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YOUR LOCAL TEAM I have had a very cultural few weeks which have taken place in the major entertainment venues in our area. I started in Dorking with my first visit to Dorking Halls to see a recording of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. A perennial favourite of mine (after all, I did name my dog after the late, great Humphrey Lyttleton), the hall was filled to the rafters and it was a great evening of unalloyed laughter. Next stop was the Minerva in Chichester, where the wonderful Dame Penelope Keith was excellent in a good slightly underwhelming play called Mrs Pat. By contrast, an evening with the musical magician that is Jools Holland, once again performing to a sell-out crowd at G LIve in Guildford, was simply brilliant. Finally, and an interesting contrast to I’m Sorry, was the 50th anniversery tour of

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panto As the nights draw in and a chill descends, the nation’s mind turns to fairy tales and farce: panto! This welcome mid-winter burst of hilarity is as British as a grey Christmas, but why is it so popular, and where did it come from? Paige Sinkler investigates... For many families, their annual visit to the panto marks the start of the Christmas season. Edward Haversham, of Prince’s Hall Theatre in Aldershot, explains “Panto is a revered family ritual. Theatregoers enjoyed it as children, grew up and brought their own children, then their grandchildren. Almost immediately the show ends, many patrons book the same seats again for next year!” Panto’s roots are long and broad, evolving from early incarnations in Elizabethan and Stuart times which borrowed from traditions in France and Italy and in turn harked back to conventions as old as ancient Rome. Pantomime as we know it in Britain today comes in part from the 16th century Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte, which was originally improvisational. Professional actors travelled from town to town, performing outside on impromptu stages. Like panto, the form relied on classic ‘types’ and a few core props to convey allegorical or political messages. Stock characters represented common social satirical types, such as ‘Pantalone’, the miserly Venetian Merchant, and ‘Dottore Graziano’,


the pedant from Bologna. Actors tended to perfect a role and become known for it. Masks were gradually adopted through the influence of carnival, although they were also used as far back as Roman theatre in the Atellan Farces. The British take on commedia dell’arte was the masque folk tradition in the Middle Ages, whereby travelling players would visit a nobleman in his/her hall on holidays or special occasions and present a celebratory show with dance and song. Queen Elizabeth hosted masques, often allegorical stories flattering the host, with some audience participation. Ben Jonson and Sir Philip Sidney wrote masques, and we see them in Shakespeare plays such as The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. Unlike in the Italian commedia tradition, however, where female actresses were well established, the English used men for all parts, perceiving women’s performance on stage akin to harlotry. Cross-gender play is a central feature of today’s panto, with the Dame usually played by a man, and the leading man by a young woman. Another difference is that early 18th century British pantomimes were silent, as there were legal restrictions on spoken theatre in London at that time.

A key panto component until relatively recently was the harlequinade, a set piece of chaos – a play within a play – featuring a standard stock group of characters and plot, which appeared in the middle or at the end of the classic tale being told. Usually introduced by a Fairy Godmother, the cast would go through a magical transformation into these alter egos and a crazy chase scene would follow, before all were returned to the original play. One of the characters in the harlequinade was the clown, which evolved to near dominance when in the hands of the legendary Joseph Grimaldi, a genius of social observation and mimicry in the early 1800s, when Drury Lane’s Theatre Royal was the home of pantomime. As the harlequinade itself grew in popularity, many of its features migrated to the play proper – the slapstick, the chase, the clown – until the discreet set piece finally disappeared in the early 20th century. Panto is served up with lashings of farce, often based on the dynamic of role reversal, in which the mighty bumble and the lowly sort it all out. This convention is thought to have come from the seasonal Tudor Feast of Fools, a Northern French feast day celebrated by clergy around the New Year, intended to symbolise biblical ideas of humility. Traditionally overseen by a low-born Lord of Misrule, the social hierarchy of all involved was temporarily reversed (‘The First Shall Be Last’), with contentious results the Church authorities tried for centuries to suppress. This tradition of inversion is even older. During the Roman festival of Saturnalia, usually in December, masters were served by slaves and bans were lifted on forbidden entertainments such as gambling. Free

speech was allowed and the low-born could criticise and send up their masters without redress. This opportunity for release might explain the continuing popularity of panto in Britain, a nation known for its courtesy and reserve. In fact, the form is hardly seen anywhere outside the British Isles. Anita Dobson, starring this year in Woking’s Sleeping Beauty, says “I love the Wicked Fairy, a role I have played many times before and I can’t wait to get that costume back on and start being bad again, I’ll have all of those children booing and hissing in no time”! From this melting pot of traditions and cultures, several features have become part of the panto furniture: • Stock characters, including the Dame, the leading man, the Clown and the Chorus • Risqué double entendre, which extends the show’s appeal to both young and old • Audience participation (‘Oh yes he is!’ ... ‘Oh no he’s not!’) • The bench scene, where characters avoid and then face their nemesis • Good characters entering stage right and bad from stage left • A messy slapstick scene – such as baking – involving lots of mess At Aldershot’s Prince’s Hall, even the furniture has become part of the furniture, with ‘The Bench’ having its own credit in the programme. The audience goes wild when it is brought out on stage, and fans fly ‘I  The Bench’ banners. Keeping panto fresh whilst upholding tradition is a challenge. As a recurring event, one must meet

Far left: an early pantomime flyer. Above left: the dwarves in Snow White at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. Above right: Anita Dobson as the Wicked Fairy in the New Victoria Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty. Main photo: Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre. December 2015


Far left: Guildford Fringe Festival’s adult panto in 2014. Left: Jack and the Beanstalk in Winchester. Above: Panto tweet showing Snow White’s pass for the Prince’s Hall, Aldershot.

audience expectations but avoid ‘panto fatigue’. Jamie Smith, writer of the Yvonne Arnaud Panto, explains, “It’s a balancing act. It can be difficult to satisfy the needs of a modern audience with fresh jokes, satire and routines whilst upholding the most traditional and thus best loved elements of this very British art form.”

Panto is equally popular in amateur theatre, with local theatre groups and church congregations often putting one on each year for the community. This enhances the participatory nature of panto, as parts are played by members of the community, bringing people together for seasonal fun.

James Barry writes for both the Princes Hall Theatre in Aldershot and the Theatre Royal in Winchester, and enjoys the challenge of different approaches. “Aldershot has evolved its own brand of panto, sticking to the traditional format but evolving a core set of Keeping actors whom the community have come to know and panto love. Winchester does it fresh whilst differently, preferring to ring the changes each upholding year with different actors tradition is a and a new stage element challenge. As – this year it’s circus and aerial acrobatics.” a recurring

Other incarnations of the form include pantomime on ice, such as at the Guildford Spectrum, and modern twists like the Guildford Fringe’s 18-certificate Adult Panto, now in its third year with ‘Aladdin: Rub My Lamp’. “We all know the ingénue is not as innocent as she seems!” says Nick Wyschna, Director of the Guildford Fringe Festival. “Adult humour underlies traditional panto, we simply bring this to the fore. My touchstone is whether it will make my mum laugh but not feel uncomfortable.”

event, one must Social media has also meet audience opened up the genre, breaking down the expectations barrier between audience but avoid and cast. Princes Hall uses Twitter to invite ‘panto audiences behind the scenes fatigue’ and generate conversation

between audience and cast. The lines of reality blur, with panto characters themselves occasionally ‘taking over’ the theatre’s Twitter feed to talk to their audience directly.


In Surrey, panto has a long tradition of kicking off the holiday season with a great big belly laugh. As James Barber, Director of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre says, “Panto in Guildford is all about celebration; it’s our great Christmas party where people who have visited the Theatre throughout the year can get together – parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles – and have a jolly good festive bash.” Let the fun begin! Paige Sinkler is a freelance writer and charity consultant based in Guildford. As part-time fundraiser for the Yvonne Arnaud, she accepts cash, cheques or magic beans. FIND OUT MORE

