Will Forster

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Mayor’s Christmas Card competition

by willforster on 3 December, 2018

As the Mayor of Woking, I recently ran a Christmas Card competition which saw children from my former school, Horsell Church of England Junior School, take part. Over 40 pupils from Horsell’s Junior School submitted potential designs for me to choose my favourite.  The winning design will be used for the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Card, which […]

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Shelter’s homelessness investigation

by willforster on 22 November, 2018

An investigation by the nationwide homeless charity Shelter has reinforced why I was right to choose the York Road Project has my Mayoral Charity. Shelter’s report ‘Homelessness in Great Britain: the numbers behind the story’ shows that homelessness is increasing across the country, with one in 52 people in the capital now homeless – and […]

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Woking embraces Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

by willforster on 20 November, 2018

Despite it pouring with rain, I was pleased to visit West Byfleet Infant School recently to help a 6 year old pupil, Harry Harris, and his classmates plant trees in the school field as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will hopefully be a network of forest conservation initiatives to […]

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A trough full of trophies for garden winners

by willforster on 6 October, 2018

I was pleased to congratulate and thank the Borough’s gardening champions last week at the annual Woking in Bloom and Allotment Awards. The annual Woking in Bloom Awards are open to residents, business and schools, and, along with the Allotment Awards, there are categories to cover all aspects of gardening, from pots to plots.  All […]

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Last week, I helped honour local sporting heroes and stars at the annual Sport Woking Awards. The awards celebrate talent and achievement in sport and recognise the men, women and young people who contribute to Woking’s sporting excellence.  During the evening, the gathered audience heard inspiring stories of sportspeople whose work makes the lives of […]

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Blue plaque marks the Duchess of Woking’s former home

by willforster on 24 September, 2018

Over the weekend, I unveiled a blue plaque to commemorate the residence of composor, author, sportswoman and suffragette, Ethel Smyth. Ethel moved into a newly built house in Hook Heath Road in 1910 that she named ‘Coign’.  A rarity of the era, Dame Ethel was a keen sportswoman.  She was a member of the Woking […]

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Mayor to Sleep Out in Woking

by willforster on 8 September, 2018

On 29th September, the Mayoress and I will be sleeping out on the streets in Woking town centre as part of the York Road Project’s ‘Sleep Out’. With only a sleeping bag and some cardboard each, my partner Hannah and I will be bedding down in the open air without a comfy mattress, thick duvet […]

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The Red Ensign, the recognised flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854, is now flying proudly above Woking Borough Council’s Civic Offices to mark today’s Merchant Navy Day. As an island nation, we pride ourselves on our rich maritime heritage.  It is very important to mark Merchant Navy Day and pay tribute to the […]

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Woking to host first Pride in Surrey event

by willforster on 14 August, 2018

I am very pleased that ‘Pride in Surrey’ have announced that on 10th August 2019, Woking will host Surrey’s first Pride event. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) group, Pride in Surrey have been inspired by various Pride events which have taken place across the country this year, and alongside charities like Outline Surrey and Educate […]

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Earlier today, I was pleased to join residents of Kingsmoor Park in Westfield and children from Westfield Primary School to unveil three large wooden totem sculptures carved by the community under the guidance of local artist Ruth Wheeler. As part of the finishing touches to Thames Valley Housing’s Kingsmoor Park development, the housing association in partnership […]

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