Suddenly it is no longer 'late summer' but the season of mists and
fruitfulness. The celebration of Harvest is a timely reminder
that my newsletter is overdue - unless I choose the excuse that it
me the opportunity to use some Harvest Festival photos which, come
will feel too far out-of-date.
Our church was decorated as becomes the season and many gifts
to our Harvest Festival service. In years gone by it was traditional to
fresh fruit and vegetables to such a service - a real harvest from our
How to deal with such produce before it deteriorated was always a
Nowadays most churches ask for canned food and non-perishable items.
so by the end of the Harvest Festival service the altar was surrounded
supermarket carrier bags filled with both goodies and necessities. The
given to St Anne's church are taken to Aldershot to support the
Step project who
help homeless young people to achieve their full potential.
There is a joke about London busses that you wait ages for one
and then three
come along together. So it has been with feel-good factors.
have had nothing to shout about then in 2012 we have had the Queen's
the Olympics and Paralympics, a Brit won the Tour of France, a Brit won
tennis major for the first time in over 70 years, and Europe's golfers
managed to retain the Ryder Cup. Feel-good and be-proud it
The year started very dry and before the winter was out the
imposed a hose-pipe ban that was expected to last all year. So after a
spring the inevitable happened and the weather became wet wet wet.
And so it was for the Jubilee though this only dampened
spirits a bit.
Bagshot had its street party closing the whole of the High
The afternoon started off fine. My wife and I had
watch some of the River Pageant on TV then go down to the village later
the afternoon. It was sunny when we left home but 5 minutes later it
a downpour! But still some people were sitting at the
Nick Ransom of UKTeenTV
reports on the Bagshot Jubilee Street Party
Prior to the 'big day' St Anne's Church had a Festival of Flowers in
of the Jubilee with over two dozen arrangements themed on events,
and visits during Her Majesty's reign, sponsored by many Bagshot
groups and businesses.
The banner seen behind is that of the Duke of Connaught which hung in
St George's Chapel, Windsor.
Some people were instantly inspired by the Olympics, but I think for
people it was something that grew on them. The Olympic Torch Relay was
to pass withing 10 miles of nearly everybody in the country.
not come through our borough, its nearest point being Ascot.
think too many people were inspired to try to get there to see it.
was in Sussex on the day that it went through that county.
was going to cause us problems travelling home unless we waited until
was well past. So we decided to join in, got the bus to
and found a raised bank to stand on near the Festival Theatre.
there we waited in the rain as sponsors' vehicles and the like went
Then the rain abated and a minibus stopped right where we were waiting
out popped a torch bearer. Before too long the runner came
we witnessed the change-over right in front of us.
It was not until I was looking at my photos later that I
realised that there
were several people facing the 'wrong way' - the police need to be
on the way they achieved the desired level of security so
I just had not noticed them at the time.
I am sure we all have our favourite memories of the Olympics -
be the James Bond stunt in the opening ceremony, or particular events.
took an interest in the TV coverage of the road cycling events because
were traversing places that I was familiar with from my formative
Indeed the time trial event went past the end of the road
where I used
to live. I think I'll claim that places have changed a lot
for I only
recognised a handful of places!
I have had a message from Janet Dowling who had been looking at my
about the Jolly Farmer
seeking help from my readers "I would like to ask about more
on William Davies who was the original Golden Farmer, was also a
for 40 years until he was unmasked and hung at Gibbet Lane. I am
a book on Surrey Folk Tales (to be published April 2013) and would be
to know what people local to the area have to say about him, and any
tales of what he did!" Drop me a line if you wish to be put
Tev Hall wrote: "A big thanks for the website. I have not ever
lived in Bagshot,
but I lived in Windlesham until I was about nine and moved to West End
stayed there till a move to Fleet (Hampshire) in 1975. I used to go to
of the pubs in Bagshot at various times with my friends (the usual pub
and have very fond memories of the Bagshot area (well in between the
anyway Ha Ha). I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your
pages and thanks for your dedication to it (a very time consumming
Thirty years ago the Windlesham Society set up a sub-committee
with the aim
of producing a series of leaflets describing walks in the civil parish
covered all the public rights of way in Windlesham, Lightwater and
The publication costs of the 18 walks in the series were met by
Parish Council. They proved very popular with the public and were
and re-printed over the next 15 years to take account of changes in
use, new development etc.
Now the walks have again been revised by former parish
councillor and retired
journalist June Green, and they are being published on the
that they can be downloaded and enjoyed by residents. Initially four
were published, others will follow.
The walks are all circular and range in length from just over
a mile to four
and a half miles. They are illustrated with maps and colour
and in addition to a clear description of the route to follow, they
historical and other details of interest relating to the area.
June said: "I know many people enjoyed using the original
now there are many newcomers to the area who might not be aware of the
rights of way heritage we have in Windlesham civil parish. All the
are easy to follow and not too strenuous, and most can be tackled by
members of the family. I hope a new generation of walkers will download
from the website and set off to explore the area."
Tim Price, Clerk to the Windlesham Parish Council, is very pleased that
leaflets are available again. He said: “The Windlesham Walks were
very popular and the revised leaflets have been produced to a very high
with colour photographs. They are much more easily obtained now that
can be printed directly from the website. It would be interesting to
from people who use them”.
I often add a note to the end of these newsletters reminding
readers to update
me if they change their email address. I have had yet another
of the importance of this. Eight years ago some material
ornate ceilings in Bagshot
was added to the website. This had been prompted by someone
contacts with anybody who had any information about a Bagshot builder
Boyce - an ancestor who may have been involved. Most new
my website arrive because they have spotted something of potential
when using an Internet search engine - but this is a process of chance
it is often many years later that something crops up. I have
a message from someone who is also related to a Bagshot builder called
Is this the same person? We will never know because the email
I have for the original enquirer now bounces. Please, please,
have published an enquiry for you then keep me updated when you change
You may have noticed that many websites now have pop-up
messages about their
use of "cookies". This is in response to recent EU
are little bits of supposedly plain-text data that are written by a web
and which can be read back later. I say "supposedly" plain
most appear to be coded so that you have no way of knowing what
If you use
the facility that exists on many of my pages to change the font size
the page will set a cookie
will be read by the next page you visit so as to keep using your
font size. If you were to read the cookie file on your computer you
find that my cookie really is plain text - it will say something like
size = 10".
With best wishes to you and those you hold
dear. Neil home
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