Horsell Residents' Association

A member of the Horsell, Surrey and Woking communities

About Horsell Residents' Association

Horsell Residents' Association was formed in 1965 as a non-political group open to all adult residents of Horsell. It exists as "the independent voice of Horsell" to:

1. promote, uphold and protect the interests of residents in matters that affect Horsell and its environs.

2. bring those matters to the notice of relevant bodies and accordingly keep its members informed.

3. support and promote social and benevolent activities for the general benefit of Horsell residents

Horsell Residents' Association upholds these aims activities including: publishing the quarterly magazine - The Resident - delivered by volunteers to all households; organising a Horsell Village Show and also through support of Horsell' community action team the Second Thursday Club.

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Horsell Winter Wanderland

Woking and San Beare Hospice (WSBH) are also running a competition with prizes by Seymours for the best lit house this Christmas. Enter your house for free by 6 December (but it would be great if you could donate to help WSBH too).

https://www.wsbhospices.co.uk/news/light-up-your-home-for-hospice-care/

Zoom Coffee morning Friday 27 November @11am now with Scents of the Village and Hamilton's Horsell Honey - register below

Please help support small local businesses by joining us this Friday, 27 November at 11 am to chat with two Horsell residents who have made their passions into a business - Debbie, the owner of Scents of the Village https://www.facebook.com/scentsofthevillage and Mark from Hamilton's Horsell Honey, https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonsHorsellHoney

Debbie makes beautiful scented candles, wax melts and that make great Christmas presents. She will chat to us about her business and give you some tips and hints.

Mark will chat to us about his love of beekeeping and producing honey and how you can order some for Christmas presents.

If you would like to join us you can do so on the link below and we will send you a zoom link shortly before the event:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/horsell-prepared-virtual-coffee-morning-tickets-130541187205

Information from Horsell Prepared if you need help in lockdown

See information in the poster above.

All Horsell Walks cancelled

Sadly, as of November 1st, we are cancelling all Horsell walks on Wednesday and Friday mornings following Government instructions. Directions for some of the walks can be found simply by typing "Horsell walks" or by going to the Horsell Residents Association web site. Please keep walking because the exercise and fresh air are so important for our physical and emotional well being. Stay safe and well and let us say " Au Revoir" and we will start up the walks again as soon as possible.

Our best wishes to you all and we have so enjoyed your company,

Caroline and Geoff

The 2021 Horsell Charity Calendar is now available from Premier (Costcutter)

It is available from Horsell Kitchen, Premier (formerly Costcutter), St Mary's church (when open) and Squires. When the present lockdown ends it will also be available from Apples & Pears.

Please support the calendar and the four charities.

Can you help the Basingstoke Canal?

The Basingstoke Canal is a fantastic local amenity, and is frequently enjoyed by walkers, anglers, canoeists, boaters and many others. It is a site of both rich history and scientific interest due to its extensive wildlife and nature. During these difficult times it has been interesting to see a significant increase in the number of people who have been using the canal for exercise and relaxation.

However there is a real threat to the canal. The owners of the Canal (Surrey and Hampshire Councils) already have severe budget constraints and realistically this tightening of budgets is likely to get worse. The result is that the maintenance and upkeep of the Canal will continue to deteriorate with the real ultimate risk that the canal could fall into disuse.

The Canal Society was formed back in the 60s when the Basingstoke Canal Society campaigned to restore the previously derelict canal and after 25 years work and the help of the councils, it was opened in 1991. Since then the Society has actively campaigned to help maintain and protect the canal. If you would like to find out more about them please visit: https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/the-society/the-society-today/. Given the ongoing council budget cuts, any help towards maintaining the canal and raising awareness is crucial, now more than ever. The Basingstoke Canal Society need your help to raise money, support projects and maintenance through membership, volunteering, donations and trips on their boats (Covid permitting).

The Basingstoke Canal Society is doing all it can to protect the canal but welcomes any help you can give them. So what can you do?

  • make as many as possible aware of the challenges they face
  • join the Basingstoke Canal Society and see the opportunities for volunteering and social events plus get regular updates. Individual membership is available at £15 and family membership at £20 p/a. To join online please visit https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/get-involved/join-the-society/
  • perhaps booking a trip on their 50 seater Trip boat based at Odiham or their smaller boat “Kitty” based at Woking. You can book on a public trip or charter the boat exclusively for a group (they are planning Covid ‘compliant’ trips)
  • help towards the up keep of the canal by joining one of their work parties
  • crewing one of their trip boats based at Odiham or Woking.
There is a real risk that if nothing is done the canal will return to the derelict overgrown state it was in back in the 60’s so please help to keep the canal alive.

Adopt a grave in St Mary's Churchyard

Would you like to “Adopt a grave” or maybe several, in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Horsell?

At present, the churchyard is maintained by volunteers who have to look after the whole area.

Individual graves require a little more care and “fine detail” than the generalised mowing. If you could spare some time , this would be greatly appreciated and valuable. The work requires shears and is done at your own convenience and to whatever level of care you wish. As the churchyard is very large even if there is someone else in it there is lots of room for social distancing.

“Adopt a grave” started in March 2019 and it has contributed to the churchyard looking much more cared for.

If you would like to know more or could offer your help, please contact Caroline on c.e.hughes@ntlworld.com or phone 01483 767980

Action Counters Terrorism

Surrey Police is urging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via a secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

In an emergency always call 999.

How to report fly-tipping & your responsibilities for waste disposal

Reporting fly-tipping

Fly tipping is a continuing issue on some roads in Horsell and on the edges of the village on Horsell Common. Please find details below on how to report fly tipping so that it is removed.

1. If a road is blocked and is impassable, report fly-tipping on the highway to Surrey County Council.

2. If waste is tipped in other areas in Horsell, report fly-tipping to Woking Borough Council.

Householder responsibilities for waste disposal

Surrey County Council have issued a reminder of householder responsibilities when having waste removed. Your waste is your responsibility - make sure your builder won’t fly-tip it. Find out more about what you can do to stamp out fly-tipping in Surrey - Visit bit.ly/2cJpi3F

Woking Canal Boat Trips, can you help?

At the recent canal festival The Basingstoke Canal Society named a new boat that will start regular public trips in Woking from next Easter. However, this service will depend on the availability of a group of people to operate the boat. The team will deal with both day-to-day matters (eg creating a trip schedule, downloading passenger details for each trip, rostering crew, and organising refueling etc) and making “strategic” decisions about how the operation is adapted or expanded according to demand.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact Martin Leech ( 01276-452754) further details can be found here The Basingstoke Canal Society - Trip Boat Kitty