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Exciting Vegetables to Grow Now!

I enjoy the excitement felt at this time of year!  By the middle of March, the window of possibility stretches out before us; we have the opportunity to sow seeds of a wide range of great tasting vegetables.  Here are some of the seeds you can sow this month: I …

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Weekend Walk: Bignor Hill and Houghton Forest

This walk is an absolute classic, and you can see the reason: it has the ingredients of great views without climbing and wonderful woodland on the return. It is short and easy and hugely rewarding, especially recommended for those who want a pleasant half-day in the South Downs or maybe …

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Beth Otway’s Gardening Advice

Spring is a magical time.  Cheerful spring flowers brighten our gardens, as we bask in the joy of nature’s promise that there’s so much more to come.  This is such an invigorating and inspiring time, with much to see and do in the garden. It’s easier to pull up weeds …

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WI Chinthurst Group Spring Fashion Show March 2020

After a week of difficult decisions and a lot of last minute organisations, it was agreed we should go ahead with the Charity Spring Fashion Show organised by the Chinthurst Group of WI’s consisting of Ockford Godalming, Shalford, Bramley and Grafham & Smithbrook groups on Saturday 14th March. After ‘Hello …

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Weekend Walk: Polesden Lacey Circular

At Hikes of Surrey, we begin most of our walks from St Martins Church because of the easy parking and the spire acts as an excellent focal point and marker when we’re out in the hills. Parking is easiest in St Martins car park just north of the church. Make …

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Free Places for NHS Staff at GoFest Kids Camps

Surrey based company GoFest Active is offering free places at its Easter and May Half Term kids camps for NHS workers and emergency services staff. Paul Farris, CEO said “Nobody is working harder than those on the frontline. As well as the unprecedented workloads they are taking on, childcare is …

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Guildford Antiques & Brocante Market will NOT go ahead

We regret to inform you that the Guildford Antiques & Brocante Market will NOT go ahead on the 26th April as planned due to the current restrictions, despite it being extensively advertised in VantagePoint magazine and across the region.  This is a directive received today.  Please check this website, the Guildford Council …

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The HR Department offer advice on Coronavirus

Please find the latest updates on #COVID-19 #coronavirus FAQs https://lnkd.in/exwVynS News https://lnkd.in/dSVdAJ7 If you are struggling with the effects this is having on your business, and the action you may need to take, please get in touch with The HR Dept Woking and Guildford for advice. If they cannot help, they will know someone who can. The …

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Local Events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19

Sadly a number of events have had to be postponed due to Coronavirus. Here are those that we know about so far… Craft in Focus at Wisley AppArt at Priorsfield School The Bolt in aid of GUTS Guildford and Woking Humanists April meeting Anyone interested is encouraged to check Meet-up, …

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Zero Hours Contracts

According to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS, https://www.acas.org.uk/), a zero-hours contract is a type of contract between an employer and a worker where: your employer does not have to give you any minimum working hours; and you do not have to take any work offered. Workers on zero …

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Tips for working from home

          Helpline Number – 01483 600085 Tips for working from home These tips are for anyone working from home. Recent Coronavirus developments have led to many organisations asking staff to work from home. Usually this should be done with plenty of change planning, but in this …

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EJ Body Fit

  EJ Body Fit As one of our newest advertisers, I wanted to find out a bit more about Ella and her business. Ella’s work is mobile so I invited her to come to my house so that I could find out more. Ella arrived and her energy was infectious …

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Cowdray Estate

The Cowdray Estate The Cowdray estate really does have something for everyone. The family owned estate is set on 16,500 acres of land within the stunning South Downs National Park. Whether it is golf, polo, health and well being a weekend away filled with leisure pursuits or food and drink, …

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Woking Football Club

Woking FC.  I feel like I should start with a disclaimer. Football is NOT my forte.  I dabbled in Rugby at university, even then i use that term loosely. I was carrying a bit of winter weight (8 stone of it) and assumed the silver lining would be that I …

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Acorn Godlaming

Acorn Godalming. This restaurant has now been in the heart of Godalming for over two years. I remember before the team had even opened their doors and I popped along to introduce myself and they were still unpacking boxes and getting artwork up on the walls. How things have changed… …

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Avery+Brown

        Avery+Brown. On Wednesday morning I met Russ and Tim at The Lost Boy in Farnham, for a cup of coffee and a very insightful chat. Having worked for VantagePoint for nearly three years, I am very aware that networking is a vital part of local business. …

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A room for all seasons

Local garden building designer Kani.House gave us a tour of their latest project, a stunning pool house in Tadworth. It was February this year when Kani.House owner Neil Phillipson was called to design and install a replacement for a dilapidated log cabin, being used as a summer house by a …

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Under starters orders at charity race night!

What better way to spend the extra day of the year than at a night at the races?! And so it was that, on Saturday 29th February 2020, around 50 members and supporters of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association attended the Branch’s annual Race Night …

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Jazz, Gin & Blues at Loxwood Meadow

This July, for the second year, ‘Jazz, Gin and Blues’ will take place in the tranquil glade at Loxwood Meadow, site of the popular medieval jousting festival, Loxwood Joust. 26th July 2020 12 midday to 9pm The Enchanted Woodland, Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood RH14 0AL From 12noon until 9pm, an intimate …

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Monkey World Events

January 2019      (1st-31st)                                                                                               Dorset Resident’s offer Dorset Residents receive 50% off the entrance price during January! Simply show proof of a BH, DT or SP postcode at the entrance gate. Saturday 15th February- Sunday 23rd February                                                    Kid 4 a Quid! During half-term, children who bring a present for the primates …

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6 Financial Recruitment Trends to Look Out for in 2020

Staying up to date with the latest financial recruitment trends and leveraging new technologies is crucial — both for job searching and the hiring process. The finance and accounting sector has been going through some significant changes lately. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the key finance …

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Guildford Antiques & Brocante Street Market is granted 4 dates for 2020

ACVR events specialise primarily in open-air markets in historic locations bringing vibrant, interesting and affordable items to the Town Centre and is delighted to be working with Guildford Borough Council and supported by Experience Guildford.  Following the successful launch last September in the High Street of this speciality market which …

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The return of the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is “the largest motoring garden party in the world” with a huge range of events, cars, stars and motorsport. Every year, the 4 days of the FOS are held in the stunning grounds of Goodwood House and hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to celebrate …

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Coffee, cake and quiz supports Australian bushfire victims!

