Photo Quiz No.46: Answer is Eric Bedser in Woking

This morning I asked the question about who is this statue of, and where can it be seen.

The answer is it’s a statue of Surrey and England cricketer Eric Bedser. The statue is at the Horsell end of the Bedser bridge over the Basingstoke Canal in Woking, near the World Wildlife Fund offices and the Lightbox art gallery.

Eric Bedser, and his twin brother Alec both played cricket for Surrey and England. They both went to school in Woking, and both lived in Woking. Alec Bedser’s statue stands at the town end of the bridge.

The statues were unveiled by Sir John Major in 2015.

Join Team Surrey Heath for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced its free training sessions for the Team Surrey Heath at Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. See details of the free coaching sessions HERE. [Click on image to expand]

Do you know a young person who could benefit from trying a new sport, or improving at one they already enjoy?

In conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, the Council is offering 6-8 weeks of free training sessions in no less than 12 unique sports from April to June.  You can choose anything from Boccia (a pan-disability sport) to boxing, hockey to girls’ rugby, netball, judo and many more!

Sessions are hosted at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the Borough either after school or at the weekend, and are led by qualified, passionate coaches. These ‘taster’ sessions could open the door to a lifelong love of sport, while providing a fantastic chance to meet new people and make new friends.

Over 300 local young people enjoyed free coaching in the Borough last year, and many go on to join clubs after the event and enjoy the various benefits that an active lifestyle brings, including improved physical and mental wellbeing. Every young person who takes part in training sessions also gets the opportunity to compete for ‘Team Surrey Heath’ at the competition weekend at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, and Woking Leisure Centre, coordinated by Active Surrey.

The competition takes place on 23 and 24 June, and provides a unique Olympic-style event where all 11 boroughs and districts in Surrey compete and show off their skills. Last year over 2,000 young people took part in the largest youth festival of sport in Surrey.

This year we have some of the most passionate and experienced coaches at great local clubs, without whom the training sessions – and the Surrey Youth Games themselves – would not be able to take place.

Thank you to our fantastic clubs, including Lightwater Juniors Badminton Club, Swifts Badminton Club, Turners Boxing Academy, Camberley Cricket Club, Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club, Camberley Judo Club, Camberley RFC, Camberley Town Youth FC, Chobham RFC, Surrey Heath Netball Club, Camberley Tennis Club, The Eikon Charity and sponsors such as Places for People and Publicity Plus who provide ongoing support to Team Surrey Heath.

Coaching sessions are open to 7-16 year-olds below county standard in their chosen sport (each sport is open to specific age groups/gender) and currently living and/or attending school in Surrey Heath.  For details of session venues, dates and times and to register, visit, or call 01276 707100 and ask to speak to a member of the leisure team.

Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley returns with new junior event

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the return of Specsavers GO-TRI,

Do you need a goal to work towards to help your New Year fitness routine? Bored of the gym?  Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena Leisure Centre could be the event for you!

After the success of last year’s inaugural GO-TRI, our beginners’ triathlon is returning to Camberley on 22 April.  GO-TRI is an introduction to triathlon and provides a platform for those looking to improve their fitness or get involved in the sport.

With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley features a 200m swim in the Arena swimming pool, an 8km cycle through the flat and flowing roads of Camberley before finishing with a 2km run around London Road Recreation Ground.

The course is simple, picturesque and a great challenge, with event entry just £12 including a ‘goody bag’ and medal for all finishers. Team GB age group Triathlete Sam Taylor is due to be on hand to encourage and support those taking up the challenge.

Also, due to popular demand, this time we’ve added a Junior Aquathlon to the day’s events, so younger athletes can take part too.  The Aquathlon is a two-stage, swimming and running event. Open to 11-15 year-olds, it will consist of 200m swim followed by a 2km run – the perfect introduction to multi-sport events for youngsters. Entry is just £7, again including a goody bag for finishers.

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “Last year more than 50 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley – and this year we’re hoping it will be even more successful. “It’s a great way to get involved in exercise in a fun, relaxed way – and the Junior Aquathlon is an added element this year. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting sports development and healthy fitness in the Borough.”

Specialist equipment is not required – for more information on this and other Frequently Asked Questions, go to the webpage listed below. What are you waiting for? Places are limited so enter today at 

Photo of the week No.39: Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966

This is a terrific sports action photo of Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966, by an unnamed photographer. Formula 1 racing cars don’t ‘fly’ now, and nor do they race on the Nürburgring.

There’s an interesting discussion on who’s the best racing driver in history. The BBC questions can we ever really compare the F1 greats?

I think the simple answer is that’s extremely difficult to make a judgement, because of the changes in motor racing technology. There were great racing drivers in different eras.  Perhaps we should leave it like that, and respect the talent of the best drivers in their time.

Surrey Heath Sports Award s 2017, winners ceremony evening

Surrey Heath Borough Council reveal the winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Awards,

The Surrey Heath Sports Awards celebrated the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on Monday. Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards honour people from across the borough who have excelled in their sport, exceeded personal targets or made a meaningful impact on the local community.

The awards were attended by around 350 members of the local sporting community and the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Valerie White.  The evening is one of the most anticipated events in the borough calendar as it is a chance to celebrate the achievements of local athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers.

Nominations from the public received over the summer were whittled down to a shortlist of just three finalists per category before winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.

Award Winners:

  • Coach of the Year – Sam Voight, Camberley RFC
  • Club of the Year – Bagshot Tennis Club
  • Disability Sports Award – Adrian Gale, Valley End Cricket Club Rascals
  • Outstanding Service – John Wickens, Bagshot FC
  • Sports Personality – Harry Dugmore, Camberley RFC
  • Sports Team of the Year – Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI
  • Young Sports Personality – Smrithi Shirol, Swifts Junior Badminton Club
  • Young Sports Team – Chobham Cricket Club U11
  • Young Volunteer – Ollie Wickes, Chobham RFC

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Award Winners:

  • Performance of the Games – Alice Lockhart (swimming)
  • Coach of the Games – Sandra Parnell (netball)
  • Young Ambassador of the Year – Morgan Markson
  • Most Supportive School – Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell, said, “Huge congratulations to all the award winners and everyone who was nominated this year. Sport in Surrey Heath is in a good place with excellent performances and participation levels from Surrey Heath clubs at all levels. The awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate this and encourage future success.”

The winners of the Sports Awards will automatically be entered into the county-wide Surrey Sports Awards, which are held in December. For more photos of the event, please visit

Special thanks to our sponsors Specsavers, Places for People, Surrey Playing Fields, Active Surrey, Complete Coaching, 96.4 Eagle Radio, Basepoint Camberley, Legacy Clothing and Camberley Theatre.

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Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 Shortlists Announce

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the shortlists for their 2017 Sports Awards.

The shortlists for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 have been revealed.

The awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Following a fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, dozens of nominations were received, up nearly a third on last year.

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards will celebrate the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on 23 October, where the winners will be announced.

This year’s shortlists for a range of individual, team and club awards are:

Camberley Theatre Young Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley RFC U14 Squad
  • Chobham Cricket Club U11
  • Surrey Heath Wasps Netball Team

Eagle Radio Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI
  • Camberley Bowling Club
  • Chobham Community Rugby

Specsavers Sports Club of the Year

  • Bagshot Tennis Club
  • Windle Valley Runners
  • Chobham RFC

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