Were into the school holidays and so far, so good. The weather has been fantastic and the kids have been happy. Most days, this has meant playing a game they have invented; paddling pool ping pong! I’m sure you can imagine how messy these tournaments get...
When I have managed to get them out of the house then last month’s Ramblings have kept us all busy and with the plethora of free events coming up this month, I’m hoping to get to the end of the month still in pocket! A quick reminder that we also have magazines in Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere and Alton, so if you go to the website you will find many more events happening just a little further afield.
Following the success of last year's event, Weorod will be returning once again to the Curtis Museum for the third annual Alton Anglo-Saxon Festival on Saturday 15th August. There will be displays, timed presentations throughout the day and a fusion of ancient crafts and technology for visitors to explore. Why not pop along for the day? Apparently, the museum holds the single finest item of Anglo-Saxon archaeology from our area, which you will be able to visit and then put that into context with the period recreations that Weorod will share with you. Again this will be a free event suitable for the entire family.
I must just mention that our local Hampshire Farmers’ Markets producers have won 15 top awards at the recent British Cheese Awards. They have won two top awards in The World Cheese Awards, two awards in The British Pie Awards and a further two Watercress Festival awards. We all know we are surrounded by some fantastic local producers but it’s great to know that they are being recognised for their exceptional products. www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk
The annual White Dove Collectors Transport Show will be held this year on Sunday, 9th August, at Kingsley Sports Club in Bordon. More than 300 cars and motorbikes are already registered to attend this gathering of veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles, which raises about £11,000 each year for local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell. Why not enter your pride and joy into the show? You never know, you might win your class! For more details, including how to register your vehicle, visit www.whitedoveevents.org.uk
Described as a honey-pot of gardens, East Worldham Gardens will be open for the second time this year under the National Gardens Scheme. ‘Selborne’, Silver Birches Wyck House will be open on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July for a combined entry fee of £5. Teas will be available at ‘Selborne’ and all proceeds will go to East Worldham Church. Cream teas will also be served in the garden of the Three Horseshoes Pub. For further details please consult the Yellow Book, the Hampshire leaflet or the NGS website, www.ngs.org.uk
Are you between 4four and 11 years old? Want something to do in the summer holidays? Could you be a record-breaker? If so, you need to get yourself down to Alton Library. Their annual Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays with incentives and rewards to collect along the way, plus a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge. Children can sign up at Alton Library between 11th July and 12th Sept and it is absolutely free.
For those of you staying at home this summer why not spend a weekend on a local archaeological dig? Liss Archaeology will be digging at the Flying Bull in Rake over the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th August. The current building dates to the 1920s but there was a pub there previously, built in the 1700s which they believe was located in the vicinity of the current pub car park. They start at 9am on the Friday and visitors are welcome to watch and/or even have a go.
Do you like singing in the bath? Why not use your talents for the benefit of others? Rushmoor Male Voice Choir sings at local venues to raise money for local charities and is looking for a few new voices. You do not have to be able to read music, just have an ear to sing along with your fellow choir members. If this interests you please contact Hughie Hill on 01252 330141 or visit www.rushmoormvc.com
Yes! It’s almost upon us, MADhurst is fast approaching. This year’s Music, Arts and Drama Festival will run from the 22nd to 31st August and is filled with programmes to suit all ages. The Carnival event, on Monday the 31st August, takes on the theme A Walk on the Wild Side. There are so many other events taking place and some are ticketed so you must visit the website for individual event information. There will also be a number of ‘fringe’ events taking place during the week which have been organised by MSA, National Trust, U3A, the Methodist church and others. It’s all very exciting!
If you live in Headley then you need to head down to the village hall and green for 10.30am on Saturday, 29th August. Take your friends and family and you will get the chance to learn about the many and very varied organisations who help make Headley such a great place to live! Maybe you have just moved to the area and would like to learn more about what is going on in and around the village? Put the date in your diaries now!
