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National Peace Symposium 2015

National Peace Symposium

Cllr Paul Deach with Camberley resident Shahid Mirza and other delegates at the National Peace Symposium 2015

On 14 March 2015, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at the 12th National Peace Symposium hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

During his address, His Holiness spoke of the increased threat of radicalisation and warned of the potential danger it posed to the world. His Holiness spoke of the mounting conflict in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world and said that rather than religion, the root cause of today’s conflicts was an “unquenchable thirst for power, influence and resources”.

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His Holiness categorically condemned terrorist groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab as acting completely against the teachings of Islam and quoted verses of the Holy Quran that refuted all forms of extremism.

The event was held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London with an audience of more than 1000 people, including more than 600 non-Ahmadi guests comprising Government Ministers, Ambassadors of State, Members of both Houses of Parliament and various other dignitaries and guests. A special guest this year was Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The theme of this year’s Peace Symposium was “Religion, Freedom and Peace”.

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Brian May considering standing against Michael Gove in the General Election

Dr Brian MayCamberley & Sandhurst News & Mail has reported today that Queen guitar legend Dr Brian May is considering taking on Surrey Heath MP & Chief Whip Michael Gove in the May General Election.

The local paper describes it as a “Mouth watering prospect”.

Dr May is a staunch animal rights activist and a huge supporter of the local animal charity Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.

He has also been a huge critic of the Conservative Party desire to re-introduce blood sports and this is clearly a way of taking the fight to the heart of Westminster.

The General Election will already prove to be interesting but if Dr May does actually go ahead with this, then things will be fascinating.




Emergency pressures update from Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park HospitalHospitals across the country are experiencing extreme pressure following the Christmas and New Year period and Frimley Park is no exception.

People are therefore urged to avoid unnecessary visits to A&E and, unless they are a real emergency, consider a more appropriate course of action, including seeking advice from community pharmacists, using over the counter remedies for common minor ailments such as coughs and colds, or making an appointment with their GP.

GPs should be the first port of call – people are asked not to come to A&E as an alternative to seeing their GP. There is also the option to call NHS 111, a free telephone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supported by trained advisers and medical staff.

For patients who do need to attend the emergency department, our staff are working extremely hard to ensure they are cared for appropriately and provide them with the best possible service. The Trust asks people to bear with them during this extremely busy time while staff prioritise patients according to their clinical need.

More information on local health services can be found at

New hashtag launched for 2015 Elections #SurreyHeath2015

IMG_5873Recently there has been quite an interesting discussion developing on twitter around the 2015 elections.

I speak to a lot of residents in the area who claim to be disinterested in politics, but all have strong opinions about local matters. Therefore, whether they like it or not, they have an interest in politics.

It is important that people understand who they are voting for. There will be new candidates who may be unknown to many and there maybe people seeking re-election.

Social Media is a fantastic way to engage your local representatives and prospective candidates so I have created a new hashtag #SurreyHeath2015. I have also created a twitter list which has all the candidates who are on twitter. This list is a work in progress so if I have missed anyone off or have put someone on who is not a candidate please let me know and I will amend.

I think the 2015 elections are going to be very interesting and I hope there will be a great turn out. We have National, Borough & Parish elections all at the same time and the Scottish Referendum has sparked a renewed interest with the electorate in the political process.

My advice to anyone wanting to find out more about their candidates is to engage them on Social Media, and if they are not active on Social Media, email and let them know that you expect them to be.

If you want to join or follow the discussion please use #SurreyHeath2015 hashtag.



Nine charged in second week of drink driving campaign

UK-Police-breathalyzer-2Nine people have been charged in the second week (December 8-14) of Surrey Police’s crackdown on drink or drug-driving related offences.

The Force, jointly with Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers started the campaign last week, which will run throughout December. It brings the total charged so far to 23.

As part of the campaign the Force will be proactively releasing the names of those that have been charged, while officers will be Tweeting about people who have been stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences, giving brief details such as when and where the motorists were pulled over.

For the full list of those charged on each day see below:

December 9

John Gill, 24, of Hoppers Road, north London was stopped on the A3 in Esher. He was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He has been released on bail to attend Staines Magistrates Court on December 31.

Inderpal Singh Phlora, 40, of Carmalt Gardens, Hersham, was stopped in Esher. He was charged for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle. He has been released on bail to attend Staines Magistrates Court on January 14.

December 11

William Matthew Thomas Underwood, 61, of Middleview Drive, Normandy, was stopped in Woking. He was charged with drink driving. He was released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on December 30.

December 12

Garry Sheargold, 59, of Elgar Avenue, Surbiton was stopped in East Molesey. He was charged with drink driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He has been released on bail to appear at Staines Magistrates Court on January 14.

