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The British Heart Foundation Opens New Home and Fashion Store in Kingston

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Local Mayor and Kingston University Professor join shop volunteers and staff at BHF store that will support vital heart research

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has today opened its latest department store in Kingston, to raise vital funds for life saving heart research.

The new store at 10 Alderman Judge Mall opened its doors for the first time on Tuesday 31 July at 10am, creating new retail jobs and volunteering opportunities.

The shop is expected to be in Kingston for two years ahead of the planned regeneration of Eden Walk. The newly designed 17,000sq foot site will be one of the charity’s largest stores, hosting Home and Fashion departments offering a range of good quality furniture, homeware, clothing, accessories and books at budget-friendly prices.

The store will also be a local community hub, offering shoppers valuable heart health information, running CPR training sessions, and creating retail jobs and volunteering opportunities for people of every age – from school leavers to retirees.

The store was opened by local Mayor, Councillor Thay Thayalan who joined BHF volunteers and staff to welcome the local community for a first look of the great bargains on offer. Also in attendance was CEO of the Charity Retail Association Robin Osterley and Professor Tom Quinn who is currently leading a BHF-funded study to the best way to diagnose people suspected of a having a heart attack.

Tom Quinn, Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, said: “The British Heart Foundation is the most important funder of cardiovascular research in the UK. Without the money raised from their shops many vital projects would not be able to continue.

“Every 3 minutes someone loses a loved one to heart and circulatory diseases in the UK, but research can find the breakthroughs to beat those conditions. I hope that people in the local community will support this store and help it power the research that can save more lives in Kingston, and across the UK.”

Rachel Andrew, Area Manager at The British Heart Foundation said: “We are so excited to have this new and innovative space in Kingston, which we hope will become a valued addition to the town centre. If you are having a clear out in the next few weeks, we would love to receive any good quality furniture, home accessories, clothes, shoes, bags and books. Donating couldn’t be easier, the BHF offers a free and fast collection service for larger items and all money raised from the store will help raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving research.

“If you would rather give the gift of time we are recruiting for new volunteers, who can spare anything from a couple of hours a week to a few days, so please get in touch if you are interested.”

Every item sold will help the BHF to raise vital funds for research into beating heart disease, including that undertaken at Kingston University to improve treatments for heart attacks. It will also help to fund the continued rollout of CPR training and public defibrillators in Kingston and support local heart patient groups.

There are currently around 14,000 people living with heart and circulatory disease in Kingston, including 4,000 people who have coronary heart disease and 2,000 people who have suffered a stroke. To combat these deadly diseases, the BHF currently funds around £500,000 of research at the University of Kingston and £130m of grants to Universities across London.

The store is located at 10 Alderman Judge Mall, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1BS.

For more information about BHF shops, please visit www.bhf.org.uk/shop

To book a free collection, call us on 0808 250 0030 or visiting www.bhf.org.uk/collection

Cranleigh Waters community river project launches



Surrey Wildlife Trust to recruit local volunteers

Surrey Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Thames Water, has begun a three year project to restore the Cranleigh Waters river, to improve wildlife habitat and river flow. With funding from Thames Water, the project aims to reconnect the local community with their river through monitoring and restoration days.

Volunteers from Surrey Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the local community gathered to do a mass water sample of the Cranleigh Waters in July to obtain baseline ecological data for the project. With 20 volunteers taking kick samples, the sampling covered a long stretch of river counting invertebrates such as mayflies, which are a good indicator of water quality.

The survey found that while water quality was variable the habitat was in poor condition due to past modifications of the river. A healthy river maintains a channel that is constantly flowing however at the Cranleigh Waters the river is too wide in many places, so the river flows very slowly and drops silt on the bed which smothers the in-stream habitat.

In addition the steep banks of the widened river cannot support the vegetation you would normally expect to find which is essential for fish and invertebrates. Thick vegetation along the banks of rivers not only provides a wildlife corridor for mammals, such as, water voles and bats, it also prevents soil running off into the river, keeping pesticides and fertilisers away from the watercourse.

Glen Skelton, wetland landscapes officer at Surrey Wildlife Trust, said: ‘Our survey helps us to understand where the issues may be and develop a plan to enhance water quality with good river habitat management. What this river needs is some love, so by reconnecting the community of Cranleigh back to their river, it will give it the best chance of improvement.’

Adrian Clarke, Cranleigh resident who took part in the water sampling, said: ‘The river brings a sense of identity with the local village and a number of local residents were concerned that it was being neglected. So we are delighted to be working with Surrey Wildlife Trust to improve our river. It was an enjoyable day doing the mass sampling and we found a number of species: shrimps, mayflies, olives and stone loach. I had no idea what a caddisfly larva was before the training, it has been fascinating.’

For the next step Surrey Wildlife Trust would like to recruit local volunteers, with wellies at the ready, to regularly monitor the river and the wildlife that lives there. Volunteer training will be available in late August and early September. To find out more about the project or to volunteer contact glen.skelton@surreywt.org.uk or visit surreywildlifetrust.org/volunteering

£4,000 rasied at 80th anniversary fete

Owls, classic cars and topiary people helps charity raise £4,000 at 80th anniversary fete.

The Grange centre for people with learning disabilities raises over £4,000 at its 80th anniversary fete

The Grange charity which was founded in 1938 as The School of Stitchery and Lace saw hundreds of friends and supporters turn out to celebrate its 80th anniversary fete on Saturday.

Big attractions were the topiary people who were on duty to meet and greet visitors, the classic cars and motorbikes, and Owls To You, a display of four beautiful birds of prey plus stalls music from the Martinau Brass Band.

The fete ended with a mass African drumming workshop with over 100 drums provided by ‘Drum With Us’.

‘Our aim with the fete was to celebrate 80 years of providing care for people with disabilities in Bookham,’ said Grange Chief Executive Eloise Appleby ‘We were delighted that people were so generous.’

The 80th anniversary celebrations continue in Heritage Week on 15 September with the opening of the Heritage Room. The Room will feature textiles made for Queen Mary, letters for royal households and vintage photos.

The Grange is a well-regarded Bookham charity providing care and supported housing and a dynamic programme of skills training for 100 people with physical and learning disabilities. For more information please visit www.grangecentre.org.uk

Pictured below: Mary Anne, Ashley, our CEO Eloise Appleby, Vikky, Jo and Annie from The Grange charity
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A voice for Leith Hill

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Campaigners against oil drilling on Leith Hill have slammed the grant of an exploratory drill permit by the Environment Agency.

Over 103,000 people had signed a petition to the Environment Agency about concerns over drinking water pollution and two separate independent experts submitted detailed evidence about the risks.

