Editorial Team


A SECOND referendum on the UK’s exit deal with the European Union would be virtually impossible to arrange, says the MP for Woking.

Jonathan Lord said on Saturday that there was not enough parliamentary time to pass the legislation required for a People’s Vote.

Woking MP Jonathan Lord speaking at the Brexit discussion organised by the Woking Debates committee


Mr Lord was speaking at a special discussion on Brexit organised by the Woking Debates committee, held at Christ Church in the town centre.

“A second referendum would be even more divisive and split the country even more than the first,” he told an audience of more than 40 people. “A lot of people having been told by the party leaders that it’s the sole decision of the people; a second vote would be very problematical.”

He defended his decision to support the leave camp despite Woking voting 56% remain, 44% leave. He had been very straight with constituents at last year’s General Election and was re-elected.

Mr Lord said he generally supported Theresa May’s attempt to negotiate her “Chequers Agreement” deal with the EU.

If this failed, he preferred a Canada Plus Plus Plus deal – a free trade agreement which removes 95.5% of tariffs and gives access to the EU single market, complying with the union’s rules on products but without the requirement to contribute to the EU budget.

See the 15 November edition of the News & Mail for the full story

THE 25th Woking Beer Festival has raised more than £3,000 for the homelessness charity, the York Road Project.

The money came from sales of raffle tickets at the three sessions at the Leisure Centre last weekend. The YRP is the mayor’s charity and Cllr Will Forster, Mayoress Hannah Thompson and several volunteers were out in force selling raffle tickets.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Hannah Thompson, with volunteer barmen

Around 3,500 people attended the festival, which is believed to be the only one of its kind with singalongs accompanied by a Wurlitzer organ.

John Mintram, who runs Thurstons Brewery in Horsell, said the 25th Woking Beer Festival was very good with the Friday evening session particularly crowded.

He said the singalong to the Wurlitzer organ was as popular as ever.

“By 10pm on the Friday, everybody was singing,” he said.

For the full report, see the 15 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING manager Alan Dowson has no qualms about drawing Swindon Town away in the Second Round Proper of this year’s Emirates FA Cup.

Max Kretzschmar blasts the vital penalty against Torquay. Picture by David Holmes

A hard-earned 1-0 win against league rivals Torquay United on Saturday booked Dowson’s side in the next round, winger Max Kretzschmar smashing home his sixth penalty of the season three minutes into the second half to the delight of the 323 travelling supporters.

Speaking live on BBC2 from the Hampton & Richmond Borough’s Jezzards Beveree Stadium on Monday night, Dowson was notably pleased with the draw, citing it off camera as a “winnable tie” following the sacking of The Robins’ manager Phil Brown at the weekend.

Max Kretzschmar celebrates firing Woking into the Second Round of the FA Cup. Picture by David Holmes

Swindon reached the second round following their 2-1 win at home to National League North side York City, but Dowson senses an opportunity for the Cards.

“You always want to try and get a home draw, but if you happen to be drawn away from home, you want a league club, and we have.

“Swindon are in a bit of disarray at the moment; they’re struggling at the wrong end of League 2 and they’ve just sacked their manager, so we’ve got the best chance we’ll have of going there and potentially causing an upset,” he added.

For full match report and pictures, see the 15 November edition of the News & Mail

TRUDI Fletcher is on a mission to raise more than a tonne of products for Woking Foodbank by Christmas.

She rallied the community to donate that amount in 2017 and is determined to collect even more stock for the charity’s shelves this year.

Trudi, of Connaught Crescent, Brookwood, is stepping up her efforts to get the village involved in her festive campaign in support of people in crisis.

Trudi Fletcher and young helpers with a consignment of donations. Pushing the sleigh are Mollie-Ann Bayliss (left) and Amber Kiy, with Eloise Brennan on board. Picture by Rob Searle

“It was a massive community effort last year and I’m aiming to do even better this year,” she told the News & Mail. “I particularly want to get young people involved and am already getting a lot of help from young people in collecting donations.”

