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Oakleaf

Oakleaf reaches out for mental health with wellbeing in the community Oakleaf Enterprise is the only mental health charity in Surrey working as a social enterprise offering support to people who suffer from severe and enduring mental health issues in regaining the skills and confidence required to get back into …

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Weekend Walk: Milford to Brook

This is an easy walk across heathland and through fields and woods with very little up and down.  The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. Go back through the tunnel and immediately fork right reach the road and cross to the Thames Water water treatment building …

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A day of fizz and fun in the Surrey Hills

There’s nothing quite like a glass of something sparkling to make an occasion feel special. As a former professional hot air balloon pilot, I have been used to opening a bottle of Champagne after every passenger flight as part of the ballooning experience. Words and pictures by Dani Maimone. It is …

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The West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

The West Surrey Guild was started in 1979 by a group of like minded people who enjoyed the crafts of spinning, weaving and dyeing and wished to share their skills and joys with everyone and anyone. Since then, 100’s of members and visitors have enjoyed learning and practising the ancient …

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Weekend Walk: Peaslake Circular

This is a very charming walk, with some majestic views and lovely houses guaranteed to give you house envy! The walk takes you through woods and fields with hardly any ups or downs. It is dog friendly (although there are two stiles which a very big dog may struggle with) …

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How to stay independent in later life

Carol Martin talks to people making different choices about how they live as they get older Eighty-year-old Keith Swindells leads a very full life. A keen walker, he can take the disused railway either way to Guildford or Cranleigh from his rented flat in Bramley. Books line his lounge so …

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Craftsman in Iron

Phil Kemp talks to one of our local blacksmiths at his forge in Forest Green The ancient art of transforming hard metal into practical, tactile and beautiful objects has its origins through the far distant mists of time. And indeed this almost mysterious art has remained largely unchanged over many …

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Artventure Trust

People with learning difficulties come to Artventure Trust to express themselves through the visual arts. They are a registered charity and operate from our Studio in the grounds of St. Peter’s School in Merrow, GU1 2TN. Staffed with professional artists and volunteers, we aim to provide a safe, sociable and …

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Weekend Walk: Petworth Park: A Landscape of Capabilites

Start the walk from the National Trust, Petworth Park north car park (parking cost £3, free to NT members), located off the A283. From the car park, take the track leading to the west (with the wall on your right) to the view at the top of the hill. 1. …

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River Wey Navigations

Seasonal notes from Robert Craig, St. Catherine’s Lengthsman, River Wey Navigations It is always enjoyable watching the transition from winter to spring on the river. I keep a look out during the first three months of the New Year for indicators, such as particular flowers, that herald the beginning of …

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Barnett Hill – Surrey’s Hidden Gem

Hidden away in the small village of Wonersh, just outside Guildford, sits one of Surrey’s most beautiful country houses, Barnett Hill. Set in 26 acres of beautiful grounds and woodlands, Barnett Hill is as rich in history as it is in splendour.  The site upon which the grand house sits …

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Wonderful local asparagus…

British Asparagus starts to appear in the shops around May time. Locally, Secretts of Milford are famed for their asparagus, which they pick when it’s perfectly ready to eat. Harvested every day for the farm shop and restaurant trade, they have become famous throughout the region for this lovely vegetable. Delicious …

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First-time Camping

Have you heard the news? Camping’s grown up. Once the domain of boy scouts, backpackers and festival-goers, camping has shed its hiking jackets and mud-caked wellies, and now mixes with a more mainstream crowd, says Laura Sands. But although it’s grown up, it’s true to its roots; a cost effective, …

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Bank Holiday Walk: Chiddingfold and Ramsnest Common

Here is a peaceful rural ramble through the meadows and woodlands of southwest Surrey. It starts in Chiddingfold, one of Surrey’s most picturesque villages which offers good chances for a rest and refreshment. Near the end, it takes you through some spectacular wooded terrain. There are no ploughed fields along …

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In Accord – the a capella group

Most people have heard the term ‘a capella’ and will know it means ‘without accompaniment’. Those involved in a capella groups would say that it can be one of the most challenging but rewarding ways to sing. A capella singing can boast a long history as it was no doubt …

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