Community Fund Grants awarded to local groups

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that

Local not-for-profit organisations and groups will receive support from Surrey Heath Borough Council through the latest round of its Community Fund Grant Scheme.

Photo credit: Nicolas Young

The grant scheme provides grants of up to £25,000 to assist groups and organisations in Surrey Heath, with projects which will benefit local communities.

Local groups or organisations have the chance to apply for funding twice a year, with new applications agreed by the council’s decision-making Executive. Following the SHBC Executive meeting on 4 April:

  • Chobham Village Hall Charity will be awarded £5,000 to rebuild and resurface the existing car park, to make it safe and free from flooding. This traditional village hall hosts a wide variety of community events, shows, clubs and meetings.
  • Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club will receive £1,484 towards the purchase of a replacement digital projector. The club meets weekly at St Paul’s Church, Camberley.
  • West End Bowls Club requested £25,000 as a contribution towards the extension of the clubhouse facilities. This application was deferred, pending the submission of necessary quotes.

Applications to the Community Fund Grant scheme are considered twice a year, with deadlines of 30 June and 31 December. Corporate Portfolio Holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “Providing these grants helps Surrey Heath residents to benefit from the services provided by local community groups, which we are pleased to support. This funding is a great opportunity for local groups who may need support for worthy projects – I would encourage them to get in touch and apply for the next round of grants before 30 June.”

Full details about the scheme can be found at:

Free sports coaching for young people returns to Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a free sports coaching initiative

Calling all 7-16 year olds in Surrey Heath! Would you like to try out a new sport, or get better at one you already play?

Surrey Heath Borough Council, in conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and local sports clubs, are offering FREE coaching sessions for young people at a venue near you.

According to a recent report in The Guardian, three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates – but in an age where children spend on average twice as long playing on screens than playing outside, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games initiative encourages young people to try something different.

By offering coaching aimed at beginners rather than experienced club players, the initiative creates an environment where young people can make new friends, enjoy themselves, and hopefully foster a life-long association with physical activity.

Between now and June, free coaching sessions will be offered across Surrey Heath in a variety of sports including badminton, boccia (a pan-disability sport), boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis, touch tennis and tennis.

Each sport is open to specific age groups/gender, and the sessions take place at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the borough. At least six weeks of training is on offer for each sport, with all sessions held either after school or at the weekend, and led by qualified, passionate coaches.

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Surrey Heath’s art collection on view

Over the years generous donors have gifted Surrey Heath with paintings and drawings. Some of that collection is on display in Surrey Heath Museum’s current exhibition of the Borough’s art collection. Here’s my photo of some of the paintings on show and the exhibition details. On show is my favourite painting from their collection – The Washing Line by Percy Harland Fisher.

Windlesham Parish Council Annual Report 2016/17

Yesterday evening Windlesham Parish Council held its annual meeting at the Briars Centre in Lightwater. Perhaps no more than 20 people were in the audience. Possibly a sign that Bagshot, Lightwater, and Windlesham electors don’t have many pressing issues to excite them to attend, and ask questions of our local government officers and elected representatives.

Here are a photo of the panel and the Mayor of Surrey Heath. The Mayor gave an address ‘From Rain Gauges to Robes’ describing his early career at the Meteorological Office. Below the photos is the Parish Council Annual Report for 2016/17 – click on upward arrow at the base of the screen to expand.

Surrey Heath’s 2017 Business Awards presented

Surrey Heath Borough Council today announce [click on image to expand],

The winners of the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony at Camberley Theatre. More than 150 delegates attended the awards on Friday 31 March, hosted by the Surrey Heath Business Breakfast event.

Returning for a fourth year, the awards showcase the achievements of businesses big and small, spanning the length and breadth of Surrey Heath, from Bagshot to Frimley, and Bisley to Camberley.

