The AGM was held on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, at the Knaphill Baptist Church, High Street, Knaphill. John Butler, chair of the committee warmly welcomed everyone and then handed over to our speaker, Sarah Squire, who gave us a fascinating talk on the history and background of Squires garden centres.
Afterwards, we covered the official business:
Well we got in touch with Goldsworth Park Angling Club who manage the ponds, and who had put up the notices, to find out a little bit more. Here’s what they said:
On Wednesday 24th April we noted a sudden change in water colour from the normal brownish to a grey/brown and some fish mouthing the surface suggesting an oxygen problem.
The Environment Agency were contacted and were on site within the hour taking dissolved oxygen tests, which proved to be dangerously low at only 15%. At this point Thames Water were called out, aerator pumps were deployed and water samples taken.
It would appear that something nasty got into the pond through the drainage pipes.
Only a handful of small fish have died and the dissolved oxygen level, thanks to the pumps, is at a safer level. We are also given to understand Thames Water brought in camera crews to investigate all the drain pipes for possible sources.
A few days later Thames Water have confirmed that all is now ok and the problem has been solved, however under data protection they will not provide any further information, but to get back in touch if anything unusual happens again.
So, the answer is that we don’t know what was causing the problem, but that it seems to be better now. Fishing has recommenced, however perhaps dog owners might want to exercise caution over letting their dogs swim or drink from that pond for the time being, purely as a precaution.
Note: the site owners are Thames Water, and only pond number four (not ponds 1, 2 or 3) were affected.
The Knaphill Residents Association Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 8th May, and everyone is welcome to attend. Come to hear a talk from our guest speaker, Sarah Squire, owner of Squires garden centres, followed by a round up of the work we have carried out in the last year, as well as a review of the Village Show.
We encourage all residents to come along, and refreshments will be provided.
We are pleased to be able to share the list of Persons Nominated for the Borough Council Elections, which will take place on Thursday 2nd May, 2019. The KRA has no political bias so we will not comment on any candidates. The full list for the borough can be found here and the Knaphill nominations are shown below.
Once again, don’t forget to take your photographic ID along with you when you go to the polling booth, as you’ll need it to be able to cast your vote. Full information on this can be found at Woking Borough Council’s website, here.
Surrey Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey are teaming up to hold a series of public engagement events in every borough and district across the county.
The ‘Policing Your Community’ events are an opportunity for residents to come and speak to Surrey Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Gavin Stephens and Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro as well as hear from their local Borough Commander.
The Chief Constable will give an update on the current challenges for policing and future plans for the service in Surrey whilst local Borough Commanders will update on the policing priorities and community issues in your area.
This is your chance to ask questions, hear about, and comment on, the future of policing in Surrey including an outline of plans for the 100 extra officers, operational staff and Police Community Support Officers to come from additional council tax funding.
T/Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “We want to deliver the best possible policing service in Surrey and it is extremely important our residents are involved in understanding and shaping how we do this. These events are a great opportunity to get those conversations going and we really want to talk to as many people as possible so please do register for your local event and come along to see us.”
PCC David Munro said: “Residents regularly tell me how much they value policing in their local area and it is really important to me that we involve the Surrey public in our plans for the future through events like this. This year’s council tax increase has given Surrey Police the opportunity to employ an extra 100 officers and operational staff and I look forward to hearing the views of our local communities on the proposals for their deployment.”
Woking Borough Council is looking for a number of committed individuals to assist with the integration of Syrian refugee families into Woking. Moving to the UK has been a huge adjustment with many challenges for them and volunteer support can make this transition easier.
We are looking for:
1. Volunteers to run a Conversation Café (Mondays 1:30pm-2:30pm) where they have discussions on set topics, helping the families feel confident about their communication skills. (Weekly Commitment)
2. ESOL trained volunteers to visit a family in their home and provide further 1-1 English support. (Weekly Commitment)
3. Volunteers to provide transport or accompany families on public transport to and from hospital appointments and show them how they can get involved with events and the community in Woking. (Ad-Hoc Basis)
For further information please contact Hina Ashraf, Volunteer Co-ordinator (Refugees), on email@example.com or 01483 743819.
Empty crisp packets, of any brand, can now be taken to Knaphill News on the high street, and used pens to Knaphill Library, so that they can be recycled rather than end up in land-fill.
An added incentive is that the Knaphill schools will get a small amount of money for each item.
Click here to download the minutes from our monthly KRA committee meeting in February.
Our quarterly magazine is out now, and it’s had a complete redesign! Our brand new editor, Rebecca Ward, together with local designer, Tim Burdett, have given the magazine a fresh new look, as well as a new name! Your copy of myKnaphill will be winging it’s way to you very soon, courtesy of our incredibly helpful team of volunteer deliverers. Or click here to download a PDF copy now.
Check out the new sections on businesses, the arts, family and community, as well as all the usual features on sports, planning and village news.
We think it looks great and we are so proud to have committed and enthusiastic volunteers like Rebecca, part of our team. If you have any feedback or would like to get involved by writing an article, submitting a photo, or would like something added in the next issue, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rebecca here.