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City Life Saturday 29th April to Saturday 17th June The New Ashgate Gallery in Waggoners Yard, Farnham presents an exhibition exploring living in a city. City living can be an eye-opening experience. Any person who has lived in a city has had a crash course in life. The city never sleeps. It is expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded tube rides. Yet, it is vibrant, surprising and energetic. This exhibition captures city living in painting and photography. Do pop in and have a look; entry is free.

Heartstart Wednesdays 3rd, 17th May and 14th June Now approaching the end of its fifth year of teaching Emergency Life Support skills (ELS), the Heartstart Farnham Lions team of volunteer instructors and helpers expects to have trained around 850 local people before they take a well-earned summer break. Why don’t you become one of the growing number of people in the community who can now confidently approach and help a casualty, who may well be in danger of swift and premature death, by booking for one of the last three classes still with vacancies before autumn? All classes take place at the St John Ambulance Hall, near Waitrose, Farnham on Wednesday evenings, commence at 7pm and take about two and a half hours. Each class delivers the whole course. They are free, although donations towards expenses are welcome should they be offered. Take a look at the scheme’s website or email for further information and to reserve a place.

Farnham Rep Tuesday 2nd May 7.30pm Their chosen play in May is a fascinating new play by Paddy Gormley called 2020 Vision. The play covers four ages set respectively in 1960, 1980, 2000, and 2020. The action takes place largely in the mind of Alec an 80 year old as he recalls the events that have shaped his life. It is on at Brasserie Blanc, Castle Street and Brasserie Blanc are offering a Theatre Special two course meal for £11.95; last orders at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10.

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Thursday 4th May The Plan has been produced by Farnham Town Council in consultation with its residents and businesses. It provides a strategy for the development in Farnham as a whole, defining where new homes and businesses will be built and what infrastructure should be provided. It ensures that the distinctive areas of Farnham remain so, and helps protect its surrounding countryside for future generations. The council are urging residents to use their vote and say yes to the plan.

I love this time of year, especially when the weather is as nice as it’s been lately. As I write I have a slight smile on my face as I think we have at last won the battle against the jackdaws who have decided they would like to build a nest in our chimney. We must have collected three bin bags of twigs dropped onto our hearth. But, hey, no twigs for two days – I think our constant shooing away has worked and they have decided to find alternative accommodation. Result!

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<6 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Sam Bailey at Princes Hall Aldershot Thursday 4th May 7.45pm Before she stole the hearts of the nation by winning the tenth series of The X Factor at Christmas 2013, Sam worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree as well as performing on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for several years. She brings a great line up of guests including The Rock Choir. Tickets are priced at £30.50/Friends £29 and are available from the Box Office on 01252 329155 or via Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 4th May 2.15pm for 2.30pm Di Terry will be giving a bread making demonstration followed by the Annual Resolutions and an exhibition by the Art and Craft Groups. It all takes place at Elstead Village Hall. There will be the usual delicious tea available to all members and visitors. Why not go along and join them; they have some excellent speakers lined up for 2017, including, on 1st June Michael Laikin who will talk about ‘A Day In The Life Of An Antiques Dealer’ and on 6th July Barry Jutsum will talk about ‘My Life as a Detective Constable’. They apologise for the change of order in their Programme in April 2017; occasionally unforeseen circumstances require changes to advertised speakers. There is no requirement to live in Elstead to become a member. You can contact the President, Venetia Pierce on 01252 702415. Dean Friedman in Concert Friday 5th May 8pm Dean Friedman first delighted audiences with his chart-


topping hit, Lucky Stars, which paved the way for a slew of hits from his critically-acclaimed album, ‘Well, Well Said the Rocking Chair’, including Lydia, Rocking Chair, Woman of Mine, McDonald’s Girl and Ariel. He will be performing at Farnham Maltings. Tickets are £25; pre-show dining and ticket £33.50. Call 01252 745472 or go to www. Surrey Border Movie Makers Friday 5th May They meet on the first Friday of each month and are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama and documentary. They always welcome new members so if you are interested in seeing what they do, visit their website They meet at the St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ. There is plenty of parking and your first visit is free. Contact: The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May One of the foremost antique fairs in the south of England, it takes place in The Marquee, Petworth Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 OQY. There is ample free parking and a courtesy shuttle between the fair and Petworth town centre. Open 11am -8pm on Friday, 10.30am-6pm on Saturday and 10.30am-5pm on Sunday. More information at or on 01797 252030.

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Sports Utility Vehicle sales are booming. It's easy to see why, given their lofty height offering a commanding view over the top of lesser motors, together with perceptions of improved safety and grip, say Andy Goundry. Prestige brand manufacturers seem to have capitalised on this booming market by pushing prices ever higher. Typically, a Range Rover can now easily cost well over £100,000. Surprisingly, in these increasingly diesel-discriminatory days, many prestige models are either only available with diesel engines, or confine petrol power to higher-priced versions. For example, whilst Range Rover Evoque prices start from £30,600, the cheapest petrol version is significantly more at £44,100. However, if prestige brand prices don’t appeal to you, plenty of other excellent SUV models are available offering much more for your money whilst still providing similar if not better levels of performance and quality. Some are very low-priced, such as the Dacia Duster whose prices start from only £9,495. Incredible value for money, but beware that the basic specification is exactly that: by the time a few options such as air-con are added the price can increase quickly. A better choice may be the Korean SsangYong Tivoli: not a model of which many people are aware, but well worth considering as its starting price of £12,950 includes such goodies as a five year warranty, air conditioning and cruise control. Volkswagen Group offer some impressive SUVs in the midprice range. The group, including VW, Skoda, Seat, Audi and indeed Porsche, have succeeded in offering a wide range of SUVs catering for all budgets and tastes, thanks to extensive component-sharing between their brands. In fact, this sharing extends to the sites where the SUVs are manufactured. Audi Q3s, definitely one of today’s premium SUVs, are built at a Seat factory in Spain, whilst a Skoda factory is home to the Audi Q5. Typical of this commonality is the Volkswagen Tiguan. With levels of quality as good as any of the prestige brands, the mid-sized Tiguan is available in a wide range of versions and prices, from an effective 1.4-litre petrol starting at a reasonable £23,140 up to a mighty 240PS / 500Nm diesel. I tried a Tiguan in extremely well-specified SEL form, which features Volkswagen’s 4 Motion four-wheel-drive system along with lots of useful equipment. The standard specification includes a an 8” touchscreen navigation system, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a 12.3” customisable dash display screen, and parking sensors front and rear, all topped off with a panoramic, opening sunroof. And all for a starting

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price of £31,170, almost identical to the base model Range Rover Evoque, which lacks most of those features and is only 2-wheel-drive. Despite the SEL’s already comprehensive specification, Volkswagen had equipped the test car with just about every option in the book, resulting in an on-the-road price of around £40,000. Not cheap, however kitting an Evoque to a similar level would set you back closer to £55,000. To us, the Tiguan seemed more spacious and smooth-riding than the Evoque, and quality levels of interior trim felt similar. One feature

