A photo montage of the 2017 Surrey Heath Show

You meet friends and acquaintances at the Surrey Heath Show – a pleasant diversion. As I’ve done in previous years I snapped a few items of interest at the show, as we wandered around the show.

The Woking cacti society stand held us in deep conversation for quite a while, during which we bought more cacti and succulents. At the rear of their stand they had stunning large cacti, many in bloom. However, the ones we bought were small – space is a consideration for us and our growing cacti collection.

We were happy to bump into show organiser Tony Moore, a chance to congratulate him on his being awarded a BEM. The Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, chose a 1962 Vauxhall Cresta as her pick of cars in the classic car show. Here’s my phot montage,

Civic renewal on display as Surrey Heath installs its 45th Mayor

Yesterday evening we attended the annual council meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council. The main item of the agenda is the installation of the Mayor for the ensuing year, and the selection of an accompanying Deputy Mayor.

The mayor making ceremony is an event of civic renewal, inasmuch that the incoming Mayor – Cllr Valerie White – and Deputy Mayor  – Cllr Dan Adams – commit themselves to serve the council and the community of Surrey Heath. The outgoing Mayor – Cllr John Winterton – gave the Council a brief report on his year of office, reflecting on the strong community spirit and volunteering of the people of Surrey Heath.

You can read the Council press release on the new Mayor and Deputy HERE. [Click on image to enlarge]

I’ve made a brief video of the event to provide a flavour of the Annual Meeting.

Camberley Milestone replica installed with due ceremony

I the previous article I apologised for my embarrassing incompetence with technology. The short video below hopefully recovers some credibility. I was so lucky that Gillian Barnes-Riding spoke clearly, and the traffic noise while she spoke was not as intrusive as when the Mayor spoke. Had my audio been successful this would’ve been no problem. Ah, well. At least you’ve Gillian’s heartfelt thanks for those involved in the restoration. Below the video, I’ve posted the Mayor’s address.

 

Cllr John Winterton, Mayor of Surrey Heath, – address at the unveiling of the renovated milestone.

Thank you all for coming here today to celebrate the restoration of the London Road milestone. The original stone was removed for structural reasons in 2015. After much public support and funding from the Milestone Society, Surrey Heath Local History Club, Surrey Built Heritage Trust, Camberley Glass, and some private donors, we are able to be here today and acknowledge this ‘past signpost to the past.

The original milestone stood here from the mid 1700’s, when a ‘mile stone’ indicated to passing stagecoaches how many miles there were left to Bagshot of Hartford Bridge, depending on which direction they were travelling. Both places have changed significantly since that time, one has grown immensely, while the other has an airport. The road – now the A30 – was a toll road of the Great West Turnpike Road running from London to Exeter. People paid a fee to travel along the road. The Toll House – where you paid your fee – was near the entrance to Laundry Lane on the other side of London Road,

Behind this milestone a time capsule has been inserted into one of the bricks with information on the stagecoach industry locally, a new style £5 note, historic photos of York Town, a memory sticks of the journals offrom the Surrey Heath Local History Society, and press coverage of the removal of the stone, and the successful ‘hug-a-milestone campaign run by Surrey Heath Museum last year. There is also information on Camberley Glass and Windows, and Alfred Elliott, greengrocer, fruiterer and florist who ran a shop on the other side of the entrance to Camberley Glass from 1920s to 1980s.

Thank you all who have been involved in the milestone re-creation, including Rob Predgen from Camberley Glass, Peter Greatbatch, Tim Steggles, and Haven memorials.

Camberley Glass have kindly organised light refreshments in their showroom, following the blessing by the Vicar of St Michael’s Church, the Rev Bruce Nicole.

Lightwater’s Christmas Fayre in the Square was a popular place to be on Saturday

I was a late arrival at yesterday’s Fayre in the Square in Lightwater. Even so, I found happy crowds circulating the stalls and watching the dancers and singers.

It was a pleasure to see Cllr John Winterton, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, spending time with stallholders and visitors. I bought mulled wine from the Lightwater Business Association stall, a necessity given the rather nippy temperature. Here are a few photos of the event. Lightwater Fayres are good for people meeting – had plenty of enjoyable conversations.   [Click on image to expand]

A splendid youth initiative by our Mayor, Cllr Joanne Potter

I attended Surrey Heath Borough Council’s December Council meeting yesterday evening, and was invited to join the Mayor for mince pies after the meeting.

Not expecting much to happen at the council meeting, was pleasantly surprised to see the Mayor present badges of office to the Young Mayor of the Borough, and Deputy Young Mayor of the Borough. I determined to ask the Mayor, Cllr Joanne Potter about this initiative.

Joanne said that she visited old friends for a weekend some months ago, and learned that the husband had been a Mayor of his borough. Conversations naturally developed around mayoralties. It’s in these that Joanne learned all about how to involve the youth of the borough in local government, and the process of creating Young Mayors.

Joanne involved local schools in having them elect both roles, a Young Mayor, and a Young Deputy Mayor. I didn’t get a chance to find out how Joanne hopes to involve them in her Mayoralty. I feel sure they’ll joining her at specific events. Top marks Joanne, for a splendid initiative.

The Young Mayor is Jonathan Quinn, and the Young Deputy Mayor is Phoebe Evason. Both of whose proud parents were at the council meeting to see them awarded their badges of office. Here’s my photo montage of the council meeting and the young mayors. Apologies for poor picture quality.

It’s a super special Saturday in Lightwater this weekend: Part 1 of 3

This Saturday, 5th September, it’s all go in Lightwater. The Deputy Mayor of Surrey is opening the Christmas Fayre in the Square in the morning. It’s always a fun day in Lightwater’s village square, with carol singing, Santa Claus, mulled wine on the Lightwater Business Association stall, and plenty of stalls.

Christmas Fayre in the Square