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their search online. Many rescue centres will let you go and have a look around to see who they have there. Others may only let you go by appointment once you have completed a comprehensive questionnaire to ensure that you would be suitable. The rescue centres work tirelessly to try and match the right dogs to the right people to give the dog the best chance of finding their forever home. They don’t want to see the dogs returning time after time as things haven’t worked. So as much as the forms and application process can seem intense, it is for good reason. When buying a puppy, you may go with a checklist of questions to ask about the start they have had and would want to meet the parents to gain an idea about temperament. However when you get a rescue dog you won’t often know its history. This may feel like you will be taking quite a gamble. How do we know that they will be ok with our children, our cats, other dogs? Sadly the answer may sometimes be ‘well you don’t know... you will just have to wait and see’. This is often why people are put off getting a rescue dog. Understandably they want to know that they can trust the dog and that it will fit in to their family unit. Anyone who is involved with dog rescue would have tried to gain as much information as they can about their history. They would fully assess them and ascertain any behaviour/temperament issues that may need to be flagged up. They may test them with children and other animals to gain a better idea of their overall temperament. June 2018

On top of this they would have had a full health check to ensure there are no underlying health conditions. I would always advise that you meet the dog on a number of occasions and ensure that they meet all members of the family. I would go for a walk and try and see how the dog reacts away from the place they are staying. Some dogs may not show favourable behaviours whilst in a kennel situation and so can often be overlooked. Equally a dog who may appear quiet and unsociable may be the opposite once it was put in a more favourable environment. Many rescue centres actually foster their dogs out now so that they are in a home - this should provide a better temperament test. Before you obtain your rescue dog I would already have training/behaviour help set in place. It’s never too late to learn for these dogs and there are people out there who can help you bond with your new dog. Training is great for this; one of my rescue dogs excelled in his classes and became a TV star... who would have thought that when he was pacing up and down in his run in the rescue centre?! FIND OUT MORE Zoe Blake is a registered veterinary nurse and runs The Friendly Pet Nurse. Call 07917 094715 or visit www.thefriendlypetnurse.co.uk.

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area.” Richard’s hand waved a descriptive path across his window scene. “The Duchy of Cornwall gave permission for the land to be leased and we’ve been here ever since, and at the time of course this wasn’t even a London borough.” That last point neatly resolved my puzzled bewilderment that Surrey’s county club is based in London’s Borough of Camden. What Richard was to recount next served to stoke up my interest even further. “Then there was this chap, Charles Alcock.” Richard’s tone of voice hinted that this was going to get very interesting. “He

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also engaged at grass roots level in Surrey. However he had already eyed-up that wicket. “Fortunately, this place is mostly left to cricket nowadays, playing three different formats of the game. Championship cricket, which is the county version of test cricket played over four days; one-day cricket competitions in which the teams bat and bowl for 50 overs each, and then there’s a version of Twenty20, which is the most popular in terms of driving attendance on match day. The only games we don’t play here are when we go down to Woodbridge Road in Guildford". At that moment a huge cheer could be heard from the ground. Richard excitedly raised both his arms and shouted loudly: “Got it. Got it. Well done Virdi – another LBW for Virdi!” I couldn’t but help feeling a little jealous of this very unusual and positivelycharged office atmosphere. Richard explained that the Surrey bowler was one Amar Virdi and he’d just taken the wicket of one of Hampshire’s strongest batsmen in the Championship Match currently

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SURREY CRICKET IN THE COMMUNITY in play. And the real magic was that Amar is one of the county’s up-and-coming young players – which brought us back totally on pitch. “Surrey has been playing cricket at Guildford since the early part of the century and it is effectively our home away from the Oval. We’ve been recently working with the council to refurbish the pavilion there – and the council have done an excellent job. The pavilion opens this season, which will be great news for cricket in Guildford. It also means that we’ve got excellent facilities we can use when we come and visit. It’s a great facility for the whole of Guildford too because there are good meeting and event rooms there. We do a lot with Guildford and our academy works out of there.” Noticing that I had glanced quickly out of the window distracted by action on the pitch, Richard nodded in the direction of the match adding: “Surrey has got seven home-grown players out there today. From Guildford, our academy recruits players into our county teams from schools and cricket clubs throughout Surrey. We work with them and provide the best possible coaching, so that they can hopefully one day come forward and represent Surrey, and perhaps England. But if not, we encourage them just to really enjoy their cricket and to play to their best possible potential”. SCCC also works closely with the Surrey Cricket Foundation who have 15 officers working throughout the county, and who have their very successful Chance to Shine inner-city cricket initiative. This has engaged nearly 27,000 young people since 2008 with a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket. Another successful youth initiative that Surrey has engaged with is the English Cricket Board’s Kwik Cricket. This is tailored specifically for children up to the age of 11, playing in teams of eight players with a plastic bat and ball over only eight overs. Having satisfied my interest in the county’s grass-roots initiatives to actively engage local communities’ interest in cricket, I had also unwittingly reminded myself that as well as Guildford Cricket Club providing great opportunities to play and watch cricket - they also have a very popular Beer Festival at the Woodbridge ground every June. Just before I left Richard, leaving him to carry on enjoying the Championship Match from the comfort of his office chair, he perfectly summed up what makes SCCC so successful. “We do have a really supportive club here – and I think it’s because the club is owned and managed by its supporters, all of whom are focused on the long-term interests of the club. No one is trying to make a quick buck. We are trying to make sure that cricket continues to thrive and appeal to the widest possible audience – and that we just do things in the right way.” June 2018

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Phil Kemp is introduced to the ancient craft of leatherworking NESTLING IN the beautiful countryside in Capel near Dorking is Broomells Workshop, home to skilled artisan leatherworkers who apply ancient skills to create beautiful and practical leather goods. Pippa Bassett, ably assisted by her fellow artisan Becky Harman, not only provides a service to the equestrian community but also to anyone who wants virtually anything made out of quality leather. “We are working in a time where things are changing rapidly, especially in saddlery. Online, things like eBay mean that people can buy factory-made saddles more cheaply

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which has resulted in hand-made saddles, which can take weeks to make, falling out of favour,” Pippa explained, whilst seated at her workbench in the workshop. “Then saddlers can make adjustments to ensure the saddles fit the horses correctly. But unfortunately, quite a few owners are not checking for a correct fit which means that horses get terrible back problems, and sometimes riders get injured when a horse chucks them off due to a poorfitting saddle.” Looking around the workshop, with its welcoming log burner glowing gently at the far end, I could see various items at different stages of creation and repair. As you enter the workshop you pass by a large display of equestrian equipment and accessories, including of course saddles and harnesses.

