Burn off Christmas calories with a Winter Walk in Lightwater Country Park

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that,

The Surrey Heath Walking for Health Scheme is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of five locations in the UK to be a host of the Ramblers’ annual Festival of Winter Walks.

The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking, with transformed scenery and spectacular early sunsets – it’s a great way to escape the demands of the festive season for a few hours too.

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is pleased to invite people to join them for a short seasonal stroll in beautiful Lightwater Country Park during the Festival of Winter Walks, which runs from 23 December to 7 January.

The Festival of Winter Walks, supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is now in its 30th year – so the Ramblers know a thing or two about the joys of getting out and about in the colder weather.  The details of the Festival walk in Surrey Heath are:

Lightwater Country Park New Year’s Resolution Walk

  • Date: 1 January 2018
  • Start time: 10 am
  • Starting Point: Lightwater Country Park Cafe
  • Distance: 2km
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The walk will follow the 2km Heathland trail which takes in ponds, heathland and woodland as well as the beautiful Curley Hill which boasts views of Ascot Racecourse, Wembley Stadium and the Crystal Palace transmitter! Why not bring your family and friends along for a sociable and rewarding morning out in the park?

Everyone that takes part in the walk will be given a pedometer to record their number of steps, as well as a family friendly quiz to complete, a walk brochure and stocking full of duck feed for the ponds.

On returning to the cafe, every walker will automatically be entered into a prize draw. Prizes include a £50 Amazon voucher and family swim at the Arena Leisure Centre. Walkers can then share stories and wind down with a free jacket potato with filling in the Lightwater Country Park cafe.

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Surrey Heath Council supports Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is supporting Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017, working with partners to raise awareness of this often unreported crime.

The Council are publicising the campaign via its website and social media channels, and working with colleagues including NHS Surrey Heath CCG.

We are supporting local events throughout the week (9-13 Oct), including Surrey Police and Your Sanctuary representatives being available in the foyer of Frimley Park Hospital this Tuesday and Thursday evening.

A radio advertising campaign is also running on local radio, describing different types of domestic abuse, including controlling and coercive behaviour, and abuse using social media.

From information collected nationally, on average it takes 35 incidents of domestic abuse before a report is made. As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime, and it is the most prevalent cause of depression and mental health difficulties. The Police receive a call relating to a domestic abuse incident every minute in the UK.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Valerie White has voiced her support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017.

Cllr White said: “Domestic abuse is often a taboo subject, a hidden issue which can ruin lives. I am pleased to support Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, and would like to pay tribute to all the organisations and volunteers involved in helping those affected by it. I encourage anyone who may be affected by this issue to get help from these amazing organisations, such as Your Sanctuary and Surrey Against Domestic Abuse.”

SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “Domestic abuse can happen anywhere, in all kinds of families and in all kinds of homes. Excellent work is carried out by our own employees, and those of our partner organisations, to help and advise those affected by domestic abuse, and I hope our support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week helps to raise awareness of the help available.”

Anyone affected by this issue can contact:

Your Sanctuary – 9-9 helpline: 01483 776822, www.yoursanctuary.org.uk.

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse www.surreyagainstda.info

Wonderful – local hearing aid drop-in clinics

This bit of info only applies to you if you or one of your family has an NHS hearing aid.

It might not seem much, but not having to go to Frimley Park Hospital [FPH] for replacement parts and/or batteries has got to be good. It’s not the service the hospital offer, which is unquestionably good, but the queues to get into the car park, and then the parking fee.

The Guildford Diocese has organised drop-in clinics in the Diocese, staffed by trained volunteers. We’ve even one in Lightwater, staffed the incomparable Derek Browning, who’ll is on duty on most Saturday’s from 10.0 am to 12 noon at Lightwater Library.



Christopher’s Smile founders, Karen and Kevin Capel, on this morning’s BBC TV

Lightwater couple, Karen and Kevin Capel, set up Christopher’s Smile in 2008. A charity to raise funds for research into new treatments for childhood cancer, a neglected area of cancer research.

In January this year, reported in Camberley News, the charity hit the £1 million fundraising mark. To reach that target using only volunteers, requires dedication, tenacity, and no little courage.

I noted today in my Facebook page was this from Sharon Carter, who said this below, and posted this video of Karen and Kevin being interviewed on BBC

Great interview Kevin and Karen Capel, really getting the message across. I hope the general public are starting to understand how important your reasearch is and that it’s charities like Christopher’s Smile funding so much more than the charities they probably assume are in the lead.

I do love businesses that invest for growth

Our latest spectacles are from John Harwood in Camberley. We’ve tried lots of opticians over the years. The key reason for choosing Harwood’s was their choice of rimless frames, which seemed to not be the current trend in frames, therefore restricting choice. Personally, I don’t like viewing the world as though through a picture frame.

OpticianEnough of this. John Harwood recently became part of larger group of opticians when it joined Bayfields. It’s a competitive market for opticians in Camberley, with Specsavers, Leightons, Boots, and John Harwood all vying for our business. We’ve even Simon Pestell opticians in Lightwater, whom we’ve used in the past.

What I like to see is businesses investing for growth. John Harwood’s clientele, now under the Bayfields brand, can visit new larger, and well equipped premises, which opened for business on Saturday 27th February. One of us needed to book an eye test – an excuse to visit for the promised light refreshments on its opening day.

What I noticed was lots more space, comfy chairs, a selection of British made spectacle frames – and just a pleasing ambience. The staff said the move took place on Friday, with everyone working from early hours till late to prepare for the opening. As I’ve said. I just love seeing businesses expand. It shows confidence in the future, and people prepared to take a risk. All good stuff. Here’s my brief photo montage of our visit.