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6 Jottings Your local community noticeboard
8 Lead On... Viv Mickelefield goes trekking with the Surrey Hills llamas
12 Chilli Fiesta West Dean’s 20th Chilli Festival
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August is a fairly quiet month as far as Jottings are concerned. So many people are away on holiday that organisers tend to avoid holding their events during this month. However, if you are at home, there is still plenty going on such as Godalming’s Staycation now in its sixth year, and the Amazing Thailand Festival. Please also look at www.vantagepointmagco.uk for other events happening in our other areas as all our Jottings are online. Whether you’re going away or staying at home, have a lovely month, hopefully in warm sunshine! The artwork of Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) will take centre stage in a unique exhibition at The Lightbox gallery and museum which will showcase the colourful highlights of international Pop Art. From 25th July – 1st November ‘Warhol and the World of Pop Art’ will bring together some of the ﬁnest examples of both ﬁne and applied Pop Art pieces from America and mainland Europe. The exhibition will have a section dedicated to Warhol which will sit alongside other signiﬁcant American Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and Jasper Johns. From Europe notable works by ‘new realist’ artists will include Claude Gille, Erró and Nikki de Saint Phalle. The Lightbox is situated in Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm. For more information, visit www. thelightbox.org.uk or call 01483 737800. Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford is brilliantly pro active when it comes to thinking of things for the kids to do during the summer holidays. They have devised a ‘Create & Grow’ programme for children and their families which runs from Monday 27th July to Sunday 26th August every Monday and Wednesday from 10am4pm. Children can take part in the following activities: 27th & 29th July - Paint a terracotta ﬁsh money box
(£5). 3rd & 5th August - Plant a butterﬂy friendly hedgehog basket (£5.50). 10th & 12th August - Paint a pair of pebble animals (£3). 17th & 19th August - Plant and decorate a strawberry pot (£5.50). 24th & 26th August - Create three fun Plant Pals in a pot with cress seeds (£5). Plus there are FREE activities every Monday & Wednesday including Vegetable Maze, Spot the Diﬀerence, Wildlife & Nature Word Search, Colouring Competition, Wildlife Hunt. Squire’s have 15 garden centres in the South East - the centres in Vantage Point’s catchment area are Milford, Badshot Lea, Cobham, West Horsley and Woking (activities run on Mondays only at Cobham, West Horsley and Woking). ‘Funday Fridays’ take place at Hatchlands Park every Friday throughout August and run from 11am-4pm. If you are looking for a summer holiday boredom buster, then head to Hatchlands Park every Friday throughout August. There’s plenty going on for families including arts and crafts, trails, giant garden games, space hoppers, pony rides and an extensive parkland in which they can run around and get rid of some of their energy! Normal admission applies (+£2 per child and £3 for a pony ride). www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlandspark. Tel 01483 222482. Watts Gallery Trust, in partnership with Gwen Hughes Fine Art, presents Prints for the People, an exhibition of 20th Century lithographs, including the popular School Prints scheme produced in the 1930’s and 40’s, for sale at aﬀordable prices. With the admirable aim of making good art accessible to everyone, several series of prints were published in Britain in the late 1930s-1940s. From the Contemporary Lithographs series (1937-38) to The School Prints (from 1946), the Lyons Tea Shop Lithographs (1947-55) and the Coronation Series (1953), all were designed to celebrate
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Llamas might not be an unusual sight in Peru, but what about in the Surrey Hills? Viv Mickleﬁeld goes trekking with some of the Hambledon herd We attempt to parade in an orderly fashion, but ‘Fidel Castro’ has other ideas and decides to stop to munch on some sweet, juicy grass. Not that either of us is in any particular hurry because this is a lazy Sunday morning. There’s something peculiarly relaxing about walking beside a six foot tall llama with butterﬂies ﬂitting above our heads and the sun on our backs. Flanking Fidel (we’re quickly on ﬁrst-name terms) are a further four llamas and their novice handlers. Whether adults or children, we are all equally fascinated by these placid creatures, each of whom displays a very individual personality. While Fidel is clearly the head honcho, there’s Surya, at 13 the oldest in our troupe and a llama that likes to lead from the front; Goji who’s one of those given the responsibility of carrying panniers holding today’s picnic lunch; playful and forever hungry Louis, and last, but not least, 10-month-old Dylan on his inaugural trek. It’s 12 years since Julie Stoneley left a career in IT to start llama trekking in Surrey, after becoming smitten with them whilst holidaying in Devon. Quickly realising that a ﬂat in Guildford wouldn’t provide the ideal base for such a business, she and husband Colin moved to the village of Hambledon, joining the heart of the community as landlords of The Merry 8
Harriers. They currently have a herd of 10, all bar one of ‘the boys’ is out with us today, while the four females are about to give birth to the farm’s ﬁrst baby llamas, or cria, as they are known. “Llamas don’t go inside, even when it snows,” says Julie. “They are so insulated by their thick coats that the snow on their backs doesn’t melt.” Having been given the task of brushing our longhaired companions by way of an introduction before the trek started, it’s no surprise to learn how highly prized a ﬂeece is. In fact, as Julie explains, unlike sheep’s wool it contains no lanolin, meaning that llama products are naturally non-allergenic. Following a few minutes instruction on how to hold the halters and the reassuring words, “we’ve had people from eight to 80 on a trek and they all love it”, we’re soon meandering at a steady pace along quiet country trails. For the llamas these are well-trodden routes and even young Dylan obediently falls into line as we climb gradually through
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shady woodland up to the top of Hambledon Common. While it may not be the Andes, the panoramic views across the Weald to the South Downs are breathtaking, and there’s a shared sense of achievement voiced by the twolegged among us. Fidel gets a deserved stroke down his elongated neck for good behaviour, but despite the lure of some tasty leaves, he and the rest of the llamas are ready to get moving again. Heading back towards our chosen picnic spot, Goji’s decision to take a roll in a sandy hollow draws the amused cry of “all that hard work grooming him!” With the llamas safely tethered – amazingly they drink very little water thanks to getting most of what they need from grazing on vegetation, we ﬁnish our delicious picnic with fresh strawberries, washed down with a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. For the dog walkers that stumble across this motley assembly it must be a curious sight. And guaranteed to stop you in your tracks is Julie’s demonstration of feeding the llamas with carrots left over from lunch. With even the youngest trekkers conﬁdently joining in, the surprisingly velvety-soft mouths make light work of these scraps. August 2015
All too soon it’s time to head for home, with the llamas quickening their steps and easily traversing any branches or tree stumps that cross their path. “They are very agile,” observes Julie, before continuing, “vet’s bills are not too bad as they are pretty tough animals.” Beasts of burden they may be, but in a relatively short space of time all of us agree, there’s been a real bond forged. And, according to Julie: “In this country, people sometimes keep llamas to guard sheep or to see-oﬀ foxes. As these are domestic animals you don’t need a licence.” Tempting as it may be to rush out and buy one of these beguiling creatures with their long eye-lashes and nosy natures, this is clearly a very contented herd. Perhaps I’ll just have to pay them another visit one day. I wonder if Fidel will remember me. FIND OUT MORE
Usually it’s one llama shared between two people with a maximum of 18 people on each trek. Prices start at £45 per adult (£23 for children aged 8-13 years) on Wednesday evenings until 9th September. Dates and prices for day treks lasting four to ﬁve hours are advertised online and take place throughout the year, including Christmas Day; family tickets (2+2), champagne treks for couples and birthday party treks for 9-14 years are also available. To book and for enquiries, email: llamalove@ btconnect.co.uk. For more details, visit: www.surrey-hills-llamas.co.uk.
