Welcome to the East Horsley News Page

Shop Window displays

Thank you to all our traders for putting on such a splendid show for Christmas.

The winners of the Best Shop Window 2017 will be announced tomorrow at the EHPC Volunteer Christmas Party along with winner of The Volunteer of the Year so watch this space....

Horsley Neighbourhood Connections

Do you have a few hours a month spare to assist with this worthwhile community project? Horsley Neighbourhood Connections is an initiative which is proving successful and more volunteers are needed. The project's aim is to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives in Horsley.

Once trained, volunteers provide a listening ear, information and advice about local support and activities, such as local transport, groups, household help, statutory services.

They are also able to offer short-term support to help access to services in the community, such as accompanying someone to a new activity, or contacting professionals on their behalf.

For more information call Nick Clemens 01483 281148

Please note that although based at the medical practice, Neighbourhood Connections is not a medical service; it’s a way to address social and practical needs and to help make connections between people and support services that may be relevant to them.

Please see www.cofeguildford.org.uk/neighbourhoodconnections for more information about the project.

Or contact: 07796 098 077, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neighbourhood Connections is a partnership project between Guildford Borough Council and the Diocese of Guildford, supported by local voluntary organisations and people living in your local area.

The Reverse Advent Challenge

As we start the countdown to Christmas and start counting up gifts for our family and friends – here’s an invitation to accept a small challenge to do something for people for whom Advent holds little hope or expectation.

From the 1 December 2017, you are invited to keep a box where each day some items can be put aside that would be suitable for use by a local foodbank organisation. Boxes could be shared by families, by neighbours and friends or by local schools, workplaces and shops.

Donations will be collected at the Wheelhouse, East Lane, West Horsley on Sunday 17 December 2017 from 9am – 12noon (or alternatively directly by the foodbank)

Boxes will be distributed on Monday 18 December 2017 to North Guildford Foodbank, the Salvation Army and Cobham Area Foodbank.

Finally, during the last week of advent participants are invited to gather for carol singing at Horsley Train Station on Tuesday 19 December 2017 from 5.30-7.30pm with mulled wine and hot chocolate being served.

What to do next:  

Get a box

Tell your neighbours, friends, colleagues, clients and customers *

1 December… start collecting

For more information,
or to let us know you’re collecting:
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*If you are doing this as a group or workplace let us know and we can provide you with leaflets & posters.

This project is led by a joint team of local churches –
St Saviour’s in Guildford, St Mary’s West Horsley, St Martin’s East Horsley,
All Saints Ockham and Horsley Methodist Church

Home Counties Carers

A positive story about Social Care in East Horsley from Matthew Kalupka of Home Counties Carers, 22a Station Parade, East Horsley:

Hi Everyone, Lucinda & I just wanted to tell you the great news that we have been awarded the accolade of Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission which puts us in the top 3% of Home Care providers in Surrey! The second huge accolade concerns Ingrid Clift, Head of Care at Home Counties Carers who won the coveted award of Care Manger of The Year at this years Surrey Care Awards!

Surrey care service rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Published: 6 November 2017

Service: Home Counties Carers

Categories: Care in your home and live in care

Home Counties Carers in East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in July 2017.

Inspectors rated the service Outstanding in the areas of effective, caring and well-led, with Good ratings for being safe and responsive to people’s needs. The overall rating was Outstanding.

Home Counties Carers is a domiciliary care agency which provides live-in support such as companionship and personal care to people within their own homes. There were 41 people using the service at the time of the inspection.

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said “Home Counties Carers provides a service where staff have clearly demonstrated their commitment to providing high quality person centred care.

“People told us how staff often went above and beyond when undertaking care duties to ensure that their support needs were met and worked hard to increase their confidence to reduce isolation and allow them to live more independently.

“Inspectors found that people’s nutritional needs were taken into account by staff who were highly trained in how to produce nutritious and appetising food to ensure people living with dementia ate well and reduced the possibility of malnutrition.

“It is clear from the quality of care provided to those using this service that the staff and management are committed to person centred care and are constantly exceeding the expectations of the people that use the service. I would like to congratulate them on their work in this area and their achievement in receiving an Outstanding rating overall.”

The full inspection report can be found on our website www.homecountiescarers.co.uk

A3 M25 improvements

Highways England held a public consultation between December 2016 and February 2017 to gather feedback on the proposed plans for the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement scheme.

Option 14 has been selected as the preferred solution for the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement scheme. You can find out more information and view the Preferred Route Announcement brochure at this link consultation page.

The preferred route announcement brochure can also be found in hard copy in the following locations from Thursday 30 November:

Cobham Library The Cedar Centre, Cedar Road, Cobham, KT11 2AE
Guildford Tourist Information Centre 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ
Hersham Library Molesey Road, Hersham, KT12 4RF
Horsley Library Parade Court, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6QR
Painshill Park Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE
Pyrford Village Hall 5 Engliff Lane, Woking, GU22 8SU
Walton Library 54, The Heart Shopping Centre, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1GH
West Byfleet Library Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6NY
Weybridge Library 23 Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DE

What’s next

Update from Highways England:

We would like to ensure that the most appropriate solutions for side road access are developed with landowners, residents and key stakeholders. As such we will be working to develop these further over the coming months and presenting these during the statutory public consultation in 2018.

