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


Answer to Photo Quiz 29: The Ridgewood Centre, Frimley

The photo quiz question was where can you see this sun dial and turret? The answer is it’s on one of the buildings at The Ridgewood Centre on Old Bisley Road, Frimley. The building is part Surrey and Borders NHS Trust’s community mental health facilities. Originally known as the Brompton Hospital Sanatorium, built in 1904, this part centre in the photograph is marked for demolition, to become housing with developer Linden Homes.

I’ll write a longer post about the history of this hospital and accompany it with some of my photos. Meanwhile Rob Mcrorie’s flickr site has a image of the whole site as it was some years ago, and if you look carefully at the photo, you can spot this building in the top centre.

Photo Quiz 29 The Ridgewood Centre

Photo Quiz 28: Answer, the entrance canopy in France Hill Drive

The question was, where can you see the portico windows? The answer is it’s the rather attractive entrance to the Camberley Adult Learning Centre in France Hill Drive, Camberley. I’ve posted a complete photo of the entrance alongside the photo quiz image. The canopy and entrance look a little tired. Some careful improvement would make the entrance more inviting. It’s pleasantly redolent of Edwardian times.

Photo Quiz 28France Hill Adult Learning Centre


Awards celebrate the best in local sporting achievement

In Surrey Heath Council’s press release are names of the winners of the 2014 Surrey Heath Sports Awards

Surrey Heath Sports AwardsThe Surrey Heath Sports Awards celebrated the best in local sporting achievement on Sunday 19 October at an invite-only ceremony at Camberley Theatre.

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards honour people from all over the borough who have excelled in sports including football, basketball, judo and cricket.

The evening is one of the most anticipated events in the borough calendar as a chance to celebrate the achievements of local athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers. Nominations were open to the public for two months between July and August.

Owen Livesey [centre] winner of Surrey Heath Sports Personality 2014The awards were attended by around 350 members of the local sporting community and selected VIPs including the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Bob Paton.

Cllr Craig Fennell, portfolio holder for Business said, “This year has been a stellar year for sport in the borough with gold medals for Camberley Judo Club at the Commonwealth Games and Camberley hosting Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain. The awards have been a great chance to enjoy and reflect on our achievements and look to further successes in the future.”

The winners of the Sports Awards, who ranged in age from as young as eight through to their seventies, will automatically be entered into the county-wide Surrey Sports Awards which are held in December.

The list of winners:

  • Young Sports Team of the Year (sponsored by Arena Leisure Centre) Camberley Cricket Club U9
  • Sports Team of the Year (sponsored by Specsavers) Heatherside Galaxy
  • Sports Club of the Year (sponsored by Accent Peerless) R-U-Able-2
  • Disability Sports Award (sponsored by Basepoint) Gary Dunford
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Surrey Playing Fields) Megan Cowlard
  • Surrey Youth Games, Performance of the Games: Ellie Kirby Surrey Youth Games, Volunteer of the Games: Mandy Pack
  • Coach of the Year (sponsored by Active Surrey) Pete Collins, Deepcut Community FC
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Specsavers) Jade Blackburn, England U16 Basketball
  • Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Specsavers) Owen Livesey, Camberley Judo Club
  • Outstanding Service to Sport (sponsored by Specsavers) Reg Rapley, Windlesham Bowls Club

For photos and videos of the event please go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/sportsawards

With special thanks to our sponsors, Specsavers, Accent, Basepoint, Surrey Playing Fields, Active Surrey and the Arena Leisure Centre.