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ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed

The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service.

The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine.

The five books shortlisted this year are:
The Boy and the Globe by Tony Bradman
Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry
Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare
The Bolds to the Rescue by Julian Clary
Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey

As well as reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite, pupils from the 10 schools will get to meet one of the authors or illustrators, have the chance to visit their local library and take part in the award ceremony when the winner will be announced.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing Richard Walsh said: “The award is a great way to encourage children to enjoy books and it’s fantastic that local schoolchildren get a chance to pick the winner. We hope this scheme, along with the many others we run, helps even more children make the most of reading.”

The 10 schools taking part in this year’s event are Cranleigh Primary School, Cranleigh; Kingfield Primary School, Woking; Langshott Primary School, Horley; Ongar Place Primary School, Addlestone; Ripley C of E Primary School, Ripley; St. Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, Haslemere; St, John’s C of E Primary School, Dorking; Sandcross Schools, Reigate; Surrey Hills C of E Primary School, Dorking; Walton Oak Primary, Walton-On-Thames.


Consultation on boundary review proposals

Residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to change the constituency boundaries in Surrey as part of an ongoing review.

The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a national review with a view to reducing the number of constituencies and MPs.

Following a series of consultations events last year, the commission has now published proposals for the South East and is asking for people’s views.

The consultation runs until Monday 27 March. Final recommendations will be made next year.


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