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• THE EDITOR'S NOTE I’m really pleased with this month’s lead article because we really have ‘discovered’ a hidden gem. I was introduced to Bill Biddell and the Hampton Estate by Peter Martin, Chairman of Surrey County Council. He took me along to meet Bill and his lovely wife Bridget and following tea and cake, we were given a tour of the estate, including a visit to the amazing new hop drying (oast) facility that is being built. I immediately knew we had a number of interesting stories to tell about this fascinating local business, which recently won an award for growing the best Fuggle hops in the UK.

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A few weeks later, I went along to their Beef Collection Day which is usually the last Friday of the month. The idea is to pre-order your meat and then go along and collect it and enjoy a cup of coffee and yet more cake. How wonderfully civilised! And breaking news, the Christmas Fair at Hampton's Myrtles Courtyard is on Friday 10th November. Incidentally, Bill is both charming and terribly modest. Alongside running the family estate, he is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey and Chairman of the Surrey County Agricultural Society, which runs the Surrey County Show. It also put on the Surrey Game and Country Fair, which took place in September at Loseley, near Guildford. I went along for the first time this year and it was a real treat. Plenty to see and to do, attracting people of all ages. It seemed that having a dog was obligatory, so Humphrey was in his element and had to be dragged away. Incidentally, there was a stand selling the best pork scratchings ever – yet another reason to visit!

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Keep in mind that your form or posture throughout this fitness routine is much more important than your reps. Quality over quantity! An oldie but goodie is the squat, traditionally taught as a held position against the wall. This hold can be beneficial in building thigh strength, but keep in mind that as we go down the slopes turning and absorbing the bumps, our knees slightly straighten and bend. To improve on the isometric wall squat, place your back against a slippery wall with your feet hip width apart and at least two feet away from the wall. A: gently bend your knees sliding your back down the wall keeping the knees aligned over the second toes. Then B: return to the start position with control. Repeat this movement 10 x 3 and you should feel that familiar thigh ‘warmth’.


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The Hampton Estate Phil Kemp visits a family-owned and run traditional agricultural estate – and unravels one of Surrey’s bestkept secrets. IF YOU have ever taken the road between Puttenham and Seale you will have undoubtedly seen an impressive hop garden nestling on the southern slopes of The Hog’s Back, an imposing 500ft chalk ridge linking the towns of Guildford and Farnham. You may also have had glimpses of historic parklands and woodlands and perhaps, like me, wondered who they belong to. My visit to the Hampton Estate was, certainly for me, the unravelling of one of Surrey’s ‘best-kept secrets’. Bridget and Bill Biddell not only reside at the very handsome Hampton Lodge, they have also taken on the responsibility from Bridget’s family for managing 2,500 acres, providing a kaleidoscope of different uses that bring direct benefit, not just to the estate, but also to the local community. My tour with Bill started in front of some wall-mounted maps in the estate office, which he used to provide a fascinating overview of the full range of activities the family manage on a day-to-day basis. “This is Puttenham Common, owned by the estate but providing 500 acres of open access to the public. It is managed by Surrey County Council and attracts visitors who enjoy the walks and rides it has to offer.”

One of Surrey’s ‘best-kept secrets’ Bill taps a finger on a large dark green area of the map. “We have a lot of forestry activity on the estate, and are well known for the range of woodland we manage. We produce commercial softwoods, and amenity hardwoods with some of this also for commercial use. We are very sandy here, in common with much of Surrey, and being poor


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Bill smiled proudly as he pointed at a framed certificate hanging on the wall. “In 2014, we won the Best of England multipurpose woodland from the Forestry Society. We have three foresters, two full-time and one part-time, and this ensures we have excellent specimens of trees. Not only do we sell logs locally, we also use a lot of the timber ourselves for the biomass boilers we have put in over the last ten years, both in our Shoelands offices development and in the estate houses. And of course, everyone enjoys walking through the woodland where we have installed a car park and opened up the rides.” Walking across the courtyard from the estate office towards some outbuildings, Bill paused and pointed across to Hampton House. “This was recently transformed into a château for a scene from a new television series Deep State. It’s a spy thriller produced by Fox Productions. We were a ‘safe house’ for a mother and two children who were hostages here. She escaped, got out of the house and ran down towards the lake. We watched some scenes being filmed there at night with lots of lights and production people everywhere. It was very exciting!” We entered a beamed room adorned

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Hampton Estate hops

“The estate was used for the filming of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe about ten years ago. We had virtually the whole of Universal Studios here, and they were with us for a year and a half – this because having built the set of the village of Nottingham there was a Screen Actors Guild strike in the middle of filming!” Other filming activity at Hampton has included The Hollow, an episode of the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot and more recently A Field in England, a history drama following a group of deserters from the Civil War in 17th century England. “Filming is certainly a fun side to what we do here. I gave Steven Spielberg a tour of the estate in my pickup once, oh, and we’ve had George Clooney pop in for tea!” Bill’s broad smile hinted at just how much they enjoy the hustle and bustle of a film production invasion. “We are quite well -known in the filming world for big scale sets on a private estate. All the location agents know who we are.” Having seen the impressive hop gardens many a time from the road in Puttenham, and being a bit of an ale drinker myself, I simply had to find out more. In fact, I was quite surprised I had sat on my question for so long!

