Camberley Enterprise Expo successfully showcases local business

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced the result of the Camberley Enterprise Expo

The first Camberley Enterprise Expo took place at Camberley Theatre on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

The packed exhibition hall included IT companies, professional services, charities and retailers showcasing their products and services to the local community.  In addition the Expo featured seminars on topics including presentation skills, marketing tips and lead generation.  Eagle Radio ran digital workshops throughout the day.

The pre-show breakfast seminar, hosted by SHBC, provided an update on the latest redevelopment plans for Camberley.  Michael Gove, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, opened the breakfast seminar via a video link to express his support for the Expo event and businesses based in in the local area.  Alan Harris, Partner, Montagu-Evans (the managing company of’ The Square’ shopping centre), gave a talk on doing business in Camberley.

Visitors to the SHBC stand had the opportunity to talk to council officers about the regeneration of the town and go on a virtual walk around Camberley town centre via an innovative 3D digital map.

Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, said, “The Expo proved to be a fantastic celebration of local business.   I was so pleased to see such a great turnout and hope our exhibitors and visitors enjoyed the day.”

The Expo was the idea of Kevin Cantlon, Economic Development Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council who died earlier this year.  Karen added, “This event is for Kevin as much as the businesses and community and I’m so proud it was a success.”

Co-organiser David Yu from Best of Camberley said: “This is a key new event in the Surrey business calendar. We hope that local businesses made the most of the networking, sales and marketing opportunities it offered. The exhibition was a great place to socialise, make friends and do some business.”

We hope to run this event again next year, so watch this space.

Interested in trees – come along to the inaugural meeting of Surrey Heath Tree Wardens

Two Camberley residents, Trefor Hogg and Jerry Brownlee, are instigating a tree warden scheme for Surrey Heath, in conjunction the the Borough Council’s Arboricultural Officer.

They’re looking for tree wardens and helpers in every ward and village in Surrey Heath. I’m told that there are two volunteers in West End, in addition to Trefor and Jerry.

There’s an existing Surrey Tree Wardens Network, with Trefor and Jerry looking to establish the Surrey Heath element. Trefor says,

We will be holding our first full meeting on 25th September 7:00 pm, in the Olive Room, The Link Building, St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Windlesham GU20 6BL.

This is early notification of the meeting, an agenda will be published on Facebook shortly. If you’re interested to helping lease let or know if you’re intending to attend.

Always good to be in at the beginning. Trefor’s Facebook Page is HERE.

Fact: Surrey Heath is the greenest Borough and has the highest tree cover in Britain at 40.6%.

Here are a couple of interesting photos of trees in the borough, one of Phillyrea latifolia by Bagshot Station, and another of an unusually shaped Scots Pine in Lightwater Country Park.

The Square, a popular name for retail centres in Surrey Heath

The Camberley Eye has asked me, in a comment on this blog,

How well do you feel the name “reflects the history of the area”?

Before I respond, I note that while Surrey Heath Borough Council re-branded  Camberley’s The Mall to The Square, Lightwater too has The Square as it’s retail centre, as does Bagshot also with The Square.

It might, therefore seem a sensible choice for Camberley, to follow Bagshot and Lightwater, both of whom have regular village events in their village Square’s.

Now, back to Camberley Eye’s question. My first reaction to The Square for Camberley is it’s unadventurous. Perhaps I’m being too critical, after all there’s a Square at the centre of the shopping centre.

Farnborough’s covered shopping areas are Princes Mead, and The Meads. Bracknell’s new shopping complex is The Lexicon, Reading has its Oracle shopping centre, and Woking has The Peacocks. Windsor has two, King Edward Court and Windsor Royal.

Apart from Windsor’s shopping centre names having royal connections, I’m unaware of the significance of the names of the other shopping centres.

Therefore, in answer to Camberley Eye, Camberley’s The Square though prosaic, is perfectly adequate. It does have the benefit of fitting in with our military heritage, where the square is a military parade and drill area.

