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A dinner steeped in tradition

Piper, chef holding venison on a platter and the Town Crier.

The hundredth anniversary of votes for women, the end of the first world war and Mike Hawthorn being the first British winner of Formula one are the themes for the after-dinner speeches at this year’s Venison Dinner.

The dinner, which dates back over 400 years, will be held in the historic Great Hall at Farnham Castle on Thursday 8 November.

Pat Frost, Chairman of the Venison Dinner organising committee says: “The first Venison Dinner was held in 1605 and was an attempt by Farnham’s Bailiffs and Burgesses to stop townsfolk from poaching deer from Farnham Park.

“While poaching is no longer a problem, guests will be treated to an evening filled with customs and traditions including the ceremonial carving of the first slice of venison by the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor David Attfield.”

Tickets are priced at £65 each and include a drink on arrival, a four-course meal and coffee. Guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm. Carriages at 11.15pm.

To reserve tickets, please contact Mrs Pat Frost on01252 728663 or 07768 566919 or call Farnham Town Council on 01252 712667.

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