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• YOUR LOCAL TEAM We had a great response to last month’s article on dog walking, which just goes to show how many canine lovers we have in this area. One of the readerrecommended walking areas was Frensham Little Pond and a comment was included about it being a great place for dogs to swim. Unfortunately that is not the case, as I have been asked to point out by the National Trust. Because the site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, there are some restrictions in place which include not allowing dogs to swim in the pond. I have to say that, as a regular visitor myself, I was not aware of this and it seems that many others are equally unaware, so I am happy to let readers know. I am certainly more aware that there are rare ground nesting birds that reside in the heather, such as nightjar and woodlark, and that walkers are asked that their dogs are kept under close control (preferably on leads) during the breeding season from March to September. This obviously applies to many places in our area, so please do keep an eye out for signage when out walking with our fourlegged friends. April really is a lovely month and is the ideal time for us to get out and about. We are so lucky to have lovely gardens in the wider local area, and our gardening writer Beth has picked out a few well worth visiting in her article this month. There are so many more of course and a number of these are open for charity under the National Garden Scheme (NGS). This is a great organisation, based locally near Guildford, which has over 3,700 breathtaking private gardens open every year. What a great opportunity to see gardens much like our own in size and scale - and get design and planting inspiration or just enjoy the skills of talented amateurs. Full information is available on their website at www.ngs.org.uk or in The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018, available in all good bookshops. We have five copies of this available to win on our website at www.vantagepointmag.co.uk. Good luck!

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revisited Phil Kemp visits the award-winning vineyard on the Hog’s Back THE CHALKY south-facing slopes of the North Downs provides a perfect setting to reward a small group of pioneering vineyard owners for their forward-thinking adventure, this being to establish English wine as not only a popular choice for wine-lovers but also to become serious contenders in the international wine scene. Michael and Hilary Wagstaff took over Greyfriars Vineyard only seven years ago and have quickly and successfully transformed it from a hobby-scale outfit into a commercially successful winery - which last year produced 70,000 bottles of sparkling wine, and 5,000 of still wine. Until recently they were also managing a vineyard in Shere near Guildford, but surprisingly the couple had no hands-on experience of growing and harvesting wine prior to this, having come individually from successful careers in the petroleum industry and legal profession. There is an interesting story as to what triggered this dramatic life-style jump, as Michael explains: “Hilary bought me a book on viticulture, written from a geological perspective by my old geology lecturer from Imperial College, and it really sparked our interest.”

down the road – literally a mile-and-a-half away. And all that happened in the same week! So, in 2010 we moved into the village and we took over the vineyard and it’s been a rollercoaster ride since then!” The couple are supported by a hardworking and experienced team including brother-inlaw David, who is their vineyard manager, and winemaker Loic who hails from France and who also has extensive experience on vineyards in Australia and New Zealand. Greyfriars has attracted a lot of attention in the highly competitive world of wine. In 2017 the vineyard was presented with a Gold Decanter Award for their Blanc de Blancs Brut sparkling white wine, and also silver and bronze awards.

“It was quite serendipitous really,” added Hilary. “Having been inspired by the book we had also just found our dream house in Puttenham, and then someone pointed out there was a vineyard up for sale

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“We have received a lot of recognition including our Blanc de Blanc being selected by Tom Stevenson, the influential publisher of The Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine, as his favourite of over one hundred English sparkling wines he had tasted,” said

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Michael, adding with a proud laugh: “So we must be doing something right!” I was eager to explore the vineyards to get a sense, not just of the scale of Greyfriars’ operation, but also to grasp just what it takes to run a successful English winery. Standing by an impressive expanse of rows of wired vines, stretching out into the distance of this beautiful setting on the slopes of the Hog’s Back, Michael waved his hand across the landscape before us. “We have planted 60,000 vines, supported by 400km of wire on 18,000 wooden posts. The vines start to come to life in mid-April and once the shoots get up to a manageable height we trim them with a leafcutter on the side of the tractor to manage the canopy so that you can get in to harvest the grapes.” “We also have to prepare for frosts,” added Hilary. “We can get bad ones in March but late frosts can occur well into the first or second weeks of May. You’ve seen the large pallets of what look like paint pots? Well, they’re actually ‘bougies’, the French word for candles, and we put them out in the fields, thousands of them, ready to light when we suspect a frost may strike. You could lose your crop once the buds have burst so the candles once lit raise the temperature around the vines sufficiently to prevent that.” Looking out over the vines I commented on what I could imagine as an amazing and almost surreal sight, especially when viewing them from a distance in the darkness. “Yes, it is,” agreed Michael. “We even had the BBC’s One Show phone us up having heard about this and wanting to send out a TV crew to film it. Sadly, we’d finished the candle lighting – but maybe next year?” The Wagstaffs also have a second vineyard site further along the Hog’s Back towards Guildford, and where I was to experience for myself the Monkshatch Cave. Literally dug into the chalk on the side of the North Downs this tailormade cave provides a perfect controlled environment for ageing their vintage wines. “The cave provides three-and-a-half thousand square feet of storage. We’ve currently got 140,000 bottles in here but there is capacity for quarter of a million!”, boasted Hilary.

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Images from the previous page: The vines and the vineyard owners Hilary and Michael Wagstaff. Above from top left: Michael Wagstaff overseeing production; Automated bottle filling process; vineyard manager David Line (all images Phil Kemp); the vineyard in leaf.

The cave, with its cold bare chalk walls and low-lighting, felt like a perfect set for a James Bond film. Fitting perhaps as the cave and the natural roof above provides the vineyard with a perfect site for their popular open days. I am by no means a wine aficionado but my visit to Greyfriars has certainly provided a tantalising introduction to their awardwinning range of English sparkling and still white and rose wines. Why not take an adventure out onto the North Downs on one of the Wagstaff’s tastings and open days? I’d be surprised if you didn’t share my enthusiasm. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk. FIND OUT MORE www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk www.facebook.com/greyfriarsvine/ www.twitter.com/Greyfriarsvine

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GLORIOUS GARDENS Loseley's Walled Garden

April is a beautiful time to visit local gardens, says Beth Otway APRIL IS such a magical time of year! It’s quite simply awe inspiring to see the landscape being painted by mother nature in every beautiful shade of green, as more leaves unfurl and the view becomes ever greener each day. I love to be outside, surrounded by the birds singing and bees buzzing. On warm days you may see butterflies flying – look out for the green toned Brimstone butterfly this month. Whether you're looking for inspiration, a family day out, a beautiful place for a walk or an opportunity to unwind, I am sure you'll find everything you wish for in these beautiful gardens. Did you watch the recently filmed mini-series of Howards End, which was broadcast on the BBC at the end of last year? Vann, a privately-owned house and Arts and Crafts garden, near Godalming, was used as the location. Vann occupies a charming location, nestled in amongst beech and oak woodland, surrounded by fields. The gardens at Vann extend to five acres, and feature a truly magical water garden which was designed by Gertrude Jekyll and is a pure delight! A natural stream has been cleverly engineered to flow into the rill, down to the lake, via a series of ponds and into the water garden.

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This area is utterly enchanting and was also planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911, with shuttlecock ferns, Solomon’s seal, and a multitude of spreading bog and water plants including trachystemons, peltiphyllums, rodgersias, and calthas, which have endured creating a naturalistic, lushly planted paradise. The name Vann comes from the words venne or fenne, meaning bog. The snakeshead fritillaries, which Gertrude Jekyll planted, have now spread and naturalised, they simply relish this dewy ground. Gertrude Jekyll planned much of the planting at Vann. Over the years some of this planting has evolved, newer cultivars have replaced a number of the older more invasive or less floriferous plants, but this garden is still undoubtedly a Jekyll garden. Visitors can admire the vertical Yew Walk, with its central rill and twin borders filled with crocus,

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been restored and adapted by the gardens’ current owners. Dunsborough Park features borders which have undergone restoration work designed by Penelope Hobhouse, with later re-workings made by Rupert Golby. The older walled garden was remodelled with divisions to create garden rooms, which were designed by Simon Johnson. The tulip meadow will deliver the wow factor at Dunsborough Park this April, but visitors will undoubtedly be impressed by the gardens’ enchanting folly bridge, the 70ft ginkgo hedge, espalier trained fruit trees, and daffodils, alongside the garden owners’ collection of garden statues, sculptures, and ornaments. Dunsborough Park is a privately-owned house and garden, it will be opening to the public from 11.30am until 3pm, on Saturday 14th April, Thursday 19th April, Saturday 21st April and Saturday 28th April.

