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Chairman’s Day 2016 – Food and Farming in Hidden East Surrey

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Wednesday, 8 June, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sheepdog   Botley Farmhouse

Chairman’s Day is one of the most popular events in the Surrey Hills Society’s calendar.  This is worth booking a day off work, or missing that golf day for!  Every year on Chairman’s Day we make a special effort to bring you an unusual day out exploring hidden bits of the Surrey Hills, meeting interesting Surrey characters and experiencing local food and drink and other rarities or exclusives.

This year we are once again championing local food and farming.  We have teamed up with Tracy Carroll, writer and local food expert, founder of the Local Food Britain and Local Food Surrey websites and MD of “The Market Place”, a small Marketing and PR company based in Nutfield.  Tracy will be introducing us to some of the hidden treasures in the east of the county. During the day, you will also have several opportunities to purchase local meat and vegetables so bring your wallets and coolbags.

After coffee or tea on arrival, the day will start with a visit to a surprisingly secret valley, owned by Surrey Wildlife Trust.  The tenant farmer there just happens to be one of the UK’s top sheep dog trainers. While London buses can be seen in the distance at the bottom of the valley, turn your back and we could be hundreds of miles away in the green valleys of Wales.  Sheep are herded around the field by the farmer and his highly trained sheep dogs (plus some young canine apprentices!), birds of prey fly overhead and rare chalkland fauna and flora thrive here in this traditionally managed farm.

A special two course lunch with tea and coffee will be provided, at Botley Hill Farmhouse.   This 16th century country inn  sits at the highest point of the North Downs – a stone’s throw from the North Downs Way.  It has a growing reputation as one of Surrey’s best gastro pubs, combined with an easy relaxed atmosphere which is accommodating to walkers, families, traditional pub drinkers and foodies too.  This has been achieved by the clever layout of the area and use of ancillary building and, since the new owners took over in March 2015, the inn has rapidly built an enthusiastic following.

After lunch we continue with a tour around the Nutfield area where you will meet a local family business and hear the story of how they have adapted to survive in the challenging world of farming on the edge of one of the largest cities in the world, London. The day will conclude with a visit to the business’s extensive farm shop, which sells a wide range of food, gifts and cookware, followed by afternoon tea with a vintage theme!

Please wear practical clothing appropriate for the weather.  Raincoats and stout footwear always recommended. The event is not suitable for children and/or pushchairs. The event is not suitable for dogs.

Some parts of the day will not be accessible for members with mobility challenges.  Please call Chris Howard on 07879841000 to discuss practicalities.

The cost will be £35.00/member (£40.00/non-member), which will include morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and cake and guided tour.

 Booking is essential. If you would like to join us would you please complete and return the attached booking form to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before Tuesday 31st May.


For further details and enquiries, contact us at info@surreyhillssociety.org or on mobile 07530-949302.