‘Filth and rudeness’ complaints at Spectrum

June 10, 2013

“FILTHY” changing rooms, “rude” staff and faeces floating in the pool are just some of the complaints made by customers to Guildford Spectrum over the past year. Between April 2012 and March 2013, 209 complaints were formally registered at the leisure centre, despite ongoing improvements worth £250,000. Of the complaints, seen in full by the…

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What’s on for Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, 2013

June 7, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area this weekend. CLUBBING SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 10pm. Amplified Sessions: Room Two. (023) 9286 3911. SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 10pm. Amplified Sessions – For Love, Not Money. Featuring Sam Divine. Admission free. (023) 9286 3911. CONCERTS HASLEMERE: Haslemere Hall, Bridge Street. 6pm. Sunshine…

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What’s on for Friday June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013

A guide to what’s on around the area today CLUBBING PORTSMOUTH: The Barn, Milton Arms, Milton Road. 7.30pm-1.30am. Secret Society. With special guest Chris Unknown and MC Storm. Happy hardcore. Admission £4 in advance. (023) 9221 0437. SOUTHSEA: Edge of the Wedge, Albert Road. 11pm. Thunderdome. (023) 9286 3911. SOUTHSEA: Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road. 11pm-2.30am.…

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Rugby veterans record Lions tour anthem for charity

June 7, 2013

A GIANT hamster, two rugby enthusiast friends and a guitar make a memorable sight on a sunny Thames Ditton afternoon. The explanation – that two veteran players from Old Paulines rugby club in the village are drumming up support for the Lions tour 2013 in Australia by recording a song and music video to raise…

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‘Eyesore’ Frimley shopping parade plans rejected

June 7, 2013
‘Eyesore’ Frimley shopping parade plans rejected

Plans to develop The Parade in Frimley have been shelved ‘Eyesore’ Frimley shopping parade plans rejected By James Chapple June 07, 2013 PLANS to revamp and revitalise one of Surrey Heath borough’s main shopping precincts have been thrown out by councillors who branded the redevelopment an overbearing ‘eye sore’. Members of the borough council’s planning…

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Waverley planning probe halted on first day

June 7, 2013

THE future of Waverley’s planning blueprint hangs in the balance after the inspector appointed to scrutinise it called a halt to the public examination at the end of the first day. Michael Hetherington did not, as some had expected, abandon the hearings there and then, but he did raise serious concerns about the soundness of…

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Harper and council clash again over club licences

June 7, 2013

ENTREPRENEUR Michel Harper is embroiled in a fresh High Court battle with Guildford Borough Council, claiming he has been unfairly treated over a licence application. Mr Harper, the freehold owner of the Casino, Players Lounge and Bar Mambo, in Onslow Street, has accused the borough council of inappropriately rejecting four applications for ‘shadow’ licences on…

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Child abuse photos man ‘glad he was caught’

June 7, 2013

A MAN who downloaded thousands of child abuse photos “for a bit of a buzz” will be sentenced at Guildford Crown Court next month. Staines Magistrates’ Court was told on Tuesday (June 4) that Steven Wilmer, of Ashleigh Avenue, Egham, turned himself in after being unable to delete the offending files from a computer. Wilmer,…

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Man admits jewellers robbery plot charge

June 7, 2013

Man admits jewellers robbery plot charge By Amy De-Keyzer June 07, 2013 ONE of two men accused of plotting a robbery at a Reigate jewellers could face a jail term. Michael Terrance King, 47, and 79-year-old Michael William King, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday (June 6) for a plea and case management hearing.…

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Cowslip Meadows in coronation anniversary list

June 7, 2013
Cowslip Meadows in coronation anniversary list

Cowslip Meadows at Sheepleas is Surrey’s ‘Coronation Meadow’ Cowslip Meadows in coronation anniversary list By Andre Langlois June 07, 2013 AN area of land in the North Downs has been selected as Surrey’s ‘Coronation Meadow’. The land, Cowslip Meadows at Sheepleas, will form part of a project initiated by the Prince of Wales in celebration…

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Sun shines on ‘best ever’ Godalming Town Show

June 7, 2013

THOUSANDS of people filled the streets of Godalming on Saturday for the ‘best ever’ annual town show and carnival. Exclamation marks were used with wild abandon as the event, aptly named Boom! took a new direction, incorporating an evening of live music – Burys Live! – which followed the daytime festivities. Godalming’s Round Table group…

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Ales and ciders sampled at Guildford Beer Festival

June 7, 2013

AT the fourth annual Guildford Beer Festival last weekend, drinkers got through more than 10,000 pints from breweries in Surrey and the local area. Around 2,400 people visited Guildford Cricket Club in Woodbridge Road to try beers from 20 different breweries after the Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley poured the first pint last Friday…

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Haslemere Museum birthday marked by royal visit

