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Combat at the Castle: new event to debut

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is set to commence its busy events calendar with a brand-new adventure for families and history enthusiasts alike, Combat at the Castle, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April. The weekend of 12th century escapades will follow the Castle’s reopening on Tuesday 2 April, offering …

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Rotary Balloon Debate gets back off the ground!

On Wednesday 13th March 2019, over 80 members, partners and friends from seven Rotary clubs across northeast Surrey attended a special event organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Betchworth Park Golf Club near Dorking. After enjoying an excellent three-course meal, everyone present was richly entertained with a special balloon debate, …

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The Stranger on The Bridge

The Stranger on The Bridge. “As I walked into the middle of the bridge, I was oblivious to the stream of commuters walking past me. And in turn, the commuters were seemingly oblivious to me- the man teetering on the edge. All except for one” Jonny Benjamin MBE On Thursday …

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inChoir’s 10th Anniversary

Back when it all began Our first ever session was in East Grinstead at The Jubilee Community Centre on Tuesday 24th February. The centre was packed, and I kept asking people as they arrived if they had come for choir. But no, they had come for pancakes, served by The …

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New Photography Experience to Empower Local Girls Launched

Surrey based entrepreneur, JoAnne Temple, has launched a new and exclusive photography experience which aims to celebrate and empower girls aged 4 – 18 years. The new venture, Frank & Bloom, is a service designed for parents in the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire area who want to embrace their daughter’s …

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TEA AT TUNSGATE’ TO CELEBRATE 1ST BIRTHDAY!

  What: Tunsgate Quarter 1st Birthday Tea Party When: Saturday 16th March, 11am – 3pm Where: Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford Price: Free In celebration of its first birthday, Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford will be hosting a complimentary tea party for shoppers, including live performances, family entertainment and in-store promotions. Taking place on …

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A SPARKLING LAUNCH WEEKEND FOR VINEYARDS OF THE SURREY HILLS.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL VINEYARDS OFFERING OUTSTANDING WINES, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND A WARM WELCOME. A new collaboration of five multi-award winning vineyards have announced a special launch weekend on 8th 9th June 2019, to celebrate the formation of a new English wine region – ‘Vineyards of the Surrey Hills’. This collection …

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Surrey Hills Enterprises Awards Evening

As a member of the Surrey Hills Enterprises I was delighted to have had the opportunity to attend the very first awards event at the Barnett Hill Hotel in Wonersh on Wednesday 27th February. It was not only a chance to see a newly developed and refurbished local hotel first …

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A day out at Albury Organic Vineyard with The Wood Fired Larder

Albury Estate Spring Event with pop up pizza from Wood Fired Larder managed to dodge the week-end rain on Saturday.  A great selection of pizzas were available and I sampled the Mediterranean vegetable pizza which was delicious…vegan and the all day breakfast pizzas were also poplar choices! The Wood Fired …

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Open House – A Revolutionary New Concept in Estate Agency

Maxine has recently introduced the Open House network to the areas of Petworth, Farnham, and Godalming  bringing you a dedicated, competitive, affordable, and personal service from beginning to end. With experience as a lettings assistant and property inspector Maxine has a passion for property,  personal experience of buying and renovating …

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Grow top performing, tasty tomatoes!

As you will know from last month, I just adore growing fruit and vegetables. Any form of edible gardening is a soul-enriching experience, which I would encourage you to try. Last year, I ran a tomato trial, to discover delicious, productive, and reliable tomato varieties. My tomato seeds were sown …

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Pets in Winter

Like or loathe winter, it’s a time of year that can cause difficulties for us all. Sadly our pets can encounter problems so we need to be more vigilant at this time. Below are a few guidelines. Outside When you are walking your dog ensure you avoid any areas that …

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Brexit Proof Dream Career Opportunity Offered to Dog Lovers

Dog Holiday Entrepreneur Trisha Tattersall Launches Barking Mad Search for A New Business Owner ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHANGE IN CAREER AND LOVE DOGS? Farnham (and surrounding area), leading dog care provider, Barking Mad is now offered for sale. Circa. £38k The successful applicant will be offered a dream …

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VantagePoint Does Yoga…

Lisa was kind enough to invite the VantagePoint team to come along to one of her corporate group classes, for those of you who know us, the term flexible might not automatically spring to mind. But we were determined to give it a go! In a world that is so fast paced …

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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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Watson Thomas – A modern law firm

It was with great excitement we announced the opening of our new Guildford Office at the beginning of January.   When we first established Watson Thomas in 2013, we could only hope that others would share in our vision of a modern family law firm, which strives to offer a clear …

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Senior Living

Phil Kemp visits two providers of care for seniors and meets those committed to their well-being. When I was invited to visit two residential care homes over the Christmas period, I must be honest and confess that I had mixed feelings, given that I have had family and friends in …

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

It’s worth saying that I am impressed by the range and number of local articles you include in VantagePoint. That aspect of the magazine appears to be growing, which is good. Makes it all the more worthwhile to receive … and read. Steve Garnsey, a reader

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Walking for Health

I can hear you mutter ‘’all walking is healthy, what is so special about this one?’’ Walking for Health is about organised and risk-assessed short community group walks. It is the name given by Dr William Bird (MBE), who started the first health walks in the early 90s. He felt …