This year, she will be raising her profile on the streets by collecting supplies in a Santa’s sleigh based on a trolley donated by Homebase at Knaphill.

“The trolley was kindly transformed by Phil Bayliss, of PA Bayliss Carpentry in the village,” said Trudi. “He’s done a magnificent job.”

She has also had valuable support from the Co-op store at St John’s, which donated 1,000 carrier bags to be used to distribute food to the individuals and families supported by Woking Foodbank.

Trudi and helpers will be collecting around the area in the lead-up to Christmas. Donations can also be left at Brookwood Club and at the post office counter in Bakers Dozen, both in Connaught Road, Brookwood.

To join Trudi’s campaign, contact her on trudifletcher@rocketmail.com.

For the full story, see the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy helped to prevent more injuries at a funfair in Woking Park on Saturday when he raised the alarm after he and a number of other children fell from a crowded inflatable slide.

Ehsan Anwar-Khan, of Old Woking, had tried to stop his brother Raif, 10, from falling from the top of the 30ft slide but fell with him, hitting his head. Ehsan ran to alert his father, Naveed, who was standing at the front of the slide and children were prevented from climbing up the structure.

The boys were among eight children who were treated in hospital at the incident at the Bonfire Night fireworks and funfair.


Emergency services arriving at the funfair on Saturday night

The boys’ mother, Nahdia Akbar, a GP, arrived at the fairground shortly after the incident after taking her parents shopping.

She said there were numerous paramedics treating injured children.

“They were amazing – I can’t say thank you enough,” Nahdia said.

She said her sons told her that they had been on the slide four or five times without incident when suddenly there seemed to be a large number of children on the inflatable.

“My youngest said he felt it was giving way and felt wind blowing on him.”

Nahdia said she hoped that regulations concerning fairground inflatables would be tightened. She said that the injured children should be getting support for post-trauma: “Physical injuries heal, but mental injuries take a lot longer.”

For the full story and pictures from the night, see the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING boss Alan Dowson praised his side’s character from coming back to draw 2-2 with Chippenham Town last Saturday.

A late stoppage time goal from Jamaica international footballer Jamar Loza was enough to give the cards a share of the points at Hardenhuish Park and maintain the charge on Billericay Town at the top of the National League South table.


Jamar Loza (left) celebrates with Max Kretzschmar. Picture by David Holmes

After a relatively uneventful first half, it was the hosts who got their noses in front just eight minutes before the break. And one goal soon became two nine minutes after the interval, when indecision at the heart of the Woking defence from a long throw enabled Karnell Chambers to capitalise again to double the hosts’ tally.

Woking were thrown a lifeline when Nuno Felix fouled Toby Edser in the box. It paved the way for Loza to pull a goal back for the visitors from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining.

With The Cards increasingly on top, an equaliser looked inevitable; so when Loza’s cross was deflected into the net to make it 2-2 two minutes into stoppage time, The Bluebirds were in meltdown.

Loza hits the ball across that leads to Woking’s equaliser. Picture by David Holmes

“I was disappointed with the two soft goals we conceded; however, I thought we played well and probably could have won the game had we taken a couple of other chances,” Dowson told the News & Mail.

“All in all, I was pleased with the players’ attitude and the character they showed to come back to draw 2-2,” added Dowson.

For the full report and pictures, get the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

SHEERWATER kept up the pressure at the top of the league as they eventually came good to beat basement club Cove 2-0.

The Taylor brothers took the game by storm as their goals helped The Sheers take all three points at The Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

After easing past Eversley & California 3-1 the previous weekend, Sheers’ boss Pete Ruggles made two changes to the starting XI, with defenders Luca Scanella and Andrew Charles both given the nod.

Luca Scannella battles hard for Sheers. Picture by Andy Fitzsimons


As many expected, the hosts dictated play from pretty much the first whistle in a match that had all the hallmarks of a home win.

The win now puts pressure on Bedfont & Feltham to win their two games in hand as the title chase starts to heat up ahead of the big freeze.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Ruggles said: “I’m very happy with the result; I thought we played well and kept a clean sheet, which is all I can ask of the players.

