24th July 2020
VantagePoint August issue
Delivered by Royal Mail next week...
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If you want to advertise in our next printed issue for September, please contact Marcus Atkins at marcus@vantagepublishing.co.uk by 3rd August.
For any editorial, please contact Stefan Reynolds at stefan@vantagepublishing.co.uk by 27th July.
5 ‘Post Lockdown’ Tips for improving your fitness and health
Well, these last few months have been a tricky one for health and fitness! Where have you stood, or possibly sat, during the lockdown months? Read on for Mark Raynsford's top 5 tips...
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The Garden Show at Loseley is back!
The ninth Garden Show at Loseley returns this weekend, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July. Go and enjoy the flowers and more...!
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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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Video Advice Service  extended
This new service at Farnham and Cranleigh offices is working well so it will be extended  to Haslemere and Godalming from Monday 27th July.
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Guildford's refreshed town centre museum opens soon
Guildford Museum is looking forward to welcoming visitors back after being closed for the past twelve months for essential repairs providing another free attraction to visit in our historic town centre..
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Why we should all eat south east seafood and where you can get it
With some of the UK’s most famous and beautiful coastline, the waters of south east England serve up not only a treat for tourists, but some of the best seafood in the country...
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The GladRags Project - a community textile project
One local woman used this Haslemere Educational Museum project to set herself a personal challenge. Here is how she got on...
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Summer gardening tips: from an NT garden to yours
The National Trust is excited to start welcoming you back to your favourite gardens. But they realise that it may be a while before many of you can experience the summer blooms at the places they care for. So they are bringing the best of their gardens to you at home and help you make the most of your own garden or growing space...
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WIN: A Silent Pool Gin Afternoon Tea at Barnett Hill, Wonersh for two
This is just one of four great prizes you can win in our August issue. Click below to enter...
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Top tips for summer pet safety
With summer on its way, it is vital to ensure that our dogs and cats are properly cared for in the hot weather...
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Brunching out... 3 great recipes
Given people’s increasingly hectic lives, brunch is becoming a very popular meal, especially at weekends...
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Mole Valley Walks for Health return
Mole Valley's Walk for Health walks have restarted, with new guidelines to keep walkers safe...
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Tune into Nature
Join the Natural History Museum and Pukka Herbs this summer for a free, online family-friendly festival inspiring you to connect with nature. The festival runs from Monday 27th July to Sunday 9th August...
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
Links to the government and to local authorities, local information and more.
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Get Updates from
your local MP
Links to get in touch with your local MP, some of whom are sending out weekly COVID updates.
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VantagePoint Media offers a low-cost design and print service for local businesses, be it advert designs, flyers, leaflets, brochure or magazines.
Please take a look at our brochure for more details.
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Jottings Updates
Guildford Antiques & Brocante Street Market
WILL be back in the High Street on September 13th from 9.30am -3.30pm! www.acvrevents.co.uk, telephone 07514 680872.
 Oakleaf’s 10th Virtual Quiz: The Finale
Wednesday 29th July at 7pm
Join Guildford-based mental health charity Oakleaf in their final (for now) lockdown quiz night on Wednesday 29th July at 7pm! Using Zoom’s breakout rooms, this popular quiz night promises to be social, entertaining and best of all—it will have prizes! Places available first-come, first-serve. To sign up visit www.oakleaf-enterprise.org/virtual-pub-quiz or email jenclay@oakleaf-enterprise.org.
Council Community Grant enables local group plan for wellbeing activities
A grant from Guildford Borough council will enable local community wellbeing group Eden People to plan new wellness sessions for local Guildford & Godalming residents. Their Body Blessing & Positive Postures Sessions are designed to encourage & motivate participants, build self-worth and awareness of their uniqueness & identity. They can support participant’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Evening & daytime sessions will be free; hosted in Guildford and are one hour in duration. More information: email edenpeople@edenpeople.org.uk or visit www.edenpeople.org.uk.

Update from Mid-Surrey Oddfellows
Although The Oddfellows Halls (Leatherhead and Dorking) are closed and all events postponed for now just to reassure you the office is still working remotely with all calls and post still being collected, and we are still supporting members with our regular email newsletter and being social online. There is weekly seated Yoga online free for all members , and regular Mid-Surrey “coffee morning” chats and these are soon progressing to online quizzes, games, and talks etc. These events are for members only at the moment so we can support and manage the local members to get online. However there are some national Oddfellows events on zoom and facebook live that are public which you can see from this link, as well as details of the other support for members, such as the care and welfare support lines https://www.oddfellows.co.uk/. We will let you know as soon as we can safely start distanced events again in the Oddfellows Halls in Dorking and Leatherhead, until then hope to see you online at one of our events. Please contact the Mid-Surrey office for more information mid-surrey@oddfellows.co.uk
Pilates for Bone Health - West Horsley - Mondays/Wednesdays/Online
Improvers classes - West Horsley - Fridays/Online

Have you been told that you have osteoporosis or osteopenia? Do you wish to join a friendly, small Pilates class with plenty of individual attention and modifications for any joint restrictions? This class follows all the principles of Pilates but with an additional emphasis on strengthening the joints as well as improving balance to guard against falls. Fully qualified and insured. My Improvers classes are perfect if you understand the basics of Pilates and want a small, friendly yet challenging class with plenty of personal attention to check you are 'doing it right'. Online classes running now. Face-to-face classes at West Horsley Village Hall due to re-start in September. Email Michelle at MCPilates01@gmail.com or visit www.mcpilates.co.uk to find out more.

