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DOZENS of people tasted culinary creations which raised more than £600 for a charity which supports young cancer patients.

The sweet selections were on offer at the Woking Lions’ Bake Off in St John’s Village Memorial Hall.

Pictured at the bake-off, from left, are Lions Antonella Pastore, Jackie Taylor, President Bob Hills and Emma Brawley together with staff of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity.

The Star Baker prize was won by Lisa Hollonby, the Show Stopper award by Claire Tharme and Sharon Blackmore was dubbed Master Baker.

Visitors paid an entrance fee of £3 and enjoyed a slice of cake and a hot drink or squash, with the opportunity to browse or buy at one of the stalls in the hall.

Money raised has been donated to the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity, which provides physical treatment and wellbeing and emotional support for people with cancer aged 16 to 30 and their families.

The bake-off was organised by Lions membership secretary Emma Brawley and colleague Antonella Pastore.

“I am delighted that our event was a success and of help to young people in need at a critical time of their lives,” said Emma.

THE Horsell Scouts and Guides Grand May Fayre attracted large crowds on a windy but dry Bank Holiday Monday.

The dance group from Summerscales Performing Arts

The event was opened by the Mayor of Woking with a day of activities, stalls and entertainment. There was Morris and Maypole Dancing from the Brownies, dance displays from Summerscales Performing Arts, an “It’s a Knock Out” competition and hourly raffle draws.

A scout group puts their collective backs into it in the Tug o’ War

The highlights were displays from Ridgeside Falconry, based in Co Durham.
May Fayre organising committee chairman Richard Mackie said temperatures were down from last year, when the 2018 heatwave began, and although the drinks didn’t sell out this year, virtually everything went, including the food.

The event was co-sponsored by Seymours estate agents, Trident Honda and Halstead Preparatory School.

“I’d like to thank the organising committee and all the helpers for working so hard to make it such as amazing day,” Richard said.

For the full story and special picture feature get the 9 May edition of the News & Mail

WOKING has been declared the best place to live in Britain, according to an online tool.

Woking is the best place to live in the UK according to Hillarys online tool

The town scored 100% with criteria such as average salary (£31,000) employment (83.6%) and average life expectancy (83).

The only other town in Surrey to appear is Kingston upon Thames, scoring 75%.

Tara Hall, from Hillarys, said: “Every town or city has its merits and its downfalls, but it’s interesting to see how those look when you assign them an actual rating.

“Of course, there are aspects of a city or town that can’t be measured in numbers, like history and culture, and I’m sure that long-term residents of these lower-ranking places might disagree with what we’ve found.”

The full list can be seen by visiting www.hillarys.co.uk/static/hot-or-not/.

* DOES Woking deserve its place at the top of this list? Are there towns or cities that should be included? Send your views to editor@wokingnewsandmail.org

For the full story get the 9 May edition of the News & Mail

THOUSANDS of people wrapped up on a chilly bank holiday Monday to enjoy Chobham’s biggest community event of the year.

The cool, grey day – in contrast to last year’s sweltering temperatures and cloud-free skies – failed to deter people from turning up to line the streets for the procession and packing the recreation ground for the carnival fete.

West Byfleet Brownies and Guides riding some colourful mounts in the parade

“We were a bit worried that the unseasonal weather would reduce the size or the attendance, but the crowd was probably bigger than last year,” said carnival association chairman Dave Took. “We were all melting by the end of the 2018 event and the heat was too much for some.

“The parade was a bit shorter than last year’s record breaker, but there were some fantastic, really colourful, entries and we’d like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts.

Bull-riding members of Chobham Cricket Club and a young supporter

The procession theme of The Animal Kingdom fuelled the imagination of village organisations and other groups from across the area. The biggest creature was a giant yellow duck on the RNLI lifeboats charity float and tiny dogs accompanied an RSPCA van “dressed up” as a lion.

The overall parade winner was St Lawrence Primary School, Chobham, building on its emblem of a bee with a giant beehive accompanied by children and adults dressed as the insects.

Chobham Agricultural and Horticultural Society won the prize for the best motorised float with its farmyard theme and members dressed as hens.

For the full story and special picture feature get today’s (9 May) News & Mail

MORE than a dozen community-minded neighbours, including seven children, from Priors Croft got together recently to give their immediate area a spring clean and collected six bags of rubbish.

Andrew Bates and Beverley James, with young litter-pickers (left to right) Harry, Jack, Charlie, Leon, Bentley, Kian and Owen

“We had noticed the rubbish building up and thought that it was about time to do something about it again,” said Beverley James. “We’ve done these before and, like last time, the children really enjoyed being involved.”

“The area is a lot tidier now and hopefully people will think twice before littering it,” added Andrew Bates. “Next time, we hope to involve neighbouring streets in Old Woking and make this a bigger thing.”

