Thankfully my days being dressed up by the kids as a zombie and lumbering the streets weighed down with Halloween paraphernalia are over. Now the kids are older, they are happy to just buy their own sweets at a shop without the rigmarole of having to dress up!
For those of you wanting to partake in some Halloween fun, there’s plenty on offer this month. There’s pumpkin carving, a 5k zombie fun run, ghost hunts and even a Halloween stage make-up masterclass. For those wanting a more sedate October, read on! It’s not all ghouls and monsters, I promise!
On Tuesday 27th October the Farnhamian 400 Trust, will be presenting the 26th Farnham Lecture at South Farnham Junior School. The lecture will commence at 3pm with doors opening at 2.30pm. This year’s speaker will be Sir Andrew Carter OBE, headmaster at South Farnham Junior School. He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for his services to education and in 2014 was knighted for his working planning to improve education for pupils and students throughout the country. Tickets for the lecture entitled Education in the United Kingdom – A Personal View cost £5, with students free of charge, and are available by calling Brian Williams on 01252 715430.
Halloween Activity Week will take place at Bird World this half term. Their Halloween Grotto will be open from Saturday, 24th to Sunday 1st November. Visitors can walk through the corridors to see a spectacle of spooks and a coven of wicked witches. From Monday 29th until Friday 2nd is also an activity week of free, craft activities, a Halloween trail and lots of scary fun. Bird World, Holt Pound, GU10 4LD.
You won’t want to miss Farnham Festival of Crafts this month. As one of the UK’s only craft towns, Farnham, holds an annual weekend long celebration of all things handmade and this year it takes place on the 17th and 18th. It is now in its 19th year and 2015 promises to be the best yet, with a curated marketplace, DIY workshops, and activities across the town. The marketplace will showcase more than 70 designer/makers and products with a lifestyle focus, including (but not limited to): homewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, accessories, furniture, lighting and textiles. Read on in this issue for more on this highlight!
The Surrey Artist of the Year Competition takes place this month at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the best of local talent and better still the gallery are asking members of the public to vote for their favourite artist. There is always a fabulous variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Open Tuesday through to Saturday from 4th October until 14th November and opening times are 10am to 5pm. www.newashgate.org.uk
The Guildford branch of the Surrey Masonic Widows Association are a group of ladies whose husbands were Masons living in Surrey. They meet for lunch at the Guildford Masonic Centre five times a year and meetings are social with a speaker followed by lunch. On intervening months, they meet for lunch. They are a friendly group and enjoy our time together. There are many advantages to joining – the Masonic Association offer their widows a lot of care and support. Call Anne Stanford on 01483 415601.
Wisley will be celebrating autumn with its Harvest Festival this month (see our recipes for more autumnal flavours!). The gardens are rather fabulous at this time of year but add in some tasty food, fresh air and more than 670 different cultivars of apple, it promises to be a rather special affair. No harvest festival would be complete without pumpkins so kids are also invited to enter their carved pumpkin competition. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
Also this month, Willow ‘woodland creature’ sculptures by Sarah Gallagher-Hayes will be on show in the Pinetun. On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th there will be traditional crafts, artisan demonstrations and family activities inspired by the natural beauty of wood and on the 10th and 11th you are invited to visit the Glasshouse Gallery for the sale of seed and seed displays.
Once again, Wisley will entertain the kids this Halloween with Spooky Woodlands which is open all of half term. From Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st November, discover the spooky woodlands at RHS Garden Wisley with a week of family activities and workshops. Learn all about hedgehogs through storytelling, plant seeds, make a spooking woodland hat and build a den. Free with normal admission.
Surrey based charity, Harrison’s Fund, is looking for riders to take part in a brand new cycle event, ‘The Way’, a new South Downs National Park road sportive. The event is being organised by from iCycleEvents in association with Rolling Dynamics and will take place on 3rd October. All sponsorship money raised by riders will go towards Harrison’s Fund which is named after the nine year old from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Wey is a 113-mile road challenge event through the entire length of the South Downs National Park. To take part in the event, visit www.icycleevents.co.uk/the-way
Farnham DFAS’s October lecture will take place on the 20th. ‘Radiant Art: Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass is the title and it coincides with the appeal to restore the stained glass in Winchester Cathedral. The lecture will be illustrated with examples from cathedrals, churches and private houses in the Farnham area. It explains how stained glass windows were made and what happened to them during times of great turbulence in English history. Farnham Maltings is the venue and it begins at 10.30am if you would like to attend. Member and non-members are both invited. Please call the membership secretary on 079188 83515 to book your ticket for £5 or visit www.farnhamdfas.org.uk
It seems they are not the only local group trying to spread the word. Ahead of the UN Climate Change conference in Paris, Riding Lights Theatre Company’s autumn tour, ‘Baked Alaska’ will deal with the issue across the globe. For this project, Riding Lights is working in partnership with Christian Aid and Operation Noah, both members of the Climate Coalition, and the Diocese of Lichfield. The will be at The Church on the Heath, Elvetham, Fleet, on the 1st October from 7.30pm and then St Paul’s Church in Addlestone on Friday 2nd. Tickets can be bought by calling the box office on 01904 613000.
