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!
F irstly, then, make a date for A Spirit of Christmas at The Clockhouse in Chapel Lane, Milford (GU8 5EZ). This festive fave is on Saturday, 21st November, 12-4pm. You’ll find decorations, gifts, cards, cakes, sweets, mulled wine and refreshments, a tombola and raffle. 01483 420668.
Join The Ewhurst Players for an evening of murder, mystery, romance and laughs trying to guess ‘WHODUNNIT’! They will perform Agatha Christie’s The Hollow from the 18th to 21st in Ewhurst Village Hall. Doors open each night at 7pm for a 7.45pm start. A bar will be available. Tickets £8 each – call 01483 272378.
Christmas cards are on sale in aid of The Friends of St Peter & St Paul, an organisation which works to raise money for the upkeep of Godalming Parish Church. This year’s picture, a painting by local artist Marcus Chapman is entitled On the Way to Church and depicts a winter view of the town from St Edmund’s steps. They may be purchased on Sunday mornings after main worship, from the parish office or call Julian Hubble on 01483 424268.
On Saturday 14th Cranleigh Arts Centre hosts Blues to Broadway, celebrating the glory years of Dixie Jazz and the Great American Songbook. The popular, young NKS Stompers (formerly the Trad Lads) will share the stage with Godalming’s The Accidentals for an evening of fun and reminiscence. The concert is a fundraiser for Citizens Advice Waverley. Tickets are £14 or £12 in advance – call 01483 27800 or www.cranleighartscentre.org
Hascombe Village Bonfire takes place on Friday 6th at 7pm at the village hall. The evening kicks off with the children’s torch procession. The beer tent and mulled wine promise to keep out the cold whilst the kids take full advantage of the French crepes, cakes and toys tent. There will be great raffle prizes and fireworks, all put together by a non-profit organisation.
The Winter Market & Fair returns to Guildford Cathedral on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November. Fifty exhibitors will sell bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, wines and jewellery. Doors open 10am, entry £2. The Marquee at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP.
Talented makers and designers from all over the UK will unite under one roof over the weekend of 19th -22nd November for the Rural Crafts Association’s Crafts for Christmas Fair at Loseley Park. New products and ideas are a feature; including, fashion, decorations, food, luxurious soaps and skincare. Easy parking, free cloakrooms, wide aisles with easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs and coffee shops add to the appeal.
During National Tree Planting Week Winkworth Arboretum will hold a workshop where you can learn how to plant and look after trees. It takes place at 2pm on 29th, £3 per person on top of admission fee. Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, GU8 4AD.
The Watts gallery in Compton are 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 sittings; one at 10.30am to 1pm and then again at 2-4.30pm. Tickets £7.50 – do book ahead by calling 01483 810235.
If you can’t make the 14th then maybe the Metal Clay Jewellery workshop on the 27th would be of interest? Guests can create a piece of jewellery inspired by the Arts and Crafts Watts Chapel. Expert Anna Hennings, will help you explore techniques of imprinting texture and incising pattern. This workshop is £60, but you will have a lovely piece of jewellery to take home. Call 01483 810235.
Get into the seasonal spirit! Craft your own wrapping paper and enjoy seasonal Victorian storytelling, minced pies, mulled wine, music and shopping as the Watts Gallery, Winter Illuminations by Perk and Rowe are switched on. The fun begins at 5pm on the 27th. Don’t be late!
The local branch of Witley and Hambledon South West Surrey Conservative Association hold a Bridge Supper every year at The Clockhouse in Milford. This year it takes place on 13th from 6.45pm. Tickets include a two-course supper and a glass of wine. Contact Louise Mills on 07973 634741.
You know it’s nearly Christmas time when the Godalming Christmas Tree Festival is here. It takes place 26th November and Wednesday 2nd December at Godalming Parish Church, in aid of local charities. Take along a tree stand, fairy lights and decorations –the organisers supply the tree and electricity. By the end of the week the church will be full of beautiful, illuminated trees. Make contact with Peter & Janet Davies on 01483 416177 for more details or to book a tree.
Wintershall will perform the popular Nativity Play from 16th to the 20th of December with two shows a day. Visit the website www.wintershall-estate.com for more information.
Albury Vineyard will release two new sparkling wines in November. Their Albury Estate Classic Cuvée and Albury Estate Blanc de Blancs are out in time for Christmas. They plan to open the barn on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-November offering great promotions on these wines that make fantastic gifts.
Following months of negotiating and fundraising, Cranleigh’s Fairtrade committee are thrilled two new signs have been put on the approaches into the town informing visitors that Cranleigh is a Fairtrade town and the gateway to the Surrey Hills. The committee would like to thank everybody who has contributed and Cranleigh Parish Council. Visit www.fairtradecranleigh.org
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland you can take part in a study day of talks on Lewis Carroll on Saturday 7th from 10am at The Surrey History Centre awith hour-long talks and discussions. Tickets are £15 for the day, which includes tea and coffee. Book at www. surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library, or call 01483 518737.
