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Championing Sport for Young People Phil Kemp discovers an exciting range of local sports opportunities on offer for young people to enjoy regardless of age and ability. LOCALLY SPORT is very much alive and well and there are many exciting opportunities for youngsters to get involved in a sport of their choice. Throughout

our local areas, there is a wellestablished network of clubs and sports councils enthusiastically promoting sports in their own particular area and ensuring that young people are welcome to come along and have a go. National sports bodies including Sport England work closely with schools and colleges to encourage participation in sporting activities for young people to, in Sport England’s words, ‘Increase the proportion of young people aged 11-18 who have a positive attitude to sport and being active’, and to ‘Increase

the number of children who are physically literate – in other words confident and competent in sport and activity’. I decided that the best way to find out exactly what is happening with youth sports in our area was to talk with some of the local sports councils. They have hands-on experience across all sports disciplines and are extremely pro-active when it comes to ensuring that sport remains accessible to all. “At Sport Godalming we run taster sessions, a Sports for All Day, where local clubs provide specialist instructors giving youngsters the opportunity to experience a particular type of sport,” explained Simon Crowther. “This is often in the form of a 15-minute taster session. Haslemere and Farnham have similar events". Simon, along with David Gill from Farnham Sports Council and Peter Lawrence of Sport


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Haslemere, have for many years been enthusiastic in championing sport for young people. “Junior sport is where things are really happening,” emphasised Peter. “All of the Haslemere clubs are pushing on with the juniors. Beacon Hill Youth Football Club is one of our star clubs in this aspect. Every year they have a tournament, where they have 80 teams there and 500 kids come along from all over the area to take part. Haslemere Rugby Club often have about 250 juniors on a Sunday morning.”

revolution, and I share the concern that many parents have in how many hours are spent slumped on sofas staring at smart phone screens instead of perhaps getting active and engaging in person with friends - as was the norm for previous generations. I asked our experts what they thought.

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“Farnham offers young people a wide range of opportunities to get active and have fun”, added David. “The biggest provider of sport and recreation in the Farnham area are the community sports clubs. We are very lucky, in our area the clubs are just amazing. They virtually all offer youth sections and provide for young people and they welcome everyone in the community. It’s easy to take part or find out more, just get in contact with them by checking out their website contact details, or simply pop along to a sports club of your choice.”

His fellow experts nodded in agreement. “The social side of sport is so important, and to get them off their mobiles and communicating with their peers is great to see. They have fun taking part and even if they don’t make it to the first team they can still play at lower levels.” Peter’s comment struck a chord with Simon who added: “Sometimes children have difficulty engaging with others, but if you can get them involved in team sports it can prove to be a real plus for them to build relationships. It’s something they will carry through the rest of their lives.”

There are also sports bodies providing for facilities and activities in other areas including Guildford, The Mole Valley, Midhurst and Petworth. All of the councils act as umbrellas for towns and villages near to them so it will be worth contacting the closest one to find out what is available local to you.

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“Sport in our area plays a key role in improving the physical and psychological wellbeing of young people. It often contributes to higher levels of self-esteem, motivation and selfworth”, explained David. “It can have a major influence on health issues in children and younger people including the prevention of obesity. Participation in sport and exercise is likely to contribute to better achievements at school, including socially and academically. It really can change young lives for the better.”

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is not a level playing field with differing levels of provision. This is where local clubs come in to their own. “Sport Godalming tries to work closely with local schools to raise the profile of local clubs,” Simon explained. “Last year we ran a Schools Challenge to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics with Broadwater, Rodborough, Woolmer Hill and Glebelands schools. Over two hundred pupils across all four schools took part making for a very successful event.” Peter held up a colourful leaflet emblazoned with the slogan ‘Pick up and play – have a go!’ and covered in pictures of different sports in action. “We organise the Haslemere Festival of Sport in August, and in Farnham their similar festival last year over the August bank holiday attracted 2,000 participants of which the majority were youngsters. “Active Surrey, which is part of Surrey County Council, ran the Surrey Youth Games at the sports park in Guildford which was absolutely brilliant. There were hundreds of young participants taking part, each wearing a coloured shirt relevant to the

other young sportsmen and women too as it shows them what opportunities are available.”

borough they were competing for. Waverley came sixth which was a great achievement.” Although having never been particularly good at playing sports in my youth, a situation which sadly hasn’t changed in adulthood either, I found myself really wishing that I had had the opportunities that are presented to young people today. I would have been hooked! And what of those youngsters that really take to the sport of their choice and show real promise? “Sport Haslemere runs the Create a Star programme where we annually award £500 to ten upand-coming youngsters who are showing potential on a national or even international level in their sports. The award motivates

“Sport Godalming has three levels of funding, which is greatly helped by grants from both Godalming Town and Waverley Borough councils. This funding provides a balance between those at the top of their game to intermediates and relative newcomers who may be competing on a county or national level. Our Go for Gold is aimed at potential Olympians and Paralympians. This provides a grant-aid scheme to help subsidise the costs of participating in their sports.” The overall message from all three of our sports council chairmen was clear and simple. Come along and have a go – you won’t know what you are missing until you try. And that of course applies to everyone regardless of age. Perhaps the last word should be left to Peter who poses the question: “Why play sport? In a single word, it’s ‘enjoyment’ – enjoying sport, making friends - it’s the most social thing in the world to do!” Phil Kemp is a Godalming-based writer and photographer.

