New children’s play area at Squire’s in Badshot Lea

Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea has a new outdoor play area which is perfect for little ones! Built using environmentally friendly materials it contains state-of-the art equipment, including two brand new climbing structures, a slide, pirate ship and a new safety floor. There are also two nature boards to help children identify different birds and trees that they may spot in the adjacent plant area.

The play area is next to Squire’s outdoor Café Bar seating area and is free for little customers to use.

Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot lea Road, Farnham, Surrey. GU9 9JX.

www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

The Watercress Line’s dazzling Steam Illuminations returns for this year’s festive season

The Watercress Line heritage railway is set to sparkle and shine with the return of the spectacular Steam Illuminations for the festive season - and this year it will be even brighter! 

The unique Christmas light show, which is scheduled to run from 26 November 2021 through into January 2022, will feature thrilling rides on a digital LED passenger steam train, illuminated inside and out with thousands of fully controllable colour mixing lights creating flashing patterns.

Tickets are on sale now for the winter extravaganza, the UK’s only Christmas steam illuminations of its type. The railway is advising people who are eager to visit to book early for the magical experience, which this year also features a stunning giant tree of lights and snowfall over the railway’s famous bridge, which featured in the Harry Potter movies.

All the family will have fun with their LED wristbands that flash in time with the train lights, as they travel the 10-mile return journey through the Hampshire countryside, between Alresford and Alton, with static Christmas light displays and festive music all part of the enchanting journey.

Delicious refreshments will be available before boarding and all passengers will have an opportunity to see the outside of the train brightly lit up at the start, middle and end of their journey and capture wonderful memories on camera.

Watercress Line General Manager Simon Baggott said: “We are thrilled that the dazzling Steam Illuminations will be returning this year, with more colourful lights and festive features, including the exciting new giant tree of lights and snowfall over our famous Harry Potter footbridge at Ropley.

“It promises to be an incredible experience for all and a wonderful highlight of the festive season. Please book your tickets early as last year’s Steam Illuminations rides were a sell-out.

“This Watercress Line treat will give a lot of joy and magic memories to everybody, so don’t miss out.” 

Tickets must be pre-booked and for more information, please visit https://watercressline.co.uk/steam-illuminations 

Sick of clutter? Do you struggle to keep your house as clean as you'd like?

Sick of clutter? Do you struggle to keep your house as clean as you'd like?

The hit Channel 5 cleaning show Filthy House SOS is back and looking for people who need help to transform their home.

Professional cleaners Richard and Brennan are passionate about helping people transform their cluttered homes. ‘’We want to transform people’s homes, whilst also teaching tips and tricks to help keep it spotless’’ says Brennan. ‘’No job is too tough for us’’ says Richard, ‘’If you have a house you need expert help to clean, we want to hear from you’’. 

The duo clean and declutter homes within the space of 4 days, completely free of charge.

Filming now until October 2021, the expert cleaners want to hear from individuals living in Surrey and beyond who could benefit from a free clean up this 2021.

For more information on how to apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply here :https://form.jotform.com/201614460158348

Transform family walks into mini adventures

Join us on a fantastic family adventure through our historic town centre and beautiful countryside with Guildford’s new Secret Stories mobile app. 

Created in partnership with Ordnance Survey, the app brings the town to life with fascinating facts on our unique ‘Guildford’s Golden Nuggets’ interactive walking tour. 

Lead Councillor for Economy, Cllr John Redpath says:

“The app is available now and could be a great way to get out and about this half term, to learn more about Guildford and have some fun along the way. The Secret Stories app is suitable for all ages and has many more walking tours right across the country. 

“It is user-friendly with simple maps to follow for the whole family. You could enjoy a self-guided tour and stop off midway through for a picnic in one of our award-winning parks and green spaces.” 

Cllr Redpath adds:

“Guildford has such a rich history. In our town centre alone we have the Castle and Allen House Grounds, and our museum, just off the High Street, is free to visit.”

The app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones by searching ‘Secret Stories’ in Google Play and the Apple App Store. You can either search for stories in the Guildford area or the app will suggest stories based on your location. 
 

The walk starts at Guildford Railway Station and takes you along the River Wey, though the castle grounds and up to our historic High Street. You’ll hear and see snippets from Guildford’s past brought to life, including the tale of how Guildford got its name and more quirky claims to fame. 
 

Ordnance Survey’s Secret Stories uses pictures and audio to bring towns to life with interactive family activities and challenges. Routes are marked by simple red dots to make sure you don’t get lost, and once downloaded you can enjoy a walk as many times as you want.  
 

Residents and visitors can also get involved and add their own ‘secret stories’ and walking tours by using the app’s Community Stories feature.


We hope to add more special walks later this year to showcase more of our beautiful borough.

Young infants produce strong immune response to SARS-CoV-2, study finds


Young infants show strong immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, new research has found.  In particular, compared with adults, young infants produce relatively high levels of antibodies and immune cells that can specifically protect against COVID-19.

The study led by academics and paediatricians at the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is published in Cell Reports Medicine.

During the pandemic, children have been much less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, which is unexpected, especially in young infants who are known to be vulnerable to severe disease from other respiratory viruses, such as RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and flu.

Early in the pandemic, it became evident young infants with COVID-19 who were being cared for by paediatricians at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children were only mildly affected by the disease.

With very little data published on the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in young babies, the research team set out to examine antibody and cellular immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 in young infants compared with adults.

The research team evaluated convalescent immune responses in four infants under three months old with confirmed COVID-19 who presented in March 2020 with mild febrile illness, alongside their parents, and adult controls who had recovered from confirmed COVID-19.

The researchers found young infants produce relatively high levels of antibodies and immune cells that can specifically protect against COVID-19, compared with adults.

The findings could help explain why young infants appear protected from severe COVID-19, at a period of their life when they could be more vulnerable.  

Dr Anu Goenka, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, said: “By conducting a detailed study on young infants who are relatively protected from severe COVID-19, we have shown what protective immunity 'looks like’, in terms of the make-up of specific antibodies and immune cells directed against SARS-CoV-2.

“This is very useful information for the design of future COVID-19 vaccines that could seek to induce and mimic the signature of this protective immunity.”

The research team would like to confirm their findings in a larger cohort of infants, as well as compare infant vs adult immune response during COVID-19 during and at several timepoints after their infection.

The work was supported by Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal, the dedicated charity for the children’s hospital, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, Wellcome and UKRI.

Paper

Young infants exhibit robust functional antibody responses and restrained IFN-γ production to SARS-CoV-2’ by Anu Goenka et al in Cell Reports Medicine [open access]