Music masterclass at King Edward’s Witley

Pupils at King Edward’s Witley were treated to an exceptional learning opportunity when Alexandra Vaduva, the celebrated pianist, delivered a music masterclass to pupils in Years 9-11. The inspiring coaching, followed by a short recital to students and staff, was made possible by the generosity of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, founded by The Countess of Munster, a concert pianist herself, to support young musicians of professional calibre to achieve their aims.

Romanian-born Miss Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of four and has performed all over the world, winning numerous accolades, including first prize at the ‘Vienna International’, ‘Pro Piano’ and ‘Carl Filtsch’ International piano competitions. After completing a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Advanced Diploma courses at the Royal Academy of Music Miss Vaduva is now studying for a PhD there. After spending time sharing her skills and knowledge with the pupils, Miss Vaduva’s recital, which took place in the School’s Recital Room, included Kinderszenen by Schumann; two sonatas by Scarlatti and a Suite by Bartók and concluded with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Commenting on the special occasion, Stasio Sliwka, King Edward’s Director of Music, said: “It has been a huge privilege for our pupils to be afforded the opportunity to spend time with the incredibly talented Miss Vaduva, and indeed for the whole school to have the chance to attend such a rousing performance. The school enjoys a special relationship with The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, as the Countess kindly financed the building of our Music School which bears her name, and which she personally opened on 29 May 1963. Music has always played a central role in school life at King Edward’s and we remain committed to offering musical tuition of the highest calibre to enable our pupils to maximise their potential. As a result, we regularly welcome talented professionals to inspire our pupils with their talents – indeed the first performance in our Recital Room more than 50 years ago was given by world-class violinist Yehudi Menuhin accompanied by his pianist sister Hephzibah.”

Alexandra Vaduva with King Edward’s pupils at the Masterclass


Piano recital by Churcher’s College student in aid of MND Association

Madeline Plummer (17) from Haslemere will be performing a classical piano recital at St Peter’s Church in Peterfield on Sunday, November 12, 1.30-2.30pm, in aid of MND Association.

Madeleine is a sixth form pupil at Churcher’s College in Petersfield currently studying for A Levels in English, History, Music and Music Technology.  She hopes to go on to study for a music degree at university and a post graduate course in conducting. A gifted pianist, Madeleine will be playing the following pieces:

·         The second and third movements from Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Piano Sonata

·         Prelude and Fugue in G minor by Bach

·         Reverie by Debussy

Madeleine explained: “I lost my grandma to MND a year ago and wanted to do something in her memory to help improve life for people with this condition. I decided to combine my love of music with raising funds for this cause and I hope that as many people as possible will come along. All proceeds raised on the day will go to the MND Association, and all donations will be gratefully received to help raise much needed funds and awareness.”

Motor Neurones Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. Up to 5,000 adults are living with MND at any one time in the UK.

Julia Beales for the MND Association added: “At the MND Association we improve care and support for people with MND and their families and carers. We fund research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure. We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people affected by MND are recognised by wider society.

“Almost all of our work is funded by voluntary donations. We rely on the time and generosity of people like you, and indeed supporters like Madeleine, to help us achieve our vision; a world free from MND.  To find out more about our work please visit our website or join our community on social media.”


Maddy Plummer

Russian cellist gives free concert for Making Light charity

Russian cellist Mikhail Lezdkan is giving a solo recital on Sunday, November 12 at 3pm, in St Laurence Church, Station Road, Petersfield.

The programme includes two solo suites by Bach; no. 1 in G and no. 6 in D, plus Suite 3 by Benjamin Britten (written for Rostropovich).
There will also be some short intervening readings from Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of the charity Making Light. 
Refreshments will be available in the interval. 

Luscious lashes for the party season at TIME to be ME


Nouveau LVL lash treatment

TIME to be ME, Pages Court Petersfield

TIME to be ME is offering a new lash treatment that claims to add length, volume, and lift to natural eyelashes, with no extensions, adhesive or mascara.

Nouveau LVL (Length, Volume and Lift) uses a setting serum to curl the lashes at the root, and the lashes are then tinted, creating the appearance of mascara.

