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THE EDITOR'S NOTE And so spring finally arrives and our gardens awaken from their winter slumber. Having had a fabulous new extension built which properly overlooks my garden, I am very much looking forward to seeing the results of the bulb planting that was done last autumn. There is still lots more to do in my garden, and not being terribly green-fingered, it always helps to get inspiration where you can. My annual visit to the Chelsea Flower Show is always inspiring but sadly I cannot afford the cost and time for that level of creativity! However, help is at hand with the locally-based National Garden Scheme, a wonderful charity which sees over 3,500 private gardens opening annually to the public to raise money for charity – and the subject of our main article this month. The scheme offers visitors a great opportunity to see small, medium and large gardens created, in the main, by enthusiastic and dedicated owners. Some of the gardens are truly small, while others are on a much larger scale, but all offer great ideas that should work in all gardens, whatever their size. More often than not, the owners will be there to show off their creation, and almost all will always be happy to offer advice and explanation. For a very modest entry fee and usually a cup of tea and some cake, this is a great way of spending an afternoon. We have five copies of the Garden Visitor’s Guide 2019 to give away, so please visit www.vantagepointmag.co.uk/competitions for your chance to win a copy. As our Jotters have remarked, there are lots of notable dates this month, Chief, of course, must be Mothering Sunday, which falls on 31st March. This gives me the ideal opportunity to wish my own dear mum a very happy Mother's Day!

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

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

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than £4,500, the bulk of which will be donated to GUTS with a smaller donation to The Sandhurst Trust in gratitude for their hospitality. This takes the amount raised since 2014 to more than £18,000 for a great local charity. www.facebook.com/GUTSMotorTour. The next GUTS Motor Tour will take place on Sunday 22nd September 2019. If you have a veteran, vintage or classic car and are interested, please email gutsmotortour@gmail.com or call 01483 421601. About GUTS GUTS funding has been pivotal both in research to advance screening and detection, and in improving the care, treatment and outcomes for patients – not just from the Guildford area but from right across the south of England. They also seek to raise awareness of bowel cancer, which affects around one in eighteen of us at some point in our lives.

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THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME 90 YEARS SUPPORTING MEDICAL CHARITIES

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

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

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

Above: Penny Snell CBE in her garden in Cobham - Moleshill House, which is open three times this year and by arrangement for groups. www.pennysnellflowers.co.uk.

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

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

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Treat yourself to a new asparagus bed

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

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

FIND OUT MORE For more gardening advice, the results of my tomato, compost, slug and snail trials, my plant fair calendar, and much more besides, visit my website at www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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Golf for all

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

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

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

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

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

FIND OUT MORE Betchworth Park Golf Club - www.betchworthparkgc.co.uk Milford Golf Club - www.milfordgolf.co.uk March 2019

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Loch Fyne recipes for spring

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

Crispy Oysters with Horseradish

Fillet of Gigha Halibut on Loch Fyne Shellfish Vegetable Broth

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

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

Ingredients: 6 oysters; 200g mayonnaise; 40g freshly grated horseradish; 1 egg; 100g plain flour; 100g panko breadcrumbs. Method: 1. Remove the oyster meat from the shells. 2. Clean the oyster shells thoroughly and set to the side. 3. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk. 4. Coat the oyster meat in the plain flour, dip into the whisked egg and then into the breadcrumbs. 5. Add the grated horseradish to the mayonnaise and mix together. 6. Deep fry the bread-crumbed oysters and place inside the clean oyster shells. 7. Top each with a teaspoon of mayonnaise You can order fresh oysters, sustainably farmed halibut and much more delivered to your door from their online shop at www.lochfyne.com.

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

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Enjoy Farnham this spring to sponsorship from this year’s sponsor Bourne Wood Manor Care Home. A different local charity hosts the refreshments stalls for each show. Music lovers are encouraged to bring along a picnic or purchase hot drinks and other refreshments while they watch the band. The Music in the Vineyard shows take place on the same day as the Farmers’ Markets, which means shoppers can pick up their picnic items in the market in the morning such as pastries, cakes, fresh fruit - before heading to the music in the afternoon.

