Gardens to visit in Surrey at Easter

The National Garden Scheme is the biggest garden-based charity fundraiser in England and Wales. With 79 gardens open in Surrey in the year, there’s sure to be a garden to suit your taste.

Over Easter the following gardens are open,

  • Sunday 16th April: Caxton House, 67 West Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9DA. Lovely large spring garden with Arboretum, 2 well stocked ponds, large collection of hellebores and spring flowers.
  • Sunday 16th April: The Chalet, Tupwood Lane, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6ET. The Chalet sits on top of a steep hill with magnificent views towards the South Downs. Ponds have encouraged a myriad of wildlife, including newts, frogs, grass snakes, ducks and herons.
  • Monday 17th April: Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Surrey, GU6 7NT. 14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden.
  • Monday 17th April: Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JF. Beautifully kept 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to N Downs.

Don’t forget to put Sunday 11th June in your diary, it’s the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day. There are 4 gardens to visit, and if memory serves me right, there’s tea and cake in each one. See HERE for more details.

Local gardens to visit this Spring in the National Gardens Scheme

old-knowles-gardenNothing like visiting gardens in the National Gardens Scheme [NGS] to make you feel good. The NGS’s exacting standards mean the gardens are interesting, well maintained, and have attractive planting and designs. Plus, and it’s a big plus for me, the gardens offer tea and cakes, and of course, it’s all for charity – what could be better.

Here’s a list of a couple of spring gardens – none too far away from us in Surrey Heath. Follow the links to find details on opening and directions.

If you want to travel further afield, there’s plenty of choice in April, see HERE.

1st Lightwater Scouts Jumble Sale on Saturday, 4th March

The 1st Lightwater Scouts seem to have captured the market for jumble sales locally, holding two a year, in March and September. The March jumble sale is on Saturday 4th March. We’ve donated stuff to the jumble sale, and have stuff to donate again. Thanks to the editors of All Saints’ Church for use of the advert from their Roundabout parish magazine.


The Photographic Angle stages an exhibition in Camberley

photographic-angleThe Photographic Angle [TPA] is a charity which holds free exhibitions across the country transforming otherwise empty spaces into temporary galleries. It promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography, by staging exhibitions, and by working with professional, student, and amateur photographers. [Click on image to enlarge]

What a surprise that among all the cities in which they exhibit they’re coming to Camberley. TPA hold regular bi-monthly photography competitions, which are free to enter, and open to all. For keen photographers it might be worth a visit to see the works and to make contact.

The exhibition in Camberley is of one of those competitions. This one being Our Stories. The exhibition is from 1st to 5th February at Building B, Watchmoor Park, Camberley, GU15 3YL. It’s open from 10.0 am to 3.00 pm.

There’s another of their exhibitions, again fairly local, entitled No Briton Is An Island, being held at Greenwood House, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 2UBfrom 3rd to 7th February, again from 10.0 am to 3.0 pm.

Surrey Heath awards grants to voluntary groups of almost £160,000 for 2016/17

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce grant funding for voluntary organisations for 2016/17.

surrey-heath-houseVoluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive almost £160,000 of support in 2017/18 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 10 January, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £159,900 will go towards supporting groups including Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, and Basingstoke Canal Authority.

The grants have been allocated for the past 14 years, with the funding reviewed annually by the Council.

The other organisations awarded grants were Surrey Heath Arts Council, Surrey Heath Sports Council, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Camberley Central Job Club and Tringhams lunchtime club, West End.

Cllr Colin Dougan, Transformation Portfolio Holder for Surrey Heath, said: “Voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath do a tremendous job and are hugely valued.

“They continue to provide vital services – whether helping people on a day to day basis, or enriching the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment. While the council has limited funding resources from which to give grants, we are committed to recognising their crucial work in Surrey Heath.”

The Revenue Grants awarded were:
Citizens Advice Surrey Heath: £80,000

Voluntary Support North Surrey: £30,000

Tringhams, West End: £13,000

Surrey Heath Age Concern: £10,000

Basingstoke Canal Authority: £10,000

Camberley Central Job Club £7,000

Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £5,000

Surrey Heath Sports Council: £3,500

Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400