that the last newsletter
was only four months ago there has been a
surprising number of additions to the website since then.
Which is one way of saying
I've found myself rather loaded so let me apologise now if you have
sent me a contribution that I have not yet used.
village Christmas tree is now up in The Square, surrounded by hundreds
of Christmas Wishes written by the village's children. The tree
may look an unusual shape - this is because it was not grown for the
Christmas Tree market but is an unwanted self-seeded specimen from one
of the local heaths cut down as part of a conservation project.
trees down in the name of conservation may sound bizarre, but the
heaths are not the native landscape, but the consequence of grazing and
working the poor soil. Now a rare habitat of international
significance, in the absence of grazing they are slowly being taken
over by invading quick-growing trees. Hence occasional work
parties are held to clear the invaders. And what better time
do this than just before Christmas and re-purpose the trees.
Not only do we have the tree in The Square, but there are about
a hundred small trees decorating the buildings in the High Street -
illuminated at night.
Bagshot had an Owl Hunt over Halloween. 48 naughty
owls had escaped and were hiding in windows throughout the
village. But the RSPCA need not get in a fluster for the owls
were toys, each with a name. By now you will have guessed
that this was a family competition to see how many could be found.
The profit made from the nominal entry fee was donated to
local charity Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.
A year ago, after being under threat of closure for very many
years, our village library became a volunteer-run Community
Partnered Library. The year has passed very quickly and the library
proved to be a sufficient success that it will now be opening on 6 days
Comment and pictures from Remembrance Sunday are below.
are numerous carol singing events being held, not just in the
churches but also in the Three Mariners pub.
St Anne's Carols
by Candlelight service held on the 21st saw a packed church with
additional chairs needing to be brought in.
the additions to the website are:
Groggy has added to his recollections of Chobham
Common in the 1960's.
Liz Schultz (nee Berry) remembers the Papworth
Kirko tells of finding Shepherds Crowns
in the 1960's. Ray found some information from the Natural
History Museum, and I came across one among fossils being displayed by
a metal detectorist! So we now have a photo to see.
There have been a lot of contributions about Mala Brand, who
seems to have been a very colourful local character.
What was once known as Humfrey's Farm
has been identified by its present owner as part of Astage Farm.
Shirley Benham recalls RAOS
attending the local grammar school, and Christmas parties at the
Rob Winter adds to the information about the boxing club.
Sarah has noted that the Chobham Common
site referred to here as a PoW camp from WW2 is not listed by English
Heritage. This is the site on the left if you travel along
Chertsey Road from Windlesham to the roundabout at its junction with
Windsor Road. Were you a local young teenager during the war
years and have first-hand memories?
Maureen's g g grandfather resided in 1871 at the Bell & Crown Inn
(though he is listed in the census as a carriage maker rather than
But Maureen has been unable to find out anything more about
Reg Ward wonders what can have been the purpose of a hatch is the wall
in School Lane.
readers will no doubt recall the many contributions to this website
made by Lionel Parr, son of a former head gardener at Bagshot Park. I
have now learned from his son that Lionel passed away in November. I am
sure that all our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 (the war that was supposed to
have ended all wars), the 70th anniversary of D-day, and the current
conflicts becoming ever more atrocious, 2014 has seen people being far
more conscious of war than has been the case for several decades.
It was then perhaps no surprise that Remembrance
Sunday saw our church packed.
The village war memorial is in the
church grounds, moved there from its original location on London Road
many years ago to facilitate a road widening scheme. Just
before 11am the
congregation move out of the church building to assemble round the
memorial for the Last Post, 2 minutes silence, and the reading of the
names of the fallen. Always a very moving occasion, it took
greater significance this year.
I started this website (longer ago than I care to remember) web
authoring was delightfully simple, the HTML language in which pages are
written was simple, screens were about a page-width in size, and you
could just write, knowing that the reader's Internet browser would make
an entirely adequate job of displaying your content. But with
time the language has had more and more "features" added to it, many
authors seemed to be more interested in jazzy images and gee-wizz
features than providing content. Personally I have stuck to the KISS
principle (keep it simple, stupid). Computer screens
have got bigger, both physically and with the number of 'pixels' on
them. Now my 'just type it in' pages yield far too many words
across a modern wide-screen display. The solution to this
problem that has been adopted by very many authors is to constrain the
presentation to be a fixed width - and not caring if the width they
chose is too wide for small screens or printers. The solution
that I am aiming to offer is to constrain the text width on a wide
screen, but to have the width dynamically adapt to a small screen,
including if you rotate a tablet or smart phone. I only have
limited number of devices on which to check out the results.
would be interested to hear what you think and whether you think I have
made an improvement that is worth the effort.
my experiments I found that many mobile devices (tablets &
phones) did not respond to the facility that I offered on many pages to
vary the text size, so I anticipate dropping it. I do not
know whether the
feature was used, so I would also like to hear from you if you think
that this would be a retrograde step.
The narrow format has been applied to these pages as well as
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and
those you hold dear. Neil home
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