An update on youth dance in Surrey Heath

Mustn’t forget my promise to provide an update on the discussions on youth dance at last week’s meeting of Surrey Heath’s Leisure & Environment Scrutiny Committee [click on Youth Dance to see the paper presented to the committee]. The presentation on the youth dance paper was preceded by an inspiring video from Youth Dance England, highlighting the value of dance to all … Continue reading

Popularity of youth dance in Surrey Heath

Regulars readers of this blog will have read my amazement at the popularity of youth dance in the Borough – mostly among young girls. I’ve mentioned the topic often to Arts and Leisure officers at the Council, and to members of the Leisure and Environment Scrutiny Committee. I’ve often wondered about the scope for an annual Surrey Heath Youth Dance … Continue reading

Increasing popularity of youth dance

On the Saturday just passed the entertainment at the Lightwater Business Association’s, in association with Budgen’s, Autumn Craft Fair was from the Briar School of Dance.   I’ve spoken before of my surprise at the popularity of youth dance in Lightwater and Surrey Heath. Well, it continues to surprise me. Lightwater has the Terri Jayne School of Dance, who’ve apparently over 500 students.  On Saturday, … Continue reading

The Terri Jayne School of Dance studios opened by Surrey Heath’s Mayor

Yesterday the Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr Bob Paton, performed the official opening of the new studios of the Terri Jayne School of Dance in Guildford Road, Lightwater. As the building was previously Lightwater’s Police Station, it was a nice touch to have Sgt Melanie Sefton, of Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Policing team, join the Mayor … Continue reading

Some positive actions and policies to reduce UK youth unemployment

The previous article focussed on the appalling youth unemployment numbers in the UK and Europe. All is not doom and gloom in the UK. There are initiatives attempting to solve the problem of youth unemployment. Here are a few, Analysis: Retail’s role in solving youth unemployment, an article in Retail Week, which says that major retailers, … Continue reading

Planning application for a dance studio stalls

Last night I attended yet another planning applications committee meeting [see page 55 onwards in the committee agenda report]. This time my attendance was in support of the application for the conversion of the Lightwater Police Station into a dance studio. There are two issues which required discussion and deliberation by the committee. They are noise and … Continue reading

Lightwater’s Police Station to become a dance studio

Surrey Police is disposing of a number of their police stations, and Lightwater’s Police Station is one such. The Terri Jayne School of Dance [Facebook page HERE], aka Terri Jayne Bowen, has submitted a planning application for change of use and building alterations to Lightwater’s Police Station, at 38 Guildford Road, Lightwater. I’ve written at length about … Continue reading

Drizzle doesn’t stop the fun at Lightwater’s Christmas Fayre in the Square

Today was Lightwater Christmas Fayre in the Square. Always well attended, with craft stalls, carol singing, youth dance and music. This year was no different. There were plenty of visitors who braved the little drizzle. They enjoyed the hot mince pies, courtesy of Lightwater Co-op, and mulled wine from the Lightwater Business Association’s tombola stall. … Continue reading

Lightwater’s Fayre in the Square bathed in sunshine

Early morning sunshine brought many early visitors to Lightwater’s Fayre in the Square who enjoyed the variety of stalls. Tombola prizes are often a mixed bag, not so with the Lightwater Business Association, who had some cracking prizes. It was noticeable, to me at least, though many others will have recognised the trend before me, … Continue reading