Open Day

FIREFIGHTERS have presented a cheque for more than £1,000 to the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices charity, as part of money raised by Woking Fire Station’s open day last month.

Woking White Watch firefighters Mike Frost, Andy Castle and Paul Bills and borough commander Paula Hartwell present a cheque to Nic Morgan-Savage, complimentary therapy lead at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

“We run an open day at the station every year if we can, but I set out this year to make it the best yet,” said Paula Hartwell, the Woking borough commander. “We had more entertainers and stalls for the community to enjoy and help raise more funds.

“We raised over £3,000 on the day, which will be shared by the Fire Fighters Charity and the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.”

After all the funds raised and donations had been collated, the hospices received £1,082.45.

The open day, on 14 September, offered the public the opportunity to meet the fire crews and watch some spectacular displays, as well as entertaining youngsters with face painting, bouncy castles and mini fire engine rides.

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

WOKING Fire Station opened its doors to the public recently and was rewarded with an excellent turnout under glorious blue skies.

Firefighter Richard Colyer in the cab with Ana Tymechko and Maksim, 4

The free event, on 14 September, drew plenty of families, who came along to meet their local fire crews and enjoy taking part in the activities on offer.

Natasha Middleditch with a suitably dressed Fleur, 3

Children loved, among other attractions, dressing up as firefighters, having rides on mini fire engines and getting behind the wheel of the real thing.

There were also displays to engage all ages, notably a blazing reminder of the dangers that a pan of hot fat can present.  

A ready supply of refreshments, cakes and ice creams were on hand to maintain energy levels on a warm afternoon, along with toys and collectibles to buy.

All proceeds from the event are donated to two charities – the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and The Fire Fighters Charity.

For more pictures of the event, get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

THE well-manicured flower beds and vegetable plots run by Derry’s Field Allotment was once again open to the public last Saturday for the association’s open day.

Tony Harding, chairman of Derry’s Field Allotment Association

The annual event is as an opportunity for people to see what can be grown on the 117 plots at the Coniston Road site in Old Woking which currently has 160 members, and to raise money for charity.

Chairman Tony Harding said: “The weather was on our side and we raised around £700 by the end of the day. We’ve been doing the open day for about 20 years now and it’s as much about the community as putting the allotment on show.”

For the full story and picture spread, see the 29 August edition of the News & Mail

THE Shah Jahan Mosque is holding its annual open day on Sunday 3 March.

The event, from noon to 3pm will include exhibitions on the history of the first purpose-build mosque in Britain, displays explaining Islam and a question and answer session at 1.45pm.

Shan Jahan Mosque

Visitors will be able to see worshippers in prayer at 1.30pm and take part in guided tours of the mosque.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a gift stall and children’s play area.

The initiative is part of the nation-wide Visit My Mosque event.

For more information, call 07928 539061 or email