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the best of British talent and the leading British artists of the day were commissioned – including Julian Trevelyan, Barbara Jones and Edward Ardizzone. Although most of the lithographs were produced in large editions (often more than 2000), post-War austerity which restricted the quality of the printing paper, and the fact that they were tacked to walls in busy places, meant that remarkably few copies have survived. All works are for sale and prices start from £75 (unframed), with most prints under £1000. The exhibition runs from 25th July to 4th October at The Pottery Building, Watts Gallery in Compton. There are lots of August events at RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. One that might be of interest is Adventures in Wonderland which runs from now until 1st September from 10.30am -12.30pm and 13.30 – 16.30pm. Discover a world of wonder this summer and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Follow the clues on the garden trail to lead you to Wonderland, run around the dodo on a caucus race, or try your hand at a game of ﬂamingo croquet. Take your family along for a full day of fun every day of the holidays. Every weekend is special, too. Activities every day; visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley for what’s on when. (Some activities need to be booked.) Challengers is a registered children’s charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting
and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people. They do this through their play and youth centres in Guildford and Farnham and through their range of community based projects across Surrey and, increasingly, the surrounding areas. A signiﬁcant beneﬁt of their service is that it provides families with short-breaks during high pressure times e.g. at the weekend or during the school holidays, enabling them to do ‘ordinary’ activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children. Families have told us that this lifeline of support keeps them strong. For more detail about any of their schemes email playandLeisureTeam@disability-challengers.org or call the Challengers Play and Leisure Team 01483 230 930. Of course they need to raise funds to carry out their work and as 5th August is National Playday they are suggesting people choose a day in August and get a gang of friends and family together for an hour and try and raise £124 which will enable one child to play at Challengers for a whole day. I believe Playpacks are available so suggest you contact Challengers at 01483 230930. Back by popular demand, and now showing over two nights, the Cambridge Touring Theatre perform their open air fun musical version of the classic tale, Robin Hood. Take a picnic, family and friends and sit back and enjoy this fast-paced interactive show in the glorious setting of Hatchlands Park in Clandon near Guildford.
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We take a look at the 20th Chilli Fiesta at West Dean which runs from the 7th-9th August Humble beginnings The award-winning Chilli Fiesta began in 1995 as a modest, oneday celebration of the colourful chillies grown in the thirteen historic Victorian glasshouses at West Dean Gardens. One of the biggest and original chilli festivals in the UK, it has grown from small beginnings to become something of a national treasure.
22,000 people who come to enjoy the full three-day programme of live music, food and entertainment. Chilli Fiesta is a family friendly summer festival with many people choosing to camp for the weekend with family and friends in the spectacular grounds of the estate.
“Chilli Fiesta began as a small event twenty years ago and has grown to become one of the UK’s original and largest chilli events,” says Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens’ chilli expert. “It’s the unique mix of visitors who come to listen to live Latin music and celebrate all things chilli and, of course, see our amazing range of 250 varieties of chillies, that makes Chilli Fiesta special.”
This year the Chilli Fiesta celebrates 20 years and will feature a ﬁrework spectacular on Saturday night as part of the weekend festival.
Hotting up at Chilli Fiesta Chilli Fiesta takes place over a three day weekend and oﬀers a full programme of hot Latin The original Chilli Fiesta and salsa music and entertainment, good food Set in the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park with and drink (featuring many local suppliers), the backdrop of the historic ﬂint-faced Grade II* listed West dancing, celebrity cookery demos, gardening Dean House, the festival tips from horticulturhas grown substantially “West Dean knows how to put on a good show and you al experts, a marketsince it began. It is one of can see things growing and learn so much about how place oﬀering chilli-rethe original and most pop- to cultivate your own. The place is quietly becoming a lated foods and gifts, ular chilli festivals in the children’s activities, a national institution. You should see it.” The Times. UK and attracts around Vintage Fun Fair and 12
family camping in a safe environment in the spectacular grounds of the estate. If putting up a tent is not your thing, you can try Glamping. (Dogs are welcome too on a short lead.) Line-up on stage This year’s exciting line-up of live entertainment includes Groupo Lokito, The Fontanas, charismatic singer and musician, Jesus Cutino and his band Son de Cuba and Brazilian/Latin group Sambossa. Several bands will be making their debut this year including Levi Roots, who will not only be bringing his culinary expertise to the cookery theatre but also leading his band on the main stage. Also making their ﬁrst appearance at Chilli Fiesta are Tom & Ash, Adriana, Quinto, Lokandes, The Voodoo Love Orchestra, the famous Gypsy King Tribute Band, Bamboleo, and Elisangela, plus local bands Ed Goodale and Steel Strum. The popular Mariachi Tequila Band, will be spending the day amongst the crowds getting them into the Latin groove. Cookery Theatre In the cookery theatre popular Sussex cook and food writer, Rosemary Moon, will be hosting a series of food demonstrations where you can learn top tips and sample delicious chilli delights. Rosemary will be joined over the weekend by Malcolm Riley, The African Chef (Saturday) and Petworth bakery specialist, Danish-born Master Baker, Troels Bendix. Levi Roots, who appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2007 and secured investment in his Reggae Reggae Sauce, will be giving demonstrations in the cookery theatre on Sunday, making his famous Home Style Jerk Chicken Wings and his Hot and Fruity Caribbean Coleslaw. Also joining Rosemary will be food, drink and travel writer, Andy Lynes, chatting about his new book ‘How to be a Chilli Head’. Fun for all the family The popular Vintage Steam Fun Fair returns to Chilli Fiesta this year. There are activities for children including face painting, Punch and Judy shows, rock school workshops and new for this year, The Great Chilli Throwing contest for younger festival-goers, and older ones too! Antonio the Tambourine Juggler will entertain children and adults alike on the main stage. Pick up chilli growing tips from the experts West Dean Garden’s very own chilli expert, Sarah Wain, will be dispensing chilli-growing advice during the ﬁesta. Joining Sarah each day in the gardening theatre will be gardening experts from Simpson Seeds (Friday), Hot Headz (Saturday) and Sea Spring Seeds (Sunday) reminiscing about their ﬁrst ever Chilli Fiesta in 1995. Visitors will be able to explore the award-winning walled garden over the three-day weekend and see around 250 chilli va August 2015
Sarah Wain’s Chilli Ice Cream
Ingredients: 1 ripe mango Vanilla ice cream (homemade or your favourite brand) I habanero chilli
Chilli growing tip “Remember to feed chilli plants regularly, initially with seaweed extract to initiate root development. Then use a balanced fertiliser after the first potting and after the final pot or when flowers and fruits start to appear, change to a fertiliser high in potassium (such as a tomato feed).” Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens Supervisor.
Method: 1. Remove the ice cream from the freezer before you begin, to allow it to soften a little. 2. Peel the mango, remove the stone and mash the ﬂesh well. 3. Finely chop the habanero chilli, after scraping out the seeds. Combine the chopped chilli with the mango. 4. Mix the mango and chilli mixture into the slightly softened ice cream and return immediately to the freezer. Re-freeze. Serve. FIND OUT MORE
rieties being grown in the Victorian glasshouses. Sarah will share tips on growing chillies at home during talks and tours.
West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX www.westdean.org.uk/chilli
A huge amount of work over the last two decades has gone into making the 90 acres of gardens and arboretum at West Dean a showcase of horticultural variety and quality to inspire any gardener throughout the seasons. Visitors to Chilli Fiesta can also enjoy the award-winning sunken garden, spring, wild and woodland gardens, St. Roche’s Aboretum, walled garden orchards and the kitchen garden.
Chilli Fiesta is not only a celebration of the ﬁery chilli but also of the British summer, come rain or shine. “Despite the stormy weather on Friday and Sunday last year visitors continued to stream through the gates, dancing and enjoying the live music in the rain.” says Sam Moore, West Dean’s Public Events Manager. “It shows just how determined people are to enjoy their favourite chilli festival.” 14
Friday Day Ticket: Adult £12 Child £1.00 Saturday Day Ticket: Adult £14.50 Child £1.00 Sunday Day Ticket: Adult £12.00 Child £1.00 3-day pass with camping: Adult from £95 Child £36, early booking for camping advised) Group bookings - for groups 10 or more please call 01243 818221. Book online at www.westdean.org.uk/chilli Note: Produce Stalls close at 6pm. Main Stage music ﬁnishes at 9pm on Fri and Sat eve, 6pm on Sunday. Paradiso Latino Cabaret Tent is open until 11pm Fri and Sat eve and 9pm Sunday. Only food stalls and bars around the central stage area will be open after 6pm.