After the statutory public consultation, we will need to put an application in for planning permission. The application will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate, who will ask for representations from interested parties. This will be a further opportunity for you to have your say.

After the examination, the Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport who makes the final decision on the scheme. We will only be given consent to construct the scheme if planning permission is granted. Consent will also allow compulsory purchase of any land required.


Early 2018 Statutory public consultation
2018 Development Consent Order submission (planning permission)
2019 Development Consent Order decision (planning permission)
2020/20 Begin construction

State Primary Education in Horsley

Letter from Fiona O’Neill, Headteacher and Claire Handley, Chair of Governors at Raleigh School

Dear Horsley Residents

Last year The Raleigh School submitted a proposal to GBC about our hope to build a new home for the Raleigh School on the site known as A41 (a field on East Lane, opposite Manor Farm KT24 6HQ) that is perfect for our needs. Sadly, this was not agreed by GBC, but we still believe that it is a sound plan and want them to think again. We also wish the local community to be kept fully informed and consulted so this letter and attached questionnaire is intended for that purpose.

We are proposing that we build a two or preferably three - form entry school, with adjoining playing fields on this site, (we currently have a waiting list of 108). Also we propose a significantly reduced number of houses are built, down to just 10 from the previous proposal of 90, on that piece of land, together with a community sports hall from which we hope the school and community will benefit enormously. We passionately believe the facilities will transform the way we can educate your children. It would be a modern, energy - efficient building with a neighbouring sports hall, surrounded by both playing fields and woodland that would allow us to create a “Forest school” to study the local ecology and environment. We hope the Raleigh Nursery will relocate to the new site and share the benefits of the exciting new facilities. There will be pedestrian and cycle paths from both East and West Horsley to access the site as well as car parking on site for all staff and parents dropping and collecting twice daily.

If we are granted permission to create our new home then obviously we need to pay for the land and the construction. To that end we hope that a partnership can be formed with a house builder who would develop our Northcote Crescent and Weston Lea sites. These are very early days, but we estimate 30 homes could be built on each of those sites.

We are well aware of how sensitive the community feels about building on green belt land in the village. The simple truth however is that without new houses there can be no new school. Many of us wish there was another way but there isn’t.

It’s vital that your voice is heard. We will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns but most importantly we need your support . Sadly it is people who are against progress who usually respond to these questionnaires – If you think this is a good idea it is essential that you respond and complete the questionnaire which can be found in the November/December 2017 edition of the Horsley Directory. The deadline for your response is 15th December 2017. Then just pop it in a drop box or scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to us on 01483 - 285631.

We hope that you can support our vision to build a new Raleigh School but we also understand the reservations that many of you will have about any new building in the village. Whatever happens as the situation evolves we want to work with the local community and hopefully earn your support.

Best wishes

Fiona O’Neill, Headteacher and Claire Handley, Chair of Governors 

Shopping online safely

If you are new to buying online or just need reminding of how to protect yourself from cyber crime follow this link


Particularly with Black Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday etc sales being heavily promoted at the moment, sometimes thinking that you are getting a good deal can cause you to drop your guard.

GBC Local Plan

Guildford Borough Council have voted to submit their Local Plan for examination to Central Government.

Latest Press release click here.

Guildford Dragon reports:

The controversial draft Local Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination following a vote last night's, November 21, full council meeting. Seven councillors, three Guildford Greenbelt Group (GGG), two Conservatives, and two Liberal Democrats voted against and three councillors, all Tory, abstained.

Read the full article at Guildford Dragon online news.

The council leader described it as the most important decision taken by the council since at least 2003, when the last Local Plan was agreed.

Doorstep Crime - some advice

In the last few days there have been some doorstop peddlers (Nottingham knockers) around the area. Here is some helpful advice sent via In The Know - Surrey and Sussex sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Preventing doorstep crime

Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvement or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police, health carers or energy companies.

Tips to keep you safe

If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.

Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.

Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.

Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.

Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.

What should I look out for?

Rogue traders

May say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden.

May claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac.

May try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot.

May offer to carry out work cheaply, but charge an extortionate price after it has been completed.

May offer to drive you to a bank so you can withdraw money to pay them.

Provide false names, addresses or telephone numbers.


A peddler is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have on offer. This can often include cleaning or household goods.

By law, they are required to carry a peddler’s certificate, which are issued by the police force in the area where they live.

Bogus callers

May claim to be working for the council, water, gas or electric company.

They could also say:

They are a nurse, doctor or from the police.

May say they need to come into your home, or try to get you to go outside.

May try to distract you so they can steal your money.

Can be male, female or even children.

PCSO Lesley Foster (Woking) 

Hearing Aid Service

Hearing Champions is a FREE service for people with NHS hearing aids including basic maintenance, battery supply, cleaning & re-tubing, trouble-shooting and advice.

