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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Latest posts

Horsell Monthly Litter Pick, Saturday 26 September @10am socially distanced - bring a mask for meet up

Posted on behalf of Second Thursday Club
Please meet at the usual place in Queen Elizabeth Gardens - we suggest you bring a mask for the meet up before going off to litter pick.

Please keep safe and keep in mind the government's guidance on social distancing when doing the litter pick.
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26 Sep 2020 at 10:00am

Horsell Bakes book is back on sale!

Get your copy now!

Horsell Weekly walks Wednesday and Friday mornings and the evening of Thursday 10 September - booking required for social distancing

Horsell walks are up and running again but on a booking basis only with contact details. We will have 3 groups per day, on 3 different routes. There will be walks on Wednesday and Friday mornings. This Thursday evening (10 September) is the last evening walk of the year. All walks will start and finish on the green in front of The Cricketers pub.

For more details and to book, please email Caroline Hughes; c.e.hughes@ntlworld.com

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.

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.

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

Horsell's community resilience task force

Have you ever considered how Horsell might cope in an emergency?

If you're interested in helping Horsell to prepare for things that hopefully will never happen (!), we'd like to hear from you.

We're getting together with Horsell Neighbourhood Watch and Horsell Residents Association, plus a few other representatives (eg the manager at Horsell Co-op) to talk about what information resources might be useful to the village, in case any of the following things happened in Horsell:

  • Pandemic flu
  • Major disaster at Heathrow airport, taking all emergency services elsewhere
  • Large-scale fuel shortages
  • Major power cut
  • Problems with the water supply
We think it would probably be useful to have lists of keyholders to community buildings, people with 4x4 vehicles, registered first-aiders in the village, etc. As well as thinking about the best forms of communication to alert and mobilise village residents in emergency situations.

If anyone would like to join our small task force, please join the special mailing list for the resilience committee on the Horsell Snow Angels' page.