London Road War Memorial being renovated

This week I stopped in a traffic queue next to the London Road War Memorial. I noticed that the faded names at the base of the memorial were unrestored. Must say I was somewhat disappointed at the time, especially where Windlesham Parish Council had organised the renovation of the Bagshot War Memorial in the summer.

Surrey Heath Borough Council have announced that the London Road War Memorial is being renovated prior to this years Remembrance Sunday observance. Here’s their announcement,

London Road War MemorialRestoration work began this week on the London Road War Memorial in Camberley. Surrey Heath Borough Council has commissioned the work to coincide with 100 years since the First World War.

As part of the refurbishment, the stone and surrounding perimeter walls are being cleaned and the inscribed letters restored.

The project has been jointly funded by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the RMA and the War Memorials Trust.

Work will be completed in advance of Remembrance Sunday on 9 November, with the renewal being carried out by Haven Memorials from Fleet, whose recent restoration work includes plaques in the RMA’s War Memorial Chapel.

The Camberley U3A Family History Group have kindly photographed each side of the memorial and created name lists for confirmation during restoration.

Surrey Heath Military Champion Cllr Colin Dougan said: “The restoration coincides with the First World War centenary in 2014, but also commemorates the contributions made by troops involved in more recent conflicts, enabling us to remember and honour all those who have given their lives for our country.”

Major General Stuart Skeates, the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst paid tribute to the dedication of those involved in the restoration saying.  “The restoration of this iconic memorial is particularly fitting in this the centenary year of the start of World War 1.  It is also a reflection of the special relationship between the Royal Military Academy, Surrey Heath Borough Council and the town of Camberley which has endured for so long.  I am grateful to all of those involved for ensuring that the monument continues to stand as a testament to the local young men and women who gave so much in the service of their community and country.”

What’s the etiquette in wearing a Poppy

Let’s begin with what the Royal British Legion say about the wearing of a poppy.

1-Poppies planted by the Lightwater War MemorialWhat dates does the Poppy Appeal fall within this year? – The 2014 Poppy Appeal will launch on 23 October with collectors appearing from Saturday 25 October. It runs until Armistice Day, 11 November. Remembrance Sunday falls on 9 November in 2014.

What is the right way to wear a poppy? – There is no right or wrong way to wear a poppy – except to wear it with pride. You can wear a poppy at any time of the year to show your support.

When should I stop wearing a poppy? – The poppy is the main symbol of Remembrance in the UK. You can wear it all year round, but traditionally people stop wearing a poppy after Armistice Day on 11 November or Remembrance Sunday, whichever is later.

Right, that’s the basics done. In the past I’ve commented on the etiquette of poppy wearing, and have not found agreement in what I said – see the comments in the blog post HERE. Personally, I like to wear a poppy with its leaf pointing to 11.0 0’clock – signifying the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month; the exact time when Germany signed the armistice ending WW1.

While the Royal British Legion say they’re happy when people war a poppy at any time, it’s normal practice to wear a poppy from the beginning of the RBL’s poppy appeal day to November 11th, Armistice Day.

Lots of choice for bonfire and firework displays in and around Surrey Heath

Yep, it’s soon the time of year for whizz-bangs, rockets, sparklers, starbursts ……. and so on. As this year November 5th falls on Wednesday, it’s possible to enjoy bonfires and firework displays the weekend before, during the week, and the weekend after.

I’ll restrict the list of where to go to Surrey Heath and it’s near neighbours. We’ve been to the firework displays in Mytchett, and at the NRA in Bisley, though most often to our local firework night is in Lightwater, though West End’s looks an attractive event this year. [Click on links to find out more]

  • FireworksSaturday 25th October, Chobham: Chobham fireworks and Halloween extravaganza from 6.30pm to 9.0pm at Chobham Rugby Club, Windsor Road. Costume judging from 7.0pm during the lighting of the bonfire. Fireworks begin at 8.0pm. Tickets on the gate, adults £6, children £4.
  • Saturday 1st November, Aldershot: Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular with funfair, food and live entertainment at Manor Park in Aldershot. Gates open at 5.30pm, main display starts at 8.0pm. Adults £7, children £3, or £6 and £2 in advance.
  • Saturday 1st November, Bisley: 1st Bisley Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display on Bisley Village Green. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, firework display starts at 7.0pm. Burgers, hot dogs, sweets and glow-sticks. Adult £3, children £2, or £10 per family. No sparklers allowed.
  • Saturday 1st November, Knaphill: 1st Knaphill Scouts Bonfire & Fireworks at the Vyne Field, Redding Way, Knaphill. Gates open 18:00, Fireworks start 19:30. Funfair, food and hot drinks.
  • Sunday 2nd November, Mytchett: Firework display and funfair at the Mytchett Community Centre. Gates open at 5.0pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm. Adults £4, under 16 £2, under 5 free.
  • Friday 7th November, West End: Bonfire, firework display, BBQ, and mulled wine at Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, and fireworks at 7.15pm. Tickets: adults £4.50, children £3, pre-schoolers £1.
  • Saturday 8th November, Frimley: Fireworks Spectacular on Ravenscote School field in Old Bisley Road. Gates will open at 6.0pm. Display at 7.0pm. Tickets £6 on the gate or £4 in advance. Children under 4 free.
  • Saturday 8th November, Lightwater: 1st Lightwater Scouts Bonfire and Firework spectacular, with BBQ and music at the Recreation Ground, Broadway Road. Gates open & BBQ 6.00 pm. Bonfire Lit 7.00 pm. Firework at 7.30pm. Adults & Children £5, Senior Citizens £3. Family Ticket £15 (maximum 5) – under 5s Free. No alcohol or sparklers allowed.
  • Sunday 9th November, Farnborough: Farnborough Football Club ground at Cherrywood Road. Funfair from 3.30pm, Gates open 5.30pm, Display at 7.0pm. Adults £4, Under 16 £2, Under 4 free.

