Were now 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 Guildford, Godalming, Haslemere and Alton so if you go to our website, you will find many more events happening just a little further afield.
We begin this month’s Ramblings with a notice from the West Surrey Wine Society. Their August meeting will take place on Monday 17th at The Conservative Club in Ivy Lane, Farnham. Torquil Jack, from ‘Carte-du-Vin’ in Micheldever, will hold a tasting of wines from the South West region of France. Apologies as this is a change from the speaker advertised in the July Ramblings. The West Surrey Wine Society is a wine appreciation society that meets on the third Monday of the month in central Farnham. For further information, please contact the membership secretary Frances Hackemer on 01252 793684.
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.
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 around £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
St Andrew’s Church, Farnham, continues its monthly organ recitals on Tuesday 11th August at 1.10pm with John Purver of Alresford. He is a freelance organist who plays for services at many different churches, cathedrals and concerts. He also accompanies and sings with the Wessex Chamber Choir and is on the music staff at Amery Hill. All recitals are free of charge and last about 45 minutes. Feel free to take and eat lunch but light refreshments are also available. There will be a retiring collection to help with expenses.
Music lovers can enjoy a folk music session every Monday at the Star in Church Street, Godalming, at 9pm and at the Harrow at Compton every Wednesday at 8.30pm, also every first and third Sunday at the Queen Victoria in Shalford starting at 8.30pm. They are all free events (although the beer will cost you!) just turn up. For more information phone Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962.
Following the success of last year’s event, Weorod will be returning once again to the Curtis Museum in Alton for the third annual 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. If you’re not aware of them, Weorod is a small, independent group of historical re-enactors. 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.
Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge takes place later this year, on Sunday 18th October. Participants can either run or walk through the beautiful grounds of Loseley Park and at the same time raise money for a wonderful local charity. There will be a half marathon, a 10k and 5k challenging trail routes all professionally organised, marshalled and chip-timed plus a special children’s event. It’s all in aid of a great cause and 100% of all money raised goes directly to Challengers, a local charity helping disabled children and young people across Surrey & Hants. For more information, visit www.kellystore.org/guildford-2015
Are you looking for something new and interesting to do? Searching for a fun way to exercise? Why not take up Circle Dancing? It is great fun, very relaxing, an enjoyable way to keep fit and an opportunity to make new friends. It is suitable for men and women of all ages and you do not need a partner. The dances are done in a circle mostly holding hands and everyone attempts to do the same steps at the same time. Lynn Frances is an experienced teacher of 32 years who runs classes at Pirrie Hall Brook on Thursdays in three ten-week terms, 7.30-9.30pm, St Catherine’s Hall Guildford on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm and WI Hall Hartley Wintney on the second Wednesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm. For more information, call Lynn on 01420 474881.
A notice from Farnham Bridge Club. If you haven’t already heard, they will be relocating to the Maltings from 5th August onwards due to their current location, Farnham Memorial Hall, which will be closed for major redevelopment and refurbishment.
The club is one of the premier bridge clubs in Surrey, and holds friendly and competitive duplicate pairs or team bridge evenings, every Wednesday and Friday starting at 7.25pm. The club also runs and supports a number of highly successful charity events. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, consult www.farnhambridge.org.uk
Carolyn Sloan’s adaptation of her own novel, The Sea Child tells the mysterious story of Jessie, a young girl who has lived alone with her father for 10 years and faces a life-changing choice to meet new people. The play was joint winner of FFShorts, the festival of new writing which sets out to find a new play for the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre in Guildford. You can catch this production prior to its two weeks at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe between Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th August at Mill Studio. www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be playing at Princes Hall, in Aldershot on the 31st July. It is part of the group’s 30th anniversary tour and it should be a night to remember. The orchestra has in the past sold out theatres and appeared on TV in many countries, so are very well regarded in the music world. They don’t just play ukuleles; they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, and most importantly, they entertain. Well worth watching, I’d say! For tickets visit www.princeshall.com
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
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
Do you enjoy bridge? If so, why not join Farnham Afternoon Bridge Club, who meet at Farnham Maltings every Wednesday afternoon (except the first Wednesday in the month)? Bridge starts at 1.45pm; they have a short tea break mid-afternoon and finish at 4.30pm. The members, quite a few who are now on their own, all enjoy their bridge and find it a great way to meet together in a nice friendly atmosphere. New members are very welcome and you can obtain further information from the membership secretary, Rosemary Ostime, on 01252 721312 or Trevor Lawson on 01252 543372.
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.
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 who has been in the role for a very long time and needs some help. It is not onerous, just a few hours a month plus committee meetings five times a year with a small, friendly committee. If you would like more information, please contact the treasurer, Malcolm Wilson, on 01483 421419.
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 and 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
The Ash Friends of Shooting Star Chase are a group of volunteers raising money to help fund the children’s hospice. They will be hosting a Summer Fair at Tongham Community Centre, Poyle Road, Tongham (GU10 1DU) from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday, 26th July, as part of their fundraising efforts. Amongst the many attractions will be a live music stage, a barbecue, craft, produce and cake stalls, kids entertainment such as face painting and a bouncy castle as well as over 50 classic cars and motorcycles.
Right at Home GF, pioneers of the Dementia Delay Programme, have announced the return of Musical Memories at Farnham Maltings on Saturday, 9th August, from 2pm to 5pm. It offers the chance for those living with dementia and their carers to enjoy reminiscing to some great musical oldies in a safe, relaxed environment. All profits go towards supporting the regular dementia-friendly event, Singing for the Brain. Tickets are £15 and carers go free. For more information please call the Maltings on 01252 745444.
What was Cobbett’s ‘Rural Rides’ about? Nostalgia, or anger at the plight of the rural poor? Why has its popularity endured over two centuries? Is this a call for a fairer society? And should we still read it today? Dr Clare Griffiths, senior lecturer in modern history at the University of Sheffield, will uncover the afterlife of one of the classics of English literature in the William Cobbett Society Annual Memorial Lecture at Farnham Maltings on Friday October 9th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now from the box office. You will need to book early as it is likely to be rather popular. www.farnhammaltings.com
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