A WOMAN who died five days after experiencing “appalling” treatment from immigration officers had been supported by a Woking church congregation as she and her husband fought to remain in the UK.

Nancy Motsamai, 35, had been accused of faking illness to prevent her and husband Fusi being put on a flight to South Africa.

For the full story, see the 19 April edition

WOKING voters will have the chance to listen to some of the candidates in the borough council election and ask them questions in a special hustings to be held in the town centre.

The News & Mail and Woking Debate are running the event at Christ Church in Jubilee Square at 11am on Saturday 28 April.

Send your questions for representatives of the parties, including the Independents, to editor@wokingnewsandmail.org with “Election Debate” in the subject field.

In an election special this week, the News & Mail has a list of all the candidates standing on 3 May with a photograph of each one and a statement or short biography.

For the full story and two-page election special, see the 19 April edition

The caption for Tony Kremer, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Horsell, incorrectly lists him as a Conservative.

Buddhists gathered at the temple in Brookwood last weekend for the Songkran festival that marks the Thai New Year. Songkran is an important fixture in the Buddhist calendar with the ceremonial sprinkling of water and friends and family gathering for food and festivities.

For the full story and picture special, see the 19 April edition

PEOPLE from faith groups and community organisations came together for a symposium in Woking promoting the need for peace in the world.

The event, attended by around 90 people on Thursday last week, was hosted in the Maybury Centre by local representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Woking Peace Symposium

For the full story and picture special, see the 19 April edition

Dear Editor

I AM delighted to see that work is being carried out along the A245 Byfleet Road to provide dropped kerbs at the points where drives lead off this very narrow and busy route between West Byfleet and Cobham. This follows a petition presented to the Elmbridge Local Committee in 2017.

CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS – newly installed dropped kerbs on the pavement

For the full letter and other readers’ letters, see the 19 April edition

WOKING FC’s Kingfield Stadium could be redeveloped to higher league standards with some of the surrounding land given to new housing.

The outline proposals are backed by Woking Borough Council, which announced on Tuesday this week that it had reached an agreement with property developer, GolDev Limited.

For the full story, see the 12 April edition

RAY Wilkins, the footballing legend who died last week, played in a Woking FC shirt on two occasions.

The former England, Chelsea, Manchester United and QPR star came to Kingfield to play in testimonial matches.

See the 12 April edition for details and more photos

THE Shah Jahan mosque and the Christian charity His Church have worked together to send aid to Syria worth around £20,000.

The money was raised by the mosque in just four weeks to help the victims of the war, most of whom are young children, women and the elderly.

The mosque manager, Muhammad Habib, said that millions have lost everything due to the war and there is a major need for food, drink and medical supplies.

For the full story, see the 12 April edition

A MAN who fell from the top of The Peacocks multi-storey car park in Woking town centre last week is pictured being wheeled on to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on Wheatsheaf Common. He was flown to St George’s Hospital in South London, where he died earlier this week.

The shopping centre was evacuated, lifts closed and vehicles prevented from entering the car park while the man was treated at the scene on Thursday.

WOKING could get its first drive-through fast food restaurant with a 24-hour, two-storey 180-seat eatery and car park development next to Morrisons in Goldsworth Road.

The plans for a third branch of McDonald’s in the town have raised objections about increased traffic.

For the full story, see the 12 April edition