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PIPPA BASSETT: ARTISAN LEATHERWORKER how to mould leather from my father, and the seat needed moulding. One of my friends had dropped in for a cup of tea, and I used her bottom to mould the seat!” Pippa’s infectious laugh at the memory got me going too. “But of course, I use other ways for moulding now!” Once we’d both stopped chuckling, Pippa went on to explain that she has successfully branched out into making bespoke leather items which has in effect saved her business, which she has been running for over 27 years. “I get requests for handbags and other items like briefcases, belts and curtain ties. They’re all of course handmade to exactly what the customer wants which means a lot of work goes into it – a handbag for example may take a day and a half to make, sometimes longer. Collars for dogs and cats are popular too. We also do a lot of leatherwork restoration for old cars and motorbikes. And we make, for example, leather washers for traction engines, and leather strapping for old carriage springs. And we only use best quality English leather from Cheshire.” Repair work also helps keep the workshop busy, and I couldn’t resist asking about a large leather pig that had been staring at me for some time from its vantage point by a large stitching machine. “Oh, he’s come in for some bottom work – his tail has fallen off!” I had to fight another fit of giggles. “He’s over 100-yearsold. His hide is genuine pig hide which is really tough, and he’s stuffed with straw. I take my hat off to whoever crafted him.”

Images from top left: At work on a leather belt; the workshop and log burner; Broomells Workshop (all PK)

“A turning point for me was when we had the foot and mouth outbreak. This meant that you couldn’t move your horses around or take part in equestrian activities, and it hit us very badly on the saddlery side. I started to play around making other bits and pieces and put these up on our new website which a friend had built.” Pippa’s face brightened up as she continued. “Then people started to come in asking us to make things for them. One gentleman came in and asked me to make a saddle for his vintage motorbike. At first I refused, having never made one before, but he successfully persuaded me.” Pippa put down the tool she was using on a leather belt before continuing. “To be honest I was very proud as it turned out really well. It was a bit of trial and error but I’d learned

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As I watched Pippa continuing to work on the belt she was creating, I asked her to take me through what is involved on a step-by-step. The process, even for something like a belt, is incredibly involved. I was introduced to various tools including a plough gauge for accurate cutting, a clickers awl for marking the leather, an edger for scribing rounded edges and a screw crease for creating decorative marks. And when it comes to stitching I was amazed to learn that a belt could have 60 stitches just around the top with hundreds more along the full length. Pippa also demonstrated how leather is dyed and boned, which is where a cow’s rib bone is rubbed up and down to push the dye in and smooth the leather. Pippa is also an accomplished horse-drawn carriage driver with a number of bronze and silver awards in national and international competitions, which has contributed to her hands-on knowledge and undoubted skills in saddlery. Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer. www.weyriver.co.uk FIND OUT MORE Broomells Workshop, Misbrooks Green Road, Capel, Near Dorking RH5 5HL Tel: 01306 711514 www.broomells.com.

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High Street Haven • FASHION

With Kirstie Smillie

Searching the high street for clients' wardrobes, I often find myself in Guildford’s Hobbs store, says fashion stylist, Kirstie Smillie The story of Hobbs started in 1981 when Marilyn Anselm opened a shoe store in Hampstead, London. Now a global force, the company has over 140 stores including concessions within the larger department stores. I have had a little look behind the scenes and it’s good to know that as a brand, the company upholds corporate responsibilities of ethical initiatives, fair-trade and fair pay. They also support the Smart Works charity, donating interview clothes to unemployed women helping them to enter the UK workforce again. AS A great wardrobe has to include perfectly fitting classics, which in turn make it easier to add the creative pieces, I frequently find myself in Hobbs. I am able to find the key items like great trousers, fitted jackets, jeans, white t-shirts and a striped Breton top in a quality that will last. I recently had the pleasure of meeting manager Jay Syedan, who joined the company in 2011 and took over the helm at Guildford in September last year, with a supporting managerial role over stores in the south. When Jay is not in-store, customers have come to know the cheerful team including deputy manager Oliver, team leader Amy and AnaMaria, the in-house stylist, with whom you can book complimentary 1-2-1 appointments. The team are also happy to accommodate event bookings, be that your office of fifty or just five friends with bubbles included.

Accessories are still a large part of the design brief, and shoes are made in their own factory in Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic Coast of Italy to high standards, from classic patent courts to on-trend metallic brogues.

Team hugs from left: Oliver, Karishma, Yasmin, Raitvile, Ana-Maria, Emily, Gemma, Jay.

THE CAPSULE WARDROBE Rebecca leather tote, £199; Striped Sonya top, £35; Mallory machine washable crops, £79; Ava slingback, £149. All at Hobbs.

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THE HOLIDAY WARDROBE Sorrento linen dress, £139; Kate leather trainer, £99; Amelie Bikini top, £39; Iris Maxi skirt, £69; Pink Pixie Tee, £22; Lula leather bag, £149. All at Hobbs.

With on-line shopping very much part of our lives, the experiences we have in stores are more important than ever. I believe if the service is good, most of us would prefer to try on and buy instead of guessing and possibly returning items. For me, a smiling face and simple greeting is essential when you first enter a store. Happily, Jay and his team are on board with this, ‘customer-centric’ being an ethos of the brand.

I started my Style Workshops a few years ago as I love the idea of having fun with fashion, allowing you to experiment with shapes and colour again (as we did as teenagers) - layer with this or with that, and try a new colour combination, gain confidence with friends and find out what styles really work for your lifestyle now. Come along and join me at Hobbs and see how you get on!

Style Workshops at HOBBS Guildford Former fashion stylist for Good Housekeeping, Ideal Home magazines and House of Fraser, Kirstie Smillie has teamed up with HOBBS in Guildford to host Style Workshops for a chance to experiment with fabulous clothes and learn summer wardrobe tips. Tuesday 19th June Wednesday 20th June Friday 22nd June Saturday 23rd June Tickets, £30, including refreshments and 20% off full-price items For times and ticket details please contact: kirstie@kirstiemsmillie.com or call the Hobbs Store on 01483 579646 HOBBS June 2018

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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 RH5 5LS Tel: 01403 790812 Email: info@phk.co.uk www.phk.co.uk facebook.com/parkhousekitchens

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Fabulous Florence Fennel • GARDENING

With Beth Otway with some extra nutrients and will help to increase the water holding capacity of the soil, all of which will benefit your plants. To grow Florence fennel successfully, choose a bright and sunny or partially-shaded location, as Florence fennel does not enjoy growing in too shaded a spot. There’s no need to start your seedlings off in seed trays - Florence fennel seed is best sown directly in the soil where it is to grow.

