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Our grumpy old git (GOG) has his say...

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

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


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ith 49% of UK adults owning a pet we certainly are a nation of animal lovers. There are approximately 11.1 million cats and 8.9 million dogs who are currently sharing our homes.

So over a lifetime you are looking at a cost of:

A recent survey (the PDSA Paw Report 2018) showed that the cost of ownership of our much-loved pets is still underestimated. In this article I want to raise awareness that it’s not just about the money when we are considering pet ownership.

These costs didn’t include initial purchasing of the pet or ongoing veterinary fees. So these figures could go up even higher.

Do you own a pet. whether it be a dog, cat or rabbit? Are you like me and feel that you are forever visiting the pet shop to stock up on their food? Are you having frequent visits to your veterinary surgeon and are worried about the fees mounting up? Have you ever stopped to think what this is all costing….? Do you know how much on average your pets cost you per month? Worryingly the survey flagged up that 69% of dog owners and 88% of cat owners underestimated these costs. The estimated minimum monthly cost was: Dog = £70-105 depending on size Cat = £70 Rabbit = £35


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So if you are considering a pet what could you do to help bring the cost down? It’s always worth chatting to friends and family to see if they have anything they don’t need, such as food, bowls, crates or hutches that they would be happy to donate to you. Chat through where they shop and compare costs of your essential items like food and vet fees. However, as well as the cost of keeping a pet, it would be wise to ask yourself: “Can I give the time and commitment it takes to provide a pet with a happy and healthy life“? It takes a lot of dedication to ensure that the five welfare needs are met: 1. To be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease 2. To live in a suitable environment 3. To be housed with or apart from other animals 4. To be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns 5. To have a suitable diet So please do your research if you are considering getting a pet or even adding to your menagerie. It’s not just about giving your pet a roof over their head, there is more to it than that! FIND OUT MORE

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Phil Kemp visits the charity to find out what makes this organisation so remarkable


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



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how to contribute to a memorial fund set up in the Queen’s memory. It was to have people open their gardens to visitors for a set fee of one shilling. All over England and Wales 608 gardens took part and in just one weekend they raised over £8,000 – that’s about £300,000 in today’s money!” The logos of various medical charities are displayed for the beneficiaries of the NGS, which includes The Queen’s Nursing Institute which ran the garden scheme until 1980 when it decided to set it up as an independent charity to continue supporting nursing. And so the NGS was founded with its own board of trustees, with the independent charity growing rapidly thereafter. Donations hit a record £3.1 million in 2018 - bringing the overall total to £55 million to benefit nursing and health charities. These include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and the Carers Trust. That’s a lot of money – so how is it raised?

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

gardens and allotments – an incredibly varied portfolio.” I asked George why people enjoyed visiting other people’s gardens, adding slightly tongue in cheek if it perhaps was through jealousy or just wanting to be nosey. George smiled broadly. “We did quite a bit of research into this two years ago asking garden owners about their experiences. The owners enjoy opening because having created a lovely garden they want to share it with other people. Visitors realise they are entering somebody’s private space which appeals to them and they respect them for it. And of course they are keen to learn from their visits.” And what better way of finding out why the National Garden Scheme is so popular than to visit an open garden participant. Penny Snell has been opening her garden in Cobham for 30 years and as we explored it I could see why. Despite my visit being on a very cold and damp January day the

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garden looked wonderful with some eye-catching landscaping design. And Penny’s personal accounts of her interaction with visitors was engaging. “People are always incredibly appreciative and ask lots of questions. You can see that they love the garden and always say so. It’s lovely too to hear from people who have visited before. It’s so nice to hear them say that they’ve created new design features just like the ones they’ve seen here – and show me photographs too. It’s wonderful!” Penny, who was awarded a CBE in 2017 in recognition of her services helping to transform the NGS, is undoubtedly a wonderful ambassador for the scheme. She is a former Chairman and remains active as a County Organiser volunteer. As we chatted I could see the undoubted passion she has when receiving visitors to her garden, which include booked groups visiting from various European countries - and from as far away as Japan and Australia! “Gardening provides the satisfaction of getting outside in the fresh air, and the challenge of making things grow the way you want them to. It’s not always easy. But you’ve created something very nice and it’s wonderful to share it – and if you can raise money for charity by doing it what could be better?” George had also emphasised the benefits of gardening for people’s health and well-being. “We commissioned a report from The Kings Fund (the health charity working to improve health and care in England) in 2016. It highlighted the concept that being in a garden or a green space can be incredibly good for your health. It emphasised the benefits for people with mental health issues too, particularly depression. A chunk of our annual donations now go to nursing healthcare charities for garden-focused projects.” Thinking of joining in? What criteria does your garden need to meet? “County by county we have teams of volunteers who help to make the scheme so successful. Each has a County Organiser in charge who assess gardens that have March 2019

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

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Golf for all

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


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



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

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

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

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he fifth GUTS Motor Tour took place on Sunday 16th September 2018, blessed with fine weather, a record number of participants and a wonderfully varied array of fine automobiles. Starting from Squires at Secretts, who kindly opened up early to provide bacon butties, teas and coffees to all entrants and organisers, the Motor Tour got underway at around 9.30am. The route took the cars to the Wellington Country Park for a coffee pit stop via some beautiful country roads in Surrey and Hampshire. From there, the cars made their way to The Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, where they were parked up in a reserved spot by the lake, with picnic tables and a fine view of the main building. Meeting entrants there was John Sandy and his fine team of guides, who were on hand to offer tours of Sandhurst to all entrants. The tours were well appreciated by all who went on them, and the guides were singled out for their knowledge, great charm and humour. All in all, it was a fabulous day. With the obligatory raffle, the tour raised more than £4,500, the bulk of which will be donated to GUTS with a smaller donation to The Sandhurst Trust in gratitude for their hospitality. This takes the amount raised since 2014 to more than £18,000 for a great local charity. The next GUTS Motor Tour will take place on Sunday 22nd September 2019. If you have a veteran, vintage or classic car and would like to join our mailing list, please email or call Stefan on 01483 421601. About GUTS he GUTS Rally was started by Sarah Grillo in 2003 to raise money for GUTS, which was founded in 1983 by Professor Chris Marks, who recognised that early detection was key to improving bowel cancer survival rates. They initiated one of the first bowel cancer mass screening programmes in the UK, reaching 20,000 patients from 37 GP practices in the Guildford area in its first year.


