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• THE EDITOR'S NOTE It really is so nice to hear from our readers. Following our recent article extolling the virtues of walking, we received a lovely email from Martyn Sandford: "Thank you for including the excellent article about walking in January's Vantage Point. I was inspired to give it a go! I enjoy walks away from town from time to time but the article prompted me to try walking more for local journeys. What has surprised me is how much closer places are than I had expected. It seems clear that leaving the car at home sometimes for these local journeys provides free exercise at little extra cost of time and is a saving in the pocket too! I have enjoyed the fresh air and exercise and would encourage others to give it a try." We also received this from The Arts Society Farnham Evening: "Mega thanks for inserting the details about our Quiz. Wow. A most welcome surprise. We remain so grateful for this wonderful service you provide. You have no idea how much this means. We had our best turnout with visitors at our last talk and we know that this is mainly due to our inserts in your great magazine". Finally, a lucky competition winner. Graeme Blackmore wrote: "I was the lucky winner of the competition to win a night in the White Horse at Dorking. I just wanted to let you know I went on Monday night with my girlfriend and we had a wonderful time. I have driven through Dorking many times but we had time to look around the antiques shops which we both enjoy and then had a lovely dinner in the evening. The bedroom was massive and we both really enjoyed our stay. Keep up the good work with the magazine. I look forward to seeing what’s on in the local area and will keep trying my luck in the competitions".

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Devil’s Punch bowl and The Tunnel Nature now flourishes where traffic once flowed

Phil Kemp tours the route of the old A3 at Hindhead with lead ranger Matt Cusack THE DEVIL’S Punch Bowl was once separated from Hindhead Common by the traffic-clogged A3 trunk road that connects London with Portsmouth on the south coast. The dangerously overladen Hindhead stretch of road was, by necessity, narrowed from a two-lane highway to a singlelane carriageway in order to squeeze through the steep contours of the deep natural amphitheatre on one side and Gibbet Hill rising to almost 900 feet on the other. After 30 years of campaigning, a 1.1-mile-long twin tunnel was excavated in a £370 million project to remove the horrendous bottleneck motorists had suffered for years. There were of course other major benefits too. Nature was at last able to fully reclaim its rightful place in this beautiful natural landscape, and Hindhead residents were at last able to enjoy their now traffic-free village, the highest in Surrey. The tunnel opened in 2011 allowing for the old A3 road around the Punch Bowl to at last be removed. And who better to introduce me to this remarkable opportunity to reinstate this natural site than Matt Cusack, lead ranger for the National Trust. “I’ve been here since 1993 and I’ve got a real affection for this site,” Matt said with a genuine passion in his voice. We were standing at the popular viewpoint near the café with its spectacular views over the Punch Bowl below, and

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clearly visible in the distance you can see the regenerated route of the old A3. “As a team of rangers we manage the heathland we can see in front of us, and this directly benefits the flora, fauna and insect life – and of course our three rare birds: the Dartford warbler, the woodlark and the nightjar. If left to its own devices the heathland would just scrub up and you’d eventually end up with woodland, which is not their preferred habitat. So as rangers we are out there throughout the winter months with volunteer groups and contractors, trying to keep these open spaces open.” We turned to walk along the ridge towards the old road. Matt continued to set the scene. “The old A3 is starting to grass up. We’ve had a lot of difficulty in trying to get the Images clockwise from top left (Phil Kemp unless stated): Walks around the Punch Bowl; Route of the old A3; The rare Silver-studded Blue butterfly (Matt Bramwich); Hindhead Common ponies; The Dartford warbler(National Trust – Martin Bennett).

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DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL AND THE TUNNEL

Above from left: Route of the old A3; Matt Cusack, lead ranger. Bottom right: The twin-tunnels nearing completion in 2011 (PK).

heather to regenerate up there. We’ve been doing some scrapes where basically we scrape off the top soil, which has grass and tree seed in it, and this will eventually benefit the invertebrates and insects, as well as nesting birds as the heathland returns. “What we don’t want is the very green scar that we’ve got at the minute up there – to me that still looks the ghost of the road if you like, and so we are trying to cover that up the best we can. We intend to formalise the path that runs along the old route to keep people off the soil, and add a bit of surface dressing to make it easier to walk along. Then they can easily walk up the original historic Portsmouth route and loop back along the old A3.” I felt that getting a bit of an historical perspective would help – whilst deliberately avoiding the temptation of tales recounting a popularised history of the place, some a lot taller and more frivolous than others I’ve no doubt. “There was a turnpike up there above the old A3 back in the 1700s, the original London to Portsmouth Road,” said Matt, pointing up to the top of Gibbet Hill. “As you can imagine, getting horses and carriages up to the pinnacle of the hill was just too much for them. So, in the 1820s it was benched into the hillside lower down by men with spades and shovels, a real engineering feat of its day. This was eventually of course to become the notorious trunk road of the A3.” We had reached what was a very muddy track that runs along the full length of the old route, sodden from a very wet January. I wished with hindsight that I’d brought my wellies along, but damp muddy feet make for more of a oneness with nature. Or at least I was trying to convince myself of that romantic notion. I could see why Matt and his team wanted to create a single maintained path to protect the surface soil on which they are trying to re-establish the heathland. There were multiple paths criss-crossing everywhere, unwittingly created by walkers keen to explore the new route.

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I asked Matt how the tunnel, clearly the most expensive option of various routes being considered at the time, had come about. “There were three options, one being the tunnel of course. But there was also a red route, which would have needed a viaduct across the northern end of the Punch Bowl, and a yellow route which would have been a big cutting pretty much starting where the tunnel is now but heading up and across Hindhead Common. Both of those would have been visually appalling – and as environmentally bad for the location as the existing road. The tunnel was hugely expensive, but I think with the experience of Twyford Down, where they had a similarly big cutting resulting in hugely disruptive protests, it probably would have cost more in downtime than it would to build the tunnel. “We had no downtime as there were no protesters here at all. And what a fantastic thing it was to take a road completely out of the environment. Normally you would leave a road in and build another, making for a net gain of roads.” Another hugely positive outcome in removing the A3 from the Punch Bowl has been the award of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status by Natural England, six years after the tunnel opened. Matt regards the status of SSSI as ‘the gold standard’, and rightly so. An SSSI from Natural England brings with it protection in law for wildlife and importantly, geology too.

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The risks of online and DIY divorces With the increase in people using the internet to fill out legal forms to avoid legal costs, there have been recent changes to the Divorce Petition in order to increase accessibility.

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Matt, who has lived in the Punch Bowl for some years, recounted how the spring water they used to drink became contaminated after the A3 had been resurfaced, and oil from the tarmac had leached down into the water table. “We’ve got rid of all of that pollution, including the air and noise pollution. Now the traffic has gone, the churr, the lovely churr of the nightjar, can again be heard as it happily nests in the southern end of the Punch Bowl.”

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“We’ve always had some lovely lichens here, some quite rare, and these are now spreading up towards the old A3 route – which is a sign at last of good air quality, and something walkers and school groups can enjoy. Alan, our education officer, leads visits from local schools and some as far away as London. He has been working on a tracker backpack for the school children which has activity sheets and identification guides inside.” The largest ever survey of over 8,000 walking enthusiasts for their best walks had The Devil’s Punch Bowl rated in the top 100. At the time of writing, ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks hadn’t yet revealed the UK’s top walk – but if you’ve not ventured to this remarkable National Trust property add it to your bucket list. It’s free to visit – and you’ll not be disappointed. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk. FIND OUT MORE National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-commons-and-the-devils-punch-bowl Natural England www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

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With Andy Goundry the same basic chassis to make several different models and even makes of car. Sometimes this can be foreseen: the similar SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq SUV’s share the same VW Group Czech assembly plant, for example. However, the same factory also produces some Audis! One of the more unusual examples of both unexpected manufacturing sites and platform-sharing is the Renault Koleos SUV, which is made not in France but in South Korea at a Samsung factory.