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In a previous article we discussed cruising for the first time, and why cruising can be for everyone. In this article, we will look a little closer at cruises which are designed to attract those interested in a particular subject – whether that is a hobby, interest or geographical field. Themed cruises are a growing part of the industry aiming themselves at holidaymakers who want to dig deeper into a specific area of interest – and there are many different themes to choose from – both on ocean and river ships. In almost all cases these cruises will appeal to those who just want to experience the destinations, as much as to those who want to explore their passion. This means that a couple or a group can all travel together, with some enjoying immersion into their chosen area, whilst their partners or friends can just enjoy a regular cruise. Wine is something that appeals to many, and the possibility of discovering more about it, and particularly being able to sample the goods, makes wine themed cruises extremely popular. Indeed, many river cruises wend their way through some of the best wine-producing country there is. Cruises around Bordeaux are offered by many of the river cruise lines with the most luxurious, Uniworld, offering a cruise called ‘Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux’. Over the course of 8-days guests savour the unique heritage of southwest France, from delightful Pauillac, the gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, to elegant Bordeaux, the 'Pearl of the Aquitaine', as the region is also known. Explore Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church, and enjoy


the beautiful Médoc vineyards on a bicycle. It’s immersion in all things wine, with tastings and incredible food – as is the case on all of Uniworld’s cruises. On Uniworld everything – that’s food, drinks and excursions - is included. This year’s hottest spot for river cruising is the Douro in Portugal, where most of the major cruise lines offer an itinerary which will include some visits to wineries, along with both wine and port tasting. Most also offer pre or post cruise extensions to what is usually a 7-night cruise – either in Porto, or with a short journey up to Lisbon. Some take it further though. Amadeus Cruises are offering three specific wine themed cruises in 2018, with cruises on rivers which are not necessarily so obvious – the Rhone, Rhine and the Danube. On all these cruises you have the opportunity to visit four vineyards. Amadeus are all inclusive apart from the excursions, so these tours are in addition to the base price. However, this means that if you are travelling with someone who is not so interested they can opt out by either staying on the boat or enjoying a different excursion entirely. These cruises do include a Captain’s dinner and a wine dinner – both of which include wine pairings – and a Master of Wine on board to share their expertise at lectures and wine tastings. Cunard’s Queen Victoria hosts its first dedicated Voyage du Vin, calling at some of Europe's finest wine and port destinations including Oporto, Lisbon and Vigo. On this sailing in 2018 guests have a unique opportunity to join the new Cunard Wine Academy, where they can elect to take the Wines and Spirits Education Trust Level 1. The Academy will also feature a bespoke series of dinners, tastings and masterclasses with leading Iberian wine producers and experts to satisfy the interests of oenophiles, from budding beginners to advanced enthusiasts. Something a little different can be found on the Holland America cruise ship MS Koningsdam – an intimate venue at which wine connoisseurs and novices alike can experience the art of winemaking. Called BLEND, it is run in collaboration

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with Chateau St. Michelle, Washington State’s oldest and most acclaimed winery. Guests are able to blend their own wine and enjoy it either at dinner or in the privacy of their own stateroom. Given that so many people consider themselves to be 'foodies' these days, it is no surprise to learn that the cruise lines are catering more and more to this market. From having famous chefs demonstrating onboard (James Martin and Marco Pierre White on P&O for instance) to being taken to extraordinary restaurants along a speciality

Almost all cruise ships these days have a variety of extraordinary places to eat, but many now also offer other experiences, such as culinary academies, where you will be taught all manner of cooking techniques. Christmas Market cruises are another growing sector with more and more cruise lines offering short breaks to see markets as diverse as Antwerp, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rouen, Honfleur, Hamburg, Strasbourg, Bremen, Budapest and Vienna to name but a few. These are either short 2-3 day trips on ocean cruise liners or 7-day river trips and sail in November and December. There are cruises which offer African safari excursions, or to see caimans and sloths in the Amazon. From fitness to painting, the variety of cruises on offer today is truly extraordinary, and whether you have an existing interest, or want to learn about something new, it’s likely that you will find a cruise to suit. We will discuss more in a future issue of VantagePoint, but in the meantime, please call GoCruise if you would like some help. FIND OUT MORE GoCruise is your local cruise specialists, run by Andy Church & Olivia Chapman. Tel 01483 808787, email or visit

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With Beth Otway We’ll follow whatever the client wants, we had one client who was only in the UK between May and September, so every plant in their garden had to be flowering then. But most people want their garden to be low-maintenance, but pretty for as many months of the year as possible. We've designed child-friendly gardens, bee-friendly gardens; we enjoy creating whatever type of garden the client wants. People have strong feelings about colour, so we select plants from the specific colour palette that the client wants, but we love plants, so we want to put as many in the garden as we can!

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Inside the Floral Marquee at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show I met Jackie Currie, a passionate Allium expert and Garden Designer from Surrey. The RHS judges presented Jackie with a Silver-Gilt Medal for her first ever exhibit at Hampton Court, which featured some of Jackie's National Collection of Alliums. Beth: Congratulations on your beautiful Allium exhibit and success here at Hampton Court Jackie! Jackie: I am pleased with a Silver-Gilt, but that’s not what it turned into, what it turned into was meeting a myriad of amazingly interesting people, from top botanists and horticulturists, to amateur gardeners. They were so interesting and interested, it made me realise how much plants and gardens connect people – and that’s what it was all about. I am grateful to my fellow Garden Designer Lorraine, my business partner, who has helped me to assemble this exhibit.

Beth: Do you maintain the gardens? Jackie: We get somebody in to do the actual physical hard landscaping, and we do all the planting – we don’t get somebody in to plant it. We feel that need to work the soil to double-check that the plants we’re putting in will cope with the conditions; sometimes you start digging and somewhere is moister than you’re expecting, or drier, so occasionally we have to make changes. So we do all the planting ourselves. We only ever plant from October to March; we don’t plant in the summer because I think plants just sit there and don’t cope very well; it’s best for the plants to become established and settle in over the winter. So we have started to maintain gardens in the summer as well. Beth: What area do you cover? Jackie: The Guildford area, through to the other side of Petworth. Lorraine lives in Petworth, so we have quite a few clients there, and because I’m up this way, we do Guildford, Godalming, Fernhurst, and Brook.

Beth: Tell me all about your garden design business Jackie. Jackie: It’s called Euphorbia Design. Lorraine and I are unusual garden designers in that we’re more plant-based - we’re very keen on our plants. A lot of designers are very keen on their hard landscaping, but they’re not that knowledgeable on their plants, whereas our thing is that we’re really passionate about our plants. We won’t put a new plant into somebody’s garden unless we’ve trialled that plant for a couple of years.


