Horley Town Council
Your Horley August

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

Run Reigate Road Closures; Solar Panel Scheme; Suspicious Activity Portal;  Travel Like you Know Them; Rubbish Rewards; Heat Grants; Pride in Surrey; Outwood Nature Trail, Horley Singers; News from MP Claire Couthino; Litter Picking; WhatsApp scam; Himalayan Balsam; Horley Photo competition and finally dates for your diary.
Horley Photo Competition 

The children's competition is split into age categories and there are separate Nature, Animals and Outdoor scenes categories for adults. 

Entries can be uploaded directly to our website, and prizes will be awarded to winners, so show us your photos of Horley and its surrounds.
The end date for entries is the 8th of September
Pride in Surrey Priory Park, Reigate
9 September 
Pride in Surrey’s next event will be held at Priory Park in Reigate. The Event is moved around Surrey each year to allow everyone a chance to attend.

As part of their campaign to educate and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Pride in Surrey has also set up a Pride Hub in Redhill.   The hub – open only at the weekends from 10am - offers a one-stop shop for all things Pride. It is an addition to the one set up in Dorking in December 2021.

“The Redhill Hub will be the place to get involved in this year’s Pride. Visitors will be able to sign up to take part in the parade and volunteer, but also shop Pride merchandise and LGBTQ+ gifts. It is thanks to the kind and welcoming team at The Belfry Shopping Centre that we are able to bring this important space to the town," said Charlie Watts, Chief Executive, Pride in Surrey.

To support or sponsor the event in September, or to book your tickets, visit their website.
Horley Singers
Come & Try Evenings, Monday 4 & 11 September, 
Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Rd, Horley, RH6 7AS
If you enjoy singing come and join a group of friendly people who meet once a week. We have a superb music director who helps us and a brilliant pianist. It's great, come give it a go. 
Church Meadows Update
Gatwick Greenspace Partnership has cleared as much Balsam as they could at Church Meadows and at Emlyn Meadows again recently…fortunately, the dry Spring and their annual visits seem to be resulting in less of it there each year now, which is very encouraging!
Reap rewards for reducing your rubbish 
Rethinking your waste and changing your habits can earn you prizes

Would you like to win prizes when you rethink your waste? Rethink Waste is up and running and rewards you when you help the planet by reducing your waste. You can collect points by completing weekly activities such as quizzes, making a pledge, or watching a short video. Points can be transferred into prizes!

The scheme launched last month and so far, residents have been focusing their efforts on getting as much material out of the rubbish bin as they can. Over the coming months, the scheme will focus on reducing waste when cleaning the house and cooking. After that, if you've signed up, you will learn about some of the tools that can be used to make sure we're respecting the all-important waste hierarchy!

You can use your points in several ways. You can use them to donate money to charity or enter prize draws.

Rethink Waste is available for free and is exclusive to Surrey residents. It is being delivered by Surrey Environment Partnership, which is a partnership of all the councils in Surrey set up to deliver projects to reduce waste and increase recycling across the county.

If you're not signed up already and want to earn points, sign up today on the Green Redeem website.
Free grant to help heat your home
It is still a challenging time, with many of us struggling with the cost of living crisis. Making your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly is a great opportunity to reduce energy bills and do your bit for the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.

What funding is available?
We've been awarded Government funding through the Home Upgrade Grant scheme (GOV.UK), which means you could be eligible to receive a free grant.

Who is eligible?
If your home is not heated by gas you might be eligible for this grant. Anyone living in hard to heat homes and on lower incomes could receive up to £38,000 to fund measures that; improve a range of insulation including wall, loft and underfloor; install solar PV, solar thermal and air source heat pumps and ensure ventilation meets the industry standards.

Your property must have an EPC rating of D to G, the primary form of heating must not be mains gas and you will need to meet the financial eligibility criteria. Funding is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Find out more
For more information and to check if you're eligible for the grant, visit the Action Surrey website or call 0800 783 2503.

Help for landlords
If you're a private landlord, your tenant might be eligible for the funding. You can also check The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations Guidance for Landlords web page for details on updated requirements.
Run Reigate Road Closures 17 September 2023
Have you heard about our suspicious activity portal? 
Earlier this year, Surrey Police introduced a new website portal which enables members of the public to upload home CCTV or smart doorbell footage to us, which shows someone acting suspiciously.  

We are asking you to be the eyes and ears of our community by submitting this footage as they might be connected to thefts and burglaries in the area. This may be in the form of photos, CCTV, dashcam, or doorbell footage. 

Examples of suspicious behaviour could be someone lurking around on your driveway, looking in your car and trying the handles, or conducting occupancy checks prior to a burglary. 

We understand that sometimes this type of footage might get uploaded to community groups on social media but sending the footage to us will help us to identify offenders operating in the area and will potentially link individuals to offences which have occurred.  

Although realistically we may not be able to identify every person in a piece of footage, especially if they have a face covering, every clip feeds into our understanding of the bigger burglary picture in your area. In the long-term we hope that this initiative will help us reduce the number of burglary offences and provide reassurance to residents.  

You can submit your footage via this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/suspiciousactivityportal

You can also pass information via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Travel Like You Know Them
In Memory of David & Barbara Hall
The ‘unveiling’ of the memorial bench for David and Barbara Hall, former County and Borough Councillors for Horley respectively in the 1990s (as well as Town Award holders for their contributions to the Horley community) was held on Saturday 15th July for friends and family to raise a glass in their memory.
A Memorial Bench to honour David And Barbara Hall has been placed in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Garden at Horley Recreation Ground.
Free training for female lifeguards 

Active Surrey are looking for interested females to take part in a fully funded lifeguard course delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society UK.

