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Guildford Community Lottery

A new Guildford Community Lottery approved in May will help raise additional funding for good causes across the borough while providing an opportunity for players to win weekly prizes of up to a possible £25,000.

To register an interest in your community group benefitting from the lottery please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lottery tickets will cost £1 each and the player can choose which good cause they want to support. They will have the option of wholly benefitting the Council’s nominated charity, Guildford Philanthropy, or a local group of their choice with a small percentage going to Guildford Philanthropy. 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, said: “Now Guildford’s Community Lottery has been approved it will take around six months to set up and launch to the public. We believe that every person matters and this is a great way to help a wide range of good causes raise extra funding for their valuable work.  I look forward to talking to many local organisations to find out how we might support them through this new initiative.”

The Council will not receive any funding from the scheme and is asking for local charities, sports clubs and voluntary groups to come forward and register an interest in being involved.  

Cllr Spooner added: “Nearly 50 councils have already got a lottery or are in the process of launching lotteries and we have appointed Gatherwell Ltd to set up and operate our scheme. Community is very important to us and I encourage everyone to look out for more details about how they can help local people and win at the same time.”

Shaping a vision for Surrey’s future

Surrey is a great place to live and many residents and businesses thrive. But not everyone has the same opportunities and many people face problems including domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health issues.  

There are also growing pressures for the county. The population is increasing and putting more strain on services for children and older people, housing and infrastructure.  At the same time public services have finite resources.

To respond to these challenges Surrey County Council (SCC) believes the county needs a shared vision that will help inspire and enable better outcomes to be achieved for everyone.

Watch this video toSCC is urging residents to feedback on a draft vision by visiting surreycc.gov.uk/vision2030 before 3 September 2018.

Please take the time to tell SCC what you think.

EHPC comment on Wisley

The decision to dismiss the Wisley planning appeal is very welcome. However, the proposal to establish a new settlement at the former Wisley airfield does not end here. The new settlement remains within the submission version of the Guildford Local Plan as Policy A35. The Plan and its policies are currently being examined for soundness by independent inspector Mr. Jonathon Bore. 

Following the Secretary of State's decision on Wisley airfield, GBC have recently issued a new Position Statement on the Wisley airfield development, setting out their arguments to the examiner as to why Site Policy A35 should remain within the Local Plan. Click here to view a copy.

Policy A35 is very similar to WPIL's outline planning application, but with additional fields to the south of the runway being added, increasing the land area of potential development. The purpose of the Local Plan is to set out an overall framework for development. If Policy A35 remains within the approved local plan, then a future planning application based upon this policy is likely to receive GBC's planning consent. 

The public hearing for Policy A35 (Wisley Airfield) will be held in the Guildford council chamber in Millmead on Thursday 5 July from 10.00am. There is a public gallery within the council chamber, although spaces may be limited for this particular session.

EHPC have submitted a Statement to the inspector, Mr Bore, arguing that inclusion of Policy A35 within the local plan is unsound. Click here for copy. Many of the reasons we cited were similar to the arguments used by the appeal inspector and the Secretary of State in dismissing the WPIL appeal. This is obviously encouraging. However, the criteria used by Mr Bore in determining soundness are not precisely the same as those of the appeal inspector nor the Secretary of State, so nothing can be taken for granted.

Wisley Appeal Decision

The Secretary of State's decision is to dismiss the Wisley Appeal.

With reference to the appeal made by Wisley Property Investments against the decision by GBC to refuse the application for planning permission for phased development at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham. Application ref: 15/P/00012:

This appeal was considered by an Inspector at a Public Inquiry September - October 2017.  The Inspector recommended that the appeal be dismissed. This appeal was recovered for the Secretary of State's determination and as of 13 June 2018 the Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector’s conclusions and agrees with his recommendation and has decided to dismiss the appeal and refuse planning permission. A copy of the Inspector's Report is attached.

Data Sharing Top Tips

Sharing data can offer benefits, but what you share and who you share it with is up to you. Top tips from Lloyds Bank to stay safe:

Check who you’re speaking to. If a company contacts you out of the blue asking for personal information, contact the company directly yourself using a known email or phone number.

Be aware of Open Banking (using apps and websites to view all your finance in one place) – if you’re interested in sharing data using this system, check the company appears on the Open Banking Directory first. www.openbanking.org.uk/regulated-providers/

Choose a password that’s secure and change it if you’re worried that someone may have access to it. lloydsbank.com/help-guidance/security

Check your statements regularly and report any suspicious activity.

Don't forget fraudsters might pose as trusted companies – know how to spot them. lloydsbank.com/help-guidance/security/suspicious-phone-calls

Don't give away personal information too freely, for example, on social media.