This is a Guildford Diocese initiative, in partnership with the NHS and St Martin's Church, East Horsley.

All our volunteers have been trained by the audiology departments of Epsom & St Helier Hospital or the Royal Surrey County Hospital and hold training completion certificates.

Sessions will be held in The Canterbury Rooms, St Martin's Church, Ockham Road South KT24 6RL (behind the church)

Sessions 2nd Thursday in the month 10.00am – 12.30pm

Bring your brown NHS Battery Book (which includes your settings and requirements) and your hearing aid.

New Horsley website

The Horsley Hub website horsleyhub.com is a social enterprise website aimed at parents living in and around Horsley.

As well as being packed full of information on activities for kids, family days out, and what’s on, it has heaps of information and resources on health and emotional wellbeing, both for children and parents, including those with additional needs. 

Businesses, including schools, can also list their services on the business directory for free and they also list events for such as school fairs, fireworks on the "What's on" section.

Kate Little is a GP living in Horsley who has just launched the website says "Producing this has been very much a joint effort with other mums from the community." The story behind Horsley Hub is here.

Improved weekly collections

Recycling textiles, small electrical items and batteries is simpler and more convenient, as GBC have now started collecting these every week, rather than in separate, fortnightly collections. 

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council, says: “Thanks to the great efforts of our residents we have recently increased our recycling rate again to a fantastic 60%. Our latest improvements, to collect textiles, small electrical items and batteries weekly, will make it even easier for everyone to recycle and helps to unify collections across Surrey. 

“Our service teams also work tirelessly to maximise recycling across the borough and I hope these changes will lead to another increase in how much we collect. This goal will bring environmental benefits as well improving the lives of people in our local communities. So I encourage everyone to help us achieve it by recycling as much as you can!” 

Residents should place their unwanted textiles and small electrical items in a plastic carrier bag and leave them next to their refuse or recycling bin on collection day. Batteries should be placed in a clear sandwich bag and left on top of their bin. 

Please ensure that all items are able to fit into a carrier bag, as anything larger cannot be taken. Whenever possible, bigger items should be donated to charity shops. 

Please also look out for the new recycling calendars detailing collection dates, which GBC are currently distributing to households across the borough. 

For more information on waste and recycling visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/recycling

West Horsley Place planning

Guildford Borough Planning Committee have resolved to accept their officer's recommendation to APPROVE the application to use West Horsley Place as a centre for the arts and crafts together with other events to support the restoration of the estate.

You can view the debate at:


Henry Smith Charity

We need your help to help others – For many years the Parish Council and St Martin's Church have been working with volunteers in the village to represent The Henry Smith Charity. You might not be aware of their work but they are an organisation with a 500-year history of helping people in the Community.

They have a simple aim “To bring about lasting change to people’s lives by funding organisations working with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage”. Laudable words but what does it mean in reality?  It means that the Trustees working in East Horsley have an amount of money granted every year and we are looking for the help of the village to suggest people who might benefit from a small grant (usually around £50) to help them through a difficult time of their lives – it won’t change their lives but it might help whilst other factors are taking time to arrange.

So if you can think of anyone in East Horsley who might benefit from a grant then please contact Nick Clemens (Parish Clerk) on 01483 281148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neighbourhood Watch

The latest newsletter from Neighbourhood Watch is available click here.  With helpful articles and suggestions for how to watch out for your neighbours including scamming and abuse.

To download NW resources click here

Wisley Appeal update

Latest report from Wisley Action Group: Thursday 19 October, we heard the closing submissions of WAG/OPC, the Horsleys, Ripley PC, Cobham Heritage and Conservation Trust, and Highways England.  All are in agreement with GBC that the Inspector has to recommend  to the Secretary of State that the appeal is dismissed.  Our closing statement is click here  - it is well worth a read - we demolish the appellant's argument and state that continued inclusion of the site in the local plan will render the local plan unsound [this comes from our QC, Richard Harwood, who is the only QC on the government's Local Plan Expert Group]. 

Thanks to each and every rule 6 party who have supported us through this ordeal.  Thanks too to all who have turned up at the appeal.  We are especially grateful to each and every person who has contributed to our costs - our decision to hire the legal team and experts we did has certainly been worthwhile, in spades, and we hope that we have done enough to knock this on the head for the foreseeable future. 

The Planning Inspectorate has informed us that the latest date for the inspector's report to be delivered to the Secretary of State (SoS) is 31 March 2018. There is no date for the SoS's decision.

Here is the link to GBC's page  www.guildford.gov.uk/wisleyairfieldpi

Examination of EH Neighbourhood Plan

On 2 October 2017 the Regulation 16 consultation on the Submission Version of the plan officially closed. There were just four persons who submitted comments under the public consultation.


The next step in the legal process required for the adoption of our neighbourhood plan is the appointment of an official examiner to review the Submission Version of the plan, as previously published.

Examiners are supplied by NPIERS, an independent body, who have nominated an experience neighbourhood planning specialist based in Bristol called Liz Beth.

