Read our Blog for the latest news and views from The Guildford Institute.


  • What’s coming up in our autumn brochure

    25th July 2022

    With over 70 activities on offer, check out our highlights to look out for in our new autumn brochure.

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  • 5 events to look out for this Summer

    24th May 2022

    From courses to talks, events and more, we’ve put together a round-up of 5 events to look out for at the GI this summer.

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  • International Women’s Day: Meet the Tutors

    01st March 2022

    To celebrate International Women’s Day and our termly focus of Inspirational Women, get to know some of our talented female tutors and speakers!

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  • Meet the Tutor: Susan Purcell

    08th February 2022

    Meet crossword extraordinaire and editor, Susan Purcell, who teaches a variety of interactive crossword workshops at the Institute.

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  • What to look out for in our Spring Brochure

    13th December 2021

    Our new spring brochure is out now! If you’re looking for a helping hand on what to choose, we share some key areas to look out for.

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  • News on our tenant, The Royal Bank of Scotland

    22nd November 2021

    It is our understanding that our long-term tenant, the Royal Bank of Scotland, will be closing the North Street branch on 9 March 2022.

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  • Yoga and its many benefits

    09th September 2021

    Tutor Julie Fastiggi shares just some of the many benefits that participating in yoga can have on our overall wellbeing.

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  • You’ve seen the TV show – now read the book!

    08th June 2021

    If you’re in need of some summer reading inspiration, take a look at our list of books-turned-TV-shows that we recommend you read!

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  • Meet the Tutor: Ronnie Ireland

    24th February 2021

    Get to know popular tutor Ronnie Ireland, an expert in the art world who teaches a wide variety of art history courses at the Institute.

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  • The Giant Planets: 8 Facts You Won’t Know

    20th January 2021

    Join us on a journey of discovery to the Giant Planets as Professor Craig Underwood shares 8 fascinating facts about them.

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  • A Tribute to Gordon Bridger

    08th January 2021

    We pay tribute to Gordon Bridger, who gave fifty years of his life to Guildford. He was a much-loved, inspirational pillar of the community.

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  • The Library: Best Christmas Books

    14th December 2020

    As Christmas approaches, our Library volunteers have put together their recommendations of the best books to read over the festive period.

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  • Top 5 Tips to Create the Perfect Advent Ring

    17th November 2020


    Local florist Jennifer Thompson shares her top tips to help you make a festive flower display to be proud of.

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  • V Café Recipe: Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry

    30th October 2020

    To celebrate World Vegan Day, chefs Nick and Ian from V Café share their scrumptious Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry recipe.

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  • The Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace

    16th October 2020

    Ahead of our Halloween talk, we asked expert tour guide Sarah Slater some questions about the haunting history of the palace!

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  • Life at Home: Discover the Past

    11th September 2020

    Take some time to discover the past as Margaret Westwood tells us about Jenny Frendo’s online course, The Experience of Childhood.

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  • How Doodling helps you Slow Down and Unwind

    07th August 2020

    Pen, paper and no pressure. Artist and creativity coach Sarah Jane Vickery examines how the simple act of doodling can help you slow down and unwind.

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  • Life in Lockdown: Past & Present

    30th June 2020

    Margaret Westwood shares her thoughts on life in lockdown and considers the parallels between the plague of 1606 and the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Vegan Tagine Recipe: Taste of Morocco

    12th June 2020

    V Café’s vegan tagine recipe is full of authentic Moroccan flavours. It’s quick to prepare and an easy way to create a healthy dish for all the family.

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  • Namibia: A Spontaneous Adventure

    27th May 2020

    Join Sue Yearley in her Namibian adventure! In this blog, she shares her travelling experiences in a beautiful country of incredibly diverse landscapes.

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  • Blogging for Beginners: Some Top Tips

    27th April 2020

    Claire Dee shares her top tips on how to get started in the world of blogging. What better during this lockdown than to start learning new skills?

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  • Culture in Quarantine!

    08th April 2020

    We’re committed to promoting access to the arts during the Coronavirus Lockdown through our online programme and by promoting the efforts of others.

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  • Wednesday Talk in Brief: Medieval Sex, Marriage & Plague

    23rd March 2020


    After the postponement of last week’s Wednesday talk, Brian Creese shines a light on sex, marriage and the church in the Dark Ages.

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  • An Inspiring Introduction to Street Photography

    11th December 2019

    Lisa Taylor serves as a Trustee on the Institute’s Board and recently gave Peter Merry’s Street Photography workshop her best shot!

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  • V Café Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Cake

    01st November 2019

    Celebrate World Vegan Day with Nick and Ian’s chocolate cake! The chefs share their 9 simple steps to chocolate cake heaven.

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  • Sharon Wright – The Writer’s Bookshelf

    15th October 2019

    After her sell-out Guildford Book Festival event held at the Institute, ‘The Mother of the Brontës’ author Sharon Wright shares some of her literary treasures.

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  • Janet Crowe Becomes New Chairperson

    05th September 2019

    Janet Crowe became our new Chairperson on Thursday 5 September 2019 and hopes to build on the work of previous Chair, Sandra Robinson.

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  • Tammy Ellis’ Sorolla Course

    18th August 2019

    Sorolla was a Spanish painter, much revered in his native country, and admired in Europe and America, but little known here.

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  • Vegetable Fritters Recipe

    16th August 2019

    Nick Humble and Ian Loffel, from V Café at the Institute, share one of their delicious vegetarian recipes.

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  • Staffing Update; Vicky Pursey returns from maternity leave

    15th August 2019


    Vicky Pursey on her return to work and new role as Volunteer and Projects Assistant at The Guildford Institute.

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  • From the Library Archives: The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers

    14th August 2019

    Volunteers working on digitising the Scrapbooks in the Library’s archive reveal Guildford from the 1880s to the 1930s.

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  • You Cannot Be Serious! Tales of a Wimbledon Umpire

    13th August 2019


    With only days until the Wimbledon season commenced we welcomed former Wimbledon Umpire, Alan Hayes MBE, to The Guildford Institute.

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  • Power of The Mind

    12th August 2019

    Our mind is amazing, we just need to learn how to stop that critical voice that keeps telling us we are not good enough, or not worthy.

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  • What’s it like to be a Trustee?

    10th August 2019


    What I enjoy about being a Trustee is that you do get to use your brain as well as your professional experiences and life skills.

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  • Tight muscles? Do you want to improve your flexibility?

    09th August 2019


    I specialise in the Body-mind Connection working with Reiki, Mindfulness, Bach Flower Remedies and various massage techniques.

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