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Why You Should Do a Social Media Detox This Summer

The past year has redefined the meaning of ‘busy doing nothing’. Between lockdowns, cancelled holidays, and exercise limitations, people have flocked to social media to divert their attention away from the adversity that 2020 brought. As the good weather comes into fruition, and the UK slowly eases out of coronavirus …

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Summer 2021 at Brooklands Museum

Summer at Brooklands is bound to be a scorcher with the return of its famous events, live and interactive demonstrations, and a brand-new attraction for 2021 • On 26th July, Brooklands Museum opened its new ‘Driven by Design’ exhibition exploring the fascinating world of supercar design in collaboration with McLaren …

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The Garden Show at Loseley is THIS weekend!

The tenth Garden Show is blooming again at Loseley Park until Sunday, open 10aqm to 5pm. The perfect event to find all you need to enhance your home, help your garden grow and give all the family a great day out. We are sure you are as keen to get …

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Celebrating Surrey’s heathlands in the pink

  Join Surrey Wildlife Trust and Thames Basin Heaths Partnership (TBHP) in celebrating our wonderful heathlands from 24th-30th July.  Surrey’s heathlands are some of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world, and this rarity becomes a blaze of pink and purple over the summer months as the …

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New cinema to come to Liphook in 2022!

Two years after work first began on the eagerly awaited transformation of Liphook’s former Anchor Garage into The Living Room Cinema, building work has resumed for an anticipated early 2022 launch. A lot has changed in the last 2 years and with the company having now purchased the property outright, …

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Maldon Salt recipes

Maldon Salt has had a little rebrand, and they have sent us four new recipes to go alongside this news, and we are happy to share them with our readers below. Bon appetit!

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An Artistic Aviary at Watts Contemporary Gallery – opens 9th July

Opening at Watts Contemporary Gallery on 9th July, An Artistic Aviary presents work by 17 contemporary artists in a wide range of media to celebrate the art of birds. Bringing together paintings, ceramics, prints and sculpture, the exhibition explores humankind’s relationship with birds and highlights their continuing inspiration for artists. …

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Gardening for Good Health

Gardens and greenspaces have been hugely important to many people during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people finding their refuge through gardening. Here we explore some of the health and mental wellbeing benefits of gardening. Stress relief Gardening is a fantastic stress reliever and can cultivate feelings …

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Latest article from Citizens Advice Waverley

“But just what is the Breathing Space scheme?” Council tax, rent and other forms of debt arrears will be awarded relief as part of the Government’s new “breathing space” scheme. If you’re eligible, you could get 60 days of breathing space where your creditors can’t: contact you take action to make you …

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Gunner Cocktails

Gunner Cocktails.  I do not drink alcohol. I gave up drinking over 2 years ago. When I was first embarking on my sobriety journey, I was always on the hunt for exciting new non-alcoholic drinks that I could sample. A couple of years ago I found that there really wasn’t …

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Weekend Walk: Windsor Great Park (5.1 and 3.5 miles)

Walking in Windsor Great Park is always great joy, as there are so many lovely views and vistas. Here we feature a couple of walks which take place from The Savill Garden car park (charges apply). Entry to Windor Great Park is free but you will need to pay to …

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Don’t forget the umami veggies this BBQ season

BBQ season is upon us and as swathes of sausages and burgers make their way to the grill, the humble vegetable is often forgotten.  Whether it’s for the veggie/vegan of the group or simply just a delicious side dish, overlooking the greens is a mistake. Yondu (www.yondu.co.uk) is making the …

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Glorious Giggling Squid

For our last press day, the VantagePoint team descending into a very sunny Guildford. The weather was glorious, the high street was bustling, it really did feel like the world was returning to a sense of normality. After the year we have just had, the exhilaration of being sat in …

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Turn your garden into a pollinator paradise

Our gardens are an increasingly important habitat for wildlife. They are a significant source of food, water and shelter. There are so many amazing creatures just outside our back doors, and every garden, no matter what size, can be a haven for wildlife. You can attract more birds, butterflies, bees …

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WWF fundraising evening, with canapés from The Salt Box.

Celebrating our ten sculpture students from Camberwell College of Art, this evening event is a rare opportunity to explore the Sculpture Garden later in the day – when warm light and long shadows cast a magical glow across the grounds. Come meet the students and see their work on display …

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5 Parma Ham recipes for any summer dining occasion…

Melon & Parma Ham Panzanella Serves 4 Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 600g cherry tomatoes, a variety of colours, halved 250g sourdough, cut into 2-3cm chunks 100ml extra virgin olive oil 1 Cantaloupe melon, cut into 12 wedges, deseeded and rind removed 8 slices Prosciutto di Parma bunch of basil, roughly torn For the …

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Crondall Open Gardens Supports Phyllis Tuckwell

Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful, relaxing and interesting local gardens at this year’s Crondall Open Gardens. This popular outdoor event will take place from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 27th June, and will raise funds for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Share the enthusiasm of Crondall’s wonderful …

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The Children’s Trust Supercar Event back on track this July!

