Some news in brief

  • A FUN dog show is being held at the Knights Garden Centre at Chelsham on the outskirts of Warlingham on Saturday,August 11 noon-4pm. All classes cost £1.50. Pick up an entry form in the garden centre.
  • THE Tandridge Friends of St Catherine’s Hospice will be serving up Pimms at a fundraising barbecue at Limpsfield Lawn Tennis Club, Limpsfield, on Tuesday, September 4(7-9.30pm). Songs from acoustic guitarist Tony Stone. No booking necessary.
  • ST Andrew’s Church Limpsfield Chart is serving teas from 3-5pm each Sunday in August. All are welcome including dogs
    THE College of St Barnabus in Blackberry Lane on the outskirts of Lingfield is hosting an autumn fair on Saturday, Novenbver 17 (10am-noon). Admission £1. Stalls, raffle and coffee. All welcome
  • OXTED & District LINK is appealing for more telephone volunteers to help local residents in the RH8 postal code area access appointments at the Oxted Health Centre and local hospitals. LINK’s telephone volunteers man LINK’s phone contact service from their home phones on a rota basis every six weeks.
    Training and support is given to volunteers who receive calls from local residents requesting help with transport to the Oxted Health Centre or local hospitals (usually East Surrey). The telephone volunteers contact one of LINK’s 100+ volunteer drivers to arrange drives for those unable to use public transport.
    The phone volunteers man their home phones from 9am-5pm on weekdays or 9-11am on Saturdays on a day suitable for themselves on a once every six week basis. If you think you may be able to help please ring LINK on 01883 713333.
    LINK helps local doctors and nurses to use their time more effectively, by reducing the number of home visits and by easing pressure on the ambulance service. It helps residents who are unable to use public transport to attend medical and dental appointments.
  • LIMPSFIELD Decorative & Fine Arts Society has changed its name to The Arts Society Limpsfield.
    This follows that of the national umbrella organisation to ‘The Arts Society’
    Details of the Limpsfield Decorative & Fine Arts Society may be obtained on www.LimpsfieldArts.org
  • LIBERAL Democrat county councillors are calling for Surrey County Council to make urgent financial preparations following a recent judgement in Bristol in which a group of parents successfully challenged Bristol City Council’s decision to make deep cuts in special educational needs (SEND) provision.
    Parents in Surrey have launched a similar judicial review challenging the County Council on cuts to its SEND budget of £21m, which will be heard in October this year.
    Caterham’s Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council said :”Surrey County Council is planning to cut millions from its SEND budget against the background of greatly increasing demand. The judgement in Bristol should alarm Surrey Leaders as well as leaders of councils across the country whose finances are teetering on the brink of disaster – not just Northamptonshire but also East Sussex, Somerset and others.
    “Children with special needs should not bear the strain of such deep cuts, which could mean that they lose the provision they need, to which they are legally entitled. Unless the government urgently addresses funding for local authorities, innocent children will suffer. It is now irrelevant whether councils were well managed in the past – Surrey was clearly not – what matters is that children and other vulnerable groups do not suffer because local government is now so badly underfunded.”

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