Surrey news and views - your letters – May 2015

Surrey Life magazine May 2015

Surrey Life magazine May 2015 - Credit: Archant

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Campaigners convene outside No 10 - Credit: Various

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The great Guildford commuter challenge

Dear Editor,

I was reading the April edition of Surrey Life this morning over my bacon and egg (locally sourced) roll when I saw the call to action for James Cannon’s article in finding a suitable ‘tube-run’ in our neck of the woods. Well, I have the perfect suggestion.

Every morning that the engineering works overrun on the main line into London Waterloo, I find myself sitting patiently on the stopping train via Cobham. I shouldn’t complain that it actually feels as though I have lost two days of my life as I feel this is more a consequence of our busy, crazy lifestyles these days.

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Anyway, I digress. In short, I am sure that the trip itself from Guildford mainline to Guildford London Road station takes more than four minutes once signal and other considerations are in place. So my challenge to James is to run from Guildford mainline station – using as many shortcuts as available and there are many – up to Guildford London Road station before the stopping train arrives.

I won’t admit that I have often thought about it myself while waiting for the train to leave, but perhaps that’s for another time... The Annual Guildford Commuter Challenge...

I’ll wait at the finish line. Anyway, just a thought…

I love your magazine and look forward to receiving it heaps.

Best wishes,

Suzanne Brooks,


Editor’s note: Dear Suzanne, what a fantastic idea! Everyone on the Surrey Life team thinks it sounds great – though James himself has gone strangely quiet all of a sudden!;-) Anyway, we think it’s a brilliant idea, and to say thank you, we are making you this month’s Star Letter, meaning you get to enjoy a delicious dinner for two at the William Bray in Shere. Thanks again. Best wishes, Caroline


A word from the High Sheriff...

Dear Surrey Life,

I am so grateful to you all for your kind and generous support for me, my role as High Sheriff, the charities I support and the work that I do.

I have just taken delivery of Surrey Life to find a full page coverage of the High Sheriff Youth Awards celebration at Exxon, that I’m a “Community Hero” for Reigate and your very generous interview complete with photos. The timing could not have been more perfect. I ‘sign out’ today at Guildford Cathedral and hand over the badge.

I’m hosting a Shrieval Dinner at the Tithe Barn at Loseley Park afterwards to say my farewells so it is lovely to have such wonderful coverage in Surrey Life to take away with me.

Thank you so much; it really is appreciated.

Best wishes,

Peter Lee,

High Sheriff of Surrey, 2014-15

Editor’s note: Dear Peter, thank you so much for your e-mail, and the pleasure is all ours! It has been a privilege to share your work, and we look forward to hearing more about your future projects. All best wishes, Caroline


Vote with your feet...

Dear Editor,

I would like to add my voice to the growing concern about the threat from development to the Green Belt.

It is unthinkable really that anyone could even consider building on our beautiful countryside, beloved of so many walkers, when there are still plenty of brownfield sites available.

And as other readers and columnists have also suggested, regenerating areas of our city centres would surely be a great way forward too – close to existing schools, stations and supermarkets etc.

I only hope that our MPs bear all this in mind in the lead-up to the general election, because I for one will be using my vote for the protection of our countryside.

The time has come to make a stand.

Yours faithfully,

N Giles,



A day for democracy

Dear Editor,

I wanted to write and let fellow readers know about what turned out to be a great day for local democracy.

On Monday March 23, the anti-Gatwick groups from Surrey, Sussex and Kent came together to attend Downing Street with the support of MPs – Crispin Blunt, Sir John Stanley, Sir Nicholas Soames and Nick Herbert – to deliver a joint statement opposing the building of a second runway at Gatwick Airport and the changes to flight paths that are already bringing misery to so many local people.

The Surrey group Plane Wrong were among those attending what was such a wonderful day, all the groups working together as one united force in raising the issues that a second runway would have for us all. The infrastructure is already at breaking point and, without billions of taxpayers’ money, it will simply not deal with the huge influx of workers and passengers that Gatwick would demand; there is one road and one railway line that cannot be expanded.

Furthermore, is it right to remove so much of the green land of the south-east when there is spare capacity elsewhere?

We all like going on holiday, but there are ways to do this without ruining the lives of local people, not to mention our local countryside.

Yours faithfully,

Sally Pavey,

Chair of CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions)


Park Life...

Dear Editor,

Further to the letter from Laura Adams, who wrote in and was published on the letters page of the March 2015 issue of Surrey Life, I write to let readers know that all her questions are answered online under the subheading “Management of deer in the Royal Parks”:


Nick Caulfield,

Via e-mail

Editor’s note: Dear Nick, thanks so much for taking the time to write in; it’s very much appreciated and we have forwarded your e-mail onto Laura. Best wishes, Caroline


The mane event

Dear Editor,

I am delighted to share with you that Mane Chance Sanctuary will be holding its first ever Summer Ball at the glorious Wentworth Golf Club, on Saturday June 27.

The evening will be hosted by the actress Jenny Seagrove and Lord Archer will be the auctioneer. Stand-up comedian Rod Woodward, a star at the Royal Variety Performance, will be there too, and live music will be provided by Lady M and the Mr Men.

All monies raised will go to the sanctuary to support our two main aims – to rescue and rehabilitate horses and then to put them to work with sick, disabled or vulnerable young people who come to the farm.

For tickets and all other information, please see

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Clements,

Mane Chance Sanctuary


Spring into action for our wildlife

Dear Editor,

I write to let you know about some exciting local events that your readers might like to get involved in with Shalford-based wildlife charity, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF).

DSWF offers a fabulous menu of events, from golf days and runs to cycle rides. We have guaranteed places for Ride- London and there’s still time to join our golf day on May 15.

Iconic species like the elephant, rhino and tiger are under increasing threat from the illegal wildlife trade and they need your help. These enigmatic animals may seem a long way from Surrey but their influence on biodiversity and the health of the planet affects us all.

The local challenge that you take on for wildlife will have real global impact. Find out more online at

Yours faithfully,

Marianne Watts,

Community fund-raiser

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