(‘3E London’, winners of a special ‘Coffee, Cake & Quiz Morning’ organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Layla’s Coffee House in Leatherhead High Street on Friday 21st February 2020) What better way to spend a Friday morning than enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, whilst also …

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1Sculpt Studios

There is nothing like an early fitness class on a Monday morning, to get you set up for the week ahead. That is what happened to me this morning. I was invited along to 1Scuplt studios, to have a look at their new space, as well as to take part …

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It’s cold outside and maybe inside

Are you, or someone you look after, having difficulty paying energy bills?  If you are, Citizens Advice may be able to help with advice about your energy issues. Anyone can ask for help, but we would particularly like to speak to you if you fall into the following groups: Those …

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The Kings Arms, Dorking

Last week myself and Sarah decided to take some rather handsome fellas out to lunch.  Lee from The Britannia, Guildford, and Tim from The Kings Arms, Dorking. I have been lucky enough to have known these two for over a decade, we have also been on many holidays together, one …

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Developing Great Leaders at Charterhouse

Jon Tully is Charterhouse’s first Director of Pupil Development and Leadership. He has just completed ten years as a Housemaster and four years as the school’s Senior Housemaster. Prior to teaching, his career included time as a shipbroker and PLC director, and also served in both the Merchant and Royal …

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Another Amazing Holiday

St James Club, Antigua.  As some of you might remember, I went on the holiday of a lifetime last January. Many of you commented on how amazing it looked, how much you all wanted to go, and if I’m honest, the holiday blues from that holiday lasted longer than ever. …

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Belmont School Secures Planning Permission for Senior School

Belmont School, in Holmbury St Mary, is pleased to announce that it has secured planning permission for its new Senior School.  The announcement follows on from the independent school’s successful application to extend its education provision from 13 years to 16 years.  The decision to extend what was previously known as Belmont …

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Penshurst Place announces new programme and activities for 2020

Historic house opens at weekends from 15 February, daily over February half term and fully from 28 March New events and old favourites feature in the programme for 2020 Upcoming highlights include: New installations on the Woodland Trail (from February, ongoing) ‘Amazing Inventions’ trail throughout half term (15-23 February) ‘Roasts …

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Driveway Transformation

Duncan James Landscapes. I like to be as organized as I can be, however sometimes things do slip through the net and become last minute jobs. I tend to find its always the bigger jobs that this applies to…I am working on it. I found myself in this situation a …

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Do you ever wake up at 3am and struggle to go back to sleep? 

Do you ever wake up at 3am and struggle to go back to sleep? This is a very common symptom people discuss with me. Stress causes hyperarousal, which means we may have difficulty falling or staying asleep and experience restless nights. This impairs concentration, attention, learning and memory. The problem …

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Why wait until spring to get your garden sorted for summer!

AK Garden Services – offer a range of Garden Services in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex – established in 1994 with full company insurance and references available upon request. With winter now firmly upon us why not start work on garden improvements now. AK Garden Services will undertake all types …

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Improve Your Physical and Mental Health with these 5 Tips

My name is Penny Delve and I am a Transformational Coach with a passion for health and wellbeing.   I help people who want to improve their physical and mental health in some way but they just don’t know where to start! This can be anything from loosing weight, reducing …

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Blue Monday Football with Surrey FA

VantagePoint supported Surrey FA Blue Monday football session on Monday 20th. The session held at the Surrey FA’s Meadowbank Football Ground, Dorking was aimed at raising awareness of Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year. Prior to games commencing, Operations Manager Andrew Dickinson welcomed the 30+ people who turned …

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Come to the 44th Farnham Beerex – Apr 23-25th

Apr 23-25th Thurs-Saturday – 44th Farnham Beerex The 44th Farnham Beerex will take place on April 23-25th. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening sessions are from 6-11pm. The Saturday lunchtime session from 11am-3pm. The ticket cost is £12 which includes cost of entry, a commemorative glass tankard and a souvenir …

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Club 66 – The New Exclusive Business Club

What does Club 66 offer? A brand-new exclusive business club in the center of Godalming high street. Club 66 is an exclusive business club that is designed to give you a flexible place to meet with business associates. With a range of seating options, including relaxed sofa and armchairs with …

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We Love to Dance

On January 9th I was invited along to take part in one of Rachel’s classes. I haven’t danced in many years, unless you call flailing about in Popworld on a Saturday night “dancing.” I jumped at the chance as I used to dance at school and really enjoyed it! I …

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Still Outstanding 25 Years Later

On Tuesday 7th January 2020, Oak Lodge care home celebrated their 25th Anniversary and Outstanding CQC rating with a large party attended by many across the Basingstoke community. To celebrate 25 years of caring, Oak Lodge hosted a day of entertainment, which included a photo slideshow of memories made at …

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Local Rotary Club says thank-you for Christmas collection

Photo shows Leatherhead Rotary members (L to R) Pieter van Brakel, Nikki Sutton and Heather Hunt collecting in the Swan Centre in Leatherhead Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their recent Christmas collection in the Swan Centre in Leatherhead. Altogether, a total of just …

