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January 2021


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

Lychgate Repairs at St Barts; Census 2021; R&B Leader's Surgeries; Help Keep Surrey Safe; Census 2021; Horley Food Club; Carnival Cancelled; CALM helpline; Scam warnings; Surrey County Council Funding Opportunities; Virtual Book Club; Surrey Police Community Meetings & Precept Survey; Plea for equipment return; Sports Awards 2021 and finally upcoming meeting dates
Funding Opportunities
Surrey County Council (SCC) has launched a new capital fund of £100m over 5 years to support community projects county-wide. 

Horley Town Council has taken the opportunity to put together a shortlist of projects for the benefit of the Horley community. The first of these is the redevelopment of Michael Crescent Centenary Park.  

We have posted this site on the SCC Commonplace platform as a proposed project to provide a new community centre in the Gardens Estate, the details of which are shown on the link here.  

For our application to be considered, we must demonstrate that we have strong community support in favour of the proposal (along with other projects we submit at a later stage).  So if you wish to support this community project, then please view it on the Commonplace map and register your interest by clicking on the ‘Agree’ symbol and answering a few survey questions (optional).  You can also support other projects in Horley this way.

Other local projects put forward can also be viewed this way and feedback given, including the Horley Commercial Hub which has been posted as another partnership project.
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Policing Your Community Events

Surrey Police’s ‘Policing your Community events’ are set to return but this year virtually. These events are an opportunity to hear what the Force is doing to support local residents and it is a chance for communities to ask questions. 

The next Reigate & Banstead Event is on Thursday 4th Feb 5:30- 6:30
To register for the session click here
Surrey Police Precept Survey 

Surrey Police is asking residents for your views on whether you would be willing to pay an additional 5.5% on the amount you pay for policing through your council tax. This proposed increase, of about £15 a year, or £1.25 a month, for a Band D property, would allow the Force to invest in an additional 10 officer and 67 staff roles. 

To take the survey click here
Help Keep Surrey Safe

Surrey County Council has launched a reporting tool for residents to raise their concerns about businesses or venues in Surrey that are not following the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, in a further step to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

To report a business use this link
Did you know?
  • You are twice as likely to fall victim to fraud than any other type of crime.
  • More than 5 million people a year fall victim to scams.
  • Its estimated only 5% of scams are reported
 - Learn how to secure you devices with Surrey & Sussex's Police Cyber Awareness Newsletter

 - Are you or someone you know inundated with scam mail? Then maybe you can help Scam Marshal from National Trading Standards 

- The Metropolitan Police Service have put together a short video showing how easy it is to be taken in by different types of fraud. Click here to view the video on you tube 
Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Text Messages
Remember these essentials 
The NHS will:
  • NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free
  • NEVER ask for your bank details
  • NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport
Social media and email account takeovers 
Learn how to be Cyber Aware here
Here is what to look out for and how to recover a hacked account 
Virtual Book Club for Isolated Individuals

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People is helping to connect isolated individuals across the county with their virtual book club programme. Run as part of Surrey County Council’s Wellbeing Hub, it is designed for those who are normally isolated and might not have gone online before, particularly those with a disability or long term health conditions.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining in, then email They will send you links to the week’s reading and details on how to join the Book Club’s next meeting via Zoom. There is also a freephone number so people can simply dial in and listen.

The Book Club is part of the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People’s wider ‘Tech to Community Connect’ campaign, a project to provide technology, support in using technology, and virtual groups to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation in people with care and support needs across Surrey.

Read all about the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People on their website or follow them on Facebook
2021 Horley Carnival Cancelled

At a recent meeting of the Carnival Committee the decision was taken, with great reluctance, to cancel this year’s Horley Carnival.
To read the message in full and see the 2022 date see the news item on our website
Horley Food Club Launches

Interested in stretching your household budget further? Then join the community Food Club to reduce your food shopping bill helping you to save money. We are working with Fairshare to distribute food that can be turned into meals saving you money whilst also cutting down on food waste.
For more information click here
21 March 2021

Households across Surrey will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021 on 21 March. This will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets with additional help and paper questionnaires for those who need them.

Additionally temporary Census 2021 employment positions are available. Click here for more details
Reigate & Banstead Leader's Surgeries

Cllr Mark Brunt is now offering individuals who live or work in the borough the opportunity to meet virtually with him to discuss local matters that are important to them. Appointments can be via video conference or phone and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please contact to arrange an appointment
The next two surgeries are on Tuesday 16 February & Tuesday 16 March

Please note:
  • Appointments are open to anyone who lives or works in the borough
  • Questions should be linked to a local matter and submitted in advance
  • Cllr Brunt is unable to discuss planning or licensing applications
Inspired by a local athlete? Motivated by a coach? Impressed by a volunteer? Proud of your club? 

Nominations are now open for the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Sports Awards 2021, celebrating the success of sports people, teams, clubs and coaches from across the borough.

The annual awards are an opportunity to highlight the brilliant achievements of those who have made an invaluable contribution to sport. This year’s categories have been redesigned to give special recognition to those who have been committed to keeping residents of all ages active and mentally fit throughout the pandemic.

For more info check out the info page at Reigate & Banstead 
Call to return community equipment that’s no longer needed
The service lends out a range of equipment to help people stay independent and safe at home but many items never find their way back when they’re surplus to requirements.

The pandemic means the items are needed back more than ever. They will be cleaned and recycled to support someone else who is in need.

The items include crutches, walking frames, specialist beds, shower and bathing aids, ceiling track hoists and slings, pressure care equipment, ramps and rails and toileting equipment. They will have been prescribed by a health or social care professional such as a nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist or social care worker.

All equipment that the service lends out has a barcode sticker which looks like this one photographed.
New Trees Planted

Thanks to the public that submitted their ideas for tree planting, Surrey County Council have planted new crab apple trees at the Church Road allotments.

We will let you know if any more appear!
Flowers in Lee Street, Horley Row and Court Lodge

Horley Town Council would like to express its thanks to Surrey County Councillor Kay Hammond for using her Members Fund Allocation once again to fund the fabulous flower planters in Court Lodge, Lee Street and Horley Row. 
Release the pressure

Life can get really tough sometimes, but seeking support or talking can really help.

Don't suffer in silence, release the pressure, call the CALM helpline: 0800 58 58 58

Open 5pm to midnight, 365 days per year.

There is also live web chat between 5pm and midnight.
Lychgate at St. Barts Repaired
The Lychgate at St. Barts. has been returned to its former glory thanks in part to a donation by Horley Town Council to the repair fund.
Traditionally lychgates were built as a roofed gateway to a churchyard and used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman's arrival.

Dates for your diary...


02 February
16 February
02 March
16 March
Finance Virtual Committee Meeting
Planning Virtual Committee Meeting
Full Virtual Council Meeting
Planning Virtual Committee Meeting
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