Tag Archives: surrey

Craftsman in Iron

Phil Kemp talks to one of our local blacksmiths at his forge in Forest Green The ancient art of transforming hard metal into practical, tactile and beautiful objects has its origins through the far distant mists of time. And indeed this almost mysterious art has remained largely unchanged over many …

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Wonderful local asparagus…

British Asparagus starts to appear in the shops around May time. Locally, Secretts of Milford are famed for their asparagus, which they pick when it’s perfectly ready to eat. Harvested every day for the farm shop and restaurant trade, they have become famous throughout the region for this lovely vegetable. Delicious …

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Weekend Walk: Chiddingfold and Ramsnest Common (7 miles)

Here is a peaceful rural ramble through the meadows and woodlands of southwest Surrey. It starts in Chiddingfold, one of Surrey’s most picturesque villages which offers good chances for a rest and refreshment. Near the end, it takes you through some spectacular wooded terrain. There are no ploughed fields along …

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The wonder of maple

The maple sugar season has just finished in the south and eastern part of Québec. For the last two weeks of March, maple syrup producers have returned to their rustic wooden cabins and have been harvesting the sweet maple water. Once again, the boiling process has given the woodlands a …

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Weekend Walk: Tilford to Elstead (9.5 miles)

This walk has an almost six mile initial section which has in it a strenuous climb but it will reward you with some spectacular views.  The second section is much shorter and more or less flat.  The description was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club who will be walking it in …

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The Bourne Conservation Group

The Bourne Conservation Group (BCG) is a voluntary organisation working for the benefit of the natural environment and residents of South Farnham. Founded in 2002, BCG’s work is focussed on the enhancement of biodiversity throughout the local area, spread over a number of sites. Its work also assists local authorities …

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Baking at Easter – Easter Egg Biscuits

Easter is always a great time for baking and this extract from Quick Cakes for Busy Mums by Karen Taylor, £14.99 (B. Dutton Publishing) offers you a couple of colourful recipes. Easter Egg Biscuits Ingredients 200g (7oz) unsalted butter 200g (7oz) caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 1 egg, lightly beaten …

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Weekend Walk: Reigate Heath to Ironsbottom (8.25 miles)

This walk takes you through woods and fields to Ironsbottom and the Three Horseshoes.  The walk was submitted by Guildford Rambling Club  (see guildfordramblingclub.org.uk).  1. From the car park on the right-hand side of the road (walking away from the A25), walk further along Flanchford Road, taking a path just …

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“I don’t want to go to school” – every parent’s nightmare

”I don’t want to go to school today.” These are the words that every parent dreads hearing, especially in the fraught chaos that usually accompanies the morning routine of most families, says Paul Crisell, acting headmaster of Barrow Hills School in Witley, nr Godalming. But before the panic sets in, …

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