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Surrey Advertiser article ‘Clandon Wood: The Savoy of Burial Grounds’

We thought you might enjoy this article written towards the end of last year by Tom Johnson of the Surrey Advertiser which he titles ‘Clandon Wood: The Savoy of Burial Grounds’. This was written following Tom being given a tour of the grounds by our on-site team who explained the ethos that underpins Clandon Wood and why the combination of being a both cemetery and a nature reserve is a very natural and appropriate one.

Click here to view article.

Guildford Fringe Festival comes to Clandon Wood during July

This is now our 5th year supporting the local community within the Guildford Fringe Festival.

Following the sell-out success of these events last year the Creaction Theatre Company will be performing Two One Act Plays by Alan Bennett:  ‘A Bed Among  The Lentils’ and ‘Say Something Happened’ and Jean McConnell’s series of playlets entitled ‘Deckchairs’.  This will be followed by one of our favourite annual events, Music in the Meadows providing a relaxing afternoon of live music performed by young musicians from the Academy of Music in Guildford and other local talented performers. And to bring the Festival at Clandon Wood to a close Shakespeare’s Wanderers will perform a charming new take on Much Ado About Nothing.  Details are as follows:

Thursday 4th July –  Deckchairs by Jean McConnell – https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/deckchairs-by-jean-mcconnell/

Friday 5th July – Two one act plays by Alan Bennett – https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/alan-bennett-two-one-act-plays/

Thusday 11th July – Two one act plays by Alan Bennett – https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/alan-bennett-two-one-act-plays/

Friday 12th July  –  Deckchairs by Jean McConnell – https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/deckchairs-by-jean-mcconnell/

Sunday 21st July  – Music in the Meadows  –  https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/music-in-the-meadows/  – Entrance is free for this event

Sunday 28th July – Much Ado About Nothing – https://guildfordfringefestival.com/sessions/much-ado-about-nothing/

Tickets for the plays cost £10.00-£15.00 plus fees and there will be refreshments and a cash bar including beer, wine, sparkling wine and soft drinks. Booking details can be found at : https://guildfordfringefestival.com/box-office/.

Free Entrance Events – We kindly ask for donations at these events in support of The Brigitte Trust – a Dorking based charity that serves all of Surrey offering free emotional support and practical help at home to people and their families facing cancer, MND, MS, heart and lung failure and other life-threatening illness.

Dates for your diary until the end of 2019

Listed below are dates for events taking place at Clandon Wood during the rest of 2019 that may be important or of interest to you:

23rd June 2019
12:00 – 16:00
Summer Fair
30th June 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
4th July 2019
19:30 – 21:30
Guildford Fringe at Clandon Wood: Deckchairs by Jean McConnell
5th July 2019
19:30 – 21:30
Guildford Fringe at Clandon Wood: Two One Act plays by Alan Bennett
11th July 2019
19:30 – 21:30
Guildford Fringe at Clandon Wood: Two One Act plays by Alan Bennett
12th July 2019
19:30 – 21:30
Guildford Fringe at Clandon Wood: Deckchairs by Jean McConnell
21st July 2019
14:00 – 17:00
Music in the Meadows at Clandon Wood
28th July 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
28th July 2019
15:00 – 17:00
Guildford Fringe at Clandon Wood: Much Ado About Nothing
4th August 2019
CLOSED
Due to Prudential London Ride Event
25th August 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
29th September 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
27th October 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
24th November 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Tea, Cake and Company
15th December 2019
10:30 – 13:00
Christmas Remembrance

Join us to watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s morning followed by a gong bath.

We will be watching the sun rise over the East Meadow on Midsummer’s morn on Friday 21st June. You are very welcome to come and join us at the pavilion at 3.30am ready to greet the sun on the longest day of the year. Bring a flask of coffee!

For those who then wish to refresh themselves with the sounds of a vibrational ‘gong bath’ at 5.30am. Please call Simon Ferrar on 07870 518292 to book a place for the gong bath.

Clandon Wood Summer Fair – Sunday 23rd June 2019 – 12.00pm to 4.00pm

A wonderful afternoon out where adults and children alike will be able to enjoy this haven of nature set in the surrounds of The Surrey Hills.

