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!
We begin with the first Christmas Fair of the season! On Thursday 26th, The RSPB Guildford and District Local Group’s annual event is at the village hall in Cranleigh, 9.30am to 12.30pm. As well as Christmas cards, calendars, homemade cakes and bric-a brac, there will be a tombola and raffle with two splendid Christmas hampers as prizes. All profits go to Britain’s largest nature conservation charity.
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 gifts, decorations, chocolates, wines and jewellery. The Cathedral Shop will also be open, stocked with more wonderful items. Doors open at 10am, entry £2 per person. The Marquee at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, GU2 7UP.
Talented makers and designers from all over the UK unite under one roof over the weekend of 19th -22nd November for the Rural Crafts Associations’ Crafts for Christmas Fair at Loseley Park. There’s easy parking, free cloakrooms, wide aisles with easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs and coffee shops. See you there!
You are invited to join The Ewhurst Players for an evening of murder, mystery, romance and a few laughs along the way whilst trying to guess ‘WHODUNIT’?! They perform Agatha Christie’s The Hollow from the 18th to 21st in Ewhurst Village Hall, 7pm for a 7.45pm starts. A bar will be available. Tickets £8 – call 01483 272378.
The Guildford branch of the Surrey Masonic Widows Association are a friendly group. They meet for lunch at Guildford Masonic Centre five times a year with a speaker followed by lunch. To join – call Anne Stanford on 01483 415601.
Sunday family lunches are banned in the Savage/Juffkins household in the run-up to Christmas. We enjoy Christmas more for not eating and drinking to excess beforehand. But it does mean Sundays are free to indulge other appetites! 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.
Guildford Opera perform Capulets and Montagues this month at The Electric Theatre. Through opera they will tell the tale of the warring families who fight an increasingly bitter and bloody feud as the son and daughter of the divided houses conduct a secret love affair. Dates are the 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th. Call 01483 444789.
Lilies on the Land is a play based on the letters and stories of real Land Army Girls in WWII. It will show at The Electric Theatre, November 4th to 7th. It promises to be lively, moving, funny, and truthful – a fitting tribute to the forgotten army. Again, for tickets call 01483 444789.
If you loved the ’90s Oscar-winning film Ghost, you’ll love the stage-adapted show at the Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey 12th to the 14th November. Tickets are £13 per person – call 01483 686876.
Weekly lunchtime recitals, usually featuring student performers playing in a wide range of styles from Bach to Hendrix, take place on Wednesdays from 1.10pm at PATS Studio One at Surrey University. Open to all, it’s a lovely place to spend your lunch hour. www.surrey.ac.uk
The University Chamber Choir returns to Holy Trinity Church on 20th with a programme featuring Part I of Handel’s Messiah as well as new works by student composers. The evening will begin at 7.30pm – for tickets call 01483 686876.
St Saviour’s Church, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, is the venue for an 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 programme will showcase the fabulous University Choir and Orchestra. Call 01483 686876.
Into the Woods is a dark, humorous and heartfelt musical performed by the students at the Ivy Arts Centre at the university. It tells 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, meeting Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. 26th November, 7.30pm. For tickets, £13, call 01483 686876.
Following the success of Dorking 1914, there is a second in a series of exhibitions at Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre commemorating the centenary of the Great War with a focus on the Home Front. Dorking 1915 will highlight the town’s transformation into a garrison town and the impact of the thousands of troops billeted here. It starts on the 1st November and will continue until the 30th. A great one for all the family!
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the award-wining Guildford Shakespeare Company start their immersive stage adaptation in three iconic locations. On until the 7th November, this wonderful production will begin at St Mary’s Church but, following Alice and the White Rabbit on a magical journey. www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk
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!
Are you an Agatha Christie fan? A production of A Murder Is Announced takes place between 16th and 21st at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. It tells the story of the residents of Chipping Cleghorn who are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper stating that a murder will take place on the following Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. It stars Judy Cornwell, Diane Fletcher, Tom Butcher, Sarah Thomas, Rachel Bright and Dean Smith. For tickets call 01483 440000.
Looking in Wonderland is a special exhibition taking place at Guildford Museum this month. Some of the most famous illustrations in the world will be brought to Guildford in this anniversary year. It’s a free exhibition open to everyone which begins on the 28th November and ends in January. Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford.
It’s your last chance to follow the spooky trail around Claremont’s garden on the 1st November. Open from 10am until 4.30pm it’s a fun, Halloween treat for tots and adults. National Trust, Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher.
If you missed the spooky trail, maybe you’d like to visit and learn about the trees in their autumn splendour on a self-guided trail around the landscape garden? It starts on the 2nd November and will continue until the 29th. Normal garden admission price applies.
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 2-4.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and likely to be snapped up so call 01483 810235.
If you can’t make the 14th maybe the metal clay Jewellery workshop on the 27th would be of interest? Guests can use copper or bronze metal clay to create a piece of jewellery inspired by the Arts and Crafts designs of the Watts Chapel. Expert, Anna Hennings, will help you explore techniques of imprinting texture and incising pattern to help make a unique piece of wearable art. This workshop is £60, but worth it as you will have a lovely piece of jewellery to take home. Call 01483 810235.
Get into the seasonal spirit! This month craft your own wrapping paper and enjoy seasonal Victorian storytelling, minced pies, mulled wine, music and shopping as Watts Gallery, Winter Illuminations by Perk and Rowe are switched on. The fun begins 5pm on 27th. Don’t be late!
Wintershall will perform the very popular Nativity Play from the 16th to the 20th of December with two performances per day. Visit the website www.wintershall-estate.com
Albury Vineyard will release two new sparkling wines in November. You can taste Albury Estate Classic Cuvée and Albury Estate Blanc de Blancs, as they plan to open the barn on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-November on. Instead of drinking champagne on Christmas day, why not keep it local and celebrate with their delicious organic fizz?
