Scratched and bloodied in re-opening the path to Folly Bog

I say that I was bloodied in re-opening the path to Folly Bog. I massively overstate the amount of blood, it was a couple of small pricks from the gorse that drew blood.

A couple of days ago, here, I said secateurs were needed to regain access to Folly Bog. Yesterday I took secateurs and a pair of thick gloves to the task to re-opening the path. The gloves are worn out in a couple of fingers, hence pricks from the gorse drawing blood.

I’ll report of what I found down in Folly Bog in a later article. Meanwhile, here are the photos on before and after. Re-opening the path isn’t the answer to the meaning of life, I’m just happy to be able to visit the bog again.

Surrey Police Chief Constable’s Update for July 2017

Steph Edwards (Surrey Police, InTheKnow, Community Volunteer for Surrey Heath) circulates the latest update from the Surrey Police Chief Constable, Nick Ephgrave.

Pleasing to see details, in the Chief Constable’s update, on the individuals involved in the break in to Lightwater Co-op, now being remanded in custody.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2017: 4th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

    • Crime No.45170079139 – Between 20/07/2017 from 19:30 to 21/07/2017 at 10:00, at London Road, Camberley. Offenders have gained entry to dwelling through upper window, various items have been stolen including TV, bank statements. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079213 – Between 10/07/2017 from 00:00 to 21/07/2017 at 13:20, at Barnes Road, Frimley. A terracotta pot has been smashed, also criminal damage has been caused to vehicle. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079460 – Between 21/07/2017 from 19:30 to 22/07/2017 at 00:08, at Guildford Road, Bisley. Have gained entry to dwelling by forcing open the front door, untidy search throughout the property, jewellery, watches other items have been taken. Under investigation.
    • Crime No. 45170079617 –  Between 18/07/2017 from 00:00 to 19/07/2017 at 00:00, at Chertsey Road, Windlesham. This Audi also has a previous crime for vandalism, Crime Number is: 4510076296. The Vehicle has again been vandalised. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080275  – On 23/07/2017 from 00:00 to 02:00, at Lime Avenue, Camberley. An attempt to break into the property early hours of the morning, by trying to gain access to down stairs window, access was not gained, someone came down stairs and scared of the intruders.
    • Crime No.45170080744 – Between  24/07/2017 from 08:15 to 25/07/2017 at 08:15, at High Street, Camberley. Offender has gone through gate to gain access to first floor of building, attempts have been made to external air conditioner by partially pulling off the front panel, its believed this was an attempt to steal the Metal.
    • Crime No.45170081149 – Between 25/07/2017 from 08:15 to 26/07/2017 at 05:00, at Grand Avenue, Camberley. Gate and height of metal bar to the recreation ground has been damaged. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080306 – Between 18/07/2017 from 17:30 to 21/07/2017 at 08:30, at Albany Park, Frimley. Windows have been broken while the building was unoccupied. This is the second incident on windows being broken by having stones thrown at them.
    • Crime No.45170080446 – Between 22/07/2017 From 02:55 to 24/07/2017 at 18:18, at Addison road, Frimley. Damage has been caused to Ambulance. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080735 – On 25/07/2017 from 05:20 to 05:30, at Moor Place, Windlesham. Owner has had items taken from the boot of the Vehicle.

Windlesham Field of Remembrance celebrates its Green Flag Award

Not to be outdone by the Green Flag Award to Frimley Lodge Park, the Windlesham Field of Remembrance has also received a Green Flag Award. This, from their website,

Chair of Trustees, of the Windlesham Field of Remembrance, Suzanne Sharman said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second year running.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Windlesham FoR to such a high standard.“The award means a great deal to the Windlesham Community who continue to be responsible for the funding, management and maintenance of The Field.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

In writing style, omit needless words

Writing about the tensions and excitement of the daily occurrences in the Tour de France, I feel I failed to keep my writing concise, and free from unnecessary adjectives.

There’s a little book, only 92 pages, called The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, first published in 1935, which should be every writers companion.

Particularly, when writing the headlines for my blog articles the little book’s rule 17, Omit Needless Words, applies. I often find this rule is broken. Here’s a case in an article in UK Defence Journal – click on image below to go to the article. I do, however, like and respect this publication, but, we can all improve our writing style.

Instead of saying ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail to continue sea trials‘, it would be crisper to write ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth continues sea trials’.

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police team communiques

Surrey Heath Police issue regular public communiques. I’ve been a bit remiss in not posting them all here, although I have posted communique No.3.

The communiques are rather lengthy reads, which is good, I suppose, as they cover a topic extensively. Here are links to the latest communiques. Number 7 about protecting your property from arson, and malicious damage, and number 8 is about an increase, by two, in the number of PCSO’s in Surrey Heath. Click on image to link to the communique.