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A WOKING man has set up a workshop producing furniture and restoring old pieces.

Former Fullbrook School and Woking College student Toby Jeffries was inspired by his father Nick, and landscape gardener, and uncle Steve, who owns a sawmill business.

Toby Jeffries now makes and restores furniture in his workshop

“My passion for making things started when I was a child helping my father construct and fix items in our garage,” Toby said.

“During my school years and as an undergraduate studying at Kingston university I knew I wanted to pursue a career in working with wood.”

Toby, 22, started work after university doing domestic carpentry, including installing kitchens.

Last year, he set up a workshop near Brookwood and began doing his own work, which he took on fulltime earlier this year.

“I now have my own workshop and am passionate about fine detail, putting all my efforts into creating bespoke and traditional furniture from rough sawn timber to creation of beautiful fine pieces of furniture.

“I also enjoy restoring furniture highlighting the original features where possible, and have a particular interest in chair restoration.”

Toby is setting up a website and can be contacted by calling 07805 978154 or emailing

Toby.Furniture@outlook.com.

LOCAL students have been celebrating success as they received their A Level results.

Students from Gordon’s School enjoyed a 100% pass rate, in which 93% of entries were graded A* – C.

Students at Gordon’s School have one of the highest pass rates in the country

The school in West End, which is in the top one per cent of the country for progress at A-Level, saw 36% of entries graded A*-A, with 72% A*-B.

“Congratulations to our students and staff for their hard work and commitment in achieving another set of superb results,” said Andrew Moss, Gordon’s head teacher.

Students and teachers at Woking College were delighted with their set of results this year. The pass rate was once again at 99%.

Students celebrate as they receive their results

College principal Brett Freeman said the results reflected the hard work of students and the academic and caring support of the teaching staff: “What is so pleasing are the results of the students who arrived with relatively low GCSE scores, but then demonstrated amazing advances during their time with us and now qualify for top universities and apprenticeships.”

Students at Fullbrook School achieved a 99% pass rate, with 22% A*/A and 45% of all grades at A*- B.

“Congratulations to all our students and their parents and teachers for the hard work that has gone on this year, culminating in all students achieving university places, apprenticeships or employment of their choice,” said Kate Moore, the New Haw school’s principal.

“I am delighted to be able to celebrate such a good set of results with Fullbrook 6 students who have worked so hard to achieve their goals and show they can be better than they ever thought they could be.”

See the 22 August edition of the News & Mail for a full A Levels picture spread and round-up

WOKING College Theatre Company has beaten more than 500 entrants to win the British Theatre Festival.

The talented students were representing England, having won the All England Theatre Festival last month, competing in the final against plays produced by adult groups from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Woking College Theatre Company being crowned winners at the final in Harrogate.

The winning one-act play Education, Education, Education! is set in 1997, the day after Tony Blair has won the general election and explores the impact of changing policies and funding on teachers and students.

The play was directed by Claire Nevers and Gina Marshall, Claire, head of performing arts, who said: “We have been incredibly proud of our student’s commitment, creativity and discipline throughout the whole process. They have been outstanding ambassadors for the college and performed to the highest standards.

“To be the only youth group at the final stages was a little daunting but they clearly rose to the challenge brilliantly.”

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

MORE than 500 visitors enjoyed the recent private view of Woking College’s Summer Exhibition at The Lightbox.

Parents, current, past and prospective students, governors of the college and trustees of The Lightbox were all in attendance to celebrate the 12th year of students’ work from the visual arts categories – including fine art, CTEC art and design, photography and textiles – being on display.

Iona Periton and her textile display

Highlights of this year’s show, which was open to the public free of charge from 27 June to 7 July, included a catwalk fashion show featuring and modelled by students studying textiles at the college and was greeted with a standing ovation and much cheers and applause.

Art Prizes for outstanding work and achievement were presented by Principal of Woking College, Brett Freeman and Jan Rubin from Mayford Arts Society.

“Our student’s engagement with their subject, hard work and determination to succeed is clearly evident in the outstanding work they have produced,” said Emma Hobbs, the college’s head of art and design.