Back by popular demand, The Children’s Trust Supercar Event will take place this year as a one-day spectacular, 24th July 2021. Held at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit, The Children’s Trust Supercar Event has been hailed as the charity’s biggest annual event, raising up to £100,000 to help children with …

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No fault divorce – an end date

In June 2019 the Secretary of State introduced a ground-breaking new Bill into the House of Commons. The “Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill”.   A full year later in June 2020 the No Fault Divorce Bill gained Royal Assent.  Initially it was anticipated that this would come into effect in Autumn …

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Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition

The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 10th to 22nd July Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm The popular Guildford Arts Annual Summer Art Exhibition returns to the historic riverside Mill Studio, next to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in the heart of the town.  After a limited on-line presence last year, this thoughtfully …

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Walking The Parables of Jesus at Wintershall

Walking The Parables of Jesus at Wintershall Monday 28th June – Saturday 3rd July  This summer, immerse yourself in The Parables of Jesus at Wintershall. Watch the Wintershall Players bring to life the stories that Jesus told in short, captivating scenes and take time to reflect on their meaning in …

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Guildford Fringe- Dave Chawner’s Underdog

I think dogs are better than humans. There, I said it. In fact, I think we can learn a lot from them, especially after the last 12 months we’ve all had. For full disclosure, I was never ‘a dog person’. I never had a dog growing up and when I …

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Weekend Walk: Two family walks (2 miles and 2.5 miles)

Abinger Roughs This gentle stroll is a walk to be savoured, enjoying the delights as the woods come to life in spring. Abinger Roughs is known for its rhododendron ramble and the bluebells, and is also a wonderful place to listen out for songbirds in the spring and early summer. …

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The GUTS Motor Tour 2021 – bookings open!

The 18th GUTS Motor Tour will be taking place on Sunday 12th September We will be finishing this year at Bignor Roman Villa, which is splendidly situated beneath the South Downs close to Pulborough, West Sussex. This is the site of the stunning remains of a Roman home with world-class …

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St Martha-on-the-Hill floodlight appeal

Light up our lives St Martha’s church lit up like a beacon against the night sky is one of the most beautiful sights of Guildford every Christmas. It is a very popular and emotional part of the festive season for many people and we wish to continue the tradition. But …

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Let Painshill transport you to a different world this summer

This summer, Painshill in Surrey invites you to sit in a beautiful English walled garden and be transported to the wilds of Africa, a fairy-filled forest glade, and the decks of a British warship. The historic 18th century landscape garden is hosting a magical summer of outdoor theatre, cinema and …

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A Poem from Eastwick Road Church

A Poem from Eastwick Road Church I have just eighty words- and as always loquacious Th’ available count doesn’t seem awf’ly spacious, However, I want to deliver a greeting: Hello and God bless you, I hope we’ll be meeting. At Eastwick Road Church I am newly in situ Arranging new …

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At Home With Henry Blofeld

Legendary cricket commentator and broadcaster, Henry Blofeld OBE, known amongst his many fans as Blowers and famed for his plummy tones and preoccupation with buses and pigeons on Test Match Special (TMS) invites you into his home to share some treasured moments from his life and career. Blowers was due …

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Weekend Walk: Puttenham to Compton (4 miles)

This walk takes you on an adventurous excursion from Puttenham, a delightful village with a church, cottages and a good pub. The other big attraction is the Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village in Compton where you can also visit the Studio via a woodland walk and enjoy good food in …

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Local community save rare chalk grassland habitat for wildlife

An extraordinary community bid, assembled in just three weeks and spearheaded by local residents has secured the future of 37.5 acres of rare chalk grassland on the North Downs in Guildford, Surrey. Home to nesting skylarks, chalk hill blue butterflies, bumblebees, wild thyme and orchids, the fields support a rich …

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New school play put epilepsy centre stage

• South Western Railway and the Guildford Shakespeare Company have teamed up to raise awareness of epilepsy with a new school play, ‘The Purple Princess’ • The production aims to educate children on what to do if they see someone having a seizure. • The play was inspired by Director …

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Surrey Artists Open Studios events

Frensham and Dockenfield trail Six artists and makers will be exhibiting their work in Dockenfield during Surrey Artists Open Studios, in sheltered garden settings, as part of the Frensham and Dockenfield trail. At the Oaks in the Street, Dockenfield, is Lynne Thomas, wildlife artist, with her paintings, prints and cards. …

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The Cellar Café and the amazing Marathon Man

Did you know we had moved into a new location? We are now at the old staff café at Waverley and following a complete refurbishment by our fantastic volunteers, our super new home is now ready to be enjoyed. Did you know that ‘legend’ Matt Buckle has just completed ten marathons …

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Farnham u3a day – Wednesday 2nd June

On Wednesday 2nd June as part of Volunteers Week Farnham, u3a will be out and about in Lion and Lamb Yard and other locations in Farnham town centre, with the focal point being Gostrey Meadow at 3 pm – come and talk to us, come and join us! Since Covid, …

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Canal boat trips resume on the Wey & Arun Canal

Canal boat cruises are back on the Wey & Arun Canal, with trips set to run throughout the summer. Volunteers with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust have resumed their scheduled trips on the scenic canal in West Sussex (starting on May 19th), with three cruises every Wednesday and Sunday, …