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Beth: What are your recommendations of the easiest Alliums to grow? Jackie: The summer flowering ones: Allium nutans, Allium senescens, Allium tuberosum, and Allium angulosum. They’re easy peasy Alliums, stick them in the ground and they’ll grow. Beth: What’s your best gardening tip or advice? Jackie: Right plant, right place. It's really important. Also, soil preparation is everything, you have to prepare the soil properly, dig it over by hand, and get rid of the rubble. We use mushroom compost because it’s weed-free. A few years ago there were problems with chemicals that had made it into manure based composts. We won’t touch manure because you can’t be sure it’s free of herbicide. We’ll dig in compost, we plant, and then we mulch with mushroom compost to keep the moisture in and the weeds down, and add nutrients to the soil. The preparation, which you don’t see, takes the most time, but is the most important part.

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Beth: Do you have any gardening ambitions? Jackie: I would love own an Allium nursery! Beth: What a great ambition, I am sure that you will! Jackie: Yes, it’s just finding somewhere really. Beth: You never know, a wonderful person might be reading this article, and they might be able to help! FIND OUT MORE To read the rest of Beth’s interview with Jackie Currie, visit her website where you'll find gardening advice for the month ahead, the results of her 2017 Sweet Pea and Daffodil Trials and much more.

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Ingredients 1.5kg pumpkin; 1 litre water; 2 oranges, sliced into thin semi-circles; 3 lemons, sliced into thin semi-circles; 100g fresh ginger root, finely shredded; 1kg preserving or granulated sugar. Makes a 1.75kg jar of marmalade

1. Peel the pumpkin and remove all the seeds and fibres. Slice the flesh into pieces and grate coarsely lengthways, so the strands are as long as possible. 2. Put the grated pumpkin in the preserving pan with the water, oranges, lemons, and ginger. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the citrus peel is just soft. 3. Add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved. Return to the boil, then cook over a medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is thick enough for a wooden spoon drawn through the centre to leave a clear channel. Recipe taken from Preserving Through the Year, 4. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the fruit to by Oded Schwartz, published by DK, ÂŁ16.99, settle for a few minutes. Ladle the marmalade into the hot sterilised jars, then seal. October 2017

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Beare Charlwood DEVIL'SGreen PUNCH to BOWL: HIGH ROAD AND PINE VALLEY This 10-mile walk takes you through woods and fields to a lunch stop in Charlwood. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see

• THE WALK 1. Continue along the Newdigate Road for about ¼ mile, passing Palmers Farm, to find a footpath, left, by the start of the track to Willow Tree Farm. Follow this alongside a stream. It then runs a short way through a private garden and turns right to cross the stream and a stile and reach the Willow Tree Farm access track. Turn left to walk along the track. Take a footpath out left into a field, immediately before the farm’s gate. Ignore the immediate left and, instead, go a few yards forward and turn right to traverse a gap into a field. Walk around the field anticlockwise to the far side and, just past a large oak, take a path right. Walk up the left-hand side of the next field, through a gap and along the lefthand side of another field to a road. 2. Do not go out on to the road, instead turn away right to walk a few yards towards a building and then turn left to walk along its access track. It runs alongside the green in Newdigate. Turn and head half-left across the green, aiming towards the Church. Exit the green, between a couple of benches in a shelter, on to a road opposite a shop. Turn right and walk along to the Six Bells, opposite the Church. Cross to walk up Church Lane. Walk as far as the vets and cross over to take a path right, into a field by the side of the vets. Head out parallel to the right-hand side of the field at first but continue forward when the field expands out to the right. Go through a gate into another field and cross it halfright. Go through a gate and along the left-hand edge of the next field. 3. 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. Continue straight ahead (east) along the


left-hand side of a field. (See a lake away to your right.) Pass a 3-way signpost and continue straight ahead towards trees. Go over a footbridge, through a gate into a field and along its left-hand side. Exit through a gate onto a track and turn right. At a bend, follow a path which breaks away on the left to run along a fence and continues in a strip of trees between fields. Go through a gate/stile on the left and immediately turn right to walk south, still in trees, with a fence to your right. You are in Cudworth Copse. There is a stream to your left. The path swings away to the right. Quickly turn left to walk roughly parallel to the stream. There is no obvious path but stay parallel to the stream until you see a footbridge over it, on your left. Cross the footbridge. You are now heading east again. 4. Pass a stile / duckable gap and continue on for a little way before dropping off to the right and passing a stile/gap to reach and cross another footbridge on your left. Go up a short slope and walk in trees parallel to the stream which soon runs through the bottom of a little valley that it has cut for itself. Stay parallel to it until you can cross it to the left. In the field on the other side, head half-right, running alongside a little ditch to reach the corner and exit on to a track. Turn left and walk to a road. Cross, jinking left, and turning right along a path at the side of a field. At the end of the path, take a stile on the righthand side to continue forward for 5 yards to reach a wide track. Jink left and take another wide track right (NOT the little path heading off into bushes just before it). Ignore rights and lefts. Eventually, go down some steps to a bridge and cross it (or maybe just jump over the stream). Climb some steps on the other side and continue forward, ignoring lefts and rights. Eventually the trees on the left-hand side

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become a field and then there are fields on both sides. Emerge at the end of a dead-end road in Charlwood. Walk along it to a T junction at the point where Russ Hill becomes Rectory Road. Go straight across and along the footpath opposite to turn left at the far end along The Street. Look, on the left, for the Half Moon or a place to picnic. 5. After lunch, continue left on The Street and walk past the Norwood Hill Road junction. After about 200 yards there is a footpath right, just past Barbers Cottage. Follow this for about 1/3 mile to reach Stan Hill (a road). Turn left and follow the path at the side of the road until you can turn left along Beggars House Lane. Follow this for about a mile. Along the way it becomes a track, passes a farm and a footpath left. Reach a road. Turn right and walk 200 yards to turn left along Burnt Oak Lane. Walk again for about a mile, ignoring lefts and rights. Along the way the road becomes unmade and later becomes metalled again. Also, you pass Cudworth Moated Manor (a Grade I listed, 16th century medieval manor house with its own moat. Ownership carries with it a Lord/Lady title). Reach a T-junction with a road and turn right. 6. Walk to a junction, in Newdigate, where Church Lane becomes Hogs Pudding (also known as New Barn) Lane. Turn right to walk along Hogs Pudding Lane. Reach, on your right-hand side, Mulberry Place. Take a path just inside Mulberry Place to continue forward. Ignore a quick turn right, stay on the path. The path swings right and later left, crosses a footbridge and passes a stile to enter a field. Walk along the right-hand side. Go over a stile onto a wide farm track and continue forward. Immediately before some houses, take a stile out left and walk a few yards across a field to exit onto a road. Cross and turn left. Walk about 200 yards to find a footpath right that runs along the side of a garden. It then turns sharp left to run along behind the far end of the garden. Continue forward. The path turns sharp right. Continue until turning right again to follow a blue arrow into Reffolds Copse. 7. Turn sharp left at a 2-way signpost. Now, ignoring lefts and rights, continue for about ½ mile through the copse. Reach a road. Cross and go 10 yards right to pick up a footpath forking off to the left. Enter a field and cross it, half-right, to exit onto a paved access road by some houses. Cross the

