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Horley Town Council

July eNewsletter 2018

In this edition ...

We feature a recent Town Award presentation, Strawson Hall Update, Horley in Bloom Competition results, our appreciation to all Town Centre floral display sponsors, important current public consultations, Town Guide 2019 arrangements and more!

Town Award Presentation - Ronald Pearce ISM

Ron has lived in Horley for most of his adult life. He saw extensive service abroad during World War Two and was awarded the Legion of Honour a couple of years ago for his participation in the “D” Day landings in 1944.  Ron became a member of the Horley Royal British Legion in 1974 and was appointed a County Vice-Chairman in 1987, a role he continues to fulfil. In 1988, Ron was elected as the Horley Branch President and he took over the role of County Treasurer in 1999, a post he still holds. Between 1990 and 2000, Ron was instrumental in raising some £130,000 towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and his service was recognised when he was awarded a “Gold Medal”, one of the highest accolades a Branch or County can award and he has since been given life time membership of the Royal British Legion. 

Ron has always been a very active member of the local Royal British Legion and organised the Parade & Service of Remembrance at the Horley War Memorial for many years, helping it become one of the biggest Remembrance events in the local area. Ron is an extremely worthy recipient of the Horley Town Award for his exceptional service to the Royal British Legion and we also wish him well on his 100th Birthday!


Strawson Community Hall

Three years after a devastating arson attack destroyed the buidling, Strawson Hall is back. The new building is due to be finished by the end of July with the official re-opening taking place in September. They are already taking new bookings and some of its former tenants will be returning. 

 Doug Kilborn, Chairman of Trustees said, 'We have made every effort to reconstruct with fire retardant materials and the contractor has suggested that rather than clad the building with timber that we should use a composite that looks, feels and acts like wood but will be fireproof ...'

The new facility can seat 60 people, has a fully equipped kitchen and is wheelchair accessible. Anyone wishing to make enquiries about the call can email them at or call on 01293 782629 / 771460

Annual Horley in Bloom Competition 2018 Results

Judging took place on 9th July and the results were as follows

Residential Front Garden

1st:  Peggy Clarke

2nd:  Geoffrey Broom

Highly Commended Samantha Pizzie

Residential Back Garden

1st:  Dr Jim Williamson

2nd:   Mr & Mrs Ernest & Marcia Atkinson

Highly Commended:  Anthony Lacey


1st:  Stuart Hall

2nd:  John Byrne

Highly Commended:  William Ashton

Commended:  John Bieniek

Hanging Basket / Planter

1st:  Anthony Lacey

Joint 2nd:  Stuart Hall

Joint 2nd:  Eileen O’Malley


1st:  Anvil Court

Joint 2nd:  County Care Independent Living

Joint 2nd:  Horley Bowling Club

Highly Commended: St. Wilfrid’s Church


1st:  Langshott Primary School 


1st:  Masslink Guest House

2nd:  Horley & District Constitutional Club

Cottage Garden

1st:  Ken Greaves

2nd:  Veronica Ballard

Public Houses / Restaurants

1st:  Jai Ho (Coppingham Arms)

2nd: The Bull 

Highly Commended: Ye Olde Six Bells

Commended: Fifty Four Café 


1st:  Geofrrey  Broom

Joint 2nd:  Mr & Mrs Pizzie

Joint 2nd:  Mr & Mrs Searson

Highly Commended:  Janice McCabe



Horley Town Guide 2019

Following on from the success of the official Horley Town Guide in 2018, we are pleased to confirm that an updated 2019 edition will be produced and published later this year.  It will be made available to all residents of Horley and will actively be marketed by the Town Council through a number of outlets in the town.

Approximately 13,000 Town Guides will be delivered by Royal Mail to all addresses within the post codes of Horley, and a further 2,000 copies will also be printed for distribution locally.  It will be a full colour publication and will include information about the town, local clubs and organisations, other community services and commercial enterprises. This should prove an excellent opportunity for local traders in Horley and surrounding areas, to advertise their businesses.

