Improved access to the Obelisk in Camberley

It was on a sunny day in November 2018 when I last visited the Obelisk that overlooks the centre of Camberley.

I saw on the Camberley Eye blog that work has been done to the approach to the Obelisk. Yesterday I checked out this work. Just in case there’s a reader who’s unaware of its location, here’s the description from the borough council,

Camberley Park, Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3HD
Behind the Civic offices and Camberley library. A new park created as part of a housing development. A unique feature is the ruined Obelisk Tower situated on a hill overlooking Camberley. There is also a small children’s playground.

From the path by the Library I walked over Camberley Park to the path to the Obelisk. A sturdy fence now secures access to the Obelisk. Improvements the path leading up to the Obelisk include steps and wooden fencing, making it a pleasanter experience than in the past to venture up to the Obelisk.

Before I show my photos of the path, I’ve a couple of comments. Trees and bushes again obscure the Obelisk from view from Camberley Park, a photo in my 2018 visit [see above] shows it unobscured. Nature is always keep to take over. My other comment is that when arriving at the Obelisk its view over Camberley is worthwhile, though the viewing area hasn’t had the investment that the fencing an path that you would expect. The viewing platform area is too small, there’s limited seating, no rubbish bin, and no information board. All missed opportunities.

Here are my photos of the path up to the Obelisk from the start up to the top,

Visiting Camberley Library, my last trip out for a while

On Tuesday this week I ventured out to Camberley, essentially to visit Camberley Library, fearing that libraries might soon close before I’d acquired a pile of books to read.

Books acquired, then, naughtily, because I’m in the category the NHS recommend to self-isolate, I wandered around Camberley for a while, taking photos on the way, which is my wont. I wandered down to the official entrance to the Royal Military Academy as the sunshine was highlighting it’s classical beauty – more on that later.

Then, quite unaccountably, I fulfilled a long held wish to visit St Tarcisius War Memorial Church. Sure, I’ve passed by the church hugely often, but have never been inside. That visit is the subject of my next blog post.

General Edward Abbot Anderson Memorial’s new home

This week I spotted the memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson in its new home in the garden area of the London Road Recreation Ground in Camberley.

The recreation ground isn’t on the London Road at all, it’s in Grand Avenue. There got that bit of info out.

The memorial had been for many years near the entrance to the car park of the Arena Leisure Centre, which again was in Grand Avenue, but could reasonably said to be on London Road as it faces London Road.

The new home of the memorial is more suitable than its previous home. While the memorial looks good in its new home, it still needs stone cleaning, which would make it look even better.

Here’s my photo¬† – do you think it need a good clean? [Click on photo to expand]


Crowds in Camberley enjoy a feast of motoring vehicles

Now a fixture in the events in Camberley town centre, the Camberley Car Show attracted large crowds to see the fast cars, classic cars, weird cars, and vintage cars.

Part of the fun of the show is bumping into people you know, and the occasional one who’s exhibiting his treasured motor. I did more chatting than picture taking, so the few photos below are the sum total of my photographic efforts.

Another case of Hutber’s Law -‘Improvment means deterioration’

Patrick Hutber, one time, and still missed, City Editor of the Daily Telegraph, wisely coined a law that suggested improvement often hides deterioration.

Here’s example of the law, and a local one to boot.

I’ve written much about the changes to Knoll Walk in Camberley – see HERE if you’d like to read them. I came to the conclusion that opening up the walk wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined, and that one fine tree had been saved – possibly a stay of execution more probably.

When we visited CAMFEST last week I took this photo of the walk, for the reason that I’d seen two women sitting on the wooden planks surrounding the tree.

The changes to Knoll Walk removed all the seating, which were always well used. Therefore, I consider that the changes to Knoll Walk by Surrey Heath Borough Council has resulted in an example of Hutber’s Law – ‘Improvement means deterioration’.

If you look carefully at the photo you’ll spot two women sitting uncomfortably on the wooden surround to the tree.

There are no places to sit outside in Camberley High Street. Therefore, Knoll Walk needs its public seating returned.

CAMFEST, full of enthusiasm though needing more visitors

A busy weekend for us, attending CAMFEST on Friday, Armed Forces Day Parade in Aldershot on Saturday, and Bisley Strawberry Fayre on Sunday.

A sunny day heralded CAMFEST last Friday, benefitting the impressive Surrey Choices woodwork display outside Camberley Library, and the amusing tree dressing.

We toured the displays of work in the Council Chamber and Members Room in Surrey Heath House, all exhibits were remarkable and artistic.

I know our visit was on Friday, and the festival would likely have been more popular on the weekend, we didn’t see as many visitors to the displays as might have been hoped for. There was no doubting the enthusiasm of those to whom we talked. Oh, and a cup of tea for a ¬£1 in the Festival Cafe – a bargain.