Guildford Local Plan agenda

Guildford Local Plan - Wisley Action Group (WAG) have notified the PC of what they consider are the critical dates to attend this public examination - 26 June (quite technical) and 4 and 5 July.  WAG also says, "Additionally the discussion on the housing number is key as no doubt campaigners will all be arguing for a lower number due to the latest set of ONS population numbers issued last week and the developers who will argue for a higher number. The latest stats make it harder for GBC to justify green belt release. This discussion is on 7 June.
A very recent judgement from the European Court will likely impact the Guildford plan (it's helpful for us defending TFM).
Meetings take place Tuesday-Thursday in the Council Chamber starting at 10am - hope to see you there."

Decision on Wisley deferred

The Secretary of State is considering the report of the Inspector, Clive Hughes BA (Hons) MA DMS MRTPI who held a public local inquiry between 19 September and 25 October 2017 into the Wisley appeal. Further to the Planning Inspectorate’s letter to you of 5 March 2018, the Secretary of State considers that, because of the recent ministerial changes, he will not be in a position to reach a decision on the above appeal by 5 June 2018, as notified in that letter. Therefore, in exercise of the power conferred on him by paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 2 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Secretary of State hereby gives notice that he has varied the timetable for his decision which was previously set, and he will now issue his decision on or before 13 June 2018. 

Fairer Funding for Surrey's Roads

Surrey CC are calling for a change in the funding system so that busier roads receive more funding for repairs. You can sign the petition here

Surrey has almost 3,500 miles of roads with over 4.8 million miles travelled on those roads per year. The grant received by Surrey  from the Government is about £4,000 per million vehicle miles travelled. A Neighbouring county has a figure of £5,500 per million vehicle miles travelled. The recent Pothole Fund announced by the Government which uses the same formula saw Surrey get £1.8m, whereas one of our neighbouring counties received £2.9m, and a quiet west country area was given £4.4m.SCC are investing £5M into their winter damage programme. The focus will be on the B and C road network. The first round of works is underway and officers are already walking the priority roads to determine what treatment (patching or local structural repair) is needed and the extent of the works.

Surrey CC are investing £5M into their winter damage programme. The focus will be on the B and C road network. The first round of works is underway and officers are already walking the priority roads to determine what treatment (patching or local structural repair) is needed and the extent of the works.

We hope the majority of this work will be done over the next 2-3 months.

It is a YES Vote in the Referendum

Thank you for a superb 95% support for our Neighbourhood Plan in the Referendum on 17 May, the turnout was unusually high for this type of vote, with 34% of those eligible voting.

Stephen Skinner Chairman of the EHPC writes:

"On behalf of East Horsley Parish Council, I would like to thank the residents for their input into the plan both at an initial planning stage, with excellent feedback from our “open sessions”, through to the simply fantastic result achieved yesterday.

The process has clearly involved a considerable amount of work by the Councillors, for which I obviously thank them, but what needs to be recognised is the volunteer input. East Horsley residents have taken the time to contribute, influence, and in the end ensure the democratic process was followed which will provide ALL of us with a greater ability to fashion the village we wish for ourselves and future generations.

So again, on behalf of the Parish Council, I thank you, and I look forward to sharing our/your collective ideas and seeing them through over the coming years."

Waste management facility

Brick Kiln Farm, Old Lane has applied for retrospective use of land for the importation, deposit, storage, processing and composting of green waste materials, the storage and processing of excavated waste deposited on the site and import and processing of excavated waste; ancillary recycling activities comprising storage, separation, breaking, screening, sorting of materials such as: hardcore, bricks, slates, tiles, concrete and engineering materials; the siting and the operation of machinery for the processing of green waste and excavated waste used in the manufacture of artificial topsoil and the subsequent storage, sale and export of artificial topsoil product; including site access and internal access road, on a site area of some 2.6 ha.

The date for last representations 21 May. We are not obliged to take account of comments received outside this period however, we will normally do so up to the date a decision is made.

Caroline Smith, Planning Development Manager Ref GU18/CON/00017
Planning Group
Surrey County Council
County Hall
Kingston upon Thames

SCC Ref 2017/0194/

GBC Ref GU18/CON/00017/

 EHPC Planning Committee Decision:  OBJECTION


a. The planning application is much too general in its scope, meaning that all manner of excavated waste could potentially be deposited at this site with no restriction over the type of materials to be deposited, the volumes to be deposited and the number and size of HGV’s to be used, the times the site will be open and deliveries made to and from it; 

b. The proposed use is inappropriate for a Green Belt location which is situated very close to a residential community in the Effingham Junction area of East Horsley;

c. The proposed use will have a detrimental impact of the amenity of the nearby residential community, including noise, dust and unpleasant smells;

d. There will be a significant environmental impact on the surrounding area which includes ancient woodland and European protected species such as Great Crested Newts;

e. There will be a material traffic impact due to an unspecified number of HGV’s of unlimited weight accessing this site along Old Lane, a narrow rural road with a 7.5 ton weight limit.