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Performances are on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August and run from 6 to 8pm. Tickets: Adult £12, child £8, family £32. Booking via Guildford TIC on 01483 444334. www.visitguildford.com This summer the National Trust is doing more and more to oﬀer visitors of all ages perfect places to play - whether you’re looking for family fun throughout the school holidays or a relaxing day out, there is something for everyone. For families, you’ll ﬁnd natural play areas, picnic spots, quiz trails and other family attractions and back this year is the National Trust’s hugely popular challenge, 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. You can pick up a scrap book at any participating property and work your way through the 50 challenges such as climbing a tree, skimming a stone and making a daisy chain. Download a local planner to help you decide where to go to get outdoors and closer to nature. The beautiful gardens, parkland and countryside oﬀer plenty of fun for grown-ups too. Many National Trust gardens are at their colourful best in summer with cool, shady spots, perfect for picnics and chilling out. To name a few places, there’s Claremont Landscaped Gardens in Esher, Hatchlands Park in East Clandon, Polesden Lacey in Great Bookham, The River Wey Navigation and Dapdune Wharf and Shalford Mill in Guildford, Surrey Hills In Dorking and Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming. For more information about places to go and things to do with the National Trust this summer,
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Bat Walks take place at Hatchlands Park in Clandon on Thursdays 13th, 20th and 27th August from 7.309.30pm. Take a twilight walk through Hatchlands Park and see how many bats you can spot! Bat detectors are provided. Adult £5, child £2.50. Booking is essential. Please call 01483 222482 for more details. On Saturday 15th August the Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking will host its ﬁrst Vintage Fair which will celebrate the classic style of bygone eras. A range of independent retailers will have stalls specialising in vintage wares such as clothing, accessories, jewellery, handbags, homewares and music memorabilia. To add to the nostalgic atmosphere The Lightbox Café will be transformed into a 40s style tea shop serving cream teas and ﬁnger sandwiches with homemade pink lemonade or iced tea to drink. For fans of the retro look, a pop-up vintage salon will be on site to transform visitors to have glamourous hair and make-up in the style of the 40s, 50s or 60s. Should be a lot of fun! Do your kids have a passion for dance, drama and singing? Are they keen to work backstage on sound and lighting design? If so, join Guildford Theatre School as they stage a musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz in just two weeks! Now in its 8th year, the Guildford Summer Youth Project 2015 at G Live consists of two summer courses (performance or technical), ideal for ages 8-18, followed by two performances. From 17th-
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Let’s get out of here! A teenager’s guide to things to do this summer by Charles Kershaw Summer is the longest holiday of the year, and for that reason it can often be the most boring one. If you’re like me, you’ve ﬁnished your GCSEs and spent the last two months doing next to nothing. So, I’ve compiled a bunch of activities and events going on this August to get you out of the house and to enjoy your last month of freedom before September.
There are loads of music festivals going on in August, but some may have already sold out by the time you’ve read this article. If you are interested in any of the following, be sure to book as soon as possible to at least have the chance of getting a ticket. V festival Virgin festival will be happening this year in two diﬀerent locations at the same time – in both Chelmsford and Staﬀordshire. Headlining the festival will be Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Ellie Goulding, Stereophonics, Mark Ronson and more. This year there will be a new dance tent in which Oliver Heldens and Hannah Wants will headline. The festival will be between 22nd-23rd August. www.vfestival.com Reading Festival Another pair of festivals are the Reading and Leeds festivals. Both festivals are between 28th – 30th August, and headlining the festivals will be Mumford and Sons, Metallica, Alt J, Jamie T, Bastille, The Libertines, Kendrick Lamar, Palma Violets, the Maccabees, the Cribs and Charlie XCX. Tickets cost around £60, but with so many great artists performing it’s a bargain. www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com
Local Festivals There a lots of other smaller musical events going on in the area showcasing local music talent, including: Grills and Guitars will be performing on 7th August in the open air outside Farnham Maltings from 8.30pm and 10.30pm. The event is free but the barbecue is £8. www.farnhammaltings.com Frimley Lodge Live will be happening on August 8th and 9th in the Camberley Theatre, with 80s rock, reggae and a ‘Celebration of Swing’. www.camberleytheatre.biz Samfest will be held in Tongham Recreation Ground on 8th August, with acts mostly consisting of local upand-coming rock/indie rock bands. www.samfestmusicfestival.co.uk Check out your local pubs to see if they have any live music evenings. These tend to be free.
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We are lucky to have two free summer long bandstand concerts in the area. Music in the Meadow in Farnham’s Gostrey meadow runs every Sunday from 3pm-5pm and music varies from rock to R ’n’ B, jazz, soul and swing. www.farnham.gov.uk/events/music-meadow-10 In Godalming, there is Music in the Park which also takes place every Sunday from 3pm-5pm. This magazine is sponsoring the concert on 9th August featuring the ever popular Cryin’ Out Loud. www.godalmingbandstand.co.uk vantagepointmag.co.uk
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If you fancy becoming the next Lewis Hamilton, Daytona Sandown Go-Karting Park is in Esher just ﬁve minutes oﬀ the M25, with a 900m outside track. www.daytona.co.uk/venues/sandown
Get some friends together and annihilate them in a game of paintball at Delta Force Paintball in Cobham. They have a number of game zones featuring blockbuster movie props, a ﬁve star safety record and competitively low prices. For teens entry costs £14.99 each with 100 paintballs per person. www.paintballgames.co.uk
Guildford Spectrum has a lot to oﬀer. Practise your ice skating on the Olympic sized ice rink or watch the Guildford Flames ice hockey team or Guildford Heat on the basketball court. There are 32 10-pin bowling lanes which you can book to use with your mates as well as four swimming pools, including a Leisure Pool with slides and a wave machine, and a 25m competition pool. www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk
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Explore the Reigate Caves on 8th August from 10am4pm. Guided tours usually run every 20 minutes and no booking is necessary. It takes about three hours to fully explore all the caves and inside them you can discover the history of the now lost Reigate Castle. www. reigatecaves.com
Airhop has recently opened in Guildford, and is one of the ﬁrst indoor trampoline parks in England. Besides the 50 interconnected trampolines in the jump-free zone, you can slam dunk like a pro basketball player with the help of a trampoline. Ever wanted to play trampoline dodgeball? Now you can, in Airhop’s trampoline dodgeball court. It also has a foam pit, where you can safely practise your stunts. One hour of jump time will cost you £11.50. An alternative venue is Gravity Force in Camberley. http://airhoptrampolinepark.com/index
Get your thrills at Thorpe Park, just outside of London in Chertsey, open from 10am to 7pm. The park boasts Stealth, the fastest accelerating and tallest launch rollercoaster in the UK, going from 0-80mph in 1.8 seconds. www.thorpepark.com Geocaching is something you can do all around Surrey and will also let you experience the joys of the countryside. It involves tracking down ‘caches’ containing items by using a GPS unit (or your phone) and clues to ﬁnd the hidden treasures. Each ‘treasure’ is a container with a notepad and pen inside so that you can leave a message to other geocachers. Garmin are oﬀering GPS units to borrow for this at Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. You can download the free Geocaching app from the Apple or android store to help ﬁnd geocaches in your local area. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356393316965
There are so many things for young people to do in London. Here are a some things I thought were really worth travelling for: Secret Cinema returns for another year, re-enacting a diﬀerent classic ﬁlm: Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back. The event happens at a top secret location which ticket holders are escorted to secretly. Upon arriving there, they will ﬁnd themselves immersed in the ﬁlm – whether they are on the icy planet Hoth or the swamps of Dagobah. The event usually lasts about ﬁve hours and tickets cost £50 for children and teens – pricey, but seeing as last year’s venue was the size of several Tate Moderns I’m sure it’s worth it. www.secretcinema.org
Above: London Rib Voyages. Top right: Zorbing. Right: The view from a London Helicopter
