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!
Building on the success of last year’s Punch Bowl Challenges, which included races for all the family, the Black Down and Hindhead Supporters of the National Trust and Haslemere Border Athletics Club are hosting this year’s event on Sunday 4th October. The first race starts at 9.30am with a 50-metre dash for six-year-olds and under (with parents!), 1k run for those aged six to eight followed by 2.5k and 5k races for older juniors. The main event will be the 10k Punch Bowl run, which will start adjacent to the National Trust Café at Hindhead. www.pbchallenges.co.uk
Do you enjoy a game of bridge? Busbridge Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Monday and Tuesday evening (except the second Tuesday in each month) at Busbridge village hall, Brighton Road, Godalming. Table money is just £1 a session plus an annual membership fee of only £15. New members and visitors are very welcome with no charge on the first visit. Partners can be arranged by phoning 01483 424746. More details can be found on www.busbridge.org.uk
The ever-popular ‘Winkworth’s Wednesday Walks’ will continue to take place throughout autumn. Walkers meet at 2.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month at the kiosk for a seasonal guided walk around the arboretum. It normally takes about an hour and it is free with normal garden admissions. Call 01483 208477.
There’s pumpkin-carving fun to be had at Winkworth Arboretum on the 30th (and a much better idea than getting messy in your own kitchen!). Join other little ghost and ghouls between 11am and 1pm for some Halloween fun. You will need to take your own pumpkins and there will be a charge of £1.50 per child. Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall will be at G-Live on the 30th where he’ll take the audience on a tour of the real expeditions inspiring his novels The Falcon Chronicles. Tickets are from £19.50; call 01483 369350.
A part of Haunted Haslemere, Horrific Halloween will take place at Haslemere Museum on the 30th. Why not take your little ones and take part in scary, Halloween crafts? You can also take a pumpkin or squash to carve and take part in their procession, which starts at the museum at 4.30pm and finishes in the town’s central car park. Call 01428 642112. Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, GU27 2LA
For ‘true’ Halloween aficionados, Haslemere Museum will be opening its doors at 6pm on the 31st so you can explore the dark galleries (take a torch) then enjoy a drink before watching the third night in the museum film ‘Secret of the Tomb’! Tickets are £5 per person and can be purchased by calling 01428 642112.
Music lovers in Haslemere and the surrounding areas are in for a treat as HHH present their 2015/16 series of concerts. Don’t miss the chance to hear these wonderful musicians at St Christopher’s Church. On October 3rd the opening concert will be given by the Swiss based Amar String Quartet followed by a performance by the beautiful and dynamic pianist Siu Chi Li on October 24th. All concerts begin at 7.30pm and tickets can be bought by calling Angela Wainwright on 01428 652012 or from Chamberlain Music, Wey Hill, Haslemere, at www.WeGotTickets.com and at the door.
There is a rather interesting exhibition taking place at the moment but it finishes on the 3rd of October, so if you are interested you will need to get your skates on! Richard Gardener Antiques in Chichester is holding an exhibition of one of the world’s greatest collections of antique dressing, vanity and travelling cases. Rare cases such as Spencer Churchill’s vanity cases by Garrard as well as many examples by Asprey, Garrard, Aucoc, Jenner & Knewstub, Thornhill, West, Wilson & Co, Edwards, Leuchars and others are on show; more than 25 examples available to see in a selection they doubt will ever been seen again in one place. www.richardgardnerantiques.co.uk
With the kids back at school why not make the most of our wonderful countryside and join a walking group for a good dose of healthy exercise? Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers offer a wide range of walks to choose from all across the area south of Godalming and Farnham including Midhurst, Petworth and the South Down. They are a friendly group with an increasing number of new members of all ages. Visit www.gandhramblers.org.uk
There is to be a Flower Festival at St Teresa of Avila RC Church, Chiddingfold, over the weekend of the 10th and 11th. This is in celebration of the 500th anniversary of St Teresa’s birth in Avila. Each flower arrangement will represent an aspect of St Teresa’s life. The event is free a with a fun quiz sheet for children and refreshment marquee with tea, coffee and cakes throughout the two days.
Haslemere U3A will hold a lecture entitled The Rise and Fall of Emma Hamilton on Monday 12th at 2pm. Dr Bob France, a lecturer and tour guide at Uppark, will tell the dramatic story of Emma Hamilton (1765-1815), who rose from the slums of the northwest to become the most portrayed woman in Europe, the confidante of a queen and the lover of England’s greatest naval hero – and her final fall from fame. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be a charge of £2 on the door for non-members. For more about membership please call Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338 or visit www.haslemere-u3a.org.uk
There’s fun to be had this month at Grayshott Folk Club. They are gearing up for an almighty evening on Saturday 31st October when The Henry Girls – sister Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin will perform a broad range of Folk, Americana, Jazz and Pop music. Born and raised in the hotbed of traditional Irish/Celtic Folk music that is County Donegal, they have been surrounded by music all their lives. The girls are all multi-instrumentalists and at any one time may be playing a combination of Fiddle, Ukelele, Banjo, Guitar, Harp, Mandolin, Piano and/or Accordion on stage. It promises to be a great night. For more information and for tickets visit www.grayshottfolkclub.co.uk
On Wednesday 14th, Grayshott Gardeners will be welcoming the renowned writer and broadcaster Bob Flowerdew, who will speak on Organic Gardening, why it’s better for our planet and why organically grown produce is tasty. It should be very enjoyable evening. To book a ticket for this event call 01428 720000. If you can’t make the evening but would like to know more about the group, Grayshott Gardeners meet at Grayshott Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month with lectures starting at 8pm. www.grayshottgardeners.net
All aboard! The Liphook & District Model Railway Club is holding its sixth annual Model Trains in the Valley event on Sunday 25th at the Milland Valley Memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland. Doors will open at 10am and the entry fee is £1.50 for adults and children go free. For more information visit www.millandvalleyrailway.co.uk
Do you worry about what your kids are up to online? There are two new courses beginning at the Fernhurst Centre this autumn. Keeping your Kids Safe Online will run on Tuesday 6th from 7.30–9.30pm. It will offer guidance and practical hands-on help for parents setting up online parental controls and filters. The following Tuesday they run another course, ‘Keeping yourself safe online’. They will teach you how to create passwords and how to avoid phishing and email scams. Please take your own laptop or tablet with you as each session includes one to one assistance on setting up your own device. To book a space visit www.fernhurstcentre.org.uk or call 01428 641931.