WHAT A joyful month June is! June’s warm sunshine seems to infuse every fibre of our beings, imbuing our souls with a feeling of uplifting bliss that can only be found outdoors. June also brings us the gift of sweet summer rain to refresh our plants, and with it the excitement of a great many wonderful growing opportunities in the garden. It’s hard to beat this time of year!

Ensure that your plants receive regular, frequent watering to enable your Florence fennel plants to grow and develop their sweet, slightly aniseedy swollen leaf bases. Do make sure that you provide your plants with sufficient water. Give them a good soak twice a week - if Florence fennel plants become too dry, even for a few days, they very quickly sulk, before bolting skywards when they then become tough and inedible.

Florence fennel is a marvellous vegetable to grow! The entire plant is edible, so there’s no waste. There’s also very little time-consuming washing or preparation required, which is a real boon when you’ve been working hard in the garden, or at your allotment all day. All you want is to eat some of your freshly harvested, home-grown, delicious produce for supper, but have exhausted yourself gardening and so need to prepare a delightful, but simple meal. If you’re really tired, you’ll be glad to know that Florence fennel tastes great raw too.

Make sowings of Florence fennel seed every few weeks to provide you with a good, sustained harvest at regular intervals into late autumn or early winter, depending of course on our great British weather. Happy growing!

There are a number of fantastic Florence fennel cultivars, which can be sown now, including ‘Romanesco’, ‘Zefa Fino’, and ‘Rondo’: three of my top-performing Florence fennel cultivars. In previous years, ‘Rondo’ has produced the largest bulbs for me out of these three when sown this month, but all three cultivars flourished, producing delectable tasting bulbs and foliage. I have found that Florence fennel thrives on our sandy soils. For best results add a mulch of home-made garden compost, or peat free compost over the soil prior to sowing your seeds. This mulch will help to suppress weed growth, it will also provide your plants

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Clockwise from top left: Florence fennel; fennel Romanesco; fennel Rondo; and fennel Zefa Fino.

FIND OUT MORE You’ll find more gardening advice for the month ahead, the results of my Compost Trials, and much more besides on my website, www.pumpkinbeth.com.

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Barns Green, West Sussex This is a calming walk through quiet green meadows and woodland, with one or two surprises, especially the church at the tiny village of Itchingfield. This walk is taken with permission from www.fancyfreewalks.org.

• THE WALK 1. Directly opposite the pub, take a narrow path signposted as a bridleway. In 200m or so, you reach a 4-way fingerpost. Turn right here, still on the bridleway. Where, in 80m, you reach a tarmac drive, go straight over through a bypassable small wooden gate on a woodland path. On your left is Muntham House, now a school for boys with special needs. Ignore a crossing path at a 4-way fingerpost. After 700m on this path, you come through a patch of woodland and through the remains of a small wooden gate to the right of a larger wooden gate on a drive coming from the school. Avoid a track sharp left and keep straight ahead on an easy straight track. In 230m, you come to a 4-way fingerpost. Turn left here over a stile into a meadow. (The track also leads onwards to Itchingfield but the route chosen for this walk is a series of lush meadows giving you a sudden surprise encounter with the church.) 2. Walk along the right-hand side of the meadow with great views left to the South Downs and some solitary rugby posts. At the other side, cross over a farmer's path and immediately turn very sharp right and left to go over a stile and a 2-plank bridge with handrail. Go along the right-hand side of a grassy field and, at the other side, keep ahead through a wooden swing gate and continue as before in the next field. In 100m, ignore a swing gate on your right and continue beside the meadow, but only for another 50m. Under a large oak tree, avoid a path ahead that cuts across the meadow and instead go right through a wooden swing-gate and over a The Walk 2-plank bridge into the adjoining field. Barns Green was once called Slaughterford and the name persists in some names. It was always no left more than a smallthe collection of houses and 3. place Turn immediately along left-hand side of farms, expanding a little after the war to resettle homeless people. The village this field. In 100m, in Billingshurst the corner, go over a lies grassy on the railway line between Horsham and but it is too insignificant to have its own railway halt. 6

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Directly opposite the pub, take a narrow path signposted as a bridleway. In 200m or so, you reach a 4-way fingerpost. Turn right here, still on the bridleway. Where, in 80m, you reach a tarmac drive, go straight over VANTAGEPOINT To advertise, please through a bypassable small wooden gate on a woodland path. On your left is Muntham House, now a school for boys with special needs. Ignore a crossing

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2-plank bridge into the next meadow and continue as before. You can see the cedar by Itchingfield Church ahead. In 50m, ignore a 4-way fingerpost. In 250m, in the far corner, go right. Just before the next corner, your path takes you left into the woods and down over a bridge with handrails. Just after the bridge, avoid a gate leading into a meadow and keep left on a path into the woods. The path leads over a 2-plank bridge and up, past an old kissinggate, into the precincts of St Nicholas’ church, Itchingfield. Go past the little timbered Priest's House and turn left to the church. 4. Keep left, past the west side of the church with its free-standing wooden tower and under the great yew tree. Your path takes you through a small wooden gate, down steps and left beside a pasture. It zigzags down to a modern kissing-gate, over a 2-plank bridge and on a path between wire fences. Shortly, at a 3-way fingerpost, ignore a path on the right. Your path crosses a stream via a long bridge and takes you up steps, through a wooden swinggate into a floral meadow. Go straight ahead on a path across the centre. You may have noticed for some time that you are on the West Sussex Literary Trail; this is a 55-mile walk from Horsham to Chichester, along which you meet Shelley, William Penn, John Galsworthy and Hilaire Belloc. Your path veers right to go through a gap past a fingerpost leading into the next meadow. Keep ahead on a faint path which runs about 15m from the lefthand edge. Your route veers left through a wooden swing-gate and then right on a narrow path parallel to a driveway on your left belonging to The Warren, Bashurst Hill. The whole length of the hedge is a line of wild roses and their wafted fragrance in summer is one of the joys of this walk. The scented path finally goes through a small wooden gate, left to join the drive and right to a tarmac lane. 5.Turn left on the lane and, in 50m, turn right on a driveway for Black Cherry Farm, still on the Literary Trail. The drive bends left to reach a large metal security gate. Here, go over a flimsy stile and shortly, at another gate, keep to the left on a fenced path, as directed, joining a track leading into a large pasture. Bear a fraction right to walk beside a wire fence that separates you from a smaller sheep field. At the other side, go through a new metal kissing gate, over a stile, over a grassy crossing path, through a large wooden gate and straight ahead along the left-hand side of a meadow. At the other side, go over a rare “T-V” stile and turn left on a wide track, signposted as a bridleway. call 01483 420173

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St.Nicolas, Itchingfield - churchyard and the house, known as The Priest House. Copyright Peter Trimming