Recognising the great people and ideas that keep the local economy thriving, the shortlist featured a wide range of industries and professions, from fishing to hospitality, and catering to pottery. The six categories and their winners were:

Best New Business – Spotlighting new and emerging businesses. Winner: Mrs Potts’ Place

Corporate Social Responsibility – Highlighting organisations who take responsibility towards the community and the environment. Winner: Sainsbury’s

Business Innovation of the Year – Awarding creativity with measurable results. Winner: FairWeatherGolf

Developing Talent – Recognising businesses that provide opportunities for personal development. Winner: Exclusive Chefs Academy – Exclusive Hotels and Venues

Best Small/Medium-Sized Business – Spotlighting businesses with less than 250 employees. Winner: The Massage Company

Outstanding Achievement – Celebrating a company or individual who has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the Surrey Heath community over a number of years. Winner: Frimley Park Hospital

Each winner received a specially commissioned award, with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Sir Andrew Morris accepting the Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of Frimley Park Hospital.

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said: “This event is key in recognising the borough’s best businesses, but also in encouraging and supporting local firms who contribute so much to the Surrey Heath economy. With such a wide range of businesses entering the various categories, we were delighted by the quality of the submissions, which made the judging process all the more difficult. This successful event is enjoyed and appreciated by the many firms who attend, and of course our congratulations go to all the winners!”

Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 finalists announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the finalists for the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 have been announced. The shortlisted businesses are:

Best New Business

  • Fishin Addict
  • Mrs Potts’ Place
  • The Massage Company

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Brooks & Partners
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Stihl

Developing Talent

  • Arena Leisure Centre
  • Exclusive Hotels and Venues – Exclusive Chefs Academy
  • Stewart & Co

Business Innovation of the Year

  • Glo Hair Salon
  • Spokes of Bagshot
  • FairWeatherGolf

Best Small/Medium-Sized Business

  • Yomp Marketing
  • Legacy Sportswear
  • Stewart & Co
  • The Massage Company

Along with the five categories above, an Outstanding Achievement award will also be announced at the ceremony.

The awards will take place on Friday 31 March, hosted during Surrey Heath’s Business Breakfast event at Camberley Theatre.

Online public question time on Surrey Heath’s Annual Plan

Surrey Heath Borough Council invites discussion of latest Annual Plan at next #TalkSurreyHeath event on Tuesday 28th March from 7.0 pm to 8.0 pm, streamed live via Facebook. [Note: The Annual Plan for 2017/18 can be see in the Agenda Reports Pack at the Executive committee meeting HERE].

Following the publication of its Annual Plan for 2017-18, Surrey Heath Borough Council is to hold the latest in their series of #TalkSurreyHeath interactive live stream events later this month to discuss its contents.

The Council’s refreshed Five Year Strategy and latest Annual Plan were both approved at a meeting of the Executive on Tuesday 7 March. The Five Year Strategy is a rolling document which sets out the Council’s longer term key priorities, vision and objectives.

The Annual Plan details the outputs and success measures that will be delivered in 2017/18 for each of the Council’s key priorities, therefore linking the plan with the strategy. These priorities are grouped under four themes: Place, Prosperity, People and Performance.

Key priorities and projects featured include the significant financial investment made by the Council into Camberley last year as part of its regeneration scheme, and the recently-signed Joint Waste Contract, through which Surrey Heath is set to save around £370,000 annually. Surrey Heath is due to join in February 2018 when the current contract ends.

The delivery of high quality community events including the Camberley International Festival, Frimley Lodge Live and Camberley on Ice is also highlighted.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Leader, Cllr Moira Gibson, said: “Surrey Heath is already one of the safest, cleanest and greenest, most prosperous places to live and it is important that we preserve this for future generations. Despite the financial challenges, the Council has managed to use funding wisely by increasing income and internal efficiencies, thereby not adversely affecting front line services. We are committed to securing successful outcomes, while rising to the challenges ahead.”

Members of the public will have an opportunity to discuss topics covered in the Annual Plan in the Council’s next #TalkSurreyHeath live streamed event on Tuesday 28 March.

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