A New ATM for East Horsley

A new ATM has been installed at the Post Office, with no charge for transactions.

Station Master Richard Bunce Resigns

Friends of Horsley Station regret to report that Richard Bunce, the popular station master at Horsley Station, has resigned for personal reasons. In the years that Richard has occupied this position, he has worked tirelessly to ensure the station looks clean and tidy and that the booking office and waiting rooms are welcoming with appropriate pictures, a book and jigsaw puzzle exchange and a planting scheme at the entrance. 

His efforts (and those of Friends of Horsley Station) were rewarded when Horsley Station was twice nominated as small South Western Railways Station of the Year. Richard has been a valued member of the local community and has always been cheerful and happy to help with ticketing inquiries. We wish him (and his dog George) well for the future and thank him for his contribution to Horsley life over the past few years.

Richard and George

Annual Parish Meeting Held in The Great Hall of Horsley Towers

The Annual Parish Council Meeting held in The Great Hall of Horsley Towers last night, proved to be a great success. The hall was filled to capacity with only standing room left for late comers. East Horsley Parish Council would like to thank those who took the time and trouble to attend the meeting, where they were given the opportunity to hear directly from councillors on what they have been doing over the last year and their plans for the following year/s ahead. Many local issues were raised in the Q&A, which the councillors were able to answer directly. In the second half of the meeting, following refreshments, attendees were given the opportunity to listen to Daniel Skyes, Cyber Protection Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police talk about the techniques used by scammers to part you from your hard-earned cash and, more importantly, how to avoid becoming yet another victim. 

If the meeting has whetted your appetite and you would like to find out more about the Parish Council or if you would like to explore the possibility of becoming a councillor, we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pedestrian Footpath on Forest Road

A project first started by residents 15 years ago to provide a safe pedestrian footpath along Forest Road, has now seen the completion of the section at the lower end of Forest Road extending the path to the junction with Woodland Drive.

Continued Construction of Pedestrian Footpath on Forest Road

There are temporary traffic lights at the lower end of Forest Road, whilst another short section of the pedestrian footpath is constructed, extending the path to the junction with Woodland Drive. Works are scheduled to be completed this Friday.

Spring Village Litterpick 2024

A big thank you to all those who volunteered at our Spring Village Litterpick at the weekend.  Again we had a good turnout of all ages at all three locations, Station Parade, Bishopsmead Parade and Effingham Mini Mart in Forest Road. We hope to see you and other residents at our next Litterpick in Septermber. Keep an eye on the website and social media for date and details of how to register.

Horsley Hawks Win

Congratulations to the Horsley Hawks who have won their division in the U13 South Surrey league by a considerable margin, they are now set to play in the final of the Plate competition at the end of April. This season their kit was kindly sponsored by Quaich in Station Parade, one of our local coffee shops.

Annual Parish Meeting To Be Held At Horsley Towers

On 23 April at 7.30pm.

This year, for the first time, the Annual Parish Meeting of the East Horsley Parish Council will be held in the Great Hall at Horsley Towers, on 23 April at 7.30pm.  This is your chance to hear updates from your Parish Council about issues and activities over the past twelve months and to look ahead to some of the projects planned for the coming year. Following a break for refreshments, there's a session we are calling 'Stay Safe in Horsley' in which experts will be on hand to give advice regarding scammers and fraudsters.  All this plus an opportunity to experience the magnificent interior of The Great Hall at Horsley Towers.

Thatcher's Hotel Refurbishment

Thatcher’s Hotel is undergoing refurbishment and is set to reopen to the public soon. Longer term plans include redevelopment in the site following planning approval for ten flats in 2022.

New Section of Footpath Completed

Another short section of the new path along the lower end of Forest Road from Glendene to Ockham Road South has now been completed.  This section of Forest Road is the only major road in the village without a safe passage for pedestrians and East Horsley Parish Council has been assisting local residents to construct a new path.  This month should see another short section completed by contractors extending the path to the junction with Woodland Drive. This will just leave a final section down to Ockham Road South to complete.

Repair Café

East Horsley Parish Council is launching its own repair café and is seeking volunteers to lend their time for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning once a month. 

So do you have a skill at mending things – anything from clocks to frocks - and would like to join our team? Electronics, electrical, mechanical, textiles – those are what we aim to restore. 

Ease the pressure on landfill sites as well as household budgets by making your fellow residents think twice before they throw away something that looks beyond repair – but isn’t!

Let us know if you would like to join the team by emailing our Parish Clerk, Nick Clemens: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Annual Chairman's Thank You Party

The Chairman's Thank You Party was held this year at The Drift Golf Club, attended by more than 100 residents, we celebrated our local volunteers, community and businesses.  Chairman Robert Taylor said, “It was wonderful to welcome all the volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to help make our village special - we can’t thank you enough’.  

Our 2023 Volunteer of the Year is Roy Proctor, chosen for his long-term leadership of the Horsley Countryside Preservation Society and campaigning on local countryside issues.

Roy Proctor

Above - Roy Proctor and Robert Taylor, Chair EHPC

The Chairman's Award for 2023 has gone to Brian Austin who, for the past 20 years, has excelled as Warden of The Forest alongside The Drift.  He was instrumental in devising the Horsley Jubilee Trails and restoring the Lovelace Bridges.

Brian Austin

Above - Robert Taylor, Chair EHPC and Brian Austin

The 2023 Award for the best Christmas Shopfront, as selected by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr. Musak Miah, has been presented to Sue Stevens of Serenity Skin Aesthetics. Sue said "Thank you to East Horsley Parish Council for your continued support and for the honour of winning the Christmas Shopfront Award.  We have loved being part of the community for the last 15 years and will continue to do our best to put smiles on faces for many more years to come."

Sue Stevens

Above - Robert Taylor, Chair EHPC and Sue Stevens, Serenity Skin Aesthetics

The Nomad Theatre was also presented with a framed front page of the East Horsley Parish Council Winter 2023 Newsletter, which depicts the Nomad team and an article acknowledging 25 Years of the new Nomad Theatre.

Above - Robert Taylor, Chair EHPC and Moyra Brooks, Nomads Theatre

Well done to everyone who's helped make this into a landmark event for the village!