Hello and welcome, readers! By way of introduction, this is our newest edition of Round & About. Every month we’ll pop through your letterbox full of articles which, we hope, will be of interest to you, alongside offers and services from businesses locally. Ramblings are a free way for you to promote local events, charity days, music nights and, in fact, anything that might be of interest to our treasured readers, ensuring we can help spread the word to the 21,592 households in your neighbourhood. Just email us the details you’d like to promote by the 1st of the month prior to publication.
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!
Are you looking to entertain the kids this half term? The WWF-UK will be running school holiday activities at its home the Living Planet Centre in Woking. If your child is interested in polar bears, they can take part in a workshop and find out what they have in common with penguins. There will be a short animation film and then the opportunity to become an artist explorer, journeying to the frozen poles, discovering and drawing the amazing animals you find along the way. Workshops will run at various times on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th and entry is free. Spaces are limited book online at wwf.org.uk/whatson or call on 01483 426444
How about taking part in the world’s biggest drawing festival? During half term, the Lightbox and WWF-UK are linking up to take part in The Big Draw and they need budding artist explorers to help them. Kids are invited to follow the clues between the Lightbox and The Living Planet Centre to complete the fun quiz. Through drawing, they can create their own amazing story and uncover what happens when a polar bear meets a Big Friendly Giant! You can drop in anytime between 10.30am and 5pm from Tuesday 27th until Friday 30th at The Lightbox & The Living Planet Centre.
Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall will be in Guildford on the 30th. His will present the Wild World Show at G-Live from 7.30pm where he will take the audience on a tour of the real-life expeditions inspiring his novels The Falcon Chronicles. It promises to be a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from his expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world’s highest peaks, and from the depths of the rainforest to the bottom of the sea. Tickets are from £19.50 and can be bought from the box office on 01483 369350.
If that doesn’t appeal then maybe this will? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, direct form the West End, will be showing at the New Theatre in Woking from 27th for five nights. Based on the classic comedy film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the audience will be transported to the French Riviera and its decadent underworld, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress. Starring Michael Praed, Noel Sullivan, Carly Stenson and Gary Wilmot. Tickets are £23.90 each and can be purchased by calling 0844 871 7645. New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking.
Michael Palin fans can enjoy an evening with him on the 17th. Join the man, himself, as he brings to life, thirty extraordinary years of momentous moments in his life. The Thirty Years Tour is on at The Victoria Theatre in Woking for one night only and tickets are £3.40 each. For more information, call 0800 871 7645.
Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Why not pull on your wellies and join a guided walk taking in the iconic meadows, ponds and woodland at Runnymede on the 4th? Walkers can learn about the wonderful flora and fauna of Runnymede’s meadows, ponds and woodlands with the help of one of their rangers who will be there to answer any questions. Anyone can take part, just be ready and waiting at 11am at the estate office. It’s £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Runnymede Estate Office, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, SL4 2JL
‘Story Week’ at The Lightbox in Woking, kicks off with illustration workshops on Tuesday 27th October. Children can learn the art of illustrating their own story with guidance from professional illustrator, Jessica Jane Charleston. Other bookable events include the Roald Dahl Character Costumes workshop on Thursday 29th, where you can make giant ears, masks, hats or noses and turn yourself into your favourite Roald Dahl character. On Wednesday 28th at 11am there will be a screening of Roald Dahl’s classic story Matilda. Why not take all the family to enjoy this mid-morning matinee? Prices range from £4 to £6.50 and these bookable events are sure to fill up fast so remember to book ahead via The Lightbox website.
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. The meetings are social with a speaker followed by lunch. On the intervening months, they meet for lunch at various pubs or restaurants. There are many advantages to joining – the Masonic Association offer their widows a lot of care and support. For more information please contact Anne Stanford on 01483 415601.
Wisley will be celebrating autumn with their Harvest Festival this month. The gardens are rather fabulous at this time of year but add in some tasty food, fresh air and over 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, visit www.icycleevents.co.uk/the-way
Squire’s Garden Centre held a very successful ‘Late Summer Flowers with Grasses’ Gardening Workshop last month and they hope that this month’s will be just as informative. On 16th they will hold an ‘Autumn Colour Barrel’ Workshop between 10am and 2pm. For the price of £25 per person you will also receive a free voucher for tea and coffee on the café afterwards. They run different workshops on the third Friday of the month which can be booked through the website www.squiresgardencentre.co.uk
The Guildford Natural History Society has been in touch. They would like me to mention that they have two very interesting talks coming up in October. The first is on Thursday 8th October when Tim Winter will give an illustrated talk describing 20th Century Rural Life. Then on 22nd October Sussex naturalist John Richardson will talk about the natural history within a mile of his home. The talks take place at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, starting at 2.45pm. They are free to GNHS members but they do welcome visitors, for a small donation to help cover their costs. Please call Bridget Hopkins on 01483 275826 for more information.
Are you and your family interested in genealogy? If so, the West Surrey Family History Society is holding their annual Family History Fair at the Woking Leisure Centre on Saturday 31st October from 10am-4.30pm. Several county, local and historical societies will be represented and there will also be commercial stalls for research materials and books, a free ‘look up’ service from various records and free talks.
The West Surrey Family History Society arranges monthly meetings at five centres in West Surrey and as a member you can attend any of them and receive quarterly journals. If you would like more information on how to join then please visit www.wsfhs.org. Their next meeting is at the Guildford branch on 7th October when the popular speaker Les Mitchinson will be talking about non-conformism. This meeting is held in the Friends Meeting House, Ward Street, Guildford, at 8pm. Please call Mrs Iris Hawkins for all enquires, on 01483 535986.
Have you ever considered Scottish Country Dancing? You are invited to join the Guildford Scottish Country Dance Club on their club night to meet them and see what they do. The club has been in existence in Guildford for many years and it’s a fun and social evening. They meet on Mondays at 8pm at Onslow Village Hall between September and June. All the dates and information can be found on their website www.gscdc.org.uk alternatively give Sheila Connell a call on 01483 456091.
Some of the county’s most talented young musicians will play in a special concert to raise money for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice Care on October 10th. The concert, at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, features Surrey Advanced Brass, whose members come from across Surrey and who most recently performed at Magna Carta celebrations at the start of the summer. All proceeds from the concert will go to Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice Care. Tickets for this concert are just £12.50 and £5 for under-16s. You can buy them from Guildford TIC on 01483 444334 or from Vivace Chorus on 07958 519741.
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 next month 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.
The West Surrey Natural History Society holds monthly talks by well-known naturalists from September to April on a wide variety of natural history subjects. The talks are held at Ripley Village Hall at 8pm on the fourth Thursday in the month. All meetings are free to members or £3 for non-members. Their first meeting of the season – an illustrated talk about the Wildlife Aid Foundation – was held at the end of September and was well attended. If you would like more information, or wish to attend the next event please call Anna Stribley on 01372 457623 or you can find further information at www.wsnhs.wordpress.com
Have a great month, readers, and see you next month!
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