and coin as ‘new entries’. Judge - David Eastley LRPS. Midhurst Camera Club is based at Cowdray Hall, Parkway, Easebourne St, Midhurst GU29 0AW. If you would like to know more about MCC have a look at their website as above. Grayshott Flower Club will be meeting again after the summer break on Wednesday 2nd September at Grayshott Village Hall when Laura Hawken will be giving a demonstration entitled ‘Botanical Kingdom’. New members and visitors are welcome to join them; doors open at 7pm with refreshments available from 7.15pm. There will be a sales table and raffle with the lucky winners taking home floral arrangements. For further information telephone 01428 651956. Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society recommence their meetings, after the summer holiday, on Thursday

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Back to school... back to Haslemere Museum

As children over the country prepare to return to school after the long summer break, it is not just school teachers who are making classrooms ready. This coming term Haslemere Educational Museum is expecting over 30 groups of up to 90 school children to attend educational workshops designed to complement National Curriculum studies on topics such as the ancient Egyptians, the Romans, and rocks and fossils. Such is the popularity of our educational programme that in 2014 the museum welcomed over 4,500 children in 110 school and special needs groups and undertook 81 outreach visits to another 1,000 children. At Haslemere Museum we are particularly well placed to offer such a wide-ranging educational programme. We have a full-time education officer, Kay Topping, a large, well-equipped education room and incredible resources: our huge collections of natural history, human history and geological objects, many very ancient, have come from all over the world. We also have a lovely garden with a pond suitable for pond dipping and an observation beehive with glass sidepanels for easy viewing. 8

Why an ‘Educational Museum’? It is no accident that Haslemere Educational Museum focuses on education: Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, who founded the museum in 1888, was an eminent surgeon who, for that time, had very enlightened views on education. He believed that the best way for people, young and old, to learn was by seeing and handling objects of interest. Indeed, in 1891 he suggested that:

“……education become more objective and concern things rather than books.” Sir Jonathan used his museum in Haslemere to demonstrate his theory and actively promoted his ideas in his lectures and writings. He is now considered to have single-handedly revolutionised the role of museums in education and, by making his collections accessible to all, Haslemere Museum was probably the first to cater for children. When he died in 1913, Sir Jonathan left his museum to Haslemere town, with just one proviso: it must be run as an educational museum. In the early days, education was focused on keeping the galleries open to all, running a programme of lectures and encouraging vantagepointmag.co.uk


local children to take ‘exams’ on the museum’s collections and general knowledge, set by the museum’s first curator, Ernest Swanton.

2,500 year-old mummy in the gallery. As an enthusiastic nine year old put it:

“My favourite bit was when we got to take the brains out through the nose.”

The museum moved to the current building on the High Street in 1926 and, as a result of a local fund-raising initiative, the extensive galleries were added that year. The spacious new premises offered superb facilities: a fine lecture hall, beautiful gardens as well as space for a library and temporary exhibition rooms. The Education Room, first used as a field studies centre, was added in 1950.

Or how better to introduce 4-6 year olds to rocks and fossilisation than compressing millions of years into 20 minutes by role-playing the death of a dinosaur, its fossilisation and subsequent discovery by palaeontologists? These classes then make their own fossil (out of plaster) and go on a hunt for real fossils in our Geology Gallery.

Our schools’ workshops So education is, as it always has been, at the heart of the museum’s work. And, central to that educational work is our wide-ranging schools programme which, with the new school term, is just about to get under way once more. Using objects from our extensive collections, our carefully constructed educational workshops aim to bring national curriculum topics to life in a way in-class studies are often unable to do. Through imaginative practical activities and handling objects we hope to inspire young minds and encourage a love of learning.

But our schools programme does not stop at the museum doors. Kay Topping also takes workshops out to schools unable to visit us and schools can hire our carefully planned loan boxes. Typically these contain replica artefacts, photographs, worksheets and quizzes. Other workshops With so many workshops and outreach visits anyone could be forgiven for thinking that our educational programme was limited to schools. Not so. Haslemere Museum offers many other learning opportunities. During school holidays and half-terms Kay organises a wide range of events tailored to different age groups and for families. Typically these craft-orientated workshops are intended to be hands-on and fun, albeit with educational value. Themes may be derived from our collections, such as our stunning butterfly collection, but also include pond-dipping, bug-hunts and the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. We also run regular groups for children, teenagers and adults, described in the box left.

Clockwise from far left: Nursery school children go pond-dipping; teenagers from the HYPE team curate their own project; the Dummy during the first stage of mummification (James Pike Photography); the Natural History Gallery; nursery school children go pond-dipping.

For example, what better way for a class of 8-9 year olds to grasp the Ancient Egyptian way of life than to make a mummy out of a life-size dummy? Generations of school children have been transfixed by actually ‘preserving’ our ‘dummy mummy’ themselves, in the same way bodies of Pharaohs were preserved for the afterlife thousands of years ago, before seeing a real,

Regular educational groups organised at Haslemere Museum:

We are particularly proud that our diverse range of workshops so often prove a big hit with children. As one primary school-aged child put it:

Adults: Bi-monthly ‘tea and talk’ sessions for small groups of adults to learn about our collections.

“This is an amazing museum, everyone should go there.”

HYPE (Haslemere Young People’s Exhibition): monthly groups for children over 12. Participants run their own curating projects and learn diverse creative skills.

Neither today’s Haslemere Museum team nor our founder, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, could ask for a better accolade.

Museum Explorers: monthly groups for children aged 5-11, learning through imaginative craft activities linked to museum exhibits.

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Early Years: fortnightly groups for the under 5’s, accompanied by a parent. Informal activities and stories.

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3rd September at 2pm in Grayshott Village Hall with what promises to be a very interesting lecture on ‘The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection’. Stephen Duffy will present many of the collection’s finest treasures as well as the history of its formation over five generations of one family. The greatest collectors were the 4th Marquis of Hertford and his illegitimate son Sir Richard who lived most of their lives in Paris. This lecture is the forerunner of their visit to London later in the month when most of the day will be spent at Hertford House. For more information about these events and their programme, contact Caroline Young on 01428 714276 or visit the website www. grayshottdfas.org.uk. Chiddingfold Horticultural Society will be holding their Autumn Show on Saturday 5th September at 2pm. You are welcome to go and admire the vegetables, flowers, fruit, flower arranging, cookery, photography, arts and craft. If you wish to enter go along to register at 7.30 - 8.30pm on Friday 4th. Tea and coffee will be available. The September talk will be at 8pm on Wednesday 16th September on ‘Pruning throughout the Year’. This will be given by Kevin Hobbs who is the Nursery Director at Hilliers and he will give practical advice and bring along plants for sale. Both events will be held in the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold. Second Thoughts, the nearly new shop in Chiddingfold, will be celebrating the first anniversary in their new

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premises when they re-open after the summer holidays on Saturday 5th September. Go and snap up a bargain or two and enjoy a glass of Prosecco at the same time. Opening times are from 9.30am until 4pm each weekday and the first Saturday in each month (term-time only). If you are interested in finding out more, contact either Lisa on 07786 637877 or Nicki on 07765 428005 or lisa@/nicki@ secondthoughtschiddingfold.co.uk. If you click Like and Get Notifications on their Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ secondthoughtschiddingfold - you will get up-to-date stock information, offers and product requests. Northumbrian artist M J Forster will be bringing his distinctive watercolours to Petworth’s Kevis House Gallery this September, in an exhibition of highly original landscape paintings of the South Downs. Forster’s expansive atmospheric depictions of wild Northern landscapes have been transposed over the past year onto the South Downs landscape. Matt has been looking for both familiarity and contrast within the South Downs, in a new landscape subject that he believes has a similar appeal to the open northern spaces he is used to in Northumberland. The results of his work will be on display at the gallery, in a selling exhibition from 5th September until 24th October. Kevis House Gallery is located in Lombard Street, Petworth GU28 0AG. Opening times are Monday to Saturday, 10 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone 01798 215007.

