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Surrey singers aged seven to 70 to perform at Royal Albert Hall

More than 1,000 Surrey singers aged from seven to 70 have come together to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary before royalty at one of the world’s most iconic concert venues. Schoolchildren, youth groups and choirs have been busy rehearsing for a performance of The Freedom Game at at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday (12 May) … Continue reading

Community open days to showcase public access defibrillators

Every fire station in Surrey will be equipped with a public access defibrillator to help communities save lives in cardiac arrest emergencies. Two stations – Chobham and Leatherhead – have already installed defibrillators and will hold community open days to showcase the equipment. Chobham holds its open day on Saturday 9 May while the Leatherhead … Continue reading

Clandon Park House fire: Surrey registrars help ensure this weekend’s weddings can take place elsewhere

Surrey registrars have worked with two couples due to get married at Clandon Park this weekend to ensure their weddings can go ahead at other venues. The two couples are among 27 who had booked ceremonies at the fire-ravaged mansion this year and will now need to make alternative arrangements. The minimum notice period required … Continue reading

Council on course to make £3.5 million energy savings over five years

Surrey County Council has signed off plans to bulk buy energy with the aim of propelling savings to £3.5 million in five years. The Cabinet decided to renew an agreement with a public sector buying group that harnesses public services’ collective clout to secure the best possible fuel deal. It is hoped that using the … Continue reading

Firefighters tackle blaze at Clandon Park

11 May 16:00 A spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have been going through the painstaking process of trying to salvage all that we can from the historic building. Structural assessments are taking place to ensure the building is completely safe for the investigators to enter and while the forensic investigation into … Continue reading

Surrey shop owner fined after sniffer dogs found illegal tobacco

A Surrey shopkeeper was caught with thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco when a sniffer dog found secret stashes hidden around his store. Trading standards officers raided a convenience store in Godalming in September last year and found hundreds of packets of cigarettes and tobacco pouches hidden under a sink, beneath beer and wine … Continue reading

Surrey firefighters step in to help paramedics save more lives

Surrey firefighters are stepping in to help ambulance crews gain quick access to the homes of patients who are critically ill and unable to open their doors to paramedics. They have taken on a new role gaining entry to locked properties in medical emergencies to help the ambulance service save even more lives. Police have … Continue reading

VIDEO: David Starkey on why ‘boggy’ Runnymede was chosen as Magna Carta site

As England marks St George’s day, TV historian David Starkey has revealed that the site where the Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede was chosen because it was a muddy bog that prevented a battle between the king and the barons erupting. Dr Starkey, whose interview on Radio 4 this morning about the historic document upset Today programme … Continue reading

Woodland fire near Farnham

23 April 12:30 The fire is now out and we have closed the incident. There are no more updates to follow. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank crews from Hampshire and West Sussex for their help and all the volunteers who supported them in difficult conditions. 22 April 17:30 A Surrey Fire … Continue reading

Reception and junior school places

Following the release of information on primary school places for September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “Although the number of pupils applying for primary places in September rose by more than 400 this year, we’re pleased so many have got into a school they wanted. “But it’s getting … Continue reading

Conman ordered to repay nearly £500,000 after selling fake DVDs on eBay and Play

A conman who sold pirated versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China on websites such as eBay and Play has been ordered to repay almost £500,000. Trevor Pegg was jailed for three years in January after being convicted on 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a … Continue reading

Fire at Cobham services

14.00 A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said “Today’s fire at Cobham services is now out and a investigation has started into the causes of but it would be too early to speculate further. “Crews will remain on scene damping down for a some time” ” 09.50 Firefighters in breathing apparatus are tackling the … Continue reading

The Queen to attend Magna Carta 800th anniversary event

Her Majesty The Queen will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the site in Runnymede where the historic document was sealed. Accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty will attend a commemoration event at Runnymede Meadows on 15 June. The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex launch orbis to share services and save millions

Plans to share services with the aim of making improvements and saving two county councils millions of pounds annually became reality today. Surrey and East Sussex officially launched their partnership – called orbis – covering services that include human resources, property, procurement, finance and information technology. It is hoped the move, which is expected to … Continue reading

VIDEO, PICTURES: Fire in Pirbright

25 April The fire is now out and we have closed the incident. There are no more updates to follow. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank crews from other fire services and the other emergency services for their assistance and all the volunteers who supported them in difficult conditions. 24 April 17:30 A … Continue reading

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