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THEaroundYateleyTEAM Abby Atkinson, proofreading Simon Bool, photography Jane Biscombe, correspondent Greg Bramwell, folklore correspondent Graham Cockarill, planning correspondent Jenny Cole, writer, reporter Penny Hopkins, proofreading Lamorna Harpin, health & fitness writer Tony Spencer, writer, editor, photography Harvey Young, photography

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cover photo: Jane Crawford and boys at the Yateley 10K. Families that run together have fun together, photo by Tony Spencer inside cover photo: pre-fun run and road race warm up, photo by Tony Spencer

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Contents 4

Yateley 10K race series

18 clerk wise from freedom flights to flights of fancy 20

Westfields Pre-School summer fair

21 Yateley Networking local business catches the early bird 29

what’s on in August


what’s on feature


what’s on in September

35 R Collard open day launching recycled roadstone 37 Rainbows, Brownies & Guides Frogmore & Darby Green GirlGuiding 44

walk around Swan Lake


heat stroke in dogs


Pokémon lure party


Aerobility garden


essential contacts


groups in Yateley

Cricket Hill pond 60 improved landscaping at Hilfield pond 69 Blackbushe Open Air the first open air day, in aid of Aerobility Yateley War Memorial part 8 76 final part, initials T to W 80 Yateley people past 200 & 300 history of people baptised this month centuries ago 88 acknowledgements


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We have a great article on page 13 about Yateley Networking.

OK, you might say, get-togethers of businesses all out for themselves; nothing to do with me or community. Wrong! This has everything to do with community, because people who create, serve, sell, work, employ, etc, are every bit a part of our community as you and I. Take the case of this Yateley Networking. It’s a simple idea, get local business people together before work. Make it early, 7am. Have a coffee and a tasty brioche (I eschewed the sweeter offerings and opted for a plain croissant that was anything but “plain”, more like made by angels out of pure manna), have a presentation from another businessman and see how different businesses can bounce off ideas to promote their own stuff. Selfish, huh? No! Absolutely not! Organisers Karen and Tara hold the meetings at Yateley Industries, a place dear to their hearts, dear to all hearts that beat in Yateley. They lived there once, forged life-long relationships, learned to love this community there. And now they donate all their profits to Yateley Industries, £1000 in the last year. Yateley Networking part of the family of Yateley? Oh yeah, in spades they are! around Yateley 2016 August 3

Yateley 10K Race Series

Yateley has been home to a midweek 10km road race series since around 1987. It is believed that the first races were the Yateley halfmarathons, held in the summers of 1980-83. From 1984 they were converted to a series of three 10K races, held at 7:30 in the evening on Roger Halliwell and Alurie Dutton check in and kit out the volunteers the first Wednesday of June, July and August at Frogmore Campus on a now-defunct course. Sandhurst Joggers took over responsibility for the organisation of the race series in 1992 and have run it very successfully ever since. It has now reached national significance as one of the best series of road races and attracts runners from clubs all over Hampshire, Berkshire Runners can’t live on cake alone, so scoff a brace before you go and Surrey and even as far away as south London. The number of entrants is restricted to 1200 for each race and all three races are sold out well before the event. Obviously, work commitments and emergencies take their toll 4 around Yateley August 2016

A massage can work wonders to get all the kinks out of your muscles and ready for the “off�

on the entrants and 830 runners took to the road on Wednesday 13 July, the second race in the series. In 2008 a fun run of approximately 1.5km around the fields of Yateley School was started. This race has grown in popularity over the years with more local children taking part in each race.

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Race Marshalls are all volunteers, collecting their high visibility vests

Start Finish Marshall Alan Kirby gives the finish volunteers their orders. The fun runners get their medals and water at the finish and a bag of sweets, the 10K runners just their medals and water

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Race Officials come in all ages

The Fun Run took place at 19:40, shortly after the 10K race had left the main field. It’s always fun to see the fun runners line up, some as young as 4 years old. The under 10s started at the back half of the start.

The Results

Pos 1 2 3 4 5

Name Toby Lambert Mark Worringham David Meacock James Samson Matt Atkins

Bib No. 2094 2082 1714 1881 290

Chip time 0:31:47 0:33:10 0:33:21 0:34:10 0:34:36

Results of the women: 1 Lesley Locks in 0:38:10, 2 Leslie Loader in 0:39:16, and 3 Collette Callanan in 0:39:44 Results of the over-35 women: 1 Lesley Locks in 0:38:10, 2 Leslie Loader in 0:39:16, and 3 Alexa King in 0:39:49 Results of the over-45 women: Collette Callanan in 0:39:44, 2 Laura Hales 0:40:39, 3 Katherine Sargeant 0:41:52 around Yateley 2016 August 7

Club runners limber up together and often run around the circuit supporting one another

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Results of the over-55 women: Jane Georghiou in 0:46:49, 2 Margaret Moody 0:47:09, 3 Nick Walshe 0:50:33 Results of the over-40 men: 1 David Meacock in 0:33:21, 2 Matt Atkins 0:34:36, 3 Mark Shepherd 0:35:59 Results of the over-50 men: 1 James Ratcliffe in 0:37:30, 2 Jon Cross 0:37:54, 3 Ian Stokes 0:40:15 Results of the over-60 men: The OB team of Radio Frimley Park compĂŠre the event

It is essential to stretch your muscles before you go, but this is exhausting watching!

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While some get stuck into the aerobics, a few remain impassive

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The Fun Runners getting the proper preparation before the run The Fun Runners all smiles, clearly enjoying the exercise

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Stretching their muscles

The 10K race is under way!

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0:50:12, 3 David Barker 0:53:03 Ray Llewellyn from Radio Frimley Park has compered the event for some years and was back again. The Hospital Radio Station is currently celebrating its 40th year since its foundation in 1976. About a third of the entry fees to the events is handed out to charities. Last year £12,400 was donated to 22 local organisations. These were Bramshill Scouts, Chase Hospice, Cranford Park School, CSSEF, Dr Howard Stillard Memorial Fund, ESD, Katie’s Legacy, Lilly-May Page Trust, Lions, Newlands School, Raynet, Sandhurst Counselling Services, Sandhurst Joggers, SEEBEEV, Vision 4 Youth, Westfields School, Yateley Green Scouts, Yateley Manor Charity Fund, Yateley Manor School, Yateley School, Yateley School PE Department, and Yateley United FC.

Alan Kirby getting ready to bring the start under way

Once the main race has left the field, taking about 10 minutes, the Fun Run is about to start

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The joy of springing to the finish, with plenty of encouragement

Butter wounldn’t melt ... PCSO Ben Blundell, Yateley United FC chairman Colin Ive and PC Paul Knaggs

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The Red Cross were present to provide medical aid, positioned at the start/finish line and usually a GP is on hand before and after the race. There are one or two water stations around the route, the number depending on weather, plus plenty of water and juice available at the start and finish line.

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Jenny Robinson race director

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Yateley Town Clerk Jane Biscombe clerking about

From freedom flights to flights of fancy

At the recent picnic to celebrate The Queen’s Birthday I spent some time looking at the display from the wonderful local history group The Yateley Society www. where I learnt a lot about Yateley and the area in the Second World War – including when Blackbushe Airport was known as RAF Hartford Bridge and played an active part in D-Day. The station was opened on 1 November 1942 as RAF Hartford Bridge and it was used throughout the remainder of the war for reconnaissance, defence and strike operations using Spitfires, Douglas Bostons and de Havilland Mosquitoes. So only 75 or so years ago, you could have sat on Yateley Green listening to the wonderful hum of those Merlin engines. It was also the home of the Free French Squadron (Lorraine), a group of French freedom fighters who flew with the RAF. They left France right at the start of the war and came here to help us and fight for their country’s freedom. It’s wonderful to think that even that far back we were a welcoming, inclusive community, ready to help not only ourselves but those in need. And if, like me, you love the sound of a Merlin engine you can hear them again soon when the Spitfire visits the Blackbushe Air Day on Saturday 30 July. However, in these times of relative peace the battle for the skies has become a battle for the prize. I came into work on Monday after holidaying in the almost wififree paradise of the Norfolk Broads to find the Yateley Town Council office has been turned into a Pokégym! We’ve never had so many visitors! Lots of people, both young and old, are searching the Green for Pokémon and rewards to help them progress. 18 around Yateley August 2016

I know a lot of people criticise this new game and don’t see the point, but if it gets people out, walking about, visiting new places then it can’t all be bad. Did you know that Poke-stops (places where players can go and pick up things they need to help them in the game) are very often at local historical places or local amenities? When you visit these places it tells you about their history which I think is fantastic. People may only be looking for a Jigglypuff or Vaporeon (types of Pokémon for the uninitiated) but if they learn something new about their area or visit St Peter’s Church or the War Memorial, maybe a deep appreciation of thir local area and what’s around them will soon follow. And if it doesn’t? Well, at least they are out, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Lots of kids (small and big) joined the Town Council at our first official Pokémon lure party on the Green on Thursday 28 July at 3pm, with quizzes, competitions and free refreshments for the under 12s. See page 52 for a few photos. I think we will have to hold another lure party while school’s still out!!! Have a lovely, sunny August everyone.

