Autumn is fast approaching but don’t let the greying skies dampen your mood. Here at the GI, we promise you a warm welcome and a huge variety of courses, visits, and live events to distract you from the cooling weather.
Unsure where to begin? Why not follow our termly focus of ‘Whispers, Secrets, and Lies’ and discover deceptive paintings, secret agents, Churchill’s wartime tactics, and seductive suitors! Prefer to plan out your own activities? We’ve got you covered. From art history lectures to live music events, whatever you fancy, we guarantee you a jam-packed autumn.
Kick off the season with a photography workshop and learn how to capture the beauty of autumn.Anna Saverimuttu, a Guildford local, is a talented photographer whose work centres on nature. You may have also spotted that her stunning photograph, Autumn Acer, is our brochure cover! Her course will teach you how to use just your camera and natural light to capture the gorgeous colours, textures, and shapes of seasonal plants and flowers.
Termly Focus: ‘Whispers, Secrets, and Lies’
This term’s focus is ‘Whispers, Secrets, and Lies’. With a range of different courses, workshops and visits, learn to see beyond the surface and read between the lines whether it be in art, literature, music.
During World War II, training in covert operation was vital preparation for the “ungentlemanly warfare” waged by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) against Hitler’s Germany.
In this 3-part course, examine the training syllabus used at SOE’s Special Training Schools (STSs) instructing agents on how to wreak maximum havoc in occupied Europe. From burglary, close combat, and silent killing, to utilizing propaganda, surveillance, and disguise – we will delve into the files of the British National Archives to understand what really happened.
Calling all creative writers! Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale with this two-part writing course. The first session will focus on the key characteristics of a Bond-style story – the protagonist, the romantic interests, the villains, and the gadgets.
In the second session, participants can share and discuss the outline of their new spy stories.
We are excited to announce our first ever open mic night! Join us for an evening of song and word, whether as a performer or audience member. This free event welcomes musicians, singers, poets, and comedians, whether experienced or just starting out.
We’re looking forward to discovering many local talents!
We are pleased to welcome Dean Dyson back at The Guildford Institute for a live acoustic evening. Dean is a singer-song writer with an impressive career and has even performed at the Barbican and the Bluebird, Nashville. Despite his success, he still enjoys playing at local venues and sharing his love of music with others.
Join Dean for a laid-back evening full of live music. Our bar will also be open from 7.30pm.
We hope you have enjoyed finding out about what’s on this autumn term at The Guildford Institute. If you would like you explore more, please take a look at ourAutumn Programme.
The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the sun is out…summer has finally arrived! The GI welcomes you this June and July to join us for a variety of courses, talks, and visits to help you make the most of the summer months.
For many people, summertime means vacations, good food, warm weather, and natural beauty at its peak. What better way to capture that great summer feeling than through art, crafts, and light-hearted poetry?
This summer term, we are commemorating Lewis Carroll with our focus on ‘Wonderland’. Just as Alice’s summer day was filled with strange and nonsensical wonderlands, you too can delve into strange and nonsensical worlds by re-discovering childhood literary delights ranging from The Jabberwocky to The Owl and the Pussycat.
Join local historian David Rose and explore Guildford’s recent history through a series of vintage postcard images. Discover more about Woodbridge Hill, Westborough, and the hospitals that were once integral to our local community.
Join the GI for a lovely day trip to Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, a 240 acre Grade I listed garden in Horsham, and enjoy the colourful array of trees, plants and the many bird species around the lake. Leave the car at home as our coach will take you there and back!
We hope you have enjoyed finding out about what’s on in June and July at The Guildford Institute. If you would like you explore more, please take a look at our summer programme.
Tell us about yourself and your background. How did you get into a career in academia and teaching?
Once I finished my BA and MA in English Literature at Sussex University, I felt like I had only just scratched the surface and there was so much more to explore! This led me to apply for a PhD post at Surrey University, which I was lucky enough to get. It was a life-changing experience which confirmed my passion for academic research and teaching. After some short-term lectureships at Surrey, and the publication of my PhD in book form, I was appointed Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Surrey. Sharing and generating ideas with others is my dream job!
You specialise in Victorian Literature; can you tell us what you particularly love about this subject?
The Victorian period saw so much change, especially in the role of women, who entered the literary and artistic professions en masse for the first time. Women’s newfound professional identities and publications (essays, articles, novels, stories, poems) gave them voices at a time when women didn’t even have the vote. I find it very exciting to trace today’s feminism back to its roots in Victorian women’s writing and visual culture, which were used as mouthpieces to call for greater female freedoms and join debates that led to real socio-political change.
Your work often focuses on feminism and women in Victorian Literature. Is there a particular woman from this time that you admire and why?
There are too many to list! I hugely admire Mary Watts, who set up her pottery business and held women’s suffrage meetings at her Surrey studio-house, which she transformed into a work of art. I admire the way she combined art and activism, especially in older age – instead of slowing down, she seems to have sped up! I feel a bit like I knew her, having read and transcribed her diaries. I love Evelyn De Morgan’s allegorical artwork too – decoding its symbolism and contemplating meanings. Like Mary Watts, her creative energy was phenomenal.
Your first course at The Guildford Institute will be on Victorian Artistic Partnerships: Creating Wonderlands. What inspired this subject choice? Can you tell us a bit more about what we can expect from your course?
The subject choice is led by my research focus on Victorian creative partnerships of various kinds. I published a book on the marital artistic partnerships of the Wattses and the De Morgans in 2018 (Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image), and I am currently writing a book on creative partnerships between sisters, focusing on Netta and Nellie Syrett. Using the theme of ‘wonderland’ to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s death, I want to think about the ‘wonderlands’ created by these partnerships – that is, their creative worlds, spaces, ideas and outputs associated with spiritualism, symbolism and suffragism. ‘Wonderland’ offers a new lens for conceptualising the lives, works and relationships of these artists, and I look forward to exploring this subject from a fresh perspective with attendees of the course.
When you’re not busy teaching or writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I try to immerse myself in as much visual culture as possible, so I go to art galleries and exhibitions, go to the theatre and cinema. I like to be transported into other worlds, and experience other people’s creations in non-verbal ways.
What are you most looking forward to about teaching at the Institute?
It’s exciting to strengthen connections between Surrey University and other local cultural partners, and to work with a wider range of people on materials that haven’t received much critical attention.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know GI tutor Lucy Ella Rose!Are you keen to learn more about Victorian artists and their own creative wonderlands? Join Lucy Ella at the GI for her course Victorian Artistic Partnerships: Creating Wonderlands which begins on 7 June 2023.
From old oral traditions to modern day graphic comics, people have always enjoyed a good story. National Storytelling Week celebrates our love for storytelling by dedicating an entire week, from 28 January to 5 February, to this fun activity. To celebrate National Storytelling week this February, The Guildford Institute invites you to unleash your inner writer and bring your stories out from your mind and on to a page with our upcoming creative writing courses.
You will be introduced to basic narrative fundamentals and popular writing techniques used to help you create interesting characters and build fascinating stories from the ground up. In this course, you will also have a chance to connect with other fellow creatives by reviewing their stories and receiving constructive feedback from both the course tutor and your peers.
Looking for a fresh angle to storytelling?
Storytelling doesn’t always have to be fictional.
Our ‘Writing Your Autobiography or Memoirs’course will teach you how to write fascinating stories using your own life as inspiration! Learn how to turn your memories into engaging stories that you’ll be able to reminisce about and share with loved ones.
Whether you enjoy constructing fantastical worlds for epic heroes or prefer to meditate on your own life experiences, commemorate National Storytelling week and connect with others this February at The Guildford Institute.
Interested in the creative writing courses featured in this blog post? Please visit theour What’s On page for more information and booking details.
Our spring brochure is out now and jam-packed with nearly 80 activities, ranging from courses and talks to visits and events. With so much to choose from, we thought we’d share some highlights to look out for!
Journeys and Discoveries
This term we will be celebrating innovation and exploration, both close to home and further afield, with a variety of events based around the focus of Journeys and Discoveries. Activities will range from learning about the achievements of Surrey scientists, to the travels of explorers and boundary-pushing artists.
The London Underground is somewhere familiar to many of us! Celebrate its 160th anniversary by exploring Poems on the Underground which launched in 1986. Discover some of the poems that have provided a lift for weary travellers on ‘the Tube’ over the years since then.
If you enjoy shorter, one-off sessions, our Window on the World talks are perfect for you! Sintra, near Lisbon in Portugal, combines great natural beauty with plants from around the world and unique architecture to form a memorable UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear about some dramatic properties and landscapes including Pena Palace, the mysterious garden of Quinta da Regaleira and the impressive Palace of Monserrate.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live music! Join guitarist Nicolas Meier and violinist Richard Jones who will take you on a two-hour journey of the best of Gypsy Jazz. They will specifically focus on the life and music of the amazing duo: Stephane Grappelli and Django Rheinhard.
Explore local history
Love local history? There will be the opportunity to find out about two of Guildford’s best known historic buildings: enjoy a fascinating talk on Tunsgate Arch and a bespoke private tour of Abbot’s Hospital. Plus, discover the town’s royal connections with Guildford Town Guides!
Discover the history of Tunsgate Arch; find out about what it was originally for and why it looks the way it does today. It is a building which has been admired, ignored, despised, and loved, but not all at the same time!
Abbot’s Hospital was founded in 1619 by George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to provide a place of shelter for Guildford’s elderly or infirm. Almost 400 years later, this Grade I listed building continues to provide a sociable and supportive environment for members of the local community.
Enjoy a bespoke private tour of the Hospital, with exclusive access to parts of the building that are not typically open to the public.