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likely to appeal to caravanners and others is an impressive 2,500kg towing capacity, only 200kg less than the much bigger and more expensive Volvo XC90 and much greater than the 1,800kg of the Evoque. When the optional trailer reversing system is specified, the Tiguan should make a superb tow car. On the safety front the Tiguan scores highly, having recently been nominated as ‘Best Small SUV’ by Euro NCAP, the organisation responsible for assessing European car safety standards. Currently available with 5 seats, a 7-seat version of the Tiguan is also expected soon. In the meantime, seven seats are already offered by the newlylaunched and slightly larger Skoda Kodiaq. Sharing most of the Tiguan’s engine and transmission options, the Kodiaq range is a little cheaper and even more extensive. For example, for a driver who needs to venture off-road regularly, the Kodiaq Scout version offers rugged bodywork, with plastic panels protecting the lower sections of bodywork together, with a raised ride height and 4-wheel-drive in all models. Prices for the Kodiaq range start from a very reasonable £21,495 for the 1.4 petrol S model. Even a top-of-the range 2 litre 180PS petrol ‘Edition’ model at £33,545 comfortably undercuts an equivalent Land Rover Discovery Sport, one of the few other 7-seat SUVs in this size, and which is presently unavailable with a petrol engine. Last but certainly not least within the Volkswagen Group SUV line-up is the smaller Seat Ateca, starting at £17,990. This Spanish-built SUV has only been on sale for a few months, yet has deservedly already garnered many awards, including What Car’s ‘Best Small SUV of 2017’.

The Ateca is again available with a wide range of engine and gearbox options, ranging from an economical 1.0 litre petrol engine with 6-speed manual transmission and 2-wheeldrive, up to a 190hp 7-speed auto with 4-wheel drive. Our test car was a 1.4 litre Eco TSI 150PS petrol, 2-wheel-drive manual gearbox version, a specification likely to be the choice for many families. Emissions and fuel consumption are impressive, with only 123g/km of CO2 and a claimed combined fuel consumption of 52.3mpg. The top of the range ‘Excellence’ model with this engine retails at £24,440, although equipment levels of some of the lower specification models are almost as good and usefully cheaper. The days of Seats being of humdrum quality are long gone. Closing the doors gives a reassuring

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Ride, on the optional 19” wheels fitted, was perhaps a little on the firm side, although still soft enough to cushion the passengers from the worst of our dreadful road surfaces very effectively. Roll, often the bugbear of similar tall SUVs was well-controlled, and overall the ride and handling package was well-judged.

‘thunk’ of solidity. Indeed, anyone used to the premium feel of a Golf will be instantly at home inside the Ateca, for trim materials and finishes are of excellent quality, tactile soft-feel materials being used almost everywhere. The interior offers plenty of room for passengers, and not at the expense of luggage space either, for the Ateca’s boot offers 510 litres of space, usefully more than most family hatchbacks. All four doors open wide, making for very easy entry and exit to all the seats. Once aboard, legroom is generous as well. All this within compact external dimensions – at 4363mm long it’s only just over 100mm longer than a Golf, and only 40mm wider. One of the highlights of driving the Ateca was its smoothness and extremely low noise levels. Performance from the 1.4 litre engine was entirely adequate, thanks to the diesel-rivalling 250Nm of torque on tap from only 1500 RPM.

As with the Tiguan and Kodiaq, safety is given a high priority. Front Assist and City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Protection are standard on all models, constantly scanning the road ahead for collision risks, sounding warnings and triggering emergency braking if need be. Additional safety features can be specified including Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning. The awards and praise are well-deserved for this excellent family-friendly motor, especially at a price point which undercuts most of the opposition by some margin, together with a class-leading residual value after 3 years of up to 50% according to CAP experts. As alternatives, then, to the likes of Range Rover, BMW and Mercedes, the SUV models from Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen make a lot of sense. Try them before you buy that Evoque, X3 or Q5 – you might be pleasantly surprised. Image from top left: Tiguan's Head Up Display – an incredibly useful option; Kodiaq’s upmarket cabin.

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<8 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Lego Lego Lego Saturday 6th May 10.30am-4pm There is a lego exhibition at Farnham Rugby Club with some wonderful displays. You can play in the create area or browse the market place to buy special goodies. Call 01252 717710 for tickets or email It is in aid of Farnham Assist.

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RHS Garden Wisley - Pelargoniums in the Glasshouse Saturday 6th May to Thursday 11th June The Glasshouse team put together a breathtaking display of these amazingly versatile plants to delight visitors to the temperate zone of the Glasshouse. Take pleasure in the colours and perfumes of one of Britain’s favourite plants. The Glasshouse is open from 10am to 5.15pm. Free with Garden admission. See Surrey County Walkers There are walks planned for every Saturday in May and a couple of Sundays as well. You should be able to get full details from walkers. Just to give you a taste, there is an easy 6mile walk on Saturday 6th May around Millbridge, Little Pond, Kings Ridge and Frensham Village. Meet at 10am in Hollowdene Recreation Ground car Park. Ref 186/845422. Walk leader is Jill 01252 724171. All walks start promptly at the stated time and are taken at a brisk pace. Car Boot Fair Sunday Sunday 7th May 8am-12 noon The Rural Life Centre in The Reeds Road, Tilford GU10 2DL will be holding its second boot fair of the 2017 season. The car boot fee is £6 with free entry to buyers and is organised in aid of the museum. Do go along to see what great bargains can be had. Phyllis Tuckwell Plant Sales Sunday 7th May 10am-1pm The Hospice hold plant sales on the first Sunday of every

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RHS Garden Wisley For more than 200 years, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been the force behind the nation’s love of gardening, backed up by its core vision to ‘enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place’. A shining example of this is the charity’s flagship garden, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, which is one of the UK’s most visited and best-loved gardens. As both a hub of horticultural excellence and a top visitor attraction, the popularity of the garden has grown substantially over the past decade, with visits increasing from 750,000 to over one million per year. Growing Wisley for Everyone Recognising the increasing popularity and horticultural significance of Wisley, the RHS made a commitment to enhance its future and secure its position as a centre for excellence through its Strategic Investment Programme. As part of this commitment, some extraordinary plans are now in place at RHS Garden Wisley. These include the development of a new welcome building and bustling ‘village square’, revitalising the historic science laboratory, and creating a new dedicated Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning. 14

Head of RHS Garden Wisley, Stephanie Fudge said: “We are thrilled to be able to share the vision for RHS Garden Wisley with our visitors as it sets a clear way forward for us to enhance our reputation as one of the most horticulturally-significant and welcoming gardens in the world. The developments at Wisley will enhance the facilities available, and enable visitors to experience world-class horticultural delights, advice and research findings.” New Welcome Building In the stylish new entrance and courtyard, visitors can meet up with friends and family before enjoying the garden. A range of enhanced facilities will be included, such as a new shop, café, plant centre, and membership area. Once visitors have entered the garden, there will be a new restaurant and an enticing village square. The square will also include dedicated space for specialist nurseries to promote plants and share expert advice through

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the garden’s regular flower shows, demonstrations and temporary displays. The Laboratory Reborn By following the entry path, visitors will be greeted by a new vista of the iconic Arts and Crafts-style science Laboratory building and the gently-steeped lawns that will be in keeping with the building’s elegance and academic heritage. Additionally, following the enhancements to the interior of the laboratory, it will be open to the public for the first time in over 100 years. Visitors will be able to step back in time and explore where and how scientists pioneered horticultural research, and where generations of students have learned their profession. The remarkable building will become a hub for visitors to learn about the history of the RHS and discover many of the gardening and botanical heritage treasures from the historical library and collections held at Wisley. New Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning RHS Garden Wisley has been home to RHS science and the School of Horticulture since 1904 but the current facilities require improvement to ensure modern scientific research and learning can flourish. May 2017

Images from top left: RHS Garden Wisley new avenue of Cherries; RHS Garden Wisley Science and Discovery Centre, Wisley Hilltop (both © Forbes Massie); view of the Lab and Canal in summer at RHS Garden Wisley (© RHS).

