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Brooklands Museum WINS Surrey Business Tourist Attraction of the Year Award

BROOKLANDS Museum in Weybridge has been named ‘Tourist attraction of the year’ at the prestigious Surrey Business Awards 2019 for its unique visitor experience and community initiatives.

Presented by the award-winning broadcaster and comedian, Mark Dolan, the evening held at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 21st November recognised many start-up companies, charities and professional services for their work.

Alongside Brooklands Museum, other well-known venues across the county competed for the Tourist Attraction of the Year award, including Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Painshill Park, Cobham and the Silent Pool Gin Distillery in Albury.

Tamalie Newbury, Director and CEO of Brooklands Museum said:

“We are so very excited that we won this award! Our nomination covered every element of what we do that not only makes Brooklands Museum such a great place for visitors, but which also gives something back to many people in our community and inspires people to shape their futures through the stories we tell of what people accomplished here.

This is an award for our team, our volunteers and everyone else who helps and supports the Museum, it’s great that our efforts have been recognised. We have a lot planned over the next couple of years that will make Brooklands Museum an even more exciting place to visit, you should all come and see it for yourselves!”

Chairman of Brooklands Museum, Sir Gerry Acher said:

“I’m thrilled to hear that we have won the Surrey tourism award. I’d like to congratulate Tamalie, her team and our volunteers in making Brooklands such an outstanding place for all to visit. Well done all.”


The major transformations at the Museum in recent years have almost certainly contributed to this achievement. In 2017 the WWII hangar was relocated and re-interpreted on site as the Brooklands Aircraft Factory. This significant, large-scale exhibition space won the Museums and Heritage Award for best new permanent exhibition the following year.

As well as the vast collections of cars, motorcycles, aircraft and the dynamic events programme that runs throughout the year, there are opportunities to learn a variety of skills, join a 7,000-strong Volunteer force or participate in one of the many motoring events on site. Brooklands also welcomes families on the autism spectrum with special openings, hosts a reminiscence café for those affected by dementia and welcomes over 15,000 school children from in and around the County on organised trips.

Together with a refreshed brand and logo design complemented by a new introductory film and interpretation, the visitor experience has been invigorated. Brooklands was known for its pioneering sense of adventure and people returning to the Museum after a gap of some years are noticing the changes.

The Museum is open all year round and details of its work, collections, events and how to become involved in many opportunities can be found by visiting

Calling all Treasure Hunters and Alumni to help locate lost treasure and join royal bicentenary celebrations

Oxshott, Surrey, 01 October 2019 The Royal Kent School (RKS), Oxshott is appealing to the local community to help find alumni and locate a missing time capsule in preparation for the school’s official bicentenary in 2020.

On 16 October 2020, the Royal Kent School Oxshott (RKS) will commemorate the founding of the school over 200 years ago. The school was named ‘Royal Kent’ as it was set up under the Patronage of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, who lived in nearby Claremont and his sister, the Duchess of Kent and mother to the future Queen Victoria.

Unfortunately, there are no crown jewels buried in the school grounds, but RKS staff and pupils are searching for treasure of another sort. A lost Time Capsule, buried 50 years ago to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school, has yet to be found. The school is appealing to the local community and businesses who may be able to provide information or even equipment to locate the time capsule and help with the search for alumni.

The original school was located on Oxshott High Street before moving to its current home in 1958. Visible reminders of the 1820 building include the roof turret bell still used to signal the start of the school day. The 1958 school hall remained untouched until Summer 2019 when it received a much-needed makeover thanks to a successful bid for Elmbridge Borough Council’s CIL funding and the school PTA. As part of the bicentenary festivities, RKS plan to create a mural for the hall and a ‘school museum’ so that pupils and visitors are transported back in time to get a glimpse of the school’s past. Historical artefacts include a copy of the rules for teachers from 1872 and 1915, school photos and a punishment book from the early 1900s. Any prospective teachers will be relieved to know that filling lamps, cleaning chimneys and bringing a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal are no longer part of everyday class duties!

