Images Paul Deach & Alan Meeks
Thank you to Mike Hillman from the Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club for this outstanding photo blog
Strictly Dancing will take place on Friday 17 May at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green. The event will be hosted by Daybreak Showbiz Editor and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Richard Arnold.
The professional dancers will be delighting the audience with a spectacular four-dance showcase, and there will be the opportunity to pose with the couple for a signed photo.
The night’s entertainment also includes optional ballroom lessons courtesy of Angela’s School of Dancing and live music from Premier Cru. Another highlight will be the debut performance of the Strictly Learn to Dance Class 2013. Following 10 weeks of dance lessons, a group of 14 novice couples have been sponsored to perform on the night.
“We’re very excited to be hosting our fifth Strictly Dancing. It’s a very popular event and raises much needed funds for the Hospice,” said Ruth Scammell, Community & Events Fundraising Manager, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. “We are extremely grateful to Bob Potter OBE for kindly donating the use of his renowned venue once again.”
The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25 each from http://www.pthshop.co.uk. Dance floor seats at £35 and front row seats at £30 are only available to purchase by calling 01252 729446 (these include a drinks reception and early entrance).
By any standards this is an incredible event and a real jewel in the Surrey Heath crown.
I captured a lot of footage from the event which I will edit together over the next couple of days.
But I also podcast interviewed Bob & Joanne Potter, nine times ladies world champion Trina Gulliver, Glynn Evans and a really great bunch of lads who have driven all the way from Belgium this morning to soak up the atmosphere of the Darts at Lakeside, and will be driving back tonight.
Bob Potters interview is quite long so I hope to publish that on its own in a day or two.
Here are the podcasts:
Our annual Presentation evening is the high point of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award locally and gives the community the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the young people. (See images below)
This year has been another successful one and over two hundred and fifty Awards, including some Gold Awards, were presented to the young people from the local area, each in itself marking a significant personal achievement for the individual young person.
The presentation evening, thanks to Mr Bob Potter OBE, was held at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green on Wednesday 12th September. It provided an opportunity for the young people, their parents, and the staff who support them, to see their achievements publicly recognised and to be presented with their certificates.
The evening started with the Gordons School Pipes and Drums with a fantastic display of talent. During the evening a number of awardees explained the highs and lows of their journey to their successful completion of the award.
The Chairman of Surrey County Council Mrs Lavinia Sealy, The Worshipful Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Bruce Mansell and the Chairman of the Surrey Heath Forum Dean Stokes presented the awards.
The popularity of the DofE continues to grow within Surrey Heath and anyone interested in the award scheme should contact their local school or contact the Surrey Heath Chairman email@example.com .
Nationally, participation in DofE programmes and the number of Awards achieved has grown every year since the award started 1956 and today the value of young people’s volunteering activities is worth over £21 million.
Today over 280,000 young people take part in DofE programmes in groups which are run in 10,533 DofE centres throughout the UK and the award operates in 136 countries worldwide.
Centres range from youth clubs and schools to voluntary organisation meeting places, businesses and Young Offenders Institutions. Every DofE centre is authorised by a licensed DofE Operating Authority which for Surrey Heath is Surrey County Council, which allows Surrey Heath (and the schools within) to operate the award.
Images with thanks to Alan Meeks from the Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is pleased to announce that this year’s host will be none other than popular TV and Radio Presenter Paul Ross. In addition to this we have showbiz favourite Lance Ellington, singer on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing who will be performing live with the band Premier Cru.
This dazzling event is due to take place at Lakeside Country Club on Friday 27 April 2012, has been a huge hit with supporters as they flock to see Strictly stars Ola and James Jordan from the hit BBC show. People are encouraged to arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
In addition to stunning ballroom dances from Ola and James, there will demonstrations from Surrey Hills Dance Centre, a lesson from Angela’s School of Dancing, Aldershot and our Strictly Learn to Dance couples will take to the floor and perform their American Smooth after being in training for 10 weeks!
“This fantastic event is set to be even bigger and better this year,” says Ruth Scammell, Community and Events Fundraising Manager. “We are very grateful to Bob Potter OBE for kindly donating the use of his renowned Lakeside Country Club for the night for the fourth year running.”
All ages are welcome to attend, no dance partners are necessary. There will be no obligation to take to the floor if you would prefer to sit back and just enjoy the show. Standard tickets cost £25 and can be purchased online at www.pthshop.co.uk or by calling fundraising on 01252 729446. Tickets are selling fast so book soon if you want to join us.
We look forward to seeing you there!
I think Bob Potter has done us proud and he is responsible for putting Surrey Heath on the world map and drawing huge numbers of people to our borough which creates employment and other opportunities to the local economy.
In fact Bob Potter and his family have contributed a huge amount to our borough for so many years.
Those who have lived in the area for a long time will know all about the history of Lakeside. But I think some of the more recent residents (like me) may not fully understand the significance of Lakeside.
During the 70’s Lakeside Country Club was the number one entertainment venue in the UK. Just about every major star of that era appeared at Lakeside.
Also Bob Potter has raised fortunes for local charities. In fact only recently he donated £75k to Frimley Park Hospital which compared to how much he has given to local charities over the years is actually a drop in the ocean.
I think his OBE was well deserved and his contribution to Surrey Heath and our community over the years cannot be overstated.
During the darts I was able to interview Cllr Joanne Potter (Bob’s daughter) who told me about some of her fond memories of lakeside Country Club which you can watch here.
He is the youngest player of the tournament at 18 years old. Below is a video blog he kindly agreed to record with me. A full video blog about the tournament that has put Frimley Green on the world map will follow later on in the week.