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Firefighters issue safety warnings following spate of incidents linked to warm weather

Surrey firefighters have issued fire and water safety warnings following a spate of incidents linked to the warm weather. Fires can start and spread more quickly on dry sunny days so Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care with barbecues and cigarettes and avoid having bonfires. And while it may … Continue reading

New 19-mile event added to Prudential RideLondon

A new 19-mile mass participation cycling event on traffic-free roads was launched today as part of Prudential RideLondon 2018, the cycling festival taking place in London and Surrey on 28-29 July. It will start at Sandown Park, Esher, and take in the final 19 miles of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, going through south west … Continue reading

VIDEO AND MAP: RideLondon’s multi-million pound boost for Surrey sporting good causes

Grassroots groups have been awarded more than £3million to improve sport and leisure facilities thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival. Dozens of Surrey projects have secured grants from The London Marathon Charitable Trust since the inaugural RideLondon-Surrey events in 2013. The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants to recreational projects in … 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

Proposal unveiled for Runnymede all-weather pitch to help secure multi-million pound secondary school

A plan to build an all-weather sports pitch to help secure funding for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Runnymede will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet. The proposal would provide new sports grounds for Chertsey High School, a new free school helping to meet growing demand for school places in Runnymede. It … Continue reading

VIDEO: Mental health service for children and young people recognised with national award

An out of hours mental health support service for 11-18 year olds in Surrey has been honoured at the first ever Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Positive Practice Awards.  The Extended Hope service provides out of hours telephone support seven days per week for young people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises record £12.75 million for charity in 2017

The organisers of Prudential RideLondon have announced that riders in the 2017 events raised £12.75 million for charity to set a new European record for a cycling event, beating the previous record of £12 million. It means cyclists have raised more than £53 million for charity over the first five years of the cycling festival. … Continue reading

Trading Standards intercepts dangerous baby toys

With seams that come apart in your hands and beaded eyes that fall off with barely a tug, these toys are among the dangerous products that Surrey trading standards officers have stopped from ever reaching consumers. The soft toys were attached to baby play gyms designed for young babies. They were part of a large … Continue reading

Sniffer dogs to take centre stage at roadshows highlighting illegal tobacco trade

Specially trained sniffer dog Phoebe will showcase her skills at roadshows around Surrey to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco. Phoebe (pictured) will join trading standards and public health teams in Redhill, Woking, Staines and Guildford next week as part of a crackdown on the counterfeit tobacco trade. The roadshows aim to raise awareness of … Continue reading

Mental health Haven for young people in Surrey officially opens

A new service which offers 10 to 18-year-olds in Surrey a safe place to go and talk about their worries and mental health has been officially opened by the Chairman of Surrey County Council, Peter Martin. The CYP Haven, located at The Discovery Centre in Guildford, is run as a partnership by Surrey and Borders … Continue reading

MAP: RideLondon’s £2.3million boost for Surrey good causes

Community groups and charities have secured almost £2.3million thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival over the past four years. Sixty-seven Surrey organisations have been handed grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which gives out proceeds from RideLondon, since the inaugural event in 2013. The latest groups to receive grants are … Continue reading

Surrey retailer fined for selling dangerous amber baby teething products

A Surrey businesswoman who sold amber teething products for babies which posed a choking risk has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,100. Kathryn Overington was fined £500 with costs of £600 following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards. She was sentenced at Guildford Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three … Continue reading

Trading standards impound 800 fidget spinners over safety fears

Trading standards officers have impounded 800 fidget spinners destined for UK stores amid fears they pose a safety risk. Surrey-based officers intercepted a £4,000 consignment imported from China through Heathrow Airport after finding that warnings on the packaging about the choking hazard to young children were barely visible. The toys, which were inspected in Surrey … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on savings and better deals

Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of Cabinet today to stress the need for the county council to save more than £100 million this financial year alone to balance the budget while also highlighting planned new contracts for carers that will see support provided to an extra 300 young people at no extra cost … Continue reading

First-of-its-kind scheme to support South East armed forces community wins £321,000

A ground-breaking scheme to help military personnel access public services has secured £321,000 in funding after Surrey joined forces with councils, clinical groups and forces charities around the South East. The grant from the Ministry of Defence is aimed at making it easier for servicemen and women, as well as reservists and veterans, to access … Continue reading

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