Uploaded 15 August 2017
Joint Enforcement Team begins work across the borough
This week sees the launch of Guildford Borough Council’s Joint Enforcement Team (JET), a new collaborative way of working between our established enforcement teams and Surrey Police. The aims of the JET are to help combat anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.
Speaking at the launch Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety said:
“By bringing together the enforcement powers of key teams from across the Council and combining this with the work of colleagues from Surrey Police the Joint Enforcement Team will be able to quickly deal with those issues that we know impact residents, and that we also know, they want us to resolve more quickly.”
David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey also said at the launch:
“A key part of my role is to help build safer communities so I am delighted that this scheme is now up and running in Guildford. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the team who are obviously raring to go so I look forward to seeing them in action soon.
“I hope the Guildford team can replicate the success of the JETs already set up in other parts of Surrey and tackle some of those issues such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping which residents tell us are so important to them.”
The team aims to provide the community with a fast and effective response to issues and to be a highly visible presence to deter would-be offenders. The JET will achieve this by bringing the enforcement powers held by our officers and Surrey Police officers together. The Joint Enforcement Team will be able to quickly and effectively deal with issues that may have previously taken longer to resolve.
Typically, the issues that a JET is empowered to deal with include: Anti-social behaviour, anti-social parking including outside schools, dealing with traveller incursions, dog fouling, fly-posting and graffiti, fly-tipping and littering, street trading, abandoned vehicles, notices to clear waste on land and taxi licensing.
To report issues residents should continue to contact us either through our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/selfservice or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 01483 505050.
In an emergency Surrey Police should always be contacted by dialling 999. To report non-emergency incidents either report these online at the Surrey Police website: www.surrey.police.uk or by calling 101.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist.
Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
At 8pm Wednesday 21 June 2017 Surrey County Council made the decision to keep the A31 Hogs Back westbound closed overnight. Gritting successfully took place earlier this evening.
A full assessment will be carried out at 7am and a decision on whether the road is safe to reopen will be made as soon as possible after that.
URGENT: Emergency road closure from 9pm Thu 22nd June - A31 Hogs Back, Puttenham
Surrey County Council is having to close lane 1 on the A31 Hogs Back for safety reasons. Lane 2 westbound is currently closed due to safety implications with the surface “melting” due to extreme temperatures.
Location: between the A3 slip and 300m beyond Puttenham (to Springfield Manor nursing home), westbound carriageway only.
Kier are sending a gritter over to lay sand on the surface as soon as possible (likely to be iby 8pm) in the hope that this helps to stop the carriageway deteriorating further. Once this has happened they will reassess the condition of the road.
They are unable to say at this point in time whether they will be able to reopen the road this evening but will provide updates as soon as they have more information.
SCC had already planned to go in tomorrow night to carry out emergency resurfacing – this will still be happening as per the details below:
· Works will start Thursday 22nd June and continue to Friday 23rd. Work will start again on Monday 26th through to Thursday 29th.
· Working hours will be from 21.00hrs to 06.00hrs each night.
· Westbound carriageway will be closed at night for the works, with signed diversion routes in place, copies attached. 1st map (a) is for the A3 traffic, second (b) shows the main diversion for all traffic - A3 traffic will join this at the Dennis Roundabout, Jn A323.
· Please note - there will be no access/egress for residents except in an emergency. SCC will be hand delivering letters to the 51 affected homes and talking to as many residents as possible tomorrow morning. They are trying to source electronic signs to place as near to the closure as possible.
· The plan is to plane out and relay approx. 3000m2 of the carriageway per night.
Statement of persons nominated for UK Parliamentary Election on 8 June 2017
The General Election will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017.
The following persons have been nominated for Election of a Member of Parliament
for the Guildford Constituency:
- Mark Andrew Bray-Parry (The Green Party)
- Semi Essessi
- Zoe Louise Franklin (Liberal Democrat)
- Anne Frances Milton (Conservative Party)
- John Hugh Morris (The Peace Party, Non-violence, Justice, Environment)
- Howard Daniel Smith (Labour Party)
More information can be viewed online at www.guildford.gov.uk/upcomingelections
The deadline for applying to register for voting in the Parliamentary General Election is Monday 22 May 2017.
Those not already registered in the borough - or who have moved house within the borough - can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively request a voter registration form by emailing email@example.com or call 01483 444115.
Information from Guildford Borough Council - Uploaded - 9 May 2017
- This is the Borough council’s message that Every Person Matters.
- The corporate plan theme of society is Project Aspire and at its core is a vision to create stronger communities where neighbours look after each other and where local residents can look after their own health and wellbeing
- In parallel to our health and wellbeing strategy – Project Aspire is about ensuring we improve children’s health and wellbeing, help develop a preventative approach towards illness, promote emotional wellbeing and mental health, improve the health and well-being of older adults and safeguard the population
- To help do this, Project Aspire grants are available for community groups and it is very easy to apply.
- Project Aspire is also about working with partners to make the best use of resources and to ensure we get things done for our communities quickly – we are about building connections
- This is not a vision that can always be recognised through hard statistics – but below are some examples of how we are making a difference
- In partnership with the Yvonne Arnaud – 15 vulnerable children (learning difficulties / young carers / safeguarding concern) from park barn are working on a youth theatre project about what it means to live in Westborough. They performed for the Earl of Wessex – who was suitably impressed with how we have facilitated these children. 8 of the 15 children are now going to join the youth theatre production of the Wizard of Oz this summer. In the upcoming months – we will be rolling out the YA programme to children in Ash and Tongham.
- At least 10 of the Project Aspire grants this round are for young people’s groups – ranging from supporting the scouts, local junior school in Merrow, the university of surrey, matrix and lifetrain. Programmes include supporting young leaders of the future to cross generational gardening schemes.
- Recent round of PA bids is supporting numerous elderly social groups gain access to exercise as well as social events
- We have worked with the CCG to deliver mobile health hubs to the elderly covering topics such as falls prevention and winter warmth.
- We are supporting a local business a local community café for residents
Voter registration and deadlines for Surrey County Council elections - Uploaded 27 March 2017
Surrey County Council elections take place on Thursday 4 May. The county council is responsible for education, highways, fire services, street lighting, libraries, social care, trading standards, transport, waste disposal and strategic planning for Surrey. There are 10 councillors for Surrey County Council within the Guildford area, one for each of the 10 county divisions in the borough.
You must be registered by Thursday 13 April to vote in the Surrey County Council election on 4 May.
Those not already registered in the borough - or who have moved house within the borough - can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively request a voter registration form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 444115.
Ways you can vote
• In person: at a polling station on Thursday 4 May between 7am and 10pm. You will receive a poll card telling you where your polling station is.
• By post: If you are not already registered to vote by post, you will need to fill in and return an application form so that we receive it by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. If you are already registered to vote by post you should receive your postal ballot paper about a week to ten days before polling day. We must receive your completed postal ballot paper by 10pm Thursday 4 May.
• By proxy: someone votes on your behalf at your polling station. Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are also eligible to vote and are willing to vote on your behalf. You will need to fill in and return an application form so that we receive it by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
Visit www.guildford.gov.uk/elections for more information or to download or request postal or proxy application forms.
