Protest held against cuts

PROTESTERS rallied in Woking this weekend in response to the Government’s proposed public sector cuts. Around 150 students, union members and public sector workers converged on the streets of the town on Saturday to make their feelings known, in a demonstration organised by the Surrey County Labour Party. Feeder marches were organised by Surrey Save our Services and the recently-formed Redhill Coalition Against Cuts, with campaigners joining up at the Gloucester Square offices of Woking Borough Council for speeches before setting off on the march. Murray Rowlands, chairman of the Surrey County Labour Party said the march was necessary because people are ‘all in this together’. He said: “Protests like this should not just be for people with an affinity to Labour or to socialism, but it should make people think they are not on their own. We are all in this together and we will suffer the effects and consequences.” Explaining why the Tory stronghold of Woking was chosen as the venue for the march, Mr Rowlands said the town was well-placed on the outskirts of London to appeal to many who will be affected by the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. He added: “These changes will have a big effect on people who commute to and from London, so Woking and the rest of the Surrey commuter belt will definitely be affected. In the South East the cost of living is 17% greater than those in the North, and we carry those costs. “Even people with respectable jobs earning 30,000 or 40,000 per year are starting to struggle.” On the day, representatives from Unite, the Surrey County branch of Unison, the South Eastern TUC, NASUWT and PCS, as well as the GMB and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) all made their voices heard.

‘Bob the Builder’ caused distress at dogging hotspot
by Melanie Hall
A MAN nicknamed ‘Bob the Builder’ was fined £200 on Monday after being spotted wearing little more than a yellow hard hat at a sex site in Puttenham. Garry High was seen exposing himself while parading up and down the lay-by near the Hog’s Back Café by another user of the dogging hotspot, who called the police after becoming ‘outraged and upset’. High, from Lower Edgeborough Road, Guildford, pleaded guilty at South West Surrey Magistrates’ Court to using threatening words or behaviour to cause distress. The court heard that 59year-old High arrived at the lay-by on August 24 this year at around 1am, about 20 minutes after the complainant. According to prosecuting leather harness designed to expose his penis. He was also wearing boots.” The police officers who later attended the scene said that High was also wearing a chain around his neck and on the hard hat, there was a sign indicating a men’s toilet. Mr Matravers said of the witness: “He did indicate that he himself has been there on various occasions for what would be described as general sexual purposes. “He recognised the male as someone who has attended that area in the past.” According to Mr Matravers, the witness saw the defendant in the lay-by touching himself indecently. “At that time, the defendant tried on numerous occasions to catch my attention by coughing, parading up and down the lay-by,” he told the court.” The court heard that High repeated this behaviour four times before disappearing into the wooded area. “The witness was, in his words, outraged and upset about a number of issues,” said Mr Matravers. “The defendants’ behaviour disgusted him and he was saying that as a regular visitor.” The witness told the police that the behaviour was “unacceptable” because “his behaviour was more likely to be seen by innocents” driving past the lay-by. The court heard that when the police arrived, several other vehicles in the lay-by “mysteriously disappeared from the area”. The defendant’s details were taken, and the police officers told him to leave the area. High, who has a previous conviction following a similar incident in 2002 which took place in the Wisley area, another site noted for outdoors sexual activity, was fined a total of £200.

Garry High wearing a mask outside court. solicitor Darren Matravers, “The male was dressed, or undressed, quite eccentrically, wearing a yellow builder’s hard hat and a high-visibility jacket that just covered the top of his thighs. “Below, he wore a black

Couples and their babies traditionally play the roles of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the Wintershall Nativity. (Ref: SA0974322-10)

Previous conviction resulted in sacking
GARRY High’s previous conviction for indecent exposure in 2002 resulted in the former teacher getting the sack. High was fired from Dedworth Middle School in Windsor where he worked as a teacher in charge of children with special needs. He had previously been spotted at Ockham Common lying naked, apart from his hard hat, during the school holidays in July 2002. Although in court he admitted the indecent display, High failed to tell the governors at the school. The school only found out about his conviction the following term in 2003 when he filled in a form for the Criminal Records Bureau and was then fired for gross misconduct. High claimed unfair dismissal against the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council and the school governors, saying that it was wrong for him to be sacked for such a “minor offence”. However, the tribunal in Reading upheld the dismissal, as well as accusing High of breaking the rules by not immediately confessing that he had received a criminal conviction for his behaviour. It also emerged at the tribunal that school governors were previously aware of two other incidents – impersonating a police officer by wearing a police uniform in a public place and stealing a builder’s hard hat – for which High had been cautioned.

