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|| YOUR LOCAL TEAM We have a focus on travel this month, something we all love to think about while we grimly endure the British winter. The travel market has changed with the advent of the internet and it is now very easy to find and book holidays without leaving your sofa. That is fine if you know what you want or are happy with an off-the-shelf package, but for those of us who prefer to do something a bit different or who want additional extras, you are better off talking to a specialist travel company. Many people like the idea of certain trips, like river cruises or a luxury tour to India, but are unsure if the reality of the holiday will actually suit them. This again is where it is important to speak to someone in the

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know and find the exact package that will work for you or get a tailor-made trip made up for you to take in your requirements and wishes. Stefan Reynolds Editor & Publisher







This is why we have teamed up with Travel Dream, an independent travel company based in Bramley, near Guildford and organised a travel fair on Saturday 1st April at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming. Running from 1pm to 4pm, we will have eleven tour operators there, with whom you can discuss options and opportunities and take advantage of some of the special offers they will have available. Please see page 9 for more information. We hope to see some of you there! Contact the editor:

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6 Jottings

Your local community noticeboard

9 The Joy of Travel Our first Travel Fair

14 First-Time Cruising Why, what, where and how? 21 The Big Debate

We talk to Surrey County Council

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27 Local Wines Four local producers appearing at our Wine Festivals 36 Godalming Spring Festival Saturday 1st April

41 Godalming Town Council Spring update

48 Gardening

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52 Fitness

Keeping fit for the over 60s

54 Local

Guildford Rambling Club

56 Recipes

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

As I write this, Nick and Angie have escaped the frost and are sunning themselves in the Cape, the perfect antidote to an English winter. South Africa is a wonderful country, albeit one with its own very real challenges. I was fortunate to visit fairly often as my mother and late step-father spent their winters there for 25 years, and we still have family and friends there. As a tourist, it is pretty unbeatable – great value (once you have paid for the flight), exceptionally beautiful, with wonderful food and terrific wines. Talking of wines, don’t forget to come along to our VantagePoint Wine Festivals. South Africa will be well represented amongst more than 150 wines that will be available to try. More at www.vantagepointevents. Normal service resumes next month! Cranleigh Literary Festival Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March Cranleigh Arts Centre, is excited to announce their second annual Literary Festival, commencing Tuesday 28th February running until Saturday 4th March, coinciding with World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. The event, which has been generously sponsored by Informed Choice Financial Planning, has an inspiring line up, including live theatre, literary talent and creative workshops for all ages. Running alongside the festival is the prestigious exhibition Re-imaging the Laws of England Tour – Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, which can be viewed in Centre's gallery space, before it travels to the internationally renowned Hay Literary Festival. On Saturday 4th March, Cranleigh Arts’ family day welcomes the team from Otter-Barry Books, who recently published a children’s picture story called ‘Wings!’. This beautiful tale tells the story of a Penguin, who dreams of flying, among his bird friends, Owl and Parrot. The story is written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Jane Porter, who will both make an appearance on 4th March. They will be running a free craft session, based on the book, at Cranleigh Library at 11.30am. Cranleigh Arts Centre, then invites you to join them

for a storytelling of ‘Wings!’, with live drawing and puppetry. Cranleigh Library craft session is free and runs from 11.30am12.30pm. ‘Wings!’ is being performed at 2pm at the Arts Centre, tickets are £5. Box Office: 01483 278000. For further details or a Festival brochure, please visit Cranleigh Arts Centre’s website: Godalming Sanitary Steam Company Laundry Exhibition Tuesaday 28th February to Saturday 8th April Explore the story of Godalming laundry and those who worked there, in photographs, memories and original documents at a very interesting exhibition at Godalming Museum from 28th February to 8th April. Founded in 1884 as the Godalming Sanitary Steam Laundry Company, the laundry did washing, specialist cleaning and dyeing for households, institutions and the military at Langham in Godalming, in Woking and in Shalford. The exhibition will include archive photographs of the laundry and the people that worked there, newspaper coverage of related events, excerpts of recorded interviews with laundry workers and their relatives, and details of other laundries in the Godalming area that operated over the last 100 years. There will be an opportunity for visitors to add names and other details to a list of employees of Godalming Laundry (1884 - 1984), together with an historic timeline of events relating to the laundry over 100 years, and various exhibits will be on display from the Museum’s collection. Godalming Museum is located at 109a High Street, by the Pepperpot. It is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4pm in wintertime and 10am to 5pm in summertime . Admission is free but donations are welcomed. The Local Studies library is open in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Light refreshments are available throughout the day. Children are always welcome. There is a delightful Jekyll style garden at the rear of the museum and an excellent gift shop. Godalming Museum is run in partnership with Waverley Borough council and Godalming Museum Trust.

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Ockford-Godalming WI Group Wednesday 1st March 2pm Ockford-Godalming WI Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Scout and Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming at 2pm. On March 1st there will be in house entertainment and on April 5th there will be a talk ‘National Garden Scheme’ by Margaret Arnott. Also a competition ‘Identify the Seeds’. As well as monthly meetings, outings and theatre trips are arranged throughout the year. Also pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular craft sessions. The group welcomes new members. Contact the secretary on 01483 415702. Winkworth Arboretum events From Wednesday 1st March Winkworth’s Wednesday Walk is on Wednesday 1st March from 2pm-3.30pm. Meet at the kiosk for a seasonal guided walk around the Arboretum. Normal admission charges. Guided walk is free. The Volunteers’ Coffee Morning is on Tuesday 7th March from 10.30am-12 noon. Come for a coffee and find out more about volunteering at the National Trust’s only Arboretum. Free entry. On Mothering Sunday, mums get in free when accompanied by their children at Winkworth. Sunday 26th March from 10am-5.30pm. Normal admission charges. Finally, on Friday 31st March from 11am-12.30pm, is Exploring the Arboretum. Meet at the kiosk for a guided walk around the Arboretum. Well-behaved dogs on a short lead are welcome. Normal admission charges. Guided walk is free. Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 2nd March 2.15pm Paul Whittle will speak about ‘Tsars and Commissars, Aspects Of St.Petersburg’ at the Elstead Village Hall at 2.15pm for 2.30pm.There will be the usual delicious tea available for £1 to all members and visitors. Why not come along and join them. They have some excellent speakers lined up for 2017 including Barry Jutsum telling them about ‘My Life as a Detective Constable’ on 6th April. On 4th May their own Diane Terry will give a ‘Bread Making Demonstration’, plus an Art and Craft Exhibition and the W.I. Resolutions. There is no requirement to live in Elstead to become a member. Contact Venetia Pierce on 01252 702415. Cranleigh Antiques, Collectables, Vintage and Craft Fair Thursday 2nd and 16th March 7.30am-3pm Free entry, easy access, nearby parking. Freshly cooked refreshments available. Many stalls at this long established popular fair. Cranleigh Village Hall, Village Way, Cranleigh, GU6 8AT. For more information, telephone Paul on 07980 384491 or David on 01483 274012. Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 2nd March 7.30pm Their next lecture on 2nd March by John Dixon will be about the Roman province of Provence and the splendid ruins people can still see today. It will focus on the Roman way of life and their admiration for this area and how their occupation has left traces in life today. Provence is one of the regions of France most loved by the British and this talk is bound to let people see it all in a new light thanks to its historical perspective.

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The Joy of Travel


Most of us love to travel, so come along to our new travel fair in Godalming, where experts will share their personal knowledge of destinations around the world, together with a series of free workshops to help you plan your next holiday.

Travelling is a very personal experience and quite rightly you expect not only to get the best service for your money, but also to enjoy exploring exciting new places and meeting interesting people. Of course, you can put your trust in travel providers online or pop in to discuss your travel plans with a travel agent, but you need to be assured that not only are you being given sound advice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you are also being advised by experts who have first-hand experience of traveling to the destinations you have in mind. Award-winning independent travel specialist Travel Dream is based in Bramley near Guildford. Owners Jo Wishart and Pam Jackman have over 60 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the travel industry between them and know just how important it is to not only provide local knowledge of your destinations, but also to be able to discuss these with you in person to ensure that your aspirations are understood and matched in full. With that in mind Jo and Pam, together with the VantagePoint Travel Club, have created their first travel fair in the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming on Saturday 1st April. March 2017

Eleven travel companies will be exhibiting at the free event, enabling you to meet experts providing travel services to a wide range of destinations worldwide. Invited speakers from four well-known UK-based travel companies will also host workshops on the day. As an added bonus, the travel experts will have special travel fair deals and discounts that will be publicised on the day and will be available for a limited time through Travel Dream after the event. You will also enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival to the sounds of a live steel band, and could win something special in the travel fair prize draw! So - what to expect? The event opens at 1pm and runs until 4pm. The following travel companies have experts running the free workshops. 1.30pm - Kirker Kirker Holidays are independent tour operators specialising exclusively in city and short breaks to Europe and North America. They have operated since 1986 and are renowned for providing a very personal tailor-made service which includes using only hotels they have visited and selected, arranging private transfers and tours, and running these to your own personal and well-researched itinerary.

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2pm - Africa & Beyond Formed in 2007 by husband and wife team Richard Russell and Charlotte Howell, Africa & Beyond are an independent owner-run tour operator specialising in Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the Middle East. Influenced by his father who ran tour operations to Africa for 40 years, Richard specialises in arranging tailor-made safaris in East, Central and Southern Africa.

you already know where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there. Travel Dream are a fully-bonded independent travel agency giving you peace of mind with your bookings, and with their experience of working closely with specialist operators, including those you will meet on the day, you will be assured of the very best advice.

3pm - Insight Vacations Describing the service they offer as ‘the art of touring in style’ you can expect something special from Insight Vacations. They have been providing escorted touring itineraries to worldwide destinations for over 35 years, and are specialists in Europe where they visit 43 countries. They only use hand-picked hotels and expert tour directors to ensure the very best personal experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Travel Fair at The Wilfrid Noyce Centre on Saturday 1st April between 1pm and 4pm. The centre is located right next to Godalming’s main car park at Crown Court, The Burys, Godalming GU7 3PU.

3.30pm - Cox & Kings Describing themselves as ‘the world’s longest established travel company’ Cox & Kings, who have been established for over 250 years, not surprisingly have a lot of experience in providing holidays across all continents. They offer small group tours and private tailor-made holidays, and specialise in luxury holidays which range from the lavish to the adventurous, incorporating short breaks and round-the-world discoveries.

