THE 2019 Woking Means Business exhibition has been hailed a success, once again showcasing all that the enterprising borough has to offer.

Exhibitors chat to visitors in the HG Wells Centre

“I was delighted with the response from exhibitors, visitors and speakers,” said the organiser, Paul Webster of Woking Chamber of Commerce.

“The council pre-show breakfast briefing was packed out and got us off to a great start while the atmosphere in the hall was the usual ‘jolly, friendly buzz’, according to Keith Grover, of Networking in Surrey.”

The exhibition was held, for the 16th year running, on Wednesday last week in the HG Wells conference and events centre in Woking. It was the opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses from the area to network and showcase their products and services.

The News and Mail’s own carol Miller with Simon Isherwood of the BNI Woking business networking group

The day started with a Woking Borough Council breakfast forum and included seminars on tips for becoming an exceptional manager and leader, making the most of online marketing and winning new business.

Danusia Jolliffe of TVision Technology, a first-time exhibitor at the show, said: “We have been in Woking for five years now as a business, and it was really great to be able to speak to so many local companies.

“My colleague told me that he’d had more – and higher – quality conversations at this show, than we had had at one recently attended in London.

“We’ll definitely be exhibiting again, and look forward to next year’s event. We hope that everyone enjoyed the drinks reception at the end of the day that we sponsored.”

For more on this story and pictures of the event, get the 24 October edition of the News & Mail

A LOCAL company has won two categories in the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, including winning  Outstanding Pool of the Year.

Falcon Pools, based near Woodham, won Bronze in the Residential Indoor Pools £75,000 to under £125,000 category and Gold in the Residential Indoor Pools £125,000 to under £150,000 category.

Ian Storr of Falcon Pools said: “We are delighted to be recognised with such accolades, taking home a Gold and a Bronze award and being award the overall winner of the Outstanding Pool of the Year Award.

“For over 40 years Falcon Pools have become synonymous with building bespoke designed swimming pools to the highest standards with an unsurpassed level of care and attention. These awards will be greatly received by our dedicated team at Falcon Pools, celebrating our companies exceptional work in the wet leisure industry”.

The award ceremony was held during SPATEX, the UK’s largest dedicated pool, spa and wellness show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The awards were presented by Wasps rugby player Charlie Matthews.

Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is preparing for a two-day entertainment sale, with memorabilia and movie props going under the hammer on February 28, and vintage posters on March 1.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: A production-used static phaser rifle, from the 1996 film Star Trek First Contact, has been valued at between £2,000 and £4,000

Music fans will be delighted by the opportunity to snap up a Clearaudio Innovation TT-3 turntable, which carries a pre-sale guide price of between £1,000 and £1,500. This is part of a large consignment of high-end audio equipment that includes Wilson Audio Sasha Series II speakers, and Bang & Olufsen Beolab speakers amongst others.

An original prop mask designed and used in Pink Floyd’s 1982 musical film, The Wall, is going under the hammer with an estimate of between £800 and £1,200. It has been consigned for sale by Oxfam, and all proceeds will go to the charity. The mask has been signed by British illustrator Gerald Scarfe CBE, for Oxfam. Scarfe worked with Pink Floyd on their album The Wall, the ensuing film, as well as the video for Welcome To The Machine.  

Another lot bearing famous signatures is a hardback copy, with dustjacket, of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The book is signed to the inside by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe). The vendor worked as a transport driver on numerous films, including Harry Potter. The book has been valued at between £400 and £600.

Another movie prop sure to garner buyers’ attention is a production-used static phaser rifle, used in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact. It has been valued at between £2,000 and £4,000, and comes with a copy of original invoice from Profiles In History. It was one of three versions, constructed of painted wood with decals and arm strap, and measures 36 inches long.

COME OUT TO PLAY: The brown, synthetic leather waistcoat
worn by Michael Beck’s “Swan” in the 1979 film The Warriors

A brown synthetic leather waistcoat as worn by Michael Beck, star of the 1979 film The Warriors, has a guide price of between £5,000 and £8,000. The garment was worn throughout this landmark film, has black patterned piping with button front closure and handwritten in black ink near the internal label is ‘Swan’. The iconic vest features embroidered ‘Warriors’ title and insignia patches on the back. This is one of very few vests known to have survived production.

A crew gift statue from 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is on sale, with an estimate of between £400 and £600. This metal ape-like humanoid statue was given to heads of department who worked on the film, it has been consigned by the family of Peter Wallace, who worked in the art department.

It stands on wooden engraved base, and is 16 inches high. Also included are two copies of unit lists showing Peter Wallace as ‘H.O.D. Rigger’, two premiere tickets for Leicester Square and a construction pass.

Among the many vintage posters on sale on March 1, is a poster advertising the 1966 film Carry On Screaming, starring Kenneth Williams and Harry Corbett, valued at between £300 and £500. The poster features artwork by noted poster artist Tom Chantrell.

Also on offer is a US half-sheet poster from 1969 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, carries a pre-sale guide of between £200 and £400.

If you would like an auction assessment please contact the team at Ewbank’s. Ewbank’s is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common saleroom in Send just off the A3.

–          Ewbank’s: 01483 223101 or email

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