The new Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning will be a state-of-the-art building that will inspire excellence in horticultural science and learning, enabling scientists and researchers to address some of the key horticultural challenges of the 21st century, and to share this expertise across the globe. The building will contain laboratories, exhibition space, teaching studios, and facilities for the charity’s nationally important Herbarium, science and library collections. This move will also open the extensive collections and research to the public, providing improved access to expertise and knowledge to allow for ‘better gardening’ for everyone. Additionally, the new centre of excellence will be surrounded by three beautiful educational gardens where visitors will

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11th May: Bat Walk Discover the secret world of bats at sunset, on a walk organised by the Surrey Bat Group. 6th May -11 June: Pelargonium Display With more than 100 cultivars of Pelargonium, this will be a vibrant display of beautiful pink and red blooms, and myriad different leaf shapes and textures.

be able to see how horticultural science has had an impact on our daily lives. The Garden of Health and Wellbeing is a strikingly modern interpretation of Europe’s earliest physic gardens – will focus on the benefits of gardening and ‘green space’ for mental health and wellbeing. The World Kitchen Garden will showcase edible plants and how best to cultivate and use them. It will be filled with fruit, vegetables, and culinary herbs from British staples to exotic crops, as well as heritage cultivars and novel ideas. Finally, the Nature Garden will explore the natural processes and cycles that occur in gardens, and how cultivated gardening can work with and complement the wild. The garden will be an intriguing educational hub in natural history and in environmental sensitivity, to show just how beautiful a wild garden can be. Timeline of Activity The exciting programme of developments is now underway at RHS Garden Wisley and the staggered schedule of work has commenced. The first of the changes sees the Wisley Garden Library reopening in Gardiner’s House from 10th April 2017, and improvements to some paths around the garden are now being made. The new Welcome Building and surrounding area is set to open in summer 2018, and the Centre for Horticultural Science & Learning is due to be completed by summer 2020. Watch this Space This spring, visitors will be able to see the planned improvements for RHS Garden Wisley in a new behind-the-scenes exhibition on Seven Acres. Visitors can also access up-to-date information about the project at any time, by visiting the website at


13th–14th May: Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia Show On top of a riot of colour in the competition classes, information on lime-tolerant rhododendrons, expert advice and free tours will fill this magnificent show. 20th May: Photography Morning Enjoy an early spring morning in the garden to take the perfect photograph of the spring colour. Open from 7.30am. 27th–28th May: Birds of Prey Bring the whole family to discover all about birds of prey. See the magnificent birds up close, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm. 27th May–4th June: Budding Gardeners As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, local schools will build their own mini show garden, to be judged by the garden’s Curator. The gardens will be on show until 4th June and there will also be the chance for the public to vote for their favourite. Sponsored by Rotary. 27th May–4th June: May Half Term Join them for a week of exciting free activities, including sow and grow workshops, as well as arts and crafts sessions, all themed around the fascinating world of bugs and slugs.


1st–4th June: NEW Family Gardening Show Enjoy a fantastic family day out at their first family gardening show. Listen to fascinating talks, have a go at some workshops, and take part in our special In the Night Garden themed zone – including Upsy Daisy Yoga, flowerpot decorating, planting night-scented stocks, music and storytelling. Download and follow our free augmented reality trail. Learn more about where our food comes from and interesting ways to cook it. Be sure to visit our trade stands to browse a range of inspiring children’s gardening goodies. All events are subject to normal garden admission. For RHS members, admission is free unless otherwise stated. Visit the website for details at

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month, from April to October, to raise money to fund the amazing work they do in the area. From bedding plants and trailing flowers, to larger shrubs, vegetable plants and even trees, there is a vast array, and all at much cheaper prices than you would find in the shops. You don’t have to wait for these monthly sales to buy your greenery – wide arrays of plants are on sale every day at the Hospice. Go along on a day which is convenient for you and browse through the wonderful display at your leisure. All plants are marked with their prices, so all you need to do is choose your favourites and take them to the Hospice reception to pay. The Hospice is situated on the corner of Waverley Lane and Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8BL, and is fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on the plant sales, call 01252 729446, email or visit Farnham Speaker’s Club Monday 8th May Learn confidence through public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Farnham Speaker’s Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at the Farnham House Hotel. For more information, email Annie on annie.pritchard@ or call 07866 086887. West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Monday 8th May 7.30pm The WSGSWD has around 95 members and always welcomes new members and visitors. Anyone with an interest in textiles whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced crafts person is welcome to go along to any of their meetings. The


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<19 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD Frensham Pond Sailing Club Saturday 13th May 10am-2pm Have you thought you might like to try dinghy sailing? Frensham Pond Sailing Club is holding its open day on Saturday 13th. Free taster sails are on offer. Just bring a change of clothes in case you get wet! For more information see Making Music for Marie Curie Saturday 13th May 6.45pm for 7.30pm An evening of music and song, with a variety of bands, groups and voices, including Ukuleles! The Farnham Fundraising Group for Marie Curie is hosting this special musical event, with a line up including the Sound Company and Alresford’s leading ukulele band. It takes place at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham GU9 7QU. There will be a bar serving wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and light snacks, plus a raffle. Tickets are just £5. For more details, contact Jill on 07768 107571 or email Farnham Library – Storytime Every Monday term-time only The end of April saw the re-launching of Storytime, aimed at the under 5s. Storytime is an hour long session that will run every Monday at 10.30am, term-time only. Visitors will be encouraged to take a special Storytime ticket from outside the library, they will read two stories with participatory help from the children, have a themed craft each week, enjoy some much needed snacks, and sing a few songs to finish off the morning. Mixed into the morning will be a community coffee


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My passion for wildlife began many years ago as a small child when I used to collect newts and lizards to take home to my mother, who was a little less enthusiastic about my collecting habit. It progressed from there into studying zoology as a degree after a spell of living and flying balloons over Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve in East Africa. It was there that my love of wildlife photography began but there’s plenty to photograph inKenya and much of it’s easy to spot. Surrey’s wildlife is bit less obvious and not quite so easy to get up-closeand-personal with but there’s plenty of it out there if you know where to look. I’m by no means an expert but I do have a few useful tips to pass on. It’s not necessary to have the most expensive kit and longest lenses to get the best shots. Whilst May 2017

