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 magazine is Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere and Alton so if you go to the website you will find many more events happening just a little further afield.
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.
One for the diary. The Haslemere Autumn Fair at Grayswood Village Hall takes place on Saturday 3rd October from 10am to 4pm and promises shoppers a splendid selection of clothing, jewellery, hand-painted personalised gifts, cookware, English textile designs, stationery, artwork, linens, home décor, food, cards, books and vintage ware, as well as an exceptional charity stall and raffle. Also on offer will be afternoon tea, coffee and a scrumptious selection of home-baked treats. Admission is £2 and includes a cup of coffee or tea. The fair will be raising funds for the NSPCC.
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
The Midhurst Art Society’s Summer Exhibition is being held at the South Downs National Park Memorial Hall Midhurst from 5th to 11th August. Open daily from 10am until 6pm but will close a little earlier (at 4pm) on the 11th. Admission is free to all.
Catwalk Connections, the Farewell Show! You’ll find bumper bargains in this massive sale of clothes: everything must go! It takes place on Wednesday, 26th August, at 7.30pm at The Parish Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Waydown Road, Haslemere, £5 entry. Contact Rita Bicknell on 01428 652418 for tickets. In Aid of Action Medical Research for Children. A great night out with the girls, what more could a woman ask for?!
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. Over 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
There is to be a charity event on Sunday 13th September at Russets in Chiddingfold to support the invaluable work of Transfrontier Africa, including the female Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, in their fight against Rhino poaching. The evening will start at 5pm with a canapé reception with traditional harmony singing and Zulu dancing before a talk about the Black Mambas by Craig Spencer, head warden of Balule, founder of Transfrontier Africa. This will be followed by a South African-inspired meal, silent auction and dancing. Tickets cost £75 per head. To book your ticket, please call Kim Budge on 07775 607107
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 about these events and their programme please contact Caroline Young on 01428 714276 or visit the website www.grayshottdfas.org.uk
Do your kids have a passion for dance, drama and singing? Are they keen to work backstage on sound and lighting design? If so, they can join Dorothy and all her friends from The Wizard of Oz in this year’s Guildford Summer Youth Project. Now in its 8th year, Guildford Theatre School is staging a musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at G Live in two weeks! There are two courses available (performance or technical). From 17th -29th August, learn to sing, dance and act and then those wanting to work backstage can learn to do so, 24th–29th August. The performances will be held on 28th and 29th at G Live. For information and prices, www.glive.co.uk
Robert West has been in touch, keen to share a restorative gem with his fellow Round & About readers. Robert, who is 67 and from Midhurst, lost his wife Angela to ovarian cancer six years ago, at the age of 57. Shortly after Angela died, Robert became involved with The Grove in Bournemouth – a unique respite hotel on the south coast which caters specifically to people with cancer and life-threatening conditions. “Sadly, we never got to go there together before Angela died, but it is worth telling people about,” says Robert, who has helped organise a number of charity events for the cause. The Grove is owned by the registered charity Macmillan Caring Locally and has 30 en suite bedrooms, which cater to the less able, and offer a calm, relaxing environment. If you or someone you love needs a break, call The Grove on 01202 552233.
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 2015 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.
Midhurst Camera Club’s annual photographic exhibition will take place on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August, in conjunction with the Madhurst Festivities. The exhibition will be in the Methodist Church Hall, where prints and digitally projected images will be on show featuring work from the most inexperienced to the very experienced. Open daily from 10am and £1 entry.
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.
A Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Mini Fete has been organised by Haslemere Educational Museum on Thursday 20th August from 1.30pm. It’s a family drop-in event with traditional children’s tea, games, face painting and stalls. You and your teddy could even have your photo taken with the Museum’s famous resident Arthur the Bear! To receive your tea and goody bag make sure you book in advance and don’t forget to bring teddy! Tickets cost £4 each and can be booked by contacting Haslemere Educational Museum. Visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk or call 01428 642112. During August there will also be a Teddy Bears Trail throughout the town. Collect your trail card from the museum, follow the clues and work out the answers for your chance to be entered in to the prize draw!
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
How about enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the historic deer park from the roof of Petworth House? From mid-July visitors will be able to climb an external scaffold ‘staircase’ to a viewing platform 60 feet above the ground. From here, the beauty of the Grade 1 listed, ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park can be truly appreciated. Roof tours are expected to run until Sunday 27th September. If you would like to find out more about the roof repairs, the tours, or how to volunteer to become a roof tour guide, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth or call 01798 342207.
Another celebration well worth taking part in this month is Haslemere’s Food Festival’s 10th birthday. Yup, they have been tempting and tantalising your taste buds for 10 years. They will be, once again, highlighting all that is great about local produce on Saturday 19th September at Lions Green. This year, there will be even more stalls than ever before as well as an even greater variety of treats and culinary delights. How about taking part in Haslemere’s first ever ‘Bake Off’ competition? To keep up to date with all the latest news and information, and to download a Bake Off entry form, visit the website at: www.haslemere.com/foodfestival
A little bit of gossip for you. Did you know that the Georgian House Hotel have a rather fabulous new chef? His name is Christopher Grey-Grana Priego. As you have probably already seen, the restaurant has been renamed The King’s Pantry as a salute to the hotel’s King George heritage and Chris’s appointment is the first of several exciting changes planned for The Georgian’s transformation. Chris once got to the quarter-finals of Masterchef – The Professionals and was once asked to cook for the Queen. I’m expecting good things from him and it’s always great to have a new and exciting restaurant to try out in town!
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 15 years, People’s Trust for Endangered Species has been actively working to halt its decline. 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
The annual White Dove Collectors Transport Show will be held this year on Sunday 9th August, at Kingsley Sports Club in Bordon. Over 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. 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
Aged four-11 years old? Could you be a record breaker? Get yourself down to Haslemere library! The annual Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the holidays with incentives and rewards to collect, plus a certificate and medal. Children can sign up at the library until 12th September and it is absolutely free fun.
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