Thankfully my days being dressed up by the kids as a zombie and lumbering through 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!
Wonersh and District Garden Club’s annual general meeting will take place on 6th October, at Wonersh Memorial Hall. Refreshments will be served and again, they would love as much input as they can get, so attendance would be appreciated. For more information, call 01483 893808.
The Farncombe Scouts and Guides are holding a Jumble Sale on Sunday October 4th, at Badenhall in Tottenham Road, Farncombe. Doors open from 11am-1pm and admission will be 50p for adults. There will be all sorts of goodies on offer from clothing, textiles, books, dvds and toys. Please help them to make this a success as funds are needed to go towards the children’s activities and towards the up keep of the headquarters.
Now to Cranleigh, whose beautiful village feel is something we all want to protect. However, with the urgent need for housing looming large in all of our futures, feedback from Surrey folk shows we are becoming more pragmatic. A recent neighbourhood plan community questionnaire shows locals are willing to accept the idea of new housing development in Cranleigh. Jane O’Leary, chair of the neighbourhood plan steering group, says: “To ensure we fully explore this option, we are putting out an appeal to landowners, developers, estate agents and members of the public to tell us about sites that might be suitable for employment or housing. The land might be part of a large garden in a residential area or the site for an existing building – it doesn’t matter what it is currently being used for, we are just looking to identify possible development sites.” A nomination form can be found at www.cranleighnhp.org or by calling 01483 276100.
The annual Ramster Autumn Fair returns once again on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October, at the beautiful Ramster Hall in Chiddingfold. Held in aid of the charity Action Medical Research, the fair, offers you a chance to take in the beautiful surroundings of Ramster Hall whilst wondering through the many stalls selling clothes, food, unique Christmas gifts, gorgeous jewellery and practical paraphernalia. There will also be a café selling tasty treats and tea and coffee. The fair is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th October, and 9.30am until 3.30pm on Wednesday 7th October, with entrance costing £5.
The ever-popular ‘Winkworth’s Wednesday Walks’ will continue to take place throughout the 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. For more information please 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.
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 will be able to walk through the corridors to see a spectacle of spooks and a coven of wicked witches. From Monday 29th until Friday 2nd they will also hold an activity week full of free, craft activities, a Halloween trail and lots of scary fun. Bird World, Holt Pound, Farnham, GU10 4LD.
Chilworth History Society’s next meeting will be in the village hall on Tuesday 13th at 8pm. This month they will have a talk entitled Bottles and Bygones given by David Rose a local historian and writer. All talks last about an hour followed by questions, tea and delicious homemade cake! Everyone is welcome to attend, membership cost £10 a year and non-members can pay £3 on the door.
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;meetings are social with a speaker followed by lunch. On the intervening months they meet for lunch at various pubs or restaurants in the area. There are many advantages to joining – the Masonic Association offer their widows a lot of care and support. For more information call Anne Stanford on 01483 415601.
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 Downs. They are a friendly group with an increasing number of new members of all ages. Walks take place most days of the week varying from five to-10 miles in length and some include a welcome pub stop (if that helps make you mind up!). For more information visit www.gandhramblers.org.uk
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, Guildford’s award-wining professional theatre company, The Guildford Shakespeare Company, are producing a new ‘immersive’ stage adaptation that will be staged in three iconic locations around Guildford. From 19th – 7th November this wonderful production will begin at St Mary’s Church but as the story unfolds you will follow Alice and the White Rabbit on a magical journey through Wonderland (Guildford!). Tickets are on sale now at www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.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. She was a remarkable woman, reforming the Carmelite Order, setting up new monasteries, and writing books on prayer which have been translated into many languages and are still read today. Each flower arrangement will represent an aspect of St Teresa’s life. The event is free and children will also be kept happy with a fun quiz sheet. There will also be a refreshment marquee with tea, coffee and cakes throughout the two days.
Wisley will be celebrating autumn with their Harvest Festival this month (see our recipes pages for more of this!). 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. For more information visit 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 their ‘Spooky Woodlands’ which is open all of half term. From Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st November, families can discover the spooky woodlands at RHS Garden Wisley with a fun-filled week of family activities and workshops. Learn all about hedgehogs through storytelling, plant some seeds, make a spooking woodland hat and build a den. Free with normal garden 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 please visit www.icycleevents.co.uk/the-way
Congratulations to the students of King Edwards Witley on the GCSE results. Nearly all pupils (95.5%) achieved five A*-C grades. Izzy Watson from Godalming did tremendously well with 8A*, 1A, 1B. Amazing. Well done.