RKS shares its bicentenary year with several famous Britons including Florence Nightingale, Anne Bronte, Herbert Spencer (Philosopher) and Anna Sewell (Author of Black Beauty). Anyone in the local community connected with these national treasures or celebrating their centenary in 2020, should contact the school to see how they be part of the celebrations.

This is an exciting milestone for the community to celebrate,” said Miss Katie Hancock, Headteacher. “The school would love to hear from Alumni and members of the public who can help with the search for the lost time capsule or even support our Raising Aspiration programme. This is an initiative where the local community are invited into the school to share their life experience with the children in readiness for life after RKS. For more information, please visit or contact the school office.


In April 2019, Children and Family Health Surrey launched a two-year outreach programme to improve the health of local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.

The project is the first NHS-led Surrey-wide GRT health initiative and is funded through Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership transformation funds.

Following the launch, the impact of the new service has proved extremely successful.

To date, 479 people have been seen, including:

  • 7 antenatal contacts
  • 7 new birth visits
  • 10 6-8 week reviews
  • 4 Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) developmental checks
  • 16 adults weighed
  • 23 adults given blood pressure checks
  • Referrals to a variety of partner services, including 6 GP referrals and numerous calls from GRT mothers which saved A&E attendances
  • 3 referrals to the continence service
  • 2 referrals for urgent dental treatment
  • Referrals for babies with severe tongue tie and developmental delay

Many other health issues were picked up during visits which included hypertension, domestic violence, sexual health, mental health, public health and environmental risks, safeguarding and poorly managed chronic illnesses.

The team is working with existing links within GRT communities as well as partnering with a range of health and other agencies such as Maternity services, the new Primary Care Networks, Children’s and Adults Social Services (including the Early Help Hub), Diabetes UK, Cancer support services, St. John Ambulance and others.

NHS staff and partner agencies across Surrey are now being offered Cultural Awareness Training to improve their engagement with GRT communities and to help reduce the inequalities the GRT communities face trying to access healthcare.

Lisa Gavin, 0-19 Homeless Health and Surrey Gypsy and Traveller Project Lead said: “We are privileged to have been welcomed by the GRT communities on sites, in their homes and at roadside encampments.

“We value the support from all our professional partners and are delighted by their commitment to help us redress the inequalities GRT communities face.”

Trudy Mills, Director of Children and Family Health Surrey and Strategy Lead for Women’s and Children, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership said:

“I’m delighted to share the success of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Health outreach programme since the launch in April, showing improved health outcomes for GRT communities in Surrey.

“Children and Family Health Surrey are proud to be providing the first Surrey-wide programme, promoting better engagement and understanding of the community’s needs and allowing easier access to routine healthcare.

“The team have worked hard to build trust and familiarity within the communities and also encourage links and key relationships where they already exist”.

Surrey has the fourth largest GRT population of any UK county with the GRT population estimated at around 10,000 – 12,000. Research continues to show life expectancy is lower for GRT people and their health needs are not fully met by traditional NHS services.

The children of St Paul’s Primary School in Thames Ditton worked together to win first place overall at the Esher District Sports competition held on 4 July 2019.

St. Paul’s took 1st Place in Field Events and 2nd Place in Track Events to win the Championship trophy for the overall competition beating ten other local schools. Congratulations to the students who individually achieved:

  • Year 3 girls: 1st Place long distance, 1st place sprint,
  • Year 4 girls: 1st place ball throw, 2nd place long distance
  • Year 3/4 girls 1st place relay team
  • Year 5 Girls: 1st place high jump, 3rd place ball throw
  • Year 5 Boys: 2nd place long jump, 3rd place ball throw
  • Year 6 Girls: 1st place ball throw, 2nd place long jump, 3rd place sprint
  • Year 5/6 Girls: 2nd place relay team
  • Year 6 Boys: 1st place sprint, 1st place long jump, 3rd place long distance

“They were both gracious in winning and magnanimous in defeat. They supported each other and often ran alongside those competing, cheering their team mates on,” commented one parent. Another parent noted that St. Paul’s was the only school to gather in a circle and in arms before competing.

