Once again Bisley Strawberry Fayre delivers fun for all

We arrived just after opening time at Bisley’s Strawberry Fayre. Following a tour of the stands we settled on straw bales at the Main Arena at which students of the Leanne Edwards School of Dramatic arts were performing.

Beginning with the senior students in an acrobatic ballet performance, I had my camera ready to capture the performance. I was delighted with one of my photos capturing a student in mid air. It was only later when I wanted to show a friend we’d met at the Fayre of my luck with the photo, only to realise that the camera didn’t have a memory card – disaster – no photos. I had to rely on my phone camera, though sadly all the artistic experession of the dance students that I thought I’d captured wasn’t to be.

While watching the dance students we took an early lunch, hog roast and Cumberland sausage roll from Merrywood Farm. Both of which were excellent, so much so that I thanked them. There’s always much to enjoy at the Fayre, Pimms, Brass Band music, strawberries, human fruit machine, morris men, a rock choir and more.

June 2019 local events diary recap UPDATED

I’ve mentioned eight events [now nine, plus an Aldershot event] in June happening in and around Surrey Heath. Here’s a recap of them in date sequence.

The Bisley Station, a new carriage for Lloyds Bank Rifle Club

A railway branch line ran from Brookwood to the National Rifle Association [NRA] camp at Bisley from 1890’s till 1952. The station buildings remain, and are occupied as the club house of Lloyds Bank Rifle Club.

I visited Bisley camp this week and in passing the old station noticed a different sleeping carriage alongside the station building. Enquiring of the NRA staff, who were refurbishing the station, as to when the new railway sleeping carriage had arrived, they replied it had arrived only a few weeks ago, and with much difficulty too.

While in the total scheme of things this is not the most noteworthy happening, these sort of things are in my small world. So, here are some photos of the before and after, with firstly a 1952 photo of the Bisley Bullet train alongside the station.

 

Blue plaques for the Bisley Village Hall heritage project

Residents and community organisations in Bisley responded magnificently to the plea by the Trustees of Bisley Village Hall to bring to life the story of the Shaftesbury School and the village hall. Closely intertwined, the chapel of Shaftesbury School and Farm School became the Bisley Village Hall soon after the closure of the School in 1959.

In response, yesterday Bisley Village Hall had a display of information boards, old photographs, and School memorabilia. The hall is the heart of the community affairs in Bisley, and so it’s fitting that yesterday’s heritage event involved the the unveiling of two blue plaques on village hall.

One plaque commemorated that the hall was one the school chapel of Shaftesbury School, and the other to commemorate the boys from the school who lost their lives in the two World Wars, replacing the memorial tablets lost after the school closed.

From Bisley Residents Association newsletter of Spring 2018 is this about the Bisley Village Hall Heritage Project. The Trustees of Bisley Village Hall seem themselves as guardians of its heritage, in addition to their responsibilities for the Hall. This is where the Heritage Project aims to capture information and reminiscences about the building and its place in the history of Bisley.

In the second part of the 19th century Bisley became a place of refuge and support for poor, homeless, and orphaned children. First came the Refuge Farm School constructed in 1868 then, in 1873, the larger Shaftesbury School (with which the Farm School was amalgamated in 1919). In 1874, a chapel was built to accommodate the pupils and staff from both schools, with a separate room in which villagers could buy a cheap cup of tea and meet friends. That chapel is at the heart of the present Bisley Village Hall.

Here are photos of the yesterday’s heritage and plaque unveiling event. Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Dan Adams, thanked those involved in the day’s event. Jim Henbest, honorary president of the village hall, unveiled the plaque commemorating the chapel, and Keith Mansfield, former school pupil and bandmaster of the school’s band, the plaque commemorating the memorial tablets.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 2018

