Route improvements to the 500 bus timetable

Windsor Rackham, coordinator of LIVE, has informed me that from September 2nd, 2109 the 500 bus timetable has route improvements. Windsor says,

The major change for Lightwater Road residents is that each service will now only travel once along this road. The stop for the Village and the Camberley direction will be on the Colville Gardens side of the road, while the stop for Windlesham and Sunningdale will be from the bus shelter side. Please note the timetable changes carefully as one or two services may be slightly earlier than you expect.

The change is a result of discussions with the Windlesham Parish Council, Surrey County Council, and LIVE. Your local Councillors are currently discussing with us the future of public transport in this area and all views are open for discussion. If you have any points you would like to raise, please talk to your Councillors or pop-in to LIVE on a Saturday morning in the Library Meeting Room. Timetables are available from the Library, Post Office, village shops, and LIVE on Saturday mornings.

New bus service in Lightwater from 3rd September

We all know that we have Parish, Borough, and County Councillors to whom residents can address areas of concern. There are other individual in our communities who take a keen, and campaigning interest in local issues.

One such person is Windsor Rackham, the founder and coordinator of the Live Information Centre in Lightwater. The centre helps to resolve residents questions about such as, health matters, caring, volunteering, and local services. The centre aims to either get answers, or put you in touch with somebody who has them.

One of the ongoing issues the Windsor and many others have been campaigning for are route and timetable changes to local bus services. Windsor has informed me of changes to the 500 bus route.

Great news for people living along the Lightwater Road estates and the Briars in Lightwater. From Monday 3rd September the 500 bus service from Staines to Frimley Park Hospital will be making 4 diversions per day in each direction through Lightwater to serve the residents of the lower and outer parts of the Village.

It is not a perfect route yet and we hope to get it further diverted along Ambleside and All Saints Road before too long. Any concerns or comments please come into the LIVE office in Lightwater on Saturday mornings and talk it over with us between 10 am and 12 noon. The centre is based in Fredericks House Foyer, between Carsons and Simon Pestell, 39 Guildford Road, Lightwater.

In the September edition of the Roundabout, the village and parish magazine, Windsor wrote about the changes to the  500 bus route changes, in which he said the “buses will be provided by White Buses of Windsor, which are modern and environmentally-friendly.” Windsor continued writing that the bus route is a strange one, with half of its route along Red Road, such that more work is needed to get to the preferred route for residents.

Here’s the bus timetable – click on images to expand.

Join Lightwater Men’s Group outing to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum

Lightwater Men’s Group, formed in August 2017 and now flourishing organisation. The group, for men of Lightwater and surrounding villages, meets regularly for discussion, socialising, volunteering, and outings.

There’s an opportunity to join a party from the group at their outing to the Royal Logistics Corps Museum, Deepcut on Tuesday morning, 13th February. During the visit there’ll be a weapons demonstration, and afterwards a possible local lunch.

Men of all ages are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the group to join the outing. It’s an opportunity to extend your social network, and potentially to get involved in local community activities.

Meet outside LIVE Office at 10.30 am, (next door to Carsons Estate Agents in the centre of Lightwater).

Phone 07713 469836 for more details, or email:

Lightwater is home to a vital community information service

lightwater-liveL.I.V.E, which stands for Lightwater Information for the Vulnerable & Elderly, is a vital information resource for those people in the community struggling to access the services and information they need. [Click on image to expand]

While L.I.V.E service is mainly for Lightwater residents, I believe residents from nearby villages can also use the service.

windsor-rackham-in-live-officeEvery Saturday the L.I.V.E information hub is open from 10.0 to 12.0 at their home in the Fredericks House Foyer. The door will likely be open, and you’ll most probably see project coordinator, Windsor Rackham, in shorts on sunny days. Windsor was earlier this year recognised for his drive in establishing the service.

Discovered in January’s Lightwater Roundabout: 2 of 2

The main story in January’s Roundabout – the parish magazine of All Saints’ Church – is Windsor Rackham and L.I.V.E (Lightwater Information for the Vulnerable and Elderly) at the Surrey County Council Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards.

Award for LiveWhat a novel and intelligent means of recognising contributions of the voluntary sector to the county council’s Living and Ageing Well in Surrey by making an award in each of the nine categories in the Pledges in Surrey’s Commitment to Ageing Well.

Here’s what the was said about the Information and Advice Award.

This is a new innovative venture, providing a drop in centre on Saturday mornings for two hours. It’s for anyone who may need information or advice. The centre aims to provide in one place a wide range of information including care and support for adults, and is run by a team of 20 volunteers who work on a rota basis. The centre was the brain-child of Windsor Rackham, and it was opened in March 2015. It has been welcomed by local businesses and organisations, the parish church and voluntary groups, and the Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group as part of their new Integrated Care Service.