Lightwater and West End each win £30,000 community funding

Leader of Surrey County Council, Cllr David Hodge has announced the community cash winners of the Council’s Community Improvements Fund.

The awards are for West End Parish Council to enhance their playground in Benner Lane, While for Lightwater it’s towards the creation of a new pavilion as a community cohesion and information point for residents, at Lightwater Recreation Ground.

Lightwater’s award is actually to Windlesham Parish Council who own and manage the Recreation Ground and its inadequate sports pavilion. Lightwater’s planned  new Recreation Ground pavilion will cost a great deal more than £30,000. I really ought to learn more about this project – a visit to the Parish Council offices is in order, methinks.

Windlesham Parish Council have an active Twitter feed that’s worth following and a similarly active Facebook page, again worth following, as they both provide frequent updates on parish council activities, and also local police notices.

A packed day of events at Camberley’s Poppy Launch Day

Surrey Heath Borough Council have announced that,

3-Paper poppies in the village squareOn Saturday 1 November, Camberley Town Centre will play host to its first Poppy Launch Day in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Starting at 9am on Park Street, the event will feature entertainment and displays from Stagecoach Theatre Group, Camberley Martial Arts and Liberty Gymnastics clubs plus live 1940s swing music from The Three Belles and a solo artist Kay.  There will also be a static display of vintage military vehicles and motorbikes from the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion.

At 10.50am a parade of the Royal British Legion Standard Bearers, the Royal British Legion Brolly Ladies, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, ATC and representatives from the scouting organisations, will march the length of Park Street accompanied by the Deepcut Army Cadet Band.  At 11am a maroon will be fired, then the exhortation by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Bob Patton followed by a 30 seconds silence.  The Mayor will then officially open the day and afterwards poppies will be presented to the mayoral party by a Poppy Petal and another will read a special poem.

The fun will then continue for the rest of the day featuring a multitude of singers, dancers and performers who will be giving up their time to hopefully encourage onlookers to give generously to this great cause.

Camberley Royal British Legion Chairman, David Kemp said: “The Camberley Royal British Legion has been extremely successful over the years in raising money for the Poppy Appeal but in this centenary year we wanted to do something extra special that would involve the whole community.  We’ve really pulled out all the stops to provide something for everyone and I would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals that are giving up their time to make, what is sure to be a fantastic day possible.”

About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces – past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

Busy leafing through ancient texts

I feel I should apologise for the slightness of recent blog posts. The past two days have been mostly been taken up with researching the history of mile stones in Surrey Heath.

This has necessitating reading Marie de G. Eedle’s comprehensive A History of Bagshot and Windlesham, and visiting the London Metropolitan Archives to view the minutes and accounts of the Bedfont and Bagshot Turnpike Trust.

Access to the Trust’s earliest minute book – Volume 1 from 1st May 1728 to 4th October 1756 was unavailable due to its poor condition. I’ve requested to view it, so in the next month I’ll get a decision on my chance to see its contents.

At the London Metropolitan Archives I leafed through all the pages of the minute book for 1763 to 1804, and also the minute book from 1804 to 1816 including the 1813 plans for a mile house near the Twenty-Four Mile Stone. There are still plenty of minute books, accounts and sundry letters to view, so another visit, or possibly two, to the archives is a requirement. It’s wonderfully surprising just how much material has survived, and in good condition too.

I’m certainly not the first to review the history of turnpike trusts, though I may, just may, be the first to study all of the mile stones on the A30, when I hopefully visit them all in 2015 by walking the route of the old A30 – all 284 miles. Here are a couple of images from the 1763 minute book. Here are a couple of images of the 1763 minute book,

1763 minute book entry Bedfont & Bagshot Turnpike Trust Minute Book