Are we already beyond the halfway threshold of this year? Past the longest day and heading towards... let’s not go there! Let’s instead take full advantage of the sun shining, looking forward to those school-runs ceasing for six weeks and a fun-filled summer of fetes, barbecues, festivals and open gardens. As always, your Ramblings columns are bursting at the seams with summer events and you’ll be hard-pushed not to find something wonderful to fill your weekends this month...
Elstead Afternoon WI will hold their next meeting on Thursday 2nd July at 2.15pm in Elstead Village Hall. On this occasion there will be a talk given by Mr D.A. Fulford entitled ‘Antique clocks and watches’. If this makes you curious then why not pop along and hear what it is all about? All visitors and new members will be made very welcome, and as always, there will be a delicious tea on offer. For further details, please call Helen White on 01252 710039.
Help is urgently needed for League of Friends of Milford Hospital. Do you have any experience of accounting, preferably with some experience of the Charity Commission, and a few hours to spare each month? The League of Friends of Milford Hospital is desperate for someone to assist their treasurer a few hours a month. If you are interested then you can get some more information from the treasurer, Malcolm Wilson, on 01483 421419 or you can visit www.milfordhospitalleagueoffriends.com
Do you need help keeping the kids entertained this summer? Guildford Shakespeare Company is, once again, offering two weeks of action-packed drama clubs during the summer holidays. In just five days young actors will play, rehearse and stage their own production for family and friends. They are also introducing their first GSC Day Out on 18th July for seven-to-18-year-olds, where children can meet professional actors and learn rehearsal tips before watching a matinee of their open-air production The Taming of the Shrew. To reserve a place just call 01483 304384 or go to the GSC website www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/classes.html and download a registration form.
Godalming Farmers’ Market takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 10am-4pm on the High Street. As always there is free parking and a great selection of local produce. Hogs Back beer and cider are a particular favourite amongst locals and there’s fantastic hand-made ice cream to keep kids happy during the summer months.
How about taking the kids to meet Paddington Bear at Milford Farmers’ Market on Sunday 15th June? It takes place at Secretts between 10am and 1.30pm.
Godalming Theatre Festival’s hugely popular Pulp Diction returns for its fourth outing on 27th June. Cafe Mila on Godalming High Street will plays host to a lively evening of spoken word monologue, poetry and prose that this month takes Non Fiction as its theme. Performed by some fantastic, local acting talent, it promises to be another fascinating evening of compelling storytelling.
Do you love to sing? Why not take in a sing-a-long to the old time music hall songs with Farnham ASSIST on Monday 30th June? It takes place at The Vineyard Centre, Church House,Union Road, Farnham from 3-5pm and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cake stall and raffle to help raise much-needed funds. Tickets are £5 per person and can be purchased by calling Farnham ASSIST on 01252 717710.
Are you looking to keep your young teenagers busy and out of trouble this summer? How about booking them onto a week’s course that will teach them qualities such as confidence, resilience, determination and optimism? The EXORTA week is based on the principle that these qualities are powerful building blocks for young teenagers. With five days of varied activities in the summer holidays, from 27th – 31st July, teenagers aged 13-15 can experience training from dedicated and experienced professionals in sports and activities they may not have come across before. Activities include Scuba Diving, Golf, Media Training, Stage combat, personnel finance, first aid and more. Venues for the week are in Farnham and Guildford and you can see more details at www.exorta.co.uk
Don’t miss this year’s Ewhurst Big Day and Night Out. This biennial event to raise funds for Ewhurst’s ancient Parish church is set to be the best ever. It takes place at Hurtwood Park Polo Ground on 18th July and a free vintage bus will carry visitors between Ewhurst village and the Big Day Out between 11.30am to 4pm. During the day there will be refreshment stalls, a Hog Roast, various classic and vintage cars before the Big Night Out when there will be music from rock band Kenney Jones and the Jones Gang amongst others. For tickets call the box office on 01483 351 386.
