Editors: Irene Watson, Michael Farlam, Royer Slater and Robin Spice

COVER PHOTO FILENAME: IRENE, WE NEED TO CHOOSE – perhaps wedding setup? Do these need captions?


CREDIT: Irene Watson
Cover headline: One year on
Cover subheading: Celebrating the Community Hall at Goldwater Lodge

Following major renovations, the Community Hall has been open for a year now and is getting as busy as it used to be. Once again, it is the venue for parties and wedding receptions, training courses, seminars and rehearsals, sports and keep-fit classes.
If you haven’t already visited the Hall, why don’t you come along on Saturday, 23rd April between 2pm and 5pm, have a look around and take tea with some of the GPCA Committee and volunteers?

Exterior 12 IW
Kitchen 3 IW
Snug 2 IW
Judo 52 (SCW) (2)
Meeting 3 IW
Wedding 9 (SCW) (2)
SingGold 3 (SCW) (2)



Views from the Chair
This month, we are celebrating the anniversary of the reopening of the Community Hall following the fire and a major refit. I still meet people who are unaware that the Hall is available for bookings once more so, on Saturday, 23rd April, we are going to provide another opportunity for folk to visit and have a look around. We are combining this with our “thank you” get-together for the volunteers who deliver this magazine. Do come along and meet us.
In the last issue, I asked for a volunteer to take the minutes at GPCA meetings and I am pleased to say that we now have one. We are now looking for someone to coordinate the magazine as our editor is moving away, and for deliverers to replace those who are giving up. Come along on 23rd April to discuss how you can support the GPCA.
In other “follow-ups” from the last issue, I have no further news on the Council’s Master Landscape Plan for the Recreation Ground but I have heard from the Managing Agent for the Shopping Centre. You will have seen that the guttering is being replaced (at last) and the Managing Agent tells me that their building surveyor is currently obtaining quotations for the replacement playground equipment, which should be installed shortly after the guttering work is completed. I am still pushing for action on the uneven paving in the courtyard. The Managing Agent is also going to discuss our request for additional disabled parking with the landlord of the Shopping Centre next week; I hope to have news soon.
If you have any issues of general concern or would like to be involved in the work of the GPCA, please contact me through this magazine or on

Irene Watson
GPCA Chairman


If you enjoy reading Goldsworth News, can you help with its production and delivery?
“After three years as our editor, Jeremy Hodge is moving out of the area,” says Irene Watson, chair of the Goldsworth Park Community Association. “Jeremy has done a brilliant job in bringing together a team of volunteers.”
Most of his tasks have been handed off to this large team but we have three important roles still to fill. We need someone to look after the editor’s email account, someone to cut down the articles to fit in the magazine and someone to arrange meetings between the volunteers and keep things ticking along to deadline. If you are interested and want to learn what’s involved, give us a call on 01483 714096 and we can give you simple instructions and Jeremy’s number to discuss them.
We are also looking for volunteers to deliver Goldsworth News and have vacancies in the following roads:

Huntington 127 houses
Roundthorn Way 58
Ovington Court 15
Conista Court 13
Paddocks Mead 63
Weasdale Court 15
Queendale Court 15
Venton Close 26
Bardon Walk 12

If you can help in this final, vital step of getting the news out to the residents of Goldsworth Park, call Linda on 01483 835183 or email her at

January GPCA meeting highlights: draught beers boost bar takings; more dog trouble around the lake; residents’ views on Master landscape plan
The Community Hall – Though bookings with bars were slow there had been good takings from these bookings of between £900 and £1,500. Availability of draught beer was a significant selling point for the Hall. With the new keg-chiller beer could be kept for longer periods. A booking had been taken as far ahead as New Year 2017 and it was noted that it was important to confirm online bookings with the hall manager.
After an absence of more than two years, it was felt that the public were still not aware that the Community Hall was open and refurbished to a high standard that compared favourably with other halls in the area. To promote the hall, the facility would be added to the WBC list of halls for hire and the website be updated with new images. A “birthday” open day was considered plus a feature article for the local press celebrating a year of being open. In comparison with other community halls in the Woking area, charges were competitive but needed to be kept under review.
Communications – It was reported that a couple of emails had been received which commended the changes to the magazine but there were comments about the content and its lack of attractiveness to younger people. Efforts should continue to encourage the local schools and youth organisations to contribute. (There’s room for ideas and stories from younger contributors – Ed.)
Dog trouble – A recent incident with aggressive dogs is the subject of a police investigation. The possibility of changing the bye-laws to require owners to keep dogs on leads at all times in the public park area was discussed. In the case of threatening dogs, the police should be notified. Around 30 dogs were micro-chipped at a recent event near the Hall and a further micro-chipping session would be held near Waitrose on 17th February.
Planning – WBC advised that the Master Landscape Plan has been redesigned to reflect the residents’ comments, particularly regarding the location of the two new football pitches. When the proposals have been seen by the relevant Councillors, they will go to the users’ group and be available for wider consultation.