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Review: ‘Art’ at The Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Art is French play by Yasmina Reza which premiered in Paris in 1994. The UK rights were acquired by Sean Connery who commissioned Christopher Hampton to do an English translation and it arrived in the West End in 1996 with Sir Tom Courtenay, Ken Stott and the late Albert Finney. …

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Maldivian memories made

It has become a way of life now. We spend hours a day scrolling through social media and looking at the most amazing destinations in the world. Looking longingly at these images and thinking, how amazing it would be to go and visit them and experience the beauty in person. …

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Busbridge to Dunsfold Road Cycle

1. With Busbridge Church on your left, set off along Hambledon Road up a gentle gradient until the road becomes blocked. Cross over Home Farm Road and continue along Hambledon Road. After about 100 metres, the gradient turns downhill and you enter a natural gulley with steep sides. After a …

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Weekend Walk: Prospects of Polesden

An undulating walk from Ranmore Common in the Surrey Hills, through part of the National Trust estate of Polesden Lacey. From the walk there are good views of the Mole Gap, London, and on a clear day, the South Downs. Please note that there is admission fee if you wish …

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

I’ve been meaning to message for ages! We’ve had the most amazing response thanks to your articles about us in Vantage Point. Lots and lots of new customers. Thank you so much for helping us spread the word in such a wonderfully put publication. Very best wishes, Annabel from Keep, 18 Downing Street, …

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A Valentine’s Treat

                              https://dshaircreations.co.uk/ Photograph of before and after my treatment at D’s Hair Creations.  There really is nothing better than leaving a hair salon with a new do. Every time I step out of a hairdresser, I …

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

We’ve had fantastic feedback on our recent blog in Vantage Point Magazine about our open day in Leatherhead. https://www.vantagepointmag.co.uk/what-did-you-do-today-that-made-a-difference/  I just wanted to thank you! Kind regards, Caroline – See Ability

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Record entry for Godalming Performing Arts Festival

The Godalming Music Festival began in 1947 as a competition for choirs. Piano classes were added in 1962, with stringed and wind instruments in 1966. 1968 saw further growth with the addition of speech and solo singing. An organ competition was instituted in 1977 and dance introduced in 1991. Whilst …

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Anna by Annum Salman – a Pakistani spoken word poet

Annum Salman, a Pakistani spoken word poet and author of her debut poetry book “Sense Me,” recently released a spoken word video titled “Anna.” The four minute video combines her poignant words with the contemporary dance of Vasnica Srishinkar, who is a dance student at the University of Surrey. The …

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

“Your ears might have been burning on Saturday when we showed ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society’ because we had so many new people who had seen our advert in VantagePoint and an audience of 72, so thank you very much indeed. ” Jane, Fernhurst Films  

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The Guildford Spice

        http://theguildfordspice.com The VantagePoint team ventured out for a press lunch to celebrate another month done and all five magazines complied and off to the printers. This time we were off to The Guildford Spice for a nice warming curry, on what can only be described as a …

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Security & Peace of Mind

Most people hope that their estate will pass on to their children and grandchildren eventually. But this will not happen for many, unless careful arrangements have been made to protect their assets from being taken towards the end of their life to pay for care home fees. The solution to …

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Sage and Season

In the dead of winter, myself and my boyfriend were invited to an event put on by Amanda, from Sage and Season. We pulled into a country lane and weaved down and down until we arrived at what looked like a school, gymnasium from the outside. Not too sure what …

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What did you do today that made a difference?

SeeAbility are looking for extraordinary people.  We already have some working for us and we need more!  Come and join us for coffee and cake and meet the team at our open day on 8 February at the Millenium Centre in Leatherhead… Here at SeeAbility we put the people we …

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Art and Crafts in Godalming

Godalming boasts a vibrant community of independent outlets, providing an exciting opportunity to explore all manner of arts and crafts, and also find all of the essentials you need to be creative at home. This beautiful corner of West Surrey has always attracted artists, and a new initiative started by …

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Starting New Year with Results NOT Resolutions…

Happy New Year! There’s a high chance, as you read this, that two things have happened over the last month or more. 1 – You’ve enjoyed Christmas (in reality it was most of December!) and are feeling the effects of too much alcohol, sugar and carbohydrate rich foods? 2 – …

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Black cabs are going green

The black cab is a world-famous London icon: convenient, functional, and a common sight on London’s roads. Unfortunately, though, their diesel engines are a major source of pollution. That’s why London’s Mayor announced that from 1st January 2018 all new taxis must be diesel-free and able to run entirely on …

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Cheap but tasty eats

So it is January and you have no money and need to limit your calorie intake after Christmas. Try these cheap but tasty ideas, all using our favourite vegetable, the humble potato! Recipes taken from http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk. North African Spiced Baked Eggs with Potato Ingredients: 2 large pre-boiled fluffy potatoes (such as …

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David Fuller Menswear Retirement Sale

David Fuller Menswear is based in Church Road, Great Bookham in Surrey, within easy reach of Guildford, Epsom, Dorking and Croydon. After 53 years’ time, retirement is drawing near and with no one to take on the shop, David Fuller is having a retirement sale. David Fuller has been primarily …

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Sustainability in Farnham

Tucked away in Downing Street in Farnham are two relatively new businesses each dedicated to providing the opportunity for all of us to make our own contribution to help not only improve the environment and reduce waste – but also to lead healthier lives. Okomoko is a welcoming little café …