Come to the RLC Museum evening lecture this evening to hear about an amazing man – Herbert Sulzbach

This evening’s lecture, at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, by Ainslie Hepburn, is about the fascinating life of Herbert Sulzbach (1894-1985), who fought for Germany in World War 1, and with the British Pioneer Corps in World War 2. He was awarded both the OBE and Grand Cross of the German Federal Republic for his post-war work fostering Anglo-German co-operation.

You can learn more of Herbert Sulzbach and his uplifting story HERE, though I’d recommend coming to the lecture.

Best to arrive at the Museum between 7.0 – 7.15 for pre=lecture tea/coffee/biscuits.

Electoral Review of Surrey Heath Borough Council: Final Recommendations

On 29th August, Surrey Heath Borough Council commented,

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England [LGBCE] has today [29th August 2017] published the final recommendations from its Electoral Review.

We are currently analysing these recommendations.

We have drawn the Commission’s attention to the transposition on the summary and final recommendations maps of the names of the Frimley Ward and the Frimley Green Ward.  They are shown correctly in the final recommendations report.

An Order will now be laid in Parliament and the new electoral arrangements for Surrey Heath will be implemented at the local elections in 2019.

Before the local elections it will be necessary for the Council to conduct a Polling District Review, which will include consultation with all interested parties.

More info on the recommendations can be found here: and the LGBCE’s press release.

MY NOTE: The Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s SUMMARY document contains the error mentioned above, and also that the Borough has 39 councillors, when it’s actually 40. The full report HERE, has neither of these errors.

Two newly refurbished playgrounds opened in Surrey Heath’s play area improvement scheme

Surrey Heath Borough Council, on 4th September, announced that,

Two newly-refurbished playgrounds in Camberley have been officially opened by Surrey Heath Borough Council. The playgrounds, in Martel Close and Clarence Drive, have been transformed through more than £67,000 of investment.

Deputy Mayor and St Paul’s ward Councillor Dan Adams was joined by fellow ward Councillors Bill and Vivienne Chapman at the event, along with SHBC Executive Head of Business Daniel Harrison.

In the Clarence Drive play area, the existing equipment has been completely replaced with new play pieces including a trampoline, multi-play unit, nest swing, see-saw, play panels and springer. A new area of adult gym equipment has also been added around the perimeter of the playground.

In Martel Close, the existing equipment was refurbished and repainted, and new pieces added including a nest swing, pick up sticks climbing frame, roundabout, a multi play unit and various activity panels.

Both play areas have had safe all weather surfaces installed. Following consultation with local residents, the playgrounds have been designed to offer exciting experiences for younger and older age groups. The renovation of both play areas was funded by developer contributions related to the Wellington Park housing development.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Dan Adams said: “I’m delighted to see these amazing play areas opened today – encouraging children to be active outdoors is really important, and who could resist with such great facilities on our doorstep?

“We are proud of our fantastic parks and open spaces in Surrey Heath, and keeping them updated is important to us. Earlier this year the Council also agreed a Borough-wide playground improvement scheme that will see more areas of Surrey Heath benefit from improved play facilities.”

The play area improvement scheme is worth over £650,000, with the improvements due to be implemented over the next three years. Playgrounds earmarked for refurbishment – replacement as part of this scheme include:

  • Briar Avenue, Lightwater
  • Cheylesmore Drive Play Area, Heatherside
  • Chobham Road Recreation Ground, Frimley
  • Evergreen Road Play Area, Parkside
  • Frimley Lodge Park
  • Lightwater Country Park
  • Loman Road, Mytchett & Deepcut
  • London Road Recreation Ground, St Michaels
  • Old Dean Recreation Ground
  • Watchetts Recreation Ground
  • Whitmoor Road,Bagshot

Heritage Open Days in Surrey Heath on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September

Excellent work by Surrey Heath Museum for the pleasing improvement in the number, and quality, of Surrey Heath’s Heritage Open Days places and events on 9th and 10th September. Additionally on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September there’s an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Museum and be part of the consultation as to how the museum should develop.

To expand the brochure view, click on the upward facing arrow in the right hand corner.