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6. Keep ahead past the house and buildings of Elmshurst Farm and go through a small wooden gate beside a large one. You are now on a fine surfaced woodland path. In 200m or so, your path narrows and runs in a more open landscape. You come through a small metal gate and arrive at a signposted junction of tracks. Keep straight on, through a small wooden gate beside a larger wooden gate, passing Shiprods Farmhouse on your right, and follow a concrete drive running beside open fields. In 150m, the drive veers left beside a wood. Where the track bends left into an avenue of oaks, leave it by keeping right on a rough track. Ignore a stile on your right after 100m. After 250m through handsome woodland, just as the line of oaks on your right ends, look to your left for a metal kissing gate. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this turn! Go through this gate and follow a parallel path in the wood. 7. In 120m, you glimpse from your woodland path a boundary between fields on your right. Opposite the next field boundary, 200m later, your path suddenly kinks left and right at a fingerpost, now deeper in the wood. After a twisty 200m, you come out of the wood onto a grassy bank just before a stream. Turn left and immediately turn right over a 2-plank bridge with handrail and through a metal kissing gate, leading into a large meadow of waving grass. Turn left along the left-hand edge of the meadow. In 100m, you pass some field gates on your left and go over a wide plank bridge. Continue to the far corner and go through a metal kissinggate, over a 2- plank bridge to a tarmac lane. Turn left on the lane. 8. In 150m, you pass an untidy farm and, just as the lane curves right, an old farm house (in a pitiful state

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in 2016). Immediately after the house, turn right on a signposted track, through a large metal gate. The track is surfaced at first, then degrades as it runs 200m straight across the centre of a meadow. At the other side go through a large metal gate into woodland. This path runs under trees, tarmacked in patches, and comes out after 200m to a junction of tracks opposite a house called Owlers. Ignore a wooden gate into a pasture on your right and turn right on a wide track. The track veers left and, after 200m, you pass the entrance to Muntham House school. In just 20m, opposite a wooden gate on your left, turn right on a bridleway which may be familiar from your outward journey. In 80m, at a 4-way fingerpost, turn left on a narrow bridleway, leading, in 200m or so, to the road in the village of Barns Green, opposite the Queens Head where the walk began.

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Gin Kitchen cocktails • FOOD & DRINK World gin day is on Saturday 9th June, so we have teamed up with The Gin Kitchen in Dorking to celebrate! Picture the scene: two friends, Kate and Helen, working away in the corporate world. Both with a common interest in gin. A very good interest to have if you ask me. These two did not take it one step further they took it leaps and bounds further!

Gutsy Fever This uses our full bodied, rich and perfectly smooth Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin. Don’t be put off by the seasonal reference - the citrus hit you’ll get from the lime zest and Croatian Juniper means this gin can definitely be enjoyed all year round! 50ml Gutsy Monkey Gin 20ml Agave syrup 100ml Lychee juice 25ml Fresh lemon juice Fresh coriander leaves Lots of ice Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake HARD. Double strain and serve in a martini glass with a stem or two of coriander and a twist of lime zest to garnish.

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They took their idea all the way to Kate’s kitchen where they first embarked on this new venture. Fast forward a couple of years and how far Kate and Helen have come is an inspiration. For more information, visit www.gin.kitchen. Here’s two of their favourite cocktails showcasing both their delectable gins… whip up one of these and relax in the summer sun for a moment of true bliss.

Dancing Blackberry Martini Our Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin with its zesty pink grapefruit giving way to aromatic cardamom and sweet vanilla notes will give you a taste of summer whatever the weather. 50ml Dancing Dragontail Gin 25ml Blackberry puree 25ml Fresh lemon juice 10ml Toffee nut syrup 10ml Earl Grey syrup 20ml Egg white Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (no ice). Now hard shake, strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with blackberries and if you’re feeling fancy add an edible violet or two.

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As an alternative to a restaurant or hotel, Gildings Barns are available for private hire on Sunday afternoons/early evenings for Sunday lunches, barbeques, and dinner parties. Weekday (Monday to Thursday) corporate events, and private luncheon and tea parties also accommodated. The main barn, with its vast oak beams, accommodates up to 120 guests seated at round or rectangular tables, and is easily scalable for smaller events. The beautiful Side Barn, also oak-framed, provides a more intimate atmosphere for up to 20 people. Choice of outstanding local caterers. Please contact us for further details.

Contact - Richard & Penny Graepel: Gildings Barns, Newdigate, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5BN www.gildingsbarns.co.uk June 2018

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Gin Kitchen recipes • FOOD & DRINK Don’t be mistaken, gin’s not always just for drinking! Here Kate and Helen offer a couple of sweet treats...

Helen’s Lemon and Dancing Dragontail Gin Cupcakes

Kate’s Gutsy Monkey Sorbet

Cupcakes are definitely not just for kids! These zesty little treats are the perfect accompaniment to a summer BBQ.

Make a batch and enjoy this delicious cooling treat on a hot summer's day. It’s also a perfect dish to complete a dinner party. This recipe was created in partnership with the lovely people at The Salt Box, Reigate.

Ingredients: 200g butter 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 200g self-raising flour Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 75ml Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin

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Makes 24.

200g caster sugar 270ml water 600g blackberries (fresh is best) 100ml Gin

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1. Preheat the oven to 180c 2. Beat the butter and sugar until smooth 3. Add the eggs one by one, stirring all the time 4. Fold in the flour and lemon zest until smooth 5. Add the gin and combine thoroughly 6. Add the mixture to 24 individual cupcake cases 7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden 8. While the cakes are baking make the frosting with icing sugar and gin. Stir until you have the desired consistency 9. Leave the cakes to cool before icing.

1. Heat the water and sugar in a pan to make a syrup; stirring often 2. Add all the blackberries, stirring until they go mushy 3. Blend the liquid and blackberries and leave to cool 4. Strain off the blackberry seeds before adding the gin 5. Churn in an ice cream maker for one hour.