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Pewley Down Vineyard

Back in November, VantagePoint’s Jesse Boon visited Mark Hargreaves at the home in Warren Road, Guildford where Pewley Down Vineyard is located.  The vineyard is not widely known, as it is much smaller and not nearly as heavily-promoted as many of the larger ones in Surrey. Having retired after working …

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Weekend Walk: Crondall

This is an easy walk to get the new year started, only 5 miles and completely flat. It is also very charming, with some lovely, far-reaching views of the local countryside. At its beginning and end, it has the lovely village of Crondall to explore, with its Anglo-Saxon roots and …

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Pilates with Malgosia Underwood

On 3rd January 2019, VantagePoint’s Jesse Boon went along to one of Malgosia Underwood’s Pilates classes in Dorking.  Jesse has attended numerous classes with different instructors over the years, and was impressed by the level of support Malgosia provided and knowledge demonstrated during the class.   In 2007 Malgosia Underwood …

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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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Abbot’s Hospital wins National Lottery support

Abbot’s Hospital wins National Lottery support Abbot’s hospital will be 400 years old in 2019. As we prepare for this big year we are excited to announce that we have received a National Lottery grant of £92,000 for our project, “400 years of Abbot’s Hospital: A year of celebration”, in Guildford, …

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VantagePoint is recruiting!

VantagePoint Magazine is expanding and recruiting. We are looking for a Sales Executive and a Graphic/Web Designer (plus social media). Both jobs are full time and based in Godalming. Adverts below. Please contact us for more information!

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New Neom Neighbours

https://www.neomorganics.com/wellbeing-blog/guildford/     New Neom Neighbours- Last Wednesday I was invited to the opening of the new Neom Organics shop in Guildford. This is not my first encounter with Neom Organics, as a lady who suffers with sleep deprivation, I have tried a number of things, from lavender oil on …

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Review- Traditional Christmas Dinner at The Britannia

https://www.britanniaguildford.co.uk/ The Britannia, Guildford.  There is nothing more comforting than walking into a cosy traditional pub in the winter. Stepping out from the cold into a warm, dimly lit pub, with the smell of mulled wine in the air and the sound of general chatter filling the air. On Friday …

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Where a balloon is not just a balloon.

 For more information Call Amy Brown on 07825 613 969 Local Balloon Professional Earns Recognition as Certified Balloon Artist   Amy Brown of AJ’s Balloon Decor in Thursley, Surrey recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA®) status. This required a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The certification was …

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Weekend Walk: Bepton, Chilgrove and the South Downs

Here is another Downland walk that you will remember for its beauty and originality. A Norman church, a secret orchid hillside and a Bronze-Age burial site are among the surprises, along with two excellent country pubs, both of which the Editor can recommend! The views from Linch Down are particularly …

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Farnham’s Secret Victoria Garden

There’s something quite magical about a secret garden, writes Beth Otway. Did you know that Farnham has its own secret garden hidden away in the town centre? If you venture towards the back of Sainsbury’s car park in South Street, you’ll have the chance to discover the Victoria Garden for …

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Warming dishes for chilly days

Aromatic beef with orange and apricots Ingredients: 450g/1lb lean braising or topside steak, cubed, 5ml/1tsp fennel seeds, 5ml/1tsp ground coriander, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped, 2 small onions, peeled and sliced, 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped, 50g/2oz dried apricots, chopped, 50ml/2floz orange juice, …

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VantagePoint Travel Club – Grenada!

Enjoy a visit to one of the lesser known islands in the Caribbean, says your local Personal Holiday Planning Concierge service, Tony Chant from Not Just Travel. In this issue we share some of what we learnt on our recent visit to this beautiful island. Grenada is the ‘spice island’ …

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Weekend Walk: Puttenham and The Sands

This walk takes you through woods and fields from Puttenham Common top car park to The Sands and, optionally, Charles Hill and back through the small hamlet of Gatwick. This walk has a few options within it which are described in the text and shown on the map below. The …

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Beat the itch this winter

Zoe Blake takes a look at a common problem in house pets It’s that time of year many pet owners fear, as the weather turns colder, the heating comes on, and the fleas appear. Did you know that the fleas on your pet represent only about 5% of the flea …

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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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Health is Wealth

Jo Butler from Physio 1to1 on the benefits of keeping active ‘Health is wealth’ is a saying we don’t use enough in daily life. Unfortunately ‘Time is money’ tends to get quoted far more often. We live in a wealth-focussed landscape but it is really our health that will ultimately …

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Handpicked for Dorking Christmas Market

It’s been a great year for Handpicked for Dorking, who are now proud to be part of Surrey Hills Enterprises, alongside VantagePoint. Handpicked is excited to announce their second Christmas market, bigger and better and building on the success of last years event. The Christmas Market with the best selection …

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Weekend Walk: Thursley to Grayswood

This interesting walk takes you through woods and fields, up and down hills and offers some splendid views. It was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk) Turn left along the road and walk about 300 yards to find a tunnel, on the right, under the A3. You will need …

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VantagePoint Travel Club: Istria, Croatia

Explore a lesser-known region of Croatia, says your local Personal Holiday Planning Concierge service, Tony Chant from Not Just Travel! In this issue, we whisk you away to a lesser-known but equally enticing region of Croatia, the peninsula of Istria in the far north of the country. It’s a perfect …

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VantagePoint awarded Trade Mark Surrey Hills

