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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Who can say no to afternoon tea? Add a glass of champagne and I’m definitely there! A charity Champagne Afternoon Tea will take place at Bumpers in Long Sutton from 2-5pm on 21st to raise much needed funds for Treloar’s young disabled students. They have a fascinating array of guest speakers to
The Gliding Heritage Centre and Energy Alton are hosting a day of excitement and interest at Lasham Airfield on Sunday 6th. Entry is free to all and gates will be opened by Damien Hinds, MP for East Hampshire at 10.30am. There will be vintage gliders and electric cars to try out, just remember you driving licence. You can learn about charging point plans and even have a go on an electric bike. It promises to be a great family day out with plenty to keep everyone entertained. Gliding Heritage Centre, Lasham Airfield, GU34 5SS.
Alton MS Society would like to invite you all to join them for a race meeting evening at the Alton House Hotel, Normandy Street, Alton, GU34 1DW on Thursday 24th from 7pm. They are hoping to raise some money for the charity through ticket sales so please give them a call and book. The evenings programme will include three races before supper, which is included in the price, followed by two more races. Tickets are £12 for the evening and can be purchased by calling Marion Ironman on 01420 477418
How about raising money for a local charity whist enjoying an evening of ballroom dancing? Alton Assembly Rooms is the venue and the charity Treloar College. The fun begins at 7.30pm and you can take your own refreshments. There will be a raffle on the night and there will be a charge of £5 on the door.
The ever popular Alice Holt 10k race takes place on the 5th. It’s organised by Farnham Runners and offers not only the main 10k race but shorter races of 5k, 3k and 1k so that all the family can take part. Races commence at 11am and you will need to enter online in advance. All details are online at www.farnham-runners.org.uk/racediary/aliceholt10k
Calling all film buffs! The science-fiction film that defined an era, 2001: A Space Odyssey, will be projected inside Winchester Planetarium on Saturday 18th at 6.30pm. This 1968 epic science fiction film, was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and some say changed cinematic design forever. It tells the story of a mysterious black monolith buried deep beneath the surface of the moon. You might know the plot, but if not, here’s a flavour to get you excited... Aided by the most advanced computer programming system in the word, Dr David Bowman sets out on a quest to discover what it means and who left it there. Tickets are £12 per person and £10 concessions from www.experiencefilm.org
Liphook’s biggest Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at the Millennium Centre, Liphook on Friday 25th from 10am to 12 noon. Admission is free and there will be many stalls including a large selection of homemade cakes and produce, attractive crafts and gifts, lovely jewellery plus a tombola and an amazing raffle with some great prizes. Every penny raised will go to Macmillan Midhurst Cancer Support Palliative Service, which covers this area.
Do you have a diagnosis of dementia or do you care for someone who does? Alzheimer’s Society organise weekly meetings and informal activity groups in Haslemere, Farnham, Milford and Cranleigh. For more information on locations, dates and times, you can call Kim Wing the group co-ordinator, on 01932 855582
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. Those in the know say it’s THE festival for music lovers so, if you are wanting tickets, book now by visiting www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
Liphook Methodist Church will hold a Floral Festival with the theme ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ over the weekend of 19th and 20th. Doors will be open to the public on the Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Representatives from Liphook Floral Decoration Society, St Mary’s Church, Little Cherubs Pre-School, Girl Guides and the Methodist Amateur Dramatics Company will all take part and refreshments and cream teas will be available. The event is a fundraiser for WaterAid UK Liphook Methodist Church, London Road, Liphook GU30 7AN
As part of the Nation Garden Scheme, Wheatley House in Bordon (GU35 9PA) will open its gates to visitors on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th. I haven’t been myself, but I am told that it is a magnificent setting with panoramic views over fields and forests. Designed by the artist owner, it also features sweeping mixed borders, shrubberies and grasses. The event is being held 1.30-5pm and admission is £4 for adults and free for children.
