'Love Yourself' this Autumn


'Love yourself' this Autumn with the Weybridge Health Club & Spa

In association with Up&Go and Not Just Gym

The Weybridge Health Club & Spa are running an exciting competition to help transform the life of one deserving Surrey resident.

The competition prize is a six month package of bespoke health and wellbeing support worth over £3,500, to help one individual to get fitter, improve their health and to feel great on the inside and out.
The health club is looking to give back to the local community by supporting someone who will really benefit from the life-changing support. Perhaps someone recovering from an illness or injury, someone who has overcome great challenges in their life, helped others selflessly or simply shown amazing strength in difficult times.

The huge prize package of support consists of:
• Six months membership at The Weybridge Health Club & Spa
• Three intensive Personal Training sessions every week with the club’s expert fitness team
• Six spa treatments or massages in the onsite beauty Spa
• £100 of club vouchers for healthy food and drink at the club café
• A relaxing spa day at the club with treatments and lunch for the winner and a friend
• A daily supply of healthy ‘Up&Go’ breakfast drinks
• £50 voucher to spend on sportswear at Not Just Gym, Weybridge

The competition is open to men and women of all ages and individuals can submit their own entry or nominate their friends and family to win the prize. Everyone who enters or nominates will automatically receive a pass for a free day at the club, worth £20.

To enter the competition, individuals should submit their details at www.theweybridgeclub.com with just one sentence stating why they think they, or their friend, deserve to win.
Nominations must be received before 11 January 2016.

The Weybridge Health Club & Spa
Walton Lane, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8QA

Text HEALTHY to 81025 for more information.

The Big Arts Show


The Big Arts Show is inviting creative artists and crafts people to exhibit at its first Surrey event in 2016

This will take place at Secretts of Milford, near Guildford, Surrey on September 11 &12, and aims to provide a showcase for a wide diversity of artists using a range of formats and presentation through paint, sculpture, jewellery, glass, ceramics, furniture design, photography and performance art.

The family-friendly event will include over 150 exhibitors, workshops, painting classes and poetry readings, a real ale bar, eateries and live music.
Organiser David Dawkins, who spent his youth in Guildford, says: “We first launched in 2014 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and have spent the past two years building The Show’s reputation. We are now in a good position and confident to not only host our show at one but two locations in 2016.

“One of the reasons I started to hold The Big Art Show, was being an artist (BA in Glass) myself, I thought I would hold something affordable for artists. This has led to the success of the show in Shrewsbury, which has been supported by artists who normally attend shows, and artists and designers who would normally exhibit in galleries. Although the venue in Guildford will appeal to potential exhibitors based in the south of the country, as Shrewsbury does for those in the Midlands and the North, we are offering discounted packages for artists wishing to exhibit at both.”
Following 2015’s successful event, world-renowned artist Andrew Logan has agreed to continue his patronage of what has been called The Big Art Show till now. Commenting on this and the change in name to The Big Arts Show, David Dawkins continues: “Andrew Logan’s jewellery fashion show was one of the highlights of this year, which involved local people modelling his work, and enjoyed by exhibitors and visitors alike.

“The change from ‘Art’ to ‘Arts’ is a result of feedback received from visitors and exhibitors at this year’s event. We were reminded that the word ‘art’ is popularly taken to imply the work of painters to the exclusion of the many other forms that we present.
“In making the change to The Big Arts Show we are emphasising our aim to exhibit, promote and support a variety of art and the artists who create it. The new name is already in use on our website and in some promotional material. It will also be reflected in our web domain name and email addresses from early in 2016.”

For more information about exhibiting in 2016 phone 01694 771446, email: david@thebigartshow.co.uk or register here >>> www.thebigartshow.co.uk

Happy 'Nearly' Christmas!


We are bubbling over with Xmas spirit in Jen's Cupcakery

Now it's nearing the end of November, we decided it was time to get the seasonal sweet treats on the go and start making lots of Xmas holly leaves, snowflakes, Xmas tree and snowmen decorations and of course gingerbread too.

Dorking Farmers Market is on this Saturday 21 November and we will have some of our delicious new winter cupcakes on the menu including sticky toffee muffins (same as our bestselling cupcake but supersized!), spiced pumpkin with a cinnamon buttercream and chocolate orange with a bit of a crackle inside (you'll have to eat one to see what I mean!) as well as our truffle like chocolate cake balls. We will also have a small selection of Vegan/Gluten Free cupcakes too as we don't want anyone to miss out on eating delicious cake!

