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THE Co-op store in Knaphill reopens Friday August 24, following a revamp costing £540,000.

“We are delighted to be undertaking such a significant investment in Woking and we’re confident that the improvements will help us to better serve the community,” said Martin Duke, the store manager. “It’s an exciting time for the whole team.”

The High Street store will include an in-store bakery, as well as a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and award-winning wines.

The store will also feature Co-op’s membership scheme, with 1% of money generated from Co-op branded purchases or services going towards local causes. The local causes being supported are Age Concern Woking, St Johns Primary School and Hermitage and Oaktree School.

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. Our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community,” said Gareth John, the area manager.

Do you recognise this man?

E-fit released of man wanted in connection with sex offence

Police officers have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual offence in Addlestone.

A man, riding a black bicycle, approached a 15-year-old girl in Simplemarsh Road sometime between 10-11pm on Wednesday, 8 August, and asked her inappropriate questions. He then exposed himself to the teenager.

The man police would like to speak to is described as white, of average build and aged in his twenties. He has ginger or light brown hair, a curly facial beard and spoke with a southern accent.

Officers are also keen to speak with anyone who recognises the man pictured in the E-fit.

PC Chloe Hodgkinson said: “We have released this E-fit in the hope someone may recognise the person pictured and come forward with the information we need to bring whoever was responsible for this offence to justice.

“The victim was understandably left very shaken by the incident and I am urging people to look closely at the picture and give me a call if they believe they have information which could help our investigation.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote 45180085237.

SAINSBURY’S has announced plans to redevelop its retail site adjacent to the Brookwood supermarket at Redding Way, Knaphill.

The Homebase store and garden centre at Brookwood will be replaced by new retail units

The proposal aims to improve shopping choice for the local community with plans to replace the existing Homebase store and garden centre with three new retail units.

Sainsbury’s is inviting the local community to attend an exhibition, where the plans for the new retail facilities will be on display, and members of the development team will be on hand to answer any questions.

The event will be held in the foyer of Sainsbury’s Brookwood supermarket on Thursday 23 August between 4pm and 8pm.

Under the plans, the new retail units will include a mezzanine level, along with modern glazing.

“We regularly review our estate to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible retail offer for customers,” said Jonathan Arthur, estates manager at Sainsbury’s. “The redevelopment of Brookwood will allow us to provide an improved shopping experience for the community that complements the existing stores in Knaphill. We hope to announce details of the new retailers soon.”

Pick up the 23 August edition of the News & Mail for details

TWO Woking athletes have won places in a national event that is part of the Superhero Series for people with disabilities and long-term injuries.

Alex Wade and Suzie Forbes are among 50 Everyday Superheroes chosen from 200 applicants who had to pick a “superpower” and say why they should be picked. They will take part in the Celebrity Superhero Tri at Dorney Lake in Windsor this Saturday, 18 August, in which disabled athletes are teamed up with Paralympic champions with a push/run, swim and cycle.

Athlete Alex Wade

Alex, 22, from Goldsworth Park, chose his smile and strength as his superpower and will do the 1km push/run. His team captain is the Paralympic gold and bronze medallist Susie Rodgers, MBE, who will do the 150m swim while Archie van der Meulen from Guildford will be doing the 3km cycle.

On another team Suzie, 24, will do the 150km swim, Alpine ski Paralympic champions Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe are the captains and will do the 3km cycle and Elan Williams will do the 1km push/run.

Suzie chose ‘‘detemination’’ as her superpower. She is a keen swimmer but this will be the first time she has tried an outdoor swim.

As well as his main event, Alex will take part in a shorter “sprint” in which he will swim by being towed behind a dinghy with two helpers at his side, and the cycle section, with his wheelchair towed by mum Faye Proctor on a bike.

“He’s really looking forward to it and doesn’t seem to be worried about what it will take,” Faye said. “It’s more me who is worrying about it all!”

Alex has suffered severe seizures and autism all his life. He was treated at the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy near Lingfield, east Surrey, but is now home full time and his seizures have been reduced to one or two a week.

Superhero Series founder and Paralympian Sophia Warner said: “This year’s event plans to be bigger and better with more Celebrities Team captains from sport, entertainment and the military competing alongside Everyday Superheroes.

“I’m really pleased to be able to give 50 Everyday Superheroes the chance of competing alongside their idols – who have been inspired by their team mates training already.”

The other captains include Frank Gardner, the BBC security correspondent, David Weir, the six-times Paralympic champion and seven-times London Marathon champion, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, the Channel 4 News sports reporter, and Billy Monger, the teenager who lost both his legs below the knee in a high-speed Formula 3 crash last April.

The Superhero Tri is part of a huge number of events in which more than 2,000 people will take part, including mass-participation triathlons and triathlon relays over three distances in which friends and family without disabilities can participate.


THE Mela in the Park, run the Shah Jahan mosque, is to be an annual event after its successful revival at Alpha Park in Maybury.

Mela translates as ‘fun day’ and these three young women certainly seemed to be enjoying the event

Mohammad Habib, the mosque manager, said the Mela, which translates as “fun day”, was an enormous success with more than 1,000 people attending.