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... where every smile matters On Monday 18 July, in glorious summer sunshine, following the graduation of the leavers, who will start infant or primary education in September, the Westfield Pre-School and Play Group held a Summer Fair. It was on to a winner with the Lego Star Wars bouncy castle, perfect for the pre-school children who made full use of it. The other attractions: doughnut dipping, lucky lollies, cake decorating, and lucky dip. Families and friends also enjoyed

picnics on the field that surrounds the pre-school off Monteagle Lane. Stay and Play sessions run on Thursdays throughout the holiday period. Please contact enquiries@ for further information. 20 around Yateley August 2016

Yateley Networking is the business networking event in Yateley. It is not just for High Street retailers but for anyone who carries out a trade or service locally and wants to get themselves better known and cooperate with other businesses where there is some symbiotic relationship that can be beneficial to both. The venture was started by Karen and Tara of local business Abstract Print & Design and meets regularly at Yateley Industries. There is no membership fee. They hold two types of meetings, monthly and quarterly, with a charge of ÂŁ5 for the regular meetings and ÂŁ10 for the quarterly get togethers. The monthly ones are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 7am to 9am. They meet at Yateley Industries behind La Galleria in Mill Lane. You do not have to book beforehand, although they do have a Facebook page on which you can confirm you are coming if you wish. Otherwise, just turn up and hand over your fiver, where you can enjoy tea, coffee and a delicious selection of fresh pastries supplied by Sandhurst Bakery, before sitting down to a presentation of about ten minutes from a guest speaker. Then each member gets 60 seconds or so to introduce themselves and what trade, business or service they offer. Business cards, leaflets or flyers can be left on a table on arrival for members to help themselves for future reference. The quarterly events are held in La Galleria in the evening, 6-8pm, and for this you do need to book your ÂŁ10 ticket online beforehand to ensure that the demand is appropriately catered for. Everyone agreed that the food was superb, one member around Yateley 2016 August 21

who attended the last event enjoyed the buffet so much that he brought his wife to the restaurant the following evening for another meal! La Galleria lay on their superb buffet accompanied by a glass of wine or fruit juice, with the bar open to purchase additional refreshments if required. Again, like the morning meetings, members have the opportunity to briefly explain their business, with relaxed networking before and after to make useful contacts. For more information, and a schedule of planned dates, Yateley Networking have a website, and can be called on 01252 690143, or email They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Genevise was represented by Genevieve Parkinson, Business Consultant. They apply smart principles to small businesses to maximise efficiency and profitability. Genevise brings the experience of 15 years managing retail shops, providing a personal service by spending time with you, observing your retail business, staff and procedures and give you honest feedback to help you understand how to best improve your business to add to your competetiveness in the market. Genevise can energise your staff, refresh them with motivation, to make them more efficient, productive and happy to reach their full potential. Genevise could analyse your profit and loss figures to find your strengths and weaknesses and help you find solutions. Thorough and pragmatic, she will leave no stone unturned that restrict profitability and efficiency to turn your business around. Use Genevise as a resource for your business, as they have a network of established connections which bring many skills to your disposal in order to improve your business. They work closely with some of the best design agencies, shopfitters, branding and marketing experts in retail and their access to these extensive contacts makes Genevise an easy, one-stop port of call for retail and trading businesses. Genevieve Parkinson 07805 030 251, 22 around Yateley August 2016


Peter Trembeth is a financial advisor and his first piece of advice is, work with a financial advisor you are comfortable with, because in the business of investing in the future, whether it be lump sum, regular savings or a pension plan, you need to trust your advisor. Based in Fleet, Peter Trembeth Wealth Management provides financial advice tailored to meeting the financial goals and priorities of individuals and businesses, using the distinctive award-winning approach of St James’s Place Wealth Management, a FTSE 100 company. They specialise in providing high quality personal advice on many aspects of wealth management, advising clients of widely differing financial resources and of all ages. Addionally, they assist businesses in the increasingly complex area of corporate financial planning, providing guidance on pensions, protection for directors, key employees or shareholders, tax reliefs and aspects of exit strategy planning. Peter has over 13 years’ experience in wealth management, through the roles of Bank Manager and Business Manager, both in the UK and overseas, establishing longterm relationships with individual and business clients, before moving into specialist financial advice. Peter is a firm believer in keeping things as simple as possible, avoiding jargon and communicating in a manner which is clear and understood.

Richard Ranson and

R & J Solutions Richard Ranson represents R & J Solutions of Blackwater. As independent distributors for the Utility

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Warehouse Discount Club, they aim to help you reduce your residential or commercial bills for everyday needs like gas, electricity, telephone, mobile phone and broadband. They can also help businesses reduce the cost of energy by searching the market to find the best utility contract for your business. They do not promote any one energy supplier, but are in partnership with Mega3 Energy Services to not only find the best provider, but monitor your tariffs to ensure you are not trapped by the energy industry practice of “Assumptive Renewal� where you could find you are paying a higher tariff on renewal. They will survey your house for free to assess your energy efficiency. Richard showed a sample of light bulb which will provide significant savings for lighting your home.

Yateley Industries Ltd Sandra McLarry is the PA and Administrator of Yateley Industries, which was founded over 80 years ago, with the workshops and residential bungalows added to the present site over 60 years ago, and is a proud Yateley landmark in the heart of our community. As well as having employment in their own commercial

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holds regular fundraising events, while La Galleria restaurant brings in rent. They have opened a charity shop “Fusion”, High Street, Hartley Wintney, which sells antiques, interesting art, jewellery and accessories.

Steve Manning represented his company, Activate Marketing. They help companies to turn their marketing on by providing three different services: Marketing Mentoring so business owners can tap into 30 years of marketing know how; On Demand Marketing Services that include copywriting, graphic and web design, video and photography, direct mail, email and telemarketing; and an Interim Marketing Department Service which acts as the Marketing Team for businesses that need people to get on with their marketing for them. You only have to ask yourself how many brilliant ideas and great products have failed because they were poorly marketed. With Activate Marketing’s support those ideas and products can be launched to help businesses succeed.

Liz Guthrie has 20 years’ experience in spa and salon, is a beauty industry expert, a therapist, teacher and trainer. Liz is passionate

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about make-up and has gained vast experience of listening to each client’s wishes and translating this into a fabulous image. And who doesn’t want a fabulous image? Liz continually updates her skills and training in this field. She lectures in beauty and make-up at local colleges and continues to be involved in teaching and training for a commercial company. She knows what busy lives we lead nowadays. She has spent the last 20 years building and teaching her craft, as well as raising a family. She knows the value of “me time”, and Liz has created a beautiful ground floor zone where her clients can chill out and feel at ease at the hands of a skilled and intuitively understanding beauty expert. One of Liz’s passions is putting ladies at ease for intimate waxing, believe her when she tells you, after 20 years she has seen everything, and few are more expert waxers than Liz. But Liz has more up her sleeve than just giving you a pretty face. Consider her holistic options, reflexology for pre-conception (fertility) and followed up with preand post-natal treatments for the wellbeing of the special mother that you know you are and Liz will reveal for the world and you to see. Lay back in Liz’s little paradise and relax.



Tara (near left) and Karen (below) set up Yateley Networking in 2014, shortly after launching their own

business after attending other networks outside the area, and saw a need for one covering Blackwater and Yateley. Becky (left) will be going full time next month. 26 around Yateley August 2016

Yateley & District Gardening Society

Autumn Produce and Handicraft Show Saturday 27th August 2016 from 1.30–4.00 pm St Peter’s Church, Oaklands, Yateley, GU46 7LR

Young growers up to 12 yrs -

A Flowering pot plant,

Any vegetable, Longest runner bean Classes for age 7yrs and under: A drawing of Major Tim Peake in space A model animal made from fruit/vegetables 5 decorated cupcakes A Miniature Garden Classes for age 8 – 12 yrs: A drawing of Major Tim Peake in space A model animal made from fruit/vegetables 5 decorated homemade cupcakes A Miniature Garden Don’t delay, start today to grow your own flowers and vegetables and watch them grow For entry forms go to, Yateley library or contact Hazel Goddard on 01252 874 532. Closing dates for entries Wednesday 24th August

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What’sOninAugust Monday 1 August Macmillan Cancer Support “Brave the Shave” Campaign shave your head in solidarity with people affected with cancer *** see page 30 *** Monday 1 August Line Dancing Classes 10.00-12.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG advanced and beginners classes (every Monday) Monday 1 August Little Miracles 13.15-14.45 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR a new group for mums or dads and their babies (every Monday) Monday 1 August Children’s Dance Class 18.15-19.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG children’s classes (every Monday) Monday 1 August INSANITY 19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Monday) Monday 1 August Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Tuesday 2 August Dog Activity Class 18.30-21.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog activity classes (every Tuesday) Tuesday 2 August Yateley Bowling Club 18.00 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR A side home against Cove B Wednesday 3 August Yateley Networking 07.00-09.00 La Galleria, Mill Lane GU46 7TF Networking for local businesses. No need to book, £5 (first Wednesday each month) Wednesday 3 August PIYO 09.00-10.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Wednesday) Wednesday 3 August INSANITY 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Wednesday) Wednesday 3 August K9 Planet 18.30-19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Wednesday) Wednesday 3 August Sandhurst Joggers 18.00 registration 19.00 start Yateley School, School Lane GU46 6NW Yateley 10k Race and Fun Run 3rd and last this year *** SEE PAGE 4 *** around Yateley 2016 August 29

What’s On Feature Macmillan Cancer Support are running their annual Brave The Shave campaign, where you can join the campaign by shaving your head in solidarity with those suffering from cancer. Join others in sponsored head shaving and make a real difference this August in the continuing battle against cancer. For more information go to Thursday 4 August Tai Chi Class 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG tai chi class (every Thursday) Thursday 4 August Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 4 August Yateley & District U3A 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ “Wish you were here” a talk by David Tinker Thursday 4 August Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Thursday 4 August Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Thursday 4 August Yateley Lifesaving Club 19.30-21.45 Yateley School Pool, School Lane GU46 6NL learn lifesaving, from age of 9 upwards (every Thursday) Friday 5 Aug Blackwater Friday Club 13.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) 30 around Yateley August 2016

