It’s the Camberley Car Show this Saturday

We’re away for this year’s Camberley Car Show, organised by Collectively Camberley. At last year’s show I produced a short video – see HERE, and for 2015 I interviewed some of the exhibitors. So sometimes can’t be helped, as you can’t go to every possible fun event.

The show has had good weather in the past, and will most likely again this Saturday. Click on image to link to the Car Show website.

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.”

Successful Bisley Strawberry Fayre

Arriving at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre on Sunday 25th June we found a space in the Shaftesbury Road car park adjacent to the A322. Our resulting happy state continued during the afternoon of the Fayre. It seemed to us that the event was bigger this year, and attracted more visitors – just what they need to help fund improvements to the Bisley Village Hall.

My signal failure, again this year, to win anything on the Human Fruit Machine. Never mind, it’s simple fun. Refreshment came from the hog roast with stuffing and apple sauce, plus a pint of Hog’s Back TEA. I read in the programme that the Barrett/Porter family, who provided the hog roast, are moving away from the area. We’re among those who the programme notes ‘are sorry to see them go’.

Three Strawberry Fayre stalwarts, the Almac Bisley Brass Band, Leanne Edwards School of Theatre Arts, and the Chobham St Lawrence Morris provided the entertainment. Each of their performances was much enjoyed by the visitors.

Oh, and we got to chat to our MP – the Rt Hon Michael Gove. As we left I chucked some money into the bucket of the Silver Human Statue, and Jany received the thanks from her. Here’s my photo montage of the Fayre.

Success for All Saints’ book stall Lightwater’s Fayre in the Square

I heard Andrew Newman on the All Saints’ Church book stall at the Lightwater Fayre in the Square; say that the Revd Derek Browning had said the church’s book stall was the most exciting thing at the Fayre in the Square – obviously humourously.

It’s true that the book stall attracted a healthy audience. I didn’t buy anything having only recently given them a large number of books. I resisted buying yet another book on steam engines, although I did when we visited the National Trust’s Hughenden Manor last week. Our coffee table doesn’t have the art, architecture, or design books you see in upmarket magazines; it has books on Heritage Railways, Great Railway Photographs, and The Railways of Britain – oh, and Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner awaiting return to Camberley Library – yes, you can see I like books.

The organisers of the fayre – the Lightwater Business Association – were kitted out in their new LBA Crew shirts, a good innovation. New to the Fayre, and much enjoyed by stallholders and visitors was The Jazz singer.  Pleased to report that the Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr Valerie White opened the Fayre and stayed to enjoy the festivities. Here’s my brief photo montage of the fayre,

July events: Sound Force Big Band at Windlesham Theatre on Saturday July 1st

Christopher’s Smile children’s cancer charity will benefit from the evening’s profits and raffle proceeds at a concert at Windlesham Club & Theatre with Sound Force Big Band.

An accomplished big band, renowned for their Glen Miller tribute act, play a wide variety of music, from soul to Kylie Minogue, and more.

Sounds like great value for a great cause – just £20 per head including a fish and chip supper.


Hearing of the Enham Trust’s good work at Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project

On the second Tuesday of every month there’s a meeting of the Surrey Heath Veterans and Families – Listening Project at the Sea Cadet centre in Frimley.

I like to give my support to them by promoting their good work on this blog, and, when I can, attending one of their monthly sessions, just to listen. As a reminder, see HERE to understand their role.

The presentation at this month ‘s meeting was from the Enham Trust, who describe themselves as, 

Enham Trust is a disability charity that works with over 8,500 individuals each year, helping them have increased independence and choice in the cornerstone areas of their lives.

One of the reasons I like to go to the meetings is to hear about the work of charities about which I know little. I always come away heartened at the size and capability of the nation’s volunteer and disability charity sector.