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Our Citizens on… DEVELOPI
Tory Knight | 24 | Care Worker
n Surrey we are well known for our prized areas of outstanding natural beauty. But are they in danger? The preparation for the new local plan and how we are to cope with the expected growth of the county has left question marks over the retention of green belt land… We hit the town to see where our citizens stand on the proposed development of green belt areas and where, if not on that land, they think we should build to accommodate our growing population.
’d prefer it didn’t happen. We need to keep our countryside and our landscapes pretty. Woking is already pretty built up and they’re going to be doing loads more work soon, which means all we’ll have to look at is buildings. It will also bring more pollution to our environment. There are loads of buildings that are unused, which would be more beneficial to use than building new ones.
Martin Gill | 27 | Product Developer
think if that’s the only option then it’s fine. At the moment we’re both searching for a house and there’s a massive house shortage so it’s very hard. At the same time I think there should be as much done on brown belt land and as much regeneration as possible before that. We should regenerate land, old areas, warehouses and industrial areas that aren’t being used.
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Anthony Smith | 31 | Tripp Luggage Adviser
t sounds a bit unnecessary when you consider that they’re building loads of high value flats rather than low value ones. If they need housing, instead of building ridiculously expensive ones build ones that people can afford. They should focus on what they’ve already got. I think hardly anyone actually lives in the block by the train station. They could use that. There are plenty of places they could build. They shouldn’t need to build on green belt areas.
Michael Barrowdale | 64 | Retired
don’t like it at all. It’s there for a reason. There’s enough space usually within towns and cities that is waiting for development, so use that first. Stop building offices - unless they are fully occupied, which they’re not. We should build within the boundaries we’ve got at the moment and make use of what we already have in the area.
Daniella Carew | 19 | Student
t’s supposed to be protected land so I don’t think they should build on it. But they did do a good job on the land at McLaren, making it still look natural. So if they do that it might be ok. They should renovate old buildings. There are a lot of buildings around here that have just been left. You could use the old buildings but make them nicer.
Sophie Rigge | 27 | Pilates Teacher
think we should probably try and avoid it full stop. I think we’re in danger of urban sprawl and I think the countryside should be protected as much as possible. Regeneration. There are lots of sites around that could be improved. Whether it be just redeveloping or building up rather than out.
Veronica Thomas | 56 | Volunteer
lthough there is a shortage of housing we need to keep our green belt land free so it can be used as it is meant to be for the people of Surrey to enjoy. I think if we must build we should build up rather than out. But then the problem with high rises is that once a couple moves in they will have kids, their kids will then have kids and can the local infrastructure support such a growing population?
Tanya Woodside | 41 | Chocolatier
think it’s unnecessary to keep building on green belt areas when there are still different options that could be looked at first. We need a certain amount of greenness, A - to survive and B - you don’t want to just be living in a place full of bricks. We’ve got tons of unused office blocks. There is a lot of unused land and unused buildings that could be worked on and done up, rather than starting afresh.
OUR HISTORY: The Golden Farmer ...A POTTED HISTORY OF WHERE WE LIVE AND WHO LIVED HERE It might be a lovely area now but believe it or not Bagshot heath was, once upon a time, proper dodgy. This was mostly because of a particularly nasty Highwayman who was known as The Golden Farmer.
ow, old Golden Balls was a particularly sly player. I’ll give you an example: One day he bounced up to another bloke who was going by and told him he’d seen two sketchy looking guys hanging around and maybe it was best that they headed over the heath together, to look out for them and so forth. Matey thought this was a good call and thought it was also a good call to tell Goldie that he had fifty guineas in his sky-rocket but had sewn them in so that if he was mugged no one would find it. Presently, our highwayman told him that no one would rob them out here so he might as well do it himself. “Give us your coat then!” was probably said next and off he went. Just to give you an idea, in the late 1600s, fifty guineas was worth about 10 grand today - not too shabby an effort. He wasn’t always so polite though; once he held up some women and one of them swore blind she
didn’t have anything on her. So our guy punches her in the face, put a sword to her throat all the while shouting: “You canting b***h, are you so greedy as to lose your life for the sake of mammon? Come, come, open your purse quickly or else I shall send you out of the land of the living!” Obviously this was a game changer for the woman because she decided to hand over the purse of gold coins and a diamond ring she had stashed in her brassiere. This guy was seriously crafty and no one could figure out who the hell he was. Remember that back in the day everyone was local. If you were born in, say, Camberley, chances are you never, ever left. This was why so many criminals got caught: they pooed on their own door step. Fail. But we all know that there’s tempting Lady Fate and then there’s baring your buttocks at the poor woman. The wick on
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his luck ran out eventually when, whilst having a pint in London, one of his old victims spotted him. They called the fuzz (or 1689 equivalent) and he was hauled away. It turned out that The Golden Farmer was a guy called William Davis and that he was actually a respectable farmer from Gloucestershire. What he was doing was kissing the missus goodbye every few months and going to London “on business”. He then returned with the bunce telling his other half that he’d won it at the casinos (1600s equivalent, the same as now just more provincial). She obviously believed him (amazing what you ignore for a Nespresso Machine and some spendolies for a girls night out). His neighbours did notice and called him The Golden Farmer on account of how minted he was. Anyways, he ended up taking a long jump with a short rope and that was the end of that.
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Inside... THE LIVING PLANET CENTRE
by Rich Lee
Since its grand opening at the start of the year, the Living Planet Centre, the visionary new Woking HQ of the World Wide Fund for Nature UK has quickly become a symbol of the town’s environmentally friendly credentials. We took a look inside and found a building that represents both a revolution in green architecture and a model for a true 21st century approach to work…
he WWF (formerly World Wildlife Fund) may be one of the most recognised conservation organisations around the world, but it was only last year that the NGO took up residence in a building that finally reflected their values.
That building is the Living Planet Centre, one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the UK. A cathedral to modern, sustainable values, it is a realisation of a dream nurtured over the 26 years the WWF spent at their previous site at Panda House in Godalming.
BUILDING THE LIVING PLANET CENTRE “We considered retrofitting the old building with sustainable and environmentally features, but it was just not a viable option, financially,” says Head of Human Resources at WWF UK, Karen Gravestock. “Because of what we wanted to achieve it was actually easier to have those features installed in a building that was designed from scratch.” It took a £5million donation from the Rufford Foundation to kick-
start the project, with further funds sourced through a capital appeal rather than from public donations. But that left one vital question: where to build the new HQ? “Woking fitted the bill perfectly because of its excellent transport links, reducing the need for people to drive to work and it would also provide the footfall for the visitor experience we were planning.” Convincing 300 staff to move took a little persuasion, admits Karen, but as the building took shape, their enthusiasm grew. It’s no accident that Woking’s resurgent appeal as a destination helped sway them also. “We’ve got theatres, cinema, a local food market, sports centres, shops, the library, cafes; you name it Woking’s got it.” Work began in spring 2012 and the structure that sprang up alongside the Basingstoke Canal, opposite The Lightbox gallery, was built to the highest green standards. Staff walked through the doors officially in October 2012, but the building was unveiled to the public on January 25th this year with no less than Sir David Attenborough on ribboncutting duties.
A NEW WAY TO WORK The Living Planet Centre’s forward-thinking design may be what turns the most heads, but it’s what goes on inside that is also drawing attention. “We want this building to be an exemplar for others, to show other people how we’re operating our sustainable features but also the way in which we work,” says Karen. “One of the first things we did was introduce new tools. We allocated everyone a laptop and softphone to replace their old desktop PCs and landlines. This building is flooded with Wi-Fi points so you’re always connected.” Tech used at the Olympics 2012 was gifted to WWF by Cisco which enabled further connectivity throughout the organisation, not to mention a lavish auditorium bearing the networking giant’s name, an addition that helps make the LPC a very attractive place for local businesses to hire. And while the idea of hot-desking is nothing new, here it’s realised to grand effect with rows of desks, ‘quiet spots’ and sofas laid out across the two-tiered, open plan indoor galleries making for a bright, dynamic workspace that’s
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constantly changing according to the workers’ priorities on any given day. And there’s plenty of work to do. Among WWF’s countless projects, there is currently the campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga. This World Heritage Site is under threat from oil company Soco who are seeking to drill inside a natural habitat that supports thousands of endangered species and it’s the WWF here in Woking that are working hard to prevent this happening.
To help WWF protect Virunga visit wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/ Virunga
BRINGING CONSERVATION TO LIFE It’s all part of WWF’s global mission to protect the world’s natural environments, a mission that’s captured at the hi-tech ‘WWF Experience’ that greets visitors in the lobby - four interactive zones, each focusing on one key theme: forests, rivers, oceans and wildlife. Young people are invited to discover even more about WWF’s work at the Learning Zone, which teaches them about wildlife and ecosystems around the world. “Before we moved in in October 2012, we came up with a ballpark figure of 25,000 visitors a year,” says Karen. “We had no real way of knowing if that was a realistic goal. But since opening we’ve had over 7,000 people come through the door, so we’re actually well on track!” It’s the accessibility and engagement with the community that is one reason why the WWF’s Living Planet Centre offers so much more than just an attractive addition to Woking’s landscape. Most significant of all is that the building offers a glimpse into an exciting, sustainable future, one where both the working and natural environments are in harmony with one another.
The free WWF Experience is open to visitors Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. On Fridays they offer a tour around the building for a purely discretionary donation. For more information about the WWF visit wwf. org.uk.