Saturday 6 August McDonald’s FA Community Football Day 10.00-14.30 Darby Green Centre, Darby Green Road GU17 0DX Darby Green & Potley FC host fun football day, lots of activities, inflatables, BBQ, refreshments, etc. Free entry *** see page 28 *** Saturday 6 August Kieron Acoustic 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR rock/pop duo Tuesday 9 August Yateley Bowling Club 18.00 Farnham A side away at Farnham A Thursday 11 August Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Saturday 13 August Vince Freeman 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR singer Sunday 14 August Y&D Gardening Society 13.30 Loseley Park, Nr Guildford GU3 1HS A visit to Loseley Park including a tour of the gardens lasting an hour. Cost £11.50, car sharing available. Tuesday 16 August Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 (3rd Tuesday of each month) Saturday 20 August Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome, bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! Saturday 20 August Phill Aaron 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR swing solo artist Friday 26 August The Turn 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA four-piece band playing classic rock, with 3-part harmonies, guitar solos and tight rhythm section Saturday 27 August Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 for 20.00 St Peter’s Church YDGS Annual Flower & Produce Show, classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, pot plants, cakes, preserves, handicrafts, and a children’s section Saturday 27 August The Turn 21.00-23.30 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR four-piece band playing classic rock, with 3-part harmonies, guitar solos and tight rhythm section around Yateley 2016 August 31

What’s On September Thursday 1 September Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 1 Sept Yateley & District U3A 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ Open day Thursday 1 September Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Friday 2 September Blackwater Friday Club 13.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) Saturday 3 September Murphy James 21.30-23.30 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR an evening of acoustic entertainment from 60s to now Monday 5 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College Time pm TBC Venue Aldershot Wellbeing Workshop for People with a Learning Disability. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 4 weeks) Monday 5 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 19.00-21.00 Venue TBA Understanding Personality Disorders. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 4 weeks) Monday 5 September Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday)) Tuesday 6 September Yaya and Boo Softplay 10.00-12.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG toddler soft play (every Tuesday during school term time) Wednesday 7 September Yateley Networking 07.00-09.00 La Galleria, Mill Lane GU46 7TF Networking for local businesses. No need to book, £5 (first Wednesday each month) Thursday 8 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00-12.00 Aldershot Managing Intense Emotions. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Thursday for 10 weeks until 10 November) Friday 9 September Yateley Cask & Cork Festival 2016 18.00-23.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ over 40 beers, wines & ciders, delicious food, entertainment Saturday 10 September Yateley Cask & Cork Festival 11.00-16.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ over 40 beers, wines & ciders, delicious food, entertainment Saturday 10 September Yateley Cask & Cork Festival 18.00-23.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ over 40 beers, wines & ciders, delicious food, entertainment Sunday 11 September Fleet 20 & 10 Family Cycle Ride 09.30 for 10.00 start The Scout HQ Calthorpe Park, Fleet GU51 4AB family cycle ride for all ages, partly on roads and cycle tracks, raising funds for the Farnborough & District Stroke/Aphasia Group. Monday 12 September Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 / 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Annual Perennials, Rosie Hardy, how to maintain colour and interest in our gardens when the days begin to shorten. Plants will be on sale 32 around Yateley August 2016

Tuesday 13 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 09.30-12.30 Venue TBA Understanding Personality Disorders. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Tuesday for 4 weeks) Tuesday 13 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 13.30-15.30 Farnborough Sustaining Meaningful Relationships – An Introduction to Mentalisation. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Tuesday for 6 weeks until 18 October) Wednesday 14 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 09.30-12.00 Farnborough Music For Wellbeing. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (2 week course Wednesdays 14–21 September) Saturday 17 September Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome, bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! Saturday 17 September Fat Men In The Bathtub 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR acoustic solo artist Monday 19 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00-12.30 Aldershot Introduction to Crisis Planning. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 Monday 19 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 13.00-15.00 Venue TBA Confidence and Self-Esteem. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 6 weeks until 24 October) Tuesday 20 September Yateley Networking 19.00-21.00 La Galleria, Mill Lane GU46 7TF Networking for local businesses, quarterly meeting. Need to pre-book, £10 Saturday 24 September Silver Screen on The Green 19.00-21.00 Yateley Green GU46 7RP silent cinema, with earphones, refreshments, pre-film entertainment Monday 26 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00-11.30 Venue TBA First Steps to Stop Smoking. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 4 weeks) Monday 26 September Y&D Gardening Society 19.30/20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Henry Street Quiz Tuesday 27 September Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 (3rd Tuesday of each month) Tuesday 27 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00–12.30 Venue TBA Introduction to Recovery and Wellbeing workshop. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 Tuesday 27 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 18.30–20.30 Venue TBA Art for Wellbeing. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Tuesday for 8 weeks until 15 November ) Thursday 29 September NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 14.00–16.00 Venue TBA Wellbeing for Life. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Friday for 10 weeks until 1 December) Friday 30 September Phil Aaron 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA swing solo artist around Yateley 2016 August 33



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R. COLLARD OPEN DAY At R. Collard Ltd’s open day at the Eversley Quarry in Brickhouse Hill, Eversley on 15 July 2016, visitors were able to tour the plant and be shown around both the Aggregate Washing Plant and the Metal Recycling Facility. I visited the aggregate washing plant but did not have time to see the metal recycling facility. First impressions of the site are of organisation and safety. The route in and out of the plant is clearly defined and everyone wears hi-vis jackets. The site is open and roomy, with low walls separating the piles of materials and is nothing like the Birmingham site that was in the news recently, where so many casualties resulted from the collapse of a high wall. We were signed in and kitted out in high visibility bibs, before being escorted across the site to where the raw material is loaded into the machinery by JCB. There were piles of stone, hoggin and topsoil, the differences in texture and particle size clearly seen even from a distance. The Warrior is the initial loading container which controls the speed that sends the material by conveyor belt into the machinery, where it is wetted with clean water, which is continually recycled through the plant. All the metal parts which come into contact with the stone and water are rubber-lined to maximise the life of the plant. The sprinklers wet the material and washes out the soil and sand from the stone. The wet stones run through a number of corkscrew grading grids for sorting, firstly to filter out the 10mm aggregate, then larger grids separate the 20mm, 30mm, 40mm and 50mm. The remaining oversized stone runs through to the final bin where it is stockpiled. Running over and across the top of these conveyor belts are large electromagnets, which take out all the ferrous metals, mainly nuts and bolts, which are conveyed over to another bin for recycling elsewhere on the site. The plant is powered by a 500kW generator within the site. At the time we were shown around, the plant was working at about half speed, processing 90 tonnes an hour, amounting to approximately 800 to 900 tonnes a day. Although the plant is automatic and could be run all night, because of the variation of material being fed it, it would shut off once one of the sorting categories was full. The soil and sand removed from the stone is first separated. A flocculant agent is mixed with clean water and the particles, the floc sticking to the soil particles and precipitating out. The system is completely automatic, with jar samples taken at regular intervals, which should settle out within 40 seconds. If the dirt settles too quickly the amount of floc pumping into the system is reduced, if it takes longer to around Yateley 2016 August 35

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settle, the floc is increased. The operators can make more regular samples by manually overriding the process. The waste soil settles as mud, through an open tank before being pumped into the plate press when it reaches a concentration of about 30%. The plate press works automatically using two huge rams, which squeeze the plates in the press together at a pressure of up to 400 bars, squeezing out the water and automatically dropping the silt out as a fine cake. The machinery does about 12 presses before undergoing a cleaning cycle. Last winter, which was mild, a couple of freezing valves affected the operation; a severe winter could close it until midday. Although almost like top soil, the silt cannot be sold as such because of the contaminating alum flocculent. This is currently being stockpiled and will be used on site when Collards remove trees from the side of the road along the perimeter of the site, to extract the gravel, and will use the soil cake to line the excavations. The 10mm aggregate that is produced is the biggest seller, followed by 20mm aggregate. Currently there is little demand for the 30-40mm aggregate; this is stockpiled along with the oversize material and a cone crusher is brought on site every three months or so for a week to crush it down to 10mm, when it is run through the washing machine again. The Terex Aggregate Washing machine was installed at a cost of about ÂŁ2m and has been running for a year. They reckon it will pay for itself in two years. Everything is cleaned down and any preventative maintenance carried out every Saturday, to ensure that the machine runs relatively trouble free during the following week. The plant produces more sharp sand than soft sand, and sorted automatically. The sharp sand can immediately be used, and is particularly favoured by contractors doing brick paving. I must say that I was impressed by the whole set up. 36 around Yateley August 2016

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides F&DG GirlGuiding

There are three sections of GirlGuiding in Frogmore and Darby Green, visit http://www. to register your interest and find out what unit your daughter could join.


Rainbows are the youngest section of GirlGuiding, aged between 5-7. They have two units in Frogmore and Darby Green. Check out a sample of all the exciting things Rainbows have been getting up to over the past few years and visit the website to join in if you like what you see! They often have themed indoor sleepovers, like Disney Princesses, Festival or Christmas, during which they have fun making things like princess costumes, musical instruments and craft gifts, but generally at

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these sleepovers, not a lot of actual sleeping goes on! They sometimes get special badges to sew onto their uniform. At Christmas they get a chance to make festive gifts and even cooked a Christmas dinner and made their own puddings. There are always plenty of arts and crafts to take part in, like decorating glass or embellishing their own tee shirts. The Rainbows take part in lots of joint activities with the Brownies and Guides, which gives them an insight into what awaits them when they get old enough to move on. When they have their summer sports, if the weather is nice (and sometimes even if it is not!) they play outside and take part in games and competitions in mixed age group teams. And there are prizes to win! Always lots of activities to interest and enthuse at Rainbows!

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BROWNIES They have three Brownie units in Frogmore and Darby Green, and last year they made Easter bonnets, and took part in an interesting and informative visit to Tesco in Sandhurst to find out where their food comes from in a Farm to Fork exercise. They were all given a book to complete and they were shown round the store by the very friendly staff. They were taken to the fish counter, the cheese counter – where they tasted four cheeses and learned about the four animals whose milk makes cheese. They also visited the fruit and veg section. Here they learned where each one comes from and how they grow. They even got to go behind the scenes around Yateley 2016 August 39

into the chillers! At the café they tried different fruits and breads and all got a goody bag to take home. The Brownies enjoyed a Christmasthemed evening, where they decorated gingerbread reindeer, made wooden Christmas decorations and even had an indoor snowball fight! Hopefully there wasn’t too much snow to clear up after … but I’m sure it put everyone into the Christmas spirit! 3rd Brownies took part in the Free Being Me badge scheme, undertaking activities learning the importance of body confidence and focus on inner beauty. The girls learned that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Some of the girls went to the Lookout in Bracknell, where they had a picnic, played on the equipment and built dens in the wood. Tawny Owl was brave enough to test them out!

