Praise for Bagshot’s Clean Up day

Having noted our feedback concerning the eventual removal of all the rubbish that was collected, Daniel Harrison (Executive Head of Business, Surrey Heath Borough Council) has written to the Bagshot Society “… despite these issues it seems that your event was a great success both in terms of supporting community involvement and promoting civic pride.”

While The Bagshot Society organised the event, its success is down to all those residents who take pride in our village and turned out to support. Give yourself a pat on the back!

You can read more about the clean-up here … Village Clean Up a great success

Recycling & Waste : find out more in this talk

This informative talk has now taken place.


Recycling and Waste.

A talk by Cllr Vivienne Chapman

Councillor Chapman is the portfolio holder for Environment and Health
on Surrey Heath Borough Council.

  • Hear the inside story about recycling & waste.
  • How are we doing? How can we do better?
  • Can our Borough influence County decisions?
  • What is her role on the Surrey Waste / Environment Partnership?
  • Ask your questions.

Thursday 27th June 2019

St Anne’s Church Centre
Behind and to the the left of St Anne’s Church at the top of Church Rd.

Talk starts at 7.30 pm. Refreshments available from 7.

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

Organised by The Bagshot Society

Village Clean Up a great success

A very big ‘thank you’ goes to the dozens of volunteers (including several of our local councellors) who helped with the Village Clean Up.

We met in the car park on Sat 25 May 2019 at 10am and were issued with tools and hi-viz tabards (and the inevitable safety briefing, though very necessary as no one knew what might be lurking in the undergrowth) before making our way to three locations – the High Street and Wardle Close by the stream, the path from Guildford Road to the station, and the area surrounding the football pitch on Connaught Park.

Undergrowth and tree branches that were, or were likley to, impede the use of paths were cut back and huge quantities of litter collected.  This was mostly drink cans, bottles and paper, but also many other items that should have been taken to the tip, such as electrical equipment, old toys, furniture and building materials. There was even a Gateway supermarket trolly (how many readers recall just how long ago it was that our supermarket was called Gateway?).

A few of our volunteers who were on their way to the Connaught Park area.

It was amazing how much we cleared in just over 2 hours. At the end all the rubbish was left in front of the Parish Hall to be collected by Amey on behalf of the local council.

The village is a much nicer place thanks to everyone’s efforts.

The clear up was organised by Nick and Andy on behalf of The Bagshot Society with financial support from Surrey Heath Borough Council using funds allocated by central government (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) specifically for community clean-ups.

The tools, etc, remain ours for future use.  Already community-minded people are asking when the next clean-up will be and suggesting areas to be addressed.

What do you think of McCarthy & Stone’s latest proposals for Jack’s site?

A further presentation of information takes place on Sat 1st June from 10am – 2pm in the Church Centre behind St Anne’s Church.

Earlier in the year McCarthy & Stone held a ‘consultation’ at which they displayed their proposals for a retirement and care home development on the site of Jack’s fish & chips.  They also submitted a planning application to the council.  There were many objections to the proposals.

They have now announced this further ‘information day’ to present revised plans which they describe as a “less bulky design that more closeley reflects the character of the local area”.  You are invited to view this and to make your comments known.

Comments should be made to McCathy & Stone.  Your views may also be made known to The Bagshot Society who have a composite list of comments at Once they submit revised plans to the council you will be able to make your views known to them.

Village Spring Clean tidy-up.

Please help on Saturday 25 May with a village clean-up. We meet at 10am in the car park behind the coop. Tools, etc, will be provided. Organised by The Bagshot Society to make our village even better. Further details to follow, but please put the date in your diary.

Chapel Lane – Traffic survey

Please can as many people as possible complete the Traffic Survey, which has been compiled by the Chapel Lane Action Group. This will close on 19th May.

Thank you

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:


Handel’s Messiah comes to Bagshot

The Merry Opera Company perform a dramatic staging by John Ramster of Handel’s famous Messiah in St Anne’s Church on Sunday 5th May at 6pm.

In this dramatisation of Handel’s Messiah, twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand the world. Singing together in a church, they inspire each other to pick up the ragged ends of their faith and look to the future with hope.

Birth, Death, Resurrection.

Tickets £12 (£10 children) available from St Anne’s Church (phone 01276 850576) and on the door.

Messiah poster

Interfaith Dialogue

For the third in Bagshot Society’s Interfaith Dialogues our guest was Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE 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

The evening was both entertaining and informative and enjoyed by a large audience.

Woodside Cottage – Planning application for 44 dwellings has now been submitted.

The planning application has now been submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council by Cala Homes, to build 44 dwellings with 94 parking spaces at Woodside Cottage, Chapel Lane. This proposed development is causing great concern throughout the village for a variety of reasons and so a group are working very hard to get this halted or at least, significantly modified. …….. but they need the help of the whole village …..the more people who make their feelings known to SHBC – the better

The planning application number at SHBC is   19/0235 Woodside Cottage Chapel Lane GU19 5DE

Please follow this link from the Bagshot Society, to find out what is exactly planned, where you can find more information and what you can do to object (or otherwise)  

Facebook Chapel Lane Action Group

To see the Cala Homes  brochure, which was available at their presentation – follow this link,-surrey/exhibition-boards-final_s.pdf?la=en