If you’re looking for something more fast-paced check out the UK’s longest indoor go-karting track at Capital Karts in north London, featuring an 80m straight where you can reach a speed of 45mph. www.capitalkarts.com You can speedboat along the Thames James-Bondstyle with London Rib Voyages if you want to see the iconic river at high speed. Starting from the London Eye there are on-board ‘comedian guides’ to help make the most of the experience. www.londonribvoyages.com For a birds–eye view of famous London landmarks, look no further than The London Helicopter, giving you three diﬀerent choices of ﬂight routes, each one taking you more than 1000ft into the air with incredible panoramic views. www.thelondonhelicopter.com Use your puzzle-solving skills and teamwork to escape the room at Escape Rooms, based on hit online game “Takagism”. Escape Rooms provides two diﬀerent themed rooms, Pharaoh’s Chamber and Room 33, in which you solve hidden puzzles to get closer to unlocking the door to escape the room. Book soon as tickets are already running out. www.escaperooms.co.uk The O2 has lots to oﬀer besides just the arena, from restaurants and bars, to Cineworld, Brooklyn Bowl, featuring 12 bowling lanes accompanied by the taste of fried chicken. For those unafraid of heights conquer the iconic roof with Up at The O2, where on a clear day you can see landmarks 15 miles away, or experience the bright lights of London with the Twilight expedition, the night-time version of Up at The 02. www.theo2.co.uk You can see how all your favourite BBC programmes are made with BBC guided tours, as well as being given the chance to make your own radio play, complete with music and sound eﬀects. You’ll also have the chance to visit the studio which is home to ‘The One Show’ and
have a go at reading the news yourself. The tours lasts about an hour and a half. www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/bh_london See the latest ﬁlms on the huge IMAX screen, the biggest cinema screen in Britain and very conveniently located near Waterloo station. www.bﬁ.org.uk/bﬁ-imax If you’ve never done it before, zorbing is a must. Created in New Zealand, it involves rolling down a hill in a huge inﬂatable ball, sometimes ﬁlled with 40 litres of water (Hydro Zorbing) and sometimes with you strapped in with a harness. Go Zorbing London, located within London’s M25, oﬀers 3 rides for 2 people for £95. www.zorbing.co.uk On the cheaper side of things, you can get a cheap haircut at the Toni and Guy Academy in New Oxford Street, London or watch a real-life court drama at the Old Bailey. Viewing times are Monday to Friday from 9.55am to 12.40pm and from 1.55pm to 3.40pm. http://toniandguy.com/pages/article/210 If you’re under 16, Kids Week means that between August 1st and 31st you can go free to any participating London show when accompanied by an adult paying full price. www.kidsweek.co.uk If all else fails you can always ﬁnd sanctuary with a DVD box set and a big pack of Pringles – there are some great bargains on eBay – Fresh Meat, Skins, Friends, Game of Thrones are sure to ﬁll some hours…
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29th August your children will learn new skills, make new friends and have fun as they work with professional theatre practitioners to produce the shows. They’ll learn the lines, tread the boards and master the dance routines of this family classic. The performers’ course is perfect for those, who love acting, singing and dancing or who want to have fun during the summer holidays. The cost is £300. If your kids are keen to get hands on experience of working backstage at a theatre, the technical course is just the ticket! From 24th – 29th August your children will work with a professional team to design the set, build the props, create the special eﬀects, and operate the sound and lights for the Wizard of Oz performances. This one week course is £120. The workshops culminate in performances of The Wizard of Oz on Friday 28th August at 7pm and Saturday 29th August at 2pm. Both shows will be open to friends, family and the general public, and will give students the chance to perform on G Live’s main stage! Book at www.glive.co.uk Following a break for their summer visits programme, The Guildford Society’s monthly talks will resume on Thursday August 20th when they will hear from Amanda Masters of Experience Guildford, the coordinating body who promote the town’s retail and business opportunities. Amanda will tell us about the challenges that are facing this important side of the town’s commercial life. Amanda will also touch on the
work of the BID - Guildford’s Business Improvement District. The meeting will take place at St. Nicola’s Parish Centre, Bury Street and doors will open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.This is an open meeting and non- members are welcome at a cost of £ 3.00. Please also visit the website http://experienceguildford.co.uk. The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association has its second outing of the year on Saturday 22nd August. They will be visiting Joe and Yvonne Perera’s Allotment in Caterham, arriving at 11am. They’ll be enjoying a pub lunch after visiting Joe and Yvonne’s allotment, please pre-book with Beth Otway firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 420989. There’s no charge to National Vegetable Society Members for this outing, but you do need to book a place. Wings & Wheels are introducing a new second Stunt Zone to the Wheels Zone on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August. Visitors can expect some thrilling and unique entertainment throughout the day from the sensational ‘Savage Skills’ who are headlining the Zone with their Anti Gravity Show four times a day. Visitors can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, RAF Euroﬁghter Typhoon, RAF Euroﬁghter Typhoon and Spitfire (Synchro Pair), Vulcan, Chinook, The Blades and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the ﬁve hour ﬂying displays. For four and two wheeled fans, supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe
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Choosing a care home or home care by Penny Kitchen
Many of us will be faced at some time with the need to choose a care home, whether for ourselves or an elderly relative. There is so much to say about what to look for to ensure you make a good decision that books have been written on the subject and sound advice and information is plentiful on the internet. Yet still people make poor choices and grim stories of neglect and abuse make the headlines. Yet the situation is far from being all doom and gloom. Many people are far happier in good residential care than isolated at home. If possible, give yourself plenty of time to do your research and start with the vast amount of free information compiled by organisations such as Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and Counsel and Care (www.counselandcare. org.uk). The Care Quality Commission (www. cqc.org.uk/content/care-homes) provides information on the differences between the thousands of nursing homes and publishes reports by their inspectors. Don’t think that a care home or nursing home is the only option. Ask for a local authority ‘community care assessment’ which is free of charge and might conclude that a nursing home isn’t required. Perhaps home care, with appropriate equipment and help, would be preferable. In cases where you or your relative has a specific health condition, an essential source of advice is one of the specialist charities: for example, the Stroke Association, the Parkinson Disease Society, the Alzheimer’s Society, all of whom will be able to give pertinent advice on what to look for in residential and nursing care for this particular condition. Health concerns Once you have drawn up a potential shortlist of establishments to visit, first check by phone to find out what each one can offer. For example, are there good links with outside professionals such as chiropodists? How much will dental care cost? August 2015
By starting your search close to home, you should be able to keep your own GP. Only be persuaded to switch to another one of the home’s choosing if you are sure you will get better care. Ask what the home does to prevent the spread of minor infections such as coughs and colds and also the hygiene practices used to reduce the possible spread of the far more serious ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA – a killer in the elderly. Are there lots of activities for the residents? There is nothing more depressing than a lounge full of bored and listless elderly people. One organised activity a day such as craft, exercise or singing is the minimum you should expect. Ask also about staff qualifications. Half of the home’s care assistants should have achieved the basic qualification of NVQ level. Ask how often the home employs agency staff. Finally, ask if it is possible to have a trial period of a few weeks before making a commitment. Day to day Some crucial aspects of the homes you will only be able to grasp from a visit or visits. Do the care home managers succeed in combining the benefits of hospital with a homely atmosphere? Would you find this establishment homely? Living a happy and engaged life is important whatever your age. In the section of her website called Choosing and Living in a Care Home, campaigner for older people, Marion Shoard, says: “Clearly, the numbers and type of staff and their training is particularly important. Effective care requires trained staff who have sufficient time to carry out their tasks properly and to chat to residents and help them feel at home.” She advises people to ask if they can visit several times, at different times of the day, to just sit quietly and observe the interaction between residents and staff. You should be shown the room you are being offered, so ask: Is it quiet at night? Can you bring your own furniture? Can you have your own telephone? Write a list of questions and write down the answers. When you’ve seen several homes, it is easy to forget details. Care in your own home Most of us would probably prefer to remain in our own homes, with an appropriate amount of help from visiting care and health professionals. In many cases, this will be a less expensive option than residential care. One excellent website is www.myageingparent.com which has an entire section dealing with home care – health aspects and carer assessments, home safety, using technology such as alarms, skype and the internet for shopping, adaptations for the home and, of course, choosing a care agency. Print off the list of important questions to ask prospective home care providers. FIND OUT MORE