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had enthusiastically engaged with the photographer’s camera. “We used to milk Guernsey cows, but it got to the point where we were being paid less than the production cost of the milk, so we sold the herd. We restocked with Pedigree Sussex because the Sussex are a lovely breed of cow – very hardy and very relaxed. These guys just potter around and eat everything and anything they can, which works well for us given our poor sandy soil. We have 40 cows and one bull – and 20 of their calves every year go into our beef output. On the last Friday of the month we

“Young trees we are growing need protecting,” Bill explained. “You don’t want the wild deer we have on the estate eating them so we have to cull the deer for control. And our roe deer make excellent venison. We’ve got pheasants of course too.” The Hampton Estate is undoubtedly an outstanding agricultural estate – which thrives on its diversity. Sadly, unless I fall off the bottom of the page, I’ve had to ignore the orienteering, the angling, horse riding, gundog trials, cycling, farm walks, wild herbs, oh - and biomass-heated office space, rented accommodation and venues for weddings and private functions… Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. FIND OUT MORE Telephone: 01483 810465. Email: Web:

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Some people look in their crammed wardrobes but can’t find a thing to wear. Does this sound familiar, asks personal stylist Kirstie Smillie? APPARENTLY THE average woman in the UK wears just five outfits on a rarely altering loop and as we all love a survey, here are some more of Oxfam’s fascinating findings: * Nearly half of the nation admit to having ‘wardrobe rage’ (irrational tantrums when choosing an outfit) * On average, women spend seventeen minutes choosing a look, with men spending thirteen minutes. * Almost a third of Britons feel that their wardrobe is a mess and half confess they need to declutter. * There are 3.6 billion clothes left unworn, a whopping 57 items per person, an average of 16 items left unworn. * One in ten also arrive late for work because of the time spent in choosing their outfits. * Twenty one percent of women admitted that choosing an outfit caused them to row with their partner, and fourteen percent have refused to go out as a result of struggling to feel happy in an outfit. You can start the process yourself with small steps. It is one of those jobs you can tackle on a free morning or a Saturday afternoon; give yourself some ‘me time’, and enjoy a good clothes cleanse.

I have had a lifetime, it feels, of working in the fashion industry, from fashion designer and magazine stylist to a personal stylist. I work with wonderful ‘real’ people and those in particular who have lost direction and confidence or just lack the time to develop a wardrobe that is full of clothes they love.

Tackle one drawer at a time. Take everything out, T-shirts, sweaters, crumpled vest tops. Do they fit? Are they clean? Do you still wear them or could they be useful hanging with that low top that always gapes? Then only put back in wearable, clean items and deal with the others. Another day, another drawer until you are ready to work on the full wardrobe spaces. Give yourself an hour. Decide on a time to look at individual items and try them on. Make an outfit and hang them together to save time, even with the right underwear which is sometimes hard to find at 7am.

Do they need altering? Perhaps the jacket sleeves are too long? Take them along to your local alteration shop and get them to pin and shorten for you.

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Does it make you smile? Such a small thing, but with all the sadness around, clothes can be a comforting layer in your life. Maybe just a soft luxury fabric, a beautiful print or a link to fun memories. A recent client had her lovely motherin-law’s jackets that we had altered to fit, as they were great fabrics and reminded her of sentimental times. Learn to let go Give yourself permission to let go of clothes that may have cost too much and have hardly been worn. We all make mistakes but it’s better to sell or give to charity for someone else to enjoy instead of harbouring guilt over it. Add one or two new Once your wardrobe is clear of clutter, think about adding a few classics for the new season. A check jacket, an alternative to leather with jeans and dresses; a splash of the hot autumn colour, red; soft prints in winter florals and an alternative to denim, corduroy is back again. The inspiration: Check jacket with crisp white shirt Red sweater layered over stripes Dark florals with bright accessories Add a block heel to add feminine proportions.

Where to find it: Massimo Dutti wool coat, £179 Hobbs wool blend sweater, £89 Monsoon Tilly Dress, £69 Toast cord pleated trousers, £125.

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Elegant perfumed roses • GARDENING

With Beth Otway arch, adorning a wall, grown around a window, or clothing a doorway. Rosa 'The Pilgrim' will reach about 12ft (3.6m) tall Container roses If you're looking for a container rose, for optimum results choose a large, deep planter that will accommodate your rose's long taproot, and opt for a smaller-sized rose.

As autumn turns to winter, days shorten and the prospect of warming ourselves by the fire may be more enticing than being outdoors, take time to warm your heart with thoughts of elegantly perfumed roses. This is the perfect opportunity to order roses as bare root plants to plant during the winter time to deliver charming, beautiful rose blooms and delectable fragrance to your garden or allotment next summer. Ordering bare root plants is a prudent method of purchasing roses, fruit trees, and other trees and shrubs. Bare root plants are usually less costly than container plants, and as you're ordering the plants bare root without containers, it's often a more ecologically friendly way to purchase them. In my experience, bare root plants tend to be healthier and establish better than container grown plants, especially in the case of deep-rooted plants like roses and trees.

I've been in love with Rosa 'Lady Emma Hamilton' since this delightful rose's introduction over ten years ago. 'Lady Emma Hamilton' is a highly-perfumed rose that produces absolutely charming, warm apricot-orange blushed, beautiful bowl-shaped blooms, which envelop anyone making its acquaintance in a delicious, fruity fragrance, which has a warmth and intensity that we look for in roses but rarely find. Growing 3.5ft (1m) tall and 3ft (90cm) wide, Rosa 'Lady Emma Hamilton' is a fabulous choice for a container, or a border where its charismatic flowers and their delectable scent can be enjoyed. Container-grown roses benefit from a loam-based compost. I mix my own compost, adding Dalefoot's wool-based compost for extra water retention and nutrients. Wherever you're planting roses, don't forget to apply mycorrhizal fungi at planting time. Mycorrhizal fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plants, the fungi helps the plant to develop a more extensive, wider-reaching root system, which benefits the plants, making the plant more resilient in times of drought or stress, and allowing new plants to establish quickly.

