Horley Town Council
April 2022

In this edition........

Horley Town Council Annual Meeting; Polling Day; Call for Volunteers; A23 Night Diversion Road Closure; Picnic in the Park; Keyless Car Theft; Autistic Carers Sessions; Football Try Outs; Edmonds Fund Grants; Town Twinning News; Great British Spring Clean; Mayoral News; and finally upcoming meeting dates
Horley Town Council Town Meeting 
Friday 29 April

This year's Town Meeting will be held from 7pm at the Edmonds Hall, 92 Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ.  Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm. Surrey's Police & Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, will also be there to give a short presentation. The Agenda is available here

Thursday 5 May
With only a few days left until Reigate & Banstead voters go to the polls on 5 May, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is urging voters to get ready to vote in the local elections.  

Those voting in person will be sent a poll card in run up to the polling day which will tell them where they should go to cast their vote. 

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 5 May. Staff will be on hand at polling stations to assist voters with any questions about filling out their ballot paper. 

We ask voters to: 
  • wear a face covering inside the polling station
  • use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance from others
  • bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper, if possible.
Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm; they can hand it in at their polling station if they don’t have time to return it by post
Horley Carnival
Many Hands Make Light Work

From responses by residents to surveys and their support in attending there is no doubt as to popularity of community events such as the carnival.

The carnival is planned and organised by a dedicated band of volunteers from a number of local organisations or just individuals. To hold the carnival in June the planning begins in September of the previous year.

The majority of the current committee has been in place since the carnival, with the exception of COVID cancellations, resumed in 2012. It is now becoming evident that age and health issues are becoming a factor in how much longer they will be able to continue.

Not only are we looking for people to join the committee but volunteer their time on the day of the carnival as marshals. To give an indication of the need, as a result of the growth of the event over the years, the parade requires some 30-40 marshals as well as those to the support the Ground Manager and on the gate.

The current Ground Manager is looking to step down after this year's event and it would be good to be able train a replacement using this years event.

If residents wish for these to continue and thrive then new blood is vital to ensure the carnival and other community events continue.

Horley has a reputation for putting on more community events than the rest of the borough and if we wish this to continue it will be down to our community to ensure this happens.

Contact Mike George, Carnival Committee Chair - mike.george@horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk
Temporary Night Time
Road Closure

A23 / Brighton 
5 - 19 May 2022
Night works

Diversion routes will be in place

Sign up to one network for more info

When we have information on changes to bus routes this will be shared on our website
Edmonds Fund Grants Available

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 here
Horley Young People and Family Centre
Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7JA
Family/Carer session

Friendly and informal guidance, support and signposting

An opportunity for you to ask any questions

Tuesday 10th May 2022 9:30am – 12:00pm
(By appointment only) 

25mins per family/carer

To book a slot please call: 01293 775777 or
Email: horley@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk
Gatwick Warriors Football Try Outs

Saturday 7th May 2022
Court Lodge Playing Fields, Thornton Close, Horley
Boys & Girls School Years 3-8

Queries to gatwickwarriorsfc@gmail.com
Horley-Vimy Twinning

We are sorry to say that the committee of the Horley-Vimy Twinning Association has made the difficult decision to disband the association in Horley, due to ever decreasing membership in the town. Under the constitution of the association, the bank balance of the association at the time of dissolution be donated to charity or charities of the committee’s choosing and it is the wish of the committee that the remaining funds of £1541.37 be split between Horley Food Bank and the Horley Lions Club’s Warm over Winter Appeal.
Westvale Park, Horley
(previously known as Horley North West Sector)

For all the latest details on the progress of the Westvale site have a look at Reigate & Banstead's webpage 
Landen Green is Blooming Lovely
Thanks to the Landen Village Green volunteers who along with Gatwick Greenspace have transformed this area
Great British Spring Clean 2022

Each year during the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC), we see more and more #LitterHeroes join in with the Great British Spring Clean. The past two years have really emphasised why local places matter, and how people are prepared to show they care. 

If you want to be part of this fantastic environmental initiative we have litter pickers and bags available to collect from the Horley Town Council Offices between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

For more on the GBSC click here
Reigate & Banstead Business Awards

Big Congratulations to Emilia’s Clothing Boutique from Horley High Street who was among the award winners. To read more click here
Keyless car theft is on the rise

90% of keyless cars in Britain can be broken in to in less that 60 seconds. Here are some top tips for securing your vehicle from keyless car theft:
·  For as little as £5 you can protect your car by using a signal blocking pouch, also known as a Faraday bag. This is a simple, affordable level of security that blocks a key’s signal due to metallic material lining the pouch.

·  Car keys are often kept near the front of a property, close enough for thieves to hack the signal and break into your vehicle. Consider storing keys in signal suppression bags, disabling the wireless signal or turning off keyless entry if possible.

·  Not got a keyless car? It is still essential to store car keys and fobs out of sight. As a rule, if thieves can see keys through a window or letterbox, they can steal them.

·  Old-fashioned tech can be the most effective. A Pedal Box is a bright yellow metal box made to wrap around your foot pedals and prevent access to them. Steering wheel locks are also highly effective, and both can be easily seen through a car window and act as a deterrent.

For more tips click here 
Mayor's Charity Donation to National Greyhound Centre
Town Mayor, Cllr Samantha Marshall, 
'I have been delighted to see the Greyhound Trust open the National Greyhound Centre in Horley this year, helping greyhounds find their home right on our doorstep. Having owned a greyhound for over nine years, I’m passionate about the breed: both helping educate the general public about the breed and assisting those hounds in the centre on the road to finding their first homes. It has been wonderful to be able to support our local homing centre.'
Claire Coutinho MP Newsletter March 2022

Click here to go to our news page to read it 
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Dates for your diary...

29  April
Town Meeting
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