Worth a Look


As we mentioned in the last post, the Parish Annual Assembly is one of the few opportunities that residents have to ask questions informally of parish councillors (and, if present, our Waverley and Surrey councillors) and to raise in public any topical local issues.  We are therefore intending this year, on a trial basis, to have a discussion forum rather than a keynote speaker.

We are aware of some village organisations whose objectives and activities might not be widely known or understood.  We would therefore like to give them an opportunity to make short presentations on their work in the community.  Several have already responded to our earlier notice, but more would be welcome.

If you would like to speak (5 mins max), please contact our Parish Clerk, Kate Shipton (clerk@frensham-pc.gov.uk), with a copy to Dick Beales (richard.beales8@btinternet.com) by the end of March if possible.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:
1.  Approve the minutes of the previous Assembly (13.04.16)
2.  Charities Report 2016
3.  Chairman’s Annual Report 2016/17 – available to view on this website from Saturday 8th April 2017
4.  Reports from village organisations, societies and clubs
5.  Public discussion forum

Following the meeting, all are invited to join us for a glass of wine.

We will endeavour to post the Chairman’s Annual Report 2016/17 on the Council website by Saturday 8th April so that you can see what the Council has been up to over the past 12 months, and what challenges it faces in 2017/18.

We look forward to seeing you there. The more people that turn up, the more productive the discussion is likely to be.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you have an interest in wild plants and would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Are you somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:
This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please:
Across Surrey there are still 10 squares available to survey with more to be released in the future.  The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email support@npms.org.uk or phone 01722 342743.

West Surrey Stroke Care Services consultation launched

The public are being asked to share their views on plans to improve stroke services in West Surrey. A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ends on the 30 April 2017.

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK. Over the past two years, the NHS across Surrey, working with national clinical experts and local people, many of whom have been affected by stroke, has reviewed stroke services and health outcomes in depth to understand what is working well and where improvement is needed.  It was found that rates of death following a stroke were higher in Surrey than other parts of the country and experience of life after stroke could be better.

National clinical experts recommended that hospital care for patients suffering a stroke be consolidated into specialist units. This would ensure enough specialist staff are available to provide the intensive care and treatment required seven days a week, which we know saves lives and reduces disability.

We want to improve hospital care for patients by consolidating specialist stroke services at two hospital sites in West Surrey; at Frimley Park Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital. At both sites this would include a hyperacute stroke unit (intensive care given during the first three days after a stroke) alongside an acute stroke unit (care given after the first three days and usually up to about seven days). The Royal Surrey County Hospital would no longer provide specialist stroke care.  Instead, patients from the Guildford and Waverley area would be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital, whichever is nearest.

Similarly, we want to improve specialist stroke rehabilitation for patients who do not need to stay in the acute hospital but who are not quite well enough to go home.  Changing how this is provided will enable patients to receive more intensive therapy, according to their needs, and therefore go home earlier.  In order to make best use of specialist skills, we want to consolidate the number of hospitals providing this specialist care. This will include Farnham Hospital, with other possible options including Ashford Hospital, Milford Community Hospital and Woking Community Hospital.

The public are now being asked to consider these improvements set out within the consultation plan.

Dr David Eyre-Brook, Chair of Guildford and Waverley CCG which is leading the consultation, said: “These plans offer the opportunity to deliver seven day stroke services with the right number of highly skilled staff which we know saves lives and reduces disability. Other improvements are planned and include more patients leaving hospital earlier with intensive rehabilitation in their own homes, more psychological support and all patients being reviewed six months after the stroke occurred.”

Dr Charlotte Canniff, Chair of North West Surrey CCG added: “These plans have been developed by doctors and nurses already providing stroke services and help to ensure we make best use of our specialist staff. This is not about saving money, but about investing more money in the whole care pathway. Stroke can have devastating impacts on patients, carers and their families; we want to achieve better outcomes for all and plan to devote more funding towards this.”

There will be a number of opportunities for the public to meet clinical specialists during the consultation to find out more about why these changes are proposed. Visits to local stroke support groups and other interested groups can also be arranged and group organisers are encouraged to contact the CCG to make arrangements – telephone 01483 405450 or email gwccg.consultations@nhs.net

Meetings and drop-in sessions are also being held at a number of venues during the consultation period. The public are welcome to come and meet us to discuss our plans and provide feedback. Dates of forthcoming can be accessed at www.guildfordandwaverleyccg.nhs.uk.

