Posts Tagged ‘Gostrey Meadow’

Cold December afternoon Aldershot and Farnham

December 4, 2021

A bitterly cold afternoon, low temperature made lower with a bitterly cold north wind.


A strange Christmas Tree Festival in Princess Garden.

Lunch at Indonesian street food restaurant, ayam woku. I learn lady is sister of who used to run it. Why the change I do not know. I also learn they were not closed for a year, only opened in the evening, now back to usual hours, open for lunch.


Luckily I catch The Coffee Can before leaves Gostrey Meadow. Far too cold for coffee on the street. I am frozen the brief time I am there.

Christmas cards from Phyllis Tuckwell charity shop. All their best stuff is in this shop. Not looked in for at least a year.

Pleased for warmth in Electric Cycle Cafe.

When I leave bitterly cold. Time to catch a bus, actually two, and go home.

Gostrey Meadow Christmas lights switch on

November 17, 2018

Gostrey Meadow is full of people for the Farnham Carnival in the summer, but nothing like today.

Gostrey Meadow was packed with people, so crowded it was nigh impossible to move.

A different stage to the summer carnival, also a large screen.

As I approached, I could hear drumming. I assumed it was a professional group. To my surprise a group of school kids.

The drumming then ceased and they left the stage.

Then as I was about to leave the drumming started again. Whether the same kids, I do not know, but I think a different group of kids and very young.

But what was amazing was how good they were.

Sadly the usual crap stalls as the Farnham Carnival, the same low environmental standards.

I am at a loss why the low environmental standards, and why they do no make the effort to offer quality street food. If the Sustainability Fayre can maintain high environmental standards, host quality stalls why not other events in Gostrey Meadow?

To see rows of stalls serving disgusting food in polystyrene containers, drinks served in plastic-lined paper cups or plastic cups, is not acceptable.

On my way to Farnham, I looked in on the Aldershot Christmas Market. Not intentionally I did not even know it was on. I missed the bus and rather than wait twenty minutes in the cold, I went for a walk.

Walking to Gostrey Meadow, I looked in a charity shop on the corner of Downing Street. A water colour of Newport Arch in Bailgate in Lincoln, a Roman arch. Also, maybe a different artist, a water colour of an alley in Canterbury.

Many people walking to and fro Gostrey Meadow, lots of traffic, and yet still an inconsiderate idiot parks their 4×4 on the double yellow lines causing chaos in Downing Street. These arrogant people think it ok to park wherever they wish as they pop into a shop.

A cappuccino in Krema. As last week chocolate was added to my cappuccino I specified no chocolate. It arrived in a takeaway cup with chocolate. Then at five o’clock harassing people to leave.

Not good.

At five maybe before, church bells ringing. A Christmas market in the Parish Church, but now packing up. As I walked in, one of the tables collapsed, smashing all the crockery. As I was leaving a man asked me to clean up the tables.

In Waitrose, bananas once again rotting on the shelves.

I let the guy on the checkout know, and the girl on the information counter. She admitted not good. I agreed not good, especially as I told them last week bananas rotting on the shelves.

On Guildford street market, bananas in this state would be thrown away. But then they have fresh stock, and not sweating in plastic bags.

I mentioned to one of the stallholders. He was appalled, but not surprised. For them, fresh produce is their business, they care.

Nor would find Hisbe in Brighton have fresh produce rotting on the shelves.

But as a lady in Krema said, in Waitrose they do not care, which is why she dos not shop there.

Too often local papers have offers encouraging freebies in corporate chains. Excellent therefore Farnham Herald has an offer of free coffee in Coffee Cherry Artisan Coffee Shop in Alton, no strings attached. Though in realty it is a third of a page ad in the local paper.

Coffee Cherry Artisan Coffee Shop is the weirdest experience I have ever had in a coffee shop. I was refused a coffee because I knew about coffee.

In the offer owner claiming she has nine years experience in coffee indutry. Not the impression I was given.

But by all means take up the offer.

Sustainability Fayre

June 9, 2018

In Gostrey Meadow in Farnham a Sustainability Fayre.

I recall passing through last year, not busy, not many stalls, but maybe I passed through as closing.

A good variety of stalls, far better than at the Farnham Carnival. Something the Farnham Carnival should take note of and act on.