We launched the VantagePoint Travel Club last year to provide our readers with the opportunity to benefit from exclusive travel offers. As a community magazine, we are focused on providing news and information locally relevant in five separate editions for our readers across Dorking and Leatherhead, Godalming and Cranleigh, Farnham, Haslemere Midhurst and Guildford.

These and other travel specialists will also be exhibiting at the event, including Lusso, Caribtours, ITC, Tauck, Star Clippers, Prestige and a hotel representation company.

Our Travel Club brings together local independent travel specialists who can provide you with expert advice – and we will be highlighting our exclusive reader offers in association with these partners. We are initially working with Travel Dream and Go Cruise, your local cruise specialist based in Cranleigh.

Travel Dream’s owners Jo and Pam will be on hand at the travel fair to provide you with personal help, guiding you on everything from expert advice on how you could best plan your holiday if you still haven’t made up your mind, or in helping build an itinerary to your travel budget if 10

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Cranleigh Village Sports & Social Club Various dates from 2nd March Thursday 2nd is dance night. On Saturday 4th is ‘Changes Duo’. On Saturday 11th, Robbie Williams v Gary Barlow (tribute night) tickets on sale now at £10 members and £15 non members. On Saturday 18th is ‘Rocking Cresendos’, on Friday 24th is ‘Mikes Quiz’ and Saturday 25th is ‘Forever Young’. Finally on Thursday 30th is ‘Big Band’. £3 entertainment fee to non-members. Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema Friday 3rd March and 17th March On 3rd March: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (age 15) directed by Ken Loach. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, and nominated for several BAFTAs, this heartfelt, angry attack on the dehumanising effect of modern bureaucracy sees director Ken Loach return to the social justice themes of his early work like 'Cathy Come Home'. In a world of automated assessments and computerised unaccountability, Daniel and his friend Katie struggle to ensure they are not crushed by their circumstances or the system designed to help. I defy you to remain unmoved by the foodbank scene. Powerful. On Friday 17th March: ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’. Comedy drama following the feelgood true story of how a part-time busker and recovering drug addict had his isolation broken and his life transformed by


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First-Time Cruising Why, what, where and how?

Plenty of people know lots of friends and family who have cruised or are considering a cruise and think it might suit them too. But they then do some homework and are bewildered by the choice available. In this article, Andy Church and Olivia Chapman will help you decide if a cruise is for you, which cruise line you should consider, where you could go and how to start the process of making the leap into the exciting world of holidaying on water. There are many cruise lines, all specialising in different areas of the market, with hundreds of cruise ships and a myriad of destinations. You might be a family looking for multiple activities for the kids, or a couple looking for small luxury ships. You might be looking to sail the oceans or take in the sights during a cruise down a river. Whatever you are thinking of, your starting point should be the same - the budget. Once the budget is set, decide where you want to go and whether you want to fly to get to the port. Many cruises leave from and return to the UK, particularly during the summer months, meaning that you don’t have the hassle of flying if you don’t want it. Although your choices may be more limited, many would argue that the lower stress levels make it worthwhile. The list of cruise lines that do go from the UK include some of the largest and most popular – P&O, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen, Cruise and Maritime, Silversea and Oceania amongst others. This list covers a multitude of styles and suitability, from family friendly to super luxury. With Celebrity and MSC starting cruises from the UK again in 2018, the choices available are becoming even wider. As one might expect there are some limitations as to where most cruises sail from the UK ports. The majority cruise down to the Mediterranean, the Canaries or up into Scandinavia. However, there are those that cross 14

the Atlantic to the US or the Caribbean. Some return but for others you would need to take a one-way flight. There are many longer trips starting in the UK – going as far as Australia, the Far East, Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Islands. Should you choose to fly, the options become almost endless. Most river cruises start with a flight, or maybe a train ride, and can take in the most popular of rivers such as the Danube, Seine, Rhine and Douro. Going further afield there are now many operators cruising in the Mekong, the Yangtze in China, and others in Burma and India. In the US, steamboat tours are becoming increasingly popular down the Mississippi. Taking an ocean cruise you can go almost anywhere. The Arctic and Antarctic are increasingly popular, and are not just for the adventurous traveller. Some luxury ships are now sailing these routes, taking you to places where there are no other means of transport. The Galapagos Islands are a must-see and South America in general is on many people’s bucket lists. Cuba is the hottest destination in 2017 and can be combined with cruises to the Caribbean or through the Panama Canal. Asia is increasingly popular both for ocean and river cruises – with the ability to take in many different locations and experiences on one holiday. And there lies one of the beauties of cruising, an advantage over a hotel or villa holiday, and that is the ability to wake up somewhere different every day without

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packing and unpacking. One morning Singapore, the next Ho Chi Minh, and onto Hong Kong - you get the idea. The other great advantage of a cruise is that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just see these places from the water, you get to explore them as well. From organised tours to culinary excursions, to just disembarking and having a wander around, you get a chance to see, smell and taste so many different countries and cultures. That is of course if you want to disembark. For some, the whole point of a cruise is the ship itself, and these days many ships have become a destination in their own right. Some of the new resort ships have so many attractions that you could spend your entire holiday just experiencing those and never be bored. Some of the smaller luxury ships offer such amazing service that it can be difficult to drag yourself away. But most people decide on a combination of onboard and land-based activities to make the most of both the ship and the destinations. For some the opportunity to experience these destinations is vital and often the cruise lines will have experts on hand to either give talks about the places you visit, or to actually lead the tours themselves. For instance, if you go to the Arctic to photograph polar bears on the Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten, there will be professional expedition photographers on board to help you get the best pictures. So once the budget is set and the destination decided, the next decision is the cruise line and the ship itself. Each cruise line is different, offering different levels March 2017

There lies one of the beauties of cruising, an advantage over a hotel or villa holiday, and that is the ability to wake up somewhere different every day of experience and service. Your budget and preferred itinerary will partly determine which cruise line you choose but even then there will still be choices to make. Much will come down to whether you are a family, a couple or a solo traveller. These days the availability of options for the latter is very wide and the cruise companies have woken up to the fact that it is a growing market and are incorporating more single rooms on the newer ships, or are offering good deals for the solo traveller occupying a twin/double cabin. Each cruise line has its own identity, and that is often the defining selling point between two similar cruises. For the first-time cruiser this is something that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know, which is why an independent cruise specialist is your first port of call. Someone who knows the cruise lines and the ships is in a great position to help you with finding the best cruise to meet your needs at the most competitive price. What other decisions do you need to make? River versus ocean cruising. For many this will be the easiest decision

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as they are very different holidays. River cruising is in general much more intimate, with the ships taking between 100 and 200 guests, whereas the newest oceangoing resort ships can carry over 5000 guests. Few of the river vessels cater for children, although some clients who have taken (usually older) children have said that they have loved seeing the world pass slowly by and the opportunity to learn about so many interesting ports of call. If you want things to do, then a larger ship is for you. To add to the confusion, there are the ever more popular large sailing ships or clippers. These take anywhere between 150 and 250 guests and, whilst there is little to do apart from soak up the sun and scenery and eat, you can get involved in the actual sailing if you want to. The beauty of such small ships is their ability to go where the larger ships can’t. This means they can drop anchor in some stunning, and often deserted, bays. You might think that once you’ve decided on your destination and ship that’s everything taken care of, but you’d be wrong. Picking your cabin can be just as daunting, particularly on the largest ships, where the choices can be staggering. Inside cabins are the cheapest and can represent tremendous value whilst still being spacious. On some newer ships these cabins offer a ‘virtual’ window or balcony and many will show the view from the front of the ship on the cabin TV. There are outside cabins with portholes or windows, balcony cabins and sometimes family cabins or suites. Once you get into the suite market, then both the size and price can rise exponentially. Families might want one cabin offering a double or twin beds with additional beds that come down from the ceiling or even a sofa bed. On the other hand, two connecting cabins might make more sense. There are also choices to be made with food and drink. Food is included in all cruises and there’s lots of it. You won’t starve and you don’t have to spend any more money. If 16

you’ve got teenagers, the endless supply of ‘free’ food will be irresistible. There is usually a main restaurant and a buffet restaurant, and generally the quality is excellent. Many ships offer other options, such as speciality restaurants, and whilst these can carry an extra charge, in some cases everything is included. This applies to soft drinks and alcohol. Currently there are many offers whereby drinks are included in the price, and this can offer amazing value. On an increasing number of cruise lines you are able to choose daily when you eat in the evening, but some still have set dining times. And then there’s the entertainment, from West End shows to magicians to the circus, and from rock bands to jazz to solo performers. On many ships, you know before you travel which shows are going to be performed, whether the Strictly Come Dancing stars will be performing, or if a celebrity chef will be taking cooking classes. There is so much choice and so many options, but hopefully this has helped with your decision making. The most important thing is not to be put off by the amount of choice. If you haven’t cruised before then there is a whole incredible world waiting for you and some oncein-a-lifetime experiences to be had. Call your local cruise specialist if you need help because that’s what we do. Take the plunge and start planning you first cruise today. FIND OUT MORE Andy and Olivia run GoCruise, your local cruise specialists. T: 01483 808787 E:

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<13 18> JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Guildford Rambling Club Lots of dates from Sunday 5th March Guildford Rambling Club’s walks programme can be found at Unless otherwise stated visitors are welcome on all of their walks and walks normally start at 10am. They will be meeting near Abinger on Sunday 5th March for an 8 mile circular walk. Details from David A on 07512 147456. There will also be a 9 mile circular walk from Holmbury St Mary to Ewhurst on Sunday 12th March. Call David R on 07935 887499 for that one. On Thursday 16th March there will be a 5 mile linear walk, starting with a bus ride from below Box Hill. Ask Sally on 01306 885976 for details. Steve, on 07957 803912, is your contact for a 10 mile circular walk from near East Clandon on Sunday 19th March. On Sunday 26th March, David R (on 07935 887499) will lead a 9 mile circular walk from Milford Station to Hambledon. They shall be meeting in Shamley Green on Sunday 2nd April for a 9.5 mile circular walk. Details from Hazel on 07766 663876. There will be an 8 mile circular walk from Waggoners Wells on Sunday 9th April. Call Rosemary on 07842 150475 for that one. Then, on Thursday 13th April, there will be a 5 mile circular walk starting from Leith Hill. Ask Patrick on 07785 251460 for details. David R again, on 07935 887499, is your contact for a 9 mile circular walk from Frensham Little Pond on Sunday 16th April.