London-based Rah Rah Theatre Company is touring a new play to raise awareness for World Anti-Slavery Day. They will be performing a powerful interactive theatrical interpretation of the degradations of human trafficking entitled ‘My Mind id Free’ at Haslemere Methodist Church on 3rd at 7.30pm.Tickets are £10 each –call 01428 653011, visit www.mymindisfree.com , or buy on the door.
Are you a fan of all things vintage? Maybe you need some inspiration for Christmas presents? Pop down to Grayswood village on Saturday 31st October and visit the Artisan Country Craft & Vintage Fair. There will be vintage stalls selling everything from textiles, furniture, clothing and lots more gorgeous finds for all you treasure-hunters. There will also be tea & cakes to keep the whole family happy. www.homeandvintage.wordpress.com
Talking of courses, West Dean College have a fantastic programme of arts and craft short courses. Their courses run November – April and are taught by internationally acclaimed expert tutors and practising artists. They offer a variety of arts and crafts such as silversmithing, basketry, music, oil painting and sculptural carving in wood. Leading up to Christmas they will also hold a few workshops such as wreaths and garlands making, coloured glass decorations, a gold gilded glass baubles class and you can even learn the traditional art of Bobbin lacemaking. Visit www.westdean.org.uk for specific dates and times.
On Saturday 10th, Haslemere Methodist Church will present a concert by Liphook’s ‘Love to Sing’ Choir followed by a fabulous Harvest Festival supper. You can purchase advance tickets at £10 from the church’s Open Door Coffee Lounge from 10 am to 12noon on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays or pay £12 on the door. Children aged 16 and under welcome at half-price. The organisers ask that guests come in colourful clothing and to bring friends and family to add to the fun atmosphere!
Liphook WEA are organising two courses this autumn and hope to see a good turn-out. The first is a literature course entitled Modern American Short Stories with tutor John Haynes on Wednesdays from 10am-noon. The other is a local history course (1066-1485) entitled Changes That Shaped the Nation with tutor Jennifer Goldsmith on Fridays from 10am-noon. Both courses will last for ten weeks starting the first week in October at the Millennnium Hall in Liphook. For prices and to enroll call 01428 641907 as soon as possible.
Haslemere Town Band is back by popular demand this month with their new conductor David Wright. After the band played at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere, last year, they’ll give another wonderful concert of old and modern pieces on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 at the door and children go free.
Haslemere Decorative and Fine Arts Society will examine a work of art familiar to many but with a mysterious history on 26th October at Haslemere Hall. Leslie Primo will talk about the Wilton Diptych and uncover the many hidden signs and symbols The lecture will also look at Medieval England, patronage, saints, and kingship through the lens of the Wilton Diptych. The lecture begins at 2pm; new members and guests welcome. Call HDFAS membership secretary Sue Wright on 01428 683578.
The Midhurst Art Society has just had a successful summer exhibition with local member Jim Ludden voted best in show again. Congratulations, Jim! The new term started on September 1st with a demonstration on watercolour landscapes at the SDNP Memorial Hall. The society holds demonstrations on the first Tuesday of most months and afternoon workshops are held on Thursdays from 2–4pm at The Grange Centre Midhurst. Visit www.midhurstartsociety.org.uk
Friends of St Mary’s Church, Bramshott continue their fundraising with a quiz night on 21st November from 7.30pm at the Church Centre, Liphook. The quiz has been organised and specially written by Mary Walters, and as always, will tax the brain but will hopefully be a lot of fun! There will be a two-course supper and a bar serving wine (and juice for the drivers). Teams of six are required but smaller numbers are welcome and will be put into teams by the committee. Tickets cost £12.50 each which includes supper – call 01428 725390.
Spiltmilk Dance will be entertaining the crowds at Conford Village Hall on the 10th. Their show, Blast from the Past takes you on a glitzy journey through the music, TV, fads and fashions that have shaped British pop culture, visiting each year since the recorded music charts began in 1952. Each year is celebrated with a dance/ scene/ episode inspired by a key event or trend that impacted life in British living rooms that year, and is accompanied by the top selling song from the year. It might sound a little strange but honestly, it’s a brilliant night out. Tickets are £12 from Passfield Stores or Rob Abraham on 01428 751222.
Have a great month!
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