It’s the Camberley Car Show this Saturday

We’re away for this year’s Camberley Car Show, organised by Collectively Camberley. At last year’s show I produced a short video – see HERE, and for 2015 I interviewed some of the exhibitors. So sometimes can’t be helped, as you can’t go to every possible fun event.

The show has had good weather in the past, and will most likely again this Saturday. Click on image to link to the Car Show website.

Your intrepid reporter visits Waterloo Station to experience the predicted chaos

You, dear readers, will know of my occasional reports on the progress of changes at Waterloo Station. You can read them HERE, in descending date order.

The predicted chaos was nowhere to be seen when I journeyed there last Friday 11th August. Everything was running smoothly. The new platforms in the old International Station were accessed by a new gently rising wide ramp from the main station concourse. You can see the entrance to the ramp to the right of photo 2 in the group below. Comparison with the photos in my May 18th report shows the amount of construction work completed between then and now.

In my previous report of May 18th this year, I said that the deadline for opening the new platforms would be tight. That’s how it turned out. I spoke with a station manager, whom I saw dispensing free bottles of water next to the new platforms [see photo], and asked him about their meeting the deadline date. I asked, “how close, in days?”. He replied “close”. I pressed, “a matter of hours?”, he replied, “close”, and smiled not wanting to be drawn any further. Here are my photos,

 

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 2017, 1st Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Crime No. 45170085276: Between 04/08/2017 from 19:00 to 05/08/2017 at 08:00, at London Road, Camberley. Wing mirror on Car has been smashed.
  • Crime No.45170083281: On 05/08/2017 between 10:00 and 11:06, at Laundry Lane, Camberley. Damage has been done to Vehicle.
    Crime No.45170085802: On 06/08/2017 between 12:00 and 14.35, at London Road, Camberley. Damage caused on the outside of building to the fire hose. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170085443: Between 25/07/2017 from 08:00 to 05/08/2017 at 18:19, at Grasmere Road, Lightwater. Males have gained access to owner’s garden during night time, they moved and broken some garden ornaments, scared owner by banging on bathroom window.
  • Crime No.45170086119: Between 06/08/2017 from 15:00 to 07/08/17 at 14:00, at Station Road, Bagshot. A Vehicle has had there rear windscreen smashed.
  • Crime No.45170086835: Between 08/08/2017 from 22:00 to 09/08/2017 at 07:00, at Burr Hill Lane, Chobham. Vehicle has had the back windscreen smashed. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170087501: Between 09/08/2017 from 20:00 to 10/08/2017 at 11:30, at James Rd, Camberley. Back window of a red Citroen C2 has been smashed (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170086916: Between 08/08/2017 from 19:00 to 09/08/2017 at 09:00, at The Absolute Building, Lyon Way Frimley. Entry to the commercial building gained by removing glass to fire exit door at rear of the building. Metal staircase handrails have been stolen from within.
  • Crime No.45170086894: Between 08/08/2017 from18:00 to 09/08/2017 at 08:20, at Fosters Grove, Windlesham. Whilst parked on the road overnight part of the front body panel, including Index plate, has been removed and stolen from a black Vauxhall Corsa.
  • Crime No.45170087074: Between 30/07/2017 from 06:00 to 07/08/2017 at 23:00, at Grasmere Rd, Lightwater. Black VW Golf has again received a nail through the centre of the nearside rear tyre, this is the third time this has happened to this vehicle on the same tyre (hidden from pavement view) over the last year. (Under investigation)

Surrey Heath Museum Exhibition: Don’t Take Chances – Go to Francis

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced, yesterday, that the latest exhibition at Surrey Heath Museum is an insight into the work of celebrated local photographer Ron Francis.

This is the last exhibition in Surrey Heath Museum until March 2018. So it’s your opportunity to show support for the museum.

Surrey Heath Museum Issues No1: Council fail to offer a sensible vision for its future

Surrey Heath Borough Council seem fully prepared to invest over a £100 million in Camberley town centre regeneration. In a press release about the acquisition of 45-51 Park Street, the leader of the Council said,

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “This latest purchase is further evidence of the Council’s commitment to invest in Camberley, and gain control of strategically important assets to drive regeneration of the town centre.”

A fine statement indeed. The Council’s vision for Camberley town centre is public and openly discussed, and to the extent that regeneration work has begun. The vision for Camberley town centre is about maintaining retail vitality and additional town centre housing. The vision fails to recognise the cultural aspects of the Borough.

I encourage you to read the council paper on the future of the museum, entitled Surrey Heath Heritage Service.  It was approved by the Council Executive Committee in July. The word museum doesn’t appear in the paper, surely a sign of intent. The Council announced the changes in March, Here’s a summary of what is proposed, and that the museum will host no exhibitions from September 2nd onwards,

The purpose of the review is to make heritage artefacts and services more accessible to the community. The re-focus therefore includes options around:

  • Hidden Histories – placing info boards at suitable locations for people to understand local history
  • Places to Pause – place displays at locations where people naturally wait
  • Pop-Up locations – identify locations where pop-up exhibitions can roll around the borough.
  • On-line accessibility – the collection will be documented, photographed and put on line
  • Service review – working with the contact centre on research appointments

Next, I’ll give my views, and those of some councillors, and I’ll end with my proposals for the museum

Nominate your person for Surrey Heath Sports Awards

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce opening of nomination for their 2017 Sports Awards

It’s been another fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, and nominations are now open for the annual borough Sports Awards.

It’s the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Nominations for a range of individual, team and club awards are open now – award categories include:

  • Young Sports Team of the Year
  • Sports Team of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Disability Sport Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to Sport

The deadline for nominations is 31 August, with the winners announced at a ceremony held at Camberley Theatre on 23 October.

Last year’s winners included Team GB rugby sevens star Phil Burgess as Sports Personality of the Year, and Club of the Year Swifts Juniors Badminton Club.

All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically entered into the Surrey Sports Awards. Last year, two Surrey Heath winners – Pedro Lemos (Coach of the Year) and Penny Froude (Disability Sports Award) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

For more information, including award criteria and to make a nomination, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/sportsawardsThe nomination form is quick and easy to complete.

What do you know about the GHQ Line and military defences?

Explanation first. The GHQ Line [General Headquarters Line] was a defence line built in the during World War II to contain an expected German invasion.

The defence line comprised hundreds of concrete pillboxes and anti-tank defences. Here in Surrey Heath we are above the GHQ Line- see map below – though we do have a smattering of pillboxes, notably one on Deepcut Bridge Road at its junction with Old Bisley Road. As ever, wonderfully, there’s a group of people dedicated to their preservation – see the Pillbox Study Group website.

Chris Kolonko, a military heritage specialist, in his Mapping the GHQ lines in Google Earth, provides the necessary detail on the location of each of the defences. Here’s a screenshot from one of his maps. If you’re interested, you’ll find much more to discover on his maps.