Liz Beth is an accredited examiner who has been involved with over 30 neighbourhood plans nationwide during recent years, either as planning adviser or independent examiner. Her report on the East Horsley Neighbourhood Plan is scheduled for delivery around the end of January 2018.

A copy of the Statement submitted by GBC to the independent examiner about the East Horsley Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here.


Glutton operators

The Parish Council has acquired a Glutton Street Cleaner machine to keep the pavements clear of debris throughout the year and thus reduce the incidence of flooded drains. When leaves and debris get washed into the gutter they get crushed by passing cars and the sludge washes into the drains. The result – blocked drains, flooded roads and soaked pedestrians.

Training for volunteers to operate the Glutton Street Cleaner was held on 30 August. 

We now have a team of volunteers in place, but the more operators the better so if you are interested why not give Council Clerk Nick Clemens a call on 01483 281148 to find out more about the training.  You do need to be over 18 years old.

EHPC Newsletter editor

Steve Harvey, editor of the Parish Council newsletter easthorsley.info, is to retire this autumn due to work committments. We are looking for a new editor to take over the reins of this important role in the East Horsley community. Some experience in writing copy and an understanding of the village and what is happening would be an advantage, however there is excellent support from the EHPC Communications Team, along with a professional setting designer and a sub-editor to make it a fun and easy project four times a year. 

A typical production cycle would require the editor to:

  • Draw up a list of possible features
  • Contact potential contributors
  • Where possible take photographs of people and events or engage with other photographers in the village
  • Write copy
  • Provide designer with a rough page and layout format
  • Assist with proof reading copy and suggest amendments
  • Sign off ready for printing

For more information contact Cllr Stephen Groom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Parish Clerk Nick Clemens 01483 281148, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Casual Vacancy

Become a Parish Councillor! A vacancy has arisen, better known as a "Casual Vacancy", so if you would like to join the Parish Council and get involved in loads of interesting local stuff now is your chance!
Call Nick Clemens for more information 01483 281148


New Rural Economic Strategy

Guildford Borough Council has adopted a new Rural Economic Strategy aimed at protecting our natural and built heritage, sustaining our rural communities, and enabling enterprise and diversification in our changing countryside.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, says: “Guildford has always been a working, changing landscape, and this Strategy is laying positive foundations for a new community-based rural economy, complementing our new draft Local Plan. The aim is to build and develop sustainable communities through enterprise, infrastructure, innovation, landscape management, and improved quality of life – which will benefit us all.“ 

Following a rural mapping exercise and business survey, five policy priorities were identified as being core to the local rural economy:

  • Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
  • Infrastructure for Enterprise
  • Landscape Management and Countryside Vision
  • Green Space, Health and Wellbeing for Better Quality of Life
  • Energy Policy, Generation and Supply

Cllr Billington adds: “A key factor of the Strategy is that it’s designed to support local communities in shaping the future of their own towns and villages as sustainable places through affordable housing, new employment, enterprise opportunities and better local infrastructure, whilst preserving the borough’s special landscape and environmental qualities.”   

Covering the River Wey catchment, the strategy will link Parish Councils, businesses and other local organisations in rural Guildford e.g. Surrey Hills AONB, Surrey Wildlife Trust, University of Surrey, and also the neighbouring boroughs of Waverley and Woking. Continuous engagement between all these organisations on aspects of policy, planning and delivery, is key to the strategy. 

Delivery of the Strategy will be monitored by Guildford Business Forum’s Rural Group whose members include environmentalists, farmers, landowners and producers. A shared concern for the landscape around us will help people across the borough to become actively engaged in shaping a strong, longer-term rural economic strategy.

New owners at village shop

Forest Road Stores is now open for buisness so do pop in to see the brand new layout and meet Peter and Manmeet.

Guildford's newest venue

The Village, Guildford opens on Saturday 10 June through to Christmas.

This is a vibrant event space located in the heart of the town, which features a stage area, an open public space and seating. A mix of food concessions serving a tempting array of street food, retail outlets, toilets and a licensed bar will also be available for visitors to enjoy.

The Village is just two minutes’ walk from the High Street, less than a minute from The Friary and is located between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. 

For more information and events please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/thevillage

The Village, Guildford has 25 retail outlets which are available to lease. Click here to book your space.

Opening Times


10am – 8pm


10am – 8pm


10am – 10pm


10am – 10pm

 Sunday  10am – 6pm


Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Tourism and Climate Change, Cllr David Bilbe says:

“We want to provide residents and visitors with a new and unique venue in which to shop, eat and enjoy themselves. Our team has put in place an exciting events programme that is a great mix of free activities to enjoy throughout the summer. To assist us we have also partnered with a number of organisations that have direct experience of running events on similar sites to The Village.”

Open each week from Wednesday through to Sunday until December, there will be themed events and activities to enjoy. From food festivals, to film nights, live music, live big screen showing of summer sporting events, a car show, community and arts events as well as day time activities for all the family, there is something that appeals to a wide audience. The site also has free WiFi for visitors to use.

