The Next coffee shop coming to Camberley

No, that upper-case N in our title isn’t a typing mistake.  We’re referring to Next in Park Street, of course.  And the rest of the title indicates that Next has said that it’s planning to create a coffee shop on the first floor.

This might be bad news for other coffee shops in the vicinity.  But it’s good news for Camberley in general, as it suggests that, although there’s a newer and larger Next store near the Meadows, there are no plans to close the shop in the town centre.  Let’s hope we’re right.

How many donations could this require?

We’ve just seen a TV advertisement inviting viewers to donate £3 to BHF.  But this BHF van is parked in a permits-only section of the A30 service road, and is probably risking what we think would be a £35 fine.  That would be a dozen donations…

(Are we being a bit mean here?  We’ve probably all taken a bit of a gamble on occasions when parking in a hurry.  On the other hand, the Eye – like many others – has supported BHF, and it’s a bit peeving to see a donation potentially not being spent on a good cause. What do you think?)

Sainsbury’s – breaking an Eye habit

The Eye often reports when shops open or close.  But when they’re up and running, we say very little.  However, we’ve just received an e-mail that deserves publicity, even though it describes something that happened six weeks or so ago.  So here is an extract. Congratulations to all those concerned.

Local Camberley supermarket raises over £4,000 for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

Sainsbury’s from Camberley presented £4,386 on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which supports families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

Ashley Seymour, Sainsbury’s PR Ambassador said: “It has been great working alongside a charity who are so involved with the fundraising events as well as the planning and organisation. They are passionate about what they do and how they help others. We are so happy we have helped raise a great amount to help children and their families. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made these events possible. And thank you to our customers.”

Rainbow Trust is a national charity which offers emotional and practical support for the whole family; from their child’s diagnosis, during treatment and, if needed, through bereavement and beyond. It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to its generous supporters helps over 2,000 families in England.

Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, says: “It’s really great to see local supermarket such as Sainsbury’s host fundraising events for us. We want to thank them and all the people who attended and donated to Rainbow Trust to raise this impressive total. We have a care team in Surrey which supports local families across the region so this money will really help these families with a seriously ill child receive the vital support we provide”.


  • Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides expert social palliative care to families when their child has a life threatening or terminal illness. Offering emotional and practical support, assistance is available for families 24 hours a day. Individually tailored high quality care is offered from diagnosis through to treatment and, should a family become bereaved, the charity will continue to support them for as long as they are needed, helping family members cope with the present and preparing them for the future.
  • Rainbow Trust relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and through the outstanding generosity of its supporters helps over 2,000 families a year throughout England. The charity’s vision is that one day all seriously ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker.

We have a nasty feeling….

Note, much of the following was written some time ago.  Read on for the latest position…

If the borough council starts to redevelop Ashwood House in earnest before Christmas, it will probably mean that Christmas parking won’t be available on Level 3A of Main Square car park.  But by then The Lexicon – Bracknell’s new shopping centre – will have been open for several months.  Its new 1300 space car park will be open too.

It’ll be hard for Camberley to compete!


The notice in our photo below appeared on level 3A on 2nd August.  It really is wonderful timing – for Bracknell.   Concerningly, we’ve not seen any suggestion that the council will provide alternative parking;  it’s almost certainly too late to level the London Road Block and used that as a temporary facility.  Maybe the park-and-ride that used to operate from Victoria Avenue car park will be reinstated?  Otherwise, lucky old Bracknell!


The long-awaited planning application to convert Ashwood House (into 116 flats with 100 parking spaces) has just appeared.

Rather remarkably, the application says that the site can’t be seen from the public road.  Based on the artist’s impression, we rather hope that this is true.

Memco – moving forward at last

As followers of Memco’s Facebook page will know already, the ‘wraps’ have just come off the new shop at the top of Park Street.  (They came off too late yesterday for us to photograph, so here’s a slightly older picture with the windows still blanked-off.)

There’s a new notice in the window.  (It’s self-explanatory):

We gather that the shop itself – which we understand will be a hard rock cafe – is unlikely to be open before Christmas, so it’s a case of keeping an eye out as things progress.

Is the notice telling porky pies?

A while ago we showed a couple of photos of the parking area behind the former Job Centre at the top of Park Street.  Although it looked as if the area was secured by a chain across the entrance, in fact the chain could easily be unhooked.  We weren’t the only ones to discover this;  we suspect that others were taking advantage of the free parking.

However, not any longer.  The chain is now properly locked, and a notice saying ‘Construction Site – Keep Out’ has been added to it.  But there’s no evidence of any work being carried out on the building.  What’s more, as far as we know, no planning application has been submitted for any ‘construction’.  So we suspect that the sign is something of an exaggeration…  Maybe time will prove us wrong.

Does ‘officialdom’ read what it writes?

We’ve commented before on official documents that contain gobbledegook.  Clearly no-one read them carefully before releasing them.  A recent example struck us – it was a county council statutory notice in the local paper giving warning that the road across the level crossing would be closed at some point.  But when, exactly?

Easy.  “These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 23:30 on 24th August 2017 and 05:30 on 25th August 2017” [that’s clear so far.  However, the notice then continues…] “within one night of the six-month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order that commences on 24th August 2017.”

Now, we know what the notice is trying to say, and we know that the county council cannot guarantee exactly when Network Rail will do the work.  But surely there are better ways of describing the situation?

Brave new World

Who knew that the shop in the London Road that was last occupied by ‘Cash Zone’ was called ‘Brave new World’ perhaps forty or more years ago?  (The recently-revealed black and white shop sign is a bit of history, from the time when local phone numbers started with ‘CAM’, rather than 01276.)

It’s a couple of months since we pointed out that the premises were going to be turned into a new hairdressing salon, but it’s only recently that there has been clear evidence of the shop being fitted out for its new use.

But no, we don’t know why there was a road-roller parked outside when we took our photo. Though it’s one way of reserving a parking space!