Woking Hospice Midnight Walk

April 19, 2013

The fundraising team at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are gearing up for their 6th Midnight Walk, taking place at Mercedes-Benz World on Friday 21 June.

Woking Hospice fundraising team. From left to right: Mary Skipper, (event organiser) Sue Spencer, Lorraine Weedon and Tracey Hayward.

Woking Hospice fundraising team. From left to right: Mary Skipper, (event organiser) Sue Spencer, Lorraine Weedon and Tracey Hayward.

The walk is an 8-mile route around Brooklands, New Haw and West Byfleet and brings women of all ages together. It’s a truly magical evening with many walking in memory of friends and loved ones and others just wanting to take on a challenge, have some fun and support our Hospices. Last year over 800 women walked, talked, and ‘flashed’ their illuminated ‘bunny ears’ around the 8 miles to receive their medal and a hot cup of tea!

Sue Spencer, event organiser said, “We really want to encourage more women than ever to have a go and come out and support us. There is a real carnival atmosphere on the night, people dress up, have some fun and a good work out at the same time! Our youngest walkers are aged just 13 and the eldest in their 80s! So the route is suitable for all fitness abilities.”

The Midnight Walk has raised a staggering £750,000 to date and is the Hospice’s largest fundraising event. All money raised will help to fund our services throughout the boroughs of Woking, Surrey Heath, North Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne and Elmbridge.

The Midnight Walk will start from Mercedes-Benz World on June 21st at 10pm (most people are still walking at midnight!) and will follow an 8-mile circular route. It’s an experience not to be missed! Registration is £15. Call our fundraising team on 01483 881752 or visit www.wsb-midnightwalk.co.uk.

Lorraine Weedon
Marketing & Communications Manager
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices


The Goldsworth Park Big Pull Together

March 26, 2013

On Saturday 20th April, the Goldsworth Park Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding a community fundraising day to raise money for the Goldsworth Park Community Association charity: The Goldsworth Park Big Pull Together.

The GPCA is a community-based charity that runs the community centre at Goldwater Lodge for the residents of Goldsworth Park and host annual events and competitions, and produce the local newsletter. Unfortunately in early December 2012 their community centre and Toad Hall Nursery was victim to arson and suffered extensive damage. Since then the hall has been unusable leaving the GPCA without a home.

Big Pull FinalThe aim of the Goldsworth Park Big Pull Together is to bring local residents together, increase fire safety awareness and raise money for the GPCA charity which has given so much to the community.

The Goldsworth Park Big Pull Together will be running from 11am till 4pm on Saturday 20th April at Goldsworth Park Lake with several fun attractions on the day.

  • Time Trial event towing a police van 1 mile around Goldsworth Park Lake between Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Woking Borough Council and Waitrose
  • Chip pan fire safety demonstrations from Surrey Fire and Rescue
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Cake Stalls
  • Bicycle Races with Charlotteville Rascals for children and young people
  • Bicycle repair workshop and property marking
  • Fishing Competition
  • Guided tour of the area
  • Raffles and much more!

Come down on the day and show your support. If anyone would like to get involved on the day, or would like more information, please contact PCSO Sarah Wentworth at woking@surrey.police.uk or telephone 101, extension 39944.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter on @Wokingbeat for updates on the event #GWPBigPull

Derek Slee
Police Community Support Officer – Horsell


New edition of ‘The Resident’ magazine

December 15, 2012
Benstead’s Garage in the snow. Photo copyright John Worgan

Benstead’s Garage in the snow. Photo copyright John Worgan

The winter edition of The Resident, the magazine of the Horsell Residents’ Association, is on its way to Horsell residents thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer road stewards.

You can also download a PDF of the magazine, and read lots of the articles, on the magazine pages of the blog.

Among other things, this edition includes:

If you would like to contact the editor, Linda Banks, with any feedback or suggestions for future editions, her email address is: theresidenteditor@gmail.com


Local malt whisky club

December 11, 2012

Did you know that Woking has a malt whisky club? It often hosts whisky tastings in the Wheatsheaf pub on Chobham Road.

The club recently launched a new website, with a new name, the Sassenachs Dram Whisky Club!

The club says,

“We are currently planning our itinerary for 2013, and as well as a burns night supper (w/c 21st Jan), we are tasting some old bottlings from the scotch malt whisky society in February (date tbc) and have a Glenfarclas tasting on April 18th – a minimum of 4 more will be added throughout the year.”

For more information, visit the Sassenachs Dram Whisky Club website: www.sassenachsdram.com


New edition of ‘The Resident’ magazine

October 11, 2012

The autumn 2012 edition of The Resident, the magazine of the Horsell Residents’ Association, will soon be on its way to Horsell residents thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer road stewards.

