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WOKING Football Club will be holding a minute’s silence before Saturday’s home game against Slough.

“We will be remembering the 50 people massacred while praying at the Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand,” said the club’s chaplain Ian Nicholson.

“As home to the country’s first mosque and recognising the large Muslim communities in both Slough and Woking there will now be a minute’s silence to remember those bereaved, and also to think of all victims of terrorism at this turbulent time.”

A prayer and peace vigil for the victims and families of the New Zealand shootings is being held at the Shah Jahan Mosque on Saturday 23 March, starting at 2pm. All members of the community are invited to attend, to show solidarity and unity against such terror attacks.

THERE was great excitement for 22 youngsters from 1st Knaphill Beavers who were given a bird’s eye view of progress on the three new towers in Woking town centre.

Left to right: Nick Daniell from Sir Robert McAlpine, Miranda Soane Beaver Scout Leader and five Beavers with site mascot Ivor Goodsite and, Jenna, one of three young leaders helping on the visit.

The children, aged six and seven, learnt about construction site safety and had a go at constructing towers themselves before going on-site to see the cranes in action escorted by site engineers and mascot Ivor Goodsite.

Beaver Nihal, 6, said: “I’ve been really looking forward to seeing the buildings and the cranes. It was really good to see them close up.”

Nick Daniell from Sir Robert McAlpine, showing the children around the site said: “It is great to have some community engagement and nurture an interest in engineering from an early age. We hope that some of these youngsters will be interested in joining the construction industry in the future.”

THE annual Midnight Walk to raise funds for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices will have a 1980s theme this year.

Top row, from left; Ali Cole-Wilkin, Susie Roberts, Jane Freeland. Bottom row, from left; Ella Jackson,  Beth Freeland and Megan Freeland.

The charity’s biggest annual fundraising event will include Susie Roberts and her Deans K-As Team who will be walking in memory of her husband Dean who was cared for by the hospice in 2016 before he died aged 54. He was the former chairman of Knaphill Athletic Football Club.

Susie said: “Deans K-As have taken part in the Midnight Walk in Deans memory every year since and we will continue to do so. Seeing all those people standing together makes me realise I’m not on my own. It’s such a fantastic event to be a part of.”

Jayne Cooper, the hospices CEO, said: “Last year we cared for over 2,000 patients, their carers and families across North West Surrey and the Midnight Walk raises the essential funds we need to continue this.”

The eight-mile Midnight Walk route starts and finishes at Woking Leisure Centre starting at 10pm on 21 June, and it is open to girls and woman aged 11 and over.

Registration is now open and if you sign up before 30 April you will enjoy the early bird entry of £15 per entrant. Walkers are encouraging all our walkers to dress in their best 1980’s gear and there will be prizes for the best dressed team and individuals. Walkers can also buy Midnight Walk T-shirts. The event is being sponsored by Trident Honda for the fourth year running and is supported by Freedom Leisure Centre.

FOR more information visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/midnight or call 01483 881752.

For the full story get today’s (21 March) News & Mail

A PROFESSIONALLY narrated production is to be the debut film to be shown in the new planetarium at The Winston Churchill School in St John’s.

Audiences will be treated to an immersive, digital full-dome show, created by a team of top media producers using scientific visualisation techniques.

STAR GAZING: The new planetarium at the Winston Churchill School

The film, Dynamic Earth depicts the inner workings of the Earth’s climate and atmosphere by following a trail of energy originating from the Sun.

Presented by a former pupil who studied astronomy at the school, Matt Elliott, the main feature will be supported by a presentation on the night sky in March, showing the interactive features of the planetarium.

Surround sound speakers and images projected on to the 180-degree dome will conjure up a unique experience during an enjoyable and informative evening.

Each session will be limited to 20 persons and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Dynamic Earth will be shown at 6.30pm and 7.45pm on Friday 22 and Wednesday 27 March and at 2pm and 3.15pm on Saturday 6 April.

Tickets, at £5 per person, can only be purchased in advance from www.wcsc.org.uk/planetarium.

WOKING borough commander Detective Inspector Andy Greaves has said targeting drug-related crime is the priority for local police.

“Drugs are the threads that affects so much crime in the borough,” he told a community meeting in Knaphill last week.

Woking borough commander Detective Inspector Andy Greaves

DI Greaves said this included drug-related violence in the town centre, especially some of the takeaways in Chertsey Road and in surrounding streets where people had been stabbed and seriously injured.

“Walton Court in Sheerwater is a hub of criminal activity, including drug-dealing violence. We have obtained a number of closure orders to protect vulnerable residents from gangs coming in, particularly from London and South Coast.”

“Walton Court in Sheerwater is a hub of criminal activity, including drug-dealing violence. We have obtained a number of closure orders to protect vulnerable residents from gangs coming in, particularly from London and South Coast.”

The Knaphill meeting had been called because of concern about a rise in antisocial behaviour and thefts in the area. DI Greaves added that while reported crime had reduced by 1.5% since last year, there were significant spikes, including a 5.3% increase in drug-related violence and a 7.4% rise in domestic violence.

For the full story get the 14 March edition of the News & Mail

GET set for an evening of fun and laughter, as it’s panto time once again in Ripley – oh yes it is!

Ripley Pantomime is bringing Jack and the Beanstalk to the stage next week to support local charities. It’s the 44th year the group has staged an annual performance, stretching back to 1975 when the PTA of Ripley First School decided to put on a yearly pantomime the children could enjoy.