If you're looking for a sumptuous, dreamy climbing rose to decorate your front doorway, I doubt you could find a better rose that Rosa 'The Pilgrim' with its softly coloured yellow blooms, which bring a gentle, soothing light to even the dullest day of our British summertime. The many-petalled blooms of Rosa 'The Pilgrim' form delightful rosettes, which produce a warm and delicious tea rose fragrance that has a sensual myrrh character. This beautiful rose with its graceful flowers, which have an ethereal quality and alluring perfume, would make a wonderful feature, whether grown over an


Left and above left: Rosa 'The Pilgrim'. Above middle and right: Rosa 'Lady Hamilton'.

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Slow Cooking with James Martin FOOD & DRINK •

Baked Whole Onions with Bacon and Rosemary My gran was the first person I remember baking whole onions, and it’s good to see that they’re now appearing on menus more often. Keeping the skins on during cooking helps the onions keep their shape. Vary the stuffing as much as you like, and you could use smaller onions for a fantastic accompaniment for roast chicken. It’s a great dish for vegetarians, too, if you replace the bacon with chestnuts. The cooking time will be the same. Ingredients 4 large white onions, skin on, 80g fine dried breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, 4 rashers streaky bacon, 50g butter, melted, 2 tsp sugar, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serves 4

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Slow Cooking with James Martin • FOOD & DRINK

Chicory and Ham Gratin I learnt this in a little French bistro in Paris, the kind of place with cheap, tasty food and lots of locals. I go there every time I’m in town and eat this dish with grilled chicken or beef – I love it! Following a quick tour around the kitchen and a masterclass from the French grandmother who cooks it, here it is. Ingredients 75g butter, 50g plain flour, 500ml milk, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 200g Gruyère or Emmental cheese, grated, 4 large heads chicory, 8 slices cooked ham, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Serves 4

1. Melt 50g of the butter in a heavybased pan. Once it’s bubbling slightly, add the flour and cook, h bistro in Paris, the stirring, ty food and lots of for 2 minutes. Then, change I’m in town and eat the spoon for a whisk and add the or beef – I love it! milkand a alittle at a time, whisking well nd the kitchen h grandmothe who to rstop lumps forming, until you have a smooth sauce. Simmer the sauce gently for 4 minutes, then 0g Gruyère or Emmental cheese, add the mustard and half the grated arge heads chicory cheese, and season well with salt slices cooked ham and pepper. Cover and set aside.

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Gold for Farnham

For the seventh consecutive year in the South and South East in Bloom competition, Farnham won Gold for its stunning town centre floral displays. Farnham also won Gold in the Large Town category for the fifth year running and beat off stiff competition from other Surrey towns to win the County Award for Surrey. Farnham Town Council and local gardeners also celebrated In Bloom awards for Badshot Lea Cemetery, Gostrey Meadow and Victoria Garden, which were all awarded Silver Gilt, Heath End Gardeners who were commended for ‘advancing’ in their accomplishments and Bishop’s Meadow which won a Gold in the Large Conservation Area category. South and South East in Bloom is an annual horticultural competition which aims to get more people involved in horticulture, gardening and looking after the environment. To find out the results of Britain in Bloom, visit

In the company of the Mayor of Farnham Councillor Mike Hodge and Mr Hugh Riley JP DL, the young people will gather round the War memorial to pay their respects. The service will begin with a number of readings by older pupils. This will be followed by members of the Royal British Legion marching to the War memorial. As the clock strikes 11am, the standard bearer will lower the branch standard and a two-minute silence will be observed. The students will then be invited to lay their wreaths and place wooden crosses on the memorial. The schools are members of The Farnham Schools’ Confederation, which is a partnership of 18 local schools. The service can be attended by anybody who wishes to take part in an act of remembrance. Remembrance Sunday Farnham’s Remembrance Sunday parade will be held on Sunday 12 November.

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Organised by the British Legion and Farnham Town Council, the parade is an opportunity for the community to come together to reflect and remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

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Remembrance Services in Farnham Schools to take part in Armistice Day commemoration Students from up to 18 local schools will take part in a special service of remembrance at the War memorial at Gostrey Meadow on Friday 10 November. 26 VANTAGEPOINT

The event will begin with the Mayor of Farnham Councillor Mike Hodge and local dignitaries joining the parade and assembling at the War memorial for 10.45am. At 11am, everybody will pause for a twominute silence which will be followed by the Last Post and the laying of wreaths.

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After the service, representatives from the services, armed services and youth organisations will take part in a march past. The salute will be taken outside Farnham Town Council’s office in South Street by the Mayor of Farnham and visiting dignitaries including Vice LordLieutenant Bill Biddell. The occasion will conclude with a service at St. Andrew’s Church to which everybody is invited to attend. Other Remembrance services where a wreath will be laid by local councillors on behalf of the town will be held at Badshot Lea, Hale, Rowledge, St. Thomas on the Bourne, St. Peter’s at Wrecclesham, and Weybourne.

Christmas lights switch-on

New displays have been designed for Badshot Lea crossroads, Hale and Heath End and Rowledge. Thank you to Specsavers in Farnham for being the principal sponsor of the Christmas lights switch-on and the Christmas Market on Sunday 10 December.

