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THE CALL is out for 1,000 ‘heroes’ to swish their capes and join the 10th annual Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Midnight Walk on Friday 19 May.

The women-only event, sponsored by Trident Honda, aims to recruit 1,000 walkers topping last year’s tally of more than 900 who raised more than £120,000 for the charity.  The Walk starts at Woking Leisure Centre at 10pm to follow an eight-mile route back to the centre, with refreshments halfway at the new hospice site. Freedom Leisure, which operates Woking Leisure Centre, is providing the venue as well as training support for participants.

Walkers can buy a bright pink ‘hero’ cape through Woking & Sam Beare Hospice which they can customise at home or at a ‘pimp my cape’ stall at the beginning of the walk, to wear with a free event T-shirt. The now-traditional bunny ears will also be on sale at the event.

Patricia Chipping

Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper, who will be walking with the members of the hospice executive team, says: “I hope lots of ladies will be inspired to join us, as everyone who fundraises and support our charity is a hero to us! A big thank you to Trident Honda, our headline sponsors, who are supporting this fantastic event for the first time.”

Patricia Chipping, who was Sponsorship Superstar in the 2016 event, having singlehandedly raised £2,100 when she completed the walk with her 22-year-old granddaughter Emily, has already signed up for this year’s event. “Both my best friend Barbara and her husband Colin received their care, and my husband Roy also passed away in the hospice. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years before being diagnosed with lung cancer,” she says.

“For me, staying on the ward was such a relief, because I knew that I didn’t have to cope by myself, and that I could always have a break knowing that Roy would be supported. I was also comforted to know that I wouldn’t be alone when he passed away.”

To find out more or to sign up for your early bird £10 Midnight Walk place (discount available until 3 April, places £15 after that date) please visit www.wsb-midnightwalk.co.uk. If you would like to support the new build appeal you can also donate online through www.wsbhospices.co.uk/newbuild.

STUDENTS aiming to be Formula 1 engineers have been given a big boost by a Woking businessman.

Billy Gallon, boss of the Buckingham car dealership in Albert Drive, Sheerwater, has stepped in to support a motor racing team run by Brooklands College.

The extra funding will enable the college’s motorsport engineering degree course students to travel around Britain to compete throughout the 2017 UK Formula Vee championship season.

Billy – (MD Buckingham of Guildford – third on the left) with his staff, together with Jake Hockley (Driver) and the team from Brooklands College.

Their car, a 130mph single-seater based around Volkswagen parts, is owned and driven by cyber security company chief Jake Hockley, 39, and all the maintenance is carried out at Brooklands.

Now students, many of whom hope to work in F1 after graduating, will be able to look after the vehicle during race meetings at circuits including Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.

The team will be known as Buckingham Brooklands College Racing.

Mr Gallon, 59, said: “This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for Buckingham to put something back into the local community.

“It will also help to bring along Britain’s next generation of engineers, who are sorely needed by the motor trade, both on the track and on the road.

“It makes sense for Buckingham, as VW dealers, to have a connection with a nationwide championship for cars that use VW parts.

“Apart from anything else, being involved in a racing team should be a lot of fun for me, my family and our workforce.”

Students Dominic Connors and Adam Burch, both 19, are among those who believe the project will be an important stepping stone to F1 or other international motorsport championships.

Dominic, whose ambition is to become a top racing car designer, said: “This is a great way to get there.

“This sort of racing is where companies and teams look for future employees and even by itself it will give me a really good experience of working with a team.”

Adam, who hopes to become a data analyst, added: “It’s 100 per cent about experience in the motorsport world, so every race I attend will go on my CV and will definitely help me to land a job after graduating.

“To be able to say I’ve helped to run a team at a track is so much better than just saying I’ve been in a workshop.”

The team is stepping up to a full season of racing after dipping a toe in the water last year by undertaking a limited campaign without sponsorship.

Its value was shown when one of the students involved, Toby Cook, landed a job with the renowned M-Sport team, which ran World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier to victory in this year’s Monte Carlo Rally.

JUDY Murray visited the David Lloyd club in Woking to give a tennis training workshop to local children on the first stop in a six-day tour of the country.

The mother of world No1 singles player Sir Andy and former world No1 doubles players Jamie, gave a one-hour masterclass for the health and fitness clubs’ junior members.

The sessions are aimed at increasing participation in tennis and sport in general and encourage youngsters to get more active.

Judy said: “The same motor skills underpin every sport and these can be developed in a fun and natural way through family play.

“A child’s first port of call when they want to try any activity is the parent so the more we can engage the whole family, the better.”

Dave Clarke, Head of Junior Tennis at David Lloyd, said: “It was terrific having Judy down here today.

“It is great to see how Judy simplifies coaching for all levels, while managing to keep the sessions fun and engaging.”