Big thank you and well done to Windsor Rackham and his volunteers. L to R in photo – County Cllr Adrian Page, Windsor Rackham and Pam Newman of LIVE, Mrs Sally Marks, Chairman of Surrey CC.

Scrutinising is enjoyable and rewarding

IMG_0976Attending Thursday evening’s Community Services Scrutiny Committee meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council was my last committee meeting as a councillor. For the chairman, Cllr Audrey Roxburgh is was her final meeting too, having been a councillor for 28 years. I’ve the final full council meeting of the year to attend on April 15th, and that’s my lot.

This then is my last report on attending a committee meeting. It was a useful one, for it had a presentation by Nigel Drury – CET Community Connector – describing the creation of Lightwater Information for the Vulnerable and Elderly project, on which launch I recently reported. Below is the podcast of Nigel’s talk.

The main item on the agenda was the presentation on and update to the Council’s Sustainable Community Strategy. Do take a look at the report attached to the agenda item 4, Health and Wellbeing in Surrey Heath – 2014-2016. It shows just how joined up are the bodies involved in community health. I’ll resist from writing about how the Surrey Heath Partnership addresses the issues of health, wellbeing, support, and safety, just to say that this approach to improving the Surrey Heath for it’s residents is a worthwhile, and important ingredient in local government.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath’s speech genuinely lifts the roof at the opening of LIVE in Lightwater

There was a humourous event at Saturday’s opening of Lightwater’s new information hub – L.I.V.E  – (see previous blog post for a full report), at which the Mayor said it was the first time he’d genuinely raised the roof. In this clip you can hear what he said,

I’m sure you’ll want to see pictures of the canopy flying away. Well, here they are,

Helping the vulnerable and elderly get access to information and support

In the centre of Lightwater on Saturday, a largish group of supporters, volunteers and onlookers watched as the new home for L.I.V.E – Lightwater Information for the Vulnerable & Elderly – was opened by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Bob Paton.

To fully appreciate what L.I.V.E is all about, do listen to chairman Windsor Rackham’s lucid description in the interview below. I firstly recorded the speeches at the official opening of L.I.V.E, and then I spoke with county councillor Adrian Page, whose financial support from his member’s allowance was crucial to helping establish the information hub. I also spoke with Nigel Drury, a community care connector funded equally by Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Diocese of Guildford, whose role is an enabler in the creation of this new services.

New support initiative for vulnerable and elderly to open in Lightwater: Part 2

As I said in Part 1 on care for the vulnerable and elderly, Part 2 would provide a description of the new Lightwater L.I.V.E initiative. I’m grateful to Windsor Rackham – the project co-ordinator, for permission to reprint the article about it, which appeared in Lightwater’s Roundabout parish magazine.

Lightwater Information for the Vulnerable & Elderly (L.I.V.E)

The new drop-in Information Centre will be opening its doors in Lightwater for the first time with a grand opening on March 21st at 11.00am. Situated in the foyer of Fredericks House, between Carsons Estate Agents and Simon Pestell Optician, it will be aimed at providing information to all in the village, but especially the vulnerable and elderly on:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Support Groups (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stress, etc)
  • Social, Hobby and Leisure opportunities
  • Volunteering and Caring

The Centre will be manned every Saturday morning, initially between 10.0am & 12.00 noon by caring volunteers from the village community who will not themselves give advice but who will have access to a wide range of information and services available locally.

It will form part of the new Integrated Healthcare System currently being implemented by the Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group and is supported by official and volunteer organisations in Lightwater, including All Saints’ Church, Darby & Joan, Lightwater Business Association, Lightwater Care, the Lightwater Society, All Saints’ Mothers’ Union, the Patients Participation Group, and Lightwater WI.

Funding for the Centre has come primarily from the Surrey CC Member’s Allocation of Lightwater councillor, Adrian Page, with practical support from The Fredericks Foundation, which has provided the office and some equipment, Windlesham Parish Council, and Voluntary Support North Surrey.

The centre is the result of discussions over the past year between local people and organisations who were concerned that information about changes in Health and Social Care sector and resultant services was not easily available to the people who needed it most, and believed that a dedicated sign-posting and information point would benefit the whole community. It quickly became apparent that the new Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group, who oversee the healthcare needs in the Borough, were actively encouraging the voluntary sector to set up such a service and gave Lightwater its full support.

The project co-ordinator in the village, Windsor Rackham, is optimistic that over the long-term the Centre will prove a continuous, well-used and valued facility and looks forward, with the team, to welcoming local people into the office on a Saturday morning in complete confidence. He does ask for patience, however, while all the volunteers gain experience.