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!
It’s that time of year once again.The Haslemere Charities Fair is now in its 32nd year and this year looks to be bigger and better than ever. It takes place on Saturday 14th in Haslemere Hall from 9am to 1pm. Entry is free although a donation is appreciated. There will be 20+ charities taking part this year, all selling Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, cakes, books, toys and plants and the obligatory cards!
There will be festive stalls galore, at the Crondall Support Group annual Christmas Fair. It takes place over two days, first on the evening of Monday 2nd November from 6.30-8.30pm and then again, on Tuesday 3rd November from 10am-4pm at the Village Hall, Croft Lane, Crondall. The event will raise vital funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Tickets £5 on the door on Monday, which will include fizz and canapes and £2 on Tuesday for entry and a raffle ticket.
Before the winter weather sets in why not enjoy the great British countryside and take a trip to Winkworth Arboretum? During National Tree Planting Week they will be holding a workshop where you can learn from their expert how to plant and look after trees. It takes place at 2pm on 29th November and cost £3 per person on top of the normal admissions fee. Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD
The local branch of Witley and Hambledon South West Surrey Conservative Association hold a Bridge Supper every year at The Clockhouse in Milford and it’s great fun. This year it takes place on 13th November from 6.45pm. Tickets include a two-course supper and a glass of wine. For further information or to book a table contact Louise Mills on 07973 634 741 fast because it’s likely to sell out.
The magic of Christmas is set to arrive early at Paultons Park in Hampshire, as the family theme park; home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World, will be will be transformed into a sparkling wonderland of twinkling illuminations, seasonal music and giant Christmas trees from Saturday 14th November. There will be elves, and singing reindeer, Peppa and George and the chance to meet Father Christmas himself. All visits must be pre booked. Visit www.paultonspark.co.uk for further details and opening times.
Remember, remember the fifth of November? All this talk of Christmas and actually we haven’t had Bonfire Night yet! Haslemere Museum hold their Inaugural Firework & Bonfire Evening on the 5th starting at 6.30pm for food and mulled wine followed by the fireworks display at 7.30pm. Under-16s go free and adults are £10 each. Visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk or call 01428 642112.
Downton Abbey fans can learn more about the History of Highclere Castle during a talk at Haslemere U3A’s November meeting on the 9th. From 2pm, Diana Mitchell, head guide at Highclere, will give a visual presentation and anecdotes to bring to life the real history of the castle and the fictional stories of the TV series. Admission is £2 and non-members are very welcome. For membership inquiries please call Margaret Mowatt on 01428 652338 or for more information on any meetings please call Alan Davis on 01428 717115 . www.haslemere-u3a.org.uk
On Saturday 14th, Chirs Feare will give a talk to Haslemere’s Natural History Society entitled ‘A Life of the Ocean Waves: Why Seagulls like the Seychelles (and even helped to build some islands)’. It will take place at Haslemere Educational Museum from 2.15pm and non-members are invited. For more information please visit www.haslemerenaturalhistorysociety.org.uk
Grayshott Folk Club have plenty of upcoming events to keep you busy entertained this month. On Saturday 7th at Grayshott Social Club the wonderful, Canadian band Fish & Bird will play their own unique folk and country music and on Friday 20th from 7.30pm at Grayshott Village Hall, they will have their first ever barn dances/ceilidh. It promises to be a crazy night of music and dancing. Tickets can be bought from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096 or at the door on the night
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 07985 577550.
The annual Macmillan Christmas Fair at Grayshott Village Hall takes place on November 21st. Organised by the Haslemere & District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support, doors open at 10am and the hall will be full to the rafters with stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts ideas. A new feature this year will be the Macmillan Christmas Tree Decoration Challenge, with 8 local schools competing to decorate a tree. Visitors to the fair will be able to vote for the ‘Best in Show’ and there will be prizes for the top three. Admission is £3 and children are free.