Did you know that Guildford has royal connections from Saxon King Alfred to our monarch today, King Charles III? Join Guildford Town Guides for a walking tour: learn about murders and beheadings as well as celebrations, discover the two royal residences in Guildford and find out why plum cake is a key component of a royal visit!
Interested in learning how to cook something new? Join long-standing tutor Songul for her two-week online cooking workshop exploring dishes from her homeland. Learn how to make some Turkish dishes such as bulgur salad, green beans with tomato sauce and Turkish shakshuka.
To see our full spring programme of activities and events, you can browse our digital brochure. Alternatively, if you’re in the area, pop into the Institute and pick up a copy!
Our new autumn brochure is out now, jam-packed with over 70 courses, talks, visits and events on offer. With so much to choose from, we thought we’d give a helping hand by highlighting just some of our activities to look out for…
Celebrating Festivals Around the World
To mark the number of cultural and religious festivals that take place around the globe each autumn, this term we are set to celebrate Festivals Around the World, with a number of our activities taking inspiration from this theme.
What better way to embrace the turn of the season than by enjoying the sounds of autumn poetry? Join tutor Carol Perrett and explore John Keat’s ode To Autumn, which celebrates autumn’s harvest bounty.
Did you know that Mexico’s Day of the Dead shares it origins with Protestant England’s Halloween traditions? Join us for some Halloween-themed food and drink whilst enjoying this topical talk from tutor, author and local historian Kathy Atherton.
Plan ahead and get your Christmas activities in the diary! Join experienced tutor Jeremy and learn about some of the best wines to serve your guests. In this engaging workshop, he will guide you through a selection of handpicked festive wines, perfect for your Christmas and New Year celebrations.
2022 marks 130 years of being in our building! Raise a glass and join us for a brief look at our history, with a Question Time style Q&A made up of a panel of local experts including Martin Giles, David Rose, Matthew Alexander and David Calow.
We are delighted to welcome back popular tutor Louise Hardiman and trust us, you won’t want to miss out on her course! Explore artists and artworks, and consider the specific historical geographic contexts of art in Ukraine. There is lots of flexibility with this course, with the option to attend face to face during the day or online in the evening.
We are very lucky to have another popular tutor returning to the Institute this term – Dr Colin P. Summerhayes. Join him for his topical course and consider the human race’s impact on the planet and Earth’s climate evolution.
Love local history? Inspired by the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, join much-loved tutor Lorraine Spindler and examine objects from around Surrey that reflect its fascinating history.
Explore local gems and venture further afield with our visits
Join us for a tour of the beautiful house which was once the home of pioneering 18th-century naturalist Gilbert White and is now an eclectic museum, gardens and visitor centre. The visit includes refreshments, a private tour, free time to explore and the opportunity to view White’s 18th century Brewhouse. Make sure this day out is booked in your diaries!
For those who enjoy shorter visits, our trip to St. Michael’s Abbey is perfect for you! St. Michael’s Abbey is a monastery and imperial mausoleum based in Farnborough and is best known as the resting place of the last Bonaparte Emperor. Enjoy a private, hour-long guided tour of the church and crypt.
We love to team up with other local organisations wherever possible! The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents vibrant drama for the people of Surrey and beyond. Hear first-hand from its Chief Executive, Joanna Reid, about the recent period of transformation.
Only recently has marriage been a civil matter. For most of our past, marriage has been a family matter mediated by the church and subject to a bewildering set of ever-changing criteria. Did the medieval church support young lovers? Why were panels of women assembled to assess the virility of a husband? And just how celibate were the priests, monks and bishops of the medieval church? This talk will answer those questions and more.
We hope this has given you a taste of the range of activities we have available as part of our autumn brochure! All of our events are available to browse in our digital brochure. Alternatively, if you’re passing by, pop in and pick up a printed copy.
Next up, join tutor Daphne Jefferis who will explore the letter F. Discover Fauvism, an exciting movement in France at the beginning of the 20th Century. Drinks will be available from our new evening bar menu from 6.30pm on these evenings.
Make sure to pick up one of our loyalty cards – collect 9 letters and enjoy your 10th lecture for free. Attendees can have these stamped every time they attend.
Our one off Summer Wine Tasting Workshop with local expert Jeremy Blood will transport you to foreign lands. He will guide you through a selection of handpicked summer wines in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. What better way to spend your evening?
Calling all music lovers! Join us for an evening of Indian classical music with Devdan Sen.
Find out how Indian music reflects centuries of cultural synthesis, of ancient indigenous systems and of migration. Devdan will present the classical traditions of the north, past the exotic to the disciplines that lie beneath.
The remainder of our summer term activities are available to browse on the ‘What’s on’ section of our website. If you would like to request a copy of our summer 2022 brochure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at The Guildford Institute, we are proud to have lots of talented female tutors who teach a wide variety of subjects. Our focus this term is Inspirational Women, so we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know some of our female tutors and speakers a little better, and highlight a selection of their upcoming courses and events taking place this spring term.
International Women’s Day is an annual holiday, celebrated globally on 8 March. The day commemorates and celebrates the achievements of women throughout history and the present day. The first gathering was celebrated well over a century ago, in 1911. A wide range of historic events and achievements carried out by women including their political, social, economic, and cultural impacts throughout history and the present day are celebrated on International Women’s Day.
Tell us about your career and background. How did you get into teaching?
My early career was in Human Resources (although it was Personnel Management in the 1970s) and part of my work involved designing and delivering induction courses for new employees. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of my job and was drawn to the idea of teaching.
When I left my role to have children, I embarked on an Open University degree and became fascinated by 19th century history and the impact of industrialisation. This led me to my career teaching for the WEA, The University of Surrey’s continuing education department and The Guildford Institute.
What does International Women’s day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the struggles of so many courageous women whose determination and campaigning has brought about changes in laws, attitudes and perceptions.
What inspired you to choose the subject matter for your upcoming course ‘Pioneering Women in 19th Century Britain‘, linked to our termly focus of Inspirational Women?
I never cease to be amazed by the attitudes that prevailed in the 19th century and the courage that it took for women to fight for the right to education, career opportunities and legal status. In my course on Pioneering Women we will examine the background to some of these issues and the trailblazing efforts of some of the women involved in campaigning for change.
What is your favourite part about teaching at The Guildford Institute?
My favourite part of working at the Institute is the opportunity to meet and engage with the students whose enthusiasm and interest makes for a stimulating teaching experience. I also very much appreciate the hard work and help I receive from all the lovely staff.
Tell us about your career and background. How did you get into teaching?
My first degree was in French and German and I worked for a bank for a while before working for a company that imported furniture from East Germany as a schedule controller, translator and German teacher.
After starting my family, I moved into teaching adults at night school, gave private lessons to GCSE and ‘A’ level students and I also taught French to RAF officers. After I completed my second degree in Combined Studies (Art History and Literature), I transferred my teaching skills to concentrate on art history, a subject which has long been a passion of mine.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
I think that concentrating on women and their influence, both in the workplace and in society in general, is very important. My most recent lectures have been on the subject of women who have been essentially almost forgotten in art history. This has prompted strong reactions in class, both from men and women, as to how such creative individuals have simply slipped under the radar or are viewed only as an ‘attachment’ to their male counterparts. In focusing on women and their strengths and abilities, in all walks of life, we can create a more balanced and progressive world.
What inspired you to choose the subject matter for your upcoming course, Daring Dora – The Life and Times of Dora Maar, linked to our termly focus of Inspirational Women?
Dora Maar is a prime example of a woman who was, and is, often seen as merely a woman whose role was to complement the man in her life- in this case as a muse of Picasso. Yet Dora Maar was an inspiring artist and individual and the exhibition at Tate Modern (November 2019-March 2020) really highlighted this. Being a muse of Picasso was a small part of her artistic world. She lived for almost all of the twentieth century and was a fabulous photographer, painter and loved to experiment. Maar also influenced Picasso’s work and was, above all, someone who loved to create. It definitely says something about the struggle and lack of recognition of women artists when most of her work was discovered posthumously.
What is your favourite part about teaching at The Guildford Institute?
The Guildford Institute gave me my first art history teaching opportunity when it was still part of the University of Surrey. I shall be forever grateful for that. The Institute has a unique and welcoming ambiance and serves the community so well. It offers a great variety of courses and opportunities for people to meet and enjoy one another’s company. I particularly like this sense of community and the way that I am able to interact and discuss art history with people I genuinely find inspiring.
Tell us about your career and background. How did you get into public speaking?
After an MPhil in 17th century studies I worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary before spending 10 years as a lawyer. Since leaving the law I have written six history books, led battlefield tours, and made a short film on the lives of Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence with Royal Holloway (University of London) and another with the Mayflower 400 project.
I am a trustee and Chairman of Dorking Museum, where I lead the guided walks team and am responsible for temporary exhibitions and oral history. I am also one of the founders of the Cockerel Press. I have written on the First World War, Dorking’s Mayflower Pilgrims, the Fight for the Vote in the Surrey Hills area and on the lives of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, funders of Mrs Pankhurst’s radical ‘suffragettes’. I speak regularly on BBC radio, have given talks around the country, contributed to academic publications on the fight for the vote, and have been responsible for the installation of two blue plaques recognising the achievements of women whose contribution has been overlooked.
I began public speaking as a direct result of my research and publications, speaking to local groups on request, but the focus on the centenary of the vote being granted to some women in 2018 saw a flood of invitations to speak around the country on forgotten aspects of women’s history.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
As a historian, International Women’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to look back at women’s achievements and to evaluate their impact and relevance to issues facing women today. It is a time of celebration, and a great opportunity to share the stories of inspirational women who might otherwise be forgotten, but it also allows us a space to consider the issues facing women today and how we can support those who are still battling for recognition, freedom and equality both domestically and around the world.
