Bagshot Society Newsletter 67
Here’s the latest edition of the Bagshot Society Newsletter with news about flights, plans, tank factories and much more.
Bagshot Neighbourhood Plan
Windlesham Parish Council (covering the 3 villages of Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham) has already started the process of establishing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village of Windlesham.
The Councillors would now like to establish whether the residents of Bagshot would like to extend the plan to cover the village of Bagshot.
So, what is a Neighbourhood Plan and how could it benefit Bagshot village?
Neighbourhood Planning would give the people of Bagshot the power to put in place a vision and policies for their village. It would be a community led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of Bagshot village. It might contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the village or providing new facilities or an allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It might deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it might focus on just one or two key issues. But, most importantly it would be community led by the village for the village.
Bagshot Tennis Club Family Fun Day
Bagshot Tennis Club were host to a very successful Family Fun Day on Sunday 29th June. Over 200 adults and children packed the courts, playing tennis for free in Bagshot Tennis Club's picturesque rural setting in the Bagshot Playing Fields.
A bouncy castle, tasty food and face painting kept children busy when they were taking a rest from the tennis and our coaches Jason Jokhoo and Megan Emmett kept them very busy on court. Cliff Rowe Sports also provided a wide range of tennis gear and rackets for concessionary prices on the day.
Bagshot has one of the strongest coaching teams in the county. Jason our head coach has run large tennis venues and produced top 10 UK players and Megan was a top 20 UK player and played tennis internationally. Both have a wealth of experience in both adult and junior tennis.
The club is growing rapidly, with our junior section having grown from around 30 when Jason and Megan joined the club in March to nearly 70 now and it has plans for further growth, built around this success.
Bagshot's First Water Supply
WHILE Affinity Water digs its way along the A30 laying its new water main, spare a thought for Bagshot folk of yore who obtained their water either from wells or the watercourses which ran through the village.
Towards the end of 1874 the village was struck with several fatal cases of enteric fever. The Medical Officer of Health produced a report the following year showing that of 51 houses in the village, 44 had common privies (most of them "offensive"), seven had closets with trapped pans and cesspools, twelve houses had no drains, 11 drained into ditches, 28 drained into watercourses or cesspools which overflowed into them. Thirty five houses had no water, 16 had wells but the water in four wells was undrinkable, leaving 39 houses effectively without water.
Faced with forking out large sums of money on providing the village with clean water, the Windlesham vestry (precursor of the parish council) passed a resolution saying it was well known that any attempt at laying on a water supply to Bagshot would be very expensive indeed to the ratepayers "and benefit to none - the present water supply from the open stream being all that can be desired by the inhabitants." (This could be the stream which flowed along the south side of the High Street and joined the Windle Brook at Bagshot Bridge.)
However improvements were carried out - the stream was cleaned and drains which ran into it were stopped up. But the Medical Officer of Health thought the water was still unfit for drinking. Although samples from above the village were fairly satisfactory, those from opposite the Institute (now Bagshot House) in the High Street and down by the Methodist chapel (near where Waverley Road is today) contained a large quantity of free ammonia and "putrescible matter." Even if sewers were provided, the stream would still be liable to pollution from dung etc washed off the fields which lay behind the south side of the High Street.
16 Sep Rhymetime at the Library
20 Sep Free Coffee Morning
23 Sep Rhymetime at the Library
23 Sep Bagshot Society AGM
24 Sep Quiz Evening Three Mariners
27 Sep Free Coffee Morning
30 Sep Rhymetime at the Library
01 Oct 1st Wednesday Business Club
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