Pictures of Camberley War Memorial before and after cleaning

You may have seen the team from Haven Memorials from Fleet restoring the names the London Road War Memorial, Camberley [see recent blog post on the work involved]. I watched them yesterday, and they’re taking great care in re-painting the names on the memorial.

For the record here’s a picture of the war memorial before it’s cleaning, and after, although not with all of the names repainted.

After cleaning Before cleaning

Repainting names

Bonfire Night and fireworks events : UPDATED weather warning

Last week I posted the list below of local bonfire night and firework displays. I’ve added Frimley’s event at Pine Ridge Golf Club to the list, more can be found on the Camberley News & Mail website.

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday predicts rain, such that Rushmoor have postponed their event this Saturday at Aldershot and will now hold it on Saturday 15th November.

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]Fireworks

  • 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.
  • Saturday 1st November, Frimley: Pine Ridge Golf Club host a fireworks event plus hog roast, Gates open 5.0pm, Fireworks start at 7.0pm. Adults £5, children £2.50
  • 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.
  • Saturday 15th 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.

World Bank releases ‘Doing Business 2015′ report

The World Bank yesterday announced the 12th edition of its Economy Rankings, which measures the ease of Doing Business in 189 countries.

Ease of Doing Business 2014I’ve commented on the Doing Business report for 2013 where the UK was 7th in the ranking, and for 2014 where we’d slipped to 9th. In the 2011 report we were placed 6th. So over recent years other nations have being overtaking us in ease of doing business. Not good.

It’s pleasing therefore that in the Doing Business 2015 report that the UK has reversed this trend, and we are placed 8th. Well ahead of economies, such as Germany 14th, Japan 29th and France 31st. Both India and China don’t fare well, being placed 142nd and 90th respectively.

It’s also pleasing that the UK had performed well in this year’s report, with its revised method of calculation, which the Financial Times describes as,

moving away from the past method of ranking countries by an aggregate of their scores in various areas such as how long it takes to register a business or how easy it is to pay tax. Instead, the bank has constructed a “Distance to Frontier (DTF)” score/index that is meant to be a better measure of countries’ progress against the best practice “frontier”.

In fact, the Doing Business 2015 report finds that using the new measurement methodology,

“local entrepreneurs in 123 economies saw improvements in their regulatory environment in the past year. From June 2013 to June 2014, the report, which covers 189 economies worldwide, documented 230 business reforms—with 145 aimed at reducing the complexity and cost of complying with business regulations, and 85 aimed at strengthening legal institutions. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for the largest number of reforms.”

Improvements to ease of doing business are important underpinnings to global growth,  and will help improve business start ups in emerging economies.

Now back to the UK. I wrote about last year’s report, saying, “It still amazes at how lowly we are ranked in getting connected to electricity, 74th, and that this has worsened in the last year by 10 points. Looking at the detail it takes 126 days to get a connection. Bad, Bad, Bad.” Well, the 2015 report shows little or no improvement in this indicator. Also, the UK shows marginal changes in most other indicators.

My overall report marking for the UK: In a highly competitive world where many countries are making big improvements, the UK must do better next year.

‘Impact of War’ exhibition at The Ingram Collection, The Lightbox, Woking

Artists in the Great War [1914-18] produced striking images derived for the horrors they witnessed, and in which they strived to express their views.

These artists, in addition to their paintings, produced works on paper – prints in other word – editioned in sufficient numbers to make them affordable. Affordable is a relative term here, no matter the number of print sales I’ve attended [mostly at Bonhams] I’ve never managed to secure a print from artists working in WW1.

Chris Ingram, Woking born media entrepreneur, is a collector of such works and much of his collection is on public view at The Lightbox, Woking. The Ingram Collection held at The Lightbox is currently showing an exhibition – Impacts of War, made up entirely of pieces from the collection. The exhibition runs till 4th January 2015, with free admission.

Here are two stunning images from the period, not in the Ingram Collection, but both from the IWM [Imperial War Museum] collection – French Troops Resting by C R W Nevinson, 1919,  and The Menin Road by Paul Nash, 1919.

C R Nevinson, French Troops Resting, 1916, IWM Paul Nash, The Menin Road, 1919, IWM

Surrey Libraries’ commemoration of the First World War

War & WordsFrom June 2014 to July 2015 Surrey Libraries has a programme of events, called War & Words,  to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Already well into the series of events, upcoming is the Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture 2014 by Richard van Emden, entitled, The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and their Families in the Great War. The details are,

  • Saturday 8 November 2014 at 2.30pm
  • At Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND
  • Tickets £10 each, including refreshments. Book Online or in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library.
  • The Quick and the Dead is the story not only of the soldiers who went to war and did not return, but also of the wives and children they left behind to mourn. This talk will look at how a whole nation came to terms with the devastating news of casualties at the front, and how a few unscrupulous individuals sought to profit from other people’s misery. It also examines the sometimes controversial subject of where the dead were to be interred, as well as how the fallen would be commemorated at the end of the Great War.


Poppy Day Launch and remembrance services in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council have announced the arrangements for this year’s remembrance services,

Surrey Heath will pay tribute to those involved in the First World War and Second World War and more recent conflicts with Remembrance events across the borough on Saturday 1 November and Sunday 9 November.

skd187758sdcCamberley’s first Poppy Launch in aid of the Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal takes place on Saturday 1 November, with events including singing, dancing, and performing arts starting from 9.0am in Park Street. Military groups such as the RBL Standard Bearers and the RBL Brolly Ladies will also feature in a parade.

A maroon will be fired at 11.0am, with an exhortation by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Bob Paton, followed by a 30 second silence. The Mayor will then officially open the day, before poppies are presented to the mayoral party by a Poppy Petal. A special poem will also be read.

Remembrance Sunday Services: Services across the borough are organised by the RBL, with Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) and the military working together to support the event.

Cllr Paton and his consort Mrs Carol Paton will attend St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham with SHBC’s Executive Head of Transformation, Richard Payne, at 10.30am. The Mayor, his consort and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, will then visit St Michael’s Church, Camberley, for a 2.0pm service.

After the service, a parade including Cllr Paton, Lt Col Dan Rex, Assistant Commandant of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Commanding Officer Sandhurst Support Unit, and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan will be held along the A30 London Road. Wreaths will be laid at the cenotaph by the RMAS. Sea cadets, army cadets and the army brass band will follow after the parade ends.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Joanne Potter will attend All Saints Church, Lightwater from 10.15am. At 3pm she will then visit St Lawrence Church, Chobham.

Road closures on 9 November include:

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