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Horley Town Council

October Newsletter 2015

In this edition ...

The Horley in Bloom Awards ceremony and Donkey Derby/Dog Show are featured, plus the Horley Town Centre Vision Study as well as help sought on World War 2 research, an update from the Horley Conservation Group and useful advice on dog microchipping.

Horley in Bloom

Photos taken at the HIB Awards Evening on 25 September 2015, at Regent Hall, are available for view and download from this flickr album.

Pictured here are pupils of Manorfield Primary & Nursery School, winners of the schools category.

Horley Town Centre Vision

Members of the Horley Town Management Group have been working on creating a vision for the Town Centre.  Following a full public consultation, a Vision Document has been published.  Key projects have been identified that need to be delivered to improve the town. The document explains what needs to be done, how and when.  The HTMG hopes that everyone will get behind this vision and help the group to make it work so that the Town Centre becomes a great place again.  The document can be downloaded here. 

Andy Lynch, HTMG Chairman

Annual Return 2014/15

BDO LLP has completed the Annual Audit for the financial year ending 31 March 2015. The auditor is satisfied with the Council’s financial standing and has issued a Notice of Completion on 15 September 2015 with an unqualified opinion. The accounts were placed before Full Council for their formal approval on 20 October 2015.

The Council also fully complies with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and any member of the public may inspect any other requested documentation which is covered by the legislation. The following documents are available from our website (a) Annual Return sections 1 – 4 (b) Issues Arising Report.


World War 2 History

Doug Cox, author of the "Men of Horley", is now busy researching those men on the War Memorial who lost their lives in the Second World War.

We are trying to find out information of the name inscribed as ' B A Parkes'.

Doug tells us that the only entry on the CWGC Register is a Betty Ashley Parkes who was killed in Egypt whilst nursing South African Forces.  Although there were Parkes in Horley in the 1940s', we cannot tie this lady to that family but we do believe she was born in Southampton.

If anyone can help, please email Doug direct.

Horley Conservation Group – Autumn Update 2015

The group has been busy all through the summer months concentrating on local projects to enhance the wildlife areas around our town. 

1. The balancing pond off Wheatfield Way has, over the last 20 years or so, been allowed to mature naturally to a point where limited intervention has become necessary in order to enhance and encourage the continued natural development of this area.  The group has undertaken a programme of willow coppicing in this area to increase the available light for a variety of wildlife to benefit from.
2. Tanyard Pond has seen two visits from the group. The most recent (September 2015) was a litter pick / rubbish clearance, cutting back access to the paths around the pond area and some coppicing. Astoundingly, the group gathered four black sacks full of rubbish from the pond!  Earlier in the year, they spent a long morning introducing some invertebrate shelters in order to enhance the biodiversity of the pond area. 
3. Needless to say, Himalayan Balsam control has also been high on the agenda and several monthly activities have been devoted to this activity across varying locations in Horley.
4. In June, the group had a stall at Horley Carnival with an array of information on the above projects, together with the aims and achievements of the group and other conservation topics.
5. During the summer, members of the group played a key role in notifying the authorities of wildlife problems along the Burstow Stream. Many fish were seen to be floundering and dying in the shallow waters. We do not know the root cause of this yet as investigations are ongoing. However, the oxygen levels within the stream were found to be very low and Thames Water spent a full week aerating the stream on a 24/7 basis in order to help the fish – thankfully this timely intervention has been a resounding success!

If anyone would like to get involved with the group please contact Bill Chaffe or check the HTC website.

Donkey Derby

Horley Lions ran a successful Donkey Derby and Dog Show on Sunday, 13 September, at the Horley Recreation Ground.

A total of £3,500 was raised.  The Lions donated £1,750 to Surrey Young Carers, and remaining funds were given to Canine Carers.

A great day was enjoyed by all.It will be bigger and better next year on Sunday, 11 September 2016.

Dog Microchipping (by RBBC Dog Warden)

My name is Caroline Grant, and I am the Dog Warden for the borough of Reigate and Banstead.  As you may know, microchipping is going to be compulsory from February 2016.  From that date, it will also be an offence not to have the details correct on the chip database.  Microchipping is a relatively painless procedure.  A chip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in the back of the neck of your dog. The unique number on the chip can be read by a scanner and details obtained from a secure database. The chip is there for life, but the details need to be kept up-to-date. When a dog is lost, it can be returned to the owner via the chip.  It is also proof of ownership.  I have some FREE chips at the moment which are available on a first come, first served basis - please call 01737 276000 to make an appointment to have your dog done.  As a Dog Warden, I am able to deal with all dog related matters whether it is complaints, or just advice.  Please call me on the above number or send email me.

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

  • 3 Nov          Leisure & Amenities
  • 10 Nov        Planning
  •  24 Nov       Finance


  • 31 Oct         Horley Town Bonfire & Fireworks Display
  • 4 Nov          Rededication of the Garden of Remembrance
  • 8 Nov          Remembrance Day Parade and Service
  • 28 Nov        Christmas Fayre & Lights switch on



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