Sadly no coffee stall.

A burger off a farm stall was very good. Though unfortunate not fresh off the grill.

A brief chat with Farnham Town Council. They must exact higher environmental standards in the park for events, get rid of the Tony Fresko ice cream van belching out noxious fumes at the height of small children damaging their brains. They do not own the park, but did not disagree with what I said, maybe we will see change.

A bowl of soup from the vegan cafe that has opened in Downing Street. Far better attitude than the failed deli, and busy. The bread was black. I have never come across black bread.

Excellent cold brew coffee off Krema. Once had one, desire another. Very refreshing on a hot day. Far better than the V60 earlier in the afternoon off Karuna Coffee during a fleeting visit to Aldershot Victoria Day.

Afternoon in Farnham

July 19, 2014

River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow

A pleasant riverside walk along the River Wey, then through Gostrey Meadow and up Downing Street in to the centre of Farnham.

Children were in the river. And who can blame them. It was a hot day. I was tempted to join them.

I thought, when does The William Cobbett have its music festival. Well timed, I looked in and found it was on today. No one playing. Sadly a shadow of a few years ago, excellent music, a hog roast. Today a pretend barbecue.

I sat for a while in the shade of a tree in the graveyard of the Parish Church. I could hear music. I looked inside the church and found rehearsals. Prayer card writ, candle lit, for Cristina.

A long walk around Bishop’s Meadow and Manor Field. Since I last looked, the hay has been cut, bailed, and carted away.

wild flowers in Bishop's Meadow

wild flowers in Bishop’s Meadow

A strip has been ploughed and wild flowers sown. This was on the advice of FoE, but you do not dig up a long established meadow. I expected to find weeds. I was wrong, overcrowded wild flowers of hay meadows. Maybe the seeds will slowly slowly spread. Another area has been fenced off and an orchard planted. One apple tree already had a dozen apples.

A bench I had not seen before overlooking the river. I joined a man, and he told me a little of the river, and where it had flooded.

I thought have a drink in the Hop Blossom, but on checking the timetable, I saw a bus was due, and seeing as the sky was clouding over I thought maybe a thunderstorm. I had misread the timetable, and waited fir the next bus.

Whilst waiting, I walked a little way up Castle Street. I saw yet another chain eatery muscling its way into Farnham. Definitely not good news.

teasel in Manor Field

teasel in Manor Field

field daisies in Bishop's Meadow

field daisies in Bishop’s Meadow

field poppy in Bishop's Meadow

field poppy in Bishop’s Meadow

corn flower in Bishop's Meadow

corn flower in Bishop’s Meadow

Afternoon in Farnham

June 7, 2014

Farnham Parish Church

Farnham Parish Church

Manor Field

Manor Field

wild roses

wild roses

Bishops Meadow

Bishops Meadow

field daises

field daises

I did not manage to get to Farnham until late afternoon, everything closed.

Walking through Gostrey Meadow, Phyllis Tuckwell garden fete packing up. Why the tacky stalls and bouncy castle? I do not know how busy it was, but walking through last week, no publicity, nor had I seen any publicity in any of their charity shops.

Last week I had noticed a fashion shop at 10 Downing Street. A relief as there was a planning application for a tattoo parlour. Today the shops was being stripped. I asked. Pop up shop, we were only here for the day.

The Traditional Plaice is a fish n chip shop in Downing Street. I thought I would try fish n chips in their restaurant out the back. Not somewhere I would recommend. I miss The Barn.

I was pleased to find the Parish Church still open. Outside, white roses had been placed on a very old gravestone, then I noticed on a very old tomb. As the organist was leaving, I asked did he know why. He said no. We agreed, the Parish Church would be ideal venue for The Sixteen.

I was pleased to see in the church porch a poster, Canon Andrew White is giving a talk at Alton Maltings, 1900 Friday 20 June 2014. I never knew Alton had a Maltings. I cannot say I have ever noticed one.

Candle lit, prayer card writ, for Cristina.

A walk around Manor Field.

I now realised, I had missed the last bus. I caught the train.

Walking back through Gostrey Meadow, I was disgusted at the amount of rubbish piled up in the bandstand, I assume from the fête earlier. They had brought it in. No reason why they cannot take it back out.

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