All posts by Ian Stratton

Tess chats to The St Marks Players about their next show

In her latest interview Tess Lewsey chats with Peter Jackson and Christine Knox about the St Marks Players next production ‘On Golden Pond’. The play by Ernest Thompson is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd and you can catch the performances on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November 2018 at St Mark’s Church Centre in Reigate

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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Last week was Baby Loss Awareness Week. Roxanne Cooper told Tess Lewsey how she and her fiance 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.

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Find out more about Surrey Sands at their website

New community pub after last orders for The Limes?

As Last Orders are called at The Limes pub in Merstham for the final time this weekend the possibilities of building a new community pub will be discussed at a public meeting next week.

Ahead of the 23rd October meeting at Canada Hall, Merstham, Tess Lewsey spoke to Mike Blacker about the plans for the future.

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Limes pub Public meeting notice

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On The Front Foot – October’s Cricket Chat Show

It’s the last innings of 2018 for Susy’s Cricket Show with conversation and chat from Tim Bowling and David Jay plus added punditry from Chris Jacobs. There’s also a visit from Phil Ient of Outwood CC who drops in to collect the On The Front Foot Club of the Year award.

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Tim Bowling (right) presenting Phil Ient of Outwood CC with the On The Front Foot Club of the Year Award.

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World Mental Health Day – Annie profiles The Lucy Rayner Foundation

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

This year’s theme is young people and mental health in a changing world.

Lucy Rayner passed away on 5 May 2012 after fighting a silent battle with depression. A little while ago, Susy presenter Annie Whitmore spoke to her father Stuart Rayner about The Lucy Rayner Foundation, a charity he set up with his partner Jenny.

After hearing Annie’s interview with Stuart Rayner, Susy listener Tom Longley was inspired to run the Reigate Half Marathon in memory of Lucy.

He said: “I was very moved by Annie’s interview with Lucy’s father on her Wednesday show. I had heard of the charity before but didn’t know very much about it. The interview revealed how events that took place were both so ordinary and subsequently so traumatic for this family.

Sharing this and bringing it to peoples’ attention has got to be a good thing for other families and sufferers of depression and Annie and Lucy’s father did this in a gentle and compassionate way. I ran unofficially in aid of the foundation and donated the proceeds to the charity.”

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