There’s exciting news this month from Round & About HQ! From October, we will be expanding our coverage with the launch of our sixth regional edition. Hold on to your hats – the new Woking magazine will allow your Ramblings to be seen by another 22,000 homes!
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We begin this month’s Ramblings with news from our friends at Farnham Runners. The ever-popular Alice Holt 10k race takes place on the 5th. It offers not only the main 10k race but shorter races of 5k, 3k and 1k so all can take part. Races start at 11am and you need to enter online in advance. All details are online at www.farnham-runners.org.uk/racediary/aliceholt10k
Do you have dementia or care for someone who does? Alzheimer’s Society organise weekly meetings and informal activity groups in Haslemere, Farnham, Milford and Cranleigh. Call Kim Wing on 01932 855582.
St Andrew’s Church in Farnham hold their annual parish fayre on Saturday 12th, 12-4pm. There will be food, fun and free children’s fun from the likes of Mr Giant as well as traditional fayre stalls, live music, tours of the bell-ringing chamber and teddy bears parachuting from the tower! Sounds like fun. www.standrewsfarnham.org
Are you free for coffee on Friday 25th? If so, take part in the world’s biggest coffee morning and raise money for Macmillan. Hale Village Hall opens its doors at 3pm (I know, it’s meant to be a coffee morning but let’s not quibble over the detail) for tea, coffee and cakes. Plus there will be great raffle prizes.
Do you play bridge? Farnham Afternoon Bridge Club meets 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 bridge and find it a great way to meet in a friendly way. New members welcome – call Rosemary Ostime on 01252 721312 or Trevor Lawson on 01252 543372.
If you are particularly interested in dahlias, pop along to Wisley’s study day on the 23rd between 10am and 4pm for talks, demonstrations, educational displays and the chance to ask the experts your questions. Early risers can take part in their Photography Morning on the 26th. It’s the perfect time to capture some memorable sights and sounds.
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 29th to 4th October, see art inspired by nature created by adults with learning and/or physical disabilities. Normal admission fees apply.
At Farnham Decorative and Fine Art Society’s next get-together on the 15th, Clive Barham Carter will give an interesting lecture = ‘Bringing Back the Needle: The Story of an Obelisk’. He will tell the story of Cleopatra’s Needle, including its origin, purpose and its journey from the sands of the Nile to the Banks of the Thames. For more information visit www.farnhamdfas.org.uk
Last call for all those wanting to attend Victorious Festival in Portsmouth on 29th and 30th August. Tickets are still available to see Ray Davies, The Darkness, Johnny Marr, Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah, Texas and The Flaming Lips. Those in the know say it’s THE festival for music lovers. Visit www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
Historical knitting expert Joyce Meader will give a talk about the history of commercially printed knitting patterns from the 1800s to the present day at the United Quilters of Farnham’s meeting on 14th October. It takes place at 2pm at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham and guests are welcome – £4 on the door, including refreshments.
The Farnham Group of the West Surrey Family History Society start their new season of meetings on Tuesday 8th at 1.30 for 2pm, with a talk by WiesRogalski called ‘Families of Displaced Polish Allied Servicemen in Surrey’ about how and why many Polish Servicemen stayed in Surrey. The group meet in the small hall at Farnham United Reformed Church on the second Tuesday in the month. Newcomers are always welcome and tea and coffee are available. Visit www.wsfhs.org
Wednesday 9th is the date of Farnham & Bourne Choral Society’s first weekly rehearsal at South Farnham School. The initial concert will be Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle on Wednesday November 14th, followed by their Christmas Concert on December 19th. The Messiah will be sung next March 19th and finally Haydn’s Creation on May 14th. A stall at this year’s Bourne Show was successful in identifying several potential new choir members, more of whom are welcome. Visit www.farnham-choral.org.uk
Now in its sixth year, the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon is a firm favourite. Runners seem to love its route through the Surrey countryside with its fantastic scenery and steep hills. It is also a successful way of raising funds, and this year the nominated charities are The Woodlarks Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society. The event is organised by Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, who provide the marshalling, refreshments around the course and entertainment at the start and finish. Visit www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk
The Farnham Schools Art Exhibition takes place this month. Run by Farnham Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s Young Arts group, 20 local schools will show a wide range of art from 26th September to 7th October, 10am to 5pm at The Aldridge Theatre, Frensham Heights. Entry is free and anyone can pop in. Four different year groups from 8-17 years, including three special needs schools, will exhibit art, including drawings, paintings, collage, textiles, sculpture, pottery, photography and film.
Scottish Country Dancing begins again every other Saturday night in Crookham Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, GU52 8LD. Their ‘Start of Season Party’ evening is on Saturday 12th from 7.30 to 10.30pm at the War Memorial Hall. As it’s a party evening, they ask you to bring nibbles to share at the interval. They welcome visitors, new dancers and those with experience. Non-members are charged £4 on the door. Take some soft shoes to dance in. Visit www.fleet.rscds-bhs.org.uk or call Morna Partridge on 01252 711992
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.
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? 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. Book at www.farnhammaltings.com
On 1st October, celebrate the International Day of the Older Person with a Songs of Praise service followed by a wonderful afternoon tea put on by Farnham ASSIST. United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham, at 3pm. Call 01252 717710.
The West Surrey Wine Society’s September meeting takes place on Monday 21st at The Conservative Club, Ivy Lane, Farnham, GU9 7PQ. Wine writer and educator Sarah Ahmed, ‘The Wine Detective’, will hold a tasting of blends from South Africa. The society meets on the third Monday of the month in central Farnham. Many, if not most, of the 60 or so members joined with little or no knowledge – just a liking for wine! Meetings begin at 7.30pm with a glass or two and talks start at 8pm. Call Frances on 01252 793684.
Three-times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, husband-and-wife duo Megson bring their Chapels & Churches Tour to the URC in Farnham on Saturday 3rd October. Comprising Debs Hanna (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (vocals, guitar, mandola, banjo) they present an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Visit www.megsonmusic.co.uk
Heartstart Farnham Lions, the local Emergency Life Support free course provider has now trained 505 local people in simple skills that save lives. It’s an initiative of the British Heart Foundation, aimed at reducing premature deaths following sudden cardiac arrest. Would you be able to provide lifesaving aid to a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger on the street? Why not take part in one of their courses? They are held at the St John Ambulance Hall on the 9th and 23rd of this month and then the 14th and 28th October. Visit www.heartstartfarnhamlions.co.uk or call Keith on 01252 723319
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