John's Street, Farncombe on the second Wednesday of each month. Visitors are always welcome for a fee of just £1. This month is the Annual General Meeting, where they report on the previous year's business and activities, and 2017 membership fees are also due. There will also be a Bring and Buy table and refreshments, as well as the monthly raffle. In April the Guild have a guest speaker from The Surrey Wildlife Trust, more details on the topic of the talk in next month's VantagePoint. For more information on this very friendly Guild, please contact the Secretary Jill Bird on 01483 860917. Godalming Mayor's Themed Charity Film Night Friday 10th March 7.30pm Godalming Mayor's Themed Charity Film Night is to be held on Friday 10th March at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre at 7.30pm. The film being shown will be Grease, so don your leather jackets, circle skirts, slick back your hair and ‘wop baba lumop a wap bam boom’ your way along for an evening of fun. Tickets are available at a price of £15 each, which will include an American Diner-style meal of either burger and fries or hot dog and fries (veggie burger available); you will need to specify which meal option you'd like when purchasing your tickets. The event will start at 7.30pm with the meal, followed by the film starting at about 8pm. There will be an intermission half way through the film (ice cream also provided in the ticket price). You will be able to purchase drinks at the bar. A raffle will be held and tickets drawn half way through but not announced. The prizes will be allocated so winners will be able to collect them on their way out at the end of the evening.

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Board Games Afternoon at Godalming Baptist Church Friday 10th March 2pm Do you know anyone in the local community who would like to come to an informal and light-hearted afternoon of board games - Quiddler, Scrabble, Uno, RummiKub, Bingo , various card games and more! They meet from 2pm until 4pm on a Friday afternoon every month with refreshments too. You are warmly invited to join them and please do bring a friend or neighbour too. For more information please contact Sally Pollard by email to or Chris Hookey at the Church Office on 01483 422105 (Mon, Weds or Friday mornings only). The next date is 7th April.

Milford & District U3A Friday 10th March The Friday talk for Milford and District U3A is on Friday, 10th March 2017 at 2pm in Milford Village Hall and features ‘Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (Doctors Without Borders). This is an independent international humanitarian organisation

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that delivers medical aid in more than 60 countries some of which are the most dangerous places in the world. There is no named speaker as MSF are so in demand and their pace of life so hectic a speaker cannot be allocated in advance; someone who is not directly involved with their work on that day will come. Members and non-members are welcome; the talk, tea and cake is just £1. League of Friends of Milford Hospital AGM Friday 10th March 3pm The AGM of the League of Friends of Milford Hospital will be held on 10 March 2017 at 3pm in the seminar room at the Hospital. Their chairman will report on the work of the League, a hospital representative will talk about what has been going on at the hospital and one of our speakers will be from the hotel services department, talking about the various challenges they face. Everyone welcome. RHS Wisley Various dates from 12th March World of Alpines is on 12th March, 10am-4pm: See displays of flowering alpines and bulbs. Meet the experts and pick up expert advice. Plus browse and buy from fantastic range of alpine plants. The Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring Show is on 18th March, 11am-4pm: Discover fabulous displays of orchids, learn about how to care for your orchid and visit our Helpdesk who will help you bring your orchid back to life. The perfect place to get expert advice and buy from a range of top exhibitors. Orchids in the Glasshouse


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is from 18th March to 23rd April. The National Vegetable Society Show takes place on 19th March, 10am-4pm: Specialist talks, propagation and plant care demonstrations and plants and seeds for sale. Expert growing publications for sale including the new ‘Getting started Cooking with Vegetables’. From 24th-26th March is the Spring Plant Fair: Kick start your gardening year at Wisley's Spring Plant Fair. Pick up quality spring plants from specialist growers and nurseries. From 25th to 26th March is the Bonsai Suiseki Show:This specialist show will include plant and bonsai equipment sales, displays and care information aimed at beginners through to experienced growers. Bonsai experts will be on hand for advice and a friendly chat. Sutton Bonsai’s Suiseki competition will showcase the timeless beautiful craft of suiseki bonsai. The Wisley Plant Centre will also host their re-potting and styling and advice service. Visitors should bring their bonsai trees to The Plant Centre by 11am on either 25th or 26th March, from £5 per tree. Finally, on 28th and 29th March is the Early Daffodil Competition, Glasshouse Gallery: Celebrate the first daffodils of spring with the chance to admire these miniature treasures close up. More at Busbridge Evening WI Tuesday 14th March 8pm Busbridge Evening WI will be hearing some local history when they meet at 8pm on Tuesday 14th March in Busbridge Village Hall. Alison Pattison of Godalming Museum will tell the story of Arthur Harbour from Town End Street, in a collection


of papers from WWI. Visitors and new members are always very welcome - more information from Pat Oxborough 01483 417303. Godalming Evening Townswomen’s Guild Tuesday 14th March The March meeting of the Godalming Evening Townswomen’s Guild will take the form of their Annual General meeting. Members will look back at another successful and rewarding year. The following year’s programme will be presented and one of the highlights will be the celebration of the Guild’s 80th anniversary. This will be followed by a bake and taste and social hour. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the Month at the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming and the hall opens at 7.15pm.Further details of this National organisation are available by telephoning the Chairman on 01483 4153443. Ewhurst Horticultural Society Wednesday 15th March 7.30pm for 8pm They will be holding a talk at Ewhurst Village Hall with slides ‘Exbury Gardens - Heaven with the gates open’ by John Anderson. With refreshments and raffle. Tickets available from Anne 01483 271812 or tickets@ £5 members and £10 visitors. John became Head Gardener at Exbury in 2005. Exbury consists of 200 acres of informal woodland and very large collections of rhododendron, azalea and camellia - his topic for this talk.


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Surrey County Council and the Council Tax Stefan Reynolds, editor of VantagePoint, talks to Peter Martin, deputy leader of Surrey County Council, about council tax in 2017/18. Surrey County Council had been set to propose a council tax increase of 15%, which would have triggered a referendum. However, at a meeting of the Full Council on 7th February, Leader David Hodge made a new recommendation of a 4.99% rise which was approved by councillors, meaning a referendum will not now be held. Q: Why did the county council decide not to go ahead with the 15% council tax increase? A: The government has listened and we believe they understand the funding challenges we’re facing, including in adult social care and the need to find a long-term solution. It is clear Surrey is an extreme example of how increasing demand for social care affects local communities and the health service. The government has agreed with us that the system for funding all councils is flawed and in need of overhauling and has recognised that it penalises efficient councils like Surrey. The government’s thinking is that a refreshed system based on councils retaining business rates will be the cornerstone for a fairer funding system for local government. We are willing to take a risk that a solution will soon be found to the issues we face.

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Q: What does that mean for the council taxpayer? A: The county council has approved an increase of 4.99 per cent in Council Tax for 2017/18 which includes the three per cent adult social care precept that the government is allowing this year. The precept can only be spent on adult social care services. Q: Why didn’t you propose a 4.99% rise in the first place? A: We took the unprecedented step of proposing a 15% rise because we care passionately about our communities and want to make sure those in most need of our help get the support they need. As a Conservative politician it’s counterintuitive to propose raising taxation. But I am also acutely aware of the need to maintain our vital services – the protection of vulnerable children, the care and support of the elderly, looking after the needs of those with learning difficulties. Q: What had become such a problem for Surrey? A: The government has cut our main annual grant by £170 million since 2010 even though demand for our adult social care, learning disabilities support and children’s service is increasing every year. In the same time period we have made lots of efficiency savings and now do things in a more cost-effective way. Those efficiencies over the last 6 years now equate to a saving worth £450 million per year. Unfortunately rising demand and greater cost pressures have accounted for these savings. We believe that Surrey is unfairly impacted by many government grant reductions at the moment, which then provides many challenges. We are engaged with the government through the Fairer

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|| THE BIG DEBATE Funding Review, which is examining what needs to happen to ensure local government services can be put on a stable footing in the future. The government acknowledges that Surrey County Council is an efficient council that has driven down costs. Surrey has also had independent verification by external accountants that our budgetary pressures are real. Q: Can you provide any examples of the challenges?

A: We spend some £169 million a year on helping 3,765 adults in Surrey with learning disabilities. The government has recognised this with a grant of £70 million, but in 2017/18 is reducing this by £32 million - that reduction is the equivalent of an additional 5% rise in Council Tax. The service demand is the10:07 samePage or greater but the funding is d_Jan17:Layout 1 05/01/2017 1 cut. We are all trying to bring together health and social care. A significant contribution by government to this is through something called the Better Care Fund. The new round of funding for this is worth £1.5 billion nationally and we

would expect our share on a needs basis to be £25 million a year – the equivalent of 4% in Council Tax by 2019/20. Surrey will actually receive zero in 2017/18, zero in 2018/19 and £1.5 million in 2019/20. Rising demand alone for adult social care is costing an additional £24 million a year. Our funding gap for providing special educational needs and disabilities support for children is also expected to be more than £20 million a year by 2020. With a rising birth rate and more children we need to create 11,000 more school places over the next 5 years to ensure that every child has a school place to take up. That’s on top of creating 13,000 school places over the last 6 years. The government clearly understands the difficulties facing adult social care services and is increasingly committed to resolving them, which will help our position in Surrey. This interview took place in February 2017. For up-to-date news about this matter, please visit


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Chiddingfold Horticultural Society Wednesday 15th March 8pm On Wednesday 18th January they held the Members' Social which was well attended in spite of the very frosty conditions. On arrival guests were invited to attempt 3 quizzes and renew membership. An impressive finger buffet was provided by ladies of the committee and they enjoyed a wide range of snacks. For the first time they were fortunate to have 33 members of the Chiddingfold Choir to entertain them with many different songs and they finished with everyone singing 'In an English Country Garden' This was an occasion enjoyed by all present. The next meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 15th March will be a talk by the well-known speaker, Rosy Hardy, on' Herbaceous Perennials'. Visitors are welcome to the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane and hear Rosy. Queen Street, Godalming, GU7 1BA. Thursley Horticultural Society Wednesday 15th March 8pm They are looking forward to welcoming APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) Plant Health and Seeds inspector, Andrew Gaunt, to their meeting at Thursley Village Hall, Dye House Road, Thursley, GU8 6QD at 8pm on Wednesday 15th March. Andrew will be giving us an informative talk on ‘Alien Pests and Diseases’, and they’ll be holding a raffle and tea and biscuits will be served. Both members and visitors are very welcome to attend, for more details please contact Beth Otway on

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Downs Solicitors Charity Support As part of Downs Solicitors’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, each year they nominate a Charity of the Year and during 2016 they were proud to partner with Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Royal Marsden Hospital is a world-leading cancer centre who pioneer new treatments that save lives. They use their research to provide the very best in diagnosis, treatment and patient care, treating around 50,000 people every year. The revolutionary way they treat people in their hospitals has a far-reaching impact, both nationally and internationally. Chris Millar said “Our original fundraising target for the Royal Marsden was £5,000 but we exceeded this figure by raising an incredible £11,868.15 for the charity. This figure will increase to over £12K as we still have one cow to auction from Cow Parade Surrey. This is testament to our employees’ commitment and enthusiasm to raise funds for such a worthwhile charity. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve this target.” The money was raised through a combination of challenging and imaginative events, including; participation in Cow Parade Surrey, a 30 mile walk along the South Downs Way, participation in the Great South Run, an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, a Rugby Match and Family Fun Day which Downs co-hosted with Dorking Rugby Club, coffee mornings, cake sales, dress down days and donations for providing one-off legal advice. Joanne Bell, Community Fundraising Events Manager for the Royal Marsden said “We are absolutely delighted with the amazing sum raised by all the staff at Downs Solicitors and would like to thank each of them for all their hard work over



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Surrey and Sussex now host some of the finest wine producers in the country. Our climate and terroir are such that we are now producing world-class sparkling and still wines. Here we profile four local producers, all of whom will be attending the VantagePoint Wine Festivals, which start next month.