Top: Vann. Above: Dunsborough Park

pulmonarias, and erysimums. There’s even a topiary cat, chasing after a topiary mouse! Vann is particularly charming in springtime, its naturalised plantings of daffodils and snakeshead fritillaries epitomise the joy and wonder of spring. Wildflowers, cowslips, and forget-me-nots only serve to add to the dreaminess of this delightful spring garden, increasing this garden’s loveliness. Vann is opening to the public from Sunday 15th April until Wednesday 18th April, opening from 10am until 6pm each day. Vann is also open every Wednesday from the 1st April 2018 to the 30th June. Don’t miss your chance to see this classically beautiful, naturalistic garden as its spring glory reveals itself. Dunsborough Park in Ripley boasts a glorious 100 acres of grounds, which feature a spectacular tulip meadow, the Dutch garden, a productive cut flower garden, a tranquil Italian garden, a beautiful white garden, and the water garden with its charming folly bridge. The gardens and grounds at Dunsborough Park were originally laid out in the eighteenth century, the gardens continued to be added to over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and have

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Improvement works continue in earnest at RHS Garden Wisley, so the gardens may look quite different depending on when you last visited. I love to visit the Alpine House at Wisley in spring time, where you can get to know many charming, dainty alpine flowers. The plants on display are tended to daily and changed frequently, so you’ll always find a new favourite flower here! The orchard at Wisley is full of pretty apple, pear, and cherry blossom in springtime, which is complemented by spring flowering bulbs, while Battleston Hill is ablaze with the colour of camellia, magnolia, rhododendron, and azalea blooms. Do ensure that you plan at least one visit to Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming this April to enjoy their magnificent display of bluebells, which carpet the woodland at this National Trust gem. Listen out for call of the male cuckoo, or a woodpecker drilling, as you explore this woodland spring paradise. Birdwatchers can look out for chiffchaffs, willow warblers, little grebes, and common sandpipers at Winkworth, and on warm days brimstone, orange tip, speckled wood, small copper butterflies, and white butterflies can be spotted in the arboretum. There are many trees to admire at Winkworth. In April there is always a

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Kew’s cherry walk delights visitors with a profusion of pink and white cherry blossom trees. There are at least two hundred and fifty magnolias at Kew, this is a great time to admire these magnificent trees, as well as to delight in daffodil, tulip, lilac, and wisteria flowers. From Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April, younger visitors can take part in A big day out with Peter Rabbit™ at Kew Gardens with activities based on the tales by Beatrix Potter, focusing on edible plants. Comparable with gardens considered national treasures, the Walled Garden at Loseley House covers 2.5 acres and is divided into ‘rooms’ each with its own unique planting scheme and personality. There’s the rose garden with over one thousand bushes, the flower garden with its maze of pathways and hidden corners and the white garden that contrasts spectacular, showy, blooms with lush yet subtle silver and grey foliage. Then there is the extensive herb garden, the organic vegetable garden with its unusual varieties and, just outside the walls, the wildflower meadow – a haven of calm and tranquillity. Top: Tulip trial at RHS Wisley. Above: Bluebells at Winkworth. Below: Kew Gardens' Palm House

Magnolia in bloom. Magnolia Kobus, a Magnolia species that originates from Japan, produces a spectacular display of six petalled, snowy white flowers, which are touched with the most delicate tinges of pink. Wild garlic grows in profusion at Winkworth, as does my favourite, greater stitchwort in addition to many other beautiful wildflowers. The attractions I have recommended so far are not ideal venues for the disabled visitor. Much of the ground at Winkworth Arboretum is very steep and uneven, and although Wisley has improved some of its paths, it is not the most accessible of gardens. However, if you venture a little further, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are a dream come true for all garden visitors. The paths at Kew are wide, flat, and smooth, they’re easy to both travel or walk over, ideal for wheelchairs or buggies, easier and smoother both for the passengers, and for those pushing them! A visit to Kew allows disabled visitors the opportunity to appreciate the gardens alongside their friends and family, rather than having to stay behind or rushing on ahead, as is so often the case when visiting gardens with narrower pathways. The gardens at Kew extend to three hundred acres, they are a delight to visit at any time of year. In springtime April 2018

Although the Walled Garden is not open until 1st May, the Spring Garden Show takes place at Loseley from the 20th-22nd April. Visit www.loseleypark.co.uk for more details. There are of course many smaller gardens which are open for the National garden Scheme. Please see overleaf for more details.

FIND OUT MORE For gardening advice for the month ahead, dates and details of local daffodil shows, a calendar of specialist plant fairs, the results of my compost trials, and much more besides, visit my website www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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SURREY HILLS is one of England’s finest landscapes, covering a quarter of the county of Surrey. It is a spectacular landscape, rich in wildlife and heritage. In 2018, Surrey Hills celebrates the 60th anniversary of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Celebrations include a range of events and activities for all the family including the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden throughout May and the Surrey Hills Wood Fair on 6th and 7th October. Now in its 10th year, the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden is the largest ephemeral sculpture event in Surrey and a celebration of local landscapes and artists run in conjunction with Surrey Sculpture Society.

Surrey Hills Enterprises works with local businesses to support the rural economy and to promote, protect and enhance the beautiful Surrey Hills. As a Community Interest Company, funds generated from its work goes back to support the work of enhancing Surrey Hills, its landscape and local communities.

Over 150 high quality exhibits using natural materials and themes are set within the beautiful landscape of woodlands, meadows and lakeside in the grounds of Birtley Estate within Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

They are proud of the diverse local produce and places to visit that bring to life the Surrey Hills Landscape - they think you will love them too.

It makes a great day out for all the family with refreshments on site or take your own picnic and enjoy the stunning surroundings, sculptures, woodland trail or lakeside walk for as long as you wish. Combine your visit with a craft workshop or demonstration. A marquée located on the lakeside meadow holds an indoor exhibition and provides a base for visitors during the day.

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Find out more and book ahead - you don’t have to specify the day and the ticket entitles you to visit as often as you like over the month. Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden runs from Saturday 5th May to Monday 28th May at Birtley Estate, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 OLB. Open 10am-4.30pm. £6 online up to 4th May, or £7 on the day. Free parking.

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The Colour War is Here • FASHION

With Kirstie Smillie

Colour is back. After quite a few years with shades of grey being a firm favourite, the power of colour is fighting back says fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie OVER THE last few seasons more and more colour has been seeping onto the high street, so now it is hard to ignore. There are bold clashes in clothing and accessories, so you can wear as much or as little as you feel inspired to. It’s easy to add a lilac sweater, (look at & Other Stories) to your jeans look, but the fun comes when you clash a belt or bag… in yellow! Even brands known for their neutral conviction have added colour, Mint Velvet now do yellow, fuchsia and orange.

"Find the shade to suit your skin, are you a zingy or citrus yellow?" As always there are options just to add to the confusion. Pastels are quietly easing themselves into the stores with lilacs, peppermint, buttercup and soft sugar almond, just this time the challenge is to wear it head to foot, if you dare!

"Go calm or crazy with soft hues or hot tones" Homes too are brightening up, soft and sweet or bold and brave. So while I am busy adding colour into your wardrobe, our local interior expert, Sarah Louise Dix, runs traditional upholstery courses to add a pop of colour and print into your living room. If you are an upholstery beginner, she can advise which course is best for you, chat over design ideas and hopefully add a punch of colour into your home scheme. Contact her on 01483 801108 or visit www.sarahlouisedix.co.uk for more details. If painting in the pastel spectrum is your thing, Changing Perceptions in Godalming’s High Street offer furniture painting workshops where you can learn paint effects with expert techniques. For more details of how to revitalise a dated chair ‘the Frenchic Way’, call them on 01483 420436.