access road and go straight between the houses. Look for a path left that will take you across fields to emerge on the Newdigate Road close to where you parked. Don’t worry if you miss it, just continue straight ahead down the paved lane (Henfold Drive) for about ½ mile to reach the A24 at the side of a petrol station. Turn left and walk down to turn left into Newdigate Road.

DISTANCE: 10 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate STARTING POINT: Drive south down the A24 and turn left into the Newdigate Road in Beare Green. Park a little way along here, on the road opposite the green. GR 5 178 1 429. For many more walks, please visit our website at

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Mole Valley Indoor Bowling Club • PROFILE scheme will help new bowlers through the introduction phase into bowling, and the relevant club procedures and facilities. Following suitable basic coaching (if required) all new members are quickly introduced to the roll up sessions and opportunities to join internal leagues. With mixed leagues and games arranged for ladies and men, in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends, new members should easily find a time to bowl that fits with their schedule.

On each Saturday morning in September a team of greeters, coaches and helpers welcomed new bowlers to Mole Valley Indoor Bowling Club (MVIBC) for a free introduction to indoor bowling as part of the main recruitment drive for the new season of indoor bowling. MVIBC is located within the Leatherhead Leisure Centre with its main entrance accessible from the rear car park. The club has been in existence for 42 years, now with a membership of 300, it was originally developed from an indoor roller skating rink. A new floor was laid for the bowling green and over the intervening years major changes included a building extension that allowed for the addition of changing rooms and a viewing balcony. Subsequently the ceiling was re-painted and new lighting installed that vastly brightened up the on-green bowling experience. More recently a new changing room has been built and the existing rooms re-decorated, a bar and storage area added plus work on the balcony wall that increases the view of the bowling green. New furniture also improves the comfort level for everyone while they watch and socialize during club events. MVIBC has one of the county's lowest cost for annual membership, and provides a full programme of bowling within internal leagues, club championships, friendly matches with many other area clubs as well as Surrey county league games and some members qualifying for national competitions. A full team of qualified coaches is available at all levels to help and encourage new and experienced bowlers. The club prides itself on offering a warm and friendly welcome to all members and, if required, a ‘buddy’


Along with the regular bowling programme the club has supported several charitable events. A disability day was arranged where local groups met at the club for a sociable event and the Swans hold regular weekly sessions for their less able members. Funds have been raised for The Prince Alice Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal Marsden and a marathon bowling event was organised to raise funds towards specialist treatment in Toronto for a sufferer of cerebral palsy. Get Active – Stay Active – Enjoy Bowling and make new friends, that’s our message this year. The main period of activity for the indoor bowling season is from October to April, although many of our members continue playing indoors for the full 12 months of their membership. However, it is during our winter months that we all need encouragement to maintain activities that will help us physically and mentally through the dull weeks - and indoor bowling can do just that. Plus, it’s fun and you are sure to make new friends in a warm and comfortable environment whatever the weather is doing outside. Mole Valley Indoor Bowling Club provides this opportunity and welcomes new and experienced bowlers, from all ages and all social groups. FIND OUT MORE For more information visit or email or phone Guy Tortise on 01372 374653. From the leisure centre you will also find helpful posters and directions to the club.

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Ok, so autumn has well and truly begun - although I find it sad to say goodbye to summer and see the leaves falling from the trees in the drizzle, I also love to see the autumnal colours. A perfect time to visit Winkworth or Onslow Arboretum, RHS Wisley or other National Trust properties near you with stunning grounds and specimen trees. Oh yes... and to totally panic you all, it’s only 12 weeks until Christmas - jottings about all things festive are starting to flood in, so I will keep you posted on what is coming up near you in next month’s edition. 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. Contact Jon McCarthy on 07947 361406,, who will explain all and will arrange for you to attend with member as their guest. Dorking Local History Group Talk Monday 2nd October 7.30pm Professor Richard Selley will be speaking on The River Mole Its birth, life and death . Held at Crossways Baptist Community Church, Junction Road, Dorking. All are welcome. Free for members, £2 for non-members. More details from John Patterson 01306 888401. Watermill Jazz at Betchworth Park Golf Club Dorking Various dates during October Dorkings Watermill Jazz start their October programme on the 3rd with a duo performance from America of saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach, subsequent Tuesday evening concerts features the trio of pianist Kate Williams, joined by the Guastalla String Quartet and vocalist Georgia Mancio on 10th. Nat Steele's 'Portrait of the MJQ' on 17th, Dave O'Higgins Quartet on the 24th and a solo piano performance on 31st by Nikki Yeoh, winner of the 2017 Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year Award. Visit www. for full details and to book online, or call Steve on 07415 815784. Leatherhead Rotary Club Meetings Wednesday Evenings 7pm Meeting at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury October 2017

Drive, Leatherhead. For further information about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964. Learn to Sing in Harmony Wednesday 4th October 7.15pm-10pm A free opportunity for men to learn or become re-acquainted with singing using an a capella style over a seven week course. Join The North Surrey Barbershop Harmony Club at the Methodist Church Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY. For more details visit Dorking Museum exhibition: ‘Time Gentlemen Please!’ Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 14th October The story of the public houses of Dorking from the 13th century to the present day, revealing their past and some of their stories. Map of locations, old images of how they looked, modern photographs, pub memorabilia. Families welcome – pub sign drawing competition and old pub games. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, at 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. Details: Move Over Mrs Markham Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th October 7.45pm This wonderful farce is set in a top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. When three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue. Matinee at 2.30pm on the 7th. The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, KT24 6RT. Tickets from Creative Writing Group in Walton-on-the-Hill Wednesday 4th October 10am-12 noon and then weekly for 10 weeks Friendly, non-competitive, write-on-the-spot group. Complete beginners to more experienced writers welcome. Contact to reserve a place. Neals Store & Workshop 20% off throughout October To celebrate the rebrand and opening of their new showroom, Neals Store & Workshop is offering 20% off all their furniture and repair or refurbishment work in October. Their boutique showroom has a wide range of vintage and upcycled furniture as well as offering a comprehensive repair and refurbishment service of furniture and kitchens. They also provide bespoke

