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GODALMING RAMBLINGS JULY 2011
The first thing I should do is thank our editor for helping me out with the Ramblings last month when I was lucky enough to receive a last minute invitation to Antigua. He did a great job - but not too good I hope! I can’t believe we’re in July already and still waiting for some nice really warm weather. This month is pretty busy with events and there are a number of activities going on for the kids during the school holidays. So, whatever your plans are for the summer holidays, have fun!
I will start this month’s ramblings with news of a delightful concert taking place on Friday 22nd July at the Borough Farm, Milford, Surrey. Organised in conjunction with Southwest Surrey Conservative Association, the concert is a classical performance by Michael Collins, who is a clarinettist, and an accompanying pianist. The doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts promptly at 7:30 pm and there is a supper break from 8 to 8:45 pm when you can have a picnic supper on the lawn. The concert concludes at 9:30 pm. Admission is £25 per person, OAPs £20 per person, (I think they must mean senior citizens!) Michael Collins is one of the most sought after and successful wind players of his generation and the evening promises to be memorable. Tickets can be obtained from A. Waller, Rake Barn, off Station Lane, Milford, Surrey GU8 5AD. Cheques should be made payable to SWSCA.
Guildford has been confirmed by the London 2012 organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games as one of the 66 evening celebration locations across the UK. Guildford already has a proud Olympic legacy from the London games in 1948 when the torch last made its way through the borough. I wonder if there are any of you out there who can remember seeing the Olympic torch in Guildford in 1948, if there are, we would love to hear from you. The council is planning the celebration event and wants to involve the community as much as possible. They aim to provide a local flavour as part of the overall entertainment, as well as a very warm welcome to the thousands of spectators in Stoke Park and all those who cheer the torch on its route. We will of course report on further details as soon as they emerge.
The next meeting of Busbridge Evening WI will be on Tuesday 12th July at Busbridge Village Hall. There will be a talk by Bob Boorman entitled ‘Gemstones and their Origins’ and there will also be a competition for the Craft Cup. The meeting starts at 8 pm and new members and visitors will be very welcome. If you would like further details, contact the secretary Diane Albery on 01483 420640.
To help raise much needed funds, the Macmillan Cancer Support Fund Raising group for the Guildford Area are organising a Classic Car Show on Sunday 17th July between 11 am and 4:30 pm at the beautiful Clandon Park Estate in West Clandon. Apparently, a Macmillan nurse costs £184 per day so fundraising is a hugely important part of Macmillan’s activities. They need to get the word to as many as the car owners and visitors as possible but if you would like further information please contact your local Macmillan Cancer Support office.
There should still be time to get tickets for Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of the Merchant of Venice which runs from the 14th to 23rd July. Set in the lovely Guildford College of Law Grounds, this is the second play in the Company’s 2011 Open- Air Season. The Merchant of Venice is the tale of Antonio, a merchant, who to help his friend to woo the woman he loves, borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish money lender. He signs a contract to honour the debt with a pound of his own flesh and all is well until Antonio’s business collapses and Shylock demands settlement! Set in the late 1920s, it is a tale of corruption, danger, hedonism and greed. The performances start at 7:30 pm (Saturday matinees 2:30 pm and Sunday matinee 4 pm) and tickets cost from £14-£18 50. There are concessions and special group discounts. Call the box office on 01483 304384 or visit www.guilford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
Sir Gilbert Scott, one of the most famous Victorian architects, was involved in the creation, restoration and alterations of some 730 buildings including Ely Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Albert Memorial and The Red Telephone Box! He was also responsible for the building of St Mary’s Church in Shackleford and 13th July 2011 is the bicentenary of his birth. The Shackleford and Peper Harow Churches Heritage is presenting an illustrated talk by Dr Geoff Brandwood an expert on the work of Scott and a former chairman of the Victorian Society. The talk is on Saturday 16th July at St Mary’s Church and is at 6.45 for 7 pm start. The cost is £8 which includes a glass of wine. If you would like a ticket contact David Swinburn on 01483 421436.
The Lightbox in Woking was opened in 2007 and provides the South East with a wonderful arts facility. It not only houses two galleries but also holds numerous exhibitions, tours and workshops for children and adults alike. There is too much going on in July for me to list here but I do suggest you go to their website www.lightbox.org.uk. Just one example of an exhibition that is taking place is a ‘Town Called Malice, Stanley Road Revisited’. It runs from 16th July to 25th September and features portraits of Paul Weller, a local iconic musician, by the photographer Lawrence Watson. There are lots of live shots from gigs in Amsterdam, New York and London as well as several never-before published photographs. Entrance to the galleries is normally free and there is a bistro on site offering tasty fare.
