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Chertsey’s history showcased and Surrey takes part in Mental Health Challenge

Surrey Heritage showcases Chertsey’s history

Well over 250 people filled Chertsey Hall on Saturday, 25 October when Surrey County Council’s Heritage team and 15 partner organisations came together to showcase the fascinating history and heritage of the Chertsey area.

The event included popular talks including Henry VI and Richard III’s association with Chertsey Abbey. Radio Wey did live broadcasts of people’s memories of Chertsey, while experts from Surrey County Council’s History Centre were on hand to give advice on tracing family histories and preserving old documents and photos. Family activities included a mini-archaeological dig for children to discover the thrill of unearthing and handling historic finds.

This was the third Heritage Showcase following hugely successful events in Warlingham in 2012 and Farnham in 2013, providing a perfect opportunity for Surrey’s team of heritage professionals – archivists, archaeologists and conservation officers – to showcase their work in discovering, preserving and celebrating the county’s rich and diverse past in partnership with local organisations and the local community.

Surrey County Council signs up to the Mental Health Challenge

Surrey County Council has signed up to The Mental Health Challenge, a national initiative to enable councils to promote mental health across all of their boundaries. This challenge is supported by Centre for Mental Health, Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists and other national mental health organisations.

One of the first actions is to identify a councillor as a champion and Richard Walsh has enthusiastically taken up the role. His first priority is to promote the messages of Time to Change Surrey, to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems and their families. Working with the commissioner for adult mental health services in Adult Social Care, Richard is developing an action plan to ensure Surrey County Council delivers the mental health challenge and is sharing the good work in Surrey with other mental health champions in a national network of councils.

 

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