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Leatherhead Rotary Club donates over £8,000 to local Foodbank

  Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who so generously supported their recent campaign to raise vital funds for the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank, which also covers the Leatherhead area. Altogether, a total of £8,321.49 was raised, including a very generous donation of £1,000 from the Bookham Butterflies …

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Weekend Walk: Chawton – figure of eight

This walk takes you through pretty woods and fields around Chawton in Hampshire. You may, of course, choose to tackle only one of the loops and spend time visiting Jane Austen’s house. The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk). Option 1 – 4.5 miles – Chawton to …

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Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village will re-open on 6th July

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is delighted to announce that it will start to re-open from the 6 July following the latest Government guidelines for the reopening of UK museums.  The reopening will be in four phases, enabling the introduction of Government-recommended measures across the site to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers …

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Dates and films announced for the Loxwood Drive-In Movies

Experience the excitement of a drive in movie and enjoy a much awaited night out, when Loxwood Drive-In Movies launch on the 9th July. For 14 days this summer, the big screen will light up the Loxwood Meadows as the classic movie-going experience is reinvented.  And, if you are more …

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Citizens Advice Waverley Coronavirus update

During the Coronavirus crisis Citizens Advice Waverley advisers have been working safely from home to continue to provide advice to the community via telephone and e-mail. This service will continue. Telephone: Call Advice line 0344 848 7969 to speak to an adviser. e-mail: Please complete the enquiry form at www.waverleycab.org.uk …

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Help Phil Spencer halt the Alton Incinerator

We’re all keen to go green aren’t we? All being urged to ditch single-use plastic, switch to smart cars and embrace all initiatives to halt climate change? So why would anyone think that an enormous incinerator generating CO2 is the answer to the world’s waste problems? But French multi-national Veolia …

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Arts Alive is E-Live in Mole Valley

Local arts groups are being invited to take part in Mole Valley’s annual arts festival, Arts Alive, which this year has been renamed Arts E-Live as events move online. Supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and now in its 24th year, Arts Alive is the biggest arts festival in …

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Stay Loyal to Local!

As Local Food Britain launches a new campaign encouraging people to ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ beyond the lockdown, here we explain more about how it all came about – and the ways that independent businesses are set to benefit While the lockdown has undoubtedly brought many challenges, one of the …

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The Meaning of Birdsong – a poem

This poem was sent in to us by one of our readers, Peter Taylor           Warm May morning, pink azaleas alight, never been so bright before, so fiery so soon after winter’s wake (quite late this year). I toast my feet beneath a dodging sun, soaking …

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A light summer lunch

Chicken Caesar Salad Cups These cute Little Gem lettuce cups make perfect bite sized scoops for a delicious cheat’s version of the classic Caesar salad. Ingredients: 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 clove garlic, crushed, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 20g parmesan, finely grated plus a little extra for decoration, 4 radishes, cut …

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Weekend Walk: Reigate Heath

This more or less level walk takes you through woods and fields close to Reigate. Reigate Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one of the most important wildlife designations nationally and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is an important example of the lowland heath habitat, …

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New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham set to re-open

The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham is re-opening & celebrating the nature and the beautiful British landscape that has given us all so much joy during the recent lockdown… 11th July – 5th September 2020 Vicky Oldfield: Flowers: the eccentric and ordinary Vicky is a Surrey based artist and printmaker …

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Help Save Biddles Guildford!

  Biddles need your help to rescue our store!  Biddles, Guildford’s oldest stationery shop, is a well-loved Guildford retailer that has been supported by our loyal customers for over 135 years. Trading throughout the great depression and both world wars, however now we need your help. Covid-19 Due to the …

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Watts at home – Digital Programme

Wherever you are, you can now explore Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village online. Based in Guildford, the art gallery and charity is dedicated to sharing the history and legacy of its founders – Victorian artists, G F and Mary Watts. It’s new digital programme, Watts at home, allows you to …

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Summer berry recipes

Mixed Berry Cheesecake This beautiful cheesecake is the perfect centrepiece to impress guests. With its pale pink colour and a bounty of berries on top it’s delicious too. Add edible flowers for an extra touch. Ingredients: 125g digestive biscuits, 75g ginger biscuits, 100g melted butter, 300g strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, …

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Wildflowers on our roadside verges

The A24 between Dorking and Capel is notable for its bikers, but also for its central strip of grass, dotted with trees, between the two sides of the carriageway. Over the past few months, the verge has grown up and there have been wildflowers and long grasses waving in the …

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Birds of a feather get hot in this weather

Temperature predicated to climb above 30 degrees this week across parts of the UK. While we enjoy the sun, our favourite garden birds, like robins, blue tits and blackbirds could be left struggling as the heat dries up natural water sources. The RSPB is asking people to leave out a …

