Churcher’s Juniors take a look round Number 10

Year 6 at Churcher’s Junior School were lucky enough to see what lies behind the famous black door at Number 10 recently.  The visit to Downing Street was part of their Citizenship Week.

After posing on the front step, the children were welcomed into the Cabinet Room.  The children sat round the famous green table, some even having the opportunity to sit in the Prime Minister’s chair!  They learnt all about some of the important decisions that have affected British life, made and discussed in this historic room.

Next they walked up the Grand Staircase installed by Sir Robert Walpole when he took up residence as Prime Minister in 1735, past portraits of previous Prime Ministers including Churchill, McMillan and Blair.

They then entered the study; a favourite place for Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron to work. Now it hosts the table used for the G8 meeting held in Ireland in 2013; perhaps there is a future world leader in this class?

By entering the White Drawing Room and Terracotta Room, Year 6 joined the many international VIPs that have graced Downing Street.  Here they posed for diplomatic handshakes in front of the White Room’s beautiful  fireplace.

The highlight of the trip for the children, was to see and stroke Larry the cat who was sleeping on the window sill in the hallway.  As the resident mouser, he certainly looked happy and well fed.

Mrs Sarah Roberts, class teacher said: “It was a remarkable experience for us all.  We have been studying the power of democracy and parliament and to visit this place so entwined with British government and British history was a very memorable experience.  I was very proud of my class, whose behaviour was excellent.”

Ramster Garden celebrates spring with special offer

Ramster Garden in Chiddingfold Surrey is celebrating the arrival of spring and its first weekend of opening with a special 2 for 1 offer on adult entry on Sunday, March 18 (10am until 5pm).

See early rhododendrons as they burst into flower marking the start of garden’s spectacular flowering season. Be dazzled by the array of brilliant yellow daffodils and look out for the native Narcissus pseudonarcissus with its delicate creamy outer petals and a deep yellow centre.

Don’t miss the ancient magnolias and kaleidoscope of flowers along Camellia Walk which delight you with patterns and colours some resembling raspberry ripple ice cream. The camellias which mostly originate from Japan give a fantastic show of colour from the deepest shades of pink through to the purest white during March.

“After a long winter the garden suddenly comes to life with the most exquisite flowers and colours,” says Rosie Glaister, who runs the family owned garden. “A few early birds from our rhododendrons collection will already be out including R. Cilpiense hybrids, R. ‘Prince Camille de Rohan’ and R. ‘Rosa Mundi’ one of our most reliable performers forming banks of pink blooms.”

Explore over 20 acres of magical woodland and see for the first time a view of the Valley of the Giants which features exotic trees recognised by TROBI (Tree Register of Britain & Ireland) for their remarkable sizes. Trees include Eastern Hemlock, the Giant Sequoia, the Grand Fir currently standing at 47m and the prize Japanese Cedar which can reach almost 7,000 years old.

As you walk around Ramster Garden you will also discover sculptures and natural carvings of wild boar, chickens, a fox and an owl bench. Visitors can relax after their walk in the Tea House which serves cakes, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

Ramster Garden opens daily from March 17 – June 10. The special 2 for 1 offer on adult entry applies to Sunday, March 18 only. Normal admission applies at all other times. Membership which entitles visitors to unlimited visits during opening times is available. Free parking and discounted group rates for 15+ people. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden.

Admission charges: adults to the garden £7.50; group rate for garden (15+ people) £6.50; children under 16 free; registered disabled £3.

Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold

01428 654167

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Liss Film Festival this month

The Triangle Centre in Liss will be hosting its 6th annual film festival from February 15-18. Films to be shown include Victoria & Abdul, Hairspray, Despicable Me 3, Lucky Logan and Tea with Mussolini.

The Triangle will also be introducing its new Cinegi system by showing the award-winning theatre production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren.

Further details can be found at www.liss-triangle-centre.org.uk or by telephoning 01730 301000.