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Dorking & Leatherhead artists feature strongly at AppArt’s Easter Exhibition and Sculpture trail. APPART’S ANNUAL Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail continues to grow its reputation as a showcase for some of the finest artists in the South East including many from Guildford and surrounding villages. Last year’s appearance on BBC South Today widened its appeal and led to record attendances.

over the garden and surrounding fields are a constant source of inspiration for her seedpod forms and animals. Clare Pavey ceramic portraits of dogs and animals capture the mood of the subject and are always skilfully glazed. Adam Aaronson’s love affair with glass began almost 40 years ago and his passion for this most unpredictable and seductive of artistic mediums remains undimmed today. His artwork is inspired by the ceaseless mutability of light on the landscape, sky and water. In his West Horsley Studio he creates glass works small and large, functional and decorative but always distinctive. ‘Ripple Bowl’ is an example of a current series.

Surrey-based artist Roger Dellar will open AppArt on Friday 30th March (Good Friday) and will be one of many distinguished artists on view. Roger’s paintings have an impressionistic feel to them. Many of his paintings such as ‘Hampton Court Skaters’ have dark under tones and accents of light and this enables him to capture that moment in time of his chosen subject. Francis Jordan works in oils, mixed media and watercolour, layersing her work using a limited palette. Using tone and texture, she likes to create strong, powerful images such as ‘Diamond Light’ that depict nature at its most sublime. Marion Wilcocks is showing some of her figurative watercolour work and ‘Miranda’ is a thoughtful and attractive study. Lynne Reeves tends to be drawn towards either very bold and colourful illustrative work or gentle soft watercolours. Her paintings of pairs of cats display her drawing skills and selective use of colour. Stephanie Wright ceramics are unique and celebrate the sense of excitement and energy associated with movement. She combines traditional throwing skills with an unconventional design approach to create distinctive sculptural and functional ceramics such as ‘Ice Dance’. Terri Smart is a ceramic sculptor whose work is influenced by natural elements such as wind and water. From her studio in East Clandon, the views

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AppArt’s Easter Exhibition and Sculpture Trail is open from 10am to 4pm from Friday 31st March (Good Friday) to the 14th April. Entry is free, refreshments are available and a warm welcome is ensured. FIND OUT MORE www.appartonline.co.uk www.facebook.com/AppArtSurrey

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The wonder of watercress • FOOD & DRINK

Diana Henry’s Linguine with Watercress Pesto

Creamy Watercress Stuffed Chicken

Don’t be afraid of wholewheat linguine. I can’t eat wholewheat pasta shapes – too chewy – but wholewheat linguine is lovely. It’s slightly nutty too!

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

450g wholewheat linguine; 75g watercress, coarse stalks removed; 10g flat leaf parsley (leaves only); 1 clove garlic, crushed; 40g toasted pine nuts (or you can use toasted blanched hazelnuts); 30g freshly grated pecorino (or Parmesan); 7 tbs extra virgin olive oil; salt and pepper. Serves 4.

Method:

1. Put the linguine into a big pan of boiling slightly salted water and cook until it is cooked but still al dente. 2. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Put the watercress into a food processor with the extra virgin olive oil, parsley, garlic and nuts. Blitz, using the pulse-blend button. Add half the cheese, blend again, then scrape into a bowl and stir in the rest of the cheese. Taste for seasoning. 3. Drain the linguine, then return it to the pan with a little of its cooking water. Mix in the pesto and serve immediately. You can offer more cheese on the side.

50g/2oz soft (medium fat) cheese; 1 (85g) bag watercress, finely chopped; 1 small clove garlic, crushed; 4 chicken breast fillets, skinless; 4 slices Parma ham; 15ml/1 tbsp olive oil; 60ml/4 tbsp marsala wine 150ml/¼pt chicken stock; 60ml/4 tbsp double cream; salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serves 4.

Method:

1. Mash the cheese with half the watercress, garlic and salt and pepper. Use a knife to make a slit along one side of each chicken breast to make a pocket, fill with the cheese then wrap the parma ham around the chicken, tucking the loose ends of ham underneath. 2. Heat the oil in a frying pan add the chicken and cook for 8 mins, turning it over once until the ham is golden. Add the marsala to the pan, sauté for 1 minute, stir in the stock, then cover the pan with a baking sheet or foil and simmer for 15-20 mins or until tender and cooked through. 3. Transfer the chicken to a plate and keep warm. Simmer the liquid to reduce, until it becomes syrup. 4. Stir in the remaining watercress and cream and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and season to taste. Serve with crushed potatoes and green beans.

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Designing your perfect kitchen Ockley based Park House Kitchens has been designing and installing beautiful kitchens in the local area since 1991. What makes them so successful? First class customer service and a product that stands the test of time. standard that we promise and ensure that your home is treated with respect. We also have our own builder, who is excellent, and we always recommend using him if you wish to tie in an extension or other building work with your new kitchen.”

With so much choice out there, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to new kitchens, but with Park House Kitchens you can be assured you’ll receive the first rate service you’d expect and a high quality, stylish kitchen perfect for your home. Established in 1991 by Trish Rowland the idea was to create and build a kitchen design business that would offer a customer service that was second to none. Twenty five years later the business is still going strong with Emily, Trish’s daughter, now at the helm, designing beautiful kitchens in the Surrey and West Sussex areas. “Being a small, family business we’re able to offer our clients our full attention. From start to finish they will be working directly with me, and I will have designed their kitchen using a CAD planning software.” Explains Emily. “And I also share a day-by-day schedule with our clients so that they know exactly what’s happening and when, so they can feel confident that the completion date will be stuck to.” When undertaking substantial building work to your home, whether it’s a new kitchen or an extension, it’s important to know who will be working in your home and whether their skills really are up to the job. “Our expert team of trusted tradesmen have been working for us for over 15 years. They work to the high

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There is a large range of beautiful styles to choose from at Park House Kitchens, from classic shaker units to the contemporary German look and anything in between. All the units are built to measure and can be hand painted to the colour you desire. So in years to come you can freshen up the look with a new colour if you so wish. And with their finger on the pulse of the latest trends and styles, you can be rest assured that Emily and her team will deliver you a kitchen with a look that has been intelligently designed for your home and lifestyle. “At Park House Kitchens we are able to offer a more personal touch.” Says Emily. “You won’t be dealing with a kitchen sales person, just me, and I’m passionate about what we do and will deliver the service you expect.” Eighty percent of their business comes through recommendations from past customers, which is testament to the level of service Emily, Trish and their team offer. To book an appointment with Emily at the Ockley showroom call 01306 712353 or email info@phk.co.uk. Park House Kitchens Unit 3 Ockley Court Farm. Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey RH5 5LS Tel: 01403 790812 Email: info@phk.co.uk www.phk.co.uk facebook.com/parkhousekitchens

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Capel 8 HIGH ROAD AND PINE VALLEY DEVIL'Sfigure PUNCH of BOWL: This walk is in a figure of eight, both roughly 5 miles, so if you want a shorter walk, you could do one leg at a time. The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club and readers are welcome to join them on their walks (guildfordramblingclub.org.uk).

• THE WALK 1. Walk down the road for a ¼ mile from the village hall to pass the church and the Capel News offices and reach a small green on the left. Take the path left along the side of this green. Follow it into a hedge corridor and on along a wider track. Ignore a fork right, continue forward to take a right turn at a T-junction. At a 3-way signpost, turn right and follow the path down a slight slope for over a ¼ mile to a road. Turn left and walk to the A24. Cross across the near end of the big roundabout. On the far side, go right and up a road signed to Grenehurst Park. Take the rightmost of the two entrances and continue along the road. 2. At its end continue forward along a wide grassy track. Soon reach a railway crossing. On the other side, emerge on a road and turn right. Almost immediately turn left into Vann Lake Road. Now walk for almost ¾ mile along the road. Pass mobile homes, ignore a right turn signed Vann Lake, pass various houses, the road becomes a track and, eventually, immediately before Rill Cottage, follow a signpost right and into trees. The path runs along the end of Vann Lake for a short distance and then enters trees and quickly reaches a 3-way signpost. 3. Turn right. The path skirts Vann House (over on its righthand side) to reach a road. Turn right, ignore the right turn into Vann Farm Road and continue forward to pass Vann Cottage and, immediately after it, turn right at a (hidden) 3-way. The path soon runs along the lefthand side of two fields. Ignore a path, go straight on and over a stile to another field. Walk along its lefthand side and around the first corner to turn left through a gap into another field. Go straight across to a road. Turn right and walk down to cross Ockley Court Bridge and pass Ockley Church. Continue on to a point, by a house, where the road turns sharp right. 4. Here, take the track forking off left to pass the house and go out into fields. The (concrete) track