The deadline for nominations to stand as a candidate in the SCC elections is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN THE PARISH OF WORPLESDON - 28 February 2017
Worplesdon Parish Council wishes to clarify the situation regarding Christmas Decorations in Worplesdon. For many years John and Stephen Gunner have been providing fabulous Christmas Decorations in Wood Street Village and Perry Hill FREE OF CHARGE. All Christmas trees previously provided have either been donated by Surrey Wildlife Trust, Robert Grimmond or John Brand. The generosity of everyone involved has, and continues to be greatly appreciated by the Parish Council.
Unfortunately, the fairy lights in the horse chestnut trees at Perry Hill Green, which were provided free of charge by John and Stephen Gunner, were irreparably damaged by a high sided vehicle and could not be replaced in time for Christmas.
As a result the Parish Council was asked whether, for a small sum of money, a Christmas tree could be provided on Perry Hill Green, again with the assistance of a local contractor. Unfortunately the request was received too near to Christmas to be actioned.
This led the Parish Council to consider whether or not Christmas motifs should be erected on the street lamps in the parish (such as those provided in Ash) and whether any Christmas Decorations should be provided in Fairlands and Jacobs Well.
As it would be unreasonable to expect John and Stephen Gunner to cover the cost of providing, erecting and removing even more Christmas Decorations throughout the parish it was for this reason alone that the councillors wanted to know whether or not residents would be happy for the Parish Council to pay for Christmas Decorations. The cost of hiring, erecting and removing motifs from the street lights and the provision of Christmas trees, which cannot be locally sourced free of charge can run into thousands of pounds.
The Parish Council wishes to apologise to John and Stephen Gunner, Robert Grimmond and John Brand for any offence the article in the Spring Parish newsletter may have unwittingly caused.
Mrs G F White
Clerk to Worplesdon Parish Council
The Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn - Birthday Concert - Worplesdon Memorial Hall 25th March 2017 - 7.30pm - Uploaded 13 February 2017
On March 20th 2017, Dame Vera Lynn will be 100 years old.
To celebrate this wonderful occasion, on March 25th, there will be a Birthday Concert in the Worplesdon Memorial Hall.
The show will be provided by “Tempus Showtime”, the company who produced the highly successful WW2 Anniversary Concert and will include memories and items from Dame Vera’s early days, through to the present time plus over 20 of her most famous songs.
All refreshments are free.
Please book early in andvance, as the show is expected to sell all seats.
Memorial Hall Worplesdon 25th March 7.30 pm.
Tickets available from Eric Marks-Oldham 07952 808561 and Paul Cragg 07958331132
Fuel and oil theft - Uploaded 27 January 2017
Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and we see an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.
These tanks can contain thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them. The purpose of this leaflet is to give you the reader a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief.
OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry) offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you.
They can be reached at www.oftec.org or by calling 0845 6585 080. They also produce 'An easy guide to domestic oil storage' which is a very straightforward and useful document.
For further fuel theft prevention advice, please click on the below categories.
Siting your oil tank
The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to the house, with one or more windows capable of giving a view of it, then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or alleyway then it will be a far easier target. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it does give the thief the advantage.
Not many oil tanks are works of art so who wants a tank in full view? While it may not be desirable, or legal, to have the tank close to the house some sort of compromise location would be sensible. Of course this will not only be a major consideration when a new tank is to be installed but may be necessary if the tank has been targeted before. They do need to be within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you
Control switches that control the flow of oil should be turned off and the electricity supply isolated when the tank is not in use.
A thief will usually come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it's worth spending a little more on good quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of burglar tools; the bolt cropper! Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip. Remember that buying a padlock is like buying a car, the more you pay the better the quality and the longer it will last.
Oil level gauges
Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. There are two or three different versions on the market at the moment and cost between £70 and £100.
Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. It's not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy 'dusk 'til dawn' lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.
Defensive planting is nature's way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not wish to force their way through or over a prickly hedge. The smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help the Police identify the offender. These shrubs can, if planted around your tank, provide an effective and decorative thief proof barrier.
Securing your oil tank
Following on from the defensive planting tactic, fences and walls can also make life difficult for the thief. A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank but it must be remembered that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible.
A product called 'Tank Guard' has just become available which surrounds the existing storage tank with a metal enclosure. This sheet metal enclosure has lockable access doors to allow filling and maintenance and has internal anchorage points to fix it to the concrete base. A tank guard costs less than one tank full of oil and will last for many years.
Closed circuit television
The use of CCTV as a crime prevention and detection tool has grown massively in recent years. It could play a part in the protection of oil tanks but before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.
1. What do I hope to achieve by using CCTV?
2. How much am I prepared to spend?
3. Is there a reasonable level of light where the cameras will be operating or do I need to think about using cameras with low light capability? (Most thefts take place at night).
4. What am I going to record the captured images on? Digital recording is best.
5. How am I going to provide the Police with any evidence I may capture?
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE - Uploaded 23 January 2017
There has been a Post Office at Fairlands since 1964. However, it is now under severe threat. PLEASE use the Post Office before it's too late. Local businesses need your support!
Did you know that the Fairlands Post Office provides the following services?
- Postage stamps, postal orders and all Royal Mail and Parcelforce services
- Fee free cash withdrawals for the majority of banks
- Personal banking, including paying in cheques and cash (either with a card or paying in book dependant on the bank)
- Business banking including paying in cheques and cash (again either with a card or paying in book)
- DVLA car tax
- Transcash items including HMRC, Council tax, etc.
- Philatelic - first day covers and commemorative stamps issued
- Bureau de change - Euros and US Dollars always held, other currencies to order
- Gift cards (One for All)
- Change giving for business customers
- Mail order/home shopping returns
- National Lottery
Stoke Hospital, 92 Stoke Road, Guildford (Uploaded 9 January 2017)
~ Vacancy One-bedroom Flat ~
Stoke Hospital, also known as the Hospital of William Parson, is a Grade II Listed building dating back to 1796. It is situated in Stoke Road, between Onslow Road and Queen’s Road, with Guildford Town centre only a short walk away. Each flat consists of a living room with adjoining kitchen area, a bedroom and a bathroom, with a shower. The flats are located in three blocks on the ground or first floor, each block has a stair lift installed.
The current Maintenance charge is £114.90 per week, which includes gas, electricity, water, window cleaning, gardening and connection to the 24 hour emergency communication system.
The governing rules of the charity stipulate that to qualify as a beneficiary of Stoke Hospital, applicants usually need to fulfill the following criteria:
- Aged over 50
- Able to live independently
- Connection with the county of Surrey
- Limited financial means
- Preference given to ladies over the age of 55 who have lived in Guildford.
For further information or to arrange a visit to Stoke Hospital, please contact the Clerk, Shona McConnell at email@example.com or call 07502560330.
Surrey Half Marathon - Sunday 12 March 2017 (Uploaded 20 December 2016)
ALL ROADS CLOSE AT 7.30AM on 12 March 2017 and will re-open on a rolling basis. For full details of how you can participate click here.
Local care companies will still be able to carry out their visits. Anyone concerned about access is encouraged to get in contact with Becky Hadley, Surrey Half Marathon, 01483 720459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
County Council elections - 2017 - Uploaded 13 December 2016
Dear Prospective Councillor,
You may have already decided to stand for election to Surrey County Council in May 2017, or you may as yet be unsure whether to take this step. I hope we can help you make this decision, and answer any questions you may have about life as a councillor, by inviting you to County Hall for an open evening on 20 February 2017.