Don’t be a car badge snob! HOW MANY of us stay loyal to one particular brand of car, perhaps because it is built in Britain, or maybe it’s seen as being of higher quality than lesser makes? Yet, the increasing globalisation of the car industry means that brands associated with particular countries are often made far away from their assumed home. For example, the C Class Mercedes Benz. Definitely made in Germany, right? Wrong! Most C Class Merc’s actually originate in South Africa – not a place you might traditionally associate with automotive quality. And they are not alone: the latest Volkswagen Polo, for example, is made in both Spain and South Africa, not Germany as you might expect, or indeed hope. And even the iconic MINI - surely a truly British brand - is affected, with the production of some cars taking place in Holland! Perhaps the most unexpected build site, though, is for the upmarket Volvo S90 and V90 models, some of which are put together in China and shipped to us in the UK by rail! The situation is complicated further by the ever-increasing “platform-sharing” - using

Images from top: MINI: a British icon, but some are made in Holland; The first Chinese-built luxury Volvo S90 saloon is unloaded from a rail container after its journey from China. Right: Cummins first clean, green Euro 6 repower – an iconic London Routemaster owned by ex-TfL chief Peter Hendy, seen here. Photo courtesy of Cummins.

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So should you be worried that the quality of upmarket makes is lost by being made in unexpected places or sharing parts with lesser marques? Not at all, in my humble opinion: each brand adopts the same quality standards regardless of where their cars are built. Even more importantly, the fact that the same components as diverse as engines and electrical switches are used on many different models means that the manufacturers can justify spending much more on developing those parts, meaning that their quality and reliability should be improved, which benefits all of us!

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Is the future electric? Although sales of diesel cars have increasingly given way to petrol, there has also been an increase in the number of electric cars being sold. Many people remain apprehensive about electric cars, not least because of negative publicity which claims that the electricity supply network is vastly inadequate to recharge large numbers of electric vehicles. Media hype said that UK’s electricity generation would need to increase by 50% (30 gigawatts) to meet electric vehicle demand by 2040. Britain’s National Grid company, however, says that this is untrue: they believe the most likely scenario is that electric vehicle usage even by 2050 will only prompt an increase of 8% (5GW) over today’s peak electricity demand of 61GW. National Grid says that the highest period for electric demand is typically a cold evening when Manchester United are playing in the Champions League and everyone switches their kettles on at halftime! This could be handled, they say, by Smart Charging: if capacity has been reached in a particular area, smart vehicle chargers can be signalled to either delay charging or charge at a lower power in the relevant areas until the demand settles down. Should a customer need to charge their vehicle urgently, they could over-ride the system with the press of a button. Smart Charging should, therefore, avoid the need to build extra power stations. Sci-fi? No – the use of smart chargers is likely to be mandated in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-2019 which is currently making its way through the House of Commons. Indeed, some charge point providers are already producing devices that are smart-charge-ready. So perhaps electric cars are more practical than you might have thought.

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How soon will we see Driverless cars? Politicians and manufacturers alike would have us believe that the age of driverless cars is almost upon us, but I suspect that it will, in reality, be many years before fully driverless cars are common. Why, as a petrolhead and engineer, do I hold such a Luddite view? Not because of doubts about the technology, for to all intents and purposes, all the necessary systems exist today, indeed many are already incorporated into the cars we drive now. My reservations are purely related to human nature: unless driverless cars are totally segregated from other traffic, they will need to share the roads with cars driven by humans. There will inevitably be a transition period, most likely taking decades, between the first fully autonomous vehicles and the last human drivers on the road. Driverless cars will be programmed never to speed, to give way to others as much as possible and generally to obey every rule of the road – in other words, to be perfect drivers. Driverless cars will turn in perfect circles, never cut corners, and would certainly never jump a red light. If a person walks out in front of one, it will stop instantly, with superhuman reflexes. However, the impeccable behaviour of driverless cars is likely to cause drivers of ordinary vehicles much frustration, indeed the knowledge that a driverless car will do everything possible to avoid an accident is likely to result in them being “bullied” by aggressive human drivers, for example by cutting in front of them to gain a few seconds in a traffic queue. So driverless cars could actually turn humans into worse drivers! When roads have no more human drivers on them, we are likely to be much safer, for human error is involved in 90 percent of accidents. But in the period until then, for driverless cars to become a reality, they must deal with their biggest problem: the flaws of human beings! Images from top left: Will we need lots more power stations to support electric car charging stations? National Grid thinks not! Above: Driverless cars are programmed to avoid accidents. Could they be bullied by other road users like this jaywalker and cyclist? Photo courtesy of Waymo.

FIND OUT MORE If you have found this article of interest please visit the writer's website www.autonews.uk.com for more motoring news and views. © Andy Goundry

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also to try and find places to walk which offer the safety and security you need. Even now, I am always wary of walking my dog off the lead anywhere close to a road. If Humphrey sees a deer, or even picks up their scent, he will take off immediately and I am sure he would be oblivious to any road that might be in the way. We are, however, very fortunate to live in an area which has so much countryside and does offer places to walk that are fairly safe and secure, although as dog owners we always need to be vigilant wherever we are. If you can’t walk your dog off the lead for various reasons, there are some places where you can take them where they will be completely safe and in a controlled environment. For instance, my sister has just started ‘Life off the Lead’ and has a field available for hire near Fernhurst in Sussex which is totally enclosed with 6-foot high deer fencing. It also has privacy

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Are you taking the lead? According to the RSPCA, there are now more than 8.5 million canines in the UK and if you’re a dog owner you probably don’t need us to tell you about the health benefits they bring. Walking your dog gets you outside in all weather, no excuses, and keeps you fit and healthy. But we’ve all been on walks that have been spoiled by dog mess – either on the path or decorating gates and trees in plastic bags. The people who let this happen are in the minority and they’re giving dog owners a bad name. Over the last couple of years, South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has been working with dog owners in the National Park with their ‘Take the Lead’ campaign which uses humour to spread the word about responsible dog ownership. “We’re not here to tell people off but to celebrate the great dog walkers,” says SDNPA campaign lead Charlie Hellewell. “We want to show the positive actions that owners can take – including encouraging your fellow dog walkers to do the right thing.” Uncontrolled dogs are a big problem for other people, livestock and wildlife so this is one of the key messages in their animation and ‘Canine Confessions’ films on their website (www.southdowns.gov.uk/takethelead). Using social media to spread these messages they reached over half a million people during the 2017 ground nesting bird season (March to September).

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We want to show the positive actions that owners can take – including encouraging your fellow dog walkers to do the right thing... In 2018 they will be trialling a ‘Dog Ambassador’ scheme as part of the 'Take the Lead' campaign. Volunteer dog ambassadors have been recruited at popular dog walking sites to encourage others to pick up after their dogs, to stick to the paths during ground nesting bird season and to keep their dogs on a lead near livestock. The trial is happening on key heathland sites within the National Park as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded 'Heathlands Reunited' project and, if successful, they hope it might be used at other popular dog walking sites in the future. How to be a responsible dog owner: • Make sure your dog has good recall • Keep dogs on a lead near livestock • Bag and bin your poo, any public bin will do • Protect ground nesting birds. Stick to the paths, especially 1st March to 15th September • Do not enter military training areas when the red flags are flying.