Since then GUTS funding has been pivotal both in research to advance screening and detection, and in improving the care, treatment and outcomes for patients – not just from the Guildford area but from right across the south of England. They also seek to raise awareness of bowel cancer, which affects around one in eighteen of us at some point in our lives. The GUTS Motor Tour has raised many thousands of pounds since its inception and is now run by Stefan Reynolds and Jane Stedman, who took it over in 2014. Through the fabulous support of veteran, vintage and classic car owners and drivers, they have continued to raise significant sums of money for GUTS with smaller donations to other charities, such as Help for Heroes. They have a Facebook page with photos of past tours - GUTSMotorTour.

The organisers would like to thank the following for their assistance in 2018: John Sandy and Vaughan Kent-Payne from Sandhurst; Nikki Merritt and Wellington Country Park; Nerissa Deeks, Joe Smith and Chris Marks from GUTS; Suzie Gortler, Lyndsay McEwan Lee and Jan Crossman for selling raffle tickets, Paul Redmond for marshalling duties and Phil Kemp for the photos. For the raffle prizes, we thank: The Holiday Inn, Winchester; Penny Eccles Pottery Courses; Albury Vineyard; RHS Wisley; Nerissa Deeks; G Live; Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; Mallow Flowers & Gifts, Midhurst; Debbie Bowyer; Red Mist Leisure and Grayshott Pottery.



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INDIA India has it all, says your local Personal Holiday Planning Concierge service, Tony Chant from Not Just Travel. India is a wonderful mixture of some of the most amazing and ancient cultures, fascinating languages, exotic styles of dress and almost every type of scenery. From spectacular landscapes, wildlife, wonderful architecture, warmth and traditional hospitality, to the sun, sand and surf, India really does have it all. A land of such variety could take you a lifetime to explore but a well-organized tour of some of the iconic sites can without doubt give you a flavor of this wonderful country and leave you with desire to return again and again. Here are just a few of the unforgettable places that await you: Agra Agra is home to the world’s most famous monument to love – the Taj Mahal. The marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at both sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. The Taj Mahal really is a ‘must see’ for every visitor to northern India. As well as the Taj Mahal you should also see the impressive Agra Fort, where you can visit the chambers of the royal residence. Delhi India’s fascinating capital city is split in to Old and New Delhi. The ‘new’ part dates from 1920 and as well as wide boulevards and green parks, it offers the imposing India Gate, India’s impressive Parliament House and two monuments from India’s past – Humayun Tomb and Qutub Minar. Popular sights in Old Delhi include Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.

stands Amber Fort, a wonderful example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts beautifully reflected in the Maota Lake below. Ranthambore Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955 and became a national park in 1980. Set between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, its forests were once part of the jungles of central India. Ranthambore is famous for its tigers and offers some of the best opportunities to see these magnificent creatures, along with many other species of wildlife Unfortunately, this short article can only touch the surface of what India has to offer. So, if you would like to know more about a holiday in India or need help to set out an itinerary in another destination, give Travel Tony a call on 01428 748440, or connect on www. Watch out for next month’s edition of VantagePoint for a closer look at another great holiday destination.

Jaipur Jaipur is one of India’s most beautiful cities. One of the most photographed buildings in Jaipur is the five-storied Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). The City Palace Museum houses an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and a collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions. A short distance from Jaipur March 2019

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The multi-award winning Silent Pool Gin will be unveiling an exquisite garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 (21st–25th May) for a second year. Working once again with Garden Designer David Neale and his company Neale Richards Garden Design, the Surrey based Distillery hopes to follow the success of its debut garden in 2018, which won the prestigious People’s Choice award.


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he multi-award winning Silent Pool Gin will be unveiling Made with a delicate blend of 24 botanicals and bottled on-site in the beautiful, rural landscape an exquisite garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 of the Surrey Hills, Silent Pool Gin draws inspiration directly from its unique surroundings. The distillery aims to be as energy efficient as possible with a strong commitment to sustainability. for a second year. Working once again with garden Taking this as inspiration, The Silent Pool Gin Garden 2019 will examine plant technologies and designer David Neale and his company NealeRichards the “greening” of inner city spaces. Working with the University of Surrey, David Neale will be Garden Design, the Surrey based distillery hopes to follow exploring energy generation using plants to create a space that absorbs the stress of everyday the success of its debut garden in 2018, which won the life through the senses. prestigious People’s Choice award.

Made with a delicate blend of 24 botanicals and bottled on-site in the beautiful, rural landscape of the Surrey Hills, Silent Pool Gin draws inspiration directly from its unique surroundings. The distillery aims to be as energy efficient as possible with a strong commitment to sustainability. Taking this as inspiration, The Silent Pool Gin Garden 2019 will examine plant technologies and the “greening” of inner city spaces. Working with the University of Surrey, David Neale will be exploring energy generation using plants to create a space that absorbs the stress of everyday life through the senses.

David Neale and NealeRichards Designs are award winning designers at RHS Shows and long-time advertisers and good friends of us at VantagePoint. In 2009, David won a gold medal for his Urban Serenity design in the Small Garden category at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Since then, NealeRichards Garden Design has built a further five show gardens at the Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower shows for other designers, as well as his award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden in 2018. Once again, The Silent Pool Gin Garden will feature in RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s Space To Grow category. Launched in 2018, this new category showcases mid-size gardens along Royal Hospital Way that offer original ideas, trends and take-home messages. Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every May since 1913, RHS Chelsea is the most famous flower show in the world. Showcasing the finest plants, flowers and garden design, one of the biggest attractions is the show gardens, which display both horticultural excellence and innovative landscape design.