Registration will open at 16:30, with refreshments served until the event begins at 17:00. The evening will be focused on the practicalities of being a councillor at Surrey. You will hear about what it’s like to be a Member here and what support mechanisms are in place to help you once elected. At the end of the event, it will be possible for those of you planning to stand for a particular political group to meet with the Group Leader.
We are able to accommodate 100 candidates at this event. To register for a place, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prospective-councillors-event-tickets-30027749808
Whether or not you are able to attend this event, I would encourage you to visit the following page on our website: Surrey County Council - Surrey County Council elections 2017 . Here you will find valuable information about the elections, the county council and about being a Member.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Basham (Senior Manager – Leadership and Member Support) on 020 8541 9133.
Residents asked to put names forward for new war memorial - Uploaded 22 November 2016
We have just commemorated Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to remember those who gave their lives for their country.
The names of those who fell in the First and Second World War are recorded on memorials up and down the country. Guildford Borough Council is planning a new war memorial in town to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by those who have been killed in military action or service since the end of the Second World War.
Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, explains: "We have just remembered the sacrifices many men and women have made for our country. We would like to erect a new war memorial in memory of all those who have lost their lives in military combat or service since the end of World War II. If you know of a relative or friend who this applies to, please get in touch."
The Council is in the early stages of planning the new war memorial and is asking for names as part of detailed background research. The location of the new war memorial is still to be decided. It will be installed by 2018, to tie in with the centenary of the end of World War I.
Residents are asked to email email@example.com with any suggested names. We would also like to set up a stakeholders group to oversee the new war memorial - residents are asked to get in touch if interested in taking part.
Published on Thursday 17 November.
THE WORPLESDON Parish Charities - (Uploaded 19 October 2016)
Our aim is to give help to any household in need, who are on basic/ supplementary pensions, Veterans of military conflict , through illness, disability or bereavement. We can also give help to younger families with children requiring additional care, and domestic assistance.
The trustees of the above charities invite applications & nominations for gifts from these charities: To receive a gift one must be resident in the parish.
Households within one mile of St. Mary's Church, Worplesdon, are eligible to receive a gift from this bequest under similar conditions.
Funds are limited but, we were able to help 31 households in 2015. Friends and family can nominate someone with their agreement.
Applications/nominations, which are dealt with in strict confidence, to be made in writing, stating name, address, age, circumstances, and be sent to the address below to arrive by: 23rd November 2016
The Secretary Worplesdon Parish Charities. Mr. A.Buchan, 59 Fairlands Road, GUILDFORD, GU3 3HZ
Heritage Open Days - discover Guildford's historic buildings - Uploaded 8 September 2016
Discover and learn more about the history and culture of Guildford borough, with over 100 exciting activities on offer at this year’s Heritage Open Days. Guildford’s architectural and cultural sites will be free to explore on 8 – 11 September.
Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Councillor for Heritage and the Arts says: " We are lucky to have so many fascinating historic properties to explore in Guildford. Last year we were the only town to feature in the UK’s top five Heritage Open day areas. This is a great opportunity to discover what lies behind the doors of buildings you may pass every day!”
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a variety of tours, talks and activities, which bring to life local history and culture.
Joining Guildford’s programme for the first time in 2016 are: Albury Organic Vineyard, Guildford Model Engineering Society, West Horsley Methodist Church and Silent Pool Distillery.
Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to visit the Heritage Collections store at our Woking Road Depot and participate in an art workshop exploring the heritage of The Electric Theatre.
The Guildford office of investment firm, Thesis Asset Management, has sponsored Heritage Open Days for a number of years. John Devine, Office Director says: “We are delighted to sponsor the event again this year, helping visitors to explore local history, architecture and culture.”
The usual favourites including Wanborough Great Barn, Watts Gallery, Sime Gallery, The Guildhall, The Royal Grammar School, The Toll House and Guildford House will be open during the event.
There are also a variety of guided walks around Guildford and the surrounding countryside to enjoy over the four-day event, including a new guided walk of Quarry Street where you will discover fascinating facts about Guildford’s oldest street.
Due to space restrictions, some venues will require tickets. For details see our Heritage Open Days brochure, which is available from our Tourist Information Centre, 155 High Street or visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/heritageopendays
NEW NATIONAL POWER CUT PHONE LINE - 105 - Uploaded 8 September 2016
A new national power cut phone line – 105 – has been launched to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England.
The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, people can find more information on the website: http://www.powercut105.com/
You can find more information on the Energy Networks Association’s website: http://www.energynetworks.org/info/powercut105.html.
UK Power Networks still runs a Priority Services Register for your constituents who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, they can call 0800 169 9970, email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
Community Recycling Centres – The County Council is changing its policy with regards to the disposal of non-household waste - Uploaded 8 August 2016.
From 1 September 2016, the following waste materials will be charged for:
- Tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles
- Waste from construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, turf, ceramic bathroom fittings, tiles
What are the charges?
- £5 per tyre or part tyre
- £4 per bag or part bag of chargeable waste; or per item; or per sheet of plasterboard
- Bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm
- Items such as a concrete fence post, ceramic bath, cistern, paving slab
- Sheets of plasterboard no bigger than 120cm x 240cm
- Full list of the types of waste that will be charged for (PDF)
If these materials are loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load.
British Sign Language - Taster Sessions available - £12 to include tea and biscuits - Uploaded 10 June 2016
Since the year dot, deaf people have used signing to communicate. British Sign Language is an official language in this country – but one which very few people choose to learn – despite it being good fun and highly rewarding.
There are approximately 1 million deaf people in the UK, of which 45,000 are children. Many children in the UK do not have signing parents. Dot Sign aim to encourage EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, employers & educators) to gain some level of basic sign language BSL - to break down communication barriers.
These 2 hour ‘Taster Sessions’ are running throughout the summer and are £12 (and include tea and biscuits!). You only need to attend one to know if you love it and find it easy or can’t grasp it at all. If you have ever been interested – now is the time to have a try.
Wed 6th July. 6 - 8pm. URC 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
Wed 3rd Aug. 6 - 8pm. URC 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
Fri 2nd Sept. 10 – 12pm. URC 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
Sat 3rd Sept. 10 – 12pm. Trinity Church. Brewery Road, Woking
Book in advance using the numbers below.
Dot Sign is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, devoted to promoting D/deaf awareness, British Sign Language and equal access to opportunities for the D/deaf. Call: 01428 751561. Text: 07989 017945. Email: email@example.com You can also find us on Facebook and on-line.
FLGCA - St George's day celebrations - Uploaded 18 April 2016
On Saturday April 23rd, come and celebrate St George’s day at the Hall with the Toledos band. A ploughman’s will be provided. Contact Maria Butler on 01483 236975 or Linda Bateman on 01483 495164 for more details and tickets (£10 per head). Last year was a tremendous success, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our green and pleasant land. The evening starts at 8pm and goes on until late!
Caleb Lovejoy's Cottages, Bury Street, Guildford - Uploaded 11 April 2016
Vacancy One-bedroom Cottage
The four Caleb Lovejoy Cottages are found in a Grade II listed building situated in Bury Street, close to St Nicolas' Church at the bottom of the High Street in Guildford. The cottages each contain a lving room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Two of the cottages have upstairs bedrooms with the other two being single storey dwellings.
Currently the rent is £179.06 per week which includes heating, water rates, window cleaning, telephone line rental, gardening and connection to Guildford Borough Council's Emergency Call System 24 hours a day.