Spring is set to be a lively and productive time in Farnham as this year’s programme of community activities and the town’s democratic life gathers pace.

Community events Any remnants of wintery weather are sure to be blown away by performances from Matt Lloyd Mostyn and guests in March and The Choir Company in April as part of the Music in the Vineyard free concerts. The much-loved music shows are now in their third year. Recognising that winter can be socially isolating, Farnham Town Council started Music in the Vineyard as a way to tempt people out of their homes and into town, giving all residents something fun and social to enjoy. Music in the Vineyard continues to be free to attend thanks

Farmers’ Markets 10am-1.30pm, Central car park, off Victoria Road, Farnham. Farmers’ Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Music in the Vineyard Vineyard Church, Union Road, Farnham, GU9 7PT Sunday 24 March, 3pm-5pm Matt Lloyd Mostyn and guests Sunday 28 April, 3pm-5pm The Choir Company

Annual town meeting For Farnham residents who are interested in what goes on and local decision making, the Annual Town Meeting is the perfect place to find out more and ask questions about plans and priorities. The meeting takes place in March and is open to all electors. Anyone can ask a question or comment about a local issue. Town councillors will do their best to answer, and for any issues that are outside the town council’s remit, they will follow up with the relevant organisation. Would you like to attend? 7pm, 14 March at Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR. Please contact Farnham Town Council (call 01252 712667 or email customer.services@farnham.gov.uk) so that they can make sure everyone can be accommodated.

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Farnham Town Council with the local community has reviewed the 2017 adopted Neighbourhood Plan to provide an additional 450 dwellings by 2032. The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Review 2019 was submitted to Waverley Borough Council on 25 January. As the planning authority, Waverley Borough Council is undertaking the six-week technical consultation which will end at 11.59pm on 21 March 2019. This will be followed by an independent examination in April. Once adopted, the new neighbourhood plan will carry weight in determining the right locations for development in Farnham in line with the community’s wishes and should prevent speculative development on greenfield sites. It is important that as many people as possible respond to the consultation so that the independent examiner knows the community’s views. Full details of the consultation and all the background evidence for the 2019 Farnham Neighbourhood Plan can be found at www.farnham.gov.uk/shapefarnham.

Democracy in Farnham The 2019 residents’ guide has been delivered to every home and business in Farnham. It includes an A to Z of services provided by Farnham Town Council and explains how to access them. The guide also includes an events calendar and tips on how to get the most out of living in Farnham. The guide is available on the council’s website too. Farnham Town Council receives just 1.7% of council tax to pay for all those services, an overall budget of around £1.4million. 26

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Councillors met in January to set the precept (that is, the amount of money the Town Council requires from council tax) for 2019/20. Councillors are committed to providing the best value for their residents’ money as they can and to keeping any rise to a minimum. Councillors agreed a precept that equates to a cost to residents in a band D property of £64.49 per property per year - that’s £1.24 per week and is 3.6p a week higher than in 2018/19. Farnham Town Council is proactively providing support to the county and borough councils as financial pressures in local government increase. It helps both Waverley and Surrey councils in areas such as street cleaning and grounds maintenance.

Could you be a councillor? Of course you can… The role of a local councillor is highly rewarding and very interesting. It is a great way to make a difference to your community. With elections coming up this year, new people to stand as councillors are always welcome. Having councillors of different ages, genders and life experience makes local decision making more meaningful, as does having people from different ethnic groups, sexuality and people with experience of disability. If you are interested in representing your community, visit www.farnham.gov.uk/beacouncillor for more information and why not come along to the Annual Town Meeting too for an introduction to the sort of issues you could get involved in.

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Farnham in Bloom

are just some of what needs to be done throughout the season. Residents and businesses can expect to see a packed calendar of community events and volunteering opportunities between now and the judging in August.

