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VIDEO: Volunteers’ “remarkable commitment” praised

Volunteers from across Surrey have been praised for their “remarkable commitment” to helping others at an event staged by county council chairman Peter Martin. Each volunteer was handed a certificate and a medal at the County Hall ceremony organised to celebrate “the unsung individuals” who work tirelessly in their communities. Jeremy Pursehouse, who was among … Continue reading

Funding boost for veteran drop-in centres

Armed forces veterans will be better supported thanks to a funding boost of almost £150,000 for drop-in centres around the South East. The award – from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund – will go towards expanding local support for former military personnel who often find it harder to access public services. The … Continue reading

Training launched for frontline Surrey staff to help meet needs of armed forces community

The county council has launched a training course for frontline public services staff across Surrey to help meet the needs of military personnel and veterans. The online course explains how the council and many other public bodies are committed through the Armed Forces Covenant to ensuring servicemen and women, as well as reservists and veterans, … Continue reading

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer recognised in New Year Honours

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours. Russell Pearson was honoured for outstanding service to the emergency services and the public. Mr Pearson joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2007. David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County … Continue reading

Surrey history treasure trove achieves national accreditation

Surrey County Council’s History Centre has been accredited for its care in preserving nine centuries of Surrey’s heritage. The centre in Woking was awarded Archive Service Accreditation by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee for demonstrating high standards in looking after records and making them accessible to the public. Surrey History Centre is the county’s record office and … Continue reading

Surrey’s chairmen and mayors meet at County Hall

You can download this image here. Not in photo: Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Mike Hodge, Mayor of Farnham Town Council Malcolm Carter, Mayor of Haslemere Town Council   Caption: County council chairman Peter Martin met with Surrey’s mayors and chairmen and the High Sheriff of Surrey for the first time since pledging his support … Continue reading

VIDEO: New chairman and vice-chairman elected

Peter Martin has been elected as the new chairman of Surrey County Council following Sally Marks’ two years in post. Mr Martin takes on the role after serving as deputy leader between 2011 and 2017 and will be supported by Tony Samuels who becomes vice-chairman. The county councillor for Godalming South, Milford and Witley chaired his first … Continue reading

Council receives prestigious Gold Award for championing the armed forces

Surrey County Council’s support for the armed forces has been recognised with a coveted Gold Award presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge. Surrey is among the first councils nationally to receive the highest award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. It was presented by HRH Prince William and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire service attempt world record; Fundraising event for Surrey’s hospices; Fire station opening doors to public

Fire service attempt world record Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for a bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records for life-saving training. Firefighters aim to beat the record for training people in CPR, which currently stands at 1,050. They will make their attempt at Guildford Fire Station, Ladymead, on Saturday between 7am … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted; Former firefighter awarded MBE; More than 100 companies attend Build Surrey event

Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted  A Surrey County Council service providing education for adults, including those with disabilities and learning difficulties, is performing well, according to Ofsted. The authority’s adult learning service was judged to be ‘good’ following an inspection last month. Ofsted said “learners make good progress on all courses”, praised … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders; Outdoor fire safety; Plastic bags make food waste recycling easier and cheaper

Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders Photo can be downloaded here. Not in photo: Richard Whittington, High Sheriff of Surrey, George Crawford, Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, David Powell, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Sahran Abeysundara, Mayor of Haslemere Town Council, Mike George, Mayor of Horley Town Council Surrey County Council chairman Sally Marks met with … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Duke of Kent opens memorial garden; Surrey Children pick book winner; Have your say on fire safety plan

Duke of Kent opens memorial garden at Ripley school HRH The Duke of Kent was greeted by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks when he opened a war memorial garden at Ripley Court School in Ripley to honour former pupils who lost their lives in battle. Mrs Marks said: “It was lovely to see this … Continue reading

VIDEO: Members give more than £800,000 to local communities

Projects to help young people preparing for the world of work were among scores to benefit from more than £800,000 of grants awarded to community groups by Surrey County Council’s local Members last year. Each of Surrey County Council’s 81 councillors is given an allocation every year to donate to projects in their local area … Continue reading

ROUND UP: New High Sheriff of Surrey takes over; Fire service win road safety award

New High Sheriff of Surrey takes over Richard Whittington has taken over as the new High Sheriff of Surrey at a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral. Mr Whittington, who is from Chobham and is a distant relative of former Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington, takes over from Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy and began work on Friday … Continue reading

Round up: Football tournament to commemorate Battle of the Somme centenary; Charity baking competition

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 … Continue reading

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