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HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a traditional day out in the late summer sunshine at Saturday’s West End Show.

The organisers were delighted with the number of people who attended the annual event in Tringham Hall and on the village recreation ground.

Impressive fruit and veg in the horticultural classes

vice-chairman Rachel Bennett said it was felt that the 2019 show was a good tribute to Robin Higgs OBE, the veteran president of West End, Windlesham & District Agricultural and Horticultural Society, who died in June at the age of 87.

Christine Smith’s winning floral arrangement recreated Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the Moon

“Robin felt that the show should always be a traditional village show and that’s what we are determined to continue,” Rachel added. “He also liked to have a fun element and we have carried on with his paper aeroplane competition.”

Entries for classes ranging from floral art to a fun dog show were slightly down this year, leading the committee to decided to step up its publicity on social media for next year.

“We are looking at introducing a family membership so that we can involved younger people at an earlier age,” said Rachel. “We want people of ages to get involved, so that we can continue our village tradition.”

For more information on the society and its show, visit www.wewdahs.org or email info@wewdahs.org.

For more pictures of the event, get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

A RECORD £2,000 was raised for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices at an annual fundraising fishing competition.

Match winner Roger Bell, left, was presented with his trophies by Sam Molnar, whose brother, John Akers, was cared for at Woking Hospice

More than 40 anglers of all ages took part in the event, held in memory of John Akers, who was cared for by Woking Hospice until his death in 2013.

Sean Mitchell, who organised the event on Sunday 8 September at Willinghurst Fishery in Shamley Green, said: “Many of us involved have been touched by the great work done by the hospice in helping our family and friends,

“We’re pleased to be have been able to raise some money for such a great cause.”

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

A NEW garden for children at RHS Wisley has been opened by the Duchess of Cambridge.  

The Back to Nature Garden is inspired by the gardens co-designed by The Duchess at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and is a place for families and friends to have fun in nature, while hopefully also igniting a love for gardening and growing plants.

Kate plants a weeping blue cedar tree with children from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Matt Pottage, curator of RHS Wisley

The Back to Nature Garden includes features from the original garden at RHS Chelsea, including the hollow log and boulders from the waterfall, as well as the wildflower meadow, hidden burrow and rolling hill from RHS Hampton.

As with the other RHS Back to Nature Gardens, the garden at Wisley aims to support The Duchess of Cambridge’s work to highlight how time spent in natural environments can help in building the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. 

“RHS Garden Wisley is our flagship garden, welcoming over a million visitors a year, many of whom are families with young children, who we want to become the next generation of gardeners,” said Sue Biggs, RHS director general. “How magical for these children to play somewhere that has been inspired by gardens co-designed by The Duchess.”

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

THE care given to a terminally ill woman by the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has inspired her son to raise money for the charity by cycling the length of the country.

Chris Read is taking part in the 980-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain, hoping to raise £2,500 for the hospices.

INSPIRED – Chris Read with his son Charlie after completing Ride London this year to raise money for the hospices

Chris has previously raised £6,230 for the hospices by taking part in the Prudential Ride London for the past three years.

The charity looked after his mother Gillian, who lived in Ashford, in her final days around Christmas 2012.

“The care she received was amazing and just as important the care my father received in the months afterwards was life saving. The work they do is truly inspiring and I feel it’s very important for me to give something back,” he said.

FOR more information, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-read28.

For the full story, get the 12 September edition of the News & Mail

WOKING Air Cadets took second place in the Surrey Wing Field Day at Brooklands Museum, capping a busy summer of activities.

Cadets Lily Hallam and Isabella Marzolini complete a cube challenge during Surrey Wing Field Day

1349 (Woking) Squadron, Air Training Corps, entered six out of the nine categories in the field day and were placed or won four of them.

Commanding Officer, Pilot Officer Muir said: “I am so proud of our cadets. This is an amazing result. Many thanks to the staff on the day and those who supported us prior to the event, and well done to everyone.”

The squadron is holding open evenings on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September from 8pm to 9pm in the Hoe Valley Community Building next to Woking Leisure Centre. Boys and girls aged 12 and in Year 8 or over are welcome to join.

For more information, email 1349@aircadets.org or visit @Pride1349 on Facebook or 1349woking on Instagram.

For the full report, get the 12 September edition of the News & Mail

A COUNSELLING charity usually associated with helping couples solve relationship problems has started a service for young people.

Those aged from 10 to 18 who are having difficulties in their life can turn to iRelate for confidential advice.

Young people with overwhelming problems can find help at the new iRelate service

The service has been launched by Relate West Surrey, which helps individuals and families as well as couples.

Children with issues such as low mood, anxiety, problems at home or at school or with friends which they are finding overwhelming and which are interfering with their home life or school can contact iRelate.

Discussions will be kept confidential unless there are concerns about a young person’s safety.

Relate West Surrey chief executive Jill Rawling said: “Growing up can be tough and there are lots of reasons at home or at school that can make life difficult, so it can help to have someone to talk to.

“Whether it’s about coping with exam stress, parents splitting up, bullying or low mood, Relate can provide a safe space to talk. We treat the protection and safeguarding of children with the utmost priority.”

Children aged over 16 can contact iRelate themselves and under 16s can be referred by parents or guardians.

