Those that know me will be aware that I am an optimist, and I feel that I should share my optimism at this difficult time. The news from the government is worrying but as ever there is reason to be grateful - grateful that we live in the Horsleys where, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the response from residents has been most heartening. Offers of assistance have greatly exceeded the calls for help – long may that continue.
The role of The Parish Council is to co-ordinate what is already evolving into a determined and professional response: our greatest fear is that people in need will fall through the evolving safety-net through no fault of their own. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to list some useful contacts for people and organisations already working on the villages’ behalf.
You will not be surprised to hear that the local churches are leading the way:
St Martin’s Church East Horsley
St Mary’s Church West Horsley
All Saints’ Church Ockham
Other useful numbers:
East Horsley Parish Council
Nick Clemens, Parish Clerk 07904 369938
Although we live in an age of high-tech social media connectivity, let us not forget those in the population who are not so tech savvy. The East Horsley Parish Council has recently been working with the Road Associations to identify Road Captains and I’m pleased to report that the majority of Roads and Avenues now have a representative in place. One of their most important roles is to disseminate information to residents in their road. We are relying on Road Captains to identify people who might be at risk and to assure them that they are not forgotten.
Lastly, I would urge you to continue to use our local shops, post offices and amenities as much as possible. The staff in our grocery stores are doing an excellent job keeping their shelves full and our cafés and restaurants, although closed for diners, are still able to offer takeaway service. Please, please, please use them or they will not be around for us to enjoy when this situation improves.
Look after yourselves and look after your neighbours.