What’s on in and around Doking!
On Monday 18th March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Malthouse Youth Centre, Dorking Minds are hosting ‘An Introduction to Ho’oponopono’ - a free talk and workshop with Annabel Szahara Rose, about the ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Don’t miss this year’s Dorking Film Festival at Dorking Halls from 10.00am on Saturday 23rd March - a fantastic mix of films for all ages, including a sing-along to the Greatest Showman with prizes for best costume!
On Monday 1st April, from 5.00pm to 9.00pm, Dorking Minds and Ashcombe School will be hosting Mindfest 2019, a festival of ideas, talk and information around mental health and wellbeing.
On Thursday 4th April, from 6.30pm, Dorking Museum will be hosting its latest Gallery Talk, ‘A place of planning and plotting - what Dorking’s suffragettes did next’ - tickets just £5 each, including a glass of prosecco!
Whilst there, don’t miss Dorking Museum’s current exhibition, ‘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 organises 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.
Look out for this year’s Friends of Dorking ‘Dorkers Easter Egg Hunt’, from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 23rd April - can you find the knitted Easter characters hidden in over 120 shop windows around the town - free fun for all the family, with great prizes to be won!
On Saturday 6th April, from 7.30pm, Brockham Choral Society will be performing Anton Dvorak’s ‘Stabat Mater’ at St Martin’s Church - an inspiring, though at times painful personal setting of faith and hope.
From Monday 8th to Friday 12th April, Production Bugs will be holding an Easter Workshop Week at the Weald School in Beare Green - five fun-packed days of acting, singing and dancing for boys and girls aged 4 to 18… with a Friday finale performance!
Don’t miss Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society’s fantastic production of Blood Brothers at the Green Room Theatre (behind Dorking Halls) from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th April at 7.45pm - award-winning director, Sasha Silver, brings Willy Russell’s brilliant play to the Dorking stage!
From Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April and Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th April, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, Dorking Museum is hosting a range of fun family activities for the school Easter holidays, including an Easter Hunt with a twist!
Don’t miss Handpicked for Dorking’s next event, ‘Handpicked for Clandon Wood’, at Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Natural Burial Ground, from 12.00noon to 4.00pm on Sunday 14th April - a special showcase highlighting the ceremonies possible at Clandon Wood, together with the services available from relevant local businesses.
Dorking Choral Society are looking for singers to learn and perform Haydn’s ‘Creation’ - rehearsals start on Wednesday 17th April at the Crossways Community Baptist Church in Junction Road, with the concert performance on Sunday 6th July at St Martin’s Church.
On Good Friday 19th April from 7.00pm,Sussex Festival Choir are inviting people to come and sing Fauré’s Requiem at St Martin’s Church in support of St Catherine’s Hospice - admission is free!
Betchworth Park Golf Club are looking for sponsors for this year’s Pro-Am event on Thursday 20th June in aid of Home Start - please contact the club if you can help!
Have you tried the new Harvest Coffeehouse in the Harvest Community Church, Stubs Hill, Goodwyns? Open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm every Wednesday and Thursday - great coffee and cake - pay what you can! Come for a break, a chat and some company - plenty of room for buggies!
Would you like to join a friendly community choir? The Birch Tree Folk Choir meet at Ashcombe School at 7.00pm every Tuesday during term time - come and sing beautiful arrangements of folk music with an added focus on wellbeing and connection - no experience required - men particularly welcome!
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 outside Barclays in the High Street and the Dorking Community Fridge in the Christian Centre Café and now also at the Harvest Community Church at Goodwyns - two great local initiatives supporting local food producers and helping to reduce food waste around the town!