Older people across Rushmoor and Surrey Heath set to benefit from new community grant

bluebirdcareA popular homecare provider based in Camberley is giving away its first ever community grant – a sum of money that could benefit one local group working with older people.

Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath is making available £250 to one community group or project that works with older people within the local area. The group that can best demonstrate a need for additional support will be allocated the funds. The company is particularly interested in groups working in the field of dementia and mental health for older people.

Katerina Papamichalaki, Director of Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath, said,

“As well as providing care and companionship services to people living in their own homes, Bluebird Care is passionate about supporting community projects and initiatives.

“So many neighbourhoods thrive because of volunteers who work tirelessly to run community groups, host events and provide services that benefit others. Much of this work involves supporting older people who, without regular coffee mornings, day-trips or lunch clubs, would be left isolated at home.”

“Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath offers a realistic alternative to residential care by allowing people to stay in their own homes with care and support. The care assistants’ work can involve one or more short visits a day in order to help with the everyday tasks of life. However, the service doesn’t stop there because longer duration visits are also available, including overnight help and live-in care.”

Katerina added:

“The Bluebird Care Community Grant will also come with support and advice. We want to work with a local project that gives older people an opportunity to try something new and that will add benefit to their lives.

“Examples of the type of projects we are looking for could include gardening, leisure, recreational, help with day trips or musical activities.”

The closing date for applications is Friday 14st June 2019. For more details or to request an application form, please email michaelautonconsultancy@gmail.comor telephone Michael Auton on 07862 253514. Copies of the application form can also be picked up from the Bluebird Care office in Camberley. The address is 24 St George’s Court, St George’s Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3QZ.

For more details about Bluebird Care Rushmoor & Surrey Heath visit: www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/rushmoor-surrey-heath


Hypnotherapy – New complementary therapist in Bagshot

When new businesses or organisations come to Bagshot we offer them a chance to introduce themselves.

“Andrew Major has joined the team at the Integral Life Centre in central Bagshot, offering Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, helping clients address mental and emotional struggles as well as physical ones. Andrew has helped many people reduce anxiety, lift their mood, improve sleep, overcome fears, find motivation for weight management, gain confidence and much more.

Andrew practices Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which is a modern and effective technique, based on the latest research from neuroscience. Combining psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy, it doesn’t involve analysing past problems or their cause but focuses the preferred future. A collaborative process which supports clients in taking small steps forwards whilst developing a more positive outlook on life and reducing anxiety. Hypnosis consolidates sessions helping the mind relax and focus on thoughts and suggestions that are useful for therapeutic change at a subconscious level. A very pleasant and relaxing experience.

Andrew has a passion for helping people and understands how hard it can be to make changes without support. He uses his knowledge about the human mind to pass on skills to others, helping them take control and gradually feel better.

Having trained with the prestigious Clifton practice, Andrew was also awarded the prestigious Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), considered to be the ‘gold standard’ hypnotherapy qualification. He continues to update his skills regularly and is committed to the highest standards.

Andrew is looking forward to welcoming new clients to his practice at the Integral Life Centre in Bagshot and appointments are available in the daytime or evenings. For more information please contact Andrew for a chat in confidence on 07464 682 389 or visit his website www.andrewmajorhypnotherapy.co.uk

Update: Community Forum: Bagshot Traffic Congestion, Chapel Lane Development Proposal


The Community Forum on the 15t January was well attended, filling the Three Mariners’ function room.

Concerns were raised on many issues including (in no particular order)

  • Traffic congestion tailing back from the “Waitrose” traffic lights along the A30 and through the High Street
  • Through traffic using Bagshot as a short-cut
  • High levels of air pollution due to traffic
  • Excessive speeds on Whitmore Road, Guildford Road and the High Street (when not congested).
  • The prospect of a further planning application to build a large number of houses off the narrow Chapel Lane and the effect this would have would have on
    • traffic,
    • the environment and amenity,
    • the safety of children at the near-by Infants School,
    • surface water including run-off attributed to the Waterers Way estate.
  • High density housing and rest-home developments with inadequate parking
  • The erosion of available on-street parking

It was suggested that residents should keep their concerns in the forefront of the attention of the relevant council officials and elected representatives by email to their “official” email accounts, as well as submitting formal responses to planning applications.
For maximum effect this should be both individually and through the Bagshot Society.

