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RESIDENTS from West Hall Care Home off Parvis Road, West Byfleet have been treated to a car engine from the students at Brooklands College’s engineering department.

As part of a community project the students took apart an engine, cleaned it and expanded it so that the residents could view the mechanical workings.

West Hall resident Derek (94) got to grips with the Brooklands’ engine, pictured with college students Sean Tracey and Stacey O’Brien, along with councillor Mary Bridgeman

Full story in the 7 June edition

WHILE cheers and applause are often heard echoing around Chobham’s rugby ground, completely different sounds will be coming from the pitch on an evening in August.

It will be the venue for an open-air cinema event at which the audience is positively encouraged to make some noise. The occasion is the screening of the sing-a-long version of Grease, the classic musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, to raise money for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices charity.

“We promise lots of fun for everyone, on the evening there will be lot of food stalls and fancy dress is very welcome,” said the charity’s community fundraising manager, Alice Windsor.

Hospice staff Alice, Stella, and Tasha get into the Grease sing-a-long mood with their Pink Ladies outfits

For all the details, see the 7 June edition

Dear Editor

I WAS saddened to read in the News & Mail of the passing of Reg Stratton. Reg was one of the finest footballers I have ever seen play for Woking Football Club.

During what was a golden era for the team, Reg Stratton played for the Strollers, (third eleven), Reserves and first team all within eight days! Within a few months he was playing for England.

On April 12th 1958 in front of a crowd of over 70,000 and with millions more watching live on BBC TV, Reg scored the second goal of three in the Amateur Cup Final held at Wembley when Woking defeated Ilford to lift the trophy for the first time. Reg was just 18.

A highly skilled and truly fast left winger, he joined Woking straight from playing for his Aldershot school.

Between 1956/8 at various times Reg was joined by Charlie Mortimore (probably the most popular and successful player ever to have booted up for the club), Charlie’s brother John, Geoff Hamm and Roy Littlejohn in playing for England. In the 57/58 season Reg was – along with Charlie – Woking’s joint top scorer with 27 goals.

I can still see Reg tearing down the left wing placing a perfect pass for Charlie to score yet another goal.

Those were the days.

A life-long Cards fan


Reg Stratton in 1956/57 season

For more local views and opinion, see the Letters in the 7 June edition

AFFORDABLE half-term fun drew nearly 2,000 people to a Woking church last week.

Families enjoyed three days of attractions and entertainment, with exotic animal shows a particular hit.

Queues also formed for the Ferris wheel at Woking United Reformed Church in White Rose Lane on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lilly and Molly Gower meet the petting farm’s billy goat

For the full story and more pictures, see the 7 June edition

CHARITY cyclists from the town saddled up for a gruelling 60km (37 miles) bike ride for charity.

Staff from Field’s Car Centre hit the road and raised almost £1,000 in the Hit the Downs challenge, raising cash for St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospices.

Organiser Chris Maple said: “This was far tougher than even I imagined, it was extremely hard work. I am so proud of the lads for completing this challenge.”

Pictured, from left are charity cyclists Gary Francis, Chris Maple, Dom Vlassak, Keith Harris and Gary Fazackerley

See the 31 May edition for more details

A RESHUFFLE to the executive of Woking Borough Council was announced at last week’s full council meeting.

Made up of six elected councillors and the leader, the executive hold portfolios for areas of council business for which they are responsible.

Out went Mark Pengally, who was portfolio holder for leisure and cultural services when he lost his Mount Hermon seat in the 3 May elections, and Cllr Saj Hussain, who had been the portfolio holder for economic development.

Replacing them on the executive are Cllr Debbie Harlow, now portfolio holder for housing, and Cllr Kevin Davis, the new face of economic development.

The new Executive (from left to right): Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Cllr Kevin Davis, Cllr Ayesha Azad, Cllr David Bittleston, Cllr Debbie Harlow, Cllr Colin Kemp, Cllr Ashley Bowes

For the full story, see the 31 May edition

THE former Quake nightclub in Woking town centre has been relaunched as a new independent music venue.

Now called Fiery Bird, it opened its doors to the public for an over-14s band night on Friday last week.

The building has been renovated to provide a cultural hub for Woking area residents, with music nights and workshops making up some of the venue’s schedule.

the Velveteen Orkestra playing at the opening night of the Fiery Bird community venue]

For the full story, see the 31 May edition

PAUL Campbell took his 1938 MG back to the garage from where he bought it, 50 years to the day that he made the purchase.

In May 1968 the garage, on Wych Hill, was St John’s Service Station and is now SMC SEAT Woking. As reported in the News & Mail on 17 May, the car has had a chequered history and fell into disrepair, until Paul earned enough money to “rescue” his beloved MG.

MG Returns after 50 Years

See the 31 May edition for more details

Dear Editor

THE News & Mail of 17 May published details of the new Town Quay bus stop in Victoria Way, Woking. It was stated that it is located by the Bedser Bridge, but there is no indication anywhere as to why this bridge is so named.

Agreed there are two statues, located on each side, of the famous cricketing twins Alec and Eric Bedser, but it is not readily apparent just who they are. The relevant details are in black and virtually invisible to the casual passer-by.

Surely, considering the vast sums of money being committed to the redevelopment of Woking, such an oversight could be rectified at little cost.

Also, in any case, I suppose only people of a certain age would know of these Woking celebrities.

G West, Woking

For more letters and local opinion, see the 31 May edition

THERE was a time when people from Woking went to Chertsey to do their shopping, evidently as it offered a better selection of shops.

This fact was noted in a supplement the Woking News & Mail published in 1954 to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary. The 20-page booklet, which looked to the past and the future, makes fascinating reading 63 years on.

A view of Chertsey Road, taken in the 1950s

For the full story and more pictures, see the 31 May edition