Remember, remember the fifth of November! I love this time of year, but it seems most of you are bypassing Guy Fawkes Night and simply heading, head-first, into the Christmas spirit! Er, since when did Christmas begin in November? Oh well, we’re here to get you feeling festive!
The Lightbox will hold their annual arts and crafts fair over the weekend of the 20th and 21st November and it’s the perfect place to start you Christmas shopping. There will be a variety of handmade crafts including jewellery, paintings, glass-work and ceramics. Visitor will also be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and live music whilst browsing the original gifts on sale. Doors open at 10.30am and entry is free although donations will be gratefully received. The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA.
Gates will open at 5.30pm on Friday 6th November for the Holy Trinity CofE Primary School Firework Display in West End, Woking. At 6pm the low-noise fireworks for toddlers begins, followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm. Once the little ones have all left the pyrotechnic experts will delight you all with another amazing fireworks display accompanied by music from West End’s renowned DJ Dan. Prices on the gate are £5 per adult, £3 per children and £1 for pre-schoolers.
From now until the 30th November Taste of Wisley takes place at RHS Garden Wisley. Visitors can join in an autumn celebration of tasty food, fresh air and glorious garden colour. Wisley has 670 different cultivars of apple to tempt you and whilst you are there why not enter the carved pumpkin competition?
How about taking part in a Heat Press Printing workshop? You can learn how to do ‘sublimation printing’ using a Heat Press at The Lightbox in Woking on the 14th. The Press heats up to 200 degrees and transfers paper dyes onto cloth. You need to ‘dress for mess’ and take some washing up gloves with you. For more information call 01483 737800.
If that doesn’t take your fancy then maybe a life drawing workshop will? Budding artists can join artist Ali Mirmak who will take you through a range of experimental techniques and processes commonly used by professional artists. You will then concentrate on producing a detailed tonal study of the model. This class is suitable for both absolute beginners and the more experienced life drawer. Again, it takes place at The Lightbox but on the 26th. Call 01483 737800 for prices and to book.
Quentin Blake: Inside Stories is a landmark exhibition by one of the UK’s most important and best-loved illustrators whose work is recognised worldwide. This exhibition, at The Lightbox in Woking, will give a unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most characteristic and popular creations. From Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to his own Clown, and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams and illustrations to books by John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen. Entry is £5 per person and is on now until the 17th January.
What better way to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning than by listening to a chilled out live music session whilst enjoying brunch and a cheeky glass of Prosecco? Each month The Lightbox café features a different artistic style ranging from acoustic guitar through to beautiful melodies and gentle jazz. You can book a table by calling 01483 737800.
Sunday family lunches are banned in the Savage/Juffkins household in the run-up to Christmas. We enjoy Christmas all the more for not eating and drinking to excess beforehand. But it does mean Sunday afternoons are free to indulge other appetites! This month we’ll attend a basketball game on 8th November between the Surrey Scorchers and the Bristol Flyers at Surrey Sports Park. An afternoon of excitement and ‘slam-dunking’ awaits! 3pm at the Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford.
On Thursday 26th, The RSPB Guildford and District Local Group will hold its annual event at the village hall in Cranleigh from 9.30am to 12.30pm. As well as the expected charity Christmas cards, calendars, homemade cakes and bric-a brac there will also be a tombola and raffle with two splendid Christmas hampers as prizes. It’s all in aid of a good cause and all profits go to Britain’s largest nature conservation charity. For further information visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/guildford or call 01483 800173.
The Guildford branch of the Surrey Masonic Widows Association are a group of ladies living in Guildford Godalming and Cranleigh area whose husbands were Masons. They are a friendly group who meet for lunch at the Guildford Masonic Centre five times a year, 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 them – call Anne Stanford on 01483 415601.
St Saviour’s Church, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, is the venue for a very exciting evening of choral and orchestral music on the 14th. Opening with one of Sibelius’s most colourful and popular symphonic works and closing with the beautiful and evocative ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky, the evening programme will also feature some of the most inspiring and popular works in the choral repertoire by Elgar, Bruckner and Parry, showcasing the fabulous University Choir & Orchestra at their best. Please call 01483 686876 for tickets.
‘Into the Woods’ is a dark, humorous and heartfelt musical being ?by the students at the Ivy Arts Centre at the University this month. It tells the tale of a baker and his wife who wish to start a family but the witch sends them on a perilous journey. They travel through several beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales intertwining the plots and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests meeting Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. It takes place on 26th November from 7.30pm and tickets are £13 each. Please call 01483 686876.
More than 80 vehicles from across the decades and representing the field of conflict from around the world will be on display at Brooklands Museum on the 15th. The historic site will be transformed as everything from armoured staff cars to troop carriers and motorcycles are parked up in the Paddock and around the Motoring Village. The event which begins at 10am, will be brought to life by the many wartime re-enactment groups that will be stationed alongside the vehicles. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN.