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Heirloom Fruit and Vegetables Food writer Shirlee Posner looks into traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables Some chefs are proud of the provenance of their ingredients and its not unusual to see heritage or heirloom mentioned on menus particularly in reference to tomatoes. In the south east of England we are lucky to have tomato grower Gary Griffiths supplying farm shops and restaurants with his gorgeous full-flavoured tomatoes. These include specialist cultivars. His company, Nutbourne, grows under glass in West Sussex, selling to farm shops and restaurants who just can’t seem get enough of his delicious fruits. This year he says that he could have sold twice as many of his bright orange cherry tomatoes and will double his crop next season. He buys his seed from seed houses, who provide him with high yield, fertile seeds. Paying £1 each for these he is guaranteed that the 16,000 seeds he plants will grow into productive plants. Growing nearly 30 different varieties of tomatoes that all need slightly different care is a specialist job. Gary is famous for his heirloom/heritage tomatoes so I asked him what that term means to him. Heritage and heirloom are terms used for traditional varieties of vegetables (not just tomatoes) that were grown on farms and in gardens. Post-war modern techniques for growing and the demand for higher yields have impacted on the range of varieties of all vegetables for sale. In addition large supermarkets moved from buying produce from wholesalers to working directly with farmers and dictating seed type. This gave them uniformity for their shops. Seed houses are able to create hybrids of cultivars (a practice started in the 1900’s) to control size of fruit, yield and disease resistance too. Straight cucumbers, leeks and uniform carrots have been achieved by creating hybrids all good for supermarket shelves, but not always for their flavour.

number of seeds available and hence the variety, many traditional varieties of plants will be lost. Hybrids (where two cultivars have been combined) cannot be used to harvest seed as many of these will be sterile. If seeds are successfully grown they will revert to one of the parent’s type. The term true-type is used here to describe the growing of a seed harvested from a plant that will be the same as its parent. Heirloom seeds are those that have been retained in their original genetic form as close to the original parent plant as possible. Heirloom seeds are from traditional cultivars that were passed down through farming families who harvested seed as part of their natural work. Depending on where you live in the world your local environment (weather and soil) will affect the way the plant develops over time and this was part of their unique history and eating quality. Modern seed houses started to emerge from the 1900’s when the technique to create hybrids was first developed. Another term that’s important here is open pollination and sometimes on heritage or heirloom packs you will see OP next to the seed type. This indicates that the seed has come from plants that have been pollinated by insects, birds, wind or humans. The plants are more diverse and make changes to adapt to the local environment. So this backs up why some fruit and vegetables taste so different depending on where they are grown. The slight problem here is if different varieties of the same plants are grown close to each other they will not remain true to type. If you save seed your plants next season may share the characteristics of the variety it grew next to for example smaller

Conservationists are concerned that as commercial seed houses are reducing the

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size fruit. Farmers know this so don’t plant different cultivars close to each other. In hybrid plants the pollination has been created by human intervention although some open pollination will occur too. However it’s when you want to harvest seed for the next season that the real difference is clear. Growers who use hybrid seeds have to buy new seed each year and this can be expensive. For farmers in low-income countries there has been criticism when seed aid has been given that if the seeds are hybrid the farmers are unable harvest seed. There is also concern that people will lose the skill of seed conservation and become dependent on buying seed or starve. Gary, like many commercial growers, has to tread a fine line between choosing seeds which will provide a fantastic end product but also have high enough yields to make them commercially viable. He also grows insecticide-free produce, which means purchasing disease resistant hybrids is essential to his success. But as he pointed out, losing varieties is a sad part of the modern food system. One of the tomatoes he has been growing which his customers love is a Tiger tomato with distinctive stripes and a high solid matter, making them perfect for roasting. Lack of demand for this seed means they are being phased out and he in turn will have to de-list them and the species could be lost. Local growers James and Catherine Dampier of Village Greens in Ockley also offered some insight. They have been growing fruit and vegetables to sell in their two farm shops for the last eight years. They grow on a smaller scale to Gary and grow a wider range of more traditional British crops with a few European favourites like aubergines tossed in too. With their strong ethos on bringing the best-flavoured natural food to their customers they can buy their seeds (organic where possible) from smaller seed houses like Tozers based in Cobham and Chiltern based in the south east. They currently grow heritage varieties of globe artichokes (Green Globe), broad bean (Aquadulce Claudia) and Crystal Lemon cucumbers but choose their seed carefully. They were also keen to point out that modern breeding can produce better disease resistance so choosing a hybrid seed is often the

Far left:Mixed Heritage tomatoes. Left: Black Heritage cobra beans. Top: Traditional carrots at Secretts. Above: Nutbourne’s cherry Tiger tomatoes.

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best option. They have also ventured down the organic route and find that some hybrids are better for them as they need little or no protection against many of the diseases that can have devastating effects on crops. This is a view also shared by Greg Secrett at Hurst Farm in Milford. He grows an extensive range of produce for his farm shop and his wholesale business. He grows some of this from heirloom seeds which are open pollinated such as Scorzonera also known as ‘black salsify’. This delicious tuber is sold directly to the restaurant trade in London where top chefs prize its unusual flavour. But like many other farmers he chooses seed he knows will be reliable and high yielding. He also grows heritage varieties of beetroot, black cabbage, chard and parsley. Luckily for those of us who grow vegetables for our own use we can be more relaxed and selective over what we choose to grow. We are not maximising yields or worrying about national prices. When I started growing veggies a few years ago I was unaware that my friend Jackie was a seed conservationist. She is an allotment holder and is my ‘go to’ person for advice. Having a chat recently I found out she is a member of Garden Organic. This organisation encourages organic gardening and is dedicated to preserving our valuable organic heritage. You can become a member of their Heritage Seed Library for a small fee and as part of that will receive six packets of heritage seeds from their catalogue each year. Seeds preserved by this group had been dropped from seed catalogues as new disease resistant hybrids were developed or had become less popular than newer varieties. Looking through heritage seed collections I have found gorgeous deep red broad beans, mottled runner beans and cool cucumbers to add to my growing list for next summer. I had no idea the seeds that Jackie gave me were true-type heirloom seeds of traditional varieties of beans, peas, lettuce and cabbage that she carefully harvests at the end of each growing season. I was topping up by buying commercially produced hybrid seeds but now I know better and from next year I will get my first batch of seeds from Garden Organic too.

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Top: Black salsify growing. Above: Black salsify seeds open pollinated

This means that like Jackie I can save seed from the current harvest to plant next year in a far more sustainable and ecofriendly way of gardening. In addition I will be adding biodiversity to my garden and helping to keep preserve some of our traditional plants for future generations to enjoy. Shirlee Posner is a food writer www.shirleeposner.co.uk and blogger at www.eatsurrey.co. A champion of local artisan food producers and suppliers her blog focuses on reviewing local independent food companies in Surrey to help raise awareness of the wonderful artisan food our county and those that border it has to offer.

