West End ~ Surrey village life
PUBLISHED: 10:32 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 05:26 10 February 2013
Set in beautiful countryside, just a stone's throw from Woking, the village of West End takes its name from its proximity to Chobham, rather than any thespian inclinations...
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2012
Set in beautiful countryside, just a stones throw from Woking, the village of West End takes its name from its proximity to Chobham, rather than any thespian inclinations...
Did you know?
Located in the heart of the village, Gordons School was originally the first boys home to be founded by Queen Victoria, in 1885, and the Queen is still the schools patron today. Named after General Gordon, who was killed in Khartoum earlier that year, it started out near Fareham in Hampshire, moving to West End in 1887. Since 1990, it has developed into one of the most successful state schools in the country.
West End has many open spaces in and around the village and also adjoins Brentmoor Heath, which is a Local Nature Reserve, says Suzanne Price, parish clerk. This area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and during the breeding season you could see nightjars, woodlarks and the Dartford warbler. The village also has a real community spirit to it. Annually in June, a village fte is held on the green and in September what we think is the best traditional village show in north west Surrey, the West End & Windlesham Agricultural & Horticultural Show, takes place.
The village hall
Tringham Hall and the Sports Pavilion are both located next to the recreation area and are extremely well-used weekly by local sports clubs. Expect dancing, table tennis, a mother and toddler playgroup, a pre-school, keep fit, circuit training, music with mummy, a Sunday School, a garden club, the Womens Institute and more
Grab a bite
The Inn @ West End (01276 858652), located on the A322, has been named Surrey Dining Pub of the Year on a number of occasions the menu is extensive and uses locally sourced produce. There was further reason to celebrate recently, when the owners managed to pick up the pubs freehold. The Hare and Hounds (01276 709589) in Brentmoor Road, meanwhile, serves good quality pub grub in a family friendly (and dog friendly) atmosphere.
Did you know 2?
The village was originally the west end of Chobham, hence the name, but became a separate parish in 1895. It is not to be confused with Surreys other West End, which is found by Esher. And, while were talking names, if anyone can explain why the neighbouring hamlet is called Donkey Town, wed appreciate your best answers to the usual address!
Something to take home
Wines @ West End (also known as Les Vignerons de Sant Georges Ltd) was opened in June 2011 by The Inns owners. It is found next door and their tipples vary from inexpensive quaffing wines starting at around 40 per case to first growths from Bordeaux at several hundred pounds per bottle. There is also Buttons Saddlery (by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen) for all equestrian needs.
In the spotlight
Most famously, the actor Brian Blessed and Queen guitarist Brian May live in the area. Coincidentally, both Brians houses double as animal sanctuaries of sorts. Before moving to West Clandon, actor Robson Green also lived in the area.
West End is found on the A322, two miles from junction 3 of the M3. The village is located roughly in the middle of Woking and Bagshot stations.
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