Attendees were invited to give their email addresses to the Bagshot Society in order that they can be kept abreast of emerging issues and the relevant officials to whom concerns should be expressed.

If you wish to be added to this list of people please email bagshotsociety@bagshotvillage.com to say so. Your details will not be used for any other purpose.



Bagshot Society invites residents interested in coming along to the Function Room (Back bar) of The Mariners’ Tuesday 15th January 2019 7pm for 7.30 pm to discuss ideas of improving through traffic, helping to deal with congestion and address concerns of pollution levels in the centre of our village.

Also inviting residents concerned about proposed development off Chapel Lane of 44 houses by CALA homes.

What can we as villagers do together about these issues ? Come to our community forum and help to come to some conclusions on these pressing issues.

Paul Hutchinson Vice Chair, Bagshot Society
Any enquiries 01276 489991 (home)

Bagshot Square Consultation

The Square, Bagshot
Proposed village centre enhancement

In 2017 Surrey County Council consulted the public about a number of options for improving the centre of Bagshot village.

Proposals to improve the area where the memorial is situated in the centre of the village proved to be the most popular option.

Different ways of creating an attractive shared community space giving more of a focal point to the village centre have therefore been considered. These all involve closing the small area of road.

Working together with the Parish Council a preferred option has now been identified. This is detailed in this consultation along with the other options considered.

The consultation closes on 13th Jan 2019.   You can find more information and complete the survey at the Surrey County Council SurreySays website.



“Christingle is one of the really lovely services of the Christmas season.  During the informal service we’ll make Christingles (oranges decorated with sweets and fruit, a ribbon and a candle) and find out what these symbolise, as well as enjoying some carols and prayers together. All ages welcome”

Recycling Centre – consultation

Surrey County Council is considering closing the Swift Lane recycling centre in Bagshot.  The consultation is open until 4th Jan 2019.  You can give your feedback on this consultation via the Surrey Says website.

WWI Remembered – Surrey Heath Museum

War Memorial Poster small

A series of exhibitions and events being run by Surrey Heath Museum to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Halloween Treasure Hunt

PUMPKINThere were 35 numbered pumpkins hidden in the windows on the High St 31 Oct 4-8pm.   All completed forms went into a draw to win a prize
1st place is a kids bike donated from Spokes
2nd place is £50 meal at Miller & Carter
3rd place is a £40 bar tab at the Kings Arms

Help with winter heating bills

Once again residents of Windlesham, Bagshot and Lightwater are invited to apply for grants towards the cost of their winter heating bills from the Poors Allotments charity. The grants are usually made around Christmas time and only people who have lived in the three villages for two years or more are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available in the Post Offices in Bagshot and Lightwater, and from the chemist’s in Windlesham, or from the clerk to the trustees, Mrs Carol Robson, 4 James Butler Almshouses, Swift Lane, Bagshot, GU19 5NH.  The closing date for applications is November 15 2018.

Summer Holiday Club

2018 St Annes Holiday ClubSt. Anne’s Church invites you to their Summer Holiday Club.  3 mornings of FUN, games, art, craft, Bible stories and lots more, for Year R to Year 6.  30th July – 1st Aug 9.30-12.00

To book – please fill in the registration form and place it, with payment (£4 per day),* into an envelope marked “St. Anne’s Holiday Club” and return it to the school or church office (45 Church Road, Bagshot GU19 5EQ).

For further information please contact Andreas Sistig (vicar) on 07595 542143 or vicar@saintannebagshot.org.uk

* St Annes don’t want anyone to miss out because the cost is a problem. If you are in financial need, please speak to or email Andreas and send in the form without payment.