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Woking is a thriving hub in the heart of Surrey, attracting many thousands of people with its shopping, culture and enviable transport links.

We are aiming to get under the skin of what makes the borough tick.

Featuring interviews with community groups, residents and councillors the Woking Hub offers a more in-depth look at what makes Woking the place it is.

For more information or to contact your local council about any issues raised in these podcasts, please visit the Woking Borough Council Website.

The Latest

Pick up a paintbrush at Woking's free arts fair

Pick up a paintbrush at Woking's free arts fair

Tim Matthews from Woking Arts Hub says that Woking Arts Fair on 7th October is the perfect chance for people who haven't thought of it before to try painting or writing.

Hear all about the changes to waste collection in Woking

Hear all about the changes to waste collection in Woking

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks talks about the new waste collection contractor for Woking, and hopes the new service will be so good and smooth that residents don't know that it's happening.

What's happening at this year's Woking Food and Drink Festival?

What's happening at this year's Woking Food and Drink Festival?

Riette Thomas tells us what's going on at the free festival on 1st-3rd September, from celebrity and local chefs, to talks, children's activities, and exhibitors.

Out with the Homelink team: installing a grab rail in Byfleet

Out with the Homelink team: installing a grab rail in Byfleet

We go out and about with Kathy from the Woking Homelink team, to see their Handyperson Service in action as Ian installs a grab rail for Mrs Brooks.

This Woking café is a place where 'everybody comes together'

This Woking café is a place where 'everybody comes together'

Heidi and Grace run The Junction and say that without help from Woking Borough Council, it would have closed last year.

How Council is getting more women active in Woking

How Council is getting more women active in Woking

Sports development officer Matt Glazier talks about breaking down barriers in the local community with the nationwide 'This Girl Can' campaign.

The 60s and 70s come to Woking to 'rock all over the park'

The 60s and 70s come to Woking to 'rock all over the park'

Debbie Hickman says the free Party in the Park event is making a noise about what Woking has had to offer in the past, and what is still has to offer today.

Woking Royal Navy vet shares importance of Armed Forces Day

Woking Royal Navy vet shares importance of Armed Forces Day

Rod Frazer from the Woking Branch of the Royal Naval Association says it is a way of saying to comrades: 'We admire you, we honour you, and we're praying for you'.

What's planned in Woking for Refugee Week?

What's planned in Woking for Refugee Week?

Woking People of Faith's Garry Shore invites everyone in the community to get involved with Refugee Week and hopes there will be lasting effects from it.

'Bringing people together as neighbours, wherever they're from'

'Bringing people together as neighbours, wherever they're from'

Garry Shore from Woking People of Faith talks about plans for Refugee Week (19th-25th June), raising awareness about the plight of refugees.

Exhibition launched in Brookwood to commemorate war heroes

Exhibition launched in Brookwood to commemorate war heroes

Andrew Fetherston from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission talks about their exhibition at Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Council teams up with not for profit group to help homes in need

Council teams up with not for profit group to help homes in need

Nick Webb from the Parity Trust explains how it is working with Woking Borough Council's private sector housing team.

Army Training Centre recognised with 'huge honour' by Council

Army Training Centre recognised with 'huge honour' by Council

Lt. Colonel Richard Green says the Army Training Centre in Pirbright has strived to be part of the community since the 1800s, after receiving Freedom of the Borough.

Mayor shares the importance of a 'historic day' for Woking

Mayor shares the importance of a 'historic day' for Woking

Cllr Anne Murray, Mayor of Woking, spoke to us after the military parade, as Freedom of the Borough was awarded to Pirbright army training centre.

Woking project to 'reverse trend' for European protected species

Woking project to 'reverse trend' for European protected species

The Great Crested Newt has declined in numbers over the last 100 years, but a new scheme at Westfield Common is working for their benefit, in 'a strategic way',

The reasons behind the huge overhaul of Woking's roads

The reasons behind the huge overhaul of Woking's roads

Chief executive Ray Morgan talks about the challenge of putting infrastructure in place to support growth, while keep disruption to a minimum.

A great future for great crested newts in Woking

A great future for great crested newts in Woking

Ecologist James Simpson talks about the Great Crested Newt Habitat Improvement Plan, at Westfield Common, and how it will benefit both the animal and development in the area.

What services are there to help people 'live well' in Woking?

What services are there to help people 'live well' in Woking?

Julie Meme, home independence manager, talks about the range of services provided by the Living Well team, so that people are 'comfortable, safe and secure'.

How The Vyne Centre for the Community is combating loneliness

How The Vyne Centre for the Community is combating loneliness

'Lots of people are very lonely, but I don't think you need to be', says Betty Bracher, who has been volunteering at the centre in Knaphill for the past 15 years.

Free service to help people with dementia 'live independently'

Free service to help people with dementia 'live independently'

Home independence manager Julie Meme talks about the recently launched free dementia friendly handyperson service, which supports residents living with dementia with simple adaptations around the home.

Council to consider cross-party working group recommendations

Council to consider cross-party working group recommendations

Woking Council is considering the recommendations on residential development, but Councillor Ashley Bowes says nothing is set it stone.

HG Wells' niece shares her thoughts on his statue in Woking

HG Wells' niece shares her thoughts on his statue in Woking

92 year old Jean Peters is the niece of HG Wells, and was present at the unveiling of a statue of the author in Woking, 150 years after his birth, along with 15 other members of Wells' family.

Your Officers

A day in the life of... Woking's Arts Development Officer

A day in the life of... Woking's Arts Development Officer

Tara Stevenson, arts development officer at Woking Borough Council, told us all about her role and the things she deals with on a day to day basis. She also has some career advice for anyone aspiring to work in a similar role.

A day in the life of... Woking's Sports Development Officer

A day in the life of... Woking's Sports Development Officer

Matt Glazier gave us an insight into life as Woking Borough Council's Sports Development Officer. He explains why he is so passionate about sport in Woking, and has some career advice for anyone who wants to work in a similar role.

A day in the life of... Woking's Electoral Manager

A day in the life of... Woking's Electoral Manager

Charlotte Griffiths is the Electoral Services Manager at Woking Borough Council. She told us how her time is spent during the busy run up to elections.

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