Dear Editor
I was very interested in Royer Slater’s article on page 9 of the January/February issue. It reminded me of this poem.
Kind regards,
Lynda Jones
Kenton Way

Smiling is Infectious
By an unknown author

Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the ‘flu
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too
I walked around the corner
And someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realised
I had passed it on to him
I thought about the smile
And then realised its worth
A single smile like mine
Could travel round the earth
So, if you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected
Start an epidemic
And get the world infected

What’s On
7:30pm, Tuesday 8th March GPCA meeting
6pm, Thursday 10th March Hospices’ firewalk challenge
1pm, Saturday 2nd April Alzheimer’s Society 1940s tea dance
8pm, Wednesday 6th April The King’s Men concert
1pm, Thursday 21st April Hospices’ afternoon tea & riverboat cruise
2pm-5pm, Saturday 23rd April Hall open viewing
7:30pm, Tuesday 10th May GPCA meeting

Events in detail

Hospices firewalk challenge, Thursday 10th March, 6pm
West Byfleet Golf Club
Push your boundaries and walk over hot coals and embers burning at 1,200 degrees to raise funds for local people living with life-limiting illnesses.
Registration £35, suggested fundraising target £100; or 01483 881752

Alzheimer’s Society 1940s tea dance, Saturday 2nd April, 1pm-5pm
Bradbury Centre, GU22 8BJ
An afternoon of memories and reminiscing! Live music, dancing, face painting, magic, a 1940s hair stylist and of course… tea and cake. 1940s dress optional – prize for best dressed!
£5 entry; 07738660917 or

The King’s Men concert, Wednesday 6th April, 8pm
St Andrew’s Church
The Choral Scholars of King’s College Cambridge, known as the King’s Men, return to present their popular annual concert in aid of Woking Hospice.
£18; or 01483 760655

Hospices afternoon tea & riverboat cruise, Thursday 21st April, 1pm boarding, depart 1:30pm
A stunning riverboat trip with a delicious afternoon tea, departing from Walton-on-Thames and travelling to Hampton Court and back.
£50 each or £80 for two; or 01483 881752


PHOTO – credit “Bob Holmes, Woking News & Mail”
St Andrew’s young people take on charity baking marathon

Twenty five young people from St Andrew’s Church took part in a 21-hour cake bake in February to raise money for Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign.
The young people aged from 10 to 18 made tasty treats, including shortbreads, chocolate-chip cookies, Victoria sponges and cupcakes.
Baking began at 11am on the Saturday and continued in shifts until 8am on Sunday,” explained Ed Stokes, youth pastor. “The No Child Taken campaign tackles the causes of child trafficking and slavery across the world. It’s the fastest growing crime in the world and affects 1.2m children a year.”
Those who weren’t able buy cakes made by the young people during the Bake-a-Thon can make a donation online:

News from Sythwood Primary School & Sure Start Children’s Centre
On 28th January 2016, Sue Tresilian, the Headteacher of Sythwood Primary School, revealed that the school has been working with Surrey CC to ensure adequate provision for the growing number of children in the local community. Currently, there are 590 places in the school and nursery, which means there is space for 620 children as many attend nursery part time. It has already gone from two-form entry to three-form entry and, as the children progress through the school, a total of 720 places will be needed.
To aid this growth in pupil numbers, the school hopes to open a new two-storey building in October 2016, with six classrooms that will be home to three Year 5 and three Year 6 classes. The development will allow the school to use its existing space more effectively, making classrooms bigger where possible and the 12 visually impaired children will gain a large new room.
At the launch, neighbours of the school and people who travel along Sythwood by bus or car expressed concern that more pupils will mean increased traffic and additional problems with parking. Residents may be reassured to learn that the development includes a further 25 parking places for teachers on site – at present, many park on the road. Traffic engineers, who have been monitoring school traffic, have been asked to consider these suggestions: a drop-off slip road like the one at Beaufort School or a lay-by; restarting the “walking bus” from the shopping-centre car park; speaking to other organisations nearby about sharing their parking spaces.
Note: The plans will be submitted to Surrey CC and Woking BC shortly and will become available for the public to see. The GPCA will try to keep residents informed of developments.

Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park celebrated its young people’s achievements at its third annual Awards Evening

The awards recognise their participation in activities, trips and projects organised and delivered by Lakers. The evening also celebrates young peoples’ contributions to the youth centre, as voted for by their peers.

The programme for the evening was developed, organised and delivered by the young people, supported by youth workers. In addition to the presentations of over 80 certificates, it included a quiz, raffle, performances and an auction of artwork. All the money raised will be used to buy equipment for Lakers.

Matt Calvert of the David Tilley Foundation presented certificates to Megan Rogers, Katrina Georghiou, Gina Marie Munday, Jay Haller, Megan Billen and Justyna Stachula, who volunteered at a school in Tanzania for two weeks in August 2015.

The Young Person of the Year 2016 award winner was Marcus Afonso Martin, awarded for his achievements and contributions to Lakers Youth Centre, Woking Youth Council and Surrey Youth Collective.

The Volunteer of the Year winner was Gina Marie Munday, while Katrina Georghiou won Role Model of the Year.

Four young leaders at Lakers were recognised for completing of their Level 2 youth work course through Woking Borough Council: Gina Marie Munday, Megan Rogers, Katrina Georghiou and Zach Ward. Gina and Katrina have secured assistant youth work positions within the Woking Youth Work Team.

PHOTO – Hospice heart mascot
Love Your Hospice and support our New Build Appeal
By Lorraine Weedon
The building site for the new Hospice in Denton Way is starting to take shape, with the main grounds work completed in readiness for the extensions. Things are now starting to go up, rather than come down!
At the time of writing this, we are working on a launch event which will take place in Woking Town Centre at the end of February. Local community groups and individuals will entertain the crowds, and Michael Aspel, Co-president of the Appeal, will launch the campaign to Love Your Hospice and support our New Build Appeal.
Because our hospice care is at the heart of the community and our buildings are at the heart of the care we provide across Surrey, we have decided upon a heart theme for our New Build Appeal Campaign. The brightly coloured logo conists of 4 jigsaw pieces, each representing the four areas of care we provide – on the ward, in the home, wellbeing and family support – all of which will be improved when the project is completed in 2017.
We have delivered hearts to residents around Surrey on which messages of support can be written and sent to us to be displayed in the new hospice building; you may have received one yourself. You can wear a heart pin badge, or you can meet our Appeal Mascot, who is a 6ft tall walking version of the heart! We know that our Hospices are places filled with love; from staff, patients and families inside them, and the heart also represents that love, as we ask people to tell us what they love about their Hospice and what they will love about the new Hospices once the build is complete.
With the loan facility from Woking Borough Council, pledges from Trust and Foundations, businesses and high-net-worth individuals, we have now secured the first 60% of the project costs. This leaves us with £3.4m still to find and this is the amount of money we will be asking our community to help us raise.
Please play your part in the future of hospice care in your local area and send us your love by making a donation. You will be supporting a hospice service designed to offer 21st-century care across Surrey that will benefit local people for generations to come.
To find out more, visit or call 01483 881750.
Lorraine Weedon
Marketing & Communications Manager

Changes to policing in Goldsworth Park
Those of you who came to the Police Panel on 15th December 2015 will know that there are going to be changes in the way that Woking and the whole of Surrey are policed.
Crime is changing. Over the last three years, there has been a substantial increase in reports of rape and other sexual offences, and of domestic violence. Hospitals account for many of the calls for help and more than half of crimes involve a vulnerable victim, witness or offender. In the same time period, reports of house burglaries and reports of theft from cars have fallen significantly. Couple this with the need to save £25m over the next four years and a re-balancing of our policing service is necessary to protect the vulnerable and tackle the changing risks, threats and harm communities face.
The effect on Goldsworth Park is that the PCs and Sergeant who were part of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be moving to a larger, Borough-wide response team to facilitate a more flexible response to calls from across the Borough. When we need to send an officer, in most cases they will now be able to deal with your case from start to finish so you will get a better service and a better investigation. In addition, they will be equipped with technology so they will not need to waste valuable time by going back to base to find out information, fill out forms, etc.
Knowing how much you value visible local policing, Goldsworth Park will continue to have a dedicated PCSO – Dino Gomez – who will work with Woking Borough Council and other partners to make your community safer.
If you have any issues you wish to raise with the Police, call 101 but continue to report any suspicious activity by calling 999.