We are very pleased to be able to announce that VantagePoint has been awarded the Trade Mark Surrey Hills in recognition for the support we have and continue to give to the Surrey Hills AONB family. We have supported the Surrey Hills since 2009 when we first started publishing our …

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Tee for Two…. a review of Merrist Wood Golf Club

Merrist Wood Golf Course is deemed one of Surrey’s longest golf courses measuring just under 7,000 yards. When played from the back tees the golf course offers a stern challenge for the most accomplished of golfers. The forward tees also provide an excellent test for the less proficient player. Jesse …

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Review – Vulcan 7 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

When word got out in the VantagePoint office that I was planning a trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to see Vulcan 7, my colleagues Lauren and Claire immediately expressed their eagerness to join me, and so the evening became somewhat of a team outing. Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer …

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Restaurant Review: THE JAPANESE GRILL, BEAVERBROOK

I  try and avoid superlatives most of the time, but occasionally they are necessary. Our meal at the Japanese Grill at the Beaverbrook near Leatherhead warrants quite a few. Before I start with the plaudits, I must kick off by admitting that this is an expensive restaurant. We are possibly …

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Hampton Estate’s Fuggle Hops

Phil Kemp meets Bill Biddell for a tour of the estate’s hop garden and oast The Hampton Estate at Seale near Farnham has been growing hops for hundreds of years and are the last commercial growers in Surrey. They specialise in Fuggle hops for beer production which are revered and …

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Weekend Walk: Sheepleas, Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley

South of East Horsley there is a large hilly forested area criss-crossed by paths many of which are known only to locals. Hidden in the woods are many surprises, especially the stone bridges built in the 1800s by the Earl of Lovelace to transport his timber wagons. This walk visits …

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Classic Apple Tarte Tatin

  Apple Tarte Tatin Serves 2-3 Ingredients: 3 – 4 Pink Lady apples, 100g unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar, ¼ vanilla pod, a pinch of ground cinnamon, 2 sheets puff pastry, egg wash to brush. Method: 1. Place soft butter in smaller sauce pot and spread evenly on bottom. 2. …

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Weekend Walk: Chidham Circular

Late summer is a lovely time to visit the seaside, as long as you are away from the crowds. This is a 5 mile circular walk with some of the best panoramic views of the harbour at Chichester. There is always something to watch on the water, whether it is …

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Restaurant review – The Ivy Castle View

There will not be many foodies out there who will not have heard of The Ivy restaurant. It has been a staple on the capital’s dining scene, much-loved by actors, celebrities and those from the arts. First opened in 1917, it has occupied its landmark building in London’s West End …

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Hidden Surrey

The Community Foundation model is a global, philanthropic movement operating in over 1,800 communities worldwide. In the UK, there are 46 Community Foundations. At the heart of the concept is the simple theme of ‘local giving for local need’. Laura Thurlow, Chief Executive at the Community Foundation for Surrey, explains …

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Heritage Open Days in Dorking

Heritage Open Days, England’s largest cultural festival, takes place in September. The programme of events for Mole Valley has been published online and in booklet form with over 70 events organised throughout the district, all of them free to visitors. There is a special emphasis on telling the stories of …

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Heritage Open Days in Guildford

Join in and celebrate Guildford’s architecture and culture for free during Heritage Open Days on 13th-16th September. Over 90 events and activities will be available in the borough during the four-day event with properties opening their doors to visitors. The event provides a rare opportunity to explore some of Guildford’s …

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Heritage Open Days in Farnham

It’s Heritage Open Days time again! Farnham will once again be celebrating this increasingly popular occasion, inviting visitors to come and explore the town’s best buildings and beautiful green spaces, and the good news is that all visits are free! All the details with essential information about booking, are in …

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For the love of cheese

Phil Kemp meets artisan cheesemakers Pam and Francis Gimblett Operating from a well-equipped micro-dairy in the Surrey Hills near Haslemere, Pam and Francis Gimblett produce a fragrant soft washed-rind cheese they endearingly call Floyd, to their own unique recipe developed through sheer hard work and undoubtedly mixed with an intuitive …

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Planning the perfect Children’s Party!

Sindy Hammond from The Party Company offers some general advice Every child is different and has certain views on their perfect party. My 4 year old wanted a mermaid/unicorn/shimmer and shine party for all of her friends, so we compromised on the theme and thankfully not all her friends were …

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Road test – the Volvo XC40

Volvo, it seems, are on a roll. Once beloved only of a small yet discerning band of folk, these days they are a company who are regularly in the news. Whether declaring their latest outstanding safety record (nobody has lost their life in a car-to-car accident in an XC90 – …

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Weekend Walk: Lurgashall to Petworth

This interesting classic walk takes you through woods and fields and through Petworth Park and back. Lots of views. Enjoy a picnic in the park unless you are an NT member and can go to the café by the house. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). …

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A Proper Post Office at Haslewey!