Potential residents are interviewed by two or three of the Trustees and priority is given to those who have lived in Guildford and who are in need. If you are interested in applying for this cottage or would like further information please contact:
Shona McConnell, Clerk's Office, Stoke Hospital, 92 Stoke Road. Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4JH
Tel: 07502 560330
Rubbish and recycling - Uploaded 8 April 2016
Surrey County have made changes to the arrangements for using community recycling centres:
Fairwood Helpers - Uploaded 16 February 2016
Fairwood Helpers is a voluntary neighbourly car group covering Worplesdon, Wood Street, Fairlands estate and a little of the surrounding area. We give lifts to hospitals, clinics, doctor’s surgeries and can also help out with shopping and errands for anyone unable to do it for themselves. Over the last year we have completed around 500 jobs and serve around 60 clients on a regular basis with some people using us more infrequently.
I am writing to appeal for more volunteers from within the area described above and especially for anyone able to do a two hour stint one day a month waiting for people to ring in to make their appointments. This “duty” system is conducted in your own home using your own phone with a diverted number, (this does not prevent your own personal calls). So if you feel you can help out on the phones that would be great. Any expenses incurred can be claimed. Volunteers are welcomed at any time for both driving and help on the phone line but at present we are rather short of phone line help following some volunteer retirements.
Please give this some thought and if you feel you can offer a little time but want more information before you decide give me a ring. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sue Harris 01483 235098
To residents in Worplesdon and Jacobs Well - From County Councillor Keith Witham - Uploaded 27 January 2016
My email from last Wednesday, 20th January, set out details of SCC's consultation regarding the withdrawal of subsidies to some local bus services.
However Surrey County Council has this week also been notified by the bus operator Arriva that it is to discontinue bus route 17 from 14th March 2016, and make other changes to routes 28, 3, 26 and 27 - see below
This is not part of the SCC consultation, as these routes are operated by Arriva as commercial bus services and receive no public subsidy. If an operator decides to withdraw or change a service it is not required to consult the County Council, only to give notice of the decision, which is what has happened this week.
At this stage all I can ask residents to do is express your concerns and views to Arriva. The best Arriva contacts for those who wish to write are:
Robert Patterson, Commercial Development Manager, Arriva Southern Counties, Invicta House, Armstrong Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6TX email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Chris Burley, Local Manager, Arriva, Bus Garage, Leas Road, Guildford email: email@example.com
In the "old days" when this happened , Surrey County Council would consider offering some public subsidy to the bus operator to see if it could be kept going - but as my previous email explained, SCC is tasked with reducing its spending on public subsidies for bus services by some £2 million a year - so frankly the chances of additional subsidy are next to nil.
Arriva WORPLESDON ROUTE 28
Route 28 is Woking-Knaphill-Brookwood-Pirbright Camp-Pirbright-Stanford Common-Worplesdon-Guildford: This is an hourly supported Monday-Saturday service between Woking and Knaphill Sainsbury, commercial from there to Guildford. To be diverted between Worplesdon village and Guildford via Holly Lane, Fairlands Estate (Brocks Drive), Aldershot Road, Park Barn Drive, Egerton Road (for the hospital) and the University.
This would leave the sections of the A322 Worplesdon Road between Worplesdon village and Pitch Place and between Byrefield Road and Aldershot Road in Guildford, without a bus service, except perhaps for Sundays when service 91 covers these roads. Journey times for trips to Guildford from Pirbright and Worplesdon would be lengthened by around 15 minutes, doubling the journey time taken to get into town from Worplesdon.
Route 17 is Guildford-University-Hospital-Wood Street-Frog Grove Lane-Fairlands Estate (Brocks Drive). Arriva say that the Fairlands Estate would be covered with a diverted service 28 to maintain a link to the University and Hospital.
ROUTE 3 Guildford-Bellfields Estate: Reduced on Mondays-Fridays off peak from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes (as on a Saturday).
ROUTE 26/27 Guildford-Stoughton-Grange Park-Rydes Hill-Park Barn-Hospital-University-Guildford: Enhanced on Sundays both clockwise and anticlockwise from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes, up to 1730 hrs.
SCC will be asking other bus companies to consider if they wish to offer anything commercially to cover the withdrawn parts of services 17 and 28, but given that Arriva are withdrawing them because they are not commercially viable, that is possible but unlikely.
And as I indicated earlier, in the current financial climate, with the money available to Local Government being reduced, and with an ongoing Bus Review with the a principal requirement of reducing bus route subsidy support, it will be impossible for SCC to consider offering any financial assistance to alternative bus operators if they are unable to provide anything on a commercial basis.
DO PLEASE PASS THIS ONTO ANY FRIENDS OR NEIGHBOURS LOCALLY
Surrey County Councillor
Surrey County Council Review of Bus Services - Reduction in services and re-routing of services proposed that will affect Fairlands, Jacobs Well, Pitch Place, Perry Hill and Wood Street Village - Uploaded 27 January 2016
Surrey County Council is carrying out a further review to a number of local bus services in Surrey. A public consultation was launched 20 January giving residents the chance to have their say on the proposals. The consultation will run until Monday 14 March 2016. Full details of the proposed changes including details of alternative services, where available, can be found here. Please note, if a bus service is not listed within the document, no changes are proposed by Surrey County Council for 2016.
Residents can have their say by completing the questionnaire online at surreycc.gov.uk/transportreview. Paper questionnaires are available in Surrey libraries and local council offices, and residents can request a copy sent straight to their door by calling 0300 200 1003 (SMS: 07527 182 861).
PARISH OF WORPLESDON, FAIRLANDS WARD
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Cllr D Elms, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the Fairlands Ward of the said Parish.
If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish ward is received on or before 2 February 2016 by the Proper Officer of Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy. If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.
Dated : 13 January 2016
SANDRA MORGAN MBE
Worplesdon Parish Council is both proud and delighted to announce that Mrs Sandra Morgan was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List 2016 for her long service to the community of Worplesdon.
We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Sandra on her well-deserved award, which recognises her outstanding contribution to the local community.
Parish Council Christmas
St Mary’s Worplesdon,
Thursday 17th December 2015 - 7.30pm
ALL ARE WELCOME -
Join us for a fabulous, fun-filled community
event along with Santa, Rudolph, mince pies and mulled wine!
Carols on Wood Street Village Green Saturday 12th December at 4pm - ALL ARE WELCOME!
Christmas lights - Perry Hill Green - The Parish Council wishes to thank John Gunner and Dave Jenkins for their kind assistance with these strikingly elegant Christmas lights.
Living Nativity - Jacobs Well Village Hall - 19th December 2015 3 - 5pm - ALL ARE WELCOME - Live animals, hand bell ringers, crafts for children, carols and a quiz. Suggested donation £2.50 per adult - All profits to Shooting Star Chase.
Restoration of Village Sign (23 November 2015 - 31 January 2016)
The Worplesdon village sign (as shown above) is to be removed from Perry Hill Green on Friday 20 November 2015. The sign is to be restored to its former glory by Burrows Lea Forge (the orignal makers of the sign) and will be reinstated by January 2016.
Press Release - Uploaded 13 November 2015
Surrey Half Marathon -13.03.16
Surrey Half Marathon
Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
13th March 2016 9am
The Surrey Half Marathon is the biggest closed-road half marathon in Surrey. The run boasts a flat, scenic route with water stations, bands and with your help, fantastic local support. The event supports a number of charities and works with businesses in the community.
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices is the event’s lead local charity partner, so do get involved and help raise funds. Using your Surrey Half run to gain sponsorship will help the hospices to continue to serve the community.