But the Environment Agency has now approved the permit – subject to all other permissions being granted. Planning consent for the site in Coldharbour Lane runs out on August 7th and Europa Oil and Gas is in the process of applying for an extension. The Traffic Management Plan involving hundreds of HGV movements in the narrow and historic tree lined lane has been the main sticking point.

Julian Everett of community group, A Voice for Leith Hill: said: “It’s sadly symbolic that just before this year's Earth Overshoot Day - when humanity will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year – this permit has been granted by the government agency responsible for protecting our environment. The EA has decided to permit activities that will exacerbate climate change and jeopardise our drinking water supply in an area that is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of seismic activity.

“The EA claims activities will be closely monitored, yet despite several site visits they were unaware of an entire side-track being illegally drilled at Brockham - drilling that was conducted by the same company that now has the farm-out deal at Leith Hill. Instead, once again it is going to fall to the citizens of Surrey to do the job these publicly funded professionals should be doing: of protecting our environment and communal resources, and of upholding the will of local democracy”.


Europa Oil and Gas has spent ten years trying to get its permits for the exploratory 18 week drill but bitter opposition by the local community and local councils has meant that no drilling has started.
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To sign the petition please visit >>> LINK

Celebrating Surrey’s wild heathland landscape

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Surrey Wildlife Trust and Thames Basin Heaths Partnership welcome local people to celebrate Surrey’s amazing wild heathland landscape during Heath Week 2018, from 29 July to 4 August 2018.

Surrey offers thousands of acres of vast heathland wilderness blooming with bright pink bell heather and Heath Week offers a programme of walks, talks and events to encourage everyone to explore this stunning wild landscape.

Join Surrey Wildlife Trust for a walk at Chobham Common, the largest national nature reserve in the south east of England, to discover its amazing wildlife. During an evening walk people will hear nightjars churring, the mysterious migratory bird that breeds on the Common during the summer months. Other creatures of the night, such as roding woodcock, owls and bats may be heard using bat detectors on an evening walk at Ockham Common.

Dr Mike Simmonds of University of Reading will take visitors on a journey from the Ice Age to the present day at Chobham Common, a story which has been preserved in the peat for over a thousand of years. He will reveal how the vegetation and climate have changed and what life may have been like for the prehistoric people that inhabited this dynamic landscape.

Leigh Thornton, estates manager for Surrey Wildlife Trust, said: ‘With the amazing weather this summer, it has never been a better time for residents to enjoy what Surrey’s countryside has to offer. Sunshine and blue skies bring out the vibrancy of the pink heather and an abundance of wildlife that you will only see in the unique landscape of Surrey’s heaths.’

Other Heath Week events include a chance to meet dog behaviour specialists, the Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group sharing the delights of rare reptiles, the Ministry of Defence talking about vital military training on heathlands near Farnham with the Fire and Rescue Service sharing how they are dealing with the current weather conditions, high risk of wildfires and fire prevention.

Sarah Bunce, senior warden for the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership, said: ‘If you live or work in Woking, Guildford or the surrounding areas, come and experience our wonderful heathlands. Many people don’t realise how lucky they are that a quirk of geology, climate and history has left these amazing landscapes preserved within Surrey. If it hadn’t been for factors such as extensive military activity or protection for rare ground nesting birds, these heathlands might not be here today for us all to enjoy.’

The annual event is designed to encourage local people to explore and appreciate the county’s vast wilderness of heathland, which spans areas between Farnham and Godalming in the south of the county to Woking and Camberley, Chobham and Cobham in the north. One of the most ancient and characteristic British landscapes, it has special conservation protection and provides a living link to our stone age past.

For further information about Heath Week 2018 or to book an event visit surreywildlifetrust.org/heath-week

AN EPIC WIN FOR EL REMANSO IN THE KING POWER GOLD CUP FOR THE BRITISH OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP

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Approaching 15,000 spectators gathered to watch the Final of the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship at Cowdray Park on Sunday 22nd July in arguably one of the most thrilling Finals of recent times.

Following two spectacular Semi Final matches four days earlier, the Hanbury family’s El Remanso team faced up to Jean-François Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco and few would have been confident enough to predict the outcome. El Remanso comprised the close-knit line-up of four Englishmen, Charlie Hanbury, Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper, playing to the same line-up as 2017 when they reached the Final but lost to King Power. Jean-François Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco side comprised the enormous talent of 3 goal player Byron Watson, with Polito Pieres substituting for an injured David Stirling and 10 goaler Juan Martin Nero at Back. The popular home-based El Remanso team had come through the tournament without dropping a match but it was not to be plain sailing for the Englishmen as the game changed fortunes between the first and second halves.

The Patron, Charlie Hanbury, playing the match of his life, stormed away from the first throw-in to mark the scoreboard with the opening goal. His second goal of the match gave El Remanso a 3-2 lead to close the first chukka. With no answers from La Bamba during the second chukka, El Remanso went into the third with a lead of 4-2, consolidating the lead at 6-4 at half time.

The second half opened with a hit-in from Watson for La Bamba de Areco, Beim returned the ball which Nero tried to secure but Harper won the ball and his neat back-hand shot took El Remanso on to 7-4. However, the tables began to turn as exciting play from Watson for La Bambe de Areco, strong attacking play by Pieres and the gift of two 30 yard penalties which Juan Martin Nero had little difficulty in sending through, saw La Bamba finally ahead at 12-10 by the close of the fifth chukka.

The action raced on through the final chukka, with El Remanso fighting for every ball. Awarded a 30 yard penalty, Ollie Cudmore sent the ball between the posts to pull the side up to within a goal of their opponents. Beim won the ball from the throw-in and great teamwork saw Harper move it on and Hanbury then leave it for Harper who coolly sent it between the posts. To an enormous cheer from the crowd, the scores were level on 12-12. Cudmore took the ball away from the throw-in and, challenged by Decaux, he carried on going but the ball went out. Nero for La Bamba de Areco passed the ball to his patron but Decaux failed to get the goal they desperately sought. Harper brought the ball in and sent it to Beim who, despite being challenged, calmly turned it and found Cudmore who sent it between for posts for El Remanso as the final bell sounded. It was the sweetest victory for El Remanso and the crowd went wild.

