Surrey Tree Wardens winter 2017 newsletter released

The establishment, in September this year, of Surrey Heath Tree Wardens has been reported here, see HERE also to learn more. They are members of the independent Surrey Tree Wardens group, which has been in existence since 2002, previously from 1987 till 2002  being funded and run by Surrey County Council.

Here’s the Surrey Tree Wardens Winter 2017 newsletter for your perusal.

Surrey Heath Veterans & Families support group December newsletter

Always happy to promote the good work of Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project, a small tightly-focussed support group that helps veterans and their families find their way through to the myriad of support services.

Here’s their December newsletter. To expand, click on the upward facing arrow at the bottom right-hand corner.

Poppy Day Launch Parade in Park Street, Camberley

Pleasant sunny weather, always what everyone wishes for, accompanied the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Day Launch and Parade in Park Street in Camberley on Saturday 28th October.

Though there were fewer participants in this year’s parade, it”s no less significant and poignant. Here’s my short video of the parade.

Some local Bonfire Night and Fireworks events 2017

Sort of feel a failure, as haven’t compiled a complete list of local bonfire and fireworks events, as I did in previous  years. Here’s what I’ve found out about this year’s events from posters and websites – see a montage of them below [Click on images to expand].

Sat 28th Oct: Chobham Rugby Club – Gates open 6:00 pm; Bonfire 7:00 pm, Fireworks 8:00 pm. Tickets  at the Gate, Adult (15+) £6, Child £4. (Please bring change)

Sat 28th Oct: Pine Ridge Golf  – Old Bisley Rd, Frimley Gates open 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Family £18, Adult £7, Child £3

Fri 3rd Nov: Windlesham Village Infant School Field, School Lane, Windlesham (opposite the School). Gates open 5.45 pm, Bonfire 6.30 pm, Fireworks 7.00 pm. Adult £7, Child £3

Fri 3rd Nov: West End Holy Trinity School, Benner Lane, West End, Gates open 5.30 pm, Bonfire 6.30 pm, Fireworks 7.15 pm. Adults £5, Child £3

Sat 4th Nov: Lightwater 1st Scouts – Jubilee Field, behind All Saints Church, Lightwater. Gates open 6:00 pm, Bonfire 7:00 pm, Fireworks 7:30 pm. £5 per person / £15 per family.

Windlesham Field of Remembrance to be protected forever as a Centenary Field

Windlesham Field of Remembrance [FoR] is now a Centenary Field – see Press Release below. The national charity, Fields in Trust, along with the Royal British Legion created the Centenary Fields project to save, in perpetuity, scores of memorial spaces around the country.

At the end of the Annual Remembrance service at the Field, in Windlesham, a Centenary Field plaque will be unveiled. In case you’re not aware of the FoR, here are a few photos I took yesterday.

Poppy Day launch in Camberley on Saturday 28 October

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce, [Note: My photo of an earlier Parade]

On Saturday 28 October, Camberley’s Park Street will play host to the fourth Poppy Day Launch in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Starting at 10.o am on Park Street, the event will feature entertainment and displays from the local Stagecoach Theatre Group, and Liberty Gymnastics clubs, plus other attractions.  There will also be a static display of vintage military vehicles, classic cars and motorbikes from the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion.

At 10.50 am a parade of the Royal British Legion Standard Bearers, the Royal British Legion “Brolly Ladies”, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and ATC and representatives from the scouting organisations, will march the length of Park Street accompanied by the Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps of Drums.

At 11.0 am the RBL exhortation will be given by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Valerie White, followed by a 30-second silence. The Mayor will then officially open the Poppy Launch of 2017.

The fun will then continue for the rest of the day featuring a variety of singers, dancers and performers, all giving up their time to give you a good time – and hopefully encourage you to give generously to this great cause.

Radio Frimley Park Hospital will also be there.

Camberley Royal British Legion Chairman, David Kemp said “The Camberley Royal British Legion has been so successful in raising money for the Poppy Appeal over the years – we say it every year but the amount raised in 2016/17 surpassed all expectations and broke records locally, reaching over £65K – a fantastic effort by all involved.”

“We’ve really tried to provide something for everyone at the Poppy Day Launch this year – I would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations that are giving up their time to make this amazing day possible.”

Dogs from rescue centre are ideal to ‘buddy’ with service veterans

In writing about Eagle Radio’s Local Hero award to Roy Sellstrom BEM, I mentioned that I’m an occasional visitor to the charity he founded – Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project.

The presentation at the September monthly meeting of the project was from Service Dogs UK. Two veterans suffering with PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder], related how training and building an emotional bond with a dog helps them overcome the effects of PTSD.

Presentations, such as these, are revelatory. What was surprising is that dogs selected to ‘buddy’ with PTSD sufferers are themselves likely to have suffered. Here’s the mission of Service Dogs UK:

Service Dogs UK trains and provides assistance dogs to support members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services who have PTSD. We use dogs from rescue centres to achieve unique partnerships that will greatly enhance the lives of both.