A message from Knaphill parents Amy & Stephen Deller – Joshua still needs our help and support


KRA were pleased to invite Joshua’s family to have a stall at the Knaphill Village Show in July and we asked Amy to write a short article for the website to bring us up to date on news of Joshua’s care and the fundraising for the Joshua Deller Appeal. Please see Amy’s message:

Many local residents will be aware that our son Joshua was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma when he was just 6 months old.

He has battled hard for the last 20 months but despite this, the odds are still stacked against him which is why we set up an appeal last July for pioneering treatment abroad.

With thanks to the amazing support of the community, we have raised over £200,000 which has enabled Joshua to start antibody treatment in New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre. He has received 2 cycles so far, as well as a month of chemotherapy and we hope to be back in the next month for his 3rd cycle of antibodies.

Joshua has recently celebrated his 2nd Birthday and is coping well with treatment. His hair has grown back and he is able to enjoy a relatively “normal” life in between treatment and weekly hospital appointments.

We were pleased to see many friends at the Knaphill Village Show and really grateful for the funds raised by people supporting our stall. We would like to thank everyone who has given so generously and ask that you continue to show your support as we still have to raise more money in order for Joshua to complete the treatment.

With our best wishes,

Amy, Stephen & Joshua Deller, Queens Road, Knaphill

To find out more about ways you can help Joshua’s appeal see: and

Knaphill Village Armistice Service – Plans for 2010


Open Air Service of Remembrance 2009

A message from Rev. Richard Sherlock:    Last November, Knaphill village witnessed and participated in a “first”.  There was a public, civic Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day in the middle of the village.  Knaphill has a War Memorial, but it is incorporated within the pulpit of Holy Trinity Church.  Through the years, there have been very moving remembrance services in the church on Remembrance Sunday, but there had not been any event in the open, in the public area of the village.

In 2008, I arrived in the village as the new minister of Knaphill Baptist Church and have, since my childhood, witnessed public ceremonies around public memorials in all the towns and villages I have lived in and my wife and I were surprised there was nothing comparable here.   This is why we set about changing this by arranging last years “11th of the 11th Service”, which was so well supported by the village.

We also soon discovered that there was a campaign to redevelop the ground in front of the old library site into a memorial garden, for use by the community to enjoy and reflect within.  Unfortunately, this site is owned by Surrey County Council (SCC), who are under an obligation to maximise a return for the tax payer, rather than an investment in honour for those who have, and still are, putting themselves in harm’s way for us and our peace and security.   Thus, this site is now up for sale.  However, due to the tenacity of residents and especially of Knaphill Councillor Melanie Whitehand we have managed to gain permission to use this space for this year at least.

It is my prayer that this will lead to a redevelopment of this site that honours our service men and women and gives Knaphill a beautiful space in the centre of the village, rather than the dilapidated squalor we have now or in the future. A ‘convenience shop’ or flats set within an architecturally indistinct box and more tarmac for cars seems to be the last thing we need.  Let’s see if we can take this campaign forward!

But, for now, I look forward to this year’s Armistice Service in the centre of the village in the grounds in front of the old library.  We would welcome support from volunteers to help make this area look amazing and a fitting tribute ready for November. Please contact me if you would like to be involved.

Rev’d Richard Sherlock.  Knaphill Baptist Church.


Sainsbury’s Expansion Plan


Wednesday 4th August – Submit your comments to Woking Borough Council.If you wish to make comments on the Sainsbury’s Extension Plan (PLAN/2010/0600)
we suggest you submit them direct to the Case Officer, James Hutchison by email:

Several KRA members have reported to us that the facility to ‘Submit Comments’ via the Plan on the Woking Borough Council (WBC) website is ‘not working’, ‘not letting me add a comment’. The difficulty in using this facility has been acknowledged by WBC’s IT Department and it is apparently going to be updated over the coming months. But until the access is made simpler and easier, this is yet another flaw in WBC’s ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ (SCI). How will the Council know what local people’s views are on Planning Applications if we cannot easily submit them.

Recently Knaphill residents who live close to the Sainsbury’s Store received a letter from Sainsbury’s advising them that a Planning Application to extend the Brookwood (Knaphill) Store was to be submitted to Woking Borough Council. That application has now been made and details of the proposals posted on the Council’s website.

Then you need to key in the Application Reference : PLAN/2010/0600

There is growing concern in the village about how an application for a development of this size and nature can be submitted without Sainsbury’s giving the local community an opportunity to properly understand or be adequately consulted. The KRA feels that there needs to be far greater openness, a full process of consultation with the people of Knaphill and clearer community involvement in the planning process.

Questions are being raised on matters like:
How large will the extended store be?  What types of goods will the extended store sell? What will happen to Knaphill Village if Sainsbury’s grows even bigger? What about the extra cars and traffic?

Now that fuller details of the development are emerging, a number of more specific issues are also starting to raise concern:

Noise – the application will generate more cars, more lorries and more service yard activity and a new area of car parking is proposed immediately adjacent to existing houses in Hampton Close. However, Sainsbury’s have not produced a report which assesses the noise impact on neighbouring residents.

Retail Impact – it would appear that Woking Borough Council has not asked Sainsbury’s to submit a full “retail impact assessment” that would demonstrate how this development could affect existing businesses within the village and adjoining areas.