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reaches trees. Continue forward. Ignore a wide grassy track right. After another 50 yards, take a track right following a byway arrow. The track takes you over a railway bridge and to the side of the A24. Go straight across to a stile into a field. Continue forward across this field and through a few trees into another field. Cross this, keeping a farm to your left to reach another field and continue on over it and double stiles into the next. Head a ¼ left to another stile and another field. And continue on until, in the final field before the houses of Capel, crossing half-right to find a exit between a red brick and a (grubby) white house. Emerge on a road with the village hall a little way to your right. 5. After lunch, opposite the church, walk left, along Vicarage Lane for about ¼ mile. Pass the old school (now apartments) and a 30 limit sign. Then, quickly reach and cross a stream and immediately take a footpath left. Continue forward, ignoring a footpath left, to reach a driveway. Turn right and walk to a road. Turn left and, after 200 yards and immediately beyond a barn, take a path right. This becomes a wide grassy track and then swings right and enters a field, over a stile. Walk along the lefthand edge and, at the far end, into a wood by the righthand side of a small section of wood rail fencing. Follow the path through trees to a T-junction with a track where you turn left. 6. Walk in trees to reach an open area where powerlines cross above the track. Here, find a yellow arrow post hidden in heather to take you on a narrow path to the right. Walk through a wood and over a plank footbridge to enter a field at a 3-way signpost. Turn left and walk along the edge of the field. At the first corner, go through a gate onto a wide vehicle track. Jink left 5 yards to find a plank footbridge and gate to take you right. Walk along a field edge to find a gate right. Go clockwise around the next field and out at the second corner. Walk along the lefthand edge of a field to reach a road and house. Turn left and walk 100 yards to Newdigate Church and the Six Bells. 7. Turn into Church Lane. Walk as far as the vets and cross over to take a footpath right, into a field by the side of the vets. Head out parallel to the righthand side of the field

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at first but continue forward when the field expands out to the right. Go through a gate into another field and go half-right to cross it. Go through a gate and along the lefthand edge of the next field. Exit over a footbridge and continue straight ahead and through a gap into another field. (See a farm and caravans off to your left.) Cross the field and go over a stile onto a wide track at a 4-way signpost. Turn right and walk 1/3 mile to reach Home Farm. Just beyond the barns and a gate, reach a junction and turn right to follow the (part metalled, part not) access road (Dukes Road). Follow this to its junction with Rusper Road. 8. Turn right, cross and, after 50 yards, take a footpath left into a field. Walk along the righthand side of this and the next field, cross a footbridge and again walk along the righthand side of a field. Go straight past a 3-way signpost and quickly reach a gate and a 2-way signpost. Cross a footbridge to follow the bridleway forward. Go through a few trees to reach a field. Here, turn left and walk to the far end. Go through a gap and along a wide, grassy avenue. At its end, at a 3-way signpost, turn left. Follow the righthand edge for 100 yards to find a gate on the right. Now follow the righthand edge to the far side of a field and into the next. You are now walking parallel to a drive. 9. At the far side exit from the corner onto a road and turn right. Look for the second signpost on the left, hidden in the hedge opposite Aldhurst Farm.

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Go straight across a field into trees and follow the path through them to the next field. Head across it to enter trees again. On the other side go through the trees then walk alongside a hedge to find a gap, right, that leads you through more trees. Emerge in another field and walk forward for 20 yards to find a hidden stile, right. Enter a field and cross to the far left corner. Go through a gate to walk along the lefthand side of the next field and then pass a garden fence. Enter another field through two gates and head for the far left corner and a stile into Vicarage Lane. Turn left and walk to the road through the centre of Capel. Turn right and walk to the start.

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RSPB Dorking & District Local Group • PROFILE the years. Further west in the county, along the River Wey and the Wey Navigation, there are several walks which provide good habitat for birdlife in both winter and spring. A couple of times a year the group strays over the border into Sussex to the excellent RSPB Pulborough Nature Reserve with ideal habitat for ducks, geese, lapwings, falcons, harriers, kites and many songbirds. April and May are prime time for seeing and hearing migrant birds returning from Africa to breed - nightingales, chiff chaffs and blackcaps to name but a few. Weekend walks cover sites further afield such as Pagham or Rye Harbour in Sussex or Farlington in Hampshire. All these are excellent for shore and sea birds. At Pagham in September last year, a curlew sandpiper (a rare wader on passage to wintering quarters in Africa,) a gannet, sandwich terns, and turnstones were all spotted.

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DID YOU watch Blue Planet 2 in wonderment? Do you enjoy Springwatch with Chris Packham and his team? It is brilliant to see all the creatures caught on camera by the amazing cameramen (and women) without whose planning and patience these programmes would not happen. But how much better to see wildlife which you have located and identified for yourself, even if not as exotic as those on TV. That is what group members do when birdwatching with the Dorking and District group of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The leaders seek out good habitats in the locality (and sometimes further afield) and the best time of year to visit them. You can, of course, go birdwatching on your own, but going in a group has its advantages - more pairs of eyes to notice just a little movement that gives away the presence of a bird, and a collection of knowledge and experience to identify even the most difficult species of bird. If you are a novice birdwatcher, learning from those who are more experienced is a good way to get started. Surrey is landlocked territory so there is no chance of seeing shore birds locally, but there are several watery locations where there are waterfowl, gulls and plenty of small songbirds. Local Wednesday walks include, for example, the former gravel pits at Nutfield where there is a wide range of birdlife, and it seems to be improving over

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The group also runs monthly indoor meetings from September to April with very informative speakers who are experts in their field. Recently this included David Darrell-Lambert on bird song. He was very entertaining as well as giving tips of how to recognise and distinguish birds by their song. This is a very friendly group, keen to spread its enthusiasm to a wider audience, particularly to younger people. All are welcome, whatever their level of expertise and it is a pleasure to see beginners gain knowledge and experience. Local walks take place on Wednesdays, generally twice a month. Weekend walks, roughly once a month, take place on Saturday or Sunday. There is a small charge of £5 for non-members on walks, refundable if you decide to become a member (membership is £10 per annum).

FIND OUT MORE Full details of our programme are available at www.rspb. org.uk/groups/dorkinganddistrict, call 01372 454850 or email theputlands@aol.com.

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April is one of my favourite months of the year. It is the second month of spring, a time of planting and spring cleaning (maybe not in my house!), but best of all, the bluebells arrive. They remind me of my childhood - when we could still innocently pick a bunch or two for Mum. There are many places to view them locally - Denbies Wine Estate, Reigate Heath and many more - just ask Google to find somewhere near you. Probus Social Events for Retired Men Every first Tuesday Each month they meet at Tyrrells’s Wood Golf Course for lunch followed by a speaker of note, covering subjects such as ‘Brooklands Past and Present’ and Drones Uses and Abuses’. Also, mid-month social lunches, theatre visits, and outings for family and friends. If curious to learn more, contact Jon McCarthy via membership@probusclubleatherhead.org.uk or on 07947 361406, who will explain all and arrange for you to attend with a member. Dorking Museum ‘Local Heroes’ short film Thursdays to Saturdays throughout April 10am-4pm A new short film telling the story of local suffrage campaigners Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, made in conjunction with Royal Holloway and filmed in Dorking, Holmwood and Leith Hill, is available to view in the museum to mark the centenary of the vote for women. Kathy Atherton’s book on the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills is also available. Held at Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. For details please visit www. dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. Fetcham U3A Fourth Tuesday of each month 2.30pm When you retire or semi retire, very often there is a void in your life. Why don’t you join this group so you can help fill that unwanted gap? Their activities are varied and broadly educational but mainly about having fun, covering subjects such as Art Appreciation, Beer Appreciation, Aviation, Motor Sport, Pilates, Bridge, Walking, Wine Appreciation to name but a few. Held at St. Mary’s Church Hall, off The Ridgeway, Fetcham, KT22 9AZ. For further details contact Mrs Ann Chance on ann.chance76@gmail.com. April 2018

