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First Nativity play for Churcher’s Nursery children

On a cold and crisp December morning, the children of Churcher’s College Nursery gathered outside to present to parents, siblings and teachers their very first Nativity play.

Dressed as angels, they sang Away in a Manger with a little baby Jesus passed amongst them.  Donkey’s ears were worn for Little Donkey, and a sparkling star was lit in the ‘stable’ in the Nursery garden for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Happy Chanukah was sung to mark the Jewish Festival of Light, whilst one pupil held a handmade menorah.   The performance was brought to a cheerful close with children and parents joining together to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.   Parents were served mince pies and hot drinks in Honeypot Hall in the Nursery to warm up after the children’s sparkling outdoor performance.

Annabel Knowles, Head of Churcher’s College Nursery, said: “This is the girls and boys very first experience of performing in front of parents which is a big event for any child.  I am very proud of our children who have learnt these songs and made donkeys ears especially for all the grown-ups to enjoy today.  Well done children!”

Churcher’s College Nursery is nestled in the grounds of the Junior School in Liphook, where children are welcome to join from the term they turn three years of age.  There ae two classes: Owls and the very youngest are the Pussycats.

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St Ives school shortlisted for TES award

St Ives school shortlisted for TES award

St Ives School in Haslemere has been shortlisted for the independent pre-prep/prep school of the year award at the prestigious 2018 Tes Independent School Awards.

“This is a huge accolade as we are one of only eight schools nominated, with competition from some of the finest and most respected of the country’s 620 independent prep schools,” said head teacher Mrs Kay Goldsworthy.

“The nomination recognises the success of St Ives, not only in academic achievement but also innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables.

“We are of course extremely proud of the high academic standards of our pupils, in a non-selective environment, but we recognise that this represents only part of developing the whole child. The breadth of wider experiences offered at St Ives allows all our children to develop as individuals, to grow a general life-long love of learning and to naturally achieve and progress. This was evident in 50% scholarships to senior schools, 34 distinctions and five merits in Verse & Prose / Acting exams, qualification for the IAPS swimming and coming second in the National United Ideas invention competition.”

Ann Mroz, Editor of Tes (formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement), said: “Independent education in this country is world class. It’s one of Britain’s great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the cream of the crop. This year we had more entries than ever, the standard was the best yet and the competition fiercer than ever before.  To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

St Ives Chair of Governors, Graham Harvey-Browne, said: “We are delighted and very proud to hear this wonderful news.  This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Mrs Goldsworthy, Miss Smith and all of the teaching and support staff at St Ives, and is a clear indicator of the continued success of the school in producing well-rounded young people who are inspired and supported in achieving their potential.”

St Ives’ broad curriculum is enriched and enhanced by an array of activities and events which have provided good reason for nomination for this award; its Forest School, educational visits, focus on local community and whole school charity days are just a few examples of how it aims to broaden the perspective of pupils and develop the whole child.

Mrs Goldsworthy added: “At St Ives we provide opportunities for each child to discover, develop and showcase their individual interests and talents whether that be in music, art, sport or other areas. In this way, we provide a truly nurturing and inspiring environment.”

St Ives School, Three Gates Lane, Haslemere

01428 643734

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Perfect night of pop folk at G Live

REVIEW

Amy Macdonald and guests

G Live, Guildford

Monday, October 30

G Live offered the perfect setting for a night of pop folk from Amy Macdonald and special guests.

The stage and lighting were expertly set with a variety of instruments on display, including a wide range of styles and sizes of guitars.

Holiday Oscar opened the show as Amy’s support and won the crowd over immediately with his charismatic humour and modest gratitude towards the audience, claiming it was the biggest crowd he had ever performed to. Holiday played his acoustic guitar with ease and actually dedicated one of his folk tunes to his school guitar teacher.

Holiday reflects on ‘first world problems’ in his music with simple but effective lyrics covering topics such as constantly checking your phone, which brought laughs from around the room. He also delivered a fantastic cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2.

An interval followed, before Amy Macdonald took to the stage in a cool, relaxed outfit of ripped jeans, a black t-shirt and boots and a sleeve of tattoos. She was greeted warmly by the audience and went straight into her first song. Her stripped back set was supported by three fabulous musicians who seemed to be able to play every type of instrument from the double bass to the banjo. All three were incredibly professional, with smooth changeovers aided by the G Live staff.

