Service awards the main event at Surrey Heath’s council meeting

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Valerie White, kindly invited us to attend December’s council meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Think there were just a handful of visitors to the council meeting, apart from three Honorary Aldermen. Two notable events contrasted to a very dull council meeting, no big issues discussed, no questions from the public or councillors. Very much like local government council’s everywhere.

The notable events were uplifting. Two council employees, whom I know, and for whom I hold each in high regard, were given recognition for their service to the Council and community. John Foley, from the Waste Management team, received the thanks of the Chief Executive for 40 years service. John has had a immense impact on Surrey Heath’s rising up, over the years, the league table of best councils for recycling. Jane Sherman, in Democratic Services, is shortly to retire after 30 years service. Her professionalism and dedication made for the smooth running of council meetings and governance.

After the meeting we shared a drink of wine and a mince pie with the Mayor, officers and Councillors. Here are three photos of the evening. The Mayor leaving the chamber behind the mace bearer, and John Foley, and Jane Sherman.

An unequal distribution of labour – in my favour

Here are our tasks for Christmas; making and sending Christmas cards, erecting the Christmas decorations, planning and purchasing the food for Christmas, and other Christmas-related stuff I’ve probably omitted; oh, yes, presents of course.

As to the division of labour, I’ve created our outdoor Christmas decorations, and put up the outdoor coloured lights, and decorated our Christmas tree. While, my dear wife, reviewed the Christmas card list, made the Christmas cards, wrote in their dedications, and posted them, and has begun planning the Christmas festivity meals.

I reckon my share of the Christmas preparations is a lot less than that of my dear wife. But, it did take a long time to decorate the Christmas tree, which is my excuse. Hmmm, think there’s room to add some more stuff onto the tree.

Click on the image to expand, and see if you can spot the two birds. The message – Felicidades – translates simply from the Spanish as Congratulations. [Though to Spaniards it means more than that; it’s a wish for happiness, as is associated with major events such as weddings, or New Year.

We’ve sung ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ on two evenings this week

On two evenings this week we’ve been carol singing. Monday evening was at the Windlesham branch of the Royal British Legion, and yesterday evening at Gordon’s School Carol Service.

Of the many carols available, it was ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ that was the one carol sung on both evenings. Gordon’s School seem always to uncover singing and musical talent. No doubt the result of a strong music department that develops latent talent.

Gordon’s School choir gave stirring performances of Gaudete, a popular early traditional Christmas carol, and Carol of the Bells by Peter Wilhousky, another popular choral carol.

Thought you might like to listen to well regarded renditions of both carols, Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span singing Gaudete, and the huge Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing Carol of the Bells.

People busy ice skating in Camberley

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that,

Ice Skate Camberley opened on Saturday 9 December 2017 in Park Street, Camberley.  The ice rink was busy all day with people of all ages enjoying a skate in the open air on the real ice rink.

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) also organised a living nativity on Park Street with a display from Millers Ark animals and provided free arts and crafts for children in the Ice Skate Camberley ticket office.

The launch event was attended by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader SHBC, Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, staff from Ice Skate Camberley’s official supporter ‘Knight’s Property Services’, and SHBC Councillors and officers and their families.

Karen Whelan said; “Our aim at SHBC was to bring a real ice rink to Camberley Town Centre this Christmas for our residents and visitors to enjoy and we are absolutely thrilled with how great the Ice Rink looks on Park Street.   It has been fantastic to see so many people enjoying Ice Skate Camberley this weekend and we hope many more people enjoy the opportunity to skate over the next few weeks.”

Ice Skate Camberley is located right in the middle of Camberley town centre on Park Street, which means people can also incorporate a fun ice skating session into their Christmas shopping trip or when out socialising with friends and family.

Book your skating places today! You can book in advance at or on the day at the Ice Skate Camberley ticket office on Park Street (card payments only please) or you can book with cash at Camberley Theatre’s Box office.

Skating slots are 45 minutes long and the rink opens at 10am everyday (apart from Christmas Day) until 5 January 2018.  Closing times vary so please check the website.  The hire of modern ice skates and penguin skate aids for children are included in the skate booking cost.  The Penguin skate aids are available on a first come first served basis according to availability.

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Camberley High Street revitalisation funding approved

Surrey Heath Borough Council is very pleased to announce that it has secured funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to improve the High Street and public spaces in Camberley Town Centre.

SHBC has been awarded a £3.5 million grant from Enterprise M3’s Local Growth Fund. The LEP supports economic growth of areas in the M3 corridor – stretching from Staines-upon-Thames to the New Forest, covering mid to North Hampshire, as well as South and West Surrey.  SHBC will add funds of £900k, so the total budget for the project is £4.4 million.

The scheme is an integral part of the strategy to develop Camberley as a major commercial centre.    It is estimated that the improvements could lead to an increase in the number of people coming into the town centre by 20% over a 10 year period. Other potential economic benefits expected to be generated by the scheme include more 100 jobs, with a total value of over £14m.

In addition to substantial structural improvement to The High Street, which will include widening the pavements, improving road and pavement surfaces; the project will also incorporate installation of public art and improved public seating and walkways in Knoll Walk and Princess Way.

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Duty done, comment on Boundary Commission review posted

The text, all neatly organised, of my comments on the review by the Boundary Commission for England of moving Windlesham into the Windsor parliamentary constituency is now entered into their consultation page.

