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Dorking has a buzzing local art scene, and it has a well-earned reputation as a hub of artists, ideas, people and creators.

This independent spirit has helped build the Dorking we know and love, and there’s no better way to reveal the true depths of a place than meeting the creators themselves and the galleries that host them. Visit our Artist's itinerary and be inspired by the creativity that resides in our town.

Recently multi-award winning fine artist Tiffany Budd from Newdigate invited Kairen Kemp of BBC Surrey and Sussex to pop around and visit her studio.

Tune in to hear Kairen and Tiffany's art chat. Scroll to 09:25 to listen to them chat about Hello Dorking and Tiffany's success in town.

Photos:
BBC Surrey (Left)
Raminder X (Instameet - Right)

The award winners will be announced at the ATCM Summer School on 21st June

For Immediate Release

8 JUNE 2023: The Dorking Town Partnership has been shortlisted for the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Best Social and Community Contribution Scheme.

The TCMI Awards have always been purpose driven. In addition to recognising the excellent work of ATCM’s members, they also serve to support the dissemination of best practice to other towns and strengthen ATCM’s ability to undertake advocacy with the UK, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Dorking BID has been shortlisted for the the best scheme which does not carry a direct profit motive for the local business community but instead is about supporting a community in some way, possibly working with the third sector, charities or a range of other partners.

Dorking embraced and shared ‘The Big Help Out’ message and empowered non-profits and charities alongside BID levy payers. The aim was to provide businesses and community partners with a space and a voice in one setting, to generate interest in volunteering and also galvanise locals and visitors to join in.

In addition to raising footfall and the profile of the town, the BID saw this as an opportunity to feature what a brilliant place Dorking is to live, visit and enjoy, and also satisfy ‘The Big Help Out’ message.

Together with over 40 community partners, the BID hosted:

Results included:

Here are the top line results:

The BID installed the art competition winners’ artwork on lamp post banners, a large West Street banner, and on posters in shops around town, alongside bunting and flags that were featured on the Dorking high street by local businesses. 

This event was an opportunity to collaborate with the people of Dorking: the business community, volunteer organisations, educational partners and broader audience, and shine a light on all that Dorking has to offer.

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Notes to Editors

Interviews and images are available on request. For more information, please contact Kathy Kyle at kathy@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk or 07377 096 892.

About the Dorking Town Centre Partnership

The Business Improvement District (BID) for Dorking is committed to raising the profile of Dorking and bringing economic prosperity to the town. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @HelloDorking. Tag us to be featured at #HelloDorking.

Learn more about the Dorking BID at https://linktr.ee/hellodorking 

Social Media: @hellodorking

Join Andy and Vicky Magnani, owners of The Mayflower Spa, on Surrey Hills Radio speaking about wonderful Dorking independents on 'The Lunch Break', a 15-20 minute segment where radio host Emilie-Kate Owen interviews community groups about their projects:

Surrey Hills Live

Learn how we are embracing digital technology and collaboration with levy payers to create opportunities for high street rejuvenation

The DorKing Coronation art trail was live for two weeks, providing people with an opportunity to enjoy and experience Dorking at their own pace.

People were encouraged to visit each location to view the beautiful art work by Samantha Temple Milnes and visit the shops and surrounding area. There, they are encouraged to scan the Dorking @loyalfreeapp QR codes. Scan 10 QR codes and they would be entered into a prize draw to receive a Royal hamper from Waitrose. Scan ALL QR codes and be entered into a prize draw to win the Grand Prize King’s Coronation hamper from Waitrose and Partners. We've contacted the winners and will announce them soon.

Self-propelled tourism is a proven way to encourage visitors and locals to experience and enjoy towns. 

Benefits:

•Free, fun family/everyone activity 

•Do it in your own time 

•Drives people to local businesses and offerings

Interactive trails help to increase the promotion of businesses and footfall into the high street while also providing valuable data and insight into 

participation. 

We paired our trail with our entire offering on the weekend of the DorKing Coronation:

👑 An open air art exhibition featuring the winners of our community artwork competition - we had 29 artists submit their artwork and 1750 votes cast by the public 

👑 ‘The Big Help Out’ Volunteer Village and sustainable market with farm to table goodies, art and live music.

👑 Kids entertainment, henna painting and live entertainment – as well as ‘selfies with the Royals and corgis’.

👑 An awards ceremony celebrating our sustainability champion, volunteer of the year, and high street business hero.

👑 A Dorking Museum hosted exhibition at the Dorking Library.

👑 Taster sessions every half hour with the Dorking Sports Centre.

Download the Dorking LoyalFreeApp and start discovering ways you can experience Dorking high street.

