Brooklands Half Marathon

MarathonFollowing the success of last year’s event Weybridge half-marathon is being organised again this year.

It will take place on Sunday, 22 March.  Enter by 28 February for a lower entry fee.  Starting on the test track at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, the first three miles are all on the really smooth track surface before going through the town centre, to the Thames by Cowey Sale and back to the Mercedes track for the last the miles before finishing on the historic Brooklands Straight.

Mercedes-Benz World is providing space for a ‘MarathonVillage’ with sports retail and catering outlets and a ‘charity village’ along the home straight for the charity groups entering the event. Minimum age 17 years.

Road closures on the public highway will end at 10:00. Runners on public roads after 10:00 will be asked to run on the footway until they reach the Mercedes-Benz World circuit in traffic free conditions.

If you would like to have the full details of the event including competitor entry details click here.

Churchfields Play Area

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Thank you for all your comments, emails, pictures and for completing the questionnaire.  Your message got through to Elmbridge and the portfolio holder, Mary Sheldon, came to visit the park to see for herself.  Now is the time to email directly to her (msheldon@elmbridge.gov.uk) and copy to the officers concerned (leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk) as to why Weybridge having a totally refurbished play area is so important to you and your children.

It is always better if such emails are written in your own words and are short and to the point.  At this stage it is a matter of getting the play area into the budget for next year, for about £150,000.  If the play area gets earmarked for next year’s budget then in the spring we can look more closely as to what equipment needs to be be there.  We do not need the details now.

I want to know if you have any particular rides in mind.  Please complete this questionnaire.

Please email me if you want to support the campaign to have Churchfields play area upgraded.

It would be great if you could forward this email to your friends and anyone you know who has children or grandchildren who play in the park.

Churchfields Play area

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Ideas in so far.

Swinging basket thing that a few children can sit in and be pushed (there is a huge one in Bushy Park).

Any climbing frame – boys love to climb! The large webby climbing frame in Brooklands park is always popular.

Hidden trampoline, more baby swings, tunnel, basket swing.

Climbing frame, Slide with tunnel. Large circular swinging basket.

Would be great to have more rides for really young ones

Closed in roundabout like the one in Brooklands playground so that children cant get knocked over by protruding arms like the one that is already there. Rope net climber.

Super great playground, could have more benches for adults to sit in the middle and watch over more than one child who like to play at either end of the play area or in the scooter ramp bit.

The pool is getting tired.

Better climbing frames – like the one at Oatlands.

The wooden fort at the Medicine Garden is amazing.

Rope climbing apparatus.

Monkey bars, floor trampoline, spider web, a big curly slide, get the train back and bars.

Climbing frames, ropes.

Fantastic climbing frame at Hurst Park Molesey, Witches Hat, Climbing Wall

Too many pieces of equipment have been taken away such as the climbing frame, why? Older children don’t have that much to do now. We also need more swings, two baby ones and two older ones aren’t enough for the population of Weybridge.

 

Elmbridge Cycling Strategy

CyclingEvery time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.  H G. Wells

Cllr Margaret Hicks, who represents Hersham at Surrey and is also the chair of Surrey Elmbridge Local Committee, has been keen to develop strategies in a number of areas under her purview.  This is all to the good in my opinion – it aids joined up thinking for one.

Margaret has already begun on a parking strategy and now it is the turn for the committee to develop a joint Surrey/Elmbridge strategy for cycling in the borough.

Vision  An Elmbridge of physically, mentally and spiritually healthy people of all ages enjoying fresh air and a high quality of life.

Mission To enable all the people of Elmbridge – who wish to do so – to cycle safely.

Strategy
To achieve our mission our strategy is based on our being:

  • Utilitarian. We focus on a person’s ability to cycle from home to the key places that make their life work: their school or workplace, their station, their town centre. Therefore routes to these places are dealt with first.
  • Network based. We understand that the benefits are far greater if networks are created
  • Inclusive.  We bring as many agencies, organisations and groups and people together to compound the benefits and spread the message.
  • Incremental. Although we have a clear and ambitious vision we know that many small steps made by many people eases the journey
  • Anticipatory. We take advantage of possible opportunities that might arise by anticipating requirements before they occur
  • Communicative. We engage with everyone and keep them informed
  • Sustainable. We strive to be socially and environmentally sustainable in everything that we do.

