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...
A reminder that Haslemere’s Farmers market takes place every first Sunday of the month from 10am-1.30pm in the High Street. This month it falls on 6th July and it’s a great place to buy your summer barbecue produce. Why not try their famous turkey sausages or some fresh fish and seafood? There is also a lovely selection of Italian cakes and baked goods for afternoon tea and curry sauces and chutney for those who prefer a little more spice! Haslemere Transition Town are now recycling second hand books at the market so you can take along your old ones and buy new ones.
In this, the 100th anniversary year of the Women’s Institute, Bramshott WI would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. The annual summer event takes place at the Church Centre, Liphook, on Monday 10th August from 2-4pm where there will be stalls selling cream teas, a bring and buy, raffle and lots more. For more information, call Christine Weller on 01428 712593.
The Haslemere and Midhurst NCT branch would like to invite all mums with young children to their Cheeky Monkey Tea Party. This takes place in the grounds of The Royal School, Hindhead, on Friday 10th July, 9.30am to 12pm. There will be entertainment from Playball, DiddiDance dance, Pyjama Drama and YogaBellies plus various stalls, and refreshments. Entry is free and they would love to see as many new faces as possible so ask that you spread the word to other new mums!
Cats Protection Haslemere hold its annual open day on Saturday, 11th July, 11am-4pm at the Haslemere Shelter, Upper Hammer Lane, GU27 1QD. Meet the resident cats, and there will be lots of stalls and interest for visitors of all ages. For children, there will be donkey rides and petting animals and all day, local musicians will play in a range of musical styles. Visitors can relax in the lovely garden and listen to the music while they enjoy a barbecue or tea. Admission for adults is £1 and children 50p.
The National Trust is preparing for the Countryside Crafts Fun Day on Saturday 25 July, 11am until 5pm at Swan Barn Farm, a few minutes’ walk from Haslemere town High Street. The day promise fun for all the family, with traditional woodworking and country crafts, some of which you can try yourself. There will be pole-lathing, timber hewing and chainsaw carving to name but a few. Members of the Black Down Estate management team will demonstrate their woodworking skills by making items such as roofing shingles, willow-weaving, pencil-making and fencing products. There will also be wildlife displays including falconry flights, bats, reptiles and amphibians. Refreshments will be available plus a bouncy castle for the kids. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/swanbarnfarm
A bridge lunch will take place Cross Farm Barn in Shackleford on Thursday 23rd July in aid of Shooting Star Chase. Tickets are £20 per person and include
The Hindhead Music Centre is celebrating its 40th birthday with an open day on Sunday 5th July, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Ann Hughes-Chamberlain opened her doors in 1975 to fulfil her vision and passion for music for everyone. Offering individual lessons throughout term time and summer courses during the holidays. Now in her eighties, she still works full-time and continues teaching. On the day, harp groups, orchestras, bands, and a playathon (raising money for Macmillan), will play all afternoon. On the day you can try a free taster lessons or roam the six acres of garden and enjoy refreshments in the coffee shop. www.hindheadmusiccentre.co.uk
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 wine and watching a wonderful traditional evening of entertainment. For tickets visit www.chapterhouse.org
Liphook Ramblers are looking for a few more people to join their walks. Do you fancy some exercise and a chat? Then join them for a walk at the weekend or during the week. Walks vary from a couple of hours to almost all day. Visit www.liphookramblers.wordpress.com
Get digging! At the Festival of Archaeology this month, Haslemere Museum will encourage people in the local area to dig a test pit in their gardens to see if they can uncover some of Haslemere’s past. Archaeologists will be on hand on the 18th of July, 1-4pm at Haslemere Museum to help identify and record any finds that might be dug up. Haslemere Museum, 78 High St, Haslemere, GU27 2LA.
