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

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

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

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DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL AND THE TUNNEL

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

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

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

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DEVIL'S PUNCH BOWL AND THE TUNNEL “We’ve always had some lovely lichens here, some quite rare, and these are now spreading up towards the old A3 route – which is a sign at last of good air quality, and something walkers and school groups can enjoy. Alan, our education officer, leads visits from local schools and some as far away as London. He has been working on a tracker backpack for the school children which has activity sheets and identification guides inside.”

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The largest ever survey of over 8,000 walking enthusiasts for their best walks had The Devil’s Punch Bowl rated in the top 100. At the time of writing, ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks hadn’t yet revealed the UK’s top walk – but if you’ve not ventured to this remarkable National Trust property add it to your bucket list. It’s free to visit – and you’ll not be disappointed. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk. FIND OUT MORE National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-commons-and-the-devils-punch-bowl Natural England www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

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

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

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

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

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Sensational Sweet Peas • GARDENING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1. From the back of the car park, go past the noticeboard and the Surrey Hills pole to the famous viewpoint over the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Turn left along the wide level high path, passing some tall pines. After about 700m with fine views, you reach oderate walking a junction of tracks near a prominent relay mast, Date written: 19-jun-2011 by the small Highcombe Edge car park. Bear slightly right, through a gate or over a grid, passing a Date revised: 3-feb-2016 noticeboard. In 100m fork right on a narrower path that rejoins the main track while giving better views of the Punch Bowl. A little further on, by a marker post, fork right with the main track but immediately feedback: feedback@fancyfreewalks.org fork right again on a lesser path that leads to a seat or distributing this document exactly as and a memorial to the bequeathal of Highcombe on main webpage. r editing. See Principles Copse to the National Trust. Continue onwards to rejoin the main track. Highcombe Copse is one of several pieces of donated land that make up the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Historically, the Punch Bowl was regarded as a dark malevolent province of

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

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

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News Spring 2018

Farnham in Bloom

How you can get involved The judges of last year’s Farnham in Bloom expressed how impressed they were by the variety and quantity of community involvement. There are many ways for you to get involved in this year’s campaign including:

It is wonderful to see residents’ gardens waking up after a long winter. Spring bulbs planted in public areas by the Farnham in Bloom Community Group are providing a delightful splash of colour and there is a lovely display of tree blossom in the town’s cemeteries.

• Entering a category in The Secret Gardens of Farnham competition • Sponsoring a floral display or hanging basket • Taking part in a community litter pick • Bringing your children along to a Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshop • Cheering on the Farnham in Bloom float at Farnham Carnival • Signing up to be a volunteer Bloomin’ litter picker • Visiting the greenhouse open day in May More details about how to get involved in Farnham in Bloom can be found at www.farnham.gov.uk/bloom.

The Farnham in Bloom team has already started to think about this year’s entry into South and South East in Bloom. Over 20,000 plug plants will soon be planted into hanging baskets and containers where they will be nurtured in polytunnels by Farnham Town Council’s outside workforce team. In late May, the hanging baskets and tubs will be relocated into the town and surrounding villages ready for another year’s spectacular display.

Say it with flowers on Mother’s Day! Are you looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will last longer than a bouquet of flowers? If so, how about showing your Mum how much she is appreciated by sponsoring a town centre hanging basket? For £60, the basket will be displayed from June until October and we’ll add your Mum’s name to our sponsor board on South Street. Interested? Email lara.miller@farnham.gov.uk to reserve your basket. March 2018

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West Street cemetery

Commonwealth flag-raising

This year, Farnham Town Council will be entering West Street Cemetery into the ‘Large Cemetery’ category of South and South East in Bloom.

On Monday 12 March, Farnham Town Council will host a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day.

The judges will award points for well-laid out spaces, good specimens of trees, areas set aside for wildlife and good horticulture and gardening practice. As part of an ongoing maintenance programme of the town’s cemeteries, the Garden of Reflection at West Street has been undergoing some improvements. The roses have been pruned to encourage healthier growth and some self-seeded and overgrown plants have been removed. Some additional shrubs and flowering plants have been planted and the old pergola at the entrance to the garden has been replaced with a new one.

Cemetery improvements Pathway replacement Pathways are continuing to be resurfaced at Green Lane, Badshot Lea and West Street cemeteries.

The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge will raise the Commonwealth flag outside the Council office in South Street. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens. Everybody is welcome to attend the ceremony which will take place at 10am.

