It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #1: All Around My Hat

Attending a recent Gordon’s School carol concert, in which the school children sang the traditional Christmas carol Gaudete, prompted memories of the version by electric folk rock group Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior. This in itself was the reason for my posting a video of Steeleye Span singing Gaudete – see it HERE.

Steeleye Span, as a folk rock group, were formed in 1969, and with numerous changes to the line up have been performing and recording ever since. In the early to mid 1970’s the group saw chart success with Gaudete, and later All Around My Hat, performing it on Top of the Pops.

I’ve appreciated their distinctive British sound and repertoire, and reminded by Gaudete, have selected some five of their performances for this week.  The first is their 1975 performance of All Around My Hat.

Police Advice: Christmas Safety Tips

In a Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police Team Communique No.26, they offer these 24 crime prevention tips for Christmas,

Be safe at home

1. Keep your home secure Make sure that you’ve secured all outside doors and windows and, if going out and you have a burglar alarm, make sure it’s set.

2. Store gifts well out of sight until Christmas Day.

3. When going out, user timer switches. To turn switches on when it gets dark – don’t forget bedrooms.

4. If going away. Don’t close your curtains in the daytime, unless a room is clearly a bedroom. Ask a trusted friend to close them for you when it gets dark. They can make your house look occupied in your absence and even park their car in your drive. The best burglary deterrent is to make your house look occupied at all times.

5. Cancel your milk order if you are going away.

6. A plug-in timer for the radio would make it sound as if someone is at home. Tune the radio to a station that has more talking than music.


Be safe when parked at home

7. Don’t leave the engine running.  On cold mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running to warm it up or defrost the windows. So many cars are stolen this way it has a name – frosting!

8. Use locking wheel nuts on alloys.  Fit locking wheel nuts, as alloy wheels are often a target for car thieves.

9. 10. & 11. Don’t leave car doors or windows open and remember to lock all car doors. Close and lock all doors and secure windows every time you leave the car unattended.

12. Don’t park cars where they’re hidden from view.  If you can’t park in a garage, try and park your car where you can see it from a house window. Do not park it behind high walls or bushes.

13. Use security lights on outside walls.  Thieves don’t like working in the light where they can be detected.

14. Remove your in-car electronic equipment.  These are the most sought-after items in your car. With satnavs remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these.

15. Keep fuel caps locked.  You should have a fuel cap which locks.

16. If you have a garage, use it.  Always lock your car and garage or try to park in a well-lit, open place.


Be safe when leaving your car

17. Don’t leave anything on display in your car.  At this time of year make sure any presents are kept well out if view. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’.

18. Do not display personal information in the car.  eg. private mail or documents with your address on it.

19. Don’t keep car registration documents in the car.  Having access to your car registration documents makes it easier to sell on your car illegally.

20. & 21. Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car and shut your glove compartment.  Never leave any of the following on display, as they are all particularly attractive to car thieves: mobile phones; laptop computers; credit and debit cards; cash.

22. Use a steering wheel lock.  Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering-wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers.

23. Security etch windows.  Consider having your car’s registration number, or the last 7 digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all glass surfaces – including the headlamps.

24. Don’t leave your keys in the ignition.  When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors. Follow this routine all the time, even when filling up with petrol or just popping into the shop.

Reporting on crime and crime prevention

The villages and towns in Surrey Heath have low rates of crime in comparison to many other parts of the UK. We are not, though, immune from crime, it’s just that’s it’s lower here.

I post the crime bulletins and police alerts because I consider it important to understand where crime occurs in our borough, the nature of the crime, and police advice about minimising crime.

Christmas is one of those times in the year when crime is highest, fairly obvious in that there is an increased level of opportunity for crime.

