Horley Town Council

September 2019


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

In this edition we feature the sad news of the death of a long serving Councillor and a former Councillor; Notice of Conclusion of Audit; Horley Bridge Club; Surrey Trading Standards Scam Alert; A call for volunteer drivers; Residents' Forum Rescheduled; Temporary Footpath Closure details; Horley Conservation Group; Metro Bus Tap on & Tap off; Horley Edmonds Fund Application Info; Upcoming Events in Horley Rec; Landen Park Village Green status; News & Advice from Surrey Police; A report from the Lions Dog show and finally dates for your diary
Council saddened by death of long-serving Councillor

Horley Town Council is mourning the loss of a respected, long-serving Town Councillor who has sadly passed away.

Councillor Valerie Marshall first became a Town Councillor in 2000

She was well known in the local community and actively involved in all aspects of Council life including Horley in Bloom, Horley Open Spaces and the Horley Carnival Committee.

Everyone at the Council is very saddened by the tragic news of Councillor Valerie’s sudden and unexpected death and we are all thinking of her and her family.  Valerie has been an example to us all with her passion for and interest in Horley and she will be sorely missed by fellow Councillors and staff.
Council saddened by death of former Councillor

Horley Town Council is mourning the loss of a highly regarded former Town Councillor who has sadly passed away following her long battle with cancer.

Councillor Linda Mabbett served Horley Town Council and residents from 2015 – 2019 and had lived in the Borough for over 30 years.

She was passionate about Horley Town Centre and made a valuable contribution both on the Town Council and through her membership of the Horley Town Management Group.

Everyone at the Council is saddened by the news of Councillor Linda’s death and we are all thinking of her and her family.  Linda has been an example to us all with her valiant and dedicated service to Horley and she will be fondly remembered by fellow Councillors and staff.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

PKF Littlejohn LLP has completed the Annual Audit for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.  In the auditor's opinion the information in Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with the Proper Practices and no other matters have come to their attention. The auditor has issued a final report and certificate 2018/19 on 17 September 2019. There were no issues arising from the audit.

For more information click to view our news item
Change of Date for Residents' Forum -
9 October 2019
Please note the change of date for the upcoming Residents' Forum. This will now be held on the 9th October 2019 at 19:00 at the Albert Rooms, 92 Albert Road, Horley RH6 7HZ

Anyone living in Horley is welcome to attend the Residents’ Forum Meetings, The meetings are an opportunity for local people to raise any matters of concern with Town, Borough & County Councillors.
Horley Bridge Club
Learn to play Bridge
First 4 weeks FREE

No Previous knowledge necessary                              Starting October 30th at 7:15pm

Horley Baptist Church, 289 Court Lodge Road, Horley RH6 8RG
For more info contact Phil Roxburgh 07951 092081
Horley Conservation Group
is looking for new members

The Horley Conservation Group (HCG) was set up with assistance from the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Horley Town Council in February 2014.

The main aim of the group, is to help improve Horley’s existing green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife and also to encourage the involvement of the local community in the creation and on-going management of the Riverside Green Chain conservation area to the north of Horley. The group also helps with the conservation of other green spaces in Horley such as Church Meadows and Riverside Garden Park.

The group currently meets once a month for a half day practical task (from 0945 to approximately 2pm), although members can also help out in other ways, such as attending meetings, helping with other local conservation projects or helping with group publicity for example. The group also holds two planning meetings per year, which are open to all HCG members and other interested parties.

You can keep up to date by following the Horley Conservation Group on Facebook and we are keen to welcome new members, so anyone living in the Horley area with an interest in wildlife, or who is keen to help improve their local environment, can find out more via the Facebook page or by contacting the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership on 01293 550730 or by emailing kevinlerwill@sussexwt.org.uk

Temporary Footpath Closure
On 26 September 2019 Surrey County Council will make a temporary order to prohibit all traffic on foot entering or proceeding along Footpath No. 362c (Horley) from its junction with Footpath 411 (Horley) in a southerly direction for 783m. This is for works to take place.

It will be in operation from 30 September 2019 until 30 March 2020 or until completion of the works, if earlier, and while the relevant notices are displayed. The Secretary of State for Transport can extend that period if required.

It is anticipated that path will fully open again in March 2020
Using the Bus just got easier

All paper tickets bought on a Metro bus can now be paid for by contactless cards or smartphones. Passengers just need to tap their phones or bank cards on the ticket machine when paying: face down for cards, face up for phones.  You can pay by Visa, Mastercard or with your phone using Apple or Android Pay. American Express isn’t accepted.

Read more about it on the Metrobus website

Volunteers Drivers Needed


Volunteer drivers are needed for Horley Day Centre, to drive their minibus to pick up/drop off older residents, who have various mobility issues, from home, and take them to the Day Centre in Albert Road.

The volunteer role would require you to be physically fit, with a clean driving licence.

For more information, please contact the Horley Day Centre Management Committee at regenthallcommittee@outlook.com
Horley Edmonds Fund - Applications for Funding
The Horley Edmonds Community Fund is a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of Horley and its residents established with a capital sum from a bequest to Horley Town Council by the late Cyril Edmonds, a well-known builder who lived in Norwood Hill.

