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.

Free sports coaching for young people returns to Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a free sports coaching initiative

Calling all 7-16 year olds in Surrey Heath! Would you like to try out a new sport, or get better at one you already play?

Surrey Heath Borough Council, in conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and local sports clubs, are offering FREE coaching sessions for young people at a venue near you.

According to a recent report in The Guardian, three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates – but in an age where children spend on average twice as long playing on screens than playing outside, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games initiative encourages young people to try something different.

By offering coaching aimed at beginners rather than experienced club players, the initiative creates an environment where young people can make new friends, enjoy themselves, and hopefully foster a life-long association with physical activity.

Between now and June, free coaching sessions will be offered across Surrey Heath in a variety of sports including badminton, boccia (a pan-disability sport), boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis, touch tennis and tennis.

Each sport is open to specific age groups/gender, and the sessions take place at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the borough. At least six weeks of training is on offer for each sport, with all sessions held either after school or at the weekend, and led by qualified, passionate coaches.

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Surrey Heath’s art collection on view

Over the years generous donors have gifted Surrey Heath with paintings and drawings. Some of that collection is on display in Surrey Heath Museum’s current exhibition of the Borough’s art collection. Here’s my photo of some of the paintings on show and the exhibition details. On show is my favourite painting from their collection – The Washing Line by Percy Harland Fisher.

The 34 and 35 bus routes from Camberley to Guildford thru Lightwater

Having the 34 and 35 bus routes pass through Lightwater is a huge convenience. Though bus travel is a rarity for me, I’ve found the 34 and 35’s connection between Lightwater and Woking Station handy on occasions. The changes to the bus routes in Surrey seem not to have made much difference in Lightwater – only slight changes.

Thought you might like the map of the routes of the 34 and 35 buses. Their timetable is HERE.

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.