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mile north of Dorking. All welcome. Members free, visitors £5. For more information on meeting places see uk/groups/dorkinganddistrict or call 01372 454850. Amazing Apples at RHS Wisley Friday 6th October to 19th November: Apples are amazing; they provide us with food and drink, they can grow in different locations all over the country, and they are homes for a diverse range of insects, birds and animals. In this family-friendly exhibition in the orchard, you can find out all about apples and how they grow them. With images of beautiful artworks from the RHS Library collections and all the sights, sounds and smells of the Orchard, there’s something for all in this autumn exhibition. For further details about this and other events, visit African Drumming class Every 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 or call 07867 794326. Cranleigh Folk Friday 6th October 8.30pm Cranleigh Folk will be continuing its new season of acoustic music and song at The Punchbowl Inn in Okewood Hill, RH5 5PU. Music from talented local singers and musicians and

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • ranges from contemporary to traditional. Admission is free and all are welcome, whether performers or listeners. For more information email 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. Leatherhead Lunchtime Concerts Various dates during October 12.30pm Leatherhead's lunchtime concerts are part of 2017's Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival. Concert organist Mark Brafield plays for the organ concert at Christ Church, Epsom Road, on 18th. Concerts at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road, continue with cellist Jacqueline Phillips on 5th, The Two Classical Guitars of Francisco Correa and David Massey on 12th and a string quartet from the Royal Academy of Music on 26th. Free to enter with retiring collection. Tea and coffee available after each concert. Full information can be found at

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Whist Drive at Leigh Village Hall Held every Thursday at 7.30pm Join this fun, friendly and welcoming group who are looking for new members to boost their numbers. Admission is only £3 so why not pop along. For more information call them on 01306 631373. 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, email or contact Ann on 01306 888745. Beare Green and Newdigate Choral Society Saturday 7th October 7.30pm Beare Green and Newdigate Choral Society are now eagerly awaiting their next concert on 7th October at 7.30pm in St. Paul’s Church, Dorking, celebrating two big anniversaries – Jamie’s 20 years as a conductor and 80 years of the choir. They will be singing some of their favourite pieces including ‘Little Jazz Mass’, ‘Libertango’, ‘Seal Lullaby’, ‘Nella Fantasia’ and ‘Rhythm of Life’ plus Chilcotts ‘Song and Cries of London Town’ which they have not performed before. Ticket can be purchased beforehand from 01306 631115 for £12.50 or for £15 if purchased on the door. On 11th October the choir will be back to rehearsals in Newdigate Village Hall preparing for the Christmas concert on 20th December and the Leith Hill Musical Festival next April. 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. October 2017



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Jottings A Great Village Harvest Weekend Saturday 7th October 6.30pm-9.30pm Inviting everyone who works, lives and plays in the the parish to come and meet local clubs and charities while enjoying local musical talent and harvest activities for all ages. Bring food and drink to share. Held at the Tithe Barn, Manor House Farm, Little Bookham. Free entry. To Hire - Walliswood Village Hall RH5 5RJ The recently refurbished hall is ideal for holding birthday parties, family gatherings and business meetings. For further information or to arrange to view the hall please contact Valerie Miles on 01306 627248, Moira Cassidy on 01306 627786 or email Alternatively visit the website Harvest Hymns at St Lawrence Church Sunday 8th October 10am Join the community to thank God with traditional harvest hymns and words. Held at St Lawrence Church, Effingham. Music in Dorking Various dates during October October sees the 23rd annual Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival in and around Dorking. This splendid celebration of the arts has gone from strength to strength and expanded enormously over the years. It now offers an amazing range of activities embracing all the arts. There are a good number of musical events – far too many to describe every one in detail. All the information is contained in a neat brochure, available from the Dorking Halls, the Performing Arts library and widely around Dorking. Do pick one up and go to some of the events. Peace Rose Planting and Celebration Sunday 8th October 10.30am-12.30pm Dorking Quakers are holding a themed meeting and celebration of 170 years of the Quakers’ (Society of Friends) presence in Dorking and the 70th anniversary of the Nobel Peace prize being awarded to Quakers in recognition of the work they undertook during and around the Second World War. Meeting House, Butter Hill, Dorking, RH4 2LE. Further details from or call 07973 752090. Beat Loneliness in Surrey The Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey urgently needs volunteers to enjoy hobbies with people with dementia. Launching their 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. Visit sidebysidevolunteer or call 0330 333 0804. Quiz and Fish and Chips at the Oddfellows Dorking Monday 9th October 8pm Come and test your general knowledge at a relaxed quiz evening organised by Peter Christie followed by fish and chips from the local family-run fish and chip shop in Dorking. Just come and make up a team on the night. All orders for fish and chips are placed and paid for on arrival at the event. Please join us at the Oddfellows Lounge (Oddfellows Hall) Dorking