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Skillway is venturing into the outdoors

Skillway is a registered charity based in Godalming teaching practical craft skills to disadvantaged and disengaged young people who are experiencing academic difficulties in school, or are home-tutored. The students are referred by schools, colleges and home tutored groups from across the Waverley, Guildford and Woking areas. When working with …

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Mane Chance Sanctuary and Mental Health Awareness Week

I had the pleasure of visiting the Mane Chance Sanctuary last Monday 10th May, when the founder Jenny Seagrove and some of her colleagues have me a tour and told me more about how Mane Chance not only rescues horses in distress but can also help the mental health of …

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Dundee House Midhurst

Dundee House, Midhurst Located on Bepton Road, Midhurst, Dundee House is a located at the heart of one of West Sussex’s most beautiful and iconic towns. Perfect for like-minded people who wish to downsize but remain an active part of society, seeking new adventures in this vibrant town centre. Local …

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Property Nest

Lynne Dyer, founder of the Guildford & Godalming Estate Agency that bears her name, reviews the last three months of the local property market I’m sure I’m not the first to say that the speed with which properties are selling is truly unprecedented. In my 25 plus years in the …

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Olive & Bloom Grazing

Good morning, We would like to introduce ourselves; we are Olive & Bloom Grazing, a luxury grazing company based in Haslemere. Having set up during Lockdown 1.0, our business continues to go from strength to strength and we hope to continue to build on this, as we now return to …

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Encouraging wildlife in the garden

If you are looking for a cost-effective and low maintenance option to support and encourage all types of wildlife such as frogs, newts, dragonflies and bathing garden birds, it is possible to create a pond using a buried bucket or trough, with stone steps or a wooden ramp for in …

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The rise of DIY home remodelling projects

When the severity of COVID-19 became evident and it was clear that we were in this for the long-haul, we all expected a variety of possible outcomes. For most of us, a DIY boom wasn’t one of them. But, lo-and-behold, that’s exactly what happened. The coronavirus pandemic has led to …

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Vann – a Surrey gem

Vann is a family home between Chiddingfold and Godalming, owned by the Caröe family, whose gardens are open during the year. The late Mary Caröe told us its history back in April 2017. Vann was leased by my late husband’s grandfather WD Caröe, the Arts & Crafts architect from the …

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Sun Blind Installations

SBI Ltd is a well-established company that was founded in 1998. We cover all aspects of Awning Veranda Carport Shutter Garage Door, supplies, installation servicing, and repair work. We are a family-run business and have teams of professional advisors and installers all over the country. The company supply and install a …

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Ignite Dating

Local matchmaking agency gains global recognition following year of substantial growth   Surrey, UK, 26 April 2021 – Elite matchmaking and introductions agency Ignite Dating has today announced that it has received accreditation from the Matchmaking Institute, cementing its position as a leading provider of matchmaking services in the UK. …

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Gupshup with Chai on the Patio

                                                      You need Gupshup with Chai on the Patio We have all missed Gupshup! Derived from the hindi wod Gup meaning  chat or gossip …

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Curated by Dapper & Suave

Dapper & Suave Curated by Dapper & Suave are back this year with more markets created to showcase local businesses. The first free event will be their largest, with 42 exhibitors selling artwork, beauty, candles, fashion, food, gifts for the home and jewellery. Sunday 13th June 11am – 4pm Grand …

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Volunteers Needed At Phyllis Tuckwell’s Shops

Local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell is in need of more retail volunteers, so if you’re looking for a fulfilling way to spend a few hours, meeting people, learning new skills and giving something back to the community, then this could be just the thing for you! Phyllis Tuckwell has …

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Godalming Museum celebrates its 100th birthday!

Godalming Museum looks forward to welcoming visitors back in mid-May to celebrate its 100th birthday. The Museum is set to re-open on Tuesday 18th May, initially for drop-in visits on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and on Tuesdays for pre-booked visits only. Visitors will enter via a new foyer, …

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Our Love Affair for Lawns

We’ve always had a love affair for lawns, in fact some would say that the British are obsessed with their lawn. Large or small, neat or natural, most people want some green space in their back garden. But how best to use your lawn? And how can you keep it …

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Hampton Hop Trainers urgently required

Hampton hops are growing well and they have started hop training but our friends at Hampton need more trainers to join the team. Farming has key worker status and work in the gardens ensures social distancing at all times. Hop training starts at 9am each day and finishes at 5pm …

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Phyllis Tuckwell’s Walk for the Wards is back!