Do you enjoy singing choral music? Shalford Choral Society is now recruiting new members for the new season starting in September. No auditions are required. All they ask is a desire to sing choral. Their weekly rehearsals will take place on Tuesday evenings at St Mary’s Church in Shalford, Surrey from Tuesday 8th September at 7.30pm. For further information visit the website www.shalfordchoralsociety.org.uk . Or, for an informal chat you can call Olivia Peak on 01483 428986.
Guildford Family Festival tickets are now on sale if you fancy a really good, family day out. It takes place at Shalford Park on 18th July from 11am until 11pm. During the day there will be a fun fair, magicians, walkabouts, face painting, stalls, petting farm, crafts, food outlets and bar. The evening will see popular tribute acts perform, including the only official endorsed Olly Murs act, AJ as Robbie and many more. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children. Family tickets are a very reasonable price of £30. For ticket call the box office on 01483 444334.
The National Trust is preparing for the Countryside Crafts Fun Day on Saturday 25 July, from 11am until 5pm at Swan Barn Farm, just a few minutes’ walk from Haslemere town High Street. The day promise fun for all the family, with traditional woodworking and countryside crafts, some of which you can even try yourself. There will be pole lathing, timber hewing and chainsaw carving to name but a few. There will also be wildlife displays including falconry flights, bats, reptiles and amphibians. Refreshments will be available plus a bouncy castle for the kids. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/swanbarnfarm
Ockford-Godalming Afternoon WI Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday 5th August). They meet at the Scout and Guide Headquarters Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming at 2pm. As well as regular meetings they have outings, pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular art and craft sessions to keep you busy. The group looks forward to welcoming newcomers and the secretary can be contacted on 01483 421433 if you would like more information.
My children would be mortified if I didn’t send them to school on the last day of the summer term without a present for their form teacher. Thankfully we have the Godalming Country Market at Milford Village Hall where you can always find an original gift. They stock a huge range of interesting items such as jewellery, woodwork, fused glass, cards and candles, plants, vegetables, preserves, honey and baked goods. They are open every Friday morning from 8.30am to 10.30am.
On 11th July at 12noon, it will be another fun-packed and fund raising day to remember as The Mayor of Waverley opens proceedings at this year’s St Nicolas Church Rectory Fete in Cranleigh. This year all money raised will go to some essential foundation repairs as 800 years of prayer and worship have begun to take their toll on the church building. This year’s event will see the return of the gourmet barbecue provided by Rawlings of Cranleigh and Ragtime classics performed by the Godalming Town Band. There will be a balloon modelling magician and puppeteer Jonathon Cann, traditional cakes and tea, Pimm’s and real ales at the St Nick’s Tavern plus loads more.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company enters its 15th year of touring open-air theatre at some of the most beautiful country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland. This summer we are fortunate to have them perform in two of Surrey most beautiful gardens, Claremont on Saturday 19th July and Alice Holt Forest on 30th. Both performances are of their summer show – The jungle Book and a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company whilst indulging in a glass of chilled summer wine and watching a wonderfully traditional evening of entertainment. For tickets please visit www.chapterhouse.org
Godalming Choral Society will hold an evening entitled ‘Viva Italia’ on Sunday 6th July from 7.30pm at Charterhouse Hall in Godalming. The evening’s music will include Vivaldi’s Gloria and Credo, Monteverdi’s excerpts from Vespers and a selection of popular opera choruses. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased from Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming. For more information go to www.godalmingchoral.org.uk
BirdWorld will hold their annual Teddy Bears Picnic on 30th July. If the weather is kind to us then it is truly a great day out. Take the kids, grandkids and spend the day having fun, playing games, dancing and winning loads of prizes. The usual entry admission fee still apples and the picnic fun begins at 11.30am. Call 01420 22140 or 22992 for prices and more information. Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, GU10 4LD.
