WHEN Hot Chip and Scritti Politti collaborator Rob Smoughton wanted an outlet for his own music, he put together Black Peaches.

The band this year followed up their acclaimed 2016 debut with new album Fire in The Hole and are now our on the road to promote it.

MUSIC FROM THE HEART – Black Peaches play a combination of all the music loved by founder Rob Smoughton

“Black Peaches existed inside me before I was aware of it,” says Rob. “It’s the culmination and continuation of the music I love. I started to notice how Brazilian rhythm, funk, soul, classic country and pop were all combining in the music I was writing, and I looked for other band members to join me to bring it alive.”

And he found them in Susumu Mukai, Charlie Michael, Nick Roberts and Thomas Greene. Together they released 2016’s acclaimed Get Down You Dirty Rascals.

The band – managed by Knaphill resident James Tapp – now return on a tour which brings them to Guildford’s Star Inn on Wednesday next week (31 July).

RESIDENTS were woken up early on Monday morning to find that a water main in their road had burst and flooded homes and gardens for a fourth time.

A ruptured supply pipe down the middle of Littlewick Road in Knaphill sent thousands of gallons of water into the highway and into nearby properties, some of which had been flooded by previous leaks.

Water flows through a garage into the back garden of a property near the burst pipe

The cast iron main, believed to be more than 60 years old, caused extensive disruption when it burst in July last year and previously in January and February 2017.

On Monday, a resident called Surrey Fire and Rescue Service at 3.25am to say their home was being flooded. A crew from Woking stayed until 5.20am to help residents move property and keep out the water.

The 15-inch pipe ruptured near the section which was repaired a year ago. The pressure pushed up the road surface, which eventually buckled and allowed water to gush out.

The supply company, Affinity, cut off water to the area while its engineers isolated the leaking pipe. A company spokesman said the network was “re-zoned” to restore supplies.

Littlewick Road was closed from its junction with Horsell Birch to Lockfield Drive while workers dug a large hole to locate the leak and replace the damaged pipe.

The spokesman said that that the ageing main was due to replaced by October.

For the full story get the 25 July edition of the News & Mail

THE victim of a violent attack outside a Knaphill pub has spoken of its crippling impact: “Basically, my life is finished.”

The 53-year-old man was attacked as he left The Anchor pub, the assault putting him in hospital for two months with serious head injuries that have caused continuing memory loss.

Security camera footage of the four men police want to speak to in connection with the assault

“It’s the smallest things you take for granted every day that I can’t do. If you break a bone it can heal, but it’s different with a brain injury,” he said.

“Everything you can think of has gone. Basically, my life is finished.”

It is believed the victim was followed, possibly by five men, as he left The Anchor pub in Lower Guildford Road at 7.50pm on 26 March and then attacked.

Police officers are keen to speak to four men in connection with the incident.

One was wearing a white Under Armour t-shirt, blue jeans, dark baseball cap and has a brown goatee style beard; the second was wearing a chequered long-sleeved shirt, has a full, styled brown beard with brown slicked back hair, with bright coloured eyes; the third one was wearing a dark coloured Under Armour hat, green t-shirt, bald head with brown heavy stubble and the fourth man was wearing a dark coloured sign written or logoed hooded jumper and has messy brown hair with brown stubble.

If you know who any of the men are, were in the area at the time, or if you have any information, please contact Surrey Police on 101 or , quoting reference PR/45190031713. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

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

A COMMUNITY crowdfunding campaign has raised over £1,280 to fund a British citizenship application for Rajendra Chhetri, a 73-year old Knaphill resident for almost 50 years, who is renown for his civic work.

The online campaign had exceeded its funding target in less than a month, enabling Chhetri’s to start his application for British citizenship, following an outpouring of local sympathy for a man who has voluntarily contributed to the community in Woking and the wider Surrey area for almost 50 years.