Local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell is delighted to announce the launch of its 2021 Walk for the Wards, which will take place on Sunday 18th July. Walk for the Wards is an annual sponsored event which raises money to help fund the supportive and end of life care which …

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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre announces summer season

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre today announces that it will reopen on June with Siobhan Basset’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (3to 12 June). The theatre is delighted to present this new comedy by Sara Crowe, directed by Joanna Read and designed by Neil Irish. ‘Lovingly crafted during lockdown in her spare bedroom in …

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Two award winning Surrey commercial agents merge to become Owen Isherwood

Owen Isherwood has announced their new name after Guildford based Owen Shipp Commercial merges with Wadham and Isherwood to become one of the largest independent commercial agencies covering Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.  Surrey commercial property agents Owen Shipp and Wadham & Isherwood have merged to become Owen Isherwood bringing …

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Crimestoppers Virtual Ball to help make local communities safer

Crimestoppers – the independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and report crime 100% anonymously – will host a Virtual Ball for Surrey and Sussex Volunteers Committee, to raise much needed funds for delivery of local crime reduction campaigns and to raise awareness of Crimestoppers. This fun-filled …

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Top tips to remain productive while working from home

Richard Crawford Small (www.richardcrawfordsmall.com) is a Surrey-based Amazon #1 Bestselling Author and award-winning business consultant featured in Guardian through to TalkRADIO who helps ethical businesses to develop and uses proven techniques to help them maximise the efficiency of their existing business and then grow using sound ethical principles. Richard has …

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Watch your step and help rare breeding birds

  Over half of England’s most threatened breeding birds nest on or near the ground. The pandemic is making the public more aware of nature in their local area. Four out of every 10 people asked, said they’ve spotted wildlife they have never noticed before near their homes over the …

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Be part of history with Guildford Museum

Do you have any items which could help us to document life in Guildford during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic?   Our Museum and Heritage Services team want items including diaries, photographs, poems, artwork and anything specially produced for Covid-19 to record your experiences of a year which has affected everybody through lockdown, from social distancing to …

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The Little Me

“The Little Me”  For some of us lockdown has been a time for getting fit, learning a new language, baking exotic dishes that we have always wanted to try and for others it has just been having some down time from the usual fast paced rat race that is life. …

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Guildford Walking for Health

Guildford Walking for Health If the last year has taught us anything, getting out of the house for a stroll can do wonders for one’s mental health and general mood. Guildford Walking for Health have been such an important source of support for many over the years helping them make …

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Visiting the National Trust this Easter

The Easter weekend is less than two weeks away, and many of you will be planning to visit your favourite local places. Some of them are likely to be very busy over the holidays, so here is some information on how to book your visit in advance so that everyone …

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Visiting the Surrey Hills as lockdown eases

As lockdown measures ease during March and April we are expecting the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be a popular destination for both locals and visitors. The past year has drawn more people than ever towards our green spaces in an effort to find fresh air for …

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Brooklands Museum is the star of its own television series

A brand new UKTV Original Series dedicated to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, is due to hit screens on Tuesday 30th March on Yesterday channel.  Narrated by Sanjeev Bhaskar, Secrets of the Transport Museum is a 10-part series set at the world-renowned Brooklands Museum.  It is the first time in the Museum’s 30-year …

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The Countess of Wessex visits Godalming again!

Godalming Town Council and Volunteers of the Godalming & Villages Community Store, located in the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, were once again delighted to welcome Sophie, The Countess of Wessex GCVO on her fourth volunteer visit to the store on Tuesday 16th March (“Trolley Tuesday”). “Trolley Tuesday”, organised by Godalming Town …

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Calling all young environmentalists who want to stand up for nature!

Surrey Wildlife Trust is welcoming young people inspired by Greta Thunberg and the Youth Strike for Climate Action to a free webinar on 24th March at 6pm-8.30pm. The Youth Action for Nature webinar will highlight the intrinsic links between climate change and natural ecosystems, giving secondary school and university students …

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Supporting people through struggles to conceive, loss and beyond

Kirsty Walden, a local Godalming resident, to celebrate International Women’s Day earlier this week, wanted to share her personal story to help others to talk about subjects which are often treated as taboo, but seriously impact their lives. This is Kirsty’s story, and like her, we hope that it will …

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Nature on the Doorstep

One morning this week I drew open the bedroom curtains, looked up at the skies to ascertain the weather, and found myself eye to eye with a buzzard. The bird was circling low over the shrubs and bushes, his focus perhaps on capturing a late breakfast in the undergrowth. I …

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To move or not to move?

During the pandemic many of us have been affected financially, particularly when it comes to keeping a roof over our head. The consequences of not maintaining a mortgage or rental payments could mean that we have nowhere to live. One person who found herself facing this situation was Nicky*. She …

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Put paid to scientist stereotypes with 10 women trailblazers

Asked to depict a scientist, too many children draw a white man with ‘mad professor’ hair. Former primary school teacher Abby Harper of education resource experts PlanBee says, why not show them that science and technology has always been the domain of brilliant, creative women. 10 women trailblazers in science …

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Capable of More – a short film from The Meath

Locally, The Meath is well known for supporting adults who live with complex epilepsy and disabilities to live a fulfilled life, as independently as possible. Locals who have visited their quirky café and upcycling workshop, Changing Perceptions on Godalming High Street, or volunteered with The Meath will have experienced a …

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Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex continues to deliver

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) is committed to remaining fully operational 24/7 and is standing shoulder to shoulder alongside NHS colleagues in the fight against COVID-19. Thanks to the rapid response from the team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust …

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Grow your own from seed

The popularity of ‘Grow Your Own’ continues to rise, with 38% of British adults saying that they use their garden or outdoor space such as a balcony or window box to grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables (according to a YouGov survey for the HTA in 2020). Growing your …

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NO SATS!