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and some in-house entertainment. Main meetings are held at the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street. Godalming on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The hall opens at 7.15pm which gives members and visitors time to enjoy a warm drink and chat before the meeting starts at 7.45pm. Townswomen’s Guilds are part of a nationwide organisation and more information can be obtained by telephoning Godalming’s Chairman on 01428 415343. Watts Gallery Trust received very welcome news of investment from Guildford Borough Council in the Trust’s campaign to further increase education, training and tourism at the Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village. Guildford Borough Council will invest £125k to enable Watts Gallery Trust (WGT) to complete the restoration of Watts Studios and provide education, learning and employment opportunities for the next three years. In enabling WGT to complete the restoration of Watts Studios and, for the first time, open the artists’ studios to the public, the Council will help the Trust to save this important part of Guildford’s heritage. Watts Studios include the only remaining studio of the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and are the last surviving artists’ studios designed by Ernest George, one of the most celebrated architects of the Victorian era. Restored and open to the public, the addition of Watts Studios to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village will significantly increase tourism in the Guildford and Godalming area. Watts Studios are open to the public in the New Year. The Christmas Busbridge WI Meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th December at Busbridge Village Hall at 8pm. They will have a Christmas supper followed by a talk given by Eileen Hannah, an actress and drama teacher, who will entertain with her ‘Christmas Crackers’ selection of seasonal themed poetry, prose and drama. Anyone interested in joining them for the evening, should call Christine Wishart on 01483 414064. Sew Creative in Petersfield, run a wide range of sewing and fabric crafting workshops for all ages and abilities. Their December and January programme includes; Creative machine embroidery; Wednesday 9th December from 2 to 5pm. Habby Bag; Friday 11th December from 1 to 6pm. Kids Zipped PJ keeper; Saturday 12th December from 10 to 12noon. Mixed generation learn to sew; Tuesday 15th December from 10 to 12noon. Love your sewing machine; Tuesday 15th December from 1 to 3pm. Homemaker; Friday 18th December from 2.30 to 5pm. Dressmaking day; Friday 8th January from 12 to 6.30pm. Make a quilt in a day; Saturday 9th January from 10 to 4.30pm. Kids love to sew (with their own machine); Saturday 9th January from 2 to 3.30pm. Make do and mend; Friday 15th January from 2 to 4.30pm. Sew Creative’s classes are small and very sociable with great tutors to enhance your skills and creativity. The two studios are both situated within the shop itself creating a buzzing atmosphere with their own machines and tea and December 2015


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A Teenage Christmas Teenagers can be some of the hardest people to buy for at Christmas for both parents and grandparents. Charles Kershaw (16) takes a look at some gift ideas available in some of our local shops...

Under £20 It can be a pain to find enough sockets to plug iyour devices into your computer, especially phones, which most of us teens are never without. The USB Hubman by Kikkerland (£15) gives you four extra spaces so you can charge more phones and have more things plugged into your computer at once (Between the Lines). Think your teen needs to brush up on their French or Spanish, or needs to expand their English vocabulary? How about the 365 French/Spanish Words a Year and 365 New Words a Year calendars by Merriam Webster (£10.99). They give you one new word every day to learn and by the end of the year you’ll have 365 more words added to your vocabulary (Between the Lines). For girls with pierced ears, there are loads of stud earrings to choose from in local jewellers that are bit different. My sister’s favourites are a pair of silver starfish earrings (£18) and rose gold star earrings both in Whitley’s in Godalming and silver rose gold plated dome studs at Jewel in the Crown in Haslemere (£28).

Elphicks in Farnham has a range of vintage inspired gifts called Gentleman’s Hardware perfect for the young man in search of a really useful present. I liked the Multi Tool (£25), a Retro Gold Torch (£18), the Camping Spork Tool (£10) which is ideal for DofE or camping at a festival and a charming enamel mug (£8).

Bigger Spends/main presents Giving clothes as a gift is always tricky and my advice is to go for simple, high quality clothes rather than any ‘fun’ items or novelty sweaters you may have seen. When it comes to the Christmas sweater, the Alta Placement Crew in dark blue from Fat Face (£45, below) is about as festive as most older teens want to look. I have my eye on a fur lined zip jumper by Fynch Hatton that I spotted in David’s Menswear of Haslemere. It’s warm enough to double as a coat. I also liked their sheepskin gloves by Dents, simple leather belts by Profumo and plain heavy cotton Tommy Hilfiger shirts. For grandparents who often like to give a more lasting gift, the Grand Central cufflinks (£25) are stylish and classic enough to last – great

There is a wide range of scented candles called Yankee available at Lorimer’s in Godalming and House of Fraser, Guildford which, according to my sister, are really hard to find anywhere else but are a great gift for any teen girl. New scents for the Christmas season include ‘Cosy by the fire’ and ‘Snow in love’ (prices £9 to £29.99). Another girl thing is a new washbag and my sister went mad for the Bohemia Zig-Zag print range of washbags in Hengelo, Haslemere (around £20-£30).


for the post exam prom season. Whatever you choose don’t forget to enclose the gift receipt in a large labelled envelope in case your teenager needs an exchange. The large envelope is so they don’t throw it out with the wrapping! My sister wants an Olivia Burton wrist watch from Hengelo in Haslemere in steel with a duck egg blue strap which is simple and tasteful (£70-£80). Olivia Burton watches are also available at Anthropologie and the Gate Boutique in Guildford. For those that like a bit more bling, Goldsmiths in Farnham stock a range of Thomas Sarbo wristwatches in this season’s rose gold and steel all around (£200). For the boys we liked the selection of Seiko watches around £100-£200 at Whitleys, especially the Seiko solar wristwatch (£139). For skiers, mountain bikers and other more active types, record your adventures with the Kitvision Escape Action Camera available at Robert Dyas (£29.99) or the Wi-fi version at £65 which is currently £30 cheaper than Amazon.

Stocking fillers (under £10) There is a new girl craze (so my sis tells me) for Popband hair bands which make a great stocking filler at £8 a packet from Hengelo, Haslemere. There are Fat Face stores in most local towns. We spotted some lovely snowflake earrings for £6. Lorrimer’s in Godalming (and no doubt others) has some DVD deals on summer blockbusters such as Divergent, Mazerunner and X-Men: Days of Future Past. They are £5.99 each or any 2 for £10. In the toy section, they have starter sets of Airfix models at £6.99, perfect for dads in search of a father-son bonding activity this Christmas.

We were really impressed by the huge range of Science Museum toys and other unusual small gifts packed into Alison Townsend in the Lion and Lamb Courtyard, Farnham. Elphick’s in Farnham is already fully stocked and bursting at the seams with Christmas gifts (see above). I liked the Ridley’s Games Room range which includes Quizzes, Four Classic Jokes, a Harmonica and a Yo-yo (from £4.95). Also Table Trivia games (£2.99) and the Lagoon Spy Kit (£7.99). Keep them busy! 500 Totally Extreme Awesome Things to Do and 500 Boredom Busters: Things to do When Bored (£7.99 each), available from Between the Lines. The craze of adult colouring continues and teenage girls seem particularly afflicted. The Haslemere Bookshop can help with The Secret Garden and Animal Kingdom colouring books by Millie Marotta (£9.99). Other titles top of the teen girl wish list this Christmas are: Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr - Tanya is a You Tube sensation followed by girls who love her tips on fashion, beauty etc. Here she shares more tips and life stories. Mug Cakes by Mima Sinclair (£8.99) - 40 cakes to make in a microwave, what could be better! and Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (£8.99). All available from good bookshops. The Haslemere Sweet Shop has a box of Barratt with all your favourite liquorice novelties for £6.99, as well as Dip Dabs, sherbet fountains and choc-filled walking sticks. Or fill some bags with their favourites from the huge pic and mix selection. For the chocolate lover, choose local hand-made Wimblehurst chocolates. Serious music lovers will really appreciate the time to peruse the vinyl at Ben’s Records in Guildford. Phone Ben on 01483 301165 and he’ll be happy to send out a gift voucher.

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Federation Carol Service that day. To kick off 2016, the Guild will be having a New Year Party with light entertainment on Wednesday 13th January from 10am to 12 noon in the Church Room at St. John’s Church, Farncombe. Visitors are always welcome, just a £1 entrance fee. Throughout the year they either have a guest speaker or activity during the morning, together with tea, coffee and biscuits, and they always have a monthly raffle. For more information, contact their secretary Jill Bird on 01483 860917.

On Thursday 10th December, Les Amitiés Françaises welcome Cedric Cabanne to talk about France and Islam. A subject of keen interest today as France has the largest Muslim population in Europe. As usual, they will meet at the Baptist Hall, Queen Street, Godalming at 7pm for coffee followed by the lecture at 7.30pm. Plenty of parking nearby. Further information from or call 01483 389102. Leaflets of the annual programme are in museums etc in Waverley. (Lectures are in French).

Guildford Wey Valley (formerly The Wey Valley) Decorative and Fine Art Society‘s Christmas lecture, by Mr Bertie Pearce, is entitled ‘Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion’. Why not join them at Shalford Village Hall on Wednesday 9th December for an unusual whistle stop tour, by a member of the Inner Magic Circle, of the history of mystery from 3000 BC to the present day? Refreshments are available from 9.45am and the lecture starts at 10.45am, followed by wine and mince pies. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. The programme also includes special interest days and an annual tour for members. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed. Annual membership is £42 and visitors pay £6 per talk. If you are interested, contact the Membership Secretary on 01932 355113 or visit their website at

There’s some fine entertainment at Cranleigh Arts Centre during December. One event that caught my eye is the Cranleigh Community Choir and Friends Concert on Thursday 10th at 8pm. Sharon Duggan presents a very special evening of high class performances from professionals, students and of course the choir. Tickets are £7.50, £5 for under 12’s. To book tickets and to see what else is going on at the Centre, call 01483 278000 (Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4.30pm) or go to . The Friday talk for Milford & District U3A is on Friday 11th December at 2pm in Milford Village Hall when Bob France, as the Regency butler, shares his experiences both above and below stairs. ‘What the Butler saw’ is open to members and non members. The talk with tea and cake is only £1.