3rd Brownies had an action-packed term. With the aid of a very helpful dad, they completed their Computer Badge. Now they have their very own website where they post a weekly blog about all the exciting things they’ve been doing. Head to if you fancy a read! The Brownies completed their First Aid badge with the help of a very kind mum this time! Then, for an end of term treat (and potentially to put some of those first aid skills to the test ...), they went to Farnborough Leisure Centre to softplay. The girls had a fantastic time and the Leaders did too! 1st F&DG Brownies celebrated the Senior Section’s 100th birthday last year by working towards a specially-designed badge. They learned the promise in Makaton, started to play 100 games and sing 100 songs, made paracord bracelets and found ways of photographing the number 100. They also completed their World Cultures badge, celebrating the various nationalities of their unit.

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GUIDES There are two Guide units in Frogmore and Darby Green, and they do all sorts. They decorated delicious firework biscuits in November, and were crafty in December, sewing felt owls for the Christmas tree and making very cute snowmen using socks. The girls attended the Cinderella pantomime in Aldershot and their very own Emily made it up on stage! The Guides also did the Free Being Me body confidence scheme, put together by WAGGS and Dove. Over two weeks the girls learned that the image of the “perfect woman” is a complete myth, how being yourself is the way to succeed, how to judge people on their achievements and talents and not their looks. The girls made body confidence message speech bubbles to spread the word, performing drama and rap sketches to take the messages back to their friendship groups. The Guides enjoyed two of their favourite things last summer, water fights and chocolate!!! They indulged in their water games evening, racing in teams involving throwing wet sponges at each other, passing bags full of water over their heads and “duck duck goose” ducking wet sponges in their laps! The trickiest challenge of all involved lying on the ground balancing a full bucket of water on their feet and, as a team, taking all their shoes and socks off whilst keeping the bucket full, teamwork! Finally. they went to Frenchie’s dessert parlour in Camberley for chocolate fondue. 2nd F&DG Guides held a pink party night with games, sweets and a party tea, raising a total of £150 for a breast cancer charity, and the pink was a contrast to the usual guiding blue, especially the pink wig! 1st Guides went to the Big Gig at Wembley stadium and had a fantastic time singing along to some great acts. Guides love camping, and every summer or May around Yateley 2016 August 41

bank holiday both units spend some time at a special Girl Guiding site, taking part in lots of activities getting back to basics! They take girls who have never been camping to those who could put up a tent with their eyes closed and everyone always has a fantastic time. 2nd Guides went to Heron’s Way campsite, Farnham, for a weekend camp enjoying some craft time and lots of sun hats meant the weather was kind that weekend too! The girls joined up with two other Guide groups and had a

great camp fire sing song. The girls were very tired but very happy when they were collected on the Monday. 1st Guides also camped for a week at Heron’s Way campsite. The girls chose a Disney theme for the camp, naming all the tents after Disney characters or films. It made it more fun to clean Flushed Away instead of the toilets! The girls did lots of activities including archery, 42 around Yateley August 2016


rafting, kayaking, rope bridges and water slides, interspersed with lots of loom bands! Everyone took part in a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where the girls competed in cake decorating and hat making. The girls completed their Camp Out badge with activities like building structures to hold food, making popcorn over tea lights, designing miniature tepees, and creating a chant to perform round the campfire on the final night, which was great entertainment. This was, of course, partnered with giant marshmallow snowmen in the shape of Olaf from Frozen! They only felt slightly guilty toasting them on the fire.

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Walks around





Swan Lake

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I wanted to do this walk, of 1.9km around Swan Lake off Swan Lane, since last winter, but often it has been too wet and reports of the state of the pathways has put me off. This month, on a warm early sunny morning, I managed to fit the walk in and made the most of the tranquil setting. There is a car park, which always has plenty of room, catering both 44 around Yateley August 2016


eadows Darby Green for the allotment society next door and the fishermen who lease the lake. The area, including the hay meadow and down to the banks of the River Blackwater, was transferred to the Town as SANG land in exchange for the development of the Swan Lake estate on the old Clark’s farm. At the end of the car park a path leads through to a bridge around Yateley 2016 August 45




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01252 838177 over the lake into an island in the centre, but first I turned left before the bridge to walk around the lake in a clockwise direction. The banks have many fishing platforms laid out for the fishermen’s convenience,

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and in between is thick hedging, providing plenty of cover for nesting birds and other wildlife. Heading southwards around the lake, with the water on my right and the hay meadow on my left, a gap in the hedgerow gave me a chance to check out the hay

field, which is part of the Swan Lake complex. Halfway around, behind the Swan Lake estate, there is a picnic table opposite a pathway across the central “island� back to the bridge, a path I took. After the bridge I continued around the around Yateley 2016 August 47

lake anticlockwise, taking in the views of the River Blackwater and the lakes on the Berkshire bank. Every few yards there are views 48 around Yateley August 2016

through the trees of the lake. Everywhere there is the buzz of wildlife. It is a quiet and idyllic place to walk. I took 39 minutes to complete the walk, but I stopped and looked often, checking out pond skaters and splashes of feeding fish and both water birds and woodland birds moving through their natural habitat. Well worth taking a walk around Swan Lake, check out the hayfield and the allotments.

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by Abby Atkinson

With temperatures soaring and around 8.5 million dogs in the UK, it is important to remember that man’s best friend can suffer from heat stroke as much as we can. In fact, dogs can become overheated very quickly in hot weather as they are not able to regulate their body temperature by sweating; their only efficient method of cooling themselves down is by panting.

Heat stroke, first and foremost, is preventable. Fresh, clean water should always be available for your dog. Try and avoid travelling with your dog in a car if possible and, if it is not, certainly never leave them in the car, even if it’s ‘just for ten minutes’ or you’ll ‘leave the windows open.’ In ten minutes, the temperature inside your car can increase by 20°C. Being left in a car on a hot day will very quickly become a death sentence for your dog. Do not walk your dog during the hottest part of the day; the hours around sunrise and sunset are going to be the safest option. Your dog may want to go for a walk at normal time, but lots of dogs will keep going and appear to be perfectly fine until their body can take no more and the devastating effects of heat stroke begin to appear. Your dog should be kept inside or they should have access to shade. They should never be left in direct sunlight with no shelter available. Some dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke than others, such as short-snouted breeds, in addition to elderly, overweight, or ill dogs. Dogs who have had heat stroke in the past may have a higher risk of suffering again and so they should be closely 50 around Yateley August 2016

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monitored. A paddling pool filled with water is always a good idea to have in the garden during the summer months should your dog wish to cool down. A small pool can be bought for between £3 and £10 at larger retailers. Putting ice cubes in their water bowl will also help to keep your dog cool, and freezing chicken broth in an ice cube tray will certainly keep them busy.

Panting is a normal way for your dog to keep cool, but excessive panting is one of the first signs of heat stroke. Their heart rate will be faster than usual, and their skin will feel very hot to the touch. A quick way of determining whether your dog has heat stroke is to take their temperature with a thermometer. The body temperature of a dog with mild heat stroke can range from 39.4°C to 41.1°C, whereas severe heat stroke is anything from 41.1°C upwards. Other symptoms include bright red gums, drooling, seizures, vomiting, and they may appear uncoordinated or they may even collapse.

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If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, it is vital that you act as quickly as you can; you could save your dog’s life. You need to prevent your dog’s body temperature from rising further and so you should cover them with cool, not ice-cold, water with particular focus on their belly, ears, underarms, and around their neck. Using water that is too cold can cause your dog to cool too quickly or their body temperature to drop below normal levels, which can lead to a host of other serious conditions. If your dog wants to and is able to drink, let them drink as much as they want to as they may be dehydrated. You should never force your dog to drink as it may lead to choking. Whilst you are cooling your dog down in water and letting around Yateley 2016 August 51

them rehydrate, call the local vets. Even if your dog appears to have cooled down and their breathing has returned to normal, they should still be seen by a vet to prevent shock, dehydration, and even organ failure and brain damage.

The nearest vets to Yateley are Firgrove Veterinary Centre in Aylesham Way, who can be reached on 01252 877 799 from 8:30am–7:00pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am– 12:00pm on Saturday, and at their Hartley Wintney branch from 8:30am–4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and Forge Court Veterinary Clinic on Reading Road, who can be reached on 01252 873 569 from 8:00am–8:00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:00am– 7:00pm on Friday, 8:30am–1:00pm on Saturday, and at their Crowthorne branch from 9:30am–4:00pm on Sundays and bank holidays. There is a Vets Now clinic in Farnham on Hale Road, this is an emergency out-of-hours veterinary centre, and they can be reached on 01252 737 555 from 6:00pm–8:30am Monday to Friday and 12:00pm on Saturday through to 8:30am on Monday morning. Heat stroke can be fatal and every year dogs die as a result but it can be prevented very easily by taking a few steps to ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible in the heat. If the worst should happen, remember that acting immediately and seeking veterinary advice could save your dog’s life.