Christmas Civic carol service

Farnham’s countdown to Christmas will begin on 18 November at the official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights. Organised by Farnham Town Council and sponsored by Gold sponsors Personnel Selection and Aura Care Living, the free, family event will start at 1pm at Gostrey Meadow. Throughout the afternoon, local schools will perform traditional and modern versions of Christmas carols and songs. A visit is also expected from the cast of a local pantomime. Father Christmas will be in his grotto and is looking forward to handing out presents to the hundreds of children that he expects to meet. Children will also be able to meet the animals in the live nativity scene and perhaps enjoy a ride or two on the mini fairground. For adults, there will be hot roasted chestnuts and mulled wine! The lights will be switched on at 4.30pm.

This year’s Christmas lights will be extended into a greater number of Farnham’s communities so that even more people can share in the festive cheer.

The Mayor of Farnham will be hosting the Christmas Civic Carol service with the Farnham Herald and internationally acclaimed Farnham Youth Choir on Thursday 14 December at St. Andrew’s church. Half the tickets will be given to local charities and organisations to thank them for the wonderful work they do for the town. The remaining half will be allocated via a ballot which people can enter via the Farnham Herald. Further details will be available at

Farewell to Kevin! Kevin Taitt, a familiar face around Farnham, has retired from Farnham Town Council after 14 years of service. As team leader of the outside services team, Kevin could often be found in the town’s allotments and cemeteries. He was also responsible for coordinating the highly successful Farnham in Bloom. At this year’s South and South East in Bloom awards, Kevin was recognised for his valuable contributions to the project and his wider input as a judge.

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Town Council Office, South Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RN Telephone: 01252 712667 Email: Web: Twitter: @farnhamOfficial Facebook: Farnham Town Council Town Clerk: Iain Lynch Town Mayor: Mike Hodge November 2017

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ADEVIL'S couple of National Trust PUNCH BOWL: HIGH ROADwalking AND PINEtrails VALLEY Autumn is a time of wonder when the natural world turns a kaleidoscope of colour and landscapes come alive with wildlife events. For more information on National Trust walks, visit


Woolbeding Landscapes This is a gentle walk taking in wildlife, riverside views, and wide open landscapes. Gentle, easygoing underfoot, some stiles and slopes. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please note that there may be livestock in some areas. 1. Face the signboard, take the path to your right; cross a small track and follow beneath the line of pylons. Enjoy the views to your right, overlooking the South Downs. Continue over the brow of the hill and descend 100 metres to a place where paths meet. 2. From the track junction, go left, then the first right, which heads down the valley - you're in heathland here, a mixture of bell heather, ling, and dwarf gorse. Continue until you reach where another path crosses the way. There's a small shady pond to your right. 3. Keep straight on down the valley towards the house at the bottom. Turn right, and follow the track until you reach the lane. 4. Look for the waymarker to your right, on the opposite side of the lane, then follow the footpath

through the trees out into the open field. Continue along the hedgerow, cross the stile, then turn left and go downhill through the fields, going under the pylons and along the next field; at the bottom, turn right along Stedham Lane. 5. Within 50 metres, to your left you'll see a waymarker pointing to a steeply descending path beside ancient beech trees. Head down the path to the bottom, by the river, where you'll find Stedham ford and old mill. Keep this side of the river Rother, turn left and follow the riverside path. Continue, passing over a small wooden bridge, until you pass through a wooden gate, through the next field. Before the end of the field, turn left at a wooden gate leading up into the woods.

DISTANCE: 5.5 miles OS MAPS: OL33 (Explorer 133) STARTING POINT: Older Hill National Trust car park, off Linch Lane, accessed from the A272 near Midhurst

Box Hill Riverside Walk As you walk along the River Mole look out for dragonflies, wagtails and the electric blue of a darting kingfisher. Stop awhile to take in the ageing Second World War concrete structures which stand sentinel along the water's edge. This is a circular walk with a steep descent and climb. In wet weather it can be very muddy. Cattle graze along part of the route so please keep your dog under close control. 1. You can choose to start your walk at the visitor centre, or at Salomons Memorial Viewpoint. Once at the viewpoint looking out over Surrey and Sussex, walk down the steps and follow the path to the right, following the signs. Look out for the left turn which takes you diagonally down the hill below the viewpoint. 2. Reaching the tarmac road turn right and walk along it. The fields on either side of you are part of Box Hill Farm. 3. Continue along the road, ignoring other turnings until the road runs out. You’ll see a gate to your right hand side – go through this. To your left you’ll see the River Mole which you’ll walk along for the next mile. 4. Here the species-rich slopes of Box Hill to your right are often grazed by belted Galloway cattle for the conservation of our rare flowers and insects.


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Soon you’ll come across Pixham weir and mill. Until the early 20th century, the River Mole turned several waterwheels here, principally for corn grinding and fulling (a term used to describe cleaning cloth, particularly wool). 5. The path will take you under Pixham viaduct, built in the Victorian era. Shortly you’ll come to an unusual collection of 12 anti-tank cylinders perched at the water's edge. Built in 1940, they were part of a wider anti-invasion scheme. 6. This stretch of land is floodplain and the creation of a ‘scrape’ in this area will form a wetland habitat for wildlife such as amphibians and waterfowl. Selfseeding reeds, rushes and sedges will provide a valuable nesting and foraging habitat for wading birds. The pathway will now take you away from the banks of the river, climbing into woodland. Just before you start your climb, look through the trees to see a Second World War Type 24 Infantry shell-proof pill box. This would have been defended by infantry with Bren guns and covered the east bank of the River Mole and the lower western slopes of Box Hill. 7. A set of steps will take you uphill through woodland comprising yew, beech and oak. 8. At the top of the steps, turn left. Carry along the path through the woods and take the first right hand turn. Look out for Swiss Cottage, the former home of John Logie Baird and the site of his first

experiments in the development of television. A few metres on is the Box Hill visitor centre, the end of your walk.