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on Monday 14th December, there will be a carol concert and prizes for the best trees at 6.30pm. On Saturday 12th December at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church Bramley, there is a fantastic concert of Christmas Music for Choir and Brass. The renowned Harlequin Chamber Choir makes a welcome return, this time with guests Surrey Brass. It’s a festive mixture of old favourites (you get to sing some well known carols too!) and new treats, from the whole spectrum from classical to the lighter end. Make it a real family occasion and to encourage you, under 18’s and students go free and everyone else pays a mere £5! Tickets are available as usual at the door or in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, and include a free glass of wine or soft drink in the interval. Tickets may also be reserved via or 01483 892645. Proceeds will go to a charity supporting refugees.

Christmas is coming to St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh in a big way this December. Firstly, they have as many as 50 Christmas trees all being decorated. There will be prizes for the best trees for Business, Village Children’s Groups, Village Adult Group, and Individual entry. They start with a grand opening on Friday 11th December at 11am and then in the evening there will be a Festival Concert at 7.30pm. On Saturday 12th, from 9am, you can view the trees with Christmas music playing throughout the day until 7pm, except when a wedding takes place between 12.30pm to 2.30pm when the church will be closed. On Sunday 13th the church will be open from noon until 6pm with the opportunity to attend the special Christingle Service which will take place at 4pm until 5pm.So this is just the start of things they are doing during December so watch the notice boards and check their website: Finally,

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The Wintershall Nativity Play will be performed from 16th20th December 2015 both inside and outside of Holly Barn on the Wintershall Estate in Bramley near Guildford. There are ten performances in all which are usually sold out by early in December, with a total audience of 6,000 people. Michael Billington of the Guardian described the play last year as “a refreshing antidote to the rampant glitz of most seasonal theatre”. 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, heralding the good news of the Messiah’s birth. Songs and music accompany the arrival of the wise men on horseback. The play is performed by 50 volunteer cast (including a real baby Jesus) in wonderful biblical costumes and historically accurate props, assisted by sheep, donkeys, horses and a sheepdog. This is all set on a hillside on the very beautiful Wintershall estate with rolling hills, scenic views and lakes, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This is a play that all the family will enjoy and it reminds us of the real reason for Christmas in our busy commercial world where children focus on what they receive and not on the Bible story. Charlotte de Klee, the producer, says “Christmas is about peace, acceptance and tolerance, so what a privilege to be producing the oldest but forever new, life changing story of the birth of Jesus”. Children, in particular, respond really well to the animals and they want to hug them and pet them. The Nativity has evolved year after year from its first performance in 1989. The volunteer cast rehearse extensively with many script read throughs, technical rehearsals and full dress rehearsals so that the standard of performance is improved each year. The audience say that the performance gets better and better, one person said ‘it was a wonderful and inspirational performance and a very faithful telling of the Christian story’. The Nativity has also been performed at the BBC Broadcasting House Piazza in London and the All Souls Church nearby, which caused much media attention, especially bringing live animals to the capital.


Wintershall Charitable Trust, which hosts the play, was established to tell the Bible story through epic, dramatic performances. They use any surplus funds from the Nativity to help fund other plays. They also perform the Passion of Jesus plays which are free and will be performed at Trafalgar Square, London on 25th March 2016 (this drew an audience of 20,000 people last year) and Guildford High Street on 26th March 2016. The Life of Christ, an open air five-hour play, is also staged at Wintershall and will be performed from 21st–25th June 2016. These plays have been so successful that the cast were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service ‘for outstanding community service’.

To book the Nativity please call 01793 418299 or book online at Performance times are 16th18th December 4.45pm and 7.30pm, 19th-20th December 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Performances are 90 minutes long. Tickets are £16.50 for an adult and £8.50 for a child. There is free parking, Holly Barn is a few minutes steep walk from the car park. Disabled access is available by prior arrangement. As the play takes place both outside and inside Holly Barn, please dress appropriately. Seating is on plain wooden benches. Hot drinks and snacks and a small shop, selling seasonal merchandise, are available from 40 minutes before each performance.


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The annual Have a Heart Christmas Charity Sale takes place on Sunday 13th December from 10am to 4pm. Helen and Peter McNiven warmly invite you to the Sale now in its 24th year. It takes place at Old Farm Barn, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh GU6 8LE. Unique hand crafted gifts, driftwood angels, hearts and wreaths, antique French linen angels and embroidered hearts, Italian inspired food, Christmas decorations and much more! Do join them for Wassail and shopping, the more you buy, the more they give! Every penny you spend goes to support over 60 Charities from large to small, national to local. Guildford Rambling Club is meeting at 10.15am on Sunday 13th December in the Stockland Square car park, GU6 8RQ, by Sainsbury’s in Cranleigh for a 4.5 mile morning walk. Details from Sally, on 01306 885976 and at www. Visitors are very welcome. A reminder, that Godalming Theatre Group is putting on their version of an old favourite, Treasure Island. It runs from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th December at The Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming. It sounds like it’s a proper traditional panto with exploding cannons, gaudy costumes and custard pies! Knowing GTG it




will be great fun and a lovely treat for the kids. Performances start at 7.30pm with some performances at the earlier time of 5.30pm and a couple of matinees that start at 1.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 and can be booked online at www.gtguk. com or by calling 07402 484484. Good to see local schools ‘doing their bit’. Children from Barrow Hills School in Witley recently celebrated their annual Harvest Festival with a special assembly in the school chapel. Pupils brought in a variety of gifts including fresh and nonperishable food items, which were then packed into individual parcels to be distributed to members of the local community. Year 3 children then went to Dower House in Milford, where they sang and entertained the residents. Deputy Head, Paul Crisell said, “The School enjoyed giving thanks for the annual harvest and our children loved having the opportunity to go out and meet our elderly neighbours. Charitable work is part of the school ethos so we were delighted to be able to help in this way and to support the valuable work of the North Guildford Food Bank and the Salvation Army in Guildford.” Come and enjoy a taste of Christmas, mulled wine and mince pies, after a Christmas lecture, ‘Is Christmas in Good Taste?’ West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society invite you to join them for this lecture on Tuesday 15th December. In a light-hearted historical review, David Phillips looks at the commercialisation of Christmas. From mid-winter

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Saturnalia celebrations in ancient Rome to Giotto’s painting of the first crib to Charles Dickens, he looks at some wonderful and some gloriously awful Christmas imagery. The Society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee. Lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2015 and 2016 can be found on their website or, for more information, ring 01483 811671.

Christmas gifts and provisions are on sale at Godalming Country Market every Friday morning during December, when their opening times are extended to 8.30am-11am. You can also call in at Milford Village Hall to see the wide range of home baking, preserves, honey, plants, Christmas gifts, and decorations. The special Christmas Market will be on Friday 18th December, when you are invited to join them for free refreshments. They reopen in 2016 on Friday 8th January from 8.30 - 10.30am. For further details, telephone Margaret Heath on 01483 416098.

Godalming Flower Club offers free classes in the basics of flower arranging. If you are interested in flower arranging but don’t know how to make a start, or if you like meeting people and have the opportunity to watch expert demonstrations, go along and join them. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month at the Baptist Church in Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BA. Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information contact Linda on 07940 578425 or email lindatompkins42@

Local law firm Hart Brown has been supporting the Godalming ‘Proms in the Park’, a GO Godalming Initiative, for a number of years. Hart Brown’s generous sponsorship of the 2015 ‘Proms’ concert enabled a total of £1,052.01 to be raised for Skillway, a charity that raises the selfconfidence and motivation of teenagers through apprenticestyle teaching of manual skills in their workshops by skilled craftsmen. A great effort, well done to them!

The Clockhouse Cinema will be showing ‘Paddington’ on Friday 18th December at The Clockhouse Chapel Lane Milford. Doors open at 6.45pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available at The Clockhouse on 01483 420668.There’s a licensed bar. If like me you haven’t seen it, I’m told that it is delightful and will be enjoyed by all ages.

