Christmas Greetings from Bagshot
One problem with my last newsletter being rather late is that I don't have so much to report on in this one. Mind you, having said that I do seem to have a lot of new material contributed by readers as listed below.
The wet weather has continued throughout the autumn. But I am pleased to be able to say that here in Bagshot we escaped the worst of it. Our hearts go out to those in the west and north of the country who have suffered bad flooding.
No new snow pictures I'm afraid. We have had a few frosts but only the merest dusting of snow.
One recent report from the local police caused amusement. "Surrey Police have been called to attend residential properties in the Bagshot area where a large goat with long horns has been seen going from garden to garden over a period of several days." But this was not really a laughing matter for, as the report went on to say, "We are concerned that the animal may become panicked into running on to the nearby fast road, the A322 Bracknell to Bagshot road, as it could potentially cause a serious traffic accident.". Since we do not have feral goats in Surrey, the police are also seeking to identify the owner.
The service of Nine Lessons and Carols held in St Anne's Church was well attended.
A footpath from Swift Lane to Windlesham has been closed for some years because of the illegal tipping of waste that is thought to be toxic. One of the walks that I describe went along this path, so I had to revise the route. The council have now been able to negotiate an alternative permissive path with a neighbouring land owner. Once the ground dries out a bit I must go and check it out and update my walk description.
Ian has brouight to my attention that a recent edition of the Surrey CAMRA magazine contains an artricle discussing pubs along the A30 through Bagshot & Camberley. The magazine is online as a PDF at http://camrasurrey.org.uk/resources/na-summer2012.pdf and the article is on pages 15 & 16. CAMRA, if you are wondering, is the Campaign for Real Ale. The article makes interesting reading, though I fancy someone might challenge some of the facts - especially about highwaymen.
Additions to the website since the last newsletter include
- Bob Weller tells us about Miss Wardle and her Dandie Dinmont dogs.
- Al Holmes confirmes that the Waterer family owned Yaverland and asks if anyone has any pictures of the estate.
- Linda Stubbington (nee Rapley) identifies Rapley as a local family name and wishes to contact others.
- Heather Cox writes of her father Arthur John Sharpe and his brother Raymond Sidney Sharp at the RAOS and provides a photo of the Wolf Cub pack.
- Ian recalls Frankie Fortuna, and some of his own classmates
- Beryl remembers Rosie Barrett
- Peter wrote into tell me about another website that provides old maps and in particular one showing the PoW camp on Chobham Common.
- Marilyn Hills (nee Kircher) remembers Peter Bowers who was mentioned in an earlier enquiry. Marilyn is also enquiring after Michael Lee.
- Felicity has provided some more information about Stonehill House on Guildford Road.
- June provides more information about Bagshot Hall.
- Dan has been able to identify The Beeches on Guildford Road.
- Paul Lacey is interested in one of the Duke's cars, writing "I am seeking a photograph and the registration number of the Rolls Royce car used by the Duke up to his death in 1942."
- Pat Anderson (nee Terry) recalls the Seltones and her childhood in Bagshot and would welcome contact from anyone who remembers her family,
- Pamela recalls some more Draper names and asks if these ring any bells with anyone
- Russell is also interested in the Taylor family and in particular is trying to identify where Surrey House was.
- Patricia Westwood adds to the Cox saga and adds some more unknowns.
- Nigel wants to know about the history of Penny Hill Park house and whether it was once owned by the inventor of sandpaper.
- Local historian Ken Clarke tells us about the Jolly Farmer
- Sonia Cording remembers Connaught school's song, and the school's opening
- I have had two people respond to the enquiry about the Smerdon family.
With best wishes to you and those you hold dear.
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You will appreciate that it is particularly annoying if you have posted an enquiry on the website and then when I get a reply I am unable to forward it to you.
There are two very obvious causes of changed email addresses. The first is when I've been given a business email address and either you change employer, or the employer changes their name and with it their email address. The second is if you use an email address tied to your Internet Service Provider (addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) and you change your ISP. For both of these situations there is a simple solution to the risk of loosing an email address that you have given to people such as myself who mail only occasionally, and that is to use an email address from one of the many web-based free email service providers. These three seem to be very popular, but there are many others: http://gmail.google.com (Google), http://mail.live.com (Microsoft Windows Live / Hotmail) and http://mail.yahoo.com (Yahoo).
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