High Street RH4 1QT. Turn left at the top of the stairs (there is a stair lift), through the door and turn left again you will find our lounge and a warm welcome. For more details Please contact Cynthia 01306 500140 or via Jenny at the office on 01306 877792 or E. for more details. Horsley Floral Decoration Group Tuesday 10th October 2pm This month they have a demonstration by Christine Nash entitled 'Blooming Marvellous'. The Horsley Floral Decoration Group is a friendly afternoon flower arranging club. They meet at East Horsley Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Visitors and new members very welcome. For more details please phone Beryl on 01483 831422. Dorking Radical Film Festival presents Tuesday 10th October 7.30pm-10.30pm Presenting 'Mad to be Normal' at Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG. To mark World Mental Health Day Dorking Radical Film Festival will be showing this extraordinary film, with speakers and aid agencies in attendance, and discussion afterwards. David Tennant plays the psychiatrist RD Laing, who became a 60s counterculture hero for challenging what he saw as the profession's heartless prisonhospital ethos of tranquillisers and electroconvulsive shock treatment. Admission £10.40, Concessions £8.20. Visit www. for details. The Arts Society Leatherhead Monthly Lecture Wednesday 11th October 7.15pm This talk tells the fascinating story of everything that makes a traditional hand-bound book. The art of bookbinding, surely the most complex of all hand crafts, is as beguiling and enchanting today as it was when it was invented on the banks of the Nile 2,000 years ago. The society welcomes visitors for £5 at the door, but please make initial contact via email to or telephone John Andrews on 01372 373083. Horsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society Wednesday 11th October 2017 The new season of lectures starts with a talk on Rene Lalique: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass by Anne Anderson in East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue KT24 6QT. Visitors (£5) and new members welcome. For more information and the full programme phone 01372 451015 or see Alison Jesson Book Launch Thursday 12th October 7.30pm Join local author Alison for the launch of her new novel, Holding The Threads at Dorking Library. Plus a talk on “How to turn family history into a novel and become a published author!” Tickets £5 in advance from either Dorking Library or from Alison. Places limited. Guildford Home-Start Volunteers Needed Can you spare a few hours each week to help a family with young children? Home-Start Guildford is a family support charity covering the whole of the Guildford Borough, plus Bookham and Fetcham in Mole Valley. They provide home

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • visiting volunteers to support families who have at least one child under five and are struggling to cope, support families with a whole range of difficulties: postnatal depression, lone parenting, illness/disability, multiple births or family breakdown. Please call Debbie or Liz on 01483 511181, or email for more information.

Affinité the Social Club for Active Mature Singles The club has a fantastic programme of lunches, Saturday night dinners and informal club nights. Plus visits to the theatre, cinema, concerts and places of interest. If you would like to get yourself a social life and a bunch of new friends, visit Leatherhead Museum - Cathy Brett Exhibition Every Thursday and Friday from 1pm-4pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm until December Leatherhead Museum is open again after its annual refurbishment. Local artist Cathy Brett has created a stunning array of new exhibits to mark the 70th anniversary of the Leatherhead & District Local History Society. Topics covered range from flood to drought, to food tasting, pop music and the Olympics, with the River Mole central to a new time-line display. Entrance is free. Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead. Visit for more information. The Dorking Group of Artists Exhibition 2017 Friday 13th October to Sunday 15th October 10am-5.30pm One of the largest art groups in Surrey, will be once again holding their annual exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate. Over 250 pieces of exciting new and original art, all for sale at affordable prices. The paintings should appeal to every taste, featuring different subjects and styles and covering a wide variety of prices and media. Entrance to the exhibition is free. Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA. The Dorking Group of Artists Tuesday afternoons Meeting at Beare Green Village Hall through to Easter. Membership is open to artists of all abilities, from beginner to professional and costs just £20 per calendar year. The activities programme is varied and includes workshops and demonstrations, plus outdoor painting and sketching during the summer months. For more information contact Jane Anderson Wood on 01372 375123, email j.andersonwood@ or visit Going South Charity Jazz Evening Saturday 14th October 7.45pm An evening of jazz, blues, soul, funk and latin grooves in aid of Dorking Beatitudes. Held at The Upper Room, St Martin's House, Dorking RH4 1UT. Suggested donation of £10 per person. Visit or email bookings@ Leith Hill Place Exhibition ‘Wedgwood at Home' Until late October Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am-5pm. A collection of Wedgwood ceramics will be on display at Leith Hill Place this year, returning to the house for the first time in October 2017

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 On the evening the choir will be joined by The Jazz Band from Therfield School, Leatherhead. Wooden Spoon is a Children’s Charity of Rugby, funding projects that support children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage in Surrey. Held at the Leatherhead Theatre. Tickets are £22 with concessions. Apply direct to the box office on 01372 365141. Polesden Lacey Celebrating Maggie Greville To end November Beer to Champagne: the rise of a sparkling socialite. This autumn at Polesden Lacey they are celebrating Maggie Greville's rise from humble beginnings to beloved socialite. Meet the men who paved her way to success: her father, William McEwan, whose vast wealth equipped her with all the trappings an Edwardian socialite could need; her husband, October 2017

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406 506 In addition to traditional carols for choir and audience the latter includes three pieces by local composer Mark Browse. Tickets will be on sale later this month at £12.50, including mulled wine and nibbles, from the Ticket Secretary, Yvonne Allmond, or 01403 269884. www. Jazz café with the Greensand Band Saturday 14th October 8pm-10.15pm Dorking's popular Greensand Band swing the night away in a special memorial gig for founder member David Ord. Enjoy the café atmosphere and soak up the jazz over a glass and a bite. Nibbles provided, bring your own drink (and something to drink from). Held at Betchworth Village War Memorial Hall, Station Road, Betchworth RH3 7DF. Admission is £10. Proceeds to St Catherine's Hospice. Email sheilagray@ or call 01737 843258. Box Hill’s New Riverside Walk Opens The National Trust at Box Hill is delighted to have opened up just over 80 acres of conservation-grade farmland for public access immediately below the famous viewpoint at Box Hill. Snaking its way down the hill, the new walk, called the Riverside Walk is a three mile route taking in some of the finest views and stretch of river that Box Hill has to offer. There is also car parking, toilets and a café. Free copies of the walks leaflet and map can be picked up at the visitor centre, or downloaded at box-hill-riverside-walk.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Harvest Hog Roast at Gildings Farm Sunday 15th October 12.30pm-4.30pm Please join Dorking Friends of Cancer Research UK for a Harvest Hog Roast at Gildings Farm Newdigate in support of Cancer Research UK. With music from The Greensands Jazz Trio. Tickets £15 each, £7.50 for children under 10. Gildings Farm, Partridge Lane, Newdigate, Dorking RH5 5BW. For tickets, to be booked in advance, call 01306 711688, 01737 842084 or email Volunteer Centre Epsom, Ewell and Mole Valley Would you like to meet new people? Take part in new activities while being out and about over the autumnmonths? There are volunteering opportunities involving outdoor pursuits such as gardening and conservation projects, leading walking groups, helping disabled children and adults ride adapted bikes or becoming a sports buddy. If you have a few hours a week to spare we can help you find a volunteering role that suits you. Call on 01306 640369 or email

