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The Horley Residents Forum went well

The first online Horley Residents Forum was held on Wednesday 27th January. The forum was chaired by Surrey County Councillor Kay Hammond who managed well this new way of meeting. The forum was attended by around 50 people. A range of local topics and concerns were covered. One particular concern was for the growing amount of traffic that is being added to the A23 at Bonehurst Road. A new link road from the new Westvale housing development will soon allow traffic to access the A23. A proposal is also being considered for an Aldi Superstore on Bonehurst Road. It was felt that when Surrey County Council approve individual projects they do not take into account the combined effect of other nearby developments and the way each development increases traffic on this already congested road.

Please keep supporting this appeal for laptops for disadvantaged children in Horley

Headmaster Mr Potten handing over the 300th laptop that has been donated to students at Oakwood School.

If you have a working laptop that originally came with Windows 7, 8 or 10 which you’d like to donate then email:  martin.saunders@horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk

The appeal so far has seen computers donated to Manorfield, Meath Green Junior, Burstow and Langshott School.
Read more . . .

Horley Local History Society

Copyright Horley Local History Society.

Horley Local History Society are now holding their monthly meetings via Zoom. Normally they meet at Horley Methodist Church on the 4th Thursday of every month. More information is on their excellent website where you can see some wonderful early photographs of Horley: www.horleyhistory.org.uk.


A message from Mike George, Chairman, Horley Carnival Committee:

“At a recent meeting of the Carnival Committee a decision was taken, with great reluctance, to cancel this year’s Horley Carnival.

Horley Carnival 2017

An option to look at holding the Carnival on different dates was considered as was a change to the format of the event such as not holding a parade. Neither were considered appropriate and the latter was thought to change the established character of the Carnival, which over the years has proven to be the most popular part of the day.

In the end we were very worried about the ongoing COVID pandemic and the ability to maintain guidance on things such as social spacing, which could still be in effect come the Summer.

We appreciate this decision will come as a great disappointment to many, but the welfare of our residents is paramount in these difficult times.

We are in contact with the arena and other acts that we rolled over from last year to attend next year’s Carnival which will take place on Saturday, 18th June 2022.

We look forward to seeing you all in June 2022!”

The BBC is to deliver the biggest education offer in its history across more of its platforms.

It will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online to deliver a new education offer to children, teachers and parents during this current lockdown.

Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

Read more . . .

Murder on the SS Archway – ‘Archway At Home’ from January to March 2021.

Murder on the SS Archway

The Archway Theatre are proud to present ‘Murder on the SS Archway’, an evening of whodunnit
entertainment. This is in the classic murder-mystery style with a cast of nefarious ne’er do wells,
almost anyone of whom could be the culprit. Can you spot the clues to who committed the murder
aboard the luxury cruise ship the SS Archway?

Visit the Archway Theatre website More info on the box office page. Please support our wonderful local theatre as they tackle this difficult time.

Horley Residents Forum 2021

This is a virtual forum to be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, starting at 7pm.

Horley residents are invited to attend a virtual Residents Forum. This is an opportunity to ask questions and raise any matters of concern with Town, Borough and County Councillors.

  • Residents are asked to submit their question in advance to: town.clerk@horleytown.com and will be provided with a Zoom link to join the meeting.
  • The Residents Forum will be presented by the Chair of the Panel.
  • The Chair will explain the format of proceedings at the start of the meeting.
  • At the meeting, each speaker may address the Panel for up to 3 minutes to ask their question.
  • One speaker should be nominated to represent a group.

For more details, please get in touch with Horley Town Council (email: 
town.clerk@horleytown.com or telephone 01293 784765)

A new exhibition at Horley Library

Horley Library is holding an exhibition of creative responses to stories collected during lockdown from shielding older people. It is created by artists and our local community.

Visit the Horley Library website.

The Chequers Hotel transforms into The Four Points Hotel

The former hotel The Chequers will reopen this coming February as The Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, London Gatwick. We will post more info in the new year.

Visit The Four Points Hotel website.

Revitalising Horley Town Centre

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have announced four projects to help revitalise Horley Town Centre. The projects were given the go-ahead on 17 September 2020 by the Council’s Executive.

They are:

  1. redevelop the High Street car park to provide new homes
  2. make public space improvements to the High Street
  3. refurbish the subway between the High Street and Station Approach
  4. install pay-on-exit car parking at the Victoria Road and Central car parks.

Click here to read more.

Watch out for fraudsters

If you want to avoid fraud scams it’s worth regularly checking out the Action Fraud website.

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Horley Town Football Club

Check out the Fixtures Update on their website.
At the moment all games are to be played behind closed doors because of Covid 19 Guidance.

Horley Town Football Club website

Surrey Libraries IT Helpline

Surrey Libraries IT Helpline is here for you! Surrey Libraries IT Help Team – helping you navigate the digital world! Don’t be shy – grab the phone and speak with us! 0300 200 1008 (Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-12 midday). If you prefer, then email: libraries@surreycc.gov.uk and ask for a member of library staff to contact you. If you need support using computers, tablets and smartphones, Surrey Library Service can help with: • Setting up an account with your favourite supermarket and other online shopping • Saving a photo or contact details to your contact list, sending an attachment in an email • Ordering your prescription online • Downloading library ebooks, emagazines and eaudiobooks. • How to keep in touch with your relatives online, and how to use Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, Zoom. Our service is delivered over the internet by library staff. It’s confidential, safe, and free, and if you are an absolute beginner, we will help you to develop your digital skills.