What inspired you to choose the subject matter for your upcoming Special Event, The Fight for the Vote for Women in the Surrey Hills, linked to our termly focus of Inspirational Women?
The inspirations for the talk on the Fight for the Vote in the Surrey Hills were the incredible stories of the women themselves. There is a tendency to see ‘history’ as being created in cities, by influential people. The fight for the vote attracted women from all areas and all walks of life. I think it is empowering for people to know that by their determination and courage, women from their own Surrey town or village made a real difference.
What is your favourite part about doing events with The Guildford Institute?
Lively audiences really make speaking at the Institute a pleasure and often question and answer sessions at the end of a talk can be the most interesting. People come with their own stories, connections and opinions which they are usually generous enough to share. History is a collaborative process, and as a speaker I often come away with a deeper or wider understanding of the impact of events, or with leads to follow up, through conversations with members of the audience.
Tell us about your career and background. How did you get into teaching?
I love travelling and many of my paintings are inspired from my travels. I studied Fine Arts in Turkey and gained a BA. When I graduated, I qualified as an art teacher but it wasn’t until 2001 that I decided to start teaching. I have been professionally painting and teaching for the last 20 years; 13 years have been spent at Kingston Adult Education and then almost 6 years at The Guildford Institute.
I have had exhibitions in a range of places including the UK, Switzerland, France and Turkey. The use of colours inspires my work and I enjoy capturing lights in my paintings. I specialise in painting landscapes but l enjoy painting to any other themes that inspire me.
What does International Women’s day mean to you?
International Women’s day to me means celebrating gender equality and a world free of discrimination. This year’s slogan for the International Women’s Day 2022 campaign “let’s break the bias” along with the phrase ‘we are strong when we are together’ come to mind when I think of International Women’s Day.
What inspired you to choose the subject matter for your upcoming course, ‘Colours of Frida Kahlo’, linked to our termly focus of Inspirational Women?
Frida Kahlo is an inspiration to many women. She was bullied at school, however grew up to be a strong woman and broke many barriers for her time. She is remembered for her self-portraits and her bold, vibrant uses of colour. During this one-day course, we will explore her use of colour and celebrate her art by creating your own Frida Kahlo inspired work.
What is your favourite part about teaching at The Guildford Institute?
I am lucky enough to be able to meet so many enthusiastic people who come here to learn. It is a very special place for tutors to be creative, as well as being an educational venue with a variety of courses and talks for keen learners. My aim is to encourage people, whilst also giving structural support with demonstrations of how they can learn.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about International Women’s Day and getting to know our tutors and speakers a little better. Visit the What’s On section of our website to browse our upcoming activities.
Here at the GI, we are lucky to have so many talented tutors who offer high quality and engaging courses on a whole host of subjects. We’d like to introduce you to crossword extraordinaire and editor, Susan Purcell, who teaches a variety of interactive crossword workshops.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background. How did you get into the world of crosswords?
I was born and grew up in Liverpool. My parents were both keen crossword solvers and they bought two newspapers every day so that they could each indulge their passion. I don’t remember them explicitly teaching me how to solve crosswords, but I must have subconsciously imbibed the obsession!
I studied Russian and German at university and then taught for a few years before joining a publishing company that specialised in producing crosswords and other puzzles. I’ve always gained a great deal of enjoyment from doing cryptic crosswords – they certainly make long flights and train journeys less boring – so, when I retired after nearly twenty years at the company, I was keen to spread the word to others, hence my courses at The Guildford Institute.
What do you think some of the benefits of doing crosswords are?
Most cruciverbalists (crossword aficionados) appreciate the wit to be found in cryptic clues and, moreover, enjoy being baffled and bamboozled by them. Cryptic crosswords really do make you think creatively and laterally. In addition, they often introduce people to new words, or to new meanings of common words, so an improved vocabulary is another benefit.
For anyone new to cryptic crosswords, could you explain what they are and give any tips on how to get started with them?
In a cryptic crossword, the answer is contained in the clue; you don’t need to be brainy, nor do you need to have a good grasp of general knowledge – the answer is right there in front of you. It might not appear so on first glance, but there is logic and method to cryptic clues – you just have to learn the code.
For instance, take the clue ‘Actress from Germany, surprisingly (3,4)’. In crossword-speak, the word ‘surprisingly’ is telling you that this clue is based on an anagram. To arrive at the answer, unjumble the letters of ‘Germany’ and you discover that the actress ‘Meg Ryan’ is an anagram.
Or the clue ‘Still together (2,3,3,4)’. This is a double definition clue. The answer, ‘at the same time’, means both ‘still’ (as in ‘however, nevertheless’) and ‘together’ (simultaneously).
The answer to the clue ‘Metal concealed by environmentalist (4)’ is hidden within the clue itself. The answer is ‘iron’, concealed in the word ‘envIRONmentalist’.
The best way to get started with cryptic crosswords – apart from attending my beginners’ course at The Guildford Institute, of course – is to look at the answers (often in the next day’s newspaper) and work backwards to decipher the clue. If you do this every day, you’ll come on in leaps and bounds.
We know that you are a very experienced crossword compiler. Can you tell us how you go about doing this?
Crossword compilers start with an empty grid (the box of black and white squares); they don’t start with words and then add the black squares. It’s important to have a good knowledge of English spelling rules and word structure so that, for instance, you don’t end up having to find too many words that end in U or J in the bottom right corner of the grid. Certain words crop up frequently in crosswords; if you have _ T _ A or E_N_, Etna is one of the very few words that fits. Compilers try to avoid these ubiquitous crossword words.
When you’re not busy compiling crosswords or teaching, do you have any hobbies or interests that you enjoy?
I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a member of the Society of Authors, so I spend a lot of my time writing. I am the author of the BBC’s Talk French Grammar, Talk German Grammar and other language-learning books.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at the GI?
I enjoy getting to meet the very interesting people who come along to the courses. I also appreciate working with such a nice bunch of staff, who always make everything go so smoothly. It’s a real pleasure being part of The Guildford Institute community.
It is The Guildford Institute’s understanding that its long-term ground floor tenant, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), will be closing the North Street branch on Wednesday 9 March 2022.
RBS’s tenancy delivers a significant part of the Institute’s income, which enables it to provide a wide variety of activities for the local community. The Institute has been preparing for this eventuality for some time and will now be using this opportunity to review all of its options going forward. These could include finding a new tenant or using the space for the Institute and expanding its offer.
Brian Creese, Chairperson of the Institute, said: “The news of RBS’s departure did not come as a huge surprise and although we are still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, we are excited by this new chapter in our history”.
The ground floor of the property owned by The Guildford Institute has been used as a bank for many years and has held a long association with both RBS and prior to this, the historic Williams & Glyn Bank.
Today’s news opens up a number of future opportunities that the Institute is keen to explore and is confident in its ability to ensure the best possible outcome for the way ahead.
Yoga is a physical activity that combines practices of breathing techniques, meditation, movements and concentration. The origins of yoga are believed to have begun over 5000 years ago in Northern India.
Over time as yoga has continued to grow in popularity, countries all over the world have adapted and changed the traditional ancient practices into the modern interpretations and styles of yoga that we are familiar with today.
Most people will recognise that taking part in yoga comes with an abundance of benefits for your physical wellbeing, but did you know there are also many positive benefits for your mental wellbeing too?
Below, experienced teacher Julie Fastiggi shares just some of the many benefits that participating in yoga can have for our bodies’ physical and mental wellbeing.
Strengthens the whole body – can improve flexibility and balance.
Aids mental calm/clarity.
Lowers stress levels.
Improves circulation and cardiac health.
Improves flexibility and health.
Tutor Julie encourages smiles and a ‘have a go you never know’ approach to her classes in a mindful and safe way which is suitable for all abilities.
If you would like to take part and discover the benefits that yoga has to offer, join Julie for her class, Yoga for Every ‘Body’ which begins on 10 November at the Institute.
Did you know that some of our favourite TV shows are based on books? In recent years, we’ve been spoilt for choice with what to watch! While we have undoubtedly enjoyed binge-watching the latest must-see programmes, we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on the novels behind them.
Take a look at our list of books-turned-TV-shows that we recommend you read:
Normal People by Sally Rooney
This story follows the unlikely friendship and relationship of two teenagers as they navigate their way into adulthood. On the surface, Marianne and Connell appear to be complete opposites but find themselves bound by an unbreakable connection…
Us by David Nicholls
With his son due to start at university in the autumn, Douglas Peterson finds his wife also plans to leave. Determined to save his marriage and bring the family closer together, Douglas believes that going on a summer holiday of a lifetime is the key to fixing everything. What could go wrong?
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Set in India in the early 1950s, Lata’s mother sets out to find a suitable boy for her to marry. However, they both have very different ideas on who would make the best match. At the same time, it tells the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, from the perspective of four families.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
In autumn 1686, Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of merchant trader Johannes Brandt. He presents her with an astonishing wedding gift – a cabinet-sized replica of their home. Nella seeks the assistance of a miniaturist to help furnish her present and unexpectedly starts to discover the secrets of the family she has joined…
Let us know if you have read any of the books on our list or if you have any recommendations! We hope this gives you some inspiration for your summer reading. All of the books on our list are available for Institute members to borrow from our Library which is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 2pm.
Here at the Institute, we are lucky to have so many talented tutors who offer high quality and engaging courses on a whole host of subjects. We’d like you to get to know our tutors better, so have introduced a brand new feature called ‘Meet the Tutor’. First up we have popular tutor Ronnie Ireland, an expert in the art world who regularly teaches a wide variety of art history courses at the Institute.