Commonwealth War Graves Farnham’s cemeteries have 74 Commonwealth War Graves. These belong to casualties of World War I and World War II. The graves are marked with the traditional memorial of Portland stone and are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Grass cutting The start of spring signals the beginning of the grass growing season. From March, Farnham Town Council’s outside workforce will start their regular programme of grass cutting in the town’s cemeteries.

This year, Farnham Town Council will be planting poppies in front of the graves to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war.

For queries about the cutting of grass verges in public areas, please contact Waverley Borough Council on 01483 523333.

Farnham Town Council has renewed its commitment to supporting a community toilet scheme for Farnham. The initiative, which was introduced in 2016 encourages local businesses to work with the Town Council to provide clean, safe and accessible toilets during their hours of business.

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having to make a purchase. Participating businesses can be identified by a sticker in their window and include:

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2018 will be a year of activity in Farnham. The popular Walking Festival will return from 20 May to 3 June and our spring/ summer season of outdoor events will begin on Sunday 27 May with the Spring Festival.

Any local business interested in finding out more about the scheme should contact Lara Miller at lara.miller@farnham.gov.uk.

Setting the council tax Farnham Town Councillors have taken the decision to increase the 2018/19 council tax by a modest three pence per week. For a Band D property, this is an increase from £61.03 per year to £62.62. Farnham manages to minimise council tax increase and provide a full range of services by supplementing its income with nearly £200,000 from fees and charges. The Town Council receives around three per cent of the total council tax paid by Farnham taxpayers. The money is used to provide residents with allotments, the repair and maintenance of bus shelters, cemeteries, Christmas lights, the Farmers’ Markets, community events, the funding of CCTV, graffiti removal, community noticeboards, public toilets and over £75,000 of grant funding for local organisations. Of the remaining council tax, 10% goes to Waverley Borough Council, 12% goes to Surrey Police and the Crime Commissioner and 75% to Surrey County Council.

Throughout June, you can be entertained by the Farnham Flash Festival and remember to pencil out Saturday 30 June for the Farnham Carnival and Sunday 1 July for Picnic in the Park. On 8 July, the charity bike ride and cycle races will take place in and around Farnham. Looking ahead to September, the Gin Festival will be held on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September. Keep an eye out for details about tickets as they will sell out very quickly. To keep up to speed with what is happening in Farnham, visit Farnham Town Council’s events calendar at www.farnham.gov.uk/events.

Invest in Farnham Are you a business based in Farnham? Would you like to raise your community profile and show your support for your home town? Farnham Town Council has put together a variety of sponsorship packages which will suit all budgets and marketing objectives.There are opportunities to achieve long-term exposure or you could opt for a short, sharp high impact approach. To find the package that best suits your needs, visit www.farnham.gov.uk/sponsorship.

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The Hedgehogs • PROFILE The Hedgehogs is a registered charity and all funds raised are for the benefit of individuals, organisations and smaller charities that are located in and around Farnham. The members of the Hedgehogs come from all walks of life, bringing different skill sets to the organisation. Members include self-made businessmen, professionals and skilled individuals including those who have worked in the construction industry.

THE HEDGEHOGS has been established for some 58 years and its mantra is ‘Helping Local People in Need’ in and around the Farnham area. The charity was formed by a group of young men local to Farnham in the 50s, who wished to give their time to benefit the town and its residents. Since those early days, the Hedgehogs membership has gone from strength to strength and its fundraising activities have somewhat expanded over the last five decades.

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Winter Walk at RHS Wisley Until 31st March Wrap up warm and enjoy the colours of winter at Wisley. Pick up a trail leaflet at the garden entrance and follow the trail around the Winter Walk with its winter interest plants; colourful stems reflected in the lake, sweet smelling winter flowers, frost covered leaves and many different barks showing off their rich textures and colours. Beyond the Winter Walk trail, slip into the Pinetum with its gentle giant evergreens; or wander along the grass paths through the Arboretum where skeleton trees are silhouetted against the sky. Drop in for a warming drink at one of the cafés, or stay for lunch. The walk is free with normal garden admission. For further details about this and other events visit www. rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley. Knit and Stitch Group Friday 2nd March 2.30pm-4pm Join them at Farnham Library on Friday 2nd March 2.304pm for the first Knit and Stitch Group, meeting alternative Friday afternoons. Bring along your own project to work on and meet some new people. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available for a small cost of 50p. For more information contact Farnham Library on 0300 200 1001 or visit www. surreycc.gov.uk/libraries. RSPB North East Hampshire Saturday 3rd March 7.30pm ‘Zimbabwe - off the beaten track’ with Brian Pettit and ‘Techno’ Tim at The Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 8LD. Previous visitors to their meetings will know what a fantastic evening is in store with Brian and Tim – stunning wildlife images all presented on their giant screen. After a number of visits to Zimbabwe, Brian and Tim are able to share their experience of this fairly under-recorded part of Africa’s wildlife heritage calling at historic Selous to the Matopos Hills, Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls. Besides featuring typical large African mammals, this talk also reveals what may lurk under rocks and behind bushes that are home to other less familiar species but nevertheless vital in maintaining the balance of African nature. Entrance is free to group members. Visitors