In celebration of our 7th official anniversary you are invited to our Art & Crafts Open Day – in collaboration with Handpicked for Dorking. Visitors will be able to experience the peace and tranquillity amongst the flora and fauna of Clandon Wood’s natural environment and glass pavilion – refreshments will be available with nature tours and selected local businesses offering handmade art and crafts.

Entrance to the event is free, and there is ample parking on site. Join us from 12 – 4pm. Dogs welcome – must be kept on a short lead Live music from Will & Chris – acoustic duo – FORGET THE DJ. A prize draw will also be held in aid of the Brigitte Trust.

Clandon Wood is thrilled to present a unique full-length production of Bizet’s Carmen on Sunday 5th May 2019

Transforming the beautiful glass pavilion at Clandon Wood into an intimate in-the-round performance space, Rogue Opera’s cast of six singers and pianist bring you the drama of Bizet’s most famous opera, up close and personal.

Set against some of the most recognisable music in opera, this drama is a serious and still-relevant examination of violence, obsession and the struggle of a complex and spirited woman striving for independence and choice in life and love.

Rogue Opera’s fully staged intimate production is sung in French with English surtitles. The cast strip away the pomp and pageantry to present a raw and intimate piece of theatre.

The audience is close enough to experience the blood, sweat and tears and to feel the vibration of every note, Bizet’s thrilling and captivating music is raw, powerful and intimate.

The talented cast and creative team are all professionals with backgrounds including Longborough Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Chorus, English National Opera Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and all perform regularly as soloists throughout the UK and Europe.

All profits from the event benefit The Brigitte Trust – a charity which supports people in Surrey at the end of life in their own homes, offering practical and emotional support and respite to carers and family.

There are only 70 seats available for this unique and intimate performance so please book your places as seats are selling fast.

https://rogueopera.co.uk/clandon-wood

Tickets are only £49

3:45 pm – Pavillion opens*

4:15 pm – First half of Carmen

5:30 pm – Interval – Drinks with Brigitte Trustees

6:10 pm – Second half of Carmen

7:00 pm – Opera concludes – bar open until 8:00 pm for Sunset post-show drinks

* Complimentary Tea and Coffee and will be served, with a cash bar available

Join us to hear our own nature blogger Matt talk about the world of moths at Clandon Wood this Sunday

Come along to our Spring quarterly nature talk on Sunday 29th April starting at 12.00pm, lasting 30 minutes and followed by questions and answers.  The talk forms part of April’s Tea, Cake & Company drop-in which takes place between 11.30am and 2.00pm.

The talk will be given by Matt , our groundsman, ecologist and avid nature blogger and will provide an inspiring and intriguing insight into the lives of the surprisingly large number of varieties of moth that make Clandon Wood their home.

Comprising 31 acres of beautiful natural English traditional hay meadowland Clandon Wood, represents nearly 1% of all such meadowland left in the UK and this environment supports an increasingly rare mix and diverse range of wildlife.

Dates for your diary until the end of 2018

Listed below are dates for events taking place at Clandon Wood during the rest of 2018 that may be important or of interest to you:

29th April 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
29th April 2018
12:00 – 13.00
Wildlife Talk
27th May 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
18th June 2018
11:30 – 14:30
Father’s day; wildflower seeds planting
24th June 2018
11:00 – 16:00
Summer Celebration and 5th Anniversary
29th July 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
29th July 2018
12:00 – 13.00
Wildlife Talk
26th August 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
30th September 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
27th–31st October 2018
All day
Pumpkin Festival
28th October 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
28th October 2018
12:00 – 13.00
Wildlife Talk
25th November 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Tea, Cake and Company
16th December 2018
11:30 – 14:00
Christmas Remembrance

Join us to commemorate Mother’s Day On Sunday 11th March 2018 with a free plant in the meadows – from 11.30 am to 2.30pm

Clandon Wood is offering free indigenous plant plugs for families to plant in the meadows.

No need to bring any gardening tools as all you need to do is make a hole using your thumb.

This will be on a first come first served basis so please come early to avoid any disappointment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office via telephone, email or by popping in to see us.

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