Tell us about yourself and your background. How did you get into a career in the arts?
I was born and educated in Glasgow. I have a degree in drawing and painting from Glasgow School of Art, a Teaching Diploma and a BA (Hons) from The Open University.
I can’t remember when I wasn’t drawing. As a child I was ill quite a lot and spent a lot of time in bed, so drawing was always something I could do – later, art school was just obvious. I taught in schools for a while but at that time didn’t enjoy it. While always continuing drawing and painting, I then moved into organising music and events as a main career, eventually running my own company. I also performed a lot, doing a lot of singing from classical, to rock and finally jazz. When I emigrated to England, I focused completely on my art. I now teach my own classes, give lectures, run demonstrations and workshops for art societies, and finally reached the Parnassus of The Guildford Institute.
Alongside teaching, you are an artist and have built a large portfolio of work, varying in subject matter and medium. Can you tell us more about your work and the influences behind it?
My own work has developed very slowly, and seemed to always be going in different directions with many competing interests. It took me a long time to realise that underneath all of these seeming differences, it was always concerned with investigating identity. Mainly of people, singly or in relationship to one another and their situation. This same interest goes through landscape, abstract and still life work too. It is often allegorical with an implied narrative, but it is never defined – that is the viewer’s role. If the image is strong enough, it will engage the viewer and they will arrive at meaning(s). It is always fascinating what other people see in the work, often not something that I had been aware of, which adds to its richness.
My main influences are particular artists – Rembrandt, Titian, Velasquez, El Greco and Caravaggio. Plus some selected aspects of many contemporary figures, especially Bacon and Giacometti. Alongside that, there is the look of photographs and film noir. Greek mythology has also been a lifelong interest.
We know this might be tricky to narrow down, but do you have a favourite art history movement or artist?
My favourite artists have been listed in my previous answer but Rembrandt above all.
You teach practical art classes, as well as give demonstrations, workshops and talks. Are there any topics or subjects that you especially enjoy teaching?
As for teaching, the most challenging and rewarding aspect of art is to develop creativity; to open it up while being able to focus the results more and more precisely. That is why making art is endless – it is of course impossible! But one little breakthrough, where you have managed to surprise yourself – that’s what keeps you coming back for more torture. Teaching technical aspects is relatively easy as there is a right and a wrong to the result, for example objective observation drawing. If you teach the method properly, anyone will improve.
When you’re not busy teaching or making art, do you have any hobbies or interests that you enjoy?
My other great love is music and usually there is music playing as I work. Mainly classical, from early music through to contemporary; I always explore (although I will always return to Mozart). There is a much healthier cross fertilisation between different genres now as indeed there is between different branches of art in general. It’s always interesting to speculate what kind of artist Michelangelo or Caravaggio would have been if living now. I still play guitar (basic) and write songs for my own amusement when I have the time – it makes a change from standing at an easel. Joining up with some other folk for relaxed performances would be good.
How have you found the move to online teaching – can you tell us about any positive outcomes from it?
I began online teaching for my own classes in April 2020 and soon realised that I would have to rethink how I structured the classes and indeed the whole term. I went back to a much more academic step by step approach while building in participation and interaction. The classes have greatly enjoyed and benefited from this approach and content. Currently, I am now opening up the structure and we are focusing on developing students’ creativity. I have found it a useful move in some ways and it could be retained alongside “normal” classes perhaps.
Zoom classes are often more intense for me than normal ones in the constant interaction with the screen and I have to watch out for eyestrain, especially when you have two events in a day. The downside, in for example lectures, is that you often feel as if you are talking to yourself when all participants are muted. Of course, maybe I’m only talking to myself anyway…
I love the performance aspect of lecturing, responding to and improvising with a live audience. I really miss that. But Zoom has been a financial lifesaver as well – it’s good to eat every now and then!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at The Guildford Institute?
The best thing about The Guildford Institute is obviously the amazing, wonderful, perfect staff and the unbelievable privilege of working with them…
As well as that, you have a very well informed audience with a broad range of interests who usually ask interesting and unusual questions. There is of course always the sneaky worry that one of them knows more about the subject than you do given their background, but you have to believe that you can fool most of the people most of the time!
Finally, thank you so much for giving me the chance to “blog” with you. It is always useful to define your thoughts for others and yourself and was fun to do. I hope you find it an enjoyable and informative read.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Institute tutor Ronnie Ireland a little better! Interested in attending one of Ronnie’s courses? There are spaces left on two of his lectures planned for the summer term – Degas: Revolutionary Conservative on 22 June and Take Six: Music on 27 July. Visit Ronnie’s website to see more of his artwork.
Our Solar System is made up of 8 planets, and of these, 4 are known as the Giant Planets: a planet much larger than Earth. Join us on a journey of discovery to the Giant Planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – as Professor Craig Underwood shares 8 fascinating facts about them…
1. Jupiter’s mass is more than twice that of all the other planets combined. It has a diameter larger than the smallest stars. If Jupiter was just 100 times heavier, it would ignite and become a star itself.
2. Jupiter doesn’t orbit the Sun! Jupiter is so massive, the barycentre of its orbit (the center of mass between two objects) lies just outside of the body of the Sun.
3. The density of Saturn is less than that of water. If you could find a bath big enough, you could float it!
4. Saturn is known at the ringed planet – but it is not the only one. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have rings. So does Earth, but ours consists of belts of artificial satellites and is less than 60 years old!
5. Uranus was the first planet to be discovered since ancient times. Although William Herschel “discovered” it, Uranus had been observed many times before, but had always been thought to be a just a faint star. At first, Herschel thought he had discovered a new comet!
6. Uranus is tilted over onto its side. This means that as it orbits the Sun, each pole in turn points at the Sun. Although Uranus rotates in just 17 hours 14 minutes, the “winter” side of the planet doesn’t see the Sun for 21 years, whereas the “summer” side has continuous daylight. As a result, the weather patterns on Uranus are very different to those on Earth.
7. Neptune was discovered by mathematical calculation based on observing small errors in the expected position of the other planets.
8. Neptune is the solar system’s other “blue planet” – just like Earth. But on Neptune, the sky is blue due to the absorption of red light by crystals of frozen methane gas. On Earth the blue sky is due to the scattering of light by air molecules.
Gordon Bridger, who died on November 27 2020, aged 92 gave fifty
years of his life to Guildford. His passing was noted with tributes from the
many organisations and individuals who valued his intellect, his energy and
drive and, above all, his sense of humour. He could be guaranteed to raise a
laugh – whatever the occasion.
Gordon was born and brought up in Argentina (a fluent Spanish speaker). He arrived in the UK aged 19 having worked his passage as a crew member of a merchant ship. Not a very able seaman, he did better as a student at the London School of Economics and after graduating with distinction he went on to take an MSc in Agricultural Economics at Manchester University. His career “developed” all over the world – first in colonial Rhodesia (where he met his wife, Jean) then with the United Nations in Ethiopia, where adventures ensued worthy of portrayal by Indiana Jones….There followed a posting to Chile. After serving as senior economic adviser to the UK Ministry of Overseas Development (more adventures in Africa) he became Director. (For details of Gordon’s exciting life see his book How I failed to save the World – there is a copy in the GI Library).
So how did this man, whose career had criss-crossed the world, come to be the much admired, much loved and inspirational pillar of the Guildford community? He took earlyretirement in the late 1960s and settled with Jean and his children in Harvey Rd. As a Consultant (economics) his time was his own to organise and his energy was limitless. He set about getting to know the town and its people. He and Jean founded the Holy Trinity Amenity Group (HoTAG); he joined the Guildford Society, later becoming Chairman; and in 1972 he discovered the Guildford Institute – or more accurately – the Library. He was very interested in antiquarian books and on investigating the upper shelves he was surprised to find (covered in coal dust) a collection of first editions by early African explorers – Burton, Speke, Selous and Baker – as well as works by Gertrude Jekyll and Joseph Conrad. He immediately joined the Institute (annual subscription £1). His interest (and membership) was not exactly welcomed by Miss Gibbons, Secretary and Librarian. Sharing his excitement was Russell Chamberlin (author and historian); the two men decided to “get more involved”.
There is a very amusing account (recorded in The KeepNos 68 and 69) of how Gordon and a handful of friends hijacked the Management Committee in 1976 and went on to transform the Institute from being a moribund billiards club, occupying a badly neglected building, into something that once again resembled the bustling cultural centre it had been 80 years earlier. But this only came about because Gordon inspired so many people to join in the task of recovering the treasures that lay behind closed doors. Volunteers rescued Victorian photographs, portraits, postcards and playbills. Two young women set about cleaning 10,000 books in the Library and in the process discovered the Bishops’ Bible of 1602, still bearing its shelf classification mark L57 (now to be seen in the Cathedral where it resides on permanent loan). The archived collections have national standing and the Library is a member of the Association of Independent Libraries in the UK.
Matthew Alexander, then curator of Guildford Museum, volunteered his
services to sort out the fascinating jumble of local history, and Gordon
persuaded David Nye, a local architect, to join the Committee. He crawled all
over the building and supervised the contractors who carried out the necessary
repairs .In the 1980s Jean Bridger with her friend, Alison Farara, launched The
Beano – serving delicious veggie
lunches on Fridays. By 1986 the Institute had gained a new lease of life.