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I can’t believe June is here already - the year is flying by and this month I will be another year older! I love bees, so am pleased to see the introduction to beekeeping at Albury vineyard - why not give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed , they are fascinating creatures. And most importantly, don’t forget Father's Day - there are several ideas on this months magazine for days out with Dad to help you out. Polesden Lacey launch new seasonal programme Power Play To 29th November Polesden Lacey has launched a new programme, Power Play, exploring the social power of inimitable Edwardian socialite Margaret Greville. From quiet beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Scottish brewer, Maggie (as she was known to her friends) rose up the social ladder to become an influential member of high society, counting the likes of King Edward VII among her close friends. Maggie was known for hosting lavish parties, with guest lists that included not just celebrities and names of the day, but royalty, politicians and ambassadors – powerful people from around the world. Including talks, tours and exhibitions, Polesden Lacey’s new programme will explore how Maggie became so influential, and more importantly, how she took advantage of her influence and power. Visitors will be able to explore rooms throughout the house, from the extravagantly decorated entertaining rooms on the ground floor, to guest bedrooms on the first floor and the recently-renovated exhibition suite. Interactive activities throughout the house will bring the stories to life. Visitors will be able to design the perfect guest list, listen to guests’ reminiscences and see clips of the entertainers who performed at Maggie’s parties. Power Play is part of the National Trust’s Women and Power programme, exploring women’s lives, voices and achievements, marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act granted some women the right to vote. The house will be open every day, with tours running on weekdays from 11am–12.30pm followed by free flow exploration in the afternoons and all day at weekends. Dorking Museum half-term holidays family event Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June 10.30am-3pm Enjoy our fun and creative family activity during half-term – make some beautiful bunting to help Celebrate Dorking! The bunting will show what you love about Dorking and will hang in the Museum alongside the bright and colourful June 2018

#WeAreDorking ‘Community Quilt’ from the Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre. For details please visit www. dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. 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, please phone Doris on 01372 374160. Dambusters Talk in Effingham Friday 1st June 7.30pm A talk on the Dambusters given by the official historian of the 617 Squadron. 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the Bouncing Bomb, lived in Effingham and is buried in the churchyard. There will be a retiring collection in aid of the St Lawrence Lighting Appeal. Held at St Lawrence Church, Effingham. Leatherhead Probus Meetings monthly This is a club for retired men who have inquiring and active minds. They meet each month at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club for a lunch followed by a talk on a specialist topic. This year included speakers from Local Chamber of Commerce, Surrey University, Exxon-Mobil and a Major General from Royal Marines. Their annual celebrity sporting lunch will be golf-themed presented by Ken Schofield CBE accompanied by Bernhard Gallacher and Neil Coles. Their Christmas lunch guest will be Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE. Other events are arranged during the month to interest wives and friends. For further details call Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406 or email membership@ probusclubleatherhead.org.uk to come as a guest. Dorking Business Breakfast Group Every Thursday from 7am This is Dorking's oldest and largest business networking group with members from over thirty local businesses. They meet at Betchworth Park Golf Club near Dorking, to exchange business referrals and discuss matters affecting the town. For further information about Dorking Business Breakfast Group, please visit www.dorkingbbg.com. Chair Exercise at the Christian Centre Dorking Every Tuesday 11am Seated exercise to music designed for the more mature person to increase strength, flexibility and improve balance.

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People with disabilities are welcome. For more information please call Jasmin on 07584 861802. Events at RHS Garden Wisley Various dates during June 9am-5.30pm (5pm Sunday) This month RHS Garden Wisley is hosting two plant societies shows; The British Iris Society Summer Show (2nd June 11am–4pm) and The Peony Show (9th June 10.45am–4pm), with top growers and experts available to answer questions, wonderful plant displays and even a photographic exhibition. On 16th and 17th June there is the Plant Society Show where around 30 Plant Societies gather featuring all the garden favourites such as delphiniums, clematis, sweet peas, iris and dahlias, fruit and vegetables, hosta, carnivorous, bonsai and cactus. Visitors can also attend free demonstrations. Effingham Church Fete Saturday 2nd June 11am-3pm Following the theme of the Dambusters a Church Fete will be held in Effingham along Brown’s Lane, at St Lawrence Church, the Church Hall and gardens, the Jubilee Gardens. The RAF have arranged for a fly past in a Dakota (a WW2 workhorse) on the day. Ashtead Bowling Club Free 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

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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. Fairfield Social Centre Leatherhead Various days10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday Would you enjoy a bit more company? Then pop along to the Fairfield Social Centre and make new friends. Enjoy a wide range of activities including Pilates, Word Games, Music and Movement, Line Dancing, Singing for Health, Tai Chi, Yoga Gold, Art Group, plus other services including Hairdressing, Chiropody, Beauticians and Massage. There is something for everyone. A fantastic opportunity to improve your lifestyle. Call 01372 376058 for more details. The Fairfield Centre, 34, Swan Court, off Leret Way KT22 8AH. Surrey Artists’ Open Studios Saturday 2nd to Sunday 17th June Discover the diversity and creativity of Surrey artists. For sixteen days in June Surrey artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for the annual Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) event taking place in artist’s studios right across the county. There will be over 275 artists taking part in 164 studios. As well as a chance to meet and talk to artists in their place of work, the summer open studios event offers visitors the opportunity to view demonstrations, buy artwork and even get involved in creative workshops. Studio locations are throughout Surrey and its borders. Visit www. surreyopenstudios.org.uk for full details.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Age Concern’s Free Computer Course Once a week for 6-8 weeks If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can join this free course based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. Topics covered will include: browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well. Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well. Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk. Wey and Arun Canal Trust Sponsored Walk Sunday 3rd June This annual walk for charity starts from Walberton Village Hall. The 12 mile route takes in Binsted, the banks of the River Arun, Ford and Yapton before returning to Walberton to collect cars. A fascinating glimpse of canal structures can be seen along the way, including the entrance to the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal at Ford, and the enchanting Norman church of Ford. Download a sponsor form (lunch and refreshments are included) and ask a few friends to sponsor you for the day. See www.weyarun.org.uk/poddle for further details. Watermill Jazz at Betchworth Park Golf Club Tuesday evenings This months programme on the 5th features the quartet of clarinetist and vocalist Adrian Cox, followed by a duo performance by saxophonist Alan Barnes and pianist David Newton on the 12th celebrating their 40 years of playing together. The Mercury nominated quartet Dinosaur, led by trumpeter Laura Jurd appear on the 19th, with vocalist and trumpeter Peter Horsfall performing on the 26th of June with his quartet. Visit www.watermilljazz. co.uk for full details and to book online, or call the box office and speak to Steve on 07415 815784. Fit4Tap - Fun and Funky Tap Dance Fitness Weekly classes in your local area Leatherhead, Bookham, Capel and Downside. This class is perfect for beginner or refresher tappers who want to learn Tap dance but with an added dance fitness workout. You don’t need Tap shoes to try this fun and funky class. Also, Kids4Tap (3+ to 8 years) at Fusion Leatherhead Leisure Centre on Saturday mornings. For full details on times, days and prices email contact@fit4tap.com or visit www.fit4tap.com. The Surrey Contemporaries at Denbies Wine Estate Monday 4th to Sunday 17th June Visit this exhibition at Denbies. All local artists, the group paint in a contemporary style in a variety of mediums and cover a wide range of subjects. All purchases can be taken away immediately. There will also be unframed work, prints and a great selection of cards - something for everyone. For further information visit www.surreycontemporaries.co.uk. Pottery Course with Reiko Evans Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May 10am-1pm Held at Leith Hill Place. During the course you’ll learn how to June 2018

