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Little Free Libraries Arrive In Reigate And Redhill

Photo shows Little Free Library – Priory Park, Reigate.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has installed Little Free Libraries into five community green spaces.  

The aim is to help make literature easily available to residents. The colourful miniature libraries are the size of dolls houses and hold about 20 books each.  They have been installed in five locations across the borough, Redhill Memorial Park, Lady Neville Park in Banstead, Earlswood Lakes, and at New Pond Farm Allotment  and Priory Park in Reigate. All five libraries hold a variety of books across all genres and are suitable for all ages. The books currently occupying the little libraries have been donated by borough residents and Redhill-based charity Stripey Stork.  

Little Free Library is a non-profit organisation; there are are more than 75,000 of these libraries in 88 countries. 

Photo shows  Little Free Library – Memorial Park, Redhill

Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society perform My Fair Lady

Dave King recently spoke to Alec Derbie of the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society shortly before their production of My Fair Lady at the Dorking Halls. Alec is playing one of the musical’s leading roles, Professor Higgins. He told Dave more about the musical and the preparations for the performances between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th February inclusive.

two men in conversation
Alec Derbie of Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society (right)

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My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Federick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl played by Elise Parish, who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she may pass as a lady.

dark haired woman in period costume holding a basket of purple flowers

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actors rehearsing of My Fair Lady

Dave and Alec also chatted about what goes on behind the scenes at the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society

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actresses rehearsing for My fair Lady

For more information about the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society check out the DDOS website: www.ddos.org.uk/

Equine flu crisis strikes at British horse racing

Chrissy Muir caught up with local Lingfield Racecourse member, Ian Byford today to talk about the current state of affairs in the Horse Racing world which is greatly affected by the ban on racing at the present time.

**UPDATE 11th Feb 2019**
Since this story was published, there has been a late evening development.
The BHA have announced a managed return to racing imposing strict bio security measures. The decision to resume racing was taken in a “controlled, risk-managed manner” and supported by an industry veterinary committee said the British Horseracing Authority.

Image: Lingfield Racecourse parade ring before the ban. © Chrissy Muir

Third Anniversary For East Surrey Hospital’s Cancer Support Centre

Photo courtesy SASH shows L-R Sue Munn, East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre assistant manager, Richard Longrigg, Macmillan partnership quality lead and Lesley Aldridge, centre manager

The Macmillan Cancer Support Centre based at East Surrey Hospital has celebrated its third anniversary.  

The centre was developed through a partnership between Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust who run East Surrey Hospital, and charity Macmillan Cancer Support. It was designed by experts and people affected by cancer to offer holistic care in a friendly, informal environment.  More than 5,000 patients, their family and friends have visited the centre during the last three years.

To celebrate the anniversary, the centre held a tea party for guests including service users, donors, staff and volunteers.

Photo courtesy SASH shows the Macmillan celebration cake

Stranglers present PRS Heritage Award to Star Inn Pub which is fighting closure

Chrissy Muir attended a red carpet private event on Thursday, 31st January hosted at ‘The Star Inn’ in Guildford where The Stranglers unveiled a plaque on the wall of the pub commemorating the first official gig of the band here in 1974. The pub was presented with a PRS Music Heritage award for this, whilst facing the threat of closure

JJ and Baz from the band played an acoustic set for family and friends, see here a clip of the Iconic song ‘Strange Little Girl’ and photos taken at the ‘Star Inn’ on the day.

You can sign a petition to save ‘The Star Inn’ HERE

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Website: https://www.starinnguildford.co.uk/

Footage of a private event at ‘The Star Inn Backroom’ Guildford. Jean-Jaques Burnel and Baz Warne perform a very special acoustic set for friends and family , this clip is of the Iconic ‘Strange Little Girl’ played at their first official gig here in 1974.

Video and images © Chrissy Muir

Baz, Dave, Jet and JJ ‘The Stranglers’



Jet Black, now 80 years old and no longer drumming for the band but much loved and still involved

Georgina, hoping to save the pub she loves and runs

PRS Chairman, Nigel Elderton, pleads the case for the Star Inn

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, and the Chairman of PRS, Nigel Elderton

Chrissy and Dave Greenfield

The PRS Heritage Plaque

The Star Inn