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Sundays 6th September and 4th October are the dates of the next Haslemere Farmers’ Market. (every first Sunday of the month). Runs from 10am – 1.30pm in the High Street, Haslemere Try turkey sausages, handmade chocolates and delicious cakes and some are gluten free. Taste fresh rolled oats which help to make gold medal winning quality whole grain mueslis, granolas, speciality flours, crumble and bread mixes. Buy honey, game, rare-breed meat, some organic, fresh fish and shellfish Sicilian street food and sauces, fresh vegetables, chocolate brownies, smoked fish and readymade salads and even soap. Haslemere Transition Town stall includes second hand books. If you can’t make Haslemere Farmers’ Market there is Milford Harvest Farmers’ Market, 20th September at Secretts’, Milford GU8 5HU and Godalming Farmers’ Market, 26th September, Godalming High Street 10am-4pm. For more details: www.surreyfarmersmarkets.org e-mail admin@ farmersmarketsurrey.co.uk Midhurst Music Society’s autumn season will begin with a social evening on Monday 7th September at the Methodist Church Hall, Midhurst from 7.45pm. Potential new singers are invited to go along, to meet MMS members and to sample the music that they will be preparing for their next concert on 12th December. You don’t have to be an experienced singer; they will help you to enjoy making good music with friends. The concert will be on the theme of Christmas past and will feature Charpentier’s ‘Messe de

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Minuit’ and a number of early music Christmas pieces. They will be accompanied by members of the Southern Early Music Forum and there will be opportunities for audience participation. For the first time, MMS will be performing their concert in the Midhurst Memorial Hall but rehearsals will be in the adjacent Methodist Church Hall at 7.45pm on Monday evenings. They hope that new singers will join them; there are opportunities for all voices. For details, see the website www. midhurstmusic.org or call 01730 812783 Witley Pantomime Company needs you! Do you like to act and sing? Perhaps backstage is more your thing? If so, go along and join the fun, there’s something there for everyone. They welcome performers and crew of all ages (minimum age 9-years-old). Rehearsals for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ begin at 7.30pm on Monday 7th September at the Chichester Hall, Witley. They would love to see you there - Oh, yes they would! The renowned Haslemere Musical Society (HMS), with its 60-strong choir and 40-strong symphony orchestra, will be starting rehearsals for the 2015-16 season this month. The first rehearsal will be at 7.30pm on Monday 7th September and takes place at Haslemere Hall. Those interested in trying their voices out in the choir are encouraged to turn up at the Hall by 7.15pm on any of the 7th, 14th and 21st and make themselves known to any of the welcoming committee members who will be there. There are no auditions for the choir. Those interested in the possibility of joining the

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orchestra are advised to phone the orchestra secretary on 01428 656129 before the first day of rehearsals to discuss their interest. The forthcoming season has many highlights, with music by Beethoven, Sibelius, Rutter, Tchaikovsky among others. Full details may be found on the HMS website www.hmsoc.org.uk Wisley Flower Show runs from Tuesday 8th to Sunday 13th September, 9am –6pm (5pm Sunday). RHS Garden Wisley’s six-day floral extravaganza will be opened by RHS Ambassador, Mary Berry on the Tuesday. Browse and buy from RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Show medal winners along with other specialist nurseries and garden accessory stands. Visit the National Dahlia Society Annual Show (Tuesday – Friday) in the Marquee, and on Saturday and Sunday there will be a selection of displays from the National Dahlia Society, the National Dahlia Collection and Pheasant Acre Plants. Surrey NAFAS will exhibit stunning floral creations under the theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ in the Glasshouse. A free shuttle bus will operate from Horsley Station every 20 minutes (a journey of about 15 minutes). Remember to present your valid train ticket at the Garden entrance to save 25% on the full adult entry fee. Free with normal garden admission. Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute (WI), the first WI to be formed in England, will host ‘100 Not Out’ a once in a lifetime event, on Tuesday 8th September at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton. Tickets

for WI members to attend the event are just £9 per person and must be booked in advance. Tickets are also available on the day, priced at standard admission – see the Museum’s website for details. Individual WI members wishing to buy tickets are invited to call the Museum on 01243 811021 or email courses@wealddown.co.uk to book. Group bookings should be made via WIs. The admission fee covers full access to the Museum and its 40-acre site. Grayshott Gardeners open their Autumn Season on Wednesday 9th September at 8pm in Grayshott Village Hall with a lecture by Dr Henry Oakley, entitled ‘Why Poisonous Plants Make Good Medicines’. It promises to be an interesting and informative evening. Dr Oakley is a Garden Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and oversees a very special garden containing thousands of plants cultivated both in the past and present for medicinal purposes. Since 2005 he has concentrated on the history of the medicinal uses of plants and also the effects of plants used for ‘recreational purposes.’ Visitors and new members are always welcome at this friendly RHS affiliated club which meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Grayshott Village Hall. Lectures start at 8pm. Refreshments are available and home grown plants are usually on sale. For further information, contact Maureen Boorman on 01428 722000. Their website www.grayshottgardeners.net is informative and regularly updated. For email enquiries, info@ grayshottgardeners.net. GODALMING 40 HIGH STREET GU7 1DY 01483 418020

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Historic locations on a 19th Century canal route will be explored during two guided walks over the 2015 Heritage Open Days weekend. They are being run by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, which is inviting members of the public to find out about its restoration work on the northern section of the waterway. The first walk is on Saturday, 12th September, meeting at 2.15pm in the car park of Shamley Green Church, Church Hill, Shamley Green GU4 0UD. It will follow a four-mile circular route to visit four sites containing relics of the canal and the Horsham to Guildford railway, including three ironframed bridges. On Sunday 13th September walkers will meet at 2pm at the Gunpowder Store, Stonebridge Wharf, on the River Wey at Shalford. With Trust publicity officer Rob Searle, they will explore parts of the canal route down to the former Bramley Wharf. This 1½ mile stroll, taking approximately two hours, will take in the Tannery Lane roving bridge and the sites of the Tannery Lane Lock and the unique Gosden Aqueduct. It is also an opportunity to explore the new Hunt Nature Park which is being created by Trust volunteers and it is hoped the Gunpowder Store – which held the products of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills before shipment by barge – will be open for the day. Parking is available at Broadford Business Park, Shalford GU4 8EP, behind the Parrot Inn on the A248. It’s essential to wear walking boots, stout shoes or trainers. The walks are free but donations to the Trust will be welcome. Booking is essential, by e-mail to events@weyandarun. co.uk or by calling 01483 505566, by 3rd September for the Saturday and 11th September for the Sunday. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust is restoring a 23-mile canal between the Wey at

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Shalford and the River Arun at Pallingham in West Sussex. Find out more at www.weyandarun.co.uk. U3A (University of The Third Age) are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 12th September from 10am – 12.30pm. It will take place in Capron House, North Street, Midhurst. Just drop in and see what they have to offer, you’ll be amazed at the variety of subjects and events. There’s free coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat. Everyone is very welcome. Most counties in England hold an annual ‘Ride & Stride’, on the second Saturday in September, this year 12th September, to raise money for church restoration and repair. The idea is that cyclists and walkers are given a list of churches and chapels in the area of their choice. They map out their own route to pedal or walk to places of Christian worship having arranged to be sponsored by friends for a fixed sum or donation per church visited. The money that is collected is divided in two. Half goes to the church of the participants choice, the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need, in response to a grant application. In the sixteen years that Ride & Stride has been running in Surrey, over £300,000 has been raised. Why not make up a group and join in this year! Further details from Hamish Donaldson, donaldson@ haslemere.com or call 01248 644473. Useful website: www.SurreyChurchesPreservationTrust.org

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Ceri-Jane O’Hara added: “We have an interesting and varied programme of walks that should appeal to anyone who wants to step out, meet people and learn something new. Whatever your age or fitness ability, whether you are a complete walking novice or specifically interested in local history, wildlife or just want to challenge yourself with one of the long distance routes, there is something for everyone to enjoy”. All walks are free to attend and are led by knowledgeable walk leaders to guide people along the route, with some designed for families. Booking for all walks is essential and numbers are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. More information, including the details of all the walks, is available from www.haslemere.com/vic. So with your walking boots at the ready, do join us for a walk to celebrate and encourage walking in and around the beautiful town of Haslemere.