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Jottings make mugs and tiles, using various tools, and how to decorate your creations. £100 per course (4 sessions) or £30 per class, includes all materials and hot drinks. Bookings on 07917 886910. Fetcham University of the Third Age (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. Held at St. Mary’s Church Hall, off The Ridgeway, Fetcham, KT22 9AZ. For further details email ann.chance76@gmail.com. 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 for details r.lindsay339@btinternet.com or Terry terrylazenby@terrylazenby.plus.com. For Hire - Walliswood Village Hall This refurbished hall is double glazed with full central heating, fully fitted kitchen and can accommodate up to 80 people. The Hall is ideal for holding parties, family gatherings, and business meetings/training sessions. Bi-fold doors open on to a large secure playing field, perfect for children’s birthday parties etc. For further information phone Valerie Miles on 01306 627248, email valerie@fivemiles.co.uk alternatively visit www.walliswood.org. Informal Lunch with Oddfellows Monday 4th June Join the Oddfellows for a relaxed informal lunch at the The Owl - a traditional country free house with a cosy interior and extensive garden seating areas and car parking it is an ideal meeting up point. As well as great home cooked food, they have interesting wines and of course real ales. The Owl, Kingsfold Dorking Road, Kingsfold, Rh12 3SA. Please contact Jenny on 01306 877792 or email Mid-Surrey@oddfellows. co.uk if you would like to book. Dorking Folk Club Wednesdays 8.30pm On 6th June, see Lee Collinson - Lee is one of Britain's finest and most versatile acoustic guitarists and singers. He plays everything from traditional folk to bottleneck rock and blues. On the 13th it will be Singers’ Night. On the 20th join Moirai - This brilliant trio are Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful tunes, haunting songs and side splitting comedy. Finally on the 27th see Alistair Russell and Chris Parkinson - one of the best acts on the UK folk music scene. All at Dorking Golf Club, Deepdene Avenue, RH5 4BX. For full details visit www.dorkingfolkclub.org.uk. Leatherhead Lunchtime Concert Various dates during June 12.30pm On Thursday 7th join Djumash Poulsen, violin and Varinia

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Oyola Rebaza, viola, courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music. On the 14th, Alice Bishop, soprano and Simon Marlow, piano. On the 28th Abingdon Wind Quintet, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn courtesy of the Royal Academy of Music. All held at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, KT22 8AY. These are all free to enter, with a retiring collection to cover costs. Tea and coffee are available after each concert. Folk at The Royal Oak Holmbury St. Mary Thursday 7th June 8.30pm Cranleigh Folk Club will be holding a Singaround. Music from talented local singers and musicians ranging from contemporary to traditional and includes familiar favourites. Admission is free and all are welcome, whether performers or listeners. Heldat The Royal Oak, Holmbury St. Mary, RH5 6PF. Visit www.surreycommunity.info/cranleighfolk. Dorking Museum ‘Local Heroes’ Short Film Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout June 10am4pm A 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. Held at Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS. For details please visit www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. Surrey Dolls House Group First Tuesday of each month Surrey Dolls House Group meet at the Friends Meeting House, Butter Hill, South Street, Dorking. Do you own a dolls house or envy someone else who does? Do you imagine who you would like to live in it or just want to furnish it with your own daydreams? If so do come along to a meeting. They are a small friendly group with a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you to achieve this. They have a programme of projects and your first two consecutive visits are free of charge. Contact surreydollshousegroup@gmail. com for info. Picnic and Pimm’s Sunset Cruise Friday 8th June 7.30pm-10pm The first evening cruise of the season with The Wey And Arun Canal Trust. Offering passengers the opportunity to experience a leisurely summer evening trip on the canal sipping a glass of Pimm’s and tucking into a delicious individual picnic. Tickets cost £20 per person. Booking in advance is essential online via the Trust website. For enquiries about volunteering opportunities or membership call The Wey And Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk. www.weyandarun.co.uk. 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

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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. Held at Headway House, North Road, Guildford, GU2 9PU. For more information contact the team on 01483 454433 email: enquiries@headwaysurrey.org. Club Night at The Nomad Theatre Saturday 9th June from 7pm Why not join us to meet friends, socialise and give support to some budding thespians? Free entry. The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT – RVSP on Facebook.com/nomadtheatre or visit www.nomadtheatre. com/club-night. Bookham Country Market Every Friday 10.15am-11.30am They are open every Friday in the Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, KT23 3PQ. Providing a friendly atmosphere where people can meet over tea/coffee and cake as well as buying from the well stocked tables of local suppliers. These include baked goods and prepared meals, free range eggs, meat from Conisbees in East Horsley, home made preserves, locally grown plants and vegetables and a wide range of craft items. Ladybirds Choir Concert Saturday 9th June 3pm This year the choir is delighted to be supporting Dorking Minds, a local charity which believes that no one with mental June 2018

health issues should feel isolated or alone. They aim to help people in the Dorking area to take control of their mental health, providing a range of services and assistance such as courses, workshops, support groups and a comprehensive guide to services available locally and how to access them. Please do go along to the United Reformed Church Hall in Dorking and enjoy tea and cake after the concert. Tickets are priced at £7.50 and are available on the door or in advance from Jenny on 01737 843662. Your Local Talking Newspaper Every week, a team of local volunteers gathers at The Grange in Bookham, sitting like newsreaders of yesteryear around a large table, to record another edition of the local Bookham Talking Newspaper. We take our sight so much for granted. Without it, or with failing sight, talking newspapers provide the very local news that so many enjoy. Bookham Talking Newspaper was set up over 40 years ago by local Rotary Club stalwart Eddie Crouch MBE. Their talking newspaper has about 45 users living from Ashtead across to Horsley. This is a free service, run by volunteers and using freepost Royal Mail to deliver a weekly USB drive. If you think you might like to spend an enjoyable occasional hour or two, please join their volunteer team. Without obligation, please call Martin on 01372 453565. Brockham Choral Society Tea at The Ritz Saturday June 9th 7.30pm Bring a picnic and be entertained with songs from 1914 to

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Jottings Dorking Branch Of The Embroiderers' Guild Second Monday of the month 10am-12.30pm 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 RH54JX. 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.

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Beekeeping Demonstration Albury Vineyard Sunday 10th June 10am This exclusive session starts with an introduction into bees and beekeeping with Sergio, beekeeper at Albury Vineyard. Learn about the equipment and tools used and get a glimpse inside one of their Albury hives. You'll be suited up as a beekeeper yourself, and so able to handle the frames and enjoy a close-up view of the busy workers. After, you'll return to the vineyard barn for a question and answer session and enjoy a glass of Classic Cuvée. Return home with a jar of Albury Honey. Booking essential through at www. alburyvineyard.com. Quaker Meeting Sunday 10th June 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.