I wouldn’t want readers to think that reporting on crime is what this blog is about. It just happens that preparations for Christmas and stuff has meant fewer blog posts than normal.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: December 2017: 2nd update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.
  • Crime no.45170137204 – On 10/12/2017 at 01:59, in Moorlands Road, Camberley. Suspects have forced entry to the property via the front door and connecting side window.  A brick slab appears to have been thrown through the front door’s lower window panel shattering it entirely. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170138565 – On 13/12/2017 from 14:50 to 16:47, in Obelisk Way, Camberley. Location is a flat above shops.  During hours of daylight two unknown persons have entered address through unlocked front door have made untidy search of 1 bedroom taking envelope containing £150
  • Crime no.45170139243 – On 14/12/2017 from 16:30 to 23:00, in Robin Hill Drive, Camberley. Entry forced through rear patio door and untidy search carried out of whole premises (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170136945 – On 08/12/2017 at 18:50, in Blackwater Valley Road, Camberley. Mercedes C, index WD63ZGS, stolen from car park at Sainsbury’s
  • Crime no.45170136991 – On 09/12/2017 at 10:00, in Bain Avenue, Camberley. Scrap boiler stolen from side of house where it had been left for collection
  • Crime no.45170138122 – On 11/12/2017 from 08:00 to 18:00, in Pembroke Broadway, Camberley. Bicycle lock has been cut and bicycle stolen from bike rack
  • Crime no.45170138332 – On 12/12/2017 at 15:05, in Watchetts Road, Camberley. Theft of parcel from doorstep.
  • Crime no.45170138345 – On 12/12/2017 from 09:30 to 17:00, in Grand Avenue, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycle and lock.
  • Crime no.45170138447 – On 12/12/2017 at 11:00, in High Street, Camberley. Theft from delivery van. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170139324 – On 14/12/2017 from 16:00 to 21:00, in Avenue Sucy, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycle from communal area
  • Crime no.45170138170 – Between 09/12/2017 from 18:00 to 10/12/2017 at 10:00, in The Hatches, Frimley. During hours of darkness have smashed the rear windows of a Vauxhall Corsa, nothing stolen from the vehicle and no other damage caused.
  • Crime no.47170181664 – On 13/12/2017 at 12:15, in Sidley Recreation Ground, Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut. Damage caused inside pavilion.
  • Crime no.45170138384 – On 11/12/2017 at 21:40, in Frimley Baptist Church, Balmoral Drive, Frimley. Have gone to the location and have taken decorations off the tree outside the Frimley Baptist Church. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170137017 – On 07/12/2017 from 09:00 to 21:30, in Longmeadow, Frimley. Have stolen plastic bags full of scrap copper piping to the value of £200-£300.  Piping was not visible from the street so believes offenders have rummaged through the garden to find them.
  • Crime no.45170137096 – Between 18/11/2017 from 00:00 to 09/12/2017 at 10:09, in Fosters Grove, Windlesham. Garage broken into and 2 pedal cycles and a power drill taken
  • Crime no.45170139140 – On 14/12/2017 at 15:35, in Rosewood Way, West End. Unknown offenders have approached detached house in cul-de-sac and have forced open rear panel of UVPC door causing damage with implement, have broken internal audible alarm and have made an untidy search of two bedrooms. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170137370 – On 09/12/2017 at 19:00, in Blackthorn Drive, Lightwater. Youths have damaged the front door of property.
  • Crime no.45170139109 – On 13/12/2017 at 21:45, in Vicarage Road, Bagshot. Criminal damage to motor vehicle on driveway during attempted break-in with a crowbar
  • Crime no.45170139018 – Between 12/12/2017 from 16:00 to 14/12/2017 at 14:00, in Albert Road, Bagshot. A white Ford Focus Sport keyed along the passenger side door and wheel arch whilst it was parked on a driveway
  • Crime no.45170139340 – Between 14/12/2017 from 17:00 to 15/12/2017 at 07:40, in London Road, Bagshot. Silver Ford Transit van broken into and items taken (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170139368 – Between 14/12/2017 from 21:30 to 15/12/2017 at 07:30, in Shepherds Chase, Bagshot. Suspect has broken into a white Ford Transit van overnight and stolen tools and sat nav.

Peeking into a Virgin Media broadband distribution box

Residents will know of the works to install Virgin media optical fibre superfast broadband connections to homes in Lightwater. I dare say, almost everyone has experienced some dislocation, some more than others. Some home owners are waiting for remedial work as the installation has been of variable quality.

Never mind, it’s the promise is 300 Mbps connection to the internet that attracts, which is quite an increase on our average speed of 17 Mbps.

We’ve all seen the grey boxes being installed in our streets. I peeked inside some as they were being installed and saw green piping – not very exciting.

Yesterday I stopped by a grey box that had an engineer working on it. Here’s the photo I took. Pleasingly the fibre optic cable was being attached to house connection points. The upshot is that the Virgin Media service will soon become available. Haven’t yet looked at the Virgin packages, will do when the service is operational. [click on images to expand]

Surrey Tree Wardens winter 2017 newsletter released

The establishment, in September this year, of Surrey Heath Tree Wardens has been reported here, see HERE also to learn more. They are members of the independent Surrey Tree Wardens group, which has been in existence since 2002, previously from 1987 till 2002  being funded and run by Surrey County Council.

Here’s the Surrey Tree Wardens Winter 2017 newsletter for your perusal.

Details of new garden waste collection service announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced that,

A new garden waste collection service will delivered across Surrey Heath from February 2018.

At a meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Executive on December 5, it was agreed that the new subscription-based scheme would operate fortnightly, at an annual charge of £40.

The Council-backed scheme will be operated by Amey, who replace Biffa, the current Green Waste Club operators.

The new cost, which is a reduction on the £57 a year charged by the Biffa scheme, includes the provision and delivery of a 240-litre wheeled bin. Subscribers to the existing scheme will be able to keep their current bin upon joining the new scheme.

New customers will receive a bin upon subscribing to the scheme.

Amey are the contractors for the new Surrey Heath waste and recycling collection service under the Joint Waste Contract, which will start on 5 February.

Managed by Joint Waste Solutions, this arrangement maintains a high quality waste and recycling service for residents in Surrey Heath, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking, while saving taxpayers across the four authorities around £2.5 million a year.

The first contract of its kind in Surrey, it was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

More detailed information on the new Green Waste Club scheme, and the Joint Waste Solutions service in general, will be issued to residents ahead of its implementation in the new year.