Heritage and history

Brooklands Loch Ness Wellington ‘Monster’ – 35 years since it was hoisted from Loch Ness

Thirty-five years ago on September 21st 1985, there was frantic activity on the banks of Loch Ness as a ‘monster’ was hoisted from its depths. This ‘monster’ was Wellington Bomber N2980, nicknamed ‘R for Robert.’ During a training exercise with 20 Operation Training Unit, based at RAF Lossiemouth, on December …

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Surrey Heritage WWII project ‘highly commended’ in national volunteering award

Surrey Heritage has been highly commended in this year’s national Archives & Records Association (ARA) Archive Volunteering Award for its Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers (SGW) project.  The award aims to recognise and celebrate outstanding work involving volunteers within the archive sector and to promote good practice …

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Godalming Museum reopens

Godalming Museum cannot wait to welcome back visitors and will be reopening part of the Museum from Monday 17th August.  To celebrate the reopening, a brand new exhibition will be in place entitled Godalming’s Secret Cemetery, based on the 9th-12th century (Saxon-Norman) cemetery excavated in Godalming in 2014 and subsequent …

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Antiques and Collecting

Local antique dealer Debbie Serpell offers some advice on collecting… Many of the good antique dealers began their trade as collectors first. Their love of their specialist field of antiques has invariably sprung from their passion for collecting. My own personal love of collecting antiques and subsequent career in dealing …

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Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers rise to the challenge to complete bridge build

The last brick was laid this week at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s latest restoration project, a bridge at Harsfold in West Sussex. Volunteers worked flat out to complete the bridge building project after floods, winter storms and then coronavirus lockdown put construction behind schedule. Small teams of six …

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Mole Valley Heritage Open Days Return

Heritage Open Days brings together more than 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers annually. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free. For the first time, because of current social distancing measures, the programme will focus on virtual tours and digital experiences, …

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Historic gardens reopen to compete for coveted award

Following clarification from government on 22 May that fee-paying outdoor heritage sites in England could now reopen to visitors, the attractions of Historic Houses – Britain’s largest collection of independent heritage – are throwing open their garden gates in increasing numbers, giving the public a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the sunshine in some …

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WWII Discovery at West Horsley Place

As the nation marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a significant discovery was made at West Horsley Place.  Whilst sorting through old papers, a member of the West Horsley Place team came across an envelope containing 18 thank you letters from children evacuated to the manor house in 1939, …

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Guildford Town Guides receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Guildford Town Guides, a group of volunteers from Guildford  have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Guildford Town Guides have taken thousands of residents and visitors on a journey back over 1000 years to learn …

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A Tour of The Spike Heritage Centre

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” I was invited to have a tour around The Spike Heritage Centre by John Redpath General Manager of …

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Seasonal socials at the Wild Carrot

Spring has sprung in Hampshire and as everyone looks ahead to an exciting new season, the team at https://www.fourseasons.com/hampshire/ is delighted to announce the return of its famous Wild Carrot Seasonal Socials. Presenting a dining event with a difference, the Wild Carrot team of food and drink experts takes guests on …

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Walled Garden Champagne Tea

  The Walled Garden, Cowdray On Sunday 11th June the Taylor clan set off for an afternoon tea at the Walled Garden, Cowdray. We arrived slightly earlier so that we could have a wander around the gardens. The gardens are in full bloom at the moment, with an array of …

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A Moonlit Dinner

Heralded as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden continues to exhibit contemporary sculptures in a truly magical environment. The story started thirty five years ago, when landscape designer Anthony and his wife Hannah bought some land in Surrey. Having grown up …

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They shall grow not old…

Andy Thompson commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI ‘The War That Will End War’ wrote the famous Surrey-based writer HG Wells in October 1914 as he reflected on the opening weeks of what was to become known as the Great War. The chiming bells at 11 o’clock …

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Lest We Forget

In the first of two articles to commemorate 100 years since its end, Andy Thompson reflects on WWI. When the guns of WWI finally fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 Britain began to count the cost. Of the 6 million …

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