Godalming Band and Youth Band will be putting the town into a festive mood, a week before Christmas, with a fantastic evening of music on Saturday 19th December at 7pm. The concert will feature a varied programme, usually with a bit of fun and perhaps some audience participation! The venue is the United Church, Bridge Street, Godalming. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for GODALMING 40 HIGH STREET GU7 1DY 01483 418020




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under 16’s, all available on the door. More information at Just to let you know that the Christmas Special at Grayshott Folk Club is on Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm and features Britain’s current favourite Folk group, ‘The Young ‘Uns’. They will be putting on their show, aptly called ‘We Three Sings’ which they have devised especially for the Festive Season. Grayshott Village Hall will be the perfect setting for these Christmas celebrations, as the Village Hall Committee always take great care and pride in decorating it beautifully. The Young ‘Uns are proud sons of Stockton-on-Tees and they have been blazing a trail around the whole country with their amazing harmonies and wonderful sense of humour. watch?v=zuK0C_zj3_0 . The club like to seat groups of people around larger tables and will supply complimentary mince pies and Christmas crackers to create a real party atmosphere. The fully licensed pay bar will be stocked with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and Mulled Wine will be available too. Advance Tickets are £14 for Adults/£7 for Under 16’s. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096 to book your tickets or for more information. Christmas is a time for traditions, from those passed down through families and friends, to new discoveries that become part of your festive celebrations. Sending cards,


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Public Consultation on options for a Godalming Flood Alleviation Scheme Along with our partners from the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council and others including local residents we’ve been looking at plans for a flood alleviation for Godalming. A public meeting, chaired by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, will be held on Thursday 21 January 2016 at 7pm in the Borough Hall (doors open at 6.30pm) to present the preferred options. Please come along to have your say. Flooding and Other Emergency Contact Numbers: Environment Agency - up to date information on flooding in our area 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188. SurreyAlert is a dedicated website to give information to residents and others regarding incidents, as well as information on flooding and schools closures. Sandbags - Waverley Borough Council’s contractor for distribution of sandbags is Veolia who will distribute sandbags in areas of highest priority first dependent on their resources at the time. You can contact Veolia on 01252 724157 during office hours. Out of hours please contact Southern Monitoring Service on 02392 242161. Trees - Report trees blocking roads and pavements to Surrey County Council on 03456 009 009. Water/Sewerage - For issues with water supply, please contact the supplier you pay your bills to. In Godalming this is most likely to be Thames Water on 0845 920 0800. Electricity - To report a potential hazard on or near overhead electricity lines call National Grid on 0800 404090. To report power cuts contact your supplier which for the Godalming area is either Scottish and Southern Energy 0800 072 7282 or UK Power Networks 0800 783 8866. Gas - To report a potential gas leak call National Grid on 0800 111 999. Photos by Phil Kemp ( except bottom left, copyright National Trust.

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Grant Applications Did you know that Godalming Town Council sets aside £55,000 a year for grants to voluntary organisations? There are still funds available this year but time is limited. If your organisation mainly benefits Godalming residents (those with a GU7 postcode) and has a project that might be helped by a small one-off grant then why not apply? Sometimes the Council awards “grant aid in kind” in the form of free use of a meeting room. Full details of how to apply for a grant (and an application form) are given on the Town Council’s website at or you should call the Town Clerk Louise Goodfellow on 01483 523575. Applications must be received by 17 December 2015. Grants made this year to date: £

Organisation Citizens Advice Waverley (Godalming Bureau) Godalming Museum Trust Sport Godalming Godalming & District Community First Responders Godalming Round Table Victim Support The Godalming Trust Waverley Borough Council St John’s Spring Fair The National Autistic Society The Cellar Café Churches Together in Godalming Friends of Broadwater Park

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Town dates for your diary

• Town Day including Blessing of the Crib & Town Carol Service – Godalming Town Centre from 10 am on Saturday, 12 December 2015 (Blessing of the Crib at The Pepperpot at 3.30pm, Carol Service at Ss Peter & Paul Church at 4.00pm) • Public Consultation on options for a Godalming Flood Alleviation Scheme – drop-in from 6.30pm in the Borough Hall on Thursday, 21 January 2016 • Summer Food Festival - Godalming Town Centre from 10am on Saturday, 2 July 2016 • Staycation 2016 – Saturday 6 August to Sunday 14 August 2016 • Heritage Open Days – at venues all over the town and surrounding areas Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September 2016 • Remembrance Sunday – Parade departs The Burys at 10.25am, marching to the War Memorial (Phillips Memorial Park) for a service of Remembrance at 10.45am on Sunday, 13 November 2016 • Christmas Festival & Light Switch-On – Godalming Town Centre from 10am on Saturday 26 November 2016 (lights switched on at 5pm)


Neighbourhood Plan – Thank You Thank you to all residents who took the time to complete and return the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire we’ve received more than 2,000 responses – we’ll share the highlights in our next newsletter in March 2016.

Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre Building works at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre have been slightly delayed but we hope to take possession of a fully refurbished Community Centre this month and to open it to hirers in January 2016.

Community Navigator Just a quick reminder as we approach the festive season to remember anyone who is lonely or isolated. Fiona Fyfe, the Town Council’s Community Navigator works one-to-one with individuals experiencing social isolation to encourage their involvement in the community. Fiona holds a dropin session at The Hub (94 High Street, Godalming) from 10.30am on Friday mornings or she can be contacted on 07717 618815 or at Fiona is also working with The Hub to establish a timebanking network for the area. If you have skills and/or time to share please pop along to The Hub and inquire about “timebanking”.

Farmers’ Markets 2016 South West Surrey Farmers’ Market Co-operative regularly hold Farmers’ Markets in Godalming High Street. The Co-operative was established in 1999 and brings the best of local and carefully sourced produce and goods to the local community. At the markets, you can buy quality produce straight from the people that make it. You can talk to the friendly, knowledgeable stall holders and find out about the provenance of the goods you are buying and because there are no middle men, you can trust that you are getting the best value for money. Eight markets are planned for Saturdays in 2016 on the following dates: 26 March, 30 April, 28 May, 25 June, 30 July, 27 August, 24 September and 29 October. All markets are held from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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Binscombe Ward 86 Furze Lane, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3NP T: 01483 421231 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

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Charterhouse Ward 27 Nightingale Road, Godalming, GU7 2HP T: 01483 417051 E:

Charterhouse Ward Brooklands, Red House Lane, Elstead, Godalming, GU8 6DR T: 01483 421601 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Overbrook, Godalming, GU7 1LX T: 01483 429815 E:

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward Flat 2, 42 Croft Road, Godalming, GU7 1DD T: 01483 374575 E:

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Elm Road, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3SW T: 01483 527445 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 26 Town End Street, Godalming, GU7 1BH T: 01483 239997 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E:

Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E:

Holloway Ward 18 Windy Wood, Godalming, GU7 1XX T: 01483 425644 E: Waverley Borough Councillor Surrey County Councillor


Holloway Ward Tanglewood, Station Lane, Enton, Godalming GU8 5AE T: 01483 527006 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

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anyone who gets the walking bug can visit www.ramblers. to find out more about becoming a Ramblers member. Members enjoy access to over 45,000 group walks led by volunteers each year, as well as exclusive walking routes that can be downloaded and quarterly editions of Walk magazine. Your membership will also be helping to protect the nation’s footpaths for generations to come. For further information about the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the festive walks or routes on offer, visit www.

‘Words In Clay: Prue Cooper ‘, is a selling exhibition at Watts Gallery Artist Village in their Pottery Building. It started at the end of October and runs to 10th January. This exhibition, the artist’s first in Surrey, will exhibit the breadth of Prue Cooper’s highly sought-after work, including her interpretation of a quotation by Watts Gallery founder, G F Watts. Prue trained as a painter in the 1960s, and spent 20 years dealing in drawings before realising she really wanted to make things, things that communicate through being used. Exhibits are for sale so it’s a chance to acquire some first rate art.

There’s a carol service with a difference - it’s the Messy Christmas Family Service in Hambledon Church on Sunday 20th December at 10.30am. All sorts of Messy Church activities - fantastic! After that, there are Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm. Then on Christmas Eve, there will be a delightful Crib Service at Hambledon Church for the whole family at 4pm. Have you ever been along to a midnight communion before? There’s something very special about celebrating Christmas this way. There are communion services at both Busbridge Church and Hambledon Church on Christmas Eve, starting at 11pm. A traditional Christmas Communion will be held at Hambledon Church, Godalming on Christmas morning at 9am and all the family are welcome to go along to the Christmas Day Family Celebration at Hambledon Church at 10.30am

Godalming-based Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial strength flooring products, has spent £2,500 providing 180 presents this Christmas for children at Shooting Star Chase’s Guildford children’s hospice. Watco marketing director Jeremy Neaves caused quite a stir when he walked into a local toy store with his company credit card and filled several trolleys with presents for children of all ages up to 21 years old. The presents range from baby toys, board games to DVDs and gift cards for the older children. The Watco team then spent a donut-fuelled morning wrapping the presents and colour coding the bags according to gender and age groups. Apparently, other companies are invited to join this initiative by providing presents to the children at a special time of year. Anyone interested should contact hello@