Dorking United Reform Church Easter Services Friday 30th March and Sunday 1st April On Good Friday there will be an 11am service ‘Churches Together in Dorking’ and ‘Walk of Witness’ from the Dorking Halls Car Park followed by an 11.30am Worship in St Martin’s Churchyard. On Easter Day at 10.30am there will be a Worship with Communion and Celebration of New Life with the theme ‘Risen Saviour seeking release’. Visit www. dorkingurc.org.uk for more details on this and other events. Dorking's Easter Egg Hunt Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April Free event for all the family with fantastic prizes to be won. £25 vouchers and runner-up prizes. Entry forms are available from Harmans - West Street , SC Fuller - South Street , Dorking Library - St Martin’s Walk , Rhubarb and Bramley - High Street and Oriund Coffee Shop and Antiques - High Street. Find out more at www.friendsofdorking.org. Chasamba Fitness Every Tuesday 2.30pm Why not pop along for a free taster session any Tuesday if you want to learn some cool Ballroom and Latin dance moves. You'll love it. Just bring some water and wear your trainers. The moves are easy to follow and the music is terrific. Held at Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Road, RH4 1SN. Find out more at www.chasambafitness.com. Dorking Community Hospital Coffee Shop Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm Are you looking for somewhere different and inexpensive to go for a cup of coffee? Why not try this little coffee shop at Dorking Community Hospital. You will receive a very warm welcome from one of their friendly volunteers and whilst you are there you can browse around the shop and see what other lovely things they have for sale. All profits go to help the hospital, so you will be supporting an excellent cause. The Unattached Group (TUG) TUG have planned countryside and London walks, local music events, theatre events, a river trip and are making arrangements for the annual summer party. A Surrey based group of about 70 single professional people aged 55-69 who

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Oddfellows Lunch Club Wednesday 4th April 12.15pm Join the Oddfellows for a relaxed informal lunch at The White Horse, located in the idyllic Surrey village of Shere. Please just pay for your own drinks and meal on the day. The White Horse, Shere Lane, Shere, GU5 9HS. Please contact Jenny on 01306 877792 or email Mid-Surrey@oddfellows.co.uk to book. Leatherhead Museum Thursday 5th April It is a charming and fascinating museum and enjoyed by all who visit. However, they do need more volunteers to act as stewards. If you would be interested in helping, they would love to hear from you. No special qualifications are necessary and you do not have to have knowledge of history or the local area - just a willingness to be friendly and welcoming to visitors. If you think you could spare one afternoon a month, please ring Debby on 01372 378347 or email debandpeterh39@gmail.com. 30 VANTAGEPOINT

Dorking Museum Easter Holidays Family Event 8/6/15 10:34 AM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 5th to 14th April 10am-4pm This museum family event follows the theme of Surrey museums month - 'Air'. It is a family quiz with an Air theme that focuses on the museum's popular dinosaur fossils. Quiz sheet and do-it-yourself activity for children and adults alike. Visit www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 87659 for details. Horsley Garden Society They hold flower and produce shows, meetings, lectures and visits to bring together those with an interest in gardening - from beginners to experts. New members and visitors are always welcome. Membership is only £5 per annum, contact the Chairman, Roger Lindsay for details via email r.lindsay339@btinternet.com or Terry Lazenby at terrylazenby@terrylazenby.plus.com. Headway Charity Monthly drop-in First Friday of each month 10.30am-2pm The average person in the street often completely fails to notice the disabilities faced by someone with a brain injury when they first meet. Unfortunately the individual’s disabilities, such as loss of memory, mean that the simplest tasks in life can be the most problematic. This can make sustaining a social life a very difficult business indeed. The drop-in is an informal time for people to meet and socialise with others who are affected by brain injury. Have a chat,

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RSPB Dorking And District Group Wednesdays, generally twice a month. Weekend walks, roughly once a month If you are a novice birdwatcher, learning from those who are more experienced is a good way to get started. This is a very friendly group, keen to spread its enthusiasm to a wider audience, particularly to younger people. All are welcome, whatever their level of expertise. There is a small charge of £5 for non-members on walks, refundable if you decide to become a member. Full detail are available at www.rspb.org. uk/groups/dorkinganddistrict. Music in Dorking Various dates during April This month you can see a wide variety of performances at Dorking Halls, from opera and ballet screenings to piano recitals and the Leith Hill Musical Festival. The Leith Hill Musical Festival is holding its main competitions and concerts, spread over three days. Twelve local choirs participate in the festival, four in each of three divisions. Each morning, four choirs compete by singing a range of items – madrigals, part songs, men’s and women’s songs, and extracts from big choral works – and then in the evening they join together to give a April 2018

concert under the baton of the festival conductor Jonathan Willcocks. Anyone is welcome to drop in and hear some of the competitions. For full details visit www.dorkinghalls.co.uk. Dorking Folk Club Live music every Wednesday On 4th April, join Alden, Patterson & Dashwood - Christina Alden, Alex Patterson and Noel Dashwood are a very popular Norwich based trio. On 11th it is Singers’ Night . On 18th, Chris Ronald Trio - Contemporary folk singer-songwriter will be joined tonight by John Ellis on piano and vocals and Canadian fiddler, Mike Sanyshyn. Finally, on 25th, The Twagger Band.'The Twaggers' are based in Sussex and Kent and play mostly traditional music. They are five very talented musicians and singers who play an astonishing range of instruments. Venue is Dorking Golf Club, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking. Details from Jackie on 07754 853171 or visit www. dorkingfolkclub.org.uk.

Dorking Town Centre Pub Walks Open Day 7th April and group bookings Dorking Museums guided pub walks take in former and current town centre pub sites, relating their history and stories and pointing out features. Tours last 90 minutes. Booking via the website, £3 per person. Open walk, 7th April at 3pm. Group walks (minimum 10 people) arranged by appointment. www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/guided-walksaround-dorking or email admin@dorkingmuseum.org.uk.

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Birds of Prey Weekend at RHS Wisley 7th and 8th April 11am and 2pm See them showing off on their perches, or soaring across the sky in their displays of agility. The bird experts will be around to answer questions when not flying the birds. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. Call 01483 224234 or visit www. rhs.org.uk/wisley. Local History Society Meetings Third Friday of each month 8pm The society has a full programme of lectures held at the Leatherhead Institutes’ Dixon Hall. Coffee served from 7.30pm. Admission just £2. Guests are always welcome. For more information go to www.leatherheadhistory.org. Dorking Museum Exhibition with Capel Camera Club Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm The Museum's spring exhibition, in association with the Capel Camera Club, features beautiful landscapes and iconic images of our stunning market town and the surrounding countryside and villages. The club is a group of both amateur and professional photographers who have come together to create this joint project. Held at Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. For details please visit www. dorkingmuseum.org.uk. Leatherhead Rotary Club Meetings Wednesday Evenings 7pm Meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities please visit www.leatherheadrotary.org.uk, contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or email the club at leatherheadrotary@gmail.com. Springtime Means Showtime Sunday 8th April 2pm Capel Horticultural Society is pleased to announce their Annual Spring Show (and Cake Sale) will be taking place in the Village Memorial Hall. Bring your exhibits along between 8.45am and 10am on the day, then return in the afternoon to see what you might have won. Whether you win or not, you can enjoy a wonderful selection of cakes with a cup of tea. Remember, whilst there will be the usual opportunities for exhibiting flowers and vegetables, if your garden is looking a bit bare, there are homecraft, handicraft and photography classes. Fun classes for children to enter too. Schedules will be available from Carters and Capel News as well as the Society’s website: www.capelhorticulturalsociety.org.uk.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Dorking Scrabble Club Every Wednesday 7.30pm For a friendly game of Scrabble, pop along to The Roy Currie Room, United Reformed Church, West Street, Dorking. You will be welcomed whether you are a beginner or an expert. For more details ring Priscilla (01737 767072) or David (01306 889308)

