In 2019 Sculptor Christine Charlesworth was asked by Woking Borough Council to present a proposal for a statue of Dame Ethel Smyth, composer, writer, sportsperson, and prominent suffragette. Smyth lived in Woking a great deal of her life, from 1910 until her death aged 86, in 1944.

Charlesworth says: “I felt I had to depict Dame Ethel Smyth in action. She stands, wearing her usual tweed skirt, enthusiastically conducting passers-by with her oversized baton, her jacket half-open, her arms beating out the time, and her eyes full of concentration as she battles with her hearing loss, which went completely in her late 50s. In her pocket is a sheaf of paper, perhaps notes for a new book as she had 10 published as well as sketches and polemical essays.”

The sculpture is unveiled in Dukes Court, Woking town centre on 8th March 2022