If you would like to be involved in a future litter pick in Old Woking, please contact Andrew at andrewdavidbates@gmail.com.

ENJOY a grand day out on bank holiday Monday, when Horsell Scouts and Guides are holding their annual Grand May Fayre.

A group of Rainbows and their leaders on their stall at last year’s Grand May Fayre

Well-established on the local calendar of events, the fayre provides the scouting group’s main source of funds. The day promises a variety of excitements. The Ridgeside Falconry Display team will fly their magnificent birds of prey from the main arena, while energetic fayre-goers will find plenty of options from soft play and inflatables to the climbing wall – which is joined this year by a new caving experience.

Or there’s face painting, dog agility, the craft tent, performances from the talented Summercales Dancers and live music from the Music Marquee.

Plenty of food and drink on offer as well, whether from the refreshment tent or BBQ or pancake stall, washed down with fine ales from the busy Thurstons Brewery beer tent. The event will start at 12 noon on Wheatsheaf Recreation Ground, Chobham Road, opened by Woking Mayor Cllr Will Forster.

SERVICE veterans and young people joined together to honour England’s patron saint on Sunday morning.

They combined for the annual St George’s Day parade and service at St Peter’s Church in Old Woking.

The mayor and mayoress arrive for the parade

The church was full for a service which included a seven-question quiz about St George presented by the vicar, the Rev Johnathan Thomas.

The event saw standards from naval ex-service groups including the Royal Marines Association and the Royal Naval Association being carried, along with a Royal British Legion standard.

A union flag and a St George’s flag were also carried and Rajendra Chhetri represented former Ghurkhas and the Nepalese community, bearing the flag of Nepal.

Members of Woking’s Sea Cadets, Junior Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets, based at TS Dianthus in Goldworth Park, also attended.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Hannah Thompson, were guests at the occasion and chatted with the standard bearers.

As befits a naval occasion, tots of rum were taken at the end of the service.

See the special picture feature in the 2 May edition of the News & Mail

MOCK combat experts from across the world are taking part in European championship games in Woking this weekend.

Players from countries including the UK, France, Holland, Denmark and the US will be facing each other in the town’s Laser Quest arena.

Phill ‘Trixx’ Ellis, third left, with one of his Laser Quest teams

Staff from the company’s Woking branch are among the best on the planet and will be members of the 15 teams taking part.

Laser Quest involves players wearing vests covered with infra-red sensors as they score points by hitting opponents’ targets with laser guns, while avoiding being shot themselves. Play takes place in multi-level, maze-like arenas filled with theatrical fog and featuring strobe lights, ramps, catwalks and windows.

The championships, with teams of six, begin on Saturday morning and end with the final on Sunday afternoon. The players will be competing in friendly combat games on Friday evening.

Laser Quest area operations manager Phil Ellis, known as Trixx on the laser quest circuit, will be taking part following his completion of the London Marathon last Sunday.

“The championships are open to all players in the world, and we are all looking forward to it. The Woking arena was chosen because of its large size and layout and we are going to put on one hell of a party,” he said.

For the full story get the 2 May edition of the News & Mail

DRONE pilots have been warned to keep away from the railway or risk being taken to court, following an incident when the Flying Scotsman locomotive recently visited Woking.

A drone similar to the one seen operating dangerously close to the Flying Scotsman

British Transport Police are investigating footage posted online in which a drone appears to fly dangerously close to the railway between Farnborough and Woking as the famous steam train passed through on April 12.

“First and foremost, flying a drone near to the railway can be extremely dangerous. It is a criminal offence to fly a drone on, over or within 50 metres of the railway and it is important that any would-be drone pilots are aware of this,” said Inspector Andy Jackson from the British Transport Police.

“British Transport Police will always conduct vigorous investigations where we have evidence that drones are being flown illegally near the railway.”

Drone pilots found breaking the law could face a £2,500 penalty.

Anyone witnessing what seems to be dangerous use of a drone should call 101, stating the location and time of the offence.

For the full story get the 2 May News & Mail

TROOPS from The Army Training Centre (Pirbright) marched into Jubilee Square last Sunday in an Honorary Freedom of the Borough Parade. The ceremony took place in front of dignitaries and army officials.

BEST FOOT FORWARD – Troops march into Jubilee Square in the Honorary Freedom of the Borough Parade

Woking Mayor Cllr Will Forster said: “The Army Training Centre is the first collective Freedom of the Borough ever bestowed by Woking Borough and the award has only been given to five individuals previously. The parade is a very special occasion.”

The Army Training Centre was awarded Freedom of the Borough on 8 December 2016. The award is the highest that any borough can bestow.

It recognises exceptional contributions or distinctive service to the borough by an individual or group of individuals.

See the special picture feature in today’s News & Mail