Horley Town Council
Your Horley October

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

Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards; Electric Blanket Testing; Bonfire Night; Remembrance Events; Railway Line Closure; Horley In Bloom, Horley Photographic Competition; Town Award Presentation; Town Plan Progress; keyless car thefts; Review of Polling Districts; Conclusion of Audit 2023; £100k Town Fund; Litter Picking; and finally dates for your diary.

Remembrance Day Parade & Service
Date: 12th November 2023, 10:15am - 11:25am
War Memorial, Horley Recreation Ground
  • 10:15 Participants to assemble at the Horley RBL Headquarters, Albert Rd.
  • 10:30 The parade will form up in Consort Way West
  • 10:35 The parade will move off headed by the Redhill Corps of Drums Band, turning into Victoria Rd, and will proceed across the traffic lights into Vicarage Lane where the Parade will break off and walk to the War Memorial Gardens
  • 10:58  Introduction by the Chaplain, followed by the Service, and the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
  • 11:35  The Parade will reassemble in Vicarage Lane and return to the Albert Road Sports & Social Club, via Victoria Rd, Town Precinct and Albert Rd where the parade will be dismissed.

People of any denomination are very welcome to attend and join us in this our annual act of Remembrance

Everyone is welcome to join us in remembering all those who have lost their lives in defence of the British Isles or fought and died overseas for their Country.
Rededication of the Garden of Remembrance

8th November 2023, 11:00AM
War Memorial, Brighton Road, Horley

The Garden of Remembrance will be rededicated by the local Clergy and opened by the Chairman of the Horley Town Council at the War Memorial, Brighton Road, Horley at 11.00 o’clock.

Pupils from Oakwood School will place Remembrance Crosses in the Garden
in memory of Horley Branch members who passed-away during the year.

Everyone is welcome to attend and may place their own Crosses of Remembrance
in the Garden should they wish to do so.

National Two Minutes Silence

11th November 2023, 11:00AM, Horley Town Shopping Precinct

The National Two Minutes Silence will be observed in the Horley Town Centre Precinct 
Town Plan Progress: Demolition of Michael Crescent Building

Horley Town Council is delighted to report that the demolition of the 'Old Scout Hut' in Micheal Crescent Centenary Park has been completed as part of our planned Town Plan works.

The derelict building had been empty for a number of years and it was considered financially unfeasible to try and bring it back into use. The removal of the building has opened up much more park space and will no longer attract anti-social behaviour. The Air Monitoring station owned by Reigate & Banstead Council remains in the park to allow for pollution monitoring in the local area. 

As part of its Town Plan, and thanks to a Community Infrastructure Levy grant, Horley Town Council will be refurbishing the playground hopefully in 2024. More on this to follow on our website.

For our full press release click here
Do you have an electric blanket?

Last year a shocking (literally) 86% of blankets that we checked were a potential fire hazard. Bring your blanket to us next week and we can check it for you - if it fails we will replace it free of charge (courtesy of Dreams).

For testing bring your blanket along on Friday 3 November at Horley Community Centre 10am to 4pm.

Horley Awards Night 2023

Horley in Bloom

Front Garden - 1st Peggy Clarke, 2nd Kim Thompson 
Back Garden - 1st Fiona Stimpson, 2nd  Anthony Lacey, Highly Commended Catherine Robertson
Planters / Hanging Baskets - 1st Anthony Lacey, 2nd Fiona Stimpson
Best Newcomer - Trudy Perrin
Schools - Langshott Primary School 
Community & Commercial - 1st Ye Olde Six Bells, 2nd St Wilfred’s Church 
Church Road Allotments - 1st Mark Gardiner, 2nd - Alan Brooks
 Langshott Allotments - 1st Katherine Turk & Malcolm Pedel, 2nd Lindy & Richard Strudwick
 Horley Photographic Competition
Nature & Wildlife - 1st Heather Patterson, 2nd Yvonne Kinasz
Animals & Pets - 1st Heather Patterson, 2nd Yvonne Kinasz
Outdoor Scenes - 1st Lynne Underhill, 2nd Stephen Mackridge
 Juniors Under 5s - Olivia Haskey
Juniors Key Stage 1 - Eddie Kenward
Juniors Key Stage 2 - Scarlett Simpson
Key Stage 3 - Mia Plowright
Key Stage 4 - Zac Papanicola
Horley Carnival

 1st - The Bull Pub
2nd - Archway Theatre
3rd - Horley Business Guild

Juniors 1st -
Westvale Academy
Juniors 2nd -Horley Infant School
Juniors 3rd - Konnect School of Dance
Best Walking Entry - Care UK Wheelchairs
Most Humorous Entry - Acoustic Chemistry
Town Award Presentation 

Towards the end of the Awards Evening, a prestigious Town Award was presented to former Borough and Town Councillor, Simon Marshall for 42 years of dedicated service to local residents and helping to shape Horley as it is today.