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Air ducts and heat pumps tap into the temperatures beneath the ground to heat or cool the building The roof optimises natural light throughout the building Solar panels on the roof provide electricity Rainwater is collected, along with reused ‘grey water’ from showers and basins, to flush toilets and water plants Most of the timber in the building comes from recycled materials and responsibly managed forests By planting shrubs, trees and flowers, and putting up boxes to attract birds and bats the building brings the natural world to its doorstep
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Talking to... RAY MORGAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF WOKING BOROUGH COUNCIL I think there’s an increasing self-belief in Woking. There’s now a ‘richness of place’, a whole range of things that are championed by the community but they’d always been kept just below the surface. It’s confidence that makes places work and now I think people are proud to say they’re from Woking.
The rejuvenation of central Woking has been, in part, due to your willingness to raise capital through the Public Works Loan Board. Why are other local authorities reluctant to borrow in a similar fashion to realise their goals? After the Second World War, with nationalisation and over-centralisation in Westminster, people lost confidence in their places. We saw the diminution of the role of local municipalities. All the legal powers are there to enable them to do this – it’s a lack of self-belief. With the culture around risk-management, their way to manage a risk is to avoid it. From where I come from we say: “See the opportunity in the risk, manage the upside and try to avoid the downside.”
But a lot of those public works began at the same time as the recession hit… Best time to do it, in my view. Our view of public sector investment is that you should be there when the private sector isn’t. Hopefully then you can step back and let them step in, hoping you’ve created the right opportunity for them.
Ray Morgan was appointed Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council in April 2008 and in that time has led some of the most transformative developments and policies in the town’s history. We spoke to him about Woking’s remarkable journey over the last few years… What has been your proudest achievement as Chief Executive of WBC? Survival? (Laughs). For me, it’s having continued through all the difficulties to maintain public services without cutting them. I don’t know if there’s been one thing. There have been some great moments: getting McLaren, WWF, and some of the social policies that help vulnerable people in the community.
How is Woking a better place now than, say, four years ago? Many people in Woking didn’t believe in themselves and held themselves as a town in low-esteem. But
You’ve spearheaded many initiatives that have built Woking’s reputation as an environmental leader. What plans are WBC working on to push sustainable practices even further? I’m a bit geeky about it, I admit. Currently, we’re looking to serve the Victoria Square development through a district heating scheme. Not one fired by gas like the current one, but with total renewable energy. We’ll use ground source heat pumps, similar to the WWF but we’ll extend that to the whole district. The planning application is in now; with consent we’ll have it done by 2018.
While you are passionate about conservation haven’t you also been vocal about the need to reduce the greenbelt zone to build more homes? 60% of Woking is greenbelt. If the area can be reduced to meet further demand it would only be reduced by a few percent. But even if you reduce the greenbelt zone to 50% it would not be a disaster, so long as we build green strips through it and increase access to green space. It’s a question, though, of how do you balance the needs of current generations with the needs of future ones, and there’s no right answer. It’s a very emotional issue.
What lessons could other towns learn from Woking? You need to have the courage to do what’s in the long term interest of your community. We shouldn’t focus just on the interests of the people that are here now; we have a duty to look out for future generations.
hy you? Well the fine line between making the right decision and the wrong decision is in your hands, and when the chips are down, the penalties lost and the referee’s too slow to see what you can see; it’s easy to lash out. We all want England to win by a mile and we’re all straining and on the edge, but by making one bad decision, just one, your life can switch to a different path before you realise what’s happened. The message from the people who look after all of us here, Surrey police, is clear. The World Cup is not an excuse for violence. Surrey police
WORLD CUP VIOLENCE Let’s not let it happen again.
t’s set to be very special, with its colour, carnival atmosphere and passion; this year’s World Cup from Brazil has us all excited. Sadly though, there is a dark underside, a hidden face to the competition that can dampen all our hopes and dreams of sport bringing us together. Domestic violence, as well as violence on our streets, is expected to peak during this ma jor tournament. But it’s not the game’s fault, its people making the wrong decisions, decisions that echo long after the crowds have gone and the trophy is safely locked in the winner’s cabinet. Those decisions are made by you.
TheGuide2Surrey.com/Community wants everyone to enjoy the summer’s tournament but to be under no illusion: the minority who ruin events for everyone else will be dealt with robustly, using the full force of the law. The community we share, and the police, should not and will not tolerate violent behaviour.
he statistics are staggering. Looking back to the most recent World Cup in 2010, in Surrey, domestic violence rose by 26% and incidents of violence on our streets swelled by 14.5%, including a 33% rise in alcohol related violence.
ackling domestic violence is a priority for Surrey Police and during this World Cup they will be introducing new powers to give them the edge to do so. It’s common that someone who is suspected of committing domestic abuse can sometimes be back at the scene of the abuse within hours of arrest. To tackle this, police now have the power to issue a new form of notice called a “Domestic Violence Protection Notice” (DVPN) and “Domestic Violence Protection Order” (DVPO). These come into effect on Thursday, 12 June, just in time for the start of the World Cup. What the DVPN does is ban the suspected abuser from going back to the victim´s home and having any contact with them for up to 48 hours. This is issued in police custody, with approval from the duty Superintendent. It is a first step because during the next 48 hours police can then apply, through the Magistrates Court, for a DVPO. The order differs from the notice in that it stretches the same ban for up to 28 days. This time is crucial for support services and the police to work together as a team to keep the victim safe as well as encourage and support them in bringing a case against their abuser.
What’s important to remember is that DVPNs provide immediate safety for the victim and do not require the victim´s authority. This is key because often the victim is so shell-shocked that they can’t see the abuser for what they are. Fortunately, for them and for the rest of us, the police are under no illusions and have the power to protect us during what should, for the vast ma jority, be a fun and safe celebration of world-class football. For more info visit www.surrey.police.uk and www.SurreyAgainstDA.info
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hey say an image can tell a thousand words…so let your story unfold in the hands of the friendly and professional team at Fotographia, found in the Peacocks Centre in woking. This month our freebie give away is not so throw away. No, you shan’t guzzle, munch and forget us…forever will you remember the time that your favourite local magazine, together with Fotographia in Woking gave you a free photo shoot! Fotographia would like to give away to everyone • • •
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You need to book the offer in before the 6th of July (photo shoot itself can be done after the expiry date as long as it’s booked before then). There will be a small £20 fully refundable deposit required to book your appointment and if you need to change the time or the date of your session, or want to cancel it you need to give 48h notice to be able to get your deposit back. This offer can't be combined with any other promotional offer that Fotographia currently run, although they do have many great packages available for additional images at your viewing. Unfortunately this offer is not available to anyone that has had a promotional offer with our studio in the last 3 months. A few bits to remember… • • •
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MUM’S THE WORD RHS Wisleys Art E.T.
THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL 1982 We can all agree E.T’s an absolute classic. As poignant now as it was all those years ago, the film is now available on Blu-ray as well as DVD. So we sat Rigby down with some popcorn to give his assessment… Rigby, who’s E.T? E.T is an alien who gets stuck here when his mummy and daddy leave without him. But it wasn’t their fault because some baddies came and scared them. Oh no, is E.T sad? No he’s ok because he makes friends with Elliot, who’s a boy, and they have fun together. Who are the baddies? Well, they’re these people who want to look at E.T and see what he’s like, but they scare E.T because he just wants to get home but I wasn’t scared. What was the most exciting bit? Well probably when E.T makes the little boy, who’s called Elliot,and him fly on the bicycle but I also like it when Elliot shows E.T his Star Wars toys because I have
weekend of creative fun that’s not to be missed will take place over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of June. Set in Wisley’s wonderful gardens, the Wisley Arts Festival will showcase a diverse range of talent as well as host a myriad of amazing activities to see and do. So, here’s our pick for the weekend and what not to miss out on, but for a full run down visit rhs.org.uk/ gardens/wisley and click on the “What’s On” section
ts Festival 2014 ROSE YOUTH THEATRE & PLAYERS PRESENTS “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
n both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm this popular comedy about the merry war of wit between the sexes will be the perfect entertainment for a summer’s day. This is a ticketed event so call The Rose Theatre box office on 08444 821 556. Numbers are limited so call quick.
AERIAL PERFORMANCE IN THE GLASS HOUSE
ll through the weekend at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30 pm aerial performer Katie Hardwick will be showcasing her exceptional acrobatic skills on beautiful silks suspended from the ceiling of Wisley’s famous glass house. Breathtaking doesn’t really do this justice, suffice to say this should not to be missed and for a preview you should check out katiehardwick.com
THE INSECT CIRCUS BY THE STRING THEATRE
he magical world of The Marionette Insect Circus invites you to forget reality and become immersed in a strange and beautiful world. Beetles, grasshoppers, spiders and dragonflies all demonstrate their dexterity with great skill and humour. The show will be on Saturday at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm.
loomin’ Arts presents their unique slant on celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. This 45minutes of high jinks covers low brows, bloody battles and star crossed lovers as well as help on how to woo a lady or dying a Shakespearean death. Blooming Arts is a charity dedicated to promote performing arts by people who have learning difficulties. You can catch this one off show at 11.30am on Saturday.
his grand finale, from 3.30pm on Sunday, will see a procession of dancers, musicians and wonderful costumes fill Wisley with colour and sound as they travel all over the gardens. To get yourself ready why not attend a workshop for making a carnival masks at 11.00am on Sunday.