For more information, call Relate on 01483 602998 or email Relate appointments@relatewestsurrey.org.uk.

For the full story get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

ART has the power to make you feel good, and those benefits are available in the centre of Woking at the Lightbox.

The award-winning museum and gallery is launching a new focus on mental wellbeing, for participants in its many specialised workshops, as well as casual and regular visitors.

A session at an Art in Mind workshop

Residents of Woking and beyond are also being offered a new category of annual membership, where they can bring along a guest for the regular and special exhibitions.

The new focus, in a three to five-year plan, begins this week to coincide with the autumn/winter exhibition Scottish Colourists, which opened on Saturday (7 September).

Cordelia Wren, the Lightbox’s development manager, said the gallery and museum had long been involved in community activities with Art in Mind, a specialist workshop for people with early onset dementia starting in 2012.

Cordelia said there were other outreach programmes, such as Art and Craft for Wellbeing, which was run for Woking hospice.

Day passes will cost £7.50 with an option to add a £1 donation. Individual membership will be £30 with £40 for the “plus one guest” option. Joint membership is £50 with £60 for the “plus” option. This means that two joint members can each bring along a separate guest for £2.50 a month each.

There is a time-limited offer of a £5 discount on all membership categories.

The Lightbox is still free to enter with no cost for the downstairs and mezzanine exhibits. Lightbox Lates will also continue with free entry to all galleries on the last Thursday every month after 5.30pm.

For the full story get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

THERE were hundreds of wagging tails and smiling faces at Chobham’s RSPCA centre for its biggest fundraising day of the year on Sunday.

Millbrook was packed with people and a variety of animals, for a day of attractions, entertainment and refreshments.

Rescue dogs and animal care assistants taking part in the rehoming parade

The crowds turned up in the sun to watch arena events ranging from a farmer who herds ducks as well as sheep to axemen who competed to chop and saw tree trunks into logs.

Also providing entertainment in the arena were members of the Spelthorne Gymnastics display team, with the Shimmy Café Barefoot Dance Fusion company staging a contrasting performance.

Spiderman’ Jack, aged five, and prizewinning pooch, 12-week-old Betty

Special guests were Britain’s Got Talent stars police officer Dave Wardell and his retired police dog Finn. Finn was badly injured while protecting PC Wardell when a robbery suspect they were chasing attacked them with a knife.

PC Wardell spoke of his successful campaign to get a law passed to prosecute people who harm police dogs, in the same way as those who assault police officers face the courts. The pair got to the final of the TV talent show this year with an act based on the idea that Finn can read minds.

Canines of many breeds and sizes competed in agility competitions and a fun dog show and there was a parade of dogs from Millbrook who are seeking a new home.

For the full story and picture feature get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

THE Chobham-based Children with Special Needs Foundation has donated £4,000 to this weekend’s Handycamp, which is run in conjunction with Woking Scouts.

“This is the 15th year that we have helped to sponsor the Handycamp at Woodlarks, in Farnham,” said Gordon Parris, who began the charity in 1995 when he and his wife, Ann, were mayor and mayoress of Surrey Heath.

ALL IN A GOOD CAUSE – Gordon Parris, founder of the Children with Special Needs Foundation, presents a cheque for £4,000 to Woking Scouts, led by District Explorer Scout Commissioner Brian Pinto, right, to help fund the Handycamp weekend

“The donation to Handycamp covers £1,000-worth of food for the weekend, and the rest goes towards the general running costs.”

Woking Scouts “buddy up” with special-needs students to give them the opportunity to try typical Scouting activities.

“The activities can include swimming, canoeing, archery, even rock-wall climbing,” said Gordon. “We’re trying to help the children achieve even more of their goals.

“We enjoy being able to help this brilliant event as when we visit it is obvious that everyone is having a good time.”

For more information on the work of the foundation or to donate, please visit: https://www.childrenwithspecialneeds.co.uk

For the full story get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

THOUSANDS of visitors enjoyed three days of free culinary capers and one red-hot chilli showdown as part of Woking Food and Drink Festival 2019.

Foodies from across the region turned out in vast numbers to enjoy a large helping of celebrity and local chef demos, expert talks, pop-up dining experiences and a fantastic assortment of food and drink stalls, all served with a side of street entertainment and live music.

The French Cainté duo preparing food

Located in Jubilee Square, the professional demo theatre hosted a smorgasbord of top culinary experts, including Sabrina Ghayour, TV presenter and author; Martha Collison, Great British Bake Off quarter finalist and food writer; Laurence Henry, MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 winner; and Chris Bavin, co-presenter of BBC’s Eat Well for Less.

A welcoming Wannat from the Happy Hungry Buddha offers a sample

As well as the alluring pull of the Michelin star heavyweights and celebrity chefs, the Hot Pods chilli eating competition drew the crowds, with three finalists making it through to the tenth and final round, eating the world’s hottest chilli (the Carolina Reaper), before a tie breaker of six random chillies.

Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “It was fantastic to see Woking town centre buzzing with visitors of all ages enjoying the chef demos, free activities and talks, street entertainment and live music, as well as the selection of cuisine available from across the world.

For the full story and special picture feature, get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail