Hornby Hobbies’ Hogwarts Express Train Set crowned Toy Fair 2019 Editor’s Choice

Hogwarts Express Train Set by Hornby Hobbies has been crowned the overall winner of the Editor’s Choice Awards at Toy Fair 2019. Second place was awarded to the Peppa Pig Deluxe Wooden Playhouse by Character Options, while third went to Artie 3000™ by Learning Resources. 

Organised by the British Toy and Hobby Association, the awards were voted on by media who attended Toy Fair this week at Olympia London. Thousands of toys were launched at the show, where more than 250 exhibiting companies showed off their latest creations to journalists from national newspapers, broadcasters, consumer and trade outlets. 

Toys launched at Toy Fair often go on to shape the UK market in the year ahead. The top three toys as voted for by the media are:

First Place:

Hogwarts Express Train Set, Hornby Hobbies, £199.99

Second Place:

Peppa Pig Deluxe Wooden Playhouse, Character Options, £99.99

Third Place:

Artie 3000™, Learning Resources, £69

"The Hogwarts Express is an iconic part of the Harry Potter stories, so we’re highly delighted to win the Editor’s Choice Award for the Hornby Hogwarts Express Train set,” commented Simon Kohler, Marketing and Product Development Director at Hornby Hobbies. “We’re extremely pleased to be working with our partners at Warner Bros Consumer Products on this wonderful addition to the Hornby range.”

"Congratulations to the winners of Editor’s Choice 2019!” said Majen Immink, Director of Fairs & Special Events. “With so many fantastic toys launched at Toy Fair, it’s a real achievement to be selected for this award. My thanks to our attending journalists, too, for taking the time to vote at another jam-packed show."

Premier League and FA funding secured for new state of the art pitch at Kings College

Guildford Borough Council and Kings College have successfully secured a grant of over £346,000 from the Premier League (PL) and FA Facilities Fund (FA:FF) towards a state of the art, full size, floodlit 3G pitch at Kings College in Guildford. 

The new facility will provide a full size pitch, two nine a side, two seven aside and five five aside pitches, floodlights along with a new spectator area. The 3G pitch - made of longer synthetic grass - will provide an all-weather surface for school and community use. 

Match funding of £120,000 will come from Guildford Borough Council and £80,000 from the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP).  

The scheme will also see the delivery of various initiatives to support football development with our partner community clubs Guildford Saints and Worplesdon Rangers and Woking Football in the Community as our partner professional club. This will include opportunities for all ages to play social or competitive football, or to train as a coach or referee. 

The news of the grant follows a recent positive Ofsted rating for Kings College and will now allow them to manage a first class facility, improving opportunities for students at the school. 

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Wellbeing and Project Aspire says: 

“This joint project is a great example of how we continue to support communities and improve the health and well-being of our residents. The new 3G pitch will offer countless sporting and training opportunities for the school and the local community, with fair prices and schemes to accommodate everyone, enhancing sport development in Guildford. We are very grateful for the generous grant provided by the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund.” 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: 

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 323 grants worth £12.2m across Surrey towards grassroots sports projects worth £25.2m and it is great to hear that Guildford Borough Council and Kings College will be the latest beneficiary. 

“Funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Foundation, will support the council and college in developing a brand new facility for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Fund is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.” 

Alastair McKenzie, Principal of Kings College, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all current and future students, as well as the wider community. It demonstrates our resolve to provide the very best for our young people. It has been a pleasure to work with Guildford Borough Council and the Football Foundation; both have been passionate in their support of the project. We can’t wait to enjoy the new facility.”

Recycle your Christmas tree for free

Following the success of the scheme over the past two years, Surrey Heath residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in 2019 as part of a Council-run scheme – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

Between 5-19 January 2019, Surrey Heath Borough Council will be running 15 drop off sites across the Borough, where residents can drive in and leave their ‘real’ Christmas tree in a designated area.

At the end of this period, the trees will be chipped and the resulting wood chippings will be used to replenish paths in our parks.

Last year, more than 800 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park.

Surrey Heath Places and Strategy Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “This popular scheme has several benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general, and I encourage people to use it once the festive period comes to an end.” 