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Creative bug Kirstie Smillie finds plenty of artistic talent in Surrey spreading their creative bug. I love being around creative people but what often saddens me is the number of gifted people there are and how hard it is to make a living from it. Saying that, from adversity comes innovation. In our challenging times old crafts are returning to popularity. This is giving creative types the opportunity to earn income from their knowledge with classes in a multitude of crafts. From crochet and knitting to sewing and neelepoint, these quiet brain calming pastimes enable us to make beautiful things by ourselves. Learning a new craft or remembering an old one is a great way to socialise with friends and like minded people. You can even save funds on soft furnishings when you make them yourself, and design them how you want them. Keep ideas simple to start with, just use basic shapes, and then as you grow in confidence try more technical designs.

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Craft connoisseur, Claire Dadswell, with a CV including The London College of Fashion, offers classes from her Godalming location. Her most popular lesson, Intro to Sew is a two hour session for £25 (with tea and a chat for free). Sewing machines can take a bit of mastering and a few head scratching moments, so having an expert on hand to help when, “ the blasted bobbin is stuck” is a good starting point. With or without a sewing machine (as she has a selection to use, including a traditional hand-crank version, pictured above) you are taught how to set up your machine and learn the basics, to kick-start your homespun dreams. The re-cycle bug is still growing. Using your old clothing to make new is so rewarding and Claire is a big advocate of this, “I can’t stand throwing away anything - if it can be reused, I will make it into something new.” Up-cycling is the buzz word, but it’s not that new as our grandparents started it during the war. An unused

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Up-cycle by Claire Dadwell, I Made This Crafts - old shirts, jeans and a pebble get a make-over.

Dad’s shirt can be made into kids pyjama trousers (using the sleeves) or a little girl’s frock (using the buttoned placket). A real saving on fabric and trimmings. Denim jeans can be made into soft reversible weekend bags and holiday pebbles decorated in crochet as a unique ornament. For class times and prices, email: claire@imadethiscrafts.co.uk, or call 07941 159461. www.imadethiscrafts.co.uk.

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FASHION & CRAFTS Now for something a bit different Fancy a go at glass-blowing? Try a day course with skilled artisan, Jake Mee, at Smithbrook Glassblowing Studio, Cranleigh.

Street, Dorking, is running a day course on 5th September, held at Gorgeous Gerties, where lunch is included (obviously gorgeous).

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Love wood? Then join Surrey sculptor, Ruth Wheeler with Sculpt It, 1st and 2nd September, for woodland arts workshops held at The Workshop, Devils Punch Bowl. For bookings and future wood carving dates, email ruthwheeler.scultit@gmail.com, call 0776 9906529, www.sculptit.co.uk. Enjoy the beauty of stained glass design. Artist, Amanda Winfield based in Abinger Hammer, offers taster days and more experienced courses throughout the year. Email amanda1@abinger-stained-glass.co.uk, call 01306 730617 or visit www.abinger-stained-glass.co.uk for details. Learn furniture painting techniques from an expert. Simon Dykes of Shabby Chic Country Living in West

Must see….and do For a weekend craft treat, visit Thread, a Festival of Textiles, being held at the Farnham Maltings on 25th and 26th September. You will have a chance to watch craft folk at work, buy fabric and haberdashery, watch demonstrations and participate in workshops. Make a lampshade with Jane Warren, try block printing or hand felting or kick-start your sewing with Alice and Ginny. Nearly too much to choose from, and bound to inspire those who are ready to dabble in something arty crafty. To view and book the workshops on offer visit the website www.farrnhammaltings.com or call 01252 745444.

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Fernhurst Films starts its 9th Season on Saturday 12th September with ‘Suite Française’ as its first film of the new season at Fernhurst Village Hall. Based on the acclaimed novel by Irène Némirovsky and set in the early years of the German occupation of France, it tells the story of the romance that blooms between a French woman and a German officer billeted in her mother-in-law’s house. Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts. Doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Fernhurst Post Office. For a synopsis of the season’s films, click onto:- www.fernhurst. net/films/index.htm. ‘Happy and Glorious’ is a Concert for Orchestra, Choir and Audience which takes place on Saturday 12th September at 7.30 pm at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere. A special celebration with the Haslemere Festival Chorus and The Waverley Ensemble celebrate the Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch with this especially designed programme based on the music at the Queen’s Coronation. Items include: I was Glad (Parry); I vow to Thee my Country (Holst); Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke); Zadok the Priest (Handel); Crown Imperial (Walton); Nimrod (Elgar); Thou Wilt keep him in perfect peace (Wesley); Jerusalem (Parry); Fireworks Music (Handel); Greater Love hath no Man (Ireland).There will be items for the orchestra and choir alone, hymns for the audience as well as appropriate readings to mark the Queen’s reign. Entry free with retiring collection.

Haslemere Art Society will be holding its 121st Annual Exhibition from 12th to 19th September at Haslemere Educational Museum which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am - 5pm. Entry free but donations would be very welcome. It will be a large and varied exhibition of recent work and paintings sculpture and ceramics work will be for sale by professional and amateur artists. Liphook & District Ramblers meet during the week and at weekends. Walks vary from a couple of hours to almost all day. Here are details of the September programme: Saturday 12th, Selborne, Noar Hill. 5 miles. Start 10am: NT CP behind Selborne Arms GR SU742335 Lifts 09.30am. Coffee stop: Sunday 13th, Shanklin, Godshill. 10 miles. Start: 8.15am Petersfield Station CP, GR SU743235. Lifts 7.50am. Catch 8.23 train (return ticket to Shanklin). Coffee stop/picnic lunch. Option of a meal at end of walk: Tuesday 22nd, Dogmersfield & Basingstoke Canal. Start 10am Waterwitch Pub CP, Colt Hill, Odiham, GR SU747517 (RG29 1AL) About 5 miles. Lifts are from the car park in the Midhurst Road in Liphook – nearest post code is GU30 7TN. Full information on www. liphookramblers.wordpress.com. Haslemere U3A have organised a fascinating talk at Haslemere Hall on Monday 14th September at 2pm. ‘The Amazing World of Magic’ by John Field, associate member of the Inner Magic Circle, who will reveal the oldest magic trick and how to avoid the scams based on it! He will talk about the history of magic, famous magicians and demonstrations of different styles

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD of the magician’s art. Admission £2. Non-members welcome. Membership inquiries to Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652 338. Have a look at www.haslemere-u3a.org.uk Having had a break in August the next meeting for the Midhurst Garden Club will be on Monday 14th September and the speaker is Jean Griffin who some of you may well remember. Jean lectures on a variety of subjects and this time Bulbs, Corms and Tubers will be her topic. October is the prime time for planting our bulbs so it should be of great interest. The talk will commence at 7.30pm in the South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street and refreshments will be available from 7pm. Visitors are always welcome to go along to the lectures and will be charged a small fee of £2. If you would like further information about the Club, please contact the secretary, Denise Skinner on 01730 814194 or at askinner3@sky.com. Haslemere Decorative And Fine Arts Society (HDFAS) will be returning after the summer break for a lecture with a musical theme. On Tuesday 15th September, at Haslemere Hall, Charles Beauclerk will explore the life of England’s greatest pianist, John Ogdon, whose victory in the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition placed him at the summit of his profession for over a decade. Tragedy was to follow when a severe mental breakdown broke his professional and personal life and led to an early death. The lecture, which starts at 2pm Beritaz 0914_Layout 1 14/08/2014 11:45 Page 1 to ask for 2.15pm, will be followed by tea and the opportunity the lecturer questions and meet society members. This will be

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the first of the Autumn lectures - The Wilton Diptych Enigma, The Green Man in Art and The History of Stained Glass seen through the Christmas Story will follow. Bookings will also be taken on 15th September for the November outing to the National Gallery to see the ‘Portraits by Francisco de Goya’ exhibition. As always, HDFAS offers a wide variety of topics to entertain and inform - new members and guests are very welcome. For more details about our Society please contact HDFAS Membership Secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email membership@haslemeredfas.org.uk. Information about the Society’s future activities is available on the HDFAS website at www.haslemeredfas.org.uk. The ladies of Liphook Women’s Institute will be entertained and educated at their September meeting, with a talk on ‘Collecting Antiques’ by Tony Creasy. The talk will be held on Wednesday 16th September at The Village Hall, Headley Road, Liphook at 7.30pm. Other activities in September will include craft, play reading, Scrabble and the lunch club. Go along to the talk on the night or call the WI president Maureen Truss on 01428 723836 in advance. In August, Liss Archaeology had a very enjoyable weekend dig at the Flying Bull pub in Rake. If you too would like to learn more about your local history and maybe dig some of it up then why not contact Liss Archaeology now and take an active part in their activities, like this weekend dig at the pub. Follow them on twitter or Facebook. And there is a now a website - http://lissarchaeologygroup.weebly.com/.