Amy’s voice was astounding; a beautiful, distinct, folky tone that was powerful and heartfelt throughout, offering both slow tracks as well as upbeat tunes that had the audience on their feet.

She was charming and funny in between songs, giving background information to the music and her career history as well as having a few laughs and also complimented G Live, claiming that it was “lovely behind stage” and that it was “so good to perform in a nice, clean venue”.

The whole room got to their feet as the show ended, demanding an encore from an obliging Amy and her musicians.

This was a fantastic evening of entertainment, proving that there is more to modern music than just pop and rap.

Alex Ashbee

Peugeot’s first car on Italy’s roads is star of London to Brighton run

The very first car to have been driven on Italian roads is one of the special entries in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, supported by Hiscox.

It was owned by wealthy textile industrialist, Gaetano Rossi. He ordered the car in 1892 and it was delivered to his home in Schio, Vicenza, in the north of the country in January 1893.

However, the car was not Italian, but French, an early 2.5 hp twin-cylinder Peugeot Type 3 with chassis number 25.

When Rossi, a friend of Armand Peugeot, purchased a second Peugeot in 1896, he gave the Type 3 to a friend, Guido Lazzari.

Lazzari lived in Aiello del Friuli, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire but lost to Italy in the First World War.

When Italian troops entered Aiello del Friuli, parts of the car were taken and the pioneering Peugeot was laid up. The car lay forgotten for some years until, in 1955, the Lazzari family – Guido died in 1953 – offered it to the Turin Automobile Museum in exchange for a then-brand new Fiat 1100.

Partially restored in time for the museum opening in 1963, the Peugeot was initially thought to be a later model but its true provenance was uncovered in 1999 by Fabrizio Taiana of the Club Storico Peugeot Italia. Until his detective work revealed the truth, the honour of being the first car on Italian soil was held by a Panhard et Levassor, which was driven in Florence in 1894.

Since then, the Type 3 has undergone a further full bodywork restoration in 2007 and, this year, its engine and other mechanical parts were reconditioned in preparation for its debut on the world-famous London to Brighton Run.

With the 2017 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox having a French theme, it is appropriate that the ‘Italian’ Peugeot will be taking a starring role: as the oldest car on this year’s Run. It has been given start number 1 and will be the first car away. It is officially entered by the Museo dell’Automobile di Torino but will be driven by Count Alessandro Rossi di Schio – a direct descendant of the car’s very first owner.

“This is a genuinely fascinating car. One of the earliest Peugeots in existence, it is also one of the most significant and will come to London in November with an intriguing back story. It is absolutely fitting that it will be driven to Brighton by a member of the original owner’s family,” said Peter Read, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Committee.

The 2017 Veteran Car Run will be held, as ever, on the first Sunday in November – this year, it falls on November 5 – and is organised by the Royal Automobile Club.

As dawn breaks, a red flag will be ceremoniously ripped up and the 400 entries will start their journey from capital to coast: the Run celebrates the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896, also known as the Red Flag Act, and refers to a time when these new-fangled machines had to follow a man holding a red flag.

More than 400 veterans have entered this year among which are a large contingent of cars constructed in France. While Germany is generally considered to be the birthplace of the motor car, it was the French who accelerated the concept of the horseless carriage and was by far the biggest automobile producing nation as the 19th century turned into the 20th century. This year’s Run has adopted a French theme in honour of the country’s contribution to motoring.

The Run is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week. A full week crammed with motoring happenings, popular events include the free Regent Street Motor Show. Held on Saturday, November 4, it turns London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans, classics and moderns alike.

Auction house Bonhams will be holding its annual Veteran Car sale on Friday, November 3, while other events in London Motor Week include a motoring art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is open to the public, as well as invitation-only lunches, receptions and functions at the Royal Automobile Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

For more details of the event and access to registration forms visit www.veterancarrun.com

 

 

