Monthly Archives: December 2013

Foster carer’s MBE for taking on dozens of children

December 31, 2013
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A foster carer has been recognised for her efforts in looking after more than 85 children. Harriet Foges, now in her 60s and retired and living in Wonersh, was appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list and said the news came as a complete shock. “I don’t feel I deserve it but on the…

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Dame Penelope Keith reflects on Good Life and career

December 31, 2013
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Sardines on toast was on the Christmas Day menu at Dame Penelope Keith’s home as the she battled with power outages like hundreds of others in the Godalming area. However, the two-day power cut did not dampen the actress’s “delight and disbelief” at being made a dame in the New Year Honours list. She is…

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Most read: top 10 stories on Get Surrey in 2013

December 31, 2013
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Most read: top 10 stories on Get Surrey in 2013

It has been a busy year in Surrey and our readers have shown interest in serious news stories and events as well as spooky happenings and bizarre discoveries in the county. So as we turn the page onto a new chapter of news, sport and entertainment in 2014, here are the most read stories from…

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OBE for hospital professor’s keyhole surgery technique

December 31, 2013
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A pioneering surgeon at East Surrey Hospital has been appointed OBE for developing a new technique for keyhole surgery. Professor Abhay Rane, a consultant urological surgeon at the Redhill hospital, was included in the New Year Honours list for services to laparoscopy surgery. The 54-year-old, from Tadworth, said he was humbled to receive the honour…

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Surrey families celebrate the gift of life this Christmas

December 31, 2013
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Surrey families celebrate the gift of life this Christmas

It was an extra special Christmas for some families in Surrey this year as parents welcomed their new bundles of joy on December 25. Nine sets of mums and dads received an amazing present at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Christmas Day, where midwives delivered six gorgeous girls and three bouncing boys. Sunbury couple…

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Police commissioner slams budget cuts as ‘perverse’

December 31, 2013
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Surrey Police’s budget is to be slashed further to fund an expansion of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey has called the cuts “perverse”, and called for independent oversight of the “unaccountable” body. The UK policing minister, Damian Green, announced cuts for forces across the country which will…

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New neonatal unit opens at Frimley Park Hospital

December 31, 2013
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Following a lengthy fundraising campaign, Frimley Park Hospital has unveiled its brand new neonatal unit where precious bundles of joy will spend their first few hours. The opening of the bigger and better unit at Frimley Park kicked off the festive season in style for the hospital’s maternity team. It is double the size of…

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Woman, 88, honoured for decades of voluntary work

December 31, 2013
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A woman who played the keyboard for people with Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Gloria Holmes, of Horsell Rise in Horsell, was recognised for services to the community in Woking. The 88-year-old started playing her keyboard in old people’s homes, but…

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Stanwell community volunteer awarded British Empire Medal

December 31, 2013
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The community work carried out by a Stanwell woman will continue as long as vulnerable people need help, and her loving husband continues to “put up” with her being away “the whole time”. Carol Sullivan, 67, of Horton Road, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community of Stanwell in the…

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Win tickets to see Seussical

December 31, 2013
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Join the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the musical, a show for all the family to enjoy. Amy Punter, a musical theatre star who grew up in Pyrford, Woking, is dance captain on the London show, and has been delighting audiences since November when the show launched at the Arts…

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That stings

December 31, 2013
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Former Guildford Flames star Ollie Bronnimann wasted no time inflicting a stinging 4-2 defeat on his old club. With his Bracknell Bees in vengeful mood following their Boxing Day reverse at Spectrum, Bronnimann netted inside two minutes during Sunday’s English Premier League return in Berkshire. Bronnimann, 26, who helped Guildford win a pair of league…

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New Year Honours recognise great and good of Surrey

December 31, 2013
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New Year Honours recognise great and good of Surrey

Godalming resident Penelope Keith – famous for her TV roles in The Good Life and To The Manor Born, as well as being a former High Sheriff of Surrey – has been made a dame. The British Empire Medal has been awarded to Horley community volunteer Peter Moxley; Theresa Fuoco, swimming co-ordinator for the Surrey…

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TV and advertising boss appointed CBE in honours list

December 31, 2013
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The man responsible for cancelling Baywatch and annoying three former prime minsters when he moved ITV’s News at Ten has been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Richard Eyre, who has lived in Peaslake for 10 years and is now the chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau, will be appointed CBE for services to…

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Ecademy founder’s OBE for business achievements

December 31, 2013
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An entrepreneur from Farnham who set up one of the world’s first social media business networks has been awarded an OBE. Penny Power, 49, received the letter informing her four weeks ago, but was told to keep it quiet until the official announcement in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. She is now waiting to…

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‘It’s not about me’, says disabled swimming club honours woman

December 31, 2013
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A woman who runs an ever-expanding club for disabled swimmers has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours list. Theresa Fuoco, from Woking, is the swimming co-ordinator for the Surrey Dolphins, formerly known as the Runnymede Dolphins which changed name in November to match its increasing reach. The club is based…

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Staff tied up and threatened with gun in post office robbery

December 31, 2013
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Staff tied up and threatened with gun in post office robbery

Post office staff were tied up and threatened with what was believed to have been a gun during an armed raid in Bletchingley on Tuesday morning. The incident happened at around 6.15am at the High Street branch. A man entered the store and threatened two members of staff, a man and woman in their 50s,…

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New Year’s Eve armed robbery at Bletchingley post office

December 31, 2013
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Police were called to a report of an armed robbery at a post office in Bletchingley on Tuesday morning. The incident happened at around 6.15am at the High Street branch. A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The investigation is still in the early stages and updates will follow in due course.” Any witnesses or anyone who…

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British Empire Medal for lionheart of Horley community

December 31, 2013
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A Horley man has praised the work of those around him in various community groups after he was awarded the British Empire Medal. Peter Moxley, 65, from Wellington Way, was given the award in the New Year Honours list, in recognition of services to the community in Horley. He said: “There’s a lot of people…

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Cancer fundraiser cancelled due to clash with other events

December 31, 2013
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The founder of a new fundraiser in aid of a cancer charity has had to cancel next year’s event. Luke Mose’s Run4Men – in aid of Cancer Research UK – was held for the first time this year. Mr Mose, a sales administrator at a stationers in Guildford, organised the event because several members of…

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Charity boss angered by decision to host RideLondon again

December 31, 2013
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The founder of a wildlife charity based in Leatherhead is on the warpath over the decision to host the RideLondon-Surrey cycling event for the next four years. Simon Cowell, from the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), branded Surrey County Council decisions made behind closed doors as “reckless and undemocratic”. He said road closures would leave the…

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