The results last for about six weeks; perfect for the Christmas and new year party season.

The procedure takes up to an hour but the results are beautiful; I was very impressed.

My lashes look thicker and fuller, and I don’t have to think about putting mascara on. I think that’ll be my festive gift to myself.

Sara Govey

No mystery as to why Winton Players are so popular


Murder on the Nile (Winton Players)

Festival Hall, Petersfield

Saturday, October 14 2017

Audiences were transported to Egypt for this Agatha Christie whodunnit with a very impressive set designed by John Chapman; I loved the way the water rippled and the backdrops were beautiful. Sound effects were good too; water birds and music, and Imams calling the faithful to prayer. It set the scene nicely.

The trouble with this 1944 play is its rather cringeworthy portrayal of foreigners, particularly the hawkers at the start, peddling their wares and offering donkey rides. Cindy Graves and Brian Wheble did their best not to make these ‘Johnny foreigner’ caricatures but they couldn’t help the script. As the Egyptian steward, Mike Cox had an easier time of it and we felt great sympathy as fingers were clicked and “Boy! Boy!” shouted at him to attend guests and bring drinks. Accents across the board were a bit hit and miss, from French to German to Egyptian, which sometimes made the words a bit tricky to hear, but for the most part voices were clear and I didn’t miss much.

Of course, being a murder mystery, the play has a lot of words, as backgrounds are detailed and red herrings are planted. There were a couple of prompts and falters, but the majority of the play rattled along a a fair pace. Well done everyone for remembering all those lines!

It’s great fun trying to work out who the murderer is and there was a loud “ooh” from the audience at one point when an essential bit of information was revealed. I was convinced it was the oh-so-saintly Christina Grant, played by Emily Watts, then I started to wonder whether Canon Ambrose Pennefather, played by John Edwards in measured style (“from Shropshire… well a little bit west of Shropshire” was a nice touch – John is Welsh) had done the dirty deed.

Could it be the German Dr Bessner, played by newcomer to Wintons, Gabriel Hearst? Did Kay (played by young Lucy Davies) kill herself? Did the French maid Louise (Joanne Stephenson) shoot her mistress? Was the socialist Smith (Simon Stanley) not quite what he seemed…? Oh the chatter at the interval about motives and methods…

Several deaths later and it all came together neatly. The well-cast Ryan Watts as Simon Mostyn showed how much stagecraft he’s been learning over the past couple of years in local theatre – well done for a performance demonstrating a lot of hard work. Meanwhile Penny Young showed her stage experience as the ridiculously named and very pompous Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes, capturing the character well and giving the play some humour.

I particularly liked the performance by the striking Monika Jankowska as Jackie – with excellent poise and the cut-glass voice of that era. I look forward to seeing her in future productions.

Next up for Winton Players is the traditional panto, Dick Whittington, in January.

Kat Wootton

Vote for East Hampshire’s finest sportspeople

Nominations are now open for the East Hampshire District Sports Awards 2018.

The awards recognise sportsmen and women at every level, as well as the coaches, officials and volunteers who help them succeed.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 5, 2018 with finalists invited to an awards evening, hosted by ITV’s Fred Dinenage, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook.

The winners of the district awards will be put forward to compete for the 2018 Energise Me Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards.

Nominees are assessed by a judging panel and winners are required to meet criteria specific for each category.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said:  “If you know of anyone from East Hampshire that has excelled in their sporting environment over the last year then it is important to nominate them for an East Hampshire Sports Award.

“This is a fantastic evening of celebration that I look forward to every year.  It gives us the opportunity to give these athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials the recognition they deserve.

“We are lucky to have a vast array of talent across a variety of sports in East Hampshire and we look forward to rewarding those who give hours of dedication to be successful or support others to be successful.”

