Allotment burglars ‘trampled over squashes’ and stole equipment

September 26, 2013

Allotment holders are dismayed after losing hundreds of pounds worth of machinery and tools in a theft from a shed at the Manygate Lane site in Shepperton. Gardeners were left reeling after the padlocked building was burgled on the allotment some time after 4.30pm on Saturday (September 22). Stan Bulford, chairman of the Shepperton Allotment…

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McLaren car shows off pride in GREAT Britain’s engineering

September 26, 2013
McLaren car shows off pride in GREAT Britain’s engineering

A special McLaren supercar was spotted across Surrey and London on Wednesday (September 25) painted with the unmistakable Great British flag. The colourful MP4-12C, launched with the backing of the team’s F1 driver Jenson Button, has been designed as part of a campaign to celebrate and promote British inspired innovation. The high-tech supercar was toured…

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Vote Charlie campaign sees community rally round ‘brilliant lad’

September 26, 2013

With a smile to warm the cockles of the heart, a young lad from Deepcut is back home after potentially life-changing surgery to relieve his spasticity. But little did four-year-old Charlie Grainger, mother Laura and grandad Geoff know – when they flew out to America last month – just how many people his journey to…

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Health & Beauty: What is the difference between cosmetic and medical skin care products?

September 26, 2013
Health & Beauty: What is the difference between cosmetic and medical skin care products?

Vicki Smith, from Absolute Aesthetics in Guildford, answers your skin and beauty concerns Dear Vicki What is the difference between skin care products purchased on the high street compared to those from a clinic? What is the difference between all these different skin care products? How do I know if I am using the correct…

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Brave Ellie becomes ‘life shaver’ after being treated for cancer

September 26, 2013

A brave young woman has shaved her head to raise money for a leading children’s cancer charity. Ellie Lyver, who lives in Farnham, made the decision after the CLIC Sargent charity supported her and her family during her own treatment for the disease. The 20-year-old cut her hair on September 15 as part of CLIC…

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Brockham green belt homes plan turned down again

September 26, 2013

Plans to build homes on a green belt site have been refused for the third time in a year. Developer Paul Hunt Investments has submitted three applications to build on the five acres of land off Kiln Lane in Brockham, with the promise the development will meet the need for new homes in the village.…

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Visitors banned from hospital ward amid norovirus outbreak

September 26, 2013

Visiting has been banned on a ward at East Surrey Hospital following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus. Tandridge Ward at the Redhill hospital was closed to visitors on Wednesday (September 25) – visiting times on all remaining hospital wards remain the same at 2pm-8pm. The contagious virus causes vomiting and diarrhoea. The…

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Cathedral land earmarked for homes and community amenities

September 26, 2013

New homes are set to be built on Stag Hill as part of a major development project at Guildford Cathedral, it has been announced. An area of land south of the cathedral has been identified by the borough council as a site for possible housing and the new dean, the Rev Dianna Gwilliams, has confirmed…

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What’s on for Thursday September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013

A guide to what’s on in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the rest of south east Hampshire. THURSDAY, SEPT 26 CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7pm-12.30am. Spectrum (gay/straight/lesbian/bi/transexual). Guest DJs playing house electro and nu disco. Admission free before 9pm, £2 after. (023) 9229 6352. COMEDY GOSPORT: Gosport Discovery Centre, High…

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Church pop-up restaurant to pay for vital repairs

September 26, 2013

An executive hotel chef is among those behind a novel fundraising project at a Staines church where a pop-up restaurant will serve the first supper. The restaurant will open at St Peter’s Church in Laleham Road next month, giving people a one-off opportunity to have a sit down lunch in riverside surroundings while helping to…

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Classmates reunite for cycle ride in memory of friend’s father

September 26, 2013

A group of former Fullbrook School pupils met up two decades after they left to take part in a charity bike ride in memory of their friend’s father. James Farmer and his chums left the Selsdon Road school, in New Haw in 1996, but the 35-year-old’s pals rallied to join him on a London-to-Paris cycle…

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Volunteers who rescued library celebrate happy ending

September 26, 2013

Volunteers who rallied to save a village library from closure celebrated their first year in charge with a party at the weekend. Byfleet Library found itself in Surrey County Council’s crosshairs as one of 11 earmarked for closure – but along with the threat came a lifeline with the option of instead coming under community…

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Restrictions on ‘nuisance’ pubs after noise and drug problems

September 26, 2013
Restrictions on ‘nuisance’ pubs after noise and drug problems

Drug use and antisocial behaviour at two Runnymede pubs has brought about the temporary closure of one and further licence restrictions on the other. The borough’s licensing councillors met on Monday (September 23) to review the licence of The Victory in Station Road, Chertsey, and again on Tuesday (September 24) to discuss the Holly Tree…