What a relief!  The pressure is off Year 6s with the cancellation of SATs. After a year of disruption and with schools still closed, it seems only fair. We are still waiting for details about returning to school and any element of teacher assessment that may be adopted but at …

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Move more when staying at home

Getting motivated to exercise outdoors during the cold, dark winter months can be challenging. Keeping physically active this winter, while the gyms and sports facilities are closed due to COVID-19, presents us with a unique challenge. Regular physical activity is strongly associated with a reduced risk of chronic conditions, such …

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Gap Year for Grown Ups

One side effect of Covid is that many over 50s have found themselves in an unscheduled gap year. Some had already retired, others have been furloughed or made redundant, but with many ‘confined to barracks’ with time on their hands, they’ve invented their own gap year. It has been aided …

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The Therapy Gardens, Normandy

The Therapy Garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change. We work with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health challenges and offer school-age teenagers interventional education opportunities.  Based in the village of Normandy, the charity was established in 1998 …

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Dorking Town Partnership February News

Hello Dorking (Dorking Town Partnership) brings you all the latest news, offers, and highlights that Dorking has to offer. Embracing heritage, culture, and spirit – Hello Dorking supports local businesses and the greater community with the historic Market Town of Dorking. Follow their social media @HelloDorking or visit their website …

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Volunteers keep up the good work

Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers clocked up an impressive 21,807 hours of work in 2020, despite the limitations of lockdown. The figure was just 5,614 down on the previous year, showing the dedication from working party members, boat crew and back office volunteers to the Trust and its aims. …

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Cleanfluencers share their favourite housework hacks

The British public has a newfound appreciation for their homes. In the past year, we’ve spent more time in our homes than we may have desired. However, the need to make our homes cleaner, more hygienic, and more comfortable has been rightly recognised. If you’ve ever looked for some expert …

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Healing holidays and 2021 wellbeing retreats on the Isle of Wight

Wild, wellness-boosting holidays without the need for a passport   London, United Kingdom (3 February 2021) – More than ever, travellers are looking to use holidays as an opportunity to boost their sense of wellbeing and improve their mindset, taking part in mentally and physically restorative activities to instil a …

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Kani House- The Very Best Garden Buildings.

Kani House- the very best garden buildings.  Kani.House is an independent family-run business, passionate about designing and building the very best garden buildings right here in Surrey. Kani.House has spent four years developing and testing a unique super-insulated building system that provides far more comfort and longevity than standard timber construction, and …

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Made To Measure- Ryan Tuck

 Made to Measure- Ryan Tuck    As many of you know, this year I moved home. I had been living in the same house in Guildford for the past seventeen years. Yes, SEVENTEEN years. When one has been in a house that long, it is easy to take things for …

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Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 1st-7th February

An activity for every day With children and young people’s mental health so badly effected by lockdown and prolonged absence from school, this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week has a particular resonance. Former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education experts PlanBee has gathered a week’s worth of fantastic FREE …

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How to Nurture Independent Learners

If recent interruptions to schooling have taught us anything, it is the benefit of nurturing students to be independent learners, particularly for parents struggling to home-school perhaps whilst themselves working from home. But the benefits of independent learning go far beyond the once-in-a-lifetime circumstances of the 2020 pandemic. There are …

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Gut Educated

Are you sure my body is housing an ‘ecosystem?’ I hear you ask sceptically. Yes, you got that right, an ecosystem of tens of trillions of bacterial cells (beneficial or detrimental; your choice). They have far reaching effects from the health of your skin and your mood, to heart health …

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Top Ten Gardening Trends for 2021

Squire’s Garden Centres expect ‘grow your own’ to increase in popularity in 2021 The popularity of gardening continues to rise, with research by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) showing that lockdown in 2020 created another 3 million more gardeners. With people spending more time at home again in 2021 it …

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Phyllis Tuckwell Patients Know Nature Boosts Wellbeing

We often take nature for granted, but research shows that gardening, or spending time surrounded by nature, can reduce stress levels and improve wellbeing, something we could all do with in these testing times. With National Houseplant Week last week, International Squirrel Appreciation Day on 21st January, and the Big …

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Mandira’s Kitchen Lockdown Valentine’s Day Special

Mandira’s Kitchen Lockdown Valentine’s Day Special It is highly unlikely that anyone will be able to book a romantic dinner for two in a restaurant to celebrate Valentines Day 2021 but that doesn’t mean romance is dead! Mandira’s Kitchen have put together a romantic Indian meal for two that can …

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How walking in nature can help wellbeing

Going on a walk can revive us. Whether we explore quiet forests, look out over a rugged headland towards the sea or stroll around our favourite park, spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace. For many of us, walking has become even more important for our …

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Hold that diet….