At last some good news for Haslemere’s frustrated banking customers!!  Barclays, HSBC and now Nat West have deserted Haslemere but thanks to the Haslewey Post Office there is now a new way to do your personal banking.  Conveniently located in the heart of Weyhill with free parking, the new Post …

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Weekend Walk: Barns Green, West Sussex

This is a calming walk through quiet green meadows and woodland, with one or two surprises, especially the church at the tiny village of Itchingfield. This walk is taken with permission from www.fancyfreewalks.org. 1. Directly opposite the pub, take a narrow path signposted as a bridleway. In 200m or so, …

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Giggling Squid review

On Friday 1st June a couple of the VantagePoint team went for lunch at the Giggling Squid in Guildford.  It was a sunny afternoon, so we decided to sit at a table outside by the cobbles of Chapel Street, which was reminiscent of eating outside a restaurant on holiday in …

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Surrey Cricket in the Community

I must confess that although I’ve personally never taken a particularly active interest in cricket I was genuinely bowled over by what I was to experience during my visit to The Oval Cricket Ground. I’d seen images of The Oval of course on television, but to experience for the first …

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Join the Wine Club at Albury Vineyard

Are you a local wine lover? Then the Albury Wine Club is for you!  Albury Vineyard is located in the beautiful Surrey Hills just outside Guildford and produces award-winning English wines from its 12 acres of organic grapes. Membership of the wine club for 2018/2019 starts on 1st May and …

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Weekend Walk: Peaslake, Coldharbour and Westcott

This is a walk of extraordinary variety showing you many different aspects of the Surrey countryside between Dorking and Guildford. There are just a few nettles around the stiles but little mud and the route is fine for a dog. The stile count is moderate. It is a bit text …

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Surrey Hills Society is 10!

This little society is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018 and they have much to be proud of, says Diane Cooper. From tentative beginnings at their inaugural meeting in Denbies, they have developed into a robust, well-managed, volunteer-led group that gets involved in many local initiatives and is now well-recognised …

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Behind the scenes at The Surrey County Show

Phil Kemp meets the show organisers to find out what makes this agricultural event so popular On the 28th May, Guildford’s Stoke Park hosts the country’s biggest one-day agricultural show welcoming visitors from far and wide – visitors who not only want to enjoy the excitement of watching competitive events …

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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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Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers 2018

The 12th Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers takes place from 31st May to 2nd June, when the Cathedral will be transformed with over 80 stunning flower arrangements using over 50,000 blooms. Over 60 arrangers from the Petworth, Midhurst, Petersfield and Haslemere area (including the Midhurst Flower Club) are working together …

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Weekend Walk: Farnham Lines and Trails

This walk explores some hidden and unusual aspects of Farnham’s history and celebrates the launch of the town’s second free walking festival which runs from May 20th-June 3rd. Farnham has an interesting part in ensuring walkers’ rights of way, played a key part in the 1940 invasion defence preparations and …

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Motorhome Heaven

With sales increasing, Stefan Reynolds borrows a motorhome for a weekend to check it out Meet ‘Henry’. He is an Autotrail Imala 715 2-4 berth motorhome which I borrowed for a long weekend just before Easter, when I headed up to the Cotswolds for a couple of nights to check …

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National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million so far. They help garden owners open their beautiful gardens to the public, sharing their passion and raising impressive amounts of money through entry fees, teas and slices of …

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Silent Pool Garden by Neale Richards at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Ahead of Chelsea next week, we revisit this article we first published in March! VantagePoint’s gardening writer, Beth Otway interviews David Neale from Neale Richards Garden Design, a long-time advertiser in VantagePoint, about his garden for Silent Pool Distillery. Beth Otway: I’m so excited for you David!  When I last …

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Godalming’s Music in the Park has started!

Summer must be on the way as we can now announce the programme for Music in the Park 2018. You can look forward to over 18 concerts on Sunday afternoons, starting from 13th May. All the regular concerts take place from 3pm to 5pm at the bandstand in the Phillips …

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Fabulous British Asparagus

British Asparagus & Cheese Brunch Muffins Ingredients: 12 spears of British asparagus, 400g self raising flour, 200g Cheshire cheese, cut into small cubes, 125g butter, 1 small bunch chives, snipped into pieces, 150ml milk, 100ml plain yogurt, 1tsp English mustard, 2 eggs, salt & freshly ground black pepper. Makes 12 …

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Weekend Walk: Lod Valley: Lurgashall to Lord’s Wood

Lurgashall Mill © Copyright Keith Edkins Quintessential rolling English countryside, following a river course with lakes, wetlands and wildflower grassland to an ancient woodland. This walk leads you on a very pleasant circuit through typical Sussex countryside, with part of it following the River Lod running south from Mill Pond. This …

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Motoring Update

Don’t be a car badge snob! How many of us stay loyal to one particular brand of car, perhaps because it is built in Britain, or maybe it’s seen as being of higher quality than lesser makes? Yet, the increasing globalisation of the car industry means that brands associated with …

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The Sandals 2 for 1 sale is now on!

  The Sandals 2 for 1 sale is now on Fantastic Caribbean All-Inclusive offers for 2018 and 2019. For details and your own personal quote contact Tony Chant at Not Just Travel on 01428 748440, tony.chant@notjusttravel.com or www.facebook.com/NotJustTravelTonyChant  All holidays are ATOL and ABTA protected.

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Greyfriars Revisited

Phil Kemp visits the award-winning vineyard on the Hog’s Back The chalky south-facing slopes of the North Downs provides a perfect setting to reward a small group of pioneering vineyard owners for their forward-thinking adventure, this being to establish English wine as not only a popular choice for wine-lovers but …

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Beware the perils of gardening!