You can also download a PDF of the magazine, and read lots of the articles, on the magazine pages of the blog.

This edition includes:

If you would like to contact the editor, Linda Banks, with any feedback or suggestions for future editions, her email address is: theresidenteditor@gmail.com

As Linda would say, happy reading!


Goldsworth School Reunion

August 22, 2012

A reunion will take place for former pupils of Goldsworth School in Woking on Saturday September 22nd, at Woking Methodist Church Main Hall, from 2pm until 8pm.

For more details call 02392 527854 or email bjpatlindengrove@yahoo.co.uk.

Bridget Pelling, former pupil


Horsell Care seeks volunteers

August 18, 2012

Horsell Care exists in order to help residents who need help because disability or illness make it difficult for them to get to surgeries, hospital appointments or shops. In most cases our clients don’t have relatives or friends living close by so they rely on Horsell Care’s volunteers to provide them with transport and a helping hand from time to time. Other assistance offered includes friendly visits, form-filling and help with minor domestic emergencies. In addition to these core activities we organise coffee mornings and lunches for our clients and volunteers from time to time. Horsell Care and the residents it helps rely solely on volunteers to provide this assistance, without them Horsell Care would not exist.

If you think you might be able to give a little of your time and would like to know more about what we do, please call me on 01483 772231, visit our website (www.horsellcare.btck.co.uk) or call us on 01483 730740 and leave a message. You can make a real and important contribution by giving as little as an hour or two of your time each month for driving, manning the helpline or home-visiting. There’s no pressure to accept jobs – what you do is up to you and all expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

If we, and the other Woking Good Neighbour Schemes in the Borough, are to continue helping people in the community at the same level as we have over the last ten years or so it’s essential that we attract more volunteers – so please think about contacting us to find out more. Making a telephone call will not commit you and you will not be coerced into joining.

Chris. Dines (Horsell Care)


Call for entries for the Surrey Open Art Competition

February 17, 2012

This spring marks the return of the biennial Surrey Open Art Competition to The Lightbox gallery and museum. If you or anyone you know may be interested in entering the competition this is the right time to start getting creative as submission days are on the 23, 24 and 25 March.

Launched in 2008, the competition aims to showcase the thriving art community of the region, and is open to residents of Surrey as well as those who work or study in the county.

The Lightbox imposes no restrictions on theme requesting only that the work submitted reflects a contemporary feel. Entrants from a diverse range of disciplines are welcome, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles.

Successful works will be showcased in the Surrey Open Art Exhibition, 3 April–13 May, in the stunning double height gallery at The Lightbox. As well as the opportunity to have work on display at a multi-award winning gallery and museum, there is also a chance to win the Judges’ Prize of £500, the Peoples’ Prize of £250 and The Ingram Sculpture Prize of £250.

Application forms can be downloaded from www.thelightbox.org.uk or are available on request from The Lightbox Reception.

From The Lightbox press office.


Lightbox selected to join the Happy Museum project

February 11, 2012

Funds have been awarded to six UK museums and galleries, including The Lightbox, Woking, as part of a groundbreaking programme to see how museums can promote a higher level of wellbeing in society.

The Lightbox is delighted to have been selected to take part in The Happy Museum Project (funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation). As part of the project The Lightbox will be undertaking a project entitled Landscapes of The Mind, which will explore the notion of the museum as a healing environment. People experiencing mental health issues or suffering from isolation, loneliness or lack of self esteem and confidence will be invited to participate in the project and will have the opportunity to create their own exhibition. The project is designed to engage, occupy, create friendships and provide participants with a sense of achievement, in other words, help promote happiness.

Participants will be able to develop their own vision for the project and will lead with every aspect, from choosing the workshop leaders who will work on the project with them, to deciding on the final exhibition’s format. Landscapes of The Mind, will be developed over a 15 month period and will draw inspiration from major 20th Century landscapes from The Ingram Collection, chosen by participants, and their own artistic responses to the work.

Earlier this year The Lightbox hosted the very successful exhibition, Ways of Seeing, which was the culmination of a two-year project which saw participants, who were mental health service users, working to curate their own exhibition. Landscapes of The Mind will build on the successes of Ways of Seeing, and is the first in a number of projects the gallery and museum hope to develop to aid in promoting The Lightbox as a Happy Space.

Text from The Lightbox press release. For more information visit The Lightbox website and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.


Plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

November 23, 2011

One of our management committee members, Tony, is interested in hearing from any local residents who might have ideas for a community celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

He would welcome any ideas for how Horsell can celebrate the Jubilee – please contact Tony by emailing a.kremer@ntlworld.com.