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 no.45180081282 – On 30/07/2018 from 02:00 to 06:30, in College Ride, Camberley. Shed has been broken into and a tin of paint removed. This paint has then been thrown over the doors and windows of victim’s residential property.
  • Crime no.45180081354 – On 30/07/2018 from 14:30 to 14:45, in Mitcham Road, Camberley. During daylight hours have attended residential property and removed items from the address (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082842 – Between 01/08/2018 from 22:00 to 02/08/2018 at 07:00, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Attempt burglary dwelling.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080142 – Between 01/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/07/2018 at 01:30, in Highland Rd Camberley. Harassment by repeatedly throwing eggs at victim’s car
  • Crime no.45180081162 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:08, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Male has forced barrier of car park up to let a car out the car park causing damage to the barrier mechanism
  • Crime no.45180081285 – On 29/07/2018 at 11:45, in Love Coffee, The Square, Camberley. Graffiti on advertising board of The Square shopping centre in Camberley.
  • Crime no.45180082230 – On 01/08/2018 at 14:45, in Multi-storey Car Park, Albert Rd, Camberley. Damage to barrier.
  • Crime no.45180082577 – Between 27/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 00:00, in Woodbridge Drive, Camberley. Fence post has been removed from entrance to allotments. Has been left in the garden to a residential property.
  • Crime no.45180082646 – On 01/08/2018 22:00, in Surrey Avenue, Camberley. Damage has been caused to victim’s front garden gate and wall by unknown teenagers
  • Crime no.45180082738 – On 20/07/2018 00:00, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Theft of electricity.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082089 – On 01/10/2016 at 11:49, in Mytchett Road, Frimley. Criminal damage/civil trespass.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081079 – Between 28/07/2018 from 00:00 to 29/07/2018 at 23:59, in Frimhurst Farm, Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut. Peugeot Expert vehicle has been broken into.
  • Crime no.45180080608 – Between 21/07/2018 from 13:09 to 28/07/2018 at 13:09, in Green Lane, Bagshot. Shed door handle has been damaged situated within a communal gardens from what appears to be an attempt to break in.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180081823 – On 31/07/2018 at 13:00, in Windsor Court Road, Chobham. Neighbour has entered property and taken money whilst the victim was asleep.
  • Crime no.45180082198 – On 29/07/2018 at 10:00, in Marigold Drive, Bisley. Laptop has been taken from home address.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082181 – Between 31/07/2018 from 16:15 to 01/08/2018 at 10:40, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Have gone to the location and have forced entry to the store shed.
  • Crime no.45180082529 – Between 01/08/2018 from 11:35 to 02/08/2018 at 11:36, in Four Walls, Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Wooden shed containing equipment for go karting broken into and items taken.
  • Crime no.45180080579 – Between 27/07/2018 from 22:00 to 28/07/2018 at 07:30, in Lightwater Country Park, Lightwater. During hours of darkness have set fire to a 4×5 ft path of grass on rugby field.
  • Crime no.45180081982 – On 31/07/2018 at 22:30, in Blackstroude Lane East, Lightwater. Damaged to fence caused by travellers on quad bikes (Under Investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082763 – On 02/08/2018 from 06:00 to 15:00, in Windlemere Golf Centre, Windlesham Road, West End. Window broken at golf clubhouse.
  • Crime no.45180082024 – Between 31/07/2018 from 18:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:37 in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Vehicle interference attempted access to commercial van parked overnight at Premier Inn by screwdriver – damage caused.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082030 – Between 31/07/2018 from 20:30 to 01/08/2018 at 07:45, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Peugeot Partner motor vehicle. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082032 – Between 31/07/2018 from 21:45 to 01/08/2018 at 07:00, in Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Vauxhall Vivaro motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180082033 – Between 31/07/2018 from 19:30 to 01/08/2018 at 06:30 at Premier Inn, London Road, Bagshot. Theft from a white Citroen Dispatch motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180080097 – On 26/07/2018 at 00:01, in Arthur Close, Bagshot. Theft of bikes and scooter which were secured with a chain and lock.

Photo Quiz No.48: Answer – The Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley

This, the 48th Photo Quiz, is, I consider, the toughest challenge to date. Of course, if you know the answer it’s not difficult. Detailed answer below.

The answer to Picture Quiz No.48 is the Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley.