Destined to be here: Community hero Rajendra Chhetri

Initiated by David Faulkner, minister of Knaphill Methodist Church, the fundraising saw an immediate response to Chhetri’s plight. His Nepalese passport renewal application was rejected by his native Nepal due to a change in policy, which had the potential to render him stateless, as he has been living in the UK on an indefinite leave to remain as a non-British passport holder.

Rajendra came to the UK in 1969 and went on to work as a mental health nurse for the NHS for 44 years. He says this also involved safeguarding the interests of patients and their carers even after they were discharged from the hospital, which made him more involved in the community. 

Meanwhile, he became heavily involved in work for the community and was the organiser, chairperson and host for Woking One World from 2000-2011, which involved participation by residents from a variety of different countries in the form of dances, stalls and art exhibition. The event was the forunner to Woking’s Party in the Park.

Even today, there’s no stopping Chhetri as he continues to volunteer for at least six organisations including Action for Carers and Farnborough Alzheimer Café.

For the full story get the 17 June edition of the News & Mail

LUKE Tuffs says that being named Knaphill’s new manager is the best thing that has happened to him during his football career.

Tuffs, previously head coach at Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South outfit Hartley Wintney, says he is determined to bring success to the Combined Counties League Premier Division club.

Knaphill’s new boss Luke Tuffs during his successful spell on the management team at Hartley Wintney

In an exclusive interview with the News & Mail, the 32-year-old came across as humbled to have been given the chance to lead Knaphill.

Having been part of the management team which guided The Row to a final position of eighth – ahead of more established neighbours Farnborough and Basingstoke Town – in Evo-Stik Premier South this season, he certainly brings to the Knappers some much-needed experience of the higher echelons of semi-pro football.

Acknowledging the wonderful times he experienced at Hampshire village club Hartley, UEFA B-licence coach Tuffs said: “Winning the Evo-Stik (East Division) play-offs at the first attempt (in 2018), the FA Cup run (in 2015) when we got close to the first round proper, knocking out teams from higher divisions, and getting to the fifth round of the FA Vase (in 2016) were great, but the best thing in my career was getting the Knaphill job.

“It’s my first manager’s job (at senior level) and I’ll do my best not to be out of every national cup competition by September or October!

“It’s very exciting and I’d love to emulate what happened at Hartley (the club won back-to-back promotions, climbing from the Combined Counties Premier to Evo-Stik Premier South).

“We didn’t say ‘We’re going to this’ or ‘We’re going to do that’ but we quietly went about our business. It was very much a group effort. We always had a strong group and worked together.”

So, realistically, can Knaphill match the achievements of near neighbours Westfield and become a force in the  Bostik League?

“Of course it’s possible,” said Tuffs, whose day job is Chertsey academy manager at Pulse Premier Football. 

“If we get things right and get people to buy into the club, who knows where we can go? It’s a cliché, but we’ll take each game as it comes.

“I’m going to bring in lots of players but I’m going to be fair to the players who are already at the club.

“I’ve spoken to a few and I’m going to speak to everyone. I’ll give a chance to any of them who want to be part of the group.

“The priority is the league, but as a club it would be great to have a cup run.”

Commenting on the appointment of Tuffs, who has coached in the US, Knaphill chairman David Freeman told the News & Mail: “We’re delighted to have Luke at the club.

“His ideas and coaching abilities are of real quality, and we’re looking forward to the season ahead.”

For the full interview get the 30 May edition of the News & Mail

THE family of Curtis Myles, the five-year-old boy who sadly died following a collision in Knaphill on 26 March, have described him as a “gorgeous, fun-loving boy” in a tribute which they have released this week.

Curtis Myles who passed away after a collision in Knaphill in March

“Curtis was a gorgeous fun-loving boy who always had such a happy smile on his face. He loved to be outside whether it was in the garden, on his trampoline, riding our horses, or on his bike or scooter.  He was clever at school and had so many friends.

