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 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.
Are you single and looking to mingle? The Unattached Group is enjoying a summer packed with events including a river trip, sailing day, barbecues, a visit to BBC London and their annual Summer Party, as well as the usual theatre trips, meals and social evenings, if you would like to take part? T-U-G is a Surrey/Hampshire based group of about 80 single people who enjoy times together including a weekly pub meet and chat night. New members are very welcome. You can get all the information you need at www.theunattachedgroup.co.uk or by calling Maggie on 07855 008897.
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, call Kevin Gorton on 01483 415962.
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 & 5k challenging trail routes all professionally organised, marshalled and chip-timed plus a special children’s event. You’ll find something for all the family. It’s all in aid of a great cause, 100% of all money raised goes directly to Challengers, a local charity helping disabled children and young people across Surrey and Hants. For more information visit www.kellystore.org/guildford-2015
Godalming Operatic Society are inviting new members (all voice parts as well as those interested in helping out backstage) to join their ranks, ready to take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s rare gem The Grand Duke in 2016. What better way to get to know this friendly singing society than by joining their local Summer Walks every Monday evening throughout July and August! Serving as a wonderful lead up to their pre-season ‘get together’ on September 7th, all you need to do is get in touch with their membership secretary, Piers, via the website www.godalmingoperatic.org.uk
Shackleford & Peper Harow Historical Walk, part of the National Heritage Open Days Programme will take place at 11am on Saturday 12th September. It’s a two-mile walk through two villages which should take about one-and-a-half to two hours. It’s a lovely route taking in two churches by eminent Victorian architects, Sir George Gilbert Scott and Augustin Pugin, a cricket pitch where one of the earliest matches ever took place and a railway station that never was! The walk will be led by the Shackleford Village Organisation and there is no need to book. Just turn up on the day at St Mary’s Shackleford Church.
You will, no doubt, have seen all the posters and flyers about town but I will mention it anyway. Staycation Live, the free music and arts festival held in Godalming’s Philips Memorial Park is back for its 5th year from Friday 31st July to Sunday 5th August. It’s run by Godalming Town Council and this year will raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Gates open at midday each day and there will be live music from the main stage, family friendly activities to take part in and loads of food and drink stands. See you down there!
Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club are holding a ‘Staycation’ event on Tuesday, 4th August, 2-4pm. The whole family is invited to go along and have a game of croquet. No experience is necessary and experienced members will be on hand to introduce you to the sport and share their skills and enthusiasm. They have four lawns and can play two games on each at the same time so there will be every opportunity to pick up a mallet and play a game or two. If you prefer to sit and watch that’s fine too! Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club, Broadwater Sports Club Ltd, Guildford Road Godalming GU7 3BU www.guildfordandgodalmingcroquetclub.co.uk
There is to be a charity event on Sunday 13th September at Russets in Chiddingfold to raise funds 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 and 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, call Kim Budge on 07775 607107.
Elstead’s Beer and Cigar Box Guitar Festival will take place for the third year running, on Saturday 29th August. It’s a fantastic celebration of the blues, cigar box instruments and of course beer. They will also have a covers band playing from 9pm for all those who want a dance and sing along to their favourite tunes. It will be held at the recreation ground with live music from 2pm all the way through until midnight. There will be a choice of 14 local ales and an all-day barbecue to keep you all fed and watered whilst you enjoy a really fun, toe-tapping afternoon/evening. The event raises money for the Elstead Pavilion, the cricket club and has spin-off benefits for the Peter Pan Pre-School, Elstead Football Club and the Sharks (the youth team).
It is inevitable that more housing will be built in Cranleigh over the next few years and whilst we, the public cannot influence the numbers, we are being given the chance to say where we think development should and should not take place. Cranleigh neighbourhood plan steering group is asking developers, landowners and the public to nominate sites in Cranleigh that have development potential. Many of you visited the stand at the carnival last month and gave you views but if you haven’t already, you can visit the website www.cranleighnhp.org
Ewhurst Horticultural Society members have been in touch. They are holding their Autumn Show on Saturday 12th September in Ewhurst Village Hall. Doors open to the public at 2.30pm and they would love to see as many of you as possible. Please put it in your diaries now so it’s not forgotten! For details see the website www.ewhursthortsoc.org.uk or contact the show secretary on 01483 276713.
