The Mayor of Surrey Heath’s civic dedication at the Civic Service

We attended the formal civic service of the new Mayor of Surrey Heath at St. Anne’s Church, Bagshot. The service, led by the Revd Andreas Sistig, Vicar of St Anne’s Church, was for the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Valerie White, to dedicate herself “to serve the Borough and all its people to the best of her ability, upholding all that is true, good, and honourable.”

Here’s my brief photo montage of the event,

A photo montage of the 2017 Surrey Heath Show

You meet friends and acquaintances at the Surrey Heath Show – a pleasant diversion. As I’ve done in previous years I snapped a few items of interest at the show, as we wandered around the show.

The Woking cacti society stand held us in deep conversation for quite a while, during which we bought more cacti and succulents. At the rear of their stand they had stunning large cacti, many in bloom. However, the ones we bought were small – space is a consideration for us and our growing cacti collection.

We were happy to bump into show organiser Tony Moore, a chance to congratulate him on his being awarded a BEM. The Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, chose a 1962 Vauxhall Cresta as her pick of cars in the classic car show. Here’s my phot montage,

Civic renewal on display as Surrey Heath installs its 45th Mayor

Yesterday evening we attended the annual council meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council. The main item of the agenda is the installation of the Mayor for the ensuing year, and the selection of an accompanying Deputy Mayor.

The mayor making ceremony is an event of civic renewal, inasmuch that the incoming Mayor – Cllr Valerie White – and Deputy Mayor  – Cllr Dan Adams – commit themselves to serve the council and the community of Surrey Heath. The outgoing Mayor – Cllr John Winterton – gave the Council a brief report on his year of office, reflecting on the strong community spirit and volunteering of the people of Surrey Heath.

You can read the Council press release on the new Mayor and Deputy HERE. [Click on image to enlarge]

I’ve made a brief video of the event to provide a flavour of the Annual Meeting.

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 Singers meet the challenge to sing Britten’s St Nicolas cantata

A full house at High Cross Church in Camberley listened to Surrey Heath Singers meet the challenge of singing Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas cantata. The choir was supported by the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, with soloist James Atherton, choristers of Guildford Cathedral, and all led by conductor and Musical Director of Surrey Heath Singers, Andrew Phillips.

In part 2 of the evening programme, which followed the St Nicolas cantata, the audience joined the choir singing some favourite Christmas carols.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of choral music, where we met many people we know. The Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr John Winterton was the concert guest, and being a member of a choir enjoyed reading the score during the concert break. We won a small prize in the raffle – arrived home a happy couple. Here are my photos of the concert,

Surrey Heath Mayor appoints first ever Mayor’s Cadets

Announced yesterday, 15th December 2016, by Surrey Heath Borough Council, [Click on image to expand]

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr John Winterton, has appointed his first two Mayor’s Cadets.

Daniel Farrow and Libby Butler, who both attend Gordon’s School, West End, were presented with their Mayor’s Cadet sashes at the Full Council Meeting last night (Wed 14 Dec).

Daniel, 16, and Libby, 17, are both in Year 12 and members of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Gordon’s.

They were nominated by Squadron Leader Mockeridge and WO1 Philip Fox for their commitment to the Cadet section throughout their time at Gordon’s – Daniel in the RAF section and Libby in the Army section.

Lt Col Tim Cave-Gibbs from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst also attended the presentation ceremony, along with the Mayoress Mrs Di Winterton.

The Mayor’s Cadets are a new initiative in Surrey Heath, enhancing the Council’s historic links with the military in the Borough. There will be two cadets each year, a boy and a girl, who will serve for an academic year, from September to September.

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Lightwater’s Christmas Fayre in the Square was a popular place to be on Saturday

I was a late arrival at yesterday’s Fayre in the Square in Lightwater. Even so, I found happy crowds circulating the stalls and watching the dancers and singers.

It was a pleasure to see Cllr John Winterton, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, spending time with stallholders and visitors. I bought mulled wine from the Lightwater Business Association stall, a necessity given the rather nippy temperature. Here are a few photos of the event. Lightwater Fayres are good for people meeting – had plenty of enjoyable conversations.   [Click on image to expand]

A new Mayor, and Deputy Mayor, of Surrey Heath Borough Council are installed

On Wednesday evening this week was the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor are installed.

The new Mayor is Cllr John Winterton, a ward councillor for Lightwater. The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Valerie White, a ward councillor for Bagshot.

Do please excuse my poor effort at making a video of part of the meeting. In 2 minutes I hope I’ve given a brief flavour of the event.