David Bulgin, David Lloyd Clubs Group Racquets Manager, said: “We are very excited to be working with Judy Murray in her new role as coach consultant.”

British Paralympic Champion Hannah Russell MBE is encouraging people in her local town to sign up to take part in the 30th anniversary charity Swimathon on 7-9 April at Woking Swimming Pool.

Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie (formerly Marie Curie Cancer Care) – the official partner of the Swimathon.

Russell, 20, who won two gold medals at the Rio Olympics thanks to success in the S12 50m freestyle and S12 100m Backstroke, said: “Swimming has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. However, the Swimathon is particularly poignant. Not only is it a brilliant way to improve your fitness levels, I have also had family members and friends experience breast cancer, so raising money for Marie Curie helps everyone’s health.”

For the former Woking Swimming Club member, swimming has enabled her to follow a sporting pathway like no other – from the people she’s met to the challenges she thought she’d never conquer.  She said: “Sport teaches you to set targets and to have the right attitude and commitment to reach those targets.  The Swimathon is no different, so I would encourage people to sign up, set themselves a target and go for it. It’s all in aid of a really good cause too,” added Russell.

Emily Akeroyd, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re so grateful for Hannah’s support for this year’s Swimathon. She is a tremendous athlete and we hope having her support will inspires others in the area to sign up. The money raised from this year’s event will help Marie Curie to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”

Last year, the charity cared for and supported more than 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK.  It employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals – providing expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance for those with a terminal condition.

Russell will be at Woking Swimming Pool from 9am on 7 April to meet participants and enable them to see her Paralympic medals and MBE honour up close.

For more details about Swimathon, including how to sign up visit: www.swimathon.org  or call Woking Swimming Pool on 01483 771122

FANS of colourful butterflies have until Sunday 5 March to visit creatures from around the world emerging from their pupae at RHS Garden Wisley.

The event, which began in January, provides a spectacular winter show in the warmth of The Glasshouse.  Woking families have been flocking to the enclosure where the butterflies from as far away as the Philippines, El Salvador, Belize and large parts of Africa have been putting on a magnificent display.

The February half-term was particularly popular with many children getting their first sight of such a huge number of butterflies. It was the perfect opportunity for parents to find a different way of spending the school break and helping to instil a love of the natural world.

Butterflies at Wisley

Among the thousands of butterflies, there are 15 species that have never been seen previously at Wisley, including blue waves, giant swallowtails and tiger leafwing. The blue morpho, giant owl, king swallowtail and Malay lacewing are flying among tree ferns, palms and creepers in the glasshouse tropical zone.

At sunset, some of the butterflies have been engaging in mating flight.

The final weekend of the event is likely to get very busy and earlier this week some families took the chance to beat the crowds and marvel at the flying beauties all around them.

WOKING Street Angels, set up six years ago to be a calming influence in the town late at night, commissioned eight new volunteers at a church service on Sunday.

The independent charity, which has clocked up around 16,560 hours of night patrols, also recommissioned and gave thanks for its current 45 members.

The service was at St Nicholas’ Church, Pyrford, on Sunday, conducted by the Curate of Wisley and Pyrford, the Rev Charlie Lamont.

The congregation included Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro, Woking Mayor Anne Murray and her consort Michael Smith, and Woking Borough Council Deputy Chief Executive Douglas Spinks.

Surrey Police say violent crime in Woking town centre during the hours of late-night drinking has reduced by 64% since the Street Angels started their patrols between 10pm and 4am.

Woking Street Angels Commisioning Service












Charity trustee Laura Croker said members worked mainly with people suffering from the effects of drink who needed help. These included those who had become split up from their friends and visitors to the town who did not know the area.

“We work closely with the police, the CCTV operators, door guards, street marshals and taxi marshals to help keep people in distress safe,” she told the News & Mail.

“The Street Angels look out for signs of disturbances developing and try to diffuse problems but without putting themselves in harm’s way.”

Woking Streets are always looking for recruits, aged over 18, who are given comprehensive training for the role. To ensure their safety on the streets, they always work in teams of two or three with mandatory rest periods through the night.

Patrols are on Friday and Saturdays, with extra duties added on special occasions such as New Year’s Eve and A-level results night. Members typically do one duty a month with extra

MORE information is available at www.wokingstreetangels.org.uk or by contacting wokingstreetangels@gmail.com.

RIPLEY Firework Association has donated £10,000 to local charities following the success of its bonfire in November 2016.

The beneficiaries were formally announced at its annual local giving event, which took place at Ripley Cricket Club on Sunday, 19 February.  They included, Woking Hospice, Ripley’s Over-60s Club and the Surrey Air Ambulance.

As well as paying for the upkeep for the Christmas lights display, the Association has also supported 10 other local community groups, including: the scouts, and other youth and adult sports groups.

