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You will see later in this month’s Jottings that we mention The Life of Christ, the very popular reenactment at Wintershall that runs from 20th to 24th June. We went to Guildford High Street and watched their Passion Play on Easter Saturday which they also perform in Trafalgar Square. It was a brilliant production and extremely moving which suggests that the Life of Christ will be very special. Elsewhere, the month is full of summer events so hopefully you will find something that will entertain the whole family. Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 1st June 2.15pm for 2.30pm At the next meeting at Elstead Village Hall, Michael Laikin will give a talk on ‘A Day In The Life Of An Antiques Dealer’. There will be the usual delicious tea available to all members and visitors. On 6th July, Barry Jutsum will talk about ‘My Life As A Detective Constable’ and on 7th September Colin Brown will describe the work of the R.N.L.I. Occasionally due to unforeseen circumstances, changes may occur to advertised speakers. Do check if your visit is especially for a particular speaker. There is no requirement to live in Elstead to become a member; contact the President, Venetia Pierce on 01252 702415 for more information. Family Gardening Show Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 10am-5pm This is the first ever Family Gardening Show at RHS

Wisley and includes lots of fantastic interactive activities for families of all ages. Join Iggle Piggle on a magical adventure and for older children there are cookery classes, face painting, bug hunting trails and making your own edible bugs! Free with Garden admission. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB, tel 0845 260 9000 or email ‘In the Night Garden’ Adventure Trails To 30th June The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has teamed up with In the Night Garden – one of the most popular pre-school television shows in the UK - to offer playful adventure trails throughout all four of its gardens. The exclusive collaboration has been launched to celebrate the show’s 10 year anniversary and the trails have been created to appeal to some of the society’s youngest visitors, one to four year olds. Normal garden entry applies. Further information can be found by visiting Surrey Border Movie Makers Friday 2nd June They meet on the first Friday of each month and are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama and documentary. They always welcome new members so if Regain the use of your conservatory


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Conservatoire Folk Ensemble Friday 2nd June This 50 piece folk band takes the stage at the West End Centre, Aldershot as part of their 20th anniversary tour. 50 of the best young musicians in Britain fill one stage with their exhilarating blend of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything else in between! Tickets cost just £14 (£12 concessions) and can be purchased online at or via the venue’s Box Office by calling 01252 330040.

Tractor and Machinery Rally Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June Throughout the weekend, the Southern Central Vintage Agricultural Club (CSVAC) will be hosting a tractor and machinery rally at the Rural Life Centre. Breezing into the award-winning museum of village life on the Sunday will be vehicles taking part in the GE London to Brighton Kit and Sports car event. Vehicles ranging from replicas to classic motors, including real and super-cars will be taking a break at the Rural Life Centre from about 10am.The museum can be found on Reeds Road, midway between Frensham and Tilford, three miles south of Farnham, just off the A287. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. For more details visit or call 01252 795571.

Music for a Summer’s Evening Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm An upbeat evening of classical guitar will be held at Seale Village Hall. Seale Classical Guitar Society meets at the hall once a month to play as a group and play to each other as soloists, duos, trios or quartets – indeed anything that they have been practising. Tickets £8 include a glass of wine and are available from Seale Craft Shop, Melita Stallwood on 01276 21925 and Rosemary Miller on 01252 782582 with limited availability on the door. All proceeds are for the village hall kitchen refurbishment.

Summer Concert Saturday 3rd June 6pm-7pm Andrew Harrap, the Organ Scholar, will play piano works by Bach, Fauré and Debussy; and a Quartet from the Girls’ Choir will perform a variety of 2- and 3-part sacred and secular songs by Fauré, Mendelssohn, Sullivan, Elgar, Novello and others. It takes place at St Thomas-on-The Bourne, Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8HA. Free entry, with retiring collection for church and choir funds. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards.

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Hair we go again! It all started with ‘big ears’, remembers fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie.

Through my early school age years, I have memories of trying to tuck my ears into my swimming cap, cycling with my head at forty-five degrees so my hair just covered them and allowing my curls to go all ‘poofy’ for maximum volume to keep my ears from peeking out! Eventually when I was fifteen my parents realised it was affecting my outlook and I had them pinned back (not as painful as it sounds). So at

last I could cut my hair and let the breeze rush through with out fear of embarrassment. It took me a few years to actually get a re style but from 80s frizz came my 90s page boy! Midlength mop with my homage to Joanna Lumley (so I was told) and then after my daughter’s birth, a reinvention of very short and later, bleached crop by time of the millennium celebrations.

Top tips from hair and make-up artist Hanna Wildman ( Don't follow fashion, go for a style that flatters your face shape. Do consider your body shape - too much hair can swamp or too little can add a size. Think about adding softer, lighter colours around your face to lift the cheeks and hairline. Can you maintain a style? Discuss ideas with your hairdresser so that they can suggest a cut to suit your ability.

From there I have generally gone wild and unkempt. I always preferred the undone look as my hair still had its wave and could look nice but could also look a mess! I always wanted sleek hair that swished rather than had volume… but don’t we always want what we haven’t got? With the big five-O looming next year and body changes altering my hair’s texture (I have more lank frizz than curl now), I think it’s time for a drastic re-think. Crop or a new colour maybe? My dilemma always comes back to the fact that long hair allows choice. Hair up for sport or hair down for coverage of that damned spot and dark circles, the extra mass just helps me on a less confident day. In my job as a fashion stylist, I love clothes and enjoy experimenting with vintage and high street

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Surrey Artists Open Studios - Jeffreys Cottage group 3rd/4th, 9th/10th and 13th/14th June 11am-5pm This year, all artists taking part have been asked to open on 3rd June and to make it a special day. At Jeffreys Cottage in Bealeswood Lane, Dockenfield, 5 artists will each be demonstrating working methods from dyeing wool, painting landscapes and sculpturing jewellery, to cutting lino for prints and building ceramic birds and pots. On Friday 9th June they’re running two workshops from 10.30am12.30pm. Cutting and printing a lino block, and colour and inspiration in knitting. See the website for details or phone Alison on 792442. Tilford Bach Society Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm They will be hosting a MAIASTRA string quartet concert at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham GU9 7PW. The Quartet is led by Akiko Ono (violin) and they will play Mozart, Shostakovich and Smetana. Admission is free with a retiring collection for MAIASTRA. Full information on or call Sue on 01252 613130. Flower Festival Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June All Saints Church in Tilford GU10 2DA will be filled with colour and fragrance to celebrate its 150th birthday. A notable example of Victorian architecture, All Saints Church stands just above Tilford’s picturesque village green and


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has been the home of the renowned Tilford Bach Festival for 65 years. The Flower Festival will be open to visitors and is free of charge – donations invited in aid of church funds. Groups and organisations of all kinds are being asked to contribute floral exhibits to bedeck the church for this very special occasion. The Flower Festival is one of a sequence of events taking place throughout this year. A leaflet with the full programme can be picked up at All Saints and St Thomas-on-The Bourne Churches or email susansmall24@ Cruise on the Basingstoke Canal Saturday 3rd June Why not enjoy a 2½ hour cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal in aid of the Pilgrim Project at Farnham United Reformed Church. The boat departs at 2.30pm from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham and the cost, at £12.50 per person, includes a cream tea. Tickets can be purchased from the Spire Cafe at the church in South Street or by emailing It is sure to be great fun! Grayshott Folk Club Saturday 3rd June 7.30pm Underhill Rose is an acoustic all girl trio that will touch your soul. They come from North Carolina and visit Grayshott Folk Club before heading up to play at the prestigious Beverley Folk Festival in Yorkshire later this month.

