The Gallipoli event in Surrey Heath

I attended the first part of the Gallipoli event at Camberley Theatre. It was well supported with an appreciative audience. I listened to Peter Nyman’s talk about the geo-political lead up to the Gallipoli Campaign. As with all reflections on historical events, there are many interpretations available. Peter’s is one such view.

Gallipoli event Peter Nyman

Two mayors attend Gallipoli centenary remembrance event at Camberley War Memorial

Gallipoli eventMeeting on Saturday morning at the Camberley War Memorial for the Gallipoli campaign centenary remembrance event the Mayors of Surrey Heath – Cllr Bob Paton, and Rushmoor Borough – Cllr Diane Bedford laid wreaths to mark the 100th anniversary of the campaign.

The short wreath laying service at the war memorial was led by Padre John Vincent – Garrison Chaplain for Aldershot, with the Garrison Colonel also in attendance. Wreaths were also laid by Camberley British Legion and the local Turkish community representatives.

This wreath laying was just the beginning of a day long series of talks on the Gallipoli Campaign at the Camberley theatre, organised by local historian Murray Rowlands.


Little advance in the development of Army lorries from 1908 to 1928

I’m probably mangling a quotation of some famous person – though I know not whom; ‘You should learn something new everyday’.  It was in this vein that I listened to road transport historian Roy Larkin talk at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, Deepcut about the Early Development of Army Motor Lorries.

The kernel of his talk was that the development of Army motor lorries only advanced to a small degree between 1908 and 1928. This while technological developments in most other spheres took major steps forward. Mental Floss lists 12 such advances.

Roy Larkin described how the government, in the lead up to WWI, instigated a scheme of standard design of lorries for which the owners were paid an annual fee keeping them in good order, which enabled them to be purchased by the Army in a national emergency i.e. war.

At the outbreak of WW1, the Army had 900 lorries and 90,000 horses, and at the end of the war it had 56,500 lorries and 898,000 horses. Why so. Lorries were unreliable, spares provision poor, not suited the Belgian pave road surfaces, limited to the same speed as horse transport, affected by bomb damaged roads, and unable to get close to the front where movement was via trenches. Horses were simply more adaptable to the conditions.

After the war the price of new lorries was undercut by the large supply of reconditioned ex-army lorries. So, while technological developments advanced elsewhere in warfare, it wasn’t so with army lorries. Here are some images of lorries from the period, which show remarkable little change over the years.

Generosity and civic pride alive and well – lifts one spirits when encountered

Yesterday, I just had to stop to chat, and mainly thank, Annie Mathewson-Rowe for beautifying the large island planter in Briar Avenue, Lightwater.

Annie was tending the plants, with watering can to hand.  She mentioned that the size of the directional signs on the island meant that much of the beauty of the lower planting was probably missed by the drivers. Annie wondered if they could be reduced in size.

I mused that this small island had more traffic direction signs than could be found in the S bends on Red Road in Lightwater.

Annie's good effortsPlanter planted up

Surrey Police neighbourhood watch crime bulletin for Surrey Heath

Neighbourhood WatchSurrey Police volunteer Stephanie Edwards 20420 – Neighbourhood Watch Administrator [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] in her latest bulletin reports on recent burglaries in the borough:

Crime reference – 45150031281 a burglary occurred between 09/04/2015 – 17/04/2015 in Cross Farm, Cross Lane, Frimley Green. Property stolen from Shed and Barn (Tools).

Crime reference – 4510032130 a burglary occurred between 27/03/2015 – 18.00 18/4/2015 -22.00 in Dean Parade, Berkshire Road, Camberley. Front Door force to gain entry. Nothing stolen.

Crime reference – 4510032612 a burglary occurred between 14.57 and 15.30 on 21/04/2015 in Broadly Green Windlesham. Gained access over garden fence, entry via rear UPVC door that had cat flap no damage to door. Untidy search done, stolen medium size grey safe that was empty and 4/5 handbags.

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Lightwater’s parish council uncontested election result is apparently on trend

The BBC reports that “the number of uncontested seats at some local elections has reached “epidemic proportions”, the head of the UK’s returning officers’ organisation says”.

The report mentions Eden District Council in Cumbria, where 21 of the seats are uncontested of the 38 seat council.

Election maps making sense of confusing election data

Election map_1There’s an article in Wired on ‘How election maps reveal the strange politics of geography’.

The article has 15 maps, each of which tells a slightly different story of the election landscape. I’m sure you’ll have your preference for a map. I like the YouGov style map that uses hexagons for each constituency.

Mentioned in the article are websites with differing styles of maps, such as Election Forecast, and Election Calculus.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.