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.
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.
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.
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 www.christmasincamberley.co.uk 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.
Find out more – www.ChristmasInCamberley.co.uk
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.