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THAILAND comes to milford The 10th Amazing Thailand Festival returns to Secretts at Milford Thailand returns to Milford this August Bank Holiday, when the 10th Amazing Thailand Festival takes place at Secretts Farm. The ﬁrst festival was held in 1998 and is now a ﬁrm favourite on the summer events calendar. It takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August from 11am to 6pm and on Monday 31st August from 11am to 8pm. The Festival is presented by The Mudita Trust, a UK registered charity. Proceeds from the festival are used by the charity to help support the education of abused, distressed and underprivileged children from some of Thailand’s poorest areas, who may be otherwise exploited in the sex industry in the big cities and tourist spots. The theme for this year’s festival is Songkran (Thai New Year). Visitors will be sprinkled with water as they enter the festival, which will be full of colour and decorations, to symbolise the celebrations that take place in Thailand each April. East meets west for three days, as the rolling landscape around the lakes at Secretts is transformed into a bustling Thai street market. Savour the aromas of oriental spices as Thai restaurants cook a mouth-watering choice of authentic Thai dishes. Street stalls will be selling Thai silks, handicrafts, spices, jewellery, clothing, wood carvings and so much more! Visitors will be treated to glittering displays of Thai classical and folk dancing and a variety of live music. New for 2015 will be special Thai martial arts demonstrations from several Thai Boxing camps, to honour Nai Khanom Tom, the father of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). Relax with an ice cold Thai beer, a refreshing soft drink or maybe a cup of tea, as you soak up the atmosphere, the sights, sounds and smells of Thailand, The Land of Smiles. On site travel companies will tempt you with oﬀers and promotions available only at the festival, so it’s a great opportunity to think about a trip to Thailand. If you need to take a break - treat yourself to a relaxing Thai massage or spend moments of quiet reﬂexion with Buddhist monks. 24
All the family are well catered for with fairground attractions and entertainment, farm animals and plenty of refreshments. There are craft workshops where children can paint Thai umbrellas and fans or make their very own ﬂower ﬂoat (krathong) to take part in the closing ceremony (Loy Krathong) on Bank Holiday Monday. Loy Krathong is celebrated in Thailand each November. People ﬂoat krathongs (ﬂower ﬂoats) in rivers and lakes to symbolise the passing of the previous year’s sadness and to bring happiness for the future. Visitors can buy a krathong to join in with the ceremony and children can ﬂoat their own creations made in the craft workshops. Entry prices have been held again at £10 per adult with an accompanying child free! Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children) are £20 and OAP’s are £9. Babies and toddlers (up to 3 years) free! Don’t forget that each day the entry tickets are entered into a draw for the chance to win two return ﬂights to Thailand! If you are travelling by car there is plenty of free parking, skilfully marshalled by the Rotary Club of Godalming Woolsack. If you are planning to come by public transport there’s a free mini bus shuttle service from Milford Station. The festival site is near to several bus stops in Milford village. Whatever you are planning for your August Bank Holiday, make sure that a visit to The Amazing Thailand Festival is on your list of things to do. It‘s a wonderful day out for all the family! FIND OUT MORE
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experienceguildford.co.uk/ Their 10th September talk will also be an open meeting; same place, same time and is about Arts & Crafts Architecture in Old West Surrey and is presented by Dr. Ian Hamerton. Astolat Model Railway Circle is holding an Open Day in the Barge Building, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford on Saturday 22nd August between 11am and 5pm. They will have four club layouts operating, including OO and N gauge Test Tracks (bring your own Locos to run), and also four members layouts, one of which will be original Hornby Dublo. Admission is via the National Trust, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford and NT entrance charges will apply (NT members free). For more info go to www. astolatmrc.co.uk This summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform in the beautiful surroundings of Hatchlands Park in Clandon near Guildford. This award-wining company will perform on Sunday 23rd August their magical production of Twelfth Night, a brand new action packed production of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy, a story of love, loss, confusion and ultimately a joyous happy ending. For the past decade the company have brought their own special brand of authentic, exhilarating and engaging productions to the UK‘s most historically important and visually stunning venues and this year’s production of Twelfth Night will be no diﬀerent. Be sure to catch this brilliant all male
company perform Shakespeare as it would have been, in the open air, in full Elizabethan costume and with traditional music and dance. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer! (Just hope it’s a hot evening!)Tickets: Adult £16, children £8, family £40. Booking via Guildford TIC on 01483 444334 or www. visitguildford.com Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra presents their fourth concert “A Russian Fantasy” at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford on Friday 28th August at 7.30pm. GYSO is a full symphony orchestra of over eighty of Surrey’s leading young musicians, members being present and past students of local schools, conducted by Eric Foster. This concert will feature: Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring guest soloist Michael Lan. Admission is free with a retiring collection raising money for the church roof repair funds. For more details, see www.gyso.org. uk/concerts. Throughout August, a series of one-oﬀ ‘Summer School’ workshops are on oﬀer at the Guildford Institute for anyone looking to try something new or to brush-up on their skills! A range of Drawing and Painting sessions are available in addition to Social Media courses and Blogging for Beginners. Bookings are also now open on the Institute’s Autumn Term courses
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been awarded an Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her Services to the Arts. Perdita has been Director of Watts Gallery since 2004, when ﬁrst appointed to lead the Hope project and is now leading the way for the recreation of the Artists’ Village with the restoration of Watts Studios and Limnerslease. Commenting Perdita said: “I am deeply grateful to receive this Honour on behalf of Watts Gallery –Artists’ Village and for Services to the Arts. I hope that in opening the Watts Studios later this year, the Artists Village will be enjoyed as a destination of national, if not international importance, by present and future generations.”For further information go to www.wattsgallery.org.uk. Do you enjoy singing choral music in an unthreatening environment? Shalford Choral Society is now recruiting new members for the new season starting in September. No auditions are required. All they ask is a desire to sing choral. They have a professional conductor, and in April, they join with eleven other local choirs from around the Surrey Hills to stage the three-day Leith Hill Musical Festival in Dorking. In addition there are other singing opportunities which arise throughout the year. They start weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals at St Mary’s Church in Shalford on Tuesday 8th September at 7.30pm. For further information visit their website www.shalfordchoralsociety.org.uk/. For an informal chat, you can call Olivia Peakon 01483 428986 or just go
along to a rehearsal. Ewhurst Horticultural Society are holding their Autumn Show on Saturday 12th September in Ewhurst Village Hall. Open to the public at 2.30pm. For details see the website www.ewhursthortsoc.org.uk or contact the show secretary 01483 276713. The Unattached Group (T-U-G) is enjoying a summer packed with events including a river trip, sailing day, BBQs, a visit to BBC London and their annual Summer Party, as well as the usual theatre trips, meals and social evenings. T-U-G is a Surrey/Hampshire based group of about 80 single people who enjoy times together including a weekly pub meet and chat night. A variety of activities are currently being planned for late summer and the autumn. New members would be most welcome and information can be obtained at www.theunattachedgroup.co.uk or Maggie on 07855 008897. As part of the National Heritage Open Days Programme, Shackleford & Peper Harow Historical Walk takes place on Saturday 12th September. It’s a two mile, 1.5/2hour walk through two villages. It will take in two churches by eminent Victorian architects, Sir George Gilbert Scott and Augustin Pugin, a cricket pitch where one of the earliest matches was played and a railway station that never was! The walk is partly oﬀ road. Led by
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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE WI Ann Heward on a century of a national institution This year is the centenary of the Women’s Institute (WI), one of the country’s best known organisations. To celebrate, a relay baton has been travelling through all the counties of Wales and England plus the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It arrived in Surrey on 18th May and it ﬁnishes at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th June. Special events have been organised throughout the country and in Surrey.
Singleton in West Sussex. It was of course wartime. They and others in villages nationwide were soon set up and formed in conjunction with the Agricultural Society of the time to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during WWI. There was particular emphasis with small animal husbandry – chickens for food and eggs, rabbits for food and fur.
