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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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Turn up the Heat – Cheese and Chilli Festival 2019

The details have been agreed for the hottest UK Chilli challenge ever – a face-off between top US chilli King Johnny Scoville renowned for chasing the heat by munching his way through the hottest chillies and chilli products he can find and our very own UK Chilli Queen, Shahina Waseem. …

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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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The Big Free Fringe Weekend returns to Guildford on 29 and 30 June

The Big Free Fringe Weekend returns to Guildford on 29 and 30 June with Opera on the Balcony, morris dancers, jazz choirs, comedy theatre and more, followed by an exciting line-up of Free Fringe shows throughout July Guildford Fringe Festival is planning a show-stopping, foot-tapping and fun-filled Free Fringe line-up …

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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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The Guildford Fringe BBQ

The Guildford Fringe Festival. Way before I worked for VantagePoint magazine I knew of Nick Wyschna. He was a one man band with a dream, the dream was to expose all of the talent we have nestled in and around Guildford. Over the past few years Guildford Fringe Festival has …

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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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The Albury Music Festival – Sunday July 21st!

Summer is here and some amazing musicians are tuning up and honing their favourite riffs for the Albury Music Festival! Keep the date free – Sunday July 21st from 2pm – 8pm. This family event brings together lovers of music and talented local musicians while raising money for charity. The …

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INVITATION TO AN AFTERNOON OF INTER-GENERATIONAL FUN

Friday 28th June 2019 (2-5pm) This is your chance to visit and enjoy (yes, enjoy!) an afternoon at Oak Hall Care Home which will be opening as part of the National Care Homes Open Day on 28th June. Oak Hall opened in November on the site of the former Wispers …

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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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Charles Christianson- the WOW factor!

Charles Christianson Orangeries With the uncertainty of the current housing market and homeowners increasingly adding space to their existing properties in favour of moving, The Orangery has never been so popular. An Orangery is such an attractive proposition because like a traditional brick built extension the temperature is easy to …

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ONE GREAT DAY ‘FUN RAISING’ EVENT AT TUNSGATE QUARTER!

What: One Great Day at Tunsgate Quarter When: Saturday 1st June, 11am – 3pm Where: Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford Price: Free   On Saturday 1st June, Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford will be joining hundreds of shopping centres across the country by hosting a day of exciting activities for children, raising money for …

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Rotary Big Band Concert hits the perfect note!

  On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, a sell-out audience of over 500 music lovers of all ages attended Leatherhead Rotary Club’s second annual Big Band Concert at Leatherhead Theatre in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Headline act at the event was the amazing BPO …

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What do food banks do and why?

The aim of food banks is to support local families in crisis who don’t have enough money to buy food. They are given enough food to feed their family (or themselves if they are single) for approximately 3 days. The reasons why people need to visit food banks include benefit …

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Why more authors are choosing to go it alone

Over 1,500. That’s how many manuscript submissions a literary agent recently told me she receives every year. It’s by no means atypical either. Most agents would proffer a similar number while you can probably double it for publishers. As an author, it’s enough to make your blood run cold. Is …

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Meaby & Co Raising money for Cancer Research

For the past 5 years, Meaby & Co Solicitors (formerly Hart Scales & Hodges) has supported Cancer Research and has been the base for local collectors to meet in order to raise money for this incredible cause. Each year, our members of staff join many local people to help collect …

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Locally Loved Artisan Produce in Chiddingfold

In the quiet village of Chiddingfold, there is a charming little tea shop. This tea shop is unlike one I have ever been into before, not only is it one of the most laid-back environments I have ever walked into, it is also a complete hub for locals, business meetings, …

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Charity Music Quiz at The King’s Arms, Dorking

On Thursday 16th May 2019, around 50 enthusiastic quizzers took part in a special Charity Music Quiz at The King’s Arms in Dorking. After four challenging rounds of ten questions each, together with a special 20-point picture round, ‘Dobby’s Angels’ emerged triumphant out of the eight teams taking part, with a very impressive score …

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LOCAL CHILDREN RAISE £85,000 FOR CHARITY

Charterhouse hosts the annual Flight Centre Schools Triathlon for the first time. On Sunday 12 May almost 800 children took part in the triathlon event at Charterhouse School in Godalming, raising £85,000 for Restless Development and other charities. Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster of Charterhouse, said: “We are delighted to welcome …