An estimated 5,000 people join in a celebration of the town’s heritage, culture and spirit

For Immediate Release

10 MARCH 2023: The Dorking Business Improvement District (BID) held a free DorKing Coronation on Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May from 12-4pm. Together with over 40 community partners, the BID hosted:

The BID installed the art competition winners’ artwork on lamp post banners, a large West Street banner, and on posters in shops around town, alongside bunting and flags that will be featured on the Dorking high street by local businesses to kick off the Coronation festivities. 

Listen to the BBC Surrey on the ground coverage of the day here.

Dorking town was joined by a variety of dignitaries, from:

The Community Spirit Awards Judges were also present:

There was an estimated 5,000 people in Dorking on the day. The goal of the event was to shine a light on Dorking, and bring people together to create a legacy for the town, whether that’s supporting bricks and mortar high street businesses, collaborating with artists and other local businesses, to starting a new sustainable practice, or volunteering in the community.    

Meet the art competition award winners

The BID asked local artists to brighten up the town with their original artwork, sharing their interpretation of what makes Dorking unique and what they love about the place. The BID held an art competition to feature Dorking’s creativity and spirit. 29 local artists shared their work and over 1,750 votes were cast.

Artists

Highly Commended:

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. The BID has aligned the DorKing Coronation event with the King’s ethos of service to others and his support of sustainability, volunteerism and local business.

The BID also honoured three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on the community. The BID received over 60 nominations from the community in three areas: sustainability, volunteerism and best bricks and mortar business. Award recipients will receive £100 vouchers to be spent or donated in Dorking. The sustainability hero or shero also received a specially sponsored award from Born Free.

Best High Street Business

The best bricks and mortar business that contributes to the success of Dorking High Street.

Anni and Arthurs at the Yard / Jo Sherwood

Holmestores / Louise Holme

Mullins Coffee Shop / Basil and Susan Doha - WINNER

SC Fuller / Andrew Fuller and Liz Fuller - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sustainability Champion

The BID sustainability champion can be any individual who is leading, or who is taking steps to lead change in their organisation, business or in society to transform our community into a more sustainable place.

Clare Davies

Lainey Hanson

Holmestores / Louise Holme - WINNER

Kirsten Johnson - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Alwen South

Pat Smith

Powell Corderoy Primary School Council - SPECIAL MENTION

Amanda Wheatland

Volunteer of the Year 

The BID is recognising those who do a bit extra for their local community.

Kathy Atherton - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Clare Davies - WINNER

Simon Edmands

Jacqui Hamlin

Tony Knight - SPECIAL MENTION

Di Sutherland - HIGHLY COMMENDED

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Notes to Editors

Interviews and images are available on request. For more information, please contact Kathy Kyle at kathy@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk or 07377 096 892.

About the Dorking Town Centre Partnership

The Business Improvement District (BID) for Dorking is committed to raising the profile of Dorking and bringing economic prosperity to the town. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @HelloDorking. Tag us to be featured at #HelloDorking.

Learn more about the Dorking BID at https://linktr.ee/hellodorking 

Social Media: @hellodorking

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On Monday, 8th May at the DorKing Coronation's The Big Help Out, the Dorking BID Community Spirit Awards were held at South Street Gardens. Listen to the BBC Surrey on the ground coverage of the day here.

The town was joined by a variety of dignitaries, from:

The Community Spirit Awards Judges were also present:

The BID was thrilled to welcome locals and visitors our town. There was an estimated 5,000 people in Dorking on the day. The Dorking Coronation is a celebration of Dorking’s heritage, culture and spirit. The goal of the event was to shine a light on Dorking, and bring people together to create a legacy for the town, whether that’s supporting bricks and mortar high street businesses, collaborating with artists and other local businesses, to starting a new sustainable practice, or volunteering in the community.    

Meet the art competition award winners

The BID asked local artists to brighten up the town with their original artwork, sharing their interpretation of what makes Dorking unique and what they love about the place. The BID held an art competition to feature Dorking’s creativity and spirit. 29 local artists shared their work and over 1,750 votes were cast.

Take a tour of the town and view the banners at the entrances of town, a banner on West Street and in high street shops

Artists

Highly Commended:

The BID Community Spirit Awards celebrate the independent spirit that helps to make Dorking a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and enjoy. The BID has aligned the DorKing Coronation event with the King’s ethos of service to others and his support of sustainability, volunteerism and local business.

The BID is also honouring three Dorkinians who have made a significant impact on our community. The BID received over 60 nominations from the community in three areas: sustainability, volunteerism and best bricks and mortar business. Award recipients will receive £100 vouchers to be spent in Dorking. The sustainability hero or shero is also receiving a specially sponsored award from Born Free.

Best High Street Business

The best bricks and mortar business that contributes to the success of Dorking High Street.