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Weekend Walk: Chiddingfold to Ram’s Nest

This walk takes you through woods and fields between Chiddingfold and Ram’s Nest. Chiddingfold became famous for its glass-making – during the reign of Elizabeth I, there were no fewer than 11 glass works on the green. Chiddingfold glass was used in some of the finest buildings in the land, …

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Piano lessons during lockdown

When schools in England closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many teachers had to transfer their curriculum online. For instrumental music teachers, it was possible to continue lessons with relatively little upheaval, using Skype or other means of video call. Some musicians have been teaching in this way for …

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Art for All Seasons at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (WGAV) has launched a series of activities to celebrate its Art for All Community learning programme. Inspired by the charity’s founders – the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904) and his wife, the artist and designer Mary Watts (1849 -1938) – who …

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Some summer salads…

It’s almost summer which means it is time for salads. There are masses of fabulous ingredients out there which will help you to create some terrific combinations. Use them as lighter starters or side dishes or go large and make them your main meal. The first three salads come courtesy …

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Dash with a Difference with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice!

Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is sad to announce that its Dash of Colour event won’t be taking place as usual this year, due to Coronavirus restrictions. However, it will still be holding the event, albeit in a slightly different way… Dash of Colour – Do It Your Own …

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The Friends of the South Downs Photo Competition

The Friends of the South Downs invite you to enter its free 2020 photographic competition celebrating the beauty of the South Downs National Park – its landscape, wildlife, buildings and other man-made structures contributing to the cultural heritage of the area. The Park stretches from Eastbourne to Winchester, covering the …

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Arundel Wetland Centre re-opens

Conservation charity WWT has re-opened its Arundel Wetland Centre in West Sussex. Members of the public and WWT members will have to pre-book online for the day they want to visit as part of measures to keep everyone safe.  WWT’s priority is to ensure the public can access its beautiful waterscapes to help …

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Age UK Surrey Supports Veterans

Age UK Surrey is delighted to announce that we are supporting veterans across Surrey through our Call of Friendship project.  Although lockdown has eased, many people are still restricted in going out and feeling more isolated than ever before.  The Call of Friendship project provides a range of support services …

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Weekend Walk: Shamley Green and Winkworth (9.5 miles)

This is a walk which offers some splendid views and a brush with religious history and, in parts, a fairly strenuous leg stretch. Some of the bridleways can get pretty muddy, so stout waterproof boots are recommended outside of the summer. I did the walk starting at Winkworth Arboretum, which …

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Get updates from your local MP

Our local MP Jeremy Hunt MP (South West Surrey) is sending out very useful email updates on a daily basis. To receive a daily update from from him, please email huntj@parliament.uk I’m not sure about others, but you may like to contact them as follows: Andrew Griffith (Arundel and South …

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Celebrate British Beer Day with Langhams

Langham Brewery is an independent steam-powered microbrewery situated between the Sussex towns of Midhurst and Petworth in the beautiful South Downs National Park. Their passion is to produce innovative, distinctive and flavoursome real ales using the finest quality ingredients and traditional craft skills. The VantagePoint editor has good reason to thank Langhams. An avid …

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A Foraged Meal for Early Summer

June is a time when many wild foods are at their best; combine these with some of the cultivated foods in season now and you can create some wonderful dishes. Here are a few seasonal suggestions from our friend Peter Sibley… Sea Trout with Samphire Sea Trout is in season …

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Ingredients for Academic Success

What makes the difference between an academically successful child and one who struggles with schoolwork? Anna Dalglish, Instructor at the Kumon Maths and English Study Centre in Guildford North, believes a child’s potential to learn is unlimited, particularly if these key components for successful learning are in place: Individualised progress …

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Stand Up During Lockdown for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Lift the lockdown blues with some Friday night comedy, and join six stand-up comedians straight from the London Comedy Circuit, for an hour and half of light-hearted, quality humour. Lockdown Laughter will take place on Friday 26th June and will raise money for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, which provides supportive …

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Important Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus COVID-19: latest UK government response PLEASE CLICK HERE For local authorities, local information is on their websites (click below to visit): Chichester District Council East Hants District Council Guildford Borough Council Mole Valley District Council Waverley Borough Council Cranleigh Parish Council Elstead Parish Council Farnham Town Council Godalming Town …

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Local Craft Gin Distilleries

Phil Kemp visits three of our local artisan distilleries to get a taste of the craft gin explosion The gin industry throughout the country is reportedly experiencing a booming demand for one of the nation’s favourite tipples. And with total sales of almost £2 billion across the sector last year …

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Weekend Walk: Thorney Island (8.5 miles)

This is the ideal walk for those who love sea views. Doing the walk clockwise from Emsworth gets the inland sections over at the beginning. Once onto the shoreline, the route is very easy to follow so you can concentrate on enjoying the route rather than reading instructions. A visit …

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Weekend Walk: Abinger, Holmbury and Wotton (8.75 miles)

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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Guildford Lions – can you help?

