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Energy Issues? Citizen’s Advice can help!

Nationally, Citizens Advice found that 48% of those who were helped with energy problems were disabled or had a long-term health problem.  In January this year we promoted the Energy Best Deal Extra Project and we helped people on low incomes or benefits, those with disabilities or long term illnesses, …

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Eggcellent response to Easter Egg Hunt!

Congratulations to Abi Moran, Quinn Kyle, Alice Johnstone, Tatianna Batovska, Amélie Howe, Holly Hurst and Finlay Hurst, the winners of this year’s Friends of Dorking ‘Dorkers Easter Egg Hunt’ held around the town during the recent school Easter holidays. Throughout the two-week holiday period, children and families were encouraged to …

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What do food banks do and why?

The aim of food banks is to support local families in crisis who don’t have enough money to buy food. They are given enough food to feed their family (or themselves if they are single) for approximately 3 days. The reasons why people need to visit food banks include benefit …

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Swapping booze for therapy like Fearne Cotton? Then TWLW could be your answer!

Fearne Cotton recently revealed she’s swapped partying for therapy. The radio presenter who has been open about her battle with depression said, “I don’t go to clubs. I spend any money I would have spent on a therapist every week.” Speaking of her husband musician Jessie Wood, she added, “My …

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The ‘Good’ Funeral: Continuing Care at St Catherine’s Hospice

The team The team at St Catherine’s Hospice are familiar with conversations around end of life. They believe it is important that these discussions are had by both patients and their families to ensure that wishes are fulfilled and loved ones are able to contribute in their own way. Here, …

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Handpicked for Dorking

It’s always a shock to the system going back to work after the Easter break, after a couple of four-day weeks, I think, one must ease themselves back in gently. What better way than to arrange a coffee first thing on a Monday? I met Jason Brett in a coffee …

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Cobbett’s Real Ales raising money for Brooklands School

The Friends of Brooklands School in Reigate would like to thank everyone who so generously supported the recent raffle in aid of the school at Cobbett’s Real Ales in Dorking. Brooklands School is a state-funded special school for children aged between 2 and 11 years with severe or complex learning …

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Surrey Day – Food Float celebrates 10 years delivering local food to Dorking residents

Surrey Day this Saturday 4th May is a great day for Food Float to celebrate its tenth year offering local food to Dorking people! To commemorate, we have invited three producers: •  Honey man Paul Cleaver •  Debbie, Queen of jam and chutney •  Barry from Kingfisher Farm to tell …

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New Luxury Care Home Opens in Liss

Blenheim Court is a new luxury care home in Liss lying within the beautiful open countryside of the South Downs National Park offering the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care. Purpose built and designed around the needs of its residents, the home provides luxurious interior designed accommodation with …

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BOOM! Credit Union at the Dorking Business Breakfast Group

On Thursday 4th April 2019, around two dozen members of Dorking Business Breakfast Group attended the group’s weekly meeting at Betchworth Park Golf Club to hear Catherine Illingworth from BOOM! Credit Union give an excellent presentation about ethical lending. Ms Illingworth explained how BOOM!’s products and services help local people …

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Citizens Advice can help you to apply for Universal Credit to help with your living and housing costs

Don’t know how to apply for Universal Credit to help with your living and housing costs? Citizens Advice can help you with your initial online claim. Alex* contacted Citizens Advice in distress because she didn’t know how to start making a claim for Universal Credit (UC) and was worried that …

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A Tour of The Spike Heritage Centre

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” I was invited to have a tour around The Spike Heritage Centre by John Redpath General Manager of …

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My Surrey Hills – meet Jude Palmer

Have you discovered #MySurreyHills videos? Here is Jude, a runner. Each month they will introduce you to a new person. What they all have in common is the Surrey Hills and the love they have for the area, something we at VantagePoint share!

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A SPARKLING LAUNCH WEEKEND FOR VINEYARDS OF THE SURREY HILLS.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL VINEYARDS OFFERING OUTSTANDING WINES, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND A WARM WELCOME. A new collaboration of five multi-award winning vineyards have announced a special launch weekend on 8th 9th June 2019, to celebrate the formation of a new English wine region – ‘Vineyards of the Surrey Hills’. This collection …

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