pink rose flowerSummer 2015

We have enjoyed two major events in Bagshot so far this year.  The first was a VE Day Celebration with a street party in the High Street - a display of vintage and period cars, live period music and quite a few stalls.  And good weather which made a very welcome change.

people sitting, some under parasols, and children playing
in a street. a white vintage car a Jeep in US military colours 

The second was our Village Day held on the playing fields at the far end of College Ride.  I suspect that Village Day is the new name for a fete as there were lots of stalls, games, tombolas and so on, and dancing demonstrations of various types.  Two videos of the event have been put online: and  St Anne's coconut shy, which I was drumming up custom for, doesn't get seen so there is no point asking where I feature in the video.

purple flowers trailing over a low stone wall

Roadworks : Last year we had the A30 down to a single lane controlled by stop-go boards to lay a new water main - with inevitable delays and a huge loss to the local shops as people diverted elsewhere.  I must, though, complement the stop-go board crew on doing a very good job, in all weathers, keeping congestion down to a minimum.  Then more recently we had the same stretch of road dug up again, this time to lay an electricity cable, though by restricting traffic to  narrow lanes they were able to maintain two-way traffic for most of the work.  You can imagine how non-plussed we are to learn that its is going to happen again, this time to lay a fibre optic communication cable all the way from Blackwater through Camberley to Bagshot. 

a narrow trench along a road with rows of cones to segregate traffic

Contributions to the website since the last newsletter include three red roses

Can you help with any of these enquiries?a mass of small flowers of various colours

Woodland : In recent years the Crown Estates have carried out extensive tree clearance in the woods to the north of the village.  The trees in question are not ancient woodland but firs presumably originally planted as a cash crop. In all fairness they had passed their "best before" date and many had fallen during bad weather.  The felled trunks were all cleared, I assume for use as biomass fuel as the pit prop use for which they would originally have been planted had long since ceased to exist. The clearance resulted in the area looking decimated as opposed to its prior attractive character.  During the past winter the felled areas have been cleaned up and thousands of sapling trees planted.  I am pleased to report that the planting is not pine but of mixed deciduous trees.  It will probably take over a decade for the trees to get established but I guess that that is not long in the life of an English wood.  As a result of the changes I have rewritten my Rapley Lake walk details.

trees on the right, cleared ground on the left trees on either side of a woodland grove
The above two images are of the same location, the first was taken January 2015 and the second was taken in 2005.

hundreds of plastic tubes standing upright on open ground as before but with lots of bracken
The first of these photos was taken in January 2015 and the second in July, showing the bracken that has already grown up.

You may recall that last time I discussed a change in style to restrict the width of a page on wide-screen displays and the size of images on a small screen, and asked for reactions.  I only had one reply which was "I don't care, no problem.  It is the content I am interested in.".  As you will see, I have not bothered this time!

With best wishes to you and those you hold dear.

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