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Good places to walk As mentioned earlier, there are some great places to walk locally. Here are a few in the wider local area that have been recommended by VantagePoint readers: Blackheath, near Wonersh – lovely sandy tracks here, always dry; Elstead/Royal/Thursley commons – an amazing and safe expanse with heathland, sand, metalled paths, boardwalks, ponds and more! Can be very wet in places; Farnham Park – more great views, lots of lovely grass, café and toilets; Frensham Little Pond – ideal for dogs that like a swim, wet in places; Godalming to Guildford towpath – cool along the river for dogs on hot days; Hankley Common, near Thursley – very safe, lots of varied terrain, great views and fairly dry but watch out for the military who may be training there; Holmbury St. Mary – loads of paths around Holmbury Hill here, dry underfoot too. Two dog friendly pubs; Leith Hill - loads of tracks here. Tower at top has lovely coffee and snacks. Newlands Corner – unbeatable for views, parking and two dog friendly cafés, one open air; Petworth Park – very safe and fabulous, free-range deer may be an issue. Parking charges apply unless National Trust members; St Martha’s and Pewley Downs, Guildford – fabulous views, fairly dry underfoot; The Hurtwood, near Peaslake – a great expanse of woodland with stunning views at Pitch Hill; The Mount, Guildford – quite dry, more terrific views; Whitmoor Common, north of Guildford – beautiful expanses of heathland, woodland, grassland, ponds and streams. The good news for dog walkers is that many pubs around here, especially those in the countryside, are completely dog friendly. Nowadays, more and more of them will have dog bowls scattered around the place, a big jar of dog treats on the bar and sometimes even dog beds or cushions lying

in corners for our four-legged friends. If you are planning to eat, it is wise to check first as some pubs will not allow dogs into their restaurants, and the number of tables in the bar may well be limited and in demand. Owning a dog is a great joy but also comes with a lot of responsibility when you venture out with it, especially when off the lead. But by following just a few basic guidelines, you can make your outdoor adventures a pleasure for everyone.

If your dog goes missing VantagePoint's Claire Taylor offers her advice This is every owner’s nightmare, says Claire Taylor. The first thing you must do is alert your local dog warden, as well as all the vets and kennels in the area. If your dog is micro-chipped, alert the microchip company that your dog is missing. Social media is a great way to get the word spread fast; make sure you have photos and share them on as many forms of social media as possible. Two websites where you can register your dog as lost and are interactive so people can post on the forum about any possible sightings, locations and times are www.doglost.co.uk and www.critteralert.com. Dogs tend to return to the place they were lost in so make sure you keep going back and checking. Place a bed or blanket in the area they were lost, something that smells familiar to them, as sometimes the noise and panic will scare them and they might return after dark when everything has calmed down a bit. Try to get some posters printed so those not as active online will be able to see a picture of the dog and the number they need to call to reunite it with its family. Trust me, people will go above and beyond to help playful pooches get reunited with their owners. I know that first-hand!

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FARNCOMBE DAY CENTRE Phil Kemp drops in to see what makes this facility for the over-50s so popular enjoying each other’s company, and with many tucking into their hot lunches. “We provide a minibus service too,” explained Annette. “It is run by part-time drivers who are assisted by volunteer escorts. Without the minibus many people wouldn’t be able to come. Our volunteers are at the centre of what we do. They help in the servery and manage order taking, and help, for example, with clearing and washing up. They also help with running games and quizzes, and assist in the garden. There are volunteers on our Executive Committee helping to make the centre a success. We welcome offers of help like this and my door is always open to new volunteers.” LOCATED IN St John’s Street at the heart of Farncombe, the distinctive building boasting its own clock tower and belfry almost hints at what a special experience you are likely to have if you venture inside. The centre is run by Age Concern Farncombe and has at its helm the very approachable and enthusiastic Annette Clarke. “I come from a care background and absolutely love my job as manager here,” said Annette. “We have around 30 to 40 people a day who come in to enjoy a two-course hot lunch for only five pounds. We offer a lot more besides. We provide a chiropody service and assisted bathing, and we have qualified stylists here providing hairdressing at affordable prices. The NHS provides a weekly clinic here too. We also have regular organised events they can take part in.”

“You can get all sorts of things done here. Your hair, your feet, have a bath if you want. And I enjoy the lovely events.” Carol One of Annette’s parting comments made me smile. “This building was once a school and a lot of our users were pupils here. They talk about it fondly exclaiming loudly ‘I went to school here’!” The centre boasts in its slogan that it is ‘for the young at heart’ and having seen for myself what a vibrant place it is I can fully endorse that. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer: www.weyriver.co.uk.

We were chatting in her busy office with lots of comings and goings from staff and users alike. Angela Lowmass, one of the centre’s care assistants, chipped in. “We help our users every day with any problems they may have. A lot have no family to care for them so we can really make a difference. We care for them whilst they are here, which may even include doing their shopping with them at the Co-op over the road.”

“I love coming here and being sociable. The food is very good and there’s loads to do.” Regan Walking into the centre’s lounge and servery area you get a real sense of community with visitors

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Easter Church Services 3 Days That Changed The World Easter. It’s a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice and the promise of new hope The events of Holy Week and Easter are 3 Days that changed the world. There are moments when life doesn’t seem worth living anymore, when there is a sense of helplessness around us, when injustice piles on injustice and dreams are trampled underfoot. That was how the followers of Jesus felt on Good Friday. But three days later God had raised him from the dead and the power of death had been broken! The good news of Easter is that God’s kingdom of love, justice and peace is possible and that lives of individuals and peoples can be transformed. Why don’t you come and celebrate that Good News with us this year? You will be made most welcome at any of the churches in the Godalming area. No matter what you are going through in life, the Easter message is one of comfort, hope, peace, love and joy offered to all through the Risen Lord Jesus. Michael Stubbs Chairman of Churches Together in Godalming and District

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10.45am on GOOD FRIDAY 30 March WALK OF WITNESS in Godalming Town, starting at The Wharf (between Homebase & Sainsbury’s) followed by Hot Cross Buns at Godalming Baptist Church. 6.45am on EASTER DAY 1 April SUNRISE SERVICE at Minster Field (junction Tuesley Lane and Minster Road) followed by tea and coffee at Ladywell Convent. This Easter there are lots of different types of services and events in churches in the Godalming area and outlying villages. They all have Easter services, most of which can be found on their own websites – see list of the different churches on the Churches Together website at www.Godalmingchurches.org.


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With Beth Otway sweet pea cultivars. Lathyrus odoratus 'Naomi Nazareth' has featured in my Sweet Pea Trials over the past few years, where she has performed and flowered both wonderfully and consistently. Which has been, well, simply marvellous to see! Lathyrus odoratus 'Naomi Nazareth' is a Spencer sweet pea, which produces long stemmed, sweetly scented, large sized, pale, dusky blue coloured, frilly flowers. Another of my favourite sweet peas is Lathyrus odoratus 'Betty Maiden'. This absolutely charming Spencer sweet pea cultivar produces ivory-coloured flowers, which are distinguished by a mauve picotee edge and matching veining and markings across the flower's petals. As the flowers age these markings deepen and become more pronounced, taking on an iridescent sheen. The blooms of Lathyrus odoratus 'Betty Maiden' produce a very sensual, musky, yet sweet fragrance, which offers the aromatic notes of rose, hyacinth, clover, and hay. Lathyrus odoratus 'Betty Maiden' is a beautiful sweet pea, which is very floriferous; this is also one of the earliest sweet pea cultivars to flower.