Albury Vineyard Albury Vineyard produces the highest quality still and sparkling wines from organic grapes grown in the Surrey Hills. Only 20,000 bottles of wine are produced each year from just 12 acres of vines.

Albury is family business run by Nick and his daughter Lucy. Their talented Italian vineyard manager Alex is one of the best, and together they share a passion for organics, quality produce and excellent wine.

Famed for its Silent Pool Rosé, which was served on the Royal Barge to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, Albury can now be found on the wine lists of top restaurants including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers.

In 2016, Albury was voted ‘Producer of the Year’ in the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards, although the vineyard remains a hidden gem nestled alongside the Silent Pool.

English sparklings are now competing head-on with the best Champagnes, and Albury has won several gold and silver international awards.

The vineyard is open on Saturdays for tastings and tours run between May and September. Albury aims to make wine tasting a fun and informal experience and everyone is welcome at the vineyard, even if you have children or dogs in tow, and muddy boots! 07768 863650

Blackdown Ridge Nestled in the South Downs National Park, this family run vineyard benefits from a south-easterly exposure on gentle sloping hillsides. Here we have planted vines to create fine English wines, taking advantage of the superb location and conditions. The wines of Blackdown Ridge Estate are the result of the vision of owner, Professor Martin Cook, who has lived on the estate for 20 years. The first vines were planted in 2010.

These have been used to create our wonderful classic cuvee sparkling wine, first released in 2015. The grapes planted for our range of still wines include the aromatic Bacchus for our single varietal English white wine, as well as Triomphe d’Alsace for our stunning red wine, and, more recently, Sauvignon Blanc, ready for first harvest this year.

The soil of the Sussex Weald shares much with the terroir of the Champagne region of France, and this influenced our plantings of the classic sparkling wine varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

Each vintage allows us to learn and improve, so much so that we now enter international competitions in order to measure ourselves against the very best. We are very proud of what we have achieved in so little time, but we’re also continually aiming to exceed 01428 656003 expectations.

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Greyfriars Vineyard Greyfriars Vineyard is situated on the south facing slopes of the Hog’s Back at Puttenham, just outside Guildford ,and was originally planted in 1989 as an ‘eccentric experiment’. Since taking over in late 2010, the current owners Mike and Hilary Wagstaff, have expanded Greyfriars to become a boutique producer of English Sparkling Wines, with almost 50 acres under vine on three sites in the Surrey Hills. At Greyfriars, we do everything from grape to glass. Since 2010 we have built a brand new state of the art winery and have recently completed digging an underground chalk cellar 01483 813712 with the capacity to store a quarter

of a million bottles for aging our wine before release. By the time Greyfriars reaches peak production in 2020, it will have the capacity to produce about 100,000 bottles of wine a year. The chalk geology of the North Downs is perfectly suited to growing the three Champagne grape varieties and Greyfriars’ sparkling wine reflects the unique local geology, history and climate. Since releasing our first wines in late 2013 our wines have won a number of prizes in prestigious international competitions. Greyfriars now produces a range of sparkling wine and limited quantities of still wine.

Jenkyn Place Jenkyn Place is the brainchild of property investor and entrepreneur Simon Bladon. Originally from Yorkshire, Simon and his wife, Rebecca, moved to Jenkyn Place in Hampshire in 1997 and, after extensive renovations, turned their thoughts to the abandoned hop fields next to the property. Simon, who loves a good challenge, decided to plant his first vines – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (classic Champagne varieties), in 2004. He planted more vines in 2007 and 2010 and has now reached full capacity in the vineyards. Jenkyn Place wines are sold in the UK and abroad and have received 01420 481580 numerous international awards and

accolades, with praise from some of the world’s top wine critics. Most recently their Brut Cuvée 2010 won a coveted Gold Medal in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2016. The award-winning wines are made in the traditional Champagne method from classic grape varieties and spend around four years on the lees before being released to the public. It has been proved that exceptional wines - loaded with mouth-filling fruit - are consistently achievable. But they require time and patience to produce, often requiring this maturation after harvest to truly come into their own. This commitment to the long-aging of their wines to realise this potential is reflected in the final product.

The VantagePoint Wine Festivals will take place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Each will showcase over 120 international wines including champagnes and VANTAGEPOINT EVENTS premium wines, alongside wine experts and producers. In addition, there will also be music, WINE FESTIVAL entertainment, concessions, food, money off wine vouchers and more. Each festival will also host a blind wine tasting and raffle which will support two local charities in those areas. For more information, please visit 28

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miles) in the Cranleigh countryside. There are shorter half hour walks on Thursdays at 10.30AM if you need a gentler start to boosting your fitness levels. Cranleigh Walking For Health is part of the National Walking For Health Scheme New walkers are always very welcome.

Godalming Chamber of Commerce Training Session ‘Using the Media and PR to Generate More Sales’ Wednesday 15th March 7pm Chantal Cooke is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster turned PR guru. In her informative and thought-provoking training session, Chantal will give her top tips on what journalists want and how to deliver it to them so that businesses attract media attention. You’ll come away with a better understanding of what PR and the media can (and cannot) deliver for your business. You will know how to go about generating media coverage and how to get the most from that coverage. The evening will run from 7pm-9pm with drinks and nibbles after the training session at approximately 8.15pm. It costs £15 and you can book online at www.

Guildford Wey Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Thursday 16th March 10.45am Enjoy the unconventional? Then please join them in Shalford Village Hall for their next lecture, by Ian Swankie, entitled ‘Pots and Frocks : the World of Grayson Perry’ and learn how a transvestite potter from Chelmsford became a national treasure. Refreshments are available from 9.30am and the lecture starts at 10.45am. The Society offers a monthly programme of varied and fascinating talks by first class speakers. The programme also includes special study 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 01483 423090 or visit their website at www.

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Witley Gardening Association Thursday 16th March 7.30pm Bob Flowerdew, renowned organic gardener, author, television and radio presenter, will be giving a humorous talk on ‘No Work Gardening’ at the Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley. Entrance by ticket only: £5 for members and £10 for guests

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(glass of wine or soft drink included). Please contact Trevor Sears on 01428 682292 or Catherine Bullock on 01428 682752. Milford Probus Friday 17th March Milford Probus is a club with monthly luncheons and various other activities for retired and semi-retired professional and business people over 50. The Club has members from Waverley and beyond, and they meet in Godalming on the third Friday of each month for lunch followed by a talk on a wide variety of subjects. In March Peter Butterworth is talking on Combatting Stress. Guests are always welcome to join their meetings by invitation, and on their visits such as that to Gilbert White’s House which is not only famous for White’s wildlife studies, but also contains the collection of Captain Lawrence Oates’s memorabilia from Scott’s epic South Pole journey in 1912. 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, see the website or please contact Mike Thompson on 01483 428181, email Swap-It – waste reduction by sharing Saturday 18th March 10am-12 noon Chiddgreen are holding their next Swap-it day on 18th March at the Village Hall, Chiddingfold from 10am to 12 noon. Here's how it works: You bring along items that you no longer need

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Godalming Town Council is delighted to invite you to Spring into Godalming on Saturday 1st April from 10am to 5pm. A variety of craft and gift stalls and delicious street food and drink can be enjoyed in the town centre and live music and entertainment will be taking place throughout the day at the Pepperpot. Children can enjoy free Punch & Judy shows and, of course, no Spring festival is complete without traditional performances by local Morris dancers adding to the quintessentially Godalming atmosphere. Come and spend the day in our pretty town and take advantage of everything on offer. What’s On Browse the wide variety of stalls including gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, crafts, delicious street food including a hog roast, Thai, Indian and the "famous" Godalming sausages. Sample locally-distilled gin and locally-produced farmers' market goods in the High Street and Crown Court and visit the award-winning Star Public House’s Cider Festival in picturesque Church Street (featured in the film The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law).

