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Horley Town Council
Your Horley

November 2020


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

Lots happening this month despite the lockdown: Remembrance, YourFund Surrey's Launch, Parks & Playgrounds, Horley's Café in the Park update, Horley Food Club Announced, HATS Christmas decorations, Become a Councillor campaign, Grants for Green Homes, Horley Commercial Hub, Raffle for Reigate & Banstead's Community Fund and more! 

Remembrance in Horley during Lockdown

Opening of Garden of Remembrance 4th November 2020
While the usual Remembrance Day Parade and services had to be cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic, a selection of small, socially distanced events and gestures of remembrance where performed throughout the borough. 

Horley Baptist Church filmed the opening of Horley Memorial Gardens on the 4th of November and uploaded it for people to see.
Horley Town's Notice Boards hosted a display provided by the Horley Branch of the Royal British Legion. You may have spotted the RBL's flag as well as the poppies knitted by the local volunteers on the reverse side.

The display included a short account by Alf Longsdale, Horley's oldest living veteran, of his experience during the Second World War. Alf had served aboard the battleship HMS Valiant (pictured) in the Mediterranean, providing support for the landings at Salerno in 1943, before serving as the Royal Navy liaison on a tug that was used to build the temporary harbours used in the 1944 Normandy D-Day landings
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council streamed their Remembrance Service, which is available to watch on their YouTube channel here.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board are also launching their first online Veteran’s Hub on Friday 11 December from 10.30am to 12pm.

Prior to the first national lockdown, Guildford Fire Station hosted a successful veteran’s hub which gave everyone the opportunity to chat with fellow comrades over refreshments and view a presentation on a wide range of subjects and support services.

Due to Covid-19, plans to open additional new hubs at Fordbridge and Woking Fire Stations have not yet been possible although lots of work in building the hubs and the wellbeing gardens connected to them has been happening.

Read more about it, including how to join, on Surrey County Council's news site.
A picture of the Horley Town Noticeboard in the high street containing a flag for Remembrance Day.
HMS Valiant in 1939
A photo of the Horley War Memorial during Remembrance 2020

Café in the Park Project, November 2020

Horley Town Council is very pleased to announce that Practical Completion and handover of the new Café Pavilion at Horley Recreation Ground took place on 20 November 2020.

The final construction is not only visually outstanding in its contemporary structure and stylish design but has been created through first class workmanship by a team of highly experienced and dedicated surveyors and contractors. Our appreciation is extended to everyone involved in the project for all their hard work and steadfastness through each phase of the build, especially in such unprecedented and challenging times with many obstacles to overcome during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

We hope that the new Café will provide a unique space to relax and enjoy a nice meal or to simply eat on the go with lots of healthier options and a variety of homemade selections too. Through popular appeal, it can also accommodate a comfortable al fresco dining space in fine weather.
The new Tenants ‘The Farmyard Kitchen’ (TFK) have since taken occupation of the premises. They have put an enormous amount of hard work and commitment into this exciting new business venture to maximise the benefits the development has to offer as a popular new venue for the Horley community and visitors with an inviting message that everyone is welcome at ‘The Farmyard Kitchen …in the park’.

TFK has already won well-deserved recognition through the Trip Advisor award scheme this year and, once they can start trading, are aiming for a high footfall of visitors and memorable custom through their wide-ranging cuisine and menu choices. We expect the official opening to take place early in the New Year, subject to Government guidelines and the latest restrictions. Watch our website for the latest news of the opening! In the meantime, they have been getting to know locals and visitors by operating their mobile unit at times from the car park which has proved to be very popular.

The Town Council is delighted to have reached the conclusion of this major capital project and initiating this exciting new milestone for Horley. We hope that alongside the many popular recreational facilities already available, that the new tennis courts, extended car park and soft landscaping will be seen to transform the park into a flagship recreation ground. We would also like to thank our tenants of the Horley Bowling club for their full support during the construction period.
Finally, we would like to thank all residents and visitors for their continued co-operation in maintaining Government guidelines on the safe use of our play and recreational equipment at Horley Town Council parks and open spaces in recent months and continue to do so.

We send our very best wishes to you all and we sincerely hope you remain safe and well.
A picture of the new Cafe built in Horley Recreation Grounds

Greenspaces Opening After Lockdown #2

After December 2nd the Multiple Use Games Area, the Tennis Courts, the outdoor fitness equipment and the Skatepark will all be reopened, although social distancing should still be maintained when using these facilities.
A poster from Surrey County Council's 'Think Big' Campaign to publicise Your Fund Surrey.

Up to £100m for Local Organisations to Spend on Projects that Improve their Local Area.

Surrey County Council is encouraging everybody to get involved and think BIG. They're looking for people to speak to their local County Councillor and engage their neighbours and community groups in their area to come together and deliver place-changing projects.

Launched on the 16th November provides an interactive map for people to post project ideas, generate public support and galvanise the community.

Your Fund Surrey can be accessed for:

- Capital, one-off costs – the Fund cannot pay for ongoing running and maintenance costs
- Projects that fit with the aims of Surrey’s Community Vision
- Projects that have the support of your local community

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
supports local families in need

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Reigate & Banstead is setting up three local Food Clubs – in Woodhatch, Horley and Merstham – ahead of Christmas, using FareShare’s community food membership scheme. Food clubs are a more sustainable solution to providing families on limited budgets access to a wider range of discounted food on a long-term basis.

