Tonight (Wed 24th) Interfaith Dialogue


For the third in Bagshot Society’s Interfaith Dialogues our guest is Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE who will be in conversation with Bagshot’s Vicar, Rev Andreas Sistig.

Rabbi Romain is from the Maidenhead synagogue and is a speaker and writer of repute. You can read about him on Wikipedia

All are welcome.   Starts at 7:30 with refreshments available from 7.

The venue is St Anne’s Church Centre (behind and to the left of the church), 45 Church Road, Bagshot GU19 5EQ

Free to members of Bagshot Society (join for £5 per year per household) or £2 for non-members.

Suggest a name for the Churchill development on the A30

£100 prize is offered in a competition launched by Churchill Retirement Living for local people to name its new retirement development in Bagshot.  This is the one currently being built on London Road on the village side of Sunrise – not the proposal to build on the Jack’s site.

The development is of 25 one and two bedroom apartments. The name must end in ‘Lodge’.

The competition closing date is 28th February 2019.  To enter send your suggested name and the reason for it along with your name, address and phone number to: Laura Worley, Bagshot Naming Competition, FREEPOST, CHURCHILL RETIREMENT LIVING, or by email to by 28th February 2019. If more than one person suggests the winning name, the winner will be drawn from a hat. The chosen name is subject to approval by the Local Authority.


Save a Life using a defibrillator.

This event has now taken place.

You have probably seen the defibrillator on the wall outside the Village Cafe (or the one in the library).  Now find out how easy it is to use.

Free training in Bagshot Library Thursday 14 Feb.  Drop in any time between 1 & 3pm.

The instruction will be given by a qualified St John’s Ambulance trainer.

All are welcome. Free. You do not need to be a library member..
We look forward to seeing you.

Chapel Lane : 44 houses proposal.

If you were unable to attend CALA Home’s consultation then the posters  they displayed can be seen by downloading this link (a PDF document held on Google Drive) and emailing your comments to

The comments made by many people include that the proposals are for more houses than had been proposed in the previous, abandoned, applications; that the presumption is that all traffic will flow both ways along Chapel Lane posing a safety risk to pedestrians; and that the on-site and on-street parking is inadequate to meet the realistic needs of the development.


The extra police consultaion is now over.


Surrey carried out a consultation on whether you would be prepared to pay an extra £2 a month in council tax for an additional 100 police officers in the county.
The survey closed at midnight on Monday 28 January 2019.

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro is asking the county’s residents to fill in a brief online survey on whether or not they would support a proposed £24 increase for the next financial year based on a Band D property.
The proposed rise would mean doubling the number of officers in our dedicated neighbourhood teams which support area policing teams across the county. It would also help Surrey Police invest in specialist officers to tackle serious organised crime gangs and drug dealers in our communities.

PCC David Munro said:

“I believe my proposal provides a real opportunity to help put more officers back into our communities which is what I believe the public of Surrey want to see.

“But I want as many residents as possible to let me know what they think before the survey closes on Monday night.

“We have had a fantastic response already and I want to thank all those who have taken part so far. If you haven’t had time to complete it yet – it only takes a couple of minutes to fill it in and will really help me make my decision on this year’s precept.”

One of the PCC’s key responsibilities is to set the overall budget for Surrey Police including determining the level of council tax raised for policing in the county known as the precept.

In December, the Home Office gave PCCs across the country the flexibility to increase the policing element of a Band D Council Tax bill by up to £2 a month – the equivalent of around 10% across all bands. In Surrey, every 1% rise in the police precept equates to around £1m in additional income.

To read more about the PCC’s proposal and the reasons for it – click here:

The text of this post has been copied from a recent Neighbourhood Watch communication.

Update: Ask your Councillors your questions.


The Bagshot Society would like to thank everyone who attended the Meet the Councillors event organised by the Society on 23 January. The event was well attended and many questions were asked by residents who are passionate about issues concerning our village. Questions were raised about suitability of proposed developments, including Woodside Cottage in Chapel Lane , the retirement ‘village’ on the site of Jack’s fish and chip restaurant, air pollution from traffic and the possible closures of our Sure Start Centre and community recycling centre.

Thanks go to councellors Mike Goodman, Valerie White, Katia Malcus Cooper, Ruth Hutchinson, Colin Manley and Ursula Trentham for attending and answering questions. We appreciate that the councillors are busy and are grateful to them for giving up an evening to be prepared to face potentially difficult questions. Without their support this event would not be possible.


Bagshot Society’s annual “Meet the Councillors” is your opportunity to ask the questions you want answers to.  Wednesday 23 January in St Anne’s Church Centre, 45 Church Road, Bagshot GU19 5EQ (the Centre is behind and to the left of the church).

Q&A starts at 7.30 pm. Refreshments available from 7.

To ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to have their question put to the councillors, questions should be tabled in writing at the start of, or during, the meeting. The chair will then ensure that nobody gets to ‘hog’ the meeting with their pet topic.

All are welcome. Bagshot Society members free, non-members £2.
We look forward to seeing you.

Library ‘open day’

Library_entranceOur library needs our support, both by borrowing books to show that it is needed, and volunteering to help run it.

The ‘open day’ has now been and gone, but you can still call in and talk to the volunteers to see if this is something that you might like to do.

Prior library experience is not needed.

Please, come along and find out more.

Bagshot Remembered

Bagshot did indeed remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. The Parish Church was packed for the Remembrance Sunday service, with chairs having to be wheeled in from the adjoining hall.

Yet more people were waiting at the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance, two minutes silence and laying wreaths.

Dozens of intricately painted stones had appeared on the War Memorial, many featuring the names of the departed – a very moving tribute, especially to those who discovered that an unknown person had taken time and care to pay tribute to their ancestor.








Following the service, displays featuring memories of the fallen were set up in the church and Church Centre. The names of all those recorded on the War Memorial can be found here and the inscriptions on the memorial here.  A research project has sought to trace the history of those who died and a profile of each of those who died in WW1 can be seen here.

Bagshot remembers those who gave their lives in The Great War.

During WW1 there started to appear what became known as “shrines” at public places in towns and villages across thecountry.  They were a spontaneous act by the population.   The shrines were not necessarily flowers nor always for the fallen, but messages of remembrance and good wishes for those who were serving.  Perhaps reassuring their loved ones that they are remembered.

It was not until the 1920s that the war memorials we see today were built by public subscription.  Bagshot’s was erected at the junction of High Street, London Road and Church Road and was relocated in 1938 to the churchyard.

Every year it is the focus of the village’s Remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Preceded by a service in church, the Act of Remembrance takes place outside at the War Memorial.  It is simple but poignant including the sounding of the Last Post,  lowering of the flags, two minutes silence, reading the names of the fallen and laying wreaths.

There are 50 names from the Great War recorded on the memorial and a further 11 from WW2.   A profile of each person whose name is recorded from WW1 can be seen on the companion history site at

warmem2-16This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 11th November exactly 100 years from the end of the war at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The Remembrance Service is at 10 am in St Anne’s Church and the Act of Remembrance outside at the War Memorial at 11am.