Carnival time in Camberley on Saturday 17th June

The final event of the ten days of the Camberley International Festival is a Carnival procession on Saturday 17th June. At 12 noon the carnival procession leaves Knoll Road, proceeding along the High Street, Pembroke Broadway to arrive at the London Road Recreation Ground

There are plenty of activities associated with the Carnival during the day at Camberley Theatre and at the London Road Recreation Ground

Take Ten – new Surrey Heath Museum exhibition celebrates borough’s rich cultural make-up

Surrey Heath Bough Council announce, Take Ten – an exhibition celebrating the rich cultural make-up of the Surrey Heath area. [Click on image to expand]

The upcoming exhibition at Surrey Heath Museum features 10 people who originate from different countries and have made Surrey Heath their home. Our area has long attracted people to the area for work and family reasons, many of whom have come from abroad.

Settling into a different culture, climate and community is difficult.  However, the people featured have well and truly made the area their home.  The countries covered are Switzerland, Spain, Japan, France, India, Nepal, Barbados, New Zealand and Portugal.  Not forgetting two people who come from other areas in the UK and have settled here!

We look into where people grew up, why they moved here, what they miss and how the area has become their home. The exhibition features objects from their country, food, craft and cultural differences.  It is a true celebration of the area’s rich cultural make-up.

We are holding a special viewing on Saturday 24 May for all those who have taken part.  Members of the press are welcome to attend.

The exhibition runs from 20 May until 2 September 2017.  For more info email museum@surreyheath.gov.uk/ Gillian.Barnes-riding@surreyheath.gov.uk

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.

Predicted Parliamentary constituency election results at ward level

My dear wife found the Seat Explorer in the Electoral Calculus website, which gives ward by ward predictions for every parliamentary constituency. It’s a well-presented and easy to use resource, and is well worth time, for political nerds, having a wander around.

Below is their ward predictions for the Surrey Heath constituency. I ‘ll compare their predication to the result, and show them both here. [Click on the image to go directly to the website]

Surrey Heath Borough Council’s update on Camberley Town Centre developments

Surrey Heath Borough Council update on Camberley Town centre projects, [click on images to expand]

Exciting progress has been made in crucial Camberley Town Centre projects over recent months.

  • The Mall, Camberley
  • Following the Council’s purchase of The Mall last year, work is now underway to begin updating and transforming the shopping centre. Haskoll have been appointed as architects to oversee an exciting refurbishment scheme, and designs are being finalised for the interior. The work will be phased, with the first phase starting in mid-summer in Grace Reynolds Walk, followed by The Square, then other parts of the centre. In the meantime repainting of the roof has already begun as part of the work to brighten up the shopping centre.

    Changes are also underway to the branding, with a temporary website already available (www.camberleyshopping.co.uk), and further work is underway to improve the marketing of the shopping centre both to customers and potential retailers when it is relaunched later in the year.

  • Ashwood House, Pembroke Broadway
  • As previously announced, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer of the site. The upper floors of the building will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation, comprising around 100 flats, subject to planning permission.

    A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with the aim of starting on site at the end of the year.

  • Public spaces in Princess Way and the High Street 
  • Plans for improvements to the ‘public realm’ and amenity areas have progressed with surveys of services and ground levels in the High Street completed. Design work is underway, with public consultation to begin shortly on ideas for changing these areas of the town.

  • London Road Block
  • Consultants have been appointed to undertake feasibility work for the new development and submit an outline planning application by the end of 2017.

  • Pembroke House, Frimley Road
  • As with Ashwood House, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer for this scheme, which has the potential to offer around 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission. It will provide affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses.
    A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with work on site aiming to commence at the end of the year.

    In another significant development, SHBC have appointed Paul Ramshaw in a new role, Head of Investment & Development. Paul’s previous roles include Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy at Eastleigh Borough Council. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, he will head up a new team, including an applications planner, procurement officer, accountant and lawyer, to deliver the Council’s property acquisition and development plans.

    Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey Heath at an exciting time in terms of property acquisition and development, and look forward to helping drive forward the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre as one of our key priorities.” SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “As can be seen, our work continues to make Camberley an even better place to live, work and enjoy. We look forward to making announcements about further significant plans and developments in the near future.”