The original idea of forming a women’s group came from Adelaide Hoodless who lived in Stoney Creek, Ontario in Canada. She felt that there was a need to educate women in nutrition, hygiene and child care because children were dying needlessly. So a group was set up in the house with help from a local benefactor. Later Madge Watt, another Canadian from British Columbia, where by now there were several WIs, came to England in 1913 and wanted to start some WIs here but didn’t get any support. However she joined the Agricultural Organisation Society, which had been set up to advise the government on food production.
During WWII when food was rationed and in very short supply, the WI was encouraged to grow and preserve fruit by bottling and canning, and extra sugar was provided by the government to do so. WI markets were set up and the members also welcomed evacuee children from London and helped settle them into families.
In 1915 she was invited to Bangor University College to speak to the North Wales branch of the society. There she met Col. Stapleton Cotton, its chairman who lived in Llanfair PG in Anglesey. He invited a group of women from the village to consider starting a WI which was unanimously agreed. It is said that he admitted to learning more about the capabilities and efﬁciency of women in that ﬁrst year than he had learnt in 40 years! He obviously had no idea…
In 1948 Lady Denman opened the WI’s Denman College (below), near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. This has its own cookery and craft schools where you can go for short residential courses over a few days or a weekend or even just for a day and learn new skills in a multitude of sub-
And so while the ﬁrst WI in the UK was formed in Wales, the ﬁrst WI in England was set up in 30
jects. There are courses in cookery, crafts, embroidery, using your sewing machine, photography, keep ﬁt, life skills, and IT courses. These are open to non-members as well. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK and currently has 230,000 members in around 6,600 WIs nationwide. Nationally, as a charity the WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The WI is a non-party political and non-religious organisation open to all women from all backgrounds. The WI has three key messages: The WI is here to inspire you The WI is everything you want it to be The WI is what you make of it. The Surrey Federation of WIs is based in Guildford and there are approximately 178 WIs in the county which are all are very diﬀerent in char-
acter depending on the make up of the membership. Some large, some small, some formed years ago and some very new and local branches like the Spike WI in Guildford, Godalming Meadrow WI and Onslow Village WI, all formed within the past three years. There is even a WI in a women’s prison! FIND OUT MORE
There are a number of WIs in the local area. WIs hold monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations and are always happy to welcome new members. They also hold many diﬀerent events, where members and non-members can get to know each other, and become involved in all sorts of interesting activities. If you are thinking of joining please contact the Surrey Federation oﬃce on 01483 233230 and you will be put in touch with a WI Adviser to help you ﬁnd the one in your area which suits you best. More information on the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes website: www.theWI.org.uk/surrey.
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Top tips for summer pet safety With another heatwave forecast, it is vital to ensure that our dogs and cats are properly cared for in the hot weather. We asked a couple of local vets for some hints and tips: 1. Provide plenty of clean fresh water for all pets in warmer weather. 2. Paddling pools or similar are good for cooling dogs if out side for long periods, an alternative could be a spray from a hose if the dog does not become too excited. 3. Vets have seen a lot of ticks on animals already this summer. If you ﬁnd a tick on your pet, don’t apply any substances to the tick, simply use a specialist tick hook to remove it. Ticks can carry several diseases which could aﬀect your pet, so it’s best to use a product that repels ticks to prevent them biting in the ﬁrst place. 4. Never leave any pet in a car on warm days even for a few minutes (even with the windows open); the inside of a car can get to very high temperature in a short period. 5. Trim excess hair – get them groomed! 6. Keep an eye on your pet for any signs of heat exhaustion or sunstroke including excessive panting, drooling, convulsions, collapse and shock. If your pet shows any of these signs, get them out of the heat, shower them with cool (not cold) water, wrap them in wet towels and take them straight to the vet. 7. Do not over-exercise animals on hot days - take them out at the coolest parts of the day e.g. early morning/late evening. 8. Take special care with brachycephalic breeds i.e. bulldogs/ pugs/French bulldogs – these are prone to overheating . 9. Take water with you if going out for the day with your dog – if going to the beach it is important not to let your dog drink salt water as they can get salt intoxication. 10. It is useful to keep water in your car for emergencies but make sure you use a thermos ﬂask in summer to keep the water cool. 11. Use sunscreen for animals with white fur. Common places to get sunburn are tips of ears in white cats, top of nose in dogs with white fur.
12. Dogs can burn their paws on hot pavements so walk them during the cooler times of the day. A good test is to hold the back of your hand on the pavement – if you can’t hold it there for 5 seconds or more it is too hot to walk your dog on. 13. If you are taking your dog to the beach, check tide times ﬁrst. Not all dogs can naturally swim so they could quickly get out of their depth. The hot grains of sand and salt in the sea can also damage their paws so wash them thoroughly when you get home. 14. Grass seeds are common foreign bodies that can cause discomfort, particularly in ears and feet, which are picked up when exercising outside or on a walk. Avoid walking in long grass during the peak summer months of June to August and check your dog’s paws after every walk for lurking grass seeds. Seek early veterinary advice if your dog starts licking its paw or has a small hole between its toes. 15. Try freezing your dog’s dinner into ice lollies by mixing their food with some water in a cup and putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Remove the cup before giving it to your dog. 16. Kennel cough is a separate vaccination for dogs. It isn’t always a requirement when your dog goes into kennels, but it is recommended. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a Summer Proof Fun (SPF) guide on its website. It is a four-step process where pet owners can answer a series of questions to reveal their pet’s SPF score based on coat colour, coat type, length of the animal’s nose and age to determine either a low, medium or high susceptibility. FIND OUT MORE
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Shackleford Village Organisation, it starts at 11am at St Mary’s Church Shackleford - just turn up on the day. Do you want a friendly social evening with reasonable bar prices and a low annual membership? - if so go and try the Compton Club situated close to the A3 in Compton Village just oﬀ the A3100. Regular events are held such as a recent Hoedown and Barbeque, a fashion show created attention and Bingo is held on regular Saturday evenings. A ﬂower show is being held on the 12th September. You can pop in any evening after 7pm, meet new friends - have a natter or play snooker, billiards, darts or pool or just have a friendly drink. The ﬁrst class facilities are for hire for functions such as weddings and parties etc plus the club participates in the local ‘village games’ against other village clubs during the winter months. Just phone 01483 810268 or better still pop in and try them out.
and Oliver Tarney in the spring and a Summer Concert in Cranleigh Village Hall. They are a very friendly nonauditioned local choir who strive for high standards under the musical direction of Marcus Pashley and Catherine Beddison. Besides meeting every Monday to sing they organise social events like opera evenings and quizzes. For more information e-mail secretary@ cranleighchoralsociety.org.uk Phone: 01483 273315, or visit our website www.cranleighchoralsociety.org.uk. Art classes commence at the spacious Shalford Village Hall on Wednesday 16th September and continue every Wednesday thereafter. Individual attention with all levels and media catered for. You will be able to improve your skills and beneﬁt from helpful and constructive criticism. Further details from Veronica Dunce on 01483 893723.
Cranleigh Decorative & Fine Arts Society invite you to Whatever your voice or experience, Cranleigh Choral join them for a Lecture by Dr Lois Oliver entitled Love Society would like to invite you to come along and and Loss: the Story of Orpheus & Eurydice in Arts and take part in their open rehearsal on Monday 14th Music. The lecture will be held at Cranleigh Arts Centre September. You will be warmly welcomed, with no on Wednesday 23rd September at 2pm and 7.30pm. obligation to join the choir - although, if you like them, Cranleigh DFAS meets on the 4th Wednesday of each they hope you will! This term they will be joining forces month (except August & December) at Cranleigh Arts with Cranleigh School Chamber Choir for a performance Centre, to promote knowledge and appreciation of of carols and Christmas music, including Britten’s St the arts through lectures and visits. Information about Milford Window Company Oct 13_Layout 1 12/03/2015 P Nicolas cantata on November 29th. There will be two 14:57 membership is available on their website: www. further concerts this season: a programme of Haydn cranleighdfas.org. Guests are welcome. A voluntary
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Chris Beardshaw With Beth Otway terraces where adults can sit, seating zones, plenty of raised beds with pergolas for growing fruits and vegetables and ﬂowers up and over, and in. So it becomes the hub of the community really, as a total project, and as I say, this is the ﬂoral tile that really is the centrepiece, it’s the attraction. The four paths are a cross-axial version of paths; each of the paths leads oﬀ into a diﬀerent area of the ultimate large-scale garden that we’ll create over in Poplar.