Pokémon Lure Party on Yateley Green

Jane and Alison greet the competitors

Fun and fresh air on the green

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Refreshments and prizes

Aerobility garden

When the Town Mayor, Gerry Crisp, and I visited Aerobility last year to moot the idea of including them in the Mayor’s 2015-16 Charity, Mike Miller-Smith, the Aerobility CEO, apologised for the state of the garden. While blessed with volunteers for flying, organising flights or teaching flying to disabled students, they had no-one to tend the garden, which was starting to look rather sorry for itself at the end of summer. Well, we were soon in contact with Paul Amey, in charge of public relations with the Yateley & District Gardening around Yateley 2016 August 53

Yateley & District Gardening Society

Autumn Produce and Handicraft Show Saturday 27th August 2016 from 1.30 – 4.00 pm St Peter’s Church, Oaklands, Yateley, GU46 7LR

Classes include Fruit and vegetables Cut flowers Pot plants and flower arrangements Home made cakes, jams and preserves Handicrafts Children’s Classes Don’t delay, start today to grow your own flowers and vegetables and watch them grow For entry forms go to, Yateley library or contact Hazel Goddard on 01252 874 532. Closing dates for entries Wednesday 24th August

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Society and he was able to put the problem of Aerobility’s garden to the Committee, who wholeheartedly supported the task. Their member Jill took on the project of

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maintaining the garden and what a wonderful job she has done! It makes anyone from Yateley so proud of our wonderful community. If you love gardening and are interested in joining the Society, check out the contact details on page 59.

Usborne are a publisher of children’s books for babies and children of all ages. Titles are often nominated for awards and include the “That’s not my...” baby book range. They are available to buy through a local independent agent for free local delivery – catalogues are available upon request and advice can be given if you are searching for the perfect present. Get free and discounted books for your family! Why not invite your friends around for an evening and host an Usborne party? – free of charge! Browse through example books and place an order to obtain a free gift of your choice and further discounts on books. For more information contact Abby Roper, your local Usborne Agent covering Yateley and the surrounding areas. 07790 810085

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Essential Contacts GOVERNANCE Member of Parliament, North East Hampshire (Yateley) Ranil Jayawardena MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 3000 Member of Parliament, Aldershot (Frogmore & Darby Green) Sir Gerald Howarth MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 5650 Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UJ. 0300 555 1375 Hart District Council Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE. 01252 622122 Yateley Town Council Council Offices, Reading Road, Yateley Green GU46 7RP. 01252 872198 EMERGENCIES Fire, Police and Ambulance 999 Childline 0800 1111 Silverline (helpline for older people) 0800 4 70 80 90 Samaritans 116123 UTILITIES Southern Electric (SSE) 0800 783 8866 Gas 0800 111 999 South East Water 0333 000 0365 Southern Water 0330 303 0277 or 0800 0270800 Thames Water (sewerage) 0800 3169800 Floodline 0345 988 1188 TRANSPORT Hart Shopper (book 1 to 6 days ahead, cost £5 or £2.50 concessionary) 07719799263 Sainsbury’s Watchmoor Park (Thursdays only, pick up Vigo Lane 09.47, Monteagle Lane 09.48, St Swithun’s 09.55, Manor Park 09.59) YELAbus Tracey 0771 9799263 Yateley Neighbourcare 03000 05 05 05 around Yateley 2016 August 57

Activities & Societies Blackwater Friday Club Meet every Friday 12.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP for playing cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring and buy, tea and biscuits. Contact Gillian Foster 01276 34100 or Jean Armstrong 01252 860584 Camberley & Yateley Friendship Centre for over 50s Meet third Thursday each month 14.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and first Thursday for pub lunches at 12 noon. Contact Barbara Brown 01252 876615 Guiding Blackwater Valley (Yateley, Hawley, Frogmore and Darby Green) There is Guiding happening every night in the Blackwater Valley for Rainbows (6-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and Rangers (14 and up). Find the unit that suits you best through Always looking for volunteers, they don’t have to be every week. If you would like to join or talk about volunteering, try Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Organise monthly walks during the summer. Contact Lyn Deavin 01252 879255 K9 Planet dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Wednesday 18.30-19.30. Contact K9 Services dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Friday noon-15.00. Contact Primrose Club For senior citizens, meet WI Hall, Reading Road GU46 7UH Contact Ann de Courcy on 07913 633790 or 01252 501182 Ramblers Association (NE Hants) Rotary Club of Hart Meet Thursdays 19.30 for 20.00 North Hants Golf Club, Fleet GU51 1RF Theatre 64 Theatre drama group, meet Monday & Friday evenings Frogmore Junior School 58 around Yateley August 2016

The Yateley Society Meet monthly except January 19.30 for 20.00 Red Cross Centre, Monteagle Lane GU46 6LU and at Yateley Green during May Fayre. Tythings Coffee Club Meet every Thursday morning for a gentle chat, quizzes and raffles, and regular outings 10.45-12.45 The Tythings GU46 7RP Contact Ann Kern on 01252 872975 or email: Yateley & Crowthorne Big Band Society Meet monthly second Tuesday 19.45-22.30 The Tythings GU46 7RP 01252 661037 Kay Sealey or Yateley & District Gardening Society Meet monthly except January 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and at Yateley Green during May Fayre. Yateley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) Meet first Thursday each month 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Memorial Hall GU47 9BJ Yateley & Hawley Bridge Club Meet Wednesdays and Fridays 19.20 Memorial Hall, Fernhill Road, Hawley GU17 9BW or contact Alan Brown 01276 27354 or Judy Douch 01483 475133 Yateley Bowling Club 6-rink green and clubhouse The Bowling Green, Reading Road GU46 7RP Yateley Choral Society Rehearse monthly during term-time Mondays 19.45-21.45 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Lifesaving Club Meet every Thursday TBA Yateley School pool, School Lane GU46 6NL Contact Pat Brewer on Yateley Morris Men Meet Tuesdays (October-April) 20.00 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Neighbourhood Watch Assists residents in reducing the opportunities for crime and passing info to police. around Yateley 2016 August 59

Cricket Hill Pond

February Ponds running down the length of Cricket Hill, capturing the rain draining the light soils of the common heathland before being lost in the Blackwater on its way into the Thames basin, date back to medieval times, when Christians worshipping at Yateley’s tiny Saxon chapel needed a ready

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Hilfield Pond, sometime known as Skater’s Pond, fed by the Pottle Stream

supply of freshwater fish to eat every Friday. A Victorian guide to Yateley mentions seven ponds. After the Reformation they were no longer important except for watering grazing animals and, for the last 100 years most have been neglected and choked with with silt. Hart decided to devote Section 106 money, provided by developers for community amenities, to restore this last pond in the sequence. Hart DC’s Cricket Hill Conservation Area booklet says Hilfield Pond or Skater’s Pond was cleared out around 1990, but silted up by 2011. The photos shot in February was when the pond probably looked its worse, bare terraces, reeds hacked back to the northern fringe, black water and apparently devoid of life.

March By a stroke of luck, my March visit to the pond coincided with Hart’s conservation team planting out the marginal boggy plants on the terracing, island and around the edges of the pond. They had a wide range of native plants that they thought would establish well in this environment. The drier areas were raked over ready for sowing with a

What a difference a month makes, and Hart’s conservation team out in force

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variety of meadow seeds, which the conservationists said would provide a variety of wild flowers in the summer for the benefit of the insect life whose lifecycle revolves around water and meadow, or simply to visit to feed off the nectar and lay eggs. With warm spring sunshine on the water, the embryonic plants held promise of life returning to the pond.


My next visit recorded the installation of the fencing, hoggin footpaths, the wild flower mix sown and cordoned off. But the most exciting additions were the spectacular carved bench furniture, the hexagonal dipping platform, and the fish eagle with leaping salmon carving. 62 around Yateley August 2016

Possibly the carving was a little over the top, more suited to a foaming Alaskan salmon river or Scottish highland loch fish race than a humble duck pond, once the playground for winter ice-skaters, but very effective for all that. Some of the plants on the terraces were coming into flower now and the woodwork had given the area a distinctive

urban look, that needed the softening effect of the plants and a little weathering before the odd design fits the landscape. A family of mallard ducks were now in residence, whereas there was no sign of life around Yateley 2016 August 63

on my previous two visits. Although the water still looked murky, the ducks appeared perfectly happy and at home here, unlike the bog the pond had become.

Spring was definitely in the air and, when the sun came out, the wooden furniture glowed in the warm sunlight. holding promise for the future of the pondside.

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June By late June the sowing had clearly been a resounding success, with a profusion of different plants battling the “lawn� areas for supremacy. The plants on the terracing, and the severely-hacked reeds were bouncing back from the brink as only Mother Nature left to her own devices, can. It was mostly purple flowers, perfect for the attraction of butterflies, that were out on my visit, but driving past at other times I noticed that the reds of

poppies and pinks, yellows and blues were also making their presence felt, so it was high time for another visit.

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July The conservationists from Hart had said that July would be the best time to see the wild flower meadow and, boy, were they right! The meadow is a riot of colour right now, with a wide range of different plants to savour, in a wide

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range of colours, including whites: cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) and ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare); yellows common cat’s ear (Hypochearis radicata), lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum) and

Beautiful display of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

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meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris); reds: corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and red campion (Lychnis dioica); pinks: alsike clover (Trefolium hybridum), tufted vetch (Vicia cracca) and musk mallow (Malva moschata). There were spring plants that had already finished flowering, like cowslip (Primula veris) and probably ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata). There were lots of plants among the profusion that I couldn’t identify. Next time I must take our pocket guide and check them thoroughly!

