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About deachy

Born in Salford Manchester. Moved to Surrey Heath in 2003. Married to Claire (a Frimley girl) and father to Izzy. I created this web site to try and infect as many people as possible with community spirit and promote the very best of Surrey Heath.

The Surrey Heath Residents blog is moving

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The Surrey Heath Residents Network blog is moving to a new web address.

You can now find us at:

The new site now serves the whole of Surrey but it is possible to filter only Surrey Heath related content.

Undoubtedly there will be a few teething problems with the new site but we hope you will stick with us.

We hope you enjoy the new site.

If you have any questions please contact us here

Alan Cleverly OBE

Alan CleverleyI am devastated to inform local residents that Alan Cleverly OBE passed away this morning following an exceptionally brave battle with cancer. He did so peacefully and with his beloved family by his side.

For those that did not know Alan, he was at the centre of the Surrey Heath Conservative Association and served as election agent to all elected representatives in Surrey Heath including myself.

Alan’s career in politics spanned many decades where he worked with some of the greats including Margaret and Denis Thatcher.

I remember the very first time I spoke to Alan. It was on 16th December 2006. It was a telephone conversation and I remember the date so well because my wife Claire was in labour and hours away from giving birth to our daughter Izzy. I had stepped outside the labour suite at Frimley Park Hospital to stretch my legs when my mobile rang. Alan was calling me to try and persuade me to stand as a conservative borough candidate in the forthcoming elections. I turned him down but he had another go at persuading me several years later (successfully) as I was elected for my first term in 2011.

As the tributes come pouring in today, many local elected representatives credit Alan with persuading them to stand.

Apart from being a political campaigning mastermind, he was also one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.

Above all I will miss his amazing sense of humor and just being in his company which was always an enormous amount of fun.

His passing will be a huge blow to the association and the community. I will miss him a great deal.

Rest In Peace Alan Cleverly OBE

Cllr Mike Goodman’s ePetition for a strategic review of HGV access to #Windlesham and #Chobham

Photo 07-06-2014 16 45 15Surrey County Councillor Mike Goodman has set up an ePetition to Stop the increase of large HGV’s through the villages of Windlesham and Chobham.

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Surrey Heath Borough Council Planning Applications Committee – 10th February 2016

IMG_7838In my nearly 5 years as a councillor I have to say that this evenings Planning Applications Committee was as about as contentious and emotive as they come.

There would not be much point in me adding my own views on these items as I am not a member of that committee and to my mind the decisions were made democratically with the upmost integrity of councillors and council officers.

There were 3 items heard by the committee this evening but I am only including the two that were contentious. I have not edited the content in any way other than to cut out the silences at the beginning and end. I have also included a recording of one of the lead resident campaigners prior to the committee meeting.

Please note that the audio from proceedings are not an official record. For an official record please contact SHBC.

Planning Application 15/0884 (Relevant committee papers available at

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Planning Application 15/0868 Relevant committee papers available at

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RLC Museum Lecture Program 2016

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Thursday 21st January
‘Women in World War I’ Dan Allen
Dan Allen, a long-time friend of the Museum, will present his lecture about both the
experiences-of and the many essential roles played by women during The Great War.
Thursday 24th March
‘Aldershot in the Great War’ Murray Rowlands
Continuing the theme of World War I, noted local historian Murray Rowlands will speak on the topic of his recently-published book Aldershot in the Great War. As Britain’s premier military base of the time, Aldershot has a rich and fascinating history; captured here.
Thursday 21st April
‘Operation Thunderbolt: A Close Run Thing’ Prof Saul David
We are delighted to welcome back the noted historian, novelist and broadcaster Prof Saul David, who will present a lecture based on his most-recent book, Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport; which details the raid carried out to rescue Jewish nationals by the Israeli Special Forces, on 3rd July 1976.
Thursday 23rd June
‘Herbert Sulzbach: The Man with a Big Heart’ Ainslie Hepburn With these words, the German Ambassador described Herbert Sulzbach (1894-1985), who fought for Germany in WWI and with the Pioneer Corps in WWII. He was awarded both the OBE and the Grand Cross of the German Federal Republic for his post-war work fostering Anglo-German co-operation. This talk explores the man and his fascinating life.
Thursday 22nd September
‘The War in the West’ James Holland
James Holland has just completed the second part of his revelatory new trilogy about World War II. The product of more than a decade of research, these superb new books challenge convention and long-held wisdom about this cataclysmic conflict.
Thursday 24th November
‘“Arming Britain’s Wartime Secret Army”: Weapons and Equipment of the Auxunits’ Maj Dale Clark
Having recently-spoken of the arming of World War II’s Home Guard, Maj Clarke returns to speak on the subject of the Auxunits, our secret, anti-invasion guerrilla fighters.