During this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I caught up with the award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw to ﬁnd out more about his Gold Medal winning garden, The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden. Beth: What’s the most important message that you’d like to come from The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Chris Beardshaw: Well I think that the key thing really is the importance of quality green space in communities, and that’s very much what this garden represents. The initiative that this is a part of, the Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities initiative, is really all about trying to ﬁnd out what’s working in a community and what’s lacking in a community. In this particular instance, with Poplar in East London, what became apparent was what was lacking was a quality designed green space that had elements of beauty, and ﬂoral beauty, and opportunities for people to grow their own fruits and vegetables, to play, roll around on the meadows, and interact with one another and with nature. This particular garden is a small part of a much larger project. Immediately after the show is ﬁnished this garden will be taken to pieces, shipped over to Poplar in East London, where it will be recreated. It will be surrounded by a much larger series of gardens, which includes meadows, soft play areas, mounds of grass that children can roll down and make dens in, 34
We also want to try and reﬂect Poplar itself and the history of Poplar. As the name suggests, Poplar is derived from Poplar trees. The Poplar community is on the bend in the river Thames, just north of Canary Wharf. It was traditionally a wetland, and on that wetland there were Poplar trees growing: poplar, willows, alders, Acer campestre, which were coppiced. That’s the reason we’ve used these rather grand coppiced Acer campestres in the garden; it’s a reference to Poplar as it was before it was inhabited. The trees were coppiced, the coppiced wood was used in charcoal, and the charcoal was then used in industry, in the growing city of London. The box hedging is a kind of version of a knot garden really. We selected that for two reasons: the ﬁrst is that many of the people who lived originally in and around Poplar worked in and around the docks in the East End of London. This is a project about binding communities together – and of course the obvious reference is, well, how do sailors bind ropes together? So we looked at how they bound ropes of diﬀerent styles together. They used a knot, one of the names for which was ‘Friendship knot’. This is a stylised version of the knot that we created in the edges here. They bind it together and it unites the two with ultimate strength. The second reason is that the community that we’ve been working with and talking to, who are the recipients of this garden, were very clear that one of the things that is most emboldening about communities is to create a space which is identiﬁably theirs – a sort of boundary, if you like, some sort of frame into which the community sits. And so the hedges also perform that function, restraining, binding and deﬁning the community space. Then of course you’ve got the herbaceous perennials, which are dancing around in the spaces created by the hedges. We deliberately selected a very eclectic mix of ﬂowers, in terms of colours, textures, forms and geographic origins, to reﬂect the make up of our communities – the fact that our communities, particularly inner city communities, are incredibly diverse. There’s a sense that because of that diversity, you can get clashes, you can get points of friction. What we wanted to demonstrate with these sorts of vibrant colours, diﬀerent shapes and the assemblage of it, was that diversity can bring robustness, if you vantagepointmag.co.uk
have the right framework – the infrastructure in which that diversity sits. B: I love that! The plants in your garden are exquisite, they are so healthy and are of such quality; have you worked with the independent nurseries who supplied the plants for your garden before? CB: Yes. I was very keen this time around to go with nurseries who were quite eclectic and quite small scale. So for instance all of the Camassias you see growing in the garden were grown by one lady, who’s a Camassia enthusiast up in Yorkshire, who is looking to get a nursery together to house a national collection of Camassias at Hare Spring Cottage Plants. So they were grown right up in Yorkshire, in really quite hard conditions. We’ve also got a couple of ex-students of mine from Pershore College who now run Todd’s Botanics, Mark and Emma. They grew things like the irises and some of the ﬂoral plants like geums and so on. Then I worked with James Chichester down on the south coast to grow many of the remaining herbaceous perennials, and Hilliers Nurseries provided much of the foliage planting. So all sorts of sources to bring about this wide range of plant materials. B: It’s great that you’ve been able to support and showcase a number of quality independent growers and nurseries at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. CB: I think the nursery industry should be supported; I enjoy working with growers who are really super-enthusiastic about the plants that they grow, so it isn’t just a product, it’s a lifestyle.
I think that should be celebrated. What’s curious is when other designers have been walking around in the build-up to the show, they’ve all been coming along saying, “Where did you get your plants from? They’re not only great quality, but they’re in ﬂower – mine are struggling to get into ﬂower!” I think it is that attention to detail that a small nursery man or woman can aﬀord on those plants that to me, makes the big diﬀerence. B: Apart from your garden, which is your favourite garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show? CB: Dan Pearson’s. I think Dan is the designer and plantsman of his generation. I think he is an extraordinary character, wonderfully talented, fabulously modest about what he does, and he produces some sublime pieces of work. I haven’t inspected it closely but I’ve no doubt this one is as good as anything he’s ever done. FIND OUT MORE
You can ﬁnd my full interview, information and photographs from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and gardening advice of what you can do in your garden or at your allotment this month at www.pumpkinbeth.com.
Shalford Choral Society Shalford Choral Society (SCS) was founded in 1905 in order to participate in the ﬁrst Leith Hill Musical Festival (LHMF) and has remained an active and often very successful participant ever since. SCS was formed originally, it is believed, from the Church Choir and has been based within the village of Shalford for the past century. None of the current members were around in 1905! In 2015 SCS won two of the classes at the LHMF. The ﬁrst festival was conducted by Ralph Vaughan Williams and he remained the festival conductor until 1953. The current conductor Brian Kay completed 20 years as conductor this year. He was a founder member of the King’s Singers and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio. Whilst the Leith Hill Musical Festival has provided a focus, the choir also performs local concerts, including an annual Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church, Shalford. While giving the opportunity for local residents to either participate or attend a concert, the members and audiences are drawn from across the wider Guildford area. Some members are also members of other local choirs giving SCS a wide breadth of knowledge and ability.
Records of Minutes going back over the decades show how the Society has been a social as well as a musical focus for those living in and around the village. Photographs of the Society’s musical gatherings in members’ homes and Christmas carols sung in a local residential home depict a choir that draws together for more than (just!) the formalities of music-making. Over the past 10 years the annual Christmas concert has enabled the Society to donate in excess of £8,000 for other charitable causes. As a charity SCS is keen to support other charities. The Leith Hill Musical Festival was founded in Dorking by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The LHMF Committee in its ﬁrst annual report described the aim of the Festival as ‘being primarily to encourage the love and study of good music in villages 10 miles of Leith Hill’. A hundred and ten years later SCS members describe the event as ‘great fun, exhilarating, challenging, wonderful, social, daunting, highlight of the year’ - sentiments which still support the original aim of the Festival. SCS is a friendly choir of around 35 singers and warmly welcomes new members in all voices, but with a particular wish to welcome men singing tenor or bass. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings in the autumn, winter and spring terms. There are no auditions for new members, it is their love of music-making which is important. The main purpose of the society is to achieve a high musical standard but enthusiasm and enjoyment of singing are considered the most important objectives for our members.