Spring Big Pick Week Bloomin’ Litter is an important part of Farnham in Bloom and provides a way for virtually anyone to play their part in making Farnham look its best.

Plans, preparations and activities for Farnham in Bloom in 2019 are underway. Farnham has again been invited to take part in the finals of the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition. Britain in Bloom runs alongside the regional competition, South and South East in Bloom and, as you might expect, the standard is even higher.

In the spring Big Pick Week (23 to 30 March) friends and neighbours simply choose a road or other area they want to clean up and register with Farnham Town Council. Please email lara.miller@farnham.gov.uk.

Farnham will represent the south east of England in the Business Improvement Districts, Large Town and Cities category. Farnham competed in Britain in Bloom 2017, winning Gold and being named Best in Category for the Large Town award.

The council will provide them with the equipment and safety clothing required and will dispose of the rubbish they collect if needed.

Farnham in Bloom officially launches in the spring when sponsors, organisers and volunteers will come together to share their aspirations and excitement for 2019. Over £25,000 is donated each year to cover the costs of the flowers and tubs around Farnham.

The end of the Big Pick week coincides with Farnham’s participation in the Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide community clean-up organised by Keep Britain Tidy and which Farnham supports each year.

Farnham Town Council is seeking to recruit new volunteers to help this year. Planting, weeding, deadheading and other routine but essential tasks

Great British Spring Clean

This year’s Spring Clean will focus especially on plastics, which Keep Britain Tidy says degrades the beauty of the environment and threatens wildlife. Email lara.miller@farnham.gov.uk to take part.

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

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

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

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

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

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Frensham and Dockenfield Horticultural Society They organise a range of activities:

• Social evenings, during which members contribute their input in talks and demonstrations. These are always popular. They have had people doing talks/ presentations about their favourite gardens, and sessions on people’s favourite garden tools – which surprisingly yielded some very useful information, and generated a huge amount of conversation, even from the strong, silent types! • Talks throughout the year which focus not just on gardens, ornamental flowers, vegetables and other produce, but also related aspects such as wildlife and the natural environment - from speakers who he Frensham and Dockenfield Horticultural are typically recommended by the RHS and/or run Society has been around now for 70 years as their own gardening businesses. Sometimes they an integral part of the community, organising alos bring along items that can be purchased. Recent events that should be entertaining, yet focussed on talks have included: ‘How to Grow Vegetables and the joys of gardening. They welcome everybody How to Cook Them’ and ‘The Geology of Frensham who is interested in joining – and will not be and Dockenfield’. Coming up, they have ‘Top Tips judgemental of whatever you want to do in your from a Head Gardener’, ‘Decorative pruning’ and 5139-BMad-FranchiseForSale-91.5x71.5-TT.qxp_Layout 1 26/1 garden! ‘The Genetics of Cultivated Plants’

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I thought I would mention a few notable dates on the calendar this month, namely St David’s Day on 1st March, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on 5th March, St. Patricks Day on 17th March and Mothering Sunday on 31st March. Also, the first major sporting event of the year is taking place, namely The Cheltenham Festival which runs from 12th to 15th March (subject to equine flu!). Always a great spectacle whether going along or just watching on the box. Have a great month and enjoy the start of spring. Barn Dance Friday 1st March 7.30pm Grayshott Folk Club are holding a barn dance at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. Hindhead GU26 6TZ. The music will be provided by The Oxford Nags who are a great bunch of musicians. Go along with a gang or on your own and they’ll find you someone to dance with. If you don't wish to dance, you can always just sit and listen to some superb musicians playing. Tickets are £12 adults, £6 under 16s and are available from Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096. Surrey Border Movie Makers Friday 1st March 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, comedy and documentary. They always welcome new members. If you are interested in seeing what they do, go along to one of their monthly meetings. Your first visit is free. They meet at St Joan's Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ and there is plenty of parking. See them at the Farnham Maltings Refreshers Festival on Monday 4th March 3pm-8pm entry free. Contact secretary@surreyborder.org.uk for more information. They are also on Facebook www.facebook.com/ SurreyBorderMovieMakers/timeline. RSPB North East Hants Local Group Saturday 2nd March 7.30pm Ashly Grove makes a welcome return to St Philip and St James’ Church Hall, Kings Road, Fleet GU51 3AR to share the ‘Jewels of the Gambia’. Surprisingly for a small country, it hosts almost 600 species most of which are very colourful, including kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, and the stunning red-shouldered cuckoo shrike. All are welcome for what

