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Meet a community hero who’s having a carnival of a time in Frimley Green

PUBLISHED: 10:09 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 13 July 2016

Tony (left) with John Peyman (middle) and John Gray (right) who helped to restore the village sign

Tony (left) with John Peyman (middle) and John Gray (right) who helped to restore the village sign

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Best-selling Surrey author Miriam Wakerly is discovering some of the unsung heroes who put life into ‘village life’. This month, it’s carnival time!

The carnival is one of the highlights of the year (Photo Tony Moore)The carnival is one of the highlights of the year (Photo Tony Moore)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2016

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Once upon a time, Dr Anthony Moore moved with his family to Frimley Green. Both he and Frimley Green have never been the same since.

It all started when Tony’s sons joined the Scouts and an offer to become involved came his way; so, having been a Cub Scout helper 30 years ago, he agreed to assist with the photography badges. By 1987, he was assistant chairman and, before you could say, “Akela”, he had become chairman of the group, the largest in Surrey Heath. Then, if all that wasn’t enough, in 2003 he took on responsibility for building a new Scout Centre in Frimley Lodge Park – and it is one of the best in Surrey. Well done, Tony!

A real village hero

During this time, the Carnival Committee was instrumental in donating funds to the Scouts – and this led on to Tony helping out in the village in even more ways. As well as the carnival, the committee also organises Frimley Green Open Gardens Day in June – a Millennium ‘one-off’ that has run for 16 years! – and Carols on The Green. One year, help was needed with putting up the Christmas tree on the green and who should they turn to? Before long, Tony was arranging the summer carnival procession and co-ordinating all the floats! The committee also ran a fund-raising gala evening for 13 years at Lakeside Country Club. Evermore involved, it wasn’t long before Tony was the Carnival Committee chairman.

Linked to the carnival is The Surrey Heath Show, a fun family day, which began in 2008 as a fund-raiser for the Mayor of Surrey Heath. Tony explains: “The blueprint for the show began with a companion dog show; I was drawn in to help… ” Yes, since then, Tony has been chairman of the Surrey Heath Show Management Group as well!

During all this, Tony contacted the Balmoral Community Centre to see if he could use their car park for the floats and, to return the favour, he soon became its chairman too. What a man! He helped organise a major transformation of the centre, now a busy social hub. Around the same time, the council was proposing an Age Concern building on their land, but it was too costly and wishing for a Lottery donation was pie in the sky, so the community centre became a joint project instead. Problem solved. Thanks Tony!

Making things happen

Tony is someone who sees a need and wants to help. The local school’s swimming pool was in dire need, so what did he do? He joined the school governors, encouraging them to hatch a plan. To save money, they project-managed its replacement themselves and Tony has maintained the pool ever since, bringing in about £12k a year for the school. He and the other governors made it happen.

There are people who sit back and wait for things to happen, or those who make things happen, and clearly Tony is one of the latter – with bells on! w

• Frimley Green Open Gardens Day takes place this year on Sunday June 12, with proceeds going to local good causes, and the Frimley Green Carnival on Sunday July 10

• Miriam Wakerly’s novels are set in the fictitious Surrey/Hampshire village of Appley Green. Read Miriam’s Ramblings at miriamwakerly.blogspot.co.uk and follow her on Twitter at @MiriamWakerly

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