I JUST love growing sweet peas. I love to be enveloped by the sweet pea flower's powerful and sensuous scent, while I'm encompassed by the flower's beauty and charm. Eternal bliss! Everyone should have at least a few moments of pause and reflection, to recharge with their favourite sweet pea blooms each and every summer. March is a great time to sow sweet peas. Indeed, during my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, the plants that were sown in the middle of March produced more flowers than the plants that were sown during October, November and February, which were the other sowing times trialled. It's often said that October is the best time to sow sweet peas, yet I disagree and my trials prove otherwise, so please don't think you've missed the boat. Get ready to sow sweet pea seeds this month, for decadently fragrant blooms all summer long! If you wish for floriferous sweet pea plants, that will provide you with an abundance of blooms, then it's important that you purchase seeds of the best performing

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Lathyrus odoratus 'Aphrodite' is a very vigorous, pure white flowered sweet pea cultivar. It is another floriferous cultivar, which produces long stems that are decorated with a great number of blooms. It's not unusual to harvest Lathyrus odoratus 'Aphrodite' flowering stems that feature six or seven flowers per stem, and particularly good plants can produce ten or more flowers per stem.

Above top left: Lathyrus odoratus 'Naomi Nazareth'. Above: Lathyrus odoratus 'Aphrodite'. Right: Lathyrus odoratus 'Betty Maiden' (images: Beth Otway).

FIND OUT MORE To read my Sweet Pea Trial reports, my various Compost Trial reports, for gardening advice for the month ahead, information on orchids, terrariums, and much more besides, visit my website at www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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AVS Fencing Announce £10,000 Local Community Fund to point meeting, swimming gala, summer fayre or such like, inevitably you bump into the ‘costs’ hurdle. A plaintive cry heard from everyone trying to arrange a local event is ‘Where can we find some money, quickly?’ It can pull the plug on an idea, even for the most resilient and dedicated of us. It’s time and effort we can better spend enjoying the planning of the event itself.

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Chocolate and Salted Caramel Crunch Ingredients: For the cake 100g dark chocolate (72%), finely chopped; 200g plain flour; 1½ tsp baking powder; ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda; 40g dark cocoa powder, sifted; 125g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease; 150g caster sugar; 150g light muscovado sugar; 3 Clarence Court Braddock Whites duck eggs; 125g natural yoghurt. For the salted caramel sauce and crunchy topping 175g caster sugar; 2 tbsp liquid glucose; 150ml double cream; 50g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes; 100g cornflakes; ½ tsp sea salt. For the buttercream 50g dark chocolate 72%, finely chopped; 150g unsalted butter, at room temp; ¼ tsp sea salt; 500g icing sugar, sifted. For the cake 2 tbsp cocoa powder; 180g full fat cream cheese. Serves 18

1. Heat the oven to 180°C , 160°C fan, gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm cake tins and line with baking parchment. 2. For the cake; put the chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave for around 30 seconds, (keep heating in short bursts if needed), then mix until just combined. In a jug mix 175ml of lukewarm water with the yoghurt, mix around a third of this into the melted chocolate, once combined mix in the rest until smooth. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. 3. Cream the butter and sugars until creamy and pale. Gradually beat in the eggs and then gently fold in the flour mixture. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the cake batter. Divide between the cake tins, smooth the top then bake for 25–30 mins. Allow to cool for 20 mins in the tins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 4. For the salted caramel sauce and crunchy topping; (have a baking tray lined with baking parchment ready) put the sugar, liquid glucose and 2 tbsp of water in a medium heavy based saucepan over a low heat to melt. Do not stir the mixture; tilt the pan to help combine and, if required, use a wet pastry brush to help push down any undissolved sugar into the mixture. Meanwhile, put the cream in a separate small saucepan and set over a low heat until warm.

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5. Turn up the heat to medium high and bubble the mixture until it’s golden caramel coloured (3–4 mins). Take off the heat then add 3½ tbsp of the cream, once it stops bubbling add the butter and mix until smooth. Carefully ladle a third of this mixture into the pan with the cream. Add the cornflakes to the caramel mixture in the larger pan and fold with a spatula until evenly coated, spoon into 6 large or 12 small rounds and put on the baking tray to set and cool (around 20 mins). 6. Put the pan with the salted caramel sauce back on the heat, add the salt and mix until smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool. 7. For the buttercream; pour 2 tbsp of boiling water over the dark chocolate, put in the microwave for a few seconds then mix until smooth; leave to cool. Beat the butter and salt in a mixing bowl until soft, add the icing sugar and cocoa powder then beat until smooth. Mix in the melted chocolate then gently mix in the cream cheese. 8. To assemble; put one of the sponges on a serving plate, using a palette knife spread a layer of the buttercream over the top then set the other sponge on top. Spread the rest of the buttercream on top and on the sides of the cake in an even layer. Set the cornflake rounds on top of the cake around the edges then pour the salted caramel sauce into the middle and between the cornflake rounds.

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Banana Split Cake Ingredients: 1 tsp (1 sachet) bicarbonate of soda; 130ml milk 400g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 3 large very ripe bananas 225g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease 250g golden caster sugar 4 Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 150g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 4 tbsp icing sugar 700ml double cream Dr. Oetker Bright and Bold Sprinkles 25g (1oz) dark chocolate chunks 25g chopped toasted hazelnuts 6 cherries maraschino or fresh. Serves 16–18

1. Heat the oven to 180°C , 160°C fan, gas 4. Grease 2 x 18cm cake tins and double line the bases and sides with baking parchment. 2. Heat the milk in a pan until very hot (but not boiling) then stir in the bicarbonate of soda, leave to cool. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl and leave aside. Mash the bananas with a potato masher until smooth, set aside. 3. Beat the butter and the sugar until creamy and pale. Gradually beat in the eggs (add a little of the flour if it looks like it might curdle). Add the vanilla extract then fold in three quarters of the flour. Fold in the milk mixture and mashed banana in two additions, followed by the remaining flour. Divide between the two cake tins, flatten the top and put on the lower shelf in the oven, bake for 35–40 mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Once cool enough to handle remove from the tins to a wire rack to cool completely. 4. Meanwhile, blend the strawberries in the food processor until smooth, press through a sieve to get the juice and discard the pulp in the sieve. 5. Cut the sponges in half lengthways. Whisk 300ml of the cream and half of the icing sugar March 2018

with the strawberry juice until just softly peaking. Whisk the remaining cream in a separate bowl until just thick enough to spread. 6. Set one of the sponges on a serving plate, spread with a third of the strawberry cream with a spatula, top with another sponge and repeat with the remaining sponges, leaving the top plain. Cover the top and loosely cover the sides with the plain whipped cream (reserving around 5 tbsp to pipe the swirls on top). Sprinkle the 100s and 1000s around the bottom edges of the cake. 7. Put the remaining whipped cream in a small piping bag fitted with a medium open star nozzle and pipe around 12 swirls along the top edge, leaving a little space between each one. 8. Put the chocolate chunks in a bowl with the remaining 75ml of cream, put in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the chocolate then mix until smooth. Allow to cool slightly then spoon or pipe into the spaces between the cream swirls to create drips down the sides. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top and set the cherries into alternate cream swirls. Leave somewhere cool to set for 30 mins.

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Spring into Action with the Godalming Run 2018 NOW A firm fixture on the local sporting calendar, the Godalming Run is back and open for registrations. Sport Godalming’s flagship charity event takes place on Sunday 13th May, with a 1k Fun Run, tough 5k race and challenging 10k race.

charity or another worthy cause of their own choice. Runners will set off from the Godalming Bandstand in the Philips Memorial Park. The 1k Fun Run will begin at 10am, the 10k at 10.30am and the 5k at 10.35am. There are prizes for all winners! The run is sponsored by Trade Direct Insurance and Alton Sports, while Sport Godalming is organising the event with the support of Charterhouse Club, Waverley Harriers, and Godalming Town, Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councils. VantagePoint is a media partner to the Godalming Run.

This spectacular event grows year-on-year, attracting runners from across the South East. Participants help to raise vital funds for Sport Godalming’s Go for Gold Champions Fund, benefitting aspiring Olympians and Paralympians from our area.

