A week for nature lovers in local heathland

Heath Week – a good initiative by the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership to explore the natural world in our local heathland, through the week from 29th July to 4th August.

Lightwater Country Park and Chobham Common feature in the activities. Click on images to expand.

Comparing standard of stewardship between National Trust and Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Warm, sunny weather certainly gets you out and about. And so it was that last weekend we decided to visit all the memorials in Runnymede.

We’ve previously been to the Kennedy Memorial, Magna Carta Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial, all in Runnymede. We haven’t seen the newer memorials associated with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, The Jurors, and Writ in Water. Hence our visit.

Starting with a cup of tea in the National Trust tea room, we walked to see The Jurors. With the aid of the explanatory leaflet we marvelled at Hew Locke’s artwork. Sitting in a mown field, there’s no specific path to it. Fine while dry, possibly not so good when wet underfoot.

The next memorial was the Kennedy Memorial, to which there’s a path with steps through woodland. A path with many steps is not ideal for push chairs and the like. The path has a very unkempt feel. The stone of the Kennedy Memorial needs a jolly good clean, and the visitor experience needs to be improved.

Then onto the Magna Carta Memorial. There’s no real path from one memorial to another, just across a field, which is uncomfortable to walk on, and likely to be worse in the wet.

Next it was onto another 800th anniversary Magna Carta memorial, this time, Writ in Water. Lovely concept that would have been improved had it not been made from exposed rough concrete. But, that’s my opinion. There’s no properly constructed path around the structure, again, shoddy execution.

Our final visit was through Cooper’s Hill Woods to the Air Forces Memorial. The path is in an appalling state, unkempt, exhibiting signs of benign neglect. It needs woodland management and a decent path. The Air Forces Memorial is in splendid condition. What a contrast between the National Trust’s stewardship and the CWGC. All the money the NT spent on the artworks, and yet failed to provide decent paths or upkeep of the important memorials, supposedly in their care.

CWGC stewardship is exemplary, which can’t be said for the National Trust. Here’s some photos of our visits. [Click on images to expand]

Now’s the time to visit Salisbury – almost crowd free

Our visit to Salisbury yesterday was uneventful, peaceful, and without crowds of visitors. The uneventful part was, obviously, no picking up shiny objects from the ground.

Naturally, any visit to Salisbury includes the Cathedral, and the attractions in the Cathedral Close – Salisbury Museum; Arundells, home of past prime minister Edward Heath; the National Trust’s Mompesson House; and The Rifles military museum.

I’m sure you’ll likely have been to Salisbury yourselves: with no crowds, due to the Novichok nerve agent incidents, the number of visitors is much reduced, so an ideal time to visit.

I’ll not bore with masses of photos of our outing, just a few as tasters of our trip. The Cathedral had an array of simple hanging paper doves, which were an effective contrast to the mass of stone. One novel thing we’d not seen in any earlier visit was a hole in the cathedral floor, in which a long measuring stick is used to check on the height of the underlying water table – surprisingly high. Finally, we spotted a pair of wonderful old carved chairs in one of the side chapels.

Attending the consultation for the potential Pine Ridge Golf Club housing development

On behalf of Persimmon Homes,the Pegasus Group held a consultation meeting yesterday at Pine Ridge Golf Centre in Frimley.

The consultation concerns prospective plans for 80 homes to be built on land currently occupied by the 10th green and fairway of Pine Ridge Golf Club. No planning application for the housing development has yet been submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council. Associated with the prospective development is a plan to create more than 20 acres of sustainable alternative natural green space (SANG).

The 10th green and fairway run parallel to Old Bisley Road, as shown in the photos below [click to enlarge].

My immediate view is that the development isn’t as intrusive as I’d imagined. Yet, as with all housing developments in our borough there’s insufficient space for vehicles. A three bed home can easily have four cars. I doubt there’s provision for that circumstance. There’s hardly ever any consideration that piecemeal developments, such as this, add to the demand for services. such as GP surgeries, health services, local shops, and public transport.

It’ll probably a year or two before anything happens. Lots more consultations and planning applications.Whatever, here are a few photo of a few of the information boards.