A new prize for the Best Playing Patron’s Pony, donated by sponsors King Power, was presented by Marcos di Paola of King Power to Charlie Hanbury’s pony Lovelocks Sex, the award for Best Playing Pony of the match, presented by the Hon Lila Pearson, went to Blanca Nueve, owned by Pelon Stirling and played by Polito Pieres. Jon Rudkin, Director of Football for Leicester City Football Club, owned by sponsors King Power, stepped forward to present individual and team prizes on behalf of King Power. Charlie Hanbury was voted Most Valuable Player of the Final with four brilliant goals to his credit. As well as generous prizes to both finalists and winners, John Rudkin also presented gifts to the four umpires who had done stirling work through the four weeks of the British Open campaign. The commentators, Karl Ude Martinez and John Kent, were also presented with gifts. Corinne Ricard, on behalf of Pernod-Ricard, presented a Jeroboam of Perrier-Jouët, Cowdray Park’s Official Champagne, to the winning Patron, Charlie Hanbury. Finally Jon Rudkin presented the Gold Cup to a proud Charlie Hanbury who shared the moment with his parents Christopher and Bridget.

Roderick Vere-Nicoll, Chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club said: “This was a tremendous day for the club - a great crowd, great sponsors, great weather, a wonderful vibe and superb polo from both sides. If it was a Hollywood script, we couldn’t have written it better.

Photograph - Clive Bennett - www.polopictures.co.uk

Popular Sculpture Event Returns to RHS Garden Wisley for 21st year

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The Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS) will be staging its 21st Sculpture Trail at RHS Garden Wisley from 18th August - 23rd September - one of the most popular exhibitions of sculpture in the country.

Visitors to the sculpture trail will discover a diverse range of works, from abstract to traditional pieces, thoughtfully positioned throughout the RHS garden’s 240 acres, within 25 inspirational garden settings. Sculptures created by the Society’s emerging and professional sculptors will be placed around the garden’s iconic Jellicoe Canal feature, through the woodland walk at Battleston Hill and the Mediterranean Terraces, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, Alpine Meadow, Exotic and Cottage Gardens.

Henriette Van der Does, Chair of the SSS commented: ‘The Arts Council recently compiled some interesting figures on the increasing numbers of people visiting sculpture events. Last year the Surrey Sculpture Society experienced higher visitor numbers to all of our events resulting in our most successful year since we began. We are hoping that our 21st annual Sculpture Trail at RHS Garden Wisley will attract even more visitors, as there seems to be a growing desire for people to get outside to reconnect with nature and discover art in beautiful settings.’

The range of styles by these talented sculptors creates affordable and original pieces that can form eye-catching focal points in gardens, conservatories or interiors. Sculptors work with a broad range of materials including stone, metal, bronze, resin, glass, ceramic, wood and found objects. All sculptures are for sale.

Renowned Sculptor invited as guest exhibitor
To celebrate the 21st sculpture trail at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey Sculpture Society has invited renowned sculptor Michael Speller, official artist for the London Olympics, as a special guest exhibitor. His beautifully balanced slender sculptural figures are often impressed with emotive words. One of his most recent commissions combined 210 figures to form a huge open bronze sphere for The Crown Charity, Greenwich Hospital, London.
Michael’s work has also formed the centre piece of gold medal winning show garden at RHS Chelsea.

Henriette Van der Does commented: ‘We are very excited about having such an accomplished and highly respected sculptor as Michael Speller exhibiting with us in our 21st year at RHS Garden Wisley,’

Belinda Betts, Head of Site at RHS Garden Wisley, said:
“The Surrey Sculpture Society Trail is a popular attraction for many of our visitors. Now in its 21st year, the trail continues to showcase a diverse variety of sculptures within the beautiful setting of the garden in late summer. Look for the sculptures as you wander through the garden and discover an exciting new perspective.”

Admission to the Sculpture Trail is included in entrance to RHS Garden Wisley.

The exhibition opens on 18th August and will run until 23 September.
Opening times:
Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday – Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am – 6pm

RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
Tel:
01483 224234 or www.rhs.org.uk/wisley for details of entrance fees.

For information on Surrey Sculpture Society visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk

Great Italian Escapes at Hotel Leone, Le Marche

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Small Luxury Boutique Hotel Leone, Le Marche, Italy

Resting at the foot of a magical, ‘picture postcard’ hilltop town, with breathtaking views of the countryside and coast, sits Hotel Leone. A beautifully restored, historic town-house, Hotel Leone offers an enchanting combination of elegant accommodation, personal service and delicious, seasonal cuisine.

The perfect chic retreat, at Hotel Leone you can simply relax and enjoy the peaceful location between the mountains and the coast, indulge in lazy days by the pool or take gentle journeys around the local medieval towns.

For those wishing to delve deeper into the typical Le Marche culture, the hotel’s owners Madeline and Tim Jones have created several inspiring experiences where their guests can enjoy an authentic taste of Le Marche.

Here, food, wine, nature and history are all at the heart of Hotel Leone’s charming and authentic character. Throughout the seasons guests can enjoy bespoke excursions and tailor-made activities such as:

Taste of Le Marche - 2 night package €485 per person includes:
• 2 nights stay in a luxury room
• breakfast each morning
• 4 course evening meals
• full day guided tour visiting a cheese producer, olive oil producer and vineyard

Wine-lovers Break - 2 night package €525 per person includes:
• 2 nights stay in a luxury room
• breakfast each morning
• 4 course evening meals
• full day guided vineyard tour visiting 3 local vineyards

Honeymoon/Romantic Getaway - 3 night package €995 per couple includes:
• 3 nights stay in our luxury honeymoon suite
• Fruit basket and bottle of prosecco in room on arrival
• breakfast each morning
• Romantic candlelit 4 course meal each evening
• early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
• turn-down service each evening
• Free artiganal mini-bar restocked daily

www.hotelleonemarche.com

The Extraterrestrial Couple Shaking Up the Art World

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Radical POP Art that is Shifting Consciousness

July 18, 2018- Los Angeles, CA-House of Orion, LA’s newest art-house, announces the opening if its online gallery to showcase original works from Avant-garde and classically trained artists. Exhibits include paintings, drawings, photographs, films, digital art and sculptures.

The gallery founders, Marie-Pier Tremblay and Julian Prolman launched the House of Orion with their own co-collaboration in a three-part series entitled; Ascension, Butterfly and Fall from Grace. To view the galleries debut collection visit: www.arthouseoforion.com

“House of Orion is here to use the power of art to transcend earthly boundaries by promoting provocative, supernatural imagery and spiritually centered, mystical art by uncommon, other-world inspired art” said co-founder Julian Prolman.

ASCENSION is the premier photographic exhibition series Photographed by Julian featuring model Marie-Pier. The series depicts thought provoking imagery with a vibrant message, the need to heal the planet. A lone woman not of this earth manifests to connect with nature and feel her pain.

“Releasing creative energy is my gateway to source, a voyage to the heart of divinity. From this place I can express my thoughts and emotions in physical form. It’s a journey that brings me to a state elation. It is my hope to connect with art enthusiasts in this way” said co-founder Marie-Pier Tremblay.