In ordinary times we support all sectors of our community through our fund raising events. But these are not ordinary times and we have had to cancel our Easter Show, Music in the Park and annual Raft Race events With no income, we are now concentrating on supporting those people who fall through the …

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Coming soon…Drive in Movies are coming to the Loxwood Meadow

This summer, a special new film experience is coming to Loxwood Meadow. Perfect for those eager to escape their four walls safely, Loxwood’s new drive-in movie screenings will offer the chance to experience extraordinary films in the beautiful English countryside. With personalised in-car sound and a food delivery service on …

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Winners of Dorking Halls’ Lockdown Music Competition Announced

The three winning entries in Dorking Halls’ lockdown home music video competition ‘Social Sounds’ have been chosen by the public in an online vote.  The winners, whose videos received the highest number of votes are, in no particular order: singer-songwriter Aaron Norton with his acoustic cover of Oasis’s ‘She’s Electric’; …

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Painshill reopens to the public

Historic Painshill in Surrey has reopened its gates to its members and the public as lockdown begins to ease. The 158-acre landscaped gardens in Cobham closed in March because of the pandemic but is now able to welcome visitors again with social distancing procedures in place. The park, which is …

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National Garden Scheme gardens begin to reopen…

The National Garden Scheme is delighted to announce that its gardens in England will begin to reopen.  In order to comply with social distancing and other Government guidelines, all gardens will open in a system of pre-purchased tickets for a timed slot at the visitor’s garden of choice. Tickets must …

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An update from The Meath

So much has changed for so many and here at The Meath we’ve had to adapt considerably, learn quickly and overcome a few challenges in order to continue to maintain and provide  the very best service  for the people we support. We are all extremely proud of our achievements as …

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Historic gardens reopen to compete for coveted award

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

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Home Counties Carers Art Competition: Stay Home, Stay Safe

The closing date for Home Counties Carers lockdown art competition has been extended! The closing date is now Monday 1st June, after half-term. The kids may be in lockdown but they’ve still got a lot of school work to do! Hopefully this extension will give children who want to get …

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Farnham Secret Gardens Competition

Farnham Town Council is expecting a bumper crop of entries in this year’s Secret Gardens competition which will be judged remotely. There are eight categories to choose from including Best Hanging Basket/Container and Best Family Lockdown activity such as creating a bug hotel or building a small pond. Councillor Sally …

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Some picnic food ideas

Easy Coronation chicken pies Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil; 1 onion; 2 tbsp medium curry powder; 3 tbsp mango chutney; 1 large cooked chicken breast; diced into chunks; 140g double cream; knob of butter; 500g pack shortcrust pastry; flour for dusting; 1 beaten egg; 2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional). Makes …

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WWII Discovery at West Horsley Place

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

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One Million Bubbles of Love

Nothing brings smiles to people’s faces like balloons do, and the professional balloon decorating and entertainment industry wants to help people find their smiles and joy during this challenging and frightening time we have entered. On Saturday & Sunday, May 9th & 10th, balloon artists from around the world participated …

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Gin cocktails

We have three cocktail ideas from our friends at Silent Pool Distillery. BEE’S KNEES Bees harvest nectar from nearby flowers, so honey is a direct reflection of the area in which it is made. That’s why local honey is not only a key ingredient in Silent Pool gin but also …

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Sunfower Seed Plait from Bake with Jack

Here is a recipe from our good friend Jack Sturgess, who runs Bake with Jack. Visit www.bakewithjack.co.uk for more information       Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour 175g strong white bread flour 7g salt 7g sachet of dry yeast, or 12g fresh yeast 250g room temperature water 20g soft butter …

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Local Teacher Sews for Victory

Tamsin Mitchell, Head of Design & Technology at Glebelands School in Cranleigh, heard that local frontline workers were faced with a drastic shortage of scrubs, masks, and similar equipment, and decided to pitch in. Other schools are benefitting from her community outreach efforts, including St Joseph’s Specialist School and College …

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Sing-Along-a-Lock-Down Supports Hospice Care

Farnham’s main producer of musical theatre is doing everything it can to support the local hospice’s finances. Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, the Farnham-based charity that provides a range of free services to adult patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness, has seen its fund-raising hit hard by …

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Bank Holiday Recipes

British Asparagus Spring Pasta A super quick and easy dish for those mid-week meals that requires little preparation time. Ingredients: 400g British asparagus; 170g frozen peas; 350g pappardelle pasta; 2 knobs of butter; 1tbsp olive oil; 4 shallots, finely chopped; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 200ml crème fraiche; handful of chopped …

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The GladRags Project

West Horsley Place Trust is delighted to announce a creative community project to reinforce our togetherness during this challenging time. In collaboration with artist Diana Burch and Haslemere Museum we will coordinate our local community’s contribution to The GladRags Project. The project is simple and one that any of us can …

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This weekend, wake up to the symphony of the Dawn Chorus!