December 13

David Frank Newman, 76, of Portsmouth Road, Godalming, was stopped in Godalming. He was charged with drink driving and released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on December 31.

Cameron Ashley Coxhead, 19, of Marlis Close Bagshot, was stopped in Camberley and charged with drink driving. He has been released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on December 31.

December 14

Shaun Judd, 40, of The Cardinals, Tongham, was stopped on the A3 at Wisley. He was charged with drink driving and released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on January 8.

Mark Anthony Butler, 43, of Deanside, Camberley was stopped in Camberley. He was charged with drink driving and released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on January 6.

Perry Fidler, 22, of St Johns Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, was stopped on the M25 at Wisley. He was charged with drink driving and released on bail to appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on January 6.

To keep up to date with our officers looking for drink drivers, follow @SurreyRoadCops on Twitter. People in Sussex and Surrey can text 65999 to provide details of suspected drink or drug drivers.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.If you know someone is driving whilst over the prescribed limit or after taking drugs call 999.

#OurDay The Pro’s & Cons of being a Councillor – Video blog

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Description: Cllr Allison Hernandez, Cllr David Allen and Cllr Paul Deach take part in a Google Hangout on Air to discuss the Pro’s and Cons of being a Councillor as part of #OurDay.

This might be one reason why people chose to drive rather than use public transport

Deepcut Bus StopOn Wednesday this week I decided to get the bus to Woking from Deepcut. I have a client there and I thought the time on the bus would be a great chance for me to catch up on emails. Also I am becoming more and more conscious that using public transport over our cars has to be more sustainable.

However, the experience was so bad I had to abandon the trip before I even got on a bus.

As I walked back from the bus stop to my car the only thing I could think was “Its no wonder people chose to drive over public transport”.

The bus to Woking (No 48) from Deepcut only operates every 2 hours. My understanding is that it used to operate every hour but the demand for the service was so low it was cut back to every 2 hours. After a conversation with a county councillor today (11th September 2014), there is a very real danger the service (and others) could be cut altogether.

When I arrived at the bus stop the first issue was that the Digital Real Time Passenger Information Board was not working so there was no way of knowing if the bus was delayed or cancelled.

The bus to Woking was due at 0943. At 1005 there was still no sign of the bus so I looked around the shelter for a phone number I might be able to call for more info. There was a poster from Surrey County Council with a phone number on but when I called it there was an announcement that said “this number has changed to” but I did not have a pen to write it down. The poster had an update on it that dated back to 2008 which suggests that this poster has not been updated until around then.

I looked at the timetable which said the bus is operated by Dicksons Travel and gave a phone number. So I called that but only got an answer phone.

By now it was 1015 and I could not hang around any longer so I walked back to my car.

This service is sub standard at every level. Clearly the bus company that operate it are incapable at even basic communication and Surrey County Council do not take public transport in the outlying areas of the county very seriously.

Unless the basics are addressed then there is no viable alternative to the car, at least in Deepcut.


Help for a soul destroying condition

Jane Miles

Urology Nurse Specialist Jane Miles

Help is at hand for sufferers of a medical condition that can be soul destroying for up to a quarter of the UK population.

Frimley Park Hospital will be holding a continence open day on 17 September for people with reduced or no bladder or bowel control. As well as inviting members of the public, the hospital is welcoming healthcare colleagues to attend and find out more about managing the condition.

The annual event has once again been organised by the hospital’s urology nurse specialist Jane Miles. She said that while there are many conditions that are life threatening, incontinence can be devastating for those who have it.

However she said there was a lot they could do to control the condition and greatly improve the quality of their lives.

“Statistics suggest that at least one in 10 men will have continence related problems at some time in their lives and 60% of women will have some kind of continence issue. That’s about a quarter of the UK population,” said Jane.

“Continence issues, and by that I mean, someone either having reduced or no control of their bladder emptying or conversely have problems emptying their bladders, can affect any one at any age. It may be related to a congenital condition or be acquired following child birth, hormonal changes or occasionally following surgery.

“The purpose of our open day is raise awareness and offer support to both patients and their carers so that these issues can be managed to improve the individual’s quality of life. We also aim to help educate fellow healthcare workers around this subject.”

It is the sixth time the hospital has held the annual open day event. It will be held in the C-Block Atrium at the Portsmouth Road hospital from 10am to 3.30pm. Admission is free and its main aim is to break down the taboos around incontinence and support those who suffer in silence.

Specialists will be on hand to offer advice and there will be selected suppliers of products that can help people with the condition.

The events have proved very popular, reflecting the high number of sufferers, and each year advances are being made in managing the condition.

Continence issues are not new. Bladder problems were recorded in 100BC when plant materials were used to empty the bladder. And silver catheters were found in the ruins of Pompeii and were in common use up to Victorian times when gentlemen used to carry catheters around in their top hats.