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • are very welcome. Visitor charge is £3. Parking is free at the hall. New Year, New Job? Do you want to spruce up your CV or polish your interview skills? Waverley Borough Council is piloting a second, free job club in Farnham in partnership with Farnham Town Council and Community Foundation Surrey. Local jobseekers can visit the new job club at the Farnham Town Council Offices between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesdays, as well as the existing club at Sandy Hill Bungalow between 10am and 12.30pm, also on Tuesday. Guildford Advice to Employment (GATE) volunteers will be on hand at both venues to provide support and advice on job hunting. To find out more, contact GATE volunteers Alan Wyle at alanwyle@gmail.com or on 07815 925563. Alton Concert Orchestra Workshop Sunday 4th March Alton Concert Orchestra will be holding an orchestral workshop on 4th March. A day of full orchestra and sectional workshops with tutors Nic Fallowfield and Chris Swann. All orchestral instrument players are welcome to come to the workshop, especially string, brass, French horn and bass players. If you are Grade 5+, play one of these instruments and would like to come along and be part of the workshop for the day please visit the website www. altonconcertorchestra.org.uk or their facebook events page @altonconcertorchestra for more information. Allen Galley, Alton – exhibitions From Tuesday 6th March From 6th to 28th March, an exhibition of photographs by Michael Sleigh on ‘Church Stained Glass Windows’. From 9th March to 26th April, there is an exhibition on the ‘Gurkhas and the British Army’, interestingly a research project led by local young people. Further information on www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk. New ‘Knit & Natter’ Sessions at Squire’s Every Wednesday 9.30am-10.30am (term time only) Knitting is a creative, practical and mobile hobby, which many people say is a great antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life, plus you get to make something absolutely unique. Squire’s Garden Centres have noticed that more and more people young and old are buying wool and craft supplies, so they are now launching ‘Knit & Natter’ sessions at their garden centres in Badshot Lea and Milford in Surrey. These free drop-in sessions are held in Squire’s Café Bar every Wednesday 9.30am-10.30am during termtime. A member of the Squire’s team will greet you and let you know about new products and wool patterns, or you can ask them any craft questions you have. It’s a great place to meet other knitting enthusiasts, swap skills and ideas, or just relax with a drink while you knit and natter! Visit www. squiresgardencentres.co.uk. March 2018

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Theatre Maltings: The Drive, by Angel Exit Theatre Thursday 8th March 8pm An unexpected Nordic road trip throws two estranged friends together. The further they get from home the closer Nat and Becky come to confronting demons of their past. With cutting humour, striking physicality, original music and projections. ‘A touching physical whirlwind’ Reviews Hub. £12 (£10 conc.); pre-show dining & ticket £20.50. More info at www.farnhammaltings.com. Seale & Sands WI Thursday 8th March 2.15pm Seale & Sands will be welcoming Peter Batty who will give a talk on ‘Women in War’. The programme for 2018 offers a variety of talks and activities on the second Thursday of each month at 2.15pm for 2.30pm. For further information contact Susie on 07887 744897. Farnham & District Ataxia Support Group Thursday 8th March 11am Their next meeting is as above. Please go along to find out if this may help you or a friend/relative. Sunflower Café Every Monday The weekly Sunflower Café which offers support to those living with dementia and their carers has moved to a new home at Farnham Conservative Club just off Downing Street. It's a great chance to speak to dementia expert Mary Jordan and meet up with others in a relaxed environment. It is open 10am-12pm every Monday. Please call 01252 783426 for more details or just drop in for a warm welcome. Bake Natter and Roll WI - International Women's Day Thursday 8th March 8pm Bake Natter and Roll WI are holding an International Women's Day Event to mark 100 years of some women gaining the vote and celebrate inspirational women. There will be speakers, a raffle and representatives from local women's groups. Everyone is welcome! Tickets are £3 and all profits will go to their chosen charity, Home-Start 32 VANTAGEPOINT

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Music at the Pottery Friday 9th March Music at the Pottery is a community event held at the Farnham Pottery in Wrecclesham. It showcases local musicians from Surrey and north Hampshire. The line-up for the next event on features The Jim Cozens Band, Claudia Stark, Backwoods Creek and Soph and Cam. Music starts at 8.15pm. If you enjoy live music of all genres performed in an atmospheric venue, then do come along. £5 on the door and BYO, so please bring your own drinks and nibbles. Pottery Lane, Wrecclesham GU10 4SL.