For more information click here

Don't lose your right to vote

”Don’t lose your voice on matters that affect you ...”, warns Reigate & Banstead Borough Council as it urges residents to check and respond to important voter registration information tha has been sent to all households.  With Borough Council elections for all seats in all electoral wards taking place in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

John Jory, Electoral Registration Officer at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: “It’s important that residents check and respond to the form as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the borough. The easiest way is online at  “If your name is not on the form, you’re not currently registered to vote. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections and referendums you will need to register online at, or we’ll send you information about how to do this when you reply. In any case, you will still need to respond."

Residents who still have questions can check the Borough Council's website:; or email; or call the Elections Helpline on 01737 276794.

LGBCE Consultation: Reigate and Banstead Electoral Review

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has launched its electoral review of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.  In this second phase of the consultation, the Commission is asking for views on the Draft Recommendations for Ward Boundaries in Reigate and Banstead.  Read more


A note of thanks to all sponsors of this year's Town Centre Flowers

We would like to say an enormous thank you to this year's town centre flower sponsors. The flowers add colour and vitality to the town and help to make Horley such a lovely place to live and work.

Residents may have noticed that the precinct has a slightly different "look" this year. This is due to the upcoming refurbishment of the precinct and we will be able to relocate the displays if necessary. 

Our grateful thanks goes to the following sponors: Cllr David Powell, Cllr Simon Marshall, Cllr Kay Hammond, Collingwood Batchellor, Dream Doors, MAD Ideas, Mitchells of Horley, Regency Grove Communications and SGN.

Reminder - Surrey County Council Consultation: '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 and  there are 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 respond to these challenges Surrey County Council believes the county needs a shared vision that will help inspire and enable better outcomes to be achieved for everyone.  The council is urging residents to feedback on a draft vision by visiting before 3 September 2018.


Horley Conservation Group Update

Horley Conservation Group wish to extend a big thank you to the volunteers who attended on Sunday,15th July, to remove most of the Himalayan Balsam plants from the section of the Burstow Stream between the footbridge at Scotchman’s Copse and the road bridge at Lake Lane.

Their next meeting will be on Saturday, 11th August, which will be another circular walk from the Farmhouse Pub at 0945 hrs (possibly combined with a litter pick around Tanyard Pond if it needs it).

Development Management Plan (DMP) - Examination Hearings Announced

The start of the examination hearings into the council’s Development Management Plan (DMP) has been set by the Planning Inspectorate for Tuesday, 30 October 2018.

The DMP sets out where in the borough future development, including homes, businesses, shops and facilities should be provided and the planning policies to guide what that developments looks like. It also includes how we should protect the character of the borough and its heritage, and addresses a wide range of important local planning issues.  The public hearings will focus on what the Inspector considers to be the main issues fundamental to the soundness of the council’s plan.  For more information, click here.

Smith's Gifts Charity

The Henry Smith Charity has £7000 to distribute each year in small gifts to people in need of extra help.  Applications are open to: 

  • University and College Students
  • Apprentices & NVQ Students
  • Single Parent Families
  • People with Disabilities
  • Young People Volunteering
  • The Elderly

Enquiries can be made to: Smiths c/o 55 Fairfield Ave, Horley, RH6 7PB or

Around the Community Clubs ...

Community Arts & Crafts Workshops

We meet every Tuesday morning at the Edmonds Community Hall, Albert Road, Horley.  The aim for these Workshops, is to provide a relaxed and safe environment, for all abilities to come together and enjoy the benefits of being creative. For further information and to book, please call 07760878276


Horley Sure Start Children's Summer Programme: "Summer Days at Court Lodge"

Summer Days at Court Lodge

Monday 30th July  11:00-1:30

Monday 6th Aug 11:00-1:30

Monday 13th Aug 11:00-1:30 

Summer Days at Court Lodge Family BBQ

Monday 20th Aug 11:00-2:00

Meeting Point will be by the Innes Pavilion, RH6 8RJ. Activities are suitable for children up to the age of 11. Older siblings are welcome, all activities are FREE at these events, no need to book. Just turn up and bring a picnic and blanket.  For more information, click here

Dates for your diary...

Next Council Meetings

31st July         Finance

14th August    Planning

28th August    Full Council



Please also check out our online "what's on" calendar for information on forthcoming events.  Did you know you can submit your own organisation's event?  Just follow the instructions on our website.

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