July events: Sound Force Big Band at Windlesham Theatre on Saturday July 1st

Christopher’s Smile children’s cancer charity will benefit from the evening’s profits and raffle proceeds at a concert at Windlesham Club & Theatre with Sound Force Big Band.

An accomplished big band, renowned for their Glen Miller tribute act, play a wide variety of music, from soul to Kylie Minogue, and more.

Sounds like great value for a great cause – just £20 per head including a fish and chip supper.


Hearing of the Enham Trust’s good work at Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project

On the second Tuesday of every month there’s a meeting of the Surrey Heath Veterans and Families – Listening Project at the Sea Cadet centre in Frimley.

I like to give my support to them by promoting their good work on this blog, and, when I can, attending one of their monthly sessions, just to listen. As a reminder, see HERE to understand their role.

The presentation at this month ‘s meeting was from the Enham Trust, who describe themselves as, 

Enham Trust is a disability charity that works with over 8,500 individuals each year, helping them have increased independence and choice in the cornerstone areas of their lives.

One of the reasons I like to go to the meetings is to hear about the work of charities about which I know little. I always come away heartened at the size and capability of the nation’s volunteer and disability charity sector.

A group that helps Armed Forces veterans and families in need

Here’s the latest newsletter from the Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project.

The Project links veterans and their families in need to places that offer help. The Project offers advice and help on where to go to get that help – be it in the area of mental health, physical disability, or adjustment on leaving the Armed Forces to civil society.

A great small, effective charity run by dedicated people.

Video of Heather Quilters 30th Annual Exhibition

My earlier article on the artistry on display at the 30th Annual Heather Quilters Exhibition promised a video of the event. Sandy, one of the club members, was kind to give me a guided tour. On the tour Sandy explained their Project Linus to provide quilts to the sick, needy and refugees. The video shows one of the members creating items for the project.

The infectious enthusiasm of the joy of quilting comes across. The creativity of the quilters is remarkable, admirably displayed in the Noshi Ribbons quilt by Stella Harman, winner of this year’s quilt of the exhibition.

Artistry on display at Heather Quilters annual exhibition

We first encountered Heather Quilters some years ago at their exhibition at Collingwood School. When artistry, dedication, and professionalism combine it impresses, and sticks in the memory, which is why we visited their 30th annual exhibition at Tringhams Hall, West End on Sunday.

On arrival, I couldn’t resist the tea and cakes. Energy levels thus high we wandered around the exhibition, and marvelled at the work that had been devoted to crafting such artistic quilts.  I’ve some video footage of the event that I’ll be making into a short video – expect to see the video later today.


Gardens to visit in Surrey at Easter

The National Garden Scheme is the biggest garden-based charity fundraiser in England and Wales. With 79 gardens open in Surrey in the year, there’s sure to be a garden to suit your taste.

Over Easter the following gardens are open,

  • Sunday 16th April: Caxton House, 67 West Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9DA. Lovely large spring garden with Arboretum, 2 well stocked ponds, large collection of hellebores and spring flowers.
  • Sunday 16th April: The Chalet, Tupwood Lane, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6ET. The Chalet sits on top of a steep hill with magnificent views towards the South Downs. Ponds have encouraged a myriad of wildlife, including newts, frogs, grass snakes, ducks and herons.
  • Monday 17th April: Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Surrey, GU6 7NT. 14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden.
  • Monday 17th April: Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JF. Beautifully kept 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to N Downs.

Don’t forget to put Sunday 11th June in your diary, it’s the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day. There are 4 gardens to visit, and if memory serves me right, there’s tea and cake in each one. See HERE for more details.