Newsletter - 3rd July 2020
VantagePoint July issue
If you want to advertise in our next printed issue for August, please contact Marcus Atkins at by 6th July
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Dates and films announced for Loxwood Drive-In Movies
Loxwood Drive-In Movies have now confirmed that they will be showing films for 14 days starting from the 9th July...
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'Side with 17' for Oakleaf
17% of people will experience a common mental health problem in any given week. So Oakleaf are asking you toget sponsored to  run 17 miles in a week...
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Get out on a VantagePoint Walk
Enjoy our beautiful countryside and scenery with one of our lovely walks. We now have over 60 walks to choose from!
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Citizens Advice Waverley update
During the Coronavirus crisis Citizens Advice Waverley advisers have been working safely from home to continue to provide advice to the community...
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Ramster Garden open for summer
The Garden is now open for summer wandering and autumn colour...
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A lovely light summer lunch
We have a perfect three course summer lunch menu for you...
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The Meaning of Birdsong
A poem from one of our readers, Peter Taylor
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The National Garden Scheme - their gardens are open!
They are delighted that many of their gardens in England are now open. All visitors must pre-purchase tickets on their website for a timed slot at their garden of choice. All funds raised will go to the Help Support Our Nurses campaign. For full details and to see those gardens opening, click below.​..
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Help Phil Spencer halt the Alton Incinerator
Local residents have now been joined by TV presenter Phil Spencer in opposing the plans for a new incinerator near Alton, Hants...
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Arts Alive becomes E-Live in Mole Valley
Local arts groups are being invited to take part in Mole Valley’s annual arts festival, Arts Alive, which this year has been renamed Arts E-Live as events move online.
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Stay Loyal to Local!
Our good friends at LocalFoodBritain have launched a new campaign encouraging people to ‘Stay Loyal to Local’ beyond the lockdown. We agree! But we also think this should go beyond food and drink and that we should all try and buy locally as much as we can, be it for ourselves or indeed for our businesses...
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
Links to the government and to local authorities, local information and more.
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Links to get in touch with your local MP, some of whom are sending out weekly COVID updates.
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Jottings Updates
Hale Community Centre 
They are pleased and excited to announce the opening of the Community Cupboard. The concept of the Cupboard is to become part of the solution of reducing the waste of surplus food by sharing. Their mantra is Take what you need, Donate what you can. The cupboard is running in conjunction with the existing Share Farnham Scheme. Please pop along and see them. They are open Tuesday & Friday 10am-12pm & Friday 2.30pm–4.30pm.
Chawton House to re-open its Gardens from 4th July
For the first time since its closure in March, Chawton House will once again welcome visitors to the Gardens. Entry is by pre-booked advance ticket only, with numbers restricted to ensure the Gardens are safe for both staff and visitors. To aid with social distancing, entry will be split into two time slots: morning (11am–2pm) & afternoon (2pm–4.30pm). Tickets will be released every fortnight and can be booked through the Chawton House website. The cost to visit the gardens on for the day is £6, valid for the day of booking. Alternatively, a very reasonable annual ticket at £10 for adults is available, valid for one year from the date of the first visit. The annual ticket includes entry to the house, which can be used once Chawton House fully re-opens. The Old Kitchen Tearoom will be open for takeaways, serving a homemade menu, tea, coffee, cool drinks and ice cream. Visitors will be able to pre-order food and drink so that it is ready upon their arrival. The gift shop will also be opening as a stall into the Courtyard for visitors to browse a range of gifts, garden goodies and books. In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to walk Chawton House’s parkland.  On July 19, Chawton House will host the Plant Fairs Roadshow. Visitors will be able to view a collection of leading nurseries offering a wide range of bulbs, perennials, herbs shrubs and trees. With specialist nurseries attending, there’s something for everyone. The roadshow this year will be located on Church Meadow (the field just south of St Nicholas Church), rather than inside the Chawton House gardens. This is to allow more space around the stalls and separate entry and exit points. Tickets to the Fair must be booked in advance, costing £4 entry. A joint Fair and Garden entry ticket is available at £9. More at
Dorking Museum
Although the Government is slowly relaxing social-distancing and other health and safety guidelines, Dorking Museum currently remains closed and external activities are on hold whilst plans are put in place to allow us to re-open and resume activities safely whilst continuing to offer an appropriate visitor experience. There will be no talks, family activities or special exhibitions during this period. Guided walks are on hold and may resume later this year, subject to conditions. South Street Caves will re-open next Spring. We look forward to welcoming all our visitors back as soon as possible. The Museum’s online shop is still available via the website and offers a wide range of Cockerel Press and other books of local interest, covering subjects as diverse as underground Dorking, a ‘lost’ 18th century country villa, Dorking pubs, suffragettes, motor racing, wartime Dorking, the Dorking Cockerel, village histories and the Mayflower. These may be ordered through the website, along with a selection of vintage and second-hand books and postcards. Visit the website for updates on progress, to browse pages of local interest, to become a member or to donate to the Museum:
10 Keys to Happier Living
Thursday, 16th July 7pm