Here we have three reasonably easy courses for you to enjoy in January. They are not especially decadent and yet neither are we counting the calories. January can be such a dispiriting month that there is little point in making it worse by not eating enjoyable food. The Thai broth …

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Maintaining Healthy Habits

New Year’s resolutions can be a good starting point for making longer term health and lifestyle improvements, but most people who set New Year’s resolutions do not stick to them. Reasons for quitting include a lack of time, a lack of support from other people and feeling daunted by unrealistic …

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‘How can I deal with my growing debt problems?’

For many the uncertainty brought about by the spread of the pandemic has led to depression and anxiety about how they will survive financially in the months to come. While coronavirus and redundancy scored the most hits on our National Website in the early days of the pandemic, debt is …

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Home schooling again? Here’s how

  Many parents enjoyed teaching their children at home during the first lockdown, but for others, the prospect of having to dust off their teaching skills again fills them with dread.   What programme of work should they follow? Should the children guide the learning or should it be imposed, with the …

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Weekend Walk: Thursley (Boundless) to Haslemere (6 miles)

This hilly, circular walk has some interesting views.  The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club and appears in the January issue of VantagePoint. However, due to COVID, there is now a small diversion, so please use this version!  (www.guildfordramblingclub.org.uk) From the car park, continue along the road as it …

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Dry January

This month is Dry January, when lots of people around the UK stop drinking alcohol for the month and try to address the effects of overindulgence during the festive season. If you have not yet joined in, it is not too late! Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk …

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The Post Baker- A Sweet Treat for all Occasions.

The Post Baker. There are numerous benefits to being a dog owner, and the good by far out way the bad, however a dog is for life and not just for Christmas and dogs need a walk every day. Come rain or shine. I do sometimes wonder if dog owners …

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Design your diet and enjoy the fruits of your labour

Mulled wine, fluffy snowflakes, hot chocolates & Christmas movies (plus rising utility bills as we try and stay warm). Yes, the next few months have plenty  going  for  them  but  as  the  colder  temperatures  descend  on  us  and  the longer nights become the norm, looking after our immunity should be …

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Feed the Birds this winter

We are a nation of bird watchers. From the red breasted Robin to the resident Great Tit, Blue Tit, colourful Goldfinch and Chaffinch, Blackbird, Starlings, Sparrows and more, we can’t get enough of these wonderful creatures. Small garden birds need to eat regularly, particularly during cold weather when they use …

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The White Horse Hascombe

The White Horse, Hascombe. Hascombe has several beautiful trails to walk, and I have taken advantage of these routes a few times, walking past the white horse pub and always commenting about how welcoming and quaint it was. A couple of weeks ago, I went in for lunch and I …

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What will you see in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

World’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, 29-31 January 2021 Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. In 2020, nearly half a million people took part, counting almost eight million birds over a three-day period. For many people, garden birds …

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Beautiful steel windows, doors and screens from the Clement Windows Group

Beautiful steel windows, doors and screens from the Clement Windows Group Clement Windows Group are at the forefront of steel windows manufacturing, producing an innovative range of steel windows, doors, screens and rooflights for both private residences and commercial projects. Clement specialise in windows for refurbishment projects, particularly period or …

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The Surrey Cook Book – recipes from local friends!

The Surrey Cook Book is the latest addition to Meze Publishing’s ‘Get Stuck In’ series of regional cook books, this time taking us South East through the enticing culinary landscape of Surrey. The journey unfolds through the beautiful Surrey Hills, an area renowned for its farming community and array of …

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Learn how to help robins this year with the RSPB

Robins are with us throughout the year but many people only begin to really notice them around Christmas time. The robin’s association with the festive season is believed to have begun when scarlet-jacketed postmen were delivering Christmas cards, and the similarly-coloured robin redbreast soon became linked to this tradition. Their …

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Brooklands Museum chosen as location for Netflix’s The Crown Season 4

The Brooklands Museum’s Concorde will feature in two episodes from the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series, The Crown, due to be aired in January 2021. Filming completed earlier this year in March, and took place on board, and outside the Brooklands Concorde, recreating Princess Diana’s first official trip …

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Elstead Shopping Week

Get ahead with your Christmas shopping and help support small local businesses with an online shopping week. The St James School (Elstead) PTA are holding a digital Christmas market to raise funds for the school and to boost the local economy. With the high streets closed this is the perfect …

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Next Step Surrey – for GCSE students and parents

Next Steps Surrey virtual event gives GCSE students and their parents/carers a chance to find out more about their next steps. It will allow them to ‘meet’ local education providers, find out more about apprenticeships and hear from employers. On the 24th November there will be two events: at the …

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Guildford Fringe- Revised Performance Schedule

Following the recent lockdown announcement, Guildford Fringe Theatre Company revises its performance schedule for Jim Cartwright’s play Two including ONLINE broadcast, alongside live performances Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 November live at The Back Room of the Star Inn, Guildford Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 November, streamed ONLINE nightly at …

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Autumn Squash recipes

Shallot, Pumpkin and Red Pepper Soup with Candied Shallot and Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients: For the soup: 4 red peppers, deseeded and cut into quarters, 30g butter, 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, 6 shallots, diced and peeled, 750g pumpkin, peeled and diced into 2cm pieces, 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, …

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New audio guide sheds light on the secrets of Witley Camp

