The boys who made Hitler think again

MEN of the Home Guard during the Second World War trained and took part in competitions with live weapons, long after the threat of invasion had passed. News & Mail reader Fred... Read more »

All aboard for the story of motorbus pioneer

FRANK Mills was one of the pioneers of motorbuses in the Woking area. He ran his first bus between Woking and St John’s in 1912, an open-top double-decker that could seat 36... Read more »

A place to find peace and contemplation

TUCKED away within a peaceful loop of the River Wey near Farnham are the ruins of Waverley Abbey, where you can still enjoy the solitude experienced by the monks who founded a... Read more »

Fall in for lesson about military officers’ school

THE imposing Inkerman Barracks at Knaphill was home to many regiments and units over the years. There was even a school for senior officers from the various arms of the services. The... Read more »

Where’s there’s muck there’s iron!

“WHERE there’s muck there’s brass” is a well-known phrase. But in the Woking area, it might be more appropriate to say “Where’s there’s muck there’s iron”. Three weeks ago, Peeps into the... Read more »

Artist’s good-humoured take on fellow drinkers

ARTIST Sidney Sime got to know his fellow drinkers at the New Inn at Perry Hill, Worplesdon well – so much so, he sketched them and produced caricatures of them. Thirty-six of... Read more »

Aladdin’s Cave of local history and information

TALKS and children’s craft activities organised by Surrey Heritage were regular ingredients of our News & Mail “what’s on” listings until all public gatherings were prohibited when the first lockdown began last... Read more »

Train crash’s low injury toll a Christmas miracle

THREE trains were involved in a crash near Woking station just before Christmas 1955 – but, thankfully, very few of the 1,000 passengers were injured. The accident happened near the railway arch... Read more »

Postcards offer look at how area has changed

OLD picture postcards provide a fascinating look at how the Woking area has changed over the years. And the messages on the backs of the cards offer an enthralling insight into how... Read more »

Focus falls on St John’s Football Club

THIS week, Peeps into the Past focuses on football with some vintage photographs of St Johns FC. The pictures were among those supplied by News & Mail reader Jon Wells. He said... Read more »