Local charities and businesses are encouraged to get in touch with the event team to see how they might benefit from collaborative working.
The half marathon event is accompanied by a Kids’ Sport Challenge which will involve children aged 6-16 who will be taking to the roads to complete a 2km route before their big finish under the main race gantry.
As per last year the event will involve road closures. More information regarding the affected roads will be provided to residents.
Race Director Toby Jenkins, said: “The Surrey Half Marathon 2016 will be a great event for runners, spectators, volunteer, local businesses and spectators alike. Do join us.”
To learn more about the event – www.surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk
Find out more:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/surreyhalfmarathon
Twitter - @surreyhalf
Download the app – Search “Surrey Half” in your app store.
Race Director: Toby Jenkins
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01483 720 459
- Uploaded 4 November 2015
RESTORING CHITTY’S COMMON TO ITS FORMER GLORY…
CAN YOU HELP?
Chitty’s Common is a small, but much-loved, wet woodland on the fringe of Worplesdon. Can you help Surrey Wildlife Trust safeguard this green oasis for the benefit of wildlife and people?
Regular working parties are being established to help restore this little gem of a common back to its former glory.
The first working party is being held on
SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2015, 2-4pm
ALL ARE WELCOME!
One of the first tasks will be to clear rubbish from the Common.
Why not come along and get some useful tips on recycling, composting and reporting fly tipping so that this incredibly valuable public open space can stay free from dumping.
Gloves and bin bags will be provided.
Meet at Chitty’s Common, junction of Rydes Hill Road and Rydes Hill Crescent, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9UQ
Contact the Ranger: Email email@example.com or call 07968 832504/01483 795463
Future working party events will be held:
Saturday 16th January 2016, 1.30 – 4pm
Saturday 13th February 2016, 1.30 – 4pm
Saturday 12th March 2016, 2 – 4pm
Saturday 9th April 2016, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Local Beekeepers and Conservationists seek land for Honey Bees - Uploaded 13 October 215
If you have a secure piece of land, a part of your field or a private area that could host our bee hives for a conservation project, please get in touch with Fiona
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile no. 07757 780 126
Guildford Repair Café - Guildford Borough Council - Uploaded 30 September 2015
Need help to mend a broken toy or fix a hole in a favourite T-shirt? From clothes to bikes and electrical appliances to chairs – the Repair Café can help.
Everyone is invited to come to the Repair Café, organised by Guildford Borough Council on:
Friday 9 October from 1pm to 5pm taking place outside the shops in Southway, GU2 8DQ
Saturday 17 October from 10am to 12 noon at Furniturelink, Unit 4, Deaconsfield Industrial Estate, Cathedral Hill, Guildford GU2 8YT.
We all have items that we mean to repair but never seem to get round to. Come and join us at the Repair Café and learn how to fix the items yourself, with the help of volunteers who have knowledge to show you and can answer your questions.
Seamstresses, DIYers, the Bike Doctor and a PAT electrical appliance tester will be available to give practical advice and help people make all possible repairs, free of charge. Clean, broken items that can be brought along include clothes, toys, bikes, electrical appliances and chairs.
Repair Café is an international movement that encourages people to think about reusing and repairing items rather than throwing them away. By promoting repairs, Guildford Borough Council would like to help reduce waste, save money and resources and cut CO2 emissions. For more information please contact email@example.com
THE HUGELY TALENTED, AND EXTREMELY FUNNY, VENTRIOQUIST STEVE HEWLETT IS TO STAR IN AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT AT JACOBS WELL VILLAGE HALL ON SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2016 AT JACOBS WELL VILLAGE HALL AT 8PM. STEVE CAME 4TH IN THE BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT CONTENST 2013 AND HAS PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED AT THE VILLAGE HALL. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON A 1ST COME 1ST SERVED BASIS FROM HEATHER KIDMAN - 01483 571285. DEADLINE FOR TICKET PURCHASES 31 JULY 2015.
Summer Activites for children and Young People - Click here for further details - Uploaded 23 June 2015
Stoke Hospital, 92 Stoke Road, Guildford - Vacancy One-bedroom Flat (Uploaded 15 June 2015)
Stoke Hospital, also known as Hospital of William Parson, is a Grade II listed building situated in Stoke Road, between Onslow Road and Queen's Road. The centre of Guildford is only a short walk away. Each flat consists of a living room with adjoining kitchen area, a bedroom and a bathroom, with a bath or shower. The flats are located in three blocks and are situated on the ground and first floors. Each block has a stair lift fitted.
The current Maintenance charge is £110.00 per week, which includes gas, electricity, water, window cleaning, gardening and connection to the 24 hour emergency communication system.
The governing rules of the charity stipulate that to qualify as a beneficiary of Stoke Hospital, applicants usually need to fulfil the following criteria:
- Aged over 50
- Able to live independently
- Connection with County of Surrey
- Limited financial means
- Preference given to ladies over the age of 55 who have lived in the Guildford area.
If you are interested in applying or would like further information, please contact the Clerk, Shona McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07502 560330
Plan your journey to enjoy Armed Forces Day National Event Guildford - Uploaded 11 June 2015
The countdown continues to the free national celebration in Guildford on Saturday 27 June. To prepare for the big day, please make sure you plan your journey in advance . With 60,000 people expected to visit the town, public transport is the best way to travel.
Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, Cllr Matt Furniss, says: “We are very excited as the big event draws closer and we want everyone to enjoy themselves and to arrive and leave Guildford as smoothly as possible. Arriving by bus, train or on foot is definitely the best way to get here, particularly as there will be road closures in the town during the day. We appreciate not everyone can leave their car at home so we have provided additional out of town park and ride sites, free of charge to use, to avoid delay and reduce congestion. We advise anyone driving to please use these temporary car parks.
"With support from Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and partner agencies, we are working to help people plan and make their journeys in the best way possible.”
Guildford and Stoke Park are well served by public transport, with two railway stations within walking distance of the town centre parade route and the Stoke Park show. There is also an extensive bus network with stops across the town.
London Road station is the closest to Stoke Park and has train services from London via Epsom and Cobham. Guildford Station has train services from London, Portsmouth, Reading, Ascot, Gatwick and Aldershot. You can also get to London Road station by train from Guildford’s main station.
There is no parking at or near Stoke Park, so we have set-up free park and ride sites specifically for Armed Forces Day at Aldershot, Merrist Wood College and Wisley Airfield. Access to the sites will be clearly signposted from main roads. The Wisley park and ride site is only accessible from the southbound A3, via Elm Lane direct to the disused airfield. The turning is approximately half a mile from the M25 junction. For more information on these sites visit www.guildfordarmedforcesday.co.uk or call 0330 1230088.
All Armed Forces Day park and ride sites are free to use and the bus service will open at 9am and close at 9.30pm, with buses running every 15 minutes. Buses will drop-off and pick-up next to Stoke Park on Parkway. The last buses back to the car parks will leave Stoke Park at 9pm.
Guildford’s existing park and ride network will operate as usual and will charge as normal except for the Guildford Spectrum park and ride which will be closed on Saturday 27 June. Buses from existing park and ride sites will not drop off at Stoke Park. The existing park and ride car parks will fill up very quickly and some town centre car parks will be closed.
For more information on travel, road closures and restrictions please visit www.guildfordarmedforcesday.co.uk or call us on 0330 1230088.
Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge - Uploaded 10 June 2015
Don’t miss out on your health MOT (NHS offer) - Uploaded 10 June 2015
Join the 17,000 people who have already taken control of their health with an NHS Health check
If you’re aged 40-74, and have not been diagnosed with heart disease, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, or had a stroke you’re eligible for a free health check at a nearby pharmacy or GP surgery. Think of it as a midlife MOT to check your risk of becoming unwell.
Even if you feel well at the moment it’s still important to have a check. As you get older, your risk of developing these problems increases, but an NHS Health Check will spot early signs. This means you can take action to prevent them happening to you, so you can carry on enjoying your life for longer.
The check will only take 20 to 30 minutes and you’ll be asked a few questions about your family history and lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk. Your health professional will make a note of your weight, age, sex and ethnicity before taking your blood pressure. You’ll also have a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.
After that, you’ll discuss your results and be given advice and support to help you reduce your risk of developing any illnesses and improve your health.
Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more.
Final line-up for Armed Forces Day Guildford - free show 27 June 2015 - Stoke Park - Uploaded 9 June 2015
Press Release by Guildford Borough Council
"With less than four weeks to go until the Armed Forces Day National Event in Guildford on Saturday 27 June, you can expect a fantastic show of military displays and live music and entertainment.
Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, says: “Stoke Park will transform into an amazing spectacle with so much to see both on the ground and in the skies above Guildford. Visitors will be spoilt for choice as to what to see and do next. The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have pulled out all the stops to ensure the National Event for 2015 will be an Armed Forces Day to remember.
As well as the military displays, there is plenty of live music and entertainment of all varieties to enjoy, arranged by Guildford Fringe. The nation's attention will be on Guildford on 27 June as local residents join the country in thanking the Armed Forces for all they do on our behalf.”
Entry is free and no tickets are required to watch the parade or enter the Stoke Park event.
Music and entertainment will start at 10.30am on the Guildford Fringe Stage in Stoke Park. Following the Armed Forces Day parade through the town at 11.30am, the live action displays in the Main Arena in Stoke Park start at 1pm. A Tornado GR4 Flypast leads the way, ending with the Red Arrows Flypast, mass bands and beating retreat. MC for the whole event will be Peter Gordon from Eagle Radio and the Main Arena timetable will feature:
Tornado GR4 Flypast
Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display
Royal Signals White Helmets Motorbike Display
Royal Navy Swordfish Flypast (bi-plane from the Royal Navy ‘s Historic Flight)
Band of the Royal Marines, Portsmouth
RAF Falcons (parachute display team)
Cadets Drill and Band
Army Red Devils Parachute Display
Queen’s Colour Squadron
Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast (featuring the legendary Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bombers)
Household Cavalry Musical Ride
Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) Gymnastic Display
3rd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Infantry Display (battlefield demonstration with loud gunfire and explosions)
Red Arrows Flypast, Mass Bands and Beating Retreat
The Ministry of Defence Band will start the live music on the Guildford Fringe Stage, with From The Jam featuring Bruce Foxton providing the big finish on the Arena Stage at 7.30pm to what promises to be a spectacular day. Compered by Nick Wyschna, the Guildford Fringe Stage will host a variety of live music and entertainment:
The Band of The Adjutant General's Corps – Ministry of Defence Band
Guildford College Performing Arts
Aldershot Military Wives Choir
West End Kids
Performance Preparation Academy
At 5pm the Guildford Fringe Stage closes with music and entertainment continuing on the Arena Stage from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.
The evening programme on the Arena Stage will feature:
Ministry of Defence Band
West End Kids
From the Jam
In addition to the arena and stage action, there will be a military village of static displays open from 10.30 until 5.30pm, with machines, equipment and exhibitions. The highlights across the three Armed Forces include: Merlin helicopters, Challenger 2 Tank, Chinook, Artillery and Light Gun equipment, Field Hospital catering demonstrations, Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial aircraft, RAF Police dogs, RAF bomb disposal squadron and much more.
For more information visit guildfordarmedforcesday.co.uk or call us 0330 123008."
Surrey County Council's Annual Rights of Way and Countryside Access Report - 2014/15 - Uploaded 9 June 2015
Click here to read this informative Annual Report which includes details of rights of way improvements in Worplesdon.
Wood Street Infant School's May Fair - Saturday 16th May 12:30 - 2:30pm - Uploaded 17 April 2015
A great day out for the whole community!
Our May Fair promises to be a fantastic day out with something for all the family! For the children there's a bouncy castle, ride on bikes and lots of traditional fun fair stalls.
We've got some fabulous raffle prizes including vouchers, Family Days Out, hair cuts, and lots more!
Some fantastic local small businesses will be on hand with a variety of craft stalls to provide those all-important cards, jewellery, cakes, cosmetics and more.
We hope that the Police, Fire Brigade and St John’s Ambulance will be available to answer all of the children's questions and show off their vehicles!
With Hot Dogs, Candy Floss and Popcorn on hand, there's all the fun of the fair in the village. We've also got Cornish Clotted Cream Teas too!
Fairwood Helpers Annual Outing to Worthing (Uploaded 16.4.2015)
15th July 2015 - Cost £10 per person
Please contact Rob Long 01483 235741 or John Barton 01483 232181
Guildford Borough Council - www.guildford.gov.uk - Follow us @GuildfordBC
For Immediate Release
26 March 2015
Notice of local elections - Thursday 7 May 2015
Elections for local borough councillors in all Guildford Borough Council wards will take place on Thursday 7 May. Any elections for contested parishes will also take place on the same day.
Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday 7 May.
If you aren’t already registered to vote, please do this as soon as you can, and before the 20 April deadline at
or contact Electoral Services for an application form.
If you need a postal or proxy vote, please contact our Electoral Services team by email at email@example.com or call 01483 444115. The deadline for postal votes is 5pm on 21 April and for proxy votes it’s 5pm on 28 April.
Nomination papers for candidates standing in the local elections must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Room G17, Electoral Services, Guildford Borough Council no later than 4pm on Thursday 9 April.
EVERY FLOWER COUNTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL STOCK TAKE OF UK’s WILDFLOWERS - Uploaded 20 March 2015
Making plants a priority
The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), launching in spring 2015, will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats, but to do this we need the public’s help. We are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges. Plants are nature’s building blocks and this new monitoring scheme will sit alongside existing schemes for the UK’s birds and butterflies to help us understand more about how the countryside is changing.
Chris Cheffings, from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee says “Currently, information on plant species’ abundance and change is very limited, and it is difficult to gauge the condition of habitats outside protected sites. JNCC is delighted to be able to support the NPMS, which will fill this significant gap in UK biodiversity surveillance. The annual results collected by volunteers will help to identify trends in hundreds of species, allowing us to assess plant community changes.”
The search is now on to find 2000 volunteers to take part in the NPMS who will play a vital role in gathering information. Together the volunteers will monitor wild plants in 28 important habitats, ranging from hedgerows and meadows to salt marsh and scree slopes.
Hayley New, from Plantlife says “The NPMS is hugely enjoyable and over 400 volunteers have helped us set up the new scheme. It’s easy to do and everyone will receive free training and guidance plus support from the partnership for volunteers who have queries, as well as web support and illustrated guidance notes – so volunteers will have the perfect survey tool kit to get them started!”
