June events: Bisley Strawberry Fayre on Sunday 25th June 2017

Simple fellow that I am, I enjoy the human fruit machine at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre. Also, I know we’ll meet many people we know, which means a good old chinwag.

On Sunday 25 Jun 2017 it’s Bisley Strawberry Fayre, a traditional country fayre on Bisley Village Green. The regular attractions are the Almac Bisley Brass Band, and Chobham St Lawrence Morris, though more importantly are the strawberries and cream, plus the PIMMS tent, and not forgetting the hog roast for more substantial fare.

Entrance by lucky programme, adults £1, children free, from 13.30 pm to 17.0 pm at Bisley Village Green adjacent to the A322 [GU24 9EG] 

Surrey Heath’s Fly the Flag ceremony honours Armed Forces Day

When the military attend a ceremony in formal dress, the least I can do, when in their company, is to wear a suit and tie, no matter how hot the weather. [PS, now returned home, wearing T shirt and shorts, drinking tea in the shade. Even so, it’s always worth showing respect to our armed forces personnel and veterans, to whom I enjoy a chat].

The Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day is a ceremony carried out at simultaneously with local authorities across the country. Armed Service personnel and veterans joined the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Valerie White, at the raising of the flag to honour Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.

At 10.30 am this morning on the lawn in front of Surrey Heath Borough Council offices I joined the the guests at the ceremony. The flag party consisted of – from left to right: WO1 David Lightfoot, Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr Valerie White, WO1 Mark Eastley, Lt Col Jonathan Scott MBE, Lt Col Tim Cave-Gibbs, Karen Whelan – Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Colin Dougan, Rev Andreas Sistig – Mayor’s Chaplain. When I say I joined the party, really I took photos, and this video.

NOTE: Apologies, have transposed the names WO1’s David Lightfoot and Mark Eastley in the video. It’s correct above. Will edit asap.

Camberley Carnival parade with colourful Nepali’s, Sikh Bhangra dancers, young gymnasts, and a super brass band

Thanks are due to the community groups contributing to the Camberley Carnival Parade on Saturday 17th June, who made the event an enjoyable spectacle.

Camberley’s Sikh Association, and Nepalese [Gurkha] Society, plus the young gymnasts, all who followed the oompah music of the Sandhurst Silver Band made for a splendid spectacle. These such events benefit from good weather, and boy, wasn’t it a lovely sunny day on Saturday.

I noticed that the energetic Bhangra dancers of the Camberley Sikh Association were running out of puff when reaching Pembroke Broadway, though as they reached Park Street they found renewed energy.

Your truly captured the parade on video.

Bumper edition National Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter

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We’re celebrating National Neighbourhood Watch Week (June 17-25) with a bumper edition [below] of our bi-monthly e-newsletter Our News. Read it and find out how Neighbourhood Watch is helping to connect and protect communities.

Surrey Police crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: June 2017, 3rd 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.45170061774 – Between 10/06/2017 from 17:00 to 12/06/2017 at 07:30, at Chestnut Lane, Chobham. Shed has been broken into, items have been taken ie, Heavy Duty garden equipment and electric tools.
  • Crime No.45170062461 – 02/06/2017 18:39 to 13/06/2017 15:00
    Location: Ling Drive, Lightwater
    Suspect have entered property via rear patio door, have conducted a messy search, Costume Jewellery has been taken. Under investigation
  • Crime: 45170062655 – 10/06/2017 00:00 to 09:00
    Location:  Guildford Road, Bagshot.
    Suspects have taken 2 x Gazebo’s from the outbuilding. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170063182 – On 14/06/2017 from 08:15 to 18:30, at Diamond Hill, Camberley. Burglary residential with multiple high value items taken.  Entry gained through French doors at the rear of the property.  (Under investigation) 
  • Crime No.45170063388 –  Between 10/06/2017 from 15:55 to 14/06/2017 at 23:00, at Diamond Ridge, Old Dean. Victim’s ground floor window has been hit with force causing a spiderweb style crack in the outer pane of double glazing.
  • Crime No.45170063520 –  Between 18/05/2017 from 21:09 to 08/06/2017 at 21:10, at Eskdale Road, Camberley. Vehicle has been damaged whilst parked off road.
  • Crime No.45170063207 –  Between 14/06/2017 from 22:30 to 15/06/2017 at 06:15, at Dunbar Road, Frimley. In hours of darkness, suspects have gained entry via front door and have stolen cash and valuables from stairwell.  (Under investigation)

M3 motorway closures cause absolute mayhem

I hadn’t thought to report on our journey home on the M3 on Wednesday evening this week. Arriving at J4a at around 10.0pm, and around 10 minutes from home we were diverted off the motorway. Silly of us for not remembering that the motorway would be closed for overnight road works.

It’s happened to us before, and we’ve chosen to return via Fleet and Farnbourgh – a longish diversion. This time we decided to try the A30 diversion. Big mistake. The A30 and the Meadows roundabout was almost total gridlock. Squeezing through the traffic we found the route, back to Lightwater, via the Portsmouth Road past Frimley Park Hospital was accomplished in 40 minutes, not the less than 10 were the M3 to be open.

Why recall this typical M3 story, well, because again the M3 is closed for the whole weekend, from 9.opm Friday 16 June until 5:30am Monday 19 June. Local roads will be a nightmare.

Message from Highways England M3 Closure

We will be closing the M3 at two locations this weekend in order to carry out critical works.

The M3 junction 2 link road from the M25 junction 12, clockwise and anticlockwise, to the M3 southbound will be closed for a full weekend from 9.0pm Friday 16 June until 5:30am Monday 19 June in order to install a new drainage system and low noise surfacing.

In addition we will be closing the M3 between junctions 3 and 4 in both directions overnight in order to carry out low noise re-surfacing works, between 8.0pm and 7.0am on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June and between 10.0pm and 5.30am Sunday 18 June.

These closures are weather dependent and subject to successful safety checks.

Diversion routes for these  will be clearly signposted throughout the duration of the closure.

We advise all motorists to plan ahead, consider alternative routes if possible and allow extra time for their journeys.

Watch the Surrey Heath Armed Forces Day flag raising on Monday 19th June

At 10.30 am on Monday 19th June, simultaneously with local authorities across the country, Armed Service personnel and veterans will join the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Valerie White, at Surrey Heath House at the raising of the flag to acknowledge Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.

The flag raising takes place on the lawn in front of the Council Offices. While being a short ceremony, it is none the less a quietly moving ceremony.