THE GUIDE 2 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
The World Cup: England v Italy
Byfleet Boat Club / River Wey
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Yes, the sun is shining, seasonal flooding for most parts has subsided and our local waterways now find their natural, meandering course restored. Hail the row boat and get your paddle on at Byfleet Boat Club. Hourly rates are available from £10 per boat, so pack yourself a picnic and enjoy an afternoon on the River Wey. Aye, Aye Captain?
And so it begins. Will they? Won’t they? Who knows? Watch our beloved Three Lions roar to potential success at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, as battle commences against four time winners of the greatest competition on earth, Italy.
Visit byfleetboatclub.co.uk or call 01932 340 828 for more info.
Orchid Stained Glass Open Studio 7th – 15th June / Horsell Surrey artists open studio’s is a series of events that lasts from the 7th – 22nd June across our county. It’s a rare glimpse into the working life of our local artists and a chance to experience their work in an up-close and personal fashion. Horsell based stained glass artist Linda Banks invites you dear reader to experience her gorgeous stained glass work!
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Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Event 14th & 15th June In association with the Vintage Sports Car Club, the automotive folk at Brooklands Museum are anticipating the largest motoring competition to be held at Brooklands since 1939. Adult tickets are available from £13 and more info can be found at brooklandsmuseum.com or by calling 01932 857 381
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Survival Skills: Father’s Day Weekend at RHS Wisley 20th Century Boy 9th – 14th June / New Victoria Theatre, Woking “Friends say it’s fine, my friend say it’s good”, but TG2 say, really you should go and find out for yourself. Especially when it comes to the musical 20th Century Boy, re-counting the heady days of glam legend Marc Bolan and his band T-Rex. Tickets from £12.90 via atgtickets.com/venues/ new-victoria-theatre/
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14th & 15th June Aspiring survivalists take note. In appreciation of the paternal instincts of the ‘man’ in one’s family, RHS Wisley will be hosting a survival skills weekend from the 14th – 15th June with activities running from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm each day. Den building, raft building, bushcraft: man stuff. Normal garden admissions apply with more info found over at rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley
After Work Busk Session 16th June / Phoenix Cultural Centre
Round 9 of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series wheels its way through Woking Town Centre on the 10th June. Join thousands in cheering on the riders in this leg of the tour. Expect road closures, lots of lycra and adrenaline aplenty.
The beginning of the week just got better. The excellent Phoenix Cultural Centre based on Goldsworth Road in Woking hold an after work busk session on a Monday, so no more blues unless they’re of the 12 bars and pentatonic kind. A donation of £1 will be greatly received on the door with music starting from 7pm.
For more info visit tourseries.co.uk/venues/woking
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10th June / Woking Town Centre
YOUR MONTH Café Scientifique 17th June / Cellar Magneval Dr Chris Bore leads this session of Café Scientifique. Subject matter on the night is the accusation of selecting data to suit a theory. Ooh err missus. Definitely worth attending and experiencing the café that is scientifique. For more info visit cafescientifique.org
National Quilt Championships 20th – 22nd June / Sandown Park, Esher Are you a diligent duvet day lover? Enjoy cocooning one’s self in warmth and comfort? Enter the national quilt championships… spectacular displays of hundreds of quilts from around the world and a plethora of patchwork awaits you, dear snoozy reader. For more info visit grosvenorshows.co.uk
Woking FC Beer Festival 20th & 21st June / Kingfield Stadium, Woking The football season may be over, but the chaps over at Kingfield Stadium (home of our beloved Cards) are working tirelessly to provide you, dear reader, with summertime refreshment in the form of their beer festival. Tickets are £5 for each session. For more info visit wokingfc.co.uk or email email@example.com
nod to our straw-filled friends of the field. There will also be a medieval re-enactment on the day as part of the 800 year celebrations of St. Michael and All Angels Church.
St. Johns Village Fete 21st June It’s the time of year where the Village Fete reigns supreme. Don’t miss out on St. John’s Village fete taking place between 12.30 – 4.30 pm. All funds raised from the sales of programmes will go to the wonderful Woking Hospice. For more info visit wsbhospices.co.uk
RHS Wisley – Wisley Arts Fest 28th – 29th June Celebrating a diverse range of creative arts, let us present Wisley Arts Fest. Expect a carnival atmosphere with live music, theatre performances, literary readings and much, much more. For more info visit rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley
Nut Hill Fruit Farm Car Boot sale Every Sunday (weather permitting) / The A3 Ever wondered what all those people are doing on the side of the A3 as you travel southbound from Send? Well it’s the Nut hill Fruit Farm Car Boot Sale, that’s what. Early birds catch the worms as bargain hunting begins at 7.30 am. Visit facebook.com/NutHillcarbootsale for more info.
Party in the Park 5th July / Woking Park The party in the Park is back as part of the series of events celebrating wonderful Woking. Expect a diverse range of acts and talent, all at the ready to help entertain you on this day of celebrations held in the setting of Woking Park. For more info visit celebratewoking.info
Genesis Choral Summer Serenade 5th July / St. John’s Church, West Byfleet
Scarecrow Day 21st June / Pirbright Village Green Fed up with those pesky crows eating up all your crops? We feel the same…as do the folk over in Pirbright. Enter the fray on Scarecrow Day, held on Pirbright Village Green. From 11am till 5pm a day of celebrations will commence with a firm
The Genesis Choral Society will perform a summer serenade concert which will be conducted by Musical Director Lewis Gaston and will include Holst Psalms, West Country Folk Songs, and a string quartet. Cost: £10 (students £6) Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit genesischorale.org.uk
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14-20 June 2014
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atching this year’s GuilFest line-up being revealed has been an exh austing business , let us tell you. It seems that no sooner do we catch our col lective breaths after one lot of awesome announcements, he aps more breath-taking acts are declared right after, making Gu ilFest 2014 one of the most ecl ectic and electrifying line-ups this side of Glastonbury.
Joining the main stage headline acts
THE BOOMTOWN RATS, KOOL & THE GANG and THE HUMAN LEAGUE across nearly a dozen stages are;
THE BUZZCOCKS, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, SPACE, THE SUGAR HILL GANG, THE BLACKOUT, SOULFLY, SHAM 69, SHANE RICHIE AND THE PRELUDE, MS DYNAMITE, NAUGHTY BOY, BONEY M, NORMAN JAY MBE, THE FARM, THE SKINTS, JAMIE LENMAN, DREADZONE, THE STONE FOUNDATION, RUTS D.C., SIGMA… Phew! See what we mean? For full details on this year’s performers, head over to theguide2surrey.com and guilfest.co.uk. In the meantime, turn over the page for exclusive interviews with the Good Time Guide’s own headliners, Public Service Broadcasting and Sam Bailey…
Talking to... PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING W
eaving samples of public information films and radio with guitars, banjos, drums and electronics, Public Service Broadcasting are the innovative London based duo that have set critics and audiences alight since the release of their 2013 album Inform, Educate, Entertain and single, Spitfire. Bringing their dazzling live show to the Good Time Guide Stage at GuilFest on Friday 13th, here we speak to J. Willgoose, Esq. about their unique fusion of sound and imagery…
by Rich Lee Where did the concept behind PBS come from? It came from listening to radio one day and hearing a programme about the British Film Institute who had just released their films to the public for the first time. I’d made some songs with samples before but thought I’d make an album where every song was based on public information films. And then I thought I was a terrible, pretentious idea and definitely shouldn’t do it. But I kind of did it anyway.
But the music goes beyond mere nostalgia… From my point of view it’s about very much more than just nostalgia. When you look at how our live show is constructed it’s about using today’s technology with messages from the past and drawing links between the two. And that’s what I find interesting about it. If it was purely nostalgia I wouldn’t find it engaging.
So it’s not just an excuse to wear corduroy? Well, corduroy is the ‘Cloth of the King’, literally! Not for nothing is it called that…
Was there a moment when you realised that people were really starting to take notice? Probably the first time I thought this was going somewhere was when we played the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town in July 2012. It just felt different: it had sold out, the atmosphere was great and it was one of the hottest gigs we’d ever played. It just seemed people were connecting with our music. And it was the first time I’d seen someone walking up the street wearing one of our t-shirts!
And you’ve had a very busy couple of years since... Yeah, we’ve done over 220 gigs since then. We released the album and toured all over the shop: in America this year and we’re in Europe at the moment and writing new music in between, so it’s kind of been relentless but very exciting.
Do you prefer live performance over recording or elements of both? I think it’s somewhere in the middle. The most rewarding part of the whole chain is when you’ve been working on a recording for ages and then you finally play it live and you get a good reaction
from it. It’s a great feeling.
What does a band like yours do on tour, after the shows? You can probably guess from our image that we’re not going to be rock and roll hellraisers. It would be a bit jarring if we were. When you’ve toured as much as we have in the last year then you learn that you have to really take care of yourselves. If we’re feeling especially rock and roll we might have a couple of whiskeys but that’s about it.
Finally, what can GuilFest audiences expect from your headline show on Friday 18th July? Well, they can expect to see a lot of corduroy for one thing! But they’ll see the two of us making music as well as a whole world of visual distraction at the same time. We love playing festivals – they’re the ultimate as you’re playing to audiences that are there for you and want to have a good time with you. It’s a privilege.