New Action For Happiness Course online Guildford Gathering. Free to join, each monthly meeting will focus on a separate theme. The groups are friendly and follow a similar format each time - it’s amazing what a difference 90 mins can make! See this short video to find out more Sign up here (Guildford) (make sure you click the Guildford group).
The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity
They are open for dyslexia assessments, with social distancing measures in place. Their specialist tutors are also providing 1:1 teaching via fully interactive video calls for children who need support with their learning. To find out more contact their team by emailing
Surrey Care Trust Hikeathon
Saturday 12th September

Can you step out for local charity, the Surrey Care Trust this September? Our flagship fundraising hikeathon takes place on Saturday 12th September and features 13 and 26 mile routes. We look after our walkers with drinks and snacks at every checkpoint and a picnic lunch too. We’re also adapting our event plan to take into account government guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our walkers, staff and volunteers. Register today at

Parkinsong Voices: a virtual singing group
Anyone affected by Parkinson’s is welcome at the Parkinsong Voices Zoom sessions every Friday between 1 and 2 that have temporarily replaced weekly meetings in Binscombe Church. These engaging sessions are a fun way to exercise voice muscles, the brain and whole body, using action songs from nursery rhymes to songs from shows. Zoom means that participants only hear their own voice and that of the leader – an excellent opportunity for the apprehensive to give it a try! Further information from Emily Bollon, leader:

Freewheelers Freedom Film Festival: 10 years of film
Tuesday 14th to  Saturday 18th July 7pm
 While relatively few people yet know about Freewheelers Theatre and Media, in the new online world since Covid has struck, we are taking full advantage of the access this wider world gives us. In July, we are presenting a celebration of our film work over the last 10 years. The films range from raucously joyful to heartbreakingly honest, and all reflect the ethos of our company that values the differences in people, and the joys of teamwork. The Freedom Film Festival is running over five evenings from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th July, starting at 7pm. Running for approx. 1 hour each evening films can be accessed here -
'Pinocchio Gets Wood' - the summer Adult Panto
 Thursday 10th Sept to Saturday 12th September 8pm
 After 7 years of producing Guildfords Adult Panto's to critical acclaim you now have the chance to watch one from the comfort of your own homes! Fans of Guildford Fringe’s winter adult pantomime won’t need to wait long for their comedy fix as a brand-new show, Pinocchio Gets Wood the Online Adult Panto, will entertain audiences live and direct on their own sofas from 10th to 12th September 2020. Whilst Guildford Fringe regrettably cannot currently deliver the show to audiences in person at the scheduled venue The Back Room of the Star Inn, the cast will still perform LIVE each night and it will be streamed so people can safely watch at home. £14 per device for up to 2 people watching, £28 per device for up to 5 people watching. You must be watching on the same device. BOX OFFICE: or 01483 361101.
Waverley Singers
 Members of the Waverley Singers have been meeting online and enjoying creative virtual rehearsals under the direction of Richard Pearce. Obviously this is not the same as meeting face to face, and even chatting in the virtual pub afterwards is a poor excuse for the real thing. We are all very much looking forwards to singing together as soon as government guidelines and risk assessments allow. New members are always welcome. Please see for the latest updates.
Music on Thursdays Online
Each week we bring you a selection of youtube video performances of music on a theme, or by one instrument, a duo, trio, or more. Sometimes we find larger forces than would fit into our churches - an orchestra, a cathedral organ, a choir. See our website for what's available, and sign up for our weekly newsletters to know what's coming:
 Update from St Wilfrid’s Hospice
We are doing everything to ensure our services continue throughout the complex and ever changing Covid-19 situation, without compromising the safety of our patients and their loved ones. By adapting the way we deliver our care, we’re currently providing support to more than 300 patients in West Sussex, playing a key part in the healthcare system. Our Living Well Centre maybe closed, but our councillors and therapists continue to offer practical support to patients at home through calls and teleconferencing. From 15 June we have started to re-open our shops with Chidham, Chalcroft, Midhurst, East Wittering, the Retro and Vintage shop on Eastgate Square, Chichester, and our Donation and Furniture Centre on Terminus Road, Chichester. Read more at