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Quiz Night March 10th 7.30pm Join the fun RNLI quiz, back by popular demand, at Rowledge Village Hall. With a professional quiz master, there is a light supper included in ticket price. Call Nigel to book your place or table on 01252 719650 or email rnli. farnham@btinternet.com. All proceeds to the RNLI. Book early to avoid disappointment! Mothering Sunday Cruise on the Wey & Arun Canal Sunday 11th March 11am, 2.15pm and 4.30pm Special cruises will be running on the canal on Mothering Sunday. A Coffee and Danish Pastry Black Tie service will enhance the relaxing treat for mums (and all passengers)! The trips take one and a half hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children and must be booked in advance. Bookings for all special events and weekend public trips can be made online via the trust website. For enquiries about private charters, volunteering opportunities and membership please call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403, email office@weyandarun.co.uk or visit www.weyandarun.co.uk. Historical Association (West Surrey Branch) lecture Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm ‘The Permissive Society and its Enemies’ by Dr Matthew Grimley, Merton College, Oxford, will look at the profound changes in Britain since the 1960’s. 7.30pm at St Nicolas’ 34 VANTAGEPOINT

Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4BW. Visitors very welcome (£3 at the door), students free. Further information from Rollo Crookshank, tel 01252 319881 or email crookshank@ starkmann.co.uk. Events with the National Trust at Claremont Various dates during March Why not take a trip up the A3 to see what is going on at the beautiful Claremont Gardens? From volunteering opportunities and History walks, to Mothering Sunday, Spring Walk and Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont-landscape-garden for full details on all of these events. Join the Hart Male Voice Choir Wednesday 14th March 7.30pm Gareth Malone’s TV programmes have demonstrated how camaraderie, new friends, great fun and musical achievement are just a few of the benefits of choir membership. Hart Male Voice Choir, currently with about 65 choristers, is now looking for new members. As one of the foremost choirs in south east England, they are in constant demand for concert performances and also like to encourage young singers with competitions supported by their President, Alan Titchmarsh. Previous choral experience is not essential for new members as group voice-coaching and rehearsal CDs are provided. Interested? Go to their Taster Evening at Cross Barn, Palace Gate, Odiham RG29

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world’s largest simultaneous multi-venue dance class on Friday 23rd March. All schools in Surrey and around its borders, including special educational needs schools, are invited and must sign up by 5pm on Friday 2nd March to prepare. The Dance Movement’s target is for 30,000 children, young people and school staff to get involved. More information about the challenge can be seen at www. thedancemovement.co.uk. Bells Piece Charity Concert Saturday 24th March 7pm Bells Piece are pleased to announce that Farnham Music and Drama will be holding a Charity Concert at the United Reformed Church on Saturday 24th March. Doors opens at 7pm. Tickets cost: adults £10 and under 18s £5. Parking is available at Sainsbury’s car park opposite. For more information and tickets please contact Jenny Daniels at Bells Piece at jennifer.daniels@leonardcheshire.org or 01252 748005. All monies raised on the evening will go to enhancing the quality of service they are able to provide to everyone who use the service. Sounds like it will be a fun evening, book early to avoid disappointment. Waverley Singers Spring Concert Saturday 24th March 7.30pm The Waverley Singers Spring Concert ‘Fanfare!’ takes place in St Andrew’s Church, Farnham on Saturday March 24th at 7.30pm. The programme includes Handel ‘Zadok the Priest’, the ‘Gloria’ by Simon Johnson, Vaughan Williams ‘The Old Hundreth’ and ‘The Jongen Mass op.130’ as well as brass ensemble solos. This concert will be supporting the Luna Children’s Charity which is a child-centred charity that trains and supports local people working with children and young people traumatised by conflict, violence and disaster all over the world. For further information see www.waverleysingers.com. Tickets cost £15 (£5 U16s/ students) and are available from www.ticketsource. co.uk/waverleysingers or on the door. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear these exciting pieces virtually on your doorstep and they look forward to seeing you there! Grayshott Concerts present ‘Harp and a Monkey’ Saturday 24th March Folk experimentalists ‘Harp and a Monkey’ sing songs about cuckolded mole catchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… This harp ‘n’ banjo driven electrofolk-storytelling trio is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. Friends for decades, Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences and are proud to have never played anywhere and not been invited back. Their third album, War Stories, came out in July 2016 and was labelled 'bold and brilliant' by the likes of The Sunday Observer. A firm favourite of