These annual prestigious awards are organised by East Hampshire District Council to publicly recognise sporting achievement in the following categories:

• Junior Sportsman & Junior Sportswoman
• Senior Sportsman & Senior Sportswoman
• Masters Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Junior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Senior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Coach of the Year (Male or Female)
• Volunteer of the Year (Junior & Senior)
• School Team of the Year
• Team of the Year (Junior & Senior)
• Service to Sport (Male or Female)
• Club of the Year
• Outstanding Personal Achievement

To download the guidance and nomination forms visit

Find friendship in Farnham with the Oddfellows society

The importance of friendship in helping us lead happier and healthier lives was celebrated at an event organised in Farnham by members of the Oddfellows Friendly Society, as part of the organisation’s nationwide Friendship Month.

People attending the event, which was held at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel, enjoyed a selection of finger sandwiches with a variety of teas, as well as a raffle which raised money for the Arthritis Matters and Fibromyalgia Support Group charities.

“It was a great success; our members were able to catch up over tea and cakes and we were joined by a couple of people who hadn’t been to one of our events before, so everyone made them very welcome,” said Jane Nicole, Branch Secretary of the local Concord Branch of the Oddfellows, which organised the event.

“We had a fantastic spread of ages, from nine months to 92 years old, and it was great to see people of all ages enjoying themselves together.”

The event, on September 24, was held as part of the Oddfellows’ Friendship Month campaign, which ran nationally throughout September as a way of bringing communities closer together by hosting a variety of fun events all over the UK.

More than nine million people of all ages in the UK say they are lonely either often or always, according to research by The Co-Op and the Red Cross. The Oddfellows believe that friendship is the answer, helping people lead happier and healthier lives with the support of friends around them.

Research published by Michigan State University in June found cultivating good-quality friendships is beneficial in raising self-esteem and buffering against stress. The study found that people with supportive friends reported lower rates of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Joining the Oddfellows is a great way to make new friends. The Concord branch holds an informal ‘Together for Tea’ event in the café at High Cross Church, Camberley, between 2-4pm on the fourth Friday of each month. The branch is also interested in organising regular meetings in the Farnham area, if you would be interested please contact either Branch Secretary Jane Nicole on 01276 66868 or Branch Development & Events Organiser, Kristen Reid at

The branch will also be holding a pub quiz at the Ely Hotel in London Road, Blackwater, Camberley, at 7pm on Wednesday, November 1. Anyone interested in attending should contact Kristen Reid using the email address above.


Members of the Oddfellows Friendly Society celebrate friendship at an afternoon tea event at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel

Remember, remember hedgehogs in November

With fireworks night on the horizon, Surrey Wildlife Trust is appealing to all bonfire builders to think about hibernating hedgehogs when constructing and lighting their wood piles. Unfortunately bonfire night coincides with the season when small mammals are looking for cosy places to hide, which can be disastrous.

Picture by Jon Hawkins

“A stack of dry wood and leaves piled up for a bonfire might look to a hedgehog like the perfect place to overwinter and sadly we fear many animals do perish in fires every year,” said Dawn Fielding, the Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Officer.

“Gardeners love these adorable prickly creatures, as they eat bugs and slugs and are great for natural pest control. But hedgehogs are undergoing an unprecedented decline, with some experts recently warning of possible extinction within ten years! So it’s vitally important we all do what we can to protect them.”

The Trust wants bonfire night to be a safe night for all concerned – but especially hedgehogs. So it’s put together these top tips to help protect these prickly visitors:

  • Consider piling material near the site of your fire and building your bonfire just before lighting. This will give small creatures less chance to move in.
  • Check your bonfire carefully before setting it on fire and remove any small inhabitants – rehome in a safe area away from dogs or cats, such as under a hedge or large bush and well away from your bonfire.
  • If you do have to build your bonfire beforehand, consider constructing a fence around it made of chicken wire, to help deter any mammals looking for a cosy home.

Hedgehogs were voted as the UK’s national species in 2013 but since the 1950s their numbers have seen a startling 95% decline. They’re disappearing from our landscape as fast as tigers are worldwide and there are thought to be fewer than a million left in the UK.

