Community Hub for Bagshot

Proposals for a Bagshot Community Hub

At a meeting in August, Surrey Heath Borough Council offered Bagshot residents two options for a new community facility.

Option A refurbishes the empty former council chamber behind the library to provide a facility that would be managed by an official group of villagers. It would be accessed from the lane that runs from the back of the Day Center car park.

For this option is to be adopted the village needs to set up a new legal entity to prepare a business plan to show the viability of the facility before the council carry out the refurbishment, and then take full responsibility for the running of the facility under a lease from the council including internal maintenance, insurance, safety inspections, utilities, cleaning and booking. The income needed for the running cost would be raised by hiring out the facilities.

Option B makes the relatively recently build extension at the rear of the Day Centre available for community and private hire. The area has its own entrance and some alterations could be made.

An informal users group would be established to liaise with the council but responsibility for maintenance, insurance, safety inspections, cleaning & booking would be the council’s.

The old council chamber would be sold off and demolished and one or two affordable dwellings built in its place. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the land would be ring-fenced for enhancements in Bagshot.

Neither option has any impact on Laird House, 63 High Street, the original grade II listed Victorian house that accommodates the library and the barbers. The old council chamber is behind this and separated from it by a small courtyard.

Decision time

The council wished to make a decision very soon. It was obvious that unless a motivated and capable group of people came forward with a view to being the embryo of the new management entity then their decision will be option B.

The Bagshot Society used the Internet, social media, posters in the village and direct emails to bring this to the attention of residents and offered to facilitate a meeting of people who were interested in progressig option A.

Only two people expressed any interest in progressing option A which makes it unviable.

A few photos can be seen at https://bagshotvillage.org.uk/hub

Bagshot Society AGM

… was held on 8 September via Zoom.

For information about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

Community Litter Pick

Bagshot’s Spring Clean Litter Pick on Sat 5 June was a great success, thanks to all those who turned out.

Organised by The Bagshot Society in the interests of our village.

For infortmation about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

Community litter pick

This event took place on Sat 5 June 2021.

Meet at 10 am in the car park behind the Coop.  The aim is to clear rubbish around the village that has accumulated during lockdown in areas that are not routinely cleared by the council’s contractors. Bring your own tools, or use ours. Organised by The Bagshot Society. Postponed from 22 May due to that weekend’s poor weather forecast.

For information about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

RNLI talk held via Zoom

Bagshot Society hosted a talk about the RNLI on Thursday 20 May (via Zoom).

The informative talk was well attended and well appreciated.

For information about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

Image credit: RNLI

Bagshot Library

We are pleased to announce that your library is now open for collecting reservations, collecting ‘ready reads’ and returning books. This service is initially available Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 – 4 pm. more …

Air Ambulance talk

On Wednesday 20 January Bagshot Society hosted (via Zoom) an informative and well received talk by the Air Ambulance service.

For information about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

Bagshot Library

Bagshot Library is closed for the January lockdown.  If you are notified by email that you have a reservation available to collect then please see the notice in the window about collection arrangements.   See https://bagshotvillage.com/library/ for more information.

Remembrance Sunday

Bagshot’s ‘Act of Remembrance’ at 11am on Sunday will be live-streamed on YouTube. In line with Covid precautions it will not be a public event. Further details and a link to the live-stream are available here. The live stream starts at 10:30 and the Act of Remembrance from 10:45.

Bagshot Society AGM

Our 2020 AGM was held on-line on Wed 16 Sept

For information about the Bagshot Society please see https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society