St John’s Church in Hale has 200 hymn books to give away. If you’d like one, just pop in and collect one – the church is open every day from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The Reverend Lesley Crawley has decided that it was time they bought some new hymn books as the version they had were 30 years old and didn’t include the modern hymns they sing. They can’t sell the old hymn books because they are so out of date, but if anyone would like one, they are free to a good home!
Enjoy a night of folk in Farnham on Saturday 3rd October. 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. Comprising Debs and Stu Hanna, they present an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Sounds like a great night out. For information and to book tickets visit www.megsonmusic.co.uk or www.wegottickets.com
Classical music fans won’t want to miss this next Rambling. The Tilford Bach Society Concert takes place on Friday 2nd October from 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church in Farnham. Tickets are £15 on the door or £13.50 in advance. Visit www.tilbach.org.uk
Local Chamber Choir Cantique is looking forward to their next concert on the 3rd at St Joan’s Church in Farnham. There is to be a luscious selection of 19th and 20th century music to raise funds for local cancer charity, The Fountain Centre. Tickets are £15 and can be bought by calling 01483 406619 or from choir members themselves.
On the 1st October, we are invited to celebrate the International Day of the Older Person. There will be a Songs of Praise service followed by a wonderful afternoon tea put on by Farnham ASSIST at the United Reformed Church, South Street, Farnham at 3pm. For more details call 01252 717710.
Crondall Art Club begins its autumn term of classes on Monday 28th September from 9am – 12 noon, at All Saints Church Rooms in Crondall. The course is ideal for both beginners and the more experienced, with a qualified tutor to instruct and advise, using all forms of material and subject matter. There are still a few vacancies for the coming term if anyone wishes to sign up. Call Val Hyde on 01252 850663.
Farnham Speakers’ Festival takes place at the end of the month. Television presenter Peter Snow opens the event on the 22nd with his account of the Battle of Waterloo Experience. Over the following few days there will be a plethora of guest speakers including Stanley Johnson – father of Boris and former MEP, Tony Little, headmaster of Eton, the former Minister for Europe, Denis McShane and celebrated writer, Harry Mount, of the Telegraph who will tells us of his Greek Odyssey. For a full list of all speaker and to book tickets to any of the events please go to www.farnhamspeakersfestival.com or call 0333 666 3366.
If that isn’t really your scene, maybe this is? Farnham Shakespeare Company are returning to Frensham Heights Performing Arts Centre with Shakespeare’s popular comedy As You Like It from 21st -24th. Directed by well-known actor and director Ian Cullen, it promises to be a rather spectacular show. Tickets are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk or 01252 653624.
Should there be limits to our freedom of expression? This is the title of a discussion being hosted by Farnham Humanists on Sunday 18th October at 7pm. Chris Moos will be giving a talk on ‘Multifaithism and Freedom of Expression’. Chris, has, in the past, co-organised successful campaigns against gender segregation and the Law Society’s sharia wills Practice Note. Everyone is welcome to attend but will be asked to donate £2 to cover costs. It will take place at Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham. For more information please contact Jennie on 01252 723044.
The Players of Elstead’s autumn production is And Never More Shall Be So, a murder mystery by Norman Robbins. Performances will take place at Elstead Village Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 29th, 30th and 31st October at 7.45pm. To order tickets please visit www.elsteadtheatrical.co.uk or call 08442 329460.
Farnham Afternoon Bridge Club meets at Farnham Maltings every Wednesday afternoon except the first Wednesday in the month. Bridge starts at 1.45 pm; 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 their bridge and find it a great way to meet together in a nice friendly atmosphere. New members are very welcome and can obtain further information from the Membership Secretary, Rosemary Ostime on 01252 721312 or Trevor Lawson on 01252 543372.
You are invited to join the Fleet Scottish Country Dance Society for social dancing on Saturday nights in Crookham Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham from 7.30 -10pm. Regular evenings are held, roughly every fortnight so on the 3rd, 17th and 21st October and then they will hold their Apprentices’ Dance on 28th November at Court Moor School Fleet, which should be a very fun evening. Full details can be found on the website www.fleet.rscds-bhs.org.uk or by calling Morna Partridge on 01252 711992.
And finally... A date for your diary, and one for a good cause, at that. Have you thought about Christmas yet? Arthritis Research UK’s Farnham Branch are organising their Christmas Coffee Morning, to be held on Tuesday the 5th November. This takes place at Tongham Community Centre in Poyle Road, from 10am to noon. Coffee & biscuits. You’ll find homemade cakes, produce and much more.
Have a great month!
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