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...
What nicer way is there to celebrate summer than nosing around other people’s beautiful gardens? Clover Farm will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 5th July from 1.30pm until 5pm and Monday 6th from 2-4pm. There are three acres to wander around with views to die for! You’ll find herbaceous borders and sloping lawns down to a reflection pond, a wild flower meadow, Lime Avenue, rose and a kitchen garden. Admission is £4 for adults and children are free. Make your way to Clover Farm, Alton, GU34 4DU.
Four Marks Summer School will be celebrating summer with their annual fayre on Saturday 4th July. There will be entertainment for all the family including fairground rides, a bouncy castle, trampolines, stalls and a barbecue, bar and refreshments to keep the adults happy. Don’t worry if it rains on the day, they promise that it will take place whatever the weather! Gates open at noon. Entry is £1 for adults and free for kids. Four Marks School, Kitwood Road, Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AS.
If that hasn’t satisfied your horticultural needs, then you can pop along to East Worldham Gardens on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th for even more fun. It’s a beautiful walled garden with restored greenhouses, vegetable area and a rose garden. Again, it is open in aid of the national garden scheme and therefore, trying to raise some money for charity. If you have a free hour or so over the weekend please take a look. It’s a very beautiful garden. East Worldham Gardens, Alton, GU34 3AE.
MyCarBooty Car Boot Sale at Country Market will take place every Wednesday and Sunday during July. If you haven’t been before, it’s a very popular car boot sale in the most beautiful rural Hampshire countryside. It takes place next door to the new Country Market Garden Centre & farm Shop that also has a coffee shop, carvery restaurant and shop. It opens 7.30am for both buyers and sellers and entry is 50p. Country Market, Osborne & Malthouse Farms, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 0QP.
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.
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. www.thelavenderfields.co.uk
Are you looking to keep your young teenagers busy and out of trouble this summer? How about booking them on to 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. You can see more details at www.exorta.co.uk
Grayshott Flower Club’s first workshop back in May was apparently a huge 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 and doors open at 7pm with refreshments available. The workshop starts at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome.
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.
The Seale & Sands Summer Show promises a whole afternoon of fun for the whole family. This year sees the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo so the show will be a celebration of this historic event. There are special events in the arena including the Battle of Waterflour, you can choose your side and then join everyone else on the battlefield. The ‘troops’ will be well entertained by shows of dancing, Dog Disorder, human fruit machines and bazooka bears to name a few. They say an army marches on its stomach so refill with a Royal British Legion burger and beer and an ice cream to be ready for the ever popular races and Tug of War. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without somebody getting a soaking in the entertaining Drench The Wench! Sounds like my kind of fun! See you there on Saturday 4th July at The Sands Recreation Ground, Littleworth Road, The Sands, GU10 1NE.
Grayshott Village Hall will be brimming with flowers fruit & vegetables on Saturday 11th July from 2pm – 4pm when Grayshott Gardeners will be holding their Summer Show. Why not pop along and see the exhibits from single blooms to hanging baskets, strawberries to strawberry jam as well as classes for the under-17s, floral arrangements and photography. Refreshments with delicious homemade cakes will also be available. For more information and the show schedule visit www.grayshottgardeners.net or telephone Suzi Gordon on 01428 608181.
Looking ahead, don’t forget to put this one in your diaries! On 26th and 27th September the Parham 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!
The annual Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride, now in its eighth successful year, will take place on Sunday 19th July. Riders leave the statue of King Alfred in Wantage’s historic market place at 10am, heading east along the Vale of the White Horse; riders then cross the Marlborough Downs, the Thames Valley and North Hampshire Downs, before a gentle descent into Winchester through the picturesque villages of the Bourne Valley. The ride finishes at Winchester’s statue of Alfred in the Broadway. It’s a 50-mile, non-competitive ride that anyone can register to take part in. For more details and to register for the ride, visit www.Hyde900.org.uk .
Do you enjoy folk music? You have one last chance this month, before Grayshott Folk Club closes up for its summer break to enjoy an evening of great music. On Saturday 4th July, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar will perform a mix of traditional and modern folk songs. They are award-winning young musicians who have set the folk world alight over the last few years and this evening promises to be a fantastic end to the 2014/15 season at Grayshott. For tickets, please call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096. Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, near Hindhead, GU26 6TZ.
Country Market in Kingsley will be celebrating the Hampshire Food Festival this month. They are open daily to purchase home grown and quality local produce. There will be promotions, new products, tastings, free food and farming trails. Visitors can also enjoy free access to their two self-guided farm trails. They are open seven days a week at Osborne & Malthouse Farms, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 0QP.
Hampshire will hold a 999 Emergency Services Show in aid of The Help For Heroes & The Royal British Legion Charities on 26th July. There will be displays from South Central Ambulance Services, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, and Hampshire Constabulary. There will be preserved 999 vehicles, classic cars and motorbikes, marching bands, craft stalls loads to keep the kids happy. Gates open at 10.30am and entry is free. www.hampshire-999-show.co.uk . Frith End, Quarry Road, Bordon.
Staff at St Lawrence School in Alton are busily preparing for their annual fayre. It takes place on 4th July from 11am where there will be a whole range of traditional children’s games and stalls. Kids can also get their faces painted, jump around to their hearts’ content on the bouncy castle and fill their bellies with homemade teacakes. Sounds like the most perfect summer’s day! St Lawrence CE Primary School, Amery Hill, Alton, GU34 2BY.
The Public Gardens in Alton will hold a ‘Last Night at The Proms’ event on Saturday 11th July. This year’s theme will be a ‘European tour’ with classical delights from composers across the continent. The Proms are often described as ‘Alton’s jewel in the crown’ of the many wonderful summer events taking place. With performances from a wide range of local talent, you can soak up the atmosphere surrounded by a beautiful setting whilst enjoying a picnic and glass of something bubbly. Gates open at 6pm with the music beginning at 7.30pm.
On Sunday 19th July at 7pm for 7.30pm, author Richard Wilson will give a talk entitled ‘How not to get fooled by myth and quackery.’ He will discuss his views on how we are all vulnerable to deception by peddlers of myth and quackery, from corporate pseudo-science to paranoid conspiracy theories and he will propose ways we can minimise the dangers of being taken in by them. Everyone is welcome to attend but they do ask for a £2 donation. The talk is being hosted by Farnham Humanists in Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX. For more information please call Jennie Johnson on 01252 723044, and see our article on the Farnham Humanists in this very issue. Perhaps you are a humanist too!
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.
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.
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.
Musical Memories at the Maltings is an event organised by Right at Home Guildford & Farnham, especially for people living with dementia and their carers. On Saturday 12th July, from 2pm, close harmony singers In Accord will delight you with a melody of music past and present as you enjoy a cup of tea and a nibble or two. Tickets are £15 and carers go free. Call the Maltings on 01252 745444 or visit www.rightathomegf.co.uk for more information.
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 to 31st July, teenagers aged 13-15 can experience training from professionals in sports and activities they may not have come across before. Activities include scuba diving, golf, media training, stage combat, personal finance, first aid and more. Venues are in Farnham and Guildford and you can see more details at www.exorta.co.uk
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