As we missed Walton Farmers market this month, we hope to make it up to you Walton residents by also delivering lots of lovely cakes, brownies and muffins to the Frost Fair at Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton this Sunday 22 November. There will be a children's Lantern Parade as Jack Frost searches for the Snow Queen. In the Barn there will be mulled wine (hurrah!), sausage sizzle, gifts and festive treats, Walton Art Club's Christmas Exhibition and music from Scout groups and MamaVox too. It's on from 4.30-8pm. A great day out for all the family. For more info see here >>> www.riverhousebarn.co.uk

For more information about Jen's Cupcakery please visit their website >>> www.jenscupcakery.com

Sweet surprise for Drake's in top restaurant listing


Drake's Restaurant in Ripley is celebrating

Not only was it recently listed at No 35 in the Top 100 UK Restaurants by the Sunday Times, but it was awarded a special accolade of second place in a list of just five restaurants in the whole of the UK, gaining special note for their desserts. This Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Steve and Serina Drake, was also the highest-ranking Surrey restaurant in the guide.

Commenting on the news, Steve Drake said: "We were absolutely delighted at our placing. We have been in the list each year since it started and the competition is always steep; there are so many excellent new restaurants launched each year. The Sunday Times list is based on diner reviews and compiled by Hardens, so it really is the voice of our customers.

"The bonus of being awarded second place for our desserts was the icing on the cake - or perhaps I should say the ice cream on the pudding!" he adds.

Drake's recently hosted a special dinner in collaboration with Sussex based Nyetimber sparking wines, which was a sell-out and a great success. "Steve likes to source ingredients locally if possible. He recently visited Nyetimber with our sommelier Michael, and was extremely impressed with the quality of the wines. Our sell-out dinner was absolutely delicious and a triumph - a testament to Michael and Steve's wine and food pairing skills." Added Serina.

For more information about Drake's please visit >>> www.drakesrestaurant.co.uk

Christmas Shopping at Turner’s House


Sunday 29 November 11am to 4pm

Join Turner’s House Trustees for a glass of wine while picking up delightful and original Christmas gifts for friends and family – all to support the Trust’s restoration appeal.

The first Turner’s House Christmas Fair was hugely popular and there have been many early requests for another. This year you will find an even wider choice of gifts not to be found on the High Street. Annie Simpson is back with her beautiful scarves made in fine merino and lustrous silk fibres, all inspired by specific Turner paintings – a perfect gift for Turner lovers.

Clementine and Coco return with their cheery handmade little bags, accessories, bunting and quilts – perfect stocking fillers and pretty gifts for the home. Derek and Susie Hale will again be offering their wonderful homemade preserves and chutneys.

Other stalls include jewellery and delicious Italian deli products, and new additions include a ceramicist, potter and silversmith. And be sure to not leave without an indulgent cake to take home for tea.

Plus, if you missed Turner’s House open days this year, the Christmas Fair is one more – and final - chance to see Turner’s Twickenham villa prior to restoration.

For more details please visit >>> LINK

Wild Wonders

Waste into happiness

Children’s Global Canvas Art & Poetry Competition 2016 now open for entries – come together to celebrate the wild wonders of our amazing world! AND meet award-winning children’s illustrator and author, Catherine Rayner at the Natural History Museum

Shalford based charity, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s 2016 Global Canvas Art & Poetry competition is now open for entries. This exciting annual event, which attracted involvement from over 2,000 children in 2015, is open to children of all ages up to and including 16 year-olds and gives young people the chance to come together to express their concern for the environment through art and poetry.

“The theme for 2016 is ‘Wild Wonders’ and we are inviting groups of children from around the world to think about the wonder of the wildlife and wild places that we share our planet with and to celebrate the biodiversity and importance of wildlife,” explains competition manager, Jo Elphick.

Entry closes 29 January 2016 when wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd, CBE, and award-winning children’s illustrator and author Catherine Rayner, will be among the judges selecting the shortlist to be displayed at the Natural History Museum, London, on Thursday 17 March.

“The sheer imagination and passion displayed when young people come together never ceases to amaze me. That children care so much about our wild world gives me real hope for the future of this beautiful planet that we call home,” says wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd.

David will be joined by Catherine Rayner, author and illustrator of Augustus and His Smile, at the Natural History Museum on March 17 when the overall winners will be chosen from the shortlisted exhibitors. As guest speaker, Catherine Rayner will also engage the children in the story of her life as an illustrator and author.

In 2015, television presenter Michaela Strachan attended the exhibition and prize-giving and was amazed by the variety and talent shown by the children involved.

“Clubs, classes and even whole schools had worked together; researching, designing, writing and painting to produce fantastic mini-exhibitions which demonstrate the issues our world faces,” said Michaela. “I was simply astounded by the talent on show.”

You can find out more about the competition, see a selection of the fabulous work from the 2015 competition and download entry forms by visiting the website at here >>> LINK
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