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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Virtual Zoom quiz - Wednesday 8 July @7pm

Another chance to test your knowledge on the Zoom quiz with Terry Fox.

Please click here to register

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hp-virtual-village-quiz-with-terry-fox-tickets-112349819334

Horsell Flowerpot Festival 2020 - 25 July - 30 August

The Second Thursday Club will be running the Horsell Flowerpot Festival 2020 during the summer months - from Saturday 25th July until Sunday 30th August.

Last year proved to be particularly successful with over 70 creations dotted around the village so we’re hoping that all those budding creators will be busy thinking up what they will be doing this year. Some of us may have more time on our hands so get those creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with.

If you want to dust off those from last year that is absolutely fine – one or two around the village have been kept out on display since last year.

So, over the next few weeks when you’re tidying up behind the garage or shed, don’t throw out the flowerpots, think what wonderful creature they could become. Get the family involved or maybe a neighbour/street collaboration. Let’s make this one bigger and better.

More information about where to send your entry pictures and details of a virtual workshop will be made available soon.

The Second Thursday Club are currently designing their contribution to the festival and we are looking for a large number of pots of a particular size - preferably black.

The measurements are 5 in.(125mm) diameter at the top and 4.4 in. (110mm) height. If you have any flowerpots of this size or any queries about the festival please email

secondthursdayclub@horsellresidents.com.

We are very much looking forward to a great year of wonderful flowerpot creations!

How to spot Silver Studded Blue butterflies on Horsell Common

Silver-studded blue butterflies on Horsell Common.

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership have a blog to help you spot this beautiful butterfly.

“Excitingly, there have been sightings of silver-studded blues in various places over the past few days, so anytime from now until late July/early August now is a good time to keep an eye out when on Horsell Common. To help, I have written a blog post and created a downloadable ID sheet to help you to differentiate SSBs from the other blue butterflies you might encounter. The blog will help you to find what to look for, where to look (always from a footpath, during the ground-nesting bird season, of course!) and explain the best methods for recording your sightings – the iRecord Butterfliespp is a great free recording tool for your phone.

The blog can be found at www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/news/ssb-can-you-help/

Their website also has lots of heathland-related arty and crafty activities and games and educational resources, which can be found at www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/activities/ as part of their Heathland at Home initiative.

Comments, suggestions and any artistic submissions are welcome and feel free to forward details to anyone who might be interested.”

Healthland plants spotter sheet for your walks on the common

Horsell Common has been a great asset to walk on during the lockdown. To get more out of your walks, Thames Basin Heaths Partnership has provided some wonderful spotter sheets for all the family. Please see below :

Our heathlands provide a home for some amazing plant life – Some of it harder to find than others! How about downloading a handy spotter sheet to complete on your next visit to Horsell Common? You can tick off the plants you find and learn a bit about them along the way. Please remember to search only from main paths as, between March and September, birds may be nesting on the ground or in nearby vegetation and are easily disturbed.

To download the heathland plants spotter sheet, and view other activities, visit www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/activities.

Read about Horsell Common in their latest newsletter

It's wonderful to see thousands of Horsell resients enoying Horsell Common and Heather Farm during these difficult times. Read more about it in the latest news letter.

A reminder that this amazing space on our doorstep is owned and managed by the Horsell Common Preservation Society (HCPS), a very small local charity whose income has been significantly reduced by Coronavirus. You can help us by becoming a member of HCPS for as little as £12.50 p.a.

Read the newsletter here:

https://www.horsellcommon.org.uk/content/uploads/2020/05/The-Common-Spring-2020.pdf

Virtual Village Show competition - week 10 - Pets

To Enter the Virtual Village Show:

  • ​Look out for the category announcement on the Horsell Village Show Facebook page, the Horsell Village Wire and the Horsell Village Show Website every Sunday morning.
  • Post a photo of your entry as a comment under one of the announcement posts on Facebook. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can have someone else post it for you, or email your photo to horsellvillageshow@yahoo.com and we will post it for you.
  • All ages are welcome to participate.
  • ​There is no entry fee and we will contact you if you are a winner.
  • ​You have until 8pm Thursday that week to post your entry.
  • ​A winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday of the same week.
  • A new category will be announced each Sunday.
​We may not be able to gather together in person this year, but we can show our community the fantastic skills and creativity of Horsell via the online world. Even if you don’t want to enter you can ‘Like’ the posts of those entries you think could be winners.​

Important points:

  • The Horsell Village Virtual 2020 Show is only open to residents of Horsell.
  • Maximum 3 entries per person
  • The entries will be judged by the Horsell Village Show organisers.
  • The number of Likes on Facebook will be taken into consideration.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • We reserve the right to remove entries.
  • Please be kind and enter into the spirit of the virtual show.

A reminder of the latest Horsell prepared Covid-19 update

Horsell Prepared is continuing to meet the needs of the local residents. It has over 450 volunteers all willing to provide help to local residents in Horsell.

Help Line 01483 380025

The HelpLine has to date received over 450 calls from Horsell residents for requests for help for such things as shopping and collecting prescriptions. The response from local volunteers to calls for help has been truly amazing; offers for help coming within minutes of posting!

Combatting Loneliness

There is now a Phone Buddy service. This matches local volunteers with Horsell villagers who would welcome hearing a friendly voice either on the telephone or on a video call. Phone Buddy Co-ordinator Julie Gillis, CB, aided by Linda Brown says, “This is a great opportunity for villagers to provide support to each other during this difficult time.” If you live in Horsell and would like to know more, you can sign up for the scheme (including volunteering as a Phone Buddy) at the Horsell Prepared’s website (https://bit.ly/horsell), or call 01483 380025 if you do not have internet access.

We are also calling to touch base with Horsell residents to check they are ok and to see if they need any particular help. Feedback has been positive and some have asked to keep in touch on a regular basis. If you would like a call then email hpphonebuddyservice@gmail.com

Horsell Scrubbers - making scrubs for the NHS and carers

A new group has been set up to sew scrubs, hats and wash bags with many already having been provided for GPS, and people working in local hospitals. Many are made from donations of pillowcases and duvet covers.

The Horsell Village Scrubbers Bulletin Facebook page is open to all - do join to see what they are doing.

To get involved as a volunteer cutter or sewer, go onto the Horsell Scrubbers (private group) Facebook page, apply to join and answer the questions and one of the admins will get back to you.

If you would like to request scrubs, hats or wash bags, or know of any care homes, surgeries, hospices, hospitals or individual NHS or care staff who need them, please join the Facebook public page and DM Claire Cummings. Dates and times for donation collections are posted on the village wire and the scrubbers public bulletin page.

If you don’t have access to Facebook you can email Claire on: purple-porpoise@hotmail.com. Please be aware that Claire doesn't pick up emails as quickly as on messenger and WhatsApp messages, but she will get back to you.

All Horsell Walks suspended until further notice

Wednesday weekly walks and Friday Gentle walks.

Following the guidance and advice which the government has announced today, it will be necessary to suspend the weekly walks for the time being. I am very sad to have to announce this. We have come to enjoy the really good company, chats, fresh air and exercise.

Please keep in touch. Caroline. c.e.hughes@ntlworld.com

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