The Institute story demonstrates exactly the man Gordon Bridger was all his life: if he saw something needed to be done, he didn’t wait for others – he got on with doing it. He brought his intellect, drive and energy to politics when elected to the GBC as a Liberal Democrat in 1991. A passionate campaigner (remember the demolition of the Sydenham Rd Car Park?) he served in order to achieve. He was a formidable opponent in debate and lent his experience and skill to the Guildford Vision Group in later years. He suffered several serious health problems but it was typical of Gordon that even when recovering from a cancer operation, he was out campaigning for the charity GUTs (Guildford Undetected Tumours).
Many people have said that Guildford owes Gordon Bridger a “huge debt”;
the same could be said for the Guildford Institute. We mourn his passing.
What better way to relax than with a good book? As Christmas approaches, our Library volunteers have put together their recommendations of the best books to read over the festive period. From gripping detective mysteries, to exploring Christmases gone-by in Surrey, or escaping to the breath-taking Dartmoor, we have something for everyone on our reading list.
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
London, Christmas in 2007. The story follows seven people over seven days as they travel the Circle line underground…
The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves
Driving home through a winter blizzard, DCI Vera Stanhope sees an abandoned car with a baby strapped in the backseat; fearing the child will freeze Vera drives them to Brockburn, a nearby stately home. A Christmas party is in full swing but lying dead outside is a young woman. A new case emerges for Vera: who is the woman and could she be the child’s mother?
A Surrey Christmas ed. John Hudson
A compilation of Christmases past celebrated in Surrey including ‘Bettesworth’s Christmas’ by George Sturt, ‘Lighting the Dorking lamps’ by Charles Rose and ‘Wassailing the Apple Tree’ by E W Swanton.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders…
Mr Golightly’s Holiday by Salley Vickers
Mr Golightly was a best-selling author but his books have fallen out of fashion. He decides to take a holiday in a small village on Dartmoor and re-discovers his enthusiasm for writing…
Let us know which books from our Christmas reading list are your favourites, or if you have any recommendations. All of these books are available in our Library. We hope this list gives you some inspiration for your festive reading! Now all there’s left to do is put your feet up and start reading…
As we are all spending more time at home and the festive season draws closer, what better way to keep busy than to create a beautiful advent ring that you can proudly display? Ahead of her online course on Monday 30 November, local florist Jennifer Thompson shares her top tips to help you make the perfect festive flower display!
Jennifer’s top tips:
1. Use seasonal foliage and make sure it has had a good drink of water before you start work.
2. Cut the stems at 45º to give a larger surface area to drink water.
3. For added interest, choose foliage with different textures.
4. Save money on a candle holder and make your own from cocktail sticks or coffee stirrers.
5. Once you have created your advent ring, keep the foliage fresh by misting with water.
We would love to see your festive flower creations! If you have a go at making your own advent ring, take a picture and tag @guildfordinstitute on Instagram.
Don’t forget, Jennifer will be hosting her online seasonal flower arranging workshop on Monday 30 November. She will provide step-by-step guidance so that you end up with an advent ring to be proud of! Find out more and book your place.
To celebrate World Vegan Day, chefs Nick and Ian from V Café share their scrumptious Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry recipe. The perfect winter warmer, we guarantee this dish will become a firm favourite!
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 6 people
1 whole butternut squash (peeled and diced)
2 red peppers (cut into strips)
2 tins of chickpeas
1 large onion (diced)
4 cloves of garlic
300ml vegetable stock (cube is fine)
1 stick lemon grass (finely chopped)
60g fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
3 red chillies (de-seeded)
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
100ml vegetable oil
2 tins of coconut milk
Peel and dice the squash and cut the peppers into strips.
Make a paste with the ginger, lemon grass, chilli and garlic by blending them in a food processor – add a little oil to help bind.
Fry off the squash in batches and put to one side.
Using the same pan fry off the onions. When the onions are translucent, add the paste and cook out for a few minutes. Be careful to stir to avoid sticking.
Add the spices to the onions, put back the squash and add the rest of the ingredients (coconut milk, chickpeas, vegetable stock and peppers).
Bring to the boil and simmer until the squash is tender.
Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Finish with chopped fresh coriander when serving.
you want more heat add dried chilli to the recipe.
Serve with either rice or thick noodles.
We love to see your culinary creations! If you give our Squash & Chickpea Redang Curry a go, make sure to take some pictures and tag us @guildfordinstitute on Instagram.
We’re kick-starting our brand new talk series, Window on the World, with a Halloween special on Friday 23 October all about the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace. Ahead of our spooky talk, we asked expert tour guide Sarah Slater some questions about the haunting history of the palace!
When did the stories of ghost sightings at Hampton Court Palace begin?
A very good question, it would appear that sightings and unexplained happenings have been recorded at Hampton Court Palace for at least the last few hundred years, there are recordings of ghosts being seen way back in history in both the Elizabethan times and the Stuart times right through to present day.
What is one piece of haunting history about the palace that everyone should know?
We are supposedly the most haunted palace in England and have at least two queens that haunt the galleries and stairs. We have more than one hundred incidents recorded and I suspect many more that observers have kept to themselves.
What is the spookiest ghost sighting you know of?
I think that depends on the observers point of view but most staff are always a little more unnerved when they observe one of our child ghosts.
Can you tell us about some of the most famous phantoms in residence?
Without giving too much away before my talk, I think our most famous ghost is that of Queen Catherine Howard, the gallery in which she has been observed has been renamed in her honour and is now referred to as the Haunted Gallery.
Have you ever witnessed any ghost sightings yourself?
That would be telling! Tune into my talk and ask again on the day to find out.
If you’d like to find out more about the famous phantoms of Hampton Court Palace, join Sarah for her fascinating talk on Friday 23 October where all will be revealed! We still have online tickets available.
Our Window on the World talks will continue to explore a wide range of topics next term – keep an eye out for more information.
Margaret Westwood is a long-standing member of the Guildford Institute and has edited The Keep since 2005. Take some time to discover the past as Margaret tells us about Jenny Frendo’s course, The Experience of Childhood, that she participated in over Zoom!
Jenny’s canter through the later 18th
C, the 19th C and into the first half of the 20th C was
lively, informative and chastening in its revelations. Attitudes towards
children and their upbringing were (and are) largely determined by class.
Well-to-do children had to be moulded into respectable adults (abhor the “original sin”). Strict
discipline persisted throughout the centuries despite the popular views of
Rousseau who believed in letting children grow up “in accordance with the dictates of nature” But the
majority were expected to “earn their keep” from an early age and childhood was a very
brief period in their lives. For the poor, a large family was often an
unsupportable burden and unwanted offspring were abandoned – to become the
responsibility of the Parish. Despite changes in the moral climate the Puritan 1624
Infanticide Act, which targeted single women accused of killing their babies,
was still on the statute book until 1803. The plight of an unmarried mother was
dire: she not only lost her character but could lose her life. Girls
(mostly servants) so convicted were hanged. Thomas Coram who pitied their “poor miserable infants” raised funds to establish the Foundling Hospital which he opened in
1741. Mothers left their babies anonymously – with the promise they would be
cared for and apprenticed to a trade or in service.
The Poor Law was intended to give support to people temporarily out of work but the 1750s saw the establishment of workhouses outside the parish to cater for unwanted children, the “master” being given a per capita sum to care for them (viz Oliver Twist) as so-called apprentices. Tales of boys apprenticed as chimney sweeps are well documented
The working conditions for children were unregulated and in agriculture
they were often employed in a mixed gang system working long hours alongside
adults. Even children employed within the family were expected to be working
several hours a day from the age or 6 or 7. The 1819 Cotton Mills act said that
no child should be employed under the age of nine and the working day was set at
16 hours for all workers under 16. However enforcement of this Act was
problematical.: what proof, if any, was required of the child’s age? The records of a little girl aged 8, a trapper
the Gawber pit, reveal that she worked in the dark from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. – her
wages being essential for the family.
The first Health and Safety Act in Britain (1844) required all dangerous
machinery to be fenced off and no child or young person was to clean mill
machinery whilst it was in motion. This was often infringed as small children
were frequently sent to scurry under the working looms to untangle threads.
They were also supposed to have three hours schooling a day.
Education was somewhat hit and miss. There were voluntary schools, “ragged” schools, Charity schools, some Grammar Schools but no overall provision until the 1870 Education Act. But attendance was voluntary – seven years would pass before a Royal Commission recommended compulsory attendance to halt child labour. The 1880 Act required all children aged 5-10 years to attend school. But it was still not free, and in the early 1890s attendance was falling short at 82%.
As we moved into the 20th C it became only too obvious to us that despite great strides in terms of statutory care and concern for children’s welfare, the patchwork provision of education was not meeting the needs of a prosperous industrial country. The well-to-do had their classical traditions deeply embedded in the private (Public) schools – to be aped by others – especially girls’ day schools who adopted a uniform with collar and tie and urged netball players to “mark your man!”. There was a demand for evening classes offering self-improvement, but a co-ordinated approach by the Government providing educations for all classes and aptitudes had to wait until the middle of the century.
Jenny provided useful extracts and pointers for background reading – and ensured there was time for us to engage in discussion. A very satisfying Zoom experience!
If you feel inspired, browse our online programme where you’ll find a wide variety of courses to take part in. Whether you’re looking to try something new or are returning to a favourite past time, our courses will keep you busy this autumn – all from the comfort of your own home!
Do you ever get the feeling that life is moving too fast?
I’ve had that feeling too much recently. It makes me overwhelmed, less productive and it zaps the joy from things I normally enjoy, like drawing.
A little story for you…
In my online art classes we were drawing wolves. Wolves are a tough subject – some of my students were struggling to draw them, and so was I for that matter.
In my daily life I do a lot of drawing, but I don’t do much doodling. To me doodling is simply a pen, paper and no pressure. So it got me thinking, perhaps I could use doodling to help me explore wolves? It turns out YES, but the real benefit I discovered was in relaxing my mind. The best reason to doodle is …
To SLOW DOWN.