Trailwalker fundraiser in Haslemere means target is met already

Trailwalker team at The Apple Tree
Trailwalker team Andy Connor, Rob Bennett, Iain Mcarthur and Pete Swatton held a charity fun day at the Apple Tree in Haslemere last weekend, June 24 to raise funds for their forthcoming sponsored walk.
The event was well attended and everyone who came along enjoyed live music from UkeJam, Slack Maverick, Martin Harley, Phil McKenzie and many more – including one of the Trailwalkers, Pete Swatton, who debuted some new material with fellow musician Tom Groves on the cello.
The team sold raffle tickets with prizes on offer from Cowdray Park, the Devonshire Arms in London, JD Motors, Hands on Health, Robin Garden Machinery, OCTOPUS Ukeleles, Uppark House and Garden, Blackfarm Butchers and The General Wine Company.
The team will be aiming to walk 100km in less than 30 hours over July 29-30 and have set themselves a fundraising target of £1,400 for Oxfam GB and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Between their own fundraising and the incredible £920 raised on Saturday they have now exceeded their target.
“This took a lot of work to set up and we’d all like to thank everyone who came along; The Apple Tree for their helpful and generous support, everyone who donated prizes, and everyone who helped us sell raffle tickets on the day,” said Pete Swatton. “Knowing we’ve hit our fundraising target is a huge relief – now we’ve just got to walk the route and get to the end as a team”.
You can sponsor the team by visiting www.justgiving.com/companyteams/strollingundertheinfluence or you can text SUTI65 plus the amount (i.e SUTI65 £10) to 70070

Trailwalker team holds family fun day in Haslemere, June 24

A group of adventurous and big-hearted locals, Robert Bennett, Andy Connor, Iain McArthur and Pete Swatton, have dusted off their hiking boots to take on Oxfam Trailwalker, a fundraising event on South Downs Way, where teams of four walk 100 kilometres in less than 30 hours to challenge themselves and challenge poverty.

Local team, Strolling Under the Influence, has already started training for the walk and raising funds to support Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust. The team has organised a family fun day on the June 24 at the Apple Tree in Haslemere to give fundraising a boost and would encourage everyone to come along and join us.

Trailwalker team

“We decided to enter Trailwalker in January,” said team member Andy. “None of us have done anything like this but somehow Robert managed to persuade us and now we’re really looking forward to it.”

“The family fun day at the Apple Tree will be a great day,” said Pete. “There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, face painting and some spectacular music from Martin Harley, Ukejam, Slack Maverick and more.”

Oxfam Trailwalker will take place on July 29 and 30, starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield. While physically challenging, you don’t have to be ultra-fit to enter.

“Our training routine involves lots of walking but like many of the other participants we’re not athletes – we’re out to have fun, challenge ourselves and raise money for Oxfam’s work while we’re at it,” said Iain.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the four of us to do this together” agreed Robert. “We’ve all had to take time away from our families, work and commitments to train for this so we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

To support the team head along to the Apple Tree on June 24 from 1pm or visit their fundraising page on https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/strollingundertheinfluence . You can also donate using your phone by texting SUTI65 £10 to 70070 to donate £10.

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Pratchett fans gather for opening of owl parliament at Birdworld

On Friday, April 28, Birdworld near Farnham officially celebrated Sir Terry Pratchett’s 69th birthday with the official opening of its brand-new exhibit, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with the assistance of Discworld dignitaries, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.

The beautifully crafted exhibit has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust (WOT) and has been named in honour of the award-winning author, Sir Terry Pratchett due to his well-known love of wildlife and in particular, all species of owl.

As well as showcasing a wonderment and diversity of owls from the magical snowy owl to the reputedly wise long-eared owl, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament will aim to educate and raise awareness of these amazing birds. The display will also provide an interactive space for visitors to learn fascinating facts about Strigiformes – the order in which owls belong.

The Owl Parliament has been created both as a satellite of the WOT’s collection and to recognise Sir Terry’s passion for these mysterious birds of prey. Visitors familiar with the popular Discworld novels will be able to easily recognise a number of the references but with the unique stylizing of these aviaries, everyone exploring the exhibit will be drawn into the mythical and wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett.

To celebrate the day, visitors attended the official opening ceremony in their finest Discworld-themed costume before Rob Wilkins cut the red ribbon and christened the Owl Parliament with a bottle of champagne.

After the official opening ceremony Discworld Auctioneer, Dr Pat Harkin led a prize-packed auction that featured prizes from rare signed books, Paul Kidby artwork and the star prize of feeding Birdworld’s African Penguins alongside Rob Wilkins that very afternoon.

As a result of the Discworld Auction and Raffle, the day raised over £1,400 for the Birdworld Conservation Fund which will in turn be donated to the World Owl Trust to support the fantastic work they do on both a National and International Scale.

Pratchett fans were also treated to a special Q&A session with both Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs which included time for personal book signings and photos as a reminder of the day.

