Surrey Heath Council update on its museum

Surrey Heath Borough Council has released an update on the future of Surrey Heath Museum, notice how the press release uses the word heritage services in place of Surrey Heath Museum. It’ll be interesting to see the report to be submitted to the Council’s Executive committee whether there’s  an  increase in funding for the Museum’s services to deliver a proper digital archive, or whether it’s an exercise in funding reduction. Here’s the Council press release,

Following the recent public consultation held regarding the future of Heritage Services in Surrey Heath, which closed at the end of December 2017, the results and feedback are currently being collated and reviewed, and the resulting report will go before the Council’s Executive in due course.

The consultation’s aim was to help Surrey Heath Borough Council develop plans to make its heritage service more accessible to the Borough’s residents and visitors.

The area’s heritage collection, like many similar collections across the country, includes thousands of artefacts and archives, and helps tell the story of the rich heritage of the area. These stores are currently based at Surrey Heath Museum in Surrey Heath House, Camberley.

However, much of the collection remains in storage for the majority of the time, so future plans could involve ‘taking the heritage to the people’ rather than relying on the public to visit a single physical location.

Since 2013, museum staff have been working with a committed group of volunteers to audit this collection and place it onto a database, with the aim of improving access to the collections, and future plans to make the collection available online.

This work has been invaluable in working towards Arts Council Accreditation so that the entire collection is formally recognised.

A discussion group with key stakeholders was also set up by the Council to engage and consult on future plans with those who are passionate about the area’s heritage. Members from a variety of local societies sit on the group, which is developing its own role, providing ongoing support and advice for heritage work.

While the consultation was running, the permanent collection remained on display at the museum, along with ‘Storetastic’, a display of fascinating items from the Museum’s stores. Current outreach programmes such as schools’ workshops and reminiscence sessions, family activities, local history talks and walks also continue.

The Museum is currently closed, but will reopen with its next exhibition, ‘War & Peace – the work of War Photographer and Artist, Kevin Weaver’ on February 1st.

Local businesses invited to attend Surrey Heath Business Breakfast

The Surrey Heath Borough Council business breakfast team is inviting local businesses to apply to attend the upcoming business breakfast on Friday, 9th March 2018. Here’s their email invitation.

I would like to inform you that the next business breakfast [click on link to register to attend] event is on Friday 9th March 2018. This will also be the annual Surrey Heath Business Awards and will be once again taking place at Camberley Theatre.

Have you thought of exhibiting at the Business Awards?

Exhibiting provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of your business among the 160 delegates that attend these meetings.


Your business will get half a page in the Business Breakfast brochure, including your logo, contact details and a 60 word biography. We will be sending emails to the all delegates prior to the event, including a link to the exhibitor’s websites.

We will also send individual tweets and Facebook posts mentioning each exhibitor, using both the Surrey Heath and Camberley Theatre accounts; totalling 8k followers on Twitter and 4.9k on Facebook.

“The business breakfast is the perfect event to promote your company and to make valuable contacts.” – Accent Housing

“We have supported the exhibitions in the past and will continue to do so in the future.” – Dolphin Head Group Holdings Plc

Have you thought about nominating your business for an award?

For details of each award and application forms, please click on the links below.



The winners will each receive an invitation to the Mayor’s Annual Civic Dinner, along with being promoted through Surrey Heath’s media channels. ‘Heathscene’ magazine, the council’s website and social media platforms, potentially reaching the 45,000 residents of Surrey Heath. We will also send a press release to all our media contacts with details of all the winners.

”It really nice Surrey Heath are supporting the small business it does raise awareness for your business.” Rachel, Mrs Potts Place.

“Spend the time and do it properly if you do get involved in the awards even if you’re shortlisted that is a great accolade.” Charlie, The Massage Company.

Good luck!

Surrey Heath Facebook Live event on 30th Jan 2018, from 7-8pm

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a further opportunity for Surrey Heath residents to question the Council,

Our latest innovative #TalkSurreyHeath Facebook Live Broadcast will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

We want to hear from you – this is your opportunity to ask Council Officers and Councillors your questions about Council services and key issues in the Borough. You can send these in advance or during the event via Facebook, Twitter, or email

The planned panel in the sixth of our live streamed events consists of:

  • Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council
  • Karen Whelan, SHBC Chief Executive
  • Cllr Richard Brooks, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance
  • Surrey Heath Executive Heads of Services

Karen Whelan said: “These live interactive sessions are hugely important for SHBC.  We want to know your views on council services and your questions about living and working in Surrey Heath and the future of the borough, including the regeneration projects in Camberley Town Centre.  We are looking forward to hearing from you.”