The Village is free to enter but for licensing and safety reasons some events will be ticketed.

Feedback from the original village last December was that potential tenants wanted greater certainty about the length of time that the venue would operate for, so we have created an events programme that extends across the summer months and beyond. Visitors also wanted a different experience. The Village, Guildford is no longer a ‘pop-up’ site but a longer-term opportunity offering a flexible, different space for retailers, traders and entertainment in our town centre.

Cllr Bilbe adds:

‘‘It continues to be important that we are able to provide an opportunity for local business and new start-ups to develop and grow. This type of new offering takes time to establish and we have improved the Village to make better use of this dynamic space ahead of the proposed redevelopment of lower North Street.”

Foodbank items

Posh Wash at Bishopsmead have a Foodbank bin for household items such as food and toiletries. Raju says "I have always wanted to be able to help those in need and as it is easy to overbuy at supermarkets these days with 'buy one get one free', I thought why not put anything you realise you will not use when you get back from a shopping trip in the boot of the car and drop it off at Posh Wash when you are passing!".

Local road signs cleaned

Thanks to volunteers from the village, the road signs around East Horsley have been cleaned and where possible straightened and repositioned with obscuring foliage cleared. However signs on private roads were not included.  If you live in a private road in East Horsley would you check the signs and make sure they are clean and not obscured by foliage as well? If we all do our bit we can keep our village sparkling! 

Community booklet

"Living and ageing well in the Horsleys" is a guide to community services in East & West Horsley. Click here to see full brochure. The booklet is being delivered to all homes in the Parish.

Coupled with the initiative "Neighbourhood Connections", the Parish and Borough Councils hope to provide support and information for the growing older generation as well as those who need more general advice to assist with daily life.

Neighbourhood Connections

Neighbourhood Connections is a community project that aims to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives in Horsley.
  • Do you need help navigating the maze of social services?
  • Are you feeling isolated or lonely?
  • Would you like to know more about local activities?
  • Do you have concerns about someone you know or care for?

Come and talk to a Neighbourhood Connections volunteer at Horsley Medical Practice 2-4pm Wednesday and Friday To book an appointment please speak to a receptionist or call: 01483 284151

  • You may have had a change in your health or mobility which is affecting you and would like to know more about what services can help you to manage and adapt.

  • You may be a mum who has moved into the area, looking to develop your own social network or find additional activities for your family.

  • You may be a carer for your partner or a family member and would like some extra support in your caring role.

  • You may be recently retired and looking to begin a new hobby.

Whatever your situation, Neighbourhood Connections’ trained volunteers can provide a listening ear, information and advice about local support and activities, such as local transport, groups, household help, statutory services and more.

The volunteers may also be able to offer short-term support to help you access services in the community, such as accompanying you to a new activity, or contacting professionals on your behalf.

Please note that although based at the medical practice, Neighbourhood Connections is not a medical service; it’s a way to address social and practical needs and to help make connections between you and support services that may be relevant to you.
Please see www.cofeguildford.org.uk/neighbourhoodconnections for more information about the project.
Or contact: 07796 098 077,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertising your event

The policy of East Horsley Parish Council is to manage advertising and minimise fly posting within the Parish. In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007 (referred to below as TCP2007), the policy does not allow indiscriminate advertising / fly posting on telegraph poles, trees, street furniture, road signs, fences or highway verges etc. Advertising material which contravenes this Policy may be removed by the Parish Council.

The full policy is available under Your Council or Click here

West Surrey Stroke Care Services

The public are being asked to share their views on plans to improve stroke services in West Surrey. A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ends on the 30 April 2017.

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK. Over the past two years, the NHS across Surrey, working with national clinical experts and local people, many of whom have been affected by stroke, has reviewed stroke services and health outcomes in depth to understand what is working well and where improvement is needed. It was found that rates of death following a stroke were higher in Surrey than other parts of the country and experience of life after stroke could be better.

National clinical experts recommended that hospital care for patients suffering a stroke be consolidated into specialist units. This would ensure enough specialist staff are available to provide the intensive care and treatment required seven days a week, which we know saves lives and reduces disability.

We want to improve hospital care for patients by consolidating specialist stroke services at two hospital sites in West Surrey; at Frimley Park Hospital and St.Peter’s Hospital. At both sites this would include a hyperacute stroke unit (intensive care given during the first three days after a stroke) alongside an acute stroke unit (care given after the first three days and usually up to about seven days). The Royal Surrey County Hospital would no longer provide specialist stroke care. Instead, patients from the Guildford and Waverley area would be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital, whichever is nearest.

Similarly, we want to improve specialist stroke rehabilitation for patients who do not need to stay in the acute hospital but who are not quite well enough to go home. Changing how this is provided will enable patients to receive more intensive therapy, according to their needs, and therefore go home earlier. In order to make best use of specialist skills, we want to consolidate the number of hospitals providing this specialist care. This will include Farnham Hospital, with other possible options including Ashford Hospital, Milford Community Hospital and Woking Community Hospital.

