Tour of Britain Camberley Stage Media Launch – Podcast

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Camberley Judo Club Success at the Commonwealth Games

Camberley Judo Club - GoldCamberley Judo Club arrived at the Commonwealth Games knowing it would be a special event. Fielding 3 of the 7 male England representatives guided by Camberley’s head coach Luke Preston who was one of the England Judo Team coaches, it was going to be action packed few days! What an understatement that turned out to be!! Ashley McKenzie -60kg, Danny Williams -73kg and Owen Livesey -81kg all gave inspiring performances, show-casing their skill, determination and fighting spirit.

Expectations were high and the pressure was on for the CJC fighters from day one. Ranked 17th in the world, Ashley McKenzie the 2013 European bronze medallist was favourite to win the title in the -60kg and he did not disappoint.

Ashley’s route to the final saw him come up against the experience of Scotland’s John Buchanan, former World bronze medallist, who was making his return to the sport at the age of 38. Buchanan himself trained full time at Camberley Judo Club for 13 years. McKenzie threw Buchanan for an early small score and controlled the contest well to hold out for the remainder of the five minutes. He then went on to convincingly beat Neuso Sigauque of Mozambique with a big throw for maximum points. The final put him up against Navjot Chana of India, a four-time national champion and the Indian took the lead with a 7 point throw, however McKenzie quickly fought back with a 7 point throw of his own and the three penalty points picked up by his opponent separated the pair at the end in the Englishman’s favour earning Mckenzie the first Gold medal for England and Camberley Judo Club.

Talking about what it means to be Commonwealth Champion Ashley McKenzie said: “I’m pleased to be here and would like to thank the people who have got me here: My coach Luke Preston and all the sponsors at Camberley Judo Club, we couldn’t do what we do without their support. Concentration is one of the things I struggle with but judo has helped me. Now the focus is on Rio and I will be at the World Championships in Chelyabinsk in a couple of weeks.”
A late replacement, Danny Williams was called up just days before the games due to an injury resulting in withdrawal of another athlete. Williams faced a tough first contest against young Welshman Connor Ireland but overcame him by two small scores. He then came from being behind a score against three-time Oceania champion Arnie Dickens, to winning with a 7 point score. On a roll and inspired by team mate Ashley’s success Danny went on to beat another home country fighter Northern Ireland’s Eoin Fleming by maximum score with an armlock. His semi final saw him edge out Australian champion Jake Bensted on a single penalty. The final saw him face Kiwi Adrian Leat in a brutal contest, but the English judoka came out on top, scoring an early 7 point score and hanging on for the win and the second gold for CJC.

Danny Williams reflected on the day saying “That was incredible. The medal at the end of the day was just a bonus. It has been a very, very hard six days.”

“The majority of the people here have been preparing for months and I had six days to prepare but I could have done it in a day if I had to.

“To do it in front of my family and friends is amazing, they are all here. The crowd and the village is incredible all the volunteers are so helpful. I would like to say thank you to everyone in Shrewsbury and Camberley. I’m looking forward to getting back to Camberley to share my experience with everyone that has been supporting me.”

Also on day 2 was Owen Livesey -81kg, he started his campaign by beating John Muthee Kirimi of Kenya, throwing him with a 7 point score and transitioning to a hold-down for the win. Livesey also beat Zambian Boas Munyonga, also by maximum score progressing to the semi final. Here Owen beat Canadian opponent Jonah Burt, throwing him for maximum score win inside 30 seconds. It was an all-England final where Camberley’s Owen Livesey faced Tom Reed a team mate and formidable opponent. It was a closely fought battle and with no scores on the board, a single penalty to Reed was all that separated them after five minutes of fighting. Gold for Owen Livesey made it 3 golds for Camberley and a 100% success rate!

On winning gold Livesey commented: “I am very happy and will be celebrating winning a Commonwealth gold tonight. When I moved to Camberley the Olympics was the only thing I have wanted to do. Hopefully, now I have the confidence, I will do it. I will keep training hard and hopefully qualify.

“Normal events we don’t get much attention but fighting here is the most that I have had in my life. All my family are here, my mum, my dad, my sisters, all my coaches from my old club S.K.K.. I’ve never fought anywhere with atmosphere like this. Now I have witnessed it with the crowd behind me it is just fantastic.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me at Camberley, with no funding I rely on sponsors at the club to help me, Without them I wouldn’t even have made it in to the team, now I’m stood her with a gold medal!.”

Coach Luke Preston said “I am extremely proud of the 3 athletes and the England judo team in general. For Camberley to be home to 3 Commonwealth Games gold medallists is a fantastic achievement. It is great for the club, the whole town and borough. We now need continued support to help qualify our athletes for Rio 2016. At the moment we only have one funded athlete at the club so sponsorships is vital if we want continued Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic success.”

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August the month for music in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Music Festival 2014August is most definitely a top music month at Camberley Theatre with a whole host of events to cater for every taste.