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Peak Performance Sports Fashion Pop-Up is back in Guildford

UK’s only pop-up store – now open November 2019. Sports fashion label Peak Performance has opened an exclusive UK pop-up store in Guildford, Surrey. The space provides a unique opportunity for UK fans of the brand to visit a dedicated Peak Performance store with all ranges under one roof. The …

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Claire from VantagePoint visits Roots Yoga

When I was younger, I had no time for yoga. I did not have the patience, coordination or if I’m completely honest I did not really understand the point of it all. Over time this has all changed a lot. As soon as I started suffering with mental health issues …

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The Beauti Pod

  For those of you who have already been here you will know what I mean when I say, it’s one of the most welcoming places I have ever walked into. Sally and her team are all so approachable and you always receive a warm welcome as soon as you …

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Looking Ahead: Top Recruitment Trends for 2020

The expectations of the recruitment experience have changed. Candidates now have far more power during the job search compared to only a few years ago. As such, we are starting to see a major shift across the recruiting industry — one where candidates are being treated like customers, rather than …

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Weekend Walk: Round the Devil’s Punch Bowl

This family-friendly walk takes you along the rim of the Punch Bowl, across to the opposite side and over the highest points with spectacular views. It returns via Gibbet Hill and a part of Hindhead Common with views all around. Perfect for all the family (including the dog, but beware …

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Godalming Panto

The Godalming Pantomime. On Friday evening, I took the little one I used to nanny for along to the Godalming pantomime. When I found out it was being held in the Borough hall, I was a bit dubious as to what it would look like, and how they would be …

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The Britannia- Our Christmas Party!

Our Britannia Christmas Lunch.  “Why fix something when it isn’t broken?” I feel like this saying applies to choosing where to eat. We had such an enjoyable meal last Christmas at the Britannia that it was a unanimous decision to return this year. We were sent the menu choices nice …

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JOHN BISHOP – WARM-UP SHOW 2020

 ‘A gloriously gifted storyteller’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph Comedy superstar John Bishop is set to embark on a whole host of gigs to warm-up his brand-new show and will be coming to Guildford’s popular live events venue G Live Tue 25 – Thu 27 February 2020. John is very much looking …

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The Woolpack review

On Friday 29th November I was invited to the newly refurbished Woolpack in Banstead. This impressive building has been stopping traffic on the main road, as people have been eagerly awaiting the big reveal and re-opening of the pub. As soon as I walked in, I was amazed at how …

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The Bear and Ragged Staff

On a recent visit to Farnham Alex and I had an enjoyable lunch at the newly refurbished Bear and Ragged Staff pub. Just outside of the town centre the pub has been most tastefully re-furbished, in a way that appeals to all ages of pub goers. It still maintains its …

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Trinity School pupils no longer lost for words!

On Monday 18th November 2019, Leatherhead Rotary Club was delighted to present around 50 copies of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 6 pupils at Leatherhead Trinity School to assist them with their studies during their final year at the school as well as their future secondary education. ‘Dictionary 4 …

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Tunsgate Quarter Welcomes Homewares Brand

DESIGN VINTAGE TO GUILDFORD! Tunsgate Quarter Guildford, the aspirational retail, leisure and dining destination located just off Guildford’s historic High Street, is delighted to announce that leading homeware and interiors brand Design Vintage will be opening its doors to shoppers on January 9th 2020. Set up and owned by Interior …

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A visit to Guild Foods Market

Take a new look at Guild Foods market in Guildford and you will find not only a totally refurbished local store, but a whole new shopping experience in the heart of Guildford. Transformed from a local Nisa store and petrol station to a Fresh look one stop shop for all …

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Weekend Walk: Dorking to Friday Street Circular Walk

This is a lovely circular walk through the hills to one of the quietest hamlets in Surrey. With an optional pub lunch, this 10 mile ramble is perfect for a cool November afternoon. This walk is brought to you by Hikes of Surrey. If you would like to join them …

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Struggling with your finances?

We may be able to  suggest ways to maximise your income, reduce your outgoings offer solutions for an immediate difficulty help if you have mental health issues  So that we can help you will need to tell us about the income you have, including any benefits you already claim what …

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A Raffle Prize to Save a Life!

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society. We are fundraising for a Community Defibrillator to be positioned outside our care home Ridgway Court 48 Ridgway Road Farnham Surrey GU9 8NW and are looking for prizes for our Raffle. The Defibrillator will have 24/7 access for the local community and will be linked with …

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What our readers say…

“A big thank you for mentioning our monthly lectures in your Jottings sections throughout the year. This publicity has produced a steady stream of visitors to our lectures and a good number of new members who are essential for the viability of our Society.” Brian Hawtin, The Arts Society Guildford …

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The benefits of hiring short-term or temporary staff

Over time, the needs of your business will change. So, whether you’re stocking up on staff for the holiday rush or bringing on extra talent for a specialist project, short-term hires can prove a fantastic way to manage workloads and improve productivity. Here are six reasons why temporary hiring could …

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Remember someone special with Dorking Tree of Light service

The local community will be coming together to remember loved ones at a Dorking Tree of Light service on Sunday 1 December*. The service will include Christmas carols and readings, and has been jointly organised by the local hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice and St Paul’s Church. . The Tree of …

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Award Winning Dementia Care Home in Camberley

Holly Lodge, a private care home in Frimley Green specialising in Dementia Care, was announced as a winner at the prestigious national Caring UK Awards. Holly Lodge is delighted to have won the 2019 Excellence and Innovation in Dementia Care Award at the national Caring UK event hosted on Friday …

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Weekend Walk: Thursley, Hankley Common, Kettlebury Hill