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Loch Fyne recipes for spring

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

Crispy Oysters with Horseradish

Fillet of Gigha Halibut on Loch Fyne Shellfish Vegetable Broth

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

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

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

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The Godalming Run 2019


ow is your chance to support aspiring Olympians by entering the Godalming Run on 19th May 2019 in aid of Sport Godalming’s Go for Gold Champions Fund. The popular annual event was launched to mark London 2012 and is well regarded as our local Olympic legacy event. To mark its eighth year, a new registrations website has been launched at where you can sign up for a 1k Fun Run, 5k or 10k race. Register for the 5k or 10k at before midnight on Sunday 24th March 2019 and receive a 15% saving today. Sign up for the 1k Fun Run for just £4 per person. Michael O’Sullivan, Vice Chairman of Sport Godalming, said: “With just over a year to go until the Tokyo Games now is the ideal time for us to




show our support for the talented young sports people from Godalming and the surrounding villages. Please don your running shoes and help us raise funds for these individuals so we can help them to train and fulfil their dreams to go on to compete at a national and even international level representing Great Britain". With a distance to suit everyone the run is ideal for families, individuals and groups, along with those who wish to raise sponsorship money for Sport Godalming or a charity of their own choice. Runners will set off from the Godalming Bandstand in the Phillips Memorial Park. The 1k Fun Run will begin at 10.00am, the 10k at 10.30am and the 5k at 10.35am. There are prizes for all winners! Sport Godalming is organising the event with the support of the Waverley Harriers and Godalming Town, Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councils. The run is generously sponsored by Charterhouse Club - the friendly face of fitness in Godalming, Trade Direct Insurance and Alton Sports. VantagePoint is a media sponsor to The Godalming Run, and our own Alex will be taking part!





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OUR LATEST NEWS GODALMING TOWN COUNCIL SERVICES Godalming Town Council provides a range of services to the town’s residents including its flagship town centre venue the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Broadwater Park Community Centre in Farncombe and the town’s iconic Pepperpot. It also funds the Godalming Museum, public toilets in Godalming and Farncombe, two cemeteries, sixteen acres of allotment sites, Floral Godalming flower displays in the town centre, Christmas Lights in Farncombe and Godalming retail centres and a range of festivals and markets.

The Council also runs the Staycation holiday programme, the fireworks display and annual Remembrance Parade and assists in the management of the monthly Farmers’ Markets. As well as supporting the Godalming Dementia Action Alliance, the Town Council also supports many events run by community organisations such as the St John’s Spring Fair, Sport Godalming’s Community Run, the Round Table’s Town Show, Staycation Live Music Festival and Churches Together’s Town Day, all of which help make Godalming such a vibrant community.

GODALMING TOWN COUNCIL’S GRANTS BUDGET INCREASED FOR 2019 The Town Council makes many grants to the town’s voluntary organisations – which for 2019/20 will be increased to £60,000, a sum significantly larger than many other areas in Waverley. For many organisations, such as the Citizen’s Advice Waverley and the Waverley Hoppa Community Transport service, support from Godalming Town Council is a vital lifeline for them to be able to continue to provide invaluable services to local residents. Godalming Town Council has three levels of grant funding for organisations and community groups. To find out when and how to apply for a Godalming Town Council grant or support go to


The Town Council continues its recent history of investment in the town. Plans to refurbish the Godalming public toilets and The Pepperpot meeting room are, at the time of going to press, underway together with improvement works to the Godalming Museum and facilities at Broadwater Park Community Centre. Godalming Town Council believes these projects demonstrate that it is meeting its aim of ‘Supporting Our Community’ by providing the best service possible within the available resources. The council is fulfilling its statutory duties and obligations, whilst also maintaining, improving and enhancing its service provision to the community. Photos by Phil Kemp.

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GODALMING COUNCIL TAX Despite the Retail Price Index reaching 3.3% in October 2018, in January, Godalming Town Council unanimously agreed that the Council would only need to increase its share of the Council Tax bill for 2019/20 by 1.98%. This equates to an increase of just over 2.6 pence per week for a Band D property.

• improvements of existing play provision to allow wheelchair and pushchair access across grassed areas. Although at this stage project costs and the delivery phase are unknown and further works will be required to prioritise the delivery of potential projects, the sources of funding for projects put forward by the Town Council would be CIL/other funding (other funding could be from external grants or from partnership working with other agencies).

PROPOSED ADDITIONS TO GODALMING TOWN COUNCIL’S BOROUGH’S INFRASTRUCTURE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING DELIVERY PLAN COUNCIL CHAMBER, THE BURYS Waverley Borough Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan sets out to identify what infrastructure is needed in each of the Borough areas. The existing infrastructure plan includes a number of projects which could be supported by the Town Council’s portion of funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL funding is provided by developers to support the infrastructure improvements required in an expanding community. The projects already identified in the current plan are: • the Meadrow Flood Alleviation scheme; • skate park at Farncombe (Broadwater Park); • integration of bus network with train services; and • Guildford-Godalming Greenway. Following a review, Godalming Town Council has asked that Waverley Borough Council look at adding the following potential projects to the Infrastructure Delivery Plan: • provision of pedestrian crossing facilities at Meadrow (by Godalming Junior School); • increased parking facilities at both Godalming and Farncombe train stations; • environmental and leisure improvements to ‘Charterhouse Green’; • re-instatement of the ‘Horse Bridge’ from Godalming Wharf to the Lammas Land; • tow path improvements on the Godalming section of the Godalming & Wey Navigation; • provision of new community centres/increasing capacity within existing facilities; • on street Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVP) (i.e. adaption of lamp posts to allow paid for EVP); and 32


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THURSDAY, 18 APRIL 2019 - 8.00PM

If you have a burning question for local decision-makers or feel passionately about a local issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, why not take it direct to the Annual Town Meeting? The meeting is an important part of local democracy. 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 put it in writing: simply put up your hand at the meeting and you will be able to ask your question.

GODALMING TOWN COUNCIL MAYOR’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERS At the Annual Town Meeting, the Mayor is able to celebrate those from our community who help others. The Mayor’s Award for Volunteers aims to recognise those who give up their time for the benefit of others in Godalming and/or Farncombe. Volunteers make a huge contribution to community life - supporting vulnerable groups, local heritage and cultural life, helping young people in sports and leisure

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The website also lists previous recipients of the awards – an astonishing 70 individuals in the twelve years of the award. Last year's winners are pictured left.


Godalming Town Council is delighted to invite you to Spring into Godalming. Stroll around the Town Centre and enjoy a variety of craft and gift stalls; delicious food, drink, live music and entertainment Children will be able to enjoy Punch & Judy Shows, Kiddies' Corner with crafts and activities including face painting. There will be traditional dance performances by local Morris Dancers and the Godalming Bulgarian Folk Dancers. For more information visit www.

SPACE FOR YOUR GROUP If you are looking to start a new activity, club or group and are looking for a space to hire, Godalming Town Council has several different venue options within the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Broadwater Park Community Centre and The Pepperpot. For prices, availability and more information please contact the Facilities Supervisor at operations@ or tel 01483 523112.