This coming weekend (1st-3rd August) is the Surrey Heath Music Festival. Starting on Friday evening and running all weekend including some free events and performances by a range of acts and music styles. There is an open mic session on Sunday afternoon so you can register and have your chance to be a star on the theatre stage. Full details can be found at

Saturday 9th August is Frimley Lodge Live – an open air festival event at Frimley Lodge Park in Frimley Green featuring The Who, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix tribute bands. Gates open at 3pm and the performances start at 4pm.

Highlight of the month is undoubtedly Joe McElderry with an acoustic set for one night only, on Sunday 10th August at the theatre.

For 1D fans, there is a performance by tribute act Only One Direction on Wednesday 13th August.

Later in the month, for those of a different generation you can enjoy Elkie Brooks on 23rd and Dominic Kirwan on 26th.

If that’s not enough for you then September’s schedule includes; The Cavern Beatles, The Blues Band, The Bootleg Shadows, Bon Jovi Experience and Elio Pace performing the Billy Joel Songbook.

All details and bookings can be found at the Camberley Theatre website.

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3 Gold Medals for Camberley Judo Club

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Bisley hosts the splendid 10th anniversary Hot Rod Hayride

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The Hot Rod Hayride gets bigger and better by the year. What doesn’t change is the friendliness of the Hayriders. The Hot Rod Hayride runs from July 25th to 27th at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley Blessed…

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Sandringham School Leavers Assembly – Podcast

Many of our local schools broke up for the Summer this week and there will be many parents like my wife and I who’s darling children will be leaving their schools to move up to their next school.

I am sure like many assemblies, the Sandringham one was very emotional and I could see many misty eyes in the audience (my own included).

This podcast is dedicated to all the fantastic people involved in education who have worked so hard to get our children ready for the next stage of their academic years.

I think I speak for most parents when I say THANK YOU to you all.

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New all-weather pitch for Surrey Heath

Pistachios in the Park Cafe - Frimley Lodge ParkThe World Cup may be over but a new full sized 3G football pitch is set to be built at Frimley Lodge Park, benefitting residents of Surrey Heath and the wider community.

Funding for the new project was agreed at the Surrey Heath Borough Council ‘Full Council’ meeting on 16 July.

The new all-weather pitch will be for available for hire by schools and local football and rugby clubs; plus general hire during evenings, weekends and school holidays. It will be FIFA compliant making it a professional standard playing field.

Work on the multi-use surface is expected to begin this autumn, with completion potentially before the end of 2014, enabling several months play on the synthetic turf in the run-up to the next football season.

Additional work at Frimley Lodge Park will see the conversion of two changing rooms into a community hire and coach education centre. The space will be available for coaching, training and other associated events, while the remaining changing rooms and toilets will also be upgraded.

Portfolio holder for business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “Based on current participation in football, there’s a real need for a full sized all-weather grass pitch within the borough, a view shared by Surrey Football Association.

“A 3G pitch at Frimley Lodge Park will enable the community to access football all year round, greatly enhancing local sporting opportunities.

“We are committed to encouraging people to be more active and I’m sure these inspiring new facilities will be welcomed by schools, football and rugby clubs.”

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#Chalk Paint™ Play Day @InsideChobham – Saturday 2nd August 2014

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Eldery residents urged to be vigilant following bank card scams in Frimley

Police VestSurrey Police detectives are warning residents to remain vigilant following two attempted scam offences where fraudsters tried to obtain bank details and credit cards from pensioners in the Frimley area.

In recent months Surrey Police has received a number of reports from members of the public who had received telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer or similar who then attempted to convince them to hand over large amounts of cash and bank cards.

The offenders often claim to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police Service and use a variety of pretences including saying the victim’s bank card has been used by somebody who they are holding in custody.

They then ask the victim to phone their bank to cancel the card and tell the victims that they will send a courier round to collect the card.

Meanwhile the fraudster stays on the line and obtains the victim’s bank details whilst they think they are phoning the bank. The courier then calls at the victim’s address saying they have been sent by the police to collect a parcel – the envelope containing the card or money.

One of the most recent incidents took place between 1-30 and 3pm yesterday (22 July) at an address in Maybury Close, Frimley.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, received a telephone call from a man claiming to be a detective who said someone had used her card to buy two computers from Argos. He then asked her about her bank cards, to which the victim replied that her daughter dealt with her finances. The caller asked how far away her daughter lived, to which she replied ten minutes, and he hung up.

A further offence using the same approach was also reported yesterday (22 July) around 3-35pm at an address in Beech Road, Frimley Green. The caller identified himself as a detective to the 69-year-old male victim and said a suspect had been arrested for using his bank card and advised him to ring his bank. The victim refused to do this and the caller hung up.

On both occasions the caller spoke with a foreign accent.

Surrey Heath Borough Commander Detective Inspector Martin Goodwin said: “It is clearly very concerning that we have received these two reports and we are again urging residents to report any suspicious calls from people claiming to be a police officer or bank worker as a matter of urgency.

“Fortunately both victims realised the call was part of a scam and refused to pass on any bank details, such as PIN numbers, or allow their cards or cash to be taken.

“However, other victims have previously lost significant sums of money, in some cases savings which they had spent years accruing, as a result of this scam and we need the public to help us prevent this happening in the future.