Elstead Afternoon WI have been in touch. They will be holding their next meeting on Thursday 1st October at 2.15pm in their ‘super improved’ Elstead Village Hall. On this occasion there will be a talk given by Rupert Matthews entitled ‘Ghosts of Surrey’. This promises to be most intriguing so put it down in your diary! It is open to all members and non-members but for more information call Helen White on 01252 710039.
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
Squire’s Garden Centre held a very successful ‘Late Summer Flowers with Grasses’ Gardening Workshop last month and they hope that this months will be just as informative. On 16th they will hold an ‘Autumn Colour Barrel’ Workshop between 10am and 2pm. For the price, £25 per person you will also receive a free voucher for tea and coffee on the café afterwards. They run different workshops on the 3rd Friday of the month which can be booked through their website www.squiresgardencentre.co.uk
The Lammas Resident’s Association and its combined Godalming Flood Group have worked with and supported the residents in the Catteshall/Meadrow area of the Lammas Lands to develop the community’s resilience to flooding. The Association would welcome new members from the area to join their very active work on flooding issues. New members would need to join the Resident’s Association which has a £5 per household annual membership fee. If you are interested and wish to learn more about their work please contact Linda Wilson, the association chairman, on 01483 416797.
Are you aged 60+ and looking to do some exercise? Keep fit for the over-60s take place at Bramley Village Hall on Wednesday mornings between 10.30am and midday. It’s low impact and the routines are easy to follow. Classes incorporate stretches, balances, mobility moves and strength exercises. Feel free to just turn up and join in.
Are you a fan of all things ‘vintage’? Maybe you need some inspiration for Christmas presents this year? Why not pop down to Grayswood village on Saturday 31st October and visit the Artisan Country Craft & Vintage Fair? There will be a large selection of vintage stalls selling everything from textiles, furniture, clothing and lots more gorgeous finds for all you treasure hunters. There will also be tea and cakes to keep the whole family happy. www.homeandvintage.wordpress.com
Chiddingfold Horticultural Society’s talk this month will be given at 8pm on Wednesday 15th October by Margaret Arnott on The National Garden Scheme. Margaret is one of Surrey’s assistant organisers and will relate the story behind the ‘Yellow Book’ scheme. Visitors are very welcome to join members in the Village Hall in Coxcombe Lane.
Have you heard of ‘Merham’? It’s the name of The Meath Epilepsy Trust Campaign in Godalming. They are campaigning for a better understanding of Epilepsy. Did you know that only 10% of people in the UK know what to do if someone has an epileptic seizure, but yet over 600,000 people in the UK have some form of epilepsy. They are hoping that people will donate to this great cause. You can donate at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/merham
Ockford-Godalming Afternoon WI Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Scout and Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming at 2pm. On the 7th they will hold their Annual Produce & Craft Show where members compete to show off their creative skills. In November there will be a group lunch followed by the annual meeting. As well as monthly meetings, outings and theatre trips and pub lunches are arranged throughout the year. The group welcomes new members on 01483 421433.
The Fine Art of Crime: Actual Case Studies of the Trail and Repatriation of Stolen Art is the title of the October lecture of The West Surrey Decorative and Fine Arts Society on Tuesday, 27th. In this lecture Malcolm Kenwood, a retired specialist policeman and private detective, will examine the trail and repatriation of stolen art using fascinating actual case studies. 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. For more information, call 01483 811671.
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.
Although the evenings are now drawing in, anyone wishing to join the Godalming Evening Townswomen’s Guild will receive a warm welcome. Why not go along to their next meeting at the Godalming Baptist Church Hall, Queen Street, Godalming on Tuesday 13th October? Their speaker is Robin Wells who will give a talk on the life of Ralph Vaughan Williams, an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, and choral music and film scores. If you can’t make that date, they meet at other times to enjoy book clubs, lunching out and social evening. Call the chairman on 01483 415343.
With the slogan ‘If it’s not home-made, hand-made or home-grown, we don’t sell it’ Cranleigh Country Market is the place to buy your food locally. They have been trading now for 35 years, every Friday from 9.15-10.30am. You’ll find them at The Bandroom, Village Way in Cranleigh selling, baked good, jams and marmalades, chutneys, eggs, plants, crafts and more. Refreshments are available, so why not pop down, have a look and enjoy a cup of tea a piece of very special, homemade cake.
The famous Swap-it day is back! Are you having late summer clear out? On Saturday 17th October Chiddgreen provides the opportunity to swap things – you can take and collect as many items as you like – all you have to do is make a small donation. They want things like nice clothes that no longer fit, kitchen gear that you don’t have room for, garden tools you don’t use any more, surplus craft materials, and toys, books and small items of furniture. They don’t want anything toxic, electrical or alive!
Please take these items to be recycled to the community recycling centre in Witley. For more information visit www.chiddgreen.org.uk
Have a lovely month!
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