Vicki Macleod for Weybridge in the Surrey Elections 4th May 2017

On Thursday 4th May, you have a  chance to elect a new councillor to represent Weybridge on Surrey County Council.

Your local Liberal Democrat candidate is long term Weybridge resident Vicki Macleod.

You may know Vicki from her work in our local community, perhaps from her five years chairing the Friends of The Weybridge Centre charity. or as a school governor.

Vicki‘s priority is to give Weybridge a stronger voice for better delivery of the services local people need, including:

  • Better maintained and safer local roads and pavements
  • Local school places for Weybridge children
  • Responsible budget management by Surrey County Council

Many people see Surrey County Council as remote and inefficient with its history of mismanagement. Vicki will work with other councillors to put pressure on the administration for more effective financial management and for budgets that reflect local needs.  Her longer term aim is to see some of the services currently run by Surrey brought into local Elmbridge control.

Read more at elmbridgelibdems.org.uk

 

Full of Life Celebrations at the day centre

olderpeopleIn celebration of ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1 October 2016 the day centres are holding special lunches and events. Centre members are being encouraged to bring along a friend to enjoy a three course meal and entertainment, and to join in with the celebrations.

If you would like to join the centres in their celebrations why not make an enquiry with the centre manager. New faces are always welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in a range of activities; you can learn how to use an iPad, join an art and crafts group, take part in one of the many exercise classes, become a volunteer or make use of the hairdressing facilities.

The centre is in Churchfields Close. For the Centre’s contact details please visit the Elmbridge website.

For any further information about the Community Support Services please visit the website or call the team on 01372 474552.

Dementia Carers Coffee Morning

Dementia Care-01Surrey Library Service is organising a Dementia Carers Coffee morning in Weybridge for people with dementia and their carers.

The Alzheimer’s Society will be attending and there will be dementia navigators to help with questions, plus information on library services we offer relating to dementia and other areas.

It will take place at 10 on Friday, 19 September 2016 in the Weybridge Centre, Churchfield Place, KT13 8DB   For any queries, please call: 0300 200 1001.

Hospital Directors

healthcareThe Ashford and St Peters’ Hospital Trust is currently seeking to recruit a number of talented and motivated individuals as non-executive directors to join its board.

They are seeking applications from candidates who have worked at senior level in a large, complex organisations, capable of chairing board sub-committees and able to contribute to the strategic direction and future success of Ashford and St. Peters Hospitals.

If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be interested – who lives within the trust’s catchment area – more information is available on the following here.  The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday, 3 May 2016.

Easter Egg Hunt by bike

Cycling cycle cyclistThis Sunday is Weybridge’s annual Easter Egg Hunt – by cycle.

Starting from the Hand & Spear at the station at 10am on Sunday the Easter Egg Hunt will take us on a tour of the area looking for hidden Easter eggs.  In teams of two or three cyclists, and using a map and a clue sheet we will have two hours to find as many answers as possible.

Teams can consist of two or three members.  Don’t worry if you don’t already have a buddy to ride with, you can be paired up with someone suitable at the start. There will be no fixed route, but expect to cycle around 20 miles or so.

The finish back at the station by about noon.  There will be prizes, kindly provided by Woking Cycle Users Group.

If you want to come, just turn up.  If you have questions or need to contact the organisers on the day call 07930 320 241.

Hospital Trust Merger

Church Street HospitalThe boards of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts have decided to pause their proposed merger planning to allow more time to focus on the financial position.

In the light of the significant pressures on the English Health Service, both financially and operationally, both trusts have work to do on their own individual areas of challenge. In addition, both trusts need to ensure that we take account of the national and regional policies as they change and become clear.

Current predictions however mean that the merger plans – as they are currently described – would not be able to realise the expected benefits needed to make the merger viable, and thus the benefits to patients. The deteriorating financial position at Royal Surrey is a significant contributing factor, which both boards have taken into account as part of their review of the current situation.

Play Tennis for Life with new Over 50s Tennis Course

TennisAn initiative organised by ‘Take Tennis Lessons’ and Elmbridge is offering a low-cost six-week course aimed at bringing more adults back into the game on a regular basis. This course is part of a drive to get local residents more active, in line with the borough’s new Active Elmbridge Physical Activity Strategy.

Don’t worry if you have not played before or are really out of practice – just book the course and turn up at Coronation Recreation Ground Tennis Courts, Molesey Road, Hersham  KT12 4QR on Friday, 18 March from 1pm to 2pm. The cost is £21 for six sessions with a view of extending them if participants are interested.

Grab the opportunity to improve your game with a professional coach and enhance your experience on the court. You will get to meet like-minded people and practise your racquet skills in an informal environment.

You can register onto the course now by calling the Sports Development Team on 01372 474570 or email sport@elmbridge.gov.uk

Active Every Day

Active ElmbridgeThe Elmbridge Physical Activity Strategy 2015-2020 has been launched to show the borough’s vision and direction to increase physical activity over the coming years. The strategy explores new ways of integrating physical activity to get people more active in everyday life by creating opportunities where people already spend their time – in the workplace, at school, home and at community facilities.

The three main themes of the strategy are: Start Moving, Move Every Day, Stay Moving.

The full strategy or a brief summary are now available to view.

Why not try some of the activities available in the borough? Elmbridge offers healthy walksan outdoor gym over in Long Ditton and much more. A full list of services and activities are available on the Leisure webpages.

Long Ditton outdoor gym

Support for the Elderly

 

meals on wheelsElmbridge has produced a leaflet with a number of top tips and have outlined services that could be of help especially to older and vulnerable people living in the borough

What support is available?

  • The meals on wheels service provides hot meals seven days a week with an optional breakfast and teatime service.
  • Community alarm is a 24 hour, 365 day a year monitoring service that provides assistance in an emergency.
  • Community transport is available to provide accessible transport to assist with getting out and about to the Weybridge centre. A dial-a ride service enables residents to visit friends, family and attend appointments and weekly shopping trips to supermarkets in Cobham, Kingston, Walton, and Weybridge retail park.
  • At the Weybridge centre, there are a range of activities and services on offer with a freshly prepared three course lunch available to centre members.
  • Elmbridge’s housing care and repair team can support you to repair or adapt your home to meet your needs keeping you independent and safe in your home.

Copies of the Keeping Warm and Well leaflet are available at Weybridge centre.  A copy can be downloaded from their website or if you would like the leaflet to be posted to you or would like further information on any of the community support services mentioned please call the team on 01372 474 552.

Winter Shelter to Help Homeless People

HomelessTransform Housing & Support will be operating a winter shelter for homeless people from Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede from 5 January to 31 March. The shelter will run in a Surrey  owned building in Staines and will accommodate up to ten clients a night, offering dinner and breakfast and a safe place to stay. The project follows on from the tri-borough shelter hosted by Whiteley Village last winter. Elmbridge has committed a contribution to the running costs of the project, along with the two other boroughs, whilst a range of locally-based organisations have pledged support of various kinds to help get the project up and running . Visit the transform housing website for more details.