Council ‘financially strong’ despite considerable borrowing, says leader

WOKING Borough Council remains “financially strong”, Ayesha Azad, the council leader, has said after the completion of an independent review. The comprehensive statement, prepared by EY, the leading accountancy firm, details the... Read more »

Drug sniffing pups bred using money from crime

THE proceeds of crime have been used for the first time to breed specialist drug-sniffing dogs to work with the police in Surrey and Sussex. The police forces for the two counties... Read more »

Grant enables museum to keep inspiring future generations

BROOKLANDS Museum is already putting the £432,000 it received from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to good use. The award-winning Weybridge venue, birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, is concentrating on maintaining... Read more »

Residents support carer’s passion to rescue unwanted dogs from Romania

A CARER at a Chobham nursing home is planning her next mission to Romania to rescue abandoned dogs from an appalling fate. Caroline Smithers, who works full time at Coxhill Manor, on... Read more »

Henry to turn his Christmas gift for the homeless into annual appeal

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy who donated his Christmas presents to help the homeless wants to make his gesture an annual appeal. Henry Carter recently delivered three crates packed with necessities such as bedding,... Read more »

Go-ahead given for five more tower blocks in town centre

WOKING’S skyline will creep higher after planning permission was granted for five more tower blocks, including one of 37 storeys, in the town centre. A Planning Inspectorate public inquiry allowed an appeal... Read more »

Emma’s creative community challenge is a winner

A WOKING dance teacher has won a community champion award for running a creative challenge to help lift the spirits of local people during the pandemic.  Emma Brewer, who runs First Dance... Read more »

Staff shortages cause changes to local bus services

FEWER buses are running on services in the Woking area that were taken over by Stagecoach last month, due to the national driver shortage and staff being off sick with COVID-19. Saturday... Read more »

Busy Christmas for Woking Foodbank

WOKING Foodbank reported another busy Christmas with 232 referrals to the charity last month, up 14% on December 2020. The number of adults and children provided with food was almost identical to... Read more »

Athletes and unsung heroes recognised in sports awards

THE annual Sport Woking Awards have been announced, recognising the achievements of Woking’s sporting elite and celebrating those involved in helping others to achieve their personal best. Councillor Colin Kemp, Woking Borough... Read more »