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batteries but where can you find some great wildlife to photograph in Surrey? In case you didn’t know Surrey is the most wooded county in the UK and has a wealth of nationally important species, some of it in your own garden or back yard. Gardens are a good starting point and a great place to practise. The right plants and food can entice a variety of birds and other creatures into your garden including bumble bees, butterflies, beetles, foxes and more. Learning a bit about your subject matter and its behaviour can really help you to get ‘the shot.’

if you can find something nearby to steady your camera on such as a fencepost, branch, rock or wall. Make sure your subject is in focus and the exposure is correct; better still use a continuous shoot mode. Many cameras these days have this option and can shoot up to 6 frames a second, this is especially useful for wildlife photography and capturing moving subjects. Make sure you check your camera’s focus settings. There are many tutorials available about all the basics and essentials of whatever make and model your camera is and its capabilities on YouTube, which is brilliant if like me, you hate reading manuals. So you know how all your kit works, you’re dressed appropriately for a day outdoors, you’ve remembered your memory cards and your spare 22

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages 80 nature reserves around the county, perfect venues for taking your camera and capturing some wonderful photos. The river Wey is also a great place to find an assortment of bird life, from swans to kingfishers, ducks, coots, geese and a host of damselflies and dragonflies. Another excellent location is Bushy Park, located next to Hampton Court Palace. It’s the perfect venue for a day out with plenty of red deer who are fairly tame but don’t get too close to the stags during the mating season or the rut from early September to November. Remember they are wild animals and respect their space. The best time of day for photographing wildlife is often what photographers refer to as the ‘Golden Hour,’ that time of day just after sunrise or an hour before sunset when the light is at it’s best. Wildlife photography is a great hobby to get your kids involved with and an excellent way of teaching them about the natural world. It’s also fabulous to be so close to nature. So charge up your batteries, fire up your gear and get snapping! THE AUTHOR Dani is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for wildlife, and she loves hopping into hot air balloons whenever the opportunity arises. You can follow Dani on Twitter and Instagram as @MamaBalloon or check out her website at or find her in facebook as Dani Maimone Photography.

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Have your say in the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan referendum Farnham neighbourhood Plan may 2017

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On Thursday 4 May a referendum will be held for Farnham people to decide whether they wish Waverley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Farnham to help it decide planning applications in Farnham.

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Facts about the Plan 1. The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan project has been led by Farnham Town Council, which is independent of Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councils. 2. Residents and businesses have been widely consulted over several years about how land in Farnham should be used and the type of development that should happen across the area for the next 15 years. 3. The proposed Plan shows the housing and employment sites needed in Farnham and identifies key sites where development could take place. 4. The Plan has been shaped and influenced by Farnham people and endorsed, with minor modifications, by an independent Examiner. 5. To become a legal document, a referendum must be held to find out if the wider community agree with the content of the Plan. 6. If the majority of voters are in favour of the Plan, Waverley Borough Council will have to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the Farnham area. 7. If there is a majority voting ‘No’, the Neighbourhood Plan will not be adopted and there will be less clarity about where future development will go in the Farnham area. The Neighbourhood Plan and further information can be found at or May 2017

The official launch of Farnham in Bloom took place in April with a reception at Forest Lodge Garden Centre. The Mayor of Farnham was joined by representatives from Corporate Sponsors Farnham Specsavers, staff and members of Farnham Town Council, volunteers from the Farnham in Bloom community group and other supporters of the project. Together, they shared ideas for this year’s Farnham in Bloom activities over drinks and canapés provided by the Forest Lodge cafe. For the third time in four years, Farnham is proud to be representing the south and south east in the Large Town category of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK finals 2017. For full details about how to get involved in this year’s Farnham in Bloom, visit

Key Dates 18 May – Greenhouse open day 24 June – Give the Farnham in Bloom float a loud cheer at Farnham carnival 11 and 12 July – South and South East in Bloom judging days 31 July and 11 August – Britain in Bloom judging 20 September – Results announced for South and South East in Bloom 30 September to 7 October – Sign up to take part in the Autumn Big Pick Week 12 October – Farnham in Bloom awards 25 October – Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshops 27 October – Results announced of Britain in Bloom 17 December – Winter celebration at Gostrey Meadow

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Annual Council Meeting At the Annual Council Meeting on Thursday 11 May, Farnham Town Councillors will elect a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The details of who has taken over from the current Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Farnham will be available on Friday 12 May at All are welcome to attend the Annual Council Meeting.

A floral sight to see Every year, as part of Farnham in Bloom, Farnham town centre and surrounding villages are bedecked with floral displays.

Farnham Town Council has launched a competition to find Farnham’s best secret gardens. There are eight categories to enter, which include: • Best courtyard • Best hanging basket or container • Best front, back or small garden • Best large garden • Best business premises, public house or hotel • Schools’ garden award • Best shop front • Best wildlife garden The competition is free to enter and is open to anybody who lives or has business premises in the Farnham Town Council catchment area. The deadline for entering is Wednesday 14 June. Judging will take place between 21 and 23 June.

The plants, which eventually fill the hundreds of baskets and containers, arrive at the Farnham Town Council greenhouses in March and April as tiny plug plants. The plants are put into pots and nurtured by the Council’s green team (also known as the outside workforce!). By the beginning of May, there are around 17,000 plants growing in the West Street greenhouses, which makes for a stunning display. To share this beautiful sight, Farnham Town Council will be holding a greenhouse open day on Thursday 18 May. Anybody who is interested in visiting should please contact Lara Prior at or call her on 01252 712667.

The winner of each category will receive a trophy and certificate and £50 in garden vouchers. All entrants will be invited to the Farnham in Bloom Awards’ ceremony in October.

Farnham Walking Festival

Further information and entry forms can be found online at or picked up from Farnham Town Council’s office in South Street.

Farnham’s first walking festival will be held from Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 May and includes over 30 walks which vary in length from 1.5 to 7.5 miles.


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All walks will be led by experts and enthusiasts and are free of charge. Each walk has a different theme and location. Walks include Life in Farnham Castle, the industrial heritage of the town, public art, and the natural landscape surrounding the town. There will be walks in Rowledge, the Bourne, Hale and Upper Hale. There will be a number of accessible walks that will enable wheelchair users and walkers of all abilities and ages to discover historic Farnham and the surrounding area.

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Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book or for more information about the walks visit or pop into Breaking Free, an independently owned outdoor clothing and travel equipment shop based in The Borough.

Summer Events Programme Farnham’s summer season of entertainment, which is sponsored by Kidd Rapinet, will begin on Sunday 28 May with the return of the Spring Festival. The Festival, which is sponsored by Trueman and Grundy and Bushbaby Travel, will be held on Gostrey Meadow and will be opened at 2pm by the Rock Choir. Throughout the afternoon until 7pm, there will be live music from local musicians including Brass Monkeys, Mirrorsong and Grandpa’s spells. If you are feeling energetic, take part in a Taiko drumming masterclass, pick up a few ball skills from Aldershot Football Club and learn how to street dance with The Dance Movement. Other activities include the Farnham Maltings’ pop-up craft stall and a mini funfair.