In 2019, Godalming Museum was awarded £63,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out an exciting community archaeology project at Witley Camp, with help from Surrey County Archaeological Unit and The National Trust. Once a bustling military camp home to 20,000 British and Canadian soldiers and a veterinary …

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A healthy Halloween

Halloween is approaching fast and the shops are filling up with spooky costumes, decorations, pumpkins and sugary treats. It can be difficult to avoid overindulging on sweets and chocolate at Halloween, but there are some healthy swaps you can make. Before you head out to buy bags of sugary and …

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D!CK The Adult Panto

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company  announces the cast for its professional production   D!CK The Adult Panto  playing The Back Room of The Star Inn,   25 November 2020 – 9 January 2021  Guildford Fringe Theatre Company is pleased to announce the cast for its professional adult pantomime, D!CK The Adult Panto, which will play The …

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The Covid Quilt!

Wendy Mundie writes: “I am the Lady Captain at Betchworth Park Golf Club in Dorking – a Harry Colt designed course overlooked by Box Hill – and during the lockdown, I published a regular Newsletter ‘Fore Ladies’ and included the section the Betchworth Bugle.  The intention was to keep everyone …

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Chocolate temptations

Karen Doidge Hill has always been very creative, with her first love being fashion design. She grew up in Cornwall before moving to London to study at London College of Fashion. After graduating, she opened a boutique which also had concessions in Top Shop. With the advent of children, she …

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Surrey Hills ‘Field to Fork’ Royal Visit

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO visited Surrey Hills producers and retailers to experience first-hand their ‘field to fork’ collaboration, following the path from ‘Provenance Cuts’ at Coverwood Farm, to Surrey Hills Butchers and Squires Food Hall in Frensham. The Countess’s visit highlighted the importance of local food production, the …

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Five tips from HR for successful remote inductions

Sometimes change can lead to good things. If your business is in the position to be hiring at the moment, chances are you and your team are fairly busy, and business is going well. After finalising your recruitment process, which may have been arduous with applications at an all-time high, …

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Zoё Wren comes to Grayshott Folk Club on Thursday 22nd October

On Thursday 22nd October 2020 @ 6.30pm at Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott, Nr. HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6HL, Grayshott Folk Club presents: Zoё Wren Zoё is a fully-licensed London busker who came to entertain us last November as support to Irish trio cua. She is a talented singer/guitarist/song writer, …

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Weekend Walk: Box Hill (5 plus 4.5 miles)

Walk east, past Ryka’s café, through the car park of the Burford Bridge Hotel and then a few yards along the A24 towards Dorking. Just past the roundabout take a path left, down into a field by the side of the River Mole. Walk around the edge of the field, …

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Volunteers Needed at Phyllis Tuckwell!

Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is looking for more volunteers to help it provide its vital care for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. It has volunteer vacancies in many different areas of its care. If you fancy flexing your …

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Virtual classical music concert delights care home residents

A Surrey-based care home group and a City Livery Company have teamed up to delight residents with a virtual classical music concert, all as part of a pilot study designed to see if music can help boost residents’ moods during the COVID-19 pandemic. CHD Living, which owns and operates 13 …

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Downsize to an enviable lifestyle in the heart of Dorking

Pegasus, specialist later living developer, will launch Taylor Place in Dorking on 10-11 October. Prospective purchasers will be able to make a one to one appointment to view the stunning new two-bedroom show apartment. The development on London Road, overlooking Pippbrook Bowling Green, offers an exclusive collection of 22 one- …

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Some more exciting news from The Barn at Denbies!

Here at SHP we are so pleased to announce more additions to our growing schedule of Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi classes! Due to huge demand, from next week we are adding another signature dynamic Pilates class-spaces are limited and going FAST, please book early to avoid disappointment https://www.surreyhillsphysiotherapy.co.uk/classes/! From …

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Weekend Walk: Farnham to Crondall (9 miles)

This is an easy, relatively flat walk which offers some interesting views and pleasant countryside. The walk was provided by Guildford Rambling Club (guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Duck back into the park at the back of the car park and go right. Then take the path right, between the cricket pitch and the …

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Best Practices and Cyber Security Tips for Working Remotely

Shaped by COVID-19 policies and concerns, the UK workforce is becoming gradually more remote. The number of businesses committing to a remote workforce is growing in number just as alternatives to the traditional office setting become a key talking point. But, for many, careers have been developed and nurtured in …

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Restaurant review – The Giggling Squid, Guildford

An invitation to review a restaurant at this time was unexpected but very agreeable, as you imagine. Giggling Squid in Guildford was a new venue for me and business partner Marcus, although we have previously had a very good ‘tapas style’ lunch in their Farnham branch when it opened a …

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Market Town Living At Its Finest, Amber Lodge Launches In Godalming

Launching 19th September 14 one and two-bedroom apartments Within walking distance of Godalming’s famous market town Mainline train connections to Guildford (8 mins), London Waterloo (50 mins) and Portsmouth (57 mins) Situated in the historic market town of Godalming, Amber Lodge by Shanly Homes is an exclusive collection of just …

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Weekend Walk: Dunsfold to Cranleigh or vice versa (9.75 miles)

This is a flat walk through attractive countryside which offers some splendid views. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). From Dunsfold – from the parking, go along the far side of the road, right, until reaching a lane going left, along the side of a tiny …

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Weekend Walk: Holmbury Hill from Peaslake (3 miles)

The majority of the route for this walk is along woodland paths and tracks. The walk can be strenuous in places, with a steep descent at one point to reach Holmbury St Mary and a steady climb after the pubs. The scenery is stunning with the finale being Holmbury Hill …

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Turn Stones into Seeds at Squire’s!