The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard

In our recent Four Forts Cream Tea summer cruise with Gosport Ferry it also included a cruise around Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier  – HMS Queen Elizabeth – was in port. I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a few photos and a brief video.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2018: 1st 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.45180071905 – On 06/07/2018 at 19:00, in Victoria Court, Victoria Avenue, Camberley. Attempted break-in to empty flat
  • Crime no.45180072519 – Between 05/07/2018 from 13:17 to 06/07/2018 21:00, in Old Dean Road, Camberley. Theft of off-road bike, a gold pen and a scooter from shed.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072697 – On 08/07/2018 from 19:00 to 21:00, in Brackendale Rd, Camberley. Keys are believed to have been taken by suspect reaching through the ground floor window
  • Crime no.45180073610 – Between 09/07/2018 from 18:30 to 10/07/2018 at 11:00, in Church Hill, Camberley. Have used B&B guest room without paying for it and have stolen items from hospitality tray and the room.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072441 – On 08/07/2018 at 04:40, in Cumberland Rd, Camberley. 3 youths have been seen to ‘smash up’ a road sign
  • Crime no.45180072566 – On 07/07/2018 from 22:02 to 22:55, in Charles St, Camberley. Victim’s car door has been damaged whilst in a car park.
  • Crime no.45180074073 – Between 04/07/2018 from 10:00 to 10/07/2018 at 18:00, in Cumberland Rd, Camberley. Car windscreen severely damaged by thrown glass bottle whilst parked on the drive
  • Crime no.45180074127 – Between 11/07/2018 from 23:00 to 12/07/2018 at 05:30, in Arena leisure Centre, Grand Avenue, Camberley. Two windows and a glass door smashed
  • Crime no. 45180071931 – On 06/07/2018 at 14:05, in High St, Camberley. Damage to motor vehicle parked in the High St
  • Crime no. 45180072513 – On 08/07/2018 from 00:00 to 11:30, in Highland Rd, Camberley. Overnight vehicle has been damaged whilst parked in the street
  • Crime no.45180072836 – Between 06/07/2018 from 20:00 to 07/07/2018 at 12:00, in London Road, Camberley. Wing mirror on passenger side of Audi A3 has been kicked off.
  • Crime no.45180073127 – On 09/07/2018 at 12:00, in Waverley Close, Camberley. Have entered into a van parked in an allocated parking space and stolen a wallet and its contents.
  • Crime no.45180074433 – Between 01/05/2018 from 22:48 to 12/07/2018 at 13:37, in Buttermere Drive, Camberley. Spare wheel stolen from vehicle.
  • Crime no.45180074562 – On 13/07/2018 from 00:00 to 01:00, in London Road, Camberley, Vauxhall Corsa has been left unlocked and suspect has entered vehicle and stolen items from the vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180073016 – On 09/07/2018 at 16:52, in Le Marchant Rd, Frimley, Tools and chequebook stolen from plumber’s Ford Transit van.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180073532 – On 09/07/2018 from 14:00 to 19:00, in Park St, Camberley. Theft of bicycle from cycle rack
  • Crime no.45180071830 – Between 01/07/2018 from 00:30 to 03/07/2018 01:00, in Frimley Grove Gardens, Frimley. Have entered house and stolen a camera from within
  • Crime no.45180072804 – Between 08/07/2018 from 16:00 to 09/07/2018 at 05:50, in Tomlinscote School, Tomlinscote Way, Frimley. Three school kitchen windows have been smashed overnight.
  • Crime no.45180072978 – On 08/07/2018 at 00:00, at Pine Ridge Golf Centre, Old Bisley Rd, Frimley. Graffiti has been sprayed on fairways of golf course causing damage.
  • Crime no. 45180073342 – Between 30/06/2018 from 00:01 to 10/07/2018 at 10:29, in Beresford Close, Frimley. Damage caused to council fencing
  • Crime no.45180071682 – On 06/07/2018 at 12:21, in Worsley Road, Frimley. Two suspects have attended the location and caused damage to a motor vehicle.  (Insufficient evidence)
  • Crime no. 45180072004 – On 06/07/2018 at 10:28 in Waitrose, Frimley High St, Frimley. Theft of credit cards from person.
  • Crime no. 45180071598 – On 06/07/2018 at 01:00, in Houlton Court, Bagshot. Suspects have gained entry to detached house in residential area through insecure window.  Have stolen two high value BMW motor vehicles with keys.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180072722 – On 08/07/2018 from 12:30 to 18:30, in Guildford Rd, Bagshot. Has returned home to find front door kicked off its hinges – believed someone has attempted to burgle house.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180074576 – On 06/07/2018 at 06:30, in Gloucester Road, Bagshot. Criminal damage to gate.
  • Crime no.45180072958 – On 07/07/2018 from 22:00 to 22:45, in High St, Chobham. Whilst parked in car park vehicle has been damaged.
  • Crime no.45180073406 – On 09/07/2018 from 08:00 to 21:00, in Church Road, Bagshot. Catalytic converter stolen
  • Crime no.45180073875 – On 10/07/2018 at 19:10, in High St, Bagshot. Criminal damage to motor vehicle following road rage incident.
  • Crime no.45180074175 – Between 11/07/2018 from 19:00 to 12/07/2018 at 08:00, in Freemantle Rd, Bagshot. Malicious damage to hire car
  • Crime no.45180073164 – On 09/07/2018 at 22:00, in Brookleys, Chobham. During an argument has made threats to commit criminal damage.  (Under investigation)

National e-newsletter of Neighbourhood Watch for July 2018

Here’s the July 2018 edition of the popular National Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter Our News. Inside there’s lots of advice on keeping you safe, member offers and news on how Neighbourhood Watch members are shaping the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

Click HERE to read it on the Neighbourhood Watch website. Alternatively, you can read it below. To expand the newsletter, click on the upward facing arrow at the bottom of the image below.