Mohammed said the sunny and hot weather on 5 August was a factor in bringing out the crowds of families to enjoy a host of activities and attractions.

There were many stalls, including food, clothes and charities, such as the Woking Street Angels, who patrol the town centre at night on weekends helping anyone in difficulty.

“We decided to hold it in Alpha Park because there is more space and you can do so much more. We weren’t expecting it to be so packed this year – next year it will be even bigger and better,” said Mohammed.

There was a large football tournament for youngsters as well as other children’s activities, including a large bouncy castle.

Mohammed said the event raised more than £8,000 for charity, including for aid that will be sent to Turkey with a group from the mosque who will help Syrian refugees.

He said the Mela had previously been held at the mosque but this hadn’t happened for a few years, which meant that many people were looking forward to it.

POLICE officers are appealing for witness following a sexual assault in Chobham on Monday, 13 August.

The incident occurred between the hours of 12pm and 1pm.

An elderly woman was walking her dog in Chobham Place Woods when a man is alleged to have inappropriately touched her and exposed himself to others in the car park.

“We take all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously. We are carrying out an extensive investigation to find out what happened, with extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance,” said Constable Samantha Holloway from the Surrey Heath Area Policing Team.

“No other reports of a similar incident in the area have been received,” she added.

“Anyone with any information should contact Surrey police on 101 or report online at https://report.police.uk/ and quote reference number PR/45180086937.”

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

HAVING a problem finding your dream home locally? Here’s a chance to get TV’s top property experts to do all the hard work for you.

The Location, Location, Location experts are coming to Woking

Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are coming to town to film an episode of Channel 4’s long-running series Location, Location, Location.

The programme makers are looking for “chain-free buyers struggling to find the right property” to  apply to take part.

A spokesman for IWC Media said: “Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, buying your first property or hoping to find your ideal forever home, you could have two top property experts on your side.”

The online application form can be found at https://www.shortaudition.com/Location-Location-Location.

Ace chance to win David Lloyd Woking family membership

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THE News & Mail and David Lloyd Woking are offering one lucky family the chance to win a six-month membership to enjoy a season of tennis; whether playing for fun or revving up the on-court competition.

Win a six-month family membership at David Lloyd Woking

The PlaySight SmartCourt has been introduced at the Westfield Avenue club to provide cutting-edge technology that transforms tennis practices and matches into fully interactive events that can be shared with family and friends.

The technology will revolutionise how players track and improve their tennis. With match stats and instant video replay, player can use PlaySight SmartCourt, to challenge close calls. The technology records the speed of serve, line calls and tracks technique. Players can use it themselves or to enhance expert tuition from a David Lloyd Woking tennis coach.

As players step off court, the SmartCourt session is automatically uploaded to the PlaySight network to be reviewed on a computer or phone anywhere, at any time. You will then be able to play back those epic rallies, cross court winners and comical moments and share with family and friends.

To enter, simply answer this question correctly:

Who said this to a Wimbledon umpire in 1981: “You cannot be serious”?

Send your answer to press@davidlloyd.co.uk by 9am on Thursday 9 August.


Competition Rules:

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Entries are limited to one per person and will not be accepted after 9am on Thursday 9 August, 2018.
  • The winner will be selected at random and will be notified via email within 14 working days of the competition end date. If the prize is unclaimed, David Lloyd Leisure will select a new winner at random from the remaining competition entries. No discussion will be entered into concerning the outcome.
  • The prize must be redeemed within six months from when the winner is notified. The membership can commence immediately if the winner wishes; prior to the opening of the club gaining entry to any other David Lloyd Club (and Harbour Club Kensington).
  • This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over. Employees of David Lloyd Leisure, the companies or organisations with whom the competition or offer is being run, their agents or anyone directly connected with the promotion are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • No responsibility can be accepted by David Lloyd Leisure for entries lost, delayed, mislaid or not received due to any technical or unforeseen errors.
  • Prizes are as stated only and no cash alternatives will be given. The promoter has the full and free right to alter arrangements or prizes should circumstances change.
  • All entries and copyright in them automatically become the property of David Lloyd Leisure.
  • Promoter: David Lloyd Leisure, The Hangar, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AX.
  • The winner must agree to appear in a report and photographs published in the News & Mail.

AN AIR ambulance landed in a park at Knaphill on Monday afternoon, called in by paramedics to pick up a man who had become ill in a village social club.

South East Coast Ambulance Service had been called at about 12.50pm to reports that a person had collapsed at Knaphill Working Men’s Club in Highclere Road.

The helicopter landed at The Vyne Fields at around 1pm. An ambulance spokesman said the patient was assessed and treated before being airlifted to St George’s Hospital, Tooting in a serious condition.

HUGE traffic queues built up on the roads around Chobham on Sunday evening as the emergency services dealt with a road accident casualty in the village High Street.

Firefighters and police officers by the Mercedes in Chobham High Street

The road was closed at both ends by the police for nearly two hours from around 6pm, as firefighters helped paramedics safely remove a driver from his car.

For the full story, see the 2 August edition