Invitation-only, pop-up exhibitions will be held at out-of-the-ordinary venues. Interested invitees can sign up to be on the guest list at on the website.

Petworth, West Sussex

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Petworth is one of Britain’s most attractive market towns, offering visitors a quintessentially English country escape just a short journey from London.

From beautiful walks in Petworth park, excursions and independent shopping experiences, to the exciting year-round calendar of events, Petworth is a hidden gem and a cultural centre of the West Sussex countryside.

Calendar of events: Noteworthy upcoming occasions below:

Petworth Festival - 17 July – 04 August1 - Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Petworth Festival offers the opportunity to indulge in a multitude of cultural experiences from performances by the Royal Academy of Music, to classical piano concerts by the popular comedian and impressionist, Alistair McGowan

Qatar Goodwood Festival - 31 July – 04 August - Five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside. Popularly known as Glorious Goodwood, it is the sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing season

Goodwood Revival - 7 -9 September - A three-day festival celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing with the accompanying glamour of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s

Alongside the above events, Petworth recently saw the opening of brand new restaurant, New Street Bar & Grill - a smart, warm and welcoming retreat offering guests an exceptional seasonal menu using the highest quality local ingredients sourced from the ‘larder on its doorstep’.

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Kwanpen celebrates its 80th anniversary at Burlington Arcade

This week at Burlington Arcade, KWANPEN, a Singapore-based manufacturer and retailer specialising in luxury handmade crocodile and exotic leather handbags and accessories since 1938, celebrate their 80th Anniversary with a showcase of fine craftsmanship. Until this Sunday 15th, from 12-3pm, will be a live demonstration of the leatherworking techniques unique to the crafting of crocodile leather. zambuni.com

This Summer at Brooklands Museum

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The incredible history of racing, speed and flight through most of the 20th Century is waiting to be discovered at Brooklands Museum this summer though a non-stop programme of activities for all ages.

During the school holidays you can really feel what it was like to race on the World's first purpose-built Race track as the Brooklands Car Rides Team take passengers up the hill climb and along the steep banked track. If flying is more your thing, then you can take a virtual supersonic 'flight' on board Concorde with a fabulous Kids Tour expertly 'piloted' by your Concorde Steward.

Open every day and included in the entry price is the fantastic new exhibition that everyone is talking about: recently WINNING a Museums and Heritage Award for best new permanent exhibition, the Brooklands Aircraft Factory will amaze you. Housed inside an original WWII Hangar, you will find giant sections of aircraft on assembly lines, interactive work areas where you can try some of the techniques yourself and make your own metal aircraft to take home. The centre piece is the famous Wellington Bomber - a giant aircraft that actually flew in the War and was salvaged and came back to Brooklands for restoration. From the earliest string, wood and fabric flying machines through two Wars, into the jet age and to Concorde, this unique heritage is told through the stories of the people who worked and flew at the site which at one point had 14,000 workers in its factories.

Back in the Clubhouse, which still has its distinctive green dome on top, you can walk through some of the period rooms and really feel the glamour from the speedy 1930s created by the Bentley Boys and Speed Queens, the rich and famous and Royalty. This is also where you'll find the Sunbeam Café for a fuel stop during your visit. Lastly, you can try one of three different Simulator rides in the 4D Theatre taking you round race tracks or on an aerobatic display with the Red Arrows. On your way out, you will find it hard not to find something from the Museum Shop to remind you of your visit; a unique pack of Brooklands Top Trumps, a model of Concorde or one of the many books, toys and DVDs all relating to this fantastic place where you're guaranteed to learn something and be amazed at the same time

Open daily from 10am with FREE parking
Visitor entrance via Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL
www.brooklandsmuseum.com
01932 857381

Ocean Film Festival World Tour makes a splash this autumn!

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September to October 2018

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for 2018, bringing an evening of inspirational ocean-themed films to more than 35 locations across the UK and Ireland in September and October.
This brand-new selection of films features seafaring adventurers rowing treacherous oceans, intrepid surfers riding the world’s biggest waves, and explores our planet’s spectacular hidden depths.

Now in its fifth year, 2018’s UK Tour is the biggest yet – and it’s also first time the Tour has visited Ireland, with dates in Dublin and Cork.

“We’re really excited that more people than ever before will be able to celebrate their love of the ocean with our largest Tour to date – and we’re especially excited to be extending the Tour to Ireland for the first time ever!” says Tour Director Nell Teasdale.

“Through stunning cinematography and mesmerising storytelling, audiences can expect to be wowed by the magic and mysteries of the world’s oceans… coming at you through the big screen!”

As well as thrilling films, each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies too.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour began in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans. To find out more about the UK and Ireland Tour, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

Highlights from the 2018 Ocean Film Tour include:

Kiwi Breeze
Steve is not your average Londoner. For a start he’s a Kiwi, and instead of wallpaper his house is decorated with charts and plans. He has also been building a 44ft yacht in his back garden, and after nine years of toil, it’s finally ready to set sail. The first obstacle, however, is how to get the steel vessel from the backyard of a small, suburban street to the London docks.

Kiwi Breeze tells the inspirational story of Steve’s 24,000km voyage home to New Zealand… and his determination to achieve his dream.

Touched by the Ocean
Latvian friends Karlis and Gints have a second-hand rowing boat, no rowing experience and a grand plan: to become the first team ever to row across the South Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil. Touched by the Ocean joins them on a raucous tale of adventure, dedication and friendship.

The Big Wave Project
Five years in the making, The Big Wave Project follows a tight-knit crew of leading big wave surfers as they work together to attempt a goal that drills into the core passion of surfing: riding the world’s biggest wave. Hear candid, no-holds-barred accounts of the real fear of death, the humbling power of the ocean, and of ultimate personal glory.