GODALMING DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FILM Godalming Town Council together with our partners Godalming Dementia Action Alliance, Alzheimer’s Society and the Godalming Film Society

present a special dementia-friendly screening of


Nominating someone for the Mayor’s Award for Volunteers is quick and easy. Simply download a form from the Town Council’s website (www.godalming-tc. or request one by calling the Town Council offices on 01483 523575. Return the form to Godalming Town Council by the closing date Friday 5 April 2019.

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activities, running a wide range of different groups, including play and sports groups.

Godalming Town Council together with partners, Godalming Dementia Action Alliance, Alzheimer’s UK and the Godalming Film Society, hosted a dementia friendly screening of the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Saturday, 15 December.

Saturday 15 December 2018


The special screening was a great opportunity for people living with dementia to enjoy a film in a relaxed friendly environment.

Whatever your age the Godalming Run is always great fun. Take part with the kids in the 1k Fun Run or challenge yourself in the 5k and 10k races.

Following the success of this screening, Godalming Town Council and its partners are exploring the opportunity of bringing another dementia friendly performance to Godalming in 2019.

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at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming Doors open 1.15pm • Film starts 2.00pm (with an intermission)

First Farmers' Market of 2019 thereafter last Saturday of each month until October Spring Festival, Town Centre St John’s Church Spring Fair, The Bury’s Field Godalming Bandstand Music in the Park comes to Aaron’s Hill Recreation Ground Godalming Rotary Club Duck Race, Phillips Memorial Ground Godalming Run Godalming Round Table Town Show & Carnival, The Burys Field Godalming Food Festival, Town Centre Godalming Staycation Dogalming, Aaron’s Hill Recreation Ground Godalming Fireworks, Town Centre Remembrance Sunday, Town Centre Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights Switch-on, Town Centre Farncombe Christmas Lights Switch-on, Farncombe Day Centre for your diary... Godalming Town Day, Town Centre

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Binscombe Ward 3 Netherwood Court, Filmer Grove, Godalming, GU7 3AF T: 01483 427159

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Binscombe Ward 1 Sol-Y-Vista, Frith Hill Road, Godalming, GU7 2EF T: 01483 423492


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CLLR RICHARD WAINRIGHT Binscombe Ward 4 South Hill, Godalming, GU7 1JT T: 07860 861771



Godalming CLLR ANDREW BOLTON Town CouncilCentral & Ockford Ward 4 Huxley Close, Supporting our Community Godalming, GU7 2AS T: 01483 429078

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Central & Ockford Ward 9 Hilltop Close, Guildford, GU3 3HR T: 01483 234253

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Central & Ockford Ward 21 Overbrook, Godalming GU7 1LX T: 07493 014625

Charterhouse Ward 3 Hillside Way, Godalming, GU7 2HN T: 01483 414035

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

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


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Charterhouse Ward 59 Edison House, Flambard Way, Godalming, GU7 1FF T: 01483 389439


Town Council Charterhouse Ward Brooklands, Red House Lane, Supporting our Community Elstead, Godalming, GU8 6DR T: 01483 421601

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

CLLR STEPHEN BOTT Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014





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Central & Ockford Ward Flat 30, Weirview Place, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, GU7 1DE T: 01483 288824

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he latest Pavilion Interiors furniture showroom in Godalming, the third showroom in this small independent furniture business, opened last summer. Pavilion Interiors, founded over 20 years ago, is a unique furniture retail business offering an extensive collection of contemporary classic furniture with a simple formula: great quality, great design, great value and excellent service. This combination has enabled them to build an exceptional reputation and very loyal customer base from their Windlesham showrooms on the A30 between Bagshot & Sunningdale. That model continues at their Fleet showroom, which opened in 2017, and Pavilion Interiors are delighted to bring the same attributes to Godalming. Pavilion Interiors’ first six months in Godalming have been great, and there are exciting plans to introduce several new collections of furniture over the coming weeks. Pavilion Interiors pride themselves on being different to the mainstream. Owner and founder Rupert Greatrix said: ‘we have created our own distinctive style, deliberately offering unique collections of furniture some of which we have designed and produced ourselves. We use small, often artisan furniture makers in both the UK, Europe, India and further east to make

a number of collections that can only be found in a Pavilion Interiors showroom.’ From product design, through to the fabulous showroom displays and home delivery, Pavilion Interiors manage every aspect of the process. It is wonderful to experience the unique collections of stunning furniture and exceptional service that Pavilion Interiors pride themselves on. Open 7 days a week. Pavilion Interiors, Angel Walk, High Street, Godalming.Free customer parking at the rear of the showroom, access via Moss Lane.


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Treat yourself to a new asparagus bed


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Wysch Foundation

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The Wysch Foundation was set up in 2018 by the Wyschna family, Nick, Brenda, Lizzie and Andy. The goal of the charity is to make the arts more accessible to more people.

The Wysch Foundation is sending families to the theatre who wouldn’t usually be able to afford the luxury. Starting in Guildford and the surrounding areas, they hope to raise the curtain on a love for the arts to many families. As the charity grows, they hope to help students who have the talent but not the funds to train at drama school, making it easier to forge a career in theatre and the arts.

There are no paid staff running this small charity, so Nick Wyschna, chairman of The Wysch Foundation every penny goes directly to the cause. The Wysch (pictued above) said: “The older I get and the more Foundation would like to thank Downs Solicitors theatre I produce with my company Guildford and Churchmill Partnership Accountants (both Fringe, the more I see how theatre and the arts based in Godalming) for volunteering their time is such a middle-class industry, and not inclusive and expertise in setting up the charity and for their enough. The thing with the arts is that it can be a continued support. This is a true example of the great way to escape from the real world and any community coming together to help make things troubles you may be having but far too often it isn’t better. because people can’t afford to indulge in it. That’s where, in a small way, we hope to help. Theatre is Until their website is up and running, Guildford like anyWindow business, it has Oct to make money, but it just14:57 Fringe Milford Company 13_Layout 1 12/03/2015 P are hosting a page all about the charity at seems so sad that some people don’t get to enjoy If you would like to get involved in some way or you know of a deserving family that could do with an evening out, please The Milford Window Company contact the team at THE FAMILY RUN BUSINESS THAT’S NO PANE IN THE GLASS!

