Bagshot Library reopening

From Monday 28 September Bagshot Library will be open for 3 sessions a week. For details please see

Bagshot Society AGM

Our AGM was held on-line on Wed 16 Sept.

Help Frimley Park Hospital staff dealing with Covid-19

We have been asked to let everybody know how people can best help our local hospital at this time. Please find below some items they would very much appreciate:

  • Soap, shampoo, moisturizer and hand cream for staff on the COVID-19 who must shower and change into PPE before starting work and repeat the process before leaving for home. Scrubs must be bagged and taken home for washing – at 60°.
  • Bags to hold scrubs, it must have a drawstring to contain the scrubs whilst being washed. It should be the approximate size of a pillow case and made of material which will stand a hot wash.
  • Tea-time treats – biscuits, small cakes, etc. to keep the spirits and blood sugar levels up.

If you can help with any of these please see for coordination details.

Tips & Ideas to Help Through the Lockdown

In this post : dealing with isolation; faith; an arts fix; and some light relief.

Dealing with isolation.

Dealing with isolation will be an issue for many people.  There is an interesting short video on the BBC News website : Submarine captain’s advice on social isolation –

Key advice from all sources is : maintain a routine, maintain your standards, make contact with people and keep doing some exercise (even it it is sitting in your chair waving your arms and legs about).  So pick up the phone and call someone.


At times of stress many people turn to their faith, even if they are not normally church-goers.  Since they cannot now have a congregation in church all the local churches are making services available on the Internet by streaming live worship (typically from the clergy’s home) and/or by offering pre-recorded services.  St Anne’s for instance use video conferencing to stream 2 services every day.  Interactive services will require down-loading an ‘app’, but this is no big deal.  They are also likely to need a password, this is not to keep the service private but to keep out those morons who think it clever to gatecrash a service and inject inappropriate content.  Contact the church in advance to get the password.

Need an Arts fix?

With theatres closed many organisations are making theatre productions available on the Internet for free, but often only for a short time with a new production released each week.   There is an excellent listing to be found at

Listings from:

The BBC’s arts editor offers his selection at

Want to see some sights outside of your home?  Then have a look at for a selection of virtual visits.

Clouds do have a silver lining

The Met Office have handwritten weather records going back 200 years which they would like to digitise so that they can be analysed better – so they launched a volunteer project.  Self-isolation has been a boon

We also have a post giving hints and tips on video calls whether to your loved ones or joining an online meeting such as the services mentioned above.

Video calls and virtual meetings

Self-isolation is resulting in extensive use of video calls and video meetings held via the Internet.  This really is a good way to keep in contact.  Grandparents are reading bedtime stories to their grandchildren like never before, and even playing snakes-and-ladders at a distance!

Doing this requires downloading a program (an app) to your smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC (if the latter you will also need to add at least a microphone).  While there are quite a few programs available, the leading ones are:

  • WhatsApp which is very good for 1-to-1 conversations
  • Zoom which is excellent when several people are going to be involved as you can see them all.

Your appearance probably does not matter too much when talking to your nearest and dearest, but there are a few tips worth bearing in mind, especially in a larger meeting.

  • try to position your phone (etc) reasonably high.  Eye level would be ideal, otherwise on a table in front, possibly on a pile of books.  Looking up your nose from your lap is not your best profile.
    Having said that, you will now notice how many people being interviewed on TV from their home, and even presenters working from home, are looking down at their laptop!
  • Think about the background behind you. Avoid a bright window as you will then just be a silhouette. A plain wall is ideal, the rest of your house is likely to be distracting, especially if there are others around.
  • Lighting from a widow in front or a bit to the side is good.  Sitting under a room light casts bad shadows.
  • Close the door if there are others around as extraneous noises are distracting, especially in a meeting.  If there are unavoidable noises then consider muting your microphone except when you want to talk.
  • Check your own on-screen thumbnail to see how you look to others.

Key is to enjoy your video chat.  Don’t think these are rules, just tips.


There are several pieces from the BBC:

Keep yourself and others safe.  Keep in touch.

Postponed – Thursday’s Air Ambulance talk

In view of the developing coronavirus situation The Bagshot Society have decided to cancel the talk that was to have been given on Thursday evening 19th March.

The talk about the Air Ambulance service will now be rescheduled at a later date.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but feel that this action is in the best interests of all.

Air Ambulance

CANCELLED and will be rescheduled later

Hear about our local Air Ambulance service on Thursday 19 March in a talk at the Brook Church, starting at 7:30pm with refreshments available from 7.
The talk has been arranged by the Bagshot Society.

All are welcome. Bagshot Society members free, non members £2.

For more information see


Litter Pick success …

… thanks to the volunteers who turned out on Saturday morning (29 Feb) having faith in the weather  forecast that the heavy rain would cease by the 10am start – which it did.  We only had one shower, and we ended in near-sunshine.

Numerous bags of litter were collected and stacked up for Amey to collect.

It is just a shame that it is necessary to do this.  Why can’t the litter louts put their cans, crisp packets and sweet wrappers in the litter bins?  There are plenty of them around.

Litter Pick is still on …

The weather forecast indicates that the rain should clear by 10am, so the Litter Pick will still go ahead.  Meet at 10 in the car park behind the Coop.  There remains a risk of showers so wear boots and suitable clothing.

Village Litter Pick

This Saturday 29 Feb.  Meet in the car park behind the coop at 10am. We have all the equipment that was bought last year, but you can bring your own. Please help. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information see Bagshot Society