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EVENTS Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers Surrey needs your help! Do you know anything about people living or working in Surrey during WWI? Soldiers, nurses, factory workers, farm workers, casualties, conscientious objectors... can you help Surrey Heritage build up a picture of the war’s impact on the county through the stories of these people and the places in which they lived, worked, went to school or worshipped?

West Surrey’s War 1914-1918 On 12th September Waverley will be holding a special commemorative war event at the Burys Field in Godalming to explore how ordinary people living in the towns and villages of West Surrey handled the daily hardships of WWI. This exciting and important event will be the first of its kind in Waverley, bringing together a host of local organisations to provide an outdoor interactive event for all the family. As part of the event, guests are invited to bring along any Great War-related documents or artefacts hiding in the attic and have them examined and recorded by professional historians. As part of a major four-year initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, experts from Surrey Heritage will be on hand to record visitors’ stories and add them to a growing picture of the war’s impact on Surrey. The Rural Life Centre invites you to experience a typical laundry day ‘WWI style’, using period artefacts from their collection and also to make your very own Union Jack flag. Elsewhere you can also step inside a WWI bunker and a first aid tent. Three major exhibitions featuring village archives and family memorabilia, collated by Blackheath Village Archive, Thursley and Badshot Lea, reveal the incredible stories of local men who served in the Great War, as well as providing an insight into life on the home front. Godalming Museum and Godalming Town Council invite you to unearth the history of Witley Camp, follow a poppy trail around the town and search for your relatives in Godalming’s roll of honour, as well as sharing their stories. A live performance by Charterhouse School and the Surrey Army Cadets will be a highlight of the event, which will also include talks, workshops, children’s activities and refreshments. The event will conclude on the Saturday with an invitation to attend the Heroes Band Concert at the Bandstand on the Philips Memorial Grounds at 5pm. Organisers are hoping that many of the displays and activities will also be available to view on Sunday 13th September. 24

Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, offers the perfect opportunity to discover how the war affected those in your street, community and county. Visit our stall to find out more about how you could contribute to keeping stories and memories alive for future generations. Bring along any Great War-related documents or artefacts hiding in your attic and take the opportunity to have them examined by a professional historian or archivist. We will also be live-Tweeting and blogging from the event. Surrey in the Great War will make a real impact on the preservation of Surrey’s heritage. The resulting data will be freely available online so if you’re interested in Surrey life in and links to the Great War period, we may be able to help. If you would like to find out more about the project and how you can get involved, visit www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk or email surreyinthegreatwar@surreycc.gov.uk.

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few tickets at £29 and £24 available for this feast of popular classics – but they may not last for long! Book online at www. grayshottconcerts.co.uk or, for more information, ring 01428 606666 – 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday (debit cards accepted). Stedham WI is holding a Centenary Celebration Fête and Village Event on Saturday 19th September. It takes place at Stedham Memorial Hall and on the Village Green from 2pm. to 4.30pm. Market stalls, plus traditional WI cake and produce stall, refreshments, children’s games, bric-a-brac, book stall, tombola, raffle and games of chance. To add interest to the occasion, WI ladies intend to dress at they might have done 100 years ago. Proceeds will go to village organisations and the WI. Free entry and free organised parking. Liphook Methodist Church will hold a Floral Festival with the theme ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. Doors will be open to the public on Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th, from 10am to 5pm (2pm to 5pm on Sunday). Representatives of the following institutions will take part in the Festival this year: Liphook Floral Decoration Society, St Mary’s Church, Little Cherubs Pre-School, Girl Guides and the Methodist Amateur Dramatics Company. In addition, they have displays from the church groups that meet on a regular basis and members of the Methodist Church and the young people. This event is a fundraiser and they hope to raise a huge amount for WaterAid UK. For more information contact thesecretary@ liphookmethodist.org. Liphook Methodist Church, London Road, Liphook GU30 7AN

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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE WI Ann Heward on a century of a national institution This year is the centenary of the Women’s Institute (WI), one of the country’s best known organisations. To celebrate, a relay baton has been travelling through all the counties of Wales and England plus the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It arrived in Surrey on 18th May and it finished at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th June. Special events have been organised throughout the country and in Surrey.

Singleton in West Sussex. It was of course wartime. They and others in villages nationwide were soon set up and formed in conjunction with the Agricultural Society of the time to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during WWI. There was particular emphasis with small animal husbandry – chickens for food and eggs, rabbits for food and fur.

The original idea of forming a women’s group came from Adelaide Hoodless who lived in Stoney Creek, Ontario in Canada. She felt that there was a need to educate women in nutrition, hygiene and child care because children were dying needlessly. So a group was set up in the house with help from a local benefactor. Later Madge Watt, another Canadian from British Columbia, where by now there were several WIs, came to England in 1913 and wanted to start some WIs here but didn’t get any support. However she joined the Agricultural Organisation Society, which had been set up to advise the government on food production.

During WWII when food was rationed and in very short supply, the WI was encouraged to grow and preserve fruit by bottling and canning, and extra sugar was provided by the government to do so. WI markets were set up and the members also welcomed evacuee children from London and helped settle them into families.

In 1915 she was invited to Bangor University College to speak to the North Wales branch of the society. There she met Col. Stapleton Cotton, its chairman who lived in Llanfair PG in Anglesey. He invited a group of women from the village to consider starting a WI which was unanimously agreed. It is said that he admitted to learning more about the capabilities and efficiency of women in that first year than he had learnt in 40 years! He obviously had no idea…

In 1948 Lady Denman opened the WI’s Denman College (below), near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. This has its own cookery and craft schools where you can go for short residential courses over a few days or a weekend or even just for a day and learn new skills in a multitude of sub-

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jects. There are courses in cookery, crafts, embroidery, using your sewing machine, photography, keep fit, life skills, and IT courses. These are open to non-members as well. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK and currently has 230,000 members in around 6,600 WIs nationwide. Nationally, as a charity the WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The WI is a non-party political and non-religious organisation open to all women from all backgrounds. The WI has three key messages: The WI is here to inspire you The WI is everything you want it to be The WI is what you make of it. The Surrey Federation of WIs is based in Guildford and the West Sussex one is in Chichester. There are approximately 178 WIs in the county which are all are very different in character

depending on the make up of the membership. Some large, some small, some formed years ago and some very new and local branches like the Spike WI in Guildford, Godalming Meadrow WI and Onslow Village WI, all formed within the past three years. There is even a WI in a women’s prison! FIND OUT MORE

There are a number of WIs in the local area. WIs hold monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations and are always happy to welcome new members. They also hold many different events, where members and non-members can get to know each other, and become involved in all sorts of interesting activities. If you are thinking of joining please contact the Surrey Federation office on 01483 233230 or the West Sussex Federation office on 01243 783134 and you will be put in touch with a WI Adviser to help you find the one in your area which suits you best. More information on their www.theWI.org.uk/surrey www.theWI.org.uk/sussex-west