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Farnham Town Council has a fabulous programme of live music planned for this year’s Music in the Meadow. The first concert will be on Sunday 4 June from 3pm to 5pm at Gostrey Meadow. Music will be performed by twentyfivemiles and the charity tea tent will be hosted by Bells Piece. The full concert schedule can be seen at

Month of performance

This June will see the inaugural month of performance brought together as the Farnham Flash Festival. Look out for a wide range of theatre, dance, music and readings on every day in June at a variety of locations. To see what is happening visit

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Surrey Artists’ Open Studios - 3rd to 18th June Other activities include the chance to try out family -friendly printmaking techniques with artist Kathy Adams while the Jeffreys Cottage group will be holding special demonstrations of work all day, with each artist talking about their inspiration and their working methods.

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For sixteen days in June Surrey artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for the annual Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) event taking place in artist’s studios right across the county. There will be over 148 studios open across the 16 days. As well as a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, the summer open studios event offers visitors the opportunity to view demonstrations, buy artwork, enter a free prize draw and even get involved in creative workshops. Studio locations are throughout Surrey and its borders. For the first time this year, Saturday 3rd June will see artists offering an array of activities exclusively to visitors on the first day of this popular countywide event.

“This unique event offers an exciting opportunity to meet artists and makers in Surrey, to hear about and see first-hand their practice and to admire their work,” says Jane McGibbon coordinator of SAOS. “The artists taking part also offer ample opportunity to take part in workshops, and to meet fellow enthusiasts en route. Whatever your interest, painting, printmaking, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery or sculpture, SAOS is a brilliant opportunity to discover creative people who live and work in Surrey.” Some artists offer trails that help you to plan a full day out; just ask for details when you visit a studio, or check out the advertised trails on the SAOS website. In 2016 over 16,000 people visited the studios of Surrey artists making this a highlight of the cultural year in the county.



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Sands, Farnham GU10 1LJ. They are open every Tuesday for lunch from 12 noon until 2.30pm and you will be assured of a friendly welcome and sumptuous food. All profits from the café are shared between the Parish and The Good Shepherd Church Fabric Fund. For further information on the café, or to make a booking, contact Ann Payne at ann.payne303@btinternet. com or call 01252 782873. The Farnham Pottery Tuesday 16th to Saturday 27th May 10am-4pm Adele Goulty, who is a ceramic artist, potter and experienced tutor, has an exhibition entitled ‘Hand Building in Clay’. On Friday 19th there will be an opening with the artist from 6pm to 7.30pm when she will give a talk. On Saturday 20th May, she is holding a workshop from 10am to 4pm at a cost of £60 including lunch. She offers an invaluable lesson in design development techniques and the craft of hand building in clay, refined by her over the last 20 years of making and teaching. For more information and to book, go to www., email info@thefarnhampottery. or call 07879 667000.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 Volunteers from 18 Surrey charities and organisations nominated for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 recently received an official thank you at a special reception at Loseley Park. They have to wait until 2nd June to see if they have won an award. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers and it the highest honour given to volunteers. So if you know of volunteers who are making a real difference to their communities, now is the chance to nominate them for the 2018 awards. Details are online at queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview or email



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Hale Village Hall Coach Trips Wednesday 17th May There’s a trip to Lacock Village and Abbey. Leave Hale War Memorial at 10am. Tickets £20 per person. If you wish to visit the Abbey there is an additional entrance charge (National Trust members free). There are further trips: On Saturday 10th June, a visit to Rochester Dickens Festival, leave Hale War Memorial at 10am. Tickets £20 per person. On Sunday 2nd July, a Solent Cruise on the SS Shield Hall. The SS Shield Hall is a restored coaster and owned by a charitable trust. Leave Hale War Memorial at 1pm Tickets £45 per person inclusive. For more details and booking, contact Geoff on 01252 711993 or Lorraine on 01252 722848. Waverley Dowsers In March, Waverley Dowsers ran a pilot ‘Mums and Daughters Workshop’ at the Unitarian Church Hall in Godalming. As far as they know this was a first for the British Society of Dowsers and was a great success and gave attendees an insight into the world of dowsing. The group draws members from a wide radius of their Godalming base including Crondal, Cranleigh, Lightwater, Farnham, and Reigate. They have a very informative website, www. and you can get further information May 2017

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<35 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD by contacting Michael Haxeltine on 01252 541639 or Geoff Mitchell on 01276 472977. Elkie Brooks in concert at The Maltings Friday 19th May 7.30pm Elkie Brooks is one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced and I for one am a huge fan. Now in the 5th decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new. Tickets are £27.50, pre-show dining and ticket £36. Call 01252 745472 or go to www.farnhammaltings. com. Farnham & District Museum Society Afternoon Seminars Friday 19th May repeated Monday 22th May 2pm-4pm Farnham’s wealth over the centuries derived from its trade in wool, corn and hops; the subject of the seminar will be the markets and trade on which the town’s prosperity was built. Held in the Garden Gallery at the Museum of Farnham, each seminar is led by local historian and author Pat Heather. Friendly and informal, there is a tea and coffee break halfway through. Call Pat Heather on 01252 721576 to book a place. A fee of £5 per seminar is payable. Full details can be found at Coope Boyes and Simpson Saturday 20th May 8pm Described as an ‘Impassioned acappella trio’ by The Daily

Telegraph, they will be in concert at The Medici Theatre, Weydon School, Weydon Lane, Farnham GU9 8UG. Probably best known for their musical accompaniment to Michael Morpurgo’s public readings this will be their last concert in the South East on their UK farewell tour. Full details can be found at or by calling 01483 871443. Tilford Bach Society Festival Prelude Concert Saturday 20th May 7.30pm Taking place at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham GU9 7PW, Pegasus Choir will perform a programme by JS Bach: Mass in G, BWV 236; Sanctus in D, BWV 238; Bach Cantata Aus der Tiefen ruf ich, Herr, zu dir BWV 131; Bach Cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich BWV 150. All welcome. Tickets are £14.50 in advance or £16 on the door, anyone aged 8-25 and accompanying parents/music teachers may attend free thanks to CAVATINA. Full information on or call Sue on 01252 613130. Farnham & Bourne Choral Society Saturday 20th May 7.30pm The Society, under its enthusiastic conductor, Calum Fraser, is moving the venue for its Spring Concert to the Aldridge Theatre at Frensham Heights in Rowledge. The programme will feature Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba plus Vivaldi’s Gloria. The soloists will be Mary Walker, and Fiona Joice, talented young singers currently studying at the GSMD and Royal Academy of Music respectively. Reserved seats at £15 can be booked from 01252 721075. Visit for

