Video of Surrey Heath’s Facebook Live session on Economic Development and Finances

The videos of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Facebook Live session on Economic Development and Finance can be viewed on the Council’s Facebook page HERE, and also below. In the Council’s press release after the event, they say,

The panel answered dozens of questions during the hour-long session, and areas discussed included a wide range of subjects including the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre, including SHBC’s investment in the recently renamed shopping centre The Square.

The Council’s strategy of delivering efficiency and increasing income to continue to provide a wide range of services in a climate of drastically reduced Government funding was also addressed.

The Council’s work supporting economic development in Surrey Heath was another focus, including the recent Camberley Enterprise Expo and Business Breakfast event.

During the event, broadcast via Facebook Live from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House, members of the public could follow the live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page www.facebook.com/surreyheath. Cllr Brooks said: “We appreciated the engagement from the public, hearing people’s views and answering their questions at this latest #TalkSurreyHeath event.”

A walk through the Vehicle Test Track in Lightwater

Continuing my heathland walk from Folly Bog, I thought a walk through the Vehicle Test Track would offer a change of scenery.

Gosh, on arrival I found the Army with a range of vehicles using the test track. Must say I was pleased to seem them, for two reasons. One, that I like all things military, and secondly, it’s good to see the facility in use for the purpose for which it was designed.

As is my wont, I approached the soldiers and briefly chatted to them. I noticed that most of them had wet trousers, almost up to their waist. One I noticed was pouring water out of his boots. Why? Before the vehicles entered any of the ponds or deep muddy tracks, the soldiers had to verify the depth of the water. Were they local? I enquired. No, we’re from the RLC in Abingdon. Aarrhh, lovely, a convoy of Army vehicles. That’s another thing that I like to see, a convoy of Army vehicles.

In the photos of the vehicles on the test track, if you look carefully at the soldiers, they’ve got wet trousers, and some are in the process of changing.

A heathland walk down to Folly Bog

Being reasonable weather on Wednesday this week I ventured out on a longish heathland walk.

I walked down into Folly Bog from the track alongside Red Road. Actually, I pushed my way through the gorse and heather, and surprisingly found the ground firm underfoot. So, I had a good wander round. There’s nothing much to report, the Bog Asphodel has died down, and the sundews were nowhere to be seen, just grasses, sedge, mosses, and lichens.

As a challenge, I’ve often tried to cross the bog, and have never succeeded, even in dry summer. I’m sure it must’ve have been possible in the not to distant past, as there’s remnants of half-buried tarmac, not much, but some. There are also a few rusting steel plates, which you can see in my photo.

‘A Journey through Jazz’ concert of the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps

We were in the audience for the concert by the Band of Royal Logistic Corps Band concert, ‘A Journey through Jazz’, on the 28th September 2017, at the Tela Theatre, Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut.

The Band’s Director of Music, Maj Lauren Peritz-Watts, requested the audience not to post any videos, to YouTube or Facebook, they may have taken of the concert before the Band had posted their own video. Being a respectful soul I’ve obliged the Band, and waited patiently for them to post their video – shown below.

The Bandmaster, SSgt Jonathan Spencer, spoke to the audience of their privilege to host one of the finest lead trumpet players in the country, Louis Dowdeswell, as guest soloist. Before the video, from the concert, of the Band and Loius Dowdeswell playing ‘Let it Go’, from Disney’s Frozen, here are a few photos of the concert.

It’s a terrific band, and this concert, like all others of their concerts, was hugely entertaining. The guest soloist was an added treat.

Milestone Miscellany Day No.4: Heritage Lottery funded Milepost restoration project

Last Saturday I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Milestone Society.

The meeting was held in the village hall in Long Compton on the A3400 road, not far from Chipping Norton. The location was chosen as the hall is on the former Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Compton Turnpike. It’s on this road the Milestone Society’s National Lottery funded project restored the remaining six mileposts to their functioning state.

The project is called Finding the Way, described in the leaflet below, and a dedicated website HERE. My photo of the village hall and one of the restored mileposts, click on photo to expand.

Click on upward pointing arrow in bottom right-hand corner of image below to expand.