General Edward Abbot Anderson Memorial’s new home

This week I spotted the memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson in its new home in the garden area of the London Road Recreation Ground in Camberley.

The recreation ground isn’t on the London Road at all, it’s in Grand Avenue. There got that bit of info out.

The memorial had been for many years near the entrance to the car park of the Arena Leisure Centre, which again was in Grand Avenue, but could reasonably said to be on London Road as it faces London Road.

The new home of the memorial is more suitable than its previous home. While the memorial looks good in its new home, it still needs stone cleaning, which would make it look even better.

Here’s my photo  – do you think it need a good clean? [Click on photo to expand]


New playground opens in Lightwater Country Park

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the opening of a new playground in Lightwater Country Park.

The new playground at Lightwater Country Park has officially opened. After an £80k makeover, the fantastic new facility was opened on Friday 8 November at a ceremony at the playground’s new location next to the cafe.

Lightwater Country Park new playground

The new playground features two multiplay units, pick up sticks climbing frame, activity net, various swings including a basket swing, an agility trail, musical babel drum and a ‘rock ‘n bowl’ roundabout.

The winning Wicksteed design was chosen following an extensive consultation held by SHBC earlier this year, including local children, followed by a public vote. This playground was refurbished as part of a wider Play Area Improvement Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years.

Other play areas refurbished so far include Cheylesmore Park, Camberley, Frimley Lodge Park, Briar Avenue, Lightwater and Evergreen Road, Frimley. Further playgrounds earmarked for improvement through the scheme include Old Dean Recreation Ground, Camberley.

Lightwater Country Park is a 59-hectare area of predominately heathland habitat, which also features ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. The heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and as such is an important area of high conservation value.

The park is home to a wide variety of birds, animals, insects and plant life. Facilities and features of the park include walking trails, grazing livestock, fishing, a cafe, educational service, tennis courts, sports pitches and a leisure centre.

Camberley town centre improvements – September 2019 update

Surrey Heath Borough Council announcedon 3rd September 2019 an update on Camberley town centre improvements. This full press release can be seen HERE. This is the main part of the press release.

The High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk have received £3.5million in funding from Enterprise M3 LEP, which has been increased with £900k of funding from Surrey Heath Borough Council, to improve the roads and pavements in these historic areas.

Once completed The High Street, Knoll Walk and Princess Way will be transformed into attractive, bright areas with new paving, road surfaces, lighting, planting – including trees, bicycle racks and public art.

The areas will have improved accessibility for everyone including those with disabilities. Vehicles will still have access to the High Street, but traffic calming will ensure the road is safer for pedestrians.  Parking on this road will also be reduced so pavement size can be increased.

The new materials used for the road and pavement surfaces will greatly improve the pedestrian experience.  New street lighting and public art will enhance the character of this road and give a feeling of place and Camberley’s heritage. You can read more about what will be happening here.

It is anticipated the works will start in October 2019 and will complete in 2020. The works will be phased and we will share regular updates as the project progresses.

In preparation for the works the remaining tree on Knoll Walk will be removed the week commencing 23 September.  Knoll Walk will be closed whilst this work takes place. This tree was not removed earlier this year as a Magpie nest was located on the tree.  New trees will be planted in Knoll Walk and also along The High Street as part of the new scheme.

Conservatives JUST hang on to control of Surrey Heath Borough Council

The election results is not are now fully declared yet by the Borough Council. Though by my count the Conservatives have won 18 of the 35 seats on the council, and have therefore retained control of the council. My goodness that’s a close run thing.

Surrey Heath Borough Council elections results continue to amaze

At current count, looking at the Council’s election results website the Conservatives have lost 15 seats, from Frimley Green, Heatherside, Mytchett and Deepcut, Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham, and Lightwater. All previously solid Conservative wards. Only Valerie White, Paul Deach, and Rebecca Jennings Evans are returned for the Conservatives.

Some serious appraisal needed of the reasons for the failures. Too soon for me to give my views

The winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Award 2018,

Surrey Heath’s sporting talent was celebrated at the Sports Awards 2018 with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre. The awards recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Camberley Rugby Club – Club of the Year

More than 300 members of the local sporting community attended the awards on 15 October, alongside special guests including the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan.

Nominations were across a wide spectrum of sports including equestrian, inline puck hockey and pickleball. These were whittled down to a shortlist in each category before the winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.


  • Active Surrey Coach of the Year – Claire Murray, Heatherside Social Walking/Cycling
  • The Massage Company Sports Club of the Year – Camberley Rugby Club
  • Camberley Theatre Disability Sports Award – Yasmin Somers, Harlow Athletics Club
  • Highly Commended – Surrey Chargers (Mixed Ability Rugby)
  • Outstanding Service to Sport – Grant Simmons, Ravenscote Junior School
  • Legacy Sportswear Sports Personality of the Year – Samantha Taylor, GB Age Triathlete
  • National Tennis Association Sports Team of the Year – Camberley& Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 2nd XI
  • Complete Coaching Young Sports Personality of the Year – Owen Heard, Camberley& District Athletics Club
  • Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year – Bisley & Sandown Chase Pony Club Mounted Games Junior Team (Equestrian)
  • Robin Elsdon-Dew Award for Young Volunteer of the Year – Alivia Leahy, Liberty Gymnastics Club

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Awards

  • Performance of the Games – Parami Aye
  • Coach of the Games – Mark Dodson (Football)
  • Young Ambassador of the Year – Dylan Wright
  • Most Supportive School – Crawley Ridge Junior School

Surrey Heath Sports Council member Cllr Charlotte Morley said: “Many congratulations to all the award winners, and everyone who was nominated this year.  It’s been a great year for Surrey Heath sport, with fantastic performances and participation rates from clubs at all levels. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the coaches, volunteers and parents who dedicate so much of their time and effort. The awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise the achievements of all involved.”

Sports Personality of the Year, GB Age Triathlete Samantha Taylor, said: “I had a fantastic evening at the Surrey Heath Sports Awards and am honoured to have won Sports Personality of the Year. Thank you to everyone that has supported me to achieve so much – here’s to seeing what we can do next year, and who else I can inspire to be more active!”

To be eligible for the awards, you need to be a Surrey Heath resident, or play or be involved in sport in the Borough.  All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically entered into the Surrey Sports Awards.

Last year, two Surrey Heath winners – Bagshot Tennis Club (Club of the Year) and John Wickens (Outstanding Service to Sport – Bagshot Football Club) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Active Surrey, Camberley Theatre, Complete Coaching, Legacy Clothing, The Massage Company, National Tennis Association, Places for People, Specsavers and Surrey Playing Fields Association.

Congratulations to all the winners.