Horley Town Council


September eNewsletter 2018


In this edition.........


We feature the WEA 50 years celebration, New status awarded to the Horley War Memorial, Remembrance Day Events, The Circus & Dog Show, Information about a playground upgrade, Horley Conservation Group news, and in 'Around the clubs' this month we feature the U3A.



Royal British Legion

Remembrance Programme 2018


Rededication of the Garden of Remembrance 7th November 2018 

The Garden of Remembrance will be rededicated by the local Clergy and opened by the Chairman of the Horley Town Council at the War Memorial, Brighton Road, Horley at 11:00 AM

It is hoped that pupils from Oakwood School will place Remembrance Crosses in the Garden in memory of Horley Branch members who passed-away during the year.


Everyone is welcome to attend and may place their own crosses of Remembrance in the Garden should they wish to.


Horley Royal British Legion - Remembrance Day Parade & Service

11th November 2018


10:00    Participants to assemble at the Horley RBL headquarters in Albert Road

10:30    Parade will form up in Consort Way West

10:35    Parade to move off turning into Victoria Rd and proceed to Vicarage Lane traffic                 lights and then break off and walk into War Memorial Gardens

10:58    Introduction by Chaplain and then Two Minutes silence followed by the service                   and Wreath Laying ceremony

11:35    Parade to re-assemble in Vicarage Lane and return to Albert Road Sports &                       Social Club



Everyone is welcome to enter the Memorial Gardens and be part of the Service




New Safety Surfacing at Horley Recreation Ground


We are very pleased to announce that the Town Council has agreed to appoint Southern Landscape & Construction Ltd to replace the safety surfacing in the playground at Horley Recreation Ground.  


The construction works is expected to commence towards the end of October and will require approximately two weeks to complete. During this time the playground will be closed on safety grounds.


It has taken considerable time for the careful planning and implementation of this important project. We hope that everyone will enjoy the new contemporary feel and vibrant appearance of the area once it is fully completed. 

WEA Celebrates 50 years


Council Chairman David Powell & Vice Chairman Samantha Marshall joined members of the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) Horley Branch on Saturday to celebrate 50 years of adult learning in the town.
Past, present and future WEA students filled the Archway Theatre to mark the occasion and enjoy a quiz on life in Horley in 1968. Did you know the average price of a house half a century ago was £3,500? Or that the average wage was £750?
History tutor Kate Antoniou entertained the audience with a talk on what the world was like in 1968 – with the Vietnam War raging, riots in France and Prague, and race relations in turmoil in the UK, it was interesting to note that despite the best attempts of our ‘rose tinted spectacles’ history is never quite as we remember.
Like all the best parties, the celebration ended with refreshments and the cutting of the cake.

For more information on WEA Horley courses, email: or call 01342 843801.



War Memorial Awarded Grade II Listed Status


After an assessment by Historic England, Horley's War Memorial has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.


Historic England noted that 'Horley War Memorial is an impressive and dignified stone monument, made from good quality materials. It commemorates the 122 local combatants who fell in the First World War, and the 46 that fell in the Second World War. Of particular note are Henry Webber, who aged 67, was one of the oldest serving soldiers in the First World War, and Geoffrey White who died in 1918 while attempting to save his submarine crew, and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The memorial is a poignant reminder of the impact of two World Wars on the town of Horley, and clearly meets the criteria for listing.'  

Gatwick Greenspace Partnership

Horley Conservation Group


The group met on the first weekend of the month at Tanyard Pond and dug up a large patch of brambles and Sycamore saplings to create more of an open woodland glade. This should give the Bluebells, the grasses, Foxgloves and other woodland flora a chance to grow there more in future. The group reports there is still more to do at the pond and at the front entrance, so they will be carrying on with this another time.



The next task date is Sunday 14th October (please check website here for venue details)

Horley Local History Society - Change of Meeting Date!

The next meeting of HLHS is on Thursday 25th October at 7.30pm for an

8.00pm start

Horley Lions Bonfire & Fireworks Display



This will be the third year that Horley Lions has organised the Horley Bonfire & Firework Display and with the help of the ex- Tablers, local Farmers and members of the public this has continued to be popular with people all around the district. There will also be a small fun-fair to keep the children entertained during the evening


Gates Open   6:00 p.m.

Bonfire Lit      7:00 p.m.

Fireworks       7:30 p.m.


Adult £5  Child £3   Family £15 (2 Adults + 3 Children)


Horley Lions will have their Barbeque Bar on site serving Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon & Egg Rolls and Tea, Coffee and Canned Drinks


Horley Lions Dog Show and Country Fair a Great Success


The Companion Dog Show had record entries with numerous classes covering Pedigree, Agility, Obedience and Fun events. The Agility event was organised by the local Pet Care Service company “EdiPaws” and this proved very popular with plenty of laughs for all. 

Apart from the Dog Show, people flocked in to join in the fun of this Community Fair with many local clubs, businesses and organisations represented. In addition there were various fund raising stalls which for the most part were run by local Scouts, Guides and members of the Redhill Corp of Drums.

Children certainly enjoyed taking part in a tug of war competition and to the amazement of their parents proved that many hands make light work, as they pulled themselves to victory. Equally, the good old fashion egg and spoon race and sack races proved to be very popular.

The Copthorne Silver Band equally proved to be very popular playing a whole variety of music throughout the afternoon.

The Fire Service was also on hand, giving a very informative display showing the methods used to extract civilians that are trapped in vehicles when in a Road Traffic Collisions.

The profits of this show and that of the Lions Firework Display on the 3rd November will in part be added to a fund they are building up to assist children with cancer and also diabetes being treated at the East Surrey Hospital.

The Circus Came to Town


The magic of the circus came to Horley as Circus Wonderland returned to Horley from Morocco. The popular annual attraction, now in its its sixth year in Horley,  saw high flying acrobats, tumblers and clowns. Their shows saw performers flipping and flying across the arena, with  spectacular BMX stunts and fiery foot juggling.


Amidst the action and excitement, award winning clowns Kakehole and Mr Popol returned to scale new summits of silliness with their crazy comic capers.




Around the Community Clubs


This month we are featuring The Horley & District U3A.


The '3A' in the title stands for 'Third Age'. People in the Third Age have usually completed their full-time employment and often no longer have full-time responsibility for looking after a family. They may therefore have some spare time to broaden their interests. 


Each U3A consists of small groups of people who get together to further their common interests. They bring information on their subject of interest to group meetings, exchanging their knowledge and expertise. The list of local interests is long and includes such varied areas as Gardens, History, Book Club, Cinema Visits, Pub Philosophy, Rummikub, Science, Canasta, Mahjong, Walking, Jazz, Bird Watching and Art Appreciation to name but a few.


Their monthly meeting is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:00-4:30 in the Regent Hall on Albert Road, Horley. 


Contact the membership Secretary on 01293 786325 for more information

Dates for your Diary


9    October      19.30: Planning Committee

16  October      19.30: Full Council Meeting

30  October      19.30: Leisure Committee



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.

Horley Town Council, 92 Albert Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 7HZ

Telephone: 01293 784765 | email:

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