Design a Flowerbed Competition – open till 27 January

Elmbridge Borough is holding a competition for local 7-11 year olds – one of the many activities being held nationwide to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017. 

The challenge is to design a circular flowerbed based on the vibrant colours and some of the more simple designs found in India.

The winning design in Weybridge will be planted in the Churchfields park.

For more examples of designs like the one above which are drawn on pavements, often in front of houses in Tamil Nadu, see photos taken by  Vicki Macleod on her recent travels there on the Weybridge LibDems Facebook page.

Entries must be submitted to Elmbridge by Friday, 27 January and full information on entering the competition can be found on the Elmbridge website.

New Weybridge Conservation area

templemereElmbridge is proposing to designate a new conservation area in Weybridge. In recognition of the unique 1960s built Templemere Estate, the borough has produced a Character Area Appraisal and Management Plan consultation document and is keen to hear the views of local residents and organisations.

A conservation area is defined as, “an area of special interest; the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. The character appraisal document provides written definition, analysis and appraisal of what makes an individual area special and identifies actions for protection and improvement. The final document will be used by planners and the local community as a basis for understanding the area, informing decision making, monitoring and management.

There are 25 conservation areas designated in Elmbridge and these include historic town centres at Esher and Weybridge, village greens at Giggs Hill in Thames Ditton and The Tilt in Cobham, a 1920s philanthropic retirement village at Whiteley Village, motor racing circuit at Brooklands and 17th century river navigation channels along the River Wey. Lakeside Drive in Esher was the first example of modern 20th century architecture which was awarded conservation area status by the borough in 2014.

Community involvement is an essential part of any appraisal and the consultation document has been produced as part of a collaborative process involving local residents, amenity and conservation societies and planning officers and was co-coordinated by heritage consultants. There is now a six-week period of public consultation, which will run from 5 December. The appraisal document is available to view on the borough’s website and printed copies can also be viewed in the reception area of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.

High Street Focal Point

Old Post Office PavementAs a founder member of the Weybridge Town Business Group, my retail business has been based in Weybridge for over twenty years, I am pleased that a further project is progressing.  There is much to do to improve our town centre and while the more ambitious projects, as indicated in a Vision for Weybridge and elsewhere, are being planned it is well to develop smaller projects to keep up momentum.  This is where a town council would help as in Claygate.

This mini project is to refurbish the paved outlyer outside the old post office by replacing the telephone boxes, cycle racks, air pollution monitoring box and loos with removable planters and seats etc.   It is planned that small events could occur at this spot throughout the year.

Leisure Live 2016

Performing artsElmbridge is looking for talented performers to showcase their skills at ‘Leisure Live 2016’ at Hersham Green, on Saturday, 9 July. So if you are a singer, musician, comedian, dancer, variety act or any other type of performer, the borough wants to hear from you.

Now in its sixth year, ‘Leisure Live’ aims to introduce residents to the wealth of arts, culture and sports available in the borough. It attracts large crowds from Elmbridge and neighbouring boroughs.

If you join, you will be performing on a covered stage, complete with professional sound system and support from a compere who will ensure that the event runs smoothly so you only have your act to concentrate on.

Performance slots are available from 11am to 4pm. The borough welcomes applications from artists of all ages as well as young people, schools and performing arts. Closing date for participation confirmation is 3 June 2016.

For any information, please contact the Arts Development Officer on 01372 474 584 or email

A night at the movies

The Cobham bandThe Cobham band presents ‘A night at the movies’ on Saturday, 20 February. The event begins at 7:30pm at The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Ember court, Thames Ditton, KT7 0LQ.

Enjoy themes and tunes from your favourite films including; Dr Zhivago, Singing in the Rain, Shindler’s List, James Bond, Brassed Off, The Mission, Saving Private Ryan and many more.

Tickets cost £12.50 via the box office: 0845 6801926, online here or from The Cobham Band 01372 453864.