Roger Westcott is Club Secretary and fishing bailiff working in partnership with Woking Borough Council to oversee fishing, monitor fish stocks and other wildlife, and keep the area generally clean and tidy.
It seems our winters of late have been blighted by gales and heavy rain, causing havoc for so many of us – flooding, travel disruption and all that comes with it; better than snow, I guess. Our hearts go out to those less fortunate than ourselves here in the south of the country. But it is not only we humans who have to cope with all that nature throws at us; spare a thought for the wildlife. Although many small animals and birds lose the battle for life, others find ways to survive in the harshest of conditions – life goes on.
There is one bird in particular that stands out from the crowd when it comes to capitalising on the situation and that is the cormorant. Once considered to be a coastal sea-bird, they are now a common sight on inlands waters as, in stormy weather, they move onto still waters such as Goldsworth Park Lake. These large, black, fish-munching birds are often seen perching on boats or posts in or near the water, with their wings spread out in the breeze, drying off after a feeding session. You may be forgiven for thinking that we are privileged to see these elegant visitors to our lake but there is a huge price to pay for their presence.
When our coasts are battered by storms, it is almost impossible for sea birds like the cormorant to find food so our still, inland waters provide a perfect “larder” for them to plunder; anglers and water conservationists worry about the damage that these birds can do to fish stocks. Capable of consuming their own bodyweight in a day, cormorants in numbers can decimate fish stocks in a very short time, leaving a body of water devoid of life. It has been noted that, throughout much of January and February, the lake has had small groups of cormorants coming in to feed every day. Fortunately, it being a very public area, most do not stay long, but I have no doubt that we will have lost a number of small fish to these invaders. Admire the cormorant if you will but, each time the weather takes a turn for the worse, spare a thought for the unsuspecting fish which play an important role in nature’s finely balanced ecosystem.
If you would like to know more about the Angling Club, you can go online – search Goldsworth Park Lake Fishing – or give me a call on 07779 896393.

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Knaphill Cricket Club update
Knaphill CC are to work in partnership with Knaphill Athletic Cricket club and be called Knaphill Athletic Cricket Club.
The club is to play at Waterers Park and will have 5 matches this season and a number of key events.
Fixtures this summer;
Sunday May 15th VS Byfleet CC
Sunday June 12th VS Woking Council – Picnic/Party in the Park
Sunday July 17th VS Brookwood CC
Sunday August 21st Woking & Horsell CC – Charity Match
Sunday September 11th VS Graces CC
All games start at 1pm and have 30 overs unless otherwise agreed.
The club always welcomes new players of all ages from 16 upwards and all abilities.
Find us at, on Facebook and on Twitter @CricketKnaphill. Our email address is

COUNCIL NEWS – PLEASE MAKE THE HEADINGS (at the start of the first line of each story) BOLD AND RED AS USUAL
Planning applications Goldsworth Park Community Association, acting on behalf of residents, has objected to two planning applications. The first (PLAN/2015/1441) was to build two three-bedroom houses on the small piece of land behind Waitrose, which was objected to on the grounds that the area is not allocated for housing and that trees on the land are covered by a Preservation Order. The plan would result in the removal of some of the few trees in Goldsworth Park, would add to the density of building development and could result in problems with deliveries and parking.
The second (PLAN/2015/1330 ) was from Waitrose to install outdoor seating and new advertising banners in the courtyard at the shopping centre. The GPCA objected to the application on the grounds that with the earlier planning consent for outdoor seating for a Costa Coffee Shop and the new play equipment in the courtyard (Plan 2015/00020), Waitrose’s proposals would severely hinder movement along the walkway, particularly for wheelchair users and parents/carers with pushchairs, and adversely affect access to the other shops.

Have your say on bus service changes Changes to local bus services from August last year made vital savings in the face of funding pressures.
Now further savings are needed over the next two years to ensure Surrey County Council can maintain services people rely on. A public consultation has been launched and residents and stakeholders have until Monday 14 March 2016 to comment on the proposed changes to local bus services.
To complete the survey online, go to
To fill out the paper questionnaire instead, ask in libraries, local council offices and on buses in all affected areas of Surrey and neighbouring counties.
Alternatively, phone 0300 200 1003, text 07527 182 861, email or write to: Local Transport Review, Room 365, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DN

People of Woking to walk and run themselves proud for Sport Relief Woking is set to host its fifth Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Goldsworth Park on Sunday 20 March, and invites local people to come together to raise life-changing money for Sport Relief now at
Open to all to walk or run, from little ones with their mums and dads to runners up against the clock, there’s something for everyone.
Or take part in the Swimathon at Woking’s Pool in the Park between 18th and 20th March. Entrants can choose to complete 1, 3 or 6 miles, or take on the Swimathon challenge – individually or in a team of between two and five people – over 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km.
For more information, contact Woking Borough Council’s Health and Well-being Development Officer, Gary Cordery, at