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Read My Lips - Leatherhead Tuesday afternoons, 1.30pm-3.30pm Part of the Diocese of Guildford Hear Here Project. These lip reading classes are held at the Fairfield Centre, 34 Swan Court, Leatherhead KT22 8AH. £5 per session, first class free. Contact Tracey Wade, Sensory Inclusion Adviser, on 01483 790327. Email Dorking Folk Club Wednesday nights 8.30pm The weekly program alternates between booked guests and 'Singers’ Nights'. The club's Singers’ Nights showcase local non-professional musicians and performers who get together and perform in an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere. These evenings are open to all types of performance and acoustic music styles; musicians, singers, poems and monologues are all welcome. For further details please check out their website Entrance is usually £9 for Guest Nights and £3 for Singers Nights. Dorking Golf Club, Deepdene Avenue, Dorking RH5 4BX. Jane Austen’s Classic Sense and Sensibility 17th to 21st October 2017 sees the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society are proud to be joining in the celebrations by staging Jessica Swale’s wonderful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. This play brings to life Austen’s dearly-loved classic as we follow the fortunes of the Dashwood sisters, while they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back. Green Room Theatre, Dorking RH4 1SG. Tickets from £10 at the box office on 01306 881717. Historical Association - West Surrey Branch Talk Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm Palm Sunday 1461, Towton, North Yorkshire – the scene of, by some reckoning, England’s bloodiest ever battle, costing more lives even than day one of the Somme. Historian George Goodwin will talk on ‘Fatal Colours: The disastrous reign of Henry VI and the 1st War of the Roses, culminating in Towton – England’s Most Brutal Battle’. Held at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW. October 2017




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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 or Terry Lazenby at

Dorking Museum exhibition: ‘Dorking 1917’ Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 19th October The exhibition highlights the impact of the Great War on the life of the town in 1917. The strain on accommodation and services, shortages of food and basics taking their toll on health and morale, yet major summer celebrations raised morale and money for the war effort. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, at 62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS. Details: uk. Enquiries:

East Horsley Womens Institute (WI) Wednesday 18th October 8pm The WI meets at the East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, on the third Wednesday of every month except August and are entertained by a speaker before having refreshments and a good chat! This month their talk is entitled “Happy Child”, explaining work being carried out amongst the Street Children of Brazil. Within their WI they have other activities - Book Clubs, Painting Group, Bridge & Rummikub as well as outings and craft events. All visitors very welcome. Any enquiries to Western Front Association Surrey Branch Wednesday 18th October 7.45pm Simon Jones, leading expert on WW1 in Italy relates the story of The Battle of Caporetto. This remarkable but little-known


Leatherhead University of the Third Age Thursday 19th October 2pm Leatherhead U3A meets in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead when the speaker will be Jennifer Kelsey. Her talk is entitled 'Mary Wollstonecraft was not alone – women and their writings in the 18th Century'. The U3A welcomes anyone no longer in full time employment or raising a family. For more information contact lhdu3amembers@ or check out the website www.leatherheadu3a. to find out about opportunities to pursue an interest and to make new friends. Age Concern Will Writing Service Once a month by appointment If you are over 50 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • Age Concern Mole Valley’s Will Writing Service. Once a month local solicitors, Hart Scales & Hodges are taking appointments for Will Writing at the Age Concern Mole Valley offices in Dorking. (A suggested donation of £50 can be given to Age Concern Mole Valley for the service. A solicitor would charge over £200). To book an appointment call 01306 899104/07442 017169 or email From the Jam at Dorking Halls Friday 20th October 7pm From the Jam featuring original Jam member Bruce Foxton along with Russell Hastings who will perform this incredible album in its entirety on this one off, never to be repeated concert. From the Jam will also perform a selection of classic hits and albums tracks following the "The Gift" album. This is a concert any self-respecting fan of The Jam will not want to miss. Grand Hall - Dorking Halls, Dorking Halls, Dorking RH4 1SG. Advance tickets at £24. Visit purchasetickets to book. Thinkaction Surrey Mental Health Charity Commissioned by the NHS to offer free talking therapies to anyone over 18 years who has a Surrey GP. They offer 1:1 or group therapy and are currently running our ‘Mums in Mind’ and ‘Low Self Esteem’ courses throughout the year across surrey. If this is of interest to you and you feel that you could support thinkaction further in raising awareness of mental health issues and the support available, please contact them call the office on 01737 225370. 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 is welcome. Dorking South Street Caves – Cave Tours 21st October and group bookings throughout October various times 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’. Tours bookable for any group or organisation, family or friends. Tours last 45 minutes. Email to arrange a group tour. Visit for Open Days bookings. Spook-tacular half-term fun with the National Trust Starting Saturday 21st October Spook-tacular tales and scary trails await brave families this October half-term at National Trust places across Surrey and West Sussex. Follow a gothic trail at Claremont Landscape Garden, meet children’s authors at Leith Hill Place and learn about autumn leaves on a trail at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. Every spook-tacular day out with the National Trust helps the conservation charity to care for special places now and Hallowe’ens to come. For the latest news and updates, please visit: Spooky Half Term at Squire’s Garden Centres Monday 23rd until Tuesday 31st October 10am-4pm Things are getting pretty spooky this half term at Squire’s October 2017

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Hallowe'en Fun Day Leith Hill Place Tuesday 24th October 10am and 1.45pm The National Trust and 'Into the Wild' are hosting a Hallowe'en themed day, packed full of spooky books, craft and storytelling. Come and see Leith Hill Place as you've never seen it before, transformed into a spooky mansion, and meet some fantastic children's authors. Tickets must be pre-booked on 0344 249 1895 or Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Dorking, RH5 6LY. Age Concern Free Computer Courses Once a week for 6-8 weeks If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses. 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. Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169/01306 899104 or by emailing Ken Howard & Friends - The Auction Thursday 26th October 6.30pm for 7pm Prestigious charity art auction in aid of Dorking based charity - Kids for Kids, featuring works from some of this country’s best known and loved artists. At The John Bly Gallery, London, SW10 0TZ. Private View events on 19th and 24th October from 6.30pm. Online bidding available. For more information and to apply for entry, visit or email