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CITIZENS ADVICE WAVERLEY A typical day at the office

CITIZENS ADVICE Waverley has 110 volunteer advisers who are trained to offer free, confidential, independent and impartial advice. They come from all walks of life. Many have professional backgrounds in law, human resources, teaching, IT and careers advice but all receive up to 18 months of Citizens Advice training to bring to clients the best possible service, free of charge.


For people who may not be aware of the vital service Citizens Advice provides to the residents of Waverley, here is a flavour of what a volunteer adviser might do in a typical day at the office: Arrive in the morning to a diary packed with appointments. Before my first one, I check on any tasks to complete from my previous volunteer day and notice that a client has dropped off some documents we requested to help them with a benefits claim. Some colleagues are already busy on the phones taking calls from people seeking advice. Some of these clients will be helped over the phone but others will have face to face appointments booked for them at their nearest Citizens Advice office. Just time to read through my first client’s file so that we can make the most of the 45 minutes allocated to each appointment. It’s an ongoing debt case and the client is here for their second appointment.

Returning to the office to write up the appointment, a client drops in to use a computer; they have an online benefits application form to complete and can’t do it at home. Some clients don’t need an adviser, just a quiet space and some internet access. Another client with ongoing housing problems calls in. They’re in urgent need, so a food parcel is provided to help until their next visit.

We work as part of a team at Citizens Advice Waverley and clients may see a different adviser on each visit. We keep clear concise records of all client interviews to ensure that every adviser gives accurate and comprehensive advice to every client. All our debt advisers are accredited by the Money Advice Service.

Back in the office advisers are busy writing notes and preparing for their next clients. Someone has rung to request a home visit. An elderly couple find it difficult to leave the house but need some help filling in a form. If they cannot reach an office or our outreach service a volunteer adviser will try to help.

With a quick word to our receptionist, who organises our busy interview rooms, I welcome my client in and invite them to tell me how they’ve been getting on. Clients can often feel apprehensive about discussing their problems and it’s important to reassure them that our service is confidential, non-judgemental and completely independent of the local authority, the government and their agencies. We talk through my client’s situation, discuss what they would like to do and how they would like Citizens Advice to help, outline the options and agree on some next steps. Citizens Advice advisers never tell clients what to do; our aim always is to support clients and empower them to manage their own lives.

By mid-afternoon reception is still busy. After helping a couple of drop-in clients access the information they need from the Citizens Advice public website, there’s a few minutes to make a cup of tea and book a place on one of the many Citizens Advice training courses available to volunteer advisers to supplement their core learning. These range from housing advice and benefits updates to mental health and domestic abuse. It’s all part of keeping our knowledge and training relevant to the ongoing needs of Waverley residents.


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We have just got back from our biennial family weekend. It started in 2000 and now every two years around 60 of us gather together in a beautiful country house in Kent. The youngest is just two years old and the eldest 100! It was wonderful fun with a quiz night and a fancy dress night interspersed with copious eating and drinking. Plans are already afoot for the next one. Looking at the Jottings this month, there are lots of pre Christmas events and some excellent opportunities to get your Christmas shopping over and done with. Is it me or does Christmas shopping get harder each year? If you are off to a Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night, have a super time but do remember to STAY SAFE. Art Exhibition To Friday 24th November ‘In the flow’ is a new exhibition by artist Sam Greystoke. It is being held at Creative Response who are situated above Farnham library. It is open Mondays to Fridays 10am–2.30pm. With paintings and 3d work you’re sure to find something you like; for more information about the exhibition and the work of Creative Response look at www. The Arts Society Grayshott Thursday 2nd November 2pm They continue their autumn programme in Grayshott Village Hall, when Sian Walters will explore the work of Tintoretto and the Scuola de San Rocco in Venice. Then, on Thursday 7th December, in a very seasonal lecture, ‘Oh Yes It Is’, Jane Tapley will tell the fascinating story of how pantomime developed out of its Greek and Roman roots to become the peculiarly British institution of today. For more information about these events and the society, contact Caroline on 01428714276 or visit the website www. Elstead Afternoon Women’s Institute Thursday 2nd November 2.15pm for 2.30pm They will be holding their very important Annual General Meeting for 2017 in Elstead Village Hall, during which the committee for the following year will be voted in. For anyone who would like to come forward and join their lively committee meetings, this will be your opportunity! After the meeting, Helen White will advise on Basic Will Making, November 2017

