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

Create Your Own Resplendent Shakespearean Ruff at Elmbridge Museum

Resplendent RuffsGo to the next family fun event at Elmbridge Museum in Church Street on Saturday, 26 April from 2pm to 4.30pm to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and learn more about his plays by making your own mini-theatre. For additional fun, you will also be making one the most popular accessories of his time: a ruff.

The famous Elizabethan ruff, which was worn by both men and women in the sixteenth century and by Shakespeare himself, developed in style and became much more elaborate as decades went by, gaining more height and size until it reached gargantuan proportions.

“Resplendent Ruffs” is part of a series of family fun events held by Elmbridge Museum in Weybridge once a month on a Saturday. Although booking is not necessary, the museum operates on a first come, first served basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. A charge of £1.50 per child applies.

For further information, vist or contact the museum on 01932 843573 or email

Illustrated Talk – Brooklands through the Ages

An illustrated talk on ‘Brooklands through the Ages’ – from the Iron Age period right through to modern times will be held on Thursday, 23 January at 8pm in the large hall of the St James’ Church Parish Centre. It will offer insights about the Brooklands area covering its origins, history, people and other interesting facts.

Brooklands today is very much shaped by the legacy of the motor racing circuit built in 1907. The early history of the area, how the circuit came into being and its subsequent development all yield some fascinating insights about the life and times of people in Weybridge.

The speaker is Steve McCarthy, whose background is as a professional engineer.  His interest in cars and local history has led him to study Brooklands wider than just the well chronicled aspects of the racing circuit.

All are welcome, Weybridge Society Members are free and non-members £3.

Churchfields Flowerbed Competition

It’s that time of year again for the budding young designers in Elmbridge to get their thinking caps on!

After the creativity and enthusiasm shown by the young entrants last year, Elmbridge’s Green Spaces Team is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s ‘Design a Flowerbed competition’ open to primary school age children.

2014 is the anniversary of the beginning of the World War I and, as part of the commemorations, young designers are asked to take inspiration from the first verse of Charlotte Mew’s poem, “May 1915” to create their design:  “Let us remember spring will come again”.

The winning design will be planted in Churchfields Recreation Ground late spring, so the winner will be able to see their design blooming over the summer months.  This is a great opportunity for young designers to display their awareness of this important part of history and how relevant it is to the community.

The flowerbed is a 3m wide circle. Young participants should think about colours, patterns and shapes when designing their flowerbed. Simple flowerbed designs are often the best.

The design should be on A4 paper and marked overleaf with the participant’s name, age and address. Send all designs to

EBC Green Spaces Team
1 High Street
KT10 9SD

Email it to by Thursday, 28 February.

For more information, call 01372 474568, email or visit

Forgotten Voices From The Past

As the centenary commemorations for the start of The First World War begin, it still remains a powerful episode in our collective memory.  Maggs Latter, former Arts Development Officer at the Borough of Elmbridge, accompanied by Glen Kirton will evoke the ‘forgotten voices’ of that terrible time in the world’s history as part of the first talk of the year in the Royton Pike Lecture series on Thursday, 16 January at 8pm at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton.

Maggs will tell the story of a young Lieutenant Leonard Keysor, her Great Uncle, who was one of the eleven Australian soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross during the Gallipoli campaign.

Tickets priced at £2 per person are available at the door on the evening. For further information, please see the programme,  email or call 01372 474568.

Make your own personal poppy


Elmbridge museum, above the library, is running a family arts and crafts day where children can learn about the significance of poppies and make their own personalised poppy.

It runs from 2:00 to 4:30 on Saturday, 9 November. Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a charge of £1.50 a child.

For more information call 09132 843 573 or email