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I thought I would mention a few notable dates on the calendar this month, namely St David’s Day on 1st March, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on 5th March, St. Patrick's Day on 17th March and Mothering Sunday on 31st March. Also, the first major sporting event of the year is taking place, namely The Cheltenham Festival (subject to equine flu!) which runs from 12th to 15th March. Always a great spectacle whether going along or just watching on the box. Have a great month and enjoy the start of spring. Springbok Model Boat Club (SMBC) Friday 1st March They are a small model boat club based on the lovely Springbok Estate near Cranleigh close to Dunsfold Aerodrome. It is a sociable gathering of mainly retired people who share an interest in model boats. They normally meet on Friday mornings at the lake on the ‘Care Ashore’ Seamen’s Retirement Home on the Springbok Estate. They have use of the lake, bar facilities (when open) and toilets 7 days a week. Free parking is close by. Normally, they sail their models for about 3 hours before adjourning to the bar for refreshment. The club is open to new members, £30 per annum. Members are very friendly and will offer help to those starting out. Anyone interested in joining can go along and introduce themselves any Friday morning. If the pond appears deserted, due to heavy rain for example, you will probably find a small group in a corner of the bar! Barn Dance Friday 1st March 7.30pm Grayshott Folk Club are holding a barn dance at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. Hindhead GU26 6TZ. The music will be provided by The Oxford Nags who are a great bunch of musicians. Go along with a gang or on your own and they’ll find you someone to dance with. If you don't wish to dance, you can always just sit and listen to some superb musicians playing. Tickets £12 Adults/£6 Under 16s and are available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096. Cranleigh Village Sports and Social Club March events are as follows: Friday 1st, Mike’s monthly quiz, Saturday 2nd, the tribute band Back Track. Thursday 7th, Ballroom, Latin and fun dance evening. Saturday 9th, Profits2 band. Saturday 16th, The Rebeats tribute band. Thursday 28th, The Big Band. Friday 29th, Mike’s monthly quiz. Sunday

31st, a special Mother’s Day lunch. For full details and more information about the club, visit Chiddingfold Village Hall Cinema Friday 1st March 8pm and 15th March 8pm They are showing Crazy Rich Asians, a 2018 film based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller. Native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best friend's wedding in Singapore and meets his family for the first time. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few details about his life, such as his family is super rich! The second screening is Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). It is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. Tickets for each screening cost £6 (£3 for children under 15) on the door, in advance via or from Treacle’s Tea Shop on The Green. Season tickets are also available. Phil Beer String Theory Saturday 2nd March 8pm Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multiinstrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of awardwinning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally as in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK including Cranleigh Arts Centre on 2nd March. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, his flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wideeyed and wanting more. Tickets are £16 from the Box Office on 01483 278000 (Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4.30pm) or go to Albury Vineyard Saturday 2nd March 11am-4pm For wine and pizza! The Wood Fired Larder are 'popping up' with their beautiful bespoke teardrop caravan to cook a delicious selection of pizzas, perfect to feast on whilst enjoying a glass or two of Albury fizz. The vineyard will be open, entry is free, and no booking is needed. Tastings of their sparkling wines are £5/person. Wine by the glass, soft

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Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st April, to be opened by Alexander Creswell open daily from 10am – 4pm admission FREE Further details from Evelyn Phillips AppArt Office email: Witley Gardening Association Wednesday 6th March They will be welcoming Roy Lancaster to give his superbly entertaining talk ‘A Plantsman's Travels’. The renowned horticulturalist, author and Gardeners' Question Time stalwart will be regaling the audience with tales of his travels, collecting plants from all over the world. Not to be missed! The talk takes place in the Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley GU8 5PL. Doors open 7pm, talk starts promptly at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for members, £10 for non-members and can be purchased at bookings or by calling 01428 683281. Paracise Classes This is a low impact exercise class and all standing to lovely catchy music. Just turn up, the cost is £5. Improve balance, posture, coordination and general mobility while having fun. They take place at Cranleigh Village Hall on Wednesdays at 9.45am and Shalford Village Hall on Mondays at 10.30am. Find out more at or email neila@ or call 07711 339072. The Cat in The Hat Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th March When the cat in the hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way? Based on the muchloved book by Dr Seuss, this production features feline frivolity March 2019

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Conservatoire Concerts Saturday 9th March 6.30pm They present The Trinity Laban String Ensemble at their next concert at Godalming Baptist Church. The Ensemble will be conducted by Prof Nic Pendelbury, Head of String Department at TL. The programme consists of works by Elgar, Britten and two female composers, Sally Beamish and Grazyna Bacewicz. This is a FREE concert organised by TBS. A retiring collection will be held in order to cover expenses. For more details and reservations, contact Suzanne Cacciottolo on 07940 013314 or RHS Garden Wisley Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th March Celebrate the important scientific work carried out at RHS

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Garden with a visit during Science week when there will be hands-on activities, workshops and talks. All details on the website. Follow this with a visit to the Spring Plant Fair from Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th March and meet the growers and choose quality plants from over 30 nurseries, many with the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Both events are included in normal garden admission. More detail on the website, Jumble Sale Saturday 9th March 10am There is a jumble sale in aid of St. John's Church Milford which takes place at Milford Village Hall, GU8 5FF. Entry 50p. Pop in and find a bargain! Thursley Pancake Race Sunday 10th March 2.30pm-4.30 pm Everyone is welcome to Thursley Village Hall. There are races for all ages and drinks and pancakes for sale. Remember to take your frying pan! Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers Enjoy friendly and relaxed walking. Their routes range from five miles, on Thursday and Sunday mornings, to ten miles on Wednesdays, often with a pub stop for lunch. Many walks explore the local countryside, but others venture further afield, from London to the south coast. Put on your boots and turn up for a free trial walk! Further details: www. or look on Facebook. March 2019

The Clockhouse (Milford and Villages Day Centre) We are really lucky in this area to have The Clockhouse – a day centre for the over 50’s. It is an especially warm and friendly centre open Monday to Friday and many say that it is “their second home” as they come regularly and meet friends. They offer many activities as well as a delicious lunch every day cooked by their resident chef David. Activities range from Pilates, exercise classes, bridge groups, art classes and even computer lessons! They organise lots of events, trips away and even an annual holiday before Christmas. The Clockhouse relies on its volunteers, many are the same ages as the members, but that doesn’t matter! as there is such a happy and welcoming atmosphere. Do get in touch, they are always looking for more volunteers to serve meals, befriend members, raise funds and for many other activities all of which help to make The Clockhouse such a wonderful centre. Situated at Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ. Contact them at www.clockhouse. Rough Crossing Monday 11th to Saturday 16th March A high class comedy on the high seas, Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant play comes to The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. The sharp Atlantic winds turn to worldclass gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events. For more information and tickets, visit www.yvonne-arnaud. or call 01483 440000.

