Map of the Surrey County Council ward boundaries

Having previously described the upcoming Surrey County Council election on May 4th. Those readers curious about the ward boundaries for such as snazzily named Camberley East and Camberley West, should click on the map below, which links to the County Council website, and there you can expand it down to street level.

My following articles will post the statement of nominations for each of Surrey Heath’s six wards.

Election for councillors in Surrey Heath to Surrey County Council

There are local government elections on 4th May for councillors to Surrey County Council. There are six county council wards in Surrey Heath, each electing one councillor,

  1. Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham 
  2. Camberley East
  3. Camberley West
  4. Frimley Green and Mytchett
  5. Heatherside and Parkside
  6. Lightwater, West End and Bisley

My observations are that some wards are have more candidates than others – Heatherside and Parkside ward has 7 candidates while Camberley East ward has just 3, the other wards have variously 4, 5 or 6 candidates.

The three major political party’s are represented in each ward, while UKIP and the Green Party are standing in just 4 of the 6 wards. Unusually, there are also a few candidates standing as independents, not a popular thing for Surrey Heath, although elsewhere in Surrey non-politically aligned candidates are more common.

I also note that there are many new candidates at this election, which is always good to see, as new people bring fresh enthusiasm and energy to their wards and to the county council.

I’ll post the statement of persons nominated for each over the next week – one a day.

Community Fund Grants awarded to local groups

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that

Local not-for-profit organisations and groups will receive support from Surrey Heath Borough Council through the latest round of its Community Fund Grant Scheme.

Photo credit: Nicolas Young

The grant scheme provides grants of up to £25,000 to assist groups and organisations in Surrey Heath, with projects which will benefit local communities.

Local groups or organisations have the chance to apply for funding twice a year, with new applications agreed by the council’s decision-making Executive. Following the SHBC Executive meeting on 4 April:

  • Chobham Village Hall Charity will be awarded £5,000 to rebuild and resurface the existing car park, to make it safe and free from flooding. This traditional village hall hosts a wide variety of community events, shows, clubs and meetings.
  • Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club will receive £1,484 towards the purchase of a replacement digital projector. The club meets weekly at St Paul’s Church, Camberley.
  • West End Bowls Club requested £25,000 as a contribution towards the extension of the clubhouse facilities. This application was deferred, pending the submission of necessary quotes.

Applications to the Community Fund Grant scheme are considered twice a year, with deadlines of 30 June and 31 December. Corporate Portfolio Holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “Providing these grants helps Surrey Heath residents to benefit from the services provided by local community groups, which we are pleased to support. This funding is a great opportunity for local groups who may need support for worthy projects – I would encourage them to get in touch and apply for the next round of grants before 30 June.”

Full details about the scheme can be found at:

Windlesham Parish Council Annual Report 2016/17

Yesterday evening Windlesham Parish Council held its annual meeting at the Briars Centre in Lightwater. Perhaps no more than 20 people were in the audience. Possibly a sign that Bagshot, Lightwater, and Windlesham electors don’t have many pressing issues to excite them to attend, and ask questions of our local government officers and elected representatives.

Here are a photo of the panel and the Mayor of Surrey Heath. The Mayor gave an address ‘From Rain Gauges to Robes’ describing his early career at the Meteorological Office. Below the photos is the Parish Council Annual Report for 2016/17 – click on upward arrow at the base of the screen to expand.

Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 finalists announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the finalists for the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 have been announced. The shortlisted businesses are:

Best New Business

  • Fishin Addict
  • Mrs Potts’ Place
  • The Massage Company

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Brooks & Partners
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Stihl

Developing Talent

  • Arena Leisure Centre
  • Exclusive Hotels and Venues – Exclusive Chefs Academy
  • Stewart & Co

Business Innovation of the Year

  • Glo Hair Salon
  • Spokes of Bagshot
  • FairWeatherGolf

Best Small/Medium-Sized Business

  • Yomp Marketing
  • Legacy Sportswear
  • Stewart & Co
  • The Massage Company

Along with the five categories above, an Outstanding Achievement award will also be announced at the ceremony.

The awards will take place on Friday 31 March, hosted during Surrey Heath’s Business Breakfast event at Camberley Theatre.