Surrey Heath Borough Council Confers Two Honorary Alderman – Video blog

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Press release from Surrey Heath Borough Council

AldermanCeremony_05Surrey Heath Borough Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring two former borough councillors as Honorary Aldermen for their outstanding service and dedication to Surrey Heath.

Keith Bush and Alan Whittart were conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at an extraordinary full council meeting at Surrey Heath House, Camberley on Thursday 23 July 2015.

Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of the council said: “With nearly 40 years of service between them, both Keith and Alan have contributed greatly to the work of the Council through their commitment, enthusiasm and vast experience, undertaking the various roles of committee members as well as both having served in the highest office of Mayor of Surrey Heath.”

“They have served the Council and people of Surrey Heath with enormous dedication and the Council agreed that they each be honoured with the title of Honorary Alderman.”

Keith Bush was first elected as borough councillor in 1999 representing West End ward, and served in numerous roles, particularly as Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2006/07, Deputy Mayor in 2005/06 and as a member of the Executive holding various portfolios including Leisure, Corporate, Planning and Regulatory.

Alan Whittart has served as the borough councillor for Frimley Green Ward since 1993 and as well as holding the office of Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2008/09 was Deputy Mayor 2007/08 and the council’s representative on numerous external groups including the Surrey Heath Sports Council from 1998 to 2015 and the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership between 2005 and 2015.

At the ceremony the newly conferred Honorary Aldermen were presented with a special scroll and bespoke pendant badge of office by the current Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Joanne Potter.

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Open Letter – Has Surrey Heath Borough Council lost its community spirit? asks Camberley WI

We write on behalf of 200 members of Camberley WI. Founded in 2012 we are now the third largest WI in the country and have a very long waiting list. Our members’ ages range from 29 to 82 which is definitely all inclusive!

Our ‘home’, since our inception, has been in the Ian Goodchild Centre, part of the Camberley Theatre, where we meet once a month for two hours of inspirational speakers, hands-on craft demos and sessions and the inevitable tea and cake. This ideal situation looks as though it is coming to an end. We were shocked to learn recently that the cost of the hire of the hall has risen by almost 200% with immediate effect. This makes it financially impossible for us, as a charity, to stay there. Apparently the reason for this sudden and draconian rise is that Surrey Heath Borough Council are withdrawing their subsidy from Camberley Theatre. It saddens us to think this inevitably removes the community element of the venue. If one of the largest WIs in the UK can no longer afford to hire the hall we would imagine that other groups are also priced out of the available rooms.

Reluctantly we must search for another venue, and after intensive research we find that the size of our group forces us to move outside the centre of Camberley. Not only will we lose our central location (and SHBC will be losing at least £80 worth of parking fees once a month!) but it is shocking that SHBC seems to be no longer supportive of community groups in the town.

President: Liz Hughes

Frimley and Camberley Society of Arts 54th Annual Exhibition – Photo blog