The free training is a great opportunity to learn a new skill and earn a good income and gain your NPLQ qualification.

Applicants must be aged 16 years and above, able to jump/dive into deep water, swim 50m in less than 60 seconds, and swim continuously on their front and back in deep water. Dates and timings will be communicated later once Active Surrey has an idea about numbers. 
For more information, contact Laura White by email at: laura.white@surreycc.gov.uk
Outwood Parish Council 
Natural Trim Trail
The new Trim Trail is made of larch and designed to blend sympathetically into the surrounding woodland to provide a natural playground for the young and for the young at heart.
You can find the trim trail along the all weather permissive footpath in the woods between Outwood Butcher’s Shop and St John the Baptist Church on Brickfield Road Outwood RH1 5FQ.
The trail starts at Grid Ref TQ3234 4586 W3W angel.move.scars
Parking and cycle racks are available outside the Lloyd Hall opposite the start of the trail
If you like our Trim Trail please let us know Parish.clerk@outwood.org.
Half price bus fares for under 20s in Surrey 

The Surrey LINK card is for young people aged 20 and under who live in Surrey.

It can be used on any single or return bus journey that starts and/or finishes in Surrey and allows you to get 50% off the adult fare for the journey you are taking. On most routes this is the equivalent of a child fare.

The LINK card is free. 
Alfred Steve Stenning 1920-2022

The ashes of Alfred Stephen Stenning were scattered at Horley War Memorial on Wednesday 2 August in a ceremony conducted by Rev Canon Leslie Wells, St Bartholomew’s Church, Horley.  An address was given by Horley Deputy Mayor, Tom Turner, with poems read by friends and family.

Stenning (known as Steve or Alf), was a senior engineer responsible for tank maintenance in the second world war and Korea.  A regular attendee at Horley’s annual Remembrance Day event, it was the 102 year old’s wish that his ashes be scattered in the Memorial Gardens. Buglers and standard bearers from the Horley branch of the British Legion were in attendance to play the Last Post (see picture).
Steve left the forces to work locally at Hall & Co, later becoming a mechanic at Gatwick Airport. He retired to look after his wife Pat until her death at the age of 72, but then took up agency work to care for the elderly, although many clients were younger than himself.  He remained fiercely independent to the end of his life, still driving, cutting his hedge and helping an elderly neighbour when needed.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him and is much missed.
Watch out for this WhatsApp scam
Large community and religious WhatsApp groups are being targeted by scammers who infiltrate them to try and deceive their members into sending them money. Since January of this year, 268 people have reported falling victim to this scam.

The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending, or claiming, to be a member of the group. This is done in order to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and / or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.

The fraudster will then call the victim and say they are sending a one-time passcode which will allow them to join an upcoming video call for group members. The scammer then asks the victim to share this passcode with them so they can be “registered” for the video call. What’s really happening is that the scammer is asking for a registration code to register the victim’s WhatsApp account to a new device where they then “port” their WhatsApp profile over.

Once the fraudster has access to the victim’s WhatsApp account, they will enable two-step verification which makes it impossible for the victim to access their account. The scammer will then message other members of the group, or friends and family in the victim’s contacts, asking them to transfer money urgently as they are in desperate need of help.

“We urge people always to be wary when receiving contact via WhatsApp or other messaging platforms. This is particularly the case when being asked to provide account information – despite the fact that you may recognise the individual’s profile picture and / or name.

“Never share your account information with anyone, and if you think it’s a fraudulent approach, report the message and block the sender within WhatsApp. To make your account more secure, we advise setting up two-step verification to provide an extra layer of protection. This makes it increasingly more difficult for fraudsters to gain access to somebody else’s WhatsApp account”.

Analysis of Action Fraud reports indicate that victims targeted by this scam are often part of large WhatsApp community, alumni and academic, work groups, and religious groups (such as church or prayer groups).

What can you do to avoid being a victim? 
  • Never share your account’s two-factor authentication (2FA) code (that’s the six digit code you receive via SMS).
  • Set up two-step verification to give an extra layer of protection to your account.
  • Tap Settings > Account >Two-step verification > Enable.
  • THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
  • You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, victims of fraud and cybercrime should report to Police Scotland on 101.
Court Lodge Litter Pick

Heres An Update from The Main Organiser Samantha Mearing

"After a number of successful litter-picking events, our volunteers are doing another litter pick at Court Lodge Fields on Sunday 20th August and 17th September 9.30-11.30.
Litter pickers and bags will be provided. All are welcome, meet up is in the Six Bells car park." 
Court Lodge Fields & River Mole Litter pick.

"In July's litter pick 12 bags of rubbish and one shopping trolley were collected in just two hours from one small area. 

A very big thank you to EVERYONE for taking time out of their busy schedules to help, not forgetting those who advertised and spread the word (you know who you are!). We couldn't have done it without any of you. We really are making such a difference

Whilst there will be future litter picks from Riverside along the Gatwick Stream & Ponds, our focus turns to the River Mole because the Gatwick Stream area is much cleaner and tidier. These litter picks will cover a wider area, starting from Court Lodge fields, along Lee Street towards Thames water sewage works, clearing litter from this stretch as well as the side streets along this path. (Court Lodge field won't be litter picked though as it is covered by contractors on behalf of Horley Town Council)." 

- The Main Organiser Samantha Mearing
The litter pick produced 12 bags in total of litter! (as seen in the photos above)
News from Westminster

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


29  August
05 September
26 September 
29 September
Planning Committee Meeting
Full Council Meeting
Planning Committee Meeting
Horley In Bloom Awards Evening
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