To find out more visit publicservicebroadcasting.net and for more about GuilFest 2014 visit guilfest.co.uk
and... SAM BAILEY
by Rich Lee
hen Sam Bailey won the X Factor in 2013, it was the realisation of a dream the singer had spent twenty years pursuing. Now, with a best-selling album and UK tour behind her, Sam is bringing her incredible voice to the Good Time Guide Stage at GuilFest on Saturday 19th July…
You said you’d have been happy just getting through to the final of X Factor. How does it feel to have exceeded your own goals so spectacularly? It’s been amazing. When I was on the live shows my target was just to get through that week, I never set myself goals beyond that. I’m a realist and I think that’s what kept me calm.
You’ll be heavily pregnant with your third child when you take to the stage at GuilFest – most mothers would take it easy but you release an album and embark on a UK tour. When do you plan to take a break? It has been pretty tough with regards to appearances and singing and it has been quite tiring. The process is something you have to get used to and I think I have, now. I’m loving it. I am taking some time off around August. I’ve got pretty good people around me, a great support network so if those other celebrity mums can take time off then I can too!
Your debut album, the Power of Love, has been the fastest selling album of 2014 so far and went to number one on its release. How do you feel about its success? It’s been great; it was coming out for Mothers’ Day so I was expecting it to sell quite well. But my album’s still going strong which is nice to realise that people are still talking about it, still buying it.
On the album, you duet with Michael Bolton and Nicole Scherzinger – who else would be your dream duet partner? Definitely Freddie Mercury. Alive? I’d love to sing a song with Leona Lewis – only because I think that could be realistic – or Celine Dion!
What would you say to young artists who seek to emulate your success through X Factor? Without X Factor I wouldn’t be here now. It’s a tough process; it’s not a normal process to go through. I have a lot of gratitude to the X Factor. But it was different for me as I’d been trying for twenty years; this was a last chance saloon. But young artists still need to get out there, to sing and learn their craft and get confidence that way.
How do you like festivals and performing outdoors? To be honest I’ve never been to a festival before so it’s all pretty new to me. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve done fetes, though! (laughs)
What can audiences expect from your show at GuilFest? It’s just good music with real musicians. I’m very much looking forward to the live aspect of performing and being able to walk freely around the stage and
not be choreographed! I’ll be a fat elephant when I do, but that’s okay!
Have you made any plans for a second album yet? Well I’ve still got a record in the charts at the moment so I don’t want to run before I can walk. The next one’s going to be a bit more personal with some original songs, but I just want to enjoy what I’m doing at the minute. We’ll see what happens after the tour…
Finally, our TG2 Pop Quiz: First record you bought and the last record you bought? I think it was ‘I just called to say I love you’ by Stevie Wonder or ‘When the going gets tough’ by Billie Ocean. I had them on vinyl and was very proud. The last record I bought was Michael Bolton’s album - because I’m on it!
To find out more visit sam-bailey. com and for more about GuilFest 2014 visit guilfest.co.uk
www.celebratewoking.info We may be in June, but there are many reasons to celebrate Woking this summer and beyond. Here we wish to highlight a few of our favourites…
PEARL IZUMI TOUR SERIES
Tuesday 10th June
our de France? Giro d'Italia? Nothing. Well, obviously they’re much bigger races, but this one is much more local…
The men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series is a calendar of professional town or city centre cycling races in which teams of riders battle to place their top three riders in the highest finishing positions. However, we’re an inclusive bunch here at TGHQ, and we would like to point out the community races on the same day. Before the professional Tour Series cyclists battle it out for their places on the winners' podium, there’ll be schools’ races for the youngsters to get their competitive edge on, and a team race – where things are likely to get ugly… Enter your business, school or team now! PARTY IN THE PARK
Saturday 5th July
oking Park is a glorious open space where this writer spent many days in their youth – and on the 5th July it’ll be transformed into an all-day entertainment extravaganza for the entire family. The event will be split across three areas - the Main Field, where there will be food, live music, live dance, sports and community groups. The Vintage Field will be centred on jazz and swing performances, with ballroom dance lessons available in the Tea Tent throughout the day. Finally the Children’s Area will welcome back Punch and Judy this year, as well as storytelling and arts and crafts activities. A local day out with all the bases covered – not to be missed… WOKING FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th September
perfect way to see out the last bit of summer. Who doesn’t love perusing around stalls of deliciousness at their own leisure? Last years’ event was the first and a resounding success, so expect even better things this time around… A three day event expected to get 20,000 people through Woking town centre, the free to attend event will also feature an assortment of live culinary demonstrations, a cake bake-off competition, cookery-related workshops for children, cook-off sessions and a healthy portion of live entertainment. There will be 70 stalls to visit, and once again there is something here for all ages – so bring the kids, the parents the grandparents…
OTHER EVENTS Here is a selection of other Cel ebrate Woking events taking place…
REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL RHS Garden Wisle y Saturda y 7th – Sund ay 8th June
HORSELL GARDEN SA FARI Across Horsell Villag e Saturda y 14 – Sunday 15th June MIDNIGHT WALK FO R WOKING HOSPICE Mercedes-Benz World , Brooklands Frida y 20th June
ANNUAL FORCES AN D VETERANS DAY PAR ADE Jubil ee Square, Wo king Saturda y 28th June DRAGON BOAT CHAL LENGE Goldsworth Park Lak e Sunday 6th Jul y 149TH BYFLEET PARISH DAY Byfleet Recreation Gr ound Saturda y 19th Jul y Visit cel ebratewoking .info/ events for much mo re...
VOLUNTEERING How would you like to be incredibly altruistic for your local community? Of course you would. Well, the good people at Celebrate Woking are looking for volunteers to aid in many of their events. Volunteers can be from all walks of life: young, retired, employed, looking for work and from all ethnic backgrounds. Never done it before? Fear not! Merely show some enthusiasm and a willingness to help and you’ll fit the criteria. Pretty much all of the events need a helping hand – so why not fill up some of your spare time helping those nearest to you? For more information, visit celebratewoking.info/about/volunteers.
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FA R ME R S ’ MA R K E T S & O T H E R F O O D I E T R E AT S Farmers’ Markets
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REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL Saturday 7th June - Sunday 8 June | 10 am - 5pm ome and celebrate real ales and ciders from near and far – some interesting, some quirky, but all delightfully drinkable. Buy direct from the producers to drink in the garden or carry outs will be available to take home with you. Venue: RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB Admission: Included in Garden admission
GUILDFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesday 3rd | 11.30am to 3.30pm | High Street CRANLEIGH FARMERS’ MARKET Wed 9th & Sat 21st | 10am to 2pm | Village Hall, Cranleigh RIPLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturday 14th | 9am to 1pm | Village Green MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 15th | 10am to 1.30pm | Secrett’s Farm Shop car park WOKING FARMERS’ MARKET Thurs 19th & Sat 29th | 9am to 2.30pm | Town Square FARNHAM FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 22nd | 10am to 1.30pm | Central Car Park GODALMING FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday 29th | 10am | Crown Court, High Street
DO YOU LOVE FOOD? Saturday 28th June - Sunday 29th June ome of the UKs best loved chefs will be coming to Loseley Park for this celebration of good food including Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer who will be taking to the main stage for a very special cookery demonstration. Things will heat up over at the Chilli Fest with demoes, classes and a chilli eating competition for the very brave! With a baking theatre, a wine and drinks tent, street food stalls, a kids zone and more, no one will leave on an empty stomach!. Tickets: from £6.50 Visit: doyoulovefood.co.uk for more info Venue: Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS
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BBQ OF GREATNESS
CHARCOAL OR GAS?
Well the sun is shining and that means a mad rush to fit in as many bbqs as possible. Here is our whistle stop tour to get you ready for this oh so British pastime. CHARCOAL CHIMNEY STARTER - £17.99
o begins the debate of whether to use charcoal or gas. Well to help those of you considering charcoal here is our foolproof guide 2 making the most of the ever reliable, combustible black brick • Remove the grill grate from the grill and clean. • Clean any ash or dirt on the grill before beginning. • Open vents on the bottom of the grill. • Arrange the charcoal briquettes in a pyramid at the bottom of the grill. Do not add the grilling grate until you are ready to cook the food. • Add lighter fluid or fire lighters to the charcoal briquettes. • Light the charcoal. Using a long match or a long lighter, light the charcoal briquettes in the grill. You are ready for charcoal grilling when they are mostly covered in ash and glow red. In general, this should take 20 minutes for the charcoal briquettes to be hot enough for charcoal grilling. • Spread the charcoal out on the bottom of the grill according to the type of food you are cooking. By spreading out the charcoal you will get your food to cook evenly. Use tongs to spread the charcoal. • Replace the grilling grate. • Cook your food. The exact steps to cook the food will depend on what you are cooking. • Enjoy.
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Recipes: BBQ STYLE
2 poussin, spatchcocked
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp cracked black peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt
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BBQ LEMON AND PEPPER POUSSIN Ingredients
Firstly, to spatchcock the chicken, put the poussin breast side down on a chopping board and, using a pair of sturdy scissors, cut down one side of the backbone, starting at the neck end of the bird. Cut down the other side of the backbone to completely remove it from the bird.
In a large bowl or shallow dish, whisk lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, peppercorns and salt. Place the poussin in a bowl and cover with the marinade; cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Place on the preheated barbecue for 30 minutes, turning frequently. Take extra care that they are cooked evenly. Check that the poussin is cooked by piercing the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer. The bird is cooked when the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Allow to stand for 10 minutes in a warm place before serving.