Rather annoyingly all the bullet numbering and indentation of my text was lost when adding it into the Commission’s website. Key thing is, I’ve done it, and here’s proof. There’s still time [till end of today] if you’d like to comment also.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: December 2017: 1st update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.
  • Crime no45170134159 – Between 10/11/2017 from 23:45 to 02/12/2017 at 23:45, in Highland Road, Camberley. Victim has found abusive words marked on her patio
  • Crime no.45170134925 – Between 13/11/2017 from 21:01 to 04/12/2017 at 12:00, in Kings Ride, Camberley. Let air out of two tyres on a Volkswagen Passat parked along the road and side panels of a Skoda scratched.
  • Crime no.45170134928 – Between 13/11/2017 from 21:00 to 04/12/2017 at 12:00, in Kings Ride, Camberley. Scratched the bonnet of a Volkswagen Golf.
  • Crime no.45170134321 – On 02/12/2017 from 12:00 to 13:30, in Park Street, Camberley. Theft of bicycle (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170134385 – Between 28/11/2017 from 07:30 to 02/12/2017 at 14:00, in Grosvenor Mansions, Camberley. Theft of bike and lock
  • Crime no.45170134392 – Between 30/11/2017 from 00:00 to 02/12/2017 at 18:00, in Greenlands Road, Camberley. The victim has had 6 chairs stolen from his porch at his property.
  • Crime no.45170135124 – On 01/12/2017 from 09:30 to 13:30, in St Michael’s Road, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycles (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170135992 – On 06/12/2017 from 10:00 to 18:00, in Pembroke Broadway, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycle and lock
  • Crime no.45170136203 – On 07/12/2017 from 14:15 to 15:05, in Browning Close, Camberley. Three Romanian males arrested and charged for stealing copper cylinder/pipes from the rear of a residential garden (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170135337 – Between 04/12/2017 from 15:00 to 05/12/2017 at 15:51, in Radcliffe Close, Frimley. Suspects have gained forced entry via rear door of property via bottom panel using tool and have conducted untidy search throughout the whole property and stolen foreign currency. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170135497 – Between 04/12/2017 from 16:00 to 05/12/2017 at 10:00, in Bridge Road, Deepcut. Barn broken into and machinery and tools taken.
  • Crime no.45170134662 – On 02/12/2017 at 21:00, in Milden Gardens, Frimley. While visiting a friend victim had parked her Mini Cooper outside.  On leaving found flour and egg had been thrown onto the bonnet (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170134811 – On 02/12/2017 from 20:00 to 21:00, in Milden Gardens, Frimley. Land Rover had egg and flour thrown over it whilst a party going on inside the house. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170135753 – On 05/12/2017 from 19:45 to 22:45, in Nursery Close, Frimley Green. Volkswagen Golf parked in road and has returned to find that someone has keyed down the nearside and on the bonnet and a friend’s was done also.
  • Crime no.45170133759 – Between 30/11/2017 from 18:00 to 01/12/2017 at 06:00, in Windsor Way, Frimley. Front and rear index plates have been removed from white Citroen whilst parked on road in residential area
  • Crime no.45170135332 – Between 04/12/2017 from 18:00 to 05/12/2017 at 07:44, in Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. Theft of dumper truck and tarmac roller.
  • Crime no.45170136355 – On 07/12/2017 from 12:30 to 13:00, in Sandringham Way, Frimley. Allegation that parcels left by a delivery company have been taken from porch.
  • Crime no.45170133599 – Between 21/11/2017 from 00:00 to 28/11/2017 at 13:14, in Westwood Road, Windlesham. Shed break in. Hole cut in the fence behind the structure.  Access via the golf course.  Various garden equipment taken.
  • Crime no.45170135883 – On 06/12/2017 from 08:05 to 17:45, in Turpins Rise, Windlesham. Untidy search and watch and passports taken (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170134240 – On 01/12/2017 from 16:00 to 16:30, in Freemantle Road, Bagshot. Window has been smashed
  • Crime no.45170134473 – On 03/12/2017 at 03:15, in The Orchard, Lightwater. Vehicle alarm has gone off in the early hours of the morning, later in the day discovered that damage had been caused to the vehicle and it appears suspects attempted to force entry to the vehicle.
  • Crime no.45170134892 – On 03/12/2017 at 23:30, in Rosewood Way, West End. Informant heard a noise, got out of bed and saw a group of youths and then one of the youths kicked the rear of his vehicle.  By the time he got his glasses they had gone
  • Crime no.45170135717 – Between 05/12/2017 from 19:00 to 06/12/2017 at 05:30, at Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. White Ford Transit broken into and tools stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45170134283 – Between 01/12/2017 from 23:00 to 02/12/2017 at 07:00, in Beta Road, Chobham. Spare tyre has been stolen from Land Rover Defender
  • Crime no.45170134401 – On 01/12/2017 from 22:30 to 23:00, in Delta Road, Chobham. Black curved trellis panel stolen from front fence
  • Crime no.45170134504 – On 02/12/2017 from 11:00 to 22:00, in High Street, Bagshot. Front and rear index plates have been removed from a Vauxhall Astra.
  • Crime no.45170135173 – Between 01/10/2017 from 14:03 to 30/11/2017 at 14:04, in Saddlers Court, Windsor Road, Chobham. Jewellery has been taken from home address