The Mane Chance Sanctuary is a local charity which rehabilitates horses and other animals which have been abused or ill-treated. At the annual Milford Probus Club Ladies lunch recently Sarajane Bartlett, a staff member of the Sanctuary, explained how their horses would empathise with humans so having a mutually beneficial effect. The charity currently looks after about 40 horses.
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 at the WI Hall in Hartley Wintney on the second Wednesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm. For more information, call Lynn on 01420 474881.
Ockford-Godalming WI Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, although, there will not be a meeting on Wednesday, 5th August. They meet at the Scout and Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming at 2pm. As well as regular meetings they have outings, pub lunches, book reading evenings and regular art and craft sessions. The group would love to welcome a few new members so if you think you might be interested please call the secretary on 01483 421433 for more information.
2015 marks a very special year indeed for Godalming Operatic Society. They are celebrating their 90th year of performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan for Surrey audiences and last month saw the climax of this celebration, with a stunning anniversary concert performed to full houses in the Borough Hall. Coincidentally, the society’s musical director Robin Wells, also celebrates a landmark anniversary this year of an incredible 45 years with the Society. Congratulations to you all and here’s to another 90 fantastic years!
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 eighth year, Guildford Theatre School is staging a musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at G Live in just two weeks! There are two courses available (performance or technical), followed by two performances. From 17th -29th August they will learn to sing, dance and act and then those wanting to work backstage can learn to do so between 24th and 29th August. The performances will be held on 28th and 29th at G Live. For information and prices visit www.glive.co.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.
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 01483421419.
Do you enjoy singing choral music in an unthreatening environment? Shalford Choral Society is now recruiting new members for the new season starting in September. No auditions are required; all they ask is a desire to sing choral. In April, they will join with eleven other local choirs from around the Surrey Hills to stage the three-day Leith Hill Musical Festival in Dorking. In addition there are other singing opportunities which arise throughout the year. They start their weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals at St Mary’s Church in Shalford on Tuesday 8th September at 7.30pm. For further information about us visit our website www.shalfordchoralsociety.org.uk or for an informal chat, call Olivia Peak on 01483 428986.
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 holistic healing system by balancing the mind and body. Lisa Upton has just moved to the area and I will fill you in as soon as I’ve had my massage. In the meantime, visit 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 15 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.
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.
Don’t miss this year’s Ewhurst Big Day and Night Out. This biennial event to raise funds for Ewhurst’s ancient Parish church is set to be the best ever. It takes place at Hurtwood Park Polo Ground on 28th July. During the day there will be refreshment stalls, a Hog Roast, various classic and vintage cars before the Big Night Out when there will be music from rock band Kenney Jones and the Jones Gang amongst others. For tickets call the box office on 01483 351386.
Don’t forget the Teddy Bear Picnic at Bird World in Farnham on 30th July. Normal admission fees still apply but the picnic promises to be great fun. It all kicks off at 11.30am.
Pupils from Barfield School in Farnham have presented a cheque for £1,000 to local charity Change of Scene which provides respite, educational and leisure facilities for disadvantaged young people in Surrey & Hampshire. The charity is one of the beneficiaries from the recent Barfield Bolt which took place at the end of May. In its 5th year, the Bolt is a very popular family run for all ages starting with the 60m race for younger children right through to the 10k.
Are you between four and 11 years old? Could you be a record breaker? If so, head to Godalming 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 the library between 11th July and 12th Sept and it is absolutely free fun.
Saturday 26th September at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere at 7.30pm is the first concert of the 2015/16 season given by The Waverley Ensemble. It’s a lovely programme, Brandenburg 5 by Bach, Telemann Flute and Violin Concerto and Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. www.ishanibhoola.com
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