Horley Town Council
May 2022

In this edition........

Jubilee Picnic in the Park; Richmond Fellowship Mental Health Help; Horley in Bloom & Horley Photographic Competition; Defibrillators; Claire Coutinho MP Update; Cyber Security; Appointment of Mayor & Deputy Mayor; Community Events; Closure of Horley Rotary Club; Horley Carnival; Courier Fraud; Edmonds Fund Grants;  and finally upcoming meeting dates
Queen's Platinum Jubilee

For other Borough events going on during the Jubilee weekend have a look at our Jubilee page
Appointments of Council Chairman & Town Mayor and Vice-Chairman & Deputy Town Mayor 2022/23

At the Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, 10 May 2022, Members of Horley Town Council re-elected Cllr Samantha Marshall as Council Chairman & Town Mayor for the Municipal Year for 2022/23. Cllr Hannah Avery was elected as Vice-Chairman & Deputy Town Mayor.

Cllr Marshall grew up in Horley and she works in Accounts Payable at East Surrey Hospital. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of being a Councillor and is very proud to be reappointed as Council Chairman & Town Mayor, following in her father’s footsteps as a past Town Mayor. Cllr Avery has lived in Horley for most of her life and has a passion to continue to help the town flourish. She has recently graduated and is in the process of gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

For more click see our news report
After a break of two years due to COVID the popular Horley Carnival returns on Saturday 18th June from 12.00 pm until 5.00 pm and continues to be free to enter. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. 

The parade will set off from the Victoria Road car park at 12.30 pm travelling along the same route as previous years i.e. Massetts Road, Russell Crescent, Victoria Road, A23 into the Recreation Ground. Two of the bands will be performing, before the arrival of the parade, next to Costa Coffee and in the pedestrian precinct.           

Judging of the carnival floats will be carried out by the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead and the Deputy Mayor Horley before the parade leaves the Victoria Road car park. 

For more detail of what's happening check out our news article
Horley In Bloom 2022

To enter this year's competition click here to use the online entry form or alternatively drop by our office Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm for a paper application form

Categories include front & back gardens; hanging basket; community & schools; commercial business; allotments & residential flats
Horley Photographic Competition 2022

Get your cameras out this summer and enter our photographic competition and send us your photo electronically here

Your photo doesn't have to be just flowers, show us your favourite wildlife, pets, outdoor activities or just something you just enjoy doing. All photos must be taken in Horley or Hookwood.

Categories include Children key stages 1-4  and also adults.
Mental Health Help

Our service is available to anyone aged over 18 who lives in the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council or Tandridge District Council area and who has a mental health problem

Check out their 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
Closure of Horley Rotary Club

It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that the Membership of Horley Rotary Club have decided to close the club which has been in existence since 1948. This is due to the decreasing numbers and aging membership who are having difficulty in maintaining our charitable aims. Efforts to recruit new members and ability to meet has been aggravated by Covid. We are all proud of what the club has achieved over the years and are very grateful for the support and generosity of local people in this time. Our remaining assets have been distributed to a number of Charities, including St Catherine’s Hospice, Air Ambulance, and the Food Bank.
Would you know where to find your nearest defibrillator in a cardiac emergency?

Every second can count. See our website to work out the closest to you.

(If you know of any defibrillators not listed please email town.clerk@horleytown.com)
Increasing Biodiversity in Grass Verges

The network of grass verges in Surrey stretches alongside 3,000 miles of rural and urban roads, providing a significant opportunity to increase plant and insect biodiversity through the way that these are managed.

In 2019, Surrey County Council committed to review and reduce the frequency of cutting highway verges across the county, wherever safe and desirable to do so. Further, in 2021-22 Surrey County Council adopted an additional initiative; committing to reducing frequency of cutting grassed areas on their managed sites.

Reducing the number of grass cuts each year can allow native plant species to thrive, and in some areas additional steps can be taken to prepare the ground, sow native wildflower seeds and more proactively encourage their growth.

To read more and find out how you can help click here
Local Community Events 
"Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim." 
T/Detective Chief Inspector Rob Walker, Surrey Police & Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit

This May, all forces are working together on a national campaign to target criminals committing courier fraud, a crime which has continued to increase. This newsletter tells you what courier fraud is, how to spot the signs and what you can do to prevent it.

To read more click here
Cyber Security
Risks you may not be aware of when using your devices out and about:
  • Your online activity or open apps being incepted via an unsecured or fake Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Your device being accessed via Bluetooth to view your contacts list or access your handset’s commands.
  • Loss or theft of your device
  • Others dropping unwanted or potentially dangerous or compromised files on your device via features like AirDrop, Nearby Share or third-party mobile file transfer apps.
  • ‘Shoulder surfing’ – when othersbehind or beside you check out what’s on your screen.
  • Your screen being viewed and/or recorded by obvious or covert video surveillance.
  • Others eavesdropping on your video calls and meetings, either physically or if they’ve intercepted them online by having the password.
Claire Coutinho MP Newsletter April 2022

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

21  June
28  June
Full Council Meeting
Interim Planning Committee
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