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Ever thought of learning Upholstery? I’m a creative person and I have always loved textiles; making cushions and decorations from an early age. I was interested in trying upholstery, so when I was given a beginner’s upholstery day course as a present, I was really delighted. The course took place locally in Godalming and was hosted by a lovely lady called Sarah. There were 12 in total in the class and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal, which suited me. We each upholstered a wooden footstool using classic artisan techniques in our own choice of fabric under the friendly guidance of Sarah. I must say, I was very impressed with the end result and I am keen now to join a longer course to increase my upholstery skills. If you too are creative, go for it! Elizabeth, aged 15

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Christmas Events taking place in and around Godalming during the festive period in association with Churches Together in Godalming and District “CHRISTMAS TOGETHER IN GODALMING” CHURCHES TOGETHER SATURDAY 12 December 2015 CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH FRIDAY 25 December 2015 Godalming Town Centre 12 noon 10.00am-4.00pm at Godalming Baptist Church, Queen St Stalls and Entertainment BLESSING OF THE CRIB SATURDAY 12 December 2015 3.30pm at the Pepperpot, High Street, Godalming TOWN CAROL SERVICE SATURDAY 12 December 2015 4.00pm at Godalming Parish Church, Church St December 2015

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Christmas Church Services BINSCOMBE CHURCH, LOSELEY ROAD 13 December 11.00am Nativity Service 20 December 4.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas All Age Service BUSBRIDGE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 1-24 December 5.00pm Shedvent! The Living Advent Calendar 20 December 10.30am Family Carol Service 6.30pm Traditional Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Candlelight Celebration for all the family (same as 5.15pm and 6.30pm) 5.15 pm Candlelight Celebration for all the family (same as 4pm and 6.30pm) 6.30pm Candlelight Celebration for all the family (same as 4pm and 5.15pm) 11.00pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 9.00am Communion with Carols 10.30am Family Celebration CHIDDINGFOLD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St MARY 20 December 10.00am “Christingle” Family Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.00pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 8.00am 1662 Prayer Book Holy Communion 10.00am Parish Communion (with Sunday School & Crèche) COMPTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. NICHOLAS 20 December 6.30pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

FARNCOMBE CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. JOHN THE EVANGELIST Friday 18 December 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight in the Church Room with mince pies and mulled wine! 20 December 6.30pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 5.30pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 8.00am Eucharist (1662 Prayer Book) 10.00am Family Communion Service GODALMING BAPTIST CHURCH, QUEEN STREET 20 December 5.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 5.30pm Family Service Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas Day Service

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GODALMING CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARK, FRANKLYN ROAD, OCKFORD RIDGE Wednesday 16 December 6.30pm Community Carol Service and Christmas Sing-a-long with local groups and Green Oak School 20 December 11.30am Parish Family Communion 6.30pm Traditional Carol Service (lessons and music at SSP&P) Christmas Eve 4.00pm Christmas Crib Service Christmas Day 10.00am Family Holy Communion (at SSP&P) GODALMING CHURCH OF ENGLAND SS PETER AND PAUL, CHURCH STREET 13 December 5.00pm Mane Chance Sanctuary Christmas Carols (with Jenny Seagrove and friends – tickets £10 each)

Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 1662 9.30am All Age Communion with Carols

20 December 8.00am Holy Communion (1662 Prayer Book) 10.00am Children’s Nativity 10.00am Parish Communion (at St. Mark’s Church) 6.30pm Traditional Service of Carols and Readings

DUNSFOLD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARY & ALL SAINTS 6 December 4.00pm United Christingle Service (with Hascombe)

Christmas Eve 4.00pm Christmas Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass

20 December 10.00am Carol Service

Christmas Day 10.00am Family Holy Communion

Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Holy Communion

GODALMING QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, MILL LANE Thursday 17 December 5.30pm- Carol Singing at Godalming Railway Station in aid 7.30pm of Quaker Homeless Action

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20 December 10.30am All-Ages-Meeting for Worship

Taking place in and around Godalming in 2015 GODALMING ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF St. EDMUND KING AND MARTYR Christmas Eve 5.00pm Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at St Joseph’s, Milford 7.30pm Carols followed by: 8.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St Edmund’s, Croft Road Christmas Day 8.45am Mass at St John’s, Farncombe 10.15am Family Celebration at St Joseph’s, Milford GODALMING UNITED CHURCH, BRIDGE ROAD (Methodist and United Reformed) 13 December 10.30am Christmas Nativity Family Service including Toy Service Saturday 19 December 7.00pm Godalming Band Christmas Concert Tickets from Record Corner or Band members 20 December 6.00pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.30pm Christmas Eve Holy Communionn Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Day service HAMBLEDON CHURCH OF ENGLAND 20 December 10.30am Messy Christmas Family Service 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.00pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 9.00am Traditional Christmas Communion 10.30am Family Celebration HASCOMBE CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. PETER 6 December 4.00pm United Christingle Service at St. Mary and All Saints, Dunsfold 13 December 6.00pm Village Carol Service Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Servic 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10.00am “Christmas Present” informal Communion Service

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MILFORD BAPTIST CHURCH, NEW ROAD 13 December 10.30am ”Nativity from scratch” – children are welcome to turn up and join in 20 December 4.30pm Carols by Candlelight and Christingle Service (mince pies afterwards) Christmas Day 10.30am Christmas All-Age Service MILFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. JOHN THE EVANGELIST Friday 4 December 7.00pm Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Milford Village Hall 13 December 10.00am Toy Service 20 December 10.00am Holy Communion with Nativity 6.00pm Carol Service Tuesday 22 December 10.00am Holy Communion Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service (with Christmas Donkey) 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Communion 27 December (St John’s Day) 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Parish Communion PEPERHAROW CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. NICHOLAS 20 December 5.00pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist SHACKLEFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND St. MARY Christmas Day 10.30am All Age Communion with Carols WITLEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND ALL SAINTS 20 December 6.00pm Nine lessons and carols Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion 9.45am Parish Communion with carols


Merry Christmas from Bourne Buildings An independent family run business established in 1995, Bourne Buildings is a familiar sight to the residents of Farnham. They are well known for the advertising banners, which overlook the Shepherd & Flock roundabout: favourites include, ‘Fall for our sheds this Autumn’, ‘Now is the Winter of our discount sheds’ and of course during this festive season, you can see Santa himself waving and wishing passers by ‘Merry Christmas!’ (see pictured). As well as keeping the locals amused, Bourne Buildings is the largest garden buildings show site in the UK and has over 200 garden buildings on display all year round, as well as thousands of stone items ranging from statues and birdbaths, to benches and urns. Their picturesque show site is set around an old mill pond which creates a stunning and unique

environment; well worth a look even if not looking to make a purchase. Many customers, on an almost daily basis exclaim “How they have been driving past for years and never realised that the 100ft mill pond existed – let alone the extent of the selection on display”. What surprises them further is that the pond is about 10ft above the level of the very busy roundabout only 50ft away! With staff sharing over 80 years of experience and special offers running month to month you will always receive the best service, and can be sure you are getting the best prices in the whole of the UK (including the internet). If you’re thinking of buying a garden building, for any reason, it’s well worth paying Bourne Buildings a visit. Bourne Buildings, 39-43 Guildford Road, Farnham GU9 9PY. Tel: 01252 718481 / 725733 Winter Opening Hours 10am-4pm Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Closed all year round Tuesday and Wednesday. ADVERTORIAL

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To work off those extra pounds you have put on over the Christmas holiday Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers are organising their festival of winter walks between Sunday 27th December and Sunday 3rd January. All family members are welcome and walks are typically 4/5 miles in length. Full details of the walks and starting points can be found on their website; walks.


by invitation, and the visits. In January, Charlie McCaffety is talking on The Guildford Action Group - Work with Homeless Families. The Christmas Lunch is being held at Frensham Pond Hotel in December. More details are given on the website - Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting without obligation. The Secretary will be pleased to arrange for you to meet a member in advance if you wish. For more details please contact Mike Thompson on 01483 428181 or email

The Victoria Cross is the highest medal awarded only for extreme bravery to British and Commonwealth service There is a New Year’s Day Belvedere Tower opening personnel. John Glanfield, eminent military historian gave at Claremont Landscape Gardens, Esher from 11amdetails to members of Milford Probus Club at their October 2pm. Bring family and friends to walk off the excesses of meeting. The medal was originated in 1856 during the the holiday season with a stroll around the garden and an Crimean War and was backed by Queen Victoria who is said to opportunity to enjoy stunning views from the Belvedere have insisted on the words “For Valour”. Only 1,358 medals Tower. Usual admission, no need to book. More information: have ever been awarded, and only 15 since 1945.The medals 01372 467806. are cast in gunmetal rather than copper and were originally made from guns captured from Russia. There has been some Also on 1st January is the annual New Year’s Day doubt about the origin of the metal used for the first medals Gathering at Brooklands Museum. All classic, modern but since 1914 the barrel from a Chinese gun has been used. classic, vintage, veteran and super cars, motorcycles and Milford Probus is a club with monthly luncheons and various commercial vehicles are welcome for possibly the largest other activities for retired and semi-retired professional and New Year’s Day gathering in the South East. Entry is via the businessmen over 50. The Club has members from Waverley Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road for all types of classics and beyond, and they meet in Godalming on the third Friday and pre-booked car clubs (and interesting or special younger Butcher 1214_Layout 11/11/2014 1 including supercars) - parking will be in and around ofGodalming each month, for lunch followed by1a talk on a wide15:00 varietyPagevehicles, of subjects. Ladies are always welcome to join the meetings the Paddock, on the Finishing Straight and Members’ Banking


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Hundreds of brightly-coloured cows are set to decorate the hills, farms, towns, schools and popular landmarks across Surrey next year with the aim of sharing the beauty of the Surrey Hills and providing a massive boost to local businesses and community projects. Internationally renowned artist Alexander Creswell has agreed to be Patron of the Surrey version of CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, which is designed to focus attention on his beloved Surrey Hills. CowParade hopes to round up the support of celebrities and community groups to raise money for health and wellbeing projects. It was officially launched in November at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher and no doubt there will be more about it in forthcoming issues.