By Mike Stockbridge of Elstead Chiropractic and Therapies Clinic Hard to believe, but every year, chiropractors, osteopaths and masseurs are inundated with victims of gardening injuries!  “As the weather begins to warm up and we head out into our gardens again, garden–related injuries are not uncommon but, as a multi-disciplined …

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Weekend Walk: Capel figure of 8

This walk is in a figure of eight, both roughly 5 miles, so if you want a shorter walk, you could do one leg at a time. The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club and readers are welcome to join them on their walks (guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. Walk down …

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The wonder of watercress

Watercress Soup Ingredients: 1.5 onions; diced; 3 cloves garlic; peeled and crushed; 3 medium potatoes; peeled and sliced; 300g watercress; 1 vegetable stock cube; 125ml double cream; 75g unsalted butter; salt and pepper; 1 tbsp olive oil; 2 litres boiling water. Serves 5. Method: 1. Heat the olive oil in …

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Time to spring clean!

Spring has finally sprung, and for us at Expert Home Tips, this means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to Spring Clean. These two short words and the encompassing large tasks that lies ahead can be surprisingly intimidating, but they needn’t be. Spring Cleaning should be seen as …

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The Godalming Run

The countdown starts to the annual Godalming Run on Sunday 13th May and organisers are calling on you to enter a 1K Fun Run, tough 5k race or challenging 10k. By taking part you will help to raise funds for Sport Godalming’s Go for Gold Champions Fund, benefitting aspiring Olympians …

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Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Surrey Hills is one of England’s finest landscapes, covering a quarter of the county of Surrey. It is a spectacular landscape, rich in wildlife and heritage. In 2018, Surrey Hills celebrates the 60th anniversary of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Celebrations include a range of events …

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Weekend Walk: Puttenham

Puttenham lies on the dividing line between the chalk downs to the north and greensand to the south, and was referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086 and called Reddesolham. To the west of the village is Puttenham Common, the remains of what was once a large area of …

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Ion8 Ultimate Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle review

The satin finish to the outside is good to grip with gloved/wet hands and the wrist strap is useful to steady the bottle when filling. The catch and lock to open/close the lid can be operated one-handed and, once shut, the bottle doesn’t leak even when inverted (can happen when …

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Beth Otway’s Gardening Hints and Tips

I am so excited now that spring has arrived!  There a choice of so many lovely jobs that you could do over the month ahead to set you and your garden and allotment up for a successful year ahead. Prune Figs. The latex that figs readily emit when you prune …

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Weekend Walk: Chiddingfold to Haslemere

This walk has very little in the way of ups and downs and passes over downs and through pretty woods and fields. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. Cross the green and the A283 and enter the road signed to Grayswood. After a few yards …

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Happy New Houseplant by Beth Otway

Now that the Christmas decorations are long gone, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home. It’s …

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Weekend Walk: Peaslake to Shamley Green

This walk takes you through woods and fields with several ups and downs, to a lunch stop in Shamley Green. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Visitors to these walks are welcome. 1. Go out of the right-hand side at the back of the car park, …

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Road Test – Volvo XC60, the safest car in the world!

Volvo intend to make their cars among the safest on the road and have pledged that by 2020 nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. This quest has been so successful that safety experts Euro NCAP have just assessed the recently launched Volvo XC60 SUV as …

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Dogs – watch their weight!

Obesity rates are increasing for our pet dogs, says Zoe Blake So it’s that time of year when we all make those New Year’s resolutions. Lose some weight, eat better and try and have a healthier lifestyle… sound familiar? But what about our dogs. Is it time for them to …

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Craft Inspiration – make a reusable bag

Reusable bags these days are more and more becoming a trending alternative to single-use plastic bags. Giulia Mauri shows you how to decorate an ordinary blank canvas bag to make it into something special to be carried around the high street with pride. It’s an ideal project to be done …

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Local Walking Groups

If you would like to walk with a group, here are some suggestions: Walking for Health Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 400 active schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. For more information on all their walks, please visit …

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Guildford Rugby Club – Give Girls Rugby a Try!

In light of the continued successes of the Guildford Gazelles Women’s Rugby Team as well as the fast growing sport of girls rugby across the UK, Guildford has started a dedicated girls rugby development group at the club. The club is rightly very proud of The Gazelles who play in …

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10 Reasons to Love Walking

Could you find time for a brisk 30 min walk daily? The benefits can be truly inspirational, says Linda Routledge In general terms we all know that walking can be a great form of exercise, and the majority of us may well concede that we don’t walk nearly enough. Whilst …

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Weekend Walk: Black Down Temple of the Winds walk

1. Follow the track up from the car park on Tennyson’s Lane and make your way through a gate onto Black Down. Following the track up, you will pass the National Trust (NT) donation box and notice board. In autumn, the steep banks on either side of the track are …

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Weekend Walk: Cranleigh

Cranleigh is Surrey’s largest village and the locals are justly proud of it. This panhandle walk begins from near where the railway station once stood, but that sadly was lost to the village during the infamous Beeching cuts of 1965. Since then the track has been transformed; nowadays it leads …

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Winter Safety

Andy Goundry with tips for safe winter motoring The winter may be upon us, but most of us will need to use our cars, even though the seasonal weather could bring hazardous driving conditions. So what can you do to make driving safer? First, let’s start with correcting a widely-held …

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Gardening Gifts for Christmas by Beth Otway

I treasure the joy I experience when I find the perfect gift for a special person. I will share this joy with you by mentioning the best products that I have tried and tested this year, to help you find superb presents for your loved ones this Christmas. There are …

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Celebrate Christmas with culinary delights from local producers

Phil Kemp has his Christmas palate tantalised and teased by Kevin Depree of The Godalming Food Company Every year in the run-up to Christmas, we invariably suffer from a promotional tidal wave of publicity from the large manufacturers and national retailers who want us to fill our homes with their …

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Weekend Walk: Climping Beach

This is a lovely walk along a great and unspoilt beach, just perfect for some post-Christmas exercise with the family and dogs. Just one factor that might influence your choice of date: it may be best not to go during a high tide. This is because the shingle on the …

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Shall we get a cat?

