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THREE-year-old Kyron looks a bit uncertain on meeting a clown up close but he really did enjoy the show in a big top at Chobham last Friday.

Kyron and mum Gemma, from Knaphill, had been to a performance by Cirque Nomandie in the village recreation ground.

Tolly the clown, Kyron and Gemma with aerial acrobat Samna

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FORMER Woking school pupil and author Kazuo Ishiguro has been knighted and a Byfleet community stalwart given a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Kazuo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year, attended Woking County Grammar School for Boys from 1966 to 1973. He was appointed OBE for services to literature in 1995.

Jim Allen, chairman of the Byfleet Heritage Society, received a BEM for services to the community. He has lived in the village for almost 70 years.

“I feel very honoured and chuffed to bits,” he said. “It’s a great honour, I’m very pleased.”

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

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PARK Road in Woking held their annual Street Party on Sunday 3 June in the sweltering heat, with a plant sale raising more than £280 for Woking Hospice.

This was the tenth continuous year for the local event with over 100 residents, family and friends attending, including residents from neighbouring Ivy Lane and Sylvan Close.

Neighbours get together to enjoy the food and ambience in Park Road

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AN OPPORTUNITY to take part in a dramatic script reading for visitors to the forthcoming Camberley International Festival – as if for live radio – is being offered by Woking playwright Liz Lennie.

No professional acting or reading experience is required and the chance to take part is open to any festival visitor – to read one of the parts of the play, create improvised sound effects, or simply join the audience and enjoy the reading.

The free event, the premier of Liz’s latest play, Tinkler, is being held in the upstairs Studio of the Camberley Theatre from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on the evening of the last day of the festival which runs from June 20 to 23.

Woking playwright Liz Lennie

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Dear Editor

MIND would like to thank all of our 2,100 hardworking volunteers who have given their time in Mind’s charity shops this year and tell them how much of a difference they make. I want to echo that and say a huge thank you to all the volunteers in the Woking branch’s shop, in Broadway, Knaphill, without whom we simply would not be able to keep going.

We are always in need of passionate volunteers willing to clean items, sort them, create brilliant displays and assist our customers. Only with their support are we able to raise vital funds for Mind to continue its services, including the Mind Infoline, information and advice services and the campaigning we do to ensure that the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem each year gets both support and respect.

I’m also calling on readers to support Mind’s shop at Knaphill, by volunteering to work there, even it’s just a couple of hours twice a week. Volunteering can feel great, while also giving back to the community.

A recent survey found that 89% of Mind’s charity shop volunteers say that volunteering has built up their confidence. Volunteering can also provide you with the chance to develop new skills or build work experience and can even support you in obtaining an NVQ.

I urge readers to pop in and find out more about how they can support us to help secure a better life for the one in four people who experience a mental health problem every year.

Chris Nash

The Mind Shop

Broadway, Knaphill

Volunteers in the Woking Mind shop. From left, Alison Cale, Doreen Graham, Jeremy Cawley, Georgia Eastley and Jack Hodgson

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IT MUST have been a tight squeeze in Woking Council’s chamber when its offices occupied a number of former detached houses, post-war prefabs and huts in Guildford Road.

The picture here is thought to date from about 1973-74, with David Robinson seen in the chairman’s seat. He was the last chairman of the former Woking Urban District Council.

The council offices had been in a purpose-built building in Commercial Road from 1906. It was rather small and the council soon outgrew it, along with the growth and needs of the district. In 1939 the majority of the council’s departments moved to what was supposed to be temporary accommodation in Guildford Road. They remained there for just over 40 years!

Inside the chamber of Woking Urban District Council in the 1970s. The now late David Robinson was the chairman and is seen wearing his badge of office

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A NEW dance and performing arts school for children – with top professional teachers and coaches – has opened at Sheerwater.

Megan Blower Academy of Dance and Performing Arts holds classes at Bishop David Brown School, where it has the use of facilities which include sprung floors, mirrors and ballet barres.

The age range is three to 18 and there are already 17 young people studying ballet, tap, modern and free jazz dancing.

Academy student Imogen Sabharwal, aged 12, with principal Megan Blower

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THE world’s only museum devoted to hockey has been officially opened in its new Woking town centre home.

Guests from the hockey world, trustees, volunteers and borough councillors were among those who gathered at 13 High Street to see the unique enterprise relaunched.

The museum, which was started in 2011, has moved to a former menswear shop on the corner of Chapel Street from premises in Poole Road, Woking.

Trustee David Wareham (right) with guests David and Rae Robbins in front of one of the First XI exhibits

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WOKING runner Rob Starbuck has raced his way through five marathons in five days to raise money for charity.

The gruelling 137-mile challenge known as The Forces March follows the route of a legendary World War 2 training march from Ilfracombe in Devon to Bulford in Wiltshire.

Rob, who works in the advertising department of the News & Mail, was raising funds for the support of UK armed forces’ families through The Veterans Charity.

Rob and Debbie skip their way to the end of the 137-mile challenge

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TWO winners of the BBC MasterChef series and an Emmy-nominated chef are among the culinary stars who will appear at the Woking Food and Drink Festival this year.

The three-day festival, from 31 August to 2 September, will feature more than 80 trader stalls selling local and regional produce and dishes, as well as including live cookery demonstrations, talks from local food and drink experts, hands-on cookery workshops, and live entertainment.

The reigning MasterChef Champion, Kenny Tutt, will be demonstrating his skills

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