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Ewhurst Horticultural Society Tuesday 12th March 7.30 for 8pm The Sydney Scott Talk is a talk with slides by John Anderson entitled ‘Gardens of Windsor Great Park’. Having left Exbury in 2016 John is now Keeper of the Queen’s Gardens, which include the Valley and Savill Gardens and the private gardens of Frogmore House. John is also Vice Chairman of the RHS Plant Committee and an RHS Judge. They meet at Ewhurst Village Hall and there are refreshments and a raffle. Tickets are available from Anne on 01483 271812 or tickets@ £5 for members, £10 for visitors. Watts Gallery Tuesday 12th March 7pm–8pm In Conversation: Elizabeth Macneal and Dr Susan Owens. Elizabeth Macneal's debut novel is a tale of curiosity, love and possession in Pre-Raphaelite London. Set in the 1850s, it follows Iris - an aspiring young artist - as she meets two men who will transform her world, one a curiosity collector and the other an artist who wants to paint her. Based on Christina Rossetti and her wider circle, The Doll Factory will be published in May and has already won the 2018 Caledonia First Novel Award. Dr Susan Owens, co-curator of Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse and former curator of paintings at the V&A will be joining Elizabeth Macneal to uncover more about her debut novel and the Pre-Raphaelite world in which her story is set. Tickets need to be pre-booked at www. There are all sorts of exhibitions and events taking place at Watts Gallery, do have a look at their website. Cranleigh Probus A Club Tuesday 12th March The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Cranleigh Golf & Country Club. Members will meet at noon to enjoy pre lunch drinks followed by a two course lunch, after which the AGM will be held. The club would welcome interest from any retired professional and business men. They meet on the second Tuesday of every month for lunch when a professional speaker is a regular attraction. On three lunch occasions wives of members also attend. For information on the club, contact the club secretary David Ingham, at dhmingham@ or call 01483 548488. For further information, Google ‘Cranleigh Probus A Club’.

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Busbridge Evening WI. Tuesday 12th March 8pm At their next meeting they will hear John Curran give his talk 'Broadcasting breaking news'. A journalist of 40 years standing, John Curran has worked for the BBC and ITN and covered many important news stories, such as the Bosnian civil war and the deaths of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. Friends and visitors are always very welcome - further information from Gill Staerck 01483 416446. Meetings are usually held at 8pm on 2nd Tuesday each month in Busbridge Village Hall, Brighton Road, Godalming GU7 1XA.

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JOTTINGS TO SUBMIT A FREE ENTRY, PLEASE EMAIL US AT JOTTINGS@VANTAGEPUBLISHING.CO.UK Godalming Speakers Tuesdays 12th and 26th 7.30pm Learn to speak with confidence and improve your public speaking and presentation skills in a fun and supportive club. Godalming Speakers is part of the Toastmasters International Organisation where members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. Sessions take place at their new home The Branch Venue, 11 Wharf Street, Godalming GU7 1NN every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7.30pm.To find out more, call Janet on 07876 356176 or visit their website at, email or just go along! Surrey Care Trust Wednesday 13th March A chance to join Patron, songwriter and entertainer Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE DL for dinner at the Watts Gallery in Compton. Enjoy a sparkling reception and three course dinner in the sumptuous surrounds of this Grade II listed Arts & Crafts Gallery, one of the most beautiful small galleries in Europe. Tickets for the dinner are available from Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre priced at £80 per person or £750 for table of 10. Book online at, call 01483 444333 or visit the Tourist Information Centre at 155 High Street, Guildford Surrey GU1 3AJ. Farncombe Town Women's Guild Wednesday 13th March It is the end of the year for TG, so subs are due! On wednesday13th March they meet for the AGM. Also Lin Woolingham is telling the rest of her story, also bringing her book if anyone would like to buy a copy. Meeting starts at 10am in St John’s Church Room with coffee and biscuits after the business has been conducted. You are very welcome to go along, meet friends or make some new ones. If you would like more information, phone Shirley on 01483 418102. Prostate Cancer Patient Support Group Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm Do you have questions about prostate cancer? Go along and meet their two consultants who are happy to answer any questions you may have. All welcome including wives, friends and family. The meeting is in the Stokes Urology Centre at Royal Surrey County Hospital. The meeting is free but you will have to pay to park at RSCH. For further details, ring Reg or Maggie on 01483 425626. Amitiés Françaises Thursday 14th March They meet at the Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street GU7 1BA. The topic is Dr Constance Bantman’s specialist subject: ‘Les peintres néo-impressionistes et la politique avant 1914’. The lecture promises to be a real treat for francophiles and anybody able to appreciate a talk in French. Doors open at 7pm and coffee, tea and biscuits are available around easy chairs before the start of the lecture at 7.30pm. Do go along. Les Amitiés Françaises are one of the largest and most active groups in the country and related to, and have support of, March 2019


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the Alliance Française de Londres. Visitors are welcome and can get in touch with the membership secretary John Petty whose email is The website has details of events, and there is Facebook page @amitieswaverley. Gentle Yoga Takes place in Godalming on Tuesdays at 1.30pm. Join this friendly group to enjoy gentle yoga to help improve balance, increase strength and flexibility and reduce feelings of stress. Suitable for complete beginners or those with more experience. They use a chair (if needed) to aid balance. The cost is £8 per class and they take place at Godalming United Reform Church. Contact Angela for more information on 01428 682100, email Thursley Horticultural Society Thursday 14th March 8pm They invite you to join them at Thursley Village Hall for an evening with Jonathon Hogarth who will be talking about showing at Chelsea flower show, taking cuttings, growing miniature Hostas and Hydroponics. Admission is free with a raffle and refreshments. Exhibition of Art and Crafts Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th March 10am-5pm The Cranleigh Art and Crafts Society are holding their Spring Exhibition at Cranleigh Village Hall. As usual the hall will be filled with a wide and varied range of paintings and crafts



