There’s exciting news this month from Round & About HQ! From October, we will be expanding with the launch of our sixth regional edition. Hold on to your hats – the Old Woking and The Clandons magazine allows your Ramblings to be seen by another 22,000 homes!
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Would you be interested in learning more about the World War I prisoner-of-war camp at Felday? Why not join Ewhurst History Society on Tuesday 15th at 8pm at the Ewhurst Baptist Church for a talk by Judie English? She will explain to the group the background to PoW camps nationally and the legal basis for putting prisoners to work and specifically, what went on at Felday, Holmbury St Mary. Non-members are very welcome to attend. There will be a charge on the door, £2 of which includes tea and biscuits.
A reminder that Wonersh and District Garden Club next meeting will be held on 1st September at 7pm. Wonersh Memorial Hall will be open from 6pm for anyone wanting to drop off their produce for display and entry forms must be submitted by 6.15pm. The club members are hoping for a good turn-out from both members and visitors, so do pop along.
West Surrey Family History Society will begin their monthly meeting again after their summer break, on 2nd September. They start with a rather interesting talk on House History. Philip Gorton will help you to find out who lived in a house and how to discover the history of the building. The society meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street Guildford. Most meetings start at 8pm but a third are held in the afternoon at 2.30pm as shown on the programme. If you are interested in finding out about your ancestors and add some background to their lives, why not join them on their first night of the season. Please call Mrs I Hawkins on 01483 535986
Shamley Green Branch Conservatives hold their annual grand jumble sale on the 12th at the Arbuthnot Hall, Shamley Green. Doors open at 2pm and admission is 40p, children go for free. In addition, there will be a nearly new shop, bric-a-brac, books, toys and a cake stall, so there should be some excellent bargains for everyone.
Ewhurst Horticultural Society hold their autumn show on Saturday 12th in Ewhurst Village Hall. Doors open to the public at 2.30pm and they would love to see as many of you as possible. Visit www.ewhursthortsoc.org.uk or call the show secretary on 01483 276713.
The Compton Club is holding a flower show on the 12th. They are a friendly social club with reasonable bar prices – and a low annual membership – who hold regular events such as Hoedowns, barbecues and bingo. They are open every night from 7pm and would love to see a few new people join. If you think you might like to know more, call 01483 810268 or, better still, just pop in.
As always, there are a few interesting things going on at Wisley. From the 8th to 13th the garden paradise will hold its annual flower show. This year, RHS ambassador and celebrity chef Mary Berry will open the six-day floral extravaganza. Visitors can browse, buy and seek advice from more than 60 nurseries and garden trade stands. If you are particularly interested in dahlias, pop along to the study day on the 23rd between 10am and 4pm for talks, demos, educational displays and the chance to ask the experts questions. Early risers can take part in Wisley’s photography morning on the 26th.
This month the education team at Wisley and Surrey Choices ‘About Us’ learning service have teamed up to present an exhibition in the Glasshouse Gallery entitled The Art of Nature exhibition. From the 29th of September to 4th October you can see art inspired by nature created by adults with learning and/or physical disabilities. Normal fees apply.
There is a new initiative by Guildford Diocese, in partnership with the NHS and local parish churches for people using NHS hearing aids. It is a free service that includes basic maintenance, battery supply, cleaning and retubing, trouble-shooting and advice. Sessions are held in the Octagon at Godalming Parish Church in Church Street on the mornings of the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month, 10.30 to 11.30am. Just drop by but do take your brown NHS book and your hearing aid. For more information, call Derek Randell on 01483 428240.
Looking for that special book or just or just stocking up on your reading material? Another huge second-hand book sale and cake stall will take place at Wonersh United Reformed Church on Saturday 12th from 10am–3pm. Dealers or early risers can gain early entry from 8.30am. Maybe you have a few hours spare to help out? Organisers are looking for volunteer to help out on the day, or to donate a cake. If you think you may be able to help please give them a call on 01483 892579.
The Surrey Hills will be alive to the sound of footsteps in September when the original Surrey 3 Peaks marathon walk takes place to raise funds for Surrey Care Trust. This year’s circular walk starts and ends at Shere Village Hall. Participants are asked to raise a minimum £150 sponsorship, which includes a £10 registration fee. Refreshments and drinks are included and the route is mapped and signposted. There is also an option of walking the first part of the route, finishing at the lunch stop. Visit www.surrey3peaks.info
Last call for all those wanting to attend Victorious Festival in Portsmouth on 29th and 30th August. Tickets are still available to see the likes of, Ray Davies, The Darkness, Johnny Marr, Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah, Texas and The Flaming Lips at this seafront site. Those in the know say it’s THE festival for music-lovers. Visit www.victoriousfestival.co.uk and, for tickets, visit www.victorious.seetickets.com or call 0844 8718819.
Did you grow up in Chilworth? An open forum entitled ‘Growing Up in Chilworth’ will be held at Chilworth History Society on the 8th from 8pm. It should be a lovely evening’s get-together for everyone to contribute their memories of childhood in Chilworth, to reminisce about times at school, at leisure, the old shops and for ‘newcomers’ to learn about their village. It takes place at the village hall – £3 on the door for non-members.
Onslow Village Garden Club holds its annual show on Saturday 5th at the Village Hall in Wilderness Road. Doors open at 3pm for viewing the flowers, fruit, vegetables, craftwork and cookery members have produced. Why not look at the display and then have light refreshments until the presentation of awards at 4pm?
At their September meeting on the 16th, the speaker, John Hall, has as his subject, ‘The many uses of heather’. His talk, at Onslow Village Hall will begin at 7.30pm and there will be an interval for refreshments, chatting or buying from the sales table. Visitors are very welcome for a small charge of £3 or join the club for £12 a year. For more information, please call 01483 577035.