Dr Kevin Walker, Head of Science, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) says:
“It’s really great to finally have a national scheme that everyone can take part in. Whether you simply love wildflowers or are a budding botanist, input from volunteers will provide sound evidence on how our wild plants and habitats are changing. It’s a fantastic achievement and should mean that wild plants are at the forefront of discussions on how our environment is changing and what we should be doing about it.”
How does the NPMS work?
Volunteers will be able to choose from three options depending on their level of expertise: recording from a short or an extended list of target species in each habitat or recording all species they find in their plots.
Volunteers will be given a 1 km square with a grid showing up to 25 locations. Surveyors will be asked to visit three of those locations and carry out surveys in square plots and then identify two linear features such as hedgerows, rivers and road verges and survey these locations too.
The squares have been randomly chosen, but with a focus on squares containing habitats of interest.
Oliver Pescott, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology says “The results from this new scheme should allow us to quantify the smaller changes that are occurring within our most valuable habitats. In the past, volunteer-collected data have been able to demonstrate the results of large-scale habitat loss over the last century, now we would like to reveal even more detail about the changes within the remaining areas of these habitats in our landscape.”
For more information on the NPMS and how to take part please visit www.npms.org.uk
UNUSUAL FIND DURING GROUNDSMAN'S WEEKLY INSPECTIONS - Uploaded 24 February 2015
Vice-Chairman Chris Venables testing the temporary facilities in Wood Street Village for size
The Parish Council's Groundsman made an unusual discovery during his rounds on Monday 23 February 2015... a toilet, sink and toilet roll holder had been fitted to the bus shelter beside Wood Street Village Pond, Oak Hill, Wood Street Village. Bus shelter improvement or money down the drain?
The persons who carried this out are unknown. The Parish Council is still trying to get to the bottom of it!
The "facility" was removed by the Vice-Chairman and Clerk to the Council 24 hours after "installation".
After 48 hours the mystery pranksters remain unknown. Parish Council urges them to come clean!
GUILDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE ISSUED - 03 March 2015
Registration opens for free youth sport taster sessions in Guildford
The Council, in partnership with local sports providers, is offering free sports coaching for young people aged 7 – 16 who live or go to school in the borough.
The sessions give youngsters the chance to experience a new sport or develop their skills, while being able to try out for Team Guildford’s entry to the P&G Surrey Youth Games 2015.
Sports on offer this year include basketball, boccia, boxing, girls’ cricket, girls’ football, judo, netball, girls’ touch rugby, table tennis, squash and swimming.
The Team Guildford taster sessions start after the Easter holidays and will be held at various locations across Guildford including Surrey Sports Park, Guildford City Boxing Club, Old Guildfordian’s Rugby Club, Guildford City Cricket Club plus many more.
The P&G Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth sports festival in Surrey. The aim of the games is to provide opportunities for young people to experience new sports. This year the P&G Surrey Youth Games will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015 at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.
Cllr Terence Patrick, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy and Sport, said: “The free sport taster sessions are a fantastic way for young people to experience sport at one of our high quality venues in the borough. With so much on offer, there is something for everyone. I encourage young people to get involved, and you never know, you might even be selected to represent Team Guildford at the P&G Surrey Youth Games.”
Online registration is now open. To see the full list of available sports, coaching dates, and to register, please go to www.guildford.gov.uk/syg or call 01483 444769.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in the Surrey Hills - Uploaded 19 February 2015
Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 240,000 young people every year, almost 50,000 of those from the South East Region. Their ethos is to enable all young people whatever their background to take part in their programme and succeed, regardless of any barriers. The scheme helps instil a sense of adventure and can have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.
Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can take part at one of three progressive levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold. To achieve the Award a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) must be completed. Areas include; Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
From helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and much more, the programme provides young people with experiences, friendships and talents that will stay with them for life.
The Surrey Hills offer young people the opportunity to engage in activities for almost any level and section of their Award, whether it be a conservation activity for their Volunteering section or learning about nature for their Skills section.
The majority of parishioners will have seen young people on their DofE Expeditions, either with staff during training and practice walks or remotely supervised if undertaking their Assessed Expedition. A large number of young people from Surrey, the South East and London undertook their expeditions in this area in the months of March through till the end of October in 2014. The organisers thank you for making them feel so welcome in the area and recognising the importance of giving young people the opportunity to get outside their comfort zone and develop independence and self-reliance!
We are aware that as the numbers of young people undertaking their DofE increases so will the numbers using these areas. As a region we are working hard in partnership with Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills Board to offer DofE Leaders ideas for different campsites or modes of travel to reduce the impact on the environment and new ways to add value to young people’s experiences such as learning about local wildlife or historic features in the area. Advice such as that found here www.dofe.org/go/advice is cascaded through training and regular reminders and training in Countryside Code is part of a participant’s syllabus.
Adults can get involved too, the Scheme organisers would like to know whether there is interest in the local community for people to put their name forward as independent assessors. The role could involve meeting and greeting expedition groups and monitoring their progress, eg that sites are left litter free. Although substantially a voluntary role, any travel expenses would be covered. This can be a very rewarding way to engage with young people and enhance their experience. The following website provides more information http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/leaders/training/eaas
To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme follow us @DofESouthEast or visit www.dofe.org.
How can you get invovled in the latest #ThisGIRLCan campaign? - Uploaded 15 January 2015
Promote your Sport/FITNess classes - Make sure you're promoting your club/class events on ACTIVEMapX - it’s a FREE service offered by The Women's Sports Network designed to help get women & girls more ACTIVE.
Find classes near you - if you're commited to the #ThisGIRLCan concept - get ACTIVE, follow @WSNet on Twitter and go find an activity near you - enter your postcode and flag up classes/clubs on a map
Click here to find Female-Friendly Sport/FIT clubs on ACTIVEMapX. More info on #ThisGIRLCan here - http://wsnet.co.uk/WSNTVi/thisgirlcan-get-active-her-community
ACTIVEMapX was set up to meet the specific needs and preferences of women and girls in getting active in the local community. Finding small, fun classes/events in the local area increases the likelihood of women/girls getting started. Pay-as-you go and ‘working out’ with friends between ‘drop-offs’, not too much lycra and a cup of coffee at the end – may be the solution to keeping engaged. ACTIVEMapX lists over twenty thousand classes across the UK. Helping communities engage, providing small fitness businesses with some free marketing and breathing energy into the local economy.
The mapping facility really helps folk who aren't sure what they are looking for and just want to see 'what's going on'. ACTIVEMapX has a much greater penetration of smaller classes - particularly those NOT held in big health centres/and gym 'chains' which many of our community try to avoid. We give the smaller, organic set ups - run mostly by women for women - a chance to compete with the big 'boys' - and its FREE.
Jo Cotgrove [petals14px]
Director, Digital Services,
Women's Sports Network
Be the change!
T: +44 (0) 1372 842490 | M: 07976385453
E: jo.c@WSNet.co.uk | W: WSNet.co.uk
Join ACTIVEMapX along with 20,000 other women's events/classes, we're also using it to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer - help women cancer sufferers live a more normal life. You can select from a range of some 45 class 'pins' and reach out to our 45k community.