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The Silent Pool Distillery Phil Kemp visits an artisan gin distillery, situated locally in the beautiful Surrey Hills The beautiful Surrey Hills offer stunning countryside and boast a host of hidden surprises, including the magical Silent Pool, where its eerie stillness embraces local legends of ghostly intrigue. Rated in the top ten of Best Hidden Gems by Visit Surrey, the pool is fed by underground chalk springs that in their turn have provided a perfect location for an innovative and trendsetting local artisan distillery that draws water from the springs for their spirit production. The Silent Pool Distillery, located in Albury near Guildford, was founded only four years ago but has quickly enthralled not only local gin and vodka lovers but those all across Britain, Europe and as far away as Japan, the USA and Peru. 14

Their signature Silent Pool Gin, with its distinctive bottle design embracing the mythology and aqua-green waters of the adjacent pool and entwining these with the botanicals that are used to create the distinctive profile of the gin, has provided the cornerstone on which to build a truly inspiring distillery business. I met up with Ian McCulloch, founding partner, who provided a walk-through of the distillery and the full story behind the success of the Silent Pool Distillery. “I go to Scotland a lot and if the weather is really bad we inevitably end up in a distillery,” said Ian. “I have looked at the way the Scots were marketing their whisky. If you turn a To advertise, please call 01483 420173

bottle of malt around you’ll see words like ‘you can taste the salty mist as it drifts in at the dawn over the heather’ providing a narrative. You can virtually see and smell Scotland, the sky, the water and the rocks before you’ve even drunk their whisky. There’s a lot of theatre around it bringing it to life. And I wondered if we could do the same in the North Downs.” We walked across the courtyard, which provides a breathing space between the distillery, its bottling plant and the administration office which, although somewhat cramped, radiates an infectious energy from the team working there. “As a drinker, I’ve always enjoyed gin. It’s one of those products you can do something adventurous with. We’ve likened it to painting with colours, or with flavours. If

you think of flavours as paint, and somebody gave you a white canvas and a load of colours, you can paint a million different pictures. Well it’s the same with flavours.” The impressive copper pot still, with its almost H G Wells-inspired rectifying column towering 10ft above provided surreal reflections in the polished metal of the distilling team working busily behind us as we talked. The still was hand-built in Germany and the imposing stainless steel holding tanks standing alongside was sourced from Slovenia to hold both the spirit used in the distilling process and the crystalclear water pumped from the Silent Pool and filtered. “The problem with whisky is you make it, store it in wooden barrels and then look at it for five or ten years. With gin it’s ten days end to end. And if you want to make floral gin you can make floral gin. If you want to make juniper-rich gin you can make juniper-rich gin. Or summer gin, or a winter gin. You can do what you like, as long as it’s juniper-led, which by law gin has to be. So you’ve got a lot more scope creatively, and that’s what we’ve done.” Earlier Ian had opened a large Perspex box which contained the all-important botanicals that give their gin its highly distinctive flavour. Each gin distillation uses a combination of these ingredients from 24 carefully-selected botanicals that the master distiller, Cory Mason, uses in his recipes. These included cardamom, coriander, cubeb, orris and juniper which are macerated in the base spirit for 24 hours before being added to the 250-litre copper pot still which extracts the botanical oils. The more delicate ingredients including elderflower and kaffir lime leaves are macerated separately and added later. The June 2017

Images clockwise from left: The copper pot still, rectifying column and holding tanks; some members of the distillery team with (from right front row) Ian McCulloch Founding Partner and Simon Sherlock Head Distiller; and the reclaimed boiler, fed with local logs, provides steam for distilling.

last of the botanicals, which include coriander, lavender and pear are added to the gin basket, which hangs inside the still so that the vapour rising up the rectification column picks up the extra flavours. All in all, a mouth-watering fusion of diverse flavours which undoubtedly is why Silent Pool Gin has stolen the limelight and is quickly building a world-wide reputation. “The whole distillation process takes about three hours, which delivers enough spirit for 380 bottles of gin,” explained Ian. “However, all this takes power to provide the steam for the still. And that’s where we’ve been very creative.” To advertise, please call 01483 420173

Ian led the way to a door behind the copper still, down some metal stairs into an open-sided back room where we stood by a stack of split logs and a large ancient-looking metal boiler. “The distillation needs heat. We originally looked at modern biomass boilers and the quote for a steam generating one was a crazy £120,000. So I started to investigate heritage steam, and talking to the Bluebell Railway and the boys in Alton on the Watercress Line we found a chap in Canterbury who trades in reclaimed boilers. This old boiler was one-tenth of the cost, is really simple to run and maintain, you just need a spanner! We are 15

Left: Simon Sherlock, Head Distiller, with the distillery’s range of products. Right: The distillery is located on the North Downs in the Albury Estate.

supplied with wood by the Albury Estate, which is felled locally and chopped just over the road. In fuel miles that’s around half a fuel mile. It works fine.” As we clambered back up the metal stairway into the distillation room Ian added: “We attach a whistle to the boiler occasionally just for the visitors who come along to our distillery tours. It’s a three-chime whistle so that everybody in the valley knows we are distilling. After all it’s the steam that drives the distilling process.” Now standing alongside the large stainless steel holding tanks, with each labelled according to which part of the process they are being used for, Ian opens the steel cap on a pipe protruding at an angle from one of the tanks. “Take a smell. That’s high-proof Silent Pool Gin in there, around 85% strength. We use these tanks to cut the spirit down to 43% bottling strength by mixing with the filtered spring water taken from the Silent Pool. It’s a chalk spring and we take all the minerals out of the water when we filter it. Everything is done on site, nothing leaves the site – unless it’s in a bottle. Water flowing from the spring goes from the Silent Pool into Sherbourne pond. From there it goes into the Tillingbourne, the Tillingbourne into the Wey, and finally the Wey into the Thames.” 16

We walk through the packing area and briefly watch the small but industrious bottling team handfill the distinctive blue Silent Pool Gin bottles, cap and sticker them with the necessary barcode and customs labels, and pack these into cartons ready for shipping out to customers eagerly awaiting the next shipment of one of their favourite gins. Pausing briefly by the courtyard table groaning under the weight of the distillery’s wide range of products - which include several different flavoured gins, their popular Wry Vodka, a strawberry and gin liquer that apparently mixes well with Prosecco, and several flavoured sprays and cordials – Ian continues to emphasise their preference for sourcing locally.

is currently sitting in Cranleigh. It’s five times the size of the one we’re using at the moment. We’ve got a south-facing roof here so a large part of the operation will be solar-powered.

“Our strawberries come from Tuesley Farm and the blackberries are local. The yeast for the vodka from a supplier in Godalming. The charcoal we use for filtering the vodka is from John Sinclair with the hornbeam logs sourced and burned locally. Juniper has been grown on the North Downs for thousands of years.”

“We want to get back into whisky so the new still is a ‘stripping still’ which is ideal. We had started producing whisky but when Silent Pool Gin took off we had to concentrate on that. We have got an innovative product plan, which I’m not going to tell you. Nobody has done it yet and we think it will be a world beater. For whisky you in effect need beer which you distil, and one or two of the local brewers are quite interested in that. There’ll also be quite a bit of grain waste so we’re thinking of distillery grain-fed pork from pigs brought up on the side of the hill here.”