Zoe Blake looks at some of the things to consider before getting a cat In recent years the cat has overtaken the dog in being the most popular pet in the UK. There are an estimated 11 million cats living in households, so why the sudden surge in cat ownership? …

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Dreaming of that powder day?

Now is the time to prepare for your winter sports holiday, says Naomi Dinneen from Physio 1to1 in Godalming A week in the Alps, or your favorite alpine destination, is great fun… but also hard work. Unless you are an endurance athlete, this is the only time you will exercise …

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Weekend Walk: A couple of National Trust walking trails

Woolbeding Landscapes This is a gentle walk taking in wildlife, riverside views, and wide open landscapes. Gentle, easygoing underfoot, some stiles and slopes. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Please note that there may be livestock in some areas. Face the signboard, take the path to your right; cross a …

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Artist in Stone

Phil Kemp is inspired by stone carver Simon Keeley’s introduction into how even beginners can transform a rough block of stone into a work of art. The art of stone carving can be traced back over thousands of years and has laid an inspiring and fascinating trail throughout human history. …

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Weekend Walk: Beare Green to Charlwood

This 10-mile walk takes you through woods and fields to a lunch stop in Charlwood. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. Continue along the Newdigate Road for about ¼ mile, passing Palmers Farm, to find a footpath, left, by the start of the track to …

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Speciality and Themed Cruising

Andy Church, from GoCruise, looks at some of the themed cruises that are now available In a previous article we discussed cruising for the first time, and why cruising can be for everyone. In this article, we will look a little closer at cruises which are designed to attract those …

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Weekend Walk: Holmbury and Pitch Hills

Two hills for the price of one! This walk shows off some of the best views in Surrey from two of its best hilltops overlooking the Weald of Sussex. It seems longer than it really is because of the enjoyable ups and downs. It is a fine walk, well worth …

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Attention Gardeners and Garden Designers

Ian Coult tells us about Godalming In Bloom Each summer, the committee of Godalming in Bloom runs a friendly, light-hearted competition for those in Binscombe, Busbridge, Farncombe and Godalming who love gardening and are willing to show their pride and joy. Whether it is a small patio overflowing with plant …

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New Premises, Great Offer This October at Neals Store & Workshop

Celebrating nearly seven years of success and moving to new larger premises, Neals Store & Workshop are offering 20% off all furniture and repair and restoration services in October. There is a wide range of upcyled, antique and painted furniture to choose from, with some stunning unique pieces. The repair …

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No Seven Year Itch for Neal!

Neals Store & Workshop, is one of the area’s hidden gems, in fact it is a best kept secret that many would happily keep to themselves, a throwback to an age when affordable quality and customer service really mattered. The business is one of the community’s success stories, a small …

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The Meath is 125 years old!

The Meath Epilepsy Charity, Godalming, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. That’s quite a remarkable feat in itself; at a time when some of our biggest high street names launched around the same era have bitten the dust, the Meath continues to grow from strength to strength! The charity …

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Haslemere Art Society 123 Annual Exhibition

Haslemere Art Society will be holding its 123 Annual Exhibition of members’ recent work next month. The Society was originally founded in 1894 to promote art and the interest in arts in Haslemere. These founding members included Margery Allingham, Axel Haig and Walter Tyndale. The current exhibition will cover two …

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Festival of Fine Food & Drink

Love local food? Then you will love this! G Live, Guildford’s busiest arts and entertainment venue, is holding its first ever Festival of Fine Food & Drink on Sunday 10th September. It has joined forces with Local Food Britain, the food network of London and the South East, to showcase …

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YOUR HEALTH IN YOUR OWN HANDS

‘Genomics’ has arrived and if it hasn’t yet fully registered on your consciousness, it will do soon. The NHS recognises the huge benefit of understanding and forecasting medical issues before they become critical and will no doubt commit ever-increasing financial resources to this area in future years. HealthAssessUK (HAUK), launched …

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Handmade Musical Instruments

Phil Kemp meets local craftsman and musician Mervyn Mewis We have many opportunities to enjoy live music at local venues. From blues, rock and pop through to jazz, folk and choral – and everything in between. And for the more adventurous have-a-go music fans there is also a vibrant community …

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MADHURST 2017

From 20th to 29th August this year, the Midhurst Arts and Drama Festival (MADhurst) will celebrate its seventh successful year of bringing the local community together in a creative extravaganza. Although the focus is on celebrating local creativity, almost all Midhurst and local community groups are involved in one way …

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Summer Motoring

Andy Goundry’s hints and tips for safer driving this summer With the winter months firmly out of the way, most of us will be looking forward to leisure drives, either around the country or perhaps even further afield. Often, the car used for these trips will have been only used …