Police Scam Warning

The police have warned that scammers are sending text messages to take advantage of unsuspecting members of the public.

Never click on links that are included in a text message or an email unless you are 100% sure it is verified.

Below is an example of the type of text message that the police have supplied.

The Chalk Hills Bakery fresh bread kiosk will now be open on Saturday’s in Horley from 23rd January

From this Saturday 23rd January you will be able to pick up fresh bread, coffee, sandwiches, cakes and more from the bakery kiosk at the Gatwick Metro Centre in Horley.‍

Find them at: 16 Gatwick Metro Centre, Horley, Surrey RH6 9GA
Please note, this kiosk is for take away only.

Visit the Chalk Hills Bakery website to see their range of artisan breads.

Publich Health England have developed a support campaign to help deal with stress and anxiety during this COVID crisis.

Click here to find out more.

Computer problems?

As most of us are stuck indoors in lockdown our computers become an even more important source of information, entertainment and home-schooling. If your computer is playing up local man Howard Bretman can help. You can contact him at h_bretman@hotmail.com.

Single Use Plastic Strategy for Surrey.

A task group has been set up by the Surrey Environment Partnership, made up of Surrey County Council and the 11 district and borough councils. It is working together to find ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastics used in council buildings and to help Surrey residents reduce how much they use. You can read the single-use plastics strategy here.

Horley Library

In line with Government advice, all libraries in Surrey will offer Click and Collect and computer services during the Tier 4 restrictions, allowing customers to use Ready Reads, collect reservations, return items and PCs for essential purposes only. Please check opening hours before visiting which can be found on our webpages: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries

From Oakwood School to successful musician

It’s great to see how students from Horley’s Oakwood School have gone on to some interesting careers. Check out musician Jamie Amos. He is now an established writer, producer and musician.

Think BIG! ‘Your Fund Surrey’ is a great opportunity for Horley to create inspiring projects.

What does our local community need? Surrey County Council have launched their £100m ‘Your Fund Surrey’. Think BIG! Speak to your neighbours and community groups about how you can deliver exciting, inspiring and ‘place-changing’ projects together.

Click here to find out more.

Order home deliveries from Horley’s Chalk Hills Bakery

Our local artisan bakery, Chalk Hills Bakery, have an app that you can download from Google Play and Apple App Store for Click & Collect at the Shop in Reigate or Home Deliveries from the Bakery in Horley. The ultimate social distancing service for buying a loaf (or a coffee, or a sandwich, or cakes.)

Visit the Chalk Hills Bakery website.

Local Apprenticeships

Did you know that Surrey and Sussex NHS offer a range of apprenticeships as well as local jobs at East Surrey Hospital? Visit their website for more info.

NHS Choices Horley Surrey

Oakwood School congratulates two of their students

Congratulations Beau and Abigail! You are @OakwoodHorley‘s first students to achieve a Bronze DofE Award! Brilliant achievement!

Helping our environment.

At Horley Online we are pulling together information that will help our community strive to adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle and improve our ability to reduce our negative impact on the environment. One example is Sussex Green Living which has a range of interesting initiatives.

Visit our environment page to see the links we have compiled to date.

Emilia’s Clothing Boutique in Horley will pay for your parking.

If you spend £20 in their shop they will pay for your parking. This offer will run until the end of the year. Take a picture of your ticket and the amount will be taken off your purchase.

All of our local shops and businesses are doing all they can to be innovative and survive so please support them wherever you can.

Check out Emilia’s Clothing Boutique now.

Hookwood Memorial Hall is open for business as usual.

Hookwood Memorial Hall for hire

They can book children’s parties, family gatherings, baby showers, afternoon teas, conferences and many more events. They are fully compliant with government guidelines and details of any restrictions will be given upon your enquiry, but they are back and ready to assist with your requests. There are a few regular weekly slots left too. Viewings are available via appointment.

Please contact Rachel on 07935300631 or email bookingsecretary@hookwoodmemorialhall.co.uk

Horley Town Council’s commitment to our environment

In December 2019, Horley Town Council declared a climate emergency. Part of this commitment is to do everything in the Council’s power to make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030 and achieve 100% clean electricity consumption across the Council’s facilities by 2025. To read the full details click here.

Horley Online has been a long-term supporter of Greenpeace. Below is their recent video on ‘What is a Green Economy’.

Call 111 when it is less urgent than 999

We have listed four local minor injuries units on the Horley Online health page.

Click here to visit our health page.

Bag of Dungeon – A fantasy adventure board game created by a team based in Horley

Tim Sharville is the designer of this game. He works from his studio in Crystal Palace and also here in Horley.

  • A complete fantasy board game in a bag!… in a box
  • Randomly generated each time, no two games are the same
  • Play solo, as a team or against each other
  • Easy-to-follow rules, perfect for beginners or advanced players
  • Classic Sword & Sorcery – 2nd Edition.

Click here to see more . . .

Did you know that Surrey and Sussex NHS offer a range of apprenticeships as well as local jobs at East Surrey Hospital?
Visit our jobs page for more info.

Over 10,250 local people ‘Like’ the Horley Town Facebook page.
Go there now and join in the local conversation.

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Susy Radio is our partner community radio station for Horley, Gatwick, Redhill, Reigate, Crawley and the surrounding villages.
Established 1996.
Tune in now to Susy Radio.

Susy Radio, the local radio station for Horley in Surrey and the surrounding area

Click on the logo to listen live online.

Visit the Susy Radio website.

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