Horley Town Council
Your Horley
July 2020

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

Disposal of Face Masks; Mayor walking to Menin Gate; Spreading the word not the virus;  Laptop Appeal News; Q Garden volunteer success; Opening of Town Council Offices; Annual Report Available; Waller Cinema showing films again; HCG News; Horley Row Pavement Works; Truck naming suggestions; Cafe nears completion; E-Scooter advice; Scam Alerts and finally Committee Dates for your diary.
For the latest information, help, advice and support services, please see the
Horley Town Council webpage here
Photo courtesy of Chris Tollast
Horley Recreation Ground Cafe Nears Completion

We are very pleased to advise that since the outstanding construction works resumed at the ‘Cafe In The Park’, Horley Recreation Ground, great progress has been made and the project is expected to reach final completion in the coming weeks.

The contemporary Café build looks very impressive with expert workmanship by everyone involved in the construction. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our managing surveyors, contractors and sub-contractors for all their hard work and perseverance during these unprecedented times to create such a beautiful, stylish building and attractive external access areas which, along with the newly refurbished tennis courts, will not only be immensely enjoyed by everyone who visits the park but will also be a great legacy for the Horley community.

The other remaining works are the car park extension which is now well underway and the surrounding ground areas will be grassed over shortly afterwards.

We anticipate that the Tenants will be able to take occupation of the Café once handover to the Council and the final safety checks have been carried out. They have shown great enthusiasm and tenacity to make this new venture the very best it can be when the Café opens for business. The official opening date will be announced in due course.

Finally, we would like to thank all residents and visitors for their continued co-operation in maintaining social distancing rules and the safe use of our play and recreational equipment at Horley Town Council parks and open spaces at the present time.

We send our very best wishes to you all and we sincerely hope you keep safe and well. 
News from Horley Conservation Group

Although the Coronavirus has prevented Horley Conservation Group from holding any official meet ups recently, work has still being going on 'behind the scenes.'

For a fuller report of what they and others have still managed to achieve despite these trying times please click here
Appeal News

To date there has been a fabulous response to the Level Up laptop appeal but the appeal is still looking for more laptops. If you have an unused laptop with Windows 7 or above and along as its screen is undamaged, Cllr Martin Saunders can put this to good use.

So far the project has provided over 100 local disadvantaged school children with laptops to enable them to access learning from home.

To read more look at our website page
Annual Report 2019-2020

In the absence of our Town Meeting this year (arising from the Covid-19 Pandemic), the Annual Report was received at our Full Council meeting held on 30 June 2020.  A copy of the report is available to view here and a printed copy is also available on request
The Waller Cinema at the Harlequin is Back
'We are showing a great range of films, from recent releases to old classics, with a few brand-new releases thrown in too! All films in our opening fortnight are now on sale - More films for the following weeks will be added soon. Please call our box office to book tickets on 01737 276500.'

To check out what's on click here
Q Garden Shout Out Success

Some of you may remember last month's shout out for volunteers to help sort out the 'Q Garden', a small patch of land near Waitrose. 

Over 15 volunteers answered the call and got to work transforming the space into something that looks a lot more loved than it had done previously. Alison Bond, one of the organisers said, "we feel we made great progress today, met lovely people and enjoyed a great community spirit too."

At the last Leisure Committee meeting the Council decided to award the Q Garden volunteers £100 towards new seeds and plants.
Let’s spread the word not the virus.

We can prevent local lockdowns if we keep keeping safe by -

• Maintain social distancing
• Symptoms? SeIf isolate - get tested
• Wear face coverings where appropriate
• Tested positive? Share your contacts with      Test and Trace
• Keep washing those hands

We’ll keep you alerted about your local risk level.  For more information visit
Bin it! Don't Try and Recycle it!
Please remember that Disposable Face Masks can't be recycled - they need to go into your general refuse bin
Pictured Above: Cllr Powell outside the devastated Earl Haig Club
Pictured Above: The Menin Gate
Walking to the Menin Gate

Vietnam veteran and Horley Town Mayor David Powell is in training to walk the equivalent distance from his hometown to the Menin Gate in his latest fundraising stunt.

The daredevil mayor, and now recently appointed president of Horley’s Royal British Legion, is no stranger to extreme and adventurous projects with a long list of daring feats to his name including a record-breaking 30,000ft skydive.

Inspired by the efforts of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore’s £32 million pound walk for the NHS, Mr Powell, 84, will complete the epic 165-mile walk by trekking laps of the Horley Recreation Ground and Memorial Gardens, to raise cash to help restore the town’s Royal British Legion headquarters in Albert Road after it was engulfed in flames in May, leaving members without a place to meet and locals without its popular venue.

To read more on this story click here

NHS Test and Trace scams:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

The National Cyber Security Centre has set up a single email address to report phising scams to. Email them at: report@phishing.gov.uk
Trucks looking for names

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have taken delivery of 11 new shiny refuse vehicles and are looking for names for them.

If you think you can help then click on the link here to share your suggestion
New E-Scooter Rules

The Government has started a 12 month trial for share or hire schemes for e-scooters, making them legal to use on our roads. (Doesn't include private scooters)

There are a number of rules and regulations regarding their use. To read more click here
Horley Row Pavement Works

Start date: Monday 3 August 2020
Duration: For 5 days  7am – 5pm

To help seal and protect the pavement on Horley Row SCC will be spreading
a thin waterproofing layer on the existing surface of the pavement. This is
known as a ‘slurry seal’. There will be delays whilst they carry out these works
Horley Town Council Open to Visitors

The Horley Town Council Offices in Albert Road will reopen again from next week (3rd August 2020). We will aim to have a staff member present in the office every day, Monday to Friday, between our core opening hours of 10am to 4pm but this will be subject to ongoing public health guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.  Alternatively, you can make a prior appointment by calling 01293 784765 or 07946 055897.

Entry to the Council Offices will be restricted to one person or small groups at a time in order to comply with social distancing rules. On arrival, visitors will be asked to provide their contact details for the NHS Test & Trace Programme.  Please do not come to our offices if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms in the interests of public health and safety.

Please pass the information contained in this newsletter to your friends and family and we hope you stay safe and well.

Please note all meeting are currently being held virtually

04  August
18  August
25  August
Finance & General Purposes Virtual Committee Meeting
Planning & Development Virtual Committee Meeting
Full Council Virtual Meeting
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