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Entertainment Live music at the Pepperpot from Jim Cozens classic singer songwriter who studied at the college of Lennon and McCartney and has a first class honours degree in James Taylor! Godalmingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Rock Choir with Tom George will be singing their own brand of feel-good music. The Godalming Riverboat Shuffle Jazz Band are back to set your toes a-tapping as will Sing-o-Lingo, where you can sing some songs, have a hop and a dance and maybe even learn a new language. Come and meet Jo at Jo Jingles, the movement and music experience plus much more. Punch & Judy Professor Dumpling is back in Godalming with his Punch & Judy Show and will perform at 1pm and 3pm. Fleur de Lys Morris Dancers Performing at 12 noon outside Waitrose, 12.45pm at Crown Court, 1.30pm outside the Red Lion. Dobbie's Horse Carousel Come and enjoy a ride on Dobbie's Horse Carousel. Parking Free parking at Godalming College (subject to availability), with grateful thanks to the College. For more information and up-to-date timings for all events and acts, please visit

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JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD their annual Jumble Sale at the club pavilion in the Phillips Memorial Park on Saturday 18th March commencing at 10.30am.( 50p entry-£10 before 10.30) Books, clothing, BricA-Brac for Sale. Coffee & tea available. Look forward to you joining them to start of the clubs 150th Anniversary year. Cranleigh Choral Society Concert Sunday 19th March 7.30pm Cranleigh Choral Society presents ‘Seascapes’ – a concert of beautiful choral and orchestral music inspired by the power and majesty of the oceans. Elgar: Sea Pictures, Stanford: Songs of the Fleet and Haydn: ‘Nelson’ Mass. It is at 7.30pm in the Speech Hall of Cranleigh School. It features the combined voices of Cranleigh Choral Society and Cranleigh School Choirs together with the Merriman Concert Orchestra. Soloists are Janet Shell (mezzo-soprano) and Timothy Dickinson (baritone). Marcus Pashley conducts. Tickets are £16 (£13 concessions) and available from Choral Society members or 01483 273666 or email

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Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers have a full programme of walks for March, taking in a wide area from the North Downs to the South Downs. Most of the walks are in the 5 to 12 mile range. Generally the longer walks are on Wednesdays, often with a pub lunch break, while shorter ones are on Thursday and Sunday mornings. New members are always welcome, so why not come along and try a couple of walks before you join? The group now has a Facebook page, and further

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details of the forthcoming walks are on their website at www. Godalming Flower Club Tuesday 21st March Do you love flowers, enjoy meeting people, watch expert demonstrations, and learn more about flower arranging? Come along and join this friendly club which meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Baptist Church in Queen Street, Godalming, GU71EN. Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information contact Linda on 01483 495727 or email Ewhurst History Society Tuesday 21st March 8pm The next talk is ‘The Life and Work of Father Brown’ by Martin Lockwood. The Rev. Francis Brown was the founder of four schools, including St Thomas of Cantebury (now the Duke of Kent School). Martin Lockwood a former pupil, will tell us about the life and work of this extraordinary man. Meeting is at 8pm at Ewhurst Baptist Church. All are welcome. Non-members £2 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Haslemere Decorative And Fine Arts Society Tuesday 21st March 2.15pm 'Basingstoke and its contribution to world culture' is the unusual and intriguing title of NADFAS lecturer Rupert Willoughby’s talk at Haslemere Hall. As Betjeman wrote “what goes on in Basingstoke goes for most English towns” a humorously told episode in England’s architectural history.


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<39 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD 0n 21st March members will have the opportunity to book for their next study day at Haslemere Museum on Wednesday 3rd May. Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk. There will also be a further chance to book for the visit to Greenwich Maritime Museum – Emma Hamilton exhibition on Thursday 6th April. Visitors and new members are very welcome to join the society for all their lectures. For more details please contact HDFAS membership secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578 or email: Further information about all the Society’s present and future activities can be found on Milford Horticultural Society Tuesday 21st March 8pm Milford Horticultural Society's next meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday 21st March in Milford Village Hall. They will be joined by Steve Bradley who is a qualified horticulturalist, broadcaster and successful writer of gardening book. His talk is entitled 'Summer in the Garden' and it details jobs to be undertaken and notable summer plants to look for. Talks are free for members and non-members and guests are very welcome to attend for a fee of £1, payable at the door. For more information on Milford Horticultural Society, its talks, visits and shows, please check the website or contact Hilary Potter on 01483 415710 or email Godalming Museum Lecture Wednesday 22nd March 8pm The fourth in the series of Wednesday lectures run by Godalming


Museum and Godalming Trust entitled Iron will be given by Lucy Quinnell on 22nd March. Lucy Quinnell owns and manages the innovative Fire and Iron forge and gallery for metal art in Leatherhead, and she has iron in her blood. Lucy's family has been involved in English ironworking since the 1500s. Her grandfather founded the forge in the 1930s. In 1989 Lucy's father Richard Quinnell was awarded the MBE for his part in the revival of what had been, for many years, a dying craft. During his career, Richard and his team produced some of the most significant twentieth century ironwork in the UK and overseas. Lucy pursued a dream of creating a space where artist blacksmiths could show their work to the general public and to professionals in associated fields, and where commissioned work is produced. The lecture takes place at the Octagon, Godalming Parish Church, Church Street at 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets £5, from Godalming Museum or at the door. Cranleigh Decorative and Fine Arts Society Wednedsay 22nd March 2pm and 7.30pm On Wednedsay 22nd March, Cranleigh Decorative and Fine Arts Society will receive a Talk by Sarah Deere-Jones, entitled ‘Thy Tembling Strings - Regency Harp and Harp Lute’. Using her own restored Regency pedal harp, Sarah will explain how its popularity exploded during Regency times, and how it became both fashionable and elegant. The talk will be at Cranleigh Arts Centre at 2pm and 7.30pm. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month, except August and December at the Arts Centre, and all are welcome. Information regarding membership can be found on at

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A Third Hall at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre

We’re not sure if we can mention that august publication the Surrey Advertiser here; but, if you happen to read contract advertisements, you will know that Godalming Town Council is looking to add a third hall to the newly refurbished Wilfrid Noyce Centre. This additional space was part of the original plans for the 2015 refurbishment but at that time we did not have the funds to build it. So popular is the new “Wilfie” that we find ourselves turning some potential users away and so the Town Council has taken the decision to proceed with the extra hall and some additional storage.

in Godalming (now the Meath Home) and he was MP for this area from 1722 for a time. Business will continue as usual at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre throughout construction of the new hall. The space will be self-contained with an independent entrance and its own lavatory and kitchenette. If all goes according to plan we hope to have the first users in our new hall by September 2017.

The new hall will be known as the Oglethorpe Room after General James Oglethorpe (16961785) founder of the colony of Georgia, now the State of Georgia, in the United States. General Oglethorpe’s family home was Westbrook Place Top photos by Phil Kemp (

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Annual Town Meeting Council Chamber, The Burys Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 8pm We can hardly believe that it has come round again but it is nearly time for the Annual Town Meeting.

put it in writing; simply put up your hand at the meeting and you will be able to ask your question.

It’s a little known, but potentially powerful, part of local democracy and we’d like to encourage Godalming residents to attend. It’s a good place to raise your burning questions with local decision-makers or draw attention to any local issue that you feel passionately about but which doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

We can’t guarantee your question can be answered in full on the night – but we’ll try and if we can’t then we will respond in writing within a week. The Town Council’s Annual Report will be circulated at the meeting and copies of the report are available from 21 April 2017 from the Town Clerk or from the Council’s website, www.

Anyone on the electoral roll for Godalming (that is, all Godalming voters), can attend, speak and vote at the meeting. It’s the ideal place to put any question you wish to the Town Council. There is no need to submit your question in advance or

If you want any advice or further information about the town meeting please e-mail the Town Clerk: or call her on 01483 523575.

Church Street Godalming Those of you who stroll down Church Street will now be able to enjoy one of the best views of Godalming whilst relaxing on a newly installed bench seat. The bench dedicated to the memory of the late Peter Caudle, lifelong resident of Church Street, was made possible by a kind donation from the Caudle Memorial Trust.

Godalming Farmers’ Markets To herald the arrival of Spring (we hope!) Farmers’ Markets resume in Godalming High Street on Saturday, 25 March from 10am to 4pm. Further markets will be held on 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July, 26 August, 23 September and 28 October 2017.


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Godalming Town Council Mayor’s Awards for Volunteers One of the things that happens at the Annual Town Meeting is the presentation of the Mayor’s Awards for Volunteers. There is still time to nominate someone who gives up his or her time for the benefit of others in Godalming or Farncombe? The Town Mayor’s Award for Volunteers is run each year to find local unsung heroes who deserve a public ‘thank you’ for their voluntary work.

local heritage and cultural life, helping young people in sports and leisure activities, running playgroups and much more. Nominating someone for the award is quick and easy. Simply, download a form from the Town Council’s website ( uk/mayors-volunteer-award) or request one by calling the Town Council offices on 01483 523575. Return the form to Godalming Town Council by Friday, 31 March 2017.

Volunteers make a huge contribution to community life – supporting vulnerable groups,

The website also lists previous recipients of the awards – an astonishing 64 individuals in the twelve years of the award.

Spring Festival Saturday, 1 April 2017

Godalming Run Sunday, 14 May 2017

Don’t forget to spring into Godalming on Saturday, 1 April 2017 for a variety of craft and gift stalls; delicious food, drink, live music and entertainment.

Whatever your age the Godalming Run is always great fun.

There will be a Punch & Judy show, Kiddies’ Corner with crafts and activities including face painting and traditional performances by local Morris dancers.

Take part with the kids in the 1K Fun Run or challenge yourself in the 5k and 10k races. To find out more and to ensure you reserve your place visit for more information

Town dates for your diary Friday, 10 March Saturday, 3 June Saturday, 1 July Saturday, 5–Sunday, 13 August Friday, 3 November Sunday, 12 November Saturday, 25 November Saturday, 9 December

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Mayor’s Charity Film Night – Grease (contact us for details) Town Show & Carnival – The Burys Field Summer Food Festival Staycation Godalming Fireworks - The Burys Field Remembrance Sunday Christmas Festival & Light Switch-on Blessing of the Crib and Carol Service

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Central & Ockford Ward 4 Huxley Close, Godalming, GU7 2AS T: 01483 429078 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

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Charterhouse Ward 3 Hillside Way, Godalming, GU7 2HN T: 01483 414035 E: Surrey County Councillor

Charterhouse Ward 15 Nightingale Road Godalming, GU7 3AG T: 01483 424483 E: Waverley Borough Councillor

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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<40 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Cranleigh Art and Crafts Society Spring Exhibition Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th March 10am-5pm The Cranleigh Art and Crafts Society Spring Exhibition, Cranleigh Village Hall, GU6 8AF. Some people like blank walls at home but if you are not one of those the Exhibition is the place to be. It has never been easier to purchase paintings and unusual crafts at very reasonable prices. Come and admire the skills of members in the beautiful hall and enjoy meeting friends and having lunch in the refreshment area. Entrance is free. Queries to 01483 278698. Clockhouse Cinema – ‘Sully’ Friday 24th March 6.45pm The Clockhouse is showing 'Sully' starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger on Friday 24th March at The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford, GU8 5EZ. Licensed Bar. On 15th January 2009, Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal,Doors open 6.45pm Film starts 7.30pm. Tickets £5 are available at The Clockhouse 01483 420668. My mother recently saw this and said it was excellent. Godalming Music Festival Saturday 25th March 5pm Entries have now closed for the Godalming Music Festival to be held in the first three weeks of March. The number of participants this year in competitive events across Music, Speech, Drama and Dance is expected to exceed last year’s 3,500. A concert to include some of the best entries will be held in the splendid surroundings of St Catherine's Bramley's Anniversary Hall at 5pm on Saturday March 25th. This event will be free to the public.