William Golding’s 20th century classic Lord of the Flies explodes onto the stage at G Live from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th January 2016, in a remarkable production direct from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre. Playing to capacity audiences during its original run this critically acclaimed production is guaranteed to grip from start to finish. Tickets from £18.50 to £24 from www.glive. or call 01483 369350 (10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday).

Give yourself a New Year present. Take part in an 8 week mindfulness course at the Cranleigh Arts Centre, starting on Saturday 9th January, running through to 12th March.

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‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ (yes, still one of my favourites!) will be the 59th production by Witley Pantomime Company, and will run from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th January 2016. WPC have produced a pantomime for the past 59 years. They presently put their shows on, and rehearse at Chichester Hall in Witley. They are always looking for new members to take part or help backstage and anyone will be welcome to join at whatever stage of rehearsals they are at.



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Greenfingered gifts Giving a gift is such a special thing to do, if you’re buying a present that you’ve seen online or in the shops, it’s not easy to tell how useful, wonderful or lasting the gift will be in reality, when you haven’t tried it yourself. With this in mind, I have sought out some super gift ideas, which I have reviewed and tested, so that hopefully you can find the perfect presents for your friends and family this Christmas.

• Apple Master from Lakeland - peels, cores and slices apples in seconds.

• The Cabaret Of Plants Botany And The Imagination by Richard Mabey. Published by Profile Books Ltd - this beautiful book explores our relationship with plants, charting human encounters through science, art, cultural history and poetry.

• BiOrbAIR Terrarium - an automated, specialised terrarium, featuring LED lights and an automatic misting unit.

• The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley, published by Frances Lincoln - a book with craft ideas you can make throughout the year.

• Burgon & Ball Weed Slice - an easy to use tool for removing weeds from gravel and borders.

• The Natural World Of Winnie-The-Pooh: A walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto. Published by Timber Press, this book reveals the real locations featured in A.A. Milne’s books.

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• Christmas Tree - a live, potted Christmas tree from Wheeler Street Nursery in Witley.

• Trugmakers Trug - beautiful, strong, durable trugs, handcrafted in Sussex.

• Dalefoot Composts - these peat-free composts made from composted bracken and sheep’s wool have great water retention, ideal if you’re planting a container as a Christmas gift.

Locally we have many talented and skilled professionals offering courses that make wonderful presents. Sussex Green Woodworking offers two or five-day courses, where you can make a spoon, rolling pin, stool or chair. Plant Passion in East Clandon offer a variety of courses and workshops - learn to grow, cut, condition and arrange cut flowers, make a posy, or take a flower business or social media course.

• Earth Box - this patented container gardening system is self-watering and portable, a great way to grow vegetables if you don’t have a garden. • Espresso Mushroom Company Hot Pinks or Pearl Oyster Kitchen Garden - grow your own mushrooms indoors at home. • Espresso Mushroom Company Wild Flower Tea Seedbombs - a fun way to grow your own herbal tea. • Garden Design Solutions by Stephen Woodhams. Published by Jacqui Small LLP, this book features lots of garden design ideas and inspiration. • Garden Girl Rain Poncho - a pretty, waterproof poncho. • Lakeland My Kitchen Food Dehydrator - make your own dried fruit and vegetable snacks.


One of the ways in which you can support your favourite garden is to give the gift of membership. The recipient of your gift will enjoy unlimited visits during opening times, often enjoying a host of other exclusive, member-only benefits. We are fortunate to have so many glorious gardens open to us; it’s important to support these gardens and charitable organisations, to ensure we protect these beautiful spaces of historical and horticultural importance, their plant collections, horticultural knowledge and training opportunities, for future generations. Many charities and gardens offer special gift membership offers. You can find details of gardens in Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex offering membership on my website – there’s just too many to list here! FIND OUT MORE

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Rehearsals for Jack and the beanstalk are in full swing. They rehearse Mondays in October and Mondays and Wednesdays November to January. They have a strong adult company and a large strong junior company. If you would like to know more contact the chairman, Dale Barrell on 07903 640306, email or the secretary, Vanessa Butcher on 07447 088374, email A New Year’s resolution. Think back to yesterday. How often did someone ask how you were? On the phone, in the street, on email? Now, imagine that it is the evening and you haven’t spoken to a single soul all day and only have the TV or a pet for company – all day, every day. Loneliness is predicted to be the next great health crisis, with proven links to malnutrition and dementia and, as bus services decline and families move apart, social isolation in rural areas becomes more acute. From Monday to Friday, The Clockhouse offers men and women a bright, warm, happy centre, with support and advice where needed. Friendship underlies all that they do. Their increasing membership illustrates the importance of their motto ‘Making Time for People’ and they have two disabled-access minibuses that reach out to Milford and the surrounding villages. Members enjoy professional hairdressing, chiropody, reflexology, art and computer classes, Pilates and Bridge, or just a simple cup of coffee with the newspaper. They also offer chairbased Extend exercises and, to help prevent falls, their


popular Better Balance class is ideal. From their 5 starawarded kitchen, the chef cooks a delicious two-course lunch menu with lighter choices available. Why not pop in and see what they do? Come along with someone who you think might be lonely (they don’t advertise the fact). Or think about joining the wonderful team of volunteers? Whatever time you can give is valuable to the Clockhouse and whatever your talent (making coffee, reception, secretarial or simply talking to people) they need you. So, if you make just one resolution this New Year’s Eve, please decide to find out more about The Clockhouse. Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ, tel: 01483 420668 or As the end of the year approaches, Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan steering group would like to thank everybody who has taken time to contribute their views towards the neighbourhood plan. The draft plan has now been presented to the community and there is one last opportunity for people to influence how they would like to see Cranleigh in 15 years’ time. Residents are asked to look out for and complete the community questionnaire that was delivered to homes in the middle of November. Additional copies can be picked up from the library or found online at The deadline for completing the questionnaire is 31st January 2016.

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Cocktail time

The origin of the word cocktail is disputed. The first recorded use of the word cocktail not referring to a horse is found in The Morning Post and Gazetteer in London, England on 20th March 1798. However, the Oxford English dictionary cites the word as originating in the US. The first definition of cocktail known to be an alcoholic beverage appeared in the 13th May 1806 edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a New York publication. In answer to the question, “What is a cocktail?”, the editor Harry Croswell replied: “Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else”. Whatever its origins, there is no time like Christmas to enjoy one!

Sloe Gin Fizz A perfect way of using up last year’s Sloe Gin to make way for the next batch that I hope you are now making! If you don’t make your own, Sipsmith do an excellent one which is drier than most. Happily you can also use a fizz from one of our great local producers Albury Vineyard ( ), and Greyfriars Vineyard ( In a cocktail shaker, put 15ml gin, 15ml sloe gin, 15ml lemon juice and 5ml sugar. Shake over cubed ice for a good 10 seconds, then strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, prosecco or cava, garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

Juniper Green’s Elderflower Collins

Surrey Kir Royal

Gin cocktails are now very fashionable. There are two basic rules: the correct gin and an easy recipe. You need a gin We asked Albury Vineyard for a suitable where the aroma and flavour are not spoiled by the smell cocktail using their sparkling wine and they or harshness of the alcohol. Juniper Green Organic Gin came up with a local version of the Kir Royale. is the perfect gin for a cocktail: smooth, aromatic and with great flavour. Try this really refreshing and moreish Pour one part of Silent Pool Strawberry and cocktail. Visit for stockists. Gin cordial into a flute and top up with 5 parts Albury Estate sparking wine. In a tall glass, add 50ml Juniper Green Organic Gin, 15ml Elderflower cordial. 5ml sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water), juice of half a lemon. Add lots of ice and top with club soda. Give it a quick stir and drink!

