Bagshot Society

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The future of the village is important and working for this should involve as many people as possible.

As a member of the Bagshot Society you will meet the people involved working for the future of the village, be kept informed of what is happening, be able have your say and, if you wish, find out how you can become involved.

We want as many people in the village to become involved in its future and would like you to join us.

The Society organises a programme of varied and interesting talks, and social events which are open to all (you do not have to be a member).

Bagshot’s Almshouses

A talk by local author June Green on Wednesday 5th October in the Brook Church (doors open 7pm for a 7:30 start).

The almshouses are one aspect of the rich history of our village.
Come and hear how charity, benevolence and an Act of Parliament provided for the poor long before today’s Social Services – and how the expanded almshouses continue to serve our community.

Open to all. Entrance is free to members, £2 per head for non-members. Non-members may join at the door, the annual subsciption is £5 per household.

Our programme details are emailed to members, can be seen in the calendar on this site and the ‘upcoming events‘ on this site’s home page.  As the event approaches, details are also posted on facebook, twitter and the site’s blog, as well as posters in the village (look out for our own notice board outside Herbies).

Your involvement with the Bagshot Society can be as little or as much as you want, from supporting the Society by being a member and thus adding weight to the contributions we make, through volunteering with specific activities, to joining the committee.

The purposes of the Bagshot Society are:

  • Coordination between activities or groups in Bagshot
  • Stimulate interest and involvement in village affairs, being a focus for debate and campaigns on things affecting the village
  • Liaison with local government and agencies
  • Maintain the heritage of the village
  • Planning issues

Forthcoming events

Wednesday 5 October will be a talk on Bagshot’s Almshouses given by June Green. Come and hear about this part of our village’s history. 7:30 pm in the Brook Church.

We facilitate an annual “Meet Your Councillors” evening with parish borough and county representatives. This has not been possible during Covid but we anticipate resuming in January.


Update

Draft Surrey Heath Local Plan

We suggested specific improvements to the Council on several areas including:

  • to address the age imbalance in the population and housing developments.
  • to mitigate flood risk from surface water run-off
  • to ensure that all developments contribute to infrastructure
  • to maximise the retention of hedgerows and shrubs, as well as trees
  • to better provide for the charging of electric vehicles
  • to correct inconsistencies in the way heritage assets are addressed.

Community Hub

Community Hub for Bagshot : Having been informed by the council of their two options for providing Bagshot with a Community Hub, we used the Internet, social media, posters in the village and our mailing list to make the proposals known to villagers and to see what interest there was in the proposal that would require the village to set up a new legal entity to lease a facility from the council. There was insufficient interest to make the latter viable.  Thus things went forward with the council’s proposal to turn part of the Day Centre into a Bagshot Community Hub, an option that would allow the council to sell off the rear of the building that houses the library. It was never clear what a “Community Hub” actually was and it transpires that what the council are offering is the opportunity to hire part of the Day Centre at a commercial rate.
Further details of the original proposals can be seen at bagshotvillage.org.uk/hub


Past events

Our AGM was held on 21 September 2022 and attended by many members.

A large audience enjoyed an informative talk on 27 July 2022 given by Alastair Dick-Cleland from the Landmark Trust, a charity who restore historic castles, forts, towers and cottages, and then ensure their preservation by deriving an income from them through holiday lets.

Thanks to all those members and non-members who helped with the litter pick in May in readiness for the Jubilee celebrations.

Also in May we welcomed Martin Boiling to a ‘virtual’ meeting. Martin is a volunteer with the Woodland Trust and talked about that charity and the trees they are so passionate about.

Our ‘virtual’ talk about Histortic Houses in February 2022 by Ben Cowell was received and very well attended.

Our AGM was held on Wednesday 8 Septembe 2021 via the Internet.  A minor revision to our constitution was approved.

Another ‘litter pick’ was held on Sat 5 June 2021, clearing areas that are not routinely dealt with by the council’s contractor. A futher example of community spirit by Bagshot residents

On Thursday 20th May 2021 we ‘welcomed’ David Richmond-Coggan who is a volunteer presenter, fundraiser and education volunteer for the RNLI who gave a fascinating and informative talk about the life-saving charity.

We held our first ‘virtual’ meeting on 20th January 2021.  This was a presentation by, and about, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust – the charity who operate our local air ambulance service. The informative talk was well ‘attended’.

Our 2020 Annual General Meeting  was held via the Internet on Wed 16 September.

The village clean up Litter Pick on Saturday 29 February 2020 was somewhat hampered by damp weather but none the less cleaned up several areas of the village.

Our annual “Meet the Councillors” Q&A session was held on Wednesday 22 January 2020.  The meeting was well attended and productive.

On 20 November 2019 local historian and author Phil Stevens gave a very informative illustrated talk about Baghsot’s History.

We welcomed Fr Alexis from Brookwood’s St Edward Brotherhood on 23 October 2019. He gave a fascinating and amusing talk about the Orthodox Christian religion, the role of icons, and the establishment of the Saint Edward Brotherhood.

Our second village community clean-up on Saturday 28 September 2019 removed several sacks of litter from the environment.

On 27 June 2019 we had an interesting and informative talk by Cllr Vivienne Chapman (portfolio holder for Environment and Health on Surrey Heath Borough Council) about Recycling & Waste.



You can join The Bagshot Society at any of our meetings, or by requesting a membership form by emailing the address below.

To contact the society please use the email address bagshotsociety@bagshotvillage.org.uk


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