To find out more about the festival, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

2018 UK Tour dates are:
• 5 September Exeter, Corn Exchange
• 6 September Bath, Komedia
• 7 September Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion
• 8 September Malvern, Forum Theatre
• 12 September Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
• 12 September Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill
• 13 September Dublin, National Concert Hall
• 13 September Whitley Bay, Playhouse
• 14 September Cork, Everyman Theatre
• 14 September Inverness, Eden Court Theatre
• 15 September Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
• 16 September Keswick, Theatre by the Lake
• 18 September Abingdon, Amey Theatre
• 19 September Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
• 20 September Guildford, G Live
• 21 September Reading, The Hexagon
• 22 September Poole, Lighthouse (Concert Hall)
• 25 September Cheltenham, Town Hall
• 26 September Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
• 27 September Liverpool, Plaza Community Cinema
• 28 September Stockport, Plaza Cinema
• 29 September Llandudno, Venue Cymru
• 2 October Cardiff, St David’s Hall
• 3 October Exeter, Corn Exchange
• 4,5 October Redruth, Regal Theatre
• 9 October Christchurch, Regent Centre
• 10 October Dorking, Dorking Halls
• 11 October Brighton, Brighton Dome
• 12 October Cambridge, Corn Exchange
• 13 October Norwich, Lecture Theatre 1 (UEA)
• 13 October Bristol, Victoria Rooms
• 15 October Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre
• 15-20 October London, Union Chapel
• 16 October Weymouth, Weymouth Pavilion
• 17 October Christchurch, Regent Centre
• 18 October Salisbury, City Hall
• 20 October Bristol, Victoria Rooms
• 22 October Birmingham, Crescent Theatre
• 23 October York, Barbican
• 24 October Leeds, Town Hall

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Tour Director Nell Teasdale

nell.oceanfestival@gmail.com
07880 850931 or 01295 402199

Tour Coordinator Rosie Fuller
banff.rosie@gmail.com
07453 202321 or 01295 402199

HOME DÉCOR DISASTERS

BRITISH ‘INTERIOR DESIGN CRIMES’ REVEALED

Toilet rugs, taxidermy and avocado bathrooms named worst home trends of past 50 years.

• Whatever were we thinking? Toilet rugs, taxidermy and avocado bathrooms are among the worst home design crimes from the past half century
• National poll tracking our taste violations shows 1970s was the worst decade for dodgy décor, closely followed by the 80s
• Public voted on a shortlist compiled by leading experts in interior design including Wallpaper*, Ideal Home, House Beautiful and more
• Daniel Hopwood, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, is available for interview
• Appearances matter: six out of ten Brits admit to judging others on their interior design choices, while almost three in ten (29%) rate having good interiors above a clean house
• Almost half of Brits (47%) have redecorated in the past year and bossy partners are a key motivation for why we redecorate
• Survey to celebrate the launch of Samsung’s new QLED TV, which features the ability to blend in with the décor of the home, also reveals the BEST innovations in home design

Don’t try this at home! Toilet rugs, taxidermy and avocado coloured bathrooms – the once commonplace fixtures in our homes – have been crowned the biggest furnishing fails of the past 50 years in a survey of home design disasters. Other style slip-ups identified by the survey to which we now give the brush-off include floral ‘chintz’ furniture, waterbeds and Artex. The research was commissioned by Samsung to mark the launch of its new QLED TV range featuring a unique Ambient Mode technology, which enables the TV to blend seamlessly into the home environment1 thereby eliminating at least one home décor headache – a large, ugly blank screen. A panel of design experts from publications including Wallpaper*, Ideal Home and House Beautiful created a shortlist of the worst interior design trends spanning a period of half a century, which was then put to a public vote of 2,000 UK adults to discover the ultimate home-fashion faux pas.

The top 25 WORST home horrors from the past 50 years:
1. Toilet rugs/furry toilet seat covers – 44%
2. Taxidermy – 39%
3. Avocado bathrooms – 32%
4. Floral ‘chintz’ furniture – 28%
5. Waterbeds – 25%
6. Artex walls and ceilings – 25%
7. Carpeted bathrooms – 25%
8. Rag rolled walls – 23%
9. Tribal carvings, masks and wall hangings – 23%
10. Stone cladding – 19%
11. Animal print anything - 19%
12. Inspirational quote art stenciled on the walls - 19%
13. Carpeted or textured walls - 19%
14. Beaded curtains - 19%
15. Living room bars - 19%
16. Bidets - 17%
17. Round beds - 17%
18. Professional family portraits - 15%
19. Shabby chic anything - 15%
20. Shag pile carpets - 14%
21. Wicker furniture indoors - 12%
22. Wallpaper borders - 12%
23. Curtain pelmets - 11%
24. TV cupboards - 11%
25. Stenciled walls or decals – 11%

The results suggest that our national taste when it comes to interior design is constantly evolving and that some decades fare better than others when it comes to trends standing the test of time. The 1970s was voted the worst decade for dodgy décor in the half century under review, according to 38% of Brits. Some of the biggest design crimes of the period included avocado-coloured bathrooms and flying duck wall displays. This was followed by the 80s (22%), characterised by features such as toilet rugs and pink bathrooms, and then the 60s, with 19% of Brits taking issue with design trends that included psychedelic patterns, lace doilies and clashing colour schemes.

The study also suggests that popular TV makeover shows such as Changing Rooms and Home Front are partly to blame for some of the tragic trends such a rag-rolled walls and stencilling which have long been consigned to the dustbin of interior design history. One of the main interior design quandaries identified in the study revolved around how to display or conceal technology in the home. Indeed, whilst TV cupboards were cited as a key design crime, the appetite to conceal large scale home technology in a stylish way was identified as a key modern-day trend. The majority of those surveyed (60%) believed that huge black TV screens on walls were an eyesore as they stood out too much from the rest of the room.

Not surprising then that invisible technology was named amongst the top 5 best loved interior design trends in recent years alongside open plan living, rustic styling and chic Scandinavian style furnishings.

The top 5 BEST interior design trends:
1. Open plan living (66%)
2. Rustic furnishings e.g. distressed wood, bare floors (49%)
3. Scandinavian/mid-century style furnishings (48%)
4. Invisible technology (37%)
5. Heritage paint and wallpaper (36%)

Robert King, Vice President Consumer Electronics, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “We have never been more focused on the look and feel of our homes, and as large TV screens become more popular, consumers want technology that can almost become invisible and fit in with their décor choices. The new Samsung QLED TVs give you just that – with its ability to seamlessly replicate its surroundings so for the first time ever, your TV will blend beautifully into your living room”.

Daniel Hopwood, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, said: “I have lived through the 70s, 80s and 90s and seen interior design trends come and go and it’s fascinating how our tastes have evolved over time. Toilet rugs, rag rolled walls and TV cupboards should all be consigned to the dodgy décor history books.

“It’s interesting to note that six in ten of us think the days of displaying huge black TV screens on walls are dated. As an interior designer I have spent my career trying to hide ugly big black televisions from ruining the style of peoples’ living spaces. Modern technology, like the Samsung QLED TV, featuring Ambient Mode, can enhance the aesthetics of a room, as it blends in with the décor, effectively banishing ugly black screens from the living room”.

Further findings revealed that cleanliness was ranked as the feature which matters most to Brits (47%), followed by interior design (29%) and size (15%). More than six in ten (64%) admit to having made judgments about people simply on the basis of their home interior.

Samsung’s research also revealed almost half of Brits (47%) have redecorated in the past year and a quarter of Brits (25%) redecorate parts of their home at least once a year. When it comes to the key motivation for redecorating, more than half (55%) cited boredom with current look, while one fifth (19%) said they have felt pressured to redecorate by a partner or family member and one in ten said to impress their guests. Meanwhile, 7% of Brits have lived with the same dated interiors for more than 10 years.