The public are now being asked to consider these improvements set out within the consultation plan.

There will be a number of opportunities for the public to meet clinical specialists during the consultation to find out more about why these changes are proposed. Visits to local stroke support groups and other interested groups can also be arranged and group organisers are encouraged to contact the CCG to make arrangements – telephone 01483 405450 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t


Councils' concerns over Wisley

East Horsley and West Horsley Parish Councils have jointly submitted a Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to the Wisley Airfield developers’ Planning Appeal. The Horsleys parish councils (HPC) share the same concerns in relation to the proposed development. As a result, they have decided to join together for the purposes of this appeal in order to try to assist its efficient running.

To view the HPC Statement of Case visit this website’s Major Planning Applications page.

The appeal has been submitted by Wisley Property Investments Limited in response to the refusal by Guildford Borough Council on 8 April 2016 of its application for planning permission, (local authority reference 15/P/00012), and originally submitted by the Appellant on 16 December 2014, for development comprising a new settlement on land at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, Surrey, GU23 6NU.

The appeal is to be determined by way of an inquiry with the Inspector submitting a report and recommendation to the Secretary of State in order for him to determine the appeal.

“It Can Wait” campaign

Surrey Police is supporting a national campaign to highlight tougher penalties due to become law and crackdown on those motorists using handheld mobile phones when driving. The Force is reminding motorists that nothing is more important than focussing on driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach or set it to silent before setting off on a journey in a bid to take away any temptation to use it when behind the wheel. Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will be targeting irresponsible and dangerous drivers who are spotted making calls, texting and recording videos or surfing the web. They will be taking action against those illegally using a mobile phone at the wheel and will be informing motorists of the new law which will see the Fixed Penalty fine double from £100 to £200 and the penalty points for the offence increase from three points to six points.

The legislative changes come into effect from 1 March 2017 and mean a new driver could lose their licence if they are caught just once while using their phone.

Superintendent Chris Moon, Head of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said:

“The message not to use a hand held mobile is still not getting through despite it being 14 years since it was made illegal. There’s been an alarming rise in the number of people using mobiles when they shouldn’t - the national campaign in May 2016 recorded the highest percentage rate of drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving compared to any other previous campaigns.
“This addiction to using a hand held mobile phone needs to be broken and putting the phone on silent or out of reach when driving can put a stop to the habit. Motorists are putting themselves and those around them at huge risk – using a mobile while driving can cause death or serious injury.”
A father-of-two, 48-year-old, Lee Martin from Basingstoke, was killed when he was hit by a Ford Transit van as he cycled along the A31 near Farnham in August 2015. The driver of the van was sending and reading text messages when the collision happened. 30-year-old Christopher Gard from Alton was sentenced to nine years for causing death by dangerous driving. Last week he lost an appeal to cut the length of his sentence. Gard had seven previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel and his appeal was dismissed by a judge who said “most rational people would have modified their behaviour for their own sake or for their potential victims”. Supt Moon said: “This tragic incident could have been averted if the driver had carried out what he had promised to do when he was in court just weeks before the accident. Gard had told the court he would lock his phone in the boot of his van when driving – he managed to persuade magistrates he could curb his behaviour.
“I want motorists to think about this shocking and avoidable fatal accident when they reach to use their mobile. Is any call, text or picture worth someone’s life? Help yourself to avoid any temptation, turn the sound off and place your phone safely out of arm’s reach. Remember #It Can Wait.“There needs to be a sea change in how the driving community currently views and accepts the illegal use of mobile phones. The behaviour needs to be seen as socially unacceptable in the same way in which drink or drug driving and the non-wearing of seat belts is viewed by the majority of the population.”
Tony Fielding (Surrey Police, InThe Know. Community Volunteer, Guildford)

Guildford Vision Group

Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.


We are a group of mainly professional people from all walks of life who share a common goal and passion – that Guildford should become an even more attractive, vibrant and pleasant place to live, work and visit.

We came together to form the Guildford Vision Group to respond to Guildford Borough Council’s initial draft Town Centre Framework in 2012.

We all believed that this was poor and lacking in vision and inspiration.

Since then we have campaigned tirelessly for a visionary plan with the Council having the determination necessary to develop the town as a holistic whole around its people and place making, rather than bit by bit through the piecemeal expansion of its buildings and roads.

We are delighted that the Council listened to us and commissioned consultants Allies and Morrison to prepare a broader and better Masterplan.

The Drift Golf Club Planning Application approved

This planning application was approved at the SCC Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 7 December by a majority of 5 to 3. The proposal is to remodel many of the practice ground and club facilities to create a new outdoor short game practice and teaching facility including a putting and chipping green with 30 covered practice bays, and a lake for water storage and irrigation.

This will involve the importation of some 87,805 tonnes of inert waste materials to the site of over a period of 9 months involving around 6,097 HGV trips or 12,194 HGV movements - 33 HGV loads per day. The planned route is through Cobham to Effingham Junction on Forest Road, into The Drift and out through West Horsley along Ockham Road North to the A3 and M25.