EHPC submission on GBC Local Plan

Guildford Borough Council's Local Plan sets out its vision for the borough and its approach to development between 2015 and 2034. When adopted, the plan will play an important role in shaping Guildford's future - how our towns and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, and supporting more sustainable forms of travel. 

The plan will now be independently examined by a planning inspector. The planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is Mr Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD.

The examination will start at 10.00am on Tuesday 5 June and will be held in the Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB.

Click here to view the statement submitted by East Horsley Parish Council in connection the examination in public of the Guildford Local Plan.

A Programme Officer, Mr Chris Banks, of Banks Solutions, has been appointed to manage the administration of the examination on behalf of the appointed Inspector and acts as the liaison between the Inspector and representatives of the Councils. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer:

Address: C/O Banks Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1EF

Tel: 01903 783722

Assistant Programme Officer: Mrs Claire Jones-Hughes

Tel: 01273 381518   
Mob: 07737 786425

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cyber Village Centre!

Horsley Hub is going from strength to strength and has lots to offer all East Horsley residents.  Why not take a look and sign up to the subscribers list.

Wanted - seasonal scenes

If you are out and about in East Horsley and take photos that you think worthy of showing here on the website or that could be used for the newsletter email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you.

Supporting young carers

A new fund, initiated by deputy Mayor Cllr Mike Parsons as part of his Mayoral year fundraising, will provide crucial support to help prevent young carers in the Guildford borough falling behind educationally, emotionally and socially, due to their caring responsibilities. 

The new ring-fenced Guildford Young Carers Fund, within Guildford Philanthropy, will award grants to help support young carers in our community by providing resources, services and equipment.

The scheme was agreed by the Executive at its meeting on 27 March, where it was thoroughly assessed to ensure the proposed fund met the needs of our community, and further supported the work of Guildford Philanthropy. The Executive also made the commitment to provide Council match-funding of up to £20,000 for all private donations made to the new fund in the 2018/19 mayoral year.

Cllr Mike Parsons, Deputy Mayor, said: “Being a young carer can have a life-long effect on health, education, social skills and self-confidence. Many struggle with juggling aspects of being a young person, with the care of their relative. This funding is vital for shaping and personalising the support needed by each individual carer, and allowing them the ability to thrive in their social and educational environments.”

Cllr Geoff Davis, Lead Councillor for Special Projects and Social Enterprise, adds: “We believe that every person matters and this new fund for young carers is of incredible importance to those residents affected. As a local funding body, we need to extend our grant support to provide an effective and helpful approach to a particularly vulnerable group within our community.”

Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, and Community Foundation for Surrey trustee, Peter Cluff, continues: “We’re aiming to change people's lives by creating opportunities and tackling local need, and this includes support for young carers. We need to be able to enable carers to make the most of their youth and education, whilst dealing with their caring responsibilities.”

Guildford Philanthropy is a collaborative partnership set up in 2013 between Guildford Borough Council and the Community Foundation for Surrey. The Community Foundation for Surrey helped to develop the scheme and manages the income and grants.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is a charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. It is part of a national network of 47 community foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

For more information about Guildford Philanthropy please visit www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordphilanthropy 

GBC Plan latest Press Release

GBC Local Plan - initial questions received from independent inspector: Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Our Local Plan is about balancing community needs and enabling people to thrive, wherever they live or work in the borough. Receiving the set of initial questions from the Planning Inspector is another step forward and part of the usual process when developing a new plan.” 

The questions are available to view online on the GBC website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination 

The questions document is divided into two parts. The first section deals with key questions and the second is a set of questions and comments that will help the Inspector to clarify the reasoning behind aspects of the plan. These questions do not deal with the detail of the allocated sites, which may be the subject of further questions. 

Cllr Spooner adds: “The independent inspection of our submitted plan is in the hands of the government appointed Planning Inspector, who controls and manages the examination, including the set of public hearings due to start on 5 June. Local people need a range of homes, especially affordable, a successful economy with great work prospects, good education choices and protected heritage and countryside. Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide these, alongside better transport and travel options to support them. The Council will now review and respond to the initial key questions as required by 10 April 2018.

We submitted our Local Plan to the Secretary of State in December 2017. Alongside the plan, we also submitted all of the public consultation comments made in 2016 and the responses about the changes from last summer’s consultation. After a draft Local Plan is submitted, the appointed Planning Inspector then controls and manages the independent examination, which includes a set of public hearings. The Inspector also contacts everyone who commented on the draft Local Plan at regulation 19 stage in 2016 and 2017 to see if they wish to participate. 

When the Planning Inspector has completed the examination, they will produce their report and recommendations. We will then consider any changes that have been recommended and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan. We hope this final stage for the plan will be achieved by the end of 2018."