Local charities and community groups are encouraged to apply for a small grant from the fund using the Community Foundation for Surrey’s application form.  Apply for Funding using this link

The Fund also enables people who love Horley to donate money for the exclusive benefit of the town and its people. With your help we can help build a stronger community by supporting local causes that can make impact and that will empower Horley to help itself now and in the future.

If you have any questions please contact Town Clerk, Horley Town Council, town.clerk@horleytown.com or check out the section on our website

Or contact the Community Foundation directly on 01483 478092
Upcoming Horley Recreation Ground Events



4 - 13  October
25       October

2         November
10       November
Fun Fair
Skateboarding & Scooter Workshops
More information will be available on Reigate & Banstead's website soon
Horley Lions Fireworks
Remembrance Service in Memorial Gardens
Horley Lions Dog Show & Family Day 2019

Sunday 8th September proved to be a busy day for the Recreation Ground as the Horley Lions held their annual Dog Show and Family Day. The Lions Dog Show once again proved to be very popular with around 100 dogs being entered by their owners in a variety of events. All in all there were 18 classes which included Bronze level Kennel Club Good Citizen Testing Scheme, Obedience Tests, Agility and of course the Scurry, but in all probability the Best Sausage catchers class was the most popular with our 4 legged friends.

Over the years the Lions Club has tried to expand the event into a Family Fun Day which takes the format of a typical Village Fete with a variety of stalls run by charities and commercial outlets. Copthorne Silver band gave two performances whist Punch and Judy entertained those children who were not queuing up for a pony ride or perhaps engaged on the various inflatable slides and castles.

The children had a Tug of War against parents and also took part in egg and spoon races and the ever popular sack race, whilst others displayed their artistic talents in a small art competition. Meanwhile the adults tried their hand at welly boot throwing but at this stage we doubt they have reached a standard to be considered for any major sporting event, in fact one thrower surpassed himself in somehow managing to throw the boot back over his head with the Copthorne Silver Band thankfully protected by their marquee.

All in all it proved to be a successful day blessed with good weather, with the added bonus of raising a little money for local charities.  

The Circus Came to Town
On the 11th September Circus Wonderland made its much anticipated return trip to Horley Recreation Ground. The circus dazzled young and old alike with edge of your seat trapeze acts, fire juggling and other high wire acts whilst Kakehole and Popol kept the jokes coming thick and fast. Audience member, Izzy aged 7, said, 'that was the best afternoon ever, can we come back tomorrow?' 
Marshalls Needed!

The Royal British Legion are looking for volunteers to help with the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 10th November to act as Road Marshals who can control the traffic as the parade passes. No prior experience necessary!

If can help with this or with the Poppy Appeal contact Tony on 01293 772855 or email tonyk1@hotmail.co.uk

For more information on this year's Remembrance events please click here to go to our website
How would you like to see your local area improved?
Residents, businesses and local community groups are being asked to share their views on how money raised from new developments could be spent to improve their local area.

Known as the “Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Local Fund”, it can be spent on a wide range of projects, from improving a community hall or providing new playground equipment at a local green space, to upgrading walking and cycling routes to local shops and schools.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is holding a consultation which runs until Sunday 13 October to understand what the community’s priorities are for making improvements and to seek their suggestions for particular projects.

To read more on this news item click here
Take part online at: www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/cillocalfund or pick up a form from the Reigate Town Hall, Horley Library or Horley Town Council Offices.
Village Green Status Celebration 5 October

Horley residents living on the Landen Park Estate in Meath Green will be celebrating the official designation of their village green at an event on Saturday 5 October.  This fun event will run between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm on the Village Green which is located between Landen Park and Arne Grove.  During the event adults and children will be sowing wildflower seeds on the northern side of the green.  There will be something for everyone with activities and games for children, various stalls, raffle, cake sale and refreshments.   

The event is being organised by the newly formed Landen Park Estate Residents’ Association, which was set up by residents earlier this year following Surrey County Council’s official designation of the land as a village green.  The aim of the Landen Park Estate Residents’ Association is to take care of the green for the long-term, maintaining a safe recreational space for the community to use and enjoy.

Click on this link to read more
Surrey Police Crime Prevention Advice -  Residential Garage Burglaries

Please be aware that there have recently been a number of residential garage burglaries, particularly in the Horley and Reigate areas. Blocks of garages have been targeted as well as individual garages.  Although the number of reported incidents has reduced this week, please be aware of a number of ways that you can prevent yourself from being a target: 

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked and secure
  • Lock tools away in a secure area/box.
  • Cover any motorcycles or bikes which are stored within a garage.
  • Register your property with www.immobilise.com/
Mayoral Events

On the 7th September Horley Town Council Mayor Councillor David Powell and Horley Town Council Deputy Mayor Councillor Samantha Marshall attended Horley Town FCs FA Cup match with Balham. 

If you wish to invite the Town Mayor to an event organised in Horley please complete the application form here and send it by post or by e-mail to the council offices

Dates for your diary...


01  October
04  October

15  October
22  October
Finance & General Purposes
Residents' Forum

Full Council
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