One way to have your say is using our online survey at:

You can also email us your views us at: gwccg.consultations@nhs.net.

Tesco Bags of Help – Frensham Bins – Keep it Clean – Bag it and Bin it

Frensham Parish Council submitted an application to fund more bins, benches and picnic tables on the Recreation Ground. Our project will be voted on by the public who shop at Tesco during the month of December in the stores listed below.

The more votes we get, the more money we get. Out of 3 choices, the one receiving the most votes will get £5,000, the second gets £2,000 and the third £1,000.

Please tell your family and friends!

These are the Tesco stores where you can place a vote for our project – Frensham Bins – Keep it Clean – Bag it and Bin it :-
Farnham Ridgeway Road Express (not voting until 17 December when it re-opens)
Farnham Hale Express
Fleet Esso Express
Fleet Ancells Farm Express
Yateley Esso Express
Sandhurst Yorktown Rd Express
Darby Green Express, Blackwater
Blackwater London Express
Sandhurst Extra
Farnborough Cove Rd Express
Aldershot Superstore
Ash Vale Lysons Ave Express
Balmoral Drive Camberley Express
Chobham Station Rd Express

Household Survey – housing need and the Village Design Statement

You should shortly be receiving a survey form which is being posted to every home in the parish.  We’re working with Surrey Community Action to undertake an assessment of affordable housing need in the parish.  It may be for example, that you have older children looking to move out but who cannot afford to do so, or that you are looking to downsize but there are no suitable properties.

At the moment we are simply assessing need, and until we know the outcome of the survey we cannot determine what, if any, future development might be needed by local people.

Alongside this we are updating the Village Design Statement so now is a good opportunity, if you haven’t already seen it, to take a look.  It provides guidance on the type and style of development favoured by local residents and should be taken into account when making a planning application. To see it, click here (or ParishCouncil-Village Design Statement)

If you would prefer to complete the survey electronically then please click on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Frensham

The survey will be open until midnight on the 21st October 2016. If you have any questions then please contact Louise Williams, Rural Housing Enabler on 01483 447141 or email louisew@surreyca.org.uk


Frensham Parish Council
01 October 2016

New charges at Surrey’s community recycling centres

If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home, make sure you’re aware that from 1 September 2016 there will be new charges for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres which accept it.

Charges will apply for waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil. A charge will also apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes. You can only pay by credit or debit card.

The introduction of charges is being made as increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.

A full list of the types of waste that will be charged for, the costs and your free allowance is available at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling.

Print CRC changes leaflet by clicking here

CRC changes leaflet-Page 1

CRC changes leaflet-Page 2

Here come the cows!

Frontier-Cow-1sCowParade Surrey is the world’s largest public art event, and it has arrived in Surrey! This exciting exhibition will see over 60 full-size, fibreglass cows uniquely decorated by artists and placed around Surrey for all to discover! The idea behind CowParade is that cows are sponsored by businesses, decorated by artists and auctioned off to raise lots of mooolaa for charities!!

Cows are gradually appearing throughout Surrey from June until the end of August. A specially designed app, is free to download and allows you to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. Discover lots about each cow, win rosettes, take part in quizzes and much more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!

The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. Each cow sponsor gets to choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills.

For further information on CowParade and to download the app visit www.cowparadesurreyhills.com


If you are concerned about Waverley’s proposed development at Frensham Great Pond here’s your chance to do something!

Untitled1Please write to :

General Manager of The Surrey Hills Estate National Trust
Warren Farm Barns   Headley Lane   Mickleham   DORKING   RH56DG

Waverley need the consent of the National Trust and he is awaiting your letters/emails with your concerns and is keen to assess how people feel before making any decision. (Prefers letters) Cut off date 11/06/2016


1 Detrimental impact of increased visitor numbers on SPECIAL PROTECTION AREA & SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST.  Negative effect on wildlife populations and habitats.  Compromising a rare site in the topography of the British Isles.
2 The large size and style of the new building.  Does not blend in.  Unsympathetic to its surrounds and unimaginative.  Unnecessary.  Contradicts the good design employed by the National Trust at their other sites.
3 Unacceptable commercialisation. Cost being put above value. Incorrect use of limited public money.
4 Play area in a semi wild location. This is not a park. Alice Holt and plenty of other parks for children to go to.  The Common gives children a chance to explore the natural world away from imposed distractions and structures.
5 Increased car park charges and extension of car park.  Unfair on those who cannot take their family abroad and who come to the ponds to swim and have a picnic staying within the beach area in the summer.