Curtis was loved riding as a member of Surrey Youth Motorcycle Trails Club

“Curtis learnt to come off his stabilizers on his bike at an early age, when he was just two and a half. By the age of four, he had joined a Surrey youth motorcycle trails club, had his own motorbike and started competing and winning trophies. He clearly had a natural talent and balance for trial motorcycling, and he enjoyed riding his bike to school every day.

“Curtis was such a happy soul – he would light up everybody’s lives and get them laughing.

“He is so greatly missed by everyone.”  

The family has set up a JustGiving page to raise money in Curtis’s memory. To donate, please go to:

CHARCOAL Grill in Knaphill has taken second place in a category of the British Kebab Awards.

Charcoal Grill owner Goksel Sasmaz with the award

The kebab shop in High Street beat all but one of the 11 finalists in the Best Takeaway Regional category and was named as Highly Commended. It was beaten to first place by Master Kebabs in Gillingham, Kent, which also won the category last year.

Charcoal Grill owner Goksel Sasmaz said he was delighted with the result. “It was very close,” he said.

The takeaway had been chosen for the finals from around 2,000 competitors around the country.

For the full story get the 28 March edition of the News & Mail

A FIVE-year-old boy has died while riding his bike in Knaphill on Tuesday afternoon.

“Officers were called to Limecroft Road at 4.10pm after a collision between a five-year-old boy on a bicycle and a van, which stopped at the scene,” said a Surrey Police spokesman.

Police vehicles block the junction of Limecroft Road with Chobham Road

Air ambulance medics helped ambulance crews give treatment at the scene before the young boy was rushed to hospital.

“The boy, who was from the local area, did not survive his injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital,” said the police spokesman. “His next of kin were present.”

Floral tributes have been left at Limecroft Road, with messages of shock and condolence at the awful news filling social media.

Knaphill Lower School confirmed the boy was one of their Reception class pupils, and put out a message to all parents.

“As a school community, I am sure that you will wish to join me, and my staff in offering our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family,” said Joanna Concannon, federation headteacher.

“With guidance from educational psychologists, we have now spoken to all pupils and staff in school. We will continue to support the children throughout this difficult time, however if you do have a specific concern about your child, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and two paramedic cars to the incident, which was attended by 12 police cars.

Limecroft Road was cordoned off at both ends and closed to traffic for some time while police officers carried out an investigation.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, including dashcam footage from the road, to get in touch immediately on 101 and quote the reference number PR/P19068580 or contact online via

ARMED police were deployed in Woking on Wednesday, following reports a man was threatened with a knife.

The victim said he was in his car on Balfour Avenue around 4.15pm on 20 February, when three men approached him, one armed with a large knife, and attempted to stab him through the car window.

Following a search of the surrounding area, three men were arrested in Knaphill under suspicion of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and causing criminal damage.

Investigating officer PC Jasmine Smith said: “This was a serious incident.

“I’m thankful for the support from our firearms officers as, when it comes to suspects reportedly in possession of a knife, we will take no chances.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or those thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and if you do have any information about this incident, please let us know.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or tell online via quoting reference PR/45190018780.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form:

See next week’s News & Mail, the February 28 edition, for more details

KNAPHILL boss Richard Keown says he wants to remain in the hot-seat next season.

Knaphill manager Richard Keown

The former Knappers under-23s manager, who was handed the first team managerial reins last October following the departure of Liam Parrington, wants a proper crack of the whip.

Since taking charge at Redding Way, Keown has virtually transformed the club’s fortunes from a side of also-rans to a side capable of achieving a top 10 finish in the Combined Counties League Premier Division on, reportedly, a shoe-string budget.

Speaking candidly to the News & Mail this week, the 31-year-old rookie boss pulled no punches about what he expects from his players and what the club requires to be able to properly compete at level 9 of the football pyramid.

“I had to change the emphasis from being a side that wanted to play attractive football, to a side that was difficult to beat.”

“I always knew that, if we could keep a clean sheet or concede just one goal, we had the potential to win more games.”

For the full interview get the 7th February edition of the News and Mail