The distillery is located on Albury Estate, land owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and is set in beautiful countryside and farmland. To the rear of the existing distillery is a large agricultural building which at the time of my visit had building workers pouring a new concrete floor.

The Silent Pool Distillery runs 90-minute ‘deep dive’ gin tours which include a tasting of their full range at the end. From my brief visit there I came away impressed and inspired by their creativity, originality, and enthusiasm – but as I was working I didn’t touch a drop. But make sure you do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

“You have seen that we are a bit tight on space at the moment,” said Ian, as we stepped over some concrete reinforcing mesh lying on the ground by the entrance. “So we are going to be installing a new still in here which

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Canine First Aid Course Saturday 3rd June Saturday 1st July 10.30am There are a number of first aid courses for humans but I must admit I hadn’t heard of first aid courses for dogs. These courses instruct you on how to give your dog emergency first aid in the event of poisoning, heat stroke, drowning, shock and much more. The courses take place in Elstead (the venue address will be emailed on booking) and cost £55. They last for about 4 hours. To find out more and to book a place go to thecourse.html.

Car Boot Fair Sunday Sunday 4th June 8am-12 noon The Rural Life Centre in The Reeds Road, Tilford, GU10 2DL will be holding its third Boot Fair of the 2017 season. The Car Boot fee is £6 with free entry to buyers and is organised by the Rustics in aid of the Museum. Do go along to see what great bargains can be had. Next boot fair is on 2nd July.

Farnham’s Flash Festival This June there’s an exciting new event - a whole month of performances every day. Featuring soloists, choirs, musical theatre, musicians and bands, opera, dance and drama and the spoken word; there’s bound to be much that will appeal to everyone. The aim of the Festival is to showcase the wealth of performance that Farnham has going on, to raise awareness, to grow audiences, to help local businesses by increasing footfall, and generally to have fun. Shows could happen at any time of day, and in a variety of locations – in

Surrey Artists Open Studio Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th June Ten artists in the north Farnham area will be opening their studio during this time and will be demonstrating, providing workshops, make and takes and taster sessions. They are a group of textile, ceramic, mosaic, pottery, glass, paper, embroidery and painting artists and have devised a North Farnham Art Trail map, for their visitors to follow, making an enjoyable day out for the whole family. The event is free and an ideal opportunity to see artists at work in their own studio. Suitable for the whole family, including children. To get a copy of the map you can facebook North Farnham Art Trail or email Janet Gale at Janetgale@mostlyminiatures.


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CAP Money Course Wednesday 7th June 7.30pm-9.30pm A church is set to run free sessions to help people in Farnham get on top of their household finances. Members of Weybourne Community Church in Farnham wanted to help their local community so underwent specialised training from UK charity Christians Against Poverty. They are offering the short course aimed to putting the joy back into money by teaching people how to chart their household income and take control of their expenditure. The course is useful for newly retired people, soon-to-be students, mums dealing with mounting bills, families saving for a wedding and everyone in between. The venue is the meeting room at William Cobbett Primary School (Junior Site), Weybourne Road, Farnham GU9 9ER. The course is free, however pre-booking is required by contacting Gille Bulteel on 01252 715542 (evenings) or email For further information, visit uk. Rachel Newton Wednesday 7th June The former 2017 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year Rachel Newton performs at the West End Centre, Aldershot. Rachel is also part of the Furrow Collective who at the same BBC awards ceremony in April won the award for Best Group. Completing the hat trick of gongs, Rachel


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Newton also took the award for Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year. This should be a great night of Music. Tickets cost just £12 and can be purchased online at or via the venue’s Box Office by calling 01252 330040. Grayshott Flower Club Wednesday 7th June 7pm The club welcomes Rebecca Tiller who is well known for her designs for weddings, events, home and commercial projects and for her innovative workshops. They are looking forward to an interesting, informative and enjoyable evening plus a chance to win the arrangements in the raffle. Rebecca will also be judging the competition entries. Grayshott Flower Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Grayshott Village Hall, doors open at 7pm with refreshments and a sales table from 7.15pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome to go and enjoy an evening with their friendly members. The club also holds flower arranging classes for beginners and improvers. If you would like any further information, call 01428 651956. Ewshot Village Show Saturday 8th July from 6.30pm Party in the Park with dancing to live band Mojo Mojo and disco. Licensed bar and BBQ. Takes place at Ewshot Recreation Ground. Tickets available from


Sunday 9th July Ewshot Village Show 2.30pm-5pm Fun dog show, produce show, kids tent, bouncy castles, races, refreshments, Farnham Brass Band, stalls and more. Takes place at Ewshot Recreation Ground. More information Facebook Ewshot Village. A Concert for Laura Friday 9th June 6pm-8pm Taking place at St Peter’s Church, Wrecclesham GU10 4PY, the Chameleon Arts Wind Quintet presents ‘Children and Other Animals’ which will include performances by the professional quintet as well as music from a children’s workshop in the afternoon. The event is free to participating children and their families, concert tickets otherwise £10 on the door or contact There will be a collection for Laura Sylvester’s medical fund. Waverley Dowsers Friday 9th June 7pm They meet monthly at the Unitarian Hall Godalming GU7 3JB and are both a fun and scientific group. A glance at their website, will indicate the range of topics they have talks on and the outdoor events they have. The following meeting dates for your diary are: July 14th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th and in 2018: February 9th and March 9th. They are in the process of confirming speakers. For further

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The Surrey Hills Trust Fund Caroline Price tells us about this trust fund, which safeguards the future of the Surrey Hills The Surrey Hills Trust Fund was established in 2014 to safeguard the Surrey Hills landscape for future generations. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958, the Surrey Hills cover approximately a quarter of rural Surrey, and include the chalk slopes of the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. Famous beauty spots including The Devil’s Punchbowl, Newlands Corner, Box Hill and Leith Hill are all situated within this special landscape. Established as a fund within the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), a registered charity, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to conserve and maintain the fragile environment of the Surrey Hills by awarding grants to support a wide-range of local projects from landscape conservation to community enterprise schemes. Neil Maltby, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund comments; “I am proud to be involved with the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and it is wonderful to see so many worthwhile projects happening that not only benefit the environment but also our local communities. The fund is vital to protect our beautiful landscape and with your help, we can create a lasting legacy for the Surrey Hills ensuring it is enjoyed by generations to come.” The fund works with local communities, landowners and partner organisations for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors to the Surrey Hills and to give you an example could support the following; June 2017

• landscape conservation projects to open up viewpoints, restore landscape features etc. • working with volunteers to undertake landscape access and conservation work. • helping children and young people to access the countryside who would not otherwise have the opportunity. • enhancing the ecology & biodiversity of the local area through practical projects. Neil Maltby continues; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund relies heavily on donations to fulfil its work. Every donation makes a difference, and stays local, going back into projects in Surrey. The variety of projects we get involved with show just how valuable and important our grants are.” The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has awarded grants to a variety of local projects to date these include; Protecting Farnham Heath Nature Reserve In 2014 fire devastated over seven hectares of prime heathland on Farnham Heath Nature Reserve, seeing many important wildlife species including sand lizards depleted. The RSPB were awarded a grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to help with the ongoing restoration of the heath and help to protect it from fire damage in the future.