The new QLED TV from Samsung signposts a revolution in TV design that matches our increasingly sophisticated interior design tastes – it can blend in with the décor of the home or display imagery when not in use1, effectively banishing the ugly black screens which have dominated our living rooms for so long.

To find out more about Samsung’s QLED TV, visit www.samsung.com

26 JUNE – 22 JULY 2018 - THE KING POWER GOLD CUP

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12 TEAMS FOR THE KING POWER GOLD CUP AT COWDRAY PARK 26 JUNE – 22 JULY 2018

The Draw for the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship was held in the historic surrounds of Cowdray House on the evening of 11th June. The recent signing of Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor team brings the number of entries for the 2018 British Open Polo Championship, to twelve.

Last year’s finalists El Remanso return with the same all-English player line-up of Charlie Hanbury, Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper. Michael Bickford’s La Indiana returns with the addition of Facundo Pieres, and with Alec White also a newcomer to the side. Nic Roldan continues as the team’s number 3. Past winner Jean-Francois Decaux has a completely new team with Pelon Stirling, Juan Martin Nero and Byron Watson joining his La Bamba de Areco side. Ben Soleimani retains Rodrigo de Andrade and adds Sapo Caset and Min Podesta to his RH team.

Talandracas returns with Hugues Carmignac replacing his father Edouardo and a new line-up comprising Fran Elizalde, Julian de Lusaretta and Alejandro Muzzio. Alessandro Bazzoni’s Monterosso is back with Ignacio and Santiago Tocccalino and the addition of Juan Martin Zubia. Harald Link brings back Thai Polo with Guillermo Terrera, Joaquin Pittaluga and Jaime Huidobro. Playing alongside Spencer McCarthy in the Emlor team will be Agustin Merlos, Diego Cavanagh and team regular Nacho Gonzales. Park Place is the team of Andrey Borodin who enters the Gold Cup for the first time with Hilario Ulloa, Juan Britos and Tommy Beresford.

Three other teams feature young English players. The Alfi Investments polo team of Alshair Fiyaz, entering the Gold Cup for the first time, sees Jack Hyde playing alongside cousins Polito Pieres and Nico Pieres. Adolfo Cambiaso features in Bob Jornayvaz’s Valiente side along with Christian Laprida and Englishman Hugo Lewis. The Murus Sanctus team sees Corinne Ricard, the only woman playing in the Gold Cup, joined by Facundo Sola, Gonzalito Pieres and English player Ed Hitchman.

The Draw saw the four semi-finalists in the Queens Cup drawn and placed at the head of Leagues A,B,C,D. A representative of each team entered in the King Power Gold Cup then came forward to draw a place within the Leagues. Highlights of the Draw may be seen on cowdraypolo.tv. The King Power Gold Cup opens on Tuesday 26 June with Quarter Finals on 14/15 July, Semi Finals on 18 July and the Final on 22 July. The schedule of matchplay will follow shortly. Please visit >>> cowdraypolo.co.uk

ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS AWARDS BURSARIES TO LOCAL STUDENTS

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18 students from the Surrey and Greater London area awarded bursaries for 2018/2019 academic year and beyond

Following the launch of its new bursary programme last year, ACS International Schools has now confirmed 18 bursaries to children aged 11+, 13+ and 16+ at its three UK schools in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon for the 2018/2019 academic year.

The bursaries include 13 full awards, with four students aged 11 receiving complete funding to attend ACS International Schools for seven years. In total, these bursaries represent a £2.2 million financial commitment by ACS over the next seven years for recipient students. The awards are made as ACS transitions to a charitable entity and significantly increases its investment in charitable endeavours.

Fergus Rose, Advancement Director ACS International Schools, commented:

“In the spirit of our founder’s legacy, our charitable aim is to advance education and these awards widen access to our schools for students wishing to develop an enquiring mind, an international mindset and a desire to make a difference. Everyone at ACS would like to congratulate all 18 bursary recipients on their successful applications and we look forward to seeing all they can achieve at the schools over the next year and beyond.”

Bursaries were offered to students who would benefit most from an ACS education, including the world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, and do not have the financial wherewithal to attend the school. All bursaries were awarded on a means-tested basis and, dependent on each student’s individual circumstances, ranged from twenty per cent to 100 per cent of the schools’ fees.

Japheth Monzon, an existing bursary student, explained what the new cohort can expect at ACS:

“I used to pass ACS Hillingdon every morning on my way to my old school and wonder what it would be like to attend. After I received my place the school did not disappoint.

“ACS is an incredibly warm and welcoming school, the teachers have been brilliant and I love the intellectual challenge of the IB. It’s more than just the academics at ACS and I also enjoy the global outlook. I know these will help me achieve my ambition of becoming a lawyer.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about ACS International Schools should register for an open morning at www.acs-schools.com/opendays.

Protect Painshill from the A3 land grab

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Supporter of Painshill

First of all I would like to thank the thousands of you who have responded so magnificently to our petition. It is beginning to have some effect and already has attracted over 5,000 signatures. We have also been very encouraged by the number of public bodies who have come to the support of Painshill.

As you know, we have to persuade Highways England to change their plan to widen the A3 to the north of Painshill. This would invade the Historic Landscape at a point very close to the Gothic Tower and the Temple of Bacchus and increase the noise pollution in the landscape. It would seriously effect the enjoyment of over 100,000 visitors to Painshill each year, a number that is growing fast.

We have recently met representatives of Highways England and their design consultants, WS Atkins. They have promised to re-examine their plans now that they realise how important Painshill is and how their plans would damage its special beauty and atmosphere.
We have agreed to meet with them shortly to work with them to preserve the magic of Painshill.

If we are going to succeed in saving Painshill we will still need your continued support. You can help us in three ways:
• If you have not yet signed our petition, please do so now. You can visit our website at >>> painshill.co.uk/A3, or sign the petition when you visit.
• Visit Painshill, it is looking lovely now, and see how the Gothic Tower and the special magic of the Elysian Plains and the Temple of Bacchus would be damaged.
• Tell your friends, your MP or anyone else who you think could help to support the effort to save Painshill.

Thank you for all your support so far. We will need to keep up the pressure until the plans have changed and we know that Painshill is safe.

The Grange - helping people with learning disabilities

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Royal Wedding at The Grange, Bookham

The photo above shows Anissa, Sophie, Louise, Fliss and Mary Anne who attend Creative arts session at The Grange charity in Bookham.

