An inauspicious opening day for Lightwater’s new The co-operative food – Updated

Your truly was outside the store around 9.0am today. Doors closed. Car park closed. Somewhat inauspicious for an opening day.

Expectant customers were initially informed that the opening would be at 10.30am, and then at Midday, which is when I’ll be returning.

UPDATE: Arrived just after Midday to find the store still closed. Meanwhile, most of the car park is now open, which is an improvement. As I was also told I couldn’t interview the store manageress, being referred to Head Office, I’ve frankly lost interest in the whole topic.

The wonderfully wacky local pantomime season begins next week

A peculiarly British tradition where the Dame is played by a man, and the boy is played by a woman. Being traditional, we almost all of us know the plots, and the jokes. It doesn’t seem to matter, we continue to enjoy them. If you do, there’s plenty of choice locally. You could go to more than one, should you be so inclined.

So here’s a list. Click on links to book, or posters to see more.

  • Camberley pantoAladdin: Camberley Theatre: 7th December to 3rd January:
    • What’s not to love with a Mark Slowey production. No finer Dame in panto anywhere.


  • Aladdin: Village Hotel Farnborough: 13th December:
    • A GENIE-us Panto! Aladdin, a young orphan boy finds the lamp of dreams, he must fight to keep the lamp and save the princess as the evil Abanaza wants it for himself
  • Aladdin FleetAladdin: Harlington Centre, Fleet: 15th December to 3rd January:
    • Aladdin, the classic Arabian Nights Fairytale, filled with mystery, intrigue and enchantment flies in to The Harlington this Christmas.



  • cinderella-leafletCinderella: Princes Hall, Aldershot: 10th December to 3rd January:
    • This enchanting story tells the rags to riches tale of a beautiful young girl who is confined to the kitchen, and is picked on by her Ugly Sisters and Wicked Stepmother.




  • Cinders GuildfordJack and the Beanstalk: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford: 4th December to 3rd January
    • The incredibly talented and brilliantly funny cabaret artist and actress extraordinaire, DILLIE KEANE leads the cast as the Good Fairy in this year’s magical family pantomime.


  • Sleeping Beauty WokingSleeping Beauty: New Victoria Theate, Woking: Katie Price 11th to 27th December & Anita Dobson 28th December to 10th January
    • The tale of the sleeping beauty – sleeping under the spell of a wicked witch until her Prince Charming comes to wake her.

Surrey Heath’s youngsters become young citizens

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the success of the Young Citizen course, stating,

Year 7 students from around Surrey Heath are learning how to ‘Think Safe’ and deal with real-life situations by taking part in a Young Citizen course.

Aiming to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and lead safe, healthy lives, the course takes place this week (Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November). Through a range of interactive sessions, students will explore themes such as first aid, road and fire safety, alcohol awareness, personal safety and peer pressure, as well as internet safety.

Over 400 students from Kings International College, Collingwood College and Carwarden House Community School will get involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals. Among those hosting the workshops are: Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and Surrey Police.  In addition, students will get to see a play by the Soloman Theatre Company entitled ‘Last Orders’, acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer coercion  and its consequences.

Young citizenThe whole day is wrapped up with a high energy, interactive question and answer session where pupils can pose questions to the panel of experts from each agency.  On Wednesday, a VIP day saw special guests the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Joanne Potter and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Harris visit Kings International College to view the scheme in action and present certificates to all the schools taking part. The Mayor commented  “Young Citizen is a fun and interactive way of giving youngsters important life skills to stay safe in a range of situations and help others when needed. I’m pleased that so many students are taking part to benefit from the experience. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those agencies involved for their continued support.”

Maddison Thorneycroft, age 11, said: “Young Citizen was one of my best school days.  It was filled with fun and I never got bored.  The day showed me how to take care of myself and others.” Freya Sykes, age 11, said: “The day was about keeping safe. I enjoyed it when we watched the play about drinking alcohol.  I certainly wouldn’t touch alcohol after it showed what it can do to your body.” Alex Evan-Holmes, age 11, said: “I like the first aid. I learnt how to bandage a burnt hand and put someone in the recovery position.”  The course is funded and led by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the Surrey Heath Learning Partnership.  More information can found on as well as updates on www.facebook/surreyheath or

Local arts on display at Surrey Museum, plus 2016 calendar and events for kids

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced its seasonal offerings at Surrey Heath Museum

Frimley and Camberley Society of Arts & Surrey Guild of Craftsmen: Up to 23 December 2015 Surrey Heath Museum welcomes the return of the local Frimley and Camberley Society of Arts with a wonderful mixture of styles and subject areas. All the paintings on display are for sale.

Alongside the exhibition is a display by Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, with a mesmerising display of metalwork, jewellery, pottery and textiles. Again, all the items are for sale – perfect for Christmas presents! [click on images to expand]

Surrey Heath Museum Calendar 2016: The theme of this year’s calendar is ‘Villages of Surrey Heath’ to celebrate our area, local heritage and the attractive places where we are lucky enough to live. The calendar includes images from the museum’s collection, alongside contemporary photographs taken by Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club.

It costs £5, and can be bought from the Heritage Gallery in the Mall, Camberley (opposite Argos), from Surrey Heath Museum, or online at

Upcoming Events

28 November: Toddler Saturdays, 10.30am to 12 noon – Inspired by Art
8 December: Toddler Tuesdays, 10.30am to 12 noon – Roaming Reindeers
19 December: Children’s Craft session, 10.30am to 12 noon – Christmas Crackers

Looks like ‘The co-operative food’ store in Lightwater will definitely open on Friday

Looked in on the progress of Lightwater’s new store – The co-operative food [Not yet on their website]. My the changes are occurring at a pace. When it opens, the benefit of Christmas decorations and produce will mean we’ll soon forget Duffy’s Budgens. Such is life. Although I will miss Mike and Jane Duffy’s presence in our village. Here’s my latest couple of photos taken yesterday afternoon.

Amazingly, Kevin spots another accident on Red Road this week

Cripes, that’s three accidents in a week on Red Road. The first of the three was at the junction of Macdonald Road with Red Road last Thursday, the second at the same junction on Tuesday this week. The third accident on Red Red Road accident remainsRoad was also on Tuesday. It was spotted by Kevin – a commenter to this blog – in which he said,

“And just a little further down Red Road this morning I’m sure I saw a car in the meadow between Briar Avenue and Lightwater Road. It was gone by lunchtime but there does seem to be a large gap in the fence and shrubs.”

Bang on the money Kevin. I walked past the spot this afternoon. Not easy to see the result, other than two small trees have been hit hard and uprooted. [Apologies, my photo isn’t much good]. There’ve been accidents here in the past. Not many, about a handful, where I presume that excessive speed means a vehicle, travelling from West End toward Heatherside, is unable to negotiate the corner where Red Road is joined by Lightwater Road and ends up in the road side vegetation.