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Working with Young People A grant was awarded to the Leatherhead Youth Project who took ten students into the Surrey Hills for two days to undertake Forest School Survival Skills training which involved building shelters, camp fires and learning how to forage for food as well as outdoor team building. The aim of the project was to offer a unique outdoor learning experience to young people who may not always get the opportunity, helping them to engage with the Surrey Hills countryside and to boost confidence and learning. Inspiring Views Viewpoint clearance, access work and a series of 5 artistic benches along the Greensand Way were kindly funded through the Mittal Foundation. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will maintain these artworks so that they can be enjoyed and experienced into the future. Conservation work at Quarry Hangers This is a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) in the east of the Surrey Hills at Chaldon, near Caterham which benefited from a grant so that extensive targeted scrub clearance could be carried out to improve the landscape and restore the rare and precious chalk grassland, typical of the North Downs. Creative Landscapes in Health Project This recently awarded project will commission a writer, musician and artist to research and respond to areas of the Surrey Hills including Farnham Heath, Thursley, Moor Park, Leith Hill and Gatton Park. Each artist will create new work to share with the local community through a programme of creative health walks and workshops. Contact with green spaces and natural environments is proven to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and stress, and can improve mental wellbeing across all age groups. The walks and workshops also have social benefits and increase residents’ knowledge, connection and satisfaction with their local area. Small Blue Butterfly Project A grant has been awarded to Butterfly Conservation to help conserve the Small Blue Butterfly in Surrey. A ‘habitat 22

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Images from top left: work undertaken at Farnham Heath to protect from future fire damage; children from Therfield School being taken into the Surrey Hills for survival skills training; artist Susan Ryland taking a reading of the breeze at Gatton Park lake as part of her 4 month residency inspired by the notion of 'taking the air'; and the small blue butterfly which the Trust Fund is helping with conservation work to help link colonies of the species.

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Accident records show that Level 1 autonomous emergency braking, already available on many cars, reduces front-to-rear end collisions by 45%.

MOTORING The motor show season is now in full swing, having kicked off with the Geneva show in early March, and Battersea Park hosting our own London Motor Show from 4th to 7th June. It’s clear from all the shows that after years of little real change, car technology is now developing very quickly, with just about every manufacturer proclaiming huge strides forward in self-driving, electrification, and connectivity. So let’s look at what’s happening in those three key areas: Self Driving Although some of the excited announcements from car makers could have you believe otherwise, a world where human drivers are totally unnecessary is still some years away. There are five

clearly-defined stages or levels before we arrive at fully autonomous, or self-driving cars which need no human driver, as the graphic shows. Tesla are probably furthest down the path at present with their Models S and X ‘Autopilot’ feature, which allows the human driver, under certain circumstances, to hand over responsibility for steering, acceleration and braking completely to the car, but the driver must be ready to take over if necessary. Legislation means that the driver still needs to keep their hands on the steering wheel, however. Interestingly though, whilst other manufacturers June not publicly be quite as advanced as Tesla, their latest models are increasingly quietly incorporating many of the elements which will make autonomous driving a reality for many of us in the not-too-distant future. It will be a close-run battle to see who is the first mainstream manufacturer to make Level 2/3 self-driving cars available to us all, however Nissan’s ‘ProPilot’ system which will be available on their latest Qashqai and Leaf models, due on sale from later this year, promises to provide full autonomous braking, steering and acceleration control on suitable roads, albeit without the lane-changing capabilities of Tesla models. Looking further ahead, Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen are all promising full level 4/5 self-driving by around 2020, so the technology is clearly developing quickly. Electrification Nissan’s Leaf, launched in 2011, was the first real usable electric car of recent times, with space for four people and their luggage, together with a usable range of up to 100 miles. Since then almost every manufacturer has jumped

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on the electric car bandwagon, not least because of the ever-growing opposition to diesel power. Range capabilities of most models have however stayed stubbornly at the 100-mile maximum mark, again with the honourable exception of the two Tesla models, which achieve up to 250 miles range. However, things are changing quickly, and a 200-mile range could soon be the norm. Why is this important? Well, breaking that 200-mile barrier is believed to be a psychological turning point in the acceptability of electric cars, so electric car sales are likely to increase significantly, aided by the latest government road tax changes which further penalise all petrol (and diesel) powered cars. As well as the forthcoming mid-priced Tesla model 3, several other new and updated models offering the magic 200-mile range are promised for late 2017 and beyond, including an updated Nissan Leaf, the car which started it all. Sadly, though, and particularly with the news that General Motors have sold off Vauxhall, the UK will almost certainly not receive a Vauxhall version of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, an impressive 200-mile car already on sale in the USA. Connectivity The computing power of new models is increasing dramatically, meaning that a huge number of new features are becoming available. Many cars now offer Apple Carplay and/or Google Android, allowing you to play Apps direct from your smartphone. How useful this is depends on your needs, as not every App is compatible. CarPlay, for example, will not allow you to access Google Maps and

its useful live traffic information. Other features are of more clear-cut benefit, such as systems which detect that the vehicle has been in an accident and automatically alert the emergency services. Overall, though, much of these muchvaunted connectivity features June be of limited value to many drivers… although manufacturers June in fact be the real beneficiaries by being able to access the masses of data generated by the average car. Be aware, as well, that many of these connected features rely on using data on your mobile phone, and you could easily inadvertently rack up a significant bill. Self-driving, electrification, and connectivity - these are just a few of the changes currently taking place in the motoring world: we are indeed living in exciting times!

Image from top left: This Nissan IDS concept car could provide some clues to the styling of the next generation Nissan Leaf; this Nissan IDS concept car could provide some clues to the styling of the next generation Nissan Leaf; Apple Carplay, shown here, and Android Auto, are available on an increasing number of new models – but can be disappointingly limited in function; Tesla’s forthcoming Model 3, more affordable than their upmarket Model S but still offering a range of over 200 miles.

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Duncan Bradley OSB Obl. Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Southampton. If you have never discovered the beauty and peacefulness of the Abbey come this time. Churt Village Fete Saturday June 10th 2pm The annual Churt Village Fete will be opened this year by the new Vicar, Clare Challis. This traditional and fun-filled event takes place at Churt Recreation Ground and brings together generations of families, with plenty to keep them entertained from a fantastic variety of stalls and activities to the ever popular dog show. Whether you spend your time browsing or playing you are bound to bump into friends and family! See for more information. Walk for the Wards 2017 Sunday 11th June from 9.30am This hugely popular annual fundraising event, in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell, offers both five and ten mile routes so you can choose which best suits your fitness level and energy reserves! It will once again start in Tilford, although this time walkers will set off from and return to Waverley Abbey School, rather than Tilford Institute, which has been the start and end point in the past. Registration is £12 for adults and £5 for children (u-14s), but fees will be higher on the day, so it’s best to sign up in advance. Once you have, you will be issued with a walker’s pack and some suggestions of ways in which you can fundraise. To register, visit www.

Farnham Quilters Monday 12th June 7.30pm Farnham Quilters meet on the second Monday evening of each month at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham. Visitors are welcome on evenings when we have a speaker. On 12th June, Belinda and Penny Jeffries will talk about ‘Quilting – a Family Tradition’. Cost £5. Visitors welcome. Hale WI Wednesday 14th June 1.45pm There will be a talk on the behaviour of bees by James Donaldson at The Institute, Wings Road. Visitors are welcome, entrance £3.50. Further information is available from Kaye Elliott on 01252 715802. The Bourne WI Thursday 15th June This month Steve Roberts is coming to talk about ‘Protecting Yourself Against Scams and Frauds’. It should prove to be an informative and interesting meeting as it is a subject that affects us all. We all need to know what’s out there and how to protect ourselves. Join them at Brambleton Hall, Talbot Road, Farnham GU9 8RR at 7.45pm for 8pm. All visitors and new members are most welcome.