As I mentioned, I draw a lot! It’s a necessity as I teach eight online art classes each week to adults and children. In fact my Discover Your Inner Cartoonist class is quite a challenging class. I always want to deliver a great and inspiring session and so I feel the pressure to draw something really creative and high quality every time.
This week I found myself speeding up, sketching, drawing and moving too fast. I wasn’t feeling in my flow and I wasn’t producing the feeling I wanted in my work. Worst of all, I worry that I start to rush students through the cartoon narrative we create. Not the goal!
So I decided that I needed to switch this up and take some of my own advice. Time to SLOW DOWN. I’d bought myself a new blank journal to do some doodling and work on my new creative platform. In the evenings I have started to do some SLOW doodles before bed. This week I tried it out with the wolves.
Normally, I sketch with pencil then draw when I’m doing characters like this. But I wondered what would happen if I just tried doodling them? They are complicated to draw right?! They need an outline and a plan right? Maybe not…
I SLOWED DOWN, just me and my pen, no plan and doodled. My wolf doodles were perhaps not stellar to begin with, but soon enough I was doodling quite nice, chilled, cartoon wolves and enjoying it! Why’s this?
When I only have a pen (no rubber, no pencil) I SLOW DOWN. I watch the line, I am focused and my mind SLOWS DOWN. It feels great. It’s a different experience to how I normally sketch and draw. I think that both have their place, but when I’m not producing what I think I can, it seems that SLOWING DOWN and just doodling is a major help!
I had a laugh when I looked back at my doodles and my favourite one was of this wolf chillin’ with his coffee. What was my mind needing? Clearly I needed to SLOW DOWN. Thank you Pen!
If you have a child who loves to doodle I invite you to try one of my online art classes: Cartoon Club for Kids (1 hour for ages 8-12) or Cartoon Club Junior (30 minutes for ages 6-7) and if you like to draw there’s Discover Your Inner Cartoonist (you got it – 1 hour for adults!).
Margaret Westwood is a long-standing member of the Guildford Institute and has edited The Keep since 2005. Here, Margaret shares her thoughts on life in lockdown and considers the parallels between the plague of 1606 and the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Life in lockdown is beginning to get to me.
There’s a world going on out there – I can hear it – but I am not part of it. So when the neighbours’ children laugh and splash in their paddling pool, or declare the day is perfect for a BBQ (which it is), I feel both distanced and isolated from reality. Without the social events that mark the progress of the year, life is like an unpunctuated sentence – shapeless and confusing. This may have seemed a brilliant literary innovation to James Joyce but not to me. It suggests the virus is in control.
The “guidance” from our leaders is not reassuring. To stay safe we must stay home. Some are allowed social distance;others (like me) are discouraged from even venturing outside the front door. The message is one of fear, of the unseen and unknowable – an invisible Covid-19. But we will survive just as our ancestors survived plagues and pandemics. We are resilient.
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On 05 January 1606, the elite of London made their way to the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall Palace to enjoy a court masque. King James loved spectacular theatre; he ordered 18 plays to be staged over the Christmas holidays, ten of them by one William Shakespeare and his company The King‘s Men. It was planned as a splendid start to a thrilling theatrical season. But six months later all the playhouses were closed: the plague had returned to London.
Its sudden resurgence caught everyone off guard. A weekly list of plague deaths listed by parish was published every Thursday – and showed an inexorable rise in the numbers who had succumbed. Two years earlier the Privy Council ordered that all public playhouses should close if the weekly plague deaths exceeded 30 and only reopen once the number had dipped below (this was King James’s R factor). By mid-July the death toll was increasing week by week, creating heightened anxiety and fear across all parishes. Tough measures were introduced to try and stop the spread of the disease – and equally tough sanctions were applied. Infected houses were marked with a red cross and the occupants quarantined indefinitely.
Anyone who escaped from a quarantined house with visible plague sores was guilty of a felony and subject to execution, but those who had survived (and were thus immune) were allowed out as searchers to forage for food. They were required to carry a 3ft long rod or wand so other people could give them a wide berth. This proved effective social distancing.
To limit social contact, funerals were restricted to six mourners including the minister; it was forbidden to move bedding from one house to another and for servants “to go abroad”. Transgressors of the lockdown were very severely treated: one family, accused of having let a servant girl visit her parents, were barricaded in their own home by angry neighbours saying it was better “that they should all starve” for breaking the rules. It seems the pestilence did more than carry off good people, men and true (especially children); it created a sense of distrust and enmity amongst former neighbourly citizens.
Early in October the outbreak took on a new life. In a second wave, plague deaths soared to over 141 per week. The Lord Mayor claimed people were washing off the red crosses on their doors, so decreed that an oil-based paint should be used. He also proposed expelling all the beggars from the City and posting watchmen outside every infected house. But it was clear that with over 1000 Londoners infected, these were empty promises. There were neither resources nor manpower enough to note the spread. The only other possible move was total isolation of the City. This was not on. King James had enjoyed his summer holiday but now insisted that Parliament should re-convene – to resolve the unfinished business of the Union of Scotland and England.
Suddenly, in a chilly November, the number of deaths plummeted. By the end of the month the weekly report was well below the official under 30 rule, so public theatres could re-open. Theoretically. But such was the impact of the plague on the people of London, struggling to recover their health, mourn their losses and re-start their lives, that most public places of entertainment remained closed for nearly two years.
The parallels are obvious. Yet life went on. King Lear was performed at court in December 1606, but while The Globewas dark (apart from a brief period in 1607) three great Shakespeare tragedies – King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra – were written (in that order) under lockdown. I cannot aspire to writing a play, but I might have go at a sonnet!
If you’re missing arts and cultural events during your life in lockdown, don’t forget to have a read of our Culture in Quarantine post and discover how organisations are now connecting with their audience online. There are also plenty of opportunities to perfect a skill or learn a new hobby with the Institute’s online programme of courses and workshops.
V Café chefs Nick and Ian, share their quick and tasty vegan tagine recipe. The authentic Moroccan flavours will transport you to the warm streets of Marrakech.
Prep/Cooking Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4
1 whole butternut squash, peeled and diced (remove seeds)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
200ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
200g dried apricots (diced)
50g preserved lemon (optional) or lemon zest
1 – Heat oil and fry off the squash in stages.
2 – Remove the squash and fry off onions and garlic. Caramelise until golden. Return the squash to the pan.
3 – Add all the dried spices and mix well.
4 – Add water to cover the tagine, bring to the boil and simmer until the squash is tender.
5 – Add in the apricots, fresh mint and check seasoning.
6 – If slightly wet, mix in cornflour to thicken.
7 – Serve with couscous or rice and toasted almonds.
We love to see your culinary creations, so if you do have a go at making our vegan tagine recipe, remember to take some photos and tag us @vcafeguildford on Instagram!
Don’t forget to have a look at our previous recipe blogs to tantalise your tastebuds! There’s our devilishly decadent vegan chocolate cake, which is perfect to pair with a cup of tea and the V Café vegetable fritters will help you towards your 5 a day.
Sue Yearley is a trustee at the Guildford Institute’s Board and a keen writer. During this quiet spell when we are all patiently awaiting the chance to explore new horizons again, she has decided to share one of her many travelling adventures with us.
is one of the world’s true wildernesses; it has limitless horizons, wonderful
scenery, a fascinating culture and the world’s highest sand dunes.’
that really be true you ask yourself? And where on earth is Namibia anyway?
was fortunate enough to be visiting Cape Town for my nephew’s wedding in March 2016;
adding an adventure on to the end of the celebrations was very tempting.
Namibia is North-West of South Africa, relatively safe and somewhat new on the tourist map. That’s where we were headed.
My sister and brother-in-law have lived in Malawi (South-East Africa) and were ideal travel companions. Thanks to their knowledge, we were aware of things that most tourists might not think of:
– Prepare for gravel roads and rocky terrain, as most roads in the country are bumpy!
– You will need your own transport if you want to travel around the country.
Make sure you know how to change a car tyre in the middle of nowhere. You might
well need the knowledge.
– Be ready to spend long days travelling. The poor road surfaces are sure to slow you down and the distances are huge!
route was planned by a travel rep. with personal experience of travelling in
the country, so, aside from saying that we wanted a wide range of experiences,
we left the itinerary to him.
flew from South Africa to Windhoek, which is Namibia’s capital city, picked up
our self-drive car there, and we were off.
The journey took us roughly in a clockwise circuit of the country and we covered at least 1,300 miles over two weeks of travelling. As we progressed around the country, we encountered the most awe inspiring scenery, often very arid and desert-like, but always fascinating.
Each night we stopped at a lodge and received wonderful and genuine hospitality. Our rooms were all memorable, most particularly the one with its own open-air vista straight out onto the desert terrain outside. We had a family of warthogs snuffling around immediately outside the room as well as amazing hornbill birds.
My absolute favourite was in an area called Damaraland, where our lodge house was built on the edge of the Klip River Valley, a huge formation like the Grand Canyon in the US. I was awestruck by the vastness and the absolute peace and quiet.
Some other highlights of our Namibian adventure were:
Gold/orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert: Another wonderful day was visiting these famous dunes. You may be familiar with the iconic image of a stark, black dead tree silhouetted against a towering orange sand dune? It’s an amazing place: at the end of the range of dunes is a large dried-out marsh where ancient twisted remains of acacia trees still stand, held upright by the white clay. With our guide for the day we picnicked under a shady tree while a grumpy Hartmann’s mountain zebra stomped around waiting to get his shady patch back!
