Surrey news and views - your letters - March 2014

Surrey Life magazine March 2014

Surrey Life magazine March 2014 - Credit: Archant

Win a meal for two at one of Surrey’s top pubs!

IF you’d like to see your letter printed in Surrey Life, write to us at the usual address, e-mail, comment at the end of this piece or join our community on Facebook and Twitter. Every month, the writer of our star letter wins a three-course dinner for two at the William Bray pub in Shere. The prize is available Monday to Thursday, subject to availability, and booking is required. For more information on the William Bray, call 01483 202044 or pay a visit to their website at***


On your bike

Dear Editor,

Having read your cycling column, Along for the Ride, in your December issue, I thought your readers might like to hear my story…

When I went on holiday to Greece with my boyfriend, Jay, we hired a quad bike but unfortunately the steering locked and we hit a tree, left the road and crashed across 60 feet of rocks.

I ended up on the beach with both my legs seriously broken, and my nose, chin and eyebrow split open, as well as other broken bones. Once home, I spent six months in a wheelchair and was unable to work or study. I have since undergone many operations and had my dream of running the London Marathon shattered.

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However, I was determined to get back to normal and applied for a job at the Halow Project in Guildford, in their Building Futures programme, helping young people with a learning disability to gain confidence and take control of their own future.

A year later, one of our supporters set up the ‘halow250’ cycle ride, which is an extremely challenging but rewarding ride, taking in the countryside of Surrey, Hampshire and Northern France. It sounded like a daunting prospect, but I joined in the training and in May last year I was part of an emotional group arriving back in Guildford having ridden 250 miles in 48 hours! I would urge anyone who doubts themselves/their fitness to give it a go!

Please check out and join us this May.

Melanie Simmons,

The Halow Project,


Editor’s note: What an extraordinary achievement, Melanie! We reckon you definitely deserve to be this month’s recipient of a dinner for two at the lovely William Bray in Shere! A huge well done from us all at SL!


No way to runway

Dear Editor,

What kind of legacy will we leave future generations when expansion at Gatwick turns areas of outstanding natural beauty, like Leith Hill, into plane spotting sites where tranquillity will be lost forever?

I love Surrey and have lived here for some 12 years bringing up my family. If Gatwick becomes more than twice its current size – larger than Heathrow – a huge influx of people into Surrey and Sussex will ensue.

As many as an additional 40,000 workers are predicted at Gatwick, meaning that more and more Green Belt will disappear under housing.

North of London, runways lie half empty – and Gatwick already has spare capacity to accommodate growth. So, please use some common sense. Let the UK fly locally and stop this madness of crowding everything into one corner of England!


Chris Lovett,



Gift that keeps giving

Dear Surrey Life,

Just to let you know that the Surrey Life calendar arrived yesterday and what fabulous photos of Surrey scenes taken by some very talented photographers. The calendar is a lovely idea!

Best wishes,

Ruth Allsopp,

The Children’s Trust, Tadworth,


Come and join us on our Big Green Bike Ride...

Dear Editor,

I though your readers may be interested to hear about this year’s Big Green Bike Ride, which will be winding its way through the Surrey countryside, starting in Kingston and finishing in the New Forest, over the weekend of May 17 and 18.

It will cover 120 miles in two days, with locally sourced food to keep cyclists’ energy up en route, and a ready-made campsite with a vegetarian barbeque and live music at the end of the first day.

There is a choice of taking part in Saturday’s 85-mile ride, Sunday’s 35 miles or the whole weekend.

Cyclists of all abilities and ages can raise sponsorship money for Friends of the Earth and have plenty of fun in the process too.

Readers can sign up at

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Steart,

Friends of the Earth

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