Early Bird Booking Discount Register for the 5k or 10k before midnight on Sunday 18th March at www.godalmingrun.org and make a saving today. Sign up for the 1k Fun Run for just £3 per person.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey to attend the Annual Town Meeting Whilst most residents will be unaware of the importance of the Town Meeting, it is a little known, but potentially powerful, part of local democracy and we’d like to encourage Godalming residents to attend. As part of this year’s meeting, as well as the presentations of the Mayor’s Volunteers awards, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro, will update the meeting on the work of the Surrey Police in our area. The Town Meeting is your opportunity to raise your questions with local decision-makers or draw attention to a local issue that you feel passionately about but which in your view doesn’t get the attention it deserves. 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 (although it would help us to research the answer if you did), you can simply just raise your hand at the meeting and you will be able to ask your question. If we can’t answer you in full on the night, we will respond to you 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 20 April 2018 from March 2018

the Town Clerk or from the Council’s website, www.godalming-tc.gov.uk/annual-reports/. If you want any advice or further information about the town meeting please e-mail the Town Clerk; townclerk@godalming-tc.gov.uk or call him on 01483 523575. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, The Burys on Thursday 19 April at 8pm.

New Godalming Town Clerk Andy Jeffery, the Acting Town Clerk to Godalming Town Council, has been appointed to the position of Town Clerk. This was confirmed at a meeting of the Full Council on 11 January 2018. Stefan Reynolds, Chairman of the Council's Policy & Management Committee said: "Andy has been with the council since 2011 and amongst many other things was responsible for the refurbishment and extensions at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre. As Acting Town Clerk since 2017, he has been instrumental in working with councillors to take on responsibility for the museum and the toilets in addition to many other initiatives, and we all look forward to working with him in his new role". Anne Bott, Town Mayor, added: "The Council was unanimous in making the appointment recognising Andy’s many strengths which have been and will continue to be invaluable as the Council goes forward".

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Godalming Town Council Mayor’s Awards for Volunteers One of the pleasures of the Annual Town Meeting is that it allows the Mayor 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 or Farncombe.

playgroups, sports groups and much more. Nominating someone for the award is quick and easy. Simply, download a form from the Town Council’s website (www.godalming-tc. gov.uk/mayors-volunteer-award/) or request one by calling the Town Council offices on 01483 523575.

Volunteers make a huge contribution to community life – supporting vulnerable groups, local heritage and cultural life, helping young people in sports and leisure activities, running

Return the form to Godalming Town Council by the closing date Friday, 6th April 2018. The website also lists previous recipients of the awards – an astonishing 64 individuals in the twelve years of the award.

Spring Festival Saturday, 7 April 2018

Godalming Run Sunday, 13 May 2018

Don’t forget to spring into Godalming on Saturday, 7 April 2018 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. For more information or stall holder’s application form visit the website at www.godalming-tc.gov/spring-festival/.

Take part with the kids in the 1k Fun Run or challenge yourself in the 5k and 10k races. Register for the 5k or 10k before midnight on Sunday, 18 March at www.godalmingrun.org for your early bird discount. Sign up for the 1k Fun Run for just £3 per person.

Town dates for your diary

Sat 31 Mar Sat 5 May Sat 2 June Sat 7 July Sat 4–12 Aug Sat 11 Aug Fri 2 Nov Sun 11 Nov Sat 24 Nov Sat 8 Dec

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First Farmers Market of 2018 thereafter last Saturday of each month until October St Johns Church Spring Fair, The Bury’s Field Godalming Round Table Town Show, The Bury’s Field Godalming Summer Food Festival, Town Centre Godalming Staycation Dogalming, Aarons Hill Recreation Ground Godalming Fireworks, Town Centre Remembrance Sunday, 100th anniversary commemorations of the Armistice and unveiling of the new World War memorial Godalming Christmas Festival, Town Centre December Godalming Town Day, Town Centre

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Town Council Grants Scheme

Each year Godalming Town Council grants over £50,000 to a variety of community groups and projects, with support ranging from £150 to £30,000. Previously Councillors considered applications once every quarter that included one-off projects ranging from a few hundred to several thousand pounds as well as applications from organisations that apply each year for funds to support annual events or for funding of the operational costs of a service. This system posed quite a challenge to the Councillors as they were often left comparing apples with pears. Councillors needed a new system to reflect the differing types of applications received, which is why starting from April 2018, Godalming Town Council will be using a new Grants Scheme in order to be able to support as many organisations as possible. Having been funded for many years from the Grants Budget the Council decided that the Heritage Open Days, the Godalming Run and the Town Day, as events which promote the town, will in future be funded from the Town Promotion Budget, this decision released additional funds, which for 2018 will mean the Council has an overall Grants Budget of £58,000. March 2018

The new Grants Scheme will see grant applications placed in one of three categories. The first and largest of these categories, will be for the support of organisations who provide a benefit to the residents of Godalming and who are seeking funding to support ongoing costs. These applications will be considered for a Service Level Agreement with funding being predicated upon the organisation meeting agreed objectives or targets. The Council has allocated a total of £33,000 to this category. The second category is the General Grants Fund to which organisations who wish one off funding for a specific project can apply for support. A total of £20,000 has been allocated to this element of the Scheme. Finally but no less important, is the creation of a Council Community Fund of £5,000. This fund will enable local councillors to put forward ideas which they feel would be of benefit to their local community or which community groups and residents in their area have identified as being of benefit to the area. This fund will support small projects under £500 per application. For more information, please contact the Town Council on 01483 523575 or visit the website at www.godalming-tc.gov.uk/grants/.

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YOUR GODALMING TOWN COUNCILLORS CLLR ANNE GRAY

CLLR OLLIE PURKISS

CLLR KIRSTY WALDEN

CLLR DAVID HUNTER

CLLR STEVE COSSER

CLLR ROSS WELLAND

CLLR LIZ WHEATLEY

CLLR TONY GORDON-SMITH

CLLR NICK WILLIAMS

CLLR RICHARD WAINRIGHT

CLLR JOY POULTER MBE

CLLR ANNE BOTT TOWN MAYOR

Binscombe Ward 3 Netherwood Court, Filmer Grove, Godalming, GU7 3AF T: 01483 427159 E: annebriangray@hotmail.com

Binscombe Ward 86 Furze Lane, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3NP T: 01483 421231 E: davidmalcolmhunter@yahoo.co.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

Binscombe Ward 1 Sol-Y-Vista, Frith Hill Road, Godalming, GU7 2EF T: 01483 423492 E: lwwaverley@aol.com Waverley Borough Councillor

Binscombe Ward 4 South Hill, Godalming, GU7 1JT 1c T: 07860 861771 E: richardjgwainwright@outlook.com

Godalming CLLR ANDREW BOLTON

Town CouncilCentral & Ockford Ward 4 Huxley Close, Supporting our Community Godalming, GU7 2AS T: 01483 429078 E: andrew_bolton@btinternet.com 1d Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR NICK PINCHES

Central & Ockford Ward 9 Hilltop Close, Guildford, GU3 3HR T: 01483 234253 E: nickpinches@hotmail.com

Supporting our Community

Central & Ockford Ward 21 Overbrook, Godalming GU7 1LX T: 07493 014625 E: mail@purkissmail.com

Charterhouse Ward 3 Hillside Way, Godalming, GU7 2HN T: 01483 414035 E: stevecosser@btinternet.com

Charterhouse Ward 15 Nightingale Road Godalming, GU7 3AG T: 01483 424483 E: ragsmith@waitrose.com Waverley Borough Councillor

Charterhouse Ward 27 Nightingale Road, Godalming, GU7 2HP T: 01483 417051 E: joy_poulter@sky.com

Godalming CLLR STEFAN REYNOLDS

Town Council Charterhouse Ward Brooklands, Red House Lane, Supporting our Community Elstead, Godalming, GU8 6DR T: 01483 421601 E: stef.reynolds@gmail.com Waverley Borough Councillor