The village of Thursley is a little Surrey jewel situated on the edge of the vast area of commonland comprising Thursley and Hankley Commons, stretching as far as Elstead in the east and nearly to Frensham in the west. Kettlebury Hill is an arc-shaped ridge shaded with pines and offering …

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A Royal Visit to showcase the best of Surrey Hills Enterprises

In acknowledgement of the outstanding work of local businesses, Surrey Hills Enterprises were delighted to be visited by HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO on November 6th. The Royal Visit was a wonderful recognition of the growing reputation and development of the Surrey Hills as a hub of innovative, …

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LLOYD GRIFFITH ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW TOUR FOR 2020

Comedian, choirboy and (still) ‘aspiring’ goalkeeper Lloyd Griffith will set off on a brand new tour of the UK in 2020 with new show, Not Just A Pretty Face which will be coming to Guildford’s popular live events venue G Live on Tue 24 March 2020. Since his last, critically …

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Defend yourself from being the victim of a scam!

Scam Prevention and Fraud A very informative and useful seminar was held at Milner House Care home last Tuesday afternoon – giving guests a better understanding of scams and fraud prevention. Roy Booth Milner House Customer Relations Manager,  for the home and ‘Scam Champion’ presented the information in the home …

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‘Marksmen’ on target at charity quiz!

On Saturday 26th October 2019, over 100 enthusiastic quizzers took part in this year’s annual Quiz Night organised by the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association at St Mark’s Church Hall at Tattenham Corner on Epsom Downs. After eight challenging rounds of ten questions each, on subjects …

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Women’s Recreational Football Festival

16th November, Woking Leisure Centre, 12-3pm Surrey FA are holding a Women’s Recreational festival. With the popularity of women’s football increasing, this is a great opportunity for local women’s recreational teams to come together and compete in an fun and social environment. Women’s recreational teams are targeted at ages 16+ …

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HandPICKED for Dorking Christmas Market 2019

HandPICKED for Dorking are proud to announce the return of their popular Christmas Market. We were excited to be voted one of the top Christmas Market by Surrey Life magazine last year and are looking forward to the 3rd year for this market and our biggest yet! Come along to …

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Ben Law

An Illustrated Talk by Ben Law – Friday 22nd November 2019 £12.00 Location: Lodsworth Village Hall, Heath End Lane, Lodsworth, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9BY Time: 7pm for a 7.30 start – until 9.30 An Illustrated talk by Ben about his passion for the Woodland of West Sussex, its heritage, …

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Finalists announced in the BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards 2019

BBC Surrey is today proud to announce the finalists for the ninth year of our BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards. The Awards are dedicated to celebrating unsung heroes from across the local area. Over recent months, listeners have been invited to make their nominations across nine categories including Fundraiser, Volunteer …

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OFFICIALLY THE BEST PANTOMIME AT THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE…EVER!

LP CREATIVES AND THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE PRESENT ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ THE PANTOMIME OF YOUR DREAMS! One of LP Creatives highly anticipated record breaking pantomimes return! This time they invite you to experience the magical pantomime adventures of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.at the Leatherhead Theatre this December!  Evil Queen Carabosse rules the Kingdom Of Nod! …

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Can you do it…? Volunteering with Citizen’s Advice

Anne does it on Tuesdays, and Philip does it on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Tom does it on his day off from college where, as a recent law graduate, he’s taking the legal practice course. He thought it would look good on his CV, but he admits it’s been …

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Mayflower Spa Dorking Open for business!

Months of hard work by owners Vicky and Andy has at last paid off as Friday 4th October saw the official opening of the Mayflower Spa in Dorking. A unique space, luxuriously decorated to create a tranquil environment for a range of treatments and therapies. All the therapists were on …

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Surrey University lunch-time open recital

This lunchtime I was treated to the Metropolitan Guitar Quartet by students at the Department of Music and Media PATS Studio 1, Stag Lane Campus. The quartet features an outstanding young ensemble whose members have individually and consistently been awarded top prizes at some of the worlds  most important guitar …

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Surrey University Lunch Time Recital

I had the opportunity to attend the masters performance assessment recital at lunchtime on Wednesday at The University of Surrey. It’s part of the assessment process for the department students, but as the recitals are open to the public it gives the students the opportunity to perform to a live …

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Guildford 10k Review

VantagePoint’s running enthusiast Sarah took part in the inaugural Guildford 10k on Sunday, along with around 1300 runners, who finished either the 10 or 5k races. Despite the weather there was a great turn-out and a great buzz in the High Street as runners headed our along an undulating route …

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Oakleaf Firewalk

Oakleaf Fire Walk. Last week myself and Sarah took part in the Oakleaf Enterprise Fire Walk. Not only was this a completely exhilarating experience it was also for a very worthy cause. I first heard about Oakleaf long before I worked at VantagePoint, a good friend of mine, her sister …

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Squire’s to donate 300 Silver Birch trees to the community

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced that they will donate 300 beautiful Silver Birch trees to local parks and green spaces. This is due to their ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign in September, where they pledged to donate 5p for every plant sold to go towards giving trees to the local …

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Moorlands Lodge

   Moorlands Lodge, Hindhead Surrey.  The first time I ever visited Moorlands lodge I knew there was something special about this place. They always say it take 15 seconds for you to make a first impression. Moorlands lodge did that! I had arrived slightly early, so I was sat in …

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Fall for Autumn at Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford!

The weekend of 19th and 20th of October sees the return of the spectacular Autumn event at Tunsgate Quarter, High Street, Guildford; two days of live performances, entertainment and refreshments, free for the whole family to enjoy! Leading the line-up this year, is Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Trip Hazard, who …

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Harvest at Albury Vineyard

The harvest at Albury Vineyard started in earnest last Friday despite the heavy showers. It was time to enlist some volunteers, many of whom are wine club members or locals, who turn up every year to help with the harvest. This year is anticipated to be a good year, but …

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Local Rotary Club donates £7,500 to MND Association!

