At the recent Portmore Park and District Residents Association meeting, Weybridge Surrey County Councillor, Tim Oliver spoke about ideas for developing Weybridge town centre. Surrey County and Elmbridge Borough officers and NHS property services have already met to talk about creating a Weybridge Hub on the Weybridge Hospital site. .
Services on the site?
So far, we have no firm idea of what is meant by a hub on this site. Current thinking includes relocating Weybridge library and Weybridge Centre for the Community to the hospital site. Of course this will be alongside the redevelopment of the site for GP practices and community health services.
Some people are also in favour of creating more town centre parking spaces by paving over the old bowling green at the entrance to Churchfields Recreation Ground (Park).
So far, there has been no mention of where the much used and highly valued Children’s Centre fits into the ideas being discussed.
We will watch and report on developments.
Let us know what you think
We also invite people to let us know how they would like to see our town centre develop. You can do this in person and hear others’ views at our next town meeting on Thursday 11th October, starting 7.30 pm, at the Centre for the Community, Churchfields Place.
Weybridge residents are looking forward to having a new independent cinema at the site of Weybridge Hall. This might be the first of several enhancements to the life of the town centre. However, people have expressed concern over the lack of any update and apparent delay in the development moving forward.
Why the delay?
Recently publishedcouncil papers (Item 6) now show that there have been unanticipated costs which which will impact the overall budget needed. These arise from removal of asbestos and the proposed approach to effective sound proofing. The cabinet will be considering this on 4 July and will make recommendations to full council.
Culture and Affordable Housing
The plan for this development is to deliver a cinema with around 100 seats, plus affordable housing units above. These will comprise four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom units. These units will be affordable for rent properties.
Clearly residents and businesses in Weybridge are keen for this development to the evening economy to go ahead. We are keen to enhance the social and cultural life of the town which is great to live in.
Keeping you informed
We will provide an update once a decision has been taken.
Elmbridge Borough is holding a competition for local 7-11 year olds – one of the many activities being held nationwide to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017.
The challenge is to design a circular flowerbed based on the vibrant colours and some of the more simple designs found in India.
The winning design in Weybridge will be planted in the Churchfields park.
For more examples of designs like the one above which are drawn on pavements, often in front of houses in Tamil Nadu, see photos taken by Vicki Macleod on her recent travels there on the Weybridge LibDems Facebook page.
Entries must be submitted to Elmbridge by Friday, 27 January and full information on entering the competition can be found on the Elmbridge website.
A new notice board for Claygate has been erected at the end of Coverts Road today. This was created for the benefit of the local residents (who live some distance from the centre of the village) as well as the many visitors that come here. Since living in this part of Claygate, I have noticed that many pedestrians, riders and cyclists are completely confused where they are in relation to the centre of Claygate when they exit the track at the Holroyd Road end of Coverts Road. The track known as the ‘BOAT’ which has no vehicular access, is used by the public mainly for hiking, running, cycling, dog walking or horse riding. This track links Claygate with Esher and also comes out on Fairoak Lane between Oxshott and Malden Rushett, depending on the route you take. Claygate village centre and train station is some distance from Coverts Road so the new board has a detailed map showing your exact location.
As you stand in front of it, you can clearly see what can be discovered in the surrounding area. There are numerous footpaths and bridleways, flora and fauna as well as directions to the village itself. Claygate is full of restaurants, pubs, cafes and village shops. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside views, walks and rides. It is well worth a day out, whichever mode of transport you choose. With the financial help of Surrey County Council, Claygate Parish Council and with a personal contribution of my own, the board has been created, developed and finally delivered on site today.
Thanks must go to Sarah Kingsley from Eclipse Creative for her patience and wonderful art skills. Also thanks to Elmbridge’s Countryside Officer Dave Page. Dave originally helped me to create the map, adding to my ideas with his in depth knowledge of the local countryside due to both his keen interest and occupation. Dave and his co workers from the Elmbridge Countryside Team put the board in place this morning. Residents will now have the benefit of seeing at a glance what is going on in their village community. Horse riders, dog walkers, cyclists, runners and hikers will find new tracks, wildlife and plants as well as discovering a little about the local history of Claygate. Thank you to everyone that has helped this community idea finally come to fruition.
Painshill welcomes back the Napoleonic Association for a special re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On both there will be incredible sights and dramatic performances as the soldiers, officers and camp followers re-enact various scenes, including the raising of the flag, a drill parade and a skirmish. There will be lots of noise and smoke as the infantrymen fire volley after volley and manoeuvre to offer their fatal blow whilst deploying the crack skirmishing force, the 95th Rifles.
Visitors will also be able to walk through the living history encampment to see where the soldiers live, eat and sleep. The camp followers will entertain those who visit, with stories and their experiences of the Napoleonic period.
This exciting event which includes battles, skill at arms display and a living history encampment will take place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August Bank Holiday. The event is included in normal admission price.