CLLR JULIE NOYCE

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Overbrook, Godalming, GU7 1LX T: 01483 429815 E: julienoyce@btinternet.com

Supporting our Community

CLLR PAUL FOLLOWS

Central & Ockford Ward Flat 30, Weirview Place, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, GU7 1DE T: 01483 288824 E: pauldavidfollows@outlook.com Town CouncilWaverley Borough Councillor

Godalming

pporting Our Community

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward Flat 2, 42 Croft Road, Godalming, GU7 1DD T: 01483 374575 E: kirstyawalden@gmail.com

Farncombe & Catteshall Ward 19 Elm Road, Farncombe, Godalming, GU7 3SW T: 01483 527445 E: ross.welland@waverley.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

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

Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E: annemareebott@hotmail.co.uk

CLLR STEPHEN BOTT

Holloway Ward Acorns, The Fairway, Godalming, GU7 1PG T: 01483 420014 E: stevebottis@hotmail.co.uk

CLLR PETER MARTIN

Holloway Ward 18 Windy Wood, Godalming, GU7 1XX T: 01483 425644 E: peterj.martin@surreycc.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor Surrey County Councillor

CLLR TOM MARTIN

Godalming Town Council

Holloway Ward Tanglewood, Station Lane, Enton, Godalming GU8 5AE T: 01483 527006 E: tom.martin@waverley.gov.uk Waverley Borough Councillor

Supporting Our Community

Godalming Town Council, Municipal Buildings, Bridge Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HT Tel: 01483 523575 E-Mail: office@godalming-tc.gov.uk Web: www.godalming-tc.gov.uk Town Clerk: Andy Jeffery


Travel Fair SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 1pm-4pm, WILFRID NOYCE CENTRE, GODALMING FOLLOWING THE success of its inaugural Travel Fair last year, local travel agent Travel Dream is now in the process of planning its second event in April 2018, working in conjunction with VantagePoint Travel Club. Taking place at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming on 7th April 2018 from 1pm to 4pm, admission is free to all visitors with complimentary drinks and a prize draw. A steel band will also provide great entertainment on the day. Johanne Wishart, a partner of Travel Dream, said: “We were so completely blown away with the success of the Travel Fair last year that we made a commitment then to repeat the show in 2018 and make it even better for local holidaymakers. At this year’s Travel Fair there will be a whole host of exhibitors from across the UK travel spectrum ready and available to talk to local holidaymakers about their travel needs and plans for the year, with every kind of holiday from weekend breaks to once-in-a-lifetime luxury holidays covered.” Pamela Jackman, also a partner of Travel Dream, added: “Talks by well-known travel companies, such as Africa Collection, Experience Travel, Inside Asia and Kirker Holidays, will also be included on the day. It really does promise to be a fun day out for all.” Stefan Reynolds, the publisher of VantagePoint, said: “This is our second Travel Fair in conjunction with Travel Dream. Based locally in Bramley Business Centre, their agency offers travellers a wealth of choice in terms of holidays and March 2018

adventures and that is what we want to be able to offer our loyal readers. They also provide customers with the best in service and value when it comes to booking holidays, ensuring that expectations are always exceeded.” Whilst being a truly independent and privately-owned travel agency, Travel Dream benefits greatly from being part of the national Travel Trust Association (TTA). Being independent means that the agency is not tied to an airline or tour operator, so can give completely unbiased advice to customers on their travel requirements, and with the backing of TTA – one of the UK’s leading travel membership groups – it is part of a large powerful group that has access to many commercial deals so is able to offer amongst the best and more competitive prices in travel. Travel Dream is also fully bonded through its relationship with TTA meaning that customers are completely protected should the airline, tour operator or company they are travelling with encounter financial difficulties. “Customers want complete peace of mind when they are on holiday and given the current economic conditions and the fact that a number of travel companies have ceased trading in the last 12 months, we want to reassure our customers that when they travel with us they are completely protected,” continued Johanne. Contact Johanne on 01483 865970 for more information.

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Beyond the Devil's Punch Bowl DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL: HIGH ROAD AND PINE VALLEY This walk takes you first round one rim of the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey giving you a dramatic high view into the depths that made it a subject of such superstition in the past. It then makes a short excursion to a hamlet and gentler farming country before returning through the centre of the Punch Bowl to show you its gentler qualities. This walk is perfect at all times of the year, including winter. There are no steep climbs – just one slow ascent at the very end – and no stiles. The ground is mainly sandy and dry, occasionally stony, making the walk generally pleasant underfoot so any sensible footwear is fine. There are no nettles, so shorts are ok. If you bring your dog, be sure to have a lead handy because of the Highland cattle that roam freely. Taken from www.fancyfreewalks.org.

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smugglers and deadly spirits and few people dared to set foot there. 2. After nearly 800m, just after entering trees, at a post with arrows, the main track curves sharply right to descend into the Punch Bowl. Leave the track here by continuing straight ahead on a broad path, always keeping to the right. In 150m, just before the path narrows and begins to descend, turn right on a wide path, which may be muddy at first. The path bends left, winds a bit and descends through a coppice. At the end, go through a small wooden gate to arrive at the corner of a grassy pasture. Immediately turn right on a wide sandy path. (It is also possible to take a clockwise route, which may be drier, by keeping straight on, turning right at the first corner and eventually right on a sunken path.) Your path curves left at the first corner, zigzags right left at the start of the second pasture. At the far end, turn left to stay next to the field, avoiding a steep ravine on your right. At the next corner, by a large metal gate, turn right and sharp right again on a wide sunken track. 3. The track winds downhill. It comes down to a spectacular section with a stream and a gully on your right with a rich collection of ferns. The track fords the stream which you cross via a footbridge. Avoid a stile and footpath to your left and stay on the wide track which curves away right, between banks. Where a cottage comes into view, ignore a bridleway right (really a bypass to save horses the sharp incline) and go steeply up, ignoring a track on the right by the cottage, soon coming to the little settlement of Lower Highfield and a 4-way fingerpost 4. Turn right on a very rough tarmac track that will soon deteriorate. After 650m, the track forks by a National Trust sign. Take the right fork, over a grid or through a gate. Less than 100m further, the track forks again, at a marker post. This time take the left fork. Go straight ahead over a fingerposted crossing track on a stony path that rises towards the rim of the Punch Bowl. Near the top, nearly 250m from the crossing, look for a green metal one-bar barrier. Turn right here. (Some walkers like to stay on the rim and return via the new path along the old ‘A3’ road, adding a little to the length.) The next stretch takes you down into the Punch Bowl and shows you

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its wondrous beauty and variety. You will see that, contrary to the superstitions of the past, this is not a deadly morass but an enchanting mélange of sunlit glades, meadows, light woodland and rare plants, trees and birds. 5. The path curves left down into the valley. On a sunny late afternoon, the green of the valley and the heather and woodland around it make an unforgettable picture. The path winds right, goes over a small ridge and runs alongside a meadow on the right. Sometimes you used to see those gentle highland cattle in this area, as documented in the lettering carved in the bench seat. At a T-junction with a track, turn left over a cattle grid (or through the adjoining gate), avoiding the driveway on the left. The track curves left, descends into a dell and shortly passes Gnome Cottage on the left that somehow seems so aptly-named. 6. Ignore a wooden five-bar gate on the right that leads into Two Oaks Field and continue to the next junction by a bench and a fingerpost. Turn sharp right here. The track leads to a picturesque house, previously a youth hostel, with its front meadow on the left. Keep right here between stumps on a woodland path. The path soon descends via steps with wooden rails to a bridge over a brook. It then

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Godalming Choral Society • PROFILE GODALMING CHORAL Society has been a feature of the vibrant arts and music scene in Godalming from its foundation in 1856. Since it was reformed in 1967, it has consistently performed exciting and well-loved choral music as well as the lesser known and challenging works to a high standard for a wide audience in and around Godalming. The 2017/2018 season marks the choir’s 50th anniversary season and they are planning some exciting projects to commemorate this landmark ,including commissioning a brand new work which will result in a world premiere performance in Godalming in the summer.

on the concert and how to get tickets, or ring the box office on 07505 203468.

