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Horley Town Council

July Newsletter 2015

In this edition

Please check out important news in this newsletter including the HIB competition results, the Horley Carnival, the Conservation Group, Edmonds Fund, the opening of the Langshott Allotments and many more.

Horley in Bloom 2015

Results of the Horley in Bloom competition judged on 7 July 2015 are now available on our website.  Please follow this link.

Mike George, Horley in Bloom Chairman, said:  “We were delighted to once again see so many newcomers entering the competition and our judges were extremely impressed with the high quality of the entries.” Allotments results will follow in the next newsletter.

A presentation evening will be held on Friday 25 September at Regent House, Horley, when the awards will be presented <read more>

Langshott Allotments

The Town Mayor, Councillor Richard Olliver, was delighted to officially open the Langshott Allotments last month.  There are a total of 80 plots which have now been let at Langshott, to meet popular demand.  We were very impressed at how the site has been transformed in a such short space of time, thanks to all our plot holders.

Please view their Facebook Page, which has been created by a number of allotment holders, to see the quality of their produce.  

Church Road Allotments

We were pleased to have a visit from Manorfield School to our allotments site at Church Road last month. 

Children from year 2, The Ladybirds and Crickets groups had such a great time seeing at first hand how crops are cultivated.  The trip was very valuable to the school. The young children were talking about it at the school for a long time afterwards. Manorfield have since opened their own gardens with allotments on 10 July. 

Rudi Buob is pictured showing the young group some of the crops which have been cultivated.

New Councillor

Richard Biggs was co-opted as a member of Horley Town Council following a vote at the Full Council meeting of 16 June 2015.  Cllr Biggs will represent the Horley North Ward.

Richard moved to Horley in 2011 and lives in Furze Close with his wife, Jane.  Richard was previously a member of the Hove Round Table and a member of the National Council as well as Chairman of the National Sporting Weekend in 2005 <read more>

Horley Carnival

The Horley Carnival returned to the Horley Recreation Ground on Saturday, 20 June.

The ground was transformed into a buzzing funfair, and the highlights included the procession of floats through the town centre and performances from the Rock Choir, Athena Martial Arts, Silver Ribbons, Whiteside School of Dance, SKF Karate, Gatwick Caledonian Pipe band and many more.

The theme was “Around the World” to reflect, amongst other things, the proximity of Gatwick Airport and the fact that many residents work there.  Please refer to our Flickr Album.

Financial Accounts

The Town Council has submitted its Annual Return and Financial Accounts to the external, auditor, BDO, for the year ending 31st March 2015.  Copies of the accounts are available to download from our website. We expect to publish the audited Annual Return on our website in October 2015.

New Fitness Equipment

The Town Council has had four new items of outdoor fitness equipment installed in the Horley Recreation Ground last month.  The equipment was installed by Wicksteed Ltd and partly funded by London Marathon Charitable Trust.   We are so pleased that the equipment is used by a wide range of ages from 5 years right up to 85 years!

Parking Problems

If you find that you are affected by constant problems such as holiday parkers, we would suggest that you follow the useful advice about parking reviews offered by Surrey County Council Highways.  Please follow this link

St Bart’s Churchyard

Last month the Town Council was able to enlist the help of Southern Gas Networks so that a group of volunteers was able to carry out a lot of work in tidying up graves at the St Barts' New Churchyards, Church Road.  Rev Calvert Prentis thanked SGN on behalf of the Churchyard Committee & St Bart's Church and stated "I would like to say a very big thank you to you and the team for the splendid job carried out in the Churchyard last week. It's a great job well done!"

South and South East in Bloom

Horley Town Council has once again entered the South & South East in Bloom competition in the Town Centre and Parks categories.  We were delighted to win both silver gilt and silver awards in 2014 and hope to do even better this year!  The Town Council is now responsible for all town centre planting so we hope that you will all enjoy our efforts!  Judging took place on 14 July so wish us luck please!

Horley Town Council would like to thank the following sponsors for their extremely generous donations towards our summer planting:

  • Britaniacrest Recycling
  • Cllr Richard Olliver
  • Collingwood Batchellor
  • Countrywide Grounds Maintenance
  • Dream Doors
  • Jack Chapman
  • Jan Spratt and Cllr Graham Knight
  • MAD Ideas
  • Mitchells of Horley Ltd
  • Newmans Solicitors
  • Regency Grove Communications
  • SGN
  • Cllr Kay Hammond

You will no doubt have seen the plaques around the town acknowledging the contributions.  We would also like to thank KM Vinyl Graphics for their creative input into the banners and shop window pictures in the town centre.

Edmonds Hall

The Edmonds Community Hall, at the Albert Rooms, will be refurbished in August and this will require temporary closure of our hall.  During this time, the Planning & Development Committee meeting, on 18 August, will be held at the Innes Pavilion Clubhouse, Thornton Close, Court Lodge, Horley RH6 8RJ.

Horley Conservation Group

Horley Conservation Group update July 2015

The Horley Conservation Group was represented at the Horley Town Carnival for the first time on Saturday, 20th June by our two lady Chairpersons, Jan and Catherine. They were there to talk to local residents about the group and hopefully, a few new members will join as a result. Thanks to Surrey Wildlife Trust for lending them the gazebo! <read more>

Adopt a green space

The Town Council is looking for businesses or residents who would like to adopt a flower bed or a small open space in Horley which is not maintained by anyone else.  This would help us in our efforts to brighten up the town. The council would be willing to help with grants for plants etc.  Please contact us if you are interested.

Dates for your diary

Please 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.

Forthcoming events are:

Next Council Meetings

4   Aug      Finance Committee

18 Aug       Planning

1   Sep       Full Council

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