Since its inception in 2004, the Ripley Bonfire Night has been a huge success.  Over the past 12 years, it has raised in excess of £83,000, which has been distributed to the charities and local organisations associated with the Ripley area.

Vernon Wood, Chairman of the Ripley Firework Association, told the News and Mail:“The success of the event is thanks to all supporters, volunteers and committee members.  Their collective contribution enables us to also support a number of worthy organisations in Ripley.”

The presentation was attended by the chairlady of the Parish Council, Jennie Cliff, who said: “Many aspects of the village are recognised by the bonfire committee; therefore, we are grateful for their financial contribution and ongoing support to the local community.”

From left to right: Edna Millis (chair of the over 60s), Jennie Cliff (Chair of the Parish Council), Scout Leader Sarah Harrison, Bonfire Queen Lexie Hyde who led the 2016 bonfire procession, her father Damien Hyde, Chairman of the Ripley Firework Association Vernon Wood, firework committee member Steve Hill. In centre, scout Lewis Harrison.

WORLD-renowned jewellery designer Theo Fennell returned to Woking’s Winston Churchill School for the fifth year to run a masterclass for students, offering them a chance to win two work experience opportunities at his London workshop.

Welcoming his return to the school on Friday, Joanna Blackman, Deputy Subject Leader for Technology, said: “Winston is the only secondary school he offers this unique drawing and design experience to. In the past, Theo has also offered two Winston students work experience in his workshop and studio in Fulham Road, London, which is a really amazing opportunity”

Year 10 and 9 design technology students who wanted to take part in one of the three 40-minute master classes had to submit a jewellery design inspired by Theo’s own highly imaginative designs. During the sessions he showed his sketch books and some of his jewellery. He then set them challenges around the theme of Heroes and Heroines, either dead or alive, famous or family, for whom they would like to design a piece of jewellery that represents their interests and personality.

Students chose to design items for a variety of people from Jessica Ennis Hill to the Queen to members of their own families. Theo got them to think about birthstones, signs of the zodiac as well as known interests and skills of these people to design pendants, opening rings and brooches.

Theo Fennell at WCS

The students will continue to work and develop their ideas further before they are sent to Theo to select the eight students who will be invited to visit his workshop and studio at Fulham Road, London. The school hopes that two of these will be chosen to undertake work experience with Theo and his team of artists.

WOKING Shopmobility held its 23rd annual Pancake Race in the town centre on Tuesday and drew a record number of teams.

Twenty groups of four took part in the traditional Shrove Tuesday dash held as a relay. The fleet
-footed team from Woking Shopping took first place and the annual shield.

Shopmobility administration officer Paula Garner said the event was the wheelchair and mobility scooter hire service’s biggest single fundraising event and was expected to hit the £1,500 mark.

The charity has been operating for 25 years and provides those with mobility difficulties the ability to move more easily around the town centre shops and entertainment.

THREE Woking men are to hike more than 400 miles from John O’Groats to Glasgow in aid of a cancer charity.

Paul Huggett, 45, his business partner Phil Hazelden, 51, and Phil’s son Ben, 19, will be raising funds for the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation run by musician Mike Peters.
Paul said that Mike, who has had three diagnoses of blood cancer in various forms, was a huge influence on him in his teenage years.

“He and his band Alarm have such a tremendously positive outlook on life. His message is that if you have a dream and want to do something, then you should do it.

“It was very enlightening to me and the positive thoughts have stayed with me,” Paul said.

Paul, who lives in Send, will end his part of the journey in Glasgow while Phil and Ben will continue on to Land’s End.

They plan to set off on 12 May and hope to reach Glasgow by 19 June.

Paul, a former Winston Churchill School pupil who attends the Woking Vineyard Church, is a keen hiker and backpacker and said the idea was to be self-sufficient and carry as much of your supplies and equipment as possible.

“We will have to organise a food drop at a hotel in the Highlands, but apart from that, I will have everything with me.”

Paul has put in many miles of training since last February, including a 100-mile hike in the Brecon Beacons.

His main training ground is Newland’s Corner, near Guildford, and Martha’s Hill.

“I do a lot of running locally but to simulate what I’ll be doing I need hills.”

Paul joked that his wife Nicky will be delighted to see him go on the trip.

“She is very supportive – she runs with me and will be following me on the internet.”

Paul said Nicky will be looking after the youngest of their three children.

He said one of the worst aspects of a very long journey was homesickness.

“You get go from very high to very low and back again very quickly. In the Pennines, it was raining and we came across a barn that was very warm and suddenly we went from feeling down to being happy.”

Paul said one of the attractions of the long walks was the simplicity. “Your main thoughts are ‘where is the next water source’ and ‘is my pack dry’”.


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