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Meet Farnham’s new Mayor Farnham’s new Mayor, Councillor Mike Hodge, has chosen two important local charities to support during his mayoral year, the Woodlarks Centre and Brightwells Gostrey Community Centre.

Farnham said ‘yes’ Farnham voters showed overwhelming support for Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum that took place at the beginning of May. Of the 11,391 people who voted, 88% said they would like the community-led Neighbourhood Plan to be used by Waverley Borough Council in determining planning applications in the Farnham area.

Born and educated in Surrey and having lived in Farnham for many years, Councillor Hodge represents the community in Hale and Heath End both on Farnham Town Council and as a borough councillor at Waverley. Councillor Hodge’s professional background is in the civil service.

The ‘yes’ vote means that Waverley Borough Council now has to implement the Neighbourhood Plan as policy within eight weeks of the referendum. However, adoption of the Plan is likely to be delayed until a judicial review by a consortium of developers has taken place this month.

The new Mayor has chosen the Woodlarks Centre, a care home and activity centre in Farnham, as one of his charities because of the valuable support it provides to people with disabilities. His brother, who has a disability, has greatly enjoyed time spent at the centre and the adjacent Woodlarks campsite. Councillor Hodge hopes he can help raise its profile and that more people will benefit from its facilities as a result of his support as Mayor.

Every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer, the sound of live music will fill the air around Gostrey Meadow. Each week, from 3pm to 5pm, a local band will perform a free concert. To cater for all tastes, the band and music will vary from week to week.

In his time as a town councillor, Councillor Hodge has been impressed with the work that Brightwells Gostrey Community Centre does for older people in the community so he has selected it as his second charity. 2017 promises to be a milestone in the history of the Gostrey Centre as it moves to the Memorial Hall in West Street. Councillor Mike Hodge counts touring Europe on a motorcycle and riding classic British motorbikes among his hobbies and has kept honeybees for many years, which he says he finds relaxing and enjoyable. Councillor Hodge will be supported by his Consort Councillor Julia Potts during the year. The Deputy Mayor is Councillor David Attfield. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event, please email or call 01252 712667. 28

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In addition to Music in the Meadow, there will be a special one-off Dance in the Meadow, which will be presented by The Dance Movement and the Farnham Maltings and is a celebration of dance in Farnham. The event will begin with a youth dance performance made by New Adventure’s, Re:Bourne and The Dance Movement. This will be followed by an afternoon of performances with dance workshops to participate in. The popular Picnic in the Park will return at the end of June to round off the carnival weekend. Cut out and keep the handy guide opposite showing the bands that will be performing this summer.

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Music in the Meadow 2017 4 June, twentyfivemiles Tea Tent Host: Bells Piece Sponsor: Headcase Barbers

23 July, Eden Blacklist Tea Tent Host: First Rowledge Guides Sponsor: Weyfest

11 June, Dance in the Meadow: 2-5pm Tea Tent Host: Third Farnham Scouts Sponsor: Tony Fresko

30 July, Famous in Farnham Tea Tent Host: Brightwells Gostrey Centre Sponsor: Farnham Sixth Form College

18 June, Farnham Brass Band Tea Tent Host: Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Sponsor: Shield Security

6 August, Danny Lee Band Tea Tent Host: Marie Curie, Farnham Sponsor: Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society

25 June, Picnic in the Park: 12-5pm With music from: Vic Cracknell Band, Arc Band, Farnham Ukulele Jam and The Salts Tea Tent Host: Fourth Farnham Scouts Sponsor: Farnham Sixth Form College 2 July, Farnham Big Band Tea Tent Host: Friends of Guiding Sponsor: Farnham Chamber of Commerce

Farnham’s summer programme of events is organised by Farnham Town Council and sponsored by Kidd Rapinet.

13 August, Alder Valley Brass Band Tea Tent Host: Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society Sponsor: Hale Lodge 20 August, Out of the Shadows Tea Tent Host: Farnham Assist Sponsor: Marula Tree Massage 27 August, Late to the Party Tea Tent Host: St Peter’s Church Sponsor: BBS Ltd

9 July, Elastic Band Tea Tent Host: Farnham Hedgehogs Sponsor: Farnham Farmers’ Market

3 September, Friary Guildford Brass Band Tea Tent Host: Arthritis UK Sponsor: Kidd Rapinet

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News in brief... Cheer on Farnham in Bloom Look out for the Farnham in Bloom float in this year’s Farnham Carnival on Saturday 24 June. Month of Performance This June will see the inaugural month of performance brought together as the Farnham Flash Festival.There will be a wide range of theatre, dance, music and readings on every day in June at a variety of locations. A link to the full programme of events can be found on the website at or

Mayor’s Civic Service The Mayor’s Civic Service will take place on Sunday 11 June. All are welcome to attend at 3pm at St John’s Church, Hale. Armed Forces Day On Monday 19 June, the Mayor of Farnham will lead Farnham’s tribute to the country’s armed forces. Everybody is welcome to attend the flag-raising ceremony at 10am at the Gostrey Meadow war memorial.

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For more information contact Gail on 01252 735751 or Art Exhibition and Sale Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th June Fleet Art Society is again supporting Fleet Hospital with their Annual Art Exhibition. It will be held at The Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath, Fleet GU51 1HA. The Church is open from 1.30pm on Thursday and from 10am to 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday (Saturday 5pm). Admission is free so why not pop along and see what local artists can achieve. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday 15th June to Saturday 1st July Guildford Shakespeare Company starts their 12th season with a production of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy. It is being staged in a brand new venue, Racks Close, a former chalk quarry situated close to the castle in Quarry Street. It’s a great setting with multi-level grassy banks and winding paths. Tickets are £25, concessions £21 and under 16’s £16.50. Go to www.guildford-shakespeare-company. or call 01483 304384. GSC’s next production is Two Gentlemen of Verona, staged at The University of Law. It runs from 14th to 29th July. Farnham Afternoon Bridge Club They meet at Farnham Maltings every Wednesday afternoon except the first Wednesday in the month. Bridge (Rubber)

starts at 1.45pm, they have a short tea break mid-afternoon and finish at 4.30pm. The members, quite a few who are now on their own, all enjoy their bridge and find it a great way to meet together in a nice friendly atmosphere. New members are very welcome and can obtain further information from the Membership Secretary, Eileen Besgrove on 01252 710819 or Trevor Lawson on 01252 543372. Farnham & District Museum Society Afternoon Seminars Friday 16th June and Monday 19th June The final seminar of the season, ‘Farnham: The Tudor Legacy’ will look at the changes brought about by the Tudors in local administration and religious ideas. Held in the Garden Gallery at the Museum of Farnham in the afternoon of each day each seminar is led by researcher and author Pat Heather. Friendly and informal, the sessions are from 2pm-4pm with a tea and coffee break halfway through. Telephone Pat Heather on 01252 721576 to book a place. A fee of £5 per seminar is payable. Full details can be found on the website www.farnhammuseumsociety. Mike d’Abo & Friends Friday 16th June 7.30pm You probably know that Mike d’Abo was Manfred Mann’s lead singer after Paul Jones sang on a number of their huge