Living Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. These subjects are sure to interest all those present. Afterwards, a delicious tea will be available for all members and visitors. On 7th December they will enjoy ‘In Accord – Music for Christmas’. If you would like to become a member, do go along, you will be very welcome. You can contact their President, Venetia Pierce on 01252 702415. Surrey Border Movie Makers Friday 3rd November They are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners and they meet on the first Friday of each month. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama documentary and comedy. They always welcome new members. Interested in seeing what they do? Visit their website www. 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 secretary@surreyborder. Grayshott Folk Club Saturday 4th November 7.30pm Just one gig this month, but what a gig! The 6-piece folk/ rock band The Willows visited a few years back but their line up has evolved over the intervening years. With beautiful 5-part harmonies and great song-writing they deserve wider recognition. The other band performing is Alden, Patterson and Dashwood. Residing in a quiet and dark corner of Norwich, this trio have been brewing up a mix of really wonderful, tuneful songs. They played at Grayshott in February and they are warmly welcomed back. It all takes place at Grayshott Village Hall. Tickets £15 from all the usual places (Grayshott Post Office, Grayshott Wine Centre, Haslemere Bookshop) or Des O'Byrne on 01428 607096. Chrysanthemums at Wisley Gardens Saturday 4th to Sunday 19th November 10am–3.45pm The Glasshouse team puts together a stunning display of Chrysanthemums in the Glasshouse Gallery, focusing on Charm and Japanese / Chinese cultivars. By the way, the Wisley Christmas Shop Is open right up to the 24th December. From decorations and wreaths to poinsettias,

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RNLI Farnham Branch Friday 10th November 7.30 for 8pm You are invited to an interesting illustrated talk entitled 'Sailing around the world' to be given by a local couple who recently completed a circumnavigation in their own yacht. Hear their tales of exotic places visited and the many challenges they faced on their journey. It takes place at St Thomas-on-The Bourne, Frensham Road, Farnham GU9 8JS. Tickets in advance, £15 each include supper. There’s a bar, raffle and Christmas cards available for sale. All proceeds to RNLI. Please call Nigel on 01252 719650 or David on 01252 711596 or email Gigspanner Friday 10th November 8pm Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, globally extolled fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Tickets £16, pre-show dining and ticket £24.50. Call the box office 01252 745444 or go to £16; pre-show dining & ticket £24.50. Farnham Public Art Trust Friday 10th November 7.30 for 8pm They have an illustrated lecture entitled ‘The Architecture of the Aztecs’ by Alan Bott. It takes place at the St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road, Farnham and the cost is £6 payable at the door. Enquiries to 01252 702449. 34 VANTAGEPOINT



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The RSPB North East Hampshire Local Group Saturday 11th November 7.30pm David Boag presents Canada and Australia - A Natural Contrast. With the largest surface area of water in the world and the Rocky Mountains within its borders, Canada is home to an abundance of wildlife including bears, beavers, coyotes and eagles. In contrast, Australia has its great outback contrasting with tropical rain forest and its fascinating diversity of trees. Should be a fascinating evening! Entrance is free to group members. Visitor charge is £3. It takes place at the Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 8LD. Parking is free at the hall. For more information go to Farnham & Bourne Choral Society Saturday 11th November 7.30pm After a successful Come and Sing Day in September, the choir will perform the whole of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Farnham Maltings. Calum Fraser will conduct the F & B Orchestra and the part of Elijah will be sung by Canadian bass-baritone Andrew Mahon, who in a previous performance was described as quite outstanding. For numbered seats at £15 raked/£13 flat call 01252 721075. For more choir details visit Vintage Fashion Fair Farnham at Farnham Maltings Saturday 11th November 10am-4pm Spend a leisurely Saturday browsing and buying from the many stalls of beautiful vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, jewellery and textiles. All authentically vintage and

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Theatre Maltings Leaf by Niggle, by Puppet State Theatre Sunday 12th November 4pm Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time he has been obsessed with one particular canvas, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn’t want to go, but he cannot get out of it! Tickets £12 (£10 conc.) Call the box office 01252 745444 or go to www. Farnham Speaker’s Club Monday 13th November Learn confidence through public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Farnham Speaker’s Club meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Farnham House Hotel. For more information, email Annie on or call 07866 086887. Farnham Quilters Monday 13th November 7.30pm They have a talk on New Zealand Landscape Quilts by Sue Payne at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham. Cost £5. Farnham Quilters meet on the second Monday evening of each month and visitors are welcome on evenings when they have a speaker. The Seale & Sands WI They have an exciting and comprehensive programme planned for the coming months including having tea at Send Prison prepared and served by the inmates. Their very special Christmas Party in December is held in the Sands Branch of the British Legion and includes entertainment and tea, prepared by the Committee! As they hold their meetings in the afternoon on the second Thursday of each month, it alleviates the need to go out in the cold and dark evenings of winter. For further information, call 01252 783107 and leave a message. Western Front Association Surrey Branch Wednesday 15th November 7.45pm Taking place in the Cobham Day Centre, members’ night sees three members talking about things dear to their November 2017

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Free Classical Music Concert Saturday 11th November 6.30pm Conservatoire Concerts have the pleasure to present Zalce String Quartet, who will be performing a programme of Classical Mexican and Latin American music at Godalming Busbridge Church. This concert is organised by the Tilford Bach Society and is part of the Conservatoire Concert Series which hold monthly concerts in Godalming. Refreshments will be served before the concert and during the interval. A retiring collection in aid of the musicians’ expenses will be collected at the end of the concert. For more details and reservations, contact Suzanne Cacciottolo on 07940 013314 or email