The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association would like to thank all the members and supporters of Leatherhead Rotary Club who so generously supported them during the last Rotary year, which ran from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019. Altogether, a total of £7,500 was raised …

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Weekend Walk: The Wey & Arun Canal from Loxwood

The route of this walk begins and ends alongside the restored Loxwood Link section of the canal and circles out to the north of the village, taking you through ancient woodland and out over open land with fabulous views. This walk is one of eight walks from The Wey & …

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ELSTEAD LAUNCH REVEALS BRAND NEW HOMES IN SURREY HILLS

Leading housebuilder Latimer, has reached a major milestone at its Water Meadow Place development, in Elstead Surrey, with the launch of its show home.    Situated on the banks of the River Wey in the Surrey Hills AONB, the boutique development of 69 homes, on a former warplane factory site, will launch its …

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Guildford Philanthropy’s Latest Corporate Ambassador

Guildford Philanthropy is delighted to announce that Guildford Jazz has today become its latest Corporate Ambassador in a partnership that is a first for Guildford Philanthropy to work with another not-for-profit organisation in an Ambassador role. As part of a broader philanthropic partnership,  Guildford Jazz has agreed to donate all  …

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Marksmen on target at Mayor’s Mega Quiz Night!

On Saturday 28th September 2019, over 150 enthusiastic quizzers filled St Joseph’s Church Hall in Epsom for a very special ‘Mayor’s Mega Quiz Night’. After five challenging rounds of fifteen questions each, on subjects ranging from ‘General Knowledge’ and ‘Current Affairs’ to ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘History’, together with a special …

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Sunday Roast hits the spot for local charity!

On Sunday 22nd September 2019, over 50 members and supporters of the East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association attended a special Sunday Roast Lunch organised by the Branch at Surrey Downs Golf Club near Tadworth. As well as an excellent three-course Sunday lunch, courtesy of the golf …

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Potterheads aplenty at Dorking charity quiz!

On Thursday 19th September 2019, over 120 excited ‘Potterheads’, most in costume, filled The King’s Arms pub in West Street, Dorking to the rafters for a very special ‘Harry Potter’ Charity Quiz Night. After five rounds of ten questions each, on various aspects of the Harry Potter books and films, together …

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HOP in and Enjoy the Show!

OI FROG & FRIENDS! LEAPS INTO FRENSHAM THIS AUTUMN Join FROG, DOG and CAT live on stage in Oi Frog & Friends! at The Aldridge Theatre, Frensham Heights on 12 and 13 October 2019. Packed with music, songs, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at! Are …

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Weekend Walk: Harting Down Wildlife Walk

One of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland in the National Trust’s care, Harting Down in West Sussex is a renowned nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. This walk offers panoramic views over the Weald to the North Downs, before descending into secluded valleys of natural and …

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Hidden Historic Hamburger Happiness

The Kings Arms and Royal. Originally built in the 17th century, the Kings Arms & Royal Hotel is a grand historic building. The hotel has seen several famous faces during its many years of trading, including Henry VIII and Peter the Great. The name of the hotel is due to …

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Hatchlands Park Run

Hatchlands Park Run – raising much needed funds for The Samson Centre for MS If you wanted an alternative race to the Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September then the Hatchlands ,5,10 & 15k races were a great alternative. A Parkland run in a fantastic setting at Hatchlands Park National Trust the …

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Talbot Hotel Review

Our team at VantagePoint magazine had our press day lunch last Friday and were impressed with all aspects of our experience. The weather played it’s part and as it was such a beautiful day we dined in the garden surrounded by apple trees. The food we were served was from …

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Honey Bees Day Care on Experimenting with Yummy Food

Having been a nursery practitioner for 3 years and then a nanny for 5 years, I know the struggle of trying to get enough fruit and veg into a child’s diet. Honey Bees Day Care have some great tips for those of you who might have a more ‘selective’ eater …

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Weekend Walk: South Holmwood to Coldharbour

This is a circular walk through fields and woods. There is a steep climb at Leith Hill but you can avoid it and shorten the walk if you wish. There is a lovely pub en-route, The Plough at Coldharbour, please see the offer below. The walk description is provided by …

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Weekend Walk: Tilford to Frensham Ponds

This is an easy walk through woods and fields and it affords views onto both Frensham Great Pond and Frensham Little Pond. There are two good pubs, one on Tilford Green and the Duke of Cambridge which is a short drive from the starting point on the road towards Hindhead. …

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Getting your home ready for Autumn

As the summer holiday season comes to an end and evenings start to draw in you might be thinking about getting your home ready for Autumn. Do those draughty windows and doors need replacing or would installing a wood burning stove create a cosier atmosphere in your living room? Perhaps …

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Woolbeding Gardens – visit before the winter break!

Woolbeding Gardens delight at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against manicured hedges and thoughtfully composed colour-themed borders. Formal lawns melt into the rural landscape and beyond the meadow, you’ll find a waterfall, gothic summerhouse and enchanting landscape garden. Beyond the boundary of the formal gardens, a short walk …

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10 YEARS OF FUNDRAISING!