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Mike Harding, who gave them their first BBC airplay, the band has since appeared in-session on the ‘Beeb’ with Mark Radcliffe and Clare Balding. Their reputation as a quality live act, has meant that they have twice been invited to appear at the annual international showcase (The English Folk Expo) that highlights the best English folk acts on the circuit. Also, Jim Cozens- now a Grayshott resident, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim has a varied and fascinating back story which includes writing and performing with Cliff Richard and performing the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. He has been a regular supporter of Grayshott Folk Club since he moved there and we are delighted to have him performing for them. His music career has experienced a revival in recent times and he is playing more gigs than ever. Welcome to Grayshott Jim! Takes place at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. Hindhead GU26 6TZ. Tickets: £12 for adults and £6 for under 16s. Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Frensham Royal British Legion Jumble Sale Saturday 24th March 11am This is the first jumble sale of the year. Tea, coffee and cake available. 50p. Frensham Royal British Legion, Shortfield Common, Frensham GU10 3BJ. VOX, Farnham Chamber Choir presents ‘In Flanders Fields’ Saturday 24th March 7.30pm This is a powerful and moving concert of music and poetry to commemorate the end of WWI, conducted by Robert Lewis, with guest cellist Mikhail Lezdkan and organist Julian Cooper, featuring music by Howells, Jenkins, Bach, Haydn among others. Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm, St Thomas-on-The Bourne church, Farnham. Tickets £15 on the door (u18s free). For more information about Vox, find them on Facebook - search for Vox Chamber Choir, or email voxchamberchoir@outlook.com. Bonsai Show at RHS Wisley Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March This specialist show will include plant and bonsai equipment sales, displays and care information aimed at beginners through to experienced growers. Sutton Bonsai will be featuring displays of bonsai pines and demonstrating how to grow these from seed. The Wisley Plant Centre will also host a re-potting, styling and advice service. Visitors should bring their own bonsai trees to The Plant Centre by 11am, £5 per tree. Full details, opening times and ticket prices can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Easter Egg Hunt and Elephant Inspired Craft Join WWF at The Living Planet Centre, Woking, for a range of elephant themed workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Easter holidays. You can also pop along to their Easter Egg hunt in their very own wildlife garden - will you be able to crack the puzzle to claim your chocolate March 2018

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Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell with Farnham Rep Tuesday 27th March 7.30pm Farnham Rep presents a rehearsed reading of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse. A humorous play about the complex, funny, hard drinking journalist who wrote a regular column in the Spectator. Ian Cullen is taking the lead. This will take place on Tuesday 27th March at 7.30pm in Brasserie Blanc in Castle Street. Tickets are £10, call 01252 316009.

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Rural Life Centre Car Boot Fair Sunday 1st April The Rural Life Centre in The Reeds Road, Tilford, GU10 2DL will be holding its first Boot Fair of the 2018 season on Sunday 1st April, running from 8am until 12 noon. The Car Boot fee is £6, but entry is free to buyers and the event is organised by the Rustics in aid of the museum. Do go along to see what great bargains can be had. Head2Head Theatre presents Peter Pan in a Pickle Various dates in April Interactive, walkabout, multi-sensory theatre plus lunchtime activities. Move around their special school venues discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. Fun songs, multi-sensory experiences, Makaton signing, VOCAs, advance packs and familiarisation sessions. Henry Tyndale School (Farnborough) 3rd-4th April and Portesbery School (Camberley) 9th-11th April. Contact office@ head2headtheatre.co.uk, call 01372 278021/07519 747290 or visit www.head2headtheatre.co.uk/familyholiday-activities. Vantage Point Travel Fair Saturday 7th April 1pm-4pm Travel Dream in Bramley together with VantagePoint Travel Club are delighted to announce that their Annual Travel Fair will once again be held at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in