HoE Berkeley homes appeal decision

The Howard of Effingham Berkeley Homes appeal has been allowed by the Secretary of State. To see a copy of the Inspector's report click here.

Guildford to trial new traffic signals

Highways England has chosen Guildford for the first non-motorway trial of new traffic signals. The new 'smart' traffic signals are being installed at the A3 Dennis Interchange. They will monitor traffic flow and adjust their timings appropriately.  

Cllr Matt Furniss,  Lead Cllr for Infrastructure and Governance says: "We are very pleased that Guildford has been chosen as the first place in the country to trial these new traffic signals, which aim to bring benefits to all local residents and visitors who use the A3 Dennis Interchange. We are committed to working with partners to improve the borough's transport infrastructure and hope the new smart traffic signals will help improve traffic flow at this busy spot on our road network. We are working with Highways England and Surrey County Council to help improve journey times prior to the Roads Infrastructure Scheme A3 upgrade.

"The new signals will also include LED technology which will help reduce their carbon footprint. A series of overnight road closures will take place while this work happens, along with other improvement work by Highways England. For the safety of road users, the A3 southbound will be closed between the Stoke Interchange and the University Interchange overnight between 10pm and 6am from 5 March until 26 April.Road users should contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 if they have any questions about the  trial of new signals, road closures or diversions."

Scam phone calls

False claims of Telephone Preference Service: Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused. 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself: 

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly. 
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately. 
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040

Date set for Wisley SoS decision

The Planning Inspectorate have notified the Parish Council that the Secretary of State's decision on the Wisley Airfield Planning appeal will be issued on or before 13 June 2018.

This notification is in accordance with Schedule 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 section 55.

The decision will be on the website.

Guildford Railway Station

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, says: “Last month’s unfortunate appeal decision by the Planning Inspector to allow the Solum scheme was extremely disappointing for us and our whole community. The Council’s Planning Committee had unanimously refused permission for the scheme and alongside poor design and little gain for railway station users, it undermined our aim for more affordable housing in the town centre. 

“As promised at the time, we have now considered all options open to us regarding this depressing decision. The Council cannot lodge an appeal to try and overturn the Planning Inspector’s decision and the Government cannot ‘call-in’ a planning appeal decision after it has been made, so we explored the possibility of a Judicial Review about the process.

“Following professional internal legal advice, and expert QC opinion, it is clear that this is not a feasible option as there are no substantial grounds. To avoid using public money when there is no chance of a successful outcome, we have therefore decided not to ask for a Judicial Review. 

“Although we cannot take any legal action, we want the best final outcome possible and will do all we can to make sure the least damaging scheme is developed. This includes helping to shape and improve the proposed design as it goes through the next planning stages. We will also continue our work with Network Rail and other partners to provide the supporting infrastructure vital to our borough’s future.” You can also watch a video of Cllr Spooner explaining more about the Judicial Review decision at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M4LxdYO-Xc

Prudential RideSurrey event

Julie Iles SCC County Councillor, has asked Parish Councils across the division to provide input to the consultation on whether Surrey continues to host the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 and Classic events in the future.

The current agreement for the event runs until the Summer of 2019. SCC are now consulting on whether the agreement is extended for a further 5 years.

To ensure that the maximum financial benefit can be realised from the events via the London Marathon Charitable Trust the intention will be to keep to a similar route as previous years. Keeping the same route has the benefit of allowing the event organiser to continually improve event delivery by reviewing mechanisms for the distribution of information, increasing opportunities for community access planning and reducing road closure times where possible.

Julie says, ”I recognise that with any event of this type residents living on or near the route are impacted. If you wish to provide comments and have views about the future of this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Monday 26th February.”

Relaunch of Horsley Business Network

The Horsley Business Network was created in 2010. The key aims then, as now, were to connect local business people and business owners. 

You are invited to re-state or register your general interest in the network and future events on our Linked in group here or facebook page

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. We have covered many interesting and varied topics through discussions, expert speakers and panels - all aimed at assisting business owners to build and grow their businesses.

Come and discover the businesses on your doorstep: network with other local business owners; learn from our guest speakers, and enjoy a coffee or glass or two with your fellow entrepreneurs. HBN sets out to provide a business focused forum yet in an informal and open environment in which we can explore business challenges and opportunities, while making genuine connections with the pool of talented people who live in or near our villages. 

Whatever your business, you’ll meet interesting people and establish new, local links. So no matter what your trade or profession, we hope to see you there! 

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.

Become a BSL 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. 

Taster dates at Guildford 

Friday, 27th April 2018 Time: 10am – 12noon

Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

At the Dot Sign Language Room, United Reform Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS

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.

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.

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

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 

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

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

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.

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


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.

To view the full policy 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


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 2016 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.

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.


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.
The first night is a free taster session.
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. 

Tuesday 6.30pm - 8pm for school years 7, 8 & 9 

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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