Happy New Year, Dorking - here’s to a fantastic 2019!
Don’t miss Dorking Museum’s current exhibition, ‘Rob Walker and Dorking’s Part in Motor Racing History’ - a celebration of local motor racing hero Rob Walker’s life and racing career, running at the museum until Saturday 26th January.
Also currently showing at Dorking Museum is ‘Local Heroes’ - a short film telling the story of local suffrage campaigners, Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, marking the recent centenary of women in the UK being given the right to vote.
From Thursday 31st January, Dorking Museum’s new exhibition will be ‘Lord Ashcombe’s Minerals’, showcasing the history of and examples from Lord Ashcombe’s stunning mineral collection, amassed in the 19th century and displayed at his Denbies home.
And don’t forget that Dorking Museum also organise regular guided walks around the Deepdene Trail and Dorking Town Centre (and its pubs!), as well as guided tours of the South Street Caves - further information from the museum website.
If you enjoy running rather than walking, don’t forget that there is now a 5km Mole Valley Park Run at Denbies Wine Estate from 9.00am every Saturday!Please join Box Hill Bedlam Morris for this year’s Dorking Wassail at Dorking Community Orchard, from 4.00pm on Saturday 19th January - a free community event for the whole family, with a bonfire, pagan ceremony, mulled cider and apple juice, beer, hot snacks and more Morris Dancers than you can shake a stick at!
Want to try church, but can never make it on a Sunday morning? Why not come along to Café Church at St Martin’s Church, from 4.00pm on Sunday 20th January.
Also on Sunday 20th January, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, at the Friends Meeting House on Butter Hill, Dorking Quakers are holding a special fellowship session, including an illustrated talk by Tony Franklin on ‘Sailing to the Arctic and Antarctic’.
On Monday 21st January, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Malthouse Youth Centre, Dorking Minds are hosting ‘Bringing the Outdoors Indoors’ - a brief introduction to ‘Forest School’ and the positive impact that just being outdoors can have on your mental health.
On Saturday 26th January, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, the Orchard Morris Project are holding a Cotswold Morris Dance workshop at Brockham Village Hall - have fun whilst learning some traditional Morris Dancing jigs - no previous experience required!
Also on Saturday 26th January, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, at the Malthouse Youth Centre, Dorking Minds are holding a special Stress Management workshop, bringing together elements of positive psychology, resilience, stress management and mental health awareness.
On Saturday 9th February, from 7.15pm to 10.15pm, at the Oddfellows Hall in Dorking High Street, Good Honest Folk are proud to present ‘Faustus’, one of Britain’s outstanding folk bands, who will be performing material from their new album.
On Wednesday 13th February, from 9.30am to 11.30am, the Dorking Friends of Cancer Research UK are holding a Coffee Morning at Betchworth Park Golf Club, including a range of artisan stalls selling handmade gifts and cards.
Don’t miss Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society’s fantastic production of ‘My Fair Lady’ at Dorking Halls, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th February - local theatre at its best!
On Monday 18th February, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Malthouse Youth Centre, Dorking Minds are hosting ‘Insight Into Addictions’ - a workshop and discussion giving an overview of current thinking about the many faces of addiction and recovery.
Don’t forget that Watermill Jazz hold weekly jazz concerts, every Tuesday evening from 8.00pm, at Betchworth Park Golf Club on Reigate Road.
Please support the Dorking Food Float every Friday and Saturday in the High Street and the Dorking Community Fridge in the Christian Centre Café - two great local initiatives supporting local food producers and helping to reduce food waste around the town!
The Friends of Dorking would like to thank the Dorking Town Partnership and all the local businesses, community groups and individuals who helped to sponsor of this year’s Christmas Lights around Dorking - many thanks for helping to light up our lovely town over the festive period!