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Farnham Chamber Music Club Sunday 21st May The May concert is always billed as a party. Drinks are served before a concert programme made up of a number of shorter pieces, after which there is a sociable buffet. This year, the club would like to invite local musicians to come and get to know the members in the relaxed environment of an enjoyable social and musical event. Despite the ‘Farnham’ of the title, members are drawn from a wide area. For details and contact, see Cobbett’s Wey Decorative and Fine Arts Society Wednesday 24th May 7.45pm Evening Talk on Rick Mather’s Millennium Museums: Ashmolean, Dulwich and Wallace at Farnham College, Morley Road, Farnham GU9 8LU. Andrew Hopkins will speak about how the Millennium saw the transformation of several major museums. He will look at the architectural strategies used by Mather to transform these museums into fascinating modern masterpieces. Free parking. Please arrive by 7.30pm to enjoy a free glass of wine, peruse the books and get to know other members. Visitors are most welcome. (£5 if you are a member of another NADFAS group or £7). For more information call 01252 793811 or visit Germaine Greer: Women for Life on Earth Friday 26th May 7.30pm Farnham Maltings is the venue for this fascinating and challenging talk about the inevitability of Ecofeminism by the redoubtable Germaine Greer. This event will give you plenty to

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With Beth Otway

In praise of pumpkins

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The weather in May can take us by surprise - we might be basking in the heat of the sun, or we are equally as likely to be jolted, shocked and stopped in our tracks, as we turn to grab our coats to protect us during periods of rather bleak, chilly weather. It's the same for our plants. They won't enjoy a check in their growth if inclement weather strikes, so take care to protect any tender plants in your care this month. Whatever the weather, summer isn't far away. There's a wide range of seeds you can sow this month in your garden or at your allotment. Swede 'Magres' is a fully hardy variety of swede, which can be sown outside directly in the soil where it is to grow now. 'Magres' offers good mildew resistance, and produces tasty, purple topped, yellowfleshed swedes. There are many wonderful varieties of beetroot that you can sow directly in the soil outside now. 'Chioggia' is a wonderful beetroot. When you slice it in half you'll be greeted with pretty concentric circles of pink and white beetroot flesh. 'Burpees May 2017

Golden', and 'Touchstone Gold' are lovely, yellow beetroot varieties, and 'White Detroit', 'Albino', and 'Albina Verduna' are beautiful, white varieties of beetroot. Pumpkins are so much fun to grow! You can sow pumpkin and squash seeds in a greenhouse, on your windowsill, or outside but with protection from the elements. Pumpkins aren't fond of cold weather - they won't tolerate frost. So do ensure you wait for warm weather conditions, and harden your plants off, by gently acclimatising them to life outdoors during the daytime, and then bringing your plants back undercover for extra protection at night for two weeks or so prior to planting outside. Remember to protect your seedlings if cold weather is forecast. Pumpkin and squash seeds germinate readily in the warmth. Sow each pumpkin seed on its side or vertically - this will help water to run off and prevent the seed from rotting if it doesn't germinate right away. Pumpkin and squash plants resent having their roots disturbed, so if you're sowing your seeds in pots prior to planting in the soil outside, ensure your containers are large enough to contain the seedlings, and their roots, until you're able to plant

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Larger fruited varieties of pumpkin and squash require more space and will happily and rapidly advance onwards, taking over a vast area of ground in very little time. The minimum space you should offer each pumpkin is 6ft by 6ft; more would be far better, but any less would be unkind, as these cucurbits don't grow well when faced with competition. Pumpkins hate windy weather, so choose a sheltered spot, or if you garden on an exposed site, create a windbreak to protect your plants. Jerusalem artichokes grow to be tall plants, which provide a good windbreak, or you could make your own shelter using some fine mesh or netting if you prefer.

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them outside - these are quickgrowing plants which need more room than you might expect at every stage of growth. Pumpkins and squashes don't grow well in areas of compacted soil, so take time to dig your soil over and loosen any compaction. Double-digging would be ideal, but you could find an alternative planting space where the soil isn't compacted and doesn't Beetroot 'Chioggia' require digging if you prefer. Pumpkins and squash plants thrive in raised beds, but the plants will also take over these precious growing areas and any nearby ground very rapidly. When planting out your pumpkin plants, or when sowing your seed directly in the soil, make a wide, shallow well in the soil for each pumpkin plant or seed you sow. The well doesn't need to be deep; just enough of a dip in the ground to provide some shelter for your pumpkin, and to provide a collection point for water when it rains, or when you water your plants. Pumpkin plants can be surprisingly versatile and accommodating. Most of the varieties that produce small fruits, for example 'Munchkin', 'Jack Be Little', and 'Baby Boo', will happily scramble up tepees, arches, or homemade supports, where they create a beautiful and atmospheric sight as their fruits ripen in autumn. But do ensure that your pumpkin supports are strong and braced accordingly, in order to be sturdy enough to support the full weight of your growing plants and their harvest of pumpkins. You don't need to grow these smaller pumpkin plants as climbers - they will happily scramble over the ground. 42

One place that pumpkins will be very happy to be planted is on top of your compost heap - the warmth from the decomposing vegetable and plant matter below will aid and comfort your plants no end resulting in earlier fruit production. Consequently, the compost heap is an ideal place to sow seeds of your largest pumpkin varieties; this is the place to try to break the record for the largest pumpkin at your local show. You might opt for the readily available Pumpkin 'Atlantic Giant', or you might decide to spend a little more money on a few special, giant pumpkin seeds from a champion grower, the choice is yours! Ideally your compost heap won't be overflowing and your plant waste and vegetable matter won't have yet reached the top of your compost heap, so that your pumpkin plants will have some shelter and protection from the surrounding wood, pallets, or whatever your compost heap is constructed or reined in by. Then tip a bucket or two of good-quality compost on top of your compost heap, make a shallow well to sow your seed directly into, or plant your pumpkin seedling into this compost if you've already started your plants off indoors. I love growing pumpkins, I am sure you will too. Good luck!

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<38 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD gardens open for public viewing’ are hotting up. More than twenty five gardens are committed to open over the weekend with several new gardens and some of the fabulous former favourites. Plants are being potted ready for sale and bakers are practising for some delicious homemade cakes that make visiting the gardens so tasty! A two day entry is just £6; children under 12 go free and can enter a competition supported by Grayshott Pottery too. Check out the new website and like their facebook page Hidden Gardens of Grayshott. For more information, email hiddengardensofgrayshott@gmail. com or call Cheryl on 07838 248626. The Friends of Farnham Park Tuesday 30th May 7pm for 7.30pm They have an illustrated talk entitled ‘Rowhill Field Centre’. It will be given by Roy Champion who is the chairman of The Field Centre and known for his interesting illustrated talks. It takes place at Rowhill Field Centre, Cranmore Lane. Non-members £ 3. Family Gardening Show at RHS Garden Wisley Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 10am-5pm It’s half term so why not enjoy a fantastic family day out at the first ever family gardening show. Listen to fascinating talks, have-a-go workshops and take part in the special In the Night Garden themed zone. Including Upsy Daisy Yoga, flower-pot decorating, planting night scented stocks, music and story-telling. Plus download their free augmented reality trail and meet characters from the best-loved preschool show. Learn more about where our food comes from and interesting ways to cook it. Plus opportunities to purchase children’s gardening goodies from their trade stands. Free with Garden admission. The Hedgehogs Golf Day Friday 2nd June Farnham’s local charity is holding their 13th Annual Golf day at Hartley Wintney Golf Club. The day includes breakfast on arrival, 18 holes of golf, evening meal, prize giving, raffle and charity auction. The event is open to individuals and teams of four at a cost of £70 per head. Proceeds will help Local People in Need and other charities and organisations including The Source ( Further details can be obtained by contacting Hedgehogs organiser, Mike Dunkley on 07901 137306 or mikejdunkley@gmail. com. Alternatively, go to for further details. Cruise on the Basingstoke Canal Saturday 3rd June Why not enjoy a 2½ hour cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal in aid of the Pilgrim Project at Farnham United Reformed Church. The boat departs at 2.30pm from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham and the cost, at £12.50 per person, includes a cream tea. Tickets can be purchased from the Spire Cafe at the church in South Street or by emailing It is sure to be great fun! May 2017