We may not be able to turn water into wine, but children can turn stones into seeds this October and November at Squire’s Garden Centres! The garden centre is asking children under 16 to paint a pebble or stone to look like a vegetable. They can pick up a free …

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Weekend Walk: Ripley and the Wey Navigation (5 plus 5 miles)

This is an easy, flat, figure of 8 walk, running past a lake and alongside the historic Wey Navigation. The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club (guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Facing the back of the shops, head right, passing behind the houses until emerging on Newark Lane (the B367). Turn right …

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Prologue Youth Theatre Company

Prologue Youth Theatre Company  Prologue Youth Theatre Company aims to provide high-quality workshops to help young people develop their creative, social and personal skills.  With weekly workshops for young people aged 9 to 25, Prologue Youth Theatre Company supports young people in order to develop performance skills and nurture creativity. Prologue …

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Volunteers needed in Phyllis Tuckwell Shops

  Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is in need of more volunteers to help in its 18 charity shops, which are located across West Surrey and North-East Hampshire. If you’re a people person, you’ll love the social interaction that volunteering in Phyllis Tuckwell’s busy shops will bring, as you …

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Watch your stress levels

We all experience stress from time to time. There are many things that can lead to us feeling stressed. It can come from the news, our jobs, financial insecurity, health issues and personal problems. Feeling constantly stressed and overwhelmed can lead to a rise in blood pressure and resting heart …

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Chilworth Gunpowder Mills restoration work completed – and a walk!

Access to one of Guildford’s most important heritage sites has been improved following completion of the latest restoration works at the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its closure, in 1920, repairs to the 1880s steam-powered mill buildings on the site include improvements to three bridges, strengthening …

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Three recipes from Four Gables

Spiced Flatbreads These are a staple in my house, not just at work. I make them with lots of things, just on their own with some dipping sauce or maybe stuffed with sundried tomato and mozzarella. Love curry? Love making it at home – these are a great substitute for …

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Thoughts of Autumn – a poem

Late summer sun, slow change in hues of leaves whose days are nearly done, dues paid for the year, so they may either linger on, through autumn’s shifts, or drop tomorrow, an early gift to the earth below, and all the things about to grow in gardens, fields and water …

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Two more video testimonials!

Don’t take our word for it – this is what 2 of our regular advertisers have to say about VantagePoint!: Andy Jones, A2B Pest Control Francesco Bartolomei, The Talbot Hotel, Ripley

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Absolute Hair and Beauty

Absolute Hair and Beauty.  This year has been an absolute roller coaster, from small local businesses all the way up to the supermarket giants. It really has been a year that no one will ever forget. Many independent business owners became local heroes in lockdown, stepping up and going above …

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Bourne Mill Antiques, Farnham

Every time I visit Bourne Mill Antiques in Farnham I find something strikingly out of the ordinary that I have never come across before.  It’s a charming labyrinth of rooms, each offering items from a different trader.  Over the five floors, there are over 80 traders, who are the heart …

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Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden- a day out for all the family

“Every adventure requires a first step” The Cheshire cat, Alice in Wonderland. Every time I have the pleasure of visiting the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden I feel as if I have fallen onto the set of Alice in Wonderland. This magnificent garden is filled, not only with exquisite sculptures, but …

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Rotary in Godalming launches Job Club

Rotary in Godalming are setting up a job club for anyone who finds themselves made redundant or without work due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The present circumstances can make a job search especially challenging. So, it is even more important that you do yourself full justice when applying! Our trained …

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SilverBack Spotted in Surrey!

New decade, new digs for design agency Deep in the undergrowth of Surrey a troop of design specialists have nested in a recently converted barn. Silverback® – as in the gorilla – is the name of Malcolm Gilbertson’s team of designers and marketeers, who have roamed just over the border …

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Sweet treats from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Café

These recipes are by Ben Jupp, Head Chef of Cowdray Farm Shop & Café  – www.cowdray.co.uk/cowdray-farm-shop/ Cowdray Bara Brith (Tea Loaf) Ingredients: 225g mixed fruit, 175g black strong tea, 125g dark brown sugar, 225g raising flour, 1 egg , 4g baking powder Serves 4 Method: 1. First boil the kettle …

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The Eatwell Guide – tips for planning a healthy, well-balanced diet

A healthy, well-balanced diet is important for managing your weight and preventing serious health problems, including heart disease. The Eatwell guide is a visual tool that represents government guidelines on healthy eating. In this Healthy Tip, we give you some tips for planning a healthy, well-balanced diet using the Eatwell …

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