It’s great to hear that the Wey & Arun Canal Trust has received recognition for the tremendous work if it has undertaken to restore some 23 miles of neglected waterway. Since the 1970s this stretch of waterway, running from Shalford near Guildford to Pallingham near Pulborough, has been the subject of a campaign by volunteers led by the Trust to restore the route to navigation. They were named the outright winner in the Community category and also received a commendation in the Design and Construction category at the 2011 Waterways Renaissance Awards for their Loxwood Lock and Bridge project in West Sussex. Apparently the judges were particularly impressed by the fact that this was an entirely volunteer- led project. The awards, run by the Waterways Trust, recognise exceptional projects that use canals and rivers to enrich people’s lives across the UK. So congratulations to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.
Monday, 11th July is the date for Godalming College Arts Festival which takes place at Tuesley Lane campus from 6 to 9 pm. Creative talent takes centre stage at this annual showcase of sixth form work. It features live music, dance and physical theatre, multimedia, and final year shows including art, textiles, photography and design. The student exhibitions will remain open between 9 am and 4 pm until Friday 15th July and entry is free. Then on Wednesday 13th July, Godalming College is holding its Year 10’s Open Evening again at Tuesday Lane campus. It’s a great opportunity for students thinking about entry in 2012 to find out more about sixth form college life. You are invited to tour the campus, visit departments, meet students and staff, and pick up a copy of the new prospectus. No pre-registration is necessary and you can call in any time between 4 and 9 pm. There is a free park-and-ride service being operated from 6 pm and if you go to www.godalming.ac.uk you’ll be able to find out more details.
Feeling stressed? Want some relaxation and exercise? Let go of the cares of every day with the beautiful music and movement of Circle Dance. Apparently, it is a wonderful way to keep fit and meet new people. The dances are international folk dances from countries as diverse as Russia, Greece, Israel, Serbia, Bulgaria and many more. As the name implies, you dance in a circle and everyone attempts to do the same steps at the same time! “As you move in time to the music, a sense of calm seems to come to the circle and yet people talk of being energised too”. Why not try it for yourself? Beginners are particularly welcome and it is suitable for men and women of all ages. Classes are held at; Pirrie Hall Brook on Thursdays in three ten-week terms, 7.30-9.30pm
St Catherine's Hall Guildford on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm
Lindford Village Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm
WI Hall Hartley Wintney on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm .If you are interested in Circle Dancing contact Lynn Frances on 01420 474881.
As you know, Chase merged with The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in April to become Shooting Star CHASE. Well now, they have become the first ever children’s hospice service to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. Apparently, it has been estimated that volunteers save Shooting Star CHASE over £400,000 every year which means that all this money can go back into frontline care services caring for local children and teenagers with life limiting conditions. The charity will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal will be presented by her Majesty’s representative in Surrey, Lord Lieutenant Sarah Goad at a special ceremony in July. Four of the charity’s longest serving volunteers have also received an invitation to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Milford Horticultural and Gardening Society are holding their next talk on 26th July at 8 pm in Milford Village Hall. ‘Growing and Showing’ by Len Stubbings will give useful hints for those showing in the Autumn Show which will be held on August Bank Holiday Monday. If you’d like more information about the society visit their website www.milfordhortsociety.org.uk or contact the Secretary on 01483 421509.
‘Beauty at Zen’ has come to The Clockhouse. They are delighted to welcome Jo who will be available on Friday mornings from 9:30 am offering the following treatments. Mini Manicures and Pedicures, Eyebrow Tint and Shape and Mini Glow Facials. I have to admit most of this is a foreign language to me but I’m sure you ladies will understand the jargon! If you would like to make an appointment or would like further details, call 01483 420668.
There are lots of events lined up at Winkworth Arboretum for the month of July. On Sunday 10th from 11 am to 4 pm, there is an Animal Magic Event which is a fantastic family day out packed with animal adventures, you’ll even be able to meet some magical animals! Normal admission charges apply but there is an additional charge for some activities. Then on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st they are putting on a Family Fun Day which runs from 10 am to 5 pm with some awesome activities and cool crafts to keep all the family entertained. Again normal admission charges apply but there is an additional charge for some activities. Finally, on every Tuesday in the month of July from 1 pm to 2:30 pm they are holding teddy bears’ picnics and storytelling for the little ones. Normal admission charges apply plus £3 per child, accompanying adults are free.