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Haslemere Flower Club will hold their next meeting on Wednesday 23rd September, in Haslemere Hall, at 1.30pm, when Carol Ferris will demonstrate. The title will be ‘Wish you were Here’. The arrangements will be raffled, and the afternoon will end with tea and biscuits. Visitors are very welcome, at a charge of £5, so do go along with your friends, for a fun afternoon. For more information ring 01730 893708. Liphook’s biggest Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at the Millennium Centre, Liphook on Friday 25th September from 10am to 12 noon. Admission is free with a warm welcome to everyone. Coffee or tea and squash for the children will be available. There will be many stalls including a large selection of homemade cakes and produce, attractive crafts and gifts, lovely jewellery plus a generous tombola and an amazing raffle with many good quality prizes. Every penny raised will go to Macmillan Midhurst Cancer Support Palliative Service which covers this area. Friday 25th September is the date of the 2nd Annual Wetnose Day which was started to support the Animal charity, Wetnose Animal Aid, set up in 2000. The idea is for animal lovers across the country to organise fund raising events such as sponsored dog walks, tandem parachute jumps, doggie tea parties, in fact anything that might raise a few bob to help the work of animal rescue centres throughout the UK. Loads of celebs seem to have taken this one on board so expect to see a number of black noses on 25th! You can buy a nose and find out more by going online at www.wetnoseanimalaid.com/support.html. As part of Haslemere’s new walking festival in September, Transition Haslemere will be leading two walks: ‘Notable trees of the town’ on the afternoon of Friday 25th September, and ‘Notable trees of the woodlands’ on the afternoon of Sunday 27th September. They will be visiting the biggest, oldest and tallest local trees, well as many that are simply lovely or interesting. The walks are free to join and further details can be found at www.transitionhaslemere.org.

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the Airfield Camp at Netheravon, in Wiltshire - so rest assured you’ll be in safe hands! All you need to do is pay a £50 registration fee and raise a minimum of £450 sponsorship. And then relax and enjoy the view! To find out more or register to take part, call 01252 729446 or email fundraising@pth.org.uk Grayshott Folk Club start their new 2015/2016 season on Saturday 26th September at 7.30pm in Grayshott Village Hall when their special headline guests will be ‘Betty and The Boy’ who are on tour from Eugene, Oregon. They are a band whose music straddles folk, rock, bluegrass and Americana. They are extremely gifted, starting to make big waves in the U.S. and are broadening their horizons with this, their first tour of the UK. Grayshott Folk Club has an impressive track record of introducing new acts to their audiences, who then go on to wider recognition and who later appear at much bigger venues. They have Elliott Morris in support; he played back in April and really impressed the audience that night. He is a young singer/guitarist/songwriter who already has a wide experience on stage and has great banter with his audience. He is definitely one to watch! Advance Adult Tickets: £12 or £14 on the door. Children under 16: £6/£7. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. RHS Wisley is holding a Birds of Prey Weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. Find out all about these magnificent birds from the experts throughout each day. There will be flying displays at 11am and 2pm

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Creating a Garden for Retirement In the garden I am always thinking ahead, whether I’m ordering seed for future sowings, designing a new feature, planning a long-term trial or just thinking about which new plants to grow next year. It is always wise to plan for the future so that you can fulfil all your gardening dreams. At this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, one of the showcases was the Just Retirement Garden: A garden for every retiree, designed by Tracy Foster. This emonstrated how planning ahead for your retirement and encompassing accessible, interesting, creative and useful features within your garden design can create the space to enjoy hobbies, entertain friends and make the most of the joy of gardening in retirement. The Just Retirement Garden featured some super brick-built raised beds, which were both attractive and functional and form a lasting, useful feature to enjoy throughout retirement. Brick built raised beds offer many advantages to the gardener. Ideal for sociable gardeners, they can easily accommodate a large number of guests at a party. They also make gardening more practical by raising up the plants, making them easier to tend and carry out any weeding or watering. The fragrance from scented plants is more easily enjoyed when the plants are raised, making this an ideal place to grow aromatic and deliciously perfumed plants. Hobbies are important to all of us, whatever age we are, and by incorporating our interests within the design of our garden we can maximise the garden’s appeal and the time we’ll spend there. The Just Retirement Garden featured hedges, beehives, bird boxes, and bird feeders to encourage wildlife and vegetables and herbs for cooking to save money at the supermarket. You may want to create your very own vista to paint from the comfort of your home or include areas for exercising, barbecuing, woodworking, somewhere to relax with a comfortable seat in the sun or the shade or a corner to garden with your grandchildren. You might want to include cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs, and scented plants. Don’t forget practical features like non-slip paths,

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Tracy Foster, designer of the Just Retirement: A Garden for Every Retiree garden, and the garden at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show (Beth Otway).

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for the study day must be booked in advance and cost £50 per person. For further information or to make a booking, contact the museum team on 01243 811021 or email courses@wealddown.co.uk. French Conversation classes will be running on Mondays. Beginners, from 7pm to 8pm and Intermediates from 8pm to 9pm at the Fernhurst Centre starting on Monday 28th September. The lessons are informal and fun and include a variety of subjects and opportunity for conversation practice. For more details, please contact Veronique on 01428 658599. Citizens Advice Waverley is looking for two people to join their dynamic Trustee Board. Good communication skills and a commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service are essential to this role. Ideally candidates will also have experience in working with the public sector and/or in an HR, legal or finance role. An interest in digital services/social media would also be valuable. You can find out more about these roles, their main duties and responsibilities, the personal skills and qualities required and their code of conduct at www.waverleycab.org.uk/category/jobs. If you are interested in being considered for this role, please email your CV to Phil Davies, chief executive at dmbs@ waverleycab.cabnet.org.uk or post it to Citizens Advice Waverley, 36 Bridge Street, Godalming GU7 1HP. Closing date for applications is 30th September. Sussex Wildlife Trust is looking for beautiful and aweinspiring wildlife and landscape photographs to grace the pages of their 2016 online calendar. The subject matter is entirely your choice providing it follows the theme, ‘My Wild Sussex’. Choose the wild places that are special to you – maybe the downs, woodlands, or a favourite urban nature spot where wildlife thrives. First prize is £100 cash and the runner-up will receive a set of four Mark Greco wildlife mugs. Pictures taken by the 12 finalists will appear in The Trust’s 2016 online calendar, and the overall winning image will feature in their members’ magazine, monthly enews and on their website. You can enter up to five images and they must all be in a landscape format and no bigger than 1MB. All images must be digital – no slides or prints. Once the Trust’s judges have selected the 12 finalists, the overall winner will be voted for by the public. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 September 2015. Upload your images to: sussexwildlifetrust. org.uk/discover/photo-competition, or post a CD to: Richard Cobden, Photography Competition, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD. Les Amitiés Françaises will welcome Professor Stimpson on Thursday 1st October to talk about the history of Paris from its 3BC settlement by the Parisii tribe. As usual they will meet in the Baptist Hall in Queen Street, Godalming from 7pm (coffee), with parking, and 7.30pm lecture in French lasting about an hour. The 2015/16 season brochure will be in libraries and museums etc. from the end of August - there will be eight lectures and several social events. They look forward to welcoming old and new members with both historical and current topics, all relevant to France today. Details of vantagepointmag.co.uk


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GREAT NEWS for all our readers looking for something fun to do over the next few months! There is a new 14 week part-time Art Class starting soon near you (3 hours a week, mornings or afternoons).

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The best of veg Tim McEntire trained as a chef at London’s Savoy Hotel and opened his first restaurant in 1979 at the tender age of 22. In 2012 he became director of Food Float, which sells produce sourced from 23 local producers from a stall on Dorking High Street every Friday and Saturday and via a home delivery service. Tim is a great fan of pickled beetroot. “As well as red beetroot we sell pink chioggia, orange, white and Cheltenham varieties,” he explains, adding that colourful carrots are also ideal for pickling with beetroot. “We offer the standard orange, chantenay, white, yellow and purple.”