Ancient rock carvings and paintings at Twylfontein: this was one of my favourite stops. It was so hot that my sister and I really struggled to keep up with the cool as cucumber guide climbing up the rocky slopes, but it was well worth it.
The carvings show a huge variety of animals including what seem to be sea creatures; the theory is that the indigenous people did once travel hundreds of miles west to the coast and did indeed see whales and penguins!
I hope this little travelogue has given you a bit of a flavour for this wonderful holiday, which was for all of us a most memorable adventure. It was a fabulous way to explore such a unique and beautiful country.
Claire Dee writes blogs for herself and others across an array of websites and runs her own communications consultancy near Guildford – www.clairedeecommunications.com
In these unprecedented times,
being locked down at home all day can become challenging.
But it needn’t be.
In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity
to learn a new skill and take up a new hobby.
So why not try blogging?
For those of you who have
attended my Guildford Institute blogging courses, you’ll know that writing well
for the web is very different to traditional creative writing. What works for a
feature article or short story doesn’t fit the blog platform.
What is a blog?
The word blog is short for web log and is a regularly updated web page written in
an informal or conversational style. Blogs are effectively online journals sharing ideas, tips and general
day-to-day activities that others seek out, read and follow.
They can be written for fun
such as your own travel diary or restaurant reviews. They can be written as
‘how to’ guides from baking and knitting to running and yoga. They also make
great marketing tools for small and large businesses to share their services
Whatever the reason and theme,
as long as they are well written and informative (but not salesy) they will be
read and enjoyed with people coming back for more.
However, writing for an online
audience is fiercely competitive. There is so much content out there that your
blog can get lost in all the noise. So reaching out to your readership and
engaging them is key.
This means in just a few
simple steps your blog has to be found (via search engines like Google), your
summary has to be succinct so people click through, and your online content has
to be clear and concise so people actually stay and read on.
And once you’re up and
running, here are some top tips to get you started:
Engaging headline – your headline should be clear and not overly clever; it really should do what it says on the tin (see mine for this blog!).
Uncluttered opening – make your initial few paragraphs short and create ‘white space’ so the reader doesn’t see a mass of dense overwhelming text.
Informative content – if the reader does choose to stay (for which well done!), make sure you go on to inform them in an easily digestible writing style. It’s about adding value while remaining readable.
Call to action – end with a call to action (e.g. email us to learn more, please share your views/what do you think?) to encourage reader engagement.
Edit and proof – and do ensure your blog post has been edited and proofread as typos and errors are unprofessional and easily avoided.
If there is a good side to this COVID-19 crisis, it is that so many cultural organisations have got to grips with digital distribution. The internet is just dripping with online culture! In this blog, we’ll take you through some of the keys things to look out for over the coming weeks.
Theatres & Comedy – Nationally and Locally
Leading the way was National Theatre Live with their screening of One Man Two Guvnors last week. By releasing the YouTube recording at a specific time and date, they created a real event and tens of thousands of viewers. This Thursday it is Jane Eyre and we will be tuning in! Click here for more information.
Closer to home – but till too far away to
visit in current times – The Festival Theatre Chichester is screening the
musical Flowers for Mrs Harris, starting on Thursday 9 April and available
for a month here.
The Guildford Shakespeare Company have also created
#AtHomeWithGSC, which is a range of entertaining online content relating
to their productions and to Shakespeare in general. For more information, click
here to visit their website.
Here at the Guildford Institute, Susan Purcell runs termly popular
Cryptic Crossword Solving Workshops. She’s suggested that if you’re getting
bored stuck at home, why not try a cryptic crossword? You don’t need to be a
brainbox or to have a wide general knowledge to solve cryptic clues – the
answer is contained within the words of the clue.
The clue of a standard, or quickie, crossword consists of a
definition only (Precious stone (4) is a definition of the answer, RUBY). The
cryptic clue also contains a definition, but in addition there are cryptic
hints leading you to the answer.
So, a cryptic clue for RUBY might read Disastrously bury precious
stone (4), where ‘disastrously’ indicates that the clue is based on an anagram,
and ‘bury’ is the word you need to unjumble.
Now try these! Each of them is a different clue type.
1. Plane crashed in Himalayan country (5)
2. Tribal symbol found in Shinto temple (5)
3. Normal sort of flag (8)
4. Rough route, say (6)
5. Blow knocks friends back (4)
6. Surprise launch by the French (7)
feature at the bottom of this article – no cheating!
Surrey History Centre and Surrey Libraries are providing access to Find My Past. This normally pay-to-view service is availablefree from home here.
And for those desperately trying to entertain the younger members of the family Surrey Libraries are doing online story-time, available here.
Our Trustee Brian Creese performs regularly at Open Mics around Guildford. With all the pubs closed, there are a lot of frustrated guitar and ukulele players around Guildford at the moment! Performers have been turning to Facebook to share their performances. For the past three weeks, Brian has been recording a song and posting it on the Facebook site of the Open Mic group. Find him singing in his bedroom here, along with many other musicians from across Surrey and Hampshire!
Answer: NEPAL. ‘Himalayan country’ is the definition, ‘crashed’ is an anagram
indicator, and ‘plane’ is the wordplay, or the word you need to unjumble.
Answer: TOTEM. ‘Tribal symbol’ is the definition, ‘found in’ indicates that
this is a hidden-word clue, and ‘Shinto temple’ is the wordplay, where the
answer is hidden.
Answer: STANDARD. This is a double definition clue. ‘Standard’ means both
‘normal’ and is a ‘sort of flag’. Double definition clues have no indicator.
Answer: COARSE. ‘Rough’ is the definition, ‘say’ indicates that this is a
homophone clue. A ‘route’ (wordplay) is a course, and ‘course’ is a homophone
Answer: SLAP. ‘Blow’ is the definition, ‘knocks back’ indicates that this is a
reversal clue, and ‘friends’ (= pals) is the wordplay. The answer is ‘pals’
Answer: STARTLE. ‘Surprise’ is the definition. This is a charade-type clue, so
there are no indicators. ‘Start’ = launch and ‘le’ is ‘the’ in French.
Lisa Taylor serves as a Trustee on the Institute’s Board and recently gave street photography her best shot!
So pleased I joined the excellent short course on Street Photography held at The Guildford Institute. The course was led by Peter Merry (behind the recent Photography from Monopoly Locations Exhibition) who took us on a whistle-stop journey through the genre.
looked at examples of street photography from its early days in Paris to the
current day, and discussed various renowned photographers.
Henri Cartier-Bresson – take a look at Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932 – such a mesmerising photo and spot the dancers on the wall in the background.
Robert Doisneau – see The Kiss, 1950 – this scene was apparently staged, but frankly who cares?! It’s a great photo.
Chris Killip – see photo taken on May 5th, 1981 on a Housing Estate, North Shields, Tyneside. What a sign of the times.
was interesting to learn about the law and ethics behind the subject and
needless to say what is legal is not always ethical. The laws around candid
photography also changes from country to country.
while important to be mindful when taking photos in public spaces, we should
not be afraid to point and click when our imagination is stirred! Blurring
faces and other identifying features is a useful technique if
concerned about invading an individuals privacy.
And so brimming with new found confidence (slight exaggeration) and armed with just our cameras, the group headed in to Guildford town centre to give street photography a proper shot. With this narrative I have included a couple of photos that I took. These are my first attempts so please do not judge me too harshly.
This is a style of photography that appeals to
me. Street photography is about taking candid public shots and
documenting our times in pictures. You do need to be patient – it’s about going out
and watching and waiting. You never know what is round the corner or what
might happen before your very eyes!
For more information about Peter and his work, please visit petermerry.co.uk. If Lisa has motivated you to pick up your camera, Peter will be delivering his Take Better Digital Photos course at the Institute in February.
What inspires you to reach for your camera? Do let us
After her sell-out Guildford Book Festival event held at the Institute on Thursday 10 October, The Mother of theBrontës author Sharon Wright, shares with us five of her most cherished literary treasures.
1 – The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
I was a complete bookworm as a child but most of my reading material came from Bradford Central Library on weekly trips with my grandma. Actually owning books was very exciting and I had a bookshelf in my bedroom where I kept my beloved Ladybird and Enid Blyton collections. I was mad for Blyton, whether fairy stories, the Famous Five or boarding school stories. I have a vivid memory of one happy Christmas morning when I unwrapped three books in the “naughtiest girl” series.
2 – Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine
My dad had all the Asimov stories and paperbacks and I just worked my way through them as a teenager. When other girls were reading Flowers in the Attic and Jackie Collins, I was crying over the baby Neanderthal in The Ugly Little Boy. Asimov stories were so beautifully written, moving and clever. My 1977 edition of his magazine was a gift from my friend Ashley, bought when we visited the wonderful Old Pier Bookshop in Morecambe recently. My favourite thing about my vintage mag is the fabulous set of 70s sideburns on the great man himself.
3 – The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
When I began writing plays a few years ago I suddenly discovered the joy of reading them, too. I love the 1968 film with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, but you can tell this tight, hilarious script was originally written for the stage. I especially like my lovely old and worn Samuel French edition because I bought it at Barter Books in Alnwick, which is a book-lover’s paradise. I honestly think I could live there if they’d let me.
4 – The Brontës at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale
got to know Ann when I was researching my biography of Maria Brontë. She is the
principal curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and a walking mine of
information. She also has a wicked sense of humour and I love her company. I enjoy
all of Ann’s books and this is one of my favourites because she has an intimate
knowledge of the atmospheric Georgian home where the Brontës lived and wrote. It
was a great privilege to lead an after-hours tour of the Parsonage in the
summer, talking about Mrs Brontë’s life from moving in just after the birth of
Anne in early 1820, to her terrible death in September 1821.
