Talk about Bagshot’s Almshouses

By local author June Green on Wednesday 5th October in the Brook Church (doors open 7pm for a 7:30 start). 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. The almshouses are one aspect of the rich history of our village.
Open to all. Organised by The Bagshot Society. Entrance is free to members, £2 per head for non-members. Non-members may join at the door,

Visit the Old Police Station

Bagshot’s old police station will be open to visitors on Saturday 10 September 2022 from 11 am to 3 pm. The police station, now used as an archaeological centre, is on London Road between the village and The Cricketers.

Enter the cells if you dare!
See if you have what it takes to become an archaeologist! (Activities 11.00 – 2.00)

For more details see here.

Bagshot Chapel open

As part of Heritage Open Days, Bagshot cemetery chapel will be open on Saturadys 10 and 17 Sept 2022 from 10am to 4pm. Free, no booking required.

The chapel is in the cemetery in Chapel Lane. It is an attrcative early 20th century chapel of rest. This is the site of Bagshot’s original chapel which was demolished when St Anne’s was built.

Rescuing Historic Houses

Bagshot Society is hosting a talk by the Landmark Trust, a charity who restore historic castles, forts, towers and cottages, and then ensures their preservation by deriving an income from them through holiday lets.  The talk is on Wednesday 27 July in the Brook Church (the Square, Bagshot).

All are welcome to this interesrting talk.  Entrance is free to members, and £2 to non-members (or join on the day and get in free). Doors open at 7 pm and the talk starts at 7.30.

For information about the Bagshot Society, and this meeting,  please see http://www.bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

Litter Pick for the Jubilee

There will be a litter pick on Saturday 21 May in preparation for the Jubilee weekend (we’ve chosen this date so to have a week in hand should it get rained off!).

Same arrangements as previously – meet in the car park behind the Coop at 10 am. Tools, hi-vi tabards etc all provided for those who don’t bring their own.

Organised by The Bagshot Society.

Woodland Trust

An online talk about the Woodland Trust, 7:30pm Thursday 5 May, hosted by the Bagshot Society. Our guest speaker, Martin Boiling, will talk about the role and work of the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. If you wish to join us then please email bagshotsociety@bagshotvillage.com and we will provide you with the link to join.

Historic Houses talk

Ben Cowell will talk about the Historic Houses Association. The association supports hundreds of the country’s principal independent historic houses.

This talk will be given via ‘zoom’ and is organised by the Bagshot Society. If you wish to join us then please email bagshotsociety@bagshotvillage.com saying so and we will provide you with the link you need to join nearer the time.

You can find out more about the Bagshot Society at https://bagshotvillage.com/bagshot-society

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