Headteacher Mrs Olivia DeMorais said “I am phenomenally proud of the children and all they have achieved; their determination, resilience and supportive nature shines through in all they do. The sense of the strong community of St Paul’s is palpable at events such as these, and I am honoured to work with such wonderful pupils and parents”

Miss McDonald, Head of PE for St. Paul’s, said “I’ve enjoyed both supporting participation and providing opportunity for competition across all of the year groups. I’m working to ensure that sport is embedded in the life of the school.”

Huge congratulations to all the St. Paul’s pupils for their tremendous achievements and to all of the staff and parents who supported the event.


The Nomad Theatre has been named the winner of the Best Amateur Theatre Company in the 2019 Essential Surrey Awards, “designed to celebrate the best our county has to offer”.

The website and magazine readers voted in their thousands – this East Horsley arts base has been providing top-quality theatre since 1934.

Chairman Andrew Hamel-Cooke said: “We are thrilled to have won this. We are very proud of our theatre. It’s here for the community -from those who take part, to those who run our pensioner lunch club. It’s wonderful to be noticed and a privilege to be part of such a team.

The Nomad Theatre Group is a long-established performing arts group, which has run since 1934. With the local community being a key focus, the theatre puts on performances presented by The Nomads, their youth group (The Nomes), Play In A Week and affiliated groups. The rebuilding of the theatre itself was the result of a £1.3m grant from the National Lottery, which was supplemented by the group’s own fundraising and completed in 1998.

This award is the second announced in 2019, as The Nomads also celebrate winning “Best Drama” by NODA (South East – – see for the production of A Christmas Carol in December 2018. The presentation ceremony will take place at the next Club Night on Saturday 20th July.

2019 also sees the return of Surrey Showcase ( at the theatre in August – a one-day performing arts festival celebrating the best talent Surrey has to offer, presented in partnership with Brooklands Radio. And on top of that, it’s a pantomime year and The Nomads present Jack & The Beanstalk.

Ripley Court School in Ripley have announced that they have agreed with Reed’s School that Ripley Court School will merge into Reed’s School.

Ripley Court and Reed’s have worked together for many years and share a philosophy of education which focusses on developing the whole child within a nurturing environment. The Board of Governors of both schools believe that this proposed merger is a natural extension of this strong relationship. It will allow both schools to benefit from a combination of outstanding staff and facilities whilst retaining the heritage and current structure of each school.

The intention is for Ripley Court to merge into the existing Reed’s School charitable framework, but the two schools will maintain their names, identity, location, structure and admissions process.

Ripley Court will remain co-educational for children from 3-13 and will continue to fully support all their pupils, both girls and boys, for a wide variety of senior school choices by preparing them for their entrance exams.

Reed’s will remain all-boys from 11-16 with a co-educational Sixth Form with around 700 pupils on its roll and will continue to admit pupils from a wide variety of schools.

This marks an exciting time for both Schools, for the parents and, most importantly, for the pupils.

Gavin Ryan, Acting Head of Ripley Court School, commented, “This is an exciting time in Ripley Court’s 125 year history and I am looking forward to leading our staff team, while working in partnership with Reed’s, to ensure we continue to provide an excellent, well-rounded educational experience for all our pupils. School life at Ripley, like at Reed’s, is about delivering a breadth of experiences and opportunities enabling children to unlock their true potential. This significant collaboration will ensure we focus on what makes us great while benefiting from extra facilities, expertise and experience.”

The Chairman of Governors at Ripley Court School, John Evans, added, “I am personally delighted that we are merging into the Reed’s School family. It provides a huge opportunity for Ripley Court pupils and staff. The Schools are a perfect fit in terms of ethos and approach to the education of young people.”

