Letter from the editor – August 2023

Well, the summer holidays are here and daily planning has commenced in order to avoid that dreaded ‘Mum, what are we doing today?’ question! 

We’ve just had to rehome our koi carp after ten years, and I would like to thank Peter Chan of Herons Bonsai in Lingfield for giving it a new beautiful home in an incredible setting. Within minutes our koi had settled in, investigating the reeds and exploring his new surroundings.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stop and take in the incredible North Downs view, try a few ales and beers or stop off for some brunch, Titsey Brewing Co’s new taproom is the perfect place. Their beers and wine are brewed on location and I really enjoyed one of their non-alcoholic beers too. I look forward to visiting there with my team for our next planning meeting.

In July, Rosalind and I visited BBC Radio Surrey, who share studios with BBC Radio Sussex in Brighton. We were invited to broadcast our usual weekly paper review live from the studio (remember to listen in every Thursday at 11.40!) and also to be DJ Sarah Gorrell’s lunchtime guests. It was great to meet the team in person after speaking to them over the phone for over three years.

This month’s paper brings you info and tips from our columnists, and a report from Rosalind Brookman about a family’s parking nightmare on Stafford Road in Caterham. We’d also like to introduce you to local schoolgirls Bella and Iona, and tell you about their amazing recent achievements.

On the subject of schools, I’d like to wish all the students receiving both GCSE or A Level results this month the best of luck. We hope you receive the grades you need for your future plans.

Our competition prize this month is two dessert vouchers, courtesy of the fabulous Scoop Company in Warlingham. An ideal summer treat for the kids…or you might want to persuade them to share!  The details you need to enter are on this page – good luck. 

Have a great summer and see you in September!

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