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Cats Protection Guildford and Godalming Branch – Fair to Remember Saturday 25th March 11am-4pm Fair to Remember at Wilfred Noyce Centre, Godalming, from 11am to 4pm. All funds raised will go to help unwanted and abandoned cats whilst they wait to find loving new homes. Can you help? They are in urgent need of a Volunteer Fundraising Team Leader and Volunteer Fundraising team members. Please contact them if you are March 2017

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<45 53> JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD interested in learning more. Tel. 01483 422529, email: or message via Facebook, Cats Protection Guildford and Godalming branch. Ramster Gardens Sunday 26th March Ramster Garden, located in Chiddingfold, Surrey, is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering all mums free entry to the beautiful garden which will be filled with colour and spring flowers. Children under the age of 16 can also enjoy free entry, normal entry fees will apply to all other visitors. Visitors to the garden can expect to see ancient magnolia trees and the towering bushes of camellias, with drifts of daffodils and primroses underneath. Ramster Garden is renowned for its spring flowers and collection of rhododendrons azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Explore over 20 acres of magical woodland and discover hidden delights including sculptures and chainsaw carvings of wild boar, chickens, a fox and an owl bench. Visitors can relax after their walk in the Tea House which serves delicious cakes, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Free parking and discounted group rates for 10+ people. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden. Godalming and Cranleigh District NCT- Easter Egg Hunt Wednesday 29th March 10am-12 noon Join Godalming and Cranleigh NCT for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cranleigh Golf course on Wednesday 29th March from 10am. There will be crafts, a raffle and refreshments in

the marquee next to the club house with the hunt starting at 11am. There are two trails one for under 2 yrs and one for over 2 yrs. Please note due to this event being outdoors it is dependent on the weather and suitable clothing is advised. Suitable for under 5’s and open to NCT members and non members. Entrance is £3 per child or £5 per family and tickets can be booked online through their Facebook page or website,or on the day. For more details please email events@ Voluntary Action South West Surrey Volunteering not only helps the charities, organisations and community groups who depend on volunteers but it also greatly benefits the person giving their time. The benefits of giving your time as a volunteer can include making new friends, gaining work experience, challenging yourself, learning new skills, sharing your existing skills with others and becoming more involved with your local community. If you would like to find out more about what volunteer roles are available and how you can get involved you can contact them at their volunteer centres on 01483 565456 or 01252 725961, email them at Milford and District U3A Friday 31st March 2pm Milford and District U3A would like to invite you to an 'Afternoon to Remember' on Friday 31st March at the Village Hall starting at 2pm when they will showcase some of their group activities. Entrance will be £1 to include refreshments

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Come and be inspired by our lovely suppliers for your next luxury holiday with a chance to go into our prize draw for some wonderful prizes. • Free Entry • Live steel band perfomance • Complimentary drinks on arrival • Twelve exhibiting travel companies • Prize draw Travel presentations from the following: Kirker - 1.30pm | Africa & Beyond - 2pm | Insight Vacations - 3pm | Cox & Kings - 3.30pm Venue: Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Crown Court, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1DY

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Make the most of your tax allowances before 5th April

By Steve Foster, Shipleys Chartered Accountants

It may only be March but another year-end is in sight and it certainly pays to get ‘tax savvy’ before April 5th. Use the remaining weeks to ensure you don’t incur more tax than is necessary. You and your family have tax-free allowances, so make the most of your capital gains tax exemption of £11,100, personal allowances of £11,000 and the basic rate which allows up to £43,000 of income before moving into higher rate tax bands.

Finally don’t forget, you have a £3,000 annual gifts exemption for inheritance tax (IHT). If you didn’t use last year’s you can use that as well. If your eventual estate will pay IHT, that £6,000 gift could save £2,400 in tax. For more ‘tax savvy’ planning advice, contact our friendly Godalming-based team at Shipleys LLP – t: 01483 423607, e: or

Also check you are utilising other 2016-17 tax allowances, such as: • Claiming for any tax credit entitlements. • Using up your annual ISA allowance (a maximum of £15,240). • Utilising your tax free allowance for pension contributions – for the tax year 2016-17 (assuming your adjusted income is below £150,000) you receive up to 100% tax relief of your earnings or a £40,000 annual allowance, whichever is lower. If you are a more adventurous investor, consider whether tax-favoured investments such as Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) could help you.


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Slugs and Snails For many gardeners, the slug and snail population seemed to explode in 2016, with many fraught and distressed gardeners asking for my advice on the best way to protect their plants from slugs and snails. I am strongly opposed to slug pellets. I wouldn't wish to kill any of the slugs or snails in my garden as I believe a healthy eco system is important. I decided to trial a number of natural remedies, none of which would kill the slugs or snails they encountered, but instead would hopefully deter the molluscs from eating the plant they were protecting. I ran my trial for a number of weeks at a time, repeating the same trial every few weeks throughout the spring and summer. I trialled the following natural remedies: ash, garlic granules, garlic wash, eggshells, human hair, sawdust, sharp grit, sand, and soot, with lettuces as my trial plant. I also included a 'control' plant in each trial, which received no protection whatsoever from slugs or snails. The remedies were used as a barrier around the plant they were protecting. I sprinkled a circular band of each remedy onto the soil around each plant, except in the case of the garlic wash, which was watered onto the lettuces it was protecting. Three of my slug and snail deterrents provided a 100% secure plant protection, with not one plant grown within their barrier receiving as much as a nibble throughout the spring and summer, these fantastic slug and snail deterrents were ash, sawdust, and soot.

In second place were the barriers created with human hair and sand, where 75% of the lettuce plants survived intact. Eggshells were slightly less effective with 67% of the lettuce plants surviving. Garlic granules were in fourth place, protecting 58% of their lettuce plants. In fifth place, was the 'control' lettuce, which received no protection, 50% of these lettuces survived. In sixth place were sharp grit and garlic wash, 42% of the lettuce plants they were protecting survived. I hope these results will help you to protect any special plants or seedlings from slugs and snails this year. I simply sprinkled a barrier of the ash, sawdust, and soot onto the soil around each of my plants. Naturally the barrier will need to be reapplied every week or two, or more frequently in adverse weather conditions, but happily I can report that the ash, sawdust and soot lasted the longest before a repeat application was required, as well as being the most effective plant protectors in my trial. In the garden - March Here's some ideas of what you could do in the garden this month: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an old, and maybe rather neglected, Buddleja davidii specimen then rejuvenate it now by removing any old dead wood and cutting it back hard. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prune, the Buddleja will still flower but it will just be taller and tattier. So get your loppers out and maybe a saw as well! Ornamental grasses and roses also need pruning this month. Remove any old dead leaves from your rose plants, as well as any leaves that are lurking around in the soil, then feed your roses with a specially-designed rose feed and mulch with compost or well-rotted manure. Prune group three clematis now; these clematis flower in late summer on this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth. Cut back the old stems to the lowest healthy pair of buds about 15-30cm (6in-1ft) above soil level. FIND OUT MORE

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For more gardening advice for the month ahead, visit my website where you'll also find information about daffodil gardens, shows, and events, a calendar of specialist plant fairs, and much more besides.

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Last year, hundreds of thousands of Brits chose a Summer staycation over the stress and expense of holidaying overseas. Continued economic and political uncertainty could see this trend increase for 2017. Letting your passport gather dust might be a disappointing, but think of the benefits. Boosting economy, maybe your own bank balance too and opportunity to visit many beautiful places here in UK.

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Holidaying closer to home could mean more time spent enjoying your own garden too. Why not add a special feature to make those moments spent outdoors really memorable? You could grow your own produce to enjoy eating alfresco. Potager gardens with raised beds make “croptending” less of a chore with less bending and kneeling. Or create an edible garden with fresh herbs you simply cut as you cook. Adding a permanent BBQ set-up with covered outdoor seating is a great investment. You can spend more time outside with shade or shelter whatever the weather. A hammock or swing-seat is a fabulous finishing touch. Sway gently to the sound of a sizzling BBQ and you could be on an exotic beach. If that’s too much of a leap of imagination, try adding a bubble-stone water feature and a cool drink... Let garden experts Boardman Gelly & Co transform your garden in to your own slice of paradise and a staycation could be one of the best holidays you’ve ever had! Call 01306 611231 for

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Educating young children - Hand, heart and head! Every parent hopes for their chid to grow and develop into a rounded, balanced individual. Here at St Catherine’s Prep School, Bramley we hope that every child will have opportunities to build on their own unique set of talents, have a clear sense of who they are as an individual and strong sense of their role and responsibility towards their community. Mrs Wade with Pre-Prep Hence we plan school life with an awareness of hand, heart and head. There are plenty of opportunities to learn through ‘hands-on’ experiences. Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom and pupils are developing many practical skills. Pupils develop a confidence through their dance and sport, art and music all taught by specialist teachers. We also recognise the importance of a spiritual element to the children’s growth. Our beautiful chapel provides a corner stone at the centre of the school and gives us all a chance to sit in


peace and reflect. We take every opportunity to celebrate success together and we expect children to be supportive and encouraging of each other. In our busy lives, stopping to appreciate even the simplest of things is so important and there are numerous moments in a Prep School week when teachers will grab such chances. ‘Pupils attitudes to learning are exemplary.’ ISI, 2016. Children, at this early stage in their education, must have fun and enjoy their learning. This will ensure that they are active and engaged, thinking critically and for themselves. These are the skills that are so important to embed ahead of stepping into their senior schools. Naomi Bartholomew Headmistress St Catherine’s Prep School Bramley, Surrey ISI Report October 2016 – “Excellent” throughout

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Benefits of keeping fit for the over 60s