Suggestions as to what is acceptable. Council say the present building has asbestos, too small and costs them money to keep up. Any ideas?
(please be aware they have said the build would always have to be subsidised anyway).

Please make the effort to contact DAVID KENNINGTON in the next two weeks if this is important to you!  Cut off date 11/06/2016

Frensham Parish Council 2016/17

All parish councils are required by The Local Government Act 1972 to hold an Annual Parish Council Meeting during May each year at which, among other things, a Chairman must be elected by councillors for the coming year. FPC also elects a Vice-Chairman at this meeting. The composition of committees is agreed; representatives to outside bodies are appointed; and co-optees and other supporters of the Council are identified and welcomed.

This year’s meeting on 18th May was an unusual one in that, for the first time in fourteen years, Mike Millerchip did not stand as Chairman. In the event, Dick Beales, who was the Vice-Chairman last year, was elected as Chairman for the coming council year, and Pam Andrews was elected as Vice-Chairman**. After his election Dick paid tribute to Mike’s long chairmanship during which the Council had been involved in a number of significant events in the parish, culminating in the opening of the Community Building and Village Shop in 2011 and the Tilford and Rushmoor Tennis Club in 2014.

Although the Council comprises three councillors elected for the Rushmoor Ward of the parish and four for the Frensham Ward, all councillors represent the interests of the whole community. This year’s Council looks like this:

Chairman: Dick Beales richard.beales8@btinternet.com
Vice-Chairman: Pam Andrews pamela.andrews2@btinternet.com
David Fairhead davidfairhead@btinternet.com
Ian McLean willowslea@btinternet.com
Mike Millerchip millerchip@riba-se.invictanet.co.uk
Bryn Morgan brynmorgan02@hotmail.com
Fiona Scimone feescimone@hotmail.com

Others, whose offers to contribute their expertise/services to the Council have been gratefully accepted, include: Guy Olden (Co-opted to Planning Committee); Len Davis (Adviser to the Finance Committee); Pam Shipp (Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator); Sue Green (Website Manager); and Colin Hall (CPRE).

We would very much like to hear from anybody else who might be prepared to contribute relevant professional skills, interests or experience to the Council’s work, either on an ‘as-needed’ or a regular basis.

We have also recently welcomed Stephanie Spence as part-time Administrative Assistant to our Parish Clerk, Kate Shipton (clerk@frensham-pc.gov.uk Tel: 01252 793002). Stephanie also works part-time as Clerk to Greatham Parish Council.

If you would like to know more about your Parish Council, its councillors and how to contact them, or what its duties and responsibilities are, this information and much else besides can be found on the Council’s website at: www.frensham-pc.gov.uk.

Remember that your councillors are elected representatives rather than volunteers, although of course they are neither paid nor receive any allowances. As their role is to serve the interests of the community, they welcome constructive suggestions as to how the Council might help to improve the quality of life and environment in the parish. Residents are therefore encouraged to identify their councillors and to engage with them on any issues of concern or where they have suggestions that they would like the Council to consider.

You are also reminded that meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public. Dates of meetings are published on the four parish notice boards (Hollowdene, Shortfield Common, St Mary’s Church and Rushmoor) and on the website.

Within the next couple of months, all residents in Frensham civil parish will be sent a questionnaire in the post, under the auspices of Surrey Community Action and the Parish Council. This seeks to get a better understanding of actual local housing need within the parish, and to provide updated information that will help us with the revision of the Village Design Statement. We urge everybody to take part in this survey.

** Before we get complaints, please note that Pam is happy to continue with the traditional use of the word ‘chairman’. If you want to be formal, doubtless ‘Madam Vice-Chairman’ would do!

Frensham Parish Council