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Latin Eggs Ingredients 2 eggs Half an avocado 2 English muﬃns Hollandaise Chimmichurri Chimmichurri: 1 clove of garlic A handful of parsley 2 tbsp sherry vinegar ¼ spanish onion ½ red bell pepper 4 tbsp vegetable oil Pinch of salt 1 tsp Aji Mojido (or other chilli powder) Hollandaise: 3 egg yolks Drop of vinegar 30g unsalted butter Method: • Poach 2 eggs in boiling water with a dash of white wine vinegar • Gently toast the muﬃns and avocado until slightly coloured • Arrange the muﬃns on a plate, top with the avocado, followed by the eggs. • Cover with hollandaise • Drizzle with chimmichurri
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Les Amitiés Françaises will start their new programme for 2015/16 on the 1st October at the Baptist Hall Godalming, at 7.30pm. As usual their talks will cover social and political history, culture and geography and will also include several social events celebrating French national days. Last year was very successful and ended with their AGM which included a lecture on Napoleon on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. Talks are in French but the professional speakers take account of their English audiences. This year we will explore the history of Paris, discuss Colette’s life and novels and tackle the challenging issues in contemporary France as well as returning to the story of the Huguenots who came to our country from France after the anti-Protestant attacks in the 17th century. There will be eight lectures in all. Programmes will be available in museums and libraries in August. The membership secretary can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining Les Amitiés Françaises is an enjoyable way to maintain your French, meet new people and learn more about the complex and fascinating country that is France. Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge 2015 takes place on Sunday 18th October. Run or walk in the exclusive grounds of Loseley Park and at the same time raise money for a wonderful local charity! Half marathon, 10k & 5k challenging trail routes with panoramic views, all professionally organised, marshalled and chip timed plus a special children’s event means there is something for the whole family….including the dog! 100% of all money raised goes directly to Challengers, a local charity helping disabled children and young people across Surrey & Hants. For full information go to www.kellystore.org/ guildford-2015. Each year Surrey’s voluntary car schemes help thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the county to access hospital appointments, collect prescriptions and to enjoy social events. The number of volunteer drivers in Guildford is falling. That’s why Surrey Community Action, which provides help to develop new schemes and ongoing advice and support to existing schemes, and Surrey County Council have teamed up to boost the number of volunteer drivers in the Borough. Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available. Amanda is a volunteer driver for Wheel of Care and helps local people to get out and about. “We’ve all got a spare hour or two in the week to help out. There’s a real need, I can help and it doesn’t take much of my time” she says. For more information about how to become a volunteer driver, contact Vicki Turton at Surrey Community Action on 01483 447121 or email email@example.com. vantagepointmag.co.uk
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Kiddiwalks: Gunpowder at Chilworth A lovely walk that starts in peaceful woodland where only the bird song and the sound of running water breaks the silence. Amongst the trees will be found the stark remains of Chilworth’s old gunpowder mills, at one time the most important in England. Just imagine the scene as horses pulled wagons along wooden tramways, water rushed down leats to power the mills and 400 workers went about the business of making their deadly product. Youngsters will enjoy the challenge of climbing to St Martha’s church, high on the hills above, where the views are outstanding. The descent brings you to Chilworth Manor below where the way soon rejoins the woodland and cool waters of the Tillingbourne. Bring a picnic.
The walk 1. Follow a narrow path to the left of the infant school to reach a wooden bridge over a leat. The path follows the course of a tramway where horses once pulled their loads of gunpowder to the railway in Chilworth and on your right by the bridge is a remaining part. Fork right and soon turn right and pass picnic tables in a clearing. Keep to the wide path through woodland and ignore a left fork by a mound of earth. Soon pass the remains of the mill buildings to reach an information board and a bridge. 2. Turn right over the bridge and cross a stile ahead of you to enter a ﬁeld. Press on through a second and third ﬁeld with more recent evidence of the gunpowder works through the trees on your left. After the path narrows and passes the rear of gardens, a road is met. Bear left over a bridge and continue along a tarmac drive with housing on your left and a lake on your right. This was the site of Postford Mill, originally a paper mill before changing to a ﬂock mill. After its closure it became a ﬁsh farm before ﬁnally succumbing to housing. Continue along the drive and , when it bends sharply left, ignore a footpath ahead of you. 3. At the gateway to Millstream Cottage ignore a path on the right and fork left alongside the garden. Soon you are immersed in majestic beech woodland where you gradually gain height and leave the Tilling Bourne ﬂowing between the trees below you before the path bends away from the stream and begins the climb in earnest. When an undulating ﬁeld is seen to your left, keep right on the main path and when nearing the top of the hill ignore a right fork. Soon reach a directional post by a clearing that is the haunt of green woodpeckers that feed on the anthills here. 4. Turn left along the rising sandy bridleway and keep ahead in 50 yards at a junction of tracks. Pass by a WWII pillbox and keep to the bridle42
way as you pass by a Downs Link path on your left. When the track divides, leave the bridleway and go ahead on a public footpath that will ﬁnally bring you to St Martha’s church and the end of the climb. Continue left around the wall of the graveyard to ﬁnd welcoming seats that oﬀer stunning views and a good excuse to rest awhile or have a picnic. Just the other side of the wall is the grave of one of WWII’s most charismatic leaders, Major General Bernard Freyberg VC who, although being English, commanded New Zealand troops. Other noteworthy graves include Sir George Edwards, a man who had his hand in many aircraft designs and later, as chairman of British Aircraft Corporation, ensured Concorde entered into service, and the actress Yvonne Arnaud, after whom Guildford’s theatre is named. 5. The return to the valley below begins on a downhill path directly in front of the seats. The path is steep and caution should be used. Remain on the path until it ends at a T-junction with a ﬁeld beyond. Turn right to join the drive of Chilworth Manor and follow it leftwards to reach a road. Continue ahead along the road and after it passes over a second bridge turn immediately left on a path by a lodge gate that was once the entrance to the gunpowder mills. Continue ahead on the wide path where again you will detect the remains of the mills in the woodland. Finally cross a bridge over the leat on your right to rejoin the infant school and the end of this great circuit. vantagepointmag.co.uk
Mills have occupied the Chilworth site since Domesday although they were most likely corn mills. Gunpowder came to Chilworth as early as 1580 and, by 1625, the East India Company operated them. Water provided the power source during the early days but in 1885, when the Chilworth Gunpowder Company was formed, power came from a stationary engine. During the 1890s, and the development of high explosives, the site expanded over the ﬁelds westwards. Originally the gunpowder was carried by punt along the Tilling Bourne to the river Wey at Shalford where it was loaded onto barges for its journey to London. At the coming of the railway to Chilworth in 1888, the works’ international railway, operated by horse-drawn wagons, was extended to Chilworth Station. Two years after the end of WWI, the works became a part of Noble Industries but soon closed and Noble was swallowed up by ICI. DISTANCE: 3 miles OS MAPS: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham STARTING POINT: A248 roadside near Chilworth Infants School. GETTING THERE: Chilworth is south of Guildford on the A248 between Shalford and Albury. REFRESHMENTS: The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Rd, Chilworth GU4 8NP. Tel: 01483 561765.
Top: The remains of the gunpowder mill (GrahamPics). Above: Some of the old mill stones (Andrew Bowden).
TIME: Allow 2 hours, more if picnicking TERRAIN: Level apart from one stiﬀ climb of 390 feet to St Martha’s church and a fairly steep descent.
Walk taken from Kiddiwalks in Surrey by David Weller, published by www.countrysidebooks.co.uk.
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Hospice Care, Everywhere! When you hear the word ‘hospice’ you may picture a building with rows of beds in it, maybe a few patients in wheelchairs, and probably very few smiles. Well, it’s time to throw away the old misconceptions, because our hospice care is nothing like that! Phyllis Tuckwell has provided supportive and end-of-life care to patients and families aﬀected by cancer, or another serious progressive illness, for over 35 years now. Many of our patients have been cared for in the beds which our In-Patient Unit (IPU) holds, but 85% of our care is actually given outside of the IPU, and 35% of those who are admitted to the IPU return home after having their pain controlled. Most people will know that at Phyllis Tuckwell we oﬀer medical and clinical care – and our doctors and nurses work hard to manage our patients’ symptoms and ease their pain – but this is not all we do. Working from the Hospice in Farnham and now also the Beacon Centre in Guildford, we provide a range of therapies, counselling, chaplaincy and social work advice, all of which help to improve the quality of life for those we care for. In fact, every day we support over 250 patients, relatives and carers, across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire, an area of 550,000 residents. Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists help patients to maintain their independence and cope with everyday tasks, and run sessions on subjects such as breathing techniques and managing fatigue. Working alongside them, our complementary therapists oﬀer a range of treatments including massages, aromatherapy and acupuncture to help ease patients’ pain and aid relaxation. Some of our patients come to weekly ‘Day Hospice’ sessions, where they can attend doctors’ appointments, access therapies, and meet with hospice social workers, counsellors and chaplains. These sessions, which are held in our new Dove Lounge, also oﬀer a relaxed and social environment where patients can meet and get to know others who may be facing similar challenges 44
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