Serve with salad and potatoes of your choice.
For further tasty BBQ recipes visit the TheGuide2's recipe pages...
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BBQ BAKED PIZZA Ideally you will be using a BBQ pizza stone like the Weber one featured in this article. However if you do not have one you can place your pizza onto a well-oiled piece of tinfoil instead.
1kg of white bread flour
1tsp fine sea salt
2 x 7g packet of dried yeast
1tbsp of caster sugar
4tbsp olive oil
650ml lukewarm water
2 x 400g jars of pre–made tomato and garlic sauce Two fresh buffalo mozzarella Handful of fresh basil
Sieve the flour and salt onto your work surface and make a well in the middle of the flour. Mix the yeast, olive oil, sugar and water in a bowl or jug. Leave to stand for a few minutes then pour into the flour. Carefully mix the flour into the liquid using a fork then start using your hands to knead the flour into a smooth, springy dough – about 10 minutes.
2Put the dough into a well-floured bowl and cover with a damp
cloth. Place in a warm room ideally an airing cupboard for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size. 3Remove the dough to a well-floured work surface and knead
it to push the air out. Then divide into either 6 or eight pieces depending on the size of pizza you would like. 4
Manipulate the dough using your hands into the size of pizza base you would like. You can use a rolling pin if you prefer. Place onto a well-oiled baking sheet to put on your toppings.
5You will need around 2–3 tbsp of tomato sauce per pizza but
really it is down to personal preference. Use a spoon to spread the sauce evenly over the pizza. 6Tear pieces of mozzarella and scatter over the pizza along with
the basil leaves. Add any other toppings you would like. 7
Finally place your pizza onto the BBQ on the pre heated pizza stone and then cover the BBQ. Check your pizza after 4 minutes. Normally your pizza will take around 8 minutes to cook.
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WHERE TO EAT: Sands at Bleak House
by Rich Lee
here’s a certain romance to the setting that Sands at Bleak House enjoys. Perhaps it’s the proximity to the lovely heath and forest surrounding Horsell Common, or maybe it’s just the stylish yet homey interior; a space of snug corners, warm woods, cool grey tones and gently glinting glass and tableware. In any case, sat as it is along the leafy Chertsey Road, Sands could have been a highwayman’s inn in another time; a thought that pleases me if no one else. But anyway, this pub, restaurant and inn has long had a reputation as a better-than-many destination for people who like to eat and drink and to have a relaxed time while doing so. But what drew us tonight was the new menu and the new chef behind it. A Guildford lad and industry veteran, Ben Parris has worked at some of the finest kitchens in the UK including the Savoy and the Oxo Tower, and has cooked for royals and heads of state. Here, in a rather more modest kitchen, he looks relaxed and happy despite the brisk business his new menu is pulling in and tells us: “It’s just good to be behind the stove again. Here I can use great ingredients at their very best, simply and with very little fuss. Just as it should be.” Not that he’s afraid to turn on the technique. Take the mackerel starter: Cooked escabèche style – that is, where the fish is slowly bathed in an citrus/vinegar marinade – this exquisite fillet, frilled with delicately pickled vegetables, swapped mackerel’s usual smoky punch for a sharper, tangy flavour. A quick swipe through a swirl of horseradish
cream brought a little bold fire and made this an utterly beguiling dish of contrasts to kick things off.
alongside a trim blood orange cheesecake with a sharp, sweet lemon sorbet.
A black pudding scotch egg proved a rustic yet altogether more refined affair than you’d expect given the earthy, mousselike filling, runny egg centre and crisp panko crumb crust. A genius stroke of apple puree and this dish was done.
Service here walks an easy line between mannered charm and winking informality. So with a chef of Parris’ skill in the kitchen, and a tight, focussed menu, the future for Sands at Bleak House looks anything but bleak.
Mains brought a plate of pan fried chicken breast –the bird cooked to tender, juicy perfectionscattered with golden new potatoes, flecks of tarragon and tomato and a cauliflower puree so silky and butter-rich it hurt. In a nice way.
Sands at Bleak House
The true star, for me, was a dish of spring lamb, cooked pink and dripping, laid over a heap of French style peas. Little slivers of crispy bacon help, of course, as do sweet roasted button onions and a gentle hum of wild garlic. But when it’s all sat on a russet cream sauce enriched with chicken jus such as this was, well: after the meal’s finished you’ll find it impossible not to steal swipes of it with your fingertip when you think no one’s watching. Desserts at Sands are every bit as deft: a dangerously glossy and rich chocolate tart demonstrating Chef Parris’ skill with sweet things
Chertsey Rd, Woking, Surrey GU21 5NL Tel: 01483 756988 sandsatbleakhouse.co.uk -------------------------Set 3 Course Menu – £25.50 -------------------------Mackerel Escabeche, Beetroot, Horseradish & Watercress Pan Seared Breast of Chicken, roasted cauliflower puree, new potatoes Chocolate & Coconut Tart, chocolate crunch, coconut cream -------------------------Black Pudding Scotch Egg, Apple Puree, Mixed Leaf Salad £8.50 Roasted Rump of Lamb, French Style Peas, Roasted Garlic Aioli £18.75 Blood Orange Cheesecake, Lemon Sorbet £6.50
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ou know it, we know it: eating and drinking in the fresh air is always better than dining indoors. There may be some scientific reason why that’s true, and we’re totally going to look into it, we promise*. In the meantime, however, the next time the sun comes out look no further than these five fabulous food destinations for a little outdoors R & R…
THE CRICKETERS, HORSELL
verall Winner at Woking’s Best Bar None Awards 2013 “Best Food-led Pub”, the Cricketers polished pub food has won them a devoted following to go with the awards. Gourmet burgers and pub classics given some quirky twists and a gorgeous garden to enjoy it all in; what’s not to love?
THE JOLLY FARMER
traditional village pub that’s a popular haven for walkers, ramblers and lovers of all things outdoors. Fine cask ales and excellent wines complement a superb food menu and their secluded beer garden makes the ideal place to experience them all.
The Cricketers, Horsell Birch, Woking, GU21 4XB 01483 762378 | baronspubs.com/cricketers
The Jolly Farmer, Burdenshot Road, Whitmore Common, Worplesdon, GU3 3RN 01483 234658 | jollyfarmerworplesdon.co.uk
ne of the few spots to enjoy a meal by the waterside in Woking, the Bridge Barn’s expansive garden’s a winner when the sun’s out. Being a Beefeater Grill you’d be mad not to go for a sizzling steak or succulent burger but all tastes are catered for. Bridge Barn Ln, Woking, Surrey GU21 6NL 01483 763642 | beefeatergrill.co.uk
ou can’t get closer to the heart of Woking than here, looking out over the main square. It’s the ideal place to soak up the town’s cosmopolitan facelift, watching the world walk by as you enjoy classic French bistro food. Café Rouge, Ground Floor, Gloucester Chambers, Woking, Town Square, Surrey GU21 6GA 01483 772893 | caferouge.co.uk SILVERMERE INN ON THE LAKE
he spectacular Silvermere Lake is as sublime as settings get, and the great views across the water are complemented perfectly by a fantastic bistro menu. It is, of course, attached to a first rate golf course, but whether you come to play a good game or just to enjoy the gorgeous surrounds, the Inn’s heated lakeside terrace means you can dine and unwind into the evening. Win. Silvermere Golf & Leisure LTD, Redhill Road, Cobham, KT11 1EF 01932 584300 | silvermere-golf.co.uk
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une is the perfect time to freshen up and indulge in a little self-renewal in preparation for those long anticipated summer months... And what better way to start than by paying your skin some attention? We often hear health gurus praising the glorious apple. Its rich content of minerals and Vitamin A and C make
by Wizzi Seaton
it one of the best health foods we in the UK can proudly say we grow. But did you know that the nutrients found in apples, particularly green apples, can be utilized to help revive and nourish your skin? The Malic acid in apples is a natural alphahydroxy. Used in many cosmetic products, alpha-hydroxy acid can help brighten the skin and reduce the signs of ageing.
Make Your Own… Apple Tone & Soothe Facial Mask You can make this mask in minutes and use once a week to give your skin a restorative treat. INGREDIENTS Two green apples granny smiths work well Three tablespoons of 100% natural wheat germ powder
METHOD An hour before you want to use the mask, chop the apples up and reduce them to a smooth pulp using a blender. Add the wheat germ powder and one tablespoon of the coconut oil and blend thoroughly. Place the mixture in the fridge (with a label so no one tries to eat it!) and leave to cool for roughly an hour. Once cooled apply a thick layer of the mixture to clean, dry skin. You may need to lie down and get someone to help you with this as the mask won’t be very sticky at this stage. Lie still and after a few minutes the mask should set. You can sit up at this point if you want to but don’t go walking around unless you want to leave an apple-y, coconut scented trail behind you.
Two tablespoons of pure coconut oil
Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and, for an internal dose of apple magic, why not drink some apple juice (NOT from concentrate) while you wait?
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Gently wipe the mixture off with a cold, damp cotton wool pad and follow by gently massaging the leftover tablespoon of coconut oil into your face and neck.