“These offences are particularly appalling as the suspects appear to be deliberately targeting elderly and vulnerable members of our communities and this cannot, and will not, be tolerated.

“If you have elderly relatives or neighbours living in the county please remain alert and if you see them being approached by unexpected visitors please check who they are and ensure that they are a legitimate caller.

“I would like stress that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner and would never request a customer to confirm their PIN details over the phone. Anyone who receives a suspicious call, either on the phone or in person, is urged to not give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police.

“I would also like to hear from any courier companies or taxis that may have been asked to pick up any such packages.

“If in any doubt visit your bank in person to seek advice.”

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:

• Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.

• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number, police force and their telephone extension. Hang up the call, and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number.

• Use a different phone line to call back if possible, i.e a mobile phone if the call was received on your landline.

• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.

• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

• If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make note of their identification number.

If you have any details on any of the incidents please call 101, quoting reference 45140061230 or 45140061322. Alternatively please call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Witnesses sought following collision in Frimley

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Frimley earlier this afternoon (22 July).

Surrey Police was called to Frimley Road around 4pm following reports of the collision, involving a silver Renault Clio and a black Volkswagen Polo.

It is believed that the two cars came into contact with each other, and then the Clio has left the road and collided with a tree.

The female driver of the Clio, who is in her 80s, is believed to have suffered fractures to her arm and ankle, as well as cuts and bruising, and has been taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

The road remains partially closed whilst emergency services deal with the incident and the vehicles are recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any other information which could assist the investigation, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident reference P14212118.

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Roku Streaming Stick – I love it

Roku Streaming Media StickIn March I wrote a review on the Google Chromecast which I have been very impressed with. So much so I think we use it more in our house than our Sky+ HD subscription.

I know lots of people who have bought a Chromecast on the back of that review and I have not heard any negative feeback yet.

While in Camberley recently I visited Currys PC World in the Mall and the Manager offered me a review model of the new Roku Streaming Stick. I have been playing around with it for about a month now and I have to say it is very good.

Roku has infact been the market leader in streaming media devices for quite some time but as it does not have the big name of Apple or Google I guess it may have passed many peoples attention. But to my mind Roku is the device that is setting the standard and is everything Apple TV should be.

For those that might not be comfortable with technology and might be a little put off with the set up process of some of the other streaming media devices available, then I think the Roku is for you.

For starters you don’t need a smart phone or tablet to get the thing to work so for all you technophobes out there that are missing out on the joys of youtube, netflix and spotify now you can finally join the rest of us cool kids and enjoy these services and many more on you TV rather than be chained to your PC.

The only things you need to get your Roku device to work is wireless internet and a TV with a HDMI port which most TV’s have several these days. And whatever you do, the next time you buy a TV don’t get blagged into buying a smart TV. In my view a complete waste of money when this £49 tiny device that plugs discreetly into the back of your existing TV will give you everything the leading smart TV’s offer and more for a fraction of the cost.

Roku has its own operating system which means once its plugged in and you have the source set to the HDMI port it is plugged into then you can control everything from the very cool remote control that comes with it including the whole set up process which is very simple and has clear step by step instructions on screen. If you do have a smartphone or tablet then I recommend the Roku App as during set up its a little easier to use a keyboard to input WiFi passwords and so on.

What is quite unique to Roku streaming media devices is they have their own app stores built into the device and there are more apps than you will ever use. But the ones you will use are all there including Spotify which as far as I am aware the Roku is the only streaming media device to have a Spotify app developed for it. So if you have a home movie sound system you can stream more or less any tune you can think of through your speakers. That is very cool, especially if your having a party. There is even a facebook app so you can have facebook on your TV. I can’t think of anything worse but I know that will be a popular feature with a lot of ‘Camberley Mummies’.

Currys.Digital  Camberley are selling this device for £49 and while it is a little more expensive than the Google Chromecast I think its worth the little bit extra for the cool remote control and that everything you need is in the device so no messing about setting up apps on smart devices to get it to work. Without a doubt this device is way better than the current Apple TV and half the price.

I did find the Roku Streaming Stick to be a little under powered in terms of processor which compared to the Roku3Chromecast and Apple TV makes starting up just a bit slower and input commands are slower to react but by no means tediously slow. I know the Roku 3, a hybrid version of the streaming stick is lightening fast so this resolves that minor point and if I was to purchase a Roku player then this would be the one I would go for.

All in all a solid product and fantastic value for money. Both Roku Streaming Stick and Roku 3 available at Currys.Digital, the Mall, Camberely.




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Richard Jeens wins HM Queens Prize at Bisley – Podcast

145th Imperial MeetingFor the last month I have been providing media coverage for the NRA at the worlds biggest and most prestigious shooting competition at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley.

The Imperial is to shooting as what Wimbledon is to tennis and sharp shooters from across the world descend on Bisley for the month long event.

All Target Rifle Shooters have their sights firmly zeroed in on HM Queens Prize and this year it was won by Richard Jeens. I recorded this podcast with him just after he was carried on the world famous chair from Stickledown Range to the NRA Museum.

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For all the podcasts from the 145th Imperial meeting check out the National Rifle Association of the UK Podcast Channel.

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