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SIX members of West Byfleet Golf Club have raised more than £5,000 for Momentum Children’s Charity by playing 108 holes in a day.

Simon Fillary, Dave Atkinson, Charlie Townsend, Colin Harding, Simon Robinson and Steve Pinder walked between 25 and 30 miles to complete the six rounds.

CHEERS – Steve Pinder and Simon Robinson enjoy some well-earned refreshment at the end of the challenge

The first shot was played at 4.15am, and the final putt holed at 8.45pm. No buggies were allowed.

Momentum supports children and their families in cases where a child has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The money raised at West Byfleet Golf Club will go towards helping the work that the charity does at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

This year’s charity day, on 26th July, still has a limited number of team places available. The cost is £280, with details from the club on 01932 343433 (option 6).

Peter Heath, who chairs the club’s charity committee, said: “West Byfleet Golf Club is renowned for its generosity in supporting local charities and for going to extremes to raise funds through various events. Over the years we have raised well in excess of £500,000 for charity.

“On the day, I also collected lots of cash from people who were so happy to support such a deserving charity. Even the participants in a special memorial event, many of whom were visitors, also contributed. People can also donate to our JustGiving page,  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/west-byfleet-golf-club, so that we can maximise Gift Aid to help the charity even more.”

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

THE theme for Saturday’s Pyrford and Wisley Flower Show was matched by some beautiful weather.

Bright sunshine bloomed for the 72nd staging of the annual event, which this year had Our Wonderful World as its topic.

Fancy dress winners Sky, Maggie and Elvie with mayor Beryl Hunwicks, MP Jonathan Lord, Tracey and Sally

As usual, there were stunning floral creations for the hundreds of visitors to peruse, and plenty of competitions, attractions and entertainments.

The show opened with the procession from Dane Court to the arena at Pyrford Cricket Club led by the Friary Brass Band and including the flower princess and prince and their attendants riding in classic cars, with Army cadets and members of the Pyrford Guide and Scout groups marching proudly with their banners.

Wendy enjoyed the fragrance of the roses

There was enthusiastic competition in a large range of traditional horticultural, domestic and floral classes with prizes to be won in homecraft, cookery, handicrafts, creative hobbies, photography, creative writing, poetry and fancy dress.

The chairman of the organising committee, Andy Grimshaw, said: “We couldn’t have put on such a wonderful show without the backing of our sponsors, advertisers, supporters, committee members and the very many helpers.”

For the full story and special picture feature, get the 18 July News & Mail

SURREY County Council declared a climate change emergency last week, as Extinction Rebellion protesters staged a “die-in” outside County Hall.

Extinction Rebellion protesters lie sprawled outside County Hall as part of a “Die-in”

Climate change campaigners lay sprawled on the ground outside the council offices, ahead of councillors arriving for their meeting. The protestors, wearing animal masks, were highlighting the loss of species and damage to human life support systems, caused by increasing carbon emissions.

Three months before, the council had angered protesters by refusing to back a pledge to meet targets and declare an emergency in a motion put forward by Green Cllr Jonathan Essex.

This time, a Climate Emergency Motion, with the aim of going carbon neutral by 2050, was put forward by Conservative Cllr Mike Goodman, cabinet member for environment, and seconded by Liberal Democrat Cllr Will Forster, and gained cross-party support.

“After trying to get Surrey to move forward on its climate commitments earlier this year, we’ve finally got some progress,” said Cllr Essex after the meeting.

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

WOKING College Theatre Company has beaten more than 500 entrants to win the British Theatre Festival.

The talented students were representing England, having won the All England Theatre Festival last month, competing in the final against plays produced by adult groups from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Woking College Theatre Company being crowned winners at the final in Harrogate.

The winning one-act play Education, Education, Education! is set in 1997, the day after Tony Blair has won the general election and explores the impact of changing policies and funding on teachers and students.