Voila! Your skin should feel restored, soothed and renewed. That’s the face taken care of. To soothe and tone the rest of your skin turn to the wonders of the almond with…
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Wafting out of a bright, open shop front on Guildford High Street is the unmistakable scent of globally renowned skincare brand Liz Earle.
iz Earle’s shining reputation for premium quality cosmetics continues to grow with their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser having just received its 100th award, making it the most awarded cleanser in the UK. As well as selling their usual lotions and potions, the Guildford store offer three treatments, all carried out in the serene treatment room at the back of the shop. The Relaxing Back Massage and Healthy Beautiful Skin Facial are popular but we decided to try out the favourite: The Liz Earle Signature Facial. Before the steaming, massaging and gadgetry led dirt extraction (this is a rather high tech treatment) could commence, beauty therapist Lydia asked me about my skin routine. I gave a short, rather shameful reply and told Lydia I thought my skin probably fell into the ‘combination’ category. Sensing my naïve approach to skincare, (what happened to good ol’ soap and water, eh?) Lydia assured me that I’d be leaving the treatment room enlightened. After being taken through the processes involved I settled myself under the soft duvet and closed my eyes. The facial uses traditional hands-on, non-invasive techniques including steaming, manual extraction, antibacterial high frequency and vacuum suction, working with the lymphatic system to aid absorption of the products. While a facial steam helped open
the pores, Lydia massaged my arms and hands. Then, turning to some of Liz Earle’s best-loved products, she deeply cleansed and exfoliated my skin whilst massaging my face, neck and shoulders. Remaining conscious while surrounded by the soothing scent of Mandarin oil and peaceful background music proved a challenge and I found myself happily dozing off as I breathed deeply under Lydia’s direction. After coaxing out any blackheads a facemask was applied for the final stage of the treatment, during which I had the choice of a shoulder, scalp or foot massage. I went for the feet and before I knew it my 90 minutes of pampering bliss were over. After emerging refreshed and relaxed with a layer of radiant, baby soft skin on show Lydia talked me through caring for my renewed epidermis. For daily care she prescribed Liz Earle’s hero Cleanse & Polish product, a toner and a moisturiser for normal to combination skin, a deep cleansing mask and exfoliator to use once a week and an eye repair cream. She also suggested I drink peppermint or nettle tea daily for an internal antioxidant boost. A few days on and having heeded Lydia’s skincare advice my skin has maintained the radiance I left the treatment room with. A fantastic renewal treatment. Pop into 72-74 High Street to ask more about the treatments Liz Earle offer or call 01483 400760 to book.
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hat with Surrey being the go-to destination for cyclists, the length and breadth of the country; it is of course only natural that our two-wheeled friends are serviced accordingly for the rough and tumble of the trails that the Surrey Hills possesses in its boundaries. Here below, is your Guide 2 the purveyors of pedal power… the bike shop! ACTION BIKES Independent and established since 1999 in Woking town centre, Action Bikes provide the pedal power with a huge range of bikes and accessories. 2 Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 6JH | 01483 757376 www.actionbikeswoking.co.uk EVANS CYCLES Veterans of the cycling scene, Evans Cycles have stores the length and breadth of the country. Expect a fountain of knowledge! Unit 3 Woodbridge House, Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford, GU1 1BD 01483 560428 | www.evanscycles.com
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WOKING CYCLE STATIONS Excellent company and initiative, who take abandoned and donated bikes and transform them into usable and affordable bikes for the people of Woking. Lakeview Social Centre, Tracious Close, Horsell, GU21 3AF 01483 750403 | www.wokingcyclestations.com PURE MOTION CYCLES Situated on the doorstep of the Surrey Cycle Way and Surrey Hills, this independent bike retailer who do everything they can to build on the popularity of cycling as well as supporting the community. From commuters to cycling enthusiasts Pure Motion cater for all riders. 75 Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6LF | 01932 989 280 www.puremotioncycles.com
ounded on campus at the University of Surrey by student Yousif (a chemist, photographer, problem solver, food fanatic and of course an avid Dutch cyclist), the aim was simple…to pass over his enthusiasm for cycling and encourage more people to get out and about via two wheels, frame and chain. If this sounds intriguing and the idea of scooting about town on a beautiful and traditional Dutch bicycle is appealing, then by all means get in touch with Yousif via www.be-dutchbicycles.co.uk
PIT STOP: Pilgrims Cycles at Box Hill and West Humble Station
hout outs to Pilgrim Cycles, who we highlight as THE pit-stop to make if you’re scrambling across the Surrey Hills on your bike. A bike shop AND café all in one, located in the picturesque setting of Box Hill and Westhumble Station, the old booking hall nevertheless. Possibly the prettiest place to take 5 while out on a ride. The Old Booking Hall, Box Hill & Westhumble Station, Westhumble Street, Surrey, RH5 6BT firstname.lastname@example.org | 01306 886958 www.pilgrim-cycles.co.uk
ALL BIKED UP AND READY TO GO by Joe Payne
Those of you in the vicinity of the gorgeous Surrey Hills may have noticed that many areas are regularly descended upon by hundreds of mountain bikers. One of the key companies involved in this explosion of interest is All Biked Up – and founder Richard Kelly thinks it’s a great thing…
TRAIN TO WIN (OR GET BETTER)
ll Biked Up was first established to offer guidance to the growing numbers of mountain bikers. It quickly became apparent that many visitors not only needed help to find the trails but also to hone their skills. Now Richard and his team are working seven days a week to help mountain bikers across the Surrey Hills. “It’s gone from probably seeing ten other riders out for a three hour ride on a Sunday morning to there being two to three thousand riders, depending on where you go,” says Richard.
ot only that, but All Biked Up have been actively involved in both the building of purposebuilt trails and maintaining the relationship between bikers and landowners. “We’ve just completed the Summer Lightning trail, which runs from Leith Hill Tower and is the only waymarked trail on the Surrey Hills – which has taken a long time to get done! But through changing hearts and minds we’ve managed to get the permission and funding to build it.”
SPOKES OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT
o how have Richard and his peers managed the impact made by the mountain biking community they’ve helped foster? “It’s part of a changing rural economy – previously local people might have worked on the land or on farms, but that industry isn’t necessarily there for them,” he explains. “In terms of sustainable rural economies, leisure and tourism is a big bonus for the local people. It’s taken a while for some to understand this, but now locally there are areas for ‘glamping’, there are bike shops, and companies such as All Biked Up – not to mention the local pubs that enjoy large groups of bikers, week in week out!”
WHERE’S GOOD TO GO?
t would appear that outdoor pursuits can have a positive effect on areas such as the Surrey Hills. Indeed, the area is one of the most popular in the country for the mountain bikers – so where are the best natural areas to ride? “Areas of Holmbury are good for newer riders, as it’s less steep – heading east or west is technically more difficult. From Winterfold towards the Willinghurst Estate there are steeper jumps of up to 30 feet. Other areas of Leith Hill and Redlands Wood boast a lot of non-sanctioned trails too,” Richards says.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED…
o are you interested in joining this ever-growing, active outdoor pursuit? If so then you’ll need kit – but perhaps not as much as you might think. “You need an off-road specific bike, and it needn’t be hugely expensive – it just needs working gears and working brakes, with tyres suitable for off-road use.” Anything else? “Definitely a helmet, and gloves as if you do crash you’ll stick your hands out. Some people strap on a ton of body armour, but you don’t really need it – unless you’re intending to crash a lot…” Visit www.allbikedup.com to find out more…
t may have escaped your attention, but there is something of an important footballbased tournament occurring in Brazil this summer. Yes, it’s World Cup time again and it’s something that we should all celebrate – even if you dislike football. Why? Because everyone can revel in the samba spirit that the Brazilian World Cup will evoke! So here’s a few football and not-sofootball related things to do this June…
Because the most likely thing you’ll do is nurse a pint while cursing at the telly… THE WOODEN BRIDGE Woodbridge Hill, Guildford 01483 572708
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RICHARD ONSLOW High Street, Cranleigh 01483 274922
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THREE HORSESHOES High Street, Cranleigh 01483 276978
Because you don’t like the sport but want an excuse to get into the spirit… ZICO’S AT SURREY SPORTS PARK Guildford | Surreysportspark.co.uk We know – but we had to include it. Watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the World Cup themed sports bar 'Zicos' at Surrey Sports Park. Enjoy authentic Brazilian food and Brazilian drinks including Brahma Beer. EMPORIO SAO PAULO New Kings Road, Fulham, London | facebook.com/EmporioSaoPaulo Amazing coffee, great food, caipirinhas – and live music four nights a week. Enjoy the sounds of bossa nova, tango and Latin jazz. FLORIPA Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London | floripalondon.com Ipanema and Florianopolis come to the hippest bit of London. A Brazilian restaurant, a bar, a London bloc party club – whatever it is it’s blooming fantastic, and is hugely popular for a reason… GUANABARA Parker Street, Covent Garden, London | guanabara.co.uk Named after a famous bay in Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara is the place to come to eat, drink and play Brazilian style. So much entertainment and live music takes place here that it’s impossible to do it justice in so few words…
Because you don’t have to love football to stay active and get into the spirit… CHASAMBA FITNESS chasambafitness.com With classes across Surrey – indeed, the entire country – you can shake your hips, learn some moves and get energised the Brazilian way. MUNDO LATINO mundolatinouk.com Salsa, Zumba, Bachata, Tango… There’s so much on offer with Mundo Latino that you really cannot fail to find something you like. Just make sure you know your Merengue from your Lambada…
World cup fever will mean that some of your budding Beckham’s will want to hone their burgeoning skills at a summer camp… FULHAM SOCCER SCHOOLS Surrey Sports Park, Guildford | surreysportspark.co.uk From now until the 12th July, Fulham Soccer Schools will be coming to Surrey Sports Park. Two sessions take place each Saturday, for the 3 – 5 and 6 – 10 year olds respectively. Prices are £3 for the little ones and it’s a fiver for the older ones. SURREY FOOTBALL COACHING Ripley C of E Primary School & St James’ Primary School, Weybridge | surreyfootballcoaching.co.uk A weekly series of children’s courses on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. 4 – 13 year olds are welcome and it costs £5 per child per session. SCL SOCCER CAMPS scl-online.co.uk Saturday Soccer and camps are available to kids of all ages through SCL, with venues across the county.