June 7, 2013

SOPHIE, the Countess of Wessex, was welcomed by an excited crowd of 150 people at Haslemere Museum on Wednesday evening (June 5). The visit was organised to mark the museum’s 125th year and included an extensive tour during which the countess met staff, volunteers and supporters dotted along the route. Various mayors and patrons also…

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Motorists told to plan ahead as Tour Series looms

June 7, 2013

Motorists told to plan ahead as Tour Series looms By Joe Finnerty June 07, 2013 IT is just a few days until Woking town centre is transformed into a high-speed cycling circuit for the return of the Tour Series. Both the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series and women’s Johnson Health Teach Grand Prix Series hit…

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Village green group ‘just trying to block new homes’

June 7, 2013

THE debate over whether an area of land poised for development should be turned into a village green heated up this week with lawyers putting forward both sides of the case and arguing over whether evidence given in a public inquiry was “exaggerated”. Graham Eyre of the Ash Residents’ Association put in an application to…

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Cyclist hurt in collision with car in Byfleet

June 7, 2013

Cyclist hurt in collision with car in Byfleet By Joe Finnerty June 07, 2013 A CYCLIST is in hospital after being struck by a car in a suspected hit-and-run crash in Byfleet. The man’s bicycle was in collision with a small white hatchback car in Celtic Road at around 7.45pm on Thursday (June 6). The…

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Pet tortoise Oscar, 80, ‘stolen in distraction theft’

June 7, 2013

Pet tortoise Oscar, 80, ‘stolen in distraction theft’ By James Chapple June 07, 2013 A LIGHTWATER couple have been left saddened after a distraction burglar made off with their treasured pet tortoise. Police received a report on Tuesday (June 4) from an elderly man who said his 80-year-old tortoise, named Oscar, had been stolen from…

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‘No third party’ in Russian businessman’s death

June 7, 2013

THERE are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy who was found collapsed outside his Weybridge home last November, according to police. Following a lengthy investigation and toxicology tests, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said they were “satisfied” there was no evidence of…

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Rally to gather support for green belt homes fight

June 7, 2013

RESIDENTS furious about rumoured plans to build homes on green belt land in Tandridge are holding a rally to gain more support for their cause. Members of the Oxted Limpsfield Residents’ Group will be in Oxted town centre on Saturday (June 8). They have vowed to oppose rumoured plans to build 140 houses on a…

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Man bailed after schoolgirl ‘kissed at bus stop’

June 7, 2013

Man bailed after schoolgirl ‘kissed at bus stop’ By David Stubbings June 07, 2013 A MAN arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 13-year-old at a bus stop in Horley has been released on bail. The man in his 40s was questioned after the schoolgirl was grabbed and kissed outside the old…

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Inquest told of concerns over psychiatric patient

June 7, 2013

AN INQUEST into the death of a 20-year-old man just days after his release from a psychiatric unit has heard that doctors disagreed over letting him return home. Jonathan Stent’s body was found by children near Ashtead railway station on September 10, 2011. The former Ashcombe School pupil had been released from the Elgar ward…

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Heart transplant baby girl ‘doing well’ at home

June 7, 2013

A BABY girl is back home in Esher at last after undergoing a heart transplant. Fifteen-month-old Carina Marcangelo was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – a disease that thickens the heart wall and stops it working properly – in July 2012. Since then she has spent seven months in hospital, but received the longed-for new heart at…

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Garry Hill’s Woking FC squad takes shape

June 7, 2013

GARRY HILL will sign six more players before settling on his Woking squad to kick off the new Blue Square Premier campaign. That was the pledge from the Cards chief this week after the club announced that seven more players had agreed to fresh part-time deals. Skipper Mark Ricketts, full backs Adam Newton and John…

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Staines Town man Wheeler has sights set higher

June 7, 2013
Staines Town man Wheeler has sights set higher

Staines Town man Wheeler has sights set higher By Clive Youlton June 07, 2013 DAVE WHEELER has admitted his forthcoming two-week trial at Exeter City is a gamble, but he is determined to earn a deal at the League Two club. Having arranged the trial through a friend – and aware that scouts at the…

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Chilton feels Monaco momentum ahead of Montreal

June 7, 2013
Chilton feels Monaco momentum ahead of Montreal

Chilton feels Monaco momentum ahead of Montreal By Amy De-Keyzer June 07, 2013 AS the Canadian Grand Prix looms this weekend, Reigate’s young racing driver Max Chilton is preparing to take on the challenging circuit in Montreal. Sunday’s Grand Prix du Canada will be Chilton’s seventh race behind the wheel during his debut Formula 1…

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Woking music venue campaigners set up first base

June 7, 2013
Woking music venue campaigners set up first base

A live music venue for Woking is one step closer Woking music venue campaigners set up first base By Joe Finnerty June 07, 2013 IT was a landmark occasion on Saturday as the Phoenix Cultural Centre officially opened. Around 100 people attended the day at the Goldsworth Road shop and Raj Chhetri, a volunteer in…

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