promises to be another superb evening following Ashley’s journey up the river and back discovering these true wonders. For Local Group members, entrance is free. For non-members the entrance is £3. Free parking at the hall. For more information about the group, visit www.northeasthantsrspb. org.uk. Pancakes and Temptation Sunday 3rd March 11am Come and make pancakes during the service at St Mark's Church, Hale. Everyone is welcome. More information at www.badshotleaandhale.org. Also on the 3rd there is a Taize Service at 6pm. It’s a simple service at St John's Church based on chants and silence, designed to give a chance for stillness and to listen to God in our ever-busy, noisy lives. Refreshers: A Festival of Retirement Monday 4th March 3pm–8pm This annual festival is returning to Farnham Maltings at a slightly later afternoon and evening time, with stalls, bookable workshops and talks to inspire and motivate. This free event is especially geared towards people who have retired or are approaching retirement, but is open to anyone seeking fresh inspiration. Farnham Bereavement Café Monday Afternoons and Evenings Formerly known as Friends Together, the group continues to meet in the Spire Cafe, South Street, Farnham. Have you gone through the grief of a loved one dying? The Bereavement Café is an informal friendly get together and chat over a cup of tea. They talk about anything and everything, and even, occasionally, bereavement – if someone wants them to. Do join them and take a friend if you wish. The times of their meetings are every Monday afternoon from 3pm-4.30pm and the 2nd and 4th Monday evening from 7pm-8.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).For more information go to www. friendstogetherbereavement.org or call 07999 368 128. Friends of Farnham Park Talk Tuesday 5th March 7pm for 7.30pm start Chris Shepheard, a local historian, will present a talk entitled ‘WWII Defences in Farnham and the Park.’ Chris will lead a follow-up walk on this subject around Farnham Park next month -Tuesday 2nd April at 5pm. Details to follow. The talk will be held at Rowhill Field Centre Cranmore Lane GU11 3BD.

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Truth Thursday 7th March 8pm Truth by Helen Chadwick, directed by Steven Hoggett is a spellbinding fusion of song and choreography using testimonies from around the world. Helen joins forces with Olivier-Award-winning Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) to create this beautiful and thought-provoking ‘song theatre’ show. Age guidance 12+. Tickets for the show at Farnham Maltings are £12 (£10 concessions, £9 members); pre-show dining and ticket £21 (£19, £18); group bookings available. Call 01252 745444 or go to www. farnhammaltings.com. Farnham & District Museum Society Evening Talks Thursday 7th March 7.30pm for 7.45pm ‘Life and Labour in a Country Village or – Learn to Love Your Ag Labs’. Jane Lewis from the Surrey History Centre will give her talk based on a study of a rural village on the Surrey/ Hampshire border which reveals the often hidden lives of agricultural workers in the latter half of the 19th century. Talks take place at The Spire Church (formerly the United Reformed Church) South Street, Farnham, (please use the Victoria Road side entrance). Non-members are very welcome - £3 per visitor. www.farnhammuseumsociety.org.uk. Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 7th March 2.15pm for 2.30pm Beverley Edmonson will talk about ‘Making Hats’ in Elstead Village Hall. Her hat-shop in the centre of Farnham. There will be the usual delicious tea and all visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Hilary Pettman on 01252 703217.