The students at The Grange were putting together a new window display for Grange@No5 gift shop in Bookham, which sells items made by residents at The Grange and decided to design Meghan’s dress for the Royal Wedding. The dress is made of paper, doilies and picnic plates.

It’s not the first time The Grange has made clothes for the royal family. The charity was founded 80 years ago as ‘The School of Stitchery and Lace’ for young women with physical disabilities who made many items for Queen Mary and even a dress for Queen Elizabeth when she was a young girl.

This week The Grange celebrates its 80th anniversary, The Grange is helping people with learning disabilities live independent and fulfilling lives. For more information please visit >>> www.grangecentre.org.uk

Guildford Shakespeare Company - Robin Hood

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14 – 30 June Surrey’s award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) open their 13th Annual Open-Air Season with a brand-new adaptation of England’s greatest legend.

Daring rescues, archery competitions, and sword fights, together with the cries of dastardly Sheriffs and May Day folk songs will fill the air this summer as the first part of GSC’s open-air theatre double-bill bursts into life.

Next month England’s most enduring legend ROBIN HOOD takes centre stage in a brand-new story written by GSC’s Associate Playwright ANT STONES (Grimms’ Fairy Tales, The Wind in the Willows). Whilst featuring all the classic characters – Little John, Lady Marian, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham – this new play takes its inspiration from the original folk tales, including the shadowy figure of The Prioress.

A number of actors will be making their GSC debut with ROBIN HOOD, including GAVIN FOWLER (Penny Dreadful Season 1, Puck in Michael Grandage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Florizel in Lucy Bailey’s RSC The Winter’s Tale); SALLY CHENG (Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, RSC); and JAMES SHELDON (Jean in Miss Julie at Jermyn Street Theatre). GSC regular CHRIS PORTER returns to the company following recently touring with David Haig’s five-star play Pressure. He is joined by PAULA JAMES and ROBERT MASKELL who respectively last played Portia in GSC’s Julius Caesar (2017) and the Porter in Macbeth (2013). The cast is completed by GSC’s Co-Founder and Actor-Manager SARAH GOBRAN.

Director TOM LITTLER also makes his return to GSC, his first since becoming Artistic Director of London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. TOM JACK MERIVALE joins the creative team to write the show’s original songs and PHILIP d’ORLÉANS is once again in charge of the fights. Designer NIEL IRISH (Opera Holland Park, Watermill Theatre, English Touring Opera) also returns.

ROBIN HOOD is staged in Guildford’s best-kept secret, RACKS CLOSE. A former chalk quarry, now beautifully overgrown into an idyllic natural amphitheatre, RACKS CLOSE sits in the heart of the town centre. ROBIN HOOD follows last year’s runaway success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the same venue. Rope bridges and tree houses, together with the venue’s winding paths and grass banks promise an unforgettable immersive experience. GSC will also be holding collections for the Guildford North Food Bank at every performance, which seeks to provide temporary help for those in the Guildford area who are in need.

See the GSC website for further details of what items are being collected >>> www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk


John D Wood won the gold award for best in Surrey

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John D Wood & Co. Esher is honoured to have been awarded the Gold award at the ESTAS awards, held last Friday 20 April 2018.

John D Wood & Co. is part of Countrywide, the biggest residential estate agency and lettings network in the country. Nominated for a record 110 ESTAS awards this year, Countrywide was awarded the top accolade of Best Large Estate Agency Group.

Commenting on the John D Wood & Co.’s success at this year’s ESTAS, Paul Creffield, Group Operations Director at Countrywide, said: “I am delighted at John D Woods & Co.’s triumph at this year’s ESTAS and could not be happier for the team, as this award is a fantastic reflection of the effort and hard work on behalf of our customers.

This award is particularly special because the ESTAS are a result of thousands of votes cast by the customers themselves around the UK – and this award confirms that our colleagues live up to our exceptionally high standards of customer service.

This is a huge achievement for us and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks and congratulations to the entire team.”

Hosted by presenter Phil Spencer for the 15th year running, the ESTAS is an independent national award scheme dedicated to recognising exceptional estate and letting agents across the country. The winners are decided purely on the basis of customer feedback.

This year over 36,000 customers contributed to customer services ratings – a measure of just how personal and important buying, selling and letting a home is for people; and how important estate and letting agents are to helping customers achieve their goals.

Countrywide plc
Countrywide is the UK's largest integrated property services Group, including the largest estate agency and lettings network. Countrywide’s network of expertise combining national scale and local reach helps more people move than any other business in the UK and is structured around four key business units: Retail, London, B2B and Financial Services.


Previously-unseen spaces revealed at Clandon Park as the National Trust opens basement to visitors

New protected area looking in to south end of basement

The basement at the National Trust’s Clandon Park in Surrey is open for the first time since the 2015 fire, giving visitors a chance to delve deeper in to the house.

From today, a new walkway in to the basement takes visitors on an atmospheric journey to where the fire started, revealing its full impact on the house, as well as leading them through a new exhibition.

Following the basement corridor towards the south end of the house, the new walkway takes visitors deep in to the lowest, and most fire-damaged spaces within the 18th-century Palladian mansion.

The less damaged north end of the basement will also be on show, as visitors are led to the beautiful undercroft - a vaulted room under the Marble Hall - which pre-fire visitors will remember as the restaurant. This now includes a display, charting the design challenges, and key questions, that the National Trust is considering during the hugely complex project.

Visitors are invited to share their thoughts as the National Trust works with its architects, specialist advisers and stakeholders to develop plans for Clandon’s future.

From the undercroft visitors can pass into a protected viewing area which gives them sight of the full extent of the fire damage for the first time, with dramatic, vertical views from basement floor to scaffolding roof.

Sophie Chessum, Senior Project Curator at Clandon Park says: “Sharing our progress since the fire has always been really important to us. Previous visitors to Clandon Park have been able to visit the Saloon, State Bedroom and Marble Hall, which are amongst the most significant rooms in the house and therefore areas we felt visitors should see straightaway.

“By opening up the basement, we are creating a new space for discussion about Clandon’s future in an area of the house where the extent of the damage to Clandon is at its starkest.

“This is a unique opportunity for visitors to see the extraordinary bare bones of this grand Palladian mansion, in its post-fire state, before access may become more limited further down the line when building work is underway.”

The new basement walkway adds to the existing access at Clandon Park, which includes the Saloon, State Bedroom, Marble Hall and the garden.

Clandon Park is open until 28 October 2018 (including the first May bank holiday weekend, 5-7 May).

For more information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Summer entertainment on the horizon in Richmond Park

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For those who like to dine out in style, with a generous helping of entertainment on the side, there’s a mouth-watering event coming up on 5 June this year at Pembroke Lodge, in Richmond Park.