In 1643 the Battle of Alton took place and became known as one of the most savage battles of the English Civil War. To commemorate the date, hundreds of members from the English Civil War Society will stage a re-enactment of the bloody battle, over the bank holiday weekend. Each day will begin with a drill in the Market Place at 11.30am followed by the armies marching from the Assembly Rooms through the High Street, up Market Street and Amery Street entering Flood meadows at Tanhouse Lane where the battle will take place from 2pm. One for all the family and it’s free.
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
A dramatic comedy written by Elliott Williams and Luke Bateman ‘Past Times & Present Tents’ will show at the Holybourne Theatre on 26th at 7.30pm. It tells the story of a group of post A-Level students going on a camping holiday to Northern France, before they all go off to university. The play presents themes on modern day issues effecting teenagers as well as portraying satire on modern day life. Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased at www.holybournetheatre.co.uk Please note, there may be language of an adult nature and parental guidance is advised when booking.
Do you like jazz music? The rather fabulous Louisiana Jazzmen are returning to Holy Rood Church on September 12th at 7.30pm. Their first concert back in 2014 was a sell out and had people talking for week. It’s likely to be busy again this year so you might want to book your tickets in advance. Tickets are only £10 including light refreshments. Please call Jean on 01420 541317 for more information. The event takes place at Holy Rood Church, Holybourne.
After the success of last year’s fun ride around Chawton’s magnificent historic estate and parkland, the organisers are delighted to be hosting the event for the second year on Tuesday 15th. This is a rare chance to hack through over six miles of beautiful and normally restricted farmland with cross country jumps for the more experienced rider. The first riders will start at 10am and the last at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be available to buy all day and the gardens will be open with free entry for riders and their helpers. Tickets are £15 (including a £2.50 fee for St John Ambulance) in advance or £20 on the day. For more information visit www.chawtonhouse.org
If you are not a rider then maybe you might like to take part in conference entitled ‘BBC Pride and Prejudice 1995: Reflections Around a Much-Loved Production’. It is a talk held in the Chawton House Library on Saturday 5th that hopes to celebrate and commemorate the 1995 television production of Jane Austin’s book. Speakers who have published widely on Jane Austen in adaptation will reflect on the place of Pride and Prejudice in popular culture before and after 1995. Simon Langton, director, will reminisce on his own role, and the day will close with a roundtable involving some of the original cast and crew. To find out more visit www.chawtonhouse.org
Speak of Jane Austen; you can take part in a Life Writing Workshop at the Jane Austen House Museum on the 26th. Perhaps you have a hankering to write your memoirs, to research deeper into the history of an intriguing family member or to write the biography of someone you admire. This fascinating workshop will look at the process of where to begin, how to extend your research and how to structure your work, as well as providing an insight into and tips about the publishing industry. It is open to everyone – you don’t need to have any previous writing experience, all you need is a subject you’d like to write about and a willingness to join in. To book any or all workshops please ring the museum on 01420 83262
How about taking part in a bow-making course? Rural Craft and ancient technology classes are held at Field Farm Project, Colemore, Alton and this is just one of their exciting activities on offer. Apparently bow making is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying of all bushcraft activities. The course starts by exploring aspects of bow design, how this relates to bow making and the woods that can be used. The bow making then begins using the design elements discussed and working with the properties of the individual stave. You will make your own bow and join the ranks of primitive archers with a choice of making a Traditional English Longbow, a Flat bow or a prehistoric recreation. Call 07979 321369 for more information.
Exciting news, finally, for football fans out there! Work started this summer August on the new 3G artificial football pitch at Alton’s Anstey Park. Local contractors Velocity were appointed by Molson Coors to undertake the works to the pitch, which is the first phase of the redevelopment of the site, providing modern upgraded facilities for both Alton Town FC and Alton United FC who will also benefit from new changing areas and new spectator facilities. Due to the large number of large lorries involved in the work removing the existing pitch and installing of the new artificial turf, residents and visitors to the park should be aware that a one-way system will be in operation for the duration of the project, which is due to be completed on the 30th October. Until then, no traffic will be permitted to exit the site on to the London Road.
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