Newdigate Fireworks and Bonfire Display Friday 27th October starting at 6pm There will be a fairground on site, BBQ available and soft drinks and a fully licensed bar in the Village Club, adjacent to the Brocus. Fire lit at 6.30pm, Firework display at 7.45pm. Held at Newdigate Brocus, RH5 5DA. Suggested donations £5 per adult, £2 per child, £10 per family. All the profits will be distributed to local charities in the village, so please come down and support this great event. 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. Newdigate ‘Big Breakfast’ Saturday 28th October 8.30am-11am Following the success of last year’s breakfast the Newdigate Friends of St. Catherine’s Hospice are planning to provide another ‘Big Breakfast’ in Newdigate Village Hall. The cost for a full English Breakfast plus toast, marmalade, tea or coffee will be £8.50. All welcome. Dorking Ghost Walks 31st October 6pm, 6.15pm and 6.30pm Take a walk on the dark side of the town this Halloween. Surprising sights, spine-chilling stories and perhaps a few ghosts along the way. Not for the faint-hearted. Come along if you dare. The brave members of the Dorking Museum walks team will be there to look after you. Leaving from St Martin’s churchyard at 6pm, 6.15pm and 6.30pm. Survivors reach Pippbrook about 90 minutes later. £5 per person. Please book via the website, guided-walks-around-dorking/ 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 starting in September. Phone Sue on 01483 282431 or email for more details. Fetcham Fireworks Display Friday 3rd November 5.30pm start for 7pm fireworks Oakfield Junior School and Fetcham Village Infant School will be holding a public fireworks display at Oakfield Junior

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YOUR COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD • School. Advance tickets are £4 per person (under 3s free) and can be purchased from The Kit Shop in Fetcham from Monday 2nd October. Entry will be £6 per person on the gate. Brockham Choral Society presents 'Entente Musicale’ Saturday 11th November 7.30pm This all French programme includes composers from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. The main work will be the Durufle Requiem together with other music by Faure, Passerau, Sermisy, and Lauridsen. Held in St Martin's Church, Dorking RH4 1UX. Admission is £12 in advance, £15 on the day plus concessions. For tickets contact Pauline Whitehead on 01306 881821 or online Combined Charities Christmas Fair Saturday 11th November 10am-2pm This annual event enables around two dozen local charities and voluntary organisations to sell Christmas cards and gifts to the general public. Free admission, plus cafe, tombola, Father Christmas and much more. Held at the Leatherhead Theatre and organised by the Leatherhead Rotary Club. Surrey Garden Design Tuesday 14th November 7.30pm The Surrey Garden Design will host a talk by Jackie Sweet on willow weaving and creating beautiful plant supports on Tuesday 14th November, 7.30pm at St Mary's church hall, Church Road, Stoke D'abernon KT11 3PX. Disabled access and toilet. £10 visitor fee for the talk. Cash or cheque on the door. The Surrey Garden Design Group meets monthly for either a talk or a garden outing. New members always very welcome. Please contact Nancy 07713 669568 for any queries. Race Night at St Mary’s Church Hall Fetcham Saturday 18th November 7pm Organised by Leatherhead Rotary. Come and lose your shirt at this annual fun night out in aid of Rotary’s international charities. St Mary's Church Hall, Fetcham KT22 9AZ £12.50 per person including hot supper. No bar, so please bring your

own drinks. Info and tickets from Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or Fashion Show at the Old Barn Hall Bookham Tuesday 21st November 7.30pm Leatherhead Rotary Club presents this fashion show, with high street brands and designer labels at up to 60% off! Now in its third year and always a sell out with over 100 people attending, so book your ticket now to avoid missing out on a bargain. In aid of Prostate Cancer UK (www. Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham KT23 3PQ. Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm Tickets £10 in advance (to include a glass of wine) Further information and tickets from Maureen Nethercott on email, Festive Cruises on The Wey & Arun Canal Dates in December Bookings are already being taken for the extremely popular Santa Cruises which will be running on 10th, 17th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December. Trips depart at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm and cost £10 per person to include festive refreshments and a gift from Santa for all children under 12 years of age. There will also be a Santa Cruise for the Grown-ups on Friday 15th December, 7.30– Santa will also have a small gift for everyone! Tickets cost £15 per person. On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day festive trips depart at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm. Tickets: £6 for adults; £3 for children. Booking in advance is essential for all the trips. Full details are available on the website and bookings can be made online. Alternatively please call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email www. GET IN TOUCH

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WIN... A pair of tickets to Guildford Choral’s performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’

Guildford Choral are giving away one pair of tickets for their concert in Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 4th November to each of 3 lucky winners. You can experience the joy of Haydn’s supreme masterpiece, with its bubbling melodies, moments of drama and roof-raising choral passages. The worldclass chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players and award-winning soloists Charlotte Bowden, Hiroshi Amako and Michael Mofidian will join the choir; and dynamic Musical Director, Jonathan Willcocks, will conduct. To win one of three pairs of tickets, please answer the following question: Q: Which orchestra will be performing with Guildford Choral? Please enter online at by 20th October 2017. If you aren't lucky enough to win this time, tickets are available from Guildford’s Tourist Information Centre. Tel 01483 444333/4 or online: www.

WIN... A pair of tickets to Hairspray the Musical at G Live The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Guildford with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way! Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more. It runs from Monday 27th November to Saturday 2nd December. To win a pair of tickets for to any performances Monday 27th-Thursday 30th November, please answer the following question: Q: Name one of the musical hits from this show Please enter online at by 31st October 2017.

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While most new cars now have DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radios as standard, many older models are missing out. Every car can be converted to digital radio, either by a replacement digital radio, digital radio adapter or smartphone. There are over 40 digital stations available nationally and alongside local DAB stations, digital offers a much wider choice of stations than analogue with more than 300 stations in total. In conjunction with Woodside Park Garage in Wormley, we have 3 Tiny Audio C5 DAB radio converters worth £100 plus free fitting worth £30 to give away to VantagePoint readers. To win one of three Tiny Audio C5s, please answer the following question: Q: What does DAB stand for? Please enter online at by 31st October 2017.

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