Phyllis Tuckwell Skydive Sunday 4th June If you’re looking for an adrenaline hit which is out of this world, then here’s a chance to sign up. Run by the Army Parachute Association at the UK’s largest skydiving drop zone, in Netheravon, Wiltshire, the skydives are held to raise money for local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for patients and families who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer. After an in-depth training session at the site, you’ll be taken to the aircraft and attached to your experienced tandem instructor. At 12,000 feet you’ll both make the jump, experiencing freefall speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before your instructor deploys the parachute canopy and you begin your gentle five minute descent to the landing zone. The next skydives will be on Sunday 4th June and Wednesday 27th September. Registration is £50 and Phyllis Tuckwell asks that you raise a minimum of £450 in sponsorship. For more details and to register, visit www.pth., email or call 01252 729446. Surrey Artists Open Studio Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th June Ten artists in the north Farnham area will be opening their studio during this time and will be demonstrating, providing workshops, make and takes and taster sessions. They are a group of textile, ceramic, mosaic, pottery, glass, paper, embroidery and painting artists and

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This month, we have a couple of recipes from Jack Sturgess, who runs Bake with Jack. He hosts private courses and also runs classes in Surrey. You can book him to entertain friends with an evening's bread making demonstration in your own home, or celebrate together with a bread making party with your friends and family. He has even developed his own range of Bake with Jack Bread Making kits so you can bake at home without Jack being present. Visit for more information. SR

Sunfower Seed Plait

Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour 175g strong white bread flour 7g salt 7g sachet of dry yeast, or 12g fresh yeast 250g room temperature water 20g soft butter 100g toasted sunflower seeds Serves 4-6

Method: 1. Weigh your two flours and salt into a large bowl. Weigh the water into a jug. If you are using fresh yeast you'll need to dissolve it into the water before moving on to step 2. If you are using dry yeast, pop it into the flour bowl 2. Pour the liquid into the bowl and mix everything together until it comes together into a dough, turn it out onto the table 3. Knead the dough on a clean table for 8 minutes, without adding flour. After this time spread the dough out across the table and sprinkle over 75g of your toasted seeds. Continue kneading for a couple of minutes until the seeds are evenly dispersed throughout. 4. Shape the dough into a ball, using a light dusting of flour, and place it back into the bowl. Dust again, cover with a clean cloth, and leave to rest at room temperature for 60 minutes May 2017

5. When your dough has puffed up nicely, dust the table with a little flour and turn the dough out onto it. Flatten the dough slightly and cut it into three pieces. Roll each piece up into a sausage, about 40cm long. To make the plait, bring the three tips together. Fold the left sausage over the middle, then fold the right sausage over the new middle one. Continue all the way to the end of the loaf and pinch the ends together 6 Brush your plaited loaf all over with water, and sprinkle over the remaining 25g of seeds so they stick. Transfer the loaf to a parchment lined tray. Allow 30-45 minutes for your shaped dough to prove up under a cloth. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 190°C fan/gas mark 7. 7. Slide the tray with the loaf on into the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Bruschetta This is an easy recipe using the pumpkin seed bread on the previous page. It uses lovely English asparagus which is now available to purchase in the shops - grab it while you can!

Ingredients: 10 aparagus spears 30g broad beans A handful of rocket leaves 150g ricotta A few sprigs of mint 1lemon 7 or 8 toasted almonds 1 garlic clove 3tbsp olive oil 1tsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp caster sugar 2 slices of pumpkin seed bread (recipe overleaf) Serves 2

Method: 1. Mix your ricotta with 2tbsp of chopped mint, a little finely grated lemon zest, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. 2. Next, heat a grill pan on the hob until it is nice and hot 3. Snap the woody stalk from the end of your asparagus and discard. Grill the asparagus spears on a high heat until charred on all sides, season with salt and pepper as it grills. Remove from the pan and place in a large bowl to cool 4. While the asparagus cools, you can make your lemon dressing by whisking together 1tsp Dijon 46

mustard, 1/2 tsp sugar, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt. Slowly add 3tbsp of olive oil while whisking to emulsify 5. Pop your broad beans out of their skins and add them to the bowl with the cooled asparagus. Add the rocket, crush your almonds and add them too. Dress everything nicely with your lemon dressing. 6. Toast 2 slices of your pumpkin seed bread. Rub with a cut clove of garlic and season with salt 7. Build up your salad onto each bruschetta, alternating with spoons of your minted ricotta 8. Drizzle with olive oil and serve

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Newlands Corner to East Clandon This walk, through woods and fields, has some long but not very steep ups and downs. It starts at Newlands Corner which follows the trend of our recent walks by having yet another magnificent view. Be warned that Surrey County Council is soon to start charging people to park at Newlands Corner. We are told that this charge will cover the management of the site as well as improvements to the existing facilities. The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club (

The walk 1. Take the track running down past the righthand side of the toilet block which is behind the cafĂŠ. Ignore an immediate left and an unsigned right. Immediately reach a post and turn right at a bend and then go right again, off the track. Ignore an immediate unsigned left. At a T-junction take a bridleway left and then fork right. Pass an amazing old yew tree. At a T-junction go right and immediately left. At a yellow arrow turn left. Quickly reach a T-junction with a wide track and turn right. Ignore rights and lefts for about 250 yards then take a path right that has a grassy entrance and climbs a little. 2. At a tiny cross paths go straight on. At a T-junction turn left. Pass the fourth tee of Merrow Golf Course. Fork right (where left would take you closer to the course) and continue to reach Todds Lane. Cross, go left for 50 yards and take an unsigned path right with the course on your right-hand side and trees on the left-hand. Very quickly follow a yellow arrow forking left and almost immediately follow an arrow


left past a 3-post barrier and into trees. Now follow yellow arrows, left alongside a split paling fence and around the edge of the course. Reach a line of houses and follow the path right and still alongside the fence. Ignore a gap through to the houses. A little further on the path forks off left and into trees then follows a wire fence and finally emerges on an access road by the cricket club, a gym and tennis courts. 3. Follow the road right, down to the main road. Cross and take the footpath right, at the far side of the ornate entrance gates to Clandon Park. Head straight out across fields, initially on a narrow tarmac path and soon forking left at a 2-way signpost. Walk along by a fence and follow a yellow arrow right at the first corner. Again follow arrows along a track, across another track, along the outside edge of a field and on to another cross track, straight over and half-left across a field to trees. Pass a pond. Cross two footbridges and continue on. Reach a T-junction with a wide vehicle track.