Sunday 3rd May is International Dawn Chorus Day – a day to celebrate the early morning swell of birdsong! In this unprecedented time when many of us have limited access to the outdoors, you only need to open your window to enjoy this natural phenomenon. 40 million birds have disappeared …

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Free family waterway festival moves to May 2021

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust will be hosting a free family festival over the early Bank Holiday in May 2021, after this year’s event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IWA Trailboat Festival South, celebrating the Wey & Arun Canal and its restoration, will see an array …

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Two Amazing Little Girls – raising money for our NHS!

In a world of such uncertainty, it is amazing to see people coming together in so many ways, ranging from Captain Tom Moore who has raised over £30 million for the NHS all the way down households across the country clapping for carers every Thursday evening at 8pm. This week …

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Kelly’s Run Together Apart – raise money and get fit!

Lockdown Fatigue?  Incentivise, Galvanise Exercise! Staying at home during lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t exercise every day so why not give yourself a reason to get out & run, ride or walk with a purpose! Join a VIRTUAL Kelly’s Storage Charity Event! You don’t have to do the whole distance …

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Can you help The Meath at this time?

The Meath is a specialist residential care home and day service for adults who live with complex epilepsy and disabilities. The charity enables the people they support to live safe and fulfilled lives as independently as possible. The Government announcement of a £750m funding package as a response to the …

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Get Drumming with Dominik Wilhelm!

Vivian Greene once said that ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’ O.K., so I’m healthy, my loved ones are healthy, we have food, drink and a house and garden to enjoy and give each other space in. I’m …

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Think about your Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney

We are experiencing exceptionally difficult times. We will get back to having fun with our families and our favourite pastimes before too long. At the time of writing we have wonderful weather which many of us are able to enjoy however those who are working in essential services and in …

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Spring is here! Top ten signs of it in your garden

Spring is now here, and there are signs of it all around us – birds singing, flowers blooming, and being able to go outside without five layers on! The RSPB has collected top ten signs of spring that you may see from your garden: Birds building nests – birds only …

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Dog training tips whilst in isolation

Life in lockdown is very different for your dogs as well as yourselves.  Their old routine has gone out of the window and they are adjusting to the new ‘norm’.  You may be busy working at home, or entertaining your children, but do give some attention to your wonderful pets …

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Inspiring Surrey Hills Businesess

In amongst the difficult daily news, Surrey Hills has an inspiring range of stories about local businesses supporting their local communities, key workers and NHS staff. Despite the most challenging circumstances, there is a growing community of Surrey Hills businesses who are collaborating to deliver much needed local produce to …

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Help support our nurses with the National Garden Scheme

In a new campaign led by Britain’s most famous gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, the National Garden Scheme is reaching out to people to help support the nursing and health charities for which it has raised money since its foundation. With all gardens closed and so no income coming in, the National …

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Wey & Arun Canal Trust marks 25 years of boat trips

When the first fee-paying passengers cruised along the Wey & Arun Canal back in 1995, few members could have imagined that Trust would be celebrating 25 years of public boat trips and this year welcoming more than 1,000 passengers on boat trips just in the Christmas and New Year period …

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St Catherine’s Hospice seeks community’s support

Whilst many of us are in lockdown at home, staff at St Catherine’s Hospice continue to provide vital care and support to local terminally ill people across our community. Never has their care been more important, but it’s only thanks to the generosity of readers like you that St Catherine’s …

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Ron Calverley – 100 not out!

Ron has helped out at The Clockhouse day centre in Milford for 12 years – and was the face of a new National Lottery campaign launched to mark ‘Blue Monday’. Turning 100 in April, he is in isolation and misses volunteering at The Clockhouse enormously! This is his story… I …

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Beth Otway’s 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 (5.5 miles)

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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Weekend Walk: Polesden Lacey Circular (8 miles)

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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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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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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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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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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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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Weekend Walk: Round the Devil’s Punch Bowl (4.5 miles)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (4 miles)

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 (9 miles)

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 (7.5 miles)

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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