Strawberry Cream Tea Fundraiser
Get together with friends and family for a strawberry cream tea on a day and time to suit you - and raise funds for Age UK Surrey’s aloneTOGETHER appeal. Now that we can meet with up to 6 people in a garden or park, a cream tea is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a summer get together - just remember the social distancing guidelines! If you are self-isolating, want to invite a larger amount of people than the restrictions allow or invite people who live further away, how about hosting an online Zoom tea party instead? You could have a baking competition for the best looking homemade cakes and scones or the most creative table decorations. Organise a quiz or drawing competition to make the party really fun! Ask your guests to donate any amount to attend your cream tea and all money raised will go towards Age UK Surrey’s fundraising appeal to help us bring older people who are aloneTOGETHER. Age UK Surrey provides information and advice, services and activities to alleviate loneliness and isolation for older people across Surrey. To make a donation visit our website and use Cream Tea as a reference.
Guildford and South Surrey Branch, Parkinson’s UK
The Branch supports everyone in this area who is affected by Parkinson’s by providing a range of social and therapeutic activities, including exercise classes and a singing group. It has been active throughout lockdown, thanks to modern technology. The website,, provides up to date information on what is on offer. Future plans depend on public health advice but the plan is always to have something to offer members, whether face-to-face (when permitted) or virtually. New members always welcome.
Can you help the Guildford Book Festival?
This has been at the heart of our community for 31 years bringing leading writers and lively debate to our town, our university and into our schools. Now in common with many other arts organisations around the country we are concerned for the future. We are still planning a full programme of events for this autumn however, uncertain times has meant that many of our sponsors and advertisers have felt unable to commit to supporting us in the way they have done so generously in the past. The reality is that the predicted shortfall in revenue will mean that this year’s Festival could well be the last. We are committed to doing everything we can to avoid this scenario but we do need your support please. We are looking to raise £20,000 from the community so that we continue our work and ensure that the Festival has a future. If you feel you can help us with a donation of any size please donate here.

Senior Pilates Godalming
We are a small, very friendly group, who meet every Friday (2pm-3 pm) in the Borough Hall. The class incorporates exercises specifically designed to address the negative effects of aging: we perform controlled movements to promote mobility, flexibility & muscle toning throughout the whole body and learn breath techniques to promote optimal breathing and reduce stress. Should lock-down persist, classes will be viewable via online video. For further info: Kay Wardle BSc (Hons) 07960 759365 /
Zoom yoga classes
These can be a wonderful way to keep a wellness practice going as well as being a lovely way to keep in touch with a link minded group. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device and space to move. Online very gentle yoga classes and chair yoga classes for the over 60s run on Tuesdays at 1.30 p.m, Wednesdays at 11.30am and Fridays at 9.30am. Yoga can help improve strength, flexibility and balance as well as reduce feelings of anxiety. £8 per class, including handouts and a video recording of each class. Email: or call 07961 127061.
Free weekly online meditative energy healing sessions
All the information about them is here:

Ripley Museum
Sadly the museum is closed and who knows when they can reopen. In the meantime one of their members has begun to put their exhibitions onto You Tube including the current exhibition about Sir Anthony Browne - so please check it out and spread the word!

West Horsley Evening WI
Despite the lock down, West Horsley Evening WI is keeping busy. Members are staying in touch, but in different ways as sadly they are unable to hold their regular monthly meetings at present. Exciting plans are in place for future outings, coffee mornings and evenings spent having a meal at a local pub and of course monthly meetings. They all look forward getting together again soon and if you would like to come and join them please contact Pip Holmes 01483 285496 or email

Lawn Tennis Club
Have you tried tennis? We are a friendly club playing SD tennis on a regular basis. Do get in touch if you would like a free trial during June or July and have fun! Families and individuals welcome.

Guildford Lions
Unfortunately all of our fund raising events are on hold and given the fact that these all rely on large gatherings I am not very hopeful that we will be in a position to stage anything for the foreseeable future. We continue to support our local community as best we are able but our funds are diminishing in line with most charities, so I regret we wont be able to take on any advertising for the time being. We have put out an appeal for funds and if you can help share this we would be very grateful - The links are:
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Just Giving supportingthecommunity to donate

Mole Valley Probus Club
Mole Valley Probus is a club for retired professional and business men and women. The Club is still active and prepared for the time when we can continue normal club activities and also resume our donations to local charities to assit in the valuable work they do. Activities can be seen in report, photo and film on the club website and for joining see 'Contact Us', top right corner of the site home page.

