Childline reports eating disorders concern

Thousands of children struggling with body image concerns and mental health difficulties are turning to Childline for help and support about eating disorders.

In 2017/18, the NSPCC’s Childline service carried out 5,934 counselling sessions about eating disorders and eating problems – up 22 per cent since 2016/17. 

Almost nine in every ten counselling sessions were with girls, including 148 counselling sessions with girls aged 10-11. Nearly one in six counselling sessions mentioned anorexia, one in ten mentioned bulimia, and almost a third mentioned negative or distorted body image.   

In addition, thousands of children who contacted Childline about other mental health issues, including suicidal feelings and self-harm, also talked about eating disorders or eating problems, bringing the total number of counselling sessions where eating disorders or eating problems were mentioned in 2017/18 to 11,752. 

Young people say they feel under pressure to look a certain way and live a certain life. The reality is eating disorders are dangerous and can be lethal. It is therefore crucial that these young people receive effective help as soon as possible so they can go on to enjoy their childhood to the full.

Childline is there for these young people, but at the moment it can only answer three out of four young people who turn to it for help.

So it can meet the demand, the NSPCC’s Are You There? campaign is calling on Government to invest some of the £300 million it has committed for children’s mental health services towards early support services such as Childline.

Children and young people in need of advice or support about eating disorders or eating problems can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at

Guildford-on-Sea returns this August with new Sundown Sessions

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside this August as Guildford-on-Sea returns to the banks of the River Wey.

Located next to The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford's urban beach is free to enter and open daily from 10am to 6pmon 16 to 18 August 2018. Organised by Experience Guildford with support from the Electric Theatre and Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), it's the ideal place to have fun with the kids after a busy day at the shops, with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloon giveaways, beach huts, free face painting and candyfloss. 

Plus, this year sees the introduction of the first Guildford-on-Sea Sundown Sessions. Taking place on Thursday 16 August from 7pm to 10pm, the Sundown Sessions, open to over 18’s only, will feature a DJ, beach BBQ, ping pong tables, beach volleyball and a beachside bar selling a range of summertime drinks offers.

A slice of the seaside for everyone, both young and old to enjoy, making Guildford-on-Sea one of Surrey's favourite summer hot spots!

For more information on Guildford-on-Sea and the activities planned over the three days visit or

Guildford’s Library of Things Now Open

Guildford’s much anticipated Library of Things opened for lending earlier this month. The volunteer-run scheme hosted by Guildford Library is a collaboration between Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. One of the first of its kind in the country, the initiative enables residents to borrow hand-held DIY, gardening and decorating tools at a fraction of the cost to buy. 

The well-attended launch provided residents with their first opportunity to borrow an array of ‘things’, from household tools to tents. 

Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Cllr for Housing and Environment explains: “This enterprising scheme expands the existing library service and creates a unique opportunity for residents who hold an active Surrey Library membership to borrow tools for a small donation, as they do with books, films and music. The only difference is we ask residents to view and book the items online. 

“With household budgets under pressure and space at a premium, why buy expensive tools that you often use only once or twice when you can borrow them? There are also obvious benefits to the environment too, as by providing a place to recycle and reuse any unwanted DIY, gardening and decorating tools we help to divert waste from landfill. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer your time or donate equipment to help launch this innovative and most useful scheme.” 

The Library of Things builds upon Guilford Borough Council’s existing successful environmental initiatives; the Guildford Repair Café at the Park Barn Centre and Surrey County Council’s Makerspace in Guildford Library. It is open weekly on Thursdays, 4-7pm at Guildford Library. 

To view Guildford’s Library of Things please visit:
To place a request to borrow please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you have hand held tools (no electrical items please) in excellent working order to donate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01483 444509. 

If you are interested in volunteering, are over 18 and have basic computer skills, please contact Helen Leech, Senior Manager, Digital Services at Guildford Library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Explorer:Space – UK’s Ultimate Space Adventure, lands at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium this summer

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium invites families to embark on a mission to tour the galaxy on-board Explorer:Space, a brand new 600m2 interactive space zone, that opens to the public on 20 July.

Explorer:Space is an immersive space experience that will take families on an epic adventure through the universe. This new dramatic staff-led zone includes amazing hands-on exhibits, covering everything from meteorites to stardust, robots to coding and atmospheric pressure to human space flight.

“Explorer:Space is a permanent new addition for the Science Centre, designed to wow families and ignite their curiosity in space,” said Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre. “We’ve never had an exhibition like this before – the impressive set takes up the entire ground floor of the Science Centre and represents the biggest investment we’ve made since the opening of our planetarium in 2008.” 

To complement the new zone, the Science Centre’s Curiosity Team will deliver space-themed activities and a brand new live science show, Destination Space, from 20 July to 03 September. Audiences will explore the story and science of satellites, complete with fiery demonstrations and bottle rocket launches. 

A fantastic programme of 360° fulldome planetarium shows is also scheduled for the summer, including the new film narrated by Sean Bean, Faster than Light. Visitors can enjoy the sunny weather in the outdoor picnic and play area, which has direct access to the Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation reserve, offering amazing views of the South Downs National Park. 

Explorer:Space and the summer holiday space-themed activities are included in the cost of general admission. The Destination Space live shows will run daily at 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 2 pm inside the Space Marquee – free tickets can be reserved online in advance. New prices from 16 July provide a 25% discount on general admission when booking online at least three days in advance.

To find out more and book tickets, visit

Enchanted Horsham Comes Alive as Discount Code ‘LOCAL’ Gives Magical Advance Ticket Prices

An ancient magic is returning to Horsham Park this summer as Enchanted Horsham comes alive with a unicorn, mermaids, street theatre and music.  This exciting family festival with illuminated pleasure gardens, takes place from 4pm to Midnight on the 27th, 28thand 29thJuly and discounted advance tickets are now on sale.  

Enter a Summer Wonderland for all ages to enjoy. Experience first-hand the street theatre, vintage funfair, circus performances and belly dancers, along with a market celebrating local lifestyle and fashion, street food and drink.

As you wander through the vibrantmarket, you will find unique art, toys, curiosities homewares, garden wares and artisan foods, before you enter the Fashion Tent where creative catwalk shows will inspire your choices of boutique and hand-crafted clothes and accessories.

But what will treat your taste buds too as you listen to an eclectic mix of live music?  Choose from a mouth-watering array of global street food stalls and pop-up restaurants as they nestle alongside beer from Harvey’s, Kent Cider, wine, champagne, gin and cocktail bars.

And the enchantment continues as you become immersed in the enchanted mermaid’s tales, interact with life-sized puppets and set aside time to meet Princess, our real live unicorn. Then as dusk falls, the wondrous secret illuminated gardens will reveal themselves magically bring to life dragons eggs and mystical tales.  

The beautiful illuminations, stunning projections, light shows, performances, music and pathways of fire set the scene as the Silent Disco in the Neon Circus Tent comes to life with fire performers, acrobats, jugglers, LED hoopers, trapeze artists and magicians.  This is one not to be missed!

For more information log onto to purchase advance discounted tickets for adults enter the code LOCAL for 50% discount until the end of May, and 25% discount in June.  Children under 16 enter for free.