Simon Marshall also served as Borough Deputy Mayor and was elected Chairman and Town Mayor for five consecutive years from 2007. These awards are open to any nominated individual considered to have given exceptional service and commitment to the Horley community for which Simon is undoubtedly a very worthy recipient.  On receiving his award, Simon said:

“I am thoroughly delighted to receive this prestigious Town Award.  It has been a privilege to serve Horley residents in my various roles of public office, especially as Leisure Chairman at the Town Council and to be able to introduce more improvements to local parks and open spaces with many new facilities and infrastructure, including at Horley Recreation Ground. My sincere thanks to all the councillors and staff for supporting me throughout this time.”
Keyless Car Thefts

Some of you might have read about the recent spate of local keyless car thefts. Surrey Police has some advice as to how to make your car more secure.
  • When at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car (so not by the front door.)
  • Put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Bag and check if the bag or pouch is still working every few months.
  • Reprogramme your keys if you buy a second hand car.
  • Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.
For other tips please see more advice from Surrey Police

Horley Lions Fireworks
4th November 2023
Horley Recreation Ground - Brighton Road -Horley

Gates Open  6:00 p.m.       Bonfire Lit  7:00 p.m.       Fireworks  7:30 p.m.
  • Adult ticket price £5  
  • Child price £3 (5-16yrs)
  • Under 5 years are Free
  • Family tickets £15 (2 Adults + up to 3 children)
Tickets are only available from: Event Brite

Catering on the Night
Horley Lions will have their Barbeque Bar on site serving Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon & Egg Rolls and Tea, Coffee and Canned Drinks + Other Refreshment Outlets
Council launches £100k fund to boost local towns 

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has announced it is making £100,000 available to boost the vitality of its towns and villages.

The Council hopes the new “Town Centre Vitality Fund” will support activities and events aimed at increasing footfall and visitor experience in the borough’s high streets and local shopping centres.

The Fund is open to local town centre groups, community organisations, local councillors and private sector organisations that can demonstrate they have consulted with and have the support of the local community.  It will be managed on a first come, first served basis and will close in March 2025 or when the funds have been fully awarded, whichever is sooner.

For more details including how to apply click here

Give your views in polling districts and polling places review 

 Interim Review of Polling Districts

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is carrying out an interim review of polling districts and polling places and is asking residents, disability groups and other interested parties to give their views.

The review is to ensure that electors have suitable facilities for voting and that every polling place is accessible to those with disabilities, as far as is reasonable and practical.

The review looks at:
  • Polling districts, which are the areas created by dividing electoral wards into smaller sections with roughly the same number of electors.
  • Polling places, which are the locations, normally the buildings, in which polling stations are situated.
As part of this review the public consultation will run until Thursday 30 November 2023.
 Volunteers awarded for selfless service to community 

34 volunteers and ten teams have been recognised for their selfless service to the community at this year’s Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards. They include twenty individual volunteers, four young volunteers under the age of 25, ten individual trustees, and ten volunteer teams.

Click to read more
Riverside Park
Court Lodge/ Lee Street Footpath
Litter Volunteers

The wonderful litter pickers have been at it again, collecting huge amounts of litter to keep our river banks clear.

Samantha Lerwin-Mearing who organises the picking events said,
'Today we had a lot of new litter pickers helping out - these included Perrywood Panthers U8 football team who came out in force with their parents. The majority of the litter (left of the litter bin) was collected by the football team. Absolutely brilliant 👏 👏👏👏👏 what great work. We really appreciate the time you took to come out and help.

As usual we had many members of the public stop us to thank us for our work, it's really nice to know we make a difference.'

The last two litter picks for this year will be on the 19th & 26th November between 1:30 and 3:30pm. The Six Bells Public House has kindly agreed that participants of the litter pick can park at the very top end of the car park. This is a very busy public house so please park at the end closest to Court Lodge Fields.

On the 26th November all litter pickers are invited to join Sam and Rod for a celebratory drink in the Six Bells from 3:30pm. This will be the last litter pick of the year - the 17th since February 2023! If you hadn't had a chance to join yet but would like to, you'll be glad to hear litter picks will start again in the New Year. Details to follow
News from Westminster

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


31 October
21 November
12 December 
19 December
Full Council Meeting
Planning Committee Meeting
Full Council (Precept Setting)
Interim Planning Committee Meeting
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