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Leatherhead Rotary Club 10k Bluebell Run

Leatherhead Rotary Club 10k Bluebell Run Sunday 5th May – Headley Heath, Headley The weather held for the annual Leatherhead Rotary Bluebell 10k run on Sunday 5th May. Although slightly cool it provided ideal running conditions for around 200 runners who turned up. The route is a delightful trail route …

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In Place of War – Music for Medellin

In Place of War – Music for Medellin Donate your unwanted musical instruments and equipment to charity Young people are mentored by artists and learn the four elements of Hip Hop (MCing, break dancing, djing and graffiti) Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th June 2019 The Boileroom, Guildford ‘If it wasn’t …

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Handpicked for Dorking

It’s always a shock to the system going back to work after the Easter break, after a couple of four-day weeks, I think, one must ease themselves back in gently. What better way than to arrange a coffee first thing on a Monday? I met Jason Brett in a coffee …

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Cobbett’s Real Ales raising money for Brooklands School

The Friends of Brooklands School in Reigate would like to thank everyone who so generously supported the recent raffle in aid of the school at Cobbett’s Real Ales in Dorking. Brooklands School is a state-funded special school for children aged between 2 and 11 years with severe or complex learning …

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Bizet’s Carmen at Clandon Wood Nature Reserve

Clandon Wood Nature Reserve presents a special Fundraising performance of Bizet’s Carmen in support of The Brigitte Trust Sunday 5th May – Tickets £49 Transforming the beautiful glass Pavillion at Clandon Wood into an intimate in-the-round performance space, Rogue Opera’s cast of six singers and pianist bring you the drama …

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Festival Of Chichester

Festival of Chichester  Chichester is all set for an exciting summer celebration of the arts with the launch of the award-winning Festival of Chichester, which is set to build on the runaway success of its first six seasons. The festival, now one of the largest in the south, combines the …

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Surrey FA Announce Support for The Amber Foundation

Surrey FA will be supporting local charity The Amber Foundation through a dedicated County Cup Final fixture. The Saturday Premier County Cup Final on Wednesday 24th April will be partly staffed by Amber residents, who will also be raising funds for the charity on the night. Supporters can come and …

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BOURNE BUILDINGS – FARNHAM

As Spring begins, and thoughts of Winter fade away, the garden once again becomes a place to spend time, rather than just a pleasant view from the kitchen window filled with memories of warmer weather. Now what to do with all that space?  A Playhouse for the children?  A Greenhouse …

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An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers at New Victoria Theatre

We’re big cricket fans here at VantagePoint, so we were delighted to attend an Evening with Aggers & Tuffers at New Victoria Theatre in Woking yesterday. Jonathan ‘Aggers’ Agnew is an extremely accomplished raconteur and interviewer, and Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell was very amusing, telling his stories of his time in …

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New Luxury Care Home Opens in Liss

Blenheim Court is a new luxury care home in Liss lying within the beautiful open countryside of the South Downs National Park offering the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care. Purpose built and designed around the needs of its residents, the home provides luxurious interior designed accommodation with …

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Weekend Walk: Hascombe and Hydon’s Ball

This is a varied walk with one or two steep ascents. It passes through some of the most delightful woodland. It is fine at any time of the year, but especially in the spring because of the lambs and the bluebells. For larger map, please visit www.fancyfreewalks.org.uk. 1. Take the …

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BOOM! Credit Union at the Dorking Business Breakfast Group

On Thursday 4th April 2019, around two dozen members of Dorking Business Breakfast Group attended the group’s weekly meeting at Betchworth Park Golf Club to hear Catherine Illingworth from BOOM! Credit Union give an excellent presentation about ethical lending. Ms Illingworth explained how BOOM!’s products and services help local people …

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Dirty Dancing – the classic story on stage

G Live – Tuesday 20 April to Saturday 4 May Dirty Dancing is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, …

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A Tour of The Spike Heritage Centre

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

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New Surrey Hills sculpture appears on Farnham Heath

There’s something new and very exciting appeared on Farnham Heath Nature Reserve this Spring and it’s caught the attention of the BBC! ‘The House of Invisible Hands’ is a permanent wooden structure constructed out of oak with walls of chestnut coppice by sculptor Walter Bailey. The inspiration for the piece …

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My Surrey Hills – meet Jude Palmer

Have you discovered #MySurreyHills videos? Here is Jude, a runner. Each month they will introduce you to a new person. What they all have in common is the Surrey Hills and the love they have for the area, something we at VantagePoint share!