“Huge thanks to both the students themselves and to my team for all of their hard work throughout the year and in making this year’s exhibition so successful. I am exceptionally proud of the effort and achievement of our students. It has been a joy to watch them develop as accomplished young artists and designers.”

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

WOKING College Theatre Company have won the English Final of the All England Theatre Festival with their production of Education, Education, Education by the Wardrobe Ensemble.

Woking College Theatre Company celebrate with a variety of awards won for their performance.

They will now go on to represent England at the British Final in Harrogate on 5 July, competing against teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They will be the only youth group in the competition.

At the English Final, held at the Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead earlier this month, the company competed against the winners from the Western, Central and Northern Regions.

Adjudicators have praised the discipline, teamwork, high energy and physical skills of the young performers as well as the vision and creativity of the direction.

The company has won through to the English Final in previous years, but this is the first year they have reached the British Final.

For the full story get the 27 June edition of the News & Mail

THE Woking charity that helps people with learning difficulties and autism achieve their full potential has launched the first fundraising event of its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Four groups have signed up to take on LinkAble’s Accumulator Challenge, each aiming to multiply £50 on behalf of the organisation.

ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER: LinkAble chief executive Alison Keeley (first left) with some of the challenge competitors. From left, Daisy Hulke and Sally Groves of Nuffield Health Woking Hospital, Seamus Ward, Lucy Shirley, Jason Batchelor of Galliford Try, Eleanor Cranfield and Abby Woodhouse of Freedom Leisure Woking and James Laird of Woking College

They have 50 days to make as much money as possible with this initial investment through creative, original and entrepreneurial activities. The only criteria are that their initiatives must be ethical, safe and legal.

The groups that have taken up the challenge are from Freedom Leisure Woking, the Galliford Try construction company, Nuffield Health Woking Hospital and Woking College.

Their members got a chance to meet each other and eye up the competition at charity’s headquarters in The Link, Board School Road, Woking, last week.

They also met some of our service users from LinkAble’s We Can Do Anything daytime service, who were delighted to chat about the support they receive.

LinkAble’s premises and events manager, Kathryn Richards, commented: “Money raised by the challenge will help us continue to run fun and stimulating activities for children and adults with learning disabilities.

“The people who attend our groups are some of the most vulnerable and isolated in our community and we want to be able to continue to support them and their families.”

The groups have been asked to use the #LAAccumulator when posting reports on Twitter and updates will be posted on LinkAble’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The Accumulator Challenge ends on Thursday 14 March and the winners will be announced on Thursday 21 March. There will be small prizes for the most money raised and the funniest photo of contestants, which will be judged by LinkAble staff and service users.

ART students from Woking College are hoping to draw in the crowds by ­exhibiting their work at the prominent Chelsea ­Gallery in London’s Kings Road.

Stunning collections of art, photography and sculpture from the college’s past and present A-level students are now on show in the gallery at an ­exhibition that opened to the public on Tuesday.

BUCKET AND SEE - Florence Robjohn with her piece called Bucket List

BUCKET AND SEE – Florence Robjohn with her piece called Bucket List

The event is down to a stroke of genius by two entrepreneurial students who are in their final year at the college.

Florence Robjohn and Joanne Jones, both 18, were inspired by their fine art teacher Chris Bird to organise the impressive ­London display.

Florence has completed work placements at the Saatchi Art Foundation and sees the exhibition as another big ­helping hand.

She said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for young talent to have a showcase in a leading London gallery.”

The talented twosome decided to ask other students to get involved and called up ­galleries in the capital to find a suitable venue to host their creative works. Joanne, who was brimming with pride at their achievement, revealed: “We organised the entire event within one day.”

Former Woking College student Amy Flanagan will also be showing some of her latest art, having recently been awarded for her outstanding work shown at the college’s Summer Art ­Exhibition at The Lightbox.

THE show at the King’s Road Chelsea Gallery in London will run until Sunday, March 17.

FUTURE CHILD - Joanne Jones with a portrait of herself now, and as an infant

FUTURE CHILD – Joanne Jones with a portrait of herself now, and as an infant