The Winter Market & Fair returns to Guildford Cathedral on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November. It’s a wonderful shopping experience with 50+ exhibitors selling bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, wines and jewellery. The Cathedral Shop will also be open, stocked with more wonderful items for Christmas. Doors open at 10am, entry fee £2 per person. The Marquee at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP.
On Saturday 28th November, children’s favourite Postman Pat will visit White Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Guildford to meet and greet fans. He’ll make personal appearances at intervals 11am – 4pm. It’s free, just turn up and enjoy!
How about a nice autumnal walk to blow out the cobwebs? A five-mile group walk has been organised at 11am on 22nd November from Newark car park. You will walk past Priory to Pyrford Church and then onto the Anchor at Pyrford for an optional break. You will be able to take a look Ockham Mill before heading back to Newark Lock. Call 01483 561389 for more information. Newwark Lane Car Park, south of Pyrford Village, GU23 6DP.
If you want something a little more light hearted, An Evening of Clairvoyance with Lesley Carver on 20th November should do it! Her reputation as a psychic medium has continued to grow over the last few years and her unique ability to know the name of the person who has passed has set her apart from others. It has now become one of the reasons people come to see her - you have to see it to believe it! The Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY.
The Watts gallery in Compton is holding a ceramics workshop on the 14th. Visitors can design a plate inspired by the beautiful ceramics made by William DeMorgan, the Victorian ceramic artist. There will be two sitting one at 10.30am to 1pm and then again at 2pm until 4.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and likely to be snapped up quickly so call 01483 810235.
Are you interested in modern history? Would you like to meet some like-minded individuals with whom you can discuss your interest? Why not join Guildford’s Modern History Group on a Tuesday at their meeting at the Guildford Institute. It takes place every week from 2.30pm where they hold talks followed by lively discussions. On the 3rd of November the subject will be Surrey Road – from Turnpike to Motorway. Each meeting cost £1 for members and £3 for non-members.
Guildford & Woking Humanists have teamed up with Farnham Humanists to bring you a riveting evening with TV’s Dr Philip Hammond, on Tuesday 3rd. Phil is an NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian. He is also patron of the British Humanist Association and in his talk, How to get the Most from Your One Wild and Precious Life; Dr Phil argues that most lives need living, not medicalising. The talk begins at 7.30pm at Trinity Centre, 5 Trinity Churchyard, High Street, Guildford. For tickets visit www.farnham.humanist.org.uk or call Mike on 01483 233324.
Serenity Hampers understands the needs of people experiencing cancer and ill health by providing compassionate gifts to help them to recover from their treatment, to live life in comfort and with a sense of well-being. Serenity Hampers donates to Cancer Research. If you are looking for a special gift for a loved one or friend why not take a look at www.serenityhampers.com or contact Alicia Dent on 07985 577550.
Onslow Village Residents’ Association’s next event is a talk entitled ‘Winston Churchill’s Toyshop’. It takes place on Tuesday 10th in the Village Hall, Wilderness Road, Onslow Village, Guildford. Gordon Rogers will be giving a presentation about the largely unknown story of the UK’s premier World War 2 weapons experimental station. As it is the last meeting before Christmas there will be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, as well as the usual tea and coffee, to be served from 7.15pm. Entry is free to OVRA members and £3 to non-members who are very welcome to attend.
Guildford Natural History Society will meet on the 12th for an interesting talk by Brian Nobbs entitled ‘Birdwatching in the Mediterranean’. He will show some of the resident and migrant birds to be seen in this popular region, using Lesbos, Crete, Corsica, Majorca, Menorca and the Rhone Delta as examples. The talk takes place at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, starting at 2.45pm. It is a free event for GNHS members but they are very happy to welcome visitors and they do ask for a small donation to help cover costs. For further information please contact Bridget Hopkins on 01483 275826.
How about some early Christmas shopping? On Saturday 21st from 10.30am to 12.30pm, the West Surrey National Trust Centre will hold their annual coffee morning. Due to the tragic events at Clandon Park the event this year will be held at Ripley Village Hall but all the usual stalls will be there including ladies fashion, jewellery, Christmas cards, books and homemade cakes as well as a grand raffle. Entrance is £3 which includes coffee and biscuits. All proceeds from this event will be for Clandon Park.
Also due to the tragic fire at Clandon Park, the West Surrey National Trust Centre will hold their Christmas Music at St Nicolas Church, Bury Street, Guildford, on Monday 7th December at 8pm with all proceeds going to Clandon Park. As before, The Epsom Chamber Choir will sing, giving us a wonderful start to the season. Tickets are £12 each and will include a glass of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie. Tickets are available from the Guildford Tourist Information Centre or call Mrs. G. Duckworth on 01252 836857.
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