The Editor’s Bloody Mary The great thing about a Bloody Mary is that there is no single perfect recipe and you can make it as spicy as you like. For me, the inclusion of sherry, celery salt, lemon juice and lots of Worcestershire sauce is imperative. This is my latest version using a less well know sherry style which I think works brilliantly and adds a greater depth than the usual fino. An optional addition is a slug of Grand Marnier, said to be the secret ingredient in the famous version served by the Granadier Arms in Belgrave Square, London. SR In a cocktail shaker, mix together 2 shots of vodka, 2 shots of Palo Cortado sherry, a good squeeze of lemon, three good shakes of tabasco, 6 good shakes of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of celerty salt, a grinding of black pepper and a few ice cubes. Top up with a good quality tomato juice, shake vigorously to mix and make it as cold as possible before straining into a tumbler. Serve with a slice of lemon, celery and ice optional. 60

RECIPES Duke in a Sidecar My good friends Nicola Humphreys and Philip Randalll love cocktails and regularly get mixing at the weekend. I asked them for an original recipe for VantagePoint readers and they put in a lot of work on the cocktail front on your behalf! This cocktail is a variation on a Sidecar using The Duke’s Reserve brandy from Albury Vineyard, which is currently available but there are very limited stocks. Coarsely crush 2 green cardamom pods. Add to a cocktail shaker with 2 shots The Duke’s Reserve (50 ml), 1 shot Cointreau (25 ml), 1/2 shot pear vodka (12 ml), 1/2 shot lemon juice (12 ml) and shake over ice. Finely strain and serve in a martini glass with an additional cardamom pod in the bottom of the glass. You could add a dash sugar syrup for a sweeter taste.

Greyfriars Apple and Calvados

The Breakfast Martini

Greyfriars Vineyard on the Hog’s Back is a favourite of VantagePoint and we asked them for their favourite cocktail. Pour 15ml Calvados and 15ml clear apple juice into a chilled flute and top with chilled Greyfriars Blanc de Blancs. Delicious!

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Sipsmith distillery in Putney recently which was quite excellent. Start your day the right way with this most unusual of martinis courtsey of their Master Distiller Jared Brown. Rather than an evening tipple or a post-prandial treat, this Martini is one you can use to kick-start your day (though a weekend day might be the better choice).

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 tsp seville orange marmalade, 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 15ml Triple sec or Cointreau and 15ml fresh lemon juice. Shake well, strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve with a orange twist.

Silent Pool’s Chamomile Collins

Maple Borealis As a native of Quebec, Julie Dansereau grew up with the wonders and versatility of Maple Syrup. Great for cooking, pouring over pancakes as well as making a delicious cocktail! Please visit www. for more recipes.

To make the syrup, you need 50/50 mix of hot chamomile tea and caster sugar, tea should be brewed at 2 x strength, cool syrup before use.

Mix 50ml Silent Pool gin, 25ml chamomile Place a twig of rosemary into a champagne syrup and 25ml fresh lemon juice in a coupe or other champagne glass and rub highball glass, stir, fill glass with ice, top lightly along the rim. Keep the twig for with soda, stir. Garnish with long twist decoration. Wet the rim of the glass with lime juice and dip the rim of lemon and a sprig of chamomile. into maple sugar. Pour in 2 tbsp maple syrup, a few drops of lime juice and gin, to your taste. Add 150ml of cold sparkling wine or dry cider and decorate with the rosemary.


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Greyfriar’s latest harvest

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Greyfriars Vineyard has finally completed their fifth harvest ! 115 tonnes of wonderful ripe grapes harvested and now in the tanks making their new 2015 vintage. They still have plenty of the 2012 Blanc de Blancs and their 2013 Sparkling Rosé for sale for your Christmas celebrations as well as a Pinot Gris and their Velvet Volker, a delicious guest red Pinot Noir. Details of their Christmas Saturday morning tasting and tales sessions will be on their website shortly. Do go and see them for your Christmas bubbles for the true sparkling taste of Surrey! Please see the Reader Offer with the cocktail recipes in this edition on pages 60-61. www.

Christmas at Cowdray The team at Cowdray Farm Shop hope you can join them on Saturday 5th December for their Christmas Tasting Day from 11am to 3pm. Suppliers offering tastings of their wonderful produce will include: Upperton, makers of fantastic local sparkling wine, Chilgrove, another local supplier who’ve added vodka to their original gin offering, and Langham Brewery who are based on the Estate and makers of our fantastic Cowdray Ale. Neal’s Yard Dairy will be offering Colston Bassett Stilton and Stichelton and Borough Cheese will be sampling their delicious Comte. Sweet tasters will be supplied by local chocolatiers, Noble and Stace – now a firm favourite with Cowdray customers. And for those keen to try Cowdray’s truly wild and natural venison the Cowdray Deer Manager, Jason Griffin, will be on hand cooking up some homemade sausages on the barbecue. Cowdray Farm Shop & Café Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AJ

Pub company Peach, which runs The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh has again been recognised as one of the leading people businesses in its industry by winning a top national award for the fifth time in as many years. Peach was named winner Pubs & Bars Category 2015 at the Best Employers in the Hospitality Awards 2015. So what better place to celebrate Christmas? The Richard Onslow has it covered – whether it’s for friends, family or colleagues. If you’re planning a sit down meal, of course they’ve got turkey – and it’s a top quality free-range bird from Royal Warrant holders Aubrey Allen, and if you want something different then they can help there too! To find out what else they’ve got up their sleeves for the festive season including New Year’s Eve plans, see thewebsite.

Gin Lovers Experience For gin lovers and those who are plain gin curious, Silent Pool Distillery now offers a 90 minute Experience, where one of the distillers reveals how Silent Pool award winning gin is made, what exactly goes into it and why. Visitors are taken through the production process, the botanicals, flavours and how they work together to deliver a multi levelled and complextasting gin. There will also be the opportunity to taste some of the various stages in production and some of the other spirits being produced. Go to

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Thursley to Elstead This is a pleasant walk through fields and woods and across a heath. The shorter option is largely flat. The longer option adds in some minor ups and downs. There are a number of refreshment places along the route including the Woolpack in Elstead (see offer below). The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club (

The walk 1. From Thursley cricket pitch you have two options. For the longer option, walk back along the road towards the A3 and, before the pub, turn right at the little green to walk down The Street. At the bottom do not follow the road sharp right. Instead, at the signpost take the track left. Quickly reach and take a footpath left, through a gate into a field. Follow that path across it and continue along a narrow path to reach Boundless Road, running alongside the A3. 2. Turn right along this road and soon turn left to go under the A3. On the other side, turn left. The road narrows and becomes the drive of ‘Cosford House’. Continue on to pass between the house and a small lake and out along a path. Almost immediately turn left up a bank through trees. At the top the path crosses a field to a gate which debouches onto French Lane. Turn left and follow the road for about ½ mile. As the road bends right take a track left. Pass Cosford Mill (a Grade II listed building built in the late 16th century and was more recently used as a studio by Roger Taylor of Queen) and then, at the top of the slope, turn right and walk for a few yards to reach an A3 slip road. 3. Here, turn right to go up to and turn left to cross a bridge over the A3. Almost opposite the other end of the bridge, look for a gap in the hedge, close to a cycleway sign. Go through onto Thursley Nature Reserve between a short run of railed fences and reach a T-junction with a sandy track and an information plaque. (The shorter option joins the route at this point. See later.) 4. Turn right and walk along the track. At a first blue arrow fork right. At the next go straight on. Go straight over a cross paths marked with arrows. At the next cross paths, with an information plaque and a house on the right, go straight ahead and north along a wide sandy track. At first you will be in trees but thereafter with heathland on your left. After about 1000 yards there are trees on both sides again and you pass a ‘Welcome to Thursley National Nature Reserve’ plaque. Quickly then reach a junction with three routes ahead from which to choose. Take the middle one. 5. Go straight over a cross paths and ignore lefts and rights. A field appears behind the trees on your righthand side and there are lots of silver birches on the 64

left-hand side. Keep going forward until reaching a junction with a 3-way signpost and an MOD warning sign. Here, turn right. Walk a little way to reach a T-junction with two roads, one of which is labelled Guinea Common and is on your right. Turn left and walk up to the far end of the other road, which you will later see is Hookley Road. Reach a T-junction where you jink right to join the Milford Road. Turn left towards Elstead. Continue until you can turn left into Springfield (a road) and immediately right, along Back Lane. At the other end you emerge at the side of a pub, the Woolpack, with a little green and some shops ahead of you. There is a convenience store by The Green where you can usually buy snacks. 6. After lunch, walk on down the side of the green opposite the shops and turn left into Stacey Farm Road. Immediately take a footpath left and up by the side of a house. Emerge in a field and continue forward along its left-hand edge. Exit from the first corner onto a cross paths and continue forward. The path runs for



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almost ¾ mile. Near the end it swings sharp left and then quickly right again. Soon afterwards, reach a junction and take a bridleway right and into trees on Elstead Common. Go straight over two successive cross paths. Emerge from the trees on the edge of heathland walk along the left-hand edge. 7. At a Thursley Nature Reserve Plaque turn left onto the start of a boardwalk this takes you in a large arc, passing a large pond which is popular with bird watchers. At its far end at a cross paths, turn left to follow the sandy track more or less south, for a time paralleling some 3-strand power lines initially on your left-hand side. Eventually pass under the power lines and they now run parallel but on your right-hand side. The power lines end but you continue on. Now take a bridleway forking right. Reach a very wide sandy cross track and go straight across to follow a narrow path through heather, then bracken, then bracken and trees. 8. At a T-junction with a wide track go left. Ignore a first left but then take an immediate fork right. Continue forward with a fence and fields on your right-hand side. Ignore a fork right, follow the bridleway straight on. Go straight over a cross paths and ignore two tiny rights. Reach a wide junction and take the track right. Emerge by the little green in Thursley with the pub along to the left and the start point to the right. For the shorter option, from the start, walk along the road past the pub and take the footpath left by the tiny green. Go down to a cross paths and turn right to follow a track roughly parallel to the road and eventually meet the junction with the railed fences and information plaque at the end of the A3 bridge which is mentioned above.