On Sunday 20th October Kelly’s Storage Charity Events will be holding their 10th annual fundraising run as well as a celebratory 10 mile Sunrise Walk. Kelly’s organise and pay for these events to raise money for Challengers, a local charity who provide play and leisure for disabled children and young …

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Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew 2019 Brand new trail to illuminate the magnificent Treetop Walkway and Temperate House Wednesday 20 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020 5pm – 10pm (advance booking only) • New route for 2019 brings waterfall of lights cascading from towering 18m-high Treetop Walkway in Kew’s arboretum • …

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Surrey family walk the 350-mile journey of late mum’s life

A father and his two teenage daughters from near Godalming completed an epic fortnight-long, 350-mile, fundraising walk from Hartlepool to Surrey via Oxford and London to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of Keta Hansen, who died earlier this year from the devastating disease. Inspired by …

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Host Families needed in Godalming and Farncombe

UK2Learn are an international education company based in Surrey and they are looking for host families in the Farncombe and Godalming area to host a group of 14/15 year old Spanish students. The students will be studying at Broadwater School for three weeks this autumn from Sunday 23rd September – Monday …

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Weekend Walk: Rudgwick to Walliswood

This is a largely flat walk through fields and woods, passing an interesting old chapel. The walk description is provided by Guildford Rambling Club (guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). 1. From the parking area walk north along the road to reach the Kings Head. Take the footpath right that goes through the churchyard behind …

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Golfers club together to fight Motor Neurone Disease!

On Friday 23rd August 2019, over eighty keen golfers took part in Leatherhead Rotary Club’s 28th Annual Charity Golf Day at Effingham Golf Club in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Teeing off with a sandwich lunch, the 21 teams of four then headed out on to the course …

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Coffee with a Life Coach

Coffee with a life coach. I am an avid believer that most of the general public could benefit from a life coach, a counselor, a sponsor or all the above. The world is a fast paced, stressful rat race at times, and it can be very easy to overlook the …

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Weekend Walk: Thursley to Elstead

This is a pleasant walk through fields and woods and across a heath. The shorter option is largely flat. The longer option adds in some minor ups and downs. There are a number of refreshment places along the route including the Woolpack in Elstead (see offer below). The walk description …

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Weekend Walk: Ranmore West and The Wotton Hatch

  Denbies Hillside and neighbouring Ranmore Common are some of the richest chalk grasslands in south east England. The downs tumble towards to the pretty village of Westcott with beautiful views in all directions. Taken from www.nationaltrust.org.uk where a bigger map can be downloaded. 1. Leave the car park (marked …

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A Brilliant Day Out at Howletts

  Howletts, the Aspinall Wild Animal Park. It was a milestone birthday for my Mother this year, I would tell you which one, but I doubt I would survive the wrath that would soon follow. Myself and my sister decided that this year we would do something a bit special …

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Weekend Walk: Norbury Park

Allow about two hours for this undulating and at times hilly walk. The walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private land, so please respect people’s privacy. Leave the station car park by steps then turn left up road. Cross road at railway bridge and take footpath on right …

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La Casita- Our Experience

La Casita  Having been a Guildford gal for over half my life, it is fair to say I have frequented most of the restaurants in Guildford. This may not sound like much of an achievement, but there are a lot to choose from! We are very lucky to have such …

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Weekend walk: Woolbeding Common

  This is a pleasant walk with some lovely views. It starts from the Woolbeding carpark at Older Hill near Midhurst which itself has a magnificent vista as seen right. This is the first walk I have done using a new walking app called ViewFinder. If you get a premium …

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Awesome Autumn at Leith Hill Place

Awesome Autumn at Leith Hill Place Celebrating the best of the season for the next couple of months, Leith Hill Place will be exploring all things linked to autumn and the descent into winter. ‘Arboreal’ by Blaze Cyan Detailed etchings of the elegant and magnificent trees on the Leith Hill …

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OUTSTANDING GCSE RESULTS

Over 50% of pupils’ grades are 9-8, an incredible achievement in this new grading system. Founded in 1611, the School moved from London to its current 250-acre site in Godalming, Surrey in 1872.  Building on the success of our coeducational Sixth Form, the School is moving to full coeducation from …

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Denningberg Centre for the Elderly

A couple of weeks ago, I had a phone call from Linda who was wanting to spread the word about the Denningberg Centre. Having worked in Godalming for two years I have to be honest and admit I had never heard of it. I decided that I was going to …

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Relaxing Spa Experience at Surya Hotels

I was lucky enough to have a free pass to the Pool and Spa at the Hogs Back Hotel (farnhamhogsbackhotel.co.uk/) which I enjoyed over the week-end. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing and a good amount of space in which to use the facilities. There was a sauna and steam …

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Woolly Tales

The first chapter of  Woolly Tales. I met Andy for a coffee this morning as I wanted to find out more about this unique business him and his wife Nicola have set up from their home in Godalming. Andy is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. His wife Nicola knits …

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Weekend Walk: Shere Village and Little London

  This is a glorious and fairly short walk, full of variety, with a fine village at the start and a good pub at the high point. It also passes close to two of the most interesting and ancient churches in Surrey. Since publishing this walk in VantagePoint, we have …

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Surrey Hills Forest School

Surrey Hills Forest School A good number of years ago I worked alongside Lee for 3 years at a pre-school in Guildford, and in that time we both tried to get as many qualifications under our belts as we could. Lee was always very vocal about the end goal for …

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Natural Light Spa Experience

Claire and I were treated to a most enjoyable afternoon at the Holiday Inn Natural-light Spa this week. The pool was very quiet and a decent length with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna alongside. Relaxing on poolside loungers we enjoyed our apple, kiwi, lime and spinach smoothie before heading in …

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Fresh food straight to your desk

 On July 23rd Alex and I, from the VantagePoint team were invited to Pickadeli headquarters to get a bit more insight into this unique business. We wanted to know where the idea of the business had come from and where they were hoping it was going. As soon as we …

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‘Ride London Surrey 100’ cycle event