Interim Stroke Care Provision from January 2017

Joint press release issued on behalf of Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6 December 2016

Interim changes to the provision of stroke care at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will take effect from early January 2017.

From 9 January 2017, patients with a suspected stroke, who would currently be taken by ambulance to the Royal Surrey, will be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St. Peter’s Hospital for their immediate care. Patients may then be transferred to the Royal Surrey if clinically appropriate for on-going care or discharged home. Further care on discharge from any of the hospitals will continue as currently provided. 

This change in service affects residents from Guildford and Waverley, as well as some from neighbouring boroughs in Surrey and South East Hampshire. 

These changes are necessary as the Royal Surrey will be unable to support a seven day hyper acute stroke pathway from January due to a number of changes within the multidisciplinary stroke team. The provision of seven day acute stroke unit care is unaffected and will continue during the interim period. NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group has been working closely with providers and other Surrey CCGs to ensure safe hyper acute stroke care continues to be provided to patients who would normally attend the Royal Surrey. 

We are confident that these arrangements will provide the necessary high-quality care and clinical expertise that patients with suspected stroke require.

A Surrey-wide review of stroke care is on-going and is focussed on developing the right model of care across Surrey to improve overall outcomes. The proposals for West Surrey were initially shared with the public at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting in September 2016. Where changes are proposed for stroke care, these will be subject to a formal public consultation.

Become a British Sign Language Interpreter

Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! BSL is recognised as a native minority language in the UK such as Gaelic or Welsh, and there are approximately 1 million deaf people in the UK, of which 45,000 are children. 

Some Scary Statistics:

Decades of ‘zero government support’ for (BSL) has created a national crisis. Deaf children have parents that cannot sign; schools with Hearing Impaired Units cannot find staff with signing skills; ditto for the charities that work in the social care sectors caring for the deaf in our community such as RNID, Action on Hearing Loss, The Royal Association forDeafPeople (RAD).

Shockingly, there are now only 1,000 qualified BSL interpreters for the whole of the UK.

This has left a massive communications ‘hole’ and is creating damaging barriers for deaf people. Few hearing people are able to communicate with the deaf – even at a basic level.  This also comes at a time where Deaf Schools and Deaf Clubs are being closed down.

Many deaf people now lead lonely isolated lives with little or no human interaction with their hearing neighbours.

There is a shortage of organisations that teach BSL in the South East. This geographical pocket suffers unduly; not only with recruitment issues but in the wider teaching of family members of deaf children.  Imagine visiting your family and sitting in the corner because no one can talk to you……..unthinkable for a hearing person, but for deaf children all too common.

Also, people are reticent about signing up for a Sign Language course as they think it is too expensive.  Any language course which lasts for an academic year is costly, but the hourly breakdown is £6 per hour. Less than the average yoga class. Sadly, a number of colleges had to cancel their courses this year as not enough students enrolled – although the French, Spanish and German GCSE classes still ran – at the same cost.

Dot Sign is a community-serving ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, devoted to raising Deaf Awareness and the learning of British Sign Language.  Dot Sign strive to create community links, particularly involving young people who are often seeing a deaf person and BSL for the first time. They can attend School assemblies or Scout Groups for Question and Answer sessions, where children take away a positive message about deafness. This exposure means that they are then less likely to ‘recoil or avoid’ speaking to deaf people which, sadly, is often the case with adults.

Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! 

There are currently Taster sessions running in Guildford and Woking and a new BSL Level 1 course starting in February 2017.

To find out more please go tohttp://www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk/course/bsl-taster-sessions

Dawn Hoskins - CSW to Kathleen Grehan, Director of Dot Sign Language email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New War Memorial for Guildford

Guildford Borough residents are asked to put names forward for a new war memorial. 

The names of those who fell in the First and Second World War are recorded on memorials up and down the country. Guildford Borough Council is planning a new war memorial in town to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by those who have been killed in military action or service since the end of the Second World War.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, explains: "We have just remembered the sacrifices many men and women have made for our country. We would like to erect a new war memorial in memory of all those who have lost their lives in military combat or service since the end of World War II. If you know of a relative or friend who this applies to, please get in touch."

Guildford Council is in the early stages of planning the new war memorial and is asking for names as part of detailed background research. The location of the new war memorial is still to be decided. It will be installed  by 2018, to tie in with the centenary of the end of World War I.

Residents are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggested names. We would also like to set up a stakeholders group to oversee the new war memorial - residents are asked to get in touch if interested in taking part.

New charges at Surrey’s community recycling centres

If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home, make sure you’re aware that from 1 September there will be new charges for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres which accept it.

Charges will apply for waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil.  A charge will also apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes.  You can only pay by credit or debit card.

The introduction of charges is being made as increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.

A full list of the types of waste that will be charged for, the costs and your free allowance is available at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling. Or call 03456 009 009.



Update from Guildford Vision Group

Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.