Elmbridge Actors keep ancient Christmas Tradition Alive

QuickfixtheatregroupOn 17 December, actors from Quick Fix Theatre will keep the borough’s ancient tradition of  Christmas ‘Mumming’ alive by performing their modern-day take on a Mummers play, in pubs across Elmbridge.

For one night, a group of actors will set out on a ‘marathon’ performance run, travelling from pub to pub and giving a ten-minute performance at each venue.  As of today, the schedule of performances for the night is as follows but more venues will be added closer to the date:

  • 7:30pm – The Cricketers, Downside Common, Cobham KT11 3NX
  • 8:00pm – The Wheatsheaf, 40 Esher Green, Esher KT10 8AG
  • 8:30pm – The Griffin, 58 Common Rd, Claygate KT10 0HW
  • 9:00pm – The Hare and Hounds, The Green, Claygate KT10 0JL

Mummers plays originated in the middle ages when troupes of actors performed a short folk play – often with a specific theme and a moral message — in exchange for food and shelter during Advent. Some experts even believe the roots of modern pantomime can be traced back to the ancient Mummers.

Quick Fix Theatre, which specialises in high-energy theatrics in tiny public spaces, will use this year’s performances to fundraise for Sparks, a children’s medical research charity.  Sparks is also the Mayor of Elmbridge’s chosen charity for 2015. Last year, the actors raised more than £360 for Princess Alice Hospice and this year they hope to raise more.

To find out about the additional venues at which Mummers Plays will be performed, please follow the theatre group’s Facebook page or visit

Harry Houdini


Harry HoudiniNew speaker and great authority on the world of magic, John Field will tell us more about the most iconic magician of all times, Harry Houdini at 7.30pm, on Tuesday, 12 November at St James’ Parish Centre, Weybridge.

The lecture will take place with tea, coffee and soft drinks available.

For further details of the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, please see the programme  or email or call 01372 474568.

Napoleonic re-enactment

Nepoleon Re-enactmentPainshill welcomes back the Napoleonic Association for a special re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On both there will be incredible sights and dramatic performances as the soldiers, officers and camp followers re-enact various scenes, including the raising of the flag, a drill parade and a skirmish. There will be lots of noise and smoke as the infantrymen fire volley after volley and manoeuvre to offer their fatal blow whilst deploying the crack skirmishing force, the 95th Rifles.

Visitors will also be able to walk through the living history encampment to see where the soldiers live, eat and sleep. The camp followers will entertain those who visit, with stories and their experiences of the Napoleonic period.

This exciting event which includes battles, skill at arms display and a living history encampment will take place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August Bank Holiday. The event is included in normal admission price.

For more details and to see the full programme click here

Flight of Fantasy – The Elmbridge literary competition 2015

book2015 sees the anniversaries of some of the most famous works of literary fantasy: the 150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the 60th of “The Lord of the Rings” and the 20th of “the Northern Lights”.

To mark these momentous anniversaries, the 2015 Elmbridge Literary Festival is asking writers and poets of all ages to enter its literary.

For this year’s literary competition, judges are looking for entries that unveil your imagination and take our judges into a different world created by you. Where, as many writers have shown, it is not always a world of dungeons and dragons, or wizards and elves; but one where a slight tweak at the edges of ‘ordinary life’ can introduce something quite extraordinary. They will be looking for original ideas, strong descriptions and exciting plot-lines.


Ages 5-7 Little Rhymes and Stories

Ages 8-10/11 (Junior School) Poems and Stories

Ages 11-13 Poems and Stories

Ages 14-18 Poems and Stories

Ages 19 plus Poems and Stories

The competition closes on 26 October. Entries will be judged by a panel of local authors, the Director of the RC Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge’s Arts Development Officer. Public Readings and Prize giving: Saturday, 28th November at the Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton at 2:30pm for 5-13 years and 7:00pm 14+years.

For full terms and conditions and entry details for the literary competition, visit, email or call 01372 474584; or visit, email or phone 01932 229996.