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Phyllis Tuckwell Shops Need Volunteers Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend some spare time? If so, Phyllis Tuckwell could use your help in one of its 19 charity shops, which are located in towns and villages across West Surrey and North East Hampshire. These shops raise vital money to fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell offers. To find out more about volunteering for Phyllis Tuckwell, please contact your local shop or email Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning Thursday 16th November 10am to 12.30pm Arthritis Research UK Farnham Branch is holding this annual event at Tongham Community Centre, Poyle Road, Tongham GU10 1DU. Join them for this popular event; where you can sit in a cafe style atmosphere enjoying a cup of coffee with a mince pie or their famous lemon drizzle cake. The home produce stall will be selling homemade Christmas Puddings, mincemeat and mince pies. Also, homemade jams, marmalade and chutneys, cakes and savouries. Other stalls will include: Christmas cards and paper, books and much more. There will also be a Raffle with many excellent prizes. The Bourne WI Thursday 16th November 7.45pm for 8pm This month they have their Annual Meeting followed by an entertaining evening of crafty activities entitled ‘Recycling Christmas’. It should prove to be a fun meeting as they all put their craft skills (some better than others!) to good use. Join them at Brambleton Hall, Talbot Road, Farnham, GU9 8RR. All visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information contact Gail on 01252 735751 or The Grayshott Stagers Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November 7.30pm Their next production is the wonderful show ‘Quartet’. In case you don’t already know, it is a comedy by Ronald Harwood about aging opera singers and is set in a retirement home for musicians. It was made in to a very successful film in 2012 with a star studied cast. This play will make you feel - happy, sad, compassionate, and thoughtful - but ends with the uplifting realisation that the body might be fading, but the spirit never dies! ‘Quartet’ will

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • be performed at The Grayshott Village Hall and tickets are available at £10 from and also from Hill & Co. Les Amitiés Françaises Thursday 16th November 7.30pm The next lecture at The Baptist Church Hall in Godalming will be given by Brian Stimpson and is part of his series on Paris. This time it will be on Paris in the Twentieth Century. Visitors and new members have much to look forward to. Visit their Facebook page and for details of membership or get in touch with Mr John Petty at A6 brochures have been placed in libraries and various public places throughout Guildford, Waverley and Woking Boroughs. They show the whole programme for 2017-2018. The Baptist Church Hall is on Queen Street in the centre of Godalming and there is good parking. You will be very welcome! Business Start-up Workshop Friday 17th November If you are starting a new business, this might be very useful to help plan to succeed in marketing your business. It’s a practical, half-day workshop aimed at start-up businesses and those operating with little or no marketing budget and will take place at Alton Maltings. Local business owners and branding and PR strategy experts Sarah Matthews and Julie Jackson will be sharing their knowledge and experience to help other small businesses grow and stand out from the crowd. For further details about the programme, email Be a Flu Fighter Following reports of the worst winter on record for flu cases and fatalities in Australia, the NHS is encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated before winter hits hard in the UK. Children aged 2-8yrs, pregnant women, long-stay care home residents, carers and anyone 6 mths65yrs with a long term condition are all eligible for a free flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or local pharmacist about an appointment. Carers in Surrey Downs can obtain a voucher from their support worker or Carers Prescription to prove their eligibility. New Ashgate Gallery Saturday 18th November to Sunday 6th January 2018 The work of Amy Cooper is featured in this festive exhibition. Amy works in porcelain and is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. Established over 14 years, in Cornwall, she has supplied a number of prestigious retailers including the National Trust, House of Fraser and the V&A shop as well as exhibiting extensively in the UK and overseas. Do try and pop in and see her work, the gallery is situated in Waggon Yard in Farnham. 30th Anniversary Concert Saturday 18th November 7.30pm The Vivaldi Singers and the Quartzette String Quartet join together for a celebration evening of their ‘greatest hits’. It takes place at St Andrews Church, Farnham. Tickets are, November 2017

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Guildford Folk Dancers Sunday 19th November 2.30pm to 5.30pm Go along and have some fun and keep your mind and body healthy! An afternoon of varied English Folk dances at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy GU3 2DT. With club callers and recorded music. Admission £2 (includes interval refreshments). Contact 01428 683423 or visit their website www. Williams Club Monday 20th November 2.20pm-4pm Sight for Surrey, the organisation which delivers specialist services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, have vision impairment or combined sight and hearing loss, will be the guests at the November meeting of the Williams Club - helping sight loss in Farnham. There will also be tea and cakes and a raffle. If you know of anyone who suffers with poor eyesight, please encourage them to go along to this friendly club, which meets monthly, at the Gostrey Centre. Transport can be arranged if necessary. More information from David Lambert on 01252 722161. West Surrey Wine Society Monday 20th November 7.30pm Their November meeting, at Farnham Conservative Club, features wines from the Southern Rhone, presented by Alun Griffiths MW. Southern Rhone is the home of great blended wines including Grenache and Syrah based reds plus Marsanne and Roussanne whites. Alun knows the Rhone and its wines very well. He became a Master of Wine in 1991 and was appointed Wine Director at Berry Brothers & Rudd in 1995. This will be an excellent opportunity to try some of the world’s sought after wines with one of the world’s experts. Visitors are welcome (fee £15) – please contact via the website Farnham Rep Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm Postponed from last month, the next rehearsed reading by the members of the Farnham Rep is at Brasserie Blanc and is the play ‘Dear Lupin’ ( letters to a wayward son!) by Michael Simkin with Colin Baker (Dr Who) as Sunday Times Racing Correspondent, Roger Mortimer. Roger Mortimer's often hilarious, sometimes touching letters to his son Charlie (Lupin) reflect a delightful, affectionate portrait of a time

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Phyllis Tuckwell Christmas Gift Fair Tuesday 21st November 10am-3pm This is the perfect opportunity to tick off all those names on your Christmas List at the same time as supporting Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. There will be over 40 stalls selling gifts for the home, fashions, cosmetics, fine foods, art, jewellery, books, candles and much more. Refreshments will be available and there is free parking. Go along to the beautiful Aldridge Theatre, Frensham Heights School, Rowledge, GU10 4EA. Just £2 entry and kids go free. For more information, visit or call 01252 729446. Farnham Humanists Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm for 8pm Humanist, Secularist – what’s the difference? How Secularist are you? Everyone is welcome – faith and no faith. It’s free and a drink is included. Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of Humanists UK and is often on TV and radio programmes such as Newsnight, The Big Questions and Radio 4’s Today. Explore your views with Andrew and others. For example, did you know you can be both secularist and religious? Takes place at South Farnham School, Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8DY. More information at http://farnham.