Loss of Trees – the application appears to involve the felling of a large number of established trees within the existing car park.

Traffic – the application appears to suggest that the additional traffic generated by the store will result in traffic problems on the A322 and that a road widening scheme is required to deal with this.

How can an application for a development of this size and nature be submitted without Sainsbury’s giving the local community of Knaphill an opportunity to properly understand or be adequately consulted.

To live up to its ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ KRA feels that Woking Borough Council should arrange for The Vyne Community Centre in Knaphill to be available at convenient times during the next few weeks and invite Sainsburys to put a full  display, exhibition, with models, plans and detailed information about the Sainsbury’s expansion;  followed by a full period of consultation and discussion and a Public Meeting where all points of view can be expressed.

What an amazing day!


The first Knaphill Village Show was a fantastic success. The sun shone, the stalls were bustling with visitors and the smiles and laughter told us what a wonderful time was being had by all. One of our KRA members, Sarah Aires has prepared a gorgeous photographic record of the day and we wanted to share it with you; turn on your sound then watch and listen to Sarah’s wonderful tribute to the day.

We are preparing the next KRA Newsletter and if you have Photographs and Quotes you would like us to include, please email to them to

We had a wonderful day. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Show such a great success. Congratulations to KRA Members for all their hard work in making a special day for all the Village to share.
There are so many people to thank: individual volunteers, community groups, local businesses, clubs and church groups. Please see a copy of the poster attached that we have put up on the Knaphill Notice Board and throughout the village which lists the many kind supporters and sponsors of the Village Show. Everyone played their part. Sincere Thanks to everyone: Many_Thanks_to_Show_Sponsors

The next issue of the KRA Newsletter will be printed early in August and we’ll have pictures and articles about the Show. We will also have a photographic exhibition at Knaphill Library and at The Vyne Community Centre. If you have photographs from the day please get in touch.

 Also, please get in touch if you would like to be involved in the next Knaphill Village Show, Summer 2011.

It’s almost here…..


The Knaphill Village Show is on this Saturday 17th July and the Knaphill Residents’ Association would like to invite you to come along and enjoy the afternoon with us.

There will be activities and fun for all ages. For families with babies and toddlers, for young children and teenagers there will be games to play, crafts to try, face painting, badge making and lots of ‘hands on things to do’, plus a Ball Pond, Penalty Shoot Out, Bouncy Castle and Mini-Assault Course to use up any surplus energy!

For the ‘young at heart’ and ‘not so young’ there will be lots of interesting stalls to wander around, with local craft makers, community groups and delicious treats to try.

There will be things to interest Dads and Granddads too: not ‘Top Gear’, but some special motor cars and traditional skills to admire, and of course the Beer Tent and BBQ to enjoy; all this and the marvellous Mizens Train rides.

There really will be….something for everyone.

The Knaphill Village Show, is a Knaphill Residents’ Association event, being held at Mizens Railway, Barrs Lane, Knaphill GU21 2JW on Saturday 17th July. The Show will be officially opened by the new Woking MP Jonathan Lord at 2.00 pm (Show time from 2.00 – 5.00 pm)
Admission by Programme: £ 2.00 per family

Please see our earlier News item about the Horticultural Show with details of the Categories and Exhibits, Entry Form etc.

Police Advice Following Woking Rapes


Women in Woking are being urged to be mindful of their own personal safety following recent rape incidents in Goldsworth Park and in Boundary Park.

Police advise:

  • Try to stay in well-lit areas where possible and make sure other people know where you are.
  • Avoid walking home alone after an evening out; walk with friends or take a taxi.
  • Avoid using a personal music player or mobile phone while walking or jogging.
  • If you think that you are being followed, walk to the busiest place you can find, knock on a door and then call the police.
  • If someone attempts to take something from you, consider letting them have it rather than risk being hurt.
  • Consider carrying a personal attack alarm and use the alarm if you feel in fear. Alarms are available from Woking Police station, the front counter at the Civic Offices or the public library in Gloster Square.

High visibility patrols have been stepped up across the town and police are keen to reassure local residents that they have launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents to trace the offenders.

Anyone with information about either incident can contact Guildford CID on 0845 125 2222.  Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.

Knaphill Village Show – Young Gardeners Wanted


Knaphill youngsters are getting ready for the Village Show on Saturday 17th July.

Part of this fun, family event is a ‘Horticultural, Vegetable and Flower Show’. There are the usual categories for adult gardeners, but the children also have their own special competitions:

  • Making an animal or object of vegetables and/or fruit
  • Growing the Biggest Sunflower
  • Making a Miniature Tray Garden
  • Making an Eco Sculpture from re-cycled materials

The Show Committee visited Knaphill School to tell the pupils about the Show, and to see the wonderful Eco-garden the pupils have created.

The Horticultural Show is not just for children; keen gardeners of all ages can take part. There are copies of Show Schedule (with an Entry Form inside) at Knaphill Library, The Vyne Community Centre and The Garibaldi (High Street, Knaphill). You can also down load the Schedule from this link:  Flower and Vegetable Show

The Knaphill Village Show is on Saturday 17th July, from 2 – 5 pm, at Mizens Railway, Barrs Lane, Knaphill, GU21 2JW. There is the  Horticultural Show and all sorts of activities and fun things to do for all the family, and of course the marvellous Mizens Railway too; it promises to be an exciting event for Knaphill.

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