For more details and to see the full programme click here
Local children’s entertainers will join the bigger and better ‘Little Foodies’ area to ensure the whole family has a great time at this year’s Elmbridge Food Festival. Face-painting, balloon modelling, art and crafts, drama and ball skills will all be part of the free entertainment on offer on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.
There will be a wonderful variety of entertainment on offer during the Food Festival including; a treasure trail, bug hunt, Tudor style sweet making and much much more.
More than 9000 people attended the 2014 inaugural food festival and based on this year’s line-up of activities, a similar strong attendance is expected. Entry and car parking for all visitors to Painshill will be free over the course of the weekend. Gates will open each day at 10:30 and close at 5pm.
The Food and Drink Theatre will be the hub of the festival with live demonstrations throughout the weekend, while music from around the county will fill the air.
A detailed line up of stalls, food and drink theatre events, music acts and children’s entertainment is available from the borough’s Food Festival webpage
It is almost time for the return of the Elmbridge Food Festival held again as last year in Painshill Park, Cobham on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.
There will be around fifty stalls serving cuisine from around the world, as well as food and drink demonstrations and a variety of musical acts. The centrepiece will be the Food and Drink Theatre with live demonstrations taking place. There will also be a ‘Little Foodies’ area with a full programme of free children’s activities running all weekend.
Take the family along for a weekend of fun and great food.
Leisure Live, the borough’s annual flagship event, has become bolder and bigger this year and will start on a high note with the introduction of the first ever Summer Proms in The Park at Churchfields Recreation Ground on Friday 3 July from 7:00 to 10:00.
Bring your picnic and deck chairs along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the outdoor setting.
Majestic Brass has promised to wow visitors with an evening of music spanning all genres. This ensemble gives many recitals and concerts throughout the Europe as well as performing for many State and Royal Ceremonies and we are thrilled to welcome them to Proms in the Park.
For those interested in choral music, The Promenade Choir is sure to delight with its rich and varied repertoire of classical arias and musicals.
Fans of musical theatre will not be disappointed as the Elmbridge Youth Theatre and Rebecca Lacey perform musical sets from classic and much loved West End shows.
Making their debut outdoor performance at Proms in the Park, we are delighted to welcome the Hinchley Wood School Brass Band.
Funk and soul music will fill the air as The Blue Monday’s take to the stage. This eight-piece band, made up mostly of students in Year 12 at Hinchley Wood School, has added Proms in the Park to their busy gigging schedule which includes The Half Moon in Putney. Some members have performed at Ronnie Scott’s.
Tickets for the event are available online at elmbridge.gov.uk/culture. They are priced at £10 per person, £32 for 4 tickets, under 12s go free. Limited tickets will be available at the main gate on the night, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Find out at a talk to be given at 10:00, on Tuesday, 14 July, at All Saints Church, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL.
Within the borough we have a wealth of skills, interests and experience that we can share with each other. Sharing these things can help to make our society better and Timebanking is a really simple way to make that sharing easy.
Timebanking is all about giving and receiving. It works by people offering to share a skill, interest, experience or some practical support with other time bank members. In return they can receive something they want from the time bank.
For example, Tony is 17 and offers to teach older people at the local community centre how to use WiiFit to keep them mobile and active. For every hour Tony puts in he earns one-time credit which he spends on learning new cooking skills from Jan, another time bank member. Everyone’s time is equal. For more information about timebanking please read the attached flyer and visit www.timebanking.org.
To book your place contact Liz Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8541 7020
New school membership scheme launched. As part of its new services, Elmbridge Museum offers an exciting range of learning opportunities for local schools and community groups.
Over the last few months, Elmbridge Museum’s learning team has been meeting with teachers from across Surrey to talk to them about their outreach sessions and how the museum collection of over 40,000 objects can enrich learning in their schools. The teachers’ feedback has been invaluable to help tailor and redevelop the museum learning sessions and discovery boxes on a wide range of topics.
Elmbridge Museum is now pleased to announce its new school membership scheme to support schools in the delivery of the new curriculum. Schools that subscribe to this great value scheme will have access to the museum’s selection of interactive workshops and discovery boxes on a variety of topics.
For an annual fee of £165, the membership scheme includes:
Three 1.5 hour outreach sessions
The loan of six discovery boxes
Three Continuous Professional Development sessions
The learning team at Elmbridge Museum is looking forward to expanding the schools service so that all local children can have access to its local history through innovative and interactive sessions that engage them in learning through the wonderful artifacts in the collection.
The team is currently developing new sessions linked to the changes in the national curriculum and are very keen to work in partnership with local schools to meet their needs and requirements as closely as possible. They value input from teachers when planning their sessions and to achieve this, they are organising a focus group with teachers for the autumn term. This session will provide a great opportunity for primary school teachers to share their opinions on how museums can best support their teaching practice.