It is situated beside a footpath, accessed opposite Clews Farm in Clews Lane, Bisley. There’s a parking spot by a gate at the beginning of the path. Alternatively, take the short path from the Church, over a field, to reach the well. Here’s part of what the notice says,

“The St John the Baptist’s Well is a grade II listed building and belongs to the Church of St John the Baptist which is situated a short distance Northwest of here.

Reputedly the well has never run dry nor frozen up. It has provided a dependable supply of fresh water for centuries and was mentioned more than 300 years ago by John Aubrey, a Surrey antiquarian [1626-1697], who wrote, “near the church is a spring called St John the Baptist’s Well. The dedication made me curious to try it with galls (oak apples) which turn it to a purple colour. It is colder than other water in summer, but warmer in winter.”

Earlier still, there is evidence from the Pyrford Charter Bounds (956 AD) suggesting that a church had been constructed near the well wen Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

…..The spring water from the Holy Well contains significant amounts of dissolved iron and was once said to benefit sufferers from eye trouble and various other complaints but its reputed healing powers have probably been tested in recent times.  It is certainly not recommended to do so these days.  …The stonework is mainly of heathstone, a sarsen stone found locally and is used in the construction of parts of many churches in this area”

 

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: June 2018: 4th 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 no.45180067652 – On 26/06/2018 from 10:00 to 16:00, in Mathews Road, Camberley. Victim reported a burglary where she had stolen from her house, whilst the back door was open, a box with jewellery, cash box with cash, a canon camera and stands for jewellery all worth over £6000.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067565 – On 27/06/2018 from 03:20 to 03:25, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Burglary at barber shop in residential area. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067237 – On 26/06/2018 at 08:30, in Highland Road, Camberley. Third incident of eggs being thrown at the side of victim’s car.
  • Crime no.45180067871 – Between 20/06/2018 from 22:08 to 27/06/2018 at 22:08, in Larch Close, Camberley. Bridleway swing gate post damaged.
  • Crime no.45180068040 – On 28/06/2018 from 03:30 to 05:45, in Trafalgar House, London Road, Camberley. Theft of rear number plate from Ford Fiesta van (MT 13 XXK)
  • Crime no.45180067858 – On 27/06/2018 at 13:50 in St Georges House, Camberley. Theft of pedal bike
  • Crime no.45180068002 – On 27/06/2018 at 14:15, in Upper College Ride, Camberley. Male has stolen 2 rings whilst being at property to look into buying gold and other pieces of jewellery from victim.
  • Crime no.45180068091 – On 27/06/2018 from 11:30 to 18:00 in Grayswood Drive, Frimley. Gold jewellery stolen after a messy search
  • Crime no.45180067782 – On 26/06/2018 at 23:13, in Lyon Way, Frimley. During the hours of darkness have removed tracker from Ford Transit vehicle YS13MYD parked alongside the road and have taken vehicle
  • Crime no.45180068487 – Between 25/06/2018 from 12:00 to 27/06/2018 at 09:00, in Richmond Close, Frimley. Front screwed on index plate has been removed and stolen
  • Crime no.45180067706 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Garage used by football club has been broken into and searched – nothing stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067732 – Between 26/06/2018 from 23:45 to 27/06/2018 at 01:47, in Canal Centre, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett. Traffic barrier to venue has been broken and door to storage barn has been forced open. Items have been moved but nothing stolen
  • Crime no.45180067388 – Between 25/06/2018 from 18:50 to 26/06/2018 at 08:00, in Chertsey Road, Windlesham. Egg has been thrown at victim’s vehicle windscreen overnight.
  • Crime no.45180067584 – Between 26/06/2018 from 22:00 to 27/06/2018 at 06:00, in Benner Lane, West End. Have caused damage to garage door
  • Crime no.45180067567 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:30, in Premier Inn, Bagshot. Theft of tools from van (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180067470 – On 26/06/2018 at 19:49, in Church Lane, Bisley. 2 males have stolen victim’s bike which he left outside his friend’s house (Under investigation)