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including pottery, embroidery, glassware, jewellery, cards and much more, and all very reasonably priced. The venue is a beautiful place and makes a pleasant setting to meet friends, stop for delicious refreshments and admire the Society's excellent work. Entrance is free and there is easy parking nearby. If you have any queries please contact 01483 278698 or see The Clockhouse Cinema Friday 15th March 7.30pm They will be showing 'The Children Act' starring Emma Thompson at The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ. Tickets £5 are available from The Clockhouse on 01483 420668. Refreshments will be available in the interval and there is a licensed bar. Doors open at 6.45pm. Milford Probus Club Friday 15th March Milford Probus is a club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men and women. They have members from Waverley and beyond, and meet in Godalming on the third Friday of each month for lunch followed by a talk on a wide variety of subjects. On 15th March, Chris Bourne will talk about containerisation shipping development in a talk entitled ‘Malcolm Mclean’s Box’. Guests are always welcome to their meetings by invitation, and their outings. They also arrange occasional walks of about 5 miles. Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting without obligation. Lady members will be especially welcomed. For more details,

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JOTTINGS TO SUBMIT A FREE ENTRY, PLEASE EMAIL US AT JOTTINGS@VANTAGEPUBLISHING.CO.UK see or contact Mike Thompson on 01483 428181, email Grayshott Folk Club Friday March 15th 7.30pm–10.30pm St. Alban’s Church, Tilford Road, Hindhead GU26 6TZ is the venue for this gig featuring the highly rated Scottish folk band The Poozies. They first burst onto the folk scene in 1991 and have since toured worldwide and attracted recognition and appreciation for their eclectic choice of material as well as unusual and exciting arrangements, and heart-tugging vocal harmonies. Support is given by Rebecca Jayne, a young local singer/songwriter/guitarist who sings her own folk/Americana songs as well as some impressive covers. Tickets available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust They are about to embark on a major volunteer-led restoration project thanks to the acquisition of a 900 metre stretch of abandoned canal near Bramley in Surrey. The Birtley Reach area of the canal is particularly picturesque thanks to its position on a slope between the Downs Link path above (which follows the route of the former HorshamGuildford railway) and the Cranleigh Waters in the valley below. The Trust is planning to create a new circular canal side walk linking to the Downs Link, providing an attractive amenity for locals and visitors. The purchase has been made possible by the generosity of an overseas Trust member. Ramster Hall Embroidery Exhibition 2019 Saturday 16th to Sunday 31st March 10am-5pm See some of the finest pieces of embroidery and textile art from artists from across the country at Ramster Hall, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SN. Over 200 pieces will be displayed and for sale within the historic 17th century hall. This is one of the largest exhibitions of its kind and celebrates a wide range of skills, techniques and styles. Visitors to the exhibition can extend their entry ticket (additional costs apply) to enjoy a walk around Ramster Garden, famous for its spring flowers and collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. There is a room and free parking. Tickets: £6.50 or £13.50 for exhibition and garden. Groups: Pre-book 10+people. www. Rummage Sale Saturday 16th March 10.30am Godalming and Farncombe Bowling Club is holding a rummage sale at the Club Pavilion, Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming. Entry fee 50p. Before 10am £10. Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre Sunday 17th March 11am–5pm Taking place in the Borough Hall in Godalming, there will be holistic therapies available including Reflexology, Crystal Therapy and Reiki. The stalls include a lovely variety of crystals, jewellery, organic products, artwork and crafts for sale. There will also be Clairvoyants, Mediums and Tarot readings. The £3 entry fee includes a crystal tumble March 2019

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speakers can provide presentations on every aspect of the canal, covering all interests and age groups. Previous bookings have ranged from gardening clubs and wine groups to Scouts and Cubs. There are still spaces left on this year’s programme. There is no fixed charge for a speaker, but a £60 donation is asked for to support the Trust’s restoration work. If you are interested, email, or go to RHS Garden Wisley Tuesday 19th March Why not take advantage of their Spring Community Free Day. This is a chance to enjoy a visit to RHS Garden Wisley as it opens to all free of charge. You should also try and visit their Spring Plant Fair which runs from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. You can meet the growers and choose quality plants from over 30 specialist nurseries. Plants on sale include many with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Also on at this time, 23rd/24th March is the Bonsai Show. It’s a specialist show that will include plant and bonsai equipment sales, displays and care information aimed at beginners through to experienced growers. Historical Association West Surrey Branch Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm A lecture by Professor Lawrence Goldman of St Peter’s, University of Oxford entitled ‘Disraeli and the Transformation of Victorian Conservatism, 1846–1880’. A distinguished historian and excellent speaker, he gives his assessment of

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Florizel Quartet Saturday 23rd March 7pm Do go along and listen to the Florizel Quartet in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley with ’Music of Three B’s’. Young but already internationally renowned, they are an amazingly talented string quartet founded in 2015 at the Royal Academy of Music, and will perform a fascinating programme of music by Bridge, Britten and Beethoven. Their first violin, Madeleine Pickering, is a local girl. The other members come from Japan, Australia and Korea! The charity they are supporting is the Jigsaw Trust, which runs the Jigsaw School in Dunsfold for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder. Tickets are £10 (students and under 18s £5) available from Robertsons in Bramley High Street or via Stuart White at tel 01483 892645. They will be available at the door. As usual there will be a free glass of wine or soft drink in the interval.

Cranleigh Camera Club Saturday 23rd March 10am–4pm They are holding their Annual Exhibition at Cranleigh Village Hall. A wide range of prints and digital images will be on show and many are for sale. Exhibition entries will be assessed by David Mendus, a highly experienced judge of photographic work. Non-members welcome. Entry is free so do pop in, you will enjoy it. You may even feel that you would like to join the Club and take part in the future. Refreshments will be available. To contact the Club, see www.

Free Musical Entertainment Saturday 23rd March 2.30pm–5pm Godalming Woolsack Rotary Club is delighted to present the 11th year of Musical Allsorts. This is a free concert open to March 2019

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All that Jazz Saturday 23rd March 8pm Grayswood is gaining quite a reputation for its Jazz nights -this year the Friends of All Saints Church are hosting the Eagle Jazz Band in the Village Hall. There will be a cash bar and room to dance. The band was founded in 1951 and has delighted audiences worldwide since then. They will perform a wide repertoire of New Orleans jazz and popular songs of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. As well as top notch music, the audience has the option of a delicious two course Jazz Supper at the nearby Wheatsheaf Inn. All profits from the Jazz night go to maintaining the church and its grounds. Tickets £15, or £27 to include supper, from lamb@ or call 01428 643798.