Ten performances of live nativity to meet demand
MORE than 6,000 people from near and far will soon be climbing a hill near Bramley to a makeshift theatre in a barn. The first of the ten performances of the 21st ‘live’ Wintershall Nativity will be held this afternoon and there will be two every day until next Tuesday to try and keep up with demand. Real animals provide the supporting cast at the hugely popular annual event performed in and around Holly Barn. This year, as in many previous years, a real-life local married couple and their baby will be the centre of attention. Andy Clayton as Joseph will be leading his wife Chrissy across the fields to the barn on a donkey and their son Theo is baby Jesus. There is a loyal cast of more than 80 local people and many have been performing the nativity since it was first held by Wintershall Estate by owners Peter and Ann Hutley in 1989. Their grandson Ivan was the first baby Jesus and the play remains very much a family affair. Once again Mr Hutley will play both the narrator and Simeon and Mrs Hutley will act with him as Anna in the temple scene. “Chrissy, Andy and Theo are very good,” said Mr Hutley. “But we can’t expect them to do all the performances and we also have others playing Mary, Joseph and Jesus. “The tickets went very quickly and a lot of people come a long way. “The Wintershall Nativity is an entertaining play for everyone as well as a gentle reminder of the lovely Christian principles on which we are meant to run our lives.”

University to host Radio 1 DJ
OUTSPOKEN Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles will be hosting a singing event at the University of Surrey student’s union. This week it was announced that Moyles and his breakfast show team will be hosting the Christmas Karol-oke at the Guildford campus on Tuesday evening. When the news was announced, more than 500 people flocked to Surrey Sports Park for a chance to get hold of free tickets for the invite-only event. Radio 1 producer and presenter Aled Jones broadcasted live to the Chris Moyles Show from the Sports Park and was on hand to greet people as they rushed to be one of the 425 people to get a their hands on a pair of tickets. One ticket holder said: “When I heard on BBC Radio 1 that the giveaway was at Surrey Sports Park I was so excited. “After a quick detour on my way to work and a run in high heels through the car park I was lucky enough to get one of the last remaining tickets.”

Have your say on fire cuts
PLANS to change services at fire stations across Surrey have been opened up to a public consultation. Despite protests from firefighters and union leaders, Surrey Fire and Rescue’s Public Safety Plan for 20112020 was last month endorsed by Surrey County Council. Anyone living in the county is now able to have their say on the potential changes, with an online survey accessible via the council's website. In a statement promoting the survey, Surrey Fire and Rescue (SFRS) said: “We value the opinions of staff, our community and stakeholders, and believe they are vital in ensuring our emergency service reflects the needs of those we serve.” The 13-point questionnaire highlights a number of proposals, including the prospect of crewing fire engines with fewer firefighters in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and moving fire engines and specialist vehicles from where they are currently based to ‘improve the balance of service provision’. The SFRS also proposes greater use of volunteers to help fight fires in a move towards David Cameron’s Big Society. The force’s draft consultation plan seeks to redress the balance between the number of fire engines available during day shifts and at night, with most emergency calls coming during daylight hours. If the plans are given the go ahead Woking, which currently has two 24hour appliances, would have one during the daytime shift and one at night. Night-time deployment of fire engines in Esher, Dunsfold and Staines could all be cut, while Gomshall and Dunsfold fire stations will lose their one day-time engine, between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Guildford, which will be expected to send additional help to towns and villages in the surrounding area which have lost engines, will also be affected, and will be covered by two rather than three appliances. Cranleigh fire station will go from having two full-time engines, to having none during the day and one at night, while Godalming, Haslemere, Oxted and Walton will change from the same current situation to having one engine during the day and one at night. Dorking, Leatherhead, Painshill, Chertsey, Egham, Sunbury and Farnham would be the only stations left unaffected by the changes, and the county could see its overall cover drop from 35 appliances to 23 during the day and 21 at night. One prominent Surrey firefighter, who did not wish to be named, criticised the cuts as putting lives at risk. He said: “As a resident of Surrey I am deeply concerned about the prospect of reduced fire cover. “Surrey Fire and Rescue has always been a world class service but with these type of severe cuts, the service certainly won't be so effective – cuts cost lives.” FBU members this week hit back with an ‘alternative consultation’ of their own, asking residents to comment on how they feel about lowering response times for firefighters ‘even further’ and cutting night-time cover by up to 36 percent. Comments on the proposed SFRS Public Safefty Plan for 2011-2020, can be made by visiting www.surreyfire.gov.uk. To view the Surrey FBU’s alternative consultation visit w w w. f b u s u r r e y. c o . u k / h t m l / survey.html.