The declining quality of hedgerows, over-management of parks and the loss of gardens to paving and decking have been partly to blame for the hedgehog’s decline. The increased use of chemicals in gardening and farming means there are fewer insects, slugs and snails for hedgehogs to eat.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is working to improve habitats for hedgehogs and trying to raise awareness of their plight. It’s launched a new ‘Adopt A Hedgehog’ pack to help support conservation work, which includes an adorable cuddly toy hedgehog, official adoption certificate and a fact sheet for £25.

The Trust has also set up a Hedgehog Hotspots campaign to survey numbers of hedgehogs in the county. Animal lovers are asked to keep an eye out for the prickly mammals and report their findings on the Trust’s website, which is hosting a map of recent sightings.

Adult hedgehogs travel up to two kilometres a night hunting for food and they need to be able to move between gardens and green spaces.  You can help them by cutting a hedgehog-sized hole in your garden fence.  Or why not build your own hedgehog house out of a wooden box or pile of logs or sticks with some warm dry straw or leaves inside?

Please don’t put bread and milk out for hedgehogs; you can make them very sick this way as they cannot digest lactose. Cat food is ideal if you want to treat them, and help little ones put on weight ready for hibernation.

The Trust is also working to conserve and create habitat for hedgehogs with its new ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ citizen science project. Volunteers are needed to help survey, monitor and conserve hedgerows and plant new ones. Why not help hedgehogs where you live by signing up as a volunteer?

For more information about all the Trust’s work to help hedgehogs, including Hedgehog AdoptionsHedgerow Heroes and Hedgehog Hotspots, visit

First Churcher’s Junior football festival

The first Churcher’s College Junior School U7 football festival took place in October.

With an emphasis on fun and participation, 60 children took part in 45 matches over the course of the afternoon.  Each team played nine games and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to play teams from The Royal school and Brookham.  Everybody was thoroughly exhausted at the end and shared a match tea to end the afternoon.


Music Matters – Way Out, Petersfield

Way Out is a young up-and-coming four-piece from The Petersfield School; Callum on vocals, Jack on bass, Harry on drums and Zach on electric guitar. The band have all just finished their GCSEs and are off to college. Henry Wood visited them to find out a little bit more about their music.

Way Out, from Petersfield

When did you start playing as a band? 

Harry: “Me, Jack and Zach started playing music together around the end of Year 7 and we had a singer at the time who wasn’t really right for the band, and didn’t want to play the sort of music that the rest of us wanted to. So at the end of Year 9 we messaged Callum who we knew was interested in playing music, and he joined the band. So for the three of us it’s been around four years and two years for Callum.”

What are the key musical influences for each of you?
Callum: “My singing influence is definitely Matt Bellamy from Muse as I like how experimental he is with his singing and uses a really wide vocal range.”
Jack: “I know it’s a bit boring but Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers because he is such an amazing bass player and a real inspiration.”

Harry: “I’m a big fan of John Theodore who is now drumming in Queens of the Stone Age but previously played in Mars Volta because of the amount of power he plays with whilst always keeping in time. It’s pretty amazing.”

Zach: “Mine is actually strange but I have a really close friend who also plays guitar and he is extremely devoted to it and is very experimental with it which really inspires me.”

What’s the writing process like within the band ?

Harry: “Well we don’t actually play any originals yet but it is something which we are going to start working on very soon. At the moment we play covers of bands like Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys and a bit of Muse which is good because it’s quite a mix of genres.”

What are some goals that you have for the following year as a band 

Harry: “Our main priority is definitely to write some originals which we can perform and play a few gigs. We have done a handful of gigs but it would be good for people to hear some music that we have written.”

Where can people find your music? 

Callum: “I have a youtube channel which has some of my acoustic stuff with Harry and there are a couple of band songs on there. The channel is called Callum Hornby music. Also I’m quite active on Facebook and I put quite a lot on there so you can look on my Facebook page.”

Have you got any forthcoming gigs? 

Harry: “Callum’s parents run the Good Intent in Petersfield which is a good little venue and we have played a couple of gigs there. But it’s definitely somewhere that we will be playing again in the future.”


We want to hear your stories. Do you live in Petersfield, Haslemere of Farnham and are in a band? Are you a young local singer songwriter waiting for that big break? Do you take part in local open mic events? Email and tell us more!