The Ripley cast from last year’s production of Aladdin

Since then, Ripley Pantomime has annually staged a show together with support from the parents, staff and students of what became Ripley C of E Primary School – but this year’s production is the first without helping hands from the school following its closure last year.

Despite losing the pool of pupils and staff who shared the stage and attended the performances, as well as their school support base who helped in the lead up to the shows, the group is adamant that they will keep performing and raising money for charity.

Money raised from this year’s rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk will be split between several charities including the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, a postnatal support group in Guildford, the St Mary Magdalen Church and the village hall in Ripley.

Rehearsals have been building ahead of opening night next Wednesday, 20 March at the village hall. The show runs to 23 March, with an afternoon matinee on Saturday as well.

Tickets can be bought through Wills & Smerdon on 01483 224343 or booked online at www.ripleypantomime.co.uk. Tickets start at £7 for adults, from £5 for concession and £20 for families.

For more on this story as well as our special picture feature, get the 14 March News & Mail

JEWELLERY and antiques worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been stolen in a burglary in Woking.

Two rings and a pair of earrings were taken from a bedroom of the house in Hockering Road.

STOLEN: Bronze La Rosee figure

Two antique figures and a Georgian tea caddy were also taken.

One of the figures is a bronze La Rosee, possibly made in the late 19th century and 70cm (2ft 4in) tall, and the other a bronze winged statue, inscribed “H’Dailion” and measuring 50m (1ft 8in).

STOLEN: The yellow and white gold ring with sapphire

The jewellery consisted of a pair of diamond pendant earrings in platinum, handmade by Baileys of Horsell, an 18ct yellow and white gold claw set stone sapphire and diamond ring and a three-stone brilliant cut diamond claw set platinum ring.

A Surrey Police spokesman said that officers were called around 2.50pm on Monday this week after reports of a break-in.

“Have you been offered any jewellery or antiques for sale matching the descriptions above? If you have, or you can help us with any other information, please call 101 (999 in an emergency) and or report it online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore , quoting the reference number PR/45190014823,” he added.

For the full story and pictures get the 14 March edition of the News & Mail

SCOUTS are getting extra support at events they run or take part in, thanks to the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Munro has presented the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team with a van which is being used as a control centre.

GIFT: Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro with members of Surrey Scouts Event Support Team and the van

The vehicle was previously used by police patrols using automatic vehicle number plate recognition (APNR) equipment on roads around the county.

It has been converted to house equipment providing support at both Scouting and community events such as the Ripley Bonfire.

The support team’s deputy manager, Callum Hawker, said: “We would like to thank the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for his donation of the van, which has already been used at numerous events.

“It has radio and CCTV equipment for event control, first aid supplies, and a welfare area for the team to use. The convenience of all these things in one place makes it an ideal control room.”

Mr Munro commented: “It’s great to be of help and thanks for all you do for Scouting.”

More than 13,600 young people aged from six to 25 are involved in Surrey’s 176 Scout groups, which have 3,423 adult volunteers.

Each of the 18 districts in the county has its own support unit, which can call on the help of the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team.

The team’s services include providing first aiders and stewards and setting up a communications system.

A SUCCESSFUL meeting of Knaphill residents addressed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and the police borough commander, could lead to regular similar gatherings across Woking.

DI Andy Greaves addressing the meeting on Monday

The meeting at Knaphill Baptist Church on Monday evening was organised by borough councillor Melanie Whitehand and attended by more than 40 residents who heard presentations from David Munro, the PCC, and Detective Inspector Andy Greaves.

Topics discussed included a perceived increase in anti-social behaviour and burglaries in the area.

The PCC said that the police neighbourhood teams would be doubled in size after the increase in the police precept part of the 2019/20 council tax.

“People say they don’t see enough officers and the reason is that there aren’t enough of them because we haven’t got the money to pay for them.

“One of our aims is to get back on the streets with the resources we’ve got. Antisocial behaviour is sometimes called a low-level crime but it isn’t low level at all to people who suffer it.”

DI Greaves said a good way of dealing with youths causing disruption to residents and businesses was for the local authority to issue a public space protection order. This order could then be enforced if breached, as the police had to follow a process, especially when dealing with children.

For the full story get the 7 March edition of the News & Mail – for more on tackling knife crime, see the 14 March edition available this Thursday

REPRESENTATIVES from all sections of the community gathered at the HG Wells Centre on Saturday night to raise money for a good cause.

YORK ROAD PROJECT: Mel Roth, Cath Stamper, Cherisse and Steve Dealtry

A glamourous swirl of evening dresses and dinner suits caught the eye as people attended the Mayor’s Civic Ball in support of the York Road Project, raising more than £7,254 for the Woking charity which looks after the homeless in the borough.

“It was great to welcome representatives from business, charities, community groups and political life,” said Woking Mayor Cllr Will Forster. “Many thanks to everyone who came along and donated to support the York Road Project, thank you all!”

HOSTS: The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Hannah Thompson

The black-tie event began with a drinks reception in the Griffin Lounge, before the guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment from the Crashing Waiters – which involved everyone present banging out rhythms on various kitchen utensils – and dancing. The evening also included an auction and raffle.

“It’s been a great honour for York Road Project to be the Mayor’s chosen charity during his tenure and the Civic Ball demonstrated the amazing level of support we’ve received from the Woking community,” said Cath Stamper, the charity’s chief executive.

“The Civic Ball was an excellent evening, we were delighted to be there and it helped to further raise the profile of our charity locally,” added Cherisse Dealtry, deputy chief executive.

For the full picture feature pick up the 7 March edition of the News & Mail