The choir is formed of around 70 singers and takes a very professional approach to its music-making whilst maintaining a warmth and friendliness that the members value particularly highly. The choir gives at least three concerts a year, often in the impressive setting of the Grand Hall at Charterhouse but also in other local venues. Concerts feature professional soloists and musicians which allows local audiences to hear music making of the highest quality right on their doorsteps.

In the summer the choir will be presenting the world premiere of a work they have commissioned from the exciting young opera composer, Noah Moseley. He is currently preparing three songs for the choir using text compiled from the writings of one of Godalming’s best known residents, Gertrude Jekyll. This concert is sure to be a very special event celebrating the choir’s 50th anniversary and will take place on Sunday 1st July. Look out for more details on the website soon.

Last September, Godalming Choral Society welcomed their new Musical Director, Sam Hayes. Sam was born in Aldershot and attended Guildford County School. He is now Director of Music at Great St Mary’s, the University Church in Cambridge, and is thoroughly enjoying being back making music in this area with the choir. He brings an enthusiasm and love of choral music to his lively and rewarding rehearsals which the choir are really relishing. Their highly talented piano accompanist, Suzy Ruffles, adds her skills to the choir’s enjoyment of rehearsals.

The choir is always looking for new members, so if you enjoy singing and would like to try the choir out do go along to any of their rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming at 7.30pm. They would be delighted to welcome you.

The choir’s next concert will be Mendelssohn’s lesser known oratorio St Paul depicting the story of Paul the Apostle. It is a work that richly deserves to be performed more than it is and the choir is looking forward to bringing its drama and story to life in the concert which coincides with the release of the feature film Paul, Apostle of Christ directed by Andrew Hyatt. The concert is on Sunday 8th April in The Great Hall at Charterhouse. Please go to www.godalmingchoral.org.uk for more information

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Contrary to the picture above, this month your editor has been unleashed on these Jottings as Nick and Angie were enjoying a well-deserved break in Sri Lanka. Once Christmas has been and gone, it is always very pleasing just how quickly the evenings get lighter. Add this to the availability of daffodils and tulips and you know that spring really is just around the corner. This also means that charities, organisations and societies also get back into full swing of things, as this month’s Jottings will demonstrate…

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers Throughout the month ‘March!’ may bring to mind military paces, but Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers offer more leisurely walking. Their routes range from five miles, on Thursday and Sunday mornings, to ten miles on Wednesdays, often with a pub for lunch. Many walks explore the local countryside, but others venture further afield, from the North Downs to the south coast. Further details: www.gandhramblers.org.uk, or look on Facebook.

Centenary Garden in Cranleigh A special garden project has begun to take shape in Cranleigh. Designed to honour local people who lost their lives over the past one hundred years in conflict and those left behind who ‘kept the home fires burning’ it is supported by Fields in Trust, the British Legion, Surrey County Playing Fields Association and the Cranleigh Parish Council. The Parish Council has dedicated a corner of Snoxhall Fields to be a tranquil natural woodlandstyle Centenary Garden to open in November in time for the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918. Please contact Cranleigh Parish Council for a donating leaflet at the contact page on www. cranleighpc.org.

Cranleigh Indoor Market Thursday 1st and 15th March Free entry, easy access, nearby parking. Freshly cooked refreshments available. Many stalls at this popular longestablished market. Antiques, collectables, bric-a-brac, books, records, cards, plants, crafts and more. Cranleigh Village Hall, Village Way, Cranleigh GU6 8AT. Contact Paul on 07980 384491 or David on 01483 274012.

Godalming Museum Exhibition Tuesday 20th February to Saturday 17th March ‘Rocky Mountains and Alaskan Glaciers’ paintings and etchings by Rose Seber will be on show at Godalming Museum from Tuesday 20th February to 17th March. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. Godalming Good Neighbours Various dates Community spirited volunteers are needed for a new good neighbour scheme for Godalming and surrounding areas. You can make a real difference to local people’s lives in a variety of different roles. The scheme will offer communitybased support for people who need help with some of the basics of day-to-day living, for example lifts to the doctors or help with shopping trips. For more information drop in to a no-commitment coffee morning, call David on 07714 272362, or email godalminggoodneighbours@gmail.com. The dates are: Wednesday 28th February 11.30am, Busbridge Church; Thursday 15th March 11am, Oglethorpe Hall, Wilfrid Noyce Centre; Tuesday 27th March 12.15pm, St Mark’s Community Centre, Franklin Road. March 2018

Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 1st March at 2.15pm for 2.30pm At this meeting, held in Elstead Village Hall, Alison Hoyland, of Style Workout, will give a make-up demonstration. Alison is a professional who gives advice on the best way to present one’s personal image. If you are thinking of becoming a member of the WI, you will be welcome to come first as a visitor – and there is always a delicious tea! In April there will be a talk by Tony and Lizzie Gilks on the Queen’s life. For more information contact Hilary Pettman on 01252 703217. Godalming Walking Football Club Every Thursday 8pm-9pm Walking Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Why not come along to Godalming Walking Football Club at Broadwater Sports Centre to find out more and join in the beautiful game? They are a very friendly inclusive club playing every Thursday 8pm-9pm on an artificial surface. Cost £3 per session. To find out more call Jim on 07764 879955 or visit www.clubwebsite.co.uk/ godalmingwalkingfc. Cranleigh Village Sports & Social Club From Thursday 1st March Lots going on as usual including dancing, a Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow tribute night (3rd March), quiz night and more. For tickets or information, please call 01483 276246. All events open to members and non-members.

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Jottings Live-in Care for the ones you love Melody Live-in Care has been providing the highest standard of care to those who want to remain independent and in the comfort of their own homes since 2010. Our trained and experienced live-in carers offer a very personal service ensuring that the highest quality of care is provided for our clients. The cost of a live-in carer represents good value for money. Our carers provide a range of services from shopping for and preparing food, managing medication, helping with personal care and household chores, organising social appointments and looking after pets.

If you would like further information please call our team on 01483 678606 or email info@melodyliveincare.co.uk Cranleigh Arts Centre Various events in March A few events are on early in the month with their Literary Festival, culminating with the film Goodbye Christopher Robin on Saturday 3rd March at 8pm. Comedy comes in the form of George Egg: DIY Chef on Tuesday 15th March at 8pm - an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner using the most unconventional of methods. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Other films, live theatre and music, workshops and more throughout the month. Visit www. cranleighartscentre.org for full details. Chiddingfold Cinema Friday 2nd March 8pm They are showing The Death of Stalin. Writer and director Armando Iannucci (creator of The Thick of It) brings you this 'Comedy of Terrors'. The death of the feared dictator results in a power vacuum while his erstwhile deputies fight like rats in a sack to replace him and protect themselves from each other's ambitions. What follows is hysterical, hilarious chaos, where truth is often stranger (and sillier) than any fiction. If you like