Woking's Lightbox re-opens
Opening on Tuesday 11th August with a full line-up of exhibitions, The Lightbox is excited to, once again, welcome its visitors and wonderful community. The gallery and museum opens with two exhibitions featuring work from the acclaimed Ingram Collection, Redressing the Balance: Women Artists from The Ingram Collection (11th August–20th September 2020) and The Art of Watercolour (11th August–4th October 2020), alongside a photography exhibition by local artist Jo de Magneval, which captures the essence of this historic and challenging time. Woking’s Story, the local history museum, for now, remains closed to the public. Entry: £7.50 Day Pass | Free for Lightbox Members and Under 21s.  Call 01483 737800, email info@thelightbox.org.uk or visit thelightbox.org.uk.
High Clandon - Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard
Celebrate the summer in serious style at High Clandon with sparkling wine and sculptures in the vineyard as we launch…. THE ENDYMION CUVÉE - Prestige Vintage 2015 Brut. https://www.vantagepointmag.co.uk/food-drink/high-clandon-art-and-sculptures-in-the-vineyard/
The Retail Group​
Mole Valley District Council has commissioned The Retail Group to run three webinars aimed to support you and your business. This will comprise of 'drop in' Q&A webinars specifically aimed at individual sectors: Wed 22 July, 6pm: Retail follow-up to reopening on 15 June 2020; Thurs 23 July, 8am: Close contact businesses - hairdressers, barbers, nail bars and beauty salons. If you would like to experience a flavour of these sessions the retail group have a short video on their home page which is www.theretailgroup.co.uk.

St Giles’ and St George’s
The Church of England parish church in Ashtead, are pleased to advise that we are now starting to reopen for worship services. Beginning on 12 July, and then on Sundays 19 and 26 July, at 4pm at St George’s, there will be a reflective 40 minute service of Holy Communion to which all are very welcome. This is in line with current guidance, careful social distancing and hygiene protocols apply. As capacity is limited due to social distancing, we ask those wishing to attend to reserve a place in advance at sgsgashtead.org.uk/events or by calling 01372 813964.

Latest news from The Clockhouse, Milford Day Centre
The trustees continue to contact and support members and volunteers regularly. Our mobile lending library is popular and the number of books and DVDs has increased considerably thanks to some very generous donations. For those who wish to purchase a book or DVD they are on sale for £1. Alternatively, if you are not a regular attendee of The Clockhouse, you can borrow these for a small donation. Our hairdresser and foot clinic are now open by appointment only. Hairdresser Karen: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning 07789 806953. Foot Clinic Freja: Thursday 07946 663126. They are hoping to open a small café soon. They are also collecting bags of clothes, shoes, bags, belts, linen, towels, curtains. All items must be clean. Please email manager@clockhouse.or.uk to arrange a suitable date and time to drop them off. They continue to look for new volunteers, please contact them if you are interested! Please visit the website www.clockhouse.org.uk for more information.
GUTS Motor Tour 2020
Sunday 20th September

Good news that the GUTS Motor Tour is going ahead as per usual, raising money for Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening. It is open to any veteran, vintage or classic car, although modern classics are also welcome! This year's destination is Chawton House, near Alton. For more details, please email gutsmotortour@gmail.com or telephone Stefan Reynolds on 01483 421601. Now more than ever they need our support!
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.
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: www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk.
Voluntary Action South West Surrey – volunteers wanted!
This is a registered charity set up in 2008 to help support voluntary and community groups working in the boroughs of Guildford and Waverley. They are a Council for Voluntary Service and member of NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action). As well as giving advice, information and support to local groups, they also run a Volunteer Centre recruiting volunteers for organisations working in South West Surrey. They are part of a network of similar organisations across Surrey. For more information on current opportunities, please visit www.voluntaryactionsws.org.uk/ or call 01483 565456.
Surrey County Walkers
They have been in existence since 1983. For details of the club and their walks programme see https://e-voice.org.uk/surreycountywalkers or contact Colin on 01276 474258. They walk at weekends, on alternate Saturdays and Sundays, starting promptly at 10am. The walks vary from about 6 to 10 miles, mostly around the Surrey Hills area, plus some linear longer walks that are done in stages. Potential members are more than welcome to join us on our walks, they may sample up to two walks before being asked to join the club.
As they walk all the year in all weathers and over variable terrain, suitable footwear and clothing should be worn.
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