Lightwater’s Fayre in the Square bathed in sunshine

Early morning sunshine brought many early visitors to Lightwater’s Fayre in the Square who enjoyed the variety of stalls.

Tombola prizes are often a mixed bag, not so with the Lightwater Business Association, who had some cracking prizes.

It was noticeable, to me at least, though many others will have recognised the trend before me, of how youth dance groups have evolved into theatre arts groups. So it is with Lightwater’s Terri Jayne Theatre Arts, whose dancers at the Fayre were expressive, as was their singing. I’d also seen this at Windlesham Fête where Lorna Timms Theatre Arts students performed. I’ve long been a supporter of youth dance, and it’s evolving to include aspects of vocal expression surely helps children’s confidence grow.

Local easy listening singer from Bagshot, Rodney Dell, kept visitors entertained. Another successful Fayre in the Square, which I , hopefully, captured in the photos below. Click on image to enlarge.

Plenty of gardening ideas from Frimley Green Gardens Open Day

We visited the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day yesterday. Ten gardens in all were open between 2.0 pm and 6.0 pm. As happened in previous years we ran out of puff to visit them all. We began with tea and cake on Frimley Green, provided by Frimley Green Guides, and we ended our visit with another cup of tea on the Green. If truth be told, we were the last customers for tea on the Green.

The gardens and allotments provide floral and gardening interest, though for us we get as much fun by chatting to the garden and allotment owners. That we visited seven of the ten gardens, including the Church on the Green, was a surprise to us as we were flagging towards the end.

Lovely to visit the two new gardens open this year, photos 3 and 4 for 1 Milden Gardens, and photos 12 to 15 for Bedfords Farm, 5 The Hatches. Both top quality experiences. The photo of the blue pot is because the owner said the copper band around it stops the slugs getting to the Hosta.

The ‘Mini Beast from the East’ doesn’t stop our garden visit

Having noted, HERE, that the National Gardens Scheme had a Surrey Open Gardens at Timber Hill, Chobham, we decided to support a local open garden.

We wrapped up with extra layers, and sensible shoes, and having done so we were able to overcome the cold blast when we stepped outside.

In the Timber Hill Garden website it promises refreshments, which include afternoon teas, coffee, and home made cakes, all in a cosy Surrey barn. Therefore, our first call was for tea and cake. Both were excellent, and were consumed in front of an open wood fire. Suitably warmed inside and outside we followed the direction signs around the garden to see the collection of camellias, and witch hazels and daffodils.

Eventually, the biting cold wind ate up our outdoor resilience, and we retreated to our car and home. We can recommend the garden and the refreshments. Here’s a short selection of our photos of our visit.

Busy Saturday 17th March: Surrey Open Gardens at Timber Hill, Chobham

Good news for those of us who enjoy visiting gardens, the National Garden Scheme group for Surrey have published their gardens open for charity 2018. You can pick up a booklet at Camberley Library, and similar places, or view what’s on offer online – SEE HERE.

The first garden in the scheme in Surrey is local. It’s Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, GU24 8JF, 15 acres of park and garden. It’s open from 11.0 am to 3.30 pm on Saturday, 17th March. Described in the booklet as,

Beautifully kept 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to N Downs. Fine oaks, liquidambar and liriodendron. Early witch hazel walk, a sea of snowdrops and species crocus; beech, cherry, maples, acers, over 200 camellias and magnolias. Drifts of spring narcissi, daffodils and stunning camassias, tulips in borders; bluebells/azaleas in May; early roses in June. Fine autumn colour.

A garden for all seasons! Nature and wildlife trails for children. Refreshments served in beautiful old Surrey barn. Delicous home-made cakes and tea served in beautiful old Surrey barn.