Commenting on the decision, Mark Hoskins, Headmaster of Reed’s School said, “Reed’s School was founded in 1813 as a school for orphan children and the central mission to support disadvantaged children has continued to this day through our Foundation. I very much look forward to working with Ripley Court to consolidate this work and take both schools forward to preserve and improve the education and opportunities for the children in our care.”

According to new research carried out by YouGov ahead of Help for Heroes’ Bake for Heroes campaign ( – the UK’s biggest bake sale from 22nd to 29th June), UK adults with 3+ children in their household are turning to baking as a way to deal with the stresses and strains of living with children.

Almost a quarter (24%) of those with 3 or more children in their household think baking is a great way to deal with stress and anxiety (41% higher than UK average of 17%). This drops to 19% for people with 2 children and to only 14% for those with 1 child in their household.

Help for Heroes commissioned the research to explore the link between well-being and baking after finding that baking and culinary therapy can be a useful tool to aid the recovery of those who have sustained life-changing injuries or illnesses.

Similarly, 18% of adults with 3+ children households think of baking as a way to escape the real world which is 80% above the average for the UK (10%).

However, adults with larger numbers of children in their households are not just baking for themselves, but to make others feel better too.  Sixty-one percent of bakers in 3+ children households have baked something for someone to cheer them up (27% above UK average of 48%),  and this drops to 51% for 2 children households and 48% for people with 1 child.

While the UK’s favourite sweet bake is a Lemon Drizzle Cake (voted for by 12% of UK adults), the humble chocolate brownie is the top bake for parents with 3+ kids with 17% of the vote.

David Martin, Head of Supporter Fundraising at Help for Heroes says, “We are calling on all parents to run a bake sale for Help for Heroes. Chocolate brownies are always a crowd pleaser, so just sign up to, get a free fundraising pack and encourage friends, family, colleagues and school friends to make, sell, buy and eat cake. Our research shows that they’ll feel great getting involved, especially when they know that every penny raised will provide vital support to our nation’s wounded heroes.”

If people want inspiration they can find a recipe for the UK’s favourite cake, Lemon Drizzle, here:

If you are looking for something to keep your children busy during the long summer holidays then hurry down to your nearest Surrey library and sign them up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The theme is Space Chase and is an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at all 4–11 year olds, regardless of their reading ability and launches in your library on Saturday 13th July, finishing on Saturday 14th September.

This summer children will help our super space family, the Rockets, track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As they read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers to complete their mission folder. Can they find the aliens in time to save the day?

Come in and sign up, visit the library over the summer and read (or listen to) at least six library books. Children will collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE at any Surrey library. They can read whatever they like – fact, fiction, joke books or poetry – from our excellent range. They can even borrow audio books and listen if they prefer. Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge helps children to become more fluent, confident and happy readers.

Children will need to be a library member to take part.  It’s free to join but we do ask for proof of address and an adult guarantor. Most Surrey Libraries will also be running special children’s events over the Summer Reading Challenge so please check in your local branch for further details.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

Illustrations © Adam Stower for The Reading Agency

Looking after someone – a close family member, other relative or friend – can be hard. Carers can find themselves overwhelmed at times, isolated and unsure where to go for help. But there is a whole host of support for carers in Surrey, including Action for Carers – supporting carers of all ages, right across the county.

And this June (10th-16th) we are recognising the role of Surrey’s 115,000 carers as part of Carers Week, working in partnership with Surrey County Council, Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust and the Guilford Diocese. We all want to remind carers that they’re not alone – there is lots of help out there, and opportunities to connect with other people in similar positions, like Action for Carers’ friendly and welcoming support groups: Or if your caring role means it’s hard to get out, you can find lots of free digital tools and resources on line (use the free access code DGTL3562).

Action for Carers will be out and about across the county during the Week, sometimes in partnership with SCC and others, offering support, information, or just a friendly chat. We’d be pleased to see carers to talk about any help or advice they need. Please pop along to any of these events!