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NHS Accident & Emergency I have to say I found this item useful as I wasn’t quite clear about the situation. As we all know, hospitals across Surrey are reporting an increase in demand for A & E which is impacting on waiting times. The advice is unless it’s a life- threatening emergency, people are being asked to refrain from dialing 999 and instead dial 111 for instant access to healthcare advice and support from highly trained advisors. Call 111 if: you need help fast but it’s not a lifethreatening emergency; you don’t know who to call or you are not registered with a GP; You need health information or reassurance about what to do next. Calls are free and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 day a year. They can

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FitSteps These are fun dance exercise classes, based on ballroom and Latin dances without the need for a partner or any dance experience. FitSteps was created by Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe to give you a fun way to get fitter and learn some wonderful dances. Tracey holds classes every week in Bordon, Headley, Farnham, Haslemere and Petersfield. Details are on the website www.fitstepswithtracey.co.uk or just get in touch if you’d like to know more. Call Tracey on 07887 700045, email fitstepswithtracey@gmail.com. Farnham & Bourne Choral - Spring Concert Saturday 9th March 7.30pm Farnham & Bourne Choral Society will perform Elgar's Spirit of England and John Rutter's Requiem at St Thomas-on-The Bourne. Together with local organist Robert Patterson and soprano soloist Mary Walker, the choir will be under the baton of their inspirational young conductor, Calum Fraser. For tickets at £15, call 01252 721075. Visit www.farnhamchoral.org.uk for more choir details. Farnham ASSIST Saturday 9th March 7.30pm Farnham’s Rock Choir is singing at St Andrews’ Church, GU9 7PW. This is a free event with a retiring collection in aid of Farnham ASSIST charity – supporting older people living alone in Farnham and the surrounding villages. For more information call 01252 717710 or email: info@farnham-assist.org.uk. Also, ‘Wills Week’ is taking place from 1st to 5th April. Prepare a Will with Kidd Rapinet and instead of paying Kidd Rapinet, donate a sum equivalent to 50% of the usual fee to Farnham ASSIST (terms and restrictions apply). Call Farnham ASSIST on 01252 717710 to make an enquiry or booking or email info@ farnham-assist.org.uk. The Shepherd's Rest Cafe Tuesdays 12 noon-2.30pm They serve tea, coffee, light lunches, soup and cakes and you will find a friendly welcome at The Sands Church in the village of The Sands, Farnham. Any enquires and for bookings of 6 or more, contact ann.payne303@btinternet.com or call 01252 782873. Farnham Speakers Mondays 11th and 25th January 7.30pm Learn to speak with confidence and improve your public speaking and presentation skills in a fun and supportive club. They meet at the Farnham House Hotel, Alton Road, (A31), GU10 5ER every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7.30pm. To find out more, call Janet on 07876 356176 or visit their website. www.farnhamspeakers.com, email farnhamspeakers@ gmail.com or just go along! Midday Music Recitals From Tuesday 12th March Taking place in St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Frensham Road, Farnham, and in aid of Christian Aid, these recitals will take place on Tuesdays 12th, 19th & 26th March and 2nd, 9th & 16th April starting at 12 noon followed by soup, bread and cheese lunches in the Church rooms. Entry by donation.

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harmonies. Support is given by Rebecca Jayne, a young local singer/songwriter/guitarist who sings her own Folk/Americana songs as well as some impressive covers. Tickets £16 Adults/£8 Under 16s, available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Thinkalink! Saturday 16th March 10am-12pm This presentation, with Andy Salmon aka Sir Linkalot, introduces the world of linking to help people of all ages with their studies, especially their literacy and numeracy. Andy will talk the delegates through the nine classic techniques to learn things… with a twist. The strategies can be used with learners of all ages and ability from 4 to 18 and beyond! Email enquiries@helenarkell.org.uk or call 01252 792400 for more information. It will take place at The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, Arkell Lane, Frensham, Farnham GU10 3BL. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust They are about to embark on a major volunteer-led restoration project thanks to the acquisition of a 900 metre stretch of abandoned canal near Bramley in Surrey. The Birtley Reach area of the canal is particularly picturesque thanks to its position on a slope between the Downs Link path above (which follows the route of the former Horsham-Guildford railway) and the Cranleigh Waters in the valley below. The Trust is planning to create a new circular canal side walk linking to the Downs Link, providing an attractive amenity for locals and visitors. The purchase has been made possible by the generosity of an overseas Trust member. March 2019

