Monday, 26 November 2012

Camberley ‘STIG’ Children’s RC Challenge

Did you watch the Formula One racing this weekend? I love the thrills and spills of track based sport, especially in the wet.

St Paul’s, have come up with another winning combination for all F1 fans, and their Dads. They’re hosting the motoring legend that is ‘The Stig’, for a children’s remote control car challenge, and providing bacon butties and drinks – all for free!

St Paul's Camberley - The Stig

‘The Stig’ has been captured, and St Paul’s are holding on to him until after Saturday 1 December (Clarkson wanted to come too, but he didn’t want to leave his mummy for too long, so he couldn’t make it). They’ve got some great F1 anthems playing track side (Jessica, Rocket and The Chain) as the cars rev up and roll. Presenting the prizes on the podium after the event, in true F1 style, The Stig may even let photos be taken of him and the kids. It doesn’t get much better than that for free. Dads, grandads, uncles or carers are all welcome to join the pit crew, as their young person burns rubber around the track.

The really clever thing is dads get some sneaky time to be lads with their kids, eat bacon butties, and take in the F1 atmosphere, whilst mum gets time off to prepare for Christmas. It’s a no brainer -  I can hear dads across Surrey Heath rehearsing now, in a casual, off the cuff manner. “Darling, would you like me to take Johnny out for a few hours on Saturday, and get him breakfast? You have a lie in, and do some Christmas shopping. I’ll take care of everything”. Nicely manoeuvred, and we won’t say a word (neither will The Stig of course).

At the start of the festive season, this event gives mums space to start preparing for Christmas, whilst the boys spend an unforgettable morning soaking up the F1 atmosphere, eating bacon butties, and listening to classic F1 themes, as they race RC cars around the track.

Sarah, our track side motorsport marshal for the morning, and also Children’s Worker at St Paul’s says: “We devised ‘Who Let The Dads Out’ earlier this year, and it has been such a success. Busy working dad’s in Surrey often don’t have as much time as they would like to spend with their children. We provide the environment for them to do some bonding over breakfast. This ‘Dads Out’ is going to be really memorable though, as we have the STIG as our special guest presenting the winners trophy!”.

The free event is for children of all ages, and the fun and food starts at 9.00am until 11.00am on Saturday 1 December at St Paul's, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD. People are welcome to drop in at any time, but places are limited due to vroom capacity (see what I did there).

For more information, contact Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email

To find out more about St Paul’s, please visit or contact the office on 01276 700210.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Camberley Street Angels – Violence & Vomit

Recently, Cllr Paul Deach took to the streets of Camberley on a Saturday night to experience the night-time economy, through the eyes of Street Angels. Paul chats with police officers, young people, and the Angels themselves.

Some of what he saw was clearly bravado by some young men, as they showed their bottoms to the camera. Please do not watch the video if this would offend you.

Camberley Street Angels

With thanks to Cllr Paul Deach and Surrey Heath Residents Network

Camberley Street Angels experience much the same reception as other Angels up and down the country, very warm and welcoming. The guys in the video are obviously showing off for the camera, but they do give an indication of the state of groups of young people, after a few drinks. Although the Angels observe violence, this is mainly directed at the police. Fortunately, violence is often a situation the Angels can dispel, before it gets unpleasant. Angels work with the emergency services, town centre management, pubs and clubs. However they are keen to point out, they remain independent, and their role is simply to look out for people who may be worse for wear, or in need of help – Guardian Angels.

Fortunately, it’s not all ‘violence and vomit’. Karen Kendall, Partnership Development Officer at Camberley Churches Together, and a Street Angel herself says “I am sure that baring bums was a response to the camera! But everything else I would agree is very typical of my experience on Friday nights. It is very rewarding, plenty of kisses and hugs on offer in exchange for help, flip flops and lollies.”

Street Angels are part of a national initiative, and you can find them in many towns and cities up and down the country. Check out video updates from Guildford, Halifax (the birthplace of Street Angels), Scarborough, and Bradford.

Camberley Street Angels are part of Camberley Churches Together (CTC). You can check out more posts about them here.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Morality in War - what is a ‘just’ war?

Rev’d David Cooper captivated the audience of 110, at St Paul’s Speakers Corner, as he talked about morality and war. The event raised a magnificent £300 for the charity Help For Heroes, who provide practical support to service personnel, veterans, and their families.

Morality in War : thanks the th Daily Telegraph for the photo

David’s discussion centred around Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) definition of a ‘just war’. David  cited examples from the Falklands war, and Iraq during his talk at St Paul’s, Camberley on Monday 12 November.

A cross section of members of the community, including soldiers from RMA Sandhurst, attended the talk, and took part in quizzing David after the talk.


Rev’d Cooper was Padre to the Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment at the Battle of Goose Green in the Falklands War, and he has also served with the Battalion during the troubles in Northern Ireland. It was particularly appropriate that he came to speak the day after Remembrance Sunday, in this 30th anniversary year of the Falklands conflict.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

We Will Remember Them

Our remembrance service starts at 10.50am today


Recorded in 2011, but still stands today.