Are you a model train enthusiast? Guildford Model Engineering Society will hold their annual Model Steam Rally & Exhibition in Stoke Park on 5th and 6th July. Gates open at 10am and adult tickets are £8, with children under 16 going free.
If the trains don’t interest you maybe the opera does? Opera fans can spend an exclusive evening in the company of Jonathan Veira, international opera singer, raconteur and comedian. Set in the elegant surroundings of Loseley House and in aid of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal ‘Make Your Mark Campaign’, the evening will begin at 7pm in the Great Hall and tickets are £80 each. For more information, call on 01483 547860.
The final Jazz gig of the season at the Pavilion at Guildford & Godalming Rugby Club, features sax and clarinet virtuoso Alan Barnes, one of Britain’s most distinguished and versatile musicians, and winner of many British Jazz Awards. Alan will be joined by pianist Liam Noble and drummer Paul Clarvis on Wednesday 8th July from 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 in advance from www.guildfordjazz.org.uk
The Surrey Guild Craft Gallery in Milford is run as a cooperative by members of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen. A wide variety of work made by them can be seen and purchased here. All visitors are made very welcome. Why not just pop in and have a browse or find out more about the members craft and expertise? Entry is free and they are open daily from 10.30am to 5pm. It’s well worth a visit if you are passing by. Surrey Guild Craft Gallery, 1 Moushill Lane, Milford.
A dazzling musical adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s best stories, James and the Giant Peach is being put on by The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre. The performance takes place on Thursday 3rd July, running until the 5th. Times and ticket prices are available by calling the box office on 01483 440000.
The Garden Show at Loseley Park returns for a third year this month. The event showcases a brilliant collection of specialist nurseries with the growers on hand to help you choose the right plants for your soil and the best environment for them to flourish. With garden designers and artisans to help you transform your outdoor spaces and a fantastic range of wonderful gifts, fashion accessories and some of the best county foods and wines in the area. It takes place on 18th July and tickets are £7 for adults and £18 for a family.
Looking ahead Ewhurst Horticultural Society will be holding its 122nd flower show on Saturday, 11th July, in Ewhurst village hall. All details are on the website: www.ewhursthortsoc.org.uk or phone the show secretary on 01483 277960. The show is open to the public from 2.30pm with presentation of awards at 4.15pm followed by auction and raffle.
St Mary’s Church in Shalford will be holding a summer book sale in aid of church funds, on Saturday 4th July, from 9am until 2pm. There will also be stalls selling gifts, pictures and handicrafts. Homemade refreshments will be available and they will have a story corner to keep the younger children entertained.
On Sunday, 12th July, you can enjoy a Choral Evensong with the St James Singers at The Church of the Holy Rood, Sparsholt. The afternoon will begin with a short recital at 4.30pm followed by tea and cakes in The Griffin Memorial Hall and then at 6pm Choral Evensong will begin in the church.
Looking ahead, don’t forget to put this one in your diaries. On 26th and 27th September the Parnham Harvest Festival takes place and will be attended by ITV chef, Phil Vickery and popular local cookery writer and demonstrator Rosemary Moon. The harvest brings together the very best of homemade food, locally grown produce as well as activities such as deer walks and seasonal cookery demonstrations. Tickets are £10 per adult and children are half the price. We will hopefully have even more details in next month’s Ramblings but in the meantime, pencil it in!
Wonersh History Society would like me to let you all know that they have a meeting on Tuesday 21st July at 8pm in Lawnsmead Hall Wonersh and everyone is welcome to attend. Jean Wickens will be giving a talk about local street names. Do you know the origin of your street name? Wine will be available.
It seems that July is rather a busy month for the good people of Wonersh. They will be celebrating village life on Sunday 5th July at their annual summer fair. It takes place on the common from 1pm and there will be most importantly, a Pimm’s tent. As well as a plant sale, barbecue, teas and homemade cakes, a fun dog show and loads of children’s activities.
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