Gill Keitch offers some tips

Exercise in one form or another is good for all of us no matter what age we are. But as we age our needs change and finding an activity that is beneficial to us is vital. The adage of ‘use it or lose it’ is certainly to some extent true. If we sit for too long we get stiffer, less supple, more creaky with achy muscles and joints. Then we feel less inclined to move around as it gets more difficult to do so. But moving a little every day helps to keep us supple, lifts our mood and improves general wellbeing. Exercise could include walking outside in the fresh air, swimming, taking an exercise class or playing golf. Ensure you are wearing the correct supportive footwear for the activity. If attending an organised class, check that the instructor is experienced at teaching older population style classes. Look for activities that help make us more supple, improve posture and balance. Attending with likeminded contemporaries may make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. There are things you can try at home to improve your posture. Many things we do in our everyday life encourage leaning or hunching forward, so remember to stand tall, eyes on the horizon, long neck with shoulders drawn down away from your ears and chest open (this can improve breathing too) with weight even ly distributed across both feet. For those Strictly fans, think of Darcey Bussell’s lovely posture. I’m not saying we should all look like Darcey but you get the idea! When sitting, try to avoid crossing your legs or leaning to one favoured side. And try not using your hands when getting out of a chair (unless it is a very low sofa!). Try a few shoulder circles each day and circle your wrists and ankles. Stand with your feet a little wider than hip distance, and turn from side to side. Try walking in a straight line with eyes on the horizon; try to avoid looking down at your feet. Then try the same exercise but this time slowly turn your head from side to side, still walking in a straight line. Then try adding some wrist circles. This helps with balance and concentration and can improve cognitive and motor skills. Just make sure you’re not going to bump into anything! 52

What are the benefits of exercise? Improved balance & co-ordination; reducing the likelihood of falls, promoting confidence and enhancing self-esteem. Increased muscle and bone strength; decreasing the risk of fracture and helping to maintain independence. Enhanced mobility & flexibility; reducing joint stiffness and promoting the freedom of movement required for everyday activities. Improved cardiovascular function; lowering the risk for heart disease and diabetes. Enhanced brain function; lessening the risk for the negative age-related changes to cognitive function. Improved posture; helping to alleviate the aches and pains associated with poor posture. Relaxation; exercise can help us relax more which can reduce stiffness in our muscles and joints. If shoulders and necks, for instance, are constantly tense it can eventually become ‘the norm’ and we almost forget how to relax and release tension. This in itself can create problems. Learning to relax can also improve sleep. Improved general wellbeing; when we exercise, the brain releases endorphins (sometimes called the ‘feelgood’ hormones) which can lift our mood, improve how we feel about ourselves and make us a little more supple. Our breathing can improve and they may even help us sleep better, given that as we get older, we often don’t sleep as well. Have fun! The best way to exercise is to enjoy what we’re doing. No one wants to be looking at the clock thinking 'how much longer'? So try a few different activities and settle on one or maybe two that you enjoy and feel are the most beneficial to you. FIND OUT MORE Gill runs keep-fit class for over 60s in Bramley for both men and women. Contact Gill Keitch on 07887 570 935 or email her at

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<46 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD afterwards. Entertainment will be provided by their Singing group and 'Ukuleles of the Third Age' who have been performing at various local venues this year. On display will be samples of the exceptional work being produced by their Art and Craft Groups, some of which may be for sale. A 'preshow' Ploughmans' lunch will be available from 1pm at a cost of £3. To book this or for further information please contact A final bucket collection will be in aid of 'Medecins sans Frontieres'. Friends of Milford Hospital Quiz Friday 31st March 7.30pm Please support the League of Friends of Milford Hospital at one of Bill Dann's popular quizzes at the Clockhouse in Milford on Friday 31st March at 7.30pm for 8pm. BYO food and drink. £10 a ticket available from Pam Hewson on 01483 425131 or Cath Lovell on 01428 684620. Tables are for 8 but everyone is welcome to fill tables. There will be a raffle with super prizes. Gag House Comedy Friday 31st March 8pm Banish those February blues and get ready for spring with another fantastic monthly comedy offering at Café Mila. On Friday 31st March, you can expect some of the best comedy on offer in the local area with Abi Roberts as MC, followed by Joe Well and Addy van der Borgh. Abi Roberts is certainly, ‘more than just a comic’. Her energy and charisma shine through from the moment she jumps on to the stage. A perfect host to guide you through a night full of laughs. Abi is joined


by Joe Wells. Joe is not only a stand-up comic, but also a published writer who now focuses mainly on his unique brand of political comedy. Addy van der Borgh closes the evening. Addy has that rare talent of being able to make people laugh as soon as he walks on to the stage, often before he opens his mouth. He is a great performer of high acclaim, with original and very quirky material… and a harmonica to add to the mix! The comedy starts at 8pm. But Café Mila, known for its wonderful food, is serving up a curry from 6.307.30pm if you want to make an evening of it. Comedy only tickets are available though. Café Mila can be found in Angel Court, High Street, Godalming, GU7 1DT. Tickets are £12.50, or £23 including dinner and can be purchased from www. or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Soroptimist International Surrey Hills They now meet in the Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BA at 7.30 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month. They are a small but committed group, interested in working to improve the lives of women and girls both at home and abroad. Current projects include support for the pediatric ward of the Royal Surrey County Hospital; support for yourSanctuary (local womens' refuge); working with local schools to promote STEM education and raising funds for the Meru Garden project in Kenya. Internationally, Soroptimists are working together to transform the lives of women and girls, through a network of over 75,000 club members in 133 countries and territories. They work at a local, national and international level to Educate, Empower

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Guildford Rambling Club David Rodway tells us about this friendly group of walkers

If this rambling business is all new to you, take it gently at first or you are likely to over-stretch yourself. It takes a while to get match fit. A mile or three rather than ten miles first time out. It is supposed to be fun, not a competition. There is no rule that says you can’t be considered a ‘real’ walker if you don’t regularly charge twenty miles up hill and down at a rate of knots. Pace yourself. Find your level and settle into it. Take in the view. Take in the air. Walking a couple of miles to a pub for lunch and then walking back again scores your day’s 10,000 steps worth and does so in an enjoyable way.

You may have read some of the walk descriptions submitted to VantagePoint from time to time by Guildford Rambling Club, including one this month. If they haven’t yet succeeded in tempting you to take to the countryside, we urge you to slip on some boots and give it a go. You are very lucky. You live in a very beautiful and very accessible part of the country. No mountains, true, but plenty of scenery and variety and a fantastic network of public footpaths. If you haven’t been taking advantage of them, you should start now. You know it makes sense! Good for your body and good for your soul. Guildford Rambling Club is a small, friendly club, affiliated to but independent of the Ramblers Association. It was formed in 1973, an offshoot of an older, London-based club. The club’s overall purpose is simply to give its members the opportunity to enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside around Guildford. In addition, it sometimes arranges walking holidays away for its members. The club’s current programme can be viewed on the website at Our programmes include regular full day walks every Sunday with roughly two hours’ walking before and after a break for a short lunch. Also, once a month, we have a weekday morning shorter walk. Why not give us a try? No need to ask, just turn up at the start. Membership is open to all. When you do join, membership currently costs only £6 p.a. for a single person and £10 p.a. for a couple living at the same address.


Of course, you will need to bear in mind that the outdoors doesn’t have central heating or a roof. You will need good stout footwear and, dependent upon the weather, warm waterproof clothing. If you want to be a fashion icon, so be it. But you don’t have to have the latest, shiniest branded stuff. There are plenty of reasonably-priced, sensible, practical options. The fashion items tend to lose popularity quite quickly anyway so look out for the sales. If your walk is going to last for more than an hour or so, do remember to take some refreshments with you, especially plenty to drink. Earlier, I mentioned a pub. Sadly they are vanishing like snowflakes in the summer but, happily, there are still lots of them around. Most of our longer walks include a pub part way round. If you feel that our programme would be too ambitious for you initially, don’t give up. There are lots of books describing walks lasting from an hour to a day and googling will throw up yet more options. You could also try organisations such as Walking for Health, whose portfolio includes walks for first timers. If you are unsure as to what to do, call me for a chat on 07935 887499. FIND OUT MORE You can contact us at for more information.

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and Enable opportunities for women and girls. They are looking for new members so please do get in touch with us via the website or by emailing The Travel Fair Saturday 1st April 1pm-4pm We are organising our first travel fair in conjunction with Travel Dream Luxury Holidays, a Bramley-based travel company which will take place at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre on Saturday 1st April from 1pm-4pm. Eleven holiday companies as well as Travel Dream will be present, offering you the chance to discuss your holiday requirements with the experts, ask any questions you may have and take advantage of the special travel offers that will be available. There will also be presentations from four of the companies during the course of the event in the small hall. Entry is free, with a complimentary drink on arrival. There will be a steel band and everyone will have a chance to be entered into a prize draw. For more information or to book a time slot, contact Travel Dream on 01483 865970 or email AppArt’s Easter Art Exhibition & Sculpture Trail Saturday 1st April to Sunday 16th April 10am-4pm Will take place again at Priorsfield School, Godalming GU7 2RH. Philip Jackson, internationally renowned sculptor, will open the exhibition on Saturday 1st April. Philip studied at the Farnham School of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts). AppArt is a community wide art event with local school children, adult education and art groups being regular visitors to see one of the most varied collections of paintings, sculpture and other art media in the South East of England. AppArt is open every day from Saturday 1st April to Easter Sunday 16th between 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. Ceilidh Barn Dance supporting Oakleaf Saturday 1st April Oakleaf is pleased to announce a fun-filled Ceilidh Barn Dance to take place on Saturday 1st April at George Abbot School, Guildford! The night will feature ‘Stockbrokers Belt’ Barn Dance Band and is guaranteed to send you spinning away! Tickets are £15 each to include a meal. There will also be a cash bar and raffle draw on the night. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Deepti Parmar on 01483 303649 or email Godalming Choral Society – Spring Concert Sunday 2nd April 7.30pm Godalming Choral Society will be performing one of Haydn’s best known choral works, the Creation, in the Great Hall, Charterhouse, Godalming, GU7 2DX at 7.30pm on Sunday 2nd April. They will be conducted by Michael Veazey. It has just been confirmed that our President, Jonathan Veira, who is an internationally renowned baritone and lives locally, is going to sing the baritone solo for us! Tickets are £15 (£8 for students) and are available from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming; Guildford Tourist Office, 155 High Street, Guildford tel: 01483 444333; Godalming Choral Society Ticket Office tel : 07505 203468 or on-line. For more details please go to The concert will be supporting the work of The Cellar Café in Godalming. March 2017

Farnham Wine Festival Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017

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The Versatile Potato We rather take the humble potato for granted but there are good reasons why it is our most popular and well-used vegetable - they are cheap, plentiful and delicious! Here are a few lovely and easy dishes to bring out the best in this tuber. SR

Mary Cadogan's Tartiflette

Potato and Leek Soup

A creamy and comforting oven bake of potatoes, cream and bacon – originating from France's Haute-Savoie region. This recipe is taken from Good Food Magazine, January 2002.