Get to know the Futsal, the exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that has helped the development of some of the world’s best players…
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ousehold names such as Pele, Ronaldinho, Marta and Lionel Messi grew up learning futsal – we’re not saying you’ll quite hit their heights, but it’s a fantastic sport to get involved in.
The basic rules are: Futsal is a five-a-side game, played on an indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a smaller ball. All players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock with time-outs permitted. The ubiquitous Surrey Sports Park (surreysportspark.co.uk) offers indoor futsal to both adults and juniors, but be sure to visit the Surrey County FA’s website (surreyfa.com/futsal) to find out more about the sport, and where to play competitively in Surrey.
INVSTEC DERBY DAY AT EPSOM DOWN RACECOURSE | 7TH JUNE
xcitement, action and passion will fuel this returning annual derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse on June the 7th. The race day itself dates back to 1780, and in our humble opinion should be considered the greatest flat race in the world! The winnings alone stand at 1.25 million! Tickets are available online or by phoning 0844 579 3004.
CARE LONDON TO BRIGHTON CYCLE CHALLENGE | 7TH JUNE
ake part in a great Fundraising adventure in this Cycle challenge. The route starts in Kingston and then winds through the Surrey countryside. There’ll be a morning refreshment stop as well as a picnic lunch in the afternoon just before the last leg over the South Downs, climbing up the renowned Devil’s Dyke. This is a big event and there will be marshals as well as guides cycling with you throughout the day. Get involved at www.carechallenge.org.uk
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POLESDON LACEY 2K FUN RUN | 15TH JUNE
reat fun for everyone on the 15th of June! The Polesdon Lacey 2k Fun Run is an off road run around the tracks of the beautiful grounds of Polesden Lacey. The route is mostly off road trails and tracks so if you were wondering there are steps on the route as well as muddy paths so it is unsuitable for pushchairs. Register online at www.eventstolive.co.uk/events/information// polesden-lacey-2k-fun-run. There’s a downloadable entry form so go for it!
RED HOT YOGA & THE UK SEPSIS TRUST | 21ST JUNE
n the 21st of June Red Hot Yoga in Guildford will hold a special Bikram Style Yoga session at their studio. The session has been put on in aid of the Sepsis Trust, with a special visit by the trust’s CEO to help raise awareness of the disease. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Book by phoning the guys at Red Hot Yoga on 01483 564 511
P&G SURREY YOUTH GAMES | 21ST & 22ND JUNE
aking place between Saturday 21 June and Sunday 22 June at Surrey Sports Park, The P&G Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth sports festival in our county. The aim is to give young people their first experience of competitive sport. There will be 15 different sports to get involved in and these will include badminton, basketball, boxing, girls cricket, girls football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, girls-tag-rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis and tennis. To get involved check out www.activesurrey.com/ surreyyouthgames/2014
SURREY SPORTIVE CYCLE SURGERY | 29TH JUNE
f your wondering what a sportive is it’s a short to medium racing event that’s for everyone, young, old and amateur to get involved in and there’s one on the 29th of June just waiting for you. Heading out from Surrey Sports Park this is a great event to get involved with and join in with some cycling fun; after all it’s increasingly what Surrey’s about. The race is fully supported with mobile mechanics, feed-stations and patrolling First Aid, so why wait? Head to www.aat-events.com to find out more.
‘Much Ado about Nothing’ performances • Carnival Parade • Aerial Acrobatics Craft demonstrations and workshops • Literary talks • Marionette puppet shows Artist in residence Jane Wafer • All set in a beautiful summer garden RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey – Just off the A3 near junction 10 of the M25
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The 10th Annual Hart Brown Economic Forum Tuesday 24 June from 3pm
A free screening of the England vs Costa Rica World Cup match from 5pm Speakers are:
Mark Berrisford-Smith – Chief Economist at HSBC
Justin Urquhart Stewart – Co-founder of 7IM and Market Commentator
Adrian White – Founder of Biwater and Owner of Denbies Wine Estate
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BUSINESS EVENTS A GLANCE AT SOME OF JUNE’S ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND NETWORKING EVENTS…
SURREY YOUTH FOCUS: SOCIAL MEDIA FOR START UPS WORKSHOP WHEN: Thursday 5 June 2014, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM WHERE: Woking Adult Learning Centre, Bonsey Lane, Westfield, Woking COST: Free to attend but spaces are limited. Email Natasha.email@example.com to book a place Aged 16-24 and thinking about starting a business but don’t know where to start? Surrey Youth Focus are providing a series of free two day workshops, tailored specifically to you, to provide you with the business knowledge you’ll need to succeed. The sessions are practical and hands on, providing you with vital information on starting a business. You’ll hear from a young entrepreneur who will share his experiences with you and be introduced to an experienced business adviser and expert on social enterprises, who has helped launch countless successful businesses. You can also book onto a follow-up one-to-one mentoring session.
WOKING CONNECTIONS NETWORKING GROUP WHEN: Thursday 5th June / 10.30am – 1.00pm WHERE: DeVere Venues, Gorse Hill Hook Heath Road, Woking, GU22 0QH COST: £20 – includes 2 course lunch More info at wokingworks.com If you’re serious about growing your business then networking must become part of your regular activities. Meeting at Gorse Hill in Woking every first Thursday of the month, Woking Connections is a great way to meet other local business people and find new customers. It’s a relaxed, friendly group but most importantly business gets done! For more information or to register contact Adrian Keeling, The Best of Woking at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01483 488245
FAST GROWTH CONFERENCE WHEN: Thursday 19th June / 08.00am to 1.00pm WHERE: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford More info at growthaccelerator.com/events Join over 100 of the region’s most ambitious growth businesses at The Fast Growth Conference, brought to you by GrowthAccelerator and law firm DMH Stallard, in Guildford. This event is specifically for growing businesses who are seeking new connections, new routes to investment and new ideas to support their growth plans. With a packed agenda and opportunities to network with like-minded businesses, come along to hear from leading experts and opinion formers in business growth strategy and to network with likeminded companies and individuals.
THE HART BROWN ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM WHEN: Tuesday 24th June WHERE: University of Surrey More info and to register: economic-forum.co.uk Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Hart Brown’s Annual Economic Forum returns to the University for a day-long symposium featuring some of the finest economic and business minds in the UK. Aimed at business owners, leaders and board directors, the event will allow guests to hear and question experts on the state of the economy and provide useful information and updates to enable businesses to decide how best to take their business forward. And there’s much to talk about. Of special interest among this year’s speakers is the current growth of the UK economy and the potential opportunities and pitfalls this may entail for business. Are businesses really seeing a change in the economy? Will the South East continue to grow faster than the rest of the country? With fewer economic risks, should businesses be focussing on growth, taking opportunities and investing more? All these questions and more will be discussed throughout a riveting day.
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hose of you who watch any of the wildly disparate TV auction shows will know that there are two types of auction attendees out there: those out to collect, and those out to invest. For some, finally snaffling that antique table for the living room is the goal; for others holding onto your investment, investing in auction items can lead on to having quite the portfolio. Should you master the latter, then you could well be the next Michael Compton - arguably the first curator working in England to command international respect for his practice as a maker of exhibitions, collaborator with artists and contributor to the discourse of contemporary art.
On Friday 27th June, Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, will sell The Michael Compton Collection of Post War and Contemporary Art, a group of 28 works by luminaries such as Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Frost, Henry Moore, Richard Long, Victor Newsome, Keith Milow, Billy Al Bengston, Ian Stephenson, Sol LeWitt and Joe Tilson. This auction is expected to raise £200,000 – so if it’s serious investment you’re after, turn up from 7pm. If this sounds rather advanced, don’t fret – there are plenty of other auctions taking place at Ewbank’s: In June, there’s the Antique and Collectors' Auction on Wednesday 11th at 10:30am and The Summer Fine Sale including Jewellery and Silver on Wednesday 25th at 10:30am.
For more information on auctions, including lots and estimated prices, as well as upcoming auctions at Ewbank’s, visit ewbankauctions.co.uk.
MAKE MONEY HEATING YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS?
veryone knows that ‘going green’ is now a viable way of saving money at the same time as saving the environment. But thanks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), investing in renewable energy sources also means that you can make money on top of what you save through lower energy costs. The RHI is a long-term financial support programme for renewable heat where the treasury pays you a fixed amount on the heat that you produce, the type of technology used and the size of the system. That heat can come from a number of sources such as solar thermal panels, air source heat pumps, underground heat pumps and biomass boilers. As an example, let’s say you install a new biomass boiler into an average 3-bedroom house with an average spend on gas of £1004 per year. If the cost of installing the boiler is £7,500, you would receive £2501 from the RHI per year for making the switch. Your new boiler burns woodchips, not gas, saving about £102.50 per year. So over 7 years, those payments and the savings amount to £18,224.50. After the installation cost, it means an overall gain of £10,724.50. That’s a payback after 3 years and a reduced heating bill thereafter! The financial incentives are becoming ever more attractive as the technology improves, making this an ideal time to make the switch to renewable energy. Understanding the various systems and processes can, however, be something of a minefield, especially when the initial investment can be quite significant. Fortunately, Greenshop Gomshall are the local experts in sustainable living and offer a consultation and free survey to help you decide the right direction for you.