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Dorking Walkers Every Tuesday and Thursday Would you like to try walking with a friendly local group? Two hour walks (4-5 miles) within ten miles of Dorking. Check out their website www.surreycommunity.info/dorkingwalkers, email dorkingwalkers@gmail.com or contact Ann on 01306 888745. Quaker Meeting Sunday 8th April 6.30pm-7.30pm An evening meeting is held on the second Sunday of each month at Park House, Randall's Road Leatherhead, KT22 0AH. All are welcome to join them in exploring a different approach to spiritual worship focusing on silence and stillness. For more information contact Catherine Carr on 01483 283693 or catherinemcarr15@gmail.com. Surrey County Walkers Various dates throughout the month This is a walking group in Surrey. They have walks every weekend, usually in West Surrey, in the Farnham, Guildford, Woking or Dorking areas. Some walks are held in neighbouring counties, such as Hampshire or Sussex. Most walks are completed in a morning, followed by a visit to a local pub. Some walks, particularly in summer, last all day. This is often the case for walks along long distance paths, such as the North Downs Way, South Downs Way, Thames Path and the Mid Sussex Border Path. For more information and the full walk programme visit www.surreycommunity. info/surreycountywalkers. Dorking Museum Quiz Night Monday 9th April 7pm The Museum's Quiz Night is hosted by David Langford and is a general knowledge quiz (not local history!). Tables of 4-6 people, you can bring or join in a team It takes place at Café Rialto, 33 South Street, Dorking. Tickets are £15 per person, including a free buffet. Book your table or place with Penny Tompkins at admin@dorkingmuseum.org.uk or 01483 203288 or online at www.dorking-museum.myshopify.com. Dementia Group in Effingham Alternate Thursdays 10am-12 noon 'Connect' is a group for carers and partners living with dementia. Why not join them for support, refreshment, friendship, activities and fun. They hope to have something for everyone with activities for all, puzzles, quizzes, music, snooker, music and more. Monthly outings also arranged. You don’t have to live in Effingham to come. They meet in St Lawrence Church Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham KT24 April 2018

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University Of The Third Age Wednesday 11th April 2.30pm If you're an older person who's retired or semi-retired you can enter a world of new interests by joining the University of the Third Age. Their Monthly Meeting is at St Martin's Christian Centre, Dorking, RH4 1DW, where you can find out more about 'Murder, Madness and Mayhem in the Belgian Royal Family'. Phone 01306 889278 for details or a friendly face to greet you when you arrive. Mole Valley Business Club Every other Tuesday 7.30am-9am Mole Valley Business Club meets at Burgundy & Black, St Martin's Walk, Dorking to exchange business ideas and refer business. There is no membership fee and it's just pay £10 on the door for breakfast. The only commitment to be a member is for regular attendance and only one representative per business type to ensure exclusivity. For further information contact Graham Faulkner on 07921 255815 or email dorking@ewemove.com. Tylney Luncheon Club Second Wednesday of each month 12.30pm for 1pm They are a ladies social luncheon club which meet at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. They have a speaker at each 34 VANTAGEPOINT

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The Arts Society Leatherhead Wednesday 11th April 7.15pm Their April talk is about the Benin Bronzes, which are masterpieces of African Art. The beauty and workmanship of Benin’s royal sculptures rivals the very best work of the Italian Renaissance. The society welcomes visitors for £5 at the door, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall KT22 2BD, but please contact viainfo@theartssocietyleatherhead.org.uk or telephone John Andrews on 01372 373083 to make initial contact. Will Writing Service If you are over 50 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern Mole Valleys Will Writing Service. Once a month local solicitors, Hart Scales and Hodges are taking appointments for Will Writing at the Age Concern Mole Valley offices in Dorking. (A suggested donation of £50-£75 can be given to Age Concern Mole Valley for the service. A solicitor would normally charge over £200-£300). To book an appointment please call 01306 899104/ 07442 017169 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk. Big Band Concert Thursday 12th April 7.30pm Leatherhead Rotary Club presents the British Philharmonic

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Orchestra’s Big Band In Concert at The Leatherhead Theatre. Featuring the sounds of Sinatra and the swing music era plus other big band classics. With special guest vocalists. All proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK. Tickets are priced £20 or half price for 18 and under. Call the theatre box office on 01372 365141 or book online at www.theleatherheadtheatre.com.

Basketball for Learning Disabled Young People Every Monday 6pm to 7pm The Scorchers Foundation charity, who run alongside the Surrey Scorchers Pro Basketball team are running Basketball sessions for young adults 16+ with Intellectual (Learning) disabilities. The first session will always be free and then they will be at a reduced rate of £2 per person for the time being. The basketball takes place at St Peter’s School, Merrow on Monday nights. They would be delighted to see more young people coming along. For more information call 07810 122389 or email foundation@surreyscorchers.co.uk. The Arts Society Dorking Second Tuesday of the month 9.30am for a 10.30am lecture During 2018 they have a wonderful series of lectures and visits arranged. They meet in the Dorking Halls. You can learn about things such as the Nations Hidden Oil Paintings; The Making of Venice from Swamp to Serenissima; Pop Art in the Swinging Sixties. Visits planned for 2018 include a trip to Laverstock Mill and the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. Further information on their website: www. theartssocietydorking.org.uk. Oddfellows Easter Dance Friday 13th April 10am-12.30pm All are invited to an informal dance with tea and coffee. Mike and Rosemary Thorn will be coordinating the dancing from their wide collection of music. A selection of Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Line Dancing. All welcome. Entry is £3 non-members, Members free. Held at the Oddfellows Hall, Dorking High Street, RH4 1QT. Please contact the office on 01306 877792 or email Mid-Surrey@oddfellows.co.uk for more details. Reigate Gag House Comedy Club Friday 13th April 8pm This is sure to give you that Friday feeling, comedians Markus Birdman, James Bran and Mike Cox along with your resident MC Masud Milas are up for a laugh at Reigate Gag House Comedy Club and you’re invited. Just to keep you on your toes, for one month only this Club comes to The Cellar Rooms on the second Friday of the month. Let your hair down, embrace that Friday feeling and get your tickets booked. They’re on sale and they are £13.50 each. To book, please call 0333 666 3366 or visit www.GagHouseComedy.com. Beare Green and Newdigate Choral Society Friday 13th April Not long now to the Leith Hill Musical Festival. BGN’s day is on Friday 13th April so you still have time to book your ticket. April 2018

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Patchworking Garden Plant and Craft Sale Saturday 14th April 11.30am-2.30pm The Patchworking Garden Project was created to bring positive change to people’s lives through gardening. There will be a display of paintings and photography by volunteers, crafts produced at the Project Garden and wildlife themed gifts to buy. Free Admission. Refreshments and lots of cakes. Held at The Aviva Sports Ground, Pixham Lane, Dorking. Early Photography Mornings at RHS Wisley Saturday 14th and 21st April Photographers can enjoy an early spring morning in the 36 VANTAGEPOINT

Garden to take the perfect photograph of the spring colour on the 14th at 7.30am. Then there will the be an Early Spring Bird Walk on Saturday 21st at 7am. Take an early morning walk around RHS Garden Wisley with volunteers from North West Surrey RSPB and discover what bird life is dwelling in the garden during the spring. Binoculars would be useful and dress for cold weather conditions as this is an outside activity. The walk will end with a cooked breakfast at 9:30am. Members £37, non-members £51. Please pre-book before 19th April on 0203 176 5830.

Dorking Museum Exhibition with Capel Camera Club Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout April 10am-4pm The Museum's spring exhibition, 'A New View', in association with the Capel Camera Club, features beautiful landscapes and iconic images of our stunning market town and the surrounding countryside and villages. Both amateur and professional photographers have come together to create this joint project: vote for your favourite images. Held at Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. For details please visit www. dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. Do You Know Your Blood Pressure? Saturday 14th April 10am-3pm If you do, well done... if you don't, read on! High blood pressure is the greatest single cause of a Stroke or a Heart Attack. However once detected, high blood pressure can often

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • easily be managed, reducing your chances of suffering such a sudden, unexpected and debilitating change to your life. Each year Dorking Rotary Club organises for you to have your blood pressure checked by trained healthcare volunteers without the need to make an appointment with your GP. Just come along to The Christian Centre beside St. Martin's Church in the centre of Dorking and take your first step to reducing your risk of a Stroke or a Heart Attack.

