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This archive page has features that have previously been broadcast on Surrey Sound in 2017 and 2018.

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Church Bells 

A sound that is typically English is the sound of church bells. Philip Grant investigated what is involved with bell ringing and he spoke to Anne Roof, the Tower captain at St John's Church in Redhill and Anne Beirne, Tower Secretary at St Katherine's Church in Merstham.
The sound of the bells is from St Katherine's recorded on 11 November 2018.
(Published 13 November 2018) 


The Tale of Two Pubs:
The Limes Pub closes

Continuing our Tale of Two Pubs, there is bad news for The Limes pub in Merstham which shut it's doors for the final time on 20 October. 

As one era ends another begins and there are plans for a replacement pub to be built on the site of The Limes. 

This feature looks at the sadness of the closure and the hope for the future.
(Published 5 November 2018) 



The Tale of Two Pubs:
Garibaldi Pub First Anniversary

The weekend of the 6/7 October, the Garibaldi pub in Redhill celebrated their first anniversary. Surrey Sound was there to find out more.
(Published 20 October 2018)


Baby Loss Awareness Week

Last week was Baby Loss Awareness Week. Roxanne Cooper told Tess Lewsey how she and her fiancé were devastated when they lost Oliver on March 16 2018. 

Roxanne says she was helped by Surrey Sands, a charity which provides support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. Surrey Sands relies on funds donated by the public and Roxanne told Tess how they are helping raise money for them.
(Published 20 October 2018)



Have you tried vegan food? Is it all lettuce leaves and lentals? Tess Lewsey spoke to Rachel Lowe about Veganuary, an initiative to encourage people to try tasty vegan food for the month of January. You may be surprised!

You can find out more at Rachel's website.



Santa On The Moon

Christmas is on the way and Kaden Clegg, age 8, has written and recorded a short seasonal story.

Click the image on the left to listen to it.

Edmund Whitcombe

Edmund Whitcombe is an undiscovered, visually impaired musician from Cambridge. Tess Lewsey spoke to him about his musical talent. This feature starts with one of his recordings.



Renewed Hope Trust

The Renewed Hope Trust helps the homeless and disadvantaged in the Redhill area. 

They offer practical support such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, assistance finding employment and training as well as building relationships, listening and caring. 

Tess Lewsey visited the centre in Redhill to find out more.



Head2Head Theatre Company 

The Head2Head Theatre Company specialise in theatre for those with disabilities.

This Sunday (10 December) they are putting on the pantomime Aladdin. But it's rather different as it's aimed at children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Philip Grant spoke to Annie Rhodes-Steer, from the charity, to find out more.

The pantomime is taking place at the Dawnay Primary School in Great Bookham. To get tickets you should call Annie Rhodes-Steer on 01372 278 021 or her mobile 07519 747 290 or send her an email.

Further information can be found on their website.


Festive Feast

The Festive Feast is a special event for those who will be spending Christmas alone. Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead, will be holding the lunch on Christmas Day. 

If you know of anyone who will be alone over Christmas, please contact the organiser, Lisa Irwin on 01737 762115 or send her an email.

Tess Lewsey spoke to Lisa, and Joe about the event.


Athletix Kidz

Athletix Kidz is the UK’s first Athletics specific play programme for children between the ages of 2 ˝ yrs – 7yrs old. Their programme has been designed to develop your child’s physical, psychological and social attributes whilst encouraging athletics specific skills and offering a healthy outlook on life. Tess Lewsey spoke to one of the organisers, Jason Hoad.

More information can be found on their website.



Guildburys Theatre Company

One Night in November is a wartime love story involving a code-breaker at Bletchley Park and the bombing of Coventry in 1940. This play is being staged at the Electric Theatre in Guildford from 15th to 18th November.

Surrey Sound's Tess Lewsey caught up with the cast from Guildburys Theatre Company to find out more.


The Tale of Two Pubs - part 4

After months of uncertainty, the Friends of the Garibaldi officially opened the Redhill pub with a day of celebrations on the 7 October. Tess Lewsey reports.


Fuzion Martial Arts 

Fuzion Martial Arts has been in Horley for over 5 years. They have classes for 3-4 year olds right through to Adult classes. Tess Lewsey went to find out more.



Summer Sextet

The 2017 summer performance from the St Mark's Players was Summer Sextet - six short plays. This feature looks back at this production and includes interviews with cast members.


The Tess Lewsey Challenge

On Friday 8 September Tess Lewsey completed a sponsored rock climb and abseil. She was raising money for the Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund - a cause that supports Bloodwise - a charity that raises awareness and funds to beat Blood Cancer.

Click here to support this charity and sponsor Tess's achievement.



The Tale of Two Pubs - part 3

We've been following the fortunes of two pub threatened  with closure - The Limes in Merstham and the Garibaldi in Redhill.

At present the Limes continues to stay open although further appeals by the pub's owners are being considered.

Better news at the Garibaldi in Redhill. Back in April, the shutters came down and it looked as though Redhill had lost another pub.

However the locals formed themselves into a group - the Friends of the Garibaldi and after much hard work, took over the lease of the pub.

The pub is now open for business and Tess Lewsey went along to their opening night last Thursday evening.



In Conversation

Tess Lewsey speaks to the local actor and puppeteer Joseph Booton. 

posted 21 July 2017



Last week Welcare opened a new garden for their under 5's. Tess Lewsey went along to find out more.

posted 18 July 2017


Live At Home

The Live at Home scheme in Redhill this year celebrates it's 20th anniversary. Tess Lewsey spoke to Tanya Stafford about their planned celebrations as well as their expansion with setting up a new centre in Banstead.

If you want to find out more information, you can email Tanya or Tracey Baxter (Banstead Centre) or call 01737 780610.

posted 18 July 2017


Lucy Rayner Foundation

Lucy Rayner was a beautiful, sensitive soul, a helper, a hard worker, a diva, a perfectionist, a wild child, a risk taker, a party animal, the list goes on. Lucy took her own life on the 5th May 2012, aged just 22 years.

No one saw it coming. We all knew that she had mood swings but she was not diagnosed as having depression or any form of mental illness.

The Lucy Rayner Foundation was set up in Lucy's memory and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults through education and campaigning.

posted 18 July 2017


Jayne Archer

Jayne Archer lost her husband Mark to a rare form of blood cancer. He was only 49 years old and had become ill for just 40 days.

The Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund was set up in his memory and to raise awareness and funds to help beat blood cancer.

Tess Lewsey spoke to Jayne Archer about her husband, writing her book, her fundraising challenge taking place in June and a piece of music especially written for her.

posted 16 May 2017


The Tale of Two Pubs - Part 2

This second feature looks at the Limes pub in Merstham which is under threat of shutting its doors this month.

posted 12 May 2017


Fire of London School Project

Year 2 pupils at a primary school in Redhill have been studying the Fire of London. This involved building junk models and setting fire to them Sounds dangerous? Listen to Tess Lewsey's report to find out what happened.

posted 30 March 2017


The Tale of Two Pubs

Many pubs are closing down across the country and two pubs in the Redhill area are in danger of joining them. This feature Tess Lewsey looks at the efforts by local drinkers to save the Limes in Merstham and the Garibaldi in Redhill.

posted 30 March 2017


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