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Weekend Walk: Family walks with the National Trust

Box Hill Stepping Stones 1. From the visitor centre at the top of Box Hill, follow the surfaced path away from the visitor centre. Ignore the track going off to your right and continue along the surfaced path running parallel to the road and you’ll see the view opening out …

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Bake with Jack

We have a couple of recipes from Jack Sturgess, who runs Bake with Jack. He hosts private courses and also runs classes in Surrey. You can book him to entertain friends with an evening’s bread making demonstration in your own home, or celebrate together with a bread making party with …

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VantagePoint is recruiting…

For the 8 years since starting publishing in 2009, our magazine VantagePoint continues to hold to its original values of being ‘the local magazine produced by local people for the local community’. Now delivered by the Royal Mail to over 117,500 homes in Surrey and West Sussex, we have an …

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Extraordinary changes are underway at RHS Garden Wisley

For more than 200 years, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been the force behind the nation’s love of gardening, backed up by its core vision to ‘enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place’. A shining example of this is the charity’s …

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Motoring News

The motor show season is now in full swing, having kicked off with the Geneva show in early March, and Battersea Park hosting our own London Motor Show from 4th to 7th May. It’s clear from all the shows that after years of little real change, car technology is now …

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Weekend Walk: Waggoners Wells and Ludshott Common

Lakes strung like a necklace; a glistening heath strewn with crimson toadstools in autumn; majestic limes and maples; three historic villages. There is no other walk quite like this quiet and peaceful wander. Waggoners Wells is a famous beauty spot, popular with weekend families but large enough to absorb them …

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Thinking of buying a new SUV?

SUV sales are booming. It’s easy to see why, given their lofty height offering a commanding view over the top of lesser motors, together with perceptions of improved safety and grip, say Andy Goundry. Prestige brand manufacturers seem to have capitalised on this booming market by pushing prices ever higher. …

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My favourite cut flowers… with Beth Otway

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite cut flowers; these beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers don’t require any cosseting. You can sow these flowers from seed this month directly where they are to flower, so there’s no messing about with potting seedlings on, and no need for a greenhouse …

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First-Time Cruising

Plenty of people know lots of friends and family who have cruised or are considering a cruise and think it might suit them too. But they then do some homework and are bewildered by the choice available. In this article, Andy Church and Olivia Chapman will help you decide if …

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Sally Howard Hypnotherapy

Does your willpower need more power? Are you ready to make that important change for you? Your powerful subconscious mind could hold the answer to your problems. How Hypnotherapy Works Using hypnotherapy it is possible to make changes to your subconscious mind which will enable you to make changes in your …

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Choosing the right school for your child

Kay Goldsworthy looks at some of the considerations when it comes to making your choices Having worked in both the state and independent sector, I know that finding the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make as a parent. There are …

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Gastro – reviewing Jackson & Rye in Guildford

A new opening from a small restaurant chain owned by Côte is always going to be worth a visit. While hardly ground-breaking, I think Côte offers a good value dining experience with service that tends to be a notch above others. So when Marcus and I were asked to review …

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VantagePoint Property News

We talk to a few local estate agents about the year ahead and its effect on the property market How do you see the future of the traditional independent estate agent, when we notice the increase of online estate agents offering to sell a house at the fraction of the …

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Why are relationships so difficult?

It is our experience at The Eaves that the number of individuals and couples seeking help with their relationships increases markedly following the Christmas break. Relationships can be difficult at the best of times but spend a moment to think of the different types of relationships that you are currently …

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An ideal holiday

What do you want from a holiday and how do you get it? Andy Church offers a solution… It’s that time of year when many of us start to plan our holidays for next summer and beyond. In my day it was always in the depths of winter that you …

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Life can be busy and stressful. It is not always easy to make time to stop, relax, and appreciate the beauty of nature. If you’re looking for some time out, a lovely and relaxing activity that you can take part in this month is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – …

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Weekend Walk: Frensham Great Pond to Thursley

This is an interesting walk through woods and heathland with some ups and downs.  A good workout for your January health kick! The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. Walk clockwise around the pond keeping about 100 yards in from the edge. You will reach a …

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Kick Start your Health Campaign!

After the festivities are over and the Christmas decorations are packed away our minds always turn to New Year’s Resolutions and intentions of creating healthier habits for the coming year. We want to lose weight, stop creaking at the joints, sleep well, get rid of our digestive bloating, and generally …

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Super Sparklers

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Hangover Cures

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Grape Expectations

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Chocolate delights

So who does not love chocolate? It is one of those magical things – in small doses of course. My step-father used to swear by Cadbury’s, something my French mother never really understood. So convinced was she that French or Belgian chocolate was vastly superior, a few years ago she …

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Too hot to handle

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Weekend Walk: Petworth Park Through Turner’s Eyes

1. To start the trail turn right as you enter the Pleasure Ground and follow the path through the gate to the park, past the kennels (on your right) and towards Lower Pond. 2. After an early morning sketch Turner would go fishing at Lower Pond. While the 3rd Earl …

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The Return of Rosé

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Weekend Walk: Leith Hill Woodland Walk

1. From either of the Windy Gap car parks, head south using the track adjacent to the cottage, following the orange waymarkers. 2. This track leads you down through the woodland where, in the autumn, you can hear roving flocks of woodland birds including nuthatches, coal tits and treecreepers. The …

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