Beat Loneliness in Surrey The Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey urgently needs volunteers to enjoy hobbies with people with dementia. The UK’s leading dementia charity is launching its innovative Side by Side service in a bid to reconnect people with dementia with their communities and favourite pastimes. From joining a local club or just going for a stroll in the park, this service, pairs people with dementia and volunteers with shared interests. For full details visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/sidebysidevolunteer or call 0330 333 0804. The Royal British Legion Women's Section Every Second Monday 7pm Their meetings cover interesting speakers, members nights, raising funds for the Poppy Appeal and a lot more. If you feel this group is something you would like to try please go along. For further information please phone Jane on 01372 811422. Held at North Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Road, Leatherhead.

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Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society Saturday 14th April 7.30pm Join Holy Trinity Church Guildford for an evening of French music. They are performing two beautiful works, Duroflé's Requiem and a Widor Mass, under their conductor David Condry. Tickets £15 (students £8). Information and tickets from choir members, by phone 01483 454972, from Guildford Tourist information centre 01483 444344 or alternatively visit www.visitguildford.com. Capel Choral Society Saturday 14th April With about a fortnight to go before its big day at the Leith Hill Musical Festival in the Dorking Halls on 14th, Capel Choral Society, under its conductor Ben Costello, is putting the final touches to the Festival set works which include Vaughan Williams’ lovely Five Mystical Songs, and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. After the Festival the Choir will begin rehearsals on 23rd April for its summer concert on 30th June. This concert is entitled Some Enchanted Evening and will include music from classic shows. New singers will be very welcome to join them for this concert. Please contact the Secretary if you would like to know more about the Choir: ianmoir20@yahoo.com or telephone 01306 889817. Walking in Dorking – Town Centre Heritage walks 15th and 21st April and group bookings Journey into Dorking’s history with a guided walk of the town to see hidden Dorking: the secrets that lie behind the modern streets and the people who built the town’s April 2018

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Guildford Rambling Clubs Walks Programme Various dates during April and early May They normally start at 10am. For the nine mile walk from below Box Hill on Sunday 15th, call Dick on 07516 407936. Call Olive, on 07872 613505 for the five mile morning walk from Friday Street on Thursday 19th. Then Rosemary on 07842 150475 for the seven and a half mile walk from Aldershot on Sunday 22nd. Contact Chantal on 01483 535971 for the ten mile walk from Tilford on Sunday 29th. Finally, for Sunday 6th May, it will be Mick on 07765 205353, who leads the ten mile walk from Guildford. For most, visitors are welcome to join them. Visit www.guildfordramblingclub. org.uk for the full programme. Amici Art Exhibition: The Language of Paint 16th to 22nd April A new group of artists are exhibiting for the first time at Denbies. Pauline Allbeury, Ann Stringer, Gill Clark and Janet Abbott all have different styles but share the same enthusiasm to convey an idea, a mood or a moment in time, in paint. Paintings are for sale and can be taken away on 38 VANTAGEPOINT

the day or just go along to browse and enjoy the view. Free entry to exhibition. Denbies Wine Estate Gallery, Dorking. For more details and times Contact Pauline on 01306 876389 or pallbeury@gmail.com.

Historical Association (West Surrey Branch) Lecture Tuesday 17th April 7.30pm Professor Joe Maiolo from Kings College, University of London speaks on 'The Origins of the Second World War.' A much disputed topic. Held at St Nicolas' Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4BW. Visitors very welcome, ÂŁ3 at the door, students free. Further information from Rollo Crookshank 01252 319881, or email crookshank@starkmann.co.uk. Leatherhead University of the Third Age Thursday 19th April Leatherhead U3A meets in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead when the speaker will be Greg Melly who will talk about the History of the University of Surrey. The U3A welcomes anyone no longer in full time employment or raising a family. For more information email lhdu3amembers@gmail.com or visit www.leatherheadu3a. org.uk to find out about opportunities to pursue an interest and to make new friends. The Arts Society Betchworth Third Monday of the month 2.30pm-4pm Do join their society to enjoy stimulating, entertaining talks

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Loseley Spring Garden Show Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm The start of the season at Loseley Park is not far away which brings the ever popular Spring Garden Show in the beautiful Walled Gardens. The nursery exhibitors will be out in force, along with garden bygones, antique tools, garden sundries and furniture, along with the all-important food stands in the White Garden Marquee. Tasty refreshments are served throughout the day. Visit www.loseleypark.co.uk for full details. Beginners Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes Every Wednesday 7.30pm Strictly Beginners is a fun, friendly and easy ballroom and latin dance classes held at West Horsley Village Hall on Wednesday evenings. Brand new beginners class will be April 2018

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Dorking Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild Second Monday of the month 10am Join them for coffee and a talk at the Friends Meeting House, Dorking RH4 2LE. New members and visitors are welcome, the only requirement is an interest in stitch and textiles. The junior branch - Dorking Young Textile Group- meets on the second Saturday of the month at South Holmwood Parish Room RH5 4JX, 10am to 12.30pm. They have a varied programme, introducing their members (aged 7-18) to a wide variety of creative textile techniques. New members welcome. Contact jofreeborough@hotmail.com for details. Leatherhead Carousel Sequence Dance Club Thursdays 7.45pm-10.15pm Join this friendly club for Sequence Dancing at Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, KY22 8AY. If you are interested and would like more information, please phone Doris on 01372 374160. Charity Classic Car Run Sunday 22nd April Organised by The Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee, the Annual Classic Car run starts at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA and takes a stunning route over two counties through the high grounds of Surrey Hills and country

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Whist Drive at Leigh Village Hall Every Thursday at 7.30pm Join this fun, friendly and welcoming group who are are looking for new members to boost their numbers. Admission is only £3 so why not pop along? For details call 01306 631373.

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The Bee Club at Albury Vineyard This club is for people fascinated by honeybees who want to learn more about what they do and how they survive. Beekeeping can be an expensive hobby and requires a regular commitment throughout summer in order to properly look after the bees, but by joining the Bee Club you won't have to invest in bees, hives, extracting equipment, or even a bee suit which is provided for all inspections. Membership of The Bee Club runs for a 12 month period and includes an opportunity to inspect a hive at different times of year including a honey extraction event, several jars of Albury Honey to take home plus a wine tasting voucher for two people to be used at Albury Vineyard on open days. To find out more and to sign up, visit www.alburyvineyard.com. Charity Wine Tasting Event Thursday 26th April 7pm You are warmly invited for a convivial evening of wine tasting of varieties from Bordeaux and adjacent regions. The evening will take place at a private house in Reigate, Surrey by kind permission of Mrs Angela Haeems. The evening’s wines will be tasted with an accompaniment of French cheeses brought directly back from Bordeaux. Enjoy with crusty baguette, salad and preserves followed by a delicious compote of garden berries, meringue and cream. This is a wonderful chance to increase your wine knowledge, enjoy with others, and help us raise much needed funds for sustainable projects helping children and families in Darfur. Please get in touch with contact@kidsforkids.org.uk or 07921 135463 for tickets and more information about the evening. Chair Exercise at the Christian Centre, Dorking Every Tuesday 11am Seated exercise to music designed for the more mature person to increase strength and flexibility. Why not join this fun and friendly group - it will do you a lot of good, everyone