Anni and Arthurs at the Yard / Jo Sherwood

Holmestores / Louise Holme

Mullins Coffee Shop / Basil and Susan Doha - WINNER

SC Fuller / Andrew Fuller and Liz Fuller - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sustainability Champion

Our sustainability champion can be any individual who is leading, or who is taking steps to lead change in their organisation, business or in society to transform our community into a more sustainable place.

Clare Davies

Lainey Hanson

Holmestores / Louise Holme - WINNER

Kirsten Johnson - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Alwen South

Pat Smith

Powell Corderoy Primary School Council - SPECIAL MENTION

Amanda Wheatland

Volunteer of the Year - We are recognising those who do a bit extra for their local community.

Kathy Atherton - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Clare Davies - WINNER

Simon Edmands

Jacqui Hamlin

Tony Knight - SPECIAL MENTION

Di Sutherland - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Awards Update

Thank you to BBC Surrey's James Canon for having us on the 2nd May (02:40:26).

And just in case you missed our on-street reporter at The Big Help Out on the 8th May, we've provided links below. Tune in to BBC Surrey and listen to our BID Manager chat with Mark Carter, Executive Director of BBC Surrey, sharing our plans for the DorKing Coronation. Hear what the Dorking BID had planned for the day at 7:40 (01.43.46)

Kathy spoke about what the Dorking Community has to offer with Krys O'Brien throughout the day at 12:10 (02:07:20)

Krys spoke again with the Martineau Brass Quintet (02:49:00)

She then spoke with our brilliant judges of our Community Spirit Awards (44:47), Jarmila Yu of Yunique Marketing/Enterprise Nation and Chris Howard, Chairman of Visit Surrey.

Krys went on to speak with Niall from the Rampant Roosters (02:50:34), one of the five acts who performed at the DorKing Coronation, to include the Martineau Brass Band, Lucy’s Dance Project, the Dorking Choral Society, and the Show Choir.

Krys caught up with the oldest shop in Dorking, S.C. Fuller and how they are modernising and using modern technology called LoyalFree to engage customers and even be more sustainable. (01:51:10)

Krys was kind enough to provide a brilliant overview and wrap up to the day on the 9th of May (38:56) and allowed us to share all that was on display and on offer - over 5,000 people had joined us at that point - what an amazing day we had:

👑 A free, fun DorKing Coronation Window Art Trail by Sam TM and Dorking LoyalFreeApp, with a chance to win special prize hampers sponsored by Waitrose

👑 An open air art exhibition featuring the winners of our community artwork competition - we had 29 artists submit their artwork and 1750 votes cast by the public

👑 ‘The Big Help Out’ Volunteer Village and sustainable market with farm to table goodies, art and live music.

👑 Kids entertainment, henna painting and live entertainment – as well as ‘selfies with the Royals and corgis’.

👑 An awards ceremony (2pm) celebrating our sustainability champion, volunteer of the year, and high street business hero.

👑 A Dorking Museum hosted exhibition at the Dorking Library.

👑 Taster sessions every half hour with the Dorking Sports Centre.

Are you DorKing Coronation ready?

Dorking is certainly ready to celebrate its heritage, culture and spirit this weekend along with the rest of the country. We hope you will join us this weekend and especially on The Big Help Out, Monday the 8th May from 12 to 4pm, as we welcome locals and visitors to our town and celebrate Dorking's sustainable heritage, volunteer spirit and local business heroes.

Here's what's on:

Back of Official Coronation Map 2023

We have a variety of activities designed to spotlight and celebrate what makes our town so special, and also aligns to the King's ethos of supporting sustainability, volunteerism and local businesses. You can find Dorking on the official coronation.gov map and you can also download our map and mini-programme and official digital programme before the big event. Not to worry, we will have printed maps available on the day.

It all begins with our wonderful community.

St Martin's WalkDorking HallsHigh StreetSouth St Gardens/WaitroseUnited Reform Church (URC)
Volunteer Village, Sustainable Market
Face Painting
Live music: 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

Volunteer Village, Food Truck
Live music: 12:15, 13:15, 15:00
Volunteer Village, Henna Artist
Volunteer Village, Sustainable Market 
Awards at 14:00
Live music: 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 15:15

Face Painting Crafts for kids
Live performance: 12:00

Selfies at all locations with (cardboard) 'Royals'.

Check out our Coronation activities

How can you get involved?

What better way to celebrate our town than to focus on Dorking's wonderful community? We know that placemaking events like the Coronation and Jubilee have historically generated upwards of £6.37B in revenue nationally, and £3B in sales for pubs and restaurants alone. However our free event is a celebration of Dorking’s community, which is why we are focused on bringing everyone together to celebrate our community heroes (and sheroes!).

Here's how you can get involved:

But most of all, we want you to enjoy yourselves and experience our lovely town. Join our community and say hello to Dorking. 