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Controversial lakeside pavilion officially opened

September 25, 2013
Controversial lakeside pavilion officially opened

A long-awaited pavilion next to Virginia Water lake has been officially opened, two years after a controversial planning agreement. The Crown Estate’s latest addition to Windsor Great Park is a centre for visitor information and support, which includes a covered seating area, providing picturesque views across the lake. However, not everyone was in favour of…

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Firefighters take pensions dispute to County Hall

September 25, 2013
Firefighters take pensions dispute to County Hall

Striking firefighters across Surrey were locked out of their stations after fire service bosses decided to use private cover in the county during a day of industrial action. The national strike over pensions took place from midday to 4pm on Wednesday (September 25) – but Surrey’s fire stations were shut between 9am and 6pm, despite…

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OctoBeardfest encourages men not to shave for whole month

September 25, 2013
OctoBeardfest encourages men not to shave for whole month

The Prostate Project has launched one of its biggest fundraising efforts to date, asking men to abandon their razors for the whole of next month and let their facial hair grow. The incentive behind the OctoBeardfest campaign is to encourage men to cut shaving from their grooming routines throughout October in return for sponsorship which…

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Plan for new student flats approved in Epsom

September 25, 2013

Student accommodation will be built at a disused office block in Epsom after councillors approved plans to convert the building. Crossways House, in East Street, has stood empty since June 2010 – but the four-storey building is set to become student flats in a bid to ease pressure on University for the Creative Arts’ over-subscribed…

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Expansion of infant school into primary is approved

September 25, 2013

More than 200 extra junior school places will be available for children in Horley next year after an infant school was given permission to become a primary. The green light was given to Langshott Infant School, in Smallfield Road, by Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for schools and learning, Councillor Linda Kemeny. The school currently…

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Police probe possible links in overnight shop raids

September 25, 2013

Police believe two overnight burglaries at east Surrey shops within 15 miles of each other may be linked. Officers have said they suspect three men broke into the Co-operative store in The Green, Warlingham, at around 2am on September 25 and are currently trying to establish whether the incident is linked to another in Tadworth.…

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Alleged victim in blank cheques theft trial ‘felt betrayed’

September 25, 2013

A woman accused of stealing more than £200,000 from her ex-partner’s mother to start a restaurant in Reigate has gone on trial. Susan Butt, 48, from Reigate Road in Hookwood, denies stealing more than £237,500 from Joyce Harrison, from Betchworth, between September 2011 and February 2012, and one charge of fraud by false representation. Opening…

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Hill positive despite Cards’ Hatters battering

September 25, 2013

Classy Luton Town were tipped for the top after blitzing strugglers Woking. John Still’s Hatters survived a couple of scares before leaving an indelible mark on Tuesday’s Skrill Premier clash at Kingfield, with a 4-0 victory that plunged the Cards into the bottom four. Two goals from Mark Cullen either side of an Alex Lacey…

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Flasher jailed for ‘completely exposing’ himself to woman

September 25, 2013

A 21-year-old man who undid his trousers and exposed himself to a woman at Stoke Park in Guildford has been sent to jail. Johnny Brazil, who has been living at the Godalming Hotel in Meadrow, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to four offences at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (September…

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Council votes to allow Ash homes plan to proceed

September 25, 2013

The battle to protect an area of land in Ash from development of up to 400 homes has been lost but the war is not over, according to the chairman of the local residents’ association. In the second extraordinary full council meeting of Guildford Borough Council in a fortnight, it was decided that land to…

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What’s good for the goose is good for returning fayre

September 25, 2013
What’s good for the goose is good for returning fayre

An historic fair which first saw the light of day in Walton in 1516, courtesy of England’s most famous king, was brought back to life at the weekend. The Walton Goose Fayre, first approved by Henry VIII, was back in its traditional home in Bridge Street after being reinstated by the Walton Business Group. Saturday’s…

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What’s good for the goose is good for Walton

September 25, 2013
What’s good for the goose is good for Walton

An historic fair which first saw the light of day in Walton in 1516, courtesy of England’s most famous king, was brought back to life at the weekend. The Walton Goose Fayre, first approved by Henry VIII, was back in its traditional home in Bridge Street after being reinstated by the Walton Business Group. Saturday’s…

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Tributes paid to late mayor’s fighting spirit at special memorial

September 25, 2013

A memorial service to Spelthorne’s mayor Isobel Napper saw colleagues, family and friends pay tribute to the woman who ‘broke the mould’ in her political and personal life. Mayors from Surrey’s 11 boroughs and districts, together with some of Spelthorne’s most distinguished residents, filled St Peter’s Church in Laleham Road for the service on Friday…

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