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4. Turn right (you can see the shell of Clandon House off to your right) and go straight over a cross tracks. Continue on to the main road. Turn right and walk along towards the church. Just before it, cross and take a lane, left, between cottages. This becomes a track and then a narrow path. Follow it for 1/3 mile to reach a T-junction with the East Clandon Golf Club’s access road. Turn left. Walk past the club house. Reach a bend where the road swings left and some signposts point left and there is a sign saying ‘to the car park’. Here turn right (unsigned) to cross a tiny footbridge on which there is a sign warning that the public footpath is about to cross the course. Walk straight out across the fairway to continue along a wide grassy track through trees. 5. Continue straight on past a 2-way signpost with a broken finger. Walk along the left-hand edge of a fairway. At the eighth tee, follow signposts forking left. Again walk along the left-hand edge of a fairway. After 150 yards the path forks left into the tree line. Reach a house and a T-junction with a road. Turn right and, ignoring an immediate footpath right, walk to another T-junction with a road. The Queens Head pub and the church are to your left. You could picnic in the churchyard. 6. After lunch, with your back to the church, go to the right along the road. Just before the A25, turn left into a section of dead end road. Exit its far end to cross the A25 into Blakes Lane. Follow this left for some ½ mile, passing some farm buildings. Turn right and walk up a track that climbs to a house at the end of a road. Follow this road over a rise and down to some houses at Hook Wood. Here, take a path off to the right and follow it through for over ½ mile to another road. Turn right and walk along this for 500 yards to reach a footpath left, starting by a concrete bowl sunk into the ground at the side

of the road. This footpath wends its way through trees and soon reaches another road. Go straight across, through a small car park and then continue straight on for 1¾ miles to reach Newlands Corner.

DISTANCE: 9 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 STARTING POINT: Park in the large car park at Newlands Corner (charges may apply). Image: View from Newlands Corner across this valley that lies between North Downs and Greensand Ridge. © Copyright Colin Smith

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<43 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD have devised a North Farnham Art Trail map, for their visitors to follow, making an enjoyable day out for the whole family. The event is free and an ideal opportunity to see artists at work in their own studio. Suitable for the whole family, including children. To get a copy of the map you can facebook North Farnham Art Trail or email Janet Gale at Wey & Arun Canal Trust - Poddle Sunday 4th June The annual Poddle is basically a sponsored walk in support of the restoration of ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’, a waterway which ran from Pallingham in West Sussex to Shalford in Surrey. This year, walkers will follow a 12-mile route around the Arun Valley, starting and finishing at Ingfield Manor School at Five Oaks, north of Billingshurst, with lunch at Wisborough Green Scout Hut. The Trust provides a detailed guide to the route, a free lunch and refreshments including tea and cake along the way. In return for a great day out in the Arun Valley, walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £20 each for the Trust in sponsorship. Individuals and groups can register to join the Poddle at For more information, call Margaret on 01483 894606 or email her at poddle@ Lecture on the paintings of John Constable Wednesday 7th June On Wednesday 7th June, the Farnham Public Art Trust is Bourne Buildings May 14_Layout 1 11/05/2015 14:51 Page 1





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Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

difficult they will become for people. When death is discussed openly, it becomes easier for everyone involved to help patients have the death they want, in the place of their choice – whether that is at our hospice, in a care home, or in their own homes.”

Although it’s something which will happen to us all one day, death is a subject which is often skirted around in conversation. It’s hard to deal with because we don’t like to think about the death of a loved one, or indeed face the end of our own lives. But not talking about death won’t make it go away, and indeed the more we discuss this thorny subject, the easier it becomes to face and accept it. And from 8th to 14th May, organisations across the UK, including local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell, will come together to help us do just that - in Dying Matters Awareness Week. Dying Matters is a coalition of organisations which was set up by the National Council for Palliative Care to promote awareness of dying, death and bereavement, and to help people talk more openly about these matters. Its members include the NHS, hospices, care homes, charities, social care groups, community and faith organisations, schools and colleges, and funeral directors. Phyllis Tuckwell is a Hospice Care charity which supports patients and families in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, who are living with a terminal illness such as cancer. “We are keen to support conversations around death and bereavement,” says Sarah Brocklebank, Chief Executive at Phyllis Tuckwell, “because dying really does matter. The more we can encourage our patients and their families to have these difficult conversations, the less

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“We would like to see a society where dying, death and bereavement are seen and accepted as a natural part of everybody’s life cycle,” continues Ms Brocklebank. “By discussing these matters more openly, we can help people to access the range of support and care services which are available to them, and at an earlier stage in their illness. We can also help to dispel some of the misconceptions people have of hospices being gloomy buildings lined with beds, and reinforce that most of our care, 85%, is given outside of our in-patient unit, delivered in the community - in either patients’ own homes, care homes, or day centres. Our support is all about enabling people to have the best quality of life, with the people they love, in the time which they have left.” Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers every day - in their own homes, in the community, at the hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. It provides all of its services free of charge, and has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to do this. As well as offering medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support to patients and families before death, it also cares for the relatives of its patients after death, offering one-to-one and group bereavement support. Every Tuesday it runs an Open House session from 2pm to 4pm at the Hospice in Farnham, where anyone who wants to can come along to find out more about the care which it offers. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to let them know that you are coming – just drop in. FIND OUT MORE For more information, please visit the website at or telephone 01252 729400.

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<50 JOTTINGS - YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD browsing or playing you will always bump in to friends and families that you haven’t seen since the last fete and catching up with the latest news. Please see for more information and we look forward to seeing you on the day. Walk for the Wards 2017 Sunday 11th June from 9.30am This hugely popular annual fundraising event, in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell, offers both five and ten mile routes so you can choose which best suits your fitness level and energy reserves! It will once again start in Tilford, although this time walkers will set off from and return to Waverley Abbey School, rather than Tilford Institute, which has been the start and end point in the past. Registration is £12 for adults and £5 for children (u-14s), but fees will be higher on the day, so it’s best to sign up in advance. Once you have, you will be issued with a walker’s pack and some suggestions of ways in which you can fundraise. To register, visit, call 01252 729446 or email Art Exhibition and Sale Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th June Fleet Art Society is again supporting Fleet Hospital with their Annual Art Exhibition. It will be held at The Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath, Fleet GU51 1HA. The Church is open from 1.30pm on Thursday and from 10am to 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday (Saturday 5pm) Admission is free so why not pop along and see what local artists can achieve. Farnham’s Flash Festival This June there’s an exciting new event - a whole month of performances every day. Featuring soloists, choirs, musical theatre, musicians and bands, opera, dance and drama and the spoken word; there’s bound to be much that will appeal to everyone. The aim of the Festival is to showcase the wealth of performance that Farnham has going on, to raise awareness, to grow audiences, to help local businesses by increasing footfall, and generally to have fun. Shows could happen at any time of day, and in a variety of locations – in

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