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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. Chasamba Dance Fitness Classes Capel Thursdays 6pm and Beare Green Mondays 2.30pm Chasamba is a partner free fitness class using Ballroom and Latin dance steps. 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. Find them on Facebook or email sheila.chamberlain@btinternet.com for Capel classes or chasambawithnicola@hotmail.com for Beare Green for more details. A Flower Arranging Evening Monday 11th June 7.30pm Join Karen Fox from Bride and Bloom Floristry. After her popular visit last year florist Karen Fox will return to show more of her work and then guide you to make your own table centre with seasonal flowers and herbs to take home. Refreshments will be served. Admission £3, Oddfellows members free. All materials provided. Held at the Oddfellows Lounge (Oddfellows Hall) Dorking High Street, RH4. Please contact Jenny at the office on 01306 877792 or email MidSurrey@oddfellows.co.uk for more details. Leatherhead Choral Society Every Monday 7.45pm It is a well known fact that singing is good for you! If you want to find out for yourself, go along and try out this friendly choir in Leatherhead - no auditions required. They meet weekly on Mondays during term-time, at Christ Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8ST. For more information visit www. leatherhead-choral.net or call Sue on 01372 376831. Yoga Gold Leatherhead Tuesdays 3.15pm-4.15pm The class is taught by Charlotte, an experienced Yoga teacher, who teaches Yoga to a wide range of people. Structured to meet the needs and abilities of the participants, whether they be sitting in a chair or working on a mat. Yoga is an excellent way to improve flexibility, keep joints working and to keep you mobile. £8 per class or £24 for a block of four classes for

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • members. Held at The Fairfield Centre, 34, Swan Court, off Leret Way, Leatherhead KT22 8AH. Telephone 01372 376058 to book your place. Leatherhead Community Association Walks First and second Wednesday of each month Peter Humphreys has been working hard to plan new walks around the beautiful Surrey countryside. Non-members are welcome to all these events and your first walk is free with a £3 charge for each subsequent walk. They are designed to be gentle and at modest pace, with few stiles, and easy gradients. The morning, 3-4 mile walks, last about two hours and usually alternate with 4-6 mile walks, the latter incorporating a lunch or picnic break. You could be walking near Rusper or Richmond, Capel or Cranleigh, with many different places in between. Peter Humphreys is very happy to give you full details - 01372 378347. Horsley Floral Decoration Group Tuesday 12th June 2pm Demonstration by Sue Aston entitled ‘Metalology’. The Horsley Floral Decoration Group is a friendly afternoon flower arranging club. They meet at East Horsley Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month. They have a varied programme of Demonstrators, Speakers, In-house entertainment, trips, internal competitions (optional), sales table and refreshments. Visitors very welcome. Joint them for fun, flowers and friendship. For details please phone Beryl 01483 831422 or email bjg317@virginmedia.com. Leatherhead Museum Reopens for 2018 Thursdays and Fridays 1pm-4pm Saturdays 10am-4pm With a new focus on Suffragettes and Potters. The battle for women's voting rights and the extraordinary story of Ashtead Pottery are the two main exhibitions at Leatherhead Museum, now open once more for the 2018 season. A local family's equally fascinating album of memorabilia from the First World War is also on show for the season, running until mid-December. Staffed entirely by volunteers, Leatherhead Museum is based at Hampton Cottage in Church Street. Why not pop in for a visit? Local Leatherhead Band Welcome You Fridays 8pm Local band, Badger Set, raise money for Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, but also play for other charities too. They rehearse in King George V Hall in Effingham and would like to invite you to come out for an evening to hear them play and have some company. Email cherylmusical@gmail.com for more details. The Arts Society Leatherhead Wednesday 13th June 7.15pm Their June talk is about Thomas Heatherwick, who has been described as the Leonardo da Vinci of our times. His studio designed the Olympic Cauldron at the London Olympics and the new London bus, as well as some exciting buildings. The society welcomes visitors for £5 at the door, at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall KT22 2BD, but please make initial contact via email to info@theartssocietyleatherhead.org.uk or call John Andrews on 01372 373083. June 2018

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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, 16th June at 6pm. Group walks (minimum 10 people) arranged by appointment. Full details can be found on www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/guidedwalks-around-dorking. Dorking Museum: Guided walks on The Deepdene Trail Open Day Sunday 17th June and group bookings by appointment Dorking Museum walks team runs guided walks on the Deepdene Trail: the grotto, woodland walks, parterre and temples, spectacular views across the Weald and exclusive access to the grade II* listed Hope family mausoleum. Tours last 90 minutes. Group walks arranged by appointment or book for the Open Day on 17th June, 2pm. £4 per person, booking via website. Visit www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/thedeepdene-trail/ or email admin@dorkingmuseum.org.uk. Tylney Luncheon Club Second Wednesday of each month 12.30pm for 1pm lunch They are a ladies social luncheon club which meets at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre. They have a speaker at each meeting. New members are always welcome. If any lady would like to join them please contact Iris on 01932 864822 or Edna on 01372 379303. Local History Society Monthly 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. 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. Bookham Open Gardens Sunday June 17th June 10am-5pm Enjoy looking at some lovely gardens and pick up ideas in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the day, from the Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ and other local outlets. You can also buy them at the first garden you visit. Visit www.bookhamopengardens.co.uk for more details. The Arts Society Dorking Second Tuesday of the month 9.30am for 10.30am lecture During 2018 they have a wonderful series of lectures and

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In partnership with Scorpion Scaffolding - 01483 235514 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 at www. theartssocietydorking.org.uk. Guildford Rambling Club Various dates during June - they normally start at 10am For the ten mile circular walk from Haslemere on the 17th, call Dick on 07516 407936. For the five mile morning walk on the 21st from Peaslake, contact David on 07935 887499. Bosham is the start for an 11 mile walk on the 24th June, look to David L on 07580 9142017 for that one. Call Sally on 01306 885976 for the nine mile walk from Betchworth on Sunday 1st July. Bob, on 07745 572494, is the leader for the ten mile walk from Waterloo Station on Sunday 8th July. And Steve, on 07957 803912, will lead a 10.5 mile walk around Cadmore End on Sunday 15th July. All visitors welcome. Find Guildford Rambling Club’s walks programme at guildfordramblingclub.org.uk. Dementia Group Offers Support In Effingham Alternate Thursdays from 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, June 2018

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 5LX. For more details contact Gill on 01372 457987, email GillianMWalker@gmail.com or Kim on 01932 586988. Dorking Museum exhibition: ‘Dorking 1918’ Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout June, 10am-4pm The exhibition focuses on the end of the war: how the news was received and how it was celebrated, how the dead were commemorated, and the long-term impact of the war on the community. It also looks at those whose lives were changed for ever and biographies of nearly 1000 local casualties. Held at Dorking Museum, 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. For details please visit www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. Wintershall Players Presents - The Life of Christ Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd June 10am-3.30pm The Wintershall Players have become renowned for their epic re-enactments. Every summer The Life of Christ is presented at the Hutley family's beautiful farm, Wintershall, an area of extraordinary natural beauty which sits within the rolling landscape of the Surrey Hills, less than an hour from London. There will be free parking nearby for coaches, minibuses and individuals. Wintershall, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0LR. Light refreshments available to purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Bring a fold up chair or rug. No seating provided.