What a wonderful friendly carnival atmosphere in Dorking on Sunday for the annual ‘Ride London Surrey 100’ cycle event. With fabulous weather conditions, Sunday saw over 25,000 amateur and elite riders take part in this year’s event – and part of the stretch through Surrey sees riders head through the …

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Keep this business blossoming

  This lovely little shop in the heart of Godalming has been running for 10 years, and the girls have decided that it is now time to move to pastures new. Having been on the high street since the 60’s and being as well known and loved as they are, …

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Broadwater Park Staycation Run

Our own running enthusiast Sarah, took part in the Waverley Harriers  ‘Staycation’ fun run on Saturday morning at Broadwater Park. The total number of runners was 104. A split of 53 male runners and 51 female inc 14 children. Waverley Harriers https://waverleyharriers.co.uk/ had organised the fun run, supported by Waverley …

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Be a part of the next ‘Inspiring View’ in the Surrey Hills

A new fundraising campaign has been launched to restore a lost viewpoint on the North Downs Way National Trail. Just a short walk from Newlands Corner the trees and undergrowth have grown up significantly, closing off views across the Weald to the South Downs. Surrey Hills Arts want to re-create …

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Energy Issues? Citizen’s Advice can help!

Nationally, Citizens Advice found that 48% of those who were helped with energy problems were disabled or had a long-term health problem.  In January this year we promoted the Energy Best Deal Extra Project and we helped people on low incomes or benefits, those with disabilities or long term illnesses, …

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All at Sea – first time cruising

A week’s sea cruise from Malta in June is not a proposition to be immediately spurned. It certainly contains elements of attraction yet also offers reasons to demand caution. While it is getting cheaper, cruising has never exactly been the budget choice and being contained in the middle of the …

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Dinosaur Days Stampede Into Port Lympne This Summer

This Summer, at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, visitors will enjoy prehistoric adventures with exciting dinosaur shows featuring a moving T- Rex, included in the price of their entry ticket. Alongside the dinosaur shows, visitors will be able to take part in additional activities, for a small charge, including fossil …

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Guildford Lions- Raft Race 2019

Long before I worked for VantagePoint I partook in the Guildford Lions Raft Race for several years. Some years with a lot more success than others, one year our boat started disintegrating as soon as we left the start line. For the past couple of years, I have decided to …

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Albury Produce Show Review

VantagePoint were out and about at the Albury Produce show on Saturday. Steeped in history the show has been held continuously on Albury Heath since 1861.  It was halted for a few years during WW2 and was re-started in 1946.  The activities are all run by volunteers and the show …

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ART, DESIGN, YOUR HOME, YOUR GARDEN & …. YOU!

The Garden Show at  Loseley Park Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS ART, DESIGN, YOUR HOME, YOUR GARDEN & …. YOU! 26 – 28 July 2019 Open 10am – 5pm daily It’s the eighth year of The Garden Show at Loseley Park in July 2019. The perfect event to find all you …

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One small job=One happy mother!

TMC Fencing. It’s that time of year where the gardens in England look stunning. Flowers are in bloom, the grass is lush and green, potted plants are flourishing and of course everyone is spending a lot more time out in the garden. My mother had recently discovered that she is …

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Truelove’s opens new Ashtead branch

Local Funeral Directors, Monumental Craftsmen and Repatriation Specialists W A Truelove & Son Ltd have recently announced that they have opened a new branch in Ashtead, Surrey. The Ashtead branch is their nineteenth branch and will join Truelove’s 15 branches in Banstead, Caterham, Cheam, Coulsdon, Dorking, Epsom, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Mitcham, …

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The Nomad Theatre announced as a Winner of Best Amateur Theatre Company in 2019 Essential Surrey Awards

The Nomad Theatre has been named the winner of the Best Amateur Theatre Company in the 2019 Essential Surrey Awards, “designed to celebrate the best our county has to offer”.  Essential Surrey has named the 2019 award winners online (www.essentialsurrey.co.uk/essential-surrey-awards/essential-surrey-awards-the-winners/) and in their July editions of The Guildford Magazine, the …

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Kissed By Betty

Kissed By Betty. A couple of months ago I met Georgie, this meeting was going to be a rather special encounter.   Georgie was coming in to chat about the Cancer Research Relay that was taking place over the summer, and we chatted about why the cause was so important …

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Hardassnails run review by Sarah Bishop!

Hardassnails was true to it’s name and another great race by AAT Events https://aat-events.com/. A testing undulating trail course, starting at The Chantries and weaving though the beautiful Surrey Hills around the foot of Newlands Corner and back up St Martha’s to return. There were 5, 10 or 15k routes …

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Guildford Legal Walk for London Legal Support Trust

On a beautiful summer evening on 8 July, teams from many local law firms (all recognizable by their individual team t-shirts), together with members of the judiciary and voluntary services like the Citizens Advice Bureau, their children and dogs, all gathered outside the Guildford County Court ready to walk or …

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Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train was a 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins which soon became a publishing sensation, with over a million sales in its first few weeks, and still holds the record for the most weeks at number one in the UK hardback book chart (20 weeks). It went …

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2019 Guildford Legal Walk

Julie West Solicitor is delighted to be walking in the 2019 Guildford Legal Walk on 8th July to raise funds for free legal advice in Surrey. Surrey has been recognised as a legal aid desert for all social welfare law where poor and vulnerable people have great difficulty gaining help with …

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Local charity says thank-you for street collection

  The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their collection outside the Sainsbury’s supermarket in Dorking on Saturday 29th June 2019. Altogether a total of £282.51 was collected, which will help the Branch continue its vital services to …

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SYNDICATED INTERVIEW – THE BARRICADE BOYS

We spoke to The Barricade Boys who perform on G Live Main Stage, as part of Guildford Fringe Festival, on 26 July at 8pm. Visit for tickets and dates: guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/the-barricade-boys-stars-of-les-miserables/ You will be rounding up this year’s Festival with a show-stopping performance on G Live’s Main Stage – how are …

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RHS Back to Nature Garden co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Unveiled

  The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1-7 July) has been unveiled today at the festivals press preview. The Garden continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in …

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Eggcellent response to Easter Egg Hunt!