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Blackbushe Open Air De Haviland DH89A Dragon Rapide, 1940s vintage, one of Scillonia Airways’ aircraft that flew from Land’s End to the Scilly Isles until 1969. This aircraft made the last scheduled flight Bronco Demo Team’s OV10, painted in Luftwaffe colours

Aerobility’s trainers

What a day the very first Blackbushe Open Air turned out to be: lots of fantastic aircraft to view, pleasure flights to take part in,

Avro XIX Anson made in 1946, restored by BAe apprentices at Woodford

One of Blink’s executive jets

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Czech Sport PS28 Cruiser is operated by Blackbushe Aviation and used by club members and students. Appropriately enough, EGLK is Blackbushe Airport’s own 4-letter code

below: Yateley Blackwater and Hawley’s police team meeting the community

The history of Blackbushe Airport on one poster

running, was the ideal logistic solution. The weather was fine and dry, with early cloud and later sunshine. The families of Yateley responded by turning out in numbers to enjoy the day. I am certain that everyone who attended would An efficient shuttle system safeley kept the crowds coming

love this to be the first of many annual events. The Town Mayor Gerry Crisp opened the event. I am sure that the Mayor took great pleasure in this honour, knowing that Aerobility, a 70 around Yateley August 2016

The Sonaca 200 2-seater trainer, built by Sonaca, Gosselies, Belgium, one of its earliest exposures

wonderful charity that enables disabled people of any age or disability to realise their dreams of flying, is very close to the Mayor’s heart. Aerobility’s training aircraft were there for all to see. Firstly there was the Tecnam P2002JF, which was the world’s first CS-VLA certified aircraft factory-built with disabled hand controls,

Trainer with People’s Republic of China markings, for the new owners of Minley Manor perhaps?

allowing disabled people, irrespective of disability, to enjoy the pleasure of flight. Its code sign is the magical G-UCAN.

“Annie”, as she’s affectionally known, from the passenger boarding side

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Planes even came in from France for the day

today was just outside the Aerobility hangar apron, being used for “The Big Pull”, with teams competing to pull the plane against the clock. The teams had been

this thrilling airplane, designed for displays. Their third aircraft is the Piper PA32, which

Curtiss P40 “Lulu Belle”, also known as the Tomahawk, Kittyhawk or Warhawk

Cessna 182R Skylane, built in 1981 and based here at Blackbushe

gathering sponsorship over the preceding weeks and aiming to raise money for Aerobility. ThinkFord displayed the C-MAX and the new Ford Edge,

AutoGyro Calidus 2-seater

and were generating quite a lot of interest in the market for family vehicles. There were plenty of commercial stalls, selling aviation books, software, 72 around Yateley August 2016

De Haviland DH87B Hornet Moth built in 1935

flying lessons, charter flights, and of course there was a fantastic raffle at the end of the day with some unbelievable prizes. Phoenix Helicopters, based

Beagle Bulldog

Yak52 Russian-built trainer from 1989

at Goodwood and Blackbushe, celebrated their 10,000th flying hour earlier this year and are celebrating this milestone by giving away ÂŁ10,000-worth of prizes, at the rate of approximately one prize per month until the end of the year. So there are still opportunities to win! Simply go to www. and

View from the west towards the control tower

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For those who like to keep their feet firmly on the floor while travelling quickly, well, these classic Jaguars were definitely made for flooring!

Phoenix Helicopters offer training

register your interest. Good luck! They operate a charter and a chauffeur service, using a variety of vertical take-off

craft and luxury vehicles, perfect for that special celebration. Fleet & District Model Aero Club were set up in the marquee next to the bouncy castle. Also in the marquee were a couple of aviation book authors who were

Army trainer

signing their books as they were being purchased. Food was provided around the public areas by the Blackbushe CafÊ, of course, as well as Shepherd Delights serving up cup cakes and smoothies. There was an ice cream van, and the Flying Ducks had their vintage duckblue caravan on hand to cater for the hidden gourmet diner within. Aerobility’s Piper PA32 trainer

The Hogs Back Brewery were on tap with real ale and refreshing Pimms for whatever gets you through the day. 74 around Yateley August 2016

The Joystick Club’s Tomahawk simulator Bouncy castles and facepainting sorted, all we need to to find something for the kids to do....

The Joystick Club also brought along their famous pedal planes, built by members of the club

“You are cleared to take off EBG, chocks away!”

I hope everyone saw the Hurrican arrive. I had to leave early. Reading comments on Yateley Community FB page and tweets, it appears that the

Phoenix Helicopters’ 3-passenger R44

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Yateley War Memorial James Henry Sillence was Serjeant 200402, Hampshire Regiment, 1st/4th (TF) Bn. He was killed in action on 24 February 1917, age 20 in Mesopotamia. He was born in Winchester in 1897, son of James Sillence (1867–6 February 1945, who served as Sgt Major from 5 October 1914 to 6 March 1919) and Margaret Walsh (1874–1 August 1939) of Morrela Cottage, Cricket Hill, Yateley. In the 1901 census James H Sillence was 4 and living with his parents and 4-monthold brother Victor at Cricket Hill, Yateley. By the time the 1911 census came around, he was 14 and working as an errand boy. The family had grown to include two sisters, Irene 7 and Kathleen 1, plus another brother, Robert 3. His father was an Army pensioner (drill instructor). He enlisted at Yateley, his original Regimental number 2290. His effects were sent to his mother of £4 15s 6d on 11 April 1918 and a further 6/- on 25 October 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal Memorial: Basra Memorial, panel 21 and 63. Herbert [Drummond Sumner] Stooks Herbert Drummond Sumner Stooks was Second Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps, 52nd Coy. He died on 25 April 1917, age 33, at Duisans, Pas-de-Calais, France. He was born in 1883 in Crondall, along with two of his sisters, before the family moved to Yateley around 1885. In 1891 they lived on Yateley Green, his father then the Vicar of Yateley. In 1901 he was a 17-year-old telegraphist based near St Ives, Cornwall. In 1913 he worked for the Eastern Telegraph Co and sailed to Gibraltar on their behalf. He was son of Mrs Alice Louisa Stooks (nee Sumner) (1847-1934) and the late Rev Charles Drummond Stooks (1851-7 April 1908) formerly of The Vicarage, Yateley 76 around Yateley August 2016

Green, and brother of Miss Patience Alice Stooks of ‘Sheaves’, Epsom Road, Guildford. He joined as a Private in the HAC, Regimental number 3826, and was sent to France on 10 October 1915. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on 4 March 1916 in the MGC. The will of Herbert Drummond Sumner Stooks “of Sheaves, Epsom-road Guidford second-lieutenant MGC died 25 April 1917 in France. Probate London 20 June 1917 to Alice Louisa Stooks widow. Effects £590-14-10d”. Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, ref IV.E.40.

[Bertie Lewis James Vokes] Not on the war memorial but understood to be on the memorial inside St Peter’s Church, Yateley. Lance Corporal Bertie Lewis James Vokes was No 5160 Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Bn. He was killed in action in France on 28 June 1917. He enlisted at Hove, Sussex and was formerly No 8398, Lancers, and killed in action. He was born in Yateley, Hampshire, baptised in St Peter’s on 5 July 1896, the son of Henry James Vokes (1850-1905), musician, and Louisa (1863-1939). In 1901 he was living on Cricket Hill with his family. His father was now a painter, his two elder brothers were a gardener and domestic groom respectively. Bertie L Vokes was 4. By 1911 his father had died and mother Louis had remarried, in 1910 to Thomas Bourne a farm labourer, and the new family were living in Up Green, Eversley. His effects of £1-10s were sent to his mother Louisa Bourne on 21 January 1918. His war gratuity of £16 sent to her on 15 October 1919. Medals awarded to Bertie LJ Vokes were the Victory, British and 15 Star, the medal roll index card noting that he arrived in France on 15 July 1915. Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Buried at Ypres (leper), Arrondissement leper, West Flanders (West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Lloyd [Charles] Wheeler, Lloyd Charles Wheeler, Gunner, RMA/9442 (RFR/IC/81), Royal Marine Artillery. He was killed in action on HMS Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel, Chile, on 1 November 1914, age 32. The ship, under the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock, faced impossible odds when they caught up with Vice Admiral Graf Spree’s Pacific raiding fleet. One of Good Hope’s major defects was that it couldn’t use its main 6in guns in heavy seas and had to rely on just two 9.2in guns. The ship was hit by at least 35 armour-piercing shells from the Scharnhorst, which appeared to be able to fire at will, and went down within an hour around Yateley 2016 August 77

of engaging with the enemy with all its 919 hands lost. He was born 6 February 1882, and baptised on 25 March 1883 in Yateley, the son of Owen (born Yateley 1842–April 1907), whose occupation was pedlar, and Jane Cox (born Rotherwick 1847–March 1922) of Vigo Lane, Yateley. In the 1891 census, Lloyd was 9, living in Vigo Lane with his father, now a general labourer, sisters Laura 13, Jane 11, Emma 6, all scholars, and the youngest Clara 2. By 1901 Lloyd was the eldest child at 18 and still at home in Vigo Lane, working as a farm labourer. Even as he filled in his entry in the census, he was considering seeing the world. He enlisted in the Royal Marine Artillery on 9 April 1901 (ADM 159/80/9442), age 19. On 9 February 1907, presumably once his short service was completed, he married Alice Mary Townsend (1885–16 February 1962) in Yateley. He was a road labourer before the war. According to the 1911 census he was the husband of Alice Mary Wheeler (nee Townsend) of Up Green, Marsh Lane, Eversley. Their children: Laura Alice (1908-2001), Clara May (1909–1970), Charles Edward (1910–1941), and his widowed mother Jane Wheeler 67 was living with the family. Before the war they had two other children, Rose Jane Wheeler (1911–1963) and Lucy Grace (1913–1998). He must have been on Reserve and was called up immediately war with Germany was declared. Frank [Herbert] Winch Frank Herbert Winch, Private, 9151, Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. He died 6 August 1915, in Gallipoli, age 21. He was the son of John Winch (1862-1920, of Whitehill, Oxon) and Elizabeth Cox (1863-?? of Bradfield, Berks) of Moor Place Cottage, Yateley, who married in Bradfield on 16 February 1884. He was born at Hill Farm, Yateley in 1894 and baptised on 16 September that year. In 1901 he was 6 and living with his parents on Yateley Green, with sisters Alice 14 and Helen 1 month, and brothers Charles 10 and James 8. His father was a general building labourer, Frank was one of 13 boys out of 160 praised for not missing a day of school when he was 8 (H&BG, Saturday 9 August 1902, p6 col 5). The school then was what we now use as the Village Hall, built in 1865. To fit 160 children, of all ages from 5 to the 78 around Yateley August 2016