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Thursday of every month. Carol and her team were very pleased with how the opener went. Six people with dementia attended with their carers and had a fun and amusing two hours playing games and singing songs, ending with a rousing rendition of Hokey Cokey. Anyone interested should contact Carol on 07775 854126 or carol@highedser.co.uk or Tony on 01483 267027 or tony.gauvain@btopenworld.com. Grave Talk Saturday 3rd March 10.30am We are not good at talking about death, dying and funerals but it is something that we all have to face. In conjunction with Busbridge & Hambledon Church, Godalming Baptist Church will be hosting a Church of England initiative called GraveTalk, which will provide a café space for people from across the area to tackle these important life questions, in a safe and informal environment. This GraveTalk session will take place in Godalming Baptist Church from 10.30am. The session will last around an hour – tea and cake will be provided. The format is intentionally informal and the session is open to everyone. Ockford-Godalming Women's Institute Wednesday 7th March 2pm At this meeting, Abi Smart from the 'Mane Chance Sanctuary' in Compton, will talk about the work they undertake rescuing old, abandoned and abused horses and ponies. She will also tell them something about a relatively new and exciting 'Chance4 Trust' project which helps disabled and disadvantaged young people spend time at the sanctuary. The meeting is followed by a lovely tea and chance to chat! As

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well as their monthly meetings, there are occasional outings, a monthly lunch group, book club, scrabble and a very popular 'stitch and chat' session. If you would like to come and meet them or would like more information, please contact the secretary on 01483 415702. Witley Gardening Association Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm They are pleased to present ‘Central Royal Parks’, a talk by Jim Buttress, renowned gardening expert and BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge. This entertaining talk will cover, amongst other things, Jim’s time at the Royal Parks where he was responsible for Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James Park and Hyde Park. Takes place at the Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley GU8 5PL. Entry free to members or £2 for guests. Ewhurst Horticultural Society. Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm for 8pm Talk with slides on 'First Rate Perennials' by Val Bourne. Ewhurst Village Hall 7.30pm for 8pm. Refreshments and raffle. £5 members and £10 guests: tickets@ewhursthortsoc. org.uk or 01483 271812. Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, organic gardener and lecturer and she gardens on the wind-swept Cotswolds near Bourton-on-the-Water. Her lecture focuses on some of the best performing perennials and she explains her reasons for selecting them as favourites, being a hands-on gardener and a committed plantaholic. Farncombe Day Centre Quiz Night Friday 9th March 7.30pm Takes place at the Farncombe Day Centre, St Johns Street.

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Teams of 6-8 per table, cost £10pp. Fish & chips, bring your own drinks. Raffle. To book your place, please call 01483 426685 or call into the office. Waverley Dowsers Society Friday 9th March 7.30pm The Waverley Dowsing Society is both a fun and a scientific group. They meet to learn and practice dowsing. This includes earth energy forces which can adversely and beneficially affect our houses, gardens and workplaces. Held at the Unitarian Hall, Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3JB. Meetings are held every 2nd Friday of the month. At their next meeting Nigel Twinn, author, will talk on why earth energy dowsing works, including Long Straight Lines, Currents and Forces that do much to shape the environment around us. Check their website www.waverleydowsers.co.uk or contact Geoff on 01276 472977. Surrey Country Walkers Various dates throughout March SCW have been in existence for 35 years. They walk at weekends, on alternate Saturdays and Sundays. The walks vary from about 7 to 10 miles, mostly around the Surrey Hills area, plus some linear longer walks that are done in stages. Potential members are more than welcome to join them on these walks, they may sample up to two walks before being asked to join the club. As they walk all the year in all weathers and over variable terrain, suitable footwear and clothing should be worn. For details of the club and their walks programme see www.surreycommunity.info/ surreycountywalkers or contact Colin on 01276 474258.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Milford & District U3A Friday 9th March 2pm The Friday talk for Milford & District U3A is on Friday 9th March at 2pm in Milford Village Hall when the speaker is Steve Roberts; his talk is ‘Scotland Yard Detective’, an insight into the Flying Squad. Members and non-members are welcome; the cost for the afternoon for talk, tea and cake is just £1. The Clockhouse Lecture Evening Friday 9th March 7pm for 7.30pm They are holding a Lecture Evening 'Canine Partners Amazing Dogs Transforming Lives' by Penny Clarke at The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford, GU8 5EZ on Friday 9th March 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £15 to include a 2-course supper are available at The Clockhouse on 01483 420668. Licensed bar and raffle. Local Folk Music Sessions Every Monday 9pm, plus every other Wednesday 8.30pm and Sunday 8pm There is a folk music session every Monday at the Star in Church Street, Godalming at 9pm, at the Leathern Bottle Farncombe every second and fourth Wednesday at 8.30pm and at The Stag at Eashing every second Sunday starting at 8pm. All musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free entry, just turn up. For more information phone Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962 or 07990 727802. Winter Walk at RHS Wisley Until 31st March Wrap up warm and enjoy the colours of winter at Wisley. Pick up a trail leaflet at the Garden entrance and follow the trail around the Winter Walk with its winter interest plants; colourful stems reflected in the lake, sweet smelling winter flowers, frost covered leaves and many different barks showing off their rich textures and colours. Beyond the Winter Walk trail, slip into the Pinetum with its gentle giant evergreens; or wander along the grass paths through the Arboretum where skeleton trees are silhouetted against the sky. Drop in for a warming drink at one of the cafes, or stay for lunch. The walk is free with normal garden admission. For further details about this and other events visit www.rhs.org. uk/gardens/wisley. The Cranleigh Art and Crafts Society demonstration. Saturday 10th March 2.30pm-4.30pm This take places in The Bandroom, Village Way, GU6 8AF. They are pleased to welcome back the watercolourist, Kim Page. He is not only an excellent artist but gives us plenty of tips for improving your paintings and has chosen a seascape as his subject. Visitors are welcome (£3) and if you have any queries please contact 01483 278698. Horses in Art Reimagined at Watts Gallery Until 15th April An unparalleled exhibition at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village will celebrate how contemporary artists depict the horse. Bringing together work in diverse media including photography, collagraph, oil painting and sculpture, Horses in Art Reimagined will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see and buy work by eight of the foremost March 2018

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Clockhouse Cinema – Victoria and Abdul Friday 16th March 6.45pm, film at 7.30pm Clockhouse Cinema is showing 'Victoria & Abdul' starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal at The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ on Friday 16th March. Doors open at 6.45pm, film starts 7.30pm. Tickets £5 are available at The Clockhouse, call 01483 420668. Licensed bar. Milford Probus Friday 16th March Milford Probus is a club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men and women. They have March 2018

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, David Rose will give a fascinating account of his collection of old bottles. Guests are always welcome to their meetings by invitation, and on visits. 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. The Secretary will be pleased to arrange for you to meet a member in advance if you wish. For more details, see www.milfordprobus.com or please contact Mike Thompson on 01483 428181 or email thmmic@btinternet.com. Squire’s Garden Centres ‘Bottle Garden’ Masterclass Friday 16th March 10am or 2pm Tickets are £25 and include everything you need to make your bottle garden - tuition, the container, compost, gravel, pebbles, moss, and plants. Plus you’ll get tea or coffee and cake in Squire’s Café Bar afterwards and 10% off any other plants purchased on the day. To find out more and to book a place on either masterclass go to www. squiresgardencentres.co.uk. Conservatoire Concert Saturday 17th March 6.30pm After the successful Baroque Concert in January, Conservatoire Concerts have the pleasure to announce that Sinfonia Strings from Trinity Laban Greenwich will be coming to perform for the very first time in Godalming on Saturday 17th March at 6.30pm at Godalming Baptist Church. This 30-piece string orchestra will be performing ‘From Baroque

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Cranleigh Choral Society Easter Concert Saturday 24th March 7.30pm Taking place in Cranleigh School Chapel featuring Stainer’s ever-popular Crucifixion together with the less well known but truly beautiful Stabat Mater by the Sicilian composer d’Astorga. It will be performed by Cranleigh Choral Society and the Merriman Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Catherine Beddison in the beautiful and recently- refurbished chapel. Soloists include Marcus Pashley and William Unwin. Tickets £12 from 07973 772812, choir members or on the door. Visit the website: cranleighchoralsociety.org.uk.

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