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Bravo to Courtyard! The award-winning women’s fashion store in Guildford is this week opening a new shop that will focus on ethical and sustainable fashion and accessories. You’ll find the new store a few doors away from the original Courtyard boutique in Angel Gate, with fashion from sustainable clothing labels like Bird and Wolf, Tomorrow Denim and Boyish jeans. There will also be jewellery from Aura Que, who collaborate with fair trade producers in Nepal, as well as British designers Butler and Wilson and Toolally, as well as much much more. Watch this space fo find out more.


Good books and good food – could there be anything better? Well, er, yes there could actually. Add a gin tasting and you’ve got yourself the perfect afternoon! The White Horse in Hascombe is hosting a Literary Lunch on Fri 5 July featuring Surrey-based writers Eleanor Anstruther and Fliss Chester who will each chat about their own paths to publication. Simon Sherlock, from Distillers of Surrey, will also be on hand to chat about gin.

Eleanor’s debut novel, A Perfect Explanation, a fictionalised story about the granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Argyll who sold her son to her sister for £500. It was published in March and is already getting shortlisted for awards. Fliss Chester’s trio of saucy tales concludes with the imminent arrival of Meet Me on the Riviera, which is out on 11 July. It joins Fliss’s first two fun and flirty (and fruity, it has to be said!) novels, Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes and Summer at the Vineyard. 

The Literary Lunch includes a three course lunch with wine and a G&T and is £35 per person. Book via The White Horse. Meet Me on the Riviera is available for pre-order here, and A Perfect Explanation is available here. Get Snowballs! here, and Summer at the Vineyard here.


If you dream of quitting your day job and retraining as a yoga instructor, here’s your chance. Red Hot Yoga in Guildford has just announced the dates for the 200 hour Anusara Teacher Training course this autumn. The course is run by Sarah Powell, accredited Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher and certified Anusara Teacher Trainer. The next 200-hour Anusara® Teacher Training course starts in September and is designed for anybody wanting to deepen their knowledge of all things yoga. Whether they wish to teach or not, the course will cover all aspects of yoga to develop yourself personally and also as a potential teacher. Enrol here.

But if committing to a six month training course is a little too much right now, perhaps a week-long Tuscan yoga retreat is what you’re after. You’ll have the chance to delve deeper into your yoga practices and make new friends with other yoga lovers – and of course you’ll be in a beautiful setting in Tuscany. Book here.


Surrey private chef Laura Scott is in hot demand. Her pop-up supper clubs sell out months in advance, and you have to be quick to get a place on her pop-up cookery classes. But you lot are in luck, because were here to give you the heads up about two pop-up sourdough demos that are coming up – the first on Sat 27 July and then on Sat 7 Sept. In both classes, you’ll learn the basic principles of making your own sourdough bread you’ll also take home a sourdough starter and instruction booklet so you can make your own delicious loaves at home. The cost is £50 per person, which includes lunch. Both classes are from 10am-1pm.


Still on the subject of cooking, only we’ve moved from private chefs to pubs. Muddy was impressed to hear of the apprenticeship scheme at the Surrey-based Red Mist group of pubs which offers chef apprenticeships to help train a new generation of chefs. The scheme is open to anyone, including school leavers, ex-offenders, the homeless and and ex-service men and women.

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