Surrey Matters e-newsletter for November 2018

No longer delivered as a printed newsletter to Surrey residents, Surrey Matters is now available via email or by visiting the County Council’s website. To obtain a copy emailed directly to you, registration is required.

For those not registered, here’s the front page, and by clicking on the image below you link to the online version on Surrey County Councils’s website.

Upcoming Surrey Heath Museum events in November and December

Surrey Heath Museum, among other events in Camberley Theatre, is hosting activities remembering the First World War, see details below and on the Museum poster – click to expand.

  • Thursday 8th November – talk on the Battles of the First World War by Stuart Mitchel, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, RMA Sandhurst, at the museum (33 Obelisk Way, The Square, Camberley) at 7.30pm – Only £2.50  Booking advised (01276 23771)
  • Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November (10.30 to 12.30)- ‘The Highwayman’  story and craft activity (part of National Novel Writing month)
  • Saturday 15th December and Tuesday 18th December (10.30 to 12.30) – Christmas Crafts ‘The Search for Rudolph’s Footprints’
  • Friday 21st December (10.30 to 4.30) – Make Christmas crafts and discover Christmas celebrations from 100 years ago.
  • 2019 Calendar – Now available to purchase at the Museum and Gallery for only £6.  This years amazing calendar is based on the work of George Edward Cox (1878-1946); Camberley cartoonist.

It’s a Snoopy Friday

The Peanuts cartoon strip, by Charles M Schulz, began being printed in newspapers in 1950, and ended in 2000, on the death of its creator.

While the heyday of the Peanuts cartoon strip was in in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it has forever been popular. Here, today, are four Peanuts strips all with the theme of Snoopy the beagle dog and his suppertime. Click on image to enlarge.

The Bisley Station, a new carriage for Lloyds Bank Rifle Club

A railway branch line ran from Brookwood to the National Rifle Association [NRA] camp at Bisley from 1890’s till 1952. The station buildings remain, and are occupied as the club house of Lloyds Bank Rifle Club.

I visited Bisley camp this week and in passing the old station noticed a different sleeping carriage alongside the station building. Enquiring of the NRA staff, who were refurbishing the station, as to when the new railway sleeping carriage had arrived, they replied it had arrived only a few weeks ago, and with much difficulty too.

While in the total scheme of things this is not the most noteworthy happening, these sort of things are in my small world. So, here are some photos of the before and after, with firstly a 1952 photo of the Bisley Bullet train alongside the station.


Nutcracker Ballet Weekend in Camberley’s The Square on 3rd & 4th November

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce special events in The Square shopping centre in Camberley,

Bring your family to our magical ballet weekend on 3 and 4 November, held at Cambridge Square (outside House of Fraser) in The Square shopping centre.

A brand new dance piece, created especially for Camberley featuring professional dancers from Camberley’s Bluebell Ballet School, will be showing at intervals throughout the day.

The event will provide:
• The opportunity for your child to learn basic ballet steps, led by our professional choreographer and dancers
• Colouring In and craft activities
• Photo opportunity with ballerinas and toy soldiers

• 11.0am: The Nutcracker Dance (this will be performed by our professional dancers)
• 11.30am: Storytelling, The Nutcracker
• 11.45am: Bluebell Ballet performance
• 12.15pm: Dance Workshop
• 1.0pm: The Nutcracker Dance (we invite those who have done the workshop to join in the show)
• 2.0pm: Storytelling, The Nutcracker
• 2.15pm: Bluebell Ballet performance
• 2.45pm: Craft Session – Make mice ears to wear in our final show!
• 3.15pm: Dance Workshop (join in and take part in our final show)
• 4.0pm: The Nutcracker Dance (led by our dancers and we invite those who have joined in the workshop or craft activity to join in)

Why not come dressed up? Prizes for the best dressed!

The Vienna Festival Ballet company is bringing the Nutcracker ballet to Camberley Theatre on Friday 23 November. Find out more and book tickets

Camberley set to inspire
Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre. SHBC’s investments have already seen the unique acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership. Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene.

A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new business space.

SHBC is also currently in the process of sourcing an innovative developer partner for the London Road site. Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development.

The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.

A day of photos: Grand entrance gates

On our return journey home from our weekend visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery – Laverstoke Mill in Whitchurch in Hampshire, we turned into Laverstoke Lane, only 50 yards or so from the Distillery.

Like many a rural lane, this one in Hampshire, there were rustic views of fields, and hedges. Though not many will have this gate as a grand entrance.


A day of photos: An extra dessert course

I said I was in London this week for a formal lunch at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel. T’was an extremely pleasant lunch.

I only mentioned it was my birthday to my travelling companion on the train up to Waterloo. I should’ve guessed that the information would leak. I got a Happy Birthday sung out, and an extra dessert course, which I demolished.