Working with local partners including Horley Foodbank, schools, and the Children’s Centre, RBBC plans to develop a new Food Club in Horley which they hope to have running by mid-December. 

Read their full article here or watch this space for more information.

HATS & Christmas Decorations

Last month HATs (Horley Association of Traders) invited residents to donate a Christmas decoration to the town's Christmas tree but lockdown interfered with the original plans. However, now that lockdown is ending they can start collecting donations.

Chris White Butchers will be collecting any decorations you'd like to donate. HATS hopes that, as more shops open, they'll be able to increase the number of collection points. See our Website for news.
A banner publicising Horley Life's Virtual Christmas Fair.
A poster publicising the upcoming 2021 Census, which will take place in March 2021. Click the poster to visit the Census website.

Surrey Wins Millions to Keep Homes Warm
& Reduce Energy Bills

£6.2 million has been made available to help 600 Surrey households save money on their energy bills.

The funding for “Green Jump Surrey” has been awarded through central Government to local authorities across the county and will provide eligible households up to £10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Action Surrey tells us that funding is time-limited, and they urge you to contact them as soon as possible on 0800 783 2503 or via their online enquiry form to check your eligibility for support.

Read the full article here.
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HTC & Horley Chamber of Commerce Propose
Works Perfect Commercial Hub

Recognising that the world of work is changing, and will continue to change either from job redundancies or home working, Horley Town Council and Horley Chamber of Commerce are proposing the development of a new commercial hub in the centre of Horley. It is envisaged that the new commercial hub will provide facilities such as a pop-up office for businesses and home workers, a pop-up shop for local entrepreneurs, meeting rooms and support, and mentoring for those looking to start up new businesses. All of these would come with telephone and internet facilities.

Discussions are already underway with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, and may later expand to include Surrey County Council, regarding a potential site in the town centre.

We would be interested in hearing your views both businesses and residents. Would you have a need of such a facility in Horley and which service[s] would you use?

Let us know via the following link:
A poster publicising the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead's raffle to raise funds for the Reigate and Banstead Community Fund. Click the poster to visit the Mayor's Virgin Money Giving page.

Covid-19 Screening Beings at Gatwick Airport

  • Pre-departure and post arrival ExpressTest COVID-19 screening will be available for Gatwick passengers, staff and local residents with results available the next day.
  • The screening facility could also satisfy post arrival requirements for the Government’s expected “test and release” scheme to ease travel restrictions and quarantine.
  • The cost for Gatwick’s air passengers and on-airport staff will be a subsidised rate of £60 and for the general public £99.The Centre booking portal goes live on Friday, 27th November with first appointments available from Monday, 30th November.   
Read the full press release on our website.
A banner image for Surrey Together, Surrey County Council's booklet of advice for people of all ages during the ongoing pandemic. Click the image to view a PDF copy.
Surrey residents have already experienced many months of isolation, worry and disrupted services. Restrictions in coming weeks and months are likely to impact heavily on all our residents, in particular those who live alone and who have been separated from their loved ones for long periods.

To help support residents through this difficult time, Surrey County Council has produced an all-residents mailout with advice and help available around staying safe and well throughout the winter months. The mailout will begin arriving on resident’s doorsteps from the 1st December.

A digital version of the mailout is also available on Horley Town Council's website.

Vaccine Studies Seek Fresh Volunteers

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. There are a number of vaccines being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are. 

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is working with the NHS and aims to recruit as many people as possible onto the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

Calling all Landlords! Professional Housing Services delivered by YMCA East Surrey

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NextStep is a professional, government funded scheme which assists people into sustainable housing. We have a growing need for accommodation of all sizes, from single rooms to 4 bedroom houses in the boroughs of Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge District and surrounding areas.

We can help you find tenants without any fees to pay or the need to advertise whilst offering fully supported tenancies and financial security through deposit guarantees. NextStep provides a free service to all landlords and all necessary paperwork required for the tenancy to commence. 

What NextStep offers Landlords:
 - Ready and available tenants, so no need to advertise
 - Fully supported tenancy
 - A free service with no hidden costs or fees
 - Advice to landlords on their legal responsibilities
 - Financial security through an initial guarantee deposit bond – in some cases a cash deposit may be available.

If you have a room or property of any size to rent out, we can help you find the tenants and work with you through the process.

For more information, read all about it on YMCA Easy Surrey's Website or contact the NextStep team.
T: 01737 378482

National Association of Local Councils launches new campaign

A banner for NALC's Make a Change campaign. Click the image to visit NALC's Become a Councillor page.
Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.

Local councils run numerous services, depending on the size of the council. Many you will see day-to-day, but some are less known. These include introducing solar panels, setting up dementia-friendly groups, organising community buses, creating neighbourhood plans, implementing suitable housing, establishing youth projects, managing allotments and open spaces, maintaining footpaths, public seating and litter bins.

What do local councillors do? How do you become one? Find out more on NALC's website.

Dates for your diary...

08 December
15 December
12 January
19 January
Planning Virtual Committee Meeting
Full Council Virtual Meeting
Planning Virtual Committee Meeting
Leisure Virtual Committee Meeting
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