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!
Bells Piece is a thriving community providing support for adults with learning disabilities. They are busy getting ready for their Christmas Fayre which they will be holding on the 14th from 10am until 3pm. There will be stalls selling gifts for Christmas, jams and chutneys, winter bedding plants and wreaths, plus many more. Homemade soups, pastries and cakes will also be on sale all made and prepared in Bells Piece’s training kitchen. Please put the date in your diaries, they would love to see a full house. For further information please call 01252 715138.
Odiham are having their Affordable Art Fair on the 28th from 9am to 4.30pm. This is the ideal opportunity to purchase that one off unique piece of art at reasonable prices. This event has become a popular event that supports local charities and many local artists from the Farnham area and villages take part. Entry is free and scrumptious refreshments are available. The event will take place in the historic Cross Barn, Palace Gate Farm, Odiham.
Pax Hill Care Home in Bentley, near Farnham, will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 22nd from 2-5pm. There will be a vintage theme to this pre-Christmas event held in a heated marquee in the home’s central courtyard. There will be mulled wine, cake stalls, crafts and gift stalls, music, entertainment, hot food and Father Christmas has promised to pop in. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit www.paxhill.co.uk or call on 01420 525880.
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 is being held to raise vital funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Tickets are £5 on the door on Monday which will include fizz and canapes and £2 on Tuesday for entry and a raffle ticket.
Margaret Watson, a renowned Harpist, will entertain the Milford & District U3A for their Friday talk on Friday 13th at 2pm at Milford Village Hall. Members and visitors are very welcome. Margaret has been playing since she was fourteen and has entertained a variety of groups including royalty. The group are excited to have her play and hope that as many people as possible will attend. There will be a charge on the door of £1 to include tea and cake.
Ewshot will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 6th December from 2-4pm in their Village Hall. There will be a variety of stalls, mulled wine, tea and coffee, tombola and a raffle AND Father Christmas will, of course, be present in his fantastic grotto! For enquiries about hiring a stall please contact Caryll Martin on 01252 850613.
Do you know about the amazing ‘Wildlife on Your Doorstep’? Local wildlife and photography enthusiast, Geoff Lunn, will enthral the audience with his pictures of Surrey’s birds and wildlife in a talk on Saturday 14th November. It will be held at St Philip & St James Church hall in Fleet at 7.30pm. Entrance for non- group members is £3. A map of the venue can be found at www.northeasthntsrspb.org.uk
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, GU8 4AD.
An Audience with General Sir Mike Jackson, the former head of the British Army, will take place on the 25th at the Camberley Theatre. He is known for his tough talking and uncompromising style and it should be a very interesting evening. Tickets are priced at £25 per person and can be purchased by calling their box office on 01276 707600
If you want something a little more light hearted, then ‘An Evening of Clairvoyance with Lesley Carver’ on 20th November should do it! Her reputation as 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.
‘Contemporary Textiles’ is an exhibition presenting a range of knitted, woven, printed, felted and stitched textiles for you and your home. It takes place at The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham and aims to showcase the variety of techniques within the field of textiles. Work includes a modern take on traditional cross stitch from recent graduate Isabel Howe, beautiful printed scarves by Rosie Cook and patchwork animal heads by award winning designer Corinne Young. It’s a free exhibition which is open to the public between 10am and 5pm daily from 21st November.
The New Ashgate Gallery will be hosting an exciting exhibition of fine arts for this Christmas period. They have new artists that include: Chris Pig (black and white linocuts), Vince Bridgeman (geometric watercolours), Charlotte Gerrard (quirky screen-prints), Angela Thames (linocuts), Kim Cody (abstract landscape paintings), Annabel Collins (illustrations) Martin Henley (etchings) and Debbie George (still life paintings). It begins on 21st November and can be seen until the end of December.
Brush up on your marketing skills at a workshop being given by Alison Branagan at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham on the 14th. She will teach you how to prepare for a marketing campaign, explore social media strategies, and other vital print and online materials as well as learning how to attract attention through well-timed publicity stunts. It runs from midday to 4pm and cost £10 per person. To book call 01252 713208
Have you heard about the new show touring the UK entitled ‘Dickens Abridged’? The good people of Farnham are in for a treat on the 16th as it comes to the Maltings for one night only. This wonderful, hilarious show is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens’ Greatest Hits, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), David Copperfield, Bleak House in less than sixty seconds, A Tale of Two Cities featuring a fully functioning guillotine, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, and, of course... A Christmas Carol.’ Tickets are available for the box office.