Guildford Lions Club will be staging the annual charity fireworks display 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
It’s that time of year again when Treloar hold their annual Art Lecture. This year guests can look forward to a dazzling lecture on ‘Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion’. It promises to be a bewitching whistle stop tour through the history of magic and mystery from 3000BC to the 21st century given by the master of storytelling and illusion, Bertie Pearce. It takes place on Wednesday 19th November at Treloar’s Campus in Holybourne. Tickets are only £25 per person including drinks and canapés and all profits will help support Treloar’s disabled students.
Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society continue their autumn programme on Thursday 5th November when Dr Janet Robson’s subject will be ‘Not just Giotto: Reassessing Art in Florence c1280-1348’. Then on Thursday 19th November they have a visit to The Banqueting House and The National Gallery for the Goya Exhibition. They are a busy bunch, because then on Thursday 3rd December they meet again as Alan Read explores ‘The Inventors of Christmas’. For more information about the society and these events please contact Caroline on 01428714276 or visit the website www.grayshotttdfas.org.uk
On Wednesday 4th November Grayshott Flower Club will be holding a workshop to prepare for later in the month when they will be making the seasonal arrangements and wreaths for their stall at the Grayshott Christmas Market on December 5th. The meeting will be held in the Studio at Grayshott Village Hall from 7pm. For further information please telephone 01428 651956.
On the 11th Midhurst Camera Club will hold a talk by David Boag ‘The world of a wildlife photographer’. David promises to make everything achievable and fun - and prove that expensive equipment is not what is important. For more information on the many events the club hold every month please visit their website www.midhurstcameraclub.co.uk
Did you know, there are now about five billion web pages online and locatable using web search engines like Google? With such a vast store of information available, browsing on the Internet can be enlightening or frustrating, depending on your success in using a suitable search tool. This month a short course will show you how to find what you want and reject what is inappropriate. It will be held at the Fernhurst Centre on Wednesday 11th November from 10 am –to 12pm for £10 per person. www.fernhurstcentre.org.uk
The Double LL Club are holding their auto jumble at the Grange Midhurst on Sunday November 15th from 10am to 2pm. The Double LL club is a local club for anyone interested in Historic Machinery and collectables. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month. For further information please call Dave Rudwick. 07798775319 or visit www.doublellclub.com
Calling all would be artists and craftists! Grayshott local arts group is a small group of like-minded people who gather on a Friday afternoon, from 2pm, for a couple of hours. There is no tuition involved, just friendly, encouraging banter. We meet in the old library hall at Grayshott Village Hall, a superb, light environment including tea making to help sustain the creativity during the afternoon. If you’d like more information, call Jackie on 01428 606957.
Hedgehogs… the most important creatures on the planet? A bold claim, but one which our Hedgehog Champion, author Hugh Warwick made in our wildlife special in last month’s issue! I’m always amazed by the response from readers, especially when it comes to all things wildlife-related, which is why Doug Allan was such a wonderful Talking Point star this month. Shirley Hawley, who lives near Alton, wrote to say: “Just by chance I was out late one night and something scuttled pass me and to my delight is was a hedgehog. I put food out every night from first sighting (about March) until late Nov early Dec for the last five years along with fresh water out and I put hedgehog nuggets with peanuts and sultanas in a bowl and on the bird tray. This year I have had total of three of them and what a wonderful sight!” To find out about hedgehog populations near you, visit www.bigheadgehogmap.org and happy hedgehog sighting!
Despite publicity to the contrary, the New Christmas Cracker is alive and kicking. It will take place on 19th December in Haslemere Hall but this year it has been re-styled and the programme revised although many long-established favourites will be retained. Traditional and new carols, light-hearted verse and well-known Christmas readings, plus a solo harpist and trumpeters, will all be included. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available during the interval.
Singers of all voice ranges are welcome to join with rehearsals held each Wednesday evening from 18th November before the performance on Saturday 19th December. Don Stacey will be delighted to hear from any interested people on 01428 644423.
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