Pickled beetroot and carrots Ingredients For a batch of pickling liquid 200g sugar 250mls water 250mls white wine vinegar, 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon each of cloves, allspice and black peppercorns Your choice of whole fresh beetroots (and carrots if desired)

Method: 1. Wash the beetroot and boil until just cooked and retaining a little firmness. 2. If using carrots, peel and leave 1cm of stalk then lightly boil in salted water so they are still crunchy. 3. Wearing rubber gloves and while still hot, carefully remove the skin. 4. Prepare the pickling liquid by putting all the other ingredients in a clean pan, bringing to the boil and simmering for 5 minutes. 5. If the beetroots are small keep them whole, otherwise cut into chunks and place in a sterilised kilner jar. The same applies to the carrots. 6.Cover with the pickling liquid complete with the cinnamon and spices. Allow to cool, close the lid and pop in the fridge.

Sweet pickled red cabbage Method: Use the same pickling liquid recipe as above. You also need a red cabbage and 150g of salt. 1. Cut the red cabbage into wedges, remove the core and slice thinly. 2. Place in a bowl with the salt. Mix well and transfer to a colander; place this over the bowl and leave overnight. 3. In the morning, rinse and dry well, pack into a sterilised jar and cover with the hot pickling liquid. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Red Kale Pasta Red Kale is less common than the green variety yet is still full of iron and vitamins A and C. Tim suggests softening a couple of cloves of garlic, a finely shredded red onion and some chopped spicy sausage or chorizo in olive oil. Remove the stalks from the kale, wash and shred and add to the mix. Allow the kale to soften and add to cooked pasta. Season with sea salt and black pepper and top with grated parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. The sausage can be substituted for smoked bacon - or in addition to - and the dish enriched with a glug of double cream. Finish with torn basil leaves. 36

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RECIPES David Gillott is the owner of Four Gables Group, which is based on a smallholding in Ashtead. David and his team cater for events from weddings to fine dining tasting menus at clients’ homes. Seasonality is really important to David, who says, “Food doesn’t have to be complicated to taste really good. I’m a great believer in being innovative while letting the flavours sing.” In David’s Tarte Tatin, the gentle flavour of the shallots is a perfect partner to goat’s cheese - whether you choose a young, mellow cheese or a full-flavoured showstopper, these are going to taste sensational!

Shallot tarte tatin with goat’s cheese Ingredients 600g shallots; 30g butter; 75ml balsamic vinegar; 3 tbsp brown sugar; 4 thyme sprigs; 375g puff pastry; 4 slices of goat’s cheese Makes 5 Method: 1. Heat oven to 200C. Put the shallots into a heatproof bowl and pour over boiling water to cover. Leave for 10 mins, then drain and peel. 2. Heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the shallots and fry gently for 1015 mins until softened and lightly browned. Stir in the vinegar and sugar with leaves from 2 thyme sprigs for a few minutes until caramelised. Turn off heat and season. 3. Tear remaining thyme sprigs into a few pieces and scatter over the bases of 4 yorkshire pudding pans. Tip in the shallots with all their sticky juices. Roll out the pastry to around 1cm thickness, then cut into four. Lift each square and place over the shallots, tucking the edges down the inside of the pan. Bake for 20-30 minute until pastry is golden. 4. Turn the tarte out and place a round of goats cheese in the centre. Finish under grill until goats cheese has just started to melt.

Creamed Leeks Ingredients 3 leeks; 1 tsp oil; 100ml white wine; 100ml double cream Serves 4 Method: 1. Slice the leeks as finely as possible, ensuring all are an even size. 2. Heat the oil in a pan then add the leeks and cook over a medium heat until soft – but don’t let them colour. 3. Once the leeks are soft, add the white wine and reduce until there’s no liquid left. 4. Add the cream and reduce slightly so the cream coats the leeks. 5. Season and serve.

These recipes have been supplied by our good friend Tracy Carroll from www.localfoodbritain.co.uk which showcases the very best local food, drinks, and places to eat locally. September 2015

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More awards at Silent Pool!

New ale for Cowdray

Silent Pool Gin, hand crafted in Surrey’s premier artisan distillery, has won its first international awards.

The Cowdray Farmshop has introduced a new Cowdray ale which is brewed on the estate by the Langham brewery.

Barely three months after its launch, the aromatic gin has taken on the world at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competitions and won Silver for Contemporary Gin, Gold for Gin and Tonic and Silver for Packaging. Well done!

Langham, which has been based on the Cowdray Estate near Lodsworth for 10 years, is an award winning brewery. They are one of first four in UK to get a brewery Cask Marque and are a grand finalist in this year’s Sussex Food and Drinks Awards, having been the winning brewery last year.

Silent Pool Gin is available from Taurus Wines, Bramley www.tauruswines.co.uk; Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger Hammer www.kingfisherfarmshop. com; Guildford Wine Company, Shalford www. theguildfordwinecompany.co.uk; and from the distillery itself: www.silentpooldistillers.com.

Orchard Barn Café

The new ale is available from the Farmshop now. For more information on the brewery and their other beers, visit the website at www.langhambrewery.co.uk.

Art of Curry wins awards

There’s a brilliant new cafe that’s recently opened in Hale House Lane, Churt which we have been to ourselves. You too really must visit. The Orchard Barn Café is a very tastefully refurbished barn set in idyllic countryside surroundings.

Congratulations to local Godalming resident and VantagePoint contributor Sameena Thompson from The Art of Curry. The world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and The Art of Curry is a winner!

It is a family run business, the cakes are home made by Lynette in the barn’s kitchen, son Chris is an expert barista serving award winning coffee, and daughter Jess is the charming and bubbly front of house.

Their two winning sauces, King Korma and Raging Raja, are now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo. 10,000 entries this year, well done Sameena.

Their breakfasts and lunches are simply, but excellently executed, using top quality locally sourced ingredients; meat from Black Barn Butchers in Milford, morning goods from the Hungry Guest bakery in West Sussex, fruit and vegetables from Teasels in Elstead, and free range eggs from Great Hookley Farm in Elstead. Open Wednesday-Sunday, visit www.orchardbarncafe. co.uk or call 01428 608602 for more information.

Look out for more recipes from Sameena in VanatgePoint in the coming months. The Art of Curry Tel. 07921 169262 www.theartofcurry.co.uk

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membership from John Petty at john.petty@which.net or 01483 389102 or just go along. The Haslemere Autumn Fair takes place at Grayswood Village Hall on Saturday 3rd October from 10am to 4pm. Shoppers are promised a splendid selection of clothing, jewellery, hand painted personalised gifts, cookware, English textile designs, stationery, artwork, linens, home décor, food, cards, books and vintage ware. There will also be an exceptional charity stall and raffle. Please go along for tea, coffee and a scrumptious selection of home-baked treats, served in a gracious and relaxed style in the bright and cheery Grayswood Village Hall, Grayswood Road (A286) GU27 2DJ. Admission is £2 and includes a cup of coffee or tea. The fair will be raising funds for the NSPCC. Music lovers in Haslemere and the surrounding areas are in for a treat as the Haslemere Hindhead and Headley Music Club (HHH) present their 2015/16 series of concerts. Don’t miss the chance to hear these wonderful musicians! Saturday 3rd October sees the opening concert of the season given by the Swiss-based Amar String Quartet. This vibrant young quartet recently won the Diaposon D’Or Award for their recordings of the complete string quartets of Paul Hindemith and they will be including the most romantic of these in their programme, along with a mainstream repertoire which will be familiar to all those who love the genre. All concerts begin at 7.30pm. Tickets can be obtained from Angela Wainwright 01428 652012, Chamberlain Music,