leaving age of 13, must have been quite a squeeze. In 1911 he was 16 and a general building labourer, still with his parents on Yateley Green, with sister Helen 10 and grandfather Thomas Cox 85. According to the record of his effects, his death was assumed on 6 August 1915 and £4-4-6d was repaid to RP Exeter on 17 August 1916, with £8-14-3d sent to his mother Elizabeth, sole legatee on 25 September 1916, as was his war gratuity on 18 August 1918. He was awarded Victory and British war medals, including the 1914 Star, his date of entry into the theatre of war given as 23 August 1914. A note says he was “Pres[umed] Dead”. Memorial: Helles Memorial, ref panel 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 and 328. Charles C[allas, Collis or Callis] Wooldridge Charles C Wooldridge was formerly 3397 of the 9th Middlesex Regiment. He enlisted at Willesden with 1/17th Bn County of London Regiment (Poplar & Stepney Rifles), his service number 573675. He died on 1 October 1916 France, posted as missing believed killed. Born in Yateley and his birth registered as Charles Callas Wooldridge, he was baptised as plain Charles Wooldridge on 29 May 1887, the second illegitimate son of Louisa Martha Wooldridge. She lived from 1865-1928, and had an illegitimate son John Wooldridge (1882–83), who died only 13 months old; she married Eli Matthews (1860–1934) on 20 November 1900 in Yateley. According to the 1891 census, Charles C was the grandson of Henry Wooldridge (born 1832 Frimley, Surrey–1920) and Emily Jane Edgell (born 1842 Hawley–1926) at Mount Eagle. In the same household was his mother Louisa M 26 domestic servant, and uncles John S 24 shepherd, Edwin G 15 general labourer, Albert H 13 pageboy, Harry C 11, and Ernest A 10, both scholars. In 1901 his mother is not living in the household, his grandparents and uncles are, including John S 33 farm labourer, Edwin G 24 farm labourer, Harry C 21 bricklayer’s labourer, and Ernest A 20 labourer on farm. He married as Charles Collis Wooldrige in Yateley on 27 October 1908, to Edith Maria [Catchpole alias] Dury, from Knodishall, Suffolk (1887–1964). Edith was the illegitimate daughter of Rosa Catchpole, who married William Dury in 1891. Charles and Edith had a son Charles William Henry (1910–70), and worked as a contractor stableman in 1911, living at Bailey Farm Cottages, Frogmore. His effects were sent on 5 December 1915 to his widow Edith M, which amounted to £2-0-8d, and war gratuity of £5-10s sent to her on 9 October 1919.

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Yateley Past People 200& 300 YEARS AGO

This new history of Yateley will look back into the past of ordinary people who were born (or more exactly baptised) this month in centuries past and their historical context. I hope you find it interesting. The Parish Records of St Peter’s are a superb online source published by The Yateley Society. The baptism record ends about 1904, so 1916 is not available, and they start in 1636, so 1616 is also out of the question. But we do have August 1716 and 1816 to look at. Now, who do we have?

Firstly, let us look at the world of Yateley in 1716. There had been a General Election the previous year, when the Whigs were returned with a 150-seat majority, the Tories having supported the now vanquished Jacobites. Officially, the County of Southampton returned two MPs, with elections held at Winchester and, a few days later, at Newport on the Isle of Wight. Hampshire was rarely contested and the 1715 elections had only two unopposed candidates, George Pitt (1663-1735, a Tory of Stratfieldsaye House, who alternated with other family members as MP for Wareham and Hampshire between 1694 and 1727) and John Wallop (1690-1762, elected Whig MP for Andover and Hampshire; he was raised to the peerage in 1720 and created 1st Earl of Portsmouth in 1743). In 1716 the life of Parliament was extended to seven years. The Jacobite Rebellion ended in February 1716 and, on Christmas Eve, France signed the Anglo-French Treaty to cease supporting the Jacobites. As far as fashion was concerned, grey powdered wigs for men were all the rage from 1715 onwards. The Elector, George Ludwig of Hanover became heir to the throne of England in 1714 and crowned King George I on 20 October 1714. Nothing of note happened in Yateley this year. 1716 May There was no August baptism in 1716, in fact there were only five Christenings for the whole year, running from 26 March through to 25 March 1716/17, as Yateley and the whole country used the agrarian year, also known as the Julian Calendar, until 1752. John Knight was baptised at St Peter’s on 14 May 1716, the son of Richard Knight. and his wife Mary. There had been Knights in Yateley since time immemorial. The first written entry occurs within three weeks of the earliest birth register in 1636 and the next entry being the death of Richard in 1637, “an old man”. It was possible that Richard’s son John Knight, who had five children recorded in the birth register between 1636– 1642. Among several family members born earlier than the register’s existence, included Robert Knight who married Joan Finch in 1666, the year after his first 80 around Yateley August 2016

wife died in 1665. Infant mortality was more common then and two of Robert’s four children were buried as infants. It is significant that wives were barely mentioned in the register, and even her forename was left blank in the burial register. Robert’s son Richard and his wife Joan had two children, Mary in 1670 and Richard Knight baptised 25 March 1673/74. Richard possibly married Mary Goodeve on 20 April 1712 in Bishops Waltham. She was baptised 18 July 1792 in Farnham St Andrew, the daughter of John Goodeve and Hannah. The fact that Richard and Mary’s first born, baptised at Yateley on 26 March 1713, was called Hannah, increases the likelihood of them being the same. Tragically, John’s sister Hannah was buried just 12 days before John’s Christening. John didn’t make old bones either, buried age 16 on 15 December 1732. Richard and Mary had no further children recorded in Yateley. Richard was buried either on 29 March 1740 age 66 or on 2 December 1745 age 71. His widow Mary was buried 28 April 1750, age 58. Probably John Knight’s Yateley ancestors were father Richard Knight (1673-1740 or 1745), grandparents Robert Knight (c1630-1700) and Joan Finch (1640-1725), great grandparent John Knight (c1610-??) and great great grandfather Richard Knight (c1560-1637). In the earlier entries the Knights’ home (or farm) is variously described as Bromehol, Broomhole, Broomwell, and once as Cove. There is never an entry for occupation at this time, so presumably they were tenant farmers. What was happening in Yateley in August 1816? For one thing, Britain was no longer at war, the long Napoleonic Wars were over, as was the 1812 War with the United States, with the last action in the first quarter of 1815. Wellington and Blücher had defeated Napoleon at Waterloo the previous year and the Peace Treaty of Paris signed in November 1815. Citizens were happy that income tax, introduced to pay for the war in 1799 until 1802, and then reintroduced from 1803, was abolished for the 1816 tax year. In this year, the Parthenon Marbles were purchased by the British Museum from Lord Elgin. And Jane Austen published Emma this year. In Yateley, Valerie Kerslake has discovered among the Royal Military College archives of 1816 a letter from Mr Richards, the Constable of Farnborough, to Colonel Butler, the Commanding Officer, asking him what could he do to prevent the military students planning “disgraceful Bull Baits taking place at Yateley this afternoon”, and that he’d had no alternative but to order the Peace Officers to attempt to stop it. In that same year, a Mr Webb, either the Constable or a Magistrate of the Borough of Wokingham, also wrote to Colonel Butler in reply to his concerns about a riotous and illegal assemblage the Colonel had reason to apprehend taking place, Mr Webb confirming that he had authorised the Peace Officers of Sandhurst to attend. Bull and bear baiting was not actually made illegal by Act of Parliament until 1835, but local boroughs may well have banned these practices, and worse acts around Yateley 2016 August 81

of animal cruelty. Yateley surgeon, J Dehay, living in what is now Vicarage Road, complained to Colonel Butler two years later that students were still using packs of dogs to kill cats and badgers on Yateley Green. 1816 August In contrast to 1716, St Peter’s was used by four families for Christening in August 1816, with George Leopold Rigby, Sarah Milward Collins, William Rackley and Mary Anne Newell having their heads doused with holy water in the ancient font. George Leopold Rigby was born on 7 February, baptised at St Peter’s on 2 August, but then disappears completely. I cannot find any reference to him attending school, university, marriage, census, or even any recording of his death. He may well have been a sickly child and sent away to convalesce in Bath, Leamington or, as his family was quite wealthy, even a sanatorium on the Continent. He does have a fascinating family, though, one that would fill a book! His father was Tipping Thomas Rigby (1774-1862) who lived in Yateley Lodge from about 1810 to his death in 1862. He was a barrister of the Inner Temple, member of a successful partnership and able to retire at the age of 36 to a quiet and comfortable life in the country. He retained his vote in the City of London as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers, as in 1834 his address was given as “Paper buildings, Temple”. Born in London on 4 September 1774, the eldest son of the 11 children of Tipping Rigby (1747-1803) and Maria Sergeant (1748-??), and baptised at St George’s next to St Paul’s when he was nine days old. At the age of 15 Tipping was apprenticed as an Articled Clerk: “In the King’s Bench Robert Heinekein Hughes of Watling Street London Gentleman maketh oath that he this Deponent did see Robert Hughes of Watling Street London one of the Attornies of this Honourable Court, Tipping Rigby of Ludgate Street London Linen Draper and Tipping Thomas Rigby of the same place (Son of the said Tipping Rigby) severally sign seal and as their several Acts and Deeds in due Course of Law deliver two parts of certain Articles of Agreement both therin date the thirteenth of June last made between the said Tipping Rigby and Tipping Thomas Rigby of the one part and the said Robert Hughes of the other part, whereby the said Tipping Rigby and Tipping Thomas Rigby agreed that the said Tipping Thomas Rigby should serve the said Robert Hughes as his Clerk in the practice of an Attorny and Solicitor for the term of five years to be completed from the Day of the Date of the said Articles, And this Deponent further saith that the names Tipping Rigby and Tipping Thomas Rigby and Rt Hughes subscribed opposite to the several Seals affixed to both parts of the said Articles as the parties executing the same are of the several and respective hand writing of the said Tipping Rigby Tipping Thomas Rigby and Robert Hughes and that the names Thomas Andrews thereto set as one 82 around Yateley August 2016