WSNet is a not-for-profit organisation and does not charge for ANY services
THE SPINNEY - Uploaded 13 January 2015
Southway, Guildford, Surrey GU2 8YD
Executive Headteacher: Elizabeth Corlett, Head of School: Rona Mackie
Children’s Centre Manager: Anne Woodward
Tel: 01483 510570
BANK CHILDCARE PRACTITIONERS (term-time) –qualified to Level 3
To provide ad-hoc cover during term times in our nurseries
Ability to be flexible and provide cover at short notice essential
Hourly Pay Rate equivalent to Surrey Pay Scale SP5 £10.89 per hour including annual leave allowance
We are seeking to recruit experienced bank staff to provide cover in our 2 year old and 3-5 year old nurseries. If you are able to be flexible and able to come in at short notice, but do not want to be tied down to a full time job, this would be ideal for you. You will be driven by a passion to provide the highest quality child care and have the skills to work as part of a team.
TRAINEE CHILDCARE PRACTITIONERS (term-time) - Voluntary
Do you want to gain a Level 3 in Childcare?
We can provide experience and mentoring in our nurseries
Surrey County Council can pay for 80% of the course
Limited places available
Are you looking to start a career in child care? Are you passionate about providing the best opportunities for young children? We can help by providing you with experience in our 2 year old and 3-5 year old nurseries. We can support successful applicants to apply for a bursary through Surrey County Council, which will pay for 80% of the course, and then we will mentor you through the course. Having gained the qualification you will be in an excellent position to find paid employment. There may be opportunities for payment as unqualified bank staff throughout your time with us.
For both these opportunities, please contact Emma Craig for an application pack (01483 510570). Visits are warmly welcomed.
All posts are subject to an Enhanced CRB check and references.
Closing date for applications: 15th January (12pm)
Interviews: w/b 19th Jan
“This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.”
‘Becoming a Councillor’ - Uploaded 12 January 2015
Free seminar for potential candidates
If you are thinking about standing for election to the Borough Council or a parish council in May 2015 please join us for a free seminar venue at Guildford Borough Council, Council Chambers at 6.30pm on:
Wednesday 4 February 2015
The free seminar will cover:
The role and functions of the Borough Council and parish councils
The role and function of councillors
Support provided for councillors
You will also be able to ask questions of existing councillors and Council staff.
The seminar is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to the development of its elected councillors and promotion of local democracy.
If you plan to attend please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01483 444102.
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Change4Life is back to help kids cut back on sugar
Did you know that there are seven sugar cubes in a can of fizzy pop? From sugary cereals to after school snacks and puddings in the evening, it’s surprising just how much sugar there is in some of the food and drinks we give children every day.
This can damage their health because sugar means extra calories which cause fat to build up and this can lead to heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Don’t forget that eating too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.
To help you and your kids cut back on sugar all you need to do is sign up to Change4Life Sugar Swaps to find out about healthy alternatives. There are loads of great ideas to help you throughout the day:
Breakfast swap – some cereals are full of sugar so why don’t you try out some healthier alternatives such as porridge. You can add some chopped banana to make it the perfect start to the day for you and your children.
Drinks swap – swap those cans of fizzy pop for sugar-free drinks, water or lower-fat milk.
After school snack swap – replace chocolate, cake and crisps with carrot sticks or unsalted nuts to keep the kids going through until dinner time.
Pudding swap – you can still enjoy a treat in the evening by making a healthy blackberry and apple crunch with some oats and low fat yoghurt. There are lots more tasty pudding recipes on the Change4Life website.
To find out about more ways to reduce your family’s sugary intake and receive your FREE pack full of tips and money off vouchers, visit the Healthy Surrey website.
VOLUNTEER PUPPY PARENT'S REQUIRED FOR THE CHARITY CANINE PARTNERS - Uploaded - 7 Jan 2015
CASE STUDY - YVONNE SAUNDERS
Yvonne, from Surrey, is a volunteer puppy parent for Canine Partners. This is her story:
I wanted to become a puppy parent two years ago when my pet dog died so I went to a partnership ceremony to find out more. I listened to partners reading out speeches about how much their assistance dogs had changed their lives for the better and how it gave them their independence back and I knew the Charity was something I wanted to be a part of, it was a very moving day. Unfortunately I was told I lived too far away from Heyshott to become a puppy parent or foster parent at the Southern Centre but they took my contact details in case a satellite centre opened near me. I was delighted when out of the blue I received an email to say they were opening a Surrey satellite and asked whether I would be interested in joining. You couldn’t see me for dust and I was one of the first to join the group.
Becoming a puppy parent has been a really interesting experience. In the 1960s I was a soloist with the Royal Ballet Company in Covent Garden and then after that I started up my own ballet schools. I spent more than 25 years giving children exercises but was looking for a new challenge and something to keep me active in my retirement. I thought becoming a puppy parent would be perfect and was exactly what I was looking for. It is a great way of keeping my mind occupied and I now spend each night planning what Abbey and I are going to do the following day.
Abbey is the first dog I have trained and we spend our days getting her ready to eventually be partnered for someone with a disability. She was not very good with noise at first so it was a case of going on lots of walks near noisy traffic. I spent my days singing and making a racket around the house to get her used to it. Abbey also wasn’t a fan of shopping baskets which was a problem if she is going to go food shopping when she is partnered in the future. I asked my local shop if I could borrow one and I just put it in the kitchen for her to be around and get used to the shape and noise before taking her to the supermarket. She now loves shopping.
At the moment we are taking walks through a churchyard to get her used to the squirrels, she thinks they are all her playmates so to make her ignore the squirrels, I have to be more fun than they are. Training involves a lot of problem solving and is like a jigsaw, it all eventually comes together in the end. Every day is different - it all depends on what challenge I am working on and trying to overcome. It has been a very rewarding experience and seeing partnerships just confirms why I’m doing it and how much it impacts their life is just wonderful. Abbey has really calmed down since I first had her and is a really lovely companion.
Abbey has changed so much from the little bundle of fluff I was presented with at seven weeks of age and is soon to go on to advanced training to develop her skills before being partnered with someone with a disability. When she moves on it will be fine as Abbey was never mine to keep, I have just moulded her so she will be able to help someone become more independent in the future. I heard a partner say once ‘Canine Partners helps to open the door to a new future but it’s the puppy parents who hold the key’ and I have to say I agree.
Would you like to help transform the life of someone with a disability? We are looking for more people like Yvonne willing to take on the early training of a puppy that will one day do something amazing. The Surrey Canine Partners puppy training satellite is looking for volunteer puppy parents, who need to be able to attend weekly puppy classes. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered and puppy food, toys, equipment, all veterinary costs and training is provided.
For further information on becoming a puppy parent email email@example.com or visit caninepartners.org.uk/surrey-local.
About Canine Partners
Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration.
More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The Charity is working in partnership with Help for Heroes, and aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.
These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.
Canine Partners receives no government funding and is wholly dependent on public donations and legacies.
Canine Partners, Mill Lane, Heyshott, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0ED
T 08456 580480 F 08456 580481 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Canine Partners’ Web site at www.caninepartners.org.uk
Registered charity number 803680
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Surrey Libraries want every resident to have access to their library, including those who have difficulty getting to a library due to ill health, disability, mobility problems or caring responsibilities, no matter what their age.
Their current range of services include:
Library Direct Friends & Family – where a relative, neighbour or friend can borrow books on behalf of a reader. They currently have over 700 Friends and Family clients in Surrey.
Library Direct Home Service – where Surrey Libraries provides a checked volunteer to select and deliver books for a registered client. They currently have 137 volunteers and over 230 clients in Surrey.
Parish Council funds restoration of semphore stone... The Semaphore Tower was located in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Worplesdon from c1822 to c1848. A stone was originally placed on the site of the Semaphore Tower by the Parish Council in 1986.