The event will be broadcast from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House via a live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page (  There is no need to have a Facebook account in order to view.   After the event the video of the broadcast will be available on the same page.

The Council is organising these interactive online events to encourage residents, business owners and interested parties to have their say on issues that are important to them.

Feedback has been very positive from those who have tuned in and taken part in past #TalkSurreyHeath events.  We are also always keen to hear your views on ways of reaching as many parts of the community as possible.

For details of future #TalkSurreyHeath events follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check the News section of our website,

Surrey Heath award voluntary groups over £160,000 of grant funding

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce its 2018/19 grant funding allocations,

Voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive more than £160,000 of support in 2018/19 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 9 January, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £164,900 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 15 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 Josephine Hawkins, Corporate Portfolio Holder for Surrey Heath, said: “Voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath are hugely valued and do a fantastic job.

“They continue to provide crucial services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.

“In these times of reduced funding from central government, while the council has limited resources from which to give grants, we are committed to recognising their vital work in Surrey Heath.”

The full list of Revenue Grants awarded is as follows:

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

Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £10,000

Camberley Central Job Club £7,000

Surrey Heath Sports Council: £3,500

Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400

Surrey Heath Borough Council targets fly tippers

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the following on fly tipping,

Two fly tippers are £400 worse off this Christmas having each been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Corporate Enforcement officers. [Click on image to enlarge]

Having received information from partners at Accent Housing, SHBC officers obtained CCTV footage which showed two individuals emptying the contents of a van of DIY waste into the communal bins at Wimbledon Road, Camberley.

The culprits, who cannot be named, were traced via the van’s owner, leading to a £400 FPN being issued to them both.

Accent’s Regional Housing Director, Rob Mills said: “This is a great example of collaborative working between Accent and Surrey Heath Borough Council. We will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping, across the Borough.”

SHBC’s Corporate Enforcement Manager Julia Greenfield said: “Earlier this year we launched a joint anti-fly tipping campaign with Accent Housing, and we thank them for their help in this case.

“Publicity for the campaign included leafletting areas that historically have been blighted by fly tipping. Issuing these Fixed Penalty Notices shows we are proactively targeting fly tippers.

“There is no excuse for people not legitimately disposing of their waste, and we will continue to take action against people who are caught carrying out this criminal act.”

Fly tipping can be reported at www.surreyheath/ or by telephoning 01276 707100

New restrictions to use of community recycling centres

Surrey County Council announce changes in the use of recycling centres, which can be viewed in the leaflet below, or at Surrey County Council’s website HERE.

In summary the changes are:

  • No free daily allowance for chargeable non-household waste, such as rubble, and soil
  • Residents may be asked to prove the live in Surrey Heath or Hampshire before they can use Camberley Recycling Centre
  • Charges now apply for non-household waste – see leaflet or website
  • Opening hours at recycling centres will change to 8am – 4pm on weekdays, and 9am – 4pm at weekends.
  • Camberley Recycling Centre closes on Tuesdays
  • Bagshot Recycling Centre closes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Bagshot Recycling Centre will not accept household waste brought in by van, trailer or pick-up


Christmas waste and recycling collection dates in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the waste collection dates for Christmas and the New Year,

Thanks to residents’ efforts it’s been another fantastic year for recycling in Surrey Heath, with the Borough once again ranked as the best performing in Surrey, and one of the best in the country.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is encouraging everyone to continue the good work during the festive season by recycling as much as they can.

Among the materials that can be recycled are: mixed paper, card, food tins and drinks cans, as well as plastic containers, glass jars and bottles. Festive items that can be recycled include all wrapping paper and cardboard that rips.

Residents are also reminded that all mixed recycling should go into their green wheelie bin LOOSE, not in bags. This is because black bags & carrier bags often hide non-recyclable materials.

If your green recycling bins are full, the collection crews will also remove excess recycling – just make sure it’s contained within a box or a bag so it doesn’t blow away or make a mess!

Waste collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. They are revised as follows:

If you are unsure, put your bins out on your normal collection day and the crews will collect the correct one on your revised collection day. Collections will return to normal on Monday 15 January.