Discerning diners are being urged to check their diaries and book now, for an evening of ‘Reflections’ - a flagship annual fund raising- event in support of The Holly Lodge Centre, which is a small but very worthwhile local charity, based in Richmond park.

Music, poetry and storytelling
The Belvedere Suite at Pembroke Lodge has been booked exclusively for the occasion and on arrival, guests will be shown to the adjoining terrace, where they can contemplate stunning views of the Surrey Hills before tucking into a buffet supper.

For this 16th year, there will be music to suit every taste, from operatic arias to boogie woogie blues – and everything in between, including folk, jazz and a smattering of Les Miserables.
On a more literary note, Poet Alison Hill will recite from her collection Sisters in Spitfires, which vividly and wistfully celebrates the women who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War ll.

Giles Abbott will also be in the line-up. Giles took up storytelling professionally when he lost most of his vision and he has since won much acclaim. His stories are rooted in tradition which he like to bring ‘face to face with now’.

About the Holly Lodge Centre
As well as enjoying a wonderful summer evening, guests will have the satisfaction of supporting a very deserving local charity.

The Holly Lodge Centre was conceived to make learning fun for people of all ages, but especially for those with learning difficulties or other disabilities.

Nestling in the heart of Richmond Park, the Centre provides the perfect habitat to bring nature, science and history vividly to life.

David Attenborough calls small charity a ‘huge treasure’
Patron David Attenborough can be seen on the Centre website as he talks to young explorers and opens the Nature trail, which has since won acclaim as an award-winning feature.
Outside, there are many other facilities, including a well-stocked kitchen garden, stables, a dipping pond, bird-watching hide, solar fountain and an open-air theatre.

Inside, there is a complete re-creation of a Victorian schoolhouse and pharmacy, where ‘pupils’ can experience Dickensian learning first- hand – and a nineteenth century pharmacy, where older visitors with dementia can make authentic Victorian soap.

Over 8000 visitors last year
Although the Holly Lodge Centre only has two paid members of staff, it is supported by an army of over 70 volunteers and many are experts in their field.

This makes it possible to offer an action-packed timetable of activities and the Centre attracts thousands of visitors every year, from schools and community groups throughout South West London.

As there is no government funding, the Holly Lodge Centre relies heavily on fund-raising activities and on donations from local individuals and businesses.

If you’d like to support this much-loved local charity - and enjoy a summer evening of ‘eclectic and exclusive’ entertainment in beautiful surroundings, tickets to ‘Reflections’ are £45. This includes a welcome drink and buffet supper with wine.

To book visit www.thehollylodgecentre.org.uk or contact hlcevents@thehollylodgecentre.org.uk

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain

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ROBERT POWELL AND LIZA GODDARD STAR IN THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL CURTAIN AT ROSE THEATRE KINGSTON

The World Premiere production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain embarks on a national tour from Wed 25 Apr, opening in Bath and starring Robert Powell (Holby City, The Detectives, Jesus of Nazareth) as the world famous detective and Liza Goddard (The Brothers, Bergerac, Take Three Girls) as Mary Watson. Directed by David Grindley, this brand new thriller is set to appear at Rose Theatre Kingston from Mon 14 - Sat 19 May.

Sherlock Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod, even plays his Stradivarius when the rheumatism allows. All too aware that he’s older and slower, he’s concerned that he might have lost his touch, paranoid that he is an easy target for his enemies – there have been so many over the years. Some of whom play heavier on his mind, namely his arch nemesis Moriarty.

So when Mary Watson (wife of his former associate Dr John Watson) tracks him down to tell him she has seen her long-dead son, James, through the window of 221B Baker Street, apparently alive and well, Holmes is determined to solve the mystery and confront his own demons at the same time.

Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations, this new play featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary super sleuth has been commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath from award-winning dramatist Simon Reade previously Literary Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This world premiere production reunites the dream team of Robert Powell and Liza Goddard following huge acclaim for their performances at the Theatre Royal in Alan Bennett’s.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain will be at Rose Theatre Kingston Mon 14 - Sat 19 May, see more here LINK

Tickets start from £10 and are available online, rosetheatrekingston.org, by phone, 020 8174 0090, or from the Box Office.

Clifton Nurseries are popping up in Knightsbridge

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Starting Monday 7 May, Clifton Nurseries are delighted to be opening a popup shop in the Fifth Floor Foodmarket of the renowned Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge flagship store and a popup mini garden on the Fifth Floor Roof Terrace.

The Clifton Nurseries Collection at Harvey Nichols will include trending succulents and cacti, beautiful houseplants, inspirational arrangements and stylish gifts for the home and garden – all displayed in Clifton Nurseries’ own inimitable style!

“The Clifton Nurseries’ Team is very excited about this opportunity to bring a little bit of what we love doing and selling to the iconic Fifth Floor of Harvey Nichols in lovely Knightsbridge. We are very proud of our brand and proposition and feel that this collaboration with Harvey Nichols is the perfect way to celebrate horticulture and the world’s greatest flower show which also ‘pops up’ locally in May.”   David Morley - Retail Director, Clifton Nurseries

Open every day from Monday 7 May to Sunday 3 June the Clifton Nurseries popup shop at Harvey Nichols enables you to combine shopping and dining at this legendary store along with a taste of the horticultural treats of Clifton Nurseries.

Clifton Nurseries


A hidden oasis in Little Venice in Maida Vale, Clifton Nurseries is an elegant garden centre with a rich history. Home to picturesque glasshouses, Clifton Nurseries is packed with a carefully selected range of plants, flowers, pots, garden ornaments, garden vintage, and unique gifts and accessories for the home and garden.

Clifton Nurseries has a second branch near Weybridge in leafy Surrey – a unique and exciting garden centre with a contemporary show garden as well as a comprehensive range of trees and shrubs, pots, garden furniture and outdoor cooking accessories.

Clifton Nurseries also offers a full scale domestic garden design, landscaping and gardening service. Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas London W9 2PH.
Telephone: 0207 289 6851
www.clifton.co.uk

Style with significance

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Stand out from the crowd with this exclusive ‘Hepburn’ style poppy dress from The Royal British Legion.

Created by boutique London brand Lady Vintage, who specialise in 1950’s vintage styled fashion, the dress combines a timeless ‘Hepburn’ outline with a beautiful poppy feature front panel. Featuring a flared skirt, leather effect belt, high neckline and concealed zip fastening, it will turn heads whether sipping on a cocktail at a drinks party or picnicking in the park.

The dress costs just £39.99 and is available exclusively from The British Legion’s Poppy Shop, www.poppyshop.org.uk, where all proceeds raised go directly to the Legion to help fund the important work they do in providing care and support to members of the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families.