This soup sounds a little plain but is a real classic and is very satisfying. In France it is known as Vichyssoise and traditionally served cold.



750g potato; 1 onion; 6 rashers smoked back bacon; 250g reblochon cheese or pont l’évêque cheese; 150ml tub single cream.

50g (2 oz) butter; 1 clove garlic, chopped; 1 small onion, chopped; 3 large leeks, chopped; 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced; 900ml (1 1/2 pints) chicken stock; small handful chopped fresh parsley or chives; 1 bouquet garni, salt and freshly ground black pepper; a touch of double cream (optional).

Serves 4 Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7/fan oven 200C. Peel and thickly slice the potatoes, then boil in salted water for 8-10 minutes, until just tender. Drain. 2. Chop onion finely and fry in 25g/1oz butter and a drizzle of olive oil for 5 minutes. Snip bacon into pieces with scissors and add to the pan; stir well and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the onion and bacon are lightly coloured. 3. Chop cheese into chunks, rind and all. Layer half the potatoes in a 1.5 litre/2¾ pint buttered ovenproof dish and scatter over half the onion, bacon and cheese. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Repeat layers, then pour cream evenly over the top and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. 4. Rest for 5 minutes and then serve with a salad.


Serves 4 Method: 1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan on medium heat, and sauté garlic and onions for a few minutes stirring frequently. 2. Add the leeks, potatoes, stock and the bouquet garni and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. 3. Remove the bouquet garni and purée soup with a hand blender. You can add a little cornflour to thicken the soup if it is too thin. 4. Season, and add a little cream to add extra richness. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives.

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RECIPES || Aloo Gobi

Hassleback Potatoes

This is a lovely and inexpensive dish with potatoes and cauliflower. At the time of writing, both in plentiful supply in the shops!

These originate from Sweden and are named after Hasselbacken, the Stockholm restaurant where they were first served. There are several variations - you can add grated parmesan cheese (add after 20 minutes and cook for a further 20 minutes) or whole garlic cloves as in the image below.

Ingredients: 60 ml vegetable oil; 1 large onion, peeled and cut into small pieces; 1 bunch fresh coriander, separated into stalks and leaves and roughly chopped; 1 small green chilli, chopped into small pieces (or one teaspoon chili powder); 1 large cauliflower, leaves removed and cut evenly into eighths; 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into even pieces; 2 cans diced tomatoes; 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated; 2 cloves garlic, chopped; 1 tsp cumin seed; 2 tsp turmeric; 1 tsp salt; 2 tsp garam masala. Serves 8

Method: 1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped onion and one teaspoon of cumin seeds to the oil. Stir together and cook until onions become creamy, golden, and translucent. 2. Add chopped coriander stalks, two teaspoons of turmeric, and one teaspoon of salt. Add chopped chillis (according to taste). Stir tomatoes into onion mixture and add ginger and garlic; mix thoroughly. 3. Add potatoes and cauliflower to the sauce plus a few tablespoons of water (ensuring that the mixture doesn't stick to the saucepan). Ensure that the potatoes and cauliflower are coated with the curry sauce. 4. Cover and allow to simmer for twenty minutes (or until potatoes are cooked). 5. Add two teaspoons of garam masala and stir. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top of the curry. 6. Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for as long as possible before serving.

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right). Walk on down the lane to its T junction with the A248 in Chilworth. Turn right and walk along the pavement until, about 100 yards after a level crossing, taking a footpath heading off left to pass Chilworth FC’s ground. 6. Follow this track, ignoring the first right turn, up through fields then steeply up through woods until reaching a crossing path. Turn left. After passing a large house next to the path, reach a blue-topped posted path angling away right. Follow this to reach and cross the Chilworth/ Blackheath road (just above, down to the right, the ‘This Way/That Way/Somewhere Else’ sign post). Follow the path through to the Villagers pub and on to the starting car park. DISTANCE: 4½ miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 (Guildford) STARTING POINT: Blackheath car parking area, just beyond the defunct Villagers pub (GU4 8RB). Images: Lefdt: Blackheath by N Chadwick. Above: St Martha’s Church by David Hillas Neither the publisher nor the author can accept any responsibility for any changes, errors or omissions in this route. Diversion orders can be made and permissions withdrawn at any time.

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But this club isn’t just a place where you can go for a drink or chat with friends and family. It has a full-size snooker table, a dartboard and weekly poker nights every Thursday. This is a fun affordable night for everyone and costs just £7 to enter. And if you don't know how to play poker but have always wanted to learn… well they are friendly games where people are always happy to teach eager new players. The club is very proud to have three teams in the local snooker league, two teams in the local quiz league and a darts team that plays in the local winter darts league. In fact, their snooker A team has won division one for the past 14 years running, which is quite a feat! So if you fancy a game of snooker or darts, or just want to watch some league matches, then pop along. There’s a monthly quiz night on the first Friday of every month with a cash prize for the winning team. There's always a range of questions and topics so everyone has a chance to get the winning answer. Teams of up to 6 people can enter and quizzes start at 8.30pm. Why not enter a team? You just need to arrive by 8pm.

Fosters 1883 Club is a family-friendly, well-respected club in the village of Witley, near Godalming. It serves a great pint of real ale along with the usual selection of lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. The club is proud to play a key role in the village and only exists due to the generosity of a local benefactor, John Foster, who the club is named after.

There's a wealth of local musical talent in and around Witley and the club hosts regular, popular open mic nights to show this off. These run around every two months and everyone is welcome to join in. There’s a PA system set up ready and backing tracks can be played if you need. Alternatively, you can jam with the other musicians. Of course, you don't have to be a budding musician, all supporters are very welcome. Dates can be found on the club’s Facebook page:

He built this beautiful Victorian building in 1883. It was called the ‘Witley Institute’ and remains an important part of the village to this day – including being the clubhouse for Witley Cricket Club. Its Victorian charm and high-beamed ceiling add to the welcoming atmosphere you’ll find inside.

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They also have lots of experience in running fundraising events such as race nights and quiz nights. So if this is something you’re thinking about, then why not get in touch with them? There’s also a separate meeting room which is available for local clubs and committees to use for regular or ad hoc meetings. It seats around 10 people and is separate from the bar so any noise from the bar won’t disturb you.


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<59 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD interpretation of the crucifixion - parental guidance is advised. Farncombe and District Allotment Association Would you like to find out more about allotments in Farncombe/Godalming? The Farncombe and District Allotment Association manages plots in Farncombe, Busbridge and Aarons Hill. Waiting lists are not always long and sometimes there is immediate availability, particularly in Farncombe and at Aarons Hill. They can offer a range of plot sizes. You must have a GU7 postcode. Please get in touch for more info Murder in the Mud Bath – Gala Dinner Fundraiser Friday 21st April LynchPin Productions Theatre Company is raising funds for a production of Rotten Perfect at Watts Gallery in late September with a Gala Dinner Fundraiser at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre. Such a dirty deed, indeed. The film star Charles Kavanagh is found dead in the mud bath at an exclusive health spa. Was he murdered? If so, who killed him? And why? Of course, no one can leave because the roads are closed due to a snow storm, the phones are dead and no one can get a mobile signal. Perfect. Follow the clues while enjoying a delicious three-course dinner cooked up by Jane Heritage of Café Mila. Chocolate will be the theme of the meal. You will be entertained by LynchPin actors, who will present this staged reading and be your service staff. You will be entered into a prize draw with prizes from Greenhouse Florists, CH Wakeling butchers, GLive, Watts Gallery and others. Tickets: £35 (3 course meal plus prizes. Cash bar.) www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2794456 and Picnic on the Pitch Saturday 29th April 11am-4pm This is a fun event for the whole family in aid of Shooting Star Chase. It takes place at Godalming Town Football Club, Wey Court, Godalming GU7 3JE. Bring your own picnic but alcohol can only be bought onsite. There will be music, a tombola, face painting, stalls and activities. Tickets are £20 on the door, or £15 online at Children under 14 are free. Dogs welcome but only on leads. St John’s Church Spring Fair Saturday 29th April Advance notice that St John’s Church, Farncombe will be holding its 37th Annual Spring Fair on the Bury Fields in


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The Guildford Wine Festival is one of three wine festivals being run by VantagePoint Events in 2017. It will showcase over 120 international wines including champagnes and premium wines, alongside wine experts and producers. Local wines and producers will also feature with their own special section to celebrate the strength and diversity of wine production in Surrey and West Sussex.

In addition, there will be music, entertainment, concessions, food, money-off wine vouchers and more. Each festival will also host a blind wine tasting and raffle which will support two local charities, namely Shooting Star Chase and Oakleaf. For more information or to buy tickets for this or the wine festivals in Farnham and Dorking, please visit To win one of five pairs of tickets with wine vouchers (worth £25 each) for the Saturday afternoon session on 13th May (12 noon-4pm), please answer the following question: Q: How many wines will be showcased at this festival? Please enter online at by 31st March 2017.

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SEE CHILDREN’S TV PRESENTER NAOMI WILKINSON Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson heads to G Live in Guildford with her brand new tour Wild & Scary! The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by Animal Mark, and some of his scariest creatures. Join Naomi as she recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far-flung corners of the world and even introduces the audience to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family and will be on April 13th at 2pm for more details or to book please visit or call 01483 369350 For your chance to win a family ticket, simply answer this simple question: Q: Who is joining Naomi on stage at G Live? Please enter online at by 31st March 2017.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS FOR A SPARKLING OUTDOOR VINEYARD TRAIN TOUR Enjoy a vineyard train tour with a glass of the specially selected Denbies award-winning Sparkling Cuvée! The 50-minute vineyard tour takes visitors at a leisurely pace to some of the most beautiful viewing points in the vineyard. A recorded commentary enhances your trip making this an informative and comfortable way to experience the magnificent panoramic views of the Denbies Estate and the North Downs. Cameras recommended. Tours take place from March to November. For more information, please visit For your chance to win one of four pairs of tickets, simply answer this simple question: Q: How long does the tour take? Please enter online at by 31st March 2017. 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 non-transferable 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.

VantagePoint March 17 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

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VantagePoint March 17 - Godalming & Cranleigh  

Your best view of what's going on locally