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Farnham Sinfonia Saturday 21st April 7.30pm The newly formed Farnham Sinfonia are performing on Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm. Conductor: Matthew Taylor; Flute: Susan Milan. Programme - Haydn: ‘Trauer’ Symphony; Mozart: ‘Symphony No. 1’; Arnold: ‘Flute Concertos and Fantasias’. Venue St Andrew’s Parish Church. £20 on the door or £15 in advance. 8-25 year olds free. Please pay via Tilford Bach Society website or contact 0300 301 0070. www.tilbach.org.uk. Frensham Sponsored Horse Ride Sunday 22nd April The Hedgehogs, Farnham’s local charity, and the committee of the Frensham Sponsored Ride (‘FSR’), are pleased to announce that the annual ride will take place in 2018. The event will be renamed, the Frensham Sponsored Horse Ride and will be held on Sunday 22nd April. The ride will follow a similar route to the one used in previous years. The organising committee and friends of the FSR have raised many thousands of pounds over the event’s 40 years history. All sponsorship proceeds have been distributed to local individuals, organisations and charities and this will continue under the auspices of The Hedgehogs. Mike Dunkley Chairman of the Hedgehogs said “I’m absolutely delighted that the Hedgehogs have taken on this famous horse ride. With the support of the FSR committee, I’m confident that the Hedgehogs FSHR events’ team will ensure a highly successful charity fund raising event for 2018 and many years to come”. For more information on the Hedgehogs activities, please visit www.the-hedgehogs.org.uk or on the Facebook page TheHedgehogsFarnham. Need to change or make a Will? 23rd-26th April If so, Kidd Rapinet will be happy to help. Farnham ASSIST and Kidd Rapinet will be working together during 23rd-26th April. If you prepare a Will with Kidd Rapinet, instead of paying them, donate a sum equivalent to 50% of the usual fee to Farnham ASSIST to support the charity. Terms and restrictions apply. Call 01252 717710 for details. The Arts Society – Farnham Evening Wednesday 25th April 7.30pm Evening Talk on ‘Klimt and the Viennese Secession: A Kiss

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WIN... tickets to see 'Made in Dagenham' at Charterhouse Godalming Theatre Group presents 'Made In Dagenham' from 10th–14th April 2018 at Ben Travers Theatre at Charterhosue School. Set in 1968 Essex and based on the hit film of the same name, 'Made in Dagenham' is about friendship, love, and fighting for what’s right. Just like millions of other women, Rita O’Grady starts her working day dragging her husband out of bed, packing the kids off to school, and getting to work on time. But life changes forever when Rita, a sewing machinist at the Ford Motor plant, leads her workmates in a strike against the mighty Ford for equal pay... and wins, which directly influenced the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970! Tickets are available at www.gtguk.com or call 07402 484484. To win a pair of tickets for the opening night on Tuesday 10th April, please answer the following question: Q: What year was the Equal Pay Act passed? Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 23rd March 2018.

WIN... a pair of tickets to the Spring Garden Show at Loseley House Loseley Park starts its busy season with the Spring Garden Show on Friday 20th– Sunday 22nd April from 10am–5pm in the stunning Walled Gardens and visitors always look forward to stocking up with plants from the first class nurseries that attend. Other exhibitors include garden bygones and sundries, garden furniture, plant supports and ironwork, home furnishings and food stands, and delicious refreshments are served throughout the day.

Loseley House was built in 1562 and the Walled Garden, which adjoins the House, has had many lives since it was set out formally in the 16th Century. More on the website at www.loseleypark.co.uk. Loseley Park has teamed up with VantagePoint magazine to offer 5 pairs of entry tickets to the Spring Garden Show. To win, please answer the following question: Q: In what year was Loseley House built. Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 28th March 2018. Full terms and conditions are on our website.

WIN... 2 tickets to 'Rhythm of the Night' tour at Princes Hall, Aldershot Strictly Come Dancing dance professionals Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse are coming to the Princes Hall, Aldershot as part of a major new national UK tour. An Audience With Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse – 'Rhythm of the Night' promises dance fans an extravaganza of high intensity Latin and Ballroom favourites in one thrilling evening at Princes Hall on Wednesday 4th April 2018. Ian and Oti always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity partner, with both reaching the final of the hit BBC Saturday night show. Last season it was Oti who almost triumphed with her celebrity partner, Hollyoaks’ Danny Mac. For more information, please visit www.princeshall. com. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, please answer this question: Q: What was the name of Oti's partner in the last season of Strictly? Please enter online at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk by 23rd March 2018. 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.


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