Lightwater Country Park gets its first Green Flag Award

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce double celebrations as Lightwater Country Park achieves its first Green Flag Award, and Frimley Lodge Park its 19th.

Lightwater Country Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as one of the best in the country. It’s the first time the 59-hectare park in Surrey Heath has been awarded this international mark of quality.

And it was a day of double celebrations in Surrey Heath as Frimley Lodge Park received a Green Flag Award too – for an amazing 19th time.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

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A documentary showing train travel in the 1950’s

I’m confident you’ll know of my interest in steam locomotives, and so I feel I’ll not have to apologise for posting this wonderful film of working, and travelling life in the 1950’s.

As documentary films go, this one of 1954 by British Transport Films on the Elizabethan Express – 60017 Silver Fox is a really good example. It tries to respect the roles of everyone involved in the express train service, though issues of class are evident, with an engaging narration of poetic humour.

Among the things that surprise is the dress of some of the characters, such as the fireman with in his polished brogue shoes.

On returning from our mini break

You may have noticed that I didn’t immediately return to writing here. Don’t you agree that one needs a holiday after returning from one.

As a Tour de France addict I watched all of Stage 8 on TV on Saturday. The TV reception in Ramsgate was good, as was the HD TV in our room, though sadly for four days there was no ITV2 or Eurosport reception, hence my watching from beginning to end.

On Saturday evening, still in heavy relaxation mode, I watched episode 4 on BBC 4 of Inspector Montalbano. While the stories are good, as is the acting, you have to concentrate as it’s a fast moving plot, and it’s in subtitles to the Italian dialogue. Among the curiosities of the programme is the lack cars, and people. In an odd way it makes the programme more riveting as the focus is on the actors and scenery of fictional town Vigata.


Back to blogging after our mini break

We returned lateish on last Friday having stayed in Ramsgate for three nights, and seeing parts of coastal Kent that we’ve not previously visited. The weather was pleasingly kind to us, being sunny and hot. and the locals were friendly and happy to chat to a couple of curious visitors.

We stayed in the delightful Albion House hotel that was once, some time ago, the local council chamber. Here are few photos of the hotel and Ramsgate. Articles on our mini adventures will follow.

Off for a mini adventure to, hopefully, see WW2 tunnels and Sound Mirrors

Do you remember reading about [see HERE to re-read] our visit to an industrial history conference in Kent, when I cajoled my dear wife to join me listening about the discovery of Sound Mirrors on the White Cliffs near Dover. [The photo below is from the coference presentation]

At the conference I bought a book on sound mirrors – Echoes from the Sky by Richard N. Scarth, wowee, it’s 450 pages – which I’ve only dabbled into. You know, looking at the pictures and idle reading a page or two.

My resolve was to visit the recently uncovered sound mirrors on the coat at Fan Bay. Weather is set fair, so we’re off to visit them, and other stuff too.

Details of the Tunnels and Sounds Mirrors at the National Trust website. Looks like the site maybe closed, so will need rethink for our visit.