Ewhurst Horticultural Society hold their Autumn Show on Saturday 12th in the village hall from 2.30pm. All details can be found at www.ewhursthortsoc.org.uk or by calling Hilary on 01483 276713.
The Surrey Heritage Showcase is back. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 3rd October at Shere Village Hall from 12-4pm. The event will focus on Shere, and surrounding areas, including Gomshall, Peaslake, and Albury. It will be the fourth Heritage Showcase in the county organised by Surrey Heritage, part of Surrey County Council. The event brings together not only the experts and amazing resources held at Surrey History Centre, but also many local organisations and societies to showcase the history and heritage of the area. To find out more visit the website at www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk or call the organisers on 01483 518737.
Guildford Cathedral is the venue for a charity dinner in support of the Prostate Project on the 3rd October. There is to be live music and dancing, a three-course meal and entertainment to keep guests happy until 11.30pm. Tickets are £49 per person. For further information please get in touch with Ann Bellamy (16 Hurtmore Chase, Godalming, GU7 2RT) or by calling her on 01483 421274.
How about learning the art of cider-making? Nevin Stewart will present and demonstrate the novel juice-and-straining method developed by the Scillonian Road Cider Co-Operative at the Onslow Village Residents’ Association on Tuesday 8th. It takes place at the Village Hall in Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, GU2 7QR. There will be apple juice and Onslow dry cider to taste and it’s a chance to use up all those fallen apples in your garden, as Nevin has asked those attending to bring their own. It’s a free event for members and £3 on the door for non-members. Tea and coffee will be served beforehand from 7.15pm
I still can’t believe September has come around again already. I’m getting Ramblings detailing winter dates and I don’t like it! One of which is Guildford Natural History Society, whose members have sent information about their first talk of the winter programme which will be held on 24th. Thankfully Jenny Nickolds’ subject is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which should cheers us all up as the dark evening begin. The venue is the Guildford Institute in Ward Street and the talk starts at 2.45pm. Call 01483 275826.
Home-Start Guildford is an organisation which sets out to support families with at least one child under five who might be experiencing difficulties. The volunteers of support families with a range of issues from post-natal depression, children with additional needs, single mums with multiple births or indeed any of the other issues that can come when we’re bringing up young people. So an enormously valuable service, but it requires maintenance, which is where you come in! If you are a parent or a grandparent who feels you could help a family, Home-Start would be very keen to hear from you. They train volunteers to visit and support these families once a week, so, if you think you might like to get involved, call 01483 511181.
The Surrey Hills Wood Fair takes place at the Birtley Estate in Bramley on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October from 10am–5pm. Each year the fair gets bigger and better yet retains the traditional charm of a rural day out in the Surrey Hills. There will be a range of interesting stalls to browse and buy from, great local produce including a beer tent! Entertainment includes; live music from a few local bands as well as the popular horse and wagon rides and chainsaw demonstrations, tree-climbing and bug hunts to craft making and theatre shows and entry is free to kids under the age of 12. Visit www.surreyhillswoodfair.co.uk
Hands up those who remember 1951 and the ‘Festival of Britain’? Even if you don’t, or weren’t there, you may be interested in the September lecture of The West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Tuesday, 22nd. ‘Don’t Make Fun of the Festival’ explores the art, design and entertainment that created the ‘Tonic to the Nation’ on London’s South Bank. The society meets in Shalford Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the month at 9.45am for coffee and lectures start at 10.30am. New members and visitors are welcome. Details of their programme for the rest of this year can be found on their website or, for more information, call 01483 811671.
Why not take your antiques, art or jewellery to be appraised and valued by Ewbank’s auctions experts? They will be taking part in the Antiques and Collectibles Valuation Day in aid of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal on Tuesday 8th. Pop along any time between 11am and 7pm, they will be set up in a marquee on the cathedral lawn. There is no entry fee and a maximum of 10 items per person. Once valued, should you wish, items can be auctioned with Ewbank’s. Also on display an exhibition of the proposed designs for the new cathedral sculpture, as part of the People’s Cathedral’s project.
Ever wanted to learn more about photography? On Tuesday 22nd, professional snapper Mike Sleigh will hold a three-hour workshop which focused on photographing the best buildings in Guildford. Mike has more than 30 years’ experience and was photography and graphics officer for the Royal Horticultural Society for 18 years. Call 01483 562142 or visit www.guildford-institute.org.uk
Saturday the 12th September sees the return of the third Compton Charity Cycle event. The Mountain Bike Challenge will set off from Compton recreation ground at 10am on a 25-mile timed, off-road/Ridgeway route. There is also a five-mile family bike ride, mostly off-road, setting off at 1.30pm This is sure to be fun for all the family with a Little Wheels ride around the recreation ground for younger children at 11am and a barbecue and bar from 12noon. All proceeds will go to Compton Pre-school. For full event details, including prices, visit www.comptonpreschool.co.uk/bike
Looking ahead their annual general meeting will take place on 6th October, refreshments will be served and again, they would love as much input as they can get, so attendance would be appreciated. For more information please call 01483 893808
On the 18th August Bar 13 in Guildford opened its doors for their very first ‘Showtime Fundraiser’. A series of evenings over the next few months that will take you back in time featuring a different top class tribute act – Queen, Michael Buble and ABBA! They have teamed up with a whole host of charities including local charity Samson, Cancer Research, The British Heart foundation & Great Ormond Street Hospital to donate all door profits from the events. For tickets, times and prices visit www.barthirteen.co.uk
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