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Afternoon Tea Friday at Oddfellows Friday 27th April 2pm-4pm All welcome for a stylish afternoon tea in the Oddfellows Hall Leatherhead. Scones with jam and cream with a selection of cakes and sandwiches, served with freshly brewed tea. Bring a friend to enjoy this afternoon of relaxed conversation and delicious tea. The Oddfellows Hall in Bridge Street, Leatherhead. Free event with donations to charity on the day. Please contact Jenny on 01306 877792 or email MidSurrey@oddfellows.co.uk for more details. Chasamba Dance Fitness Various dates Chasamba is a partner free fitness class using Ballroom and Latin dance steps. Fit4Tap is tap dancing with fun-fitness built in. Previous experience is not needed, just a desire to get fit doing some great moves! Go at your own pace - just step it out and enjoy the music or go for a higher intensity workout. It’s entirely up to you! Chasamba Dance Fitness classes in Capel (Thurs 7pm), Beare Green (Mon 2.30pm) and Abinger Hammer (Fri 2pm) and Fit4Tap in Capel (Mon 9.30am). Find them on Facebook or email for more info: sheila.chamberlain@ btinternet.com for Capel classes or chasambawithnicola@ hotmail.com for Beare Green and Abinger Hammer. Dorking Friends of Cancer Research UK Friday 27th April 9am and 3pm Look out for their volunteers collecting at seven points in Dorking High Street for their Flag Day. Please support the team with a smile and donation as you pass by or pop in to say hello at their base for the day in Hart Scales and Hodges at 159 High Street. Mole Valley Ramblers - Spring Walks Festival Saturday 28th April to Monday 7th May Their Group is holding a ten day Walks Festival, aiming to encourage anyone to join, to experience the Surrey countryside, exercise for healthy living and walk with a friendly group. There’s something for everyone, short walks, long walks, leisurely to challenging, with pubs, picnics and even an evening/night walk, plus the challenge to walk 100 miles. Detailed information can be found on their website, www.molevalleyramblers.org.uk/festival. Portobello Jazz Band Saturday 28th April 7.30pm The Friends of St Mary Magdalene present New Orleans jazz performed by The Portobello Jazz Band at the church (entrance from Betchetts Green Road). Tickets are £12 (children under 12 free). St Mary Magdalene Church, South Holmwood, RH5 4JX. Contact Virginia Smith on 01306 885349, email rev.virginia.smith@talktalk.net, or John Chiverton on 01306 888922, email john.chiverton@ btinternet.com for tickets or further information. April 2018

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RNLI Bookham BBQ CIF_Wisley18_92x147.indd 1 Saturday 28th April 9am-1pm Enjoy a freshly cooked sausage in a roll at their very popular BBQ at the top end of Bookham High Street. There will also be RNLI souvenirs for sale and water safety fun for the children. The event is organised by the Bookham and Leatherhead Branch of RNLI and all proceeds go to save lives at sea and on the River Thames. For more information about the RNLI or the branch see www.rnli.org or www.rnli-leatherhead.org.uk. Dorking Bowling Club Open Day Saturday 28th April 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm All ages and abilities are most welcome to have a go at playing lawn bowls. This is a friendly club, with social and competitive games, a superb green, clubhouse with licensed bar, free Monday evening coaching and a full social calendar. Dorking Bowling Club was highly regarded by Bowls Surrey in its Award of Excellence Competition Held at Drill Hall Road, Dorking RH4 1GL. Phone either Peter on 01306 640553 or Lynne on 01306 883689 for more details or go to www. dorkingbowlingclub.co.uk. Please wear flat shoes! Dorking South Street Caves - Cave Tours Open Day 28th April and group bookings Take a trip under the streets of Dorking to explore the famous 17th century caves. Discover how they were created and how they evolved over the centuries. Check out the 'mystery chamber'. Open tours, 28th April, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 42 VANTAGEPOINT

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2pm. Tours bookable for any group or organisation, 26/02/2018 family or friends. Tours last 45 minutes. Email caves@ dorkingmuseum.org.uk to arrange a group tour.

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Newdigate Village Hall Users of the village hall are delighted with the newly refurbished kitchen, fitted by Orchid Kitchens of Horley and partly funded by a £5,000 donation from the Gatwick Community Trust. The Hall is a superb venue for children’s and adult’s parties as well as group and business meetings. The hall can seat and cater for up to 95 people, the kitchen has a large range cooker, dishwasher and fridge freezer and the hall has an overhead projector. To book please ring the caretaker on 01306 631391 or visit www.newdigate.org.uk. Dorking Community Fridge Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am to 8pm and 9am to 8pm at weekends What a fantastic idea - for local people and businesses in Dorking to share good, surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. They make daily collections from Waitrose and other businesses and make it available in the Christian Centre Cafe. If you are going on holiday and have sealed, in-date food don't bin it, donate it to the Fridge. Unfortunately they cannot take raw meat or fish or eggs. The food in the Fridge is free for anyone. It's all about reducing food waste. The Dorking Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking RH4 1DW.

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African Drumming class Thursday Evening 8pm-9.30pm Jali Djembe runs weekly djembe drumming classes upstairs at the Dorking Christian Centre every Thursday evening. All ages and abilities welcome. The classes are fun and friendly, taught by Mod’lamine Cissokho, an experienced Senegalese djembe player. Cost is £8.50 per person (£1 drum hire). Visit www.jali-djembe.com or call 07867 794326. Sixties Band Night for Dorking Beatitudes Saturday 28th April 7pm-11pm Mods, rockers and 1960s music-lovers are invited to a band night at Betchworth Village Hall in aid of Dorking’s Beatitudes charity. Three live groups - the Courgettes, the RetroBeats and Boxwood String Band - will provide the music for dancing and singing along to the hits of this golden era. Bring your own refreshments. Tickets, just £10, are available from Beatitudes in St Martin’s Walk, Dorking, or online at www.courgettes.org.uk/ band-night. For more information call Linda on 07504 098735. Ashtead Bowling Club Free Indoor Coaching Session Wednesdays and Thursdays Sessions are tailored for beginners and provide an excellent introduction to the sport of bowling. A £1 fee is required to cover temporary membership for the day. You would then be eligible for full membership of the club with use of all its facilities. Please contact Mike Bradford on 01372 273142 to book a session. April 2018

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10th Anniversary Bluebell 10K Run Sunday 29th April 10am Whatever your standard, join this fantastic event at Headley Heath in aid of Prostate Cancer UK or raise funds for your chosen charity. Further details and entry forms at www. rotarymidsummer10k.com, www.runnersworld.co.uk, www.209events.com or contact Adrian O’Loughlin (01483 203748) or 2:09 Events (01252 373797). Wotton and Abinger Cream Teas and Plant Sale Sunday 6th May 2pm-5pm They are holding cream teas and plant sale at Wotton Village Hall to help to raise funds for the Annual Show. Delicious home made cakes, scones and savouries. Interesting plants, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and flowers. Ample parking. Charity Bridge Lunch Wednesday 9th May 10am-4pm In aid of Kids for Kids. Help save the lives of starving children in Darfur, Sudan, by enabling families to become self sufficient. Included is a two course lunch with a glass of wine and a cup of coffee. There will be a Raffle with stupendous prizes. Held at Westcott Reading Room, Institute Road, (off Guildford Rd), Westcott, nr Dorking, RH4 3LB. Please bring cards and bridge cloths. Minimum donation £23 per player (£92 per table). For Bookings please contact Gerald Culliford, Hertford House, Guildford Road, Westcott, RH4 3LB. 44 VANTAGEPOINT

Papercourt Sailing Club Open Day Saturday 12th May 1pm-4.30pm Papercourt Sailing Club are holding their annual Open Day on Saturday 12th May 2018 from 1pm to 4.30pm. The club is in the heart of Surrey with easy access from the M25 and A3 at Ripley, and offers year round dinghy sailing for all the family on its 45-acre picturesque lake. The Open Day is excellent opportunity for people to have a taster sail and see whether dinghy sailing is for them. It is in association with RYA Push the Boat Out 2018, which is a national event with hundreds of sailing clubs and training centres up and down the country offering free or low cost ‘have a go’ sailing taster sessions. Free tea and cakes on offer in the clubhouse overlooking the lake. Papercourt is at Polesden Lane, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6JX. For further details visit www.papercourt-sc.org.uk. Leith Hill Place Exhibition 18th May to 30th June Leith Hill Place is entering a period of trials to assess the best use for its future, this year focusing on a creative approach with Surrey artists Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle. They plan a residency and exhibition celebrating the creative activities of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Wedgwood and Darwin families as past visitors and residents of the house now owned by the National Trust. Throughout the residency there will be bespoke workshops, artists talks and an exhibition in ceramics, prints and sound, encouraging a deeper understanding of Leith Hill House. A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Book your place now for 15th to 24th February 2019 Pastor David Bedford is preparing to lead a party of around 30 pilgrims to the Holy Land in February 2019 and places are available if you are interested in joining the party. The 10 day trip, based in Jerusalem and Galilee will visit most the major Biblical sites such as The Old City of Jerusalem and The Sea of Galilee. The tour has been booked using McCabe Travel who are ATOT registered. The cost is expected to be around £2075 based on a shared twin room with en-suite. Further details from Rev David Bedford by calling 01306 88209 or email davidandlorna2012@btinternet.com. Visit www.dorkingurc.org.uk for more details. GET IN TOUCH

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