If you’re in Guernsey’s St Peter Port, then Castle Cornet is worth a visit

Here’s the second report on our recent short holiday to Guernsey. Arriving by boat into Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, it’s impossible to miss Castle Cornet that guards the entrance to the harbour. The Castle website says,

Castle Cornet was built on a small island off the coast of Guernsey, to defend the busy trading harbour of St Peter Port. Before the enlargement of the harbour and the building of the Castle Emplacement Castle Cornet was nearly a mile off the shore of Guernsey.

Tracing it’s history back 800 years, it’s had numerous improvements and additions, including during the German occupation, giving a fascinating history of military fortifications to uncover. It was the property of the British military, until the castle was gifted to the island by King George Vi in 1947, even then the British military didn’t release use of part of the castle until the 1990’s.

The castle houses the museums of the Royal Guernsey Militia, and the 201 Squadron RAF Museum, both thoroughly entertaining with top class exhibits. Among the key attractions for the visitors from the regular cruise ships that visit is the firing of the 1799 vintage noonday gun from the castle ramparts. With it’s harbour views, historic guns, variety of museums, and restaurant, it’s a splendid place to to idle away a few hours.

 

Here’s a gentleman’s express I wished I could afford

I worked in London in the early 1970’s, and lived in a flat – actually shared a flat – in Avonmore Road, West Kensington. Not all that far away in Kensington High Street, was the only showroom of Bristol Cars.

Just like Duncan Hamilton’s much missed showroom in Bagshot, the Bristol Cars showroom only a few cars on display. Each was a gorgeous gentleman’s express that I saw myself driving.

Bristol Cars are making just 70 of a new model – the Bristol Bullet. Not very practical without a roof and a cursory attempt at a windscreen. That doesn’t stop it from being the object of desire for me. It appears that a prototype of the design was discovered hidden under a dusty tarpaulin in a factory.

In the words of an imagined old fashioned gentleman, ‘how absolutely spiffin’ that Bristol are making cars again, having ceased production some years ago’

If you need to know more about it, and see a load more photos of the car, there are reviews in Auto Express, Autocar, and the Daily Mail.

The Bristol Bullet debuts

Plea #1: Mountain bikers, bells please and care of paths

I’m a regular walker on our local heathland. Here’s my plea to other users of the local heathland.

Brass_Bicycle_BellIf you’re a mountain biker coming up behind me why not ring your bell to let me know. With my dodgy hearing I only hear you when you’re very close. In my experience only 1 out of 20 mountain bikers will ring a bell or indicate in some way that they’re coming by. It’s definitely unfriendly and inconsiderate when, as a cyclist, you’re tearing down a hilly track without giving a warning. Here’s a few websites on bike bells, London’s Best Bike BellsHERE, and TriggerBell.

Next plea to cyclists. Do please try and not make paths impassible for walkers by scouring the path with your braking. It’s easy for you to negotiate these deep gully’s. It’s not for walkers. Here’s my evidence,

The flourishing Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch

Regular crime bulletins from the Surrey Police Neighbourhood Watch volunteer appear on this blog. I think I should take a moment to laud the success of the volunteers of the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch in helping to keep us safe, and to be one of the safest boroughs in England and Wales.

SurreyHeathNWI hope I’m correct in saying this, that it has the largest number of volunteers in the country. At their Watch Representative meetings they have 150 or more attendees. Now, that’s an impressive number to attend a meeting for any organisation of volunteers. From their Summer 2016 Newsletter, here’s the table of volunteers and Watch coverage. Lightwater in the table is really the six villages in the borough.

SHNW_coverage

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch has a comprehensive website, see HERE, in which they they include their quarterly newsletters. Jolly informative they are too. Here’s the Summer 2016 Newsletter, containing useful advice on protection from burglary.

Answer to Photo Quiz No.35: Where can this plaque be seen?

Where in the Borough of Surrey Heath can this plaque be seen? Answer later in the day. I know it’s not easy to read the text on the plaque. By clicking on the image you can expand the image to a much larger size, if that is of help.

Photo Quiz 35

ANSWER: This plaque is above the main entrance into the pavilion at the London Road Recreation Ground in Camberley. See photo below,

London Road recreation ground pavilion

Curiosity piqued by a blog comment here

Boundary stone in Brentmoor HeathA reader of this blog, and a regular commenter as Speedicus Triplicatum* [a good man to boot] added a comment yesterday about a military boundary stone being re-erected by the Ranger in Brentmoor Heath.

Here’s his comment, to THIS blog post,

Noticed last week that the new SWT Ranger for Brentmoor has kindly re-positioned a BS which was prone in the undergrowth at the NW corner of the New England Hill dwellings …. he assures me that are indeed shaped from Granite – not concrete ….

I simply had to visit the site. See photo of newly re-erected boundary stone. Speedicus continues our conversation about what they are made of – me concrete, Speedicus granite. More research needed to confirm material used.

* – I’m told it derives from Triumph Speed Triple motor bike

No more patching, hopefully a lovely new road surface

Briar Avenue in Lightwater is the main road through a housing estate in Lightwater. A number of years after the estate was completed a bus service arrived on Briar Avenue – the Number 35. The road surface suffered as a result, with one stretch needing frequent repair.

The Number 35 bus route through Briar Avenue is no more. Many residents, including me, doubted we’d get a lovely new road surface. Hopefully over the next few days we’ll be treated with a proper repair – no more patching.