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Tilford Bach Society Festival Saturday 17th June 7.30pm There will be a Telemann Celebration concert with Rowan Pierce (soprano) and the London Handel Players - leader Adrian Butterfield. It’s on at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham GU9 7PW. All welcome, the cost is £17.50 in advance or £20 on the door, anyone aged 8-25 and accompanying parents/music teachers may attend free thanks to CAVATINA. Following on from this concert, the festival continues on Sunday 18th at 7pm, with a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion at Tilford Church, GU10 2DD. Performing this great work will be international soloists Julia Doyle, Tim Mead, Charles Daniels and Peter Harvey together with the London Handel Orchestra, leader Adrian Butterfield. All are welcome and tickets are £35, £30 and

Guildford Choral - Transatlantic Harmonies Saturday 17th June 7.30pm The choir will be performing music from both sides of the Atlantic including Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen, Barber and Rutter. They will be joined by Southern Pro Musica and their conductor Jonathon Willcocks with soloist Charlotte Schoeters and the venue is Guildford Cathedral, following its recent renovation. Tickets range from £10 (Rear Nave) to £20 (Front Nave) with concessionary tickets available for essential accompanying carers of registered disabled, students, unwaged but not to older people. A special rate for under 18s is available at £5 provided they are with a full paying



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On the first weekend of July, Guildford High Street will be filled with the sound of music and much more as the fifth anniversary of the Guildford Fringe Festival is launched. The festival runs throughout the month with a range of exciting events and talented artists performing everything from stand-up comedy to dance, cabaret, music, plays, musical theatre and children’s shows. There really is something for everyone. The first weekend is free apart from the fabulous Gag House Comedy Superstars at G Live. All free events will incur a nominal fee with your online booking but will be reimbursed once you attend. This year the festival welcomes headline sponsors Experience Guildford, Harbour Hotels and SaidSo and will be bigger and better than ever before. Around 120 events will take place at various venues around Guildford. So, what exactly is a Fringe Festival? Nick Wyschna, Managing Director of Guildford Fringe Festival, explains: “It’s really a platform where a variety of artists such as actors, directors, production companies, comedians etc., can put on a show and try it out without too much financial risk. This industry isn’t cheap and it’s notoriously hard to get into. It can cost a great deal of money to get a show into production and for many starting out they just don’t have the financial resources to do so. We only charge the acts £70 to put on their event which includes promotion on our website as well as in our brochure which goes out to 25,000 people in and around Guildford. On

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him as part of the team, and the rest,” she says laughing, “is history!” It’s clear to see there is great camaraderie between them and an important element in common is they have both worked as performers in the industry and totally understand how hard it can be to get work, let alone ‘make it.’ Charlotte is more than a dancer; she’s also funny, very clever and adept at handling many different roles. She did all the choreography for the last adult panto, Robin’s Wood, another facet of what the company produces and successfully sells out to rave reviews. She’s very active with the day-to-day running of the business, including marketing, networking and promotion. They are both hardworking, determined, very enthusiastic and their passion is infectious and shines through. In five short years this dynamic duo (believe me they are, I have seen them in action) have built a successful company that has burgeoned into what is, in effect, several different businesses all under one roof. “The Theatre Company came first in 2012,” continues Nick, “followed swiftly by the first

Guildford Fringe Festival. I ran that all in one venue, now our home base as it were, the Back Room of the Star Inn on Quarry Street. We did 32 events that July and now I look back it seemed relatively easy. It was the box office, my office and stage all in A couple of past acts one place. This year in contrast we’re running around all over the place and thankfully I’m not doing it on my own.” In addition to the Theatre Company and the Fringe Festival, there is also Guildford Fringe Events, The Performing Arts School and Gag House Comedy Clubs, showcasing some of the best comedy acts on the UK circuit. Gag House Comedy is located in the Back Room of the Star Inn, Komo Cocktail Bar and the Stoke Pub in Guildford, as well as spreading to Godalming, London and Brighton. You can enjoy a great comedy night out for as little as £13.50. On the last Sunday of every month, and new for this year, is a monthly film night held at the Back Room.


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Guildford Fringe Theatre Company and all its various strands from the Festival to Gag House Comedy Clubs is a success story. Where many small businesses struggle to make it to the five year mark, Nick and Charlotte have demonstrated that Nick and Charlotte and the 2106 box office a passion for what you’re doing can win through. Nick credits much of their success to networking, and building a strong visual brand. Their logos are very distinctive, welldesigned and thought out, by Nick’s best friend Steve Harris. Their bright sign-wrapped cars draw a great deal of attention wherever they go - people love taking selfies with them! “Something you cannot pay for,” says Nick, “is word-ofmouth marketing. This has been invaluable when trying to get people through the doors at our events. I would also advise those thinking of setting up their own business to invest in paying for someone to do the jobs that you’re

not good at. If you’re rubbish at numbers it makes sense to pay someone to do the books. It’s not a cost, regard it more as an investment in your business. I know for sure that I wouldn’t still be running if it wasn’t for the excellent help and advice from our accountants, Churchmill Partnership in Godalming.” Nick has now become something of a marketing guru through promoting his brand and others are asking his advice about their own businesses, and it’s plain to see why. I know how hard these two work though, the many late nights, the attention to detail when putting on an event, the endless days of getting out and about promoting verbally, with posters and leaflets and on social media etc. It’s their work ethic, personalities and the ability to produce first class events that win the day.

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Favourite container plants

Beautifully-scented plants are always top of my list. The dwarf, compact, lavender cultivars, known as Lavandula angustifolia, are such lovely options for containers in a sunny spot, where their calming, soothing fragrance can be welcomed and enjoyed by all. Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavenite Petite' has a naturally compact habit and produces purple flowers, which grow up to 35cm (15 inches) in height. Lavandula angustifolia â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Purityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a smidgen taller, growing up to 40cm tall, producing white flowers that are less grey toned than many of the white lavenders currently available. Lavandula angustifolia 'Little Lottie = Clarmo', grows up to 40cm tall and produces quite charming pink flowers. Other options are available such as Lavandula angustifolia 'Miss Muffet = Scholmis', L. angustifolia 'Loddon Blue', and L. angustifolia 'Peter Pan', to name a few. Heliotropes make fantastic container plants. Their flowers are a beautiful shade of deep purple and they produce the most delicious fragrance which is warm and sweet like a cherry pie. Sarah Raven stocks Heliotropium arborescens 'Midnight Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Alternatively look for plants at your local nursery. Pelargoniums, erroneously known as Geraniums, grow fantastically well in containers where they will flower all summer long. These floriferous plants are widely available in a variety of different forms and flower colours. Pelargoniums are very accommodating and grow well even if you forget to water them on occasion. Scented leaved Pelargoniums have aromatic foliage. If their leaves are rubbed or crushed their fragrance is released. Some cultivars can be rather pungent! Their fragrant 40

leaves can be used in potpourri or to add flavour to culinary dishes. Pelargonium 'Sweet Mimosa' features larger than usual flowers, in a pretty pale pink colour, touched with a darker shade of plum, and produces leaves that emit a rose scent, as does the widely known Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses' which has gentle pink coloured flowers. Pelargonium 'Lavender Lindy' produces lavender scented leaves and vibrant purple-pink flowers. There's no prizes for guessing the scent produced by Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange'. This very beautiful cultivar features many white flowers, which are brushed with pink, and purple markings. Pelargonium 'Islington Peppermint' produces flowers which feature upper petals of the darkest maroon and contrasting white lower petals. Many other scented-leaved Pelargoniums are available. If you're interested in buying Pelargoniums, Fibrex Nurseries are specialist Pelargonium-growers with an online store. I love the irrepressible cheer that sunflowers bring to the garden. Dwarf sunflowers are ideal for containers, but make haste and sow your seeds now to give your plants sufficient time to grow, flower and set seed before the frosts arrive. Helianthus annuus 'Choco Sun' and Helianthus annuus 'Irish Eyes' are two of my favourite dwarf sunflowers for containers. Seeds of forget-me-nots can be sown now, either in containers or directly in the soil, where they will flower next springtime. Chiltern Seeds offer some lovely varieties, including Myosotis sylvatica 'Snowsylva' a floriferous white flowered forget-me-not, there's also Myosotis sylvatica 'Rosylva' a pink form, and Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' available in this special forget-me-not series. All of the plants I have recommended here will thrive in peatfree compost. To ensure your plants grow and perform well, it's important to use good quality compost. Dalefoot Composts came top in my recent peat free compost trial. They are made from natural ingredients including sheep's wool, which is absorbent, thus creating moisture retentive compost that doesn't require watering as often. FIND OUT MORE For more gardening advice, tips, and lovely ideas for the month ahead, visit her website