St Thomas-on-the-Bourne Church is holding a ‘Christmas Market’ on Saturday, 5th December, and everyone is invited. The fun begins at 10am with stalls galore selling all sorts of wonderful Christmas paraphernalia. There will be stocking fillers, gift ideas, toys, homemade cakes and preserves, tombola, a silent auction and I must forget to mention, the woodland Santas you can buy! All prceeds will go to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
St Andrew’s Parish Church in Farnham’s Christmas Tree festival will be taking place between the 2nd and 6th December. There will be decorated tree of all shapes and sizes, some with a modern twist others traditionally decorated. In total there will be exhibits from more than sixty local charities, organisations, individuals and flower club. Entry is free although donations will be greatly appreciated. The doors will be open all day from 9am apart from Sunday when they open at midday.
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 Hammond 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, titled ‘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 and tickets can be bought online at www.farnham.humanist.org.uk or call Mike on 01483 233324.
Remembrance Sunday takes place on the 8th when many of us will spend the day in quiet contemplation. But what about the Germans? Little is known about their complex post-war process of remembrance which, very different from ours, had to embrace apology and atonement. On Tuesday 17th at 10.30am Angela Findlay will give a talk at Farnham Maltings entitled ‘The Other Side: Germany’s post WW2 culture of Memorials and Counter Memorials’. With her Anglo-German roots she will gives us insight into Germany’s ongoing efforts to find artistic forms for remembrance. www.farnhamdfas.org.uk
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.
Farnham’s evening DFAS’s next lecture takes place on Wednesday 25th when Mike Higginbottom will explore ‘The Big Apple: The Architecture of New York City’. New York City is home to some of America’s most famous and iconic buildings and this lecture will look at the difference between the comparatively ancient 19th century building to the skyscrapers of the first half of the 20th century and the most modern additions to the famous Manhattan skyline.
West Street Potters’ Winter Exhibition, ‘Feat of Clay’ will take place at the Daniel Hall, Hart’s Yard, Long Garden Way, Farnham, on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of November, between 10am - 4pm. Why not take this opportunity to see what they do, talk to the potters and perhaps buy something unique and individual www.weststreetpotters.co.uk
Kids can help Rudolph find his nose at Squire’s Grotto in Badshot Lea on Saturday 21st until Christmas Eve. They will meet the chief elf, ‘Elfin’ and together embark on a magical interactive adventure to save Christmas by finding the nose! It will be open daily from 10am -4pm (most days) and will cost £7 in November and £8 in December.
The adventure then continues with a visit to see Santa, where each detective will be personally thanked for their help if they manage to save Christmas! Children can tell Santa about their Christmas wish list, and if they’ve been very good, they’ll receive an early Christmas present! The Ice Grotto Adventure is great fun for all the family and will take approximately 15 minutes, followed by a visit to see Santa. You can book your tickets online at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk
Farnham & Bourne Choral Society will be singing Rossini’s beautiful Petite Messe Solennelle, accompanied by piano and organ, at 7.30pm on Saturday, 14th in the church of St Thomas-on-The Bourne. The four young soloists will be headed by soprano Alison Langer, who performed so admirably with the choir at two of their recent concerts.
The West Surrey Wine Society’s November meeting will take place on Monday 16th at The Conservative Club, Ivy Lane, Farnham. Phill Humphries of Vine Horizons and Great Wines Direct will give a talk entitled ‘Amazing Wines from Surprising Places’. He will take us on a journey of exploration to discover the hidden delights of wines from some unexpected countries. For further information on the society contact membership secretary Frances Hackemer on 01252 793684.
Arthritis Research UK’s Farnham Branch will hold their Annual Christmas Coffee Morning on Thursday the 5th November at Tongham Community Centre at 10am. You are all invited to join them for coffee and biscuits before perusing the stalls which include home produce (including jams and cakes) books, gifts, Christmas cards and much more.
Solem String Quartet will play Shostakovich, Schubert and Beethoven at the TSB Concert in Farnham on Saturday 31st October. It takes place at St Andrew’s Church from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier. Tickets are £13.50 in advance or £15 on the door. Accompanying parents and music teachers may attend for free thanks to Cavatina. Full information on www.tilbach.org.uk or call Sue on 01252 613130.
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