The energetic committee of the Lightwater Business Association

Good to see the energies of the team running the Lightwater Business Association develop a revitalised social media presence. They’ve a new website, and a new Facebook page.

They say about themselves

We now feature a NEW! Facebook page, a NEW! Website. We’re actively involved in supporting important community initiatives such as the “Lightwater Improvement Project” and the “Village Centre Christmas Lights”. We’re pleased to host our, well attended, Business Networking Evenings, and, of course, the two Fayre in the Square events – which themselves are all going from strength to strength.

Request rejected for extension to opening hours for proposed Lightwater Tesco Express

While idly trawling the minutes and agendas of Surrey Heath Planning Committee I came across this item, reported in the minutes of the 14th December Planning Committee.

What an arrogant and insensitive organisation are Tesco. In the original application by Tesco, now many years ago, opening hours were restricted. Not hugely though. The restrictions were in recognition of the troubling anti-social behaviour resulting from the extended opening hours of Alldays [now the Cook Shop]. At the time its late opening attracted people seeking cheap alcohol.

This isn’t the first time that Tesco has sought to extend the opening hours. It’s a relentless approach by them to get their way, irrespective of the history and concerns of the local community.

Here’s the minute item from HERE.

Application Number: 17/0730 – 89 -91 Guildford Road, Lightwater GU18 5SB

The application was for the variation of condition 3 of planning permission SU16/0520 so as to allow the retail unit to be open to customers between 07:00 and 23:00 hours Monday to Saturday, and 07:00 and 22:30 hours Sundays and bank holidays. (Additional information recv’d 18/10/17).

This application would normally have been determined under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation for Officers, however it was reported to the Planning Applications Committee at the request of Cllr Gandhum.

The agent proposed an amendment to the application at the meeting but this could not be considered by Members as it diverted from the published application before them. Resolved that application 17/0730 be refused for the reasons as set out in the report of the Executive Head – Regulatory.

  • Note 1: As this application triggered the Council’s Public Speaking Scheme, Mr Matthew Roe, the agent spoke in support.

  • Note 2: Councillor Surinder Gandhum declared he had a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest as his business was located opposite the proposal, and he left the Chamber during the consideration of the application.

  • Note 2: The recommendation to refuse the application was proposed by Councillor Adrian Page and seconded by Councillor Katia Malcaus Cooper.

  • Note 3: In accordance with Part 4, Section D, paragraph 18 of the Constitution, the voting in relation to the application was as follows:Voting in favour of the recommendation to refuse the application:Councillors Nick Chambers, Vivienne Chapman, Edward Hawkins,Jonathan Lytle, Katia Malcaus Cooper, Max Nelson, Adrian Page, RobinPerry, Pat Tedder, Victoria Wheeler and Valerie White. John Winterton. Voting against the recommendation to refuse: Councillor Colin Dougan

I feel for my poor Camellia

We’ve a large Camellia in our garden. ‘Italiana’ is the variety should you want to know.

It was a gift from my brother many years ago, and I occasionally gently tease him that it’s a confused Camellia. It never knows when to flower.

By late Autumn last year it had produced a large, and healthy crop of flower buds. It even tried to flower in November, then colder weather checked that event. Further attempted outbreaks of flowering occurred throughout December and into early January.

Then, in a burst of recent warmer weather there were quite a few flowers. Our Camellia has, over the years, tended to come into flower in mid to late February. Today’s snow, and rain is ruining the few early opening flowers.

So, our poor Camellia, while trying to bloom, is fighting the vagaries of the weather. Hoping that this cold snap will have delayed the mass flowering for a few weeks. It’s a lovely event it’s covered in flowers.

One final small point. I planted it in the wrong spot. Camellia flowers don’t like early morning sun, when the sun acts on the morning dew on the flowers to burn them.


Police request help in verbal altercation between dog walkers

In a message sent by David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath), requests, can you help Police to identify a dog walker in Lightwater?

Surrey Police would like to speak to a man who was walking two husky dogs in Lightwater in connection with a verbal altercation on Tuesday 19 December.  Between 3.15pm and 3.30pm a man and a woman were walking their dog, a Cocker Spaniel, along Red Road when a man with two larger dogs (believed to be Husky’s) approached.  It is reported that the two larger dogs were behaving aggressively towards the Cocker Spaniel.  A verbal altercation then took place between the owners.

Officers need help to identify a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident. The man is described as a white male of muscular build with short blonde hair.  He has a tattoo on his neck and was wearing a long sleeved grey jacket, a pale blue top with grey tracksuit bottoms.

PC Cristina El Sadawy from Surrey Heath Area Patrol Team, said, “I am really keen to speak to this man to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.  “If you think you know who this man is or if this is you please get in contact with us.”

Police urge anybody with any information to call 101 quoting, 45170141390 or you can report online at

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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More knitted poppies needed for Lightwater’s Poppy Cascade

Here’s a message from Derek Browning, honorary curate of All Saint’s Church in Lightwater, and Chaplain to the Windlesham branch of the Royal British Legion.

A special commemoration is needed for 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. To mark this day date our aim is for a poppy cascade of knitted poppies. [See the article in Roundabout magazine, March 2017, in the image below – click on images to expand]

We’ve received around 2000 so far, and in the New Year we will begin sticking them to a netting background. If you would like to involved in this please let me know, you would be most welcome. Our closing date is for the knitted poppies is the end of August 2018.

If you have been knitting or crocheting, and would like to get rid of some (to make room for more you understand), please drop them on my front door step (16 Guildford Road), or give me a ring 01276 474345. You can also drop them into the Parish Office on weekday mornings between 9.30 and 12.00. There is no upper limit on the number that we can use, the more we get the better the cascade.

Learn about the Lightwater Business Association

On the Lightwater Business Association tombola and mulled wine stalls, at the recent Fayre in the Square, were information flyers on the group. I picked one up, and am presenting it here for your delectation. [Click on image to enlarge, click again in bottom right hand corner to view full size, which expands it in all its glory].