Join Guildford’s Modern History Group on a Tuesday at the Guildford Institute. They meet every week from 2.30pm with talks followed by lively discussions. On the 3rd of November the subject will be Surrey Road – from Turnpike to Motorway. £1 for members, £3 non-members.
Guildford & Woking Humanists have teamed up with Farnham Humanists for a riveting evening with TV’s Dr Phil Hammond on Tuesday 3rd. Phil is an NHS doctor, campaigner, and comedian and patron of the British Humanist Association. His talk, How To Get the Most from Your One Wild and Precious Life, 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.
More fun for Alice! You can take part in an exciting study day of talks on Lewis Carroll on Saturday 7th from 10am at The Surrey History Centre and will be broken down into hour-long talks. Tickets are £15 for the day, which includes tea and coffee. Book online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library, or call 01483 518737.
Wonersh and District Garden Club meet on the 3rd November at Wonersh Memorial Hall, 7pm. This month’s talk is by Mr Peter Herring entitled, Winkworth Arboretum – History and its Trees. All welcome. For more information call 01483 893808.
Wonersh Memorial Hall Christmas Fair will take place at 2pm on 28th November. Many traditional stalls, bottle tombola, cakes, gifts, books and more. Have a flutter on the raffle and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of Martin’s excellent sponge. It is legendary!
Onslow Village Residents’ Association’s next event is a talk entitled Winston Churchill’s Toyshop on Tuesday 10th in the village hall. Gordon Rogers tells the largely unknown story of the UK’s premier World War II weapons experimental station. At this last meeting before Christmas there will be free mulled wine and mince pies, as well as tea and coffee, from 7.15pm. Entry is free to OVRA members and £3 to non-members who are very welcome to attend.
Guildford Natural History Society meet on the 12th for a talk by Brian Nobbs entitled Birdwatching in the Mediterranean. He will show some of the resident and migrant birds at the Guildford Institute in Ward Street, starting at 2.45pm. It is free for GNHS members but they welcome visitors for a small donation. For further information, call Bridget Hopkins on 01483 275826.
Ewhurst History Society will meet on Tuesday 17th at 8pm. Historian Judy Hill will give a talk entitled Life Below Stairs at the Baptist Church Ewhurst at 8pm and everyone is welcome.
Guildford Lions Club stage a charity fireworks display at Stoke Park on the 5th November. The torchlit procession leaves the High Street at 7.30pm with fireworks at 8.30pm. This year’s event was in doubt following the withdrawal of police support but thanks to donations from Guildford Borough Council and a generous local citizen the show will go on! Visit www.guildfordlions.com
Ewhurst Horticultural Society will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 24th November. The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Glebe Centre, followed by a talk with slides by Jean Griffin entitled Tales from the Potting Shed. There will be refreshments and a raffle.
Have you heard handbells? I’m not sure I have. Here’s your opportunity to listen to massed ringing, by more than 20 teams of ringers, at the Handbell Festival Service in Guildford Cathedral on 14th starting at 3pm. The theme is Silver Celebration to mark 25 years of handbell services. The programme includes some well-known hymns. A collection will be taken for the Cathedral Fabric Fund.
St Mary’s Church in Shalford hold their Charity Christmas Fair on Saturday 21st November in the village hall. Doors are open from 10am to 2pm and all the proceeds will go to charity. There will be plenty of refreshments as well as the Christmas stalls selling all sorts of gift ideas. At 11am and 12noon there will be a workshop and reading by children’s author Ciaran Murtagh.
The RSPCA Lockwood Centre for Horses and Donkeys, together with the local RSPCA Guildford and District Branch, hold a fair on Saturday, 14th November, 10am -4pm in Milford Village Hall. Have pictures taken with a donkey and find gift ideas and refreshments. £1 /50p entry.
The Guildford branch of West Surrey Family History Society is on Wednesday 4th, 2.30pm. Jo Smith will talk about self-publication and more at Friends Meeting House, Ward Street. Call Mrs Iris Hawkins on 01483 535986
On Saturday 21st November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley Music Series welcome The Meryon Trio to play Beethoven’s Trio in B flat, Op.11, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie, Debussy’s Sonata and Brahms’ Trio in A minor op.111. Tickets on the door or from Robertson’s in Bramley High Street, £10 for adults, £5 for students and under-18s, include a free drink in the interval.
St Catherine’s Flower Arrangement Club hold 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). They meet at Shalford Village Hall and all are welcome! Call 01483 578368.
St John’s Church in Merrow’s Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday 21st November, in St John’s Centre, 222 Epsom Road, 2-4pm. Gifts and home produce, delicious teas and games for all ages, and all proceeds go towards supporting CMS and the Church Urban Fund.
Wonersh History Society meet on Saturday, 21st November, at 2.30pm in Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. Catherine Ferguson will speak about Sex, Starvation and the Plague in Tudor and Stuart Times in Wonersh.
The Guildford-Freiburg Association’s annual public lecture is on The New Germany: Between Past and Present. It will be given by Uli Hesse, an award-winning film-maker from Munich, now resident in London. She has produced documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and German TV. Wednesday 18th in the Guildhall, Guildford High Street, at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
A consummate performer, and a popular visitor to Guildford Jazz, Art Themen is a busy musician who is known for his originality and individual style. He regularly plays in large and small venues throughout the UK and worldwide, and is a regular feature at many jazz festivals. He will be entertaining us with his presence on Tuesday 10th at The Electric Theatre from 7.30pm. For tickets please call 01483 444789.
Have a wonderful month, readers!
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