The play was directed by Claire Nevers and Gina Marshall, Claire, head of performing arts, who said: “We have been incredibly proud of our student’s commitment, creativity and discipline throughout the whole process. They have been outstanding ambassadors for the college and performed to the highest standards.

“To be the only youth group at the final stages was a little daunting but they clearly rose to the challenge brilliantly.”

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

SATURDAY’S annual music festival at Ripley outshone the shows of previous years, easily achieving its fundraising target on behalf the village scout group.

Free Peace Sweet were one of the early evening bands on stage

Ripley Rocks attracted hundreds of people to Court Meadow, with the proceeds expected to buy a replacement minibus for the group as well as providing funds for the community organisations that helped stage the event.

The teenage members of Minty Hindu.

Richard Ayears, who organises the show with Peter Hookings said “The performers were all great and we can’t thank them enough. The profits for the scout group will be around £10,000, which will pay for a minibus which will also be available for community groups to use, as well as the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.”

The organisers are already planning next year’s Ripley Rocks, which will take place on Saturday 11 July.

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

THE dedicated neonatal charity for St Peter’s Hospital is to receive £103,000, its largest single donation.

The money, for Little Roo, was largely raised at an auction during the sixth anniversary party of Talon outdoor media agency, held at the Café De Paris, London.

(Left to Right) Sarah Jane Robertson, Matron – Debbie Smith, Sister, Charlie Perret and baby daughter Aurelia, Dr. Tracy Lawson, Anna Sanchez, Staff Nurse and Tom Perrett

Little Roo was nominated as charity of the year by Talon after the daughter of one of its directors, Tom Perrett, was cared for by the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Aurelia was born at 34 weeks in St Peter’s on 3 July 2017 and spent three weeks in the unit.

Her mum, Charlie Perrett, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible care she was given and immense support we got from everyone, doctors, nurses and all the staff at the neonatal intensive care unit.”

St Peter’s Consultant neonatologist and pediatrician Dr Tracy Lawson commented: “We were all delighted to see Aurelia. It is her second birthday and what a beautiful little girl she is growing up to be.

“She was born prematurely and also received therapeutic hypothermia, a treatment usually used for term babies but was felt would be beneficial for Aurelia at the time.

“The Little Roo charity supports our neonatal unit, allowing us to provide the best equipment and care for extremely sick babies and their families.”

THREE Hoebridge golfers have raised more than £2,000 for the club’s charities, Ovacome and Ovarian Cancer Action, by completing the Captain’s Ironman Challenge.

Graham Norris, the club captain, Mark Pearce, and Steve Cripps teed up at 4am to play 72 holes of golf on the longest day of the year, finishing at 8pm.

NO FLAGGING – Graham Norris, far left, on the 18th hole with, from left, Steve Cripps, Tom Wesolowski, who joined soon after the start, and Mark Pearce

The event is just one of this year’s fundraising activities at Hoebridge, and part of the club’s 20/20 Challenge to raise £20,000 and to make 20,000 women aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Graham’s choice of ovarian cancer charities in his year as captain has a personal side. “My wife, Kathryn, had it two years ago, but thankfully she had a quick diagnosis,” he said.

“That is one of the biggest problems, the lack of knowledge among women about the disease, and also the danger of misdiagnosis. I wanted to do as much as I could to help publicise the disease.”

The next major fundraising event at Hoebridge will be on July 16th, when teams of golfers play for the Charities’ Day Cup.

For more information on ovarian cancer, please visit ovacome.org.uk or ovarian.org.uk.

For the full story get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail

We all know Buckingham Palace. Hampton Court Place and Kensington Palace – of course! But how about Woking Palace?

It was once a large and important palace, used by Tudor royalty from King Henry VII through to Queen Elizabeth I. The first house on the site, beside the River Wey, was probably erected in 1217. Successive building on the site over the centuries resulted in a substantial complex of buildings.

