Football tournament to commemorate Battle of the Somme centenary
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will join teams from across Europe for a day of football to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Teams from as far afield as Germany and Cyprus will line up with 20 military and civilian sides of all ages for the event at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on 1 July to remember the 20,000 British soldiers killed on the first day of the battle.
Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: “We should never forget the people who have lost their lives for our country and this day of football fun is a great way to remember them and raise money for charities doing such good work with soldiers.”
The tournament kicks off at 10am and is free for spectators.
Charity baking competition
A baking competition to raise money for a local charity is being run by Surrey County Council.
The ‘Ready Steady Bake’ competition, which is being run by an adult social care team based in Spelthorne, will see council staff bake anything from cakes and biscuits to pies and sausage rolls with all proceeds donated to Manna.
Manna, a foodbank charity based in Staines, helps families and individuals in need by providing them with emergency food and household essentials.
The event, which will cost £1 to enter and also feature a raffle, will take place on 30 March from 12pm in the foyer at the Spelthorne Borough Council’s offices in Staines.