Exercise with the Seated Dance Class

Seated dance class is held on Monday afternoons (term time only) at St Martins Court, East Horsley (which is along the road opposite St Martins Church). This is an opportunity for older people to take some gentle and fun exercise, followed by refreshments and a chat. It starts at 2:15pm and costs £2.50. 

If you know of anyone who might like to join in please contact Margaret on 01483 282038 for more information.

Speedwatch Needs Volunteers

New Speedwatch Volunteers required! Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to be part of this local community team.
So if you are concerned at the speed of cars and vans on the roads of East Horsley and would like to join the Speedwatch team, please get in touch with Nick Clemens, Parish Clerk, 01483 281148.

Horsley Business Network

Whether you have a business presence in the village or work from home and would enjoy more contact with others who are in the same position, the Horsley Business Network (HBN) is for you. 

Sign up to the mailing list visit www.horsleynetwork.co.uk

The network has been going since 2010 and during that time we have built a regular member base, and had more than 160 businesses come along. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, services and products. We have covered many interesting and varied topics aimed at assisting business owners to build and grow their businesses.

The Horsley Business Network was was initially created by four business owners in the village. We now meet once a QUARTER at QUAICH at 8pm on THURSDAYS  we’d love you to join us. We will also be having informal networking coffees on MONDAY MORNINGS early in the month at QUAICH.

Calling all young people! - join the Youth Club!

East Horsley Youth Club meets at the Village Hall, Kingston Avenue.
To join you just need to email Leader Tracy Coleman on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07553359441.
Or attend the appropriate night either with a filled in form or to collect a form. The first night is a free taster session - if you would like to become a member it's £2 every week with a £30 joining fee. 
Weekly we hang, chat and play footie. In the summer we go outside and have a massive field to play sports in. There is a tuck shop where you can can buy sweets and juice. 

On Tuesday evenings for years 8 & 10 from 7pm-9pm

On Thursday evenings for years 7 & 9 from 7pm-9pm

East Horsley Care

East Horsley Care is a service provided to the local community. If offers transport to hospital, doctor, dental appointments etc for those who would be unable to reach these appointments without assistance.

Each year East Horsley Care assists with nearly 350 appointments, almost one each day.

The scheme is operated by volunteer drivers and controllers who make the arrangements. 

If you would like to use this service 

Please ring 01483 284802 and leave a message. The message should include:

  • your name
  • contact number
  • date of appointment
  • time of appointment
  • place of appointment

Once you have left your message the duty controller will be in touch with you to let you know the arrangements they have made.

A small charge is made for this service to cover fuel costs.

Would you like to help?

Additional drivers and controllers are always welcome. Please contact Alastair Rutherford-Warren 01483 283720 or East Horsley Care.

The Horsleys' Community Bus

Have you seen our Community Bus going about its business around the Horsley Villages, and perhaps wondered who goes on it, and where it is going?

If so, the bus, which is run as a charity and driven and managed by a group of local friendly volunteers, provides a door to door service for any residents of the Horsleys and nearby villages who can benefit from using it. It has easy access, and has proved very popular for elderly people who appreciate the support we can give. For some it has transformed their life: “It is the only means we have to do our shopping”, and for others: “we so much enjoy getting out and about, and meeting other passengers”. “We would be lost without our Community Bus”. 

Typically it makes regular (weekly, fortnightly and monthly) journeys to shops in the locality, including Cobham, Brooklands, and Woking. For these runs we ask for a donation of £2.50 towards our running costs. The bus also carries out a variety of other runs, such as pleasure trips and lunch clubs. It is occasionally available for use by other groups, eg for theatre trips. 

To find out more about when and where we go, and how you could join us a passenger, do call us. You would be most welcome to have a chat and to see if we can help. 

Kelvin Hayes: Email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01483 283314   Mob: 07530 167283

Likewise, if you felt you could spare some time to help drive the bus and help our passengers, we are always looking for new volunteers. Indeed we will need a few more drivers very soon, so do please get in touch if you might be interested.

Surrey Highways Work Schedule

 To view the SCC Highways fortnightly bulletins Click here 

Horsleys Community Fund

The Horsleys Community Fund, established in 2010, is a significant and exciting local initiative building a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of the Horsleys and its residents. By working in partnership with the Community Foundation of Surrey we have established a permanent fund that enables and encourages local giving so that as villages we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local concerns now and in the future. 

Grants are awarded by a panel of local people to support vulnerable local residents, improve local facilites, increase access to clubs activities and sports and preserve and enhance the villages’ heritage, culture and environment.

If you would like to donate to the fund, or know of a local need which would benefit from a grant, or receive our newsletter, please contact us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01483 281755


Article from Victim Support

Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime.  

Our volunteers in Surrey help people traumatised by crime to move on with their lives.  You can help by supporting victims face‐to‐face, as a fundraiser or in lots of other ways. We pay your expenses and give you free training.  You don't need qualifications or previous experience of this kind of work to volunteer for Victim Support. All you need is the willingness to help and a little time. We welcome volunteers from every walk of life and from every community.     

For more information contact: Jo Wills on 01273 456151or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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