Covid 19 – Telephone support – could you help us?
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Brigitte Trust is expanding its current telephone support service to offer emotional support to any adult in Surrey who is vulnerable, lonely, isolated, bereaved or a carer needing regular support at the end of the telephone line. Referrals are increasing, we are reaching capacity, and we need more help. How you will join us. We’re planning regular online training courses to enable new volunteers to join our emotional support service by phone. Volunteers will need to join two 90-minute training sessions on Zoom, and ongoing support will be available to you from our experienced team. We’re looking for volunteers who are empathetic, kind, caring, supportive and good listeners, with time to spare for people truly in need of a friendly voice. Could that be you? Contact or call 01306 881816. Calls monitored daily.

If you’re sheltering or in lock-down, it’s important to remember “Movement is Medicine.” Try exercising in the privacy of your home via videos specifically designed to help you stay mentally sharp & improve mobility, strength & flexibility. Contact to receive your free online video.

Do you have a monastic vocation or know anyone who might like to consider becoming a Benedictine monk? We welcome questions at any time (and visits after the Coronavirus lockdown is over). Please visit us online at to find out more or call 01483 899360 for an informal chat. St Augustine's Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR

Mole Valley Chamber of Commerce
Latest updates are on their website at

Haslemere Fringe Festival
This has been postponed to next July 2021 over the weekend of 2nd-4th July. The good news is that our two main headliners, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Newton Faulkner will be joining us for the 2021 Fringe.

Surrey Border Movie Makers

Surrey Border Movie Makers meet on the first Friday of each month. They are a film making club whose members consist of retired professionals, experienced film makers and complete beginners. They share a love of making films which they do to the best of their ability including holiday films, drama, comedy and documentary. They always welcome new members. If you are interested in seeing what they do come along to one of their monthly meetings.Your first visit is free.They meet at St Joan's Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ there is plenty of free parking. Contact for more information. We are also on Facebook During the Coronavirus lock down we are holding virtual meetings, if you wish to join us please contact the club Secretary at the above email address.

Petworth Festival
We very much regret to announce that major changes have been forced on us as a result of the current health crisis. All events in July have been either postponed or cancelled, but, in what we hope will look like a shaft of sunlight in the otherwise grey skies, we are delighted to announce that we will be presenting a sequence of the absolute highlights of this planned Summer Festival in a special week of events that will precede the 2020 Literary Week. The new AUTUMN FESTIVAL will now run between Friday 16th October to Sunday 1st November with a week of music and performance followed by the 10th Anniversary Literary Week.
Wonersh U3A
This suspension includes all meetings, outings and events and will remain in force for the foreseeable future until advised otherwise. The U3A looks forward to re-commencing its groups when advised it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, for further details of Wonersh U3A and its ‘normal’ programme of activities for the retired/semi-retired of Wonersh and surrounding villages, please contact Cilla Morris on 01483 892348, or visit
Fernhurst Centre - Time on your hands?
Why not learn a language in the comfort of your own home. If you are looking to learn Spanish or French – or want to build and practise your Spanish / French language skills– the Fernhurst Centre is offering Spanish and French at five levels from beginners to more advanced level via a live and interactive online link. Both languages will be taught in ten week tranches at a cost of £83. For full details please check out our website and / or contact us on indicating which level of Spanish / French you are interested in, or if you need advice as to your level, the Fernhurst Centre can put you in touch with the relevant tutor.

Friends Together – Bereavement Support Group
We have made the decision as a team to close our meetings at the moment, however we understand that this will be a very difficult time for people affected by the isolation of the Covid-19 outbreak and our small team will maintain telephone support for those who need help. Please contact us on 07999 368128 if you need to talk to someone if you are struggling with bereavement and we will do our best to support you.

Brockham Choral Society
Brockham Choral Society are holding a YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION - £1,000 PRIZE FOR BEST ENTRY. Further prize of £500 for best under 18 if not overall winner. CLOSING DATE 27th NOVEMBER 2020. Open to young composers aged 11 to 25 who live or study in Surrey. The work should be between 3 and 6 minutes long. For further information visit

Local Virtual fitness classes!
Karen is offering FREE virtual classes for Zumba and Jumpce! This is a great time to shake those hips or dust off a rebounder/mini trampoline you may have and get fit at home! Classes are usually held at Broadwater School in a Godalming, but now online via Zoom. You’ll need to contact Karen if you’d like to be part of the classes which are held Mon 7.30pm ZUMBA / Wed 7.30pm JUMPCE / Sat 9.30am JUMPCE. Keep your body fit and your mind healthy!
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