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take notice and perhaps rethink the online currency’s potential. That may be well and good for the Bransons of the world but what of small investors? Firstly, what is bitcoin anyway? Well, it’s a digital-only currency that, unlike real-world money, doesn’t have a central bank such as the Bank of England or the Federal Reserve to control it. Regulation is, ostensibly, left to the users themselves, which might be in accordance with the currency’s enigmatic creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s (an alias) libertarian vision, but has meant that the value of bitcoins have fluctuated Does the notion of ‘virtual cryptocurrency’ seem like a dodgy wildly since it was introduced in 2009. With no transaction fees, investment? Don’t be so sure… however, bitcoins are becoming increasingly attractive as a digital epending on whom you payment model, particularly for ask, bitcoin can appear to small businesses. be a digital goldmine or a volatile and corrupt joke with Transactions are also, in principle, a cruel punchline just waiting anonymous, which has merits for around the corner. But the recent announcement by Virgin’s Richard many, but has also lead to the currency being used in shady Branson of his £multi-million investment in an American bitcoin online marketplaces like the Silk Road for the buying and selling of startup, Bitpay, can’t have failed drugs and other illegal services. to make many experts sit up and
WHAT IS BITCOIN?
Bitcoins are ‘mined’ by powerful computers built to crack advanced mathematical formulas that release the coins, with a limit set by its creators at 21million; therefore, the value of the bitcoins that are in circulation can only increase in accordance with the laws of supply and demand. So its proponents believe. It’s this belief in the potential growth of the value of the currency that has seen investors, large and small, buy up bitcoins in droves, although the ma jority of experts say that any windfall inherent in a portfolio of bitcoin remains remote at best. Even the executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis, admits that bitcoins are a good investment only if you can afford to lose them all, rendering them akin to lottery tickets for the hopelessly optimistic investor. Ultimately, bitcoin as a currency may well go the way of the dodo, if not the deutschmark, but the idea of online, user regulated currency might just change the game in the years to come.
LEADERS OF THE NEW RENEWABLE FUEL ORDER
e can, and should, all do our part in reducing our county and country’s carbon footprint (and of course, many of us do so on a daily basis) but if we’re really pro-active, then the government will reward those individuals for their efforts, earning them money for doing their bit for the environment. If an immediate, or even intermediate time scale on your return on investment is a luxury you can afford to resist, and if you’re willing, able and determined enough, then you could be among the leaders of a new renewable fuel order. Surrey University (quickly becoming educational leaders in their own right) offer a postgraduate Masters of Science in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering with modules in biomass processing technology, wind energy technology, solar energy technology and much more. So perhaps not a guaranteed investment, but if you have a viable vision for the future, and possess the initial qualifications to be accepted then you could potentially (with a cup half-full) change the world and in turn, earn a potentially hefty buck. Go change the world and lead the renewable fuel order!
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The WABF has dedicated itself to Asian and ethnic minority businesses in Woking since 2008. We spoke to outreach manager Sangeeta Patel about their vital role in helping the community… How did the WABF start? Woking Asian Business Forum was setup formally, with funding from Woking Borough Council, to help Asian and ethnic minority businesses to thrive and become mainstream. There was a need for smaller businesses to integrate better with larger organisations such as banks, accountants and solicitors. It was a platform that would give them confidence. It was felt that some smaller businesses were struggling to get their voices heard by the Council and with a 10% Asian population in Woking, there was simply a need to integrate them better.
Who were the people behind WABF? There was Zafar Iqbal who also works for Woking Borough Council and was a big part of it at the start. But Shahid Ahzeem (award winning British-Pakistani entrepreneur and philanthropist) has always been the chairman, since day one. One of the first things he did was to make a statement: every year WABF donates the Christmas tree in Woking’s Jubilee Square. What better way to send a message that our businesses and people want to reach out to the community?
Tell us about your work with Prince Charles’ charity Mosaic… We run Mosaic mentoring programmes in five schools around Woking. It’s a charity founded by Prince Charles that provides mentoring support to under-achieving secondary school students who might have limited resources or perhaps a communication gap with nonEnglish speaking parents. I think it’s holistic in some ways. When these teenagers are older they might be able to form businesses off the back of their mentoring if they’ve been nurtured and supported properly.
How many members do you have now? We have about 250 contacts now, around eighty paid members.
And what benefits do members receive? Our membership fees are £25 a year, which is not going to break the bank but provides lots of benefits and discounts with partners such as Woking and Surrey Chambers of Commerce. They get free career advice, free consultations with companies like Jefferies Chartered Accountants and Mackrell Turner Garrett (Law Firm) and discounts at places like LA Fitness and Atif Superstore.
What would be one example of how you might help new businesses? Aside from being one of our members, anyone wishing to start a business, with or without a business plan, can join Startup Woking, a group made of six different organisations including Woking Borough Council, Barlow Robbins and the Woking Asian Business Forum. They would receive free support and advice and a mentor that we would find for them.
What other ways are you working to help the community? Our director is Dr Munira Mohamed from Sheerwater Health Centre so we’ve run many free health awareness workshops to educate people about diet and healthy lifestyle, and test for BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. And helping women in our community is a big goal of ours. There’s such massive scope for Asian women to get into business. They might not think about it, if they have families. They have to be given the confidence to do it and we’re there to help them.
How do you feel about Woking’s rejuvenation in recent years? Woking has such a buzz about it. It’s not a sleepy or stale town anymore. I’ve lived here for 26 years and it definitely feels like it’s going places. It’s such a diverse and exciting place.
For more information visit wabf.org.uk or call 01483 901510
THE NEED FOR SPEED: Sandown Park in Esher is one of the most famous racecourses in the region. With such events as the Eclipse Stakes and their impressive live music events, Sandown is among Surrey’s best known landmarks. However, you may not be aware of the other jewel in their crown – Daytona Sandown. Here’s a place for you and your colleagues to really channel your competitive spirit…
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What do you do? My days are always full-on. I could be on the tractor, working in the office or making music. I try to make Ewhurst, where I’ve been for over 27 years, a better place and try to do things to help around here locally. But I’m a musician first and foremost, from the moment I go to bed to the moment I wake up.
Kenney Jones ROCK STAR DRUMMER. POLO PLAYER.
How would you have turned out if you’d never picked up the drum sticks? As soon as I think of that, I dismiss it! I believe that life is kind of pre-ordained and I really think I’ve ended up in the place I was meant to be.
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You’ve been in three of the biggest British rock bands of all time. How do you feel about rock music in the UK now? There are a lot of great players out there, certainly a lot of fantastic drummers. When drum machines came along it made drummers work a little bit harder and fight for their cause. But I really like the Strypes at the moment; they remind me of us back in the Small Faces days.
As a businessman, what do you consider to be the key to success? The secret to success is to never give up. I can always see the end result: my imagination can see it finished and I won’t rest until it’s done. I’ve lost money over the years, but when it’s gone, I get out there and make some more. It’s the Eastender in me.
What attracted a boy from bombed out, post-war Stepney to the ‘king’s game’ of Polo? It’s quite bizarre isn’t it? But for me it’s the game. Not the poncy side of it, just the game; the sportsmanship of it. I used to show jump so it was inevitable that I’d take up polo. There’s a perceived idea of it being a bit la-de-da, which is a stigma that’s going away slowly but it’s a very challenging and rewarding game to play.
What’s the idea behind Rock ‘n’ Horsepower at Hurtwood Polo Club on June 14th? We started it last year when we had the opportunity to do this gig here at Hurtwood and combine it with polo, supercars and music. This year it’s in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. I was diagnosed with it last year. I’m just over three months since brachytherapy to contain it and am recovering well despite a few side effects. So, it’s about spreading the word and the best way, I believe, to raise awareness and reach out to men is through music, motors and sport. That’s what Rock ‘n’ Horsepower is all about.
enney Jones has been a member of the Small Faces, the Faces and the Who and has drummed with everyone from Chuck Berry to the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Here, the rock legend and owner of Hurtwood Polo Club in Ewhurst gives us a glimpse into his fascinating life…
How do you plan to celebrate the imminent 50th anniversary of the Small Faces? If something comes up it’ll be great, but I’m probably more excited about getting the Faces back together. We have been talking about it and the demand is definitely out there for it. But I am writing a script for an animated film of (seminal Small Faces concept album) Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake that I’ve taken to Los Angeles. It’s not a musical; it’s a fantastic story about Happiness Stan who goes in search of the other half of the moon and all the characters he meets.
Finally, what’s the best drummer joke you’ve ever heard? Ha! I’ve heard loads but can’t think of one off the top of my head. As far as funny drummers go, no one comes close to Keith Moon (the Who drummer). Keith and I were great friends. He’d take the piss out of everyone – except me. I think it was because we were fellow drummers. But if he wasn’t the centre of attention – in a pub say – he’d just pour his drink over himself to make people notice him. He was a total clown.
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