Almost all of you, especially those with children, will have heard of Bird World, one of the largest bird parks in the country situated just 2 miles south of Farnham. They have just opened ‘Penguin Beach’ a brand-new walk-through exhibit that is based on Robben Island in South Africa and is the home to 30 African penguins. The numbers of African penguins has been in sharp decline and they are now listed as an Endangered Species so the opening of this new facility offers an exceptional chance to see these delightful birds close-up and is also a great piece of conservation work. I haven’t seen the exhibit yet but apparently it is a 750 m² walk-through attraction that allows visitors to explore several different environments inspired by Robben Island. It includes the quayside, deep water harbour, jetty, boardwalks, hides and the beach area itself. For more information about Penguin Beach and all of Bird World’s other attractions visit www.birdworld.co.uk .
The Royal Surrey County Hospital Appeal aims to raise £10 million in the next three years so that the hospital can buy brand-new pieces of equipment such as an MRI scanner, a baby resuscitation unit and radiotherapy equipment. They have a number of events lined up and the next one is on Saturday 7th July. Called ‘The Hurt’, it is a trail run or walk of 10 km through Hurtwood and up over The Greensand Ridge. All details can be found on the website www.thehurt.co.uk .It sounds like it may well do!
We have seen a very interesting request from someone called Ruud Verhagen from Holland. He is a member of a small museum (De Peperbus) in Geffen. Apparently in October 1944 their village was liberated by the British Army. Unfortunately seven soldiers were killed by the Germans, one of them was a soldier named Brian William Hackman. He was a 19-year-old young man from Godalming, the son of Alfred Harry and Anne Hackman. The museum is hoping to put on an exhibition of World War II and as part of the exhibition they would like to show pictures of these seven brave soldiers. If possible they want to contact the families to invite them over to Holland for a special Remembrance Day. They have asked us to advertise for any information about Brian William Hackman and whether any of his surviving family lives in the area. If anyone has any information please do contact us at Round & About.
As I write these ramblings a local man called Paul Nilsson is about to set off on a 1,201 mile cycle ride taking him from Lands End to John O’Groats. He has taken up this challenge in memory of a close family friend called Alex Bolt who at the age of 16 died very recently after battling against a brain tumour for 14 months. As a friend of Paul’s put it ‘you can’t do much about cancer but you can do something about the quality of cancer sufferers’ care’. By raising as much money as possible Paul hopes to make life more bearable for some of the six teenagers a day who are diagnosed with cancer. By the time you read this he will hopefully have completed his challenge but it won’t be too late to add your sponsorship. If you would like to help, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/paulnilsson . You can enter your details and then pay by card or paypal. The great thing about using this site is that every penny will go directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust for whom Paul is hoping to raise £6000. I will let you know in forthcoming issues how he fares.
The latest exhibition at Gallery One is entitled Summertime Blues and it opened on Tuesday, 14th June and carries on until 30th July. The gallery walls will be filled with evocative landscapes and seascapes from six different artists featuring original work by Victoria Graimes, Lesley Jones, Lisa McLaren - Clark, Alison Orchard, Paul Treasure and Anthony Stern. The exhibition is free to visit and all work displayed is available for sale. If you’d like more information go to www.gallery-one.co.uk . The gallery is situated at 5/6 Victoria Terrace, Crossways Road, Grayshott, Surrey GU26 6HF.I do recommend you go along and have a look.
The date for this year’s ‘Live Local, Love Winkworth’ - the biggest and best day of the year at Winkworth Arboretum, the National Trust property near Godalming, has been confirmed as taking place on Sunday, 4th September from 11 am to 4 pm. As a big thank you to all long-standing supporters, and yet to be found friends, the National Trust will be hosting a free open day just for the local community. Not only is entry into the Arboretum free for this day, but it has organised a host of events, activities and displays to make a day that is not to be missed. I’m sure I will be doing a reminder in forthcoming issues but do put the date in your diary. For further details and a full timetable of events for the day visit their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkwortharboretum or telephone 01483 208936.
One of the great events of the last 6 years in our area, and indeed in the whole of the South East, has been the Wings and Wheels show that takes place at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Returning for its seventh successive year the show is to be held on 28th and 29th of August. I have been a couple of times in the past and I have to say it is a terrific day out for just about everyone. The wonderful Red Arrows will be opening the event and included in the line up are some of the most historic and iconic aircraft ever to have taken to the skies. In addition to the Battle of Britain Memorial flight (Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane) the Avro Vulcan and the Hawker Hunter and many other fantastic aircraft, there is a new addition in the form of a Vampire T11. The only airworthy de Havilland Vampire T 11 in the northern hemisphere, this aircraft was the first single engined jet aircraft to be operated by the RAF. Its unique ‘Goblin’ engine produces an incredible and distinctive sound, whilst the unusual twin boom layout makes it stand out from other aircraft. The Wheels part of the show is an adrenaline pumping 2 hour motoring demonstration which takes place on the main runway and includes a variety of vehicles ranging from modern day supercars to classic and vintage favourites, courtesy of Brooklands Museum. There is so much going on that is impossible for me to fully describe it but if you haven’t been before do seriously think about it. Tickets start from £18 for adults, £40 for a family (two adults and three children aged 5 to 15), £5 for children aged between 5 and 15 and under 5’s are free. For more information visit www.wingsonwheels.net or to book tickets call 08712 305572.
