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Why are Surrey primary schools open today?

Why are Surrey primary schools open today?
Today was supposed to be the first day of the spring term for most children and young people across the UK. However, covid infection rates in Surrey are at their highest since May. Secondary schools are closed to the majority of students until 18th...

Three reasons Ash Road Bridge ‘MUST be built’

Three reasons Ash Road Bridge 'MUST be built'
There is a small but very vocal minority of people, anti-bridgers, who passionately argue that the Ash Road bridge should not be built. I respect that. However, I fundamentally disagree with them. While they argue very specific technical points, I believe they have missed...

Government announces funding boost for local councils

Government announces funding boost for local councils
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has announced a funding boost for local councils. Councils across England will receive £51.2 billion in funding next year. This amounts to an increase of £2.2 billion on last year. £1.55 billion has been allocated as 'unringfenced...

Green energy for Woking’s new homes

CHP being built in Woking
If you walk along the avenue of horse chestnut trees in Woking Park, you may notice a statue standing with its back to you, just underneath the flumes at Pool in the Park. Don’t take it personally – he faces that way because he...

Waverley to join rest of Surrey in Tier 4 from Boxing Day

Surrey to enter 'New Tier 4' from Sunday
Waverley is to join the rest of Surrey in Tier 4 from Boxing day. The announcement was made by the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock today in his latest COVID briefing: "We mustn't give up now, - we must suppress the virus until a vaccine can...

6pm Christmas Eve Jingle to combat loneliness

Christmas Eve Jingle to combat loneliness
Earlier this year, Mary Beggs-Reid from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, started a campaign to help battle loneliness and bring communities together by encouraging us all to clap for carers. Following this success campaign and with such a difficult year, communities are being asked to come...

What to expect from a Test and Trace phone call

What to expect from a Test and Trace phone call
As Surrey goes into Tier 4, it’s more important than ever that we get coronavirus under control. An effective test and trace system lies at the heart of the solution – if we know how and where coronavirus is spreading, it’s much easier to...

VIDEO: ‘Steam Illuminations’ the Worlds first digital LED train

Steam Illuminations: Worlds first digital LED train
For Christmas 2020 the Watercress Line is running a special service during December. The Steam Illuminations is the world's first pixel mappable digital LED train! This means all 13,174 LED lights are fully programmable which as the video shows is rather impressive. Those lucky...

Surrey to enter ‘New Tier 4’ from Sunday

Surrey to enter 'New Tier 4' from Sunday
Surrey is to enter a newly created Tier 4 from Sunday. Boris Johnson made a statement today at 16:00 from Downing Street. The new Tier 4 restrictions are being applied to current Tier 3 areas. Waverley is the only part of Surrey currently in Tier...

SCC ‘Hotspots’ to ‘improve road links’ for Guildford and Pirbright

SCC 'Hotspots' to 'improve road links' for Guildford and Pirbright
In 2018 Guildford Borough Council identified three key junctions as traffic 'hotspots' where peak time queues cause significant delays. The Guildford Hotspots project aims to reduce traffic congestion at these 'hotspots.' One of these junctions was the A323 Guildford Road and A324 Pirbright Road...

Surrey Libraries offering free online Christmas Play

Surrey Libraries offering free online Christmas Play
Surrey Libraries have announced a free online Christmas offer to watch a Christmas play online called the Selfish Giant, A Riding Lights Theatre Company Production. This Christmas play can be viewed via YouTube following a free registration to get the link. The play can...

Why are libraries important?

Why are libraries important?
Public libraries were established 170 years ago by the Victorians in the spirit of making information and learning accessible to all, an ethos which continues today. Devastatingly, 773 libraries were closed between 2010 and 2019 – casualties of national austerity, budget cuts, and, one...

Surrey to enter Tier Three from Midnight Friday

Surrey to enter Tier Three from Midnight Friday
Surrey is to enter Tier Three, with the exception of Waverley. The new restrictions start from 00:01 on Saturday 19 December. This news comes as Surrey's daily coronavirus positive tests hits 567 and the total number of confirmed cases in Surrey now stands at...

How can we bring down the cost of electric cars?

How can we bring down the cost of electric cars?
One of the biggest barriers to normalising the use of electric vehicles is cost, as Simon Southgate observed last month. As long as they carry a higher price tag than petrol and diesel cars, it will be difficult to persuade those with average incomes...

Julia Lampard Hair Salon, Guildford

Julia Lampard Salon Guilford
The Julia Lampard Salon If you wonder the gardens of Guildford Castle, you will notice just beyond the gate, back toward the high-street, a small salon tucked away, easily missed, but rarely forgotten. Julia Lampard is an independent salon in Guildford. Started by the now, Julia...

Beauty and the Beast, Godalming: Surrey’s only live panto in 2020

Beauty and the Beast, Godalming: Surrey’s only live panto in 2020
One of the industries hardest hit by coronavirus is the arts. Since March, shows, plays and concerts up and down the country have had to move to online viewing or close altogether. Many people in the industry have shown amazing resilience and flexibility, but...

Toob to offer Surrey and Hampshire residents 900Mbit Broadband

Toob Fast Broardband Surrey
A new Portsmouth based start up called TOOB has announced plans to bring its 900Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home network to parts of Surrey & Hampshire, which will be among the first outside of Portsmouth. In its publications, Toob repots to be able to download 14x faster...

Cinemas begin to re open across Surrey & Hampshire

Empty Cinema
Cinema chains Odeon and Vue have announced plans to begin reopening their doors including sites within Surrey & Hampshire. The national openings are phased with 27 sites opened by Oden on the 4th December and 30 Vue sites opening on the 11th December. Vue...

Interview with Camberley Theatre Venue Manager: ‘The show must go on!’

Theatre Front Door
Andy Edmeads, Venue Manager of Camberley Theatre, has given an interview to John Tonks (Co-Editor of Hillbers). This follows Andy's 6th Year anniversary in the role and despite COVID Camberley Theatre is has lots to offer. In an online post the Theatre explained "The...

What is Money Muling, and why is it ‘on the rise?’

What is Money Muling?
There has been a rise in anecdotal reports of people being asked to take part in Money Muling schemes. Most people won't have heard of it, or even realized they were being offered to take part in illegal activities. So what is money muling,...

Phyllis Tuckwell’s Tree-cycling campaign

Phyllis Tuckwell’s Tree-cycling campaign
After the twelfth night of Christmas, when the Christmas tree needs to come down, for those who prefer a grown tree in their homes there is the annual question of how to recycle your tree. For a suggested donation of £5 Phyllis Tuckwell will...

Armed Robbery at Ash Pub Police are appealing for witnesses

Armed Robbery at Ash Pub Police are appealing for witnesses
Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a pub in Ash this morning. A police spokesperson advised that the Police were called to The Lion Brewery pub in Guildford Road around 8.20am following reports that two men posing as delivery...

Surrey County Council and SEN funding: Whats happening?

Surrey County Council and SEN funding: Whats happening?
There have been various claims made on social media over the past couple of days regarding Surrey County Council's consultation on SEN funding for mainstream schools. Groups and individuals have posted, calling for people to join campaigns challenging Surrey County Council over the additional...

Why didn’t the media challenge covid messages?

Why didn't the media challenge covid messages?
When coronavirus arrived in the UK at the start of this year, it was business as usual for me and I was writing marketing copy from home. Whether or not you work in marketing, I’m sure you’re aware that the way businesses, shops and...
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