A once opulent Tudor house, Woking Palace is now considered a Scheduled Ancient Monument and site of archaeological importance

Today Woking Palace is a collection of ruins on a peaceful site hidden away in the countryside near Old Woking village. But this weekend (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July) the Friends of Woking Palace – a local voluntary preservation group – will show it is much more than mere left-overs.

They are holding a Festival of Archaeology on this site of Woking’s palatial link with Tudor royalty, which is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

From 11am to 5pm both days, volunteers from the Friends of Woking Palace will provide information and lead tours around the eight acre moated site. There will be displays about its fascinating history, including the discoveries made during archaeological excavations over the years from 2009 to 2015, which revealed even more about the Palace’s illustrious past.

The studies were mainly the result of a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project “Woking Palace and its Park”, which included major archaeological excavations by many volunteers and schoolchildren.

Other attractions this weekend will include children’s activities, the history of bee keeping, Tudor juggling by Hattie Hyder, and demonstrations of traditional woodworking crafts by John Waller (underwoodsman).

For the first time at a Woking Palace open day, Tudor re-enactor Catherine Guilder – recently on TV as an expert in “The Repair Shop” on BBC One – will provide demonstrations of Tudor Life, including medicine and folklore.

There will also be displays about Surrey Archaeological Society’s ongoing Test Pitting Project in Old Woking. Guidebooks, CDs and postcards of Woking Palace as well as other publications will be on sale in an on-site pavilion.

Site access is only by foot or cycle; there is no on-site parking or along the narrow private road (Carters Lane) leading to it. Cars can be parked free of charge in Old Woking, in the large car park behind the short stay car park at the mini roundabout.

Disabled visitors should contact the Friends of Woking Palace on 07722 299026 to arrange access.

For lots of information about Woking Palace and the Open Day this weekend, visit the Friends of Woking Palace’s excellent web site: www.woking-palace.org.

The Friends are always looking for volunteers to help with preservation, site maintenance, preparations for Open Days and to act as guides on those days. Membership of the Friends is just £5 per annum (£7.50 for family membership). Members receive regular newsletters full of articles and news, and can participate in meetings and influence the work of the Friends.

MORE than 500 visitors enjoyed the recent private view of Woking College’s Summer Exhibition at The Lightbox.

Parents, current, past and prospective students, governors of the college and trustees of The Lightbox were all in attendance to celebrate the 12th year of students’ work from the visual arts categories – including fine art, CTEC art and design, photography and textiles – being on display.

Iona Periton and her textile display

Highlights of this year’s show, which was open to the public free of charge from 27 June to 7 July, included a catwalk fashion show featuring and modelled by students studying textiles at the college and was greeted with a standing ovation and much cheers and applause.

Art Prizes for outstanding work and achievement were presented by Principal of Woking College, Brett Freeman and Jan Rubin from Mayford Arts Society.

“Our student’s engagement with their subject, hard work and determination to succeed is clearly evident in the outstanding work they have produced,” said Emma Hobbs, the college’s head of art and design.

“Huge thanks to both the students themselves and to my team for all of their hard work throughout the year and in making this year’s exhibition so successful. I am exceptionally proud of the effort and achievement of our students. It has been a joy to watch them develop as accomplished young artists and designers.”

For the full story get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail

THE wacky and the wonderful vied for attention when Gordon’s School leavers arrived for their celebration dinner.

An amazing host of different vehicles took Year 11 students to the West End secondary school.

A military Jeep arrives at the red carpet with its passengers

From a traditional Rolls Royce to a humble tuk tuk auto rickshaw, VW campervans to a collection of Vesper and Lambretta scooters, a skip lorry to a fire engine, the intention was to create a stunning entrance on an unforgettable occasion.

Watched by pupils from the other year groups, the vehicles took their turn to deliver their passengers to the red carpet on the parade square.

The leavers then enjoyed a formal dinner with their peers, teachers and house parents in a marquee in the school grounds.

They will return to school in August for GCSE results day.

For the special picture spread get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail