Free Heritage Open Day at Waverley Abbey House

Every year in September, thousands of hidden, historic places open their doors to the public for free during the Heritage Open Day event, to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture.
And you can take this rare opportunity to explore the stunning setting of Waverley Abbey House for free.

Waverley Abbey House

Learn about its rich history, dating back to King George I’s reign, discover the remarkable role that Waverley played during WW1 and walk in the footsteps of some famous visitors.
Find out what happens today at Waverley Abbey House and enjoy a free day out with family or friends in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
Free guided tours of the house will take place throughout the day and a history display will be available on the first floor, accessible by stairs only.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the grounds and a game of badminton or croquet, weather permitting. The ruins of ancient Waverley Abbey are only a short stroll across the footbridge opposite the house.
Homemade light lunches, delicious cakes and refreshments will also be available in our café.

Free lecture on tuberculosis history at Haslemere Museum

Historian of medicine and science, and author of ‘Spitting Blood: the history of tuberculosis’, Helen Bynum, is presenting a free lecture at Haslemere Museum on tuberculosis in the context of the history of the sanatorium movement.

The lecture, A Design for Living, takes place on Thursday, September 21 at 7.30pm and is one of the events being held by Haslemere’s Holy Cross Hospital for its centenary. The Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege established the Hospital as a tuberculosis sanatorium is 1917.

Tickets for the lecture are free and available from Reception at Holy Cross Hospital. There will be a reception on arrival and a chance to take in the Hospital’s centenary exhibition which will be on display at the Museum from September 1-30.

See to find out more.

Large audience for Paddy Ashdown at Churcher’s College, Petersfield

Large audience for Paddy Ashdown at Churcher’s College, Petersfield

More than 600 pupils, parents and Petersfield locals were delighted to be given an audience with Paddy Ashdown on March 21.

The lecture, entitled: ‘Why the world will never be the same again (and what we should do about it)’, provided a fascinating insight into the current state of play from a man who has been involved in high level politics for many years.

He began the lecture by saying: “If you have come here to be cheered up, you might be disappointed,” referencing the unstable nature of world politics and the fact that this is unlikely to change quickly.

He explained that in today’s world everything is interconnected – that world criminality is now global, not limited to “unilateral organisations” such as individual countries or territories. What happens in one place quickly and easily affects somewhere hundreds of miles away. He used the example of swine flu breaking out in Mexico and the direct impact on Glasgow Airport only hours later.

In another example, he pointed out that the G8 became the G20 because it was no longer enough to only include such a small number of countries – world economics had become much further-reaching than this.

Paddy Ashdown’s solution to global instability is a system of global governance (which he distinguished clearly from ‘government’) and suggesting that treaty-based organisations would do this best. In his own words, “we need order and governance in the global space.” He went on to say the UK needs to build alliances and diplomatic bridges with those with whom we have shared goals.

Other parts of the lecture touched on the rise in importance of food security, terrorism in today’s world, and the inevitability of the rise of China as a global power and interestingly, a peacemaker. He closed the evening stating “the most important thing you do, is what you can do with others” and to promote world peace, we must understand and learn to love our enemy.

The event is part of Churcher’s College’s Academic Lecture Series; The Grill Lecture, which takes place annually and was named after Judy Grill, a former teacher at Churcher’s College. Previous speakers have included Lord Robert Winston, John McCarthy and Monty Halls. Prior to the event, Paddy Ashdown met and spent time with with Churcher’s College’s Sixth Form students.

About Paddy Ashdown

Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC has had a wide and varied career. After school, he served for 13 years as a Royal Marines Officer, including Special Forces and command of a Special Boat Section in the Far East. He then studied Chinese in Hong Kong, obtaining a First Class interpretership in Mandarin before returning to the UK.

Paddy left the Royal Marines to join the Foreign Office for four years, before standing as the Liberal candidate for Yeovil (a seat held by the Conservatives since 1910) which he won in 1983. He was also appointed the Liberal Spokesman on Trade and Industry. In 1987 he became the Liberal/SDP Alliance spokesman on Trade and Industry and Education Spokesman. In 1988 he became the leader of the Liberal Democrats and was appointed Privy Councillor in 1989. Paddy stood down as leader in 1999 and retired from the Commons in 2001.

He went on to serve as International High Representative and European Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 – 06 and was awarded the GMCG on his return to the UK for his work to secure peace in the Balkans.

The author of a number of articles on foreign affairs and politics, Paddy has also published nine books, including two volumes of Diaries, a book on peace keeping, a best-selling memoir and three historical narratives based around Special Forces and the French Resistance in World War Two. His latest book Game of Spies: the Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazis was published in September 2016.