Vintage Fashion Fair Saturday 16th March 10am-4pm Spend a leisurely Saturday at Farnham Maltings browsing and buying from the many stalls of beautiful vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles. All authentically vintage and dating from 1900s-1980s. The fair offers wearable vintage at affordable prices and a selection of vintage designer labels. Something to suit all tastes and budgets. Entry £2 (under 16s free). The Whacky Specs Ball Saturday 16th March 7pm Taking place in Farnham Castle, this is a black tie do with of course everyone wearing some wacky glasses (Elton John?). The evening starts with fizz and canapés followed by a 3 course dinner and an 80s disco. There is a late bar and carriages are at midnight. Tables will be set for 10 people and you can reserve tickets by calling 01252 720402. The cost is £75 pp and includes complimentary parking in the Castle grounds. There is limited B&B at the Castle. Proceeds in aid of Help for Heroes. Jumble Sale Saturday 16th March 2.30pm There is a good quality jumble sale at Brambleton Hall, Talbot Road, Farnham GU9 8RR. There will be an excellent selection of gifts and clothes.

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Title and Deed Sunday 17th March 3pm Conford Village Hall is hosting a Farnham Maltings live theatre production. This is a matinee performance of the beautiful, poetic one man show, 'Title and Deed' by Will Eno. The performance will be followed by tea and cake. Join them for a haunting, funny and quietly moving examination of what it is to search for 'home'. As space is limited, please book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets £15, which include refreshments, available from Passfield Stores or from Penni Ward on 01428 751826. The Wey & Arun Canal Did you know that Zachariah Keppel, a builder from Alfold, went bankrupt trying to construct the Wey & Arun Canal in 1813? Or that the canal was in part built by French prisoners of war? Local groups and organisations can find out more fascinating facts about the Wey & Arun Canal, its history and present journey back to life by booking a talk from the knowledgeable team at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust. Trust speakers can provide presentations on every aspect of the canal, covering all interests and age groups. Previous bookings have ranged from gardening clubs and wine groups to Scouts and Cubs. There are still spaces left on this year’s programme. There is no fixed charge for a speaker, but a £60 donation is asked for to support the trust’s restoration work. If you are interested, email talks@weyandarun.co.uk, or go to https://weyarun.org.uk/content/request-speaker.

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Spring Plant Fair which runs from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. You can meet the growers and choose quality plants from over 30 specialist nurseries. Plants on sale include many with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Also on at this time, 23rd/ 24th March is the Bonsai Show. It’s a specialist show that will include plant and bonsai equipment sales, displays and care information aimed at beginners through to experienced growers. Historical Association West Surrey Branch Tuesday 19th March 7.30pm A lecture by Professor Lawrence Goldman of St Peter’s, University of Oxford entitled ‘Disraeli and the Transformation of Victorian Conservatism, 1846 – 1880’. A distinguished historian and excellent speaker, he gives his assessment of a Tory leader who had wit, style and cunning. Takes place at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4BW. Students free, non members very welcome (£3 at the door). Further information from Rollo Crookshank on 01252 319881 or email crookshank@starkmann.co.uk. Orchid Talk Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd March Scared of orchids? It might sound a little over-dramatic but Squire’s Garden Centres has found that many local gardening enthusiasts can be intimidated by what is often voted the UK’s favourite flower! Squire’s has the cure. Six of its garden centres across Surrey are hosting a series of special events where orchid expert Dr. Manos Kanellos will share March 2019

