Letter from the Editor – April 2022

Welcome to the April edition of the Tandridge Independent!

Recent weeks have welcomed spring weather so warm I’ve been able to reach for my sunglasses and sit working in the garden. It's been so lovely to spend time outdoors without having to wrap up in hats, scarves and gloves, and the flowers in bloom across Tandridge are just beautiful. It's easy to fool yourself into thinking that it's summer clothes all the way now, but as I write the temperatures are dropping again. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that it stays dry for the Easter holidays, which will have started for most of us by the time you are reading this!

What's happening in April's edition?

This month, we've got a whole host of timely wisdom from our regular columnists: Sue and Maryanne from Tutor Your Child give advice on preparing your year 6 children for their upcoming SATS, while nutritionist Christelle Page, from Keep Calm Nutrition, demonstrates five simple ways to avoid the Easter chocolate binge (hands up if you're guilty of this?). Don't worry if those eggs are just too tempting, however, as we've also got Nicky Forster's motivational column about why we should make exercise a priority in our lives!

Ridge Radio introduces us to another of their DJs, and Peter Connolly, from East Surrey Museum, brings Tandridge's past into the present with a look into the history of the Outwood Post Mill.

Reporter Rosalind was lucky enough to be given a guided tour around Caterham School's woodland by head groundsman John, and woodland manager Jay. It's a valuable, and beautiful, resource for both the school and the local community, and her article takes a look at what the school is doing to look after it. We’ve also found out why Woldingham Parish Council wants to rewild North Downs Golf Club.

We've also got another entry in our occasional Benches series: this month we find out more about the life of Harold Bartholomeusz, whose bench sits in a shady spot in Chaldon.

Get your kids writing!

If you have children at school in Tandridge District, don't forget to encourage them to enter our writing competition, in collaboration with the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle. They could win a family ticket to David Walliam's Awful Auntie (primary school students) or The Three Inch Fools’ performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (secondary students). Plus, they'll get to write a review of the show, which we'll publish in the paper! All the details are available on our website, and we’ll be sending them out to schools as well.

As usual, we want to hear from you: if you've got a story you think our readers would like, or you'd like to voice your opinion on something that's going on – good or bad – in Tandridge, get in touch on newsdesk@tandridgeindependent.com.

See you next month!

Editor Louise D'Costa


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