Our DorKing Coronation celebrates the best of our business community, volunteers, and sustainable, local focus. We are aiming to shine a light on what’s right here on our doorstep for all to see. We hope that our event will be the kick-off to something truly meaningful for everyone – whether that’s committing to support local high street businesses, adopting a new sustainable practice, or volunteering in the community. We are embracing and sharing 'The Big Help Out' message and hope that locals and visitors alike will join us.

Parking is free on the day and Dorking is served by three train stations.

Download our DorKing Coronation Official Map

Download our DorKing Coronation Official Programme

Meet our Award-winning Artists

Meet our Community Spirit Award Nominees

Meet our Volunteer Village and Sustainable Market Stall Holders

Meet our Community Spirit Judges

Dorking Coronation, 8th May 12-4pm

Join the Dorking BID manager on Surrey Hills Radio speaking about a variety of topics, from our award-winning businesses to our community-focused DorKing Coronation on 'The Lunch Break', a 15-20 minute segment where radio host Emilie-Kate Owen interviews community groups about their projects:

March 30 Episode 09:03

April 20 Episode : 01:28:19

Surrey Hills Live

For Immediate Release

18 MARCH 2023: The Dorking Business Improvement District (BID) held an art competition to celebrate the King’s Coronation by embracing the town’s local artistic flair, independence and spirit. The BID is installing the competition winners’ artwork on lamp post banners, a large West Street banner, and on posters in shops around town, alongside bunting and flags that will be featured on the Dorking high street by local businesses to kick off the Coronation festivities. 

The lamp post banners will remain during the summer months for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.

The Dorking BID received 29 artists’ submissions and nearly 1,750 votes were cast by the public over a two week period and the winners were selected by public vote. 

The three winners will receive a trophy to commemorate the occasion, sponsored by The Boothole, located at 82 South St. The winners, by public vote, are:

First Place: Faith Conway-Dickens

Second Place: Tiffany Budd

Third Place: Sarajane ⭐️

Highly Commended: Lucy Rose

Highly Commended: Kelly, Sienna and Riley Morgan

Faith Conway-Dickens, who is ten years old, said:

“I love a lot of things, I like my cat of course his name is Socks. I love drawing and painting, ice skating and hanging out with my friends. I love playing ROBLOX with all my friends. I like the movie ‘Stranger things’ and squish-mallows. And my cat Socks is very funny, he is black and white I love him very much. He is the best. My dad has bought me very good pens/pencils which will help me with my skill with drawing/painting!”

When she heard the news, Tiffany Budd said:

“I am thrilled to have come second with such a high standard of entries. I can't wait to see the winning artworks all over Dorking to celebrate the King’s Coronation. It will definitely brighten up our wonderful town!'

Sarajane responded to the news with:

"I'm absolutely over the moon that Twinkleton Artwork has been picked and especially honoured to be displayed in West Street. Thank you, it has been a great opportunity to celebrate some of the wonderful creative talent here in Dorking, congratulations and well done to everyone involved."

Highly Commended artist Lucy Rose said:

“I feel incredibly proud that my work has been selected as a highly commended piece. Having recently begun my journey as a paid artist, it is a real confidence boost to have my work chosen and enjoyed by local people for such an important and historic celebration. I would like to dedicate ‘The Golden Cockerel’ to my sister who encouraged me to ‘go for it’ and who is my constant source of inspiration and motivation.”

Highly Commended artist Kelly Morgan said:

“Much like magic beauty can only be seen by those who believe it’s there.”
"We moved to the UK during lockdown in 2020. Never expecting to stay, as it was our stepping stone from South Africa. It was a lonely time due to covid restrictions but this forced us to explore parts of Dorking we may never have seen. The country side was our playground, our sanctuary and our healing. As Dorking started to open up we realised it wasn’t just the location we loved but the people too. Dorking has the most amazing energy and community spirit. It’s held the space for my family to bond and unite over the hurdles we have face leaving our very special South Africa. It’s for this reason it was important to us to create this work together. Dorking has become our home and will always have a very special place in our hearts." 

The Dorking BID is also sponsoring a Community Spirit Award for the DorKing Coronation Celebration on 8th May and it has been judged by three Surrey-based experts who embody and champion the values central to these awards. The BID is recognising three inspiring individuals in three categories: Sustainability Champion, Volunteer of the Year, and Best High Street Business. 

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Notes to Editors

Interviews and images are available on request. For more information, please contact Kathy Kyle at kathy@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk or 07377 096 892.

Link to award-winning artwork

About the Dorking Town Centre Partnership

The Business Improvement District (BID) for Dorking is committed to raising the profile of Dorking and bringing economic prosperity to the town. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @HelloDorking. Tag us to be featured at #HelloDorking.

Learn more about the Dorking BID at https://linktr.ee/hellodorking 

Social Media: @hellodorking

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