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Combat at the Castle: new event to debut

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

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Rotary Balloon Debate gets back off the ground!

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

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The Stranger on The Bridge

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

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inChoir’s 10th Anniversary

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

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New Photography Experience to Empower Local Girls Launched

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

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TEA AT TUNSGATE’ TO CELEBRATE 1ST BIRTHDAY!

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

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A SPARKLING LAUNCH WEEKEND FOR VINEYARDS OF THE SURREY HILLS.

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

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Surrey Hills Enterprises Awards Evening

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

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

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

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Open House – A Revolutionary New Concept in Estate Agency

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

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Grow top performing, tasty tomatoes with Beth Otway

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

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Pets in Winter

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

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Brexit Proof Dream Career Opportunity Offered to Dog Lovers

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

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VantagePoint Does Yoga…

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

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Seasonal socials at the Wild Carrot

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

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Watson Thomas – A modern law firm

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

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Senior Living

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

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

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

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Walking for Health

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

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Review: ‘Art’ at The Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

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

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Maldivian memories made

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

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Busbridge to Dunsfold Road Cycle

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

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Weekend Walk: Prospects of Polesden

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

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

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

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A Valentine’s Treat

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

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

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

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Record entry for Godalming Performing Arts Festival

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

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Anna by Annum Salman – a Pakistani spoken word poet

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

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What people are saying about VantagePoint…

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

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The Guildford Spice

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

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Security & Peace of Mind

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

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Sage and Season

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

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What did you do today that made a difference?

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

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Art and Crafts in Godalming

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

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Starting New Year with Results NOT Resolutions…

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

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Black cabs are going green

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

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Cheap but tasty eats

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

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David Fuller Menswear Retirement Sale

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

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Sustainability in Farnham

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

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Pewley Down Vineyard

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

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Weekend Walk: Crondall

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

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Pilates with Malgosia Underwood

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

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A Moonlit Dinner

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

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Abbot’s Hospital wins National Lottery support

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

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New Neom Neighbours

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

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Review- Traditional Christmas Dinner at The Britannia

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

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Where a balloon is not just a balloon.

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

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Weekend Walk: Bepton, Chilgrove and the South Downs

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

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Farnham’s Secret Victoria Garden

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

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Warming dishes for chilly days

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

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VantagePoint Travel Club – Grenada!

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

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Weekend Walk: Puttenham and The Sands

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

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Beat the itch this winter

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

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They shall grow not old…

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

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Health is Wealth

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

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Handpicked for Dorking Christmas Market

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

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Weekend Walk: Thursley to Grayswood

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

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VantagePoint Travel Club: Istria, Croatia

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

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VantagePoint awarded Trade Mark Surrey Hills

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

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

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

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Review – Vulcan 7 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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

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Restaurant Review: THE JAPANESE GRILL, BEAVERBROOK

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

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Hampton Estate’s Fuggle Hops

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

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Weekend Walk: Sheepleas, Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley

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

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Classic Apple Tarte Tatin

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

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Weekend Walk: Chidham Circular

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

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Restaurant review – The Ivy Castle View

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

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Hidden Surrey

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

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Heritage Open Days in Dorking

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

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Heritage Open Days in Guildford

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

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Heritage Open Days in Farnham

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

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For the love of cheese

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

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Planning the perfect Children’s Party!

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

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Road test – the Volvo XC40

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

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Weekend Walk: Lurgashall to Petworth

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

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A Proper Post Office at Haslewey!

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

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Weekend Walk: Barns Green, West Sussex

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

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Giggling Squid review

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

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Surrey Cricket in the Community

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

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Join the Wine Club at Albury Vineyard

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

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Weekend Walk: Peaslake, Coldharbour and Westcott

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

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Surrey Hills Society is 10!

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

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Behind the scenes at The Surrey County Show

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

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Lest We Forget

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

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Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers 2018

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

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Weekend Walk: Farnham Lines and Trails

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

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Motorhome Heaven

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

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National Garden Scheme

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

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Silent Pool Garden by Neale Richards at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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

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Godalming’s Music in the Park has started!

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

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Fabulous British Asparagus

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

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

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

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Motoring Update

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

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The Sandals 2 for 1 sale is now on!

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

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Greyfriars Revisited

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

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