Elsewhere in the park, the Birdworld Keepers were delighted to welcome into the world a Humboldt Penguin chick and as a fitting tribute to both the author and the day itself, it was decided the only appropriate name for the hatching was Terry!

Mark Anderson, Birdworld General Manager, commented: “We were extremely proud to host Discworld Day to celebrate the official opening of The Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament.

“We would like to thank all the fans who attended the day and of course, Discworld dignitaries, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs for helping to make the day such a special one. The hatching of another Humboldt Penguin chick was a pleasure for all of us to hear and it was only apt for the chick to be named in honour of Sir Terry himself.

“We are looking forward to continue showcasing such an extraordinary selection of owl species, many of which are threatened with the loss of habitat in the wild and for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the mysterious world of Sir Terry Pratchett in the process.”

Already one of the largest bird parks in the country, the 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens at Birdworld are home to over 800 birds and 180 species from around the world. The park also is home to the Underwater World aquarium and the Jenny Wren Farm.

For more information about the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament and Birdworld’s other attractions or experiences visit: www.birdworld.co.uk or call 01420 22992.

 

Winton Players audience had the time of their lives

REVIEW 

TIME OF MY LIFE (Winton Players)

Festival Hall, Petersfield

Friday, April 28

Set in an Italian restaurant, with three strands of timeline: present – the family dinner to celebrate mum Laura’s birthday; future – son Glyn and wife Steph meeting after the dinner and beyond; and past – son Adam and new flame Maureen meeting and getting to know each other leading up to the family dinner.

The marvellous Dil Peeling played five characters – restaurant owner and all four waiters – to great comic effect – a standout performance.

Eileen Riddiford also gave a masterly performance as Laura, the bitter , sniping wife of businessman Gerry, drinking her way to revealing ugly truths about her past.

As Gerry, Nick Witney was rather too kindly, his outrage at his wife’s infidelity with his own brother not quite believable. Nick seems altogether too lovely a person to hit anyone, especially a woman! But his was an intelligent performance, with great clarity.

Lawrence Cook came across well as the pathetic elder son Glyn, the philanderer, disliked by his own mother for being weak. His other half Steph was played by Anne-Lise Kadri, showing a nice arc from mousy downtrodden wife to smart, no-nonsense businesswoman, still kindly towards Glyn but strong enough to say goodbye at the end.

As Maureen (an odd name for a young girl in the nineties), young Monika Jankowska was sassy and bright, funny and beautiful, and it was easy to see why Adam, the adored younger son, would fall in love with her. I’m not sure what the accent was, but it was charming.

Finally, I was sad to see that Charlie Essex, who had been rehearsing for months for the role of Adam, was struck down with illness just before the dress rehearsal. He was back to play the Saturday performances which I would love to have seen, as he is a very talented young actor. However, the last-minute stand in, Joe Dove, script in hand, in his stage debut no less, picked up the role and did so magnificently. Well done, young man!

Directed by Brenda Adams, with an attractive set designed by John Chapman, Time of My Life was written in 1992 but feels somewhat older. I felt that some of the darker undercurrents – about enjoying what we have rather than looking for better or mourning a past which seems happier – were a little lost. However, the packed Festival Hall audience very much enjoyed this production, and it was good to see experienced and new actors onstage together giving polished performances.

Kat Wootton 

Clothes swap and fashion event for Haslemere charities

A fashion and clothes swap evening to raise money for the mayor’s charities will be held in Haslemere Hall on Sunday, April 30, 4-7pm.

Switchange is an evening of fashion and fun – you can take your clothing along and swap it for something equally lovely to revamp your wardrobe.

Linnet Bird from The Silkroad explained: “Upon arrival, if you wish to bring items to swap, they will be exchanged for tokens, which act as currency for you to spend on preloved and new items.

“Items in good, new or never-worn condition such as clothes, shoes and accessories are welcomed.

“if you don’t have anything to swap, but still want to join in the fun, you can simply buy tokens on the night.

“While you sit back and enjoy the showcase of preloved and new items available to exchange your tokens for, the rest of the items accumulated on the night will be sorted onto clothing rails, which each have a different token value.

“then the fun begins, as you decide which treasures you want to take home with you!”

Tickets priced £10, which include a glass of fizz and the fashion show, are available from Haslemere Hall or The Silkroad. Call 01428 288313 for more information.

All the profits will go the mayor’s charities.