the secrets of how to care for these stunningly beautiful but delicate plants. You can even bring along your own orchid for a free MOT! Tickets are £10 and include a drink and a special voucher offering £5 off selected orchids bought on the day of the event. Places are limited so book now at www. squiresgardencentres.co.uk. Dig for Victory The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on people to submit photos of their wartime vegetable gardens as it gets ready to mark 80 years since the outbreak of World War II and the Dig for Victory campaign. The charity will display advisory material and wartime propaganda that inspired people to grow more food to supplement ration-book diets at its library and gardens in the autumn and will include photos of families’ own gardens and allotments. Photos and additional information for the Dig for Victory exhibit should be sent to libraryenquirieslondon@rhs.org.uk. They will be on display at RHS Garden Wisley, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex and RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire from 14th October – 17th November. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk. Hale Garden Club Thursday 21st March 2pm-4pm The newly reformed club will meet on the third Thursday of each month starting with Thursday 21st in Hale Village Hall. The format of the meetings will include a sales table, talk, members chat and tea and coffee etc. The entrance fee is £3

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be Exploring our Industrial Heritage – the Basingstoke Canal. Contact Pat on 01252 721576 to book; cost is £5 per seminar for both members and non-members. For full details of this season’s programme visit www.farnhammuseumsociety.org.uk. Waverley Singers Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm Their spring concert takes place at St. Andrew's Garrison Church, Aldershot GU11 2BY. Richard Pearce conducts the choir which is accompanied by Philip Scriven and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. With soloists from the Josephine Baker Trust they perform Handel's Dixit Dominus and Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven. The retiring collection is in aid of the Frimley Park Stroke Appeal. Tickets £15 [£5 students / U18] from choir members, or ticketsource/ waverleysingers or by calling 01252 792609. Farnham Festival Sunday 24th to Thursday 28th March If you love live music and want to see some out of this world performances, then go and support the annual Farnham Festival which is landing at the Farnham Maltings in March. Farnham’s young musicians from local schools and music groups will be performing an exciting and unique programme of concerts to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Take your pick from 8 space themed concerts including Jazz, Instrumental, Choral and Rock & Pop; there really is something for everyone! Tickets: £7.50, children 16 and under free. To view the full programme of concerts and buy tickets, visit farnhammaltings.com or for more information, visit www.farnhamfestival.org.uk. Indoor Bowls Sunday 24th March Do you want more exercise, a chance to meet new people and make new friends, then why not have a go at indoor bowls? Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club in Alton is holding an open day. Go and have a go at bowling any time between 10am and 4pm – all equipment will be supplied. Contact the centre manager Margaret Holden for more details on 01420 541543 or visit the club’s website www.cpibc.net. Energy Bills Did you know that you may be able to get charitable help to pay off your gas and electricity debts? Citizens advice work with local charities to help the most vulnerable and those with priority need. If you would like to know more about help available from local charities, or you would like Citizens Advice Waverley to check if you could save on your energy bills contact them at 0344 848 7969 or call in to see them at Bridge St in Godalming, Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. See www.waverlycab.org.uk. Voluntary Action South West Surrey Are you interested in volunteering? Have you got any spare time that you would like to use to help the community? At Voluntary Action South West Surrey they advertise hundreds of volunteering opportunities with a wide range of organisations across Guildford and Waverley. There are many fantastic reasons to start volunteering including the positive effects