It’s been 27th year since the Gibbet Hill 10K race first started and this year it will start from a new venue, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Weydown Road in Haslemere. It is hosted by Haslemere Border Athletic Club and takes place on Wednesday 8th July for all runners over the age of 16. It’s the same climb to the top of the Gibbet Hill as before and then round part of the rim of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and back into Haslemere down Farnham Lane to finish on Lion Green. It’s challenging, but equally it is fun, and there are some wonderful views. For further details and how to enter go to www.gibbet10k.co.uk or Haslemere Border Athletic Club at www.hbac.co.uk
For all you Ramblers out there, a reminder that Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers have resumed their popular evening walks. On Friday evenings during the summer they get together for a four-to-five-mile walk which usually ends at a local pub. It’s a great way to meet new people and wind down for the weekend. New walkers members are always welcome and are able to join a couple of trial walks before joining. Full details of the walks and start points can be found at www.gandhramblers.org.uk
There are more local gardens to visits this month as part of the National Garden Scheme. On Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th July, Bardsey, an unexpected two-acre garden in the heart of Haslemere will open its gates for the public to wander around. There are several areas containing scent, colour, texture and movement a stunning pictorial meadow within a parterre and a Prairie planted border provides a modern twist. There is also a large productive fruit and vegetable garden, natural ponds and a bog gardens. Admission is £4.50 and well-behaved children are allowed in free. Bardsey, 11 Derby Road, GU27 1BS.
There will be an outside performance of Twelfth Night at Haslemere Museum later this month. The wonderful, Guildbury Theatre Company will perform in the museum garden for the second year running and tickets are on sale from Haslemere Hall. It tells the story of a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the centre of a not-so-average love triangle. It should be a great night, so get booking.
BirdWorld hold their annual Teddy Bears Picnic on 30th July. If the weather is kind to us then it is 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 22140/22992 for prices and more details. Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, GU10 4LD.
Grayshott Flower Club’s first workshop in May was apparently success with a great turnout of members and visitors. On Wednesday 1st July, ‘Two’s Company’ is the title of another, hands-on workshop with Beryl Greenslade. For further information and a worksheet call 01428 651956. The meeting will take place at Grayshott Village Hall, Small Hall, doors open at 7pm with refreshments available. The workshop starts at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome.
Elstead Afternoon WI 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 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. 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. The league promotes the hospital and raises funds to provide facilities and amenities for patients and staff the NHS cannot provide. 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
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 home-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 19th July? It takes place at Secretts between 10am and 1.30pm.
St Luke’s Church Fete will take place on Sunday 12th July from 12noon. St Luke’s Church Milland and St Luke’s Church Linch are organising a traditional fete on Milland Recreation Ground. There will be home-made cakes, a coconut shy, penalty shoot-out, bargain plants and children’s fun as well as a model railway in the village hall.
Haslemere Garden Society have an outing to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on 15th. Their lectures will resume in September in the Catholic Church Hall, Weydown Road, Haslemere, and commence at 7.45pm. Guests of members are always welcome for a charge of £2 per person. Keep an eye on their website for further details and dates. www.haslemere-gardening-society.co.uk
Would you be interested in attending a gathering of historic steam-powered vehicles and machinery? Kingsley Steam Rally takes place over the weekend of the 25-26th July at Sickles Lane Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9PD. It’s a great day out for all the family and all money raised will go to Macmillan.
There’s to be a Summer Fun Show, Children’s Gymkhana & Dog Show at Chase Farm, Bramshott, Hindhead on Sunday 5th July. It promises to be a fun-packed day of ‘horse & hound’ showing, including show jumping, dressage, ridden & in-hand show classes plus children’s gymkhana games & fun classes and a dog show. For more details visit www.weyvalley.wordpress.com
Have you ever experienced the Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm? Tim and Anne Butler are third generation farmers who introduced lavender to their fields 10 years ago and now have a thriving business. On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July, they will be giving mini tours and talks about lavender, tractor rides around the farm and there will be aromatherapists to offer some advice and massages. Gates open at 11am and entry is £3. Hartley Park Farm Selborne Road, Alton, GU34 3HP. Visit www.thelavenderfields.co.uk
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