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: June 2018: 3rd 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 no.45180066119 – Between 22/06/2018 from 19.00 to 23/06/2018 at 09.00, in Martindale Avenue, Camberley. Criminal damage to motor vehicle. Under investigation
  • Crime no.45180066277 – On 23/06/3018 at 14.25, in London Road, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycle.
  • Crime no.45180066410 – On 23/06/2018 at 11:40, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Suspect has stolen two Gas Cylinders, made off without any attempt to pay. Under Investigation
  • Crime no.45180066938 – On 24/06/2018 at 00:01, in Frimley Green Road, Frimley Green. Rock thrown at window causing window to smash. No evidence to suggest that entry has been gained
  • Crime no.45180066407 – On 23/06/2018 at 20:00, in Mytchett Road, Mytchett. Theft of shoplifting by 2 males entered store and stolen meat.
  • Crime no.45180066674 – On 24/06/2018 at 13:50, in Blackwater Valley Road, by Sainsbury Car Park. Someone have gone to the location; have removed Bike that was secured at sign Post along the foot path leading to the bridge over railway line.
  • Crime no.45180065710 – Between 19/06/2018 from 18.00 to 22/06/2018 at 06.45, in Guildford Road, Lightwater. 2 tyres on vehicle have been slashed. This is an ongoing issue.
  • Crime no.45180065747 – Between 15/06/2018 from 12.52 to 22/06/2018 at 10.54, in Valley End Road, Chobham. Builder has had his digger stolen from the roadside of work place.
  • Crime no.45180066196 – Between 22/06/2018 from 18:00 to 23/06/2018 at 12:00, in Faulkner Place, Bagshot. Both Index plates have been taken, of vehicle (P983 TWS) also used in a drive off at Petrol station
  • Crime no.45180066364 – On 23/06/2018 between 16:24 to 16:41, in London Road, Bagshot. Unknown male has entered Longacres Nursery, Bagshot, have taken Vodka. Under investigation
  • Crime no.45180066688 – On 23/06/2018 between 18:20 to 20:15, in Church Lane, Bisley. Have gone to the location accessing Garage, have removed two Bikes from location.
  • Crime no. 45180066733 – Between 24/06/2018  from 15:00 to 25/06/2018 at 06:25, in The Park in Chobham, Station Road, Chobham. Have attempted to gain entry into a closed restaurant causing damage to the CCTV cameras and rear door however have not gained entry.
  • Crime no.45180065139 – On 20/06/2018 at 23:35, in Park Street, Camberley. Male running around with a bottle of vodka screaming and shouting, punching doors and windows and kicking cars.  Male became violent towards Police.  He was arrested for Criminal Damage, 2 x Assault Police and Public Order. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180065388 – On 20/06/2018 at 19:50, in The Atrium, Camberley. Criminal damage to black Ford Fiesta vehicle whilst incorrectly parked in a “Residents Only” space (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180064685 – Between 01/11/2017 from 00:00 to 11/06/2018 at 00:00, in Whins Close, Camberley. Theft of a spare wheel from underneath victim’s car
  • Crime no.45180065615 – On 21/06/2018 at 14:00, in Eaton Court, Vale Road Camberley. Theft of post.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180064354 – On 19/06/2018 at 02:05 in Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Frimley. In hours of darkness suspects have gained entry by breaking padlock on a wooden gate. Has attempted to reverse into a shutter/garage door with a vehicle damaging the door. Nothing taken.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180065502 – On 20/06/2018 from 08:30 to 17:00 in Lyon Way, Frimley. Whilst parked on industrial estate catalytic converter has been stolen from Honda Jazz.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180065221 – On 21/06/2018 at 07:00 at M3 Junction 3 Lightwater. Have been involved in damage only RTC, have then become verbally abusive towards other driver and have intentionally hit vehicle wing mirror with hand causing damage. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180064559 – On 19/06/2018 at 12:10, in Whitmoor Road, Bagshot. Tools have been stolen from the rear van compartment
  • Crime no.45180064663 – On 19/06/2018 from 13:30 to 15:00, in Macdonald Road, Lightwater. Power tool stolen from outside residential property that victim was working at.
  • Crime no.45180065337 – On 20/06/2018 at 13:47, in Hamilton Close, Lightwater. Phone has been lent to suspect for 15 minutes.  He then leaves and sells the phone for drug money. (Under investigation)