Historical Association Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm 70 years after the bloody and still controversial partition of India, the Historical Association, West Surrey Branch, looks back at the Raj with a lecture on ‘The Chaos of Empire : Rethinking British Rule in India’ by Dr Jon Wilson of the University of London. It will take place at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW. Students free and non members welcome (£3 at the door). Further information from Rollo Crookshank 01252 319881, email crookshank@ The Arts Society – Farnham Evening Wednesday 22nd November 7.30pm Their next evening talk, at Farnham College, Morley Road, Farnham GU9 8LU, is on ‘20th Century Glass: New Markets’. Mark Hill’s talk gives an overview of the rapidly developing areas of mid-century modern glass. Makers include Mdina glass, British glass and a number of the most important Czech glass makers. Key designers and designs are examined with gallery images giving a wider understanding of each company’s production. Arrive by 7.30pm and enjoy a glass of wine, peruse the books and socialise. Visitors are most welcome. (£5 if you are a member of another NADFAS group, or £7 if not). Free parking. Either show up or contact: or 01252 793811. Website Christmas Craft Fair Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th November 9am-6pm (4.30pm Sunday) Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Visit the popular November 2017

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Light up a Life Service Monday 27th November 6.30pm Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care will be holding its annual service, in the grounds of the Hospice building (situated on Waverley Lane in Farnham). There will be readings, carols and prayers and during the service, the lights on the Hospice’s Christmas tree will be switched on. Anyone who would like to remember a loved one is invited to attend. You can make a dedication in memory of that special person, and have their name and the name of their loved one added to the evening’s Order of Service. Details are available in PTHC’s shops and from the Hospice reception, or alternatively visit Take a torch. Parking will be available at South Farnham School, St Polycarp’s School and Abbey School, but it is very limited, so please car share if possible and take a torch! After the service, participants are invited to South Farnham School for tea and mince pies. The Hedgehogs Love Farnham 2018 Calendar After a very tight competition to select 12 photographs from hundreds of entries, the calendar is now available to purchase. First prize of £100 was awarded to Graham Markam, for his night time photograph of St Andrews Church, so congratulations to him. Locations for sale of the calendar will include The Farnham Herald Office in West Street, The Council Offices in South Street, The Lion & Lamb Yard West Street, and local fairs, markets, and outlets that support the fund raising activities of the Hedgehogs, in and

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Aldershot Floral Design Club Saturday 2nd December 1pm-5pm and Sunday 3rd December 10am-4pm Aldershot Floral Design Club, present their annual show ‘Christmas Extravaganza ‘ to be held at Normandy Village Hall, Normandy GU3 2DD. There will be refreshments, sales tables and a raffle. Also a public vote, where visitors can choose their favourite exhibit - proceeds from their vote to be donated to Parkside a local charity. There is a large free car park adjacent to the hall. Admission £4. Amnesty International - Candles of Hope Saturday 2nd December 7.30pm They present, at St Mark's Church, Hale, Farnham GU9 0LT, an uplifting evening of inspirational readings from around the world, music from local singers and instrumentalists and updates on the work of Amnesty International. Drinks and nibbles served and entry is free. Everyone welcome, they look forward to seeing you there! Winter Show/Bazaar Saturday 2nd December 1pm Friends of Elstead Village Hall are holding a Winter Show/ Bazaar in Elstead Village Hall & Youth Centre. There will be lots of stalls and the show will feature the local school choir and the ballet school, plus a short panto by the Amdram Group. Entry to the bazaar is free; entry to the show is £3 for adults, free for children under 16. More information from Denise Cleaver on 01252 703739. Christmas Fayre Saturday 2nd December 11am-1.30pm Held in All Saints Church, Grayswood, stalls will include raffle, bottle tombola, cakes, gifts, brocante, bulbs and plants, crafts, books and DVDs and much more. Soup and Bacon Butties will be served from 12pm-1.30pm. Entrance £1 adults (includes tea/coffee and a biscuit!); children under 10 free. Pop in and join the fun! For more information, contact Di on 01428 654303, email drdcook01@gmail. or Shirley on 01428 653285, email shirley1941@ Macmillan Christmas Fair Saturday 2nd December 10am-3.30pm The annual Christmas Fair put on by the Haslemere & District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support will be at Grayshott Village Hall. Stalls, old and new, will be offering a wide variety of Christmas gifts, while Macmillan – in addition to a Craft Stall - will be selling home-made cakes, biscuits, jams and preserves as well as Christmas wreaths. Teas, coffees and lunches will be available. Admission is £3, with children free. As in previous years, there will be the Macmillan Christmas Tree Decoration Challenge, with 8 local schools competing to decorate a Tree. Visitors to the Fair will be able to vote for the ‘Best in Show’, with prizes for the top three. Advent Joy Sunday 3rd December 2.30pm The Chase Singers will be celebrating Advent and the Festive Season in a concert at St Peter’s Church, Wrecclesham with a mixed programme of old and new favourites. Tickets

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