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V. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT US AT WWW.VANTAGEPOINTMAG.CO.UK The lecture will include some beautiful and varied art from Rembrandt to Pollock, all with the common thread of selling for over $100 million each. Ian will also look at the buyers and sellers and the back-story and try to answer the question 'Are they really worth it?' Doors open at 7.15pm. Rushmoor Male Voice Choir At their recent rehearsal the Rushmoor ‘Odd Fellows’ Male Voice Choir presented a cheque for £1,500 to the Prostate Project for their PSA Testing Day Appeal. This sum was raised from the Farnham Maltings Christmas concert at which the charity announced their new appeal. Well done to all those involved! The Choir will be performing a number of concerts over the coming months, including participating in the annual Farnham Flash Festival from 1st to 30th June for the third year running. Details can be found on the choir website at www.rushmoormvc.com. Talk and Supper Friday 29th March 7.30pm This will be a fascinating evening with Colin Johnson who is a leading internationally accredited Geographic Profiler. A police officer for 30 years he now specialises in investigating major crimes such as murder, stranger rape and abduction. He assisted in identifying the killer of Millie Dowler. It takes place in Crondall Village Hall and tickets are £16 which includes a hot supper and ice cream. Call 01252 850787 or email crondallvillagehall@ gmail.com. The bar will be open from 6.45pm and proceeds will go towards the Village Hall Building Appeal. Elstead Garden Club Spring Show Saturday 30th March 2pm-4pm Elstead Garden Club invites you to their annual Spring Show at Elstead Village Hall. Visitors will find entries of cut flowers, pot plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, photography and food. The Show is open to the public from 2pm-4pm. Entry is free and homemade refreshments will be available. The afternoon will end with a prize giving and raffle. All visitors very welcome! Rushmoor Male Voice Choir Saturday 30th March 11.30am and 2.30pm Presented by The Wardrobe Ensemble and co-presented by house this is a production for age 3 plus. Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station. It’s a unique theatrical experience for children, exploring the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. Tickets are £8 and group bookings and family tickets are available. Call 01252 745444 or go to www. farnhammaltings.com. Vox Farnham Chamber Choir Saturday 30th March 7.30pm Be transported to the Lands of the Midnight Sun with the Spring Concert of Vox Farnham Chamber Choir, entitled 'Nordic Dreams.' With music by Gjeilo, Grieg, Ešenvalds and Lauridsen amongst others, there will be something for everyone. It takes place at St Thomas-on-The Bourne, Farnham. Tickets £15 (u/18s free) on the door, or £12 in

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advance from the Parish Office 01252 715505 (open 10am12.30pm) or email voxchamberchoir@outlook.com. Find them on Facebook - search for 'Vox Chamber Choir Farnham'. Vivaldi Singers Come and Sing Event Saturday 30th March 10am–4.30pm They will be rehearsing and singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Farnham Methodist Church, South Street, Farnham finishing with a concert at 5.30pm. Tickets for Singers are £15 to include music hire. To attend the concert only, tickets are £5. To book please visit www.vivaldisingers.com. Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood Sunday 31st March Special cruises will be running on the canal on Mothering Sunday. Also, themed Easter Cruises will be running on Good Friday, 19th April, Easter Day, 21st April, and on Easter Monday, 22nd April. Bookings for all special events and weekend public trips can be made online via the Trust website www.weyandarun.co.uk. For enquiries about private charters, volunteering opportunities and membership, call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk. The Farnham Society Monday 1st April 7.30 for 8pm The talk by Dr Sophie Therese Ambler is entitled ‘Simon de Montfort, England's First Revolution and the Death of Chivalry, 1258-1265’. Farnham and its surrounds were at the heart of the first English revolution: it was an attack on the church of Shere, and the dragging of captives to Farnham Castle, that provoked Montfort and his allies to take action in 1258. Seizing power from the king, Simon de Montfort ruled England at the head of a revolutionary government, until he and his followers were cut down in the greatest noble slaughter since 1066. Takes place at St Joan’s Centre, Farnham GU9 8DJ. Tickets on entry £4 members, £6 non members. For reservations email - 1socsec.fsoc@gmail.com www.farnhamsociety.org.uk. Jumble Sale Saturday 6th April The Sands Church in Farnham Is holding a jumble sale with lots of clothes, toys, bric-a-brac and accessories. Tea and coffee and cake will be available, admission £1. If you would like more details, or have items to donate, please contact Ann Payne at ann.payne303@btinternet.com or call 01252 782873. Eczema Information Afternoon Saturday 6th April 2pm The West Surrey and North East Hants Support Group of the National Eczema Society are once again organising an Information Afternoon at the Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, Guildford GU2 7YG. The topic is ‘The role of Good and Bad Bacteria in Eczema’ and the speaker is Professor Carsten Flohr, Consultant Dermatologist at St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about this distressing, itchy skin condition. There is no admission charge; donations are most welcome. National Eczema Society literature will be

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