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Surrey news and views - your letters - February 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:35 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 20 February 2014

Surrey Life magazine February 2014

Surrey Life magazine February 2014


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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



Making a difference

Dear Editor,

Having read with interest your recent article on the Surrey charities making a difference, I wanted to bring readers’ attention to the Community Foundation for Surrey.

These are just some of the things we have achieved…

• Since establishing in 2005, we have awarded over £3.7 million to over 1,300 local community projects.

• If readers want to support their local community, we are able to match donations on a 50% basis through our Community First programme.

• We have produced a new piece of research into community needs in Surrey. Surrey Uncovered reveals the surprising disadvantage throughout the county.

• We have established our first fund for individuals – supporting people with disabilities and/or mental ill health to overcome barriers to employment.

• Just recently, we launched our Surviving Winter appeal to help raise money for local community and voluntary groups supporting older people at risk in the county this winter.

• We are working with the University of Surrey in Guildford to promote philanthropy in the county through a series of Philanthropy Lectures.

To find out more about us, readers can visit out website at

With best wishes,

Davina Patel,

Marketing & communications manager,

Community Foundation for Surrey

Editor’s note: Dear Davina, well after all that hard work, we reckon there’ll be someone at the Community Foundation for Surrey who deserves a lovely meal for two at the William Bray in Shere! We hope that they enjoy! All the best, Caroline


Troubled water

Dear Editor,

Following all the awful flooding over Christmas and New Year, I thought readers might be interested in the following, rather timely, event.

On Thursday February 27, from 7pm to 9pm, the Environment Trust for Richmond is hosting a lecture event entitled Troubled Water at Duke Street Church in Richmond.

Dr Stuart Downward, an expert in sustainable development and the environment, and Rob Gray, chair of the Friends of the River Crane Environment, will discuss global water issues, local water issues, the Thames and the River Crane.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 for members and students) and are available from or by calling the Environment Trust office on 0208 891 5455. For further information, you can visit our website at

Yours sincerely,

Linden Loader,



Snap happy in Surrey

Dear Editor,

I am writing to say how delighted I am to have won your recent photo competition – it’s made my day/month/year!

Really, you couldn’t have a more delighted winner.

I am looking forward to my subscription to Photography Monthly and, of course, the calendar coming out, and subsequent exhibition.

Thanks again,

Rachael Talibart,



True vintage

Dear Editor,

I have just been reading your article on ‘10 of the best vintage/nearly-new boutiques’ – a very nice piece you ran back in October that I have just found online – but you missed us out!

Tucked away in the basement at Bourne Mill, our vintage clothing shop, Real Green Dress, sells quality vintage wear – ranging from formal and evening to bridal wear – by a range of designers. There is a good selection of sizes all in excellent condition. In addition, personal appointments, with extra stock brought along for you to try, are welcomed too.

You can find us at Bourne Mill Antiques, Guildford Road, Farnham GU9 9PY or online at Alternatively, you can drop us an e-mail for further information:

Yours sincerely,

Erica Arnold,

Real Green Dress,


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