Congratulations to Abi Moran, Quinn Kyle, Alice Johnstone, Tatianna Batovska, Amélie Howe, Holly Hurst and Finlay Hurst, the winners of this year’s Friends of Dorking ‘Dorkers Easter Egg Hunt’ held around the town during the recent school Easter holidays. Throughout the two-week holiday period, children and families were encouraged to …

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‘Hanging’ Out At GoApe

GoApe, Alice Holt. Hurray the sun is finally starting to appear! I was going to make the most of it. Having partaken in GoApe last year I knew I was in for a treat. My housemates had not done it for years, so I made the executive decision that Saturday …

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Supporting Local- Handpicked for Dorking

Handpicked for Clandon Wood. This weekend I popped along to Clandon Wood to show my support to Handpicked for Dorking as well as the exhibitors that were there. As we parked up I could hear Chris and Will from ‘Forget the DJ‘ who were playing some great music which added …

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VantagePoint – our latest testimonials

Don’t take our word about how good VantagePoint can be for your business, read what our advertisers and readers have to say! I have been advertising in Vantage Point for a few months now and I have seen great results. The team are always really friendly. Highly recommend. Matt Harle, …

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FOREST BATHING AT THE SPREAD EAGLE, MIDHURST

June 2019 – The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, Midhurst is now offering forest bathing experiences with Swedish teacher Helena Skoog, who was born and raised in the forests of Sweden and has spent the past four years off-grid in ancient forestry in Sussex. For those not familiar with the …

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dLo Hairdressing- my experience

dLo Hairdressing. On August 8th 2016, David and Amy Lopez, the dynamic duo, husband and wife team, opened the doors of their very own salon, dLo Hairdressing. Since then the salon has gone from strength to strength. I have been to dLo a number of times now, every time I …

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Get a backstage pass to the gardens at Polesden Lacey

The National Trust’s Polesden Lacey was the weekend party house of Edwardian socialite Dame Margaret Greville. As with the house, the gardens at Polesden Lacey were designed to impress. In summer, the walled Edwardian rose garden is home to around 2000 fragrant roses and the double Herbaceous Borders are a …

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Is home-schooling right for my child and my family?

As the end of the school year approaches, many parents will be wondering if their children’s education is on the right path. Might they be happier and do better with home schooling? It’s an enormous step to take, but former primary school teacher Catherine Lynch of PlanBee knows the advantages …

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Citizens Advice … the first 80 years!

Just before the outbreak of war in 1939, the National Council of Social Service introduced a network of national agencies to help citizens deal with any problems they might encounter. This was the network that became the Citizens Advice Bureau. Waverley area was in the vanguard, with the Haslemere bureau, …

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Gin Kitchen Summer Festival

Let the Summer Be-GIN at The Gin Kitchen’s Gin, Beer and Cocktail Festival! Dorking’s Gin Kitchen has announced that tickets are now on sale for their summer Gin, Beer and Cocktail festival. Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, The Gin Kitchen is delighted to offer a colourful spectacular of artisan …

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A memorable talk at breakfast!

On Thursday 13th June 2019, around two dozen members of Dorking Business Breakfast Group attended a special ‘awayday’ breakfast meeting at Hartfield House Care Home in Hartfield Road, Leatherhead. Located on a quiet, leafy road in Leatherhead, Hartfield House, one of Dorking Business Breakfast Group’s newer members, is Porthaven Care …

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Local charity says thank-you for store collection

The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their collection at the Asda store in Burgh Heath on Saturday 15th June 2019. Altogether a total of £506.44 was collected, which will help the Branch continue its vital services …

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PSDS 21 Champions Challenge campaign

We are seeking 21 Champions (can be individuals, families, groups or businesses) to sign up to raise (or donate) £1,000 (or more if they would like to). All the proceeds from this campaign will be used to help children and young people who have Down syndrome reach their full potential. …

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Annum Salman Launches ‘Sense Me’ at Dorking is Talking

Annum Salman, a Pakistani poet, published her debut poetry anthology in January 2019 with AuthorhouseUK. Her poetry book Sense Me revolves around the theme of identity, expanding into topics of mental health, gender, love, culture, and race. On the 16th of May, Annum celebrated the UK launch of the book …

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Beginner’s Day at Farnham Roller Hockey Club

Farnham Roller Hockey Club hosted a Beginner’s Day at Farnham Leisure Centre for juniors in their first season of roller hockey.   Seven teams of U13 and U11 players took part in a training session and then a series of matches as an introduction to the basics of match play. The …

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Community raise over £1 million for new hospice building

Last year St Catherine’s Hospice launched its Full Circle Appeal. An ambitious appeal to make sure that nobody in the local community has to face death and loss alone. This included raising £5 million to build a larger hospice at Pease Pottage. Thanks to the amazing generosity of local people, …

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Dogs For Autism

Dogs for Autism  YOU CAN HELP US HELP THEM   As you all know I always have a great time when I visit The Walled Garden, but when I went down yesterday I was greeted with PUPPIES…and yes I mean plural! The walled garden closed their doors to the public …

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More Inspiration delivered by Ben Smith

On Tuesday 28th May 2019, Ben Smith visited the Borough Hall in Godalming as part of a new national talk tour he is undertaking ahead of his latest challenge in 2020 when he will be heading to the United States. Back in 2015/16 Ben Smith ran 401 marathons in 401 …

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