“It took a while for us to score, but with all the chances we were getting, I knew we would score eventually. It was a dominant performance,” he added.

For the full match report, get the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM’s season took another setback when they lost to Darfordians 37-17 in London One South last Saturday.

It was Chob’s sixth defeat in nine matches, which leaves them perilously close to the drop-zone, with only points difference separating them and Chichester.

Jayde Cruickshank forges on for Chobham. Picture by John O’Brien

Buoyed by their narrow home win against Havant the previous Saturday, Ryan Gregory’s injury-stricken squad travelled to Bexley, south-east London, in fighting spirit.

The first half ebbed and flowed, albeit with Dartfordians seizing the key moments to take a comfortable 21-3 lead into the break.

The visitors mirrored their bright start to the first half in the second, but again the home side stuck to their tasks to make life difficult for Chob in the final 22.

Chobham’s Dom Sammut on the charge. Picture by John O’Brien

They were, however, still able to register their first try through a fantastic driven maul from a lineout all of 20 yards out, superbly finished by Ed Wynne and converted by Robjohn.

With the score now 21-10, the visitors sensed they had more tries in them. Unfortunately though, the pendulum of good fortune fell the way of Darfordians, who capitalised on Chob’s high press to add two further tries and a penalty to run out 37-10 winners.

Speaking after the match, Gregory said: “It was another game that could have been, and indeed should have been for the taking, but yet again we come away empty-handed.”

For the full report, see the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

EIGHT children were rushed to hospital after disaster struck at the funfair that was part of the fireworks display at Woking Park on Saturday evening.

An inflatable slide collapsed and police evacuated the event to allow air ambulance to land in the park.

“Our clinicians have treated children on scene for potentially serious injuries,” said an ambulance service spokesman. “Along with our colleagues at the air ambulance, our crews are transporting the patients to major trauma centres in London.”

Woking Park was closed to the public on Sunday morning, with the deflated slide sectioned off by police tape pending further investigations.

Surrey Police declared a major incident following the injuries: “We worked with the organisers of the event to evacuate the site, in order to allow the emergency services to do their work, and to allow the air ambulance to land.

“We are grateful to the public of Woking for their understanding and assistance in quickly evacuating the scene,” said a police spokesman.

“We are pleased to update that seven of the eight victims were discharged overnight. The eighth victim was kept in overnight for observations, but his injuries are not thought to be significant.

“The Health and Safety Executive have been informed. We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has video or photographic footage of what happened, to make contact with Surrey Police via 101, or surrey.police.uk/ReportIt, quoting reference PR/P18262524.”

Social media was full of messages of support for the injured children and their families, and also praised the event organisers for the quick and calm evacuation of the site which saw the planned firework display cancelled.

For the full report, pictures and reactions, see the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING’s indifferent league form continued last Saturday after they lost 3-1 at home to fellow promotion-chasers Bath City.

The Romans leap-frogged The Cards into third in the National League South table after an accomplished performance at The Laithwaite Community Stadium.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside the first 23 minutes, after Adam Mann and Robbie Cundy both found the back of the net, albeit with the aid of the crossbar.

Bath hit their third goal from the penalty spot. Picture by David Holmes

Max Kretzschmar pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 31st minute, before City’s Anthony Straker made it 3-1 with another spot-kick in the 38th minute.

Following their heroics in the FA Cup against Welling United to reach the First Round Proper, Cards’ boss Alan Dowson needed his players to show up in the league with memories of the club’s fall from grace last season.

Dowson shuffled the pack in the second half as The Cards searched for a way back into the game with on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Toby Edser curling a long-range shot wide.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong puts the Bath keeper under pressure. Picture by David Holmes

Kretzschmar then went inches away to doubling his and Woking’s tally midway through the second period; but after cutting inside into the area, his shot smashed against the post, which deflected out for a goal kick.

It was a much-improved second half performance from Woking, but they lacked the end product, with Hodges firing over after strong build-up play from Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

For the full report and pictures, see the News & Mail’s 1 November edition