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The Life of Christ Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 10am to 3.30pm The Wintershall Players have become renowned for their epic re-enactments of what is, indeed, the greatest story of all time. Every summer The Life of Christ is presented at the Hutley family’s beautiful farm, the Wintershall Estate. Tickets are: adults £20, children £9.50 (3-18), concessions £18 (over 65), family (2 adults & 2 children) £50, student £12 (19-25). Go to For groups of 10+ call 01793 418299. Free car and coach parking. Light refreshments available to purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Grounds will be open 90 minutes before start of performance. Take a fold up chair or rug. No seating provided. Camping is available on request for Friday 23rd June. Adult camping ticket £15 per person, child camping ticket £8 per person (age 3-18). Call Wintershall Ticket Helpline on 01793 418299 for further information. Children’s Theatre G Live is staging a couple of shows for the little ones, aged 3+. On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st they present ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, a charming musical adventure with lots of thrills and surprises. Then on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June, they present The Scarecrows Wedding, a lovely story of two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, who fall in love and want to get married. Tickets for both shows are £14.50. For more information and tickets, go to or call 01483 739047.


Surrey Branch Western Front Association Wednesday 21st June 7.45pm John Green will give a talk entitled ‘Messines and Third Battle of Ypres’. John, who has studied the battlefield over many years, considers the strategic reasons for the overall campaign and its two phases, and presents an overview of the two battles and the connection between them with illustrated maps and views of the ground today. It takes place at The Day Centre, Lushington Drive, Cobham KT11 2LY. If you might be interested in attending, do call Andy Thompson on 07768 197990. Theatre Maltings - As You Like It Thursday 22nd June 7pm Celebrate summer with outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Join their all-female troupe at Farnham Maltings for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It! In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. Tickets are £12, call 01252 745472 or go to www. Coffee Concert at Guildford Cathedral Thursday 22nd June 11.15-12noon What could be a better way to spend a morning than enjoying pieces from Tosca from Surrey’s newest Opera House at West Horsley Place? The concert will also showcase a local school choir from the Grange Park junior outreach programme. All are welcome to enjoy this unique free morning of music. Coffee served from 10.30am, for more information, contact or visit RHS Garden Wisley – late night opening Friday 23rd June 6pm-9pm Wisley will be open late on three Fridays over the summer, so go along and enjoy music, barbecues and the beauty of the summer flowers. The other dates are 21st July and 11th August. More information on their website uk or Free with Garden admission.

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Gin cocktails


To coincide with our main feature on Silent Pool Distillery, we have three cocktail ideas to help your summer start with a kick!



Bees harvest nectar from nearby flowers, so honey is a direct reflection of the area in which it is made. That's why local honey is not only a key ingredient in Silent Pool gin but also in one of their favourite cocktails:

The most popular way to enjoy our gin is still in a classic G&T. Not satisfied with a simple twist or slice, we created a set of flavourful liquid garnishes from key botanicals. These concentrated essences enhance the flavour of your drink by accentuating the fresh notes inherent in our gin. Replacing your usual twist of citrus with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish will raise your cocktail-making to a whole new level.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML HONEY 20ML FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE In a shaker, stir together the gin and honey until the honey has dissolved. Add the lemon Juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

50ML SILENT POOL GIN 125ML PREMIUM TONIC WATER 4 SPRAYS SILENT POOL MIST LIQUID GARNISH (KAFFIR/BERGAMOT) Fill a large glass with ice and spray with Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish. Add gin and top with your favourite tonic - enjoy!

SILENT POOL MARTINI The delicate intricacy of Silent Pool Gin is best enjoyed neat. However, the sweet and floral flavours in the gin come through beautifully in this classic cocktail: 60ML SILENT POOL GIN 20ML DRY VERMOUTH In a mixing glass, add the gin and dry vermouth. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir through until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Finish off with an olive, a twist of lemon peel or a few sprays of Silent Pool Mist Liquid Garnish.

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Gin recipe


Gin-cured Salmon Gin-cured salmon with juniper berries and coriander seeds is a light and bright garden party favourite. This recipe is by Gill Dupleix and is taken from Image by Ben Dearnley.

Ingredients: 75g table salt 75g caster sugar 1 tsp grated lime zest, plus 1 lime thinly sliced (a mandolin is ideal) 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns, lightly crushed 1 tsp pink peppercorns (see note) 2 tsps coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp juniper berries, lightly crushed (see note) 80ml gin 400g centre-cut salmon fillet, skin on, pin-boned 2 cucumbers (Lebanese if you can find them) 2 tbsps mint leaves Borage flowers, extra virgin olive oil and toasted sourdough slices, to serve (see note) Serves 4

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Waggoners Wells and Ludshott Common Lakes strung like a necklace; a glistening heath strewn with crimson toadstools in autumn; majestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There is no other walk quite like this quiet and peaceful wander. Waggoners Wells is a famous beauty spot, popular with weekend families but large enough to absorb them all, whilst Ludshott Common is one of the largest areas of heathland in the South East. Dogs are welcome as nearly all the stiles have a generous gap except for one just before Bramshott but Humphrey and I managed it when we did this lovely walk in April. This walk is taken from where the walk can be downloaded with full mapping.

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Immediately veer left on a path coming from the right and, in 10m, turn right on a path uphill, thus regaining your original direction. As the path curves right, a narrow path joins from the left. The path ends at a T-junction with a very wide bridleway. You have reached the far edge of the Common. Turn right on the bridleway. This patch is often muddy, but you really need not worry because in just a few metres the mud will become more manageable. You have meadows on the left and soon on the right too. Nearly 500m after joining this path, you come to a major fork. 3. Turn right at the fork and continue until you join a lane (Gentles Lane) coming from the left. Follow the road past High Hurlands Home and, just after Hurlands itself, fork left on a narrow path through hollies and turn left at a T-junction on a bridleway. Follow the track, first past entrances to Harambee and other properties, then past meadows and a line of poplars and finally down to a road by Tilburys with its well-groomed hedge. Turn left on the road, going past oast houses on your right. Oast houses, used for drying hops, are mainly associated with Kent, but they do in fact appear in other home counties and as far north as Worcestershire. At a road junction, veer right in the direction Whitehill, Liphook. Traverse the deceptively sleepy village of Passfield, passing The Old Forge, The Old Cricketers and other witnesses to rural life. 4. Just before a bridge visible ahead, turn left on a bridleway (a sign says No Fishing). On your right is one of a line of lakes and water meadows that are a feature of this area. (Don’t worry about the sign that says Private Property Keep Out: it refers to the water meadows, not the bridleway.) At a 4-way fingerpost by a house, keep straight on on a track. (As a small diversion, it is worth turning right a few paces down to the waterside where the water fowl, mallards, swans and coots, can be observed close up.) Over on your right are the fine buildings of Passfield Manor. At the end of the track, by a fence, turn sharp right on a track, crossing the Wey South via an old bridge and passing through woodland. The track eventually joins a drive and meets a lane. Turn right to come almost immediately to a T-junction with a main road. 5. Go straight over the main road, a fraction

