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 making of the Deepcut Village Sign – Photo blog

In my biased opinion the Deepcut Village sign is the best I have seen.

If there was a competition for the best Village sign in the UK, I think it would be in with a chance of winning the title.

In contrast the new signs that were installed to the north of the village a couple of years ago are some of the worst I have seen but the less said about them the better.

I have had the images in the below photo blog for about 8 years. They were sent to me by ex Deepcut Resident Shirley Coveney (who was one of the first people I met when I moved to Deepcut) but have never done anything with them. Shirley is one of the most community spirited people I have ever met and someone who has given so much to Deepcut Village. Residents of Dettingen Park have a great deal to thank Shirley for. That’s perhaps a blog for another time. But if your reading this Shirley, I really miss you.

The wonderful thing about these images is they are history in the making so that’s why I have included them in the Surrey Heath e-museum series.

The sign was commissioned by George Wimpy who was part of the consortium that built Dettingen Park.

I believe the sign to be quite retro in design but at the time formed part of the modern Deepcut as Dettingen Park was completed.


I received an email from Howard Hyde this morning. Howard, like Shirley is another resident who played a big part in helping to shape Dettingen Park and is also very actively involved with the Deepcut Liaison Group and so now involved in the latest proposals to develop Deepcut at resident level.

Howard has kindly added some more information to this blog item as he was also involved in the existence of the village sign.

He has put me straight on a couple of things with regards to the history of the Deepcut Village sign and how it came to be:

  1. The now renamed Mytchett, Frimley Green and Deepcut Residents Association decided they would like a new sign for Deepcut & Mytchett.
  2. Wimpy on partially funded the sign.

View photo blog via Surrey Heath Residents Network


Surrey Heath Residents Network

Deepcut public meeting - 24th Feb 12The Deepcut redevelopment public meeting attracted huge numbers of local residents from across the Borough last night. Deepcut Village Centre hosted the event and reached maximum capacity of 300.

Some local residents and Borough and County Councillors were denied access to the venue but windows and doors were opened so that residents outside could hear proceedings.

During the event residents from outside the venue could be heard shouting views so that those inside could hear.

Chair of the Deepcut Liaison Group Angela Mitchell said “We are really very sorry for those residents who wanted to attend the meeting but could not due to the venue reaching capacity. We were advised by Surrey Police that approximately 200 people were outside the venue. The response has – been astonishing and to get 500 people to a public meeting on a Friday night is unprecedented. In my view this shows how strongly local…

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Surrey Heath Residents Network

DeepcutVillageSignDefence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) held an exhibition at Dettingen Park in Deepcut this weekend that saw a good turnout of local residents.

If you were unable to make the exhibition you can download the exhibition boards here:

Deepcut Exhibition DIO – Feb 12

Once you have had opportunity to view the information you can make your views known to DIO on the comment form on this page:


Don’t leave it to long to leave your feedback as it is expected a planning application will be submitted soon.

Michael Gove MP attended the exhibition and recorded a video blog for the Residents Network where he said he would be working with local councillors “to make sure that the concerns that lots of local people have are taken into account”. You can watch that video here:


If you would like to email your MP Michael Gove and express any concerns in respect…

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Credit where credit is due – Accent Peerless

Accent Peerless - Suffolk CourtResidents might remember my video blog with Anita Blackie from Accent Peerless a few weeks ago where she announced a series of road shows and community clean up days at some of their many locations across the borough.

Friday (27th Jan 2012) was the final event which was held at Suffolk Court at Dettingen Park in Deepcut.

Prior to the event I emailed local residents via the community email distribution lists to inform them of the event but also if anyone was unable to attend to let me have their questions/suggestions which I would pass on to the Accent Peerless team on site. Quite a few suggestions came through which the team were very quick to react too.

While I was at the event the Accent Peerless team and their small army of contractors were busy across Suffolk Court cleaning/tidying communal areas and helping residents clear away any bulky items.

The Deepcut PCSO Lisa Ford & Kate Houghton from itsyourplace were also at the event and on hand to speak to residents.

Accent Peerless were also keen to engage the rest of the community of Dettingen Park so they went armed with black sacks and litter pickers over to the Dettingen Park Store, the Dettingen children’s play area & Deepcut Village Centre and filled several sacks. They did not have to do that but in my mind that demonstrates a willingness to play their part in the wider community. Nice touch.

From my discussions with the Accent Peerless team today I got the impression they are keen to work hard to improve the areas under their control for the benefit of their residents and the wider community. They also accept they can always do better but I think this is a really great start.

Disappointment at timing of Deepcut Public Consultation exhibition – 7th December 2011

DeepcutVillageSignI have received dozens of emails and calls from concerned residents and indeed fellow councillors at the short notice that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO or MOD to you and me) have given for their public exhibition at the Deepcut Village Centre on 7th December.

There are several factors to consider here:

  • I received my notice on 29th November 11 (That is only 9 days notice)
  • The event is on between 1330 and 1930. Most people are either at work or commuting home during those times.
  • Apparently the exhibition has been publicised in the Star Courier. Many Deepcut residents would not know as that publication is not distributed there.
  • DIO have said leaflets have been distributed to properties within the vicinity of the site. Many of my neighbours have not received this leaflet. In fact many people only learned about the event when I posted it on this web site.
  • Only weeks away from Christmas many people are busy.

I am very disappointed at the rushed manor in which this event has been organised and bearing in mind the factors above only adds to the speculation within the community that this is by design.

However, it is still important that if you can make the event, that you do attend and make your views known.

You might find the following document useful which was sent to SHBC by the Deepcut Liaison Group in response to the recent scoping report.

DLG Response to Scoping Report

Traffic of course has always been one of the major concerns of most local residents in their responses to SHBC consultations. In my mind all efforts must be made to not encourage traffic to the village. Therefore I will be very interested to learn the size and location of the supermarket as this will play a major part in traffic mitigation measures. Residents have been explicit in their views in respect of the supermarket. It should serve the needs of the village of Deepcut and not the wider community. A large supermarket will only draw traffic to the village so this is a very important factor that I would encourage residents to keep an eye on when attending the exhibition.