ALL WEEK – 10-14 June – Information stand at East Surrey Hospital (East Entrance).

ALL WEEK— 10-14 June – Information stand at St Peters Hospital.

ALL WEEK— 10-14 June – Information stand at Epsom District Hospital.

MONDAY 10 June — Armed Forces Carers ‘What’s out there for you?’, Ash Centre, Ash Hill Road, Ash GU12 5DP, 9.30am-12. For carers who are Armed Forces Personnel, Serving, Reservists, Veterans and their families, come and chat to us about the support and services available.

TUESDAY 11 June – Information stand at Frimley Park Hospital from 10am-12pm.

TUESDAY 11 June – Information stand at the Royal Surrey Hospital from 9am-2pm.

TUESDAY 11 June – Information, advice and support day, Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health Hale Road, Farnham GU9 9QL, from 10am-3pm.

WEDNESDAY 12 June — Information Stand at Caterham Dene Hospital.

WEDNESDAY 12 June – Information, advice and support stall, The Haslewey Centre, Lion Green, Haslemere.

THURSDAY 13 June – Meet the Carers Advisers, Cranleigh Market (outside the Co-op) 9.30am-1.30pm.

THURSDAY 13 June – Information, advice and support stall, Guildford Waitrose, York Road, Guildford, 11am-1pm.

THURSDAY 13 June – Information, advice and support stall, The Meadows in Sandhurst, 10am-2pm.


Barbara Cormie, Marketing and Communications Manager, Action for Carers Surrey

Mobile 07966 396217 | Email [email protected]


Oxshott, Surrey, 22 May 2019The Royal Kent School (RKS), Oxshott is planning several community events over the next year in the run up to the school’s official bicentenary on 16 October 2020.

As the nation gets ready to mark the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria on Friday 24 May, The Royal Kent School in Oxshott is busy making plans for a very royal celebration of their own. In 2020, the school will commemorate the founding of the school over 200 years ago.

Built in 1820, the school was named ‘Royal Kent’ as it was set up under the Patronage of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, who lived in nearby Claremont and his sister, the Duchess of Kent and mother to the future Queen Victoria.

Until the building of the current school in Oakshade Road in 1958, the school was located on Oxshott High Street, on the site of the present petrol station. The 1820 building continued to be used until long after World War II, but it became more and more difficult to maintain the building and ensure it was fit for purpose.

The present-day RKS has visible reminders of the original building in the shape of a plaque which reads, ’Royal Kent School Founded 1820’, and the bell from the turret on its roof. In keeping with tradition, the school still ring this bell each morning to start the school day!

An Oxshott Sunday school started in a barn of Birds Hill Farm in June 1818, and was perhaps the school’s true predecessor. Early in 1818, Reverend. T. Lewis, a minister at the Islington Congregational Union Chapel, received a letter deploring the ignorant and depraved state of the people of Oxshott, saying they were greatly in need of religious education.  A far cry from the more recent labelling of Oxshott as the most expensive village in England and the premier address for top footballers!

For nearly 200 years, RKS has stayed true to its roots and provides a supportive and caring environment, where children are empowered to become confident, happy learners who achieve their very best – academically, socially and in readiness for later life. The school’s core virtues of Wisdom, Dignity, Hope and Community serve as a framework for the school which was proud to be featured so prominently on the new village sign erected earlier this month following a community funded project.

A more recent development in the school’s community curriculum is RKS’s Raising Aspiration programme where the local Community, Governors, Parents and Alumni are invited into the school to share their life experience with the children.

Miss Katie Hancock, Headmistress of RKS said ‘In readiness for the bi centenary preparations, the school would love to hear from more RKS Alumni willing to share their favourite memories of the school and other experiences.  Any donations of Royal Kent School memorabilia and historical documents to add to the school’s existing collection would also be gratefully received and help make this royal celebration even more memorable for the school and the community’.

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