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Surrey History Centre reopens

Surrey History Centre will be opening its doors once again on 21st July to researchers wishing to access its unique archive and local studies collections. The centre, which is in Woking, will initially reopen with reduced hours and capacity to ensure social distancing can be observed and the health of customers and staff protected. Opening … Continue reading

Surrey asks, “what would make the county a better place for the 1 in 100 people living with autism?”

The first generation of people diagnosed with autism in childhood are now approaching retirement. That’s why for the first time, Surrey County Council and partners are looking at how they can best support autistic people of all ages living in Surrey. A survey launched today asks “what would make Surrey a better place for autistic … Continue reading

Over 3,000 laptops provided to Surrey’s young people with help from volunteers

Over 3,00 laptops have been provided to disadvantaged children and young people in Surrey during the coronavirus pandemic. A Department for Education (DfE) scheme allowed for children and young people to receive laptops and internet access from government to help them keep on top of their work during lockdown. The criteria for receiving a device … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview on work that’s begun to register the backlog of over 3,700 births during coronavirus

Registration Service Manager Candice Tomlinson-Smith speaks to BBC Radio Surrey to discuss the work that has begun to clear the backlog of births of over 3,700 babies born in Surrey during the coronavirus pandemic.   – Audio courtesy of BBC Radio Surrey 

Surrey Builds More Refuge Accommodation for Families Escaping Domestic Abuse

Surrey County Council has worked at pace with partners to provide more emergency refuge accommodation for families escaping domestic abuse. National demand for domestic abuse support has increased during the lockdown as people have been more isolated and less able to leave their houses for help. In June, calls to the Your Sanctuary Domestic Abuse … Continue reading

Work begins to register the backlog of births of over 3,700 babies born in Surrey during the coronavirus pandemic

From 6 July work begins to register the backlog of over 3,700 births of babies born in Surrey over the past three months since coronavirus began. Registration services are reopening with residents able to book appointments from 6 July to register births and get married. Camberley and Reigate offices remain closed, but appointments can be … Continue reading

Surrey publish plan of action to tackle spread of COVID-19 locally

Surrey County Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, outlining its readiness to control the spread of COVID-19 and quickly manage any local spike in infections. Surrey is one of 11 ‘good practice’ areas across England chosen to work together to innovate and share best practice in the development of Local Outbreak Control Plans. … Continue reading

Surrey to reopen libraries from 6 July

Surrey County Council plans to start gradually reopening libraries across the county from 6 July, in line with Government guidance.  The first libraries to reopen will be Camberley, Dorking, Woking, Staines, Redhill, Horley, Epsom, Egham, Oxted, Farnham, Weybridge, Godalming and Guildford. The county’s libraries closed on 20 March due to the coronavirus lockdown and the … Continue reading

Director of Public Health speaks to ITV News about localised lockdowns

Surrey County Council’s Interim Director of Public Health, Ruth Hutchinson spoke yesterday to ITV News about how a localised lockdown would work in Surrey. Ruth stressed that whilst it was “really important to prevent a second wave” by continuing to “adhere to the guidance as much as is feasibly possible”, if there was to be … Continue reading

More Surrey CRCs re-opening

As part of our continued efforts to restore normal services to residents, we will be re-opening Caterham and Cranleigh community recycling centres in early July. Caterham CRC will be opening from Friday 3 July for residents to bring black bag waste and green waste only. Cranleigh CRC will be opening from Saturday 4 July for … Continue reading

Dave Hill CBE

It is with the greatest of sadness that we must announce the sudden death of our friend and colleague Dave Hill CBE, Executive Director of Children, Lifelong Learning and Culture at Surrey County Council. Dave joined Surrey in 2018 and was responsible for the rapid and wholescale improvement in Children’s Services in the County. Surrey … Continue reading

Flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week 2020

A flag raising ceremony took place today at 10.30am outside Guildford Cathedral to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Mr Michael More-Molyneux, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey raised the Armed Forces Day flag with the Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford. They were joined by Mr Shahid Azeem DL, High Sheriff of Surrey; Mr Anthony … Continue reading

New average speed cameras installed following success of previous scheme

Surrey County Council is installing new average speed cameras on the A320 St Peter’s Way near Chertsey. This follows the successful introduction of average speed cameras along a 2.5 mile stretch of the A217 Brighton Road in Banstead that has resulted in a 55% reduction in collisions. Data has shown that the A320 St Peter’s … Continue reading

Royal guest visits team at the heart of COVID-19 emergency response

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, made a visit yesterday (Wednesday 17 June) to see first-hand the work undertaken by Surrey’s Strategic Coordination Group – a team of officers who for several months have led the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team of senior leaders from partner organisations across Surrey have been leading … Continue reading

New partnership to support those bereaved by suicide

Two charities are joining forces to provide a unique service to support those bereaved by suicide. Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service (SSBS) – part of the Lucy Rayner Foundation – and Survivors of Be-reavement by Suicide (SoBS) are working together to offer services which complement each other, en-suring that people who are bereaved by suicide get … Continue reading

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