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right, onto a footpath by a National Trust sign for Passfield Common. In just over 100m, turn right before an oak tree across the luminous centre of the common. On the other side, you reach a tree line. Fork left here on a narrow path that skirts the trees and finally leads out to the hamlet of Conford. Turn left through the hamlet, passing the village hall (the old school). When the lane bends right after the last house, leave it by continuing straight ahead on a tarmac bridleway with the elegant stone Conford House up on your left. Ignore a footpath right at a fingerpost. Once again, you have a long lake and water meadows on your right. You pass Conford Park Barn, about 250 years old, usually with fluttering white doves. The bridleway leads through an iron gateway and ends at a tarmac drive. Turn left here, immediately meeting a main road, the B3004. Turn right on the road. 6. Go past houses, and continue to a right bend. Cross the road carefully and turn left on a footpath by a metal gate beside fields. After the first field on the right, turn right along its other edge. At the other side, officially, the path goes over an awkward stile by a metal gate into the farmyard of Bramshott Vale Farm. However, most walkers veer right and left over the grass in front of a barn to avoid the stile. Keep ahead on a concrete track, ignoring a footpath left. After a brick shed, go half-left across the grass, as signed, to meet a wonderful lime avenue. Cross the avenue and negotiate a stile [now made awkward by a fence across it], the corner of a meadow, another stile and another meadow that is often the home to highland cattle and shetland ponies. After a metal gate, turn right on a drive (first glancing left to view the impressive house). Go over a bridge across a lively stream, go through a metal swing-gate and turn left on a lane. After a short distance, you meet a minor road, Church Lane. Turn right here. This deeply sunken lane takes you to

steps where you can turn right up to the churchyard of Bramshott Church of St Mary the Virgin. Leaving Bramshott church on the right, turn left at the T-junction onto Rectory Lane and stay on this lane as it bends right, ignoring all minor lanes off. 7. Stay on this deeply sunken quiet lane for some distance. In about 900m, you pass the gatehouse of Downlands House. 250m further, you reach a T-junction. Turn left. In about 500m, the lane ends at a car park. Go straight on through a metal barrier, keeping to the left side, on a woodland path downhill. Stay on the main, rather uneven, path. At the bottom of the hill, keep to the left

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WALK || of a steep slope. A rather muddy path takes you all the way down to the waterside where there is an MoD sign and a bridge. There are several attractive walks around Waggoners Wells and you may prefer to find your own way and diverge from the text. Don’t cross the bridge but keep right and walk parallel to the stream on your left, soon reaching the first lake. Stay on the right bank and, after a section of woodland, reach the second lake. After more woodland, you reach the third lake, which has an especially picturesque wooden bridge over the sluice. Stay on the right bank, soon to pass a noticeboard and, up on the right, a car park . 8. On meeting a tarmac lane coming from the car park, turn left on it and cross a ford, or the footbridge beside it. Just 10m after the ford, turn left on a marked path and immediately fork right uphill on a bridleway, going past a stone memorial on your left. After a modest climb, the path flattens out and, in about 100m, goes over a crossing path. In about another 200m, the path goes under wires and, in a further 80m, meets a junction with a crossing track. Turn right on the crossing track, ignoring the path almost opposite. Soon another track joins from the left. In another 60m, there is a wide gap in the birches lining the track on your left. Turn left here on a narrow grassy path that goes across an open area covered with tiny silver birch

saplings. Another narrow path joins from the right. You come to a junction of wide paths. Cross over the first path but turn right on the second path. You are now on a high plain with views left to the Hampshire hills. The path descends to a T-junction. Turn right here. 9. Very shortly after, the path forks. Take the lefthand fork. The path curves left uphill. Stay next to the trees on your right, avoiding all turnings off. The path passes close to a bench seat and runs downhill for a bit passing minor paths off to the left and right until you come to a waymarker on the right. Immediately after it there is some broken down fencing. Immediately after the fencing, and just as the path begins to rise again, take a right fork on a wide path into the woods. The path soon runs clear of the trees and you have fine views again. About 250m from the fork, you finally reach the Ludshott Common car park where the walk began.

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WIN... Tickets to the Cheese and Chilli Festival in Shalford Park

The amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is coming back to Guildford in 2017 at Shalford Park near Guildford on the 22nd and 23rd July from 10am to 5pm. The event will again bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a ‘must-go-to event’. The event will see cheese and chillies from around the world brought to you along with amazing arts and craft stalls selling great and authentic products. There will be something for everyone at the event and is a perfect family day out with free activities on offer for children and adults along with fun rides, treasure hunts, falconry displays and magic shows. A wide range of ales and ciders plus live music too! To win a pair of tickets, please answer the following question: Q: Where is the Cheese and Chilli Festival taking part? Please enter online at by 30th June 2017.

WIN... A Silent Pool gin experience for four people plus a free bottle Founded in the Spring of 2014, Silent Pool Distillers was set up with the vision of creating hand-crafted, premium spirits. The multi-award-winning Silent Pool Gin is produced in small batches using a custom-made still, which is heated by steam from a reclaimed English boiler that’s fired on local hardwood. It is all very labour-intensive, but well worth the effort to create a delicate, complex and internationally-acclaimed gin that is rolling out across the globe.

Silent Pool would love for you and three friends to join them for a 90-minute Silent Pool gin experience to see where we formulate, distil, and bottle our award-winning liqueurs. To be in with the chance of winning a distillery tour voucher and a bottle of our Silent Pool gin, you just need to answer the following question: Q: What year was Silent Pool Distillers founded? Please enter online at by 30th June 2017.

WIN... A family ticket to the ONE LIVE Festival in Guildford

ONE LIVE Festival is back for 2017, taking place in the heart of Guildford at Stoke Park on 8th July. The Boomtown Rats will perform alongside The Darkness, Toploader, Reverend & The Makers, Hunter & The Bear, Mel C and Republica. In its third year, it promises to be an even bigger and better event. ONE LIVE is the brainchild of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, best known in the hearts of the nation as C4’s The Supervet. The festival supports Noel’s vision for a community of compassion, where every person and every animal is our neighbour and where we genuinely care about each other. The event is set to help Noel spread the word about One Medicine, a concept he has dedicated his life to moving forward for animals and humans at the same time. To win a pair of tickets, please answer the following question: Q: Name one the bands making an appearance in 2017? Please enter online at by 23rd June 2017.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: By entering these competitions you agree to receive periodic emails from VantagePoint Magazine, Vantage Publishing Ltd and the originator of the competition you are entering. You can opt out of receiving these at any time and your data will never be passed on for use by third parties. The prizes are nontransferable and have no cash alternative. Only one entry per person per competition and prizes will only be sent to homes with a GU, KT and RH postcode.

VantagePoint Magazine June 2017 - Farnham & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally

VantagePoint Magazine June 2017 - Farnham & Villages  

Your best view of what's going on locally