of the subscribing Witnesses to the said Articles is of the proper handwriting of the said Thomas Andrews and the names Robert Hughes thereto set as the other subscribing Witness is the proper hand Writing of this Deponent And lastly their Deponent on his said Oath that the said Articles of Clerk ways were executed by all the said Parties thereto on the Day of the Date thereof. Sworn at Westminster Hall this 2nd Day of July 1790. Robert Heinekein Hughes.” Tipping was granted Freedom of the City of London by Admission Paper in 1795 when he was 20, having completed his apprenticeship. “The Chamber of London admitted him to the Liberty of the City, to wit, as Tipping Thomas Rigby son of Tipping Rigby Citizen and Draper of London, came before the Chamberlain, the Day and Year aforesaid, and desired to be admitted into the Freedom of this City by Patrimony, in the said Company of Drapers because he is legitimate and was born after the Admission of his Father into the said Freedom. The Admission of his Father is entered in the Book 1773, the son born 1774. Presented by James Trimbely Warden. Signed approved by: Midfd Young & Tinplate worker, Michl Howell Needle Maker, Martin Basewell Draper, John Haynes M[aster] Taylor, James Benson Vint[ner], Richd Jordan [Attorny at] Bar.” Tipping was called to the bar between 1795 and 1799, although we next hear of him in 1808 at his marriage to Ann Eliza Cousins, a minor of 16, he was 33. They married by licence: No 706 Tipping Thomas Rigby Esquire of the Temple London bachelor and Ann Eliza Cousins of this parish Spinster Minor by with the Consent of John Cousins Esquire her natural and lawful father were married in this church by licence on the twelth day of April in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight by me ....... both signed, witnesses John Cousins, Maria Cousins and Thomas Champion. George Leopold Rigby’s mother was born on 9 March 1792 in Lambeth and baptised on 4 April at St Mary’s, daughter of John Cousins and Hannah. Tipping and around Yateley 2016 August 83

Ann Eliza had their first child in 1810, Edwin Rudd Rigby. On 5 October 1810 the London Gazette announced: “Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership between us, Tipping Thomas Rigby and Joseph Lawless, of ChathamPlace, Blackfriars, London, as Attornies and Solicitors, was this Day dissolved by mutual consent, the said Tipping Thomas Rigby retiring from Business; and that the said business will in future be carried on by the said Joseph Lawless and Mr Thomas Crosse, at their Office, No 7, Saint Mildred’s-Court, Poultry, London –Dated this 5th Day of October 1810. Signed Tg T Rigby, Jof Lawless,Thos Crosse”. It looks like the newlyweds moved to Yateley Lodge, Yateley in 1811 as the first entry in the St Peter’s records is the burial of Henry Rigby, Tipping and Ann Eliza’s second child on 29 February 1812, age “in [his] first year”. They had nine children altogether, seven born in Yateley between 1812 and 1824. Tipping appears in the Poll Book of 1834 as a Liverymen of the City of London, listed as “Worshipfiul Company of Drapers, Voter No 6733 Rigby, Tipping Thomas of Paper Buildings, Temple”. In 1836 he appears in the Oxfordshire list of magistrates: “Wallingford, JP Tipping Thomas Rigby esq by virtue of his office of recorder”. In 1841 he appears in the census: “Yateley [Yateley Lodge] Tippin Rigby 65 IND N Ann do 45 N Tippin do 22 y Caroline do 21 y Julia do19 y 84 around Yateley August 2016

Marianna do 17 y Agnes do 15 y Edward Pindik 21 IND N John Sandford 20 MS y Mary do 19 FS y Caroline Bedford 18 FS y” The young man “Edward Pindik” is actually Edward Pinnock, the youngest brother of Emma Rebecca Pinnock, who married Edwin Budd Rigby the previous year. Tipping definitely knew his correct name, the reason that the name was disrespectively written emerged the following year when Pinnock sued EB Rigby, his sister Emma, Tipping and a number of others. Apparently, Pinnock had called at Yateley Lodge on 28 May 1841 to find the whereabouts of Edwin Budd Rigby and his sister, because of rents and profits of properties arising from a Pinnock family settlement of 1799, that Tipping and his son had benefited from. The case was complicated as it centred on Pinnock’s inability to subpoena Edwin Budd Rigby and asked the court to rule that serving the subpoena to the clerk of his chambers was sufficient to summon him to court. Two further cases were called, in 1845 and 1846, When EB Rigby was revealed to have been in Fleet Debtors’ Prison during 1841, but little seems to have happened and Pinnock, who had spent most of his life in Prussia, returned there in 1846, returning to England before 1881. He was a wealthy man, his wife leaving £22,000 to their two children in 1896 and he left a further £30,000 in 1906. The 1851 census gives more information about the Rigbys: “Tipping Thomas Rigby head m 76 barrister and late recorder Middlesex London St George Ann Eliza do wife m 59 Surrey Champion Hill Jane Hicks servant u 24 cook Berks Barkham William Frith servant footman Berks Wokingham Mary Ann Bunch servant 18 housemaid Hants Yateley” Then in 1861: “Yateley Cricket Hill hh17 Tipping Thomas Rigby head mar 87 late barrister at Law Middlesex London Ann Eliza do wife mar 68 - do do Caroline Munton do do mar 45 Hants Yatley Julie A Ann Gunston daur mar 40 do do Amy Agness do gran daur 9 scholar Middlesex Brompton Julia Ada do gran daur 8 scholar do do Nina May do gran daur 7 do do do William Palmer serv unm 18 serv Surry Purbright Elizabeth Bird serv un 25 dom serv Berks Sandhurst” Tipping died on 24 January 1862 in Yateley age 87. “Rigby Tipping Thomas Effects under £1000. The Will with a Codicil of Tipping Thomas Rigby late of the around Yateley 2016 August 85

Inner Temple London Barrister-at-Law and of Yately Lodge in the Parish of Yately in the County of Southampton deceased who died 24 January 1862 at Yately Lodge aforesaid was proved at Winchester by the oath of Christopher Palmer Rigby of 18 Woodstock-street Bond-street and of the Oriental Club Hanover-square both in the County of Middlesex Liutenant-Colonel in Her Majesty’s Indian Forces and Consul at Zanzibar the Son and one of the Executors”. Sarah “Millward” [Millyard] Collins was baptised on 5 August 1816, the daughter of John and Fanny Collins, John being described as a “yeoman” or farmer. Sarah’s middle name was her mother’s surname and is misspelled in the Yateley register, but depicted correctly elsewhere in official records. Sarah was the Collins’ eldest child, they were only married the year before at Boxgrove, Sussex, on 6 March 1815, as John Collins and Fanny Millyard. John was born in Guildford, baptised 16 July 1792 at St Nicholas, the son of Henry and Mary Collins. Frances “Fanny” Millyard was baptised 4 May 1791 in Boxgrove, the daughter of Thomas Millyard (1753-1822) and Sarah Collins (1750-??), so she and her husband may have been cousins. In Yateley, Sarah was followed by siblings Caroline Collins (1818), Fanny Collins (1820) and John Collins (1823). This last entry John’s occupation was left blank, heralding his departure from Yateley to a new career. Another child, William Collins followed in 1825, after a move to Frimley, his father now working as a grocer; then Henry Collins in 1829 in Frimley, his father was a farmer once more. As a 13 year old, Sarah would still be with her father’s family, but leaving school around now, may have had to go her own way as the family moved to Seale, Surrey around 1830. It seems Sarah’s mother died about 1845 and John Collins soon remarried, to Catherine Bishop, and moved north to Leicester with his youngest son Henry in tow, where he worked as a farm bailiff;.By 1861 John Collins was in Nottinghamshire as a grocer, but is deceased by 1871. By 1841 Sarah had left home and, as a 25 year old, was a “female servant” with William Truggett, a grocer, with a wife and two children, in Godstone, Surrey. Sarah Millyard Collins married Henry Ketcher (1818-1895) in the parish of Send and Ripley, near Guildford, on Sarah Millyard Ketcher (nee Collins) 1816-1898 28 February 1843. Ketcher was a farm 86 around Yateley August 2016

labourer, later a farmer, but unable to write his name, while Sarah was able to sign the marriage certificate. They moved to Angel Gate, North Street, Guildford, where they had four children between 1850 and 1859. Sarah died in Guildford in 1898, age 82. William Rackley was baptised on 18 August 1816 in Yateley, the son of John and Hannah Rackley. William was the Rackley’s third child. The first, Elizabeth, was born 33 days after her parents married in 1810. Their middle child Sarah arrived in 1813. William was living at Cove when he died and was buried at St Peter’s Yateley on 9 November 1834, age only 18. The Rackleys were a small but established family in Yateley, his father John was baptised in St Peter’s Yateley on 7 December 1788, when he was 10 days old, the sixth of the seven children of William Rackley and Sarah Colds. Mary Anne Newell was baptised on 30 August 1816, the daughter of Francis and Sarah Newell. Francis was a bricklayer and he and Sarah Ridger were married in Yateley on 13 April 1816, about four months before Mary was baptised. Sarah Ridgers was born 6 May 1796, daughter of James and Sarah Ridgers. Francis Newell was probably the “Frances” Newell baptised in Aldershot on 9 June 1795, son of “Frances” and Mary Newell, who had a number of children in Aldershot in the 1790s and 1800s. The Newells had three further children: George 1817, Henry 1819 and Ann 1821. Ann died 1822, just 10 months old, just two months after her mother Sarah was buried on 27 March 1822, then Henry died age 3 in 1823. before Mary Anne lost her father Francis in 1826, leaving her as an orphan when she was only 10. A Mary Ann Newell married carpenter William Bunch in September 1831, when Mary Anne would have been 15, but this Mary Ann states on all the census returns that she was born 1811 in Hartley Wintney. around Yateley 2016 August 87

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