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The Dorking souvenirs are on page 6.   If you want to find a great way of saving your pennies, check out page 10.  As with the other ideas please get in touch if you might find them useful.

 

DORKING is a town in Surrey, UK..  The word 'dorking', or the verb 'to dork' not to mention the noun 'dork', is/are open to a variety of interpretations, none of which reflect on the town itself nor on its inhabitants! The meanings vary from 'piddling' around to a very much related but usually more purposeful activity; though that would depend on the perpetrator perhaps. 

Calling the site 'Dorking...about' allows a variety of interests to be included apart from an appreciation of the enticing surroundings which have always drawn people to the Dorking area, the most splendid in all of the Surrey Hills.

For those who are a million miles from here, or who might as well be, Dorking is a classic English country town in a delightful setting in the Surrey Hills... yet only 35km south west of Piccadilly Circus, London. The town can be seen here, laid out below Box Hill with the far horizon rising left towards Leith Hill, highest point in the South East England. Dorking's cricket ground is clearly seen, as is another important facility in the bottom left corner: the town's sewage works (!) mentioned because alongside it, naturally, flows the River Mole before cutting in at the base of Box Hill to create the precipitous slope known as 'The Whites', white chalk rock being the basis of the Hill. Other notable 'areas of green' which make this such an attractive town are seen left centre; this is Cotmandene, ancient common land and right centre, the well-used Meadowbank Park. Between it and St.Martin's church Pippbrook flows towards and behind the cricket ground before joining the Mole by Box Hill. It was on the southern slope of the shallow Pippbrook valley that the town grew. 

Dorking from Box Hill.

St.Martin's church spire can be appreciated as one of the tallest in the country in the view from Box Hill, but also from close quarters, looking in exactly the same direction, i.e. south-west.......

   In November 2009 St Martin's Churchyard became globally famous as the home of Albi, the albino squirrel, sadly squashed on a nearby road and buried in what had been his happy home for some years. Below is a picture of him taken on the same May 2008 day as the one above, turning to the left by 90 degrees.

The best possible memorial for Albi would be to make the area where he lived and played into a desperately needed 'town square' by amalgamating part of the churchyard with St Martin's Walk Piazza, whilst, of course, retaining as many trees and as much grass needed to retain a lovely environment, tastefully enhanced. OK, creating it as a memorial is tongue-in-cheek but the rest of the idea surely deserves massive consideration  and preferably rapid implementation. See more on Page 4: 'Dorking needs a Heart'.......desperately. Just think of all the 'pros' and see if you can match them with half as many 'cons', not least of the former being the towns ability to attract visitors....and not just those on a worldwide pilgrimage to Albi's resting place!