What would you like to see in a cycling strategy?

When I see most parents cycling with their children to primary school then I know we’d have cracked it.  It is much quicker to cycle than walk – although walking can be fun too.

All my family are fortunate enough to walk to school/work as they are so close.

Churchfields Playground

Churchfields Park Playground-wey-soc333Do you want Churchfields Recreation ground play area to be refurbished? Then now is the time to make your voice heard!

Over the next month Elmbridge is going to make the decision whether or not to improve some playgrounds in the borough and if its does whether to include Weybridge’s prime playground on that list.

I want to know if you have any particular rides in mind.  Please complete this questionnaire.

Please email me if you want to support the campaign to have Churchfields play area upgraded.

It would be great if you could forward this email to your friends and anyone you know who has children or grandchildren who play in the park.

Weybridge Point

River Grant for car park-01Elmbridge has received an application for a grant of £82,000 to change the layout of the path through the car park at the end of Thames Street with an aim to highlight the Thames Path and focus on the view of the Thames.

 

 

River View-01This bid is competing with many other bids from around the borough. What do you think? If you want to know more about it click on  Weybridge Point Car Park. The meeting to decide on this is being held on Monday, 29 September.

River Grant-02

Elmbridge Museum

Museum Discovery box website

New school membership scheme launched.  As part of its new services, Elmbridge Museum offers an exciting range of learning opportunities for local schools and community groups.

Over the last few months, Elmbridge Museum’s learning team has been meeting with teachers from across Surrey to talk to them about their outreach sessions and how the museum collection of over 40,000 objects can enrich learning in their schools. The teachers’ feedback has been invaluable to help tailor and redevelop the museum learning sessions and discovery boxes on a wide range of topics.

Elmbridge Museum is now pleased to announce its new school membership scheme to support schools in the delivery of the new curriculum. Schools that subscribe to this great value scheme will have access to the museum’s selection of interactive workshops and discovery boxes on a variety of topics.

For an annual fee of £165, the membership scheme includes:

  • Three 1.5 hour outreach sessions
  • The loan of six discovery boxes
  • One assembly
  • Three Continuous Professional Development sessions

The learning team at Elmbridge Museum is looking forward to expanding the schools service so that all local children can have access to its local history through innovative and interactive sessions that engage them in learning through the wonderful artifacts in the collection.

The team is currently developing new sessions linked to the changes in the national curriculum and are very keen to work in partnership with local schools to meet their needs and requirements as closely as possible. They value input from teachers when planning their sessions and to achieve this, they are organising a focus group with teachers for the autumn term. This session will provide a great opportunity for primary school teachers to share their opinions on how museums can best support their teaching practice.

For further information, visit the website, email ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk  or contact the museum on 01372 474568.

Elmbridge Food Festival

Noorland Food website-01The borough has joined forces with Painshill Park, Hersham and Fantastic British Food Festivals to showcase the region’s best in food and drink at the inaugural Elmbridge Food Festival. Painshill will open its gates to the public for free over the weekend of 27/28 September from 10:30 to 5:00.  Charles Noorland is the headline chef.

The Oatlands Park Hotel head chef will take centre stage on the first day of the festival showcasing his interpretation of “30 minute meals” in the food and drink theatre.

The Dutch born and trained chef said guests to the food theatre could expect to see an array of seasonal produce from the region showcased in a simple, yet delicious way.

“Our restaurant offers a classic, yet modern British menu with fine seasonal ingredients,” he said.

“As a chef I never underestimate the importance of fine local produce, and we are lucky to have so many fine producers on our doorstep in the Elmbridge area.”

Noorland arrived in England from the Netherlands 1988, and with his Michelin star background, started his first job in London with Albert Roux at Le Gavroche.

He then expanded his knowledge further in 5 star hotels in London, such as The Hilton Park Lane, Le Meridien Piccadilly, and opened the 5 star property SAS Radisson in Beijing, PRC, before returning to England, concentrating on large restaurants and opening the award winning restaurant Belgo Centraal in Covent Garden.

Returning to his roots by operating in various hotels outside London since September 2011, Charles was the Executive Chef at Marco Pierre White Wheelers of St James franchise restaurant at the Casa Hotel Yateley in Hampshire, before joining Oatlands Park in May 2014.