5 – Balloonomania Belles by… me
I have a cherished copy of my first book. I take it to read from at book events and we’ve had lots of good times together, including Guildford Book Festival in 2018. It holds all the true, bonkers, ballooning adventures of the lady aeronauts and is a battered, beloved book-on-the-move. It’s messy and well-thumbed, with lots of re-useable Post-its in the front pages. Key quotes and facts are underlined in pencil. A friend gave me a dust jacket so it feels good and robust. It’s a working book and I love it.
Welcome to our new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Janet Crowe.
On Thursday 5th September 2019, Janet took over from her predecessor Sandra Robinson to become the Institute’s new Chairperson. We would like to thank Sandra for her hard work over the last five years as a Trustee, and particularly over the last three years in her role as Chairperson. Sandra has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to the charity and its work and she has been a fantastic leader to the Trustee and Staff team. During Sandra’s time as Chairperson, the Institute has significantly increased its focus on the Strategic Plan, in developing the programme of activities and the marketing of the GI offer. Sandra has also dramatically developed the Institute’s internal procedures relating to Governance and Staffing. The Trustees and Staff at the Institute are delighted that Sandra will remain a Trustee after stepping down from her current position as Chairperson.
To provide some information about our new Chairperson, on returning from Greece where she lived for 10 years after leaving university, Janet started her long career within the criminal justice system working at local, regional and national levels. She studied for an MSc in Criminal Justice and is trained in restorative practices as well as being a trained mediator. She has a wide experience of charity management, governance, strategic planning, national and local delivery of services, policy development and partnership working.
Janet was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in June of last year and has been the Board’s Vice-Chair since taking on that position in November. During her time in this role, Janet has supported Sandra a great deal with governance, policy and procedures and core organisational matters. At the Institute, Janet is particularly interested in continuing to develop the Institute and working with other Trustees to ensure the continued viability of the organisation. As Chair she hopes to build on the work of Sandra, previous Chairs and Boards to ensure that the Institute goes from strength to strength and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the heart of Guildford.
Her favourite thing about working with the Institute is being a part of a great team of Staff and Volunteers in a wonderful historical place of learning.
The Life and Works of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923)
Sorolla was a Spanish painter, much revered in his native country and admired in Europe and America but little known here. That may have changed this year when The National Gallery held the first exhibition of his work in London since 1908. The Institute was fortunate to have a Sorolla course run by the much respected tutor Tammy Ellis which coincided with the National Gallery show. Those of us who attended gained a real insight into the artist’s background, techniques and the context of his paintings.
We learned that Sorolla was born in Valencia and was orphaned at the age of two when his parents died in a cholera epidemic. He was brought up by an aunt and uncle who recognised his artistic talents and bought him art materials. They later arranged for him to work as a lighting assistant for a local photographer where he was also employed in colour tinting photos. This early work can be seen as an influence on his paintings. During this period he met Clothilde, the photographer’s daughter whom he later married. She was a big influence on his later career, featuring in many of his paintings and, as Tammy explained, more or less becoming his manager, when he later became very successful. Sorolla trained in fine art and by his late teens was exhibiting at the annual Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid. He appears to have been a “regular guy”, who was devoted to his wife and three children, and did not have the chaotic lifestyle of some of his contemporaries.
Sorolla enjoyed painting outside and many of his works feature the seaside and gardens, including the one at his home which he designed. Sometimes thought of as an Impressionist, Tammy explained that his techniques differed from those used by the likes of Monet and Pisarro and also showed classical influences of artists such as Verlasquez.
The most striking aspect of Sorolla’s paintings was the way he captured the effect of the fantastic sunlight on the Spanish coast. Hence his description as “the master of light”. At the exhibition, the effect of seeing his works en masse was almost overwhelming, with radiant paintings such as “Strolling Along the Seashore” 1909 and “The Gardens at the Sorolla Family Home” 1920 being highlights. There is also a series of more gritty paintings, dealing with social issues of the time such as the hard conditions in the fishing industry (And They Still Say Fish Is Expensive! 1894).
Sorolla painted constantly even when he was on holiday with his family. Following a stroke in 1920, he was never able to paint again. He died three years later. The recent exhibition appears to have been a great success and will ensure that Sorolla is now better known in this country. I imagine that a visit to the Sorolla Museum, housed in his former home and garden in Madrid, would not disappoint!
V Café at the Institute is run by Nick Humble and Ian Loffel, who aim to carry on the long legacy of producing freshly-cooked vegetarian and vegan food in The Guildford Institute’s historic Assembly room. They would like to share one of their recipes with you from their daily-changing menu – see below for instructions on how to make Nick and Ian’s delicious vegetable fritters…
Sweet Potato x 1
Small Celeriac x1
200ml Vegetable oil for frying
Eggs x 4
Gram flour 120g
Half teaspoon of each: baking powder, turmeric, ground cumin, coriander
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
Half teaspoon dried chopped chilli
Good pinch of salt and pepper
GRATE ALL THE VEGETABLE, FINELY DICE THE ONION
TO MAKE A BATTER: – BEAT THE EGGS AND MIX WITH THE GRAM FLOUR AND REST OF THE INGREDIENTS
FOLD IN THE GRATED VEGATABLES
HEAT THE VEGETABLE OIL INTO A LARGE FRYING PAN, WHEN HOT ADD BURGER SIZE DROPS OF THE MIXTURE, PUSH DOWN AND ALLOW THE MIXTURE TO COLOUR, CAREFULLY TURN OVER AND COLOUR ON THE OTHER SIDE
PLACE ONTO A BAKING TRAY AND COOK IN THE OVEN FOR 15-20MINS 160˚C TO COOK THROUGH
REPEAT THE PROCESS FOR THE REST OF THE MIXTURE
THESE CAN BE SERVED EITHER HOT OR COLD AND ENJOYED WITH A YOGHURT AND CUCUMBER, MINT DIP
Enjoy your vegetable fritters!
To find out more about V Café or to book a table click here.
Volunteers are working on digitising the Scrapbooks – a vast local history resource in the Library’s archive. There are twenty-nine scrapbooks, full of newspaper articles ranging in date from the late 1880s to the early 1930s. Institute members selected items they thought would be of interest and carefully pasted them into the large books. For volunteers this work shines a light on Guildford and its inhabitants, reminding us of a way of life long gone. One volunteer uncovered this story about The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers.
My curiosity was piqued by an article in which appeared the Guildford Froth Blowers. I thought it was some sort of spoof – it had to be hadn’t it? Not at all; Ye Ancient Order of Froth-Blowers was indeed a very active charity dedicated ’to fostering the noble Art and gentle and healthy Pastime of froth blowing amongst Gentlemen of-leisure and ex-Soldiers’. Running from 1924 to 1931, it was founded by Bert Temple, an ex-soldier and silk-merchant, initially to raise £100 (equal to £5,602 today) for the children’s charities of the surgeon Sir Alfred Fripp. The men were known as ‘blowers’ and women, ‘fairy-belles’. Froth blowing captured the public’s imagination so that by 1928, there were over 700,000 members who raised £100,000.
Ye Ancient Society had branches all over the country, including Guildford, which seems to have been very successful. A cutting from the Surrey Weekly Press of the time, informs us that the local branch had 2000 members. In the accompanying photograph (seen on this page), you can see the ‘top table’ at the corresponding dinner. Now, was the highly successful recruiter, the Second Fairy also known as ‘Fairy Tornado’ having a particularly good time or was she just blinded by the flash?!
It would seem that local branches, also known as Vats, could raise the funds for local causes and The Guildford Vat of Froth Blowers appear again later in the same scrapbook. This time with a fund-raising effort to organise an outing to the seaside for the poorer children of the town. A second newspaper report informs the reader that enough money was raised to take 300 children to Bognor for the day. It was a splendid occasion by all accounts, and on their return to Guildford, each child was given an apple, a banana and an orange, as well as a shilling and a piece of Bognor rock. A newspaper cutting in the Archive features a breakdown of all the costs of the day. I wonder what happened to the £4 1s balance? Perhaps the adults had some fruit as well?
Hayet Shahrezaey is an advanced Rapid Transformational Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She is based on the second floor of The Guildford Institute, alongside several other therapy-based and environmental organisations. Hayet has produced the blog content below in order to highlight some of the key work that she does.
“I had a job offer that pays 75K”, said one of my clients after two days of listening to her transformational recording that I tailor-made for her following a 90-minute Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) session. “I am now able to identify quickly when I’m about to go into a self-pity mode, pull myself out and look at the bigger picture in a matter of seconds” said another client during her weekly support call.
Our mind is amazing, and we have all the answers
within, we just need to learn how to stop that critical voice that keeps telling
us we are not good enough, or not worthy.
By finding out the root cause and beliefs that were blocking these clients’ advancement and changing the understanding around it, they are now able to continue to move forward and step into their power.
The mind is very powerful and has several rules it follows:
Its number one job is to keep you alive on the planet.
The mind does want it thinks you want it to.
It drives you towards what it is familiar and away from what is unfamiliar.
The mind cannot hold conflicting beliefs, so if you want money but think, it’s not available to you or you are not worth it, this will be stored in your subconscious mind and will create conflict between your mind and your vibration. If you keep pleasing people and find yourself in a hamster wheel not finding a way out, your self-esteem and confidence will be affected.
By telling your mind clearly what it is you want it to do for you, it will do it for you. That is the power of RTT, it can talk directly to the subconscious mind and free you from all limiting beliefs.
For more information about Hayet’s work and to visit her website, click here.
In order to view more information about the organisations based on The Guildford Institute’s second floor, please click here
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