Have you ever heard of Ka Huna massage? No, neither had I! Apparently it originates in Hawaii but is well-known in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. It’s based on a complete holistic healing system by balancing the mind-body. Lisa Upton has just moved to the area and I will fill you in on the details as soon as I’ve had my massage. In the meantime if you are as intrigued as I am visit her facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/pages/kahuna-bluesky
How about doing your bit for the great British wildlife? Britain's biggest beetle needs your help. One of Britain’s most recognisable and unique species, the stag beetle is unfortunately becoming increasingly rare to find. For fifteen years, People’s Trust for Endangered Species has been actively working to halt its decline. They are asking volunteers to join their annual Great Stag Hunt Survey and record any sightings of stag beetles. The survey, which can be found on their website, www.ptes.org, is easy to use and with your input, PTES can better understand how stag beetles numbers are faring in the UK. If you spot a stag beetle, head to the website and ensure it is recorded: www.ptes.org/stagbeetles
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen's most loveable heroine. On Sunday 30th August they will perform Pride & Prejudice at Gilbert White & the Oates Collections in Selborne. Why not book a ticket for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story? Call 01420 511 275 for more information and to book tickets.
On Sunday 20th September, a major lecture will be given in the Performance Hall at Farnham College to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The lecture will be given by Dr Sophie Ambler from the School of History – University of East Anglia. The lecture, entitled ‘The Magna Carta Project-Uncovering the Charter and its World’ will begin at 3.30pm, with the doors opening at 3pm. Tickets are £5 per person and if you would like any more information, you can call on 01252 716988. All proceeds will go towards the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
ALTCON is a film, sci-fi, Cos-play, graphic novels, Dr Who and Manga event, being held at Alton Assembly Rooms on Saturday 22nd August from 10am. There will be authors and book signings, illustrators, cos-players, related retail stalls and more. Entry to the main event will be free, though some attractions may have a small charge.
There are still a few local gardens open this month as part of the Open Garden Scheme. One not to miss is Berry Cottage with its small organic cottage garden with its spring bulbs, roses, clematis and herbaceous borders. There is also a pond and bog garden. It will be open on Sunday 16th August from 2-5.30pm, admission is £2.50 for adults and children are free. Berry Cottage, near Alton, (GU34 3EG).
On Saturday 1st August you can enjoy a family day out at ACAFEST in the public gardens in Alton. It promises to be a lovely, relaxed day of live music, food and beer tents and loads for the kids to do including face painting. Take a picnic, find a spot and relax knowing the whole family will be entertained from 10am to 10pm.
A traditional British Country Fair takes place at Gilbert’s White House in Selborne over the same weekend. On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August you can take part in a whole host of games such as Aunt Sally, Croquet, Trap and Ball and giant garden games. When was the last time you played the coconut shy? Or watched ferret racing?! You will also be able to watch local crafts people demonstrating their skills. Gates open at 10.30am. Magic Wanda will be entertaining the kids in the Public Gardens from 2-3pm on Friday 21st August. If it rains it will relocate to the Assembly Rooms. Everyone is welcome.
Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society recommence their meetings, after the summer holiday, on Thursday, 3rd September, at 2pm in Grayshott Village Hall with what promises to be a very interesting lecture on ‘The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection’. Stephen Duffy will present many of the collection’s finest treasures as well as the history of its formation over five generations of one family. This lecture is the forerunner of their visit to London later in the month when most of the day will be spent at Hertford House. For more information, please contact Caroline Young on 01428 714276 or visit the website at www.grayshottdfas.org.uk
Surrey Federation WI will be celebrating the centenary of the WI by holding a Harvest Fayre on Saturday 19th September at Myrtle Courtyard, Hampton Estate, Seale, GU10 1JH, from 10am to 4pm. There will be crafts and workshops, children’s activities and of course, traditional WI tea and cakes. Please put the date in your diaries as they would love to see as many people there as possible. Entry will be £3 for adults, £1 for students and free for the under-fives.
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