DISTANCE: 7.25 or 9 miles

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STARTING POINT: Park by the cricket pitch in Thursley, just along the road from the Three Horseshoes (GU8 6QD).

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REFRESHMENTS: The Three Horseshoes, Thursley T: 01252 703268

The Old Barn Café, Elstead T: 07930 337007 Elstead Common by Stefan Reynolds

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until he was 65 and the experience of diving has been one of the most amazing of his life - just to be able to float weightless and move freely in any direction is quite fantastic! The underwater world is full of beautiful and amazing creatures, plants and vistas - a rich source for any photographer. The club age range is wide, the youngest in her mid 20’s and a couple of oldies in the early 80’s, both now non-divers but still active. It must be stressed that there is a lower age limit for members of 16, simply for safety reasons. They always dive in rescue trained buddy pairs to ensure that, should one diver get into difficulties, there is always help close by, and anyone younger than 16 is unlikely to be able to bring a fully equipped diver safely to the surface. Cranleigh Sub Aqua Club is a small, enthusiastic diving Club whose members dive on reefs and wrecks around the UK coast, off Bognor Regis and westwards to Kimmeridge Bay, off Lundy Island, south Wales, the Farne Islands in the North east and the Isle of Man in the north west. They also go to the Red Sea from time to time to dive and photograph bigger fish and sharks, and wonder at the great walls of coral. The club was formed in 1978 and in the intervening years has bought a 6.8 metre rigid hulled inflatable boat, a RIB seen below right called Raffles, plus all the necessary safety gear, including vhf radio, and depth gauge. In 2008 they successfully applied for a Lottery grant of £10,000 to refurbish Raffles, buy a new engine and bring all the equipment up to date. Several club members drive 4x4’s and tow Raffles to south coast destinations, but for three or four day trips further afield they book specialised hard boats run by skippers who know local dive sites, and they usually stay in b&bs. They have a large collection of kit which enables them to meet the needs of most people wishing to take a free try-dive in Cranleigh School pool where they meet every Tuesday evening for an hour from 7.30pm. They check their own kit and enjoy being under water, even if the depth is only 2.5 metres, before going to the Cranleigh Sports and Social Club for a drink and to discuss or plan forthcoming dives and events like the Cranleigh Carnival and other local shows, where they show photographs and equipment. There is no upper age limit to learning to dive. One member did not learn


The club is a British Sub Aqua Club and uses BSAC training manuals. The Club’s training officer is responsible for all training, from Ocean Diver, Sports Diver, to Dive Leader and above. Open water training usually takes place in an inland dive centre. The first level of qualification, Ocean Diver, has a depth limit of 20 metres which increases to 35 metres at next level. All the clubs officers are elected at the AGM, and each years diving is celebrated with a dinner dance when awards are made for the best find, the best photograph, the daftest diver, to the diver who has done most for the club, and to the best trainee.

Top: Red Sea Reef. Above: Raffles


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Just in case some of you Lulu fans haven’t heard, she is coming to G Live in Guildford on Friday 4th March for a concert celebrating her 50 year career. Tickets are available at or 01483 369350. Entry is now open for the 3rd 2XU Surrey Half Marathon Kids’ Challenge. The event is open to 6-16 year olds who are invited to complete a 2km closed-road course on 13th March. To help everyone to prepare for their 2km run Shooting Star CHASE’s Professor Popplepants has put together a 10 step training plan which is downloadable from the 2XU Surrey Half website. Complete all the tasks ready for race day and you’ll be able to meet Professor Popplepants on race day. 10% of registration fees from the 2016 Kids’ Challenge will go to Shooting Star CHASE, a leading children’s charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Those who complete the 10 training activities and raise over £50 for Shooting Star CHASE will receive a special Professor Popplepants pin badge in recognition of all their hard work! To learn more about the event – http:// I mention this next Jotting to give readers plenty of time to consider taking on the challenge. Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to take part in an overnight endurance challenge next summer. The South Downs Way PLOD on 16th July 2016 will raise vital funds for children’s charity Action

Medical Research. Although a charity walk, don’t be fooled as teams will need their stamina and wits about them to navigate a 40-mile route through the darkness as they push on to watch the sun rise and steam ahead through the following day. Setting out from the Devil’s Dyke, it finishes on Beachy Head outside Eastbourne. In 2016 for the first time walkers can tackle the PLOD solo – perfect for those who like to go it alone and want to see the stunning views on offer. Or, if the distance seems a little too hard to handle, why not check out the PLOD Lite version at just 20 miles? To take advantage of Action Medical Research’s early-bird discount of just £99 per team, register before 31st December 2015 at www.action. Teams must pledge to raise a minimum total of £1,500 (or £1,200 for the PLOD Lite), while solo walkers pay £25 and commit to raising £375. Right, that is it for another year! Thanks for reading us and supporting all the local events we publicise on behalf of the local community. We feature more local events than any other local magazine, and if you have an event to publicise, please get in touch. FIND OUT MORE

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Garden maintenance, mowing, pruning, weeding etc She has over 30 yrs experience and qualifications in Horticulture. He is young, strong and smart. We also do a consultation service to help you look after No call out charge. your garden yourself! Call Jo on 01428 481691 or 07917 633400 JP Orrin_Layout 1 08/11/2011 12:23 Page 1 Raffe Chimney Sweeps May 14_Layout 1 09/03/2015 15:49 Pa References available



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WIN A SILENT POOL GIN PRESENTATION BOX Silent Pool Gin is a classic gin at heart. It is full-bodied and fresh, with depth, clarity, and above all else flavour. Produced with 24 unique botanicals, Silent Pool Gin is a rich and clean juniper-driven spirit with floral layers of lavender and chamomile. Fresh notes of citrus and kafir lime are ground with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshingly individual. We have a presentation box to give away containing a bottle of Silent Pool Gin and a wonderful Silent Pool glass worth £55. For stockists please visit To win, please answer the following question: Q: How many botanicals are there in Silent Pool Gin Please enter online at by 15th December 2015. This competition is only open to readers aged 18 and over. Proof of age may be required.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SWAN LAKE AT G LIVE, GUILDFORD Combining classical training and technique with the best-loved Russian ballets, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet will perform Swan Lake and The Nutcracker at G Live this Christmas season from 26th-28th December at various times. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Swan Lake, is a tragic tale of beauty, love and betrayal with an instantly recognisable score. The Nutcracker’s delightfully festive, and the perfect introduction to ballet, as Clara is whisked away on a fairytale adventure by her Nutcracker prince into a magical world of snowflakes, Sugar Plum fairies, and toys that come to life. Tickets are £29.50-£39.00, children: Save £10. Concessions and group rates available (booking fees apply). To win, simply answer the following question: Q: Who wrote Swan Lake? Please enter online at by 18th December 2015.

WIN AN ORDNANCE SURVEY CUSTOM MADE MAP Win an Ordnance Survey (OS) Custom Made map worth £16.99! Choose anywhere in Britain, add a title and upload a cover photo to create a unique personalised map in classic OS style – an ideal gift for any lover of the outdoors. The OS’s geographic data is so big that they’ve mapped the location of every fixed physical object in Great Britain, from the ground upwards, to within one metre accuracy. In total, they’ve logged 460 million individual geographical features including over 35 million buildings and over 27 million residential addresses. They have a team of around 300 surveyors and two aircraft that produce 10,000 updates to their OS MasterMap database. That’s seven times every minute of every day of the year. To win, please answer the following question: Q: How many buildings has the OS logged? Please enter online at by 18th December 2015. 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.

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VantagePoint Magazine December 2015 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

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VantagePoint Magazine December 2015 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

The local magazine produced by local people for the local community and delivered by your local postman