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Guildford Art Society Spring Exhibition Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st March 10am to 6.30pm Don’t miss this opportunity of visiting this exciting exhibition of work by local amateur and professional artists at the New Pavilion, Guildford Cricket Ground on Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP. The exhibition will be opened at 12 noon on Saturday 23rd by the Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP. Free entry and free parking. Also, free entry to their raffle with a chance to win an original painting of Guildford High Street.

Cranleigh Choral Society Sunday 24th March 7.30pm They will be performing Mozart’s Requiem and Jonathan Willcocks’ ‘Lux Perpetua’, with the Cranleigh School Choirs and the Merriman Concert Orchestra in the Cranleigh School Speech Hall, Horsehoe Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8QQ. Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire. Lux Perpetua was written in 1998 for the eightieth anniversary of the 'war to end all wars', a powerful and thought-provoking work. Tickets available from the Cranleigh School website Any enquiries, ring 01483 274361.

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The Arts Society Surrey Hills Tuesday 26th March 10.30am They continue their programme of lectures with one entitled ‘Artists and Espionage – The Lawn Road Flats NW3’ presented by Deborah Lambert. This story has a plot worthy of Agatha Christie. The setting is a Modernist block in a leafy road in North London that offered a radical new housing concept for young professionals, but was also home to a nest of Soviet spies. The society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45 am for coffee. New members and visitors are very welcome. Details of their programme of lectures, visits and holidays for 2019 can be found at www. or by calling 01483 414976. Milford Horticultural Society Tuesday 26th March 8pm At the next meeting, in Milford Village Hall they will be joined by Vincent Gradwell, a well travelled professional horticulturalist, author and horticultural judge, who will be presenting the best of Gardens in the Emerald. Talks are free for members; 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, check www. or contact Hilary Potter on 01483 415710 or email her on The Arts Society Cranleigh Wednesday 27th March 2pm and 7.30pm Their next talk is ‘Discovering McDonald Gill’ – architect, artist March 2019

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TO SUBMIT A FREE ENTRY, PLEASE EMAIL US AT JOTTINGS@VANTAGEPUBLISHING.CO.UK Quiz night with Godalming Band Saturday 30th March 6pm for 6.30pm start A fun quiz night in support of Godalming Band and Youth Band at Broadwater Park Community Centre, Summers Road, Farncombe. £10 per person including a ploughman's supper mid-evening. Take your own drinks and nibbles, no bar. Contact Dominic on 01483 355129 or email to book (tables of 6-8 also welcome). Live at the Arnaud Sunday 31st March Guildford Fringe presents a spectacular Sunday evening of comedy, music, magic, cabaret and musical theatre at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. It is aid of The Mayor of Guildford’s chosen charitable causes: The Guildford Young Carers Fund, Headway Surrey and The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund. All profits will go directly to these wonderful causes. For more information, visit or call 01483 440000. Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood Sunday 31st March Special cruises will be running on the canal on Mothering Sunday. A ‘Coffee & Danish Pastry Cruise’ will depart at 11am and Cream Tea Cruises will depart at 2.15pm and 4.30pm. Black tie service will enhance the relaxing treat for Mums (and all passengers)! The trips take 1½ hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children and must be booked in advance. Also, themed Easter Cruises will be running on Good Friday, 19th April, Easter Day, 21st April, and on Easter Monday, 22nd April. More details in next month’s issue. Bookings for all special events and weekend public trips can be made online via the Trust website For enquiries about private charters, volunteering opportunities and membership, call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email office@ Lecture Evening Friday 5th April 7pm for 7.30pm Entitled ‘A View from my Sitting Room Window- Victoria at Osborne House’ the lecture will be given by the renowned lecturer, Iain Kennedy. It takes place at The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ. Tickets are £15 to include a 2 course supper and are available from The Clockhouse on 01483 420668. Please advise any dietary requirements when booking tickets. There is a licensed bar. Evening of Poetry Music and Comedy Friday 5th April 7.30pm Hambledon Village Hall Committee are proud to present an evening of poetry, music and comedy with Ian McMillan (Radio 3 The Verb and 4, The Bard of Barnsley) and Luke Carver-Goss, presenting a special tailor-made celebration of all things 'Village Hall'. The event takes place at Hambledon Village Hall. Tickets are £12.50 in advance from Hambledon Village Shop. Eczema Information Afternoon Saturday 6th April 2pm The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an



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Information Afternoon at the Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford GU2 7YG. The topic is ‘The role of Good and Bad Bacteria in Eczema’ and the speaker is Professor Carsten Flohr, Consultant Dermatologist at St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this distressing, itchy skin condition. There is no admission charge; donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be available. For more information, call Vicky on 01483 827668 or visit Godalming Choral Society Sunday 7th April 7.30pm Godalming Choral Society will be performing Haydn’s joyful oratorio, The Seasons, in the Great Hall, Charterhouse, Godalming. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Sam Hayes. 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 : 0794 150 6172 or on-line. For more details please go to Players of Elstead Thursday 11th to 13th April 7.45pm Players of Elstead’s spring production is You’re Only Young Twice, a comedy drama by Ron Aldridge (in association with Samuel French). Performances are at Elstead Village Hall and tickets can be ordered at or call 08442 329460. Loseley Spring Garden Show Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April 10am–5pm (4pm Sunday) The start of the season at Loseley Park is not far away which brings the ever-popular Spring Garden Show to the beautiful Walled Gardens. The nursery exhibitors will be out in force, along with garden bygones, antique tools, garden sundries and furniture and home design. Whichford Pottery will also be returning to the stable-yard on Friday and Saturday only. Tasty refreshments are served throughout the day. www.loseleypark. Tel 01483 405119. Voluntary Action South West Surrey Are you interested in volunteering? Have you got any spare time that you would like to use to help the community? At Voluntary Action South West Surrey they advertise hundreds of volunteering opportunities with a wide range of organisations across Guildford and Waverley. There are many fantastic reasons to start volunteering including the positive effects this will have on your wellbeing and the community you are helping. They would love to help you get started, either pop in to see them between Monday- Thursday 10am-3pm at their volunteer centre on 39 Castle Street in Guildford, give them a call for more information on 01483 565456, or visit www.


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