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are:


Drop-off Location 


Heatherside Park (near the recreation ground)

GU15 1AY

Watchetts Road Car Park

GU15 2UZ

Old Dean Recreation Ground

GU15 4AF

Prior Heath Car Park 

GU15 1DA

Frimley Green Recreation Ground

GU16 6JZ

Mytchett Recreation Ground

GU16 6JD

School Lane, Bagshot

GU19 5BP

Lightwater Recreation Ground

GU18 5SJ

Windmill Field, Windlesham

GU20 6QA

Clews Lane open space, Angelica Road, Bisley

GU24 9HD

Rosewood Way, West End

GU24 9XG

Yorktown Car Park, Camberley

GU15 3AU

Clarence Drive, Camberley

GU15 1JT

Woodend Road Car Park,Deepcut

GU16 6SD

Chobham Car Park, Chobham

GU24 8LZ

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Community Recycling Centres, or put in your brown garden waste bin if you are subscribed to the scheme. 

Restrictions apply
: only real Christmas trees can be accepted for this event, and all decorations must be removed from the trees before they are left at the drop-off points.

Santa's Grand Arrival at Squire's Garden Centres

Santa was busy whizzing around several Squire’s Garden Centres last weekend to open his magical Christmas Grottos. Hundreds of people came to cheer him as he arrived. Instead of flying in on his traditional sleigh he kept to the roads with some pretty unusual forms of transport, including an American classic car, horse drawn carriage, vintage fire engine, and even the Bumblebee car fromTransformers! There’s a great choice of grottos to visit Santawhich on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.. As well as seeing your child’s face light when they see Santa and receive a beautiful wrapped gift, you’ll also get a warm glow, as you’ll be benefitting a local charity.

Tickets cost £6 per child, with £1 from every ticket being donated to Squire’s local charities. There’s no need to book, simply turn up on the day. For full opening times seewww.squiresgardencentres.co.uk.

Squire’s centre

Santa arrived by

Local charity supported


Vintage Fire Engine

Ist Fetcham Scouts


Bumblebee (from Transformers) 

Carers Support West Sussex


Routemaster Bus                    

Macmillan Cancer Support

Long Ditton          

Horse Drawn Carriage            

The Royal Star & Garter Homes


American Classic Car             



Fire Engine                            

Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

West Horsley       

Squire’s Vintage Van              

Horsley & Bookham RDA


The BAFTA Award-winning CBeebies Children’s TV Show returns to the stage with a new show

The smash-hit In the Night Garden Live begins a first ever tour of UK theatres in 2019 with a brand-new show and will play at G-Live, Guildford on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2019. Tickets have just gone on sale and can be booked online at www.NightGardenLive.com

Take a spectacular journey into the magical world of In the Night Garden and experience the UK’s favourite family show with all the enchanting characters magically brought to life on stage.  

In the Night Garden Live is the perfect musical theatre experience for the entire family. Children’s favourite CBeebies stars - Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends - are all brought beautifully to life in a specially-written new story using full-size costumes and magical puppets with enchanting music and dancing.

This delightful classic, which premiered in 2010 before becoming a summer entertainment fixture, is a firm favourite with young pre-schoolers and their parents.  Seen by over one million people, the critically acclaimed production has established itself as a must-see first theatre experience for young children.

Oliver Seadon, Executive Producer said “When we made In the Night Garden Live we never imagined it would run for 10 years and that over a million visitors would come to see it. It's incredibly exciting now to be making a brand-new show and taking it into theatres all over the country. This will be the first time that audiences get to see In the Night Garden Live in their local theatre.”

In the Night Garden Live is written by Helen Eastman (writer of Bing Live) and based on the Ragdoll television series created by Andrew Davenport.  Directed by acclaimed Royal Ballet choreographer and director Will Tuckett, the show is produced by Minor Entertainment under licence from DHX Media.

Director Will Tuckett said, “Children know these characters so well, much better than we ever might think. They see them as proper friends- when they appear on stage live they are seeing friends liberated from the television or tablet. They are there, waving at THEM.  Taking your child to see them live on stage is an extraordinary experience - it’s a genuinely heartwarming and truly magical thing and makes me love my job as much as I do."