A couple of days ago, (as I write) I attended the Jubilee celebration of my old school Barrow Hills in Witley. There was a celebration mass followed by lunch and drinks and loads of nostalgic chat from a lot of oldies like me. It was a lovely day and I’m pleased to say that the old school is still very much thriving today albeit pretty different from the place I attended 50 years ago!
During the school summer holidays Secretts Garden Centre will be holding their very popular FREE treasure hunt for children. Just pop along any time during their opening hours, pick up an entry form and join in the fun! For further information call 01483 520500 or visit their website www.secretts.co.uk. Also, Poz the Magic Man will be getting the school holidays off to a great start with free Punch and Judy and Magic Shows at Secretts PYO on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday, 27th July. Again for further details call 01483 520500 or visit the website as above.
As part of their contribution to the Heritage Open Weekend 2011, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust will be inviting visitors to two historic buildings that are not normally open to the public. On September 10th, The Trust will welcome visitors to the Gunpowder Store, Stonebridge Wharfside, Shalford, near Guildford, Surrey. This will be the first time the Gunpowder Store has been opened to the public. The 19th century building was used for storing gun powder manufactured at the nearby Chilworth Mills before it was loaded onto barges for transport to Portsmouth via the Wey & Arun Canal. Doors will be open from 2 pm to 5 pm. The Trust will also be hosting a guided walk at 3 pm starting from the Gunpowder Store and following part of the old route of the Wey & Arun Canal via Tannery Lane Bridge, Gosden Aqueduct and finishing at the old Bramley railway station. The length of the walk is approximately 2 miles and bookings can be made from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333. The second historic building to be open to the public is Brewhurst Mill, in Loxwood, West Sussex. This too will be open on Saturday, 10th September from 11 am to 4 pm. Brewhurst Mill was formerly a flour mill and the machinery for grinding the wheat to produce bags of flour can be clearly seen. Visitors to the mill may park at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust car park located behind the Onslow Arms pub on the B 2133 main Loxwood Road. Further details on the website www.weyandarun.co.uk .
The Twelfth Hascombe Charity Concert takes place on Saturday 6th August at 7:30 pm in St Peter’s Church, Hascombe. This year they have arranged a special programme of Classic Music from the Silver Screen with the Tapestry Chamber Orchestra led by John Mills. You can take along your own picnic supper and sit around the pond in Church Road, Hascombe from 6 pm onwards (weather permitting). If you fancy something a little posher, dinner can be arranged at The White Horse by prior arrangement (Tel 01483 208258). The programme includes music from some of the world’s best loved composers including Strauss, Dvorak, Mozart, Bizet and Brahms plus many others. Tickets are £25 each, which includes a donation of £12.50 to the two chosen charities, St Peter’s Church Fabric Fund and The St Luke’s Cancer Centre. Previous concerts have sold out and as numbers are restricted to 100, you need to book as soon as possible. Send cheques payable to Hascombe PCC and a Gift Aid Declaration (if appropriate) with a SAE to Roger and Tammy Wood, High Leybourne, Hascombe, GU8 4AD (Tel 01483 208559)
Come and join Loseley Fields Primary School for their Family Fun Day on Saturday 9th July from 12 to 3pm. Lots of things planned including family races, entertainment, local dance display, bouncy castle, BBQ and bar, traditional stalls, raffle and much more. Entrance 20p includes programme. Sounds great value to me!
From the 13th to 28th July, The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, is holding a National Exhibition of paintings, sculpture and wood engravings. This 16th annual exhibition will again feature a delightful blend of work by well recognised national artists and local professional talent. Forming part of the Guildford Summer Festival, it is being held with the help of sponsorship from awb Partnership, a leading firm of Guildford solicitors. It’s open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 to 6 pm (14th to 16th July open to 7:30 pm).
The Tilford Village Fete is on Saturday, 9th July from 1 pm till late. Held on The Green at Tilford, GU10 2DA, it’s a fun filled family day out with something for everyone including a dog show, duck race, dance displays, raft race, stalls, beer tent, Punch and Judy, assault course, kids’ disco, live music and much more. Sounds exhausting but should be great fun!
Give it a whirl on the Potter's Wheel. Join the throwing experts at Grayshott Pottery and learn how to craft your own pot in just a few minutes. The best finished and fired pot will win a £20 gift voucher. 20 minute booking sessions available from 10am to 4pm