I like to think I’m creative... I wrote about fashion for 10 years, took art A-level and always go over the top with my Christmas wrapping. But ask me to arrange a bunch of flowers? Forget it! It ends up looking like something growing out the top of the compost heap. Help is at hand: flower arranging is an art and you can be taught! Classes in basic flower arranging are offered free to members of the Godalming Flower Club. Join the group on the third Tuesday of the month at the Baptist Church in Queen Street, Godalming, GU7 1BA. 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Wonersh and District Garden Club’s next meeting will be on the 3rd at the Wonersh Memorial Hall from 7pm. This month’s talk will be given by Mr Peter Herring entitled, Winkworth Arboretum – History and its Trees. Everyone is welcome to attend; you do not have to be a member. For more information call 01483 893808.
Chiddingfold Horticultural Society held a very successful Autumn Show and had an interesting talk on ‘pruning’ by Kevin Hobbs from Hilliers in September. Their next meeting is in the village hall, Coxcombe Lane, at 8pm on Wednesday 18th which will be the AGM followed by a demonstration by Pat Freemantle. Visitors welcome.
Have you tried new Sicilian restaurant Barbaracca in Godalming? Owners of the very popular La Luna, which shut earlier this year, have now opened a rustic, family restaurant serving fantastic Italian food. The most exciting offerings on the menu are the selection of cichetti – Sicilian-style tapas – perfect for sharing over wine. Visit www.barbaracca.com or call 01483 414155.
Wonersh Memorial Hall Christmas Fair will take place at 2pm on Saturday 28th November. Many traditional stalls will be there including bottle tombola, cakes, gifts, books and more. After making your seasonal purchases have a flutter on the raffle and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of Martin’s excellent sponge. It is legendary!
Farncombe Day Centre is open on Mondays to Fridays from 10am until 4pm and everyone aged 50 and over is welcome. There is a hairdressing salon and they also offer NHS and private chiropody and an assisted bathing service three times a week. A hot meal is served at midday and light refreshments throughout the day. They also have a minibus with tail-lift that can pick up people in the area served by the centre and can return them home at the end of the day. If you would like to learn more please call on 01483 426685 or visit www.farncombedaycentre.org.uk
Ockford-Godalming Afternoon Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Scout and Guide Headquarters, Seymour Road, off Eashing Lane, Godalming at 2pm. On November 4th there will be a pre-meeting lunch followed by their Annual Meeting.
On the 2nd December they have a talk by Lucy Allen From Titanic to Skyfall - The Highs and Lows of a Stuntwoman’s Life followed by a festive tea. The group welcome new members. For further information please contact the secretary on 01483 421433.
Ewhurst History Society will meet again on Tuesday 17th at 8pm Historian Judy Hill will give a talk entitled Life Below Stairs. It takes place at the Baptist Church Ewhurst at 8pm and everyone is welcome.
Guildford Lions Club stage the annual charity fireworks at Stoke Park on the 5th November. The torchlight procession will from the High Street at 7.30pm followed by the fireworks at 8.30pm. This year’s event was in serious doubt following the withdrawal of police support but thanks to donations from Guildford Borough Council and a generous local citizen they have covered the additional costs and the show will go on! Full details can be found at www.guildfordlions.com
Ewhurst Horticultural Society holding their AGM on Tuesday 24th November. The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Glebe Centre. It will be followed by a talk with slides by Jean Griffin entitled Tales from the Potting Shed. There will be refreshments and a raffle.
Do you play the ukulele? Did you know there is a ukulele club who meet weekly at the Unitarian Hall on Tuesday at 5.30pm? Pop in for as long or as short a time as you like. They ask only for a £2 donation for the Unitarian Hall. Call Shirley on 07771 757163 or visit www.facebook.com.youukes
On Saturday 21st from 10.30am to 12.30pm, the West Surrey National Trust Centre 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 for Clandon Park.
St Mary’s Church in Shalford hold their charity Christmas Fair on 21st November in the village hall. Doors open 10am to 2pm and all the proceeds go to charity. There will be plenty of refreshments as well as stalls selling all sorts of gift ideas. At 11am and 12 noon, there will be a workshop and reading by children’s author Ciaran Murtagh.
Cranleigh & District Lion Tamers hold their annual Christmas Bazaar in Cranleigh Village Hall on 5th December. Doors open at 10am and close at 1.30pm. They will have an assortment of gifts and home crafts. If you have any craft making skills and would like a table call Dot on 01483 273680.
When we were kids Father Christmas used to arrive at the local Christmas Fair on the back of a bike and with his manky beard half hanging off. Nowadays kids get a 4D Grotto Experience! Visit Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford from the 28th November. Book your tickets and time slot now at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk
St Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club is having an Emerald and Christmas Celebration Buffet Lunch on 26th November at 12noon. It will be followed at 1.45pm by Lucia Dean Taylor demonstrating ‘A livelier Emerald Twinkles in the Grass’and the club competition will be ‘A time to Celebrate’ (shades of green). We meet at Shalford Village Hall and both members and visitors are always welcome. Call 01483 578368.
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