The Mayor opens Chobham Water Meadows

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the formal opening of Chobham Water Meadows,

The new Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Valerie White completed one of her first official engagements when she formally opened the new site at Chobham Water Meadows.

Chobham Water Meadows is a scenic and peaceful 23.5 hectare SANG site, which offers many natural paths for walking, and includes a 2.5k circular route along the banks of the River Bourne. Visitors are welcome to exercise their dogs, cycle, run, or just amble through this special place taking in the meadow vistas, woodland boundaries and the gentle River Mill Bourne.

SANG stands for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace. These areas are created as enhanced and attractive greenspaces that provide an enjoyable natural environment for recreational use, and are provided as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).

The Thames Basin Heaths SPAs are internationally important heathland sites that support rare birds such as the Dartford warbler and Nightjar who are highly sensitive to visitors. SANGs are therefore provided to encourage recreational use there to reduce pressure on the SPA.

At the opening on May 25, following a speech and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to the SANG, Cllr White and the Surrey Heath Borough Council Chief Executive Karen Whelan planted a commemorative oak tree on the site. A plaque to identify this tree will be added in due course.

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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.