A history of Cranleigh – Cranleigh Community Radio episode 13

Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Cranleigh Community Radio, I’m Martin Bamford.

If you’re new here after listening to Lynda MacDermott talking about Cranleigh Community Radio on BBC Radio Surrey yesterday, then a very warm welcome to you too. I hope you enjoy what we’ve got lined up for you today.

Coming up in today’s episode, Lynda speaks to Michael Miller from Cranleigh History Society. Our resident poet, Trisha Broomfield, shares her work Bagpipes. There’s a conversation about cricket and football with James Mitchell. Stephen Dennison introduces another piece of classical music, and we hear from the Cranleigh Arts team.

This was the week when non-essential shops have reopened in England, and it’s brilliant to see many of our much-loved shops in Cranleigh reopen. Shops that reopened must follow the government’s Covid-19 secure guidelines. For example, using Perspex screens at tills, and adding floor markings to keep shoppers 2m apart.

In Cranleigh High Street, Cranleigh Parish Council and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have introduced a voluntary pedestrian one-way system, as a way to keep everyone safe while queueing outside shops and moving along the High Street. Please head up one side and down the other, keeping the shops on your left. Early feedback for the scheme, gathered by our Street Champions, has been extremely positive.

Also in the news this week, a £1bn fund designed to help England’s children catch up on their education missed while schools have been closed. Announcing the funding, Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked teachers, childcare workers and support staff for their efforts during the pandemic, and said he was “determined to do everything” he could to get all children back in school from September. We await a clear plan.

On the subject of schools, earlier this week I caught up with Trevor Dale from the Cranleigh Society, to talk about progress with their campaign for Cranleigh Primary School, and a couple of other local issues currently on their radar.

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