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Wey Hill, Haslemere, online at www.WeGotTickets.com and at the door. For more information, visit the website: www. haslemere.com/hhh or contact the chairman, Pauline Lamb, on 01428 643798, email: lamb@haslemere.com. Building on the success of last year’s event which included races for all the family the Black Down and Hindhead Supporters of the National Trust and Haslemere Border Athletics Club are hosting the 2015 event on Sunday 4th October. Events will begin at 9.30 a.m. with a 50 metre dash for under 6 year olds (with parents!!), 1k run for 6 to 8 year olds followed by 2.5k and 5k races for older Juniors. The main event will be the 10k Punch Bowl run which will be run over the same course as before with the start adjacent to the National Trust Café at Hindhead. Including Junior events is part of HBAC’s efforts to encourage and coach young runners and a team has already entered from Shottermill School. The NT Supporters are campaigning to widen enjoyment of the wonderful heathland surrounding Haslemere. Please come and support this fabulous event. To enter online please visit www.pbchallenges.co.uk. The beautiful and historic Ramster Hall in Chiddingfold will host the Ramster Gift Fair on 6th and 7th October. The stunning wedding venue will be transformed into a shoppers’ paradise with more than 50 stalls and is the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique early Christmas presents in beautiful surroundings, with stalls selling food,

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Bepton, Chilgrove and the South Downs Here is another Downland walk that you will remember for its beauty and originality. A Norman church, a secret orchid hillside and a Bronze-Age burial site are among the surprises, along with two excellent country pubs, both of which the Editor can recommend! The views from Linch Down are particularly memorable. Taken with permission from www.fancyfreewalks.org.

The walk 1. From the side of the car park, follow a wooden rail and a little tarmac path to go through a wooden swing-gate past a bench with views, reaching the side entrance to the church. This little church is usually open and is definitely worth visiting. Continue down a path from the side entrance to exit through a wooden swinggate onto the approach lane. Turn right, going past a small pond, and turn left at a T-junction onto Bugshill Lane. You pass the Old Rectory and a farm and reach a junction in 400m with Bepton village on your left. Instead turn right on a signed byway. Follow this stone-lined path for 500m. If you encounter some mud here it should soon be gone and should not return until just before the end. As the path curves left into trees you come to a marker post on your left. 2. What follows here is a remarkable route to the orchid hillside and you will need to concentrate. Turn right at the marker post, as indicated by the blue arrow, steeply uphill, in 30m going under a tall beech and a yew tree. After the yew tree you need to measure exactly 100m (150 paces). The path rises for 60m, then flattens out under ash trees. After 25m, it rises a little, zigzagging slightly left-right over roots. Immediately look for a faint path very sharp left. (In fact it is a crossing path.) The path runs straight up a long gently rising contour. Take this path, almost reversing your direction. The path becomes clearer as you proceed, although you will need to step over the debris of small fallen branches. After 170m, your path comes into a lighter area of shrubs and curves right up to a small metal gate. Go through the gate onto Bepton Down. Keep ahead up the sloping meadow on a faint path, but keeping just to the left of the brow of the hill so that you get the best advantage of the fine views to your left. You pass a solitary round beech about 30m on your left. The views are of Black Down and Bexleyhill. Keep following the path into the far corner where there is a large metal gate. Go through a wooden swing-gate beside it and turn very sharp right on a broad track. 3. The grassy slope of Bepton Down, with fine views beyond, is now on your right, with steep woods on your left. Stay on this chalky path, 40

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4.There are two possible routes through the forest to Chilgrove:   the one chosen here takes you through West Dean Woods nature reserve and is especially attractive, although there is slightly more quiet lane walking afterwards. Turn left on a signed bridleway and follow this stony path for 450m where the bridleway goes over a crossing path near a wooden gate on your left. Note the grassy fringe on your left is another haven for orchids. You shortly pass notices for Sussex Wildlife Trust’s West Dean Woods and a rather worn picnic corner. On your left is a long wattle fence. After an inspirational walk, you emerge by open fields with views ahead. Tall oaks and ash trees are your escort along a narrower grassy path. Finally our path ends at a wooden gate beside a large metal gate. Turn right here on a tarmac lane. 5.At a road junction, veer right, signposted Chilgrove, passing Staple Ash Farm and its thatched farm house. At a sharp left vantagepointmag.co.uk


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bend by a drive and wooden gate, keep left, staying on the lane. Just before Yew Tree Cottage, ignore a footpath on your right. Your undulating lane goes under grid lines and curves right: avoid a footpath on the left here. At a 3-way fingerposted junction ignore a drive on the right for Brooks Farm and keep left passing several picturesque houses and cottages with their gardens. Note that the trophy fingerpost in the garden of no. 11 is for ornamentation only and does not indicate a right-of-way! Soon the lane zigzags left-right and reaches the White Horse in Chilgrove. 6. After a refreshment break, continue to the main road and turn right, using the grass verge where possible. In a short distance, go through a modern kissing-gate on your right and turn immediately left on the grass parallel to the road. As the meadow opens out, veer slightly right to go through another kissing-gate and straight across a crop field. A kissing-gate, a drive and another kissing-gate lead you along the right-hand side of a pasture. After a line of trees, you are walking beside another pasture. At the other side, go over a stile by a fingerpost and veer right onto a bridleway. At a fork with two large wooden gates, take the left fork as indicated. After a pleasant 500m, keep ahead at a diagonal crossing path by a 4-way fingerpost. Eventually, 1 km after the fork, you reach the hamlet of Hooksway opposite the Royal Oak. 7. After your break, facing the pub, turn right and keep straight on avoiding a bridleway through the car park on your left. There are now three possible routes ahead. Avoid the footpath by the wooden gate on your right and the track curving off to the left and take the middle option, passing a sign for a restricted byway uphill. Your path continues on a straight course, gradually uphill. After more than 1 km, you reach a 4-way fingerpost: keep

DISTANCE: 10 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 120 (Chichester) STARTING POINT: The walk begins at Church Farm, Bepton, West Sussex, postcode GU29 0HX. GETTING THERE: Bepton is signed west from the A286 Midhurst/Chichester road in the centre of Cocking. Follow the narrow winding lane for 1¼ miles, keep straight on at a 3-way junction (signposted Didling, Harting) and

straight ahead, thus joining the South Downs Way (SDW). You will be following the SDW for most of the rest of the way. Soon there are meadows visible on either side as you go under large beeches. Soon, on your left is a sign for the Devil’s Jumps, a Bronze Age monument and a short diversion not to be missed. 8.Continue along the SDW and shortly ignore a stile and footpath on your left. You are now on a beautiful wide path through a luxurious woodland of tall ash trees. The path curves right imperceptibly. Suddenly you are out of the woods with terrific views on both sides. At the end of the long meadow on your left, ignore a bridleway sharp left. The path rises with a view of Linch Down ahead. At the end of a fence, just after a 3-way fingerpost, turn left on a path that curves right down into trees. The path makes a shallow descent down the side of the hill with Didling Hanger on your left. The path becomes sunken under all beeches and ash. At a junction of paths near a meadow on your left, keep straight on downhill. The path continues between banks and you finally arrive at a drive in front of Linch Farm, through a large metal gate. Turn right and veer right on a tarmac lane, Bugshill Lane again. After some houses, the church comes into view on your left. The lane bends left under maple and beech. Turn left on a cul-de-sac lane leading back to Church Farm where the walk began.

continue another ¼ mile where you will see a right turn for Bepton Church. Go to the end and park thoughtfully in the generous space provided by Church Farm. REFRESHMENTS: The White Horse, Chilgrove (T: 01243 519444, www.thewhitehorse.co.uk) The Royal Oak, Hooksway (T: 01243 535257, www.royaloakhooksway.co.uk). Top: South Downs Way on Didling Hill. In the distance is Linch Ball, one of the highest points on the South Downs (Dave Spicer).

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