Horley Town Council
Your Horley
March 2023

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

Annual Town Public Forum; Could you be a Town Councillor? ; Horley Edmonds Fund; The Big Help Out; Coronation Street Party Deadline; News from Claire Coutinho MP; Litter Heroes; Coronation Big Lunch competition; Police HQ Open Day,  HTMG Presentation; Horley Carnival; Fuel Top Ups & Household Support; Annual Town Public Forum; Kings Charles III Coronation; Tree & wildflower planting; Changes to Voting ID and finally dates for your diary.
For the first time, you will need to show photographic ID to vote at a polling station in this year’s local elections.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include
  • a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • a UK or EEA drivers’ licence
  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.
Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form.
Could you be a Town Councillor?

Being a councillor is all about giving back to your community by bringing your energy, passion, and hard-working attitude. You can make a real difference to the local community and wider society in many ways as a councillor.

Horley Town Council is closest to the local community as it represents the first of the three tiers of Local Government, (Parish and Town Councils; Borough and District Councils and County Councils.)   

There are 18 seats on Horley Town Council and all of them are up for election on 4th May 2023 when the Local Elections take place.
To stand for election to a parish or town council you must be
  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.

For more information click here
King Charles III's Coronation

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the events for the Coronation Weekend, 6 to 8 May 2023.

More information from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council concerning local events and applications for street parties are available to view here. The closing date for a street closure application is 24 March. 
Save The Date 

Horley Town Council will be holding an "Afternoon Tea" event in the Park at Horley Recreation Ground on Sunday 7th May between 2 and 4pm.

To further celebrate this historic occasion Horley Town Council will be planting a tree in His Majesty's honour. Come along to the planting ceremony at 2:30 pm on Sunday 7th May in the Memorial Garden at Horley Recreation Ground.
The Big Help Out

From rolling up your sleeves to help a local group, to supporting some of the UK’s best-known national charities, the Big Help Out on Monday 8 May will give everyone an opportunity to join in. 

Community Volunteering is an important part of the UK’s story, from Air Raid Wardens during the Second World War to over 12 million of us who stepped forward during the pandemic. Now thousands of organisations – big and small – are getting together to mark The King’s Coronation by giving everybody the chance to try volunteering for themselves and make a difference in their community. 

The Big Help Out starts on Monday 8th of May and we need as many of you as possible to get involved. From March 20th The Big Help Out website will have a full list of the opportunities on offer, and ways for individuals, volunteer organisations and businesses to help.

If you are a volunteer-involving organisation here’s how you can help:

- Start planning your events for May 8th and beyond. Maybe its some taster sessions to help people experience what you do, or something special for the day.
  • Spread the word. Make sure you tell your networks to save the date – Monday 8th May  and check back on 20th March for social media, posters and much more.
  • Share other opportunities to volunteer using the link below.
Horley Town Council Environment Sub-Committee Update – Tree Planting Initiatives and Wildflower Planting in Horley
We are delighted to report that the HTC Environment Sub-Committee of Councillors and Non-Councillors have been instrumental in progressing a variety of Horley tree-planting initiatives.

Tree and whip planting took place on Friday 10 February on the Cheyne Walk roundabout. With over 16 volunteers from the Highways team and Yunex helping, they planted just under 300 trees in total around the outside of the roundabout, and 4 new larger ones in the centre.
If you are a resident near the Cheyne Walk roundabout and think you could help with the odd bucket full of water and 10 minutes of your time, at least once a week, then please get in touch. We'd like to set up a watering group; with a handful of volunteers the project will succeed and benefits to local environment will be huge. If you are interested in helping, please contact +447796 693423.
We are also pleased to report that the Horley Town Council Environment Sub-Committee has progressed with a new wildflower planting project. Seeding is to take place near Tanyard Barn, The Acres and some Town Council sites at Horley Recreation Ground and Emlyn Meadows bunds in April.  Wildflower habitats help the environment in a variety of interesting ways and, as pollinator plants, provide bees, butterflies, and other pollinators with food throughout the year.
To read more on this and other planting, such as the proposed tree planting in Kingsley Road, see the news item on our website.
Picture Left: Cllr Jante Baird & Cllr Martin Saunders rotovating land in preparation for wildflower seeding
Surrey Police Open Day

We look forward to welcoming you to Surrey Police's 2023 Open Day, the first of its kind since 2014. Everyone needs a ticket to attend. You can register for free tickets on Eventbrite here.

This will be an exciting day at our Surrey HQ for all the family, where you can watch live demonstrations and find out more about Surrey Police and what it’s like to work here.
Litter Heroes
We'd like to give enormous thanks to both the organisers, Sam & Rod and the volunteers who gave up their time and energy to litter-pick around the Riverside park area on two separate weekends.

There is another event planned on Easter Sunday (9th April) from 1.30 to 3.30pm. If you would like to help, meet Sam & Rod in the car park off Riverside Garden at 1.30pm. Litter pickers will be available to volunteers
  Annual Town Public Forum
Come and join us at 7pm on 19 May 2023
to hear what Horley Town Council has accomplished this year and our plans going forward. This is an opportunity for you to bring up any issues.

Our Guest speaker this year is Dr Becky Bowden from the Community Foundation for Surrey.
Light refreshments will be available. Edmonds Hall, 92 Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ 
Horley Town Management Group Presentation

On 21st Feb Surrey County Councillor Andy Lynch was presented with a commemorative mug to mark the many years he has served on Horley Town Management Group, 10 of which as Chairman. Cllr Lynch was instrumental in developing the Horley Town vision document from which projects are starting to be realised now in partnership with the Borough Council.
Is Your Community the Friendliest? 

To celebrate the Coronation of HM The King and HM The Queen Consort, Eden Project Communities are looking for those communities that go above and beyond to support the people around them. From cul-de-sacs to blocks of flats, if your community deserves to be crowned, they want to hear from you! The winning community will receive a pollinator friendly garden and £2,500 towards their community project.  

Get in quick - closing date 30 March 2023. Find out more and enter CoronationBigLunch.com
Fuel Top Ups & Household Support

If you are looking for help with fuel and other household support you can look on Reigate & Banstead's webpage where there is information and support available.
Sunday 7 May 2023 is the Coronation Big Lunch where neighbours and communities across the country are invited to share food and fun together

If you would like to organise a street party, the application deadline to apply for a street closure is Friday 24 March 2023.
The Horley Edmonds Community Fund is a local fund that has been 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. It is a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of Horley and its residents.

By working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), we aim to offer a fund that enables and encourages local giving so that as a town we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local issues. The purpose of the fund is to support local charities, voluntary and community groups and individuals in need who reside within the parish boundary of Horley. 

To discuss an application for a grant please contact the Community Foundation for Surrey either by telephone 01483 478092 or email info@cfsurrey.org.uk or visit their website.
News from Westminster

To read the latest from our MP, Claire Coutinho click here


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