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ROUND UP: Canadian rugby team visit Witley Camp; Fire station opening doors to public; New first aid course for schools

Canadian rugby team visit Witley Camp

A Canadian rugby team playing in an international competition running alongside the World Cup has visited a former Surrey military camp to learn about their First World War ancestors.

Canada rugbyThe Canadian Defence Rugby Team took a tour of Witley Camp, near Guildford, where volunteers recently participated in an archaeological dig organised by Surrey County Council.

Players were shown the treasures that were uncovered at the camp, where renowned war poet Wilfred Owen penned a prelude to his famous ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.

Together with sides from 11 other countries including New Zealand, Japan and South Africa, the Canadians are playing in the International Defence Rugby Competition, which runs until 29 October.

The county council’s archaeology team are now looking for volunteers to process the artefacts. Anyone interested should email

Fire station opening doors to public

The newly-opened Guildford Fire Station is set to throw its doors open to the public.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 31 October, will give the public the chance to look around the station, which was opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in June.

Those attending will get the chance to learn some important fire safety messages, find out more about the work of firefighters and see live demonstrations of how they deal with certain situations.

The event is open to young and old alike and will take place from 10am to 4pm. More information is available on the county council website.

New first aid course for schools  

First aid training for Surrey school staff is being offered by the county council.

Among the areas covered by the course, which takes place at the council’s County Hall in Kingston, will be how to deliver CPR and deal with bleeding, choking and common childhood illnesses.

The event is on Monday 9 November from 9am to 3.30pm and those interested in attending should complete this booking form and return to the address at the bottom of the form.


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