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Camping is available on request. For bookings visit www. wintershall-estate.com or call Wintershall Ticket Helpline 01793 418299 for further information. Walking in Dorking – Town Centre Heritage walks Available for group bookings by appointment 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 reputation. Tours last 90 minutes. Group walks (minimum of 10 people) by appointment. £3 per person, booking via website. See website for dates and details of Open Days for individual bookings. Details on www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/guided-walksaround-dorking/ or e-mail admin@dorkingmuseum.org.uk. Mole Valley Business Club Every other Tuesday 7.30am-9am Mole Valley Business Club meets at Burgundy and 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. Whist Drive at Leigh Village Hall Every Thursday at 7.30pm Join this fun, friendly and welcoming group who are are

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looking for new members to boost their numbers. Admission is only £3 so why not pop along? For details call 01306 631373. Dorking United Reformed Church Production Wednesday 20th June 7.15pm Presenting ‘Would You Adam and Eve It’ by the Searchlight Theatre Company. A two man family friendly production that has amazed audiences around the world, including a 5 star review at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets £10.45. Book On-line at www.searchlighttheatre.org. For enquiries and disabled access info email judith.dorkingurc@outlook.com. Sing With InChoir Thursday mornings Singing is good for you. Singing promotes your ‘happy hormones’, giving you a natural high - it’s like going to the gym, without the effort. Like eating chocolate without putting on weight. It lowers stress levels, but best of all, it is the most amazing fun to do. So what are you waiting for? Have a try. No previous experience required and everybody welcome. Meeting in Dorking. More information from www.inchoir.co.uk or 01342 713068. Leatherhead University of the Third Age Talk Thursday 21st June 2pm Leatherhead U3A monthly meeting is in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead. This months speaker will be Neil Sadler whose talk is entitled “California Dreaming – San Francisco and Alcatraz to Grand Canyon via Route

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Surrey Cycle Challenge Launched Registration now open The Surrey Cycle Challenge on the 9th September is a brandnew event that has been launched by The Children’s Trust. The challenge is encouraging cyclists to get on their bikes to raise money for children with brain injury and neurodisability. Cyclists are given the choice between a 46 or 68 mile route. Both challenges will start and finish at the charity’s specialist centre in Tadworth. Cyclists will be able to look forward to the all-important after party at The Children’s Trust headquarters where they will enjoy a complimentary sports massage, food and music. Entry fee £35. To register visit www. thechildrenstrust.org.uk/cycle.

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Dorking Museum Refugee Week Activities 21st to 23rd June 10am-4pm Celebrating Refugee Week, the Museum is hosting a special art display - to which visitors can add their own creative responses - and a short film in conjunction with artist Sophia Cowx and Dorking Refugee Support Group. An informative leaflet highlights Dorking's historic role in providing a safe home for refugees. On the 23rd go to an 'Eye-to-Eye Experiment' held in the space outside the Museum and find out "Where has the human connection gone?". For details visit www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk or call 01306 876591. Healthy Heart Walk Tuesday 26th June 10am for 10.30am start Enjoy a walk in the Deepdene area and an optional light lunch at Dorking Golf club. As part of the Oddfellows Healthy Heart and British Heart Foundation’s Campaign in June, Oddfellows will be leading an informal walk in the area including part of the Deepdene Trail, ending with a light lunch in the Terrace at Dorking Golf Club. Lunch will be pay your own on the day, no charge for the walk, just donations to British Heart Foundation welcomed on the day. Meeting point for the walk is outside Dorking Sports Centre. Contact the Mid-Surrey Oddfellows office on 01306 877792 or mid-surrey@oddfellows.co.uk to book. Dorking South Street Caves – Cave Tours Open Day 30th June and group bookings by appointment 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, 30th June, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm.

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Malcomson in Sex is Another Language - The life, lusts and loves of Elizabeth Taylor by Tony Earnshaw. Love, loyalty, betrayal, tragedy, hatred and adulation. Elizabeth Taylor knew them all. From child star to sex symbol and from conspicuous consumption to dedicated AIDS campaigner, this compelling show explores the contradictions and consistencies that ran through her life. Box office for Dorking: 0344 249 1895 or leithhillplace@nationaltrust.org.uk and for Guildford bookings visit www.GuildfordFringeFestival.com or call 01483 361101. Commemorating the Death Of Ralph Vaughan Williams Saturday 7th July 6pm This year Leith Hill Place, Dorking, will host a range of events commemorating the death of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in August 1958. To celebrate the life of one of the best known English composers, Leith Hill Place will host a range of events, including talks, music and an art installation. On the 7th broadcaster and oral historian, Andrew Green, will focus on the composer’s upbringing and inspirations from his childhood which influenced his work. Exploring the words from poetry and prose that inspired Vaughan Williams. Tickets for this talk can be booked on 0344 249 1895. 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 on 01737 767072 or David on 01306 889308. Beare Green and Newdigate Choral Society Saturday 7th July 7.30pm You are invite you to an evening of ‘Sing Britannia’ at their summer concert in Beare Green Village Hall. The music includes pieces from ‘Last Night at the Proms’ and ‘Proms in the Park’ Tickets £12.50 each to include a buffet supper. Please ring 01306 631115 to book. WESTfest - Westcott Village Summer Fair Sunday 8th July 12 noon-4pm Now in its fourth year, WESTfest is a vibrant village gathering. This year our theme is Rock. They have a live rock band, rock climbing wall and rock hunting and painting for the kids, amongst many other side shows and stalls featuring local crafts and traders. Hog roast and pizza, local beers, Silent Pool gin and of course, tea and cakes (served by the lovely Faurefold Guiders). An easy 2.5 mile walk from Dorking, please walk or cycle to WESTfest as there is NO car parking available. Takes place at Cradhurst Recreation Ground, Westcott. www.facebook.com/westfestsurrey or www. westfestsurrey.co.uk.

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