Christmas Greetings from Bagshot
The snow came early this year. We do not often get snow before Christmas - but this year it came before November was out. We had a couple of inches here, though the other side of Surrey got it a lot worse.
Then having cleared, we get more two weeks later, three inches this time.
Needless to say, traffic grinds to a halt until the main roads clear. While some people moan, when you consider that the main roads are running virtually to their maximum capacity under normal circumstances it is hardly surprising that problems occur when capacity is reduced by snow.
All the pictures here were taken on Sunday 19 December. The first, to the right, is the Chapel in the cemetery. This is the site of the original St Anne's Chapel in the village before the present church was built in the 1880's. Following the building of the new church the old chapel was demolished. The present building, seen here, was built some time later as a Chapel of Rest. The low walls and huge roof are a most unusual feature.
Hardly the weather to sit out!
What is now Bagshot Infants School was built in 1870 as the village school. Additions have been made to the buildings over the years - to the extent that the original building (now used as the Sure Start Centre) is no longer visible in this view.
Its role changed in 1962 when Connaught Secondary School was built.
Many of my older correspondents have recounted fond memories of the school.
The head, staff, pupils and governors can justifiably feel proud of their
performance as evidenced by their recent
The nature of the summer weather gave rise in the autumn to a spectacular show of red and orange leaves. I do not know whether leaves staying on the trees is from the same cause - but many trees have kept their leaves a lot longer than usual. Even now, a couple of days before Christmas, oaks and silver birches in particular have still got far more leaves on them than one would normally ever expect. In turn this has meant that the white snow near trees is covered by a sprinkling of leaves as they slowly fall.
My final two snowy pictures show a snow covered branch - complete with residual leaves, and, just to be seasonal, a large bunch of mistletoe high up in a tree.
Candle-lit carols in St Anne's Church.
Additions to the website since the last newsletter include:
- Some information about the "Wish Stream" on the heath.
- An answer about evacuated children housed at Bagshot Park during the war.
- More memories about the Copse.
- Freddie Leitinger at the Hero
- "Shepherds Crowns" - fossils that could be found in the Bagshot Sands, apparently Sea Urchins from the Eocene Period.
- What can you tell Louise about the Laurel Cottages near the foot of Church Road?
- Alan Edwards contributes a lot more about the motor cycle scrambles on the Heath.
- Cedar Cottage
- More about Dick Turpin's hideout adjacent to the Three Mariners
- Do you know anything about the Connaught Cups (football) played for prior to WW2.
- Ian Roberts writes from Canada that he also has Bowers from Bagshot in his family tree...
- Yet more memories of Fortuna's ice cream
- Liz Schultz remembers the Cricketers
- Wendy enquires after Sarah Bessie Owen
- John Wooders' memories of The Integrals band and Mr Hurst
- David Kell remembers the Boxing Club and the scrambles
- Shirley remembers living after the war, in the old nissan huts of the PoW camp .
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and those you hold
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The previous newsletter was late summer 2010.